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|Need for Speed Movie: Trailer||
The Need for Speed film is album is almost upon us and just to tantalize our tastebuds even further, they have just released a full length trailer.
And yes, we have it here for you to see!
The film circles around muscle car mechanic and street racer, Tobey, who is unfortunately framed for a crime that he did not commit. When he eventually gets out of jail, he is even more determined than ever to settle the score with the guy that was responsible for his conviction.
Expect a lot of fast cars, daring racing and some intense smashes. But that is how like it though, isn’t it?
Need for Speed opens in theaters on March 14 2014.
Check out the trailer below:
|2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i Limited Review & Test Drive||
The all-new 2014 Subaru Forester receives a complete redesign yet stays steady on the beating path where its long-touted symmetrical all-wheel-drive system can take it. Retaining its off-roading, rally-inspired prowess, the new 2014 Forester still aims to provide a comfortable and versatile crossover platform for pavement-going transportation.
Subaru’s aim at seeking the adventurous remains well intact in the new 2014 Forester retaining much of its unique character. As a pavement-going machine, the new Forester brings its car-like driving temperament to the plate for a solid fun-to-drive fundamental. For the top-end XT trim the 2.0-liter Turbocharged engine aims to add a dash of thrill to the crossover equation. Carrying over from previous years, as found in my new Forester test vehicle, is the horizontally opposed boxer 2.5-liter 4-cylinder producing 170 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 174 ft-lbs. of torque at 4,100 rpm. The XT 2.0 trim touts 250 horsepower placing the light-weight Forester among the running line with many midsized crossovers with V6 engines.
Subaru’s approach for the new 2014 Forester remains to be somewhat subdued by its basic principles and simplistic design inside and out for some. As far as the exterior design, the Forester stands tall with ample ground clearance for those willing to take the alternative non-paved route, the only place where its conservative design may actually stand out. Much of the exterior design aspects, departing from the previous-generation hood scoop and wide-mouth grill, all come off as vanilla slightly resembling other Japanese manufacturers’ previous generation compact crossovers. At the end of the day, the new 2014 Subaru Forester remains to be quite functional for navigating many terrains with its restrained looks that a minority of people conversely find agreeable to their taste.
The proven 2.5-liter flat-4-cylinder engine proves to be a solid choice and never really feels completely inadequate to tote Subaru’s smaller CUV and its 3,444 pounds around. Acceleration, though only reaching 60 mph in just over 9 seconds, still manages to be predictable and well managed on the highway. Mated to a CVT (continuously variable transmission) unit, transferring the power to all 4 wheels comes down to the mercy of its control unit where the rpms hang at the engine’s power spot while infinitely adjusting the CVT’s pulley to propel the Forester onward. The whole act is uninspiring to put it lightly. Although, there is a bit of audible drama from the unenthusiastic transition of the CVT at times combined with the slight buzz of the flat-4-cylinder engine. Initial acceleration proves to be a painstaking task for the impatient but not to the point of being dangerously slow. Subaru’s choice to provide a turbo 2.0-liter flat-4-cylinder in the XT trim is expected to make things really come to life having 250 horsepower and 258 lbs-ft. of torque to play with.
Surprisingly, road handling in the new 2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i Limited is reassuring and mostly predictable. The ride is firm and perfectly damped for a nice balance of comfort on paved roads as well as rugged dirt paths. The rally inspiration shines through the new Forester’s solid chassis never balking at demanding roads or trails ahead due to improved rigidity, up by an astonishing 150 percent from the outgoing model.
In the area of efficiency the new 2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i Limited, with its Partial Zero Emissions (Pzev) classification, returns consistent mpg figures. The EPA city mpg is at 24 mpg while highway consumption lands as 32 mpg. I was able to get a combined average of 27.4 mpg where my best figure was 31.2 on the highway. Around town I managed to never drop below the estimated 24 mpg getting 25 mpg on a consistent basis.
The interior of the all-new 2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i Limited, although improved over previous generations, retains some of its cheap characteristics. Much of the interior, consisting of plastics attempting to simulate other materials, is mostly uninspiring. The new high-mounted color LCD information screen makes way to display the backup camera and most vehicle details including MPG readings, X-Mode, clock and temperature. The screen, although on the small side, is placed high enough as to not distract much attention of the driver focused on the road. The audio and navigation system, all contained within a stand-alone dash unit with a color LCD touch screen, is utilized throughout many Subaru vehicles. The unit, used on the outgoing model, retains some qualms, such as have small on-screen buttons and confusing menu-sets. After using the system on a long trip it becomes somewhat familiar but not appetizing due to its antiquated-looking graphical interface.
Much of the interior is basic but all comes together well for its over-all fit with other plastic panels. Having a hodgepodge of plastic finishes never helps the quality perception of the interior, though the large glass panel sunroof, supportive leather seats a vast amount of interior room in the new Forester make it a worthwhile utility vehicle. Leg room is surprisingly plentiful as is headroom throughout. The rear cargo compartment, with a decent 31.5 cubic feet with the rear split seat backs up and 68.5 cubic feet folded down, does not skimp on space. The rear hatch is accessible by a power lift gate with a height memory function, something highly desired in the crossover utility segment no matter the size.
At the forefront of safety, the new 2014 Subaru Forester with its proven all-wheel-drive system, is a reassuring proactive and passive safety blanket in the unfortunate event of a crash. Driver’s side knee airbags, brake override system, front seat pelvis/torso airbags, side curtain airbags and vehicle dynamic control are all part of the standard set of safety features.
The new 2014 Subaru Forester remains to be an all-round off-road-capable crossover package versatile enough to get it all dirty on the offbeat trails while at the same time provide a well-handling car-like ride on paved roads. Having only one package option being the Navigation System in my test vehicle, the as-tested price lands at a respectable $29,920 including an $825 destination and delivery charge.
