Porsche Cayenne S Diesel is finally arrived. I was waiting for this diesel engine for very long time. I know this sound a bit funny, a Porsche with diesel engine and I am waiting for that. I know, Porsche Cayenne offers a diesel engine but it is only a single turbo and not that powerful like its competitors. In the world of SUVs, diesel engine is very important and you need to provide a very powerful one to increase your competitive power.
So, Porsche realised this situation and revealed the new 4.2-lt twin-turbo diesel engine. This new diesel engine produces 382 PS of power and 850 Nm of torque. Both power and torque levels are really high and makes Porsche Cayenne one of the most powerful SUV on the market.
Porsche Cayenne S Diesel offers the same features and technology like other models, nothing is different expect the super powerful engine. I hope that, 4.2-lt twin-turbo engine does not manipulate the weight balance of Cayenne and create a tendency to understeer. But this is Porsche, I am sure they have sorted it out!
New Range Rover is recently revealed to public in the Royal Ballet School, Richmond Park, London. New Range Rover looks like the combination of Evoque and the present Range Rover in term of exterior, therefore I didn’t like that much. It looks good, unfortunately not ground-breaking.
(The press event of the new Range Rover reminded one thing, James Bond. Because, the new Range Rover came out from the water like Bond girls coming out form the sea. Range Rover’s product placements in James Bond movies might have influence. Dr. No: Ursula Andress, Die Another Day: Halle Berry.)
However, the technology underneath the new Range Rover increased the bar higher. The present model was not able to offer the technologies you may find in German SUVs, especially in terms of safety systems. New Range Rover now offers; Adaptive Cruise Control with Queue Assistfeature enables to complete stop and available at low speeds, Intelligent Emergency Braking (with Advanced Emergency Brake Assist) brakes the vehicle if the upcoming traffic is too close or the driver is not responding to a potential collision (This is a great function and it is enough to buy the new Range Rover), Blind Spot Monitoring, Dynamic Response active lean control, another great feature is Reverse Traffic Detection warns driver for potential collisions during reversing and this is another must have feature as the Range Rover is big and may hard to reverse for some drivers and lastly Surround Camera System with T junction view feature.
Now the interior features of the new Range Rover (Now Range Rover offers the same luxury like in Mercedes S-Class); soft door close, power upper and lower tailgates for boot, cooler compartments, electrically deployable towbar, Land Rover classic Meridian audio system, 8-inch central screen , voice control, multi-massage seats and Executive Class rear seat (Two individual seats) and LED ambient lighting. And I hope that Range Rover’s navigation screen and instrument panel’s screens are improved and faster CPU is available, so go around the menus will be faster.
And the best bit, I like is the leather covered gear knob :)
New Range Rover 310 kg lighter and features new engines. V8 Supercharged produces 510 PS and reach to 100 kph (62 mph) 5.1 seconds (0.8 faster than previous one) and %9 more efficient. 3-lt diesel engine TDV6 produces 258 PS and 4.4-lt SDV8 diesel produces 339 PS. And SDV8 is %22 more efficient than the previous model. And I hope that 4.4-lt SDV8 will not ruin the weight balance.
And price starts from £70,000 and end up at £100,000!
Finally, the Range Rover may look quite similar to previous model but it is obvious that Land Rover realised the risk of new Bentley SUV and improved the technology and interior way beyond my expectations. Now Range Rover is ready for the Bentley SUV and compete with German SUVs way better than ever.
Mercedes E300 BlueTec Hybrid is a diesel hybrid car. Usually, if you want to buy a hybrid, you end up with petrol hybrids. Because, hybrid market is created by Japanese companies and they are keen on manufacturing petrol engines; this is one fact. Another fact, hybrids are loved by American and the quality of diesel is really bad over there, therefore hybrid cars are concentrated on petrol engines. Thus, hybrid manufacturers did not miss the US market.
Mercedes E300 BlueTec Hybrid offers way better fuel efficiency than a petrol hybrid. Because, diesel consumes less fuel and offers way longer range, and when we add this with electric drive benefit of hybrid. The range of E300 BlueTec is really impressive. However, I couldn’t find that information.
Anyway, Mercedes E300 Bluetec Hybrid is powered by a 2.2-lt turbo diesel engine with 204 PS and 500 Nm of torque. These figures are the same with E250 CDi, but Mercedes did not prefer to brand this hybrid as E250. E300 alters the percetion ;) Electric motor is 20 kW powered by 19kW Li-Ion battery. Thanks to excess amount of torque in 2.2-lt diesel engine and electric motor, E300 manages to reach 100 kph (62 mph) in 7.5 seconds with the top speed of 240 kph (150 mph). E 300 consumers 65.7 mpg (4.3 lt/km) diesel, with the price tag of around £40,000. You can have the all Mercedes toys and gadgets!
Mercedes E300 BlueTec Hybrid sounds really charming with the superb economy figures.
Jaguar XJ and sunny day. It is quite impossible to see this combination in UK, but I managed to do it :) Probably the best pictures of XJ in my portfolio!
This Jaguar XJ is short wheel base and the rear leg room is not that big! Never go for short wheel base for big sedans! XJ is powered by a 3-lt turbo diesel with 275 PS and 600 Nm of torque, 6 seconds to 100 kph (62 mph).
Range Rover Evoque, a revolution from Land Rover from heavy-duty off-roader manufacturing to designer high-heels making. I am saying this because Victoria Beckham is the brand ambassador of the Range Rover Evoque.
