The Car Geek: May 2007

The Car Geek

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Kia Surprise: The Picanto Style

“Life is colorful with Picanto”. This was the statement asserted by Kia Motors Corporation as they launched the all-new 2007 Kia Picanto. What colors would it bring to new car buyers? The Picanto, one of the promising quality cars of Kia, has brought the cutest surprise in the auto industry today. Yes, we were amused and surprised by this mini car from Kia which opened our eyes and realized that this company really has the power to surprise! With the Picanto, driving Kia vehicles will never be the same again.

I’m quite familiar with this car because I’ve seen it around the city. With the new selection of Kia cars including the Picanto, I think we are looking closely at the future right now and this is the biggest bomb dropped by Kia so far. Boom! Surprise! It is obvious on Picanto’s styling that Kia has evolved into something we can call “premium”. When I checked the Picanto’s specifications and features yesterday right after I finished working on my Volvo struts and Volvo spoiler, I realized that the Picanto has a lot to offer to new car buyers but it still has the same quality everyone is looking for in a vehicle.

You better check some of the Picanto’s features and specification, and I’ll never doubt if you’ll be surprised too!

  • Engine type: 1.1 Gasoline/incline 4 cylinders
  • Maximum engine speed (rpm): 6000
  • Fuel Injection system: Multi-point
  • Camshaft and Valve System: SOHC (12 valves)
  • Cooling system: water liquid


  • Clear lens-type headlamps incorporated with large turn signals
  • AM/FM radio
  • MP3 player/CD player
  • Keyless entry with burglar alarm
  • Rear seat tilting and vertically adjustable headrests
  • Power and stilt steering
  • Seat warmer
  • Luggage net

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

The All-New 2007 Hyundai Elantra

Drive your way! That’s what Hyundai is all about. From the freshest selection of Hyundai cars this year, the new face of the 2007 Elantra has defined the real essence of quality Hyundai cars. The latest Elantra is the seventh model in its range which was produced and built in not more than 24 months. You have to check the features of this car so that you’ll know what Hyundai cars are really made of. While you are learning the features of 2007 Elantra, let me first check my stuff I got from EBC Active Brakes Direct and my Volvo thermostat.

Here are the specifications and functional features of the GLS SE Limited:

