Published on 30 Nov 2013 by Adriano
Moscow-based premium car-tuning company Larte is at the 2013 Essen Motor Show to showcase its own tuning program dedicated to the awesome Range Rover Evoque - the successful SUV from the British brand - and let’s just say straightaway it surely is a remarkable one. You don’t need to take our word for that though: over 75.000 readers of Europe’s biggest sports car magazine Auto Bild Sportscar have noticed that too, as they gave it the prize for the best tuned-up SUV of the year. And we would expect the Germans to know a thing or two about cool cars, dont’we?
The performance of the 2.2-liter 4-cylinder turbodiesel engine of the standard model was increased to deliver 220 horsepower instead of the usual 190, while the maximum torque was also raised from 420 to a cool 480 Nm. controversely, Evoque’s ride height went down by 30 millimiters, providing it with an altogether different appearance and a more stable handling.
The eye-catching design has been developed in the direction of a cool street racer, something that is surely underlined by its bold black-and-red paintwork. The new PU RIM body kit provides for a new honeycomb grille and the massive air intake in the front apron, adding further up to the sporty character of the car. At the back there’s a rear apron made from PU RIM, creating the appropriate backdrop for the redesigned centrally-mounted triple exhaust system, with LARTE’s own set of 21-inch lightweight alloy rims in glossy black completing the profile of this gorgeous machine.
Published on 30 Nov 2013 by Adriano
The frightening police vehicle you can see in these pictures and video is the AC Schnitzer “ACS4 2.8i Coupé”, an awesome tuning of the BMW 428i Coupé performed by the Aachen-based BMW tuning specialist. AC Schnitzer has upgraded the 2.8-liter engine of the standard car to boost its power up to 294 horsepower with 420 Nm of peak torque. As a result, the ACS4 can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.7 seconds, making it capable of catching up with most of the fastest bad guys around.
The car is equipped with AC Schnitzer’s own stainless steel twin sports rear silencer with the chromed “Evo Racing” tailpipe trims, racing suspension (lowered by 25mm, adjustable in compression and rebound stages), forged alloys and a specific aerodynamic package made of front spoiler, rear diffuser, rear spoiler and rear roof spoiler. As for the interior, the guardians of law and order will be able to enjoy aluminium pedals, foot rest and “Black Line” handbrake handle as well as a new key holder. Velours floor mats complete the interior styling.
The AC Schnitzer ACS4 2.8i Coupé is currently on display at the ongoing 2013 Essen Motor Show, but will be showcased in other exhibitions and events throughout Germany as part of the “TUNE IT! SAFE!” campaign, a long-running initiative supported by the Police and the Federal Ministry for Transport to promote safe tuning. As in the previous four years, a police vehicle was professionally modified for the campaign.
Published on 29 Nov 2013 by Adriano
German tuner xXx-Performance from Bochum, in cooperation with Chiptrick technologies from Wuppertal, has released its own rendition of the Audi R8 V8 that will surely make happy all those who thought that the ‘little’ R8 is not as gritty as it should be. The standard Audi model in fact is powered by a 4.2-liter V8 delivering 420 horsepower and 430 Nm of peak torque, but many people think that’s just not enough to exploit the oustanding aerodynamics and top-notch technology of the model in full.
In order to squeeze all the power they could out of that 4.2 FSI unit, Chiptrick developed a Biturbo system which forces the respiration of the V8 with two turbo chargers and tailor-made charge-air cooler, providing it with a high-pressure fuel pump and more efficient injection nozzles. Plus, they’ve trown in an exhaust system with cross x-pipe and valve control system on board (for the disposal of the waste gas) and an upgraded software for the sequential R-tronic 6-speed manual transmission, developed to allow the gearbox to cope with the new configuration.
To cut it short, the Biturbo system can be set on three performance stages: in stage 1, the performance of the R8 4.2 FSI surges from 420 to 590 hp, with torque increasing from 430 to a whopping 660 Nm (note that this is already enough to overshadow the standard R8 5.2 FSI quattro); in stage 2, the output would go up to 640 hp and 675 Nm; and then there’s the third and final stage, unleashes no less than 707 hp with 809 Nm of peak torque. Basically, with the stage 3 kit, the Audi R8 can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.6 seconds prior to reaching an electronically-limited top speed of 313 km/h (194 mph). To top it off, xXx Performance added a set of 20-inch Oxigin 14 Oxrock alloy wheels, carbon fiber front spoiler, flaps and fins and some cool decal. What more could we ask for?
Published on 27 Nov 2013 by Adriano
Lamborghini Automobili has released the first teaser for a new V10 model, probably the much-anticipated successor to the mighty Gallardo, whose debut might take place at one of the most important Motor Shows in early 2014 (quite likely in Detroit in January and/or in Geneva in March). The legendary Audi-owned Italian brand in fact has unleashed a new dedicated microsite - www.hexagonproject.com - that invites you to “Discover the roar of the new creature from Lamborghini”: basically, when you click on the virtual ignition button you can see above, it lets you listen to the terrific sound of the new engine. And yes, it does rock.
Unfortunately, that’s also all we get to know for now. We are not even sure about the name, actually. The name of the ‘new Gallardo’ is expected to be ‘Cabrera’, but we are not that sure it will be the final choioce as we learnt that Lamborghini has recently registered two names, ‘Deimos’ and ‘Huracan’, and so we wouldn’t be surprised to see one of those two getting attached to the new model. However, it must be one of these three.
As we already pointed out, everything about this new Lambo is still pretty much up the air, but rumor has it it will eventually come with a naturally-aspirated 5.2-liter V10 engine producing somethng like 600 horsepower and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Throw in all sort of ultralight materials and alle the technology Audi is currently capable of (and then some..) and you will get the whole picture: this is going to be a proper ‘beast’, and we just cannot wait to see it. It’s got to be a matter of weeks…
Published on 25 Nov 2013 by Adriano
SRT has released more details and images of the Viper Time Attack (a.k.a. Viper TA) Special Edition spec-package which was partly introduced at the beginning of the year at the 2013 New York Auto Show. We are talking about a special performance package dedicated to all the track enthusiasts out there that will be produced in 159 units only, 93 of which with the special ‘TA Orange’ exterior paint color, 33 in ‘Venom Black’ and 33 in ‘Bright White’.
The high-performance equipment for the model includes race-tuned calibration for the two-mode Bilstein DampTronic suspension system; retuned springs, shocks and road-racing derived sway bars; carbon fiber structural X-brace replacing the standard aluminum one under the hood, Brembo two-piece, 32-millimeters wide, high-thermal capacity rotors and pads as well as a so called ‘Advanced Aerodynamics Package’ providing for carbon fiber front splitters and rear spoiler. All that means a curb weight of just 1,537 kg, making it the the lightest Viper in the lineup.
The car also uses chassis parts developed specifically by the SRT chassis dynamics team to get the most out of the race-car-like chassis, though it must be pointed out that the Viper TA will be street-legal. As for the engine, it’s the same all-aluminum 8.4-liter mid-front V10 overhead-valve engine we already know, which can deliver 640 horsepower and no less than 814 Nm of peak torque. The standard black interior combination includes unique orange accent stitching on the cloth seats, instrument panel (through the cowl), center stack, console, pull brake, shifter boot, shifter head, steering wheel and upper doors. Production has already started at the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant in Detroit, with the first Viper TA model that are expected to arrive at dealerships by the end of the current year.
Published on 22 Nov 2013 by Adriano
Japanese manufacturer Honda has chosen the 2013 Los Angeles International Auto Show to unveil a brand new and pretty futuristic looking concept called FCEV (fuel cell-electric vehicle). According to its maker, this hydrogen-powered model is meant to express a potential styling direction for Honda’s next-generation fuel-cell vehicle, which will be anticipated in the U.S. and Japan in 2015 and shortly aftewards in Europe.
The FCEV concept features the world’s first application of a fuel-cell powertrain packaged completely in the engine room, something that allows for more space in the cabin as well as more flexibility in the potential application of the FC technology in the future. Significant technological advancements to the 100kW hydrogen fuel cell stack - with a power density of 3 kW/litre - provided for a 60 percent increase in power density while reducing the size by 33 percent - compared to the FCX Clarity - which will give the car a driving range of more than 300 miles (482 km) with quick refuelling of about three minutes at a pressure of 70 MPa.
In terms of styling, the Honda FCEV Concept presents itself as a car from the future, with a particularly aerodynamic bodywork that almost makes it look like a space ship. Highlights include a protruding grille, a floating roof and the covered rear wheels. The Honda FCEV Concept also delivers ample passenger space and seating for five passengers. We just cannot help but wonder how similar the aforementioned 2015 production version will be to this FCEV… time will tell …
Published on 09 Nov 2013 by Adriano
Just days ahead of its official unveiling at the 2013 L.A. Auto Show and Tokyo Motor Shows, German manufacturer Mercedes-Benz has revealed online the brand new S65 AMG, their high performance saloon which comes with a frightening AMG 6.0-litre V12 biturbo engine under the hood which provides for the impressive output of 630 horsepower at 4800-5400 rpm and no less than 1000 Nm of maximum torque at 2300-4300 rpm. Thanks to its reduced emissions (279 g/km) and fuel consumption (23.7 mpg on the NEDC combined), the car complies to the Euro 6 standards and can be considered the first luxury sedan of the next generation. That didn’t go in the way of sheer performance though as the S 65 AMG accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.3 seconds on its way to an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).
Its AMG Speedshift Plus 7G-Tronic seven-speed automatic transmission with its wide ratio spread guarantees a noticeably lower engine speed level and has three individual driving programmes: Controlled Efficiency (C), Sport (S) and Manual (M). The S 65 AMG also features as standard the AMG sports suspension based on Magic Body Control, which is able to recognise road surface undulations in advance with the help of the stereo camera. Other highlights of the model include a ultra-light lithium-ion battery, a set of 20″ AMG forged light-alloy wheels and AMG ceramic high-performance composite braking system.
