• Latest Release/ News

    New Honda NSX hybrid supercar revealed

    New Honda NSX

    Production-ready new Honda NSX hybrid supercar revealed at the 2015 Detroit motor show.

    Honda has taken the wraps off its reborn NSX supercar in Detroit overnight, revealing the car for the first time in its production form. Several concepts have preceded the final NSX, which previewed the supercar’s sheet metal and hybrid drivetrain.

    New Honda NSX

    New Honda NSX

    The new NSX features a fuss-free design with sharp sporty lines and obvious mid-engine proportions. At the front the reborn model wears a large shield-type grille seen on recent Acura models (yes, they’re calling it an Acura for now), while the rest of the design is largely revolutionary and shares little in common with the original NSX or any other Honda vehicles.

    New Honda NSX

    New Honda NSX

    The new NSX is formed around a aluminum and carbon fibre space-frame chassis which features a carbon floor for increased structural rigidity over an all-alloy design. This is similar to the Lamborghini Huracan’s setup which incorporates carbon fibre into the rear bulkhead and part of the floor.

    Powered by a hybrid powertrain, the new Honda NSX uses a twin-turbo V6 engine mated to a brand new 9-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission which drives the rear wheels. Meanwhile two electric motors drive the front axle to give instantaneous torque and all-wheel drive traction. A third motor sits between the V6 petrol engine and the gearbox to act as a torque-filler and improves acceleration and gearshift speeds. An exact power figure hasn’t been given, though it’s expected to be around 500hp with the 0-62mph in the three-second range. Engineers that have been part of the reborn NSX project say they were targeting the Ferrari 458 in terms of outright speed and handling. The standard 570hp 458 Italia takes 3.4 seconds to reach 62mph.

    New Honda NSX

    New Honda NSX

    Stopping power is supplied by carbon ceramic discs clamped by six-piston calipers at the front and four-piston units at the rear. The NSX features four different driving modes which include Quiet, Sport, Sport+ and Track. Quiet mode uses electric power only with the combustion engine switched off, here the car is effectively a front-drive all-electric vehicle, while Sport and Sport+ modes increase engine, transmission and chassis response for more aggressive performance. Finally track mode sees the new Honda NSX muster all the power and handling agility it can to deliver the ultimate driving experience. A launch control system is also fitted which primes the three electric motors and twin-turbo V6 for the ultimate acceleration times.

    New Honda NSX

    New Honda NSX

    Inside the NSX feature’s a high-tech cabin with digital TFT instrument display and unique center console layout. While it’s no Ferrari or Lamborghini in terms of cabin design, it should give those Italian exotics run for their money in terms of speed and handling while costing a fraction of the price.

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  • Reviews

    The Lexus GS 450h Combines Comfort & Efficiency With Elegance & Aggression

    The Lexus GS 450h is a hybrid that has all the elegance and aggression of its petrol counterparts. We took a test drive of the new luxurious Sedan and were well and truly blown away.

    First Impressions – Exterior
    At a quick first glance, the Lexus GS 450h looks like your standard luxury Lexus, you know the one you’re used to seeing your wealthy family friends drive? They’re normally lawyers or doctors more often than not.

    On closer inspection though, there appears to be something different to this particular Lexus. Something a little unnerving that you can’t quite put your finger on, but in a good way. It’s not the striking Riviera Red exterior that cries out elegance, it’s something else, something subtle but something that leaves you with the impression that this Lexus is up to no good.

    Some simple design changes to the front grill really leaves you with this feeling that this Lexus is a bad boy, it oozes aggression and seduction and you better be prepared for something a little unexpected!

    This wasn’t supposed to be the case of course. We expected the comfort and luxury that comes with the Lexus name. But, when we learned this Lexus was a Hybrid, we tried to lower our expectations because somethings gotta give right? Wrong!

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    First Impressions – Interior
    Upon entering the car, you can’t help feel like you’ve stepped into your own shoes 20 years from now. It kinda feels good though, the wooden trim and the perforated leather interior makes you feel like you’ve just left the country club after reading a few leather bound books and are on your way home to sip an old fashioned in your loafers.

    Turning on the ignition is a bit of an anti climax and we did have to double check the engine was actually on a few times, but this is to be expected for a Hybrid. The driver memory system is pretty cool though and makes up for the lack of engine noise.

    The steering wheel and seats automatically adjust themselves to your comfort preference on entry making you feel like this car is has something exciting prepared for you and is providing you with a sense of security.

    lexus gs-450h interior

    The Ride
    On the road, the drive is smooth, calm and effortless. The blind spot monitor is a super convenient option and makes life so much easier on the highway. The steering is a little delicate, but personal preference can decide if this is a good or bad thing.

