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Sports Car World | Expected Car Models to Be Launched in 2011

Although the car industry is suffering from an unprecedented sales downfall, automotive manufacturers are launching every year new models that bring new technological innovations as well as power improvements to existing models or brand new ones. In 2011 there will be a couple of important international car launches that people are anxious to get their hands on. With these articles we will try to present 10 of the most anticipated models of 2011.

1. Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible - similar to the rest of the Continental lineup, a drop-top version of the fastest Bentley ever manufactured will be launched this summer as a 2011 model. It will feature the same engine as the hardtop version which means a roaring W12 capable of producing 621 horse power, fitted with a 6 speed transmission. It will be available in a wide variety of colors for the fabric top;

2. Bentley Muslanne - yet another Bentley car is set to arrive next year, a model that will replace the outdated Arnage, and a model that has been in the Bentley family for years. This brand new car is named for the famous Mulsanne corner at Le Mans - a circuit Bentley dominated six times in its long history. The new model features a massive 6.8 liter V8 capable of outputting 512 horsepower and an incredible torque of 752 lb-ft. Each car will take about eight weeks to be manufactured, at an incredible price of 285,000 $ - for the basic version;

3. Ferrari 458 Italia - Ferrari will replace the F430 model with the 458 Italia in 2011. The latest prancing horse had design input from none other than famed Ferrari Formula 1 driver Michael Schumacher. The new model will use the same engine as the F430 but tweaked in order to obtain even more power. It will feature a flowing, aerodynamic design, a huge leap in comparison with the current F430 and 612 Scaglietti models. It will feature sport carbon fiber seats which will come in all possible sizes;

4. Lamborghini Gallardo 570-4 Superleggera - yet another Italian car, this time is Lamborghini. The most important "loser" in the car world this year is the Lamborghini Gallardo 570-4 Superleggera ("superlight" in Italian). This version of the popular exotic, which debuted at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, has a lot of carbon fiber and more horsepower for a higher top speed -- 202 mph, to be exact. In comparison with the standard model, it is 154 pounds lighter and has an extra 10 horsepower to play around with. The standard Gallardo needed 3,7 seconds to reach 60 mph, this new model needs only 3.4 seconds;

5. Lexus LFA - simply put, it is the first supercar from this Japanese car manufacturer. Price? "Only" 375,000 $! This Toyota with a Lexus badge will be equipped with a V10 4.8 liter engine and a carbon fiber reinforced polymer body material which has been developed in-house. Only 500 models will be produced, each to order;

Stay tuned for the second part of the article where we will be reviewing the last 5 cars most expected for 2011: Maserati GranTurismo Convertible, McLaren MP4-12C, Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Gullwing, Porsche 911 GT2 and the 911 Turbo S.

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Sports Car World | 2010 Range Rover Sport

The 2010 Range Rover Sport builds on its predecessor's impeccable pedigree, and now comes with two new powerplants, a 375 horsepower LR-V8 5.0 liter, naturally aspirated engine, as well as a supercharged version that puts out a mammoth 510 horsepower! In India, you have the option of the 3.0 liter V6 diesel and the 5.0 liter supercharged petrol. And believe me, 510bhp in car such as this, or any car for that matter, is a lot!

These engines were developed in conjunction with Jaguar, and are touted to be lighter and more efficient than the previous generation units. The new naturally aspirated RR Sport can hit 100km/h in a very spritely 7.4 seconds, while the supercharged variant takes just 6.0 seconds - Sport indeed. Both LR-V8 engines are mated to the ZF HP28 six- speed automatic transmission.

This time, we got a chance to sample the naturally aspirated version of the new Range Rover Sport - driving it from San Francisco to Los Angeles, and back, with a mild off-road excursion at a beach on California's glorious Pacific coast.

