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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51 Review & Test Drive 31
Jan
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2014 Corvette Stingray, Automotive, Chevrolet, Corvette, Corvette Stingray, Corvette Stingray Z51, Test Drives on 01 31st, 2014
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The iconic Chevrolet Corvette has captivated enthusiasts for many decades but now the captivation takes a new road, one that has redefined the Corvette’s purpose as a true American sports car deserving of the North American Car of the Year award. After spending just about a week behind the wheel of the all-new 2014 Corvette (C7) Stingray, I can walk away with the certainty of knowing that it is at the top of its game in the scope of sports cars with an added and unsurpassed value without compromise.

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The all-new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray carries is iconic name proudly with its unmistakable styling in one hand and in the other a massive iron hammer of shear performance. To start things off the proper way, jumping to the stats that matter to enthusiasts, the new Corvette Stingray with the Z51 package reaches 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds. Additionally, it holds its lateral movements with a force of 1.08g, reaches a top speed of 190 mph (est.), and does all this while the driver and passenger bask in a cabin full of leather, brushed aluminum, carbon fiber dashboard trim, delightfully accented stitching throughout, heated and cooled seats, and a limited amount of soft-touch plastics. No longer is the Corvette getting ridiculed for a lackluster interior, the new Stingray exudes quality craftsmanship, functionality for two occupants, and enough gadgetry to keep your techie senses happy on twisty roads, highways and the track.

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The new Chevy Corvette Stingray starts off with its base 1LT trim with several notable standard features including two 8-inch high-definition color screens (one for the center gauge cluster and other for center-dash navigation, audio, phone and settings. The base model also gets keyless access with push-button start, rearview backup camera, power tilt and telescoping steering wheel, 7-speed manual transmission with active rev matching and launch control, carbon fiber hood and a 9-speaker Bose audio system. Moving up to the 2LT trim or 3LT adds amenities like Nappa leather seating surfaces, colored instrument panels, heads-up display, memory package, auto-dimming mirrors, and navigation system. The Z51 package can be coupled with any trim level (1LT, 2LT, 3LT), which adds: larger diameter slotted brake rotors, dry sump oil system, electronic limited slip differential, upgraded performance suspension, heavy duty cooling, and 19-inch front 20-inch rear wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport ZP tires – 245/35ZR19 front 285/30ZR20 rear.

Also See: 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51 7-Speed Manual First Impressions

When we first drove the all-new 2014 Corvette Stingray in Miami several months ago, we knew Chevrolet had something special and it made us feel proud to be American all over again. Our drive at that time was very limited so we could not conclude our thoughts without taking the new Corvette Stingray home with us. Fortunately, I had the opportunity to spend a little more quality time with the new Stingray and I have walked away giving the proper respect and honor to a serious sports car on the road that means business.

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The business end of the new 2014 Corvette Stingray starts with its standard 6.2-liter OHC direct-injection V8 engine producing 455 horsepower and 460 ft-lbs. of torque. In my Z51-equipped Corvette Stingray the power is upped to 460 horsepower and 465 ft-lbs. of torque. Sure, the new V8 engine uses older push-rod technology as for one reason it keeps the height of the engine down for a low-slung hood. Conversely, this masterfully crafted engine is wrapped in modern tech with direct injection, cylinder deactivation (V4 mode), variable valve timing, and enough power and thunderous sound to envelope you with pure excitement that only a top-tier roller-coaster emanate. Throughout the power band the engine is meaty with peak torque kicking in at 4,600 rpm and its muscular 460 horsepower at 6,000 up to its redline at 6,500 rpm. Combined with direct injection and cylinder deactivation, the monstrous V8 and amazing aerodynamics of the composite body panels, carbon fiber hood and roof, all add to the lightweight equation to get 28 mpg on the highway. EPA estimates for city driving come in at 16 mpg. I was able to see 15.6 mpg around town and a steady 27.5 on the highway. Of course those figures dropped drastically when I let loose and had a little fun on some back roads where my 10 mile trip returned 11 mpg.

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The new 2014 Corvette Stingray is undoubtedly a thrill ride in more ways than one. The driver mode selection is a convenient way of setting the vehicle up for your desired driving preference. The handling of the new Stingray coupled with the optional magnetic ride control adaptive dampers is amazing as well as the soft ride when the driver mode set to Touring, Weather, Eco or Sport. Placing the mode to Track makes the Corvette Stingray even meaner with stiffened dampers, heavy-weighted steering, and performance shifting of the optional 6-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. The driver information center cluster 8-inch LCD primarily displays the RPM gauge along with various vehicle information and settings. The fixed speedometer to the left, fix fuel and engine temp gauge to the right, all surround the high-resolution 8-inch screen in the cluster. The gauge setup within the driver information screen is customized according to the driver select mode switch with the option of separating the modes and manually setting up your desired display regardless of the driver mode selection. This is a nice touch to the screen setup giving you the option to manually configure the type of display whether it is the touring, sport or track display theme. An optional color heads-up display, equipped on my test vehicle as part of its 2LT trim package, simulates the sport and track display themes with a digital speedometer, RPM gauge, lateral g-force meter and a multi-stage shift light in track display mode.

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The room in the new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray’s cabin is ideal for two adults just over 6-feet tall. However, moving around in the cabin can be a task as the cockpit-styled cabin limits any lower body adjustments aside from moving the power seats and power steering column. I found my 6 foot 3-inch frame fitting perfectly into the driver’s seat but not with much room to spare considering my knees had about one and a half inch of clearance from the dashboard. Though, I could easily wear a helmet without hitting the roof panel. My other qualm would be the positioning of the trunk release button on the dashboard – I must have accidentally pressed the button with my left knee about 8 times during the course of my week-long driving experience. Fortunately, the trunk release is disabled when driving as are the power-release buttons on the doors when the vehicle is locked to prevent accidental opening while cruising down the road.

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The 6-speed automatic transmission is extremely adaptive according to the drive modes the new Corvette Stingray is placed into. Though, the 6-speed automatic’s torque converter seems to perform a lot of slipping to modulate torque fluctuations before it locks up. This torque converter slipping becomes even more apparent when in manual mode and you step on the gas moderately. It is almost unnerving until you hear the deep droning exhaust note when the rpm raises momentarily. To put things into better perspective with what you will expect from the new Stingray with an automatic transmission, you must focus your attention on its unique drive mode settings. Starting off in Weather or Touring modes the transmission shifts are predictable in a mild manner. Eco mode brings up-shifts on sooner for conserving fuel while the throttle mapping is subdued for a less aggressive profile. In Sport and Track modes the transmission is able to automatically select a performance-shifting mode in the event of aggressive gas pedal action. Using the steering wheel paddle shifters allows you to rev-match downshifts and execute lighting-fast up-shifts in Sport and Track modes. Each full throttle up-shift is followed with a harmonizing and thunderous clatter from the exhaust note and transmission doing its thing in the rear of the Corvette. To make things even more extreme, track mode offers additional competition handling modes when the traction control button is pressed twice. Doing so will enable an extra set of competition track modes: wet, dry, sport 1 & 2 or race mode. Each mode places stability and traction control into a limited state – just to intervene when things get exceedingly dicey. Speaking of being out of control, the new Corvette Stingray’s stability control system is rather progressive in each drive mode where sport and track modes allow the rear wheels to spin for a couple seconds before taking action, which is never too harsh to sap all of your fun or disturb the 50/50 weight balance of the lightweight 3,444 pound Stingray. The use of carbon fiber bits keep things light and are all in the right places, such as the hood and removable targa top. Hardly any stones were left unturned when it came to designing the new Corvette basically consisting of all new parts from the ground up.

