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Audi RS5 Cabriolet 2014

Dynamic performance where the sky's the limit - Audi introduces the Audi RS5 Cabriolet. The four-seat convertible with a cloth soft top entices with a unique combination of elegance and power. Its 4.2 FSI, a high-revving naturally aspirated V8 engine, outputs 331 kW (450 hp). It accelerates the high-performance sports car from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 4.9 seconds.
Exterior design
In the Audi RS5 Cabriolet, Audi dynamics takes on an especially beautiful form in the car's flowing side profile with perfectly balanced proportions and sharp details. A frame in matt aluminum look surrounds the hexagonal single-frame grille; its honeycomb grille insert that sports an RS5 logo shines in anthracite. Wedge-shaped headlights with wave-like lower edges illuminate with xenon plus lamps and LED strips that form the daytime running lights. Large air intakes are embedded in the distinctively shaped front apron whose ends run out into splitter edges.
Sill add-ons and wheel housing extensions dominate the car's appearance in side profile; the tornado line that defines the shoulder of the Audi RS5 Cabriolet was drawn to look especially sharp. The door mirror housings have an aluminum look, while the surface of the windshield frame and the decorative trim strips of the window channels and the soft top box cover are made of matt anodized aluminum.
The lightweight textile roof of the Audi RS5 Cabriolet spans over the generously proportioned interior space like a low curved dome; a special foam layer in the roof delivers high acoustic comfort. At the press of a button, the soft top opens and closes fully automatically in 15 seconds and 17 seconds respectively - even when driving at speeds of up to 50 km/h (31.07 mph).
When open, it hardly affects the size of the spacious luggage compartment - it only requires 60 liters (2.12 cu ft) of its 380 liters (13.42 cu ft) total volume. The split rear seatbacks can be folded over individually, and a load-through hatch from the trunk to the rear seating area improves variability. Special reinforcements contribute to the convertible body's high rigidity, and aluminum front fenders compensate for some of the added weight of the reinforcements.
Elegant LED light strips illuminate in the taillights, which operate without any conventional incandescent lamps. Like the lights, the rear bumper was also redesigned; its diffuser is now much higher, and a honeycomb screen insert encloses the two large elliptical tailpipes of the exhaust system. On the trunk lid there is a subtle matt carbon spoiler lip for more downforce; it may be painted in the exterior color as an option.
The Audi RS5 Cabriolet measures 4,649 mm (15.25 ft) long, 1,860 mm (6.10 ft) wide and 1,380 mm (4.53 ft) high, and its wheelbase is 2,751 mm (9.03 ft). Eight exterior colors are available - a monochrome color, four metallic and pearl effect colors and three crystal effect paints. The soft top is available in black, gray, red or brown. As options, Audi can install a styling package in matt aluminum as well as an engine compartment design package that uses carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) materials. The car's drag coefficient is 0.34; underbody panels make a significant contribution towards aerodynamic refinement.
A typical RS5 highlight is its three-spoke steering wheel with flat-bottomed rim that is trimmed in perforated leather. The multifunction keys are intuitive, as are all other controls in the Audi RS5 Cabriolet. The terminal of the optional MMI navigation plus system, for example, only requires six permanent keys for the main menus, and just a single button control suffices for Audi drive select. White numerals on black dials provide a strong contrast and are easy to read. Sport-oriented drivers will find a lap timer for lap times and an oil temperature gauge in the driver information system.
The sport seats have power adjustments, high side panels for optimal lateral support, integrated head restraints, a lumbar support and a pull-out thigh support. They are upholstered in a combination of leather and Alcantara or in the optional black or lunar silver Fine Nappa leather. All leather types are pigmented to inhibit heating by sunlight. Seat alternatives are manually adjustable bucket seats or climate-controlled comfort seats with a ventilation feature.
The interior of the Audi RS5 Cabriolet is styled in black, and the inner soft top liner can be ordered in the optional color star silver. Fine chrome highlights, understated high-gloss black trim and carbon inlays underscore the car's dynamic appearance. Upon request, Audi can deliver the inlays in Aluminum Race, piano finish black, matt brushed aluminum or stainless steel mesh at no additional cost.
There are RS logos on the backs of the seats, the aluminum inlays in the door sill plates, the steering wheel, the tachometer and the gear selector grip of the seven-speed S tronic. The inside door handles consist of two slender ribs, and the pedals and many other controls glisten in aluminum look. The Audi exclusive program offers many other customizing options.
Propulsive power for the Audi RS5 Cabriolet is supplied by a high-revving, naturally aspirated V8 engine with FSI direct injection. From its 4,163 cc of engine displacement, it outputs 331 kW (450 hp) at 8,250 rpm and produces a maximum torque of 430 Nm (317.15 lb-ft) between 4,000 and 6,000 rpm. The 4.2 FSI with red painted cylinder head covers that is manually assembled in the Hungarian plant in Győr achieves a specific power output of 79.5 kW (108.1 hp) per liter engine displacement; each hp only needs to move 4.267 kg (9.41 lb) of vehicle weight. The long-stroke engine with its aluminum crankcase breathes freely; flaps in the exhaust tailpipes vary the sonorous acoustic backdrop. As an option, Audi can deliver a sport exhaust system with black tailpipe trim.
The Audi RS5 Cabriolet rockets from a standstill to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 4.9 seconds. The car's top speed is limited to 250 km/h (155.34 mph); at customer request, Audi can boost this to 280 km/h (173.98 mph). The powerful V8 has a combined fuel consumption of 10.9 l/100 km (21.58 US mpg). Its cylinder liners and chain drive are optimized for minimal friction, and the oil pump is only driven as needed.
Power transmission
Dual-clutch transmissions like the seven-speed S tronic of the Audi RS5 Cabriolet are distinguished by a high level of efficiency, which is further improved in this model by the long ratio of the highest gear. Shifts are performed so quickly and smoothly by alternating the clutches that they are hardly perceptible. The driver can have the seven-speed S tronic shift automatically in the D or S program, or he/she can manually shift with the gearshift lever or the paddles on the steering wheel. The Launch Control function is a useful drive-off assistant for the race course. It enables an optimal start by letting out the clutch at an ideal drive-off engine speed.
The quattro permanent all-wheel drive system gives the Audi RS5 Cabriolet a decisive advantage in traction and stability. Its technological centerpiece, the crown-gear center differential, is lightweight and compact. In normal driving operation, it distributes torque between the front and rear axles at a 40:60 ratio; if necessary, it can direct up to 70 percent to the front or a maximum of 85 percent to the rear. Torque vectoring - an intelligent software solution - completes the center differential's work tasks.
If a wheel at the inside of a curve begins to lose its grip when cornering at speed, it is braked slightly before any slip occurs - this keeps the Audi RS5 Cabriolet neutral for an exceptionally long time in extreme driving conditions.
As an option, Audi can install a sport differential that actively distributes power between the rear wheels via two superposition gears. A perfect supplement to the quattro drivetrain, it presses the Audi RS5 Cabriolet into the curve at the handling limits, counteracting any tendency to oversteer or understeer right from the outset.
The chassis of the four-seat convertible exhibits a high level of technical complexity. Many components of the five-link front suspension and the self-tracking trapezoidal-link rear suspension are made of aluminum. The speed-dependent power steering system utilizes an electromechanical drive unit; it provides direct and sensitive steering feedback and is highly efficient. The body is 20 mm (0.79 in) lower than that of the Audi A5 Cabriolet; its mounts are stiffer, and its anti-roll bars are larger and stronger. The standard wheels are forged aluminum wheels in machine-polished ten-spoke design, size 9 J x 19 with 265/35 tires; 20-inch wheels in three attractive designs with tires in 275/30 format are available as options.
The brake system employs internally ventilated and perforated discs in a weight-saving wave design; the front discs are 365 mm (14.37 in) in diameter. The wave-shaped outer contour of the friction rings reduces unsprung mass by a total of about three kilograms (6.61 lb). Pins are used to join the discs to the aluminum brake pots - a concept adopted from motorsport. The brake calipers are painted black; the front brakes operate with eight pistons each. The ESC stabilization system has a Sport mode and can also be completely deactivated. Audi can deliver the car with carbon fiber-reinforced ceramic front discs and six-piston calipers as an option.
Audi drive select is a standard feature in the Audi RS5 Cabriolet. The driver can use this function to vary the characteristics of the steering system, seven-speed S tronic, throttle valves and exhaust system sound flaps to one of the modes comfort, auto or dynamic; if an MMI navigation system is installed, the 'individual' mode is also offered.
The sport differential, adaptive cruise control and dynamic steering - whose gear ratio can be varied by nearly 100 percent as a function of vehicle speed - can also be incorporated into the system.
Another option that is controlled by Audi drive select is sport suspension plus with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC) - a purely mechanical system that operates without any delays. Each pair of diagonally opposing shock absorbers is interconnected via hydraulic oil lines and a central valve; when cornering at speed, the system increases support of the spring-deflected front wheel at the outside of the curve. The shock absorber characteristic can be adjusted over three levels.
The Audi RS5 Cabriolet is delivered with an extensive set of standard features. They include the parking system plus, driver and front passenger seat heating, automatic belt feeder, wind deflector, lighting package, driver information system with rest recommendation and a comprehensive package of restraint systems. In case of an impending roll-over accident, strong aluminum plates deploy upwards behind the rear head restraints. Sporty and luxurious options include three-stage head-level heating, convenience key, high-beam assistant, adaptive light and three-zone deluxe automatic air conditioning.
All assistance systems offered in the A5 model lineup are available as options in the Audi RS5 Cabriolet as well. Adaptive cruise control maintains the four-seat convertible at the desired distance to a vehicle driving ahead in traffic and supports the driver in braking. At speeds below 30 km/h (18.64 mph), it initiates a full brake application in an emergency situation. Audi side assist monitors the space behind the vehicle, which helps to ensure safe lane changes. Audi active lane assist makes it easier to stay in a driving lane. The parking system plus can be extended to include a reversing camera.
In the multimedia field, Audi is offering a comprehensive modular component system; at the very top there is MMI navigation plus which includes a large hard drive, DVD drive and seven-inch color monitor. An ideal complement is Audi connect with car phone, which connects the Audi RS5 Cabriolet to the Internet. Audi connect lets passengers freely surf the web with their mobile end devices via an integrated WLAN hotspot. Customized online services from Audi connect are also available to the driver - they range from Audi traffic information online to navigation with Google Earth images and Street View.
Customer deliveries of the Audi RS5 Cabriolet begin in early 2013 in Germany. The base price in the home market will be 88,500 euros.

Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force Concept

Is it possible that the Mercedes-Benz G-Class will still be around in 2025? A cool design study from Mercedes-Benz demonstrates how the genes of the classic off-roader from 1979 may still assert themselves far into the future. It is based on the concept of a future police car developed for the Los Angeles Design Challenge.
The Los Angeles Design Challenge 2012 looks far ahead with a quest for the "Highway Patrol Vehicle 2025". Law enforcement will have to prepare for even more crowded roads with electronically monitored and guided traffic, a much larger population and changes in human behavior. People will still feel young and active even later in life. Outdoor activities will dominate leisure, as will the desire for freedom and adventure. The new times will also call for new police vehicles. They must be able to reach any place conceivable quickly and reliably - even far away from any pavement. And they must do so in an exceptionally environmentally friendly way using alternative energy sources. Enhanced green-car characteristics and off-road capabilities will be among the fundamental virtues of a police car in 2025.
As an environmentally friendly SUV, the Ener-G-Force, which Mercedes-Benz is presenting in Los Angeles as a design study, meets these requirements and would be fully capable of supporting police and emergency services in every corner of the world. Gorden Wagener, Director of Design at Mercedes-Benz Cars: "The Ener-G-Force is the vision of an off-roader that, while reflecting tomorrow's adventures, also invokes the genes of the Mercedes-Benz off-road icon, the G-Class. Modern and cool, it could also be a clue about a new beginning for the off-road design idiom of Mercedes-Benz". The small glass areas make the police vehicle a safe cocoon for law enforcement officers who are faced with many dangers. Emergency lights integrated into the roof are impossible to ignore; the striking front leaves no doubt as to the commanding presence of the police, and the gigantic wheels guarantee the right-of-way even where no way exists.
Back from the future - clean concept for beyond tomorrow
Of course the concept of the Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force for the Los Angeles Design Challenge is pure, rendered science fiction. However, the notion of designing tomorrow's off-roader intrigued the designers at the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Studio in Carlsbad, California to such an extent that they evolved the vision of a police version into a civilian version and even built a 1:1-scale model. Like the "Highway Patrol Vehicle 2025", the shape of the civilian Ener-G-Force is modeled after the G-Class, the off-road icon whose continuous history goes all the way back to the 1970s and that to this very day still tackles the future as a stylistically and technologically advanced SUV.
Like the police version, the model of the civilian Ener-G-Force is unmistakably inspired by the G-Class, which has long been considered an automotive icon. However, it presents a radical reinterpretation of this classic that looks far into the future. Important genes such as proportions and design elements were completely redesigned and updated in a clean concept for beyond tomorrow. Ener-G-Force Designer Hubert Lee: "Of course we wanted to take a clear step forward, but we also wanted the G's characteristic features". The Ener-G-Force has a similar profile, however with a high shoulder line and scaled-down glass areas.
While the clear design idiom of the G-Class has remained, all surfaces are designed to express intensity and tension. The meticulously executed details are also a clear indication that the Ener-G-Force is the product of modern times. Like the G-Class, the Ener-G-Force sports a front with an expressive radiator grille that incorporates the headlamps. The LEDs in the headlamps form the shape of the letter 'G', which gives the Ener-G-Force a bold, dominating appearance. The front turn signals and running lights are mounted on top of the fenders, a trademark G-Class element.
The distinctive roof and the 3-panel greenhouse also echo fundamental genes of the classic G-Class from Mercedes-Benz, but represent a clear step forward. This is also evident in the large wheels, whose 20-inch rims give the Ener-G-Force a powerful, towering stance. The Ener-G-Force also plays on the utility factor in an entirely new way. For instance, the distinctive feature in the rear is a slightly off-center pull-out compartment whose cover occupies the traditional location of the spare wheel cover of the classic G-Class. This pull-out tool box can hold a wide variety of equipment that are quickly within reach without having to open the entire tailgate.
Bursting with energy
The Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force Concept stores recycled water in tanks on the roof, and transfers it to the "hydro-tech converter," where natural and renewable resources are converted into hydrogen for operating the fuel cells. The storage units for the electricity generated in this process are housed easily accessible in the striking side skirts. The Ener-G-Force emits nothing but water, has an operating range of about 500 miles and as a result truly is a green car. Four wheel-hub motors, whose output for each individual wheel is adapted precisely to the respective terrain by high-performance electronics, provide the pulling power. A "Terra- Scan" 360-degree topography scanner on the roof permanently scans the surroundings and uses the results to adjust the spring and damping rates as well as other suspension parameters for maximum traction on the respective surface, regardless of whether it is on- or off-road. The strikingly styled side skirts house either the energy storage units or hot-swappable battery packs. Changes in the color of the illumination of the side skirts indicate the operating and charge status of the energy packs. A roof rack and additional lamps are integrated into the roof. The entire design appears to have been carved from a single piece. The overall presentation of the Ener-G-Force is clean - stylistically and functionally.