In terms of styling, the 2010 Range Rover Sport retains the earlier versions clean cut design, The 2010 update does, however, include LED headlamps, combined with a new two-bar grille, revised front bumpers and widened fenders. At the rear, new light clusters, and a revised bumper design mirror the smoother front-end. With its muscular squat stance, the Range Rover Sport certainly has great road presence, and looks just as purposeful whether it's cruising on Hollywood Boulevard or playing in the sand.

According to the company, the interiors have been redesigned using higher quality materials and soft-touch finishes to create an environment that's 'truly worthy of the Range Rover brand: With infinitely adjustable leather seats, tactile, well laid out switches, the interiors of the Range Rover Sport are truly fantastic,and arguably better than most other luxury SUV's on the road today. In fact, the redesign does bring the cabin of the Sport much more in line with its ultra luxurious bigger brother - the original Range. Special mention, also, must be made of the Harmon Kardon surround sound system that boasts 480 watts of power. Its 14 individual speakers produce a dramatic 3D effect from a iz-channel digitally controlled amplifier that makes for outstanding acoustics.

The Sport has a new virtual instrument panel that has the latest Thin-Film- Transistor (TFT) LCD technology that provides exceptional clarity of driver information. Key information found in the instrument cluster includes air suspension height settings, hill descent control and speed settings, as well as Hi/Lo gear ratio selection. The new display certainly makes vehicle data more accessible and easier to read for the driver.

Range Rovers have always been known for their off-road ability. In the new model, the famed Terrain Response system boasts a series of improvements - including improved performance when tackling challenging terrain like sand or large rocks. For soft sand conditions, a 'sand launch control' mode makes for a noticeably easier drive-away. New, speed- dependent wheel-slip targets for the traction control system permit only very limited initial wheel-slip - helping to prevent the wheels digging down into the sand. The system also has an improved rock crawl program for better control while traversing boulders or driving through rocky terrain.

You really have to experience the effortless off-road ability of these vehicles to truly believe it. This particular Range Rover Sport wasn't able to show its full off-road potential however, as it was hampered by massive rims and low profile tarmac tires, which prevented us from taking the Sport into the larger dunes - so we rented some ATV's, and went dune bashing with those instead.

The on-road biased rubber aside, the Sport has an Integrated Body Frame (IBF) chassis that provides the best of both worlds - the strength of a ladder frame chassis, allowing it true off-road capability, as well as the rigidity of a monocoque, giving it good on-road manners. On the road, the new 375 horsepower V8 engine is smooth, and has plenty of torque, which makes for brisk acceleration. This naturally aspirated engine is just 15 horsepower shy of the previous editions supercharged powerplant. And yet, this engine is more efficient than the supercharged car that we tested last year - nonetheless, we could only manage 18 mpg (8 kmpl), which makes for frequent stops at the pump on a long journey. Nevertheless, on long drives, the Sport is an effortless cruiser - the gearing is perfect, and the engine has enough power in reserve to blitz past slower traffic. The extensive use of aluminum in the engine, transmission case, and body panels reduces weight up front and ensures that the car excels, beyond belief, on tight twisting roads - where it feels light and agile. Steering response also is improved on the Range Rover Sport with the stiffening of the front suspension lower arm forward bushing - enhancing the sense of driver involvement at higher speeds.

With its new powerplant, and subtle interior and exterior enhancements, the new Range Rover Sport builds on the previous cars' inherent strengths to offer an even more luxurious and powerful, yet efficient, package.

The new engine is so capable that it becomes hard to justify spending the extra moolah to go in for the supercharged version,which begs the obvious question-why isn't the naturally aspirated 5.0 litre available in india? Nevertheless, with its impeccable looks, the Range Sport has immense road presence and commands respect.Plus the car's versatile and equipped for anything you can throw its way.

And with Jaguar Land Rover sales on the upswing,it seems that Tata motors has reason to smile once again.Moreover,it appears that the initials fears,held by some detractors,that JLR products won't be able to incorporate the latest technology under Indian ownership have been proven completely unfounded by this desirable and modern SUV.Put simply,it's now even more brilliant on-road,and still exceptional off-road as well.

