Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R


Kawasaki has stamped its foot; Team Green is sick of playing catch-up in World Superbikes, it will no longer be content to languish at the back of the field. But defeating the monstrous Aprilia RSV4 and the ominous BMW S1000RR is going to require a motorcycle leagues ahead of what Kawasaki has been rolling out in 2010. Behold, motorcycle fans, the new king of the castle. Ripping out a terrifying 210 horsepower and weighing just 198kg full of fuel and fluids, the 2011 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R leap-frogs to the front of the power and power-to-weight charts. But it's not just muscles that make this bike so special, it sports a completely redesigned chassis aimed at improving handling and racetrack lap times – and a traction control/ABS setup that ditches all notions that such systems are for safety. On the new Ninja, the intelligent electronics are all focused on making you faster than ever before on the road or track. Wouldn't it be an amazing turnaround if this machine could catapult Kawasaki back into World Superbike contention? Either way, this is one of the most exciting bikes we've seen in lime green for a lot of years, and it's a signal to the other Japanese manufacturers that near enough is no longer good enough.

There's no overstating the size of the rocket that BMW fired up the backsides of the Japanese motorcycle manufacturers when it launched its class-dominating S1000RR superbike contender last year. While unsuccessful on the racetrack thus far, the Beemer entrusted its rider with nearly 20 more horsepower than any of the Japanese bikes, breaking the magical 200-horsepower barrier, and came with a set of race- and road-ready electronics that put it leagues ahead of the rest in pretty much every comparo test on the planet. Now, finally, the Japanese are firing their first salvo back at the Germans – and if the BMW came out of nowhere, this latest monster comes from even less auspicious origins. Kawasaki is a fallen empire in motorcycle racing history; the renowned tractor, jet-ski and train makers were regular podium and race winners throughout the early days of world Superbike racing in the 1990s, but in recent times, results in top level racing have been nothing short of embarrassing. Kawasaki fans have long memories and undeniable passion, but for the last 6 or 7 years, lime green bikes have regularly languished right at the back of the pack both in World Superbike and Moto GP.

So as a Kawasaki owner myself, it's with considerable excitement that I look at the first Kawasaki in more than a decade that looks like a real leap forward – the 2011 ZX-10R Ninja. The bike that lured MotoGP race-winner Chris Vermeulen to waste a season circulating at the back of the field in the prime of his career with the slowest team in World Superbikes. The bike that Kawasaki believes will turn its racing fortunes around. And it looks like an absolute ripper. Unveiled yesterday afternoon at Intermot Cologne, the new big Ninja packs a jaw-dropping spec sheet and an electronics package that's got one simple goal: this Kwaka wants to be the fastest thing on the road. Let's take a look inside its lunchbox:

200 horsepower - and that's before Ram Air

The 998cc inline-4 engine has been lightened and strengthened all over the place - but that magical 200.1 metric horsepower (PS) is what's going to count at the sales desk. Add in Kawasaki's famous affinity for ram air - that is, using aerodynamic fairings to force extra air down the engine's throat at high speeds - and you're looking at somewhere around 210 horsepower from a bog-stock motorcycle, comprehensively trousering the BMW and the vastly more expensive top shelf MV Agustas. 210 horsepower is a magnificent and terrifying figure, and one that most car owners will struggle to put in any sort of perspective. Let's put it this way – since the Ninja ZX-10R now weighs only 198kg dripping wet (a humiliating 6kg lighter than the Beemer), it's now got a horsepower-to-kilograms ratio of greater than 1:1. If you take a Mini Cooper S, which is a fairly lightweight and zippy car, you'd need to give it roughly six and a half times more power to compete with the barnstorming Kwaka. As Mr. Burns would say: "ex…cellent."

New Chassis

As nice as it is to be able to boast face-melting power figures, it wasn't ever insufficient ponies that held previous ZX-10R contenders back on the racetrack. So what's likely got Vermeulen and his team excited is the new Ninja's revised chassis.
The new frame arrangement brings the centre of gravity down lower by around 3cm, which is important for getting the bike from kneedown right to kneedown left as fast as possible. The front end geometry has also been steepened with a reduced rake for even faster steering. The new bike puts even more weight over the front wheel than before, which should give it additional stability under brakes and vastly improved feel at the front wheel. This will also reduce the ZX-10R's tendency to wheelie – but enthusiastic throttle jockeys needn't worry, it'll still wheelie until the cows come home if you want it to.