Suzuki Swift Sport 2012

The Suzuki Swift Sport is the performance flagship of the Swift model range and offers higher levels of tuning, steering and braking performance than the standard Swift on which it's based. The previous model first went into production in Japan in 2005 and in Hungary in 2006. The sporting experience and everyday practicality have earned many devoted fans in approximately 40 countries and territories around the world.
The new Swift Sport has the same DNA as its predecessor, but reflects the concept of developing a refined sport compact from the new Swift that Suzuki launched in the UK in Autumn 2010. Befitting its status as the new performance flagship of the Swift model range, it reflects the pursuit of even better handling, driving performance, environmental compatibility and an uncompromising focus on quality. Overall, it offers a rewarding experience of Suzuki's sporting DNA.
Suzuki plans to launch the new Swift Sport in a growing number of countries, beginning October 2011, with sales launch in the UK from early 2012.
The new Suzuki Swift Sport's exterior design reflects the model's evolution towards a more sporting look. The ground-hugging form gives a sense of stability, the large front grille hints at the performance within and is flanked by big, distinctive finned fog lamp bezels that add even more sporting character.
Aerodynamic parts exclusive to the new Suzuki Swift Sport control the airflow, suppress lift and give the car a lower visual centre of gravity. Newly developed high-intensity discharge headlamps with a metallic-grey coating as well as new design rear combination lamps heighten the sense of dynamism expressed by the exterior design.
Sporty and refined Interior
Sporty, exclusive design features in the new Swift Sport's cabin heighten the driving pleasure and a high-quality look and feel generates pleasure of ownership with new design sport seats in an exclusive fabric together with a five-dial meter cluster that combines easy legibility with an uncluttered look.
The new Suzuki Swift Sport's strong presence belies compact dimensions that make it exceptionally nimble. Wide treads and a short wheelbase (key characteristics of the Swift series) combine with chassis systems that include an exclusively designed rear suspension to ensure brisk handling and outstanding high-speed stability. The new Swift Sport has an overall length of 3,890mm, an overall width of 1,695mm, an overall height of 1,510mm, and a wheelbase of 2,430mm.
Since the new Suzuki Swift Sport is the performance flagship of the Swift series, Suzuki pursued higher levels of chassis performance, achieving an exceptional balance of controllability and stability.
Greater toe and camber rigidity for the torsion beam, greater lateral rigidity in the torsion-beam bushings, and larger rear wheel bearings enhance stability at the rear under hard cornering. Increased spring rates for the front and rear coil springs and added rebound springs in the front struts significantly contribute to stability by providing greater roll stiffness. Modifications to the steering-gearbox member, suspension-frame member as well as larger front wheel bearings all boost yaw response, resulting in handling that has evolved even further from that of the previous Swift Sport.
The new Suzuki Swift Sport's M16A engine is based on that of the previous model. Thanks to the addition of a variable intake system, optimisation of the intake VVT and increased valve lift, maximum output is up from 92kW in the previous Swift Sport to an impressive 100kW with the new model. Maximum torque is up from 148Nm to 160Nm. As a result, the driver can enjoy superb performance across the rev range. The engine's high output is combined with improved fuel economy; CO2 emissions are down around 11 per cent from 165g/km to 147g/km and a revised exhaust system yields a sportier note.
The new Suzuki Swift Sport's manual transmission was developed specifically to take full advantage of the M16A engine's performance. The use of six gears (up from five in the previous Swift Sport) allows sporty driving combined with fuel economy. A triple-cone synchromesh for first and second gears permits lower shift effort and a larger counterweight at the transmission end of the shift lever yields a sporty shift action that is now lighter and more positive.
Wheels and tyres
Exclusive 17-inch aluminium-alloy wheels are standard on the new Swift Sport. They have a sharp, exquisite design and are produced in such a way that they are each about 1kg lighter than those of the previous Swift Sport. The tyre sizes are 195/45R17 and have been developed specifically for the new Suzuki Swift Sport.
The new Suzuki Swift Sport represents an evolution in terms of safety. Comprehensive safety technologies mean it offers the same control and peace of mind as the new Swift, which earned a five-star rating in the European New Car Assessment Programme.
Extensive use of high-tensile steel and computerised structural analysis keep the body light while promoting safety, There are seven airbags (including curtain airbags and a driver's knee airbag), and the pillars incorporate shock-absorbing materials that soften any contact with occupants' heads.
Suzuki took a multifaceted approach to achieve higher levels of active safety. As a result, ESP® and an antilock braking system with electronic braking-force distribution are standard equipment.

