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|Life With Le Mans’ Vehicles on Public Roads: Video||
Who says a racecar’s authentic livery can only thrive on a racetrack? Sure, there are many sports cars and exotics claiming to be race cars we see on public roads day in and day out. But, when it comes to an actual race car that we have only seen make rounds of world-famous tracks creep up on a local public road, something magical happens. I cannot explain the awesomeness in seeing the Jaguar XJ220C that competed at Le Mans in 1993 and 1995 rolling down a public road, let alone a Porsche 962C and Mazda 787B.
The Mazda 787B was one of four 787Bs to compete at Le Mans where one became the first and only Japanese car to ever win the race. The Porsche 962C seen in the video below is technically a replica but started off as one of six cars built by former Porsche factory driver Vern Schuppan in 1991 and then later converted into a Le Mans-spec vehicle. You must check out the video below and partake in the awesomeness.
|Jay Leno Runs down 2015 Mustang and Celebrates 50 Years of Mustang with Lee Iacocca – Video||
By now you have seen the proliferation of the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang ushering in 50 years of the American automotive icon. Jay Leno expands on those expectations and takes us down a memory lane in all-things Mustang with Lee Iacocca, an American legend in the engineering of the Ford Mustang. Additionally, Jay has chief engineer Dave Pericak to help give a full run-down of the 2015 Mustang. The latest Jay Leno’s Garage episode is something you don’t want to miss, especially if you are at all an automotive enthusiast. Check it out in its entirety below and enjoy!
|Top Ten Things I Learned Reviewing Automobiles in 2013||
1. Although a few buttons on the steering wheel are convenient, more than six is confusing and makes you feel like you are riding around in one of those hover chairs in the second half of Wall-E.
2. Speaking of…a contrasting-color-stitched-leather-wrapped-ergonomic-racing-inspired steering wheel may not make the car drive any faster or handle any better, but it sure feels like it does.
3. While illuminated shift knobs look cool, they are not a necessary upgrade. On the other hand, radar or assisted cruise control is totally worth the extra cash.
4. Nobody cares about gas mileage on the first day of a week-long car review. Everybody cares about gas mileage on the sixth day.
5. You do not always get what you pay for. There are cars that cost less than $30k that I would rather own and drive than many that I have driven that cost $60k plus.
6. The more fun a car is to drive, the less chance you have of getting a ticket for being on your smart phone.
7. Although I am a standard transmission kind of guy, many of the new automatics are simply amazing. I do not care if you are a professional rally driver, no one can shift as quickly and efficiently as the PDK automated manual transmission in the 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera S.
8. Even though it probably will not get any thumbs up at the traffic light, the Toyota Sienna mini-van is a nice way to drive your entire family around town or on long trips.
9. Driving the new 2014 Corvette Stingray makes you proud to be an American.
10. If your ten-year-old daughter tells you that there is no back seat, it does not matter what the manufacturer claims, those seat belts are simply there to hold groceries in place under hard braking.
|4 DIY Car Repairs You Can Learn on YouTube||
Apps help consumers estimate car repairs and locate trustworthy mechanics, but let’s face it—car repairs are still expensive and intimidating. Turn on YouTube though, and you’ll find videos by cost-conscious DIY pros providing detailed tutorials on how to perform complicated and expensive repairs at home. You’ll be amazed by how simple these repairs seem after you watch a tutorial and how much you can save.
CarMD estimates that car repair costs increased by 10 percent last year, returning to pre-recession levels. That means everything costs more, even a simple fix like replacing a bumper.
Replace a bumper by removing it and unscrewing the connecting screws underneath. Sand and coat the cracked area with fiberglass resin or Bondo. After it dries overnight, sand, prime and paint your restored bumper.
Total cost is around $60. That price beats buying a new bumper and having it replaced by a repair garage, which would run you anywhere from $300 to $1,000, depending on the make and model of your car.
Since alternators last around 10 years, any older car will eventually need a new one. Exposure to extreme temperatures, damage, overloads and short circuits can wear on your alternator.
To replace the alternator, remove the belt by loosening the tension and sliding it off. Then remove the bolts on the alternator, remove the alternator and reverse your steps. This type of replacement may vary based on your particular car, so search YouTube for videos featuring your specific make and model.
The replacement takes an hour or two and costs between $150 and $175, depending on your vehicle. A garage charges anywhere from $308 to $488 for the same job on a Chevy pickup.
Catalytic Converter Replacement
Replacing a catalytic converter costs big bucks, between $788 and $1,527 on average depending on your car. But, catalytic converters only cost around $140. With the magic of the Web you can do this repair yourself and only pay for parts. Your savings — more than $1,400.
You will need an O2 sensor wrench, and a lift would help. This repair isn’t extremely difficult if you have experience working under a vehicle and can safely jack up your car. First remove the O2 sensor and then unscrew the bolts connecting the converter. Reverse your steps to complete the repair.
If you just bought a new set of tires and then proceeded to drive over a nail, bummer—but don’t worry.
The repair requires a tire plug kit, which costs around $5 compared to $35 or more to have this done at a tire shop. Remove the tire, pull out the nail with pliers, ream the hole and push the plug into the tire with the needle-like plug tool. Remove the tool and trim the repair.
|2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE AWD Review & Test Drive||
The Toyota RAV4, the industry’s original crossover SUV, gets a fourth-generation complete makeover for model year 2013. The all-new RAV4 now has a more balanced split of performance and capability, including greater fuel economy, excellent cargo capacity-now with only two-rows of seats; a bolder design with a long list of standard features. It is late in the model year but I just got my hands on the all-new 2013 RAV4 XLE AWD and its worth it with more driving fun, better looks and a new stunning interior. There will be no changes to the 2014 model except for some new paint colors.
The new exterior styling is bolder and more modern than ever with strong proportions all around while conveying the agility and fun-to-drive character. The front fascia shows the new ‘face’ of Toyota with a single chrome wing and centered Toyota logo. Halogen headlights with projector low beams give the RAV4 a more modern look, and provide outstanding illumination in an energy-efficient package. Brightness reduced RAV4 high beams also serve as Daytime Running Lights than can be turned off. RAV4 XLE features standard foglamps that complement the RAV4’s front look. The new dynamic exterior also features a progressive silhouette, with a sleek-sloping roofline and an aggressive character line. The hood sculpts up to channel air to the steeply raked windshield A-pillars. Power-remote/heated sideview mirrors and pull-out door handles are body colored but the lower aero-bodykit is black to give the overall look a more aggressive look. A hockey-puck chrome strip wraps around the bottom of the greenhouse. In a significant brake from its heritage, RAV4 switches from its side-hinged rear liftgate to a more convenient roof-hinged liftgate with a space-saver spare tire stored under the cargo floor. RAV4’s rear roof spoiler not only visually extends the arc of the roofline but enhances RAV4’s aerodynamics, but incorporates a brilliant LED center brake light. The new rear fascia also features new brake/tail/back-up lamps mounted higher in the liftgate. As on other recently introduced Toyota’s, RAV4’s engineers paid special attention to aerodynamics, the most obvious detail being small vortex generators molded into the taillight cases and near the base of the A-pillars. Less obvious are the aerodynamic undertrays beneath the passenger cabin that helps to smooth and control airflow.
This all-new 2013 RAV4 is stronger and more rigid than ever. Following body engineering principles debuted in the 2012 Camry and 2013 Avalon, RAV4’s body structure includes high-strength steel to help achieve several significant goals, including a robust and stiff platform that enhances steering and handling precision, and a body structure that is both stronger and lighter. RAV4 engineers used several grades of high-strength steel to form key structural components in the roof, rocker sills, floor, engine compartment and door frames. A strut tow bar links the top of the suspension strut towers to the main bulkhead at the rear of the engine, helping to increase torsional rigidity. I can really feel the difference in smoothness and response when driving the new RAV4 on the highway and on the streets.
RAV4’s ‘human factors’ engineers and designers collaborated to create a versatile seating arrangement with excellent cargo space and a quiet interior with high levels of standard equipment. The new RAV4’s dash panel is driver-centric and asymmetrical with primary and secondary controls all within easy reach. On the passenger side, the scalloped dash panel creates a sense of airy spaciousness. The dash panel features a soft-to-the-touch leatherette material with white single stitching. All gauges feature a new Clear Blue Illumination which provides crisp visibility in most ambient light conditions, and a unified, coherent appearance at night. The tilt/telescope is just the right size for easy use and feels great in my hands and comes with controls for the audio system, Bluetooth and trip computer on the Multi-Information Display (MID). The driver and front passenger seats feature highbacks with sport bolstering providing ample support of the lower hips, lower torso and shoulders during cornering. The driver’s-side features 6-way adjustment and the passenger-side features 4-way adjustment. Each seat, as well as the 60/40 split/fold second-row seats features premium fabric with French stitching on the seats just like on the dash panel. The second row seats recline several degrees to enhance passenger comfort and retractable head restraints for improved driver rear visibility. In contrast to 2013 RAV4’s compact exterior dimensions, the cargo area is deeper, larger and easier to access than before, with over 38.4cu.ft. of cargo capacity behind the rear seats and class-leading 73.4cu.ft. with the rear seats folded. Standard equipment inside not mentioned above includes a power moonroof, privacy glass, acoustic front windshield, roof rails, variable intermittent wipers/washers/rear wiper/washer, dual-zone climate control with air filter, audio system with six speakers, AM-FM-CD-Sirius Radio, auxiliary jack, USB, backup camera, remote keyless entry, dual map lights, dual, lighted vanity mirrors, grab handles above each door, 3-12-volt plugs, cruise control, illuminated entry, black carbon fiber on each doors switchplate and center console with dual cupholders/storage trays including a deep storage bin with a padded armrest, power windows with driver’s-side express up/down, power door locks, map pockets behind the front seatbacks, digital clock, tonneau cargo cover and signature RAV4 floor mats front/back. For $1,030.00 my RAV4 XLE came with the optional Display Audio system with navigation and Entune including a 6.1 inch touch screen with integrated backup camera, MP3/WMA playback, HD radio with iTunes taggings, auxiliary audio jack, USB port with iPod connectivity, and Control Vehicle Information with customization settings and phone book access, advanced voice recognition and music streaming via Bluetooth wireless technology. The all-new interior is so much more comfortable, luxurious and ergonomic with the latest in connectivity features.
The all-new RAV4 is powered by a 2.5 liter DOHC, 16-valve in-line four cylinder engine featuring VVT-I for excellent low-end torque. It generates 176hp at 6,000rpm and 172lb.ft. of torque at just 4,100rpm. The optional V6 from before is discontinued. Optional on the all-new 2013 RAV4 is the all-electric EV that is collaboration with Telsa Motors. When fully charged it has an optimal driving range of 113 miles.
