Comments Off on Audi’s Performance Flagship, the RS Q8 – a cut price “Urus”?
This is Audi’s latest high performance flagship, which perhaps inevitably these days is based on an large SUV, in this case the Q8. In fact, by being a go-faster version of a premium badged coupé-inspired off-roader, the new RS Q8 is arguably a niche within a niche within a niche.
While that makes it sound like it operates in a class of one, the 592bhp machine actually arrives in a hotly contested sector that’s already populated by cars such as the closely related Porsche Cayenne Coupe Turbo, the BMW X6M Competition and Mercedes GLE Coupe 63 S, to name but a few.
Journalists have already had a chance to ride shotgun in the RS Q8 for a quick lap of the fearsome Nürburgring Nordschleife (where it set a 7min 42.253sec lap time to become the [...]
Comments Off on Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team plant ‘devoted’ to breathing aid production
The Mercedes-AMG Formula 1 team’s entire powertrain production facility has been turned over to producing a breathing aid designed to keep patients suffering from the coronavirus out of intensive care.
The United Kingdom based Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains, which normally produced the 1.6-litre turbo petrol-electric hybrid units used in F1, teamed up with University College London (UCL) to develop and build the Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) device.
Having undergone clinical trials with the UCL Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and other hospitals, the UCL Ventura device has now gone into production at Mercedes AMG HPP’s facility in Brixworth. Around 40 machines normally used to make pistons and turbochargers for the F1 power units are being used to produce around 1000 CPAP devices per day.
Comments Off on Spy Shots Reveal Porsche’s Cayenne GTS Coupe in Testing!
Porsche will expand its SUV range with a new GTS version of the Cayenne Coupé that will feature a range of bespoke styling cues.
Caught virtually undisguised by spy photographers as it underwent cold-weather testing, the Cayenne Coupé GTS will bridge the performance gap between the S and top-rung Turbo models while offering more enthusiast appeal.
Telltale signs that this is a never-before-seen Cayenne Coupé variant include a pair of elliptical tailpipes, bespoke alloy wheels and a colour-matching body kit.
The Coupé’s distinctive rear light bar appears to be darker than on the standard car, as do the headlight bezels.
The new arrival will join the recently updated Macan GTS in showrooms and, like [...]
Still nobody does the uncompromisingly large, uncompromisingly fast and supremely usable performance estate car quite like Audi. Even now, with the concept so familiar that we’re at risk of taking its continued existence entirely for granted, with imitators closing in by degrees, and with almost as much in-house competition for the subject of this week’s road test to contend with as exists outside of the showroom.
It’s funny to think, then, that the biggest, quickest and most desirable of all of the wickedly purposeful but deliciously understated wagons to which Audi puts its name – the RS6 Avant – has yet to reach its 20th birthday. The very first came along in 2002; and yet the car has quickly taken on the inscrutable persona of one that has been around forever and must likewise survive that [...]
Comments Off on Land Rover Defender Autobiography Edition
For some 67 years, The Land Rover has traversed the globe like no other vehicle. It has traversed terrains others simply could only dream of. It has forged lasting partnerships with such organisations as the Red Cross and Royal Geographical Society and has proved itself against all-comers on such gruelling challenges as the Dakar Rally. Now this iconic part of history is set to continue with the introduction of the Heritage Series of Limited Edition Land Rover Defenders being produced to celebrate its life.
Land Rover Defender’s boundless has taken it to all around the world. In 1955, it was the first vehicle in the world to go overland from London to Singapore. It has worked in diverse regions from Africa to Alaska. The land Rover Defender has also the distinction of playing a crucial role in bringing Humanitarian Aid to the less fortunate and destitute around the world. It’s proven reputation of [...]
The mere mention of name Alfa Romeo stirs the emotions with its rich history and captivating mix of state-of-the-art technology, race-inspired performance and stunning styling.
Born in Milan, Italy, Alfa Romeo has always sought the perfect balance of these elements, to fashion form on substance, without it becoming mere function.
The all-new Alfa Romeo Giulia marks the rebirth of the Quadrifoglio, the symbol of the most legendary winning race cars in the history of Alfa Romeo. It is more than a showcase for the best power-to-weight ratio in its class — it’s a study in how to use that power.
Its near perfect 50/50 weight distribution creates optimal balance by using high-strength steel, fenders and doors in aluminum, a carbon fiber hood, roof, driveshaft. Coupled with class-exclusive technologies, supercar power and handling convert into priceless driving dynamics.
Since 1963, each generation of the 911 has carried a different internal designation to differentiate each generation. The last generation was known by Porsche as the 997; the current which was fully redesigned in 2011is known as the 991 in 2016 Porsche introduces the second iteration of the 991whih is referred to as the 991 II, or 991.2. More telling is the alphanumeric code that follows the 911 badge.
The Carrera is essentially the base model Porsche 911. Add a 4 and it means all-wheel drive; add an S and it means Sport, which equates to more power and revised handling. The front of the new 911 has been enhance for a more precise look with a new lighting design and characteristic four-spot LED daytime running lights, which have now been incorporated into the Bi-Xenon main headlights. With direction indicators that are even slimmer than they were before. The front [...]
Comments Off on Dodge Charger, F-250 popular with car theives
The most theft-prone vehicle in America might be the Dodge Charger. Or it might be the Ford F-250 pickup truck.
Those are the contradictory conclusions of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the insurance industry-funded Highway Loss Data Institute.
Still, the government agency and private group agree that the theft of late-model vehicles is on a rapid decline in the United States. One reason: automakers’ increasing use of ignition immobilizers, which stop thieves from hot-wiring cars. Nearly 90 percent of 2012 models are equipped with them.
In a report released on Monday, NHTSA said the car stolen most often during the 2011 calendar year was the Charger, with 4.8 thefts for every 1,000 cars produced in 2011. It was followed by the Mitsubishi Galant, Hyundai Accent, Chevrolet Impala and Chevrolet HHR among vehicles with more than 5,000 units produced that year.
Pickup trucks took the top five places in dueling rankings released today by [...]
Comments Off on BMW extends global sales lead over Audi, Mercedes in June
Global sales of BMW Group’s core brand rose faster in June than at Audi and Mercedes-Benz as demand from China and the United States helped the premium carmaker to extend a lead over the two rivals in the first six months of the year.
Sales at the brand were up 9 percent last month to 153,075, the group said today, compared with growth of 5 percent to 140,300 and 8 percent to 131,609 at Audi and Mercedes respectively.
Six-month sales at BMW brand rose 8 percent to 804,000 cars, expanding the lead over runner-up Audi to 24,000 from 11,000 after five months. Half-year sales at Audi and Mercedes rose 6 percent each to 780,500 and 694,000 respectively.
“BMW has stronger momentum than Audi and Mercedes, that won’t change in the second half,” said Hanover-based NordLB analyst Frank Schwope. “Design of their cars has improved and they’re ahead on fuel-saving technologies.”