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Sports Car World | New Honda Cars For Sale in 2010

Started its journey with a commitment to provide the world's best and latest passenger car models and technologies, to the global customers, today Honda is one of the most renowned brands in the car manufacturing industry. Today being recognized as an engineering marvel in the global automobile industry, Honda has always had a long history of producing and delivering quality and well-built cars. Like the last year, this year the company is once again going to introduce new car models at the most competitive prices along with most advanced features. So if you are one among those who are planning to purchase a new Honda car, here are some of most preferred models that will appear in the market in the year 2010 -

ACCORD: Honda's spectacularly redesigned all-new Gen VIII Accord coupe and sedan size with sophistication, and safety and have more individually diverse styling cues. In addition to this, in all new models of Honda Accord the labelling on the climate control buttons has been updated to make them easier to use. Nevertheless, if we talk in terms of technology, EX models have got rear-seat ventilation ducts, and Bluetooth is now standard on the EX-L. Besides this, a 5-speed automatic transmission is now present in all categories of Honda Accord models. Apart from all this, the EX-L V6 coupe is also available with a 6-speed manual. In terms of safety, the new safety features that are available include ABS, antiskid system, traction control, curtain side airbags, and front side airbags. Definitely, the year 2010 Honda Accord is going to be one of the major attractions for every car lover.

ACCORD CROSSTOUR: This year, the Accord Crosstour is a new BMW X6-style fastback SUV similar in shape to the Acura ZDX. (Acura is a division of Honda). The company assures that the Crosstour will surely offer a pleasant driving experience with the all-weather performance of a CUV. In comparison to other models of Accords, the Crosstour will now feature the unique body styling and a raised ride height. In addition to this, this year the Accord Crosstour will also include more advanced safety features like antiskid system, front side and curtain side airbags, ABS and traction control. The new model has got excellent and enhanced handling features that can help in easy driving. However, if we talk in context of performance, the all new Accord Crosstour's V-6 delivers outstanding performance at any engine speed. And, in addition to this with Variable Cylinder Management(TM) (VCM®), you can definitely get the best of both worlds, i.e. excellent fuel-efficiency and thrilling acceleration.

CR-V: This year, the Honda's CR-V is coming up with a new hood, bumpers, front fascia and alloy wheels. Fully redesigned and compact, this year it is more space-efficient and available with more power, refreshing styling, and revised interior controls. Inside, the front-seat center armrests have been widened and a few details have been changed, including the revised stereo controls. The trim levels include LX, EX, and EX-L, and each of them now features a 180-hp 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, an increase of 14 hp from the 2007-2009 CR-V. Moreover, every CR-V models now have a rear-bench seat that can slide forward and back to benefit as per the cargo or passenger space. Apart from all this, it also contains 5-speed automatic transmission that features Grade Logic Control. The transmissions make use of the engine's broad torque curve for fuel economy and smooth-shifting characteristics. As a whole, the 2010 Honda CR-V will surely be the one of the best looking and fuel efficient cars in the market.

ELEMENT: The 2010 Honda Element is an all new passenger sport-utility car that is available in 10 trims, ranging from the LX 2WD 5-Spd AT to the SC 2WD 5-Spd AT w/Navigation System. It has got an optional five-speed autoshifter along with a new SC variant that features monochrome exterior and a sport suspension with 18-inch wheels. Adding to this, Both the LX and EX models will now feature the revised front fascias, with the EX moving to body-color cladding. The model has also got a restyled dash, stability control and adds Brake Assist to the standard ABS. Apart from all this, the key feature that makes this model more preferred among car lovers are its advanced i-VTEC®, 16-valve DOHC engine design that provides the power for cruising and twin balance shafts for smooth driving experience as well.

These are some of the most popular Honda car models that you will see this year. Every model that you are going to view this year will have fresh styling and some new features. So if you are really looking forward to purchase any of these models, better you perform proper research regarding the authentic dealers. No mater, whether the dealer is online or traditional local dealers, always focus on the after-sales service provided by the dealers when you purchase the car. Owning and driving a Honda car matters and must be considered as the best choice.

