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2013 Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTec 4MATIC Review & Test Drive 31
Aug
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, diesel, GL-Class, Mercedes Benz, Mercedes-Benz GL 350, SUV, Test Drives on 08 31st, 2013
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In our modern-day culture where SUVs and Crossover Utility Vehicles are almost as commonplace as smartphones, the world begs for a bold outcast that does its duties a bit different from everyone else. The new 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTec is just the vehicle to foreshadow its differences to transport up to 7 passengers in plush luxury and reach new fuel economy heights with its diesel-powered 4MATIC drivetrain.

Making its duties in style, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL350 gets a diesel powered V6 engine under its sculpted aluminum hood with a modest 240 horsepower but has a pavement-clawing 455 ft-lbs of torque as low as 1,600 rpm. The output is much improved over the outgoing model, which is needed to get the momentum of all 5,835 pounds moving in the right direction.

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In the scope of available full-sized luxury SUVs on the market, the list isn’t all that long. Bring up the category of a diesel-powered SUV and the list just about disappears with the exception of a few German counterparts. Mercedes-Benz continues to keep the narrow segment alive and laced with luxury and some efficiency. The new turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine found in the GL350 BlueTec manages to thrust the almost 6,000-pound German ‘Gelaendewagen Leicht’ (GL) to 60 mph in just 7.5 seconds and finish a quarter mile in about 15.8 seconds. Sure, it is no easy feat as the Benz GL350 BlueTec hugs the road with such grace. I would say your driving style for the 3.0-liter V6 diesel places everything you learned on a different path of adaptation when compared to virtually any gasoline powered SUV or crossover.

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The powerband, much subdued at the mercy of its turbocharger, has a touch of lag off of the line and expectantly does not stretch too far past 3,600 rpm. Fortunately, Benz tends to remap its proven 7-speed automatic transmission to meet the diesel engine’s brief grunt of torque. The 7-speed automatic transmission adapts well to your driving style even if you need to make mental adjustments to compensate for the short bursts of forward thrust from the narrow-banded turbo-diesel engine.

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If you are ever lucky enough to chauffer a large group to the opera, the show tends to start after the push-button ignition is pressed to great you with a full array of optional entertainment and comfort features to astound 3 of your 5 senses. When equipped with the optional Bang & Olufsen sound system as in my GL350 test vehicle, you will take delight in an ear-sauna defined by crisp highs and dignified lows no matter what seat you choose in the vast open cabin. The optional front massaging, perforated, ventilated and heated seats make those 680-plus mile trips between gas stations all worth the while. Yes, 686-mile trips are a possibility considering the 2013 Benz GL350 BlueTec having a 26.4 gallon tank and an EPA estimated 26 mpg on the highway. During my drive of the Benz GL 350 BlueTec 4MATIC I averaged a decent 23.7 mpg and was able to get 26.5 mpg on the highway. In the city with an abundance of stop and go, the GL 350 BlueTec still delivered about 20.3 mpg, which is slightly better than its EPA estimated 19 mpg. You can say fuel efficiency of the GL 350 left me in amazement considering its shear size and weight.

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The Mercedes-Benz GL 350 BlueTec’s weight and size start to give you an initial impression of sloppy handling but quickly proves you wrong due to its advanced air suspension system and active dampers. Mercedes-Benz is known for their highly praised Active Body Control (ABC) suspension systems and the new GL 350 takes much of that tech and adapts it on a larger scale to handle the GL’s mass with assurance. It is such an assurance that you literally feel like you are riding on air, which you technically are. The GL surprisingly handles itself well for such a large and heavy vehicle. At times pushing the GL a bit to hard will constitute it being at the mercy of its 19-inch tires, which quickly lets you know with extreme howling when the lateral limits are about to be reached. Of course no one wants to ever think about reaching the handling limits of a 5,800-pound vehicle. Still, the air suspension and active dampers quickly adapt to road conditions and allows you to choose a comfort or sport mode where sport mode lowers the vehicle for even better stability. Traveling at highway speeds the vehicle automatically lowers in any mode. A high-height mode gives you ample clearance, as much as 12-inches of ground clearance, for navigating off-road paths. While on the off-beat paths the Benz GL 350 BlueTec allows you to use the review camera combined with a set of cameras (front, sides and rear) for a virtual down-angle-view of the vehicle’s surroundings up to around 20 mph. The virtual around-view also makes maneuvering the large GL into tight areas and parking spots a cinch.

