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SV
09-12-2005, 01:42 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><B>The Sportiest Shannon</B><p>12 September, 2005 - COLOGNE, GERMANY - The Series 3 roadster, Shannon AG's new sports car, has been launched at the 2005 Frankfurt Motor Show. The most driver-oriented Shannon currently available, the Series 3 will continue the Shannon tradition of stylish, high quality vehicles.<p><B>Fresh styling still has clear links to the rest of the range</B><p>The Series 3 features striking yet attractive styling. Its sharp quad-headlamp design and slim, triangular taillamps, along with sweeping side sculpting, are sporty yet elegant. However, the design of the Three still has clear links to the rest of the Shannon range, with the traditional split, three-slat grille and swept-back headlamps.<p><B>Driving pleasure takes first priority</B><p>The development of the Series 3 emphasized driving dynamics, as it should for a sports car. The basic platform is shared with the Shannon Series 4, but has been fine-tuned to deliver sharper and more communicative responses from the steering and suspension. Active anti-roll bars, which almost completely eliminate body lean in corners, are optional.<p>From launch, there will be 3 engine options. The entry-level model, the 320, will be powered by a 2.0-litre, 175bhp inline four-cylinder engine. The 320Td is the first in its class to feature a diesel engine; it is powered by a 2.0-litre inline four turbodiesel, developing 173bhp. Despite its slightly lower output, the 320Td manages identical performance compared to its petrol-powered counterpart, thanks to an immense 379 Nm of torque. The top of the range model, the 335, is propelled by a new 3495cc, 283bhp inline six. With blistering acceleration of 5.3 seconds to 100km/h (62mph) with a manual transmission, the 335 promises excellent performance. All Threes come with a six-speed manual transmission as standard; a six-speed automatic is optional<p><B>Quality and comfort are still retained</B><p>Despite the Series 3's driver-oriented design, it still manages to have excellent quality and comfort. The dashboard and door panels are finished in high-quality soft-to-the-touch materials, and the seats have been fine-tuned to deliver excellent comfort for any occupant. Ergonomics are also excellent, with conveniently-placed controls.<p>One of the Series 3's more notable features is its retractable hardtop, capable of opening or closing in a mere 18 seconds. The hardtop, when raised, also improves the Three¬Ěs already excellent structural rigidity.<p>The Series 3 will be available in North America and Europe on 10 October 2005, with global sales commencing in January 2006.</TD></TR></TABLE><p><IMG SRC="http://img90.imageshack.us/img90/9215/series3front9sh.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://img90.imageshack.us/img90/648/series3rear5he.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://img90.imageshack.us/img90/6171/series3interior9zs.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><B><A HREF="http://img373.imageshack.us/img373/9153/shannonseries3specifications5c.jpg" TARGET="_blank">Specifications</A></B><br><B><A HREF="http://img387.imageshack.us/img387/917/shannonseries3exterior9np.jpg" TARGET="_blank">Exterior Blueprint</A></B><br><B><A HREF="http://img387.imageshack.us/img387/6605/shannonseries3interior4ii.jpg" TARGET="_blank">Interior Blueprint I</A></B><br><A HREF="http://img373.imageshack.us/img373/4854/shannonseries3seatsandwheels2i.jpg" TARGET="_blank"><B>Interior Blueprint II (wheel and seat design)</B></A><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by SV at 10:35 PM 9/12/2005</i>

VexedandGlorious
09-12-2005, 10:49 AM
this is one of your better sketchs..i really like it over the other models unveiled...good job

knihc2008
09-12-2005, 04:51 PM
looks like it needs a longer wheelbase :/

napoleondyna
09-12-2005, 06:01 PM
i love it iw ould buy it ifi wasnt 13<br>

SV
09-12-2005, 06:39 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>knihc2008</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">looks like it needs a longer wheelbase :/</TD></TR></TABLE><p>if you mean the rear 3/4 drawing, yeah, i know i made the whole car a little too squished-looking; i do more front angles than rear angles so i screw up on rear views more often =/ i wanna know what you think of the design itself as well though <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beigesmilewinkgrin.gif" BORDER="0"> thanks for the comments graffititech and napoleondyna, i can't wait to see what more people think of this car <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">

knihc2008
09-12-2005, 06:50 PM
okay, i think that if this car is going to go against, what, the SLK and the Z4? it needs more dynamic design. the front looks like its from the front of a sedan of yours... which is beautiful, but sedan fronts don't go on roadsters. the rear is better, but still, it looks like it should go on a sedan rather than a roadster, yknow? it looks good but it's just so.. non. sporty.

AXIS
09-12-2005, 07:24 PM
I'm going to have to disagree with you knihc I find the series 3 sporty, It's just not aggressive and that problem could be fixed by simply tweaking the grille and air dam. The rear sketch does look a bit squished and I would like to see a different light treatment. My main gripe is the interior I think it's a little plain for a sports car.

VexedandGlorious
09-14-2005, 11:38 AM
i really like the 3 but that character line kinda kills the sporty look of it to me, but i must say for 283BHP your seats are really flat.....i wonder could a more powerful 3 be in the future, and what progam do you use for the spec sheet.<p>G

SV
09-14-2005, 03:34 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>knihc2008</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">okay, i think that if this car is going to go against, what, the SLK and the Z4? it needs more dynamic design. the front looks like its from the front of a sedan of yours... which is beautiful, but sedan fronts don't go on roadsters. the rear is better, but still, it looks like it should go on a sedan rather than a roadster, yknow? it looks good but it's just so.. non. sporty.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>i have a sport package coming up, that should look more aggressive <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beigesmilewinkgrin.gif" BORDER="0"> thanks for the C&C<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>AXIS</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I'm going to have to disagree with you knihc I find the series 3 sporty, It's just not aggressive and that problem could be fixed by simply tweaking the grille and air dam. The rear sketch does look a bit squished and I would like to see a different light treatment. My main gripe is the interior I think it's a little plain for a sports car.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>thanks, there's gonna be a sport package model that'll hint at the 3R (SLK55 AMG rival), which will at least have a different lower air intake design (and a different rim design of course)<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Graffititech</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">i really like the 3 but that character line kinda kills the sporty look of it to me, but i must say for 283BHP your seats are really flat.....i wonder could a more powerful 3 be in the future, and what progam do you use for the spec sheet.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>thanks <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> there's gonna be a 3R model, with 300-400bhp (maybe more), and i use microsoft word or wordperfect for the spec sheet. i was using pictures of the SLK's and Z4's seats to see how much support to give the series 3's, but i guess i didn't make them 3D enough...<p>hope to hear more C&C <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">

ricerammer
09-16-2005, 02:41 PM
that is awesome.It combines Lexus GS cues with the cues of a european roadster. I heavily approve. Nice job on this one, bro.

KebabGud
09-16-2005, 04:51 PM
the interior looks like a (nice) mix of MB, BMW and VAG<br>(center console and gear reminds me of MB, stering wheel screams BMW and the instument cluster looks VAGis)<br>