Monday, October 27, 2008
With the 2009 YFZR6 Yamaha is redefining what to expect from an entry level sport bike. That's why the R6 is packed with features that belie its price point; like a torquey 600cc four cylinder engine, fuel injection and a sleek full fairing. New comers to the sport will especially appreciate the low seat height and handlebars that put the rider comfortably in control and anyone can appreciate build quality usually reserved for models costing thousands of dollars more.
Starting with the proven power plant from our championship winning supersport bikes the engine in the FZR6 has been optimized for smooth, usable power. The cylinder head, crankcase, intake and exhaust system and clutch and shifter have been designed to create an entirely new engine character. The end result is a fun to ride motorcycle that will appeal to entry-level riders that they won't soon outgrow.
An all new diamond-shaped steel frame keeps the seat height low enough to comfortably reach the ground while allowing responsive handling. A solidly mounted engine allows for the optimum balance of high vertical rigidity and comparatively low lateral rigidity for stability at speed and sharp cornering performance.
Stylish bodywork lends the FZR6 a sporty aggressive look, borrowing aggressive lines from the YZF-R series with more extensive wind protection to match the more upright seating position. A low mount exhaust keeps the mass centralized while adding to the aggressive modern look of the bike.
Now what's your excuse for not getting the cool sportbike you always wanted?
The new FZ6R will be available in dealerships nationwide beginning in January 2009 with a starting MSRP of $6,990. The 2009 FZ6R will be available in Team Yamaha Blue/White, Pearl White, Cadmium Yellow and Raven.
Key Selling Points
1. A rider in the market for an entry level or commuter 600cc bike doesnt have to compromise performance or style to get value: introducing the new 2009 FZ6R! Its a great combination of performance, handling, and exciting sport bike style, but also with a low seat height thats both adjustable to fit a wider variety of riders and also narrower where it counts to make it even easier to put both feet on the ground.
2. The newly designed engine delivers smooth power just the way todays rider needs it, brisk acceleration with plenty of torque that makes it a pleasure to get around town, with lots in reserve for when you want more. This is certainly not a no frills motor. Its based on the awesome, previous-generation R6 motor, fuel injected and tuned for real world street riding with no-hassle reliability and all-day comfort.
3. Even if your primary goal is commuting to school or work, you want to be able to get out and have fun riding some twisty back roads. The FZ6R is ready to put a grin on your face! The newly designed diamond-shaped frame made of high-tensile steel pipes, using the engine as a structural member of the chassis, becomes the foundation for handling performance. Its designed to provide the right rigidity balance to contribute to smooth cornering performance.
4. When it comes to putting power to the pavement, the new FZ6R uses nothing less than quality radial tires, 120/70R 17-inch front and 160/16R 17-inch rear. And this bikes excellent stopping performance is due to dual 298mm front discs and a 245mm rear disc, both with comfortable to use controls.
- With its heritage firmly rooted in the power plant from an earlier generation R6, the engine in the FZ6R has been carefully updated to meet the demands of todays motorcyclist. This new engine optimizes the entire flow from the intake of the fuel-air mixture to combustion and exhaust. The cylinder head, crankcase, intake and exhaust system, and clutch and shifter have been completely redesigned, creating a power unit with an entirely new character, even though it shares bore and stroke dimensions and compression ratio with the previous FZ6.
- The 600cc liquid-cooled 4-stroke in-line 4-cylinder engine is ready to respond with smooth, linear performance when the rider twists the throttle. Maximum output is achieved at a spirited 10,000 rpm and maximum torque is obtained at 9000 rpm. Bottom line: Its outstanding torquey low to mid rpm engine performance is just right for someone who enjoys commuting to work or school or riding the canyons on the weekends.
- Lightweight forged aluminum pistons are used. Because the aluminum alloy is heated and formed under pressure without having to melt it completely as in conventional casting techniques, the strength of the original metallurgic matrix of the aluminum is maintained. As a result, a forged piston is stronger than a cast one and can thus be designed for lighter weight, which contributes to a reduction in vibration. In fact, many riders will be surprised at how smooth this motor is.
