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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.

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

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

[Source: TheCarsBlog]

New Jaguar XF Rolls Out of Production Line

Published by on Nov 28th, 2007, 4 Comments

First Jaguar XF

Since Ford is trying to sell Jaguar and Land Rover, yesterday’s roll out of the first Jaguar XF model is being seen as a huge step for the company. The company needs to torque up interest and success of Jaguar if it hopes to find someone interested enough to buy out the company.

The XF that was first to come across the production line at the Castle Bromwich plant in the U.K will be donated to the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust collection where it will be proudly displayed along side other memorable Jaguar models.

Jaguar XFAfter being the first to drive the new car, Jaguar founder Sir William Lyon’s grandson stated; “The new XF is a car that truly represents the core values which have lain at the heart of this great brand since its foundation in 1922 and I am thrilled to have been asked here today to witness this historic event from the best seat in the house!”

The Jaguar XF is a mid-size luxury car/sports sedan that will replace the S-Type in the Jaguar lineup. The production version debuted at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show and it is expected to reach market in March 2008.

[Source: AutoUnleashed]

Ferrari shoot out

Published by on Nov 27th, 2007, No Comments

Ferrari FXX.jpg

Most, if not all Ferraris are developed on the twists and turns of Fiorano. But its safe to assume that the most track focused production car that Ferrari has ever produced, the 430 Scuderia (although based on the F430, the F is dropped) has spent more than the average time being thrashed around Fiorano in its development.

Fiorano Circuit is the private track owned by Ferrari for development and testing purposes. It is located near the Italian town of Maranello.

It’s 3.1Km long. Average F1 lap speed is over 160 Km/h and top speed of only 290 Km/h. Because it’s a testing track, it has many different kinds of turns and corners, with corner diameters between 13 and 0.3 meters. All in all it has a lot of similarities with most European GP circuits. Fiorano has witnessed many great Ferrari drivers at work such as Lauda, Prost, Mansell, Alesi and of course Schumacher. Also you’ll find many tourists clawing on perimeter fences hoping to get a glimpse of a new model being tested. And most people say if you more than lucky to be in Maranello when the F1 team is testing, you are bound to hear the sound of the cars wailing at 19000rpm echoeing through the town from far on the Modenese wind.

However, like the Nurburgring, there is much myth and mystery surrounding lap times at the circuit. Some are official and others not as they are posted by various drivers or the very lucky few journalists like Fifth Gear’s Tiff Needell that gets invited to the track, of which a video can be seen on a earlier post on CarBlog.

So coming back to the shoot out, here is a sample of the current times held at Fiorano:

F2004 (Schumacher, 2004) 0.55.999

F2007 (Massa, 2007) 0.58.360

FXX Evolution (2007) 1.14.000(est)

FXX (2005) 1.16.200

Enzo (2002) 1.25.000

430 Scuderia (2007) 1.25.000

360 Challenge Stradale(2003) 1.26.500

599 GTB Fiorano (2006) 1.26.500

F430 (2005) 1.27.000

So it can be seen the 430 Scuderia is as fast as the Enzo and the 360CS as fast as the 599 which is extremely impressive. But due to nature of the turns at Fiorano, the Enzo struggles to get to its limit. On any other track with longer straights the 430 Scuderia might be in the shadow of the Enzo and who knows the 360CS in the shadow of the 599, but never the less they up there with the best of them besides of course the old V10 F2004 of Schumacher (as apposed to the new F1 V8s ) which just seemed to have been in a league of its own with a whopping 55.9 seconds record that still stands today.

(Lap times sourced from Evo magazine)

Alfa Romeo "Furiosa" Over Online Contest Name Winner

Published by on Nov 27th, 2007, 3 Comments


Last week had every car blog declaring the new name of the Alfa Romeo was going to be “Furiosa”. Well it seems like the democratic process of online voting didn’t suit the company and they have declared the results null and void. Rumor has it that the company was furious with the name due to the fact that it was too close to the name of the movie “The Fast and The Furious” and because “furiosa” means a woman who is angry and/or gay. Guess that’s not the image Alfa was looking to portray with their little Alfa Junior.

The online contest which was held in 6 countries; Italy, Germany, UK, Spain, France and Japan, had online voters choosing between: Agea, Enos, Everso, Fira, Furiosa, Milo, Mod, Nevo, Solea, Sparvo, Velvetta, and Ventura. We’re not sure why “furiosa” even made the short list if the company had no intention of using it. The Alfa Romeo contest site still has the international winner as “Furiosa” so maybe the rumors are just that, rumors.

The car itself is targeted at a younger market, 18 – 30 year olds, and intends to use smaller engines to shift down the average CO2 emissions that Alfa is known for. Built on the Fiat Grande Punto platform, the Alfa Junior will use the new generation of powerful T-Jet engines already available in Fiats. Alfa Junior will be the only 3-door model available.

So, for now, it seems we are back to calling it “Alfa Junior”. It is safe to assume that by the time it debuts in March at the Geneva show it will have its own non-democratic name that is 100% company approved.