Copyright: 2013 AutomotiveAddicts.com
- Price: Base Forester 2.5i manual $22,820 / As-Tested Forester 2.5i Limited $29,920
- Engine: 2.5-liter 4-cylinder boxer (horizontally opposed) 170 horsepower @ 5,800 rpm / 174 ft-lbs. torque @ 4,100 rpm
- Total length: 180.9in.
- Total width: 70.7in.
- Total height: 68.2in.
- Turning circle: 34.8ft.
- Curb weight: 3,444lbs.
- Legroom: f/r-43.0/41.7in.
- Headroom: f/r-40.0/37.5in.
- EPA cargo: 68.5cu.ft.
- EPA interior volume: 147.5 cu.ft
- Fuel tank: 15.9 gallons
- 0-60 mph: 9.1 seconds
- EPA fuel mileage: 24 mpg city / 32 mpg highway
|Video: Magnus Walker’s Brumos Connection Pays Homage to Porsche 911 50th Anniversary||
There is no doubt that Jacksonville, FL has its roots deep embedded within the car enthusiast community and even the racing world by being home of Brumos Porsche. The Porsche enthusiast ‘Urban Outlaw’, Magnus Walker, pays homage to our hometown in this exclusive ‘Second Seat’ video where he gives us a glimpse into one of this short-wheelbase 1965 Porsches.
Not only is Magnus Walker a devoted and unique builder/collector of 911s, he shares a certain sentiment with a few particular early 911s. Through the video you will discover the history of one 1965 model 911, the 310th made, all attributing to the 50th anniversary of Porsche 911.
We welcome you to check out this Brumos Porsche exclusive below, it is well worth the short 8 minutes. Enjoy!
Official Press Release
Jacksonville, Florida – (November 25, 2013) In this year of special celebrations surrounding the 50th anniversary of Porsche’s icon, Brumos Porsche is pleased to offer a look in to the collection of one of today’s most devoted and unique builder/collectors of 911s – and why chassis #310 is a sentimental favorite ofThe Urban Outlaw.
Jump in and ride second seat with Magnus Walker as he pilots his short wheelbase 911 around California’s Angeles Crest. In the latest installment of Brumos Porsche TV, Magnus talks about the joys of owning and driving a classic, early 911 describing his creation in the “Vic Elford-style” with a sport purpose look. Learn of the modifications made to this special 1965 model- the 310th 911 ever made.
“Brumos Porsche and Magnus Walker share a special relationship through our combined passion for the German brand,” explains General Manager Ray Shaffer. “Magnus knows his history and does his research. It’s very special for us to learn that one of the earliest Porsche 911 imports from Brumos is now in his care.”
|Documentary on Nissan’s development of the 2015 GT-R Nismo||
Nissan recently released a documentary on the development of the 2015 GT-R Nismo.
This is the fastest car that the company has ever built, and thus, we can understand why they are so excited to showcase the whole development process with Nissan fans and automobile enthusiasts world wide.
The documentary features interviews with key people involved in the development as well as a rundown of some of the tests and simulations executed.
The 2015 GT-R Nismo goes on sale early next year. You can start saving and check out the documentary below in the meanwhile:
Source: Motor Authority
|Honda Insight Has Horrific Crash Nearing 200 mph at El Mirage||
I know I know, some of you will say that speed kills but if you ask Jeremy Clarkson, he claims that speed has never killed anyone, suddenly becoming stationary, that’s what gets you. Obviously right? Well, it seems this record-braking LSR Honda, known as a highly-modified first-generation Honda Insight, takes a serious roll nearing 200 mph where its driver, Brian Gillespie, fortunately lives to see another day only suffering ‘minor injuries’.
According to the Southern California Timing Association website, the vehicle previously broke the 200-mph barrier in a previous run.
Hit up the astonishing video below to see the full crash.
|2014 Acura RDX AWD Technology Package Review & Test Drive||
Even though I didn’t get a chance to test and photograph the all-new 2013 model RDX, I was fortunate to get to test drive the new 2014 edition painted with the new Kona Coffee metallic hue. What a great looking, high-tech sport utility vehicle with Acura’s signature precision powertrain and performance attributes, not to mention a beautifully appointed and luxurious interior.
The exterior styling is more refined and fluid than before. A smoother front fascia with the Acura signature ‘overbite’ aluminum grille, wider wheel arch lips and flatter side panels not only show a more upscale look, but combine to make the RDX more aerodynamically efficient. New underbody panels significantly improve smoother airflow but also generate less wind noise making for a quieter ride. At the front the new grille blends together with much longer, more graceful HID headlamps and lower foglamps at the sides. Along the sides the new RDX makes use of smoother door panels that incorporate a crisp body line that runs through the door handles. Deeper side extensions help enhance stability at highway speeds, aero-styled, heated/repeater signal sideview mirrors and spear-styled, body-colored pull-out door handles further lessen the amount of noise entering the cabin. A full-perimeter chrome strip runs around the greenhouse to exhibit a little luxury on the outside. At the rear the RDX roofline is far more tapered than before. The spoiler up top is now body-colored and a power actuated rear liftgate is a first for the RDX. The new look is more refined, athletic and aerodynamic, beautiful.
The 2014 RDX quickly moves out with the all-new 3.5 liter, all-aluminum, SOHC, 24-valve V6 with Variable Valve Timing & Lift Electronic Control and it also marks the first use of Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) that allows for three levels of cylinder deactivation, producing 273hp at 6,200rpm and 251lb.ft. of torque at 5,000rpm. This new V6 is so smooth and quiet that sometimes I didn’t even know that the engine was running. Also new for the RDX is the Sequential SportShift 6-speed automatic transmission paired with a new multi-clutch torque converter. In addition to adding another forward gear, the new 6-speed is also smaller and lighter than before. The result is improved performance and fuel economy. My test RDX came equipped with the new AWD system that is smaller and lighter than the previous drivetrain setup. Known as AWD with Intelligent Control, the new system also is more efficient that the prior version, which, along with the reduced weight, further helps achieve the AWD RDX’s increased fuel economy. Driving the AWD configuration gave me an added sense of control and safety on wet or slick pavement.
