ForceGT.com http://www.forcegt.com The Latest in Car News, Car Reviews, Aftermarket Tuning, Videos and much more. Thu, 24 May 2018 10:26:48 +0000 en-AU hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 Next-generation BMW X5 to feature off road driving modes http://www.forcegt.com/news/next-generation-bmw-x5-feature-off-road-driving-modes/ Thu, 24 May 2018 10:26:48 +0000 http://www.forcegt.com/?p=81261 One day the new BMW X5 is being tested at the polar circle and the next it is already doing laps on the Nürburgring: The driving trials for the successor of the current X5 test both the car’s endurance as well as its versatility. The fourth-generation BMW X5 prototype is now undergoing demanding and varied …

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One day the new BMW X5 is being tested at the polar circle and the next it is already doing laps on the Nürburgring: The driving trials for the successor of the current X5 test both the car’s endurance as well as its versatility.

The fourth-generation BMW X5 prototype is now undergoing demanding and varied testing program as part of its development process ahead of its launch in late 2019.

The new model will introduce a new suspension and chassis systems, which are available for the first time in a BMW X model. The new offroad package in the next generation X5 promises an impressive combination of ride comfort on the road and versatility off road. The suspension system offers the possibility of changing the vehicle setup at the press of a button to suit the conditions of driving off the beaten track.

Be it snow, sand, rocks or gravel roads – the new BMW X5 is said to have the perfect powertrain and suspension setup for each surface.

The prototypes proved how capably the new X5 accelerates, steers and brakes in the winter test centre in Arjeplog, Sweden, on South African gravel tracks and in the desert dune landscapes of the USA. They were subjected both to maximum cold and scorching heat.

Extremely dry mountain terrain as well as tropical humidity and muddy tracks had to be mastered by the new BMW X5.

Testing was also conducted on BMW’s testing grounds in Miramas in the South of France, on the high-speed circuit in Talladega in the US state of Alabama and on the Nürburgring racetrack in Germany.

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Updated 2019 Kia Sportage debuts mild-hybrid diesel powertrain http://www.forcegt.com/news/updated-2019-kia-sportage-debuts-mild-hybrid-diesel-powertrain/ Thu, 24 May 2018 09:39:45 +0000 http://www.forcegt.com/?p=81249 The updated 2019 Kia Sportage has been officially unveiled today. The mid-life refresh brings a range of enhancements to the brand’s European and global best-seller, pairing an updated exterior and interior design with new safety and infotainment technologies. But the big news is the Sportage’s new “EcoDynamic+” 48V diesel mild-hybrid powertrain, the first to be …

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The updated 2019 Kia Sportage has been officially unveiled today. The mid-life refresh brings a range of enhancements to the brand’s European and global best-seller, pairing an updated exterior and interior design with new safety and infotainment technologies.

But the big news is the Sportage’s new “EcoDynamic+” 48V diesel mild-hybrid powertrain, the first to be launched as part of the company’s global powertrain electrification strategy.

The South Korean car maker has announced it will launch 16 advanced powertrain vehicles by 2025, including five new hybrids, five plug-in hybrids, five battery-electric vehicles and, in 2020, a new fuel-cell electric vehicle.

Complimenting the current petrol and diesel engine line-up, the new mild hybrid setup pairs a 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine with 48V battery power for reduced emissions and better fuel economy. The system is designed to supplement acceleration with electric power from the 48-volt battery and extending combustion engine ‘off time’ using a new Mild-Hybrid Starter-Generator unit.

In ‘motor’ mode the battery is discharged under acceleration, providing additional torque to the engine for a slight boost in performance under hard acceleration, or to reduce engine load during light acceleration. Under deceleration, or when driving downhill or towards a junction, the MHSG switches to ‘generator’ mode, recuperating energy from the crankshaft to recharge the battery on-the-go.

Battery power can also be used to provide a new ‘Moving Stop & Start’ function. If the battery has sufficient charge, the combustion engine turns off automatically during in-gear deceleration and braking. The MHSG can then seamlessly re-ignite the engine – in any situation – if the driver presses the throttle pedal.

Along with the mild-hybrid powertrain, the new Sportage also debuts a new more efficient 1.6-litre turbo diesel engine that is paired with a seven-speed dual clutch transmission.

