The Audi A1
Audi A1 is a supermini B segment car that was originally launched at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. With respect to the body style, the available variants are the 3 door and 5 door hatchbacks. It has a wheelbase of about 2469 mm (97.2 in), length of about 3954 mm (155.7 in), width of about 1740 mm (68.5 in), height of about 1416 mm (55.7 in) and a kerb weight of 1040-1140 kg (2300-2500 lb).
Moreover, in addition to the cool, sleek and smooth style of the interior, exterior, the wheels and the headlamps, Audi A1 can also provide a powerful driving experience. It can generate about 258 lb ft of torque and 256 horsepower in TFSI 2.0 liter four cylinder engines which powers all the four wheels. The total recorded output of the car is 60 mph in about 5.7 seconds. The top speed meanwhile is officially recorded at 152 mph.
The performance of Audi A1 is greatly enhanced by the 12.28 inch internally vented front discs and dual exhaust tips. It also includes top of the line technology and luxury features that includes the following:
- 465 watt Bose system
- Convenience key and cruise control system
- Automatic dimming interior mirror
- Xenon plus headlights
- 14 speaker Audio
- High beam assisting device
- Infotainment technology being handled by the Audi MMI interface
- LED interior Lighting Package
- Light and rain sensor
- Rear parking system
With respect to the powertrain, the available engines for this type of car from Audi include the following:
- 1.6 liter LTDI 77 kW I4 diesel
- 2.0 liter TDI 105 kW I4 diesel
- 1.2 liter TFSI 63 kW I4 petrol
- 1.4 liter TFSI 90 kW I4 petrol
- 2.0 liter TFSI 188 kW I4 petrol
In addition to the powertrain, the available engine transmission for Audi A1 includes the following:
- 5 speed manual
- 6 speed automatic
- 7 speed S tronic
- 1 speed (A1 e-tron)
The initial release of Audi A1 in 2010 includes different models for different countries. For example, in Taiwan, the models available during the time were the 1.4 TFSI Ambition/Attraction models and the A1 Sport (185 PS). In Germany, the models available were 1.2 TFSI, 1.4 TFSI (122PS), 1.4 TFSI (185PS), 1.4 TFSI (140PS) and 2.0 TDI (143PS). In Japan, the models available were the 1.4 TFSI (122PS) that is paired with 7 speed S tronic transmission systems. In China, the models available were the A1 30 TFSI (122PS). And in United Kingdom, the available models were the A1 1.6 TDI (105PS) that is paired with a 5 speed manual transmission.
In the year 2013, automaker Audi AG produced ten (10) editions of the Audi A1. These are the following:
- A1 Huffer Limited Edition
- A1 China Limited Edition
- A1 Sportback Urban Style Limited Edition
- A1 Sportback ‘S Line Competition’ Limited Edition
- A1 Sportback Lifestyle Limited Edition
- A1 Competition Legends Limited Edition
- A1 S line style Limited Edition
- A1 urban racer Limited Edition
- A1 Black Limited Edition
- A1 Sportback admired Limited Edition
The Audi Q7 V12
The Audi Q7 V12 is a Sports Utility Vehicle that is characterized as a full-sized 5-door luxury crossover. The production of this Sports Utility Vehicle started in 2006. The layout is a longitudinal front engine combined with a Quattro permanent four-wheel drive. The transmissions of this Sports Utility Vehicle are 6-speed automatic transmission and 8-speed ZF 8HP Automatic transmission.
Notably, Audi Q7 V12 is the first Sports Utility Vehicle that was offered by car manufacturer Audi AG and went on sale officially in 2007. The platform of this Sports Utility Vehicle is similar with that of the Volkswagen Touareg and Porsche Cayenne, which is the Volkswagen Group PL71 platform. It provides a seating for a maximum of seven persons, a powerful turbo diesel motor and a supercharged V6s.
This big crossover has a sleek and smooth exterior look, as compared to other known Sports Utility Vehicles such as Lincoln MKT, Volvo XC90, Land Rover LR4 and Infiniti QX60.
With respect to the interior of this big crossover, the first and second rows are spacious in design while the seats in the third row are less spacious than the former. There is an available 10.2 cubic feet of space in the cargo, provided the seats are in an upright position. Moreover, if the seats in the rearmost portion of the Sports Utility Vehicle are folded, there will be 42 cubic feet of cargo space available. Furthermore, if the row seats in the second row are folded, there will be 72.5 cubic feet of available cargo space.
In terms of power, this big crossover produces about 295 lb-ft of torque and 280 horsepower in a 3.0 liter V6 engine. It is notable that this big Sports Utility Vehicle can reach 60 mph in 7.7 seconds from a full stop, definitely at par with the sports cars in terms of speed and power. However, with respect to the S-line of Q7, the engine can produce 325 lb-ft of torque with a high level of 333 horsepower and an acceleration of 60 mph in a little less than 6 seconds from a full stop. All of the engines are shifted in an eight speed automatic gearbox.
When it comes to its towing capacity, the Audi Q7 V12 can handle up to 5500 lbs and 6600 lbs. (if there is an available trailer hitch).
The Sports Utility Vehicle has enhanced safety precautionary measures such as:
- the dual front, side and side curtain airbags
- stability control systems
- ABS and EBD improved four wheel ventilated disc brakes for superior breaking power
With respect to the level of the trim, there are 3 available levels – the premium, the premium plus, and the prestige.
With respect to the premium trim level of the Audi Q7 V12, it includes the standard features of the big crossover that includes, but is not limited to:
- A power liftgate
- Leather upholstery
- Bluetooth connectivity
- Heated and power adjustable front seats
- MMI infotainment system
- 18 inch alloy wheels
- Rear parking sensors
- 11 speaker AM/FM/CD/SiriusXM sterio that is paired with USB and AUX inputs
The Audi R8 Spyder
Audi R8 Spyder was originally introduced in the car market in 2006, from the exclusive design, development and manufacture by Quattro GmbH, which is Audi’s high performance cars subsidiary. The car itself is based on the Lamborghini Gallardo concept while the frame is based on the Audi Space Frame. The development of the sports car actually started on 2004, when Frank Lamberty and Julian Hoenig were commissioned to design a concept car that can be similar to the Audi Le Mans Quattro concept car that appeared on the 2003 Frankfurt International Motor show and 2003 International Geneva Motor Show. Production of Frank Lamberty’s approved designed was started in January 2006 and the official R8 was launched at the Paris Auto Show on September of that year. In its essence, the car is a 2-seater sports car, and has a mid engine and is a Quattro all-wheel drive.
The first release of Audi R8 Spyder in 2007 was actually with a 4.2 liter V8 engine. Moreover, the engine of the sports car is equipped with an all-aluminum alloy 32 valve petrol engine in order to utilize the special process of Fuel Stratified Injection. The displacement of the said sports car is 4163 cubic centimeters. The overall power of the sports car is 420 metric horsepower or an equivalent of 309 kW. With respect to the torque, it generates about 430 Newton meters of torque.