The new RDX is stronger and more rigid thanks to the use of high-strength steel (56% versus 47% from before), not only provides increased strength at a lower weight, but generates a stiffer body for improved performance and reduced NVH. It was very sound and smooth going over poorly paved roads and when I took it off-road. It felt like I was in a tight drum with no vibrations.
Similar to the previous model, the new RDX rides on a fully independent suspension that has been refined for a smoother ride and remains flat when entering steep curving roads. The longer wheelbase, increased track and lower center of gravity further enhance the new RDX’s handling with a more subtle ride. Up front is a MacPherson strut setup with 22mm solid stabilizer bar, gas-pressurized, twin-tube Amplitude Reactive dampers. The rear setup is multi-link with coil springs, twin-tube Amplitude Reactive dampers and a 19mm solid stabilizer bar. The new Motion Adaptive Rack & Pinion adaptive electronic steering system replaced the hydraulic steering system and is much lighter, more responsive with great feel for the road.
Safely slowing the new RDX down from speed are large, power-assisted steel disc brakes. Up front are 12.3 inch vented discs clamped with large single-piston calipers with the Acura signature, and 12 inch solid discs clamped with single piston calipers in the rear. Standard ABS, BA, EBD, Vehicle Stability Control and Traction Control all work together to keep the trunk on my chosen path during severe braking times and when driving on slick or wet pavement. Not only do the new, larger brakes provide better performance, but they also incorporate improvements to reduce drag-which reduces rolling resistance and improve fuel economy.
The further give a smooth, quiet and controlled ride with excellent traction and grip, the new RDX rides on 18X7.5 inch split 5-spoke alloy wheels wrapped with Michelin Primacy MXM4 235/60R18 inch performance all-season tires. From front to rear the new 2014 Acura RDX is much more refined and more powerful with excellent performance from all of its new systems. Acura’s marketing department spent a lot of time finding out what previous Acura sport utility owners wanted in this type of vehicle and have done their homework well.
Inside mirrors the refined exterior with luxurious soft touch materials. Sweeping shapes, matte surface trim and generous use of leather combine to give the RDX a very upscale look and feel. When behind the wheel at speed the abundant use of noise insulation materials and numerous high-tech appointments (such as Active Noise Control) team to provide an exceptionally quiet cabin for me and my passengers. Also the interior gives more legroom and shoulder room for both front and rear occupants. More cargo room follows with a significantly wider rear hatch opening. Throughout the cabin the new ‘dual personal’ cockpit design make use of more sweeping shapes including the new hard disc drive (HDD) based navigation system paired with a new W-VGA color screen. Just as before, RDX seats five but caters to me and my front passenger first and foremost. Its leather seating surfaces and ergonomically design seat contours are designed to provide ample support during spirited driving times or long road trips. My seat was 10-way powered including power lumbar support and my passenger up front benefitted with 4-way power adjustments plus both seats feature heating elements. The leather-wrapped/tilt/telescopic steering wheel feels great in my hands with audio buttons, Bluetooth and cruise control actuators, and the LED backlit gauge cluster is easy to see and understand. The Multi-Information Display in the middle of the display allows easy access to multiple electronic functions and the trip computer. The center stack contains all of the important dials, buttons and switches and is easy to reach and use. Even more than ever before, transformability of the vehicle is a top concern for Acura designers. It is very easy and fast to transform the RDX from a people hauler to a cargo hauler. With a new ‘one touch’ activation of the 60/40 split-folding rear seatbacks, the rear cargo area offers 76.9 cu.ft. of storage-16.3 cu.ft. more than before. Interior storage compartments include a large center console with dual cupholders and storage pockets and cubby spaces throughout the RDX.
The 2014 RDX is so well equipped in standard form that only one trim package is available. With the Technology Package, a host of driver relevant features are added including AcuraLink Satellite Communication System, Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition, AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting and AcuraLink Real-Time Weather with radar image maps. The navigation system is even more advanced and is operated by anew hard disk drive (HDD) system with 60 gigabytes of storage capacity. The HDD system operates with far greater speed than previous CD-based system, and it has 15 gigabytes of dedicated space allotted for music storage. The navigation system also makes use of a new 8-inch W-VGA color screen and is also used for anew rear view camera system for safer backups.
The Technology Package also includes the great sounding, awesome Acura/ELS Surround Sound 10-speaker, 410-watt premium audio system with DVD-Audio, CD, DTS, AM-FM radio, XM radio, Bluetooth and a 3,500-song hard disc drive media storage system. As part of the Technology Package there is a GPS-linked solar-sensing dual-zone automatic climate control system with a power operated rear hatch door.
Standard features not mentioned above include MP3/auxiliary jack, USB audio interface, push button ignition, driver recognition memory system, HomeLink system, power windows/door locks with front express up/down, maintenance minder system, auto-dimming rearview mirrors, one-touch sunroof, dual map lights, dual lighted vanity mirrors, grab handles above each door, map pockets behind the front seatbacks, rear pull-down dual cupholders/armrest, variable-speed wipers/washers, rear wiper/washer, floor mats front/second/rear.
Standard safety systems include driver/front passenger dual-stage airbags, driver/front passenger side airbags, side curtain airbags with rollover protection, tire pressure monitor, 5-3-point safety belts with front pretensioners/load limiters, ACE body structure, side-impact door beams, LATCH system for child seats and Daytime Running Lamps.
It is a pleasure driving the 2014 Acura RDX around town, on the highway and off-road. The truck is so much more refined than before with excellent power, performance, comfort, convenience, connectivity, infotainment and safety. It is still one of the best all-around mid-size luxury sport utility vehicles.
