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2011 Pontiac G8 Sport Truck Makes New York Auto Show Debut!
But don't hurry and call it theSport Truck though because
Based on the G8 sedan, the Sport Truck has a longer wheelbase and a cargo bed (with an available soft tonneau cover). Additionally, there's 8.5 cubic feet (245 liters) interior cargo area behind the seats. Compared to the sedan, the 118.5-inch (3,009 mm) wheelbase is approximately four inches longer and the overall length is six inches longer. The cargo bed measures at 73.9-inch (1878 mm) in length and has 42.7 cubic feet (1208 L) of space while it can carry a payload of more than 1,074 pounds (488 kg) and tow a 3,500-pound (1,600 kg) trailer.
Power comes from the same 6.0L V-8 engine used in the G8 GT that delivers 361 Hp and 385 lb.-ft. (522 Nm) of torque. The V8 is matted to a 6-speed automatic transmission and according to
G8 SPORT TRUCK SPECIFICATIONS PONTIAC
Model: -2011 Pontiac G8 sport truck
Body style / driveline: -two-passenger, front engine, rear-wheel drive coupe-based sport truck
Construction: -unitized body frame, 2-side galvanized steel body with high-strength steel in chassis
EPA vehicle class: -truck
Manufacturing location: -
Type: -6.0L V-8 w / Active Fuel Management (AFM)
Displacement (cu in / cc): -364 / 5967
Bore & stroke (in / mm): -3.99 x 3.62 / 101.3 x 92
Block material: -cast aluminum w/ cast-in-place iron bore liners
Cylinder head material: -aluminum
Valvetrain: -valve-in-head; 2 valves per cylinder; roller lifters
Ignition system: -high-energy distributorless ignition; solid state direct-fire ignition w/ coil near plug and integrated ignition
Fuel delivery: -returnless, multi-port fuel injection
Compression ratio: -10.4:1
Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm): -361 / 270 @ 5300*
Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm): -385 / 522 @ 4400*
Recommended fuel: -premium unleaded
Maximum engine speed (rpm): -6000
Emissions controls: -evaporative system, dual exhaust with close-coupled catalytic converters, equal-length exhaust, positive crankcase ventilation, electronic throttle control
Type: -Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic
Gear ratios (:1): -
Final drive ratio: -2.92
Front: -multi-link MacPherson strut; direct-acting stabilizer bar (24-mm dia.); progressive-rate coil springs; fully adjustable camber, caster and toe
Rear: -four-link independent; progressive-rate coil springs over shocks; decoupled stabilizer bar (12-mm dia.); higher lateral stiffness for handling through two lateral ball joints per side; fully adjustable camber and toe
Steering type: -variable-ratio rack-and-pinion; rack forward of front axle centerline
Steering ratio: -46-53 mm per revolution
Steering wheel turns, lock-to-lock: -2.8
Turning circle, curb-to-curb (ft / m): -38.4 / 11.7
Type: -four-wheel disc w/ ABS; ventilated front and rear rotors; twin-piston front calipers; single piston alloy rear calipers
Rotor diameter (in / mm): -front: 12.64 / 321
rear: 12.76 / 324
Wheel size / type: -18 x 8-inch machine-faced aluminum (std); 19 x 8-inch machine-faced aluminum (w / optional Sports Package)
Tires: -P245/45R18 summer tire (std); all-season tire optional; optional Sports Package includes P245/40R/19 summer tire
Wheelbase (in / mm): -118.5 / 3009
Overall length (in / mm): -201.8 / 5127.8
Overall width (in / mm): -74.8 / 1899
Overall height (in / mm): -58.3 / 1480
Track (in / mm): -front: 62.7 / 1592
rear: 63.3 / 1608
Curb weight (lb / kg): -3995 / 1812
Weight distribution (front / rear) -TBD
Cargo box -
Length at floor (in / mm): -73.9 / 1878
Width at floor (in / mm): -TBD
Width between wheelhousings (in / mm): -47.4 / 1206
Tailgate width (in / mm): -TBD
Inside height (in / mm): -TBD
Seating capacity: -2
Headroom (in / mm): -38.8 / 985
Legroom (in / mm): -42.2 / 1071
Shoulder room (in / mm): -59.0 / 1501
Hip room (in / mm): -56.7 / 1439
EPA passenger volume (cu ft / L): -TBD
EPA interior volume (cu ft / L): -TBD
Cargo volume (cu ft / L): -42.7 / 1208
Trailer towing maximum (lb / kg): -3500 / 1600
Payload (lb / kg): -1316 / 597
Fuel tank (gal / L): -19.2 / 73
Engine oil (qt / L): -8.9 / 8.5 (dry)
8.8 / 8.3 (w / filter change)
Cooling system (qt / L): -11.4 / 10.8
Nissan GT-R Chosen as the Official “SUPER GT” Safety Car
Avro’s Limited Production 720 Hp Mirage Ford GT
The Roush Technologies’ engineering team applied a custom calibration package to the Ford GT’s V8 engine that includes a larger supercharger, an Accufab throttle body and inlet sleeve and an Accufab X pipe exhaust system with ceramic-coated tips. The result is an output of 720 Hp at 6,950rpm and a massive 815Nm (627lb.ft.) of torque available at 4,800rpm. The GT is also derestricted, which gives a top speed capability in excess of 220mph (354km/h). -Continued
To compensate for the power boost, the running gear on the Avro 720 Mirage has been appropriately upgraded. The front and rear track is 5mm wider than the standard car while the suspension has been lowered by 25mm – and uprated to include KW’s Variant 3 fully adjustable coil-over system. Finally, the front brakes use AP Racing 6-pot front callipers with Stillen drilled and slotted rotors – and similar rotors are used also at the rear.