Body Construction

  • Steel unibody
  • 2.0-liter DOHC 16-valve inline 4-cylinder w/ CVVT
  • Engine cover
  • Multi-port fuel injection
  • SULEV emissions (green states only) - Partial Zero Emission Vehicle certification
  • ULEV emissions
  • Rack-and-pinion, motor driven
  • Front: Independent, MacPherson struts w/coil springs,
  • gas shocks and stabilizer bar
  • Rear: Independent, multi-link suspension gas shocks
  • stabilizer bar
Transmission/drive system
  • 4-speed automatic w/ overdrive lock-up torque converter, gated
  • 5-speed manual (optional)
  • Front wheel drive
Exterior features
  • Antenna, rod-fixed
  • Bumpers, bodycolor
  • Center High Mount Stop Lamp (CHMSL)
  • Chrome accented grille
  • Door handles, bodycolor
  • Fog lights
  • Heated side mirrors, bodycolor
  • Projector style headlamps
  • Rear garnish, bodycolor
  • Rear garnish, chrome
  • Tinted glass
  • Windshield shade band
Tires and wheels
  • 15-in. steel wheels and P195/65R15 tires
  • 16-in. alloy Euroflange wheels and P205/55R16 tires
  • Compact spare tire
Safety and security features
  • 4-channel/4-sensor ABS (Anti-lock Braking System)
  • Adjustable headrests for all passengers
  • Bodyside reinforcements
  • Childproof rear door locks
  • driver and front passenger advanced airbags
  • EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution)
  • Energy-absorbing steering column
  • Front 3-point seat belts w/adjustable shoulder belt height
  • Front crumple zones
  • Front dual active head restraints
  • Front passenger seat-mounted side-impact airbags
  • Front seat belt pretensioners
  • Hood buckling creases and safety stops
  • Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH)
  • Occupant Classification System (OCS)
  • Power window lockout button
  • Power-assisted front-ventilated disc/rear solid disc brakes
  • Rear 3-point seat belts (3)
  • Rear crumple zones
  • Remote keyless entry system w/alarm, panic, and trunk open
  • Roof-mounted side curtain airbags (for outboard passengers)
  • Shift interlock system
  • Side-impact door beams
Interior features
  • 12-volt outlets (2)
  • Air conditioning
  • Assist grips (3)
  • Cabin air filter
  • Carpeted floor mats
  • Clock, digital
  • Console, dual-level storage and center armrest
  • Cupholders, front (2)
  • Cupholders, rear (2)
  • Driver and front passenger-side vanity mirrors
  • Front passenger bag hook
  • Front seatback pockets
  • Glove box, illuminated
  • Heater
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Metallic accents (steering wheel and AC surround)
  • Rear coat hangers (2)
  • Rear window defroster
  • Two-tone interior (gray and beige interiors)
Audio system
  • 172-watt AM/FM/CD audio system with 6 speakers and auxiliary input jack o
  • 220-watt premium audio system with AM/FM/6-disc CD changer/MP3 and external amp and auxiliary input jack
  • Steering wheel-mounted audio controls
  • XM Satellite Radio (late availability)
Power and remote control features
  • Cruise control, steering wheel mounted
  • Dual power heated outside mirrors, bodycolor, manual folding
  • Manual telescoping steering wheel
  • Power door locks
  • Power windows w/driver's auto-down and lockout
  • Remote fuel door, hood and trunk release
  • Tilt steering wheel

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

The 2007 Hyundai Accent GLS

Hyundai has started establishing their reputation as a quality car maker in the auto industry. Well, they have been improving lately and their cars are proof of it. I was never interested in their models before because, honestly, I thought their products are not so attractive and have poor quality. But now, they proved me wrong!

Anyway, what do have here? Oh, it’s Hyundai’s 2007 Accent GLS.

To give you an idea what Hyundai cars are made of, here’s the complete specifications of the 2007 Hyundai Accent GLS. Now you can tell if Hyundai has what it takes to be a quality auto maker! Fill yourself with this info which I got from I better run now and finish my studies about Nissan steering racks and Nissan strut bellows. And while you read on, I hope you can feel the Hyundai fever!

