What Were They Thinking? Original X5 Designer Roasts The New BMW XM
Who better to critique the styling of the polarising BMW XM than the designer of the original BMW X5, Frank Stephenson. Now Frank has featured some truly unique cars on his channel, but with the XM, he really took his time and waited for the dust to settle to finally give his opinion.
British Speedway Racing Is Short, Sharp and Fast. And Dangerous!
US dirt track racing might have the glamour and the internationally known names from the past but British speedway racing, while seeming to be so low-key, is no less intense and skilful, especially when you realise the bikes are even more rudimentary than dirt track bikes.
2011 Aston Martin Virage - Why Has Everyone Forgotten About It?
Aston Martin is one of the oldest and most emblematic manufacturers to ever exist. Over the years, they’ve had glorious racing history, as well as iconic models. That said, for one reason or another, some models are more memorable than others. When we talk about the Aston Martin Virage, most people remember the 1989-2000 model, also known as the Vantage V-8. In 2011, the name Virage was brought back, by utilizing the brand’s distinctive modern design. This is everything you need to know about the second-generation Aston Martin Virage.
The year 2011 marks an important improvement for the Yamaha FX Ho WaveRunner because the jet ski received a new NanoXcel hull that features a full keel for improved straightline tracking.
In terms of power the 2011 Yamaha FX Ho WaveRunner is equipped with a strong 1812cc, four-stroke, four-cylinder Yamaha marine engine fed by an 18.5 gallons fuel tank. It is also worthy of being mentioned that the 1812cc unit, is the largest displacement engine ever installed in a personal watercraft. Yamaha says that is also the only engine in the high-performance, four-stroke category especially tweaked to run on the least expensive Regular Unleaded fuel.
Apart from the strong engine the jet ski also offers first class ergonomics. Therefore, once on board, you’ll be greeted by a large three person seat, multifunction instrumentation and a retractable reboarding ladder.
Hit the jump for more information on the 2011 Yamaha FX HO WaveRunner.
When it comes to boats, Yamaha is usually considered a benchmark in its class and there is no wonder why as its products are modern, reliable and comfortable.
One of the most wanted boats in Yamaha’s lineup is the 242 Limited S. Compared to the previous models, the 2011 version features a series of improvements, the most important one being the new deck and hull design. Thanks to the new design the seating area at the bow is wider and longer than ever before offering an improved level of comfort.
The 2011 Yamaha 242 Limited is propelled by two twin 4-stroke, 4-cylinder, 16-valve High Output Yamaha Marine engines with a displacement of 1812cc (each). The engines are fed by a 50.2 gallons fuel tank that offers a fairly good range.
Among the standard features available for the 242 Limited S you’ll find aluminum watersports tower with built-in speakers and cabin lights, a convertible lounge seat and bow docking lights.
Hit the jump for more information on the 2011 YAMAHA 242 Limited S.
The 2011 Yamaha VXS WaveRunner has all it needs to be considered a fairly capable and comfortable jet ski. For the starters it comes with a spacious seat that features a traditional construction and was especially designed for sport riding. Then there are the spacious foot rests, the rear re-boarding step and the ergonomically designed handlebar.
In terms of power the Yamaha VXS WaveRunner comes with a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder unit that cranks out a maximum power of 180 hp. This strong engine is fed by a 15.9 gallons fuel tank that offers a pretty good riding range.
To maximize its performances, Yamaha’s engineers blessed their VXS WaveRunner with an ultra-lightweight hull made of NanoXcel (Yamaha’s exclusive material that is engineered using nanotechnology to be stronger and lighter than anything else in the industry.)
The Yamaha VXS WaveRunner price starts from under $11,000.
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The 2011 Yamaha 242 Limited is an agile jet boat that is ready to play every time you fire up its engines. Talking about the engines, the Yamaha 242 Limited is propelled by a two 4-stroke, 4-cylinder, 16-valve High Output Yamaha Marine engines with a displacement of 1812cc (each). The engines are fed by a pretty generous fuel tank that has a capacity of 50 GAL.
Once you climb on board of the 2011 242 Limited you’ll find a modern dash with easy-to-read gauges and an adjustable convertible lounger that gives you the option to either sit or lounge. Other comfort amenities include integrated LED cockpit lighting, flush-mounted speakers and captain chairs.
As far as practicality is concerned the Yamaha 242 Limited offers a total storage capacity of 746.5 gallons.
The boat is available in only one color option, namely Yacht Blue.
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The 2012 Suzuki KingQuad 750AXi is build purposefully to tackle the toughest jobs and nastiest trails without breaking a sweat. Moreover, the special version of KingQuad 750AXi 4x4 brings the Realtree Hardwoods HD Enhanced camouflage bodywork. In addition, the Suzuki fuel injection system gives us a special throttle response, fuel efficiency and quick engine starts.
