Friday, September 27, 2013

Listen To the BMW M4 Exhaust Note


Road and Track gets upclose and personal with theBMW M4 and captures, in a short clip, the exhaust sound of the new BMW S55 engine.
The BMW M3 and BMW M4 comes with an innovative flap arrangement in the twin-pipe exhaust system. The electrically controlled flaps just before the rear silencer minimize exhaust back-pressure and produce a BMW M sound which is striking and unmistakable over the entire engine speed range, as well as giving precise feedback on engine load.
Listen To the BMW M4 Exhaust Note
The new engine sees a slight power upgrade over the previous V8 to approximately 430 hp, while peak torque has been increased by well over 30 per cent to substantially more than 500 Newton meters, and is maintained over a very wide rev band. The new powerplant also boasts excellent fuel consumption, with an improvement of more than 25 per cent over the previous model’s figures, while emissions are already EU6-compliant.
Here is the exhaust sound:


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

2014 Mitsubishi Mirage

Your eyes do not deceive you—it's a new Mitsubishi car.



Mitsubishi’s had a hard go of it in the U.S. as of late. With dwindling dealership numbers and unappealing products, the tri-diamond brand is stuck in the automotive version of the movie Groundhog Day: Day after day, the sun comes up, but nothing changes. And that’s where the new 2014 Mirage comes in. It’s new, efficient, and maybe just quirky and different enough to steal a few buyers from Hyundai, Toyota, and Honda.
Introduced as a global car at the 2011 Tokyo show, the Mirage will be available only as a five-door, five-passenger hatchback. Mitsu is betting on a combined EPA rating of 40 mpg (37 city/ 44 highway) for the CVT-equipped model, although official numbers haven’t yet been released. If those numbers hold, Mitsubishi says the Mirage will be the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid gasoline vehicle sold in the U.S. (And would nullify Ford’s similar claim for its 1.0-liter EcoBoost Fiesta.) The car is tiny, measuring only 148.8 inches long, 59.1 high, and 65.6 wide. Its wheelbase spans 96.5 inches. For comparison sake, the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST we recently drove measures in at 160.1 inches long, 57.2 high, and 67.8 wide, with a wheelbase of 98 inches.
Much of the credit for those optimistic economy numbers surely goes to the Mirage’s tiny, 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine. The three-holer uses the latest version of Mitsubishi’s MIVEC variable valve-timing system to help it squeak out an even-steven 74 horsepower and 74 lb-ft of torque. Transmission choices include either a five-speed manual or the aforementioned CVT, both of which will be kept quite busy making the most of the engine’s diminutive output. To encourage drivers to wring the most from every last drop of fuel, an ECO indicator illuminates when the vehicle is being operated with maximum thrift.
To make sure there’s no mistaking how serious it is about reestablishing the brand in the U.S., Mitsubishi has tried to make sure the content level is commensurate with the Mirage’s competition. Hill-start assist is standard, oddly enough, on CVT-equipped models. Even the entry-level Mirage DE gets goodies like tilt steering, power windows and mirrors, automatic climate control, keyless entry, intermittent wipers, and a kickin’ four-speaker, 140-watt stereo with USB connectivity. It may be focused on frugality, but it’s certainly not completely devoid of content.
Standard electric power steering contributes to fuel savings, and provides a claimed best-in-class 15.1-foot turning radius. The interior gets a 60/40 split folding rear seat, some piano black trim, and a grand total of seven airbags­­–dual fronts, dual front-seat-mounted side impact, dual side-impact curtains, and a driver’s knee airbag.
The upmarket Mirage ES model features all of the stuff from the DE while adding 14-inch aluminum wheels, fog lights, Bluetooth phone connectivity, leather on the steering wheel and shift knob, proximity-based keyless entry and start, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, and cruise control.
We can’t imagine that many people interested in a thrifty commuter pod like the Mirage are the types who will pore over the options list. Luckily for them, Mitsu has made the menu simple by offering seven packages. The Navigation bundle brings an SD-card-based nav system and a rearview camera, the Exterior package adds a mild body kit, and the Chrome package brings shine to the fog lamp surrounds, the lower grille, and the hatch. An LED pack covers interior lighting, the Parking Assist stuff includes front and rear proximity sensors, the Protection package adds some body addenda to ward off damage and mud, and the Cargo group installs a tray and net in the rear hatch area.
Somewhat selfishly, we’re hoping the Mirage is a colossal hit for Mitsubishi and provides a much-needed boost for their U.S. profile and coffers. Because the sooner that happens, the company can commit itself to a proper next-generation Evo