Since Evoque was revealed, I never had opportunity to have a very good weather take its photos. It was always cloudy or indoor and results were not satisfying. Hopefully, last week I had the opportunity and everything went well :)
Evoque is a really beautifully designed vehicle, especially the interior details represents the Land Rover’s aim to improve the level of luxury on their vehicle range. Despite its electric steering-wheel that disconnects you from the road a bit, there is nothing wrong with the Evoque. Nice to drive, really spacious, lots of technological gadgets, diesel engine can rev up to 5000 rpm. And you cannot have this type of revving diesel engine that often. That’s a great success of Land Rover engineers.
This Evoque has a great colour combination, white interior and sand beige interior leather. Interior looks really nice with colour and reminds me the Beckham’s handbag and high-heels. She likes this colour as well!
Actually, Evoque provides you everything you need and smaller than the traditional Range Rover. Since I saw the Evoque, I always thought why do I need the Range Rover!
This one is a Range Rover Evoque Prestige SD4, 2.2-lt turbo diesel engine produces 190 PS and 420 Nm of torque coupled with 6-speed automatic gearbox. Land Rover should replace this gearbox with a 8-speed automatic to improve fuel efficiency and acceleration. And Evoque only needs 8.1 seconds to reach 100 kph (62 mph) and top speed is 195 kph (121 mph).
Goodwood Festival of Speed featured the BMW’s most lunatic diesel engine, trio turbo 3-lt diesel that creates 381 PS of power and 740 Nm of torque. This lunatic engine was inside a BMW X6 and it was right hand drive.
I saw BMW X6 M50d model during February with partial camouflage but I didn’t have chance to take a picture. Now, here it is! This X6 M50d would definitely offer the best driving experience with its three turbos! 381 PS of power and 740 Nm of torque will make your day!
Last week I visited the Seat UK Head Office for an interview with Mike Orford, PR Manager. It was the sunniest interview I have ever made. The weather was like in Spain and totally matching with the Seat!
With Mike Orford, we talked about future of Seat, new Ibiza with amazing design touches by the former Lamborghini design director. Seat Ibiza’s fuel filler cap! The Ecomotive brand of Seat that is concentrated on low CO2 emissions and better fuel economy. Also I didn’t miss the Seat Mii, the new city car with amazing spacious interior, super-efficient 1-lt engine. And avoid congestion in London thanks to low CO2 level!
Lastly, Mike talked about how he perceive the social media for automotive industry and how he manages the Seat UK’s Twitter account, which is started on 2009 after a MIPAA Social Media Workshop. And great explanation of the difference between marketing and public relations by Mike Orford; “marketing talked at customers and say the message, public relations engage with journalist and try to influence and put the best”.
How a diesel engine looks like from inside? Here is the answer to this question from the inventor of the diesel engine, MAN. MAN is a German company concentrated on manufacturing bus, trucks, and diesel engines for different purposes.
On Saturday, I have attended the Harvey Nichols Birmingham Fashion Show 2012. Like previous years, it was amazing, from the organisation of the event to show sequences. Hopefully this year, I know how to take photos in a fashion show and which settings would be the best. However, I still need to learn more!
If you are looking for some style tips, photo gallery would definitely help you to have some inspiration for different combinations. There are some of the best bits from the show, and the rest is on Facebook Page!
I have habits from taking cars pictures but they are not ideal for taking pictures of models :)
And this year, the event was sponsored by Infiniti, and there was FX35! I hope to see more car brands involved with fashion event. Please, next time let us know before the event ;)
The brands took place during the show are;
No Tomorrow | Diesel | Jimmy Choo | RayBan | Death by Zero | PRPS | Paul Smith | D&G | PRPS | Alexander McQueen | Prada | Dsquared | Ralph Lauren | Moncler | Carrera | Wild Fox | Rag and Bone | Mulberry | Alice and Olivia | Sam Edelman | Just Cavalli | Markus Lupfer | J-Brand | UGG | Christian Louboutin | 7 for All Mankind | Cambridge Satchel | Rag and Bone | Zoe Karssen | Jeffrey Campbell | Vivenne Westwood | True Religion | Dolce & Gabanna | Burberry | Belstaff | Tom Ford | Michael Kors | Jimmy Choo | Paige | Pinko | T by Alexander Wang | Gucci | Diesel | Nudie | Horiyoshi | Sam Edelman | Emporio Armani | YSL | By Malene Birger | Second Day | Helen Kiminski | McQ | Soludos | Missoni | Finders Keeprs | Hugo Boss | Sass and Bide | Deepa Gurnacani | Philip Armstrong
In 1997, the SLK was introduced the market with revolutionary folding hardtop mechanism. There were no other alternative to offer the same technology and SLK became one of the most iconic cars of 1990s.
When it was revealed, nobody thought about a diesel SLK. During those years, diesel was not an option in automotive industry. Actually, no one bothered to buy a diesel instead of a petrol engine. Therefore, SLK was never offered with the diesel. The same tradition carried on with the second generation SLK.
However, the increasing price of petrol and huge demand to diesel change everything. The third generation SLK is now available with diesel option. 2.1-lt diesel engine producing 150 PS and 500 nm torque (it is really high) and achieves 100 kph in 6,7 seconds. With 4,9-lt average consumption and 128g CO2!