Ferrari, Overkill — By Lawrence on August 15, 2012 at 5:02 pm — No Comments
Now that McDonald’s is a multi-national corporation with profits over 27 billion US Dollars a year, it seems Ronald McDonald can afford to run a custom Ferrari 599 GTB. Okay, so Ronald McDonald isn’t actually a real person, but we’d suspect that if he was, he’d get excited by this Ferrari 599 GTB. It features a contrasting red and yellow leather interior, not unlike the colours that made McDonald’s fast food restaurants famous.
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Video: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety introduces new offset frontal crash test, hopes to make cars safer
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has revealed a new frontal crash test method and is their first new method ever since 1995. The method is called the new “small overlap frontal crash test,” which tests vehicles traveling at 40 mph into barrier at the front driver-side ¾ panel.
The cars being put to the test were some of the industry’s most prominent sellers: the 2012 Acura TSX, 2012 BMW 3-Series, 2012 Lincoln MKZ, and the 2012 Volkswagen Passat CC, which were all declared “marginal” in their safety rating. Others like the 2012 Audi A4, 2012 Lexus IS, 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and the 2012 Lexus ES were rated as “poor.”
“These are severe crashes, and our new test reflects that,” said IIHS President Adrian Lund in their press release. “Most automakers design their vehicles to ace our moderate overlap frontal test and NHTSA’s full-width frontal test, but the problem of small overlap crashes hasn’t been addressed. We hope our new rating program will change that.”
Though most of the cars put to the test rate fairly well across the spectrum in terms of safety guidelines dictated by the NHTSA and federal government, the IIHS’s new crash test hopes to invoke change to the already preexisting automobile safety rating system.
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Hot hatchbacks will never go out of fashion because they always have one big advantage over equally fast sports cars: practicality. So let’s check out two of the latest and hottest hatchbacks being put through their paces at Bedford race rack, in the hands of Evo’s reviewer Dickie Meaden. We have the new Ford Focus ST, fresh from the set of the Sweeney, and the gorgeous new Vauxhall Astra VXR.
Choosing the winner based on styling along would be easy, since the ST looks like a spoiled fat kid. But there’s more to it. Both these cars have turbocharged engines that makes well over 200bhp, and both are front-wheel-drive. So handling could be the deciding factor:
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The Suzuki Kizashi is potentially the most underrated model in the medium car segment. Whether it’s the name or the fact that Suzuki is better known for small cars and all-terrain SUVs, the Kizashi has been somewhat forgotten among the ever expanding crowd of cars in its category.
Although the medium car segment has grown year to date by more than 20 per cent compared with last year, the Suzuki Kizashi has captured just 1.6 per cent of sales, a decline on the previous year’s three percent. To spice things up and remind customers that the Kizashi is a viable choice in the market, the Queensland distributors for the Japanese company have come out with a special edition Suzuki Kizashi Karbon.
From the outside the Kizashi Karbon is essentially a jazzed-up Kizashi Sport AWD. The Karbon has its roof, driving light surrounds, wing mirrors, lower door garnishes, rear boot lip spoiler and twin exhaust flutes wrapped in a carbonfibre-like material. It all comes together to create a rather nice but not overdone visual enhancement package, particularly on a white car. The interior also gets dashes of the same treatment but perhaps the most noticeable addition is the black chrome 19-inch Avanti wheels.
The Suzuki Kizashi Karbon, which for now is just a one-off, is expected to cost about $ 4000 more than the standard $ 39,990 Kizashi Sport AWD. The same 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that powers the entire Kizashi range is also in charge of the Karbon. As with the AWD model, the Karbon transmits its 131kW of power and 230Nm of torque to all four wheels via a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
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With government regulators dictating that only the fuel-efficient and those with low emissions survive, engineers for the next Range Rover faced a Darwinian challenge. The fourth-generation Range Rover, which makes its public debut in September, uses so much aluminum that the company says it’s as much as 926 pounds lighter than its predecessor. That’s equal to two of the Galápagos tortoises that Darwin studied, or about half a Lotus Elise.
After the unexpected viewing of the first photos of the 2013 Range Rover earlier today, Land Rover has come out with an official announcement detailing its bigger, lighter and more modern looking luxury SUV.
While many have and will continue to focus their attention on the sleek evolution of the Range Rover’s traditional looks and the modernized interior that is influenced by the Evoque, it’s what you don’t see that truly makes the fourth generation of the British SUV stand out from its predecessors.
You see, the 2013 Range Rover features a new all-aluminium monocoque body structure that is 39 per cent lighter than the steel body in the outgoing model. In addition, there’s an all-new aluminium front and rear chassis architecture.
These weight saving measures help the new Range Rover shed as much as 926lbs of 420kg over the outgoing model, depending on market and specifications.
For example, Land Rover tells us that the US specification model with the naturally-aspirated 5.0-liter V8 will be approximately 700lbs or 318kg lighter than the outgoing equivalent.
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