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Hyundai readying 708-hp Sonata for SEMA

Posted Sep 23rd 2014 10:00AM

Hyundai Sonata tuned by Bisimotor for Sema

For the past two years at the SEMA show, the folks at Bisimoto Engineering have taken one of Hyundai's models and tuned it up to levels of power previously unimaginable. It started in 2012 with a 600-horsepower Elantra GT, and they outdid themselves last year with a 1,000-hp Genesis Coupe. This year Bisimoto's tuners are teasing their latest wild creation by starting with a normal 2015 Sonata and turning the wick up to 708 hp thanks to a long list of engine mods.

The key in this massive injection of power is taking the regular 2.4-litre Theta-II four-cylinder engine and doing everything necessary so that it can actually withstand so much additional strain. That means introducing forged pistons and connecting rods and an improved valvetrain with new cams, plus a high-boost turbocharger to really up the ante. It's all then mated to a six-speed manual to get things rolling.

"After hundreds of hours of testing, failure analysis and prototyping, 18 new products will be engineered and produced in house to produce 708 horsepower from the Sonata," said Bisi Ezerioha, owner of Bisimoto Engineering in Hyundai's release.

While it might be pretty cool to find a 708-hp Sonata that looked completely stock at first glance, this is for the SEMA show after all, and it's all about showing off there. So in addition to the huge increase in horsepower, the Hyundai gets a complete aero upgrade, a coil-over suspension and a roll cage inside, in addition to other improvements. At the moment, only the rear of the car is being teased ahead of the November 4 reveal. Until we get to see more, scroll down to read Bisimoto's entire parts list to turn Sonata from a commuter into a racer.

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News Source: Hyundai

Hyundai swims against the current with new i20 Coupe

Posted Sep 23rd 2014 9:00AM

Hyundai i20 Coupe teaser

Coupefying hatchbacks is all the rage in the European market these days. Its what Opel and Vauxhall did with the latest Astra, and what Renault did with the Mégane, and now Hyundai is preparing to follow a similar formula, only in a smaller form.

While the i30 is the model with which Hyundai competes with the aforementioned Astra and Mégane, to say nothing of the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus, it's the smaller i20 – recently introduced in five-door form – which the Korean automaker plans to give the coupe treatment.

Previewed in the teaser image above, the upcoming new i20 Coupe will enter a somewhat shrinking market for three-door superminis. Though the VW Polo, Ford Fiesta, Peugeot 208 and Opel Corsa are still available with three portals, their forms are otherwise no more coupe-like than their five-door counterparts. (Mini has tried a similar approach with its Coupe, and Citroën has forked the C3 five-door and DS3 three-door, but those are decidedly more upscale offerings.) Alongside the Seat Ibiza, Hyundai is one of the few mainstream automakers offering three-door superminis significantly distinguished from its five-door versions.

In the case of the i20 Coupe, we're looking at a more rakish roofline, a pronounced rear spoiler, a wrap-around rear window and unique lighting modules. Expect the new i20 Coupe to be positioned slightly below the Veloster, but don't expect it to come to North America: like the five-door version, the i20 Coupe has been designed and developed in Europe for the European market.

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News Source: Hyundai

Nissan's Nismo celebrates 30th year with video retrospective

Posted Sep 22nd 2014 8:00PM

#23 Nissan R91CP in action during 1992 Rolex 24 at Daytona, FL.

Nismo, the motorsports and high-performance arm of Nissan, has a lot of racing success to celebrate in its history and possibly even bigger accomplishments to look forward to. The company is commemorating its 30th anniversary with a video looking back at its most important milestones from each year of its past.

Nismo's job first and foremost at its beginning was to excel at motorsports. It wasn't too long after the division was founded in 1984 that the company made its first of many attempts to take an overall victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It never quite succeeded in that goal, but still managed to do well in long-distance competition elsewhere. At the same time, Nismo was racking up wins in touring car races in Japan.

