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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
The 2012 Piaggio Fly 150 made its debut at the EICMA show. Like its predecessors, the 2012 model features a European style, modern safety systems and an ergonomic design. The 2012 Piaggio Fly 150 sits on 12 inch wheels wrapped in tubeless tires which provide stability and good maneuverability even in congested traffic situations.
At the heart of the Piaggio Fly 150 lies a compact 124 cc single cylinder, four stroke engine which delivers a pretty good fuel efficiently and has enough grunt to help you deal effortless with city traffic.
As far as comfort goes, the rider is greeted by a supportive low seat and a sporty handle bar. You also get a spacious under-seat storage compartment which is big enough to accommodate a full-sized helmet.
The 2012 Piaggio Fly 150 is available at a starting price of $2899.
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The Moto Morini Granspasso 1200 has received a set of modifications which include both technical and cosmetic upgrades. As far as styling goes, Moto Morini’s engineers added a new front and a redesigned frame. The motorcycle sits on a 50mm adjustable Marzocchi fork (which allows for 190mm of wheel travel) and a high quality and quick adjustable Ohlins rear shock (which offers 200mm of wheel travel).
At the heat of the bike lies a twin cylinder Bialbero CorsaCorta engine at 1187 cc. technically this is a new engine based on the original 140hp Corsaro engine. The new unit delivers a peak power of 86.5 KW – 118 HP @ 8500 rpm and 103.6 Nm – 10.6 Kgm of torque @ 7000 rpm. The speed is kept in check by a set of capable Brembo brakes with radial pump, semi-floating front discs which measure 298mm and a rear 255 mm single-disc combined with two pistons.
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Yamaha had the great idea of choosing the best motorcycle builders and ask them to play with their new V Max. One of these famous builders was Frenchman Ludovic, which spent a lot of time and creativity to develop its unique version of the Yamaha V Max.
Frenchman Ludovic has a factory in Annecy-le-Vieux, near the Swiss border, where he turns out two, three and four-wheel creations – including unique car/bike hybrids such as R1-engined bespoke quads and a supercharged 84bhp Yamaha TMax.
Ludovic combines his background as a design graduate and passion for muscle machines. It’s a mix of brain and brawn that results in mad modifications that could come straight out of movie – Mad VMAX. He’s famous for his silhouette style and for his first iconic VMAX customization: taking a wrecked 1991 model, fitting special parts and an LCD screen with a rear-view video link to create a unique hyper-modified VMAX.
Hit the jump for more information on the Yamaha V-MAX Hyper Modified by Ludovic Lazareth.
The history of the ZDX began back in 2009 when Acura wanted to unveil a model that would take on the BMW X6. Unfortunately for Acura, the ZDX was far from the successful model they were hoping for and so they company announced that the 2013 model year would be the final year for the ZDX.
In hopes of bringing in a few more sales than they are accustomed to, Acura has gone all out to modify the ZDX with a redesigned front grille, new front and rear parking sensors, power folding side mirrors, and new safety features. These features will join the only engine ever to be offered on the ZDX: an all-aluminum 3.7-liter V-6 engine that develops 300 HP and 270 lb-ft of torque. This engine is mated to a Sequential SportShift 6-speed automatic transmission.
The 2013 ZDX goes on sale on October 19, 2012, with prices starting at $50,920.
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There are a lot of things about the refreshed Honda CB Shine that just, well, shine. In an effort to make the bike more interesting to the Indian market, Honda decided to give the CB Shine a number of new color choices, including Monsoon Grey Metallic and Force Silver Metallic. On top of that, Honda decided to fit the bike with tubeless tires that complement the six-black crossed wheels.
More than just handling and aesthetics, the CB Shine also comes with a 125 cc engine that produces 10.12 horsepower at 7,500 rpm and 10.54 Nm of torque at 5,500 rpm. The engine is then complemented by a four-speed transmission with a multiple clutch, providing the kind of technical efficiency that has made it a popular model in India.
It’s not the kind of powerful bike that will own the road, but it’s lack of menacing stance isn’t considered a hindrance. Rather, the Honda CB Shine’s all-around versatility is the perfect answer for the traffic congested roads of India.
Find out more about the Honda CB Shine after the jump.
TVS has a certain panache for building some very interesting bikes and it’s no more evident than their new Jive sports bike.
The styling of Jive is pretty impressive and it certainly belongs to the current generation bikes out on the market. The sleek, aerodynamic look adds some attitude to its profile while the added graphics, the dual stitch cover, and the black alloy wheels all make for a saucy road runner.
More than just its looks, the TVS Jive is also the embodiment of a people-friendly bike. Its simple controls allow even novice riders to enjoy it. The Jive is also powered by an impressive 110cc engine that comes with an innovative T-Matic technology and an automatic clutch that allows for easy drivability.
