Thursday, 22 September 2011

2015 Chrysler 300


2015 Chrysler 300 SRT8, 300C Executive Series, 300S Review -Price,Photos,

Features,Specifications & Launch


The 2011 model year brought the introduction of the all-new Chrysler 300, 300 Limited and 300C.
For 2012, the Chrysler brand is expanding the appeal of its flagship 300 sedan even further by launching three all-new models.

Photo: 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 -

As the king of the lineup, the 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 adds high-performance hardware to the elegant proportions and head turning design of the 2011 Chrysler 300C to provide the ultimate
combination of world-class luxury, power and handling.

Photo: 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8

With an estimated 465 horsepower and 465 lb.-ft. of torque, the 300 SRT8 is targeted at customers that seek heart pounding, adrenaline filled excitement, but don’t want to sacrifice comfort
and innovative features to get it.

Photo: 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8

Appealing to younger, more urban-centric customers that want world-class sophistication combined with athletic-luxury and a more aggressive look,
the all-new 2012 Chrysler 300S delivers. This 300 “street machine” features 20-inch aluminum wheels with black painted pockets, sport-tuned suspension, premium audio, black exterior
accents and a monotone black or exclusive black with Radar Red interior environment.

Photo: 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8

Designed to be the most luxurious Chrysler sedan ever, the all-new 2012 Chrysler 300C Executive Series with an ultra-premium leather wrapped cockpit,
will appeal to customers looking to reward their hard work with a true American luxury vehicle that rivals the best the imports can offer.
“We’re bringing three new and distinct models to our 300 lineup in 2012 with the 300 SRT8, 300S Series and 300C Executive Series, each designed with specific consumer lifestyles in mind,”
said Olivier Francois, President and CEO — Chrysler Brand and Lead Executive for Marketing, Chrysler Group LLC. “More than an icon of simple American motoring, the Chrysler 300 is an
icon of attainable style and performance. For those customers who live for the sport of being first, the all-new Chrysler 300 SRT8 is the no compromises king of the hill, featuring the ultimate
combination of world-class luxury and performance in our most powerful, best-handling sedan ever.”

Photo: 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8

The Street and Racing Technology (SRT) performance engineering team builds upon the all-new 2011 Chrysler 300 sedan already executed for a world-class luxury experience,
to deliver Chrysler’s most powerful and best handling model ever.
Projected performance numbers include 0-60 mph acceleration in the high 4-second range; quarter mile in high 12 second range; 0-100-0 mph in less than 16 seconds, top speed of 175 mph
and stopping power from 60-0 mph in 120 feet.
Owners of any Chrysler Group SRT vehicle receive one day of professional driving instruction from the Richard Petty Racing School as part of the SRT Track Experience,
designed to maximize their driving knowledge and skills on the street or track. Sessions are held throughout the year at selected tracks.
The return of the 300 SRT8 to the Chrysler lineup in 2012 evokes a strong comparison to the original high-performance production car of its time – the 1955 Chrysler 300. Known for simple,
strong lines, excellent engineering, high levels of luxury and outstanding performance with the first modern American V-8 engine to produce 300 horsepower, the first Chrysler 300 (C-300)
was styled by Virgil Exner, who radically redesigned the entire Chrysler line and created what they called “The Forward Look” in 1955. Without much chrome on the sides, his designs were
simple, but strong. Exner is credited with creating the illusion of fast, forward movement.
The Chrysler C-300 won on both the road course and the “flying mile” at Daytona in 1955. In 1956, the Chrysler 300B model won both events again.
In fact, the Chrysler 300s dominated NASCAR competition in 1955 and 1956, taking the overall championship in both years. A legendary and luxurious performance car was born.
The “letter cars” quickly became the most desirable of the Chrysler lineup and became known as the “Beautiful Brutes.”

Photo: 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8

Awe-inspiring powertrain

Under the hood of the 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8, the new 6.4-liter HEMI® V-8 makes its debut in the Chrysler brand product lineup delivering an estimated 465 horsepower and 465 lb.-ft. of
torque, up 40 horsepower and 45 lb.-ft. over the 6.1-liter HEMI V-8 it replaces.
The improved torque output – including an additional 80 lb.-ft. at 2,900 rpm – allows for inspired standing starts and improved straight-line performance while new,
performance-tuned motor mounts improve idle stability and ride control at any speed. An active intake manifold and high-lift camshaft with cam phasing provides maximum low-end torque
while optimizing high-end power.
Even with the elevated power numbers, an estimated 25-percent fuel economy increase on the highway is achieved by use of a new for 2012 active valve exhaust system that allows the
standard Fuel Saver technology (four-cylinder mode) to engage over a wider rpm range. The new active exhaust system also allows for straight-through mid and rear mufflers for a throaty
exhaust note under engine load.
Specific fuel economy numbers will be announced closer to the vehicle introduction.
Standard steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters join the standard Auto Stick on the floor console. Both are mated to the proven five-speed automatic transmission,
allowing a choice of spirited shifting on the road and the race track.
Both methods give the driver the ability to manually shift the transmission. The transmission controller calibration in “Auto” mode prevents situations that might over rev the engine;
while in “Sport” mode, it allows the driver full control of the shifting schedule. Fully adaptive electronic control of all shifting makes the powertrain more responsive while minimizing
harshness.

Photo: 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8

Outstanding ride and handling

New for 2012 is an Adaptive Damping Suspension (ADS) system that is tuned specifically for the Chrysler 300 SRT8 to offer a compliant and comfortable ride.
The ADS system also uses a wide range of on-road and driver inputs – such as vehicle speed, steering angle, steering speed, brake torque, throttle position and lateral and vertical
accelerations – to automatically tune the suspension for specific conditions when necessary.
In addition, drivers can manually choose between “Auto” and “Sport” settings that quickly change the shock damping and harshness characteristics from everyday commuting to more
spirited driving situations.
The performance SRT-tuned, fully-hydraulic steering system also has been improved with a new, heavy-duty pump and revised gearing to give drivers more direct feel and on-center response.
New seven-spoke, 20-inch lightweight forged aluminum wheels and available three- or four-season tires provide great looks with fun-to-drive performance and handling.
Outstanding braking
SRT vehicles are well known for their world-class stopping power and the 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 features 14.2 inch (front) and 13.8 inch (rear) vented/slotted rotors with four-piston
Brembo calipers painted in silver finish. Improved brake cooling and fade performance comes courtesy of new underbody belly pan with integrated brake ducting.
The standard Ready Alert Braking system anticipates situations when the driver may initiate an emergency brake stop and engages the electronic stability control pump to set brake pads
against rotors in order to decrease the time required for full brake application.
Aggressive and functional exterior with available Black Chrome Package
An exclusive new front fascia has a modern, yet timeless appearance that is carried through with the all-new grille and new Chrysler wing badge.
The black chrome upper and lower grille surrounds and rear valance strip are part of the available Black Chrome Package.
The 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 is one-half inch lower when compared to the base car and features new SRT-exclusive side sill cladding painted in matching body color for the “planted” look of a
true sports sedan.
The rear includes a unique lower fascia with chrome accent bar, new 4-inch round dual exhaust tips and a modified SRT8 decklid badge with new black accent.
Rounding out the Black Chrome Package are the black chrome accent spear and exclusive black chrome wheels.

Photo: 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8

Race inspired and functional interior

The all-new interior environment combines world-class luxury accommodations with performance-oriented technology and appointments.
An all-new leather-wrapped, heated, SRT-exclusive steering wheel features a unique rim section with a flattened bottom surface showing the SRT logo.
Standard paddle shift controls flank both sides of the new contoured palm rests while all audio and Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) controls are accessible from the horizontal
spokes on the steering wheel.
For the high-performance look, real carbon fiber interior trim pieces are integrated into the new instrument panel, door spears and shifter bezel and new racing style brake and gas pedal pads
are standard.
The new full-color graphic EVIC with exclusive Performance Pages includes timers for 0-60 mph, one-eighth mile and quarter-mile times, 60-0 braking distance, along with lateral and
longitudinal g-forces within the touchscreen display.
The new instrument panel’s 8.4-inch color touchscreen display – the segment’s largest standard display – also has all the same Performance Pages data as the EVIC,
and is further expanded to include steering angle, horsepower, and torque outputs along with engine gauges. The display is customizable to a driver selectable background.
An available Premium Leather Interior Package offers Poltrona Frau “Foligno” leather wrapped upper door trim panels, instrument panel, cluster brow and center console side panels.
Nappa leather covers the door bolster, armrest and center console armrest.
The standard heated and ventilated front seats have active head rests with the SRT logo embroidered in seat backs. Rear seats also are heated for passenger comfort.
Modified door trim panels feature unique bolster material and accent stitching on arm rests to match the seats.
Safety and security
The all-new 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 features more than 70 advanced safety and security features,
including standard Keyless Enter-N-Go and electronic stability control (ESC) with segment-exclusive Ready Alert Braking and Rain Brake Support safety features to improve overall vehicle
handling and performance.
Chrysler brand’s signature SafetyTec Group is available on the 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 and packages many first-time-available features including adaptive-forward lighting (AFL),
high-intensity discharge (HID) projector high and low-beams with automatic headlamp leveling, Forward Collision Warning (FCW) with adaptive-cruise control (ACC),
Blind-spot monitoring (BSM) with Rear Cross Path (RCP) detection, ParkSense® front and rear park assist system, LED-illuminated rear fog lamps, exterior mirrors with supplemental turn
signals and approach lamp.
In addition, standard front-row reactive head restraints, standard full-length side-curtain air bags, driver’s knee bag and standard front seat-mounted side-thorax air bags offer enhanced
occupant protection to passengers in the event of a collision.

