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Thursday, 10 September 2015

Frankfurt Auto Show: Volkswagen Reveals Golf GTI Clubsport Edition


Volkswagen at Frankfurt Auto Show has unveiled the Golf GTI Clubsport, a special edition built to celebrate the Golf GTI's 40th anniversary.

The turbocharged direct-injection engine in the anniversary model makes 195kW, some 33kW more than on current Golf GTI.

In addition, for a stretch of around 10 seconds, the driver can increase engine power by an additional 10 percent using a boost function. This added power is activated simply by kicking down the accelerator.

The Golf GTI Clubsport sprints to 100km/h in 6.0 seconds with a six-speed manual gearbox, while the optional six-speed dual-clutch gearbox is even faster at 5.9 seconds.

The front-wheel drive Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport has a top speed of 250km/h. In manual guise, it sips at a claimed 6.9 litres per 100km, while the DSG model is even more frugal at a claimed 6.7 litres per 100km.

In terms of styling, the Golf GTI Clubsport gains a new front bumper, new side sills, a new rear diffuser, a new multi-part roof spoiler, and exclusive forged alloy wheels.

The anniversary model also sports a stripe down each side (with "Clubsport" lettering), paying homage to the 1976 Golf GTI, as well as high-gloss black side-mirror caps.

The redesigned roof spoiler is much larger than its counterpart on the current GTI, and is complemented by the gloss black rear diffuser. The chrome-plated tailpipes, meanwhile, have also been redesigned, featuring a larger diameter.

The anniversary model features folding racing bucket seats instead of sport seats. The seats are partially covered with Alcantara and feature a honeycomb pattern in the area of the back rests and seat cushions. The backrest also incorporates "GTI" lettering.

Decorative features include Alcantara trim on the gear-lever and steering wheel, as well as customised floor mats with red edging.

Via: [iafrica]

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DJI Makes World's First Commercial Aerial Micro Four Thirds camera

DJI Makes World's First Commercial Aerial Micro Four Thirds camera


Drone maker DJI unveiled two new interchangeable-lens cameras DJI Zenmuse X5 And X5R cameras at the Interdrone Conference in Las Vegas.

In February, DJI joined the MFT (micro four-thirds) alliance, a group established by Panasonic and Olympus to promote the MFT standard.

DJI Zenmuse X5 And X5R Cameras are noted to be the world’s first aerial cameras featuring M4/3 (micro four-thirds) sensors. They are designed to work seamlessly with the DJI Inspire 1 and are capable of capturing 4K images and video recording.

Moreover, they also feature interchangeable lens system, which is compatible with 4 lenses from a variety of manufacturers. It includes the Panasonic Lumix 15mm G Leica DG Summilux f/1.7 ASPH lens,  the DJI MFT 15mm f/1.7 ASPH lens, the Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f/1.8 lens and the Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm f/2.0 lens.

Specs of DJI Zenmuse X5 And X5R cameras:

Both the X5 and X5R can capture 16MP photographs and record 4K-resolution videos at 24 frames per second with 12.8 stops of dynamic range. But the X5R can also record videos in CinemaDNG raw format to a removable 512GB SSD mounted on the gimbal’s top plate. The video bitrates of X5 tops out at a 60Mbps, whereas for the X5R it averages 1.7Gbps.

Via: [My Tech Bits]

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Nintendo is planning to bring popular video game series Pokemon into the real world, using augmented reality technology. With this game, Pokemon masters can catch, train and battle their monsters in real locations.

Pokemon Go is a free app that’ll be out next year and seems to work just like Ingress, as you’re directed towards locations in the real world to hunt for pok√©mon. The phone superimposes them onto your view of the local park, or wherever you are, and you can then try to catch them as you would in the games.

Junichi Masuda, director of the handheld Pokemon games at game studio Game Freak, is contributing to the project, which is being developed by Nintendo, The Pokemon Company, and former internal Google team Niantic.

The Pokemon franchise began in 1996 with the original Game Boy games, since selling 260 million copies worldwide, and has since expanded to include trading cards, films, toys and comics.

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Hyundai Launches New Avante


Hyundai on Wednesday launched a totally revamped version of its flagship Avante compact.

The launch is expected to fuel competition in the market segment against GM Korea's Cruze, the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla.

"The Avante AD is completely different from the Avante MD, which was released five years ago," claimed Hyundai vice chairman Yang Woong-chul. "The new model offers the best quality, performance and safety in its class."

