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Alfa 4C vs Porsche Cayman – Chris Harris 6
Mar
Posted by CarBlog Staff in Alfa 4C, Automotive News, Popular, porsche cayman, review, Videos on 03 6th, 2014

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The man is back, and this time around Chris Harris compares two equally lovely yet totally different cars.

Chris Harris takes on the Alfa 4C along with the popular Porsche Cayman. He takes these two beauties for a ride around the UK, bumpy roads and all.

Which one will handle the UK roads better? Well check out the video below and see for yourself:

Source; YouTube



Lamborghini Huracan makes it’s official debut 5
Mar
Posted by CarBlog Staff in Automotive News, Autostyle, Geneva Auto Show, Lamborghini, Lamborghini Huracan, Popular, Super car news, Videos on 03 5th, 2014

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We already know that Lamborghini make some seriously sexy cars. Thus, with the unveiling of their latest baby, the Lamborghini Huracan, the Italian car maker has kept the sexiness firmly in place.

Unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show for the first time yesterday, the Huracan (obviously) stole the spotlight from any other car trying to show off at the show. And when you see what it looks like, it’s not surprising in the least.

Lamborghini aims to push the Huracan into the Gallardo’s market. The Gallardo, which is the company’s top selling model, could very well be replaced by the Huracan in terms of sales.

Design wise, you can definitely see that the makers have drawn some inspiration from the Huracan’s sibling, the ever popular Aventador. It’s super sleek and utterly sexy and is guaranteed to make any car fan weak at the knees.

There are very clear diagonal lines that run through the entire body of the car and hexagonal shapes are present, especially in the front. In essence, the car looks sharp end edgy yet terribly sleek and sophisticated.

The Huracan features V10 engine (naturally) that can reach a top speed of 325km/h. And of course let’s not forget that Lamborghini’s latstest can go from 0-1oo km/h in just over 3 seconds. 3.2 seconds to be precise.

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While main parts of the body is made from carbon fibre and aluminum, light weight materials have been used elsewhere in the car.

However, this still doesn’t make the Huracan any lighter really. The Huracan weighs 1422kg – thus making it a substantial 12kg heavier than the Gallardo. But, let’s be honest – what is 12kg now really?

All in all the Huracan is breathtakingly beautiful and there’s no doubt that it would be on many a rich man’s wish list.

Check out the video of the Huracan’s debut below:

Source: CarBuzz



First Look: New Audi TT 28
Feb
Posted by CarBlog Staff in audi, Audi TT Coupe, Automotive News, Autostyle, Geneva Auto Show, Popular on 02 28th, 2014

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The Audi TT has firmly cemented itself as somewhat of an iconic car. The sleek, modern and clever design that got people talking when it was first released back in 1998, is getting a slight update.

The Mk II TT is Audi’s new TT. And just to give us a little taste before it’s official debut at the Geneva Auto Show in March, Audi has released a few sketches – that right, not photos or videos, but sketches – of the updated TT. 

The new TT is said to feature strong horizontal lines, which in turn should make the car seem more dominant.

Another noticeable change is that the Audi logo, the intertwined four rings, will now feature on the bonnet of the car instead of on the grille.

While the TT will feature the standard, two exhaust pipes, the TTS will double that and have four exhaust pipes – of course making it look meaner than it’s less powerful sibling.

As a whole, the new TT looks bigger, badder and more beautiful than before. If these sketches are anything to go by, Audi fans (and petrol heads in general) are in for a treat when we can finally see the real-life version at Geneva. Yet another one we’re going to keep an eye out for at Geneva.

Take a look at the sketches below:

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Source: TopGear



Teaser: Rolls Royce Ghost Series 2 27
Feb
Posted by CarBlog Staff in Automotive News, Autostyle, new, Popular, Rolls-Royce Ghost on 02 27th, 2014

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After 5 long years, Rolls Royce has finally decided to update the very classy, very luxurious and very expensive Ghost; to be revealed at this year’s Geneva Auto Show.

The current Ghost is almost perfect. But who wouldn’t say yes to a few improvements here and there.