Photo: 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8
Connectivity and Infotainment

New for 2012 is the available SRT performance sound system from Harman Kardon®. Producing the ultimate in sound quality, the 900-watt, 19-speaker system includes:
Seven 3.5-inch Unity coaxial mid-range speakers with seven integrated tweeters located in the instrument panel, rear doors and rear deck
Two 6 x 9-inch subwoofers located in the front doors
Two 6 x 9-inch subwoofers in the rear deck
One 10-inch subwoofer in the rear deck
12-channel, high-speed amplifier

The state-of-the-art Uconnect® Touch 8.4N system provides all of the next-generation mobile infotainment and multimedia items to keep passengers connected between any destinations.
With the segment’s largest standard touchscreen display (8.4-inches), the easy-to-use system delivers world-class functionality with an intuitive user interface that was benchmarked against
the best E-segment sedans from Europe, Asia and North America.
Segment-exclusive Garmin® navigation on the premium Uconnect Touch 8.4N model provides easy-to-use maps, lane guidance and more than 6 million points of interest.
SIRIUS Travel Link on the premium Uconnect Touch 8.4N provides real-time weather, fuel prices, sports scores and movie theater information to make any trip more efficient and fun.
SIRIUS Traffic provides real-time traffic reports where available.
Uconnect Voice Command, Uconnect Touch, steering-wheel controls and familiar center-stack controls all work in synergy to make the experience intuitive and simple for the driver.
All-new Chrysler 300S and 300C Executive Models Expand the Chrysler 300 Letter Series Heritage with More Personality and Style
All-new 2012 Chrysler 300S series brings a youthful and aggressive appearance with athletic style and sophistication
Chrysler brand redefines mobile audio experience with the world’s first integration of Beats™ by Dr. Dre™ audio technology on all-new 300S models,
creating the high-definition sound experience the way the artist intended you to hear it
With premium materials and world-class refinement, the all-new 300C Executive Series is the most luxurious Chrysler sedan ever
Two all-new models bring uniquely distinct personalities to the Chrysler flagship sedan’s 2012 model lineup
Available in Chrysler showrooms in third quarter 2011
With its dramatic styling and world-class power, the Chrysler 300 has appealed to people of all lifestyles since 2005. Now, with unique luxury and style appointments,
the all-new 2012 Chrysler 300S and 300C Executive Series models broaden the appeal of the Chrysler brand’s flagship sedan with even more style in two uniquely appointed directions,
while delivering world-class refinement, materials and grand-touring performance.

Photo: 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8
All-new 2012 Chrysler 300S Series
Adding an avant-garde appearance to the letter-series flagship sedans, the all-new Chrysler 300S V-6 and V-8 models take the American brand in a new direction with world-class ride and
handling, discrete exterior styling elements, contemporary interior materials and state-of-the-art technology features.
“No chrome . . . no wood . . . matte carbon fiber finishes . . . unique black or Radar Red leather . . . our biggest wheels, and world’s first integration of Beats by Dr. Dre audio technology – the
best standard audio system period. This is the new Chrysler 300S and it has an attitude that comes through loud and clear,” said Olivier Francois, President and CEO — Chrysler Brand and
Lead Executive for Marketing, Chrysler Group LLC. “For the Chrysler brand, it’s not just about design, it’s about substance. And with the Chrysler team working with Dr. Dre and Jimmy
Iovine for months, I know the new 300S with its mapped sound waves, designed algorithms and unique Beats Audio components are a direct result from our model collaboration – a
partnership between an OEM and the music industry – that makes the 300S perform with the power to play music as the artist intended it to be heard.”
With larger 20-inch polished-face aluminum wheels with black painted pockets, wider all-season performance tires, touring-tuned (performance-tuned with HEMI® V-8 engine) second-
generation E-segment chassis architecture with 25 percent quicker steering and 20 percent heavier on-center feel than the entry-level 300 model, the all-new Chrysler 300S V-6 and V-8
models are engineered for driving enjoyment.
Hinting that this Chrysler sedan was born with attitude and street-cred – unique body-color fascia accents and mirrors, and black-accented headlamp bezels with matching sculpted
horizontal grille blades in black chrome replace bright chrome to give the 2012 Chrysler 300S a low-key street presence.
The interior of Chrysler 300S models exude an athletic-luxury theme with 12-way power driver and passenger front seats with large-bolstered and heated monotone cloth sport seats
surrounded by an interior environment in black or Radar Red. Exclusive use of Piano Black on interior center stack, instrument panel, steering wheel, gauge cluster and door panel elements
provide a uniquely lacquered and highly detailed appearance. Completing the enthusiast-designed interior are matte carbon hydrographic finished accents, replacing traditional burl wood.
State-of-the-art Uconnect® Touch 8.4 provides 2012 Chrysler 300S passengers with the segment’s largest touchscreen display (8.4-inch) and next-generation mobile infotainment,
connectivity and multimedia features.
Uconnect Touch also controls the 522-watt 12-channel amplifier that integrates the heart of the Beats proprietary equalizer algorithm, creating the high-definition sound Beats Audio
founders Dr. Dre, and Jimmy Iovine, Chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Records, require in their professional recording studios.
Behind the world’s first integration of Beats™ by Dr. Dre™ audio technology, the 2012 Chrysler 300S features a high-performance 10-speaker Beats Audio system. Delivering the mid- to
high-range needed for studio-quality sound are three 3.5-inch speakers located in the instrument panel and two 3.5-inch speakers located in the rear doors. Two 6 x 9-inch front-door
woofers provide bass, while two 6 x 9-inch speakers and a center-mounted 8-inch speaker located in the rear-shelf area provide full-range audio.
Maximizing how music genres from hip hop to Motown should sound and feel, an 8-inch Beats Audio trunk-mounted dual-voice coil subwoofer with sealed enclosure delivers tight, powerful,
punchy bass.
Chrysler 300S V-6
The 2012 Chrysler 300S V-6 model features the aluminum 3.6-liter Pentastar engine delivering 292 best-in-class six-cylinder horsepower through an all-new segment-exclusive ZF
eight-speed automatic transmission. For even more spirited driving with performance feel, the driver can utilize all-new steering-wheel mounted magnesium paddle shifters to manually
select the desired gear.
When equipped with the optional Luxury Group, the Chrysler 300S V-6 includes premium Nappa leather sport seating in black or exclusive Radar Red, memory module that stores position
of the driver seat, exterior mirror, steering wheel, pedal and radio for two drivers, heated rear seats, heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, power tilt and telescoping steering column,
power-adjustable pedals, power sunshade, vehicle security alarm, driver’s side auto-dimming mirrors and auto-tilt in Reverse, heated/cooled cup holders, trunk mat, satin chrome lower
door sills with “Chrysler” logo, and LED illuminated front-footwells and front and rear map pockets.

Photo: 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8

Chrysler 300S V-8
Packed with a 363 horsepower 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engine including innovative Fuel Saver Technology, a five-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and Auto Stick,
performance-tuned suspension and larger performance disc brakes, the 2012 Chrysler 300S V-8 delivers world-class power and refinement with enthusiast-tuned handling.
In addition to the features included on the Chrysler 300S V-6 with Luxury Group, the eight-cylinder 300S model adds 160-mph LED-illuminated instrument cluster, rain-sensing windshield
wipers, Smartbeam headlamps, ParkView® rear back-up camera, and HomeLink universal transceiver.
Chrysler 300S V-6 and V-8 AWD models
Providing additional all-season confidence, the Chrysler 300S V-6 and V-8 all-wheel-drive (AWD) models utilize 19-inch polished-face aluminum wheels with black painted pockets,
P235/55R19 all-season performance tires and the most advanced AWD system in its class.
For inclement weather driving conditions and exceptional road manners, the all-new 2011 Chrysler 300S AWD models feature a segment-exclusive active transfer case and front-axle
disconnect system. This exclusive AWD system also is designed to improve fuel economy by up to 5 percent over competitive full-time all AWD systems. No other major automotive
manufacturer offers the combination of these two independent technologies. The Chrysler flagship sedan’s innovative AWD system seamlessly transitions between rear-wheel drive (RWD)
and AWD with no driver intervention. When AWD is not required, the system automatically disconnects the front axle to maximize fuel economy while still providing the outstanding
performance and handling inherent in RWD vehicles.
The 2012 Chrysler 300S letter-series models arrive at Chrysler dealerships in the fall of 2011.

