30 November, 2012

Dodge SRT Viper GTS - The Most Powerful Sports Car In The World!!

Sports cars are synonymous with Europe. From BMW to Audi to Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Mercedes, luxury super fast sports cars market has been dominated by the Germans, Italians, and British. But, Detroit, America based car manufacturer, Dodge changed all that.

After almost having lost the battle of numbers, Dodge has returned and how! When the 5th generation all-new 2013 Dodge SRT Viper GTS was unveiled recently, people present couldn't help but gush about its awesome looks and unbelievable specifications & performance.

This 2-seater, iconic all-American supercar, the new 2013 Dodge SRT Viper GTS, a hand-built car rides high on superior craftsmanship, a wide range of new technologies as well as ergonomic improvements. And all this, while respecting the visceral legacy of the sport car's performance.

With the unveiling of the 2013 Dodge SRT Viper GTS, Dodge, now a Chrysler Group LLC owned company, has also launched the new SRT brand. Under this brand, the company will strive to keep the legendary Viper name alive and maintain its synonymity with American made world-class supercars that are perfect examples of what the country can offer the world.

The first two models to be built under the SRT brand will be 2013 Dodge SRT Viper and 2013 Dodge SRT Viper GTS that will boast of new exterior and interior designs, premium materials, aerodynamic shapes and a technologically advanced carbon fiber and aluminum skin.

So what's under Dodge SRT Viper's hood? The muscle car has a hand-assembled 8.4-liter full-aluminum, V-10 overhead-valve engine. The car also has "a new ultra-high flow & lightweight composite intake manifold, high-strength forged pistons, sodium-filled exhaust valves, new catalysts to reduce back pressure and an aluminum flywheel that reduces reciprocating losses. More than 25 pounds has been shaved from the fully dressed engine." as per the company release.

These Viper babies will churn out 640 HP, and 600 lb.-ft. of torque. For those who don't know, this torque figure is the highest for any "naturally aspirated" engine in the world!! The car will be able to achieve maximum speed @ 6200 rpm through the 6th gear on its Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual transmission, thus earning outstanding handling, ride, and maneuverability.

23 November, 2012

Curves, Cars & Class - Chick Cars That Make Drooling Easy!

It is said that while choosing cars, men think with their heart, while women think with their mind. But is that actually true? Aren't there cars which make women go weak in the knees? The ultimate fantasy of every woman with serious feminine vibes? So here I go, giving you spiel about some effeminate cars and these she rides are surely gonna make you believe that women too love their rides!

VW Beetle: Redesigned this year (2012) in an attempt to attract men, the Beetle is quintessentially a woman car. The earlier model with its voluptuous curves, rounded headlights, the flower vase and its bright and perky colors, gives off some seriously maidenlike vibes.The new-look Beetle has got rid of some of the voluptuous curves and the flower vase, it still retains its cuteness factor that attract women in hordes. The VW Beetle is a bug that women love!

Mini Cooper: The small & peppy Mini Cooper is the next car in the chick cars list. Though considered a unisex car, its part of my list simply because it is so "Mini!" Though the hatchback is a crowd pleaser, but with the roof down, the convertible proves to be irresistible.Charlize Theron drove it in the Italian Job movie remake and it was hard to figure who looked hotter, the chick or the chick car!And its not just about looks.It is a fun and rewarding car to drive too. The car with its vibrant and funky colors is definitely on top of the list of the ultimate chick cars.

Fiat 500: It's small, it's sexy, its the Fiat 500. With mind boggling combo options in color and trim, it is a car in which a girl can show off her personal style. Make her own Car Statement. Think it's a 'man' car? Think again. Fiat came out with the Barbie edition to attract the women drivers and they hit bulls eye! The Barbie edition with its nail varnish paint exterior and interiors consisting of crystals, a vanity mirror, a glove box which has a range of lip glosses, has G.I.R.L.Y written in Bold, all over it's luscious body!

Mazda MX-5: The world's best selling roadster, the Mazda MX-5, often referred to as a girly car, is quick, cool, and sleek. Despite its small size, the roadster packs a punch and offers great handling. Its petite and delicate exterior and cozy but spacious interiors, are drooling factors for girls all over the world.

Porsche Boxster: This Porsche Boxster doesn't scream"for girls", but has women swooning at its gorgeous drop-dead looks. While an atypical Porsche, the Boxster stuns and runs with the power of any other Porsche. Comfortable, reliable, spacious, with an amazing performance and handling, this convertible is out and out a woman's car!

Guys, you are allowed to drool too, umm....at the cars! And some other drool worthy cars worth a mention are the Audi TT Convertible, BMW Z4 and the Renault Twingo. Have more cars that can be added to this list? Go on, send me their names.

21 November, 2012

Futuristic Nissan Terra - Is This What We Can Expect In 2015 And Beyond?

Technological advances have made it possible for auto makers to explore different technologies as part of their innovative future plans. Recently, Nissan, the Japanese car giant, showcased a futuristic looking, fuel cell operated SUV. The Nissan Terra, that's what the new Sports Utility Vehicle is called, is more of a crossover and the next-gen version of the Xterra.

Nissan Terra has a unit-body structure, a deviation from the body-on-frame design that is currently the favored platform for most SUVs. Also, the next-gen Xterra is likely to use fuel cell technology for its operation. It's interesting though that Nissan is holding off any production plans for this crossover as its still working to ensure that the hydrogen refueling technology has fully matured and capable of being production.

