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Interview by Raj Mehta for ASIANA.tv: Ritu Sethi’s book: A Woman’s Guide To Having It All NOW!

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Interview by Raj Mehta for ASIANA.tv


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Interview by Raj Mehta for ASIANA.tv: Sayeda Habib’s book: Discover the Best in You! Life Coaching for Muslims

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Interview by Raj Mehta for ASIANA.tv


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BMW: First the expression of Joy – ART Campaign (Z4), and then: a BMW ART GALLERY@LONDON NCP CAR PARK!

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The Z4 has been campaigned by BMW as a car which is an:

Expression of Joy!

The people at BMW went all out in showing the world exactly how expressive the Z4 is, and by word, it is so exasperatingly, eccentrically, expressive that it produced an artwork which is not only a masterpiece, but also of epic proportion! The New Z4 is BMW’s latest showroom piece and is undoubtedly the undisputed champion – especially the Z4 GT3!

Which one is of preference to most is up to the public at large, the Z4 is already proving popular and is gaining further in the ranks of the classic cars of the future! The Z4 and the GT3 version are a duo of incomparable vision compared to their competition!

The vehicles competing with the Z4 are: The Infinity G37, The Audi A5, The Mercedes SLK, and The Porsche Boxster, The Audi TT, and The Nissan 370Z! As you can see there are many competitors to the Z4!

The BMW Z4 has been around since 2002:

(BMW Z4 2.5 (2002-2006), BMW Z4 2.2i (2004-2005), BMW Z4 M Coupe (2006-2009), BMW Z4 M Roadster (2006-2009), BMW Z4 2.5i Sport (2006-2009), BMW Z4 Coupé (2006-2009), BMW Z4 sDrive 23i (2009 onwards) BMW Z4 sDrive30i (2009 onwards), BMW Z4 sDrive35i (2009 onwards),

And continuously seen of the competition throughout the years! The Z4 brand is still going strong with the latest model on the market being the BMW Z4 sDrive28i (2012 onwards)!  Re-shaped, Re-styled, and Ready for everything! The Z4 starts from £29,485 and if you want the M version, the price starts at £32,650, all models are only available in petrol, and the CO2 emissions (g/km) is 159. The Z4 is said to be in a class of its own and all that is required!

However the Z4 M version is the icing on the cake and will look slightly better with the sports customizations!

The Z4 and the GT3 Z4 are double trouble! Both are fun and funky! Some of the features of the BMW Z4 are the mean looking contours for the roadster which emerge from the BMW emblem, which makes this roadster look smoking and full of swag! The Z4 is made easily recognisable by these contours and there’s no mistaking the GT3 Z4 as that has a huge winged spoiler at the rear of the car. Double trouble indeed! The combo models will make you say WOW!

As for the interesting parts here are some of the most important :

BMW uses keyless technology to start the engine at the push of a button (the start/stop button), and the remote key sends a signal to the car to unlock it or lock it, at which point the door handles illuminate to provide further assisted entry to the car!

Electric Power Steering, BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology, Auto-Start/Stop, Optimum Shift Indicator, Brake energy Regeneration, Tyres with reduced rolling resistance, and Lightweight construction. (All of which are part of BMW’s Efficient Dynamics Green Initiative!)

The Z4 is available in Manual (6-speed transmission) or Automatic which has an 8 speed transmission making the Z4 a real roadster!

There’s also a turbo-charger which eases the roadster to a speed of 156mph (the roadster has been limited to this speed).

The Z4 comes complete with a retractable hard top roof which can be retracted at speeds of up to 25mph, as for more on the BMW hardtop, here’s a quote from BMW:

“long bonnet, short overhangs and deep, way-back seat – in a modern idiom create a look that is as familiar as it is unique. A look that is complemented to perfection by the retractable hardtop. Whether open or closed, this folding roof maintains the low-slung lines typical of a roadster. With it you can savour one of the finest ways to drive in comfort.”

The Z4 is a rear-wheel drive (17″, 18″, 19″ alloys), has ABS as standard, a CD player and Radio, cruise control as standard, air conditioning as standard, good safety with airbags  for the driver, passenger, and front side airbag, electric windows, and is a two-seater roadster with four cylinders which performs well and reconvenes a time of 5.6 seconds to 60mph! Additional safety features include rollover bars fixed behind the headrests and stable “A” pillars along with the feature of the bonnet automatically rising in a collision. The head and upper body airbags protect the head, ribcage and pelvis areas acting as cushions in a collision.

A little car the Z4 may be but the German roadster’s 2012 update is getting bigger in name, even the lights (xenon and round) on the car are smaller than the grilles and this gives the Z4 a wicked look and only adds to the cars flair! The car has daytime running lights. The front of the Z4 looks hungry for the road and there are further additions beside the grilles which are air intakes on either side and lowest to the ground beneath the kidney grilles is a fierce looking meshed carbon front splitter!

Quick enough for BMW who used to produce engines with their trademark 6 cylinders; yet in their efforts to be greener have chosen to use a four-cylinder blueprint for the Z4 which performs well although there is less power being produced whereas torque is increased. The car is available in Single or Twin exhaust tailpipes! And has cruise control, and a high-beam assistant.

The Z4 is a rear wheel drive and can be operated manually (via gear paddles) or automatically. BMW have made this roadster with the vision of it being an everyday car for use 365 days of the year! They say that the temperature within the car will be suitable for whatever weather conditions the car is in, and there are options of four round air conditioning controls or automatic air conditioning. There is also the iDrive onboard control system which controls the different functions such as accessing, Telephone, Sat-Nav, Settings, Drive-mode and Radio/CD.