Photo: 2012 Chrysler 300C Executive Series

All-new 2012 Chrysler 300C Executive Series
Designed to be the most luxurious Chrysler flagship sedan ever, the all-new Chrysler 300C Executive Series combines ultra-premium leather – once limited to some of the most exotic Italian
luxury cars – with world-class refinement and handling, state-of-the-art safety and connectivity features and the legendary 363 horsepower 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engine with Fuel Saver
Technology.
“For us, it’s not only about making the all-new Chrysler 300C great for a segment, it’s about tailoring it for an individual . . . the businessman . . . the outperformer . . . the trendsetter,” added
Francois. “The 2012 Chrysler 300C Executive Series makes a statement with all of its appointments and contrasts. With hand-sanded real wood accents, hand-stitched Italian leather dash,
two-tone ultra-soft Nappa leather seats, uniquely polished 20-inch wheels and state-of-the-art Uconnect Touch – our flagship provides passengers with the sense of pure old-school
craftsmanship combined with innovative technology.”
Exclusive features found on the Chrysler 300C Executive Series interior include either Mochachino or Black Poltrona Frau “Foligno” leather-wrapped instrument panel, cluster brow, center
console side panels and upper front- and rear-door panels. Premium Nappa leather covers the door armrest, bolster and center console armrest. Two-tone Mochachino or Black seats are
wrapped exclusively in supple Nappa leather and include 12-way power-adjustable driver and front-passenger seats (including four-way power lumbar) with two-mode ventilation and
two-mode heated seats for both front and rear passengers. Specially selected Natural Pore Mocha or Pore Gray real wood trim is finished in a low-gloss to enhance the beauty of the wood.
On the exterior, the Chrysler luxury flagship replaces chromed fascia, mirror and door handle accents with a unique platinum chrome finish for an even more upscale look. Topping off the
unique exterior is a platinum-chrome finished grille surround with platinum-chrome sculpted grille blades for a truly distinctive appearance (late availability).
Premium interior amenities within the Chrysler 300C Executive Series model include the state-of-the-art Uconnect Touch 8.4N with Garmin® navigation, SIRIUS Traffic and SIRIUS Travel
Link, 160-mph LED-illuminated instrument cluster with driver-selectable color EVIC, heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, power tilt and telescoping steering column with memory,
power-adjustable pedals with memory, power backlight sunshade, premium 18-ounce berber floor mats with nubuck trim, satin chrome lower door sills with “Chrysler” logo, dual
heated/cooled cup holders, ambient lit foot well lighting, LED illuminated interior door handles and front and rear map pockets, premium carpeted trunk mat, HomeLink universal
transceiver and power-folding chromed exterior mirrors with memory, auto-dimming and auto-tilt in Reverse.

Photo: 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8

Available in rear-wheel drive or with the segment’s most advance AWD system, the 2012 Chrysler 300C Executive Series models arrive at Chrysler dealerships in
the fall of 2011.

Source : http://www.autospectator.com/cars/models/2012-chrysler-300-srt8-300c-executive-series-300s-review-official-photos-features-specs-prici

2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 Review –  Price,Photos, Features, specifications & Launch


The 911 GT3 RS, one of Porsche’s most popular, coveted and successful track-inspired production cars, has been given a final, thrilling injection of thoroughbred motorsport technology
resulting in the 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0.

2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 photo -

Limited to 600 vehicles worldwide, the 911 GT3 RS 4.0 brings together in a sports car the attributes that have made the Porsche 911 GT3 a consistent winner on the race track.

2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 photo

The motorsport-derived 4.0-liter engine, already the highest displacement 911 engine ever, also features the highest per-liter output — 125 horsepower (hp) per liter — from a naturally
aspirated Porsche flat-six engine.

2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 photo
The engine uses forged pistons, the connecting rods are fashioned from titanium, and the crankshaft has been lifted unchanged from the 911 GT3 RSR race car.
It achieves its maximum power of 500 hp at 8,250 rpm. Maximum torque of 339 ft/lbs is reached at 5,750 rpm.

2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 photo

The 911 GT3 RS 4.0 offers truly impressive performance, lapping the famed Nürburgring-Nordschleife in 7 minutes and 27 seconds. Available exclusively with a six-speed manual
transmission, the 911 GT3 RS 4.0 sprints from 0 to 60 mph in only 3.8 seconds,
and with its gearing designed for the race circuit it reaches the 124 mph mark on the race track in under 12 seconds.

2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 photo

The 911 GT3 RS 4.0′s outstanding driving dynamics come from numerous, meticulously coordinated details.
In addition to using suspension components typically encountered in motor racing, weight reduction is also of supreme importance.

2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 photo

Equipped as standard with lightweight components such as light but strong carbon fiber sport bucket seats, carbon fiber front fenders and luggage compartment lid,
and weight-optimized carpets, the two-seater’s ready-for-action weight is just 2,998 lbs with a full fuel tank. The 911 GT3 RS 4.0′s power-to-weight ratio is 5.99 lbs/hp.

2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 photo

This limited edition 911 is painted Carrara White as standard and emphasizes its proximity to motor racing by its dynamic appearance.
Signature characteristics are the wide track, the low vehicle position, the large rear wing with side plates, central twin tailpipe, and the aerodynamically optimized body.

2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 photo

Air deflection vanes mounted on either side of the front bumper – called ‘flics’ or dive planes – make their first appearance on a production Porsche.

2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 photo

They create increased downforce on the front axle, and together with the steeply inclined rear wing, provide aerodynamics on par with its performance capabilities.

2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 photo

As a result, at the 193 mph top track speed, aerodynamic forces exert an additional 426 lbs of downforce, thus pushing the 911 GT3 RS 4.0 onto the road.

2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 photo

With a manufacturer’s suggested retail price starting at $185,000 (excluding destination), the newPorsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 goes on sale in the United States in late 2011.

Source :  http://www.autospectator.com/cars/models/2011-porsche-911-gt3-rs-40-review-pictures-features-specs

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2013 Ford Taurus & Ford Taurus SHO Review – Photos,Features, specifications &

launch


The new Ford Taurus delivers more of what large sedan customers really want for the 2013 model year – with even better fuel economy,
more technology, design refinement, improved craftsmanship and enhanced driving dynamics.

Photo: 2013 Ford Taurus

“We have significantly upgraded Ford’s flagship sedan through obsessive attention to detail,” said Mark Fields, Ford’s president of The Americas.

Photo: 2013 Ford Taurus

“The new 2013 Ford Taurus builds on the transformation we achieved in the 2010 model.
Delivering so many upgrades so soon further underscores Ford’s leadership and commitment to delivering high-quality, fuel-efficient cars for our customers.”

Photo: 2013 Ford Taurus SHO

Greener, yet powerful  A choice of new engines offers customers increased fuel efficiency, without compromising the responsive performance they want.

Photo: 2013 Ford Taurus

Taurus is the first car in Ford’s North American lineup to offer the advanced 2.0-liter EcoBoost™ engine, combining a turbocharger with gasoline direct injection.
It is expected to deliver best-in-class highway fuel economy of at least 31 mpg.
Providing plenty of power, the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine will deliver an estimated 237 horsepower and 250 lb.-ft. of torque.


Photo: 2013 Ford Taurus SHO

The standard Taurus 3.5-liter V6 is projected to deliver unsurpassed fuel efficiency among V6 segment competitors while still delivering increased performance from an anticipated 290
horsepower.
This is accomplished with the addition of twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT), enabling increased fuel economy while delivering 27 more horsepower,
a reduction in part-throttle emissions and increased responsiveness.

Photo: 2013 Ford Taurus SHO

Both engines are mated with unique six-speed automatic transmissions that offer optimized gear selection for off-the-line power delivery in lower gears,
while benefiting fuel economy with higher gears that keep the engine turning efficiently at lower revolutions while cruising.

Photo: 2013 Ford Taurus

Each Taurus powertrain features additional technologies to help conserve fuel, such as:
Low-tension front end accessory drive belt
Smart battery management
Aggressive deceleration fuel shutoff
Variable-displacement air conditioning compressor
Reduced friction lubricants
Electric power-assisted steering (EPAS)
The team put special emphasis to fit all new 2013 Ford Taurus models with EPAS to improve steering response by speeding up the steering ratio and rigidly mounting the steering rack to the
subframe. The EPAS system also allows for a high degree of tuning by Ford vehicle dynamics engineers to optimize steering feel, pleasing enthusiast drivers and serving as a confidence
builder for less-experienced drivers.