- The 32-bit ECU controls the four-hole, two-direction, high-dynamic-range type fuel injectors for superior injection control. By delivering the precise fuel-air mixture needed for conditions, the engine can deliver better power and better fuel economy.
- Much like many of todays high end sport bikes, the FZ6R has a 4-into-2-into-1 midship exhaust. Not only does it provide a throaty, yet comfortably quiet exhaust note, the system also includes 3-way catalytic converter technology to reduce exhaust emissions.
- With its exciting sport bike looks, onlookers will know this isnt just another middleweight bike. Theres no mistaking Yamahas high-performance heritage in this new FZ6R.
- The seat has separate front and rear sections, and the riders seat features an innovative height adjustment mechanism. The seat can be set 20mm just over 3/4 of an inch higher for taller riders, a change that can make a big difference on an all-day ride.
- The overall chassis rigidity has been designed to provide both excellent handling and all-day comfort. In order to further enhance the smoothness and comfort of the ride, the front-end dimensions a have been optimized, including a caster angle of 26° and trail of 103.5mm, contributing a bike that has great steering feeling, making the bike even more of a pleasure to ride.
- The front suspension has sturdy 41mm inner tubes, matched to a die-cast aluminum upper triple clamp and forged-steel under bracket, providing superior cushioning performance and good front-end feel. Wheel travel is a generous 5.1 inches to help soak up those bumps in the road.
- The rear suspension is lightweight and contributes to the centralization of mass, and the mono-cross suspension provides excellent wheel travel, a full 5.1 inches. Superior road hugging performance has been achieved with optimally designed damping-force valves and oil channels.
- This bike boasts hydraulic discs front and rear. The 298mm diameter front discs are lightweight for reduced unsprung weight, while the single rear disc is 245mm, and the brakes feature semi-metallic pads. The brakes have been designed to offer great feel and superb braking ability.
- FZ6R mounts tubeless radial tires on cast aluminum wheels. While their lightweight construction helps centralize mass, they also help contribute to agile handling.
Model: FZ6RYY; FZ6RYB; FZ6RYL; FZ6RYW
Engine Type: 600cc liquid-cooled 4-stroke, DOHC 16 valves
Bore x Stroke: 65.5 x 44.5mm
Compression Ratio: 12.2:1
Carburetion: Fuel Injection
Ignition: Digital TCI (Transistor Controlled Ignition)
Transmission: 6-speed; multiplate wet clutch
Final Drive: Chain
Suspension/Front: Telescopic fork, 5.1-in.travel
Suspension/Rear: Single shock, 5.1-in travel
Brakes/Front: Hydraulic disc, 298mm
Brake/Rear: Hydraulic disc, 245mm
Tire/Front: 120/70 ZR17M/C 58W
Tire/Rear: 160/60 ZR17M/C 69W
L x W x H: 83.5 x 30.3 x 46.7 in
Seat Height: 30.9 in
Wheelbase: 56.7 in
Rake (Caster Angle): 26.0°
Trail: 4.1 in
Fuel Capacity: 4.6 gal
*Wet Weight: 410 lb
Color: Cadmium Yellow; Raven; Team Yamaha Blue/White; Pearl White
The specifications of the long awaited 2009 Yamaha YZF-R1 have finally been released, much to the relief of die-hard Yamaha fans. The radical engine, designed using MotoGP M1 technology, utilises the cross plane crankshaft to deliver increased power in a smoother way than ever seen, or felt before. The aluminium frame and magnesium rear frame combine to give the rider exactly the stability and rigidity required for optimum handling. This R1 also comes with an electronic steering damper as well as a whole host of additional MotoGP inspired technology.
The R1 features Yamaha D-MODE (or drive mode) with rider-selectable throttle control maps to program YCC-T performance characteristics for riding conditions. YCC-T (Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle) is MotoGP inspired fly-by-wire technology used to deliver instant throttle response. YCC-I is the Yamaha Chip Controlled Intake which is a variable intake system that broadens the spread of power. The fuel injection system provides optimum air/fuel mixtures for maximum power and smooth throttle response. The fuel injectors have 12 holes for precise fuel delivery that translates to the most power from every fuel charge.