Eventually, the division's engineers started dipping their toes into tuning road cars, in addition to going racing. What began as something sporadic has become a growing part of the Nissan lineup with Nismo-branded models of the 370Z, Juke, Note in Europe and the GT-R.

After taking a little while off from the top class of endurance racing, Nismo is making its big return with the GT-R LM to challenge Audi, Porsche and Toyota at Le Mans in 2015. It's some very steep competition, but be sure to watch the video for a better understanding of why it is so important to Nissan's motorsports arm.

News Source: Nissan Newsroom via YouTube

Fiat 500X teased in creepy new video

Posted Sep 22nd 2014 7:00PM

Fiat 500X teaser video

Fiat is bringing a new variant of its 500 family to the 2014 Paris Motor Show, and as its debut approaches, the tempo of teaser releases is increasing. Earlier this month, we showed you heavily blurred video of the new 500X from a variety of angles. Today, we have a pretty strange spot that actually gives us some unobscured looks at the new compact crossover.

The odd teaser shows a woman on a swing in an abandoned city. If that's not odd enough, she's reciting the ABCs in the sort of sing-song manner generally reserved for possessed children in horror films. Then the 500X arrives.

While we do get a full look at the car's face, the majority of styling cues that we can see don't reveal much that we didn't know. The fascia isn't too dissimilar from the 500L, aside from its soft-road styling features, while the tail boasts a wide set of vertical taillights.

Take a look at the video and let us know what you think.

News Source: AleMcGir via YouTube, Carscoops

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2015 Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon to net up to 8.7L/100 km with 4-cylinder

Posted Sep 22nd 2014 6:00PM

2015 Chevrolet Colorado

Before even officially going on sale to customers, the GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado midsize pickup twins are already proving to be a success with dealer orders exceeding original projections. Now, there is even more good news for these siblings, with the fuel economy for their four-cylinder engines netting class-leading numbers and the 3.6-litre V6 getting segment-best payload ratings.

The 2.5-litre four-cylinder in the two trucks makes 200 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque, and in rear-wheel drive and six-speed manual trim it has a fuel usage rating of 12.4L/100 km (19 mpg) city, 9L/100 km (26 mpg) highway and 10.7L/100 km (22 mpg) combined. Opting for a two-wheel drive configuration with the six-speed automatic bumps those figures slightly to 11.8L/100 km (20 mpg) city, 8.7L/100 km (27 mpg) highway and 10.7L/100 km (22 mpg) combined. Finally, a four-wheel drive model with the automatic 'box carries a 12.4/9.4/11.2 (19/25/21) rating. Those numbers are a tick better here and there compared to what's offered by the optional V6.

The twins' major four-cylinder, midsize pickup rivals are the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier, but they're both getting somewhat long in the tooth. To compare fuel economy and power, a two-wheel drive Tacoma with its 2.7-litre four-cylinder is rated at 159 hp and 180 lb-ft, and achieves 11.2/9.4/10.6L/100 km (21/25/22 mpg). The Frontier with its 2.5-litre four-cylinder is good for 152 hp and 171 lb-ft, and carries 12.3/10.2/11.2L/100 km (19/23/21 mpg) figures.

The V6 payload ratings are also class leading, with the Colorado rated at 712 kilograms (1,590 pounds) and the Canyon at 734 kilograms (1,620 pounds). According to parent General Motors, the 13.6-kilogram (30-pound) deviation is due to different curb weights for the models.

The Colorado and Canyon are already on their way to dealers. Scroll down to read the full fuel economy announcement about these midsize trucks.

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News Source: General Motors

Translogic 159: V2X Demonstrations at ITS World Congress

Posted Sep 22nd 2014 5:00PM

Vehicle-To-Infrastructure Communication Could Lead To Smarter, Safer Roadways

GM V2X

A few years ago, the hot term in car connectivity was V2V, or vehicle-to-vehicle communication. Now, another techy abbreviation has taken hold: V2X, or vehicle-to-anything-you-can-imagine.