Photo: 2013 Ford Taurus

The Taurus interior keeps green with extensive use of recycled material in the cloth surfaces, in the headliner, and in noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) control components.
Taurus seat cushions are comprised of a high concentration of soy foam, significantly reducing petroleum-based substances.
Even smarter
America’s most innovative full-size sedan gets even smarter with an array of even more class-leading technologies including SYNC® with MyFord Touch™,
which replaces many traditional buttons, knobs and gauges with clear, colorful LCD screens and steering wheel-mounted five-way toggles.
These screens can be personalized to display information relevant to each driver by using voice command, keeping the driver’s eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.
MyFord Touch is powered by a new version of Ford’s award-winning SYNC system, combining voice control for vehicle functions,
enabled Bluetooth® devices, MP3 players and a wide variety of external media.
The new 2013 Ford Taurus also adds Ford’s intuitive active park assist technology, making life simpler and more convenient for customers.
Taurus also offers the following comfort and convenience technologies :
New heated steering wheel adds to the comfort of the heated and cooled leather-trimmed seats
Multicontour seats with Active Motion™, a Taurus class-exclusive offering, help to reduce driver and first-row passenger fatigue with a subtle rolling massage pattern
Intelligent Access with push-button start, allowing the driver to enter the car and start the engine via push button simply by having the key fob in his or her possession
Auto high beams employ a sensor to switch headlamps to high beam when no oncoming traffic is detected
Rain-sensing wipers use an advanced optical sensor to detect the intensity of rain and/or snowfall to automatically adjust wiper speed
Rear view camera activates when reverse gear is selected, projecting via the center stack-mounted 8-inch screen
Rear window power sunshade, a luxury-class feature that shades the rear glass at the touch of a button, helping to keep the cabin cooler
In addition, Taurus is available with a wide variety of audio and navigation connectivity alternatives.

Photo: 2013 Ford Taurus

Packed with detail
Taurus quality begins with design refinement. Building on the completely reinvigorated 2010 model, the new 2013 Ford Taurus features a more muscular hood.
Larger wheels and tires fill out the wheel-well openings, giving Taurus an athletic stance. Rear quarter panels have been raised, enabling larger, full LED taillamps.
Without increasing overall dimensions or vehicle weight, the new 2013 Ford Taurus looks more streamlined, substantial and sporty.
Improved driving dynamics is a quality the driver will feel. Beyond the across-the-board transition to EPAS, the hard-mounted steering rack with a faster ratio,
springs and dampers have been optimized to provide improved vehicle handling, combined with improved ride quality.
The new 2013 Ford Taurus dynamics benefit from the addition of torque vectoring control.
This feature uses a slight – virtually imperceptible to the driver – amount of braking force on the inside front wheel when accelerating through a corner.
This minimal brake force provides an effect similar to a limited-slip differential. The result is a vehicle that feels smaller and more maneuverable, with more control when increasing speed
through curves.
This innovative feature will please enthusiasts while serving as a confidence builder for less-seasoned drivers.
Torque vectoring control – normally found in high-ticket sports cars – is a Taurus class-exclusive feature. In addition, this feature is standard.
The new 2013 Ford Taurus adds curve control, a unique Ford braking control innovation aimed at slowing the vehicle, if it senses that a driver inadvertently enters a curve too quickly.
With application of four-wheel smart braking, the vehicle can reduce speed swiftly.
Entering curves or on- and off-ramps too quickly contributes to more than 50,000 crashes each year in the U.S. Curve control is a Taurus class-exclusive offering.
Across the board, all new 2013 Ford Taurus models will receive a larger brake master cylinder with revised booster tuning,
resulting in a shorter pedal ratio and dramatically improved pedal feel. Brake friction material has been upgraded for improved fade resistance and performance.
Exterior craftsmanship for the new 2013 Ford Taurus has been improved through the employment of digital pre-assembly.
This advanced technology enables engineers to address potential issues in Taurus manufacturing while still in the online phase and ensures precise,
uniform surface gaps and margins once series production is initiated. Taurus was benchmarked against Audi A6 for exterior fit and finish.

Photo: 2013 Ford Taurus

Inside, no detail went untouched. Taurus’ interior craftsmanship is elevated through expanded use of soft-touch, high-quality materials inside the cabin.
Upgraded materials across the instrument panel and throughout the center console are evidence of continuous improvement.
Additional improvements extend to cloth-wrapped A-, B- and C-pillars, flock-lined glovebox and console storage and new switchgear.
This passionate attention to detail even reaches inside the trunk space, which is completely dressed.
NVH control has been enhanced in the new 2013 Ford Taurus with the addition of A-pillar and cowl baffles and acoustic wheel-well liners to quiet road noise.
Safe Taurus
The new 2013 Ford Taurus builds on a legacy of safety, as the current model earned an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick rating.
The stiff Taurus structure contains much high-strength and ultra-high-strength steels, including boron.
Taurus features the Trinity front-crash architecture, named for the three elements that are designed to absorb and redirect crash forces away from vehicle occupants.
These components consist of an ultra-high-strength boron front beam to absorb initial impact force, boron “shotgun rails” that transfer impact forces in a diagonal path to the roof panel, and
a decoupling engine cradle within the front subframe to help prevent the powertrain from interfering with the cabin.
Taurus also features Side Protection And Cabin Enhancement (SPACE®) Architecture, a hydroformed cross-car beam embedded in the floor between the door frames to help provide
additional strength on the sides of the vehicle. A rigid roof crossmember, side-impact door beams and boron B-pillar reinforcement also contribute to side-impact protection.
In the new 2013 Ford Taurus, airbag restraints have been enhanced with optimized tethering and venting to specifically tailor deployment force to occupant size, position and seat belt
status. In addition, Taurus features the Safety Canopy® with rollover sensor.
In the event of an airbag deployment, Taurus provides an SOS Post-Crash Alert System™, and features AdvanceTrac® with Electronic Stability Control.
In addition, Taurus offers a complement of driver-aid technologies, such as:
Adaptive cruise control employing radar technology to monitor traffic up to 600 feet ahead, automatically adjusting Taurus speed to help maintain a safe distance
Collision warning with brake support, enabled by adaptive cruise control, provides a “heads-up” visual warning combined with an audio signal to alert the driver to slower moving traffic
ahead. The system also pre-charges the brakes to aid stopping
Blind Spot Information System (BLIS®) is designed to alert the driver if another vehicle is driving within a potential blind spot
Cross-traffic alert, enabled by BLIS, senses and warns the driver of oncoming traffic from either direction when the Taurus is backing out of a driveway or parking space

Photo: 2013 Ford Taurus SHO

MyKey® owner controls feature allows parents or fleet administrators to activate restricted driving modes. MyKey can limit top speeds and audio volume,
provides earlier warnings and prevents deactivation of stability control systems. A new MyKey feature can prevent access to blocked satellite radio content

Source :  http://www.autospectator.com/cars/models/2013-ford-taurus-amp-ford-taurus-sho-review-pics-features-specs

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2012 Audi R8 GT Spyder Review – Photos,Features,sspecifications & Launch


Assembled ranks of Internet, meet the Audi R8 GT Spyder: the hardest iteration of Ingolstadt’s open-topped supercar.
Sound familiar? That’s because this time last year Audi revealed to us the coupe version of the GT, and the makeover is exactly the same.
The R8 GT Spyder gets lightened to the tune of 85kg, via carbon fibre-reinforced polymer (CFRP) side and rear panels, CFRP front/rear spoilers and rear bumper, lightened transmission,
wheels and brakes, and special bucket seats that save 31.5kg alone
The engine has also been fed through Audi’s Bertha-style enhancer, weighing in at 552bhp (up from 520bhp) and will do the 0-62mph dash in 3.8 seconds before steaming off into the horizon
at a 197mph. Mercedes SLS roadster, are you paying attention?
As before, you get rear-biased four-wheel-drive together with a standard-fit six-speed R tronic ‘box with launch control.
This can help embarrass drivers of lesser cars into rethinking their life choices through a rather fizzy standing start, as well as blow-drying your scalp.

