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|Want to own a Batmobile? This one is for sale||
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
|Chris Harris compares a Aston Martin, Porsche and Mercedes||
It sure does seem like any petrol head’s dream to drive a Porsche GT3, an Aston Martin V12 Vantage S and a Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series. Now imagine having a go at these three cars all in one day.
Well, thats what our favorite petrol head, Chris Harris, has the opportunity of doing recently.
Chris drives these cars (we’d like to think on behalf of us) and gives a short breakdown on what it feels like to be at the steer of any of these. Which car is best for road driving? And which one is best suited to a racing track?
Check out the video below to find out:
|Finally – a real flying car!||
Throughout our childhoods we’ve been exposed to flying cars. Sure, they weren’t real but rather a part of some of favorite television shows (think The Jetsons, Wacky Races…). Well, now finally, after what seems like forever, someone has successfully managed to build a flying car that really works and looks really good.
Stefan Klein of Slovakia has spent the past 20 years of his life, designing, developing and finally constructing a flying car. It is called the AeroMobil and can drive on the road as a normal car and transfigure into a flying car – with wings and all.
The car itself has a steel framework and is powered by a Rotax 912 engine.
When in its ‘car configuration’, the AeroMobil is 6 meters long and 1.6 meters wide. Add on the wings, and the car is 8,2 meters in width and still 6 meters in length when in ‘plane mode’. When it is in its automobile configuration, the car scan easily fit into any standard parking spot.
Considering its size, it is actually quite impressive that the AeroMobil can reach a to[ speed of 200km/h in flight. It is also able to fly for around 700 kilometers before having to come down to re-fuel.
On the road, it can reach a top speed of 160km/h and will be able to travel for approximately 500 kilometers before needing to fill up.
The AeroMobil took its maiden flight in September last year, however, the incredible video of the first flight was only uploaded on to YouTube yesterday. This explains why there hasn’t been widespread media coverage of the AeroMobil.
We know you are probably frothing to see the video of the incredible AeroMobil. It is something quite spectacular, and makes us very excited for the future of automobiles. Perhaps we can all soon be like The Jetsons – now wouldn’t that be cool?
Check out the incredible video below:
Source: Popular Mechanics
|Lamborghini Aventador vs BMW M6 vs Porsche GT 3 RS||
Here is a little something to brighten up the start of your week.
If you could put your money on either a Lamborghini Aventador, a BMW M6 or a Porsche GT 3 wining a drag race, which one would it be? I know which horse I’d back…
Well, obviously we’re not really at a racing track but we can dream, can’t we? Recently, DragInfo posted a video on their YouTube channel of this exact scenario.
A Lamborghini Aventador, modified to have 730 horsepower taking on a PP performance tuned BMW M6 and, just for good measure, a 1000 horsepower Porsche GT 3 RS joins the party.
The Lambo takes on the BMW first, and, while the BMW takes the lead in the first second, the Aventador shows why it has once been labeled the fastest car in the world and trumps the BMW, making the mile-mark in 26.79 seconds. At 306 km/h!
After its impressive performance against the BMW, the Aventador then takes on the Porsche GT 3 RS. Keep in mind that the Porsche is sitting with a whopping 1000hp…
That’s all I’m saying for now. Check out the video below to see the final results:
|‘Tuned’ Season Premier||
The Drive channel on YouTube, the one that brings you the crazy and super entertaining series like Chris Harris on Cars, has launched a new series called ‘Tuned’.
Tuned, as you can expect from the name, will feature tuned cars in various shapes and sizes.
The first episode, which made it’s debut yesterday, features a Subaru WRX Coupe. One of the more popular upgrades for this car is a R-STi drivetrain swap. In this episode of Tuned, the guys pit a R-STi drivetrain swap (JDM) against a USDM drivetrain swap.
The point of the matter? To figure out which method works better!
Check out the video below and make your decision:
|A Serious Tuning Battle: Honda Civic vs Chevy Corvette||
It’s always fun to see two cars go head to head in battle. Whether it’s a drag race, a endurance race or power battle – cars showing off against each other get’s us revving.
But, when tuned cars are pitted against one another, it becomes a different story – and all the more an exciting story!