Body Construction

  • Steel unibody
  • 1.6-liter DOHC 16-valve Inline 4-cylinder w/CVVT
  • Multi-port fuel injection
  • Steering
    • Rack-&-pinion, power-assisted
    • Front: MacPherson struts w/coil springs, and front anti-roll bar
    • Rear: Coupled torsion beam axle w/coil springs
    Transmission/drive system
    • Five-speed manual
    • Four-speed automatic w/overdrive
    • Front wheel drive
    Exterior features
    • Antenna, roof mounted micro radio antenna
    • Bodycolor side mirrors, manual adjustment
    • Bodycolor side mirrors, power remote heated
    • Bumpers, 5-mph body color
    • Center high mount stop light
    • Door handles, body colored
    • Glass, tinted w/ windshield sunshade band
    • Headlamps, halogen w/clear lens
    • Side marker indicator lights
    Tires and wheels
    • 14 x 5.5 in. steel wheels w/full wheel covers
    • 15 x 5.5 in. aluminum alloy wheels
    • Compact spare
    • P185/65HR14 Kumho tires
    • P195/55VR15 Kumho tires
    Safety and security features
    • 4-channel / 4-sensor ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) w/EBD (Electronic Brake Distribution)
    • Bodyside reinforcements
    • Child-proof rear door locks
    • Driver and front passenger airbags
    • Driver and front-passenger side-impact airbags
    • Energy-absorbing steering column
    • Front 3-point seat belts w/ adjustable shoulder belt height
    • Front crumple zones
    • Front seat belt pretensioners and load limiters
    • Hood buckling creases and safety stops
    • Occupant Classification System (OCS)
    • Outboard rear LATCH (lower anchors and upper tether anchors)
    • Power assisted front vented disc/rear solid disc brakes
    • Rear 3-point seat belts (3)
    • Rear crumple zones
    • Roof-mounted side curtain airbags (front and outboard rear passengers)
    • Shift interlock system
    Interior features
    • Air conditioning
    • Assist handle grips (3)
    • Cabin air filter
    • Carpeting, needle punch
    • Clock, digital
    • Cupholders, front & rear
    • Defoggers, electric rear window defroster w/timer
    • Door trim, integrated armrest and map pockets and bottle holders
    • Lighter
    • Portable ash tray
    • Rear center armrest w/cupholders
    • Rear seat heater ducts
    Audio system
    • 172-watt AM/FM/CD Audio System w/equalizer and 6 speakers (4 speakers and 2 tweeters)
    Illumination and lights
    • Driver-side illuminated vanity mirror
    • Overhead dome light
    • Passenger-side illuminated vanity mirror
    • Power window switches Optional
    • Side marker indicator lights
    Power and remote control features
    • Fuel door and hood release
    • Power door locks
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/panic
    • Remote operation: Rear trunk release
    • Steering column, adjustable tilt
    • Deluxe cloth seat trim
    • Driver's 8-way adjustable w/dual height adjustment
    • Folding driver's seat armrest
    • Front reclining bucket seats w/adjustable head restraints
    • Front seatback pockets
    • Rear 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback
    • Three adjustable shingle-style rear head restraints
    Meters and gauges
    • Speedometer, odometer, trip odometer, tachometer, coolant temperature, fuel level & digital clock
    • Warning lights: oil pressure, battery charge, low fuel, door ajar, airbag, seatbelt, brake, trunk lid open, ABS & check engine
    Warning chimes
    • Key in ignition with door ajar
    • Front 2-speed variable intermittent w/washer
    • Rear window defroster w/electronic timer
    • Bumper-to-bumper, 5 years/60,000 miles
    • Corrosion, 7 years/unlimited miles
    • Powertrain, 10 years/100,000 miles
    • Roadside assistance, 5 years/unlimited miles

Thursday, May 17, 2007

What!? An Amored Mercedes-Benz S-Class!?

Right. If you belong to the most important persons in the world that include political leaders, billionaires, and diplomats and you want to have the highest level of security in your ride, well, the armored Mercedes-Benz S 600 got you covered.

RENNtech, the Florida-based high performance tuning company for Mercedes-Benz and AMG models has recently teamed up with INKAS, a company that specializes in building armored vehicles and other security services. The two companies worked together to create the high performance and armored Mercedes-Benz S 600. This Mercedes-Benz model can withstand the highest level of ammunition and ballistics.

"We're in the business of protecting our clients and that means we have to be ready for anything. You can not tell if you are looking at the vehicle from the outside, its when you open the doors you see the professionally finished INKAS Overlap System, but you'd have to really be looking. "From ten feet, five feet and two feet away, it's just another Benz - if you could ever really say that about a Mercedes." said Chris Pecalevsk, Director of Business Development at INKAS Armored.

INKAS gave the Mercedes-Benz S 600 Level IV armoring that can resist close-range Armor Piercing bullets. The vehicle also comes with run-flat performance tires, armored panels and ballistic glass for enhanced protection.

Now for the vehicle's performance, leave that to RENNtech. The company revamped the engine to produce a maximum 640 hp and 775 lb-ft amount of peak torque. RENNtech also gave the armored Mercedes-Benz S 600 with exclusive Mercedes performance parts including the stainless steel-braided brake lines for the 15.2-inch two-piece front and 14-inch rear brake, upgraded intercooler pump, and carbon fiber air box.

