2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT Final Edition

The German automotive giant Mercedes published a press release announcing the release of their upcoming SLS AMG model.

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT Final Edition are being built in a limited quantity, only 350 units.

The upgrade package includes visual improvements and a performance boost that transforms this SLS AMG GT into a super sports car.2014-Mercedes-Benz-SLS-AMG-GT-Final-Edition-red-profile-A

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Coupe Base Price: €225,505
Fuel Tank Capacity: 22.5 gals (85 L) Miles Per Gallon: 13 city / 19 hwy
Dimensions*
Length: 182.8 in. (464.3 cm) Wheel Base: 105.5 in. (267.8 cm)
Height: 49.7 in. (126.2 cm) Width: 81.7 in. (207.5 cm)
Luggage Capacity: 6.2 cu ft Maximum Seating: 2 people
Performance
Engine: V8 AMG DOHC Displacement: 6.3 Liter
Horsepower: 591 HP Max RPM: 6800 RPM
Torque: 481 lb-ft @4750 rpm Transmission: 7-Speed AMG Speedshift
0-60 mph: 3.7 seconds Maximum Speed: 199 mph (320 km/h)

* 2014 SLS AMG GT base specs

Engine

The 6.3 liter V8 engine was fine tuned to produce a total of 591 horsepower at 6800 rpm, to go with its 481 lbs ft of torque.

You can go from from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds while the top speed has been limited to 198 mph. The stock transmission was replaced by a 7-speed AMG speedshift gearbox.2014-Mercedes-Benz-SLS-AMG-GT-Final-Edition-white-roadster-B

Performance

The air outlets, rear aero-foil and front splitter reduce the lift on both the rear and the front axle.

With extra downforce, the car behaves decently at high speeds. The wider wheels give it more grip on the road making it easier to steer at higher speeds.

Exterior

The exterior of the car has been upgraded with a carbon fiber rear spoiler and bonnet. Mercedes added two air intakes to the front bumper right beneath the headlights and a central air outlet on the bonnet.

The struts on the rear have been finished in high-gloss black while the stock doors were completely removed and replaced with gull-wing doors. Additionally, the upgrade kit comes with black painted rims and brake plates in red.

Interior

The seats, doors and central panel are covered with diamond pattern leather. Mercedes replaced the stock console with a carbon-fiber while the instrument panel are covered in leather.

The MB-AMG team worked on delivering a kit that makes this SLS GT look more like a super sports car. With only 350 units expected, they are set for release in March 2014. It will be available in either the Coupe or Roadster trims.
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February 5, 2014 at 10:00 pm | No comment

2014 SsangYong Korando

The 2014 SsangYong Korando is simply a revised version of the compact SUV that was first seen in 2011. As part of a mid-life, face-lift, the car has been upgraded.

The new design and quality of materials used altogether bring refined improvement.

Expected to be released in the next few months, an Australian distributor said this car will not be seen in showrooms before first quarter of year 2014.2014-SsangYong-Korando-crossing-AA

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: SUV Base Price: NA
Fuel Tank Capacity: 15.1 gals (57 L) Miles Per Gallon: 31 city / 49 hwy*
Dimensions*
Length: 173.6 in. (441 cm) Wheel Base: 104.3 in. (265 cm)
Height: 65.9 in. (167.5 cm) Width: 72.0 in. (183 cm)
Curb Weight: 3507 lbs (1591 kg) Ground Clearance: 7.1 in. (18.0 cm)
Luggage Capacity: NA Maximum Seating: 5 people
Performance
Engine: Inline 4 DOHC Displacement: 1998 cc
Horsepower: 148 HP Max RPM: 3400-4000 RPM
Torque: 266 lb-ft @1500-2800 rpm Transmission: 6-Speed Manual
Towing Capacity: 4409 lbs (2000 kg) Maximum Speed: 112 mph (180 km/h)

* FWD Diesel specs

Engine

The powertrain of new SsangYong is expected to remain the same. The new Korando will either have a 2.0 liter, inline 4 engine that brings you 148 horsepower along with 266 lbs ft or torque; or the 2.0 liter turbo diesel engine that produces 147 horsepower.

