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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-17-2014, 11:45 AM
    The official debut for the 2015 Shelby GT350 is tomorrow at the Los Angeles International Auto Show. Ford fortunately is giving an online sneak peak for those who will not be in attendance. The new track star of the Mustang lineup is everything is was hyped up to be and then some. The heart of the car will be a flat-plane crank V8 as rumored displacing 5.2 liters. Exact output figures will not be available until tomorrow but expect over 500 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. Yes, that means this motor will be very close to 100 horsepower per liter possibly even exceeding it. A Ferrari style V8 with American displacement? Talk about a match made in heaven. This car is all about the track though and not just muscle. Ford worked on making the chassis much stiffer and they succeeded. The new chassis is over 28% stiffer than the previous model. The GT350 also offers a wider front track and a strut tower brace. Lightweight wheels are specced to reduce as much unsprung weight as possible. The lightweight 19 inch wheels are 10.5 inches wide up front and 11.0 inches wide in the rear wearing Michelin Pilot Super Sport rubber. The front rotors are huge 394mm units and 380mm are used in the rear. The dampers are continually adjustable MagneRide units. Sensors monitor each corner independently and can make adjustment every 10 milliseconds for optimum handling. More details will come tomorrow but enjoy what is the most powerful naturally aspirated V8 Ford has ever produced and the most track capable Mustang yet: SHELBY GT350 MUSTANG: THE LEGEND RETURNS All-new Shelby® GT350 Mustang is a thoroughbred capable of tackling the world’s most challenging roads and racetracks GT350 is powered by a unique, high-revving flat-plane crankshaft 5.2-liter V8 engine that will produce more than 500 horsepower – the most powerful naturally aspirated Ford production engine ever Advanced materials, MagneRide dampers, aggressive brakes and finely tuned aerodynamics push the performance of Mustang to previously unmatched levels The original Shelby GT350 introduced in 1965 established Mustang’s performance credentials. The all-new Shelby GT350 Mustang, featuring the most powerful naturally aspirated Ford production engine ever, is a world-class performance vehicle, designed to tackle the planet’s most challenging roads – an all-day track car that’s also street legal. The new GT350 builds on Carroll Shelby’s original idea – transforming a great every-day car into a dominant road racer – by taking advantage of a dramatically improved sixth-generation Mustang to create a truly special driving experience. Driving enthusiasts behind the wheel of a Shelby GT350 can expect to be treated to the most balanced, nimble and exhilarating production Mustang yet. Ford engineers took an innovative approach with GT350. Rather than develop individual systems to perform well independently, every component and shape is optimized to work in concert; balance is the key. While paying rigorous attention to detail, the team pushed the envelope with cutting-edge materials and technologies. “When we started working on this car, we wanted to build the best possible Mustang for the places we most love to drive – challenging back roads with a variety of corners and elevation changes – and the track on weekends,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. “Every change we made to this car was driven by the functional requirements of a powerful, responsive powerplant – nimble, precise handling and massive stopping power.” Track-tuned driveline Early in development of the GT350, it was decided a high-revving, naturally aspirated V8 engine would best suit a track-focused Mustang. “The final product is essentially an all-new powerplant unique to GT350 – and one that takes true advantage of the new chassis dynamics of the Mustang platform,” said Jamal Hameedi, chief engineer, Ford Global Performance Vehicles. The new 5.2-liter engine is the first-ever production V8 from Ford with a flat-plane crankshaft, an architecture typically found only in racing applications or exotic European sports cars. Unlike a traditional V8, where the connecting rods are attached to the crankshaft at 90-degree intervals, this design evenly spaces all crank pins at 180-degree intervals. The 180-degree, flat-plane layout permits a cylinder firing order that alternates between cylinder banks, reducing the overlap of exhaust pressure pulses. When combined with cylinder-head and valvetrain advancements, this permits better cylinder breathing, further extending the performance envelope of the V8. The result is the most powerful naturally aspirated production Ford engine ever, at more than 500 horsepower, with a torque peak above 400 lb.-ft. The track capability is enhanced by the output characteristics of the engine – the 5.2-liter V8 features an exceptionally broad torque curve. Combined with its high-revving ability, the flat-plane 5.2-liter V8 gives drivers an enormous amount of performance and flexibility within each gear of the lightweight six-speed manual transmission. A standard Ford-tuned Torsen limited-slip differential optimizes cornering grip and straight-line traction. “Make no mistake, this is an American interpretation of a flat-plane crankshaft V8, and the 5.2-liter produces a distinctive, throaty howl from its four exhaust tips,” said Hameedi. Balanced dynamics The new Mustang platform is the strongest in the history of the brand, with torsional stiffness increased 28 percent over the previous model. That stiff structure ensures the suspension geometry remains consistent, even under hard driving on back roads and tracks. Front stiffness is further improved on GT350 with a cutting-edge injection-molded carbon fiber composite grille opening and optional lightweight tower-to-tower brace. The front track has been increased while spring rates and bushings have been recalibrated all around, with ride height reduced compared to Mustang GT. For optimum handling, the wheels need to respond quickly to the contours of the road and driver input. Reducing unsprung mass is key to improving that response, but a balance must be struck between taking mass out of a suspension and delivering truly capable braking performance. Due to the significant speeds the car can develop, GT350 features the most track-credible brake system ever offered on a Ford vehicle in terms of absolute stopping power, fade resistance and brake pedal feel. The brakes are two-piece cross-drilled iron discs mounted to aluminum hats. At the front are massive 394-millimeter rotors clamped by Brembo six-piston fixed calipers with integrated caliper bridges, while 380-millimeter rotors at the rear utilize four-piston calipers. GT350 makes use of extra-stiff 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels – 10.5 inches wide in front, 11.0 inches in the rear – clad in state-of-the-art Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires with GT350-specific sidewall construction, tread face and compound. The custom tires are designed to deliver maximum grip on the road or at the track. Ultra-quick responsiveness to changing conditions is provided by the first-ever Ford application of continuously controlled MagneRide dampers. The dampers are filled with a hydraulic fluid impregnated with iron particles; when an electric current is passed through the fluid, a near-instant adjustment of the suspension performance can be made. With wheel position sensors monitoring motion thousands of times per second combined with other vehicle data, changes can be made to each corner independently every 10 milliseconds for optimum handling performance. This is a system designed not just to make the car handle better but to instill greater confidence in even the best driver. Obsession to detail “Everything we changed on GT350 is purely functional-driven design, with the goal of improving the overall performance of the car,” said Chris Svensson, Ford design director, The Americas. “We optimized the aero shape of the car, and then fine-tuned what was left to increase downforce and cooling airflow.” All bodywork from the windshield forward is unique to this high-performance model and up to two inches lower than Mustang GT. The new aluminum hood has been lowered and sloped, compared to the base Mustang, tightly wrapped around the engine for the smallest possible aerodynamic signature. Front and rear aero elements have been balanced to work together on the track. The fascia has been resculpted to provide the aggressive lower front splitter with maximum pressure and a ducted belly pan delivers significant downforce. The hood outlet acts as a heat extractor while also reducing underhood lift at high speed. At the rear, much of the engineering was focused on creating an aggressive functional diffuser doing double duty to increase downforce and provide cooling air to the optional differential cooler, and a subtle lip spoiler across the trailing edge of the decklid increases downforce without adding excess drag. The athletic stance of the all-new Mustang is further accentuated with recontoured aluminum front fenders to accommodate the wider front track and wider wheel arches. Front fender vents work with vented inner fenders to draw out turbulent air in the wheel wells and smoothly direct it down the side of the car. The forward-angled grille is designed with individual openings to draw air through the radiator, high-pressure engine air intake, cooling ducts for the front brakes and, optional with the Track Pack, an engine oil cooler and a transmission cooler. Focus-driven cockpit changes Like everything else about GT350, the interior has been optimized for driving, beginning with the specially designed Recaro sport seats with a unique cloth. Hundreds of hours and many prototypes went into a seat that is both comfortable in daily driving and capable on the track. A flat-bottom steering wheel makes it easier for the driver to get in and out, and is more ergonomic on the racetrack. Gauges are upgraded to reflect the enormous performance capability of the car. Chrome and bright finishes have been reduced or eliminated to prevent sun glare that may distract the driver. The advanced technology inherent to Mustang has been deployed for duty in the Shelby GT350. An all-new integrated driver control system allows selection of five unique modes that tailor ABS, stability control, traction control, steering effort, throttle mapping, MagneRide tuning and exhaust settings, depending on driver preference, to achieve maximum performance. Drivers are invited to test them all. Drivers interested in comfort, convenience and entertainment upgrades may select the Tech Pack, which includes power, leather-trimmed seats; Shaker Audio; 8-inch MyFord Touch® LCD touch screen; and dual zone electronic temperature control, to name a few features. “We took the best Ford Mustang yet and massaged every aspect of the car that affects the performance driving experience,” said Hameedi. “We tested endlessly on the most challenging roads and tracks in the world, and we believe serious drivers will love the Shelby GT350 Mustang.”
