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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-19-2014, 01:11 PM
    Oh BMW, you sure do know how to use marketing to stir interest don't you? BMW got the hype machine for the new F80 M3 rolling hard with a press release last year announcing a weight of 3306 pounds. They played up the idea that they went to crazy lengths to shave weight and that the new M3 would be much lighter than the car it replaced. That 3306 pound claimed weight was misleading to say the least as a 6-speed manual F80 M3 with fluids was weighed and it came out to 3562 pounds. How exactly does BMW miss the target by 256 pounds? By quoting a dry weight without fluids and also likely with the optional carbon ceramic brakes which this F80 M3 does not have. This is a manual car by the way which means that a DCT M3 without the carbon ceramics will likely tip the scales at over 3600 pounds with a full gas tank. How many pounds lighter is the new 6-speed F80 M3 than the E9X M3 it replaces in reality? Zero. It actually looks like it is about the same or heavier if equipped with the same transmission as the weight you see below is from a DCT E92 M3: So much for BMW's weight loss hype. This does not mean the M3/M4 will not perform well or outperform the previous generation car. The M3/M4 will outperform the E9X M3 it just is a bit disappointing this car is not turning out to be quite what BMW portrayed it as initially. Source
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    Today, 06:37 PM
    So where does the C7 Stingray horsepower record stand this week? Oh, just at 1269 horsepower to the wheels. LMR (Late Model Racecraft) made a point to take the overall horsepower record from Vengeance Racing with an 1124 wheel horsepower pull on nitrous and now for good measure they raised the bar they set to 1269 at the wheels on nitrous. This is a 6-speed manual car with an upgraded clutch from McLeod. What are the other modifications? A Vortech YSI centrifugal blower, 416 cubic inch (6.8 liters) built motor, LMR cylinder heads, LMR cam, and a nitrous system courtesy of Nitrous Express. The vehicle is tuned in house by LMR. This war is just beginning.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-21-2014, 10:52 PM
    Interesting N54 comparison here between two single turbo cars with different approaches. Both vehicles have single turbo exhaust manifolds from BimmerBoost vendor FFTec Motorsports. The E82 135i is a BMS (Burger Tuning) test car so to speak and it features the FFTec twin scroll top mount manifold with a twin scroll Precision 5862 turbocharger. This vehicle has a 6-speed automatic transmission and has shown output of 585 horsepower to the wheels. The red E92 335i has the FFTec single scroll bottom mount N54 single turbo manifold with a single scroll Precision 5858 turbocharger. It is also a 6-speed automatic. Now, the E82 135i is the lighter car of the two that much is known. The 5862 is the twin scroll variant which means it gathers exhaust gases from pairs of cylinders in an alternating sequence. A diagram illustrating this effect is below: Terry of BMS states he prefers the spool of the 5862 to the larger 6466 and that this turbo is the perfect size for the motor especially when you get the twin exhaust pulses from a twin scroll setup. The 5862 top mount sure seems to show here it has a much bigger top end punch than the 5858 but seeing a comparison to the 6466 certainly would be interesting. The power to weight of the 135i clearly favors it significantly and this race is not even close. The 135i simply pulls away. It definitely is nice to see a real world comparison of different single turbocharger approaches on the N54 motor, video below.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-19-2014, 11:57 PM
    Great results here from the Gulf region with an SL63 putting down some impressive numbers at the Yas Marina drag strip in the Abu Dhabi. The R231 SL63 AMG is the lightest car available in the Mercedes-Benz lineup with the M157 5.5 liter twin turbo AMG V8 and it shows. It isn't light at ~4100 pounds but it is about 200 pounds less than the rear wheel drive E63 AMG. PP-Performance tuned this car and modified the turbos bumping output to roughly 800 crank horsepower. The result on the dragsrip is close to a mid 10 second run with a 10.691 at 133.937 miles per hour. The 60 foot is a solid 1.685 seconds meaning that despite the street rubber the car is hooking well. Timeslip and list of modifications below. Modifications: PP-Performance ECU Upgrade RS800 Downpipes Exhaust System Modified Turbos
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    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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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-18-2014, 07:50 PM
    We will be seeing this comparison many times over the next few years. MotorTrend already compared these cars last month with the Subaru WRX STI picked as the winner over both. In that comparison the CLA45 AMG finished in last place and the BMW M235i finished in 2nd place although the CLA45 AMG was quicker around the track than the M235i and also the faster car in a straight line. Well, here we go again without the Subaru. MotorTrend is rehashing content but considering the popularity of these two cars that is fine. As you already know these two cars have significant differences. The Mercedes-Benz CLA45 has a turbocharged 2.0 liter four-cylinder. The motor, codenamed M133, is the world's most powerful production four-cylinder and a beast of a 2.0 liter. The M235i has the tried and true turbocharged 3.0 liter N55 inline-6 although at 320 horsepower it is rated at 35 horses less than the CLA45 AMG. The BMW is rear wheel drive with an 8-speed ZF automatic (a manual is an option). The CLA45 AMG by contrast has a seven speed dual clutch transmission and it sends power to all four wheels. So does MotorTrend feel differently about these cars a month later? Well, the M235i is criticized for its brakes and steering feel. It is said to offer great fun factor partially due to being able to wag its tail around and its balance. The CLA45 AMG by contrast is said to feel more powerful, offer better grip, and it features better brakes. The steering feel also is stated to be better which is interesting considering this is essentially a front wheel drive platform. MotorTrend complains about the looks but this is subjective and having seen the CLA in person it is quite striking. The dual clutch is also criticized for its behavior and downshift speed. They take them around the track in an attempt to pick which is better and this is where the rehashing of content comes in. We already know the result from last month with the CLA45 outperforming the M235i on the track. What the video features is an overlay of both cars lapping which is nice to see. Ultimately, these are both great entry level German performance cars. The CLA45 AMG is the better performer partially as a virtue of brute force but the M235i offers a greater fun factor. Two different styles at work here and it would be nice to revisit this comparison when the M235i gets a limited slip differential. On a track like the Streets of Willow that alone will make a huge difference for the M235i.
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    04-18-2014, 12:51 PM
    Flashing of vehicle ECU's through the OBD-II (on board diagnostics) port is not exactly anything new. Even flashing from a mobile device is not new but seeing it accomplished on such a wide scale and compatible with any android device certainly is a step forward. OE Tuning is utilizing the Droid Personal Flasher to deliver tunes. The way it works is the device is tied to a tuner and that tuner can provide a maximum of four files for the user to flash whenever they decide to. A total of four files is a bit limiting as is the device being tied to a single tuner. That means if you want to use the device to flash files from different companies to compare them you would need a new device since it is VIN locked and the files are available through the Droid Personal Flasher back end. This is not exactly a free form flashing tool but no doubt one will come in time as Flashtec who makes the device and back end is obviously trying to lock this down for their own benefit. With how much piracy there is in the tuning industry who can blame them? Regardless, this is definitely a step forward and with the wide number supported platforms this certainly is an interesting tuning development. A list of supported platforms along with additional details below. The device retails for $260 and you must buy it from the tuner. To purchase from OE Tuning, go here: Supported platforms: 147 1900 JTD 16V M-JET 125KW EDC16C39 1900 JTD 8V M-JET 88KW EDC16C39 1900 JTD 16V M-JET 110KW EDC16C39 159 2400 JTD 20V M-JET Q4 154KW EDC16C39 2400 JTD 20V M-JET Q-TRONIC 147KW EDC16C39 2000 16V JTDM 125KW EDC16C39 1900 JTD 8V M-JET 88KW EDC16C39 2000 JTD 16V M-JET 100KW EDC16C39 1900 JTD 16V M-JET Q-TRONIC 110KW EDC16C39 2400 JTD 20V M-JET 154KW EDC16C39 2400 JTD 20V M-JET 147KW EDC16C39 1900 JTD 16V M-JET 110KW EDC16C39 1900 JTD 8V M-JET ECO 88KW EDC16C39 166 2400 JTD 20V M-JET 136KW EDC16C39 BRERA 2000 JTD 16V M-JET 125KW EDC16C39 2400 JTD 20V M-JET 154KW EDC16C39 2400 JTD 20V M-JET Q-TRONIC 147KW EDC16C39 GIULIETTA 2000 JTD 16V M-JET 103KW EDC16C39 1600 JTD 16V M-JET 77KW EDC16C39 2000 JTD 16V M-JET 125KW EDC16C39 GT 2000 JTD 16V M-JET 125KW EDC16C39 1900 JTD 16V M-JET 110KW EDC16C39 MITO 1.3 MJT 90 16V 66KW MJD6 CAN 1600 JTD 16V M-JET 88KW EDC16C39 SPIDER 2400 JTD 20V M-JET Q-TRONIC 147KW EDC16C39 2400 JTD 20V M-JET 154KW EDC16C39 2400 JTD 20V M-JET 147KW EDC16C39 A1 (8X) 1.6L 16V TDI 77KW/103HP PCR2.1 CONTINENTAL 1.6L 16V TDI 66KW/89HP PCR2.1 CONTINENTAL A2 (8Z) 1.2L 12V TDI 45KW/60HP EDC15 P+ 1.4L 6V TDI 55KW/74HP EDC15 P+ 1.4L 6V TDI 66KW/88HP EDC15 P+ A3 (8L) 1.9L 8V TDI 75KW/101HP EDC15 P+ 1.9L 8V TDI 95KW/127HP EDC15 P+ A3 (8P) 1.9L 8V TDI 77KW/103HP EDC16 2.0L 16V TDI 103KW/138HP EDC16 2.0L 16V FSI 110KW/148HP MED9 1.9L 16V TDI 77KW/103HP EDC16+ 2.0L 16V TFSI 147KW/197HP MED9 1.6L 16V FSI 75KW/101HP MED9 2.0L 16V TDI 103KW/138HP EDC16+ A3 (8P_2008) 1.6L 16V TDI 66KW/89HP PCR2.1 CONTINENTAL 1.6L 16V TDI 77KW/103HP PCR2.1 CONTINENTAL 1.4L 16V TFSI 92KW/123HP MED17 2.0L 16V TFSI 147KW/197HP MED17 1.8L 16V TFSI 118KW/158HP MED17 A4 (B6) 1.9L 8V TDI 74KW/100HP EDC15 P+ 1.9L 8V TDI 85KW/114HP EDC15 P+ 1.9L 8V TDI 96KW/129HP EDC15 P+ A4 (B7) 3.0L V6 24V TDI 171KW/229HP EDC16+ 1.9L 8V TDI 85KW/114HP EDC16+ 3.0L V6 24V TDI 150KW/201HP EDC16+ 2.0L 16V TDI 103KW/138HP EDC16+ 2.0L 16V TFSI 147KW/197HP MED9 2.0L 8V TDI 103KW/138HP EDC16+ 2.7L V6 24V TDI 132KW/177HP EDC16+ 2.0L 16V TFSI DTM 162KW/217HP MED9 A4 (B8) 2.0L 16V TFSI 155KW/208HP MED17 1.8L 16V TFSI 88KW/118HP MED17 1.8L 16V TFSI 118KW/158HP MED17 A5 (8F/8T) 1.8L 16V TFSI 125KW/170HP MED17 2.0L 16V TFSI 155KW/208HP MED17 A6 (C4) 1.9L 8V TDI 96KW/130HP EDC15 P+ 1.9L 8V TDI 85KW/115HP EDC15 P+ A6 (C5) 2.0L 16V TFSI DTM 162KW/217HP MED9 3.0L V6 24V TDI 165KW/225HP EDC16+ 1.9L 8V TDI 85KW/115HP EDC16+ 2.7L V6 24V TDI 140KW/188HP EDC16+ 2.0L 16V TFSI 147KW/197HP MED9 2.0L 16V TDI 103KW/138HP EDC16+ A8 (D3) 3.0L V6 24V TDI 171KW/229HP EDC16+ ALLROAD 3.0L V6 24V TDI 165KW/221HP EDC16+ 2.7L V6 TDI 140KW/188HP EDC16+ Q5 2.0L 16V TFSI 155KW/208HP MED17 Q7 3.0L V6 24V TDI 171KW/229HP EDC16+ R8 5.2L V10 FSI 386KW/518HP MED9 4.2L V8 FSI 316KW/424HP MED9 R8 2012 5.2L V10 FSI 386KW/518HP MED9.1/5 RS4 MK2 4.2L V8 32V FSI 309KW/414HP ME9 RS6 MK2 5.0L V10 40V TFSI 426KW/572HP ME9 S3 MK2 2.0L 16V TFSI 195KW/261HP MED9 S6 MK3 5.2L V10 40V FSI 320KW/435HP ME9 S8 MK2 5.2L V10 40V FSI 331KW/450HP MED9 TT MK2 (8J) 2.0L 16V TFSI 147KW/197HP MED9 2.5L 20V TFSI RS 250KW/335HP MED9 1.8L 16V TFSI 118KW/158HP MED17 2.0L 16V TFSI S 200KW/268HP MED9 MOTORBIKES HP2 SPORT 98KW BMSK ME9 MEGAMOTO 83KW BMSK ME9 ENDURO 77KW BMSK ME9 K 1300 S SPORT 118KW BMSK ME9 GT 118KW BMSK ME9 R 118KW BMSK ME9 R 1200 GS 81KW BMSK ME9 R 59KW BMSK ME9 GS 77KW BMSK ME9 S 90KW BMSK ME9 R 80KW BMSK ME9 RT 81KW BMSK ME9 ST 81KW BMSK ME9 GS ADVENTURE 81KW BMSK ME9 GS ADVENTURE 77KW BMSK ME9 S 1000 RR 142KW BMSK ME9 CARS SERIE 1 135I KLINE SIEMENS MSD80 120D BOSCH EDC16C35 2MB KSLOW 120D KLINE BOSCH EDC16C35 2MB 130I 195KW KLINE SIEMENS MSV70 118D KLINE BOSCH EDC16C35 2MB 118D BOSCH EDC16C35 2MB KSLOW SERIE 3 325I