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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:14 PM
    The video below was published in early April but the results were published by MotorTrend back in early March. As we already know what happened there is little point in rehashing the comparison although it is enjoyable to see the cars with a video accompanying the text of course. The reason we are posting this follow up is to do our part in making sure Porsche receives praise for the 918 Spyder and how they are going about testing. Porsche is just giving the keys to the magazines and telling them to go nuts. They aren't sending engineering teams to accompany testing. They aren't saying they will pull advertising. They are not making any threats. They are not trying to control the terms. They are simply letting the car do the talking. Isn't that how it is supposed to be? Last year Porsche had no problem having EVO compare the 918 Spyder and McLaren P1. Ferrari was nowhere to be found deciding to hide in Maranello and act like they are (they were) better than everyone else instead. McLaren unlike Porsche requested a retest on different tires and this changed the results EVO achieved. They pulled something similar with MotorTrend. Porsche just smiled and accepted the original results. They did not bother to change the conditions of the test. Changing the conditions of the test is what Ferrari does best. The latest MotorTrend LaFerrari test illustrates that brilliantly. MotorTrend was allowed to test the LaFerrari under Ferrari's watchful eye on Ferrari's test circuit under Ferrari's terms. Ferrari pulled strings to prevent an independent LaFerrari MotorTrend had lined up from being tested in this particular comparison though. Do you respect that? This network doesn't. Yes, the LaFerrari, along with the 918 and P1 are tremendous achievements. They should all be celebrated. Ferrari has managed to suck the fun and automotive enthusiasm out of this latest generation of supercars. The LaFerrari may actually be the best car of the trio but Ferrari's attitude has dampened what should be a cheerful chapter in automotive history. The point ultimately is, if your car can't speak for you at this level why are you even bothering to play? There is some pride involved, isn't there? But there should also be respect of the competition. Should poor sportsmanship be rewarded? Ferrari shows no respect to the 918 Spyder or the McLaren P1 or anyone but themselves. Therefore they do not deserve any respect from anyone else.
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    Yesterday, 12:00 PM
    Americans love trucks. Americans also have some very big trucks as the picture below illustrates. Competing on the full-size truck side with the Americans is not easy and the Ford F-Series for example is one of the best selling vehicles of all time and perennially near or at the top of the sales list. So, yes, Americans love to buy trucks. What you see below in the middle is a little truck called the Rabbit from Volkswagen. It had a diesel engine option and being based on the late 70's Rabbit platform was fairly tiny. It definitely looks dwarfed here with a Japanese full size to the left and an F250 to the right. Can anyone name a small truck with a solid diesel option available in the US today? What about even mid-size? Even the Americans are lacking in this area. There is an area of the truck to market to exploit yet Volkswagen seems reluctant even though they have the Amarok. Volkswagen, you want to pick up sales. You are considering entering the US truck market. What's wrong with you guys? Sandwich yourselves between the goliaths with a solid small truck option offering a diesel and watch the sales rise. That, or you continue to wonder why your US sales slump.
