2012 Jaguar XF Facelift


Jaguar is preparing a facelift version of the XF that will receive its world premiere at next month’s New York Auto Show. 2012 Jaguar XF is the introduction of a new 2.2-liter four-cylinder turbo diesel engine. The oil-burner is a development of the Ford unit found in the Land Rover Freelander and the European-market Ford Mondeo, however, given that the XF is rear wheel drive, it sits in a north-south configuration so Jaguar had to make several changes to the engine.

There are the 2.2L unit features a water-cooled turbocharger with low-friction pistons, new injectors and a new crankshaft, while Jaguar also added a new Stop-Start system, which is estimated to further increase overall fuel efficiency between five and seven per cent.

The diesel engine produces 190-horsepower and 332 lbs ft of torque, with Jaguar claiming that it is capable of returning 52.3 mpg UK (equal to 43.5 mpg US and 5.4 lt/100km) on the combined cycle while emitting 149 g/km of CO2.

Matted to a new eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox, the 190HP diesel can push the facelifted XF to 62 mph (100km/h) in 8.5 seconds before achieving a maximum speed of 140 mph (225 km/h).

The facelift model will receive a makeover that includes a new front fascia with new lights, a redesigned front grille and reshaped bumper, which oddly enough, bring it closer to the original C-XF Concept that previewed the car.

The XF will also benefit from tweaks to the interior and the overall quality, the introduction of new tech systems and an upgraded suspension for improved ride and handling.

2011 VÄTH Mercedes-Benz CL500 Coupe


German tuning firm VÄTH handling on the Mercedes-Benz CL500, staring by squeezing more power out of the 5.5-liter V8 engine through the use of sport camshafts, custom stainless steel sport catalysts and air filters. Output is lifted from 388HP to 460HP and 600Nm, while VÄTH also removes the speed limiter allowing the modified CL500 to reach a top speed of 290km/h or 180mph.

The VÄTH fitted the CL500 with a three-way adjustable sports suspension and a high-performance braking system. The coupe now rides on a set of 20-inch forged alloy wheels with 245/30ZR20 tires at the front and 285/25ZR20 at the rear axle.

In addition, visual enhancements also come in the form of a front spoiler lip, a new rear diffuser, and a boot lid spoiler, all made out of carbon fiber. As for the interior, VÄTH’s modifications include carbon fiber trim, a bespoke steering wheel and a new speedometer.

2011 Bembli Audi R10 Design Study Concept


2011 Audi R10 Design Study Concept by a Swedish industrial design student Marouane Bembli. The design study with its sharp lines, centralized cockpit and Rolls-Royce Phantom rivalling proportions, the R10 was a pretty if unlikely proposal for a next generation Audi supercar.

Bembli has once again tackled the R10 in what I call the R10 v2.0. Though the concept of a low roofed, widebody coupe with a mid-mounted V10 remains the same, Bembli’s new-for-2011 R10 features a more aggressive front-end treatment, larger rear view mirrors and cabin windows and the addition of fighter jet-inspire side intakes.

The Audi R10 Design Study more cohesive design overall, though I’m not sure about the curved bootlid or small, high-mounted taillights are exactly to my taste. With a bit more work, Bembli’s R10 v2.0 could be a real looker, though for now those rear proportions just don’t sit right with my untrained eye. To each his own, however, and we’re eager to hear what our readers think of this latest design proposal.

2012 Porsche Panamera Turbo S


The new Porsche Panamera Turbo S with 4.8-litre, V8 twin-turbocharged engine delivers 550 hp (410 kW), an increase of ten per cent or 50 hp (37 kW) more than the Panamera Turbo. Torque also increases from 700 to 750 Nm and in the “Sport” and “Sport Plus” mode of the standard Sport Chrono Package Turbo – and during kick-down in normal mode – the eight cylinder engine delivers 800 Nm courtesy of the over-boost function.

When using the Launch Control function, 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) is reached in 3.8 seconds, with a top speed of 191 mph (306 km/h) possible. However, despite the increased performance, fuel consumption of the Porsche Panamera Turbo S remains at the moderate level of the Panamera Turbo at 24.6mpg Combined on the NEDC – an example of Porsche Intelligent Performance.