At the heart of this vehicle, find a 722cc liquid-cooled DOHC 4-valve fuel-injected engine tuned that delivers a mighty low-to-mid range torque along with a powerful high-rpm output. Meanwhile, the compact 4-valve cylinder head with large 36mm intake valves and straight intake ports is usable for increasing cylinder charging efficiency.
High-tensile steel frame is fitted in this vehicle for optimum chassis performance and a comfortable ride. Moreover, the A-arm and I-beam rear suspension comes with long suspension travel (7.9 inches of wheel travel), includes large diameter shock absorbers with 5-way spring preload adjustment and large diameter rear sway-bar. Get the comfort by its T-shaped seat.
Find out more about the Suzuki KingQuad 750AXi Camo after the jump.
The world heard the Beetle name for the first time back in 1938 and with 73 long and impressive years tucked away nicely under their belts, Volkswagen has never really strayed away from their original design. The appeal for the Beetle never really faltered because it was, in fact, a unique design, but Volkswagen has made the decision to reignite the passion for the Beetle with efficient engines and innovative features combined to obtain a ‘modern classic’ in the 2012 Beetle. The vehicle will make its first appearance in China, at the Shanghai Motor Show, and then it will be brought to the 2011 New York Auto Show. Sales on the North American market will begin this autumn, while Europe sales will start in early 2012.
The new Beetle shares its platform with the new Volkswagen Jetta and will be 1,808 mm wide (84 mm wider), 1,486 mm tall (12 mm lower), and 4,278 mm long (152 mm longer). Thanks to the new proportions, the roof is extended further, the front windscreen shifted back, and the rear section follows the contour of the original Beetle.
US customers will have the possibility to choose from three trim levels - "Beetle", "Design," and "Sport" - and three engines - one diesel and two petrol.
UPDATE 05/03/13: VW has just announced a mid-model-year change for the Beetle Turbo, which includes a nice power hike and some exterior updates.
The upcoming SSC Tuatara is the hotly anticipated sophomore album from the Washington-based SSC North America team. SSC has built a name for itself via impressive top-speed-record runs with its existing model, the Diablo-esque SSC Ultimate Aero XT.
The Tuatara’s development continued this spring with engine and gearbox setups being refined since the concept car was revealed in late 2011. The new model builds a stunning exterior and interior atop the brute-force mechanical package from the Ultimate Aero XT. The latest news to emerge from the firm is a 250 pound-feet bump in engine torque following durability testing, and news of a 300 mph speedometer, feeding rumors of a top speed well above the 276 mph initially quoted.
The style and presence of the white concept Tuatara created quite a stir when shown at Pebble Beach in 2011. Designed by the talented-but-bizarre Jason Castriota of SAAB and Fiat fame, the Tuatara most closely resembles the 2006 Maserati Birdcage 75th concept car in its smooth flowing panels and deep, milky-white paint finish. Castriota also worked on the Birdcage, but was not the lead designer. He now runs an independent design consultancy called Castriota Design.
UPDATE 5/1/2013: SSC just completed testing the Tuatara on the dyno and released all of the results. A release date has been officially set too. See more after the jump
Please follow the jump to learn more about the SSC Tuatara ahead of its first customer deliveries in January 2014.
The Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Nomad shares the same features with the standard Kawasaki Vulcan 1700. The bike is powered by a V-Twin, four-stroke, SOHC engine with four valves per cylinder and a 1,700 cc displacement. Power is sent to the ground via a revised six-speed transmission with quieter and more positive shifting action features overdriven 5th and 6th gears.
You also get a convenient electronic cruise control system which can be easily operated from the right handlebar, and can be engaged at any speed between 30 and 85 mph in any of the top four gears.
The Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Nomad rides on a front 43 mm hydraulic fork and a rear swingarm suspension with twin-ski and 4-way rebound damping.
The breaking power is assured by front and rear dual disc brakes grabbed by dual twin-piston brake calipers.
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Combining impressive power and a sensible price, the Brute Force® 650 4x4 ATV offers outstanding value. The fact that its well-balanced V-twin, capable 4x4 system and nimble handling are offered for about the same price as the 500cc crowd makes it a favorite with practical minded riders who demand premium performance.
The 633cc 90-degree V-twin engine gives the rider industry-leading torque and a smooth power delivery that’s unrivaled by the competition. Dual 32mm Keihin carburetors draw fresh air from a snorkel intake located high in the frame near the steering head, reducing the amount of contaminants entering the intake.
The robust V-twin engine is mated to the Kawasaki Automatic Powerdrive System (KAPS) continuously variable transmission (CVT). With low and high range, neutral and reverse, this dependable transmission functions seamlessly, providing excellent control for both low- and high-speed work or recreational riding. Additionally, the Brute Force 650 4x4 can be started in any gear, as long as one of the brakes is applied.
Check out the full press release after the jump.