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Mazda 5 Getting a Facelift in 2008

Published by on Dec 5th, 2007, 2 Comments

Mazda released the first pictures of the new Mazda 5 that comes with a facelift in 2008, and will make a real presentation of the car at the Bologna Motor Show that starts December 7th.

Mazda 5 Facelift

The new Mazda 5 has a few modifications worth mentioning and I will start with what we see on the outside. You can now choose power sliding doors and the dampers are changed a bit. The interior the mid panel with the dashboard functions was redesigned and include a DVD navigation system and a touch screen display.

Now that I got to the part that I enjoy the most, performance, you should know it’s not just the looks that will change on the 2008 model. Mazda 5 is now powered by a MRZ 2.0-liter engine with electronic throttle and sequential valve timing, and features two types of transmission to choose from. One is a 6-speed manual and the other one is a 5-speed automatic.

The last thing I will add is the new suspension that offers better stability at high speeds and the optimized brake booster that will slow you down, safe.

Mercedes AMG W 197 SLC – Prototype

Published by on Dec 5th, 2007, 1 Comment

I am very interested to know if this one will go live in 2010 as announced, but the simple fact that Mercedes and AMG are working hard to revive the legendary 300 SL that made a lot of waves during the 50s and the 60s into something that would look like this, is a big step forward.

Mercedes AMG W 197 SLC - Prototype

From what I know the 2-seats W197 SLC will be built in Germany and the annual production will vary from 3,000 to 5,000 units for a price that will range between 150,000 to 200,000 Euro. No official word so far from Mercedes or AMG so we can only guess it will be powered by a 620hp V8 engine with a rear-wheel-drive.

Do you like it?

A Porsche 911 GT3 Cup That Sports 420bhp

Published by on Dec 4th, 2007, No Comments

A Porsche 911 GT3 Cup That Sports 420bhp

If you’re a motor sport fan, if you love Porsche or if you just like fast cars here is another one from Porsche. It’s an upgraded version of their GT3 Cup model that now manages to get 420hp and only 265 of these beauties will be produced next year in March, out of which 26 for competition.
The new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup model sports 20hp more than the previous version, from a 3.6-liter boxer engine with six cylinders that comes with a six-speed gearbox with sequential jaw-type shift and a special exhaust system. It weighs 1,150kg which means it’s lighter by 245kg, lowering the kilos per horsepower ration from 3.4 to 2.7 and has great brakes thanks to the exclusive PCCB Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes system.
It sounds like a good upgrade, what do you think?

Volvo confirms the C30 Wagon

Published by on Dec 4th, 2007, 1 Comment

Volvo confirms the C30 Wagon

The first time I saw the Volvo’s C30 I knew it’s a car designed for young people like me that don’t have kids or a wife. However, the Swedish car manufacturer has a nice addition. They confirmed with our friends from World Car Fans that a C30 sportback / wagon that is very similar with a five-door hatchback. The name was not discussed but we can only take a guess here. How about V30 or C50?We’ll call it Volvo C30 Wagon because the name was not yet discussed so we can’t do anything more than assume it could be V30 or C50 when they do. It’s coming out on the Mazda 3 platform, and though many consider it an Audi A3 Sportback competitor I think the A3 has a design advantage with better shapes. Here is a rendered image of the C30 wagon. Waiting for your comments below.

via WorldCarFans

Opel Astra OPC Race Camp at Essen Motor Show

Published by on Dec 4th, 2007, 1 Comment

Opel Astra OPC Race Camp

If you were expecting a sports car from Opel then how about this blue 2-doors beauty that they’ve created partnering with Kissling Motorsport? The name is Astra OPC Race Camp and I can bet you this bug is fast just by mentioning the supercharged and air-cooled 2.0 liter turbo engine that sports 300hp at 6,300 rpm.

Opel Astra OPC Race Camp is a racing version that comes with a six-speed sequential racing (of course) gearbox, has a nice little wing in the back, Recaro and Dunlop to design the seats and should be available for production early next year so you’d better save some cash if you want to park one of these in front of your garage.

via OPC Blog

Speed and Sound Issue 75 is now out

Published by on Dec 3rd, 2007, 3 Comments

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Speed and Sound Issue 75 is now out.

Featuring the best local content from around South Africa, we bring you coverage from the Speed and Sound / Yokohama Sport Compact series finals.

Our cover car is a VW beetle that features a groundbreaking sound install from the guys at Moniers.

We bring you a pant wetting classic in the form of a GTV6 3.0 twin turbo and chat to the guy that made it fast, Dawie De Villiers about building a quick Alfa Romeo. We dive into the truth behind sponsorships and take a look at what goes into the manufacturing of alloy wheels.

In a long awaited feature, we finally get hold of The Judge, Sav’s monster BMW Turbo. Anyone who has seen the car in action knows that it’s a serious machine. As is Alec’s 3S-GTE powered Toyota Conquest, dubbed Hot Wheels.

Representing the Cape is Robbie with his violent 2-door Mk4 Golf GTi in full race trim, built and driven as only Robbie knows how.

The sound guys are catered for with coverage from the Carino Sound Off and a report from the IASCA World Finals held in Atlanta where South African, Wayne Allen was invited to judge some of the cars.

VDUB Issue 9 features a smoking hot Mk2 GTi with motor work by JMS. This turbo chariot has the cleanest, neatest original paint that we’ve ever laid eyes on.

Still staying with the Mk2, we bring you a limited edition Spitze GTi 16v with a bit of a background as to what makes it so special and rare.

Ryan shows us how he supercharged his Jetta Mk2 – in an afternoon – in a step by step article.

We cover the VW Jamboree and bring you an über clean Mk1 Cabriolet as well as the usual regulars that you’ve learnt to love.

A new Audi R8, by the end of 2008

Published by on Nov 29th, 2007, 4 Comments

new Audi R8

With all these fires and crashes of Audi’s super car, the R8, it’s curious to know how interested would be those rich guys to buy the new one, which will be much more powerful. Evo Magazine got an interview with Audi and found out more about it. Apparently the biggest upgrade will be on the engine side, which is now a V10 that sports 520-bhp inspired from Audi’s RS4 V8 engine.

Sounds like a good idea but I’m sure if I would like to see a convertible before a more powerful new R8. Time will tell if they took the right path.

Koenigsegg's CCXR 1018 HP Special Edition

Published by on Nov 28th, 2007, 3 Comments

Koenigsegg CCXR

While details of Koenigsegg’s CCXR supercar were released in March, above is an official rendering of the final production version of the car recently released by the company.

Under the hood the CCXR will have a cast-aluminum V8 engine that will be able to run on biofuel which will cool the combustion chambers. Combine this with a higher octane rating and the enviro-friendly car has 1,018hp at 7,200rpm with peak torque of 1,060Nm at 6,100rpm. The 4.7L engine sports a four-valve double overhead cam design with a compression ratio of 8.2:1 and a sequential multipoint fuel injection system. Combined highway/city fuel consumption stands at 22L/100km. It accelerates from 0-100 km/h in about 2.9 seconds and the Swedish manufacturer is claiming top speeds of over 400 km/h.

The worlds fastest and most fuel efficient supercar can be yours for the price of EUR 1,575,000 plus taxes and fees.

Pictures of Koenigsegg’s CCXR were already circulating the net as of last spring when the car was in a crash but only a hint of the car’s look could be seen.

Koenigsegg Crash

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