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    Yesterday, 06:13 PM
    Remember earlier this month when it was rumored that Jaguar was looking to make a more hardcore performance oriented F-Type coupe? Well, it sure looks like that car is on the way as it has been spotted testing sporting carbon ceramic brakes along with with some aggressive aerodynamic changes. Jaguar reportedly is targeting 400 pounds of weight loss but that seems very optimistic. If they could pull even a couple hundred pounds out of the car that would be incredible. Especially considering that the supercharged 5.0 liter V8 is expected to get a power bump into the 600 horsepower range. A bit of weight savings will no doubt come from the carbon ceramic brakes but where else Jaguar will cut weight is anyone's guess. It is interesting to note that this is the convertible F-Type which means the RS trim will likely be available for both the coupe and convertible. It is nice to see Jaguar taking performance so seriously. They did not put a roll cage in a convertible test car just for fun.
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    Today, 03:04 AM
    By now you are well aware that Mercedes offers the 4Matic all wheel drive system for the facelifted CLS63 and E63 AMG models. So what happens when you put the pre-facelift rear wheel drive 63 AMG model up against the facelifted 4Matic all wheel drive model on the dragstrip? Even a casual automotive enthusiast would likely guess that the result would have the all wheel drive car showing the quicker ET (elapsed time) whereas the rear wheel drive car would have the higher trap speed. That is usually the case although by no means an automotive law. It is what happens in the drag race below though and that is partially due to both cars wearing street rubber. Soft drag rubber is pretty much a necessity for a high torque rear wheel drive vehicle to get good traction off the line at the strip. Now, this is not exactly apples to apples as the C218 CLS63 has an ECU tune. The W212 E63 AMG S is stock and an ECU tune makes a huge difference in power and torque. Combine an output increase as a result of ECU tuning for the CLS63 along with its roughly 200 pound lighter weight and it is no surprise it traps 128.72 miles per hour to the 4Matic E63 117.83. A difference of almost 11 miles per hour is huge and using the old rule of thumb of 1 mile per hour being equal to 10 wheel horsepower without even seeing the dyno numbers of the two cars we know the CLS63 is putting out roughly 100 more horsepower at the wheels. A trap speed is often as good as a dynograph. Even though the CLS63 is lighter and more powerful it still takes longer to cross the 1/4 mile mark at 12.190 seconds. The stock E63 AMS S 4Matic does it quicker with an 11.863. It should be clear how these two important parts of a 1/4 mile run each have their own particular variables yet they relate to each other. It still is amazing how many people make basic errors when referring to which car is faster (trap speed) or quicker (elapsed time) when talking about a slip and the variables that influence the result. This is about as simple and clear of an educational 1/4 mile run in relation to illustrating time and speed as there can be.
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    Yesterday, 05:35 PM
    Audi was not kidding about wanting more TT model variants. A four door Audi TT was rumored for the Beijing Auto Show and Audi delivered although not exactly as expected. Audi decided to do an SUV style four-door offroad concept car with a hybrid drivetrain instead of a sporty sedan. That is fine they just showing off the flexibility of what they can do with the platform and the idea certainly is not a bad one. The TT looks fairly natural with four doors and even works with the SUV proportions and hatch. A high performance sedan variant would be more fun considering it would be a fairly lightweight all wheel drive performance car and an answer to the Mercedes-Benz CLA. This concept TT seems like it would just overlap a bit too much with the Q3. That said this is a stylish car and with 408 horsepower it certainly backs up the looks. The plug-in hybrid system also provides 479 lb-ft of torque when combined with a 2.0 TFSI turbocharged and direct injected four-cylinder. The drivetrain is set so that the gasoline motor powers the front wheels and the electric motor 162.3 lb-ft of torque to the rear. This is supplemented by an additional electric motor that makes for a total of 199.1 lb-ft of torque. Despite the batteries and electric motors in back the design is still nose heavy with 54:56 weight distribution. What is the total weight of the car? Audi does not say but it sure would be nice to see. They will not build this as it is simply an exercise to show what they can do with the TT platform. Will see a TT with four doors soon? That is up to Audi to decide. The Audi TT offroad concept show car * Study combines the sportiness of a coupe with