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2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club Review & Test Drive 26
Feb
Posted by Harvey Schwartz in 2014 Mazda MX-5, Automotive, convertible, Mazda, Mazda Miata, Mazda MX-5, Roadster, Test Drives on 02 26th, 2014
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When I say ‘cheap thrills’ I mean that I can’t find any other two-seat pure sports roadster for under $30,000.00 that gives so much sports car thrills and driving pleasure with a power-retracting hardtop.  I just finished testing and photographing the new Club model and it is a real ‘kick-in-the-pants’.  For a pure two-seat sports car the 2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata ‘Club’ has it all.

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The Club model that I tested has styling that is pure with a wide-mouth front grille finished with a piano black upper brow, black splitter with a flat underside, an aluminum hood, projector-beam headlamp clusters with black bezels, new projector-beam foglamps with black matte surrounds, flared fenders stuffed with 17X7 inch dark gunmetal alloy wheels wrapped with Bridgestone 205/45R17 inch street-sticky Potenza RE050A low-profile performance tires, body-color pull-out door handles, black power-remote outside mirrors, black ‘MX-5’ lower strip, a ‘Club’ medallion on each fender, seat back bar garnish is displayed in a glossy dark gray motif, rear diffuser and finished with dual sport-tuned, polished stainless steel exhaust tips.  The power hard-top is painted in glossy black to give the body a bolder look.  The power hard-top just takes 15-seconds to raise or lower and I just have to release the center lock on the inside and push a lighted button.

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Power and performance easily back up the bold looks starting with the high-revving (7,200rpm redline), MZR 2.0 liter, all-aluminum, DOHC, four-cylinder engine with VVT for excellent low-end torque.  It generates a healthy 167hp at 7,000rpm and 140lb.ft. of torque at 5,000rpm.  I tested the engine mated to the six-speed, short-throw manual transmission that comes with an Induction Sound Enhancer that consists of a series of tuned pipes and a passive resonance membrane.  It delivers the engine’s natural induction sound to the cowl, just ahead of the windshield, so more attractive engine sounds can be heard at a satisfying volume without resorting to simply being a loud, obtrusive noise.  Mounted front mid-ship for precise handling and balance, additional engine features include a forged steel crankcase, forged steel connecting rods with floating wrist pins, and revised pistons with stronger wrist pin bosses, stiffer valve springs and engine oil cooler when exercising the MX-5 for long periods of time on the backroads.

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The stubby, leather-wrapped, short-throw six-speed manual that was mated to my test MX-5 was perfectly placed and a pleasure to use.  Each time I changed gears to the next I felt a push to my back, the harder I pushed on the throttle, the more the push back into my seatback.  The MX-5 also comes standard with aluminum Power Plant Frame for exceptional stiffness and weight saving, plus a limited-slip differential to put the power down to the pavement.

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The MX-5 ‘Club’ comes standard with a sport-tuned fully independent suspension for precise handling when cornering and a solid feel when driving at triple-digits on the highway.  Even though the weight is only 2,511 pounds the MX-5 feels like it is riding on wheels. Up front is a double-wishbone setup with forged aluminum arms, coil springs, monotube gas-filled Bilstein shocks and a stabilizer bar.  The rear features a multi-link setup with an aluminum baring support, monotube gas-filled Bilstein shocks, coil springs, tubular control arms, an aluminum knuckle and a stabilizer bar.  For added stiffness and control the MX-5 comes standard with front/rear subframes, a monocoque unibody with a backbone frame construction.  These items further eliminated any noise, vibration and harshness when driving.

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Away we go with a perfectly calibrated electronic power-assisted rack & pinion -steering system that moves the MX-5 exactly where I want the car to head-just a little tug on the leather-wrapped/tilting steering wheel moves its direction with precision.  A front strut tower brace further adds to the stiffness and cornering prowess.  On-center feel and my feel for the road are exceptional.  This system is just perfect for the MX-5 to keep it up-to-date and pure.

Quickly and safely slowing the MX-5 ‘Club’ down from speed are power-assisted, steel disc brakes.  Up front are 11.4 inch vented discs clamped with large single-piston aluminum-housed calipers with the rear equipped with 11 inch solid discs clamped with single-piston aluminum-housed calipers.  Standard brake enhancements include ABS, EBD, Dynamic Stability Control and Traction Control.  For real pulse-quickening times I shut off the Stability/Traction Control system off to let rear slid out when exiting a steep corner.

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On the inside the ‘Club’ theme continues with a body-color-matching decoration panel feature trim-specific graphics, red contrast stitching on the deeply cut yet comfortable cloth bucket seats with manual adjustments and driver’s-side height adjuster, a dark gray contoured surround meter around the stunning gauges, A/C, power express down windows, power door locks, cruise control and AM-FM-CD-MP3-WMA-Sirius radio controls on the steering wheel, rear center console storage, storage baskets at the bottom of each door, mesh aero board, center console with dual cupholders and storage bin, front open storage tray, map light, dual vanity mirrors, auxiliary audio input jack, remote keyless entry, trip computer and floor mats.  All buttons, switches and dials are easy to reach and fully illuminated for safe nighttime travel.

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Standard safety systems include 3-point safety belts with pretensioners/load limiters, advanced dual front and side airbags, front/rear crumple zones, anti-theft engine immobilizer and side-impact door beams.

The new 2014 Mazda MX-5 Club Hardtop Convertible is one of the best values in two-seat sport roadsters.  More than 900,000 consumers have purchased the MX-5 so far and the owners that I spoke to raved about the fun-to-drive elements.  I would recommend that consumers over 6ft. 3in. get inside first with the top up before a purchase because I had only ½ inch of headroom and I am 6ft. 3in.  Other than that its ZOOM-ZOOM fun!

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COPYRIGHT: 2014: HARVEY SCHWARTZ

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: $28,665.00 as tested
  • Engine: 2.0-liter DOHC inline-4-cylinder 167 horsepower @ 7,000 rpm / 140 ft-lbs. of torque @ 5,000 rpm
  • Wheelbase: 91.7 inches
  • Total length: 157.3 inches
  • Total width: 67.7 inches
  • Total height: 49.4 inches
  • Headroom: 37 inches
  • Legroom: 43.1 inches
  • Turning circle: 30.8 feet
  • Ground clearance: 5 inches
  • Fuel tank: 12.7 gallons
  • EPA fuel mileage: 21mpg/city, 28mpg/highway
  • 0-60 mph: 6.1 seconds

 



Top Ten Things I Learned Reviewing Automobiles in 2013 27
Dec
Posted by Chris Brewer in 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 S, 2014 Chevrolet Corvette, 2014 Corvette Stingray, Auto Addiction, Automotive, BMW M3, BMW M3 Lime Rock Park Edition, Cadillac CTS, Chevrolet Volt, convertible, Corvette Stingray, Porsche-911, Scion FR-S, Scion tC, Stingray, Technical, Toyota Avalon, Toyota Avalon Hybrid, Toyota Sienna, Volt on 12 27th, 2013
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1. Although a few buttons on the steering wheel are convenient, more than six is confusing and makes you feel like you are riding around in one of those hover chairs in the second half of Wall-E.

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2014 Cadillac CTS 3.6L Performance Collection Review and Test Drive

 

 

2. Speaking of…a contrasting-color-stitched-leather-wrapped-ergonomic-racing-inspired steering wheel may not make the car drive any faster or handle any better, but it sure feels like it does.

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Toyota Returns to the Spirit of the 70′s Import Sports Car: The 2014 Scion tC

 

 

3. While illuminated shift knobs look cool, they are not a necessary upgrade. On the other hand, radar or assisted cruise control is totally worth the extra cash.

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2013 Toyota Avalon Limited Hybrid Review and Test Drive

 

 

4. Nobody cares about gas mileage on the first day of a week-long car review. Everybody cares about gas mileage on the sixth day.

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2013 Chevy Volt Quick Driving Impressions

 

 

5. You do not always get what you pay for. There are cars that cost less than $30k that I would rather own and drive than many that I have driven that cost $60k plus. 

2013 Scion FR-S 10 Series

First Drive: 2013 Scion FR-S Review – Hype Approved

 

 

6. The more fun a car is to drive, the less chance you have of getting a ticket for being on your smart phone.

2013-bmw-m3-lime-rock-park-edition-front-22013 BMW M3 Lime Rock Park Edition Review and Test Drive

 

7. Although I am a standard transmission kind of guy, many of the new automatics are simply amazing. I do not care if you are a professional rally driver, no one can shift as quickly and efficiently as the PDK automated manual transmission in the 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera S.

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8. Even though it probably will not get any thumbs up at the traffic light, the Toyota Sienna mini-van is a nice way to drive your entire family around town or on long trips.

 

9. Driving the new 2014 Corvette Stingray makes you proud to be an American.

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2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray Quick Spin & First Impressions

 

10. If your ten-year-old daughter tells you that there is no back seat, it does not matter what the manufacturer claims, those seat belts are simply there to hold groceries in place under hard braking.

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2013 Nissan 370Z Touring Roadster Quick Spin 14
Aug
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 370Z, Automotive, convertible, nissan, Nissan 370Z, Roadster, Test Drives on 08 14th, 2013
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Nissan’s Z-car heritage is alive and well, residing in the latest iteration including the convertible variation featuring roadster-like styling and a sports car edge. For the model year 2013, Nissan revises the front end with new LED running lights, while an optional Sports package gets revised euro-tuned shocks for better balance in road handling and comfort.

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Powered by the highly praised VQ-series 3.7-liter V6 engine, the 370Z keeps its competitive edge even when you are allowed to fold the top down. With 332 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 270 lb-ft. of torque at 5,200 rpm, the new 370Z keeps its paces on par with its competition. Still offering the choice of an intricate SyncroRev Match 6-speed manual transmission or the adaptable 7-speed automatic with steering column-mounted paddle shifters, the Z car continues to appeal to a wide range of enthusiasts.

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The SyncroRev Match system found in my new 370Z roadster test vehicle is a feature that is just now starting to show up in many other sports cars that still offer up a manual transmission. Though, as a dying breed, the 6-speed manual box bridges its life over to Generation Y’ers with the adaptation of its rev-matched downshifts. Basically, the system automatically controls the throttle upon recognizing a shift into a lower gear from the previous. It works pretty good to give novice and competent drives the ability to perform seamless rev-matched downshifts. The system also aids in upshifts on those rare occasions you take an ample amount of time to up-shift where the engine speed no-longer matches the rotational speed of the vehicles wheels – the system will place the throttle in the position to match the shift.

The engine, virtually unchanged from the past few years, remains to have a wide usable RPM range of power. At its sweet spot, about 5,000 rpm all the way to redline at 7,000 rpm, the engine keeps you well entertained. That entertainment comes with some subtle punishment with the characteristic peddle and floorboard vibrations that we have grown to know all-to-well in the 370Z.

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In comparison to the 370Z Coupe, the Roadster tends have a bit of the expected body flex. Nevertheless, body flex and vibrations are kept to a minimum with the implications of the 370Z Roadster having the proper reinforcements and suspension tweaking to nearly match the Coupe in performance. As far as 0-60 mph time variances go, the 370Z Coupe makes the run in 5.1 seconds while my 370Z Roadster is capable of taking just 5.5 seconds to reach 60 mph.

Handling and road adaptation in the 370Z Roadster is virtually identical to that of the Coupe. The well-balanced chassis of the 370Z Roadster has an open line of communication when behind the driver’s seat allowing you to kick the rear-end out and bring it back in line with ease for any proficient driver. The 6-speed manual gearbox also meets the demand for capable drivers with quick and direct shifts.

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Having had an abundance of time behind the wheel of the 370Z coupe and convertible variations over the past few years, we can all agree on its Z heritage and true sports car character remaining intact as an appealing enthusiast-oriented two-seater. The Nissan Z Roadster, with its power-folding soft-top, now can be optioned out with a respectable list of options once only available on the Sport Touring Coupe trim.

My 2013 Nissan 370Z Touring Roadster came with many of those options featuring the Sport Package, including a staggered set of 19-inch RAYS Forged wheels, Limited Slip Differential, SyncroRev Match 6-speed manual transmission, Euro-tuned shocks and Sport Brakes with 4-piston calipers up front and 2-piston rears. Also found on my test vehicle as optional equipment is the Navigation System package featuring a 7-inch color LCD touch-screen monitor, hard-drive based GPS Navigation, USB connection port, Streaming Bluetooth audio, NavTraffic/NavWeather updates, single CD player and auxiliary audio input connection.