Opel Adam 2013

In early 2013 the all-new Opel Adam will be available in dealerships and start making an impression on our roads. Opel's chic, urban small car and champion of individualization will turn heads in our cities just as it did at its world premiere at the Paris Motor Show in early September. Its modern, bold and colorful look ensures this, as does its almost unlimited potential for customization that makes virtually each and every Adam unique.
With the all-new Adam, Opel is entering the growing lifestyle A-segment. Short and strong-backed, Adam is almost 3.70 meters long and 1.72 meters wide (excl. mirrors). A funky three-door hatchback, it is perfect for urban environments. Its driving dynamics, however, also shine outside the city thanks to chassis and steering settings that focus on fun and agility. Inside its cabin, Adam offers seating for four people who benefit from a premium-inspired atmosphere; front passengers enjoy a high degree of roominess unusual for a small car. Adam's cockpit too can be individualized according to its owner's taste with a wide choice of colors, decors, stylish headliners and light effects.
The Opel Adam also provides premium technologies from upper segments. The new IntelliLink onboard infotainment system which integrates the owner's smartphone in the car (Android and Apple iOS) makes it the best connected small car. Other features ideal for Adam's natural urban environment are a new-generation Park Assist that automatically parks the car, a Side Blind Spot Alert and a power steering system including a "light touch" CITY mode.
Lively wheels: Adam, the newcomer in the small lifestyle car segment
Adam comes at a key moment in Opel's product offensive. Since 2008, Opel has completely reshaped its model line-up, starting with the flagship Insignia, continuing with its high volume models, and now entering or opening new segments of the market: The Ampera (electric car with range extender), the Mokka (small SUV), Adam (fashionable small car) and the future Cascada (mid-size convertible) all are part of the third wave of this vast growth program and contribute to extend Opel's portfolio.
Currently Opel is particularly strengthening its presence in the A and B segments, which now includes the 3.70 meter-long Adam, the 3.74 meter-long Agila, the 4.00 meter-long core model Corsa, the 4.28 meter-long new Mokka SUV and the 4.29 meter-long Meriva. With the introduction of the fashionable Adam, Opel also rounds off its A-segment offer alongside the 5-door Agila. While the Agila convinces with its high level of functionality and its practical strengths, Opel Adam stands out with its unparalleled individualization potential, muscular design and superior technology.
Opel Adam does not simply imitate familiar recipes. While major competitors in the segment go down the retro-design path, it is fresh and bold. "Adam proves that retro is not the rule of the game. It sets innovation, imagination, individualization and quality as its core values," says Dr. Thomas Sedran. First, its modern, fashion-conscious look combines with virtually unlimited personalization possibilities to set it apart from the competition. In addition, Adam introduces characteristics that are normally only available in premium models of upper-class vehicles, as shown in the high-quality execution of its cockpit and the technologies that enhance its safety, comfort, and fun factor. At the same time, Opel keeps Adam's prices affordable, with a high level of standard equipment in all versions.
Opel expects almost 80 percent of Adam customers to be private buyers, with more than half of those being new customers. But Adam will also make a statement as a signature vehicle for companies and businesses: around 20 percent of sales are expected to be in the fleet and commercial sector. Generally, Adam should attract young and young-at-heart customers of both genders with attitude: they want their car to reflect their individual personality. They place great value on fashion consciousness and individuality; they don't just follow trends, they also actively create them and so are opinion-leaders.
"With Adam, Opel is not only getting its loyal Opel customers who want a unique small car excited, but is also winning over new groups of buyers who haven't yet identified with the brand. They are reacting to the Adam, because it is authentic and simply different from its potential competitors. Customers no longer have to get used to their car, because Adam reflects the character and lifestyle of its owner," says Dr. Thomas Sedran.
Experts predict the lifestyle-orientated sub-segment in which the Opel Adam is a new contender will continue to grow steadily over the next years. Since 2000, sales of stylish cars of the A-segment (around 3.70 m length) have risen by around 30 percent and of B-segment luxury-oriented cars (around 4.00 m length) by over 110 percent. In 2011 nearly 630,000 units of these trendy cars were registered in Europe, versus 450,000 in 2008. Opel now wants to conquer this growth market with the Adam. There is an especially high demand for small cars in Italy, which might become Adam's largest market. Other main markets for Opel's new lifestyle small car will be Germany, the United Kingdom, France and the Netherlands.
Design & Individualization
Adam is Opel's first lifestyle, small vehicle. The sub-segment it enters was initially shaped by modern automotive interpretations of "retro" themes, but Opel deliberately went its own, innovative way. It has given the Opel Adam bold proportions and a unique, modern design without any reference to the past. To further stand out, Adam also comes with more new ideas than any of its competitors.
The first and core idea is that it can be individualized more than any other car. In three years of development - from the first sketch up to the world premiere in Paris - Opel designers, engineers and manufacturing experts developed outstanding new features that allow customizing Adam far beyond familiar recipes. Malcolm Ward, Design Director says: "There was an outstanding "can do" spirit and vibrant energy in the team when we created Adam, and it's amazing to see how many of the ideas that were generated in the early creative phase made it to production. Thanks to this incredibly fresh and audacious approach, Opel Adam can be personalized more than any car in the segment with virtually unlimited exterior and interior color, fabric, décor, wheel, etc. combination possibilities." For instance, Opel Adam introduces for the first time in the automobile industry three design features that enhance its great individualization potential, such as exchangeable colored wheel clips, printed headliners and backlit decors on the instrument panel.
Bold exterior with iconic silhouette and premium inspired interior
Adam introduces Opel's award-winning design philosophy of "sculptural artistry meets German precision" to the fashion-led A-segment. It first stands out with its muscular, original look that bucks the trend of retro-based design, as well as with bold, powerful proportions: with 3.70 meters in length and 1.72 meters width (excluding mirrors), Adam has the same length but is wider than a MINI, and looks solidly planted onto the road.
Adam's striking and unique "floating" roof which is visually disconnected from the body allows a perfect execution of a two-tone color combination - the basic individualization feature. The car's name badge is - unlike with most other cars - placed at the end of the chrome "signature" window molding on the rear pillar, which adds to its unique appeal. In the wide front grille, the Opel Adam has been given the new wing-shaped chrome bar with the embossed Opel emblem as introduced in the new Astra line-up. On the flanks typically sculpted Opel design cues such as the blade in the lower door and the characteristic crisp "shock wave" around the door handles are reminiscent of the Astra GTC. The headlamps feature wing-shaped daytime running lights (DRL), also typical for Opel. For the first time in the A-segment, both the headlamps and the taillights are available with state-of-the-art energy-saving LED technology.
The interior design delivers what Adam's upmarket exterior promises: style and premium- inspired ambience in a remarkably spacious environment for a small car. With sculpted, harmonious surfaces and graceful flowing lines just like its bigger brand brothers Astra, Meriva and Insignia, the Adam rounds off Opel´s brand promise in its latest and smallest declination. The new Adam-exclusive round, chronograph-style instruments and chrome bezeled switches convey an aura of sporty precision.
Just Unique - virtually no Adam looks like the other
The new Opel Adam grabs a lot of attention because of its unmistakable design, and even more due to its virtually unlimited customization options. Thanks to a wide range of exterior colors, a broad choice of wheel designs plus many interior trim options including different décor panels, ambient lighting packages and an array of headliners unrivalled in the automotive industry, Adam is Opel's new champion of personalization. Countless combination possibilities of body and roof colors, rims, interior configurations and trim options offer the Adam buyer choices not available for any other car. So virtually no Adam looks like the other, making every car just unique.
On the exterior, customers can choose from a spectrum of 12 body colors, the names of which evoke cultural references movie lovers will immediately feel familiar with - such as "I'll be Black", "Papa don't Peach", "Purple Fiction", "James Blonde", "Saturday White Fever" and "Buzz Lightgreen". To go with each body color there is a matching and personalized car key. So even when the owner has parked the Opel Adam, a highly original and personalized part of it always remains with him or her. Adam's roof can be given the same color as the body. However, for a more contrasting effect, three roof colors can also be combined with any body color: the glossy "I'll be Black", the light cream "White my Fire" and the dark and rich "Men in Brown".
Instead of offering a conventional trim hierarchy, Adam breaks new ground with 3 different trim worlds or "moods". They set the scene for the first level of individualization: Adam JAM is bold and funky, appealing to the very fashion conscious customer out there; Adam GLAM is elegant and stylish, targeting people with refined tastes; and Adam SLAM is quite masculine, sporty and streetwise.
On the next level of customization, owners can choose from 3 option packs for each of the 3 trim worlds: so, Adam JAM, Adam GLAM and Adam SLAM can all be further sharpened and tailored to individual tastes with the two-tone "Black-" or "White Pack", the flamboyant "Twisted Pack" or the bold "Extreme Pack". The Black Pack offers extra elegance with roof, exterior mirrors and rims all in black, with the White Pack having the same touches in white. Opel Adam with the Twisted Pack shines with colorful exterior mirrors, grille bar, rims and interior décor either in green for the Adam JAM version, in brown for the Adam GLAM or red for the Adam SLAM. And the Extreme Pack makes the car absolutely unmistakable with eye-catching wheels and ornaments on the mirrors, grille bar, paintwork and interior décor.
Opel's new lifestyle car can be further personalized with three different external decal packages (Adam JAM "Splat", Adam GLAM "Fly" and Adam SLAM "Stripes") that are applied to mirrors and other parts of the car, for example the sides and rear.
In total Adam offers 31 different wheel designs and colors with sizes ranging from 15" to 18", including rims in "Vintage" or "Horns" design which takes the classic form design a step further. Unconventional sweeping designs like "Boomerang", "Hurricane", "Turbine", and "Twister" will also certainly turn heads. An extra hint for an unmistakable Adam character: even after customers have taken delivery of their car, some 18" wheels featuring completely new, interchangeable color clips can be personalized even further. Opel is the first and only automaker in the world to offer these clips, available in six different multi-part sets of colors that are clipped onto the five spokes of the rim. One can for instance match the color of his clips to Adam's body color, create strong contrasts or play with bi-color combinations. Opel Adam is the only car that allows its wheel colors to be individually selected according to individual tastes.
Unique and fresh interior moods with backlit interior décor
Inside the cabin there is also a wealth of personalization possibilities. 4 base colors are available: black, cocoa, purple and white. They combine with 15 different seat designs which also feature a broad choice of materials and colors. In addition, 19 different sets of decoration panels on the dashboard and the doors are available. These panels can be ordered separately so that Adam's interior can constantly be personalized and tailored to the changing tastes of the owner - or to changing owners. Among the 19 offered panels, 11 are painted and match the exterior colors, 8 are covered with premium foil featuring decorative patterns - 2 of which are even backlit via LEDs, that create a soft, glowing appearance that is absolutely unique in the automotive industry.
This exclusive design element is combined with an ambient lighting package that consists of indirect lights that illuminate the door pockets, center console and passenger footwell. As part of the ambient lighting package, at the touch of a button, 8 different light colors can be selected - one alone or so that they continuously change - and dimmed to set the tone for the interior. Red, two amber tones, yellow, green, blue, ice blue and white can be selected. This once again underscores the Adam's unparalleled wealth of personalization.
Inside of the cabin the roof can also be personalized to suit every taste. A large sunroof can fill Opel Adam with natural light. But the printed headliners are an industry first that have never been seen before. Three motifs are available, with clouds "Sky", autumn leaves "Fly" or checkered flag "Go". However, Adam's most spectacular headliner is the "Starlight" illuminated by 64 LED lights creating the impression of a starry night sky. It is absolutely unique in this vehicle segment - and in all other segments, except for the most expensive limousines in the world. Romantics can combine the Sky motif with the Starlight illumination.
Creative packs add extra appeal to the Opel Adam
In addition to the vast variety of colors and decors, and beyond the Black/White, Twisted, Extreme packages, further different packs add extra appearance details to the Adam. Customers who wish to create an even sportier Adam can opt for the "OPC Line Pack" with more aggressive-looking bumpers and spoilers. The "Extreme Carbon Pack" including the grille bar and mirrors in carbon design creates an exceptional look. And those who want to bring a color theme to its ultimate expression inside the cabin can opt for the "Color Pack" which adds colorful accents on the steering wheel and the gear shifter.
Up-level technologies and best connectivity in segment
Engineered and developed in Rüsselsheim, the Opel Adam brings premium technologies and qualities from upper categories into the A-segment. Most of Adam's technical features are introduced for the first time in a small, urban car. They make life and mobility easier in modern city centers, urban areas and beyond, and include the new generation Park Assist that automatically steers the car into a parking space, Side Blind Spot Alert, the Speed Limiter functionality combined with Cruise Control and the power steering system "light touch" CITY mode. But the biggest highlight is the new IntelliLink onboard infotainment system which integrates the owner's smartphone (Android and Apple iOS) in the vehicle, making Adam the best connected small car. IntelliLink also further enhances Adam's individualization, as it brings owners' personal environments and favorite entertainment features from their smartphones into their car and makes them accessible via the car's controls. Adam not only offers high quality execution, unprecedented individualization potential and up-level technology solutions, it also makes them surprisingly affordable: IntelliLink for instance costs only 300 euros.

Bentley Mulsanne Mulliner 2013

Bentley will unveil a highly distinctive and sporting interpretation of the Mulsanne at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. The new Bentley Mulsanne Mulliner Driving Specification blends a range of striking design features including unique 21-inch alloy wheels, Bentley Flying 'B' wing vents and Diamond Quilted leather trimmed cabin with driver-selectable, sports-tuned suspension and steering, underscoring the performance credentials of Bentley's 6.75 litre V8 ultra-luxury sports saloon.
At the same time, Bentley also announces the introduction of two new options for the Mulsanne range: a large tilt-opening, tinted glass sunroof and an exquisitely designed, electrically operated bottle cooler complete with hand-blown and hand-cut lead crystal champagne flutes.
Mulsanne Mulliner Driving Specification
The Mulsanne is a pure example of the Grand Touring Bentley combining coach-built elegance and hand crafted luxury with immense power and sportiness that together offer the world's most exclusive driving experience. It is a luxury car that makes the joy of driving its central focus. In an era of mass production, it stands at the pinnacle of British luxury motoring.
With a 0-60 mph sprint time of just 5.1 seconds (0-100 km/h in 5.3 seconds) and a top speed of 184 mph (296 km/h) the 505 bhp (512 PS/377 kw) Mulsanne has always offered thunderous levels of performance for an ultra-luxury saloon. Now, for customers seeking an even sportier look, feel and character to their Mulsanne, Bentley is introducing the Mulliner Driving Specification.