"No matter how much armor you have, armor just buys you time to escape. You can't just sit there waiting for the bad guys to run out of bullets - and a thousand pounds of armor doesn't make it any easier to outrun the bad guys, either." said Hartmut Feyhl, head of RENNtech.

Feyhl added: "We looked at the situation together, with the idea that, if you or your family are in danger, you really have only a few seconds to escape. Any car could benefit from tuning in that situation, of course - but an armored car especially. It needs more power and better cooling to accelerate away from danger, and better brakes and suspension to handle that extra weight during cornering and defensive driving maneuvers."

Unfortunately, for some security reasons, the two companies did not release other details about the armored Mercedes-Benz S 600.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Chrysler’s Brand Heritage & Highlights from 1875-1945

Before Chrysler has given their significant mark in the automobile history, there are things we should need to know about this company - things that Chrysler have gone through from the past twelve decades if I’m not mistaken. I never knew Chrysler had a very colorful and interesting history, not right after I read the article. I had enough knowledge about Chrysler aside from studying about the Chrysler strut or Cadillac Escalade cold air induction.

Now, from my tireless researches, the late-night studies had paid-off. Here it is! Have a peek on Chrysler’s heritage as this information take you to the past and relive the rise of Chrysler to the automotive world! This information was taken from this site. For a complete view of Chrysler’s history, just visit this site and have a wonderful time reading!


  • Walter Chrysler from Kansas was the son of a locomotive engineer. He was associated to the transportation industries all through his life.
  • The love for machinery encouraged him to give up a college education for a machinist’s apprenticeship, and his early career comprised numerous mechanical jobs in the railroad industry.
  • In 1912, Chrysler was employed by General Motors as manager of the Buick manufacturing plant. He became president of the Buick division after four years.
  • After parting ways with GM in 1919, Chrysler’s second career was as a “doctor of ailing automakers.” He started with giving health to Willys-Overland which was then known as the Maxwell Motor Corporation.
  • Chrysler joined forces with three ex-Studebaker engineers - Fred Zeder, Owen Skelton and Carl Breer. They planned to design a new revolutionary car. They made distinctions on what the Chrysler brand merchandise would be and it came to be affordable “luxury” vehicles - renowned for modern and premium engineering. The first model was the 1924 Chrysler Six - this was a brand new car priced at $1,565 which featured two major innovations - a light high compression and powerful six-cylinder engine. It was the first one to use four-wheel hydraulic brakes in a fairly priced car. The well-resourced Chrysler Six is also featured
  • aluminum pistons
  • replaceable oil and air filters
  • full-pressure lubrication
  • tubular front axles
  • shock absorbers
  • indirect interior lighting
  • Some of Chrysler’s early high performance, stylish cars startled industry observers and customers alike, but mid-range pricing added value and assured the success of the brand. Model numbers told customers how fast each Chrysler would go. The Chrysler 72, for example, featured an optional "Red-Head" engine for better pickup and hill climbing. Chryslers would also perform commendably in other period racing venues like winning the 1925 1,000-mile Stock Car Speed Trial at Los Angeles and placing second, third and sixth at the Belgian 24-Hour Grand Prix of 1928. They also performed well in endurance competition, completing a 1926 Kansas City-Denver test at an average speed of 51.8 mph and a 1927 New York-Los Angeles round-trip speed run at an average speed of 40.2 mph.
  • The 1928 acquisition of Dodge Brothers made Chrysler the third of Detroit’s Big Three automakers - and Walter Chrysler one of the most successful industrialists of their generation.
  • Within a decade of its founding, Chrysler Corporation’s leadership in innovation had earned for it the label of Detroit’s “engineering company.” Chrysler’s list of early automotive “firsts” included Floating Power (a new method of mounting engines to isolate vibration), replaceable oil filters, downdraft carburetors and one-piece curved windshields.
  • Chrysler entered a higher level of competition with its opulently appointed Imperial series. With a custom-built body from LeBaron or Briggs, a 145-inch wheelbase chassis, a 125-horsepower engine and a price tag of $3,145, a typical Imperial of the early 1930s rivaled a Duesenberg in style, but cost only about a third as much!
  • In 1934, Chrysler, with advice from Orville Wright, built a wind tunnel to test body shapes that led to the first unit-body, aerodynamic car - the Airflow. The idea came from Carl Breer after he tested conventional car shapes in a wind tunnel and found they registered much less drag “tail first.”
  • Chrysler’s Airflow "streamliner" was dramatic and ahead of its time - the fluid design and pioneering unit-body construction offered improved handing and passenger comfort in a vehicle unlike any seen before. The Chrysler Airflow also featured recessed headlights, a low step-up height, a standard in-line 8-cylinder engine, automatic overdrive and good gas mileage (posting 21.4 miles per gallon on a coast-to-coast test trip). Unfortunately for Chrysler, the Airflow was a bit too different for most. Even though its design was soon widely imitated, this first truly streamlined car was not a sales success.
  • Less-than-spectacular sales led to stronger promotion of cars like the $925 DeLuxe Eight over the slow-selling, $1,400 Airflow - and to more conservative Chrysler styling.
  • A brand-new model emerged as the New York Special, and is soon recast as the luxuriously chosen Chrysler New Yorker. Its venerable fame would ultimately make it America’s longest-running car nameplate from 1938 to 1996.
  • The "Fluid Drive" became recognized as one of Chrysler’s major engineering innovation. It turned out to be an “almost automatic” transmission that nearly gets rid of shifting. Other modernization includes Superfinish that helped lessen wear on contacting metal surfaces and Oilite self-lubricating bearings was used.
  • Widespread notice in 1940 was ahead, the Chrysler Thunderbolt show car was a massive two-seater with a retractable steel roof and streamlined cladding front to rear. Chrysler turned even more heads on Memorial Day that year when its exotic Newport Phaeton, only one of the five built by LeBaron, served as pace car at the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race.
  • The most striking production-model Chrysler of the prewar years was the 1941-42 Town & Country, a “barrelback” sedan expanded into an aerodynamic station wagon and trimmed with ash and mahogany side panels - the company’s elegant entry into autobuilding’s “woody” era.
  • All civilian car production stopped for the duration of World War II. Chrysler was the eighth, among all manufacturers, who produced materials for the war effort.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Mazda Sporting Greener Vehicles

