Petrol Station , after a test Drive – iPhone4
A new baby Porsche is born and i just could not be more happy and inspired about it !
Performance : behind the seats are two flat-six engines with direct injection, thermal management and start/stop functionality. The base Boxster uses a 2.7-liter flat six, good for 265 horsepower (10 hp more than its predecessor) while the Boxster S is powered by a 3.4-liter six that produces 315 hp (an increase of 5 hp versus the 2012 model).
by Giancarlo Perini
Peugeot has been very quick at reconsidering the design direction it took few years ago and just three years after the launch of its first generation 308 is introducing a radically redesigned generation that will soon make its predecessor a mistake to forget overnight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Giancarlo Perini ©
In the clear light of Cape Town’s wharf, the all-new BMW 650i Cabriolet proudly shows its beauty and style. The latest generation of open-air luxury on wheels is longer, lower and wider but with its soft and rounded shapes it looks more compact, light and agile. Read the rest of this entry »
First test drives of the beautiful 2011 BMW 650i cabriolet are going on in South Africa. You may have a look at our photo gallery now and come back from a report from Cape Town within a day or two.
by Giancarlo Perini.
After “inventing” the convertible-coupé for their first generation SLK, first launched in 1996, Mercedes-Benz is keen to maintain their leadership in the speciality and further develop the “air and light” unique atmosphere inside their cosy Roadster. The third generation is being launched this year. With orders collected starting January 17th. In Germany the starting price is € 38,675.00 for the SLK 200 BlueEFFICIENCY (€ 44,256.10 for the SLK 250 BlueEFFICIENCY). Although not cheap the new Mercedes-Benz SLK is probably the most affordable convertible-coupé of this class. Read the rest of this entry »
BMW has release official pictures of its new 6 Serie Cabriolet. The superlative open air 2+2 sets new standard of beauty and elegance in its class. It will go on sale next year, before the 6 Series Coupé of which a “concept” was presented at the Paris Motor Show in October. More on this blog tomorrow. Here a selection of images.
In addition to a new show car, BMW will be presenting an upgraded version of its Z4 roadster/convertible. This is the Z4 s35i which comes with a new M Sport look as standard. The powerful two-seater is powered by the 3.0 litre twin-turbo six-cylinder in line engine credited of 240kw (340) HP that is matched by the 7 speed automatic transmission. Its acceleration allows the top-of-the-range Z4 to go from standing to 100 kph in only 4.8 seconds.
To visualize this potential, BMW is delivering the new model with standard M Sport package, that will be available for other versions as an option. The M Sport upgrades emphasize the Z4’s athletic character through aerodynamically optimized exterior features and customized interior components. Special 18-inch light-alloy wheels in five-spoke design round off the sporty character of the Z4 sDrive35is, In addition, 19-inch light-alloy wheels are available as an option.
The upgrades also includes the M Aerodynamics and adaptive M Suspension. The adaptive M Suspension combines a ride-height reduction of 10 millimeters (almost 0.4”) with electronically controlled shock absorbers (Dynamic Damping Control) to improve the vehicle’s agility without compromising ride comfort.
The new model is further distinguished by a striking front bumper with a matte aluminum trim bar in each outer air intake, a rear bumper with accentuated surrounds on the tailpipes, and a rear diffuser finished at top in body color and black textured surface underneath.
With most new concept cars actually relying on hybrid technology or Electric drive only, there were three traditional concepts cars. The first was a dream car, the Mazda MX-5 (Miata) Super Light. The other two came both from Mini: the Mini Coupé and Roadster, both previewing the spirited design that will set the next Mini “Twin” models apart. Read the rest of this entry »
The Concorso d’Eleganza di Villa d’Este this years has been as good as the weather. That is to say that half of it was very good, with peaks of excellence, and the remaining half was bad, raining and boring, with touches of ugliness.
By the end of the elegant week-end on the Lake of Como, one would say it was not one the best edition ever but still offered enough interesting cars to look at, people to greet and talk to, and subjects to discuss.
As such it was one not to be missed. Those who did not attend it missed the extremely rare chance of hearing the sibilo and smelling the pollution of its turbine engine, not to mention seeing this extraordinary visualisation of the dreams about the cars of the future they were dreaming in the fifties and sixties.