New Cars and Concept Cars
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Apr
17
2010 Nissan 370Z

2010 Nissan 370Z

Many of the noteworthy improvements found on the 2010 Nissan 370Z are suspension enhancements designed to keep this quick car firmly planted on the track. The new models features a new front strut tower brace, performance dampers, more efficient front springs and more rigid rear coils. These suspension upgrades result in a 40% increase in damping factor on the front of the car and an impressive 140% increase in the rear.

At firt glance the engine is identical to the normal 370Z, but once you factor in a brand new Nismo exhaust system and a high-performance engine control module, you’ll understand where the incredible power boost comes from. 350hp at 7400 rmp means this car is one quick little sucker. The 2010 370z is only available in six-speed manual transmission alongside the infamous rev matching system.

No word on the original equipment tires yet, though the 2009 model did feature staggered fitting Yokohama ADVAN Sport high-performance tires P245/40ZR19 in the front and P285/35ZR19s in the rear. These Y-rated wholesale Yokohama tires were built for speed and a great match for the vehicle last year, so it will be interesting to see what improvements, if any, have been made for the new model.

Consumers can expect the 2010 Nissan 370Z to show up in dealerships sometime in June 2009.

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Mar
27

The brand new Tesla Model S

The brand new Tesla Model S.

I am very, very excited about the brand new Tesla Model S. For one, I think its a good look ahead to the future of the automobile industry. The age of petroleum powered cars has to come to an end eventually, and it seems like that might be sooner rather than later. The Tesla Model S is one sexy looking battery-powered car – one I hope plenty of people will one day drive.

The Tesla Model S was revealed yesterday in Hawthorne, California as the first mass-produced electric highway-capable car. The Model S is a bit pricey, as is to be expected with this type of new technology, coming in at $49,900 after a $7,500 tax break. The car comes with three different range pack options: 160 mile, 230 mile, and 300 mile. On a standard 220 volt outlet, it takes only four hours to re-charge the vehicle to full power. Under the hood the Tesla Model S puts out enough power to reach 60mph in only 5.6 seconds and achieve a top speed of 120 mph. Power is transferred to big 21-inch wheels (original equipment front tires 245/35ZR21, rear tres 285/30ZR21).

The exterior is sexy, but what about the interior? First off, the spacious Model S comfortable fits seven people. It features dashboard control panels that are fully Internet and 3G capable, as well as environmentally-friendly features such as chrome-free vegetable tanned Italian leather and 100% recycled PET carpeting.

The Model S may seem a bit expensive, even after the tax break, but consider the fact that it costs about $4 to fully charge. Now imagine going 300 miles with only $4. You can see fuel savings certainly add up, and the Tesla Model S isn’t exact barebones either. There are plenty of high-tech and luxury features that justify the price tag, which should drop considerably as the government helps the auto industry transition to green technology.

For more information on the Tesla Model S, including detailed specs and pictures, visit AutoBlog.com.

Mar
18

2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed 3

2010 Mazda Mazda 3

If you were expecting tons of performance changes in the newest version of Mazda’s Mazda 3, you might be a bit disappointed with the 2010 edition. Most of the changed on the car are cosmetic, including a new hood scoop, “wide-eyed” front, and tail/hatch lights. Under the hood things are pretty much the same as they always were, with the FWD Mazdaspeed 3 churning out 260 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. And as always, the car comes with a six-speed manual transmission as the only available option.

Other changes in the latest Mazda 3 involve some chassis tuning and reinforcementsĀ  that stiffen the car and improve handling. The wide 225/40R18 Dunlop tires are seated on brand new 18 inch wheels and tie the overall look of the vehicle together nicely. Speaking of overall look, the interior is impressive with its new wraparound dash and red carbon fiber accents. The color scheme is also applied to black leather seats with bright red accent stitching.

Mar
02
2010 Aston Martin Vantage V12

2010 Aston Martin Vantage V12

The brand new 2010 Aston Martin Vantage V12 will officially debut at the Geneva Motor Show next week, but here’s a sneak peak at this sleek beast. The basic gist of the new Vantage? Take a powerful V12 like the one found in the DBS and jam it into a light, aerodynamic coupe the size of the V8 Vantage. The result of this combination is an engine that puts out 510 hp to power the coupe 0-60 in 4.1 seconds. Impressive, but the engine output falls short of the projected concept by about 90 hp. The V12 Vantage also boasts a 190mph top speed.

