2014 Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec

Unveiled recently was the 2014 Veloster Turbo R-Spec at the LA Auto Show. This car is touted as a high-performance vehicle but without the standard features found on the Veloster Turbo.

It is a stylish sporty coupe that provides the driving experience of a sports car. This vehicle is a linear, stripped-down version of the Veloster Turbo that’s meant for drivers who want a big step up in overall performance from the base model.2014-Hyundai-Veloster-Turbo-R-Spec-clear-driving-C


General Info
Vehicle Type: Hatchback Base Price: $22,110.00
Fuel Tank Capacity: 13.2 gals (50 L) Miles Per Gallon: 24 city / 35 hwy
Length: 167.3 in. (424.9 cm) Wheel Base: 104.3 in. (264.9 cm)
Height: 55.1 in. (139.9 cm) Width: 71.1 in. (180.5 cm)
Curb Weight: 2800 lbs (1270 kg) Ground Clearance: NA
Luggage Capacity: 15.5 cu ft Maximum Seating: 4 people
Engine: 4 Cylinder Turbo GDI Displacement: 1.6 Liter
Horsepower: 201 HP Max RPM: 6000 RPM
Torque: 195 lb-ft @1750-4500 rpm Transmission: 6-Speed Manual
0-60 mph: 7.7 seconds** Maximum Speed: 130 mph** (209 km/h)

* 2013 Turbo specs
** Projected

Engine & Performance

The car comes with 1.6 liter 4 cylinder engine that gives you 201 horsepower with 195 lb-ft of torque. It is teamed with a 6- speed manual or dual- clutch automatic.

Impressively, it goes from 0 to 60 mph in less than 7 seconds. It uses wheel-speed sensors that are coupled with ESC algorithms in order to apply precise braking to the front wheel.

The R-Spec has added a sporty red-accented front-splitter and side blades. There is also R-Spec badging located on the rear.

It is available in 4 different colors: Marathon Blue, Elite white, Sprint Gray and Ultra black.


The Veloster R-Spec has a sportier interior and enough room up front for 2. You are feted to a panoramic roof as an option.

The rear seats can fold down easily to create more cargo room. There are cubbies and bins for stowing away the smaller items.

Communication and audio features include a USB/iPod interface, Bluetooth, RCA inputs and a GraceNote music display which allows driver access to through the use of voice commands.

Other upgrades include leather seats, rear-view camera, a navigation system and automatic climate control system.


January 22, 2014 at 1:37 am | No comment

2014 Hyundai Elantra Coupe

Hyundai revealed a multitude of new cars at the LA Auto Show including the brand new 2014 Hyundai Elantra Coupe.

This bodes well for auto buyers as the new Elantra Coupe boasts a more powerful engine, and all automatic transmission, and features an enticing 34 miles per gallon, combined, as well as many new styling changes!


General Info
Vehicle Type: Coupe Base Price: NA
Fuel Tank Capacity: 13.2 gals (50 L) Miles Per Gallon: 28 city / 38 hwy
Length: 178.7 in. (453.9 cm) Wheel Base: 106.3 in. (270 cm)
Height: 56.5 in. (143.5 cm) Width: 69.9 in. (177.5 cm)
Curb Weight: 2835 lbs (1286 kg) Ground Clearance: 5.5 in. (14 cm)
Luggage Capacity: 14.8 cu ft Maximum Seating: 4 people
Engine: 1.8 Liter Nu 4 Cylinder Compression Ratio: 10.3: 1
Horsepower: 148 HP Max RPM: 16500 RPM
Torque: 131 lb-ft @4700 rpm Transmission: 6-Speed Manual

* GS trim

Engine & Performance

In order to keep up with consumer demand and needs, Hyundai drastically improved the specs on their Elantra Coupe. While it no longer has a manual transmission, it does have significant improvements.

The Elantra coupe comes with a 1.8 liter, four cylinder engine that gives you 173 horsepower and 154 lbs.-ft. of torque at 4,700 rpm. It is fuel efficient and is a great choice for those looking for an economical yet sporty coupe.