The second development of the sports car was released on December of 2008 and is called as the Audi R8 Coupe 5.2 FSI Quattro. The said sports car utilizes a 5.2 liter FSI Engine that is based on the concept of Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4. However, the engine of the second development was actually retuned to produce a power of 532 metric horsepower or an equivalent of 391 kW. Moreover, the sports car generates about 530 Newton meters of torque. Therefore, this is much more powerful than the first unit produced.
The 2013 edition of Audi R8 Spyder is still one of the most favored sports car in the industry because of its appealing and exotic appearance, practicality and of course the unique driving experience and dynamics that the car provides. The present edition of the supercar is powered with a 5.2 liter V10 engine. With respect to the power of the present sports car, it generates about 525 horsepower at 8000 rates per minute. With respect to the torque, it generates about 391 lb-ft of torque sourced at 6500 rates per minute. The maximum engine speed is at the level of 8700 rates per minute, definitely at par with its competitors such as the Lamborghini Aventado LP700, the Ferrari 458 Spider, and the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT Roadster. If you will use the dual clutch fit mechanism, the Audi R8 Spyder is capable of speeding at over 60 mph in just a little over 3 seconds because of its built-in powerful Quattro four-wheel drive system. Furthermore, the top speed that is recorded from this sports car is at 193 mph.
The Audi RS5
The Audi RS5 is a high performance sports car that has a very sporty look combined with a powerful V8 engine and a Quattro all wheel drive system that is specifically designed for the ultimate driving performance. However, the RS 5 is not only a car of performance. It is also a car that has a sleek, stylish, and trimmed interior to perfection.
Although it is true that most of the competitors of the Audi RS5 including the Cadillac CTS-V, the BMW M3 and the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe have forced induction motors, this sports car features a unique, different and naturally aspirated 4.2 liter engine that is capable of generating 450 horsepower with 8300 rates per minute. The torque of this sports car is pegged at 317 lb ft. with respect to the transmission; it has a seven speed dual clutch automatic transmission system.
It can accelerate to 60 mph in a little less than 4 seconds from a full stop. Also, this sports car’s fuel economy is rated at 23 mpg and 16 mpg on the highway and in the city, respectively.
The default front/rear torque split is 40:60. This can provide a rear wheel drive feeling to the sports car driver. Moreover, the system has the ability to send up to 70 per cent and 80 per cent of the engine power in the front and rear wheel, respectively, when necessary.
The major factor in the explosive speed of this sports car lies on its Quattro system, which have a ‘crown gear’ self-locking center differential that have the capability of varying the distribution of torque and power between the axles very quickly to adjust to the driving conditions.
The driver of the Audi RS5 can also adjust to his or her suit the transmission shift points, the steering effort and the accelerator response through the utilization of the Audi Drive Select System which provides the driver to choose from Comfort mode, Auto and Dynamic mode, and Custom mode for a personalized and individual configuration.
It is important to take into consideration that the interior of the Audi RS5 is basically as stylish and as sleek as that of the Audi RS5. The difference between the interior of the two Audi sports cars lies on the unique sports seats (where the driver can choose between black piano, brushed aluminum inlays and stainless-steel mesh) and a flat bottom steering wheel.
The standard features of this sports car include the following:
- Nappa leather upholstery
- Tri zone automatic climate control system
- A 10 speaker AM/FM/CD stereo combined with SiriusXM radio
- Heated front seats
- 18 inch alloy wheels
- A panoramic sunroof
- Adaptive Xenon headlights
- Full iPod integration
- Bluetooth integration
- Smartphone integration
- Front and rear parking sensors
The optional features of the Audi RS5 include the following:
- For the Audi MMI Navigation Plus Package:
- A navigation system with an added function of voice command
- Industry first Google Earth Integration together with high resolution 3D satellite, panoramic views and aerial imagery
- For the Driver Assistance Package:
- Dynamic steering
- Adaptive cruise control
- For the Titanium Package:
- 20 inch titanium finish wheels
The Audi RS6
Audi RS6 by car manufacturer Audi AG and Quattro GmbH (a private subsidiary) is commonly referred to as the RS6. This sports car is actually the fourth car unit that came out of Quattro GmbH. The first sports car that was made by Quattro GmbH is a joint venture together with carmaker Porsche, the Audi RS 2 Savant. The second car unit produced by Quattro GmbH is the Audi C4 S6 plus while the third was the Audi B5 RS4.
Audi RS6 is a mid-sized sports and luxury executive car. The initials RS from the name of the car was actually taken from the German word Renn Sport which means racing sport. The original design and production of this sports car was started in 2002. The current car model of the sports car unit was introduced in the auto industry in the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show.
It is considered presently as the highest performing version of the Audi A6. The mid-sized sports and luxury executive car has a five doors and five seats. Its layout is a longitudinal front engine with a Quattro permanent four wheel drive engine. The transmission however is ZF tiptronic automatic.
Audi RS6 is the leader in some of Audi’s new engineering and technological features such as having the most powerful internal combustion engine compared to all the other Audi sports car units. Therefore, this mid-sized sports and luxury executive car has more torque and horsepower than the Audi S8 (which is way more large than this car). However, its engines are different from that of the other Audi sports cars such as A6 and S6. With respect to the C7 generation of this car, the RS6 has 4.0 liter biturbo V8 power engine that is actually similar with that of the RS7. It is considered to be a more powerful sports car compared with its major competitors that includes the Mercedes-Benz E55/E63 AMG and the BMW M5.
The platform of Audi RS6 is an internal combustion engine that is front mounted and longitudinal in orientation. Meanwhile, the transmission of this sports car is elevated at the engine rear in the form of a transaxle.
The engine of the Audi RS6 is the first all-aluminum alloy 5.0 liter (4991 cc or an equivalent of 304.6 cu in) with a V10 twin turbocharged engine. It also has the Fuel Stratified Injection that goes hand in hand with a dry sump lubrication system.
Currently, the Audi RS6 car model has a 5.0 liter V10 biturbo engine that produces 426 kilowatts at 6250-6700 rates per minute. With respect to power, it has about 650 Newton meters of torque from 1500 to 6250 rates per minute. The official figures of its explosive speed are as follows:
- 62.1 mph (equivalent to 100 kph) in about 4 seconds
- 124.3 mph in less than 13 seconds
- The official top speed is electronically pegged at 155.3 mph (equivalent to 250 kph)
- If the owner desires to de-restrict the top speed, the top speed can run as fast as 170 mph (equivalent to 274 kph)
The Audi RS7
Powered with 560 horsepower V8 engine and all of the technology accouterments, this RS7 is the most potent and ultra high performance car model in Audi today. Compared to other sports car manufactured by the Audi Group such as the A7 and the S7, Audi RS7 possesses a sleeker, stylish and sporty look because of its rear diffuser containing huge inset exhaust pipes, black honeycomb grille and a large sized front air intake.
More than just the sleek, stylish and sporty look of the Audi RS7, it is also combined with twin turbocharged 4.0 liter V8 power engine that generates about 516 lb ft of torque from 1750 rates per minute and 560 horsepower from 5700 rates per minute. The performance of this powerful engine is enhanced by the transmission of the output to all the four wheels through the use of an eight speed automatic transmission that is built hand in hand with the unique Audi Quattro all wheel drive system (which provides 40/60 front/rear torque split that is specifically designed for a more balanced driving experience). This sports car also has the capability of accelerating an explosive speed of 60 mph from a full stop in only 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 190mph.