Cumulative global sales of the Avante since its debut in 1990 surpassed 10 million units in October last year, making it Korea’s first single vehicle model to achieve the feat.

The new Avante comes with four different engines: a 1.6-liter diesel engine, 1.6-liter and 2-liter gasoline engines and a 1.6-liter LPG.

The 1.6-liter diesel model can produce up to 136 horsepower with maximum torque of 30.6 kg.m. It offers fuel efficiency of 18.4 km per liter, 13.6 percent more efficient than its predecessor.

The 1.6-liter gasoline model delivers up to 132 horsepower and fuel efficiency of 18.4 km per liter. The 2-liter gasoline model will be released this year for those who prefer a bigger engine.

The new compact is equipped with advanced safety features including an autonomous emergency braking system, a feature seen only in larger sedans, and seven airbags.

The 1.6-liter gasoline model is priced at W15.31 million to W21.25 million, and the 1.6-liter diesel version costs W17.82 million to W23.71 million (US$1=W1,194).

Via: [The Chosunilbo]

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2016 Audi A8 L Security - Highest Armouring Level Achievable by a Civilian Sedan

2016 Audi A8 L Security - Highest Armouring Level Achievable by a Civilian Sedan


Whatever your feelings about a world where the rich and powerful feel the need to lock themselves into armoured boxes when they go out in public, it remains a noteworthy achievement that Audi has built what looks for all the world like a standard long-wheelbase A8 luxury sedan, but will withstand multiple hits on both metal and glassed areas from full-bore 7.62mm Nato rifle ammunition - or a 15kg TNT blast from just two metres away.

The latest version of the A8 L Security, which will be seen in public for the first time at the upcoming Frankfurt motor show, is now rated VR9 - the highest civilian armoured standard there is.

Anything more bulletproof than this, is officially a tank.

The safety cell of the A8 L Security is encased in hot-formed steel armour, special aluminium alloys and aramide fabric, and the windows are laminated from specially toughened glass to make them just as robust as the metal body.

Each example is built to order in collaboration between the Neckarsulm plant where 'standard' A8s are made and a top-secret security firm. And if we told you that workshop was, we'd have to kill you…

LUXURY OPTIONS

Standard security features include an armoured telecoms box in the boot, an intercom for communication with the outside world and selective door unlocking. Optional extras include an emergency escape system, onboard fire-extinguishers, an emergency fresh-air system, as well as most of the luxury options on the standard Audi A8 wish-list.

Armour-plated SUV's are not unusual, but Audi claims the A8 L Security is only armoured luxury sedan available ex-factory with all-wheel drive, and the high proportion of aluminium used in its construction keeps the all-up weight down, allowing a maximum payload of 600kg.

It's available with a choice of two petrol engines - either a four-litre biturbo V8 rated at 320kW and 600Nm, or a naturally-aspirated W12 FSI that's good for 368kW amd 625Nm. In either case the electronic speed limit of 210km/h is there to protect the very stiff run-flat tyres.

Order yours now for delivery in the second quarter of 2016 and, to paraphrase the old chestnut, if you have to ask how much it costs, you don't really need one.

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Apple announced that it is releasing a new app in the Google Play store caleed “Move to iOS” to help Android owners to dump their phones in favor of the new iPhones. The app will transfer photos, messages and other data from an Android phone or tablet to an iOS device.

“You can recycle your Android phone for free at any Apple Store,” the app helpfully notes at one point during the transfer process.

During the company’s event, Apple executive Eddy Cue claimed that an increasing number of Android owners are switching to iPhone. Making that process even simpler is just “the neighborly thing to do,” Cue said.

Globally, the vast majority of smartphones run on Android.

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An ancient virus preserved in the Siberian ice for 30,000 years is to be brought back to life by scientists – to find out if it could harm humans.

No one knows whether the virus could harm humans or animals.

By reanimating the Mollivirus sibericum virus – a ‘giant virus’, one of four such prehistoric viruses to have been found – the scientists hope to learn more about viruses which could be unleashed as global warming hits frozen areas.

Scientists fear that global warming and thawing ice could unearth dangerous diseases – such as smallpox, frozen into the corpses of victims.
‘A few viral particles that are still infectious may be enough, in the presence of a vulnerable host, to revive potentially pathogenic viruses,’ said lead researcher Jean-Michel Claverir.

The virus was discovered by the French National Centre for Scientific Research in the Kolyma lowland region of Russia.
The researchers write, ‘The fact that two different viruses could be easily revived from prehistoric permafrost should be of concern in a context of global warming.’

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