Subaru Impreza WRX STI A-Line

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Based on the Impreza WRX STI, the WRX STI A-Line model was developed to offer its distinctive driving performance to a wider range of customers by integrating 2.5-litre turbocharged Boxer engine and 5 Speed Automatic Transmission with SPORTSHIFT*.

In addition, the current WRX STI was given some refinements to enhance comfort and quality feel; 8 way power adjustable front seats and a new body color, “Satin White Pearl”, is now available.
*SPORTSHIFT is a registered trademark of Prodrive Ltd.

The model features the exclusively developed 2.5-litre Subaru BOXER turbo engine with SPORTSHIFT* E-5AT, while retaining the basic component such as chassis and body of the WRX STI, Subaru’s performance flagship.

The unique 2.5-litre BOXER engine comes with a single scroll turbocharger and produces a flat torque from the low and mid-rev range to high-rev range.
Dual Active Valve Control System (AVCS) was adopted to control continuously valve timing on both intake and exhaust valves, which improves low and mid-range range torque, high-rev range output and environmental friendliness.
Tumble Generation Valve (TGV) controls the intake air stream to generate high combustion efficiency.

Drive train:
SI-DRIVE (SUBARU Intelligent Drive), that enables the drivers to choose three different engine mappings, is standard.
Paddle shift is featured to allow manual shifting without requiring the driver to release the steering wheel.
Downshifting Blipping Control system was adopted. When down-shifting, the automatic transmission control unit interacts with the engine management system and increases engine revolutions instantly and to the exact required setting.
Changing gears with the paddle shift can also be done by a temporary operation that does not require the selection lever to be set to the manual position.
VTD (Variable Torque Distribution)-AWD system was adopted to provide excellent stability of the vehicle, which controls the torque distribution ratio between the front and rear axles depending on driving conditions.
17-inches ventilated dual piston disk brakes for the front, and 16-inches ventilated disk brakes for the rear were fitted.
VDC (Vehicle Dynamics Control) System is standard.

8-way power adjustable driver’s seat is standard. Leather seats are available as optional and include (front) seat heating. Soft leather door trim with silver stitch is featured.

Major specifications:
Engine type: Horizontally-Opposed 4-cylinder DOHC 16-valve turbocharged engine
Displacement: 2457 cc
Maximum output: 221kW (300 PS)/6200 rpm
Maximum torque: 350 Nm (35.7 kgf·m)/2800-6000 rpm
Turbo type: Single Scroll turbocharger

Bugatti to Show 1350HP Monster in Geneva

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Word has it that Bugatti wants to do something special for its 100 year anniversary. That something special is thought to be a 1350hp version of the Veyron, perhaps called the Centenaire. We will let you know as soon as official details are revealed.

It’s all change ahead of best GP season ever!

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Race fans get ready – the start of the Formula One season is just over a month away. All but three of the squads have now revealed their 2009 machines, ahead of the first outing of the year in Australia on 29 March.

This is set to be a classic grand prix year, thanks to a host of new technical regulations aimed at increasing on-track action. So, to give you the inside line on what to watch out for, we’ve taken an in-depth look at three of the main contenders
– Ferrari, BMW and McLaren.

A cursory glance at our trio confirms that the latest cars are very different beasts to last year’s. A radical cutting back on aerodynamic aids is likely to see a downforce reduction of around 25 per cent. At the front, the wing is now much broader, measuring the full width of the car, while the main bodywork is smoother, as the various turning vanes, vents and winglets have been banned.

At the rear, a narrower wing and simpler diffuser complete the visual makeover.

Look beneath the revised exteriors and you’ll discover changes to the mechanical set-up, too. The most extreme development is the adoption of eco-friendly Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems (KERS). This hi-tech kit captures wasted energy during braking, before storing it temporarily in a special battery pack, which is connected to an electric motor. Drivers can then use this device to release another 80bhp from their 2.4-litre V8 engines for a short time each lap.

For the first time since 1997, slick tyres will be fitted to F1 cars. Developed by Japanese firm Bridgestone, the new rubber will give up to 20 per cent greater grip in low-speed corners. Drivers will be able to brake later, creating more overtaking opportunities. Teams will still have a choice of either hard or soft compound rubber.