Replacing the previous-generation RAV4’s four-speed automatic is a new six-speed transmission with sequential shifting from the stick. First and second gear ratios are optimized for around-town performance and the enhance highway mileage, fifth and six gears are overdrives. Get up and go is also very good with 0-60 mph from a standstill comes in just 8 seconds.
Flex lock-up control can lock the transmission’s torque converter at speeds as low as about 12mph, a marked difference from the previous generation’s approximately 25mph engagement speed. RAV4’s flex lock-up control torque converter helps increase efficiency while also smoothing powertrain performance. A new Eco mode also promotes more efficient driving for maximum mpg. A sophisticated high-speed interactive management system coordinates control of the RAV4’s new Dynamic Torque Control AWD, vehicle stability control and electric power steering systems to enhance the compact SUV’s performance, handling and safety. The new Dynamic Torque Control AWD system continuously monitors and controls the torque transfer between the front and rear wheels via an electromagnetically controlled coupling positioned in front of the rear differential. Front to rear torque distribution can vary from 100:0 to 50:50, with front-wheel drive (100:0) automatically engaged under normal driving conditions to improve fuel consumption. The Dynamic Torque Control AWD system uses information sent from various sensors (speed, steering angle, and speed, throttle angle and yaw rate) to automatically govern the transmission of torque to the rear wheels, as required. The system works great and seamless, I never felt the transfer of torque when at speed.
In Auto mode-when neither Sport mode nor Lock mode are activated-torque transfer to the rear wheels will take place not only when the slip is detected, but also when the system detects steering input and cornering forces while on-road. As a result, the overall agility and driving performance of the new RAV4 is enhanced during both on-road and off-road driving. When the all new Sport mode, standard on AWD models, is selected, torque transfer to the rear wheels will start from the moment the steering wheel is turned. The new Dynamic Torque Control AWD system, with the feedback from driver steering input, will adjust automatically a 90:10 front/rear torque distribution to reduce the load on the front tires. If later, an actual under develops, torque transfer to the rear wheels are automatically increased by up to 50%, further reducing tire loading to provide improved lateral grip. As well as activating the ‘Dynamic’ behavior of the system’s front to rear torque transfer, the new Sport mode also modifies the RAV4’s power steering, throttle and transmission; decreasing power steering resistance, sharpening throttle response and offering higher revs, and automatic gearbox management, for a more dynamic, sporting driving experience. For off-road driving, the system incorporates an AWD Lock button. This allows me to lock torque distribution in a fixed, 50/50 ratio at speeds up to about 25mph. Above that speed, the system automatically reverts to Auto mode. Sport mode sharpens shift timing, throttle response and steering response. When down shifting in sequential manual mode the six-speed automatic transmission in ‘S’mode, engine revs rise with a clearly audible ‘blip’ adding to the fun and exciting driving experience on the road. The RAV4’s new Dynamic Torque Control AWD system automatically shifts from front-wheel drive (FWD) to AWD when acceleration or when sensors detect wheel slippage. The AWD model comes with a single-seed transfer case that can smoothly deliver power to the rear wheels while enhancing fuel efficiency and reducing friction in the driveline. The aluminum case is a light, compact design limiting weight at the front of the vehicle. Low-viscosity lubricant helps reduce friction and contributes to enhanced energy efficiency. Furthermore, AWD models have a rear differential with an integrated electromagnetic control coupling. The coupling is engaged electronically when information sent to it by various sensors (vehicle speed, throttle input, and steering wheel angle) determines that additional torque should be delivered to the rear wheels. RAV4’s AWD rear differential and electromagnetic coupling control provide smooth and efficient torque transfer to the rear wheels. Compared with the last RAV4, the rear axle carrier, retainer and gears are lighter in weight. These new engineering facts for the AWD system gives the RAV4 AWD model excellent driving abilities in snow, mud or sand.
The fully independent suspension makes driving the all-new RAV4 AWD so much fun. With front and rear anti-roll bars the RAV4 remains flat in tight corners quickening my heartbeat. Up front is a proven MacPherson strut setup for smooth suspension movements. A double-wishbone rear suspension is engineered and calibrated to compliment the roll and handling traits of the front setup. Major components in the rear include upper and lower control arms, coil springs and gas-charged shocks. Further enhancing the driving experience is the power-assisted rack & pinion steering system with vehicle-speed sensitive Electric Power Steering (EPS) that has been tuned for a precision feel and quick response. In Sport mode, steering has a firmer feel and shaper response to my steering inputs. It is a joy driving the all-new model with dual personalities of comfort, normal and sport modes. It responds to how I want the vehicle to react to my inputs.
The all-new RAV4 rides on new 17X7 inch aluminum alloy wheels wrapped with 225/65R17 inch all-season radial tires. Safety and quickly slowing the RAV4 AWD down from speed are large, power-assisted steel disc brakes. Up front are 11.7 inch vented discs and 11.2 inch solid discs in the rear. Each wheel is clamped with single-piston calipers. Standard ABS, EBD, BA, enhanced vehicle stability control and Smart Stop Technology all work together to help me maintain my control when braking on wet or slick pavement.
Standard safety equipment includes eight airbags featuring driver knee airbag and front passenger seat cushion airbag, driver/front passenger whiplash injury-lessening seats, LATCH child seat anchors, child protector rear door locks, tire pressure monitoring, daytime running lights, front/rear crumple zones and steel beams in each door.
The all-new 2013 Toyota RAV4 AWD has it all too comfortably keep in front of the competition in the compact crossover sport utility segment. It has a fun-to-drive attitude with bold new styling, a more spacious interior with all the latest in high-tech connectivity and driving systems. Oh, I almost forgot, after driving the new RAV4 AWD for more than 400 miles I achieved an average mpg of 28.6mpg.
COPYRIGHT: 2013: HARVEY SCHWARTZ
- Price: $25,690.00/$27,535.00 as tested including destination charges
- Engine: 2.5-liter 4-cylinder 176 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm / 172 lb.ft. of torque @ 4,100 rpm
- Wheelbase: 104.7 inches
- Total length: 179.9 inches
- Total width: 72.6 inches
- Total height: 65.4 inches
- Track: f/r-61.8/61.8 inches
- Ground clearance: 6.3 inches
- Approach/departure angle: 29/22-degrees
- Headroom: f/r-38.9/38.9 inches
- Legroom: f/r-42.6/37.2 inches
- EPA interior volume: 140.3 cu.ft.
- Passenger volume: 100.7 cu.ft.
- Curb weight: 3,585 pounds
- Fuel tank: 15.9 gallons
- Turning circle: 34.7 feet
- EPA mileage: 22mpg/city, 29mpg/highway
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|2014 Cadillac ATS 3.6L Premium Test Drive – Enthusiast Perspectives||
Entering into its second year, the new 2014 Cadillac ATS has maintained its award-winning formula being a basis to help launch the General Motors luxury brand to disturb its German competition. Being an outright and forceful competitor in the compact sports luxury segment, the new Cadillac ATS has turned many heads for all of the right reasons due in part to 3 engine choices, agreeable looks, luxurious amenities and a surprising performance pedigree in its turbo and V6 powertrains.
For the 2014 model year the Cadillac ATS remains mostly the same with the exception of a larger diameter steering wheel on automatic transmission models with paddle shifters, a new auto-highbeam headlight feature added to the set of Driver Awareness packages and a 110-volt power outlet for navigation-equipped models.
After taking the luxury automotive market by storm receiving many accolades and awards during its conception in 2012, including the 2012 North American Car of the Year award, Cadillac continues to build upon a well-oiled principle trickling down many of the ATS’ energizing characteristics into the rest of brand’s lineup.
Interestingly enough, some of the long-touted elements that have placed the BMW 3 Series on a pedestal for many years have somehow found their way in the new Cadillac ATS with a unique American flare. Many elements from award-winning compact luxury sedans over many have been emphasized in the Cadillac ATS collimating a wide array of highly sought-after features, driving characteristics, overall performance and luxury comfort. Basically, the new Cadillac ATS exudes the impression of a compact sports luxury sedan that was conceived decades ago instead of being in the niche for just 2 years.
My review of the new 2014 Cadillac ATS put me behind the wheel of the V6 model featuring General Motor’s 3.6-liter V6 engine outputting 321 horsepower at 6,800 rpm and 274 ft. lbs. of torque at 4,800 rpm. Directing power to the rear wheels is a 6-speed automatic transmission, which in my ATS 3.6L Premium trimmed test vehicle included steering wheel-mounted shift paddles. The versatility of the new ATS, available with all-wheel-drive for the 2.0-liter turbo and V6 engines and a manual transmission made available for the 2.0 turbo only, makes it a worthwhile rival for its long-standing competition. In the V6-powered rear-wheel-drive 6-speed automatic transmission configuration for my test vehicle, the ATS proves its willingness to be quite the sporty and fun-to-drive vehicle.
The 3.6-liter V6 engine is robust and has a smooth power delivery all the way up to red line. At the expense of over 300 horsepower the ATS 3.6 gets an estimated 18 mpg in the city and 28 mpg highway. I was able to average about 24 mpg during my time but saw a steady 28.4 mpg on the highway and 19.5 mpg around town. Power comes on strong low in the rpm band and builds with no abrupt surprises within the transmission’s adeptness. However, the 6-speed transmission does adapt to your driving, mostly noticeably when the vehicle is in Sport mode as opposed to the default Touring mode. While in sport mode the 6-speed automatic transmission is apt to perform early rev-matched downshifts when it detects spirited driving through what is technically descried as PAL (Performance Algorithm Liftfoot). Additionally, lower gears are held longer in such cases while in Sport mode, emulating a track-driving experience. The system works seamlessly without too much miss-guided gear-guessing or unwanted gear selections for the current driving style.
These driver select modes, 3 in all (Touring, Sport and Snow/Ice), also adapt the magnetic ride control suspension system where the prided magneto-rheological shocks are set in either an adaptive touring ride or firm and sporty ride setting. In Touring mode the shocks adapt well to smooth road surfaces helping to keep the body stable but without any unwanted harshness going over bumps or uneven surfaces. Sport mode is a steep depart from touring as the dampers firm up nicely almost to a point where there is a nearly-harsh reverberating bounce when cruising at just about any speed. Sport mode is definitely desirable for a track time but those who enjoy spirited driving around town are surely to find pleasure in the advanced responsiveness in the ATS’ chassis dynamics. In all, the experience is remarkable and the over-all ride quality is among the best in the business only giving away to the larger 18-inch wheels and firm summer-performance run-flat tires found on my test vehicle. The run-flat performance tires are prone to diminishing smoothness but prove to be quite beneficial for freeing up vehicle weight by not needing to tote around a spare tire in the trunk.