In this delightful video we came across, a tuning battle of epic portions is taking place. In this battle of tuned-one’s, a Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 goes up against a (heavily tuned) Honda Civic.
Now, as we all know, Honda Civic’s are a popular choice for people who are looking to tune up a car. And this one is no exception – it has an incredible amount of power; 750 horsepower to be precise!
Gallery: 750hp Honda Civic vs 600hp Corvette ZR1 –
But, keep in mind that the Corvette is also tuned up a bit, and serves up a good 600 horsepower.
Would you put your money on the Honda or the Corvette?
Check out the video below to see which one will reign champion:
|Amazing Drifting Semi-Truck||
We all know that drifting a car is a pretty cool thing to do. Whether you want to impress your mates, the ladies or, just do it for yourself – drifting can easily make you feel like you are starring in The Fast and The Furious.
Have a look at this, mind-blowing stunt: This is a highly modified semi-truck that weighs about 4535kg or 4 and a half tonnes. It produces more than 2000 horsepower, which come from a six-cylinder, 14 liter supercharged diesel engine that is also paired to a turbo.
Check out the gallery below to see this incredible modified truck:
This truck took part in the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, which is an amazing feat by itself, but the coolest and most outrageous thing that this truck can do, is to drift! This truck seriously did it’s own thing by defying the law of physics and drifting!
Have a look at the video below to blow your mind:
|Bertone Nuccio Concept||
The Nuccio concept, showed off by Bertone as a rolling model at the Geneva Motor Show and then as a road-ready car at the Beijing Motor Show is in talks to be sold. An update on the Lancia Stratos Zero concept from the seventies and powered by a 4.3-liter Ferrari V8 with 480 horsepower, the Nuccio was a 15,000-hour exercise in what the company’s historical language could look like today.
That styling has changed a little from the Geneva concept, befitting its new-found usability. The single, narrow LED headlight has been replaced by two more conventional units, and the windscreen is now a more realistic size. The larger side mirrors are also more usable.
Named after the late Giuseppe “Nuccio” Bertone, one of the company’s most famous designers, the Nuccio concept car also celebrates the design firm’s 100th anniversary this year.
Bertone is responsible for some of the world’s most famous vehicles–the Lancia Stratos, Lamborghini Miura, Lamborghini Countach and several Alfa Romeos and Citroëns have passed over the drawing board at Bertone before hitting the streets.
|Powerkit upgrade for Porsche Carrera S||
Less than one year since the release of the latest generation Porshe 911 range, the company has announced that it will be offering powerkit upgrades for its Carrera S models.
The new upgrade, made available by the Porsche Exclusive department offers a remapped ECU, new cylinder heads and camshafts, a variable intake system, an additional radiator, a low-backpressure exhaust, and Sport Chrono dynamic engine mounts. As a result, the sports car can reach 100km/h in just 4 seconds equipped with Porsche’s dual-clutch PDK transmission.
The offer seems to be the same package that was fitted to the exclusive 911 Club Coupe last month.
|Subaru WRX previewed by Advanced Tourer concept||
The looks of the Subaru Advanced Tourer concept revealed at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show. But when everyone was clamoring for Scooby to transfer the Advanced Tourer’s looks to a production vehicle, never once did people ask for that transfer to be foisted on the WRX. A report in Motor Trend, though, says that’s what’s happening: the concept “was actually an early look at the next-generation Subaru WRX.”
MT’s sources said the front end Advanced Tourer’s front end will go onto the WRX, with other aspects of the concept made more aggressive to suit the personality of Subaru’s rally-ready racer. And if the concept also presages the next WRX’s dimensions, then you can expect the next-generation sedan and hatchback to be larger (though in truth we don’t anticipate a big gain in footprint).
