Honda will begin sales of a new trim level for the Jazz in April. The Honda Jazz Si will only be sold with a manual transmission, and will be available with the 1.2-liter and 1.4-liter engines. The trim adds about £870 to the cost of the car, but the company claims the value of the added equipment is about £2,000. This includes a chome-lined grille, 16-inch alloy wheels, and a rear spoiler. Inside, the driver will find embroidered carpet mats and Si badges throughout.
2010 New Honda Jazz Si First Generation Jazz Sport
Honda (UK) is introducing a sporty Si grade of its popular British-built supermini – the Jazz. The Jazz Si’s enhanced looks and stylish extra features should appeal to younger drivers who want their car to stand out from the crowd.
In response to customer feedback that younger Jazz owners wanted their car to stand out from other standard Jazz cars on the road, Honda (UK) has introduced the 2010 Honda Jazz Si. With its new looks and features, this Si grade version of the Jazz should appeal to younger drivers who preferred to enjoy additional styles of the first generation Jazz Sport.
The 2010 Si combines sporty looks with the Jazz’s fuel-sipping engine, low running costs, low emissions, value for money specification and C-sector space and practicality. In 1.2-liter Jazz models, the Si is on the top with features over and above the SE specification, while in 1.4-liter, the Si sits on the mid with specification over and above ES models.
The Jazz is one of the UK’s most celebrated models, winning around 30 industry awards for reliability and customer satisfaction. Now built in Britain, Honda Associates will be ensuring that the Jazz maintains this level and continues to delight customers.
The 2010 Jazz Si wears bigger wheels, 16-inch Chronos alloys. In addition, the Si also offers chrome sports front grille and rear spoiler, stylish carpet mats with Si branding on the boot lid, and glove box. As the Jazz is one of the UK’s most celebrated models, the Si option will be available for all the Jazz model range – like the one which first went on sale in 2008. The Si is only available with a manual transmission.
Compared to its predecessor, the price of the Si grade is £870 over the 1.2 SE and 1.4 ES models, but offers extra equipment. The Jazz 1.2-liter Si is priced at £12,835 on-the-road and the Jazz 1.4-liter Si £13,510 on-the-road.
The Jazz Si went on sale from 1 April, 2010. Both the 1.2 and 1.4 Si models launched with great PCP packages offering an APR of 5.9% over three years with a 25% deposit, or for 7.4% over three years with a 10 per cent deposit.
SpeedFactory’s latest tuned Mopar product is the SF600R, a modified version of the Dodge Challenger SRT8 tweaked to produce around 600 hp from its naturally aspirated Hemi V-8.
2010 SpeedFactory SF600R Dodge Challenger Sports Cars
At the sports car’s heart is a Challenger 6.1-liter V-8 that’s been bored and stroked to displace 7.0 liters. It’s rebuilt with all-new forged internals, ported aluminum heads, a new camshaft, and a larger throttle body, plus a Corsa stainless-steel exhaust and a larger air intake. The car reportedly makes between between 595 and 605 hp on a dyno, up from the stock Challenger SRT8’s rating of 425 hp.
The SF600R receives a new Centerforce clutch, Getrag independent rear suspension setup, and axles rated to withstand 1000 hp. There are new springs, sway bars, and strut braces all round. The car rides on black 20-inch BBS wheels—more on those in a second—with Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires. All SF600Rs wear SpeedFactory stripes and decals and pack custom leather seats, door panels, and floor mats with the company’s logo.
The complete sports car costs $73,900 and can be ordered with a five-speed auto or six-speed manual transmission.
SpeedFactory has also become the exclusive distributor of new 20-inch BBS wheels, called CH-R, designed to replace the factory wheels on the Dodge Challenger and Charger and fit the factory tires. The wheels have a stainless-steel rim and the word “motorsport” etched around the center, and are available in black or silver. We saw the $749 wheels on a SpeedFactory Challenger at SEMA in 2009, and they’re standard on the SF600R.
SpeedFactory Introduces the 2010 SF600R Challenger
Atlanta, April 20, 2010 – SpeedFactory, the leader in modern Mopar supercars, today announced the industry’s first 6spd manual, 600 HP ‘SF600R’ Challenger, as part of their complete line of 2010 Mopar supercars.
The ‘R’ designation in the SF600R Challenger denotes a SpeedFactory hi-performance, normally-aspirated, bored, stroked and balanced 6.1L Hemi block, increasing the displacement to 426 cu. in. (7 liters).
This modern 426 powerplant has an all-forged rotating assembly and features CNC ported aluminum heads with new valves, guides, seals, Bee Hive springs and titanium retainers. A custom Comp hydraulic cam along with an 85mm throttle body works with a CNC machined stock manifold that is port matched with a blended plenum to produce a dyno-proven 595-605 HP on premium-grade 91 octane pump fuel.