the utility of a compact SUV * Powerful and efficient e-tron quattro drive with Audi Wireless Charging technology * Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg: "A glimpse of how we might imagine a new model in a future TT family*" The Audi TT offroad concept breaks the mold, combining the sportiness of a coupe with the lifestyle and utility of a compact SUV. The four-door model, which Audi is presenting at the Beijing International Automobile Exhibition, adds an entirely new expression to the Audi design language. Its plug-in hybrid drive with two electric motors and a system output of 300 kW (408 hp) provides for dynamic performance, yet consumes on average just 1.9 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (123.8 US mpg). *The collective fuel consumption of all models named above and available on the German market can be found in the list provided at the end of this MediaInfo. "The Audi TT offroad concept provides a glimpse of how we might imagine a new model in the future TT family," says Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board of Management for Technical Development. "It combines the sporty genes of the TT with the strengths of a compact Audi SUV. Its plug‑in hybrid drive with the option of inductive charging is a major step toward the mobility of the future. We chose to present the Audi TT offroad concept in China, our second domestic market, because it represents the urban mobility of tomorrow: It is sustainable, dynamic, intelligent and connected." The plug-in hybrid drive The plug‑in hybrid drive in the Audi TT offroad concept delivers 300 kW (408 hp) of system output and 650 Nm (479.2 lb‑ft) of system torque. The show car accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 5.2 seconds and reaches the electronically governed top speed of 250 km/h (155.3 mph) without any trouble. It consumes just 1.9 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (123.8 US mpg), a CO2 equivalent of 45 grams per kilometer (72.4 g/mile). The Audi TT offroad concept can drive over 50 kilometers (31.1 miles) solely on electric power and thus with zero local emissions, and has a total range of up to 880 kilometers (546.8 miles). The combustion engine is a 2.0 TFSI producing 215 kW (292 hp) and 380 Nm (280.3 lb‑ft) of torque. The two-liter, four‑cylinder unit with the large turbocharger is packed with Audi's potent efficiency technology. At part load, indirect injection supplements gasoline direct injection for lower fuel consumption. The exhaust manifold is integrated into the cylinder head – the foundation for the high-performance thermal management system. A separating clutch links the transverse 2.0 TFSI to an electric motor producing 40 kW and 220 Nm (162.3 lb‑ft) of torque. The slim, disc-shaped electric motor is integrated into the six-speed e‑S tronic. The dual-clutch transmissions sends the torque to the front wheels. Mounted on the rear axle of the Audi TT offroad concept is a second electric motor independent of this drive unit. This produces a maximum of 85 kW and 270 Nm (199.1 lb‑ft). In front of the rear axle is a liquid-cooled, lithium-ion battery comprising eight modules. It contributes to the balanced 54:46 weight distribution between the front and rear axles and to the low center of gravity. The battery stores up to 12 kWh of energy, enough for an electric range of 50 kilometers (31.1 miles). An Audi wall box, which manages the energy feed conveniently and intelligently and can deal with a variety of voltages and outlets, is used for stationary charging. The show car is also designed for use with Audi Wireless Charging technology for contactless inductive charging. The infrastructure side – a plate with a coil and an inverter (AC/AC converter) – is placed on the parking spot of the Audi TT offroad concept and connected to the power grid. The charging process begins automatically when the car drives onto the plate. The alternating magnetic field of the infrastructure side induces a 3.3 kW alternating current across the air gap in the secondary coil, which is integrated into the vehicle. The current is inverted and fed into the electrical system. Charging stops automatically when the battery is fully charged. It takes about as long as charging via a cable, and the driver can interrupt the process at any time. The Audi Wireless Charging technology is more than 90 percent efficient, and is not affected by weather factors such as rain, snow or ice. The alternating field, which is only generated when a car is on the plate, is not harmful for people or animals. The intelligent plug‑in hybrid concept of the Audi TT offroad concept really shines when driving, making the show car every bit as efficient as it is sporty. The Audi drive select management system offers three driving modes. EV mode gives priority to electric driving. In this case, the front drive unit is inactive, and the electric motor at the rear axle with its powerful torque can rapidly accelerate the four‑door car