Porsche is extending the Cayenne model line to include a new Coupe body style. “The Coupe includes all the technical highlights of the current Cayenne, but has an even more dynamic design and new technical details that position it as more progressive, athletic, and emotional,” says Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG. The highlights of the new model include sharper lines with a redesigned rear section, an adaptive rear spoiler, individual rear seats, and either a panoramic fixed glass roof fitted as standard, or an optional carbon fiber roof. Steeply sloping roof line Revised design proportions give the new Cayenne Coupe models a more athletic appearance. “The significantly more steep roof line that falls away to the rear makes the Cayenne Coupe appear even more dynamic, and positions it as the sportiest-looking model in the segment,” says Michael Mauer, Vice President Style Porsche. That effect is supported by a roof spoiler, which accentuates the distinctive Coupe silhouette. The front windshield and A-pillar are shallower than in the Cayenne, courtesy of a roof edge that is roughly 0.78 inches lower than the standard design. Redesigned rear doors and quarter panels broaden the shoulders of this vehicle. The license plate bracket is now a part of the bumper, creating the visual sense that the vehicle sits lower to the ground. The current Cayenne Turbo was the first SUV to feature an adaptive roof spoiler, a concept the new Cayenne Coupe adopts and adapts to the new design. Each Cayenne Coupe model features both a roof spoiler and a new adaptive rear spoiler as part of Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA). The spoiler extends by 5.3 inches above speeds of 56 mph, increasing downforce to the rear axle. Large panoramic fixed glass roof fitted as standard, with a carbon fiber roof option The new Cayenne Coupe comes with a large panoramic fixed glass roof as standard to create a sense of space. To protect occupants against sun exposure, there is also an integrated sunshade. For the first time, the Cayenne model line is also available with a carbon fiber roof as an option offered exclusively with the Coupe models. This option is available in one of the three lightweight sports packages. These packages also include the Sport Design features and new, weight-reduced 22-inch GT Design wheels, fabric seat centers in Pepita, and carbon fiber and Alcantara® accents in the interior. For the Cayenne Turbo Coupe, the package also includes a Sport Exhaust System. Upgraded Standard Equipment Building on the already well-equipped Cayenne, the new Coupe variants include upgraded standard equipment. Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), the Sport Chrono Package and 20-inch wheels are part of the starting MSRP of the standard model. Market launch with 335 HP and 541 HP turbocharged engines The highly dynamic lines and custom design elements of the new Cayenne Coupe truly set it apart from the Cayenne. At the same time, it benefits from all the technical highlights of the third model generation, which features powerful engines, innovative chassis systems, and comprehensive connectivity. All Cayenne Coupe models will come with the Sport Chrono Package as standard equipment. Two high-performance engines are available at market launch. The Cayenne Coupe features the same 3.0-liter mono-turbo V6 as the standard Cayenne, generating 335 hp (250 kW) and maximum torque of 332 lb.-ft. It achieves the 0-60 mph sprint in 5.7 seconds, or 5.6 seconds with the optional lightweight sports packages. The vehicle’s top track speed is 150 mph. The top-of-the-range Cayenne Turbo Coupe uses a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 producing 541 hp (404 kW), and 567 lb.-ft. of torque. It accelerates from a standing start to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, and has a top track speed of 177 mph. Pricing and Expected Dealer Arrival The new Porsche Cayenne Coupe is expected in U.S. showrooms for the 2020 model year in the fall of 2019. Starting MSRP for the Cayenne Coupe is $75,300 and $130,100 for the Cayenne Turbo Coupe, both excluding $1,250 for delivery, processing and handling. Subscribe for more videos like this!
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The Koenigsegg Jesko is the company’s latest supercar, third megacar, and spiritual successor to the iconic Agera. Unveiled at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, the Jesko boasts a power-to-weight ratio greater than 1:1, which means its engine generates more horsepower than the car’s total curb weight in kilograms. Koenigsegg offered similar versions of the One:1 and Agera, but the Jesko takes things one step further with an impressive downforce rating of 2,205 pounds. Named after Jesko von Koenigsegg, the father of company founder and CEO, Christian von Koenigsegg, the Jesko marks the debut of the firm’s latest carbon-fiber chassis and nine-speed multi-clutch transmission. It’s also supposed to hit at least 300 mph according to Koenigsegg, so it could improve the Agera RS’ 277-mph world record really soon. Let’s find out more about that in the review below.