Suspension and Braking

You name it, it's there. Big Piston Forks, radial brake calipers and master cylinders (although Kawasaki has stopped short of equipping the ZX-10R with monobloc calipers), fully adjustable Showa shock… although it's worth nothing that the shock has been tipped over on its side and mounted horizontally. This is designed to help centralize mass, as well as to alter the suspension action rate in different parts of the stroke for improved roadholding. It also clears a bigger channel behind the engine for cooling airflow.

Dashboard Gadgetry

This is a completely new instrument panel, and it looks very cool. For starters, there's a multicoloured LED-backlit tacho bar that can be set to flash as a shift indicator. Then there's a dual-mode main readout, which can be set to road or race mode, with lap timer, gear position indicator, clock, speedo and all the usual suspects, plus a nod to environmentally friendly riding with the Economical Riding Indicator that rewards you for making fuel-efficient choices with the throttle and gear levers. It's a thoughtful touch, but running down the list of Kawasaki riders I know, I doubt it will make much of a difference to Kwaka fans' riding habits.

Styling

There's a huge difference between a roadbike and a superbike race machine, for sure, but this does indeed look like a revolutionary new Kawasaki. Vaulting 10 horsepower clear of the BMW S1000RR is no small statement, the electronics package is fascinating and the overall package looks great – but more importantly, it's the first time in a lot of years that Kawasaki doesn't look like it's playing catch-up.

New SUV Model


Saab has revealed the new 9-4X – the car that marks the manufacturer's first entry into the burgeoning crossover segment.

The 9-4X will make its debut at the Los Angeles motor show next month; its presence at the US event marks the importance of the model's position in the domestic SUV market.

The 9-4X shares its platform with the Cadillac SRX and will be built at GM's production facility in Mexico. The car will be offered with the same twin-turbo 2.8-litre V6 engine that's currently found in the top-spec 9-5, mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox and Saab's XWD all-wheel drive system.



The manufacturer is promising car-like driving dynamics from the 9-4X, which is equipped with the DriveSense adaptive chassis that uses real time damping control to adapt to road conditions.

Inside the car is a five-seater – no third row for the kids – and includes the usual tributes to Saab's unique heritage, including a wraparound, driver-focused dash and a rolling 'aircraft attitude' meter as a speed read-out.

Standard kit should include cruise control, dual-zone climate control, electric handbrake, 20-inch turbine alloy wheels, parking sensors and Saab's infotainment navigation system.

The 9-4X is due to go on sale in the US next May, but won't make it to UK showrooms until after the summer.

Range Rover Sport

New Ford Ranger

Specialist car manufacturer, four by four home UK recently released a new variants Range Rover. Power claimed far more formidable, while the more dynamic designs.

Not a lot of Range Rover in the population of Indonesia. May be due to a price that is known “not common”. However, buyers still fanatical.
They average car fans feeling spunky and high. Models in the latest Range Rover Indonesia is rarely used off road, only is used merely as a symbol of luxury. To facilitate the fanaticism, the Land Rover should make up date.

Early April, they finally introduce the latest model luxury car is 4X4. Three models are introduced at once. Besides Range Rover, Land Rover also reveal the benefits of new Range Rover Sport and Discovery 4.

“Our idea is to maintain the impression luxury.Desainnya still spunky, but not leave the element of elegance
. Develop more our big engines even though the fuel is used more safe.We sure this new line up is able to maintain our position as a manufacturer of car 4X4 foremost,” said Pjil Popham , Managing Director of Land Rover.

See new skin. Revised back bumper, apply the anti-lip design to increase the drag factor aerodynamics, and fuel efficiency. Grillemakin sporty, while the future use technology LED running light.

Interior design total redesign. Range Rover display fascia design with new wheel rim. Range Rover also has a 5-inch TFT screen on kluster instrument. This screen is also connected with the navigation system that uses hard drives, calculations show that the route more quickly adopted.

The most spectacular in engine . LR-TDV6 and 3.0 petrol V8 Supercharged LR-developed with Jaguar is that not only have the energy and torsi higher, also generate emissions and fuel consumption is lower. LR-engine diesel TDV6 3.0 is the latest result of 29 percent greater than 2700 cc engine on the old model.

Porsche Cayenne 902 Coupe


It was announced today that the grand unveiling of the new 3 door Cayenne 902 Coupe and its somewhat less intriguing 5 door brethren from UK-based tuning house Merdad, which we first told you about in June, will take place at the MPH The Prestige & Performance Motor Show in November.

Both the 3-door and 5-door variants are based off the second-generation Porsche Cayenne SUV and come with a variety of styling and performance upgrades with output ranging between 550 and 750-horsepower, depending on the level of tune. The most potent version is said to sprint from 0 to 60mph (96km/h) in 4.4 seconds. Full details on the specifications and extras are to be released at the MPH Show.

