Latest news and articles All the latest information from BYD's giant-killing hybrid Qin saloon The Chinese car industry is oft-maligned, and sometimes for good reason. The BYD (Build Your Dreams - yes, really) marque has suffered its fair share of the slings and arrows of outraged journalists over the years, from the BMW-like badge it once wore, to the rather Mercedes-Benz-like exterior of its <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=175351">F8</a> convertible. BMW reveals new F22 2 Series Just as the replacement for the 3 series coupé has become the 4 series, the new generation of 1 series coupé is now known as the 2 series. BMW has announced the specifications and pricing of the 220i Coupé, 220d Coupé and the M235i Coupé, with sales to commence in Germany in November 2013, and in other markets at the same time or shortly thereafter. New Alfa Romeo MiTo TwinAir 105 PS model Alfa Romeo has boosted the output of the radical two cylinder TwinAir engine in the <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=357720">Alfa Romeo MiTo TwinAir</a> by 20 PS, bringing it up to 105 PS (103.5 bhp/77kW) in total. The Lilliputian twin features multipoint fuel injection and turbocharging to achieve the relatively high power density of 120 PS per litre (118.3 bhp/litre; 88 kW/litre). Opel's new Country Tourer Insignia details revealed Opel has produced an Audi allroad rival in their new Insignia Country Tourer series. Unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show earlier this year, Opel have revealed full technical details on the new range. Alfa Romeo 4C laps the Nürburgring in 8:04 Alfa Romeo's eagerly anticipated mid-engined sports car, the <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=319693">Alfa Romeo 4C</a>, has posted a quick 8:04 lap time on the infamously irrelevant Nürburgring Nordschliefe. With veteran ring-lapper Horst von Saurma at the helm, the 240 PS 4C hustled around the track faster, Alfa Romeo claims, than any other sub-250 PS machine has before. Superleggera Touring's gorgeous Alfa Romeo Disco Volante enters limited production Having been shown previously as a concept car, the Superleggera Touring <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=319649">Alfa Romeo Disco Volante</a> has entered limited production with the backing of Alfa Romeo. The Milan-based <i>carrozzerie</i> has been building custom car bodies since 1926, and has clothed some of the finest British and European motoring icons, such as Pegaso, Ferrari, Lancia, Alfa Romeo, Jensen, Aston Martin and Lamborghini. Toyota Launches Crown Majesta in Japan Finally, something automotive that's not happening at Frankfurt. Toyota Motor Corporation today launched the new Japanese-market <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=357181">Toyota Crown Majesta</a>. BMW i8 at Frankfurt Motor Show 2013 BMW's sleek 2+2 seater i8 plug-in hybrid sports car has made its long-awaited public début at the 2013 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show. The first production BMW to feature a mid-engined layout since the fabled BMW M1, the i8 features a turbocharged 1.5 litre 3 cylinder and a secondary electric motor to provide limited electric-only propulsion. Mercedes-Benz Shows a Glimpse of S-Class Coupé Following the successful début of the latest S-Class saloons, Mercedes-Benz has unveiled a concept at the 2013 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show that shows the design direction they are taking for the 2 door coupé version of their range-topping model. The <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=357203">Mercedes-Benz Concept S-Class Coupé</a>, to give it its full name, is just over 5 metres long at 5050 mm, and sits on a wheelbase of 2945 mm. Porsche Celebrates 50 Years of the 911 It was at the 1963 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show that Porsche's 911 was first introduced to the world. The original <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=99913">1963 Porsche 901</a> (later rebadged as 911) had a rear mounted air-cooled flat six of two litres capacity. Advertising change for uses Google's AdSense programme to deliver ads to readers. We do this in order to recoup costs of hosting and other overheads. Audi's Sport quattro Concept headed to Frankfurt To celebrate 30 years since the introduction of the <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=26532">Audi Sport quattro</a> at the 1983 Frankfurt Motor Show, Audi will present a modern reinterpretation of the classic rally machine. Spectacularly yellow, the <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=357104">2013 Audi Sport quattro Concept</a> is powered by a hybrid drivetrain, with a 150 PS (110 kW) electric motor supplementing a 4 litre V8 TFSI engine's 560 PS (412 kW). More power, better handling for Bentley's V8 Continentals Bentley Motors have improved the performance of their V8 Continental models. Power from the 3993 cc V8 engine is up to 528 PS (389 kW) at 6000 rpm and torque is improved from 600 N·m to 680 N·m (502 lb·ft) at 1700 rpm. Hyundai Avante (Elantra) receives a facelift South Korea's Hyundai Motor Company has made some detail changes to their Avante range. The Avante is known in most markets outside of South Korea as the Elantra. Porsche's Diesel Panamera gets moar powa! The Diesel Panamera from Porsche just got a 50 PS power hike. Available from January 2014, the Panamera Diesel will produce 300 PS (221 kW) at 4000 rpm (250 PS/184 kW @ 3800-4400 rpm on the outgoing model) and 650 N·m (479 lb·ft) at 1750-2500 rpm. Toyota's Sai hybrid gets a nip and tuck Toyota's Sai hybrid vehicle has come in for some mid-life rejuvenation. The Sai is very closely related to the Lexus HS and is only sold in Japan. 2 litre tax break cars in Italy Following the 1973 OPEC Oil Crisis, countries the world over began trying ways of getting improved fuel economy from car manufacturers through legislation and taxes. Italy's solution was to impose punitive taxes on cars of over 2 litres in capacity. Specifications revealed for Infiniti's new Q50 mid-size offering Infiniti in the USA have released the specifications of the new Infiniti Q50 models. The Hong Kong-headquartered luxury brand that Nissan launched in 1989 has given the Q50 a striking new look to accompany its objective: to unseat the German triumvirate of Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz in the mid-size segment of the market (Infiniti's other rival, Toyota's Lexus, is another leading protagonist in this area of the market, but is mentioned separately here so that I could use <i>triumvirate</i>). Nissan Sentra nameplate returns to South Africa Nissan's Sentra nameplate has a long history in South Africa, having been introduced to the country as a Nissan Sunny-based model in the mid-eighties. It was offered back then both as a four door saloon and a coupé. Using the search tool A lot of people find through searches on Google. Many times though, what they appear to be searching for isn't being returned very well by Google at all, so users may wonder why they have ended up on a page on that has little to do with their original search. Toyota USA announces Corolla MY2014 pricing Toyota USA has revealed the pricing for its latest Corolla range for model year 2014. The base model Corolla - the six speed manual Corolla L, starts at 800, while the same trim level with the four speed automatic gearbox is 400. Mercedes-Benz South Africa launches new C 300 Edition C models Mercedes-Benz South Africa has added the C 300 Edition C models to their C-Class Saloon, Estate and Coupé ranges. This model features the direct injection 3498 cc V6 unit as found in the E-Class. Audi upgrades 2.0 TFSI engine in A4 and A5 ranges, and announces new pricing Without much fanfare, Audi has given the 2.0 TFSI four cylinder some upgrades. Power is up to 165 kW (225 PS) from 155 kW (211 PS), achieved between 4500 and 6250 rpm. Running the hypercar numbers <a href="">Ferrari</a>, <a href="">Porsche</a> and <a href="">McLaren</a> are all readying their latest hypercars and should have them available to the public in the next 6 months. With the Frankfurt Motor Show 2013 looming large for September, let's run the numbers that we have on these ultimate performers. Nissan Revives Almera nameplate in South Africa <a href="">Nissan</a> has re-introduced the <a href="">Almera</a> nameplate to South Africa after a short absence. The Indian-assembled Almera (called a Nissan Sunny in India) features the Nissan <a href="">HR15</a> 1.5 litre engine in a plain looking 4 door saloon body, available initially with a five speed manual gearbox or a four speed automatic transmission. Toyota's Turbocharged Tyke <a href="">Toyota</a> have released a limited edition turbocharged Vitz for the Japanese domestic market. The titchy turbocharged Toyota has a <a href="">1NZ-FE</a> Toyota mill with power boosted to 152 PS (150 bhp/112 kW) at 6000 rpm by the quaintly-named <i>GAZOO Racing tuned by MN</i> tuning outfit, handily contracted to simply "GRMN". Ferrari 458 Speciale to debut at Frankfurt Motor Show in September <a href="">Ferrari</a> has announced the most powerful naturally aspirated V8 engine ever fitted to a standard production road car. The 4497 cc V8 of the <a href="">Ferrari 458 Speciale</a> produces 605 PS (597 old-fashioned brake horse power, or 445 kilowatts), which gives it a record-breaking 134.5 PS per litre. Find model codes Are you confused by BMW's E- and F-codes? Not sure what a W 212 or S 123 is? A number of these model series codes are contained in the database, and can be easily searched for in the search form at the top of every page. Simply plug in the code and you will get a set of results that match it. Similar models A very exciting new feature has been deployed on the site, which looks at the parameters of the car you're looking at currently, and automatically tries to find similar models that might interest you. The actual algorithm is constantly being tweaked (taking a leaf from Google's book, I've launched it as a beta version onto my unsuspecting users) so please drop me a line if there are any really odd issues with it. Advanced search queries This is a quick introduction to some of the more advanced ways to search for information in the database of car specifications. To find cars that use engines made by any given manufacturer, you can use the <a href="http://search/">search options</a> page. Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Presented to the public at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA), the <a href="">Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG</a> was the first car to be engineered entirely by Mercedes-Benz' AMG tuning division. The dramatic coupé, styled by Mark Fetherston, is unashamedly retro, and pays homage to the legendary 300 SL of 1954. Minor updates for Rolls-Royce Phantom range With the Geneva Motor Show 2012 currently underway for public access, we take a look at the updates that <a href="http://specifications/models/?man=5584">Rolls-Royce</a> have bestowed on their Phantom range. The <a href="http://search/results/?terms=rolls-royce+phantom+series+ii">Phantom Series II</a>, as the range is now called, receives some cosmetic updates front & rear (or perhaps the nautical terms "fore" and "aft" would be more appropriate here). Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse At the Geneva Motor Show of 2012, Bugatti revealed what they claimed to be the fastest open-top car in the world - the <a href="">Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse</a>. The original <a href="">Bugatti Veyron 16.4</a> broke the supercar mould at the time of its launch in 2005. New feature: saving lists When the redesign launched, a new feature was added which enables you to save a bunch of cars into a list. You can then share the list with friends, link to it from a blog or use it to refer to a set of car specs in an easy to find place. Morris Cowley Tourer in Johannesburg Does anyone recognise this Morris Cowley Tourer? It's pictured in Johannesburg, South Africa, around 1923. The number plate would appear to read "TJ 2419". New look for Global symbol "@carfolio" requires explicit package name at (eval 2553) line 2. Global symbol "@carfolio" requires explicit package name at (eval 2553) line 2. beta testing begins Global symbol "@carfolio" requires explicit package name at (eval 2554) line 2. Global symbol "@carfolio" requires explicit package name at (eval 2554) line 2. BMW reveals latest 3 Series Today BMW released information on their latest 3 Series range, which carries the model designation F30. Initially available as a 4 door saloon with 4 engine choices, the range is sure to be expanded with more diesel and petrol engine choices, all-wheel drive variants, and of course, the obligatory station wagon (likely to still be called Touring), coupé and convertible versions, as well as the usual raft of powerful M-badged range-toppers. 2011 Kia Rio Details of <a href="">Kia</a>'s latest 5 door Rio hatchbacks have been released ahead of the launch of the 3 door Kia Rio models which will take place in September of 2011, at the IAA in Frankfurt. Kia's revised Rio has been styled by a team led by Peter Schreyer. Ginetta Cars Launches G40R Ginetta Cars have been producing racing cars and light, agile sports cars for decades. Started by the Walklett brothers, Bob, Douglas, Ivor and Trevor in the 1950s, the company has survived and have launched their most recent road car - the <a href="">Ginetta G40R</a>. The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 - Most powerful Camaro ever <i>All the following information and specifications are preliminary, as Chevrolet have not yet released complete and final specifications.</i> <a href="">Chevrolet</a>'s 2012 model year <a href=""><strong>Camaro ZL1</strong></a> is the most powerful <a href="">Chevrolet Camaro</a> yet. The 2+2 seater coupé features a 6.2 litre <b>supercharged</b> V8 (LSA) engine, powering the rear wheels via a 6 speed manual transmission. 2011 F10 BMW M5 specifications released The specifications for the <a href="">2011 F10-series BMW M5</a> have been released by BMW. The naturally aspirated 5-litre V10 of the previous <a href="">E60 BMW M5</a> gives way to a turbocharged V8 of 4.4 litres capacity. New BMW 1 Series F20 details The details of the latest model range of the 1 Series 5 door hatchback have been released by BMW. Other body styles, including a high-tailed hatchback similar in concept to the 5 Series GT are to follow soon. 1992 Nissan Skyline Autech - unique and rare Autech, Nissan's own tuning arm, has produced a number of interesting limited production models based on regular Nissan vehicle underpinnings. In 1992, Autech produced and sold a very special version of the then-current Nissan R32 Skyline range. database updates Additions to the automobile specifications database over the last few days include the following: <ul><li><a href="">Hyundai i40 range</a></li><li><a href="">Ssangyong Chairman W range</a></li><li><a href="">Ssangyong Rexton II range</a></li><li><a href="">Opel Insignia OPC Automatic</a></li></ul> McLaren release final MP4-12C technical specifications McLaren have amended the published technical specifications of their latest model, the <a href="">McLaren MP4-12C</a>, prior to its general release. Driving reviews are to be published all over the automotive world tomorrow, when the February 14th embargo lifts, so we are publishing their latest specifications for you here. Nissan beefs up GT-R for 2011 Nissan have updated their "Godzilla" - the <a href="">R35 Nissan GT-R</a>. Available in Japan from 17 November 2010, the 2011 model year R35 Nissan GT-R features <i>more power</i>. Rogues, rapscallions and rascals has been collecting and collating automotive technical data for many years, before actually having a website or even an internet-connected computer. Realising that there would be interest in this database, I decided to put my data up online in a very useful and functional way. 100 Years of Alfa Romeo <a href="">Alfa Romeo</a> turns 100 years old today, the 24th of June 2010. The Alfa factory in Milan's first model was the Alfa 24 HP A, designed by Giuseppi Merosi. Four generations of racing-inspired BMW M3 special editions The <a href="">BMW M3</a> has been the pinnacle of the BMW 3-series range for 4 model series: the <a href="">E30</a>, <a href="">E36</a>, <a href="">E46</a> and <a href="">E90</a>/<a href="">E92</a>/<a href="">E93</a>. Although any BMW M3 is special in its own right, in each of these model series BMW has produced limited edition M3 models that borrow heavily from racing traditions. Audi's A1 Luxury Baby - Full Details The long-awaited <a href="">2010 Audi A1</a> is about to hit the markets, Audi have recently released the specifications of the A1 range at launch date. Sitting on a 2469 mm wheelbase and with an overall length of just 3954 mm, the Audi A1 is the smallest Audi models since the <a href="">Audi A2</a>. Carfolio ID Mix-up fixed Apologies for the brief mix-up with the Carfolio ID numbers. The issue was caught quickly and fixed quickly. 620 PS Porsche 911 GT2 RS released A new, more powerful <a href="">Porsche 911 GT2</a> variant has just been released. The <a href="">2010 Porsche 911 GT2 RS</a> features more power, less weight and even better performance. 305 km/h BMW M3 GTS given production go-ahead The most hardcore BMW M3 yet - the <a href="">BMW M3 GTS</a> - will be available on the market, BMW has confirmed. With a longer stroke (82.0 mm - up from 75.2 mm on the standard E90 BMW M3), the V8 engine now displaces 4361 cc (E90 M3: 3999 cc). New Alfa Romeo Giulietta Launched The latest Alfa Romeo range to be launched is the new <a href="">Alfa Romeo Giulietta</a>, which goes on sale from May 2010. The range comprises of 3 petrol and 2 diesel engine options, all equipped with six speed manual gearboxes. Ferrari reveals latest GTO The original <a href="">Ferrari 250 GTO</a> is revered as one of the paragons of racecars homologated for road use. A second GTO, the <a href="">Ferrari 288 GTO</a>, still inspires and enthrals with the performance it gave when introduced in 1984. New Server Operational After some long delays, the new server is up and running. Hopefully the new hardware provides a substantial performance increase. Performance issues resolved has been struggling under the weight of massive amounts of spam over the last few days. Performance degraded to the point where it was almost unusable. 