While we have been waiting in anticipation for a while now for any news or photos of the updated Ghost, today Rolls Royce finally decided to give their fans a taste of whats to come at Geneva. The first official photo of the ghost has been released, and while it’s not much, it’s enough to get us really excited for its Geneva debut. 

The photo reveals a more sleek finish to the front of the car and also new headlights. We have no information on the inner workings f the car yet, but we can speculate that the insides will stay pretty much the same as the original Ghost.

That means a twin turbocharged, 6.6 liter V12 engine that produces a mammoth 563 horsepower.

It’s also very likely (well, guaranteed) that the automaker has updated the Ghost’s infotainment system. Just think of all the technology advances, especially for cars, in the art 5 years. We’re sure this luxury brand won’t skip out on any of that…

Furthermore, there’s not much to say about the Ghost Series 2 – except that we will definitely be keeping an eye out for this one at Geneva. The lonesome picture s featured below:

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Source: Motor Authority



Hennessey Venom GT breaks land speed record 25
Feb
Posted by CarBlog Staff in Automotive News, Hennessey Venom GT, Land speed record, Popular, Super car news, Videos on 02 25th, 2014

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Well this is some really exciting news on a Tuesday afternoon!

While we love ourselves a bit of super car, we really like it when these super cars push it to there limits – and if a land speed record gets broken in the process, all the better.

The Hennessey Venom GT has broken the land speed record (only just) at an incredible 270,4 mph. To put that into perspective; the Venom topped an amazing 435,16 km/h. Now that’s one fast car. 

While Hennessey is celebrating, one company that is surely not as happy (and probably plotting their revenge) is Bugatti. Before the Venom took top honours, that record belonged to the Bugatti Veyron  Super Sport that held the record at 269,86 mph. Or 434,29 km/h.

That was set up four years ago.

The record breaking attempt naturally needed a big space to race. So Hennessey packed up their voluptuous Venom and took it ver to the John F. Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, where, eventually, the record was broken.

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However, there is a little spanner in the works. Hennessey’s new record is not, per say, an official record. It is not recognized by the Guinness Book of world Records only because of one minor detail.

Guinness requires that these production cars racing for the record to have at least 30 made. Unfortunately for the Venom GT, only 29 will be made. What a pity.

Still, this doesn’t stop us from enjoying the Hennessey Venom GT’s super impressive performance! And lucky for us, the people over at Hennessey decided to film the momentous occasion.

Check out the video below:

Source: The Verge



Chris Harris drives the new McLaren P1 24
Feb
Posted by CarBlog Staff in Automotive News, mclaren, McLaren P1, Popular, Super car news, Videos on 02 24th, 2014

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There has been much excitement about McLaren’s latest offering, the P1. Some have even described this super car as the ultimate hyper car – something McLaren is surely proud of.

To see what all the hype is about and if the P1 really is so impressive, our favorite car expert, Chris Harris, took the car for a drive around the Yas MArina Grand Prix Circuit in Abu Dhabi.

Chris also chats to McLaren’s chief test driver, Chris Goodwin, about the immaculate P1.

To be fair though, the car Chris gets to take around the track is a prototype for the P1 called the XP7. However, even if this is just a taste of whats to come with the full production model P1, we are really excited!

Check out the video below:

Source: YouTube



Want to own a Batmobile? This one is for sale 21
Feb
Posted by CarBlog Staff in Advertising, Auto Advertising, Automotive News, Autostyle, Batmobile, car sales, Car Styling, Modified car Talk, Performance, Popular, Videos on 02 21st, 2014

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One thing is for sure. Whether you are male or female, a fan of Batman or not, all of us have thought about what it would feel like to drive the Batmobile at some point or another.

Wouldn’t it be great to evade the traffic cops and track down criminals (bad drivers) in your very own Batmobile? Yes it would. And now, you can – as one of Batman’s famous Batmobile replicas has just been put up for sale.

The Tumbler is a version of the Batmobile found in the Dark Knight trilogy. While Christian Bale (aka Batman) got to drive around in one, 5 other replicas were made around the world and at least one of them can be yours. 

