Mother Nature Is The Boss After Being Woken

By a 7.1 force quake at 4.35am on September 4 in Christchurch, the old bird has got my respect and fear for as long as she wants. The big shake saw the final day-and-a-half of our 1000km test of the Suzuki Kizashi Sport shelved. We'd been fortunate enough to be staying in an earthquake-resistant motel (306 on Riccarton, if you're anxious about a visit to the Garden City), but friends and family weren't so lucky, and experienced cracked walls, shattered windows and back lawns that looked like...

Ag200er

YAMAHA'S NEW middleweight sports contender, the FZ8, has arrived in NZ, and two models have gone on sale, a naked FZ8N version at 15,999 and a faired model, the FZ8S, for 17,499. Yamaha claims the all-rounders offer sports-bike looks, outstanding handling and easy-to-access performance. They sit between the XJ6 and the FZ1, replacing the FZ6 line up. By going for the middle ground on capacity, Yamaha reckons that the 779cc engine, a scaled-down version of the FZ1 mill via a 9mm bore reduction,...

Along With The New Bootedandwinged

Beast, the STI range now includes an automatic version. Previously unthinkable, the addition of the automated gearbox is a sign of the times, at least according to the media blurb. 'The STI auto provides a solution for buyers who spend time in commuter traffic, but still recognises those who enjoy driving a performance car to maximise weekend excursions,' it continues. Sounds like a soft option to us, but one that will undoubtedly broaden the appeal of the STI, just as this move has for other...

Bmw Has Gone Live With A Web Site

That reveals a new petrol-electric hybrid driveline which will evidently be used to power a future sports car. The vehicle will be part of the expanding W EfficientDynamics line up and is scheduled for release in two years' time. The pictured mule is based on a 6 Series BMW and wears a front end similar to that of the EfficientDynamics concept vehicle shown at Frankfurt in 2009. The experimental vehicle clearly runs on low rolling-resistance tyres and aerodynamically efficient wheels. BMW has...

Breakfast Of Champions

FAR NORTH 95.2FM BAY OF ISLANDS 94.8FM WHANGAREI 92.4FM CENTRAL NORTHLAND 92.4FM AUCKLAND 1476AM TAURANGA 873AM WAIKATO 954AM WHAKATANE 94.5FM ROTORUA 1548AM GISBORNE 1485AM TAUPO 91.1FM TARANAKI 97.2FM HAWKES BAY 549AM WANGANUI 828AM MANAWATU 828AM KAPITI COAST 93.5FM WAIRARAPA 91.1FM WELLINGTON 711AM NELSON 990AM WESTPORT 93.3FM GREYMOUTH 89.1FM 93.9FM HOKITIKA 89.1FM CHRISTCHURCH 1260AM ASHBURTON 1071AM TIMARU 1242AM CROMWELL 107.1FM QUEENSTOWN 93.6FM CENTRAL OTAG0104.7FM OAMARU 89.6FM...

Commodore

Whether the VE Series II can change our market's perceptions of the Commodore remains to be seen. Modifications to the exterior are hard to spot, and it takes a keen eye for detail to identify the green-haloed Series II models from their more profligate VE forerunners. Best clue of all is the 'Series II' badging, but we also noted a vestigial spoiler on the trailing edge of the sedan boot-lids, and the more prominent grilles and sharper-styled bumpers that now grace squarer-edged front fascias....

Designed For Improved Performance Whatever You Drive

Think performance fuel isn't for everyday cars Think again. From their work on the racetrack with Ferrari, Shell created Shell V-Power for the road. It's designed to clean any type of engine for more efficient combustion and so improve your car's responsiveness. So, fill up with Shell V-Power, the fuel developed with Ferrari. www.greenstoneenergy.co.nz Shell q ASTON Martin will compete at Le Mans in 2011 with an all-new racer powered by a newly developed engine. The LMPi challenger will be...

Designed To Meet Challenges

This engine would likely be mated to Merc's seven-speed Speedshift MCT transmission. The model should get its production debut in 2011 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. HYUNDAI seems to be going for style over practicality with a new 40 wagon, recently out testing. According to Hyundai, its 'class-leading style, equipment and CO2 emissions' will generate sales. The 40 wagon will be launched at the Geneva Motor Show next spring, while the sedan model will follow six months later. THE Lotus Evora S...

Fpv Has Unveiled The

Supercharged 5.0-litre V8 to power its revised GS and GT ranges. Thanks to different ECU mapping, two states of tune are offered 315kW and 545Nm of torque for GS models, and 335kW and 570Nm outputs for the top-spec GT models. While that represents just 20 more kilowatts than the 5.4-litre of the previous GT produces, the blown engine is cleaner-burning and meets new Australian emissions level (equivalent to Euro 4 standards). At 13.6L 100km, the new GT also delivers a 0.8L 100km improvement in...