Engine & Power:

Standard Engine 2L 240hp I4      
Horsepower 240 @ 5000 RPM      
Torque 260 @ 1250 RPM      
Valves 4      
Displacement (cc) 1997      
Bore X Stroke (in.) 3.3 X 3.5      
Compression Ratio 10.0:1

Exterior Dimensions & Weight BMW Z4 sDrive28i

Curb Weight – Automatic (lb.) 3262.8      
Wheelbase (in.) 98.3      
Length (in.) 167      
Width (in.) 70.5      
Height (in.) 50.8      
Track Front (in.) 59.5      
Track Rear (in.) 61.4

SOURCE:  http://www.automobile.com

MORE ABOUT THE GT3 Z4! – (shown above)

BMW has released new details about the Z4 GT3: “BMW Motorsport has further developed the BMW Z4 GT3 specifically for the 2012 season. The engine now turns up to 9,000 rpm and has a new exhaust system. The rear wing is now made from carbon fibre instead of aluminium and produces greater downforce – with less drag.”

It is a star on the race track and has many accolades to its name: the BMW GT3 Z4! The car shines spectacularly in every way and looks like it could easily produce flames firing out of the GT3’s exhausts! A personal favourite of mine! Its place is however, I would say on the race track!

It has been taken up by private racing teams! The GT3 Z4 has done well in competitive racing and has made an impression! The racing car proving it had the mettle to produce a 1st place finish at the Dubai 24 Hour endurance event, and also securing second place from a low 49th position at the 24 Hour Spa Francorchamps event!

As you can imagine it is a much grander scale than the standard Z4! Whereas the Z4 says Zoom! The GT3 Z4 says ZOOM ZOOM ZOOM!!!!!!!!!!  It’s further enhanced in engineering, styling, and capability! It has a six-speed sequential transmission with a “Quick Shift” function, and an engine management system and the engine consists of a 4.0-liter V8! Being a race car there is also a racing anti-lock braking system present, a roll cage, and rims with central locking and safety clips.

Here’s the best bit!

It is available as a road car!

So prepare for take off!

It has been priced at €340,000.

Technical specifications BMW Z4 GT3  
Length: 4,387 mm
Width: 2,012 mm
Height: 1,210 mm
Wheel base: 2,509 mm
Weight: 1,190 kg
Tank capacity: 115 litres
Engine type: Eight-cylinder, V-configuration
Capacity: 4,361 ccm
Bore x stroke: 92 x 82 mm
Compression: 13.0 :1
Max. output: 515 bhp (8,200 rpm)



For those of you, whom have not had the opportunity to be acquainted with the Z4 and its mastery of art, please read on as I elaborate further.

“The BMW Z4 is a modern interpretation of a classic roadster and the most admired characteristics of a sports coupe`” In celebration of the BMW Z4 being an ‘expression of joy!’  BMW hooked up with the artist Robin Rhode who is a South African artist based in Berlin and gave him the privilege of creating an art piece to be the front of the BMW Z4’s campaign! This art-piece you see above is the creation of his vision which was then painted by the Z4 roadster! With the use of many colours and tyres! (Each colour was painted by a different set of tyres). Mr Rhodes did not drive the car, however operated it via remote control! Making this art-piece, even further wonderful! For those of you wanting to find out more there is a video of the artwork taking place and it is directed by Jake Scott.

The link is: http://www.expressionofjoy.com/#


The link shows you the different processes from the artwork taking place on a piece of paper by Mr Rhodes to the Z4 being a tool of art on a huge canvas! It also shows the preparation that went into the larger than life artwork! BMW have really gone all out with this campaign they even have an Iphone Game for this art based campaign! Not enough can be said of this art-piece, it is a fusion of car and colours! (I’ve got my own take on it which is why this article is no ordinary article it too is a fusion! A fusion of writing, colour and of course the Z4 and Z4 GT3!

There is more though!!!

‘Read on’

To find out more about BMW’s and their relationships with other artists!


BMW’s as you’ve never seen them before! And they have arrived in an array of flair and style, which none of them are lacking in! The Art Gallery lasted only two weeks and began in July and finished in August, it certainly made the rounds with Art Critics and Enthusiasts of Art and Cars! The Gallery was put on by the ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts) at the NCP Car Park in East End of London and the admission was free. Do not despair if you did not go to see it, as you can see the photos of the Art Cars within this post!

This Art Gallery was a first for the UK! And the Art collection had begun over 35 years ago and using the cars as their canvasses leading international artists have been making their mark on what are classic art-pieces of the highest standards! Artists include Andy Warhol!

The London Olympics 2012, ICA and BMW all collaborated to put this exhibition on as part of the London 2012 Festival! And it was called the Art Drive! Artists included: artists: Alexander Calder, Sandro Chia, Ken Done, Ernst Fuchs, David Hockney, Jenny Holzer, Matazo Kayama, Jeff Koons, Roy Lichtenstein, Esher Mahlangu, Cesar Manrique, M.J Nelson, A.R Penck, Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella, and Andy Warhol as mentioned before.

So here are the cars and the Artists’ work! Videos included! Enjoy!

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1. First up there’s Jenny Holzer with the BMW V12 LMR! (1999)

2. Alexander Calder 3.0 CSL

A 1975 BMW 3.0CSL by Alexander Calder was the start of the BMW art car project and this was the first commissioned Art Car by BMW! Mr Calder was convinced by his French racing driver friend to take this project up, and it was used in the Le Mans Race in 1975.

3. Matazo Kayama 535i (1990) is a Japanese artist who studied at the Painting Academy in Kyoto this is his airbrushed Art Car!

4. César Manrique from Spain his Art Car features the BMW 730i (1990)

5. Frank Stella BMW 3.0 CSL, American abstract painter and printmaker this Art Car was done in 1976.

6. Andy Warhol BMW M1 Art Car. Mr Warhol is known for being a key and influential figure in the American Pop Art movement. This was the fourth Art Car commissioned by BMW. (1979)

7. Roy Lichtenstein BMW 320 CSi (1977) New York born artist. Again has a Pop Art theme to it.

8. American artist Robert Rauschenberg, Art Car BMW 635 CSi, (1986), he is said to have bridged the gap between Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art.

