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Leopard Print Lamborghini Burns the Eyes

There’s so much that’s ostentatious about the Italian supercar that they attract these sort of people. There’s a subset of exotic car owner that is the totally tasteless exotic car owner. This guy is so tasteless that he doesn’t think that parking a Ferrari 599 in front of a soup kitchen is in bad taste. He’s the same buy that puts a leopard print wrap on his Lambo Murcielago.

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Going Kwakers: Why I’m in love with Kawasaki’s new ZZR1400

It has so much power you barely have to nudge the throttle to feel the back end squirming about

Sleek: Handling and safety functions are impressive

Sleek: Handling and safety functions are impressive

I’ve just taken delivery of the world’s fastest motorcycle.

It’s the Kawasaki ZZR1400 and I’m in love with it already.

It’s a fantastic bike with so much power that you barely have to nudge the throttle to feel the back end squirming about.

It’s not a superbike, more of a ­supertourer.

Like several European car makers (Audi, BMW and Merc) that voluntarily restrict their cars to a top speed of 155mph, the Japanese bike manufacturers limit the top speed of their machines.

Supertourer: Richard Hammond loves the new ZZR1400 already

Supertourer: Richard Hammond loves the new ZZR1400 already

But since that limit is 186mph, it’s pretty meaningless.

Quite how fast the ZZR1400 would go if uncorked I don’t know – not least because I obviously haven’t ridden it flat out because there isn’t a race track or piece of runway long enough in the UK to do so – but the four-cylinder motor kicks out a massive 207bhp, so 200mph is probably possible.

Until recently, I owned a Suzuki ­Hayabusa, to which I fitted a top box and panniers. It looked a bit odd but made it a brilliant bike for a quick commute between Gloucestershire and London – so I’ll do the same with the Kwacker.

The handling is really good, the seat is comfortable and you can get almost 200 miles from a tankful of petrol. The big difference between the two bikes is that the ZZR1400 is fitted with a very s­ophisticated traction control system that has two sport settings and a safety setting.

Full throttle: You just need a nudge to feel the roar

Full throttle: You just need a nudge to feel the roar

Call me a wimp if you like but when you’re riding in the rain, your hands are cold, you’re looking out for people in cars doing something stupid and you have more power in your right hand than Ford’s Sierra Cosworth had, a bit of electronic help is a pretty welcome thing.

The ZZR1400 isn’t the best-looking bike in the world and it’ll be even less pretty when I’ve stuck the luggage on it, but that’s not the end of the world because I’ve got some bikes in my ever-increasing collection that do look amazing.

I bought the Kawasaki to do a job and it does it brilliantly.

I might buy a set of Akrapovic exhausts for the bike because it’s a bit quiet in town and I worry about pedestrians ­stepping into the road.

Overhead view: It costs a lot of cash

Overhead view: It costs a lot of cash

Photos credit to > Kawasaki

Mind you, the pipes cost £1,800, which is a bit painful when you’ve just spent £11,499 on the bike itself.

It’s lots of money, but then the Bugatti Veyron, which is the fastest car in the world, costs rather more than that.

[mirror.co.uk]


Your card details are ‘stolen out of thin air’: Information could be ‘robbed by radiowave’ thanks to new contactless technology

Insecure: Radio frequency identification (RFID), transmits bank details via its own radio signal and could be a fraud risk

Insecure: Radio frequency identification (RFID), transmits bank details via its own radio signal and could be a fraud risk

Millions of credit and debit card users could be ‘robbed by radiowave’ because of new contactless technology being brought in by banks.

Almost 20million shoppers are now able to buy goods by simply waving their card in front of a reader at the tills, even if it is still in a wallet or a purse.

But industry experts have warned that the information emitted by the cards can be stolen by fraudsters using handheld receptors that cost as little as £7 on the internet.

It means cardholders – most of whom are given a contactless card automatically when their old one expires – can unknowingly surrender their personal bank details to a thief by simply walking past them in the street.

The technology in the card, known as radio frequency identification (RFID), transmits bank details via its own radio signal, and is accepted in many High Street chains, including Co-op, Boots and Pret-a-Manger.

t does away with the need for a customer inputting their PIN when buying goods, and was designed to reduce queues at the checkout.

However, a fraudster with a contactless card reader can easily collect the 16-digit credit card number, expiry date and name – known as RFID skimming – from anyone who walks past carrying one of the new cards.