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Of course with the 370Z Touring trim you automatically get a plethora of including amenities raising the bar for Nissan’s Roadster, such as ventilated and heated seats, 8-way power driver’s seat, 4-way power passenger’s seat, auto dim review mirror, Intelligent Key w/ pushbutton start, bi-functional HID headlights and automatic temperature controls.

The Nissan 370Z’s styling is unmistakable in either Coupe or Roadster form. Its design pays homage to the classic Z car’s original design and impression on the road. Getting past the great design and excellent drivetrain, one would have to employ the 370Z Roadster’s uniqueness and long list of options to digest the as-tested price of $50,055. Although, the base price of a 370Z Coupe starts at just $33,120, the contrasting acceptance would reside on the Z Roadster being a rare and unique breed among sports cars and half of the price of its bigger brother, being the pavement shattering GT-R, which isn’t available in a drop-top form.

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Copyright: 2013 AutomotiveAddicts.com

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: Base 370Z convertible $41,470 /As-Tested $50,055. including $780 destination charge
  • Engine: 3.7-liter V6 332 horsepower @ 7000 rpm / 270 ft-lbs. torque @ 5200 rpm
  • Wheelbase: 100.4in.
  • Total length: 167.2in.
  • Total width: 72.8in.
  • Total height with top up: 52.2in.
  • Track: f/r-60.6/61.6in.
  • Headroom: 38.7in.
  • Legroom: 42.9in.
  • Turning circle: 32.8ft.
  • Weight distribution: f/r-54/46%
  • Passenger volume: 52.3cu.ft.
  • Cargo volume: 4.2cu.ft.
  • Fuel tank: 19 gallons
  • Curb weight: 3,488lbs.
  • 0-60 mph: 5.5 seconds
  • EPA mileage: 17 mpg/city, 24 mpg/highway (6-speed manual transmission)


Mazda’s Clever Marketing – Fastest Convertible in the World 11
Jun
Posted by Kelly Levinsohn in Auto Advertising, convertible, Drag Race, Mazda Miata, Mazda MX-5 on 06 11th, 2013

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Mazda has launched a new marketing video that promotes their MX-5 Miata convertible.

In recent days, the video has gone viral and exploded all around the internet.

The premise of the video, is that Mazda’s MX-5 Miata convertible is the fastest convertible in the world – an impressive feat if you consider that the video features the MX-5 Miata competing in a drag race against world renowned, prestigious convertibles: The Lamborghini Gallardo, Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport, a Ford Mustang V6 and a Porsche 911 Carrera.

There is a little twist to this tale, however – and that makes this a great marketing video.

Check out the video below to find out exactly how the Mazda MX-5 Miata beats it’s stiff competition:

 

Source: Automotive News



2013 BMW Z4 sDrive28i Roadster Review & Test Drive 10
May
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, BMW, BMW Z4, BMW Z4 Roadster, convertible, Roadster, Test Drives on 05 10th, 2013
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The BMW Z4 roadster isn’t for everyone, yet it is for everyone who desires something driver-focused, easy on the petrol, has two excellent seats surrounded by luxury, a hard drop-top, and the infamous Bavarian roundel stamped on the aluminum hood and rear deck lid. Receiving a complete redesign for the 2012 model, the new 2013 BMW Z4 freshens up its standard equipment list and keeps the German roadster an engaging experience for the convertible enthusiast.

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BMW is one of the few companies to consistently keep a tradition of making cars attractive for the enthusiast while some others have to play catch up after they assumed the common denominator was their choice audience. The BMW Z4 has remained in its exclusive corner for many always playing with the same old friends. It is possible now, with the new Z4, that the smallish BMW roadster will find its way to make some new friends by offering some new toys to play with in the form of a 240 horsepower and 260 lb-ft. of torque turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, proving to be just as powerful as some V6 engines yet a serious gas miser. Moreover, aside from my SDrive28i Z4 test vehicle’s force-fed 4-cylinder engine, the Z4 can be had in a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 cylinder sDrive35i flavor pumping out 300 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque. To top off the Z4 line, the sDrive35is gets a more powerful version of the Turbo 3.0-liter good for 335 horsepower and 332 lb-ft. of torque, with a full-throttle overboost feature reaching 365 lb-ft. of torque.

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Midrange power from the turbo 4 is surprisingly plentiful and smoothly delivered. Even up high close to its 7000 rpm redline, the engine does not give out of breath, though from 5000 to 7000 rpm you don’t want to expect to produce any more power, but the output remains mostly consistent until fuel cut. The remarkable initiation of torque starts its peak output at a low 1,250 rpm. There is virtually no turbo lag and the turbo spools up remarkably fast followed up by a progressive release of pressure after letting off of the throttle. In a nutshell, this turbo 4-cylinder is among the best I have ever experienced in stock form, possibly producing more power than what is stated on paper by BMW. To add to the turbocharged 4-cylinder engine’s fuel efficiency, is an included Automatic Start/Stop function. The start/stop system works well with the manual transmission turning the engine off at stops while the clutch peddle is not pressed under certain conditions. The engine starts back in just under a second after depressing the clutch pedal to shift into first gear.

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The new 2013 BMW Z4 sDrive28i can be had with a no-cost optional 8-speed automatic transmission, or the enthusiast desired 6-speed manual as equipped in my test vehicle. The new Z4 sDrive35i gets either the 6-speed manual box or the 7-speed automated dual-clutch transmission (DCT). The sDrive35is, for some odd reason, only gets the dual-clutch unit. Probably the gem of the bunch, if shear acceleration is not a deal-breaker, is the sDrive28i with the twin-scroll turbocharged 4-cylinder. Having less weight to carry around it tends to have slightly better handling and lower price to boot.

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Having spent a good amount of time driving the new Z4 sDrive28i around town, I find that many of its better attributes shine through its Citrus Yellow M Sport Package and glistening Atacama Yellow exterior paint. Some of these traits would otherwise be hidden until you get in and live with the German roadster on a couple road trips. Those attributes pay homage to the rest of the BMW line of vehicles, especially by providing a surprising amount of legroom for those over 6 feet tall, such as myself. You would also take notice to an upscale cabin with high-quality materials where you get stitched alcantara trim lacing the dashboard and door trim. The beefy leather wrapped steering wheel fits in your hands like a glove, and the 6-speed shifter, unique to BMW, allows a few quick yet focused throws.

On the performance scale the new 2013 BMW Z4 sDrive28i is no pushover what-so-ever, even when it is described as having a smallish 4-cylinder engine. You can call the turbo 4 in the new Z4, the engine that could conquer, and conquer it does. 0-60 mph times come in just at 5.4 seconds. The Z4 sDrive28i boasts a nimble curb weight of 3,263 pounds allowing you to nudge out a 0.89g on the skid pad. Putting the Z4 sDrive28i through its paces can be somewhat of an uneasy feeling at first, mainly due to your seating position close to the rear wheels. At times when you find the handling limits, the Z4 bites back with additional grip. Basically, you must really feed the throttle and lay into turns to break the rear end loose. In other words, don’t expect all 260 lb-ft. of torque to upset the rear that much just by dropping the clutch with traction and dynamic stability control disabled. Possibly, the engagement level required for the Z4 mixed in with its ease of drivability makes for the perfect roadster driving machine formula.

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The interior of the new 2013 BMW Z4 sDrive28i fits the bill for a performance oriented roadster. The sport seats, courtesy of the optional M Sport Package, are very supportive with plenty of bolstering, accent stitching throughout the alcantara inserts, and leather surroundings. The M Sport Package, selectable in variety of extended interior and exterior colors, adds on an adaptive suspension system, M steering wheel, and 18-inch star-spoke alloy wheels wrapped in a staggered set of 225/40R front – 255/35R rear Bridgestone Potenza run-flat rubber.

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The Z4’s roadster cabin has an interesting rear-biased design where visibility is surprisingly good in both blind spot areas and over the long hood. The rear window area with the top up is deep enough behind the rear seats that you get a wide-angle glance at what is in the rear and in most of your blind spot areas. Putting the power top down, which takes a short 15 seconds, is a silent undisturbed motion that can be activated at speeds up to 35 mph. This is a great feature for those times you have impatient cars behind you at the traffic light that just turned green.

BMW has always built the Z4 as a purposed roadster, which in turn contributes to the rigidity of the new Z4. Hardly ever do you notice any body flex or abnormal vibrations with the hard-top up or down. The bulky size of the lower door frames gives away the additional structure supports incorporated in the new BMW Z4’s design to keep it stable at all times – considering it does not have a fixed roof.

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The new 2013 BMW Z4 sDrive28i is a dynamic and capable luxury-roaster that has what it takes to keep its two occupants enthused on short or long trips. During the long hauls, you not only conserve fuel with the EPA figures of 22 mpg city and 34 mpg highway, but you can stow your luggage in the trunk’s extra reserve space and let the top down all the while you enjoy the wind in your hair and sunny blue sky. The folding hard-top collapses into a uniquely small sandwiched area in the truck leaving you just enough room for two small sized luggage bags. I saw a combined average of 27 mpg around town and as high as 35 mpg on the highway for about a 20 mile stretch.

BMW shares its technology in a seamless fashion on the 2013 Z4 roadster offering most infotainment and comfort features found on the new 3 series vehicles. A long list of options and packages can quickly raise the price point of the new 2013 BMW Z4, however, you have a respectable base at just $47,350 to work with. Tacking on the M Sport/Citrus Yellow package, Premium Sound Package, heated front seats and BMW Assist w/Bluetooth, brings the price to $56,395 for my test vehicle including $895 destination charge. Pitted against its direct competition, the 2013 BMW Z4 sDrive2i exudes an edge over the likings of the new Mercedes-Benz SLK from an enthusiast perspective, but may end up being just shy of the all-new Porsche Boxster’s hardcore performance. Nevertheless, the new 2013 BMW Z4 sDrive28i combines all the good aspects of a true roadster as somewhat of a jack-of-all-trades in the convertible two-seater roll – still, no qualms here.

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Copyright: 2013 AutomotiveAddicts.com

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: Base BMW Z4 sDrive28i $47,350 / As-Tested $56,395
  • Engine: 2.0-liter Turbocharged inline-4 cylinder 240 horsepower @ 5000 rpm / 260 ft-lbs. torque @ 1250 rpm
  • Turning circle: 35.1 ft.
  • Track: f/r-59.5/61.4 ft.
  • Legroom: 42.2 inches
  • Headroom: 39.1  inches
  • Fuel tank: 14.5 gallons
  • Curb weight: 3,263 lbs.
  • 0-60 mph: 5.4 seconds
  • Cargo: 8.0 cu.ft.
  • EPA Mileage: 22 mpg city / 34 mpg highway


2013 BMW M3 Convertible Review & Test Drive 10
May
Posted by Harvey Schwartz in Automotive, BMW, BMW M3, BMW M3 Convertible, convertible, E92 BMW M3, Test Drives on 05 10th, 2013
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‘SUPER HIGH PERFORMANCE LUXURY CONVERTIBLE’

The fourth-generation BMW M3 hardtop convertible is one sweet ride.  Racecar looks, a powerful V8 engine, seven-speed double-clutch automatic transmission, race-bred independent suspension, incredible stopping power, a luxurious and ergonomic interior with the ability to drive the car in all types of weather situations.  With a bright sky it is time for the sun on your face and the wind racing through your hair.

Front to back, the design of the 2013 BMW M3 hardtop convertible shows its sporting character with structural rigidity at the lightest most efficient weight thanks to the use of the most modern components and computer-aided design.  The front fascia is signature BMW with the double-kidney grille with chrome surround, and the flat headlight units with standard Xenon headlamps and halo daytime running lamps.  Three large air intakes below the grill include two side intakes to keep the brakes as cool as possible during time at the racetrack putting the car through its paces.  Since the structure and configuration is determined to primarily feed air into the engine compartment, the BWM M3, like all M-cars, forgoes foglamps.  The hood features a power dome bump-flanked by an air intake on each side-in the middle of the hood which, though longer, thanks to its aluminum composition also is lighter.