Additional SpeedFactory performance modifications include a CARB- certified high volume air intake and Corsa stainless steel cat back exhaust system for better breathing. The increased power is managed with a Centerforce clutch and a Getrag IRS with 1000 HP half-shafts. Handling is improved with performance springs and sway bars as well as additional front and rear strut tower braces. The SF600R Challenger rides on premium Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires mounted on staggered 20? BBS Black Edition CH-R flow-formed wheels.
The SpeedFactory Signature package is also included on the SF600R and features a serial numbered plaque along with SpeedFactory exterior badging and graphics. Inside the SF600R features premium leather seats and door panels embossed with SpeedFactory branding as well as custom floor mats.
On the addition of the SF600R Challenger to the SpeedFactory line-up, Mike Brillanti, President, SpeedFactory Cars stated “This sports car offers supercharged power in a normally-aspirated, 6spd manual package. It’s a true enthusiast’s car and it enables us to widen the appeal of SpeedFactory products to now include a 600HP vehicle for those enthusiasts who prefer a ‘normally-aspirated’ powerplant. We offer the SF600R with either a 5spd automatic or the 6spd manual transmission. ”
LONDON — MG Motor has begun work on an all-new front-engine, rear-drive open-top sports cars to replace its aging midengine TF roadster, now 15 years old. MG insiders tell Inside Line that the company might consider selling the car in the U.S., given the marque's history in North America, but currently have no solid plans for a return. After almost two years of rumours, rejuvenated British automotive icon MG is working on its first new sports car in 15 years to replace the dated MG TF roadster.
MG TF Roadster New MG Sports Cars for 2014
Rumoured to be front-engined, rear-wheel drive and open-topped to directly compete with the Mazda MX-5, MG insiders say the intention is to have the car on the road by 2014. The current platform dates back to 1995 when the MG F was launched, and MG admits it does not expect the current TF to last beyond the end of this year.
That means the sports car manufacturer will not actually be manufacturing any sports cars for at least three years, rather preferring to focus its attention on the new MG6 and a small city car to be built in the UK. MG plans to build the new sports car in Birmingham, England, as the brand’s Chinese owner, Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp (SAIC), attempts to reintroduce MG throughout Europe.
MG and SAIC have to provide the Mazda Miata with a little competition which could mean trouble for Mazda. Right now, it seems that Mazda is doing some damage with the Miata and its faithful followers, but one look at this rendering and people might decide to jump ship and cruise with the MG.
Development is at a very early stage and has significantly lower priority than the company's plans to introduce both the new MG6 hatchback, already on sale in China, and a new supermini to its U.K. factory. MG's Chinese owner Shanghai Auto hopes to re-establish mainstream car production in Britain and relaunch the MG brand across Europe.
But the company believes that a new sports car is essential to the long-term credibility of MG as a sporting brand. Though far from concrete, the aim is to introduce the model during 2014. It would be built at MG's Birmingham, England plant. One source close to the project says that MG wants to create a direct rival to the Mazda Miata, which is why a front-engine, rear-drive layout is preferred.
Sources tell us a midengine layout, as used on today's TF, has been rejected because of the styling and packaging limitations it forces on the car, while front-wheel drive has been eliminated for not being sporty enough. MG does not expect the TF to live much beyond the end of 2010, leaving the brand without a sports car for at least three years while a new model is developed. The company has not ruled out trying to find a partner with which to share a platform.
Stuttgart. Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, is adding yet another new model to the second generation of the 911 model series: the new GT3 even more powerful, faster, and refined than its predecessor. In developing the most sporting and dynamic road-going 911 with a normal-aspiration power unit, Porsche has applied a wide range of know-how gained in motorsport. Indeed, this is precisely why the new GT3 is truly impressive not only on the road, but also on the race track.
2010 Porsche 911 GT3 Sports Cars
The new Porsche 911 GT3 is the latest evolution of an iconic sports car. Embodying the essence of more than 23,000 Porsche racing victories, the 911 GT3 is the ultimate integration of driver and car and arrives in the UK this autumn. The new 911 GT3 is making its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show on 3 March, with Europe-wide sales starting in May.
The 2010 Porsche 911 GT3 features a number of performance improvements over the previous 911 GT3. The proven flat-six, naturally-aspirated engine now produces 435 horsepower (320 kW), up 20 bhp over its predecessor. This is due to an increase in engine capacity by 200 cc to 3.8 litres and from Variocam adjusted exhaust camshafts.