The interior is obviously as luxurious and technologically advanced as it can get, with exclusively developed AMG sports seats, a two-spoke AMG sports steering wheel, an AMG instrument cluster with two animated round dials appearing on the high-resolution TFT colour display (head-up display for enhanced comfort and safety), the innovative Mercedes-Benz touchpad measuring about 6.5 x 4.5 centimetres in size in the center console, a feature that will soon belong to all the cars of the highly respected German brand.
Published on 27 Oct 2013 by Adriano
Opel/Vauxhall has released a new official video starring the new generation of the Insignia, here shown in both its saloon and wagon configurations. This latest facelifted model was firstly introduced this last summer and then presented to the world a few weeks back at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, and comes with some interesting new contents that make for a significant improvment over the outgoing range.
The updated 2014 Insigna comes with a more aerodynamic bodywork with underbody covers and include a redesigned front fascia, wider front spoiler lips, a wider and lower chromed grille, new headlamps with bi-xenon lights, new fog lamps, new tail lamps and some chrome accents. Upgrades to the interior include a newly designed center console hosting the latest version of Opel’s own IntelliLink infotainment system, which is operated through a 8-inch color display with touch operation and also provides for smartphone connection and navigation. The vehicle also received some suspension changes, making it more responsive on the road.
Depending on which variant gets selected, there’s a quite thick list of engines to choose from: a 2.0-liter CDTI in power outputs of 120 and 140 horsepower, a 2.0-liter BiTurbo CDTI producing 195 hp and 400 Nm of peak torque, a 1.4 Turbo delivering 140 hp and 200 Nm of torque, a 1.6 SIDI Turbo with 170 hp and 260 Nm of torque, a 2.0 SIDI Turbo generating 250 hp and 400 Nm, 1.4 LPG with 140 and 200 Nm as well as a 2.8-liter V6 Turbo producing 325 horsepoer and 435 Nm of maximum torque. That should cover pretty much all sorts of requirements, but if you need more there’s also the revamped high-performance OPC model, equipped with a 2.8-liter V6 that develops up to 400 hp.
Published on 26 Oct 2013 by Adriano
There is no doubt that the many videos released by renowned American driver Ken Block in the famous ‘Gymkhana’ series have aroused the envy and admiration of many fans across the globe. Some of them went as far as to try to imitate their idol, improvising some little track on some parking lot and putting on a show with the same sort of crazy tricks, although more often than not their skills were nowhere near the level of class and ability shown on many occasions - and on camera - by the undisputed master.
The last to try such a thing in chronological order is one Ken Box, that you can tell right away is a sort of fictional character played by a jolly fellow who thought it would have been nice to pay tribute to Mr.Block in a nice and funny way. However, there’s quite a remarkable difference here: there isn’t a proper car involved, meaning that Ken Box did his freestyle rally with an electric cart.
It’s called Razor Crazy Cart, and has been labeled ‘The Ultimate Drifting Machine’. It is a kind of go kart - we would dare to say - with a seat, a basic frame and four wheels driven by an electric motor that would allow it to reach a top speed of about 20 km/h. They gave it a paint job reminiscent of the mighty Ford Fiesta ST used by the real Ken Block and gave it to Ken Box, who performed some cool tricks on the wake of what we have seen in several ‘Gymkhana’ videos. Ok, it tastes like a commercial for this Razor Crazy Cart, but nonetheless it’s quite an entertaing watch…
Published on 20 Oct 2013 by Adriano
As part of its 50th anniversary celebrations, Lamborghini Automobili presents the exceptional Veneno Roadster, a sort of open racing prototype with extreme design, advanced aerodynamics and breathtaking performance that will be built in no more than 9 units that will be built in 2014 and sold at a price of 3.3 million Euros. That’s before taxes, in case you were wondering. And just to set the record straight: there is no roof, just a strong rollover bar for safety, and yet it is fully road legal.
The Lamborghini Veneno Roadster comes with the same 6.5-liter V12 unit equipping the mighty Aventador, which is also the same engine equipping its coupe counterpart which was introduced a few months ago at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. This frightening engine is credited with an output of 750 horsepower, enough to push the Veneno Roadster from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 2.9 seconds and reach the remarkable top speed of 355 km/h (220 mph). This V12 sends the power to all four corners of the car through a fast-shifting ISR transmission with five modes.
The carbon fiber monocoque is visible inside the car around the central tunnel and the sills. The two lightweight bucket seats are made from Lamborghini’s patented Forged Composite. The woven carbon-fiber CarbonSkin is used to clad the entire cockpit, part of the seats and the headliner. The systematic carbon-fiber, lightweight design of the car is not only visible, it is also quite evident on the scales: with a dry weight of just 1,490 kg, the Veneno Roadster benefits from a power-to-weight ratio of just 1.99 kg/hp which guarantees the sort of mind-blowing performance figures we just told you about. The intense paint color “Rosso Veneno” was developed exclusively for the Veneno Roadster, although each single customer will be able to individualize his own vehicle to suit his personal preferences.