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    Yesterday, 11:58 PM
    The M133 engine is obviously very powerful but its design does not utilize any bypass valve to bleed off excessive air pressure. When pushing this motor further on top of the already high state of tune from AMG one can run into problems regarding compressor surge. What that leads to is decreased turbo life and possibly early turbo failure. The Weistec anti surge valve is designed to vent excess compressed air to the atmosphere thereby preventing air flowing back into the compressor housing. There will also be those people of course interested in this modification as the air venting to the atmosphere produces a 'blow off' valve sound. Aural components to a car are important and a rev followed by that signature turbo 'psshhh' let's people know the car means business. Ultimately though this is a longevity mod that also improves throttle response. Considering it is a simple bolt on modification with quick installation this is a no-brainer for 45 AMG owners. KEY FEATURES: 100% Bolt-On Solution No Check Engine Light Easy 30 Minute Installation Increased Lifespan of Turbo CNC Machined Aluminum Hard Anodized to Military Spec Engineered and Manufactured in USA $599.99: http://weistec.com/all/a/a-45/2014-present-w176-m133/turbochargers-accesories/m133-anti-surge-valve.html
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    Yesterday, 09:43 PM
    The good news is Honda will reveal a production version of the Civic Type R in Geneva in March. The bad news is that Honda Civic Type R will not be sold in the USA. Why? Because it is based on the European version of the Civic. A Civic Type R with a turbo 2.0 liter motor is exactly the kind of exciting model Honda needs. Making the news more sweet than bitter is that the US spec Civic will get the Type R turbo four-cylinder motor. Whether it is detuned or how much it is detuned is information that will come later. It also remains to be seen how close the US Spec Civic will be to the real Type R variant and if it will actually get Type R branding. At the very least Honda is starting to produce some exciting models again. 28.01.2015 Civic Type R and NSX Supercar Lead Host of Premieres From Honda at 2015 Geneva Motor Show - Honda to unveil flagship performance models with world premiere of production Civic Type R and European premiere of NSX - Production models of all-new Jazz and HR-V to be unveiled, as well as first showing in Europe of FCV Concept fuel cell vehicle - 2015 McLaren-Honda F1 racer showcased ahead of season opener Signalling a new era for the Honda brand in Europe, every model in the range will be new or refreshed in 2015, with many being unveiled in production guise for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Performance cars for road and track, family cars and a fuel cell concept will all feature on the Honda stand. The return of two performance legends Geneva will see the global premiere of the Honda Civic Type R production car. The 'race car for the road' will be the most extreme Type R ever built, with blistering performance and thrilling dynamics that set new standards in the segment. A world-first application of Honda's new 2.0 litre VTEC Turbo engine, aggressive function-led styling and pioneering new chassis technologies combine to deliver one of the most immersive and rewarding driving experiences available in any sector. For fans keenly anticipating the launch of Honda's latest hot hatch icon, a dedicated Type R microsite goes live on 28 January. Here fans can explore and share Type R content, in order to gain access to exclusive snapshots of the performance hatchback ahead of its debut in Geneva: Hot from its global debut in Detroit, the much-anticipated production Honda NSX will make its European debut in Switzerland, twenty-five years after the original. The hybrid supercar has been specifically created to deliver a 'new sports experience', challenging conventional beliefs about the supercar segment. New HR-V and Jazz Production models of Honda's all-new HR-V and Jazz will debut ahead of their market launches later in 2015. The all-new HR-V blends the styling of a coupe with the toughness, space and utility of a SUV in a sporty, characterful and versatile B-segment crossover. Re-entering the segment that Honda pioneered with the original HR-V in 1998, the new 2015 model features eye-catching exterior styling, fun-to-drive performance, class-leading fuel economy and unmatched interior spaciousness. With a sophisticated new look and an upgraded interior, the third-generation Jazz also makes its debut in Geneva. This car has been redesigned from the ground up, building on the strong reputation of its predecessors and featuring a brand new 1.3 litre petrol engine. Looking to the future The Honda FCV Concept demonstrates the exterior and interior styling evolution of the next-generation zero emissions Honda fuel-cell vehicle. The FCV Concept is intended to provide significant gains in packaging, interior space, cost reduction and real-world performance, including an anticipated driving range in excess of 300 miles and a refuelling time of three to five minutes. Iconic McLaren-Honda partnership returns The 2015 McLaren-Honda Formula 1 racecar will also be on show at Geneva ahead of its competitive debut at the season opener in Melbourne, Australia on 15 March. The new partnership aims to create a legacy to surpass that of the original, when four Constructors' World Championships were won in four years between 1988 and 1991. Honda can be found at stand 4250 in Hall 4 at the 85th Geneva Motor Show (3 - 15 March).
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    Yesterday, 09:21 PM
    The KIA K900 is a very nice premium luxury sedan. The thing is, the buying public does not exactly associate the KIA brand with premium luxury sedans. They may have overestimated their position by bringing in a premium car when KIA is primary a volume and value brand. Volkswagen had this problem with the Phaeton as the brand image just could not pull off a premium luxury sedan especially with Audi existing. KIA does not have the exact same problem of competing with an established luxury brand but it does have to contend with Hyundai which has the Genesis sedan. That is really the problem as the K900 is a reskinned Genesis V8 sedan. Making things more problematic is that the Hyundai Genesis V8 costs $51,500. KIA clearly priced themselves too high as they do not have Hyundai's brand appeal and Hyundai itself is not exactly considered a high end luxury sedan producer. Certainly not in comparison to the Germans. We will see if a price cut helps and even Cadillac is not immune to price cuts but selling a $60k KIA was a problem any smart executive should have seen coming. This is likely an experiment for KIA anyway so they are learning just how far they can push their brand. Source
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    Yesterday, 08:37 PM
    Pathetic. That is what you can say about Horsepowerkings.com trying to get hits by putting out a bogus story. You can bet nobody is ever going to take them seriously again. We stated the Z06 laptime seemed unbelievable and as it turns out, it isl. We were holding our breath for confirmation from an official Chevy source and an official Chevy source has commented although not in support of the bogus report: "Simply put, that number is not correct. We accumulated nearly 1,000 miles of testing on the Nurburgring with the Z06. However, as you know, there are very limited opportunities to get a lap on video at the ‘Ring. Both opportunities we had to record a lap on video were rained out. We have decided not to release a lap, as we don’t have the video to back up a time. When we get a chance to run a fast lap for video, we will publish an official time." This continue a string of poor automotive reporting where an unconfirmed report gets circulated as if it was confirmed. Winston Churchill was right. A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth even gets a chance to put its pants on.
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