The Tumbler features a powerful Chevrolet LS1 V8 engine as well as requisite dual rear wheels, which are 44-inch super Swampers. Sure, he first thing you notice when you look at the monstrous car is wheels, but we sure wouldn’t mind that engine!

Furthermore, the Tumbler has GPS, an iPod integrated sound system as well as 5 cameras all around the car to help you out with the difficult blind spots.

The car was posted as for sale on car collector website, James Edition. It’s current owner, a man from Florida, notes that the car is indeed street legal, but is generally ‘not a daily driver’. We can’t imagine why…

The price tag? A cool $1 million. Small change for someone like Bruce Wayne – and a really wealthy car collector.

So, if you have dreams of flying down the street in a Batmobile, then this is your opportunity. Just don’t think your the real Dark Knight.

Check out the video below to refresh your memory – a scene from the Dark Knight featuring the Tumbler:

Source: Motor Authority



F1 drivers can now (legally) celebrate after races 20
Feb
Posted by CarBlog Staff in Automotive News, F1 News, Popular, racing, Sebastian Vettel on 02 20th, 2014

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Imagine the thrill of winning a Formula One race. It’s probably one of the most thrilling, emotional and satisfying feeling in the world. So naturally, you would want to jump out of your skin of excitement and celebrate – obviously by making a ‘victory doughnut’.

However, that wouldn’t be allowed. Until today, that is. 

As of today, F1 drivers who win their races, are allowed to show the world their excitement (and lets be honest, show off a little) by making victory doughnuts after their race on the track. This comes after the FIA amended regulations that prohibited any sort of celebration like this.

Why specifically doughnuts, you wonder? Well, because F1 superstar, Sebastien Vettel did exactly that after he won the Indian Grand Prix – his fourth consecutive one. The crowd loved it, he (obviously) loved it and everyone was happy and cheerful and joyous.

Except the FIA. They didn’t think it was very funny or very cool for that matter. So, they subsequently slapped mr. Vettel with fine of 25 000 euros. Nothing much, hey.

Nevertheless, it seems as though someone within the FIA did secretly like Vettel’s display of achievement and celebration, as this season, every winner will be allowed to celebrate by ‘gooi’ing’ a doughnut at the finish line.

And that’s what we like to see – some spirit, celebrations and really cool doughnuts done in Formula 1 cars.

Source: CarBuzz



The first Mustang ever sold – and it’s still running 18
Feb
Posted by CarBlog Staff in anniversary, Automotive News, Autostyle, Ford, Ford Mustang, Off Topic, Popular, Videos on 02 18th, 2014

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Ford’s legendary Mustang is celebrating it’s 50th anniversary today. The Mustang was launched in 1964 and is one of those car’s that completely encompasses American culture and of course, the rise of Ford.

Of course, in celebrating 50 years of Mustang, some interesting anecdotes and stories are bound to come out of the woodworks. One such story, is this one; the first Mustang ever sold – to a 22-year old (female) teacher from Illinois.

Gail Wise had just finished college in 1964, and had landed herself a job as a Grade 3 teacher. To get to and from work, Gail had to buy a car and with the help of her parents, set out to their local Ford dealership.

Here Gail’s life was about to change forever. The car salesman showing Gail and her parents around, couldn’t control his excitement about a new Ford model they have in a back room. The Mustang was only supposed to go sale in two days time, on April 17th. However, the enthusiastic salesman showed Gail the Mustang and she fell in love.

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Needless to say, she bought the car on the spot, for $3,400 on April 15th 1964.

As the years went on, Gail kept her Mustang. It wasn’t until she met her husband that she wanted to sell it. However, her husband decided to keep the car and it subsequently stood in their garage for 27 years!

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When the couple retired, they decided to have the beloved Mustang re-done. Everything from the inside to the outside was restored to mint condition.

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The story is very touching and inspiring and a perfect way to describe the profoundness that is the Ford Mustang.

Check out the video on Gail’s story below:

Source: CarBuzz



Audi S1 finally revealed 13
Feb
Posted by CarBlog Staff in audi, Audi S1, Automotive News, new cars, Popular on 02 13th, 2014

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After teasing us with their sneaky teaser clips, Audi has finally revealed the much anticipated, all new, Audi S1.

