2017 – LAND ROVER DISCOVERY SPORT   

The world’s most versatile Premium compact SUV, the Discovery Sport has four-wheel drive and is the ideal choice for those seeking a vehicle with ample range and strength to tackle the toughest obstacles in off-road situations. The model is available in two engine options: Ingenium Diesel 2.0 of 180 hp or Gasoline 2.0 240 hp. With maximum torque of 340 Nm at 1,750 revolutions per minute, the Discovery Sport offers enough strength to overcome the most challenging off-road obstacles with ease, and also to transmit safety in situations of speed recovery, such as overtaking. The wide autonomy is possible thanks to the use of the nine-speed ZF-9HP transmission system, the same used in the Range Rover Evoque line. In it, the lower gears had shortened ratio to provide more torque, and with that, more agility in the pickups and also more robustness in off-road traffic. Already the higher gears have had their elongated ratio which provides much comfort and fuel economy at cruising speed. To give you an idea, at 120 km / h in ninth gear, the gyro is below 2,000 revolutions per minute. In addition to preserving the engine, this feature helps in greater fuel autonomy, allows cabin noise and trepidation levels to be almost imperceptible and helps to reduce emissions of pollutant gases. All these features make the Discovery Sport line an excellent option for those who like to travel long distances with great luxury, comfort and ease in any type of terrain.

New state-of-the-art Ingenium diesel engine

The Discovery Sport produced is equipped, in the diesel version, with the new generation of Ingenium engines from Jaguar Land Rover. The model features a 180-hp 2.0-liter Diesel engine, ideal for those who appreciate the wide range and comfort of cruising speed. The engine features Common Rail injection system, a turbocharger with variable geometry and develops 430 Nm of torque between 1,750 and 2,500 revolutions, which guarantees an exceptional force in the retakes and during the transposition of difficult terrains.

Worthy ability of a legitimate Land Rover

As a legitimate Land Rover, the Discovery Sport line is equipped with the already renowned Terrain Response system which, at the touch of a button, adjusts in just 150 milliseconds all the traction, acceleration and torque settings according to the type of terrain in which is trafficked. The system features normal driving modes, grass / snow / gravel, mud / furrows and sand, plus Eco mode, which maximizes fuel economy. In addition to Terrain Response, the model features Gradient Release, a technology that allows smooth starts both on slopes and slopes, ensuring maximum safety on any type of surface. To ensure maximum safety for all occupants, the entire Discovery Sport range has a variety of systems. These include ABS brakes, ETC electronic traction control, EBD electronic brake distribution system, CBC curb braking control, EBA emergency braking assistant, DSC dynamic stability control, among many others. No wonder that the model received five stars in the demanding Euro NCAP safety tests in the same year of its launch. In addition to all these systems, the model also has seven air bags for the protection of all occupants. Electric rearview mirrors, stop / start ignition system, entertainment system with eight-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth connection with streaming audio, USB input and seven airbags, including one for protection of the driver’s knees also arrive in all versions of the model. The top-of-the-line version of HSE Luxury features a signature Xenon headlamp with LED signature, panoramic sunroof, dual zone air conditioning, heated leather seats with passenger memory and driver memory, Meridian 16-speaker audio system and an 825W subwoofer, 19-inch alloy wheels, configurable internal lighting, and two USB ports on the second row of seats. Discovery Sport is available in the Brazilian market in eight body color options, plus four other choice of seat trim types with their respective panel and door trim color combinations, making the vehicle highly configurable.

Maximum convenience for up to seven people

Discovery Sport is available with up to four 12V sockets and up to six USB ports arranged in each of the three rows of seats to allow multiple electronic devices to be recharged simultaneously. The two-zone digital air conditioner has the second row air vents mounted in the middle of column B for more effective air distribution. In the 5 + 2 seat configuration, an independent control is available for the third row of occupants, so they can set the desired temperature and intensity themselves. The air vents are positioned in the middle of column C to also distribute the air more effectively.

Designed for life

Discovery Sport is clearly identifiable as a Land Rover, but features a new design with a clear approach to differentiate itself from the Range Rover family: the Discovery family is versatile and practical. The monocoque construction combines a blend of high rigidity steel, ultra high strength steel alloy and extremely light aluminum panels. This ensures strength and lightness for incredible dynamics and extremely high levels of torsional stiffness. The multi-link rear axle increases agility, articulation and along with carefully calibrated aluminum suspensions, deliver a level of shock absorption to unparalleled ground imperfections. The new rear axle also reduces noise levels and minimizes suspension payload usage.

Category-leading off-road capacity

Flawless performance on any type of terrain is in Land Rover’s DNA. Naturally, Discovery Sport’s body geometry has been optimized for the most demanding terrain with excellent clearance, angles of attack and exit, as well as the ability to cross flooded areas with depths of up to 600 mm.

