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Nissan 370Z – all you need to know about it

Published by on Jan 8th, 2009, 4 Comments

Nissan found a really nice way to say Happy New Year to those passionate about speed and style. Debuted in November at the LA Auto Show, their 2009 Nissan 370Z got more specs out including a price. The super coupe is replacing the older 350Z, and is now powered by a 3.7-liter V6 engine that produces 332 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque.

Also interesting is that the new Nissan 370Z is going to feature two new transmission options including a six-speed manual with an optional rev-matching feature (automatically blips the throttle on downshifts) and a seven-speed automatic.

On the inside it promotes luxurious materials that scream comfort and exquisiteness from every single part: amazing stereo, leather-trimmed sport seats, navigation with with iPod connectivity.

On the outside and spec-wise Nissan 370Z should include a double-wishbone front suspension, a wider body (1.1 inches), front and rear spoilers, Nissan Sport brakes (sport package), boomerang-style headlights and taillights, and a antilevered roofline.

Starting at $29,930 for the base version (6-speed transmission), the 370Z Coupe hops at $31,230 if you’d like the 7-speed automatic brings the total to $31,230. The other version the car will be offered in, the Touring model, starts at $34,460 with the 6-speed manual or $35,760 with the aforementioned automatic.

Oh and if you think that’s not enough, then there’s a stylish package that should tune it up really nice. We’re sold. How about you?

2009 Porsche 911 Targa

Published by on Jul 30th, 2008, No Comments

Porsche has recently revealed their Targa version of the 911. Its techno upgrades as the rest of the 911’s include direct injection engines and PDK double clutch gearbox. It will be made available with a 3.6litre flat-six engine (Targa 4) with a max output of 345bhp and a top speed of 176mph and a 3.8litre (Targa 4S) with a max output of 385bhp reaching a top speed of 184mph.

Porsche new 911 Targa

The exterior of this glass roofed 911 includes LED daytime running lights, LED taillights and smaller fog lights. The focal point of this Porsche’s interior is the new Porsche Communication Management  3.0 (PCM 3.0) touch-screen which provides easy operation of the audio system as well as the HDD navigation system (optional). Other functions of PCM 3.0 include Blue-tooth connectivity, IPOD port, USB port, satellite radio and XM NavTraffic capability.

The 911 Targa goes on sale in the UK and USA this October.

Limited edition Brera S

Published by on Jul 30th, 2008, No Comments

The Alfa Romeo Brera S (‘S’ for speciale) made in collaboration with Prodrive will only be sold in the UK and production will be limited to 500 hundred individually numbered models. The Brera S will be available with the two existing petrol engines, namely the 185Hp 2.2 litre and the 260Hp 3.2 V6 engines.

Prodrive has made changes to the suspension, interior, exterior as well as including a new exhaust system. Their main aim was to refine the Brera’s handling and this was achieved with new stiffer springs and dampers and the car was also slightly lowered (-10mm).

According to Peter Cambridge (Prodrive Project leader), the result is “a car that ‘shrinks’ around the driver and delivers all the fun and engagement of a sports car driving experience on A and B-roads. Yet, on motorways, offers a compliant and composed ride.”

The exterior of the Brera S boasts lightweight 19″ alloy wheels with Pirelli PZero Nero Tyres ispired by the Alfa 8C Competizione, the new supercar flagship for the Alfa Romeo range. The interior of the Brera S is dressed in black leather completed with red stitiching and the centre console is accentuated with a dark finish. The headrests include a limited edition Brera S aluminium plate featuring the British and Italian flags.

Hopefully for the lucky 500 the one year development at Prodrive will pay off and this car will be more go than show due to the weight reduction.

The new Honda Accord

Published by on Jun 19th, 2008, 2 Comments

It might not look like the Accord has changed much but it is wider as well as lower and significantly stiffer for optimum chassis dynamics due to its use of ultra high-tensile steel in its body construction. It possesses a bold front facade with its prominent ‘H’ logo on the grille,a longer, taller bonnet, and aggressively flared fenders.

The new Accord has been made available in South Africa with a 2litre i-vtec petrol engine producing 154bhp and the 2.4litre i-vtec delivering 197bhp at 7000rpm. According to Honda SA, “The six-speed manual version accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 9,3 seconds, and achieves a top speed of 215 km/h.” Transmission choices include quick-shifting five-speed automatic and a six speed manual gearbox with F1-style shift paddles.

