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|Audi RS7 vs. Porsche Panamera Turbo MT Video Finds Winner of 4-Door-Coupe-esq Monsters||
Technology is really our friend, are dear friend – considering how the latest advancements in auto tech will allow a 4-door luxury vehicle to blast to 60 mph from a standstill in just 3.2 seconds. You can conclude that we are currently in a golden age of powerful, gas-burning automobiles, and we should partake of much of it as we can while the getting is good. Speaking of goodness, the new 2014 Audi RS7, a 560 horsepower all-wheel-drive Quattro monster and the new 2014 Porsche Panamera Turbo, a super-sedan packing 520 horsepower, are faced off in the latest Motor Trend video helmed by Jonny Lieberman and then run on the track by Randy Pobst. Enjoy the video below!
|Head 2 Head: 2013 SRT Viper vs 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series||
Leave it to the guys at Motor Trend to bring two brute forces to the same spot for new comparison. IN the latest Head 2 Head Motor Trend compare, Jonny Lieberman contrasts the new SRT Viper against the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series.
These big number exotics seem to be a good match but which one comes out on top in certain aspects. Hit up the Head 2 Head video below to find out. Enjoy!
|SRT Viper TA (Time Attack) Is Ralph Gilles’ Answer to the ZR1: Video||
With every new automotive product comes the fine-tuned scrutiny of publications when they put them to the test. Case in point, Motor Trend recently put the new SRT Viper through its paces and pitted it against the current Corvette ZR1. They took it to the infamous Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway where the ZR1 came away with the over-all win at helm of the ever-so-consistent driver Randy Pobst.
The results, despite Randy Pobst hinting at his “…hard time with cars that don’t handle well,” ended up in a preverbal up-setter on the SRT side with SRT CEO Ralph Gilles in an upset state of mind. As an answer by Gilles and his team, SRT shot back in the end with an updated Viper dubbed the Viper TA, TA standing for Time Attack. The SRT Viper TA looks to be a track-focused version standard with the Carbon Fiber Aero Package (adds a functional two-way front splitter and rear wing adding 300 pounds of downforce at 150mph, re-worked suspension (different spring rates), the Track Package taken a step further (lighter brakes about twice as thick, lighter matte wheels, Pirelli P Zero Corsa performance tires) and it even gets emblem stickers to save weight. Over-all, the Viper TA is said to be about 11 pounds lighter than the base SRT Viper.
To conclude, the Viper TA put the smack-down on the track as Randy Pobst took the wheel setting a production car record around the Laguna Seca Raceway, beating the Corvette ZR1’s time by just .08 seconds.
Hit up the Motor Trend video below for the full recap and test run of the SRT Viper TA, which there will be only 33 fine examples produced and sold in 2013 at a price of about $116,000.
For your road-driving & road-racing pleasure: 2014 SRT Viper TA
Very few cars can be driven to your favorite road race course and on it without missing a beat – and the 2014 SRT Viper TA will be one of those rare gems.
With production of the 33 Crusher Orange SRT Viper TAs slated for third quarter, the Time Attack package is engineered for the performance enthusiast driver who wants to drive to *and* race on one of the more than 150 road-race courses across North America.
A blend of the Viper GTS and SRT models, the Detroit-made SRT Viper TA’s public debut will be March 27 at the 2013 New York International Auto Show. Here are a few details that make the Viper TA so special:
> Suspension is uniquely tuned and upgraded specifically for on-track usage and to maximize the performance of the Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires, which are mounted on ultra-lightweight, multi-spoke Sidewinder II wheels.
> A two-mode Bilstein Damptronic suspension system features firmer levels of damping and a smaller spread between modes than what is found on the current Viper GTS models.
> Shock dampers, springs and road racing derived stabilizer bars have been retuned for optimal on-track performance.
> Standard aluminum structural X-brace is replaced with a lighter carbon fiber brace that effectively ties the four corners of the engine compartment together and contributes to the 5% increase in torsional rigidity and stiffness across the Viper lineup.
> Advanced exterior aerodynamics package includes carbon fiber front splitters and rear spoiler, while a carbon fiber rear applique accentuates the rear width proportions and adds another level of detail.
> 2014 SRT Viper TA’s handcrafted, all-aluminum 8.4-liter, mid-front V-10 overhead-valve engine offers 640 horsepower and 600 lb.-ft. of torque, giving it the most torque of any naturally aspirated sports-car engine in the world.