KLINE SIEMENS MSD80 320D BOSCH EDC16C35 2MB KSLOW 320I KLINE SIEMENS MSD80 335D BOSCH EDC16C35 2MB KSLOW 318D BOSCH EDC16C35 2MB KSLOW 323I KLINE SIEMENS MSD80 335I KLINE SIEMENS MSD80 335D KLINE BOSCH EDC16C35 2MB 320D KLINE BOSCH EDC16C35 2MB 325I 160KW KLINE SIEMENS MSV70 330D KLINE BOSCH EDC16C35 2MB 330D BOSCH EDC16C35 2MB KSLOW 318D KLINE BOSCH EDC16C35 2MB SERIE 5 520I KLINE SIEMENS MSD80 525D KLINE BOSCH EDC16C35 2MB 530D KLINE BOSCH EDC16C35 2MB 523I KLINE SIEMENS MSD80 535D KLINE BOSCH EDC16C35 2MB 525I KLINE SIEMENS MSD80 520D BOSCH EDC16C35 2MB KSLOW 520D KLINE BOSCH EDC16C35 2MB 525D BOSCH EDC16C35 2MB KSLOW 535D BOSCH EDC16C35 2MB KSLOW 530D BOSCH EDC16C35 2MB KSLOW SERIE 6 630I 190KW KLINE SIEMENS MSV70 SERIE 7 730D BOSCH EDC16C35 2MB KSLOW 730D KLINE BOSCH EDC16C35 2MB SERIE X3 3.0D KLINE BOSCH EDC16C35 2MB 3.0D BOSCH EDC16C35 2MB KSLOW 2.0D KLINE BOSCH EDC16C35 2MB 2.0D BOSCH EDC16C35 2MB KSLOW SERIE X5 3.0D KLINE BOSCH EDC16C35 2MB 3.0D BOSCH EDC16C35 2MB KSLOW SERIE X6 35I KLINE SIEMENS MSD80 JUMPER 3000 HDI 114KW EDC16 C39 3000 HDI 107KW EDC16 C39 3000 HDI 118KW EDC16 C39 458 4.5 V8 570HP ME9.6 CALIFORNIA 4.3 V8 490 HP ME9.6 4.3 V8 460 HP ME9.6 FF 6.2 V12 660HP ME9.6 500 1.3 MJT 75 16V 55KW MJD6 CAN BRAVO 1900 8V MJET 66KW EDC16 C39 1600 16V MJET 88KW EDC16 C39 1900 8V MJET 88KW EDC16 C39 2000 JTD 16V M-JET 121KW EDC16C39 1900 16V MJET 110KW EDC16 C39 1600 16V MJET 77KW EDC16 C39 1600 16V MJET 66KW EDC16 C39 CROMA 1900 16V MJET 88KW EDC16 C39 2400 20V MJET 147KW EDC16 C39 1900 16V MJET 110KW EDC16 C39 DOBLO 1600 16V MJET 77KW EDC16 C39 1900 8V MJET 77KW EDC16 C39 1900 8V MJET DPF 88KW EDC16 C39 DUCATO 2200 MJET 77KW EDC16 C39 2300 MJET 88KW EDC16 C39 3000 MJET 118KW EDC16 C39 2300 MJET 96KW EDC16 C39 FIORINO 1.3 MJT 75 16V 55KW MJD6 CAN GRANDE PUNTO 1900 8V MJET 96KW EDC16 C39 1600 16V MJET 88KW EDC16 C39 1900 8V MJET 88KW EDC16 C39 IDEA 1600 16V MJET 88KW EDC16 C39 LINEA 1900 16V MJET 96KW EDC16 C39 1600 16V MJET 88KW EDC16 C39 MULTIPLA 1900 16V MJET 88KW EDC16 C39 PUNTO 1.3 MJT 75 16V 55KW MJD6 CAN 1.3 MJT 90 16V 66KW MJD6 CAN PUNTO EVO 1600 16V MJET 88KW EDC16 C39 QUBO 1.3 MJT 75 16V 55KW MJD6 CAN SEDICI 2000 16V MJET 100KW EDC16 C39 1900 8V MJET 88KW EDC16 C39 STILO 1900 16V MJET 110KW EDC16 C39 1900 8V MJET 88KW EDC16 C39 GALAXY 1.9L 8V TDI 110KW/147HP EDC15 P+ 1.9L 8V TDI 85KW/114HP EDC15 P+ 1.9L 8V TDI 95KW/127HP EDC15 P+ 1.9L TDI 66KW/89HP EDC15 C-MAX 2.0 TDCI 163HP DELPHI DCM3.5 2.0 TDCI 140HP DELPHI DCM3.5 2.0 TDCI 115HP DELPHI DCM3.5 FOCUS 2.0 TDCI 140HP DELPHI DCM3.5 2.0 TDCI 115HP DELPHI DCM3.5 2.0 TDCI 163HP DELPHI DCM3.5 GALAXY 2.0 TDCI 140HP DELPHI DCM3.5 2.0 TDCI 163HP DELPHI DCM3.5 2.0 TDCI 115HP DELPHI DCM3.5 GRAND C-MAX 2.0 TDCI 140HP DELPHI DCM3.5 2.0 TDCI 115HP DELPHI DCM3.5 2.0 TDCI 163HP DELPHI DCM3.5 KUGA 2.0 TDCI 163HP DELPHI DCM3.5 2.0 TDCI 140HP DELPHI DCM3.5 MONDEO 2.0 TDCI 140HP DELPHI DCM3.5 2.0 TDCI 115HP DELPHI DCM3.5 2.0 TDCI 163HP DELPHI DCM3.5 S-MAX 2.0 TDCI 115HP DELPHI DCM3.5 2.0 TDCI 140HP DELPHI DCM3.5 2.0 TDCI 163HP DELPHI DCM3.5 TRANSIT 2.2 TDCI 130HP VISTEON 2.2 TDCI 85HP VISTEON 3.2 TDCI 200HP VISTEON 2.4 TDCI 115HP VISTEON 2.4 TDCI 100HP VISTEON 2.4 TDCI 140HP VISTEON 2.2 TDCI 110HP VISTEON ACCORD 2.2I-CTDI EDC16C7 CIVIC 2.2I-CTDI EDC16C2 CR-V 2.2I-CTDI EDC16C2 FR-V 2.2I-CTDI EDC16C2 ACCENT 1500 16V CRDI 81KW EDC16C39 AVANTE 1600 CRDI DPF 85KW EDC16C39 AZERA 2200 16V CRDI 114KW EDC16C39 ELANTRA 1600 CRDI DPF 85KW EDC16C39 GETZ 1500 16V CRDI 81KW EDC16C39 GRANDEUR TG 2200 16V CRDI 114KW EDC16C39 H1 2500 CRDI 125KW EDC16C39 2500 CRDI 100KW EDC16C39 H200 2500 CRDI 100KW EDC16C39 2500 CRDI 125KW EDC16C39 I20 1600 CRDI 85KW EDC16C39 I30 1600 CRDI 66KW EDC16C39 2000 16V CRDI 103KW EDC16C39 1600 CRDI DPF 66KW EDC16C39 2000 16V CRDI DPF 103KW EDC16C39 1600 CRDI DPF 85KW EDC16C39 LAVITA 1500 16V CRDI 81KW EDC16C39 MATRIX 1500 16V CRDI 81KW EDC16C39 SANTA FE 2200 CRDI 114KW EDC16C39 2200 CRDI 110KW EDC16C39 SONATA 2000 16V CRDI 110KW EDC16C39 2000 16V CRDI 103KW EDC16C39 STAREX 2500 CRDI 125KW EDC16C39 2500 CRDI 110KW EDC16C39 TUCSON 2000 16V CRDI 103KW EDC16C39 VERNA 1500 16V CRDI 81KW EDC16C39 F 3.0 V6 250KW MED17.8.3 3.0 S V6 280KW MED17.8.3 5.0 S V8 364KW MED17.8.3 XF 2.2 D 120KW EDC17CP42 5.0 V8 283KW DENSO 3.0 S/C V6 250KW MED17.8.3 2.2 D 147KW EDC17CP42 R 5.0 V8 375KW DENSO XF SPORTBRAKE 2.2 D 120KW EDC17CP42 2.2 D 147KW EDC17CP42 XJ 5.0 V8 283KW DENSO 5.0 S/C V8 375KW MED17.8.3 SUPERCHARGED 5.0 V8 375KW DENSO 3.0 S/C V6 250KW MED17.8.3 XK R 5.0 S/C V8 375KW MED17.8.3 R 5.0 V8 375KW DENSO RS 5.0 S/C V8 405KW MED17.8.3 5.0 V8 283KW DENSO CARENS 2000 16V CRDI 103KW EDC16C39 CEED 1600 16V CRDI 66KW EDC16C39 1600 16V CRDI 84KW EDC16C39 2000 16V CRDI 103KW EDC16C39 CERATO 1600 16V CRDI 85KW EDC16C39 MAGENTIS 2000 16V CRDI 103KW EDC16C39 2000 16V CRDI 110KW EDC16C39 2000 16V CRDI 88KW EDC16C39 MORNING 1100 12V CRDI 55KW EDC16C39 OPTIMA 2000 16V CRDI 103KW EDC16C39 PICANTO 1100 12V CRDI 55KW EDC16C39 RIO 1100 12V CRDI 55KW EDC16C39 1500 16V CRDI 81KW EDC16C39 SORENTO 2500 16V CRDI 125KW EDC16C39 2500 16V CRDI 120KW EDC16C39 SPORTAGE 2000 16V CRDI 92KW EDC16C39 2000 16V CRDI 103KW EDC16C39 X-BOW 2.0L 16V TFSI STREET 177KW/238HP MED9.1 GALLARDO 5.2L V10 40V LP 560-4 412KW/553HP MED9.1 5.2L V10 40V LP 570-4 S.LEGGERA 419KW/562HP MED9.1 5.2L V10 40V LP 550-2 V.BALBONI 405KW/543HP MED9.1 DELTA 1900 16V MJET TWINTURBO 140KW EDC16+ 1600 16V MJET 88KW EDC16+ MUSA 1600 16V MJET 88KW EDC16+ THESIS 2400 20V MJET 147KW EDC16C39 DEFENDER 2.4 TD4 VISTEON 2.2 TDCI 90KW SID208 DISCOVERY3 2.7 TDV6 140KW SID201 DISCOVERY4 MY2010 2.7 TDV6 140KW SID203 EVOQUE 2.2 SD4 140KW EDC17CP42 2.2 TD4 110KW EDC17CP42 2.2 TD4 110KW 9 SPEED EDC17CP42 2.2 SD4 140KW 9 SPEED EDC17CP42 FREELANDER 2.2 SD4 140KW EDC17CP42 2.2 TD4 110KW EDC17CP42 RANGE ROVER 5.0 S/C V8 375KW MED17.8.3 3.6 TDV8 200KW SID203 RANGE ROVER SPORT 3.0 S/C V6 250KW MED17.8.3 2.7 TDV6 140KW SID201 5.0 S/C V8 375KW MED17.8.3 3.6 TDV8 200KW SID203 SUPERCHARGED 5.0 V8 375KW DENSO C CLASS C200CDI BOSCH EDC16C/C2 C270CDI BOSCH EDC16C/C2 C200CDI DELPHI SOLENOID CRD2.15 CAN C220CDI BOSCH EDC16C/C2 C CLASS W203 C230 2.5L 24V V6 150KW/201HP ME9.7 C350 3.5L 24V V6 200KW/268HP ME9.7 C280 3.0L 24V V6 170KW/228HP ME9.7 CLC350 3.5L 24V V6 200KW/268HP ME9.7 C CLASS W204/S204 C250 1.8L 16V 150KW/201HP ME9.7 C63 6.3L 32V V8 AMG PP 358KW/480HP ME9.7 C63 AMG BLACK SERIES 6.3L V8 32V 380KW/510HP ME9.7 C300 3.0L 24V V6 170KW/228HP ME9.7 C63 6.3L 32V V8 AMG 336KW/451HP ME9.7 C350 3.5L 24V V6 200KW/268HP ME9.7 CITAN 109CDI 1.5 90HP EDC17C42 CL CLASS W215 CL63 6.3L V12AMG 327KW/439HP ME9.7 CL CLASS W216 CL500 5.5L V8 289KW/388HP ME9.7 CLK CLASS CLK270CDI BOSCH EDC16C/C2 CLK CLASS C209/A209 CLK63 6.2L V8 AMG 354KW/475HP ME9.7 CLK63 6.2L V8 AMG BLACK SERIES 373KW/500HP ME9.7 CLK280 3.0L V6 170KW/228HP ME9.7 CLK550 5.5L V8 285KW/382HP ME9.7 CLK CLASS W208/A208 CLK350 3.5L V6 200KW/268HP ME9.7 CLS CLASS W219 CLS500 5.5L V8 281KW/377HP ME9.7 CLS350 3.5L V6 200KW/268HP ME9.7 CLS63 6.2L AMG 6.3L V8 378KW/507HP ME9.7 E CLASS E270CDI BOSCH EDC16C/C2 E200CDI DELPHI SOLENOID CRD2.15 CAN E200CDI BOSCH EDC16C/C2 E220CDI BOSCH EDC16C/C2 E220CDI DELPHI SOLENOID CRD2.15 CAN E320CDI BOSCH EDC16C/C2 E CLASS W211 E350 3.5L V6 200KW/268HP ME9.7 E280 3.0L V6 170KW/228HP ME9.7 E500 5.5L V8 285KW/383HP ME9.7 E CLASS W212/S212 E63 AMG 6.3L V8 386KW/518HP ME9.7 E500 5.5L V8 285KW/383HP ME9.7 GL CLASS X164 GL450 4.6L V8 32V 250KW/335HP ME9.7 GL500 5.5L V8 32V 285KW/383HP ME9.7 GLK CLASS X204 GLK300 3.0L V6 170KW/228HP ME9.7 GLK280 3.0L V6 170KW/228HP ME9.7 GLK350 3.5L V6 24V 200KW/268HP ME9.7 M CLASS W164 ML350 3.5L V6 24V 200KW/268HP ME9.7 ML500 5.5L V8 285KW/383HP ME9.7 ML63 6.2L V8 32V AMG 375KW/503HP ME9.7 R CLASS W251 R63 6.2L V8 32V AMG 375KW/503HP ME9.7 R300 3.0L V6 24V 170KW/228HP ME9.7 R350 3.5L V6 24V 200KW/268HP ME9.7 R280 3.0L V6 24V 170KW/228HP ME9.7 S CLASS S320CDI BOSCH EDC16C/C2 S CLASS W221 S300 3.0L V6 170KW/228HP ME9.7 S63 AMG 6.2L V8 32V 386KW/518HP ME9.7 S500 5.5L V8 32V 285KW/383HP ME9.7 S350 3.5L V6 24V 200KW/268HP ME9.7 SL CLASS R230 SL500 5.5L V8 32V 285KW/382HP ME9.7 SL350 3.5L V6 24V 232KW/311HP ME9.7 SL63 6.2L V8 AMG 386KW/518HP ME9.7 SLK CLASS R171 SLK280 3.0L V6 24V 170KW/228HP ME9.7 SLK350 3.5L V6 24V 200KW/268HP ME9.7 SLS CLASS C197 6.2L V8 AMG 420KW/563HP ME9.7 SPRINTER 313CDI DELPHI SOLENOID CRD2.30 CAN 316CDI DELPHI SOLENOID CRD2.30 CAN 310CDI DELPHI SOLENOID CRD2.30 CAN SPRINTER W906 224 3.5L V6 24V 190KW/255HP ME9.7 VIANO 2.2CDI BOSCH EDC16C/C2 2.0CDI DELPHI SOLENOID CRD2.20 CAN 2.2CDI DELPHI SOLENOID CRD2.20 CAN VIANO CLASS W639 V220 2.2L 16V CDI 140KW/187 HP ME9.7 VITO 110CDI DELPHI SOLENOID CRD2.20 CAN 116CDI DELPHI SOLENOID CRD2.20 CAN 113CDI DELPHI SOLENOID CRD2.20 CAN 2.2CDI BOSCH EDC16C/C2 ONE DIESEL 1.4D BOSCH EDC16C35 2MB KSLOW BOXER 3000 HDI 118KW EDC16 C39 CARS CAPTUR 1.5 DCI 90HP EDC17C42 CLIO 1.5 DCI 90HP EDC17C42 MASTER 2.3 DCI EDC17C42 MEGANE 1.6 DCI 130HP EDC17C42 SCENIC 2.3 DCI 100HP EDC17C42 ALHAMBRA 2 1.9L 8V TDI 85KW/115HP EDC15 P+ 2.0L 16V TDI 103KW/140HP EDC16+ 1.9L 8V TDI 110KW/150HP EDC15 P+ 1.9L 8V TDI 96KW/130HP EDC15 P+ 1.9L 8V TDI 67KW/90HP EDC15 P+ ALTEA 1.9L 8V TDI 77KW/103HP EDC16 2.0L 16V TDI 103KW138HP EDC16+ 2.0L 16V TDI 103KW/138HP EDC16 1.9L 8V TDI 77KW/103HP EDC16+ 2.0L 16V FSI 110KW/148HP MED9 ALTEA 2009 1.6L 16V TDI 77KW/103HP PCR2.1 CONTINENTAL AROSA 1.4L 6V TDI 55KW/74HP EDC15 P+ CORDOBA 1.9L 8V SDI EDC15 P+ EXEO 2.0L 16V TFSI 150KW/200HP FR MED9 IBIZA CUPRA 1.9L 8V TDI 118KW/160HP EDC15 P+ IBIZA MK2 1.9L 8V TDI 96KW/129HP EDC15 P+ 1.4L 6V TDI 55KW/74HP EDC15 P+ 1.9L 8V TDI 75KW/101HP EDC15 P+ IBIZA MK4 1.6L 16V TDI 77KW/104HP SPORT PCR2.1 1.6L 16V TDI 66KW/89HP PCR2.1 CONTINENTAL 1.4L 16V TSI CUPRA DSG 134KW/180HP MED17.5 LEON 1.9L 8V TDI 130HP EDC15 P+ 1.9L 8V TDI 110KW/148HP EDC15 P+ LEON 2005 2.0L 16V TDI 103KW/138HP EDC16 1.9L 8V TDI 90/105/150HP EDC16+ 2.0L 16V FSI 150HP MED9 2.0L 16V TFSI 240HP FR MED9 1.9L 8V TDI 90/105/150HP EDC16 1.6L 16V TDI 66KW/89HP PCR2.1 CONTINENTAL 2.0L TSI 210HP MED17 2.0L 8V TDI 103KW/138HP EDC16+ 1.8L 16V TFSI 160HP MED17 1.4L TSI 90KW/121HP MED17 1.6L 16V TDI 77KW/103HP PCR2.1 CONTINENTAL LEON CUPRA R 2.0L 16V TFSI 265HP MED9 TOLEDO 1.9L 8V TDI 81KW/109HP EDC15 P+ TOLEDO 2005 1.9L 8V TDI 77KW/103HP EDC16 2.0L 16V TDI 103KW/138HP EDC16 FABIA MK1 1.9L 8V TDI 96KW/128HP EDC15 P+ 1.9L 8V TDI 74KW/99HP EDC15 P+ FABIA MK2 1.6L 16V TDI 55KW/74HP PCR2.1 CONTINENTAL 1.6L 16V TDI 77KW/103HP PCR2.1 CONTINENTAL 1.6L 16V TDI 66KW/89HP PCR2.1 CONTINENTAL 1.4L 6V TDI 70/80HP EDC15 P+ OCTAVIA MK1 1.9L 8V TDI 96KW/129HP EDC15 P+ 1.9L 8V TDI 77KW/103HP EDC16 1.9L 8V TDI EDC16+ 1.9L 8V TDI 77KW/103HP EDC15 P+ 1.9L 8V TDI 74KW/99HP 4X4 EDC15 P+ OCTAVIA MK2 2.0L 16V TDI 103KW/138HP EDC16+ 1.4L 16V TSI 90KW/122HP MED17 1.6L 16V FSI 85KW/115HP MED9 2.0L 16V TDI EDC16 1.8L 16V TFSI 120KW/160HP MED17 2.0L 16V TFSI VRS 147KW/197HP MED9 1.6L 16V TDI 77KW/103HP PCR2.1 CONTINENTAL 2.0L 16V TFSI VRS 147KW/197HP MED17 2.0L 16V TDI EDC16+ 2.0L 16V FSI 110KW/147HP MED9.5.1 ROOMSTER 1.6L 16V TDI 66KW/89HP PCR2.1 CONTINENTAL 1.9L 8V TDI 77KW/103HP EDC15 P+ 1.6L 16V TDI 77KW/103HP PCR2.1 CONTINENTAL 1.4L 6V TDI 59KW/79HP EDC15 P+ SUPERB MK1 1.9L 8V TDI 74KW/101HP EDC15 P+ 1.9L 8V TDI 77KW/103HP EDC16+ 1.9L 8V TDI 96KW/129HP EDC15 P+ 2.0L 16V TDI 103KW/138HP EDC16+ SUPERB MK2 1.6L 16V TDI 77KW/103HP PCR2.1 CONTINENTAL 1.4L 16V TSI 92KW/125HP MED17 2.0L 16V TFSI 147KW/200HP MED17 1.8L 16V TSI 118KW/158HP MED17 YETI 1.6L 16V TDI 77KW/103HP PCR2.1 CONTINENTAL 1.8L 16V TSI 118KW/160HP MED17 SX4 1900 DDIS 88KW EDC16+ BORA A4 1.9L 8V TDI 74KW/99HP EDC15P+ 1.9L 8V TDI 96KW/129HP EDC15 P+ 1.9L 8V TDI 85KW/114HP EDC15P+ BORA A5 2.0L 16V TFSI 147KW/197HP ME9 1.9L 8V TDI 77KW/103HP EDC16+ BORA A6 2.0L 16V TSI 155KW/208HP MED17 CADDY 3 1.6L 16V TDI 55KW/74HP PCR2.1 CONTINENTAL 1.6L 16V TDI 75KW/101HP PCR2.1 CONTINENTAL 1.6L 16V TDI 78KW/105HP PCR2.1 CONTINENTAL 1.9L 8V TDI 77KW/104HP EDC16 1.9L 8V TDI 77KW/104HP EDC16+ 2.0L 8V TDI 103KW/138HP EDC16+ 2.0L 8V SDI 51KW/68HP EDC16 CARAVELLE (T5) 2.5L TDI 96KW/129HP EDC16+ 2.5L TDI 128KW/172HP EDC16+ EOS 2.0L 16V FSI 110KW/148HP MED9.5.1 1.6L 16V FSI 85KW/113HP MED9.5.1 1.4L 16V TSI 90KW/121HP MED17.5 2.0L 8V TDI 103KW/138HP EDC16+ 2.0L 16V TSI 155KW/208HP MED17.5 2.0L 16V TSI 147KW/197HP MED9.1 FOX 1.4L 6V TDI 51KW/69HP EDC15 P+ GOLF 4 1.9L 8V TDI 74KW/100HP EDC15 P+ 1.9L 8V TDI 85KW/113HP EDC15 P+ 1.9L 8V TDI 110KW/148HP EDC15 P+ 1.9L 8V TDI 96KW/128HP EDC15 P+ 1.9L 8V TDI 81KW/109HP EDC15 P+ GOLF 