9. Australian Artist, Michael Jagamarra Nelson, Art Car:  BMW M3, was very keen on promoting and keeping aboriginal art around, the Art Car was produced in the time of (1989).

10. Esther Mahlangu BMW Art Car 525i (1991), she is from a tribe in South Africa, and has kept alive the centuries old traditional wall paintings of her tribe and her artwork reflects this.

11. Ken Done, Australian Artist, Aboriginal/Australian themes, Art Car is a BMW M3 group A, (1989)

12. Sandro Chia, BMW Art Car M3 GT2 Series Race Car (1992) – Italian/Painter Sculptor.

13. English Painter, David Hockney, BMW Art Car painted on BMW 850 CSi (1995)

14. German Painter, A.R. Penck, BMW Art Car Z1, (1991).

15. Ernst Fuchs BMW Art Car 635 CSi, Austrian visionary painter, draftsman, printmaker, sculptor, architect, stage designer, composer, poet, and singer. (1982)

16. This is my favourite! The Artist is American Jeff Koons, the BMW Art Car is a M3 GT2! (2010)

The BMW i8 – Concept Sports Car

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The BMW i8 is here!

BMW Launched the i family concept cars in July at Frankfurt, Germany. Above is the BMW i8 an eco-friendly alternative and a visionary car for the future! BMW are showing that they are leading the way in electric cars for the future.

The BMW i8 has the trademark kidney grills and the concept model has a futuristic blue colour behind these grills. The production model which is arriving in 2014 is said to look like this :

BMW have not let on to what the car will look like in its production form although there has been talk of some parts being modified and according to Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President of BMW Design, those oh-so-low side windows probably won’t make it to production, but the design team is intent on bringing as much light into the cabin as possible – on the i8.

BMW have managed to conjure up a green process for the production of these cars – every aspect of the process has been green from the factory output to the recycled materials used.

This image shows the extent to which BMW are manufacturing Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic into their i cars which carry the slogan of “BMW i – Born Electric”. This referrs to the other BMW too which I have not mentioned the BMW i3.

The i8 has two drive systems one is the electric motor and the other is an internal combustion 1.5litre engine which runs on petrol although there is talks of BMW changing the latter to gasoline – either way the i8 is certainly a hybrid for the future to look out for. The prices being predicted are around $300,000. The petrol engine features at the back of the car and the car does 0-62 in 4.6 seconds. The top-speed is 155mph  (as this car is restricted to this speed).

The car needs to be charged via a plug in like other electric cars – however unlike other electric vehicles BMW are claiming it takes 1hour and 45minutes – to charge the car to its 100% capability which will see the car drive approximately 20miles. The i8 has a dual clutch system which will see an automatic and manual option.

The car is a four seater and has an all wheel drive – as BMW have said: “All four wheels of the BMW i8 Concept can be driven at the same time, similarly to an all-wheel-drive vehicle. This solution combines the driving dynamics advantages of front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. An optimal drive configuration can therefore be provided to suit all driving situations”

BMW also had to say the following on the design of the BMW i8 – “The design makes the customer a promise of quality that the product experience then keeps. The design of a vehicle shows customers at first glance what they will experience once they get behind the wheel.” (Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design).

The design is aesthetic and it has striking gullwing doors which add to the cars futuristic features – and BMW will be hoping for it to be the essence of the future. The design is being hailed as a first by BMW who have said that this car is far lighter than its electric counterparts due to the majority of the body being built from carbon fibre reinforced plastic – which happens in a green factory which is soon to have windmill turbines as has been proposed by BMW so far – (so green!). The car is certainly aerodynamic as BMW have incorporated this as a key element in their design – making this an electric sports car!

“The LifeDrive architecture of the BMW i8 Concept has been carefully adapted to enhance the vehicle’s sports car character, and therefore to deliver unbeatable performance and excellent driving dynamics. The motor in the front axle module and combustion engine at the rear are connected by an “energy tunnel”, which houses the high-voltage battery. This gives the car a low centre of gravity – and the dynamic benefits that come with it. The positioning of the electric motor and engine over their respective axles and the space-saving and well-balanced packaging of all components result in an optimum 50/50 weight distribution.”

As well as making headlines the BMW i8 will be featuring in the yet to be released Mission Impossible film, called Ghost Protocol. As for the dimensional specifications the i8 Concept measures in at 4.6m long, 1.9m wide and 1.2m tall.


As for the interior the designers at BMW have looked at minimising the materials within the compartment and maximising space. The steering wheel and its counter-parts look sleek and futuristic – and are mostly made from carbon fibre re-inforced plastic – BMW have included their very own i systems which control and display certain functions of the car such as SatNav and Power.

“The sporting character continues into the interior. Boasting a driver-focused environment unmatched by any BMW Group vehicle before it, the BMW i8 Concept immerses the driver fully in the unique driving experience. The BMW i8 Concept is the sports car for a new generation – pure, emotional and sustainable”.

The following video provides key interviews with BMW’s i8 staff:

For  more information see below:

BMW i8 Concept specifications:
Length/height/width: 4632mm/1280mm/1955mm.
Wheelbase: 2800mm.
Number of seats: 2 + 2.
Kerb weight: 1480kg.
Acceleration: 0-100km/h in 4.6 seconds.
Electric range: 35km.
Luggage capacity: Approximately 150 litres.
Fuel consumption (combined): 2.7 litres/100km.
Battery charge time: 105 minutes for 100 per cent charge.
Output: 260kW/550Nm overall: 164kW300Nm petrol engine + 96kW/250Nm electric motor.

Video of BMW’s green manufacturing plant in Germany:


Here’s a video on BMW’s other electric hybrid cars:

Written by Raj

August 27, 2011 at 1:31 pm

The Aston Martin V12 Zagato – Zooming by in 2012!