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-17-2014, 10:19 AM
    Definitely nice to see more numbers for stock internal turbocharged E46 M3 S54's that are tuned on the factory computer. Maximum PSI previously showed horsepower in the high 690 wheel range with torque in the low 500 lb-ft range for the Stage II kit. This particular car is producing a bit less horsepower but a bit more torque with 676 horsepower and 532 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. The supporting mods between the cars are likely different and possibly the turbocharger as well although that is something Maximum PSI would have to clarify. The modifications to the SMG E46 M3 are: - Maximum PSI Stage 2 turbo kit - Maximum PSI 3 inch exhaust system - Stock DME tuning - MS109 Fuel For those wondering, Stage 3 ups the power figures to over 800 wheel horsepower but that requires a built motor and the Stage 3 is still being worked on as we understand it.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-17-2014, 12:54 PM
    Very nice results here from our Russian AudiBoost member Ghost. and his modified Audi RS7. This is the same RS7 you may have seen in action before when it ran a Renntech modified E63 AMG S 4Matic. The RS7 features upgraded turbochargers (Garrett GTX28's) and APR tuning. Seeing an RS7 in action with upgraded turbos is great but why doesn't APR offer a turbo upgrade package? Additionally, why is APR doing custom turbo tuning overseas for RS7's but not in the USA? Interesting questions that hopefully we get answers to. Regardless, this is a very fast RS7 as the 10.155 @ 135.696 1/4 mile pass shows. It is important to point out that this time is not achieved on an NHRA sanctioned drag strip or with NHRA sanctioned timing equipment meaning there will be variance when comparing it to RS7 times from a traditional drag strip. That said, there is no doubt the RS7 is capable of low 10's with upgraded turbos. Frankly, we expect 9's are around the corner as soon as some turbo upgrade packages are released to the public. Congrats to @Ghost. on the very impressive result.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-22-2014, 09:24 AM
    Mercedes-AMG along with the entire Mercedes portfolio (Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Maybach) had an excellent showing at the 2014 LA Auto Show and they offered the most pleasurable experience of all the manufacturers at the show. All of the questions asked by BenzBoost were answered in a polite and professional manner. And trust me there were many questions and some of them specifically were designed to tweak AMG a bit from the enthusiast perspective. Let's start with the major debut which is the AMG GT you see pictured in yellow and grey paint colors. The styling in person of course is subjective but the vehicle is not nearly as striking as the SLS. Whereas the SLS attempted a modern take on the classic Gullwing SL the AMG GT looks like more of a mashup of the current Mercedes styling language. The front headlights obviously are influenced by the CLS and S classes and the rear lights take their cue from the S-Class coupe. It is a much safer and frankly more bland design interpretation than the SLS. That is not to say it does not look good as it does. It is just that the Mercedes designs are starting to blur together. The same could be said about the new W205 generation C63 AMG. It does look like a miniature S-Class but that is not necessarily a bad thing. The C63 AMG simply looks great in person. Excellent, muscular presence and the best C-Class styling to date. It looks incredibly modern, elegant, and strong all at the same time. Borrowing design elements works in this application. I started hammering the AMG representatives with questions and they never once ignored a question or lost their composure. Let's go over some of the questions. BenzBoost: Why no dual clutch transmission for the C63 AMG? The response I got from the Mercedes-AMG rep was that the C63 AMG is a different target audience than the AMG GT. The MCT works well in this application. That is a fine explanation and I followed up with: BenzBoost: Even though the MCT works in this application isn't the reason the AMG GT has a dual clutch transmission and the C63 AMG does not because the rear transaxle dual clutch setup from the SLS AMG could simply be borrowed for the GT whereas in the C63 AMG it would require a new design and therefore cost more money? I could see the (attractive) German female AMG rep flinch a bit after this one but her response was that cost cutting was not the reason the C63 AMG did not have a dual clutch transmission and that the MCT is better suited to the C63 character. Ok, so be it, but I was not exactly buying it and I pressed harder again stating that the dual clutch setup from the GT and the SLS would not work in the C63 meaning a new design would be necessary which another AMG representative overheard and agreed stating the additional cost was not worth it when the MCT automatic has proven to work so well. I got the answer I already knew but it was nice to have confirmation. BenzBoost: Why no 4Matic all wheel drive for the W205 C63 AMG? The answers here were all very logical. First of all, 4Matic adds considerable weight and the C63 is a sportier car than the E63 AMG as the reps stated. Additionally, they feel that overlap begins to happen in the lineup if the C63 AMG has 4Matic with the E63 as we all know is only offered in 4Matic guise in the USA. BenzBoost: Why no dry sump lubrication for the M177 V8 in the C63 AMG? The reps were not too thrilled with this question as they felt I seemed to be implying the M177 is inferior to the M178 which in a sense I was. As an enthusiast I expect the best parts available from a manufacturer in their cars and this goes for the C63 AMG as well. Even though the car comes in at a lower price point than the AMG GT we should at least have the option. Porsche offers dry sump lubrication on its SUV's and Mercedes-AMG can't on its cars when the system is already developed for the motor used? I was told the AMG GT S is more of a track car and that is absolutely true. However, it is also more than twice the price of the C63 AMG. Not everyone can get a C63 AMG can afford an AMG GT and the AMG GT will never offer seating for more than a single passenger. The option of a dry sump system would at least be nice although it was pointed out to me by the reps that I would probably be the only person ordering the option. They are right. But they would definitely show they take hardcore enthusiasts who want the most from their cars into account. BenzBoost: Are there internal differences between the M177 V8 in the C63 AMG and the standard C63? I was told there is more to it than just the motor and was shown the wheels and brakes. That is true the S adds more than power but what I wanted to know is if the difference in C63 AMG S and C63 AMG output was from software and received confirmation that it is in fact just software. BenzBoost: When will we see an AMG GT or C63 AMG Black Series model? The AMG reps clammed up on this one. This was sort of a wink wink nudge nudge type of response. We all know it is coming but the AMG representatives were not allowed to talk about an AMG GT Black Series car. I mentioned Tobias Moers already stated a more hardcore AMG GT is coming but the reps told me as he is the head of AMG he can say whatever he wants but that they could not. They had a very good point. BenzBoost: Why not unlock ECU's for guys who want to tune? Isn't the M177/M178 leaving a ton of power on the table? Now the response to this was cool to see. The AMG rep started telling me how they are aware of tuning and specifically mentioned Weistec and Renntech. The rep went on to discuss some of the Weistec cars and as being a fan of what they do. Interesting, right? The rep then stated that they have to protect their software as it will be ripped off. I mentioned that it is simply a matter of time before the software is cracked and that if OEM's wanted the info they have larger resources to get it than tuners. He agreed but said AMG has to take steps to protect itself and that if you want to tune these cars you have to work for it. He said he might not like it and some engineers may not like it but it is not their decision and there are too many concerns to factor in. Essentially, it would be like opening a pandora's box and no doubt warranty claims would skyrocket. Unfortunately, cultivating a closer relationship between the enthusiast and the factory does not seem possible due to politics. This is a shame as AMG is targeting enthusiasts and all enthusiasts want is more out of their cars. It should not be a fight between the two but that is where things are. Some companies are more friendly in this respect than others and I at least came away with the sense that AMG is not opposed to modification but only wants to protect their intellectual property. With the reps knowledge of various tuners and their builds as well as what goes on in the forums I believed him. I enjoyed my visit with Mercedes more than I did with any other manufacturer at the 2014 LA Auto Show. The reps immediately came over to answer all my questions and were very polite, informed, and professional. They managed to not get frustrated even though I tend to frustrate. No other manufacturer offered as much time to answer questions and show off the cars they had at their display. Well done Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Maybach, and Mercedes-AMG.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-17-2014, 09:30 AM