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    Yesterday, 02:11 PM
    Well, more LaFerrari test numbers are coming out but they all are being released in a very controlled fashion. What does this mean? It means you should question them. The vast majority of the figures are similar to what Car and Driver published from their test with the LaFerrari at Fiorano earlier this month. So MotorTrend flew out to Italy and got their turn. They at least admit somewhat the figures can be skewed by including that the tests were performed on a negative 1.4 degree grade. This definitely has an effect. Car and Driver got 0-60 in 2.5 seconds, 0-100 in 4.8, and the 1/4 mile in 9.8 @ 150. MotorTrend got 0-60 in 2.4, 0-100 in 4.8, and the 1/4 mile in 9.7 @ 148.5. So, almost a mirror of each other on different days. Would it kill them to list times to the hundredth? So what do you make of these numbers? The car is fast. But when the FIAT CEO and the big dog at FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) Sergio Marchionne need to be in attendance during the test you know this is no average test. That among the hundreds of other support technicians, official test drivers, PR people, etc. This is controlled marketing at this point. If the only tests we are going to get are like this where everyone goes to Ferrari and Ferrari has a microscope over you we will not get any meaningful comparisons. Ok, the car is fast. It sets Fiorano Ferrari test track records with their own drivers. Now how about it goes up against the 918 Spyder and McLaren P1? And not on Ferrari's home turf? Here is an interesting tidbit on the weight, see if you believe it: "We start by watching a few techs jack the car up onto scales. After verifying a full tank, we huddle around the readout, which shows 3,495 pounds split 39 percent front and 61 percent rear. An engineer says the pile of data loggers Ferrari installed in the footwell adds roughly 10 pounds. We didn't have time to remove the equipment, so we didn't subtract its claimed weight. This LaFerrari weighs 84 pounds more than the McLaren P1 and 263 pounds less than the all-wheel-drive Porsche 918." Heavier than the P1. With a full tank of gas. Ferrari goes to the level of pointing out the test equipment adds weight. Do you trust this LaFerrari the CEO comes in to watch be tested is the same as every other LaFerrari? Because that seems a bit naive. We still await a real test. Ferrari LaFerrari POWERTRAIN/CHASSIS DRIVETRAIN LAYOUT Mid-engine, RWD ENGINE TYPE 65-deg V-12, alum block/heads, plus AC electric motor VALVETRAIN DOHC, 4 valves/cyl DISPLACEMENT 382.1 cu in/6,262 cc COMPRESSION RATIO 13.5:1 BATTERY TYPE Lithium-ion POWER (SAE NET) 789 hp @ 9,000 rpm (gas)*/161 hp (elec)/950 hp (comb) TORQUE (SAE NET) 516 lb-ft @ 6,750 rpm/664 lb-ft (comb) REDLINE 9,250 rpm WEIGHT TO POWER 3.7 lb/hp TRANSMISSION 7-speed twin-clutch auto. AXLE/FINAL-DRIVE RATIO 4.38:1/3.02:1 SUSPENSION, FRONT; REAR Control arms, coil springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar; multi-link, coil springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar STEERING RATIO 11.3:1 TURNS LOCK-TO-LOCK 1.9 BRAKES, F;R 15.7-in vented, drilled carbon ceramic disc; 15.0-in vented, drilled carbon ceramic disc, ABS WHEELS, F;R 9.5 x 19-in; 12.5 x 20-in, forged aluminum TIRES, F;R 265/30R19 93Y; 345/30R20 106Y Pirelli P Zero Corsa DIMENSIONS WHEELBASE 104.3 in TRACK, F/R 66.2/63.5 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 185.1 x 78.4 x 43.9 in TURNING CIRCLE 38.4 ft CURB WEIGHT 3,495 lb WEIGHT DIST., F/R 39/61 % SEATING CAPACITY 2 CARGO VOLUME 1.4 cu ft TEST DATA ACCELERATION TO MPH** 0-30 1.1 sec 0-40 1.5 0-50 1.9 0-60 2.4 0-70 2.9 0-80 3.5 0-90 4.1 0-100 4.8 0-110 5.6 0-120 6.5 0-130 7.5 0-140 8.7 0-150 10.0 PASSING, 45-65 MPH 1.0 QUARTER MILE 9.7 sec @ 148.5 mph BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 95 ft 1.9-MI ROAD COURSE LAP 1:20.84 TOP-GEAR REVS @ 60 MPH 2,600 rpm CONSUMER INFO BASE PRICE $1,400,000 PRICE AS TESTED $1,400,000 STABILITY/TRACTION CONTROL Yes/Yes AIRBAGS Dual front, front side BASIC WARRANTY 3 yrs/Unlimited miles POWERTRAIN WARRANTY 3 yrs/Unlimited miles ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE 3 yrs/Unlimited miles FUEL CAPACITY 22.7 gal EPA CITY/HWY/COMB ECON 12/16/14 mpg ENERGY CONS., CITY/HWY 281/211 kW-hrs/100 miles CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 1.43 lb/mile RECOMMENDED FUEL Unleaded premium *Including dynamic ram-air effect at speed. **Tested on 1.4 percent downhill grade
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:40 PM
    Well, the 1000 wheel horsepower barrier has been broken but it was not achieved boost only but with nitrous. That's fine, a record a is a record and the LT4 is taking (for the moment) over 1000 horsepower at the wheels on the stock internals. The torque hit from a big shot of nitrous is not exactly easy on a motor. This is somewhat similar to how LMR went about their standard C7 stingray LT1 dyno pull records. They would hit a certain number on boost then inflate it with nitrous for a new record. It's cool and all but is it really that difficult to throw on a huge a shot of nitrous and pray the engine holds together? The car makes 750 rear wheel horsepower on boost alone. When they get it up over 1000 wheel horsepower on boost alone let us know. Until then, yes, this is a record, and yes, the LT4 is handling over 1000 wheel horsepower and 964 lb-ft at the wheels (sporadically).