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The Aston Martin V12 Zagato is coming to the road soon in 2012! Aston Martin have released full frontal photos of the V12 Zagato road car! Above is one of them!

They are however going to be limited edition. 150 are to be handbuilt at the Aston Martin global headquarters here in the UK in Gaydon. The cost of these Astons’ will be £330,000 (excluding local taxes).

The Zagoto in May, won the award for Design – in the Concepts and Prototypes class at the car show The Concorso d’Eleganza at Villa D’ Este in Italy.

Aston Martin recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of the DB4GT Zagato also in May which was launched in 1960 at The London Motor Show. Zagato is a car factory in Italy who helped in making the very much British DB4 GT Zagato successful till date mainly as a racing car. The Zagato name has also been on other Aston Martin models such as the V8 Vantage Zagato and DB7 Zagato. The Zagato styling factory has been around since 1919.

The V12 Zagato prior to any road version being made, has been on the race track like the original DB4GT Zagato; since the 28th of May initially racing at the the four hour VLN race at (German Race track) Nürburgring and again on the 25th and 26th of June where the two v12 Zagato racers competed in the Nürburgring 24 hour race and finished in 5th and 6th positions. These two race endurance cars were the first two V12 Zagato’s to be made and were nicknamed “Zig” and “Zag” – (“Zig” being the green V12 Racing Zagato and “Zag” being the red V12 Zagato)!

Zig and Zag

The endurance racer cars were obviously a hit! Since the car show in Italy, Aston Martin were awaiting to see the audiences response to these cars (the customer and audience reaction was said to be encouraging) and then a decision was to be made about whether the V12 Zagato road car would be made; fortunately for Aston Martin fans the V12 Zagato road car project was given the go ahead and the 150 models available are on a first come, first serve basis – after being built in 2012.

The V12 Zagato will be an attention grabbing car on the road and they will be available in four different colours including the bright red that will give Ferrari’s a run for their money! The Zagato road car still incorporates all the looks of a racing car, it has air vent scoops on the bonnet along with a whale shark gaping front as a grill – the car thus allows the air to flow straight through to cool the engine and provide aerodynamicity. The front of the car also has two other airvents below the whale shark front and there is also a small lip on the car in black,  giving this car real points in style and creativity!

The roof is special in make and is a double bubble roof which gives the car a racing look and extra edge on the road! There is a double wishbone suspension making the V12 Zagato an all rounded piece of workmanship! The V12 Vantage also uses the same suspension – giving the Aston’s a common ground although they are far from the same. The Zagato uses more contours and is far more striking to look at! The competition that the V12 Zagato has is the Ferrari FF and 458 Italia and Porsche’s 911 Turbo S.

The V12 engine which has 48valves will always make the Zagato a fast and powerful competitor amongst the other coupe` sports cars. The V12 may sound familiar? That’s because Aston Martins Vantage uses the same engine as does the Vanquish and the DBS V12. The V12 Zagato has a capacity of 6.0L and produces 570NM of torque. The Horsepower produced by the V12 Zagato is 517hp! A top speed of 190mph and 0-60 in four seconds.

The V12 Zagato road car has been (and is being) designed with aspects of the Vantage – the interior is said to be a Vantage cockpit; the outside of the car is a different story all together, the Zagato looks monstrous at times!

The V12 Zagato has two doors and a two seat coupe` body – perfect for those who love the sports car look! It also has plenty of air filters one of each which are placed directly behind the front wheels!

There is a double exhaust on this car, one on each side and although you would expect them to be like the original batmobile’s twin exhaust – from the looks on this car – they are not; as you can tell the V12 Zagato is not a subtle car, although compared to the racing version it could be seen as being far more subtle!

However, nothing is subtle about these V12 Zagato’s – they scream style!

The road car from the race car will be (and is) different because it will not contain the huge rear wing and the roll cage although the rear of the road car is still exotic in its looks! It has two huge round lights on either side which incorporate the reverse lights and indicators – these lights are built into the rear body which caves in on either side of the lights. The rear also stands out due to the diffuser which hangs low near to ground level.

The rear of the car also slopes down at an angle from the boot where you can see the emblazoned Aston Martin badge – the badge also appears on the front in typical Aston Martin tradition. The Z for Zagato appears on the side of the car behind the front wheels in chrome and a dashing chrome line to enhance the cars already stylish features.

The brakes look special on this car, they are ventilated floating grooved discs (the front has 6 piston calipers) whereas the rear brakes are the same with 4 piston calipers and are yellow and red in colour. The light aluminium forged alloy wheels are similar to that of the Audi R8, although fit in with the car’s individual presence, they are 19″inches in size and the tyre sizes are as follows: Front – Rear:  225/45 R18 – 225/40 R18.

The handcrafted body is to be made from aluminium in addition to carbon fibre and the car is a rear wheel drive which will give the driver a stronger feeling of the pick up and in the V12 Zagato’s case take off! One of the special features of this car is the car fuel tank which is a 120 litre Endurance racing fuel tank! Perfect for those long haul journeys!

So what gives this car its beauty? Well… it is worth mentioning the amount of different body pieces used to put this speed machine together – each front wing alone comprises seven separate pieces of aluminium and these wings have been put together through the use of an English wheel and traditionally crafted body bucks – the double bubble roof is created from five separate pieces – this goes to show the amount of traditional craftsmanship involved and thus the beauty created by the Aston Martin – Zagato collaboration!

The V12 Zagato has a six speed automated manual gearbox – which is more than enough gears to see you fly by in this hot red supercar from Aston Martin! The V12 Zagato will have a sport mode which will be selectable for those racing moments that this car will easily live up to!

