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September 14, 2010

Toyota Mark X

The Mark X (Japanese: トヨタ・マークX) is a mid size automobile created by Toyota for the Japanese market. The Mark X was introduced in 2004 and is manufactured in Kanegasaki, Iwate, Japan. Also sold in China as the Reiz, it is available with either a 253 horsepower (189 kW) 3.0 L or 212 horsepower (158 kW) 2.5 L GR series V6 engine. Both engines offer dual VVT-i (variable valve timing) with gasoline direct injection(Japanese models only). The rear-wheel drive models have a 6-speed automatic transmission as standard, and the all-wheel drive models have a 5-speed automatic.

The Mark X is the successor to the Mark II which was first introduced in 1968, was known in the North American market as the Corona Mark II starting in 1972 and the Cressida from 1977 to 1992 and was the predecessor to the introduction of Lexus. The Mark X is not pronounced “Mark Ten” but “Mark Ex”, though the Mark II is “Mark Two”. The Mark X is an alternative to the Toyota Camry for buyers who like the size of the Camry, but prefer a front engine rear drive powertrain with the option to add all wheel drive, which the Camry doesn’t offer. The Mark X is a combination of previous Mark II siblings, the sport oriented Toyota Chaser, and the luxurious Toyota Cresta in one vehicle, letting the Camry appeal to buyers who traditionally purchased the conservatively styled and equipped Mark II in the past, repeating an approach previously attempted by the short lived Toyota Verossa that used straight 6 engines, whereas the Mark X uses V6 engines.

Both the first and second generation Mark X were manufactured at the Motomachi Plant in Japan

A redesigned Mark X was released on October 19th, 2009. Engine options are the 2.5L 4GR-FSE V6 and the 3.5L 2GR-FSE V6 found in the Crown, GS 350 and IS 350. Models available are Standard (350G, 250G, 250G Four), Premium and Sports (350S, 250G S). The 250G has all-wheel drive as an option (250G Four).[7][8][9]

Changes from the X120 generation include the elimination of the exhaust outlet diffuser, 6-speed automatic for AWD models and a return to the hinge design trunk instead of lift support.

As with the last generation Mark X, Toyota’s in-house tuning company Modellista installed a supercharger on the 3.5L 2GR-FSE motor to create the Mark X +M Super Charger. Power output is 360ps and 50.8 kg-m.

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September 14, 2010

Ferrari F430 Scuderia


 2006 Ferrari F430

Welcome to this article on the Ferrari F430 Scuderia.

Below is a list of the specs for the ferrari. First off, here is a bit of background information on the F430 scuderia. The F430 scuderia serves as the successor to the challenge stradale. The f430 scuderia was first revealed by Micheal Schumacher at the 2007 Frankfurt Auto Show. The F430 Scuderia is aimed to compete with lightweight cars such as the Lamborghini Gallardo superrleggera and the Porsche RS models. It was also tested against this lamborghini by top gear. It showed that the ferrari was faster than the lambo by about a second. you can see this video on my site if you are interested by visiting the link.

The F430 Scuderia is lighter (by 100 kg/220 lb) and more powerful (515 PS (379 kW; 508 hp) at 8500 rpm) than the standard F430. Most of the power in the Scuderia comes from a revised intake, scuderia exhaust and an ion-sensing knock-detection system that allows for a higher compression ratio. Therefore the weight-to-power ratio in the f430 scuderia is reduced from 2.96 kg/hp to 2.5 kg/hp.

In addition to the weight saving measures, the f430 Scuderias semi-automatic transmission gains improved “Superfast”, known as “Superfast2”, software for faster 60 millisecond shift-times. A new traction control system combines the F1-Trac traction and stability control with the E-Diff electronic differential. The Ferrari 430 Scuderia does 0-60 miles per hour in 3.1 s and 0-100 km/h in less than 3.6 seconds, with a top speed of 198 miles per hour.

Country of origin: Italy
Introduced: 2007
engine configuration: V8
Location: mid
Displacement: 4.3 litre
Brakes: disk ventilated cermaic brakes
weight: 1350 kilos
Power: 510BHP
BHP per litre: 118
Top speed: 198 mph
0-60: 3.1 secs
Change gear speed: 60ms
Price: £180,000

The scuderia is definitely a supercar to be desired for but is it worth the extra 50k more than the standard f430?Ferrari also claim that it is as fast as an enzo round their track in Italy and that it is much easier to drive. Tiff Nidell from 5th gear tested the enzo and the scuderia round the track in Italy and got the exact same time for both cars. Bearing in mind that an enzo is about half a million to buy and is much less practical.

