Opel unveiled two Adam vehicle concepts during the recent Geneva Motor Show.
The first vehicle is the Adam Rocks that is a mini-crossover designed for comfortable urban driving. It has a body cladding made of plastic, accents of matte aluminum, and a higher ride height The Adam Rocks also has LED headlamps, 18-inch alloy rims, Brembo brakes, and a retractable roof made of fabric.
The interior of the Adam Rocks boasts of seats hugged by Nappa leather, white trim, and neon-blue piping. It also features metallic accents and an infotainment system.
The second vehicle is the Adam R2 concept that is inspired by the Adam Cup. The car was designed to suffice the specifications of the FIA R2. The R2 has a OPC body package that features a roof-mounted scoop and a hood with quick release. It also has Brembo brakes, lightweight racing rims, and a sport-tuned suspension.
The highlights of the R2′s interior are the roll cage, digital instruments, and racing seats by Sparco. There is also a trip computer and an electric fire extinguisher.
Under the hood of the R2 is an EcoTec engine with 1.6 liters of displacement. IT can generate 185 horses and about 140 lb-ft of torque. This powerplant is linked with a 5-speed sequential gearbox that sends the power to the car’s front wheels thru a limited-slip differential.
When a sports car enthusiast drives on a track with the best combination of long straights and tough corners he must think he is in nirvana. That is what sports car manufacturer Porsche promises drivers as it has designed a track near its Leipzig factory where the Porsche Panamera and the Cayenne SUV are being built.
Surely no now will argue about the Parabolica in Monza, Suzuka S, Bus Stop in Monaco, or the Corkscre in Laguna Seca but imagine how Porsche makes it affordable for anyone to experience an adrenaline pumping ride when it opens its tracks.
Porsche test drivers offer ride around the Leipzig track to show you the potentials of the Porsches. You can be the co-pilot with prices ranging from $130 o $280.
You can also have a chance to go off-road where the Porsche Cayenne can impress you. Most likely the upcoming Porsche Macan will also be there as it will be manufactured at the same factory.
If you cannot go to Germany at the moment, do not be sad, we have a video below just to tease you.
Okay, now book a ticket, grab your passport, grab your backpack, and try this Co-Pilot Porsche program.
The Vettel Edition of the 2013 FX by Infinity will not be available in the U.S. The Infiniti FX Vettel Edition is the most expensive and powerful Infiniti to go in production ever.
Parent company Nissan recently confirmed the plans to produce the special edition Infiniti FX and also confirmed the tag price of the vehicle. Only 150 units will be sold in Europe, Middle East, and Russia starting March 2013. The Vettel Edition Infiniti FX has a tag price equivalent to $154,907.
During a recent interview, a spokesperson from the company revealed that the vehicle will not be sold in the U.S. When asked for a reason, he cited issues on regulations preventing the sale of the high-end vehicle in the U.S.
The limited edition Infiniti FX is being named after Sebastian Vettel, the world champion Formula 1 driver.
Buyers of the Infiniti FX Vettel Edition will be able to monitor the progress on the production of their car using a complimentary iPad. Of course, the first car off the production line will be given to Sebastian Vettel himself.
The car manufacturer is also planning to bundle with the purchase some exclusive events such as training for high-performance drivers, trainings on F1 simulators, an opportunity to join a three-seater F1, and a memorable and exciting turn over ceremonies.
The Vettel Edition Infiniti FX will only be sold in a Moonlight White finish. The only option available is to install a rear spoiler crafted from carbon fiber.
The concept Infiniti FX Vettel Edition was unveiled as a concept vehicle last year during the auto show in Frankfurt.
The ML63 AMG is the top of the line version of the M-Class SUV of Mercedes-Benz. It features a twin turbo V-8 with 5.5L displacement that can produce 518 bhp or roughly 15bhp more than its older version. Despite the boost in power, the fuel consumption is improved by 40% and averages 23.9 miles per gallon. It sells for £34,505.
Those who want a more exciting version can opt for the AMG Performance package that brings in an additional 32 bhp plus styling options and stronger brakes.
The Mercedes ML63 AMG can go from 0 to 62 miles per hour in a matter of 4.8 seconds. The AMG Performance package makes it a tenth of a second faster.
This big car is pretty agile with a very good steering system. It comes standard with Sports Air Suspension and a set of 20-inch alloy rims. The air suspension can be set to a Sport+ mode, Sport mode, or Comfort mode. The Comfort mode will give you a very firm and composed ide while the Sport+ mode will bring the car 1cm closer to the ground and improves stability during high speed driving.