2011 Audi R8 GTAudi R8 GT Spyder

2011 Audi R8 GT
Eterior :

2012 Audi R8 GT Spyder


2012 Audi R8 GT Spyder

2012 Audi R8 GT Spyder

Interior :

2012 Audi R8 GT Spyder interior

2012 Audi R8 GT Spyder interior

2012 Audi R8 GT Spyder shift lever
Source :  http://www.caranddriver.com/news/car/11q2/2012_audi_r8_gt_spyder-car_news/gallery


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2014 BMW i8 Reviews – Photos,Features,Specifications & Launch


We still have a little over two years to wait until the BMW i8 makes its production debut, and from the looks of the i8 Concept, it’s going to be an anxious wait.
Building on the core design of the Vision EfficientDynamics concept revealed at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show,
the BMW i8 Concept is a very futuristic take on the idea of a plug-in hybrid sports car. The clear glass doors, laser headlights, and sculpted,
flowing body work mark the i8 out as something  truly unique.
Whether all of these rather extreme details will survive to production is another issue entirely.
One of the aspects of the concept that seems much more believable is the powertrain: a three-cylinder gasoline engine driving the rear axle,
an electric motor driving the front wheels, and a computerized system that lets them work independently or together as needed.
Performance for the i8 Concept is claimed at 5.9 seconds too 62 mph and a limited top speed of 155 mph–very solid figures for a hybrid of any sort–especially one capable of 78 mpg.
For more info on the i8, check out our preview here.
It wasn’t so long ago that “electric vehicle” (EV) conjured up visions of teensy, dumpy-looking runabouts that were little faster than a golf cart and scarcely more usable.
Now, suddenly, we’re in the age of “eco supercars,” electric and hybrid-electric sports models combining high style and high performance with low or no fossil-fuel consumption and low or
no air-fouling emissions, plus all the luxury and conveniences anyone could ask. Far removed from mass-market greenies like the Chevrolet Volt, Nissan Leaf, or Toyota Prius,
these exotic machines are aimed at monied types with an environmental conscience and the need to display it.
The battery-powered Tesla Roadster was arguably the first eco supercar, but others are due soon. Significantly, all come from established premium import brands that hope to dominate a
potentially lucrative new elite market. Audi has already announced an electric 2-seat sports car patterned on its recent e-tron Concepts. Rival Mercedes-Benz has shown a battery-powered
E-Cell version of its SLS AMG “gullwing” coupe that should also start sale come 2012. Porsche is expected to add at least one new sports car derived from the racy 918 Spyder concept that
wowed crowds at the March 2010 Geneva Auto Salon in Switzerland. And let’s not forget Lexus,
which is reportedly readying an “LC600h” hybrid luxury coupe as a new image and technology flagship.
Given the ever-intense competition among premium nameplates, it was only a matter of time before BMW weighed into this fray.
Sure enough, the Munich-based automaker has confirmed production of a plug-in-hybrid sports coupe in the mold of its wild Vision EfficientDynamics Concept (“VED” for short) unveiled
at the fall 2009 Frankfurt IAA show. Scheduled for sale starting October 2013, the car will be known as the BMW i8,
as it emerges from the same Project i “sustainable mobility” development program as the 2013 BMW i3 minicar.
Though the i8 is still nearly three years away, BMW has already cranked up the buzz machine, building a few VED-like prototypes and giving test drives to everyday people selected in a
contest on a special company Website, dontblogaboutthis.com. A few reporters–though not us, alas–were also granted brief drives in November 2010 at the company’s facility in Leipzig.
Even so, the 2014 BMW i8 will likely differ some in appearance, dimensions, and technical specifics from the VED Concept and the “teaser” prototypes in Leipzig. As Klaus Draeger,
BMW research-and-development chief, told Britain’s Autocar magazine, “We’re at the very beginning of development and are still establishing how to move forward, like what sort of driveline
system would be suitable for all the markets [where] we intended to sell the car. You could, for example, see the [prototype’s] diesel engine make way for a petrol [gasoline] unit”–surely a
reference to the U.S. “On top of this,” Draeger continued, “are new construction processes that need time to be put in place and develop. The styling will also need to be overhauled to make it
compatible for all the various [global] safety standards.” Keep this in mind as you read on, then keep checking back with us for updates as the car gets closer to final form and we can confirm
more key particulars.
Source  :   http://www.motorauthority.com/news/1066173_bmw-i8-concept-live-photos-2011-frankfurt-auto-show


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2012 Lotus Evora GTE Review – Price,Photos,Features,Specifications & Launch



Lotus Evora GTE

Having made a grand debut at the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance last month,
the 2012 Evora GTE Road Car Concept is all set to wow audiences at the Frankfurt Motor Show which kicks off later this month.
With the production version of the Evora GTE race car that had its coming of age at the grueling Le Mans fanfare, the concept has deliberately been created with a ruggedly aggressive exterior
that will match its race-inspired engine. Extensive details about the car are unavailable as yet and Lotus has only revealed a single pic of the concept so far.

Features
105 kg lighter than the standard Evora, the race-inspired 2012 Evora GTE Road Car Concept is being promoted by the firm as being the most powerful road car that Lotus has ever built.
The model was originally intended to be a limited special edition targeted at the Asian market, but the stunning response has made the company explore the possibility of launching it in other
parts of the world also.

The Beauty
The race-inspired Evora GTE Road Car Concept is that of a high-strung one that matches race performance with road legal safety for drivers and passengers.
Looking to bring the thrill of the rubber-burning tarmac action to weekend highway thrill-seekers, the new model brings the experience and expertise of the Lotus’ motorsports-specific
model to a visually stunning road car.

Lotus Evora GTE (2012) at Frankfurt motor show

The Beast
One of the quickest road cars to have come out of the Lotus assembly line, the 2012 Lotus Evora GTE Road Car Concept has a 3.5-L race-tuned V6 engine that pumps out a total of 420 ponies.
Additional details on the engine performance and specs are being kept under wraps for the moment and will be revealed at Frankfurt later this month.

Lotus Evora GTE (2012) at Frankfurt motor show

The Thrill
The 2012 Lotus Evora GTE Road Car Concept marks Lotus’ return to the adrenalin-fueled motorsport genre with this model that is actually inspired by the company’s racing division.
The consecutive AMT race-developed gearbox matches the race-performance engine and outputs a stunning 420bhp which is a very blood pumping number for a road car.
The new car boasts greater performance than the Evora S and runs from a standstill to 100km/h 4.8-sec before touching the top speed of 277km/h .

Interiors

Lotus Elise SPS (2012) at Frankfurt motor show


Lotus Elise SPS (2012) at Frankfurt motor show

The 2012 Lotus Evora GTE Road Car Concept comes with a redone cabin that was created especially for the model by the German company,
CSI (no relation to the TV crime-fighting series, by the way!). Details on the exact trimming and touches are still to be revealed,
but we can confirm that the model will come with surfaces done in carbon fiber, leather and Recaro wear composite racing seats.


Exteriors



With its genesis in the 2012 Lotus Evora GTE, the 2012 Lotus Evora GTE Road Car Concept features the same 2+2 mid-engine sports configuration as the one that is used in major racing
events around the world, including the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans. The stunning front splitter adds an unprecedented degree of aggression to the model with an equally stunning rear
spoiler, U-shaped to match the curviness of the front. Pirelli P-Zero Corsa tires wrapped around the four-pack of forged aluminum wheels compliment the gorgeous carbon fiber shell.

Price and availability
The pricing for the 2012 Lotus  Evora  GTE has not been revealed yet.

Source :  http://www.automotto.com/entry/review-2012-lotus-evora-gte/

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2012 Lotus Exige S Price,Photos,Features,Specifications & Launch


2012 Lotus Exige S is exhibited at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. The manufacturer has also introduced Exige R-GT.
Lotus Exige is probably the best handling car in the world and now comes with superbly powered 3.5 liter supercharged V6 from Evora S.
The output is no less than 350PS (257 kW) at 7000RPM and 400Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque at 4500RPM. Evora S accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds and has a top speed of 276
km/h (172 mph). The staggering figures are based on total weight of 1437kg. So, you can make the maths, when this engine is fitted to the ultra-low weight Exige S – 1080kg.
This means a power-to-weight ratio of 3.08 kilos per horsepower.
There are two new interior package options available: Premium and Premium Sport. The Premium Pack provides added comfort and style where as the Premium Sport option focuses on
creating an internal space optimised for ultimate driver involvement.
“Anyone who has ever driven an Exige will tell you that it’s not for the faint-hearted. The new Exige S skips a few rungs on the ladder to give the driver the ultimate Lotus experience.
Quite simply you can’t get more Lotus than the Exige S.”, said Lotus Chief Executive Officer Dany Bahar.


Lotus Exige S
Lotus may have gone off the reservation with its plan to be all things to all people (again), but at least a few engineers back in Hethel still seem to have their heads on straight.
And here’s proof.The next generation Exige gets a reworked body and tweaked interior, but the real news is under the clamshell.
Lotus has pulled the 3.5-liter, supercharged V6 from the Evora S and slotted it into the back of the Exige S to create a 2,380-pound,
2012 Lotus Exige S Side

the performance should be more than enough to make even hardened Lotus aficionados temporarily forget the “add lightness” edict.
Specially-developed Pirelli P-Zero Corsas are fitted at all four corners, while the Lotus Dynamic Performance Management (DPM) system allows drivers to switch between Touring,
Sport and DPM Off traction control modes. Option up for the Race Pack, and “Race” is included in the settings, along with Launch Control and a reworked suspension.
Two interior packages – Premium and Premium Sport – will be offered when the Exige S goes on sale next year, but Lotus isn’t giving out performance figures just yet.
But considering the current Exige S does 0-60 in 4.1 seconds, it’s safe to assume the added grunt will bring that figure down deep into the threes, and have the handling chops to match.
Details in the press release after the jump.