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The two flared front fenders feature side gills which incorporate the tri-color M logo.  The power-remote/power-folding/heated/self-dimming sideview mirrors are aerodynamically designed with an open space between the mirror and the body, letting air freely pass through reducing air resistance.  Further down the side-line the pronounced side-sills give the M3 a light and sporting look.  Deep side extensions are sculpted to enhance stability a high speeds.  A full perimeter chrome strip adds a bit of elegance to the side styling.

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The new M3 looks muscular from behind and reflects the looks of the front end.  A lip spoiler on the trunklid optimizes the car’s streamlining and reduces lift on the rear axle.  In its contours, the split diffuser beneath the rear bumper takes up the shape of the air intakes at the front end as the air is guided and the dual exhaust tailpipes move towards the centerline of the car, visually contracting the rear end at the lower center point.  The circular shape of the chrome four straight tailpipes is typical BMW M style.  My stunning 2013 BMW M3 was painted Melbourne Red and turned eyes at me and the car wherever I traveled and parked the car.

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Power to quickly move the M3 comes from the race-bred 4.0 liter V8 engine that generates 414hp at 8,300 rpm and 295 lb.ft. of torque at 3,900 rpm with 85% of the maximum torque available consistently through 6,500rpm.  The potent small V8 engine features the company’s variable double-VANOS camshaft management.  Offering extremely fast and responsive valve timing, the technology reduces charge cycle losses and improves the output, torque and response of the engine to my inputs while reducing emissions and increasing fuel economy.  A separate throttle butterfly for each cylinder-eight-is a feature adapted from BMW’s M’s racing heritage and provides immediate reaction to the gas pedal at all times.  Two steeper motors operate the four throttle butterflies on each row of cylinders, giving the engine a particularly sensitive response at low speeds together with an immediate reaction whenever I pressed down the throttle pedal for extra power and performance.  A volume flow-controlled, pendulum-slide cell pump supplies the engine with lubricating oil, delivering the quantity required by the engine.  Wet sump oil lubrication, optimized for dynamic performance, ensures consistent oil supply to the high-rpm engine at all times, particularly in extreme braking maneuvers.  The system features two oil sumps-a small oil sump in front of the front axle subframe and a large oil sump behind it.

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A new comprehensive electronic engine management system coordinates all engine functions with optimum efficiency and maximizes operating integration with the clutch, gearbox, steering and brakes.  Also, the engine control unit performs a wide range of on-board diagnosis functions and masterminds the ancillary engine units.  Increased performance with better fuel economy comes from the lightweight engine.  At 445 pounds, it is 7% or 33 pounds lighter than the previous inline 6-cylinder engine.  Lightweight components do not stop with the alloy engine block.  The crankcase is made of special aluminum-silicone alloy eliminating the need for cylinder liners.  Despite the need to resist high combustion pressures and engine speeds-this is the ‘fastest’ production engine ever produced by BMW as it can reach 8,400rpm-the engineers managed to keep the compact and rigid crankcase weight down to 44 pounds.

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A close-ratio six-speed manual gearbox is standard but I was lucky to have the optional M double clutch seven-speed transmission with Drivelogic specially designed for the high-rpm engine which was a thrill to operate.  The M double clutch transmission with Drivelogic (M DCT Drivelogic) shifts gears without the slightest interruption in the flow of power.  You’ll feel the power seamlessly from first through seven gears.  The process of shifting gears is basically the same as on BMW’s proven Sequential M Gearbox, meaning that even when shifting gear manually there is no need for a clutch pedal and I could keep the throttle on the floor during the shift process.  The Drivelogic control offers 11 different shift programs to suit your every need.  Drivelogic offers 5 programs that allow for automatic operation of the transmission as well as 6 manual programs.  Manual operation can be performed via a new sports shift lever or via paddle shifter on the steering wheel.  M DCT Drivelogic is amazing to use and is a $2,900.00 option but well worth it if you want the best that BMW M has to offer for thrilling driving.  You can set the different programs via the iDrive controller located on the center console.  BMW’s new automatic Start/Stop system is fitted as standard equipment.  This system saves fuel in heavy stop-and-go traffic situations.  When the car is stopped for 3 seconds, the engine is instantly stopped.  All accessories continue operating.  When I lifted my foot off of the brake pedal or moved the steering wheel the engine restarts instantly.  The system can be shut off by pushing a console mounted push button.

Getting all of the power to high-performance handling capability on the road or track is the M3’s fantastic aluminum chassis developed specifically for the M3.  First off is the great 47.2/52.8% front/rear weight distribution to give the car a very neutral feel.  Almost all of the front-end components are aluminum, including the front struts, swivel bearings, central subframe and an additional thrust panel below the engine serving to maximize lateral stiffness of the entire front end.  You’ll also find an aluminum two-piece strut tower brace at the back end of the engine further increasing rigidity when turning sharply.  From the rear subframe through the transverse arms and track arms to the wheel mounts reconfigured in their kinematics and stiffness, to the mounting points for the longitudinal arms and the aluminum shock absorbers, virtually every detail on the five-arm rear suspension is made of aluminum and is new for the M3.  These weight-reduction measures help reduce weight by approximately 5.5 pounds when compared to the previous M3.  Both front and rear axles feature hollow anti-roll bars optimized for their function and weight.  Incorporating two additional longitudinal reinforcement bars, axle kinematics are perfectly tailored to the overall character of the car.  The result, in terms of both stability and weight, conforms to the balanced performance concept of the M3 convertible.

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With BMW’s Servotronic power-assisted rack & pinion steering you feel like you are piloting a super-high-performing touring racecar.  It just goes where you point it to go with little effort and pinpoint accuracy.  The rear-wheel drive keeps the rack & pinion steering free of drive forces.  The hydraulic Servotronic power assist controls steering forces as a function of road speed.  When M-Drive is ordered, there is also a choice of two different control maps activated through the M-Drive programming menu.  In Sport mode the M3 provides direct and immediate response with a relatively high steering effort.  In the Normal mode, power assistance is comfort-oriented are requires less steering effort.  I never felt more confident when driving through curving roads at high speeds.

Helping me to feel that confident is the latest generation of Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) which monitors driving conditions and intervenes through the application of brakes and reduced engine power to stabilize the car and help avoid major over-or-under-steer situations.  In addition to engine controls and the ABS, other systems integrated in the DSC are All Sean Traction (AST), which prevents the wheels from spinning on surfaces with reduced traction; the Start-Off Assistant, which prevents the car from rolling back when setting off on a grade, as well as Cornering Brake Control (CBC), which prevents the car from spinning or swerving out of control when applying the brakes in a curve.  The latest version of DSC includes additional functions for even greater driving safety.  Whenever you are likely to apply the brakes in full within the next few seconds, the system builds up pressure in the hydraulic brake circuit and pre-loads the brake pads to ensure an immediate response.  The Brake Drying feature removes water film from the discs in wet conditions, this reducing the chance of water interfering with the initial braking process.  Furthermore, the optional M-Drive personalizes the driving characteristics of the new M3.  The steering wheel mounted Power button changes the throttle response from either comfort to direct/sporting, the DSC button may be switched off and will return when you re-start the engine.  The EDC button (optional) is adjustable offering Sport/Normal and Comfort modes.  The M-Drive button made its first appearance on the M5 and includes the M Dynamic mode function for the DSC system that allows for some wheel slip for very active driving while still maintaining much of the benefit of DSC and the selection of two different control maps (Sport/Normal) for the Servotronic steering activated through the M-Drive programming menu.  In Sport mode the M3 provides direct and immediate response with a relatively high steering effort.

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With all of this ‘go-fast’ with control parameters, strong and sure footed brakes are of paramount importance and BMW doesn’t disappoint.  The internally-vented, cross-drilled cast iron discs measure 14.2 inches up front clamped with six-piston calipers and 13.8 inches in the rear clamped with dual-piston calipers.  The feel during regular or hard braking is very linear knowing how much pressure to apply to safely stop.

The new BMW M3 rides on M-style light-alloy spoked wheels.  Standard are 18 inch wheels but my M3 came with the optional 19X8.5 inch front and 19X9.5 inch rear wheels.  These beautiful wheels were wrapped with Michelin 245/35ZR19 front and 265/35ZR19 inch Pilot Sport high-performance, low profile tires for fantastic grip and a smooth quiet ride.

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The interior mirrors the high power and performance under the skin with a very racecar oriented yet very comfortable and luxurious interior.  Surrounded in the finest leathers and powerful contours and flowing lines highlighted in particular with concave and convex surfaces.  The horizontal lines dominating the area around the dashboard as well as the harmonious surfaces on the side linings give the interior a more dynamic look.  Adding luxury to the interior is the dark wood found on the dashboard and doors.  The cockpit control area tapers out between the front bucket seats with lumbar/side bolster, height and reach adjustments, into a newly designed center console which discreetly ‘swings’ towards you.  The controls, buttons, dials are all ergonomically placed for easy reach and use.  The unique nature of the M3 carries to the dash where the dual circular instruments typical of BMW-the speedometer and fuel gauge as well as the tachometer and oil temperature display-are in specific M style.  The M3’s leather-wrapped/tilt/telescopic steering wheel feels perfect in your hands.  The spokes within the wheel incorporate the remote control buttons for the audio system, and mobile phone, as well as the optional M-Drive button.  A premium AM-FM-CD player audio system comes standard with an auxiliary input jack.  Individual entertainment options include Sirius satellite radio, HD radio and a USB enabled port for control of an Apple iPod or iPhone media player.  The Navigation system’s 8.8 inch color screen is clearly seen with a hood to keep the sun’s glare to a minimum.  The 4th generation IDrive system is found on the center console and is more simple and intuitive to use.  I liked how well it anticipated my next moves and needs.

Standard equipment not mentioned above includes express up/down windows, one touch hardtop convertible control button on the center console, rain-sensing wipers, cruise control, dual map lights, dual storage pockets in each door, deep glove box, dual lighted vanity mirrors, and floor mats front and rear.

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Standard safety systems include the rigid body structure, front/rear crush zones, steel beams in each door, four-3-point safety belts with front pretensioners/load limiters, driver/front passenger airbags in front and at the sides, side curtain airbags for the front and rear, and a rollover sensor with quickly activated roll bars that rise behind the headrests.

The new 2013 BMW M3 hardtop convertible is awesome in every respect for a compact two door super coupe.  It has the racy looks, the high-performance attributes needed to back it up plus the most comfortable, modern and safe cabins in the segment.  Take a test drive and hold on tight!

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COPYRIGHT: 2013: HARVEY SCHWARTZ

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: Base M3 Convertible $68,750 / As-Tested $71,345.00 plus available options
  • Engine: 4.0-liter DOHC V8 414hp @ 8,300 rpm / 295 lb.ft. of torque @ 3,900 rpm
  • Wheelbase: 108.7 inches
  • Total length: 181.8 inches
  • Total width: 71 inches
  • Total height: 54.8 inches
  • Turning circle: 38.4 ft.
  • Track: f/r-60.6/60.6 inches
  • Ground clearance: 4.48 inches
  • Legroom: f/r-42/32 inches
  • Headroom: f/r-38/36.5 inches
  • Trunk volume: 9 cu.ft.
  • Fuel tank: 16.6 gallons
  • Curb weight: 4,145 pounds
  • Drag coefficient: 0.32
  • Final drive ratio: 3.15
  • 0-60mph: 4.9 seconds
  • EPA fuel economy: 14 mpg/city, 20 mpg/highway

 



2013 Infiniti G37 IPL Convertible Review & Test Drive 2
May
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, convertible, Infiniti, Infiniti G37 IPL, Infiniti G37 IPL Convertible, Test Drives on 05 2nd, 2013
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The new 2013 Infiniti G37 IPL (Infiniti Performance Line) Convertible is yet another mark in the brand’s exclusive performance line adding more power, sports exhaust and sport-tuned suspension wrapped up in a sportier physique. In convertible form, exclusive to the 2013 model year, the new 2013 G37 IPL exudes all that its well-perceived G37 IPL coupe embodies with the added benefit of a power-folding hardtop.