to a maximum of 130 km/h (80.8 mph). In Hybrid mode, all three drives work together in various ways as necessary. In many situations the front electric motor assumes the role of a generator. Powered by the engine, it recharges the battery and thus extends the electric range. Full system output is available in Sport mode. During "boosting," i.e. strong acceleration, the rear electric motor works together with the 2.0 TFSI. The same thing happens when the hybrid management system decides that all‑wheel drive is appropriate. In such situations, e.g. on a slippery road or in light off-road conditions, this essentially makes the Audi TT offroad concept an e‑tron quattro. When the driver takes his or her foot off the accelerator, free-wheeling or "coasting" is activated. Recuperation occurs here at low speeds and when braking. The driver can use the "Hold" and "Charge" functions in the MMI system to specifically influence the battery's charge state, e.g. to increase storage of electric energy so that it can be used over the final kilometers to the destination. Chassis The Audi TT offroad concept shows its strong character on any road surface and in any terrain. On asphalt the show car is sporty and composed, and it can easily handle light terrain thanks to its high ground clearance, short overhangs and e‑tron quattro all-wheel drive. 255/40-series tires are mounted on 21‑inch wheels, whose delicate five-arm design draws on the look of the Audi e‑tron models. Dark trim provides contrast. Many of the components of the McPherson front suspension are made of aluminum; the four‑link rear axle handles longitudinal and transverse forces separately. The ratio of the progressive steering changes with the steering input. The Audi drive select system allows the driver to modify the function of various technical modules in multiple steps. Driver assistance systems The Audi TT offroad concept show car features two Audi driver assistance systems that are almost ready for production: the intersection assistant and online traffic light information technology. The intersection assistant aims to help to avoid side-impact collisions, or reduce their severity, where lanes merge and at intersections. Radar sensors and a wide-angle video camera scan zones to the front and sides of the car. If the system detects a vehicle approaching from the side and assesses it to be critical, graduated warnings are displayed in the Audi virtual cockpit. Online traffic light information is a technology that connects the Audi TT offroad concept via the cell phone network to the central traffic computer, which controls the traffic light systems in the city. Based on the information from this system, the Audi virtual cockpit shows the driver what speed to drive in order to reach the next traffic light while it is green. The cockpit displays the time remaining when waiting for the light to turn green. Body Like many of the brand's new production models, the Audi TT offroad concept is also based on the versatile modular transverse matrix (MQB). The body of the show car is based on the ASF (Audi Space Frame) principle and features a hybrid concept with both steel and aluminum components. Together with the battery package of the plug-in hybrid drive system, it gives the compact crossover a low center of gravity, which is a prerequisite for its sporty performance. Exterior design 4.39 meters (16.2 ft) long, 1.85 meters (6.1 ft) wide and a wheelbase of 2.63 meters (8.6 ft) – in these dimensions the Audi TT offroad concept resembles today's compact SUV, the Audi Q3*. At 1.53 meters (5.0 ft) tall, however, it is 8 centimeters (3.2 in) shorter, making its sporty character obvious at first glance. The Sonora Yellow outer skin appears to have been modeled from a solid block; the interplay of the clearly drawn lines and the muscularly taut surfaces produces a highly dramatic design. It uses the design language of the Audi TT*, but places its elements in a new context. Horizontal lines dominate at the front of the new Audi TT offroad concept. The broad Singleframe grille bearing the four rings is sculpturally embedded in the body. Two subtle indents in the lower region make the grille appear lighter. Narrow louvers in the grille insert form a structure typical of the Audi e‑tron models. The large air inlets below the Matrix LED headlights are framed in sharp edges and structured with louvers. A third, flat inlet below the grille joins them together. Inside is a blade that increases downforce on the front axle and makes the front of the Audi TT offroad concept appear even wider. When viewed from the side, the relationship between the show car and the Audi TT* is even more apparent. The overhangs are short; the greenhouse is sportily low and drawn in sharply toward the top. The height ratio is 30:70. The window design follows the sporty coupe line. The roof contour drops down again early; fine light-refracting edges make the powerful, very flat C-pillars appear lighter. The Audi TT