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The last time Mercedes-AMG was tasked with building a model from scratch, it went to town. Not only did the SLS evoke the 300SL with its gullwing doors, but it also housed the M159 engine in its long nose, a reworking of AMG’s own V8 and the last naturally aspirated engine to feature in a Mercedes. It was, in many respects, marvellous – and because it was AMG’s first go, momentous, too. Its replacement, although similar in some respects and not entirely unrelated beneath, is not to be thought of as a successor. Whereas the SLS was a supercar in the mega-GT mould, AMG’s follow-up is smaller, cheaper, turbocharged and conventionally doored. It’s a two-seat sports car, says Mercedes, which means that the manufacturer is less interested this time around in making a splash and more concerned with stealing customers from under the noses of Audi and Porsche. That’s considerably more difficult than building a low-volume supercar, particularly as Mercedes has stuck with the SLS’s gameplan: keeping its big engine in front of the driver rather than behind, nestling the cabin to the rear of a long-nosed body and even providing a decent boot, this time with a convenient liftback. It is also comparatively large and not tremendously lightweight. But it is beautiful and available as a Roadster. It’s also still powered by a hand-built V8 – AMG’s newly developed biturbo unit, producing 469bhp in the standard car and 514bhp in the more expensive and more popular S model tested. Heading the coupé range is the 577bhp R which aims to take the fight directly to McLaren and its fabulous 570S. As for the Roadster range - the standard GT uses the same 469bhp engine as the coupé, while the range-topping C has 549bhp at its disposal. As in the SLS, the power goes to the rear wheels via a transaxle, which helps to keep the weight distribution at what Mercedes calls an optimum 47/53 percent front-rear split. The V8 itself is mounted sufficiently far back on the aluminium spaceframe that the manufacturer prefers to describe it as front mid-engined. In point of fact, it describes the GT as a lot of things, most notably the embodiment of the “spirit of the glorious Mercedes sports cars”. That it may be, but is it sufficiently good to outshine the Porsche 911 Carrera or new Audi R8? #Mercedes-AMG #AMG #GT Subscribe for more videos!
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We get behind the wheel of the new plug-in hybrid 7 Series luxury saloon from BMW! BMW has had a plug-in hybrid version of its range-topping 7 Series luxury saloon on sale for several years now, in the shape of the 740e iPerformance. For 2019, in tandem with a facelift for the entire range, the plug-in version receives a new drivetrain, moving from four to six cylinders. It's now known as the 745e (or 745Le in more spacious long-wheelbase form). The car we drove was a late pre-production model, so we're going to leave our ultimate verdict and rating until we've sampled the final product on UK roads, but what we've driven is very close to production specification. Like its predecessor, the 745Le is quiet and calm to drive in urban environments, while a boost in power means it's an even more accomplished high-speed, long-distance cruiser. It's a serious rival for the Mercedes S-Class hybrid in all respects, with the new six-cylinder engine feeling much more at home in a large saloon like this than the old four-cylinder ever did. The transition from petrol to electric power is noticeable but unobtrusive. The only sticking point for potential 7 Series hybrid buyers may be the styling. Along with the new hybrid powertrain, the 7 Series facelift has brought a huge and very prominent front grille, which may just be too 'in your face' for some. Things are less divisive inside, with high-quality metal, wood and plastics anywhere you look, along with a clear and easy-to-use iDrive 7.0 widescreen infotainment system. New BMW 7 Series hybrid engine, performance and handling The 745Le's powertrain combines that 3.0-litre, six-cylinder petrol engine (making 282bhp) with a 111bhp electric motor, for a total combined output of 389bhp. That ensures a healthy 5.1-second 0-62mph time and an electronically limited top speed of 155mph. An eight-speed automatic gearbox is standard. In long-wheelbase form, the 7 Series hybrid is four-wheel drive only, and thus carries the 'xDrive' badging familiar from other all-wheel-drive BMWs. That gives it superb grip, even on winter tyres, while handling is just as sharp as in BMW’s smaller 3 and 5 Series. That comes at a slight reduction in comfort compared to a Mercedes S-Class, but keen drivers will prefer the 7 Series. Claimed fuel economy for the 745Le is from 105-118mpg, depending on wheel size, while the model's CO2 emissions are rated at a company-car-tax-friendly 52g/km. That's low enough for exemption from the London Congestion Charge – but only until October 2021, after which point just zero-emissions cars will escape the daily fee. Claimed electric range is around 33 miles (at speeds up to 90mph), which is a 15-mile improvement on the old 740e. A blue bar in the digital dashboard lets you know how much you can press the accelerator without activating the petrol engine, helping you achieve the maximum possible electric range from a fully charged battery. The new BMW 7 Series goes on sale in the UK in April, with this 745Le xDrive version priced from £83,560. Going for the standard wheelbase rear-wheel drive 745e brings the price down to £76,815. As with the smaller 3 Series and 5 Series saloons, petrol and diesel-engined version of the 7 Series will be offered alongside the hybrid. Rock Angel by Joakim Karud https://soundcloud.com/joakimkarud Creative Commons — Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported— CC BY-SA 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/ Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/K8eRXvLL7Wo "SUBSCRIBE NOW"
