Renault chose to unveil their latest concept car at one of the most famous automobile events in the world, the Monaco Grand Prix. While the race itself takes place on Sunday, the entire weekend is just one big build-up before the green lights come on. Renault’s decision to debut their concept at such a notorious race is an obvious reflection of the car itself.
The Renault Twin’Run might look almost identical to the earlier Renault Twin’Z concept, and indeed both cars are a preview of the next Renault Twingo city car. But whereas the Twin’Z was a mild-mannered electric car, the Twin’Run is a custom built race car based around a motorsport grade tubular chassis. Into this Renualt’s engineers have wedged a 3.5 litre V6 engine borrowed from a Megane Trophy race car. The mid-mounted engine produced 320 horsepower @ 6,800 rpm and 380 Nm of torque @ 4,850 rpm. The transmission is a six-speed sequential unit with limited slip differential. The 0-62 mph sprint takes just 4.5 seconds. The top speed is 155 mph.
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Volkswagen today published some sketches of a super high-performance VW Golf GTI-based concept car which they will be showing off at this year’s Worthersee gathering in Austria where Audi/Volkswagen/Skoda fans get together to talk shop.
The Volkswagen Design Vision GTI concept is the most potent Golf-based vehicle since 2007, when Volkswagen introduced the GTI W12 650 concept, again at Worthersee. The Design Vision GTI is based on the recently-launched 7th generation Golf GTI, however the car has had so many modifications it’s virtually an all-new car. It’s longer, lower and wider than a standard GTI, while also having a longer wheelbase, wider track both front and rear, and shorter overhangs.
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With the introduction of the Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG, it marks the first time in AMG’s history that they’ve been involved with developing a vehicle for the compact class. And they have certainly made the most of it. The A 45 AMG boasts the most powerful series production 4-cylinder engine in the world, with its 2.0 litre turbocharged engine managing to produce an impressive 360 horsepower and 332 lb-ft (450Nm) of torque.
The transmission is a 7-speed dual clutch unit with three driving modes, a double-declutching function and RACE START setting for maximum acceleration from a standing start. The transmission sends its power to all four wheels via an AMG 4MATIC system.
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Say hello to the fastest-ever convertible Golf, and also the first-ever open-top R model. The all-new Volkswagen Golf R Cabriolet comes to the party equipped with a 265 horsepower 2.0 litre four-cylinder engine, which sends its power to the front wheels through a six-speed DSG gearbox. It has an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph, and can hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 6.4 seconds.
Aside from the shiny new engine, the Golf R Cabriolet also benefits from a new front bumper with a gloss-black grille and ‘R’ logo, LED daytime running lights, bi-Xenon headlights, gloss-black door mirror housings, deeper side sills, and a gloss-black rear diffuser which incorporates a pair of chrome-tipped exhausts.
The Volkswagen Golf R Cabriolet also sits 1 inch (25mm) lower to the ground than its more pedestrian soft-top sibling, and comes with either 18 or 19-inch alloy wheels finished in either silver or even more gloss black.
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Volkswagen has just unveiled the sportiest version yet of the new, new Beetle. It’s not quite as powerful, or quick to accelerate as the limited edition Beetle RSi from 2001 – 2003. But it’s certainly the fastest Beetle you can buy in a VW dealership today.
Its turbocharged engine produces 210 horsepower and 154 lb-ft (210 Nm) of torque, allowing the Beetle GSR to accelerate from 0-62 mph in just 7.3 seconds, and carry on to a top speed of 142 mph. As an option the Beetle GSR can be ordered with a six-speed DSG transmission as an alternative to the standard six-speed manual gearbox.
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At the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, Opel/Vauxhall will be lifting the proverbial lid on a cheekily-named concept car called the ADAM ROCKS.
The Opel ADAM ROCKS concept is an urban mini-crossover which the company says could open a new segment in the industry. Yes another one. Compared with the production ADAM, the ADAM ROCKS concept is taller, wider and features a slide-back canvas roof similar to the one used on the Fiat 500c.
The ADAM ROCKS concept sits 15mm (0.6 inches) higher than the standard car, and has a 20mm (0.8 inch) wider stance. These subtle increases in dimensions are exaggerated by the ruggedized body kit which covers the wheel arch openings and lower portion of the bodywork.
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Kia have just released a quartet of images showing their headline act for the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. Surprisingly Kia have eschewed the usual hopelessly vague teaser image BS in favor of publishing four images which give a pretty good idea of what the concept will look like from a number of angles.
They’ve been a little less revealing in their description of the car, saying only that it is a, “provocative and racy new urban concept car”.
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The Hyundai Velocity Concept is a massively modified Hyundai Veloster Turbo which will make its debut appearance at the SEMA Show. The Hyundai Velocity Concept is the product of a collaboration between the design and engineering divisions of Hyundai America Technical Center in Irvine, California.
Chris Chapman, head of Hyundai’s Irvine, California design center, said of the concept: “In creating Velocity, we were inspired to take the Veloster’s original concept strengths to their fullest expression. Velocity gave our design and engineering teams license to take Veloster far beyond everyday production car limitations.”
When it came to the Velocity’s engine, Hyundai turned to the wizards at Cosworth for tuning the 1.6 litre turbocharged engine. A significant number of upgrades have been made to the powerplant. Including high-performance pistons and connecting rods, a larger turbocharger and intercooler, a revised intake manifold, and a recalibrated engine management system. All that work has virtually doubled the engine’s output. Taking peak power from 201 hp to 400 hp, and torque from 195 lb-ft to 350 lb-ft!
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At the 2012 Paris Motor Show in September Citroen have announced they’re going to unveil the DS3 Cabrio. The DS3 is one of the funkier hatchbacks on offer in Europe, and its quirky but sporty design has won it several industry awards. The DS3′s contrasting-color roof is one of its more distinctive design features. Thankfully its something that has translated rather well into the cabriolet version.
Like the Fiat 500C, the DS3 cabrio isn’t what you typically expect when you think of a convertible. Instead of the whole roof folding back leaving nothing north of the top of the doors. On the DS3 Cabrio only the center section of the roof folds back. Essentially like one giant sunroof. Still, it should be enough to let the wind rustle through the young driver’s overly-gelled and motionless hair.
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The ADAM is Vauxhall/Opel’s latest city car. It’s all-new and designed with younger buyers in mind. In an effort to tempt them the car offers a high degree of personalization and customization. Vauxhall say there are so many options to choose from that there are over one million different combinations. The three-door, four-seat ADAM will make its world debut at the Paris Motor Show later this year before going on sale early in 2013.
The Vauxhall/Opel ADAM was developed by a design team led by a guy called Mark Adams. See what they did there? The design is surprisingly cool for a city car. And it even gives the trendy Audi A1 a run for its money in terms of style. At launch the Vauxhall ADAM will be available in three different trims, all with their own cringe-worthy titles: JAM – which is designed to be fashionable and colorful, GLAM which is supposed to be elegant and sophisticated, and SLAM which is the sporty version.
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