Bentley Hunaudieres is a car which was released in 1999 as a concept model. It was shown at that year’s Geneva Auto Show. The model came with an 8L engine from Volkswage, which was naturally aspired and it had 623 HP at 6,000 RPM. The manual transmission has five speeds and the car can reach a maximum speed of 220 mph (or 350 km/h). It’s a great car and one that I’d love to see in production. I love how the Bentley Hunaudieres looks and the specs of this model don’t sound too bad either.

Bentley Hunaudieres

 

The Ford EcoSport was just unveiled at the Auto Show from New Delhi. This is a mini-crossover which is based on the Fiesta and it’s designed to be built for countries like India and Brazil or other Asian countries. It’s basically a tall small car that tries to look tough and it will probably have AWD as an option, not a standard. The engine on it will be a 1.0L EcoBoost model, with three cylinders and 120HP.

Ford-EcoSport

An announcement from Hennessey from a couple of days ago lets us know that they’re going to release a version with 800HP of the 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8. The engine onboard will be a 6.4L V8 HEMI which is standard, but it will be modified to 7L and it will have turbochargers added as well.

A normal SRT8 offers 465HP, which allows it to do the sprint from 0 to 62 mph in 4.8 seconds and it costs $55,295 in the United States. The version modified by Hennessey will have 805HP, will do the 0-62 mph sprint in 3.1 seconds and it will cost $235,000. Only 24 of them will be made though.

Besides the increased power, the 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 from Hennessey will also have a improved transmission, Brembo disc brakes in the front and the rear, an upgrade for the torque converted, allow wheels that are lighter, lower sport suspension and a front splitter from carbon fiber. The steering wheel will have Alcantara leather on it and the interior will have leather as well.

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The Fisker Karma has an issue with the battery apparently and while initially it was thought that only 50 cars were affected by it, it seems that 239 will be recalled. It seems that it’s a problem with the hose clamps and how they are positioned on the Li-Ion batteries. There is a possibility that coolant might leak from them and it could provoke a short-circuit in the batteries and fire. The recalled cars will have their batteries replaced. Only 225 cars were shipped by December 21st, so there is a good chance that all the cars shipped so far will be part of this recall.

For those that don’t know, the Fisker Karma is a $96k hybrid that has a total of three motors, with an autonomy of 50 miles just with the batteries. The car has 657 HP.

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The 2012 Honda Crosstour will arrive in the US with a new engine, with 4 cylinders and a 2.4L capacity, with 192HP. It comes with an automatic gearbox with 5 speeds and the fuel efficiency is said to be 29 MPG when you’re on a highway and 21 MPG when you’re in a city.

There are two trim levels available for the Honda Crosstour. In both cases, you get the automatic headlights, the moonroof, privacy glass and 17 inch alloy wheels. The car’s interior has power locks and windows, an audio system with 7 speakers, connectivity via USB or Bluetooth and air conditioning. The version that is a bit more expensive, the Crosstour EX-L, also has front seats that are heated, upholstery from leather and a climate control with two zones.

The price of the 2012 Honda Crosstour is expected to be under $30,000.

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The 2013 SL was revealed by Mercedes-Benz and it appears that its first official showing will be at the Detroit Motor Show in January 2012. This is the 6th generation of the SL and it uses a new platform, though the basic recipe remains the same one.

The engines installed on it will be V6 and V8 and they will be mounted longitudinally. There will be a RWD configuration. The thing that makes this model special is the folding roof made from metal, which needs 20 seconds for the conversion.

Compared with the previous model, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL has a bold look and surfaces that are cleaner. It has a radiator grille which is inspired from the SLS and it’s much more efficient from an aerodynamic point of view. It’s also the first Mercedes-Benz car to be made entirely from aluminum, which allows it to be lighter than its predecessor by up to 140kg.

The first engine will be a 3.5L V6 engine, which allows the car to reach 100km/h in 5.9 seconds. The second engine will be a 4.7L V8, which will be used on the SL500. This one allows the car to reach the 100km/h in just 4.6 seconds, thanks to the 429HP. The gearbox is an automated model with 7 speeds in both cases.

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The price of the 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid has been revealed by the Korean manufacturer and it appears that the car’s base price will be $26,610. This price will include a destination fee of $760. This model doesn’t come with cosmetic or internal modifications, but it does have the Blue Link telematics system included in the base model.

You can order this car with a leather package which is optional, which includes leather steering wheel, shift knob and seating. It also brings heated seats in the front and the rear and a rear view mirror which is auto-dimming.

This 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is a hybrid model, which uses a 2.4L engine Atkinson cycle, which offers 169HP. The automatic gearbox has 6 speeds and there is also an electric engine of 30 kW, plus a battery pack, of lithium polymer. The car’s EPA average rating is 37 miles per galon (or 6.4L per 100 km).

2011 Hyundai Sonata

The 2012 Mercedes SLK was brought to the Geneva Auto Show and the design has been updated to include some of the ideas seen in other recent launches from the company. The SLK convertible has a vario-roof which has a Magic Sky Control, which can vary the roof’s tint, from bright to dark.

As for the engines of the 2012 Mercedes SLK, you can pick from the 1.8L or the 3.5L V6 (mounted on the SLK 350). The new SLK is already available in dealerships in Germany and it will also come to the United States during the summer of 2011.

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The Maserati GranCabrio Sport is a new model that comes with a V8 engine at 4.7L and 444HP, plus a ZF transmission with 6 speeds. This model comes with an active suspension system, big brakes and drilled dual-cast discs.

The maximum speed of the Maserati GranCabrio Sport is 285 km/h (177 mph) and you can get it in a new color, which is called Rosso Trionfale (means “triumphant red”). As far as the design goes, it has a black grille, new side skirts, front corner splitters, plus headlights with black borders. The sales of the Maserati GranCabrio will start at some point at the end of the summer.

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The Renault Wind Gordini is the latest car announced by the French automaker and they consider it a true driver’s car, according to their statements. The color on it is Malta blue and it has racing stripes that are white as well, plus a black roof, white accents and 17 inch alloy wheels. The interior has two seats with leather on them, a steering wheel sports style and white and blue door straps.

The engines on the Wind Gordini are the same like those used on a regular version model, so you can go with either the 1.2L petrol engine at 99HP, or the 1.6L petrol with 131HP.

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