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Friday, 28 November 2008

LEAK! - Honda NSX is shown from inside out in technical rendering

There is a new Japanese supercar on its way to dealerships and, as well as all the others that have already emerged, it answers by a widely known name: Honda NSX. The new one, however, will not have a mid-rear-mounted engine, as the previous generation, but a mid-front-mounted engine or, to be even more specific, a fantastic 5.5-litre V10 pumping out 560 bhp.

When the car reaches the roads, by the end of 2009, expect it to perform accordingly, with a time below 4 s to reach 100 km/h from standstill. Top speed will be above 320 km/ and the car will present the Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system, for superb handling.

Source: AutoExpress via World Car Fans

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Mazda presents the hatchback and sedan versions of Mazda3

Mazda has recently introduced the sedan version of Mazda3 at this year's edition of Los Angeles Auto Show. The new generation of the car, which we bet that is based on the current European Ford Focus, since they bear the same wheelbase (2.64 m), keeps its 2-litre four-cylindre engine that produces 150 bhp and adds a 2.5-litre engine that generates 169 bhp.

Anyway, the biggest news from Mazda3 is about to be revealed at Bologna Motor Show, with the presentation of the five-door version of the car. Since it has European specifications, there must be turbodiesel engines on the range and Mazda has two of them available for Mazda3, a 1.6-litre and a new 2.2-litre. There are also two petrol engines, a 1.6-litre and a 2-litre, but they will not be as popular as the diesel-powered powerplants, especially the 2.2-litre. It will be offered in two options, one generating 150 bhp and another producing 185 bhp, both Euro 5 compliant.

Bologna will open its doors for the public in December 5.

Source: Mazda

Monday, 24 November 2008

Volvo presents a glimpse of its future mid-size sedan with S60 Concept

Volvo is about to renew one of its lines, the mid-sized sedan S60. As usual, the company will not drop the name off, but the car promises to be entirely new. With an official presentation at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show, the S60 Concept anticipates what this new sedan will be like.

No technical specifications have been released, only some hints on the design, more coupe-like than before, the driving dynamics (the best ones in a Volvo ever, according to Volvo) and a floating centre stack made of hand-crafted Orrefors crystal. Volvo has already presented a floating centre stack at C30 and it is just gorgeous. In crystal, that must look even better.

Although Detroit is unfortunately losing its importance, the new S60 Concept will help the event drive some attention other than for the crisis it is facing.

Source: Volvo

Sunday, 23 November 2008

Mitsubishi proposes a new way of driving with MMR25

Anyone who has ever seen a rally race and has enjoyed it would like to become a rally driver and learn how to make the car go sideways with absolute control. Well, according to Mitsubishi, by 2025 anyone will be able to drive like that, but only if behind the wheel (or any other control system) of MMR25.

This project, which has been created by Jon Hull for Mitsubishi in order to take part at this year's edition of LA Auto Show Design Challenge, would apply eight electric engines to each wheel. And wheel is only a way to express what really moves MMR25 ahead, something close to it, but not even remotely adequate. The eight engines compose the surface of this "wheel" and turn independently, allowing the car to move forward no matter in which direction the car nose points.

Besides the propulsion idea, MMR25 also uses Oblique Aerodynamics, or else, the car can move in any direction with the same properties it would have if moving forward. A centre wing adjusts to the directions the car takes. We just wonder how can it be driven with no windshield at all, but this should be no problem for cameras, if this is the idea.

Will MMR25 ever reach a rally race? We doubt it, but we would surely like to give it a try.

Source: LA Auto Show Design Challenge