Monday, December 28, 2009

Gemballa - Ferrari MIG-U1

The Middle East have been known for their fair share of exclusive luxury car culture with super cars being a dime a dozen. So do an individual stay apart from the usual crowd of Ferraris and Lamborghinis? Put a one off kit by Germany’s finest Gemballa.

Although Porsches are synonymous with Gemballa but they have prepared this one of MIG-U1 for their distributor in Dubai for the upcoming auto show.

No details have been released yet as they want to keep it under wraps until the actual launch, however from the looks of it from photos the exterior of the Ferrari has been given an extreme make over that look like it may transform into a robot any minute with exaggerated body kit, wing, wide fenders and exhaust pipes.

The interior has been given a substantial face lift with upholstery upgrade as well as LCD screen that takes charge of the in car entertainment.

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Mercedes Benz - SLS AMG Desert Gold and G55 AMG Edition 79

Mercedes Benz AMG have introduced a couple of specifically designed vehicles for the Dubai Motor Show. The two vehicles comprise of newly launched SLS AMG and G55 AMG which have been customized to appeal to the Middle Eastern market.

SLS AMG is already a stunning vehicle that have garnered much attention from around the world but to focus the attention of Dubai and its surrounding cities they have chosen to go with a Desert Gold option with matte gold paint detailed by gloss black elements. On the interior it has been modified with carbon fiber center console and panel sections. Although most of the modifications are cosmetic and engine is kept factory standard.

The G55 AMG Edition 79 might seem more practical in the Middle East with limited production of 79 units which reflects the first year in which the G-Class was produced, in 1979. As with the SLS AMG, most of the modifications are cosmetic with the notable Designo Magno Alanite Grey paint scheme that is also sprayed in matte finish. Interior is accented with two tone leather seats, carbon fiber accents and custom Edition 79 badge with individual serial number on it.

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Lamborghini Ankonian Concept

An original design for concept-because Lamborghini Ankonian, inspired by the designer Slavche Tanevsky. One returned and a more aggressive look developed for the famous Italian manufacturer of cars.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Aston Martin Cygnet

Based on the Toyota IQ, the car has all the panache of its supercar brethren with signature Aston design details and a carefully crafted interior. Love it or hate it, it does look like a whole hell of a lot of fun to drive.


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The MINI Beachcomber - Moke V2.0

MINI is set to display a modern version of its spartan MOKE open-body, four-seater of the seventies at NAIAS in January. The MOKE (pictured in background) was hugely loved in tropical climates, having the fundamentals of a MINI but not much more – the “Beachcomber Concept” takes the same sense of minimalism, freedom and adventure and enhances it with a roll cage, a lockable trunk and the 4WD drivetrain and design elements of MINI’s upcoming compact SUV.

The flexibility of the concept vehicle is exceptional, and it’s clear that the designers have spent time with a Moke and thought through the potential drawbacks of the original design and how they might be overcome. One of the greatest weaknesses of the original Moke was that it didn’t have a secure area of any kind – the Beachcomber’s rear-mounted spare wheel compartment is actually a lockable storage area as it comes with runflat tires.

The Moke also lacked a roll cage, which has clearly been addressed with the BeachComber’s substantial, yet not overbearing body structure – enough open space to capture the same spirit of freedom and adventure, yet strong enough to look after the occupants in the case of a roll.

The original Moke’s softtop was more token than functional, and having done many (happy) miles in a Moke, as often as not, I elected not to bother with putting it up when it rained –as I only ever experienced it in tropical climates, it was never cold, just wet, and that went with the spirit of adventure the vehicle embodied.

The BeachComber’s tonneau-style soft roof will have a far more substantial base to stretch over and the press release claims it folds away and stretches over the body in moments, and that looks a far better solution than the original too, clipping to the windscreen frame, the rear panel and the side openings.

There are also lightweight transparent plastic inserts which can be clipped into the sides and rear which act as windows.

The two single rear seats can also be folded down to enable the convenient stowing of bulky sports equipment such as mountain bikes, and there’s apparently a special fastening system fitted, even though it isn’t obvious on the piccies.