Improvements to the Sportage’s exterior design include new front and rear bumpers, as well as redesigned front and rear lamps and new 16-, 17- and 19-inch alloy wheel designs. Options include chrome sill trim and metallic skid plates, and five new paint colours.

GT-Line models are equipped with a gloss black radiator grille, a gloss black and silver skid plate, and dark chrome inserts on the side sills and rear tailgate. The GT-Line’s unique 19-inch alloy wheels have been redesigned, and all models are fitted with a dual exhaust rear valance and revised ‘ice cube’ LED fog lamp designs.

The newly-refined cabin features a new steering wheel and revised instrument cluster, as well as new black-and-grey two-tone upholstery. GT-Line models are available with new black-and-grey two-tone cloth seats, or optional black synthetic leather with red stitching.

The upgraded Sportage adopts Kia’s latest advanced driving assistance systems, including Smart Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop&Go and Around View Monitor. Customers will also have a choice of Kia’s new infotainment systems: a 7.0-inch touchscreen, or a new ‘frameless’ 8.0-inch infotainment system.

The updated 2019 Kia Sportage is set to hit showrooms in Australia later this year with full pricing and specification announced closer to local launch.

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Ferrari SP38 is an exclusive 488 GTB-based one-off http://www.forcegt.com/news/ferrari-sp38-exclusive-488-gtb-based-one-off/ Thu, 24 May 2018 09:25:17 +0000 http://www.forcegt.com/?p=81248 Ferrari has introduced its latest addition, the Ferrari SP38 to the highly exclusive Special Projects division. It follows in the footsteps of the SP 275 rw competizione and 458 MM Speciale, and is the first to be based on the 488 GTB. As you can see from the press photos, the SP38 is completely bespoke …

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Ferrari has introduced its latest addition, the Ferrari SP38 to the highly exclusive Special Projects division. It follows in the footsteps of the SP 275 rw competizione and 458 MM Speciale, and is the first to be based on the 488 GTB.

As you can see from the press photos, the SP38 is completely bespoke and draws heavily from Ferrari’s glorious past. Built for one of the company’s “most dedicated customers,” the supercar is so radically different it could be mistaken for a concept car.

Up front, in departure with Ferrari’s latest design language, the car’s slender headlights have been designed to be as slim as possible and are horizontally placed.

Side on, the wedge-shape design is accentuated by the dramatic skirts and swollen rear haunches, while the air intakes for the twin-turbo V8’s intercoolers have been hidden away, tucked underneath the bodywork that folds in on itself over the C-pillars.

As radical as the front and sides are, it’s the rear window/engine cover that stands out. In its place are louvres-like slats that allow engine heat to escape. The integrated rear spoiler wraps around the rear of the car to frame the tail end, which holds a pair of tailpipes and signature quad taillights.

The SP38 sports the same running gear as the 488 GTB, meaning a 3.9-litre biturbo V8 putting out 500kW at 8,000rpm and 760Nm of torque at 2,000rpm. In the GTB, that’s enough to send the supercar hurling towards the horizon in 3.0 seconds flat.

The SP38 will be displayed at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este starting May 26.

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Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ti slots beneath Quadrifoglio from sub-$80k http://www.forcegt.com/news/alfa-romeo-stelvio-ti-slots-beneath-quadrifoglio-sub-80k/ Wed, 23 May 2018 10:59:19 +0000 http://www.forcegt.com/?p=81237 The Alfa Romeo Stelvio line-up has welcomed a new addition in the form of the Stelvio Ti. Sitting atop the regular Stelvio model lineup and slotting just below the flagship Stelvio Quadrifoglio, the Ti brings a more powerful 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine and added standard features. Delivering 206kW of power and a peak torque of …

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The Alfa Romeo Stelvio line-up has welcomed a new addition in the form of the Stelvio Ti. Sitting atop the regular Stelvio model lineup and slotting just below the flagship Stelvio Quadrifoglio, the Ti brings a more powerful 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine and added standard features.

Delivering 206kW of power and a peak torque of 400Nm from just 1,750rpm, the high output 2.0L turbo four propels the mid-size SUV from zero to 100km/h in 5.7 seconds before hitting a top speed of 230km/h.

The Stelvio Ti is fitted as standard with Frequency Selective Dampers (FSD) by renowned suspension specialists KONI. A hydraulic damping solution, road inputs allow the shock absorber to change the level of damping via a frequency sensitive valve incorporated into the damper unit, improving dynamic handling and ride comfort.