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An active sound management is an added benefit for those who don’t want to wake the neighbors when driving through your neighborhood or starting up the LT1 V8 engine. Active sound management controls additional exhaust valves in the rear to quiet things down or open up during full throttle. The drive select modes can control the system automatically or you may manual disable it (open up the valves) and let the roaring sound of the V8 rumble to your hearts delight – just the way I like it.

Also See: Automotive Addicts Participates in Local American Lung Association Rally

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The styling of the all-new 2014 Corvette Stingray harkens back to the 60’s and 70’s Corvette Stingray. As far as the styling, the idea of the Stingray taking cues from other exotic vehicles is a serious debate that will continue to play out for years to come as on-looking enthusiasts see the new Stingray in person. Either way, borrowed design cues or not, the exterior design serves many purposes with a surprising functional aspect to every sculpted and vented line. Some of the surprising functional elements of the new Corvette Stingray start with the front hood vented air intake, to the top-rear vents channeling air to cool the rear-mounted transmission and electronic differential. Even the rear taillight’s vents and diffuser’s side vents have a purpose of venting air to keep the working mechanics cool while adding slight stability without taking away from the progressive downforce. The new square-shaped LED taillights may draw some controversy for the slow adopters but actually have an added visual depth to their close-up brightly lit appearance. The new LED daytime running lamps up front encased in the exotic-styled headlamp housing simulate the outline of Italian exotic vehicles at a reasonable distance, which isn’t a bad thing considering the new Corvette Stingray’s target competition for an unmatched price.

In comparison of my first quick drive of the new 2014 Corvette Stingray Z51 with the 7-speed manual transmission several months ago, the new Corvette Stingray Z51 with an automatic transmission keeps things almost as entertaining without much of a guessing game. The automatic shifts fast enough to rival some dual-clutch transmissions. Additionally, the ease of use factor come into play when you have so much power available over a broad rpm range to lay down on the pavement through the rear wheels.

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Part of the all-new Corvette Stingray’s iconic statement expands beyond its consistent and respected exotic-car performance statistics. The new Corvette Stingray exhibits the best bang for your dollar being that the same V8 engine and impeccable performance can be had in the base Stingray starting at just $51,000. For that price there isn’t much that can compete, which makes the iconic American sports car shine even brighter when pitted against its competition. No doubt that the all-new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is a returned contender with an exceptional value at the best of its game. My 2014 Chevrolet Stingray Z51 test vehicle has an as-tested price of $65,530 including a $995 destination charge.

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Copyright: 2014 AutomotiveAddicts.com

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: Base Corvette Stingray $51,000 / As-Tested Corvette Stingray Z51 $65,530
  • Engine: 6.2-liter OHC V8 460 (Z51) horsepower @ 6,000 rpm / 465 ft-lbs. torque @ 4,600 rpm
  • Wheelbase: 106.7 inches
  • Total length: 176.9 inches
  • Total width: 73.9 inches
  • Total height: 48.8 inches
  • EPA cargo volume: 15.0 cu.ft.
  • Curb weight: 3,444 pounds
  • Fuel tank: 18.5 gallons
  • 0-60mph: 3.8 seconds (Z51 automatic transmission)
  • Top Speed: 190 mph (estimated)
  • EPA mileage: 17 mpg city / 28 mpg highway (automatic transmission)


Mercedes reveals all new V-Class [Video] 31
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Posted by CarBlog Staff in Automotive News, Autostyle, Mercedes Benz, Mercedes Benz V-Class, MPV, Popular, Videos on 01 31st, 2014

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Ahead of it’s official debut at the Geneva Auto Show in March, Mercedes has given us a little gift in the form a video revealing the all new V-Class.

The V-Class is a full size MPV that is naturally aimed at families, shuttle drivers or tour guides and soccer moms – the perfect way to drive around 8 kids.

Mercedes’ new baby offers you all the function of a MPV, alongside some serious luxury and smart, innovative technology. Some of it’s key features include a system that helps to keep the car straight while driving ins throng crosswinds, a touchpad control system for infotainment purposes, a (very handy) 360-degree camera and additional parking aids, and, believe it or not, a system that will detect if the driver is nodding off on those long road trips. Very, very clever.

At the time of launch, the V-class will only be available with one engine; a 2.1 liter turbo diesel beast. However, different outputs will be made available in the form of 136 horsepower, 163 and 190.

Mercedes is also planning a more rugged version, which will most likely be an updated version of the popular Vito.

So, without further a due, check out the video below featuring the all new, all amazon, Mercedes V-Class:

Source: Motor Authority



Formula 1 introduces new engine 29
Jan
Posted by CarBlog Staff in Automotive News, engine, F1 News, Formula 1 car, Formula 1 News, Green Auto, Popular, Super car news on 01 29th, 2014

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Formula 1 has recently introduced the new engine that will be used this year. And boy, it is really quite jaw-dropping!

The all new, turbocharged 1.6 liter V6 engine is also a hybrid-electric engine. This comes after the immense pressure that Formula 1 and all of it’s affiliates have been under recently to make the competition (including the cars, obviously) more ‘green’ and environmentally friendly. 

However, this doesn’t mean that the new engine is wimpy. No ways, it is still one hell of a engine.

Even though F1 drivers had to downsize their engines from 2.4 liters to 1.6, this engine produces a mammoth 760 horsepower. In order to be more green, the engine also features a pair of energy recovery systems that pull form exhaust pressure and braking.

This, of course, is the green component that has been the topic of much debate (and praise) as of late.

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Another thing to take into consideration, is that fact that the new engine will have to power Formula 1 cars. Now, these cars can weigh up to 500kilograms +. This means that it will power round about 1250horsepower per ton. Quite impressive.

So, who is looking forward to the 2014 season?!

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It’s Good To Be Bad – Jaguar Gets Bad in new 2014 F-Type Super Bowl Commercial 28
Jan
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2014 Jaguar F-Type, Auto Addiction, Automotive, Car Commercials, Commercial, Jaguar, Jaguar F-Type, Super Bowl, Super Bowl XLVIII, Superbowl Commercial, video on 01 28th, 2014
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Jaguar is entering into the Super Bowl commercial realm spending the big bucks on this 1 minute slot featuring British actors (villains) and the all-new “Bad” F-Type Coupe. They are all obsessed by power, which the new F-Type has plenty of. Thoughts on this one?



2014 Volkswagen Super Bowl XLVIII Commercial Gets Wings: Video 28
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Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Auto Addiction, Automotive, Commerical, Super Bowl, Super Bowl XLVIII, Superbowl Commercial, video on 01 28th, 2014
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It is that time of the year again when we all pile in front of the big screen TV, indulge in unhealthy snacks, watch the Super Bowl, and laugh out loud at some of the most expensive and hilarious commercials known to man. Volkswagen has been at the forefront of entertaining us during the Super Bowl for many years now and the tradition is staying strong as they release one of their game day commercials where every time a VW hits 100,000 miles a German engineer gets his wings. Yeah, we know where that came from – this is pretty funny though!