Fuel cell technology - it's a fairly nascent alternative technology, and utilized fuel cells to generate energy that powers the vehicle. The first production car to utilize this technology was the Honda FCX Clarity that had a 57 litre fuel cell stack capable of generating 1.75kW of energy per litre. Compared to the Honda Clarity, the Nissan Terra is more powerful, has a smaller fuel cell stack size. The energy density is around 2.5 kW/litre.

Conceptually, the Terra uses 3 electric motors, one that powers the fronts wheels, and the one each for each rear wheel. The interior is futuristic too, and a removable touch-screen tablet acts as a the instrumentation console. Keyless ignition mechanism and stunning wood & acrylic doors are some of the other features of the Nissan Terra.

My take? Well, everyone knows that fuel cell cars are bound to become a reality in the next couple of years. And that's why the Nissan Terra is important. We get an idea what the future of vehicles will be and that scientists and researchers are trying the damnedest best to save our environment.

So let us also do our bit towards preserving the environment and ensure a better future for mankind.

14 November, 2012

Lamborghini Aventador Roadster - Distinctly Italian; Sinfully Tempting!

Lamborghini's latest launch, the devastatingly stunning Aventador Roadster has generated a lot of buzz amongst the Super Cars connoisseurs. Lamborghini has always been associated with luxury and class coupled with aggressive good looks. And the new Aventador keeps up the tradition.

The car's futuristic design with the trademark Lamborghini shape and eye popping looks gets a different glow with its two tone metallic finish. The windshield pillar, the roof and the rear window area, all are painted in gloss black and the rest of the body in a very light metallic blue color, called Azzuro Thetis. Even the interiors have been modified, with the use of a leather called "Sabbia Nefertem," which perfectly compliments the sporty yet classy exterior.

Gull wing doors and a changed roof, which is also a primary differentiator from the Aventador, make the new Roadster appealing. Designed as a two piece roof, it weighs only 6 kilos and is made of just carbon fiber. Interestingly, the roof of the Lamborghini Aventador Roadster can be removed manually and stored in the boot, turning the car into a convertible for an exciting drive whenever the mood hits you!

The Lamborghini Aventador Roadster has a power-operated rear windshield that has been designed to manage the air flow and sound in the cabin. This translates into a noise-free and vibration-free ride even at high speeds. Apart from the windshield there is a wind deflector too that can be removed and stowed, The wind deflector is an excellent tool as it allows one to choose the level of wind exposure in the car.

The Aventador Roadster has a 6.5 liter naturally aspirated V12 engine called 'L539' which, with an all-wheel drive layout, produces 700HP at 8,250 rpm. The L539 is mated to a 7-speed gear box. All this and a frame made of Carbon fiber monocoque with an aluminum front and rear frames, makes Aventador an unbeatable beamer. This super car can easily manage a top speed of 350km/hr and can zip to 100 in just 3 seconds! That's a sports car for you...fast, powerful, and capable!

This Italian Roadster is not defined just by its speed, it is also environment friendly. Like the coupe, the Roadster too has cylinder deactivation system, which helps to reduce both fuel consumption as well as the level of CO2 emission.

With a price tag of Rs 3.69 Cr, ex-showroom, innovative technology, uncompromising performance, and extraordinary good looks, the all new Lamborghini Aventador Roadster is definitely gonna burn the Indian roads!

02 November, 2012

Lexus LF-LC Blue Sports Car Concept 2012 - Insanely Blue & Beautiful

This year's Sydney Motor Show was abuzz for the right reason. And the foremost reason for this noise was the unveiling of the a metallic mechanical four-wheels sculpture - the Lexus LF-LC Blue Sports Car Concept.

A uniquely designed and style concept car, the Lexus LF-LC was shown in the red color back at the Detroit Show in January. And now at the Sydney Motor Show, a new lustrous Blue color Lexus has been unenvied. Here's what the Lexus PR said: “The all-new Opal Blue exterior is inspired by the lustrous base color found in the naturally occurring semi-precious opal stone of outback Australia.”

The blue color and the sculpted shape and lines of the Lexus definitely look spectacular and enough to make women swoon and men weak-kneed! Lexus has been making concept cars and prototypes for over a decade now and the response to these has been very encouraging. The company has decided to manufactured only 500 Lexus LF-LC Sports Cars and are aiming at making this car more common and by merit, easily available.

The heart of this Lexus is enclosed in an all aluminum and carbon fiber body. The front fascia is another story altogether. With an extraordinary well-sculpted seamless, flowing, and yet modern shape with a Japanese touch, the same model may have to face the knife before getting ready for the road.

The car's glass roof, and the integration of this roof into the metal and fiber body, lends an air of surprise and awe to the rear. With sweeping wide shapes and use of multiple materials, the future of the new automobiles looks bright and very interesting.

Lexus LF-LC Blue Sports Car has decadent interiors in high quality leather and suede with wood accents and brushed metal trims. The seats are lightweight, ergonomic, and formed of multiple layers and interlacing curves that pretty much drive the theme of the cabin's insides. Plush interiors, hi-tech car accessories like a couple of 12+ inch LCD screens for info & nav display, touch screen control panel for audio system, climate control, and others such gadgets make this sports car highly aspirational.

Since its a Lexus, it's a hybrid that boasts of the "Advanced Lexus Hybrid Drive", a powerful "Atkinson cycle" combustion engine that's married to a technologically advanced high-energy smaller battery pack, which is designed to give greater power. The Lexus LF-LC Blue concept Car hybrid develops 372 kW (500 HP) – making it the first such powerful Lexus Hybrid.

Hopefully, the production model Lexus will manage to retain the drama & excitement of this sculpted vehicle that we have been teased and tormented with!