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Soul statement by Kia

Published by on Jun 9th, 2008, 1 Comment

The Kia Soul concept car was launched at the Geneva Motor Show and latest reports show that a production model is in the pipeline just in time to be displayed at this year’s Paris Motor Show.

Above: Kia Soul concept car

The concept came in three models namely the Soul Diva, Soul Searcher and Soul Burner. The Soul Diva is for the young at heart who is fashion conscious hence the black, white and gold leather and…wait for it….glitter interior, not to mention “pony-hide” carpets. As for the Soul Searcher, it is the more tranquil of the three aiming at an inner peace with its leather finished bonnet and a tinge of leather in every other part of the car. And oh yes, lets not forget about the “bad-boy” the Soul Burn with its dragon tattoos on the bonnet and sports seats. The production car is said to retain some of the features that made it popular at the Geneva motor show. Lets hope no “pony-hide” will be included in the production model. (more…)

Ferrari California GT

Published by on May 25th, 2008, 2 Comments

The official pics of the California GT have been released and soon enough it will be launched at the Paris Motor Show in October. This mid-sized roadster will only be built as a convertible with Ferrari‘s first folding hardtop.

Ferrari always being renowned for its power and performance does not disappoint with the California GT with its 4,3 litre direct injection V8 engine producing 460bhp, mounted in the mid-front. This prancing horse can reach 0-100km/h in less than 4 seconds.

Its gearshifts are via a seven speed dual clutch transmission with F1-Trac traction control. It also houses Brembo carbon ceramic brakes which should help to bring this speedy horse to a sudden stop. Also in keeping with the rest of the new generation Ferrari’s, it will be built on an aluminium chassis as well as aluminium body panels.

More details about this car is expected to be releases prior to the Paris Motor Show. In the meantime join in on the Ferrari California GT countdown at

Seat Ibiza to be launched

Published by on May 6th, 2008, No Comments

Introducing a new writer joining Alex Ion’s team – Roncher Coetzee 

seat ibiza

The much anticipated new Seat Ibiza makes its debut in Madrid on the 22 May 2008 after which it will be launched on the European market. Designed by the much acclaimed former Lamborghini designer Luc Donckerwolke, great things were expected. The design like its predecessor is typically aggressive in appearance and defined by its crisp lines and curves distinctive to the Seat family.

Three types of petrol engines will be made available to the public – 51kw three cylinder 1.2 litre, 63kw four cylinder 1.4 litre and a sporty 75kw 1.6 litre. All three fitted with 5 speed manual transmissions, turbo diesel motors will be made available at a later stage.

The Seat Ibiza once again shares its underpinnings with the upcoming Volkswagen Polo which is expected to be launched after the Ibiza. The Ibiza being built on its ‘Agile chassis’ boasts supposed better handling for improved cornering with solid road holding capabilities. The car is also slightly longer at 4,05m compared to the current Ibiza’s 3,97m therefore providing the much needed legroom in the rear of the cabin as well as a more practical amount of boot space.The Ibiza is also rumoured to possess twin clutch DSG gearboxes, active headlamps, USB connectivity, hill-hold assist, side airbags, ESP amongst other driver aids which are normally equipped on bigger cars.

South Africa’s launch date is yet to be announced but can be expected as soon as the end of this year.

Cadillac STS

Published by on Jan 18th, 2008, 3 Comments

cadillac stsThe Cadillac STS symbolises everything the Cadillac brand stands for. Big brother to the already available BLS and SRX, Cadillac’s luxury performance sedan without a doubt spells the new measure of success. It’s bolder in appearance, bigger in its stance and better in everything it has to offer.

Released for the first time in South Africa, the Cadillac STS will be available to the public in a 4.6L Northstar V8 model and comes fitted with a host of advanced luxury features to support its status symbol appeal. This includes a keyless access system with push button start, cruise control, heated leather steering wheel, dual zone automatic climate control, a memory package including 8-way power seat adjustments and a 15-speaker Bose surround sound system with 6-disc CD/DVD changer, to name but a few.

Priced at R494 600 the STS is available to test drive at N1 City.

Cadillac STS

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