The new 2013 Infiniti G37 IPL Convertible is a remarkable drop-top cruiser giving you a taste of the meshed worlds of a luxury coupe and convertible with a dash of extra performance over what the normal G37 Convertible offers.

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Driving the new 2013 Infiniti G37 IPL is a familiar yet welcomed experience, having driven previous year G37 IPL coupe models. The new G37 IPL Convertible demonstrates the same quality fit and finish as its coupe counterpart. The new G37 IPL Convertible shares the same drivetrain featuring the highly touted 3.7-liter V6 engine with 343 horsepower, which is 18 ponies more than standard variations of the G37.

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For the G IPL to truly be a contender among its performance-oriented competition, additional power and other performance attributes will require more of a separation from the normal variation of the G37. However, as a continual start to a performance line for Infiniti, the G37 IPL is not a bad initiator for more enthusiast oriented vehicles, especially by offering a hardtop Convertible flavor starting this model year (2013).

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The added power on the G37 IPL Convertible is a welcomed trait, as the convertible tends to carry extra weight for the power-folding aluminum hardtop. Though, the G37 IPL features a sport-tuned exhaust, the deep baritone drone sound emits expectantly into the cabin even with the top up. The drone sound can be annoying when driving below 60 mph at times but only present when cruising in a higher gear. Fortunately, the drone sound disperses as you approach interstate speeds around 65 mph and above.

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The sporty aptitude and handling of the G37 IPL coupe is somewhat lost in translation due to the extra weight of the G37 IPL Convertible. Additionally, it suffers from extra vibrations from unwanted body-flex with the top up or down, mainly due to the structural integrity degradation of the Convertible design. Nevertheless, the new G37 IPL Convertible proves to add road-handling stability and an extra bit of oomph over any normal variation of a new G37 Convertible without the IPL badge. Power is sufficient and smooth thanks to well-engineered VQ-series V6 engine and the adaptation of the 7-speed automatic transmission it is mated to. The new G37 IPL Convertible is only offered with the 7-speed automatic, while the G IPL Coupe has the option of saving $1,900 for the standard 6-speed manual transmission.

The 7-speed shifts fast in sport mode but becomes somewhat indecisive when in normal Drive. Sport mode for the transmission or utilizing the standard steering wheel column mounted Magnesium shift paddles is more of an enjoyable experience for light-hearted enthusiasts.

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The exterior styling of the new 2013 Infiniti G37 IPL Convertible has a certain classiness about it. The Convertible G37 already distinguishes itself from the IPL Coupe by means of a slightly different shaped roofline, elongated trunk area and a touch of additional chrome accents on the rear deck lid.

The new 2013 G37 IPL Convertible gets the IPL’s characteristic darkened 19-inch wheels wrapped up in a staggered set of 225/45R19 front and 245/40R19 rear summer-performance tires. Along with the wheels and the 4-piston front, 2-pistion rear brake calipers and 14-inch front rotors, 13.8 inch rear rotors, the IPL is essentially a package using virtually the same parts as a G37 with the sport package, with the exception of a firmer suspension, better flowing exhaust and added engine power.

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Inside of the new 2013 Infiniti G37 IPL Convertible is an interior virtually identical to any other G37 with Journey or Sport packages. Setting the G37 IPL Convertible apart from normal G37s are the exclusive perforated leather seats with accent stitching, dependent on the color choice. In my test vehicle the seats were a pleasing aesthetic to the interior by means of the nicely contrasted white exterior next to the Monaco red leather seats. Moving towards the dashboard places you in an environment without anything unique to the G37 being equipped with the IPL package, unfortunately.

The new 2013 Infiniti G37 IPL Convertible holds its own and some when pitted against vehicles like the new Lexus IS Convertible. As far as value, the G37 IPL is somewhat of a mysteriously high-priced luxury item as it tips the scale just above $62,415 including $895 destination charge for the as-tested price of my test vehicle. The G37 IPL Convertible starts at $61,450, getting you just about every option offered on the G37 equipped with the Sport package, including the hard-drive based GPS navigation system fed through the familiar 7-inch touch-screen. Other highlighted options included on the IPL are intelligent key, Bluetooth connectivity (phone and audio streaming), 13-speaker Bose audio system, climate controlled seats (ventilation cooling and heated) and a 12-way power driver’s seat.

In conclusion, the new 2013 Infiniti G37 IPL Convertible is a prized luxury convertible cruiser, with a few characteristics of a roadster’s ability to own the road and open sky.

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Copyright: 2013 AutomotiveAddicts.com

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: Base G37 Convertible $61,450/ As-Tested G37 IPL Convertible $62,415
  • Engine: 3.7-liter V6 348 horsepower @ 7400 rpm / 276 ft-lbs. torque @ 5200 rpm
  • Wheelbase: 112.2in.
  • Total length: 185.1in.
  • Total width: 71.8in.
  • Total height: 54.9in.
  • Track: f/r-60.8/61.4in.
  • Headroom: f/r-39.4in./34.5in.
  • Legroom: f/r-43.8in./27.7in.
  • Turning circle: 36.1ft.
  • Weight distribution: f/r-54/46%
  • Passenger volume: 88.7cu.ft.
  • Cargo volume: 10.3cu.ft.
  • Fuel tank: 20.0 gallons
  • Curb weight: 4,189lbs.
  • 0-60 mph: 6.0 seconds
  • EPA mileage: 17 mpg/city, 25 mpg/highway


2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Review & Test Drive 22
Mar
Posted by Harvey Schwartz in Automotive, convertible, Test Drives, Volkswagen, VW Beetle on 03 22nd, 2013
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There’s just something about the new VW Beetle convertible that evokes instant response from people who come into contact with the all-new convertible model in the Beetle lineup.  When parked I had youngsters, teenagers, seniors, all bug-eyed over the new car.  It just sparks positive comments.  It’s really not cute, it’s a Beetle!  It’s the third-generation of the iconic VW ragtop and like its predecessors-the type 15 from 1949, and the 2003 Beetle convertible-the curvaceous styled convertible offers the perfect combination of sun-on-your-face and wind-in-your-hair fun for four persons.

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The styling of the new Beetle convertible harkens back to the original 1949 ragtop rather than the 1998 new Beetle.  It respects the past but looks forward to the future.  The new Beetle convertible breaks free of the design geometry defined by three semi-circles-front fender, rear fender and domed roof above it.  The roof profile actually runs distinctly lower and can be considered a development of the Ragster concept car shown in Detroit in 2005.  The new model is bolder and more masculine.  It is characterized by a clean and dominant sportiness feeling.  The car is not only lower in profile, it is also substantially wider, the front hood is longer, the front windshield is shifted further back and has a much steeper rake.  Up front is a squared-off jaw bumper, oval halogen headlamp clusters with a lower black contracting wide air-intake and LED daytime running lights at each end.   At the side are pronounced flared fenders, pull-out door handles, heated/power-remote sideview mirrors, a full-perimeter chrome strip and another chrome strip under the doors giving it off a luxury touch.  The rear features angular LED lamp clusters, a round bumper, the VW badge that flip up to open the trunk, dual exhaust tips gathered together under the left side of the bumper, while up top is a wide spoiler to help increase downforce at highway speeds.  Volkswagen decided to stick with a traditional soft-top rather than incorporate a folding hardtop as seen on the VW EOS.  When the top is down, it lays flat, giving good rear visibility.  Although the top looks compact when furled, it’s actually wide and long when in place, an action that takes a little over 10 seconds at the touch of a button.  The soft-top outer shell itself is made from three layers: an outer one of polyacrylic women fabric, a middle layer of synthetic rubber, and an inner lining of polyester.  Underneath, there’s a three-layer design for the insulation, made from polyester nonwoven fabric, polyethylene terephthalate (PET) insulating fleece, and polyester spunboard.  The headliner is made from a foam-laminated fabric resulting in a snug top that yields remarkably low levels of wind noise.  Top options include a boot and a noise blocker that fits just behind the front passenger seats.

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Since this vehicle is open, the body needed reinforcements so that cowl shake would be kept at a minimum.  These reinforcements include the use of body reinforcements and sheetmetal with greater strength such as the A-pillar’s interior bar is 0.5mm thicker and made of ultra-high-strength hot-formed steel instead of cold-formed metal.  There is also reinforcement in the ‘bend area’.  The front crossmember has an additional central plate.  There is additional tubing made of ultra-high-strength (hot formed) steel between the B-pillars as well as a stronger heel plate.  There is more sheetmetal in the lower body sidemembers and an extra rear panel that integrates the Automatic Rollover Support System is made of high-strength steel.  As a result of the new materials and laser welding of selected parts, the body stiffness was increased by 20% over the last Beetle convertible and torsional rigidity is now 17.8Hz.

You can easily reach highway speeds with the 2.5 liter, inline-5-cylinder, 20-valve, engine with variable intake timing.  This advanced engine generates 170hp at 5,700rpm and 177lb.ft. of torque at 4,250rpm.  Other engine options include the 2.0 liter Turbo and the 2.0 liter turbo diesel.  My test Beetle convertible came with the 2.5 liter I-5.

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This potent engine was mated to the slick shifting 6-speed automatic with sequential shifting including a Sport mode for even quicker acceleration.  Fuel economy values have been improved by up to 10% over the previous 2.5 liter models when equipped with the six-speed automatic.  EPA estimated fuel economy rating is now 22mpg/city and 29mpg/highway.

The fun-to-drive attitude of the new Beetle convertible is attributable to its front strut suspension system with how control arms, coil springs, telescopic dampers and a 22mm anti-roll bar for quick turn-in and flat cornering capabilities.  The rear features a torsion beam axle, coil springs and telescopic dampers to help keep the rear inline when driving through curving roads and added stability at highway speeds.  The hydraulic power-assisted rack & pinion steering gives a good feel for the road with excellent response to your inputs.

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Slowing the new Beetle convertible down from speed are power-assisted steel disc brakes.  Up front are 11.3 inch vented discs and 10.7 inch solid discs in the rear.  Each disc is clamped with single-piston calipers.  Standard ABS, EBD and ESC help keep you in control during severe braking situations on slick or wet pavement, plus keeping you from skidding off the road when taking the Beetle through curves at higher than posted speed limits.

My test Beetle convertible rode on 215/55R17 inch all-season radials wrapped around unique black painted with signature VW chrome hub caps for a signature VW look at rest.

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Inside, the new Beetle convertible retains the design cues that have made the latest Beetle such a hit with a body-color dashboard.  The leather bucket seats in my test Beetle had carbon fiber weaving at the sides.  Three round gauges are surrounded by an aluminum trim and provide key information at a glance.  The multifunction display is integrated in the speedometer, which is housed in the central position in the binnacle.  The leather wrapped/tilt/telescopic steering wheel feels great in your hands and contains redundant buttons for the audio system, Bluetooth and cruise-control.  Framed by two air-vents, the audio/navigation system in my test Beetle is optimally located in your field of vision on the dashboard.  Within easy reach, the climate controls are situated just below.  Similar to the original Beetle, the new car has an extra glovebox integrated into the upper dashboard-the kaeferfach or ‘Beetle bin’.  The lid folds upward, while the standard glovebox opens downward.  Even though the ‘cathedral ceiling’ dome roof of the new Beetle has been replaced with a sleek and sporty roofline, front and rear passenger headroom remains plentiful.  The longer roof section results in 0.4 inches more rear-seat headroom.  Front legroom is improved also, by 1.9 inches, and front shoulder room grows by 2.5 inches.

My test Beetle convertible came equipped with the awesome Fender system with its concert-quality audio.  It is the result of Panasonic speaker technology which cuts through noise and its dual-voice coil speakers that faithfully reproduce the sound of a live performance.  The sound system consists of a 10-channel amplifier making 400-watts of power, to four Fender Deluxe tweeters, two Fender Twin speakers, two Fender rear speakers and one Fender Bassman subwoofer in the trunk.  This unique sound system is a pleasure to listen to with the top open or closed.

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Standard equipment not mentioned above include one touch up/down windows/door locks, dual cup holder/storage bin up front with a single cupholder in the rear, storage pockets in the door, keyless entry with push-button start/stop, leather-wrapped shifter surround by a chrome bezel, AM-FM-CD/MP3/Sirius satellite radio with iPod input jack, A/C, trip computer, dual map lights and front/rear floor mats.