We head to the ITS World Congress in Detroit, MI, to see how the cars of the future will communicate with each other, and the world around them, with demonstrations from Honda, GM and NXP.

Gold-plated Aston Martin DB5 model sells for $90k

Posted Sep 22nd 2014 4:00PM

Gold-plated Aston Martin DB5 model with Sir ken Adam

Classic Aston Martins sell for big bucks at auction. So this news of a DB5 selling for a princely sum hardly comes as a surprise. But the model in question wasn't an actual DB5. It was a scale model.

Created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the legendary James Bond film Goldfinger, this 1:3 scale replica of the DB5 that Sean Connery drove in the movie was plated in 24-karat gold and signed by Sir Ken Adam, who designed the modified movie prop. Created by Propshop at Pinewood Studios, the model comes complete with radio-controlled machine guns, bulletproof shield and rotating license plate – just like the one in the movie.

After registering interest from some 19,000 viewers from 129 countries, the model sold online for £55,000 ($90k) to one Mr. Robert Tyrrell, an English farmer and Bond fan. Proceeds benefit the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

News Source: Aston Martin

2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid

Posted Sep 22nd 2014 3:00PM



Toyota offers many flavours of its refreshed 2015 Camry, but those who choose to lower their operating cost-per-mile, squeeze 800-plus kilometres (500-plus miles) out of each tank of fuel or run a very efficient and reliable sedan in their taxi fleets will only be interested in one: the Camry Hybrid.

The exterior of the 2015 Camry Hybrid is nearly indistinguishable from its gasoline-only counterparts, with the same all-new sheetmetal and bumpers. The Hybrid is offered in LE, SE and XLE trims, meaning customers are offered base, sport or luxury configurations, respectively.

While Toyota expended quite a bit of effort resculpting and improving the 2015 Camry Hybrid, one area it didn't touch was the powertrain – it is virtually identical to last year's model (just like the gas version). Under the hood is a 2.5-litre Atkinson cycle four-cylinder gasoline engine (156 horsepower and 156 pound-feet of torque) and an electric tractive motor (141 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque). Combined, and running through Toyota's unique Hybrid Synergy Drive electronic continuously variable transmission, the two produce 200 horsepower (Toyota does not list a combined torque figure, and we've asked for clarification). A 1.6 kilowatt-hour nickel-metal-hydride battery, packaged behind the rear seats, provides energy storage.

The test car featured here is the Camry Hybrid SE in Blue Crush Metallic, with the optional moonroof, wireless charging and Entune premium audio with navigation and app suite... READ MORE

Image Credit: Copyright 2014 Michael Harley / AOL

Race Recap: 2014 Singapore Grand Prix is back-to-front

Posted Sep 22nd 2014 1:59PM



To paraphrase Guy Fawkes, 'Remember, remember the twenty-first of September.' That's the day the 2014 Formula One Championship took another big turn – and at one of the year's least interesting races, traditionally – putting Lewis Hamilton back at the top of the standings. Not only that, it did so by borrowing the template from the British Grand Prix this year: put Hamilton in front, retire Nico Rosberg.

It was close until then, though, Hamilton lining up on pole for Mercedes AMG Petronas just seven thousandths of a second ahead of Rosberg. Daniel Ricciardo, the year's greatest opportunist, took third ahead of his teammate Sebastian Vettel in the Infiniti Red Bull Racing, followed by Fernando Alonso in fifth for Ferrari. The Williams' looked like they'd be in trouble on Friday, but as usual they dredged up some pace on Saturday, Felipe Massa taking sixth ahead of Kimi Räikkönen in the second Ferrari, the second Williams of Valtteri Bottas in eighth. Kevin Magnussen saved a little bit of face for McLaren in ninth, and Daniil Kvyat did another solid job to line up tenth in his Toro Rosso.

Before it even started, the race wouldn't look the same.

Image Credit: Copyright 2014 AP Photo | Getty Images/AFP

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