The previous Elantra Coupe engine did not have a GDI engine (which is a direct gasoline injection engine). This lowered its horsepower by a staggering 25 hp, meaning that the 2014 model is has a 17% HP increase!

Another aspect worth noting in the new Elantra Coupe is the suspension, which is necessary for drivers to have a more stable turning experience especially with the increased horsepower.


The Coupe is equipped with a sporty looking rear spoiler, 17 inch alloy wheels, and a new front grill in black with chrome edging. The lines and design of the new Elantra Coupe make it look sexy and sleek; while the interior gives it the sporty feel that driver's desire.


With controls around the steering wheel, an all black interior, a navigation system installed into the front console, the new Elantra Coupe is a vast improvement from previous years.

January 21, 2014 at 1:37 pm | No comment

2013 xXx-Performance Audi R8 Biturbo

The German tuning company xXx recently announced their upgrade kit for the Audi R8.

Generically named the 2013 xXx-Performance Audi R8 Biturbo, the car comes with a few visual tweaks to complement some its major engine rework.

The company improved the V8 model to compete with its older brother, the V10 R8.2013-xXx-Performance-Audi-R8-Biturbo-settled-A


General Info
Vehicle Type: Coupe Base Price: NA
Fuel Tank Capacity: 23.8 gals (90 L) Miles Per Gallon: NA
Length: 175 in. (444.5 cm) Wheel Base: 104.3 in. (264.9 cm)
Height: 49.3 in. (125.2 cm) Width: 75 in. (190.5 cm)
Luggage Capacity: 3.5 cu ft Maximum Seating: 4 people
Engine: V8 Twin Turbo Displacement: 4.2 Liter
Horsepower: 707 HP Max RPM: NA
Torque: 488 lb-ft Transmission: 6-Speed Manual AWD
0-60 mph: 3.6 seconds Maximum Speed: 194 mph** (312 km/h)

* 2014 R8 Coupe specs
** Electronically Limited


The tuning team attempted to get more power out of the V8 engine. Successfully, what you get is a twin-turbo system added to the stock 4.2 liter V8 engine, increasing the horsepower to 707.

Acceleration from 0 to 60 mph comes at 3.6 seconds while the top speed has been electronically limited to 194 mph. The additional power required a new gearbox as well. xXx uses a new 6-speed manual gearbox and a new clutch.



The upgraded rims and tires offer better road grip and more stability when cornering. Its aerodynamic lines increases the downforce in the frontal part of the car giving it better stability at higher speeds.

However, due to the fact that the car is relatively close to the ground and its bigger rims make it difficult to drive on pock-marked roads.2013-xXx-Performance-Audi-R8-Biturbo--real-wide-C


xXx did very little work on the exterior. It features the same large frontal grille to go with the additional air vents beneath the headlights. The air intakes on the side of the car are painted in black.

The rear received a few decals. On the sides, the twin-turbo manufacturer’s name has been painted on the lower half of the door. The stock wheels have been replaced by the 20 inch Oxigin 14 Oxrock rims.

The company will be offering three different upgrade packages but the twin-turbo version offers the highest power output gain. xXx’s kit adds a significant performance boost that gives the car the ability to compete against V10 engines.2013-xXx-Performance-Audi-R8-Biturbo-thumbnail-B

January 20, 2014 at 1:37 pm | No comment

2014 DMC Ferrari LaFerrari FXXR

German tuner DMC is responsible for the creation of some of the most influential aftermarket programs seen in the past few years. However, the rendering it has done for the Ferrari LaFerrari just took the creativity to whole new level.

They may have just outdone themselves with the 2014 DMC Ferrari LaFerrari FXXR. It is described as the fastest it has ever built.

DMC has combined elements from Ferrari GTO, FXX and XX into a single package. This was done without compromising LaFerrari’s own DNA.