Standard safety features include three-point safety belts for four seats with front pretensioners/load limiters, two rollover bars are concealed behind the rear bench seatback activated by the computer that deploys the airbags in the case of a crash, front and head-thorax airbags, steel beams in each door, front and rear crumple zones.

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Classy and classic, more dynamic, more powerful, more convenient with the latest in infotainment systems to keep you in touch as you drive with the sun in your face and the wind in your hair.  It’s pure fun!  Prices start at $24,995.00.

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COPYRIGHT: 2013: HARVEY SCHWARTZ

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: Base VW Beetle Convertible 2.5 $24,995
  • Fuel tank: 14.5 gallons
  • Turning circle: 35.4 ft.
  • Passenger volume: 81.4 cu.ft.
  • Cargo volume: 7.1 cu.ft.
  • Headroom: f/r-39.3/37.6 inches
  • Legroom: f/r-41.3/31.4 inches
  • Wheelbase: 100 inches
  • Track: f/r-62.1/61.2 inches
  • Total length: 168.4 inches
  • Total width: 71.2 inches
  • Total height: 56 inches
  • Ground clearance: 5.6 inches
  • Curb weight: 3,206 pounds


2013 Mercedes-Benz SL550 Roadster Review & Test Drive 28
Feb
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, convertible, featured, Mercedes Benz, Mercedes-Benz SL550, Roadster, Test Drives on 02 28th, 2013
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With Mercedes-Benz having a lineage that has stood the test of time for almost as long as the Automotive industry has been around, it is refreshing to testify to their latest SL roadster still pushing forward the luxury envelope without leaving anything to be desired.

The all-new 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL550 exudes premium luxury appointments for two passengers with the enjoyment of a 429 horsepower and 516 ft-lbs. of torque twin-turbocharged direct-injected V8 engine and a convertible hard-top to boot. Not only does the new Benz SL550 accel over previous generations, but the new 5th generation reaches a new level of refinement and appeal to enthusiasts.

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The new 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL is light on its feet where it can channel all of its brute force to the rear wheels through a smooth-shifting 7-speed automatic transmission thrusting the newly sculpted body forward with authority. The new body panel structure is new composed of 90% aluminum and 10% magnesium allowing the SL to shed some unwanted weight over the previous generation, as much as 200 pounds, while stiffening the vehicle overall by 20%.

Proving to literally have a face-lift resembling the new Benz SLS AMG, the new Benz SL takes claim to its wider track, taller front fascia and lengthened body over the outgoing model. Even with the larger dimensions the new Benz SL remains to keep its curb weight right at 3,935 pounds. Shedding the extra weight allows the 4.7-liter direct-injected twin-turbocharged V8 prove its agility combined with a capable hard-top convertible chassis reaching 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds.

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In true Mercedes-Benz fashion, the new SL exudes luxury even with the quiet and quickly folding hard top up or down. Pushing enduring luxury amenities even further in Mercedes’ prided SL roadster, the roof is a never-ending joy by means of Magic Sky Control, basically an electronically controlled tinting of the glass panel delightfully encased in the roof top. When up, the roof can express a subdued sense of having a sunroof with a tinted glass shade that dims or lightens at the push of a button. It is simply an ingenious touch.

With the fun extending far beyond leaving the hard-top roof up, the new Mercedes-Benz SL fully retracts the top in just 21 seconds. Having a cabin as quite as any other luxury sports coupe when the top is up, the SL merely extends its luxurious cabin delight equally with the top or down.

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Part of keeping the driver and passenger encased in an unforgettable luxury-laced environment, the new Mercedes-Benz SL features AIRSCARF, which is a venting system that emits heat under the seat headrests aimed at the back of your neck. This is a highly sought-after option for the SL not only in cooler regions but for those starry nights when the temperature may have been considered too cool to let the top down. In a way, combined with the active bolstered, heated, massaging, ventilated and exceptionally perforated seats, the SL can be a yearlong fun machine.

Speaking of fun, the 4.7-liter forced-fed V8 engine implements power beyond numbers on paper. Although the horsepower figure of 429 is short of many sports cars, the new Benz SL can hang with some of the best through efficient power management via the well-adapted 7-speed automatic transmission and a curb weight kept to a minim for a large performance luxury hardtop convertible roadster. Selectable Eco, Sport and manual transmission (through steering wheel-mounted paddles) modes allow the driver to dial in an adapted shift program while the Active Body Control (ABC) suspension system can be set to a desired Comfort, Normal or Sport mode.

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Driving dynamics of the new SL can sometimes come off as a bit artificial, mainly due to absence of much body roll when putting the SL into a sharp turn. Moreover, the SL seems to show a sign of its mass when really pushed to the limit, almost as if it wants to understeer just because the Active Body Control suspension kept the body as flat as an ironing board. Over all, the SL is well suited to be driven hard but begs to mislead the driver on quickly finding its limits, somewhat in part to the ample surging horsepower and low rpm-pumping torque. It is highly suggestive to leave the traction and stability control in place or your insurance company may not be happy about forking over the bill on your mishap. Though, it is likely you will walk away from incidents should they occur due to Mercedes-Benz’s efforts of a massive security blanket. Of course an abundance of active safety features are available to keep you from entering into the forbidden territory such as Distronic Plus with Pre-Safe Brake, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist and an Attention Assist system.

The latest Active Body Control in the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL is remarkable in its efforts to keep the vehicle balanced, almost level, through hard cornering. Additionally, the Active Body Control raises and lowers the suspension based on drive speeds and mode setting. As the vehicle nears highway speeds, the suspension adapts by lowering the vehicle for added stability. Set in full sport modes, the quick speed-adapted steering rack is slightly modified with added tension, the suspension limits body motion and the transmission holds lower gears longer but not to the point that it upsets an expected every-day smooth shift-pattern.

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When inside of the new 2013 SL550, the abundance of luxury features and amenities can sometimes seem a bit overwhelming. Though, Mercedes-Benz pulls off making many controls and access of class-leading features somewhat simplistic. I would not say the new SL is an easy machine to completely understand just by jumping in and driving into the sunset, but it fits like a glove after going on a 15-minute learning curve journey. The latest Mercedes-Benz COMMAND SYSTEM with navigation proves to be very responsive but does require taking time out for adapting yourself to an eccentric setup when put up against the likings of BMW’s iDrive or Audi’s Multimedia Interface.

Found on my SL test vehicle was just about every option offered through the long laundry list of advanced technology and a few first-time amenities such as the AIRSCARF system. The Harmon Kardon audio system is truly exceptional, one of the best I have heard in an OEM flavor – not to mention the clarity of its deep bass emitting through my chest and crisp highs noticeably captured with the top up or down.

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From a lax daily commuter to an adventurous enthusiast, Mercedes-Benz engineers didn’t spare their efforts to give the new SL550 true customization for just about any type of driver. Basking in the lap of luxury with a solitary quiet cabin is just as enjoyable as letting the hardtop down and letting your hair blow in the wind. You can do it all within the confides of an exceptional performance luxury hardtop convertible roadster laced in a plethora of luxury amenities to keep everyone entertained, comfortable and thrilled.

Of course this delighting enjoyment and satisfaction of a new 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL550 comes at a vast price, about $125,000 when fully loaded. Starting price for the new 2013 SL550 is $105,500, a price point that is justified only after repeatedly treating yourself to world-class roadster with performance, good looks and true luxury appeal.

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Copyright: 2013 AutomotiveAddicts.com

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: Base SL550 $105.500 /$124,935 as tested including destination and delivery charges
  • Engine: 4.7 liter Direct Injected Twin Turbocharged V8 – 429 horsepower @ 5,250 rpm / 516 ft-lbs. @ 1,800 rpm
  • Wheelbase: 101.8 in.
  • Total length: 181.8 in.
  • Total width: 73.9 in.
  • Total height: 51.8 in.
  • Track: f/r-62.9/63 in.
  • Headroom: 39.1 in.
  • Legroom: 42.9 in.
  • Cargo volume: 13.5-top up/8.5 cu.ft. top down
  • Turning circle: 36.2 ft.
  • Fuel tank: 19.8 gallons
  • 0-60 mph: 4.5 seconds

 



Honda EV-STER 9
Jan
Posted by admin in Automotive News, Concept Cars, convertible, Electric, honda, Passenger Cars, Tokyo Motor Show, World Cars on 01 9th, 2013

Combining electric propulsion with a performance orientation is a delicate balance. Tesla managed to pull it off to some success. Audi has toyed with the idea with its E-Tron concepts. And some have been experimenting with bringing F1′s KERS regenerative braking system to road-going sports cars.

Honda EV-STER

Just a few weeks ago at the Tokyo Motor Show, Honda showed off a tempting little package called the EV-STER. The concept spoke of a zippy little ride around town, all on electric power. Now, reports are indicating that, based on positive feedback from the show, Honda has already decided to green-light the project and put it into production. Sources suggest it will be ready sometime in the new year ahead, and could offer a more conventional gasoline engine in addition to the electric powertrain.

Of course none of this is to say that Honda would bring the production EV-STER to the North American market, but we’ll be excited if it gets built at all.



2013 Mercedes-Benz SL550 Review & Test Drive 8
Jan
Posted by Harvey Schwartz in Automotive, convertible, featured, Mercedes Benz, Mercedes-Benz SL550, Test Drives on 01 8th, 2013

‘MORE ECSTASY AND THRILLS’

The last time I tested the Mercedes-Benz SL was in 2011 when it was an all-new fifth generation model.  It came fully equipped and was powered by the 6.3 liter Twin Turbocharged AMG V8 good for 510 hp.  After a week behind the wheel I came away with the feeling that the two-seat high-performance luxury hardtop convertible roadster had finally reached its zenith.  After spending a week behind the wheel of the all-new 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL powered by the 4.7 liter Direct Injected Twin Turbocharged V8 making 429 hp, I was wrong.  This new, sixth generation SL is even better in all facets of what makes a superb, world-class two seat high-performance luxury hard top convertible roadster.

The new SL’s frame and body panels are now made of 90% aluminum and 10% magnesium with high-strength steel found only in the structural tubes of the A-pillars.  This saves about 200 pounds in total weight making the car supremely stiff (20% stiffer), and slightly lighter feeling in its handling capabilities.  Further enhancing its stability is the fact that the new SL is 2.2 in. wider and 1.4 in. longer.  The curb weight is down to just 4,001 lbs.

The SL is powered by a new, all-aluminum, 4.7 liter direct injected, DOHC, twin-spark, twin-turbo V8 with 13 lbs. of boost.   Increasing mpg from this powerful engine is a new ECO system with start/stop when you are in the Comfort mode.  When you stop at a traffic light or when driving in stop and go traffic, the engine shuts off when you fully depress the brake pedal, then restarts in less than one second when you lift your foot off.  This new smaller displacement engine produces more power and gets better fuel economy-429 hp at 5,250 rpm and a ground shaking 516 lb.ft. of torque at just 1,800-3,500 rpm.  EPA mileage specs are 16 mpg/city and 24 mpg/highway.  That’s not bad for a big German two-seat hardtop convertible muscle car that reaches 60 mph from a standstill in just 4.5 seconds.  Top speed is governed at 155 mph.  When you fire up the engine with the push button start system you’ll hear a beautiful growl coming from the dual exhaust system but when you stomp your foot down on the throttle the sound quickly grows to a wild howl and the rear wheels start smoking

All of the torque is transferred to the rear wheels through a seven-speed Touch Shift automatic transmission with paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel.  I like that location better than when some makers locate them on the steering column.  This way you always have your hands on each shifter as you turn so you can downshift or upshift quickly.  If you want to use the paddle shifter you can follow which gear you are in by pushing on the black button on the console marked E/C/M for ECO mode, Comfort mode and M mode for the Sport setting.  On the center of the instrument cluster you’ll see the 1-7 gears in a line and the gear selected shaded from the other gear numbers.  This a better way to know your gear selected when in Sport mode and getting the most from this more advanced suspension/engine mapping and steering setting.  It is best to be in comfort mode/ECO when you just want to sit back and relax letting the automatic do its thing as you cruise along the highway or maneuver around slow city traffic.  All of the power is put down on the pavement through a viscous coupled limited-slip differential.  This new SL is a thrill machine in straight-line blasts!

