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Kia K9 – Winter Spyshots

The Kia K9 Prototype has been spied in Sweden, the Kia K9 will be the new successor to the Opirus in South Korea as Kia’s flagship model, and will extend their K5 – K7 line. It will be styled to have the same look of the German manufacturers, thanks to chief designer Peter Schreyer.

It shares its chassis ant the transmission platform as the rear wheel propelled Hyundai Genesis sedan.

Powering this line of car will be a choice of one of three engines:-

3.8-liter V6 engine that generates 333hp
5.0-liters V8 generating a respectable 429 hp.

We have no news of when this car will become official but by looks of the form and the fact its a production prototype we are expecting it to be very soon.

BMW I8 Production Prototype – Winter Test Spyshots

Here are the final Prototype spyshots of the production version of BMW new I8.

The car has been undergoing winter testing in the artic circle to test its reliability under the extreme cold and also testing some of the Bosch equipment on board.

This is the first time a production prototype has been spotted the previous spyshots was the Mule, which was based on the Vision Concept Car which was shown in Frankfurt in 2009.

The production version is remarkably close to the concept with only some changes. Biggest change seem to be the doors and the design of the rear lights. The rear lights featured here are just cammo and not the final design.

Its innovative plug-in hybrid concept combines the modified electric drive system from the BMW i3 Concept – fitted over its front axle – with a high-performance three-cylinder combustion engine producing 164 kW/220 hp and 300 Nm (221 lb-ft) at the rear.

Acceleration of 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in under five seconds combined with fuel consumption of under three litres per 100 kilometres (approx. 94 mpg) are figures currently beyond the capability of any vehicle powered by a combustion engine of comparable performance.

Rolls Royce Phantom Facelift – First Spyshots

Here are the latest spyshots of the 2013 Rolls Royce Phantom facelift changes on the outside are minimal.

Changes seem to be hidden by a clever headlight sticker hiding a complete new lighting cluster and daytime running lights.

Also around the front quarter window there is some detailing hidden under the camouflage, which hints at a new arrangement.

We are expecting the same process where the chassis is dipped in 7 chemical baths to galvanise the chassis from corrosion and then off to production where the engine is fitted.

The engine will be the 6.75 L -V12 as the previous model but expected to achieve some additional fuel economy considering its current thirsty 18mpg appetite.

We expect Rolls Royce to have the worldwide unveiling at the 2012 Geneva Motorshow where the current model was shown in 2008.

I could talk about the interior options but as the class of the cars “Bespoke” program I expect it to be suitably yours.

Range Rover Spotted in Winter Test Spyshots.

The 2012-2013 Range Rover is getting close to the final production form and is finishing its extensive test cycle in the Arctic Circle.

As you can see the clearest shots of the interior it seems to have a complete digital instrument display along with a totally modernised interior.

The aluminium chassis will weigh in around 500kg lighter than its older brother, resulting in a total weight of an impressive 2,000kg.

The powertrain will be revised as well, consisting of an 4.4 liter V8 diesel engine which offers around 320 HP and a eight-speed servo actuated gearbox.

Due to the weight reduction and advanced engine advances we expect the MPG to be similar to the larger saloon cars.

The fourth generation Range Rover will also be available with a diesel powered V6 and a more 5.0 liter supercharged V8.

We are also hearing rumours that Range Rover are testing a replacement to the supercharger and probably introducing a Tri-Turbo set up to aid its MPG targets.

I think its too early to expect a world premier of the car at Geneva but we might see a concept of the upcoming vehicle.

Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe Spied Winter Testing

Here are the latest spyshots of the upcoming 911 Turbo Coupe in very light camouflage and just hides some of the detailing on the front bumper.

Looking closely at the spyshots in the images above, we can clearly see the trademark induction inlets supplying the artic cool air to the 6 cylinder twin turbo boxer engine, as well as its wider rear end and oversized spoiler will aid the AWD system in downforce and grip.

The rear bumper on this new 911 Turbo also features additional cooling vents and a set of integrated exhaust pipes which are likely to be changed.

From The current 997 generation, the 911 Turbo is 4.5 cm wider stance than the regular Carrera.