2012 Lotus Exige S Front
With Lotus recently announcing its  Elise and Exige  ‘Final Edition’ models for the U.S., the automaker from Hethel will soon have only the  Evora in its lineup.
That situation won’t last for long, however, as Lotus is working on a completely revamped Exige for the 2012 model year, and possibly an updated Elise too.
The biggest change will be the installation of the Evora’s 3.5-liter V-6 in the Exige, and there’s a chance that the car could go by a new name as well.
We’ve already seen spy shots of modified Exige test mules packing the Toyota-sourced V-6 engine, and according to recent reports they should be launched early next year,
possibly with a showing at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show in just two weeks’ time.
2012 Lotus Exige S Front Angle

The new Exige will get an extended wheelbase and possibly a wider track to accommodate the V-6 engine, and peak output should match the Evora’s 276 horsepower and 252 pound-feet of
torque.Additionally, the new engine will also enable Lotus to offer an automatic gearbox on the Exige for the first time.Revised styling is also on the menu, with a much more aggressive look planned to prepare customers for the new styling Lotus will be going with on its future lineup.
An aggressive front bumper and oversized rear wing can clearly be seen.Whether Lotus chooses to bring the V-6 Exige to the U.S. or simply waits until the arrival of the Esprit supercar in
2013 remains to be seen.
Nevertheless, the Esprit will be the first of a five-strong sports car lineup that will include a redesigned Elise, Elan sports car, Elite grand tourer,
Eterne four-door coupe, and the aforementioned Esprit supercar.


Source : http://www.autoblog.com/2011/09/13/2012-lotus-exige-s-frankfurt-2011/
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2012 Audi A5 DTM Review – Price,Photos,features, specifications & Launch


On the eve of the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt Audi presented its new DTM vehicle:
After the V8 quattro (1990 to 1992) and the A4 (2004 to 2011) the brand with the four rings has opted to use a two-door coupe in the most popular international touring car series for the first
time.

2012 Audi A5 DTM photo

The new Audi A5 DTM, which bears the internal project name “R17” at Audi Sport, conforms to the new Technical Regulations that will come into effect in the 2012 season.
The project was premised on three key aims: the safety of the vehicles, reduction of the costs by up to 40 percent and a spectacular exterior design.

2012 Audi A5 DTM photo

IAA visitors will have the opportunity to get a first-hand impression of the new car’s look at the Audi Hall from September 13th to 25th.
The Audi A5 DTM appears lower and sturdier than its successful predecessor with which Audi has won four of the last seven DTM titles.
Underneath the body, which is completely made of carbon, a new type of chassis features a hybrid construction.

2012 Audi A5 DTM photo

The combination of a carbon fiber monocoque and steel cage sets new standards in terms of safety for a race touring car.
In addition, the chassis is one of more than 50 components which are identical for all DTM vehicles.

2012 Audi A5 DTM photo

“Due to these shared components it was possible to achieve the cost reduction target of up to 40 percent without compromising on the safety and attractiveness of the DTM vehicles,”
explains Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, who has been in charge of the new Audi A5 DTM development.

2012 Audi A5 DTM photo

The A5 DTM is 5.01 meters long, 1.95 meters wide and 1.15 meters low. The wheelbase of all DTM vehicles is identical, i.e. 2,750 millimeters. Like its predecessor,
the A5 DTM is powered by a V8 engine with an output of about 340 kW (460 HP).

2012 Audi A5 DTM photo

The six-speed transmission, now pneumatically operated using paddle shifters in the steering wheel, is a new development.
The shifting events are more precise compared with conventional manual gearshifts and allow the mileage of the unit to be quadrupled to up to 24,000 kilometers.

2012 Audi A5 DTM photo

The engine electronics (Bosch MS 5.1), which operate without fuses, and the central display that is already being used in the Audi R8 LMS are state-of-the-art as well.
The exclusive tire partner Hankook is supplying larger and wider tires with dimensions resembling those of LMP2 sports cars.
A safety fuel tank with a capacity of 120 liters is integrated with the carbon fiber cell of the Audi A5 DTM. It would allow the current distance of a DTM race to be covered without a refueling
stop. For longer races a quick refueling system is in development.

2012 Audi A5 DTM photo

The engine sub-frame at the front and the transmission at the rear are identical for all DTM cars and limit the freedom of the engineers with respect to the suspension,
which has to be mounted to these shared components. In addition, steel as the material for the A-arms and the tube dimensions are specified.
For the hub carrier, the regulations define the material and the production process to be used. A milled aluminum part with a minimum weight is prescribed.
Furthermore, a strict provision in the regulations defines the wheel hubs and the rims for all entrants.

2012 Audi A5 DTM photo

The possibilities in the area of aerodynamics are restricted as well. Air flow through the body, as in the case of the current A4 DTM,
and complex additional wings at the rear are no longer allowed. This creates a stronger visual resemblance between the race car and the production model.
At the same time the new DTM vehicles are to respond less sensitively to body contact with other vehicles and deliver slipstream improvements – also thanks to the larger rear wing.

2012 Audi A5 DTM photo

“In the past, Audi has had very innovative solutions particularly in the area of aerodynamics in the DTM,” says Dr. Martin Mühlmeier, Head of Engineering at Audi Sport.
“Since these areas have been subjected to severe restrictions good detailed solutions will now be crucial to achieving advantages over the competition.”
The “R17” project was launched in May 2010 and a month later the decision was made that the A5 would serve as the base model.
Trials in the model wind tunnel have been run since February 2011. The roll-out was successfully performed on July 29, 2011 by Martin Tomczyk.
Since then testing of the A5 DTM has been in progress.
The homologation of the A5 DTM is scheduled for March 1, 2012 – until then the engineers at Audi Sport in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm still have time to fine-tune the detailed solutions.

Source :  http://www.autospectator.com/cars/models/2012-audi-a5-dtm-review-pictures-features-specs

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2012 Aston Martin V12 Zagato Review -Price,Photos, features, specifications & Launch


Hand assembled at the company’s global headquarters in Gaydon, England, the V12 Zagato is based on the highly acclaimed V12 Vantage and
features a  beautiful ’handcrafted‘ aluminium and carbon fibre body.
Combining traditional craftsmanship and high technology, the V12 Zagato also boasts Aston Martin’s most dynamic bonded aluminium platform and the power of the
company’s acclaimed 6.0-litre V12 engine producing 510 bhp (380 kW / 517 PS), and 570 Nm (420 lb ft) of torque.

2012 Aston Martin V12 Zagato photo -

Following extremely positive initial customer reaction,
The V12 Zagato is being offered for sale at £330,000 GBP (excluding local taxes) and will go into strictly limited production of up to 150 cars in summer 2012.
50 years on from the introduction of the iconic DB4GT Zagato, Aston Martin and Zagato have collaborated to create this modern interpretation which remains true
to the focus of craftsmanship, performance and exclusivity which underpinned the original collaboration.


2012 Aston Martin V12 Zagato photo

Launched successfully in late May at the famous Villa D’Este Concours on Lake Como, Italy, the V12 Zagato saw off tough competition to be awarded the coveted Design Award for the concept
and prototypes class. Just a week later, the V12 Zagato made its racing debut at the 53rd ADAC ACAS H&R-Cup VLN race at the historic Nürburgring racetrack in Germany.
Following other appearances in the series, both prototypes of the V12 Zagato were entered into the gruelling 39th ADAC Nürburgring 24 Hour on 25/26 June, successfully amassing a
combined 230 laps and over 3,700 miles of intense durability testing – both taking the chequered flag to maintain Aston Martin’s 100% finish record in the race.

2012 Aston Martin V12 Zagato photo

The first of the two V12 Zagatos being shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show, finished in its distinctive green livery is the full endurance race car concept specification as campaigned at the
Nürburgring. The car, nicknamed ‘Zig’ by the factory team features a full aerodynamic package including front splitter, dive planes, large rear diffuser and spoiler designed to make the most of
the Nürburgring’s multitude of corners and lengthy straights.
The second of the cars, nicknamed ‘Zag’, was originally shown at the Villa D’Este before being converted into the same full racing specification as the sister car.
Since the 24 hour race, Zag, has been returned to its original show specification which, although showing a racing car interior, has an exterior more representative of the exclusive road car
currently offered for order. In addition to this, Aston Martin today releases the first conceptual illustrations of the road car variant that will go into production from mid 2012.

2012 Aston Martin V12 Zagato photo

The pair of V12 Zagatos will join the Aston Martin stand at Frankfurt in September alongside the stunning One-77 supercar and the recently launched Virage and
Vantage S.

Source : http://www.autospectator.com/cars/models/2012-aston-martin-v12-zagato-review-pictures-features-specs



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2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster Review – Price,photos, features, specifications

& Launch


AMG is presenting a new dream-car: the 2012MY SLS AMG Roadster.