Discovery Sport is equipped with a range of off-road technologies, including:

  • Hill Descent Control (HDC)
  • Scroll Stability Control (RSC)
  • Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)
  • Electronic Traction Control (ETC)

Many of the innovations that make Discovery Sport unbeatable on off-road are also responsible for its extreme on-road efficiency.

The highlights are:

  • Multi-link rear axle
  • Power Assisted Steering (EPAS)
  • Nine-speed automatic transmission with adaptive gear shift ratio
  • 325 mm front brake discs

Advanced technologies for extreme convenience and security

The new Discovery Sport features state-of-the-art technologies to maximize safety and convenience. Everything from new entertainment system with eight-inch touchscreen display to the nine airbags that minimize the consequences in the event of a collision. Other technologies available to the driver are:

  • Trailer Stability Assistant
  • Trailer Assistant with capacity up to 2 tons
  • 8-inch high-definition touch screen
  • Automatic headlights
  • Windscreen wipers sensitive to rain
  • Parking sensors

Intelligent design for added versatility

Discovery Sport takes the Discovery family’s design in a more dynamic direction by optimizing concepts of volume, proportions and posture to ensure a striking visual without compromising the functionality and excellent engineering already recognized worldwide with its ‘big brother’ , the Discovery. At 4.5 meters in length, the Discovery Sport is 2.39 centimeters shorter than the Discovery, which also features seven seats, while its 2.74-meter wheelbase creates an exceptional internal space. This feature allowed Land Rover designers to pull the Discovery Sport wheels to the corners of the vehicle to provide a robust, compact, low center of gravity look. It’s a feat from the Land Rover Design team, led by Gerry McGovern. Some details already known in the other models of Land Rover as the shell and the two bars in the front grille with hexagonal details are also present in Discovery Sport. The design of the model was also designed to provide maximum aerodynamic efficiency, with a coefficient of 0.36 cd. The design team conceived the Discovery Sport as a vehicle thought from the inside out. Even with compact dimensions, the Discovery Sport features an extremely spacious and configurable interior, with seating arrangement 5 + 2 as standard, unique in the category. The cabin was impeccably finished, with extensive use of the leather in the coverings. The panoramic sunroof helps in the lighting of the cabin and gives a feeling of amplitude to the passengers.

2017 – RANGE ROVER EVOQUE CONVERTIBLE

Land Rover finally unveiled the first images and all the information regarding the first Range Rover convertible, the Evoque Convertible, which will be an important addition to the British brand line. The model will be showcased at the upcoming Los Angeles Show, and aims to combine the dynamic competence and versatility of an all-terrain with the special virtues of a luxury convertible. In this way, branded as the world’s first convertible and luxury SUV, the Range Rover Evoque Convertible features a 100% automatic canvas hood that opens in 18 seconds and closes at 21. In addition, it can be used in a speed up to 50 km / h. Land Rover ensures that the soundproofing when the hood is closed is as good as the normal Evoque and was the inspiration for this model. The only downside is the model’s carrying capacity which is reduced from 420 liters to 251 liters and the actual weight which increased 270 kg over the Range Rover Evoque due to changes in the A pillars, the electric mechanism of the hood and the actual length of the vehicle. In terms of powertrains, the Evoque Convertible offers the diesel 2.0 TD4 Ingenium diesel block of 178 hp, with CO2 emissions of 149 g / km with an average consumption of 19.6 km / l. In terms of gasoline the offers are also based on 4-cylinder Si4 engines, but with higher power, capable of reaching 240 hp. In the event of overturning, a safety system is activated which includes double arched bars integrated in the vehicle itself. These bars emerge from the vehicle in just 90 milliseconds, to create a safe space for its occupants. As new equipment, the Evoque Convertible now features a new 10.2-inch touchscreen that also includes the ‘InControl Touch Pro’ infotainment system. The marketing date is already scheduled for the first half of 2016, reaching more than 170 markets worldwide.

2017 – RANGE ROVER EVOQUE CONVERTIBLE BY HAMANN

The Range Rover Evoque Convertible is a very particular model. It is an Evoque that loses its roof to gain exclusivity and design. A concept never seen before in this type of vehicle, which despite having a slight image of all-terrain with its slightly high body and four-wheel drive, is not the best option to venture into the open. Hamann, the well-known German coach, had introduced a couple of modifications to the Range Rover Evoque in a closed body about two months ago. Now it features its Evoque Convertible version, with several aesthetic changes and a slight improvement in engine performance based on ECU reprogramming. Outside, there are new bumpers, a new front grille, daytime light relocation, sharper side skirts, bulky wheel arches and a flashy white diffuser at the bottom of the rear that houses a dual exhaust outlet placed in the rear. position. It also has huge 22-inch multi-spoke wheels available in three different finishes. The finishing touch in the aesthetic plane moves in the height of the body, lowering 30 mm the distance of the ground, after having installed a new suspension. On the whole, the Evoque Convertible by Hamann gains a lot of muscle and aggression at the aesthetic level. In mechanical terms, Hamann has made a number of modifications to the engine-ECU to achieve a slight increase in horsepower. In the case of the diesel engine of the Range Rover Evoque Convertible, the power increases from 150 to 183 hp, while in the Si4 petrol version, it goes from 240 to 260 hp.

