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2012 BMW M6 Coupe and Convertible

2012 BMW M6 Coupe and Convertible

The third generation BMW M6 Coupe and Convertible were unveiled on the 6th of March at Geneva Motor Show.

The new M6 gets the usual M styling design cues that give it a more athletic aura.

The twin powered 4.4 Litre V8 engine fitted to both the Coupe and Convertible is mated to a high-torque 7 speed M-Double Clutch Transmission (M-DCT), which optimises power transfer between the rear wheels. This along with extensive chassis and suspension upgrades ensure that the engine’s performance can be transferred to the ground.

The engine peak power output is 412kW and has a maximum torque of 680Nm. The engine produces around 10% higher output than the V10 engine of its predecessors and torque is up by over 30%. At the same time, fuel consumption and CO2 are expected to be reduced by approximately 30%. Along with the host of features the new BMW M6 features both Brake Energy Regeneration and the Auto Start-Stop function, which automatically switch off the engine when the car comes to a stop.

The M6 Coupe accelerates from 0-100km/h in 4.2 seconds whilst the Convertible takes 4.3 seconds. The top speed of both models is electronically limited to 250km/h.

The track widths of both the M6 Coupe and Convertible have been increased by 30 millimetres compared to their respective 6 Series stablemates and thus enhances the road holding of the cars. The Car comes fitted with a standard wheel and tire combination of  19 inch M specific light alloy wheels fitted with 265/40 R19 ultra-high performance summer tires in the front and 295/35 R 19 tires at the rear. As an option 20 inch forged M light-alloy wheels will also be available.

To braking on the M6 is by means of 400mm diameter brake rotors at the front and 396mm at the back both fitted with 6 piston fixed calipers. Also as an option the new M6 will be the first BMW M to be offered with optional M Carbon-Ceramic brakes with 410mm brake rotors at the front and 396mm at the rear.

The roof of the new of the new BMW M6 Coupe is molded from natural color Carbon Fiber Composite.  The use of the lightweight material for the roof allows the car’s center of gravity to be lowered, further enhancing the agility of the M6.

The BMW M6 Convertible automatic opening and closing of the roof can be activated both at a standstill and while on the move at speeds of up to 40 km/h. It is claimed that the roof takes 19 seconds to open and 24 seconds to close.


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Lamborghini Aventador J (pronounced "Yoh-tah")

Lamborghini Aventador J (pronounced “Yoh-tah”)

The Lamborghini Aventador J, pronounced (“Yoh-tah”) was officially unveiled at the Geneva Motor show. The Aventador J is a one-off  vehicle with only one vehicle being built, and based on what we can gather this one-off vehicle has already been sold for a reported  2.1 million euros.

The Aventador J is said to combine the “overwhelming performance of the Lamborghini Aventador with the most intense experience of power and dynamics imaginable in an automobile.”

Having stripped the Aventador of its roof and front windshield, to create a convertible, drivers need to have the right equipment for driving at speeds in excess of 300km/h (as can be seen by the masked driver in the pictures and video).

We think the Aventador J looks stunning.

Show Press Release

Press Release

Lamborghini Aventador J:
Worldwide premiere at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show
Radically open, extremely powerful

At the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, Automobili Lamborghini is presenting the most uncompromising open super sports car of its entire history. The Lamborghini Aventador J is a force of nature on wheels – supremely powerful and supremely open. The Aventador J offers its pilot and co-pilot an utterly indescribable experience of power and dynamics. At the same time, the 515 kW / 700 hp two-seater is a first class technology showcase, combining innovative solutions and brand new materials and demonstrating Automobili Lamborghini’s enormous expertise in carbon fiber technology.

The Lamborghini Aventador J is a radically open automobile – exterior and interior meld into each other. The designers and engineers in Sant’Agata Bolognese have not only dispensed entirely with the roof, but also with the front windshield. This requires that drivers of the Aventador J must have the right equipment for driving at top speeds higher than 300 Km/h.