When open, the MINI Beachcomber Concept is also able to carry extra-long objects such as surfboards without the slightest problem. Fastened firmly to the lateral support, surfboards fit conveniently into the car, sticking out at the top on the way to the beach.

The driver and passengers enjoy convenient access to the luggage compartment though the rear panel split vertically down the middle into two sections. Whenever necessary, the right-hand side may remain fully open for bulky objects extending out of the car at the rear. The left rear element, in turn, is a window-less door hinged at the side and extending up to the seat backrests.

As a further option for reliable protection even in bad weather, the MINI Beachcomber Concept is available with accurately fitting plastic inserts on the roof, at the sides and at the rear. Made of an extra-light plastic material, these robust inserts carry over the principle of the removable hardtop to the doors and the luggage compartment lid of the car. And again in the interest of clear design and superior convenience, the inserts come flush with the body of the MINI Beachcomber Concept.

The door elements maintain their defined position through their firm connection to the opening points and the A- and D-pillars. They are likewise transparent at the top to provide good visibility to the outside, with the rear element held firmly in position through its contact to the left door element, the rear body panel at the right, and the loading sill.

The hardtop as such is connected to the windscreen frame at the front and rests in special mounts on the rollover crossbar. Precisely arranged connections joining the hardtop with the side and rear elements keep the entire structure extremely strong and stable, the appropriate connection being unfastened in each case when opening a door.

With the Beachcomber Concept being intended primarily for driving in the open air, the number of air vents has been reduced favor of additional loudspeakers on the HiFi system as well as a liquid-sprung compass and an artificial horizon showing the angle of the car around its longitudinal and transverse axis.

Strongly contoured seats and an additional handle on the front passenger’s side optimize driving pleasure on rough terrain. Open-pore foot mats allowing a good view of the floor pan characterize the robust ambiance of the car as well as the stitching seams on the seats matched specifically to this concept car.

The range of color and trim within the MINI Beachcomber Concept again reveals the car’s close link to nature, the surfaces and seat upholstery, in their design, following the elements of earth, air, water, and fire. All plastic surfaces on the instrument panel come in a newly developed grain look resembling the structure of dry earth. The Center Rail already presented in the MINI Crossover Concept plays a particularly important role in the Beachcomber. Extending from the instrument panel all the way to the luggage compartment, this fastening rail connects the front seats with the rear, emphasizing the common driving experience enjoyed by the occupants on all seats.

A special fastening system developed for MINI enables the driver and passengers to place individual elements and components on the Center Rail, such as external music players and other devices, armrests for the front and rear seats, storage boxes, shelves and holders of all kinds

The MINI Center Rail comes complete with an integrated cable duct allowing the user to connect a mobile phone or MP3 player in any position to the car’s entertainment system by means of a holder fastened to the rail. A further option is to connect additional sources of light, a cooling box, a laptop or a GPS tracker safely and securely to the Center Rail, each with their own power supply.

The range of holders has been further extended especially for the MINI Beachcomber Concept, now including a stopwatch specially made for the new model, a bottle holder, a compact meal box as well as a case for cycling and swimming goggles, clearly reflecting the sporting character of this concept car and simply ideal for the triathlete. MINI once again proves the ability of the brand to convey values such as driving pleasure, lifestyle and premium quality, that is the values so typical of MINI, to a completely new type of vehicle.

The MINI Beachcomber Concept will make its public debut at the North American International Auto Show on January 16, 2010 in Detroit.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Brabus to debut 200mph SUV at Dubai Auto Show

The BRABUS GLK V12 is powered by a 740 bhp twin turbo twelve-cylinder engine, has a top speed of 200mph (322kmh) and the base model starts at US$580,000.

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Concept : Hybrid car by Kepler Motors

Kepler is keeping the run small (only 50 models), making it slightly more probable, though the target shipping date of early 2011 seems a little ambitious considering the company's just announced the Motion at the Dubai Motor Show.

Autoblog, via Engadget

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