2014 Maserati Ghibli

As far as luxury sedans go, the 2014 Maserati Ghibli offers a distinctive appearance, a variety of engine options and solid performance numbers unsurpassed in its market group.

To coin a French term in describing another feature of the Italian made Ghibli, the "piece de resistance" is its high fuel efficiency. Normally at this price point automakers last concern is gas mileage.2014-Maserati-Ghibli-leaving-home A


General Info
Vehicle Type: Sedan Est. Market Price: $65,000
Fuel Tank Capacity: 23.8 gals (90 L) MPG: 17 city / 33 hwy
Length: 195.7 in. (497.1 cm) Wheelbase: 118 in. (299.8 cm)
Height: 57.5 in. (146.1 cm) Width: 76.6 in. (194.5 cm)
Curb Weight: 3990 lbs (1810 kg) Ground Clearance: NA
Luggage Capacity: 17.6 cu ft Maximum Seating: 5
Engine: 3.0 Liter V6 TwinTurbo Compression Ratio: 9.7: 1
Horsepower: 330 HP Max RPM: 5000 rpm
Torque: 370 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm Transmission: 8-Speed ZF Automatic
0-60 mph: 5.6 seconds Top Speed: 163 mph (263 km/h)

Engine & Performance

The engine in the Maserati Ghibli is a 3.0 liter, turbocharged, V6, capable of 330 horsepower. This version of the engine can accelerate from 0-62 mph in 5.6 seconds while its mileage rates at an average of 28.8 MPG.

The Ghibli S trim comes with a twin turbo 3.0 liter V6 generating 410 horses. The "S" engine will move from 0-62 mph in .6 of a second less than the base engine and can reach a top speed of 177 mph.2014-Maserati-Ghibli-by-the-dunes-B

For the first time ever, Maserati will also offer a diesel engine. A 3.0 liter V6, which is eco-friendly and rated at 275 horsepower and giving 47 mpg.


The 2014 Ghibli appears to be a sporty version of the Quattroporte. That would entail a mixture of flowing lines and elegant appointments.

The front fascia has definite feline characteristics when looking at the grille and headlamp combination. The grille in particular seems to have been inspired by the current Gran Turismo. It also hints at a retro trip to the 1950's A6 GCS models. Maserati's C-pillar treatment remains and you cannot miss the Saetta Maserati emblem in the center.

The side view begins with the traditional vents on the front fender and its contoured lines run all the way around to where it meets the rear taillights.


The interior of the Ghibli mirrors its exterior with the same grouping of sporty touches and elegant features.

There is a 3 spoke steering wheel, carbon fiber insertions, seats manufactured using top quality leather and a wide array of high tech instrumentation in excess of anything Maserati has ever created. This begins with a large info screen that dominates its center dash.

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August 20, 2018 at 3:12 am | No comment

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG

With the arrival of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG in November 2013, the United States welcomes the most powerful 4 cylinder engine in the world.

Following the design of the CLS63, this 4 door coupe is a high performance vehicle that is sure to turn heads. The power packed engine is coupled with an all wheel drive powertrain making for an unforgettable driving experience yet unsurpassed in its class.


General Info
Vehicle Type: 4 Door Coupe Est. Market Price: $47,450.00
Length: 182.3 in. (463 cm)** Wheel Base: 106.3 in. (269.9 cm)
Height: 56.4 in. (143.2 cm) Width: 80 in. (203.2 cm)
Luggage Capacity: 16.5 cu ft Maximum Seating: 2+2 people
Engine: Inline 4 Turbo Displacement: 2.0 Liter
Horsepower: 355 HP Max RPM: 6000 rpm
Torque: 332 lb-ft @ 2250-5000 rpm Transmission: 7-Speed AMG DCT
0-60 mph: 4.5 seconds Top Speed: 155 mph (249 km/h)

** CLA Class

Engine & Performance

The new Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG features the most powerful 4 cylinder engine on the planet. The 2.0 liter turbo V4 is capable of generating 355 horsepower! Add to that the AMG 4MATIC all wheel drive component and you are on your way to an incomparable driving adventure.

All that power gets you from 0-60 MPH in a nifty 4.5 seconds. The engine "governor" allows you to reach a top speed of 155 MPH.

A 7 speed dual clutch transmission is mated with the powerful "little" engine and all wheel drive to keep you in control at all times, not to mention a car that shifts easily, handles exceptionally well and rides smooth.