Vulnerable: Cards can be protected from RFID skimmers by being wrapped in tin foil or being kept in special foil-lined wallets

Vulnerable: Cards can be protected from RFID skimmers by being wrapped in tin foil or being kept in special foil-lined wallets

They then have enough information to rack up huge bills at any internet shopping site – such as Amazon – that does not demand the three-digit security code on the back of the card.

David Maxwell, a former policeman and director of RFIDprotect, a firm which specialises in protection against card fraud, said: ‘It has been a big problem in America for a while and is getting to be a big problem over here.’

Cards can be protected from RFID skimmers by being wrapped in tin foil or being kept in special foil-lined wallets.

Customers should also call their banks as soon as they suspect their card is being used fraudulently.

Ron Delnevo, of independent ATM operator Bank Machine, said: ‘Nobody really wants this technology yet it is being handed down to us by the banking industry. It is putting us all at increased risk of fraud.’

[dailymail.co.uk]


Flying the Dream: aboard Boeing’s brand new ‘jet lag-busting’ 787 Dreamliner

Nigel Thompson joins a demo flight aboard the Boeing’s revolutionary aircraft, which can fly 9,400 miles in one go

Thomson and First Choice will be the first UK airlines to take delivery of the Dreamliner in May 2013

Thomson and First Choice will be the first UK airlines to take delivery of the Dreamliner in May 2013

Manchester United’s iconic Old Trafford football stadium is called the Theatre of Dreams.

So it seemed highly appropriate that I got a glimpse of the Red Devils’ home from a Boeing 787 Dreamliner on a 500ft wing-waggling flypast at the city’s airport this week.

This revolutionary new “greener”, “jet lag-busting” passenger plane is seen as the greatest advance in aviation since Concorde and this week was on the UK leg of a world tour, which took in Heathrow, Manchester and Gatwick airports.

I joined the Boeing crew and a team from Thomson Airways – which will be the first in Britain to take delivery of a 787 – at Manchester for a plane tour and two-hour test flight.

It’s a very fine looking jet with elegant, sweeping lines and distinctive flexible wings which rise up to 10ft at the tips on take-off, though it’s perhaps not as awesome close up as the mighty Airbus A380 double decker superjumbo.

But it’s inside that’s going to impress Thomson and First Choice passengers from May 2013 – swiftly followed by fliers travelling with British Airways and Virgin Atlantic.

Holidaymakers heading from Manchester, Gatwick, East Midlands and Glasgow to Cancun, Mexico, and Sanford, Florida, on Thomson Airways will have the first opportunity to fly on the new jets.

It will offer travellers noticeable improvements, including:

● Moister air for less chance of dehydration and headaches;
● Cleaner air that’s had irritants such as perfume and alcohol removed;
● Lower cabin pressure, which is less tiring;
● Bigger windows and dynamic LED lighting;
● Wider aisles and higher ceilings; and
● A smoother, quieter journey.

While you can hardly avoid your body being say five times zones adrift from UK time if you’re in Florida, these are all factors which should combine to help to alleviate the effects of jetlag when you get off the plane.

The Dreamliner is made largely of carbon/polymer resin and consequently is lighter than similar sized aircraft and uses 20% less fuel, hence its “green” tag.

It also offers a tremendous range, up to 9,400 miles, which brings the realistic and tantalising prospect of direct flights to destinations such as Bali, Hawaii and even Perth.

You read that right – Australia in one go. Amazing.

Stretch out: Legroom will be 33-34" in Thomson economy, more than on MOST leisure flights

Stretch out: Legroom will be 33-34" in Thomson economy, more than on MOST leisure flights

Hi-tech: You can plug in your smartphone aboard the Dreamliner

Hi-tech: You can plug in your smartphone aboard the Dreamliner

Nigel in the cockpit: Luckily the Dreamliner was still stationary in Manchester Airport

Nigel in the cockpit: Luckily the Dreamliner was still stationary in Manchester Airport

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[mirror.co.uk]


Lamborghini takes on Range Rover with new off-roader concept… and they’ll surely build it

The Urus is likely to cost from £150,000 with a sales target of 3,000 per year. With the Chinese market soaring that shouldn’t be a problem

Concept: Lamborghini Urus

Concept: Lamborghini Urus

NOT for the first time, Lamborghini is going off-roading.

It did so in the 1980s with the outrageous ­Countach-powered LM002.

