Published on 11-20-2011 09:17 PM
The new 911 Carrera S is a very impressive vehicle. It is not far off the pace of the 997 GT3 which is incredible in of itself. The vehicle tested had PDK, PCCB brakes, and PASM with the -20mm suspension option. What is very telling is the numbers around the tight Hockenheim circuit which match a 997.2 GT3 with a 1:10.4 laptime. Around the ring Sport Auto tested it at 7:44 which is as fast as they tested an R8 V10, Pagani Zonda S, and it is faster than the 996 GT2. Impressive? You bet. ...Published on 11-20-2011 07:41 PM
This is Weistec's trunk mounted water tank upgrade that applies to supercharged M156 vehicles as well as M113 Kompressor vehicles such as the W211 E55 AMG. This will allow one to better cool their supercharged vehicle and assist with the issue of heat soak that affects positive displacement supercharged cars that are making back to back wide open throttle runs. One can put ice in the reservoir to further help cool air charge temperature entering the intake path. Hot water can easily be drained with the drain system.
...Published on 11-20-2011 07:10 PM
Say what you want about Chris Bangle, there is no denying his impact on the automotive industry. His designs have been controversial and he dragged BMW kicking and screaming into the future but he certainly has had a massive impact. This 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award is given by the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology where a group of automotive design peers chose Bangle as the recipient for 2012. Bangle was with BMW until 2009 and is known most for the E60 5 series and E65 7 series both of which feature the infamous "Bangle Butt." He currently operates his own design studio in Italy. Congratulations to Mr. Bangle for this prestigious design award. ...Published on 11-20-2011 01:11 AM
We are not big fans of hybrids. We do not like the Prius. We do not like Prius owners. We like cars that make the ground shake, tires smoke, and scare the elderly as well as small children. Porsche however has managed to make a car that can do all that previously mentioned while being eco friendly and badass at the same time. Introducing The Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid 2.0 sporting an awesome 672 horsepower.
...Published on 11-20-2011 01:09 AM
Here is the 4 door version of the Audi A1 we are sure you have all been waiting for. Yes, that was sarcasm as we do not pay much attention to the A1 in general as Audi decided the USA should not get it. It is Audi news however and since this is a new model it is our duty to bring it to you. So, here you are, dream about the 4 door A1 you can not have. That's a joke, we really aren't going to miss not having this. The RS6 on the other hand... ...Published on 11-19-2011 09:50 PM
Here is our coverage of Volkswagen from the 2011 LA Auto Show. There really was not anything all too exciting from VW. They had plenty of models to show off though and also brought the very cool looking Bettle R concept that we hope somehow makes it to production. They were also showing off a hybrid Touareg that had the first supercharged hybrid powertrain in the world. Not exciting from an enthusiast perspective but it is a world first. ...Published on 11-19-2011 04:51 PM
BMW has secured an increase of its stake in SGL Carbon SE to 15.16%. This move essentially shows BMW intends to feature more carbon fiber in future models as they seem to be aware of how hefty their vehicles are getting. This also means we can expect to see a lot more CFRP (carbon reinforced plastic) in BMW vehicles but unfortunately this move is mostly geared toward the 'i' brand. BMW and the SGL group already operated a join venture with a company called SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers of which BMW holds a 49% stake and SGL holds 51%. The two partners recently built a state of the art carbon fiber manufacturing facility in Michigan.
...Published on 11-19-2011 04:31 PM
This is the car we unfortunately missed at SEMA. Luckily, we were able to find great pictures of the build which is simply stunning. The car features a custom exhaust including custom long tube headers. The quality of the welding speaks for itself. A Weistec supercharger kit was installed as well to go with the beautiful exhaust setup. In addition to the performance mods cosmetic pieces (wheels, wing) were added and the final product is simply astounding. An excellent build that shows off the quality of Fluid Motor Union's work inside and out.
...Published on 11-18-2011 09:26 PM
Here are our Audi pictures from the La Auto Show. The main interest in the Audi are was the new S6, S7, and S8. These cars get twin turbo V8's that should offer up significant competition to BMW and Mercedes. In addition Audi had a nice electric concept, the R8 GT, and the TT-RS on display. They also had some of the best looking and friendliest models at the show which was a nice little plus.
