Category Archives: Auto News

Volkswagen Beetle GRC 544 bhp – 0-60 mph in just 2.1 seconds

Volkswagen Beetle GRC 544 bhp – 0-60 mph in just 2.1 seconds

18693072731505789225

Volkswagen has unveiled the Beetle GRC, ahead of its debut at the Red Bull Global Rallycross race this weekend.
Set to be driven by Tanner Foust and Scott Speed, the rally car has been equipped with an aggressive front bumper and a ventilated hood. We can also see aerodynamic mirrors, side scoops and a massive rear wing. Other notable highlights include high-performance brakes, an upgraded suspension, limited-slip differentials and 17-inch alloy wheels with Yokohama competition tires.
Power is provided by a turbocharged 1.6-liter TSI four-cylinder engine that develops 544 bhp (405 kW). It is connected to a six-speed sequential transmission and an all-wheel-drive system which enables the car to rocket from 0-60 mph in just 2.1 seconds.
According to Volkswagen Motorsport director Jost Capito, “After Volkswagen of America’s impressive start on the rallycross scene with the Polo, the launch of the new Beetle GRC rallycross car represents the next major milestone. The Beetle boasts a unique appearance and state-of-the-art technology. It will sweep fans off their feet.”
Source: Volkswagen USA

 

8265873941329369347

10292737461304875915

 

News Source: http://www.worldcarfans.com/

Mercedes Gl Black Crystal By Larte Design – Moscow, Russia

Mercedes Gl Black Crystal By Larte Design – Moscow, Russia

 

mercedes-gl-larte-004-1

LARTE DESIGN MAKES U.S. INTRODUCTION WITH PREMIUM PERFORMANCE TUNING KIT FOR MERCEDES

European-Based Luxury Tuning Company Creates Bespoke Mercedes GL Dubbed “Black Crystal”

Moscow, Russia (June 9, 2014) — Larte Design, a European luxury tuning company specializing in the personalization of premium SUVs, is making its first foray into the U.S. market with the introduction of a specially-tuned performance package for the 2014 Mercedes-Benz GL. The company is introducing its new package with “Black Crystal,” a uniquely customized GL that serves as a perfect example of Larte’s high design and advanced performance.

mercedes-gl-larte-002-1

“Black Crystal” comes equipped with an aggressive body kit, attractive alloy wheels and a sonorous exhaust system. The Larte Design front bumper features crystalline accents, aggressive geometry and front guard that stretches over almost the entire height of the car. The front end also features striking LED daytime running lights, by German supplier Nolden, crystal shaped edges, exposed carbon-fiber inserts and a number of air inlets.

mercedes-gl-larte-006-1

To further enhance the GL’s muscular shape are Larte Design crafted front and rear end fender flares and side skirts. The sport design is further enhanced by elements such as a central Formula 1-type brake light. “Black Crystal” also sits on forged, alloy wheels in 11×22-inch, completing the aggressive look of the custom GL.

The custom SUV also comes equipped with a unique four-pipe stainless steel exhaust system designed by renowned exhaust manufacturer, Remus. The exhaust’s complex shape – steel on the inside and carbon on the outside – echoes the high-quality craftsmanship that goes into each component of Larte’s body kits. To make “Black Crystal” go fast, Wetterauer tuning company upgraded the V6 diesel engine, thanks to a chip, to 290 hp and 508 lb-ft of torque (for the European spec GL), compared to the stock GL coming in at 258 hp and 457 lb-ft of torque.

“Black Crystal” is the latest in a long lineup of offerings from Larte Design. The luxury tuning manufacturer also offers tuning kits geared to enhance other premium SUVs including the Infiniti QX60, QX70, and QX80 and the Range Rover Evoque. Each kit meets the highest technical standards and includes components from renowned manufacturers. Kits also come with attractively and aggressively designed alloy wheels that are equipped with high-end tires from technical partner Michelin.

U.S. customers interested in Larte’s personalization options can learn more by visiting www.larte-design.com

About Larte Design:
Larte Design is a luxury tuning company specializing in the customization of Infiniti, Range Rover, and Mercedes-Benz SUVs. The company’s tuning kit packages are designed to help auto aficionados express individuality and personal style to front bumpers, radiator grilles, and exhaust systems. For additional information about Larte Design, visit http://www.larte-design.com/. Like us on Facebook and follow us Twitter.

News Source: Larte Design

 

mercedes-gl-larte-013-1mercedes-gl-larte-001-1mercedes-gl-larte-002-1mercedes-gl-larte-003-1mercedes-gl-larte-004-1mercedes-gl-larte-005-1mercedes-gl-larte-007-1mercedes-gl-larte-008-1mercedes-gl-larte-009-1mercedes-gl-larte-010-1mercedes-gl-larte-011-1mercedes-gl-larte-012-1

THE FIRST ELECTRIC HARLEY-DAVIDSON MOTORCYCLE / PROJECT LIVEWIRE

THE FIRST ELECTRIC HARLEY-DAVIDSON MOTORCYCLE / PROJECT LIVEWIRE

harley-live-wire-012-1

Harley is showing all sorts of photo and video of its EV bike, and the project appears fairly far along. Although, it’s not quite ready for dealers yet partially because H-D wants to get customers’ reaction to this big shift first. The company is taking the Livewire on a cross-country tour through 30 dealers along Route 66 starting next week, and some people actually get the chance to get on and ride this experimental hog. In 2015, the program goes international with stops in Canada and Europe.

harley-live-wire-003-1

The Livewire has the cues of a naked sport bike with an exposed trellis frame and dual-sided rear swing arm suspension, but the engine is something very non-Harley, though. There’s no big V-twin here, instead the electric motor appears partially exposed in a polished case underneath.

harley-live-wire-001-1

Harley is keeping technical details a tightly kept secret for the moment. It promises “tire-shredding acceleration and an unmistakable new sound” in its press release but doesn’t back it up with any hard figures. From the teaser video, it definitely has the high-pitched whine associated with electric motors. Development appears to be moving ahead nicely, though. The stunt double for Scarlet Johansson’s Black Widow was caught riding the Livewire during shooting for The Avengers: Age of Ultron.

 

harley-live-wire-010-1 (1)harley-live-wire-011-1harley-live-wire-012-1harley-live-wire-014-1harley-live-wire-001-1harley-live-wire-002-1harley-live-wire-003-1harley-live-wire-005-1harley-live-wire-006-1harley-live-wire-008-1

Press Release

 

HARLEY-DAVIDSON REVEALS PROJECT LIVEWIRE, THE FIRST ELECTRIC HARLEY-DAVIDSON MOTORCYCLE

H-D Invites Consumers to Ride, React and Shape the Future of this New Bike

NEW YORK (June 19, 2014) – Innovation, meet heritage. Today, Harley-Davidson (NYSE:HOG) reveals Project LiveWire – the first Harley-Davidson® electric motorcycle.

