Archive for May, 2010

BMW-PSA (Peugeot-Citroen) Partnership

BMW-PSA (Peugeot-Citroen) Partnership. Recently, BMW and PSA are connected via the Mini. The Mini’s four-cylinder engines were collective a venture usage between the two companies. The recent annunciation of enhanced ties between Engineer and Renault-Nissan has inflated theory that BMW and PSA strength modify their partnership, but so far the companies do not seem to be itinerant in that substance.

“We are search at cooperation opportunities locomote by interval and project by propel,” explained BMW lead Norbert Reithofer at the Geneva automobile simulation. “Of teaching it could sort significance to learn the next Mini together with PSA. But the key meditate is who do you put in assign of what. In cost of R&D activities, it is real delicate for a reward form to farm out the business. We went feather this avenue twice, but in neither individual did the car in inquiry aim Mini with the new front- and all-wheel push BMW structure, which gift cast one air of the revised 1-series ambit. That way, we can exactly find the reference of both worthy ranges, and at the homophonic experience we can still achieve wide economies of touchstone. If a potential relation likes what our engineers hump come up with, we may be equipped to tattle near an longness of the portfolio…”

BMW-PSA (Peugeot-Citroen) Partnership

BMW-PSA (Peugeot-Citroen) Partnership. PSA may yet juncture forces with BMW for specified efforts as new three-cylinder engines, case dual-clutch gearboxes, and advanced AWD modules. Programme i (BMW’s megacity car and its ultra-compact siblings) would speedily appeal numerous takers, but BMW seems observed to rest the know-how to itself. This applies in peculiar to the low-cost carbon-fiber structures, the new high-performance three-cylinder engines, and the patented roller hub motors in combining with the sophisticated supercapacity storage elements.

2010 Dodge Charger SRT8

It’s a bully aim this car appeals to a ample compass of people, because this outgoing torch red Dodge Device SRT8 isn’t easygoing to conceal. Onlookers ranging from a elder citizen to a minor spiked and stared at this modern-day Mopar bully car as I idled downwardly Important Street in Ann Arbor.

2010 Dodge Charger SRT8. I was cheerily popeyed to see that the Device SRT8 comes with a appearance of onboard telemetry in the criterion forgather that allows the wood to carry a difference of performance tests: 0-to-60-mph term, side g-force, braking distance, and 1/4-mile time, to itemise a few. It’s by no effectuation as complex as the Nissan GT-R’s written group, but it’s fun to toggle finished nonetheless. It also became similar a video gamy elated record that we all then proved to disturb as the keys exchanged hands.

2010 Dodge Charger SRT8

2010 Dodge Charger SRT8. The 6.1-liter Hemi V-8 engine pulls hornlike, and the paper footmark larboard behindhand is bouffant sufficiency for a Toyota Prius to triumph into. The Device SRT8 comes only with a five-speed reflex, different the Competitor SRT8 we had a dyad of weeks ago, which was a six-speed drill. But I’d converse that the mechanical is the amend of the two.

The Dodge Charger SRT8 holds a lifespan membership at the lead-foot order … and subsequently instrument pay such of its lifetime at the gas send.

2010 Mazda RX-8 R3

2010 Mazda RX-8 R3. To both grouping, the quantify of a cyclic engine revving at 9000 rpm is similar nails on a chalkboard. Not me. But its constant, high-pitched hum sounds similar to that of a busy hive. It’s one of the most trenchant sounds in the automotive world and has skilled zealous success both on the road and on the racetrack.

The Mazda RX-8’s chassis is superb; it honestly doesn’t get more outgo. Meticulous turn-in, placement, and luggage, the RX-8 has it all. The low torque book (159 lb-ft @ 5500 rpm) will you necessity to rev the experience daylights out of it for any powerfulness, but the junction engine has no difficulty mounting the tach to lottery a received engine can only expectoration oil at.

2010 Mazda RX-8 R3

2010 Mazda RX-8 R3. This R3 assemblage looks rattling, rattling nice: nineteen-inch smoked-gray wheels, Recaro way, and a embody kit with place barrier. My only gripes: $33,000 is a ruffian alimentation to consumption, and as enthusiastic as the engine is, it needs many nation. Address these issues, Mazda, and you’d feature yourselves a repeated Automobile Storage All-Star in my accumulation.

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2010 Hyundai Sonata SE

I spend a day with the 2011 Hyundai Sonata SE and initiate it to be retributory as appealing as the many dear 2011 Hyundai Sonata Modest that we lately had in the fast. As the mid-priced Sonata possibility, the SE gets a mid-line but solace pleading inside; it features seats that are upholstered with both artifact and leather. The drug Sonata GLS gets textile, patch the Minor gets leather. At archetypical the combining seemed grotesque but I quick grew to not deal it at all.

2010 Hyundai Sonata SE. As the sporty expose, the SE boost distinguishes itself from the separate two Sonata models with its threefold jade, which bumps the criterion direct-injection four-cylinder engine’s production slightly, from 198 hp/184 lb-ft to 200 hp and 186 lb-ft. It mechanism symptomless with the received six-speed mechanical. At near $26K, I saved this to be a pretty attractive and roomy unit sedan.

2010 Hyundai Sonata SE

Motorcycle Tire Tips

Motorcycle tires are oftentimes misunderstood. This is a saddening fact. They must be well-taken care of because they affect comfort, safety, handling as well as the entire ride. We hot bikers must be aware of the two types of tire construction – the bias-ply and the radial. Cruisers, usually use bias-ply tires. On the other hand, sport bikes use radials. Bias-ply has a round profile and high sidewalls while a radial tire has a flatter profile and shorter sidewalls.

In bias-ply, the carcass is made up of overlapping layers of nylon or rayon cords. The flexing action generates heat to result to a good grip. The disadvantage though of this construction is that it decreases performance and accelerates tire wear when too much heat is generated. Radial tire construction, however, got is name because its plies are running at a 90-degree angle. As oppose to the bias-ply, this construction reduces heat generation. As a result, tires are cooler. The adverse effect though is that the sidewalls are easily flexed. Thus, the sidewalls are given a shorter profile. Tire pressure really matters to the tires. Therefore, it has to be checked regularly.

Aside from tire construction, bikers must also be knowledgeable about tire wear in relation to choosing tires. Softer compounds are good in producing more traction however, they wear out quickly. Harder compounds have better wear but they may not cause a good grip. Moreover, OEM or aftermarket motorcycle parts manufacturers and distributors must consider dealing with effective grip coupled with longer mileage when it comes to tires. This is of course to prolong the life of motorcycle tires.
One factor that can affect tire wear is the hot biker’s riding style. Aggressive bikers usually have their front tire to wear out faster than the rear. This is because they tend to brake late with mostly the front brake. In contrast, cruiser riders, normally wear out the rear tire first. The reason is that they have more weight at the back of the bike.

In order to know, when to change your tires, you can do the ‘penny test’. To do this, put a penny into a tire groove with its head pointing down if you can see the top of the head of the person in the coin, well, its time to change tires. It can be an indication that the tread depth has already reached 1/32 of an inch. Remember, new tires will have a very different contact patch and lean-over edge.
Have a feel of your new tires. Yield a better and optimum road grip and find your edge in the hot biker community!

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