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Vauxhall's Revamped Zafira

Published by on Nov 27th, 2007, No Comments


Pictures of the new face lifted Zafira from Vauxhall are circulating the net. The compact MPV has been subjected to a raft of both interior and exterior changes with the intent of updating it to rival the Ford C-Max and Volkswagen Touareg.

The exterior updates include a new front end with chrome grille and chrome trim around the revamped headlights. The lower front grille has also been restyled. Vauxhall has revamped the fog lights and given it sporty side skirts which give it a distinctive look. The backend has new tail lights and a deeper rear bumper.

The inside changes give the center console black trim inserts to the Design, Elite and VXR model, a feature first seen on the Corsa. All Zafiras now come equipped with curtain airbags. The new Exclusiv version, which replaces the Club, comes standard equipped with air-conditioning, CD stereo and 16-inch standard wheels. The Breeze model adds tinted glass, leather steering wheel and a trip computer. Under the hood little change is expected.

The revamped versions are expected to hit showrooms in March and a price increase is unlikely with prices starting at £13,000 (182,500 ZAR).

Deathmatch: Lamborghini Reventon vs Panavia's Tornado Fighter Jet

Published by on Nov 23rd, 2007, 8 Comments

Lamborghini Reventon vs Panavia's Tornado Fighter Jet

There seems to be a trend to see a super car and a fighter jet battle for supremacy. The list was opened by TopGear’s Bugatti Veyron and the Eurofighter Typhoon fight, with the last one winning. We have another one now, Lamborghini Reventon vs Panavia Tornado jet-fighter and as you can see there are some design similarities between the two.

On Ghedi’s Airport runway (3 km long) in Italy, it was fun to see the show, because the Reventon was just a few meters away from winning (when the Tornado went airborne) after a good 3.4 second start to the 100km/h mark and a top speed of 340km/h.

The Reventon enforced its performances so I guess this is what you get if you buy a $1,000,000 supercar.

via 4WheelsBlog

Maybach 62 Landaulet co-designed by AMG

Published by on Nov 23rd, 2007, 3 Comments

Maybach 62 Landaulet co-designed by AMG

If you thought that the rich can’t feel the wind blowing through their hair because they always use those luxurious limousines with a “hole” on the roof, you may want to take that back when Maybach 62 Landaule becomes the real thing. It’s still in concept stage but promises to become one of the first ultra-luxurious semi-convertible limos.

If the Sheiks won’t be impressed by the 6.0L uprated V12 engine (better than the one on Maybach 62 S) with 612 horsepower, twin superchargers and water intercooling, I guess only the fancy sliding roof over the rear compartment may do it.

If this baby goes into production it will be the most powerful limo on the market. Wish we knew a price for it to see if it’s going to be the most expensive, too. Meanwhile here is a video, but beware! Don’t fall in love!

via AutoUnleashed

Ford Verve Sedan Notchback, Looking Great

Published by on Nov 23rd, 2007, 3 Comments

Ford Verve Sedan

Ford just came out with a new concept car that should trick you into loving them. Designed by the European division, Ford Verve Sedan was presented these days at the Auto Guangzhou Exhibition in China, (lasts from 20 to 26 November) and got a very good response. My honest opinion is it’s a mix of a Peugeot 308 front face and a Lexus back, but I let you decide on that one.

Martin Smith said the “first it was the hatchback and now a very exciting an dynamic notchback”. With an interesting rear glass that brings forward those two fancy tail lamps, with a big grid on front, clean lines and a kinetic (I’d say limousine-like) design will surely outrun Mondeo sells even if it’s smaller.

Ford Verve Sedan side

888-hp Audi R8 (or R888) from MTM

Published by on Nov 22nd, 2007, 2 Comments

Audi R8 by MTM

Audi R8 is not only appealing to drivers, but also to tuners and since the Germans like to modify cars – and they are pretty good at it, you should know this one is coming from MTM, those crazy guys that built the Audi TT Bimoto twin-engine with 780hp. They built it for a European customer and presented their tuned Audi R8 at the Dubai Motor Show. Here is what we found out on it:

  • a 4.2 liter engine with a turbocharger system that sports 888-hp
  • 610lb-ft-torque
  • R-tronic transmission
  • does 0 – 60mph in 3 seconds
  • is electronically limited at 223mph (360 km/h)

If you can afford it, I don’t think MTM will decline your offer to change your R8 into an R888 for €280,000. By the way, great wheels, don’t you think?

Audi R888 by MTM

Source: AutoBlogNL

2009 Mercedes CLC Sport Coupe, spotted in the wild

Published by on Nov 22nd, 2007, No Comments

Mercedes CLC Sport Coupe spyshot

We’ve just been tipped with some spy shots that spotted the 2009 Mercedes CLC Sport Coupe on the streets. Looks a lot like the 2-doors C-Class design, with no big improvements to both the exterior or the interior but rumors say it will get a better V6 engine. Interesting photos, but nothing fancy, because it should stay under the radar with the price if they want to sell.

It’s obvious that Mercedes-Benz didn’t invest too much with their CLC Sport Coupe so my honest opinion is they won’t be able to take on the new BMW 1-series or Audi’s A3. Here is how a rendering of the new CLC Sport Coupe would look, see below.

Mercedes CLC Sport Coupe rendering

Source: WorldCarFans

Tuned Porsche 997 Turbo Cabriolet, The Germans Know Better

Published by on Nov 22nd, 2007, 1 Comment

Porsche 997 Turbo Cabrio tuning by TechArt

Not only that German cars rule but it looks like German tuning companies, do too. I’ve just laid my eyes on the newest Porsche 997 Turbo Cabrio, tuned by the guys at TechArt and all I can say is aside performances I’m in love with the looks. With 630 hp from a modified Boxer 3.6 liter engine this beauty only takes 3.5 seconds to reach 100km/h while the top speed is 345 km/h.

TechArt offers two kit versions, Aero Kit I and Aero Kit II, with both to include a front spoiler, a new bumper, a redesigned wing on the extendable rear spoiler, lateral air outlets and aerodynamic side sills. Other improvements include a 25mm lowered suspension for better handling and an adjusted PSAM shock absorption system that includes the VarioPlus threaded chassis.

I’d be interested to know the price for this beauty, but I guess if I wait for next month’s Essen Motor Show in Germany we’ll even get a video of it, not just the price.

Honda Fit : Japanese Car of the Year

Published by on Nov 21st, 2007, 2 Comments

Japanese Car of the Year

The Honda Fit was chosen by a 60 member panel, that was comprised mostly of automotive journalists, as Japan’s Car of the Year. Unavailable in the U.S at this point, the Fit is a hot item in Japan with expectations of 12,000 units per month in initial sales and in the first 2-weeks of availability sales of over 20,000 cars.

Boasting a new larger size and sleeker look, the second generation subcompact Fit is expected to garner more U.S. interest when it becomes available in the U.S next year. Honda Fit has a well-matched five-speed transmission with strong first and second gears. It has a 1.5 liter engine with 109 horsepower, 1-5 pound-feet of torque and does 0 – 60 mph in 9.8 seconds. It is available in FWD as a 5-passenger 4-door hatchback.

The EPA city/highway fuel economy for this little jewel is 31/37 mpg and while it might not be the coolest car you will ever drive, for the price its a good value automobile.

Base Price: $14,445 – $15,765

[Via: AutoBlog]