offroad concept has a powerful, hunkered-down stance on the road. The broad semi‑circles of the wheel wells form separate geometric bodies, sharply accentuating the massive wheels. The front wheel well intersects the joint of the engine hood, which runs above the door as a tornado line and continues to the rear of the car. The inner arc segments of the wheel wells are painted in contrasting gray. Together with the bottom zone of the sill strips, which is also gray, they reduce the visual weight of the body and underscore the robust character of the show car. Adorned with a quattro logo, the sill itself forms a bold light-refracting edge. At the rear, horizontal lines frame athletically taut surfaces. The offset bumper envelopes the two round tailpipes of the exhaust system. A blade with a quattro logo connects them and provides for visual width. Interior The interior of the Audi TT offroad concept offers space for four. The rear seat can accommodate two adults comfortably. The slim sport seats with integrated head restraints ensure lateral hold. The side bolsters of the front seats are very strongly contoured. The design ideas of the new TT were also the inspiration for the sporty interior of the show car. The top of the instrument panel is designed as a wing. This is supported by a visible aluminum structure that as a horizontal design element incorporates the air vents and underscores the width of the interior. The round air vents are reminiscent of jet engines and incorporate the air conditioning controls. The slender instrument panel is focused on the driver. Besides elements from the TT*, the design of the center console and the doors of the show car also include numerous elements from the Q family, such as a robustly designed tunnel support and functional cup holders in front of the shift lever. A large number of functions can be controlled via the multifunction steering wheel or the MMI terminal on the center tunnel console. The menu structure is oriented on a smart phone, with all key functions easy to reach. The driver can use finger gestures on the touchpad of the MMI terminal to zoom or scroll in lists and maps. All other functions can be easily controlled via the multifunction steering wheel without having to look away from the road. Serving as the display instrument is the Audi virtual cockpit. The 12.3‑inch TFT display produces high-quality 3D graphics. The driver can customize the display with the push of a button. The classic view is dominated by the speedometer and the power meter for the plug‑in hybrid drive. In Infotainment mode, elements such as the navigation map or online traffic information displays take center stage. The Audi virtual cockpit also displays detailed information on charging with the Audi Wireless Charging technology. The center tunnel console, which extends all the way to the back seat, contains numerous cup holders and storage bins. One of these is reserved for the Audi phone box, which connects the driver's cell phone to the on‑board electronics and also charges it inductively, when necessary. The show car's ventilation system also includes an ionizer – an updated version of the system used in the A6* and the A8*. Ionization significantly improves the quality of the air in the cabin. The standard cabin air filters also remove particulates from the air and are unmatched by the immediate competition. Thanks to the systematic further development of these filters, even allergens will be neutralized in the future. An LED light in the interior of the air vent lights up when the ionizer is turned on. The show car is equipped with three Audi Smart Displays. The fast tablets serve as a mobile infotainment system for use inside and outside of the car. From DVD or TV streaming to controlling the radio or navigation planning, the Audi Smart Display is extremely versatile. One click on the "more" button in the start menu establishes an Internet connection via Audi connect at LTE speed. The user now has access to all of the functions of the Android operating system, from browsing with Google Chrome to visiting the Google Play store. The Audi Smart Display was systematically developed for use in cars and can easily withstand even extreme temperatures. Rear seat passengers can place the display in special mountings on the backs of the front seats. All three displays can be used simultaneously. When not using the displays, passengers in the rear seat can stow them in a specially designed slot between the seats, where the displays are also recharged. The front seat passenger can store the display in the glove compartment. Two loudspeakers for the Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System are installed in the head restraints of the individual seats. They provide for optimal surround sound throughout the cabin to create a special sound experience. The head restraint speakers are also used for voice announcements and telephony. This guarantees extraordinarily good sound quality and outstanding speech transmission even during fast, sporty driving. A custom-designed box in the trunk contains a 1:8‑scale radio‑controlled (RC) car. There is also space for the battery and tools. The power-folding individual rear seats allow for a nearly flat cargo floor. In keeping with the sporty character of the show car, the interior features fine materials and a combination of light and dark gray tones. Granite Gray Fine Nappa leather is used on the rim of the steering wheel and in the outer zones of the door liners. The headliner, the pillar covers, the door panels and the center tunnel are covered with matching Alcantara. The door armrests, the center tunnel console and the seats with diamond-patterned stitching