The Mulsanne's beautifully balanced proportions convey a unique sense of dynamism and movement. These are reinforced by muscular haunches and sharply sculpted, gracefully flowing lines, hinting at the phenomenal levels of power and torque that are in reserve at all times.
For the Mulliner Driving Specification, new 21-inch, light aluminium alloy wheels with race‑derived, titanium fasteners, bright-finished rims and 265/40 ZR21 tyres, underscore the Mulsanne's potent yet elegant stance while providing even more dynamic handling. Available in both painted and polished finishes, the 2-piece wheels are exclusive to the Bentley Mulsanne Mulliner Driving Specification and are also compatible with Bentley's optional self-levelling wheel badges.
The Bentley Mulsanne Mulliner Driving Specification also has a unique design language which underscores its sporting character, setting it apart from other Bentleys.
The sporting motif is emphasised by a pair of sweeping wing vents made from cast, polished stainless steel. The vents cleverly emulate Bentley's iconic 'Flying B' emblem which is engraved with the Mulliner script. The flowing appearance accentuates the impression of speed and movement and the black matrix grille integrated into the design provides an attractive contrast to the polished stainless steel.
For the new sportier Mulsanne, the Drive Dynamics Control system, which allows suspension and steering systems to be tuned to a preferred driving style, now has a unique 'Sport' setting. Operated by the rotary switch mounted next to the gearshift selector, the new 'Sport' settings provide enhanced grip, body control and steering accuracy without compromising ride comfort.
Inside the Mulsanne's sumptuous cabin Bentley's styling team have created a bespoke, driver-focussed look and feel for the Mulliner Driving Specification. In keeping with the tradition of sporting Bentleys, the leather hide on the front and rear seats and door casings features an intricate Diamond Quilting pattern, complemented by an indented leather headlining.
A new and bespoke hide perforation process, developed specifically for the Bentley Mulsanne Mulliner Driving Specification, produces perforations in exact diamond shapes with non‑perforated 'tramlines' in between. This allows Bentley's seamstresses to produce perfect stitching every time without risk of distortion and means that it can now be combined with the optional seat ventilation system.
Throughout the cabin, Crewe's craftsmen and women have ensured that even purely functional controls are beautifully executed. The unique 'knurled' or 'coined' surface finish of the cool-metal interior door handles, 'Organ Stop' air ventilation controls and gear lever provide a highly tactile experience while giving extra grip. The leather gear lever is also hand-finished with a Baseball-style cross stitch - another example of Bentley's famed attention to detail.
For confident, spirited driving, the accelerator and brake pedals of the Mulliner Driving Specification are made from drilled alloy. Beautifully crafted, each one of the raised grips on the pedals is individually polished. As a finishing touch to the cabin, Mulliner treadplate plaques are applied to the vertical surface of the driver and front passenger door sills.
In common with all Mulsannes, customers of the Mulliner Driving Specification have the opportunity to create a truly bespoke car from a palette of over 100 paint colours, a virtually limitless choice of unbleached premium quality veneers (with two marquetry options) and a selection of 22 leather hides.
Commenting on the new Bentley Mulsanne Mulliner Driving Specification, Alasdair Stewart, Bentley's Member of the Board for Sales and Marketing: "The Mulsanne represents the pinnacle of British motoring with unrivalled luxury and effortless performance. Now, the distinctly sporting accent of the new Mulliner Driving Specification provides an even greater degree of driving enjoyment without compromising the Mulsanne's legendary comfort and refinement."
Exquisite bottle cooler and sunroof options introduced for all Mulsannes
In addition to the new Mulliner Driving Specification, Bentley is announcing enhancements to the specification of the Mulsanne's optional feature specification. All Mulsanne modelsmay now be specified with an exquisitely detailed, Bentley-designed, luxury bottle cooler and rear cabin storage area with space for two full-size Champagne bottles in a canted position, allowing opened bottles to be placed back in the cooler.
With one touch of a button, the frosted glass door quietly slides open to reveal three hand‑blown and hand-cut lead crystal champagne flutes, displayed beautifully by the white LED accent lighting. These flutes have been exclusively created for Bentley by the renowned British designer, David Redman of London and echo the racing spoke design of the Mulsanne's 21" 5-spoke Sports alloy wheel.
The flutes can be placed in the bespoke-design bright chrome holders that deploy from the centre seat cushion. These also adapt cleverly to work as normal cup holders when required. As is traditional at Bentley, the bottle cooler and flute holders are discreetly concealed when not in use and the elegant design of the cooling system means that no boot space is compromised.
The cabin of the Mulsanne is whisper-quiet, utilising the latest double-glazing and sound‑proofing technologies to isolate it from the hectic world. However, should you want to let the outside in, there is now the option of a large tilt-opening, tinted glass sunroof in the front cabin. It floods the cabin with light and gives an extra dimension of space, providing additional ventilation while avoiding the security risk of open windows.
The ultra-slim sunroof mechanism retains the Mulsanne's fast, sweeping roof profile with negligible effect on cabin headroom. To provide welcome shade on the hottest days, a colour-matched Alcantara blind closes quietly at the touch of a button.