2014 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner Access Cab V6 RWD TRD Test Drive 28
Jan
Posted by Harvey Schwartz in Automotive, Pick-Up-Truck, Test Drives, TOYOTA, Toyota Tacoma, Truck on 01 28th, 2014
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The new 2014 Toyota Tacoma compact pickup truck continues to lead the pack in this important pickup truck segment.  Even though there are no new important changes to the 2014 model, enthusiasts will be kept happy with all of the packages available.  I tested a brand new Tacoma PreRunner V6 in the Access cab configuration and the optional TRD Sport Package for on-road fun.   The Tacoma PreRunner has been the best-selling compact pickup truck in the U.S. since 2005 but it is getting a little bit old inside and outside.  The real bad news for some enthusiasts is that the Tacoma X-Runner sport truck is discontinued for 2014.  The good new though is that I tested the new TRD Extra Value Sport Package.  The package includes a sport suspension with Bilstein gas-filled shocks, 17X7.5 inch alloy wheels, Dunlop 265/65R17 inch all-season radial tires, a hood scoop, color-keyed grille surround/bumpers, power outside mirrors with turn signal indicators/door handles/overfenders/sliding rear window with privacy glass/15V400W deck mounted AC power, foglamps, remote keyless entry, cruise control, variable intermittent wipers/washers, overhead console with dual map lamps and two sunglass storage, water resistant sport bucket seats with 4-way adjustments and driver’s-side lumbar support, metallic tone instrument panel with rallye gauge cluster, a beefy/tilt/telescopic/leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls/Bluetooth controls, a great located stick shifter, dual lighted sunvisors with extenders, tailgate handle, integrated backup camera and TRD Sport Graphics.  This package is priced at $3,575.00 a bit high but worth it.  My truck also came with these options-a tow hitch-$550.00, cargo net-$49.00, carpet floor mats and door sill protector-$195.00, VIP-RS3200 Plus Security System-$359.00 and a bed mat-$119.00.  My test Tacoma also came equipped with the Entune Premium Audio with Navigation and App Suite that includes the Entune Multimedia Bundle-a 6.1 inch high-resolution touch-screen with Split Screen Display, AM-FM-CD Player with 6-speakers, auxiliary audio jack, USB 2.0 Port with iPod connectivity and control, advanced voice recognition, hands-free phone capability, Phone Book Access and Music Streaming via Bluetooth Wireless technology, HD radio, HD Predictive Traffic and Doppler Weather Overlay, Sirius Satellite radio, GraceNote, AM-FM Cache Radio and Album Cover Art.  The base price for my test Tacoma is $23,560.00 and with the Extra Value Discount of $385.00, my test Tacoma was priced at $30,183.00 including delivery, processing and handling.  These packages will be a joy for all enthusiasts and tekkes.

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The exterior of the Tacoma PreRunner is well known with the bold front grille, hood scoop, flared fenders, mud flaps behind each wheel.  Highlights include front halogen headlamps and rear LED tail and brakes lamps.  The composite inner bed is made from a sheet-molded composite deck and touch, durable walls that are 10% lighter than steel.  The bed deck features two-tier loading and an integrated deck-rail utility with four standard adjustable tie-down cleats.  The rails are compatible with Genuine Toyota Accessories including cargo bed cross bars, a fork-mounted bike rack and diamond-plate storage boxes.  My PreRunner came with a 115/400W power point that further extends the bed’s utility.

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Power to move my PreRunner comes from the 4.0 liter DOHC, EFI, 24-valve, all-aluminum V6 engine with VVT-i for exceptional low-end torque.  That torque is rated at 266lb.ft. at 4,000rpm and horsepower is rated at 236 at 5,200rpm.   Channeling all of the torque to the rear wheels is a smooth-shifting 5-speed automatic transmission with ECT but I think it is time to load a 6-speed automatic to keep the truck more current and enhance mpg specs.  When equipped with the V6 tow package, Access Cab models boast a SAE-certified maximum tow capacity of up to 6,500 pounds.  An automatic Limited-slip Differential (Auto LSD) uses brake intervention to help reduce tire slippage at the rear wheels and is standard.

Giving the Tacoma PreRunner great handling and a smooth ride is the front coil-over Bilstein gas-filled shocks double-wishbone suspension with a solid 1.18 inch stabilizer bar.  The rear setup features leaf springs and low-mount and staggered Bilstein gas-filled shocks.  With the standard hydraulic rack & pinion steering system turn-in is sharp and precise but maybe an electric power-assisted steering system would decrease weight and enhance fuel economy.

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Slowing my test Tacoma PreRunner down from speed are power brakes.  Up front are 10.82 inch vented rotors clamped with dual-pistons calipers and 10 inch drum brakes in the rear.  I think it is time to equip the truck with all disc brakes for extra braking power.  This braking system comes standard with ABS, EBD, BA, Vehicle Stability Control and Traction Control to help keep me in control of the truck’s direction when braking hard over wet or slick pavement.  The mechanicals work great together but I think it is time to upgrade some of the components mentioned above.

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The interior is simple and comfortable once you get inside.  With a high step-in height and low exterior height I had to ‘shoe-horn’ myself onto the sport bucket seats.  I am 6ft. 3in. and would recommend that consumers looking at the PreRunner be shorter than 6ft. for easy entry and exit. Once I settled into my seat I felt comfortable in the sport bucket seat that is also cut deep to hug me when I enter tight turns.  All buttons, dials and switches are within easy reach and fully illuminated for safe nighttime travel.  I was a little disappointed with all of the hard plastic and would like to see a soft-to-the-touch material on the dashboard face.  The center console features a metallic material with gated shifter, 3-cupholders, deep and wide storage box and open storage bins in front and at the left.  Standard equipment inside not mentioned above includes storage slots in each door, power windows with driver’s-side express down, rear tow hook, power door locks, dome light, a full-size spare tires, 2-speed wipers/washers, A/C, dual 12V power plugs and a digital clock.  The Access Cab came with swing-out doors that extend 80-degrees out for easy access and exit with fold-up jump seats and dual cupholders.

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Standard safety features include 4-3-point safety belts , front airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags, roll-sensing side curtain airbags including a cut-off switch and standard active headrests for the front seats which move up and forward almost instantly in the event of certain rear-end collisions, side-door impact beams, daytime running lamps, engine immobilizer and a tire pressure monitor.

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The Toyota Tacoma PreRunner pickup truck has been the industry leader since 2005 for good reasons.  It has bold good looks, a powerful V6 engine, comfortable and simple interior and a versatile cargo box for work or play.  With GM coming out with an all-new Chevy Colorado/GMC Canyon and Ford ready to introduce an all-new Ranger, Toyota will have to move forward with a total update of the Tacoma to keep its lead in the segment.

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COPYRIGHT: 2014: HARVEY SCHWARTZ

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: Base Tacoma PreRunner Access Cab $23,560 / As-Tested $30,183
  • Engine: 4.0 liter DOHC, EFI, 24-valve, all-aluminum V6 w/ VVT-i 236 horsepower @ 5,200 rpm / 266lb.ft. ft-lbs. of torque @ 4,000 rpm
  • Wheelbase: 127.4 inches
  • Total length: 208.1 inches
  • Total width: 74.6 inches
  • Total height: 70.3 inches
  • Inside bed length: 73.5 inches
  • Track: f/r-61/61 inches
  • Ground clearance: 7.9 inches
  • Approach angle: 27
  • Departure angle: 20
  • Breakover angle: 20
  • Headroom: f/r-40/34.9 inches
  • Legroom: f/r-41.7/24.6 inches
  • Turning circle: 42 feet
  • Fuel tank: 21.1 gallons
  • Curb weight: 3,645 pounds
  • Payload: 1,440 pounds
  • EPA mileage: 17mpg/city, 21mpg/highway


Automotive Addicts Participates in Local American Lung Association Rally 26
Jan
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2014 Corvette Stingray, American Lung Association, Automotive, Chevrolet, Corvette Stingray, Events, Ferrari, Ferrari 599, Jacksonville, FL, Lamborghini, Lamborghini Gallardo, Maserati, Maserati GranTurismo Coupe on 01 26th, 2014
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Our Sunday was relaxed while watching the conclusion of the Rolex 24 Hour Race – but not after making a quick drive in a local American Lung Association for the Fight for Air Climb Rally hosted by River City Events (Facebook page). Our Rally consisted of just a few exotic vehicles making a quick run from Southside Blvd. in Jacksonville, FL all the way to Amelia Island ending at the Ritz Carlton.