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    Today, 01:02 AM
    The 991 Turbo S test numbers are perplexing to say the least. MotorTrend managed to get a 10.9 @ 123.7 1/4 mile sprint out of the car. Road and Track essentially mirrored this with a result of 10.9 @ 124.4. Car and Driver now gets into the mix and their acceleration numbers are the best of the bunch with a 10.8 @ 126 1/4 mile elapsed time and trap speed. Their timed 0-60 run for the all wheel drive Turbo S comes in at a blistering 2.6 seconds. Even though a 10.8 @ 126 is the quickest and fastest of the three major US Magazines these numbers still are slow. Independent drag strip results are better with a 10.68 @ 128 pass on the dragstrip. Car and Driver, Road and Track, and MotorTrend all get a result with the more powerful 991 Turbo S that is closer to the standard 991 Turbo. The standard car at PBIR (Palm Beach International Raceway) in Florida ran 10.9 @ 126. So what is the deal? We really do not know. Maybe the cars pull timing due to aggressive software. It would explain why dyno results seem to vary greatly pull to pull. The spread shown on an all wheel drive Dynojet is up to 30 wheel horsepower and torque can change by almost 60 lb-ft. Heat soak, software, timing, whatever it may be something is causing inconsistent performance with the 991 Turbo and Turbo S.
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    Today, 12:00 AM
    We spend a lot of time on this network complaining about government regulation in the automotive industry and how enthusiasts are unjustly (and sometimes illegally) targeted, fined, and controlled. This was most recently evident with the struggles BMS is having with CARB. We forget there are some politicians out there who actually are human beings who can relate to us and who appreciate bringing the community together through a mutual interest in this case one of automotive enthusiasm. Mike Brown of ModBargains.com has said automotive enthusiasm which I can vouch for after meeting him and is being recognized congressionally for it. Congressman John Campbell (serving his fifth term) awarded Mike Brown at the congressman's offices in Irvine, California recognition for Outstanding Business Leadership in the Automotive and Internet Space. To be perfectly honest this network was not aware that there was such a thing. It is great to see the government working with the automotive and internet sector positively and recognizing those who do so. Congratulations to Mike Brown and Modbargains.com. You have my vote Congressman Campbell. Press Release below: Automotive Industry Pioneer and CEO of ModBargains Receives Congressional Recognition from Congressman John Campbell LA HABRA, CA (April 21st, 2014) – ModBargains CEO and co-founder Mike Brown has been awarded special Congressional recognition for Outstanding Business Leadership in the Automotive and Internet Space by U.S. Congressman John Campbell at a ceremony at the Congressman’s offices in Irvine, Calif. Congressman Campbell is currently serving his fifth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. Prior to his election to public office, Campbell had a career spanning 25 years in the automotive industry representing numerous automobile brands, and was also an early member of the SEMA-supported State Automotive Enthusiast Leadership Caucus while serving in the California legislature. “It is an honor to receive this recognition from Congressman Campbell. In addition to helping companies like ours grow and succeed within his District, he is also a well known automotive enthusiast and supporter of SEMA”, explains Mr. Brown. “But more importantly he has supported local business and new industry innovations, which is what we have tried to achieve in the automotive parts and accessories industry, leveraging social media and Internet technologies to fill an important void in the market.” A pioneer in the automotive aftermarket industry, Orange County based ModBargains has used the Internet and popular social media channels like Facebook and YouTube to help address the fragmentation in the market. Providing what is essentially a digital information and knowledge-sharing platform for both its customers and manufacturers, the company has helped grow and