Mazda Hydrogen Hybrid

Ford is not focusing much on making green cars so Mazda decided to stand up straight being the leader in terms of making small eco-friendly cars. Mazda will pursue its plans to be greener in the next years to come. The Japanese car maker will do efforts like doing research and improving their knowledge about perfecting the construction of greener cars.

Of course, to continue the efforts, Mazda needs a bulk of budget to pursue the greener plan. Nikkei announced on a release that Mazda allotted $4.2 billion in making their greener plans come to life. However, according to its President Hisakazu Imaki, they could not identify which technology is going to be prioritized. Instead, they will focus on making small cars with environment friendly features as the first segment of Ford to do it. The Mazda cold air intake should be available on the car to improve its performance.

Mazda also have several options on their plans to make green cars. First on the line is the pipeline that includes the hybrid-electric vehicle that also uses hydrogen using systems. The car maker said it will be available next year. Of course, they would still do the diesel-propelled vehicles as an option in the decades to com.

I just found out that Mazda is not using Taylor cable on their car. What’s the Taylor cable anyway?

Watch out for the Dodge Fantasticar!

One fantastic automotive piece of engineering from Chrysler Group's Dodge brand!

We all know that Dodge manufactures commercial and high-performance vehicles with quality auto parts. But recently, Dodge announced their newest creation exclusively for the Fantastic Four members. Well, not for the actors who portrayed their super hero role in the film but for the real film characters, namely Mr. Fantastic (Reed Richards), The Thing (Benjamin "Ben" Jacob Grimm), Invisible Girl (Susan "Sue" Storm), and The Human Torch (Johnathan "Johnny" Storm).