2009 IAA Frankfurt Show in brief New model launches, concepts and supercars are the order of the day from Frankfurt. Here's a quick listing of some for which the specs have been made known: <ul><li><a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=202884">Audi R8 Spyder</a> V10 power for the R8 without a top.</li> <li><a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=202906">Bentley Mulsanne</a> twin turbo V8 with over 1000 Nm of torque on tap</li> <li><a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=200442">Ferrari 458 Italia</a> official initial public showing of Maranello's latest supercar</li> <li><a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=201300">Lotus Exige 260</a> yet more tweaks for the tough little Lotus</li> <li><a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=202928">Maserati GranCabrio</a> 4.7 litres of V8 Maserati power for the drop-top version of the GranTurismo.</li> <li><a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=202939">Mazda MX-5 Superlight</a> lightened Mazda MX-5 concept</li> <li><a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=203038">Porsche 911 Turbo</a> yet another 911 variant.</li> <li><a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=202961">Porsche 911 GT3 RS</a> lighter, louder, more powerful GT3.</li> <li><a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=202895">Volkswagen L1 Concept</a> - ultra-efficient 2 seater from Volkswagen, the specs will stun you</li></ul> That was just some of day 1! New details about the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Gullwing The <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=195998">Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG "Gullwing"</a> is due to debut at the Frankfurt motor show on 15 September 2009. Having released some details about the new coupé some time back, today Mercedes-Benz have given us more details about the car, and a few new pictures too. A roundup of updates A bunch of new manufacturers make their appearance in the database for the first time. Well, new to the database anyway. Ferrari's new 458 Italia Ferrari have released some details about their <a href="">F430</a> replacement, the <a href="">Ferrari 458 Italia</a>. The 458 Italia features direct petrol injection - the first such application in a mid-engined road car for Ferrari, and an enlarged 4499cc V8 that produces 570 PS (419 kW) at 9000 rpm and 540 Nm of torque at 6000 rpm, an impressive 127 PS/litre specific output. Porsche's 4 door Panamera specifications revealed The eagerly-anticipated Porsche Panamera specifications have been released in full. The Panamera range comprises of three models, the <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=197989">Panamera S</a>, <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=197956">Panamera 4S</a> and <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=198000">Panamera Turbo</a>. Aston Martin V12 Vantage Aston Martin have announced details of the new <a href="">Aston Martin V12 Vantage</a>. Here follows part of their official press release for it: Agility and outright performance formed the basis of design for the V12 Vantage to produce the most exciting incarnation of the Vantage model line-up to date. Ferrari Scuderia Spider 16M Ferrari have released details on a new models that has been produced to celebrate the marque's 16th Formula One Constructors' World Championship, which they won this year. Based on the F430 Spider, the <a href="">Ferrari Scuderia Spider 16M</a> features upgrades from the 430 Sucderia. Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport unveiled at Pebble Beach Pebble Beach saw the world premier of Bugatti's newest Veyron model, the <a href="">Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport</a>. A removable roof adds open top motoring potential to the Veyron's list of capabilities. Audi RS6 Saloon The <a href="">Audi RS6 Avant</a> was launched some time ago already, and Audi have now released some details about the forthcoming <a href="">Audi RS6</a> saloon. The saloon shares the overall dimensions with the Avant - a 2846 mm wheelbase, 4928 mm length and 1889 mm width. New Lotus Evora Preliminary Specs The details of the new <a href="">Lotus Evora</a> have been released, albeit for the prototype version. Performance and consumption data are not yet known, although Lotus estimates a 257 km/h (160 mph) top speed and CO<sub>2</sub> emissions of under 255 g/km. The Phenomenal Lancia Stratos In the early seventies, Ferrari, Lancia and Bertone teamed up to create one of the greatest rally cars ever, the <a href="">Lancia Stratos</a>. The head of Lancia's competition division, Cesare Fiorio, was the driving force behind this project. Megane R26.R - hot hatch, Renault style The details of the latest front wheel drive rocket from Renault have been released. The <a href="">Renault Megane II Renault Sport R26.R</a>, to give it its full title, is based on the <a href="">Renault Megane II Renault Sport F1 Team R26</a>. 2010 Chevrolet Camaro details released Chevrolet have officially announced the specifications of their <a href="">2010 Chevrolet Camaro</a> models. Two engines are on offer initially, a 3.6 litre V6 with direct petrol injection and a pushrod overhead valve 6.2 litre V8. Porsche direct injection 911 Porsche have launched their first direct injection road car engines in the 997 911 model. The <a href="">Porsche 911 Carrera</a> and <a href="">Porsche 911 Carrera S</a> models are the first to benefit from the technology. Hammerzeit - 2008 Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG Black Series The recently facelifted SL range from Mercedes-Benz has been given a new range-topper, in the form of a brutal AMG-tweaked 6.0 litre V12 biturbo <i>sledgehammer</i>, the <a href="">2008 Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG Black Series</a>. Starting with the already powerful <a href="">2008 Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG</a>, the twin turbochargers were given a new, wider cross-section and optimised wastegate ducts to up power, from 612 PS (450 kW) to a massive 670 PS (493 kW). New 5th generation BMW 7 Series launched BMW have announced the latest iteration of their flagship 7 Series range. This, the <a href="">5th 7 Series</a> generation, features three engine options and 2 body styles at launch. Alfa Romeo MiTo Specs Released Alfa Romeo have released the specifications of their <a href="http://search/results/?terms=2008+alfa+romeo+mito">MiTo</a> 3 door hatchback. 3 engine variants are on offer initially, a 1.6 turbodiesel, a 1.4 petrol turbo, and a normally aspirated 1.4 petrol. 2008 Aston Martin V8 Vantage improvements A host of changes have been announced for the <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=178376">Aston Martin V8 Vantage</a> model and are scheduled to be available in showroom models sometime in the third quarter of 2008. Most importantly, revisions to the model's engine up the power and torque significantly, with power rising to 420 bhp (426 PS, 313 kW) from the previous 4.3 litre model's 380 bhp, and torque increasing from 302 ftlb (410 Nm) to 347 ftlb (470 Nm). King of the Road: 2008 Ford Shelby GT500KR The most powerful Mustang (to date), the <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=176814">2008 Ford Shelby GT500KR</a>, has been released. The "KR" in the model name is an abbreviation for "King of the Road", and has been used on Shelby Mustangs periodically since 1968. Ford's Model T is 100 years old this year The "Tin Lizzie", or "Flivver", as the <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=176704">Ford Model T</a> is affectionately known, is 100 years old this year. Introduced in October of 1908 as a 1909 model, the <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=176704">Ford Model T</a> was the first car to truly bring motoring to the masses. Corvette ZR1 - official certified power figures Chevrolet have released the certified output of the <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=167134">2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1</a>. Official figures for the LS9 motor are now given as 647 PS (476 kW, 638 bhp) DIN power, and 819 Nm (604 ftlb) torque. New data fields in database Two new specification values have been introduced to specifications tables today. They are both derived values and relate to the performance and efficiency of the engine. Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato In 1960, Aston Martin produced one of the most memorable low production sports cars ever, with the help of the Italian <i>carrozzeria</i>, Zagato, when it launched the <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=49544">Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato</a> at the London Motor Show. The foundations for this model lay in that period of Aston Martin's history that saw the marque bought by David Brown. Tesla Roadster production officially begins Tesla Motors, the Silicon Valley (California, USA) startup producing laptop battery-powered sports cars, has started production of the <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=143671">Tesla Roadster</a> as of last month (March 2008). The 2 seater is powered by more than 6000 lithium-ion batteries in a liquid cooled battery pack which drives a small electric motor mounted amidships. Volkswagen Passat CC VW have released the specifications of their interpretation of the 4 door "coupé" theme, the new Passat CC range. Of course, there is no such thing as a four door coupé, let's get that out of the way immediately. Hyundai Genesis Coupé Hyundai have released the preliminary specifications of their impressive new rear wheel drive coupé, the Genesis Coupé. Two versions are available initially, the <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=170027">Hyundai Genesis Coupé Turbo </a> and the <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=170038">Hyundai Genesis Coupé V6</a>. Caterham and Russel Savory produce a V8 Seven Caterham's first production V8 has been released, produced in conjunction with engine developer Russel Savory. The <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=169994">Caterham Seven RST-V8</a> features a lightweight 40 valve V8 engine. 2008 Detroit Show: Audi TTS preliminary data Audi have released some details of their beefier TT models, the <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=167497">TTS Coupe</a> and <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=167816">TTS Roadster</a>. These models were unveiled at the 2008 Detroit Show. 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Chevrolet have released preliminary data for the eagerly-awaited <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=167134">Chevrolet Corvette ZR1</a>. It was thought it was to be called the "Blue Devil", and generated intense interest and was the subject of numerous rumours, especially when spotted in disguise tacklingwhilst undergoing development around the famous Nurburgring circuit. BMW releases new X6 Sports Activity Coupe The details of the long-awaited BMW X6 have been officially released. Four versions are on offer initially, with 2 diesel and 2 petrol versions being available. New Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4MATIC models Mercedes-Benz have released the all-wheel drive versions of their C-Class range. The C-Class 4MATIC models come with permanent all-wheel drive mated to the 7G-TRONIC 7-speed automatic gearbox used on most current Mercedes-Benz automatic models. Koenigsegg CCX and CCXR Edition Limited Editions Due to request from certain Koenigsegg Clients and Customers, Koenigsegg has created a Limited Edition version of its sought after cars. The Koenigsegg Edition comes in two limited versions, the CCX and CCXR models. Seat Ibiza Ecomotive: 99 g/km carbon dioxide emissions Following its debut at this year's Frankfurt motor show, Seat is beginning to sell the <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=165231">Seat Ibiza Ecomotive</a>, a full-size hatchback that manages a very impressive 99 g/km CO<sub>2</sub> figure. The Seat Ibiza Ecomotive is powered by the Volkswagen Group's 1.4 litre 3 cylinder TDI turbodiesel engine, which produces 80 PS (59 kW) at 4000 rpm. LA Auto Show: Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR Dodge has lightened and tightened the lithe <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=152229">Viper SRT10</a> to create an ACR version. With non-essentials stripped out and modifications to bodywork and suspension, the ACR package is intended for owners who would like to run their Vipers on the track, and then drive them back home. 2008 Ford Mustang Bullitt details Ford has once again turned to the Bullitt moniker for a warmer version of the Mustang. In 2001, punters were given a <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=103708">version of the Mustang</a> with a 265 bhp V8 and dark green paintwork, reminiscent of the Mustang driven by Steve McQueen in the film “Bullitt”. Presenting Carfolio Calculated CO2 is proud to announce a derived value for CO<sub>2</sub> emissions of older vehicles. Using the older fuel consumption data as a basis, the formula predicts what the related CO<sub>2</sub> emissions would be. E90 BMW M3 Saloon released After the debut of the <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=156024">2007 E92 BMW M3 Coupe</a>, the next version of the latest M3 range has been officially unveiled. The <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=162338">4 door saloon</a> model has been officially announced by BMW. New Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X Mitsubishi today launched the latest version of the Lancer Evolution models, the <a href="http://search/results/?terms=2007+lancer+evolution+x">2007 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X</a>. Available in two levels of specification, GSR and RS, the new Lancer is based on the new Lancer Fortis, launched earlier in 2007. Shelby Supercars claims fastest production car record <i>Text by Shelby Supercars, 13 September 2007</i>. Shelby Supercars (SSC), manufacturer of the ultra high-performance <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=161623">Ultimate Aero Twin Turbo</a>, set the new "World's Fastest Production Car" record earlier today with an average top speed of 255.83 mph. IAA 2007, Frankfurt: Wiesmann MF 5 GT BMW lends the M5's V10 powerplant to the brutal and retro kitsch German car called the <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=161502">Wiesmann MF 5 GT</a>. The Wiesmann company has been making coupe and roadster sportscars with BMW power for some time, with the exquisite detailing, outlandish styling and thumping performance being their outstanding features. IAA 2007, Frankfurt: Ferrari 430 Scuderia Ferrari's latest track-focused road car, the <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=160853">Ferrari 430 Scuderia</a>, has been launched at the 2007 Frankfurt show. The spiritual successor to the <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=107569">Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale</a>, it represents Ferrari's application of racing technology to a road-legal vehicle. IAA 2007, Frankfurt: Audi RS6 Avant Audi have released preliminary specs for their latest RS variant - the stonking <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=160644">Audi RS6 Avant</a>. Developed from the V10 S6 launched last year, the 5.2 litre V10 engine now features twin turbochargers, giving power and torque a massive lift. 2008 Corvette specifications revealed Chevrolet have released the specifications of the latest version of their C6 Corvette, the 2008 model year 'Vette. The <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=156882">Z06</a> carries on with virtually no technical specification changes, and the major range news is the introduction of the 6.2 litre V8 for the base <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=156266">Corvette coupe</a> and <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=156233">Corvette convertible</a> models. Ruf's Sledgehammer? The CTR 3 unleashed Ruf, based in Germany, have been around for decades. Whilst most of their output has been based on modifying Porsche products in the mould of the classic German tuning firm, their latest creation takes this a lot further. Spadaconcept Codatronca A new Italian design firm with a familiar name amongst its founders is Spadaconcept, hailing from Turin. Ercole Spada, who has designed numerous Italian classics over the years, including the <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=49544">Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato</a> and <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=35343">Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ</a> whilst he was in Zagato's employ, as well as the more recent <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=77946">Osca 2500 GT</a>. Mercedes-Benz: 2 AMG coupes at 2007 New York Auto Show Mercedes-Benz has lifted the wraps on two exciting new AMG performance coupes at this year's New York Auto Show. First up is the <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=155639">Mercedes-Benz CLK 63 AMG Black Series</a>, derived from the Formula 1 pace car. 2007 Geneva Motor Show: Maserati GranTurismo One of the best looking of a whole slew of good looking new cars at Geneva this year is Maserati's new <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=155595">GranTurismo</a> coupe. Powered by a slightly beefier version of the V8 found in the <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=113333">Quattroporte </a>and <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=90970">4200 GT</a>, it promises a top speed of over 280 km/h. Geneva Show 2007: Audi A5 coupe specifications revealed The technical specifications for Audi's new A5 coupes have been released, shortly before the models are due to be unveiled at the Geneva Auto Salon. The A5 starts with a 2.7 TDI with an 8 step CVT transmission and front wheel drive, and progresses through to