Appearance-wise, the Avro’s 720 Mirage Ford GT is finished in vibrant Arancia Metallica (Italian Metallic Orange) with semi-matt black details and wheels combined with exclusive sill plates and side decals. Additionally, the rear bumper has been removed – partly to save weight – and each car will carry an exclusive numbered Avro plaque on the centre tunnel.
Avro Managing Director, Andy McGrath says, “When we created the highly successful Roush 600RE edition, we recognised the potential in the car to go a step further. The Ford GT is already a rare and sought after motorcar and simply identifying and locating more available untitled vehicles has been a significant challenge for us. The 720 Mirage is available exclusively from Avro – and once these cars are completed, we believe there will be no more. Examples of our 600RE edition are now located in several parts of the world – and we expect the market response to the 720 Mirage to be similarly international.”
Alfa Romeo Mi.To Video – New Italian Sport Hatch Eyes the MINI
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2009 Mercedes-Benz ML 63 AMG Facelift
The new AMG ergonomic steering wheel with the aluminum shift paddles stands out in the interior of the 2009 ML 63 AMG. Like the rest of the range, the ML 63 AMG also benefits from higher quality materials and a new telematics generation in the cabin.
There are no mechanical changes as the 209 ML 63 AMG continued to be equipped with a 510 Hp 6.3-liter V8 engine matted to a SPEEDSHIFT 7G-TRONIC automatic transmission with three drive modes. The ML 63 AMG accelerates from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.0 sec while its top speed is electronically limited at 250 km/h (155 mph).
Alfa Romeo Mi.To: Official Images & Details of the Junior
Based on the underpinnings of the Fiat Grande Punto, the Mi.To is the first new Alfa Romeo to be built since the 8C Competizione. The latter, clearly inspired the Mi.To’s designers with its rounded body and lights and aggressive lines. In all, the Mi.To is one sexy mini hatch that will definitely win buyers with its styling. We don’t have any images of the interior yet, but we’re pretty certain that Alfa won’t disappoint us.
Alfa Romeo’s initial press release is quite vague in terms of the mechanical details, as the Italians just note that the Mi.To will be powered by a turbocharged range of petrol and diesel engines spanning 90-155 Hp, with more higher powered versions following latter on. –More pics and details after the jump
Alfa Mi.To: World Premiere
With the imminent arrival of its new Mi.To, Alfa Romeo will soon be offering a new generation of Alfa aficionados its most compact sporty car to date.
A contemporary and innovative design, with a name redolent of history, the choice of Mi.To has great evocative resonance for Alfa Romeo, since it was chosen as a sign of a deep-seated link between the past and future of the brand: between Milan, the city of design that brought the car’s style into being, and Turin, which will be responsible for its industrial production. This decision highlights the brand’s strong desire to consolidate its Milanese roots.
The Mi.To is the first new Alfa Romeo to be built since the 8C Competizione, Alfa Romeo’s icon of style and technology, from which it borrows certain characteristic traits: the particular shape of the frameless side windows, the distinctive frontal treatment, the shape of the headlights and the LED tail lights. The headlights and tail lights represent a distinctive personalised feature: the front and rear lighting surrounds exhibit different forms of material processing and colours, which will allow customers to create an ultra-stylish ‘eye-liner’ effect that underscores the car’s style and assertiveness.