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Luxury appointments are expected when you step into a cabin of vehicle sporting a three-pointed star emblem -and that is just what you get in the GL-class. The GL 350 BlueTec is nothing short of the rest of the GL line when properly equipped. The fact that most options are available on the GL 350 as on the GL 450, GL 550 and performance-oriented GL63 AMG, is a benefit in itself for those who want the whole shebang and still do wonders for the green earth by coming clean with diesel. The front seats are well-bolstered with multiple adjustments combining lumbar, bolsters and 10-way adjustability. The second row of seats has back-adjustments and can be cleverly folded out of the way to provide access to the 3rd row. The folding action is actually powered to effortlessly move and fold the second-row seat forward, and even motoring the front seat out of the way to make room for its robotic folding fashion. The rear doors open wide enough that your entry and exit of the 3rd row is among the easiest for any 7-plus passenger SUV.

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An optional rear DVD entertainment system, equipped on my test vehicle, adds to the rear-seat appeal to keep all rear-seat occupants entertained. Rear ac and heater controls, part of the third climate zone, are accessible from the 2nd row while the 3rd row gets their own set of adjustable vents. Rear cargo room, cut down to just 16 cubic feet in the back when all seats are in place, is low enough for sliding in heavy items after opening or closing the large power liftgate. 3rd row seats can be power-folded and put in place all at the touch of a button to open up additional space in the rear cargo area.

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Mercedes-Benz attempted to leave no stones unturned when it comes to transporting up to 7 passengers in true luxury comfort and safety. In Mercedes-Benz fashion, the GL 350 gets a complete package of active and passive safety features that basically place another set of eyes on the road for you, such as the blind spot and lane-keep-assist, Active Curve system (automatically tightening anti-roll bars in the suspension system) and collision alert.

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As a diesel vehicle, the Benz GL 350 provides the most efficient option of the GL class but may easily match the pricing scale of the rest of the line. At an as-tested price of $94,440, it is a hard bill to foot unless you are a seasoned Mercedes-Benz consumer that is accustomed to living in excess. Never will anyone who pays the price of admission for a new GL 350 really be concerned about footing the bill for $100 fill-ups at the pump. The GL 350 BlueTec more of a feel-good factor in knowing you are doing your little part to ‘conserve’ earthly resources or stay on the destination path for 680 miles at a time. Nevertheless, the new GL 350 BlueTec pushes and pulls the envelope for excess and really fulfills the case for ultimate SUV luxury class with plenty of toys to keep everyone engrossed on whatever road is ahead.

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Copyright: 2013 AutomotiveAddicts.com

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: Base GL 350 BlueTec $62,400/$94,440 as tested
  • Engine: 3.0-liter DOHC Diesel V6 24-valve 240 horsepower @ 3,600 rpm / 455 ft-lbs. torque @ 1,600 rpm
  • Wheelbase: 121.1 inches
  • Total length: 201.6 inches
  • Total height: 72.8 inches
  • Track: f/r-64.8/65.5 inches
  • Headroom: f/r-41.2/40.0 inches
  • Legroom: 40.3/40.3 inches
  • Total Cargo volume: 93.8 cu.ft. rear 2nd row and 3rd row seats folded
  • Curb weight: 5,835 pounds
  • Maximum towing: 7,500 pounds
  • Fuel capacity: 26.4 gallons
  • Turning circle: 40.7 ft.
  • 0-60 mph: 7.5 seconds
  • EPA mileage: 19 mpg/city, 26 mpg/highway


Toyota Short Film: ‘The Ultimate Endurance Race’ 30
Aug
Posted by Kelly Levinsohn in Le Mans, Popular, TOYOTA, Videos on 08 30th, 2013

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Toyota has released a 6 minute, ‘short film’ about their Le Mans 2013 performance.

Although they didn’t take the title of Le Mans champions this year, they did put on quite a show with their TS030 Hynrid Prototype, eventually coming in second and fourth.

Toyota has called their short film, ‘The Ultimate Endurance Race’, celebrating all things Toyota and, of course, the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The video is beautifully shot and will surely get you excited for ext year’s event – even if it i sonly to see if Toyota can finally take the crown from Audi.

Yu can watch “The Ultimate Endurance Race” below:

Source: CarBuzz



Jay Leno Previews Cadillac Elmiraj Concept w/ Ed Welburn: Video 29
Aug
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Auto Addiction, Automotive, Cadillac, Cadillac Elmiraj, Concept Vehicle, Ed Welburn, Jay Leno, Jay Leno's Garage, Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, video on 08 29th, 2013
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Jay Leno gets to play with all of the latest toys on 4 wheels so it is no wonder that he gets his own preview of the Cadillac Elmiraj Concept at Pebble Beach alongside of VP of GM Global Design, Ed Welburn. Hit up the video below and enjoy!



New Ford Concept revealed – and it’s Fairytale like 29
Aug
Posted by Kelly Levinsohn in Automotive News, Concept car news, Ford, Popular on 08 29th, 2013

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The new Ford concept car is almost like the perfect hero or Prince Charming in a fairytale.

The American company has revealed it’s latest MPV concept a few weeks ahead of it’s official debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September.

Ford’s new baby carries the S-Max name and is a testament to the next generation of the popular car of the same name that is sold outside of the United States.

The S-Max Concept features new styling details which will appear  on the Ford Motor Company models.

These include sleek, swept-back headlights, an indented lower spoiler and a high mounted grille.

The S-Max Concept is much more smooth and sleek in design – especially on the exterior. Sweeping character lines are key and extend to whole of the exterior.

The sweeping lines also run along the flanks – thus giving the impression of a car built for speed with a sleek, lengthy body.

In addition to the sleek lines and effortless class, the car also features stunning, sculptured shoulders – just like any beautiful car (or man) should have.

The lights also feature great LED elements.

On the inside, the Ford designers have decided that this car should be more ‘driver-focused’. Exceptional, high-quality materials have been used – some that you won’t necessarily expect from Ford.

The instrument panel is wrapped in soft leather as is the seats, with some carbon fibre on them too.

It is however, not only the design and look of the car that is impressive, the technologies for the concept are quite something too.

There is a wireless internet hotspot, a tablet docking station, a SYNC AppLink, which allows drivers to control their smartphone apps via voice activation and, just to show that this car could possibly be the perfect car (man), it also cares about you with it’s health and well-being system!

This health and wellbeing system features a heart rate monitoring seat, glucose monitoring systems and a call function; this will get you help from a medical practitioner. I mean, really?

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Driving related technologies include an environment monitoring system, a parking assistant (once again, perfect for women), Car 2 Car communications technology and a collision warning system.

Did I mention the car is ‘green’ too? The power comes from a 1.5 liter EcoBoost, which utilizes turbocharging, variable valve timing and direct-injection technology to provide you with enough performance to run all your errands and still help you save money and the planet by remaining fuel efficient!

Yet, like any dream man, the S-Max Concept remains just that: a concept.

Ford has no plans to launch the eventual production version of this stunning car in the U.S.

Ford says that the aim of the concept is to showoff the wide scope of technologies and styling the company is preparing for for it’s future generation of vehicles.

So, in the end, Prince Charming is just a tease – but if fairytales do come true, this car will definitely be marriage material!

Source: Motor Authority



2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track Driving Impressions & Quick Spin 28
Aug
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe, Automotive, Genesis Coupe, Hyundai, Hyundai Genesis Coupe, Test Drives on 08 28th, 2013
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Ever since the conception of the Hyundai Genesis Coupe in 2009 as a 2010 model, enthusiasts have had it within their peripheral vision while others have focused in on its endearing and competitive performance edge wrapped in an affordable package. For the latest 2013 model, Hyundai keeps the momentum in the right direction by adding more power to both the 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine as well as the beefy 3.8-liter V6 engine found in our latest test vehicle.

The new 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8-liter V6 Track makes for a capable sports coupe ready and eager to run with its direct competition on and off of the track. We contrasted the 2.0-liter Turbo variant of the Genesis Coupe against the 3.8-liter V6 with a highlighted differentiator being its weight balance and how it manages to plow its extra heft in the V6 around a track. Though the weight dilemma haunts the 3.8-V6, the track version of the Korean sports coupe still begs to claw its way to the finish line with added power this year totaling 348 horsepower and 295 ft-lbs. of torque.

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To prevent any stagnation in Hyundai’s enthused drive forward, the new 2013 Genesis Coupe mates its robust V6 engine to a new 8-speed automatic transmission option available on the Track trim and standard on the Touring trim. The 3.8 R-Spec trim is reserved only for the 6-speed manual transmission, though it still sports the same 348-horsepower engine.

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My test vehicle, equipped with the new 8-speed automatic transmission, proves to really take advantage of the wide powerband of the big V6 engine. It was apparent of the engine’s eagerness to wind up quickly to its 6,400 rpm redline with an aggressive-sounding growl from its intake manifold. Just by the sound alone, the Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track makes you aware of just how big its V6 powerplant is.

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The new Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track is great for a straight line, even during those times you want to roast the rear 245/40/19-inch performance tires. Being that the Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track is a designated trim level that can call your nearest track home base for its capable chassis and drivetrain, it is only fitting that such a vehicle is tossed around every so often. In doing just that, you will quickly discover its true handling traits.  Finding the limits of the new Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track does not take too long -considering when you enter into corner with the temp turned up the vehicle exhibits a bit of understeer and only followed up with restrained oversteer if you wrestle with the steering and power through. The understeer, somewhat of an unexpected trait, was mentally explained after opening the hood and observing how far forward of the strut towers the engine overhangs. To compensate, the standard Torsen limited-slip differential helps you manage the rear end with a bit of synchronization in the drive wheels.

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The new Hyundia Genesis coupe’s chassis is plenty capable of taking abuse and the sum of its performance parts, including the big 6-piston Brembo brake calipers up front and 4-piston in the rear, are up able to take on light to moderate track duties with no qualms.

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The inside of the new 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track mimics much of the rest of the Hyundai lineup. Though, with a slant towards performance, the new Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track gets a few unique touches such as analog 3-pod gauges for readout of current fuel economy, oil temperature and torque. I will go all-out in ‘enthusiast-left-field’ and claim my confusion for such a choice of gauges in a “Track” labeled vehicle instead of giving you something more useful like an oil pressure display. Heck, a clock would have been more useful than telling me the Genesis Coupe is currently producing 295 ft-lbs of torque when I should not be looking at the gauge. On the other hand, there is always the chance of riding shotgun with a big smile on your face.

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The front seats of the Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track are remarkable for a track day and prove to provide enough comfort for long trips. The bolstering is ample while the low back possibly gets shortened due to the low-slung roofline. The rear seating area is a bit tight with a major disappointment in headroom. Be sure to never stick any of your “tall” friends in the back unless they do not mind a roofliner massage or alternative hair makeover. The steering wheel shifter paddles, among the full list of standard features of the Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track, come of as a bit cheesy and cheap after hearing the plastic creeping noises just before you are greeted with snappy shifts of the 8-speed automatic transmission. I would say managing 8 gears is just a bit baffling, unless you like the idea of playing games with the computer to see how far you can upshift without divine intervention from the transmission ECU gods. However, the transmission’s sport mode does great to select the proper gear and keep engine humming in its sweet spot sans your forthcoming headache.

Around town, while getting an average of 22.5 mpg, the Genesis Coupe remains civilized giving you extra confidence about unleashing its 348 horsepower. At times you will desire a bit more tire patch on the pavement when the Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track gets squirrely with traction control and stability control fully disabled. Though, you will discover a few reasons for drift-champions using such a capable chassis in the Gensis Coupe.

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The ride quality of the new Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track is firm enough as to not give away its front-end heavy balance. There is, however, a subtle reverberation of the dampers on light bumps. The appealing look of the Genesis Coupe’s stance pays homage to a customized or lowered sports coupe by limiting wheel gap between the finders and tires. More of its sporty appeal wraps around the wide front bumper, rear spoiler and chrome-tipped exhaust outlets within the rear bumper.

The new Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track, at the top of the trim line for the sports coupe, comes equipped with a full range of Genesis Coupe options as standard equipment, including GPS navigation, Bluetooth connectivity and a power driver’s seat. This brings the price to $35,265 including an $875 destination and handling charge, a full set of carpeted floor mats and an iPod connector cable.

In all, the latest Genesis Coupe has come a long way from vehicles like the Tiburon to bring to the table what really matters to enthusiasts, being a truly competent rear wheel drive sports coupe with decent power and enough goodies to keep you smiling on commutes and those rare track days.

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Copyright: 2013 AutomotiveAddicts.com

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: Base Genesis Coupe 2.0T $24,250 As-Tested Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track $27,375
  • Engine: 3.8-liter DOHC V6 348 Horsepower at 6,400 rpm  / 295 lb.ft. Torque at 5,300 rpm
  • Wheelbase: 111 in.
  • Total length: 182.3 in.
  • Total width: 73.4 in.
  • Total height: 54.5 in.
  • Track: f/r- 63/63.6 in.
  • Headroom: f/r- 39.2/34.6 in.
  • Legroom: f/r- 44.1/30.3 in.
  • Cargo volume: 10 cu.ft.
  • Curb weight: 3,483 lbs.
  • Turning circle: 37.4 ft.
  • 0-60 mph: 5.4 seconds
  • Fuel tank: 17.2 gallons
  • MPG: 16 mpg/city, 25 mpg/highway


Red Bull rider’s Crazy Drifting 27
Aug
Posted by Kelly Levinsohn in drifting, Popular, Red Bull, Videos on 08 27th, 2013

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Ok, Red Bull. We get it. You’re cars are fast and your drivers can handle them (very) well.

Red Bull recently sent a couple of their ‘drift masters’ to the Tianmanshan Mountains in Northern China to showcase their amazing drifting abilities up high.

The mountain pass, which has exatly 99 corners, posed quite the challenge for the Red Bull drivers, as they not only had to battle sharp turns, but also great heights! This one was definitely not for those afraid of heights!

Red Bull China’s Hong Kong based driver, James Tang, went up against Italian Frederico Sceriffo, the Official Team Orange Japan driver. Both men tried their best to conquer the fearsome mountain range and it’s 99 turns.

It was to be the Italian who took the title – with a top speed of 170km/h and a score of 96.5 out of 100, Sceriffo promptly earned himself the title of “Tianmenshan Mountain Drift King”.

Check out the video below, it will definitely have you on the edge of your seat!

Source: CarBuzz



2013 Lexus GS 350 F Sport Review & Test Drive 27
Aug
Posted by Harvey Schwartz in 2013 Lexus GS 350 F Sport, Automotive, LEXUS, Lexus GS, Test Drives on 08 27th, 2013
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The all-new 2013 Lexus GS350 mid-size luxury sedan receives a much needed infusion of higher levels of performance and precision to keep the Lexus enthusiasts happy as the premium segment continues to offer sedans that take performance seriously.

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The new GS350 F SPORT takes performance a step further without sacrificing the trademark Lexus ride comfort and luxurious interior.  The new F SPORT features a sport-tuned suspension with firmer springs, thicker anti-roll bars, larger front brake rotors and high-friction brake pads, an adaptive variable damping system, a variable ratio steering system, and bushing changes.  What stays the same is the potent 3.5 liter V6 with direct injection, four cams, four valves per cylinder, an aluminum block & heads with dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence.  The engine also features improved intake and exhaust sound characteristics via an intake sound enhancer and optimized muffler chamber that complement the higher handling performance levels.  Horsepower is rated at 306 at 6,200 and 274lb.ft. of torque at just 3,600rpm.

This potent engine is mated to a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic with paddle shifters to be able to hold each gear up to the redline.  The Adaptive Variable Suspension system has four-driving modes that you can change by turning a large dial on the left side on the center console.    This system enabled me to customize the driving experience I wanted to enjoy.  ECO mode revises throttle mapping, seat heating and climate control systems for better fuel economy.  In ECO mode the instrument cluster lighting turns to blue.  Normal mode is when you want a little more performance than ECO mode.  SPORT S mode revises throttle mapping and transmission shifting priorities to fully exploit the capabilities of the Powertrain.  In Sport S the meter lighting changes to red.  The F SPORT exclusively offers Sport S+ mode that engages handling enhancements via a sport setting of the adaptive variable suspension, steering system, and Vehicle Dynamic Integrated Management (VDIM) together with the powertrain enhancements of SPORT S mode.

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The new F SPORT also offers an optional Lexus Dynamic Handling (LDH) system with Dynamic Rear Steering (DRS).  This newly developed technology offers Lexus’s first integration of DRS; Electric Power Steering; and Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS).  It monitors vehicle speed, steering direction and my driving inputs, the system than can independently manage both front and rear wheel steering angles to help improve turn-in response, rear grip, vehicle control and overall agility when cornering hard.  With all of these technologies working together you can really feel the higher rate springs, damper rates and 19X9 inch rear tires griping the road when approaching and exiting a tight turn at high speed.  Also enabling these systems to work so harmoniously is the special calibration of the VDIM as it anticipates loss of vehicle control and governs all of the car’s dynamic handling systems-the ABS, BA, VSC (Vehicle Stability Control), and Traction Control-with the electronic throttle control system.  VDIM employs these systems collectively and seamlessly to help make corrections while allowing higher dynamic capability.  The system also features a limited slip differential effect to put more of the power down on the pavement.  Further increasing stability and handling prowess is a more rigid platform with an increased number of spot welds and adding laser welds in very specific locations.  A wider track by almost two inches further enhances handling and stability.  The new F SPORT is exclusively equipped with 19 inch staggered with wheels and tires-19X8 inch aggressive black graphite front and 19X9 inch black graphite alloy rear wheels.  They are wrapped with 235/40R19 inch front and 265/35R19 inch low-profile high-performance tires.

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Slowing the new G350 F SPORT down from speed are powerful, 4-wheel disc brakes.  Up front are large 14 inch vented discs clamped with 4-piston calipers and 12.2 inch vented discs clamped with large single-piston calipers to bring the car to a short, safe stop.

The all-new GS350 F SPORT features exclusive styling with a large front bumper that juts out in the middle and contains mesh grille inserts, openings at the sides to bring cooling air to the front brakes, a splitter with flat panels under to help with airflow, L-shaped LED daytime running lights, HID headlamp clusters, the new Lexus signature chrome spindle grille surround.  From the side are steeply raked A-pillars, lower side extensions, a full perimeter chrome strip around the greenhouse, pull-out door handles, aero-styled remote/heated side mirrors and short rear deck with an integrated spoiler.  The rear fascia features a distinctive integrated exhaust diffuser with centered aero fins to help control underbody airflow and dual exhausts with chrome surrounds.  The new GS350 F SPORT is taut and athletic; it looks like it is moving when parked.

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In interior is as luxurious, comfortable, and high-tech as the regular GS350 but with F SPORT cues such as a 16-way powered driver’s seat with power side bolsters, smooth striated aluminum trim on the dashboard, center console and doors, unique perforated leather trimmed seats, black roof headliner, aluminum pedals, a perforated, power tilt/telescopic steering wheel with a distinctive F Sport badge at the bottom and a perforated shift knob.  The F Sport package also comes with rain-sensing wipers/washers, heated/ventilated front seats, a power rear sunshade, a Head’s Up display that I really liked using to keep my eyes straight ahead and seeing my speed, tachometer, radio station and gear selected, a Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound audio system with 17-speakers, 835-watts of power with 7.1 channel architecture, digital amplifier, GreenEdge speaker technology, power sliding sunroof, HDD Navigation with a 12.3 inch high-resolution split screen display and Lexus Enform with Destination & eDistination, application suite, NavWeather, NavTraffic, Sports, Stock, Intuitive Park Assist, Cargo Net, and Trunk mat.  All Lexus GS350 sedans come standard with all-express windows/door locks, Smart Entry with push button start/stop, dual zone automatic climate control, automatic recirculation with smog sensor and air filter, white LED interior lighting, Lexus Homelink Universal Transceiver, carpeted floor mats, dual map lights, grab handles above each door, dual cupholders, center console with padded armrest and sliding storage bin, storage slots in each door, cruise control, and a pull-down rear center armrest.

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Standard safety features include dual front airbags, front/rear side mounted side impact airbags, front/rear side curtain airbags, driver’s/front passenger knee airbags, 3-point safety belts with front pretensioners/load limiters, whiplash injury lessening front seats, front/rear crumple zones, steel beams in each door, safety connect automatic collision notification, stolen vehicle location, emergency assist button (SOS) and a tire pressure monitoring system.

The new 2013 GS350 F SPORT is the real deal that brings more performance and thrills to the mid-size Lexus GS350.  It is fun and easy to drive with all of the trademarks that make the Lexus brand one of the world’s best-selling luxury vehicles.

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SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: Base GS 350 $47,250 / As-Tested GS 350 F-Sport $59,474.00
  • Engine: 3.5-liter DOHC V6 306 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm / 274 ft-lbs. torque @ 3,600 rpm
  • Wheelbase: 112.2 inches
  • Total length: 190.7 inches
  • Total width: 72.4 inches
  • Total height: 57.3 inches
  • Track: f/r-62/62.6 inches
  • Headroom: f/r-38.37.8 inches
  • Legroom: f/r-42.3/36.3 inches
  • EPA cargo volume: 14.3 cu.ft.
  • Curb weight: 3,795 pounds
  • Fuel tank: 17.4 gallons
  • Turning circle: 36.8 ft.
  • Steering ratio: 10.3-12.0:1
  • Turns, lock to lock: 2.2-2.6
  • 0-60mph: 5.7 seconds
  • EPA mileage: 19mpg/city, 28mpg/highway

 



2015 Toyota Supra Concept Rendering Emerges to Stir Rumors… Again 26
Aug
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Auto Addiction, Automotive, News, TOYOTA on 08 26th, 2013
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If you were a betting person spending your hard earned money on the idea that we would have seen a ‘NEW’ Toyota Supra by now, you would be homeless and seriously in debt. We lost count on how many times the ‘return of the Supra’ rumor mill has spun a bearing ending in fumes of smoke as we are let down time after time. Somehow the internet has, once again, repaired that Supra rumor mill to spin once again this time claiming that the new Toyota Supra will be based off of the Lexus LF-LC Concept.

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Our friends at BoldRide posted these “details” just recently and we wanted to share them with the world just because we can. They say it is supposed to be a 500+ horsepower hybrid with LED headlights and a cool-factor out of this world. Yup!

That poor Supra rumor mill… one day it will cease to exist and we can only hope that the day comes soon.

With new reports of an upgraded Toyota Supra, together with Hansen Art, we give you an exclusive look at just what the all-new sportscar might entail.

Based off the Lexus LF-LC concept, the new and improved Supra is expected to come with an aggressive, open front end, paired to a set of handsome LED headlights and a long, swooping hood. Side features will include a sharp new set of wheels and an angular air intake.

In the back, we see many signature features found on the classic supra. The over-the-top rear spoiler accented by a set of infamous quad rounded taillights. All this paired to a dual exhaust.

Expect more official details on the return of the Supra to be announced at a later date.



Spy Shots: Jaguar F-Type R-S Coupe 26
Aug
Posted by Kelly Levinsohn in Automotive News, Jaguar F-Type, Popular, Spy Shot, super car, Super car news on 08 26th, 2013

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If these spy shots are anything to go by, then supercar manufacturers might want to pull up their socks and get ready for when the Jaguar F-type Coupe finally arrives.

Currently, the fabulous F-type is only available as roadster while Jaguar continue to fine tune the finishing touches on the roadsters sibling, the coupe.

The official debut for the F-type Coupe is scheduled in just a couple of weeks time – at the Frankfurt Auto Show.

There have been many rumours doing the rounds n exactly what the F-type Coupe will have in store for us.

However, one rumour that is definitely worth extra attention is that Jaguar are also planning a F-Type R-S Coupe.

And luckily for us, with these spy shots obtained by CarBuzz, we now have solid proof that Jaguar is, in fact, building an F-Type R-S Coupe.

A prototype for the much anticipated car was seen doing some early testing, although the actual production version is still at least a year away.

We can also be sure that this is not a standard F-Type Coupe because of one simply fact: the brakes. The yellow calipers are bigger than those that you would expect to find on a standard F-Type Coupe.

The sneaky photographer who got these shots, also claim that the words “Jaguar Carbon Ceramic” were stamped on them.

Gallery: The supposed Jaguar F-Type R-S Coupe –

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Another thing that gives us the inkling that this is NOT a standard F-Type Coupe, is that this specific F-Type has cross-drilled brake rotors, something that is not visible on the present F-Type.

Also, Jaguar has placed extra camouflage on the air intakes and on either side of the front bumper.

What to expect from the F-Type Coupe’s engine? Well, something quite amazing. We can expect to see a supercharged V8 from the S model in there, but the output will most likely be increased from 495hp to around 550hp.

If, in fact, the F-Type Coupe ends up with around 550hp, it will put itself in direct competition with Porsche’s 911 Turbo. This will make a rather big impact on the supercar world, which then begs the question: Jaguar or Porsche?

You decide!

Source: CarBuzz



Automotive Addicts Photographer Highlights DustBall Rally 2013 23
Aug
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Auto Addiction, Automotive, Brandon Connelly, DustBall Rally, Events on 08 23rd, 2013
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Recently our Orlando based AutomotiveAddicts.com photographer, Brandon Connelly, was invited to join in on the DustBall Rally. A rally where all cars are welcome, not strictly exotics or high end cars(those do get priority though.)  It is also a gimmick rally, meaning on some of the routes there may be a scavenger hunt packet to fill out on the drive. Aside from that it is not a race but simply a nice cruise for automotive enthusiasts of all kinds to enjoy and have fun with.

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The rally began in Dallas, Texas at Autosource Dallas and then traveled on to Memphis, where they conquered the “Tail of the Dragon” before arriving in Atlanta. From there they continued on to Daytona Beach. The morning of their departure from Daytona was when Brandon was able to meet up with them and begin his portion of the journey with the Dustballers. The drivers reset their trip odometers, were given their gimmick packets and set their sights on the finishing point at DipYourCar.com‘s shop in Coral Springs via A1A. Some of the teams made side trips to the Kennedy Space Center and Canaveral National Sea Shore along the route before reaching the final destination point.

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Once the Awards were handed out at the finish line, the dyno runs were done by the drivers and the food was all gone; we were then given our instructions/directions for the weekend. The directions led us to downtown Miami where our guidelines were to simply have a blast for the weekend! Some hit the clubs, some hit South Beach and one team even rented a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder for 24 hours. Brandon tagged along with some of the crew for most of Saturday to hit up Ocean Drive and sight-see along with snapping some shots of the cars cruising around the city. All in all, everyone made it safe throughout he fully rally. Only one ticket on the full rally and a few mechanical issues for teams but our team had a blast with their short leg of this rally. The next one is already in the works and it would appear according to the site that it will begin in Austin and end in Chicago, where it will stop in between no one knows.

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Street Race: BMW 335i vs. C6 Corvette 23
Aug
Posted by Kelly Levinsohn in 2009 BMW 335i, C6 Corvette, Modified car Talk, Popular, racing, Videos on 08 23rd, 2013

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If you are into real street racing, then this video is definitely for you!