The most distinguishable feature of the Jive is the absence of the clutch lever, which gives a hands free gear shift experience. This motorbike can be ridden by almost all people who have a sense of balance since there is no need for manual clutch-gear coordination while they are shifting.
All told, the TVS Jive’s combination of looks, reasonable power, and drivability makes for a perfect recipe to satisfy its owners.
Find out more about the TVS Jive after the jump.
Cadillac’s recently unveiled XTS Platinum Concept has been made over into a production model revealed at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show. The Cadillac XTS sedan will hit dealer showrooms in 2012 in late spring or early summer as a competitor for models like the Audi A6, the BMW 5-Series, and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
The new XTS will be placed above the CTS in the current Cadillac line-up and will deliver "the space, elegance, and dramatic presence that are Cadillac signatures, but with entirely new and technically advanced methods tuned for a new generation of luxury customers."
"The Cadillac XTS represents a new formula for luxury, driven by advanced technology," said Don Butler, vice president of Cadillac Marketing. "XTS showcases the evolution of our Art & Science philosophy, merging the best technical ideas with the continued refinement of Cadillac design."
UPDATE 05/22/2012: We have just added 50 new high res images in the XTS picture gallery, including images of the Platinum Collection. Enjoy!
UPDATE 06/08/2012: Cadillac has unveiled a new video featuring XTS’ new Reconfigurable Gauge Cluster that allows you to customize your instruments, giving you a whole new level of control.
Richard Childress Racing Street Performance partnered with General Motors to create RC1 Camaros to pay homage to legendary racer, Dale Earnhardt. The latest rendition of the RC1 series came just one model year after the Camaro beat all odds and made a successful comeback following its deletion in 2002.
This 2011 Camaro SS/RC1 is based on the 2011 Camaro SS, but features much more than any normal SS on the market. It not only features a stylish design, but it also packs a mean bite under the hood. This particular 2011 Camaro SS/RC1 was not offered to the public, but instead Richard Childress Racing (RCR) built several of the RC1 Camaros and shipped them straight to RK Motors Charlotte.
The RC1 is the first of the series and the least powerful of the three. Of course, being the least powerful of the RC-series is not saying much, as the top-end RC3 pumps out a concrete pummeling 750 horsepower. The best thing is that this special edition Chevy Camaro is in a price range that a working class Joe can actually afford. You may be wondering how much it actually is and what you get for your money.
Click past the jump to read our full review and answer all of your questions.
Next to the 2013 MKT debut at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show, Lincoln has also presented the new MKS luxury sedan. For the 2013 model year, the MKS has received better handling, increased power, improved fuel efficiency, additional standard equipment, more refinement, and new technologies.
The model has received a contemporary new look that includes a new grille, HID headlamps, front fascia, hood, and front fenders. The rear of the vehicle was updated with a new fascia, LED tail lamps, new exhaust tips, and a new decklid design that improves access to the trunk.
The 2013 Lincoln MKS will be offered in three versions: V6 FWD, V6 AWD, and EcoBoost V6 AWD. The first two models are powered by a 3.7-liter V6 that now includes twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT) and delivers a total of 300 HP (increased from the previous 273 HP). Fuel economy comes in at 19 mpg city/28 mpg highway for the front-wheel drive model and18mpg city/26 mpg highway with the all-wheel-drive model. The more powerful version gets a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine that delivers a total of 355 HP.
UPDATE 05/15/2012: Lincoln has unveiled a cool commercial for their latest 2013 MKS that takes us back in time and presents the most important moments from the company’s history. Enjoy!
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It’s been more than a year since Toyota unveiled the concept version of the FT-86 Coupe at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show. During that year, we’ve heard so many reports, rumors, and whispers about the car, that we’re beginning to think that this could very well be the second-coming of Toyota’s iconic Celica line.
Now, after months of speculation on our part and hardcore testing on Toyota’s part, the Japanese company has finally unveiled the production FT 86, only it will be called the GT-86 instead. The new name was chosen as a tribute to Toyota’s GT car heritage and the exhilarating drivability of the Corolla Levin AE86. The Toyota GT-86’s official debut will be made at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show.
The new GT 86 is based on an entirely new platform and features a low, highly aerodynamic bodyshell. It is powered by the same engine as its Subaru sibling - a 2.0 liter, naturally-aspirated petrol engine - but will only deliver 200 HP as opposed to Subaru’s promised 300 HP. That being said, the base BRZ will come with the same 200 HP that the new GT-86 is sporting, bringing these two models closer than originally anticipated. Subaru’s promised 300 HP will be present in the STI version, leading us to believe that a G-Sports variant for the GT-86 will bring forth the same amount of power. This borrowed engine will be mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.
UPDATE 07/10/2012: Nino Karotta made one of the most epic reviews for the new GT 86. He crosses Europe in a GT86 to put it up against his AE86 on a racetrack. Hit the jump to see the results.