2012 Porsche Panamera Turbo S’ performance can improvement with titanium-aluminium turbine wheels and modified engine control management. The use of the innovative titanium-aluminium alloy reduces the weight of the turbine and compressor wheel. This results in a lower moment of inertia, and thus improved and more responsive acceleration.

The car boasts a comprehensive equipment level, the features several key driving dynamics control systems as standard. For example, Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC), an active roll stabilisation system, boosts cornering stability and thus enhances both driving dynamics and comfort in equal measure. Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) applies a variable torque split to the rear wheels which, in combination with an electronically controlled rear limited slip differential, ensures superior traction and therefore greater agility in every driving situation. The Sport Chrono Package Turbo, which tunes the suspension settings and engine controls, makes the car even more sporting when the additional “Sport Plus” button is pressed. Completing the dynamic enhancements is a sports exhaust system that delivers a particularly emotive engine sound.

Exterior of the new Porsche Panamera Turbo S is fitted with 20-inch Turbo II alloy wheels with increased rear axle track width, side skirts from the Porsche Exclusive range and the adaptive extending four-way rear spoiler co-ordinated in the exterior colour fitted as standard contribute to an appropriately performance-oriented appearance.

The fusion of exclusivity and sportiness is conveyed inside by the standard two-colour leather upholstery. Two new optional combinations of black/cream and agate grey/cream are offered exclusively for the new Panamera Turbo S and will be available from the autumn.

The car also equipped with a Porsche Vehicle Tracking System (VTS), a sophisticated vehicle security package approved to Thatcham Category 5 standard, and customers will also be able to explore the potential of their new car by participating in a complimentary course at the Porsche Experience Centre, Silverstone. The Porsche Panamera Turbo S goes on sale in June and is priced from £122,623.

2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Sedan


Having launched with a sales mix of approximately 15 percent within the MKZ model range, sales have continued to track at more than 20 percent since January 2011. Lincoln MKZ Hybrid luxury sedan is proving popular for its other strengths, including fuel economy and top-rated dependability. No other four-door luxury sedan – gasoline, diesel or hybrid powertrain – can top the MKZ’s certified 41 mpg city and 36 mpg highway EPA rating.

Outfitted with Ford’s award-winning 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine, permanent magnet electric motor and eCVT transmission, Lincoln MKZ Hybrid delivers seamless performance. The gas-electric powertrain is rated at 191 horsepower.

Lincoln received the highest score for long-term durability among all vehicle brands in the annual J.D. Power and Associates 2011 Vehicle Dependability Study, the second-highest performing model for long-term durability in the entire study.

Lincoln was the first luxury automaker to offer a hybrid vehicle with the same base price as its gasoline counterpart. Both gasoline and hybrid versions of the MKZ have the same suggested retail price of $34,605.

2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid luxury sedan’s interior has been laid out with an array of standard features, including real wood trim taken from sustainable forests, supple leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, and the award-winning SYNC voice-activated in-vehicle communications and entertainment system. In interior offers a THX® II Certified Audio System, bringing home theater sound quality to the MKX through 14 speakers strategically spread around the acoustically engineered cabin.


2011 Volvo C30 Electric Testing In The North of Sweden


Volvo is trying out its C30 Electric model in the north of Sweden, inside the Arctic Circle. Temperatures as low as -20 degrees Celsius are something normal in this part of the world, so Volvo engineers want to ensure the battery-powered car runs smoothly even in harsh environments.

The reason is one of the major fears consumers have regarding electric vehicles, besides range anxiety, is how these cars are going to function in rough weather conditions. We all know batteries are sensitive to extreme temperatures, which can affect their capacity of storing electricity.

“We must ensure that the C30 Electric performs as intended when driving, parking and charging in a variety of conditions, from normal to very cold or hot. Northern Sweden is the perfect place to do sub-zero temperature testing,” says Lennart Stegland, director of Volvo Cars’ Special Vehicles.

The Volvo C30 Electric is equipped with three different climate systems: one for the passenger cabin, one for the battery pack and one for the electric motor and power electronics (with the latter being water-cooled). Since there is no conventional combustion engine aboard, the C30 Electric is fitted with a bio-ethanol powered heater that takes care of passenger cabin heating. The car comes equipped with a tank that can carry 14.5 liters of bio-ethanol, it is all to cope with freezing temperatures.

Volvo has developed several new test methods for its electric vehicles, with the C30 Electric having to undergo over 200 different tests. This solution is used in order to save energy from the batteries for driving range. However, on short distances it is also possible to heat or cool the cabin with electricity from the battery-pack.