COPYRIGHT: 2013: HARVEY SCHWARTZ
- Price: Base-$39,620.00, $40,515.00 loaded with Technology Package including destination
- Engine: 3.5 liter SOHC 24-valve V6 273 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm / 251 lb.ft. of torque @ 5,000 rpm
- Wheelbase: 105.7 inches
- Total length: 183.5 inches
- Total width: 73.7 inches
- Total height: 66.1 inches
- Track: f/r-63.1/63.4 inches
- Ground clearance: 8.1 inches
- Approach angle: 17.2 degrees
- Departure angle: 22 degrees
- Breakover angle: 18.1 degrees
- Headroom: f/r-38.7/38.1 inches
- Legroom: f/r-42/38.3 inches
- Passenger volume: 103.5 cu.ft.
- 0-60 mph: 6.3 seconds
- EPA mileage: 19mpg/city, 27mpg/highway in AWD
|A car on rails: Vredestein Tyre Review||
I’m at the World Karting Championships and I’ve just qualified 33rd out of 70 competitors at the Al Ain International Kart Circuit. It’s not going well.
Overnight we make a key change to our setup and the next day I finish on the podium in all three of my knockout heats. I start the pre-final 3rd and eventually land up 6th in the world and 2nd in the Nations Cup – a podium and a trophy.
What was the key change? Tyre pressures. We went from the lowest pressure we had ever tested to a tyre pressure so high that we never even considered it.
The reason we could make such a radical adjustment without batting an eyelid was because when I raced for Kartsport SA I was their official tyre tester. It’s one of my favourite jobs as a racing driver. If you can master tyres then you hold a distinct advantage in motor racing. Just ask Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel.
And so we fast forward to 2013 and I am in my Audi S5 rolling off the brakes and tipping it into a sharp left-right switchback. I anticipate the rear to step out a bit followed by some uncomfortable trademark Audi-understeer.
Instead what happens is I nail the lefthand apex and swiftly twitch the steering right to hit another lovely apex.
Three corners later and braking harder for a hairpin I experience the same thing. I’m blown away, my car has transformed from an understeer machine to something liken to being on rails.
I’m experiencing this magic because my car has just been fitted with a brand new set of Vredestein tyres, their top of the range 225/35 19’s.
Once I’d ‘run in’ the tyres during a gentle 25km drive it was time to let them settle overnight and see how they felt the next day.
The first thing that struck me was how much smoother the ride was compared to my previous tyres. The sidewalls are definitely more compliant compared to what I had before.
Another attribute which I think is worth mentioning is that there is very minimal road noise when cruising at highway speeds. Sometimes with a wide set of tyres you will experience a considerable amount of road noise but it seems that the Vredesteins do a decent job of scrubbing that out.
I have owned many cars during my short life span and in that time I have tried tyres from the best manufactures – Bridgestone, Pirelli, Michelin, Dunlop etc. – but none of them have come close to what I have experienced with this set of Vredesteins.
They are just so grippy at high speed and yet so compliant when cruising around town. Audis are notorious for understeer and yet with the Vredesteins fitted to my car I feel like I cannot own another type of tyre again. They are that good.
The only concern that I had with my set, was that when they were brand new there was a bit of movement under heavy acceleration. The movement was a result of the brand new tread flexing. Though it caught me off guard initially I realised that this was a result of them being literally brand new and after the 25km run-in, that movement was gone.
Two days after fitting the tyres there was some torrential rain in Cape Town which gave me the opportunity to test their wet weather ability.
There is a neat little section near my house which includes a long right followed by a sharp left that leads into a traffic circle. I’ve done this section 1000 times in wet and dry. I decided to give it a go with the new tyres and the result was difficult to describe.
Instead of the front washing away as I switched from right to left, I could feel the rear of my car grip and squat, leaning on the right rear heavily, the weight transfer gave me a great sensation through the steering wheel which instilled confidence and confirmed just how good these tyres are.
A great set of tyres that are going to do very well in the South African market.
Read the other Vredenstein review by Minnaar Pieters.
|The 2015 Ford Mustang will make its debut December 5th||
Get ready for the all-new, all powerful, 2015 Ford Mustang. Today, Ford announced that they will be revealing the new Mustang on December 5th.
The launch will also be broadcasted globally, with synchronized live showings in Los Angeles, Michigan, Dearborn, Barcelona, Shanghai and Sydney.
The 2015 Mustang is tagged to be a “global car”. This is also why the big reveal will be showcased all around the world at the same time. Not that much is known about the latest Mustang, but the general consensus is that it will be pretty much the same as the current Musatang, with a few (more power-inducing) changes here and there.
It is likely that the car will be more compact as well as being more fuel efficient. As is the global trend with new release cars – saving the world one liter of petrol at a time.
When it comes to styling, it is not expected that the 2015 Mustang will look much different. However, some speculate that there will be some changes which are inspired by the Evos concept – a concept tht made its debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show a few years ago.
Until December 5th – here are some spy shots and renderings of the new 2015 Ford Mustang:
|Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupe Preview – Video||
The all-new Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupe is making its debut this week at the LA Auto Show touted as the most dynamically capable, performance-focused, production Jaguar ever. The new Jaguar F-TYPE packs in a 542 horsepower supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine and the ability to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4 seconds while topping out at 186 mph.