2014 SRT Viper TA – Ready to Attack Any Road Course
Viper TA (Time Attack) spec-package designed for extreme performance in a special road course focused handling package
Only 33 units in special “Crusher Orange” exterior paint color will be available beginning third quarter 2013
March 18, 2013 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Configured in-house by the Chrysler Group’s SRT (Street and Racing Technology) team in collaboration with professional road racers, the exclusive, street-legal and single-spec 2014 SRT Viper TA (Time Attack) package is specifically built for the performance enthusiast driver who likes to exercise their machines at the more than 150 road-race courses around North America.
Less than one year since the long-awaited world debut of the new 2013 SRT Viper at the New York International Auto Show, the 2014 SRT Viper TA is set to make its public debut on March 27, 2013 on the same show floor at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.
Based on the SRT Viper model – the lightest vehicle in the lineup, the 2014 SRT Viper TA package builds upon the legendary on-track capability of the American hand-built supercar using a majority of pre-developed components straight from the SRT stable, that are combined into a carefully balanced package that extract the most out of the Viper ultralow center of gravity, 50/50 weight distribution and largest contact patch in the production car world.
“The new 2014 SRT Viper TA is being engineering for the dedicated track enthusiast, who still wants to drive to the track and take their hobby to the next level” said Ralph Gilles, President and CEO – SRT Brand and Motorsports, Chrysler Group LLC. “We’re re-launching some of the fastest production-built cars that people can buy straight from the factory. Our engineers revised the suspension settings to refocus the Viper specifically for track duty, using a blend of components from the GTS and the SRT models, add in the extensively developed aero package and the new Time Attack package is born. We’re not only saluting the existing capabilities of our current models, we’re also targeting another niche in our customer base with a tremendously capable track machine.”
The suspension on the 2014 SRT Viper TA is uniquely tuned and upgraded specifically for on-track usage and to maximize the performance of the Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires which are mounted on ultra-lightweight, multi-spoke Sidewinder II wheels. A two-mode Bilstein Damptronic suspension system features firmer levels of damping and a smaller spread between modes than what is found on the current Viper GTS models.
Shock dampers, springs and road racing derived stabilizer bars have been retuned for optimal on-track performance. The standard aluminum structural X-brace is replaced with a lighter carbon fiber brace that effectively ties the four corners of the engine compartment together and contributes to the 50-percent increase in torsional rigidity and stiffness across the Viper lineup.
Based on the outstanding performance of the world-class brake system on the 2013 SRT Viper, SRT engineers are working in parallel with Brembo on a system that increases thermal capacity and optimizes heat dissipation providing improved extreme use. The brake calipers on the 2014 SRT Viper TA feature a black anodized finish with the Viper logo shown in Crusher Orange.
The unmistakable exterior of the SRT Viper TA features exclusive Crusher Orange paint with black 2D TA logos behind both front wheels, black Stryker logo on the front fascia and matte black, ultra-lightweight Sidewinder II wheels.
An advanced exterior aerodynamics package includes carbon fiber front splitters and rear spoiler, while a carbon fiber rear applique accentuates the rear width proportions and adds another level of detail.
Under the hood of the 2014 SRT Viper TA is the handcrafted, all-aluminum 8.4-liter, mid-front
V-10 overhead-valve engine. Performance ratings are 640 horsepower and 600 lb.-ft. of torque – the most torque of any naturally aspirated sports-car engine in the world.
Inside, the performance driver-oriented cabin of the 2014 SRT Viper TA uses the same standard premium ballistic fabric racing seats from Sabelt, featuring a lightweight fiberglass shell created by a state-of-the-art resin transfer molding technology for mass reduction and long-term durability. Both driver and passenger seats can also accommodate a 3- or 6-point harness for racing belts.
The standard black interior combination includes unique Crusher Orange accent stitching on the cloth seats, instrument panel (through the cowl), center stack, console, pull brake, shifter boot, shifter head, steering wheel and upper doors.
Curb weight is an estimated 3,348 pounds.
Only 33 units of the 2014 SRT Viper TA in Crusher Orange will be built at the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant in Detroit, beginning in third quarter 2013.
The Chrysler Group’s SRT (Street and Racing Technology) brand uses a successful product development formula featuring five proven hallmarks: awe-inspiring powertrains; outstanding ride, handling and capability; benchmark braking; aggressive and functional exteriors and race-inspired and high-performance interiors to remain true to its performance roots.