Are you starting to figure out what I am talking about? Well, maybe you are right. The Fantasticar, the latest vehicle from Dodge will be featured in the upcoming 20th Century Fox film entitled Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, which will be released on theaters all over the world starting in June 15. If you cant wait to see the vehicle, go to your nearest cinemas beginning in May 12 to see the premiere of Dodge ads featuring the Fantasticar.

According to Michael Curmi, Senior Manager – Entertainment Marketing, Chrysler Group: "Opportunities to be involved with the cultural icon like the Fantasticar don’t come around very often, so we jumped at the chance to work with Marvel Comics and 20th Century Fox. Dodge is a great American car brand teaming up with a great American superhero team. We both have great heritage that appeal to people around the world, so it was only natural for us to partner on this new Fantastic Four movie with the debut of the ultimate superheroes vehicle."

To give you a brief description about the Dodge Fantasticar, the vehicle can reach a stunning top speed of 550 mph with an altitude of 30,000 feet (yes! it can fly!). The Fantasticar also features some of the signature Dodge design cues like the crosshair grille, the ram logo on the front fascia and seat headrests, and Dodge name on the vehicle's front fascia. The Fantasticar also features deployable wings and unique headlights, which you can't just replace with conventional apc lights.

Mark Spencer, Senior Manager – Dodge Brand Communications, Chrysler Group also commented: "The Dodge brand is always looking forward to new bold design directions, so it is inspiring to see the Fantasticar with the Dodge brand’s signature crosshair grille and Ram’s head logo in a completely futuristic vehicle. We hope people around the world have as much fun watching the Fantasticar as Dodge Marketing is having promoting the out-of-this-world vehicle."

In relation with the upcoming film, a Dodge Fantasticar version will be head on to the Lowe's Motor Speedway later this May for the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series' Coca-Cola 600. NASCAR driver Elliott Sadler will pilot his new No. 19 Fantasticar Dodge Charger featuring design cues similar to the Fantasticar on the film. This will draw the attention of the numerous NASCAR fans in the event, so better watch out for it.

Check out Mike Accavitti, Director – Dodge Brand and SRT Marketing and Communications ha to say: "The No. 19 Fantasticar Dodge Charger is a great new look for Elliott’s car, and we expect his race car’s performance will rival that of the Fantasticar in the movie Our motorsports program is an integral part of Dodge’s overall marketing strategy, and with the Fantasticar Dodge Charger, we’re able to generate further awareness and interest with both general consumers and NASCAR fans."

Monday, May 07, 2007

BMW: Most Wanted

I think most of us would agree that the most wanted car today is from BMW. had surely agreed to that statement because they bestowed the award for the “Most Wanted” car of 2007 to BMW Company. BMW owners should be very proud of this spectacular recognition knowing that the award was given by the most trusted and the top internet source of information about consumer automotives.

The company must be feeling very lucky today because they know their car is a “must have”! The “Editor’s Most Wanted” award was given to the 2007 BMW 3 series sedan which cam be bought under the price of $35,000, while under the $60,000 mark, the “Editors’ Most Wanted” award was given to the 2007 5 Series.

All the results for this special set of awards was announced last April 24, 2007 at Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey. It is proven that BMW doesn’t only excel in making splendid auto body parts, but in all the aspects in creating a car with the most wanted auto performance!

The Edmunds editors’ words when they declared the 9th annual “Editors’ Most Wanted”: “We eat, breathe and dream automobiles, and in many instances, this love for the car overruled common sense during our selection process. But that's the great thing about the Editors' Most Wanted list: it's guided by passion, not science (much like the majority of car purchases). The result of our voting is a list of cars and trucks we’d want in our own garages”.

In distinguishing the 3 Series award, said: “…endowed with world-class suspension, steering and brake components, these cars have an ability to communicate with their drivers that is unmatched in the entry-level luxury class and, indeed, unmatched by most cars at any price.”

