Friday, July 25, 2014

The 2015 Audi RS7 Gets New LEDs Because It's An Audi

Apart from the different daytime running light layout, the 2015 Audi RS7 also gets an upgraded infotainment system, improved fuel economy and air boxes that are "even sharper and more distinctive".

What they call the third-generation Audi RS7 qualifies as a mild refresh in my book, but that means the new car still comes with a 560 horsepower twin-turbo 4.0 V8 that also gives you 516.3 lb-ft of torque between 1750 and 5500 rpm. It's fast alright.

To keep the European Union happy in the following years, the engine is now three percent more economical and four percent cleaner than the current RS7's, saving at least one-tenth of a polar bear every year.

LED headlights are now standard, with Matrix LED technology and dynamic turn signals on the options list, at least in Europe for now

Nvidia boosted the infotainment with a new graphics processor, while there are changes to the instrument cluster, the shift paddles behind the steering wheel and the quattro emblem on the instrument panel. It's still a nice cabin to be in.

With the RS adaptive air suspension fitted as standard, the eight-speed tiptronic, all-wheel drive traction, optional carbon brakes, dynamic steering and Audi's dynamic ride control, the RS7 remains a 189 mph battlecruiser with a respectable zero-to-sixty time of 3.9 and an ESP that can be switched off completely if you want to ignore fuel economy for a while...


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Lancia Delta Integrale Evo II

The Lancia Delta is a compact luxury car produced by Italian automaker Lancia with the first generation being produced between 1979 and 1994.  It was first shown in Frankfurt Motor Show in 1979. The Delta is best known for its World Rally Championship career in the late 1980s and early 1990s, when it dominated rallying.

Integrale Evoluzione II

Presented in June 1993, the second Evolution version of the Delta HF Integrale featured an updated version of the 2-litre 16-valve turbo engine to produce more power, as well as a three-way catalyst and Lambda probe. The addition of the catalyst did not penalise performance. Indeed, the Evoluzione II produced more power and torque than its predecessor, the Evoluzione I.


Monday, July 21, 2014

HKS Supercharger vs TRD Performance kit for GT86/ BRZ

The collaboration between Toyota and Subaru have result a new sport car for entry level; GT86 and BRZ. Both of them share the same platform and engine. Their difference can be identified from its exterior with different front and rear bumper.

If you watch Initial D, Takumi (the main character) love driving the Toyota AE86. The AE86 really give him a balance and control over his car. He start with Normally Aspired (NA) engine and then upgrade his engine when his engine blow up while drifting. In one of his race, he have a chance drifting in a 2 door Impreza owned by his dad. It is a unforgivable experience for him since the Impreza engine used a boxer engine which gave different character.

FT-86: GT86/ BRZ Concept Car
GT86 is said to be the descendant of AE86. When they said that they will collaborate with Subaru, all cars enthusiast are excited to test the new car which they expect it will combined with a well balance chassis, low gravity boxer engine and a big potential to upgrade.

Toyota have launched GT86 with NA engine and people wants more from the engine. Toyota Racing Development (TRD) have launch a limited edition version released in 2012.

The engine and its suspension were remain untouched but TRD have include a new sports exhaust system which improved its throttle response. They also have equip it with a bigger set of wheel - 18 inch. On its exterior, TRD have design a new front splitter, air diffuser on its back and new side skirts. But still it run the same NA engine.

So if the upgrade still does not met your spec, HKS have introduced supercharger kit for this engine. So, if you own either GT86 or BRZ, it can suite it as plug and play. The performance kit include Supercharger assembly, new traction oil cooler, installation bracket, suction pipe with blow off, intercooler pipe, ECU adjustment and HKS GT SC Kit. With this installation, it will improved your car from 157 hp to 235 hp.

The following video shows the comparison between TRD and HKS GT86. Enjoy it and maybe it help you to make your decision.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Video: Smart ForTwo safety showcased in crash test with Mercedes S-Class

Hacking a car ... a new way of carjacking

In the age of technology where almost everything can be accessed online, it is common to hear hackers hack into computer due to its vulnerabilities and they may steal something without having to be physically presence at the crime scene.

With more sophisticated cars been produced each years with cool features, it will increase chances for hackers. Usually, carjacking require action to be physically inside the car. The following video shows that if hackers able to tap into your car system, they can do it while the driver still drive the car and able to handle everything in your car.

Automakers now have challenges not just from engineering aspect but also on technology aspect. reported by AutoBlog, Zhejiang University team claimed that they have successfully hacked into Tesla Model S system and won $10,000 at the Symposium on Security for Asia Network 2014 and able to exploiting door locks, horn and window control while the vehicle was moving. It is welcomed by Tesla and they will get things to be fixed in short time.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Production Nissan IDx Not Coming Until After 2016

Nissan have introduced the IDx concept cars  (Freeflow and NISMO) at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show for entry-level sports car. But compare to Toyota, Subaru and Scion who teaming up to produce the BRZ/ GT-86/FR-S, Nissan had problem to find other car makers to co-develop it as reported by AutoEvolution.

Finding other parties to join develop the platform is common nowadays since a new car platform would involve a lot of money for a single company to absorb it.

The Nissan IDx is said to be the replacement for Nissan/ Datsun 510. The 510 is said to be one of the best car for new entry level segment for people in 60's and 70's who would like to have a sports car with smaller budget. It is now one of the most popular car among classic car enthusiast after Skyline GT2000.

If Nissan still want to proceed on its own, they have to sell 50,000 units car per year to cover the investment cost and it is unlikely to happen.

But if Nissan able to convince company like Proton, Tata and China car makers to join develop it, the IDx can be realized since there are strong market for entry level in those countries. In March 2014, Jay Leno had featured in his Youtube Channel; Jay Leno's Garage. In this episode, he had invited the owner of 510 and also Nissan Creative Design Manager. Enjoy the video.

Mercedes C63 AMG Coupe rendered by Design RM

Design RM have came out with rendered design for Mercedes C63 AMG Coupe. The design was inspired by the C-Class sedan and several AMG variants. It also look good as latest S63/ S65 AMG Coupe.

Remco Muelendijk had features a sportier front bumper, ventilated front fenders and S-Class looks at its back. Future C63 may be powered by twin turbo 4.0 liter V8 engine.