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BMW i8 Prototype 09
BY: omar

BMW i8 Details Released, 0 to 60 MPH Will Come In 4.5 Seconds

It'll be fast, not so much furious.

Following the debut of the 2014 BMW i3, BMW's i brand has now released the details and the first prototype photos of the new i8 'sports car.' According to BMW, the i8 plug-in hybrid is the 'most progressive sports car of our time' and is a new take on the 'Ultimate Driving Machine' slogan with advanced powertrain technology, a lightweight design and a unique driving experience. Let's break it down in the easiest way possible - the BMW i8 is powered by a turbocharged 1.5-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo gasoline engine mated to BMW eDrive electric motor. The engine pumps out 231-hp and 236 lb-ft of torque while the electric-motor produces 131-hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. The rear wheels of the i8 are driven by the gasoline engine through a 6-speed automatic transmission, while the front wheels are driven by the electric motor through an two-stage automatic transmission. Total combined output comes in at 357-hp with a maximum torque of 420 lb-ft - providing you with all-wheel-drive sports car performance with outstanding fuel-efficiency. BMW says that the whole setup will deliver some strong performance figures with 0 to 60 mph coming in under 4.5 seconds and top speed coming in at an electronically limited 155 mph (75 mph in full electric mode). In terms of driving dynamics, the driver can select from Normal, ECO PRO, Comfort and Sport mode. Of course, your performance and efficiency will depend on what mode you drive in. In terms of efficiency, the BMW i8's lithium-ion battery will provide an all-electric range of 22 miles when fully charged with the total range (with a full tank of gas) coming in at 310 miles. Charging the battery will take 3 1/2 hours from conventional 120 volt and 1 1/2 hours from a 22 volt. Using the EU test cycle for plug-in hybrid vehicles, the average fuel-economy for the BMW i8 will be less than 2.5 liters/100 km, which comes out to approximately 95 miles per US gallon - pretty impressive. Besides all this new technology, the i8 also puts BMW's carbon fiber lightweight design on display. The BMW i8 tips the scale at 3,285 pounds with the use of high-tech lightweight CFRP material. Along with the use of aluminum and magnesium, weight savings lead to around 30 percent when compared with the BMW 6 Series. The full production BMW i8 will make its debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show and will be in showrooms by 2014.
August 07, 2013 at 09:00 AM
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2014 Cadillac CTS
BY: omar

Akerson: Cadillac's Large Sedan Coming In 2 Years

An S-Class competitor, at long last.

It been reported for quite some time that Cadillac is working on a model that will be larger than the XTS and would compete with the likes of the BMW 7 Series and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The biggest hint Cadillac has ever given was the Ciel Concept, which made its debut at the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance - following that the Detroit brand continuously denied rumors of a large sedan - remaining very tight-lipped about the project. Well, according to GM CEO Dan Akerson, a sedan larger than the XTS will debut within 2 years. Speaking at a recent press event, Akerson said that Cadillac will indeed offer a competitor in the large luxury sedan segment - the only thing being debated is whether it will offer a sleek supercar status coupe. While details are still being kept behind closed doors, we do know that the large-sedan will be based on the rear-wheel-drive chassis of the CTS and that an all-wheel-drive version will be offered as well. Also, contrary to rumors, the large sedan will not replace the XTS, which is become widely popular in the United States and China and is very popular with fleet sales. Design wise, the new large Cadillac will continue on with sharp-edged styling but will have a better flow like the front of the new CTS, Akerson said. Powertrain wise we're expecting a strong lineup of gasoline engines along with a hybrid and plug-in hybrid variant. Source: USAToday
August 06, 2013 at 07:02 PM
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Bugatti Veyron
BY: omar

Live In The UK? Rent A Bugatti Veyron For $25,300 Per Day

Almost a bargain.