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A few of us car enthusiasts met up early in the morning to contribute to the American Lung Association for the Fight for Air Climb and then set off on a nice Sunday morning drive. The vehicles consisted of a Ferrari 599, Lamborghini Gallardo, Maserati GranTurismo Coupe, and our very own 2014 Corvette Stingray test vehicle.

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We were ecstatic to have our Corvette Stingray run alongside of other exotic vehicles while at the same time we were delighted to give back to the American Lung Association.

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We look forward to other charity events in the future in our local Florida area. If you have an idea or would like to let us know of any similar local events, please let us know by dropping an email to info@automotiveaddicts.com.

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52nd Running of Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona Concludes with Win from Joao Barbosa and Action Express Racing Team 26
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Posted by Malcolm Hogan in audi, Automotive, Chevrolet, Ferrari, Jacksonville, FL, Motorsports, porsche on 01 26th, 2014
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The 52nd run of the Rolex 24 race at Daytona commenced yesterday captivating automotive enthusiasts all over the world. The field started off as any man’s race but was abruptly halted momentarily with a red flag due to a horrific crash involving the No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari (GTLM) driven by Matteo Malucelli who was plowed into by Memo Gidley in his No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Corvette DP (GTLM). Both drivers were awake and communicated after being admitted to the hospital where Gidley required surgery for a broken back, injuries to his left arm and left leg. Malucelli is being held for additional evaluation but resting comfortably.

90 minutes or so later the race restarted after a lift of the red flag and clearing the crash debris.

Joao Barbosa (Sebastien Bourdais, Christian Fittipaldi) in the No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP took home the over-all win and win in the Prototype class while Patrick Pilet (Richard Lietz, Nick Tandy) in the No. 911 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR captured the win for the GT Le Mans class. Alessandro Pier Guidi in the No. 555 Level 5 Motorsports Ferrari 458 Italia finished first in the GT Daytona class but some controversy ensued as officials announce a time penalty for allegedly having contact or not leaving a lane to Markus Winkelhock (Nelson Canache, Spencer Pumpelly Jr, Tim Pappas) in the No. 45 Flying Lizard Audi R8 LMS, which ultimately took the win. Colin Braun (James Gue, Jonathan Bennett) brought home the win in the No. 54 Core Autosport ORECA FLM09 for Prototype Challenge class.

Update: Level 5 Motorsports No. 555 Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 has been announced as the new GT Daytona Class winner after IMSA officials revealed the situations after a protest filed by Level 5.

Official Statement:

“A full post-race review of the incident on the last lap of the 52nd Rolex 24 At Daytona was completed by IMSA Supervisory Officials. The decision has been made to reverse the decision by the race director, rescind the penalty against the No. 555 Level 5 Motorsports Ferrari 458 Italia team, and reinstate drivers Scott Tucker, Bill Sweedler, Townsend Bell, Jeff Segal and Alessandro Pier Giuidi as the GT Daytona class winners. We regret the confusion following the race, and appreciate the patience by our fans, drivers, teams and the media so we could properly review and subsequently report this decision.”

Elkins expanded on that official statement shortly thereafter: “The uniqueness of this was that it was on the last lap of a 24‑hour race, and so the race director was doing exactly what he is expected to do, which is to make a decision and try to have some finality prior to the end, and that’s what he did,” he said. “The process worked.  If you’re asking could we have done it differently, I don’t think so.”

“The fact is the winning team is now declared the winner, and I think that’s the right thing that needs to happen.”

 

Rolex 24 at Daytona Full Results

Finish CLASS CAR CAR TYPE LAPS COMP BEHIND LEADER BEHIND NEXT IN CLASS
1 P 5 CORVETTE DP 695 – – – – – –
2 P 10 CORVETTE DP 695 1.461 1.461
3 P 9 CORVETTE DP 695 19.489 18.028
4 P 90 CORVETTE DP 693 2 LAPS 2 LAPS
5 P 6 NISSAN ORECA 692 3 LAPS 1 LAPS
6 GTLM 911 PORSCHE 911 RSR 679 16 LAPS – – –
7 GTLM 55 BMW Z4 GTE 679 16 LAPS 2.838
8 P 42 NISSAN MORGAN 678 17 LAPS 14 LAPS
9 PC 54 ORECA FLM09 678 17 LAPS – – –
10 PC 25 ORECA FLM09 677 18 LAPS 1 LAPS
11 P 2 HPD ARX-03B 676 19 LAPS 2 LAPS
12 GTLM 91 SRT VIPER GTS-R 675 20 LAPS 4 LAPS
13 PC 38 ORECA FLM09 669 26 LAPS 8 LAPS
14 GTLM 56 BMW Z4 GTE 668 27 LAPS 7 LAPS
15 P 02 FORD ECOBOOST/RILEY 667 28 LAPS 9 LAPS
16 GTLM 4 CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R 666 29 LAPS 2 LAPS
17 PC 52 ORECA FLM09 662 33 LAPS 7 LAPS
18 GTD 555 FERRARI 458 ITALIA 662 33 LAPS – – – penalty for contact
19 GTD 45 AUDI R8 LMS 662 33 LAPS 1.293
20 GTD 58 PORSCHE 911 GT AMERICA 662 33 LAPS 0.159
21 GTD 72 FERRARI 458 ITALIA 662 33 LAPS 13.760
22 GTD 35 AUDI R8 LMS 661 34 LAPS 1 LAPS
23 GTD 556 FERRARI 458 ITALIA 661 34 LAPS 3.061
24 PC 8 ORECA FLM09 659 36 LAPS 3 LAPS
25 GTD 94 BMW Z4 659 36 LAPS 2 LAPS
26 GTD 22 PORSCHE 911 GT AMERICA 656 39 LAPS 3 LAPS
27 GTLM 93 SRT VIPER GTS-R 653 42 LAPS 13 LAPS
28 GTD 30 PORSCHE 911 GT AMERICA 652 43 LAPS 4 LAPS
29 GTD 65 FERRARI 458 ITALIA 649 46 LAPS 3 LAPS
30 GTD 63 FERRARI 458 ITALIA 647 48 LAPS 2 LAPS
31 GTD 44 PORSCHE 911 GT AMERICA 645 50 LAPS 2 LAPS
32 GTD 73 PORSCHE 911 GT AMERICA 645 50 LAPS 31.014
33 GTD 64 FERRARI 458 ITALIA 645 50 LAPS 25.084
34 GTD 23 PORSCHE 911 GT AMERICA 639 56 LAPS 6 LAPS
35 P 50 DINAN/RILEY 631 64 LAPS 36 LAPS
36 GTD 48 AUDI R8 LMS 626 69 LAPS 13 LAPS
37 GTLM 57 FERRARI F458 ITALIA 625 70 LAPS 28 LAPS
38 GTD 51 FERRARI 458 ITALIA 620 75 LAPS 6 LAPS
39 GTD 49 FERRARI 458 ITALIA 618 77 LAPS 2 LAPS
40 GTD 33 SRT VIPER GT3-R 615 80 LAPS 3 LAPS
41 P 31 CORVETTE DP 613 82 LAPS 18 LAPS
42 PC 7 ORECA FLM09 612 83 LAPS 47 LAPS
43 P 01 FORD ECOBOOST/RILEY 610 85 LAPS 3 LAPS
44 GTLM 97 ASTON MARTIN VANTAGE V8 610 85 LAPS 15 LAPS
45 GTD 19 PORSCHE 911 GT AMERICA 603 92 LAPS 12 LAPS
46 GTD 28 PORSCHE 911 GT AMERICA 601 94 LAPS 2 LAPS
47 P 60 FORD ECOBOOST/RILEY 599 96 LAPS 11 LAPS
48 GTD 007 ASTON MARTIN V12 VANTAGE 580 115 LAPS 21 LAPS
49 GTD 71 PORSCHE 911 GT AMERICA 566 129 LAPS 14 LAPS
50 GTD 27 PORSCHE 911 GT AMERICA 566 129 LAPS 13.590
51 GTD 81 PORSCHE 911 GT AMERICA 560 135 LAPS 6 LAPS
52 GTD 009 ASTON MARTIN V12 VANTAGE 516 179 LAPS 44 LAPS
53 GTD 18 PORSCHE 911 GT AMERICA 492 203 LAPS 24 LAPS
54 GTLM 912 PORSCHE 911 RSR 489 206 LAPS 121 LAPS
55 PC 87 ORECA FLM09 460 235 LAPS 152 LAPS
56 P 07 MAZDA SKYACTIV-D 445 250 LAPS 154 LAPS
57 P 70 MAZDA SKYACTIV-D 369 326 LAPS 76 LAPS
58 PC 08 ORECA FLM09 361 334 LAPS 99 LAPS
59 P 1 HPD ARX-03B 359 336 LAPS 10 LAPS
60 GTLM 3 CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R 329 366 LAPS 160 LAPS
61 P 0 DELTAWING DWC13 288 407 LAPS 71 LAPS
62 P 78 DINAN/RILEY 238 457 LAPS 50 LAPS
63 PC 09 ORECA FLM09 177 518 LAPS 184 LAPS
64 GTD 32 AUDI R8 LMS 151 544 LAPS 341 LAPS
65 P 99 CORVETTE DP 92 603 LAPS 146 LAPS
66 GTLM 62 FERRARI F458 ITALIA 88 607 LAPS 241 LAPS
67 GTD 46 AUDI R8 LMS 5 690 LAPS 146 LAPS