Hands Free Car

Built-in omnidirectional microphone Mult-speaker voice recognition Text Td Speech speech synthesis ot the names in the phonebook Touch colour screen LCD Displays PA Nearest petrol and parking buttons. DETECT FIXED Speed & RED Ughl Camera Locations Porsche has gone hybrid mad it's got a hybrid race car, a hybrid supercar in the planning and more models to come. The first hybrid model on sale here is the new Cayenne, which comes with a huge premium. Is it worth it A diesel-fed X5 argues for...

Hyundai Has Released

Details of its compact Elantra replacement, the i35, which had a global debut rn Korea earlier in the year. Featuring modern, fluidic design, it Is powered by anew 103kW 167Nm 1.6-litre direct-injection WT engine, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission of Hyundai's design. Due to arrive in New Zealand in the first quarter of next year, the i35 is likely to deliver performance and fuel efficiency at or near the top of its class, with overall fuel consumption quoted at 6.0L 100km. Hyundai's...

Kss5ss3ssi

95 at an indicated 100km h 9.5 L 100km inline 4 TDI longitudinal 115 kW 3200 rpm 380 Nm 1800 rpm 38.94 kW L 16.32 kg kW 5-speed manual Part-time four-wheel drive double wishbone torsion bar springs Solid axle front ventilated disc rear drums Stability systems ABS EBD Length Width Height 5169 mm 1807 mm 1762 mm With full tank 1877 kg Weight distribution 57.6 42.4 front rear A smart-looking ute with a torquey engine and good all-round capability. Only lacks for extra safety items offered by some...

Mercedesbenz Has Revealed

This all-new CLS, due to make its public debut at the Paris show and to go on sale in Europe next March, will be the first to wear it. A replacement for the car that is credited with creating the 'four-door coup ' segment, a market niche towards which other manufacturers have since gravitated, the new CLS has been styled under the guidance of Gorden Wagener, recently appointed design chief at Mercedes. It sits on a modified version of the current E-Class...

Peugeot Has Unveiled The Firstever

The 3008 HYbrid4 uses a 2.0-litre 121kW HDi diesel engine with stop-start technology to drive the front wheels, and a 27kW electric motor to power the rears. This setup produces headline figures of 3.8L 100km and 99g km, which equates to a 30 per cent reduction in fuel consumption over a petrol-electric hybrid, says Peugeot. A combined maximum of 500Nm of torque is available over a short rev range, 300Nm of which comes from the HDi and 200Nm from the electric...

Powershift

Zetec chassis, this car was otherwise king of the mountains, using its manual gearbox to good effect, and the extra torque in the middle of the rev range to flatten gradients and overtake the diverse and colourful traffic with authority. It's not as economical as the more expensive Econetic (up from 3.7L iookm in city highway tests to 4.4) but is the better drive. As New Zealand was a latecomer to the joys of the present Fiesta generation, our market has already benefited from some features...

Subaru Wrx Sti Subaru

The new 450 horsepower V8 Audi RS 5 Coup . Beneath the alluring exterior of the new RS 5 lies a power plant of sheer ferocity. With a seven-speed twin-clutch transmission, the 4.2 litre V8 will rocket you from a standing start to lOOkm h in a mere 4.6 seconds. As impressive as this undoubtedly is, the manner in which this brutal power is transferred so directly to the road is even more remarkable. A clever new crown-gear centre differential dynamically distributes torque between the front and...

Suspension

Double wishbones sway bar front multilink swaybar rear double wishbones air springs multilink air springs 11.9m (2.75 turns lock-to-lock 12.8m (3.2 turns lock-to-lock)> ventilated disc (360mm ventilated disc (330mm ventilated disc ventilated disc ABS EBD ESP T 275 45R20i f- 275 40R20, r- 315 35R2CT Size Michelin Latitude Sport Bridgestone Dueler HP Sporty Tyres 4846 mm 4857 mm 1933 mm 1776 mm Length Width Height 1655 mm 1669 mm 1640 mm 1646 mm Track 0.36 0.34 Drag coefficient 85 litres 82...

The Streetfighter S naked bike goes ballistic

- but only a little, as the bike still wheelies everywhere in the first three gears, rearing up instantly in response to any throttle input that's halfway serious. What makes the impressive performance data that follows all the more remarkable is that at no point in their realisation was the bike being operated with any meaningful application of full throttle Any time the twist-grip hit the stop, it had to be immediately backed off, lest the Streetfighter loop out. With a set of wheelie bars, I...

These Are The Latest Spy Images Of

The next-generation Porsche 911, snapped testing ahead of its official launch at next year's Frankfurt Motor Show. Codenamed '991', the new model retains the classic rear-engine layout of the 911, albeit with modifications to the engine mounting points, which have been optimised for improved weight distribution. A series of weight-saving measures has stripped around 45kg from new 911 Carrera in base trim, bringing it down to around 1370kg. The car is marginally longer and wider than the...