The highly ‘personal’ dashboard and seats ensure that the interior represents the ultimate expression of Italian style: welcoming yet sporty, with top-quality materials and close attention to detail; all wrapped in a compact and dynamic shape – Mi.To is 4.06 metres long, 1.44 metres high and 1.72 metres wide.
Performance and technology must always be top-of-the-range in an Alfa Romeo. As with all the brand’s models, the Mi.To is able to appeal to the most demanding customers with its exciting driveability, a factor which is determined in part by Alfa’s new DNA system. This driver-operated system acts directly on the engine, brakes, steering, suspension and gearbox, allowing three different vehicle behaviour modes based on the driving style best suited to the situation or the customer’s wishes: sporting (Dynamic), town driving (Normal), maximum safety even in difficult grip conditions (All-Weather). Mi.To is the first car in its segment to offer such innovative technological content.
Strong performance is guaranteed by a turbocharged range of petrol and diesel engines spanning 90-155bhp, with the range due to be extended by higher powered versions.
Performance and handling have been developed and optimised to offer maximum driving satisfaction in complete safety. The Mi.To offers a true Alfa Romeo sporting set-up, featuring contractive suspensions – standard on all specifications and engines – that minimise roll and offer maximum active, passive and preventive safety. Alfa Romeo’s specially developed VDC stability system is fitted as standard, and the vehicle structure is already designed to obtain a top Euro ncap crash safety rating in the future.
The Alfa Mi.To will be introduced to the international press during June and will then be gradually introduced from July in all the major markets.
EuroNCAP: Improved Nissan Navara Pick-Up Gets 3-Star Rating
Today, Euro NCAP released the results for its assessment of the modified Navara which managed to achieve an acceptable three star rating for adult occupant protection. In Euro NCAP’s initial tests, the Navara was awarded a pitiful one-star rating for adult occupant protection partially due to the delayed firing of the airbag in the frontal impact test. Nissan reacted by developing new airbag software to ensure better occupant protection. Production Navaras are now equipped with the improved software and an extensive Service Campaign is underway to upgrade owners’ vehicles produced since 2005.
Moreover, in these new tests, the Navara’s Child Occupant Protection rating has also been improved to four stars due to the additional consumer information Nissan has made available.
2009 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Facelift
Changes at the back are similarly subtle and include new tail lamp lens design and a remodeled bumper. Finally, the exterior mirror housings, door handles and skirt panels are now painted to match the body colour on all model variants. Inside, the 2009 B-Class gets new upholstery fabric, plus a new fabric pattern for the seat cushions along with diagonally brushed aluminium trim in a smoke grey finish.
The B-Class continues to be available with a choice of six engines – two direct-injection diesel units (109 hp and 140 hp) as well as four petrol engines with a peak power output of up to 193 hp. Thanks to a series of detailed improvements, the four-cylinder engines now burn up to seven percent less fuel than previously. -Continued (Pic edited by Carscoop)
For the diesel models, this means that the combined NEDC fuel consumption of the B 180 CDI and B 200 CDI has dropped – depending on tyre size – to 5.2 - 5.4 and 5.4 - 5.6 litres per 100 km, respectively. Depending on the model and engine output, the four petrol variants of the B‑Class return fuel consumption figures of between 6.6 and 8.1 litres per 100 km.
From autumn 2008, Mercedes-Benz will also offer the B 150 and B 170 BlueEFFICIENCY models featuring the ECO start/stop function (optional). According to the German carmaker, fuel savings of up to nine percent can be achieved with the ECO start/stop function, particularly when driving in city traffic with frequent stops at traffic lights or in tailbacks.
2009 Alfa Romeo Mi.To – Official Images?
Apart from the fact that the “Mi.To” looks as sexy as you’d expect from a car bearing the Alfa Romeo badge, we also know that it is based on a modified version of the Fiat Grande Punto platform and that it will be available with a variety of engines, from an entry-level 95Hp unit (Fiat’s 1.4-liter 16v) to a 230Hp turbo version for the GTA. All models will be equipped with a standard 6-speed gearbox while an automatic transmission being offered optionally. We’ll have more on this developing story later on. -Thanks for the tip Miguel! - One more picture after the jump
2009 Camaro Spotted Uncovered... Again
Thanks for the tip Jon C.! - Source: Camaro5
Porsche Traveller Concept: Luckily, It’s Not Official
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