In keeping with the company’s customer-led product development approach, starting next week select consumers across the country will be able to ride and provide feedback on the bike, helping to shape the future of Harley-Davidson’s first-ever electric motorcycle.

While not for sale, Project LiveWire is specifically designed for the purpose of getting insight into rider expectations of an electric Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

“America at its best has always been about reinvention,” said Matt Levatich, President and Chief Operating Officer, Harley-Davidson Motor Company. “And, like America, Harley-Davidson has reinvented itself many times in our history, with customers leading us every step of the way. Project LiveWire is another exciting, customer-led moment in our history.”
Spurred by this heritage, the Project LiveWire Experience invites customers to test ride, provide feedback and learn more about the story of the motorcycle. Even those who don’t yet ride will have the opportunity to feel the power of Project LiveWire through Jumpstart – a simulated riding experience.

A 2014 U.S. tour – kicking off with a journey down Route 66 – will visit more than 30 Harley-Davidson dealerships now through the end of the year. In 2015, the Project LiveWire Experience will continue in the U.S. and expand into Canada and Europe.

“This builds on many recent reinvention successes for Harley-Davidson.” said Levatich. “In just the last few years, we’ve broadened our reach to serve an increasingly diverse society, as well as reinvented our approach to product development and manufacturing. This has resulted in cutting-edge products like the recently launched Project Rushmore touring bikes, Harley-Davidson Street 500 and 750 models and this reveal of Project LiveWire.”

An Innovative Approach to Advance the Possibilities of Personal Freedom
This exciting new ride blends the company’s styling heritage with the latest technology to deliver a new expression of the signature Harley-Davidson look, sound and feel.

“Project LiveWire is more like the first electric guitar – not an electric car,” said Mark-Hans Richer, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Harley-Davidson Motor Company. “It’s an expression of individuality and iconic style that just happens to be electric. Project LiveWire is a bold statement for us as a company and a brand.”

The bike offers a visceral riding experience with tire-shredding acceleration and an unmistakable new sound.

“The sound is a distinct part of the thrill,” said Richer. “Think fighter jet on an aircraft carrier. Project LiveWire’s unique sound was designed to differentiate it from internal combustion and other electric motorcycles on the market.”

Longer term plans for retail availability of Project LiveWire will be influenced by feedback from riders along the Project Livewire Experience tour.

“We offer a no excuses riding experience in everything we do and we are led by what our customers tell us matters most,” said Richer. “Because electric vehicle technology is evolving rapidly, we are excited to learn more from riders through the Project LiveWire Experience to fully understand the definition of success in this market as the technology continues to evolve.”

Helping Preserve and Renew the Freedom to Ride for Generations
As riding in the great outdoors is one of the best elements of motorcycling, sustainability remains a core strategic focus at Harley-Davidson.

“Preserving the riding environment is important to all of us,” said Levatich. “Project LiveWire is just one element in our efforts to preserve and renew the freedom to ride for generations to come. As a company that has seen success for 111 years, we think in generational terms about our great riding environments for the next 111 years.”

Fans can learn more about Project LiveWire, as well as specific dates and locations for Project LiveWire Experience stops at projectlivewire.com. Harley-Davidson also invites anyone who is interested in the possibilities of the future to follow and engage with the company on its social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Harley-Davidson Motor Company produces heavyweight custom, cruiser and touring motorcycles and offers a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, riding gear and apparel, and general merchandise. For more information, visit Harley-Davidson’s website at www.h-d.com.

# # #

 

News Source: Autoblog via Harley-Davidson, Asphalt and Rubber, Harley-Davidson via YouTube

BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GT3-R / The Fastest Bentley Ever!

BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GT3-R / The Fastest Bentley Ever!

Bentley Continental GT3R

Photograph: James Lipman // jameslipman.com

A factory-entered Bentley hadn’t won a top tier race in the UK for 84 years when the Continental GT3 recently took victory in the second round of the Blancpain Endurance Series at Silverstone. It was an early success for a racer that only hit the track competitively for the first time late last year at the Gulf 12 Hours in Abu Dhabi. To capitalize on the potent platform, Bentley is bringing it to the street with the limited-edition Continental GT3-R.

Bentley Continental GT3R

Photograph: James Lipman // jameslipman.com

Bentley Continental GT3-RLimited to just 300 units worldwide, this bruiser starts as any other Continental GT on the assembly line in Crewe, England, but then Bentley Motorsport get ahold of it to painstakingly improve its performance. Like the racer, GT3-R uses the 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8, and here, power is cranked up to 572 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, 51 hp and 14 lb-ft better than the GT V8 S. The muscle is routed through an eight-speed automatic gearbox from ZF with shortened gearing and a rear-biased all-wheel-drive system with torque vectoring for the rear wheels. The weight also comes down over 200 pounds from the V8 S to 4,839 pounds. Bentley claims all the tweaks are enough to hustle the GT3-R to 60 miles per hour in 3.6 seconds, on to an estimated top speed of 170 mph.

Bentley Continental GT3R

Photograph: James Lipman // jameslipman.com

To handle all that power, an air suspension holds up all four corners, and the brakes use carbon silicon carbide discs for plentiful stopping power. A titanium exhaust saves an additional 15 pounds of weight, and Bentley promises that it gives the car a baritone growl.

Bentley Continental GT3R

Photograph: James Lipman // jameslipman.com

In the name of saving weight, the rear seats get thrown to the curb leaving just two racing buckets. Of course, this is still a Bentley, so the carbon fiber shells are covered in a combination of Alcantara and leather with green accents. The dashboard and center console are also replaced with carbon fiber pieces. The exterior wears a new carbon fiber front splitter and rear wing, and big cooling vents in the hood make sure the upgraded engine doesn’t get too hot. All 300 cars get Glacier White paint with green accents. Bentley is taking orders for the GT3-R now and deliveries start at the end of 2014.

Bentley Continental GT3R

Photograph: James Lipman // jameslipman.com

Press Release

BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GT3-R DEFINES A NEW CHAPTER IN PERFORMANCE-FOCUSSED LUXURY

• Inspired by the Continental GT3, the ultimate GT: Two seats, 580 PS, 700 Nm and 100 kg lighter than a GT V8 S
• Limited to just 300 examples for guaranteed exclusivity
• Torque vectoring combines with shorter gearing for the most dynamic Bentley road car in history
• Hand built in Crewe and finished by Bentley Motorsport

(Crewe, 17th June 2014) Bentley announces the rarest and most dynamic member of the esteemed Continental family of Grand Tourers with the arrival of the new Continental GT3-R. It is inspired by the new Continental GT3 race car that stormed to victory at the second round of the Blancpain Endurance Series at Silverstone, the first UK race for Bentley for 84 years. Blending proven track and road credentials, the Continental GT3-R is a highly exclusive and unique interpretation of performance-focussed luxury, limited to just 300 examples.