5 2.0L 16V TFSI 169KW/227HP MED9.1 1.9L 8V TDI 77KW/103HP EDC16 1.4L 16V TSI 125KW/168HP MED9 1.9L 8V TDI 66KW/89HP EDC16+ 1.9L 8V TDI 77KW/103HP EDC16+ 1.6L 16V FSI 85KW/114HP MED9 1.4L 16V TSI 103KW/138HP MED17 1.4L 16V TSI 125KW/168HP MED17 2.0L 16V SDI 55KW/74HP EDC16 2.0L 16V TSI 147KW/197HP MED17 2.0L 16V FSI 110KW/148HP MED9 2.0L 16V TDI 103KW/138HP EDC16 2.0L 16V TFSI 147KW/197HP MED9.1 1.4L 16V FSI 66KW/89HP MED9 2.0L 16V TDI 103KW/138HP EDC16+ GOLF 6 1.4L TSI 90KW/121HP MED17 1.6L TDI 77KW/103HP PCR2.1 CONTINENTAL 1.4L TSI 118KW/158HP MED17 1.8L 16V TSI 118KW/158HP MED17 2.0L 16V GTI TFSI 155KW/208HP MED17 2.0L 16V TSI 199KW/267HP MED9.1/5 4MOTION R 1.6L TDI 66KW/89HP PCR2.1 CONTINENTAL JETTA 4 1.9L 8V TDI 74KW/100HP EDC15 P+ JETTA 5 1.4L 16V TSI 103KW/138HP MED17 1.9L 8V TDI 77KW/104HP EDC16 1.8L 16V TSI 118KW/158HP MED17 1.9L 8V TDI 77KW/104HP EDC16+ 2.0L 16V TDI 103KW/138HP EDC16+ 2.0L 16V FSI 110KW/148HP MED9 2.0L 16V TDI 103KW/138HP EDC16 2.0L 16V TFSI 147KW/197HP MED9.1 JETTA 6 2.5L 20V 125KW/168HP MED17.5.5 LUPO 1.2L 12V TDI 45KW/60HP EDC15 P+ 1.4L 6V TDI 55KW/74HP EDC15 P+ MAGGIOLINO/BEETLE 1.6L 16V TDI 77KW/103HP PCR2.1 CONTINENTAL MULTIVAN (T5) 2.5L TDI 96KW/129HP EDC16+ 2.5L TDI 96KW/129HP EDC16 2.5L TDI 128KW/172HP EDC16 NEW BEETLE 1.9L 8V TDI 74KW/100HP EDC15 P+ 1.9L 8V TDI 77KW/104HP EDC16+ PASSAT 5 1.9L 8V TDI 74KW/99HP EDC15 1.9L 8V TDI 85KW/114HP EDC15 2.0L 8V TDI 100KW/136HP EDC16+ 1.8L 16V TSI 118KW/158HP MED17 2.0L 8V TDI 103KW/138HP EDC16+ 1.9L 8V TDI 96KW/129HP EDC15 PASSAT 6 1.4L 16V TSI 90KW/120HP MED17 1.9L 8V TDI 77KW/103HP EDC16+ 1.6L 16V FSI 85KW/114HP MED9 1.8L 16V TSI 118KW/158HP MED17 2.0L 16V TSI 147KW/197HP MED17 2.0L 16V TFSI 147KW/197HP MED9 2.0L 16V FSI 110KW/147HP MED9 PASSAT 7 1.6L 16V TDI 77KW/103HP PCR2.1 CONTINENTAL PHAETON 3.0L V6 TDI 165KW/225HP EDC16+ POLO 3 1.4L 6V TDI 55KW/75HP EDC15 P+ 1.9L 8V TDI 74KW/100HP EDC15 P+ 1.9L 8V TDI 96KW/130HP EDC15 P+ POLO 4 1.9L 8V TDI 74KW/99HP EDC15 P+ POLO 5 1.6L 16V TDI 66KW/89HP PCR2.1 CONTINENTAL 1.6L 16V TDI 55KW/74HP PCR2.1 CONTINENTAL 1.6L 16V TDI 77KW/103HP PCR2.1 CONTINENTAL SCIROCCO 3 1.4L 16V TSI 90KW/121HP MED17.5 1.4L 16V TSI 118KW/158HP MED17.5 2.0L 16V TSI R 195KW/262HP MED9.1/5 2.0L 16V TSI 155KW/208HP MED17.5 SHARAN 1 1.9L 8V TDI 85KW/113HP EDC15 P+ 1.9L 8V TDI 66KW/89HP EDC15 P+ 2.0L 8V TDI 103KW/138HP EDC16+ 1.9L 8V TDI 96KW/128HP EDC15 P+ TIGUAN 1.4L 16V TSI 118KW/158HP MED17.5 1.8L 16V TSI 118KW/158HP MED17 2.0L 16V TSI 125KW/167HP MED17.5 TOUAREG (7L) 3.0L V6 TDI 165KW/221HP EDC16+ 2.5L R5 TDI 128KW/172HP EDC16 2.5L R5 TDI 128KW/172HP EDC16+ TOURAN 1.4L 16V TSI 125KW/168HP MED17 1.4L 16V TSI 103KW/140HP MED17.5.1 1.6L 16V TDI 77KW/103HP PCR2.1 CONTINENTAL 1.6L 16V FSI 85KW/114HP MED9.5 1.9L 8V TDI 77KW/104HP EDC16+ 2.0L 16V TDI 103KW/138HP EDC16+ 1.9L 8V TDI 66KW/89HP EDC16 1.9L 8V TDI 77KW/104HP EDC16 2.0L 8V TDI 103KW/138HP EDC16 TRANSPORTER (T5) 1.9L 8V TDI 77KW/103HP EDC16 1.9L 8V TDI 62KW/83HP EDC16+ 2.5L TDI 128KW/172HP EDC16 2.5L TDI 128KW/172HP EDC16+ 2.5L TDI 96KW/129HP EDC16+ 2.5L TDI 96KW/129HP EDC16 VENTO (A5) 1.9L 8V TDI 77KW/104HP EDC16+ 2.0L 8V TDI 103KW/138HP EDC16+ 1.9L 8V TDI 77KW/104HP EDC16 VENTO (A6) 2.5L 20V 125KW/168HP MED17.5.5
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-17-2014, 02:40 PM
    Why does anyone need over 600 horsepower at the wheels in a G-Wagon? Come on now, nobody reading this site is asking that question. A 5600 pound German tank pushing 620 horsepower to all four wheels along with 547 pound-feet of torque is absurdly awesome. The motor is built by Eurocharged and is bored out to 5.7 liters with ported heads. The supercharger is Weistec's 3.0 liter twin screw which replaces the 2.1 liter OEM blower. Eurocharged added in some of their custom tuning and the result at all four wheels is staggering. Considering the drivetrain losses this is one of the strongest supercharged M113 V8's in the world. Simply great work by everyone involved.
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    04-19-2014, 08:42 AM
    Volkswagen is not playing around at least when it comes to turbocharged four-cylinder performance. There is a reason Volkswagen lured AMG's head of engine development Friedrich Eichler away (likely with a wheelbarrow full of money). Eichler is the man responsible for the M133 AMG 2.0 liter four-cylinder in the CLA45 AMG which currently holds the world's most powerful production four-cylinder title at an underrated 355 horses. Enter the Golf R 400 which previews Volkswagen's hotter EA888 2.0 liter direct injected and turbocharged four-cylinder motor. You guessed it, output is 400 PS (395 horses) placing the Golf R 400 considerably ahead of the 45 AMG models. The new motor also revs higher going to 7200 rpm. This power is sent to all four wheels through a 6-speed dual clutch DSG gearbox. The 331 lb-ft of torque combined with the all wheel drive and dual clutch transmission make for a quick and likely conservative 0-60 sprint of 3.9 seconds. This time is helped out by the 3130 pound-curb weight which is incredible with the safety standards in this day and age especially for an wheel drive turbo car. Volkswagen, this is the kind of car you build if you want to turn things around in the USA. This is the kind of car with attitude that will get you noticed. Who is not going to like a Golf that can dust a Porsche 911 right off the showroom floor? If you built it, they will come. Which considering your track record probably means you won't do it. If you do go through with it do not make the mistake of not bringing this car to the USA. We may just never forgive you. Seriously, keep your Phaeton and give us this instead. World premiere of the 400 PS Golf R 400 sports car concept – 280-km/h Golf showcases sporty potential of the model series – Exclusive Golf R 400 accelerates to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds – Design and technology of the Golf R 400 is based on motorsport Ten key facts on the world premiere of the Golf R 400: 1. Golf R 400 reflects the sporty potential of the model series. 2. The "400" in Golf R 400 stands for its power of 400 PS. 3. The concept car develops 100 PS more than the Golf R. 4. Specific power of 200 PS per litre displacement and power-to-weight ratio of 3.55 PS per kilogram are on the same level as a super sports car. 5. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds and 280 km/h top speed (governed). 6. Design of the Golf R 400 was customised to a great extent. 7. The R 400 concept is based on the technology of the new Golf R. 8. Flared wings are a tribute to the legendary Rallye Golf G60 (from 1988, motorsport homologation model). 9. Permanent 4MOTION all-wheel drive impressively transfers the car's extraordinary power to the road. 10. Customised interior with motorsport shell seats in Alcantara and carbon leather. Wolfsburg / Beijing, April 2014. The latest Golf R production model was introduced just recently. With 221 kW / 300 PS of power. All-wheel drive. It handles the sprint to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds and attains a top speed of 250 km/h (governed) – this is the sharpest production Golf ever and one of the most agile sports cars in its class. But the potential of the Golf – which made its debut exactly 40 years ago and developed into one of the world's most successful cars – enables even further extensions to the limits of what is feasible in sporty performance. Volkswagen is demonstrating at Auto China 2014 just how far these limits can (currently) be extended in the world premiere of the Golf R 400 concept car. Its name reflects its mission. It is a Golf developed by Volkswagen R GmbH – the brand's sports car manufacturer. 400 stands for 400 PS (294 kW). The powerful engine with the genes of the WRC racing version propels the Golf to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds. Its top speed, assuming that a German motorway or race course is available: 280 km/h (governed). 3.55 kg per PS. The Golf R 400, including its all-wheel drive system, weighs just 1,420 kg thanks to its compact high-performance engine (2.0 TSI), lightweight dual-clutch gearbox and low body weight. Its weight-to-power ratio is a dominant 3.55 kg per PS. The permanent all-wheel drive system by Volkswagen – 4MOTION – is also one of the most fuel-efficient systems of its kind. In addition, the Golf is also exceptionally aerodynamic, as the R 400 as well. Perfection in details runs through the entire concept of the Golf R 400 – from the engine to the largely new body design. This extreme Golf is painted in "Silver Flake"; creating a contrast to this light metallic colour are the car's glossy "Black" roof and mirror caps in genuine carbon. Also designed in painted carbon effect are the splitters (wrap-around aerodynamic parts) adapted from motorsport and genuine carbon accents in the interior. Special features of the Golf R 400 in detail: R 400 turbocharged engine 200 PS per litre displacement. The Golf R 400 is powered by a 2.0 TSI with the technical genes of the WRC racing engine. Compared to the 221 kW / 300 PS Golf R, the Golf R 400 develops 100 PS more power, thus providing 295 kW / 400 PS (at 7,200 rpm) – which is 200 PS per litre of engine displacement. This specific power figure lies on the same level as that of super sports cars. The engine's maximum torque was increased by 70 Newton metres to 450 Newton metres (between 2,400 and 6,000 rpm). R400 all-wheel drive system and running gear 4MOTION. Typical of all Golf R cars, due to their exceptional power reserves, has always been their permanent 4MOTION all-wheel drive system. Of course, this also applies to the Golf R 400 being shown in Beijing. In this car, the all-wheel drive system is coupled with an automatic 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG), which can also be shifted manually as an alternative via the gear shift lever or steering wheel paddles. Clever control. The 4MOTION all-wheel drive of the Golf R, which has been perfected with such features as a Haldex-5 coupling, is activated even before slip occurs. Traction loss is practically prevented by this. The system makes use of a pre-control strategy here, which depends on the specific driving state. Under low load conditions, or during coastdown, the front wheels transfer most of the propulsive power, while the rear axle is decoupled. This basic tuning saves on fuel. If necessary, the rear axle of the Golf R can be variably engaged in fractions of a second as soon as this becomes necessary. This is done by means of the Haldex coupling that is activated by an electro-hydraulic oil pump. EDS, XDS, ESC Sport. Along with the Haldex coupling, which acts as a central differential lock, the electronic differential locks (EDS) integrated in the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system act as transverse differential locks. In addition, the Golf R 400 is equipped with the XDS+ system on both the front and rear axles, which brakes the wheels at the inside of a bend during fast driving through bends, and which optimises steering response as a transverse differential lock. Last but not least, the Golf R 400 has an "ESC Sport" function like that of the production model. The system is activated via a two-stage switch on the centre console. When the driver presses the button once briefly, this selects the "ESC Sport" mode of Electronic Stability Control (ESC). During very fast driving with lots of bends – e.g. on a race course – the ESC does not intervene as frequently, which enables even more agile handling properties. If the ESC button is held down more than three seconds, the system is fully deactivated for professional drivers on a race course. Sport suspension and new wheels. The sport suspension of the production Golf R, which lowers the ride height by 20 mm compared to the base Golf, did not have to be changed for the Golf R 400 thanks to its large power reserve. In front, the two Golf R versions each have a MacPherson-type suspension with lower wishbones, while what is known as the modular performance suspension (multi-link suspension) is used at the rear. The tyres are also the same on both cars: 235/35 R 19. The alloy wheels of the Golf R 400 are a new development. Their design is based on the 19-inch "Cadiz" production wheels, but they were highly modified and equipped with high-gloss black inserts which, as air vanes, perfect cooling in the reinforced brake system. R 