Aston Martin AM 310 Vanquish 2013

Aston Martin has unveiled a stunning new luxury sports car - the Aston Martin Vanquish.
Sitting proudly at the pinnacle of the luxury British car maker's sports car line-up, this breathtaking new super grand tourer represents the zenith of current Aston Martin design and engineering. Vanquish points to an exciting and confident future for the historic brand.
Aston Martin AM 310 Vanquish is a new Aston Martin featuring the next generation of the renowned VH architecture as well as a significantly upgraded 6.0-litre V12 engine that is considerably more potent than before.
The design represents the latest take on Aston Martin's iconic visual language. Vanquish unquestionably sees the brand continue its enviable tradition of producing some of the most beautiful sports cars in the world. Styling cues such as the elegant new waist, elongated side strakes and LED rear light blades are derived from the One-77 supercar.
Unmistakably an Aston Martin, the design shows a clear and coherent lineage from its heritage while providing an equally clear pointer to the luxury car brand's vibrant future. Closer inspection reveals details such as the stunning new Aero Duct on the rear boot lid. This elegantly devised passive engineering feature, which counteracts lift at the car's rear when travelling at speed, is a triumph of both design and technical ability.
Performance, presence, style and great British craftsmanship - the new Vanquish has all these traits in abundance.
Aston Martin Chief Executive Officer, Dr Ulrich Bez said: "AM 310 Vanquish is the ultimate expression of Aston Martin design ethos, engineering innovation and technical ability. It offers luxurious, continent-crossing capability and pure driving excitement without compromise.
"Bearing the same name as the iconic AM V12 Vanquish that did so much to cement Aston Martin's reputation as a maker of great GT cars in the modern era, I believe the car unveiled today once again puts this great British brand at the top of its class.
"The new AM 310 Vanquish mixes beautiful design with impressive technology such as the superb new infotainment system. This is the latest incarnation of everything we know, informed and developed from One-77. It is the ultimate Super Grand Tourer - confident and assured - and is the newest representation of Power, Beauty and Soul."
As happy on the streets of a bustling city as it is carving through the countryside or long distance motorway touring, the Vanquish offers a thoroughbred British luxury sports car that's also suited to everyday use.
Powered by a significantly revised naturally aspirated 6.0-litre V12 petrol engine mated to the proven Touchtronic 2 six-speed automatic gearbox, the new car offers suitably impressive performance figures. The V12's power peak of 565 bhp (573 PS) makes it Aston Martin's most potent production model yet, outmuscled only by the strictly limited edition £1.2m One-77 supercar.
The raw statistics speak for themselves: 573 PS at 6,750 rpm, 620 Nm of torque at 5,500 rpm, 0-62 mph in 4.1 seconds and a top speed of 183 mph place the Aston Martin Vanquish firmly into supercar territory. Yet the brand's team of engineers have been working towards economy and emissions improvements, too.
The latest engineering methods, innovative technologies and typically understated classic British design come together to make the muscular new Vanquish a true super GT. For instance, each body panel on the car is constructed from carbon fibre because of its high strength-to-weight ratio and flexibility of form. Meanwhile torsional rigidity is improved by more than 25%.
Practical improvements such as a newly designed and significantly more spacious cabin and a boot that, at 368 litres, is more than 60% larger than that of the DBS, ensure the new Vanquish can carry sufficient luggage for even the most ambitious grand tourist.
Designed and hand-built at Aston Martin's global headquarters at Gaydon in Warwickshire the new Vanquish, available as a 2+2 or 2+0, sits atop a broad line-up of world-class sports cars including the exquisite DB9, sporty V8 Vantage and luxurious four-door Rapide.
Dr Bez said: "The Aston Martin range is stronger now than at any time in our 99-year history. The new AM 310 Vanquish represents the perfect way to signal the beginning of our centenary celebrations next year."
Priced from £189,995 RRP first deliveries of the new sports car are expected to begin in the UK and Continental Europe late in 2012.
Aston Martin Vanquish: Design
Aston Martin is renowned in the motor industry for the supreme beauty of its cars. The visual language of a modern Aston Martin is highly distinctive, yet timelessly attractive.
The design team at the company's global HQ in Gaydon, Warwickshire, is led by Design Director Marek Reichman and, together, they have developed an unmistakable visual interpretation of the brand's ethos.
When the commission for new Aston Martin AM 310 Vanquish arrived Marek and his team set about working to hone the flowing exterior lines of a classic Aston Martin GT and to create a modern day interpretation of the Vanquish.
Drawing inspiration not least from the iconic One-77 supercar, the team worked to evolve that design language and create a 21st Century successor worthy of sporting the Vanquish moniker.
They worked to stay faithful to the AM V12 Vanquish inspiration - so beloved of Aston Martin fans worldwide - while introducing new aspects that debuted in the One-77.
The result is a new Aston Martin Vanquish that very clearly retains the presence of its forebear, yet offers it in a much more refined and functional package. Sporting the assertive body language for which the AM V12 Vanquish is renowned, today's GT is more lean and elegant - highlighting its improved agility and dynamics.
With the exception of the now sold-out One-77 supercar, and limited edition V12 Zagato, the AM 310 Vanquish sits atop Aston Martin's model range. Understandably, therefore, it boasts design language derived from the One-77 such as the elegant and flowing waistline, elongated side strakes, curvaceous, taut, form and LED light blade rear clusters, as well as entirely new design ideas such as the remarkable rear Aero Duct. Blending the aggressive lines of the One-77 with the elegant shape of the DB9 and Rapide, the new Vanquish sets the visual standard for today's luxury GT cars.
It has amplified gestures - in the form of bonnet vents, side strakes and a sculpted roof - that accentuate the car's extra performance and edgier character. The car has a more assertive stance, yet is not overtly aggressive.
A near-continuous ring of exposed carbon fibre features at the base of the car in the form of a carbon fibre splitter, light-catching carbon fibre side skirts and imposing carbon fibre rear diffuser. This accentuates the car's sporting dynamics, as well as making it appear more planted.
Each body panel on the new Vanquish is also constructed from carbon fibre, because of its high strength-to-weight ratio and flexibility of form. This not only reduces mass but means that fewer individual body panels are required. For instance, the panel gap on the C-pillar joint is no longer necessary.
The designers have worked hard to pay attention to the finer details of all the materials used, with the carbon fibre weave direction a good example of this. It has been designed, and is constructed, to flow precisely with the car's elegant shape.
Just as with the exterior, the design team were tasked with redesigning the Vanquish's interior to give it a more complete and high quality finish. The result is an all-new interior that is more roomy, comfortable and luxurious than ever.
Again drawing inspiration from the One-77, the design team have emulated the flowing lines, quality and craftsmanship while introducing significant refinements over DBS to improve ergonomics and usability.
Showcasing the vast selection of materials and finishes that are now available on the Vanquish, the interior trim is available in a wide range of materials including fine Bridge of Weir Luxmil Leather, Semi-Aniline Leather and Alcantara, all expertly hand-stitched by some of the world's most experienced craftspeople.
Elsewhere inside, the new instrument panel is a refinement of the One-77's, with new detailing and improved ergonomics.
The new design is sleeker with a more elegant finish to complement the rest of the interior. It features new elements that convey a powerful and assertive attitude, and a new Driver Information Module (DIM) that the Vanquish shares with the One-77. The new DIM retains the classic Aston Martin style, but with a more futuristic typeface. The digital displays have been revised following feedback from existing owners, now permanently showing a digital speedo and a trip computer, which details the remaining range and the odometer.
Perhaps one of the most striking new interior design elements, though, is the new centre stack with refinements providing a more elegant form that is also more intuitive and accessible for both driver and front seat passenger.
A direct descendent of the One-77 centre stack, the Aston Martin AM 310 Vanquish set-up retains familiar elements such as the ECU engine start button and gear selection buttons, while introducing a new infotainment system and a significantly more user-friendly design.
The facia trim now stretches down the whole centre stack and is manufactured from a single piece of material, giving a uniform finish with, obviously, no panel gaps.
The user interface has been completely redesigned, with a more user-friendly and ergonomic layout as well as technological updates that make it one of the most advanced in-car systems available.
Aston Martin's trademark glass starter module and gear mode selection buttons have been retained while all-new capacitive glass buttons with illumination and haptic feedback have been introduced for the rest of the centre stack's switchgear.
Haptic feedback is more commonly found in touch-screen mobile phones and Aston Martin becomes among the first significant luxury car manufacturers in the world to use the technology in a series production model.
Importantly, of course, the new car has more space both for occupants, and their belongings in the cabin. In fact the interior of the Vanquish has 140% more storage space than the DBS. The cubby box has been redesigned with a stylish armrest lid and now offers more than three litres of storage space and an integrated USB and AC point for portable devices.
There is further storage space at the base of the centre stack, with more than two litres of storage, generously sized cupholders and a mobile phone holder, as well as additional USB and AC points. Other storage spaces are dotted handily around the car, too, with more than three litres in the door bins and seat pouches alone.
Occupant space grows in all axes versus DBS with, in essence, the interior 'pushed' outward. Legroom is up 37 mm, shoulder room grows 25 mm, elbow room extends by 87 mm while knee room is boosted by 50 mm. All this, as the dash surface is moved forward 20 mm, too.
The Aston Martin Vanquish is available with either 2+0 or 2+2 seating configurations.
Aston Martin Vanquish: Performance
As with all Aston Martin sports cars, the need for perfect balance, high-performance stability, nimble handling ability and minimised kerb weight define the new Vanquish. The comprehensive use of carbon fibre body panels for the first time in an Aston Martin underline the new Vanquish's credentials as a truly innovative model.
Strenuous efforts have been made to limit the new car's weight, contributing to its impressive performance, handling and significantly improved power to weight ratio. The combination of controlled weight, near-perfect 50:50 weight distribution, a powerful new V12 engine and a performance-honed six-speed transmission combine to make the Vanquish as rewarding and engaging on the move as it is elegant standing still.
At the heart of the new car is the latest iteration of Aston Martin's a 6.0-litre V12 engine. Significant re-engineering of this iconic V12 includes a revised block and new head including the debut of dual variable valve timing, uprated fuel pump, enlarged throttle bodies, a revised 'big wing' intake manifold and fully machined combustion chambers help the engine to a peak power output of 573 PS (565 bhp) at 6,750 rpm.
Crucially, too, the unit has been tuned specifically to deliver greater torque low down the rev range to make the car feel even more willing and muscular from very low revs. The result, predictably perhaps, is an improved 0-100 km/h time of 4.1 seconds. The top speed, where legal, is 295 km/h (183 mph).
As is the modern custom with all Aston Martin sports cars the engine is hand-assembled at the dedicated Aston Martin engine plant in Cologne, Germany.
The Vanquish uses the latest generation of Aston Martin's class-leading VH (Vertical Horizontal) architecture, a lightweight bonded aluminium structure that provides outstanding strength and rigidity. In this iteration, the Vanquish tub now includes the addition of significant carbon fibre components, as well as the use of bonding derived directly from the latest aerospace technologies.
The architecture has been re-engineered to control weight and improve packaging. With 75% new parts, the depth of re-engineering to achieve major packaging improvements cannot be overestimated.
Engineers have employed the extensive use of advanced materials and processes - some derived direct from the aerospace industry - to control weight and optimise the new car's driving experience.
For the first time in an Aston Martin, carbon fibre is used to make every external panel. The race car-inspired technology gives benefits for weight and body stiffness but, more importantly, has been essential in realising the design of Vanquish. Two notable components are the door skin and boot lid - neither of these unbroken surfaces would have been possible without the use of carbon fibre.
"There are no restrictions on form or shape when using carbon fibre," says Marek Reichman, Aston Martin's Design Director, "and the material allowed us to wrap bodywork around the 20-inch wheels and maintain the precise relationship between the wheel and the bodywork."
Each panel has been carefully sculpted to direct the airflow around the car, into the engine and to help cool the braking system. The carbon fibre elements are produced using advanced manufacturing techniques developed from the aerospace and motorsport industries.
The panel-making procedure also delivers an exceptional surface finish. The application of a 200 micron layer of epoxy and glass to the panel delivers a class-A surface that is in line with Aston Martin's tradition of high-quality finishes. Inside the car, the weave patterns on the exposed carbon fibre elements have been carefully selected to present the most harmonious surfaces.
  1. Technical Specifications
  • Body
    • Two-door coupe body style with 2+0 or optional 2+2 seating
    • New generation bonded aluminium and carbon fibre VH structure
    • Aluminium, magnesium alloy and carbon-fibre composite body
    • Extruded aluminium door side-impact beams
    • Bi-xenon headlamps
    • LED light blade rear lamps and LED side repeaters
  • Dimensions
    • Length: 4720mm (inc. front number plate plinth)
    • Width: 2067mm (inc. mirrors)
    • Height: 1294mm
    • Wheelbase: 2740mm
    • Fuel tank capacity: 78 litres (17.2 Imp.galls, 20.5 US galls)
    • Weight: 1739 kg
  • Engine
    • All-alloy, independent quad variable camshaft timing, 48-valve, 5,935 cc V12
    • Compression ratio: 11.0:1
    • Front-mid mounted engine, rear-wheel drive
    • Fully catalysed stainless steel exhaust system with active bypass valves
    • Six three-way catalytic convertors
    • Max power: 573 PS (565 bhp) at 6,750 rpm
    • Max torque: 620 Nm (457 lb ft) at 5,500 rpm
    • Acceleration: 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 4.1 seconds
    • Top speed: 295 km/h (183 mph)
  • Transmission
    • Rear-mid mounted, six-speed Touchtronic 2 automatic/sequential manual gearbox
    • Alloy torque tube with carbon fibre propeller shaft
    • Limited-slip differential
  • Wheels and Tyres
    • Front: 9J x 20" Pirelli P Zero 255/35 ZR20
    • Rear: 11.5J x 20" Pirelli P Zero 305/30 ZR20
  • Steering
    • Speed-dependent electronically controlled rack and pinion power-assisted steering, 2.62 turns lock-to-lock. Column tilt and reach adjustment
  • Suspension
    • Lightweight aluminium front subframe with hollow castings
      • Front: Independent double wishbone incorporating anti-dive geometry, coil springs, anti-roll bar and monotube adaptive dampers
      • Rear: Independent double wishbones with anti-squat and anti-lift geometry, coil springs, anti-roll bar and monotube adaptive dampers
    • Three-stage adjustable Adaptive Damping System (ADS) with Normal, Sport and Track modes
  • Brakes
    • Front: Ventilated carbon ceramic discs, 398mm diameter with six-piston calipers
    • Rear: Ventilated carbon ceramic discs, 360mm diameter with four-piston calipers
    • Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) with Track mode
    • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
    • Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
    • Emergency Brake Assist (EBA)
    • Positive Torque Control (PTC)
    • Traction Control
    • Launch Control
  • Standard specification
    • Full-grain leather interior
    • Alcantara headlining
    • Electrically operated front seats
    • Memory front seats and exterior mirrors (three memory positions)
    • 2+0 seating configuration with flexible rear environment storage
    • Powerfold exterior heated mirrors
    • Front and rear parking sensors
    • Cruise control
    • Tyre pressure monitoring
    • Alarm and immobiliser
    • Remote-control central door locking and boot release
    • Automatic temperature control
    • Heated front seats
    • Curtain side head airbags
    • Dual Stage Driver and Passenger Front Airbags
    • Pelvis and thorax seat mounted airbags
    • Seat belt dual-pretensioners and digressive load limiters
    • Trip computer
    • Tracking device (UK only)
    • Laminated windscreen with clear noise-insulation layer
    • Glass ECU
    • Titanium bonnet and side strake meshes
    • Bright aluminium front grille
    • Chrome side strakes and tailpipe trim
    • Heated rear screen
  • In Car Entertainment
    • New infotainment system with capacitive switching
    • 1000W Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 15-speaker audio system
    • Garmin satellite navigation system
    • 6.5" LCD Screen
    • iPod® and iPhone® Integration and USB playback
    • Satellite radio system (USA only)
    • AM/FM radio
    • A2DP Bluetooth® audio and phone streaming
    • Wi-Fi Hub
  • Options
    • Ten-spoke alloy wheel in a Graphite finish
    • 20-spoke alloy wheel in a Liquid Silver, Silver finish with diamond turning, Graphite finish with diamond turning, Gloss Black with diamond turning and Satin Black with diamond turning
    • Black-vaned grille
    • Magnum Silver or Black Mesh finish
    • Matt black textured tailpipe
    • Black, blue, yellow or red calipers
    • Exposed carbon fibre roof panel
    • Exposed carbon fibre door mirror caps
    • Exposed carbon fibre side strakes
    • Exposed carbon door handles
    • Protective tape
    • Black Luxmil Leather and part-Alcantara steering wheel
    • Colour-Keyed Luxmil Leather steering wheel
    • Black One-77 leather steering wheel with black Alcantara Inserts
    • Colour-Keyed One-77 Luxmil leather steering wheel with black leather inserts
    • Centre stack facia in carbon fibre 2x2 twill, carbon fibre 2x2 fishbone, Piano Red, Piano Black or Piano Ice mocha.
    • Headrest embroidery - Aston Martin wings or Vanquish logo
    • Black hardware pack
    • Full carbon fibre gearshift paddles
    • Personalised sill plaques
    • Rear parking assist camera
    • Auto-dimming mirror with garage door opener
    • Heated and ventilated seats
    • Smoker's Pack
    • Second glass key
    • Tracking device
    • Alarm upgrade (volumetric and tilt sensors)
    • Option toolkit
    • Six-CD auto-changer
    • First-aid kit

Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2013

The all-new third-generation Hyundai Santa Fe launches in two flavors, a five-passenger model similar in size to the previous generation Santa Fe, and a longer wheelbase three-row, seven-passenger model. Both are capable crossovers built for today's family, with flexible seating and cargo, strong performance courtesy of dramatic weight savings (266 lbs. lighter than the 2012 model) and advanced safety technologies.
 Santa Fe showcases the brand's cutting-edge capabilities through its bold design, impressive fuel economy and a host of features to delight drivers and passengers with high expectations for functionality and comfort. The all-new 2013 five-passenger Hyundai Santa Fe Sport began arriving at dealerships in August 2012, with the long wheelbase Santa Fe set to arrive in January 2013.
The "Fluidic Sculpture" exterior of the Santa Fe crossover family invokes the impression of irrepressible motion through a new design concept called Storm Edge, which captures the strong and dynamic images created by nature during the formation of a storm. To create the illusion of constant motion, Hyundai designers use a three-bar hexagonal front grille, LED headlight accents, low stance, rising beltline, roof spoiler and wraparound taillights. These cues let people know immediately that Santa Fe is a Hyundai. Design elements also include standard chrome grille and door handle accents and bodycolor mirrors. In addition, 19-inch wheels and a twin-tip chrome exhaust are standard on Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T.
Hyundai Santa Fe Sport buyers have the choice of a 2.4-liter Gasoline Direct Engine (GDI) engine or a turbocharged 2.0-liter GDI engine. Both engines have been well tested in the Hyundai Sonata and provide more than enough power for city or highway driving and have the ability to tow up to 3,500 pounds. With 190 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque, Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4 still manages outstanding fuel economy of 22 city and 33 highway (EPA estimated).