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    Yesterday, 11:40 AM
    Many of you are familiar with this E39 M5 that features an S52 swap and it belongs to BimmerBoost member @Omni. The car has capability for over 700 horsepower at the wheels and earlier this year we witnessed it destroy a tuned BMW F13 M6 Gran Coupe on the highway. @Omni's M5 is no joke. Neither is the twin screw supercharged 707 horsepower Hellcat V8 under the hood of the Charger which shows mid 600's to wheels stock. The main problem for the Hellcat is its weight as it has roughly 500 pounds on the E39 M5. It shows and it gets beaten but it does hang in better than the M6 Gran coupe did which considering that it is stock makes its performance all the more impressive. @Omni did not state if he was in kill mode but to play with a Hellcat on the highway and pull away up top it is going take some serious wheel horsepower well above 600 especially for an E39 chassis. Impressive.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:17 PM
    So how big of a difference is higher octane ethanol making over pump gas with a tune on the Hemi Hellcat twin screw supercharged V8? A big difference. A massive difference. SeriousHP in Houston, Texas got another 81 horsepower at the wheels and an additional 70 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. All from E85 and upgraded injectors along with a Kenne-Bell Boost A Pump. The thing is, this is not even as far as it could go. The tuning is being done through the HP Tuners software and the software does not yet have complete control over the transmission so torque is being limited on shifts. They want to rev it about a further as well. These are very large gains just a month after SeriousHP Houston posted tune only results on pump gas. The gains here are somewhat exaggerated though as tune only SeriousHP hit 706 RWHP previously. With the tuning software offering better TCM support and with a new pulley for higher boost added we should see Hellcats easily up over 800 wheel horsepower with just the basic bolt ons. Incredible.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:20 PM
    These four German SUV's are not the biggest or strongest their respective brands create. Porsche for example has the Cayenne Turbo S which is a twin turbo V8 powered monster. However, although the Macan Turbo may not have the Cayenne Turbo S raw grunt it is lighter and far more tossable. These SUV's are actually about spirited driving, Yes, the SUV platform has evolved to be more of a do everything type of car than an off-road vehicle. Speaking from experience you can have a lot of fun driving a sport SUV. Of course it will not replace a sports car but for someone who perhaps has to compromise (wife, kids, all that stuff) these cars can often roll everything into one. Ok, soliloquy over. Which of these is the best? The answer is, that depends. The vehicles here take differing approaches. Let's look at the curb weights ordered from lightest to heaviest: Mercedes GLA45 AMG 3646 BMW X4 xDrive35i 4240 Audi SQ5 4373 Porsche Macan Turbo 4544 That is a pretty big spread there of almost 900 pounds from lightest to heaviest. The X4, SQ5, and Macan are more in the same class and something like the Mercedes GLC would be a better fit against these. That said, the light weight of the GLA45 AMG in this company makes it very fun to drive despite having the smallest engine with a 2.0 liter four-cylinder. The GLA45 AMG also happens to be the quickest and fastest of the bunch with a 1/4 mile sprint of 12.8 @ 107.9. The power to weight advantage really shows. The GLA45 AMG is the quickest, fastest, lightest, and best handling. If one wants the sportiest SUV of this bunch that is the choice and MotorTrend got it right. They also got it right with the X4 bringing up the rear. BMW, what are you doing? Ouch, what a beatdown. If you want to tow however and actually get some utility out of your SUV the SQ5 is likely the best choice. The torque from the supercharged motor and the automatic transmission would be best for actual work. Not a perfect but certainly interesting comparison nonetheless. 