The Bugatti Veyron is the supercar of all supercars. It's the fastest and the most expensive piece of automotive machinery on the market. Owning a Bugatti Veyron is quite costly with prices starting well over $1 million along maintenance fees that will probably put a nice dent in your bank account. But what if you just want to rent one? Well, we're sorry to say that your local Enterprise or Hertz won't rent you a Bugatti Veyron but if you happen to live in the UK, a company by the name of Holders Vehicle Contracts will rent you one for 16,500 GBP a day - or a whopping $25,300 a day. While owning a Bugatti Veyron might be a privilege for most, this cheaper option will allow you to feel what it's like to drive one of the fastest and most expensive cars on the road. The company also rents other vehicles including a Ferrari Enzo, a Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, a Rolls-Royce Phantom, Lamborghini Murcielago and an Aston Martin V8 Vantage. Source: LuxuryLaunches.com via HolderSVC.co.uk
August 06, 2013 at 05:38 PM
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Chevrolet Corvette Stingray vs SRT Viper
BY: omar

Battle Of Detroit Supercars: 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray vs. 2014 SRT Viper

GM versus Mopar. V8 versus V10!

We love German and Italian supercars. They are considered the pinnacle of engineering and design in every aspect. However, there is a sense of pride we feel when our hometown based automakers from Detroit release new supercars with massive engines and very aggressive styling. Two of the latest masterpieces coming out of Detroit are the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray from GM and the 2014 SRT Viper from Chrysler. Which is better and offers the most bang for your buck? Well, let's get something straight. For some time now, the Viper has always gone head-to-head with the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. however, the ZR1 version of the new Corvette Stingray is still a year or two away but the new 'base' Corvette Stingray is known as the most powerful 'base' 'Vette ever. So how does it stack up to the new 2014 SRT Viper? Let's find out. 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray:
  • Style: 2-seater coupe.
  • Power: 6.2 liter LT1 V8 – 450-hp at 6,000 rpm and 450 lb-ft of torque at 4,200 rpm.
  • Transmission: 7-speed manual or 6-speed automatic.
  • 0 to 60 mph: 3.8 seconds.
  • Top Speed: 195 mph.
  • Curb Weight: 3,350 lbs.
  • Price: $56,590.
2014 SRT Viper:
  • Style: 2-seater coupe.
  • Power: 8.4 liter V10 – 640-hp at 6,200 rpm and 600 lb-ft of torque at 5,000 rpm.
  • Transmission: 6-speed manual.
  • 0 to 60 mph: 3.4 seconds.
  • Top Speed: 206 mph.
  • Curb Weight: 3,354 lbs.
  • Price: $95,000.
  Now, when you closely look at the numbers you'll find something very interesting. While the SRT Viper is powered by a 8.4 liter V10, it goes 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds, the baseCorvette Stingray Coupe goes from 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds with a smaller 6.2 liter V8. Price wise, the Corvette Stingray is significantly cheaper than the SRT Viper and is just .4 seconds slower. For us the clear winner here is the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. Kind of makes us wonder how insane the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray ZR1 will be.
August 06, 2013 at 05:26 PM
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0-60 lamborghini cabrera gallardo successor v10 super sports car frankfurt geneva
BY: Bix

Oh Hey, Lamborghini Cabrera, Nice To See You

Why don't you take off those bulky layers and stay a while.

Oh hello there, little replacement for the Lamborghini Gallardo. We hear you might be named Cabrera, but we know you're shy—you're not telling. (more…)

August 05, 2013 at 07:16 PM
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BMW i3 01
BY: omar

BMW i3 Promises To Be An "Ultimate Driving Machine"

Assuming your definition of the term involves an electric drivetrain.

Usually, when it comes our 'type' of automotive coverage, we avoid writing about mother nature, trees, hybrids and electric-cars. However, the debut of the BMW i3 is quite significant and we can't really overlook the fact that BMW is actually building this product. (more…)
August 05, 2013 at 06:59 PM
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Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse 01
BY: omar

Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse Is The Most Extreme Gallardo Ever

Ev-er.

At the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show next month, Lamborghini will be saying farewell to the current generation Gallardo with a very extreme and special-edition version of the model. Meet the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse. (more…)
August 05, 2013 at 06:03 PM
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Subaru BRZ STI
BY: omar

Coming Soon: Subaru BRZ STI Officially Teased

Ever since the Subaru BRZ made its debut last year, Subaru fans and enthusiasts in general have been looking forward to an STI version of the rear-wheel-drive sports car. Well guys, Subaru has just released the first teasers for the Subaru BRZ STI, which will be hitting roads some time next year. (more…)
August 05, 2013 at 06:01 PM
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