Volvo's new S60 goes on sale this month, with pricing for the sexy Swedish sedan starting from $63,990. The catch? This cost-leading GTDi model won't be available until March. Using Volvo's new 177kW, 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, direct-injection turbopetrol, it drives the front wheels through anew twin-clutch auto. Until then, buyers can choose between the AWD, 224k\V, 3.0-litre, six-cylinder turbopetrol at $79,990 or the AWD 151kW D5 diesel at $71,990.
Along with sleek new lines, the S60 will be packed with safety technology, including
HONDA has also revealed its new plug-in hybrid platform technology, whici is expected to underpin a rival to the Toyota Prius plug-in, already confirmed for a 2012 launch. Featuring a 120kW electric motor powered by a 6kWh battery pack, the :wo-motor hybrid system provides an electric-only range of 15 to 20 kilometres at speeds up to lOOkm/h A full recharge of the Dattery psck takes up to two-and-a-ha f hou's. The electric propulsion system works alongside a 2.0-litre pe:rol engine mated to a CVT transmission. To maximise efficiency, the hybrid system constantly changes between all-eectric, petrol-electrc and 'unique' engine direct-drive modes.
CRC is confirmed as the new naming rights sponsor of Speedshow and the event, whici runs from 23 to 24 July in 2011, will now be known as CRC Speedshow. CRC Industries' M.D Murray Walbran seid: "CRC nas a long history of involvement in motorsport. This partnership is a continuation of CRC's support to the motorsport industry in New Zealand. Speedshow is a great vehicle for CRC: to comrrunicate to and interact with core motoring enthusiasts."
Nissan has released the official 0-lOOkm/h claimed time for its new and improved MY11 GT-R: 3.0 seconds, clocked during a Japanese media event held at the Sendai Hi-land Race Way in November. The car was tested on both media days and is said to have achieved the time on each - which makes it 0.3sec quicker than the time quoted by Porsche for the 911 Turbo S.
Nissan's detailed official press statement notes the place (Sendai Hi-land RaceWay, Sendai City), the vehicle (11MY Nissan GT-R Pure edition), the specification of said vehicle (standard specification, including tyres and wheels, without optional parts), the setup of the standard vehicle dynamic package forged carbon. This helps keep its weight down to a mere 999kg. We are testing the Sesto Eleriento at the moment and f it all goes well, then we could look at a limited production run,'said Winkelmann. 'But it would not be homologated, because there are complications with things like airbags. It would be track use only.'
(R mode for the suspension andVDC-R) and even states the temperature on both days (14.9 and 18.6 degrees). After copping much flack about the specification of the GT-R used for the Nurburgring lap time, Nissan is taking no chances with this claim.
The 2011 cars have more power torque, as the 3.8-litre, twin-turbo Vb now produces 390kW and 61 INm at 3200rpm. Tweaks to the suspension, brakes and aeros have also been made, along with a few visual differences, including LED driving lights and new alloy wheels. FC
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racer has two newly developed, specific track-biased calibrations that allow it to lap Ferrari's Fiorano test track in lminl6.5sec, or two seconds faster than the F430 Challenge.
The improved performance is largely a result of a lighter car. Thinner body panels are used, some of them made of carbon fibre, and the windows are replaced by Lexan. Track-specific suspension includes stiffer, lowered springs and single-rate alloy dampers, while the 19-inch forged alloys are wrapped in Pirelli slicks. Brembo carbon ceramic brakes feature and Ferrari's ABS system, which was honed on the 599XX experimental track car. EC
advanced stability control, City Safety (applies the brakes to avoid slow-speed nose-to-tails) and the new pedestrian detection and avoidance system. A decade in development, it's a driver aid that uses a camera and radar to detect pedestrians in the path of the car and determine whether or not there is a danger of an impact. It alerts the driver via audible and visual warnings, and if the driver fails to respond, full braking power is applied. This entire process is said to take less than a second. At speeds of"up to 35km/h, an accident with a pedestrian can be avoided, while at higher speeds die focus is on reducing the impact.
This feature will be available on its own or as part of a $5990 Driver Support Pack Option that includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, a driver fatigue warning system and a blind spot identification system. PC
The 458 Challenge race car has been revealed and is sure to be the Playboy's racer of choice. Derived from the 458 Italia, the 458 Challenge is the fifth model to be used by Ferrari in its single-series racing programme, which has championships in Europe and North America, and a new Asia-Pacific series starting this year.
While the engine is unchanged from the road version, Ferrari has lowered the gear ratios of the twin-clutch gearbox. The race car also adopts the E-Diff electronic differential from the 458 and its Fl-Trac traction control system, but subscribe online at www.mags4gifts.co.nz/autocar
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