All 300 examples of the Continental GT3-R will be hand-built in Crewe and finished in Bentley’s Motorsport division, while a range of exclusive experiences will be available to all customers of the GT3-R.

Bentley engineers have developed a retuned version of Bentley’s race-proven, high performance 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 for this new two-seater GT. Developing 580 PS (572 bhp / 426 kW) and 700 Nm of torque, together with a 100 kg weight reduction and shorter gearing, the Continental GT3-R is the fastest-accelerating Bentley ever. Capable of reaching 60 mph from a standstill in just 3.6 seconds (0-100 km/h in 3.8 secs), the GT3-R is a Grand Tourer with the performance of a racer.

Complementing the revised powertrain is a further development of Bentley’s renowned all-wheel drive system, which now features torque vectoring for the first time. Together with modified Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and a chassis tune optimised for outright cornering ability, the Continental GT3 R is the most dynamic, responsive and involving Bentley road car ever.

Wolfgang Dürheimer, Chairman and Chief Executive of Bentley Motors, comments:
“The experience of driving a Continental GT3-R is awe-inspiring, and takes the dynamic abilities of our Grand Tourer to new heights. We were inspired to create something extremely special for the road by the performance of our Continental GT3. It is a celebration of the Bentley passion for building outstanding drivers’ cars. To be a true Bentley, the GT3-R had to be the most luxurious track-inspired Grand Tourer ever, and this car pushes our trademark combination of luxury and performance to a new level.”

A Revised Powertrain Developed For Acceleration
For the GT3-R, Bentley’s powertrain division set about developing a special combination of engine, driveline and exhaust to create an evocative, powerful yet efficient system. Bentley’s popular and widely acclaimed 4.0-litre twin turbo V8 engine, now race proven by the Continental GT3, has been fitted with precision-honed high-boost turbochargers and developed with new engine control software to liberate 580 PS at 6,000 rpm and 700 Nm of torque from 1,700 rpm.

This increased power is fed through the Continental’s eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox, now with shorter output gearing to enhance acceleration, to Bentley’s renowned all-wheel drive system. For the first time for a Bentley, the drivetrain has the ability to control the torque at each of the rear wheels through the use of torque vectoring. Recalibrated control software means that Drive and Sport modes are moved further apart, each with different characteristics and with Sport mode designed for more spirited driving. Maximum driver control is provided by completely recalibrated paddle shift functionality.

A soundtrack appropriate to the new levels of performance is provided by an all-new titanium exhaust, which not only provides a weight saving of 7 kg but also has allowed Bentley’s acoustic engineers to give the GT3-R a unique baritone roar.

A Chassis System For Ultimate Driver Engagement
To provide a dynamic capability unmatched in the Grand Touring sector, the GT3-R receives a chassis system focussed on performance whilst retaining a cossetting level of refinement for everyday use. Air springs and dampers use a development of the sports-tuned setup from the Continental V8 S, already recognised as the best-handling Bentley ever, while lightweight forged 21″ wheels and high-grip Pirelli tyres deploy the torque-vectored power output of the engine.

This combination, together with a sport-focussed Electronic Stability Control programme, offers a Continental with a new level of handling dynamics and turn-in agility, while both the chassis and powertrain respond immediately to throttle inputs.

Deceleration is via Bentley’s record-holding Carbon Silicon Carbide (CSiC) braking system. 420 mm front discs are slowed by 8-piston calipers finished in eye-catching green paint, while 356 mm discs are fitted to the rear axle. With the ability to absorb up to 10 megajoules of energy (enough to power a family home for six hours) in a single stop yet remain fade resistant, Bentley’s CSiC brakes are an engineering masterpiece in their own right.

Commenting on the performance of the new Continental GT3-R, Bentley’s Member of the Board for Engineering, Rolf Frech, comments:
“We wanted to develop our powertrain and chassis systems further than ever before for the GT3-R project. The result is a Continental GT that is more dynamic than ever, with a torque vectoring system that neutralises understeer and a chassis tune that is both direct and forgiving. We’ve differentiated the Drive and Sport modes further to give the driver a choice between a relaxed and refined Grand Tourer and a sharp supercar with instant responses. The reflexes of the car are matched by the throttle response from our redeveloped V8 engine, and the new turbochargers eliminate turbo lag. Bentleys are rewarding drivers’ cars – but dynamically, the GT3-R is our finest hour yet.”

Delivering Luxury Together With Extreme Performance
All Bentleys are a combination of luxury and performance, and the Continental GT3-R is no exception. Featuring a unique two-seat cabin handcrafted from carbon fibre, Alcantara® and the finest leather, the GT3-R is as breathtaking in its approach to interior design as to its dynamic ability.

The two-seat configuration includes a pair of new bespoke sporting seats with additional side support through deeper bolsters, including newly designed foam layers for comfort and finished in Beluga black leather with diamond-quilted Alcantara®. This exquisite material is also hand-trimmed to the steering wheel and gear shifter, while the centre console and fascia panels are handcrafted in carbon fibre. Carbon fibre is also used to create beautifully sculpted door casings that also include diamond-quilted Alcantara® inner panels. In place of the rear seats is a new uniquely trimmed rear cabin, complete with a carbon fibre surround and finished in leather and Alcantara®.

Contrasting the Beluga leather and motorsport-inspired materials is a vivid accent green, used as a hide colour on the seats, instrument panel and door panels and in contrast stitching throughout the seats and diamond-quilted areas. GT3-R badging adorns the centre console, passenger-side fascia panel and sill treadplates, while the seats receive GT3-R stitching to the headrests in contrast-green thread.

Dramatic and Purposeful Exterior Style Statements
For the exterior of the GT3-R, Bentley’s Design team was tasked with creating a more purposeful stance than ever before. A new front splitter provides an assertive look to the front of the car, balanced by a new fixed rear wing fitted to the boot lid – both finished in exquisite carbon fibre. The bonnet incorporates two vents to improve the cooling capacity of the powertrain system for repeated accelerations while also invoking the shape of the Continental GT3 racer in a styling element where form follows function.

The gloss carbon fibre contrasts with the Glacier White paint that all 300 cars will be finished in, and the inspiration of the Continental GT3 race car is highlighted by the use of two-tone green graphics that trace the two power lines to the side profile of the car – one leading backwards from the front wheel, the other tracing the shape of the Continental GT’s iconic rear haunch.

