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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Mercedes CLS63 AMG

The Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG and its bi-turbo V8 engine is the ultimate muscle car. The noise when it first starts up is glorious and thoroughly amazing, as turbochargers usually have a habit of muffling even the loudest engines. Its engine is an incentive to run the 4-door coupe in its "eco" mode, because the car shuts itself off at every stoplight, and then restarts as soon as you move off — with another opportunity to hear that V8 roar. The CLS63 AMG may only get 16 mpg. It may be a little somber and slightly cramped inside. It may have just too much technology, with all those lane-drift warnings, following-distance warnings, sleepy-driver alerts and blind-spot warning lights. But I can forgive this car almost anything because of that engine and that wonderful noise.

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS adopts a more aggressive design, and the CLS63 AMG takes it even further, packing supercar performance into a 4-door, 4-seat package. The AMG bi-turbo V8 engine produces abundant torque and the CLS63 AMG is as fast as anything but the most exotic, fastest sports cars. It rockets forward with a squeeze of the throttle at any speed, but it is also a complete package, with the AMG-tuned suspension, steering, brakes and transmission all delivering the same level of performance as the hand-built engine. All of the AMG magic works together to give the driver precise control and an amazing level of performance, with a balanced and nimble feel despite its size, along with the ability to transport four adults in rapid comfort. The interior embodies elegant performance, with sport seats, a sport wheel and aluminum shift paddles. As if the "standard" 518 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque were inadequate, our test car included the AMG Performance Package that boosts power to 550 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque, with the electronically limited top speed raised to 186 mph. A fun feature is the start-stop function that shuts down the engine at a stop and restarts it instantly with a touch of the throttle, accompanied by a menacing growl from the exhaust. It only works when the transmission is set to Comfort mode though, eliminating the fraction of a second delay in Sport, Sport+ or Manual.

This CLS 63 is an absolutely amazing vehicle. On the surface, it's just a gorgeous 4-door sedan with coupelike lines and unique LED headlights. But those in the know will notice the quad exhaust pipes, the carbon-fiber rear spoiler and 19-inch AMG wheels. And even those who don't recognize this as something even more special than a standard Mercedes CLS, the fact that it sounds like a muscle car and accelerates like a hot rod are bound to attract some attention. The 7-speed automatic has a variety of settings — from Comfort to Sport+ — and it shifts remarkably fast. The seven speeds also help with fuel economy, as does the auto shutoff — the engine shuts off when the car is stopped, starting up again when the brake is released. The 18 mpg I saw isn't great, but considering the 550-horsepower V8 engine under the hood, it's not bad. There are also several settings for the suspension, but even the softest is pretty stiff. Overall, CLS63 is the complete package: great looks, a comfortable and attractive interior, and enough power to blow the doors off of most other cars on the road.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Toyota Land Cruiser V8

Allround rating: 4/5

The 2012 Toyota Land Cruiser V8 comes as a single model with a 4.5-litre V8 turbodiesel.
Reported at the end of December that the 2012 Toyota Land Cruiser V8 was going to debut on 12th January at the Brussels Motor Show and, following that debut, we now learn Toyota will be wanting a not inconsiderable 80,000 euro for the Land Cruiser V8 in Europe.

Which is a lot of money, even for a big off-roader, but then the V8 Land Cruiser is a lot of vehicle and, in its new 2012 iteration, it offers a lot of value for money.

The strength of the V8 Land Cruiser has always been its old school abilities; a V8 Land Cruiser can do what no other high-end SUV – outside Land Rover, perhaps – can do. But now for 2012 it also comes with a whole heap of home comforts and some clever techs.

The 4.5 litre turbodiesel gets 268 horsepower and 479 torque, which is more than enough to tear anything out of the ground you may want, if not perhaps enough to take on trendy softroad SUVs in the traffic light Grand Prix. But that’s not the point of the Land Cruiser – it’s the go anywhere ability that is.
Those goodies for 2012 include stuff like crawl control and turn assist, which cleverly brakes the inside rear wheel at low speeds for tight tuns. There’s also Toyota’s version of Terrarin Response – Multi-Terrain Select – which modifies a whole range of parameters - such as traction control, brakes and throttle response – to set up the Land Cruiser for its task.

Cosmetic changes outside are small, with modified front bumper, new headlights with LED running lights, some extra chrome and new tail lights. Inside there’s more chrome, clever sliding back seats, Toyota’s Touch Pro – which gives you a rear view camera, Bluetooth, Multimedia and rear-view camera – heated and cooled front seats, cool box and better quality trim and finishes.

There may just be one model of 2012 Land Cruiser V8 on offer, but if you really must spend a bit more you can add in Toyota’s Premium In-Car Entertainment option, which gives you a pair of 8″ monitors in the back which can screen content from DVD, USB or SD cards, and can do so independently of each other.
Available in eight colours - including two new ones, Pearl White and Pure White.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Porsche 944 Turbo S

General Information
The most common Porsche is the 911 but I want to show you another type. Porsche 944 Turbo S.
this 1988's model Porsche 944 Turbo S looks pretty cool. In 1991 they changed the name to Porsche 968.

The Porsche 944 is a sports car that was produced from 1982 to 1991 by the German car manufacturer Porsche. It was intended to replace the 924 but this 944 was more modern, more reliable and faster.

The alliance with Audi was maintained in the development of the 944.
This car was the entry level Porsche, now that is the Boxster (S) and Cayman (S). At the introduction of the 944 in 1982 there was only a 2-door coupe models. In 1989 the first convertible versions got on the market.

The engine was located in the front, which was unusual for a Porsche. Nevertheless, the 944 had a huge success for Porsche in the 80s.

So we´ll have a closer look into 1988´s Porsche 944 Turbo S specifications.
A 2.5L motor can produce 247HP it can go from 0-100 in just 5,5s. Topspeed is around 270 km/h.

In 1990 it was curtains closed for the basic model with the 2.7 liter engine.

In February 1991 introduced the Porsche Turbo convertible, 250 hp engine that the turbo combined with a convertible body.
Porsche announced that only 500 units would be build, but eventually 625 copies were made.