From the front, there is no mistaking the CLA45 is a Mercedes-Benz. Even without the prestigious emblem largely displayed on the center grille, the look is unmistakably elegant.

The hood stops just shy of what becomes a sleek "nose" with scoops resting on each side of the vehicle below the headlights. The headlamps themselves are large wing shaped enclosures sweeping to the side of the front fenders.

The side continues along the stream line that affect the roofline that gives it a sporty appearance in a luxury laden bodice.

You will undoubtedly have time to admire the 18" alloy wheels with run flat tires mounted on the black spoke rims. From behind, the swoop down trunk opening and black mesh, lower vent area between the dual exhausts, complement the cat's eye tail lamps up top.


As you enter the 2014 CLA45 AMG you will not be disappointed. It is exactly what you would expect from this premier auto manufacturer. The seats are made from high quality materials including leather and micro fibers accentuated with red stitching and red seat belts.

The dash board is trimmed with brushed aluminum and the instrument cluster contains a centrally located full color display including its main menu and RACETIMER.
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January 13, 2018 at 12:43 pm | No comment

2014 Volkswagen GTI Roadster Concept

Created purely as a design show case, the 2014 Volkswagen GTI Roadster Concept is a super sports car that is created by the icon of all sporty compacts.

It has the same engine as VW Vision Golf GTI. The carbon fiber and the Alcantara trim design enhance the interior of the car.


General Info
Vehicle Type: Roadster Base Price: NA
Length:163.7 in. (415.8 cm) Wheel Base:98.2 in. (249.4 cm)
Height:42.9 in. (109.0 cm) Width:74.5 in. (189.4 cm)
Curb Weight:3130 lbs (1420 kg) Maximum Seating: 2 people
Engine:V6 Biturbo Displacement:3.0 Liter
Horsepower:498 HP Max RPM:NA
Torque:414 lb-ft @ 4000-6000 rpm Transmission:7-Speed Dual Clutch
0-62 mph:3.6 seconds Maximum Speed:192 mph (309 km/h)


Under the hood is a 3.0 liter V6 Biturbo engine that delivers up to 496 horsepower. The 2014 GTI Roadster Concept is capable of going 0 – 62mph in 3.6 seconds with a top speed of 192 mph.

The car is fitted with a 7 speed DSG gearbox and four motion all-wheel drive mechanism. With 413 lbs ft of torque, this car is arguably one of the most powerful machines.

The body is aerodynamically optimized by a number of modifications. At the rear is the large wing which creates a strong downforce. This transfers extreme engine power to the road in a controlled way through an all wheel drive system.

The design features the honeycomb grille and headlamps with aggressive carbon fiber blades. Another visible feature is the floating C pillars that double up as a roll-over protection bar.

Additionally the car features over-sized 20 inch alloy wheels wrapped in a glide of low-profile rubber and carbon sills turning it into a pure fantasy. Inside the 20 inch alloys are ceramic brakes that raise the flying VW.

Inside, passengers are cocooned in a twin carbon fiber monocoque. They are able to sit low in hip-hugging racing seats. A fire extinguisher has been fitted to give it a complete race car feel.

The carbon fiber and the Alcantara trim design enhance the interior of the car. The design elements of the 2014 GTI Roadster Concept are portrayed as vibrant, dynamic and emotional as possible. The seats and the steering wheel are all swathed in faux suede.

October 30, 2014 at 1:32 pm | No comment

2015 Audi RS7 Sportback

The 2015 Audi RS7 Sportback has many enhanced features, and then some. Audi continues to exhibit its prowess when it comes to building attractive & powerful cars.

It borrows the Audi S7 and A7, including a redesigned single frame front grille which has a black honey comb pattern, gloss carbon, and black styling packages that give it an extra level of personalization and luxury.