the storming S5 with a 4.2 litre V8 similar to the one found in the mighty Audi RS4. New lightweight Gallardo for Geneva Salon Lamborghini is going to unveil a special lightweight version of the Gallardo at this year's Geneva Salon. The lighter and more powerful <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=153736">Gallardo Superleggera</a> joins Lamborghini's lineup to square up to the imminent Ferrari 430 Challenge Stradale, which is possibly also arriving at Geneva. The rise and rise of the supercar Despite global concern about the impact of modern society on the environment, rising fuel prices and legal road speeds being limited to ridiculous extents, the last few years have seen more supercars launched and available than probably any other period in history. Some flash across the news and then fade into obscurity as their prices creep up, customers grow tired of waiting for overdue projects and ever more draconian legislation prompts unforeseen design changes or wholesale abandonment of projects. Honda's screaming Civic Type R specifications released The specifications of the latest red-badged Honda, the <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=153021">Civic Type R</a>, have been released. Power and torque figures are much the same as the previous model, but delivery is said to be more linear throughout the rev range. New Mercedes-Benz C Class arrives The latest iteration of Mercedes-Benz' C-Class has been released, and the specifications of the launch models have been made known. The range initially will comprise of 3 diesel and 5 petrol versions, with the C 350 being the top of the range at launch. 2007 BMW 1 Series - full technical specifications The slightly revised <a href="http://search/results/?terms=2007+bmw+1">BMW 1 series</a> range has been revealed. Joining the range for the first time are 3 door model variants. Paris-Dakar Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution special from 1997 Mitsubishi motors have a great tradition of winning the gruelling Paris-Dakar rally raid with almost metronomic regularity. This year, the Dakar sees Mitsubishi facing some serious competition from Volkswagen, who are currently leading after just a few stages. BMW M5 Touring - NAIAS 2007 For the first time in many years, BMW have released an estate version of the mighty <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=120780">M5 saloon</a>. The <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=151811">2007 BMW M5 Touring</a> features the same specification as the saloon version, but has the extra rear door and load space for practicality. Porsche Cayenne Specifications - 2007 The Porsche Cayenne just got a lot hotter! An increase in engine sizes across the range has resulted in more power for all models. The specification is further improved by a reduction in drag coefficient, with the 8 cylinder models improving from 0.39 to 0.35, and the V6 models from 0.38 to 0.35. Cadillac CTS MY 2008 specifications - NAIAS 2007 Cadillac have released the preliminary specifications for the new <a href="http://search/results/?terms=2007+cadillac+cts">2008 model year Cadillac CTS</a>. 3 engines are on offer, a 2.8 litre V6, a 3.6 litre V6 and a direct injection version of the 3.6 litre. Mercedes-Benz Concept Ocean Drive - NAIAS 2007 Many news outlets have <a href="" target="_blank">already covered</a> the <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=151162">Mercedes-Benz Concept Ocean Drive</a>, but today Mercedes-Benz have released the <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=151162">specifications</a> for it. Starting with an S-Class (the <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=133892">S 600</a>), Mercedes-Benz engineers removed almost all of the bodywork, and then added cross-bracing and other chassis strengthening to it to compensate for the loss of rigidity from having the top removed. Chevrolet Volt - NAIAS 2007 The NAIAS 2007 sees the launch of the <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=151173">Chevrolet Volt</a>, a concept from GM showcasing its latest "E-Flex" technology. This features electric motors to propel the vehicle, with an internal combustion engine to provide recharging, as well as provision for ordinary plug-in charging. BMW M1: Forgotten forefather Today's <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=120780">BMW M5</a>, <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=125378">BMW M6</a> and recently-departed <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=74635">BMW M3</a> (and <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=107635">M3 CSL</a>) are formidable performers and icons of speed. They all have one thing in common – besides being <a href="http://specifications/models/?man=843">BMWs</a> of course – and that is the “M” badge at the beginning of their model names. New year's classic: Ferrari F40 Launched in 1987, 20 years ago already, the twin-turbocharged <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=27247">Ferrari F40</a> was guaranteed classic status from the moment the Maranello firm revealed it. Developed from the 288 GTO Evoluzione, this mid-engined racer-for-the-road set new benchmarks for performance at the time. Lincoln MKR Concept - NAIAS 2007 A new look for Lincoln is presaged in this latest concept, the <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?id=150942">Lincoln MKR</a>. Featuring styling cues similar to the Mercedes-Benz CLS, it's a 4 door saloon camping it up as a coupe. Ford's Interceptor Concept - NAIAS 2007 Ford has revealed a 4 door concept based on the rear-drive Mustang platform, called the <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=151008">Interceptor</a>. It features a 5-litre variant of the 4.6-litre "Cammer" engine found in the Mustang, bored out to 4997 cc. More new Mercedes-Benz models: S 420 CDI The guys at Mercedes-Benz certainly keep us busy! Today a new S-class V8 diesel model was announced, the <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=150634">S 420 CDI</a>. A 3996 cc, 32 valve common rail direct diesel injection engine with 320 PS and 730 Nm of torque provides the large Benz with sprightly performance. Uprated Mercedes-Benz CLK 200 Kompressor models The <a href="http://search/results/?terms=2006+mercedes-benz+clk+200+kompressor">CLK 200 Kompressor</a> models have been given a small power boost by Mercedes-Benz. The 1796 cc supercharged 4 cylinder mills now produce 184 PS at 5500 rpm (up from 163 PS at the same engine speed). LA Auto Show: Ford Mustang Giugiaro Concept specs Thanks to Giugiaro and Ford, we have fairly in-depth specs on the <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=150293">Ford Mustang Giugiaro Concept</a> that wowed the 2006 LA Auto Show. The Mustang GT's 4.6 litre, 24-valve engine has been modified and fitted with a supercharger to produce 500 horsepower. New Renault Megane and Volkswagen Golf special editions Renault and Volkswagen have just launched 2 similar special editions. The intriguingly-named <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=149402">Renault Megane Renault Sport F1 Team R26</a> was released to celebrate their 2006 F1 championships. Trident's diesel supercar The trend towards diesel seems to know no bounds. Trident, a fairly obscure British marque with roots in TVR's history, have announced a 6.6 litre GM diesel engined sportscar. Lexus IS250 The <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=130570">Lexus IS250</a>, the BMW 3-series, Mercedes-Benz C-class and Audi A4 challenger from Toyota's luxury division, could be the first creditable Japanese rival to this sector of the market. The Teutonic triumvirate have had a virtually impenetrable grip on this segment, but the Lexus IS250 could change all that. Mazda's 3 MPS One of the hottest hatches currently available has been launched by Mazda. The <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=148907">2006 Mazda 3 MPS</a> boasts a turbocharged 2.3 litre 4 cylinder engine, and produces 260 PS and 380 Nm of torque. Bristol unleashes 1000 bhp monster Quite out of the blue, Bristol, a usually-conservative manufacturer of discreet cars for exclusive clientele, has launched the <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=148302">Fighter T</a>, the latest version of the <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=104291">Bristol Fighter</a> - already a model quite unlike any Bristol in the past decades. Bristol is taking a firm jab at the upper echelons of the supercar league with its new <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=148302">Fighter T</a>. Audi R8 - Paris Motorshow 2006 Audi have unveiled their stunning mid-engined supercar, the <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=147466">Audi R8</a>, at the Paris Motorshow. Powered by the RS4's naturally-aspirated direct-injection 4.2-litre V8, Audi's first production mid-engined car hits 100km/h from rest in 4.6 seconds and has a top speed of just over the 300km/h mark. Gorgeous Alfa Romeo 8c Competizione to be produced Alfa Romeo have announced very brief details of the stunning production version of the <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=147114">8c Competizione</a>. It will feature a 450 PS 4.6-litre V8 engine. Opel Omega Evolution 500 Produced in very small numbers from 1991-1993, this rare car was built by Opel to challenge the BMW M3 Evolution and Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution DTM racers. A handful of the road-going <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=146674">Opel Omega Evolution 500</a> was produced. Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 Mercedes-Benz have uprated their SLR supercar, and added a bit to the end of its name for good measure, to give us the <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=145695">Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 Edition</a>. Unfortunately the "722" in the name doesn't stand for the horsepower it produces, but refers rather to the starting time of the original 300 SLR on the 1955 Mille Miglia, famously won by Stirling Moss and the legendary motoring scribe Dennis Jenkinson. LMX Sirex A really pretty little coupe, the <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=146124">LMX Sirex</a> was produced in small numbers by an outfit in Turin, Italy, called LMX. It had a 2.3 litre V6 Ford engine, mounted amidships, and produced 126 PS (93 kW) power and 187 Nm (138 lbft) torque. Buick's Wildest Wildcat Buick have used the "Wildcat" moniker on many concepts and production cars over the years, but few of them were as dramatic as the <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=144815">1985 Buick Wildcat</a> concept. This Wildcat featured a 230bhp mid-mounted V-6 of 3.8 litres, based on the contemporary OHV 3.8 engine from GM, but with the help of McLaren Engines it was given twin overhead camshafts and a heap more power. 2 New Lotus models Lotus Cars have gone back to basics with two of their latest models. The <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=144782">Lotus Elise S</a> gets a Toyota 1.8 litre engine, good for 136 PS and a 5.8 second 0-60mph time. Mercedes-Benz AMG models Several new AMG Mercedes-Benz models have broken cover lately. The SLK 55 gets a power hike to 400 PS (up from 360) with the new <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=144540">Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG Black Series</a>, which has a higher top speed than usual for a German car, not being limited to 250km/h but to 280km/h instead. Peugeot 908 RC V12 HDi Concept Peugeot have released details of their latest concept, the 4-door, V-12 <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=144760">908 RC</a>. It features a staggering 1200 Nm of torque and power of 700 PS. Entry-level Porsche Cayman Porsche's <a href="http://search/results/?terms=2005+cayman">Cayman S</a> has a new smaller sibling. The <a href="http://search/results/?terms=2006+cayman">Porsche Cayman</a> gets its 2.7-litre engine from the Boxster range, and in this application it produces 245 PS (that's 242 bhp or 180kW) at 6500 rpm with 273 Nm of torque from 4600 rpm to 6000 rpm. Volvo's first V8 saloon Volvo recently unveiled their first V8 saloon, the latest <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=140822">S80 4.4 V8</a>. A 32-valve, twin overhead cam V8 of 4.4 litres capacity endows the new super-Swede with power output of 315 PS and 439 Nm of torque. New big Mercedes-Benz coupes Mercedes-Benz recently launched their latest CL coupe range. Only 2 versions are offered initially, with an AMG version expected a little later. One-off Ferrari P4/5 Pininfarina was commissioned to build a spiritual successor to the immortal P3/4 by James Glickenhaus, a US businessman. The <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=144177">P4/5 </a>is based on the running gear of an Enzo, which means a mid-mounted V-12 with 660 PS. Tesla Roadster - electric sports car Tesla Motors, a high-tech startup from the USA, recently launched their laptop battery-powered <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=143671">Roadster</a>. With help from a number of outsourced companies, including Lotus, their 2-seater car should give a range of about 250 miles. New Server We have moved to a new server recently, hence the slow rate of updates to the live site in the last while. Things are now back up to speed, and we should be seeing more frequent changes and additions to the database. Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 Lamborghini's Murcielago has been given substantially more power and some styling tweaks. The new <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=141207">Lamborghini Murcielago LP640</a> develops 640 PS (631 bhp, 471 kW) at a dizzy 8000 rpm. Porsche 911 range expanded Porsche's 911 range has been expanded with the latest Turbo and GT3 variants having been released. The <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=140195">911 GT3</a> features a naturally-aspirated 3.6-litre engine, developing a healthy 415 PS (409 bhp, 305 kW) at 7600 rpm. Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano Ferrari's latest range-topper is called the <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=142241">599 GTB Fiorano</a>. It is a classic front-engined, rear-drive car. Notable Additions The most recent update to the database has seen a whopping 240 new models added. A few of the more interesting new models are: <ul><li>The ex-Freestream, now called <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=141581">Caparo T1</a></li> <li>the new <a href="http://search/results/?terms=2006+mercedes-benz">Merecedes-Benz E-Class, CLS, SL and AMG</a> models</li> <li>a number of new <a href="http://specifications/models/?man=557">Audi</a> models, including the new <a href="http://search/results/?terms=2006+audi+allroad">allroad quattro</a>, 4.2 FSI-engined <a href="http://search/results/?terms=2006+audi+a6+4.2+fsi">A6</a> and <a href="http://search/results/?terms=2006+audi+a8+4.2+fsi">A8</a>, and the <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=142384">Avant</a> and <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=142373">Cabriolet</a> <a href="http://search/results/?terms=2006+audi+rs4">RS4</a> models.</li> <li><a href="http://search/results/?terms=2005+cadillac+bls">Cadillac BLS</a> range</li> <li><a href="http://search/results/?terms=2006+kia+magentis">2006 Kia Magentis</a> range</li> <li>the <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=141471">2006 Renault Clio Renaultsport</a> (197)</li> <li>the <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=141009">Russo-Baltique Impression</a></li> <li>some of the new <a href="http://search/results/?terms=2006+volvo+s80">Volvo S80</a> models, the rest will follow as soon as possible</li> <li>many <a href="http://specifications/models/?man=6082">Toyota</a> and <a href="http://specifications/models/?man=4444">Nissan</a> updates, mostly slightly older (1997 and on) models</li> </ul> BMW's Coupes BMW launched the <a href="http://search/results/?terms=2006+bmw+3+coup">new 3-Series coupe</a> recently, and the top-of-the-range model is powered by a twin-turbocharged 6-cylinder 306 PS (302 bhp, 225 kW) 3 litre engine. It is enough to hurl the <a href="">BMW 335i Coupe</a> to 100km/h from a standing start in a claimed 5.5 seconds, which is good by any measure. New coupés from BMW BMW have released the details of their new Z4 coupés, in both 3-litre <a href="">3.0si</a> and the eagerly-awaited M-powered <a href="">Z4 M</a> versions. The Z4 M sports a more aggressive body, and is slightly longer than the regular Z4 Coupé. Mazda Kabura Mazda's latest concept, the <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=136356">Kabura</a>, is an amazingly pretty little coupe. Powered by the 2-litre twin cam engine from the latest generation of <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=126269">MX-5</a>, the little (4050 mm long) sportscar should be able to perform at least as well as it looks. Nissan's whimsical quartet <a href="http://specifications/models/?man=4444">Nissan</a> showed a surprisingly playful and humourous side at the end of the eighties and beginning of the nineties. First, the <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=78980">Be-1</a> was released in 1987. Prodrive shows P2 Coupe Prodrive, more known for their work on Subarus and for campaigning a Ferrari 550 in races has previewed a concept coupe called the <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=136345">P2</a>. Designed by Peter Stevens - whose portfiolio includes the <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=7755">Jaguar XJR-15</a>, <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=41393">McLaren F1</a> and the M100 <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=33286">Lotus Elan</a>, the car features a flat four Subaru engine, suitably breathed on by Prodrive to produce nearly 350 PS, all-wheel drive, and a length of under 4 metres. Chrysler Rolls out new concept Chrysler has unveiled their <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=136389">Imperial</a> concept car. Looking more than a little like a Rolls-Royce Phantom, it is based on the same platform as the 300C. New