Friday, September 20, 2013

BMW M Performance Parts for BMW 4 Series Coupe – Video


At the BMW 4 SERIES COUPE international press launch in Lisbon back in July, BMW introduced the 4 SERIES COUPE with M Performance Parts. The BMW 435i Coupe featured a series of parts from the M Performance catalog which enhance even more the aggressive look of the new 4 Series, and also gives us a preview at what the BMW M4 would look like.
For the first time, a Limited Slip Differential (LSD) is offered as an option. The LSD is a clutch type unit and features a 30% lockup.
Here are some of the parts:
BMW M Performance Parts for BMW 4 Series Coupe   VideoPerformance
  • BMW M Performance Power Kit: +25 kW / +50Nm of torque
  • BMW M Performance LSD
  • BMW M Performance Suspension
  • BMW M Performance Brake System with red calipers
  • Rear apron with diffuser in carbon
Exterior
  • BMW M Performance 20 inch light-alloy wheels
  • BMW Kidney grille with black radiator grid
  • Side sill foils with M inscription
  • BMW M Performance Side Stripes
  • BMW M Performance carbon front splitters
  • BMW M Performance Mirror Caps
  • BMW M Performance Rear Spoiler

Interior
  • BMW M Performance Steering WheelBMW M Performance Parts for BMW 4 Series Coupe   Video with Race Display
  • Gear lever and handbrake in carbon including Alcantara gaiter
  • Gear selector in carbon
  • Interior stripes in carbon and Alcantara
  • High-grade steel pedals
  • Specially designed driver footrest
  • BMW M Performance floor mats
The M Performance Parts for BMW 4 Series Coupe will be available from November 2013.
See official video below:

Friday, September 13, 2013

2013 Frankfurt Auto Show: Mercedes-Benz Concept S-Class Coupe


The Mercedes-Benz Concept S-Class Coupe had its world premiere this week at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto show. Based on the S-Class sedan, the two-door S-Class Coupe comes packed with high-tech and avantgarde design.
Design wise, the Mercedes-Benz Concept S-Class stands out with a sleek and flowing design lines while in the rear it features an attractive coupe-like roofline. The Concept S-Class has a pillar-free greenhouse to lend the cabin a roomy feel. The interior design also seems close to production with a three-spoke steering wheel and a center console mounted bank of world time zone clocks, which might just be a concept feature.
2013 Frankfurt Auto Show: Mercedes Benz Concept S Class Coupe
The full-LED headlamps with their iconic eyebrows as daytime driving lamps give the concept an unique look.
The Concept S-Class Coupe measures 198.8 inches long, 77 inches wide, and just 55.5 inches tall. The 116-inch wheelbase makes it one of the largest coupes. The concept sits on 21-inch wheels (wrapped in 265/35 front and 295/35 rear tires).
The showcar comes with an equally attractive engine: the 4.6-liter twin-turbo V8 generating 449 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque.
2013 Frankfurt Auto Show: Mercedes Benz Concept S Class Coupe
Here is a photo gallery from the show:
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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

2013 Frankfurt Auto Show: BMW M6 Convertible and BMW M6 Gran Coupe


BMW M is present at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show with the M6 Convertible, M6 Gran Coupe and X6 M with M Performance parts.
The BMW M6 Convertible displayed here in Frankfurt comes in the Frozen Red paint while the beautiful M6 Gran Coupe sports a Dark Blue Frozen.
The shapes of the four-door luxury coupes stands out even more with the Double-spoke 601M stylewheels and the Competition Package which includes a sportier chassis, direct steering, 10 mm lowering and increase in power to 575 hp.
2013 Frankfurt Auto Show: BMW M6 Convertible and BMW M6 Gran Coupe

The competition package costs 8,500 Euros.
Here is a photo gallery from the show:
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Monday, September 9, 2013

Preview: 2014 ALPINA D3 BiTurbo


Here is a preview of the 2014 ALPINA D3 BiTurbo.
Ahead of the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show, ALPINA releases some information and images on the D3 BitTurbo model. The super sporty diesel sedan is based on the F30 3 Series and will go on sale later this year.
Under the hood, the ALPINA D3 uses an inline six-cylinder 3.0 liter TwinTurbo diesel motor which outputs 345 HP (257kw) and 516 lb-ft (700 Nm) torque. 0 to 62 mph is achieved in 4.6 seconds while the top speed is set at 173 mph or 278 km/h.
Preview: 2014 ALPINA D3 BiTurbo
The fuel consumption ratings are 5.3 liters / 100 km or 44.3 MPG.
ALPINA D3 Biturbo is available with a rear-wheel drive and xDrive setup. Optional limited slip differential will also be available.
We will bring you more live photos next week from the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show.
Preview: 2014 ALPINA D3 BiTurbo

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S-Model 4Matic Wagon

Superwagon: Faster Than a Speeding Bullet? Just About.