This shake-up of the rules is the most radical for 10 years. In just over four weeks, we’ll find out whether all the effort has been worthwhile.

Italians’ F60 has taller and narrower wing than last year, creating less downforce. The engine cover’s vents and winglets have gone, reducing the turbulent air a pursuing car has to travel through, and allowing it to get closer for overtaking.

WHILE the German squad was the first to test KERS late last year, it hasn’t yet committed to using the kit on the F1.09. It should give an extra 80bhp for up to 6.6 seconds each lap, giving drivers a tactical overtaking boost. But several outfits have concerns, after pitcrew suffered severe electric shocks when touching the cars.

chunky, squared-off front wing on the MP4-24 demonstrates how much simpler the aerodynamics are this year. However, the new nose section features two flaps that drivers can adjust by an angle of up to six degrees, giving them more downforce and grip in the corners, but less drag and a higher top speed along the straights.

F1 safety car pit ban lifted

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There will be new safety car regulations this year, too. Under current rules, the pitlane is closed once the silver Mercedes SL is on the track, and drivers entering for refuelling during this period are hit with a penalty.

However, for the new season, the garages will remain open. But to avoid a mad, flat-out dash to the pumps while the yellow flags are waving, drivers will have to engage a ‘safety car’ setting. This will restrict their racer’s speed until the on-track danger is cleared.

2009 Maserati GranTurismo S Automatic

Posted in Maserati
True to Maserati’s commitment to introduce a new model at each international car show, the GranTurismo S Automatic will première at the next Geneva Auto Show. The new Maserati GranTurismo S Automatic features a 4.7 V8 which develops 440hp (323kW) at 7000rpm. The maximum torque is 490Nm at 4,750rpm.

The major novelty is the combination of the automatic transmission with the most powerful wet sump Maserati V8 on the GranTurismo – until now offered as 4.2 l with automatic transmission and 4.7 l with an electro-actuated gearbox. Thanks to the combination of the 323kW produced by the powerful 4.7l V8 engine and the smoothness of the ZF 6-speed automatic gearbox, the Maserati GranTurismo S Automatic remains consistent with the original granturismo concept while at the same time offering peak performance.

The gearshift strategy applied to the Maserati GranTurismo S Automatic inherits some widely appreciated elements of the Quattroporte Sport GT S, such as the elimination of the kick-down in Manual mode.

The Skyhook suspension system featuring continuously adjustable dampers provides great driving comfort. Passive safety is further enhanced thanks to the introduction on the GranTurismo range of a new generation passenger air-bag with Low Risk Deployment functionality.

Consistent with the unmistakable design of all Maseratis, the Maserati GranTurismo S Automatic features some marked stylistic differences which make it immediately recognisable: the new under-door mini-skirts featuring a prominent shape, which enhances the dynamism of its profile and the new 20” wheel rims with “Trident” design, which recall the strength and elegance of the car.

A further enriched equipment increases the on board pleasure for the driver and the three passengers, thanks to the Bluetooth® Wireless Technology, offered as standard, and the iPod® interface, available upon request, which complete the Maserati Multi Media System.

New Alfa Romeo Giulia?

Posted in Alfa Romeo

Take this proposal for the Alfa Romeo’s 159 successor called Giulia for example; the guys over at CWW Automotive Design based the chop on Chrysler’s latest concept car, the mid-size 200C study that was presented at this year’s Detroit Show.

Porsche 911 GT3

Posted in Porsche
The track-biased version has a naturally aspirated flat-six engine which produces 429bhp. Performance is shattering, with a 0-60mph time of 4.1 seconds, 0-100mph in 8.2 seconds and a top speed of 194mph. Stiffer suspension, more downforce, uprated brakes and lighter wheels should make this the most focused 911 so far.

The car can also be ordered with a hydraulic lift system for the front axle. This increases ground clearance for negotiating speed humps around town. The 911 GT3 debuts at the Geneva Motor Show next month, and prices will start from £81,914 when it goes on sale in the UK in the autumn. Meanwhile, the Boxster is growing up! Porsche has only just revealed a facelifted version, but that hasn’t stopped engineers getting to work on an all-new model, due in late 2011.