Lamborghini-powered Audi S8 Audi have released their latest <a href="">S8 </a> variant. This time, it's powered by a direct-injection petrol version of the Lamborghini Gallardo power plant, taken out to 5.2 litres. Bugatti Veyron final specs Bugatti have released what is likely to be the final specifications of their mega-uber-ultra-hyper-supercar, the <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=135476">Veyron</a>. It appears as if the "EB" prefix has officially disappeared, the Veyron's name shortened to "Bugatti Veyron 16/4" - previous prototypes have been known as "<a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=91300">Bugatti EB 16/4 Veyron</a>" and "<a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=102993">Bugatti EB 18/4 Veyron</a>". BMW M3 GT E36 In 1995, BMW produced a very special version of the E36 M3, and called it the <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=133716">M3 GT</a>. Producing slightly more power than standard, and with suspension tweaks and other modifications, this M3 GT was a precursor to the hallowed M3 CSL of today. Citroen C6 models Citroen's new flagship C6 models have been added to our database. The C6 is a beautiful and distinctive car, with echoes of the great DS "goddess" as well as the idiosyncratic CX series. BMW Z4 M and Z4 model range changes BMW have released the new <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=133694">Z4 M Roadster</a>. Featuring slightly modified bodywork and the engine from the M3, with 343 PS. Volkswagen's EcoRacer Volkswagen surprised most people at this year's Tokyo Motor Show by presenting a concept sports car with a twist. The <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=133969">Volkswagen EcoRacer</a> is mid-engined, small, lightweight and - here's the twist - powered by a 1.5 litre diesel engine. Ford Focus ST The specifications of the <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=132693">Ford Focus ST</a> have been published. A Volvo-sourced 5-cylinder engine provides ample oomph for the fast Ford. Grande Fiat Fiat have released the specifications of their spanking new <a href="http://search/results/?terms=2005+grande+punto">Grande Punto range</a>. It looks fantastic - sort of like a mini-Maserati from the front, and pert and cheeky from most other angles. Both super- and turbocharging Not many cars have had both a supercharger and a turbocharger at the same time. As far as we know, Lancia were first to do this, with the almighty <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=23166">Lancia Delta S4</a> rally weapon. Porsche Lightweight In 1993, Porsche released a special edition 911 in the USA. Built to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the legendary <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=990">1973 911 RS</a>, this lightweight special was produced in conjuction with the Porsche Club of the USA. New languages for Carfolio We have just finished translating our specifications pages into Dutch, German and French. Italian will follow shortly. New Audi A8 models Audi have released the most powerful production car diesel engine ever. The latest A8, the <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=129822&Audi">A8 4.2 TDI</a>, features a 4.1 litre V8 diesel, with common-rail injection and 326 PS (322 bhp) at just 3750 rpm. Renault's new Clio III unveiled The newest <a href="http://specifications/models/?man=5406">Renault</a> <a href="http://search/results/?terms=2005+clio+iii">Clio</a> has been launched. The range features 1.1, 1.4 and 1.6 litre petrol engines, and a range of 1.5 diesel engines. Alfa Romeo 159 Alfa Romeo have released final specs for the <a href="">new 159<a/>, replacement for the <a href="">156</a>. Featuring a slightly longer body (+105 mm in wheelbase, +225 mm in length), the 159 loses the concealed rear door handles that set such a trend with designers currently. Mercedes-Benz Bionic Car Concept Mercedes-Benz engineers have taken a leaf out of Luigi Colani's book, and designed a car taking inspiration from nature. Inspired by the boxfish - a particularly ugly species of tropical fish - Stuttgart's boffins have produced a particularly ugly, boxy car, the <a href="http://specifications/models/id/?id=128634">Mercedes-Benz Bionic Concept</a>. Mercedes-Benz E 420 CDI - Heavyweight diesel <a href="http://specifications/models/?man=3932">Mercedes-Benz</a> has released their hardest-hitting passenger car diesel ever. The <a href="http://specifications/models/id/?id=128458">E 420 CDI</a> features a 75 degree V-8 engine packing 310 bhp (314 PS) and a stonking 730 nm of torque at 2200 rpm. Fearsome TVR Sagaris eBay UK have a listing for a grey <a href="" target="_blank">TVR Sagaris</a>. Looks lovely, and as the <a href="http://specifications/models/id/?id=120208">specs</a> show, it should be a fantastic performer! 0-100mph in 8.3 seconds, and a top speed of 300 km/h guarantee a bang-for-buck that is amazing. Mad, bad, 350 km/h Maybach Maybach, in conjuction with Fulda, a German tyre manufacturer, have produced a mobile test-bed for a new high-performance tyre. The incredible Maybach Exelero is massive, powerful, fast and menacing. Bugatti Veyron tops 400 km/h Bugatti's <a href="http://specifications/models/id/?id=91300">Veyron</a> has officially topped 400 km/h - a new production car record, when the big Bug eventually finds itself on a production line later this year. This is just months after Koenigsegg's <a href="http://specifications/models/id/?id=119306">CCR</a> managed a new production car record of 387 km/h. Andre V6, 1934 Martyn Davies was kind enough to send in a picture of an <a href="http://specifications/models/id/?id=13574">Andre V6</a> which had been in his family a few years back. A bit of research into the Andre V6 showed that only 6 were ever built, and that it was a very promising roadster with a 2 cylinder JAP engine. New Renault Laguna range Renault's new <a href="http://search/results/?terms=2005+renauls+laguna">2005 Laguna Range</a> has been added to the database. Engines range from 1.6 litre to 3.0 V6 petrol, and there are 1.9 and 2.2 litre diesels. 6-cylinder 1-Series from BMW The first 6-cylinder 1-series specification has been released. The <a href="http://specifications/models/id/?id=126060">BMW 130i</a> features a 3 litre in-line six, as also found in the latest 730i and 530i models. Lighter, tighter TT Audi have uprated their TT. The new <a href="http://specifications/models/id/?id=126148">Audi TT quattro sport</a> has more power and less weight than the standard TT. New Bentley Continental Flying Spur Bentley have released the details of their new four-door saloon, based of course on the Continental GT. Powered by the same engine, the new car provides ample space for 2 more passengers, and 2 more doors. New database additions Some interesting new models have been released recently. Here are a few of the highlights: <a href="">Ferrari Superamerica</a> <a href="">2005 BMW 7-series</a> <a href="">BMW Z4 2.0i</a> <a href="">BMW M6</a> <a href="">Chevrolet Corvette Z06</a> <a href="">Dodge Viper Coupe</a> <a href="">GSM Flamingo 1500</a> <a href="">GKN FFF100</a> <a href="">Ford Shelby GR-1 Concept</a> <a href="">Mercedes-Benz CLS 55 AMG</a> 1937 Austin Seven Sports Another interesting eBay find is this 1937 Austin Seven Sports. Very pretty indeed. The BMW M-series Specs Snapshot The first BMW M-series was the M1 of 1977. A 3.5 litre straight 6 engine powered this Giugiaro-styled mid-engined supercar of its day to a top speed of around 270 km/h. New Golf GTI <a href="http://specifications/models/?man=6483">Volkswagen's</a> new Golf GTI brings the GTI moniker closer to its roots with a 2-litre turbocharged hatch offering the performance long expected of the name. The range-topping Mark 5 Golf offers 200 PS (197 bhp) and a <a href="http://specifications/models/id/?id=122001">6-speed manual</a> or <a href="http://specifications/models/id/?id=121913">DSG</a> gearbox. Aston Martin Vanquish S The latest <a href="http://specifications/models/?man=513">Aston Martin</a> Vanquish, the <a href="http://specifications/models/id/?id=121792">Vanquish S</a>, offers even more power from its V12 engine. Power is up to 520 bhp, and the claimed top speed rises to 321 km/h. New Porsche Boxsters The <a href="http://search/results/?terms=2004+porsche+boxster">2005 model year Porsche Boxsters</a> have been revealed. Subtle bodywork changes and more power are the major changes. New Caterhams Caterham have released the details of two new Ford Cosworth-powered models. The <a href="http://specifications/models/id/?id=122056">CSR 200</a> and <a href="http://specifications/models/id/?id=122045">CSR 260</a> feature slightly modified bodywork and 2.3 litre dry sump engines. Supercar shootout Just for interest's sake, our intrepid editor has put together a comparison of the greatest supercars' specifications for your enjoyment. Have a look at the <a href="http://specifications/models/comp/?id=119306&id=97108&id=107778&id=105677&id=113179&id=41393&id=91300&id=84810">Supercar Spec Shootout</a>. Ferrari 360 replacement The Ferrari 360 Modena is due to be replaced at the Paris Motorshow this year. Ferrari released the preliminary <a href="">specifications</a> for this car a couple of weeks back. New BMW M5 The specs for the new BMW M5 have been released. They can be seen <a href="">here</a>. New site design Welcome to the new-look site. It's taken a long time, but finally it's here. New Renault Megane II Coupe-Cabriolet In a minor scoop, I believe Carfolio to be the first non-Renault site to publish the specifications of the new Megane II Coupe-Cabriolet. Have a look <a href="">here</a>. 