Two engines will be available from launch, an 84bhp, turbocharged 875cc TwinAir petrol and a 74bhp 1.3-litre MultiJet diesel.
will only offer the TwinAir petrol from launch. This model claims a 40%
increase in torque over the petrol engine used in the previous Panda
4x4, the 1.2-litre Fire.
The 2012 Buick Regal's base engine is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that produces 182 hp and 172 pound-feet of torque.
The optional eAssist light hybrid powertrain uses the same 2.4-liter engine in conjunction with an 11-kilowatt electric motor/generator and lithium-ion battery system. A six-speed automatic with manual shift control is the only available transmission on these models.
The Regal Turbo receives a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that makes 220 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. It, too, comes with a standard six-speed automatic transmission, but a six-speed manual is offered as an option.
The Regal GS uses the same turbo engine, but benefits from added turbo boost and a free-flowing exhaust to kick power output up to 270 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. The six-speed manual transmission is standard, with the automatic available as an option (late availability).
In recent Edmunds testing, a Regal with the base 2.4-liter required 9.9 seconds to accelerate from zero to 60 mph, which is considerably slower than competing sedans. The Turbo improves that time to 8.4 seconds, but it's still off the mark for the class. In order to achieve a competitive time, you'd have to spring for the top-of-the-line GS, which turned in a quick 6.2-second run with the automatic transmission. Curiously, the manual was slower at 6.9 seconds due to the difficulty of launching it smoothly.
The Toyota Sprinter Trueno / Toyota Corolla Levin is a
compact sports car produced in Japan from 1983 – 1987. They are commonly
referred to as the AE86, or by the Japanese pronunciation hatchi-roku (86).
Many people consider this car to be a large influence in developing a market
for sport compact cars in America and Canada. The car was powered by a state of
the art twincam engine developed by Yamaha and Toyota. This vehicle has since
become an icon of the JDM community, and is famous for drifting thanks to
Keiichi Tsuchiya (Drift King). Tsuchiya and his AE86 invented the organized
drift competitions in both Japan and America. Credit for the immense interest
in the AE86 also goes to the drifting manga / anime Initial D by Shuichi
Shigeno, a story of a boy who drifts his AE86 in the mountains of Japan.
The engine in the Trueno and Levin is the famous 4a-ge. It
is famous because of its willingness to rev, and it’s refinement for the time.
Twincam engines were still in their infancy when this car was produced and it
was instrumental in convincing people of this new technology. The engine went
on to power the MR2 in NA and supercharges forms, then in Japan it was refined
with ITB and variable valve timing to produce up to 165hp. The engine is a
popular base for many kit cars because of its low weight and ease of tuning.
Slovenian luxury vehicle maker Tushek has confirmed plans to show off its
Renovatio T500 supercar in the UK for the first time at the Salon Privé show
Never before seen in the UK, the Renovatio T500 super sports car is a road-
and track-ready design based around an Audi-sourced 4.2-litre 444bhp V8 engine
and a hand-built body. The result, Tushek claims, is a vehicle capable of
hitting 62mph from a standing start in just 3.7 seconds and with a top speed of
an impressive 193mph.
The mid-engine design, built from claimed race-specification components, is
the first vehicle to come out of the Slovenian company's factory, and
represents the brainchild of company founder and racing driver Aljosa Tushek -
a man who, it is claimed, founded the company on a philosophy of a desire for a
pure and direct driving experience with user-friendly performance and handling.
"We are honoured to be chosen as the platform to launch the Renovatio
T500 in the UK", claimed Salon Privé's David Bagley at the announcement.
"Its groundbreaking aerodynamics, blistering performance to a near 200mph
and back to zero again and race-specification materials construction is a sight
to behold. This car has to be seen to be believed – and there’s only one place
in the world to do that this summer: Salon Privé 2012."
Visitors to the show, which opens on the 5th of September with the Tour
d’Elégance departing from the Royal Automobile Club at Woodcote Park, will be
given the chance to see the vehicle - but only a select few will likely be able
to consider placing a deposit: each Renovatio T500 is made to order at a cost
of €300,000 (around £236,000).
The 2012 911 Carrera is a 2-door, 4-passenger luxury sports
car, or convertible sports car, available in 4 trims, ranging from the Coupe to the S
Upon introduction, the Coupe is equipped with a standard
3.4-liter, H6, 350-horsepower engine. A 7-speed manual transmission with
overdrive is standard. The S Cabriolet is equipped with a standard 3.8-liter,
H6, 385-horsepower engine that achieves 18-mpg in the city and 26-mpg on the
highway. A 6-speed manual transmission with overdrive is standard, and a
7-speed manual transmission with overdrive is optional.
