2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray Convertible

Chevrolet introduced the 2014 Stingray Coupe in October of 2013. Many wondered how long it would take a drop top version to hit the market.

Enter the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray Convertible, unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in December.

The convertible is similar to the coupe other than the obvious 3 ply fabric top with sound proofing insulation and a glass rear window that assists in noise control. The top can be opened and closed while travelling at 30 mph.
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Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Convertible Base Price: $58,000.00
Fuel Tank Capacity: 18.5 gals (70L) MPG: 17 city / 29 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 176.9 in. (449.3 cm) Wheel Base: 106.7 in. (271 cm)
Height: 48.9 in. (124.2 cm) Width: 73.9 in. (187.7 cm)
Curb Weight: 3362 lbs (1525 kg) Ground Clearance: NA
Luggage Capacity: 10 cu ft Maximum Seating: 2 people
Performance
Engine: V8 DI RWD DOHC Displacement: 6.2 Liter
Horsepower: 455 HP Max RPM: 6000 RPM
Torque: 460 lb-ft @ 4600 rpm Transmission: 7-Speed Manual
0-60 mph: 3.8 seconds Maximum Speed: 180 mph (290 km/h)

* 1LT Specs

Engine & Performance

The Corvette C7 Stingray Convertible comes in with a 6.2 liter, V8 that threshes out 455 horsepower with 460 lbs ft of torque.

You have the option to go either with a 7 speed manual transmission or a 6 speed automated manual.

When not engaging the cylinder deactivation technology, the 2014 Stingray convertible is capable of accelerating from 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds at a top speed of 180 mph.

Exterior

Losing the sexy roofline of the Stingray coupe makes the front and profile views ordinary. That said you did want an open air edition of this still incredible sports car.

Where the convertible makes up for what is lacking from the hard top side view is in the backend.

The 4 exhaust outlets in the lower center along with the re-styled taillights above will have the many drivers you pass on the highway in awe.

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Interior

Standard interior features include an 8 way power seats, a power tilt/telescopic steering wheel, push button start and keyless entry.

The audio system is a Bose 9 speaker with an auxiliary input jack, USB and SD card and Bluetooth connectivity along with Sirius/XM radio.

The instrument panel with electro-luminescent gauges comes standard.

The base Stingray convertible is priced at a MSRP of $57,995. Competition is expected to come from the likes of the Dodge SRT Viper Roadster and the Ford Shelby GT500 convertible.
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September 5, 2014 at 11:19 am | No comment

2014 BMW M5 30 Jahre M5 Special Edition

The 2014 BMW M5 30 Jahre M5 special edition was developed to celebrate the 30-year anniversary of the segment-founding high-performance business sedan, which was designed by BMW Motorsport GmbH in 1984.

The global production of this special edition M5 is limited to 300 units, out of which only 30 units will be exported to the US.

The performance-driven aesthetics combined with comfort and dynamics-enhancing equipment are distinctive of BMW. New colors transform this anniversary edition into a celebration of three decades of success.

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Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Sedan Base Price: NA
Fuel Tank Capacity: 21.1 gals (80L) MPG: NA
Dimensions*
Length: 193.3 in. (491 cm) Wheel Base: 116.7 in. (296.4 cm)
Height: 57.8 in. (146.7 cm) Width: 74.4 in. (189.1 cm)
Unladen Wt: 4288 lbs (1945 kg) Maximum Seating: 5 people
Performance
Engine: V8 M Twin Turbo Displacement: 4.4 Liter
Horsepower: 600 HP Torque: 516 lb-ft
Transmission: 7-Speed M Double Clutch 0-60 mph: 3.9 seconds

* M5 Sedan stock specs

Engine & Performance

The 2014 M5 30 Jahre M5 is the most powerful M5 ever produced by BMW. Thanks to its 4.4-liter V8 engine which incorporates M TwinPower Turbo technology.

The high-revving engine develops 600 horsepower (441 kW), which exceeds the output of the standard M5 by 40 horsepower and has a peak torque of 516 pound-feet (700 Nm).
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The Competition Package provides the basis for the power upgrades which were accomplished via smart engine management tweaks and a significant increase in charge pressure. This special edition model sprints from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in as little as 3.9 seconds.

