The Continental: Yes to an Audi Rally Icon, No Thanks to a Dumb Number, Maybe to Tri-Turbos at Porsche
Every single week, our German correspondent slices and dices the most recent rumblings, news, and fast-hit driving impressions from the other side of the pond. His byline may possibly say Jens Meiners, but we merely get in touch with him . . . the Continental.
There are excellent moments in the existence of a motor journalist. For me, one particular of the very best was driving a historic Sport Quattro that Audi brought along to the launch of the A1 Quattro in Sweden. Its brief wheelbase and prolonged overhangs appear rather awkward, and in fact cutting the wheelbase by 12 inches was a half-baked attempt to counter the mid-engined, all-wheel-drive rally cars like the Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 and the Lancia Delta S4 that began to seem as a response to the unique Audi Quattro.
In roadgoing trim—Audi built a small above 200 street automobiles for homologation purposes—the Sport Quattro is powered by a 306-hp variation of its legendary two.one-liter inline-five. The auto feels ultra-fast in a straight line, and the 2nd wind over 3500 rpm—when the turbo hits full boost—would be extraordinary even in a modern-day sports activities car. But in corners, this car’s evil nature breaks by means of. The Sport Quattro has a tendency to understeer, but load adjustments will make the rear step out in an immediate. It’s not a pleasant automobile to drive speedily, and rally drivers like Walter Röhrl and Stig Blomqvist unequivocally state that Audi would have been greater off refining the Rallye Quattro with the regular wheelbase. However, the Sport Quattro, with its kevlar and fiberglass physique, is an icon. It was an extraordinary experience to push it to the limits.
Porsche has confirmed that it will be unveiling a ‘new Cayenne model for the North American market’ at the upcoming 2012 New York Car Show.
Given that we currently get all the derivatives of the Porsche Cayenne besides the diesel, it is protected to say that the sports vehicle manufacturer will be exhibiting the a lot anticipated Cayenne Diesel.
Verify out far more news on the Porsche Cayenne.
The Porsche Cayenne Diesel is previously on sale in European markets. Power comes from a three. liter V6 turbo-diesel generating 240-hp and 406 lb-ft of incredible torque.
Keep tuned for far more details.
At first, the thought of an electrical race car competing in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb looks unusual. However, unlike a gasoline-powered engine, the power output of an electrical automobile is not affected by altitude. If the battery can final lengthy enough an electrical automobile could be aggressive.
With this in thoughts it’s possibly not surprising to hear that Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) will enter an i-MiEV Prototype in the 2012 running of the legendary hillclimb on July eight.
The single seater i-MiEV Prototype is a prototype primarily based on the all-electrical i-MiEV model, which was the initial modern day a hundred% electric vehicle to go into mass production. It will be piloted by Hiroshi Masuoka who raced in the Dakar Rally 21 instances, winning it consecutively in 2002 and 2003, driving Mitsubishi Pajero and Pajero Evolution designs (recognized as the Montero in the US) respectively.
According to Mitsubishi, the i-MiEV Prototype will use the same parts as the present production i-MiEV. MMC says it will use the information obtained from the event to enhance the durability and reliability of pure EVs and plug-in hybrid EVs, which it will be bringing to industry in the close to future.
Brabus, rather bravely named their new vehicle Bullit. It’s only a Mercedes C Coupe, but it has 800 hp.
Finished in a magnificent matt black, the Bullit does not have a V6, or a V8. What it has under the bonnet is Brabus’ 800hp V12, turbocharged V12 no significantly less, which also has a just colossal one,420 Nm of torque.
It is limited to 1,a hundred Nm to stop the transmission from falling to pieces. Even now, it can do to 100km/h in 3.7 seconds and 200km/h in 9.eight seconds. Best speed is 370km/h. Fuel consumption, effectively do you actually have to ask? Alright it is 15.one liters per 100km.
The engine and overall performance are stunning, the visuals are not really. Still, it blows Merc’s personal Black Series C-Class right out of the water. There is one difficulty although, the value, which is €449,820.
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Ford Australia is targeting considerable development in the SUV market as it seems to a future much less dependent on its struggling Falcon large automobile.
With the Falcon in decline, falling to its lowest product sales outcome on record in 2011, the nearby automobile maker has little selection but to concentrate on vehicle segments such as SUVs where there is ever-increasing recognition.
The business is the only homegrown producer to create an SUV, but because the Territory was released in 2004 Ford Australia has progressively taken its eye of the soft-roader ball. It took 7 years to offer a much more fuel effective, diesel edition of the Territory (pictured under), while it has until finally this year competed in the volume compact SUV category with the ageing Escape that secured just a 2.1 per cent industry share.
With the diesel engine helping to set up the Territory as Australia’s best-selling SUV in 2011, Ford Australia says the arrival of the new Kuga compact SUV is the start off of a renewed attack on the segment.
“SUVs account for much more than 24 per cent of Oz market,” Ford Australia’s common manager of marketing and advertising, David Katic, says. “When you consider how large that segment is, there is clearly lots of chance for us.
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We caught up with Adam Shaver, Director MINI Canada, for a quick interview on the topic of MINI’s exquisite mini Rolls. The MINI Goodwood is half MINI, half Rolls-Royce, and completely British in spirit.
Only 1000 of these aristocratic runners will be developed throughout the world – with 21 headed for Canada. Apparently many of the MINI’s have already been spoken for, bought by present Rolls-Royce buyers. We admit, this is the most covert Rolls we’ve ever witnessed. If you want to be coddled in the finest of leathers and woods with out the fanfare and gawking appears, this car could be your ticket.
Get pleasure from our unique interview with Adam Shaver, live from the 2012 CIAS display floor.
Auto News, Geneva Motor Show 2012, Supercar News — By Lawrence on March four, 2012 at 12:42 pm — No Feedback
It seems Gumpert have already delivered their globe premieres, the Apollo R and Apollo Enraged, to the Geneva Motor Display 2012. We got a single image displaying what seems like the Gumpert Apollo Enraged getting delivered to the back entrance of the Palexpo in Geneva.
Gumpert will present a particular edition edition of the Gumpert Apollo named the Gumpert Apollo Enraged. It will be limited to just three copies worldwide and the four.2 litre twin-turbocharged V8 will be uprated to deliver 780hp. We imagine that the above image shows this automobile getting unloaded from the transporter. The Gumpert Apollo Enraged will the most highly effective street legal Apollo to leave the factory.
The second premier will be the Gumpert Apollo R, potentially built to rival the Pagani Zonda R. In this kind, the Apollo’s four.two litre twin-turbocharged V8 will function a staggering 860 hp. With all this energy, Gumpert are hoping to beat their 7:11`57 time on the Nuerburgring Nordschleife.