redefine the market. Mr. Brown was selected for this prestigious recognition from the Congressmen based on his contributions to helping modernize the automotive parts and aftermarket industry via internet-based and social technologies. Through ModBargains, he was able to demonstrate the power of having real-time, two-way conversations that are enabled through modern social media platforms, and the resulting important benefits such as driving efficiencies in the market, and improving the relationship between business and consumer; or as in this case the automotive enthusiasts. “Our purpose at ModBargains is to share our expertise, experience, and enthusiasm in an effort to make the world a better place for automotive enthusiasts”, explains Mr. Brown. More information on ModBargains can be found at www.modbargains.com, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ModBargains. About ModBargains ModBargains employees strive each day to share their expertise, experience, and enthusiasm in an effort to make the world a better place for automotive enthusiasts. Co-founded by enthusiasts Mike Brown and Ron Hay, ModBargains was created to fill a void in the automotive aftermarket, dedicated to offering a greater range of products along with reliable pricing and a focus on experienced staff to provide outstanding customer service. Finding success through lots of hard work, a decade later, ModBargains is a leader in Automotive Parts and Accessories, offering products and installation for a wide variety of makes and models. For more information visit www.modbargains.com.
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    Today, 05:12 AM
    Many people have likely forgotten this but BMW did make high performance SUV's long before the X5M ever went on the market. Back with the first generation E53 X5 over a decade ago BMW produced the X5 4.8is model which was the highest performance X5 in all the land. With 355 horsepower and 360 lb-ft of torque from the 4.8 liter naturally aspirated N63 V8 it hustled the 5090 pound X5 to 60 in 6 seconds flat and through the 1/4 mile in 14.5 second at 96 miles per hour. How much have things changed in the decade since? The xDrive50i is not even the highest performance X5 available although until the new X5M hits it is the highest performance X5 available for the new F15 generation. It is roughly the equivalent in the model range of the X5 4.8is of a decade ago since an M model did not exist back then. In 2014 what this means is a 445 horsepower and 480 lb-ft twin turbo 4.4 liter N63TU twin turbo V8 powered 5306 pound monster that hustles to 60 in 4.3 seconds and through the 1/4 mile in 12.8 @ 109. To put it another way, quicker and faster than every M3 produced prior to the last generation E92 M3. You could line up next to an E39 M5 at a stoplight and pull away while sipping a latte. That is how fast BMW's SUV's have become but notice that they have not gotten any lighter. This generation was supposed to improve in that area by a couple hundred pounds (according to BMW who somehow keeps overstating their weight loss) but when weighed it turns out it actually isn't any lighter. Everyone will no doubt state this is very impressive acceleration and it is but there is one thing that old X5 4.8is did better than this new car. It went through the slalom quicker and pulled .83g on the skidpad to the 2014's .81g. It also stopped 5 feet shorter from 70 miles per hour. Hey, as long as this one is faster that is progress right? Source: Car and Driver
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    Today, 06:13 AM
    Mercedes-Benz decided that they need to bridge the gap between the C400 and the upcoming 2015 W205 C63 AMG. The new W205 AMG C-Class will offer something around 500 horsepower meaning that there is a lot of space between it and the 329 horsepower W205 C400. No word on what the torque figure rises to in the C450 but with 4Matic all wheel drive likely standard just like the C400 there should be no problem putting that power down. Now, should one really opt for the C450 considering the C400 has the same M276 DELA 30 turbocharged 3.0 liter V6? If the E63 AMG and E63 AMG S is to serve as precedent, no. The only difference in those models accounting for the increased output is software and even higher performance software is easily sourced through the aftermarket for far less money. The exact same trick Mercedes pulls with the E63 is likely happening here but until we get an official press release we will not know for sure. Source
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    Yesterday, 09:59 PM
    My advice is to get a CPO. You spend a little more but you get a piece of mind. If your willing to spend over 40k-45k why take a risk?
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    Yesterday, 08:01 PM
    Trouble is, Merc has enough trouble keeping the weight down with only one power source, let alone two.... :rolleyes:
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