2012 Chevy Corvette

Chevrolet indeed established a good name and reputation. The internationally acclaimed automotive company was named after its brilliant founder Louis Chevrolet. Mr. Chevrolet started the famous car firm in the year 1912 after his success as a race car driver. Chevrolet became successful in producing innovative and magnificent designs. One great innovation to consider is the 2012 Chevy Corvette. Chevrolet Corvette is considered as one of the most prestigious sports cars ever. It has enjoyed the reputation of “America’s sports car” for almost fifty-eight years. The Chevy Corvette became a model for other American sports cars. To commemorate the 100 years of Chevrolet, the company came up with another majestic innovation, the 2012 Chevy Corvette. The 2012 Chevy Corvette is Chevrolet’s centennial edition package. The magnificent Chevrolet edition has a classic look which makes it distinct from other sports cars. Great improvements were made in Chevrolet Corvette. The 2012 Chevy Corvette welcomes a fresh and new seat design incorporated with larger side bolsters. It also features a new and more appealing steering wheel and extra padding was developed in the armrests. To further increase the sophistication of the features, a 9-speaker Bose sound system was added. Several customization options were also included to further enhance the features.

It is big and it is bold. 2012 Chevy Corvette will definitely make a big noise in the automotive industry. This innovation is so ambitious as it promises great action along the road, furnished with a sexy framework that embodies sophistication. It also embodies the greatness of technology, since special effects were incorporated into this model. The team Corvette made a lot of effort to keep its American classic style. Thankfully, great improvements were done to enhance the features and in order to have ultra-high performance. All of these traits can be seen in both Z06 and ZR1 models, but they are greatly enhanced in the 2012 Chevy Corvette Centennial Special Edition.  Talking about safety, it has side airbags and anti-lock disc brakes. It only lacks side curtain airbags. The specialized feature which is the “Active Handling” stability control system of the 2012 Chevy Corvette was programmed to deploy in a non-invasive, soft way so that drivers won’t be disappointed.

Chevrolet first introduced their two-seat Corvette or ‘Vette’ in 1953. It was the passion and brainchild of the renowned designer Harley Earl. Earl had been designing for the company since the late 1920’s and finally managed to convince them to build a two-seater sports car, not unlike the MG’s, Alfa’s and other European cars that were being introduced to the American market by returning GIs.

Killer Looks!

While the 53 Chevy Corvette was hailed for its killer looks and great body, its performance under the hood was decidedly unexciting, unadventurous somewhat frigid. The Ford Thunderbird further threatened the future life of the automobile that would eventually go down in the annals of American automotive history as ‘the only true American sports car’, outselling the Corvette by 24 to 1. While the Thunderbird was looking great on the roads of America the Chevy Corvette (not yet the 57) was still looking longingly at potential buyers in the showrooms. It was at this time that GM was said to have been considering killing it off, or in the words of an enthusiast ‘murdering it’. Enter the v8 engine and Zora Arkus-Duntov. Zora, who rather mistakenly became known ever after as the father of the Corvette, inspired the V8 design and spec for the 57 Corvette. The V8 is credited with being the single most important change made to the car to date.

The 1957 Corvette, Reborn

Enough of the history. Baptized with a new engine the 57 Corvette went from strength to strength in performance and was reborn as a serious sports car. While the 57 Chevy is as synonymous with the American dream as Mama’s homemade apple pie, the Americans do not have the monopoly on automobiles in dreams. The Corvette started appearing in the dreams of sleepers all over the world and began attracting a pan-global fan base, introduced to the car through the medium of its numerous guest TV appearances, where it often achieved its own listing in the credits! The 57 Corvette is coveted and collected by car enthusiasts from Asia to Antarctica. They are selling at car auctions for anywhere from $70,000 upwards with no shortage of adoring buyers. The automobile world is now waiting with baited breath for the debut of the C7 Chevy Corvette expected to arrive sometime in 2010. Now for all those who will think or feel that I’m beating up on American products, that is the exact opposite of the truth. In fact I have an online site, where I sell aftermarket Corvette parts. I also served in our Armed Forces so I definitely believe in this great country of ours.