The British tuning firm responsible for the Cayenne Coupe is owned by a man who we only get to know by the name (or surname) "Merdad". On the company's website it is noted that he previously worked with Uwe Gemballa for five years before opening his own tuning shop.

Here's what founder and creator Merdad stated about the tuned Cayenne SUVs: "We are very proud that this creation has brought together many British engineers and designers who have contributed to bringing this fantastic beast to the table."

"We now feel the time is right to unveil the Merdad Cayenne 902 Coupe and the Merdad 5 door to the world at MPH and are excited to see what the visitors to the show think of its unique design and unbelievable power will truly set the show and the rest of the world alight," he added.

As always, there are two MPH shows, with the first featuring Top Gear Live to take place at Earls Court from November 4-7th and second one at the NEC in Birmingham between November 11-14th.


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BMW F800R


The moment you look at the F800R, you will immediately recognise it's resemblence with the much bigger K1300R. Both bikes carry the latest mutation of BMW's evolving DNA strain. But while the resemblences are uncanny, underneath the skin, both species of naked bikes diverge drastically. The F800R is powered by a parallel twin which is tuned to feel like a boxer, and displaces as it's name suggests - 800cc. The K1300R on the other hand is powered by a phenomenally powerful in line four with 1300cc. While the F800R is a lot less powerful, it is by no means any less fun.


For starters, it has sweet, light handling. Although it's 800cc, it feels nimble - almost like Kawasaki's Er-6n. With a dry weight of 184kg, it is just a few kilos heavier than the Kawasaki. Looking at the bike, you can see that BMW did make a few exceptions to keep the bike's cost down. For example, the front end is a conventional fork. The equipment level is basic, but the brakes and suspension are of brilliant quality. Despite a totally different layout compared to the boxer engined bikes, the bike imititates it's sound at idle and low revs.

Rev the engine higher though, and the engine spools up eagerly with a growl. The engine provides loads of useful torque at medium revs. The abundance of torque means you don't have to work the gears so frequently, making the bike a joy to ride.
In town the bike is light enough to weave through traffic like a kapcai. Out on the highway, it is powerful enough to cruise with the big boys. Therein lies the attraction of the F800r. Just like the F800 GS, it is a well balanced machine, powerful enough for long distance trips, but at the same time - not too heavy and cumbersome.




All out speed is not the F800Rs strong point, but if you gun the engine to the redline in sixth gear, you still get more than 200kmh on the clock. The bike was in it's element when I rode it to Kuala Selangor. Exiting the North-South Highway, I proceeded to make short work of the twisty trunk roads. The bike I was riding on was in Alpine White, but it still attracted a lot of admiring glances from motorists as well as the locals. The bike also comes in a radical shade of orange known as Flame Orange.

There is also another option known as White Aluminum Metallic. If you are used to riding BMW bikes, you will also notice that the F800R no longer uses the right-turn switch on right handlebar and left-turn-switch on left handlebar layout. Instead the bike has conventional switchgear - which is a shame really. I always thought BMW had better common sense when they were the only ones to use these signal switches. They were really much easier to operate when wearing thick leather gloves.

Ducati Super Bike


It is now the most powerful production motorcycle in the world - more powerful than Ducati’s Desmosedici RR, Suzuki’s Hayabusa or even Kawasaki’s ZZR1400.
Manufactured by the small Rimini-based Italian company Vyrus - which is best known for producing the Bimota Tesi 2D, the new bike - known as the Vyrus 987 C3 4VV is powered by a 211 bhp supercharged Ducati engine.
It weighs just 158 kg - just 10 kg heavier than an average Moto GP bike from the last season and costs a staggering EUR 65,000 (RM305,000).
Production is limited and highly exclusive. The bike will be sold in four variants.
The 4VV is the lightest and most powerful of them all, and the holder of the fastest production bike title.



The base model 984 C3 2V comes with a 100 bhp two valve 1000DS air-cooled Ducati engine, and weighs in at 150 kg. Next up the model line is the 985 C3 4V, which uses a 155 bhp 999R water-cooled Testastretta Ducati engine sells for EUR 50,000 (RM235,000). Just below the top of the line 4VV is the 155 kg 987 C3 4V which sells for EUR 55,000 (RM258,000) and borrows a 1198cc 1098R engine from Ducati which produces 184 bhp and is the same engine used in the 4VV. With our taxes, this bike will probably cost the same as an average sized bungalow in Malaysia. However, there is bound to be a few riders who can afford it, so maybe we'll get to see it on the streets of Kuala Lumpur.

