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    Yesterday, 04:40 PM
    The new CTS-V is finally getting into the hands of the magazines and Car and Driver is the first to publish their test figures. Now, before we delve into them we want to raise a bit of a red flag with Car and Driver's Cadillac results considering their major disparity in ATS-V testing. Is Car and Driver in bed with Cadillac? Is Cadillac sending tweaked press cars? Are the new Cadillac V models just spectacularly quick? Is it all of the above? Is it none? In all likelihood the CTS-V performs exactly as the numbers here show. We just want to point out that magazine numbers are harder to trust these days and to get the complete picture we need to see some independent results as well as a comparison with its competition for context. With that out of the way let's look at the figures for the 8L90 8-speed automatic equipped version. 0-60 in 3.6 which is highly impressive for a car with this level of torque and a positive displacement blower. 0-100 in 7.5. The 1/4 mile comes in 11.8 seconds at 124 miles per hour. It is essentially a lighter and faster M5. The CTS-V weighs 4129 pounds which puts it at roughly 250 pounds less than the BMW F10 M5 and roughly 450 pounds less than the Mercedes-AMG E63 S and Audi RS7. How about that, the Cadillac is the lightest of the bunch. Unfortunately Car and Driver did not provide a weight distribution figure but the Cadillac is likely balanced better than the nose heavy RS7 and E63. With grip in abundance as highlighted by .98g on the skidpad this car is going to be more playful than its rivals when hitting the turns. That is kind of the point. This thing can do more than just go fast in a straightline even though it should rule the highway compared to its German competition. The Cadillac is the lightest, likely the best handling, and also likely the autobahn king. Things sure are changing. Cadillac sure is pricing themselves like the Germans. The as tested figure of $95,290 is not cheap and certainly creeping up there. The CTS-V is offering German levels of refinement though, arguably better handling and performance, and is cheaper depending on how the cars are optioned out. It certainly is fair for Cadillac to price themselves the way they are considering what the vehicle offers. We will have to wait and see how it stacks up in direct comparisons but things are looking good thus far. The CTS-V is poised to be the cream of the luxury super sedan crop offering the best all around blend of price, performance, comfort, driver involvement, and luxury. Those traits used to be BMW's recipe for success. Specifications VEHICLE TYPE:front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan PRICE AS TESTED:$95,290 (base price: $84,990) ENGINE TYPE:supercharged and intercooled V-8, aluminum block and heads DISPLACEMENT:376 cu in, 6162 cc Power: 640 hp @ 6400 rpm Torque: 630 lb-ft @ 3600 rpm TRANSMISSION:8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode DIMENSIONS: Wheelbase: 114.6 in Length: 197.7 in Width: 72.2 in Height:57.2 in SAE interior volume: F:61 cu ft R: 42 cu ft Trunk: 14 cu ft Curb weight: 4129 lb C/D TEST RESULTS: Zero to 60 mph: 3.6 sec Zero to 100 mph: 7.5 sec Zero to 130 mph: 13.6 sec Zero to 150 mph: 17.4 sec Zero to 170 mph: 25.8 sec Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 3.8 sec Top gear, 30-50 mph: 2.0 sec Top gear, 50-70 mph: 2.1 sec Standing ľ-mile: 11.8 sec @ 124 mph Top speed (drag ltd, mfr's claim): 200 mph Braking, 70-0 mph: 149 ft Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.98 g FUEL ECONOMY: EPA city/highway (C/Dest): 14/20 mpg
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    Yesterday, 05:45 PM
    It has been a while since BMW introduced the M6 GT3 set to replace the Z4 GT3. BMW Motorsport director stated the 24 Hour Dubai and Daytona races in 2016 are what they are targeting, "Thatís obviously what I think customers would like to run and thatís what weíre clearly aiming at." Those are big endurance races and certainly a good time to make a debut. They are also still a ways off which means testing can continue and the car should be ready to go next year. What BMW is doing is tweaking and testing the car for privateer teams, "Thatís the focus of our development program is that we hand over a car to the customers thatís already developed, that not necessarily has raced in the hands of a works effort from our side. Itís competition. But as weíve said before and I would like to stress again, this is really customer racing. Therefore, for us, itís not an option to enter a prototype on a works level and compete against our customers or potential customers. This is customer racing and nothing but." Do not expect a factory backed effort with the M6 as you saw with the Z4 and M3 previously. As a reminder the M6 GT3 features a 500 horsepower 4.4 liter twin turbo V8 based on the S63TU engine design with a dry sump oiling system. The power is routed through a six speed sequential manual gearbox. With a dry weight of 2866 pounds it should move quite quickly.
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    Yesterday, 06:42 PM
    We spend most of our time on speed and power here but it never hurts to look good while going fast. This 6-Series certainly looks good with the Prior-Design F13 650i widebody kit. The fitment and paint all look to be very well done almost as if OEM. Which is interesting as we have members here who have purchased Prior-Design products only to report poor fitment. There certainly is likely a difference between the cars and parts used for marketing such as this and what customers actually get simply based on reports and results posted on this network. That said, this particular example of Prior-Design's work combined with wheels from Vossen certainly looks good. Brembo brakes and a GT Haus Meisterschaft exhaust help finish things off.
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    Yesterday, 06:21 PM
    Finally some concrete details on what we have all known was coming since 2013. PorscheBoost speculated over a year ago that up to 2.5 liters of displacement would be offered if Porsche used a modular architecture. We do not have the bore and stroke figures yet to confirm but it looks like we predicted this accurately. Porsche will give the base cars a 2.0 liter turbo boxer motor and the Cayman and Boxster S and GTS variants will get a 2.5 liter variant. The GT4 will remain naturally aspirated with its 3.8 liter flat-6 but this is a limited model anyway. The current rumor is this: Boxster/Cayman 240 horsepower 2.0-litre flat four turbo Boxster S/Cayman S 300 horsepower 2.5-litre flat four turbo Boxster GTS/Cayman GTS 370 horsepower 2.5-litre flat four turbo We do trust these numbers floating around the internet as Porsche always historically does incremental horsepower upgrades. We expect things to look more like this: Boxster/Cayman 280 horsepower 2.0-litre flat four turbo Boxster S/Cayman S 330-340 horsepower 2.5-litre flat four turbo Boxster GTS/Cayman GTS 350-380 horsepower 2.5-litre flat four turbo Torque of course is up with the turbo powerplants but the idea of Porsche taking power down goes against what they always do with updates. It is too early to tell right now so people are just guessing, ourselves included. PorscheBoost just believes it guesses better. Source
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