Photo: 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster -

This super sports car thrills with a perfect combination of open-top driving pleasure, outstanding driving dynamics and sophisticated lightweight construction.
The 2012 SLS AMG Roadster will make its U.S. debut in Fall 2011.

Photo: 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

The technological highlights of the 2012 SLS AMG Roadster include an aluminum spaceframe body, an AMG 6.3-liter V8 front-mid engine with dry sump lubrication developing a peak output
of 563 hp and 479 pound-feet of torque, a seven-speed dual clutch transaxle transmission and a sports suspension with aluminum double wishbones – all of which will raise the pulse of sports
car enthusiasts while providing outstanding driving dynamics and driving pleasure.

Photo: 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

The compact fabric soft top of the SLS AMG Roadster opens and closes in just eleven seconds, and can be operated on the move at speeds up to 31 mph.
The new Adaptive AMG Sport Suspension with electronically controlled damping is available as an attractive optional extra. It enables the damping characteristics to be modified at the touch
of a button. Using the AMG DRIVE UNIT, the driver of the SLS AMG Roadster is therefore able to choose his own suspension setup. Three modes are available: “Comfort”, “Sport” and “Sport
plus”.

Photo: 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

“AMG Performance Media”  is a unique new feature: this innovative, motorsport-inspired multimedia system offers an unrivalled combination of numerous telemetric displays such as lateral
and linear acceleration, various engine data and lap times on a racetrack.
Dr Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Cars:
“The SLS Roadster is a super sports car, cruiser and highly desirable dream-car all in one.
In its distinctive way, it continues the succession of iconic and exciting sports cars from Mercedes-Benz.”
Ola Källenius, Chairman of Mercedes-AMG GmbH: “Systematic lightweight construction, outstanding performance and a breathtaking design combined with sensuous open-air driving
pleasure – the new SLS AMG Roadster perfectly embodies the AMG philosophy of German engineering and craftsmanship. The gullwing model has already thrilled sports car fans all over the
world, and now the convertible version is bound to cause a sensation.”

Photo: 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

Pure roadster design with perfect proportions

The new Roadster adds a second exciting dream-car to the SLS AMG family. Head of Design at Mercedes-Benz, Gorden Wagener: “As in the gullwing model, the pure, athletic design
immediately catches the eye. Whether with the roof open or closed, the SLS AMG Roadster is an impressive visual delight!” The perfect proportions are particularly memorable: a long hood,
the greenhouse positioned well to the rear and a short rear end. Plus the automatically extending rear wing, long wheelbase, wide track and short overhangs – in short, the convertible SLS
AMG exudes effortless performance and an authentic charisma. The pronounced shoulder sections are reminiscent of tensed muscles, and suggest sheer power in combination with the large
wheels-265/35 ZR 19 (front) and 295/30 ZR 20 (rear). The attractive AMG Sepang brown metallic paint finish and weight-optimized forged wheels in a 10-spoke design, painted in matte black
with a high-sheen rim flange, are available as new optional extras.
Features reminiscent of the 300 SL Roadster, the classic dream-car from the 1950s, include not only the wide radiator grille with its large Mercedes star and the wing-shaped cross-fin,
but also the fins on the hood and on the vehicle sides. Like the SLS AMG Roadster, the 300 SL Roadster appeared slightly later than the original gullwing 300 SL, but unlike the SL’s both AMG
dream cars are available at the same time.

Photo: 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

Interior atmosphere like an aircraft cockpit
The interior continues the breathtaking design idiom of the exterior, and awakens associations with an aircraft cockpit: prominent features include the dashboard in the shape of a wing and
the air vents with adjustable, cruciform nozzles reminiscent of jet engines. The extended center console of matte, solid metal and the new E-SELECT lever in the shape of an aircraft’s thrust
control are also design features adopted from the world of aviation. Another discreet, fine detail is the embossed AMG emblem on the leather-lined selector lever.
The AMG DRIVE UNIT
 which like numerous other interior features is available in genuine carbon-fiber – is the central control unit in the center console: it allows the driver to choose a personal vehicle setup,
including adjustment of the optional Adaptive AMG Sport Suspension. The AMG Performance steering wheel with its high-grade premium leather lining and flattened bottom rim section
provides perfect vehicle control. The shift paddles and lower steering wheel bezel are made of solid metal.

Photo: 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

Fully automatic, weight-optimized soft top

The sensual experience in the 2012MY SLS AMG Roadster is further enhanced when the soft top is open, and the powerful, naturally aspirated eight-cylinder engine with 563 hp and 479
pound-feet of torque asserts itself and makes the heart beat faster with its distinctive AMG eight-cylinder sound. The fabric soft top can be opened and closed while on the move at speeds up
to 31 mph; the fully automatic opening/closing process takes only eleven seconds. The driver only needs to operate the roof control unit conveniently integrated at the front of the center
armrest. When open, the soft top is space-savingly retracted behind the seats in a folded Z-configuration. Three soft top colors – black, red and beige – are available to suit the nine exterior
and eight interior colors.
The three-layered fabric soft top is a weight-optimized magnesium/steel/ aluminum construction, and contributes greatly to the car’s low center of gravity. The soft top has a seamlessly
bonded rear window of heated single-layer safety glass. The flush, gap-free transition between the outer roof skin and the rear window keeps wind noise low. A continuous, flexible water
pocket running under the soft top catches rainwater and directs it to the underbody via two apertures on each side. The trunk capacity is 6.1 cubic feet with the roof either open or closed,
and therefore roughly equal to that of the SLS AMG Coupé (6.2 cubic feet).

Photo: 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

Outstanding material quality and finish

The finest leather, matte-finished solid metal or optional, genuine carbon-fiber trim create an exclusive ambience and correspond with the authentic feel of the cockpit.
Precisely executed decorative and contrasting stitching enhances the visual impression, heightens the hand-crafted look and reflects the attention to detail which is the hallmark of Mercedes
design.
The standard appointments of the SLS AMG Roadster include black designo leather, heated AMG sports seats, a detachable glass windstop, COMAND with Navigation and DVD player,
anti-theft alarm system with tow-away protection and interior monitoring, dual-zone automatic climate control and the KEYLESSGO starting function. The standard AIRSCARF® system
exclusive to Mercedes-Benz acts like an invisible scarf warming the head and neck areas of the occupants. It is integrated into the backrests of the AMG sports seats, and blows warm air from
vents in the head restraints. The airflow can be adapted for different occupant sizes by means of adjustable louvers, and the level of warmth can be selected in three stages at the touch of a
button.
Leather-lined roll-over bars with integrated mesh in a “Silver Shadow” look are available in conjunction with designo Exclusive leather to reduce turbulence in the cockpit. Ambient lighting is
integrated into the electrically folding exterior mirrors.
Single-tone or two-tone designo leather in espresso brown is available as a new interior color – this dark shade of brown perfectly matches the new metallic paint
finish AMG Sepang brown.