Aston Martin’s Chief Executive Dr. Ulrich Bez, said of the Aston Martin V12 Zagato : “A fabulous celebration of the iconic DB4GT Zagato, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, the V12 Zagato is the perfect inspiration for the next 50 years of Aston Martin.”

This car is unique and stylish in its own British/Italian way and sure to be an icon for Aston Martin fans!

Rolls Royce Ghost

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The ROLLS ROYCE Ghost is an exquisite luxury saloon which has been made into a powerful car through the latest Rolls Royce owners BMW who have now produced their second Ghost model! The price of this dashingly good looking car is £195,840 and the 4 door Ghost was first previewed at the Frankfurt Motorshow 2009!

The Ghost has a 6.6 litre twin turbo BMW V12 engine powering the car to 563bhp! The car as a result of the powerful engine reaches 0-60 in 4.7 seconds! This edition is known as the junior to the Rolls Royce Phantom (the Ghost is 16 inches shorter and lower in price). Rolls Royce also had a car called the Silver Ghost in 1906 and the 2010 Ghost is one of Rolls Royce’s latest models!

The Ghost has a top-speed of 155mph which is electronically limited, the engine has the capacity of eight-speed gears that are operated by an automatic ZF gearbox; The Ghost has a fuel consumption of 20.8 mpg and the Torque is 780NM!

The spirit of ecstasy is the Rolls Royce trademark and is on the bonnet and literally stands out in an extravagant manner and if anyone tries to pull the spirit of ecstasy off, it retracts into the bonnet!

The Ghost has Xenon lights and has curved intakes; it also has a pair of Teflon umbrellas in the side of the doors. The lights at the back of the Ghost are curved and in red with a thin horizontal rectangular shape for the reverse lights. The doors at the front open as standard whereas the doors at the back open backwards! Giving the Ghost an additional touch of luxury and the seats are all heated whereas the front seats are massaging! Making the Ghost an executive and luxurious drive!

Rolls Royce Ghost Interior Free Stock Images

 The steering wheel is classy like the car and has a rollerball control system and attached to it is a neat lever for Drive, Reverse and Neutral. “The light and precise steering makes maneuvering the big car a breeze, once you’ve acclimated to its dimensions.”

The car has neat wood and silver satin bonnet style finishes throughout the car. “Exotic wood veneers and metallic accents are used liberally throughout the cabin, where passengers are cosseted in the finest leathers. Though plush carpeting is of course standard, one may opt for genuine lambswool mats that will have you taking your shoes off”.

There are 14 hides of leather finishes in the Ghost and the use of Walnut wood! There are retro aeroplane styled air vents on the interior centre console with a computer monitor resting above the air-vents, there is also a stylish rectangular clock to the right of the monitor. The Ghost comes standard with a CD/DVD-Player. “The controls are neatly sculpted, with the more important functions emphasised by accents of chrome”.

Rolls Royce says that many of the Ghost buyers are entrepreneurs and for the executive and entrepreneur there are suitable monitors with fold-out worktops (aeroplane style) behind the driver and passenger seats. The Roof incorporates a large glass divided down the middle, providing plenty of opportunity to enjoy the sunlight. The rear is made elegant with two dual exhausts and the boot is shaped on top of the saloon body; the hood is long as is the wheel base, whilst there are short front overhangs and long rear overhangs.

The Ghost has a timeless design making this car a collectors’ edition along with its older brother the Phantom. The wheel centres stay up-right giving the car further uniqueness (not to mention that all Rolls Royce’s are hand-made).

There are three speedometers in white giving the Ghost a classic feel. There is also a start engine stop engine button which gives the driver a quick and effortless start and stop and the Ghost is also quick and effortless in the way it drives. The drive is smooth with a standard anti-roll stabilization system. The Ghost uses an air suspension system “Rolls-Royce Ghost is the most powerful car that Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has ever produced”. “At speed on an open highway, the Ghost quietly and rapidly covers ground, with passengers feeling that perhaps they are ensconced in a private jet or luxury railway car. On a curving road, the Ghost will roll a bit at lower speeds, but as the pace gathers, so does the suspension’s alertness, and road feel remains acceptable.” It seems the Ghost is a success for BMW and many have said that the Ghost “more than lives up to the Rolls Royce name!”

Decide for yourself by having a look at the ROLLS ROYCE WEBSITE: http://www.rolls-roycemotorcars.com/

Written by Raj

July 17, 2010 at 7:46 pm

The Grand Tourer Mercedes SLS AMG ‘Gullwing’

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The SLS AMG was a feature at the Frankfurt Motorshow 2009 and its Gullwing doors are a main feature and selling point of the car! Mercedes and AMG have produced a car that is exceptional in design, technology and performance. The Mercedes SLS AMG Gullwing’s predecessor is the 1950’s SL 300 and the designers have inspired the SLS AMG with doors that are similar with fewer curves.

The SLS AMG was designed in Southern Germany (Stuttgart/Affaterbach) and the cost of this sportscar is £157,500.00 and will be going on sale in mid 2010.

This Grand Tourer reaches a top-speed of 175mph and produces a sound that is sporty and loud whereas its predecessor the Gullwing SL 300 produces a vintage sound that is also loud and distinctive. The car is compact yet has a bulky element to it with an extended bonnet whereas the compact element is provided by short overhangs, emphasising its motor sport heritage and dynamic driving performance.

 There is an interior which is lavishly garnished with aircraft styled air airvents in the shape of jet engines and plated in chrome, the steering wheel is three spoked and has symmetrical buttons on either side, the seats have contrasting coloured leather and a heating system; there is also helpful storage space behind the seats and a glove box.  There is a CD player/6 DVD player which are operated via the onboard computer. The dashboard is wing shaped keeping with the aero-plane theme. This Sports car has a race start function which is keyless, there are also rain sensors and cruise control and the steering wheel has paddles for quick gear changes.