This kind of driving at the limit is a highly exclusive experience – the Lamborghini Aventador J is fully functional for road use. It is an absolute one-off: a one-of-a-kind piece of art.

“With the Lamborghini Aventador J, we have molded our brand DNA into its most definitive form to date. This automobile is as extreme and as uncompromising as only a Lamborghini can be,” says Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini. “The new Lamborghini Aventador J is the most radical open supersports car of Lamborghini’s history. Its name comes from our tradition and combines an unconventional design with technology innovation. Nowadays we are confronted with several regulations that we face in the spirit of challenge. The Aventador J is the proof that, despite the rules, Lamborghini will always make people dream, even in the future.”

Continuation of a glorious tradition
With the Aventador J, technically based on the Aventador, Automobili Lamborghini is carrying on its glorious brand tradition. The 1970 Jota, for instance, was the stuff of legends – a Lamborghini Miura with improved performance and virtually redesigned in every detail. It remained a one-off; although some owners subsequently had their Miuras modified to look like the Jota.
The letter J is derived from the sporting rules of the FIA world motorsport organization. Its “Appendix J” defines the technical specification of race cars in the various classes.

The Aventador: Extremely open, overwhelming power
The Lamborghini Aventador J is a super sports car of positively dramatic single-mindedness and openness. It combines the overwhelming performance of the Lamborghini Aventador with the most intense experience of power and dynamics imaginable in an automobile.

The technical basis for the Aventador J is the Aventador LP 700-4, Lamborghini’s new twelve-cylinder model. Presented in 2011, the Aventador has been acclaimed by customers and journalists alike. The Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4’s technology package is unique – its structure is based on an innovative monocoque made from carbon fiber reinforced polymers that combines systematic lightweight design with optimum stiffness and safety. The new twelve-cylinder with a displacement of 6.5 liters and 515 kW / 700 hp combines the best in high-revving thrills with mighty pulling power. Its super-fast ISR transmission, permanent all-wheel drive and push-rod suspension combine this potent power with the utmost handling precision.
Systematic lightweight design – considerable weight reduction
Naturally, the Aventador J benefits enormously from this unique technology package. Yet the Aventador J has a significantly different interpretation to the Aventador coupé. In this open version, the monocoque has a largely new design, including the two safety bars behind the seats. The absence of a roof, of the large windshield, of the air conditioning system and of the navigation system obviously takes it to an even lower weight. With a dry weight of 1575 kilograms, the series production Aventador LP 700-4 is already extremely light for its performance class thanks to its carbon fiber construction.

Carbonskin, a brand new carbon fiber material
The unique expertise of Automobili Lamborghini in the field of carbon fiber reinforced polymers is evident not only in the hi-tech monocoque, but also in the research into further innovative solutions. Unlike traditional seats, in the Aventador J seats are made of Forged COMPOSITE®, with inserts of flexible carbon fiber fabrics: a result of an innovative Lamborghini patent.

The specialists at Lamborghini have developed an even more amazing version of carbon fiber material for the Aventador J. In its first automotive application, this carbon fiber fabric called “Carbonskin” is made of woven carbon fibers soaked with a very special epoxy resin that stabilizes the fiber structure and keeps the material soft. Like a hi-tech fabric, the carbon fiber mats fit perfectly to every shape. In the Aventador J, the complete cockpit and parts of the seats are clad in this material and shimmer in matt carbon fiber black. It’s conceivable that in future there will be many potential applications for this freshly patented and extremely fine-looking material, even very high-end clothing.

The Design: uncompromisingly Lamborghini
An extreme Aventador obviously needs an equally single-minded design, which goes without saying at the Centro Stile Lamborghini. Every single model from Sant’Agata Bolognese bears the unique design of the brand. Clear, precise surfaces, as well as sharp, often broken lines are among the unmistakable styling tools. They consistently emphasize the power and enormous presence of these Italian super sports cars. Not one line is ever accidental – the defining principle is always ‘form follows function’.
This function is very clearly defined for the Aventador J – explosive dynamics, extreme driving fun, a unique experience. Every kilometer with the Aventador J is extreme fun: something plainly evident from the very first glance.