Subaru is reportedly dropping the name in an attempt to get more ‘Likes’ for the WRX by making it more approachable, so the next model will relinquish its association with the Impreza line and be more performanced focused even as it is receives a better interior and is morphed into a “more-mature sporty grand tourer.” Engine choices are still being debated for the car due in 2015; the rumored options include 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinders and a hybrid version of the 1.6-liter.
|Bugatti showcases the Bumblebee||
With a gazillion color options for every little part of the Bugatti Veyron, there’s no reason why any two examples should be alike. That opportunity last arose at the Dubai Motor Show, where Bugatti presented three unique examples of the Veyron Grand Sport, the vehicle that holds the title of “world’s fastest convertible.” Now the elite marque is returning to the Persian Gulf for the Qatar Motor Show with what appears (to our eyes, at least) to be one of the same examples, decked out in yellow and black – said to be founder Ettore Bugatti’s favorite color combination. Thoughtfully, however, they’ve provided a brace of new real-world photos.
The lower part of the body has been done up in lacquered carbon fiber, the upper part in bright yellow and the wheels in black along. Inside, the center console has likewise been finished in black, with seats clad in yellow leather with black stitching and the inverse for the dashboard, wheel and shifter.
|Lamborghini Aventador J Geneva star conceived||
This year’s Geneva Motor Show served up a scintillating buffet of vehicles, but the Lamborghini Aventador J may very well have been our favorite. With no roof, no windshield and all of the insane running gear of the standard Aventador, the roadster is the embodiment of exotic. Designer Filippo Perini told TG he first sketched up the Aventador J in mid-January after CEO Stephan Winkelmann asked his crew to to come up with something special for Geneva.
Despite the apparent similarities between the Aventador and the new Aventador J, the two models share only a handful of body components, including the front hood, fenders, headlights and rear fenders. Everything else is bespoke just for the concept.
|Sportec Tunes the Audi RS3||
Sportec has introduced a new tuning package for the Audi RS3 Sportback.
The Audi RS has a stainless steel sports exhaust system, an adjustable coilover suspension, that reduces the ride height by 20-40mm, and 20-inch alloy wheels that cover high-performance Movit brakes.
A revised ECU results in the 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine producing 408 PS (300 kW / 402 hp) and 550 Nm (406 lb-ft) of torque – an increase of 68 PS (50 kW / 67 hp) and 100 Nm (74 lb-ft). Non-Swiss versions can be tuned to deliver 500 PS (368 kW / 493 hp).
Source: World Car Fans
|New Tuning Software for BMW’s N55 by Dinan||
Since its launch in the 2010 BMW 535i the N55 engine has been packed between the front fenders of some 10 different BMW models, ranging from the 135i coupe through the X5 SUV. The N55 has also proven to be very difficult to tune, leaving owners with few options for added horsepower.
But now BMW performance specialist Dinan has stepped up with a Stage 2 performance software update that is available for the 2011-12 335i, 2011-12 135i, 2012 X5 xDrive 35i and 2011-12 X6 xDrive 35i models. For a price of $1, 999, the software offers 355 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque and a gain of 55 horsepower and 101 pound-feet of torque on a 2011 335i. The software is uploaded to the car via the diagnostic port and so no “black box” add-on is required.
Dinan claims that the software enhances driveability throughout the engine’s range, yet produces quicker acceleration due to the significant gain in torque.
Dinan is also offering a warranty of up to 4 years and 50,000 miles, ensuring that consequential damages aren’t a concern for either the owner or the servicing dealer.
Source: Motor Authority
|Audi Announces R8 LMS Ultra||
Audi has officially unveiled its R8 LMS Ultra on Thursday, set to replace the current R8 LMS GT3 sports car. The updated version features a new hood, a larger rear wing and improved underbody aerodynamics. There are also carbon fiber reinforced plastic doors, enlarged side blades and wider Michelin tires.
The new model was improved with the help of Audi’s customers who provided valuable suggestions and input. Werner Frowein, Quattro managing director said in a statement that We have close ties to our customers and analyzed their suggestions and wishes worldwide and subjected the R8 LMS to further development in many details.”
Other new features include: a new PS1 safety seat developed by Audi, now part of the standard equipment, that provides protection and surpasses the mandatory minimum requirements under extreme loads; an updated transmission to better handle long-distance runs; a new exhaust system that enables the 5.2-litre V10 engine to produce 570 PS and larger side air vents.
While all 2012 vehicles will be upgraded based on the specs above, all previous models will be offered conversion kits.
First deliveries will begin in March 2012 with pricing starting at at €329,900 (about R3, 658 591)