    Very interesting video here showing a pair of 991 Turbo S Porsches against a Lamborghini Aventador on the highway. The Aventador is a very fast car in stock form but has been a target for tuned German cars and obviously a vehicle like the Lamborghini makes for quite the measuring stick. Tuned M157 63 AMG's AMG's have been able to pull the Aventador on the highway. Now we have seen the Aventador run the new Porsche 991 Turbo S but it was not a highway matchup rather a standing kilometer drag race. The Turbo S by virtue of its launch wins the drag race but the Aventador has the slightly higher trap speeds at the 1/4 mile and kilometer marks. On paper, that means in a highway showdown the Aventador should beat the 991 Turbo S from a roll. In the video below you will see that is how it plays out. The white Porsche 991 Turbo S has a full Cargraphic exhaust system and the red Turbo S has a Cargraphic X-pipe. The Aventador also has an aftermarket exhaust system. The Aventador pulls up top as it should although the turbo torque of the 991 Turbo S gives it a slight edge down low also as it should. This race plays out as expected on paper and the Aventador gets a chance to show its top end strength.
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    11-21-2014, 09:42 AM
    Cadillac debuted their 2016 ATS-V coupe at the 2014 LA Auto Show. The car itself is a nice design although it is not quite as striking as its German counterparts. The new BMW M4/M3 and the C63 AMG both have more sophisticated exterior designs although this point is subjective. Unlike the new C63 the ATS-V is available as both a coupe and sedan. Under the hood, the ATS-V gets a 3.6 liter LF4 V6 with 455 horsepower and 445 lb-ft of torque based on the 420 horsepower unit in the CTS V-Sport. The motor is mated to either a 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic transmission. Cadillac includes a launch control feature and rev matching with the 6-speed. The car is not all about horsepower as Brembo brakes are standard along with third generation magnetic ride control dampers. This is also the smallest and lightest Cadillac V-Series car ever offered. Overall, Cadillac has a winner on their hands here. The question will be of course how it stacks up against the Germans that dominate the segment. Cadillac ATS-V Expands Lineup, Intensifies Passion First Twin Turbo V-Series delivers track-capable driving experience LOS ANGELES – Cadillac today introduced the 2016 ATS-V, expanding the acclaimed ATS product range and elevating the brand's elite high-performance V-Series to its next generation. Available in sedan and coupe forms, the first-ever ATS-V will introduce class-leading twin-turbocharged power and a comprehensive suite of design and performance systems when production begins in spring 2015. Since its inception in 2004, Cadillac's V-Series has driven remarkable power and performance capability into the brand's growing luxury car range. Building on the strengths of the award-winning ATS product line, the V-Series adds impressive track capability to what was already the lightest and most agile-driving car in the luxury compact class. The result is a dual-purpose luxury performer – a car with true track capability right from the factory that is also a sophisticated luxury car on the road. "Cadillac's V-Series is the best example of Cadillac's emerging product substance – and the purest expression of the passion at the core of the brand," said Johan de Nysschen, Cadillac President. The ATS-V arrives next spring, powered by the first-ever twin-turbocharged engine in a V-Series. Rated at an estimated 455 horsepower (339 kW) and 445 lb-ft of torque (603 Nm), the engine is the segment's highest-output six-cylinder and enables 0-60 performance in 3.9 seconds and a top speed of more than 185 mph. It is backed by a six-speed manual – with Active Rev Match, no-lift shifting and launch control – or a paddle-shift eight-speed automatic transmission featuring launch control and Performance Algorithm Shift. The Cadillac Twin Turbo engine supports comprehensively redesigned chassis, suspension and drivetrain systems developed to make the ATS-V one of the most agile, responsive and confident luxury performance cars on the market. Key performance technologies include: • Brembo high-performance brake system developed to provide durability, consistency and the capability for track-day performance straight from the factory • Third-generation Magnetic Ride Control, which delivers 40 percent faster damping response • Integrated chassis controls that provide balanced performance for touring and the track, including class-exclusive Performance Traction Management • Structural stiffness increased by 25 percent for higher cornering loads • Driver-selectable driving modes for touring, sport and track • Tri-compound tires offering excellent grip with extended tire wear • Available downforce-generating track aerodynamics package • Functional exterior design for powertrain and drivetrain cooling, as well as aerodynamic performance • An interior with high-performance seats and ergonomics focused on the driver's interfaces with key features for performance driving. "As the smallest and lightest V-Series ever, the ATS-V forges a great connection with the driver, with exceptional nimbleness and responsiveness," said David Leone, Cadillac Executive Chief Engineer. "It's adaptable to the driver's preferences, with every selectable mode developed to deliver the best performance for all types of driving scenarios, including the track." A Performance Data Recorder onboard the ATS-V allows drivers to record high-definition video, with data overlays, of their driving experiences on and off the track, enabling sharing on social media. First twin-turbocharged V-Series With a more powerful iteration of Cadillac's Twin Turbo 3.6L V-6, the ATS-V represents the first twin-turbo powertrain in the history of the V-Series lineup. Exclusive features for the ATS-V version of the Twin Turbo are designed to make power faster and sustain it longer. Highlights include: • Turbochargers with low-inertia titanium-aluminide turbines and vacuum-actuated wastegates for more responsive torque production • Compressors matched for peak efficiency at peak power levels, for optimal track performance • Patent-pending low-volume charge-cooling system that optimizes packaging efficiency and maximizes boost pressure • Lightweight titanium connecting rods that reduce inertia of the rotating assembly, complementing the quick-spooling turbochargers. The Cadillac Twin Turbo also features a high-performance lubrication system designed to maintain optimal oil pressure and ventilation during high-lateral driving maneuvers typically encountered on a track. Stronger foundation and track-honed driving experience The underlying ATS structure is highly mass optimized and designed to meet higher performance requirements, with enhancements to the V-Series developed to respond to cornering and torque loads that go significantly beyond the levels experienced by the non-V models. The new elements include: • Unique shock tower-to-plenum brace • Strengthened rocker bulkhead • Stronger rear cradle-to-rocker braces • A unique aluminum shear panel at the front of the chassis • V-braces for the engine compartment. The result is 25-percent greater structural stiffness than non-V models, which contributes to more precise handling and more direct steering responsiveness. "The ATS-V feels like it was machined from billet steel," said Tony Roma, chief engineer. "Along with supporting the higher performance capability of the car, the enhanced structure conveys confidence to the driver through a greater feeling of solidity and sharper, more precise responsiveness." With the stronger body structure – and more than a decade of V-Series production models and the CTS-V racing program experience under their belts – engineers tuned the ATS-V to deliver greater body motion control for a more agile feel, while maintaining excellent ride quality. "The result is class-leading capability on the highway or track, balanced with luxury and refinement," said Roma. "In fact, the car is ready for the track right off the showroom floor, with no special modifications required." A key