Enabling you to do this with aplomb is the awesome four-wheel independent suspension system with Active Body Control and the new stiffer body.  While not the best two-seat roadster to carve through twisting roads, this new SL is supremely capable of cruising down the highway at triple-digit speeds all day with no fatigue to you and your passenger.  This new SL, like the last, is more appropriate for a more mature consumer.  I’d direct younger consumers, with $125,000.00+ allocated for a new car, to look at the Porsche 911 Turbo, Ferrari California or any Lamborghini sports car.  They are better matched for dicing through tight mountain curving roads at high speeds.

While handling is fantastic, you will feel the 4,000 lbs. of luxury roadster when taking it to the edge of adhesion.  I’m not saying that the new SL can’t handle the load, it is markedly neutral when putting it through its paces, but with the uber luxo interior and heavier hardtop convertible mechanism, a lighter sports car would be safer and more thrilling.

The suspension is excellent with terrific turn-in and great balance when taking a cloverleaf entering a fast moving highway.  It tracks great on curving roads and blasts out of that curve when you push hard on the throttle.  Power comes on instantly with the available 516 lb.ft. of torque at just 1,800 rpm.  It is a dream machine.  The speed-dependent, electro-mechanical steering gives super-quick response to your inputs but doesn’t give you a great feel for the road that you would want.  That is why I believe it is not best when carving through steeply curving roads at high speed.  You need all the feedback from the road to know how much steering input to use.  The standard electronic stability control and traction control do their thing but when out on the back roads you want to shut those systems off, and you can, to get the most thrills and a faster beating pulse.  This car is built for cruising not dicing.  Up front is a multi-link setup with coils, 2-mode electronically controlled gas-charged shocks and a torsion bar.  The rear is the same multi-link setup with 2-mode electronically controlled gas-charged shocks, coils and a torsion bar.  When you dial in Sport the suspension tightens up, the engine computer is re-mapped for quicker gearing and the steering system’s ratio changes for even more razor sharp response to you inputs.  With either setting, the new SL is a supreme cruiser on the road.  Further enhancing the drive is the magnificent wheels and tires.  Up front they measure 19X9 in. and in the rear are 19X10 in. twin-spoke alloy wheels.  The front wheels are wrapped with 255/35R19 in. and the rear wheels with 285/30R19 in. Continental Conti Sport Contact SSR low-profile, high-performance tires for excellent grip and a smooth, quiet ride.

Quickly and safely slowing the new SL down from speed are strong brakes with the latest in brake technology.  Up front are power-assisted, electro- hydraulic 13.5 in. vented rotors that are punched to help dissipate heat buildup from the six-piston calipers.  In the rear are 12.6 in. vented rotors clamped with single-piston calipers.  Keeping you in control during severe braking maneuvers or when braking hard on slick or wet pavement is standard ABS, BA and Electronic Brake Proportioning.

Under the aluminum skin of the new SL is power, capability with the latest in automotive powertrain and suspension high-technology, but under the folding hardtop roof is an interior worthy of the best luxury cars in the world.  Each door opens wide to reveal an interior covered in the finest leathers, brown Poplar wood, real aluminum trim including a billet aluminum shift knob.  The leather/ wood/aluminum clad/flat bottom steering wheel is just the right size for ease of use.  It feels perfect in your hands.  The power tilt and telescoping function gives you the correct angle and reach.

The 12-way powered/heated/cooled/massaging/active bucket seats are the best that I have ever sat in.  You can set your seat, outside heated/self-dimming sideview mirrors/steering wheel at the touch of a button.  The multi-contour seats fit you like a glove and the active, deep cut side bolsters move and keep you snug depending on which way you are turning.  Like I said earlier, there is really no fatigue when sitting and driving for long periods of time, and of course, you can get a full back massage to magically move your back muscles when you want.  The seats also feature the AIRSCARF system whereby heat comes out through the bottom of the active head restraints warming your neck when driving in colder temperatures.  This is an option that I highly recommend if you live in an area that has winter temperatures.

The instrument cluster is easy to see and understand with a 160 mph speedometer with a smaller fuel gauge inside and a 8,000 rpm tachometer with a smaller engine coolant temperature gauge also inside.  In the middle are your system warning and trip computer readouts along with time of day, outside temperature readout and safety systems working.  The central control knob is mounted on the center console and is very intuitive and easy to use with all of your information on the navigation screen above the center control stack.  The stack has controls for the dual-zone climate system at the bottom and seat controls on top.

New Mercedes-Benz innovations inside the new SL include a standard Harman-Kardon Logic 7 digital surround-sound system featuring award-winning FrontBase in which the bass speakers are mounted in the front firewall so the two front frame members also serve as large bass boxes.  This natural amplification makes the system one of the best in the world, and saves weight in the process, since separate bass boxes are no longer necessary.  The Harman/Kardon audio system comes with Dolby Surround 5.1 and uses two amplifiers with a total of 600-watts to power 10-speakers.  All amplifier channels have individually tuned frequency response, and the system includes speed-dependent volume control.  The best way to get the most out of this incredible system is with the top up making the cabin supremely quiet, or you can lower the top and operate the power wind screen to lessen outside road noise and enjoy the sounds.  My test SL came with the innovative Magic Sky Control top which features a glass roof panel in which you or your passenger can control the tinting from transparent to heavy tint by pushing a button above the rearview mirror.  This technology is taken from the technology governing the automatic self-dimming mirrors inside and outside the car.  The hardtop raises and lowers in just 21 seconds.

Standard features not listed above include power windows/door locks with express up/down, aluminum foot pedals, self-dimming rearview mirror, rain-sensing wipers, dual map lights, dual cupholders, storage bin and armrest under dual opening doors, ambient lighting, power folding sideview mirrors, garage door opener, floormats, COMMAND SYSTEM with navigation, iPod/MP3 media interface, Sirius satellite radio, Mercedes-Benz embrace2 in-vehicle personal services/accident alert, electronic parking brake, sunglass holder, lighted glovebox, storage in each door and behind the seatbacks.  Options I my test SL included the 19 in. twin-spoke wheels/tires, dual illuminated door sill plates, and the MAGIC SKY CONTROL top.  The Premium Package included a rearview camera, Parktronic with active parking assist, ventilated seats, active multicontour seats, Keyless Go push button start/stop, electronic trunk opener/closer with the innovative hands-free opener that opens the trunk when you pass your foot under the rear bumper.  The driver assistance package includes Distronic Plus with Pre-Safe Brake, Active Lane Keeping Assist, and Active Blind Spot Assist.  My SL tester also came standard with the Attention Assist system with a cup of coffee on the center of the info screen on the cluster.  A small camera monitors your eyes to make sure that you are not falling asleep.  If the system detects you your eyes are blinking the coffee cup turns red, then starts beeping and if it still detects you are falling asleep, the steering wheel will shake you up to warn you of impending danger.

Standard safety systems include 3-point safety belts with pretensioners/load limiters, Neck-Pro active head restraints, LED daytime running lights, LED taillights, anti-theft alarm, tire pressure monitor, automatic roll-over bars, Bi-Xenon headlamps with active curve illumination, adaptive high-beam assist, front and rear crumple zones and steel beams in each door.

This new refined SL is styled sleeker and more angular than before.  Ground clearance is just 3.8 in. and with the wider stance it gives the car a more aggressive look, yet the luxury and sports car cues are more advanced.  You see an upright nose, LED signal lights, adaptive HID headlights, and the winged M-B 3-point star on the grille.  Down below is a wide-mouth air-intake, splitter and LED running lamps at the sides.  The hood features two blisters with the right side one working to help exit the heat generated from the powerful engine.  The silhouette shows sweptback A-pillars, pull-out door handles, scalloped doors and vertical vents on the front fenders.  The rear shows an upturned lip spoiler, large, wraparound triangular LED lamp clusters, spread dual exhaust outlets and a  diffuser in between to better manage the air rushing from underneath from the front.  It is a refined, contemporary look worthy of the fabled Mercedes-Benz SL history.

The all-new 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL is a true world-class high-performing, luxury hardtop convertible two-seat roadster that turns heads wherever it is seen and brings enjoyment, comfort and safety to its occupants living in any climate.

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COPYRIGHT: 2012: HARVEY SCHWARTZ

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: $105.500.00 base/$120.140.00 as tested including destination charges
  • Engine: 4.7 liter Direct Injected Twin Turbocharged V8 – 429 horsepower @ 5,250 rpm / 516 ft-lbs. @ 1,800 rpm
  • Wheelbase: 101.8 in.
  • Total length: 181.8 in.
  • Total width: 73.9 in.
  • Total height: 51.8 in.
  • Track: f/r-62.9/63 in.
  • Headroom: 39.1 in.
  • Legroom: 42.9 in.
  • Cargo volume: 13.5-top up/8.5 cu.ft. top down
  • Turning circle: 36.2 ft.
  • Fuel tank: 19.8 gallons
  • 0-60 mph: 4.5 seconds

 



Volkswagen brings Buggy Up! concept 22
Dec
Posted by admin in Buggy Up, Concept Cars, convertible, Frankfurt-Motor-Show, Off-Road, Passenger Cars, Volkswagen, VOLKSWAGEN, VW on 12 22nd, 2012

Typically an automaker releases information on its latest concept cars. But when you get this Volkswagen have a few surprises up its sleeve that were neither previewed beforehand nor unveiled at the VW Group event the night before the Messe opened its doors to the gathered press.

Volkswagen brings Buggy Up! concept

Not only did Volkswagen unveil the new production Up! city car, it also showcased a whole mess of Up-based concept cars as well. Drawing its inspiration from the iconic Meyers Manx and other such Beetle-based beach buggies, the Buggy Up! concept takes the new urban hatchback’s mechanical bits and covers them in a new shape that has no doors. Instead, there’s a waterproof cockpit with two neoprene bucket seats, drain holes, a grab-handle for the passenger, a removable infotainment module and a fabric roof. The hatchback, meanwhile, has been replaced with a trunklid that splits to fold up and down for easy access.



Quick Spin: 2013 Chrysler 200 V6 Convertible 20
Dec
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, Chrysler, Chrysler 200 Convertible, convertible, Test Drives on 12 20th, 2012

For 2013, Chrysler continues to keep their prided 200 convertible moving forward with slight improvements. For the 2013 model year, the new Chrysler 200 Convertible remains the same except for much-needed suspension system improvement for the V6 soft-top model.

Having driven the new Chrysler 200 Convertible earlier this year, it was evident of Chrysler’s goal to provide the masses with an affordable option when the need arises to literally let the top down and your hair blow in the wind. With much of the success of Chrysler’s two door Sebring convertible being the gateway to the new 200 convertible, Chrysler kept things simple but expanded the new fresh styling of the 200 sedan and new technology with an excellent powertrain.

Powered by the new 3.6-liter V6 Pentastar engine, the new Chrysler 200 Limited convertible has ample power and proves to provide quite the relaxing drive, as one would expect from a convertible. Though, the underwhelming interior fit and finish along with the hefty weight of the new 200 convertible remains to be somewhat of a disconnect for enthusiasts. However, being that the 200 convertible’s demographic will not want much more than what they expect from a convertible rental car, the 200 convertible does just fine with its consumer base.

The new 2013 Chrysler 200 convertible is available in a base Touring trim with a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine producing 173 horsepower and a Limited trim featuring the 283 horsepower 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 found in my test vehicle. For 2013, either trim can be optioned with an S package featuring sporty accent such as a darkened grill, sporty darkened alloy wheels and perforated sued-like leather seat inserts with the S embroidering.

Power output from the beefy 3.6-liter V6 engine is delightful but delivered in an inconstant manor due somewhat hard shifts by the new 6-speed automatic transmission in my test vehicle. I do not remember the 2012 200 Convertible S that I reviewed earlier this year shifting so abruptly. Possibly, the transmission programming has been adjusted for the 2013 model. Either way, the 6-speed auto transmission still quickly shifts but not without some unnecessary feedback at times. Fuel economy for the V6 model is estimated at 19 mpg city and 29 mpg highway, which were easily attainable numbers during my time with the V6 200 Convertible.