Audi RS7 also has the feature of corner carving capabilities in its suspension. With respect to the suspension, the buyer can actually choose between a steel sprung suspension and an air suspension. Both suspensions however, can adapt electronically to all driving conditions – rutted, curvy and rough roads.
The driver can adjust the accelerator response, the steering effort and the transmission shift points of Audi RS7 engine through the utilization of the Audi Drive Select System which provides the driver choices between Auto and Dynamic mode, Custom modes and Comfort mode.
Audi RS7 also has a fuel-efficient car engine that is brought about by a stop and start system that stops the engine during stops combined with a cylinder-deactivation system that provides for an opportunity for the driver to turn the car motor into a V4 that is a handy tool especially in low-throttle situations such as situations of heavy traffic.
The sports car has carbon and aluminum trim, an RS Badging and a flat bottom steering wheel that can be seen on race cars. With respect to the exterior, the sports car as a rakish roofline that is different from all the other in its class. With respect to the interior, it has spacious seats, and plenty of legroom. It also has 24.5 cubic feet of cargo storage. Moreover, it is equipped with a combination of the following special features:
- Tri zone automatic climate control
- Leather/alcantara upholstery
- Xenon headlights that is paired with LED running lights
- Bluetooth connectivity
- A 14 speaker AM/FM/CD stereo combined with SiriusXM radio
- 20 inch wheels
- A proximity key
- A heated front seats
- A navigation system
Some of the optional features that the buyer of Audi RS7 can choose:
- 15 speaker 1300 Watt Bang and Olufsen sound system
- 21 inch wheels
- All LED headlights
- Adaptive cruise control
- Head up display
When it comes to conveying opulence, BMW is way up in the list of car aficionados. Every now and then, the German car maker gives its car innovations new trimmings to catch luxury car lovers’ eyes. The new BMW M4 Concept, which was first unveiled at the Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance, does not totally depart from some features of earlier BMW models. There’s no mistaking the trademark BMW face, highlighted by the two round headlamps in LED and the power dome hood characteristic of M models.
There are lots of noticeable enhancements, of course, including intelligent design and use of lightweight materials for several components. The German designers ensured that the new BMW M4 Concept Coupe will be the epitome of tomorrow’s high-performance sports car.
The M4 is lighter by about 80 kilograms than the M3. The side skirts seem to look more assertive, while the rear apron with quad tailpipes and diffuser add to a stylish look. Overall, the M4 is a sporty yet elegant car that’s versatile enough to be driven to work or to transport the entire brood to family outings. There’s always a tendency for car experts to describe the similarities of a new luxury car model to competing marquees. The new BMW M4 Concept coupe may not exhibit the same sportiness that an Audi has, but in terms of finesse, it hits the mark.
M style luxury cars are noted for their carbon fiber components like the roof, front splitter, and rear diffuser. As with most new luxury car models, the new vehicle takes on a more aggressive look, as evident in the front fascia.
After the January 2014 Detroit Auto Show, the production units of the new BMW M4 Concept Coupe will be rolling off the assembly line by the late part of April. BMW lovers are in for a nice car that combines the magnificence of a luxury sedan with the athletic appeal of a sports car. The sporty and fun character of the new BMW M4 Concept coupe is enhanced by a shade of yellow when the car was unveiled in early 2013.
The new BMW M4 Concept Coupe is touted to have a top speed of 173 miles per hour. Notwithstanding the design constraints, the M4 emerges as an aerodynamically efficient car. Tweaks include the side view mirrors which underscores a `mean machine’ look and reduces drag. The standard M4 model will also have a set of 19-inch ultra high-performance alloy wheels.
BMW cars, as owners may attest, generally need to be scrupulously maintained. Some brand devotees may not mind though, more so with a model that’s dripping with style and enhanced in so many ways to make it “the ultimate driving machine at the track or roadways.”
In terms of power, the new BMW M4 Concept coupe packs a punch. The new BMW M4 Concept car is powered by a turbocharged 3.0L inline six-cylinder engine that produces 425 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque.
The new BMW M4 Coupe’s suspension system was also upgraded. Apart from this, a stable oil flow is facilitated by the improved oil return system and oil extracting pump.
Car enthusiasts always want to have something to smile about when it comes to their playthings. One of the new cars that have wended its way to the market with sufficient power and curb appeal is the Subaru WRX STI. The car made its debut at the Detroit Auto Show. The most attractive factor about it seems to be its simplicity. Yet don’t let the seemingly ordinary looks fool you. The Subaru WRX STI is powered by a 2.5-liter turbocharged boxer four-cylinder engine that produces 305 horsepower. The engine is secured to an all-new reinforced six-speed manual. Car owners will also find improved handling.
Overall, there are neither great product engineering breakthroughs nor big strides in engine output. The Subaru WRX STI may be likened to a cool nerd rather than a ravishing beauty. That cool nerd is also well-positioned to travel the great outdoors. You see, standard on the new STI is a symmetrical all-wheel drive system. There’s extra power, and the returns on investing in such a car are far from middling. In terms of technology, upgrades like the clever new Active Torque Vectoring software have been incorporated, among others.
The WRX, as Subaru enthusiasts are well aware, have classy interiors with sporty appeal. The sedan has a big rear wing, quad exhaust tips, and hood scoop. It’s clearly based on the design of the Impreza sedan. The STI’s steering ratio is quicker than its WRX counterpart.
Quirky, rather than pretty, is how Subaru cars are described often. As far as the all-new WRX STI is concerned, the high-performance sedan features an aggressive front & rear bumper, new hood with air scoop, LED taillights, quad exhaust pipes, and large rear spoiler that the STI is noted for.
The Subaru WRX STI has a whole lot more going for it than its cool external looks. The steering wheel is leather-wrapped and there are integrated switches for gadget freaks – from audio system to Bluetooth controls. A new LCD infotainment system commands attention. The flat-bottom steering wheel coordinates with the cabin presentation.
There are plush seats that offer sufficient lateral support. The dashboard, door trim, and center console armrest, among other components, are constructed with materials with a soft, premium feel. Car buyers who expect a throwback to the mid-90s – with its minicabs – are in for a delightful surprise.
Car buffs keep wishing that refinements on new models will produce more functional yet aesthetically pleasing interiors. Well, the Subaru WRX STI looks beefier. All the nice features sit on a stiffer chassis. High-strength steel found greater use in the new car model.
The versatile WRX STI also offers more storage compartments enclosing the center console. The suspension tune is more aggressive. It may disappoint some car buyers, though, that the new Subaru car is a sedan-only affair. On the other hand, if new styling and familiarity with the engine are factors that score high on your list when looking to buy a car, then the Subaru WRX STI may be a great option for you.