The Competition Package includes the Active M Differential for improved traction, the M Dynamic Mode of the DSC system for sportier handling and the M Servotronic function for more direct mapping and it can be optionally ordered for the regular BMW M5 model.

Exterior

The eye-catching exterior of the new M5 30 Jahre M5 is the exclusive BMW individual matte shade called Frozen Dark Silver metallic, which lends this special edition model a sublime aura of refinement and elegance.

The door handle inserts, twin exhaust tailpipes, gills featuring the "30 Jahre M5" insignia on the front wing and kidney grille surround are all finished in black chrome for sheer sophistication and class.

The visually enhanced exterior features 20-inch M light-alloy wheels in two colors and with mixed tires.

Interior

The interior boasts of exceptional standards in comfort and ergonomics, thanks to the M multifunction seats with electrical adjustment. The black leather and Alcantara combination enhances seat comfort while adding an extra touch of style.

The door panels, the M sports steering wheel and the center console are all trimmed in Alcantara Anthracite.

The high-end, technologically advanced surround-sound system features 16 speakers and it is available either as a 600-Watt Harman-Kardon unit output or a Bang & Olufsen unit with an output of 1,200 W.

The commemorative "30 Jahre M5" is embroidered into the backrests of all four seats on this limited-edition sedan.

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September 4, 2014 at 11:19 am | No comment

2014 BMW Vision Future Luxury Concept

Launched during the 2014 Beijing Motor Show, the 2014 BMW Vision Future Luxury Concept takes modern luxury driven technological innovations and design to a new dimension.

This tech-laden, lightweight concept car heralds the next-generation flagship sedan, a future, next-gen 7-Series or the much-anticipated 9-Series.

Innovative technologies such as the all-new, integrated user interface design and BMW ConnectedDrive services deliver a multifaceted - emotional, athletic and exclusive driving experience that would satisfy customers worldwide.

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Engine & Performance

The German automaker has not specified details related to the type of engine, motor combinations, battery or powertrain.

The absence of exhaust pipes and an eDrive insignia on its rear suggests some form of plug-in hybrid propulsion is in the making.

Exterior

The hand-sculpted exterior design of the Vision Future Luxury Concept, is a large 2+2 sedan which is characterized by smart lightweight engineering, honed aerodynamics, thanks to the BMW EfficientDynamics features.

The twin headlights incorporate the innovative technology BMW Laserlight, which is up to ten times more intense than LED lights, while L-shaped organic LEDs provide rear lighting, for the first time ever in a BMW vehicle.

The Liquid Platinum Bronze paintwork lends a shimmering, luxurious and refined appeal. The exterior also features drag-reducing sloping boot lid and coupe-style roofline, short overhands, low greenhouse and long wheelbase which exude a sophisticated dynamism.

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Interior

The hand-finished interior utilizes carbon as an individual material or in combination with other materials (such as aluminum, wood and silk), especially in the door sills, in the pared-down, highly innovative B-pillar which enables wide-opening, Rolls-Royce style coach doors and under the seats, thus allowing the seat frames to be integrated into the structure.

A wrap-around cluster of three displays featuring 3D technology surrounds the driver. The programmable center display presents rev counter, speedometer and context-adaptive additional data when relevant.

The Driver Information Display, which is the right-hand display provides supplementary infotainment information and is controlled via a simplified touch-sensitive interface, while the left-hand display provides car-related information.

The BMW Vision Head Up Display enhances the drivers view of the real-world environment while giving a new dimension to driver assistance functions such as the Traffic Light Assistant and Speed Limit Info.

Front passengers benefit from their own Passenger Information Display, while the back-seat passengers have a detachable touch command tablet that displays driving information, controls the infotainment features via iDrive control in the center console and can also access the ConnectedDrive Concierge Services.

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September 3, 2014 at 11:20 am | No comment

2015 BMW i8

BMW does not make ordinary vehicles. It’s a unique icon of technology, an extraordinary evolution that make it the "Ultimate Diving Machine".

Recently unveiled was the 2015 BMW i8. This new sports coupe has a striking design that draws attention wherever it goes and leaves people more curios than ever.

On the street, you will be surprised to see people getting all excited and taking pictures of this vehicle.
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Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Hybrid Hatch Base Price: NA
EV Mode Range: 23 miles MPGe for EV Mode: 15-22 miles avg
Battery Gross Cap: Li-Ion 7.1 kWh Max Total Range: 373 miles
Performance
Engine: 3 Cylinder TwinTurbo Displacement: 1.5 Liter
Horsepower: 231 HP Torque: 237 lb-ft
Electric Motor: 131 horsepower Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic-2stage
0-60 mph: 4.5 seconds Maximum Speed: 155 mph (250 km/h)

Engine & Performance

BMW i8 is powered by a turbo 3-cylinder engine located at rear axle. This is driven by a 6-speed automatic transmission.

The engine produces 231 horsepower and a torque of 236 lb-ft. The i8 can sprint from zero to 60 mph in only 4.2 seconds.

Exterior

At first glance, this new car appears like a sports car. However, it’s more than just any other sports car. The car has a long wheelbase, precise lines, short overhangs and sweeping silhouette that give the look that this car is surging forward when it’s actually standing still. Scissor doors of this vehicle provide the undeniable emotional and the sporty allure that definitely make the sports car one of a kind.
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You will also find iconic the BMW 'i' accented kidney-grille is almost totally closed with some air control vents at the front allows much air as your cooling system requires.

The air flow design at the rear gives the needed down force necessary to maintain the agility while still keeping the car planted on the road at very high speeds.

Interior

The sporty feeling is also included on the inside of the car. BMW i8 focuses on the driver by angling the center console on the left. Other functions such as gear-shift level, parking brake and start/stop button are all arranged around the driver’s seat for more convenience.

You will also find a 3D, high resolution display that communicates all the important driving information just directly on the car’s dashboard in a very clear manner.
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The extremely soft leather that has been naturally tanned by some olive leaves is also available

August 10, 2014 at 2:17 am | No comment

2015 BMW M4 Convertible

Recently revealed was the 2015 BMW M4 Convertible at the Javits Center in New York City.

This new car offers more headroom, fresh air and lots of sunshine to those who want a little greater outdoors and tousled hair with the M experience.

One of the most notable features of this convertible is its expressive face; the facia has the company’s signature twin-bar kidney, squinty LED headlights, and a trio of air intakes.
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Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Convertible Base Price: NA
Fuel Tank Capacity: 15.8 gals (60L) MPG: 20 city / 34 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 183.9 in. (467.1 cm) Wheel Base: 110.7 in. (281.2 cm)
Height: 54.4 in. (138.3 cm) Width: 79.3 in. (201.4 cm)
Curb Weight: NA Maximum Seating: 2+2
Performance
Engine: 6 Cylinder DOHC Displacement: 3.0 Liter
Horsepower: 431 HP Max RPM: 5500-7300 RPM
Torque: 407 lb-ft @ 1850-5500 rpm Transmission: 6-Speed Manual
0-60 mph: 4.6 seconds Maximum Speed: 155 mph** (250 km/h)

* M4 Coupe specs
** Electronically governed

Engine & Performance

This new convertible uses the same engine as the coupe. This means it’s powered by a high-revving, twin-turbocharged 3.0 liter engine. This engine is mated to either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed manual M dual-clutch transmission.

The engine produces 425 hp and a torque of 406 pound-feet. According to BMW, this car can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in only 4.4 seconds when equipped with the manual.

Exterior

The 2015 M4 convertible is similar to the coupe. It carries on the hardtop’s athletic stance with its long wheelbase, aerodynamic mirrors, short front overhang and some optional painted brake calipers.
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To reduce weight and preserve rigidity, this car features carbon-fiber reinforced plastics in some areas.

The top takes only 20 seconds to raise or lower and can even be operated at up to 11 mph. Once the top is stowed, the cargo space in the trunk is reduced by almost half; 18 inch trims are standard, while 19-inches are optional.

Interior

Inside, you will find driver-friendly analog gauges together with a 6.5 inch display screen that is mounted at the top of the dashboard. The screen displays audio and car information.

Redundant controls are on car's steering wheel and the dashboard provide alternate ways of accessing all the electronics. Optional navigation is also available with the Google point-of-interest -search and real-time traffic information.

The navigation system also comes with a touchpad on iDrive knob that allows you write phone numbers, your contact names and all your navigation destinations.
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The cargo space measures 13 cubic feet when the top is up and about 7.8 cubic ft when the top is down.

August 8, 2014 at 2:17 am | No comment

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