Wednesday, August 29, 2007

2009 Jaguar XF

If the purchase of the Jaguar XK is in your price range yet can't fit the young family in, then the XF will be more suitable. This beautifully styled luxury saloon holds a strong body with albeit soft subtle lines running the flow of the car from head to toe.

The interior is set for a saloon with some sports comfort included, however the layout is not too disimilar to a BMW, at first glance, with a more luxurious finish to the worksmanship.

The engine is Supercharged V8 drawing bhp sprinting out to 60mph in 5.1 seconds. There are several egnine options available of four engines - 2.7-liter V6 turbodiesel, 3.0-liter V6 petrol, 4.2-liter naturally aspirated V8 petrol, and 4.2-liter supercharged V8 petrol.

There will be no manual gearbox option available as the 6-speed automatic transmission will be used across all the XF series production range as the unique adaptive gearbox proven in previous Jaguars utilising their reknowned transmission able to sense driving styles, road conditions whilst maintaining at all times the smoothest of gear transistions. The Sports mode will switch to drive by wire technology increasing driving sense whilst cruising down the road.

Monday, August 27, 2007

2008 Audi RS6 "610hp?"

It has recently been reported that leaked vehicle chassis codes for the new Audi RS6 had the output from its twin turbo V10 engine at 571hp, or 426kW, which certainly will give the M5 and M6 a run for their money. Recent information from a whistle blower at Audi, however, has put this figure in possible doubt. The supposed reliable source claims that the 571hp will only be the specified figure Audi will market the car with. True output will be upwards of 600hp, with 610hp (455kW) pegged as the most likely figure. BMW claim that the 335i has 300hp, when in fact it is much closer to 360hp. It is entirely likely that Audi is taking no chances with the new RS6 and even BMW’s excellent 500hp V10 motor will struggle to compete with this kind of power output.

If this is the case, then the 08 Audi RS6 will churn out more horse power than the BMW M6 and M5, the CL65 AMG +/-, The Ferrari F430 and the legendary Porsche Turbo.

I really love horse power wars. Bring it on Audi, bring it on.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

2008 BMW 650i Coupe

I've held this on my desk for the past few weeks now with eyes often glancing over the picture trying to catch a glimpse of the cars design similarity to the Holden Monaro.
With the exception of the read boot and the obvious front grill the bonnet and mid-lines seem to immitate that of the Monaro.
Obviously the similarity would end there with all else being completely european from suspension and engine tunning to the trademark BMW interior.
The car for me doesn't jump out at me and wouldn't make me drool like Homer Simpson over pork spare ribs but would be interesting to view up close.
Naturally the 650i houses a V8 engine that produces 360bhp from 4.8ltr engine pushing outto 60mph in 5.3 seconds and again limited to 155mph atthe top end.