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BMW M760Li Individual Looks Extra Special In Long Beach Blue Coat 23
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW 7-Series, BMW Individual, BMW M, Middle East on 11 23rd, 2017


BMW Individual have come up with yet another stunning machine: a customized M760Li that’s on display in Abu Dhabi.

Likely made especially for a local customers, the flagship saloon has a very special exterior color, called Long Beach Blue.

Furthermore, this range-topping 7-Series also benefits from what BMW Abu Dhabi calls a “3D design body kit”, which combines the Alpina-like front apron and rear spoiler with carbon fiber mirror caps and 21-inch multi-spoke wheels finished in Liquid Black.

Red leather dominates most of the interior, including the front and rear seats, lower part of the dashboard, central console and doors, and is joined by black leather, wood trim and metallic accents. Two rear individual seats assure the passengers of this stunning M760Li of the required comfort, alongside the rear entertainment system with two displays mounted on the back of the front seats.

In the engine compartment, this M760Li remains stock, meaning that its 6.6-liter twin-turbo V12 puts out 600 PS (592 HP) and 800 Nm (590 lb-ft) of torque that are directed to the xDrive all-wheel drive system via an 8-speed auto transmission.

Despite being no lightweight, this luxo-barge needs just 3.9 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100km/h (62mph) and maxes out at 250 km/h (155 mph).

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Was The BB 512 The Coolest Ferrari Of Its Time? 22
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Classics, Ferrari, Ferrari-Videos, Middle East, reviews, video on 11 22nd, 2017


As a predecessor to the Testarossa and a successor in name to the Ferrari 512 race car, the BB 512, which stands for Berlinetta Boxer, is the type of rare exotic that leaves you wanting more.

According to Doug DeMuro, even though the BB 512 is far from perfect, once you put your foot down, everything about it should start making sense. It’s fast and it will put a smile on your face in a straight line.

Also, you can expect people driving modern day exotics to notice and admire your Ferrari Boxer, which is exactly what happened to him as he was driving this car on the streets of Dubai – a place where the roads are packed with expensive rides.

Inside, the Boxer is plenty quirky, even for a mid-70’s Ferrari. You get things like dual cigarette lighters, sun visors that “button” in place, and even storage spaces, which were rare in cars from this era.

On the road, DeMuro found the Boxer to have a “go-kart feel”, while commending it for its steering, which he said was great and felt very heavy at low speeds. He also enjoyed the soundtrack and as we said before, the acceleration.

As for what powers this car, it’s a 360 HP flat-V12 engine, which also produces 450 Nm (330 lb-ft) of torque. The end result is a 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) time of 5.4 seconds.

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GMC Sierra Desert Fox Resurfaces Among The Dunes Of Dubai 21
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Dubai Motor Show, GMC, GMC Concepts, GMC Sierra, GMC Videos, Middle East, video on 11 21st, 2017


All sorts of outlandish things happen among the sands of Dubai. We don’t always hear about them, but this one has blipped on our radar.

It’s the GMC Sierra Desert Fox, a concept truck showcased at the Dubai Motor Show. It’s sort of like a Ram Rebel or Toyota Tundra TRD Pro, but with a heavy dose of retro thrown in.

The truck harkens back not to the Nazi general Erwin Rommel (who was known by that nickname) but to the Desert Fox editions that GMC offered in the 1970s, like the vintage Jimmy shown alongside the concept.

That throwback treatment comes down principally to the earth-tone stripes on the beige bodywork, but the rest of it is all hardcore off-roader.

Though official details are even more scarce than official photos, but you can’t miss the chunky tires, bead-lock wheels, jacked-up suspension, low-profile bumpers, nose-mounted winch, side steps, skid plates, custom exhaust, spare tires and jerrycans in the bed, and sports bar with auxiliary LEDs. It even has a pair of hazard flags extending way up high from the roof, all the better to see roaming the dunes of the Arabian peninsula.

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Custom Dually Chevy Camaro Wants Not For Traction, Subtlety 20
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Chevrolet Camaro, Chevrolet Silverado, Chevrolet Videos, Middle East, tuning, video on 11 20th, 2017


Chevy makes all kinds of vehicles – among them, at opposite ends of the spectrum, work-a-day pickup trucks like the Silverado and performance models like the Camaro. Seldom do the two meet, but that’s just what we appear to have here.

Shared with the world via Reddit and UAE Muscle is what appears to be a custom Camaro with the dual rear axle from a Silverado HD, spotted in the United Arab Emirates.

The wheels are enclosed in custom bodywork, but those don’t appear to be the only modifications. The whole thing is apparently dropped to the ground, fitted with Lambo-style scissor doors, some weird Giger-esque engine cover, a two-tone brown and white paintjob, an interior bathed in LEDs, and more tribal tattoos than a Pamela Anderson centerfold.

Subtle it is not, and we doubt the mods give it much of a performance edge. And those standard side mirrors aren’t going to show much beyond the rear haunches. But however much power it is packing, it doesn’t look like it’ll have much trouble getting it down to the tarmac.

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Do You Find This Rolls-Royce Dawn Fashionable? 17
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Galleries, Middle East, Rolls Royce Dawn, Rolls-Royce on 11 17th, 2017


If your idea of the optimal Rolls-Royce is a special edition model that’s both vibrant as well as understated, this Dawn Inspired by Fashion might draw your attention.

The car was recently on display at Rolls-Royce Abu Dhabi, featuring an Andalusian White exterior, working in contrast with the Cobalto Blue fabric roof.

Inside, you’re looking at a completely bespoke cabin with Arctic White leather covering the seats, center console, most of the door panels and lower dashboard, while Cobalto Blue inserts can be found on the steering wheel, seats, door panels and door pockets.

Potential customers of the Dawn Inspired by Fashion can match the car’s Andalusian White body with three custom colors for the fabric roof: the Cobalto Blue you’re seeing here, Mugello Red or Mandarin.

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Do You Find This Rolls-Royce Dawn Fashionable? 17
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Galleries, Middle East, Rolls Royce Dawn, Rolls-Royce on 11 17th, 2017


If your idea of the optimal Rolls-Royce is a special edition model that’s both vibrant as well as understated, this Dawn Inspired by Fashion might draw your attention.

The car was recently on display at Rolls-Royce Abu Dhabi, featuring an Andalusian White exterior, working in contrast with the Cobalto Blue fabric roof.

Inside, you’re looking at a completely bespoke cabin with Arctic White leather covering the seats, center console, most of the door panels and lower dashboard, while Cobalto Blue inserts can be found on the steering wheel, seats, door panels and door pockets.

Potential customers of the Dawn Inspired by Fashion can match the car’s Andalusian White body with three custom colors for the fabric roof: the Cobalto Blue you’re seeing here, Mugello Red or Mandarin.

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Infiniti Details 2018 QX80 Full-Size SUV, Priced From $64,750 14
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Dubai Motor Show, Galleries, Infiniti, Infiniti QX80, Middle East, new cars, prices on 11 14th, 2017


Infiniti’s redesigned QX80 has finally been unveiled at the 2017 Dubai Motor Show, boasting a high-quality cabin, advanced drive-assist technologies and a 400HP 5.6-liter V8.

The QX80 will begin production at the automaker’s Kyushu factory in Japan, and is expected to go on sale in select Infiniti markets across North America, Asia, Western Europe and the Middle East at the end of this year.

“The new Infiniti QX80 has been designed and engineered to allow customers to travel everywhere in luxury. Our flagship SUV features a high-quality, hand-crafted interior, creating a driver-centric, passenger-minded space for inclusive, modern luxury travel,” said company VP, Christian Meunier.

Measuring 210.2 inches (5,339 mm) in length, 75.8 inches (1,925 mm) tall with roof rails and 79.9 inches (2,029 mm) wide, the new QX80 should offer a commanding road-presence, not to mention enough space to seat either 7 or 8 passengers.

Visually, the SUV now appears longer, with a more purposeful front end, featuring functional fenders that maximize air delivery to the engine. The headlights were designed to wrap around the corners of the hood and into the fenders, allowing for a straight shoulder line design that runs from the grille all the way to the rear of the car.

Speaking of the rear, it features sharper and thinner lights and a raised lower bumper section, helping the car appear wider, taller and “more athletic” than its predecessor.

“Infiniti’s design DNA has been scaled up for our largest SUV. The 2018 QX80 combines its commanding new presence with powerful muscularity and enhanced horizontal movement. Our designers raised the visual height of our iconic ‘double-arch’ grille and signature headlamps, striking an unrivaled on-road premium tonality,” said Alfonso Albaisa, senior VP of global design.

Step inside the 2018 QX80 and you might agree that it’s one of the most “luxurious, highest-quality passenger compartments created by Infiniti to date,” – or at least that’s how the automaker views it.

The interior is finished in a range of rich new materials, as quilted leather has been used on not just the seats, but also the door panels and armrests. As for the different interior trims available, aside from the standard Stratford Burl gloss wood trim, QX80 models with Graphite leather are also offered with a dark brown Espresso Burl. Meanwhile, models with Wheat or Saddle Brown upholstery are available with an even darker Charcoal Burl trim.

Moving past all the soft materials and cabin aesthetics, the QX80 also offers a suite of advanced driver assistance features such as Backup Collision Intervention, Blind Spot Warning, Intelligent Cruise Control (Full-Speed Range), Distance Control Assist, Forward Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Predictive Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Intervention, Lane Departure Warning and Lane Departure Prevention.

The 2018 QX80 is available in both 2WD as well as 4WD, both versions using a 400 HP 5.6-liter DOHC V8 engine. Models with 4WD also feature’s Infiniti’s All-Mode system with computer-controlled transfer case and three settings (Auto, 4H and 4L), and are priced from $67,850, whereas the 2WD version starts at $64,750.

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Imola Red BMW M760Li Could Brighten Up Anyone’s Day 13
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in 3D Design, BMW, BMW 7-Series, BMW M, Galleries, Middle East, tuning on 11 13th, 2017


In some cases, color alone can make the difference between simply acknowledging a nice car, and one that – for whatever reason, you just can’t take your eyes off. You could say this car might  qualify for the latter scenario.

On display at BMW Abu Dhabi, this Imola Red M760Li has to be one of the most eye-catching examples we’ve ever seen when it comes to BMW’s flagship specific model – and we’ve seen quite a few this year.

Besides the attention-grabbing red hue, other enhancements include the 3D Design body kit, M Performance trunk lid spoiler, carbon fiber mirror covers, dual tone M sport wheels and blue calipers.

Inside, the red theme continues with red leather throughout, on not just the seats but also the lower dashboard, center console and door panels. You’ll also find a proper amount of black leather and some dark wood trim.

As for that V12 badge underneath the iDrive wheel, it’s there because the M760Li is powered by a 6.6-liter V12 unit, sending 610 PS (603 HP) to its rear wheels (unless it’s an xDrive model), along with 800 Nm (590 lb-ft) of torque.

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Ferrari Tour Visits Jerusalem’s Western Wall, And People Were Not Impressed 8
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Ferrari, Ferrari-Videos, Middle East, video on 11 8th, 2017


Ferrari is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, with regional offices and local dealerships organizing tours for owners around the world.

That includes Israel, where the Tel Aviv dealership assembled a rally across the small Mediterranean country.

Among the places which the tour visited was the capital Jerusalem, including a stop early last Friday morning at the Western Wall plaza – an area from which traffic is typically prohibited from entering, except with special permission from the relevant authorities.

The organizers of the Ferrari tour obtained that authorization, but not everyone was impressed. According to the Times of Israel, one passerby called the display “disgusting” and “outrageous.” Another derided the display as a “commercial gimmick” with no place at the Wall.

One of Jerusalem’s holiest sites, and a central pilgrimage site for Jews around the world, the Western Wall is the last remaining vestige of the Temple that once stood atop the mountain. The wall (or “kotel” in Hebrew) was built by King Herod in the year 19 BCE to retain the hilltop plaza, where the Dome of the Rock (one of Islam’s holiest sites) now sits.

The Western Wall Heritage Foundation authorized the visit, its chairman Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch describing it as “an innocent agreement to allow parking for a few minutes in the early morning.” However the national government’s Religious Services minister David Azoulay said “there is no place for such flashy displays at this holy place,” convening a meeting to prevent such events from happening in the future.

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Blue And White Rolls-Royce Wraith Is Bespoke To Its Core 6
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Middle East, Rolls Royce Wraith, Rolls-Royce on 11 6th, 2017


While it’s true that lots if not most Rolls-Royce Wraiths feature two-tone exteriors, sometimes we come across certain models that make the absolute best of it.

This Wraith, pictured here at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars in Abu Dhabi, is wearing a Salamanca Blue with English White body, while the interior has been adorned in Cobalto Blue with a Seashell contrast.

Actually, the interior technically features a tri-tone theme, since the Blue and the Seashell are joined by dark surfaces – the dashboard, center console, steering wheel. It’s quite fetching, as long as you don’t mind the color combinations.

Also worth noting is the wheels’ Salamanca Blue center and contrasting English White stripes making the car’s strong shoulder line stand out even more.

As for what the Wraith can do when it’s not sitting around looking crazy expensive, well, it puts a 6.6-liter twin turbo V12 unit to use, sending 632 PS (624 HP) and 800 Nm (590 lb-ft) of torque to the wheels via an 8-speed automatic gearbox.

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Continental AG Acquires Israel’s Argus Cyber Security To Keep Your Car Safe From Hackers 6
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Middle East, Tech, video on 11 6th, 2017


Israel may not be a major manufacturing hub for automobiles, but it has emerged as a leader in transportation technology. And now it’s yielded yet another high-profile acquisition.

German automotive components manufacturer Continental AG announced on Friday the acquisition of Argus Cyber Security, a company specializing in protecting connected cars against hackers.

“Only secure mobility is intelligent mobility,” said Continental’s interior division chief Helmt Matschi. “With the acquisition of Argus Cyber Security we are enhancing our abilities to directly develop and offer solutions and services with some of the world’s leading automotive cyber security experts to our customers around the globe in order to truly make mobility more intelligent and secure.”

The Tel Aviv-based company has a staff of 70, with offices in Japan, Germany, and the United States. It holds (or has pending) 38 patents related to cyber security. Its acquisition will see it operate as part of Continental’s software division Elektrobit. Though the financial details of the transaction were not disclosed, Automotive News reports that the deal is worth some $400 million.

The Argus sale is just the latest in a string of high-profile acquisitions in Israel‘s transportation technology sector. Earlier this year, Intel announced the acquisition of camera-based safety systems company Mobileye (based in Jerusalem) for over $15 billion, eclipsing the near billion-dollar price tag paid by Google in 2013 for community-based digital mapping company Waze (based in Ra’anana).

“Joining forces with Continental and EB will enable us to further accelerate the realization of that vision,” said Argus CEO Ofer Ben-Noon. “With automotive cyber security regulations in the making worldwide and with already millions of connected cars on the road, I can’t think of a better time, or a more exciting move, than now to become part of EB. Together we will shorten time to market and make it easier for vehicle manufacturers to protect their vehicles from cyber-attacks.”

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McLaren Opens New Dealers From Bahrain To Denver 5
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Dealers, mclaren, Middle East on 11 5th, 2017


McLaren keeps rolling out new supercars, so it naturally needs the dealers to sell them. To that end, it has opened two new showrooms in vastly different locations on opposite sides of the globe.

The latest in McLaren’s retail network of 80 locations around the world were added opened this week in Denver and in Bahrain.

The Colorado location aims to serve the Rocky Mountain region, extending from Montana down to New Mexico, with a new 13,000-square-foot facility. It includes a showroom and service center, of course, but also an 85-inch touchscreen configurator, a conference center, cigar lounge, golf simulators, and putting green.

The automaker’s 22nd location in North America, McLaren Denver is being run by the Mike Ward Auto Group which also sells Maseratis, Alfa Romeos, Fiats, and Infinitis.

The new Bahrain showroom, meanwhile, was opened by McLaren’s chairman and largest shareholder Sheikh Mohammed Bin Essa Al Khalifa in his home country. The franchise run by Kanoo Motors SPC opened nearly a year ago, but has now moved into its new 32,000-square-foot location (pictured) opposite Toyota Plaza in the city of Tubli.

It’s one of six dealers in the Persian Gulf region, joined by locations in Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi.

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This Is What You Get When You Overload Your BMW 440i GC With M Bits 28
Oct
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW, BMW 4-Series, BMW M, Middle East, tuning on 10 28th, 2017


There are two things a bright blue BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe needs in order to be taken even more seriously. First, a powerful engine, and second, an aggressive exterior kit.
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Rolls-Royce Ghost ‘Oasis Edition’ Has A Rich Desert Theme 22
Oct
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Galleries, Middle East, Rolls-Royce, Rolls-Royce Ghost on 10 22nd, 2017


Residing with Rolls-Royce's Abu Dhabi showroom is this bespoke two-tone Ghost 'Oasis Edition', featuring an Aurum and Desert Dune Metallic exterior and a Seashell interior.
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Forget The Bugatti, The Dubai Police Unveil Their New Hoverbike 13
Oct
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Middle East, Offbeat News, Police, Police Cars, video on 10 13th, 2017


The Dubai Police are known for their fleet of high-performance supercars including a Bugatti Veyron and Lamborghini Aventador but their latest acquisition is a hoverbike.
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