2012 CHEVROLET IMPALA
While it may not be the redesign Chevrolet fans were hoping for, nevertheless, five years after the introduction of the current Impala onto the market in 2006, General Motors is updating its full size sedan with some barely noticeable cosmetic changes and a new standard engine for the 2012 model year.
The most significant change is of course the adoption of General Motor’s latest 3.6-liter V6 engine with direct-injection technology and E85 Flex-fuel capability, linked to a standard six-speed automatic transmission.
The mechanical updates are complemented by some minor styling changes up front, namely the new mesh grille and fog light surrounds, and at the rear, along with a new set of 16-inch alloy wheels and changes to the available equipment packages.
2011 AUDI R8 GT SPYDER
To expand its vehicle range filling every possible niche in the market by Audi. After the recent debut of the A6 Avant, today, the Ingolstadt-based automaker revealed the convertible version of its hardcore R8 GT coupe, which was launched as a limited edition model in 2010 with only 333 cars being produced. The new R8 GT Spyder follows the same recipe featuring a more powerful V10 engine and a lighter body.
The open-air model rides on a tweaked suspension with aluminium double wishbones, and new set of 19-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 235/35 tires up front and 295/30 tires at the rear. The R8 GT Spyder also comes equipped with The large, lightweight carbon-fibre ceramic brake discs and an Electronic Stabilization Program (ESP) that can be deactivated entirely.
Audi’s engineers managed to shave 85kg (187.39 lb) over the standard R8 V10 Spyder through the use of carbon fiber parts for certain parts of the body (5.5 kg or 12.13 lb).) and lighter components in the powertrain and interior. However, more than a third of the gains came from the new racing bucket seats that saved 31.5 kg (69.45 lb) of weight.