The updated suspension incorperates new SOQI front forks which use one of the tricks developed for Suzuki’s winning MotoGP bikes: independent damping. The left fork handles compression damping and the right side handles the rebound damping. And the rear shock adopts new bottom linkage for optimum suspension characteristics.
Crossplane crankshaft technology, proven in victory after victory on MotoGP machines, provides a high-tech uneven firing interval. Unlike typical in-line-four engine design, where the two outer and two inner pistons move together in pairs with 180°intervals, the crossplane crankshaft has each connecting rod 90° from the next with a unique firing order of 270° –180° – 90° – 180°. This engine features new forged aluminum pistons to take maximum advantage of the power characteristics.
Slipper-type back torque-limiting clutch greatly facilitates braking and downshifting from high speed.
The exhaust system is completely new. It’s meticulously designed to enhance engine output while, thanks to its three-way catalyst technology, also reducing exhaust emissions.
The newly designed instrumentation includes everything a rider wants to know, including gear position.
Factory racers get machines tailored to their preferences. The R1 has adjustable footrests, with a 15mm height and 3mm front-to-rear adjustment.
Yamaha claim the 2009 R1 is the world's first production motorcycle with a crossplane crankshaft. According to a Yamaha press release, ‘Pioneered in MotoGP racing with the Yamaha M1, crossplane technology puts each crank pin 90 degrees from the next, with an uneven firing interval of 270-180-90-180 degrees. The result is incredibly smooth, roll-on power delivery, with outrageous amounts of torque. Not just new, the R1's new crossplane crank engine represents a complete paradigm shift.
Engine Type 998cc, liquid-cooled 4-stroke DOHC 16 valves (titanium valves)
Bore x Stroke 78.0mm X 52.2mm
Compression Ratio 12.7:1
Carburetion Fuel Injection with YCC-T and YCC-I
Ignition TCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
Transmission 6-speed w/multi-plate slipper clutch
Final Drive #530 O-ring chain
Chassis Suspension/Front 43mm inverted fork; fully adjustable, 4.7-in travel
Suspension/Rear Single shock w/piggyback reservoir; 4-way adjustable, 5.1-in travel Brakes/Front Dual 310mm disc; radial-mount forged 6-piston calipers
Brakes/Rear 220mm disc; single-piston caliper
Tires/Front 120/70ZR17M/C 58W
Tires/Rear 190/55ZR17M/C 75W
Dimensions Length 81.1 in
Width 28.1 in
Height 44.5 in
Seat Height 32.8 in
Wheelbase 55.7 in
Rake (Caster Angle) 24.0°
Trail 4.0 in
Fuel Capacity 4.8 gal
Wet Weight 454 lb
Friday, October 24, 2008
Inspired by the success and the rate at which Yamaha is boosting up in India, Suzuki had launched the much awaited Suzuki GS150R, which was known as the Lanza. The design was inspired from Suzuki’s GSX-R super bike series.
The 150cc Segment is picking up in India. Suzuki has been a little conservative till now with its bike models. Zeus and Heat and not extra ordinary, but it sells enough to be seen here and there a while. The company took another step ahead with the Access 125 Scooter.
Yamaha has stormed the 150cc segment with the launch of YZF R15 and FZ16 , Suzuki’s foray into this segment is expected to be create similar impact in the segment with the GSR 150 Lanza.Inspired from the styling of Suzuki's GSR 400 and GSR 600 - the GS150R Lanza boasts masculine styling cues.
With a bikini fairing, wolf-eyed headlamps and pilot lamps mounted on either side the styling of the GSR is little conserative. GS150R’s muscular fuel tank is alike the one seen in TVS Apache RTR.
GS150R has no monshock, but comes with the contemporary gas charged suspension at the rear.Disc brake at the front and drum at the rear is as typical of any 150cc bike. Gear lever is the comfortable heel and toe type and GS150R comes with a six speed transmission.