The new Jaguar F Type y 2014, true to its name, is a stunning car that’s exhilarating to drive; more so if you’re hitting the open road. Car experts have described the mean machine as powerful yet graceful. The British roadster is positioned to go up against the Porsche supercars – the 911 and the Boxster – in price and performance. While the F-Type has a longer wheelbase than a Porsche 911 2012 model, overall it is a tad shorter than the German car. Both the Jaguar and Porsche catch the eye when they speed by.
The new Jaguar F Type y 2014 is like a curvy woman you’d want to flaunt to friends. There’s more than meets the eye to the luxury car though. Now if you have the hots for the brutish 2014 Jaguar F-Type V8 S and have cash to spare, be prepared for an elevated driving experience.
The F-type was introduced in 2012 at the Paris Motor Show. The show & go new Jaguar F Type y 2014 has a lightweight/lean aluminum construction (compared to other Jaguar models) and interiors that border more on practicality (clearly emphasizing road focus) rather than luxury. Luxury car drivers used to amenities like voice command and flawless audio will be disappointed that the luxury car falls short in these aspects.
The premium feel remains, nonetheless. The F-Type’s car’s cockpit, though classy-looking, may appear like a jumble of dials, buttons, and various textures. Some car aficionados have noted the deeper trunks of other luxury supercars like the Porsche 911.
It’s interesting to note, however, that the Jaguar F-Type convertible bagged the 2013 World Car Design of the Year. The Jaguar F-Type Coupé, which complements the F-Type, F-Type S and F-Type V8S convertibles, was enhanced to accommodate more stuff.
It can be said, that with the top down the new Jaguar F Type y 2014 is joy to drive. Throw in some added options like firesand orange metallic paintwork, black exterior trim to further enhance the bodywork, and 20-inch Cyclone black wheels (to name a few add-ons) and you have one eye-riveting kitty that’ll thrive in the sports car jungle.
The Jaguar F breed comes in various trim levels — the F-Type, F-Type S and F-Type V8 S. The base type is powered by a V-6 engine, while the R version is equipped with a V8. The base type is thrilling for most sports car buffs. The V8 S model, however, transforms the kitty into a roaring predator.
The V6 configuration cranks out 340 horsepower. On the other hand, the V8 S model offers a roadster ride like no other with the superb force-fed 5.0-liter AJ V8 that produces 488 horsepower. The F-Type V8 S features several upgrades. It’s a beautiful piece of work and not at all complicated.
The Jaguar F-Type borrows the system of the XF and XJ. The new Jaguar F Type y 2014 has more aggressive detailing, while retaining the trademark Jaguar face. Jaguar is noted for its supercharged powerplants, and the Jaguar F Type lives up to the car maker’s tradition of excellence.
You’d expect a sports car that mesmerizes on the track to falter on imperfect roadways, but the new Jaguar F Type y 2014 impresses.
Lexus, the North American luxury arm of Toyota, is not exactly known for creating sporty cars. While they do release high-performance cars from time to time, they are better known for bringing out cars that are more renowned for their comfort and refinement. All that is about to change with the release of the Lexus IS F. A 4-door sedan that has its sights firmly targeted on cars such as the BMW M3, the IS F aims to redefine your notion on how a Lexus should perform. This article is an up-close review on the 2013 Lexus IS F.
The Lexus IS F has long been a favorite for motoring experts and casual drivers alike. Since being released in 2007, this car has struck the sweet spot between having a luxury car that will pamper you and your passenger on long trips and having a sports car that will blitz tracks and winding roads with ease. While it looks virtually similar 6 years since it was first released, the 2013 Lexus IS F has been the recipient of a number of improvements in various departments.
Over the years, the improvements done on the Lexus IS F are numerous. In 2010, a Torsen limited-slip differential is added to improve power distribution, dramatically improving cornering performance in the process. Also, Bluetooth streaming, XM satellite radio, language voice commands are added. In 2011, updates in both the suspension and electric steering system are made, further improving handling characteristics. Daytime running lights and an instrument cluster similar to the limited-numbers supercar LF-A is added. All these changes made it to the 2013 Lexus IS F, making it the most complete iteration of this compact touring car yet.
From a mechanical standpoint, the 2013 Lexus IS F retains the same successful drivetrain it had since 2007. It still has the same 5.0 liter V8 motor first installed during its debut. Naturally aspirated and coming with direct injection, this engine has a maximum output of 416 horsepower and 371 lb-ft of torque, which places within range of most of its market rivals. This is matched with Toyota’s 8-speed Sport Direct Shift automatic transmission with sequential shifting. This gearbox is notable as the first-ever 8-speed transmission in a production car and for being able to change gears within a tenth of a second.
When it comes to performance, it’s easy to say that the 2013 Lexus IS F brings it to the competition. Thanks to its combination of a powerful engine and a sharp transmission, with a 0-to-100 acceleration time completed within 5 seconds flat. Top speed is measured at 170 miles per hour or 270 kilometers per hour. It also boasts of a best-in-class fuel economy rating of 20 miles per gallon. With 14-inch Brembo disc brakes on all 4 corners, it can stop from 100-to-0 at an impressive 100 feet. With its suspension tuned for superior cornering, it consistently gets competitive lap times during tests.
The 2013 Lexus IS F redefines how car enthusiasts look at Lexus. It is a competent sports car that retains most of the things that make Lexus cars great.
The Ford Probe Zakspeed is any of the six units produced by Zakspeed and designed by Ford. The Ford Probe Zakspeed’s design is based loosely on the Ford Mustang GTP, and is the successor of the said Ford model. Ford Probe Zakspeed was a success in several races but its history is full of potholes. It was born out of a need of Ford to come out with a fuel efficient car. In order to market a safe, environment-friendly, and compact car to promote the company, Ford looked to its European operation for direction.
The Ford Probe Zakspeed ran with a 2.1-liter turbocharged engine and a variant of the Cosworth BDA straight-four engine. The said engine is capable of packing of 600 HP power (447 kW), and is unique in the IMSA GTP race with its engine mounted in the front of the car. Although the car easily qualified in the race, the reliability of the engine became a problem.
However, when IMSA GT Championship’s GTX race car class became obsolete, the IMSA GTP class was introduced. This became a problem since Ford’s Mustang GTX is no longer qualified to the new category. As a result, Ford brought Bob Riley onboard to design the Ford Mustang GTP which had a 2.1-liter turbo-charged front-mounted engine.
However, the engine was unreliable, which did not sit well with Zakspeed, the German tune-up company, and replaced it with the Ford Probe Zakspeed. The Ford Probe Zakspeed was built in Niederzissen, Germany.
The Ford Probe Zakspeed variant was designed by Paul Brown with an engine designed collaboratively by Zakspeed and Ford. The 2.1-liter Double Overhead Camshaft (DOHC) turbocharged engine is front mounted which was highly unusual in the GT class. The chassis was designed to improve stability and to decrease the overall weight and was built with a combination of carbon fiber, Aramid fiber, aluminum honeycomb and reinforced with Kevlar in several key areas. The chassis and body was built by Protofab.
The 16 valve 4-cylinder engine produces 650 HP of raw power and can propel the Ford Probe Zakspeed of up to 230 mph.
