Mercedes-Maybach GLS600 4MATIC

 

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The ultimate luxury SUV  makes debut at Guangzhou with mild-hybrid V8 power.

The new model invokes many of the styling elements seen on the S-Class Maybach to help distinguish it from the standard third-generation GLS.

Included is a distinctive chrome grille featuring vertical louvres, chrome highlights within the side window surrounds and along the sills, standard 22in (and optional 23in) wheels, an optional two-tone exterior paint scheme in eight different colour combinations, electrically extending running boards and chromed tail-pipes with a signature cross-rib.

Inside, the 5202mm-long Mercedes-Maybach GLS sports an upgraded interior with nappa leather upholstery and unique trim elements. Among the long list of options for UK customers are reclining rear seats with a massage function and a fixed centre console with folding tables and a refrigerator in a four-seat layout that can be further enhanced with a panoramic sunroof. Boot capacity below the cargo blind at the rear is 520 litres. Reflecting its upper luxury positioning, the latest Maybach model also receives a long list of standard driving aids.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The GLS600’s twin-turbocharged V-8 makes 558 horsepower and can motivate the big luxury SUV from zero to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds, according to Mercedes-Maybach. The engine is assisted by a 48-volt hybrid system that gives a little extra shove right from the start. If that’s not fast enough for you, check out the Mercedes-AMG GLS63, which offers a 603-hp version of this powertrain and boasts a claim of 4.1 seconds to 60 mph. We haven’t driven the GLS600 yet, but we expect a silky-smooth ride and an exceptionally quiet cabin. An air suspension is standard, and it features a Maybach mode that is said to all but erase bumps in the road.

Perhaps the least important thing about the Maybach GLS is the way it drives, but you might be happy to hear it has a stonking-great 4.0-litre biturbo V8 engine to back up those… bold looks. Max power is 550bhp and 538lb ft of torque. It’ll even do 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds despite weighing 2,785kg. Yeah, two-thousand seven-hundred and eighty-five.

There are all the usual Mercedes driving modes, but there’s now also a ‘Maybach mode’ which prioritises rear-seat comfort. Select it, and the chauffeur will be presented with a flat accelerator curve, fewer gearshifts from the nine-speed auto ‘box and all starts in second gear without the use of stop/start.

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Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

While the regular Benz-branded GLS-class SUV is a three-row affair, the Maybach GLS600 offers just two rows, both of which offer heat and massage functions. The rear seats are the place to be; with acres of legroom and two power-adjustable recliner seats, riding in the back is akin to traveling in the fanciest first-class airline cabins. A three-across bench is also offered, but c’mon, the executive treatment is what this SUV is all about. Nappa leather covers the dash, door panels, and seats, while real wood trim with a handsome pin stripe add a touch of class. A fragrance diffuser helps occupants create the sensory oasis they deserve after a hard day of being filthy rich. Cargo capacity won’t be as generous here as it is in the regular GLS-class since the rear seats are fixed and don’t fold to accommodate larger items. Mercedes-Maybach says there’s still about 19 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and will offer a handsome set of custom-fitted luggage.

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Mercedes-Benz claims a 0-62mph time for the 2710kg Maybach GLS 600 4Matic of 4.9sec. Top speed is limited to 155mph. Combined fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are put at 24.1mpg and 266g/km respectively on the WLTP cycle.

 

 

 

 

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

Mercedes-Maybach’s warranty coverage is fairly basic, but it offers coverage for up to a year longer than the policies that come with new Bentleys. There’s no complimentary scheduled maintenance included in the sale, but oil changes and tire rotations are another expense we expect the owners of such an expensive SUV will find affordable when paying for them on their own.

  • Limited warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
  • No complimentary scheduled maintenance

Nissan GT-R

This latest in the long line of Nissan’s GT-Rs has received a different nickname from everyone that drives it, and for good reason.

This GT-R not only beats the established players, it takes the rule book and does a burn-out right on top of it. £30,000 cheaper than a 911 Turbo, yet more powerful, better handling, and quicker around the Nurburgring. A driving gadget show, every bit of new tech is included on this Japanese toy, from the twin-clutch gearbox, through the onboard g-meter, to the super-trick 4wd system.

Devastatingly fast it has undeniably remained, and it apparently continues to loom large in the imagination of anyone under the age of 35.

Yet in so many ways other than outright speed, the cutting edge of the premium sports car segment has long since moved out of the reach of the GT-R, even as Nissan blithely inflated its list price to suggest parity with markedly superior opposition.

