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Jay Leno Goes Superhero – Drives Batman Tumbler: Video 30
Sep
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Auto Addiction, Automotive, Batman, Jay Leno, Jay Leno's Garage, Movie, video on 09 30th, 2013
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It would be a blast to storm down the street in Batman’s Tumbler, a vehicle you have seen on the big screen in the latest Batman movies. For Jay Leno, he has a blast just about every day by driving something “different” within his vast collection of cars. Though, today is a little different as he gets behind the wheel of one of the actual Batman – ‘The Dark Knight’ Tumbler vehicles and takes it for a ‘test drive.’

For something that costs nearly a cool million to build and weighs a couple tons, it is pure excitement that deserves someone like Jay to express a unique characterization of such a vehicle.

Enjoy the full test drive video below!



2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray Quick Spin & First Impressions 30
Sep
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2014 Chevy Corvette, 2014 Corvette Stingray, Automotive, Chevrolet, Chevy Corvette, Corvette Stingray, Corvette Stingray Z51, Test Drives on 09 30th, 2013
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A couple of us at AutomotiveAddicts.com were able to join Chevrolet Performance Cars Marketing Manager, John Fitzpatrick and other General Motors engineering staff for a quick run-down and test drive of the all-new 2014 Corvette C7 Stingray. Down in sunny Miami, FL we took a quick spin of the new Corvette Stingray equipped with the Z51 performance package.

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Initial impressions of the new Corvette Stingray surmount to an aesthetically pleasing sports car that has many traits of a grand-tourer with an attitude. The new 7-speed manual transmission on our test vehicle mated to the new 455 horsepower V8 engine (460 horsepower with Z51 package) were at the heart of the new Corvette C7 allowing us to experience acceleration to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds. Of course a couple launches down the streets of Miami Beach quickly came to a dashing stop as we did not want to end up handcuffs.

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The over-all driving impressions of the new Corvette were set high as we were greeted by the best interior found in any Vette yet. The sporty cabin was laced with leather, nicely accented stitching, leather dashboard insets, real aluminum trim pieces and a minimal amount of plastics delicately placed around the shifter housing center dashboard stack. Just as Chevrolet has previously claimed through previous communications before the Stingray’s public debut, all materials are made of what they look like. This holds true throughout the cabin even where you can option it out with a carbon fiber trim package to replace the small amount of plastic surfaces that remain. Otherwise, the sporty seats are supportive yet hold you in place in preparation for hitting twisty roads or the track.

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In terms of driving excitement the Corvette aims to please driving much like a tamed beast in the most selectable pre-programmed drive modes (eco, weather, default normal). Placing the vehicle in either Sport or Track driving modes really spices things up by first opening up the exhaust valve for a mean exhaust burble and firmer magnetic dampers. Leaving traction control and stability control intact, the new Vette moves with authority through the lower gear cogs making the best use of the V8’s wide and torque-filled power band. The 7-speed manual transmission is rather direct and frees up your abilities to make quick money-shifts. The new rev-match system allows for seamless downshifts through blipping the throttle as you down-shift – only hindered by a subtle delay before you can release the clutch. It is possible that this minor hiccup is dependent on the drive mode, which we left in Sport for the duration of our quick 30 minute drive. The 7-speed manual gates are also designed with some forward-thinking intelligence by locking you out of the 7th gear gate when shifting from 4th to 5th. Additionally, the tranny seems to assist in limiting any fumbling through unwanted gear gates having that extra 7th gear spot.

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Besides engine management and the electronic limited-slip differential, the new Corvette Stingray is an adaptable road-going machine. The balance of the ride quality and true handling abilities really shine through the new 50/50 weight distribution and chassis giving you plenty of confidence in any near-illegal maneuvers you make on public roads. Nevertheless, track days are expected to be a blast as we suspecting the quest for the new Vette’s handling limits may take many laps around a demanding track before you really find it. It just feels that good.

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In our limited time behind the wheel of the new 2014 Corvette Stingray our biggest takeaway was the quality and enthusiast-injected capabilities in this being the best Corvette ever. The C7 exhibits the heartfelt drive from American ingenuity and a newfound pride in building an excellent sports car bred from true enthusiasts all the way down from the design team, engineers and racecar test drivers. The new Corvette Stingray exhibited all of the expected traits that the long lineage of the iconic American sports car has for many decades. Only the new C7 model tacks on unsurpassed quality and technological advancements all for a much smaller price of admission when pitted against its direct competition.

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Copyright: 2013 AutomotiveAddicts.com

SPECIFICATIONS

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray (C7) Z51

  • Price: Base Corvette Stingray $51,000 / As-Tested Corvette Stingray Z51 $68,000 est.
  • Engine: 6.2-liter OHC V8 460 (Z51) horsepower @ 6,000 rpm / 460 ft-lbs. torque @ 4,600 rpm
  • Wheelbase: 106.7 inches
  • Total length: 176.9 inches
  • Total width: 73.9 inches
  • Total height: 48.8 inches
  • EPA cargo volume: 15.0 cu.ft.
  • Curb weight: 3,444 pounds
  • Fuel tank: 18.5 gallons
  • 0-60mph: 3.8 seconds (Z51)
  • Top Speed: 190 mph (estimated)
  • EPA mileage: 17 mpg city / 29 mpg highway


2013 Infiniti G37 IPL Convertible Quick Spin 30
Sep
Posted by Harvey Schwartz in Automotive, Infiniti, Infiniti G37 Convertible, Infiniti G37 IPL Convertible, Test Drives on 09 30th, 2013
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The stunning all-new 2013 IPL G high-performance hard-top convertible joins the   Infiniti line of finely crafted luxury automobiles.  As the second member of the Infiniti Performance Line of premium performance vehicles, the all-new IPL hardtop convertible takes the dramatic Infiniti G convertible to an even higher level of luxury and performance.  The first IPL was the G coupe as IPL’s product design philosophy focused on ‘total vehicle performance’ including unique driving attributes and exclusive exterior and interior features at a very reasonable price point.  The all-new IPL G convertible features special aerodynamic styling pieces, the dynamic performance of an IPL-tuned V6 engine, transmission, exhaust, suspension, brakes, 19 inch IPL aluminum-alloy wheels and a unique leather-appointed interior-including the G convertible’s three-piece retractable hardtop.

The Infiniti Performance Line (IPL) pushes the premium performance envelope for buyers seeking a higher level of exclusivity and driving excitement but it does it with an Infiniti twist-it looks as good with the top up as down at an economical price starting at just $60,600.00 complete.  The only options are a rear wind deflector, illuminated kick plates and a first aid kit.

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Based on the premium foundation of the Infiniti G37 convertible, the IPL G convertible features an advanced VQ37VHR 3.7 liter, all-aluminum, DOHC, VVEL V6.  The engine management system has been recalibrated through air-fuel mixture and ignition timing optimization, raising the maximum horsepower output to a high 7,400rpm.  To obtain a natural acceleration feel, the torque curve from low revs to the maximum torque point (5,200rpm) was tuned for linearity.  The IPL-tuned high-flow exhaust is a full dual exhaust H-pipe design with independent left and right large diameter pipes.  The muffler’s inner structure and materials have been maximized to reduce pressure and provide an appropriate performance exhaust note that sounds great-music to my or any other high-performance enthusiast’s ears.  The result is a 30% reduction in exhaust back pressure.  As a result of both the exhaust system and engine management changes, the IPL G convertible generates a very healthy 343hp and 273lb.ft. of torque.

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This specially tuned V6 is mated to an electronically controlled 7-speed automatic with Downshift Rev Matching and quick-shift Drive Sport (DS) mode with magnesium paddle shifters and Adaptive Shift Control (ASC) when left in Drive (D).  Instant gear changes whether up or down the gears is great fun and when entering a curve at speed, down-shifting and have the revs matched is smooth with no shock as you are increasing the revs into a lower gear, then flattening the aluminum throttle pedal and blasting out after the apex.  You can also shut the Traction Control/Vehicle Dynamic Control system off by pushing a dashboard mounted button to let the rear slide out for even more thrills.

It is great fun driving in city traffic or on the back roads thanks to the car’s enhanced dynamic performance that focuses on providing confident handling, a flat and smooth comfortable ride.  The IPL’s tuned fully independent suspension tuning and damping management philosophy is designed to optimize each aspect of the suspension, effectively connecting me to the road surface while minimizing uncomfortable vibrations.  Up front is a double-wishbone setup and the rear is a multi-link setup.  Front spring rates have been increased 14% over the G convertible Sport model and rear spring rates increased by 4%.  Front stabilizer spring rates have been increased 6% over the G convertible Sport model and rear stabilizer spring rates increased 125%.  Shock tuning has also been adjusted and incorporates an all-new rear HF-type shock.  The steering system of the IPL G convertible matches beautifully with the IPL tuned suspension.  The sport-tuned vehicle-speed-sensitive rack & pinion steering system features a sport-tuned steering gear that gives me a better feel for the road and incredible quick reaction to my steering inputs.  It quickly turns the car where I want it to go with ease.