Mugen RR - Honda Civic


The Honda Civic Mugen RR is another great performance model with a limited build of only three hundred cars. All three hundred cars sold out in minutes of being released. It is said to be the ultimate Civic, relying on its speed and stylish nature for a front wheel drive car. Because of the lighter and faster design, the Mugen RR may well become the best front wheel drive performance car on the market.

Mugen, the Japanese company used their knowledge of racing mechanics while designing this car. Car Enthusiast called it the “best factory tuned Honda that money can buy.” The Honda Civic Mugen RR is said to be much like the street legal version of the Super Taikyu Championship Civics.



The added speed is tribute to the extra power the Mugen RR was endowed with. In comparison to the Civic R, the horsepower is increased, the chassis is sharper and the weight reduced. The engine can easily get up to 160km per hour. The RR not only has a powerful engine, but also has a dual exhaust system that lets you know when it’s coming.


The RR is ten kilograms lighter than the R because of the expensive, unique carbon fiber body parts, including the front bumper and spoiler. The suspension alterations also lowered the ride height. From the exterior, the RR does not differ much from the basic R model. The Mugen RR has a wider body, hood air ducts, a new front grill and spoiler and eighteen inch black rims, with specially designed Potenza RE070 tires, which contribute to the great look of the exterior of the RR model.

When one looks at the numbers on paper, the RR doesn't seem too impressive. Since this car is front wheel drive, the front wheels both steer and drive the car. The Mugen RR was made more aerodynamic than RR model, giving the car a much faster response at the wheel.

The interior is more personalized, and looks more like the interior of an real race car. The Alcantara carbon covered sports seats replace the bucket seats in the R model, and they require you to be smaller and in good physical stature to sit comfortably. The radio has been replaced with oil and water temperature and pressure gages. The pedals are modified for the driver, and a personalized plaque with the car number is added to the shifter column.

The best thing about the RR model is the fine tuned steering. Every move is precise, and with each corner taken, the RR provides the driver with precision and confidence. If you’re looking for a sporty, fast car for the right price, sporty look, great performance, exclusivity and exceptional handling, then the Honda Civic Mugen RR is right up your alley. Although it lacks security equipment and can be uncomfortable inside, the attention to racing detail by Mugen makes the Honda Civic Mugen RR tops many people’s wish lists.




Cadillac SRX 2011





With the first-generation Cadillac SRX struggling to make gains in the luxury crossover segment since its debut in 2004, General Motors decided to give the 2010 Cadillac SRX a complete makeover right down to the very layout of the vehicle. Sharp, well-proportioned body work rides on a new platform, leading the new SRX to share very little with its previous incarnation.The first-gen SRX's rear-drive layout was ditched for a more compact, crossover style front-drive setup with available all-wheel drive. Now 4.8-inches shorter in length, this transformation dropped cargo space by 8.3 cubic-feet and eliminated the third row seats as well as significant amounts of rear-seat legroom.



The V-8 engine option is also gone, replaced by two V-6 engines, one of them turbocharged for higher performance.Despite its smaller size, the 2011 SRX sheds only a token amount of weight. That weight is a liability for the smaller V-6 powertrains as well as in the handling department, making the SRX feel slower than it really is. Though stylish, the new vehicle still lags slightly behind the competition in quality and fit and finish. Despite this, it resides on the pricier end of the segment especially as options are added.

Hybrid vs Electric Car

Hybrid and Electric cars are considered eco friendly and are designed in such a way to lower the gasoline use.

Electric cars totally depend on electricity, which means they are cent per cent electric. They have to get charged and the car moves till the charge lasts.

On the other hand, Hybrid cars can be called a partially electric. They make use of a mixture of gas and electric power.

The primary power source of Hybrid cars is the internal combustion engine, with a battery of electric cells and a hub mounted DC motors, which supplies the supplementary propulsion. The Hybrid engines will not operate at low speeds under very moderate acceleration. It works if some charge is provided. When there is a need for extra power, the conventional engine provides it. As the batteries will not be able to deliver infinite charge, the gas burning engines are provided in hybrid cars.

Well, in electric cars are so simple, a rechargeable battery is used to provide the power. The electric car will run as long as the battery provides the charge. This means that electric cars depend wholly on the local electric charge.

One main difference between the hybrid and electric cars is with regard to batteries. In a hybrid car, the batteries not only provide energy but also get recharged while driving. On the other hand, the batteries of an electric car do not get recharged unless plugged to some source of energy.

Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4


The bright orange and extremely low supercar that Lamborghini has unveiled in Geneva is the replacement for the Murcielago.
0-62mph in 2.9 seconds - the fastest production Lamborghini ever
- Top speed pegged at 217mph


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