Monday, February 23, 2009

Week 9, 2009: MiTo GTA, Audi TT RS, Aston Martin DBS Volante, GT-R

Alfa Romeo MiTo GTA
Alfa Romeo officially revealed their new hot hatchback - the MiTo GTA Concept. The car will be shown at the upcoming Geneva motor show. The sporty little car has a 1.8 litre turbocharged engine, good for 240bhp. A real competitor to the Mini John Cooper Works.

For more information about the MiTo GTA Concept check out WorldCarFans.

Audi TT RS
The long-awaited Audi TT RS has finally been unveiled, both in Coupe and Roadster version. According to the press release it has a five-cylinder 2.5-liter turbocharged engine with direct injection and is capable of producing 340hp and 450Nm of torque. That power is going to be transferred to the road through a four-wheel Quattro drive train and a six-speed manual transmission. Zero to 100 km/h time is expected to be around 5 seconds and the top speed limited to 250km/h (155mph). More details will be available at the 2009 Geneva motor show where that rocket is making its debut in front of public.

For high-res photos of the TT RS you may visit: Netcarshow.

Aston Martin DBS Volante
Another great premiere at the Geneva show - the drop-top version of the Aston Martin DBS. It has the same V12 engine found in the DBS coupe, but this one will give you even more excitement, if you decide to have the fabric roof down. By clicking a button the roof retracts in 14 seconds at speeds up to 30 mph (48 km/h).
Power is provided by Aston Martin’s hand-built all alloy 6.0-litre V12 engine producing 510 bhp (380 kW / 517 PS), and 570 Nm (420 lb ft) of torque with a top speed of 191 mph (307 km/h) and 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) time of 4.3 seconds.

To read the full press release, go to Autoblog.

Nissan GT-R does 0-60 in 3.3 seconds
Nissan's engineers have been working on remapping the control unit of the transmission and getting a little bit more power out of the engine. Now there's the rumor that their test driver was able to clock a 3.3 seconds time from 0-60 mph at the Tochigi test track with an updated 2009 Nissan GT-R, even with the VDC (Vehicle Dynamic Control) switched on. But that time has not been officially released by Nissan, yet.

More information is avalable at: GTRBlog.