Also available as an option for the Stelvio Ti is Alfa Active Suspension (AAS) variable damping system.

A key differentiator for the Stelvio is the rear wheel drive biased power delivery. This system is further enhanced in the Stelvio Ti through the addition of a mechanical limited slip differential (LSD) for the rear driveline.

The Like the rest of the line-up, the Stelvio Ti is five-star ANCAP rated and comes equipped with a full-suite of safety features including autonomous emergency braking, forward collision warning, rear-view camera, lane departure warning and blind spot monitoring with rear cross-path detection. It does, however, add Adaptive Cruise Control – Plus with Full Stop.

Smart phone mirroring in the form of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is also standard, so is a 400 Watt, 10 Speaker Sound System. For audiophiles, an optional Harman/Kardon 900 Watt 14 Speaker premium sound system is available.

This premium audio option is paired with ambient interior lighting, with 12 individual LED spots designed to take the Stelvio interior ambience to the next level.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Range & Pricing (excluding on-roads)

Variant     Engine     Trans     Power     Pricing
Stelvio 2.0T     2.0L Petrol Turbo     8AT     148kW     $65,900
Stelvio 2.2T     2.2L Diesel Turbo     8AT     154kW     $67,900
Stelvio First Edition Petrol     2.0L Petrol Turbo     8AT     148kW     $71,900
Stelvio First Edition Diesel     2.2L Diesel Turbo     8AT     154kW     $73,900
Stelvio Ti 2.0T Petrol     2.0L Petrol Turbo     8AT     206kW     $78,900

 

Stelvio Ti Factory Options     Pricing
Panoramic Sunroof     $2,400
Alfa Active SDC Suspension     $2,200
Harman/Kardon Sound System     $1,500
Vehicle Theft Alarm     $750

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Bugatti makes 100th Chiron and it costs a cool $4.45m http://www.forcegt.com/news/bugatti-makes-100th-chiron-costs-cool-4-45m/ Wed, 23 May 2018 10:36:30 +0000 http://www.forcegt.com/?p=81236 Bugatti is celebrating a production milestone with the delivery of the 100th hand crafted Chiron at the brand’s Molsheim plant in Alsace, France. Specifically commissioned by a wealthy individual from the Arabian Peninsula, Chiron number 100 is finished in a striking dark blue carbon matte paint scheme – a first for a Chiron. It is …

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Bugatti is celebrating a production milestone with the delivery of the 100th hand crafted Chiron at the brand’s Molsheim plant in Alsace, France.

Specifically commissioned by a wealthy individual from the Arabian Peninsula, Chiron number 100 is finished in a striking dark blue carbon matte paint scheme – a first for a Chiron. It is contrasted by the red Bugatti side line and a set of mink black finished wheels.

Inside, the opulent interior is upholstered in full leather, with red being the dominant colour.

The price? A cool $A4.45m, or $650,000 more than the ‘regular’ Chiron.

With total production limited to just 500 cars worldwide, there’s just 400 more to go. Bugatti says its order books are ‘extremely well-filled’ and production is running at full speed, with about 70 cars leaving the manufacturer’s factory every year.

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Lexus LC Limited Edition takes paint finishes to new height http://www.forcegt.com/news/lexus-lc-limited-edition-takes-paint-finishes-new-height/ Wed, 23 May 2018 01:42:13 +0000 http://www.forcegt.com/?p=81226 The Lexus LC Limited Edition’s iridescent blue finish was inspired by the shimmering blue of the American Morpho butterfly and took 15 years of painstaking research and development. Available in both V8-powered LC500 and hybrid LC 500h, the new shade of blue – called Morphic Blue – is said to take vehicle colour to a …

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The Lexus LC Limited Edition’s iridescent blue finish was inspired by the shimmering blue of the American Morpho butterfly and took 15 years of painstaking research and development.

Available in both V8-powered LC500 and hybrid LC 500h, the new shade of blue – called Morphic Blue – is said to take vehicle colour to a new level, incorporating 300 billion nano-structure pigment flakes that generate iridescence, giving the impression of constantly changing colour with the light.

The exquisite quality of the ground-breaking paintwork is matched by a bespoke luxury cabin presented with a Chrysalis Blue colour scheme that combines dynamic orange, blue and white hues and features the use of high-quality materials including semi-aniline leather accents and Alcantara.