 



BMW 3 Series Diesel First Impressions from Actor Lamman Rucker 23
Jan
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, Automotive Rhythms, BMW, BMW 3 Series Diesel, BMW 3-series, BMW 328d, diesel, video on 01 23rd, 2014
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Diesel powered vehicles have become a phenomenon amongst automotive enthusiasts and those who value the unsurpassed fuel consumption and ample torque. Unfortunately, Diesel has yet to catch onto the main stream in a way we would like to see here in America. Due to companies like BMW, VW, Audi, Benz and even GM’s Chevrolet, auto makers are slowly demolishing those old preconceptions of diesel being exclusive to 18-wheelers or black-smoking-bellowing classic Mercedes-Benz.

It seems it is going to take a bit more marketing and hands-on experiences for diesel to really move into the next gear, which our friends at Automotive Rhythms are attempting to do by showcasing the first impressions of the new BMW 3 Series Diesel from individuals like actor Lamman Rucker.

If you get a chance, check out the video below and then run down to your nearest BMW dealership and take the all-new BMW 328d Diesel for a spin. You might be glad you did.



2014 Buick Regal GS Review & Test Drive 23
Jan
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, Buick, Buick Regal, Buick Regal GS, Test Drives on 01 23rd, 2014
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“This isn’t your grandfathers Buick!” That seems to be the statement circulating around my 2014 Buick Regal GS 6-speed manual test vehicle at our recent Automotive Addicts Cars and Coffee event in Jacksonville, FL. As onlookers goggled over the new Regal GS, they not only took notice to its sporty appearance and aggressive stance, but they we taken by my test vehicle being equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission and Brembo brakes up front. It is no doubt that the new Regal GS is an attention-grabber among enthusiasts as it takes them back on a reminiscing journey of vehicles like the Buick Regal Grand National and GNX.

The new 2014 Buick Regal GS embodies that spirited drive found in enthusiasts who can remember when Buick had rear-wheel-drive performance cars roaming the streets of America. Today, the new Regal GS sports its aggressive styling and a dash of that old performance inspiration wrapped up in a well-handling front-wheel-drive sedan package all powered by a new 2.0-liter turbocharged direct-injection 4-cylinder engine.

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The new engine in the 2014 Buick Regal GS is much improved over the outgoing powerplant in that it is made up all-new mechanics for better efficiency of its power output. Total power for the new 2.0-liter turbo 4 comes to 259 horsepower at 5,300 rpm and 295 ft-lbs. of torque through a range of 2,500 rpm to 5000 rpm.  With a wide range of torque directed to the front wheels (or all 4 via an optional new Haldex all-wheel-drive system with an electronic limited slip differential), the new Regal GS gives you the reassurance of its ability to overtake on the highway or quickly get out of the hole from a dead stop. Additionally, to keep that reassurance in tack, torque steer is absent as well as any upset or unwanted reverberation in the chassis.

Also See: 2014 Buick Regal FWD Premium II Review & Test Drive

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Building off of the solid platform of the new 2014 Buick Regal Turbo, which I was able to experience and share my positive outlook in a previous review, the new Regal GS is tweaked to put forth its hidden athleticism to the pavement. Over all, the new Regal GS is a soft vehicle when it comes to how it lays down its power and ample 295 ft-lbs. of torque. I found that the power is substantial for its size and weight, but does require an extra effort on the driver’s part to extract the best parts of its available performance. You could say that the most apparent aspects of its softness is the predictable clutch engagement and long-throw 6-speed manual transmission ending with the Regal GS’ quiet whistle of the turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. The GS is never going to set off any car alarms from its faint exhaust note at any rpm. Rowing through the 6-speed manual transmission will require you adapt to the long throws and manage the slip of the front wheels with traction control disabled.

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One of the highlighted benefits of the all-new Regal GS in the performance arena is the Interactive Drive Control system, which has 3 settings being the default normal mode, Sport mode, and GS mode. Changing the modes via top-dashboard-mounted buttons firms up the dampers for more aggressive characteristics of the suspension system. Sport mode mildly firms up the dampers while the aggressive GS mode firms them up even further but not to the point of any harshness. In a way, GS mode still provides a very smooth yet competent ride quality really making the solid chassis of the Regal GS shine and prove its willingness to compete on those occasional autocross or light track duty days. The Interactive Drive Control system also firms up the steering wheel effort to simulate an aggressive steering rack with a bit more feedback and required effort. I found that GS mode was more of a necessity for enthusiasts or even the casual driver who likes to have a little fun.