The SRT lineup in the 2013 model year features five vehicles that are world-class performance contenders and bring the latest in safety technologies and creature comforts. The Chrysler 300 SRT8, Dodge Challenger SRT8 392, Dodge Charger SRT8 and Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 are joined by the SRT flagship Viper and Viper GTS models, which are making their highly anticipated return to the high-performance sports car market.
|Building an AMG Engine: Jonny Lieberman’s AMG Engine-Building Experience – Video||
Jonny Lieberman from Motor Trend, somewhat of an eccentric automotive journalist, sets off to the home of AMG in Affalterbach, Germany to assist with building a new twin-turbo V8 AMG engine. In the video he highlights how much engineering goes into the development of such an engine for the most powerful Mercedes-Benz vehicles on the street today.
In Jonny’s own quirky way, he goes through the story of how each engine is at the AMG factory is built along with a prided name badge to identify the single engine-builder who hand-crafted the heart of a new AMG vehicle. Hit up the jump below to check out this exclusive video of Building an AMG Engine on Motor Trend’s ‘The Downshift’ Episode 42. Enjoy!
|Motor Trend Pits New Cadillac ATS 2.0 Turbo Against BMW 328i: Video||
The new 2013 Cadillac ATS has been boasted as the American answer to the BMW 3 Series. The question that remains to be answered is if the new ATS would be a victor in a head 2 head battle against the BMW 3 Series. Motor Trend wants to settle this debacle once and for all by pitting the new Cadillac ATS 2.0 Turbo against the BMW 328i.
Both are rear-wheel-drive sedans and both have a force-fed 4-cylinder engine. The Cadillac ATS boasts 270 horsepower and 260 ft-lbs. of torque. The BMW 328i has 240 horsepower and 255 lb-ft. of torque. We now know BMW’s power figures are a bit underrated. 0-60 mph times are 6.0 seconds and 5.5 seconds for the ATS and 328i respectfully. The ATS could have had a much better time but was hindered due to a second-gear shift at 55 mph. Quarter mile times are almost the same posting 14.1 seconds at 98.2 mph for the BMW and 14.4 seconds at 96.9 mph for the Cadillac. Specific tests only say so much about these vehicles on paper, so Motor Trend elaborates more on other dynamics of each vehicle and conclude with a winner.
Does the Cadillac have what it takes to compete with the best from Bavaria in an overall battle? Hit up the Head 2 Head video below to find out and be sure to post your opinions and comments below.
|Motor Trend Runs New BMW M5 Against Porsche Panamera GTS: Video||
Fresh off of the heels of Motor Trend getting slight criticism for their selection of cars to pit against each other in recent tests, they take two more vehicles not-so-equally matched on paper, the new 2013 BMW M5 and Porsche Panamera GTS, and run them against each other.
Numbers wise, the new 2013 BMW M5 is ‘supposed to be‘ pumping out 560 horsepower to turn the rear wheels while the Porsche Panamera GTS is rated at only 430 horsepower to send to all four wheels. The new M5 weighs about 39 pounds more than the Panamera GTS but with about 130 horsepower and 196 pound-feet of torque more than Porsche, the M5 is expected to be the victor from the get-go. Hit up the ‘head 2 head’ match video below of these mighty German V8 sedans to see which one takes the checkered flag.
|Motor Trend Stages ‘World’s Greatest Drag Race Part 2′: Video||
You may remember the ‘World’s Greatest Drag Race’ from last year, where Motor Trend pitted some of the hottest performance cars around against each other in a full quarter-mile sprint. This year, fresh off the heels of Motor Trend’s ‘2012 Best Driver’s Car shindig, they take their new round of vehicles for a mad dash.
The cars in the lineup include the new McLaren MP4-12C, Porsche 911 Carrera S, Benz C63 AMG Black Series Coupe, Camaro ZL1, Lamborghini Aventador, Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, Subaru BRZ, Nissan GTR Black Edition and Jaguar XKR-S.