With all aspects of the adjustable magnetic dampers, adaptive yet quick-shifting 6-speed automatic transmission banging through all forward cogs, and throaty V6 engine running right to red line for shifts, the ATS is an excellent competitor in the performance arena. 0-60 mph comes in around 5.7 seconds and braking is strong coming to a stop from 60 mph in about 108 feet thanks to the sticky summer performance tires and Brembo brakes biting down on big rotors up front. The adaptation of traction and stability control is also enthusiast-minded as a competitive mode allows the rear end to hang out a bit longer before stability control softly intervenes. Simply disabling all systems shows that the ATS 3.6 isn’t shy about performing lively burnouts while eloquent drifts are possible with its near 50/50 weight distribution.
During my week with the new 2014 Cadillac ATS 3.6L Premium I was fortunate enough to experience the vehicle on a closed parking lot to really put it to the test on some hard lateral excursions with heavy braking and acceleration to the top end of 3rd gear. Even tough most purists would prefer a manual transmission in such a vehicle like the ATS, which can only be had in the 2.0-liter turbo version, I took delight in the 6-speed auto’s manual shifting mode’s true abilities. To my surprise the auto box allows you to rev-match downshift without many constraints. Basically, at the threshold of a previous gear’s limit the transmission will allow you downshift even though the rpm lands near redline. This proves to be advantageous in preparation for a turn or apex during tracking sessions. Additionally, the 6-speed automatic hardly ever overrides up or down shifting. The system will allow you to bounce off of the rev limiter and hold a low-rpm higher gear under full throttle. The programming of the new Cadillac ATS’ ECU is certainly enthusiast-minded.
Aside from the new Cadillac ATS’ performance and road-going attributes, the interior remains to be an extension of its capabilities on asphalt. The fit and finish of the new ATS’ interior is well thought out. The only pitfall of the ATS’ interior is CUE, Cadillac User Experience infotainment system. The system’s initial perception is good but diving deep into some of the menu sets and functions prove to find its faults as some of the screens react a bit slow. Although, the system is never too slow to the point of frustration but it can be distracting to a driver who’s focus may be taken away for a second or two from the road. The use of swipe, pinch and zoom functions, much like that of operating an iPad, prove to be more of a nice novelty than something as fluid as on an iPad or iPhone’s screen. Of course with the high-gloss finish of the screen’s glass, fingerprints collect in abundance requiring frequent cleaning.
The seats in the new Cadillac ATS provide good lateral support and comfort with a vast amount of adjustability forward and backward. With the immense front seat adjustability it makes it easy for those over 6 feet tall to find the optimal driving or sitting position up front. The back seats, however, are rather small and are not welcoming for tall adults as legroom and knee room is short. Trunk space is somewhat smallish too with only 10.2 cubic feet. Nevertheless, on Luxury and Premium trim levels of the ATS you get 60/40 split-folding rear seat backs to open up the cargo space for large objects.
Several luxury amenities are available on the new 2014 Cadillac ATS, which were standard on my top-of-the-line ATS 3.6L Premium Collection, such as rear cross traffic alert, front collision alert, cold weather package with driver/front passenger heated seats and a heated steering wheel, driver awareness package (vibrating driving seat to alert driver of lane departure, rear/front sonar, front collision warning), color heads-up display, CUE entertainment system with 8-inch color touch screen, HID headlights w/auto highbeam and adaptive forward lighting, auto-dry ABS brakes (Brembo up front), daytime running vertical LED accent lighting, remote start, push-button start, EZ passive entry system, Bose surround sound audio system, leather seats, dual-zone climate control and rain-sensing wipers.
The 2014 Cadillac ATS remains to stay competitive in its segment where it has a starting price of just $33,990. My loaded up 2014 Cadillac ATS 3.6L Premium Collection comes to an as-tested price of $49,115 including a $925 destination charge, placing it in an excellent position to keep its competition near the top of the shopping list for those seeking a compact luxury sports sedan with a consistent performance edge.
Copyright: 2013 AutomotiveAddicts.com
- Price: Base ATS 2.5 $33,990/As-Tested ATS 3.6L Premium Collection $49,115 including $925 destination charge
- Engine: 3.6-liter Direct-Injection DOHC V6 321 horsepower @ 6,800 rpm / 275 ft-lbs. torque @ 4,800 rpm
- Turning circle: 36 ft.
- Length: 182.8 inches
- Height: 55.9 inches
- Width: 71.1 inches
- Track: f/r-59.5/60.9 inches
- Legroom: f/r-42.5/33.5 inches
- Headroom: f/r-38.6/36.8 inches
- EPA passenger volume: 101.3 cu.ft.
- EPA trunk volume: 10.4 cu.ft.
- Trailer towing maximum: 1,000 pounds
- 0-60 mph: 5.7 seconds
- Fuel tank: 16 gallons
- EPA fuel mileage: 18/city, 28/highway
|2015 Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 Officially Revealed||
Just in time for Christmas, Lamborghini unleashes its latest bull to take the rankings from the outgoing Gallardo, called the Huracán LP610-4. If you want to call it a baby Lamborghini or maybe the entry-level Lambo, it is still something to brag about in the form of packing 610 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque from its new 5.2-liter direct-injection V10 engine powering all four wheels. Power is directed through a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission and will bang through the first couple of gears to reach 62 mpg in just 3.2 seconds. Top speed is said to be 201 mph.
The official debut of the new Lamborghini Huracán LP610-4 will be at the 2014 Geneval Motor Show in March where we get to see it in the flesh. For now, enjoy the official press images of the latest Lambo to be sought after by all sorts of enthusiasts and aviator-wearing folks around the world.
The new Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4: A new dimension in Luxury Super Sports Cars
– Innovative technology and absolute performance redefine the super sports car experience
– Pure and powerfully dynamic design language
– New V10 with 610 hp, acceleration from 0-100 km/h in 3.2 seconds, top speed of over 325 km/h
– From January 2014: private preview events for qualified prospects
Sant’Agata Bolognese, 20.12.2013 — A new era is beginning for Automobili Lamborghini and the luxury super sports car segment: with the brand new Huracán Lamborghini is not only presenting the successor to the iconic Gallardo, but is also redefining the benchmark for luxury super sports cars in this segment. With its pure and unique design, an innovative technology package, outstanding dynamics and excellent quality, the Huracán offers a super sports car experience on a whole new level. The Huracán combines absolute performance with easy-todrive road behavior and both luxurious and sport-oriented finish. With the Huracán, Lamborghini is taking a big step into the future, and enhancing the brand’s illustrious history with the next automotive legend.
Starting from January 2014 the Huracán will be the protagonist of over 130 private preview events in more than 60 cities throughout the world. The Lamborghini Huracán will make its world public debut at the Geneva Motorshow 2014.
With a total volume of 14,022 cars produced, the Lamborghini Gallardo has been the most successful Lamborghini ever and, in its ten-year lifecycle, lifted the Lamborghini marque to a whole new level. Its successor, the new Huracán, has been developed from scratch down to the very last detail and, like the Gallardo and most other Lamborghini models, derives its name from the world of bullfighting. The fighting bull Huracán of the Spanish Conte de la Patilla breed was known for his outstanding courage and strong sense of attack. He fought in Alicante in August 1879, showing his unrelenting character and remaining defiant and invincible, thus entering into the legend of fighting bulls’ history.
The new Huracán revolutionizes the design language of the Gallardo and is pure in its lines: precise technology and top level craftsmanship meet an audacious design with sharp edges, monolithic and sculptured volumes and precise surfaces. The starting point is the silhouette of the Huracán, born out of the desire of creating an automobile, whose profile is defined by only one line that merges the front with the cockpit and the rear of the car. The lateral windows come together to create a hexagonal form inserted like a glass jewel in the car’s profile.
Also by night is the Huracán unmistakably a Lamborghini. Not only are the main headlamps equipped with full LED illumination, but all other light functions also feature state-of-the-art LED technology as a standard feature for the first time in the segment.
The interior is dominated by an innovative cockpit. A 12.3 inch full-color TFT instrument panel delivers all car information to the driver, from rev counter to navigation maps and infotainment functions, and can be configured by the driver in different setups. Fine Nappa leather and Alcantara distinguish the interior, with several color combinations offered to ensure broad individualization options. The design of dashboard and central tunnel underline a new lightness in the interior. Superb craftsmanship guarantees the highest quality and sense of luxury throughout.
Chassis and powertrain
Systematic lightweight design and Automobili Lamborghini’s extensive expertise in carbon fiber come together in the Huracán’s new hybrid chassis — an integrated structure of carbon and aluminum elements. With a dry weight of 1,422 kg it enables not only the excellent power-to-weight ratio of just 2.33 kilograms per horse power, but also guarantees race-car precision with outstanding stiffness.
The new 5.2 liter V10 engine delivers a maximum power of 448 kW / 610 HP at 8,250 rpm and a maximum torque of 560 Nm at 6.500 rpm. In the new ”Iniezione Diretta Stratificata” (IDS), direct and indirect gasoline injections are smartly combined. This results in more power and torque with lower fuel consumption and emissions compared with the Gallardo V10 engine. The top speed of over 325 km/h and the acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds and to 200 km/h in 9.9 seconds only partially describe the dynamic experience at the wheel of the Huracán. Also thanks to the Stop & Start technology, the combined EU consumption figure has been further reduced to 12.5 liters per 100 km (290 g/km CO2 emissions). The engine complies with EU6 emissions regulation.
The power of the V10 engine is brought to the road via the new 7-speed dualclutch transmission ”Lamborghini Doppia Frizione” (LDF) and fully electronically controlled four-wheel drive system. The different driving modes of the Huracán can be selected via a driving dynamics selector switch in the steering wheel – from traction-oriented on the road to extreme performance on the race track, with three setups of the dynamics system: STRADA, SPORT and CORSA. The different modes ensure extensive modification in road behavior of the Huracán. In particular they influence the set-ups of several systems, such as the gearbox and engine behavior, the sound, the four-wheel-drive system and electronic stability control. The Huracán’s carbon-ceramic brakes are a standard feature for consistently superb braking performance. The ”Lamborghini Dynamic Steering” variable steering ratio system and magneto-rheologic suspension damper control are both available as options for further customization of the Huracán’s dynamic behavior. They are also calibrated via the three different dynamic set-ups.
The Huracán is produced at the Automobili Lamborghini headquarters in Sant’Agata Bolognese on an entirely newly-equipped production line. Delivery to the first customers is planned for spring 2014.
|Man makes parody video-ad for old Nissan – and Nissan buys it||
Well this is one way to sell your old, used car. And while still entertaining everyone, even the car manufacturer that made the car!
A filmmaker from Florida, Luke Aker produce this pure gold advertisement under his production company, Ikonik Productions. The ad is parody on new age car advertisements that accentuate every little feature of the car, in the most dramatic and epic way possible.
The video accompanies a Craigslist ad that Aker posted to sell is 1996 Nissan Maxima. Not only is the car almost 18 years old, it is also battered and bruised and lets just say, definitely not in mint condition.
