July 23, 2012 at 6:47pm by Sam Schembari
For horsepower enthusiasts, one of the neat things about the Ford Mustang is that its name was inspired by the 1490-hp, 437-mph P-51 World War II–era fighter. What’s really neat for both sets of Mustang enthusiasts is that Ford Engineering and Design has pieced together the Red Tails Edition Mustang GT.
What makes this Mustang GT unique is the paint scheme influenced by the aircraft flown by the Tuskegee Airmen, the fighter squadron comprised of African-American pilots famous for their red-tailed Mustangs. The Red Tails Edition Mustang GT features a unique, polished-aluminum nonproduction paint with Race Red and School Bus Yellow accents, as well as markings unique to the Tuskegee Airmen as part of the 332nd Fighter Group.
Perhaps equally as cool is the side-exit exhaust system inspired by the exhaust of the Packard-manufactured, Rolls-Royce–designed V-12 propelling the P-51. In addition to the quad finishers exiting beneath the front left fender, the Red Tails Edition Mustang GT also gets the familiar SVT quad exhaust out back—eight exhaust outlets in all. Other performance upgrades include adding a Ford Racing 2.3-liter twin-screw Whipple supercharger to the GT’s 420-hp, 5.0-liter V-8; the Brembo brakes and the rear diffuser from the Shelby GT500; and 20-inch wheels.
The Red Tails Edition Mustang GT’s interior houses a modified navigation screen and instrument panel, and the rear seats are taken out to save weight. The Recaro seats and doorsills are embroidered with the Red Tails logo, and the floor mats get the 332nd Fighter Group logo.
Over the past year, BMW has presented the five-door and three-door hatchback body styles as well as the M Performance-prepped and badged M135i version of the second generation 1-Series, also known under the internal codename F20.
So what’s left to complete the series? Well, depends on how you define the 1-Series range.
To explain, there’s a small minivan-like model that may or may not be called the 1-Series Grand Turimso but which is not mechanically related to the hatchback variants as it will likely share its FWD underpinnings with the next generation of the Mini. This model is rumored to debut at the Paris Motor Show in September.
Then we have the replacements for the current 1-Series Coupe and Convertible, which while based on the platform of the hatchback, are said to be marketed as the 2-Series models.
Our spy shooters have not yet been able to spot a prototype of BMW’s next compact two-door models, but the Brazilian crew from Auto Projeções crafted a realistic looking photoshop of the cloth top 1- or 2-Series with elongated front doors and a more steeply sloped front windshield.
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The 2013 Audi RS5 has finally made it to U.S. shores and the price tag for the German brand’s most-anticipated coupe will start at a whopping $ 68,900 (not including $ 895 for destination).
Power for the Audi RS5 comes from a 4.2 liter V8 making 450-hp at 8,250 rpm with a maximum torque of 317 lb-ft between 4,000 and 6,000 rpm. Mated to a dual-clutch transmission and quattro all-wheel-drive, the 2013 Audi RS5 sprints from 0 to 62 mph in 4.6 seconds with a top speed of 174 mph.
Let’s get back to that price tag. We’re almost at $ 70,000 out the door – meaning Audi RS5′s competitors come in quite a bit cheaper. The BMW M3 Coupe and the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe start around $ 60,000.
Renowned for pushing buttons, boundaries and always striving to bring their readers something new and different, TopGear Magazine South Africa has become the first motoring magazine in the country to publish in 3D.
Each copy of the August issue, which goes on sale countrywide today, Monday 23 July is bagged with special 3D glasses so readers can enjoy the individually created 3D features in the magazine.
The production process was quite intricate and demanding, with each single picture demanding a days’ worth of backroom work to deconstruct the photographs and then recreate them in 3D. However, the results were well worth the effort though.
This special 3D issue comes in the wake of the hugely successful TopGear Festival in Durban and the magazine itself being voted the coolest male magazine in South Africa in the Sunday Times Generation Next Study. “We thought a 3D issue would be a really cool thing to do. Those TopGear fans that couldn’t travel to the show in Durban, can get a taste of the real thing by putting on their 3D specs and to see what Jeremy Clarkson and the boys got up to in Durbs. It’s a bit of fun and definitely something different, which is what we’re all about here at TopGear,” says editor Pierre Steyn.
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Car News, Porsche, Tuning News — By Lawrence on July 23, 2012 at 5:53 pm — No Comments
Akrapovic recently released the Evolution Exhaust system for the Porsche Cayenne Turbo. The video below shows the exhaust modifications in action. The Evolution line is the best that Akrapovic offers. It features a slip-on muffler system with optimised link pipe set and a bigger set of tubes!
Optionally, Akrapovic can fit a wireless kit that controls the sounds. Ultimately though, this kit adds an awesome soundtrack! Total power figures for a car with the Aprapovic system rests at 494hp from 6000rpm and 696.9Nm of torque from 3000rpm. There’s a 10kg weight reduction and a 4.2db increase in sound measured at 3,750rpm.
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