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Jeep is launching the 2020 Jeep Gladiator this year, so it makes sense that all of the 2019 Easter Jeep Safari concepts are trucks. Many of them are extremely cool, but one concept rises to the top: The Jeep M-715 Five-Quarter. It’s a hellcat-powered brute with military roots, so if you love Jeeps or trucks or both, grab some ice cubes, because your mind is about to melt. The Kaiser Jeep M-715 of the late 1960s was the original convertible Jeep pickup, and in the annals of off-road history, it sits firmly among the greatest trucks ever thanks to its huge fender flares, an essentially vertical folding windshield, a rag top, sheetmetal similar to that of the gorgeous Jeep Gladiator upon which it is based, a 24-volt electrical system, blackout lights, beefy solid axles, huge 34-inch tires, tons of ground clearance, a tough T98 four-speed manual with a short first gear—the list goes on. It’s an amazing Vietnam-era truck that took on the same role as the venerable Dodge trucks that served U.S. armed forces in World War II and in the Korean War, even if the Kaiser’s 3.8-liter 230 Overhead Cam “Tornado” inline six isn’t exactly known for its power or reliability. It may look quite similar to the standard M-715, but there’s not a whole lot of the stock vehicle left, aside from some of the frame (which has been beefed up and modified with provisions for a coil-sprung Dynatrac Pro-rock 60 in the front and a coil-sprung Pro-rock 80 out back), doors, windshield, and parts of the cab. The front fenders and hood are new, and are made of carbon fiber. Between those fenders and under that hood is a monstrous 700+ horsepower Supercharged 6.2-liter “Hellcrate” V8, which is mated to an old-school three-speed Chrysler 727 transmission and a “Rock-Trac” 241OR transfer case that you might find in a modern Wrangler Rubicon—all that spins 40-inch tires on 20-inch beadlock wheels. Subscribe for more videos!
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2020 Bentley Continental GT Convertible - Design Bentley is introducing the all-new Continental GT Convertible. Designed, engineered and handcrafted in Britain – and representing all Bentley knows about creating the world’s most stylish and elegant Grand Tourers – the GT Convertible is the very essence of the luxury brand. Adrian Hallmark, Chairman and Chief Executive, Bentley Motors, said: “Elegant understatement that forces you to look; engineering excellence you’ll take for granted – the extraordinary breadth of capabilities offered by the new Continental GT Convertible is unique and can only be offered by our noble British brand. We have been building luxury Grand Tourers since the company was founded in 1919 and, as we approach our centenary year, the Continental GT Convertible joins a highly acclaimed range – arguably the strongest and most technologically advanced portfolio of products the world has ever seen in one luxury brand.” Elegant and sculptural exterior styling harmonises perfectly with an exquisite handcrafted cabin, featuring the highest quality leathers and sustainably sourced veneers. The tailored convertible roof can be deployed or stowed in just 19 seconds, with the car travelling at speeds of up to 30 mph (50 km/h). This transforms the Continental GT Convertible from a luxurious coupe into an open-top Grand Tourer at the touch of a button. Seven different fabric hood colours are available, including an authentic tweed finish for the first time. A newly designed neckwarmer (which is both warmer and quieter than in the previous generation model), is seamlessly integrated into the heated Comfort Seats, optimising efficiency and airflow around the electrically adjustable headrests. The styling highlight of the new neckwarmer is a chrome centre vane that stretches the full width of the duct, echoing Bentley’s famous ‘bullseye’ vents. Combined with a heated steering wheel, seat heaters and new heated armrests, these sophisticated comfort features create a luxurious driving experience in all environments. "SUBSCRIBE NOW"
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Porsche 911 GT3 RS sets production car lap record at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta With a lap time of 1:24,88 minutes, the Porsche 911 GT3 RS is the quickest production car ever to lap the iconic track Underscoring its enormous performance potential, the Porsche 911 GT2 RS has set a new production car lap record at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, completing the 2.54 mile road course in just 1:24.88 minutes. “We are thrilled to set the production car lap record at this iconic track located just 60 miles from our U.S. headquarters in Atlanta - a track that holds so many great memories for Porsche, such as the overall victory with the 911 RSR at Petit Le Mans in 2015” said Klaus Zellmer, President and CEO of Porsche Cars North America. 24 Hours of Daytona and Le Mans class winner David Donohue shared the wheel with Randy Pobst to validate and confirm the car’s capability at the iconic track, with Pobst ultimately setting the fastest lap. Pobst previously set the production car lap record with the 911 GT2 RS at Weather Tech Raceway Laguna Seca and Willow Springs International Raceway last year. Further showcasing the exceptional performance capability of the motorsport-derived 911 GT lineup, the Porsche 911 GT3 RS recorded an impressive lap time of 1:26.24 minutes at the same track and thus became the second car to break the previous record. Both cars took to the track on road-legal and Porsche-approved Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R N0 tires. Racelogic recorded and validated the lap time, vehicle telemetry, and video utilizing the VBOX Video HD2 system. “It was an incredible experience. The traction coming out of a corner, the tireless brakes, the grip generated by the downforce and the tires, and of course the tremendous power made it possible. The 911 GT2 RS is not just very capable, but also very approachable,” said Donohue. “Even for a professional driver, huge power can be intimidating. But when I drive the GT2 RS, the massive torque feels completely under my control, so useable, because the car is extremely well-balanced. It is very confidence inspiring, a pleasure.” added Pobst. Subscribe for more videos!
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Back again and bolder than ever! Ultimativer High Performance Off Roader based on G 63 AMG. 800 horsepower, a top speed of 240 km/h, a spectacular widebody version, 23-inch hi-tech forged wheels and exclusive interior design in top quality. BRABUS is expanding its broad range of high-performance supercars with a new highlight: The BRABUS 800 WIDESTAR celebrates its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show 2019. Based on the current Mercedes G 63 AMG, the engineers, technicians and designers of BRABUS developed a high-performance off-roader that impresses equally with power, design and individuality. Nomen est omen and consequently the new BRABUS 800 WIDESTAR is powered by a four-liter eight-cylinder twin-turbo engine that produces a peak output of 588 kW / 800 hp (789 bhp) and a peak torque of 1,000 Nm (737 lb-ft). This engine gives the off-roader performance capabilities that are absolutely exceptional for a vehicle of this category: The all-wheel-drive car sprints from rest to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.1 seconds. The top speed is electronically limited to 240 km/h (149 mph). However, the BRABUS 800 WIDESTAR fascinates not only with its driving dynamics, but also with its extravagant BRABUS WIDESTAR widebody version in combination with the 23-inch BRABUS "Platinum Edition" Monoblock hi-tech forged wheels.A classy BRABUS fine leather interior lends the interior of the SUV an even more attractive ambiance. The BRABUS power unit engineers have dedicated themselves to the tuning of Mercedes-Benz engines for decades, and BRABUS performance upgrades for the different engines of the G-Class have been around just as long. It goes without saying then that the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 of the current G 63 AMG is the focus of the developers as well. Research continued after the presentation of the BRABUS 700 PowerXtra performance upgrade last year to give the turbocharged eight-cylinder even more power. The result is the BRABUS 800 PowerXtra + tuning level. Extensive surgery on the engine peripherals was required to produce even more power: This modification involves replacing the two production turbos with two reconfigured BRABUS high-performance turbochargers, which in addition to a larger compressor unit also have a modified core assembly with reinforced axial bearings. They produce a maximum boost pressure of 1.6 bar. The electronic engine control unit was also recalibrated to match the hardware: an auxiliary control unit provides injection, boost pressure control and ignition with special mapping. Tests on stationary engine test benches of the latest generation were run for weeks for calibration and endurance purposes in order to achieve not only outstanding power delivery, but also flawless durability. Extensive driving tests were conducted concurrently. That is why BRABUS backs also this new performance upgrade with the three-year or 100,000-kilometer / 60,000-mile BRABUS Tuning Warranty® (see BRABUS Tuning Warranty Terms and Conditions, updated July 2013). BRABUS recommends hi-tech lubricants from technology partner MOTUL for the entire powertrain.
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Large panoramic fixed glass roof fitted as standard, with a carbon fiber roof option The new Cayenne Coupe comes with a large panoramic fixed glass roof as standard to create a sense of space. To protect occupants against sun exposure, there is also an integrated sunshade. For the first time, the Cayenne model line is also available with a carbon fiber roof as an option offered exclusively with the Coupe models. This option is available in one of the three lightweight sports packages. These packages also include the Sport Design features and new, weight-reduced 22-inch GT Design wheels, fabric seat centers in Pepita, and carbon fiber and Alcantara® accents in the interior. For the Cayenne Turbo Coupe, the package also includes a Sport Exhaust System. Upgraded Standard Equipment Building on the already well-equipped Cayenne, the new Coupe variants include upgraded standard equipment. Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), the Sport Chrono Package and 20-inch wheels are part of the starting MSRP of the standard model. Comfort on the road with four sports seats New for the Cayenne Coupe models, eight-way Sport Seats are standard equipment in the front. The new seats, which are similar to the 18-way Adaptive Sport Seats that are standard equipment in the Turbo model, offer generous lateral support and feature an integrated headrest. In the rear, the Coupe comes fitted as standard with a rear bench that has the characteristics of individual seats. Alternatively, the comfort rear seats – a familiar feature of the Cayenne – are available as a no-cost option. Rear passengers sit 1.18 inches lower than in the Cayenne, meaning there is plenty of headroom despite the vehicle’s sporty lowered silhouette. Cargo volume is 22 cubic feet and increases rises to 54.3 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. The Cayenne Turbo Coupe has 21.2 with the rear seats standing and 53.3 cubic feet of car-go area volume with them folded. All Cayenne Coupe models will come with the Sport Chrono Package as standard equipment. Two high-performance engines are available at market launch. The Cayenne Coupe features the same 3.0-liter mono-turbo V6 as the standard Cayenne, generating 335 hp (250 kW) and maximum torque of 332 lb.-ft. It achieves the 0-60 mph sprint in 5.7 seconds, or 5.6 seconds with the optional lightweight sports packages. The vehicle’s top track speed is 150 mph. The top-of-the-range Cayenne Turbo Coupe uses a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 producing 541 hp (404 kW), and 567 lb.-ft. of torque. It accelerates from a standing start to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, and has a top track speed of 177 mph. Subscribe for more videos!
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The most advanced gasoline engine on the planet may get lost in the 2019 Infiniti QX 50. The luxury crossover SUV likely will be coveted for its good looks, spacious interior, and advanced safety features—none of those are bad things. Buyers will notice its fuel-efficiency without knowing what makes the engine work, and that’s just fine. We start with the inside, like most owners. The QX 50 adopts an elegant style direction for Infiniti, evidenced by its stitched dash and comfortable seats. The good news gets better in top trims with diamond-stitched, natural leather and suede inserts, although every version is serenely quiet. Outside, the QX50 takes elements from other Infiniti vehicles (dramatically kinked roof pillar, open grille, and sculpted hood) and wraps them in a popular crossover shape. Infiniti fundamentally changes how it delivers power with the 2019 QX 50's new engine. Under the hood, a 2-liter turbo-4 can vary how much power it delivers based on need by varying its displacement. It's a nifty trick that involves vast amounts of engineering brainpower, but operates seamlessly for drivers. The bottom line is a 30-percent gain in fuel economy returns over the last generation. The EPA rates the QX 50 up to 27 mpg combined. Five adults won’t have a problem fitting comfortably in the QX 50, which boasts a sliding rear seat that offers up to 38.7 inches of rear seat leg room—tops in its class. The front seats are even better; high-density foam borrowed from parent-company Nissan makes the Infiniti QX 50 all-day comfortable. Forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking are standard on all QX 50s, and active safety features are available on top trim levels. Base QX 50s don’t skimp on features, but we start with the mid-grade and move up from there. The top trim level offers surprising value—and better options. All trim levels include at least 19-inch wheels, Bluetooth connectivity, power adjustable front seats, and a dual-screen infotainment system. We have our beef with that dual-screen setup—especially that it doesn’t offer alternatives from Apple or Android—but acknowledge that it may not be a deal-breaker. More attractive to shoppers will be the 27 mpg combined in front-drive versions or 26 mpg combined in all-wheel-drive versions of the QX 50. Infiniti’s latest design direction comes together in the 2019 QX 50. The luxury crossover SUV sports the same elements from other vehicles in the lineup: double-arch grille, dramatic rear roof pillar kink, and bulging hood, but in more tasteful ways. The cabin is filled with classy touches that are in Infiniti’s wheelhouse. The cohesive package looks better with more money thrown at it: natural leather and diamond quilting looks the high-class part, while open pore wood and available blue suede headliners add a palatable lick of style. The dual-screen infotainment system may be at odds with the elegant approach, and some trims of the QX 50 are let down by black plastic by the gear selector. Those are small quibbles. Bystanders will get a good view of Infiniti’s latest design language, particularly up front. The sculpted nose is punctuated by an aggressive hood, and the big grille sports an equally big luxury badge up front. From the rear three-quarter view, the light dips and ducks around the doors—breaking up the large swathes of sheet metal required to cover a crossover these days. The 2019 Infiniti QX 50 boasts an excellent drivetrain with tech that’s easy to overlook. Wrapped in luxury crossover clothes, the 2-liter turbo-4 under the hood is a remarkable achievement for its frugality and ingenuity. The short of the long: Infiniti’s variable compression 2-liter turbo-4 can fundamentally change how it operates to save fuel or provide more power. It’s the first mass-produced, mainstream variable-compression engine, and it nets a 30-percent improvement in fuel economy without sacrificing quickness compared to the V-6 it replaced. On paper, the turbo-4 makes 268 horsepower, which is less than the 325 hp found in the outgoing version. Torque is up in the new version: 280 pound-feet compared to 267 lb-ft in the V-6. The net for most drivers will mean more low-speed power in around-town cruising but less top-end power high in the rev range. Most drivers may willingly make that sacrifice for a 30 percent improvement in fuel economy, we think. The early versions we drove had peaky torque delivery and sharp throttle responses, which may take some drivers time to acclimatize if those make it into production versions. We’ll report back once we’ve driven cars destined for dealer lots.
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The brief was to create a modern Sports Prototype inspired by some of the most iconic models in Ferrari’s history, such as the 330 P3/P4 and Dino 206 S of the 1960s – highly radical cars in their day, and instant icons. Although conceived as track cars, their influence extended far beyond the racing circuit, inspiring a whole series of dramatically elegant road-going Ferraris. The P80/C project had the longest development period of any Ferrari one-off to date, work on it having started way back in 2015. Why was such a long time needed? Because the team made such a huge investment in research, both in terms of design and engineering. Every element of performance and aerodynamics was meticulously analysed, in a process that distinguishes this car from previous Ferrari one-offs. It is a track car, which means that performance is a major factor so this not only pointed the design team in the direction of a design that was absolutely unique, but also forced them to make radical changes to the running gear of the donor car. This involved introducing specific features required to guarantee a captivating marriage of style, technical prowess and aerodynamics. The decision was made to use the 488 GT3 chassis as a basis, not only for its performance, but also for its longer wheelbase (+ 50 mm compared to the 488 GTB) which allowed more creative freedom. With respect to the Ferrari 488’s classic layout in which the cockpit tends to be placed centrally, the GT chassis allowed the designers to emphasis a cab forward-effect in which the rear is elongated, lending the car a more aggressive, compact character. This was one of the cornerstones of the P80/C’s styling from the early stages of the design process. #ferrarip80c #ferrari
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Since the glory days of Ayrton Senna, racing’s gospel has held that coupes are for the track while convertibles, on the other hand, are what you take to town. Part of this is because of basic engineering: A car with a roof is more aerodynamic than one without. A roof is also stronger and more rigid. From a physics perspective, taking a roof out of the equation turns a car heavy and wobbly. The 2019 McLaren 600LT Spider, however, has evolved past such ancient axioms. It comes with a 592-brake-horsepower, 3.8-liter, twin-turbocharged V-8 engine and a zero-to-60 mph sprint time of 2.8 seconds—both identical to the coupe version of the car. Top speed is 201 mph. More crucial for those interested in dissecting power-to-weight ratios, the 600LT Spider weighs just 2,859 pounds. That’s a relatively scant 110 pounds more than the coupe, thanks mostly to the added weight of a push-button, threefold retractable top. It’s still 176 pounds lighter, by my estimate, than any direct competitors from Ferrari or Lamborghini. The men and women at the brand’s factory in Woking, England, seem obsessive about saving weight. They made the glass on the 600LT Spider thinner than in previous models. They took out the carpeting in the footwells altogether. And they used netting, rather than door pockets, for storage and eliminated the glove box. McLaren is also offering the skeletal seats from its $958,966 Senna—which weigh a little more than 7 pounds each, a third lighter than typical racing seats—in the 600LT Spider. Buyers have the option to delete such outré nods to decadence as the radio and air conditioning. (I suppose it’s worth it for drivers who are serious about track splits: Removing the air-conditioning system alone saves 28 pounds.) All of which bodes well for McLaren’s topless proposition. Before I drive the new Spider on the Arizona Motorsports Park track—and after a good two hours in it beforehand, passing through empty desert landscapes—I ask the carmaker’s lead pro driver, Danny Buxton, how a convertible could possibly be considered track-suitable by any serious driver. “I forgot it was a convertible by the second turn,” he says. Maybe he’s just biased, I think, as we alight from the command RV parked near pit lane. It’s directly next door to the constant, deafening blast of F-18s doing daily rotations at the U.S. Air Force base. The only thing louder is the row of Skittle-green, lantana-purple, and Fanta-orange 600LT Spiders. Subscribe for more videos!
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BMW introduces the revised version of its most successful 7 Series to date. The 6th generation of the luxury sedan receives extensive updates in design, technology and powertrain to enhance the BMW 7 Series’ class-leading luxury model lineup. Turbocharged 6, 8 and 12 cylinder engines will be joined by a new 6-cylinder plug-in-hybrid variant when the new BMW 7 Series goes into production this March. Modern exterior design elements enhance the presence of the vehicle while the interior receives touches that upgrade the ambiance of luxury to new levels. The iDrive 7 system along with Mobileye interior camera and available Driving Assistant Professional bring BMW’s latest technology to the brand’s pinnacle luxury sedan. The design. Increased presence, refined elegance. Gracefully sporting proportions and alluring bodywork mark the exterior design of the new BMW 7 Series. The latest edition of the 7 Series features design updates that touch almost every area of the body, including the front bumper, hood, headlights, front fenders, rear bumper trim and rear lights to accentuate the elegance of the BMW 7 Series. The 126.4 inch long wheelbase allows for a spacious 44.4 inches of rear leg room and an equally accommodating 41.1 inches of front legroom. Taller front end and significantly larger BMW kidney grille. The extensive design refresh at the front end plays the most prominent role in giving the new BMW 7 Series its more powerful visual presence. Catching the eye first is the significantly expanded surfacing at the front of the car, which is now two inches taller at its highest point. The dominant feature of the front-end design is the BMW kidney grille, now framed by a single-piece surround whose surface area has grown larger by 40%. The Active Kidney Grille features adjustable vanes which only open when the need for cooling air is increased. The bars of the U.S. vehicles’ kidney grilles come standard in aluminum satin. The front of the air vanes between the kidney grille bars are High-gloss Chrome or black if the M Sport package is specified. The new BMW M760Li xDrive Sedan features a kidney grille surround and kidney grille bars finished in Cerium Grey. Slim headlight units, BMW Laserlight available as an option. The new design of the very slender headlight units provides an attractive visual contrast with the significantly enlarged BMW kidney grille, adding a new character to BMW’s luxury-class models. Standard equipment for the new BMW 7 Series includes Adaptive Full LED Lights with BMW Laserlight available as an option. New hood contours, covered air intakes. Among the striking design changes made to the front of the car is the re-designed hood. It extends up to the top of the higher BMW kidney grille and features more sculpted contour lines. The lower front bumper air intakes are now overlaid with large air deflectors. These guide the oncoming air more efficiently to the brake air ducts and the Air Curtains, which help to minimize turbulence around the wheel openings. L-shaped trim strips border the Air Curtains. Newly designed fenders with upright Air Breathers. Muscular surfaces and precisely drawn character lines shape the profile view of the new BMW 7 Series. With a long wheelbase and short overhangs, a flowing roofline and the Hofmeister kink, the luxury sedan features recognizable hallmark BMW design cues. Exterior mirrors, attached to the window surround trim by a thin stalk, strike a modern appearance and further improve aerodynamics. The front fenders have been redesigned to gracefully tie in the new headlight and front bumper. The Air Breathers, visible behind the front wheel openings, now feature larger air outlets that extend much higher into the front fenders to help optimize the flow of air through the wheel openings to help reduce aerodynamic turbulence. Subscribe for more videos!
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The new 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S and 4S Cabriolet 443 horsepower, quicker top operation and optional PASM Sport Suspension available for the first time Atlanta. Just weeks after the spectacular premiere of the eighth generation of Porsche 911 in Los Angeles, the latest generation of 911 Carrera S and 4S Cabriolet models are celebrating their debut. Featuring a solid glass rear window and integrated magnesium support elements, their automatic fabric top opens or closes in approximately 12 seconds at speeds of up to 31 miles per hour. Like the recently introduced Coupe models, both the 911 Carrera S and 4S Cabriolet now feature the wider body adopted from the previous generation 911 Carrera 4 and GTS models. The flat-six turbocharged engines make 443 horsepower in the S models. Power is delivered by a new eight-speed, dual-clutch transmission. Complementing the increase in engine performance, the PASM Sport Suspension featuring stiffer springs and sway bars as well as a 0.39 inch (10 mm) lower ride height is optionally available on the new 911 Carrera S and 4S Cabriolet models for the first time. Previously, it was only available for S and GTS Coupe models. Re-designed PASM dampers, optional Adaptive 18-way Sport Seats Plus with improved lateral support, and extended digital features all ensure greater comfort and everyday usability. 443 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque The turbocharged flat-six engine of the 911 Carrera S and 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet models benefits from the same upgrades implemented on the recently introduced Coupe models. Thanks to new piezo fuel injectors, larger turbochargers and a new layout for the charge air cooling system, the 3.0 liter twin-turbo engine now produces 443 horsepower. This corresponds to an increase of 23 horsepower compared with the previous model. Equipped with the 8-speed PDK dual clutch transmission as standard, the rear-wheel-drive 911 Carrera S Cabriolet needs just 3.7 seconds to reach 60 miles per hour from standstill, and the 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet with all-wheel drive takes only 3.6 seconds. This makes both cars 0.4 seconds faster than the previous model in each case. This advantage increases by a further 0.2 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono Package, to 3.5 seconds for the Carrera S Cabriolet and 3.4 seconds for the Carrera 4S Cabriolet. The top track speeds are now 190 miles per hour for the 911 Carrera S Cabriolet and 188 miles per hour for the all-wheel-drive version. A manual transmission will be offered at a later date. Wider body, quick operating fabric top The exterior design has been revamped and underlines the leap in performance of the new Porsche 911. Significantly wider wheel housings arch over large 20-inch front wheels and 21-inch rear wheels. At the front, the body width has increased by 45 millimeters (1.77 inches), making room for a wider front track. Correspondingly, the rear body width on the new 911 Carrera S Cabriolet has increased to 1,852 mm (72.91 in), the width of the previous 911 Carrera 4 and 911 GTS models. The 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet retains this width from the previous generation all-wheel drive model. Flush integration of the electric door handles that extend outward when needed emphasizes the tapered and smooth side contour. Between the new standard LED headlights, the front luggage compartment lid with pronounced contours evokes the design of the first 911 generations. The rear is dominated by the significantly wider, variable-position rear spoiler and the seamless, elegant light bar which is now a feature on both two- and four-wheel drive variants. With the exception of the front and rear fasciae, the entire outer skin is now made of aluminum. The fabric top is equipped with new hydraulics for smoother and quicker operation reducing the opening time to around 12 seconds. As before, the top is capable of being opened and closed at speeds of up to 31 miles per hour. An electric wind deflector reduces drafts during top down cruising. The 2020 911 Carrera S Cabriolet has a base MSRP of $126,100, while the 2020 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet will be offered starting at $133,400, each not including the $1,250 delivery, processing and handling fee. The models can be ordered now and are expected to reach U.S. dealers in late summer 2019. Subscribe for more videos!