The Ford Probe Zakspeed was first introduced in May 1985 at the IMSA GTP racing at Laguna Seca. It was sleek and fast but the problem was the engine being overburdened of producing 650 horsepower from a 2.1-liter 4-cylinder engine. This resulted to the engine pistons melting due to overheating. Also, the car’s aerodynamics property was doubtful, and the car itself became increasingly difficult to drive when the fuel levels became low. The gearbox used the conventional Hewland VG500 5-speed manual transmission. The length pegged 186.6 feet, 78 feet for the width, and a total height of 40.5 feet. The total weight was at 1984 lbs.
It officially entered its first race in the 15th round of IMSA FT Championship, which used 1.7-liter version because the 2.1-liter engine was not yet ready. The first to drive the Ford Probe Zakspeed was Klaus Ludwig which resulted to a victory in the race by two laps. By 1984, the 2.1-liter engine was ready and the Ford Probe Zakspeed joined the Grand Prix of Miami. A puncture in front left suspension of the car resulted to 25th place finish.
The Ford F-150 is no stranger to sporty iterations. Tuned versions of this popular truck have been made in-house by Ford for quite a while now. Yet among these fast trucks, it can be said that the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor is the most unique of them all. While the popular approach for fast trucks is to make them resemble sports cars, for the Raptor, Ford used the approach of making it a street-legal rally raid machine. Since being introduced in 2010, this car has been a huge hit. Does the 2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor manage to retain the magic of its predecessors?
The 2014 version of the Raptor is not all that different from the 2013 version, which is not all that bad to begin with. The exterior still looks extremely rugged, with bright colors and outlandish graphics adorning it. Compared to its siblings, the 2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor has a higher ride height (2 inches) and a wider track (7 inches), necessary for traveling on rough terrain. Completing the look is a set of forged aluminum wheels that can be converted into beadlock-type wheels when necessary. These wheels are fitted with special 35-inch BF-Goodrich All-Terrain Tires. HID lamps can be installed as optional equipment.
The interior remains virtually similar to the previous models. Seats both in the front and rear are heavily bolstered, which is essential for providing comfort and support for occupants when taking on rough terrain. Setting the interior of the 2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor apart further from the rest of the F-150 line are detailing such as shades of matte gray and aluminum on the dashboard and center console. This car definitely has an interior befitting of a premium sport truck.
In the business end of things, the mechanical components of the 2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor remain virtually the same. It still has the top-of-the-line Boss 6.2 liter V8 engine that has a maximum output of 411 horsepower and 434 lb-ft of torque. The power is then harnessed by a 6-speed automatic transmission with SelectShift technology. Power is distributed to a full-time 4-wheel drive system. A Torsen limited-slip differential is installed to improve power distribution to the wheels. Axle ratios are set at 4.10:1.
The performance of this truck has always been overwhelming. While it is not as nimble as some sport trucks are, one must remember that the Raptor’s focus is not for on-road racing. From its heavy-duty suspension to its all-terrain tires, the purpose of the 2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor is very clear: take on trails that most fast trucks won’t even dare to travel on. However, if someone does engage it on an on-road race, the Raptor is capable of going 0-to-100 in 7 seconds. And with some improvements on its unique suspension, it can corner much better too than in previous years.
While this is not the fastest sport truck out there, a case can be made that the 2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor is the most unique production sport truck in the world today.
The Ford GT40 is undisputedly the greatest sports car to ever come out of Ford’s factories both then and now. The brainchild of Henry Ford II and crafted with the help of racing luminaries such as Carroll Shelby, this car was designed to take on endurance racing and win convincingly. It dominated Le Mans from 1966 to 1969, earning it the distinction of being the “Ferrari Killer”, which is exactly what Henry II envisioned with this car to begin with. As one of the greatest Ford cars ever built, the Ford GT was created to be a tribute to this car’s legacy.
The GT was created to commemorate the centennial anniversary of Ford. It is bigger, taller, and wider than its classic counterpart, but it retained virtually all of the lines of the original. Just like the original GT40, this new-age car was designed to take on the best sports cars from all over the world and come out victorious. While the design is undoubtedly classic, Ford took a modern approach in building the Ford GT. Aluminum is used for the body panels and space frame chassis. Carbon fiber is also used in strategic places of the body to reduce weight.
On the interior, the retro-themed flavor continues. The interior is designed like a true supercar should: minimalist but by no means cheap. Retro-styled gauges are all around the dashboard and are easy to read even while traveling at high speed. While space may seem like a problem at first, even tall people should fit into the Ford GT without much problem. It must be noted that its unique doors might make exiting from the car in tight spaces a difficult task.
It is in the mechanical department where the Ford GT makes its mark. The engine used for this car is a Modular 5.4 liter V8 engine. However, with modifications such as the addition of a twin screw-type supercharger, the use of a dry sump oiling system, and the use of unique camshafts and cylinder heads, max power is increased to 550 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a Ricardo 6-speed manual transmission that comes with a helical limited-slip differential.
The performance of the Ford GT is simply spectacular. Its acceleration times: 0-to-100 km/h in 3.5 seconds, 0-to-100 mph in 7.4 seconds, and 0-to-250 km/h in 17 seconds, are all unheard-of during the time of this car’s release. The top speed of this car is at an electronically-limited 205 miles per hour or 330 kilometers per hour. Thanks to Brembo cross-drilled and vented disc brakes, stopping power is beyond impressive. Last but not least, with its superior aerodynamics, well-sorted suspension settings, and low center of gravity, this car’s handling character is nothing less than awesome.
Ford has done it once again. Almost 40 years since it was first released, the Ford GT makes a triumphant return. Just like its predecessor and doppelganger, it has world-beating performance. Now this is a retro car that definitely lives up to the hype.
Cars and summertime in London
During the months of summer, supercars and sports cars owned by Arabs can be seen all over London. These supercars are typically flown directly from the Middle East through the posh, private, luxurious and exclusive privately owned jets, which just shows how lavish some affluent Arabs could be.Strangely enough,you probably not see a lot of these supercars parked just about everywhere in the well-heeled streets of London the rest of the year.
Prime examples of supercars that you can see all over the city during summer include the Lamborghini Murci, Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, Gumball 3000 Lamborghini Aventador, and Ferrari F 40. These cars are not even merely displayed; they are driven around the city, with the drivers pausing once in a while and parking their supercars to visit shops offering designer clothing stores and other high-end stores. One of the luxury cars that were spotted in the roads of London is Lamborghini Murci.
Lamborghini Murcielago is a sports car that is produced by Automobili Lamborghini. Its actual production started from 2001. However, Automobili Lamborghini later decided to discontinue the production of theMurcielago from its line of sports cars for one reason or another. As such, Automobili Lamborghini formally ended the production of Lamborghini Murcielago at the year 2010.
Now, since this is a rare sports car, the number of units that was produced by the sports car manufacturer is somewhat limited from the year 2001 until 2010. All in all, the number of units that was produced by Automobili Lamborghini for the sports car Lamborghini Murcielago is 4099. It was assembled at Sant’ Agata Bolognese in Italy and the designer of this sports car model is actually Luc Donckerwolke.