While the ad is truly a piece of fine entertainment, it is what happened after the ad went viral that makes this story so amazing. Somehow, through the powers of the internet, Nissan actually got hold of the ad. They were so impressed with it’s witty style of advertising, that they made Aker an offer to buy the car.
Not only did they purchase the old car, but they also donated $1000 to the Wounded War Project.
Needless to say, the cleverness of this video reaped the benefits in the end. Check out the ad below:
|Meet Willie Nel – South African drag racing legend||
Willie Nel is a well seasoned drag racer. According to him, he has been racing for more than 30 years – and you can bet your bottom dollar that 30 years of experience will definitely make you somewhat of an expert when it comes to drag racing.
Willie has been racing the same, 1973 Chev Can-Am since 1977, and, of course, beams like a proud father when talking about his car.
Luckily enough, we got our hands on a video made by Good Times Productions, that shows off a little of Willie and his car at the Killarney racetrack in Cape Town.
Check out the video below:
|The 2014 European Car of the Year: Finalists||
2013 is almost at it’s end, and it’s time to reflect. In the automotive industry, that means its getting closer and closer to the time of choosing the various ‘Car of the Year’ champions.
The European Car of the Year awards are exclusively for automobile manufacturers that are based in, you guessed it, Europe.
However, what makes this award slightly different than it’s American counterpart or the World and Performance Car of the Years awards, is that the Europeans tend to focus more on efficiency rather than flash. Although – most of the worlds leading super car manufacturers hail from Europe…
These awards focuses more on practicality and efficiency. Also, they seem to have a thing for ‘green’ cars. In 2011 the award went to the electric Nissan Leaf and in 2012 to the equally electrical Opel Ampera.
The European Car of the Year organizers has finally announced the seven finalists for the 2014 award – which will be announced on the eve of the Geneva Auto Show in March, 2014.
The 7 finalists are:
1. BMW i3
3. Mazda 3
5. Peugeot 308
|Look at this stunning, hand painted Lamborghini Gallardo||
Miami’s annual Art Basel event was held last week, and, instead of only featuring some of the most up-and-coming modern artists and their groundbreaking work – its also showcased the work of Alexander Mijares, and the pinnacle of his collection sure got our attention.
Proclaimed as ‘the highlight of his collection’, Mijares showcased this beautiful, unique and (very) striking hand-painted Lamborghini Gallardo.
Looking like something you’d see in a museum or a high-budget car movie, this Gallardo is a most beautiful electric blue, with intricate, hand painted grapics from it’s front to the rear.
It took Mijares quite some time to carefully cover the whole car, but the results are well worth the effort (and probable back pain).
Obviously, Mijares didn’t paint straight onto the car with his paint, I mean, you have to take into consideration that it is a Lamborghini…
The car was first wrapped by Superior Auto design in Miami, before Mijares got his ver talented hands on it.
The hand-painting made this already unique car even more special, and we would jump at the opportunity to have it for ourselves.
Check out the video below on the whole painting process – it really is quite impressive!
|2015 Mercedes-Benz C Class Revealed||
Not only has the Mercedes-Benz C Class been a notable cash cow for the brand, but it has evolved into an extended hand that happens to be affordable in the luxury segment. The all-new 2015 Mercedes-Benz C Class embarks on a new journey to mimic is much-larger S Class sibling in more ways than one.
The design and forward thinking in terms of performance, amenities and safety will undoubtedly allow the C Class to retain its highly-sought-after classification amongst entry-level luxury vehicle seekers and those who look to capture the well-endowed variations of the C Class wearing an AMG badge.
The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class
C-Class at its best
Stuttgart – The all-new C-Class heralds a new chapter in the Mercedes- Benz success story and sets new standards in the premium mid-range class. Thanks to an intelligent lightweight design concept boasting weight savings of up to 220 lbs, excellent aerodynamics and new, economical engines, the C-Class establishes new benchmarks in its class. A host of new assistance systems offer safety of the highest standard, while a new suspension, optionally air-sprung, provides for exemplary ride and driving comfort as well as nimble and agile handling. In terms of appearance the new C-Class adopts a progressive approach with its clear yet emotional design and its high-class interior. Many other innovations and interior touches underscore the sedan’s luxurious comfort and refined sportiness. In all, the perceived quality of the new C-Class feels like an “upgrade to a higher class of travel.”
The C-Class is the top-selling model series from Mercedes-Benz. Sales of the preceding model, which was launched in 2007, total over 2.4 million. The new C-Class offers sensuous and clear design and a host of technical innovations as well as a comprehensive scope of standard equipment and exemplary emission and fuel consumption values. The U.S. market launches with two C-Class models: C300 4MATIC with a 2.0L turbocharged direct-injection in-line fourcylinder engine with preliminary power figures of 235 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque and a C400 4MATIC with a 3.0L turbocharged direct-injection V6 at 329 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque.
“Mercedes at its best – that’s the new C-Class, which sets new standards for the mid-range segment on many fronts,” says Prof. Dr Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Group Research and Development. “It is characterised by an emotional yet clear design which is continued in the high-quality and modern interior. Its efficient and high-performance engineering provides the basis for a high standard of driving enjoyment.”
Ola Källenius, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing Mercedes-Benz Cars, adds: “The new C-Class embodies Mercedes-Benz’s claim ‘The best or nothing’ in uncompromising style. This is immediately apparent when encountering our new Saloon for the first time, as it creates the impression that one is sitting in a higher class of automobile. I am sure that our customers will be delighted by the high-class appeal and agility of the new C-Class.”
The C-Class has grown to take account of people’s increasing average height. With a 3 inch increase in the wheelbase (112 inches) compared with the previous model, the vehicle is 3.7 inches longer (184 inches) and 1.6 inches wider (71 inches). The resultant additional space benefits first and foremost the rear passengers, who now travel in even greater comfort. The new C-Class also increases its trunk capacity to 17 cubic feet.
Sensuous clarity and purist forms
On a visual level, the new C-Class represents a bold departure from its predecessor. Its striking, dynamic design exudes sensuous clarity and arouses emotions. Nature was a source of inspiration for the new sedan’s aesthetically sensuous lines and surfaces, whose harmony and dynamism create an immediate effect. The designers have created minimalist, purist forms for the C-Class which emphasize its intelligent technology and engineering. The clearly defined surfaces deliberately display a degree of tension, lending them a muscular and sensuous character. Precise lines and sculptural surfaces create lively light and shade effects.
As Gorden Wagener, Vice President Design Daimler AG, notes: “The new C-Class showcases automotive passion by way of a contemporary design idiom. Progressive and emotional highlights underscore the ground-breaking design style of the new C-Class and demonstrate sensual clarity. The new C-Class interprets modern luxury on a new level.”
In the side view a long hood, a passenger compartment set well back and short overhangs define the C-Class’s classic, well-balanced sedan proportions. Large wheels emphasize the rear and communicate a stylishly sporty character. There is a choice of two different faces: sporty with centrally positioned star or the classic sedan radiator grille featuring the Mercedes star on the hood. The fins of the radiator grille can be closed completely to optimize the vehicle’s Cd value, highlighting the status of this cultivated sedan in duly self-assured style. The new C-Class comes with H7 halogen headlamps as standard. In addition to the standard-fit headlamps, two energy-saving LED variants are available: a static system and a dynamic version with “LED Intelligent Light System.” The characteristic night design lends the new C-Class its very own distinctive look in the dark, too. The rear lamp and brake light in the tail lights feature LED technology in all headlamp versions.
High-class interior with fine details
The Mercedes-Benz designers have styled the interior on a level which is rarely encountered even in higher vehicle categories. This applies to the carefully chosen high-class materials and their pleasant touch and feel as well as the precision of the finely crafted details. The interior also embodies a new design idiom which combines sensuousness and clarity perfectly with dynamic sportiness and contributes to the quality feel of the interior.
The driver and front passenger enjoy plenty of space and luxury in a discreet, modern guise on board the new C-Class. This gives rise to a feel-good atmosphere which is new to this class of vehicle – settling into your seat in the C-Class is akin to the uplifting feeling of being upgraded from economy to business class on an airplane.
The interior design demonstrates a bold new approach by Mercedes-Benz. Here the designers combine in accomplished style the architecture of Mercedes- Benz sports cars with a totally new center console featuring flowing lines. A large one-piece center console panel performs an elegant sweep from the center air vents to the armrest. These seamless clear-cut lines create a sense of open space and convey a thrillingly purist and modern feel. A centrally positioned free-standing central display is the main eye-catching feature across the center console – with a screen diagonal of 7 inches or 8.4 inches if Multimedia Package is selected.
Five round air vents lend the dashboard a sporty touch. With their metallic cool-touch effect they create a fascinating, tangible contrast to the warm look of the other materials – such as the wood in the center console or the leather on the dashboard. The “upgrade” feel duly continues with the controls. All switches feature a high-quality, three-dimensional design befitting a luxury vehicle and benefit from a clear layout.
The innovative touchpad in the handrest over the Controller on the center tunnel marks a further evolutionary step developed in-house at Mercedes-Benz. As on a smartphone, this provides for very simple and intuitive operation of all the head-unit functions using finger gestures. The touchpad also permits letters, numbers and special characters to be entered in handwriting – in any language. The user receives clear haptic feedback when operating the touchpad’s control surface, which is highly conducive to genuine intuitive use. A head-up display is also new to the C-Class. Like in a jet fighter, it displays important information directly in the driver’s field of vision on the front windscreen, thus providing for clear legibility and ensuring that the driver is distracted less from the road ahead. The system provides information on vehicle speed, speed limits and navigation instructions and displays messages from DISTRONIC PLUS.
Robust yet lightweight bodyshell
The body-in-white of the new C-Class provides an innovative basis for reduced weight, outstanding rigidity, including introduction rigidity for excellent handling, combined with optimum noise and vibration characteristics and a high level of crash safety. Thanks to intelligent and innovative lightweight construction, the aluminum hybrid body is around 154 lbs lighter than a conventional steel body. The vehicle’s overall weight is even reduced by around 220 lbs. As such, the new C-Class leads the “lightweight rankings” in its segment. This spawns numerous benefits: the lightweight construction of the new C-Class cuts fuel consumption by up to 20 percent without any loss of performance, while at the same time enabling a lower center of gravity, which in turn gives rise to the vehicle’s noticeably sporty and agile handling.
Mercedes-Benz achieves this feat of lightweight construction by various measures, including a completely new structural design and the use of an unusually high proportion of aluminum for a mass-produced range. The share of aluminum has risen compared with the successful predecessor from under 10 percent to almost 50 percent.
In keeping with Mercedes-Benz traditions, the body is designed for exemplary crash safety. As a result, the Sedan complies not only with all current national laws but also with all rating requirements, as well as meeting the more stringent internal Mercedes-Benz safety standards based on what actually happens during accidents.