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September 14, 2010

Mazda RX8 – Promises Comfort and a Powerful Engine

Mazda RX-8

Truly enough, Mazda RX8 came out with better performance and look. Although it still uses the standard Wankel rotary engine, the RX8 has been enhanced with a 16V Renesis engine. The earlier RX models use 13V rotary engines capable of displacing 1.3 liters of fuel that could yield 237 horsepower. But in the RX8 model, the 16V Renesis engine is capable of producing 238hp at 1.6 liters displacement.

Another distinguishing feature of the Mazda RX8 is its balanced weight from front to rear. The car’s weight is almost evenly distributed with almost an even 50:50 distribution on the front and mid-portion. This near perfect balance was attained due to the placing of the engine behind the front axle and the fuel tank in the middle, right before the rear axle.

The RX8’s appearance is also quite unique. Its doors are almost similar to suicide doors, only that it does not have B-pillars between the front and rear doors. Due to this, the front overlap the rear door and that the rear doors can be opened only once the front doors are open. Apart from its distinct appearance, the RX8 is also spacious for four people. On the front seat, more room is given between the driver and the front passenger, while the two passengers at the back can be comfortably seated.

On the downside, the much-publicized Mazda RX8 seem to have not performed according to expectations. The initial announcement of a 247hp capability of the 6-speed manual transmission sports car raised some eyebrows. With its 1.6-liter engine, the 247hp power is rendered doubtful. And it turned out that a number of RX8 owners were dismayed that the car did not produce as much power and speed as was published. Later, Mazda North America Office revised the output from 247hp to 238hp.

The soon-to-be-released 2008-2009 Mazda RX8 will not have that much change except that the chassis bracings were increased to add more rigidity and some other cosmetic changes whoch will make the Mazda RX8 contract hire a popular choice. The 2008-2009 model will also feature a two-rotor rotary engine to deliver better driving performance. This engine is smaller and lighter so it promises the same speed, while providing more comfort.

Darrell F writing about the Mazda RX8 which is available on Mazda contract hire and the RX8 leasing.

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September 14, 2010


Many of us desire a prestigious vehicle that is comfy and can be utilized everyday. Nissan has figured out this problem with the production of the 2009 GT-R. Nissan preferred to leave the specific design that sets it apart from other supercars on the road – but made it an engine that would make it renowned. The price for the whole package is around $80,000.

The 2009 Nissan GT-R still has a very competitive edge to it thanks to the dark grille and distinct headlights and fenders that it is reinforced with. Very few cosmetic alterations have been made to this model. The whole of the body has been made with a unibody monocoque from steel. The front part is constructed with carbon fiber to make it lightweight compared to its other versions.

Nissan also developed a carbon fiber driveshaft that is made from the back of the engine to the transaxle. This transaxle has a dual clutch six speed gearbox. The computer built into it will have the ability to adjust the front to the rear torque split. After which the power from the front wheels will run to a small carbon fiber driveshaft above before moving on to the right, primary driveshaft.

The automaker has permitted the transmission to operate in the fully automatic mode. However, most individuals feel that it works best when utilising the shift paddles that have been mounted to the steering wheel.

When plans of the GT-R leaked out it was typical for many of us to assume that it would be powered by the twin turbocharged version of the VQ-Series V6 that Nissan is known for using. However, this time they chose to use a brand new VR38 engine – which is similar to the VQ. Each of the twin turbo, intercooler VR38 V6 are assembled by hand before installation.

The quantity of power forced out of this engine is 473 horsepower and 6,400 rpm. This allows it to rev from 0 to 62 mph in 3.5 seconds with a top speed of 193 mph. It came as no surprise to us that the 2009 Nissan GT-R became famous for running a quarter mile in only 11.7 seconds.

This put its power output and speed neck in neck with that of the Porsche 911 Turbo. Porsche could feel the heat and the rivalry and felt that Nissan was being untruthful with these lap times. So they challenged them and told them to perform it again. But this did not alter their numbers in the slightest. The Nissan GT-R is truly a great supercar!

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September 14, 2010


The Audi TT is a two-door compact sports car manufactured by Audi Hungaria Motor Kft. in Győr, Hungary, since 1998, for the German automaker and Volkswagen Group subsidiary AUDI AG.The Audi TT is now in its second generation — and both generations have been available in two car body styles; as a 2+2 Coupé, or two-seater Roadster. They have been built on consecutive generations of the Volkswagen Group A platform, starting with the A4 (PQ34). As a result of this platform-sharing, the Audi TT has identical powertrain and suspension layouts as its related platform-mates; this includes a front-mounted transversely orientated engine, front-wheel drive or quattro permanent four-wheel drive system, and fully independent front suspension using MacPherson struts.

