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1 FASTEST PRODUCTION CAR EVER MADE
The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 cannot be compared with other cars. None—including F1 racers—can match its 1,001 horsepower, 253 mph, 0 to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds. The car sells for $1.2 m; each of the 300 models will cost VW a rumoured $5 million. Engineers spent years refining the eightlitre, four-turbo, 16-cylinder engine to squeeze 1,001 horsepower from it. They refined the aerodynamics and developed a seven-speed dualclutch transmission. The final product is a supremely stable supercar that is really fast, and will probably never be matched in our lifetime







2 Hardtop convertible with sunroof
VW’s new EOS brings is not only the cheapest hardtop convertible four-seater, it is the first at any price with a fully functional sunroof. Spanning the entire width of the roof, the sunroof slides back to expose a full seven square feet of open air. The five-piece roof folds into the trunk in 25 seconds and leaves room for four suitcases


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Tiny car stuffed with tech
The Fit is one of the first economy cars with an electronic accelerator in place of the mechanical linkage between the gas pedal and the throttle. This means more precise fuel delivery to the engine—further enhanced with computer-controlled valve timing—for a car that responds quickly, produces low emissions, and gets up to 38 mpg. Inside, the rear bench seat can fold up, allowing tall things bikes to load behind the front seats, or it can fold flat onto the floor, giving the car SUV-like cargo space







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New face of racing—clean, fast, diesel
As the first diesel car to win the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans, Audi’s R10 TDI emphatically displayed the advantages of diesel-high fuel efficiency with enormous torque and power. Audi’s feat: creating a diesel-injection system that can produce 650 horsepower and a transmission that can harness its 811 pound-feet of torque


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track-like handling
To give regular cars racerlike cornering without losing that civilised feel, Goodyear reinforced the outer sidewall of its new Eagle ResponsEdge tire with carbon fibre-a strong, lightweight material that racecar builders love-and gave the tire an inner layer of shock-absorbing Kevlar







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The cleanest diesel
The Mercedes-Benz E320 Bluetec sedan, which gets a combined 35 mpg, is the least polluting production diesel ever made. Its V6 engine uses higher injection pressure and higher compression ratios to combust more of the fuel, leaving less waste. In addition, the exhaust system employs four separate scrubbing technologies, including two catalytic converters and a particulate filter, to reduce carbon monoxide, unburned hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides. The introduction of lowsulphur diesel fuel makes the system useful in the U.S. (sulphur clogs particulate filters). It’s slated next for Mercedes SUVs


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Hot fins kill turbo lag
With two turbochargers that don’t hesitate when you drop the gas,out-accelerates Ferraris and Lamborghinis. Blades that guide exhaust into the turbocharger vary their angle based on engine speed, precisely controlling airflow and building boost even at low engine speeds, eliminating turbo lag. This allows the 480hp beast to reach 60 mph in a scant 3.7 seconds






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Flashing brake lights that saves lives
Slam the brakes and Adaptive Brake Lights flash five times per second. Sounds like a small thing, but Mercedes’ tests show the flashing better alerts drivers to emergency braking ahead, preventing accidents. It’s now available only on the E-Class sedans in Europe and S600 in the US—where regulations prohibit flashing lights anywhere on a vehicle, but Merc got an exemption so that it could prove the technology in a small number of cars


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Recycle the heat from your
car’s engine
BMW’s prototype Turbosteamer technology converts 80% of the engine’s exhaust heat into power, boosting performance without using more gas. Mated with a 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine, it reduces fuel consumption by 15% while generating nearly 14 additional horsepower. The system heats fluid to 1,500şF to form high-pressure steam that’s routed through a fan to help turn the engine crankshaft. The technology could arrive in BMWs in 3 years





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Luxury ride that’s fun to drive and park
Lexus’ ls boasts two world-firsts that make stomping the gas more fun than in the average sedan. Electronic valvetiming actuators regulate the opening and closing of valves to improve emissions and give it quicker reflexesno delay while passing trucks. The eight-speed transmission harnessed to the 4.6-litre, 380-horsepower V8 means smoother acceleration (0-60 in 5.9 seconds) and more power to make that move. Done playing? Find a spot and let go of the wheel; the 460 will parallel park itself


Ps:Tried my best to provide a link to the following Epaper article but was not able.

Source: Times of India epaper.
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The Fit is one of the first economy cars with an electronic accelerator in place of the mechanical linkage between the gas pedal and the throttle.
I heard that Ford fusion uses drive by wire technology. Is it same as the Fit's ??
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Yes the Fusion has the technology and even the Civic has it.
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nice....but why did you make it into so many different posts :S ??
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Old 26th December 2006, 14:39   #9
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Nikhil the system was deleting the stuff after I put in more than one technology[dont know if there is a restriction on post length now].

Also there were tags involved and I found it easier to remove tags from one post at a time,there was just no option to edit the entire post together without losing content.
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