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After a long array of teasing, Ferrari has finally revealed the official details on their new successor for the 612 Scaglietti. Called the FF - an acronym for Ferrari Four (four seats and four-wheel drive), the new model is the company’s most powerful, versatile four-seater ever, as well as its first ever all-wheel drive car.
The concept car was designed by Pininfarina, and according to Ferrari "the new car represents not so much an evolution as a true revolution." The new model will deliver "unprecedented level an extremely sporty, high-performance character with incredible versatility, superb comfort and sophisticated elegance, guaranteeing both driver and passengers an absolutely unique driving experience."
The new Ferrari FF GT sports car concept made its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March, and a production version will follow by 2012.
UPDATE 03/14/2011: If the new Ferrari FF happens to be in your future acquisitions list, then you should try the configurator Ferrari has just placed online for it. However, we should warn you, no matter what color you choose, the car won’t look any better.
UPDATE 05/07/2012: Ferrari is celebrating 60 years of Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II’s reign with a very cool video featuring the new FF. Ferrari will be at the very heart of the Diamond Jubilee Pageant with a series of classic and contemporary models.
UPDATE 10/16/12: The first production Ferrari FF has been sent to its owner in the Netherlands. YouTube user SpotterGijs managed to get a glimpse of the first production FF meeting its new owner. Hop on over after the jump to check out the video!
Hit the jump to read more about the 2012 Ferrari FF.
After being teased for quite some time now, the Rimac Concept One has finally made its official debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The Concept One is not only the proof that "supercar" and "electric" can be used in the same sentence, but it also previews a limited edition model that will arrive in 2013 in a quantity of only 88 units.
Mind blowing as it is to comprehend, Rimac is promising an output that’s unheard of for an electric sports car. Concept One uses a unique powertrain which is divided into four sub-systems, each consisting of one motor, inverter and reduction gearbox. With a total output of 1,088 HP and 2,802 lb/ft of torque, the Concept One will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in only 2.8 seconds and comes with an electronically limited top speed of 189 mph.
The Concept One is the work of some of the most famous designers around the world. The carbon-fiber body is designed by Adriano Mudri, while the interior is designed by a team of former Pininfarina employees, led by Mr. Goran Popović.
UPDATE 04/20/12: The Rimac Concept One has been on display at the 2012 Top Marques Monaco, which was the perfect opportunity for the company to unveil new images of the supercar. Check them out in the picture gallery!
UPDATE 05/07/12: Rimac has unveiled a cool teaser video for their Concept One supercar that will be produced in a limited run of only 88 units. Watch the video and see if this car is really worth the €740,000 ($980,000 at the current rates) price tag associated with it.
Hit the jump to read more on the Rimac Concept One.
After a very long wait, Ford has finally unveiled the production version of the dramatic new Focus ST at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and they’ve also announced that, next to the standard five-door model, Europeans will also be getting a station wagon version. The Focus ST is Ford’s first truly global performance car and Ford promises it will combine power with fuel efficiency and an impressive handling characteristic.
For the new model, Ford has tuned the 2.0-liter Ford EcoBoost engine with a redesigned intake and a new exhaust system with a unique engine calibration for a total output of 250 HP. The engine was combined with a 6-speed manual transmission which has also been specially revised for the ST.
Ford has also announced that many of the design elements seen in the Focus ST will also be used in all the future ST models. These elements include the aggressively enhanced front and rear bumpers and the addition of a rear spoiler and sideskirts, plus a unique signature color.
UPDATE 05/01/2012: All hatchback performance enthusiasts are monitoring the upcoming release of the new Ford Focus ST salivating like a pack of dogs surrounding a meaty T-bone steak. There is good reason for this excitement, as this 2.0-liter turbocharged Focus pumps out a stout 247 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque, which is an astonishing 45 percent more horsepower and 83 percent more torque than the final model year of the Focus SVT (2004).
Well, the Ford Focus ST ordering books are now open and prices have been revealed. Let’s start with the base model Focus ST, which it is set at $23,700. The Ford Focus ST2 (group 201A) has a base MSRP of $26,205 minus a $120 discount and the ST3 (group 202A) has a base MSRP of $28,540 minus a $405 discount. Granted, this is all barring dealerships doing the ultimate screw-the-customer move and slapping a “Market-Based Markup” on the sticker price. Hit the jump for more pricing details!
UPDATE 07/17/12: Ford has released a new video of their highly amazing Focus ST doing what it does best: running roughshod over the race track and calling out some of its competitors. Heck, Ken Block and Tanner Foust are also in the video. Good times all around! Check it out by clicking on the photo above!
UPDATE 01/22/13: The Ford Focus ST is now available in the UK with a base price £16,995. Depending on the trim and options you avail, expect that price to go up significantly.
Hit the jump to read more about the Ford Focus ST.