- The new F-TYPE Coupé is the most dynamically capable, performance-focused, production Jaguar ever
- The model line-up is headlined by the F-TYPE R Coupé, its 550PS/680Nm 5.0-litre V8 supercharged engine enabling acceleration from 0-60mph in 4.0-seconds, and a top speed of 186mph (limited)
- The F-TYPE R Coupé features Jaguar’s second-generation Electronic Active Differential which works in parallel with a new Torque Vectoring by braking system to deliver enhanced agility and exploitable handling at the limit
- F-TYPE Coupé builds on Jaguar’s industry-leading expertise in aluminium delivering torsional rigidity of 33,000 Nm/degree – it is the most torsionally rigid production Jaguar ever
- The all-aluminium F-TYPE Coupé embodies the uncompromised design vision of the award-winning C-X16 concept
- F-TYPE S Coupé and F-TYPE Coupé models complete the range, powered respectively by 380PS and 340PS versions of Jaguar’s 3.0-litre supercharged V6 engine, giving 0-60mph in 4.8/5.1-seconds and top speeds of 171/161mph
- A Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) braking system – featuring 398/380mm discs front/rear – is optional on both F-TYPE R and F-TYPE S Coupé models
- All engines drive the rear wheels through an eight-speed ‘Quickshift’ transmission with full manual sequential control via steering wheel-mounted paddles or the central SportShift lever
- The F-TYPE Coupé has up to 407-litres of boot space – easily accommodating two sets of golf clubs – the tailgate being available with power assisted opening
- The F-TYPE Coupé range complements the existing 2013 ‘World Car Design of the Year’ award-winning F-TYPE Convertible model line-up of F-TYPE, F-TYPE S and F-TYPE V8 S
The all-aluminium F-TYPE Coupé – the most dynamically capable, performance-focused sports car that Jaguar has ever produced – is available in three versions:
F-TYPE R, F-TYPE S and the F-TYPE.
The range-topping F-TYPE R Coupé is powered by Jaguar’s 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine in 550PS/680Nm tune, delivering acceleration to 60mph in 4.0-seconds, and a top speed of 186mph (electronically limited).
The F-TYPE S Coupé and F-TYPE Coupé are powered by Jaguar’s 3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol engines in 380PS/460Nm and 340PS/450Nm forms respectively, giving 0-60mph in 4.8/5.1-seconds and top speeds of 171/161mph.
The F-TYPE Coupé embodies the uncompromised design vision of the stunning Jaguar C-X16 concept sports coupé that debuted at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, its dramatic cabin-rearward stance being defined by three heartlines. The first two heartlines – shared with F-TYPE Convertible – form the muscular front and rear wings, the third heartline being the sweeping Coupé roof profile which provides an unbroken silhouette while emphasising the visual drama of the tapered cabin sitting between powerful rear haunches.
Jaguar’s expertise in aluminium technology has enabled the design vision for the F-TYPE Coupé to be delivered in a lightweight yet extremely strong bodyshell. Torsional rigidity for all F-TYPE Coupé variants is 33,000 Nm/degree – greater than in any previous production Jaguar – this rigidity providing the basis for excellent dynamic attributes.
The F-TYPE Coupé’s body side is made from a single piece aluminium pressing, probably the most extreme cold-formed aluminium body side in the automotive industry, eliminating the requirement for multiple panels and cosmetic joints. The roof panel itself is available in either aluminium or panoramic glass form. A deployable rear spoiler sits within the tapered shut-line of the F-TYPE Coupé, while slim, wrap-around LED lamps flank a beautifully engineered tailgate, with optional powered open/close functionality.
To deliver assured, progressive handling in line with its 550PS output, the range-topping F-TYPE R Coupé features a bespoke suspension set-up and new dynamic technologies. These include a second-generation Electronic Active Differential (EAD) and – for the first time on a Jaguar – Torque Vectoring by braking, these systems working in parallel to provide immediacy of response and exploitable handling. The EAD system automatically redistributes engine torque between the rear wheels to ensure excellent on-the-limit control, while Torque Vectoring by braking intelligently applies precisely metered braking force to the inner wheels as necessary during cornering to enhance agility. Sports suspension with Adaptive Dynamics damping and Configurable Dynamic Mode further enhance the F-TYPE R’s immediacy of response, providing an exhilarating and involving driving experience.
F-TYPE R and F-TYPE S Coupé models also have the option of Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) brakes which offer absolute consistency of performance and excellent fade resistance, as well as a total unsprung-weight saving of 21kg.
Every F-TYPE Coupé model utilises Jaguar’s eight-speed close-ratio Quickshift transmission which is optimised for sporting performance, with full manual sequential control from the central SportShift selector or steering wheel-mounted paddles.
The F-TYPE Coupé range complements the existing three-car F-TYPE Convertible model line-up; the V6-engined F-TYPE (340PS) and F-TYPE S (380PS), and the 495PS F-TYPE V8 S.
“With F-TYPE Coupé, the Jaguar engineering team has exceeded our considerable target of building a car that delivers even more driver reward than the acclaimed F-TYPE Convertible. Engineering an exceptionally rigid all-aluminium Coupé body structure was the key to achieving this, as it’s the fundamental basis for enhanced dynamic attributes. The result is that the F-TYPE Coupé is the most dynamically capable and involving Jaguar we’ve ever built.”
|Video: Tesla Model S vs BMW M5||
If a solid drag race is what you’re after, then this next video will totally be worth the watch.
This video shows a Tesla Model S go up against a BMW M5. The Tesla has been getting a lot of attention lately, so it will be interesting to see how it holds up against a M5.
The video was filmed during Automobile Magazine’s 2013 Automobile of the Year testing.
So, without further a due, check out the drag race below:
|2014 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT Crew Cab Z71 4×4 Review & Test Drive||
The all-new 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 gets new EcoTec3 V6 and V8 engines with more power and enhanced efficiency including a 6-speed automatic along with improvements to the chassis, interior, aerodynamics and safety systems.
Other than these improvements there isn’t much you can do to change the styling of a pickup truck except to refine the front, double cab and cargo box. The new front fascia is highlighted with the three new rectangular chrome grille arrangement, single projector-beam headlamps, LED strip daytime running lamps, a bold chrome front bumper, spoiler down below, dual recovery hooks, and halogen foglamps. Black wheel moldings give the silhouette a luxury look as does the chrome pull-out door handles, a Z71 chrome badge on top of each front fender, six-inch chrome/rubber-insert full-length running boards, chrome strip at the bottom of the greenhouse with a chrome strip at the bottom of each door, power folding/heated/self-dimming sideview mirrors with chrome caps, and 20X9 inch polished cast aluminum wheels wrapped with 275/55R20 inch all-terrain Goodyear tires. The cargo box features new LED cargo lights, an EZ Lift and Lower folding tailgate that locks, wheelhouse liners, and a cut rubber assist step on each side at the rear of the cargo box to make it easier and safer to move cargo or to climb into the cargo box. The rear is finished with a bold chrome bumper and a single stainless steel exhaust pipe. The new looks are tight, taut and more refined than before.