Both engines produce 266 lb ft torque. Entry-level models are front-wheel drive although there is an option for a 4-wheel drive. The 4-wheel is the front-wheel drive in a normal road driving and sends torque only when required.
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Exterior

The Korando has a revised grille with an added upper chrome strip. The front bumper has been restyled with round fog lights.

Larger, squarer headlights are used that provide a new lighting cluster that include LED day-time running lights. The car's tail-lights have likewise been modified.

Interior

Inside, the cabin of the compact 5-seater has been refreshed as compared to the previous model. It comes with a new dashboard, angular air-vents, with an extended center console highlighted by a brand new touch-screen.

Adding to its character, chrome and glass black trim accents have been used.

The car features 50/50 diff lock as a standard and the company boasts of decent-ramp angles and ride-height clearance for those who dare to venture off-road.
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February 4, 2014 at 10:00 pm | No comment

2014 Vorsteiner Lamborghini Aventador-V LP-740

At the beginning of November popular high performance sports car tuner Vorsteiner announced a new subsidiary called "Vorsteiner Nero".

This division of the company will concentrate on updating vehicles from manufacturers such as Ferrari, McLaren, Rolls-Royce and Bentley. Also included on the list was Lamborghini. One of its initial packages is the 2014 Vorsteiner Lamborghini Aventador V LP 740.2014-Vorsteiner-Lamborghini-Aventador-V-LP-740-casting-more-shadows-A

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Coupe Base Price: NA
Fuel Tank Capacity: 23.8 gals (90 L) Miles Per Gallon: NA
Dimensions*
Length: 188.2 in. (478 cm) Wheel Base: 106.3 in. (270 cm)
Height: 44.7 in. (113.6 cm) Width: 79.9 in. (203 cm)
Luggage Capacity: NA Maximum Seating: 2 people
Performance
Engine: V12 DOHC Displacement: 6.5 Liter
Horsepower: 700 HP Transmission: 7-Speed ISR-DCT
0-60 mph: 2.8 seconds** Maximum Speed: 220 mph** (354 km/h)

* Aventador LP 700-4 specs
** Potential

Engine & Performance

The Vorsteiner Lamborghini Aventador V is loaded with a 6.5 liter, V12 that generates up to 740 horsepower. An update to the ECU provided 40 extra horses from the stock engine. This is signified by the "LP-740" label.

It is expected to go from 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds with a top speed of 220 mph.
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Exterior

On the outside, the kit adds carbon fiber elements like the front splitter and lower intake. The side features aggressive looking air scoops and the back has a rear vent surrounds and a diffuser. Combined, these details add to the vehicle's aerodynamic makeup.

The two new splitters in front increase the downforce to prevent airborne ascent. An optional lower lip spoiler is also offered which adds to its appearance.

The profile accentuates the new side sill extension blades. The wheels are 20 x 9 inches in the front and 21 x 13 in the rear.

The OEM rear spoiler has been replaced by a carbon fiber aero wing. There is a huge carbon fiber rear diffuser allowing air to escape freely from underneath the vehicle thereby reducing drag. A graphic kit help add stripes to the hood, trunk and roof.

Interior

The Vorsteiner kit does not change the basic Aventador interior.

The project took close to a year to develop and serves to upgrade the "Lambo's" already extraordinary look with a few changes under the hood.

The interior matches previous versions of the Aventador, which is sufficient given its already exquisite persona.
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February 3, 2014 at 10:00 pm | No comment

2015 Nissan GT-R Nismo

Nissan recently announced their upcoming 2015 GT-R Nismo as part of their racing frontline.

According to the details provided by the manufacturer, the Nismo will be a factory-tuned sports car with tweaked aerodynamics, precise handling and extra performance.

This Nismo is not only a car with good looks, but is a competitive as it gets for a coupe.2015-Nissan-GT-R-Nismo-clear-A

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Coupe Base Price: NA
Fuel Tank Capacity: 19.5 gals (74 L)* Miles Per Gallon: NA
Dimensions*
Length: 183.9 in. (467.1 cm) Wheel Base: 109.4 in. (277.8 cm)
Height: 53.9 in. (136.9 cm) Width: 74.6 in. (189.5 cm)
Luggage Capacity: 8.8 cu ft Maximum Seating: 2 people
Performance
Engine: V6 VR38DETT Displacement: 3.8 Liter
Horsepower: 591 HP Torque: 481 lb-ft

* 2014 GTR Track Edition

Engine

The GT-R Nismo will come equipped with a twin-turbo 3.8 liter V8 engine capable of a maximum output of 591 horsepower and 482 lbs ft of torque.

This GT-R's top speed has been limited to 186 mph. It uses a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with a manual shifting mode. Acceleration from 0 to 60 mph is done in 2.9 seconds.
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Performance

The increased downforce gives the car excellent road grip. At the same time, the cars distance from the ground makes it much more stable at high speeds.

Steering and tight cornering are precise mainly due to the new suspensions and springs. Nissan gave this Nismo model more traction and higher stability when performing difficult maneuvers.

Exterior

From a visual perspective, the GTR Nismo received multiple changes to the front line to increase downforce.

The front bumper now features an extra large grill. The rear spoiler lowers the center of gravity and thus increasing the car’s handling properties.

Interior

The interior is available in all black with red elements on the doors, seats and steering wheel.

The gauges combine red and blue elements while the steering wheel has been equipped with multiple controls for the driver’s convenience.

The central area features a generous LCD display screen and right beneath, a carbon texture control panel.

The price of the 2015 Nissan GT-R Nismo makes it out of reach for the average consumer but Nissan's aim is to build a competitive sports car, not an affordable one.
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February 2, 2014 at 10:00 pm | No comment

2015 Porsche Macan

The 2015 Porsche Macan crossover was one of the stars of the last month’s 2013 LA Motor Show. With the Macan, Porsche has taken a step forward towards expanding its range of vehicles.

As the newest member of the Porsche family, this crossover announces Porsche’s entry in the compact SUV segment.

The company is planning to launch Macan in two trims initially – Macan S and Macan Turbo. Later down the line Porsche may launch a base version below the Macan S.2015-Porsche-Macan-downtown-A

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: SUV Base Price: $50,895
Fuel Tank Capacity: 19.8 gals (75 L) Miles Per Gallon: NA
Dimensions
Length: 184.3 in. (468.1 cm) Wheel Base: 110.5 in. (280.7 cm)
Height: 63.4 in. (161.0 cm) Width: 76.1 in. (193.3 cm)
Curb Weight: 4112 lbs (1865 kg) Ground Clearance: NA
Luggage Capacity: 17.7 cu ft Maximum Seating: 5 people
Performance
Engine: 3.0 Liter V6 Twin Turbo Compression Ratio: 9.8: 1
Horsepower: 340 HP Max RPM: 5500-6500 RPM
Torque: 339 lb-ft @1450-5000 rpm Transmission: 7-Speed PDK
0-60 mph: 5.2 seconds Maximum Speed: 156 mph (251 km/h)

* 2015 Macan S

Engine & Performance

The new Macan S has will have a 3.0 liter V6 twin turbo engine that churns out 340 horsepower. The engine will be mated to a seven speed double clutch transmission.

The Macan Turbo will be powered by a 3.6 liter V6 bi-turbo engine, which produces a whopping 400 horsepower, which is massive for a compact SUV.

The Macan S can do a 0-62 mph dash in 6.3 seconds, while the Macan Turbo can do so in just 4.8 seconds.
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Exterior

The design of the 2015 Macan is inspired by the 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid sports cars. Creating a sporty crossover design can be a challenge, but Porsche has done a perfect job by maintaining proportions and lines.

The design is broad and low, as a typical sports car should be. The assertive appearance of the Macan offers upgraded headlights and taillights, in addition to large air intakes, typical of Porsche's.

The wraparound bonnet creates a beautiful design detail by enclosing headlamps and extending up the wheel arches. The side view of a sloping roofline projects a sharp profile, which goes in sync with the dynamic nature of the vehicle. The rear of the car exudes a broad and sporty look.

Interior

The interior has a sense of familiarity to other Porsche vehicles, yet it comes with striking new features. The main attraction is the new multi function sports steering wheel. The vehicle has a forward sloping center console and a high-set gear selector.

A digital central console with 4.8 inch display. The interior is sporty, elegant, and exudes a premium feel.

Porsche Macan is slated to hit the market in the first half of 2014. The Macan S is expected to start at $51K, while the Macan Turbo will start from $73K.
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February 1, 2014 at 10:00 pm | No comment

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