In Miami, Florida, two rival groups of car tuners met for a daring street race in the dark of the night. It might sound a little like the plot of Fast and Furious, but it’s not all that hardcore.

Although both groups are tuners, there was only one tuned car in this race. The BMW 335i of the one group was tuned to produce 450 horsepower at the wheels.

This BMW went head to head against a (untuned) classic C6 Corvette. Surprisingly, the race was pretty tight, and both groups said that it was almost impossible to decide on a clear winner.

Watch the video below, and then decide which car is your winner:

Source: Carbuzz



Compilation of Car Scenes in Famous Films 22
Aug
Posted by Kelly Levinsohn in cars, Movies, Off Topic, Popular, Videos on 08 22nd, 2013

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Have you ever watched a film that did not feature a car somewhere, somehow? Mmm. It’s quite difficult to think of any!

Unless it is a period film, a fantasy film or something pre-historic, most modern day films feature a car or automobile somewhere in some scene.

Supercut, the YouTube channel that mashes everything together, has released a two minute compilation clip of scenes from movies that feature the super popular ‘widescreen shot’ through the windshield of a car.

This shot, as you will see, is a wide angled shot of people driving in a car, and you, the viewer see them through the windshield. I’m sure you can think of some scenes like that already!

The clip features scenes from more than 30 famous films – all using the same ‘widescreen-through-the-windshield’ shot.

Think you can name all the films these scenes are from? Go on over to Supercut’s YouTube page to see a full list of all the films used to create this mashup, and check your answers.

Just another way of showing the importance of cars in pop culture, films and, of course, everyday lives.

Enjoy!

Source: Autoblog



2014 Audi A8 and S8 Technology Leaves Us in Amazement 21
Aug
Posted by Darryl in audi, Audi A8, Audi S8, Auto Addiction, Automotive, Frankfurt Auto Show, News, Technical on 08 21st, 2013
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Audi, one of the German automakers to leave us breathless with new technological advancements in their newest creations on 4 wheels, is up to their tricks again with astonishing improvements to make their vehicles safer and more enjoyable. To start off our amazement, Audi quickly demonstrates their new array of LED lights (headlights and taillights) and how the virtually adapt to different environments. The video below, featuring Audi DTM driver Edoardo Mortara and 24 Hour Le Mans Champ Loic Duval piloting a new A8L, gives us a glimpse of what Audi’s flagship vehicles have to offer in terms of technology all before they debut the vehicles at the upcoming Frankfurt Auto Show. Enjoy!



Lamborghini Veneno looks mean on the Road 21
Aug
Posted by Kelly Levinsohn in Lamborghini, Off Topic, Popular, Videos on 08 21st, 2013

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On Monday we reported on Lamborghini’s plans to manufacture a roadster version of the super mean looking Veneno.

Seeing as though the Veneno is such a rare Lamborghini, and is sort of living in the shadows of it’s sister, the Aventador, it is very seldom you get to actually see one in action – much less casually cruising through the streets of a suburb!

Supercar spotter, Brian Zuk, was lucky enough to capture exactly that – a Veneno casually cruising the streets of a neighbourhood. Of course, the looks f the voluptious Veneno grabbed the attention of many on lookers, as they thought it probably was some super hero’s car.

It really is a sight for sore eyes to see this amazing, futuristic car in action. And a $4 million each, it won’t be a regular sight in any environment!

Check out the video below – and try not to be too jealous!

Source: Carbuzz



Ferrari Breaks Cover of Hardcore 458 Speciale 20
Aug
Posted by Darryl in Auto Addiction, Automotive, Ferrari, ferrari 458, ferrari 458 italia, ferrari 458 speciale, News on 08 20th, 2013
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Okay, it weighs 2,843 pounds, goes from 0 mph to 62 mph in 3.0 seconds flat, goes to 124 mph in 9.1 seconds, has 1.33 g of later acceleration, laps the Fiorano test trick in 1:23.5, has 597 horsepower at 9,000 rpm and 398 pound-feet of torque at 6,000 rpm from its 4.5-liter V8 engine… It is the new Ferrari 458 Speciale, because it is “Special”.

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Coming out Ferrari’s arsenal is the best handling Ferrari yet, the new Ferrari 458 Speciale, which is set to debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show next month featuring crazy technological advances like a new slip-angle control system to optimize torque through each rear wheel for the best traction possible.

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More information about this SPECIAL Italian stallion, basically a 430 Scuderia variation of the new 458 Italia, will be uncovered during the Frankfurt Auto Show starting September 10th.

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