Rear view mirror like a periscope
Virtually every part of the outer chassis was redesigned for the Aventador J, yet it shows the spirit of Lamborghini in its most concentrated form. The car’s dimensions are extreme: the overall length is 4890 mm, the overall width (excluding mirrors) is 2030 mm while the height is 1110 mm.

The highest points are marked by the rear view mirror, which is perched n an arm like a periscope, and by the two safety bars behind the seats. In place of the classic front windshield there are two small wind deflectors. The occupants of the Aventador J are confronted by the element of the wind in much the same way as a superbike rider – therefore the right clothing is prerequisite for every trip.

Red with chrome effect, wheels with CFRP fan
The black of the carbon fiber parts is visibly evident throughout the car – the significantly wider sill elements and the mighty rear diffuser form a perfect contrast to the rich red body paintwork. The special red color was developed specifically for this Aventador – a highly intensive red with a slight chrome effect.

The wheels, of course, were also developed specifically for this car, with 20-inch rims at the front and 21-inch at the rear. The five-spoke aluminum wheels have a central lock system and an additional carbon fiber insert that functions like a small fan for optimum brake ventilation.

Naturally, the doors on the Aventador J also open upward. They are considerably thinner than on the Aventador and are fitted with a tiny, fixed side window. The muscular flanks around the rear wheels are hallmark Lamborghini and make it immediately apparent where this particular bull keeps his power.

Rear end purely for aerodynamics and ventilation
Because of its ample dimensions, the eye is drawn inexorably to the rear end. It consists in principle of just three elements – the carbon-fiber rear diffuser, the four huge tail pipes and the rear lights with their typical Lamborghini light signature in the form of a Y. The remaining surface area is for heat dissipation and is enclosed only by a black metal mesh. The rear end is crowned by an enormous fixed spoiler mounted on the bodyshell by two arms. ‘Form follows function’ to the nth degree. The spoiler is supported by two pillars connected by the diffuser: clearly inspired by racing.

Special bumpers
In comparison with the Aventador LP 700-4, the exclusive Aventador J has special front and rear bumpers. Both bumpers have been supplemented with carbon fiber fins that act as flow deviators. Their purpose is to achieve a significant increase in the vehicle’s downforce at both the front and the rear.

The outside comes inside
The Aventador J’s exterior and interior forms flow seamlessly into each other. This supersports car turns its inside outward and is as open as it can possibly be. Conversely, the exterior ‘flows’ through the interior – a red stripe runs from the front hood, between the two wind deflectors, over the dashboard, down the console to the center tunnel and back up between the seat backs, before leaving the interior and heading for the engine cover panel.

Interior is minimalist and single-minded
This band of color connects the front and the rear of the car, creates a visual separation between the driver and passenger space and is interrupted only by a small control panel housing the starter button and the switches for lights and transmission. The Aventador J is equipped neither with a navigation nor car audio system, nor does it have the associated screen or air conditioning controls – these would simply detract from its one and only raison d’être as an extreme driving experience. What remains, of course, are two programmable TFT displays behind the steering wheel.

The engine cover also brings the inside to the outside. To be more precise, it is not so much a cover but more a framework. This part has a new geometry (X shape) and is made of carbon fiber. Two large openings lay bare both cylinder banks of the mighty V12 power unit with its 6.5 liters of displacement – a truly stunning sight for every automobile aficionado.

A unique work of art licensed for the road
However, at the end of the Geneva Motor Show, this sight will be the preserve of just one – the future owner of the Lamborghini Aventador J. There is only one of them, no prototypes and no others for the Lamborghini Museum. The buyer can look forward to a truly unique, street-legal work of art. He will possess the most extreme expression of Lamborghini DNA in existence and a real masterpiece of high technology. But the many other fans of the super sports cars from Sant’ Agata Bolognese can rest assured – the Aventador success story has only just begun.