    The 3.5 liter V8 engine and electric Drive motor with Lexus Hybrid Drive is basically translated as ‘this car has a bad boy button’ to people like you and me. However, the difference isn’t all that much, and we mean that in a way that suggests the ECO mode is pretty impressive in terms of providing you with that sporty, aggressive drive.

    It reaches 0-60 in just over 4 seconds in this mode and in terms of fuel economy, 31 MPG means that we don’t see why you’d feel obliged to hit that bad boy button? Petrol heads would perhaps have a different opinion, but the GS 450h really does give you the best of both worlds.

    gs-450h rear

    The Comfort
    There are a whole host of cool convenient and comfortable features for the car. It’s naturally comfortable as a Lexus always will be but the most impressive for us was the air conditioned centre console that kept our bottles of water surprisingly chilled on a very hot day. The Mark Levinson Premium, 17-speaker surround sound audio system really packs a punch, adding to that aggressive yet sophisticated experience.

    What Turns Us On
    The hybrid drivetrain is the standout feature of the Lexus GS450h. Economy wise, its great value with an estimated annual fuel cost of just $1800.

    What Turns Us Off
    The Lexus remote touch cabin controller, a rectangular joystick was a pain in the backside to use. It was too responsive and a few times it was easier to just go old school and use the unsafe buttons on the dashboard. Something as easy as stopping the navigation system also proved difficult

    Lasting Impression
    With an impressive fuel economy for a car of this class along with an aggressive look and a comfortable ride that has a real kick you really can get the best of both worlds with the 2014 Lexus GS 450h.

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  • Green Driving/ News/ Tech

    Say what now? Peugeot invents the first car fuelled by AIR (VIDEO)

    car that runs on air

    Peugeot has revealed plans to put a hybrid car powered by air on the market in 2016. This new ‘Hybrid Air’ system has an engine that runs on petrol and air, instead of the traditional electric hybrid. Peugeot say that this new model will reach 117 miles per gallon by 2020 and reduce petrol bills by 80% for urban driving.

    Saving the planet: The Hybrid Air technology could allow a car the size of a Citroën C3 or a Peugeot 208 to emit as little as 69g/km of CO2The car model looks like a Peugeot 208, but the engine is transformed combining a normal engine with an additional system that runs on compressed air. These compressed air cylinders store and release energy, allowing it to run on petrol, air or even a combination.

    Cutting costs: A look inside the Hybrid Air engine which could cut 45 per cent off the petrol bill for the average driver

    Apparently, cars with Hybrid Air will not only be cheaper to run, but be around £1,000 cheaper to buy than current hybrid models. However, it’s best suited to city life as the air power is only automatically activated when the car goes less than 43mph.

    So, although it may not be the slickest or fastest car, it definitely seems cost effective to run if you’re an urbanite.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_NUI7TfQbM

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  • Tech

    The Future Is Here: BMW i8 Will Be The First Car With Laser Headlights (VIDEO)

    Last month, Audi R&D chief Ulrich Hackenberg made a big promise: “We will be the first car brand to put laser lights into production,” he told journalists at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. He did not specify which vehicle would be fitted with the technology, which was showcased on the Audi Sport Quattro concept.

    Now BMW announces that its i8 plug-in hybrid sports car “will be the first series production car with this innovative lighting technology.” It will be an option on the i8 from the fall of 2014 onwards. Full LED lights are standard; the laser option pertains to high-beam headlights and doubles their reach. The last we heard from BMW is that it would likely not be offered on i8s sold in the U.S.

    The race is on. And as far as we are concerned, it doesn’t matter which brand has it on its option list first. It’s lasers locked and loaded on the tarmac that counts and the company that has the first vehicles with laser headlights at dealerships wins. We look forward to finding out which carmaker that will be.

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  • Reviews

    Mercedes-Benz Launches Its Most Efficient S-class: The S300 BlueTec Diesel Hybrid

    Mercedes, it seems, wants to offer a version of its luxurious S-class for everyone. There are, of course, the regular cars and the AMGs—the brutally powerful, latest-gen S65 AMG was just unveiled—and the brand also announced that it will do an over-the-top Maybach version of its flagship sedan. And now comes the W222 S-class for the most-frugal captains of industry: The S300 BlueTec hybrid, which teams a 201-hp, 2.1-liter four-cylinder turbo-diesel with the electric whizbangery you’d expect of a hybrid Benz…

    >> Read full article at Car and Driver
    2015 Mercedes-Benz S300 BlueTec Hybrid

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  • Super Cars

    Ferrari 458 Speciale On-Board Drive Will Cure You of Tinnitus (VIDEO)

    Ferrari 458 Speciale

    Or at least it will make you forget about it for the three minutes that the video posted below lasts for. The clip features Ferrari’s latest and greatest non-hybrid driver’s car that is said to not only be an improvement over the standard 458, but more of a new car in its own right: the cleverly dubbed Speciale. Read more »

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