It boast a bikini fairing with a wolf eyed headlamp similar to the pulsar. The pilot lamps are mounted on each side which increases the aura of the lanza. However the most striking features in the lanza is its muscular fuel tank.
GS150R 149cc engine develops 13.8bhp of peak power at 8500rpm and 13.4Nm of peak torque 6000rpm. is mated with a six speed transmission. Gear shift pattern is 1-down and 5-up.
The Suzuki GS150R is a 150cc bike that develops an output of 13.8bhp @ 8500rpm and torque of 13.4Nm @ 6000rpm and is equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission.
The GS150R is 2095mm long, 775mm wide, 1120mm high and has a long wheelbase of 1340mm. The GS150R comes with 4 colours - Candy Dark Greenish Blue, Mettalic Flint Gray, Candy Max Orange, Pearl Nebular Black.
The GS150R looks great when compared to the other 150cc segment bikes, that is when the Yamaha bikes are excluded. The first feature of the design which looks great is the muscular fuel tank design which can hold 15.5L of fuel. The next would be the highly CBZ Xtreme-like rear LED tail lights, but suits well with the design, unlike the CBZ Xtremes.
The most sad part is the so called “wolf eyed headlights” which look almost the same as the Pulsar’s headlights. The side gets panels of black and silver that cover up a part of the engine. For the front the GS150R gets 2.75 -18 tyre whereas the rear gets a fat 100/90-18 tyre.
For ride comfort, the GS150R gets hydraulic forks and gas charged rear suspension. It features disc brakes at the front and drum brake at the rear. The GS150R is equipped with digital instrument console that includes the speedo meter, the odo-meter and the digital gear indicator. It also offers 2 selectable modes - Power or Economy. When the Power mode is opted, the full power shows up whereas when the Economy mode is opted, the engine is tuned to more fuel saving mode.
Suzuki has priced the GS150R at Rs 59000 (ex-showroom Delhi) and according to them the GS150R’s Fuel Economy(FE) will be 50kmpl in the City and 55kmpl at the highway.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
The CBR600RR will also get optional C-ABS along with engine changes designed to improve torque right in the middle of the power band, between 8,000 and 12,000 RPM. Along with these changes comes revised styling with flashy colors pulled straight from the mid-'90s. Apparently, neon green and electric blue are back.
Now in its fourth generation, the 2009 machine builds on the heritage of blistering pace and supreme control set in 2003 by the first CBR600RR. When the all-new CBR600RR was launched in 2007, Honda once again was at the forefront of the 600cc Supersport class – the most intensely fought in motorcycling – with a machine which was the most advanced in the category. For 2009, the goal for Honda's development team has once again been to enhance a machine capable of fast, intense track riding while also delivering a controllable, easy-going road-riding experience. Adding to this experience is the inclusion of Honda's Combined ABS on the CBR600RR C-ABS version. The highlights of the technical enhancements to the 2009 CBR600RR include: * Changes to piston, cylinder head and exhaust which lead to improved torque from 8,000-12,000rpm for increased engine flexibility and driveability * Fairing improvements to enhance stability and reduce wind noise * Electronically controlled Combined ABS for better braking performance along with increased safety and all-round rider confidence (optional) * 184kg kerb weight to keep the machine the lightest in its class To enhance the new performance and mild aesthetic update, a new colour range has been introduced to make the most of these changes, to include a limited-edition Pearl Sunbeam White design with electric blue fairing and front and rear cowling graphics, a Pearl Sunbeam White design with white/red/blue Tricolour, as well as Graphite Black with Bright Lime Green Metallic and Graphite Black with Italian Red.
When it was introduced in 2008, the brand-new Honda CBR1000RR, known as Fireblade across the pond, won accolades from the the press and regular riders alike. Considering its market domination over the last year, we wouldn't be surprised if Honda simply left things pretty much alone for '09. There is one new feature, though, and it's a biggie: optional ABS brakes. This will be the first application of anti-lock brakes in a machine of this caliber, and early reports indicate that people are seeing improved lap times as a result. In addition to the brakes, expect to see some color changes and a Repsol race edition.