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Sports Car World | Upcoming New Cars in India

This article aims at giving users an opportunity to quickly have a glance at the cars waiting to hit the Indian roads beginning March 2010. Let's begin.

March 2010:
- The Toyota Corolla Altis priced at Rs 13,00,000 will be fighting hard with other premium diesel sedans like the Jetta, Laura and Sonata Emberra.
- The Ford Fiesta hatchback is a great car priced at Rs 6,50,000. The hatchback segment will have to careful about this fuel-efficient car which is every Indian driver's dream.
- The cost of the Hyundai i30 is slightly high, Rs 7,50,000. But the power of the car is equally high.
- Volkswagen Phaeton, providing unrelenting standards of safety, comfort and dynamics, will be out with a tag of Rs 58,00,000.
- The Mahindra Renault Sandero is more handsome and more comfortable than the Logan. The price is just Rs 5,00,000.
- The Chevrolet Spark with a 3-cylinder 800cc engine is priced at Rs 3,00,000.
Next comes the Maruti SX4 diesel car costing its owners Rs 8,00,000.
- For SUV enthusiasts, the Volkswagen Tiguan will be here. It is called the Touareg's younger brother with a price tag of Rs 25,00,000.
- The Toyota Yaris hatchback, priced at Rs 5,50,000, scores very high when it comes to looks, space and comfort.

April 2010:
- The Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 bearing a tag of Rs 2.5 crore is all set to defeat the luxury car market.

May 2010:
- The Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class is a stylish convertible with a 3.5 litre engine. With the body of a coupe the car still hangs on to the headlight design of the older W280 C-class. The price tag, Rs 75,00,000.
- The Nissan Micra priced at Rs 4.5 lakh will be hitting the Indian roads this May.

June 2010:
- Mitsubishi is planning to come out with a small car, the Colt. The car, with a 74 bhp, 1.1 litre petrol engine has smart looks too. It is priced at Rs 4,50,000.
- The diesel variant of the Honda CR-V will be out this June. The fuel-efficient car will be priced at Rs 24,00,000.
- The Hyundai Genesis, priced at Rs 35,00,000 will help those Indians with a yearning for luxury, fulfill their dream.
- The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X with a 2-litre engine is extremely light because of the aluminum engine block below the hood. The car has a 4WD option and is priced at Rs 22,00,000.
- The mid-size crossover SUV, Hyundai Santa Fe, will come to India with a tag of Rs 24,00,000. The car is powered with a 2.7L V6, 148bhp diesel motor.

July 2010:
- The Volvo S60 priced at Rs 35,00,000 is simply smart. The car features a new collision warning technology with full auto brake.
- Along with the sedan, Volvo will also bring out an SUV. This car, again, is a real beauty and is priced at Rs 30 lakh.
- Skoda too wants to come up with a small car priced at around Rs 4 lakh. The car will first come to India and then will be unveiled in other parts of the world.

August 2010:
- Volkswagen UP, a smart and friendly car, will make sure your head remains up with pride. The vehicle is priced at Rs 3,50,000.

October 2010:
- The Skoda Fabia will be elongated a bit and brought to India as Skoda Fabia Combi. The car will be more spacious and comfortable than the previous version. It will bear a tag of Rs 10 lakh.
Another car with ample space and comfort will be the BMW X1. With a 6-cylinder engine, the car will be priced somewhere around Rs 30,00,000

November 2010:
- The Skoda Roomster comes with enough room for everyone. Brilliantly styled and with the quickness of an aeroplane, the price of the car is unknown.