And so as the GT-R ages, its brief subtly changes. Added comfort, luxuriousness and refinement are among the priorities of the comprehensive 2017-model-year update, which comes after the car’s last major facelift in 2011.

Styling has been tweaked, the interior upgraded, refinement measures improved, the chassis revised and – inevitably – peak power from the twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre V6 increased.

£81,805 – £172,805

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Hermès Has Teamed up With Bugatti for an Elegantly-Dressed One-Off Chiron

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Taking three years to complete, the project paints the entire Chiron in an elegant white shade named Hermès Craie, unique to this commissioned one-off. The shade extends from the bodywork to the rear bumper to even the wheels and the interior, which is paired with Hermès leather and cashmere panels. The front grilles have been customized with the Parisian brand’s signature H monogram, while its iconic Courbettes horse motif graces the underside of the rear wing, visible when elevated.

It’s not the first time that Manny Khoshbin has collaborated with Hermes for a hypercar, but this is the latest addition to the hypercar-filled garage.

BUGATTI and Hermès have a long standing tradition. Ettore and Émile-Maurice Hermès had already collaborated in the 1920s. This tradition was revived in 2008 for the Veyron and now, eleven years later for a one off BUGATTI Chiron Hermes 1:1

 

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The interior boasts a custom cashmere with the wing’s horse pattern on the door inserts and beneath the center controls. A one-of-one badge that reads “Dressed by Hermès” appears on the center stack., and more one-of-one labels are scattered throughout.

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Hermès Courbettes Graphic with a series of rearing horses in wool and cashmere sheet for the interior. Originally offered on Hermès famous foulards and home fabrics, for the first time it is applied in a super sports car.
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Powered by 1500 horses, rearing under the Chiron’s wing. @mannykhoshbin chose Hermès’ traditional Courbettes graphic for the underside of the airbrake.
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The Badass Toyota Supra 4×4 Dune Buggy

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Following Toyota’s announcement about the Supra rebirth, automobile design enthusiasts have created countless mockups of the 2020 Toyota Supra 4×4 Concept. 

One of these is Rain Prisk, an Estonian digital graphic designer at Ubisoft Reflections studio. 

Thanks to his amazing concept of this awesome vehicle, he has taken the excitement several notches higher. He conceptualized the all-time favourite into a 4×4 model, opening up the fenders to create space for beefy off-road tires.

His shooting brake version has a wider, lower shape and a front-end winch. A step on the sides adds functional appeal to the design so you don’t have to jump in. 

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If you happen to love adventure, you will appreciate the roof rack and the snorkel intake for when you have to ford deep water. Add to this the running boards and front skid plate and we have a winner!

 

Falcon F7

Falcon motorsports have created the F7, a sports coupé that uses a 1100 HP V8 engine. It was created by Detroit-based car enthusiast Jeff Lemke, who has noted the Ford GT as his primary influence. The main star of the show in this car is the engine, which is a Lingenfelter built twin-turbo intercooled V8, which allows it to reach 60 MPH in 2.7 seconds. Elsewhere there’s 20-inch Michelin tires and oversized Brembo carbon ceramic disc brakes. The interior of the car uses handcrafted leather, circular gauges, in-dash iPad mini for music control, and a removable Targa roof.

 

The falcon ‘F7’s’ engine is a lingenfelter built twin turbo inter-cooled V8, that sits exposed through a hole on top of the engine lid behind the driver. power travels through a ricardo six-speed transaxle to 20 inch michelin rear tires, while accelerating to 60 mph takes just 2.7 seconds. the supercar’s ferocious power is escorted by oversized brembo carbon ceramic disc brakes. inside the cockpit a hand-crafted leather interior surrounds occupants, while the dashboard is dominated with circular guages. an in-dash iPad mini offers control of music, and the targa roof can be removed for during those long summer nights.

