Archive for January 18th, 2012

2013 Audi A6 Allroad unveiled: Will not be sold in the US

[unable to retrieve total-text content material]Right following it unveiled its 2013 A4 Allroad, Audi has lastly lifted the curtains off its other automobile, the 2013 A6 Allroad at the Detroit Car Show. But as opposed to the… Examine a lot more &#187
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Storyteller: Kevin Lu’s Nissan Silvia

So how on earth did you finish up with this???

Kevin Lu is undoubtedly tired of answering this question. You see, every vehicle has a story. Some automobiles locate their owners in conventional approaches a search on Autotrader or an ad on Craigslist, followed a tedious haggle with a suspiciously friendly salesman or an all-to-eager-to-sell previous owner. One particular get in touch with to the bank, an additional to the insurance business, and the initial chapter is over. This tale repeats itself each day, all about the world. Except for Kevin Lu. Soon after all, 1 doesn’t just stumble upon a JDM overall performance car rotting away in a derelict utilized car lot. Locating a car like his Nissan Silvia will take time, money, and a of touch legal….”finesse”. Being insane aids also.

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Interestingly, Kevin’s story with this S15 starts in a rather unassuming way. He recounts:

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BMW M6 Gran Coupe Planned as Mercedes CLS63 AMG Rival

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With BMW seemingly bent on filling every single automotive niche it possibly can, we’ve now been offered far more details on the M6 Gran Coupe, based on the 6-Series 4-door slated for introduction this year.

In essence, the M6 Gran Coupe takes many features from the new F10 chassis M5, including that car’s four.four-liter twin-turbo V8 and seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and wraps them in a slightly tougher edge package (slicker profile and decrease center of gravity).

With 552 hp and some 501 lb-ft of torque on tap, that must give it a -62 mph time of 4.five seconds and a leading speed (electronically restricted of course), of 155 mph.

In common M-auto style, the Gran Coupe M6 will get a lot more aggressive styling tweaks than the garden assortment edition, which includes a more pronounced front fascia, rocker panels and rear diffuser with signature quad exhaust tips.

With the launch of the regular six-Series Gran Coupe (shown over) nevertheless a number of months away, it’s unlikely we’ll see the M version materialize for at least a year, however when it does, this automobile will certainly give Mercedes’ 5.five-liter CLS AMG (which helps make significantly less energy but slightly more torque) a very good run for its money.

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Bentley targets big-name Maybach owners

Bentley will aggressively target some of Maybach’s most renowned ambassadors following confirmation that Daimler will cease production of its ultra-luxury limousines in 2013.

Bentley CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer informed Reuters he planned to go following Maybach’s large-rolling owners, which include movie stars Will Smith and Samuel L Jackson, baseball champ Alex Rodriguez, rappers Sean Combs, Birdman, Jay-Z and Kanye West, and royalty like the Sultan of Brunei and King Juan Carlos of Spain.

“The withdrawal of Maybach is a organization possibility for us and we’re going to use it,” Duerheimer stated.

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In November, Daimler CEO Dr Dieter Zetsche confirmed Maybach would return to the history books in 2013 as his firm turns its focus to Mercedes-Benz as its ultimate luxury division. The up coming-generation S-Class, anticipated in 2013, will sit at the leading of Daimler’s line-up, with the S600 Pullman rumoured to grow to be the flagship model.

Duerheimer stated Bentley has currently heard from a amount of Maybach owners and was busy courting other individuals, several of whom he said felt relatively abandoned by Maybach. “The comments I’m getting aren’t extremely good. They really feel left alone.”

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Lotus in IndyCar for 2012: Color Us Impressed (About the Colors)

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Whither Lotus?

Enthusiasts interested in the storied brand founded by Colin Chapman in 1952 have faced challenges following the brand’s thread more than the past couple of decades, specifically when it comes to motorsports.

Consider this past year in IndyCar. Lotus was a sponsor of KV Racing Technology’s IndyCars driven by Takuma Sato, E.J. Viso, and former champion Tony Kaanan—with the 3 cars painted up in the traditional green and yellow Lotus livery. But the automobiles, of program, have been powered by Honda engines, the only powerplant obtainable to teams. The engines in Lotus street vehicles are, as you most likely know, Toyota units. What did Lotus contribute? It would seem largely funds.

Factors change—sort of—for 2012, with IndyCar requiring all-new vehicles and new engines starting with the season opener in St. Petersburg, Florida. Honda nevertheless will be an engine supplier, but it will be joined by Chevrolet and, in a style, Lotus. For the latter engines, John Judd and his Engine Developments firm is doing most of the hefty lifting, with support from the Malaysian-owned Lotus.

Whilst most of the big names in IndyCar are going with Honda or Chevrolet, Lotus has managed to land Bryan Herta Autosport—essentially the team that won the 2011 Indianapolis 500 with the late Dan Wheldon—as effectively as Dreyer &amp Reinbold Racing, and HVM Racing. One more team has joined the Lotus IndyCar camp in a big way: The automaker has announced a total factory partnership with the Dragon Racing IndyCar group. That indicates it will be an official Lotus team, and its autos will run the iconic black and gold livery also in latest use by Lotus’s Formula 1 system.

The group has been close to for a whilst, but has never been entirely funded or competitive despite the truth that it is owned by Jay Penske, chairman and CEO of the Penske Media Corporation and son of Roger Penske. Dragon debuted in 2007, and it took Champ Automobile Atlantic Series champion Raphael Matos to IndyCar rookie of the year honors in 2009.

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Video: Can an Audi be a projection screen?

2012 Audi and Marlboro Projection Mapping Video: Can an Audi be a projection screen?

Over in motherland Russia, marketers and advertisers for Marlboro—yes, the American tobacco company—recently pulled an fascinating stunt using an Audi and projection mapping. Okay, just before I continue, what the heck is that?

Projection mapping is where a series of artists and technicians turn practically any surface into a projection display, regardless of whether it be two-dimensional or even three.

That mentioned, Radugadesign, a Russian advertising and marketing group, took an Audi and put it on a stage exactly where its backdrop wasn’t the only projection screen, the Audi itself was as well.

Of program when viewing the ad, some including myself couldn’t help but laugh at the counter intuitiveness of the advertisement. As displayed in the video, Marlboro obviously exhibits off that smoking is “cool,” a thing that’s been a hefty subject of debate ever because, effectively, tobacco existed. And then following the advertisement, a video commenter pointed out that a message was displayed in plain Russian: smoking kills! Gotta really like advertising.

Check out it out following the jump. Very good or bad message aside, the projection mapping end result is a very neat efficiency.

- By: Chris Chin

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Just Ayrton Senna in Monaco. On a Ducati. In a tux.

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We’ve seen a lot of footage of Ayrton Senna above the a long time and somehow we’ve missed this one particular that was just posted on Pro Italia’s Facebook web page. This is Mr. Senna arriving at the palace after winning the Monaco GP in ’93. Instead of enjoying a limo or something comfy soon after hrs in an F1 car, Ayrton drove himself to dinner with the royals on his M900.

And simply because half of the net is blacked out right now, here’s some far more Senna…


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