400 exterior Side profile. Volkswagen Design made wide-ranging design changes to the Golf R 400. For one, the body was widened by 20 mm on each side to accommodate the 19-inch wheels that are further outboard due to their larger wheel offset. In front, the designers developed an entirely new wing, which – as a modern interpretation of the legendary Rallye Golf G60 (from 1988) – are significantly flared. Similarly, the rear side panels over the wheel housings of the Golf R 400 were also flared. The wheel arches are painted in body colour as a uniform part of the new wings and side panels. In addition, the bottoms of the sides are characterised by a wrap-around splitter made of visual carbon that is a very flat aerodynamic element derived from motorsport. Perfection in the details: the fibres of the visual carbon parts in the exterior area that just have a matt coating are aligned in the driving direction, and as arrow-shaped elements they emphasise the dynamism of the R 400. Above the splitter, designers also adapted the side sills to the new contours, creating a uniform transition to the newly designed wheel arches. Front end. Designers have redesigned the front end of the Golf R 400 as well. Beneath the high-gloss black radiator grille with its "R badge", on a background in "Lemon Yellow", the Golf R 400 also features a line in "Lemon Yellow". Similar to the line of the Golf R (chrome line), Golf GTI (red line) and the new Golf GTE (blue line), it forms the termination of the grille towards the rear and continues into the headlights on the left and right. Beneath this line, there is a type of slot that serves as an air inlet on the Golf R 400 to help cover the car's elevated cooling requirements. The bumper was also completely redesigned. The central air inlets have a surround that is a wing-like element made of carbon effect, which visually appear to hover in the bumper. The lines of this aerodynamic element run horizontally up to the height of the bi-xenon headlights, then they bend in a V-shape towards the rear, and finally describe the form of a C (left) and a reversed C (right). Self-contained wing elements in high-gloss black also hover in the lower air inlets. Between the aerodynamic element of visual carbon and the high-gloss black wings (as well as within these black elements) there is a protective screen whose honeycomb structure – like so many details of the Golf R 400 – is reminiscent of motorsport vehicles. Since the wing element protrudes somewhat further forward, this gives it a progressive three-dimensional appearance. As in the side profile, there is also a motorsport-derived splitter in carbon effect at the front. Rear section. At the rear, the wrap-around motorsport splitters transition into a diffuser, which – like the front wing element – protrudes slightly out from the body. Integrated here are the two central exhaust tailpipes. The reason: in contrast to the Golf R with its four tailpipes (two each, left and right), the Golf R 400 follows the design of the Golf R32 – the original R-series model presented in 2002. Specifically, there are two polished tailpipes with a diameter of 110 mm, which are spaced 200 mm apart from one another and extend slightly upwards. Perfection in the details: the exhaust tailpipes have an inner part that is visible from the outside, which repeats the honeycomb design of the front air inlet. The designers also redesigned the rear bumper; at each end of the bumper there is a carbon inlay in a C-shape (reversed C on the right). The reflector is integrated in the lower horizontal part of the C; the vertical part protrudes slightly from the bumper. Here the designers have worked in a wheel arch exhaust vent. Dual rear spoiler design. The black roof transitions into a roof spoiler that is also in black. It has two levels: viewed from the rear, the gaze is directed through the two "flying" spoilers, one above the other, to the roof. Designers have integrated an LED brake light bar in the rear spoiler. R 400 interior Shell seats in Alcantara and carbon leather. The interior of the Golf R 400 has also been extensively customised. The driver and front passenger have motorsport shell seats with integrated head restraints and belt openings. The cross-quilted middle seat panels are designed in Alcantara ("Anthracite" colour); the areas at head level and the inner surfaces of the lateral supports are designed in exclusive "carbon leather". The same applies to the outer side of the shell seats. The decorative stitching and stitch tucks (contrasting seams on lateral supports) create a contrast to the fresh "Lemon Yellow" colour. "R" badges are embroidered in the leather on the backs of the front seats. The rear individual seats are also designed in "carbon leather" on their outer areas, and the inner surfaces are upholstered in Alcantara. The area between the two seats is trimmed in black "Nappa leather". Carbon accents. Carbon is also the dominant material for accents in the doors and on the passenger's side of the dashboard – in contrast to the exterior, however, it is coated here in a glossy rather than matt clearcoat. The centre console accents, cockpit surround and trim around the air nozzles are designed in glossy black piano finish. Carbon leather is used for the door inserts. The door armrests, meanwhile, have contrasting stitching in "Lemon Yellow". There is white ambience lighting around the door accents and the stainless steel door sill plates. Carbon leather is used in the "R" design of the three-spoke sport leather steering wheel. All leather elements are also customised by decorative stitching in the contrasting colour "Lemon Yellow" – perfection down to the smallest of details.
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    04-21-2014, 08:12 PM
    The Supra has developed an almost legendary reputation for big power. You can practically sneeze on the car and it will gain horsepower. Sneeze hard enough knocking the right hose off and that actually is true. So just how strong is the stock iron block 2JZ-GTE motor? Strong enough to put down 997 horsepower at the wheels on a Mustang Dyno with a Precision 7675R turbocharger at 38 psi of boost and ProEFI standalone with ethanol. Now this is not a level of power one would expect a stock bottom end 2JZ to last with and it is somewhat of a glory pull but it is quite an impressive glory pull. In the early days Supras would often give out at half this power. Not necessarily because the motor couldn't take it but because the tuning of the platform was not what it is today. A large part of this is thanks to the ProEFI ecu. This is definitely impressive work by Sound Performance. Much respect!
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    04-19-2014, 10:03 AM
    The new Porsche 991 GT3 is more technologically advanced than the 997 GT3 RS 4.0. The 991 GT3 ditches the GT1 based flat-6 for a newer direct injected unit, adds a PDK dual clutch transmission, and also features rear wheel steering. The technology update has come with quite a price but is the new the GT3 a better performance car than the top dog 997 GT3 RS 4.0? The previous generation car is the more powerful one quoted at 500 horsepower but it is severely underrated. The 991 3.8 liter flat-6 is smaller than the 997 GT3 RS 4.0 liter mill but it revs higher to 9000 rpm. Can the higher redline and quicker shifting PDK gearbox help it overcome its 25 horsepower (on paper) disadvantage? The 991 GT3 not only has less power but it also is the heavier car by 110 pounds. Well, the new 991 GT3 is not only faster in a straight line it is significantly quicker around the roadcourse. German publication Auto Bild tested both cars on the Sachsenring and the 991 GT3 crushed the 997 GTR RS 4.0. Here are the laptimes: 991 GT3: 1:32.97 997 GT RS 4.0: 1:34.53 min Just over 1.5 seconds a lap is a huge improvement. The new car clearly handles better but what about the acceleration figures? The 991 GT3 is the superior performer here as well with an 11.37 second 1/4 mile sprint compared to the 997 GT3 RS 4.0 11.75. Acceleration from 0-200 kph favors the 991 GT3 which accomplishes the task in 11.2 seconds to the 997 GT3 RS 4.0 11.8 seconds. Engine fire fiasco aside, the 991 GT3 is simply the superior performance car. Some people do not care about raw numbers and want the purest driving experience possible in which case the GT3 RS 4.0 with its manual transmission will likely a do a better job of satisfying that condition. However, with the standard 991 GT3 beating the 997 GT3 RS 4.0 strictly in the performance sense it makes one wonder just how good a 991 GT3 RS will be. Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 Weight: 1393 kg 0-100 kph: 3.8 s (with Launch Assistant) 0-160 kph: 7.9 s 0-200 kph: 11.8 s Quarter mile: 11.75 s Flexibility (80-120 kph) in 5th/6th gear: 5.4 s/7.0 s Braking (100-0 kph), warm: 32.1 m (-1.22 G) Braking (200-0 kph), warm: 125.6 m (-1.25 G) Porsche 911 GT3 (991) Weight: 1443 kg 0-100 kph: 3.4 s (with Launch Control) 0-160 kph: 7.3 s 0-200 kph: 11.2 s Quarter mile: 11.37 s Flexibility (80-120 kph) in 5th/6th gear: 5.6 s/7.1 s Braking (100-0 kph), warm: 32.2 m (-1,22 G) Braking (200-0 kph), warm: 119.1 m (-1,32 G)
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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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    04-21-2014, 06:10 PM
    Pick your jaw up off the floor, everything is going to be ok. Head of AMG Tobias Moers was asked whether AMG would go hybrid at the New York Auto Show. His response to the question was, “Honestly, I would say yes for sure . I can’t say when for sure but we have already started a lot of research.” Do not expect the next generation C63 to go hybrid or any AMG models coming out in the next couple years but they are in the pipeline. There likely are those out there who think this means a weaker AMG vehicle or that a C63 will suddenly become a glorified Prius. If the Porsche 918 Spyder and the McLaren P1 have shown us anything it is that high performance hybrids are not only possible, they are the future. Those two supercars obviously carry a premium price but AMG will no doubt make high performance hybrid technology more affordable. This means tuning will get more complicated and upgrading your AMG may not just involve bigger turbos but bigger batteries. Whether you like this thought or not hybrid AMG's are on the way and likely will appear by 2020. Source
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    04-20-2014, 03:22 AM
    Earlier this month BMW announced they would be bringing a new high end luxury sedan concept to the Beijing auto show. Early speculation was that this would be the basis for a 9-Series model. The actual concept is the BMW Vision Future Luxury and it points at the future styling direction of the 7-Series as well as the 9-Series that would be based on the G11 7-Series platform. As expected, the design language is heavily influenced by the earlier Gran Lusso Coupe concept. The design features sharp angles and 'Laserlight' headlights. The oversized grille and edgy lights give the car somewhat of a squinting appearance. The rear design from the side profile shows BMW stretching the windows back as far as possible and minimizing the trunk overhang. You can thank the 'four door' coupe styling that has become so popular for the sloping rear proportions. The trademark Hofmeister kink is present of course tying this car to BMW's past. It is elegant, modern, and striking but immediately recognizable as a BMW. As is the interior which exemplifies BMW's modern and minimalist approach. Large screens along with a HUD (heads up display) eliminate button clutter making for a very roomy and modern cockpit. How much of this will transfer to production for the next generation luxury sedans is anyone's guess. It certainly is a worthy future styling language for the premium models of the brand. BMW Vision Future Luxury Modern luxury driven by design and innovation Beijing/Munich – April 19, 2014 6:00pm EDT/3:00pm PDT. . . The BMW Vision Future Luxury furnishes a long-term outlook on the perception of modern luxury for the BMW brand. It stands for a forward-looking fusion of exclusivity and innovation, for a driving experience that is at once emotional and exclusive. All this is conveyed through the outstanding exterior and interior design of the BMW Vision Future Luxury