Falcon F7

Body:
Complete, lightweight carbon fiber/kevlar panel construction. This includes all outer fuselage panels as well as inner and structural panels for maximum weight savings, quality and durability
Chassis Layout:
Lightweight, extremely rigid, Aluminum/Carbon Fiber/Kevlar monocoque chassis
Engine:
Lingenfelter built twin turbo inter-cooled V8 rated at 1100 HP. Includes dry sump oil system
Gearbox:
Heavy duty, high performance 6 speed transaxle with dual disc clutch system
Weight:
2785 lbs
Suspension:
Penske High performance coil over pushrod suspension
Brakes:
Brembo Carbon/ceramic disc brakes, 6 piston 15.5” rotor Front. 4 piston 15” rotor Rear
Wheels/Tires:
Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires
20”forgeline wheels specific for Falcon (10” front 13” rear)
Accessories:
• Leather interior with billet gauge surrounds and knobs
• 4 speaker CD stereo with Bluetooth for hands free calling
• iPad mini in-dash to handle GPS, music library and other systems.
• Air conditioning
• Power windows and key-less ignition
• Removable targa roof panel
Other Key Features:
• Dry sump oil system
• Carbon Fiber dual plenum intake system
• Gasoline swirl tank
• Exposed carbon fiber weave throughout vehicle including underside   of hood, wheel wells, inner doors, deck-lid structure, storage   boxes, sill panels, front spoiler and door sills
• Durable, woven fabric infused composite fuselage
• Lightweight forged aluminum control arms and spindle knuckles at     all wheels
• ISIS wiring and management system
• Integrated roll hoop
• High performance, lightweight adjustable back racing style leather   seats

A.D Tramontana R

 

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The A.D Tramontana R – Basically a wingless fighter jet !

The design of the Tramontana R, which aside from the Caparo T1 and Hulme F1 Champion, is unlike anything else on the road. The styling borrows many cues from single seat race cars, like the open wheels, prominent side pods and integrated spoilers.The a.d. Tramontana R is a lighter and higher performance version of the standard a.d. Tramontana supercar. Located near Girona in the north east of Spain, a.d. Tramontana intend to produce just one car a month for consumers looking for a car which will instantly stand out from any other supercar.

The body of the Tramonta R is constructed from carbon fibre which is both light and immensely strong. The sinister black and gold color scheme of the Tramontana R shows of the bare carbon fibre weave covering almost the entire body. The gold paintwork has just been used in limited areas to highlight the contours and provide a contrast to the unpainted majority of the bodywork.

On order to work effectively the rear view mirrors jut out from the bodywork like two giant antennas, The mirror housings also feature additional turn signal lights. Under the nose section can be found the front shock absorbers which are laid out horizontally, next to a small cargo compartment.

The radical styling of the Tramontana R was partially influence by modern fighter jets and features a similar canopy style entry system constructed from aluminium. Inside there is a tandem layout in which the passenger sits slightly higher than the driver which allows them some degree of forward visibility. Although the head designer at a.d. Tramontana stated that the passenger should act as a spectator – the car is heavily orientated towards providing the driver with maximum thrills.

The control panel consists of a pair of LCD panels situated behind a smoked black screen. The information displayed can be reconfigured to suit the drivers preferences, offering either basic data like speed and rpms, or more detailed data which could be useful for track sessions. Positioned to the right of the steering wheel is the traction control system which has four different settings. Also located to the left of the steering wheel is the shift mechanism for the six speed sequential transmission.

On either side of the cockpit are large F1-style air intakes which feed cooling air to the water and oil radiators.

At the rear is the motor cover which hides the 5.5 litre V12 sourced from Mercedes-Benz. This engine produces two different power levels. The standard setting gives 550 hp @ 5,000 rpm however at the touch of a button the full 720 hp @ 5,250 rpm can be unleashed and sent through the 6 speed sequential gearbox to the rear wheels. The 0-60 mph sprint takes just 3.6 seconds while the top speed of the Tramontana R is 202 mph.

The gold colored wheels hide giant 380mm carbon ceramic discs which are gripped by six piston Brembo calipers.

Year (of specifications) 2009
Engine 5.5 litre twin turbo V12
Transmission RWD
Max speed 202 mph
0-60 mph 3.6 seconds
Horsepower 720 bhp
weight 1260 kgs / 2777 lbs

 

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2019 Dodge Barracuda

2019 Dodge Barracuda is highly expected to be the next big muscle car on the block, as many muscle car enthusiasts have already started comparing it to the SRT Challenger. It is quite difficult to say whether or not the new Barracuda car will perform better than the Challenger will. However, one thing is certain that the chance of a new muscle car production begins, is always good to hear. If you are looking to buy a luxury sports car, then you might consider waiting for this 2019 Barracuda.

2019 Dodge Barracuda Design

The Barracuda 2019 an upgraded interior and exterior that the Challenger. Thus, the new car will not only look good on the outside, but it will also feel good inside too. However, it is not easy to decode Auto her first impressions, as it seems to attract design elements of the Challenger SRT itself. Although basic sketches and renderings were made public to date, a clay model 2019 Dodge Barracuda has yet to be unveiled. Dodge is determined to design a luxury sports car and muscle if it is, then it’s just a bonus. It is expected that 2019 Barracuda proved aerodynamics and better quality materials.