A high-strength safety passenger compartment forms the core of this concept. It is surrounded by specifically configured and field-tested deformation zones which ensure maximum safety for the occupants by virtue of optimized force paths and a combination of aluminum castings and ultra-high-strength materials. An outer skin consisting almost completely of aluminum provides a protective shell for the body.
Leading the field in aerodynamics and quiet running
Low drag is crucial to achieving outstanding efficiency. From a speed of just under 43 mph, aerodynamic drag exceeds the sum total of all other driving resistance factors. As such, drag constitutes a major parameter in efforts to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The wind noise level, which was already very low in the preceding generation of the C-Class, has been lowered still further.
The engineers have also devoted painstaking attention to optimizing other potential sources of disturbance which may have an adverse effect on the driver’s and passengers’ well-being and concentration, even though they may not consciously notice the effects. NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) is the technical term for such nuisance factors. The specialists have optimized the noise characteristics of the interior blower, the power windows, the seat adjustment functions and many other actuation and operating noises, for example. As a result, the new C-Class occupies a benchmark position in its segment.
Optimized drive train
Smooth automatic gear shifting is provided by the 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission, which has undergone further development at Mercedes-Benz in the interests of enhanced environment-friendliness and driving pleasure.
The 4MATIC permanent all-wheel-drive system serves to improve traction and driving stability in the C-Class, too, while additionally underscoring the vehicle’s refined sportiness.
Suspension – sporty yet comfortable
The suspension on the new C-Class is a totally new development. It provides for nimble and agile handling that makes driving a great pleasure on winding roads while also offering the highest standard of ride comfort in the segment. A newly designed 4-link front axle plays a major part in the agile handling characteristics. Thanks to the 4-link principle, the front independent suspension is fully decoupled from the spring strut. The resultant favorable axle kinematics allow more grip and higher lateral stability. As a result, the suspension responds more sensitively to steering movements and allows a sporty, agile driving style. An optimized multi-link independent rear suspension with 5-link concept ensures unsurpassed wheel location qualities and supreme straightline stability.
The new C-Class Sedan is fitted as standard with a steel suspension. Two suspensions with selective damping systems are available:
– a comfortable yet sporty base suspension
– a sports suspension lowered by .6 inches as part of the optional Sport Package
First air suspension in this category
Alternatively, the new C-Class is the first vehicle in its segment that can be fitted with an air suspension (AIRMATIC) on the front and rear axles. Thanks to electronically controlled, continuous variable damping at the front and rear, it offers outstanding road roar and tire vibration characteristics even with the vehicle loaded. The driver can use the AGILITY SELECT switch to choose between the various characteristics: “Comfort”, “ECO”, “Sport” and “Sport+.” The additional “Individual” option enables drivers to configure their vehicle according to their own wishes. AIRMATIC also features all-round self-leveling for optimum ride comfort even when the vehicle is loaded.
The new C-Class also comes with an electric parking brake as standard. This brake is released automatically when the driver ends parking mode with the aim of moving off.
Steering with a sporty character
All models of the C-Class family will feature the electromechanical Direct Steer system as standard in future. This combines road-speed-dependent power assistance from the speed-sensitive power steering system with a steering ratio which varies according to the given steering angle. The power steering assistance provided by the rack and pinion steering gear is controlled on-demand, thereby contributing towards efficiency.
Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive: The intelligent car
It is the declared aim of Mercedes-Benz to make the highest standard of safety available to everyone. To this end, the new C-Class incorporates almost all of the new assistance systems with a host of enhanced functions which celebrated their world premiere in the S-Class and E-Class only a few months ago. The assistance systems enhance both comfort and safety. Mercedes-Benz calls this Intelligent Drive.
The new C-Class offers numerous innovative safety and assistance systems. It is fitted as standard with ATTENTION ASSIST, which can warn the driver of inattentiveness and drowsiness. On motorways, the COMAND system navigation function flags up nearby break options as stopovers, providing the system has been specified in the vehicle. The ATTENTION ASSIST function offers an adjustable level of sensitivity and can inform the driver in a separate view in the instrument cluster about their level of drowsiness and how long they have been driving since their last break.
In addition to Adaptive Brake Assist, which offers protection from collisions from speeds as low as 4 mph, standard-fit COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS also features an additional function: when a danger of collision persists and the driver fails to respond, the system is able to carry out autonomous braking at speeds of up to 124 mph, thereby reducing the severity of collisions with slower or stopping vehicles. The system also brakes in response to stationary vehicles at a speed of up to 31 mph, and is able to prevent rear-end collisions at speeds of up to 25 mph.
New assistance systems and existing assistance systems with a host of enhanced functions from the new S-Class and E-Class are also optionally available, combining data from various sensor technologies as part of the Intelligent Drive concept to enhance comfort and safety substantially:
· DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering Assist is a semi-automatic traffic jam assistant which at speeds under 37 mph is able to follow the vehicle ahead even where lane markings are unclear or completely lacking, thus providing a safe and convenient means of following the flow of traffic.
· The BAS PLUS Brake Assist System can now also detect crossing traffic and boost the braking force if the driver fails to apply the brakes sufficiently; the PRE-SAFE® Brake can detect stationary vehicles as well as pedestrians, brake automatically if the driver fails to react, thus preventing accidents up to 31 mph and mitigating the severity of collisions at speeds of up to 45 mph. In flowing traffic the PRE-SAFE® Brake provides assistance according to the same mode of operation throughout the speed range from 4 to 124 mph.
· Enhanced Active Lane Keeping Assist can now also prevent the vehicle from unintentionally drifting out of lane when broken lane markings apply and a risk of a collision arises, e.g. as a result of vehicles overtaking at high speed, parallel traffic or even oncoming traffic, by applying the brakes on one side.
The numerous assistance systems also include
· Active Parking Assist, which enables automated parking with active steering and brake intervention in both parallel and end-on parking spaces,
· a 360° camera, which is able to show the vehicle and its surroundings from various perspectives, including a virtual bird’s eye view,
· Traffic Sign Assist with Wrong-Way Alert, which warns of speed limits and alerts the driver to no-overtaking zones and no-entry signs,
Airbags for safety
In addition to 3-point seat belts with pyrotechnical belt tensioning and belt force limitation for the driver, the front passenger and those in the outer rear seats, numerous airbags serve to protect the vehicle’s occupants in an accident. These include:
· Pelvis bags for driver and front passenger
· a newly developed window bag
· side bags for the outer rear seats
· a knee bag for the driver
The front passenger seat is fitted as standard with automatic child seat recognition, which dispenses with the previous transponder in favor of a weight mat. This enables any child seat to be used. The airbag is automatically deactivated when a child seat is fitted and reactivated once it has been removed.
Air conditioning: signals from space
Mercedes-Benz has undertaken systematic further development and substantial improvement of the air conditioning system in the new C-Class. This applies in particular to the control quality, performance, efficiency and air quality. The new C-Class is also the only vehicle in the segment to offer tunnel detection via satellite navigation. It uses the map information from the navigation system and the GPS location data to close the air recirculation flap automatically when the vehicle enters a tunnel, subsequently re-opening it when the vehicle emerges from the tunnel.
Another highlight contributing to a feel-good atmosphere is the AIR-BALANCE package with active fragrancing, air ionization and more efficient filtration than is available on the standard model.
A completely new multimedia generation offers intuitive operation in the new C-Class, featuring elaborate animations and visual effects which present all the functions in a clear and highly attractive manner. The new C-Class is also equipped with the unique Frontbass system. This avant-garde acoustic systems uses the space within the cross-member and side member in the body structure as a resonance chamber for the bass speakers to conjure up a listening experience almost on a par with a concert hall. A Burmester® surround sound system is optionally available.
The navigation system presents its contents in interactive mode. Its features include an animated compass, a “Drive Show” with information for passengers similar to the on-screen presentations on board airplanes and Google Maps displayed on the head unit.
COMAND not only offers a larger display with a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels and a special bonded glass cover such as is familiar from consumer devices like the iPhone or iPad.
The new C-Class will also include mbrace2 connected car technology, including the available option to have over twenty Mercedes-Benz Apps integrated into the COMAND system.
|Videos: See 2015 BMW M3 and M4 on the race track – Drool Worthiness||
Most of you have seen the all-new 2015 BMW M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe officially drop on the interwebs. What you may have not seen is the latest and greatest from the land of Bavaria make rounds on the race track or up close getting the full high-definition details of its exterior and interior. Check out the videos below and make sure to catch the drool before it hits the keyboard or your mobile devices’ screen. Enjoy!
|2015 BMW M3 & M4 Official Preview||
In true fashion of the internet, stuff never remains a secret which is why the official press photos of the all-new 2015 BMW M3 and M4 have leaked out a day before its official reveal. As we know from countless articles and auto news postings, the new 2015 BMW M3 and M4, sedan and coupe respectfully, will get a new 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6-cylinder engine making about 420-450 horsepower and around 400 lb-ft of torque from 2,000 rpm to 5,000 rpm. Best of all, for us old-school enthusiasts, the new M3 and M4 will offer up a standard 6-speed manual transmission while the 7-speed dual-clutch unit is optional. From the looks of the images the new M4 Coupe is not much different from the well-received M4 Coupe Concept we saw at Pebble Beach.
We look to have official information on the new 2015 BMW M3 and M4 very soon as the folks at BMW witness to the internet leaking like a sieve once again. Enjoy the images and video!
UPDATE: Specs of the all-new 2015 BMW M3 and M4…
- BASE PRICE $65,000-$70,000 (estimated)
- VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, RWD, 4/5 pass, 2-door coupe/4-door sedan
- ENGINE 3.0L/425-hp/406-lb-ft twin-turbo I-6
- TRANSMISSIONS 6-speed manual; 7-speed twin-clutch automatic
- CURB WEIGHT 3300-3400 lb (est – said to be about 160+ pounds lighter than the outgoing model E90/E92)
- WHEELBASE 110.6 in
- 0-60 MPH 3.9-4.1 sec (Mfr est)
- EPA CITY/HWY FUEL ECON Not Available Yet
- ON SALE IN U.S. Summer 2014
THE ALL-NEW BMW M3 SEDAN AND BMW M4 COUPE
Lighten Up. Power Up.