along with its innovative technology, a pioneering lightweight engineering concept and a seamlessly integrated user interface and driving experience that caters optimally to the needs of all occupants. The BMW Vision Future Luxury makes its world debut at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show. "Innovative technology and modern luxury have always been an important part of BMW's brand DNA," says Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design. "We use visionary concept vehicles like the BMW Vision Future Luxury to show where we may be going with these themes in the future, and to give us new inspiration and motivation. The BMW Vision Future Luxury – with its innovative technologies and with meticulous precision and quality in every detail – takes our thinking on modern luxury a logical stage further." Heralding a new approach – the design "The design of the BMW Vision Future Luxury is the messenger of our philosophy of modern luxury, one in which innovative technologies play a key and vital role. These innovations deliver a new, multifaceted luxury experience that spans intelligent lightweight engineering, innovative interior design and a radically new user interface design," says Karim Habib, Head of BMW Design, summing up the design approach to the BMW Vision Future Luxury. This approach is particularly tangible in the interior. Throughout, the design expresses both form and function of the innovative technologies. For example, the intelligent lightweight engineering concept of the BMW Vision Future Luxury is expressed in the design principle of subtractive modeling. That is to say, the specific geometry and functions of an individual component are created from one and the same layered composite structure, comprising many different levels and materials. An initial base layer of fine carbon fabric is followed by a functional level featuring user interface components, control and display interfaces and lighting functions, which in turn is followed by a further structural, load-bearing layer of aluminum for additional strength. Finally, the top layers comprise wood, then leather, to create a warm and comfortable ambience. In a given area of the interior, the multi-layer structure is "milled down" to the appropriate depth depending on what surface material and what function is required. Since the interior geometry is therefore always pared down to essentials, this cuts total weight substantially. This treatment also makes for virtually seamless transitions and very elegant, fluid surfaces. The unrivalled characteristics of carbon as a material – both individually and in combination with its surrounding materials – are optimally utilized in this rigorous lightweight design concept. The carbon underlying layer is visible in the doors, under the seats and especially in the innovative, pared-down B-pillar. A full B-pillar as used in the past is dispensed with. The carbon construction allows the seat frames to be integrated into the load-bearing structure. There are also connections to the door sills and centre console, which means only a very small and unobtrusive B-pillar is required. The BMW Vision Future Luxury's wide- opening coach doors would not have been possible without this new carbon B-pillar solution. New-style user interface design and exclusive BMW ConnectedDrive services In the driver's and front passenger's area, precisely defined lines and surfaces create a sense of exclusive dynamism. The design of the instrument panel closely complements the design of the displays themselves. The driver is surrounded by a wrap-around cluster of three intermeshing displays, creating the typical BMW driver-centric cockpit. The three- dimensional display technology means that at the visual level the instrument panel styling appears to carry over into the displays themselves. In other words, to the eye the interior space seems to continue into the solid structures of the instrument panel, generating an impression of unprecedented depth and spaciousness. The left-hand display mainly presents vehicle-related information, while in the centre a programmable cluster displays speedometer, rev counter and other information, as well as context-adaptive supplementary data, which is displayed as and when relevant. Meanwhile, the right-hand display – the Driver Information Display – provides additional infotainment information. The driver also has the option of controlling all these functions by voice command. BMW Vision Head Up Display The primary driver display, however, is the "contact-analogue" BMW Vision Head Up Display. This display augments the driver's view of the real world by projecting information directly in the driver's line of sight onto the road. Buildings, traffic signs or hazards can be highlighted directly in the real-world environment, selectively directing the driver's attention to specific information which is particularly important at any given time. This technology gives a new dimension to driver assistance functions such as Speed Limit Info, where road signs can be identified and highlighted in the driver's field of view, or the Traffic Light Assistant, which provides real-time information about traffic light phasing. In place of a central shared information display for driver and front passenger, the BMW Vision Future Luxury offers front passengers their own Passenger Information Display. This display is connected to the Driver Information Display via a touch-sensitive panel, where information can be exchanged between driver and front passenger using swiping movements. Applications like booking opera tickets online direct from the vehicle via the BMW ConnectedDrive Luxury Concierge service can be displayed in the Passenger Information Display, where they don't risk distracting the driver. The relevant functions can be conveniently controlled by the front passenger using the iDrive Controller with touch- sensitive interface. Rear Seat Touch Command Tablet. In the back, two Rear Seat Displays set into carbon surrounds, and a detachable Rear Seat Touch Command Tablet, put the finishing touch to the integrated user interface concept of the BMW Vision Future Luxury. These displays can communicate with the front displays and also with the BMW ConnectedDrive services. Everything from trip-related information like speed and journey time to information relating to the Luxury Concierge Services can be displayed here in simple and customized form. It is also possible to use online entertainment content like internet-based video and music streaming as well as gaming. All content and functions can be controlled from the rear seats using the detachable Rear Seat Touch Command Tablet in the centre console. Personal space at the rear For the occupants of the rear seats, the BMW Vision Future Luxury offers a luxurious haven of personal space. Two large, deeply contoured single seats add to the appeal, inviting passengers to retire into their own personal "comfort zone". A retractable table, the angled Rear Seat Displays and the rigid backs of the front seats create a very private ambience, sectioning this area off from the rest of the interior. The sense of privacy is accentuated by modern, flowing geometry and the use of select materials, with lavish wood surfaces extending from the rear parcel shelf to enfold the rear seat occupants in a cosseting three- dimensional space. Strategically placed lighting slats integrated into the wood echo the surrounding styling and, with their warm glow, accentuate the modern and cozy ambience. Finest-quality aniline leather in Batavia brown and a lighter Silk shade, Silk nubuk leather and the warm brown, layered lime wood all have a natural aura which offers unique visual appeal and quality. The division between darker materials in the upper areas and light materials in the lower areas creates a feeling of warmth and a luxurious sense of space. A deep-pile pure silk carpet rounds off the exclusive array of materials in the interior of the BMW Vision Future Luxury. Exclusiveness and elegance – the exterior design In side view, perfect proportions – precise, uncluttered and elegant – convey the exclusiveness of the BMW Vision Future Luxury. The long wheelbase, short overhangs and low, set-back greenhouse lend the stretched silhouette a refined dynamism. In hallmark BMW style, a finely sculpted contour line creates a taut arc along the side of the vehicle, and the opulent surfaces underneath this line have, as always on a BMW, been shaped by seasoned modelers. This hand-sculpted design gives the surfaces a special emotional appeal that would be beyond the capabilities of a computer. The effect is further enhanced by the Liquid Platinum Bronze exterior paintwork, which generates a warm, shimmering effect. An exclusive flourish at the side of the vehicle is the side mirror, which appears to grow organically out of the chrome window trim. Designed as a visual continuation of the chrome trim, its slender stalk is attached to the mirror from below, giving it a graceful and effortless appearance, almost as if it were hovering in mid-air. BMW EfficientDynamics: honed aerodynamics and intelligent lightweight engineering The exterior design perfectly showcases the advanced aerodynamics and innovative lightweight engineering of the BMW Vision Future Luxury. The coupé-style roofline and sloping boot lid, for example, significantly reduce drag. Underlying the tautly sculpted exterior surfaces, equally refined solutions provide optimal channeling of the airflow. They include the Air Breather system at the rear of the front wheel arch, a C-pillar with internal air channeling, and openings in the rear apron which vent air from the wheel arches. An elegant carbon strip in the door sill area alludes discreetly to the innovative lightweight engineering concept based on aluminum and carbon. Both these lightweight materials are used in the vehicle in exactly the right places to achieve maximum effect – both individually and in tandem. BMW Laserlight at the front Clean and simple in design, the traditional iconic BMW front-end design cues – the twin kidney grille and twin headlights – instantly proclaim the brand identity of the BMW Vision Future Luxury. The lean contours of the headlights also hint at the innovative technology sheltering behind them: BMW Laserlight. This new technology not only paves the way for a very flat and dynamic interpretation of the typical BMW twin round headlamps, it also sets completely new standards in terms of brightness, range and intensity. The concentrated, parallel light beam is up to ten times more intense than that of an LED system. The reduced energy consumption and packaging requirements of laser lights make this technology a prime candidate for use in future vehicles. Underneath the headlights, the assertive multi-material front apron accentuates the elegant front-end styling. At the outboard ends of the apron, graceful carbon air deflectors conceal a range of BMW EfficientDynamics aerodynamics features. The thin-walled air deflectors are made of carbon, a further reminder of the intelligent lightweight engineering concept of the BMW Vision Future Luxury. A slender chrome strip on the air deflectors highlights the airflow system. OLED lighting at the rear The horizontal lines of the side profile glide gently away at the rear in a final expansive flourish. As at the front, the body styling in this area is deliberately understated, allowing the innovative, narrow and slender lights to make a powerful statement. For the first time on a BMW the rear lighting is provided by organic LEDs, paving the way for a completely new treatment of the typical BMW L-shaped lights. The BMW Vision Future Luxury's L-shaped rear lights comprise a large number of small, likewise L-shaped OLEDs. An organic LED consists of wafer-thin organic semiconductor layers positioned between two electrodes. The light-emitting polymer layer is only approx. 400 nanometers thick, making it roughly 400 times thinner than a human hair. Organic LEDs are not only extremely thin, as well as flexible, they also produce very uniform illumination over their entire surface. Due to their very thin dimensions, and since they do not require reflectors in order to produce the desired broad light dispersion, they open up completely new ways of using light in and around the vehicle. With its arrival in Beijing, the BMW Vision Future Luxury furnishes a long-term outlook on the perception of modern luxury for the BMW brand. BMW Group In America BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975. Rolls- Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and the Rolls- Royce brand of Motor Cars; DesignworksUSA, a strategic design consultancy in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group's global manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all X5 and X3 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 Sports Activity Coupes. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 339 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 139 BMW motorcycle retailers, 119 MINI passenger car dealers, and 35 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group's sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey. 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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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    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, 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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    04-19-2014, 09:11 AM