Now the car you see before you is a concept that Lamborgini has been showing at the Beijing show.

It may be a concept but it’s almost a dead cert that Lamborghini is going to build it, not least because it needs another model in its line-up just in case sales of supercars do a wobble. Which they often do.

Also, Lamborghini’s boss says that virtually all Lamborghini owners also own a top-end SUV like a Range Rover.

Since I’ve got a Range Rover and recently owned a Gallardo for a couple of months I can’t argue with that.

Outside: It's a dead cert this will go into production, says Richard Hammond

Outside: It's a dead cert this will go into production, says Richard Hammond

Inside: You'll have to wait till 2016 to get to see this view

Inside: You'll have to wait till 2016 to get to see this view

There are a couple of issues to get out of the way before we get too excited.

First the name: it’s called the Urus. It sounds like some part of a bloke’s toilet system but it’s actually an ancient animal that’s related to the modern bull. Right.

The next slight issue is the powerplant. The Urus will be built on the next generation Audi Q7 platform, as will Bentley’s Falcon luxury SUV and the next Porsche Cayenne.

No problem with that but the word is that Lamborghini is thinking about using Audi’s new 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 backed up by an electric motor.

The company is talking about around 600bhp and a top speed of 186mph. The performance is not a problem, I’m just not sure about a V8 and a hybrid system.

The original: Lamborghini's 1980's off-roader

The original: Lamborghini's 1980's off-roader

Off the road: The Countach-powered LM002 was presented in 1986

Off the road: The Countach-powered LM002 was presented in 1986

Lamborghinis in the early 70s used a V8 engine (in the little Urraco) but we’ve got used to Lambos having at least 10-cylinder engines.

The Urus is likely to cost from about £150,000 with a sales target of 3,000 cars per year.

With the Chinese market going into warp drive that shouldn’t be a problem.

Lamborghini could make a few extreme versions perhaps powered by the Aventador’s V12 engine, as long as it would fit under the bonnet.

I’d have thought a 4×4 with 700bhp would be too much for many ­multimillionaires to ignore.

They’ll have to wait until 2016 though before Lamborghini has the Urus in the showrooms.

[mirror.co.uk]


Gallery : Test Driving the Overachievers

2012 Jaguar XJ Supersport

Its lithe design may evince all the calm of the cool exec in the corner office, but underneath lurks muscle that could only be forged in the boxing gym. For its line-topping sedan, the XJ Supersport, that brute power comes in the form of a 5-liter, 510-hp supercharged V8 which, come workday’s end, propels it to sixty mph in a scant 4.7 seconds. With more leather, wood, and fine English speakers than a cigar bar, that figure seems an anomaly — until you find out that an aluminum frame partially offsets the added weight of those posh amenities. On our test drive, a laggy infotainment system caused a few minor headaches, but its all-day torque offered enough respite to make every ride ten times more fun than any corporate retreat.

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[mensjournal.com]


Room for one more? Stunning pictures of U.S. troops crammed into military plane as they fly out to Afghanistan

U.S. troops sit tightly beside one another in a packed aircraft as they await their departure to Afghanistan, in stunning pictures taken today.

The servicemen sit aboard the military plane at the U.S. Transit Centre in Manas, 30 km outside Kyrgyzstan’s capital Bishkek.

The onward movement of personnel to and from Afghanistan is one of the four mission pillars of the centre that is used as a transit hub for about 15,000 troops, planes and 500 tons of cargo a month. The other three are airlift, aerial refueling and humanitarian assistance.

Tight: US servicemen inside a military plane before their departure to Afghanistan from the US transit center in Manas, 30 km outside Kyrgyzstan's capital Bishkek, on March 27, 2012

Tight: US servicemen inside a military plane before their departure to Afghanistan from the US transit center in Manas, 30 km outside Kyrgyzstan's capital Bishkek, on March 27, 2012

Close-up: Dozens of U.S. servicemen interact with each other while holding their rifles and belongings

Close-up: Dozens of U.S. servicemen interact with each other while holding their rifles and belongings

US servicemen perform their daily routines on the runway at the US Transit Center in Manas, 30 km outside the Kyrgyzstan's capital Bishkek, on March 27, 2012

US servicemen perform their daily routines on the runway at the US Transit Center in Manas, 30 km outside the Kyrgyzstan's capital Bishkek, on March 27, 2012

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