component of the car's dual-purpose performance are Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires developed specifically for the ATS-V. They feature a tri-compound tread that delivers excellent grip in performance driving situations, but delivers excellent ride quality characteristics and extended tread wear. Also, the V-Series models share the same 109.3-inch (2,775 mm) wheelbase as other ATS coupe and sedan models, but feature wider front and rear footprints that enhance grip, reduce body motion in turns and contribute to more direct-feeling steering. Additional contributors to the ATS-V's dual-mode driving experience include: • A revised multi-link double-pivot MacPherson-strut front suspension delivers a quicker response and increased lateral control, incorporating new ride and handling links, where traditional elastomeric bushings are replaced with zero-compliance cross-axis ball joints, higher-rate springs and a stiffer stabilizer bar – for 50 percent greater roll stiffness • The ZF Steering Systems Servotronic II variable-ratio electric power steering gear, with increased system stiffness offering an improved feeling of precision and greater driver feedback • Cadillac's five-link rear suspension features reduced roll center migration, stronger lateral control and effective anti-squat geometry, complementing the front suspension with greater body motion control. Contributing components include stiffer bushings, new cradle mounts, higher-rate springs and a stiffer stabilizer bar • A standard electronic limited-slip differential supports optimal traction and enables maximum corner exit acceleration • Larger prop shafts and greater half-shaft asymmetry (stiffer driver's side shaft) mitigate power hop during acceleration • A Brembo high-performance brake system provides durability, consistency and the capability for track-day performance. The system includes 14.5-inch-diameter (370 mm) front rotors with staggered six-piston calipers and 13.3-inch-diamter (339 mm) rear rotors with four-piston calipers. The ATS-V also features third-generation Magnetic Ride Control and Performance Traction Management. Five driver-selectable settings include the segment's only competition-level settings for stability and traction control. Magnetic Ride Control "reads" the road a thousand times per second, sending data to magneto-rheological fluid-filled dampers that can independently control the damping characteristics of all four dampers. Third-generation improvements enable 40-percent faster damping response. In fact, at 60 mph, the third-generation magnetic ride control system calculates the optimal damping force for every inch of the road. Functional design Almost every exterior panel on the ATS-V is unique, from the fascias and fenders, to the hood, rear spoiler and rocker moldings – and every one was designed to support the car's capability. "All of the design elements have a purpose," said Andrew Smith, executive director, Cadillac Global Design. "They contribute to lift reduction, enhanced cooling, reduced mass or all of the above." The unique elements include: • A lightweight carbon fiber hood features an air-extracting vent that not only pulls hot air out of the engine compartment, but helps reduce lift at speed by channeling air pulled through the radiator out and over the top of car rather than allowing trapped air to exit under the car • Unique front and rear fascias provide optimal aero performance, with larger grille openings in the front fascia to feed more air to the new twin-turbocharged engine. Even the mesh pattern of the signature grille openings is enlarged to allow more air into the radiator and multiple heat exchangers • A front splitter enhances handling by forcing air to push down on the front of the car rather than flow under it, where it can cause lift • Wider fenders to accommodate 18 x 9-inch front wheels and 18 x 9.5-inch rear wheels that are wrapped with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires • The aluminum wheels, unique to the V-Series, are constructed of a low-mass forging that helps reduce un-sprung weight for greater agility and a more direct feel to steering inputs • The rocker moldings and rear spoiler are aero-optimized. Available Carbon Fiber and Track packages take aero performance and mass optimization to higher levels. The Carbon Fiber package includes a more aggressive front splitter, hood vent trim and rear diffuser, along with composite rocker extensions and a taller, body-color rear spoiler. The Track package includes the components of the Carbon Fiber package, plus the Performance Data Recorder and a low-mass battery. It also deletes the standard floor mats and tire inflator kit to save weight. "V-Series is the emotive core of the Cadillac brand and the apex of the Art and Science design philosophy," said Smith. "A car offering a bold sense of arrival, serious performance, seamless integration of technology, and precision craftsmanship. The exposed carbon fiber components, for example, are book-matched on the centerline for a more precise, tailored appearance." Also, the lightweight forged aluminum wheels and brake calipers are offered in three finishes, allowing owners to personalize the presence of the ATS-V. Performance-focused cabin The aura of track-inspired precision carries over to the interior, where the design and relationship of key components are aimed squarely at performance-driving ergonomics. "With the performance the new ATS-V is capable of delivering, the interior needs to be as functional as the other vehicles systems," said Smith. "All of the contact points – the steering wheel, seats, shifter and pedals – are designed to make performance driving experiences direct and intuitive." New, available 16-way-adjustable RECARO performance front seats are the lynchpins for the driving experience, with aggressive, adjustable bolsters that help hold the driver and front passenger in place during high-load cornering. They've also got a luxury-performance feel, trimmed in Mulan leather with sueded microfiber inserts and seatbacks. The rest of the interior features Cadillac's handcrafted cut-and-sew elements, with decorative stitching and authentic materials, including carbon fiber. Three interior color combinations are offered: Jet Black, Jet Black with Saffron accents and Light Platinum with Jet Black accents. The ATS-V also features a unique version of the 5.7-inch, three-window instrument panel cluster display, with V-Series graphics and distinctive gauge readouts. It is also equipped with the latest connectivity technologies from Cadillac, including: • CUE with Bluetooth connectivity with natural voice recognition • Text-to-voice that converts incoming text messages to speech and reads them over the audio system speakers • USB, auxiliary and SD memory card ports • OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with built-in Wi-Fi hotspot. The Performance Data Recorder is controlled via CUE's color touch screen and recordings can be reviewed on the screen when the vehicle is parked. Cadillac has been a leading luxury auto brand since 1902. In recent years, Cadillac has engineered a historic renaissance led by artful engineering and advanced technology. More information on Cadillac can be found at media.cadillac.com. 2016 CADILLAC ATS- PRELIMINARY SPECIFICATIONS
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    11-17-2014, 09:13 AM
    More and more 63 AMG's are producing over 600 wheel horsepower with just a tune on the M157 5.5 liter twin turbo V8 AMG platform. Now of course we have already seen this level of power and more from AMS on the platform as they showed over 600 wheel horsepower with the new 4Matic 63 AMG models. It is always nice however to see independent results verify tuner claims. This particular owner has a rear wheel drive 2012 E63 AMG and on 93 octane pump gas with just the AMS Alpha Performance ECU Tune managed 611 horsepower a 752 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. These are gains of 127 and 257 respectively. The torque gain in particular is hugely impressive. We all know the new turbo era motors get big gains with just a tune but these are truly monster tune only gains. Owner impressions: “I sent my ECU off to AMS on my 2012 E63 this week, quick turnaround time. Got it back today and all I can say is WOW! Already put 400 miles on the car today and I am thoroughly impressed. Baseline numbers on National Speed’s Dynojet were 484whp and 495 wtq After tune, 611WHP and 752WTQ (700HP and 864 TQ). This ECU tune has made this car into an absolute monster, I cannot keep my foot out of it. Still getting 24 MPG on the highway, but she’s got so much torque in all the gears. Car is so fun to drive, more fun than my stock ’09 GT-R was. I cannot wait until you guys get these cars to take E85, it will be insane. Thank you guys for all you do, you’ll have my continued business. I’m an AMS customer for life.”
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    11-22-2014, 01:08 PM
    BMW and AMG were right next to each other at the 2014 Los Angeles International Auto Show. Even though the proximity was close the energy between the two was completely different. While AMG had this buzz in the air of excitement with new products BMW could not have been more businesslike. You notice this when the first thing that happens when you walk over to BMW is their security stops you to check your credentials before you are allowed near their precious i8. Relax guys, I don't even want one. Plus I've seen it before the previous year. And the year before that. In the exact same spot next to the exact same i3 with the exact same info... So with three years in a row of the same i8 and i3 and BMW pushing its 'i' brand into the spotlight over everything else it is starting to get a bit boring. Was there anything exciting? Well, not really. Since BMW debuted the 2016 F85 X5M and F86 X6M almost a month before the show there was not really anything new to learn about not to mention the M SUV's are not all that different from the vehicles they are replacing both inside and out. Compared to Mercedes-AMG the display at BMW was boring. While the AMG reps were standing proud on an elevated display singing the praises of their new AMG GT sports car and C63 AMG you did not see any excitement from BMW or their reps. Not a single rep approached me to discuss anything and that may be for the best as what are they supposed to say when I ask where their AMG GT or Black Series answer is? While AMG was debating me, popping hoods, interacting, and engaging with the enthusiasts BMW was making sure no 'undesirables' were getting too close to the i8. Say what you will but you can feel how each company is changing direction not only in their product lines but how they are displayed. Mercedes-AMG proudly showed off having the most powerful four-cylinder motor in the world with their M133 engine display stand and BMW showed off their carbon spoilers from the M Performance catalog on an orange M4. In addition to their 'future is here' display that apparently is the future of the BMW car show circuit for the... foreseeable future. Your current future lacks excitement BMW. It is what it is.
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    11-22-2014, 05:25 PM
    Audi has been toying with the idea of an A9 range topping model for some time now. We first reported about an A9 back in 2011 when Audi stated they wanted to expand the lineup with an A9 launch possibly by 2014. Well, the car will not launch in 2014 but the concept did. There has not been too much talk about the range topping model as of late but if it were to come it might look a little something like the Prologue you see here. It is based on an A8 platform offering the same width but not as long and shorter. The effect is very similar to the S-Class coupe. Under the hood is a 605 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque version of the well known 4.0 TFSI twin turbo V8. An overboost function ups the torque to 553 lb-ft for a short period. That is quite a bit of power and torque out of the 4.0 liter powerplant and it shows Audi has headroom if they wish to utilize it. That power and torque is sent to all four wheels through an 8-speed automatic transmission which is no doubt shared with the RS6/RS7 which have already proven capable of handling the 4.0 TFSI torque even when modified. Will this be built? Who knows. It is definitely stunning and packed with technology. Namely lightweight technology which keeps the large all wheel drive coupe at 4365 pounds offering a very competitive power to weight ratio in this segment should it ever get a green light.
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    Yesterday, 11:03 AM
    The Range Rover Sport SVR certainly is an impressive piece of machinery. What the Land Rover engineers were able to do with the fairly high center of gravity should be commended. Especially considering the vehicle holds the fastest laptime on the Nurburgring of any production SUV at 8 minutes and 14 seconds. That certainly is impressive performance but it comes with a hefty $110,475.00 starting price. Not exactly a performance SUV value and something called the Macan Turbo exists which is right there with it performance wise in a far lighter package. As far as the looks are concerned the vehicle does not exactly look like a muscle SUV. It still has those boxy proportions we are all used to. The body kit on it while nice and designed to add aggression still leaves the vehicle looking a bit bland. It performs, there is no doubt about it, but will it entice buyers away from the Cayenne Turbo, X5M, and ML63 AMG? For someone looking for something different it just may do that. Especially considering no rival has a supercharged V8. It is great that Land Rover built something like this and is challenging the Germans.
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    Yesterday, 10:18 AM
    This was quite the pleasant surprise and a double take was made to make sure it was real. Yes, that is an 'AWD R' badge you see on the back of the F-Type R Coupe. This new all wheel drive system will be standard for 2016 on all the F-Type R variants of the car and an option on the S variants. Jaguar is not messing around with the F-Type and it is great to see. The other awesome piece of news for the F-Type is that a manual transmission will be available for 2016. The only issue is that it will be available for the rear wheel drive V6 models. Those who were dreaming about an all wheel drive supercharged V8 F-Type with a manual transmission unfortunately will have to keep dreaming. Jaguar expects all wheel drive to drop the 0-60 or the F-Type R below the 4 second range. The problem is the system adds close to 200 pound to the car meaning that the top end will suffer. Nothing a pulley swap and tune won't fix. It also will understeer quite a bit more than the rear wheel drive model. Engines remain the same for 2016 with the roadster variant gaining an R model: F-Type - 340 horsepower supercharged AJ126 3.0 liter V6 F-Type S - 380 horsepower supercharged AJ126 3.0 liter V6 F-Type R - 550 horsepower supercharged AJ133 5.0 liter V8 2016 F-TYPE Gains All Wheel Drive and Manual Transmission Options – The 2016 model year Jaguar F-TYPE sports car receives new powertrain and driveline options – A six-speed manual transmission option will be available in rear-wheel drive V6 models – Instinctive All Wheel Drive® (AWD) extends the performance and dynamic capability of the F-TYPE – The 550hp F-TYPE R is now available in both Coupe or Convertible – All F-Type R models receive AWD as standard equipment, enabling 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds. Top speed remains limited at 186 mph – Intelligent Driveline Dynamics (IDD) control strategy for AWD traction while retaining rear-wheel drive characteristics – F-TYPE AWD models gain a new hood design and distinctive bodywork – New Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) enables improved efficiency and precision – New Jaguar InControl® suite of telematics and connectivity, including automated emergency calling and advanced smartphone connectivity – Increased levels of standard equipment provide increased value to consumers – The new 2016 model year F-TYPE range goes on sale starting Spring 2015. Pricing details will be announced at a future date (LOS ANGELES, CA) - November 19, 2014 - The 2016 Jaguar F-TYPE will receive substantial upgrades, including the addition of Instinctive All Wheel Drive® (AWD) as standard on R models and an option on S models, an available six-speed manual transmission available on Rear-Wheel Drive V6-powered models, and Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS)1. The fundamentals remain true to core DNA of Jaguar vehicles: lightweight construction, refined power, perfect proportions and outstanding design. "Our target with engineering the all-wheel drive F-TYPE was to maintain that engaging rear-drive character that's so important to Jaguar sports car DNA, and offer even greater dynamic capability. With the manual transmission option for the V6-powered F-TYPE models, we've gone to intricate lengths to engineer a very precise, technical and responsive level of interaction between the driver, the clutch and the transmission shift mechanism. It's one for the driving purists - and I count myself as one of them." – Ian Hoban, Vehicle Line Director, Jaguar The enhancements broaden the F-TYPE range, from a supercharged V6 driving the rear wheels through a manual gearbox, to the 550hp F-TYPE R Coupe and Convertible with the supercharged V8, AWD and eight-speed Quickshift automatic transmission. Transmitting the V8's 502lb-ft of torque to the road though all wheels helps the R models to accelerate from zero to 60mph in just 3.9 seconds on the way to a maximum track speed of 186 mph. While the Jaguar eight-speed automatic transmission offers an excellent blend of shift speed, comfort and refinement, there will always be a select group of enthusiasts who want the satisfaction which comes from changing gear manually. To meet that demand a six-speed manual transmission is now exclusively available for the V6 and rear-wheel drive (RWD) configuration. The car features a short-throw gear lever with a travel of only 1.77-inches (45mm), closely-spaced ratios, and pedals well placed for heel-and-toe changes. The F-TYPE becomes the first Jaguar sports car to use Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS). Years of development ensure that the technology is now mature enough to deliver the expected response and feel. This electric system provides power assistance only when needed, reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Those seeking the ultimate in top down performance will now find it in the new F-TYPE R Convertible, with standard AWD and 550hp, which replaces the RWD-only 495hp F-TYPE V8 S. A 5.0-liter V8 combines direct injection and a twin-vortex supercharger to provide immediate response to the driver. With the top down on an open road, this engine's unmistakable soundtrack is exhilarating. Developing 550hp and 502lb-ft of torque, the all-alloy quad-cam engine in the R Coupe and Convertible is matched exclusively to the QuickShift automatic transmission and All-Wheel Drive. The extra traction of AWD enables the R Convertible to accelerate from 0-60 mph in only 3.9 seconds - matching the R Coupe - up to an electronically-limited top speed of 186 mph. Enhancements are not limited to the chassis and driveline technology. The instrument cluster features new dials and gauges. The infotainment system has been upgraded, and the F-TYPE now features InControl Remote™, InControl Protect™ and InControl Apps™3 connectivity and telematics functions. When away from the vehicle, InControl Remote makes it possible to check information such as the fuel level or the door lock status using a smartphone. The driver can also use a smartphone to start the engine, enabling the climate control system to bring the cabin to the desired temperature before the journey begins. InControl Protect sends a signal automatically to a call center based on a supplemental restraint system trigger; an emergency call can also be initiated manually by the vehicle occupants. For 2016 model year the F-TYPE also features an increased level of standard equipment, providing the features customers expect from a premium sports car. Now standard is the top-spec 770W Meridian™ surround sound audio system, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio & HD Radio™, Jaguar Smart Key Keyless entry - making the most of the unique deployable door handles of the F-TYPE - and 14-way fully power-adjustable seats. Coupe models also receive the panoramic glass roof as standard, adding a tremendous amount of light to the cabin. R Coupe models receive a power tailgate as standard. On S models standard equipment now includes Configurable Dynamic Mode1, a flat-bottomed racing-style steering wheel and the driver-selectable Switchable Active Exhaust. The new 2016 model year F-TYPE Coupe and Convertible range will consist of: F-TYPE (340hp, rear wheel drive with automatic or manual), F-TYPE S Coupe (380hp automatic with RWD or AWD, or manual with rear-wheel drive), and F-TYPE R (550hp automatic with AWD). INSTINCTIVE ALL WHEEL DRIVE with Intelligent Driveline Dynamics The AWD system is offered as an option with the 380HP V6 F-TYPE S Coupe and Convertible and is standard on the 550hp R Coupe and Convertible, all equipped with the eight-speed QuickShift automatic transmission. The underlying development philosophy for AWD was to maintain the inherent agility and precision of the rear-wheel drive character of the F-TYPE while delivering the traction and handling benefits that Instinctive All Wheel Drive offers. From behind the wheel, drivers will quickly notice the extra abilities that AWD adds to performance, handling and road holding. Operating on the torque-on-demand principle, the AWD system sends 100 percent of the engine's torque to the rear wheels under normal driving conditions. This maintains the rear-wheel drive handling characteristics of the F-TYPE and also reduces parasitic losses in the drivetrain. If the system determines that the rear wheels are approaching the limit of available grip, the electronically-controlled center coupling transfers up to 50 percent of the engine's torque to the front axle. The system can vary front/rear torque split to mitigate oversteer and understeer when cornering by providing yaw damping. Upon entering a corner, if the car begins to oversteer, torque can be transferred to the front axle, generating a stabilizing moment. The process is virtually transparent to the driver. As a result, entry speeds can be higher, and the driver can apply more power sooner in preparation for corner exit. The AWD system features Intelligent Driveline Dynamics (IDD), a control system designed and developed by Jaguar to maximize the benefits of AWD without any compromise to dynamics. IDD is networked to the powertrain, rear differential and center coupling and Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system to provide optimum torque distribution. Algorithms within the IDD controller continuously estimate road surface friction. The controller uses measurements from yaw rate, steering wheel angle, wheel speed, and lateral and longitudinal acceleration sensors. It also takes into account the Driving Dynamics mode selected by the driver. The IDD controller and the EAD controller use this data to determine what the vehicle is doing - known as a "state estimate" - and the design of the IDD system enables a common state estimate to be used in both controllers. This detailed monitoring of the vehicle's dynamics enables optimized torque distribution across the rear axle, and from front to rear, by applying