    Here is your new 2015 Dodge Charger. Well, not exactly new. The drivetrain is the exact same. You have your 3.6 liter Pentastar V6 with an output of 292 horses available in rear wheel or all wheel drive. The 5.7 liter Hemi V8 is rear wheel drive only and offers the same familiar 370 horsepower and 395 lb-ft of torque. What about the SRT model? Yep, it is the same as well with the 6.4 liter V8 with 470 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. Is anything different? Yes, the 5-speed auto is finally ditched for an 8-speed unit across the model range. The changes are mostly cosmetic with the headlights being updated to trendy LED units. The taillights also get an LED update. There also are new wheel choices. The interior also gets some updates with new trim options, an updated gauge cluster, and a three-spoke steering wheel. Overall, a mild update that tries to keep the platform looking fresh. 2015 Dodge Charger: The World's Only Four-Door Muscle Car Gets New Exterior, 300 Horsepower V-6 With Best-in-class 31 MPG Highway, Standard Segment-Exclusive TorqueFlite eight-speed Automatic Transmission and World-class Handling and Refinement • Dodge designers resculpt and refine nearly every body panel on the new 2015 Dodge Charger, including dramatic LED lighting in both front and rear • Standard segment-exclusive TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission is now paired with the legendary 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engine on 2015 Dodge Charger R/T models, as well as the fuel- efficient and powerful 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine • Award-winning Pentastar V-6 paired with standard TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission delivers best-in-class 31 miles per gallon (mpg) • New interior design elements, including three-spoke steering wheel, 7-inch reconfigurable gauge cluster, premium materials and a choice of eight new trim and color combinations • Charger offers more than 80 available safety and security features, including new for 2015 full- speed Forward Collision Warning-Plus, Adaptive Cruise Control Plus with Full Stop, Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist, ParkSense rear park assist systems and 9-1-1 call/Assist Call • Charger features a slew of the latest high-tech features, including the new award-winning Uconnect Access system, Uconnect Access Services with roadside assistance, theft-alarm notification, voice texting, new Dodge Performance pages, new 3-D navigation and the ability to turn the Charger into a Wi-Fi hot spot • New mobile app lets 2015 Charger owners start and lock their vehicle from a distance • Uconnect Via Mobile lets customers enjoy their personal Internet radio accounts and stream audio content using their own mobile device data plans. It seamlessly brings four popular Internet radio apps into the Dodge Charger, including Aha by Harman, iHeartRadio, Pandora and Slacker • Charger's segment-exclusive Beats Audio System is designed to immerse passengers in the ultimate audio experience The Dodge brand is bringing its A-game for its 100th anniversary, significantly updating both the iconic Challenger muscle car and Charger four-door sedan. The iconic Dodge Charger gets a full-body makeover for 2015 along with powertrain updates that include a standard TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission on both Charger's standard 3.6-liter V-6 Pentastar engine and, new for 2015, the R/T equipped 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8. ―Our Dodge designers have resculpted nearly every single body panel of the Dodge Charger for 2015, giving it a sleek, nimble appearance,‖ said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO - Dodge Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. ―The Charger's all-new exterior design combined with its standard new TorqueFlite eight- speed transmission and the latest in-car technology builds on the brand's promise to deliver American performance machines with world-class efficiency, technology, authentic materials and standout styling for our customers.‖ The 2015 Dodge Charger will be available in four models: SE, SXT, R/T and R/T Road & Track. Charger is built at the Brampton (Ont.) Assembly Plant in Canada. Production is slated to begin in the fourth quarter of 2014. Charger continues to grow its market share The 2015 Dodge Charger competes in the U.S. full-size car market, but stands alone in a class by itself as the only American-bred four-door muscle car. In March of 2014, the Dodge brand reached a significant milestone, with Challenger and Charger sales combining to sell a total of more than 1 million units in the United States. The Charger's combination of aggressive and youthful image, full-size functionality and world-class engineering and quality resonates with young and affluent buyers. Charger's purchasers on average are 15 years younger than its competitors' buyers within the segment, with more than half identifying themselves as millennials or Generation Xers. The Charger's appeal is attracting a high number of conquest buyers, helping drive a 62 percent increase in sales since 2009 – double the growth of the standard full-size car segment. In 2013, Charger posted its best sales year since 2007, further fueling a 3.2 percentage point gain in market share since 2009. To help Charger keep its edge, Dodge is loading up the new sedan with a slew of new technologies and a host of premium features, such as high-end interiors, the latest Uconnect System and impressive powertrain options, along with a new exterior design that is distinctly Dodge. New feature updates for 2015 include: New exterior styling • New hood • New fenders • New front and rear fascias • New front doors • New three-piece spoiler (standard R/T) • New Dodge signature LED racetrack tail lamps • New projector headlamps (high-intensity discharge headlamps on premium trims) • New LED fog lamps (SXT and R/T) • New center high-mounted stop lamp (CHMSL) • New wheels for all price classes, including available 20-by-9-inch forged aluminum wheels • New 20-inch wheels standard on R/T models • Six different 20-inch wheel styles available • New heritage colors, including B5 Blue, which accompanies classic high-impact TorRed New interior styling and materials • New 7-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) customizable digital gauge cluster • New instrument panel center stack with next-generation radio and 5.0-inch and 8.4-inch touchscreen displays with 3-D navigation and downloadable apps • New three-spoke thick rim steering wheel with available paddle shifters • New performance-inspired electronic shifter • New Dodge Performance Pages (R/T Road & Track) • Eight all-new interior trims, including: o New Black and Tungsten cloth (replaces Light Frost Beige on SXT and R/T) o New Black and Pearl leather (replaces Tan leather) o New Black and Ruby Red (replaces Radar Red leather) Technical highlights  Included trial of Uconnect Access Services o 9-1-1 call/Assist Call o Roadside Assistance Call o Theft-alarm notification o Uconnect Access App for remote services o Yelp o Voice texting o Wi-Fi hotspot (service available) • New Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist • New Adaptive Cruise Control Plus with Full Stop • New advanced Brake Assist • New full-speed Forward Collision Warning-Plus • New dynamic gridlines displayed with the rear camera view to show projected path of vehicle based on driver steering input • New TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission standard on all models • New fully hemmed rear wheelhouse to accommodate larger tires • All-wheel-drive (AWD) with front-axle disconnect available on SXT and, now for 2015, SE model 'Pure'formance, Aero'dramatics' and 'Fun'ctionality in Design Inspired by its performance-enthusiast roots when Charger first launched more than 45 years ago, the new Charger successfully pays homage to past muscle cars while offering distinctly modern all-new exterior and interior appointments. The all-new exterior of the 2015 Dodge Charger is spiritually inspired by the iconic second-generation Charger from the late 1960s, and for 2015, specifically draws its cues from the 1969 model. With its rear-wheel-drive (RWD) platform and proven power, the Charger's modern take on old-school muscle is sure to resonate with today's enthusiasts. The Charger's easily recognizable Coke-bottle design and scalloped body sides, sinister front crosshairs and aggressive stance and signature LED ―racetrack‖ tail lamps all get a major makeover for 2015 with cleaner lines to create a sleek, chiseled, nimble and lighter weight appearance. The exterior redesign includes changes to the hood, fenders, front and rear fascias, headlamps, tail lamps, front doors and spoiler. Starting up front, the 2015 Charger's new front styling features an all-new crosshair grille, LED fog lamps (on SXT and R/T), turn signals and daytime running lights (DRLs), and new projector-beam headlamps (HID lights on premium trims). The Charger's all-new forward-leaning front fascia gives it a superhero's confident stance. Blacked out front-end graphics create a mask that creates a family resemblance with the Dodge Dart and Durango. Slim, elongated DRLs and a full-width grille enhance the width of the sedan; Dodge logos are echoed in the outside corner of each headlamp. In profile, the 2015 Charger carries forward its muscular Coke-bottle styling, with streamlined side scallops, while headlamps and tail lamps are now wrapped around each corner to create a trim, sinuous and tailored look. The net effect is that the car appears significantly lighter and more nimble. The rear styling makeover begins at the touchdown point of the C-pillar, which is moved rearward to create an even more pronounced fastback appearance combined with a shorter rear overhang. A new three-piece spoiler is more integrated into the decklid, while the signature ―racetrack‖ LED tail lamp takes on the same continuous glowing ribbon of light that debuted on the new 2014 Dodge Durango. The center high-mounted stop lamp is relocated from the top of the decklid to the roofline inside the back glass, allowing centering of the Charger's backup camera. All-new wheels and heritage colors complete the palette All Charger models receive new wheels. A total of 10 wheels are available with 20-inch wheels standard on R/T models. In fact, six different 20-inch wheels are available on Charger for 2015, including an available 20-by-9-inch forged aluminum wheel finished in matte Hyper Black II paint. Special heritage colors include TorRed and new B5 Blue, along with Redline Tri-coat Pearl, Jazz Blue Pearl, Granite Crystal Metallic, Billet Silver Metallic, Phantom Black Tri-coat Pearl, Ivory Tri-coat Pearl and Bright White. Driver-oriented interior with craftsmanship and world-class materials The 2015 Charger's restyled driver-focused interior features all-new premium, soft-touch materials, a new 7-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) customizable digital instrument gauge cluster and a new instrument panel center stack with a next-generation audio system embedded in the stack's standard touchscreen display. The Charger's interior