The exclusivity of the LC Morphic Blue Limited Edition is also reflected in the fitting of carbon-fibre scuff plates.

Lexus Australia chief executive Scott Thompson said the Morphic Blue paint ensures the special LC coupe stands out from every other car on the road.

“The LC Morphic Blue Limited Edition adds extra elements of exclusivity and hand-finished quality to the brand’s sensuously designed coupe,” Mr Thompson said.

“Offered in extremely limited numbers, this will be the car of choice for those who recognise and value the interaction of science and the highest standards of Lexus Takumi craftsmanship,” he said.

The pigment used for the Morphic Blue paint is the result of an eight-month process that includes 12 production steps and 20 quality inspections.

It is applied in seven layers, making it practical for use in the production of highly exclusive cars such as the LC 500 and LC 500h Limited Edition.

Conventional pigment paints reflect less than 50 per cent of incoming light as a visible blue colour, but with Morphic Blue the level is nearly 100 per cent.

Such is the fine quality of the process, only two Morphic Blue cars can be produced in a working day at Motomachi factory in Japan, the high-technology home of the LC.

While the Morpho butterfly is renowned for the stunning blue of its wings, they are, in fact, colourless. The blue seen by the human eye is created by light interference on the microscopic lattice surface structure of the butterfly’s wings.

Similarly, Morphic Blue paint is designed to work on the eye rather than on a camera lens; it is only when it is seen “in the flesh” that the amazing effect becomes clear.

The recommended retail price is $192,500 plus on-road costs for both the LC 500 and LC 500h Limited Edition models, representing a premium of $2,500 for the painstakingly developed and applied paint and the bespoke interior.

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Elon Musk: Tesla Model 3 can do 0-100km/h in 3.5s http://www.forcegt.com/news/elon-musk-tesla-model-3-can-0-100km-h-3-5s/ Tue, 22 May 2018 12:31:37 +0000 http://www.forcegt.com/?p=81223 Tesla CEO Elon Musk has spilled details on the top-spec version of the forthcoming Model 3, confirming that the new compact sedan will have a dual-motor all-wheel drive set up with performance that will eclipse that of the BMW M3. In a series of tweets on Twitter this week, Mr Musk revealed that the Model …

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk has spilled details on the top-spec version of the forthcoming Model 3, confirming that the new compact sedan will have a dual-motor all-wheel drive set up with performance that will eclipse that of the BMW M3.

In a series of tweets on Twitter this week, Mr Musk revealed that the Model 3 will be capable of accelerating from standstill to 100km/h in just 3.5 seconds, en route to a top speed of 250km/h. He also twitted that the Model 3 performance variant will boast a maximum driving range of 500 kilometres.

The Model 3’s dual motors – one in each axle – will also be able to operate independently in case of either motor breaks down, said Mr Musk.

“Tesla AWD is dual motor, so you can fully drive the car even if one breaks,” he said.

“(This) helps ensure you make it to your destination and don’t get stuck on (the) side of (the) road in potentially unsafe conditions.”

Comparing the Model 3 with the BMW M3, Mr Musk said the Tesla will be faster and dynamically superior.

“About (the) same as (the) BMW M3, but 15 per cent quicker and with better handling,” he said.
“(The car) will beat anything in its class on the track.”

As well as the performance range-topper, Tesla will also offer a “lesser” dual-motor AWD Model 3 variant with a claimed range of 500km and 0-100km/h sprint time of 4.5s. This model will have a top speed of 225km/h.

Mr Musk also announced Tesla’s new method for customers to arrange vehicle servicing.

“(We) will soon enable Tesla owners to request service from their phone with a few taps,” he said on Twitter.

“Tesla Ranger will come to you to take care of your car. No need to bring the car in yourself and zero paperwork”.

Production of the Tesla Model 3 will enter full swing by the end of this year, with first Australian deliveries scheduled for late 2019.

Pricing is expected to range from $60,000 to $140,000 for the top-spec performance ‘P’ variant, putting the Model 3 in direct competition against the likes of BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Lexus IS.