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Jaguar XF Sportbrake

Jaguar XF Sportbrake

The Jaguar Xf Sportbrake the derivative of the popular Jaguar XF was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show yesterday.  The XF Sportbrake will compete against other premium estates such as the BMW 5 series, Audi A6 and Mercedes-Benz E-class.

According to Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director, Jaguar Cars, “The XF epitomises the Jaguar sporting dynamic with its combination of innovative, seductive design and performance. In the XF Sportbrake this is complemented by a no-compromise approach to practicality and versatility.”

The XF SPortbrake has 1675litres of load space with the 60:40 rear seats folded and the “new rear air suspension allows for self-levelling while load carrying with no dynamic penalty,” this is achieved by using Jaguars Adoptive Dynamics system which is fitted on all XF sportbrake derivatives.

The engine line up consists of 2.2 and 3.0litre diesel engines driving the driving the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

Only time will tell whether the Jaguar XF Sportbrake makes it to South Africa.

Source: Jaguar

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Ford Fiesta ST

Ford Fiesta ST

The production ready version of the Ford Fiesta St was unveiled today at the Geneva Motor Show.

The Fiesta ST is powered by a 1.6-litre 132kW, 240Nm EcoBoost engine which happends to be 20 per cent more powerful than its predecessor.The Fiesta ST accelerates from 0-100km/h in less than seven seconds and can reach a top-speed of 220km/h-plus.

The Fiesta ST offers improved ride and handling and sits 15mm lower than the standard Fiesta.

The interior is said to host unprecedented levels of equipment and specification to suit the sporting driver, with standard Recaro sports seats appearing in a Fiesta ST for the first time.

The video below does no justice to the Ford Fiesta ST, they make the Fiesta ST seem more happier on a slow afternoon drive and honestly does nothing to enhance it’s street credentials. We hope to see more heart exhilarating  videos of the Ford Fiesta ST soon. We are sure there a number of people clambering to find out when it will be launched in South Africa.

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BMW Concept M135i

BMW Concept M135i

BMW will be unveiling the BMW Concept M135i alongside the M Performace cars at the Geneva Motor Show this week on the 6th of March. The M Performance line is a new line of cars that slots between the  standard BMW models and M cars such as the BMW M3.

The BMW Concept M135i is the first 3 door we have seen on the  new second generation F20 1-Series. According to the press release “Compared with the silhouette of the five-door BMW 1 Series, the three-door BMW Concept M135i makes an even more sporting and elegant statement.”

The M135i has a twin turbocharged straight six-cylinder petrol engine with a power output of 224kW and is kitted with some of the following features; an M sport braking system, 18-inch M light alloys with a double spoke design, and large air intakes designed to match the cooling requirement of the powerful engine, ancillary components and large brakes.

If the performance and fun factor of the BMW 1 Series M Coupe are anything to go by then we are in for a thrill.

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Geneva Motor Show 2012

Geneva Motor Show 2012

The 82nd International Geneva Motor show runs from the 6th to 18th March, the Press days being from the 6th to 7th March and the Public days commencing from the 8th of March.

The show is set to attract more than 700000 visitors and will have a total of 180 World and European Premiers presented by the 260 exhibitors at the show.

For the Managing Director of the Motor Show, Mr. Andre Hefti « Geneva is perhaps not the largest of the motor shows, but without doubt it is one of the most attractive and most effective events for enhancing the image of the participating manufacturers.

The European Car of the Year Award is also set to be announced for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show.

Some of the key premiers we feel you should watch out for during the show:

  • Audi A3
  • BMW M135i
  • Ferrari F12 Berlinetta
  • Jaguar XF Sportbrake
  • Volvo V40
  • Mercedes A-Class
  • Mercedes SL63 AMG
  • Range Rover Evoque Cabriolet
  • Volvo V40

From the 5th of March there will also be a daily 6 minute webcast available at the following website; www.salon-auto.tv

Source: http://www.salon-auto.ch


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