With respect to the sports car body and chassis of Lamborghini Murcielago, it has an actual body style of a 2 door coupe. In addition, a 2 door roadster is also available as a sports car body and chassis. Meanwhile, the layout of this sports car model is mid-engine paired with an all-wheel drive, making it a perfect drive in the streets of London.
The engines available with the Lamborghini Murcielago sports car include the following:
- For the 1st edition Lamborghini Murcielago that was produced from 2011 until 2006.
- It comes with a 6.2 L V 12 engine
- It has a power of 580 PS (427 kW; 572 hp).
- It has a torque (measured in terms of rates per minute or rpm) of 649 N-m (479 lbft)
- It has 3.3 seconds acceleration from 0 to 60 miles per hour (0 to 97 kilometers per hour)
- It has 8.3 seconds acceleration from 0 to 100 miles per hour
- It has 21.4 seconds acceleration from 0 to 150 miles per hour
- It has 11.7 seconds acceleration at 122 miles per hour
- Its official top speed is rated at 206 miles per hour (332 kilometers per hour)
- For the Lamborghini Murcielago LP 640-4
- It comes with a 6496 cc (396.4 cu in) V 12 engine
- It has a power of 640 PS (471 kW; 631 hp).
- It has a torque (measured in terms of rates per minute or rpm) of 660 N-m (479 lbft) at 8000 rpm
- It has 3seconds acceleration from 0 to 60 miles per hour (0 to 97 kilometers per hour)
- It has 7.5 seconds acceleration from 0 to 100 miles per hour
- It has 19.7 seconds acceleration from 0 to 150 miles per hour
- It has 11.2 seconds acceleration at 127 miles per hour
- Its official top speed is rated at 211 miles per hour (340 kilometers per hour)
- For the Lamborghini Murcielago LP 640-4 Roadster
- It comes with a 6496 cc (396.4 cu in) V 12 engine
- It has a power of 640 PS (471 kW; 631 hp).
- It has a torque (measured in terms of rates per minute or rpm) of 660 N-m (479 lbft) at 8000 rpm
- It has 3.1 seconds acceleration from 0 to 60 miles per hour (0 to 97 kilometers per hour)
- It has 8.1 seconds acceleration from 0 to 100 miles per hour
- It has 19.9 seconds acceleration from 0 to 150 miles per hour
- It has 11.8 seconds acceleration at 126 miles per hour (203 kilometers per hour
- Its official top speed is rated at 209.1 miles per hour ( 336 kilometers per hour)
- For the Lamborghini LP 650-4 Roadster
- It comes with a 6496 cc (396.4 cu in) V 12 engine
- It has a power of 650 PS (478 kW; 641 hp).
- It has a torque (measured in terms of rates per minute or rpm) of 660 N-m (490 lbft) at 8000 rpm
- It has 3seconds acceleration from 0 to 60 miles per hour (0 to 97 kilometers per hour)
- It has 7.1 seconds acceleration from 0 to 100 miles per hour
- It has 19 seconds acceleration from 0 to 150 miles per hour
- It has 10.9 seconds acceleration at 127 miles per hour
- Its official top speed is rated at 210 miles per hour (338 kilometers per hour)
- For the Lamborghini Murcielago LP 670-4 Super Veloce
- It comes with a 6496 cc (396.4 cu in) V 12 engine
- It has a power of 670 PS (493 kW; 661 hp).
- It has a torque (measured in terms of rates per minute or rpm) of 661 N-m (490 lbft) at 8000 rpm
- It has 2.8 seconds acceleration from 0 to 60 miles per hour (0 to 97 kilometers per hour)
- It has 7 seconds acceleration from 0 to 100 miles per hour
- It has 18.9 seconds acceleration from 0 to 150 miles per hour
- It has 10.9 seconds acceleration at 130 miles per hour
- Its official top speed is rated at 214 miles per hour (345 kilometers per hour)
- If the Lamborghini Murcielago LP 670-4 Super Veloce is built with Aeropack Wing, the official top speed is rated at 211 miles per hour (340 kilometers per hour)
The transmissions of the sports car Lamborghini Murcielago include a 6 speed manual and a 6 speed e Gear semi automaticvariant.With respect to the dimensions of the Lamborghini Murcielago sports car, it has a wheel base of 2665 mm (104.9 in)
The sports car has a length of 4580 mm (180.3 in) with respect to the 2002 to 2006 units while 2057 mm (181.5 in) is the length of the 2007 until 2010 unitsof Lamborghini Murcielago. Moreover, the sports car has a width of 2045 mm (80.5 in) with respect to the 2002 to 2006 units while 2057 mm (81 in) is the width of the 2007 until 2010 units of Lamborghini Murcielago. The sports car has a height of 1135 mm (44.7 in).
With respect to the curb weight, the sports car weighs 1650 kg (3638 lb). However, the weight of the LP 640 model is different as it weighs 1665 kg (3671 lb). The LP 670 to 40 Super Veloce is the most lightweight of all the editions of Lamborghini Murcielago as it weighs only 1565 kg (3450 lb). This makes it a unique ride in the streets of London.
The predecessor of this sports car model was actually Lamborghini Diablo and its successor in its line of sports car as manufactured by Automobili Lamborghini is Lamborghini Aventador.
What summer means for the Arabs in London and the London citizens
These people are from the Gulf States and the Middle East – Dubai, Qatar, Kuwait, Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia. By bringing their supercars (and enormous wealth and consumption) in the streets of London, the Knightsbridge can now be called as Little Kuwait.
For the people of London, summer means enjoying places other than their hometown. The summer time for London residents means that they will travel to other parts of the world (or Europe) such as Paris in France, Rome in Italy, Barcelona in Spain, California in the United States of America, South Korea, or the Caribbean. As such, summer means that they deem it would be more enjoyable by leaving the filthy city of London for a moment to relax in places that are ‘less rowdy.’ For them, they would do everything and pay every pound of their money to go to other places with sand, heat, beach and sangria.
Reason why the Arabs from the Gulf States in the Middle East love to spend their summer time in London as opposed to other traditional tourist destinations
The major reason that these mega wealthy billionaires from the Middle East come over to London during the summer is that they feel that the people are more welcoming and hospitable in England, unlike in the United States of America where they feel that they would not be as warmly welcomed. Moreover, the Arabs who went to London, England through their private posh and exclusive jets believe that London is a safer and friendlier place than the other so called ‘traditional tourist destinations.’
In addition to the aforementioned benefits, London also provides them with the privilege to bring their luxurious, fast and very expensive supercars together with them in order to make their stay more enjoyable and convenient. In fact, a picture from the Harrods just outside the Berkley Hotel in Central London, you will see a Veyron chromed all over to perfection with every side of its body work.