The engine is a V8 with 4 cylinders per valve and the SLS AMG is quick and does 0–62mph in 3.8secs and has a top speed of 571 hp.The exterior is sporty in appearance combined with a stylishly retro look as the SLS AMG has a sculptured body with curved wings around the front lights which are square in shape and fitted with bright xenon headlights. The Gullwing doors make this car famous and the car has many tasteful features such as grill that has the Mercedes sign, there are also air-intakes on either side.

The 19” Alloy wheels are stylish in design and on the body of the car there is use of special paint. There is a spoiler below the rear window which makes the car further sporty in appearance and the rear of the car has dual square exhausts which are plated in chrome.

There are sports seats that have a heating system and are suitable for long-distance driving; the cabin is stylish in design with elements from aircraft and motorsport design such as air-vents that look like jet engines and there are chrome plated analogue dials which are placed behind the steering wheel.    

The gullwing doors on the SLS AMG are a selling feature and also make entering and exiting the SLS AMG as natural as possible as well as exquisite.

The SLS AMG has a roomy aeroplane style cabin and the car is further lifted in keeping with high standards by providing “dynamic performance, impeccable, ergonomics, and exceptional luxury.”

 The SLS AMG is a real sports car and some of the sporty features are the gullwing doors and the low roof, there are also strong shoulders with a small glass, whilst the wheels look sporty and are wide.

The rear of the car is compact and is further distinguished by a spoiler that is within the gently sloping boot lid and extends automatically once at the speed of 75mph providing stability and further grip to the road.

The exhaust system is a dual steel square pipe fan made from chrome, in the centre and low in formula one style is a LED fog light/back up.  

The SLS AMG bonnet is contoured and has fine lines on either side of the centre giving the car a refined appearance, the car is further refined by six large air intakes and wide vertical headlamps that are bi-xenon and there are also indicators on the side mirrors; the flat tail lights are neat and gives the car a compact yet sporty look.

The Alloy wheels are made from chrome and have five spokes that look remarkable from nearby and from afar and with the gullwing doors and air-vents on the side this car looks like and is described as a super-sports car.

The grill has a huge Mercedes Benz logo which makes the SLS AMG recognisable and the gullwing doors are what make the SLS AMG memorable, there are also mini grill slots under the front lights and there are air vents under these.

This car is remarkable with a highlight being the Mercedes badge which is on the bonnet and is placed centrally above the grill, there are also air-vents on the bonnet neatly placed under the wind-shield.

The body of the SLS AMG is mainly made from Aluminium and the design and use of Aluminium ensures that the car is light as are the alloy wheels which are sized 19” at the front and 20” at the rear.

The seating position like other sports cars is low, and the Gullwing doors open widely at an angle of 70 degrees.


This car is so well designed that I’ve had to include a section on design:


The designers at Mercedes have built a light-weight car as they have incorporated the use of aluminium for the shell of the body and this has made the car light and agile.

The well-designed body has many aspects to it, there is the two meter long bonnet which incorporates the use of curves and lines, the rear is small and there is a long wheel base with a wide track and the wheels are large.

The design of the SLS AMG is produced so that it has a distinctive radiator grille which stands out and the front is completed with eye catching vents to complement the stylish gullwing doors.

The suspension is reliably made from aluminium and is a Double – Wishbone Suspension which provides the SLS AMG with the utmost comfort whilst driving on bumpy terrain.

The body is high on its waistline whereas the side windows are placed low in contrast to the windshield which is steep and the styling of the body is completed with the shoulders which are raised from the front to the rear. The styling is made up of a template which has three dimensional sculptural elements to it the front, the middle and the rear all make this car a race-car from the future!

 The front is low with a v-shaped front skirt which has lateral indentations; the car style is completely influenced by the styling of an aircraft jet.

The Lightweight design is highlighted as one of the unique selling points of this car with the chasis and body being made from Aluminium the first ever Mercedes to feature aluminium on the parts mentioned. The AMG provides a “motorsport experience with the traditional strengths of Mercedes Benz.”

The brakes are CERAMIC COMPOSIT BRAKES and the SLS AMG is a rear wheel drive where the rear axles work technologically and the designers have said “The result is the type of high performance technology that makes dreams come true.”

To conclude this article is a quote from Mercedes

“The SLS AMG is a celebration of unadulterated driving pleasure, with its formidable AMG 6.3 litre V8 engine producing a peak output of 420 k/w. 571hp at 6800rpm whereas the extremely rigid bodyshell  which has optimum weight distribution and low centre of gravity ensure sublime handling characteristics.”

Additional information

AMG 6.3 V8 Engine (8 Cylinder) 4 Valves per Cylinder

571 hp output at 6800rpm

The transmission of this car consists of 7 gears and the driving modes are “C” Controlled efficiency, “S” (Sport), “S+” (Sports plus) and “M” (Manual).  

The SLS AMG accelerates more quickly than some jet planes V8


Written by Raj

July 4, 2010 at 9:49 pm

The Magnificent Maserati GranCabrio

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The Magnificent Maserati GranCabrio

The GranCabrio is one of the latest models of Maseratis’, it was presented on display at the Frankfurt Motorshow 2009, and is priced at £95630! The GranCabrio is the first car in Maserati’s history to be a four-seater convertible; it has two doors and has a top speed of 175mph! The car does 0-62mph in 5.4 seconds and is a rear-wheel drive with 440bhp. The GranCabrio would be suited to both male and female drivers. It is upmarket, executive, and luxurious, whilst being sporty!

The GranCabrio was designed in Italy and will be built at the Maserati factory (Viale Ciro Menotti) in Modena, Italy, where Maserati have been based since 1940’s.

There are many features and qualities to the GranCabrio; The Maserati trident sign is on the wheels as well as the front grill which is an inward curving scoop. On either side of the grill are circular Xenon lights and beneath these suave lights are air intakes; the main feature of the front of the car remains the grill with vertical lines which are well spaced and the Maserati trident sign is poised centrally on the grill and beneath the Maserati emblem giving the car a sophisticated look.