Woodcliff Lake, NJ – December 11, 2013… BMW today announced the all-new BMW M3 Sedan and BMW M4 Coupe models, which capitalize on the strengths of the latest 3 Series Sedan and fresh 4 Series Coupe models as their respective foundations. As the first-ever BMW M cars to feature the achievement of an engineered-in reduction in curb weight from one generation to the next, the all-new M3 and M4 stand poised to attack corners, hills, and braking zones, and will vigorously defend BMW M’s decades-strong position as segment leader around the world.Featuring a return to the inline-6 engine format made famous by BMW M, the all-new, 3.0-liter BMW M3 and M4 engine is approximately 10 kilograms lighter than its V-8 predecessor and packs an even stronger punch. With 425 horsepower from 5,500 – 7,300 rpm, 406 lb-ft of torque from 1,850 – 5,500 rpm, and capable of 0-60mph in 3.9 seconds when equipped with the M-DCT transmission (4.1 seconds with standard 6-speed manual), the all-new BMW M3 Sedan and BMW M4 Coupe will debut at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and will begin sales as 2015 models in early Summer, 2014 (Editor’s notes: All specifications preliminary. Complete US-specific specs, pricing, options, and packages will be announced closer to the on-sale date).The launch of the new BMW M3 Sedan and new BMW M4 Coupe sees BMW M GmbH revealing a 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 success story. 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. Logic dictates the latter will be christened the BMW M3 Sedan.“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 new turbocharged six-cylinder unit fitted in the two new cars combines the virtues of a high-revving naturally aspirated unit with the strengths of turbocharger technology. A committed lightweight design concept produces a weight saving of around 80 kilograms over the outgoing M3. 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 exacting 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, inline-6 engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology freshly developed for the new BMW M3 Sedan and new BMW M4 Coupe produces a maximum output of 425 hp. Its peak torque of406 lb-ft is available across a wide rev band and outstrips the figure recorded by the outgoing BMW M3 by roughly 40 percent. And yet the engine also achieves a reduction in fuel consumption and emissions of nearly 25 percent. Both the BMW M3 Sedan and BMW M4 Coupe cover the sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds with the standard 6-speed manual transmission and even 3.9 seconds with the optional 7-speed M Double Clutch Transmission.
In the interests of maximizing dynamic ability and ensuring excellent efficiency, weight savings of around 80 kilograms have been achieved over a comparably equipped predecessor model. The BMW M4 Coupe, for example, has a DIN curb weight of 1,497 kilograms, thanks to the rigorous application of intelligent lightweight design measures. These include the increased use of lightweight materials such as carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) and aluminum for a number of chassis and body components. Indeed, both models feature a carbon roof.
One of the primary objectives in the development of the BMW M3 Sedan and BMW M4 Coupe was to ensure the new cars offered impressive race track capability. Hence the presence of a track-specification cooling system, which ensures that the optimum temperature balance for the engine, turbochargers and transmission is maintained at all times.
In order to accentuate the racing character of the two models in terms of both their technical composition and the fine-tuning of the cars, the engineers worked closely with BMW Motorsport’s professional racing drivers during the development phase. For example, DTM drivers Bruno Spengler and Timo Glock took part in the extensive testing and set-up work carried out at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife circuit.
Low-slung and broad-set, the new BMW M3 Sedan and new BMW M4 Coupe share a finely balanced stance on the road. Indeed, the M-specific design of the two high-performance sports cars underlines their performance capability. Large air intakes and Air Curtains at the front end, exposed carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) and aluminum body components, and the diffuser at the muscular rear end are not merely design flourishes; they also fulfill 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 even when operating under heavy loads on the race track.
Details such as the powerfully formed front apron, smooth underbody and clearly defined Gurney spoiler 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. “The way in which we channel the inflowing air through the engine oil cooler creates a Venturi effect, which reduces front axle lift and, in so doing, improves the steering,” explains Albert Biermann, Head of Development BMW M GmbH. Elements like the Air Curtain and M gills with integrated Air Breather rearwards of the front wheels minimize turbulence in the front wheel arches. Together with the aerodynamically optimized exterior mirrors in twin-stalk style, they are also highly distinctive design features of the BMW M3 Sedan and BMW M4 Coupe and help reduce drag. 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.
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 out 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, maximizing charge pressure and engine output. As well as a main radiator, the track-ready cooling concept also comprises a water cooler repositioned to the side for the high- and low-temperature water circuits, and the engine and transmission oil (if the M Double Clutch Transmission is specified). These ensure a consistent temperature balance and therefore high performance on the track as well as the road. An additional electric coolant pump cools the turbocharger bearing mounts when the car is stationary.
6-speed manual gearbox with throttle blipping.
The engine’s power is transferred to the road via a standard six-speed manual gearbox with robust double-plate clutch. This unit is considerably more compact than its predecessor and 26.4 lbs lighter. As a means of increasing shift comfort, the manual gearbox uses innovative new carbon friction linings in its synchronizer rings. Dry sump lubrication provides an efficient supply of oil to all parts of the engine. The gearbox blips the throttle on downshifts – previously a feature reserved for the M Double Clutch Transmission. This engagement speed control function improves the smoothness of the transmission, helps to enhance stability and was originally developed by motor sport engineers.
7-speed M Double Clutch Transmission with Drivelogic with Launch Control.
The third generation of the M-DCT sees the M engineers once again setting the benchmark in terms of power and race track capability without having to compromise on everyday usability. The optional 7-speed M Double Clutch Transmission with Drivelogic prompts the new high-revving turbocharged engine into emotionally impressive feats. 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. Stability Clutch Control opens the clutch when the car is understeering to bring it back into line. And M-DCT also includes functions like the Drivelogic modes that can be selected by the driver to give the BMW M3 and BMW M4 more comfortable, more economy-focused or even sportier characteristics. The additional seventh gear over the manual gearbox allows longer gear ratios – and delivers the efficiency gains you would expect as a result.
The properties of the extremely light yet impressively durable material CFRP have allowed the engineers to follow a fundamentally new approach in the manufacture of the drive shaft. Made from CFRP, 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 the CFRP tubing allow the drive shaft to be constructed as a single-piece unit with no center bearing. As well as a weight saving of 40 percent over its predecessor, we have achieved a reduction in rotating masses and therefore improved drivetrain dynamics,” explains Albert Biermann.
Even more accomplished rear-wheel drive with Active M Differential.
Among the other components that add fresh polish to the dynamic repertoire of the BMW M3 Sedan and BMW M4 Coupe are the hollow lightweight output shafts of the rear differential and the Active M Differential, which uses an electronically controlled multi-plate limited-slip differential to optimize traction and directional stability. The multi-plate limited-slip differential works with extremely high precision and speed. Its control unit links up with the DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) system and also takes into account the position of the accelerator pedal, the rotational speed of the wheels and the car’s yaw rate. Every driving situation is therefore precisely analyzed and an impending loss of traction on one side of the car identified at an early stage. The degree of lock – which may be anywhere between 0 and 100 percent – is adjusted as required within a fraction of a second, enabling wheel spin to be prevented on slippery surfaces, in instances where the right and left rear wheel have widely differing friction coefficients, in tight bends and when changing direction with particular vigor. Optimizing traction in this way also provides unbeatable driving stability in challenging conditions and allows impressively dynamic acceleration out of corners.
M Dynamic Mode – a sub function 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.
Aluminum suspension elements ensure sharper dynamics.
The core expertise of BMW M GmbH resides in developing M 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 achieve these aims 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 been redesigned with painstaking attention to detail.
Here again, low weight and a high level of rigidity for the axle systems 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 aluminum 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 elastomeric 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 aluminum stiffening plate, CFRP front strut brace and additional bolted joints between the axle subframe and the body structure all help to increase the rigidity of the front end.
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 aluminum, 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 double-elastic mounting for the rear differential within the rear axle subframe – which is bolted to the body structure – has allowed us to achieve a new level of driving precision, but without neglecting comfort,” says Albert Biermann, citing another example of the perfect symbiosis of pure-bred motor sport technology and excellent everyday usability.
The development of the tires for the cars was incorporated into the construction process for the axles from the outset. 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 tires for the front axle, alongside lateral stability and braking forces. At the rear axle, meanwhile, traction, lateral stability and directional stability take center stage. For this reason, both cars will leave the factory on low-weight 18-inch forged wheels (front axle: 9 J x 18, rear axle: 10 J x 18) with mixed-size tires (front axle: 255 mm, rear axle: 275 mm). 19-inch wheels and tires are available as an option. The specially developed forged wheels make a significant contribution to the reduction in the cars’ unsprung masses and, in turn, to the optimization of dynamic qualities and efficiency. The experienced M engineers have taken great care to ensure all the components between the steering wheel and tires work together harmoniously and therefore provide maximum driving precision and lateral stability, along with good ride comfort.
Unique Electric Power Steering with three settings.
The electromechanical steering system in the new BMW M3 Sedan and new BMW M4 Coupe represents a new development from BMW M GmbH and the critical component in the link between driver and car. It 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 settings 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.
“Together, the rigid front and rear structures, precise axle kinematics and an impressively responsive electromechanical power steering system help to deliver the outstanding steering and handling characteristics of the BMW M3 Sedan and BMW M4 Coupe,” sums up Biermann.
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 urban driving, for example, a stiffer set-up for dynamic driving on country roads, and a third option that minimizes body movements and maximizes 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 optimized performance attributes equipping them even more effectively for track use and giving them even greater durability.
The new inline-6 M engine: High-revving, turbocharged unit 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. “When developing a new model we first think about what requirements the vehicle will be expected to meet, and then decide which concepts and technologies will best meet these goals,” says Albert Biermann. The new turbocharged engine combines the best of both worlds – reaching a maximum 7,600 rpm, it is unusually high-revving for a turbocharged engine, resulting in linear power delivery over a wide engine speed range and a soulful engine note, while M TwinPower Turbo technology ensures that peak torque is on top 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 V-8 to 425 hp, which is delivered between 5,500 and 7,300 rpm. Peak torque has been increased by roughly 40 percent to 406 lb-ft, and is maintained over a very wide rev band (1,850–5,500 rpm). The standard sprint from zero to 60 mph takes the new BMW M3 Sedan and new BMW M4 Coupe 4.1 seconds respectively. Equipped with the 7-speed M Double Clutch Transmission, this number even falls to 3.9 seconds. Top speed is 250 km/h / 155 mph (electronically limited), The new engine also boasts excellent fuel efficiency: the BMW M3 Sedan and BMW M4 Coupe achieve consumption nearly 25 percent better than the previous model’s figures. Regulated pollutant emissions are EU6-compliant.
Instantaneous response, courtesy of M TwinPower Turbo technology.
The M TwinPower Turbo technology comprises two fast-responding mono-scroll turbochargers, High Precision Direct Petrol Injection, Valvetronic variable valve timing and Double-VANOS continuously variable camshaft timing. Valvetronic and Double-VANOS work in tandem to seamlessly control intake valve lift. The result is smooth and efficient power delivery, very sharp response and reduced fuel consumption and emissions.
The six-cylinder engine features a closed-deck crankcase design which is very rigid and allows cylinder pressures to be increased for improved 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. This significantly reduces rotating masses, resulting in improved throttle response and acceleration.
Track-ready engine oil supply system for outstanding performance.