General Info
Vehicle Type: Coupe Base Price: $1,000,000
Length: 185.1 in. (470.2 cm) Wheel Base: 104.3 in. (265 cm)
Height: 43.9 in. (111.6 cm) Width: 78.4 in. (199.2 cm)
Luggage Capacity: NA Maximum Seating: 2 people
Engine: V12 Hybrid Displacement: 6.3 Liter
Horsepower: 949 HP Electric Motor Output: 120 kW (161 HP)
Torque: 664 lb-ft Transmission: 7-Speed DCT
0-60 mph: 3.0 seconds Maximum Speed: 217 mph (349 km/h)

Engine & Performance

Little has come from DMC about the engine, other than a race-inspired exhaust. However, it is expected that the car will retain the hybrid system that combines a 6.3 liter, V12 engine with its electric motor.

The exhaust system may actually drive the LaFerrari to 963 horsepower and more than 663 lb-ft of torque. The coupe may sprint from 0 to 60 in less than 3 seconds, 0 to 124 mph in less than 7 seconds and 0 to 186 in less than 15 seconds.

DMC took the liberty of putting in aerodynamic components that add to the visual appeal of the car and helps enhance the car’s performance and handling capabilities.

Up front, the vertical center fin on the bumper and lower horizontal fin are all gone. They have been replaced by a pair of carbon-fiber air intakes with a V-shape angle.

The line of the large central air vent on front hood has been extended to make it more aesthetically appealing. The door inset gets a black finish with multiple air intakes fitted to the doors.

Along the side, vertical fins helps keep the vehicle stable at high speeds. In the rear, a clear carbon-fiber rear wing, done in a smoked black-finish, enhances the overall look of the vehicle.


Inside, you will find state of the art features, connectivity and experienced comfort. The inside is done in leather, making for a classy and comfortable feel.

January 19, 2014 at 1:18 pm | 2 comments

2014 BMW X6 M Design Edition

BMW's tuning division, M, just revealed its newest Sports Activity crossover, the 2014 BMW X6 M Design Edition.

Only 100 of this edition is expected to be available for public consumption.

According to BMW, this vehicle receives exterior and interior upgrades which make for an eye-catching, sporty appearance.2014-BMW-X6-M-Design-Edition-studio-A


General Info
Vehicle Type: Crossover SUV Base Price: NA
Fuel Tank Capacity: 18.7 gals (71 L) Miles Per Gallon: 15 city / 26 hwy
Length: 192 in. (487.6 cm) Wheel Base: 115.5 in. (293.3 cm)
Height: 66.3 in. (168.4 cm) Width: 78.1 in. (198.3 cm)
Unladen Weight: 5247 lbs (2380 kg) Maximum Seating: 4 people
Engine: 8 Cylinder Turbo Displacement: 4395 cc
Horsepower: 555 HP Max RPM: 6000 rpm
Torque: 502 lb-ft @ 1500-5650 rpm Transmission: 6-Speed M Sport Automatic

* 2014 X6 M basic specs (UK)


The X6 M design edition is powered by 4.4 liter petrol engine. Its Twin Power Turbo, 8 cylinder engine is paired with a 6-speed M sport-automatic transmission.

The engine generates a 555 horsepower with a peak torque of 502 lbs ft. All this power is transferred via the xDrive-all-wheel-drive system.

The vehicle can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in just 4.7 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph. For great control, the engineers have equipped the vehicle with a lever selector, complemented by M-shift paddles on steering wheel.

It comes with 21 inch light-alloy wheels in a double-spoke design. All the wheels are fitted with high-performance brakes; the front wheels are paired with 4-piston calipers and 395 discs while all rear wheels are paired with single-piston calipers and 385 millimeter discs.


At the front, as expected you will find BMW's signature kidney grille in black together with mirror caps. The car’s aerodynamic design is characterized by a carbon M-Performance front splitter, rear diffuser and an M-Performance rear spoiler.

Its overall appearance is transformed, thanks to a unique and stylish variation on the paint job.


The interior receives a plush, sporty upgrade. The cabin has been done in a full Merino leather and a 2 tone instrument panel in Mugello Red or Black with the Mugello Red contrasting the stitching.

The front seats are heated and come in red leather. Technology features include lumbar support, M-specific screen, storage package, a Hi-Fi Professional and a high-end BMW audio system which supports an array of entertainment features.

The vehicle is equipped with sun protection glass that helps keep the interior cool.

January 18, 2014 at 1:18 pm | 1 comment

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