The GranCabrio has a horsepower of 405hp. The interior is luxurious and comfortable, with plenty of personalisations available for the seats, dashboard, and even the floors and steering wheel. There are 14 colours available in leather and there are options in wood too, with the option of a BOSE` system. The soft-top canvas roof has three layers and folds up and down; the roof is capable of folding down in 28seconds, with the car travelling up to 30km/h. The fold down roof makes this Maserati exclusive and this GranCabrio is to go on sale next spring!

The interior is handcrafted and is spacious with a sleek look to it, in between the passenger seats and conjoining to the dashboard is a centre piece with features such as air-vents, a clock, and an onboard computer display where you can also put a CD on, beneath the computer are buttons and a display for the music. The gear-stick is below and there is a place to put your drinks for both the passenger and the driver.

There are chrome rings for the dashboard switches and steering wheel with an Alcantra finish on the back of the steering wheel paddles. The display information behind the steering wheel incorporates the use of stylish analogue dial displays for the speed and revs, there is also a computer display in the centre which shows what gear the car is in. There is no handbrake and instead there is an automatic electronic brake which activates when the car engine is switched off.

The exterior of the car is well-built with many attractive features, the bonnet has a V shape to it which makes the car look stylish in design, and there are dual exhausts on either side of the car. The lights at the front of the car are elongated and endearing they are wide yet subtle and smart. The lights at the back of the car are trendy and triangular in shape with a red triangle around a white triangle – these red and white lights incorporate the use of 96 LED’s and add to the appeal of the car. There is also the implementation of a rear diffuser which works in helping with the GranCabrio’s road handling.

The car is designed to be aerodynamic and this helps with the car’s agility, there are tiny gills on either side of the car. The body shape is curved at the front and sculptured smoothly from front to rear with a horizontal incline toward the rear and the wheel archs are elegant as are the design lines of the doors, the bumper is curved and extends further from the rear body to give the car extra finesse.

This Maserati has a six speed ZF automatic transmission and there is a gear stick as well as paddles on either side of the steering wheel both of which can be used in Manual mode. The engine is a 4.7 litre V8 and the alloy wheels are sized at 20” as standard. The GranCabrio sounds sporty and is well-tuned for performance.

The ZF transmission has driving modes of Auto Normal Mode, Auto Sport Mode, Auto ICE Mode, Manual Mode. The Maserati website clarifies the different modes and what they are designed to do:

Auto Normal mode shifts gears automatically at low rpm to achieve the most comfortable ride and at higher rpm when driving style becomes more sporty.

Auto Sport Mode changes gears 40% faster than in Normal Mode, downshifts when lifting off as a corner approaches; then it activates the stability control, stiffening Skyhook suspension, and opening exhaust valves when engine is over 3000 rpm (in GranTurismo S Automatic).

Auto ICE mode reduces maximum torque at the wheel, prevents 1st gear starts, and only allows gear changes below 3000 rpm.

The Maserati has intelligent technology and the GranCabrio ensures stability through electronic monitoring and optimising and the electronic system corrects skid and wheel spin by reducing torque and distributing the braking between the front and rear axles.

The CEO of Maserati, Mr Harald J. Wester, in his speech at the Frankfurt Motorshow said of the Maserati GranCabrio that it presents an enhanced sensation of driving combined with two signature traits of Maserati, craftsmanship and technology. The GranCabrio is described as a car for true connoisseurs and is refined in every aspect, its interior, performance, technology and exterior.

Written by Raj

December 16, 2009 at 4:48 pm

The Revving Reventon Roadster

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Lamborghini has produced a brilliant Roadster as a predecessor to the Reventon Coupe`!

This roadster sports car is a model that is beautifully stylish and is expected to provide an exhilarating drive!

The car is Italian in engineering and has German designers; it has a concept car design that will immediately attract attention wherever you are. 

The Lamborghini Reventon Roadster was launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show on 16th September 2009 with a price tag of 1.1 million euros. There have been 15 of these cars built and they are considered limited editions, as a result this limited series will be a car for collectors!

The open top two seater is available in two colours a Matt Black and a Metallic Grey!  The Roadster is reported as having outstanding handling and the interior has different materials such as aluminium, alacantra, and leather, there is also use of stitching on the central panels and the seat cushions for an executive and luxurious feel!  

The craftsmanship involves the use of many techniques, such as the implementation of fine curvatures on the body of this magnificent Roadster, this allows the car to be as aerodynamic as possible and this reduces the weight of the car whilst driving at top-speeds.

There are also well shaped air intakes inspired from stealth jet fighters which are prevalent on the sides the rear and the front. The front of the car is jagged, yet the design is so exquisite that the jagged bonnet blends attractively with the air intakes beneath the beautiful Xenon headlights which are built neatly within the body of the car. The car is made from high strength steel along with carbon fibre elements.    

The Reventon Roadsters predecessor is said to be inspired by the design of F22 delta raptor stealth fighter jet and also the Lamborghini Murcielago. The Reventon Roadster is a further enhancement of its predecessors and on display in its design is the use of angles which can be found on all different parts of its sculptured body which is made from carbon fibre.

The doors in traditional Lamborghini style open spectacularly upwards and the lights at the back of the car are within a shape that gives the appearance of turbo boosters! The large central exhaust adds to this effect! The Roadster also has the word Lamborghini on the back of the car between the brake lights in italic adding to the elegance of the Roadster.   

The Reventon has many features inside; there are the futuristic and modern LCD computer displays which relay information about the car such as speed and gear and other information such as the condition of the car and there is also a G – force meter reader which tells the driver the G-force felt by the car when cornering, braking and accelerating! There is also an option to have the computer display traditional analogue dials. There are safety roll bars that extract from behind the driver and passenger seats if the car is about to roll over.