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UK-delivered 533kW HSV VXR8 up for sale http://www.forcegt.com/tuning/uk-delivered-533kw-hsv-vxr8-sale/ Tue, 22 May 2018 10:37:35 +0000 http://www.forcegt.com/?p=81208 A fire-breathing Walkinshaw-tuned HSV VXR8 complete with attention grabbing ‘psychedelic’ wrap is up for sale in the UK. Owned by the administrator of a Facebook paged called ‘HSV Holden UK Community’, the 2007 E Series HSV VXR8 – the equivalent of a HSV GTS in Australia – comes with a ‘W705’ Walkinshaw kit that pump …

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A fire-breathing Walkinshaw-tuned HSV VXR8 complete with attention grabbing ‘psychedelic’ wrap is up for sale in the UK.

Owned by the administrator of a Facebook paged called ‘HSV Holden UK Community’, the 2007 E Series HSV VXR8 – the equivalent of a HSV GTS in Australia – comes with a ‘W705’ Walkinshaw kit that pump out 522kW and 813Nm from the 6.2-litre LS2 V8.

The owner claims the car will hit 100km/h from a standstill in just over 4.0 seconds en route to a top end of around 322km/h, thanks to over $A100k worth of modifications performed by Walkinshaw in the UK.

“The modifications that I have carried out have transformed the car, managing to combined breath-taking performance with supreme comfort and reliability,” his writes on his eBay listing.

“I cannot being to describe the passion that has gone into this car – and selling it has been a difficult decision.

“However, a new project is on the horizon – and if I don’t sell it now, I may change my mind.”

With 133,500km on the clock, the HSV has been listed on eBay for £30,000, or $A53,000. And if the performance or psychedelic wrap aren’t enough to tempt you, the sound it makes might change your mind.

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Performance Edition to be standard fare on 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI http://www.forcegt.com/news/performance-edition-standard-fare-2019-volkswagen-golf-gti/ Tue, 22 May 2018 09:42:02 +0000 http://www.forcegt.com/?p=81204 The 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI will come as standard with the Performance upgrade previously only specified for the GTI Performance Edition. Having stated its intent to release a GTI Performance Edition 2 in the third quarter of this year to follow 2017’s sold out first edition, Volkswagen has instead made all GTIs performance grade. With …

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The 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI will come as standard with the Performance upgrade previously only specified for the GTI Performance Edition.

Having stated its intent to release a GTI Performance Edition 2 in the third quarter of this year to follow 2017’s sold out first edition, Volkswagen has instead made all GTIs performance grade.

With the 169kW GTI no longer available, Volkswagen Australia was able to standardise the technical specification of the Performance Edition for all GTIs.

While pricing and equipment for the MY19 range is being finalised, the current GTI range remains on drive away with pricing as follows:

GTI – $41,490/$43,990 (manual/DSG)
GTI Performance Edition 1 – $47,990

Available for order next month ahead of October delivery, the 2019 Golf GTIs come standard with equipment previously reserved for Performance Editions including the 180kW/370Nm tune of the 2.0-litre turbo petrol four, 7-speed wet-clutch DSG, electro-mechanical front differential lock and the ventilated front and rear disc brake package from the Golf R.

While a three door GTI is still to be had in GTI Original form while stock lasts, the 2019 Golf GTI has five doors. Stocks of manual three and five door GTIs remain.

Along with details on the 2019 GTI, Volkswagen also said that an announcement about the GTI TCR, unveiled at this month’s Worthersee festival, will be made next month.

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Hardcore Ford Fiesta RS hyper-hatch on the way http://www.forcegt.com/news/hardcore-ford-fiesta-rs-hyper-hatch-way/ Mon, 21 May 2018 10:24:42 +0000 http://www.forcegt.com/?p=81192 Rumours have been circulating for a while but it seems Ford has admitted they are working on its first-ever Fiesta RS hot hatch that will sit at the pointy end of the range. Details are scarce at the moment, but when asked about a hotter Fiesta at the new ST’s global launch recently, Ford Performance …

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Rumours have been circulating for a while but it seems Ford has admitted they are working on its first-ever Fiesta RS hot hatch that will sit at the pointy end of the range.

Details are scarce at the moment, but when asked about a hotter Fiesta at the new ST’s global launch recently, Ford Performance Europe chief, Leo Roeks replied with a broad grin: “I can’t tell you, but I’m very busy”.

It is too early to speculate on the Fiesta RS’ power and drivetrain but it’s safe to assume a hike in power compared to the ST’s 147kW/290Nm turbocharged 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine.

Besides the RS, it is understood the company is also working on a twin-clutch transmission for the ST, both of which are not expected to arrive until at least mid-2019.

Rendering by X-Tomi Design

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