On the track, the exceptional driving dynamics of the BMW M3 Sedan and BMW M4 Coupe place extra demands on the engine oil supply system, whose design 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 stable 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 attributes 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 minimize 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. The different selectable drive modes, which offer drivers a choice of preconfigured, perfectly balanced vehicle set-ups, also feature different engine sound profiles.
Lightweight design across the board: Shedding weight in all the right places.
Intelligent lightweight design was a top priority in the development of the BMW M3 and BMW M4. The goal was to minimize curb weight in order to give both models outstanding driving dynamics and exemplary efficiency. These measures have delivered impressive results, giving the BMW M4 Coupe a DIN curb weight of 1,497 kilograms, around 80 kilograms lighter than a comparably equipped predecessor model – with benefits for driving dynamics and fuel consumption as well.
BMW M3 Sedan also features CFRP roof for the first 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 get this striking design and functional feature as well. The CFRP roof brings weight savings of five kilograms (11 lbs) in the case of the BMW M3 Sedan and more than six kilograms (> 13 lbs) in the case of the BMW M4 Coupe. It also lowers the vehicle’s center of gravity, which has a positive impact on driving dynamics.
Made from aluminum rather than conventional steel, the front side walls and the hood (with power dome) make an important contribution to the models’ lightweight design concept, while at the same time improving axle load distribution.
On the BMW M4 Coupe, the contoured roofline with central channel continues into the trunk lid, emphasizing the even sportier personality of the new model. The newly developed trunk lid not only provides extremely effective tail end styling, its geometry is at the same time precisely tailored for optimized aerodynamics, while the use of carbon fiber and plastics makes for additional weight savings.
The new BMW M3 Sedan and new BMW M4 Coupe also feature a CFRP propeller shaft. The high rigidity and low weight of the CFRP tube mean that the propeller shaft can be produced as a single-piece component, without a center bearing. This achieves weight savings of 40 percent over the previous model and a reduction in rotating masses, which in turn results in more dynamic powertrain response.
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 (3.3 lbs), the strut brace offers superior rigidity to a comparable aluminum component and at the same time plays a key part in the excellent steering response and precision of both vehicles.
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.
Development input from professional racing drivers: BMW works driver Bruno Spengler on the technical highlights.
When developing 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, Bruno Spengler and Timo Glock, BMW Motorsport works drivers in the DTM Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (German Touring Car Masters) series, took part in extensive testing and set-up runs on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife circuit.
“I’m proud to have made a contribution to the set-up work on these two cars,” says 2012 DTM champion Spengler, who also took third place in the 2013 series. “The suspension has a very sporty set-up, the feedback from the front axle is extremely direct, the grip at the rear axle is phenomenal and the engine performance is awesome. This is the ideal basis for our DTM car.”
Bruno Spengler on the six-in-line engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology:
“As a race driver, I’m very impressed by the instant, lag-free response from the two turbos as soon you step on the gas. This is a sensational feature of this engine which translates to more fun at the wheel and is perfect for sporty driving.”
… on the electronic power steering:
“The electronic power steering is very precise, and from my point of view as a race driver that’s very, very important. It responds instantly to inputs and provides excellent feedback.”
… on the rear axle:
“The rear axle has a very progressive locking action, due to the electronically controlled limited-slip differential, and generates huge amounts of grip. The electronic control system is configured so that when you lift off the gas going into corners, the differential opens up and the lock-up effect is reduced to zero, resulting in very eager turn-in. When you accelerate out of the corner again, the lock-up engages progressively all the way up to 100 percent full lock, for optimal traction.”
Design: Striking use of forms underlines standout performance capability.
The design of the new BMW M3 Sedan and new BMW M4 Coupe visualizes in eye-catching style the outstanding performance capability and impressive handling properties of the two new models. “The superior performance of the BMW M3 Sedan and BMW M4 Coupe should be obvious at first glance,” explains Karim Habib, Head of Design BMW Automobiles. “Indeed, the exterior design of the new BMW M3 and BMW M4 has a visual impact that elevates the BMW M design language to a new level of expression, highlighted by a purposeful character, emotional appeal and dynamic verve.”
The front end: the powerfully expressive face of BMW M.
Viewed from the front, the BMW M3 Sedan and BMW M4 Coupe stand out most prominently with their powerful contours and a strongly defined three-dimensionality, which lend them a powerfully expressive face. Characteristic design elements leave no doubt that these cars are the work of BMW M. There is the modern take on the twin headlight arrangement (with optional LED technology), for example, not to mention the distinctive twin-bar kidney grille with black painted grille bars – which reflect the design of the characteristic BMW M double-spoke wheels and bear the M logo – and the powerfully designed front apron with its trio of large intakes supplying cooling air to the high-performance engine and brakes. Among the other hallmark BMW M design features on display is the characteristic power dome on the hood, which hints at the potential of the brawny M TwinPower Turbo engine and creates space for the intercooler. And the striking exterior mirrors – with their suggested twin-stalk mounts – also demand particular attention, their design optimizing the aerodynamics of the new BMW M3 Sedan and new BMW M4 Coupe.
The flanks: low-slung silhouette and dynamic lines.
The sides of both cars extend the dynamic impression created by their respective front ends. The hallmark BMW proportions of a long hood, long wheelbase, set-back glasshouse and short front overhang are lent further emphasis by familiar M design elements. “The muscular wheel arches and eye-catching surface forms clearly underline the dynamic potential of the BMW M3 and BMW M4,” adds Habib.
Those dynamics-accentuating details include likewise newly designed M gills, which perform both a stylistic and a functional role. Integrated into them are Air Breathers, which team up with the Air Curtains in the front apron to help optimize the airflow around the wheel arches and therefore improve aerodynamics.
The dark color of the CFRP roof (with its contoured roofline) gives both models a lower-slung and more compact appearance, as the eye perceives the roof pillars – painted in body color – to be the uppermost point of the car. A flowing roofline lends the already sporting overall appearance of the BMW M3 Sedan and BMW M4 Coupe an extra elegance and finesse. The line gains in momentum once again as it heads rearwards, increasing aerodynamic downforce and giving the rear a more muscular look at the same time.
The rear: BMW M4 with spoiler integrated into the trunk lid.
The design of the rear end displays striking differences in the two models. The BMW M3 Sedan, for example, is fitted with a Gurney spoiler to reduce lift, while the tailgate of the BMW M4 Coupe features an integrated rear spoiler and is made from particularly lightweight carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic. As well as performing a functional aerodynamic role, the tailgate also contributes significantly to the BMW M4’s standalone design. Indeed, the pair of lines which begin life flanking the power dome in the hood – and score a clearly defined path over the CFRP roof – complete their journey in the trunk lid.
A shared feature of the two models is the prominently flared rear wheel arches which, in combination with the wide track, underline the confident appearance of the BMW M3 and BMW M4. A characteristic BMW M detail of the rear end are the high-gloss polished, now slanting pair of twin exhaust tailpipes, which are framed like jewels by the sculptural rear apron with its integrated diffuser.
The interior design: flawless ergonomics in a sporting ambience.
Climbing into the BMW M3 and BMW M4, drivers will be greeted by the interior architecture familiar from the BMW 3 Series and BMW 4 Series, complete with unimpeachable ergonomics and clear driver focus. In keeping with the character of the two models, however, the interior fulfils an even more sharply defined sporting brief. To this end, the host of traditional BMW M equipment details includes M door sill finishers, an M driver’s footrest, M gearshift lever, M-design circular instruments with white graphics, M leather steering wheel with chrome trim, color contrast stitching and electroplated-look shift paddles (if the M-DCT gearbox is specified).
The front seats also represent an evocative expression of BMW M’s motor sport genes. Taking visual inspiration from the bucket seats fitted in racing cars, the seats feature a full-size single-piece back panel. This means the construction of the seats is very flat, while the high, width-adjustable side bolsters and low-set seat surface allow an ideal seating position and provide excellent support. Despite their undeniably sporty design, the BMW M sports seats can be equipped with comfort-enhancing features including electric adjustment and heating. On the seat surface, the stitching, upholstery segmentation and perforation lend the seats a slim-fitting feel. Illuminated for the first time, the BMW M logo on the seat backrests adds a new and exclusive highlight.
Equipment: Extensive standard equipment joined by a host of options that enhance dynamics and comfort.
The new BMW M3 Sedan and new BMW M4 Coupe leave the factory with a thorough selection of equipment on board which reflects their character as extremely performance-oriented cars offering excellent everyday usability. In addition, customers can choose from an extensive range of optional equipment to give the high-performance sports cars an even more uncompromising sporting edge or push their comfort levels to the maximum.
Carbon roof as a visible sign of the commitment to lightweight design.
The CFRP roof, which was fitted to the Coupe version only of the outgoing BMW M3, is a standard feature of both the new BMW M3 Sedan and the new BMW M4 Coupe. The “exposed” styling of the carbon-fiber construction accentuates not only the exclusivity of the two models and their direct links to motor sport, it also emphasizes clearly the lightweight design philosophy underpinning the cars.
Other standard-fitted and exclusive exterior details include the lightweight hood with eye-catching power dome, the font side panels made from aluminum, the sculpted front apron with three large air intakes, the black double-bar kidney grille, the hallmark M exterior mirror casings, the rear apron with integrated diffuser, the exhaust system with four tailpipes, and the trunk lid with fitted Gurney on the BMW M3 or the aerodynamically shaped lightweight tailgate with integrated spoiler of the BMW M4. Both models come as standard with forged 18-inch BMW M light-alloy wheels with mixed-size tires. Forged 19-inch light-alloy wheels with mixed-size tires can be ordered as an option, in either Ferric Grey or Black.
Interior with exquisite materials and motor sport ambience.
The BMW M3 and BMW M4 also stand out with an interior that is exclusive and functional in equal measure. For example, the M Sport leather multifunction steering wheel is fitted as standard, as are bucket-style M sports seats and the BMW Individual roof liner in Anthracite. Like the front seats, the distinctively contoured backrests of the rear seats also offer exceptional lateral support. They are made from a lightweight composite material and can be folded in a 60:40 split. This gives the BMW M3 and BMW M4 a degree of variability and everyday usability that is well beyond the norm for high-performance sports cars of their level.
Drivers of the BMW M3 and BMW M4 can look forward to piloting their car from behind a double-spoke M leather steering wheel. The M logo, chrome trim and color contrast stitching are central elements of the cabin’s racing ambience. Both models come as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox, while the 7-speed M Double Clutch Transmission is available as an option. M-DCT allows the driver to change gears using either the selector lever on the center console or the shift paddles mounted on the steering wheel.
Innovative driveline and chassis technology deliver unbeatable dynamics.
The optional M-DCT Drivelogic changes gear with no interruption in the flow of power, enabling it to reduce shift times, while a Launch Control system optimizes acceleration off the line.
