Friday, February 1, 2008

Car Review : 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X

Performance & Efficiency Standard Features

- 1,998 cc 2.0 liters in-line 4 front engine with 86.0 mm bore, 86.0 mm stroke, 10.0 compression ratio, double overhead cam, variable valve timing/camshaft and four valves per cylinder 4B11
- Unleaded fuel 87
- Multi-point injection fuel system
- 15.3 gallon main unleaded fuel tank 12.7
- Power: 113 kW , 152 HP SAE @ 6,000 rpm; 146 ft lb , 198 Nm @ 4,250 rpm

Handling, Ride & Braking Standard Features

- Two disc brakes including two ventilated discs
- Immobilizer
- Spacesaver steel rim internal spare wheel
- Strut front suspension independent with stabilizer bar and coil springs, multi-link rear suspension independent with coil springs

Exterior & Aerodynamics Standard Features

- Body color front and rear bumpers
- Day time running lights
- Driver and passenger, power black door mirrors
- External dimensions: overall length (inches): 180.0, overall width (inches): 69.4, overall height (inches): 58.7, wheelbase (inches): 103.7, front track (inches): 60.2, rear track (inches): 60.2 and curb to curb turning circle (feet): 32.8
- Complex surface lens halogen bulb headlights
- Luxury trim titanium look on doors and titanium look on dashboard
- Pearl paint
- Fixed rear window with defogger
- Tinted glass on cabin
- Weights: curb weight (lbs) 2,999
- Windshield wipers with variable intermittent wipe

Interior Standard Features

- 12v power outlet: front and 1
- Roof antenna
- Front ashtray
- Audio system with AM/FM and CD player CD player reads MP3
- Automatic drive indicator on dashboard
- Cargo area light
- Cargo capacity: all seats in place (cu ft): 11.6
- Clock
- Computer with average speed, average fuel consumption, instantaneous fuel consumption and range for remaining fuel
- Full dashboard console with open storage box, full floor console with covered storage box
- Delayed/fade courtesy lights
- Front seats cup holders fixed
- Door ajar warning
- Door pockets/bins for driver seat, passenger seat and rear seats
- External temperature
- Driver front airbag with multi-stage deployment, passenger front airbag with occupant sensors and multi-stage deployment
- Bucket driver and passenger seat
- Height adjustable 3-point reel front seat belts on driver seat and passenger seat with pre-tensioners
- Front seat center armrest
- Two height adjustable active head restraints on front seats, three height adjustable head restraints on rear seats
- Headlight control with time delay switch-off
- Illuminated entry system
- Internal dimensions: front headroom (inches): 39.6, rear headroom (inches): 36.9, front hip room (inches): 53.3, rear hip room (inches): 54.1, front leg room (inches): 42.2, rear leg room (inches): 36.1, front shoulder room (inches): 54.7, rear shoulder room (inches): 54.3 and interior volume (cu ft): 94.8
- Knee airbags driver
- Low tire pressure indicator
- Power steering
- Front and rear power windows
- 3-point reel rear seat belts on driver side, passenger side and center side
- Three asymmetrical bench front facing rear seats with zero adjustments
- Rear view mirror
- Remote fuel filler door release
- Remote control remote trunk/hatch release
- Front and rear side curtain airbag
- Cloth seat upholstery with additional cloth
- Seating: five seats
- Service interval indicator
- Front side airbag
- Four speaker(s)
- Plastic steering wheel with tilt adjustment
- Tachometer
- Passenger vanity mirror
- Ventilation system with micro filter

{Source : Mitsubishi}

Car Tuners Review : Brabus SLR

The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren is one of the world's most fascinating sports cars. Following their credo that the best is just good enough for BRABUS the engineers and designers at BRABUS have developed an exclusive sport program for the two-seater. It lets owners of the top-of-the-line Mercedes-Benz models further individualize their vehicles.

BRABUS equips the SLR with a special self-locking differential. Its 40 percent locking rate further optimizes the super sports car's traction and thus further improves acceleration.

In BRABUS Racing version with performance-improving fuel cooling, custom camshafts and an open racing exhausts system maximum power output of the supercharged V8 engine increases to 660 hp / 486 kW at 6,500 rpm. The exhaust system is not certified for use on public roads. Thus equipped the SLR storms to 100 km/h from rest in just 3.6 seconds and reaches a top speed of up to 340 km/h.

BRABUS further offers professional modifications to body, suspension and interior that further amplify the sports talents of the SLR.

For further improved directional stability at high speeds the BRABUS designers developed a new spoiler for the front air dam. The exposed-carbon aerodynamic-enhancement part reduces lift on the front axle and adds another shot of racing looks. The rear diffuser is also made from exposed carbon.

The multi-piece BRABUS Monoblock VI 20-inch light-alloy wheels with six double spokes command immediate attention. The fully polished wheels in size 9.5Jx20 in front and in size 11.5Jx20 on the rear axle fill out the available space below the wheel arches perfectly.

BRABUS chose high-performance tires in sizes 255/30 ZR 20 and 305/25 ZR 20 as the optimal solution. The conversion to the BRABUS 20-inch tire/wheel combination gives the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren even more dynamic handling prowess.

BRABUS also adds new sporty and exclusive highlights in the interior. The company-own upholstery shop created a BRABUS interior from an exclusive black and red combination of leather and Alcantara, perfectly crafted down to the last detail. The waffle-design stitching of the SLR leather floor is especially elaborate and it alone uses 7,800 meters of the finest thread.

For easier entering and exiting BRABUS manufactured a custom BRABUS sport steering wheel with an ergonomically shaped rim that is flat on the bottom. For manual shifting of the SLR's automatic transmission the BRABUS steering wheel features buttons integrated into the spokes.

The BRABUS interior designers developed precise-fit applications for dashboard, center console and door panels, all made from exposed carbon. They extend the BRABUS exterior carbon look into the interior.

The BRABUS super sports car sells for 600,000 Euros. Included in the price is the SLR's air-freight shipment to anywhere in the world.

{Source : Brabus Technical Specifications}