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Audi S6 0-60 3.7 Seconds & Snake River Jump?

Nothing truly exhilarating ever really happens in a few seconds — until now. The new 2013 Audi S6 accelerates from 0-60 in a mere 3.7 seconds and was recently ranked “The World’s Best Sedan” by Car and Driver over the M5 and E63. Warning: Your adrenalin may rise as fast as the speedometer.

There are a lot of things slower than an S6. Car and Driver recently clocked it running to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and named it the World’s Best Sedan—ahead of the BMW M5 & Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG. What are some other things slower than our new Audi S6? Autoweek.com

Follow this link to the Car and Driver story http://www.caranddriver.com/comparisons/2013-audi-s6-vs-2013-bmw-m5-2012-merc…


Audi RS 5 Cabriolet – 2013 Official Pix

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Dynamic performance where the sky’s the limit – Audi introduces the RS 5 Cabriolet. The four-seat convertible with a cloth soft top entices with a unique combination of elegance and power. Its 4.2 FSI, a high-revving naturally aspirated V8 engine, outputs 331 kW (450 hp). It accelerates the high-performance sports car from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 4.9 seconds.

Read much more here: http://tinyurl.com/cd5j9vx


Audi TTS Competition Special Edition – Lucky 13 (2013)

The Audi TT is neither ugly nor a race car, but that didn’t stop Audi from making a TTS competition special edition, a package of visual tweaks that turn the TT’s sporty looks up a couple of notches.

The competition special edition options package won’t do anything crazy to the car — it doesn’t add any power — but Audi made the car look a bit more aggressive. It accomplished this by adding special bumpers with a unique diffuser design, the fixed rear wing from the TT RS (finished in gloss black), and a smattering of S-line badges. The front grille is black on black, with matte black radiator grille surrounds over a matte black front license plate frame and front fog light grille. Audi buyers can specify their TTS competition special edition painted in samoa orange, glacier white, daytona gray, or misano red. For the competition special edition Audi lowered the TTS’s ride height by about 0.4 inches, and the whole package sits atop black, five-spoke, 19-inch wheels.


Mini Kills the Rocketman?

Mini is suspending work on the Rocketman, the United Kingdom’s Car magazine reports. The company has a load of new products debuting, but the mini Mini won’t be one of them.

This isn’t too much of a surprise. Last June, Mini told Automotive News that it feared that a Smart competitor wouldn’t be profitable.

Combine that with the fact that the mini Mini would require some investment from parent company BMW to meet current regulations. Crash performance in particular was a challenge. Stability and handling problems also played a part.

 

 


2011 BMW Frozen Black Edition M3 Coupe

Many more photos HERE:  Best Car Trends.com 2011 BMW M3 Frozen Black

The 2011  BMW Frozen Black Edition M3 coupe is a blacked-out, even more sinister  version of the imposing M3. Consider this if the Le Mans blue or others colors  don’t suit your tastes. Only 20 are coming to North America, and that started in  June. Good luck getting one. The base sticker is $80,525.

The “frozen” paint adds a matte finish to the black paint, which is meant to  accentuate the lines and contours of this BMW  muscle coupe. It’s a glorified paint job but look at it–and drive it–and you  won’t debate the merits of the proposition. The Batmobile look is set off by  glossy black gills on the sides, the kidney grille in front and on the exhaust  pipes. There also are red brake calipers that catch the eye even in motion. The  car also gets the competition pack, which lowers the ride height by 10  millimeters and adds M3GTS 19-inch wheels.

Power is the same as in the “standard M3,” with a 4.0-liter V8 pushing out  414 hp. It’s only offered with the dual-clutch transmission, which lowers the  sprint to 60 mph two-tenths of a second to 4.5 seconds.

Read more: http://www.autoweek.com/article/20111017/CARREVIEWS/111019887#ixzz1b4vtfURk


2012 BMW 3-Series Photos Here

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BMW  has revealed its sixth-generation 3-series  sedan. The new model is the first in an unprecedented six-car lineup that will  include a five-door GT and a four-door GranCoupe for the first time. BMW plans  to put the car on sale across North America in February as a 2012 model. BMW  officials suggest the price will rise an average 3 percent over the hugely  popular fifth-generation 3-series sedan, on sale here since 2005.

Read more: http://www.autoweek.com/article/20111014/CARNEWS/111019928#ixzz1an4Eu9WI


BMW celebrates 328 Roadster’s 75th Anniversary

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When the foundations were laid for the construction of the BMW 328 in the early 1930s, the car‘s creators Rudolf Schleicher and Fritz Fiedler had little idea of the significance the sporty two-seater would one day attain. Several decades on, this Roadster, with its powerful 2-litre six-cylinder motor, is still lauded as the most beautiful and successful sports car of its time. Schleicher and Fiedler made the ideal engineering team for such a project. In addition to their deep knowledge in many areas of automotive construction, the two men could call on many years of experience, a wealth of ideas and, above all, ambition. They complemented each other perfectly, the engine specialist Schleicher blending his talents with Fiedler’s expertise in vehicle construction to outstanding effect.