Sierra’s engines are all updated with increased power, torque and fuel efficiency across the board. New 4.3 liter V6, 5.3 liter V8 and 6.2 liter engines are offered, all from the shared EcoTec engine family. All engines feature direct injection, continuously variable valve timing, active fuel management (seamlessly switching to four cylinders during light load driving to save fuel), lightweight aluminum blocks and heads. Each is mated to the durable 6L80 six-speed automatic transmissions with sequential shifting so that I was able to maintain a certain gear when needed. A new ‘cruise grade braking’ feature down-shifts the transmission on downgrades which is intended to reduce brake wear. V8 models use new larger 9.5 and 9.75 inch rear axles with the strength to accommodate the engines higher output. The new 4.3 liter V6 generates 285hp and 305lb.ft. of torque giving back 18mpg/city and 24mpg/highway with a maximum tow rating of 7,600lbs. The 5.3 liter V8 that I tested generates 355hp and 383lb.ft. of torque giving back 18mpg/city and 22mpg/highway with a maximum tow rating of 9,600lbs. The new 6.2 liter V8 generates a healthy 420hp and 460lb.ft. of torque with a maximum tow rating of 12,000lbs., the highest rating in the class.
The suspension has been refined for a smoother ride with better response to my inputs. Up front is an independent setup with coil-over Rancho high-performance gas-charged shocks. The rear features a solid axle with semi-elliptic, variable rate, two stage multi-leaf springs and Rancho high-performance gas-charged shocks. When I took the new 4X4 Sierra out on the dirt it performed great and up to my expectations. The Rancho shocks are a great addition to the Z71 off-road package. The new electric power-assisted rack & pinion steering system saves weight and gave me a very good feel for the road with excellent reaction to my inputs when driving around slow city traffic, on the highway at speed and when I took the truck off-road.
Strong brakes are important for stopping trucks and the new, larger rotors are amongst the best. Sierra features four-wheel power-assisted and vented discs. The brakes feature new Duralife brake rotors which are a hardened and strengthened surface to reduce corrosion. Duralife rotors-a GM exclusive technology-are expected to last twice as long as conventional rotors and provide quieter braking with less vibration. They work as advertised and using these new improved and refined brakes were very linear and grabbed instantly with little noise or vibration. Up front are 13 inch vented rotors clamped with aluminum-housed dual-piston calipers and 13.6 inch vented rotors in aluminum-housed single-piston calipers. Standard ABS and StabiliTrak kept me in control when braking hard on slick or wet pavement.
My SLT trim Sierra 4X4 Z71 came with an interior that reminded me of a full-size luxury sedan. The front of the dashboard and dash shelf was covered in black leather. The bottom of the dashboard, even the dual-tiered glove box was covered with new soft-touch materials, as well as aluminum trim. Attention to detail and purposeful technology defines the Sierra’s all-new cabin. The new upright instrument panel is designed for visibility and accessibility. Knobs and buttons are large, legible and within easy reach. All knobs are coated using a rubber-over-mold technology, so they’re easy to grip even through gloves. The leather-wrapped/tilt/telescopic/heated steering wheel felt perfect in my hands for optimal control. The new instrument cluster features six gauges with a centrally located, 4.2 inch color Driver Information Center that is reconfigurable with everything you need to know such as your trip computer, radio station and navigation system. A second high-mounted glove box with a flat floor joins the traditional box below. Each of Sierra’s doors has storage crafted to hold most beverage containers and other personal items. Along the center stack and center console are additional cupholders, discreet compartments large enough for most laptop computers, and connectivity options. The SLT Sierra features a 110-volt outlet, up to five USB ports, four 12-volt outlets and an SD card slot. Optional IntellLink connectivity uses a high-definition, fully reconfigurable 8-inch color touch screen with an intuitive layout and easy-to-read icons that control audio features, a Pandora app, Bluetooth phone feature, and optional navigation with an all-new map display. Most of the system’s features can be controlled by voice command, allowing me to keep my eyes on the road and my hands on the steering wheel.
The crew cab can hold up to six adults and uses dual-density foam designed to stay comfortable over long hours and continue to look great after years of use. Leather and cloth are offered, and Sierra’s new high-wear cloth seats are designed to last longer and resist staining. They were very comfortable and supportive with power adjustments on the driver’s side. For the first time on double cab models, the 2014 Sierra has new front-hinged rear doors with outside pull handles at the rear, providing improved access in tight parking spaces. Unlike trucks with rear-hinged doors, Sierra’s layout allows rear passengers to enter and exit the truck with the front doors closed. It’s just another innovation that makes the all-new 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 4WD SLT Crew Cab one of the best on today’s full-size pickup truck market.
Standard equipment not mentioned above includes leather-wrapped seats with power adjustments up front, memory for two drivers, heated/cooled front seats, remote vehicle start, theft deterrent system, power windows/door locks with driver-side express up/down, floor mats front/rear, rear window defroster, dual-zone A/C/heater, self-dimming rearview mirror, lighted dual visors, dual cupholders, power-adjustable pedals, power sliding rear window, Universal Home Remote, steering wheel audio control, rear vision camera, audio system with six-speakers, Sirius XM radio, HD radio, single-slot CD/MP3 player, front/rear park assist, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning, safety alert seat that vibrates, 6-inch chrome assist steps, Bose Audio system, power sunroof, color navigation system, high-capacity air cleaner, variable-speed wipers/washers, underbody shields, Z71 badges, trailer brake controller, dual map lights, grab handles on the front passenger A-pillars, above each door and on each B-pillar, six-3-point safety belts with front pretensioner/load limiters, airbags-front driver/front passenger front/side impact, outboard front/rear seat side curtain airbags, hill start assist, tire pressure monitor, LED strip of daytime running lamps, OnStar crash response and personal connections.
COPYRIGHT: 2013: HARVEY SCHWARTZ
- Price: Base GMC Sierra $33,210 / As Tested Sierra SLT 4×4 $50,185.00
- Wheelbase: 143.5 inches
- Overall length: 229.5 inches
- Overall width: 80 inches
- Overall height: 74 inches
- Track: f/r-68.7/67.6 inches
- Minimum ground clearance: 8.9 inches
- Ground to top of load floor: 34.3 inches
- Step-in height: 22.2 inches
- Approach angle: 19
- Departure angle: 23.2
- Headroom: f/r-42.8/40.5 inches
- Legroom: f/r-45.3/40.9 inches
- Curb weight: 5,292 lbs.
- Fuel capacity: 26 gallons
- Turning circle: 47.2 ft.
|Meet the all new Marvelous Mini||
Not too long ago we posted some spy shots of the all new 2014, Mini Cooper. Well, the time for spying is over as the third generation Mini was officially launched today.
BMW revealed the all new Mini, and while it still looks the same and features everything you’d expect from the car, it has been upgraded some what on the inside – including some brand spanking new technology to go along with it.
Firstly, the 2014 Mini is quite a bit bigger than its predecessors. It is 98mm longer, 44mm wider, 7mm taller and has a 28mm longer wheelbase which accommodates for a wider track in the front and rear.
However, it is the engine that most people – including BMW – seems to be most excited about. This third generation Mini will be available in 3-cylinder engines for the first time ever. Also, another hook for both Mini and BMW, is that the new Mini launches with three new engines from BMW’s all new ‘Efficient Dynamic’ engines.
Apparently, these new engines will reduce fuel consumption and emission by as much as 27%.
Engine wise, the standard Mini Cooper will produce 134horsepower through a 1.5 liter, 3-cylinder engine. The Diesel version, the Cooper D, will produce 144horsepower through a 1.5 liter, 3-cylinder engine. And finally, for a bit more power, the Cooper S will produce 189horsepower through a 2.0 liter, 4-pot petrol engine.
All of the new Mini’s will be available in either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission.
Gallery: The 2014 Mini Cooper –
Some fancy tech items include cruise control and (our favourite) an on-board SIM card that will automatically phone emergency services if you were to come in an accident. Now that’s quite clever.
Just as the Mini’s before, the 2014 model will be just as customizable. New decorative trims will be available for the roof, the bonnet, exterior mirrors, seat upholstery and interior surfaces.
Pricing for the marvelous new Mini start at £15,300 for the Cooper, rising to £18,650 for the Cooper S. Or, for you and me, R249,015 to R303,538. However, Mini says that this price will include extra’s like an on-board computer, front fog lights and Bluetooth.
We like the new Mini – a sassy little car with the power to back it up. What are your thoughts?
|Godzilla Goes Ballistic: 2015 Nissan GT-R Nismo – Previewed||
Being that I am a fan of the Nissan GT-R, all despite the naysayers, it is a welcoming impression that I get each and every time Nissan updates their prided exotic sports car. It is great to see the natural progression of the GT-R year after year shattering the track and 0-60 mph times of vehicles that cost two-times as much as the nearly-4,000 pound monster from Japan.
The latest cutting-edge of the sward swings in the direction of Nissan’s performance brand, Nismo. The new 2015 Nissan GT-R NISMO edition takes the vehicle to heights it has never seen within the walls of the Yokohama factory floor with an astounding 595 horsepower and 480 ft-lbs. of torque, which is up 50 hp and 17 ft-lbs. from the normal GT-R respectfully.
What is slated to be in the flesh at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show, is the all-new 2015 Nissan GT-R NISMO touting a speculated 0-60 time of 2.5 seconds and the ability to thrash the Nurburgring nearly 7 minutes flat. Obviously this is much ‘MORE’ than the standard GT-R Track Edition, it is Godzilla gone basaltic within the confides of its birth place.
The new 2015 Nissan GT-R NISMO has left no stones unturned with tuning improvements made primarily in the intake and exhaust systems and larger twin turbos derived from the GT-R GT3 race car. A new higher-capacity oil pump is added to the equation to keep all bits properly lubed under the extra load. Other touches that make the GT-R NISMO a beast of its own are larger anti-roll bars, stiffer springs and dampers electronically controlled with 3 levels: Track, Race and Race Plus. Yeah, they skipped right over any comfort or normal modes, which plays along with the GT-R NISMO’s theme of a ruff-around-the-edges vehicle allowing more room to soften-up the normal GT-R. Sure, that all makes sense, because Race Car!
UPDATE: Nissan GT-R NISMO runs Nurburgring in 7:08.679
Live images via Motor Trend
No announcements on pricing for the GT-R NISMO but sales will commence next year in Japan and the US should see it hit our shores in about a year from publishing this HOT NEWS. Look for more information to come out of Nissan in the coming few days as the Tokyo Motor Show commences.
Nissan GT-R Nismo overview
New, ultimate iteration of Nissan’s GT-R supercar. Inspired by the Nismo-prepared GT-R that has competed successfully at the famous Nurburgring 24h race, the Nismo GT-R delivers even greater performance thanks to uprated engine outputs and advanced aerodynamics that generate over 100kg of additional downforce at 300km/h (186mph).
– Power is up to 600hp (441kw) thanks to high flow, larger diameter turbos which are used for GT3 racing, improved breathing and optimized individual ignition timing control for each cylinder.
– Maximum power is now achieved at 6800rpm, up from 6400.
– Torque is now over 650Nm. (more than 480 lb-ft torque)
– The suspension is based on the setup prepared by Nismo for Nissan’s entry into the 2012 Nurburgring 24-hour race. With some adaptations to improve refinement, reduce road noise and harshness, the setup is designed for stunning agility, road-holding and handing finesse.