The performance of the V-8 is almost flawless. It delivers the power smoothly and also shifts gear without any hiccups.
Inside the ML63 AMG the designers did a good job with the classy leather seat and touches of metal trim and dark wood. The list of option being offered by the luxury carmaker is quite extensive but it is quite disappointing that a powered tailgate does not came as standard.
The ML63 AMG can comfortably accommodate five adults. The boot does not have a lip making access easier while the underneath the floor is a hidden storage area to add some more practicality.
To conclude, recommending a 4×4 5.5L V8 version of the ML63 AMG is a challenge especially when you can get the entry level model that runs on diesel for almost half the price.
Early this May, the first batch of prototypes of the new 918 Spyder of Porsche has gone testing in different locations in Europe. Just this week, Porsche released an official photo of the prototype and confirmed some of the final specs that the buying public will get.
The development is in the end stages and there are rumors that the production version might hit the assembly lines as early as September of 2013. The car manufacturer also confirmed that the first deliveries will happen before the pages of the calendar ran out next year.
The photos of the 918 Spyder prototypes remind us of the old racing cars (the Porsche 917) and hints of what we can expect with the new ride. A lot of the details were revealed when the concept version was unwrapped back in 2010. Porsche recently confirmed that the new 918 Spyder will sport a bigger V-8 with 4.6-liter displacement that can give out 570 horsepower. The concept car before only featured a 3.2-liter V-8.
The powerful engine will be in tandem with an electric motor. The power sources will be linked to the rear axle and will be able to spin it independently or in combo. Another electric motor will be powering the front axle. The total output of the system will be around 770 horses. The lay-out will also give way to a four-wheel drive or two-wheel drive setup.
The battery pack of the car can be charged at home and this power source alone can give you a range of 15 miles and a decent 93-mph top speed. Porsche is looking into a 0 to 60 mph sprint below the 3-second mark with a top speed reaching more than 202 mph. Fuel economy will be at 78 mpg. Yes read that again, that is the fuel mileage for this ride.
The company will only produce 918 units of this ride and orders are on going with Porsche. The sticker price is a whopping $845,000.
Engineering and design firm Zagato has been known for its works on Italian car brands. Since the early 1920s, Zagato has designed a ton of rides for the Alfa Romeo, Maserati, and Lancia. It has also worked with brands like Shelby, Cadillac, and Aston Martin.
Zagato first collaborated with Aston Martin for the DB4 GT in 1960 that was penned, assembled, and produced in Milan. The Aston Martin DB4 GT made by Zagato was known as a light weight coupe which can speed up to 174 miles an hour. This car had a very limited run and only 19 units rolled out of their factory. The current value of this Aston-Zagato is at a whopping $6 million.
In the 1980s, Zagato came up with the V8 Vantage coupe and the V8 Volante spider which were produced in limited quantities. The 33 spiders and 50 coupes were sold in a matter of days and became an instant collector’s item.
In 2002, Zagato worked with the the DB7 V12 and the DB-AR1 the next year. These Aston Martin’s were designed thinking of the high end ride as all about performance and luxury, and not for the mass market. The run only produced 99 units to ensure exclusivity. The production of the vehicles however were finished in England.
Last year, Aston Martin rolled out the V12 by Zagato inspired by the V8 Vantage designed by the same company. The run was limited to just 150 just like for the other models earlier. This time, the cars were modeled in Italy but engineered and assembled by Aston Martin.
The collaboration between Zagato and Aston Martin has spanned half a century and were are pretty sure we will be seeing more creations stemming out of this partnership. Another thing is for sure, the tag price will always be sky high but we can expect that each Aston Martin to remain a valuable collectible.
In the past two decades, we are slowly seeing technologies first used for wars being implemented onto our everyday equipment, gadgets, and applications.
The HUD or Head-Up Display for example has been used for jet fighters since 1958 to keep feeding the pilot vital information. The HUD technology has been used by commercial planes sine the 1970s and in the early 2000′s used for cars.
BMW claims to be the first carmaker in Europe to make available to the market an HUD technology. Owners of the BMW 5-Series can get info about their rpm, speed and more while they keep their eyes on the road.
According to the German car builder, a driver normally takes a second to glimpse the instrument clusters on the dash. This gap is enough for a car to go for 14 meters more while cruising at a speed of 50 kph without his eyes on the road.
Aside from keeping the driver’s eyes on the road, BMW also found out that the driver can absorb the information via the HUD faster compared to conventional gauges on the dash.