To make sure all of that power is put to the ground, Aston Martin selected Pirelli P-Zero Corsas as the original equipment radials. The P-Zero Corsa is a DOT-legal competition tire that is used mostly for high-performance and race track applications. A special combination of high hysteresis tread compound and a directional tread pattern ensure that horsepower is transfered efficiently without sacrificing lateral stability and cornering grip. The Pirelli tires are a great choice, if you ask us.

In addition to what’s under the hood, there are plenty of aerodynamic components and lightweight materials on the new Vantage which have contributed to a 64 percent reduction in total vehicle lift. For drivers who want to shed as much weight as possible, the option to have kevlar and carbon-fiber seats can subtract nearly 40 lbs from the total vehicle weight. Look for the new V12 Vantage next week at the Geneva auto show for more official specs, and look for an extra $200,000+ in your bank account if you plan on picking up the new model!

Feb
25

2010-audi-r8-v102010 Audi R8 V10

2010 is going to be one hell of a year for new, fast, sexy cars. Case in point: the new 2010 Audi R8 V-10. V-10 generaly means one thing, and it’s certainly true in this case: speed (and lots of it). The new Audi can reach speeds of 197 mph and can polish off 0-60 in a lighning quick 3.8 seconds. The engine on this bad boy uses a precision-engineered combination of variable valve timing on its 4 cams, direct fuel injection, and a 12:5:1 compression ratio to deliver 525HP @ 8000 rpm and 391 lb-ft of torque @ 6500 rpm. Combine that engine with a lightweight aluminum body and you have a textbook recipe for a very, very fast car.

So how much does the 2010 Audi R8 cost? Well, I think it’s safe to say that those who really need the answer to that question probably can’t afford one. The current 2009 model weighs in at $110,000, which has some experts predicting the 2010 will fall in the $150,000 to $180,000 price range. And it might even go higher than that. Yikes! In any event you can expect the 2010 model to sell out in the same fashion as its predecesor.

Feb
20

2010-honda-insight-65mpg

I have to say that one of the first things I look for in a car is great gas mileage. In fact, when I drive, I tend to treat it like a video game: I’ll see how many miles I can get out of my tank, then try and beat my high score by using different driving styles, keeping my tires inflated, and staying up-to-date on my oil changes and other basic maintenance. I’ll usually get 20-25mpg on a good tank. But that’s nothing compared to Honday’s 2010 Insight, which offers eco and budget-conscious drivers an impressive 65+ mpg!

I know what you’re thinking: another hybrid offering impressive gas mileage…but the exorbitant initial costs outweigh the benefits of money you’ll save on fuel. Not in the Insight’s case, which is likely to start at under $20,000 MSRP. The car’s design itself isn’t even too bad to look at, which seems to be the case with a lot of other “green” cars.

One of the most impressive features of the 2010 Honda Insight is the “Eco Assist” feature which helps to show drivers how to alter their driving style to improve their gas mileage. When Eco Assist is enabled, the speedometer changes colors to reflect the efficiency of your driving style. If you have a heavy food, your speedometer will admonish you with a blue background. Ease up and coast where you can and the speedometer fades to a friendly green that lets you know you’re getting the most out of the car. Pretty impressive stuff!

Feb
18

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2010 Mercedes Benz E-class Coupe

After a long and torturous wait, the completed 2010 Mercedes Benz E-class was finally unveiled earlier last month to an impatient public. The 2010 edition has been completely re-designed to reflect the latest style tweaks adopted by Mercedes, and it also features some high-tech additions that are sure to raise some eyebrows. The outside of the car looks a lot sleeker and more aerodynamic, and the measly .25 drag coeffeicient that Benz engineers were able to achieve shows that the car is as streamlined as it appears. In addition to improved aerodynamics the new E-class is also 30 percent stiffer to ensure precision handling.

On the tech side of things, Mercedes has introduced a feautre dubbed “Attention Assist,” which detects if a driver is drowsy and in danger of falling asleep based on 70 different measurements. For those who spend a lot of time on the road or have early morning and late night commutes, Attention Assist just might be your new best friend. Adaptive Main Beam Assist is another automated feature which adjusts the angle of your main beams to ensure the best possible illumination for current light levels without blinding other drivers and sending them spinning into trees. Now isn’t that kind? One of the most unique and innovative features is the new Speed Limit Assist, which actually reads speed limit signs as you pass them and displays the current speed limit in your speedometer. With an engine that pushes out a little over 200 HP (E 250 CDI diesel), you’re going to need all the help you can get when it comes to avoiding speeding tickets.

Can’t wait to drive this one!