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When Specialized’s Turbo e-bike launched last year, it was almost too fast for its own good when it couldn’t legally be sold in Europe and the US. The American riders, at least, won’t be held back now that the Turbo is on sale in their country. The US version costs an eye-watering $ 5,900, but it can reach the same 27.9MPH peak speed through its combination of pedal power and the 250W of typical output from the electric motor. With that kind of performance, it could almost pay for itself — who wouldn’t want to blow past rush hour traffic in the bike lane?
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Well, what have we here? Truth be told, we’re not entirely sure. The teaser image above comes from Renault, and its contents are about as opaque as the message with which it arrives:
“This prototype vehicle, which features muscular styling and impressive performance credentials, provides a bridge between the world of Formula One and that of electric vehicles. It’s a concept car that will make a lot of noise… but, in total silence.”
So, the gist is that Renault is readying an EV concept influenced by F1. Beyond that, and the picture above displaying some of the car’s electric drivetrain, we don’t have much to go on. Fortunately, we won’t have to wait long to find out what they are up to – the unnamed concept will be revealed in two days’ time, on Thursday, April 25 at the company’s plant in Valladolid, Spain.
In the wake of T-Mobile’s recently unveiled Simple Choice plans, Virgin Mobile is capitalizing on the shakeup by playing a value card of its own. Now through May 31st, the Sprint-owned MVNO is offering $ 100 credit to all T-Mobile subscribers willing to port their number to Virgin Mobile. Study the numbers for yourself and the deal seems a no-brainer, as Virgin matches T-Mobile’s unlimited scheme with a monthly bill of only $ 55, which rings in $ 5 less than the UnCarrier’s $ 60 (2.5GB) alternative. Naturally, that’s where Virgin Mobile hopes the conversation ends, but we don’t need to tell you that there’s quite a difference in speed between Virgin’s EV-DO / WiMAX service and the speedier HSPA+ / LTE alternative from T-Mobile. That said, if your inner cheapskate is tingling, you’ll now find an extra $ 100 incentive to make the switch.
Source: Virgin Mobile
(Credit: Sarah Tew/CNET)
In the past, Jawbone has provided firmware updates for its Jambox mini portable Bluetooth speaker to improve performance and add new features. Now its larger wireless speaker, the Big Jambox, gets its own 2.0 software update today.
The 2.0 update is a free download that’s available on Jawbone’s MyTalk platform (you have to register and install software on your computer to receive the update). According to Jawbone, here’s an overview of the new features:
- Better Audio Experience: New AAC support for iOS 6.1 delivers improved audio streaming with fewer dropouts and interruptions at greater distances.
- Longer Battery Life: Gain two additional hours of battery life (17 total hours of playback) when streaming from your iOS 6.1 device. It’s also less taxing on your connected device, meaning you’ll have more battery life on your paired iOS device too.
- Synced Volume Control: Now y… [Read more]
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Suzuki has prepared the C-segment Authentics concept for the Shanghai Motor Show, a preview of a sedan that would slot into the fattest chunk of the market among China’s car buyers. Suzuki hasn’t given away much, saying only that it is “Sporty x Elegant” and that it’s long and low and has a “rich and fine curved surface.”
PaulTan.org says this is the trunked version of the SX4 crossover, and if that’s the case then it would represent a new approach to the SX4 in the region, offering markedly different styling instead of being, literally, an SX4 with a trunk. We’ll know more when the Shanghai show opens in a couple of weeks, for now there’s a press release with a tad more info on Suzuki’s plans just below.
We’re looking at a design statement only at this point.
Subaru has dropped the curtain on its truly attractive WRX Concept and, as previewed a few days ago, we’re fast fans of the wide, low, muscular sedan. The concept car looks great, but there was a distinct lack of information being offered about the next-generation WRX that is sure to follow this concept – we’re looking at a design statement only at this point.
Still, Subaru’s press release does offer some more detail about both the concept and the car to come. You’ll be hard pressed not to notice that the car’s roof has been constructed entirely of carbon fiber, a move that designers have used to lower the center of gravity and reduce weight. Get past the gaping hood scoop and you’ll also notice that that the concept car has a rather prominent power bulge sticking out of its hood, better to accommodate a “new turbocharged engine and intercooler.”
In front, the massive hexagonal grill provides a strong full forward view, and the lower fascia incorporates sculpted air intakes that are said to help the engine breathe as well as providing downforce. In back, the standard-issue wing has been replaced with a subtly curved trunklid spoiler. Quad tailpipes also hint at the big power we hope will be packed into the car, when it takes production form. (No word at all on when we might expect a production-ready car.)
Clearly, the WRX Concept is styled anticipation of an all-wheel-drive vehicle, with four blistered wheel arches making that layout obvious. Huge 20-inch BBS wheels (not gold, but we like them) are wearing 245-section Dunlop tires, and look ready to grip and rip. Follow on for the full Subaru press release, once you’ve finished feasting your eyes on our image galleries.
UPDATE: Official video added – watch it by scrolling below.
Back in February, Buick offered up a little detail on what we can expect for the 2014 LaCrosse. At the time, the company talked about the quieter interior that was designed for occupant comfort and to help the next generation IntelliLink infotainment system perform better. This week Buick has gone official with a lot more details for the new 2014 LaCrosse.
On the outside, Buick describes the car as having a refreshed exterior with a wing-shape LED lighting package. The car also gets new advanced safety technologies as standard including the eight-inch color display instrument panel, camera and radar-based safety features, and the next generation IntelliLink. The LaCrosse is a full-size sedan and the car gets new seats, enhanced materials, a redesigned central instrument panel and console, and an available Ultra Luxury Interior Package.
The safety systems that are radar and camera-based include Side Blind Zone Alert, Lane Change Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Automatic Collision Preparation. The vehicle also features adaptive cruise control that can stop the vehicle in heavy traffic and accelerate the vehicle again.
The vehicle can be purchased in front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive models with two available powertrains. The vehicle can be had with a 2.4-liter engine featuring eAssist light electrification technology or a 3.6-liter direct-injected V-6 engine. Both of those engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The public debut of the 2014 LaCrosse will happen at the New York International Auto Show running from March 29 through April 7. The vehicle will be available on dealer showrooms this summer.
Thought that Dell buy out was a done deal? Well, the Blackstone Group and investor Carl Icahn clearly don’t think so, with the Wall Street Journal reporting that both have contacted the committee of Dell’s board just before Friday’s shutoff deadline. The would-be bidders are reported to be working on their actual offer amounts, and in the process buying them four more days thinking time. Reuters reports that Blackstone’s tentative offer is already in, according to sources, but at this time the company is yet to comment. Despite a recent slump in profits, Michael Dell surprised many when he announced his intention to buy back the eponymous firm in a deal with Microsoft for $ 24.4 billion. So, if the founder thought he had the keys to the old estate back, he might just have to wait a little longer.