General Info
Vehicle Type: Sportback Base Price: £82,010*
Fuel Tank Capacity: 16.5 Imp gals (75L) MPG: 20 city / 38 hwy
Length:197.3 in. (501.2 cm) Wheel Base:114.7 in. (291.5 cm)
Height:55.9 in. (141.9 cm) Width:84.2 in. (213.9 cm)
Unladen Weight:4232 lbs (1920 kg) Ground Clearance:NA
Luggage Capacity: 18.9 cu ft Maximum Seating: 4 people
Engine:V8 TFSI quattro Displacement:4.0 Liter
Horsepower:560 HP Max RPM:5700-6600 RPM
Torque:518 lb-ft @ 1750-5500 rpm Transmission:8-Speed Tiptronic
0-60 mph:3.9 seconds Maximum Speed:155 mph (250 km/h)

*UK Model

Engine & Performance

The 4.0L V8 engine and the pair of turbo chargers produce 560 hp and 516 lbs ft of torque at between 1750 and 5500 rpm. The engine, combined with lightweight aluminum, makes the 2015 RS7 Sportback sprint from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 3.9 seconds. The optional dynamics packages allow a top speed of 174 mph (280 km/h) or 190 mph (305 km/h) depending on the choice of package.

Power is enhanced through an 8 speed tiptonic transmission to a Quattro permanent all-wheel drive system with an optional sport differential for its rear axle. This offers extra performance and fun.

The V8 bi-turbo engine gives you 25 mpg (9.5 liters/100 km) of fuel economy, and a CO2 emission of 221 grams per kilometer thanks to the eighth gear.


Suspension & Brakes

The RS7 Sportback has RS adaptive air suspension which is combined with adaptive damping which lets it sit 0.78 (20mm) lower than the base A7. Besides giving it better handling performance, lowering the height also gives it a menacing stance.

You can also opt for the RS sport suspension with DRC (Dynamic Ride Control) for better canyon carving. Carbon ceramic brakes have been tucked behind the lightweight alloy wheels to ensure the RS7 comes down from high speed just as quickly as it accelerates.


The exterior is striking with a refined shape that gives it a crispy design that is quite attractive. Although the massive front intakes have been retained, the new singleframe LED headlamp design with a mildly altered bumper and LED running lights gives it a menacing front end.

Moreover, the grille received a visual tweak with sharper angles and edges. You can order the trim around the nose in matte aluminum, carbon or gloss black. The 2015 RS7 Sportback is available in four new colors; three metallic shades, Glacier White, Mythos Black and Floret Silver.

The 20 inch forged alloy wheels are standard but there is an option for 21 inch cast aluminum wheels which come in three color options.



The same honeycomb shape from the attractive grille has been mirrored in the stitching of the bolstered RS sports seats. The Quattro emblem has been slightly updated whereas the air vent controls, shift paddles, and instrument cluster have been slightly updated.

Audi also upgraded the MMI to the latest model which is powered by Silicon from Nvidia.

October 29, 2014 at 1:32 pm | No comment

2015 Mini Cooper 5-Door

Only months after launching the new Mini, the premium British car company has added a new model to the Mini range, and it has a very different body that is a first in the history of the Mini Cooper, the 2015 Mini Cooper 5 Door.

The wheelbase has been lengthened, the body has also been made longer than the 3-door Mini. This new five door model gives you more freedom with what you can do with the interior.

You can select from four different turbo engines, with Mini TwinPower Technology. These include the petrol-powered 3 cylinder engine that has an output of 136 horsepower (100 kW) in the Mini Cooper; a 4 cylinder engine is in the Cooper S, with 192 horsepower (141 kW).

The Mini D 5-door has a diesel-powered 3 cylinder engine with 116 horsepower (85 kW) and the Mini Cooper SD comes with a 2.0 liter diesel powered, 4 cylinder, giving you 170 horsepower (125 kW). Each one of these models meets EU6 emissions standards.


While the people riding inside the Mini Cooper 5-door can enjoy more space, the compartment for luggage has been improved as well, with 9.8 cu ft (278 liters) of space more than the traditional 3-door model.

The luggage compartment can be improved even more, as the folding split in the rear backrests allows it to increase to33.2 cu ft (941 liters).

There are three seats in the back, and the passengers who sit here will enjoy slightly more head-space, as well as increased elbow room, due to the added width.



This new series of Mini has been built to give a unique balance between fuel economy and driving pleasure.

The fuel-efficiency technology, the manual 6-speed transmission, and the Steptronic 6-speed transmission, support this goal.

Highly Advanced System

The instrument system of the 5 door Mini is designed to give complete control and interaction between vehicle and driver. It depends on the fittings, but the center has a TFT display with 4 lines, or an 8.8 inch color screen.

Either of these displays gives the driver feedback on the various functions, the communication and infotainment system, the navigational system, with directions and maps, and the specialized graphics for the connected services.


October 28, 2014 at 1:32 pm | No comment

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