In the BMW 328 they developed a refined sports car, whose qualities would provide one of the pillars for further developments over the decades that followed. The cars wheeled out for those successful early races were in fact prototype versions developed in the simplest of surroundings. Nowadays the creation of a new car evolves as part of a process costing millions and is drawn out over several years. It includes the contributions of hundreds of engineers and designers working under the strictest secrecy in development centres and design studios. By extreme contrast, the BMW 328 was put together in double-quick time with minimal use of materials and manpower. When Mssrs Schleicher and Fiedler conceived the BMW 328, there was no such thing as market research, a design department or a wind tunnel at BMW, never mind the electronic tools their counterparts take for granted today.

Read more: http://www.autoweek.com/article/20110512/CARNEWS/110519948#ixzz1MAQzrMp3

 

New BMW M5 – 2013?

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BMW’s M division has gone back to the drawing board with the M5, giving the fifth generation of the iconic four-door a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 engine—the first time Munich’s class-defining performance sedan has gone without a naturally aspirated powerplant since its introduction in 1984.

Read more: http://www.autoweek.com/article/20110404/CARNEWS/110409967#ixzz1IeCEryW1


Aston Martin: Cygnet

 

http://www.astonmartin.com/eng/thecars/cygnet

“Cygnet needs to satisfy the demands of emissions and space. It is a car without compromise, just like every other Aston Martin” says Aston Martin CEO Dr Ulrich Bez. The Aston Martin Cygnet is just three metres long, but can seat up to four people and is the ideal size for driving in today’s busy towns and cities. No more tight squeezes, no more missed parking spaces, it’s a car perfect for commuting to work, navigating nimbly through congestion and traversing the city where others cannot. But the Cygnet is more than just a small car. It is a statement of individuality and discernment. We’ve created a highly personal mode of urban transportation, one that you can tailor to your lifestyle and fit to suit your needs and demands. It is both practical and sophisticated with all the elegance, luxury and craftsmanship that has come to be expected with an Aston Martin. Just smaller. “Our customers need a small car for urban and city use, and they want the right tools for the right job, to downsize creatively without compromising intelligence, artistry and personality”, adds Dr Bez.

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Smart ForFour & 3 Seat Sports Car

 

 

 

 

   Some new Smart cars that the USA may eventually get?  Here’s hoping!

 

From WIKI

The Smart Forfour was a supermini that was produced by Smart between April 2004 and June 2006. Unlike the other models of the marque, the Forfour was a more conventional five-door hatchback with a relatively roomy interior, available as a four- / five-seater.

The car was produced at the NedCar factory in the Netherlands in conjunction with Mitsubishi Motors. This is the same factory that produced Volvo 300 cars in 1970s and 1980s and the Volvo V40s in the 1990s. To save production costs, the Smart Forfour shares most of its components with the 2003 Mitsubishi Colt. This includes the chassis, suspension and a new generation of MIVEC petrol engines, ranging from the three cylinder 1.1 L (67 cu in) to the four cylinder 1.3 L (79 cu in) and 1.5 L (92 cu in) engines with power up to 80 kW (109 PS; 107 hp). The 1.5 L (92 cu in) common direct injection (cdi) diesel engine, on the contrary, is a three-cylinder Mercedes-Benz engine derived from the four-cylinder used in the Mercedes-Benz A-Class, and is available with either 68 PS (50 kW; 67 hp) or 95 PS (70 kW; 94 hp).

A Brabus-prepared sports version has been available since 2005. It is powered by a turbocharged Mitsubishi 4G15 engine, developing 130 kW (177 PS; 174 hp), 27 PS (20 kW; 27 hp) more than the Mitsubishi Colt CZT. It can reach a maximum speed of 221 km/h (137 mph) and accelerate from zero to 100 km/h (60 mph) in 6.9 seconds. The Forfour was to be sold in the United States along with the revived Smart Formore vehicle.[1] However, due to slow sales, the Forfour has been phased out from production. [2]

The sales brochures state that the interior “is designed around the concept of a lounge”; to test this, Top Gear presenters spent 24 hours inside the Forfour. They said it was a nice place to be in but they would not buy the car due to its high price compared to its rivals.

Following Smart’s success launching the fortwo in the US, and due to a surprise increase in popularity in the forfour, Mercedes-Benz exec Rainer Schmückle recently revealed that officials were considering relaunching the car.[3]

Electric version

A Smart forFour has been converted into a plug-in hybrid by Lithium Technology Corporation and Zytek Systems. The lithium-ion battery can propel the vehicle up to 84 mph (135 km/h) and last on its own for up to 20 miles (32 km). The engine is a combination of a 68 hp (51 kW; 69 PS), 1.5 L (92 cu in), three-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine and two high-efficiency permanent-magnet electric motors. It received an award from the Energy Saving Trust for the “Ultra Low Carbon Car Challenge” project [4].