The increase in the number of Arab visitors in London and the Reason why the Arabs avoid New York
According to official figures of Britain, more than five million visitors flock the city of London every year. According to expert opinion of well-respected and trusted international studies commentators, this number significantly increased since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the World Trade Center in the United States of America. According to them, Arabs have become weary in New York for possibility of being branded as a terrorist or be associated with one. That is why most of them instead flock to London who they believe are more tolerant to Arabs and Islam in general. Also, London is a place where they can enjoy themselves in the cool breeze of the city without worrying much about possible reprisals from natives and citizens or being associated with terrorists.
The license plate that the Arabs use in their supercars and the problem of enforcers of traffic rules and regulations
The plates that citizens from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia use when they go to London through their posh private and exclusive jet planes typically use with their luxurious, fast and very expensive supercars is the license plate ‘999.’ Most of the Arabs that come from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are in their 20’sh; their clothingis Westernized and most of them have a lot of cash stored in their cars, ready to be spent any time at anything that is enjoyable, convenient and cool.
The other Arabs from the Gulf States however, use license plate with Arabic characters in it. This makes the ticketing for violations very difficult. According to an enforcer of traffic rules and regulations that is commissioned to ticket traffic violators in the city of London, it is almost impossible to ticket the Arabs when they violate traffic rules and regulations because the computerized ticketing machine that he uses in his daily workonly has the letters from the English alphabet and basic numbers in it. As such, there is no tab or option on his computerized ticketing machine for Arabic numerals and other foreign characters.
The supercars, when the Arabs go around the city, are parked in ‘pay and display’ bay in order to take advantage of the easy, mobile and convenient. In addition, the ‘pay and display’ parking bays also provides the additional benefit of being seen by other people when they leave their supercars and go to expensive restaurants or signature shops.
Another famous license plate that the Arabs from the Gulf States use when they come to London is the license plate number 1. According to the license registration authority in England, a person who will use this license plate will pay a total of 9 million pounds, for the registration of the license plate number 1 alone. No wonder the citizens of Britain would not dare use that license plate since the price of the same is technically more expensive compared to the price of hundreds of ‘normal’ cars. Truly, the privilege of using the license plate number 1 is astounding. One of the cars that were spotted to use these expensive special plates is the Ferrari F 40.
Ferrari F 40
Ferrari F 40 is a sports car that is produced by Ferrari Automobile. Its actual production started from year 1987. However, Ferrari Automobile later decided to discontinue the production of Ferrari F 40 from its line of sports cars for one reason or another. As such, Ferrari Automobile formally ended the production of Ferrari F 40 at the year 1992. Since this is a rare sports car, the number of units that was produced by the sports car manufacturer is somewhat limited from the year 1987 until year 1992. All in all, the number of units that was produced by Ferrari Automobile for the sports car Ferrari F 40 is 1315 units. It was produced and assembled at Maranello in Italy and the designer of this sports car model is actually Pinin Farina (Leonardo Fiovaranti).
With respect to the sports car body and chassis of Ferrari F 40, it has an actual body style of Berlinetta or a 2 door coupe. Meanwhile, the layout of this sports car model is a mid-engine rear wheel drive system, making it a perfect drive in the streets of London.
The engine of the sports car is a rear longitudinal, 90 degrees V 8 engine that has a bore stroke of 82 x 69.5 mm. With respect to displacements, the unitary displacement is 367.03 cc while the total displacement is 2936.25 cc. Meanwhile, the compression rate of this sports car is pegged at 7.7 is to 1. The maximum power that the engine can generate is leveled at 351.5 kW (478 hp) at 7000 rates per minute. Moreover, it produces 163 horsepower per liter. The maximum torque that the Ferrari F 40 can provide is 577 N m (58.8 kgm) (425 lbft) at 4000 rates per minute.
It has a twin overhead camshaft per bank, four valves per cylinder in terms of valve activation. The fuel feed is a Weber Marelli electronic injection twin turbos while the ignition is Weber Marelli electronic single spark plug per cylinder. The lubrication system of the Ferrari F 40 takes advantage of a dry sump while its clutch is twin plate.
With respect to the bodywork of the Ferrari F 40:
- It has a two seaterberlinetta
- The length of the sports car is 4358 mm (171.55 in)
- The width of the sports car is 1970 mm (77.6 in)
- The height of the sports car is 1123 mm (44.2 in)
- The wheelbase of the sports car is 2450 mm (96.5 in)
- The front track of the sports car is 1606 mm (63 in)
- The rear track of the sports car is 1594 mm (62.8 in)
- The weight of the sports car is 1100 kilo grams (2425.1 lb)
With respect to the chassis of the Ferrari F 40, it has a frame of a tubular steel and composites. With respect to the front suspension, the sports car has an unequal length wishbones, coil springs over telescopic shock absorber, anti-roll bar. Meanwhile, the rear suspension of the Ferrari F 40 has the same characteristics of shock absorber and anti-roll bar that is found in the front suspensions. The brakes are powered by discs.
The transmission of the Ferrari F 40 is 5 speed combined with a reverse gear. The steering of the wheel is the rack and pinion kind. With respect to the tires, the front tires is 235/45 ZR 17 or 245/40 ZR 17 while the rear tires are 335/35 ZR 17. The fuel capacity of the sports car is about 120 liters (31.7 US gallons). It utilizes a EPA premium gasoline, 2.9 liter and eight cylinder 5 manual speed transmission.
With respect to the fuel consumption of the Ferrari F 40:
- In the city, the sports car consumes one US gallon per 11 miles (18 liters per 100 kilo meters or 16 miles per gallon)
- In the highway, however, the sports car consumes about one US gallon per 16 miles (15 liters per 100 kilo meter or 19 miles per gallon)
The predecessor of this sports car model was actually the Ferrar 288 GTO and its successor in its line of sports car as manufactured by Ferrari Automobile (after stopping the production of the Ferrari F 40 in year 1992) is Ferrari F 50.
Crown Prince Sheik Ammar bin Humaid Al Nuaimi: a regular in the city of London during the summers
One of the famous people who regularly go to London during the summer is Crown Prince Sheik Ammar bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, the son of billionaire HRH Sheickh Rashid Bin Humid AL Nuaimi of Ajman.
Ajman is the tiniest emirate in the United Arab Emirates. However, it is often said that Ajman will become a mini Dubai several years from now because of the success of the wide array of industries that operate there – from the five star hotels, to the casinos, to the posh restaurants and of course, the oil refinery operations which is considered as the major source of the wealth of the Middle East.
The crown prince during the years that had passed used a long Maybach limousine that is painted in distinct matt black and orange color. According to accounts, Crown Prince Sheik Ammar bin Humaid Al Nuaimi dresses like an R&B pop stars especially when going out at night. Moreover, it is said that he always uses only the most expensive, luxurious and exclusive signature brands like those Ralph Lauren polo shirts that is with an large and very conspicuous horse logo, a belt from exclusive and posh brand Hermes, a faded jeans from American signature jeans brand Guess, a Hermes driving shoes pastel suede and a pair of bronze tint sunglasses. His car is always said to contain the letters RRR which stands for Real Estate Resources, signifying the success of their operations in the real estate industry in Ajman, United Arab Emirates.