The standard-specification Active M Differential at the rear axle guarantees optimum traction, while the likewise factory-fitted electromechanical M Servotronic steering with three settings delivers sporty, direct responses. Both the new BMW M3 and new BMW M4 are equipped as standard with BMW M compound brakes, but customers can also order their car with even lighter and more effective BMW M carbon ceramic brakes, which come with the additional visual highlight of gold-painted calipers.
Optional add-ons for comprehensive driver information.
BMW has developed a free BMW M Laptimer app, which allows owners to analyze their personal driving style. Once their smartphone is hooked up to the BMW – via USB cable or the car’s snap-in adapter – customers can operate the BMW M Laptimer app easily using the iDrive Controller. The app then gets to work without delay, recording the car’s speed, longitudinal and lateral acceleration, engine revs, the gear engaged (if the M-DCT or automatic gearbox is specified), steering angle, accelerator position and fuel consumption. That means, when the data is subsequently analyzed via graphic displays on the customer’s smartphone, the driver’s reactions can also be assessed. Another feature allows two recordings on the same track to be compared corner-by-corner. The readings used here can be either the driver’s own or data shared via email.
The BMW M3 Sedan and BMW M4 Coupe are also available – needless to say – with the wide variety of driver assistance systems and mobility services introduced under the BMW ConnectedDrive banner, some of which will already be familiar from the BMW 3 Series and BMW 4 Series. Among the highlights are a new generation of the Navigation system Professional, offering extra capability, sharper graphics and 3D elements for the map display, Active Driving Assistant, which warns the driver of a looming collision with a pedestrian, and the adaptive full LED headlights,
The optional Head-Up Display in the BMW M3 and BMW M4 comes with additional, M-specific functions such as a gear display, rev counter and Optimum Shift Indicator.
Production: Return to the birthplace of the BMW M3.
It was at the Preußenstraße headquarters of BMW Motorsport GmbH in Munich 28 years ago that the company’s then managing director Paul Rosche developed the idea for the BMW M3. Production began just a few months later at the original BMW plant next door. A total of 17,970 units of the first-generation BMW M3 were built here up to 1991. And now, almost 23 years later, production of the iconic sports car – long since guaranteed legendary status – is returning to its birthplace. BMW Plant Munich will host production of the new BMW M4 Coupe, while the BMW M3 Sedan will be built at BMW Plant Regensburg, where 222,293 units of the second, third and fourth generations of the BMW M3 combined have been produced since 1992.
Full integration into the regular manufacturing process.
One of the reasons for the decision to split production of the BMW M3 and BMW M4 between the two facilities centered on the company’s commitment to integrating the two high-performance sports cars into the production processes for their respective donor models. For example, the BMW M4 will be built alongside models including the standard BMW 4 Series Coupe in Munich, and Regensburg is the venue for production of the BMW 3 Series Sedan as well as the new BMW M3. Among the benefits of “mixed” production on a shared line is that the plants can respond quickly to market fluctuations by making adjustments to unit figures as required. As well as efficient production planning and logistics, the essential ingredient in this approach is the single-line system: both M models will be built alongside their respective donor models on the same production line.
Intensive experience-sharing ensures a smooth production start-up.
This will be the first time the Munich plant has handled production of a lightweight design concept bringing together an aluminum hood and side panels, CFRP roof and lightweight tailgate in this combination. The bonding facility for the carbon roof in the paint shop is also new to Munich. The intensive sharing of experience with colleagues in Regensburg helps ensure that the employees in Munich maintain an outstanding level of manufacturing expertise when it comes to lightweight design technologies. Indeed, Plant Regensburg can call on many years of experience in lightweight design. As well as production of the outgoing generation of the BMW M3 with its carbon roof, the Regensburg factory has also been responsible for the manufacture of numerous BMW Motorsport touring cars built for race action.
Hall of fame: The evolution of an automotive legend over three decades.
The new BMW M3 Sedan and new BMW M4 Coupe represent the fifth generation of a pure-bred sports car offering excellent everyday usability – one which has raised the bar in the ultra-high-performance mid-size sedan/coupe segment at every turn over the last three decades. “The BMW M3 has been our iconic model in the high-performance sports car segment since 1985, when the company unveiled the first generation of the BMW M3 at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt,” recalls Dr Friedrich Nitschke, President BMW M GmbH. “Today, 28 years later, the new BMW M3 Sedan and new BMW M4 Coupe are set to extend this tradition into a fifth generation and take the car’s unique combination of outstanding dynamics and unrestricted everyday usability to yet another new level.”
The first generation: forming the basis for the world’s most successful touring car.
In spring 1985, the BMW Motorsport department began development of a racing machine to line up in touring car competition. The road going version required for homologation – 5,000 examples of which had to be built for sale per year to satisfy the sporting regulations for this category of racing – was conceived from the outset as a race-ready Group A machine. The inaugural BMW M3 celebrated its premiere in September 1985 at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA), with the market launch following in summer 1986. Its naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine developed 143 kW/195 hp (version without catalytic converter: 147 kW/200 hp) from a 2.3-litre displacement, accelerated from 0 to 100 km/h / 62 mph in 6.8 s (6.7 s) and had a top speed of 230 km/h / 143 mph (235 km/h / 146 mph).
In this trim, the first-generation BMW M3 exceeded all sales expectations. Including the Convertible variant, the various evolution stages of the car and the special-edition models, BMW had sold a total of 17,970 units worldwide by the time production was wrapped up in 1991.
The second generation: three variants of a “wolf in sheep’s clothing”.
The successor to the original M3 was not designed as the basis for a racing car. However, it was developed from the outset in three body variants. The two-door Coupe, which made its debut in 1992, was followed onto the market in 1994 by a Convertible and – for the first time – a four-door Sedan. All three models were powered by a six-cylinder 3.0-litre engine developing 210 kW/286 hp, which powered the car to 100 km/h / 62 mph from a standstill in under six seconds. Top speed was electronically limited to 250 km/h / 155 mph. A small-series M3 GT variant was added to the range in 1994, its 217 kW/295 hp sending it straight to the top of the M3 performance scale at the time. In 1995 the car’s displacement was increased to 3.2 liters and output rose to 236 kW/321 hp.
In 1997 the BMW M3 became the world’s first volume-produced car to be made available as an option with the Sequential M Gearbox (SMG). This transmission variant was based on the conventional gearbox for the M3, but with a clutch that was activated electro-hydraulically to change gears. M3 drivers no longer needed to press a clutch pedal; all they had to do to change gear instantly on one level was pull or push the gearshift lever. Initial skepticism was defied by impressive success, and by the time production came to an end almost one in every two examples of this generation of the M3 generation was fitted with an SMG gearbox. The M3 had grown from a niche sports car to a resounding sales success: 71,242 units of the Coupe, Convertible and Sedan combined were produced at Regensburg.
Several design features of the second-generation BMW M3 also cemented their places in the driver’s consciousness. They included special light-alloy wheels in double-spoke design and the specially formed, aerodynamically optimized exterior mirror casings with their two wing-shaped struts. These highlights have been revisited time and again in subsequent generations of the M3 in the form of some fascinating design cues.
The third generation: enhanced dynamics in a sharper design.
The third generation of the BMW M3 – launched in 2000 and available in coupe or convertible form only – added another, now traditional, signature feature to the model: a power dome on the hood. The new model also raised the bar another not inconsiderable notch in terms of performance and dynamics. Its six-cylinder in-line engine still had 3.2-litre displacement, but now developed 252 kW/343 hp. And that meant the M3 could accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h / 62 mph in 5.2 seconds (Convertible: 5.5 s), should the occasion demand. Almost more impressive still, though, was the sprint from 80 to 120 km/h / 50 to 75 mph, which could be dispatched in a mere 5.4 seconds. Evidence of the six-cylinder engine’s exceptional pulling power could not have been provided any more emphatically.
For the first time, the BMW M3 now also came with a variable differential lock at the rear axle allowing anywhere between 0 and 100 percent lock. The results were noticeable benefits in terms of traction and grip when pulling away and cornering at pace. Added to which, the second generation of the Sequential M Gearbox (SMG II) now also allowed the driver to change gear using paddles on the steering wheel.
The sporting flagship of this M3 generation was the BMW M3 CSL introduced in 2003. The three-letter suffix stood for “Coupe Sport Lightweight”, a billing justified by elements such as a carbon-fiber roof, center console and door panels, a lighter rear window and the omission of numerous comfort-oriented features. With a curb weight of just 1,385 kilograms, it tipped the scales some 110 kilograms below the standard M3. All 1,383 units of the 265 kW/360 hp “cornering king” were sold within just a few months.
The fourth generation: V-8 engine and intelligent lightweight design.
2007 signaled a break with tradition as the BMW M3 took to the stage for the first time in 15 years without the straight-six unit so frequently crowned Engine of the Year. Instead, the fourth-generation car – which appeared in coupe, sedan and convertible form (the latter joined the range in 2008) – was powered by an eight-cylinder unit. The new 3,999cc engine developed 309 kW/420 hp and some 85 percent of its maximum 400 Newton meters (542 lb-ft) of torque was available across a huge 6,500 rpm rev range. The engineers continued along the path of lightweight design with the Coupe in particular. On the back of positive experience with other M models, the roof was once again made from carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic. The hood with its striking power dome was made from aluminum, as were large sections of the newly developed lightweight chassis.
Among the highlights of the fourth-generation car’s production run were the exclusive small-series variants of the BMW M3 which shone an even brighter spotlight on its racing-inspired characteristics. Here, the BMW M3 GTS – road-registered but developed for club sport racing – stood out in particular. The displacement of the standard M3’s V-8 engine was expanded to 4.4 liters to produce peak output of 331 kW/450 hp. Specially developed chassis components and aerodynamic measures, plus a two-seat cockpit conceived for track use, equipped this exclusive special-edition model (only available in show-stealing Fire Orange paintwork) for competitive action on the track and generated a particularly intense M feeling on the road. 135 examples of the BMW M3 GTS were delivered to customers.
The BMW M3 CRT (Carbon Racing Technology) presented in 2011 was limited to just 67 units. Exclusively manufactured lightweight components and modified chassis technology imbued this 331 kW/450 hp model, which was based on the BMW M3 Sedan and built at the BMW M GmbH factory, with exceptionally precise handling balance. The hood of the BMW M3 CRT was made from two CFRP moldings encasing an aramid honeycomb structure, its bucket seats featured two CFRP layers wrapped around a recycled-paper honeycomb, and a carbon layer made using conventional production technology was added to visible areas. A rear spoiler and an air-channeling element integrated into the front apron (both made from CFRP) rounded off the exclusive lightweight elements found on the BMW M3 CRT.
BMW Group In America
BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and the Rolls-Royce brand of Motor Cars; DesignworksUSA, a strategic design consultancy in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group’s global manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all X5 and X3 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 Sports Activity Coupes. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 338 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 139 BMW motorcycle retailers, 119 MINI passenger car dealers, and 34 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group’s sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.