2019 Dodge Barracuda Interior

Inside 2019 Barracuda is well designed, the introduction of a large number of features and design components, new to the world of our conventional muscles. Particular attention was paid to the aspects of safety and luxury, which emphasize the positive aspects of this vehicle. All this should help drivers remain comfortable when driving the 2019 Dodge Barracuda, even at high speeds.

2019 Dodge Barracuda Engine

2019 Dodge Barracuda get the power of a range of engine blocks, including the Pentastar V-6 and 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 option. This power unit is capable of generating 600 B Horsepower, which will be a huge performance gain for any car of this category. Compared with the Challenger, fuel economy off Barracuda 2019 should be better because of a large number of technical additions.

2019 Dodge Barracuda Price and release date

The price and Dodge Barracuda 2019 release date have not been made public by the manufacturers. Some rumors say that the launch date will be somewhere around 2019 and it will cost more than $ 60,000. However, potential buyers could expect to get something better than what they have achieved in the previous version of Barracuda.

Engineering the Ford Cortina Mark I

The 1962-66 Cortina Mark I was a landmark product for Ford of Britain. Watch the engineers torture-test their new creation in this nifty factory film. Introduced to the public on October 20, 1962, the Cortina Mk I represented a major step forward at Ford of Britain—it was “a miracle of packaging, manufacturing efficiency, and price,” proclaimed Auto Express. Initially, a front-wheel-drive system as used by Ford of Germany’s Taunus was considered by the Dagenham engineers, but then rejected in favor of a conventional rear-drive platform. Handsomely styled by Roy Brown Jr., the American designer responsible for the vivacious Edsel, the Cortina was offered in an ambitious variety of body styles—-coupe, sedan, and estate wagon—and in a plethora of models and trim levels, including a GT and a potent Lotus model.

 

 

A popular car in its day, the Cortina (initially called the Consul Cortina, but the Consul label was soon dropped) was produced in more than one million copies in the Mk I version through 1966, and millions more in the successor Mk II through Mk V models through 1982. Take note of the performance statistics in the film. They may not seem terribly exciting today, but they were impressive indeed for an affordable British car of the early 1960s. A series of small but capable four-cylinder engines and a light, modern unit-construction chassis enabled the zippy performance numbers. Let’s tighten our belts and ride along with the Ford test drivers.

 

The Honda Mean Mower 2

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The Insane 134MPH Mower

If there’s anyone who knows a thing or two about going fast, it’s the folks at Top Gear. And that doesn’t just mean in cars – as was evidenced when they set a Guinness World Record for building the world’s fastest lawnmower with Honda back in 2014. Unfortunately, they were dethroned shortly thereafter. Now, however, they’re looking to ascend again with the Honda Mean Mower Mk. 2.

To be driven in the world-record attempt by stunt driver, Jess Hawkins, this second iteration grass-cutter features some major improvements over the original. For instance, the output has been nearly doubled – that means 190+ bhp from the new 999cc SP1 Fireblade engine onboard. The team building it is also shooting toward a dry weight of only about 440 lbs, which means – when paired with the engine output – this lawnmower may be able to do 0-60 in under 3 seconds. Whether or not they shatter the record remains to be seen, but by all accounts this is promising to be an impressive machine.

 

 

 

TOYOTA SUPRA 4×4 CONCEPT 2020

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The fifth-generation 2020 Supra — code-named A90 — has looks that will put even the bright-orange fourth-generation Fast and Furious movie car to shame.

Toyota made some big waves recently by announcing the rebirth of one of their most coveted sports cars, the Supra, which they’re bringing back after nearly two decades.  The sports car is one of Toyota’s most iconic models, thanks to a star-making turn in The Fast and the Furious. And while some folks were quite pleased with the announcement, others felt the unveiling fell a bit flat. We’re not sure exactly where Estonian digital designer Rain Prisk falls, but we do know he’s already taken the car to task and created this jaw-dropping 4×4 concept.

‘Insane’ might not be a powerful enough word to describe what Prisk has done here, completely overhauling the low-stance Japanese export into a lifted, all-terrain, off-road-ready panther of a car. And the redesign isn’t just a simple lift kit, as that wouldn’t really fit Prisk’s extremely detailed style. No, it’s also got a front-end winch, massive wheel arches to suit beefed-up tires, a step so you can climb in without jumping, a snorkel intake for fording deep water, and even a roof rack. It’s a shame that this beautiful monstrosity will likely never see the light of day, but we’re glad to have seen what could have been.