1st Place: Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG Certainly not the most “mature” crossover here, the GLA45 AMG’s playful demeanor and serious performance cred earn it the gold. 2nd Place: Porsche Macan Turbo The tremendously capable (and tremendously expensive) Macan Turbo misses out on first place by a nose—and about 20 grand. 3rd Place: Audi SQ5 That Porsche is nice, but if value were a larger part of the equation, the SQ5 might have shaken things up a bit more than it did. 4th Place: BMW X4 xDrive35i The BMW X4 is neither a convincing coupe nor a true performance SUV. 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG 2015 Porsche Macan Turbo POWERTRAIN/CHASSIS DRIVETRAIN LAYOUT Front-engine, AWD Front-engine, AWD ENGINE TYPE Turbocharged I-4, alum block/head Twin-turbo 90-deg V-6, alum block/heads VALVETRAIN DOHC, 4 valves/cyl DOHC, 4 valves/cyl DISPLACEMENT 121.5 cu in/1,991cc 220.0 cu in/3,605cc COMPRESSION RATIO 8.6:1 10.5:1 POWER (SAE NET) 355 hp @ 6,000 rpm 400 hp @ 6,000 rpm TORQUE (SAE NET) 332 lb-ft @ 2,250 rpm 406 lb-ft @ 1,350 rpm REDLINE 6,250 rpm 6,800 rpm WEIGHT TO POWER 10.3 lb/hp 11.4 lb/hp TRANSMISSION 7-speed twin-clutch automatic 7-speed twin-clutch automatic AXLE/FINAL-DRIVE RATIO 4.13:1/1.98:1 4.13:1/2.15:1 SUSPENSION, FRONT; REAR Struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar; multi-link, coil springs, anti-roll bar Multi-link, air springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar; multi-link, air springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar STEERING RATIO 15.2:1 14.3:1 TURNS LOCK-TO-LOCK 2.5 2.6 BRAKES, F;R 13.8-in vented disc; 13.0-in vented disc, ABS 14.2-in vented disc; 14.0-in vented disc, ABS WHEELS, F;R 8.0 x 20 in, cast aluminum 9.0 x 21 in; 10.0 x 21 in, forged aluminum TIRES, F;R 235/40R20 96Y Continental ContiSportContact 5P 265/40R21 101Y; 295/35R21 103Y Michelin Latitude Sport 3 DIMENSIONS WHEELBASE 106.3 in 110.5 in TRACK, F/R 61.7/61.7 in 65.2/65.0 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 174.9 x 71.0 x 58.2 in 185.0 x 76.1 x 63.4-65.4 in GROUND CLEARANCE 4.8 in 7.1-9.1 in APPRoaCH/DEPART ANGLE 11.9/18.3 deg 19.7-26.6/18.5-25.3 deg TURNING CIRCLE 38.8 ft 39.2 ft CURB WEIGHT 3,646 lb 4,544 lb WEIGHT DIST, F/R 60/40% 55/45% TOWING CAPACITY Not recommended 4,400 lb SEATING CAPACITY 5 5 HEADROOM, F/R 36.9/36.7 in 38.1/37.7 in (est) LEGROOM, F/R 41.9/33.9 in 41.0/37.4 in (est) SHOULDER ROOM, F/R 54.8/53.1 in 57.7/56.4 in (est) CARGO VOL BEH F/R 42.0/11.8 cu ft 53.0/17.7 cu ft TEST DATA ACCELERATION TO MPH 0-30 1.5 sec 1.4 sec 0-40 2.2 2.2 0-50 3.1 3.1 0-60 4.3 4.2 0-70 5.5 5.6 0-80 7.0 7.1 0-90 8.8 9.0 0-100 10.9 11.3 PASSING, 45-65 MPH 2.2 2.3 QUARTER MILE 12.8 sec @ 107.9 mph 12.9 sec @ 106.2 mph BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 103 ft 102 ft LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.93 g (avg) 0.90 g (avg) MT FIGURE EIGHT 25.0 sec @ 0.78 g (avg) 25.0 sec @ 0.78 g (avg) TOP-GEAR REVS @ 60 MPH 1,450 rpm 1,800 rpm CONSUMER INFO BASE PRICE $49,225 $73,295 PRICE AS TESTED $65,985 $84,850 STABILITY/TRACTION CONTROL Yes/Yes Yes/Yes AIRBAGS Dual front, f/r side, f/r curtain, front knee Dual front, f/r side, f/r curtain, front knee BASIC WARRANTY 4 yrs/50,000 miles 4 yrs/50,000 miles POWERTRAIN WARRANTY 4 yrs/50,000 miles 4 yrs/50,000 miles ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE Unlimited 4 yrs/50,000 miles FUEL CAPACITY 16.9 gal 19.8 gal EPA CITY/HWY/COMB ECON 23/29/25 mpg 17/23/19 mpg ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 147/116 kW-hrs/100 miles 198/147 kW-hrs/100 miles CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 0.76 lb/mile 1.01 lb/mile RECOMMENDED FUEL Unleaded premium Unleaded premium REAL MPG, CITY/HWY/COMB 25.3/31.9/27.9 mpg 16.9/21.6/18.8 mpg 2015 Audi SQ5 2015 BMW X4 xDrive35i POWERTRAIN/CHASSIS DRIVETRAIN LAYOUT Front-engine, AWD Front-engine, AWD ENGINE TYPE Supercharged 90-deg V-6, alum block/heads Turbocharged I-6, alum block/head VALVETRAIN DOHC, 4 valves/cyl DOHC, 4 valves/cyl DISPLACEMENT 182.8 cu in/2,995cc 181.7 cu in/2,979cc COMPRESSION RATIO 10.3:1 10.0:1 POWER (SAE NET) 354 hp @ 6,000 rpm 300 hp @ 5,800 rpm TORQUE (SAE NET) 347 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm 300 lb-ft @ 1,200 rpm REDLINE 6,800 rpm 7,000 rpm WEIGHT TO POWER 12.4 lb/hp 14.1 lb/hp TRANSMISSION 8-speed automatic 8-speed automatic AXLE/FINAL-DRIVE RATIO 3.08:1/2.05:1 3.39:1/2.26:1 SUSPENSION, FRONT; REAR Multi-link, coil springs, anti-roll bar; multi-link, coil springs, anti-roll bar Struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar; multi-link, coil springs, anti-roll bar STEERING RATIO 15.9:1 16.4:1 TURNS LOCK-TO-LOCK 2.8 2.2 BRAKES, F;R 15.0-in vented disc; 13.0-in vented disc, ABS 12.9-in vented disc; 13.0-in vented disc, ABS WHEELS, F;R 8.5 x 20 in, cast aluminum 8.5 x 20 in; 10.0 x 20 in, cast aluminum TIRES, F;R 255/45R20 101V M+S Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D 245/40R20 99Y; 275/35R20 102Y Pirelli P Zero DIMENSIONS WHEELBASE 110.5 in 110.6 in TRACK, F/R 64.2/64.0 in 62.8/63.4 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 183.0 x 75.2 x 65.3 in 184.3 x 74.1 x 63.9 in GROUND CLEARANCE 7.9 in 8.0 in APPRoaCH/DEPART ANGLE 25.0/20.0 deg 26.0/23.0 deg TURNING CIRCLE 38.1 ft 39.0 ft CURB WEIGHT 4,373 lb 4,240 lb WEIGHT DIST, F/R 54/46% 51/49% TOWING CAPACITY 4,400 lb 3,500 lb SEATING CAPACITY 5 5 HEADROOM, F/R 38.1/37.7 in 40.0/37.4 in LEGROOM, F/R 41.0/37.4 in 40.4/34.8 in SHOULDER ROOM, F/R 57.7/56.4 in 57.2/56.0 in CARGO VOL BEH F/R 57.3/29.1 cu ft 49.4/17.7 cu ft TEST DATA ACCELERATION TO MPH 0-30 1.6 sec 1.8 sec 0-40 2.3 2.7 0-50 3.3 3.8 0-60 4.4 5.2 0-70 5.8 6.9 0-80 7.4 8.9 0-90 9.4 11.4 0-100 11.8 14.4 PASSING, 45-65 MPH 2.3 2.8 QUARTER MILE 13.1 sec @ 104.2 mph 13.9 sec @ 98.8 mph BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 123 ft 113 ft LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.82 g (avg) 0.85 g (avg) MT FIGURE EIGHT 26.5 sec @ 0.72 g (avg) 26.2 sec @ 0.71 g (avg) TOP-GEAR REVS @ 60 MPH 1,550 rpm 1,600 rpm CONSUMER INFO BASE PRICE $53,625 $48,950 PRICE AS TESTED $59,525 $64,525 STABILITY/TRACTION CONTROL Yes/Yes Yes/Yes AIRBAGS Dual front, f/r side, f/r curtain Dual front, front side, f/r curtain BASIC WARRANTY 4 yrs/50,000 miles 4 yrs/50,000 miles POWERTRAIN WARRANTY 4 yrs/50,000 miles 4 yrs/50,000 miles ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE 4 yrs/50,000 miles 4 yrs/Unlimited FUEL CAPACITY 19.8 gal 17.7 gal EPA CITY/HWY/COMB ECON 17/24/19 mpg 19/27/22 mpg ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 211/147 kW-hrs/100 miles 177/125 kW-hrs/100 miles CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 1.05 lb/mile 0.88 lb/mile RECOMMENDED FUEL Unleaded premium Unleaded premium REAL MPG, CITY/HWY/COMB 20.8/29.4/24.0 mpg 16.2/24.4/19.0 mpg
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:41 PM
    Are you used to the new Mercedes SUV naming scheme yet? Yeah, me either. Regardless, this will be the new mid-size SUV in the lineup. Essentially, slotting in behind the GLA-Class but under the GLE-Class. Mercedes will take on the BMW X4 and Porsche Macan with this car. Let's go over the styling first. As this is a concept car, do not expect the production version to look like this. Mercedes does this all the time. They launch an awesome concept to drum up attention and show what they are capable of only to redact almost everything in production. You think the GLC will really have those exhaust tips when it goes on sale? No way. It also will not have those diffusers, the same stance, wheels, etc. Expect the same basic shape and the lights. As far as the models there will be a GLC63 AMG. This makes up for the letdown in Mercedes-AMG not building a GLK63 AMG. A GLC63 AMG is the perfect SUV for taking the fight to the other Germans in the mid-size performance SUV segment that Mercedes is already winning with the GLA45 AMG let alone a M177 twin turbo V8 powered car offering over 500 horses. Let the debate on the styling commence. Mercedes-Benz Concept GLC Coupé The next coup Stuttgart / Shanghai. In a flowing transition, Mercedes-Benz lands the next coup: the Concept GLC Coupé is a near-production-standard study that carries the successful GLE Coupé formula over into a more compact segment. The dynamically expressive show car combines typical stylistic features of a coupé with the sensually pure design idiom of coming SUV generations. This emotively appealing fusion is further enriched with details that are strong in character. A twin-blade radiator grille, powerdomes on the hood and a four-pipe exhaust system form an aesthetic contrast to the harmonious, almost organic main body section. On the other hand, elements from the rugged off-road world, such as enormous 21-inch tires, front and rear underbody protection, increased ground clearance and side running boards, are indicative of the off-road performance potential of the Concept GLC Coupé. Gorden Wagener, Head of Design at Daimler AG, puts it in a nutshell: "With its modern and sensual design idiom, the Concept GLC Coupé gives a foretaste of future SUV models from Mercedes-Benz. At the same time, it embraces the typical values of tradition-steeped Mercedes-Benz coupés". The same successful blend of the multifunctional SUV and the emotively appealing coupé world of Mercedes-Benz that was so enthusiastically welcomed with the GLE Coupé is now repeated with the Concept GLC Coupé. However, the near- production-standard show car inhabits a more compact segment, as demonstrated by the external length of 186.2 inches (4.73 meters) and the 111.4 inch (2.83- meter) wheelbase. These two dimensions, together with the striking and muscular main body section, elongated greenhouse and large 21-inch wheels, provide an ideal basis for the typical, almost dramatic proportions of the sportily youthful coupé generation with the characteristic off-road touch. Distinctive front end, sculptural headlamp design At the front, a short, crisp overhang with upright radiator grille and twin-blade louvre so characteristic of sporty Mercedes-Benz models give a first indication of the sporty philosophy behind the Concept GLC Coupé. The credo "Born to race on every ground" is confirmed by the powerdomes on the hood, the sweeping lines of the A-wing below the radiator grille, the large side air intakes and the visually dominant underbody protection. Like all the trim elements on the concept vehicle, this typical SUV feature radiates in silver shadow to form an attractive counterpoint to the solar-beam paintwork and the all-round claddings in matte gun metal magno paintwork. Reminiscent of light sculptures, striking LED headlamps decisively shape the expressive face of the Concept GLC Coupé. All functions are united in one housing: for illumination, the daytime running lamps and turn indicators use the upper strip inserts, dubbed "eyebrows" by the designers. Below them are three rotating lenses, which appear to positively float in the deep, three-dimensional space and which adapt to the situation to optimally illuminate the road or terrain. Of course, the headlamps are non-dazzling for oncoming traffic in lower beam, upper beam, cornering light or active light mode. This is achieved by blanking out the light cone in the area of oncoming vehicles. Side profile with low-slung coupé greenhouse and large SUV wheels The perfection with which the intrinsically contrary design worlds of the coupé and the SUV have been brought into harmony with each other is revealed in particular by a side view of the just under 63 inch high (1.60-metre) Concept GLC Coupé with the typical, elongated roof line of a sports coupé. Like the integrated roof rails and fully recessed door handles, the squat greenhouse with its frameless side windows blends perfectly into the vehicle's flanks to additionally underscore the coupé-like character. The interplay with the high beltline, wide shoulders and accentuated wheel lips gives rise to extreme proportions that lend the Concept GLC Coupé a thrilling dynamism. This highly charged interaction is given extra emphasis by the drawn-in waist between the dropping line and the lower, rearwards ascending light- catching contour. A clear indication of the more prominent SUV genes is given by sill extensions reminiscent of the side running boards on a classic SUV. Flush with the outside edge of the body, wide 21-inch wheels with large, heavily profiled tires combine with the relatively high ground clearance to endorse the sportily dynamic off-road ambitions of the Concept GLC Coupé. Rear end with distinct coupé heritage The rear view of the precisely 78.7 inch (two-metre) wide Concept GLC Coupé in particular reveals the wide, muscular shoulders with harmoniously modelled wheel arches that house 21-inch (53.3 cm) wheels with 285/45 R 21 wide-base tires. The four polished stainless-steel tailpipes of the exhaust system provide a visual highlight. Mounted in pairs above an A-wing similar to the one at the front and featuring characteristic underbody protection, the tailpipes underscore the sporty look of the coupé. Overall, it is the styling of the rear end that most clearly accentuates the coupé genes of the concept vehicle. Narrow, split tail lights, centrally positioned brand star and a sharp spoiler lip emphasize a design line that made its debut with the S-Class Coupé and which all Mercedes-Benz coupé models have since followed. Relocated to the lower section of the bumper, the number plate as well as the typical form of the rear window with its rounded upper area are among the further stylistic features. The night design of the LED tail lights sets a new tone. Adapted from the headlamps, the strips at the top are home to the turn indicators, which use chasing lights to signal a change of direction. A circular rear light encloses a central lens that adaptively augments the brake lamp for even better visibility. Technical details provide a stimulating contrast Hard technical details give an additional emotive appeal to the Concept GLC Coupé with its almost organic form of the main body section. For example, excitingly designed components such as two-part, open light-alloy wheels, wing-look exterior mirrors and the already mentioned four exhaust tailpipes set a deliberate stylistic contrast intended to underscore the technological claim of the show car. The same goes for the underbody protection with front and rear cooling ducts and the headlamps and tail lights, which resemble light sculptures. Power aplenty: all-wheel-drive powertrain producing 367 hp The drive technology aboard the Concept GLC Coupé matches the vehicle's