The car’s curves and fine lines in design should make performing manoeuvres whilst at high speeds seemingly effortless. Being a Lamborghini the Roadster will be good at handling corners and amazing in a straight line, as it is a top of the range sports car. The designers have incorporated sports gear paddles on either side of the steering wheel for the fastest and smoothest of gear shifts, which will enable the driver to experience a pleasant and thrilling drive, depending on the speed they are at!

The Front apron has the Lamborghini badge, and there are tiny angled indicators on the side of the front wings, there is a single large windscreen wiper, and there are side mirrors stylishly shaped and that match the colour of the alloy wheels. The edges of the windscreen also match the colour of the alloys and there is an engine which is encased towards the rear of the car, reminiscent of a gilled stingray. The rear wings, which are raised angles made with fine lines, join neatly together to provide a wheel arch, these wings then slope upwards, whereas the front wings slope downwards giving the car height at the back.     

The acceleration on this car is 0.62mph in 3.4sec! The Manual E-gear consists of 6 gears. The Alloy wheels are as standard and have a “Y” shape to them. For every wheel there is a double wishbone suspension. There are three modes the car can drive in – Normal, Corsa, and Low-Adherence.

The Reventon has an impressive top speed of 205mph producing a healthy noise you would associate with a sports car of this calibre. The car is elegantly crafted for the smoothest of drives and the power in the engine which is a 6.5v12 provides 670hp ensuring that this is a Lamborghini sports car is in the realm of Super-sports cars and will provide the smoothest and quickest of drives! The engine has 12 cylinders at 60˚ there are also 48 valves. The Maximum torque is 6000 revs p/m and has a Maximum power of 8000 rpm!

The front of the car can be raised by 40mm (1.6in) the Alloy wheels at the front are 18” in size and the rear alloys are 19” in size. The air intakes also known as air channels in the shell of the body function to cool the four wheel brakes, which have carbon fibre ceramic discs alongside six piston callipers. There is a spoiler which helps with the down-force of the car aiding in maximum grip for the car, the spoiler emerges when the roadster is at 80mph and shifts to a further vertical angle when at 136mph to provide the car with further down force and grip to the road.    

The Reventon’s main competition at the Frankfurt Motor-show were the Mercedes SLS and a brand new Ferrari and also a recently announced McLaren. The Roadster’s have already been sold and Lamborghini has further enhanced their sport’s car range with a designer piece!

The CEO of Lamborghini Stephen Winkelmann told everyone at the Frankfurt Motor-show whilst presenting the Reventon Roadster that this Lamborghini has a permanent 4 wheel drive which provides the car with excellent grip, there is also a traction control system! The CEO ended his presentation by saying that Lamborghini build cars that aim to fascinate!

Written by Raj

December 10, 2009 at 10:14 pm

The Pagani Zonda Cinque Roadster 2009 – 2010

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The Pagani Zonda Cinque Roadster 2009 – 2010

The word Cinque is Italian for five and only five of these cars have been made and it’s a breathtakingly beautiful sports car that is individual and original in every aspect.

The project to have this car commissioned was not by the government – as the 5 a day ‘fruit and veg’ were; these cars were especially requested by a Pagani dealership in Hong Kong. The Cinque originates from and has been designed in Italy!

This Zonda Cinque is a car to admire and is refined to the point where even the bolts have the Pagani logo on them.

 If you’ve bought one of these cars (5 have been produced and already sold) it would have cost you approximately £1million to £2million and you will be known for having a taste in cars! This car has a beautiful look to it with the body to match and two doors as standard. There is a long spoiler on the front, with extra air-intakes around the body of the car and twin xenon headlights on either side! There are also grills on the face and in-built fog/sports lights adding to the spice factor of the car. The front apron of the car is curvaceous as are the wings of the car.

The arches around the wheels are prominent and the shape of the car is completely aerodynamic. This car is reminiscent of a mix between the bat-mobile and a Formula One car. The Zonda company has a reputation for flare and excellence and the Zonda Cinque keeps appearances up!


The Zonda Cinque is explosive on the race track and is responsive in every aspect with built in features to keep the car on the track and sounds far from passive, it has a rear spoiler so that down force is present. The Cinque has racing features of gear paddles along with a gear stick, it also allows for quicker gear shifts without engaging the clutch. The suspension is adjustable and can be customized for the track and is made from titanium.  The seats are made from carbon fibre and have a racing sports style leather cover. The colour scheme and style are already chosen for the Cinque and they have their own combinations to make the car look trendy, sporty and uniquely extravagant.

The Interiors has racing leather seats – safety enhanced seat belts with the additional safety of steel roll-bars, the interior is lovely and has character and is evidently sporty. A unique selling point of this car is that it is made from a special fibre – carbon titanium – especially made for the Zonda Cinque.

The engine in the car is a Mercedes Benz AMG V12 with 678hp the car also has a four circular pipe exhaust as a dizzying trademark feature of the Zonda alongside vertically placed rear lights. The wheels on the Cinque have been made with aluminium and magnesium and have Pirelli Pzero tyres – 19” on the front and 20” on the rear are available.

Horacio Pagani is the name of the founder of the company that begun in 1992 (Pagani worked with the team that designed the Diablo, the Lamborghini P140, the L30 and the Diablo Anniversary.) It has been announced that the Zonda Cinque is a 2009 release and the Cinque Roadster is said to be one of the world’s fastest convertibles- there were 95 Zonda’s produced in 1999 and are known as the original Zonda. The Cinque is an upgrade and does 0-60mph in 3.4seconds – at 9.6second the car reaches 125mph and its top-speed is an impressive 217mph. You could visit the website for more information on the Zonda Cinque : http://www.paganiautomobili.it/default.htm.


Written by Raj

August 1, 2009 at 9:04 pm

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