Every one would love to see Audi TT performance against a RX8 all time favourite. Do watch this space

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In 2005, Audi released the Coupé-only limited edition (800 sold in the UK, not the 1000 originally planned) Audi TT quattro Sport[10] (known as the Audi TT Club Sport in Europe). Built by AUDI AG high performance specialist subsidiary quattro GmbH, it had increased power from its 1.8 litre turbocharged engine – rising to 240 PS (177 kW; 237 hp) and 320 newton metres (236 ft·lbf) of torque – and a reduction in weight of 75 kilograms (165 lb) to 1,390 kilograms (3,064 lb),[10] which allowed for a 0 to 100 kilometres per hour (0 to 62.1 mph) time of 5.9 seconds, and an electronically limited top speed of 250 kilometres per hour (155.3 mph).
September 14, 2010


In 2005, Audi announced that the name of the successful Audi R8 race car would be used for a new road car in 2007, the Audi R8, based on the Audi Le Mans quattro concept car, appearing at the 2003 International Geneva Motor Show, and 2003 Frankfurt International Motor Show. The R8 road car was officially launched at the Paris Auto Show on 30 September 2006. There was some confusion with the name, which the car shares with the 24 Hours of Le Mans winning R8 Le Mans Prototype (LMP). 6-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Jacky Ickx described the R8 as “the best handling road car today”.[9]
The car was exclusively designed, developed, and manufactured by Audi AG’s high performance private subsidiary company, quattro GmbH, and is similar to the Lamborghini Gallardo.[8] The fundamental construction of the R8 is based on the Audi Space Frame,[3] and uses an aluminium monocoque which is built around space frame principles. The car is built by quattro GmbH in a newly renovated factory at Audi’s ‘aluminium site’ at Neckarsulm in Germany.[3]
The Audi R8[3] (Typ 42)[5] is a sports car with a longitudinally mounted mid-engine,[3][6] and uses Audi’s trademark quattro permanent four-wheel drive system.[3][7] It was introduced by the German automaker Audi AG in 2006.
The Audi R8 is used as a safety car in Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters and British Superbike Championship racing series.
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The Audi R8 was initially equipped with a 4.2 litre V8 engine. Specifically, it is an all-aluminium alloy 32-valve (four valves per cylinder) petrol engine,[3] utilising Fuel Stratified Injection (FSI),[3] and has a displacement of 4,163 cubic centimetres (254.0 cu in).[3] It develops a motive power output of 420 metric horsepower (309 kW; 414 bhp) (Directive 80/1269/EEC),[3] and generates 430 newton metres (317 ft·lbf) of torque,[3] on 98 RON ‘Super Unleaded’ petrol. It is basically the same engine used in the Audi B7 RS4, but is modified to use dry sump lubrication system. This V8 is a highly reworked, high-revving variant of the existing 4.2 litre V8, but includes cylinder-direct fuel injection (Fuel Stratified Injection), and four valves per cylinder, instead of five (as used on the previous non-FSI variants). It also uses two chain-driven double overhead camshafts (DOHC) per cylinder bank, and utilises variable valve timing for both inlet and exhaust camshafts.The transmission options are either a Lamborghini sourced six-speed manual gearbox with metal gate for the shift lever, or an Audi-developed R tronic[3] gearbox – which is a semi-automatic, without a traditional clutch pedal with automatic gears shifting mode.[13][6] These options are the same as those available on the Lamborghini Gallardo. A double clutch Direct-Shift Gearbox (DSG), now badged by Audi as S tronic, is not available (as of April 2010[update]).

September 14, 2010


The Audi A4 is a compact executive car produced by the German car manufacturer Audi AG since late 1994. The initial generation A4 succeeded the four previous generations of the Audi 80. And just like its Audi 80 predecessor, the Audi A4 automobile layout consists of a longitudinally oriented engine at the front, with transaxle-type transmissions mounted immediately to the rear of the engine, again, oriented longitudinally. Drive output is transmitted to either the front wheels, or on some models, utilising Audi’s ‘trademark’ quattro permanent four-wheel drive system via a Torsen centre differential.

Since its inception, the Audi A4 has been available in four generations, based on the Volkswagen Group ‘B’ series of automobile platforms. Audi’s internal numbering convention therefore treats the A4 as a logical continuation of the Audi 80 lineage, hence the initial A4 was designated as the B5-series, followed by the subsequent B6 and B7, and the current B8.

Of the main body styles, it is (and always has been) available as a saloon/sedan variant, and an “Avant”, which is Audi’s name for an estate/wagon. The second (B6) and third generations (B7) of the A4 also had a Cabriolet version, but the Cabriolet was not retained for the current fourth generation (B8), Audi now having Cabriolet versions of the related Audi A5 and S5 coupés — and also the smaller Audi A3.

Additionally, higher performance versions directly related to the A4 include the Audi S4, and the limited availability quattro GmbH-developed very high performance Audi RS4.

Audi A4 sedan (B6)