Thursday, 24 July 2014

BMW Abu Dhabi Displays M4 Packed With M Performance Parts

BMW Abu Dhabi Motors are currently showing off a brand new M4 fully loaded with all the M Peformance items. This example features a long list of optional extras such as; M stripes, carbon aero package which includes front splitter, intake grilles, trunk-mounted spoiler and side skirts.

At the back the rear diffuser is also carbon and it is fitted with an Akrapovic exhaust system. 19" glossy black M double-spoke alloys wraps up the exterior really nicely but the gold-painted brake calipers really look fantastic behind them. No changes under the hood which is not a bad thing because the TwinPower Turbo already pushes out 425 horsepower and 550 Nm of torque.

Photo: Pagani Zonda Owner Stands On His Car

Yes it is his car but why would you do this?

Hamann Gives Wheel Options For Your Macan

The Porsche Cayenne is selling faster than the German's can produce them so it is no wonder that aftermarket companies are after the new entry-level SUV, the Macan. Hamann Motorsports will in time introduce some performance upgrades for the Macan but for now, they just share some shots of the new baby-SUV wearing they alloy wheel designs that they will offer (in order of appeal to me).

VÄTH Tune Mercedes A45 AMG To 420 HP

Some of you may know who VÄTH is as we have seen some tuning work from them before but this has to be their most significant program ever. The Mercedes A45 AMG is already one of the hottest hot hatches around but VÄTH have decided to make it even hotter. They are able to tune the little 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine all the way up to 420 horsepower which is a healthy 64 horses up on the standard output. Combined with this performance increase, you can also choose a stainless steel sports exhaust system, coilover suspension to reduce ride height and even some big 20" wheels to complete the package. I wonder if they give you a warranty on the engine because as far as I know, Mercedes squeezed the safest amount of power out of that engine.

Porsche Take Covers Off 2015 Cayenne Facelift

Porsche has taken the covers off the facelifted Cayenne and as expected it does come with a number of modifications.

There are subtle styling changes at the front where there is a larger grille and redesigned bumper with more blades in the air ducts to improve cooling. The front wings and the hood have been revised as it appears to be slightly more shaped than before. The Bi-Xenon headlights come standard with the Diesel, S and SE-Hybrid versions. If you choose the Turbo model you will get LED headlights with Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS). At the back the taillights seem a little more angular and the bumper has been redesigned to incorporate the tail pipes.

Under the hood (where it counts) the Cayenne S gets a new 3.6-litre bi-turbo V6 capable of pushing out 415 horses and 550 Nm of torque. This is replacing the thirsty 4.9-litre V8 which is 20 hp less potent and as I mentioned less economical. It is capable of hitting 100 km/h in just 5.5 seconds which means that it is a healthy 0.4 seconds faster than the older version. The 2015 Porsche Cayenne facelift should reach dealers by the end of the year but I could not find any information on pricing in Rands (stay tuned).

Ferrari Collector Drives 288 GTO, F40, F50 and Enzo To Collect LaFerrari

One would imagine that if you had all of Ferrari's benchmark cars over the years, then you would naturally want to get the new LaFerrari and this is exactly what British entrepreneur Jon Hunt did. Not only did he add the new hybrid hypercar to his collection, he drove from London to Maranello with the help of family and friends in his existing collection and returned home with a stunning new addition. Must be an incredible achievement to own all these cars and an even better one if you can drive them all to the factory to collect the latest and greatest prancing horse.

What Car Should You Buy? What Your Car Says About You?

People judge cars the same way they judge other people—by the features of the face. Cars with headlights that look like slits, massive grilles, and air intakes that are set wide apart, are seen as masculine, mature, and dominant. By comparison, cars with big windscreens and rounder headlines are seen as feminine, submissive, and even childish.

These attributes are seen as the attributes of the owners or the drivers themselves. Just by looking at the cars, other people perceive what your personality might be. For example, research suggests that some of the cars perceived as angry cars are the Chrysler Crossfire or the VW Sharan. The Volkswagen Beetle is perceived as the happiest car, and the Toyota Aygo is the most childish. These are but a few. Here are some other cars that might be perfect for your personality:

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

BMW May Produce i9 Supercar For 100th Anniversary in 2016

According to German media, BMW are planning to celebrate their 100th anniversary in 2016 with the launch of an i9 hybrid supercar. They go on to claim that will take the form of a more hardcore i8 which currently packs 362 horses from its plug-in hybrid power plant. Maybe the i9 will get a bigger petrol engine as well as a stronger electric motor but either way if this is true, the i9 will be something special and likely be a very limited run.


Rendering: Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo

Thanks to the team over at Monaco Auto Design, we have this absolutely stunning rendering of a Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo. So much better to look at than the silly teaser we got last week but thanks to this teaser, we can confirm that this rendering is not 100% accurate (although I wish it was).

Tesla Model S Now Looks Like Something Sporty Thanks To Unplugged Performance

This is not the first time Tesla have been exposed to tuning, in fact Saleen are currently working on a modified Model S but this time the team from Unplugged Performance is in the limelight. They are offering a number of body panel upgrades to make your Model S look a lot more serious than it does in stock form. You can choose specific upgrade parts or opt for the whole kit, which 90% of the customers have done so far. I must be honest, I think the upgrades certainly look the part and I would not hestitate to do this to my Tesla Model S (if I had one).

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