The reveal is also way ahead of it’s planned debut at the Geneva Auto Show in March – but it seems that Audi fans worldwide (and perhaps Audi themselves) couldn’t wait to see the S1 out in the open.

The S1 is sort of a variation of the Limited Edition Audi Quattro. The company had promised that they would be designing and manufacturing a car that will be the production model of the Quattro – enter the S1.

At first glance, there are (obviously) striking resemblances between the S1 and the A1. However, there is something rather cheeky and a bit more sexy about the S1. It is also Audi’s smallest car.

The S1 features a 2.0 liter turbo-four engine, which packs quite the punch at 228 horsepower. Furthermore it has 272 lb-ft of torque.

It comes with a six-speed manual gearbox with a Haldex-style clutch and a 4-wheel drive system. The S1 goes from 0-100 in 5.8 seconds and can reach a top speed of 250km/h.

It really is a sleek little thing,  see for yourself below:

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Source: CarBuzz



New Renault concept car features a drone on its roof 10
Feb
Posted by CarBlog Staff in Automotive News, Autostyle, Concept car news, Gadgets, Popular, renault, Videos on 02 10th, 2014

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Renault’s new concept car is so modern and futuristic, you would swear that it came straight out of a sic-fi film. However, that’s not the case – this car is the result of months of imagining, re-imagining and design by Renault designers worldwide.

The Renault Kwid is the company’s new concept. It was first introduced at the 2014 New Dehli Auto Expo in India. The car itself is also inspired by India, and designed to fit into the small roads across India.

The car itself is a small SUV, with super modern designs on both the exterior and interior. Renault says they plan on putting a 1.2 liter turbocharged engine inside the Kwid – so it won’t be too slow either.

But, the best part about the new Kwid is not its exceptional modern design or compact body, but it’s ‘attachment’. On the roof of the car, is a flying, quadcopter drone that literally launches from the roof. Sound crazy? Well, it’s not – it’s incredible.

Renault calls this drone the Kwid’s ‘flying companion’. The idea is that the drone, which can be controlled manually from a tablet on the car’s dashboard or fly autonomously, can fly ahead of where the car is traveling and check for traffic jams or other road related problems.

The drone is also able to then relay a live video back to the car, so you can see what is going on meters in front of you.

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The inside, which really looks the inside of a stereotypical ‘space car’, is probably one of the most modern layouts we’ve ever seen. Firstly, the steering wheel isn’t positioned on either the left or the right side of the car, but rather slap bang in the middle. It then features a tablet on the left-hand side.

In a video Renault released about the concept, they explain that this is the most ‘international’ car hey have ever designed; with designers from different countries contributing to the final product.

You can check out the video below along with another video which details the drone:

 

Source: Mashable



New Renault concept car features a drone on its roof 10
Feb
Posted by CarBlog Staff in Automotive News, Autostyle, Concept car news, Concept Design, Gadgets, Popular, renault, Videos on 02 10th, 2014

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Renault’s new concept car is so modern and futuristic, you would swear that it came straight out of a sic-fi film. However, that’s not the case – this car is the result of months of imagining, re-imagining and design by Renault designers worldwide.

The Renault Kwid is the company’s new concept. It was first introduced at the 2014 New Dehli Auto Expo in India. The car itself is also inspired by India, and designed to fit into the small roads across India.

The car itself is a small SUV, with super modern designs on both the exterior and interior. Renault says they plan on putting a 1.2 liter turbocharged engine inside the Kwid – so it won’t be too slow either.

But, the best part about the new Kwid is not its exceptional modern design or compact body, but it’s ‘attachment’. On the roof of the car, is a flying, quadcopter drone that literally launches from the roof. Sound crazy? Well, it’s not – it’s incredible.

Renault calls this drone the Kwid’s ‘flying companion’. The idea is that the drone, which can be controlled manually from a tablet on the car’s dashboard or fly autonomously, can fly ahead of where the car is traveling and check for traffic jams or other road related problems.

The drone is also able to then relay a live video back to the car, so you can see what is going on meters in front of you.