Further inspiration from the Continental GT3 is reflected in the finishing touches to the exterior – the headlamp bezels, radiator shell and matrix grille, window surrounds and bumper strips – all finished in stylish gloss black.

The visual appeal of the Continental GT3-R is completed by an all-new lightweight 21″ wheel, machine-forged from high-strength alloy and finished in gloss black.

Purchase of the car also includes free standard servicing for four years (at the 10,000, 20,000 and 30,000 mile marks). Order books for the Continental GT3-R are open now, with deliveries to start late in 2014.

Bentley Continental GT3R

Photograph: James Lipman // jameslipman.comBentley Continental GT3R

Photograph: James Lipman // jameslipman.comBentley Continental GT3R

Photograph: James Lipman // jameslipman.comBentley Continental GT3R

Photograph: James Lipman // jameslipman.comBentley Continental GT3R

Photograph: James Lipman // jameslipman.comBentley Continental GT3R

Photograph: James Lipman // jameslipman.comBentley Continental GT3R

Photograph: James Lipman // jameslipman.comBentley Continental GT3R

Photograph: James Lipman // jameslipman.comBentley Continental GT3R

Photograph: James Lipman // jameslipman.comBentley Continental GT3R

Photograph: James Lipman // jameslipman.comBentley Continental GT3R

Photograph: James Lipman // jameslipman.comBentley Continental GT3R

Photograph: James Lipman // jameslipman.comBentley Continental GT3R

Photograph: James Lipman // jameslipman.comBentley Continental GT3R

Photograph: James Lipman // jameslipman.comBentley Continental GT3R

Photograph: James Lipman // jameslipman.comBentley Continental GT3R

Photograph: James Lipman // jameslipman.com

News Source: Autoblog via Bentley

2015 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe?– another 4 door Coupe?

2015 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe?–  another 4 door Coupe?

 03-2015-bmw-4-series-gran-coupe-qs-1

It’s hard to say what a coupe is anymore. Is it merely a car with two doors? Does it have to have an arching roofline? Do frameless windows count for anything? Can a five-door hatchback or even an SUV be a coupe? At some point in the last few years, nearly everything we thought made a coupe a coupe has been challenged by something that calls itself a coupe, but to most people isn’t. Our friends at BMW have led most of this line of questioning.

31-2015-bmw-4-series-gran-coupe-qs-1

 

The new 2015 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe is one of the latest Bimmers to challenge the moniker (which also challenges the idea of “Gran,” for that matter), and unlike some of its other “coupe” variations – we’re looking at you, X6 – this one is a pretty one. The 4 Series Gran Coupe is essentially a four-door version of the 4 Series, which is itself a two-door version of the 3 Series. Huh? Wouldn’t that simply make it another 3 Series? Of course, but this one is prettier, as it uses the 4’s sexier body styling, with its lower nose, wider-looking stance and edgier lighting graphics. It is also technically a five-door hatchback, not a sedan per se, and it utilizes frameless side door glass, which apparently does count for something in BMW coupe-land. Significantly, the 4 Gran Coupe’s wheelbase is identical to the two-door; if it was longer – as is the case with the 3 Series and 5 Series hatchbacks – that might make it a “Gran Turismo.” Confused yet?

We recently got our first chance to drive the 4 Series Gran Coupe at a press launch in Spain, and while the only version we were given was a rear-drive 428i Gran Coupe with the M Sport contents, the harrowing roads around Bilbao gave us a good idea of what this car is all about from a driving dynamics standpoint. Here’s some of what we found:

Driving Notes
The Gran Coupe will be available in base 428i, all-wheel-drive 428i xDrive, and 435i forms, starting at $41,225, $43,225, and 446,725, respectively, including $925 for destination. A Luxury Line package with elegant trimmings can be added for another $1,700 on the 428i models and $1,400 for the 435i, while a Sport Line brings larger wheels (18-inchers vs. 17s), sport seats, and various other sport-flavored bits for $2,100 on the 428 models or $1,700 for the 435i. And of course, an M Sport model builds on the Sport Line’s stuff with an aero kit, a sport steering wheel, and some blue trim pieces while adding $3,500 to the bottom line of the 428 models, or $3,100 to the 435. Of course, there are a many more a la carte options, and a suite of technology and convenience packages ready to bloat the final out-the-door price up over $60k if you’re really feeling spendy.

The 4 Series Gran Coupe looks longer than the two-door version, but in actuality, it’s identical in length and width. The roof is a half an inch taller, and the roofline stretches nearly all the way to the back of the car. It has an aggressive stance and excellent proportions. Incidentally, the 3 Series is also about the same length, about a half an inch narrower, and another inch and a half taller. The Gran Coupe may be the best-looking of the lot.

Alas, there is a catch, which comes in the form of more than 200 pounds of added weight due to structural reinforcement, including the weight of the standard power tailgate. Happily, BMW tuned the Gran Coupe to mimic the sporty feeling of the two-door 4 Series, changing only what it had to under the skin in order to accommodate the added mass and accompanying change in the center of gravity. To a large extent, it succeeded in keeping it quite the capable performance sedan. Or coupe. Or whatever it is.

Inside, the occupants sit a little lower in the 4 than in the 3, giving you a feeling of intimacy not found in any of the Threes. The black headliner also contributes to this sensation. We also expected to get more of a “sitting in a bathtub” feeling than we actually experienced. The M Sport’s seats are absolutely fantastic, as is the perfectly contoured steering wheel.
The 4 Series Gran Coupe is pure 3 Series inside, albeit with a one-inch lower seating position for both rows of seats. This makes the lower roofline less impactful on rear-seat headroom than you’d expect; indeed, this model’s longer roofline allows adults to ride back there more comfortably than in the regular 4 Series (non-Gran) coupe.

The lower seat height also helps the rear seat not feel as cramped as one might expect, with six-footers able to squeeze back there better than in the two-door. Legroom is also about the same as in the 3 and the two-door 4, which is to say decent. It’s not the limousine that the 3 Series GT is, but it’s pretty good by “coupe” standards.

The Gran Coupe’s hatchback body makes for a wide and deep cargo area, and the rear seats now fold 40/20/40 style. A power liftgate with programmable opening height is standard, and can be opened by waving your foot beneath the bumper. The drawback? Seeing out through the sliver-like rear window is a real challenge when you’re on the road.
The rear doors open quite wide, making it easy to load people and things back there despite their short length. You won’t bump your head on the roof as you get in, either, since the roofline doesn’t slope down until aft of the door.