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Quickly and safely slowing the new IPL G convertible down from speed are large, world-class brakes.  Up front are 14 inch vented rotors clamped with aluminum-alloy opposed 4-piston calipers.  The rear brakes are 13.8 inch vented rotors clamped with aluminum-alloy opposed 2-piston calipers.  Keeping me in control of my direction during severe braking maneuvers and when braking on wet or slick pavement is standard ABS, EBS and BA electronic systems.

Further enhancing the high-performance driving dynamics and world-class braking abilities are the big, low-profile, high-performance tires.  Up front are IPL split 7-spoke graphite finish 19X8 inch alloy wheels wrapped with 22/45R19 inch Bridgestone Potenza RE050A tires and 19X9 inch wheels wrapped with 245/40R19 inch summer tires for excellent grip and a smooth ride.

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The car’s unique styling includes a dramatic front bumper/fascia design with a lower spoiler, flat bottom plate to help with airflow, the signature Infiniti horizontal satin chrome grille, lower air-intake with side intakes to cool the front brakes, HID headlamps, foglamps and black finishers.  From the side are steeply raked windshield A-pillars, aero-dynamic styled, power-folding/heated sideview mirrors, pull out door handles, a chrome strip running the length of the greenhouse, and deep, sculpted side sills to lower the center of gravity that further enhances handling capabilities.  The rear features large, wraparound LED lamp clusters, a chrome spoiler on top of the deck lid, a bold, one piece bumper and two 5-inch round exhaust tips finished in chrome.  The look when the top is closed reminds me of a solid sculpted piece of metal.

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The IPL G convertible interior that I tested harmonizes with the exterior styling with Monaco Red leather seats.  All IPL G convertible interiors include red-stitched leather appointed climate controlled front sport seats that are very comfortable and supportive and include an embroidered IPL logo, red-stitched, leather-wrapped power tilt/telescopic steering wheel that feels perfect in my hand, Silk Obi aluminum trim on the dashboard, center console and doors, IPL embroidered front floor mats, and aluminum trimmed pedals and footrest.  Other standard equipment includes a 13-speaker Bose Open Air Sound System, optimized for both top positions, with AudioPilot 2.0 noise compensation technology and Personal front seat headrest speakers, an Adaptive Dual Zone climate control that automatically adjusts fan speed and air volume based on top position, and Advanced Climate Control System (ACCS) with Plasmacluster air purifier.  Infiniti Navigation System with voice recognition and available NavTraffic Real-Time Traffic Information, NavWeather with Real-Time Weather and 3-day forecast, Streaming Audio via Bluetooth and Zagat Survey Restaurant Guide and touch screen and Bluetooth hands-free phone system.  Technological and convenience features include power windows/door locks with express up/down, self-dimming rearview mirror, 8-way power-adjustable/power lumbar front bucket seats, dual map lights, dual lighted vanity mirrors, illuminated glove box, rear sonar system, rear camera, Sirius Satellite radio, USB connection port for iPod interface, Homelink Universal Transceiver, and remote keyless entry.

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And advanced airbag system with dual-stage supplemental front airbags with seat belt sensors and occupant classification sensor is standard along with door-mounted curtain side impact airbags, front-seat side-impact airbags, front seat active head restraints and front 3-point seatbelts with pretensioners/load limiters.  The rear seat included fixed headrests with rear Pop-up Roll Bars and 3-point seatbelts.  The car also includes reinforced front side members, front pillars and body sills, front/rear crumple zones and steel beams in each door.

The 2013 IPL G convertible is offered in one fully equipped model, the IPL G convertible with 7-speed automatic transmission, there are no options.  It is the perfect blend of luxury and sportiness.

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SPECIFICATONS

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


Review – Vredestein Ultrac Vorti tyres 27
Sep
Posted by Minnaar Pieters in audi, Popular, review, S3, ultrac vorti, Vredestein on 09 27th, 2013

Vredestein is a smaller dutch tyre company who recently launched their range of high performance tyres in South Africa. The company has no partnerships with other major tyre companies, and has thus focused their full attention on creating tyres primarily for the high performance market. This means that you will not find Vredestein tyres for your average A to B car. I got offered the chance to try out the new Vredestein Ultrac Vorti – a new ultra high performance tyre which tops the current lineup.

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This means that I had to get hold of a car to fully try out this new brand of tyres (none of my cars have 18 inch wheels) – not only in terms of wheel size, but also in terms of performance. I got hold of a 2012 Audi S3 with optional 18 inch RS3 alloys. To get used to the car handling, I used the original Bridgestone Potenza tyres for a few days, and gave them a good workout.  The tyres were still reasonably fresh with around 4000km of use.

I then had the new Vredestein tyres fitted (225 / 40R18 to be exact) just as a cold front hit Cape Town – which gave me a great chance to see if these tyres could handle some of the flood worthy wet roads of the past month. I am happy to report that the tyres did not disappoint. While the previous Bridgestone Potenza were by no means soft tyres, the Vredestein’s were noticeably quieter, yet very firm.

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The Audi S3 has a very firm suspension setup, so you do feel sudden uneven surfaces in the road. The Vredestein clearly has some very hard shoulders – which is to be expected from a performance tyre. The tyres could not quite save some of the teeth clashing hard bumps you get in some backroads on low speed – but at speed it handles the uneven surfaces brilliantly.

So what about the grip? I took the new tyres out on some of the Durbanville farm backroads, and they did not disappoint. Grip was fantastic – where the previous tyres could get a little less grippy under hard driving and uneven surfaces, the Ultrac Vorti’s was a brilliant compliment to the Quattro system on the S3. Off the line grip was excellent, and hard braking felt like my face would be pulled off. Hard cornering was noticeably improved – you do get the idea that a car of this nature really does become unleashed with proper tyres.

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Overall the Vredestein Ultrac Vorti’s do exactly what they set out to do – they offer phenomenal grip with sharply decreased noise levels, and less earth shattering ride which is typically expected from this tyre size. If you have a high performance car, you need to do yourself a favour and try the Vredestein tyres out – they clearly know what they are doing. Highly recommended.



2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet Driving Impressions 27
Sep
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 S, Automotive, porsche, Porsche-911, Test Drives on 09 27th, 2013
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When taking a formula that has had the same basic fundamentals for upwards of 50 years, the end result is near perfection, and that is just what I have experienced in the latest 991 iteration of the Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet.

Receiving an all-new design for the 2013 model year, the Porsche 911 carries on its well-known principles with the aid of new technology to make this the best 911 Carrera S yet. Being among one of the more powerful naturally aspirated Porsche 911 designated for the street aside from the GT3 and GT3RS, the new Carrera S is naturally placed on a pedestal well deserved of praise, which I kindly give it after spending a week behind the wheel.

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The new 991 embarks on its journey to envelop itself in technological advancements that make it a first-class contender amongst its direct competition including those that cost almost twice as much. Equipping the 911 with all-wheel-drive as the Carrera 4S comes is never a take-away from performance due to added weight, but more of an incentive to push the performance limits without the after-thought of the rear-weight biased chassis biting you in the end. In other words, the new 911 C4S inspires confidence yet allows you to slide out of bounds without any heart-dropping after-effects.

Driving the new 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet is a perpetual adventure. There is hardly ever a dull moment and driving it at legal speeds is also a delightful escapade. Couple the 3.8-liter boxster 6-cylinder engine with 400 horsepower and 325 ft-lbs. of torque and the crisp lighting-fast-shifting PDK 7-speed automated manual transmission together, and everything becomes a desirable match even for someone who balks at anything that has less than 3 peddles. Even in my relentless enthusiasm for a manual transmission, I find satisfaction with the PDK unit in knowing I would never be able to shift that fast thus yielding a faster 0-60 time of about 4.2 seconds in the C4S Cabriolet (3.9 seconds in the Carrera 4S Coupe).

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For a vehicle that is capable of 185 mph, there is not much drama or swill in its quest to reach those triple digit speeds. Basically, the power delivery is utterly smooth from the flat-6 engine and power is never chopped up by the dual-clutch PDK transmission. Even in Sport-plus mode, a mode mostly designated for track endeavors and launch control take-offs, the transmission bangs through the gears with abrupt forward-thumps but never any type of power disconnect. In normal or Sport modes the PDK transmission emulates the smoothest automatic you would ever step foot in. As an automated manual gearbox, the PDK unit and tech-savvy engine management allows you to sail away without much intervention in full manual mode. However, during full throttle blasts with the pedal firmly planted on the floor, the PDK transmission will automatically up-shift right at redline banging through each cog with authority for the optimal acceleration. Though, the steering wheel-mounted alloy shift paddles allow you to take charge in shifts at any time and is not shy about letting the RPM gauge fly in the red during perfectly executed rev-matched downshifts.

Surprising efficiency is also a trait that has been injected into the 911’s modern-day formula by the Carrera 4S Cabriolet getting up to 26 mpg on the highway and 19 mpg in the city. A standard start-stop function is also beneficial for those puttering around but is disabled by default should you equip the 911 C4S with the Sport Chrono Package. Of course you may choose to re-enable start-stop, but what is the fun in that? I rather choose to just suck it up and fill up the 18-gallon tank with some premium fuel and let the fun sustain itself like it is supposed to.

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Historically there is an expected unique balancing act when driving a Porsche 911, but through the years the rear-end weight bias has been foreshadowed by what technology and chassis design is capable of, making the latest 991 design easy to handle yet engaging for the daring enthusiast. Many of the handling traits of late model Porsche 911s has been embodied in the 991 but filled with limited intervention from the techno-nannys. The steering rack, for starters, is the first iteration of an electric assist but still manages to feed the driver with enough response that it does not dumb-down the over-all enthusiastic experience. The firmly planted 305/30 20-inch tires in the rear act as a full-scale slot-car component while the front 245/30 20-inch tires carve a narrower path much like the steady hand of a doctor performing laser surgery. All of these attributes come together to score just over a 1.05g on a 300ft skidpad, which can be visually demonstrated on the g-force meter as part of the optional Sport Chrono package (also incl. Sport Plus Mode, PDK Launch Mode).

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The new 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet’s optional Dynamic Chassis Control, combining active dampers with a sport chassis setting, aid in the vehicle’s handling and road-going stability. The package is a nice addition to not only adapt it to changing road conditions, but it provides a stable yet smooth ride over long trips. It would not be too far fetched to claim the Porsche 911’s Dynamic Chassis Control and Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) is among the best in the business for a sports car currently on the market. Adding a dose of German touring to the equation, the new 991 design can easily carve up canyon roads but still leave the driver in good shape even after hours of intoxicating adventure behind the wheel of a luxurious yet sporty cabin. Inside of the new Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet the optional 14-way Power Sport Seats up front wrap around you for ample lateral support but still comfy as to not add any unwanted firmness. Conversely, the rear seating situation is more of a novelty unless you would like to allow small children to partake of the drop-top excitement of the 911 C4S. The two rear seats would otherwise serve as additional storage as the front-end truck only gives you 4.4 cubic feet of storage.

Controls and access to them can be a guessing game for some not inclined to modern-day Porsche vehicles, as the new 911 uses some of the console layout cues taken from the Panamera. Still, the dashboard remains to pay homage to its roots but with a forward look to the future using advanced tech. The 200 mph speedometer to the left of the central-focused RPM gauge and then having the multifunction color LCD screen to the right of it places the prioritized information at the forefront. The two far-left and far-right pods in the gauge cluster relay analog fuel, coolant temp, oil pressure and oil temp. Everything is where it should be, no qualms here.

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The multifunction display fed through the color LCD pod on the cluster allows you to gather additional vehicle information and access many other feature sets such as the optional Adaptive Cruise Control combined with Porsche Active Safety. The system works wonders for cruising and claims to aid in the avoidance of a front-end collision by applying last-minute brake pressure up to full ABS activation in the event that you are about to plow the pinnacle of German sport car engineering into the nearest object in front of you. Of course I didn’t want to check this feature out for myself, so I took use of the large 13.4-inch cross-drilled rotors and 6-piston caliper brakes with virtually no fade under heavy use and repeated stops from about 70 mph.

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One of the many unique characteristics of the 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet is having the ability to drop the top here in the sunny state of Florida. Of course rainstorms rolled in during a couple days of my test drive in an attempt to put a damper on my fun, though the exceptional soft-top proved to be among the best in the business. Porsche’s soft top on the new 2013 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet is well insulated to keep outside noises to a minimum. The smooth and quiet mechanics of the folding top work without fuss to quickly drop or raise the top in about 13 seconds. Both opening and closing operations can be done up to 31 mph, something that prevents the guy/gal behind you from becoming an impatient (and jealous) bystander when waiting for you take off at the fresh green light while opening or closing your top. It is inevitable that you must face the well-tuned sound of the Bose Surround sound audio system without going topless. Something probably not often explored by road-going enthusiasts, still remains to please the light-hearted audiophile with crisp tones high and low through the smallish cabin. Even with the top down the acoustics auto-adjust to ambient noises and the delightful tune of the engine.

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Cruising around town the new 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet turns heads in more ways than one. The intoxicating sound is enough to get your heart pumping all before using launch control. The advanced launch control system, accessible through Sport and Sport Plus modes, is simple yet utterly thrilling. The launch control system is activated by pressing the Sport Plus button (or Sport button), holding the brake pedal, flooring the gas, and then releasing the brake pedal when you are ready to go. It is just that simple. The system will rev the flat-6 above 5000 rpm with a nice audible burble and exhaust clattering and then slips the clutch to modulate traction. Exhaust sounds can be modified through the optional Sport Exhaust System button, which opens or closes a valve within the exhaust for added performance and different sound tone. The intake sound composer also aids to an invigorating intake manifold vacuum sound, completely unique to the flat-6-cylinder engine. To top-off head turns, the motorized rear spoiler automatically raises at 50 mph and lowers at 19 mph. Through a console button you may manually raise or lower the spoiler, for that cool factor – although, just driving the new 991 Porsche 911 is cool enough by itself.

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The pinnacle of German sports car engineering in a quest to seek perfection in one of the most recognized vehicles on the road today, the Porsche 911 sets its own pace in the enthusiast world and bows down to no others. Although the Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet is going to set you back in the monetary starting spectrum of 6-figures, it remains to be a masterfully engineered piece of hardware for all types of paved roads – even the ones with rumble strips. Expect admission to be around $117,000 for starters if you want a drop-top 911 Carrera 4S. Plan to easily tack on another $33,000 for the optional equipment found on my test vehicle rounding out the price to about $150,000.

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Copyright: 2013 AutomotiveAddicts.com

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: Base 911 C4S Cabriolet $117,000 / As-Tested $150,000
  • Engine: 3.8-liter DOHC flat-6-cylinder (boxster) 400 horsepower @ 7,400 rpm / 325 ft-lbs. torque @ 5,600 rpm
  • Wheelbase: 96.5 inches
  • Total length: 176.8 inches
  • Total width: 72.9 inches
  • Total height: 51.1 inches
  • EPA cargo volume: 13.8 cu.ft.
  • Curb weight: 3,340 pounds
  • Fuel tank: 18.0 gallons
  • 0-60mph: 4.2 seconds (using Sport-Plus Launch Control)
  • Top Speed: 185 mph*
  • EPA mileage: 19 mpg city / 26 mpg highway


2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet Driving Impressions 27
Sep
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 S, Automotive, porsche, Porsche-911, Test Drives on 09 27th, 2013
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When taking a formula that has had the same basic fundamentals for upwards of 50 years, the end result is near perfection, and that is just what I have experienced in the latest 991 iteration of the Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet.

Receiving an all-new design for the 2013 model year, the Porsche 911 carries on its well-known principles with the aid of new technology to make this the best 911 Carrera S yet. Being among one of the more powerful naturally aspirated Porsche 911 designated for the street aside from the GT3 and GT3RS, the new Carrera S is naturally placed on a pedestal well deserved of praise, which I kindly give it after spending a week behind the wheel.

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The new 991 embarks on its journey to envelop itself in technological advancements that make it a first-class contender amongst its direct competition including those that cost almost twice as much. Equipping the 911 with all-wheel-drive as the Carrera 4S comes is never a take-away from performance due to added weight, but more of an incentive to push the performance limits without the after-thought of the rear-weight biased chassis biting you in the end. In other words, the new 911 C4S inspires confidence yet allows you to slide out of bounds without any heart-dropping after-effects.

Driving the new 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet is a perpetual adventure. There is hardly ever a dull moment and driving it at legal speeds is also a delightful escapade. Couple the 3.8-liter boxster 6-cylinder engine with 400 horsepower and 325 ft-lbs. of torque and the crisp lighting-fast-shifting PDK 7-speed automated manual transmission together, and everything becomes a desirable match even for someone who balks at anything that has less than 3 peddles. Even in my relentless enthusiasm for a manual transmission, I find satisfaction with the PDK unit in knowing I would never be able to shift that fast thus yielding a faster 0-60 time of about 4.2 seconds in the C4S Cabriolet (3.9 seconds in the Carrera 4S Coupe).

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For a vehicle that is capable of 185 mph, there is not much drama or swill in its quest to reach those triple digit speeds. Basically, the power delivery is utterly smooth from the flat-6 engine and power is never chopped up by the dual-clutch PDK transmission. Even in Sport-plus mode, a mode mostly designated for track endeavors and launch control take-offs, the transmission bangs through the gears with abrupt forward-thumps but never any type of power disconnect. In normal or Sport modes the PDK transmission emulates the smoothest automatic you would ever step foot in. As an automated manual gearbox, the PDK unit and tech-savvy engine management allows you to sail away without much intervention in full manual mode. However, during full throttle blasts with the pedal firmly planted on the floor, the PDK transmission will automatically up-shift right at redline banging through each cog with authority for the optimal acceleration. Though, the steering wheel-mounted alloy shift paddles allow you to take charge in shifts at any time and is not shy about letting the RPM gauge fly in the red during perfectly executed rev-matched downshifts.

Surprising efficiency is also a trait that has been injected into the 911’s modern-day formula by the Carrera 4S Cabriolet getting up to 26 mpg on the highway and 19 mpg in the city. A standard start-stop function is also beneficial for those puttering around but is disabled by default should you equip the 911 C4S with the Sport Chrono Package. Of course you may choose to re-enable start-stop, but what is the fun in that? I rather choose to just suck it up and fill up the 18-gallon tank with some premium fuel and let the fun sustain itself like it is supposed to.

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Historically there is an expected unique balancing act when driving a Porsche 911, but through the years the rear-end weight bias has been foreshadowed by what technology and chassis design is capable of, making the latest 991 design easy to handle yet engaging for the daring enthusiast. Many of the handling traits of late model Porsche 911s has been embodied in the 991 but filled with limited intervention from the techno-nannys. The steering rack, for starters, is the first iteration of an electric assist but still manages to feed the driver with enough response that it does not dumb-down the over-all enthusiastic experience. The firmly planted 305/30 20-inch tires in the rear act as a full-scale slot-car component while the front 245/30 20-inch tires carve a narrower path much like the steady hand of a doctor performing laser surgery. All of these attributes come together to score just over a 1.05g on a 300ft skidpad, which can be visually demonstrated on the g-force meter as part of the optional Sport Chrono package (also incl. Sport Plus Mode, PDK Launch Mode).

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The new 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet’s optional Dynamic Chassis Control, combining active dampers with a sport chassis setting, aid in the vehicle’s handling and road-going stability. The package is a nice addition to not only adapt it to changing road conditions, but it provides a stable yet smooth ride over long trips. It would not be too far fetched to claim the Porsche 911’s Dynamic Chassis Control and Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) is among the best in the business for a sports car currently on the market. Adding a dose of German touring to the equation, the new 991 design can easily carve up canyon roads but still leave the driver in good shape even after hours of intoxicating adventure behind the wheel of a luxurious yet sporty cabin. Inside of the new Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet the optional 14-way Power Sport Seats up front wrap around you for ample lateral support but still comfy as to not add any unwanted firmness. Conversely, the rear seating situation is more of a novelty unless you would like to allow small children to partake of the drop-top excitement of the 911 C4S. The two rear seats would otherwise serve as additional storage as the front-end truck only gives you 4.4 cubic feet of storage.

Controls and access to them can be a guessing game for some not inclined to modern-day Porsche vehicles, as the new 911 uses some of the console layout cues taken from the Panamera. Still, the dashboard remains to pay homage to its roots but with a forward look to the future using advanced tech. The 200 mph speedometer to the left of the central-focused RPM gauge and then having the multifunction color LCD screen to the right of it places the prioritized information at the forefront. The two far-left and far-right pods in the gauge cluster relay analog fuel, coolant temp, oil pressure and oil temp. Everything is where it should be, no qualms here.

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The multifunction display fed through the color LCD pod on the cluster allows you to gather additional vehicle information and access many other feature sets such as the optional Adaptive Cruise Control combined with Porsche Active Safety. The system works wonders for cruising and claims to aid in the avoidance of a front-end collision by applying last-minute brake pressure up to full ABS activation in the event that you are about to plow the pinnacle of German sport car engineering into the nearest object in front of you. Of course I didn’t want to check this feature out for myself, so I took use of the large 13.4-inch cross-drilled rotors and 6-piston caliper brakes with virtually no fade under heavy use and repeated stops from about 70 mph.

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One of the many unique characteristics of the 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet is having the ability to drop the top here in the sunny state of Florida. Of course rainstorms rolled in during a couple days of my test drive in an attempt to put a damper on my fun, though the exceptional soft-top proved to be among the best in the business. Porsche’s soft top on the new 2013 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet is well insulated to keep outside noises to a minimum. The smooth and quiet mechanics of the folding top work without fuss to quickly drop or raise the top in about 13 seconds. Both opening and closing operations can be done up to 31 mph, something that prevents the guy/gal behind you from becoming an impatient (and jealous) bystander when waiting for you take off at the fresh green light while opening or closing your top. It is inevitable that you must face the well-tuned sound of the Bose Surround sound audio system without going topless. Something probably not often explored by road-going enthusiasts, still remains to please the light-hearted audiophile with crisp tones high and low through the smallish cabin. Even with the top down the acoustics auto-adjust to ambient noises and the delightful tune of the engine.

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Cruising around town the new 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet turns heads in more ways than one. The intoxicating sound is enough to get your heart pumping all before using launch control. The advanced launch control system, accessible through Sport and Sport Plus modes, is simple yet utterly thrilling. The launch control system is activated by pressing the Sport Plus button (or Sport button), holding the brake pedal, flooring the gas, and then releasing the brake pedal when you are ready to go. It is just that simple. The system will rev the flat-6 above 5000 rpm with a nice audible burble and exhaust clattering and then slips the clutch to modulate traction. Exhaust sounds can be modified through the optional Sport Exhaust System button, which opens or closes a valve within the exhaust for added performance and different sound tone. The intake sound composer also aids to an invigorating intake manifold vacuum sound, completely unique to the flat-6-cylinder engine. To top-off head turns, the motorized rear spoiler automatically raises at 50 mph and lowers at 19 mph. Through a console button you may manually raise or lower the spoiler, for that cool factor – although, just driving the new 991 Porsche 911 is cool enough by itself.

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The pinnacle of German sports car engineering in a quest to seek perfection in one of the most recognized vehicles on the road today, the Porsche 911 sets its own pace in the enthusiast world and bows down to no others. Although the Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet is going to set you back in the monetary starting spectrum of 6-figures, it remains to be a masterfully engineered piece of hardware for all types of paved roads – even the ones with rumble strips. Expect admission to be around $117,000 for starters if you want a drop-top 911 Carrera 4S. Plan to easily tack on another $33,000 for the optional equipment found on my test vehicle rounding out the price to about $150,000.

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Copyright: 2013 AutomotiveAddicts.com

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: Base 911 C4S Cabriolet $117,000 / As-Tested $150,000
  • Engine: 3.8-liter DOHC flat-6-cylinder (boxster) 400 horsepower @ 7,400 rpm / 325 ft-lbs. torque @ 5,600 rpm
  • Wheelbase: 96.5 inches
  • Total length: 176.8 inches
  • Total width: 72.9 inches
  • Total height: 51.1 inches
  • EPA cargo volume: 13.8 cu.ft.
  • Curb weight: 3,340 pounds
  • Fuel tank: 18.0 gallons
  • 0-60mph: 4.2 seconds (using Sport-Plus Launch Control)
  • Top Speed: 185 mph*
  • EPA mileage: 19 mpg city / 26 mpg highway


Lamborghini Sesto Elemento in Action 27
Sep
Posted by CarBlog Staff in Lamborghini, Lamborghini Sesto Elemento, Popular, Super car news, Videos on 09 27th, 2013

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This is the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento. And it is absolutely gorgeous.

Not only does this supercar delight your eyes, it is so powerful that it will send shockwaves through your whole body. The Sesto Elemento is called that because, translated, Sesto Elemento literally means ‘Sixth Element’.

And, of course, if you take a look at the periodic table of elements, the sixth element on the table is carbon. NOw, it should all come together; the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento is made of carbon fibre. Clever thinking, Lamborghini!
This beast of a car first made it’s (unashamed) debut at the Paris Motor Show in 2010. Obviously, it made all the other supercars on display seem puny.

After it’s official debut, Lamborghini announced that they will only be making twenty Sesto Elemento’s. These twenty were only to be used on tracks, however – and tracks alone.

Luckily, we found a video of one of the Sesto Elemento’s in action where it belongs: on a track. This supercar rivals the Bugatti Veyron in speed and go from 0 – 100km/h in 2.5 seconds. Yes, two-and-a-half seconds!

So, without further a due, here is the video of the Sesto Elemento to feast your eyes on:

Source: TopGear



Watch a Skateboarder take on a Merc A45 AMG 26
Sep
Posted by Minnaar Pieters in A45, AMG, mercedes, skateboarder, Videos on 09 26th, 2013

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Remember that skateboarder who set off the speed cameras down Kloofneck? Bring Back Choirboy (yeah weird name), went and got hold of Decio Lourenco, and tasked him to skate down a Cape Town pass with a brand new Mercedes A45 AMG.

Here is the description:

“Inspired by seeing local skaterboarder Decio Lourenco blasting down the steep and gnarly Kloofneck road in Cape Town South Africa, I thought to myself… Let’s see this guy race a car, but not just any car, a car that sends shivers down your spine as the rev needle hits its peak.
So with some hunting and a bit of begging, we were lucky to get our hands on the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG edition one.

So off to the Franschoek hills we went, shooting wild, fighting weather systems, bombing hills, young film makers dreams and nightmares happening simultaneously.

And here we have it, a film i’m proud to say that was pulled off with all the odds against us, who needs big budgets, who needs gravity, the clouds broke and gave us the perfect storm of man vs machine.

Speed, Control and Elegance

Big Ups to all that made this film happen:
Bring Back Choirboy, Priest, Mercedes-Benz, Darkwing Aerials, Media Film Services, Helloiamrory, Zootee, Ensemble Post, Moby for the track and the whole crew that we couldn’t of done this shoot without.
Hope you enjoyed watching this as much as we did making it…
There will be more!

The Bring Back Choirboy Team”

See below the full video:



Video: LaFerrari Testing 26
Sep
Posted by CarBlog Staff in Ferrari, LaFerrari, Popular, Super car news, Videos on 09 26th, 2013

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If you are a Ferrari fan, you might just start drooling while watching this video.

Here we have the beautiful LaFerrari testing at the Nurburgring Nordschleife. Keep in mind that this stunning piece of Italian supercar manufacturing has an astonishing 950 horsepower. So, this car is FAST and POWERFUL.

Check out the video below and start dreaming about owning one one day:



2014 BMW M3/M4 Gets 430 HP from Twin-Turbo Inline-6 with Standard 6-sp Manual Transmission 25
Sep
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Auto Addiction, Automotive, BMW, BMW M3, BMW M4, News on 09 25th, 2013
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There were admittedly several rumors circulating from many sources, including from us, of what was speculated as the new BMW M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe’s power output and transmission offering. To clear matters up BMW has released the official information for the new BMW M3 and M4, which will be powered by a 430 horsepower and 369 ft-lbs. of torque twin-turbo inline-6-cylinder engine. Mated to the engine will be a standard 6-speed manual transmission with the option to upgrade to a new 7-speed dual-clutch unit.

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The curb weight, as controversial as ever, stands at about 3,306 pounds but that is about 176 pounds lighter than the outgoing BMW M3 Coupe. Many carbon fiber reinforced plastic bits and pieces where incorporated throughout the new M3 and M4. Technology is really put in motion to make this the fastest M3/M4 car yet out of the factory. Many have already guessed that the horsepower figure of 430 is probably underrated as many of the latest BMW vehicles have been when slapped on a dyno.

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BMW is now joining the rankings of offering the 6-speed manual transmission with a syncro-rev-match downshift feature for seamless and effortless downshifts (up-shifts also). Time will be the ruler for where the new M3/M4 stands against its competition. Hit up the full press release below for the full details sans any pricing for official reveal, for now.

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Press Release

1. The new BMW M3 Sedan and new BMW M4 Coupe:
Innovative engine technology and a focus on lightweight design.

The launch of the new BMW M3 Sedan and new BMW M4 Coupe sees BMW M GmbH revealing an all-new interpretation of the high-performance sports car – and carrying the BMW M philosophy over into the fifth generation of the M3. More than 40,000 examples of the fourth-generation BMW M3 Coupe were built, and now the BMW M4 Coupe is poised to continue this history of success. The “M4″ badge is a reference to the model series that provides the basis for the new M model. And for the first time, the Coupe will be introduced at the same time as the four-door variant, which logic dictates will be christened the BMW M3.

“Four generations of the BMW M3 have blended motor sport genes and uncompromised everyday usability within an emotionally rich overall concept;” explains Dr Friedrich Nitschke, President BMW M GmbH. “The BMW M3 Sedan and BMW M4 Coupe represent an ongoing commitment to this philosophy. The engine is the heart of every M model, and the example fitted in the two new cars combines the virtues of a high-revving naturally aspirated unit with the strengths of turbocharger technology. An all-embracing lightweight design concept keeps the cars’ weight to just under 1,500 kilograms. The BMW M3 and BMW M4 take motor sport technology from the track to the road, and thousands of laps of the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife – the world’s most demanding race track – have readied the new models for that transition. Meticulous and passion-fuelled development work has underpinned the creation of two high-performance sports cars that set new standards in terms of overall concept, precision and agility.”

The high-revving six-cylinder in-line engine with BMW M TwinPower Turbo technology newly developed for the new BMW M3 Sedan and BMW M4 Coupe produces maximum output of approximately 430 hp. Its peak torque soars far beyond 500 Newton metres (369 lb-ft), outstripping the figures recorded by the outgoing BMW M3 by well over 30 per cent. And yet the engine also achieves a reduction in fuel consumption and emissions of around 25 per cent. The weight of the cars has been reduced to just under 1,500 kilograms, which helps to ensure outstanding driving dynamics and exceptional efficiency.

2. The balance of the overall concept:
A blend of elements working in perfect harmony delivers outstanding performance, precision and agility.

The new BMW M3 Sedan and new BMW M4 Coupe share a low-slung and broad-set, yet finely balanced, stance on the road, highlighting the emphasis on performance capability in the emotional development of M design. Large air intakes at the front end, exposed carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) components and the diffuser at the muscular rear end are far from mere design flourishes; they also fulfil functional roles in terms of aerodynamics, cooling and weight saving.

Numerous aerodynamics measures integrated into all areas of the body.
The aerodynamics concept of BMW M GmbH models has always been one of the key elements in their development. The engineers need to channel the air around the car to create the best possible platform for dynamic excellence, while also ensuring the engine, powertrain and brakes receive the requisite cooling given the significant loads they are operating under. But at the same time, the cars should also have a good Cd – an indicator of impressive efficiency at higher speeds, in particular.

Details such as the powerfully formed front apron, smooth underbody and clearly defined Gurney spoiler lip at the rear of the M3 Sedan (or integrated spoiler lip at the rear of the BMW M4 Coupe) reduce lift by an equal degree at the front and rear axle and produce optimum handling attributes. These examples underline in familiar fashion the success of M engineers in reconciling the requirements of everyday use with the demands of action on the race track. Elements like the Air Curtain and M gills with integrated Air Breather rearwards of the front wheels minimise turbulence in the front wheel arches. And, together with the smoothly sculpted exterior mirrors, they are also highly distinctive design features of the BMW M3 Sedan and BMW M4 Coupe.

Sophisticated cooling concept for maximum performance.
The exceptional performance potential of the BMW M3 Sedan and BMW M4 Coupe places extremely exacting demands on temperature management in the engine and peripheral assemblies. In order to ensure optimum operating temperatures in everyday use, on short journeys around town and on the race track, the BMW M GmbH engineers have developed an extremely effective cooling system. For example, alongside the two ultra-dynamic turbocharger units, the air intake system of the six-cylinder engine also includes an indirect intercooler to cool the intake air, maximising charge pressure and engine output. As well as a main radiator, the track-ready cooling concept also comprises additional radiators for the high- and low-temperature water circuits, turbocharger and transmission oil. These ensure a consistent temperature balance and therefore unrestricted performance during hard driving. An additional electric coolant pump cools the turbocharger bearing mounts when the car is stationary.

The powertrain gains from a wide variety of motor sport technologies.
The many years of experience in motor sport clocked up by the BMW M engineers also make their presence felt in the construction of the powertrain for the new BMW M3 Sedan and BMW M4 Coupe. For example, the engine’s impressive torque is sent on its way by a forged crankshaft with high torsional rigidity, whose low weight also allows a significant reduction in rotating mass. The crankshaft therefore helps to optimise the engine’s responsiveness and acceleration and makes an important contribution to its high-revving character.

The engine sends its power to the wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox as standard. This gearbox is significantly more compact than its predecessor and 12 kilograms lighter, allowing it to assist the car’s optimum – virtually 50:50 – weight distribution. As a means of increasing shift comfort, the manual gearbox uses innovative new carbon friction linings in its synchroniser rings. Dry sump lubrication provides an efficient supply of oil to all parts of the gearbox. The new gearbox also works a lot more quietly than before and blips the throttle on downshifts – previously a feature reserved for the M Double Clutch Transmission. This engagement speed control function helps to enhance stability and was originally developed by motor sport engineers.

Seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission with Launch Control.
The optional seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission with DriveLogic takes a very special route to combining the apparently conflicting values of absolute sports performance and comfort. As well as changing gear automatically, in manual mode the transmission enables ultra-fast gear changes with no interruption in the flow of power. The integrated Launch Control function ensures optimum sprinting performance off the line, producing acceleration figures that would be out of range with the manual gearbox. The M Double Clutch Transmission also offers drivers extra functions, such as selectable modes which make the BMW M3 and BMW M4 more comfortable, easier on fuel or even sportier. The extra gear over the manual gearbox allows more tightly spaced ratios – and delivers the positive effects on performance and efficiency you would expect as a result.

The material properties of carbon have allowed the engineers to follow a fundamentally new approach in the manufacture of the drive shaft. This component feeds the engine’s torque from the gearbox to the rear differential and works under extremely heavy loads – especially in high-performance vehicles. The impressive stiffness and low weight of CFRP as a material allow the drive shaft to be constructed as a single-piece unit with no centre bearing. As well as a weight saving of 40 per cent over its predecessor, this leads to a reduction in rotating masses and, in turn, to sharper responses to movements of the accelerator, combined with enhanced dynamics.

Another feature that adds fresh polish to the dynamic repertoire of the BMW M3 Sedan and BMW M4 Coupe is the Active M Differential. Unlike the manual system used by the outgoing BMW M3, here an electric actuator constantly varies the locking effect, as required. That enables better traction, the adjustability of the car is improved, and understeer coming out of corners is dialled out to impressive effect. M Dynamic Mode – a subfunction of the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system – quenches the thirst of enthusiastic drivers for keen dynamics. While DSC intervenes as required to counteract understeer and oversteer, M Dynamic Mode allows greater wheel slip and therefore easy drifting. Owners with a taste for sporty and dynamic driving will appreciate this breadth to the cars’ handling, although DSC will still step in if the car ventures over the limits – unless it is switched off completely. Whichever setting the driver chooses, he or she remains responsible for the car’s stability.

Aluminium suspension elements ensure sharper dynamics.
The core expertise of BMW M GmbH resides in creating cars that offer impressive steering precision, on-the-limit adjustability, agility and driving feeling, together with unbeatable traction and outstanding directional stability – all without neglecting everyday usability. In order to blend these attributes with the significantly increased performance capability of the new BMW M3 Sedan and new BMW M4 Coupe, the axles of the outgoing BMW M3 have undergone further development and all relevant components have been newly designed or constructed.

Here again, low weight and a high level of structural rigidity are essential ingredients in ensuring the cars provide an ultra-dynamic driving experience. In the double-joint spring strut front axle alone, the use of a lightweight aluminium construction for components such as control arms, wheel carriers and axle subframes saves five kilograms over a conventional steel design.

Play-free ball joints and elastomer bearings developed specially for the BMW M3 Sedan and BMW M4 Coupe ensure an optimum and direct transfer of forces both laterally and longitudinally. An aluminium stiffening plate, CFRP front strut brace and additional bolted joints between the axle subframe and the body sills all help to increase the rigidity of the front structure.

Also lighter than the construction in the outgoing BMW M3 is the new five- link rear axle. All the control arms and wheel carriers are manufactured using forged aluminium, which reduces the unsprung masses of the wheel-locating components by around three kilograms compared with the previous model generation. The rigid connection between the rear axle subframe and the body – without the use of elastic rubber elements – is borrowed from motor sport and serves to further improve wheel location and therefore directional stability.

The development of the tyres for the cars was incorporated from the outset into the construction process for the axles. For high-performance sports cars like the BMW M3 Sedan and BMW M4 Coupe, in particular, steering feel and precision are the foremost considerations in the development of tyres for the front axle, alongside lateral stability and braking forces. At the rear axle, meanwhile, traction, lateral stability and directional stability take centre stage. For this reason, both cars will leave the factory on low-weight forged wheels with mixed-size tyres. The specially developed forged wheels make a significant contribution to the reduction in the cars’ unsprung masses and, in turn, to the optimisation of dynamic qualities and efficiency.

Electric Power Steering with three settings.
The electromechanical steering system used in the BMW M3 Sedan and BMW M4 Coupe is a new development from BMW M GmbH. It has been tuned specially to assist the cause of dynamic driving and offers the gifts of direct steering feeling and precise feedback. The integrated Servotronic function electronically adjusts the level of steering assistance according to the car’s speed, providing optimum steering characteristics at all speeds. The steering for the BMW M3 Sedan and BMW M4 Coupe also offers the driver three steering characteristics as standard, which can be selected at the touch of a button. COMFORT, SPORT and SPORT+ modes allow the level of steering assistance to be adapted to suit the situation at hand and the driver’s personal tastes.

The optional Adaptive M suspension likewise comes with COMFORT, SPORT and SPORT+ modes, enabling the driver to choose between a more comfortable damper setting for motorway driving, for example, a stiffer set-up for dynamic driving on country roads, and a third option that minimises wheel movements and maximises dynamic performance for use on the track.

With their supreme dynamic attributes in mind, the BMW M3 Sedan and BMW M4 Coupe also come as standard with BMW M compound brakes boasting impressive feel, outstanding stopping power and high resistance to fade. Far lighter than conventional equivalents, these brakes contribute to a substantial reduction in unsprung masses and therefore help to enhance dynamic performance. Even lighter BMW M carbon ceramic brakes can also be specified as an option, their further optimised performance attributes equipping them even more effectively for track use.

3. New six-cylinder in-line engine:
High-revving, turbocharged engine combines the best of both worlds.

The new BMW M3 Sedan and new BMW M4 Coupe from BMW M GmbH see a return to a six-in-line engine configuration, as used on the second and third generations of this iconic sports car. The new turbocharged unit, which can develop more than 7,500 rpm, combines the best of both worlds – on the one hand a high-revving design for instant response, linear power delivery over a wide engine speed range and an unmistakable and characterful engine note, and on the other hand BMW TwinPower Turbo technology for maximised torque over a broad rpm range. A further hallmark of this engine is its outstanding efficiency.

The new engine sees a slight power upgrade over the previous V8 to approximately 430 hp, while peak torque has been increased by well over 30 per cent to substantially more than 500 Newton metres, and is maintained over a very wide rev band. The new powerplant also boasts excellent fuel consumption, with an improvement of more than 25 per cent over the previous model’s figures, while emissions are already EU6-compliant.

The BMW M TwinPower Turbo technology comprises two mono-scroll turbochargers, High Precision Direct Injection, VALVETRONIC variable valve timing and Double-VANOS seamlessly variable camshaft timing. The variable valve and camshaft timing provide fully variable control of intake valve lift. This allows the engine to deliver its power smoothly and efficiently, resulting in lower fuel consumption and emissions. At the same time, throttle response is even sharper than before.

The six-cylinder engine features a closed-deck crankcase design, which increases rigidity and allows cylinder pressures to be increased for maximised power output. And instead of liners, the cylinder bores feature a twin-wire arc-sprayed coating, which results in a significant reduction in engine weight.

A further technical highlight is the forged, torsionally rigid crankshaft which, as well as providing increased torque-carrying capacity, is also lighter in weight. Its reduced rotating masses also improve throttle response and acceleration.

Track-ready cooling system and engine oil supply for outstanding performance.
The exceptional performance of the BMW M3 Sedan and BMW M4 Coupe also demands an exceptionally sophisticated thermal management system for the engine and ancillary units. To ensure optimal operating temperatures both in short everyday trips around town and also when the vehicle is being driven flat out on the track, the M GmbH engineers developed a highly efficient cooling system, comprising a main radiator plus additional radiators for the high- and low-temperature circuits, turbocharger and transmission, while a temperature-stabilising electric water pump ensures that the engine can develop its full performance at all times.

The engine oil supply system, too, reflects the extensive motor sport experience of BMW M GmbH. The low-weight magnesium oil sump, for example, features a special cover to limit movement of the oil under the effects of strong dynamic lateral acceleration. Under extreme longitudinal acceleration and deceleration, an oil extraction pump and a sophisticated oil return system situated close to the turbocharger likewise help to maintain uninterrupted oil circulation. Oil is therefore supplied continuously to all engine components in all driving situations – whether in everyday motoring or during hard driving on the track.

An engine sound in keeping with the motor sport-level performance of the BMW M3 and BMW M4 is provided by an innovative flap arrangement in the twin-pipe exhaust system. The electrically controlled flaps just before the rear silencer minimise exhaust back-pressure and produce a BMW M sound which is striking and unmistakable over the entire engine speed range, as well as giving precise feedback on engine load.

Intelligent lightweight design was a top priority in the development of the BMW M3 and BMW M4. The goal was to minimise kerb weight in order to give both models outstanding driving dynamics and exemplary efficiency. These measures have delivered impressive results. The kerb weight of the BMW M4 has been reduced to less than 1,500 kilograms, which means the new model is now around 80 kilograms lighter than a comparably equipped predecessor model – with benefits for driving dynamics and fuel consumption as well.

BMW M3 Sedan also gets CFRP roof for first the time.
On the outgoing models, the CFRP roof was confined to the Coupe version. Now, for the first time, the four-door BMW M3 will also include this striking design and functional feature. The CFRP roof brings weight savings of five kilograms in the case of the BMW M3 Sedan and more than six in the case of the BMW M4 Coupe. It also lowers the vehicle’s centre of gravity, which has a positive impact on driving dynamics.

On the M4 Coupe, the contoured roofline with the central Gurney bubble continues into the boot lid, and emphasises the even sportier personality of the new model. The newly developed boot lid of this model not only provides extremely effective tail end styling but at the same time its geometry is precisely tailored for optimised aerodynamics, while the use of carbon fibre and plastics provides additional weight savings.

The new BMW M3 Sedan and new BMW M4 Coupe also feature a CFRP propeller shaft. CFRP’s high rigidity and low weight mean that the drive shaft can be produced as a single-piece component without a centre bearing. This provides 40 per cent weight savings over the previous model, and the reduction in rotating masses results in sharper throttle response. The use of carbon in these models is a reminder that BMW is a global leader in high- strength, lightweight CFRP construction, and that it was BMW who brought out the first mass-production vehicle with a body consisting entirely of this material – the innovative BMW i3.

The CFRP strut brace in the engine compartment is a further example of how all weight-saving measures on these vehicles have also been tailored to the improvement of driving dynamics. Weighing only 1.5 kilograms, the strut brace offers superior rigidity to a comparable aluminium component, and plays a key part in the excellent steering response and precision of both vehicles.

5. DTM support for the development process:
Testing at the Nürburgring with Bruno Spengler and Timo Glock.

In the development of the new BMW M3 Sedan and new BMW M4 Coupe, the BMW M engineers could count not only on track-honed technologies, but also on the driving talent of experienced racers. For example, BMW works drivers Bruno Spengler and Timo Glock took part in extensive testing and set- up runs on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife circuit, focusing on assessment of the cars’ suspension, tyres and all elements of the powertrain. After taking the prototypes for a run-out over the legendary and highly demanding circuit, the two professional racing drivers were able to give the BMW M development team some valuable feedback.

“I’m proud to have made a contribution to the set-up work on these two cars,” explained reigning DTM champion Spengler. “The development work may not be totally completed yet, but the driving experience is already sensational. The suspension has a very sporty set-up, the feedback from the front axle is extremely direct and the grip at the rear axle is phenomenal. The engine is impressive, too. The power is right there, even at low rpm, and you can sense that you’ll be able to access the output and torque over an extremely wide rev band. I’m looking forward to driving the cars again, but I’m even more excited about driving my first laps in a BMW M4 DTM.”

Timo Glock was similarly impressed: “These two cars are capable of generating quite incredible centrifugal forces,” reported the ex-Formula One driver.



Vredestein: Winter vs Summer Tyres 25
Sep
Posted by CarBlog Staff in Off Topic, Popular, tyres, Videos, Vredestein on 09 25th, 2013

Vredestein Winter vs Summer

As we have reported before, Vredestein has an exceptional line of tires that are now (finally) available in South Africa. Not only are they beautifully designed, but, as their slogan reads, they are also ‘designed to protect you’.

This is why they have developed tyres for any weather condition. Whether it’s summer or winter – they have a set perfect for you and the conditions you will have to face seasonally.

Temperature, rain, wind and speed are all factors that come into play when driving. Thus, it should be obvious that one would need different tyres for the different seasons, because the conditions are sometimes almost extremes.

Check ou this video below to see exactly how Vredestein’s winter tires compare to their summer one’s – and then you can go and get yourself a summer set, while we are still in spring!



In Jay Leno’s Garage: 2013 Ford Focus ST – Video 24
Sep
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2013 Ford Focus ST, Auto Addiction, Automotive, Ford, Ford Focus ST, Jay Leno, Jay Leno's Garage, video on 09 24th, 2013
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We had a great experience with the new 6-speed manual 252 horsepower 2013 Ford Focus ST and we relinquished all of our thoughts in review of the Focus ST several months ago. Jay Leno, known for getting his hands on most of the hottest vehicles around, gets to give his synopsis of the new Focus ST with an exclusive test drive around town. Hit up the video below and see what he has to say along with Chief Engineer Jamal Hameedi.



2014 Acura MDX AWD Review & Test Drive 23
Sep
Posted by Harvey Schwartz in Acura, Acura MDX, Automotive, SUV, Test Drives on 09 23rd, 2013
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‘REFINING A JEWEL OF A SPORT UTILITY VEHICLE’

The all-new 2014 Acura MDX, the third generation of Acura’s signature 7-passenger luxury performance sport utility is more refined than before with new innovations, technologies, convenience, luxury, comfort, higher levels of performance and safety systems that will surely keep the MDX on every luxury SUV customers list of test drives, plus It is also the first MDX to offer a 2WD model.

I tested the MDX with the Super AWD transmission with the Advance, Entertainment and Technology Packages that made my test drive pure pleasure in every respect. This new MDX offers more standard equipment than before including Keyless Access System, push button start/stop, Jewel Eye LED headlights, exterior and interior LED lighting, extended slide second-row seating that slides the second-row seats forward at the touch of a button for easy third-row access, an eight inch On-Demand Multi-Information Display touchscreen, expanded view driver’s side mirror, a powerful 432-watt Acura sound system and acoustic glass windshield and front windows that further decreasing sounds from entering the cabin.  The ‘top-of-the-line’ MDX with Advance Package adds a wide range of new technologies and features such as Lane Keeping Assist System, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, a remote engine start with an extended range of at least 300 feet, a new Ultra-Wide DVD Rear Entertainment System with HDMI connectivity, remote control, two headphones and front/rear parking sensors.  Optional Acura Genuine Accessories for the 2014 MDX includes stand-alone features such as a heated steering wheel, LED foglamps, and a Trailer Hitch ATF Cooler (allowing for up to 5,000lbs. of towing).  The fully loaded MDX that I tested offered even higher levels of luxury, comfort and quietness, together with an exhilarating dynamic performance, class-leading fuel economy ratings and advanced safety features, and an even more luxurious, technology packed and versatile passenger cabin that thrilled me to my bones.

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The all-new MDX was designed and engineered from the ground up and the styling of the exterior is bold, aggressive and more refined than before with a European cache.  The front fascia shows the signature ‘overbite’ aluminum grille and lower intake but the headlights are now a row of powerful LED units that light up the night like I’ve never experienced before.  From the side is a lower profile steeply raked windshield A-pillars, flared fenders, longer doors with a full perimeter chrome strip around the greenhouse, spear-shaped pull-out door handles, aero-shaped power-remote/heated sideview mirrors, and sculpted lower side extensions.  The rear view shows a top-mounted spoiler, large wraparound LED lamp clusters, a rear power liftgate that juts out with a step up bumper, chrome ringed red reflectors down below, and a single exhaust tip hidden underneath for a cleaner look.

New from the ground up, the 2014 MDX has a 2.8 inch longer wheelbase, and is lower and narrower for reduced frontal area and enhanced fuel efficiency.  With high-strength steel, aluminum and magnesium comprising 64% of its body structure, the 2014 MDX is more rigid and torsional plus it is 275 pounds lighter than before with the lightest published weight in its segment, which directly contributes to improved acceleration, nimble handling and class-leading fuel economy ratings.

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Power to move the all-new MDX quickly is an all-new, direct-injected, 3.5 liter i-VTEC, all-aluminum, SOHC, 4-valves per cylinder V6 that generates 290hp at 6,200rpm and 267lb.ft. of torque at 4,500rpm.  Closely related to the powerplant in the all-new Acura RLX luxury sedan, this 24-valve V6 engine is Acura’s second ‘Earth Dreams Technology’ engine which features a next-generation set of advancements that greatly enhance both driving performance and fuel efficiency.  For the first time, the MDX has standard Variable Cylinder Management (VCM), which switches seamlessly between 3-and-6-cylinder modes, depending on engine load, effectively varying engine displacement to match driving conditions for improved fuel efficiency.  Compared to the outgoing 3.7 liter engine it replaces, the new V6 offers an 8% increase in torque at engine speeds below 2,750rpm for greater overall responsiveness.  Due to improved operating efficiency, horsepower output per liter is up 2% and torque output per liter is up 4.5% together with the new MDX’s substantial weight reduction, overall performance is enhanced, including quicker 0-60mph times of under 6sec. and 8-second quicker lap times on Germany’s Nurburgring Nordschliefe (North Loop) where both the new and outgoing models were extensively tuned and tested.

This all-new powerful and high-tech engine is mated to a standard six-speed automatic transmission with sequential Sport Shift with paddle shifters located on the steering wheel that turns all four wheels through the outstanding high-tech Super Handling AWD system with torque vectoring to give the wheel or wheels with the most grip more torque whether on the road or off-road. The AWD system also features an Integrated Dynamics System that changes the MDX’s driving personality by pushing a console-mounted button for Comfort, Normal and Sport modes.  I could really feel the difference in the quickness of the reaction of the MDX’s gear changes, suspension reaction, and steering feel.

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The fully independent suspension of the all-new MDX is definitely world-class with the three types of personalities at your disposal depending how you want the MDX to react to your inputs.  Up front is a MacPherson setup with 25.4mm stabilizer bar and a multi-link setup in the rear with 26.5 inch stabilizer bar.  Both the front and rear feature Telescopic Amplitude Reaction shocks that are semi-active magneto-rheological fluid fill dampers that read the road at millions of a second to react to the surface and the speed of the vehicle.  This front and rear system gives better tire patch on the pavement and allows me to dial in how I want the suspension to react to my inputs at the steering wheel and throttle-easy, normal or more sporting which depends on how I feel-slightly tired from a long day at the office or fresh and wanting to take on the curviest roads.

I easily guided the MDX with the new, standard, Motion Adaptive Torque-Sensing-Electric Power-Assisted Rack & Pinion steering system that gave me a much better and stronger feel for the road and a better on-center feel.  I felt that I was a part of the powertrain and transmission especially in Sport mode.

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Quickly slowing the all-new MDX down from speed are big, power-assisted, four-wheel disc brakes.  Up front are 12.6 inch vented discs clamped with dual-piston calipers and 13 inch solid discs clamped with single-piston calipers in the rear.  The brake pedal is firm and very linear when I pressed down hard.  The MDX stops on a dime and in control thanks to standard ABS, EBD, BA, Hill Start Assist, Traction Control and Vehicle Stability Control that all work in concert to keep me in control when braking on slick, wet or loose road surfaces.  My test MDX with the Technology and Advance Packages rides on 19X8 inch alloy wheels wrapped with 245/55R19 inch all-season radials tires.  Even though the all-new MDX is primarily developed for pavement driving, you can take it off-road as it will climb up a 60-degree angle and ford up to 19 inches of water.  Everything under the skin works in harmony in the all-new MDX to give an engaging ride with three different driving modes, a state-of-the-art suspension, and strong brakes to keep me safe when I tip the MDX to its edge of abilities.