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The balance and handling of the new Buick Regal GS is surprising. The four-link independent rear suspension combined with wide-patched P245/40R19 tires at all four corners (or optional P255/35-ZR20 summer performance tires and polished alloy 20-inch wheels) and active Computer Damping Control, all aid in the lateral handling abilities of the new Buick Regal GS. Of course by selecting the GS Interactive Driving Control mode it makes things more competent during spirited driving with firmed dampers and heavier steering effort, which seems to translate the road to the driver a bit better than in normal mode. Putting the 2014 Regal GS into a hard turn can actually emit a slight bit of oversteer, something not expectant from a front wheel drive vehicle. Of course you can quickly change things around in a hard turn with a bit of gas pedal action to thrash the front wheels for an abundance of understeer. Keeping things in a straight line you find the Regal GS putting down a 0-60 mph time of about 6.3 seconds. Achieving that number is not always an easy task as you find different shift points within the large rpm range of peak torque. The all-new direct-injected turbocharged 2.0-liter engine pleasantly fulfills its pulling duties all the way up redline at 7,000 rpm without much of a lag or threshold where some turbo engines tend to fall flat.

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The many surprises expressed verbally from onlookers at our local Automotive Addicts Cars and Coffee show was a gift that kept on giving when it came to our new Regal GS test vehicle. Not only did the 6-speed manual transmission and Brembo brakes take folks by surprise, but the interior also had its own duty to raise eyebrows once again. The thick flat-bottom leather-wrapped heated steering wheel combined with the uniquely patterned and well-bolstered sports seats up front and aluminum sport pedals of the Regal GS, all added to the sports appeal of this Buick. At the end of it all, after explaining to others that our new Regal GS had a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with 295-ft-lbs. of torque, I quickly lost count of how many times the phrase “this is not your grandfather’s Buick” was uttered out of onlooker’s mouths. The new refreshed dashboard for 2014, mimicking the rest of the Buick Regal line, consisted of many soft-touch plastics and a perception of top-notch fit and finish quality. The new refreshing of the 2014 Regal’s dashboard cleans things up and places more emphasis on ease of usability and a better focus on the large high-resolution 8-inch LCD touchscreen mounted high in the center of the dash. Exclusive to the Regal GS was a large center gauge cluster color LCD screen for readout of the speedometer and configurable vehicle information including g-force metering.

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As far as efficiency goes, the new 2014 Regal GS actually beats out the Turbo Regal by one mpg on the highway in front-wheel-drive configuration. The new Regal GS gets an EPA estimated 20 mpg city and 31 mpg highway. My highway drive up interstate 95 returned an average of 29.7 mpg and around town I saw a steady 21 mpg over the course of a closely-monitored 8 miles of downtown Jacksonville streets.

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The complete balancing act of bringing that Buick performance passion back to the market with the new Buick Regal GS may seem like a complicated task. Though, the new 2014 Buick Regal GS is an excellent start but its over-all softness and lacking ability to really keep up with competitors on spirited drives and track endeavors may be its single disappointment. On the other hand, I fail to remember a time when a grandfather could fun driving a 6-speed manual turbocharged Regal with 295 ft-lbs. of torque. I know my grandfather or father wouldn’t turn down that opportunity.

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Being that the Regal GS is the top end of the trim levels, it includes all features found on the Premium 2 trim in addition to GS specific add-ons to set it apart as the performance oriented vehicle of the bunch, such as the addition of adaptive dampers and selectable modes for the Interactive Driver Control system. The aggressive and unique exterior styling is also an added benefit for the Regal GS’ performance aptitude ending with standard 19-inch alloy wheels or the optional polished 20-inchers.

The new 2014 Buick Regal GS is priced perfectly in line as the top trim for the Regal bringing in a base price of $36,905 and my test vehicle having an as-tested price of $40,715 including a $925 destination charge. As far as value perception, the new Regal GS prides its soft-touched performance edge behind the Buick nameplate to characterize a visual and sensual-performance surprise to shatter the brand’s old preconceptions.

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Copyright: 2014 AutomotiveAddicts.com

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: Base Regal GS $36,905 / As-Tested Regal GS FWD $40,715
  • Vehicle layout: Front-engine, FWD, 5-pass, 4-door sedan
  • Engine: 2.0-liter direct-injection DOHC 16-valve inline-4-cylinder 259 horsepower @ 5300 rpm / 295-lb-ft @ 2500-4000 rpm
  • Transmission: 6-speed manual (optional 6-speed automatic)
  • Curb weight: 3,710 lbs. est.
  • Wheelbase: 107.8 in
  • Length x width x height: 190.2 x 73.1 x 58.4 in
  • Headroom: f/r-38.8in./37.3in.
  • Legroom: f/r-42.1in./37.3in.
  • 0-60 mph: 6.3 sec
  • EPA city/hwy fuel econ: 20 mpg / 31 mpg
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 18.0 gallons


Finally – a real flying car! 23
Jan
Posted by CarBlog Staff in AeroMobil, Automotive News, Autostyle, car design, Car Styling, Flying Car, Modified car Talk, Performance, Popular, Videos on 01 23rd, 2014

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Throughout our childhoods we’ve been exposed to flying cars. Sure, they weren’t real but rather a part of some of favorite television shows (think The Jetsons, Wacky Races…). Well, now finally, after what seems like forever, someone has successfully managed to build a flying car that really works and looks really good.

Stefan Klein of Slovakia has spent the past 20 years of his life, designing, developing and finally constructing a flying car. It is called the AeroMobil and can drive on the road as a normal car and transfigure into a flying car – with wings and all.

The car itself has a steel framework and is powered by a Rotax 912 engine.

When in its ‘car configuration’, the AeroMobil is 6 meters long and 1.6 meters wide. Add on the wings, and the car is 8,2 meters in width and still 6 meters in length when in ‘plane mode’. When it is in its automobile configuration, the car scan easily fit into any standard parking spot.

Considering its size, it is actually quite impressive that the AeroMobil can reach a to[ speed of 200km/h in flight. It is also able to fly for around 700 kilometers before having to come down to re-fuel.

On the road, it can reach a top speed of 160km/h and will be able to travel for approximately 500 kilometers before needing to fill up.

The AeroMobil took its maiden flight in September last year, however, the incredible video of the first flight was only uploaded on to YouTube yesterday. This explains why there hasn’t been widespread media coverage of the AeroMobil.

We know you are probably frothing to see the video of the incredible AeroMobil. It is something quite spectacular, and makes us very excited for the future of automobiles. Perhaps we can all soon be like The Jetsons – now wouldn’t that be cool?

Check out the incredible video below:

Source: Popular Mechanics



BMW M3 Lime Rock Park Edition Lays Down 353 Horsepower on Dyno: Video 22
Jan
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, BMW, BMW M3, BMW M3 Lime Rock Park Edition, fever racing, Jacksonville, FL, video on 01 22nd, 2014
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Our good friends at Fever Racing in Tampa, Florida happen to tune and build out some amazing vehicles, which primarily consist of Nissan products including Datsuns and Infinitis. The other day they had a turn of normal events with a BMW M3 Lime Rock Park Edition in the garage. What do you do with such an awesome vehicle? Strap it to a dyno and see what it lays down to the rear wheels. Of course my first thought would have been to take it out and thrash it around a local track, or parking lot like we did during our review of this limited edition vehicle last year.

Also See: Interview with Doug Mitchell of Fever Racing Tampa, Florida

Just so happens that this fine example of the last E92 body-style BMW M3 with its naturally aspirated 4.0-liter V8 engine climbing to a harmonious 8,400 rpm laid down 353 horsepower on a quick dyno run.

From our exclusive 2013 BMW M3 Lime Rock Park Edition Review



Lexus Could Offer Aggressive Carbon Fiber Package For New RC F 22
Jan
Posted by Darryl in Auto Addiction, Automotive, LEXUS, Lexus RC, Lexus RC F, News on 01 22nd, 2014
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By now you have seen one of Toyota’s attempts to return to the enthusiast market with the FT-1 Concept and the new Lexus RC-F. Well, some are saying Toyota is going to take bold approaches to regain their placement in the enthusiast segment and to bring that notion home they will reportedly offer a carbon-fiber package that you see equipped here in the images.