  


If Superman had a family, he’d drive the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S-Model 4Matic Wagon. Why? Well, for starters, he could haul up to three Superkids in the back seat. Not to mention 29.0 cubic feet of Superstuff in the rear hold (57.4, if the Superkids stay home). More important, though, as the man who’s faster than a speeding bullet, he’d want a ride that could live up to his reputation. And, boy, does the E63 Wagon do that. 
Just how fast is Benz’s Superwagon? It tops out at a claimed 186 mph. That’s fast enough to Vmax alongside a Porsche 911 Carrera 4S. To rocket from 0 to 60 mph, the E63 needs just 3.4 seconds, making it a clean 0.5 second quicker than Chevrolet’s all-new 460-hp C7 Corvette Z51. It’s even 0.1 second quicker than the 640-hp SRT Viper. Quarter mile? That takes only 11.7 seconds and hits 120.4 mph, again making it 0.5 quicker than the C7, which had a trap speed of 117.3. I don’t mean to pick on the new Corvette; I’m just showing just how crazy fast the E63 Wagon is. In fact, it’s quicker to 60 and in the quarter mile than the following exotic machinery: Aston Martin Vanquish, Bentley Continental GT Speed, BMW M5 and M6, Ferrari California, Jaguar F-Type V8 S, and the Porsche 911 Carrera 4S. And remember: It’s a wagon! Of course, it’s not just any wagon. No, this one utilizes a hand-built, 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-8 good for a staggering 577 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. So, despite weighing a hefty 4703 pounds, the E63 Wagon boasts an impressive weight-to-power ratio of 8.2 lb/hp, or 0.3 better than the 3401-pound C4S. That said, all that power and pound-feet are worthless if they can’t be efficiently put to the pavement, and that’s where the Superwagon’s standard rear limited-slip differential, seven-speed MCT automatic, and rear-biased 33/67-split 4Matic all-wheel-drive system come into play. Whether performing a drag-race launch, accelerating out of a hairpin, or making a pass on the highway, the E63 Wagon is always surefooted and ready to pounce. And let’s not forget about the AMG-upgraded chassis, which keeps the Superwagon’s mass and oomph in check. Utilizing front struts with coil springs and a rear multi-link setup with air springs, as well as three-way adjustable dampers (Comfort, Sport, Sport plus) all around, the E63 Wagon can pull maximum lateral acceleration of 0.95 g, not to mention a figure-eight run of 24.3 seconds at 0.84 g. (Corvette fans, rejoice: The E63 cannot out-handle the C7, which puts down 1.11 g and 23.9 sec at 0.82 g, though it’s interesting to note that the Benz holds a higher lat g through the figure eight.) Plenty of that figure-eight greatness can be attributed to the massive brakes (14.2-inch vented and drilled discs with front six-piston and rear four-piston, red-painted calipers) and sizeable Continental ContiSportContact 5P summer rubber (front 255/35R19, rear 285/30R19), both of which collaborate to deliver a curt 60-0 distance of 110 feet. So what’s the Superprice? Considering the stratospheric performance and baked-in wagon utility, a very reasonable starting point of $103,295. Thanks to respectable fuel economy of 15/21 mpg city/highway, the E63 Wagon isn’t saddled with a gas guzzler tax. Our Polar White tester came with a $2850 Carbon Fiber Trim Package, $1250 black-accented 19-inch 10-spoke alloys, and a $2800 Driver Assistance Package, bringing the total to $110,195. Of note is the Driver Assistance Package, which includes Distronic Plus radar cruise control with Steering Assist. In other words, in highway traffic, the Superwagon can basically drive itself -- a handy feature for when Clark Kent needs to change clothes on the fly. 

2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S-Model 4-Matic Wagon
BASE PRICE$103,295
PRICE AS TESTED$110,195
VEHICLE LAYOUTFront-engine, AWD, 5-pass, 4-door wagon
ENGINE5.5L/577-hp/590-lb-ft twin-turbo DOHC 32-valve V-8
TRANSMISSION7-speed automatic
CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST)4703 lb (51/49%)
WHEELBASE113.2 in
LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT193.4 x 76.4 x 59.9 in
0-60 MPH3.4 sec
QUARTER MILE11.7 sec @ 120.4 mph
BRAKING, 60-0 MPH110 ft
LATERAL ACCELERATION0.95 g (avg)
MT FIGURE EIGHT24.3 sec @ 0.84 g (avg)
EPA CITY/HWY FUEL ECON15/21 mpg
ENERGY CONS., CITY/HWY225/160 kW-hrs/100 miles
CO2 EMISSIONS1.03 lb/mile