Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Italian Motorcycle Precision Formation
Saturday, September 06, 2008
The 65 mpg Ford the U.S. Can't Have
If ever there was a car made for the times, this would seem to be it: a sporty subcompact that seats five, offers a navigation system, and gets a whopping 65 miles to the gallon. Oh yes, and the car is made by Ford Motor (F), known widely for lumbering gas hogs.
Ford's 2009 Fiesta ECOnetic goes on sale in November. But here's the catch: Despite the car's potential to transform Ford's image and help it compete with Toyota Motor (TM) and Honda Motor (HMC) in its home market, the company will sell the little fuel sipper only in Europe. "We know it's an awesome vehicle," says Ford America President Mark Fields. "But there are business reasons why we can't sell it in the U.S." The main one: The Fiesta ECOnetic runs on diesel.
The 65 mpg Ford the U.S. Can't Have
Business Week, September 4, 2008, 5:00PM EST
Monday, July 21, 2008
Ferrari steers its efforts to California
Friday, July 18, 2008
5 exotic cars
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
2009 BMW 3 series tii
There is a good discussion of the renewed usage of the tii badging by BMW at Automobile Magazine. Nice set of changes -- if they make it to the actual car.
BMW Will Revive tii Badge for 1- and 3-series
Automobile Magazine, August 2008
Photos via Motor Authority
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Dodge Challenger SRT8
What ? No Stick? Kinda silly for a 425 hp muscle car
New-Old Pony Enters the Corral
NYT, June 15, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
MV Agusta F4CC
1. Carbon-Fiber Fairing: Aerodynamically shaped to lower drag and hand-formed out of carbon fiber, it's a full 50-percent lighter than the thermoplastic job on its slower, lower-rent sibling, the F4-1000 R ($22,995).
2. Racing Tires: Pirelli Dragon Supercorsa Pros, rated to withstand speeds of up to 195.6 mph, which is, not coincidentally, the F4CC's electronically limited maximum velocity. Higher speeds would destroy the tires.
3. Four-Cylinder Engine: The liquid-cooled 1,078-cc, inline four-cylinder redlines at 13,000 rpm and lays down 197 horsepower on the terrified asphalt through a six-speed gearbox transplanted from a race bike.
4. Nonslip Seat: Stitched out of Alcantara, a synthetic suedelike material that's made only in one factory in the world (in Italy, natch) and prized for its ability to stop asses from sliding around.
5. Ultralight Wheels: Hand-forged of the thinnest aluminum that could possibly withstand the cornering forces and violent bursts of power delivered by a psychotic rider on a brutally potent motorcycle.
2008 MV Agusta F4CC
Base price: $120,000
Powertrain: Liquid-cooled (with water-oil heat exchanger), fuel-injected, DOHC, four-stroke, inline four-cylinder, four valves per cylinder, six-speed
Displacement: 1,078 cc
Maximum torque: 92 pound-feet at 9,000 rpm
Maximum horsepower: 200 at 12,200 rpm
Seat height: 31.87 inches
Dry weight: 412 pounds
Road test MPG: 27
MV Agusta's Limited-Edition Superbike Is One Sexy Beast
CARS 2.0 : COOL WHEELS
At $120,000, the MV Agusta F4CC is a rare breed of sport bike
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer May 28, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Updating a Classic
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Cool artists renderings of a possible 2011 Porsche Hatchback, based on a VW Golf
Is Porsche developing the ultimate hot hatch?
Posted on Thursday 16 August 2007
Friday, May 30, 2008
Hybrid Technologies 220+ MPG Supercar
Hybrid Technologies AXP
Hybrid Technologies Building 220+ MPG Supercar With 'Wild' Horsepower: Exclusive First Look
Popular Mechanics May 28, 2008