2014 Volkswagen Golf Variant

Volkswagen is introducing their 2014 Golf Variant/Estate this summer. This all-round vehicle is based on the Golf VII and uses technologies and advantages of the revolutionary modular transverse matrix or MQB.

This means it is 105 kilograms lighter, has an optimized package with more cargo space, clean, sharp body proportions, brand new convenience and safety systems. The new gasoline and diesel engines improve fuel efficiency by 15%.2014-Volkswagen-Golf-Variant-lakeside A


General Info
Vehicle Type: Wagon Base Price: $26,873
Fuel Tank Capacity: 13.2 gals (50 L) MPG: NA
Length: 183.3 in. (465.7 cm) Wheel Base: 103.7 in. (263.5 cm)
Height: 58.3 in. (148.1 cm) Width: 70.8 in. (179.9 cm)
Luggage Capacity: 21.4 cu ft Maximum Seating: 5 people
Engine: 4 Cylinder Turbo Displacement: 1.2 TSI
Horsepower: 84 HP Max RPM: 4300 RPM
Torque: 118 lb-ft @ 1400-3500 rpm Transmission: 5-Speed Manual
0-60 mph: 12.6 seconds Maximum Speed: 112 mph (180 km/h)

Engine & Performance

In the 2014 Golf Variant, the gasoline (TSI) and also the diesel (TDI) engines will be available with different power levels. There will be seven different engine versions offered at the launch. They will have the Stop/Start system, as well as the standard battery regeneration mode that transforms kinetic power into electric energy.2014-Volkswagen-Golf-Variant-escapade B

The Golf Variant comes with five and six speed gearboxes. Six of them whether, the TDI or TSI engines, can be combined with a six or seven-speed DSG. The new gasoline engines can produce 138 horsepower, 121 horsepower, 103 horsepower, and 84 horsepower.

The diesel-powered engines will vary in power from 109 hp, 103 and the top model will have 147 horsepower. Fuel consumption rates for the front wheel drive Golf Variants will have fuel efficient engines.


The new Volkswagen Golf Variant is about 28 millimeters longer, 8 millimeters wider with the door mirrors, and 23 millimeters lower with the standard roof rails. The wheelbase is now longer at 2,635 millimeters. The new design gives the vehicle’s rear body region an incredibly muscular look.

The window sills design has been upgraded at the top with chrome. The side profile looks much more extended, distinctive, powerful and very sporty. Its standard roof rails have been integrated stylishly into the roof line.


The new Golf Variant has a wide center console and the infotainment touch screen is centrally mounted. The standard screen is five inches and eight inches with its turn knobs and main menu keys.

This is the very first time that Volkswagen has implemented an optional touch screen that has proximity sensors and features that responds to finger movements for clearing and zooming. To the driver’s right are the new electronic parking brake buttons.

More Features

* Driver alert system
* Automatic post collision Braking System
* Pre-Crash preventive occupant protection
* Adaptive cruise control
* Front Assist monitoring system
* Lane Assist
* Driving profile selector
* Park Assist parking assistant

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July 27, 2020 at 3:44 pm | No comment

2012 Famous Parts Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG Black Edition Wide Body Kit

The new 2012 Famous Parts Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG Black Edition Wide Body Kit, yes that is a mouthful, comes with a total visual enhancement upgrade for the enthusiasts of this popular German coupe.

The young German tuning company developed its own body kit to convert the classic coupe into an aggressive looking sports car.

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General Info
Vehicle Type: Super Sport Coupe Est. Market Price: NA
Fuel Tank Capacity: 23.8 gallons (90 l) MPG: NA
Length: 201 in. (510.5 cm) Wheelbase: 116.3 in. (295.4 cm)
Height: 55.8 in. (141.7 cm) Width: NA
Luggage Capacity: 13.5 cu ft Maximum Seating: 4
Engine: 6.2 Liter V8 Horsepower: 610 HP


The basis for the re-tune was a 2009 CL63 AMG, it was powered by a 6.2 liter V8 engine that had 518 horsepower, improved this time to produce 610 horsepower.


The wide body kit by Famous Parts offer enhancements aimed to improve aerodynamics. Due to the reduced distance between the ground and front bumper, the downforce of this CL63 is significantly increased offering better traction. The wider tires contribute better steering control.
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The kit focuses on widening the CL63 by adding larger side skirts and changing the front and rear bumpers. The additional venting grills were added to the front bumper, while the rear was enhanced with the aid of an enlarged rear side wall.

The hood has also been replaced to offer more room for tuning the engine. The enhancements are blended seamlessly by the use of frozen grey metallic matt champagne on the foil.

The body kit by Famous Parts adds to more than just visual enhancement. Ride and handling are obvious results by the addition of wide tires that increases the downforce. At the same time, the coupe exudes a sporty look because of the widening of aprons in the front and rear.

December 9, 2018 at 1:12 pm | No comment

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)

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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