For the 5 Series award, the editors had something to share. Tom Purves, the Chairman and CEO of the BMW (US) Holding Corp., had something to express as well: “The BMW 5 Series has always impressed us with its luxury trappings in a true driver's car. No matter which engine you choose, you'll get a sedan that feels rock solid on the highway and nimble through tight turns. The 5 Series may not have every luxury feature imaginable, but it has all the features that count to us. We at BMW are committed to creating products that arouse passion and these outstanding accolades from the editors of are evidence of our success.”

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Audi Q7 4.2 TDI: Price and Features

Watch out! The new Audi Q7 4.2 TDI is coming!

The German automaker Audi AG has just released the details and the manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of the new Audi Q7 full size luxury sport utility vehicle (SUV) equipped with a powerful 4.2-liter V8 engine under its hood. The new Audi Q7 4.2 TDI will roll out in Audi dealer showrooms starting early this summer carrying a base MSRP of 70,500 Euros or about $96,162 USD.

Check out some of the highlights of the Audi Q7 4.2 TDI


* Dynamic design, body 5.09 metres in length

* Spacious, versatile interior with five to seven seats

* Luxurious roominess for all passengers; five, six or seven seats available

* Luggage compartment capacity up to 2,035 litres


* Audi dynamic suspension for use on- and off-road

* Adaptive air suspension as standard with dynamic roll stabilisation

* Large brakes with 6-piston callipers at front

* All four wheels are independently mounted on double wishbones


* Powerful V8 TDI delivering 240 kW (326 bhp) and 760 Nm of torque between 1,800 rpm and 2,500 rpm

* Low consumption of 11.1 litres per 100 km (overall)

* Common rail injection system with state-of-the-art piezo injectors

* Two turbochargers with variable turbine geometry

* Electronically actuated flaps in the air intake tract

* Six-speed tiptronic automatic transmission

* Quattro permanent four-wheel drive with asymmetric/dynamic torque distribution for sporty handling


* Innovative Audi lane assist alerts driver before lane is left

* Leather design package with a choice of inlays in aluminium or three types of wood and seat upholstery in Cricket leather

*Electrically heated front seats

* Radar-based cruise control system with active distance control operates under the name adaptive cruise control

* Four-spoke multifunction steering wheel

* Electrically operated tailgate

* Audi parking system advanced employs a camera to monitor the rear.

* 1,000 watts Bang & Olufsen premium audio system with 14 active speakers

* 18-inch forged aluminium wheels of seven-arm design come with sporty 255/55 tires

* Optional 21-inch wheels

* Optional open sky system glass roof

* Optional rail system for the luggage compartment with 2,035 litres capacity

* Optional deluxe automatic air conditioning system

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Ford’s New Mustang

Ford maybe closing its doors when it comes to producing one of its luxury car subsidiaries - the Jaguar. It was announced just recently by Ford’s Chief Executive Officer Alan Mullaly about his plan that would not pursue the production of the Jag. This may be the end for Jaguar but it does look like there are some new surprises coming up from Ford.

Ford is ready to reveal another powerful car model under the Mustang trimmings. I am talking about the Shelby Super Snake - the next generation Mustang that propels with an amazing set of powertrain parts capable of producing 600 horsepower.

Under the Caroll Shelby guidance, the new model is called the Shelby Super Snake. The new car model is set with a huge horsepower that can be made and given options like additional 725 horsepower. Imagine how powerful it is. The new 600 horsepower vehicle will be powered by 590 lbs-ft of torque as a whole package, which is also an option from the GT500. This one will also be covered by a warranty.

But what about the 725 horsepower version? Well, it’s too powerful to be produced just that easily. The new car model will be out early in 2008 or maybe late 2007.

These are the current line up of the new Mustang super models you will see on the car market.

  • Shelby GT with 319 hp
  • Shelby Cobra GT500 with 500 hp
  • Shelby GT500KR with 540 hp
  • Shelby GT500 Super Snake with 600 to 725 hp

The prices and specifications for these will be announced soon. So let’s keep guard.