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Now we don’t have many details on this alleged package as of yet. What we do know is some of the internet chatter is starting to call the RC-F a boy-racer car already. Not so sure considering it means business with a 460+ horsepower 5.0-liter V8 engine. What do you say about this folks?

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[source: autoblog.nl]



2014 BMW X5 xDrive35i Review & Test Drive 22
Jan
Posted by Harvey Schwartz in Automotive, BMW, BMW X5, SUV, Test Drives on 01 22nd, 2014
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In 1999 BMW introduced the industry’s first Sport Activity Vehicle segment with its go any place at any time attitude.  Since that time BMW has sold about 1.3 million X5 vehicles and after my seven-day test drive, this third-generation edition is the best so far.  As seen before this all-new 3rd. generation X5 sets new standards for luxury, versatility and of course, BMW’s fabled driving dynamics.  The class leading driving dynamics features BMW’s xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive that can be complemented by BMW’s Dynamic Performance Control as part of the optional (my test X5 has it) Dynamic Handling Package that includes Active Roll Stabilization providing an additional edge to  the X5’s sporty handling attributes as well as Dynamic Damper Control and its rear-axle air spring suspension.  I have a choice of Comfort or Sport setting by pushing a console-mounted button.  There is also an Eco mode button to increase my mpg specs. Besides being all-new, the X5 sDrive35i model is the first with rear-wheel drive.

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Among the elements that have set the BMW X5 apart in the SUV segment is its unique blend of sporty, elegant exterior styling and its luxurious, flexible interior ambiance.  These attributes have been enhanced with an entirely new design, inside and out.  Stunning, head-turning new styling is seen from any angle and the all-new X5 is outfitted with the latest in LED front and rear lighting technology.  Its distinctive appearance is once again defined by a short front overhang, long wheelbase, raked A-pillars and the short distance between the front axle and the leading edge of the front door.  The three dimensional design of the BMW kidney grille, set within the triangle of the dual round headlights and front foglamps, and the bumper’s X-shaped contour lines also identify it as a standout BMW.  The new X5 has a broad-set kidney grille that extends all the way to the headlight clusters which extend from the kidney grille all the way into the front fenders.  The signature four round headlights are trimmed by LED accent rings.  To provide a new look, the light rings are flattened along the bottom edge and overlapped at the top edge.  Sweeping chrome inserts and the prominently three-dimensional design of the lights underline the vehicle’s sophisticated character.  LED front foglamps come standard and my test X5 came equipped with the optional adaptive LED headlights that are identified by the horizontal light sources in the center of the rings.  The front apron with working side slits are positioned far to its outer edges and accentuate the wide track and planted stance of the new X5.  The striking underbody protection elements also provide a nod to its tough character.  Drag-reducing Air Curtains make their debut on a BMW X model.  These vertical apertures guide the incoming air around the wheel arches, where it creates a curtain of air over the wheels before making a controlled escape through the Air Breathers in the side of the front fenders.  The designs of the X5’s sides reflect the BMW X5’s power and sporting ability.  Precisely drawn lines rising up toward the rear build a wedge shape that draws attention to the dynamic character of the X5 and breaks up the taut surfaces around the flared front fenders, doors and rear wheel arches.  Each wheel arch features black contrasted trim pieces.  The resulting light and shadow effect brings out the athleticism and agility of this very fine Sports Activity Vehicle.  The upright nose of the X5, with its forward-thrusting BMW kidney grille, cuts an arresting figure from the side.  The familiar BMW character line rises steadily from the headlight units, through the door pulls and into the tail lights.  It combines with the character line extending from the upper edge of the Air Breathers and another, more obvious crease above the side skirts to stretch the figure-hugging surfaces of the car’s flanks powerfully to the rear.  Underbody panels enhance front to rear airflow for excellent stability at high speed. The large windows let in light giving the interior a more spacious feel and are fully wrapped with a thick chrome strip to enhance its luxury exterior look.  Also featured outside are the integral aluminum with rubber inserts running boards, body-colored pull-out door handles with LED lights for easy nighttime use.  Horizontal lines on the two-section power tailgate and around the rear apron emphasize the wide and robust stance.  The thin, three-dimensional LED light strips of the two-section, L-shaped rear lights create a striking nighttime look.  Plus, the new X5 is the brand’s first model to feature Aero Blades.  These black air-channeling elements are contiguous with the roof spoiler and help to optimize the car’s aerodynamic properties.  Up top are standard aluminum roof rails to extend the cargo-carrying capacity of the X5.  Down below the rear bumper are two, 4-inch round aluminum exhaust tips cut out at each end.  My test X5 came painted with new Sparkling Brown Metallic.

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The interior is both elegant and spacious with lots of light coming through the windows and the double panoramic sunroof that opens to the rear seating section.  The horizontal structure of the layered surfaces underlines the broad sweep of the instrument panel and reflects the impressive amount of space available on board.  The interior materials selected for the new X5 also play a role in shaping the exclusive onboard ambience.  The trim strip and accent strip extend into the front door panels and are picked up again in the rear door panels.  Red ambient lighting gives the interior a soft glow at night.  The dark Oak Wood Trim now sits atop a high-gloss black surface, which is bordered on its lower edge by an accent strip in Pearl Gloss Chrome.  The BMW Navigation system includes a touchpad and a freestanding 10.2 inch Control Display Monitor.  The displays for the dual-zone climate control/ventilation systems feature black panel technology.  The newly designed Dakota leather/heated seat surfaces are super comfortable and very supportive with 10-way power adjustment and 4-way lumbar support for comfortable long drives and features a 3-person memory with also includes the great leather-wrapped/power tilt/telescopic steering wheel and power-remote/heated/self-dimming sideview mirrors.  When I turned the X5 off the power steering column moved up and away for easy exit and entry.  Furthermore, I started the X5 by pushing the above mentioned dash-mounted button.  The signature BMW instrument cluster is straight-ahead and easy to see and understand with colored LEDs warning of system or safety failures.  My X5 test model also came with BMWs Head Up display which enables me to see my speed and other pertinent data without taking my eyes off the road.  The center console features dual cupholders and a deep storage bin with LED light and dual-opening armrest.  The stick shifter is perfectly placed and ergonomic to make using it so comfortable and direct.  The rear seats are split 40:20:40 which allows for load capacity to be increased in stages from 23cu.ft. to 66cu.ft.  This is 7% more than the last X5 model.  The rear also features heated outboard seats and a fold-down armrest with dual cupholders.  Additional storage compartments and door pockets can accommodate 1.5 liter bottles up front and 1-liter bottles in the rear that contribute to X5’s functionality both in day-to-day use and on longer trips.  The new X5 again comes with a split two-section tailgate.  The lower element can be folded down horizontally to form a single level with the load surface and the power tailgate operation for the upper section is standard.  All buttons, dials and switches are fully illuminated for safe nighttime traveling.