At temperatures of -10 degrees Celsius, Volvo says the C30 Electric will cover up to 90 km (56 miles) or 80 km (49.7 miles) at -33 degrees Celsius. The car is powered by an 82kW electric motor (110HP) linked to a lithium-ion battery, which takes up to eight hours to charge completely. Under normal driving conditions, maximum range is estimated at 150 km (93 miles) on a single battery charge.

The car can reach a top speed of 130 km/h (80.7 mph) and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 10.5 seconds.

2011 STaSIS Audi R8 V10 to Britain


STaSIS Engineering has introduced its Challenge Extreme Edition package for the Audi R8 V10 to Britain. While for styling modifications are limited to a set of 20-inch ultra-lightweight alloy wheels. The Challenge Extreme Edition package for the Audi R8 V10 is available through the APS of Brackley distributor for £45,000 (€51,000/$71,800), with VAT and fitting included.

The performance kit includes powertrain, suspension and brake upgrades that transform the R8 V10 into an even more ferocious supercar, capable of accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h [62mph] in 3.1 seconds, 0.6 seconds faster than the stock model.

Audi R8 V10’s engine has been fitted with an Eaton/Magnusson TVS 2300 supercharger that elevates power to 710HP (35 percent more than the standard model) and peak torque to 710 Nm (523 lb-ft). Other engine modifications involve the intercooler, the intake system and the ECU.

North American aftermarket specialist STaSIS Engineering also upgraded the exhaust system (welded stainless steel) and the brakes (390 mm front / 355 mm rear with two piece floating discs). As for the suspension, STaSIS equipped the R8 with lowering springs to improve handling while also offering a more aggressive stance to the car.

2011 Wimmer RS Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Sedan


The German tuning firm Wimmer RS upgrades the standard Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG sedan with its 457HP 6.2-liter naturally aspirated V8. The massaging includes a sports camshaft, reworked cylinder heads, a new manifold and down pipe, high flow catalytic converters and a reconfigured ECU that help nudge output from 457HP and 600Nm to 601HP and 720Nm (531 lb-ft) of peak torque.

Wimmer RS also removes the electronic speed limiter allowing the modified C63 AMG to reach a maximum velocity of 329 km/h (204.6 mph). The engine conversion by Wimmer RS costs €19,900 or about US$26,700.

The result, Wimmer RS Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Sedan is bypassing the colorful body wrap, which is optional anyway. The tune is complemented by a new set of 19-inch alloy wheels from BBS shod in Dunlop tires size 235/35-19 at the front axle and 265/35-19 at the rear along with a sports suspension priced at €3,600 or US$5,050.

2012 Koenigsegg Agera R

The Koenigsegg Agera R will debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. Maybe you also still remember that Koenigsegg Agera ever present in the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. Now it’s time to reveal R, by adding a supercar to be faster.

2011 Koenigsegg Agera R is powered by 5.0L twin-turbo V8 making a neck snapping 1,115-hp and a maximum torque of 885 lb-ft on E85 fuel. If you fill the tank with 95-octange gasoline instead of E85 biofuel, you’ll only get 940-hp and 811 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox and we’re pretty sure that cuts the 0 to 62 mph time down to something that’s very impressive.

The Koenigsegg points out that the Agera R rides on Vortex Generating Rim (VGR) wheels that are wrapped in Michelin tires developed specifically for the car. The tires are apparently good for 260 mph, which makes them the highest speed rated tired in the world.

AC Schnitzer BMW ACS5 Sport S Saloon Concept


This is concept car by AC Schnitzer as the German tuning firm will be launching a production this year. The AC Schnitzer BMW ACS5 Sport S Saloon Concept is based on the latest BMW 550i sedan and is said to feature numerous performance and styling upgrades, though AC Schnitzer is keeping mum about most of the details. Here’s the tuning firm’s second proposal and first is 99d, you view previous post.

The tuning house fitted the 550i with twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 engine with 407HP and 600Nm has been modified to deliver 540HP and 750Nm, which helps the sedan model to complete the 0 to 100km/h (62 mph) sprint in 4.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 320 km/h (199 mph). AC Schnitzer said that despite the power bump, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of the ACS5 Sport S are equivalent to the standard BMW 550i.