Porsche unveiled the 918 RSR hybrid race car, which boasts peak performance of 767 horsepower at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The 918 RSR is an evolution of the 911 GT3 R and the 918 Spyder hybrid concepts last year. The 918 RSR is powered by the 563 hp. V-8 from the RS Spyder racer and has electric motor on each of the front wheels that provide 75 kilowatts each for a total net horsepower of 767 at peak. Regenerative braking creates the electric power, which is stored with a flywheel.
► 2011 Porsche 911 Black Edition - First images slideshow
Based on the 3.6-liter, 345 horsepower (hp) 911 Carrera,
the upcoming 911 Black Edition features a comprehensive list of standard
equipment and will be available as a Coupe or Cabriolet and only in black.
Exclusivity and price help make this new 911 Carrera distinctive as the 911
Black Edition will be limited to just 1,911 worldwide units. MSRP will be
$81,300 for the Coupe and $91,300 for the Cabriolet, and they will be
available in the spring of 2011.
The 911 Black Edition will only be available in black, with two paint
choices: Solid Black or the optional Basalt Black Metallic, with highlights
provided by the 19 inch 911 turbo II
two-color wheels, their dichroic effect complementing the discreet elegance
of the exterior color. In addition, the rims provide an unobstructed view
of the brake's black, four-piston aluminum monobloc fixed calipers.
Exclusive to the Black Edition, black lettering on the stainless steel door
entry guards provides the first hint of the high-quality interior design
and continues the exterior color scheme. Also included is a sport design
steering wheel while the instrument cluster remains black. On the glove
compartment lid, a badge testifies to the 911 Black Edition's limited
production run while the decorative molding on the dashboard, gear lever or
selector and air vents provide a contrast with their aluminum look paint.
The rear center console is painted in the exterior color.
An acoustic highlight of the 911 Black Edition's additional equipment is
the BOSE® Surround Sound-System that is now standard in the 911 Black
Edition, along with the Porsche touch screen Communication Management (PCM)
system, XM Radio, XM NavTraffic and GPS based navigation.
All told, the 911 Black Edition represents an approximate $6,000 savings
over a similarly equipped 911 Carrera.
The 911 Black Edition's technology conforms to the Carrera standard: Under
the rear lid lies the Carrera flat-six cylinder engine, producing 345 hp at
6,500 rpm from 3,614 cubic centimeters. Coupled with the six-speed manual
gearbox, the Carrera achieves a top-track speed of 180 mph in both body
versions. When fitted with the Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK)
seven-speed double clutch transmission and Sport Chrono Plus Package, the
Coupe can reach 60 mph in as little as 4.3 seconds, the Cabriolet in 4.5.
Despite the impressive performance figures, fuel consumption remains
moderate with EPA ratings of 19 mpg city, 27 highway, also with the PDK.
► 2011 BMW 1M Coupe - 340 ch
The letter M now comes to the segment of the BMW 1 Series to symbolise
outstanding power delivery and the highly dynamic driving properties of a
high-performance sports car. In the BMW 1 Series M Coupe, the technology of
a high-performance car is combined with the agility and lightness of a
compact model to create a whole new dimension of sports-style driving
pleasure. With this 2-door model, BMW M GmbH is now realising for the first
time in this vehicle class its concept of racing-oriented performance
characteristics in a car developed for everyday use . This further extends
the company's model range, paving the way for younger target groups to be
able to access the hallmark driving experience offered by an M car.
The BMW 1 Series M Coupe embodies the unmistakable M feeling in a highly
concentrated form. Its in-line 6-cylinder engine with M TwinPower turbo and petrol direct injection develops a
maximum output of 250 kW/340 bhp with an engine-speed-oriented
characteristic curve typical of BMW M cars. With chassis technology derived
directly from motor racing, a power-to-weight ratio reduced to 4.4
kilograms per bhp and precisely optimised aerodynamic components including
innovative air curtains at the front end, supreme conversion of superior
propulsion power into thrilling driving dynamics is guaranteed. The BMW 1
Series M Coupe accelerates in 4.9 seconds from zero to 100 km/h and reaches
the 200 km/h mark after 17.3 seconds. In the area of efficiency, too, it
achieves top figures within its performance category. Its average fuel
consumption in the EU test cycle is 9.6 litres per 100 kilometres, while
CO2 emissions are at 224 grams per kilometre.
The outstanding sporty flair of the BMW 1 Series M Coupe is outwardly
expressed by the athletic character of its body design. In the exclusively
designed interior of the 4-seater, high-quality materials and an M-specific
cockpit create the ambience of a premium sports car. In its standard
configuration, the BMW 1 Series M Coupe displays the concept harmony so
characteristic of M cars: able to cope both with the extreme demands of the
race track and the diverse challenges of everyday traffic. What is more,
individual preferences in terms of comfort, safety and infotainment can be
fulfilled with a model-specific selection of equipment options also
available for the BMW 1 Series Coupe, including the BMW ConnectedDrive
► Dacia Duster - Andros Trophy 2011
The acclaimed Trophée Andros is regarded globally as one of motor racing's
most uniquely challenging disciplines. The wintry conditions encountered at
a variety of challenging locations can shift extremely quickly,
consequently calling for precise and almost instinctive driving skills.
This makes the Championship an ideal hunting ground for driver of the Dacia
Duster team, former Formula 1 star Alain Prost. As with previous years,
Dacia demonstrate the robustness that has been worked into Duster's DNA.
What's more, the rules which govern this exciting competition restrict the
use of complex, costly technologies. This means that parts such as the
chassis, gearbox and tyres must all comply with specific regulations.