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Standard features inside not mentioned above includes all power express up/down windows, power door locks, self-dimming rearview mirror, soft close automatic doors, Bluetooth hands-free phone, satellite radio, universal garage door opener, enhanced USB connection, heated steering wheel, rear air outlets behind the front center console, dual lighted vanity mirrors, flip-down sunglass holder, grab handles above each door, dual map lights, rear LED reading lights, map pockets behind the front seatbacks, rain-sensing wipers/washers with a rear wiper/washer/ front headlight washers, AM/FM/CD/MP3 player audio system with HD radio and Surround Sound Speakers,

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My test all-new 2014 BMW xDrive35i is powered by BMW’s 3.0 liter TwinPower Turbo inline-6 engine.  It develops a maximum output of 300hp at 5,800rpm with peak torque of 300lb.ft. from 1,200-5,000rpm for excellent low end power.  The engine was the first BMW inline-6 to combine turbocharging, High Precision direct fuel injection and Valvetronic Double-VANOS steplessly variable intake technology.  It features a single, mid-sized turbocharger with a ‘twin-scroll’ housing to boost performance and minimize response lag.  Using Valvetronic for the first time on a turbocharged inline-6 allows the engine to ‘inhale’ air more efficiently for combustion with virtually no delay and with reduced pumping loss.  The new X5 xDrive35i accelerates from 0-60mph in just 6.2 seconds, 0.2 seconds quicker than last year’s model.

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All X5 models come standard with a smooth shifting eight-speed automatic transmission with sequential shifting and whose high internal efficiency, precision and short shift time helps to improve both efficiency and responsiveness.  There are three diving modes-Sport/Comfort/ECO PRO that I activated by pushing a console mounted button.  In ECO PRO mode, the engine management, accelerator response and transmission characteristics are systematically tailored to support a particularly fuel-efficient, low rpm driving style.  At the same time, ECO PRO mode also programs electrically powered functions like the climate control, heated seats and heated exterior mirrors for extra-efficient energy management.  In ECO PRO mode, a coasting function periodically decouples the engine from the rest of the powertrain whenever I eased off the accelerator at speeds between 30-100mph without then applying the brakes.  This allows the new BMW X5 to coast without engine braking, for maximized fuel efficiency.  In conjunction with the standard Navigation system, high fuel efficient ECO PRO navigation routes can be selected.  When the navigation system is activated the Proactive Driving Assistant function also tells me exactly when to ease off the accelerator when approaching corners or a speed –restricted section of road, in order to save fuel.  Along with the additional ECO PRO mode functions, the new BMW X5 also comes with many other BMW EfficientDynamics features.  These include Brake Energy Regeneration, Auto Start/Stop, on-demand operation of ancillary units, Electric Power Steering, and a variety of weight-and-drag reducing features.  Along with other measures, use of ultra-high-tensile steels in the body structure, thermoplastics in the front fenders, aluminum in the hood and magnesium in the instrument panel support all help to reduce curb weight (4,790lbs.).  Intelligent lightweight design also means that the increase in standard equipment compared to before does not translate to increased vehicle weight.  The curb weights of the X5 xDrive35i are reduced by approximately 170 pounds.  The BMW X5 also offers best-in-class aerodynamic design with standard air curtains, the air breather system, vertical aero blades at the rear window, air deflectors on the front wheel arches and a range of other detail improvements reduce drag and enhance fuel mileage to 18mpg/city and 27mpg/highway.

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The X5 xDrive35i comes with the xDrive that active manages the drive power split between the front and rear wheels at all times.  The latest power version of the xDrive power divider boasts optimized efficiency and a three pound reduction in weight.  xDrive’s control logic uses information about road speed, wheel speeds, steering angle and accelerator position to accurately interpret both the driver’s intentions and what the vehicle is actually doing, and then apportions power front-to-rear in order to get as much power as possible to the road.  BMW xDrive maximizes both traction and stability whatever the road and weather conditions, and also offers improved cornering dynamics by working to help counteract oversteer before I am even aware of the need.  With the optional Dynamic Performance Control, the drive power split can be even more finely controlled.  The electronically control DPC is integrated into the rear differential.  In combination with xDrive it takes handling dynamics and directional stability to new levels.  Dynamic Performance Control seamlessly varies the drive power split between the rear wheels (torque vectoring), with significant benefits in terms of steering response and road-holding at all speeds.  The stabilizing action of DPC remains in effect even when you lift off the accelerator while cornering.

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The electronically controlled power steering system is so responsive thanks to the 3-strut tower braces in the engine bay.  Two are attached in the rear and the front of the engine features a 1 inch thick brace for incredible rigidity that helps with keeping the front end flat during cornering.  These three strut tower braces also enhance the fully independent front double-wishbone and rear a multi-link suspension that features dynamic damper control and automatic rear self-leveling air-springs enhanced by the electronic logic system that adapts the damping characteristics to changing road condition and driving situations.  The Dynamic Handling Package maximizes both comfort and dynamics combining the components of Dynamic Damper Control, automatic rear self-leveling suspension, Dynamic Performance Control and Active Roll Stabilization.  The Dynamic Stability Control includes brake fade compensation, start-off assistant, brake drying and brake stand-by features with dynamic traction control and dynamic brake control.  The power-assisted brakes measure 13.6 inches up front with vented discs clamped with dual-piston calipers and 12.5 inch vented discs clamped with single-piston calipers in the rear.  My all-new X5 xDrive35i came shod with giant 19X8.5 inch light alloy wheels wrapped with 255.55R19 inch Goodyear Eagle RS all-season radial tires for a smooth quiet ride with excellent traction and grip.

2014 BMW X5 Rear Seats Done Small

Standard safety system aboard includes front/rear crumple zones with steel beams in each door, front active headrests, front airbags, front side impact airbags, front/rear side-curtain airbags, rear side impact airbags for outboard seats, 5-3-point safety belts with front pretensioners/load limiters, LATCH system for child seats, tire pressure monitoring, front/rear distance assist, a rear backup camera and BMW Assist eCall with a 10-year subscription.

2014 BMW X5 Cargo Hold Done Small

Well that’s a mouthful but the all-new 2014 BMW X5 xDrive35i has a lot to offer the consumer with loads of interior comfort, luxury and safety; stunning new looks, a high-tech powertrain, the latest in 4-wheel drive control and suspension technologies.  Starting price for the model is $55.100.00 and my loaded model stickered at $67,375.00.  This new BMW X5 was hard to give up after my seven-day test drive.

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COPYRIGHT: 2014: HARVEY SCHWARTZ

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: Base X5 xDrive35i $55,100 / As-Tested $67,375
  • Engine: 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline-6-cylinder 300 horsepower @ 5,800 rpm / 300 lb.ft. torque 1,200-5,000 rpm
  • Wheelbase: 115.5 inches
  • Total length: 193.2 inches
  • Total width: 76.3 inches
  • Total height: 62.4 inches
  • Track: f/r-64.7/65 inches
  • Ground clearance: 8.2 inches
  • Approach angle: 26-degress
  • Departure angle: 23-degrees
  • Ramp Breakover angle: 20-degress
  • Headroom: f/r-40.5/35.8 inches
  • Legroom: f/r-40.4/35.6 inches
  • Fuel tank: 22.4 gallons
  • Turning circle: 41.7 feet
  • Curb weight: 4,790 pounds


TFL’s Top 10 Cars at the Detroit Auto Show 22
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Posted by CarBlog Staff in Automotive News, Detroit-Auto-Show, Event Coverage, Events, Popular, Videos on 01 22nd, 2014

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While the Detroit Auto Show is still running until Saturday, the 26th, there are already so many things going on that we can’t keep track.

With some amazing debuts, tech advances and basically anything in the automotive industry you can think off being showcased at the show, it’s hard to keep up with all the latest (and super exciting) developments.

However, we did find a very interesting video that we thought we’d share with you.

The Fast Lane Car is a YouTube channel that features everything auto. Needless to say, they checked in at the Detroit Auto Show and picked their Top 10 Favourite Cars on show.

Check out their video below:

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