In the second episode of Jerry Seinfeld’s new web series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, the comedian cruises around town in a 1967 Austin-Healy 3000 as Ricky Gervais sits in the passenger seat.
Next episode airs August 9th at 9pm ET/6pm PT. Who will Jerry host? We’ll find out eventually.
Check out the video after the jump.
The Lexus GS250 Luxury may be the entry-level model in the new Lexus GS range, but that doesn’t mean it misses out on essential luxury kit. Lexus don’t do poverty packs.
In fact, the Japanese luxury carmaker has upped the ante considerably for the new look GS range – fitting a vast array of technology and features as standard equipment across the entire model range, making the $ 77,900 Lexus GS250 exceptional value for money.
Highlights include Lexus’ remote touch, eight-inch multimedia display with satellite navigation with live traffic alerts, reversing camera with front and rear parking sensors, Bi-xenon headlamps with adaptive front lighting system, four-door smart entry with card key, Bluetooth phone and music streaming, blind spot monitor, tyre pressure monitor, metallic self-healing paint and digital DAB+ radio.
But our test car is the upgraded Lexus GS250 F Sport, which apart from more distinct and aggressive bodywork, picks up additional goodies such as an exceptional Pioneer 12-speaker, 299-watt premium audio system, electrically adjustable pelvis support on the 16-way driver’s seat and a set of superb dark premium 19-inch alloy wheels with wider series Bridgestone Potenza tyres – for good measure.
The latest and fourth-generation Lexus GS range spans nine variants across three models; GS250, Lexus GS350 and top-of-the-line Lexus GS450h – a petrol/electric hybrid. There’s also choice of three trim levels available in each model: Luxury, F Sport and Sports Luxury.
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Though often cast in the past as a villain in attempts to improve fuel economy, a new report suggests the internal combustion engine (ICE) will continue to play a leading role in powering our automobiles.
The 2-year study was by the National Petroleum Council at the request of Secretary of Energy David Chu. The 63-page summary covers subjects from potential battery advances to infrastructure, but one point that comes through is that the ICE will continue…at least until 2050.
We’ve already seen major improvements in real world ICE fuel economy. Just two examples: On a recent freeway drive to Jay Leno’s Big Dog Garage in a Mazda3 with SkyActiv we went 43 miles at an average 63 mph while getting 45 mpg. How about a 4191-lb BMW 640i Gran Coupe with its 315-bhp turbo 3.0-liter inline-6 managing 35 mpg on a 15-mile 70-mph steady-state run and 21.6 mpg over 100 miles of mixed driving with no attempt to maximize mileage?
The study promises more to come, stating, “Many technologies in varying stages of development can provide up to 90% fuel economy improvement in liquid ICE LD (light-duty) vehicles relative to 2010 vehicles.” Not surprisingly it then adds, “The primary obstacle to high volume application of these technologies is cost.”
Other advances will include plug-in hybrids, the greater use of natural gas and lighter weight vehicles. As for electric vehicles, “A breakthrough beyond those expected for Lithium-ion batteries is necessary to increase the driving range of a BEV so that it can be a substitute for a conventional vehicle.”
Aston Martin released some interesting behind the scenes footage from the new Vanquish photo shoot session at René Staud studio. They produced the official pictures Aston released when unveiling the car for the first time. Those interested in photography will definitely enjoy this. And everyone else will be enjoying looking at the gorgeous Aston Martin Vanquish. The 560 hp sports car replaces the DBS in Aston’s range.
Featuring world renowned photographer René Staud and his team working in their specialist Stuttgart studio, watch as some of the iconic imagery that accompanied the global unveiling of the car is created.
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Airbus has turned on the power inside its new composite A350 XWB for the first time. The flight deck of the MSN1, the first flyable A350 XWB rolling down the assembly line, features an array of flat panel displays common in most modern airliners and the small side-stick controls familiar to Airbus pilots.
The A350 XWB is Airbus’ competitor to the Boeing 777 and new Boeing 787 Dreamliner. And like the Dreamliner, the new Airbus has already suffered its share of setbacks. The company says turning on the power on the flight deck will allow them to perform functional checks of most systems, hopefully allowing them to spot any issues early enough to minimize further delays. The team expects to power up the entire airplane later in the summer and a first flight is scheduled for early next summer.
The front fuselage sections of the airplane was delivered to the final assembly line in Toulouse, France, last month inside the company’s giant Beluga transport aircraft. Sections of the A350 XWB are assembled in the United Kingdom, Spain, France, and Germany with final assembly taking place in Toulouse.
The first airframe is designated for static structural testing, with MSN1 designated as the A350 XWB that will make the first flight. Currently Airbus is hoping the airplane will enter service in the second half of 2014.
Like the Boeing 787, much of the structure of the A350 XWB is made from composites. Though where Boeing uses a composite barrel to form the fuselage, Airbus is using composite panels attached to a metal frame.
The first vehicle off the assembly line was the Mazda6 wagon, built to European specifications and powered by the SKYACTIV-G 2.0 gasoline engine. The Hofu Plant should produce about 120,000 units annually. Furthermore, this Mazda6 will be the first model to benefit from the automaker’s new i-ELOOP regenerative braking technology.
The new Mazda6 will be on European and Japanese roads before the end of 2012, and will be available in North America, beginning 2013. The Mazda6 sedan will premiere at the Moscow International Automobile Salon 2012, opening on August 29.
Burning Cars, Ferrari — By Lawrence on August 5, 2012 at 5:19 pm — No Comments
We’ve often seen the Ferrari 599XX Evolution spitted flames at the race track. This is a story of different sorts. GTspirit forum member Bonney captured this Ferrari 599XX Evolution on fire at the Monza race circuit back in March. It happened during the Ferrari Corsa Clienti at Monza in May. Both the driver and the passenger got out of the car without injuries.
We’re not sure what the fate of the Ferrari was although we’re pretty sure that Ferrari’s mechanics will have completely revamped the car for its owner! It’s the first time we’ve seen anything like this happen to a 599XX model. If you look closely at the flames in one of the photos, you’ll be able to make out the outline of a Phoenix! Pretty cool, right!