The 2008 CBR1000RR Fireblade has astonished the media and public alike since its unveiling and launch last year. During 2008 it has won national and international races and magazine awards for its unique mix of power, performance, poise and controllability – qualities the Fireblade has been famous for since it was first launched back in 1992.
For 2009, Honda's engineers were charged with extending the Fireblade's capabilities even further by adding increased safety to an already impressive level of dynamic ability and control – but without losing the Fireblade's razor-sharp edge. Honda has achieved this goal thanks to the addition of its all-new electronically-controlled 'Combined ABS' on the CBR1000R Fireblade C-ABS version. Developing a Combined ABS system capable of matching the performance demands of a bike such as the Fireblade was always going to pose a challenge, but it has been met and exceeded with no loss to the Fireblade's ultimate sporting philosophy and, with a minimal weight penalty.
This marks the first time a Supersport machine has been capable of delivering the highest levels of speed and performance, while also benefiting from the confidence and peace of mind provided by Combined ABS. Tadao Baba – the designer of the original Fireblade used to strive for 'Total Control' for the CBR-RR. This now comes with the enhanced safety feature of Combined ABS, adding up to a new era in sportsbiking.
The compact engine now sports an intense matt black colour, enhanced with a new shape-hugging black engine cover, and features new black brake callipers (standard version only). The Combined ABS version's engine is also black, with new Sherry Topaz Brown Metallic brake callipers.
The C-ABS model also integrates additional bodywork features to neatly cover the ABS system components. The independent front power unit near the engine is housed by a sleek continuation of the front fairing. Similarly at the rear, an attractive, black underseat cowl covers the ECU unit.
The CBR1000RR Fireblade for 2009 comes in the stunning Pearl Sunbeam White HRC Tri-colour, Repsol Race Replica livery, Achilles Black Metallic and Pearl Siren Blue.
CBR1000RR available in Repsol Edition (Blue / White / Orange / Red), Pearl White / Light Silver Metallic, Black, Red / Black MSRP: $11,999 - $12,499 (Repsol) CBR1000RR ABS available in Red / Black. MSRP: $12,999 (ABS)
2009 Honda CBR1000RR/ CBR1000RR ABS - Specifications
|Model:||CBR1000RR/ CBR1000RR ABS|
|Engine Type:||999cc liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder|
|Bore and Stroke:||76mm x 55.1mm|
|Valve Train:||DOHC; four valves per cylinder|
|Induction:||Dual Stage Fuel Injection (DSFI)|
|Ignition:||Computer-controlled digital transistorized with three-dimensional mapping|
|Final Drive:||#530 O-ring - sealed chain|
|Suspension||Front: 43mm inverted HMAS cartridge fork with spring preload, rebound and compression damping adjustability; 4.3 inches travel |
Rear: Unit Pro-Link HMAS single shock with spring preload, rebound and compression damping adjustability; 5.4 inches travel
|Brakes||Front: Dual radial-mounted four-piston calipers with full-floating 320mm discs |
Rear: Single 220mm disc
CBR1000RR ABS: Honda electronic Combined ABS
|Tires||Front: 120/70ZR-17 radial |
Rear: 190/50ZR-17 radial
|Rake (Caster Angle):||23.3o|
|Trail:||96.2mm (3.8 inches)|
|Seat Height:||32.3 inches|
|Fuel Capacity:||4.7 gallons, including 1.06-gallon reserve|
|Colors:||CBR100RR - Repsol Edition (Blue / White / Orange / Red), Pearl White / Light Silver Metallic, Black |
CBR1000RR ABS - Red / Black
|Curb Weight*:||439 pounds (461.7 pounds CBR1000RR ABS)|
Saturday, October 18, 2008
The speculation, rumors and half-truths can now be set aside — this is the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, officially revealed for all the world to see. Powered by a supercharged LS9 6.2L small-block engine, the ZR1 hasn't even received an official horsepower number from the engineers toiling away at the General. All Harlan Charles, project manager for the Corvette team was able to tell us last week was the new high-powered 'Vette engine is "capable of producing at least 100 horsepower per liter. That's at least 620 horsepower, and approximately 595 lb.-ft. of torque." Chevrolet wasn't even able to give us a time on the 0-60. Charles was only willing to say "it's in the low three seconds." The small-block engine under the hood is only able to hit those massive numbers due to the addition of the positive-displacement Roots-type supercharger with a new, four-lobe rotor design plus an integrated charge cooling system that reduces inlet air temperature for increased performance. That's the "go" end, but the "whoa" end is just as impressive. The ZR1 gets some simply huge carbon-ceramic, drilled disc brake rotors. They're so big and are required to be so powerful they're using the same 15-inch-diameter discs found on the front of a Ferrari 599. Except on the ZR1, they go on the 20" tires in the rear. In the front, they'll be getting even larger 15.5-inch-diameter rotors. Yup, they're simply breathtaking to see up-close.
