A year ago General Motors gave a preview of the Camaro Convertible to a few select enthusiasts and amongst their feedback was a dislike of the old-fashion whip antenna on its rear. They sent their boffins to work and are proudly showing off the now invisible AM/FM antenna stashed away in the rear spoiler.
The coupe normally has the antenna hidden in the rear window glass and the thought of a traditional whip antenna was obviously a retro step too far for the Camaro fans.
Well done GM, all you have left to hide away now is the sharks-fin satellite radio antenna and the centre break light…
Fill it up, pay, get on your way. It probably won’t be that easy with electric cars, since charging takes longer than filling up with gasoline or diesel. At the Design Miami show, Audi took a playful look at this aspect: What can drivers do in the meantime? What amenities will charging stations of the future have to offer?
Wood furniture and plants, organic food, magazines and books – this futuristic service station is a wellness oasis featuring fair-trade products and sustainable materials. A real paradise, hence the title of the installation: “e-den.” The “e” stands for electromobility. Munich-based graphic design studio Mirko Borsche created the vision, which is dominated by reflective glass that mirrors the resplendent Audi e-tron Spyder, a study in electric vehicle design. The architecture is also reminiscent of a 1950s American gas station, with an old gasoline pump encased in glass like a museum piece.
Audi has presented four electric vehicle concepts with its e-tron family within just one year – and the small-series, 100% electric Audi R8 e-tron supercar will be on the market in 2012.
The BMW 1 Series Convertible may only be a few months old but it is already time for an update. The car labelled ‘the 2012 BMW 1 Series Convertible’ will confusingly be released in the Spring of 2011 and feature several welcome improvements over the previous model. Visually the car seems unchanged, at least at first but there is a new front bumper on ES, SE and Sport models with an ‘Aero Curtain’ reducing turbulence around the front of the car. As a result, CO2 emissions have been lowered throughout the range, with the 118d now rated at only 118g/km, while all 2.0-litre petrol versions have CO2 emissions of 155g/km or below.
The 135i will now be powered by BMW’s N55 3.0-liter inline-six which uses a single twin-scroll turbocharger. 135i M Sport versions also add twin black-chrome exhaust tailpipes, a unique M aerodynamic package, M Sport suspension with 135i-specific calibration, hydraulic power-assisted steering, rear spoiler and up-rated high-performance braking system.
To finish it off this new drop-top BMW will have new tail light clusters and an updated interior with new switches and controls that have a more refined look and feel.
Brabus are not a brand normally associated with low emission cars, however they have moved into the sector with a ‘Green Package’ for the Tesla Roadster.
Stuck with tuning an electric car Brabus have kept to visual changes rather than performance enhancements. The Brabus Tesla gets various lightweight carbon fibre body parts to set the car apart from the other Tesla Roadsters that you may find (we haven’t seen one yet!) There are also new Monoblock alloy wheels matched to high performance tyres and LED daytime running lights.
Inside is an exclusive interior with perforated lightweight leather and Alcantara. An additional highlight is the backstitched lightweight leather that covers the vehicle floor.
Powering up the batteries is made more simple through cooperation with partner RWE. The exclusive BRABUS customization program for the first electric production sports car includes the RWE-BRABUS high-tech quick charging station for the customer’s garage and environmentally friendly RWE Eco Electricity for 30,000 kilometers (18,641 miles). Also included is a one-year RWE car electricity pass for free use of all public RWE charging stations.
Mazda MX-5 tuner BBR has joined forces with Cosworth Engineering, a leading motorsport engineering company in the UK, to deliver an exciting performance upgrade package for the latest 2.0-litre, 158 bhp Mk3 Mazda MX-5.
The BBR-Cosworth supercharger upgrade increases the power output on the Mk3 Mazda MX-5 2.0-litre model to a dyno proven 235 bhp at 7130 rpm, with a healthy 190 lb.ft of torque available at 5260 rpm. Crucially the progressive nature of the power delivery means that the delicate dynamic balance of the MX-5 isn’t upset, yet naturally with a power gain of 77 bhp and a torque increase of 51 lb.ft performance is transformed for the better.
The fitted price for the BBR-Cosworth Mazda MX-5 Mk3 supercharger upgrade is GBP £4995.00. BBR will also be supplying BBR-Cosworth kits for DIY fitting, complete with all options and full installation instructions.
The partnership of former designer for General Motors, Fharys Rossin and Natalino Bertin Junior, Bertin has born Brazil’s first super car, the Vorax to be presented at the Auto Show in Sao Paulo.
The new Brazilian brand Rossin-Bertin will produce this sports car in two versions: the coupe and convertible version. Each will have a powerful BMW V10 570 horsepower, a seven-speed sequential gearbox and rear wheel drive. Body panels of carbon fibre skin an aluminum structure, which weighs in at a skimpy 1,300 kg. The Vorax aims to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 330 km/h.
The fast developing Brazilian economy may provide demand for this exotic looking machine despite its unproven track record. The suggested retail price of this stunning convertible is however, a hefty $700,000.