The engine is likely to be around the 565 hp to compete with the Nissan GTR and is likely to release an interesting nurburgring lap time video close to release in late 2012.

The car is also likely to have an optional upgrade to the ‘PDK-S’ dual clutch transmission sporting an additional gear to keep shorter gear ratio to aid acceleration and mid range torque.

We expect a production prototype to be shown at Geneva in a couple of months….

2013 Audi RS6 Spied Winter Testing

The current C6 RS6 was discontinued in 2010 and there was no hints of a replacement in development.

It is great to see that Audi have not forgot its Bi-Turbo Quattro’s in this latest prototype to sneak its way from Neckarsulm home of the RS models up to the winter wonderland in northern Sweden.

This car is in mule form on first looks, like a current A6 based Avant sporting A8 wheels.

But on closure inspection we notice the aggressive front bumper leading its way back through to the Ceramic Disks front and back, this is no other than an upcoming RS6 Production prototype.

We are expecting the car to be powered by a V8 Bi-Turbo 4.0 liter engine which is currently in use on the New Bentley Continental GT and the current S8.

But this car will be going head to head with the likes of the BMW M5 & the new AMG C63 so expect BHP to be around 580hp mated to a revised Bosch ESP and EBD safety system and the usual Quattro AWD with DRC.

Enjoy the remarkably uncamouflaged mule and keep an eye out for the production prototypes around april this year.

First Rolls Royce Phantom Facelift Spyshots

The first Rolls Royce made under the BMW ownership, the Phantom has been on the market unchanged since 2003 but now it’s time for a mild facelift as we can see on these photos. L

From the untrained eye it just looks like another phantom but on closer inspection you notice that the finish around the lights are not perfect and basically stickers hiding the true changes hidden underneath.

News of the changes apart from the lights is very thin on the ground but expect more power and less CO2 from thwe revised engine, and some more interior options will obviously be added.

The pictures where taken while the distinguished gentlemen enjoyed a Kebab and washed down with fizzy fruit extracts.

SLS AMG Roadster – Officially released


The SLS AMG Roadster has just been unveiled and although it has lost the gullwings, the convertible continues to feature the same purist design of the SLS AMG, after we spotted it undergoing cold winter testing in Sweden along with its usual test ground stomping aroun the Nordschleife.

The SLS AMG Roadster include an aluminium spaceframe body, an AMG 6.3-litre V8 front-mid engine with dry sump lubrication developing a peak output of 571hp and 650 newton metres of torque, a seven-speed dual clutch transmission in a transaxle arrangement and a sports suspension with aluminium double wishbones.

The hardtop has been substituted by a compact fabric soft top which Roadster opens and closes in just eleven seconds, and can be operated while drving at speeds up to 50 km/h.

The SLS AMG Roadster features some design reminiscences from the 300 SL Roadster, the classic dream-car from the 1950s, including the wide radiator grille with its large Mercedes star and the wing-shaped cross-fin, and also the fins on the bonnet and on the vehicle flanks.

While developing the SLS AMG Roadster, Mercedes focused to hand driving pleasure to its customers as well as outstanding performance. To do so the open top vehicle features an innovative body design with the chassis and body being made of aluminium. Thanks to it the SLS AMG Roadster is only 40 kilograms heavier than the Coupé.

Powering the SLS AMG Roadster is the same engine featured on the gullwing model: the 6.3-litre V8 with a peak output of 571hp at 6800 rpm. The engine makes the open-top SLS one of the most powerful sports cars in its segment and thanks to it the SLS AMG Roadster is able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds and to reach a top speed of 317km/h (electronically limited).

Besides offering the performance the SLS AMG Roadster delivers very ambitious fuel consumption for a model of this category. It consumes 13.2 litres per 100 kilometres, which corresponds to CO2 emissions of 308 grams per kilometre.

The production of the SLS AMG Roadster will take place at Mercedez-Benz production plant in Sindelfingen. As for the AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine, it will come directly from the AMG engine workshop in Affalterbach, where it is hand-assembled according to the traditional “One man, one engine” philosophy.

The market lanch of the SLS AMG Roadster will take place in autumn 2011, with a selling price of € 195,160.

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