On today’s fighter jets, the data is beamed to the canopy via mirrors then on a vertical panel just on the line of sight of the pilot. This system though might be impractical for cars, so BMW instaed makes use of a thin layer of foil attached to the windshield so the driver can get information about his car and his driving.
The new BMW 3-Series will be getting this HUD technology. BMW also makes use of different colors to make it easier for the driver to distinguish a set of information from the other.
The Bugatti Veyron is considered the second most fastest car that is being manufactured, which means for those that follow the racing world, this is the car that they watch. The car has been in production for quite a while, the most notable achievement that the car has received was winning the 24 hours of Le Mans in 1939. The car is built by Bugatti Automobiles SAS, which is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, meaning that the car does utilize German engineering, some of the best in the world.
Another notable aspect is that the car is considered one of the most powerful cars on the market as well. The car can reach sixty miles per hour in 2.6 seconds, which as many point out far bypasses those cars that promise the fastest acceleration that are on the market. The top speed of the Bugatti Veyron is around 253.2 miles per hour, which is an amazing speed for any car to reach. The reason for this performance statistics is simply due to the sheer size of the engine. The engine is a 16 cylinder engine that has four turbochargers which help add to the speed that the car can reach. Because of the extensive size of this engine, there are ten radiators on the car that are working to keeping it cooled down and from overheating. This is an immense number of radiators, however are necessary in order to make sure that the car runs as it should. However, not all of these radiators are dedicated to the engine cooling aspect. For example, there are two radiators for the cooling system, one radiator for the spoiler, as well as one radiator for the transmission oil.
Since this car is pretty unique, it is not surprise that the car has specifically designed tires in order to accommodate the fast speeds that it can reach. These tires are designed by Michelin, and are flat run tires. According to The Bugatti Blog, these tires are supposed to be able to not wear down due to driving these fast speeds, however, street wise, most people will never reach the speed that the Veyron can actually rise.
Price wise, the Bugatti Veyron is going to run around $1.7 million dollars, which means that this is not the car that you are going to see driving around on many roads in the United States. There may be a few of these located in Hollywood, where movie stars do drive the car. Which gas mileage wise, it is understandable while only the rich and famous drive these since it is estimated that the Veyron only gets eight miles per gallon driving in city mode.
The Jaguar XKR is part of the Jaguar XK series which was first introduced to the public in 1996, and still continues to be popular. These cars are very similar to the Aston Martin since they all utilize the same format. However, the XKR did make a few changes to improve and differentiate itself from the pack. What is interesting is that the top speed that the XKR will reach is 155 miles per hour, this is electronically controlled, so there is no way that you can go above this, even though the engine could outperform this number. Most people believe that this was done in order to limit the number of accidents that resulted from the speed of the car, which does help improve the safety ratings of the XKR.
There are many different limited editions of the XKR, which will of course cost more, however, most people view these as more collectible. The XKR Silverstone was only for the UK and Japanese market, which means finding one in the US is not going to be easy. The most notable aspect about this car was that it included a one of king interior with different colors than what people were normally use to seeing in the XKR, making it a surprise. However, it also included all the options on it, which made it a huge turner, as well as luxurious ride to own. There are several other limited editions to choose from, most of them are subject to one specific location, however, this only adds to the prestige of owning one of these rare vehicles, in addition, there may have only been a limited number of these editions made since they are expected to be those cars that are wanted and will be preserved for future generations.
The BMW M3 is one of those cars that BMW makes in a coupe, sedan and convertible version. For this reason, it is one of the most popular selling cars for BMW and are considered to be high performance vehicles. The M3 models are derived from past models such as the E30, E36, and E46. However, BMW made some changes to improve everything about the car to appeal to more consumers. The reason that BMW chose to make these changes and introduce a whole new line is diverse. However, most people believe that they wanted to be a better contender with Mercedes-Benz, which is their biggest competitor.
The BMW M3 Coupe is designed with a V8 engine, and offers one of the best performances as any coupe on the market. The car was designed with aerodynamics in mind that would not hamper performance. Unlike most other cars in the same field, the BMW M3 Coupe will not suffer in the slightest should there be sudden gusts of winds, many consumers report that they have the same continued great performance even during the worst conditions.
The BMW M3 Sedan takes the concept of the Coupe and puts a family spin on the car. Meaning that those with families do not have to sacrifice looks and performance just to have a vehicle that fits the entire family. The interior of the car still looks like a race car for the driver, so that they are not losing any thrill of the drive, however the interior is more spacious than other models. Those passengers who ride with you will never complain of being cramped, as it has more room than many other Sedan’s on the market.