is instantly brought to life by its unique premium aluminum-lithograph driver bezel, which enables a seamless, billeted and highly detailed appearance that carries through the instrument cluster and center console. Thanks to advanced manufacturing techniques, the aluminum bezel features one-piece construction for a consistent appearance from nearly the A-pillar to the surrounding area of the Uconnect system, highlighting all the ergonomically located vehicle functions for the driver. The instrument cluster has also been given the high-tech treatment and now includes a full-color 7-inch TFT screen similar to the one found in the 2014 Dodge Durango and Dodge Dart. Standard on all models, this screen gives drivers more than 100 ways to customize how information is presented. Framing the Charger's new instrument cluster is a newly redesigned three-spoke thick rim sport steering wheel with available paddle shifters. The buttons to control driver information functions are now larger and illuminated to make them easier to operate. Buttons for Uconnect and phone access now reside along the bottom edge of the horizontal spokes. As before, Charger's popular audio controls are still found on the back of the upper steering wheel spokes. Looking to the center stack, the 2015 Charger features the latest and greatest Uconnect Access suite of technologies. All 2015 models feature a standard Uconnect touchscreen, including a 5-inch or the largest in the class 8.4-inch. Under these large and easy-to-use touchscreens are redundant button and knob controls for audio and climate functions. A performance-inspired all-new electronic shifter is standard on both V-6 and V-8 models. The fully electronic shifter mimics a linkage shifter, with tactile and visual cues for gear location, while providing the benefits of electronic shifting, such as short throws and low shift efforts. Charger features eight all-new interior trims, including Black and Tungsten cloth, Black and Pearl leather, and Black and Ruby Red leather. Segment-exclusive TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic now standard on all Dodge Charger models Once limited to sedans costing twice as much, the new 2015 Dodge Charger democratizes this exclusive world-class technology, offering the segment-exclusive TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission standard on every model, including new for 2015, on Dodge Charger SE models and HEMI-powered R/T models. The 2015 Dodge Charger R/T and R/T Road & Track models integrate the TorqueFlite electronic eight- speed automatic transmission. By design, this state-of-the-art gearbox provides world-class shift quality, refinement and fuel efficiency. Paired with the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine and its 370 best-in- class horsepower and 395 lb.-ft. of torque, the Dodge Charger R/T models can deliver 0-60 mph performance in the high-5 seconds. Best-in-class 31 mpg with standard Pentastar V-6 Dodge Charger SE and SXT rear-wheel drive (RWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD) models are powered by the award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine, which delivers 292 horsepower (218 kW) at 6,350 rpm and 260 lb.-ft. (353 N•m) of torque at 4,800 rpm and a best-in-class 31 miles per gallon (mpg) on the highway. For Dodge Charger customers who want 31 mpg V-6 fuel economy with even more power, the Dodge Charger SXT model offers the Rallye Appearance Group – providing up to 300 horsepower and 264 lb.- ft. of torque thanks to a unique cold-air induction system, sport-tuned exhaust and engine calibration. The Pentastar engine features double-overhead camshafts (DOHC) with dual-independent cam phasers (DICP), integrated exhaust manifolds, polymer-coated piston skirts, forged connecting rods and a high-pressure die-cast aluminum cylinder block in a 60-degree configuration. Refinement was a key objective for every component during the design phase of the engine and was achieved by using advanced computer-aided engineering techniques. Structural, intake and exhaust areas of the engine are designed to deliver low levels of overall sound. Combined with the use of premium hydraulic powertrain mounts, the 2015 Dodge Charger delivers refinement in all powertrain applications and at all RPMs. Charger's available HEMI V-8 engine delivers best-in-class 370 horsepower and 395 lb.-ft. of torque For the muscle-car enthusiast, the 2015 Dodge Charger R/T featuring the legendary 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine with 370 horsepower (276 kW) and 395 lb.-ft. of torque (536 Nm), now combines the engine's four-cylinder mode Fuel Saver Technology with three additional gears from the new TorqueFlite eight- speed automatic transmission for maximum performance and efficiency. For even more responsiveness, the 2015 Dodge Charger R/T Road & Track model features a unique 3.07 rear axle ratio (versus the standard 2.62 rear axle ratio) and a high-speed engine controller with unique engine and transmission calibrations. In addition, the 2015 Dodge Charger R/T model lineup's Fuel Saver Technology seamlessly alternates between smooth, high-fuel-economy four-cylinder mode when less power is needed and V-8 mode when more power is in demand. The 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine also features variable-cam timing (VCT) to improve fuel economy in two ways. First, it reduces the engine's pumping work by closing the intake valve later. Second, it increases the expansion process of the combustion event. This allows more work to be transferred to the wheels instead of being lost out of the exhaust port as heat. VCT improves engine breathing, which improves engine efficiency and power. New 2015 Dodge Charger delivers array of easy-to-use, state-of-the-art advanced technologies From its updated award-winning Uconnect Access system, to the availability of Uconnect Access services with roadside assistance, theft-alarm notification, voice texting and the ability to turn the Charger into a Wi-Fi hot spot to the new Dodge Performance Pages, 3-D navigation and segment- exclusive premium Beats Audio system, the 2015 Dodge Charger delivers a slew of high-tech features for the ultimate driving experience. The Charger's acclaimed Uconnect Access system leverages advanced embedded cellular technology, which enables direct, one-touch connections with emergency service providers, roadside assistance dispatchers and vehicle information specialists. With its available mobile phone app, Charger owners can start their vehicle and lock or unlock doors while away from the vehicle. Charger owners also can access on-demand Wi-Fi making their car a moving hot spot. Charger's new for 2015 Uconnect Via Mobile lets customers enjoy their personal Internet radio accounts and stream audio content using their own mobile device data plans. It seamlessly brings four popular Internet radio apps into the Dodge Charger, including Aha by Harman, iHeartRadio, Pandora and Slacker. Like all Uconnect-brand features, it is designed to be easy to learn and easy to use. The 2015 Dodge Charger's available navigation system accommodates one-step voice-controlled destination entry and enhanced 3-D navigation map graphics, making it simple for driver's to recognize where they are and where they need to go. The Charger also offers premium audio systems that are designed to immerse passengers in the ultimate audio experience, including the segment-exclusive high-definition Beats Audio system. Thanks to the speed of its PowerNet electrical architecture, the 2015 Dodge Charger models equipped with Sport mode can instantly transform the four-door muscle car's personality to improve performance. By engaging Sport mode, Charger drivers can reduce shift times from approximately 400 milliseconds to 250 milliseconds, increase engine and throttle responsiveness, adjust electronic stability control (ESC) settings and firm up the steering feel. Additionally on the Charger R/T Road & Track model, the driver can use the all-new Dodge Performance Pages, which is available on the segment's largest 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen. It includes active launch control, launch control RPM settings, performance timers and performance gauges, such as G-force indicators and engine performance. New 2015 Dodge Charger offers more than 80 safety and security features; leverages state-of- the-art driver-assist features The Dodge Charger offers more than 80 safety and security features, including many that are new for 2015. New available features for the model year include Full-speed Forward Collision Warning-Plus, which provides autonomous braking and, under certain circumstances, slows or brings vehicle to full stop when frontal collision appears imminent. Adaptive Cruise Control Plus with Full Stop helps maintain distance from the vehicle ahead and, under certain traffic conditions, the system can bring the new 2015 Dodge Charger to full stop without driver intervention. New Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist introduces subtle steering-wheel input to alert the driver of inadvertent lane departure and assist with corrective action. Charger's ParkSense rear park assist system works when the car is in reverse, sensing objects at low speeds. If imminent collision is detected, the system will provide a momentary, autonomous brake pulse or, in certain circumstances, bring the vehicle to a stop. New for 2015, 9-1-1 call/Assist Call connects Dodge Charger occupants directly with emergency- service providers via built-in data connection with a push of a button, a feature exclusive to Chrysler Group's Uconnect Access service. The Charger's standard Keyless Enter 'n Go activates interior lighting and enables passive cabin entry and trunk access through the driver's personalized key fob. The new Charger also includes a standard ultrasonic security system with an anti-tilt feature that sounds an alarm if vehicle is towed or raised on a jack. Enthusiast-inspired Rear-Wheel Drive architecture with advanced technological solutions The chassis of the all-new 2015 Dodge Charger is designed, engineered and fine-tuned to deliver world-class performance and efficiencies thanks to its advanced technological solutions, which include:  Electric power steering (EPS) o New EPS now provides three driver-selectable steering modes: Normal, Comfort and Sport. Tuning allows for more responsive steering for spirited driving while maintaining ease in low-speed situations and when parking  All-new, lighter weight axles for RWD and AWD o All-new cast-aluminum axles and axle housing provide weight savings and help to reduce parasitic friction  Sport mode o Sport mode provides blistering-quick gear changes, reducing shift times by 37 percent (250 milliseconds vs. 400 milliseconds), while engaging a more aggressive transmission calibration. When Auto Stick is engaged with Sport mode, the driver can select and hold the desired gear without unexpected shifts, including at the redline o Sport mode also engages a more aggressive throttle map and steering feel  Electronic shifter o Fully electronic shifter provides the intuitive look and feel of a traditional linkage shifter with less shift effort, short throws and refined engagement and detents providing clear physical feedback of gear position. Like the available steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters for manual shift control, the new electronic shifter also has a manual-mode shift gate for Auto Stick control Segment's most innovative All-Wheel Drive system delivers best-in-class fuel economy The 2015 Dodge Charger SE and SXT are available with AWD capability thanks to a segment- exclusive active transfer case and front-axle disconnect system that improves fuel economy by up to 5 percent. No other major automotive manufacturer offers the combination of these two independent technologies. Dodge Charger's innovative AWD system seamlessly transitions between RWD and AWD with no driver intervention. When AWD is not required, the system automatically disconnects the front axle to maximize fuel economy while still providing the outstanding performance and handling inherent in RWD vehicles. To better anticipate low-traction roadways, the Dodge Charger's innovative AWD system automatically engages in cold weather, when slip is detected or when the windshield wipers are on in rainy or snowy conditions.
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    04-19-2014, 11:02 PM
    You know those old jokes about American muscle being good for the straightline only? Well, Ford is reinforcing some of those stereotypes with a line lock as standard equipment. How Ford pulled off getting an electronic line lock fitted and approved with all the liability concerns these days is anyone's guess but it is things like this that make enthusiasts grin with approval. The line lock is part of TrackApps suite which also includes launch control and performance monitoring functions like acceleration timers. Ford states in the manual the feature is for off-road use only. That begs the question, will Ford record use of the feature and deny warranty claims if they see someone using their line lock daily? Not that anyone would... or would they? Props to Ford for doing things like this and making the Mustang drag strip friendly right out of the box.
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    04-19-2014, 10:33 AM
    So we often joke about the Nissan GTR being a soulless robot. It's an incredible performance car and no real automotive enthusiast will deny that fact. However, there definitely is something to the idea that anyone, literally anyone, can drive the car and that the car's computers do the hard work for you. The proof is below with this grandma parking her GTR in the handicapped spot. Don't be mad GTR owners, she's the envy of her bingo club and probably the first one to arrive.
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    04-21-2014, 07:16 AM
    LMP1 racing is very competitive this year with Toyota, Porsche, and Audi all competing against one another with the ultimate goal of taking the 24 Hour of Le Mans title. This past weekend the 6 Hours of Silverstone was the first race of the season to feature all three cars going up against one another. The 6 Hours of Silverstone also marks the first race of the season for the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship. Toyota's TS 040 car impressed to the say the least. Not only did Toyota get the overall win but they had an impressive 1-2 finish. The Porsche 919 Hybrid made its debut and got on the podium with a third place finish. The second Porsche 919 Hybrid finished sixth in its class but 24th overall. So what about Audi? The twin R18 Quattro's set a blistering pace but Audi made a large gamble that did not pay off. The number 2 R18 E-Tron Quattro had the fastest lap of the LMP1 cars but when a few spots of rain started to come down Audi decided to take the chance and have both cars continue running on their softer tires whereas Toyota and Porsche brought their cars in for a change to rain slicks. The number 1 R18 slid off the track and crashed. It was not so badly damaged that it could not return to the pits but it did finish in last place in the LMP1 class. Porsche also suffered a problem in the conditions as the number 14 Porsche 919 lost its front left wheel. For whatever reason Audi refused to change their tires and the second R18 also slid into the gravel. Neither Audi finished the race which is the first time an Audi LMP1 car has failed to finish since 2011. Conditions worsened as rain poured down and the race was called early. Not exactly the race people were hoping Silverstone would be. This race essentially showed that all of the LMP1 cars are competitive and a bad decision can cost someone the race. It looks like the LMP1 class is up for grabs but Toyota certainly looks strong in their debut. We will know more after the next WEC race on May 3rd at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium.
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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 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 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, and on Facebook at 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
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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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    04-17-2014, 04:33 PM
    4.2 liter V8 B8 S5 owners your day has come. APR released their Eaton TVS1740 based Stage III supercharger kit for the S5 and the power gains and performance numbers are very impressive. The S5 is not exactly a powerhouse in stock form putting out 274 horsepower to all four wheels. On 91 octane pump gas with the TVS1740 output goes up by 207 wheel horsepower to 481 wheel horsepower. The torque numbers thanks to the positive displacement blower also get a huge bump going from 288 wheel torque to 453 lb-ft at the wheels. The torque gain thanks to the TVS blower is instant which no doubt makes the S5 feel like a whole new car with a huge new motor. The 100 octane race fuel numbers are even more impressive with output at the wheels going to 550 and torque going to 501 lb-ft. So what does this do for performance? A stock S5 does the 1/4 mile in the mid 13's at roughly 105 miles per hour. On 93 octane with the APR Stage II supercharger the 1/4 mile improves to 11.24 @ 124.68. On 100 octane this improves even further to 11.16 @ 126.92. A night and day difference to say the least and what is even more impressive is that this was achieved with a manual transmission. So what is the price? Either $15,749.99 or $14,749.99 depending on the model year. If you want the full power capability you need an upgraded fuel pump which is not included in the kit. You will also likely need an upgraded clutch. Then there is also the intake and exhaust that should be upgraded to not become a restriction. Yes, this all becomes very pricey but with APR you know it will all work as it should and be reliable. Dynos and video below. 91 Octane: 93 Octane: 100 Octane:
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    Today, 08:53 PM
    Here is the new entry level Porsche Macan and as expected it has a turbocharged four-cylinder motor. However, it does not have the turbo boxer four-cylinder that is in development and instead is using the VW Group 2.0 liter EA888 architecture. It has the same 9.6:1 compression ratio as the Audi 2.0 TFSI models and likely the exact same iron block and aluminum head. Output over the Q5 2.0 is raised from 211 horsepower to 237 for the Macan. Interestingly, torque is quoted at the same 258 lb-ft. It is somewhat disappointing to see Porsche raiding the VW parts bin but they are developing their own turbo four-cylinder for the Cayman and Boxster. This is clearly a cost cutting measure and makes the four-cylinder Macan available earlier than if Porsche were to wait to launch it with their new boxer four. Not to mention that motor would step on the Macan S toes while the EA888 2.0 is comfortably behind the Macan S and Turbo. Is the base Macan exciting? It will handle well and have the same PDK dual clutch transmission as its big brothers. It just will be missing a whole lot of the punch but that is where tuners like APR who do great things with this motor come in to the picture. Pricing information and launch date to come.
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    04-21-2014, 07:40 AM
    Mercedes AMG success continued in Shanghai where the team finished 1-2 for their fourth consecutive victory and third consecutive 1-2 finish. Lewis Hamilton took the win followed by teammate Nico Rosberg. Mercedes is simply dominating the 2014 Formula 1 season at this point and everyone is left wondering who it will be who may challenge them. It looks like Ferrari and Red Bull Racing are both improving and looking to challenge Mercedes' dominance. Ferrari took the third spot on the podium thanks to superb driving from Fernando Alonso which kept Red Bull Racing off the podium. Alonso was followed by Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull Racing who finished in 4th and 5th respectively. Sebastian Vettel is not used to losing and certainly not to his teammates which has him a bit frustrated. He says he does not understand his lack of pace and that he seems to be fighting his car. Hamilton moves four points behind Rosberg for the championship. These two will continue to battle and it will be interesting to see who comes out on top. For now both have a commanding lead in the points. The full breakdown along with the results and standings is below. Mercedes Lewis Hamilton, P1 Nico Rosberg, P2 Hamilton drove another perfect race and was simply unbeatable as he closed to within four points of team mate Rosberg, and equalled the 25 Grand Prix victory tallies of Jim Clark and Mercedes boss Niki Lauda. His chosen set-up, selected on Friday evening but untried because it was wet on Saturday, proved just right and he said the car was “perfect.” Rosberg struggled away at the start, hit Bottas, and then fought back from seventh place while coping without telemetry. He was a long way behind Hamilton this time, but managed to retain his championship lead. Ferrari Fernando Alonso, P3 Kimi Raikkonen, P8 Alonso suggested before the race that Ferrari were catching Red Bull, and he proved it with a great race. A strong start saw him battling with the cars from Milton Keynes straight away, and he jumped Vettel at the first pit stop. The F14 T lacked Mercedes’ pace, but was a surprise best of the rest as the Spaniard scored a valuable podium to boost the team’s spirits and welcome new boss Marco Mattiacci. Raikkonen had a much less satisfactory race, struggling home a distant eighth. Red Bull Daniel Ricciardo, P4 Sebastian Vettel, P5 Once again Ricciardo had the edge over Vettel, who for the second race in a row was obliged to let his team mate past. The Australian then chased after Alonso as Vettel faded. The world champion later said he was mystified about his lack of pace, while Ferrari’s resurgence came as a major surprise to Red Bull. Force India Nico Hulkenberg, P6 Sergio Perez, P9 Once again Hulkenberg was a contender, despite the Shanghai circuit not suiting the VJM07 as much as Bahrain did. The German kept his cool near the end under pressure from Williams’ Valtteri Bottas, and was comfortably ahead of team mate Perez, who made it two Force Indias in the top ten. Williams Valtteri Bottas, P7 Felipe Massa, P15 This was another ‘what night have been’ race for Williams, as both cars were involved in time-consuming collisions on the run to the first corner. Massa had made a brilliant start and was fighting for third when he collided with Alonso; Bottas had also made progress until a clash with Rosberg. The Finn then battled hard with Hulkenberg and was within half a second of the Force India by the finish, but after a mix-up with both rear wheels in his first stop on Lap 10, Massa fell to last and could only fight back to 15th. Toro Rosso Daniil Kvyat, P10 Jean-Eric Vergne, P12 Both cars made it home, after strong battles with the McLarens, and once again it was the impressive Kvyat who earned the final point following another mature performance. McLaren Jenson Button, P11 Kevin Magnussen, P13 Both drivers suffered a lack of downforce and thus grip, and the best they could do was scrap with the Toro Rossos. The depth of their problem was demonstrated by Button finishing 10s behind the final point-scoring position. Lotus Pastor Maldonado, P14 Romain Grosjean, retired lap 29, gearbox Grosjean looked feisty for a while in what was the best race of his and Lotus’s season, and was a contender for the lower points positions before his transmission lost fourth gear. Soon it lost them all and had to retire. Maldonado kept his nose clean, and finished 14th again. Sauber Esteban Gutierrez, P16 Adrian Sutil, retired lap 6, powertrain Sauber had another unhappy race. A three-stop strategy was no help to Gutierrez, while Sutil retired after only five laps running at the back, with a powertrain problem. Marussia Jules Bianchi, P17 Max Chilton, P19 Marussia split their strategy, with Bianchi on a two-stop and Chilton on three. That helped the Englishman to the race’s 13th fastest lap, but the Frenchman was struggling at the end and only held on to 17th by virtue of the results being declared on lap 54/56 after the chequered flag was shown early. Caterham Kamui Kobayashi, P18 Marcus Ericsson, P20 Kobayashi was in his usual feisty form as Caterham opted for three-stop strategies for both drivers. He even overtook Vettel on one occasion, using fresh tyres as the German was struggling just before making a pit stop. Right at the end he almost squeaked ahead of Marussia’s Jules Bianchi, only to lose it when the result was backdated after the early chequered flag.
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    04-18-2014, 01:51 PM
    Maserati is increasing volume considerably and generating quite a bit of sales. Due to this upward trend management is leaning toward production of the Alfieri. The production car will no doubt differ from the concept pictured below but this shows significant confidence in the brand. The Alfieri would likely compete against the Jaguar F-Type and possibly the upcoming Mercedes AMG GT. Maserati does have a 3.8 liter twin turbo V8 at their disposal along with boosted V6's. A 500+ horsepower V8 would definitely make this car have the muscle under the hood to match its looks which is something the current Gran Turismo can not say. Additionally, with the Gran Turismo getting a bit old now the Alfieri certainly can slide in to take its place. We will have to wait and see what happens but the outlook is bright for Maserati. Source
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