The turbo four-cylinder is sufficiently powerful and sounds pretty awesome, though the Gran Coupe’s extra 100 kilos or so makes itself known. Speed demons are going to want to spring for the 435i, which we are looking forward to driving ourselves in the States soon.
The eight-speed automatic – the only available transmission – is as magical as ever in this installation, and the paddle shifters operate with a satisfyingly snickety action and are easy to find even with some lock dialed in.

High-speed stability is and always has been a 3 and 4 Series forte, and it is no less so in this case. We only wish we could select Sport mode on the Driving Dynamics Control-which adjusts shift points, throttle response, and steering effort-to get its better-weighted steering along with the top two gears on the highway, but unfortunately, Sport mode locks them out.
Grip levels are high during aggressive cornering, though as we’ve noticed in other 3s and 4s, the steering response is a little delayed at initial turn-in, resulting in a tendency toward understeer and early intervention of stability control. The lack of feedback through the wheel doesn’t help matters, but the car does go where you point it. We just wish it told us what was going on in the meantime.

BMW has long been a master of shock absorption, and as with so many other Bimmers, the 4 Series Gran Coupe takes the edge off bumps without floating over them. The 4 Series Gran Coupe we drove, with the M Sport equipment, is heavenly in this regard. The only demerit: tire noise on the highway can get loud, especially on grainy pavement.

The M Sport line is available with upgraded brakes that offer excellent pedal feel and crisp response; we would recommend the $500 upgrade (on top of the $3,500 you’ll pay for the M Sport pack) if you like to drive like we do, especially if hills happen to be part of your everyday commuting.

Given their similar interiors as well as the added practicality of the 4 Series Gran Coupe’s hatchback body, we can’t help but wonder why anyone would choose a 3 Series, which comes in about $3k less, similarly equipped. That would make a big difference if the MSRP was under $20k, but at this price point, the upgrade to something that looks and feels more special than a workaday 3er seems more than worth it.

 

Source: Autoblog
Image Credit: Copyright 2014 Steve Siler / AOL

05-2015-bmw-4-series-gran-coupe-qs-104-2015-bmw-4-series-gran-coupe-qs-1

18-2015-bmw-4-series-gran-coupe-qs-104-2015-bmw-4-series-gran-coupe-qs-1 (1)06-2015-bmw-4-series-gran-coupe-qs-107-2015-bmw-4-series-gran-coupe-qs-108-2015-bmw-4-series-gran-coupe-qs-109-2015-bmw-4-series-gran-coupe-qs-110-2015-bmw-4-series-gran-coupe-qs-130-2015-bmw-4-series-gran-coupe-qs-111-2015-bmw-4-series-gran-coupe-qs-126-2015-bmw-4-series-gran-coupe-qs-127-2015-bmw-4-series-gran-coupe-qs-128-2015-bmw-4-series-gran-coupe-qs-129-2015-bmw-4-series-gran-coupe-qs-119-2015-bmw-4-series-gran-coupe-qs-120-2015-bmw-4-series-gran-coupe-qs-121-2015-bmw-4-series-gran-coupe-qs-122-2015-bmw-4-series-gran-coupe-qs-123-2015-bmw-4-series-gran-coupe-qs-124-2015-bmw-4-series-gran-coupe-qs-125-2015-bmw-4-series-gran-coupe-qs-112-2015-bmw-4-series-gran-coupe-qs-113-2015-bmw-4-series-gran-coupe-qs-114-2015-bmw-4-series-gran-coupe-qs-115-2015-bmw-4-series-gran-coupe-qs-116-2015-bmw-4-series-gran-coupe-qs-117-2015-bmw-4-series-gran-coupe-qs-1 (1)

2015 Corvette Z06 with 650 Horsepower is GM’s most power production car ever

2015 Corvette Z06 with 650 Horsepower is GM’s most power production car ever

18-2015-chevrolet-corvette-z06-detroit-1

Well, consider the cat officially out of the bag. Nearly five months after its debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show touting “at least 625 horsepower,” the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 has now been SAE-certified to produce an impressive 650 hp.

For reference, the new Z06 is bested only by the following bits of exotica: the Ferrari LaFerrari, the McLaren P1, the Porsche 918 Spyder, the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, the Lamborghini Aventador and the Ferrari FF. That’s some mighty good company.

Complementing the 650 supercharged ponies is an equally impressive 650 pound-feet of torque. Lovely as that second figure is, we really need to break down where the power is available. According to Chevy, 457 pound-feet of torque is available at idle, while 96 percent of peak torque arrives by 2,800 rpm. Honestly, if the Z06 can’t hit 60 in under three seconds, we’ll be shocked. Talk about a whole lot to handle.

32-2015-chevrolet-corvette-z06-detroit-1

Press Release

2015 Corvette Z06 Rated at 650 Horsepower
Supercharged LT4 V-8 engine is the most powerful ever from Chevrolet

DETROIT – The all-new 2015 Corvette Z06 is the most powerful production car ever from General Motors and one of a few production cars available in the United States that delivers more than 600 horsepower.

The Z06’s LT4 supercharged 6.2L V-8 engine is SAE-certified at 650 horsepower (485 kW) at 6,400 rpm and 650 lb-ft of torque (881 Nm) at 3,600 rpm.

“The LT4 Small Block sets a new benchmark for power and torque at GM,” said Steve Kiefer, vice president, GM Powertrain Engineering. “The engine also puts the new Corvette Z06 on par with the most powerful supercars offered in America, while delivering performance with impeccable manners that make it suitable for daily driving.”

Compared with other supercar engines, the LT4 is a veritable fountain of low-end torque, producing 457 lb-ft (619 Nm) just off idle and 625 lb-ft (847 Nm) by only 2,800 rpm. The V-12-powered Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, for example, produces about 28 percent less torque than the Z06, despite offering about 12 percent more horsepower – and its peak torque isn’t achieved until 6,000 rpm. The LT4 maintains 90 percent of its peak torque, or 592 lb-ft (802 Nm), from 2,500 to 5,400 rpm.

The new LT4 engine eclipses the Porsche 911 Turbo S engine’s peak power levels by 90 horsepower (67 kW) and 134 lb-ft of torque (182 Nm).

“Torque is the pulling power of an engine and the LT4’s abundance of it at every rpm in the engine’s speed range helps the 2015 Corvette Z06 accelerate quicker and respond nearly instantaneously,” said Jordan Lee, chief engineer for Small Block engines. “It’s the very definition of power on demand.”

