2005 VOLVO S40: Can Now Be Accentuated with Volvo Performance Parts from Parts TrainWritten by Jenny McLane
The most noteworthy element with this next-generation S40 is sculpted shoulder line that starts at front of car between headlights and grille and is carried across beltline all way back to taillights. The new Volvo will be available with two new gasoline engines, 2.4-liter five-cylinder with 168 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque, and as T5 with 2.5-liter low-pressure turbo with 218 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque.
The S40 T5's engine is familiar 2.5-liter twin-cam, low-pressure turbocharged, intercooled in-line five-cylinder found in most other Volvo lines. Its 218 horsepower (at 5000 rpm) and 236 lb-ft of torque (between 1500 and 4800 rpm) have almost 750 lbs less car to move than similar engine in an S60 2.5T AWD.
The S40 is offered in two different five-cylinder engines, 168-hp 2.4L gas engine and 218-hp 2.5L turbo gas engine, badged 2.4i and T5 respectively. The T5 is available in 2WD or AWD mated to a five -speed Geartronic automatic transmission or a six-speed manual. Standard features include cruise control, alloy wheels, daytime running lights, and an AM/FM stereo with CD player. The T5 trim upgrades by adding a trip computer, front fog lights, automatic climate control, a power driver's seat, and interior wood trim. The optional Climate Package, available on both trims, equips S40 with heated front seats, rain-sensing wipers, and headlight washers.
2006 Honda Civic Si: Automotive Innovation at its Best, Complemented with Honda Parts from Parts TrainWritten by Jenny McLane
Designed as an "Advanced Personal Compact," next-generation Si will incorporate flowing bodywork, a steeply angled windshield, and wide stance to suggest stability and forward motion. The new Si will be fastest and most powerful Civic offered in its twenty-year history. The 2006 Civic lineup, launching this fall, will include a 4-door Sedan, a 2-door Coupe and Si Coupe, an even more fuel efficient Civic Hybrid and a natural-gas powered Civic GX.
The Civic Si Concept builds on its performance heritage with a 200-horsepower, 16-valve, and DOHC i-VTEC engine with an 8,000-rpm red line, mated to a close ratio 6-speed manual transmission. Helping to put all that power to ground is a helical-type limited slip differential for improved launch traction and cornering performance. A 200-horsepower 16-valve i-VTEC engine powers 2006 Si. Honda sources indicate that next-generation i-VTEC technology will have significant gains in performance and fuel economy. A six-speed transmission will give drivers manual control of shift points up to engine's redline of 8000 rpm, and a helical-type limited-slip differential will enhance traction and cornering ability. The Si Concept includes performance features such as 18-inch cast aluminum wheels with 225/40R high performance tires, and 4-wheel disc brakes with large cross-drilled brake rotors. "The 2006 Civic Si Coupe will be most powerful, fastest and fun-to-drive Si we've ever put on street, and Civic Si Concept sets direction in terms of its styling, package and performance," said John Mendel, senior vice president of American Honda. "It's part of a new family of Civic vehicles that build on already class-leading values of Civic in terms of safety, styling, performance and fuel efficiency."