* All-new LS9 supercharged 6.2L V-8 targeted at producing at least 100 horsepower per liter, or 620 horsepower (462 kW), and approximately 595 lb.-ft. of torque (823 Nm)
* Six-speed, close-ratio, race-hardened manual transmission
* New, high-capacity dual-disc clutch
* Higher-capacity and specific-diameter axle half-shafts; enhanced torque tube
* Specific suspension tuning provides more than 1g cornering grip
* Twenty-spoke 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels
* Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tires - P285/30ZR19 in front and P335/25ZR20 in the rear - developed specifically for the ZR1
* Standard carbon-ceramic, drilled disc brake rotors - 15.5-inch-diameter (394-mm) in the front and 15-inch-diameter (380-mm) in the rear
* Larger brake calipers with substantially increased pad area
* Standard Magnetic Selective Ride Control with track-level suspension
* Wider, carbon-fiber front fenders with ZR1-specific dual vents
* Carbon-fiber hood with a raised, polycarbonate window - offering a view of the intercooler below it
* Carbon-fiber roof panel, roof bow, front fascia splitter and rocker moldings with clear-coated, exposed carbon-fiber weave
* ZR1-specific full-width rear spoiler with raised outboard sections
* Specific gauge cluster with boost gauge (also displayed on the head-up display) and 220-mph (370 km/h) speedometer readout
* Only two options: chrome wheels and a "luxury" package
* Curb weight of approximately 3,350 pounds (1,519 kg)
Ride and handling
The ZR1 is built on the same aluminum-intensive chassis as the Corvette Z06 and features similar independent SLA front and rear suspensions, with aluminum upper and lower control arms. Where the ZR1 differs is the suspension tuning, which was optimized for the car's steamroller-wide front and rear tires.
Magnetic Selective Ride Control is standard and tuned specifically for the ZR1. The system's ability to deliver a compliant ride with nearly instantaneous damping adjustments enabled engineers to develop a surprisingly supple ride quality in a supercar that still delivers cornering grip of more than 1g.
From a high-performance perspective, Magnetic Selective Ride Control helps the rear axle remain planted during launch for smooth, hop-free acceleration. It also helps suppress axle movement when cornering on broken or uneven pavement.
The ZR1 is instantly recognizable, with perhaps the most identifiable feature a raised, all-carbon-fiber hood that incorporates a clear, polycarbonate window. The window provides a view of the top of the engine's intercooler, with the legend "LS9 SUPERCHARGED" embossed on the left and right sides, and an engine cover with the Corvette crossed flags logo debossed at the front.
The underside of the hood has an exposed carbon-fiber-weave. Exposed carbon-fiber is used on the roof, roof bow, rocker molding and front splitter. These exterior components are protected by a specially developed glossy, UV-resistant clear coat that resists yellowing and wear.
Widened, carbon-fiber front fenders with specific, dual lower vents, and a full-width, body-color rear spoiler incorporating the center high-mounted stop lamp, are also unique to the ZR1. All of the exterior features of the car were developed to enhance high-speed stability and driver control.