The new Z06 engine produces 40 percent more peak torque (180 lb-ft / 244 Nm) than the previous-generation’s 7.0L LS7 engine – and 7.5 percent more than the supercharged 2013 Corvette ZR1’s 604 lb-ft (819 Nm). At 3,200 rpm, the new LT4 surpasses the LS7 by 208 lb-ft of torque (252 Nm). On the horsepower side of the graph, the LT4’s 650-hp rating is 29 percent greater than the LS7’s 505 horsepower (376 kW), and 12 horses more than the ZR1’s LS9 engine.

“The new LT4 engine builds on the design strengths of our previous supercharged engine and leverages the technologies introduced on the Corvette Stingray – direct injection, cylinder deactivation and continuously variable valve timing – to take Corvette performance to an all-new plateau,” said Lee. “Our new, very compact supercharger also helps the engine make power more quickly, and perhaps more importantly, it helps produce more torque earlier in the rpm band.”

“It’s also worth mentioning that the LT4’s supercar performance numbers are achieved with an engine that is nearly the same size as the very compact LT1 engine introduced in the 2014 Corvette Stingray,” Lee said. “The power density of the LT4 makes it one of the smallest and lightest 650-hp engines in the industry.”

LT4 details
The new LT4 engine is based on the same Gen 5 small block foundation as the Corvette Stingray’s LT1 6.2L naturally aspirated engine, incorporating several unique features designed to support its higher output and the greater cylinder pressures created by forced induction, including:
• Rotocast A356T6 aluminum cylinder heads that are stronger and handle heat better than conventional aluminum heads
• Lightweight titanium intake valves
• Machined, forged powder metal steel connecting rods for reduced reciprocating mass
• High 10.0:1 compression ratio – for a forced-induction engine – enhances performance and efficiency and is enabled by direct injection
• Forged aluminum pistons with unique, stronger structure to ensure strength under high cylinder pressures
• Stainless steel exhaust manifolds and an aluminum balancer that are lighter than their LT1 counterparts
• Standard dry-sump oiling system with a dual-pressure-control oil pump.

A new 1.7L supercharger spins at up to 20,000 rpm – 5,000 rpm more than the supercharger on the Corvette ZR1’s engine. The rotors are smaller in diameter, which contributes to their higher-rpm capability – and enables them to produce power-enhancing boost earlier in the rpm band. That boost is achieved more efficiently via a more direct discharge port that creates less turbulence, reducing heat and speeding airflow into the engine.

“The Small Block’s cam-in-block design heritage has always enabled very high performance and responsiveness in a small, compact package – an attribute amplified by the performance of our new supercharger’s design,” said Lee.

The LT4 is assembled at the new Performance Build Center at GM’s Bowling Green Assembly Plant and at GM’s Tonawanda engine plant in New York. It is matched with a standard seven-speed manual transmission or an all-new, paddle-shift eight-speed automatic transmission built in Toledo, Ohio.

Designed to deliver shift responses on par with the world’s best dual-clutch transmissions, it is the first automatic offered in a Z06. It also makes the Z06 one of the few cars this powerful to offer the choice of a conventional manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic.

The 2015 Corvette Z06 goes on sale in early 2015.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.9 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

2015_COMPARE_SRay_LT1_LT7_052814 copy

2015 Corvette Z06

News Source: Autoblog via Chevrolet

MAY 2014 U.S. AUTO SALES BY THE NUMBERS

 

MAY 2014 U.S. AUTO SALES BY THE NUMBERS

 

MAY 2014 U.S. AUTO SALES BY THE NUMBERS

 

Automaker

May-14

May-13

Pct. chng.

5 month 2014

5 month 2013

Pct. chng.

 

BMW division

29,602

25,230

17%

127,181

113,357

12%

Mini

5,729

5,944

–4%

18,776

25,785

–27%

Rolls-Royce

75

71

6%

375

355

6%

BMW Group

35,406

31,245

13%

146,332

139,497

5%

Chrysler Division

22,592

29,070

–22%

117,042

136,590

–14%

Dodge

57,923

56,407

3%

256,610

268,571

–5%

Dodge/Ram

96,855

89,056

9%

435,705

412,698

6%

Fiat

4,771

4,051

18%

20,494

17,562

17%

Jeep

70,203

44,419

58%

275,796

184,796

49%

Ram

38,932

32,649

19%

179,095

144,127

24%

Chrysler Group†

194,421

166,596

17%

849,037

751,646

13%

Maybach

–%

6

–100%

Mercedes-Benz

28,881

26,543

9%

134,400

125,058

8%

Smart USA

689

818

–16%

3,974

3,678

8%

Daimler AG

29,570

27,361

8%

138,374

128,742

8%

Ford division

244,501

238,714

2%

1,006,710

1,024,000

–2%

Lincoln

8,845

7,305

21%

37,251

30,819

21%

Ford Motor Co.

253,346

246,019

3%

1,043,961

1,054,819

–1%

Buick

19,957

17,982

11%

92,069

82,759

11%

Cadillac

14,688

13,808

6%

68,176

69,750

–2%

Chevrolet

205,010

179,510

14%

839,341

821,674

2%

GMC

45,039

41,594

8%

188,821

181,320

4%

General Motors

284,694

252,894

13%

1,188,407

1,155,503

3%

Acura

14,675

14,364

2%

66,745

63,216

6%

Honda Division

137,928

125,649

10%

543,668

545,447

0%

Honda (American)

152,603

140,013

9%

610,413

608,663

0%

Hyundai division

70,907

68,358

4%

297,027

296,003

0%

Kia

60,087

52,327

15%

246,769

226,815

9%

Hyundai Group

130,994

120,685

9%

543,796

522,818

4%

Jaguar

1,304

1,435

–9%

7,054

6,161

15%

Land Rover

4,536

3,554

28%

22,148

19,516

14%

Jaguar Land Rover

5,840

4,989

17%

29,202

25,677

14%

Maserati

1,144

226

406%

4,476

979

357%

Mazda

29,731

24,270

23%

130,223

122,446

6%

Mitsubishi

7,269

4,715

54%

33,651

25,172

34%

Infiniti

10,376

7,899

31%

50,767

43,119

18%

Nissan Division

125,558

106,558

18%

544,067

477,466

14%

Nissan

135,934

114,457

19%

594,834

520,585

14%

Subaru

44,170

39,892

11%

196,641

165,362

19%

Suzuki*

–%

5,946

–100%

Tesla*

2,350

2,488

–6%

10,880

10,498

4%

Lexus

26,921

22,229

21%

115,171

97,060

19%

Scion

6,181

6,586

–6%

26,024

28,660

–9%

Toyota Division

210,134

179,137

17%

822,698

787,836

4%

Toyota/Scion

216,315

185,723

17%

848,722

816,496

4%

Toyota

243,236

207,952

17%

963,893

913,556

6%

Audi

16,601

13,228

26%

67,482

60,571

11%

Bentley

233

189

23%

1,092

970

13%

Lamborghini*

59

57

4%

295

285

4%

Porsche

4,609

3,928

17%

18,817

17,609

7%

VW division

32,163

38,013

–15%

150,317

169,835

–12%

Volkswagen

53,665

55,415

–3%

238,003

249,270

–-5%

Volvo Cars NA

5,014

6,329

–21%

23,347

25,900

–10%

Other**

291

284

3%

1,455

1,420

3%

TOTAL

1,609,678

1,445,830

11%

6,746,925

6,428,499

5%

 

U.S. light-vehicle sales — led by big gains at Nissan, Toyota, Chrysler and General Motors — rose 11 percent to 1.6 million in May as a raft of discounts and extended holiday deals drew consumers to showrooms.