To address previous issues of the 2012 Chrysler 200 convertible’s hefty weight, the suspension system for the V6 soft-top convertible has been revamped. The spring rates are now higher, by over 20%, with some additional damping and a thicker front anti-roll bar. The setup may have been a bit too harsh for the hard-top convertible model, but all 200 convertibles get a revamped steering rack and rear toe-link for a better road-feedback and ease of drivability. The new setup seems to keep the car more balanced with only a minimal amount of added stiffness to the ride going across bumps when compared to last year’s model. Still, the over-weight issue (4,058 pounds) is noticeable when the 200 convertible is pushed near its limits in turns. And it is not hard to find those limits. In a nutshell, the new 2013 Chrysler 200 Convertible with its revamped suspension system eliminates its preconceived clumsy handing traits.

Exterior and interior styling remains the same for 2013. Chrysler’s Uconnect system still integrates nicely while the typical dashboard controls reintroduce the familiarity of a properly attired rental car.  Some will find it hard to quickly obtain a comfortable driver’s seating position even with the power seat. Moreover, the front seats fail to have enough bolstering to keep you in place even during a Sunday drive.

The new 2013 Chrysler 200 Convertible still remains to be a big improvement over the Sebring convertible. Over-all, the fresh exterior styling and over-all demeanor attempts to shake off being the epitome of a convertible rental car.

Chrysler possibly bets on the 200 Convertible’s loyal following, which only adds to the prided 200 Sedan’s excellent design. At a starting price of $27,100 for the base Touring 4-cylinder 200 Convertible and reaching a base of $29,890 for the V6, Chrysler’s convertible is in a competitive spot for those in the drop-top market. There are much more thrilling rides in the price category of the new 200 Convertible, sans a usable back seat. ie: You can actually fit 4 adults in the Chrysler 200 Convertible but may have issues with something like a new Camaro convertible. With the new 2013 Chrysler 200 Convertible, buyers will enjoy its open-air practicality with 4 usable seats and an economical but powerful drivetrain.

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Copyright: 2012 AutomotiveAddicts.com

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: Base Chrysler 200 Touring Convertible $29,890 / As-Tested 200 Limited Convertible V6 $35,510
  • Engine: 3.6-liter DOHC V6 283 hp @ 6400 rpm / 260 lb-ft torque @ 4400 rpm
  • Wheelbase: 108.9in.
  • Total length: 194.8in.
  • Total width: 72.5in.
  • Total height: 54.9in.
  • Track: f/r-61.7/62.7in.
  • Headroom: f/r-38.7/37.0in.
  • Legroom: f/r-42.4/33.5in.
  • EPA total interior passenger volume: 101.3cu.ft.
  • Cargo capacity: 13.0cu.ft.
  • Turning circle: 37.7ft.
  • 0-60mph: 6.8 seconds
  • Fuel tank: 16.9 gallons
  • Curb weight: 4,058 lbs.
  • EPA mileage: 19 mpg/city, 29 mpg/highway


New 2013 Audi RS5 Cabriolet Debuts Packing 450 Horsepower 6
Sep
Posted by Darryl in audi, Audi RS5, Audi RS5 Cabriolet, Automotive, convertible, News on 09 6th, 2012

Audi has released official details and images of the new 2013 RS5 Cabriolet in its full 450 horsepower drop-top glory. The new Audi RS5 Cab will feature the coveted Quattro All-wheel-drive  system boasting a 40:60 front/rear power split and the ability to shift up to 70% of the power to the front wheels or 85% to the rear depending on road conditions. The RS5 Cabriolet gets a power top that closes in 17 seconds and opens in an even shorter 15 seconds.

The new Audi RS5 Cabriolet will launch from a standstill to 62 mph in 4.9 seconds and reach a limited stop speed of 155 mph. According to the release information below, customers can request to have the limited top speed raise to 174 mph. These abilities come from the RS5 Cabriolet’s 450 horsepower 4.2-liter FSI V8 engine directing power to a 7-speed S-Tronic dual-clutch transmission propelling all 4-wheels via Audi’s Quattro system.

Reportedly, the Audi RS5 Cabriolet will eventually make its way to America. For now, the RS5 Cab will go on sale in Germany with a starting price of 88,500 euros ($11,427 usd).

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Dynamics in the open air – the Audi RS 5 Cabriolet

Audi is expanding the series with an open top model

4.2 FSI engine with 331 kW (450 hp), 0 to 100 km / h in 4.9 seconds

Elegant and spacious body with a soft top

The exterior design

Flowing silhouette with perfectly balanced proportions and sharp details – in
RS 5 Cabriolet wins the dynamics of Audi especially nice shape. A frame in matt aluminum look sums up one of the hexagonal single-frame grille, its honeycomb grille insert, decorated with a 5-RS badge shines in anthracite. Wedge-shaped headlights with wavy edges glow with xenon plus units and LED strips that form the daytime running lights. The strikingly styled front skirt includes large air inlets and tapers to a splitter edge.

Essays on the door sills and the widened wheel arches dominate the side view of the tornado line that forms the shoulder of the RS 5 Cabriolet is drawn especially sharp. The housings of the exterior mirrors in aluminum look, the surface of the windshield frame and the trim around window wells and top compartment lid are made of anodised aluminum.
Like a flat, smooth dome, the light soft top of the RS 5 Cabriolet spans the spacious interior, a special foam layer provides high acoustic comfort. Opens by pressing a button and the soft top closes automatically in 15 or 17 seconds, even while driving at 50 km / h
When open, it restricts the spacious luggage room a little – of the 380 liters of volume it takes up only 60 liters. The rear seat backs can be folded down, split a load-through facility from the trunk into the back of improved variability. Targeted reinforcements give the open body rigidity, the aluminum front wings offset some of the resulting additional weight.
Elegant light bands glow in the LED tail lights, which dispense entirely on conventional light bulbs. Like the lights, the rear bumper is redrawn be diffuser is drawn far above, a honeycomb grille insert includes two large, elliptical exhaust tailpipes. On the boot lid, a subtle lip spoiler in
matte carbon provides more downforce, if desired, the lips are painted in body color.
The Audi RS 5 Cabriolet measures 4,649 millimeters in length, 1,860 millimeters in width and 1,380 mm in height, a wheelbase of 2751 millimeters. Eight colors are available – a plain tone, four metallic and pearl-effect and three crystal effect paint finishes. The soft top is available in black, gray, red or brown. Audi also offers an optics package in matt aluminum and an engine room design package with materials of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP). The drag coefficient is 0.34, the underbody paneling significantly contributes to aerodynamic fine-tuning.

The interior

Characteristic of the RS 5 is the three-spoke steering wheel with flat-bottomed rim that is covered with perforated leather. The multifunction buttons can be use as intuitive as any other controls in the RS 5 Cabriolet. The terminal of the optional MMI navigation plus about coming out with six fixed buttons for the main menu to control the driving dynamics system Audi drive select, a single button. The white label, black dials give a strong contrast and can be read easily. The driver information system are ambitious driver a lap timer for lap times and an oil thermometer.

The sport seats are electrically adjustable and they have high cheek for optimal lateral support, integrated head restraints, lumbar support and an extendable thigh support. The reference is a combination of leather and Alcantara, optional black or silver moon Feinnappaleder. All leathers are pigmented to inhibit heating by sunlight. Alternatively, there are manually adjustable bucket seats and climate-controlled comfort seats with a ventilation function.

The interior of the Audi RS 5 Cabriolet is finished in black, the inner lining of the hood on request in star silver. Fine chrome trim, subtle trims in high-gloss black and carbon fiber inlays underscore the dynamic appearance. Audi also offers the no-cost deposits in Race aluminum, piano black finish, matt brushed aluminum or stainless steel mesh.

The backs of the seats, the deposits of aluminum door sills, the steering wheel, in the rev counter and the selector lever knob of the seven-speed S tronic to find RS-lettering. The door consists of two narrow strips that shine pedals and many controls in aluminum look. The Audi exclusive program offers many more options for customization.

The motor

As a driver for the RS 5 Cabriolet is a highly rotating FSI V8 naturally aspirated engine with direct injection. From its 4,163 cm3 displacement, he draws 331 kW (450 hp) at 8,250 1/min, 4000-6000 rpm it produces its maximum torque of 430 Nm. The 4.2 FSI with the red painted cylinder head cover, resulting in the Hungarian plant in Győr hand assembly, achieves a specific output of 79.5 kW (108.1 hp) per liter, each hp has to move only 4.267 kg vehicle weight. The long-stroke engine with an aluminum crankcase breathing freely, flaps in the exhaust tailpipes vary the sonorous roar. Optionally available from Audi a sport exhaust system with black tailpipes.
The Audi RS 5 Cabriolet shoots himself in 4.9 seconds from zero to 100 km / h The top speed is limited to 250 km / h, at the customer Audi lifts them to 280 km / h. On average, the V8 with 10.9 liters of fuel per 100 km are satisfied. Its cylinder walls and the chain drive are optimized to minimize friction, the oil pump operates on demand.

The power transfer

Dual-clutch gearbox, as the seven-speed S tronic, the RS 5 Cabriolet, are characterized by high efficiency, which in this model improved by the high-ratio final gear yet. Switching is implemented by changing the clutches so fast and fluently that they are hardly noticeable. The driver, the seven-speed S tronic in the D and S programs can operate automatically or control to the selector lever or the paddles on the steering wheel. A useful starting aid for the racetrack is the launch control. It allows for a great start on the engagement of the clutch for ideal starting speed.
The permanent all-wheel drive quattro gives the RS 5 Cabriolet decisive advantages in traction and stability. Indeed, its heart, the crown gear center differential is compact and lightweight. In normal driving operation, it distributes the torque in the ratio 40: 60 between the front and rear axles; if necessary it can be up to 70 percent of a maximum of 85 percent to the front or to the rear lead. The wheel-torque control, an intelligent software solution complements the work of the center differential.

If a curve inside wheel during fast cornering greatly relieved, it is braked slightly before slippage occurs – it is the RS 5 Cabriolet in the border area extremely long neutral.

At Audi offers the sport differential, which distributes power via two superposition stages active between the rear wheels. As a perfect complement to the quattro drivetrain is the RS 5 Cabriolet pushes the limit formally into the curve, it has any tendency to oversteer or understeer instantly prevented approach.

The chassis

High technical effort marks the suspension of the open four-seater. The five-link front suspension and self-tracking trapezoidal-link rear axle are made in a wide range of aluminum. The speed-sensitive power steering system uses an electromechanical drive, it operates directly, sensitive and highly efficient. The body is 20 millimeters lower than the Audi A5 Cabriolet and the bearings are stiff, oversized stabilizers stronger. Forged aluminum wheels in high-gloss turned ten-spoke design from 9 J x 19 wheels with size 265/35 are standard equipment, optional are 20-inch wheels available in three attractive colors with tires in size 275/30.

When brakes are ventilated and perforated discs in weight-saving wave design in use, the front have 365 millimeters in diameter. The wave-shaped outer contour of the friction rings reduces unsprung masses by about three kilograms. Pins connect the discs with aluminum brake pots – a concept from the world of motorsport. The brake calipers are painted black, the front delay with eight pistons. The stabilization control ESC brings a sport mode and can be switched off completely. On request, Audi mounted on the front carbon fiber-ceramic discs with six-piston calipers.

The Audi drive select driving dynamics system is part of the standard equipment of the RS 5 Cabriolet. It allows the driver comfort, the characteristics of the steering, the seven-speed S tronic, the throttle and the exhaust sound flaps in the modes vary auto and dynamic, if a MMI navigation system is on board, the individual mode is added.

The sport differential, adaptive cruise control and dynamic steering, which varies its ratio according to speed by almost 100 percent, can also integrate into the system.

Another option, which is subject to regulation by the Audi drive select system, the sport suspension plus with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC) – a purely mechanical, without delay working system. Pairs of shock absorbers, which are diagonally opposite, are connected by pipelines and a central valve together; during fast cornering, the system increases the support of the outside front suspension compression. The characteristics of the shock absorbers can be adjusted in three steps.
The equipment

The Audi RS 5 Cabriolet is being launched with an extensive standard equipment of the band. It includes, among other things, the parking system plus, heated seats for driver and front passenger, automatic belt feeder, a wind deflector, the lighting package, the driver information system with break recommendation and a comprehensive package of restraint systems. With an imminent rollover shoot thick aluminum plates up behind the rear headrests. The sporty and luxury options include a three neck-level heating, the convenience key, the high-beam assistant, adaptive light and the three-zone deluxe automatic air conditioning.

