Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk at the wheel of a Tesla Roadster
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My affection for the weekday bicycle commute is inversely proportional to the grade of the next hill. Don’t get me wrong, I find cycling for sake of cycling — putting on the stretchy racing bibs and clicky shoes to go tackle endless climbs — a pure joy. But when the ride into the office requires a shower and wardrobe change, my laziness and vanity usually win out, so I end up just taking the bus.
Electric bikes seem like a brilliant solution, as they can help you zip up hills and across flats without all the huffing and puffing. But the e-bike has proven a tough nut to crack, as evidenced by the dearth of electric bicycles that are practical in all the important ways: appropriate power, easy and fast charging, intuitive controls, manageable weight and supreme comfort in the saddle. Some come close, but then fail on aesthetics — nobody wants to be seen on something that resembles a Huffy with a giant silver box welded to the back of the frame.
The designers of the Faraday Porteur have nailed the elusive important bits by prioritizing the e-bike’s bicycle-ness. The motor and battery are almost entirely invisible at first glance, hidden away inside the frame. And actually, the electric power boost is a secondary feature that, rightfully, stays dormant until topographic desperation makes you hit the switch. Until then, it’s a comfortable cruiser that looks like it was pulled straight from a rack on Amsterdam’s hippest streetcorner.
Now that the new generation Kia Forte/Cerato has been unveiled and we found out how it looks, it’s time to start speculating about the coupe version, which is the most interesting variant of the car. Kia actually calls it ‘Koup.’ The previous generation was the best-looking car Kia made to date.
This rendering shows a two-door version of the sedan, and although it’s a nice effort, the actual car probably won’t look anything like it.
If the current Koup is any indication, the next car will be substantially different than the sedan. That is the best thing about it. If the Koup were to be a two-door version of the car your dad drove, you as a young fella would not be interested it. That’s why Kia gave the Koup a sharp and edgy styling. It doesn’t share many exterior panels with the sedan. The new one will follow suit.
Pretty though it is, the current Koup is not even remotely sporty underneath. Let’s hope Kia changes that in the new one. They can start by making it rear-wheel-drive.
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Chicago-based IND delivers a new exciting BMW project to one of their customers. The 335i Coupe goes through an extensive tuning program that gave the car both a power boost and an improved dynamics and looks. Let’s have a look at the parts and mods that went into this special project:
GIAC Stage 2
Brembo GT 355/345
AR Design Catted Downpipes
AR Design Stage 1 Secondary Oil Cooler
AR Design Oil Catch Can
Bastuck Quad Exhaust
Borla Catless Midpipes
Forge Diverter Valves
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The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van is a great vehicle to transport your crew in style and rapper, producer and the founder of Cash Money Records, Birdman, definitely agrees. Birdman recently copped a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van and customized it with a bunch of amenities including red leather massaging seats, iPads, computers, TV screens, a PlayStation and much more.
The whole package including the van ran him somewhere north of $ 300,000 – more than the price of some of the houses in the United States.
That’s right – that’s how YMCMB does it – young money, cash money billionaires – what you know about that?
Check out the video after the jump.
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Car News, Mercedes, Tuning News — By Lawrence on August 3, 2012 at 11:28 pm — No Comments
Vorsteiner released a set of teasers for their upcoming Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG bodykit today. We’ve seen plenty of kits for Mercedes flagship luxury sedan, it seems to lend itself to aftermarket modifications. Vorsteiner’s kit will probably become one of the most successful if the renderings are anything to go by.
The entire aero kit will be carbon fibre. Included in the package will be a new front bumper including a spoiler and badgeless radiator grille, fender vent covers, side skirts, a boot lid spoiler and a new rear diffuser. Vorsteiner will also offer a set of forged wheels and a cat back exhaust system.
Should you describe the Citroen DS4 as: a) a hot-hatch, b) a sexy coupe, or c) a compact SUV? A fourth multiple choice answer is actually best: d) all of the above. Or ‘crossover’ in carmaker-speak.
The second model in Citroen’s more premium-focused, style-centric DS range – following the DS3 – proudly wears a number of berets, with the French manufacturer targeting a variety of buyers across a number of different segments rather than creating a car that is pigeonholed into one specific competitor set.
The intricacies and eccentricities of the Citroen DS4 certainly make it a standout in Australia’s sub-$ 40,000 segment.
Let’s start with the seats. Our Citroen DS4 DSport test car was upholstered with optional ‘Habana’ leather seats, which feature a detailed watchstrap pattern that wouldn’t look out of place inside a Bentley or in the lounge room of an interior designer. The catch is they add $ 1500 to the price of the DSport – which starts at $ 39,990 and already comes standard with simpler grey leather seats – and an eye-watering $ 3000 to the $ 35,990 petrol and $ 36,990 diesel DStyle models.
The pain to your hip pocket may be relieved slightly by the seat heaters and massagers, although the effect of the latter can be achieved more cost effectively by unleashing a child in the back to methodically knee the back of your seat, such is the sensation. It’s a job best reserved for kids, too, with room tight in the back seats for adults – including headroom that’s restricted by that coupe-style sloping roofline.