This powertrain truly combines power and fuel efficiency with refined driving dynamics. The higher output 2.0-liter turbocharged engine found under the hood of Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T increases horsepower to 264, while also delivering excellent fuel economy. The LWB Santa Fe is powered by the highly acclaimed 3.3-liter GDI V6 engine, which is also found in the Hyundai Azera.
The Theta II GDI 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with a GDI fuel delivery system contributes to improved fuel efficiency and lower emissions in Hyundai Santa Fe Sport. This shorter, more direct path of fuel delivery, allows for greater control of the fuel mixture at the optimum moment, thus improving efficiency. The fuel is injected by a camshaft-driven, high pressure pump that operates at pressures up to 2,175 psi. Direct injection also utilizes a higher-than-normal 11.3 compression ratio for increased power. When compared to naturally-aspirated engines, this power plant delivers best-in-class four-cylinder horsepower, best-in-class torque and best-in-class power-to-weight ratio. The high-tech, all-aluminum, 16-valve engine also features Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (DCVVT) and a Variable Induction System (VIS) for better engine breathing.
The new Santa Fe Sport 2.0T is the first Hyundai crossover to have both GDI technology and a turbocharger. This option provides more horsepower than many of the V6 competitors, yet delivers gas mileage similar to competitors' four-cylinder models.
The 2.0-liter turbocharged GDI four-cylinder engine in the 2013 Santa Fe Sport 2.0T produces 264 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque with regular fuel. Hyundai's 2.0-liter Theta II turbocharged engine features a twin-scroll turbocharger that when combined with the GDI system, results in instantaneous power delivery. The Ford Edge, like the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T, uses a turbocharged GDI four-cylinder engine. However, the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T has upped the ante with 24 more horsepower, a better power-to-weight ratio and higher fuel economy numbers
Twin-scroll turbocharger designs have two exhaust gas inlets that are divided by split walls inside the turbine housing with both gas passages controlled by a waste-gate. A twin-scroll turbo recovers even more energy from the exhaust than a single-scroll turbocharger, thanks to a divided manifold. The twin-scroll design separates the cylinders whose exhaust gas pulses interfere with each other, resulting in improved pressure distribution in the exhaust ports and a more efficient delivery of exhaust gas energy to the turbocharger's turbine.
For example, at the start of the intake stroke of cylinder one and when both the intake and exhaust valves are open (valve overlap period), cylinder three already begins its exhaust stroke with an open exhaust valve. If the exhaust passages of cylinder one and three were connected, the exhaust gas pulse from cylinder three would increase the back pressure of cylinder one - reducing the induction of fresh air and increasing the amount of hot residual gases inside the cylinder. However, with the twin-scroll turbocharger setup, this interference is minimized. The result of this superior scavenging effect from a twin-scroll design leads to several advantages over the traditional, single-scroll turbocharging systems, including:
Better pressure distribution in the exhaust ports
More efficient delivery of exhaust gas energy to the turbocharger's turbine
Greater valve overlap for improved quality/quantity of air charge entering each cylinder
Ensures each cylinder is packed with a denser and purer air charge
Improved combustion efficiency
Low engine-speed efficiency
Kinetic exhaust gas energy is not wasted or trapped
Cooler cylinder temperatures
Lower exhaust temperatures
Leaner air/fuel ratio
Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T's twin-scroll turbo has superior handling of exhaust gas separation at the turbine, leading to improved low-end torque and faster transient torque response.
Two key features of Hyundai's twin-scroll turbocharger setup are as follows:
  • The stainless steel exhaust manifold and the twin-scroll turbine housing are cast in a patent-pending one-piece design
  • The waste-gate for the turbocharger uses a motor-driven electrical controller instead of being mechanically controlled
Thanks to the integrated stainless-steel turbine housing with exhaust manifold, not only is the weight and cost of the casting dramatically reduced, but the durability of the turbine housing also improves. In addition, heat energy recovery and turbo efficiency significantly improve based on the fact that a traditional two-piece design effectively insulates some of the heat energy at the joint/gasket area
By adapting the motor-driven electrical waste-gate, the boost pressure is precisely controlled. The back pressure is reduced when turbo boost is not necessary by opening the waste-gate, which improves fuel efficiency. During cold starts, the waste-gate remains open, which results in faster catalyst light-off for reduced exhaust emissions.
Direct injection also utilizes a 9.5 compression ratio in this engine, while achieving a best-in-class 132 horsepower-per-liter.
Shoppers looking for a V6 engine will find that the long wheelbase Santa Fe suits their needs in terms of drivability and fuel economy. The Santa Fe's Lambda II 3.3-liter GDI also has a high-pressure direct injection system (over 2,200 psi), which dramatically increases power and torque, while reducing fuel consumption and emissions. This system eliminates the need for a large displacement V6 engine and increases the compression ratio for greater thermal efficiency and output. Santa Fe's V6 is perfect for towing small boats or weekend toys.
All the engines are mated to Hyundai's six-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC® manual control. This transmission offers smooth shifts and a wide ratio spread that suits the engine's characteristics. An automatic transmission warmer is included to keep the transmission oil at its optimal temperature, which improves real-world fuel economy.
Additionally, all models have an Active ECO System that modifies engine and transmission control to smooth out throttle response and increase real-world fuel economy.
Santa Fe customers will feel the benefits of the optional Active Cornering Control All-Wheel-Drive (ACC AWD) system that cooperatively controls engine torque and braking in conjunction with the Vehicle Stability Management System. This system can anticipate traction requirements and deliver additional stability through braking via continuous monitoring of driving conditions compared with other AWD systems, which can only react to conditions after they occur. All AWD Santa Fes access an intelligent control unit that continuously analyzes data from the vehicle controller, and through a multi-clutch plate distributes torque to any single wheel at a time. The coupling system is fully controllable via an electro-hydraulic actuation system. Braking force can also be sent to any single wheel at a time via the software. These processes are known as torque vectoring and torque braking. All this analysis is completely transparent to the driver.
Drivers of the ACC AWD Santa Fe realize the following advantages:
  • Improved lateral stability while cornering
  • Removal of unintended over- and under-steer by reducing unwanted traction to the front and rear axle
  • High thermal capacity, which helps prevent overheating during hill climbs and trailer towing
In addition, greater efficiency is achieved through the intelligent control electronics that provide the torque needed for enhanced traction in a variety of driving situations. As a result, lower fuel consumption and reduced emissions are achieved. The electronic components are also optimally sized for minimal energy usage. This intelligent system allows for even more driver control.
The 2013 Santa Fe models feature Hyundai's Hillstart Assist Control (HAC) and Downhill Brake Control (DBC) to maximize control on steep hills. HAC minimizes rolling backwards on steep ascents while DBC helps the driver maintain vehicle control and speed on steep downhill descents. By selecting the DBC switch, the Hydro-Electronic Control unit manages the wheel speed sensors, steering angle sensor and acceleration sensor to maintain control and speed on steep declines without having to use the brake.
For enhanced ride performance, Santa Fe employs a compact and light MacPherson strut front suspension and a fully independent in-wheel multi-link rear suspension for improved cabin volume and ride quality. Hyundai Santa Fe Sport rides on 17-inch wheels and P235/65 R17 tires. Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T sits on 19-inch wheels with P235/55R19 lower profile tires. The front suspension has a 26.5 mm hollow stabilizer bar to save weight. The rear suspension uses a 21 mm solid stabilizer bar in the front wheel drive and 19 mm solid stabilizer bar in all-wheel drive models.

 The larger Santa Fe sits on 18- or 19-inch wheels.
Behind the wheel, drivers benefit from Hyundai's all-new Driver Selectable Steering Mode (DSSM), with three operating modes - Comfort, Normal and Sport. This innovative system allows drivers to adapt Santa Fe's steering characteristics to varying driving preferences and road conditions. Comfort mode is ideal for city and parking environments, offering the greatest ease of steering with a ~10 percent decrease in steering effort from Normal mode. Normal mode is ideal for a mix of driving conditions. Meanwhile, Sport Mode is optimized for higher-speed freeways or winding roads and increases steering effort by ~10 percent from Normal mode. The DSSM not only adjusts power assistance levels in each mode, but also adjusts on-center build-up feel and steering build-up curves throughout the steering range, for a very natural and progressive feel. Steering damping characteristics, active return and friction levels have also been optimized in the new Santa Fe. Even more impressive is the fact that Hyundai engineers have successfully tuned Hyundai Santa Fe Sport's class-leading 35.76 ft. turning circle for enhanced maneuverability. The LWB Santa Fe's turning circle is 36.68 ft.
All FWD models have a standard Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) system, which optimally manages Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and the Motor-Driven electric Power Steering (MDPS). VSM works to control two effects. The first is when a driver accelerates or brakes on a split-mu surface (slippery on one side, dry pavement on the other) and the vehicle wants to pull in one direction. VSM detects this condition and sends a signal to the MDPS to apply steering assist. VSM counters the pull and automatically provides eight Newton meters of counter-steering. VSM reacts the same way during sudden lane changes or fast cornering. AWD drive models integrate torque and brake vectoring.
Santa Fe features seven airbags, including driver's knee airbag and side curtain airbags with rollover sensors. When the sensors detect a potential rollover, the control module triggers the head-curtain side airbags and safety belt pre-tensioners to help protect passengers against serious injury.
Santa Fe also features a state-of-the-art braking package. The package includes four-wheel disc brakes (12.6 inch front and 11.9 inch rear), an Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) including Brake Assist providing maximum braking force when a panic stop is detected, and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) to automatically adjust the braking force to front and rear axles based on vehicle loading conditions. Additionally, Santa Fe offers impressive passive safety features including a Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) system for children's seats and three-point seatbelts for all positions.
All Santa Fe models offer an optional multifunction eight-inch touch-screen display with navigation. This third-generation display features a simpler user interface, enhanced voice recognition commands and improved navigation screens. The system is more intuitive to use for commonly used tasks. Simple pop up messages now appear to help pair a phone. The voice recognition software understands street addresses and cities all in one sentence. The route screens display speed limits and details the next three maneuvers. One or two button pushes now complete most functions.
HD Radio technology is also integrated into all Santa Fe displays. An HD Radio icon on the display appears next to the channel frequency to notify the user this station is broadcasting in HD.
All models are available with four audio systems. Standard is an AM/FM/Satellite Radio/CD/MP3 audio system with six-speakers and iPod®/USB/auxiliary input jacks and wireless audio streaming. The upgrade audio system boasts a 4.3-inch full color LCD touchscreen with HD Radio technology and rear view camera. The third system consists of the Gen 3.0 Navigation unit and rearview camera paired with either a Dimension 10-speaker premium audio system or the Infinity 550-watt, Logic 7 audio system with 12 speakers, including an eight-inch subwoofer. A SiriusXM Satellite Radio interface is integrated into each head unit and features channel logos and SiriusXM Data services. A Bluetooth hands-free phone system with voice recognition, address book download and audio streaming is also standard. Blue Link™ turn-by-turn navigation is standard on all Santa Fe models.

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