The RS 5 Cabriolet, all support systems from the A5 family choice. Adaptive cruise control maintains the open-top four-seater on the desired distance to the vehicle ahead and support the driver when braking. Below 30 km / h speed it causes a full emergency delay. The Audi side assist monitors the area behind the vehicle, helping to change lanes safely. Audi active lane assist with keeping the track easier. The parking system plus can be extended by a rear view camera.

On the field, multimedia, Audi offers an entire system of building blocks at the top of the MMI navigation plus with a large hard drive, a DVD drive and seven-inch color monitor. Your perfect match is Audi connect including car phone that connects the RS 5 Cabriolet to the Internet. The front passenger can move freely through the integrated Wi-Fi hotspot with their mobile devices on the web. For the driver’s customized Audi connect online services are available – from the Audi online traffic information to navigation with Google Earth images and Street View.
Deliveries of the Audi RS 5 Cabriolet starts in Germany in spring 2013. The basic price will be 88,500 euros.



New 2013 Audi RS5 Cabriolet Debuts Packing 450 Horsepower 6
Sep
Posted by Darryl in audi, Audi RS5, Audi RS5 Cabriolet, Automotive, convertible, News on 09 6th, 2012

Audi has released official details and images of the new 2013 RS5 Cabriolet in its full 450 horsepower drop-top glory. The new Audi RS5 Cab will feature the coveted Quattro All-wheel-drive  system boasting a 40:60 front/rear power split and the ability to shift up to 70% of the power to the front wheels or 85% to the rear depending on road conditions. The RS5 Cabriolet gets a power top that closes in 17 seconds and opens in an even shorter 15 seconds.

The new Audi RS5 Cabriolet will launch from a standstill to 62 mph in 4.9 seconds and reach a limited stop speed of 155 mph. According to the release information below, customers can request to have the limited top speed raise to 174 mph. These abilities come from the RS5 Cabriolet’s 450 horsepower 4.2-liter FSI V8 engine directing power to a 7-speed S-Tronic dual-clutch transmission propelling all 4-wheels via Audi’s Quattro system.

Reportedly, the Audi RS5 Cabriolet will eventually make its way to America. For now, the RS5 Cab will go on sale in Germany with a starting price of 88,500 euros ($11,427 usd).

Audi RS 5 Cabriolet/Standaufnahme
Audi RS 5 Cabriolet/Standaufnahme
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Audi RS 5 Cabriolet/Standaufnahme
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Audi RS 5 Cabriolet/Standaufnahme
Audi RS 5 Cabriolet/Standaufnahme
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Audi RS 5 Cabriolet/Innenraum
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Audi RS 5 Cabriolet/Motorraum

English translated Audi RS5 Cabriolet release information

Dynamics in the open air – the Audi RS 5 Cabriolet

Audi is expanding the series with an open top model

4.2 FSI engine with 331 kW (450 hp), 0 to 100 km / h in 4.9 seconds

Elegant and spacious body with a soft top

The exterior design

Flowing silhouette with perfectly balanced proportions and sharp details – in
RS 5 Cabriolet wins the dynamics of Audi especially nice shape. A frame in matt aluminum look sums up one of the hexagonal single-frame grille, its honeycomb grille insert, decorated with a 5-RS badge shines in anthracite. Wedge-shaped headlights with wavy edges glow with xenon plus units and LED strips that form the daytime running lights. The strikingly styled front skirt includes large air inlets and tapers to a splitter edge.

Essays on the door sills and the widened wheel arches dominate the side view of the tornado line that forms the shoulder of the RS 5 Cabriolet is drawn especially sharp. The housings of the exterior mirrors in aluminum look, the surface of the windshield frame and the trim around window wells and top compartment lid are made of anodised aluminum.
Like a flat, smooth dome, the light soft top of the RS 5 Cabriolet spans the spacious interior, a special foam layer provides high acoustic comfort. Opens by pressing a button and the soft top closes automatically in 15 or 17 seconds, even while driving at 50 km / h
When open, it restricts the spacious luggage room a little – of the 380 liters of volume it takes up only 60 liters. The rear seat backs can be folded down, split a load-through facility from the trunk into the back of improved variability. Targeted reinforcements give the open body rigidity, the aluminum front wings offset some of the resulting additional weight.
Elegant light bands glow in the LED tail lights, which dispense entirely on conventional light bulbs. Like the lights, the rear bumper is redrawn be diffuser is drawn far above, a honeycomb grille insert includes two large, elliptical exhaust tailpipes. On the boot lid, a subtle lip spoiler in
matte carbon provides more downforce, if desired, the lips are painted in body color.
The Audi RS 5 Cabriolet measures 4,649 millimeters in length, 1,860 millimeters in width and 1,380 mm in height, a wheelbase of 2751 millimeters. Eight colors are available – a plain tone, four metallic and pearl-effect and three crystal effect paint finishes. The soft top is available in black, gray, red or brown. Audi also offers an optics package in matt aluminum and an engine room design package with materials of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP). The drag coefficient is 0.34, the underbody paneling significantly contributes to aerodynamic fine-tuning.

The interior

Characteristic of the RS 5 is the three-spoke steering wheel with flat-bottomed rim that is covered with perforated leather. The multifunction buttons can be use as intuitive as any other controls in the RS 5 Cabriolet. The terminal of the optional MMI navigation plus about coming out with six fixed buttons for the main menu to control the driving dynamics system Audi drive select, a single button. The white label, black dials give a strong contrast and can be read easily. The driver information system are ambitious driver a lap timer for lap times and an oil thermometer.

The sport seats are electrically adjustable and they have high cheek for optimal lateral support, integrated head restraints, lumbar support and an extendable thigh support. The reference is a combination of leather and Alcantara, optional black or silver moon Feinnappaleder. All leathers are pigmented to inhibit heating by sunlight. Alternatively, there are manually adjustable bucket seats and climate-controlled comfort seats with a ventilation function.

The interior of the Audi RS 5 Cabriolet is finished in black, the inner lining of the hood on request in star silver. Fine chrome trim, subtle trims in high-gloss black and carbon fiber inlays underscore the dynamic appearance. Audi also offers the no-cost deposits in Race aluminum, piano black finish, matt brushed aluminum or stainless steel mesh.

The backs of the seats, the deposits of aluminum door sills, the steering wheel, in the rev counter and the selector lever knob of the seven-speed S tronic to find RS-lettering. The door consists of two narrow strips that shine pedals and many controls in aluminum look. The Audi exclusive program offers many more options for customization.

The motor

As a driver for the RS 5 Cabriolet is a highly rotating FSI V8 naturally aspirated engine with direct injection. From its 4,163 cm3 displacement, he draws 331 kW (450 hp) at 8,250 1/min, 4000-6000 rpm it produces its maximum torque of 430 Nm. The 4.2 FSI with the red painted cylinder head cover, resulting in the Hungarian plant in Győr hand assembly, achieves a specific output of 79.5 kW (108.1 hp) per liter, each hp has to move only 4.267 kg vehicle weight. The long-stroke engine with an aluminum crankcase breathing freely, flaps in the exhaust tailpipes vary the sonorous roar. Optionally available from Audi a sport exhaust system with black tailpipes.
The Audi RS 5 Cabriolet shoots himself in 4.9 seconds from zero to 100 km / h The top speed is limited to 250 km / h, at the customer Audi lifts them to 280 km / h. On average, the V8 with 10.9 liters of fuel per 100 km are satisfied. Its cylinder walls and the chain drive are optimized to minimize friction, the oil pump operates on demand.

The power transfer

Dual-clutch gearbox, as the seven-speed S tronic, the RS 5 Cabriolet, are characterized by high efficiency, which in this model improved by the high-ratio final gear yet. Switching is implemented by changing the clutches so fast and fluently that they are hardly noticeable. The driver, the seven-speed S tronic in the D and S programs can operate automatically or control to the selector lever or the paddles on the steering wheel. A useful starting aid for the racetrack is the launch control. It allows for a great start on the engagement of the clutch for ideal starting speed.
The permanent all-wheel drive quattro gives the RS 5 Cabriolet decisive advantages in traction and stability. Indeed, its heart, the crown gear center differential is compact and lightweight. In normal driving operation, it distributes the torque in the ratio 40: 60 between the front and rear axles; if necessary it can be up to 70 percent of a maximum of 85 percent to the front or to the rear lead. The wheel-torque control, an intelligent software solution complements the work of the center differential.

If a curve inside wheel during fast cornering greatly relieved, it is braked slightly before slippage occurs – it is the RS 5 Cabriolet in the border area extremely long neutral.

At Audi offers the sport differential, which distributes power via two superposition stages active between the rear wheels. As a perfect complement to the quattro drivetrain is the RS 5 Cabriolet pushes the limit formally into the curve, it has any tendency to oversteer or understeer instantly prevented approach.

The chassis

High technical effort marks the suspension of the open four-seater. The five-link front suspension and self-tracking trapezoidal-link rear axle are made in a wide range of aluminum. The speed-sensitive power steering system uses an electromechanical drive, it operates directly, sensitive and highly efficient. The body is 20 millimeters lower than the Audi A5 Cabriolet and the bearings are stiff, oversized stabilizers stronger. Forged aluminum wheels in high-gloss turned ten-spoke design from 9 J x 19 wheels with size 265/35 are standard equipment, optional are 20-inch wheels available in three attractive colors with tires in size 275/30.

When brakes are ventilated and perforated discs in weight-saving wave design in use, the front have 365 millimeters in diameter. The wave-shaped outer contour of the friction rings reduces unsprung masses by about three kilograms. Pins connect the discs with aluminum brake pots – a concept from the world of motorsport. The brake calipers are painted black, the front delay with eight pistons. The stabilization control ESC brings a sport mode and can be switched off completely. On request, Audi mounted on the front carbon fiber-ceramic discs with six-piston calipers.

The Audi drive select driving dynamics system is part of the standard equipment of the RS 5 Cabriolet. It allows the driver comfort, the characteristics of the steering, the seven-speed S tronic, the throttle and the exhaust sound flaps in the modes vary auto and dynamic, if a MMI navigation system is on board, the individual mode is added.

The sport differential, adaptive cruise control and dynamic steering, which varies its ratio according to speed by almost 100 percent, can also integrate into the system.

Another option, which is subject to regulation by the Audi drive select system, the sport suspension plus with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC) – a purely mechanical, without delay working system. Pairs of shock absorbers, which are diagonally opposite, are connected by pipelines and a central valve together; during fast cornering, the system increases the support of the outside front suspension compression. The characteristics of the shock absorbers can be adjusted in three steps.
The equipment

The Audi RS 5 Cabriolet is being launched with an extensive standard equipment of the band. It includes, among other things, the parking system plus, heated seats for driver and front passenger, automatic belt feeder, a wind deflector, the lighting package, the driver information system with break recommendation and a comprehensive package of restraint systems. With an imminent rollover shoot thick aluminum plates up behind the rear headrests. The sporty and luxury options include a three neck-level heating, the convenience key, the high-beam assistant, adaptive light and the three-zone deluxe automatic air conditioning.

The RS 5 Cabriolet, all support systems from the A5 family choice. Adaptive cruise control maintains the open-top four-seater on the desired distance to the vehicle ahead and support the driver when braking. Below 30 km / h speed it causes a full emergency delay. The Audi side assist monitors the area behind the vehicle, helping to change lanes safely. Audi active lane assist with keeping the track easier. The parking system plus can be extended by a rear view camera.

On the field, multimedia, Audi offers an entire system of building blocks at the top of the MMI navigation plus with a large hard drive, a DVD drive and seven-inch color monitor. Your perfect match is Audi connect including car phone that connects the RS 5 Cabriolet to the Internet. The front passenger can move freely through the integrated Wi-Fi hotspot with their mobile devices on the web. For the driver’s customized Audi connect online services are available – from the Audi online traffic information to navigation with Google Earth images and Street View.
Deliveries of the Audi RS 5 Cabriolet starts in Germany in spring 2013. The basic price will be 88,500 euros.







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