The 2012 TL is a 4-door, 5-passenger luxury sedan, or luxury sports sedan, available in 7 trims, ranging from the 6-Spd AT to the 6-Spd AT SH-AWD w/ Advance Pkg. The 2012 TL's closest competitors include the Audi A4, the Infiniti M, and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
Upon introduction, the 6-Spd AT is equipped with a standard 3.5-liter, V6, 280-horsepower engine that achieves 20-mpg in the city and 29-mpg on the highway. The 6-Spd AT SH-AWD w/ Advance Pkg is equipped with a standard 3.7-liter, V6, 305-horsepower engine that achieves 18-mpg in the city and 26-mpg on the highway. A 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive is standard on both trims.
Surprisingly on the date of the launch of Proton Prevé on 16th April
2012, Proton shows us a special version of the car named Sapphire, as
it’s called, is a concept drawn up by Proton Design to showcase the
possibilities with the Prevé.
Proton Prevé already has an aggressive look, but as we can see on the
future Sapphire (perhaps), it might come with more sporty elements
added, such as the restyled front bumper, “smoked” front and rear lights
This for sure will bump the prices up, this car look definite luxury.
With its bulldog nose, edgy roofline, and boxy, appliance-like tail, the Kia
Soul brought a new attitude to small cars--as well as more practicality and
small-car spirit to small utility vehicles. Just one look inside and out is all
it takes to see and understand why the Kia Soul has been a very popular small
vehicle, far outselling other boxes like the Nissan Cube and Scion xB.
Understandably, the Soul has seen very few changes to its design or package.
Last year the Soul became a little quicker and a little more fuel-efficient,
thanks to revised powertrains, but it's stuck to its formula in hitting the
sweet spot for U.S. commuters looking for a second (or first) car with style,
flexibility, and frugality. There's still nothing else quite like it.
The base 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine now has 135 horsepower, while the
upgraded 2.0-liter has 164 hp. With six-speed manual and automatic
transmissions, and a new Eco package (including an engine stop-start system),
the Soul's fuel economy should hit a new peak of 29/36 mpg. And with an eager,
frisky feel in terms of handling and low-speed responsiveness, the Soul works
very well as an urban runabout.
The 2012 Sienna is a 4-door, up to 8-passenger mini van, available in 10 trims, ranging from the FWD 7-Passenger I4 to the Limited AWD 7-Passenger V6.
introduction, the FWD 7-Passenger I4 is equipped with a standard
2.7-liter, I4, 187-horsepower engine that achieves 19-mpg in the city
and 24-mpg on the highway. The Limited AWD 7-Passenger V6 is equipped
with a standard 3.5-liter, V6, 266-horsepower engine that achieves
17-mpg in the city and 23-mpg on the highway. A 6-speed automatic
transmission with overdrive is standard on both trims.
Roadsters tend to be narrowly focused on performance, sacrificing
practicality in the name of merriment. There are many different flavors,
though. Increased athleticism usually results in reduced comfort, so
it's essential to know what you're willing to forgo. On one end of the
spectrum, there are the luxury drop tops, replete with every conceivable
option and modern appointment -- and on the other end, there are the
performance-biased sporting roadsters that purists drool over. The 2009
Honda S2000 falls squarely into the latter category, somewhere in
between the docile Mazda Miata and the hard-core Lotus Elise.
S2000 delivers plenty of knife-edge excitement and very little else. In
keeping with the traditional roadster mantra, weight is kept to a
minimum, thanks in part to a distinct lack of creature comforts. Power
is supplied by a high-strung naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine
that's matched to a deliciously mechanical six-speed manual
transmission. Precision handling dynamics are also part of the S2000's
DNA, as this high-revving Honda evinces excellent balance during hard
cornering with minimal computer intervention. Moreover, there's no cowl
shake to speak of. Even after nine years on the market, this is one of
the most rigid roadsters you can buy.
This year sees the
continuation of the S2000 CR model, which was introduced last year. CR
stands for "club racer," denoting this model's track-specific tweaks for
reduced weight and sharper handling. The performance gap between the
standard S2000 and the CR isn't readily apparent unless you're on a
racetrack, but for those who enjoy the occasional track day, the S2000
CR is worth considering.
There are three main knocks against the
2009 Honda S2000. First, its appearance hasn't changed significantly
since it debuted way back in model year 2000, so your shiny new S2000
will bear an uncomfortable resemblance to $15,000 used versions on
Craigslist. Second, while its 2.2-liter VTEC four does a credible
impression of a racecar engine above 6,000 rpm, there's little power to
speak of at lower engine speeds. Finally, modern amenities like
Bluetooth and a navigation system are simply unavailable on this spartan
Nonetheless, we're still fans of the S2000. Its
mid-$30K price positions it well against the cheaper but less capable
Miata and more expensive European offerings from BMW, Porsche and Lotus.
If what you're looking for is a focused driving machine, the S2000
remains a compelling choice despite its advancing years.