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...

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

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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...

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...

Ibulletscree

Sci-fi gadgets now a reality, radar scanner pre-dating in car sat-nav by a few decades grittier, more realistic character than previous Bonds, and he needed a car to match, so out went the outlandish gadgets. lust as with the DB5 four decades previously, Aston Martin had been working in secret on a new model, the DBS. When the call came to provide James with his wheels for Casino Royale, it was still so new that it existed only as a clay model. The DBS is 'the most masculine car we've ever...

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...

Mistyeyed for Mopar

WE SPENT ANOTHER MONTH dodging storms in the north trying to get the October issue together, but it was a minor inconvenience, of course, compared to the massive problems caused by the Canterbury earthquake. Our Christchurch-based columnist Dave Moore came through relatively unscathed, while Shaun Summerfield's southern journey in the new Kizashi Sport was jolted to a premature halt. To our southern readers, we hope that the new issue brings a moment of escapism from the clean-up, and that the...

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...

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...

We need to see Bond in a car that we men desire as much as women desire him Aston Martin provokes the desire but backs

Pop out, but needs to be attached by hand - lies casually tossed in the back, along with the lump hammer needed to fix it in place. Knowing its next owner will want to drive it, RM Auctions, which is selling it on behalf of Lee, has given the mechanicals and the gadgets a makeover. So the 282-horsepower, 4.o-litre straight-six engine starts instantly, makes a hard, loud howl when worked, and provides acceleration that still feels fairly urgent by modern standards this car was one of the first...

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...