both pre-emptive and feed-back control of the active driveline technologies. The result is improved agility and steering response, and the extra level of control this brings increases driver confidence. Another benefit that AWD and IDD bring, compared to rear-wheel drive, is greater differentiation between Normal, Rain/ice/snow and Dynamic modes1. With Rain/ice/snow mode selected, the IDD control software is designed to deliver a more AWD-like character than Normal mode, while Dynamic mode provides the most rear-drive biased character. Since the system is continually updating its estimate of road surface friction, IDD will select the most suitable calibration. "What we require of our AWD system in the F-TYPE is optimal traction, but preserving the Jaguar DNA and sports car character - that means rear-drive feel and steering without any corruption. The key to this is Intelligent Driveline Dynamics - IDD." "IDD allows us to provide 'Instinctive All Wheel Drive' - only delivering torque to the front wheels when it's required to enhance traction. That means we get great steering precision and the efficiency of a rear-drive car, but with additional traction via the front wheels precisely delivered to match the driver's demand, the road surface and the driving situation." -Russ Varney, Vehicle Program Director, Sports Cars, Jaguar Visually, AWD models are differentiated by 'AWD' badging on the rear and subtle but distinct changes to the exterior styling. The AWD aluminum clamshell hood is reshaped, giving the F-TYPE greater presence and optimizing packaging around the powertrain. On the hood are new vents: positioned further apart and further forward than those of rear-wheel drive F-TYPE models. AWD models also feature unique body-color side sills, as well as a body colored venturi on R models or valence around the exhaust tips on S models. Meticulous attention to weight distribution means that the AWD F-TYPE retains excellent balance, with the weight moving forward by only 1.2 percentage points compared to the rear-drive models. MANUAL TRANSMISSION The six-speed manual transmission in the F-TYPE has been designed to for enthusiasts and purists. The combination of the free-revving supercharged V6 and a precise, perfectly-weighted shift delivers motoring nirvana. The outstanding QuickShift automatic transmission is still a benchmark for shift speed and refinement, but for discerning enthusiasts, the purest driving experience comes from executing perfectly timed shifts using a manual gearbox. To meet this demand, Jaguar has integrated a highly efficient six-speed ZF® transmission into the lightweight aluminum body structure of the F-TYPE. This manual transmission is matched exclusively to the rear-wheel drive 340hp and 380hp V6 powertrains. "A manual transmission in a sports car is always the purist driver's choice - and to meet their expectations the manual F-TYPE had to offer a completely engaging driving experience. "The short throw of the gear lever, the mechanical quality of the shift, pedal spacing ideally suited to heel-and-toe changes, the tune of the V6 supercharged engine itself - all have been subject to detailed scrutiny to ensure driving a manual F-TYPE is as fun as it is fast." - Mike Cross, Chief Engineer, Vehicle Integrity, Jaguar The new manual transmission was developed for the F-TYPE with the experts at ZF. This compact unit features a lightweight aluminum alloy casing and an innovative semi-dry sump lubrication system to improve efficiency. Instead of relying on the usual splash lubrication method, the gearbox in the F-TYPE uses a compact mechanical pump driven from the layshaft to spray oil on to the meshing gear teeth, bearings and the synchronizer rings. Providing lubrication to exactly where it is needed with low viscosity oil significantly reduces drag losses. It also means that the gearbox contains just 1.2-liters of fluid, saving weight and improving packaging. The custom-designed bellhousing contains a dual-mass flywheel for excellent NVH properties and a single-plate dry clutch has been engineered for reduced rotational inertia, therefore reducing shift loads. Positive, precise and perfectly-weighted changes Connecting the driver to the gearbox is a shift mechanism which combines the direct, short throw essential to a sports car application. Every tactile detail from the gearbox detent profiles, shift lever mounting bushings, and the shape of the center console armrest have been scrutinized to create an extraordinary manual transmission driving experience. The rod linkage provides the most direct connection between the gear lever and the selector forks. Every mounting bushing has been carefully tuned to strike the perfect balance between shift feel and isolation from unwanted vibration. Optimization of the detent profiles gives smooth, precise changes without the high peak loads which result in notchiness when going into gear. A throw of just 45mm ensures fast, precise shifts. Extensive development and testing results in a gear knob set at the ideal height and position for road and track driving. Such is the attention to detail that the center console armrest has been reprofiled for manual transmission models to allow for the optimum movement of wrist, elbow and shoulder during each gear change. To satisfy the most demanding enthusiasts, the brake and throttle pedals are ideally positioned for heel-and-toe shifts. The perfect match: Supercharged V6 The manual transmission is paired exclusively with the all-aluminum 3.0-liter V6 engine. This supercharged direct-injection unit, in both 340hp and 380hp ratings, is defined by its linear power delivery and willingness to rev and the new gearbox engages the engine's full performance potential. Under hard acceleration the engine has been tuned to respond directly to throttle pedal inputs. Coupled with the reduced rotational inertias this enables the enthusiastic driver to execute fast, precise heel-and-toe downshifting. The engine ECU provides a speed matching function on upshifts, making each gear change smoother. An anti-stall hill holding function makes the F-TYPE easier to start off from a standstill. ELECTRIC POWER ASSISTED STEERING The EPAS system fitted to the latest F-TYPE is the result of R&D work which began in 2008. The years of development and tuning have ensured that this steering system delivers the immediate response and connected feel expected from a Jaguar sports car. Jaguar sports cars have previously relied on hydraulic power assistance because it has historically delivered the most natural, intuitive performance feel. In recent years, Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) technology has matured, and now offers far greater tuning potential, excellent steering feel and better energy efficiency. Advanced control algorithms ensure that the F-TYPE steering is free from any trace of the synthetic feel which can taint some EPAS systems. The software even compensates for differences in ambient temperature, ensuring absolute consistency in the feedback the driver gets through the wheel. Hardware improvements were also implemented. Increasing the torsional stiffness of the steering column intermediate shaft helped to deliver the on-center feel needed to achieve our demanding targets. Compared to hydraulic systems, which constantly use power from the engine, EPAS only uses electrical energy when assistance is needed, thereby reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. These improvements make the lightweight aluminum F-TYPE more efficient. INFOTAINMENT AND CONNECTIVITY The new Jaguar InControl® suite of connectivity, telematics and infotainment systems offer increased functionality, from smartphone apps and emergency services to remote engine starts The F-TYPE offers a connected drive in every sense. Just as the chassis and the powertrains are engineered to respond immediately - and exactly as the driver expects - the infotainment systems have been developed to be as intuitive to use as possible. All models feature an 8-inch capacitive Touch-screen with a new user interface. The crisp, clear graphics make them quick and easy to use3. For the 2016 model year the outstanding Meridian™ 770W surround sound audio system is standard on every F-TYPE model. The F-TYPE ensures that drivers stay connected too, thanks to InControl Apps™. Connecting Apple and Android smartphones using the dedicated USB port gives seamless access to compatible third party apps stored on the device through the vehicle's Touch-screen. Jaguar InControl Protect™ technologies have been created to improve safety, convenience and peace of mind. Should the car be involved in a collision severe enough to deploy the airbags, the integrated telematics module will automatically call emergency services and notify them of the vehicle's location. This feature can also be triggered manually by pressing the SOS emergency call button. In the unlikely event of a breakdown, F-TYPE owners can quickly and easily summon Jaguar Roadside Assistance simply by pressing a button on the overhead console. This will automatically connect them to the Jaguar Roadside Assistance operator, and will also send information on the vehicle's location and status. The InControl Remote app allows the driver to interact with their F-TYPE in a completely new way. Using their smartphone, drivers can see how much fuel is in the tank, if the windows are closed or if the alarm has gone off. Better still, it enables the driver to remotely lock or unlock the car and reset the alarm - from anywhere in the world. The beep and flash feature can help drivers to find the car again – perfect for busy parking lots or crowded city streets. InControl Remote also makes it possible to start the engine remotely. (Not available on manual transmission cars.) This feature enables the climate control system to bring the cabin to the desired temperature before the journey begins. All Jaguar InControl functions are standard on the 2016 model year F-TYPE.