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The inside, which really looks the inside of a stereotypical ‘space car’, is probably one of the most modern layouts we’ve ever seen. Firstly, the steering wheel isn’t positioned on either the left or the right side of the car, but rather slap bang in the middle. It then features a tablet on the left-hand side.

In a video Renault released about the concept, they explain that this is the most ‘international’ car hey have ever designed; with designers from different countries contributing to the final product.

You can check out the video below along with another video which details the drone:

 

Source: Mashable



Dubai police chase criminals in a Bugatti Veyron 7
Feb
Posted by CarBlog Staff in Automotive News, Bugatti, Bugatti Veyron, Car Styling, Modified car Talk, Police Cars, Popular, Super car news, Videos on 02 7th, 2014

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It’s no secret that people in Dubai really love supercars. Rich Sheik’s and powerful businessmen drive the city flat with their million dollar cars.

But it’s not only the rich people that like they’re cars fast and expensive; now the police force are also joining in on the game with the addition of their latest ‘cop car’, a Bugatti Veyron.

It seems almost insulting to call a Veyron a ‘cop car’, however, that is exactly what it is. The $1,6 million car is the perfect ride to catch criminals in a high-speed chase. I mean, it’s a Veyron… I seriously doubt that a criminal will be able to out run a car like that – unless the criminal himself is a fan of Bugatti!

The Veyron is simply an addition to the Dubai police force’s already impressive fleet of super cars. Other, ‘super cop cars’ include a Lamborghini Aventador, an Aston Martin One-77, a Mercedes SLS AMG, a Bentley Continental GT and a Ferrari FF – specifically for the female cops.

The Veyron will be fulfilling its duties as a patrol car in popular tourist spots. However, we’re pretty sure they got a Veyron to chase criminals, and not just for casual patrolling rides.

The Dubai Police also introduced their latest addition in a (epic) video. Check it out below:

Source: CarBuzz



Is this the all new Audi S1? 6
Feb
Posted by CarBlog Staff in Advertising, audi, Auto Advertising, Automotive News, Popular, Videos on 02 6th, 2014

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Audi is currently driving a very secretive (yet thoroughly exciting) marketing campaign in anticipation of the release of their latest model.

The new model, that no one really knows about, will be unveiled at the 2014 Geneva Auto Show in March. However, prior to the launch, Audi has been releasing sneaky teaser video’s that only show a glimpse of the new car.

While many expected it to be the 2015 version of the Audi TT, the second teaser video in this series proves that it’s not. The latest video shows a smaller, hatchback car.

Many people are convinced that its the new S1; a sportier version of the A1 (that is also set to get an entire new look). Also, these teaser video’s were shot right here in South Africa! Maybe we can spot the car ourselves somewhere…

What do you think? Is it the S1 or can we expect something completely different?

The first two teaser videos are below. You decide:

 

Source: Motor Authority



Mercedes reveals all new V-Class [Video] 31
Jan
Posted by CarBlog Staff in Automotive News, Autostyle, Mercedes Benz, Mercedes Benz V-Class, MPV, Popular, Videos on 01 31st, 2014

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Ahead of it’s official debut at the Geneva Auto Show in March, Mercedes has given us a little gift in the form a video revealing the all new V-Class.

The V-Class is a full size MPV that is naturally aimed at families, shuttle drivers or tour guides and soccer moms – the perfect way to drive around 8 kids.

Mercedes’ new baby offers you all the function of a MPV, alongside some serious luxury and smart, innovative technology. Some of it’s key features include a system that helps to keep the car straight while driving ins throng crosswinds, a touchpad control system for infotainment purposes, a (very handy) 360-degree camera and additional parking aids, and, believe it or not, a system that will detect if the driver is nodding off on those long road trips. Very, very clever.

At the time of launch, the V-class will only be available with one engine; a 2.1 liter turbo diesel beast. However, different outputs will be made available in the form of 136 horsepower, 163 and 190.

Mercedes is also planning a more rugged version, which will most likely be an updated version of the popular Vito.

So, without further a due, check out the video below featuring the all new, all amazon, Mercedes V-Class:

Source: Motor Authority







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