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The interior of the all-new MDX is a perfect cockpit for the driver, the kids or a client by its luxurious and accommodating passenger compartment with roomy leather seating and a second-row seat with reclining seatbacks and a new Extended Slide feature that offers a total of 6 inches of fore-and-aft travel.  Also, a new kid-friendly One-Touch Walk-In feature greatly improves access to the third row of seating and a wider, lower step-in that enhances convenience and usability.  Cabin quietness and overall refinement have been dramatically improved with hundreds of measures aimed at reducing noise, vibration and harshness including thicker 3-layer acoustic glass for the windshield and front side windows, thicker rear door glass, new triple side-sill down seals and Active Noise Control technology.  The dashboard, doors and center console are trimmed in leather with real aluminum, wood accents and high-quality soft-to-the-touch materials.

Repackaging of the rear-seat climate control system allows for a larger center console storage space, concealed beneath the sliding, leather-trimmed center armrest.  About 2-inches deeper and wider and almost 5-inches longer, the main compartment offers 2.5 times more volume than the previous model and is large enough to accommodate a moderately sized purse, tablet computers and more.  This is a key MDX advantage in the class, where many competing models offer little center console space.  These new convenience features only add the interior for the driver’s cockpit with a sporty, leather-wrapped/power tilt/telescopic steering wheel that feels great in my hands, a rallye gauge cluster ringed with aluminum trim, fuel/engine coolant temperature gauges, center trip computer readouts and gear currently chosen.  The center stack is like no other with the Acura On-Demand Multi-Use Display Touch Screen, and under it is another screen that controls the audio system and climate system.  The front 10-way power-assisted driver’s seat and 8-way powered front passenger bucket seats are very comfortable and supportive with excellent deep side bolstering.  The center console has dual cupholders ringed with aluminum trim and all buttons and dials are also ringed with aluminum trim for an upscale, luxurious look and feel.

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Standard features not mentioned above include a multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic guidelines, XM satellite radio, Pandora internet radio interface, Bluetooth hands-free link, SMS text messaging, 2-driver memory system, easy entry/exit steering wheel that lifts-up and away when exiting the vehicle, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, push-button start/stop, power tailgate, power moonroof, all express up/down windows, power door locks, variable-speed wipers/washers, rear wiper/washer, self-dimming rearview mirror, grab handles above each door, storage slots in each door, dual map lights, dual lighted vanity mirrors, remote fuel filler door, remote power liftgate opener, pull-down center armrest with dual cupholders, signature Acura embroiled floor mats up front, under-floor rear cargo storage, and thick-cut pile carpeting.

Standard safety systems include driver’s/front passengers dual-stage airbags, driver/front passenger side airbags with SmartVent, side curtain airbags with rollover sensor, driver’s knee airbag, agile handling assist dynamic braking system, ACE structure with front/rear crumple zones and steel beams in each door plus a tire pressure monitoring system and the LATCH system for child seats.

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My test MDX came with the Technology package that added Acura’s Navigation System with Voice Recognition, AcuraLink Communication system with RealTime Traffic with Street and Freeway conditions, Acura’s ELS Studio Premium Audio 5.1 Surround Sound System with a 546-watt’s and 12-speakers, a HD radio, GPS-linked Tri-Zone Auto Climate Control with air filtration system, Blind Spot System, LED puddle lamps, and rain-sensing wipers/washers.  The Advance Package includes Collision Mitigation Braking System, ventilated front seats, remote engine start, Lane Keeping Assist system, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low Speed Follow, parking sensors and aluminum roof rails.  The Entertainment Package includes an ultra-wide 16.2 inch DVD rear entertainment system with HDMI and wireless headphones, heat 2nd row seats, and rear door manual operated sunshades.

Wow!  The all-new 2014 Acura MDX is even better than the last model which I truly enjoyed.  This all-new edition has even more performance, luxury, convenience, safety, comfort, entertainment, infotainment and high-tech features that place it among the world’s best luxury performance mid-size AWD sport utility vehicles.

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COPYRIGHT: 2013: HARVEY SCHWARTZ

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: As-Tested $56,505.00
  • Wheelbase: 111 inches
  • Total length: 193.6 inches
  • Total width: 77.2 inches
  • Total height: 66.7 inches
  • Track: f/r- 66.3/66.3 inches
  • Ground clearance: 7.3 inches
  • Headroom: f/m/r-38.1/38.3/35.6 inches
  • Legroom: f/m/r-41.4/36.6/28.1 inches
  • Passenger interior volume: 132.3 cu.ft.
  • Max cargo area: 3rd row down-45.1/2nd row down-90.9 cu.ft.
  • Fuel tank: 19.5 gallons
  • Turing circle: 37.6 ft.
  • Curb weight: 4,332 pounds
  • EPA mileage: 18mpg/city, 27mpg/highway


Vredestein Tyres now available in South Africa 20
Sep
Posted by CarBlog Staff in Automotive News, Autostyle, Popular, tyres, Videos, Vredestein on 09 20th, 2013

Vredestein Tyres

This might make your Friday even better; One of the Europe’s leading performance tyre brands, Vredestein, is now available in South Africa.

The Dutch-engineered elite tyres are manufactured in Enschede in The Netherlands by Apollo Vredestein.

The company not only manufactures normal, passenger tyres, but have have an exceptionally wide selection including light truck, SUV, industrial and even agricultural tyres. So, really – which ever situation you’re in, you’ll find the right fit!

Vredestein, which was officially founded more than 100 years ago in 1909, prodes themselves on designing and manufacturing superior quality, and above all, safe tyres.

Their slogan reads: ‘Designed to protect you’ and well – that’s exactly what they do. Their products are specifically engineered to meet and even surpass even the most stringent European safety standards.

Vredestein is also no stranger to awards, and, when they win, they win big. The company has achieved top marks at various international tyre tests. Also, the UK based Auto Express magazine, named the Vredestein Sportrac 5 ‘The Recommended Tyre of The Year’ in 2012.

Vredenstein tyres are premium styled tyres. Which, in simple terms, mean that they are specifically created to guarantee superior performance and handling – and they look pretty sexy too!

Their sensual look is thanks to world renowned Italian design consultancy, Giugiaro Design. Vredenstein has been collaborating with this design house since 1997.

The Italian design group has many, rather famous, design achievements on their ever growing list. These include the very first Volkswagen Golf and the BMW 1 as well as famous cars for supercar manufacturers Ferarri, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Alfa Romeo and Maserati. Giugiaro was also named “Designer of the Century” in 1999, by global automotive media.

So, you could say that Vredestein use the Gucci, Prada, and Dolce & Gabbana of tyre designers to design their tyres.

Vredestein tyres are now (finally) available in South Africa exclusively through Dunlop Zones, and they have brought along these flagship products that you can get on home soil: the Ultrac Vorti, Ultrac Sessanta, Ultrac Sessanta SUV, Ultrac Centro, Sportrac 3, Quatrac 3, Quatrac 3 SUV, Sportrac 5, Sprint Classic, Hi Trac 2 and Comtrac.

I’d like to think of Vredestein tyres as somewhat of the perfect man: strong, durable, protective and sexy – what more would you want?

We’re very excited that Vredestein has decided to give us Saffa’s some quality tyres to take on our African roads with, and look good while doing it!

So go on, rush over to Dunlop to get your set! Happy driving.

And just for some extra enjoyment, check out Vredestein’s sexy Italian commercial below (this one is for the boys!):



Automotive Addicts Cars and Coffee September 2013 Recap 19
Sep
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in auto show, Automotive, Automotive Addicts Cars and Coffee, Cars and Coffee, Jacksonville, FL on 09 19th, 2013
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Our official Cars and Coffee gathering for September 2013 was a celebration for having our event for 5 years now here in Jacksonville, Florida. The event kicked off with a full row of Porsches, in addition to our new 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet. Joining us from as far as Orlando, Florida were a few of our long-time friends in a modified Nissan GT-R and stroker V10 BMW M5 E60. The selection varied greatly as we witnessed many clubs joining in on the fun including many VW Buses, MINI Coopers and an onslaught of domestics in just about any flavor you can think of. We had an estimated total of 400 vehicles in attendance.

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Part of the continued beauty and success of our Cars and Coffee event is we get a different mix of vehicles every month. We are looking forward to kicking off the October 2013 Cars and Coffee with some ‘red carpet’ treatment to whoever would like their vehicle photographed. We will have more information as the details come together.

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We want to personally thank everyone for your dedicated support as well as the Florida Times Union for allowing this wonderful event to thrive and provide a home for automotive enthusiasts to all come together once a month. We look forward to having a few charities join in on our festivities so we can give back to our community and help those in need along the way.

Additional images, information and links via Automotive Addicts Facebook page, Event Page and Automotive Addicts Cars and Coffee Facebook page.

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