The 2010 911 GT3's driving dynamics have also been enhances, and for the first time the GT3 comes equipped with a sporting variant of PSM Porsche Stability Management, offering the option to deactivate both Stability Control (SC) and Traction Control (TC) independently. These functions are not reactivated automatically even under the most extreme driving conditions, but only at the touch of a button.
Starting in autumn, the new GT3 will be available with yet another option making the car even more suitable for the race track: new and highly innovative PADM (Porsche Active Drivetrain Mount) engine bearings. These special engine mounts recognise a particularly sporting, race-like style of driving, making the normally elastic engine suspension hard and particularly resistant. This retains all the motoring comfort of the GT3 in everyday traffic, while on the race track the car is not affected by any mass forces coming from the engine, as would otherwise be the case in fast bends and on winding tracks.
The 2010 Porsche 911 GT3 offers even better grip and stability at high speeds. Specific modifications to the car's aerodynamics increases down-forces both front and rear to such an extent that the overall pressure pushing down the car is more than twice as great as on the former model. At the same time the new aerodynamics Package gives the 2010 GT3 a brand-new look further accentuated by the new bi-xenon headlights, LED rear light clusters, as well as modified air intakes and outlets.
The brake system of the 2010 GT3 now include larger discs and an aluminium cover to reduce weight even further. An improvement in brake ventilation guarantees an even higher level of consistent brake power over long periods and hard use. And as an option the GT3 comes with an exclusive version of PCCB ceramic brakes made specifically for the car.
Another feature also new on the 2010 model is the optional lift system for the front axle able to raise the ground clearance of the car for driving on bumpy surfaces or steep gradients – for example into an underground garage – at the touch of a button by 30 millimetres or almost 1.2".
The Euro base price of the new GT3 is Euro 98,100, in Germany the retail price including value-added tax and specific national features is Euro 116,947. In the USA the GT3 will be at the dealership in October at a price of USD 112,200 (MSRP without taxes).
Known as the 2010 Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid, the model hints at new hybrid technology that Porsche will use in its motorsport ventures. According to Porsche, the 911 GT3 R Hybrid will be used as a study to gather information about how hybrid drive will behave under a racing environment and will also help the German automaker study how it can be applied to its road cars.
2010 Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid
Stuttgart. Exactly 110 years after Ferdinand Porsche developed the world’s first car with hybrid drive, the Lohner Porsche Semper Vivus, Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, is once again taking up this visionary drive concept in production-based GT racing: During the Geneva Motor Show, a Porsche 911 GT3 R with innovative hybrid drive is making its debut, opening up a new chapter in the history of Porsche with more than 20,000 wins in 45 years scored by the extremely successful Porsche 911 in racing trim.
Unlike a conventional battery-electric hybrid system the Porsche 911 GT3 R uses a flywheel system, which gathers kinetic energy under braking to power two electric-motors that are mounted in a single assembly and are connected to the front wheel. After each boost of charge, the two motors provide 6 to 8 second jolts of power. The extra power is engaged by pressing a button on the steering wheel, providing up to 161-hp to the front wheels, assisting the 911 GT3 R Hybrid’s 480-hp 4.0L inline-6 that powers the two rear-wheels.
The innovative hybrid technology featured in the car has been developed especially for racing, standing out significantly in its configuration and components from conventional hybrid systems. In this case, electrical front axle drive with two electric motors developing 60 kW each supplements the 480-bhp four-litre flat-six at the rear of the 911 GT3 R Hybrid. A further significant point is that instead of the usual batteries in a hybrid road car, an electrical flywheel power generator fitted in the interior next to the driver delivers energy to the electric motors.
Porsche plans to do extensive testing with the 911 GT3 R Hybrid after jetting from Geneva, including a trial-by-fire at the Nürburgring 24 Hour race from May 15-16. Porsche claims that it has no intention of winning the race, but we can't imagine that they won't be at least competitive.
The flywheel generator itself is an electric motor with its rotor spinning at speeds of up to 40,000 rpm, storing energy mechanically as rotation energy. The flywheel generator is charged whenever the driver applies the brakes, with the two electric motors reversing their function on the front axle and acting themselves as generators. Then, whenever necessary, that is when accelerating out of a bend or when overtaking, the driver is able to call up extra energy from the charged flywheel generator, the flywheel being slowed down electromagnetically in the generator mode and thus supplying up to 120 kW to the two electric motors at the front from its kinetic energy.
This additional power is available to the driver after each charge process for approximately 6 – 8 seconds. Energy formerly converted – and thus wasted – into heat upon every application of the brakes, is now highly efficiently converted into additional drive power. Porsche said that the system allows for quicker acceleration out of the corners and during overtaking. Porsche said that it will definitely use the technology at the Nurburgring 24 Hours on May 15.