Photo: 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

AMG Performance Media and Bang & Olufsen as optional highlights
In addition to the Bang & Olufsen BeoSound AMG surround sound system, another optional entertainment highlight is the AMG Performance Media.
In an unprecedented way, this racing-inspired system combines numerous telemetric displays such as engine data, lateral and linear acceleration and lap times on a racetrack.
AMG Performance Media is activated by pressing the AMG key in the AMG DRIVE UNIT, and operated using the COMAND Controller.
Key functions at a glance:
Real-time display of engine oil, coolant and transmission fluid temperature
Real-time display of engine output, torque and accelerator position
Real-time display of individual tire pressures
Real-time display of acceleration time from 0-60 mph (alternatively: quarter-mile)
Real-time display of lateral and linear acceleration combined with braking performance and accelerator position, including memory function
Recording of individual lap times on a closed racetrack, with sector times and memory function
Integration of DRIVE UNIT functions to save setup data to memory and initiate RACE START
The different functions of AMG Performance Media are shown by the color display integrated into the dashboard.
Three displays are shown at any one time, with the most important information positioned in the center. Digitally simulated dial instruments with red needles ensure outstanding legibility.
Specifically reinforced aluminum spaceframe, low curb weight
In addition to maximum comfort, the key factor for driving pleasure in the new SLS AMG Roadster is the outstanding performance. The basis for this is the innovative body design: the chassis
and body are made of aluminum, a design combining intelligent lightweight construction with high strength. With a curb weight of 3,661 pounds (estimated), the Roadster is only 88 pounds
heavier than the Coupé. The result is a remarkable power-to-weight ratio of 6.5 pounds per hp.
To achieve the same level of driving dynamics – without a fixed roof, the SLS AMG Roadster incorporates several features specifically designed to strengthen the bodyshell, including side
skirts with greater wall thicknesses and additional chambers. The dashboard cross-member is supported against the windshield frame and center tunnel by additional struts, and a curved
strut between the soft top and the tank reinforces the rear axle. The lack of a roof and gullwing doors means that the open-top SLS AMG has a reinforcing cross-member behind the seats to
support the fixed roll-over protection system. This also accommodates the 250 watt subwoofer of the Bang & Olufsen BeoSound AMG high-end sound system.
All this prevents unwanted vibrations right from the start, and makes it unnecessary to use the additional, weight-increasing vibration dampers that are often found in open-top sports cars.
The weight-optimized aluminum spaceframe weighs 536 pounds, tipping the scales at just 4.5 pounds more than the gullwing model.
Intelligent material mix and low center of gravity
50 percent of the intelligently designed, weight-optimized aluminum spaceframe is made of aluminum sections, 26 percent of sheet aluminum, 18 percent of cast aluminum and 6 percent of
steel. Maximum occupant safety requires the use of ultra-high-strength, heat-formed steel in the A-pillars.
The entire vehicle has been designed to achieve the lowest possible center of gravity. This applies both to the low connection points of the powertrain and axles, as well as to the arrangement
of the rigid bodyshell structure, which has been kept as low as possible. Examples include the rigid flexural and torsional connections between the front and rear section and the passenger
safety cell, which have been designed to use force paths that are as low as possible.
Passive safety
The aluminum spaceframe provides the basis for outstanding passive safety. The extensive safety features include the fixed roll-over protection system, three-point seat belts with belt
tensioners and belt force limiters, and eight airbags: adaptive front airbags and kneebags, two seat-integrated sidebags and two windowbags deploying from the door beltlines.
The standard Blind Spot Assist helps the driver with a visual warning symbol and acoustic alert if the danger of a collision with another vehicle is detected when changing lanes.
Powerful AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine with 563 hp
The SLS AMG Roadster has the same, muscular engine as the gullwing model. The 6.3-litre V8 with a peak output of 563 hp at 6,800 rpm makes the open-top SLS one of the most powerful
sports cars in its segment. Its power-to-weight ratio is 6.5 pounds per hp. This naturally aspirated engine generates its maximum torque of 479 pound-feet at 4,750 rpm. The convertible SLS
AMG accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, and the top speed is 197 mph (electronically limited) – which means that the Roadster has almost identical performance to the gullwing.
The high-revving 6.3-liter V8 engine has the typical characteristics of powerful racing engines. It responds immediately and effortlessly to accelerator movements. The use of a dry sump
lubrication system allows for a considerably lower installation in the vehicle, yielding a lower center of gravity for high lateral acceleration and thrilling driving dynamics.
Achievement of demanding fuel consumption targets
Despite its uncompromisingly athletic character, fuel consumption has also been addressed. Efficiency enhancements include the familiar AMG-exclusive, friction-optimized twin-wire
arc-sprayed coating on the cylinder walls as well as the on-demand, map-optimized oil supply and intelligent generator management: during the engine’s overrun phases, kinetic energy is
used to charge the battery rather than wasted by simply generating heat. Conversely, the generator is switched to no-load operation during acceleration, thus reducing the load on the engine.
Sophisticated catalytic converter technology enables current and future emission standards such as Euro-5, LEV 2 and ULEV to be met.
Rev-matching transmission with transaxle configuration and torque tube
The AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine delivers its abundant power to the rear transaxle via an ultra-light carbon-fiber driveshaft – similar to the setup used in the DTM C-Class racing touring car.
The rev-matching transmission is mounted at the rear (transaxle), and connected to the engine housing via a torque tube. A carbon-fiber shaft rotates at engine speed in the torque tube.
The advantages of this sophisticated solution lie in the rigid link between the engine and transmission and, in turn, the optimum support for the forces and torque generated.
The AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission boasts fast gear changes with no loss of tractive force – in as little as 100 milliseconds.
The driver has a choice of four different driving modes: “C” (Controlled Efficiency), “S” (Sport), “S+” (Sport plus) or “M” (Manual).
In the Sport, Sport plus and Manual modes the automatic rev-matching function is active; all the modes can be selected conveniently via the rotary control knob on the AMG DRIVE UNIT.
The RACE START function provides optimum traction for full power launches from a dead stop — as does the mechanical differential lock, which is integrated into the compact transmission
housing.
Sophisticated suspension layout with double-wishbone axles
The front-mid-engine plus transaxle configuration provides an ideal front/rear weight distribution of 47 to 53 percent. Mounting the engine behind the front axle has created ideal driving
dynamics with precise steering, first-class agility, low inertia for spontaneous directional changes and outstanding traction. All four wheels are located on double wishbones with a track rod,
a technology that has proven itself in motor racing right through to Formula 1. With a double-wishbone axle, the wheel location and suspension functions remain separate; the spring/damper
struts are supported on the lower wishbone. The double-wishbone setup with its high camber and track rigidity positively locates the wheel with minimal elastic movements, providing the
driver with an optimum sense of road contact when driving at the limits.
Wishbones, steering knuckles and hub carriers at the front and rear are made entirely from forged aluminum – substantially reducing the unsprung masses; this configuration also notably
improves the suspension response. The long wheelbase of 105.5 inches not only results in outstanding straight-line stability but also low wheel load shifts, significantly reducing the vehicle’s
tendency to dive and squat when braking and accelerating. The broad track width – front
66.2 inches, rear 65.1 inches – provides lower shifts in the wheel loads from the inner to the outer wheel when cornering, enabling the tires to retain more grip.
New Adaptive AMG Sport Suspension
The new Adaptive AMG Sport Suspension with electronically controlled damping is available as an attractive optional alternative to the standard AMG sports suspension.
It enables the damping characteristics to be modified at the touch of a button. Using a button on the AMG DRIVE UNIT, the driver can choose his own suspension setup.
Three modes are available: “Comfort”, “Sport” and “Sport plus”. The current mode is shown in the instrument cluster.
“Comfort” delivers a sensitive response with soft damping characteristics, while in “Sport” mode the shock absorbers have a much stiffer response depending on the driving situation.
This not only leads to better road contact, but also effectively suppresses body roll and pitching. “Sport plus” is ideal for challenging laps on a racetrack: in addition to the higher damping
force, this mode comes with specific control algorithms that have been tailor-made for a sporty driving style. The new, variable suspension will also be optionally available for the SLS AMG
Coupé in future.
Direct steering, differential lock and 3-stage ESP®
The rack-and-pinion steering gear provides a consistently direct steering feel with a constant mechanical ratio of 13.6:1, in tune with the high expectations placed on a super sports car.
The power steering provides speed-sensitive assistance and improves feedback for the driver as speed increases, valuable during high-speed straight-line driving.
Mounting the steering gear in front of the engine on the integral subframe enables the engine to be set down very low. The SLS AMG comes with 3-stage ESP® as standard, providing the driver
with access to the three “ESP ON”, “ESP SPORT” and “ESP OFF” modes at the touch of a button. In“ESP OFF” mode, operating the brake pedal restores all the normal ESP® functions.
The acceleration skid control (ASR) system’s traction logic is active in all three ESP® modes. If one of the drive wheels starts to spin, specific brake pressure is applied to improve traction
significantly – especially in conjunction with the standard-fit mechanical multi-disc limited-slip differential. This means that the engine power is transferred to the road more effectively
during aggressive driving.
Optional AMG ceramic high-performance two-piece braking system
The AMG high-performance braking system with two-piece brake discs at the front provides extremely short stopping distances even under enormous loads.
Red-painted brake calipers at all four corners are available as an option. The optional ceramic two-piece brakes with even larger discs provide even better braking performance.
The ceramic brake discs perform at even higher operating temperatures thanks to their greater hardness, all combined with an impressive weight reduction of around 40 percent.
Reducing the unsprung masses has further improved both comfort and grip, and the reduced rotating masses at the front axle provide a more direct steering response.
Lightweight construction was also key when it came to the wheels: AMG light-alloy wheels based on the innovative flow-forming principle reduce the unsprung masses while improving
driving dynamics and suspension comfort. In addition to the standard AMG twin 5-spoke light-alloy wheels, there is a 7spoke wheel that’s available as a no cost option. Weight-optimized
10-spoke forged wheels are available as an option. 265/35 R 19 (front) and 295/30 R 20 (rear) tires developed exclusively for the SLS AMG provide optimum performance.
A tire pressure monitoring system is fitted as standard to permanently monitor tire pressure in all four wheels, with an individual display for each tire.

Photo: 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

Launch : Production in Sindelfingen, market launch in Fall 2011
The convertible super sports car will be produced at the largest Mercedes-Benz production plant in Sindelfingen.
The AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine comes directly from the AMG engine workshop in Affalterbach, where it is hand-assembled according to the traditional “One man, one engine” philosophy.
The 2012 SLS AMG Roadster will make its U.S. debut in Fall 2011.

Source :  http://www.autospectator.com/cars/models/2012-mercedes-benz-sls-amg-roadster-review-official-photos-features-specs

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