Godzilla fans will be disappointed to see their famed GT-R get dethroned this year. Although, I am sure many of you may disagree with the results and ask yourself; who the hell is driving those cars? With the poor ol’ Subaru BRZ, not even the best race car driver could make anything magic happen in that car. Though, it did get a good launch and finishes the race with some ‘style’. Maybe next time they can throw in a Nissan Leaf against the Pagani Huayra, Koenigsegg Agera R and a Ferrari just for kicks. Hit up the World’s Greatest Drag Race Part 2 video below and enjoy!
|Motor Trend Selects 2012 Best Driver’s Car: Video||
There are so many new performance cars that are drool-worthy and capable of being the best driver’s car in ones opinion. You have everything from the new Subaru BRZ/Scion FR-S, Nissan GT-R, to the new Camaro ZL1 and Porsche 911. Motor Trend took it upon themselves to find out what is the best driver’s car this year out of 9 selections. Among those selections you have the new McLaren MP4-12C, Porsche 911 Carrera S, Benz C63 AMG Black Series Coupe, Camaro ZL1, Lamborghini Aventador, Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, Subaru BRZ, Nissan GTR Black Edition and Jaguar XKR-S. I know what you are saying already; how do you even begin to compare the 200 horsepower BRZ to these beasts? Your guess is as good as ours. Though, the Subaru BRZ makes for a compelling argument how it is a true driver’s car – so why not include it except the fact that every other car beats the snot out of the BRZ in a straight line by over 2 seconds 0-60 mph.
The track of choice is the ultimate Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, which is probably the best proving ground for finding out what you would take home for the best driver’s car this year.
Motor Trend sums up their reasoning for the selection of vehicles and the other question as to why there isn’t a Ferrari in the lineup. Well, Ferrari didn’t want to loan them a car. I guess Ferrari is treating everyone like Chris Harris these days. You will need to buy your own or drive a friend’s car if you want to test out an Italian stallion. One thing new and future owners of the Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S can take home, is Motor Trend thought so well of the vehicle as to pit it against some of the most-sought after exotic cars costing well into 6-figures.
Check out the exclusive comparison video below and judge for yourself.
|Video: Turbo Scion FR-S Caught Drifting at Laguna Seca||
It is a rather inevitable that we would see the new Scion FR-S, along side of the Subaru BRZ, on the Formula Drift circuits burning up the rear tires. Considering that most Formula D vehicles have a substantial amount of power, the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ’s powerplant in its stock form just isn’t going to suffice when it comes to competitive drifting. Motor Trend seems to have captured the Scion FR-S in a turbocharged flavor making rounds at Laguna Seca by what is speculated to be the Scion drift team.
Strapping a turbo onto the 2.0-liter boxer engine in the Scion FR-S makes perfect sense for drifting and for enthusiasts who await “more power” from Toyota and Subaru’s new hot rear-wheel-drive coupe before they pull the trigger on buying one. Could this be the turbo version of the Scion FR-S that will make its way to production? We can only hope so. Can’t wait to see what comes of this Turbo Scion FR-S “testing”, which Motor Trend has captured on video posted below.
|Motor Trend Comparison Video: 2011 Hyundai Equus vs. 2011 Bentley Mulsanne||
Just about everyone knows what a Hyundai is now days and many enthusiasts have given them proper respect for building a quality vehicle in segments once mainly dominated by Japanese automakers. Recently Motor Trend thought that the new 2011 Hyundai Equus, their new flagship luxury vehicle, is worthy for comparison to the new 2011 Bentley Mulsanne.
Sure Hyundai is a well respected automotive brand but to put it up against a new Bentley seems rather ludicrous. Have they lost their mind? Is the Hyundai Equus a ‘real luxury car’? The new Hyundai Equus sells for around $70K while the new Bentley Mulsanne in the comparison sells for an astonishing $330K. Big difference! Let’s see what Motor Trend has to say in the new comparison video below. Enjoy!
|Blue Devil vs Blue Angel Drag Race Video: Corvette ZR1 vs. F/A-18 Hornet||
If you have ever seen the Blue Angels in action at an airshow, then you know just how awesome they are. Better yet, if you have ever been lucky enough to strap in the cockpit of an F/A-18 Hornet, then you really can contest to how much of a bad-assed jet it really is. The new Corvette ZR1 is probably one of the closest things you can experience on land similar to a jet fighter (excluding the Bugatti Veyron of course). MotorTrend takes the ZR1 (Blue Devil) out against a Blue Angel F/A-18 Hornet for a drag race to 100mph just to see who would really win. Remember, the ZR1 can reach 60mph from a standstill in 3.3 second in part due to its 638 horsepower Supercharged V8. On the other hand, the F/A-18 Hornet packs in over 32,000 lbs of thrust making it capable of mach 1.8 (1,400mph). Check out the video below and enjoy!
MotorTrend Editor at Large Arthur St. Antoine pits Chevy’s awesome “Blue Devil” — the Corvette ZR1 — against its toughest adversary yet: a Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet.