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Saturday, July 3, 2010

Smart Fortwo Car

Smart Fortwo Car

Smart Fortwo is rear-engined two-seater microcar manufactured by Smart GmbH, introduced at the Paris Motor Show in 1998 as the Smart City Coupe, and now the second generation.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Smart Car Gas Mileage

You may have noticed a change in some of your local car dealership lately. You have seen some small funny looking car on their lot! Reminding the 70's oil crisis?

These cars get excellent mileage around 40 MPG, and they weigh less than 700 pounds almost all other American cars. They're also cheap! From $ 12,000, nearly everyone can afford a new one.

Thus, since the Smart ForTwo car has a fuel tank capacity (including 1.3 gallon reserve) of 8.7 gallons, and the Smart Car Gas Mileage (MPG) is about 40 miles per gallon, you can squeeze about 350 miles before the next station visit (trying to sound "English"). Smart ForTwo Car speed is regulated, and is limited to approximately 90 miles per hour (MPH). If you want to race your neighbors, guaged in 0-60 acceleration in approximately 12.8 seconds. Hyundai's faster than me in my High School years, but perhaps slower than me (hand-me-down) 302 1976 Ford Granada Ghia 4-door sedan (dating myself?)

This machine
displacement is 1 liter, and has three cylinders. If you're not impressed, it has four valves per cylinder! Smart ForTwo car is rated at around 70 HP, and has a 68 lb ft of torque. Fuel ingected, of course, but do not put regular 87 octane in this baby.

You must pay extra to use the manufacturer's recommended (mandated) minimum 91 octane?. Does that wipe out the savings you get from fuel efficiency? Do not forget to take that into consideration when forking over your precious money to a dealer
. Maybe more in the long term costs to purchase and operate FourTwo, from maintaining your current vehicle.

It takes about 3.5 liters of oil, including filter. It seems to have five wonderful "automated manual" transmission gears, however! You can place Samrt FourTwo transmission in fully automatic car, or you can use the gate OPN plus / minus the gearshift.

From what I understand, the "automatic" mode gives passengers (notice, "passengers" only single in "FourTwo") and the driver enough experience. It's a bit jerky, is what I say. I have read an article saying, "What that means is that you encourage ForTwo like you would a regular automatic, but the transmission lurches through gear changes with the awkwardness of learning sticks on her sister's Corolla 15 years." Description Awesome!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

New Mitsubishi 3 Cylinder 10 Liter Engine Smart Car

Mitsubishi Motors has developed two new MIVEC (Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control) aluminum cylinder block engines including fuel consumption 660cc three-cylinder-model with increased power and a decrease of its predecessor.

Mitsubishi will use the new machine in two new vehicles scheduled for introduction in the Japanese domestic market this fiscal year end.

The new concept minicar i, scheduled to join Mitsubishi's lineup in January next year, will use 3-cylinder MIVEC engine new 660cc. The new Outlander SUV, due to debut in showrooms this October, which will be powered by engines of new 2.4-liter four-cylinder MIVEC.

In addition to the control valve timing and a block of aluminum (which gives 10% weight reduction), the new engine also uses the following to reduce the weight, size and cost, and to provide more power and fuel economy better:
  • 4-valve direct-drive valvetrain
  • Timing chain
  • Resin components (including the intake manifold, headgear)
  • Rear exhaust engine mounting layout
New 3-cylinder, 660cc turbocharged engine provides 47kW (63 hp) of power. With variable valve timing, fuel is expected to increase by 15% eceonomy the mini-car unit today, and to obtain a 3-star LEV rating for emission levels 50% cleaner than Japanese 2005 Low-Emission Vehicle requirements.

With the midship location and 45 degrees tilted back, the new engine allows a greater flexibility in developing the front end and also a longer wheelbase.

New four-cylinder 2.4-liter MIVEC engine that will be a major generator Mitsubishi Mitsubishi-use intake and exhaust ports of cylinder head design and the intake / exhaust system with dual-wall stainless exhaust manifold and high-performance catalytic converters.

New 2.4-liter engine provides 5% increase in power over the 2.4-liter MIVEC engine today along with fuel economy 5% better than Japan's 2010 standards fuel economy.

Design base 2.4-liter MIVEC engine was developed through the project Engine World alliance between Mitsubishi, Chrysler Group and Hyundai Motors.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Sunday, June 27, 2010

2011 Impreza WRX STI Review

Subaru performance enthusiasts have been patiently waiting for the next Impreza WRX STI sedan. Finally, the wait is completed. For the 2011 model year, IMS will once again be available as a sedan.

Along with the hatchback, sedan STI has been engineered to be more precise. This includes a larger front and rear stabilizer bars, increased spring rates, and the rigid rear sub-frame bushings. And of course, the sedan features iconic STI rear spoiler, which has been set to increase downforce, while reducing the overall drag coefficient of a car.

Back for the 2011 model year, is strong in the STI's turbocharged VMAR BOXER ® engine, which cranks from 305 horsepower and 290 lb-ft of torque. It's paired with a six-speed manual transmission and Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. Rally-tuned sport suspension, exclusive Brembo ® brake system, and the Driver Controlled Centre Differential (DCCD) to help keep all that power in check.