December 2010:
- The Fiat Bravo with a 1.9L multijet engine has muscular exteriors. The interiors too are elegant and lustrous. It is priced at Rs 16,00,000.
- The Maruti Kizashi is the first all-wheel drive sedan in the D-segment with an advanced turbo 2.0L petrol engine and 6-speed transmission. This family car costs Rs 15,00,000.
- The ICML World Car is co-developing diesel and petrol versions of a 7-seater sports SUV and a 5-seater luxury car. It will be produced in Himachal.

January 2011:
- Three car makers are planning to capture the Nano's market share. Bajaj, Renault and Nissan have come together to produce a small car in India and hope to export it to other nations as well. The price is believed to be Rs 1,00,000.

August 2011:
- The Volvo C70 has been turning heads everywhere and will soon come to India. It's price would be Rs 35,00,000. The sleek and stylish car would be hard to resist.

Bentley too plans to get its Rs 2.1 crore Continental GT Speed into the Indian market. The classy coupe allows easy driving even at very high speeds. The car will give a maximum power of 600bhp.

Deepthi Alvares

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Sports Car World | Mazda Creates the Economical Sports Car the 2010 RX-8

The 2010 Mazda RX-8 is a nice little powerhouse with an economical price tag. In fact, U.S. News and World Report recently ranked it as 1 of the 5 most economical sports cars for your money. So what about the engine of this beauty? The 2010 Mazda RX-8 has a rotary engine, which the technology is called RENESIS, and it is available as either a 232-hp 6-speed manual or 212-hp 6-speed sport automatic transmission.

The RENESIS rotary engine is the next generation of rotary engine that powered the RX-7, retaining the power of the previous rotary model 13B-REW, holding onto all the power of the RX-7, while increasing fuel economy and reducing emissions, while the rotors weigh about 14% less than the ones used in the engine of the RX-7. The RENESIS engine also has its intake and exhaust ports in the side housings, which allows better heat dissipation and a longer power stroke.

RENESIS also sports a six port induction system, called 6PI. Each rotor uses 3 of the ports, and each also uses a variable intake timing mechanism, which allows it to maximize compression efficiency at both high and low speeds. In addition, the RENESIS has two exhaust ports for each rotor. This allows a massive reduction in exhaust resistance.

Both the automatic and manual models have a 1.3 liter, 2 rotor rotary engine, capable of 159 lb-ft of torque at 5500 rpms and are capable of a displacement of 1308 cc and a compression ratio of 10.0: 1, being sure you'll get a lot of power for your dollar. The fuel economy is improved from the RX-7 as well... this car averages 16 mpg in the city and 22-23 on the freeway (23 for the sport automatic, 22 for the manual transmission).

In conclusion, the engine of an RX-8 is a nice piece of machinery, and if you take care of it, it will take care of you for years to come.

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Sports Car World | 2010 Acura Alms Will Roll Out Soon

The 2010 Acura Alms is getting ready for the most awaiting ALM series. American Le Mans Series (ALMS) is a heritage of endurance sports car racing in both the United States and in Europe, which is represented by the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Competition in the American Le Mans Series features sports car multi class racing of production based grand touring machinery and the sports car prototypes, with both the relentless privateers and factory entered manufacturer teams battling for victory.

The key features to the success in this racing are engineering and state of the art technology ranging from electronics, aerodynamics to fuel efficiency. The current teams in these ALMS include Acura, Chevrolet, Volkswagen, Porsche, Audi, Aston Martin, BMW, Panoz, Ferrari and Lexus.

The American Le Mans Series is one of the fastest growing sports cars racing series in the United States, with swiftly growing fans around the world. Acura is likely to quit the LMP1 prototype program in the ALMS. The teams of Acura, Fernandez racing, De Ferran MotorSports and Highcroft racing are likely to move to the IndyCar racing series. This will lead to the end of sports car effort by the company, while rumors say that the company will excel in the race and increases its sales.

According the Adrian Fernandez, the team owner, "The future of 2010 Acura Alms does not look good from everything you see and you hear and it does not look good to me". A spokesman from the Acura said that an announcement on company's racing plan is uncertainly scheduled for September, possibly prior to Petit Le Mans.
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