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    2012 JAGUAR XK SERIES

    Jaguar XK series in Coupe and Convertible form made its world premiere alongside the refreshed XF and XFR sedans at 2011 New York International Auto Show. Jaguar added five new colors to the range and introduced new alloy wheel designs ranging in size from 18 to 20 inches.

    The changes on the XK are more subtle than on the XF and are purely cosmetic. The most significant changes are found at the front of the XK that gains new and slimmer by 15mm headlamps that incorporate LED signal functions and running lights. There’s also a larger oval grille and new bumper design, while the XKR is distinguished by a black mesh grille.

    For 2012, the Jaguar XK’s power vents along the front wings have been altered from a vertical to horizontal design with a mesh insert and are emblazoned with the Jaguar name. At the rear, the British company tweaked the boot lid design with a slimmer chrome finisher that allows the placement of the Jaguar ‘leaper’ badge, and added LED technology to the tail lamps.

    2011 OPEL CORSA OPC NURBURGRING EDITION

    The Opel Corsa OPC Nurburgring Edition hot-hatch will be produced only 500 units. The Opel Corsa OPC Nurburgring Edition is available in two exclusive body colors, red “Henna” and apple-green “Grasshopper”, as well as with new 18-inch forged aluminum wheels in high-gloss grey. Other new features include a front spoiler lip, a new stainless steel dual exhaust system and Nurburgring logos on the B-pillars.

    The special edition Corsa OPC receives an increase of 18HP, so that the 1.6-liter turbocharged engine goes from 192 to 210HP, posting an impressive power rating of 131.4 hp per liter.

    However, exclusivity is not its only advantage. The added power is achieved through a new ECU, a modified turbocharger, a sports exhaust with reduced backpressure and optimization for 100-octane fuel. Maximum torque has also been increased to 250 Nm (184.4 lb-ft), with 280 Nm (206.5 lb-ft) available when the overboost function is activated. In terms of performance, the Corsa OPC Nurburgring Edition hits 100 km/h from a standing start in 6.8 seconds and reaches a top speed of 230 km/h (143 mph). It also completes the 80 to 120 km/h acceleration in 5th gear in 6.2 seconds.

    OPC engineers fitted the FWD Corsa with a mechanical, multi-plate limited-slip differential that helps recuce wheel spin during cornering, making the Corsa OPC ideal for the racetrack. The chassis has also been retuned, with the car sporting a lower ride height, new Bilstein springs and dampers and a new lightweight front braking system from Brembo. In addition, systems such as the ABS, Traction Control and Electronic Stability Control have been recalibrated to suit the car’s new configuration.

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