Depending on racing conditions, hybrid drive is used in this case not only for extra power, but also to save fuel. This again increases the efficiency and, accordingly, the performance of the 911 GT3 R Hybrid, for example by reducing the weight of the tank or making pitstops less frequent.
After its debut in Geneva the 911 GT3 R Hybrid will be tested in long-distance races on the Nürburgring. The highlight of this test programme will be the 24 Hours on the Nordschleife of Nürburgring on May 15th and 16th. The focus is not on the 911 GT3 R Hybrid winning the race, but rather serving as a spearhead in technology and a “racing laboratory” providing know-how on the subsequent use of hybrid technology in road-going sports cars.
The 911 GT3 R Hybrid is a perfect example of the Porsche Intelligent Performance philosophy, a principle to be found in every Porsche: More power on less fuel, more efficiency and lower CO2 emissions – on the track and on the road.
To mark the celebrations of its 80th anniversary, Pininfarina unveiled Pininfarina Nido EV, the first running prototype of the "Nido Development Programme", the project for an electric car conceived, designed and built entirely by the Pininfarina Style and Engineering Centre of Cambiano (Turin). The Pininfarina Nido EV bears witness to the skills and experience that Pininfarina has built up in the development of electric vehicles, paying particular attention to the Segment A city cars that will populate the streets of the future to make our towns more pleasant to live in.
2010 Pininfarina Electric Car Nido EV
The 2010 Pininfarina Nido EV is one outcome of the pioneering, far-sighted decision taken by Pininfarina three years ago, to focus on sustainable mobility, approaching it from various angles: not only the adoption of a hybrid or electric driveline, but also research focusing on reducing consumption and "wheel to wheel" emissions, the use of alternative materials that are lighter and recyclable, active and passive safety, and IT, which will have to combine the sustainable use of means of transport with intelligent traffic management.
The exterior design of the Pininfarina Nido EV takes up and updates the lines and volumes that won the Nido of 2004 the award for the Most Beautiful Car in the World in the Prototypes and concept cars category, the Compasso d'Oro 2008 and a place in the temple of modern art, the MoMA of New York. On the other hand, the interiors of this first Pininfarina Nido EV project are still those of a technical prototype, with no attempt at stylistic research.
The 2010 Pininfarina Nido EV is a veritable laboratory designed both to explore the electrification of a small city car and to develop a modular floorpan. The body structure of this first prototype is a tubular steel frame, while the final version will have an aluminium space frame. The structure was designed to adapt to four different, completely electric or hybrid vehicles: 2-seater, 2+2, pickup and light van.
The Pininfarina Nido EV, a small city car (marginally larger than a Smart), has 2 seats and a permanent magneto rear engine. The "Nido Development Programme" also envisages the development of two more, slightly larger versions: the first will be a hybrid with an endothermic engine positioned at the front and an electrical engine at the rear; the second will be electric with a front engine. In both cases, the position of the engine makes it possible to increase roominess to seat 4, and to improve weight distribution. The Pininfarina Nido EV prototype is powered by a Zebra Z5 Ni-NaCl battery, which guarantees very high levels of safety and reliability.
When fully charged, it has a range of 140 km and a top speed of 120 km/h (limited electronically), and accelerates 0-60 km/h in 6.7 seconds. The environmental compatibility of the Zebra Z5 battery is enhanced by the total absence of harmful or polluting chemical substances and the fact that it is 100% recyclable at the end of its life, in fact the batteries are recycled in the foundry and used to produce stainless steel. The prototype is also equipped with "green" tyres, developed by Pirelli paying particular attention to safety, environmental sustainability and saving.
Where climate control is concerned, the "Nido Development Programme" will use an AC electrical compressor and a high voltage electric heater making it possible to implement automatic control strategies which will help to reduce consumption in most conditions. The Programme will also cover research into solutions and light-weight components with a high mechanical/electrical efficiency, and energy saving solutions (batteries with outstanding charging performance) and braking systems specifically for hybrid/electrical applications.
Pininfarina aims to become the benchmark in Italy, and further afield, for sustainable mobility, just as it has been a global benchmark for style for the last 80 years, always investing in research and development programmes to tackle problems as they emerge in the motor industry rapidly and methodically.
Pininfarina was the first industrial company in Italy, and one of the first in Europe, to propose a project for a 100% electric car, the BlueCar, developed jointly with the Bolloré company. When all the large carmakers view the electric car as an opportunity, Pininfarina takes another step forward, promoting a new philosophy that incorporates the choice of individual and collective electric transport in the context of a new lifestyle that everyone should adopt in order to increase energy saving, and protect the planet. This is why sustainable mobility has become one of the pillars underpinning the Group's activities. And it is also why the new Pininfarina Nido EV project is now being launched, in parallel with the BlueCar.