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    11-22-2014, 07:50 AM
    Expect more and more turbocharged V6 vehicles from Porsche. The flat-6 layout just does not work as well with front engined cars and SUV's so expect to see a lot more of this motor in particular. The 3.6 liter twin turbocharged and direct injected engine powers the Macan Turbo. A tweaked version also goes into the new Cayenne GTS which no longer utilizes naturally aspirated V8 power. In GTS trim the mill gets a bump to 434 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque likely just due to software alone so it shows the Macan Turbo has plenty of headroom for tuning. As for the engine itself it uses dry sump lubrication. This goes to show just how serious Porsche is about the Macan's handling as well as the handling of its SUV's. Can Porsches competition say the same about their motors in their SUV's? Full specs rundown below:
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    Yesterday, 08:07 PM
    The 2014 Los Angeles International Auto Show is in the books and a great show it was. There were some excellent debuts such as the Mercedes C63 AMG as well as the mind blowing Ford Shelby Mustang GT350. From a press perspective the auto show does a great job of making media access easy and friendly. The Media Center is run how it should be with lockers available, food, coffee, and quick Wi-Fi. Plenty of press events are thrown including a kick off party, awards, conferences, networking receptions, and plenty of open bars. If it sounds like fun that is because it is. Next year the BoostAddict network will cover more of the press events and technology conferences over focusing solely on manufacturer showing. Speaking of the manufacturers pretty much everyone who is anyone was in attendance. As you see below some of the big boys had some interesting setups. KIA in particular had a woman doing a sort of rock climbing show to get attention apparently and it worked. So did their open bar featuring Sculpin IPA and various California wines. If their idea was to get me drunk enough to like their cars it almost worked. Almost. Porsche as usual had their solid offering in their own hall which creates their own sort of atmosphere and buzz (top notch babes walking around does not hurt either). Not everyone is this exciting though as Toyota, Mitsubishi, and Volvo were boring. If your cars are boring at least try and spice up the atmosphere like KIA did. Here is a recap of the BoostAddict coverage: LAND ROVER BRINGS THEIR $110K 550 HORSEPOWER RANGE ROVER SPORT SVR PERFORMANCE SUV TO LA JAGUAR DEBUTS THE 2016 F-TYPE WITH ALL WHEEL DRIVE AND MANUAL TRANSMISSION OPTIONS - AWD F-TYPE R COUPE A9 COUPE PREVIEW? AUDI BRINGS THEIR STUNNING PROLOGUE CONCEPT CAR TO LA A SOMEWHAT BORING VISIT WITH BMW M AND I DODGE PUTS THE 6.2 LITER 707 HORSEPOWER SUPERCHARGED HEMI HELLCAT V8 ON DISPLAY - PICTURES AND SPECIFICATIONS A VISIT WITH MERCEDES-AMG + 2015 AMG GT S AND W205 C63 AMG S IMPRESSIONS PORSCHE PUTS A CROSS SECTION OF THE MACAN TURBO 3.6 LITER V6 ON DISPLAY FORD DEBUTS THE 2016 SHELBY MUSTANG GT350 - IMPRESSIONS CADILLAC PUTS THE 2016 ATS-V COUPE AND ITS 455 HORSEPOWER LF4 TWIN TURBO 3.6 LITER V6 ON DISPLAY MERCEDES-AMG DISPLAYS A MOVING AND COLOR CODED M133 45 AMG 2.0 LITER FOUR-CYLINDER CROSS SECTION Enjoy the rest:
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    11-17-2014, 10:54 AM
    Is anyone still hating on the four-cylinder Mustang? Well they shouldn't be. Ford themselves did a great job showing us what the 2015 Ecoboost Mustang is capable of on the dragstrip with bolt on modifications running a 12.56 @ 109 miles per hour. This clearly showed 11 second capability in the Ecoboost Mustang with more aggressive tuning. Well, 11's are already here and Livernois Motorsports is the first tuner to break the 11 second barrier. How does an 11.812 @ 114.17 sound? It sounds even better when the modifications are taken into account. Livernoise was able to break into the 11's with just a race gas tune, slicks, removed factory catback, and a pulled passenger seat. That's it. The stock internal motor looks like it will be capable of hitting the mid 11's with some more supporting modifications. The Ecoboost Mustang most definitely is a hell of a tuning value.
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    Yesterday, 03:29 PM
    At auto shows many manufacturers bring their prized motors and put them on display showing a cross section so people can get an idea of the internals, size, and components. AMG did something very interesting with the world's most powerful production four-cylinder motor which was using a display that included motion. The turbocharger is moving and color coordinated showing the hot and cold sides in action. The effect is very cool giving an idea as to how air flows through the motor and how the turbocharger functions. A very innovating moving display compared to the static displays that everyone else does. Certainly a great way to get attention for a motor that more than deserves it.
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    11-22-2014, 08:05 AM
    Ford took some wind out of the sails for journalists by revealing the GT350 early online before the LA Auto Show. That is how things go these days but Ford did have their GT350 on display as promised. The only problems is details on the car were nowhere to be found. Unlike what most of the other automakers do for their debuts Ford did not provide any data panels on the GT350. For those in attendance who hoped to learn more about the car than in the initial press release there simply was no additional info to be gathered and nobody from Ford was around the car to ask for more info anyway. What we know is still what we know and that is we can expect over 8000 rpm from the 5.2 liter flat plane crank V8 along with over 500 horsepower. Torque is expected to be over 400 lb-ft. We also know that the Coyote 5.0 liter V8 serves as the foundation but we do not get a full breakdown as to what is changed. Obviously, a whole heck of a lot and likely just the block remains as a similarity between the two. Interestingly, the engine is lighter than the Coyote 5.0 liter V8 in the Mustang GT but we do now know by how much. Regarding the styling, the car has a great presence in person although it could sit quite a bit lower on the 19's. The rear is a much better design execution than the front though. The car looks best from the front when staring at it head on but when one rotates their position to more of a side profile view the new headlights lose their attractiveness. A subjective point but the previous headlight design worked better at varied angles of view. Like everyone else we await more details on this beast:
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    11-22-2014, 11:14 AM
    The Hellcat V8 deserves to be put on display. It is practically a work of art in of itself and the most powerful domestic V8 ever produced by the big three for a street car. 707 horsepower, a 2.4 liter twin screw blower, cast iron block, sodium filled hollow exhaust valves, what's not to love? It is important to point out that Dodge put a lot of work into this motor. They did not just strap a blower onto a Hemi V8 as some have stated. The forged crankshaft is unique to the motor. The forged pistons and forged rods are also unique to the Hellcat V8. The engine block is specially developed for the Hellcat and is part of the reason why it displaces 6.2 liters. Dodge made sure there would be plenty of material around the pistons to handle the torque output. Owners will be upping the fairly mild 11.6 psi of boost from the twin screw blower pretty quickly. The motor also gets its own cam profile and individual piston oil squirters. In person it's a pretty massive motor and certainly could not have been easy to package. Dodge did their homework and produced the most powerful blown V8 to ever grace a street car. It truly is an impressive powerplant with its best days ahead of it.
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