Toyota Rav4 Diesel

MITSUBISHI g ASX4WD I DIESEL SPORT I unit. Even the distaff commented on the strength of the ASX diesel - a miracle - and I duly noted the time and date as a turning point in our relationship. That said, the RAV4 engine is more refined at idle. Both are civil on the go, once they are warm. Dynamically, this is an even harder call, but probably the Mitsi by a jetfighting nose, although the RAV4 offers better overall ride quality. The slightly lower-flying ASX is a touch firmer, and with its...

When Looking At The Market Roundup Over

The past couple of years, you can guarantee that one sector will have merited a mention, because it has continued to bubble away. Despite the fragile economic recovery that's underway, medium crossovers seem to have found favour in family land. We have attended launches of eight compact crossovers this year alone, among them Nissan's Qashqai facelift, along with Its larger, seven-seat Qashqai+2 spinoff, reviewed here. Folk have warmed to high-riding crossover vehicles, as they appear...

Driven

MORE THAN TEN YEARS AGO, THE FIAT GROUP launched common rail diesel technology, using it first under the bonnet of the Alfa Romeo 156. While the 1.9-litre JTD was the earliest mass-market passenger car to feature the high-pressure injection system, the technology would eventually be adopted by all diesel engines in the quest to bump up power and clean up emissions. A pity, then, that cash-strapped Fiat, which did most of the development work, was forced to sell the technology to Bosch to...

Left Lane

The Blown Gas Coupe (F-BGC) category, previously set at 325.572km h. The specialised Suzi is equipped with a 373kW 569Nm 2.4-litre four-cylinder, sporting a whopping intercooled turbo, a new intake manifold, revised headers and forged pistons and rods. AUDI'S rival for the Mini Cooper S, the Si, has been spotted undisguised near the Nurburgring ahead of its debut at the Paris show. As expected, its look is borrowed from the S Line package of the standard car, including lowered suspension,...

Gtr357

1 59 WAIRAU RD, GLENFIELD Ph (09) 444 61 05 the Aston Martin DB5 is the original and lines it up of all the cars that Bond has driven overtheyears, against the newest Bond star, the DBS Revolving number plate from the pre-European Union era when the Russians were the enemy, not the owners of English football clubs IT'S THE MOST FAMOUS CAR IN THE WORLD. SINCE the '60s, no small boy's toy box has been complete without a fully functioning die-cast model of this car, the 1964 Aston Martin DB5, as...

Ford Has Revealed What It Is

Calling the quickest, best-handling production Mustang ever. The Boss 302, spiritual successor to the 69 original, builds on the 2011 GT, and according to Mustang chief engineer, Dave Pericak, is 'a beautifully balanced factory-built race car that can be driven on the street. The Boss 302 is a front-to-back re-engineered Mustang with every system designed to make a good driver great and a great driver even better.' The 5.0-litre V8 gains a new intake, higher lift cams and a new ECU to yield...

Cerato Koup From

Kia driveav y price includes 5 year or up to 100.000 Km whichever is reached first warranty programme with 24 hr roadside assistance. 12 months registration, W.O.F 1500 km first service and a full tank of fuel. Offer applies to Model Year 10 vehicles only. New Zealand standard specifications may vary to that shown in the picture, image may vary to NZ specifications. Offer applies to new retail registrations only and no other incentives apply. Finance rates based on 48 months with 50 Deposit 13...

So The Bugatti Veyron Is The Fastest

Production car, right Yes for top speed, but not for acceleration Aerial's lightweight Atom 3 is quicker, rocketing from 0-1 OOkm h in under 2.5sec it has a target of 2.3 while the 0-160 should take 5.4sec. The Atom 3 hasn't quite the aero aids of the Veyron, so tops out at a piffling 320km h. Two years in the making, this minimalist machine has a power-to-weight ratio that bludgeons the Bugatti's, with over 900bhp per tonne. It's considerably less expensive, too, with a sticker price of...

First Drive

Remember the Citroen DS Well, it's back - symbolically, at any rate. The DS3 is the first in a series of modern DS variants. Will it be as influential as the original CITRO N, PEUGEOT'S SIBLING, IS BUSY REINVENTING ITSELF, WITH a new prestigious image, a sharper focus on customer service and a whole swag of new product, the first to launch being the funky DS3. If the suffix rings a bell, that's because 55 years ago, Citro n released the DS and changed ideas about car styling and technology...

The Lancia Stratos Hfwas A Rallying

It began as a Bertone study on a TUrin exhibition stand in 1970, and Lancia's team manager, Cesare Fiorio, was determined to make the car a reality. Just one year later, the Stratos was ready to roll, clothed in a striking fibreglass body and powered by a Ferrari Dino V6 engine. The Stratos HF was to race to its first victory in 1973, and it subsequently won three World Cup titles in a row. Fiat budget woes saw the Stratos fall Bom grace after 1979. But in 2010, a...