The annualized pace of sales shot up to 16.8 million. That’s the highest rate for the seasonally adjusted rate since July 2006 and marked the third consecutive month the SAAR has topped 16 million after a weaker-than-expected start to the year.

“Industry sales in May soared as consumer confidence improved and demand for new vehicles continued to strengthen,” said Bill Fay, Toyota division group vice president and general manager. “May was just one of those months where everything came together with five weekends, an early Memorial Day and an extra selling day.”

The SAAR had been forecast to come in at 16.1 million, according to analysts’ estimates. In May 2013, the figure was 15.5 million.

GM’s U.S. sales rose 13 percent last month despite an escalating recall crisis that has dogged the company since February.

All four of GM’s brands increased sales as the automaker posted its biggest monthly gain of the year. Nissan, Toyota, Mazda, and Chrysler Group also tallied their biggest gains of 2014 with double-digit increases. Hyundai Motor America advanced 4 percent and Ford Motor Co. was up 3 percent.

GM’s increase was double what had been projected by analysts. After a sluggish start, the automaker’s sales are now up 2.8 percent for the year.

“There’s some risk associated with the recalls, but it hasn’t been evident in GM’s sales numbers so far,” Jeff Schuster, senior vice president of forecasting for researcher LMC Automotive, said before today’s results were released. “The jury is still out, but at this stage, it’s not derailing their momentum.”

Chevrolet led GM with a 14 percent gain, followed by Buick at 11 percent. GMC was up 8 percent, while Cadillac advanced 6 percent.

GM said its retail sales advanced 10 percent while fleet shipments rose 21 percent last month.

Consumer confidence

Nissan Motor Corp. reported a 19 percent rise in May sales — its second straight month of double-digit gains. The Nissan brand set a May record of 125,558 units sold, up 18 percent, and Infiniti volume advanced 31 percent to 10,376.

The Altima, Sentra, Rogue, Versa and Juke — all core models — each set May U.S. sales records. Overall, the Nissan brand has now set sales records in 14 of the last 15 months.

“Car sales are heating up as we head into summer,” Fred Diaz, Nissan’s senior vice president for sales, marketing and operations, said in a statement.

Toyota Motor Corp. sales jumped 17 percent to 243,236 units. Volume rose 12 percent at the Toyota division behind Camry, Corolla, and Prius demand, while Lexus deliveries advanced 17 percent.

Ford said its retail sales climbed 6 percent last month. Demand at the Ford division edged up 2 percent and Lincoln volume jumped 21 percent.

Three core models — the Accord, Civic and CR-V — helped Honda Motor Co. to a nine percent increase in May sales. Deliveries rose 10 percent at the Honda division and 2 percent at Acura. Honda officials, noting the launch of the all-new Fit this month, said the brand remains well-positioned heading into the second half of the year.

“Our dealers are preparing for heavy customer traffic in the coming months,” said Jeff Conrad, Honda division senior vice president and general manager.

Chrysler streak

At Chrysler, strong Jeep and Ram pickup demand helped propel the company to its 50th consecutive monthly advance.

Jeep sales, behind the new Cherokee and redesigned Grand Cherokee, surged 58 percent and Ram pickup deliveries climbed 17 percent.

Jeep sales have now jumped 30 percent or more for seven straight months. May also marked the first month ever that Jeep’s U.S. volume has topped the 70,000 mark, Chrysler said.

Sales rose 18 percent at the Fiat brand and 3 percent at Dodge, while volume slid 22 percent at the Chrysler brand.

Overall, Chrysler Group’s light-truck sales rose 38 percent while car deliveries dropped 27 percent.

“Our dealers reported brisk May sales over five weekends and the Memorial Day holiday,” Reid Bigland, head of U.S. sales operations for Chrysler Group, said in a statement.

Hyundai Motor America set an all-time monthly sales record in May of 70,907 units, up 4 percent over May 2013. The company cited gains of 20 percent or more in sales of the Tucson, Santa Fe, Genesis and Equus.

Kia Motors America set a monthly sales record of 60,087 units, a 15 percent increase over May 2013. Last month also marked the first time Kia has generated more than 60,000 monthly U.S. sales.

May sales rose 17 percent to 5,840 at Jaguar Land Rover North America. Land Rover sales reached an all-time May high of 4,536 units, up 28 percent, while Jaguar deliveries slipped 9 percent.

VW slump

Volkswagen Group said sales at the VW brand slumped 15 percent, stretching its skid to 14 months.

Audi, aided by the redesigned A3, said deliveries rose 26 percent to 16,601 vehicles, which is the brand’s second-best month ever and its 41st consecutive month of record sales.

The U.S. launch last month of the Macan crossover helped Porsche set an all-time monthly sales record of 4,609.

Sales at Mitsubishi Motors Corp., driven by the Outlander Sport and revamped Mirage, rose 54 percent. It was the third consecutive month the company’s deliveries surged by 47 percent or more.

“We are enthused that new-car shoppers are taking notice of our brand, and we are not going to let up in June,” said Don Swearingen, executive vice president for Mitsubishi Motors North America.

U.S. light-vehicle sales for the month were projected to rise 6.5 percent to 1.54 million, based on a survey of analysts by Bloomberg. But that estimate proved too conservative.

 

5 weekends of sales

May deliveries were aided by five weekends of sales and generous Memorial Day deals that were extended through Monday, June 2, the cutoff point for last month’s sales count.

TrueCar estimated the average incentive per new unit sold last month rose 1 percent to $2,677 from May 2013, and jumped 3.5 percent from April. Hyundai-Kia, Honda and Volkswagen Group posted the biggest gains in deals over May 2013, while incentives dropped at Chrysler and Nissan, TrueCar said.

Mazda was another automaker that reaped dividends from strong holiday shopping: sales rose 23 percent to 29,731 vehicles.