– To minimize body-roll during cornering and changes of direction, the Nissan GT-R Nismo features a 17.3 mm hollow rear anti-roll bar which raises roll stiffness while reducing weight.
– The springs and custom-developed Bilstein DampTronic dampers in the front and rear suspension are specially tuned to deliver exceptional grip levels and progressive handling response at the limit.
– Specially-developed links fitted to the front double wishbone suspension increase castor trail to optimize wheel position during high-G cornering and improve straight-line stability. Additionally, large high-rigidity bolts are used to increase stiffness of the wheel-hub attachment area.
– The construction of the GT-R Nismo’s bodyshell now uses adhesive bonding in addition to spot welding for increased rigidity and precise suspension response under extreme load, another example of Nismo “factory tuned” enhancement.
– Notable new body elements are the rear trunk-mounted spoiler, the front carbon bumper and its lower front undercover.
– Together, the front bumper, engine undercover strake and carbon rear spoiler increase downforce, generating an additional 100kg (at 300km/h) compared to the standard GT-R model. A widened front bumper configuration and elongated yet tapered rear bumper design reduce drag to Cd 0.27.
– The GT-R Nismo’s black 6-spoke wheels are inspired by Nissan’s legendary GT500 race car.
– A unique to the GT-R Nismo model, a Dark Matte Grey has been developed, accentuating the car’s imposing exterior muscularity.
– Ergonomically sculpted carbon-fiber-backed reclining RECARO seats (EU/JPN) comfortably, yet firmly, support the driver and front-seat passenger.
– The Nissan GT-R Nismo has a special steering wheel design which is dressed in Alcantara®, with three spokes, red center mark and red stitching to give the best combination of grip, feedback and comfort.
– Interior trim features include discreet red stitching on the seats, center console, door trim and steering wheel.
– The GT-R Nismo driver can assess his or her on-track performance by downloading and reviewing digital data from the connected services advanced performance telemetry system.
The Nissan GT-R Nismo will be available in Japan, U.S. and Europe in 2014.
Naturally, the Nissan GT-R Nismo has lapped the fearsome Nordschliefe race circuit in Germany. It continues to challenge the lap-times set by small-volume, hand-built hypercars…
Carlos Ghosn, Nissan’s CEO, will announce the GT-R Nismo’s laptime when the car is unveiled at Nissan’s global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan at 19:00 on Tuesday 19th November at the celebration of the brand’s 80th anniversary in advance of the opening of this year’s Tokyo International Motor Show on Wednesday 20th November.
|The World’s Strangest Driving Laws Revealed||
Driving one of Australia’s 17.2 million motor vehicles should be straightforward, right? After all, you simply step into your vehicle, turn the key and drive away, careful to stop at red lights, give pedestrians the right of way and follow the speed limit. Navigating the roads in some parts of the world, however, isn’t straightforward. Several strange laws will cause you to chuckle.
Don’t Carry Minors on a Vehicle
The state of Oregon made transporting minors on a vehicle’s roof, hood, fender or other external part illegal unless they are strapped in properly. The law protects kids but seems to be a no-brainer.
Keep Your Arms and Legs Inside the Vehicle
In New South Wales, waving goodbye with your hand out the window lands you a nearly $300 fine. That’s because the law prohibits protruding limbs from extending outside the vehicle.
Report Criminal Activity
Washington State drivers who intend to commit crime must stop at the city limits and report to the police. The law ideally reduces crime, and all drivers should be thankful for this strange law and the fact that it’s not a crime to compare car insurance quotes before driving in Washington or anywhere in the world.
Reserve the Horn for Delivering Warnings
Many drivers toot the vehicle’s horn to warn other drivers of their presence, and that’s perfectly acceptable. Don’t use the horn to offer a friendly greeting in New South Wales, though. That action will land you a nearly $300 fine because it’s illegal to use a warning device as a greeting. Don’t honk your horn in front of a Little Rock, Arkansas, restaurant where sandwiches or cold drinks are served after 9 PM either. That’s also an illegal use of a vehicle’s horn.
Properly Confine Your Pets
Carrying pets while driving in Iran is illegal. In the state of Missouri, receive a fine if you transport an uncaged bear. Meanwhile, Victoria drivers receive a $211 fine and New South Wales drivers receive a $397 fine along with three demerit points if they drive while holding an animal on their lap. Additionally, motor vehicle and bicycle operators in these two states will receive a fine if they pull or lead an animal.
Don’t Drink and Drive
Several countries employ strict laws for driving under the influence of alcohol. Drive in Cyprus, though, and you aren’t able to drink water while sitting behind the wheel. Instead, pull over and quench your thirst.
Wear Your Seatbelt
Drivers in Victoria and New South Wales must wear a seat belt when driving forward, but they can take off the seat belt when driving in reverse. Additionally, garbage collectors and delivery drivers don’t have to wear a seat belt while working or while their vehicles are moving under 25 kilometers per hour.
Ride Your Bicycle with Care
Laws of the road apply to motor vehicles and bicycles equally, so obey the laws whether you drive a car or a bike. As an illustration, New South Wales drivers receive a $66 fine for running a red light or riding a bike recklessly or furiously. North Korean women can’t even ride a bike on the road. They face a fine and could have their bicycle seized.
|Aston Martin Vantage V12 vs Vantage GT 4||
The popular Drive channel on YouTube is back with another thrilling episode full of pricey, spicy and fast automobiles.
This week, they take one of the world’s most beloved super car brands (and also James Bond’s preferred ride), Aston Martin, and pit two different models against each other.
Two drivers take on the road to establish whether a Aston Martin Vantage V12 or Aston Martin Vantage GT 4 is the best.
with the V12 being called the ‘ultimate hot rod’ and the GT 4 labelled as a ‘gentleman’s race car’ it’s really interesting to see which Martin fares better.
Check it out below: