Archive for February 11th, 2012

Bentley Continental V8 Makes Flying Debut In Munich

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To launch the new Continental GT V8 in Germany, Bentley came up with an unnecessarily showy but undeniably extraordinary program.

They took the automobile substantial up in the skies with a chopper an place it on a sky lounge on top of a skyscraper. 300 VIP visitors then emerged to celebrate the car’s flying debut in Munich. This elaborate strategy is positive place the new Bentley in the headlines, attract more attention to it.

The new Bentley Continental GT V8 is powered by a 4. liter engine developing highest power of 500 bhp (507 PS/373 kW) at 6000 rpm and an extraordinary peak torque of 660 Nm (487 lb ft).  Combined with a new near-ratio eight-speed automated transmission, this translates into a sub-5 2nd acceleration time for the -60 mph (-one hundred km/h) sprint and a leading speed of more than 180 mph (290 km/h). At the same time, the new V8 Continental models accomplish outstanding ranges of fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions for the luxury functionality sector and are capable of travelling over 500 miles (800 km) on a single tank of fuel.

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24 Hours of LeMons Yee-Haw It’s Texas BS Inspections

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This weekend’s race is the fourth annual Yee-Haw It’s Texas 24 Hours of LeMons, and the very first to take location at School Station’s Texas Globe Speedway. All day Friday, the tech inspectors checked the entrants for security violations, even though the LeMons Supreme Court looked for violators of the LeMons $ 500 spending limit. We saw some rapidly vehicles, some slow automobiles, endless hooptified Miatas, and a couple of automobiles that will live on in LeMons legend.

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The veteran racers on Team Sensory Assault have been operating incredibly terrible Mazda RX-7s (equipped with exhaust-warmth-powered moonshine nevertheless and generator-powered household air-conditioner) in LeMons for a handful of years now, but now they’ve taken their game to an even larger level: a 1972 Mazda RX-two, full with 13B engine swap.

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The RX-2 was a barn locate, and by that we indicate that it had an abandoned barn collapse on it twenty years ago. The suspension stays untouched, down to the unique factory shocks, so doubling the horsepower must make for some interesting laps on Saturday.

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The RX-2′s major rival for the Class C victory, and possibly the Index of Effluency (the top rated prize of LeMons racing, earned by the team that accomplishes the most with a auto that never ever belonged anyplace near a race track) is the Team Turbo Type Chevy Sprint. Yes, our first-ever Turbo Sprint, featuring 993 screaming cubic centimeters of pure Suzuki turbocharged electrical power!

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The IROC Maiden group dragged their IROC-Z Camaro all the way out from California for this race, and they have an ambitious strategy to enter practically each and every 2012 LeMons event, regardless of place. Run to the hills!

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Polish Woman Fails Miserably in Driving Lesson, but was it Really her Fault?

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Taking your 1st driving lessons is kinda like taking your 1st baby methods it can be a nerve-wracking expertise and you’re bound to make mistakes. Even so, some blunders can be a lot more pricey and far much more unsafe than others…

A girl from Częstochowa, Poland, got herself into a lifestyle-threatening predicament for the duration of a driving lesson in an enclosed place when she accidentally stepped on the fuel pedal rather of the brake driving the Suzuki Swift hatchback proper into a concrete barrier and out to a principal freeway!

Fortunately, there have been no autos crossing the road at the time.

Naturally, the accident poses several important issues this kind of as why wasn’t the instructor in the car with her and why was the check region found on the side of a public road.

If any of our Polish readers would like to support with the translation from the video, leave a note in the comments area.

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Video: AutoCar pins the 2013 Nissan GT-R against the 2012 BMW M5

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Ever given that the new Nissan GT-R made its return, it’s been considered the pinnacle of supercar efficiency. It nails everything from acceleration, to braking, to cornering to the all round way it helps make a driver experience. Our close friends at AutoCar made a decision to pin the new 540-hp 2013 Nissan GT-R (identified as the 2012 model year in the UK) against the new 560-hp 2012 BMW M5 to uncover out if the new M5 can hold up to the hardcore Godzilla.

