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16
Jul
10

AK recap: Pirellis, ‘Rings and a Fiesta!

Here’s what’s going on over at www.auto-kinesis.com:


Pirelli replaces Bridgestone as exclusive tire provider for Formula 1

2011 Infiniti M – Pics and Specs

Pagani Zonda R Rips the ‘Ring

08
Jun
10

First Drive: 2011 Mustang GT 5.0

At Ford H.Q, when the sheet was pulled off of the 2011 Mustang GT that would sport the 5.0 V8, a fellow journalist leaned in to me and muttered a painful truth I was attempting to ignore:

“looks like you’re gonna have to upgrade.”

My heart sank. No one likes to hear that their automotive pride and joy is to be surpassed by a newer, faster model and here I was, at the very spawning ground of my ‘08 GT/CS being told it was officially obsolete. I managed to fool myself regarding last year’s refresh as my ape-like, chest-thumping defense mechanism was triggered. This time, however, no matter how much pride and jealousy oozes through my seams, I cannot ignore the fact that the new Mustang GT is simply amazing

Read the rest here at Auto-Kinesis.com

26
May
10

Keepin’ busy

Hey all. Updates have been admittedly slow, but we’ve been busy! Behold, proof!

Stay tuned for some tales from behind the wheel of these cars and more. Right, back to work…

-Alex K-

02
May
10

AK Recap: apps, gullwings, and GT’s

Here’s whats going on over at www.auto-kinesis.com:

SYNC AppLink Debuts on 2011 Ford Fiesta

In Depth: Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3

New Hotness: Audi R8 GT

05
Apr
10

2010 New York Auto Show: Highlights

The N.Y. Auto Show is back, and you know that means tons of pics for you to ogle at. I’ve compiled them neatly at www.auto-kinesis.com in two parts for your convenience. Enjoy!

2010 New York Auto Show – Highlights: part 1

2010 New York Auto Show – Highlights: part 2

-Alex K-

01
Apr
10

2010 NY Auto Show – Updates soon!

expect a ton of data and photos soon!

-Alex K-

24
Mar
10

Aston Martin Rapide: at a glance


It’s been known for some time that a few of the more luxurious sports car brands have been mulling around the idea of adding a 4-door sedan to their coupe-heavy lineup, with various degrees of progress. Only whispers of Ferrari’s interest have wafted from Modena, and Lamborghini had constructed the Estoque concept. Porsche was the only company to follow through to actual production, but the Panamera has an official contender with the official announcement of the Aston Martin Rapide.   One of the most eagerly awaited cars of the year at the 63rd Frankfurt Motor Show last September, The Rapide, is touted to be a  functional yet luxurious 4- door sports car that will seat four full bodied adults and still provide the engaging driving experience synonymous with all Aston Martins.

As the marque’s first production four-door sports car, Rapide encapsulates core values of Power, Beauty and Soul; four ‘swan wing’ doors provide access to cosseting sports seats both front and rear bestowing occupants with ample accommodation. A 317 litre (11 cubic ft.) luggage compartment affords generous space for the active lifestyle equipment of four people, creating an Aston Martin which can be enjoyed on any occasion, anytime, anywhere.

Rapide’s rear environment has been desinged to be a place where passengers feel a part of the driving experience, with clear views to the front and sides. Comfort and support is supplied in the form of two hand trimmed individual seats and a personal face-level heating and air conditioning system. Aiding the practicalities of everyday use, the luggage compartment features a movable bulkhead to permit access from the rear cabin while the rear seats fold flat at the touch of a button to create a flat loading space increasing the luggage compartment from 317 litres to 886 litres (31 cubic ft).

The bellowing heart of this Aston Martin is an evocative, hand-built 6.0-litre V12 engine producing 470 bhp (477 PS / 350 kW) with peak power being delivered at 6000 rpm and 600 Nm (443 lbft) peak torque at 5000 rpm. A specifically tuned six-speed Touchtronic 2 automatic transmission features as standard, allowing the driver to change gear automatically or manually via the steering column-mounted magnesium paddles.

First shown in 2006 in concept form at the Detroit Auto Show, the Rapide project received an immediate green light from Aston Martin’s new shareholders in mid-2007 following the sale of the marque by the Ford Motor Company. In a little over two years, Aston Martin’s design and engineering team have delivered a new car from the ground up. Rapide has been developed from the ‘V/H Architecture’ platform which already forms the backbone to Aston Martin’s critically acclaimed line-up: the DBS, DB9 and Vantage.

Chief Executive, Dr. Ulrich Bez said: “Rapide is the culmination of the Aston Martin range of sports cars, a car that seals the revival of a truly admired marque. There is now an Aston Martin for every taste and for every use.

“With Rapide, the entire family can enjoy their Aston Martin together in unison, in an invigorating yet comfortable environment, sitting low, with plenty of visibility from every seat and with new levels of comfort, refinement and entertainment.”

Director of Design, Marek Reichman who led the in-house design team which penned the Rapide said: “Like a race horse standing still, you can see its power and elegance, the shape of Rapide’s rear haunches are muscular conveying the power that lies beneath while its low stance produces a powerful look.

“There is a real sense of proportion with this car, akin to a tailored suit; the new double grill gives more presence on the road while the iconic signature side strake has been lengthened through to the rear doors to enhance its lateral proportions in a subtle, yet elegant way. The car’s purity makes it look right from every angle.”

Customer deliveries will commence at the beginning of the second quarter of 2010.

-Alex K-