...Published on 11-18-2011 08:16 PM
There was much more going on in the Porsche Hall (yes, Porsche rents out their own private hall as they have for years, awesome) than just the Panamera GTS reveal. In our opinion, Porsche had the best showing out of any of the German makes. The new 991 Carrera and Carrera S were there along with several other models. Not to mention an awesome open bar and buffet setup. Porsche really knows how to throw a party. ...Published on 11-17-2011 08:55 PM
BMW's showing at the 2011 LA Auto Show was frankly pretty disappointing. Right up front was the BMW ActiveE while the new F10 M5 was hidden in the back in a dark, poorly lit corner. What about the new F30 3 series? BMW did not even bother showing it. Instead the focus was all on the BMW 'i' brand with a whole room built around the i3 and i8. There was no X5 or X6 M and BMW was pushing their electric nonsense even over their bread and butter 3 series which was just refreshed. Very disappointing that enthusiast models took a back seat especially when the competition such as Porsche and Mercedes were putting those models at the forefront. ...Published on 11-17-2011 07:15 PM
Here is our Mercedes coverage from the 2011 LA Auto Show. Our pictures are much improved from the SEMA photos and possibly even too bright as a new high powered flash was purchased. The Mercedes display was pretty impressive with the new ML63 AMG and the C63 AMG Black Series Coupe taking center stage. Mercedes had a showing that was tied for our favorite with Porsche as they showed off almost everything including the new SLK55 AMG as well as the SLS roadster. Note to BMW: This is how it is done.
...Published on 11-17-2011 02:26 AM
This was a nice little surprise at Porsche's section. The Panamera GTS is based on the 4S so it has all wheel drive. It also has the same 4.8 liter direct injected naturally aspirated V8 but with a 30 horsepower bump to 430. The body is lowered 10mm and the wheels gets 5mm spacers. The 4S also gets the Panamera Turbo brakes as standard. The extra horsepower is what one is really paying for here and it is achieved by a new tune, higher redline by 400 rpm to 7100, and new valve springs to go along with those additional revs.
...Published on 11-16-2011 01:43 PM
It seems Nico Rosberg won't be leaving for Ferrari or anyone else any time soon. Mercedes GP Petronas announced a multi year contract extension beyond 2013. There were no details on how many years the deal is only that the contract was extended. Nico was already under contract for 2012 as was Michael Schumacher who may or may not retire as he keeps changing his mind. It is likely a safe bet that we will see both Rosberg and Schumacher race for Mercedes next year.
...Published on 11-16-2011 01:30 PM
The first tunes for the N20B20 are trickling out. Kelleners released their tune (no pricing provided) which ups the output from 245 horses to 289. A fairly mild tune as we expect to see much more out of the motor. What we truly wish we had was a dyno as in stock form the motor puts out 233 horsepower to the wheels making Kelleners' crank estimates basically useless. The nice part about the Kelleners' plug in module is that it can be easily installed or removed, no fuss.
...Published on 11-15-2011 10:54 PM
This clip is from Jeremy Clarkson's new Powered Up DVD. Nice to see a drag race between these two cars but the GT2 RS is launched rather poorly and simply gets creamed. The straightline difference between the cars is not this large as the trap speeds in most tests show simply that the Porsche is much, much harder to launch properly. It is rather amusing how Clarkson refers to the GT2 RS as a Volkswagen and well, he's kind of right.
...Published on 11-15-2011 09:31 PM
The Mercedes C63 AMG Black Series is a just plain awesome vehicle. We love that Mercedes caters to performance enthusiasts and continually offers performance models that raise the bar unlike their rivals at BMW who seem to have lost their way. Too bad for BMW, Mercedes has us covered and this drool worthy video shows off just how badass of a ride the new C63 AMG Black Series is. Warning: Watching this will make you want one.
...Published on 11-15-2011 08:14 PM
German racing component manufacturer Motorsport 24 is in the middle of reinventing the wheel with their newly developed headers for the S65. After a year of research, the M24 team is confident that they have improved upon the already stellar original BMW design. While these headers are still in the middle of optimization and development, initial testing has shown an increase in power as well as a substantial reduction in exhaust gas temperatures. ...Published on 11-15-2011 01:00 PM
The C63 AMG coupe and the CTS-V coupe are both beasts in a straight line. Insideline decided to find out which of the two is faster on the strip. The curb weight for the CTS-V is 4200 pounds versus the C63 AMG weighing in at a lighter 3,990. A 6 speed manual was the transmission chosen for the CTS-V while the C63 only has one transmission choice, a 7 speed automatic. The result? The CTS-V wins (barely) with a firstname.lastname@example.org against the C63's email@example.com. Considering the CTS-V has a motor with a supercharger and barely edges out the naturally aspirated C63 that says a lot about how good the M156 is.
...Published on 11-15-2011 12:18 PM
Check out these awesome renderings of the F82 BMW M4. We still can not get used to the idea of an M4 coupe instead of an M3 coupe as it has always been. Especially considering the M3 started as a coupe and not as a sedan. We think the idea is idiotic and BMW is needlessly complicating things but that is BMW for you. The positives to take away are that if the vehicle looks anything like these renderings then sign us up.