“Despite the economy being anyone’s guess these days, with GDP down and durable goods orders off, we see consumer confidence looking strong and shoppers turning into buyers, and the proof of this is the results we saw across the industry,” said Ron Stettner, vice president of sales for Mazda North America. “Memorial Day was huge for us, and we feared a slowdown toward the end of the month that never happened.”

Michael Foote, a general manager at Lia Auto Group in Albany, N.Y., said sales and traffic were “very heavy” last month.

The group sells Toyota, Scion, Kia, Honda, Volkswagen, Hyundai, Infiniti, Nissan, Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, and Ram.

“We use database mining through a software program to contact customers to put them into a new or newer car for close to the same monthly payment. It’s worked well for us, has helped our sales immensely,” Foote said. “Honda had a fantastic program on their core products [the Accord, CRV and Civic], strong lease programs and finance programs.

“Business is fabulous,” Foote added. “We had a long winter, so it’s well deserved.”

GM, Ford top forecasts

Sales at GM had been forecast to rise 6.4 percent by analysts surveyed by Bloomberg, despite a raft of recalls this year, including 2.59 million small cars for a faulty ignition switch linked to 13 deaths.

Analysts said U. S. buyers see the spate of flaws as a legacy of the company’s past rather than a defining condition of GM today.

“Shopper consideration for every GM brand has remained consistent through the recall headlines,” Edmunds.com senior analyst Jessica Caldwell said. “Many people may not realize that GM is the parent company of these brands, but others may be overlooking the trouble with older models and simply seeking shiny new sheet metal that serves their needs.”

Ford, facing a comparison to a strong May last year, managed its 3 percent increase against an analyst forecast of a slight decline.

U.S. auto sales topped 16 million a year from 1999 to 2007 — peaking at 17.4 million in 2000 — and remain on track to reach that level again in 2014, analysts say.

At Machens Chrysler Doge Jeep Ram in Columbia, Mo., Sales Manager Mark Winstead said the dealership spent a lot of money on advertising in May and was counting on robust sales to offset that spending.

“Jeep is always a hot product; people want SUVs,” Winstead said late last week ahead of today’s sales report, adding Ram pickups with a diesel engine were also popular sellers last month.

Kathleen Burke, Nora Naughton and Bloomberg contributed to this report.

GENTY AKYLONE SUPERCAR UPDATED – A MCLAREN P1 KILLER?

GENTY AKYLONE SUPERCAR UPDATED –  A MCLAREN P1 KILLER?

akylone-homepage2

Back in 2011 the first details were giving on a French startup by the name of Genty, which was working on a new supercar called the Akylone that would have the performance to match the latest crop of hypercars like the McLaren P1 and Ferrari LaFerrari. Not much has been heard from Genty since then but now the company has revealed a slightly updated design for its Akylone supercar and even more potent performance figures.

In designing the Akylone, the goal for Genty was to come up with a high-performance vehicle that returns to the principle of pure driving pleasure by offering a a class leading power-to-weight ratio. In other words, power needed to be up and weight down.

In the power department, Genty, unlike many other supercar startups, has chosen to develop its own bespoke V-8. In its latest specification, the new unit is to be a twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter V-8 developing upwards of 1,200 horsepower and 861 pound-feet of torque. All of this is to be routed to the rear wheels via a six-speed sequential gearbox with paddle shifters.

2014-Genty-Akylone-front1

In order to keep weight of the Akylone as low as possible but still maintain its strength and rigidity, the chassis is to be a mix of carbon fiber and aluminum, which should result in an overall curb weight of 2,429 pounds (dry) and a front-to-rear weight distribution ratio of 42:58.

Initial performance estimates include a 0-62 mph time of 2.7 seconds, a 0-124 mph time of 7.2 seconds and a 0-186 mph time of just 14 seconds. The latter would make the Akylone quicker than most supercars currently on the market—by a significant margin—which certainly raises some doubts about Genty’s credibility. However, the company does have some top-level partners involved in the development of the Akylone. These include the likes of Michelin and Öhlins.

To put that in perspective, a McLaren P1 will do 0 to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds, 0 to 124 mph in 6.8 seconds, and 0 to 186 mph in 16.5 seconds.  

At present, Genty is still trying to raise necessary funding to get the Akylone from the design to the prototype stage so real-world testing can get underway. Below is a video featuring Genty founder Frédéric Genty speaking about his company’s future plans.

 

MORE PHOTOS

Slovenian Tushek T600 – 620 horsepower, in Monaco

Slovenian Tushek T600 –  620 horsepower, in Monaco

tushek-t600_100467380_l

Slovenian supercar startup Tushek used the recent 2014 Top Marques Monaco event to debut a new model called the T600. Tushek’s first model, the Renovatio T500, was revealed to the world at the same event back in 2012 and since then the company has confirmed that work has started on a second model to be called the Forego T700. As far as we know the T700 is still being worked on but in the meantime another new Tushek supercar has made its debut: the T600.

tushek-t600_100467377_l

Tushek’s cars are renowned for their lightweight construction. The T500, for example, weighed less than 2,500 pounds yet was powered by a V-8 engine. The new T600 also sports a V-8, one cranking out 620 horsepower, and since the car weighs only 2,470 pounds it has a stunning power to weight ratio of one horse for only four pounds of weight.

tushek-t600_100467379_l

The T600 is an update of the previous T500 but features enough new components to warrant it a standalone model. The chassis is a mix of carbon and titanium, and there is enough grip to support up to 1.8 g of lateral acceleration.

Tushek should release more details on its T600 at a later date. Like all of its cars, the T600 will be built by hand and can be individually tailored to meet the desires of its buyer.

tushek-t600_100467378_l

Source: motorauthority.com

Deal of the Day! 2013 Cadillac ATS 3.6L Lease $349 per month

Deal of the Day! 2013 Cadillac ATS 3.6L Lease $349 per month

Cadillac ATS 3.6L Lease

 

http://www.leasetrader.com/2013_Cadillac_ATS_3.6L_194031.xhtml

Cadillac ATS
This is a great deal on a brand new ATS seller is a non smoker and the car is garage kept. Payment does include taxes please call or email with questions.

VEHICLE DETAILS

Actual Miles:
2,343 miles

Total Miles Allowed:
30,006

Miles Remaining:
27,663

Available Miles:
1,317 miles p/month

Leasing Company:
Ally Bank (GMAC)

Vehicle Status:
AVAILABLE Available

Exterior Color:
Black

Interior Color:
Black

Vehicle Location:

Myrtle Beach, SC 29579

2013 Cadillac ATS 3.6L Lease

 

Cadillac ATS 3.6L Car Lease

 

Cadillac ATS 3.6L Auto Lease

 

Cadillac ATS 3.6L Short Term Auto Lease