looks. A V6 powerplant delivering 367 hp (270 kW) and 384 lb-ft (520 Nm) makes for a highly sporty level of performance. Familiar from AMG sports models, the direct- injection biturbo engine is teamed with a 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission and 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive to provide the show car with emphatic acceleration while at the same time giving an acoustically audible note to the impressive performance. Depending on the transmission mode setting, the tailpipes give off either a commandingly subdued rumble or the passionate sound of a high-powered sports car. Extension to the SUV world of Mercedes-Benz The SUV world of Mercedes-Benz has room for further models, such as a production version of the Concept GLC Coupé. The wide range of models allows customers the flexibility to order a tailor-made vehicle to suit their personal preferences. At the same time, the show car would enrich the trendsetting coupé world of Mercedes-Benz with a new all-rounder while providing a logical addition to models such as the four-door coupés. In addition to spawning entirely new classes of vehicle, these models have also exerted a considerable impact on the model policies of all manufacturers. They have also proved an outstanding success on the sales front.
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    Today, 04:09 AM
    Lets be honest, the car did great. Ran 11's? Most people wouldn't have thought that possible in a commercially viable electric sedan. The fact that it can be compared to a hellcat at all is astounding. Hellcat should be embarrassed it didn't win by more if in fact it were half as dominant as you make it sound.
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  • DavidV's Avatar
    Today, 03:38 AM
    Mmm, I don't remember any of these peole being here when I posted this. And with all the security measures involved I definitely should have... I think the balance is changing on that somewhat. They used to have the monopoly on hypercars, but with all the new models and car options from other manufacturers coming out now, that must eat into Ferrari's pie of sales. And their attitude of not racing unless they call the shots used to be a more hidden knowledge, but it is all in the open now. They don't even try to conceal that any more. That must hurt their sales as well. It's becoming more a brand of posers and pussy's who don't race their cars against other brands which are fast... Ferrari nowadays is cockey and if they don't allow customercars to be raced against other customercars of other brands that will hurt them in the long run.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:37 PM
    Oh... so you're just a hypocrite. He's right. I made him post this from my computer after a priest blessed the keyboard with holy water and I made sure to be looking over his shoulder as he typed along with the pope, Obama, Oprah, and the Secretary General of the United Nations.
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  • TT C6's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:03 PM
    Sticky accusing Ferrari of being egomaniacal censors is hypocrisy at it's finest. Ferrari is a pillar of the auto world, and still offers the most beautiful looking and sounding cars on the road. Sticky, on the other hand, has absolutely nothing to offer but censorship. Ironic. For what it's worth, I don't approve of the games that Ferrari plays. But, they're Ferrari. They can do whatever they want and the rich will continue to buy them for the name, and the rest of us will continue to enjoy them for the fantasies that they are. Real performance guys still choose Corvettes and 911 over Ferrari.
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