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Mercedes-AMG launches its hottest GT yet, to take on Porsche's 9 11 GT3 with track-focused handling and supercar performance. “Never before has Mercedes-AMG packed so much motorsport technology into a production vehicle.” Quite a claim, for all sorts of reasons – and it’s to be found in the opening paragraph of the press material for the subject of this road test: the Mercedes-AMG GT R. Let’s take a moment to pick that sentence apart. Mercedes-AMG could reasonably claim motorsport involvement and success unknown to most car makers or factory performance tuners. Since 2012 it has been a key part of the Mercedes Formula 1 effort, it has had more success in German DTM touring car racing than any other team and since 2010 it has been selling customer racing cars. When it comes to selling track-ready, six-figure sports cars in this new GT R’s mould, of course, Affalterbach is up against some rival manufacturers with even greater racing pedigrees: Ferrari, Porsche, McLaren, Audi. The big boys. And yet we can safely assume that AMG, too, has a whole heap of motorsport expertise and technology ready to call upon. The GT R meanwhile, by becoming the recipient of that know-how, is being given quite a billing here. It’s being put on a pedestal above anything we’ve been treated to over the past decade carrying AMG Black Series badging, of which, between the legendary CLK 63, the 670bhp SL 65 and the SLS Black Series, there have been some doozies. This, dear reader, ought to be a very special car, then, and one for which mile after tortuous development mile at the infamous Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit may actually have been usefully applied. AMG high-ups have been talking in excited terms about the GT R – their long-awaited swipe at the evergreen Porsche 911 GT3 – for a while now, with CEO Tobias Moers chief among those with a wicked glint in his eye. It’s one more sign of the rapidly growing maturity and stature of his company, of course, and of the breadth of its capabilities, that he considers now to be the time to take that shot. We could go on for many times the normal length of this section explaining exactly how Mercedes-AMG has tweaked and transformed the ‘ordinary’ GT super-sports car to turn it into the GT R. Its efforts vary from the predictable to the ground-breaking and include some deliciously purposeful modifications to the car’s engine, transmission, chassis and suspension. The headline news is that the GT R is 15kg lighter than the standard GT S (although that is an advantage you can double if you select AMG’s carbon-ceramic brake option), yet it has a wider body than the GT S and also a reinforced chassis that is significantly more rigid. The R also benefits from key technologies, many of which have never been seen on any AMG before, that each increase grip, performance and handling dynamism. Carbonfibre wings extend the car’s width by 46mm at the front, while matching sheet metal extensions add 57mm over the rear wheels – both in order to cover significantly wider axle tracks. Carbonfibre is also used for the roof panel, in various places under the body and bonnet to brace the superstructure and also for the car’s ‘torque tube’ propshaft. Suspension is via adjustable coilovers and adaptive dampers. A thicker anti-roll bar than the standard GT gets features at the rear, where ‘uniball’ mountings are also adopted in place of normal bushings for enhanced handling precision and control feedback. Forged aluminium is used for the car’s wishbones, hub carriers and steering knuckles, all to reduce unsprung mass. The 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine from the GT S gets new compressors, wastegates and exhaust ports, as well as an altered compression ratio and a tweaked ECU, to produce 577bhp and 516lb ft. The engine drives the car’s rear wheels (through that lighter, stiffer propshaft) via a transaxle gearbox with a shorter final drive, a longer first gear and a shorter seventh gear than those used by the GT S. Active aerodynamic features include an underbody aerofoil that automatically extends 40mm downwards at high speeds, creating a ‘ground-effect’ venturi under the front of the car and reducing front axle lift by 40kg at 155mph. It retracts again at low speeds to guard against kerb and speed bump damage. The GT R is also the first Mercedes-AMG to feature active rear-axle steering. The system, which is similar to the one used by Porsche and BMW, applies up to 1.5deg of toe angle working against the direction of the front wheels at low speeds and with them at higher speeds. Subscribe for more videos!
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