Check out their take immediately after the jump.

Refresher:

  • BMW M5: The 2012 BMW M5 is powered by a 4.4L V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo (consisting of Twin Scroll Twin Turbo Technological innovation) producing 560-hp in between six,000 and seven,000 rpm with a optimum torque of 502 lb-ft from one,500 rpm. Mated to a 7-speed M Double Clutch Transmission Drivelogic (with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters), the 2012 BMW M5 goes from to 62 mph in four.four seconds, to 124 mph in 13 seconds with a best speed of 155 mph or 190 mph with M Driver’s Package deal.
  • Nissan GT-R: The 2013 Nissan GT-R becoming the most potent, is powered by a 3.8-liter twin turbo V6 engine making 545-hp, an increase of 15-hp above the 2012 GT-R, and torque has been improved from 448 lb-ft to 463 lb-ft. 0 to 62 mph for the 2013 GT-R has been reported to come in at two.84 seconds.

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Daimler Lost €330,000 on Every Maybach Sold

Car News, Mercedes, Supercar News — By Chris on February eleven, 2012 at one:25 pm — No Comments

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The revival of Maybach wasn’t fairly effective with only 3000 automobiles sold in 7 12 months. Maybach wasn’t able to compete with Rolls Royce and Bentley. Regardless of the large quality, the German luxurious brand failed to impress the public with its conservative picture and outdated style.

So it wasn’t a massive shock that Daimler AG lately made a decision to axe Maybach immediately after a decade of disappointing sales and lack of profitability. Daimler will carry on to create the Maybach designs until the fifth generation of the Mercedes S-Class will be unveiled in 2013, which will fill in the void left by Maybach.

But now some intriguing information and figures has emerged as Automobile Magazine did some calculations on how significantly money Daimler lost on Maybach. The Germans invested above €1 billion euro into its ultra-luxury vehicle brand and concluded Daimler lost above €330,000(!) on each Maybach it sold. This sum of income nearly equals the retail price of the Maybach 57.

Vehicle Magazine also reports that Dailmer regarded as advancement of a new generation of Maybachs. These consist of a Maybach GL large-end SUV, an entry-level quick-wheelbase Maybach 52 and a four-door Maybach 57 convertible inspired by the Mercedes Ocean Drive Concept unveiled in 2006.

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Kia Australia targets top 10 as waiting times normalise

The boss of Kia Australia says his brand will “definitely” rise to finish among the top ten manufacturers in terms of revenue in 2012.

Kia Motors Australia president and CEO Charlie Kim has set the admittedly ambitious target of increasing at least ten per cent this year, overtaking embattled Japanese manufacturer Honda in the process. The outcome would see Kia offer near to 30,000 autos for the year.

“I have set a target for double-digit percentage development this year. That is a target which I believe will make Kia the quickest-increasing brand in Australia. Ambitious, definitely. Achievable, absolutely,” Kim said.

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Kia sold 25,128 vehicles in Australia in 2011, producing it the eleventh highest promoting automotive brand in the nation, 4979 units behind 10th-placed Honda.

Kia hit the leading 10 three times last year and produced a sound commence to 2012 with another physical appearance in January – its 2276 product sales effectively clear of eleventh-placed Suzuki (1667) and Honda in 12th (1579). Kim is adamant Kia will finish 2012 in the leading ten.

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Video: BMW 3 Series reviewed by M3 GT drivers and BMW driving instructors

Ready for some far more F30 3 Series action? At  Laguna Seca, Jim of DrivesTV gets the BMW Performance Instructors and ALMS BMW race driver Bill Auberlen behind the wheel of the new 3 Series to share their expert viewpoint.

The new 328i and 335i goes on sale this weekend, but early reports display owners previously taking possession of their new F30 3 Series.

The base price of the 2012 328i Sedan is $ 34,900 whilst the top-model, 335i, begins at $ 42,400. This represents a $ 300 and $ 350 base cost increases versus the outgoing model.

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