The problem I’m having is why should supporting our auto manufacturers be so costly to us? I can tell you from experience that back in the 90’s, a forklift operator for GM was making over $20.00 per hour, just to sit on a forklift. Maybe if the employees weren’t being paid so much, more of us could afford to buy a Corvette. Nearly half of the Corvette owners hold college degrees, and over 80 percent, are owned by people on average that are 53 or older. When Harley Earll first produced the Corvette, it wasn’t only intended for the well off. There were millions bought compared to the approximately 750,000 that are now registered, and that includes all model years. When I drive down the street or freeway now, I can’t prove it with stats, but it looks to me, that there are approximately 75 percent imports versus American vehicles. Go to another country, do you think you would see the same situation there? American auto makers need to find a way to reduce the cost to the American public, and get us back. What prompted me to write this article, is the fact that I saw a commercial yesterday for Honda, where they claimed to be the greatest American car company. I could not believe I heard that. I’m sorry for causing anyone to be upset over my words here, but I feel it’s high time American companies and their employees come together, and figure out a way to lower the cost of their products and get us back.

The New Chevy Corvette C7R Concept With New Aerodynamics and Forged Wheels

The Chevrolet Corvette has been racing successfully around the world for decades. Its performance was able to match and often exceed that of many foreign and exotic race cars from Germany, Britain, and Italy, effectively putting the American car manufacturer on the map for performance cars. In the American Le Mans Series, Chevrolet has run a factory team for the past few seasons using a pair of Corvette C6R models that are based on the road-going Corvette Z06 model. The race car has been quite successful capturing numerous podium finishes, first-place finishes, driver’s championships, and overall wins. Even at the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans, the team was able to win the GT class during its 80th anniversary of competing in the race. Now, the manufacturer has a new race car concept base on the new C7 Corvette Stingray that was featured on MotoringExposure, Road and Track, and Automobile Magazine. The new C7R Corvette will feature revised aerodynamics, new body work, forged wheels, and a race-prepped interior. The new Corvette C7R Concept will wear an all-new lightweight carbon fiber body that provides a lower overall weight than the production aluminum and plastic body panels of the standard model. The carbon fiber will also offer numerous high-strength benefits and be able to repair quickly in case of minor accidents by the race team. The new aerodynamics worn by the race car concept will also be made of carbon fiber. The front will feature a wider air intake to cool both the engine and brakes, along with a bigger front splitter and side flics to optimize downforce and reduce drag. New side skirts will be positioned between the front and rear forged wheels and incorporate a side-exit exhaust system on each side for better backpressure properties as opposed to the rear-mounted versions. At the rear will be a large adjustable spoiler, a new bumper, and a large diffuser to ensure that the rear forged wheel keep traction at high speeds.

The chassis will be optimized for endurance racing on the C7R concept models. New aluminum and steel suspension components will stiffen up the ride and improve handling. The entire car will sit much lower than the production models so that it has an optimum center of gravity. A set of steel brakes with monoblock calipers will be used at the front and rear axles due to racing regulations. Instead of the factory rim and tire setup, the racing team will opt for lightweight one-piece forged wheels that are stronger and more durable than cast models. Inside, the entire production interior will be stripped out to save weight and to improve safety. A roll cage will surround the driver and their single racing seat to provide a safe structure in the event of an accident. The factory dashboard will also be removed in place of an all-digital display for easy reading and telemetry. There is no word on when Chevrolet will create the new Corvette C7R race car, and as of now it remains a concept rendering. Since 1953, the Chevrolet Corvette has been a household name in the world of high-powered sports cars with big-bore engines and throaty exhaust notes. The original Corvette design, codenamed “C1,” changed the car industry forever. While the Corvette has undergone many design changes throughout its 57-year history, the basic goal of the car remains exactly the same as it did all those years ago: Go fast and do it loudly.

The 2010 Chevrolet Corvette takes this tradition to the next level. With the base trim model powered by a 6.2 liter V8, this new “C6” model Corvette blends the division between street car and race car. 430 horsepower finds its way to the rear wheels, thanks to the award-winning LS3 engine. Drivers with a good bit of nerve can find their way from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just under 5 seconds. With 424 foot-pounds of torque at 4600 RPM, this base model Corvette will claw at the asphalt and leave you gasping for air as you race through the power band. Amazingly enough, two higher-powered versions of the Corvette are available to the general public in 2010. The 2010 Corvette Z06, already a hot performer in the C5 body style, finds its way back to the streets with the LS7 7.0 liter V8. The Z06 pushes out a monstrous 505 horsepower, competing with much more expensive supercars for the title of “Most Powerful Street Car.” At a curb weight of 3175 pounds, the Corvette Z06 will take a driver from 0 to 60 miles per hour in under 4 seconds. If you don’t feel that your 505 horsepower is enough, have a look at the Corvette ZR1 and its supercharged 6.2 liter V8. With 638 horsepower at your fingertips, you’ll never be the same again.

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