10 000 models listed has reached a very significant milestone: the 10 000th entry in the database. It happened to be a UK-spec <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=110000">Chrysler PT Cruiser CRD</a>. New Features The number of models listed now totals more than 9500 and is growing faster than ever. A new feature which is sure to be useful to some is a filter system which enables users to combine various attributes and arrive at a more compact listing of models which satisfy all the criteria selected. New Ford Ka models European Ford showrooms will suddenly have a large number of Ka models on offer. The model credited with introducing Ford's "new edge" styling to the masses finally loses its antiquated OHV 1.3 4 cylinder engine in favour of an SOHC 1.3 litre four. Mercedes-Benz SL & E-Class Estate Mercedes-Benz has debuted a few new models, the SL 600 and the SL 350 join the SL range, and the new E-Class estate. Nothing really noteworthy there, except the fact that the twin turbo SL 600 delivers a mind-blowing 800 nm of torque and 500 bhp. Welcome 2003 A very happy new year to all readers! With the new year barely on us, the North American International Auto Show is kicking off today. Many concepts and new models will be unveiled at the show over the next few days - stay tuned for all the specifications of the new models, including Toyota US's newest brand Scion. Latest Database Entries Here is a brief listing of the latest database entries: <a href="http://search/results/?terms=citroen+c3+pluriel">Citroen C3 Pluriel</a> - small chic <a href="http://search/results/?terms=2002+volvo+r">Volvo S60 R and V70 R</a> - the most powerful Volvos yet <a href="http://specifications/models/id/?id=99638">Maybach 57</a> - the smaller Maybach, at 5.73m long! <a href="http://specifications/models/id/?id=99374">Audi S4</a> and <a href="http://specifications/models/id/?id=99550">S4 Avant</a> - brutally quick, all-wheel drive machines <a href="http://search/results/?terms=pontiac+firebird">Pontiac Firebird</a> - many older models added <a href="http://search/results/?terms=innocenti+mini">Innocenti Mini</a> - again, a number of older models added, including a diesel <a href="http://specifications/models/id/?id=99341">Ford Focus RS</a> - the Ford that took forever to appear <a href="http://specifications/models/id/?id=99121">Syrena Sport Prototype</a> - a rare East-bloc beauty <a href="http://specifications/models/car/?car=99077">Merkur XR4Ti</a> - A US Sierra <a href="http://search/results/?terms=2002+jaguar+xk">Jaguar XKR and XK8</a> - new engines for 2003 <a href="http://specifications/models/id/?id=99286">Daewoo Kalos</a> - an attractive new super-mini from the troubled Korean carmaker and a whole lot more, of course! Over 9000 entries now A few weeks ago, managed to push past the 9000 mark in terms of entries in the database. It happened very quietly and without any fanfare whatsoever due to the huge drain on resources that the reworking of the site consumed - but now we're ready to celebrate (any excuse will do!) Stay tuned - we have even more models soon to be added, including the delightful new Roadster&Coupe from Smart and a few others from the recently completed Paris Motor Show and the UK Motor Show which is fast approaching. redesign It is a great pleasure to introduce the 3rd evolutionary phase of, signified by a small but significant redesign. Whilst the older markup was just barely workable, the new, improved html now should be completely valid as XHTML 1.0 Transitional, and the site should also be a lot more accessible to people with disabilities. Additions, corrections, fixes Global symbol "@carfolio" requires explicit package name at (eval 2716) line 2. Superb Driving Simulator For all of you who enjoy driving simulations, there is a super free simulator out there. It is called "Racer", and can be downloaded from <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. Quick list of changes OK, here's a quick rundown of the latest round of changes: <ul> <li> <a href="http://specifications/models/id/?id=92664">Vaillant Grand Defi</a></li> <li> <a href="http://specifications/models/id/?id=93192">Ferrari 575M Maranello</a></li> <li> <a href="http://search/results/?terms=2002+mg+tf">MG TF</a></li> <li> Rover <a href="http://search/results/?terms=rover+25">25</a> and <a href="http://search/results/?terms=rover+45">45</a> series</li> <li> A few Mercedes models, for example the <a href="http://specifications/models/id/?id=92873">430 CLK</a> and the <a href="http://specifications/models/id/?id=92708">S 55 AMG</a></li> <li> <a href="http://specifications/models/id/?id=92884">Piontek Sport-Tech</a></li> <li> the rather odd <a href="http://search/results/?terms=pag+nick">Pag Nick</a></li> <li> <a href="http://search/results/?terms=opel+zafira">Opel Zafira</a></li> <li> <a href="http://specifications/models/id/?id=92620">Strathcarron SC5A</a></li> <li> <a href="http://specifications/models/id/?id=92609">Saleen S7</a></li> <li> <a href="http://specifications/models/id/?id=92598">Hyundai Sonata 3.0 V6</a></li> <li> <a href="http://specifications/models/id/?id=92543">Leblanc Caroline</a> (wicked!)</li> </ul> as well as a few others. The biggest change though is the suspension, indefinitely, of the promotion of scale models via the site. Major changes Today a number of major improvements were made to the database. Tyre sizes, brake diameters, carbon-dioxide emissions and a few other crucial specs have been added to the data. Catching up with the new year Greetings all, and a Happy New Year to everyone. Well, things have gotten a little behind here, what with the festivities and all, so please bear with us as this update will be rather long. Many changes to report Well, 2002 is nearly upon us, and the Silly Season is about to blow. has been keeping going all the while, having today reached the milestone of 8100 records! And we didn't even let you guys know we'd hit 8000. Many improvements and database additions Well, the team has been at it again. We now have 4 new sections for your enjoyment: the <a href="http://press/">press releases</a> section, where you can read selected press releases from manufacturers; the <a href="http://news/">news</a> section, where selected pieces of industry-related news will be posted; the <a href="http://diary/">automotive diary</a>, where you can find events around the world arranged by date; and the last section, the articles section, where <a href="http://articles/">articles</a> written by staff and others will be displayed. More database additions - honest! Well, we're up to 7930 models in the database. Not much more than last time, but a few significant entrants again. Scale Models section Global symbol "@carfolio" requires explicit package name at (eval 2724) line 2. More database updates (yawn) The database is being updated with seemingly monotonous regularity these days. We're up to around 7900 models. Ferrari and Schumacher World Champions Congratulations to Michael Schumacher, Rubens Barrichello and the entire Ferrari team for making it two in a row! Schumacher has also equalled Alain Prost's record of 51 race victories after taking the chequered flag in today's Hungarian Grand Prix. It is Ferrari's third constructor's championship in a row. Missing Frazer Nash - Please help Help the search for the missing <strong>Frazer Nash 1952 Sebring winner</strong>, a Le Mans Replica (<strong>S/N 421/100/160</strong>)! If found, it will be featured at the 50th anniversary next March. This car was owned and entered by Stuart "Duke" Donaldson. Yet more updates Things certainly are happening at a rate of knots around here. Less than a month after having reached the 7500 milestone, we're looking 8000 squarely in the eyes. Yet more updates A couple of new sections have been added to the site in the last few days. First the "Site Guide" was added, to help you get the most out of this site, and more recently two sections where you can learn what you can do to Help in our quest to have the definitive collection of car specifications anywhere on the planet; the "Carfolio Needs You" section and the "Submit New Vehicle" section. Updates a-plenty Having just recovered from the euphoria of achieving the 7500th record, is pleased to announce that we have added a few significant models to the database again. First off the bat is the new 2002 model year <a href="" class="strong">7 Series BMWs</a>. Significant milestone achieved: 7500th entry Today celebrates the 7500th entry into the database. Extensive changes incorporate some error correction in the database itself, as well as a bug fix in the display of the specifications.