The ZR1's interior builds on the brand's dual-cockpit heritage, with high-quality materials, craftsmanship and functionality that support the premium-quality experience promised by the car's performance. The ZR1's cabin differs from the Corvette and Corvette Z06 with the following:
* ZR1-logo sill plates
* ZR1-logo headrest embroidery
* Specific gauge cluster with "ZR1" logo on the tachometer and a 220-mph (370 km/h) readout on the speedometer
* Boost gauge added to the instrument cluster and Head-Up Display
The "base" ZR1 (RPO 1LZ) comes with accoutrements based on the Z06, including lightweight seats and lightweight content. The uplevel interior package includes unique, power-adjustable and leather-trimmed sport seats (embroidered with the ZR1 logo); custom, leather-wrapped interior available in four colors; navigation system, Bluetooth connectivity and more.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
The electric Indica is being developed in Norway. The electric indica will be launched in Norway this fiscal and will go to other markets, including India thereafter. The electric indica will be launched by end of this financial year (before April 2009). Unlike other countries, Norway, Sweden and France have surplus power and the respective Government is enocuraging customers to shift to battery-operated vehicles. Already Norway is the home for two electric car makers - Th!nk and Kewet. For norway denizens car is to travel for short distances since the cities are very much closer. Also the climate provides an excellent environment for testing as well
It should arrive in showrooms in spring 2009.Volkswagen is keen to make maintenance easier, and access to the turbo and oil cooler will be improved in a bid to cut servicing costs.
The VW GTI will get beefed-up looks too. It will have new bumpers front and rear, as well as different head and tail-lights. The headlights will have Audi-style LED running lights. Five-spoke 18in alloys will be standard, with 19in items on the options list
The Volkswagen Golf retains the floorpan and MacPherson strut (front) and four-link (rear) suspension of its predecessor. It also carries over the same 2580mm wheelbase, with 1540mm/1520mm front/rear tracks.
Interior and equipment
The Golf Mk5 took a retrograde step in interior quality, a problem that VW has strived to address with Mk6. The new interior certainly looks and feels a step up from the fifth-generation model, with additional soft-touch surfaces, classy chrome-rimmed instruments and reworked switchgear.
A strange change is the dropping of the instrument pack's distinctive blue backlighting for a clearer white colour.
Overall accommodation remains very much on par with the old Golf. "We've added greater longitudinal adjustment to the front seats, which should satisfy taller occupants," said VW design boss Claus Bischoff, "but in nearly all aspects the space is the same as before."
Refinement is improved with new door and window seals, new windscreen support and revised engine mountings. "We're convinced it will be the quietest
car in its class," said Bischoff.
The Mk6 VW Golf gets downsized petrol engines - 80bhp 1.4-litre and 105bhp 1.6- litre units - are the key changes. Next in line are a 122bhp turbo 1.4 and a 1.8 turbo with 160bhp, plus 1.4 supercharged and turbocharged 1.4-litre TSI units with 140bhp and 170bhp.
VW's new common-rail diesels will form the majority of sales in the UK.
The new range includes a base 90bhp 1.6-litre unit along with 110bhp, 140bhp and 170bhp versions of the existing 2.0-litre motor. The 110bhp engine is said to return 62.7mpg and CO2 emissions of just 119g/km.
Also planned, but not unlikely to launch until 2010, is a resurrection of the Golf GTD, a diesel alternative to the GTI. Sources suggest that it will feature a new twin-turbo 2.0 TDI engine with 204bhp.
Environmental pressures have fast-tracked plans for a Golf hybrid, being developed under the codename Leonardo. It is expected to pair a 102bhp 1.2-litre petrol engine with an electric motor driving the rear wheels.
All engines will be offered as standard with a six-speed manual or optional seven-speed DSG transmission.
The Golf is getting several high-end options for the first time, many of which are not yet available on the more expensive Passat.
Adaptive damping provides the driver with the choice of three different levels of stiffness while altering the steering and throttle response. Swivelling xenon headlamps, intelligent cruise control and an automatic parking system will also be available.