The economic situation in London and the conflicted reception of Arabs from the Gulf States
As everyone knows, Great Britain has struggled in the past years to climb out of the economic recession that befall their state. As the new governing coalition in the Great Britain used a budget austerity program that was heretofore unknown by Britons, billionaires from the Gulf States, according to accounts have encountered a reception from the Britons that is conflicted when they leave the Middle East for the summer together with the conservative social traditions and practices as a result of its predominantly Muslim nations, and of course the 130 degree heat in the Middle East. In the billionaire districts of London – Belgravia, Mayfair and Knightsbridge – these young billionaires will be able to enjoy the summer and enjoy the cool breeze in the city and display their enormous wealth.
On one hand, the wealthy Arabs from the Gulf States get an eager and happy welcome from the businesses in the city of London. In fact, they are eagerly awaited and served by posh and exclusive fashion boutiques, exotic restaurants, five star hotels, jewelry stores and signature stores of local brands of clothes. This is because these businesses heavily depend on the wealth of these Arabs in these times where Britain is only a step ahead of economic recovery from the recession several years back. Also, many residents and citizens of Belgravia, Mayfair and Knightsbridge actually enjoy and cannot contain their excitement that comes when the wealthy Arabs from the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia flash and drive their luxurious, rare and very expensive sports cars or supercars that have explosive speeds.
On the other hand, some of the residents have already complained to London authorities that some of the Arabs have exploited in a bad way the free flowing lifestyle of London. According to them, several Arabs have constantly and regularly violated traffic rules and regulations.For some traffic wardens, clamping is the only recourse that they can have for Arabs who violate traffic rules and violations and assure to enforce justice since their computerized ticked machine cannot handle Arabic characters or script. One example of the cars that violated traffic rules and regulations is Gumball 3000 Lamborghini Aventador.
Gumball 3000 Lamborghini Aventador
Gumball 3000 Lamborghini Aventador is a sports car that is produced by Automobili Lamborghini. Its actual production started from 2011. Up to date, the said car manufacturer continues the production, assembly and retail of the sports car Gumball 3000 Lamborghini Aventador. It is assembled at Sant’Agata Bolognese in Italy and the designer of this sports car model is Filippo Perini.
With respect to the sports car body and chassis of Gumball 3000 Lamborghini Aventador, it has an actual body style of 2 door coupe with a 2 door roadster variant. Meanwhile, the layout of this sports car model is mid-engine and all-wheel drive, making it a perfect drive in the streets of London City. The special limited editions of this sports car model include the following:
- Aventador J
- Dreamliner Edition produced and assembled in 2012
- All new Aventador LP 720 4 50 Anniversario produced and assembled in 2013
The engine of the Gumball 3000 Lamborghini Aventador sports car, known in the global automotive industry as L539, include an all new (this is actually the first all new V 12 engine since the 3.5 liter power engine that is assembled in the 350 GT) 700 PS (510 kW; 690 bhp) 6.5 liter 60 V 12 engine. The Gumball 3000 Lamborghini Aventador engine L539 is actually the 4th in house engine produced by Automobili Lamborghini and the second edition of V 12 engine. All in all, the powerful engine of this sports car weighs around 235 kilo grams.
The displacement of the engine is around 6499 cc (396.5 cu in). With respect to the maximum power that Gumball 3000 Lamborghini Aventador provides for the city driver, it generates about 700 PS (510 kW; 690 bhp) at 8250 rates per minute.
The power to weight of Gumball 3000 Lamborghini Aventador is 432 PS (318 kW; 426 bhp) per ton and the max torque of this sports car is 690 N.m (510 lbft) at 5500 rates per minute. With respect to the carbon dioxide emissions, this sports car actually produces less emission as compared to its other sports car counterparts, emitting at the level of 398 grams of Carbon dioxide per kilometer.
Meanwhile, the fuel consumption of this sports car is leveled at 17.2 liters per 100 kilometer (13.7 to 16.4 miles per gallon).
The performance of this sports car is outstanding, making its explosive speed a power to reckon in city driving. It has the following characteristics:
- It has 2.9 seconds acceleration from 0 to 60 miles per hour (0 to 97 kilometers per hour)
- It has 10.6 seconds acceleration from 0 to 100 miles per hour
- It has 19.9 seconds acceleration from 0 to 150 miles per hour
- It has 11.9 seconds acceleration at 130 miles per hour
- Its official top speed is rated at 217 miles per hour (350 kilometers per hour). However, a well-known and respected Automobile publication measures its top speed at 370 kilometers per hour (230 miles per hour).
- If the Lamborghini Murcielago LP 670-4 Super Veloce is built with Aeropack Wing, the official top speed is rated at 211 miles per hour (340 kilometers per hour).
The transmission of the sports car Gumball 3000 Lamborghini Aventador is 7 speeds SR Semi-Automatic transmission.
With respect to the dimensions of the Gumball 3000 Lamborghini Aventador sports car, it has a wheel base of 2700 mm (106.3 in), a length of 4780 mm (188.19 in), a width of 2030 mm (79.92 in) if combined with mirrors or 2265 mm (89.17 in) displacing the side mirrors of the sports car. It also has a height of 1136 mm (44.72 in)and a curb weight of 1575 kilo grams (3472 lb).
The predecessor of this sports car modelin its line of sports car as manufactured by Automobili Lamborghini was actually Lamborghini Murcielago (stated above).
How the Young Arabs spend their time during summers in London
For the young Arab men and women, the city of London is a vacation that will free them from the restrictive and predictable drudgery of daily life back in the Middle East.
According to owners of London hotels, suites and inns, the Arabs usually look for places where there are several bedrooms and a porter service that can be availed 24 hours a day. Usually, they want the bedrooms to have a view of the Kensington Gardens or the Hyde Park. Of course, these places are not common and are generally only offered to business executives and children of oligarchs who can pay handsomely. As such, only the Arabs who come during the summer can generally afford these said hotels, suites or inns.
During the daytime, the young Arab men usually sleep while the Arab girls call their drivers to go shop around in the city. It is during the afternoon until the wee hours of the morning where the young Arab men are active in parties and flashing their supercars around the city.
Using the roads of London as racetracks
When the flashy supercars are used around, residents complain that some of the wealth Arabs uses the roads in the City of London to use as race tracks of their supercars during the midnight. In fact, one of the tabloids in Great Britain has called this practice as Knightsbridge Grand Prix – (referring to the race that is going on during the midnight between the supercars of wealthy Arab people in the London district of Knightsbridge). One of the supercars that was said to have raced in the Knightsbridge Grand Prix is Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren
Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren
Mercedes-Benz McLaren is a sports car that is produced by McLaren Automotive and Mercedes-Benz. Its actual production started from 2003. However, McLaren Automotive and Mercedes-Benz later decided to discontinue the production of Mercedes-Benz McLaren from its line of sports cars for one reason or another. As such, McLaren Automotive and Mercedes-Benz formally ended the production of Mercedes-Benz McLaren at the year 2010. Since this is a rare sports car, the number of units that was produced by the sports car manufacturer is somewhat limited from the year (start 2003 until 2010. It was assembled at Woking, Surrey in England and the sports car was a joint project between automotive giants Mercedes-Benz and McLaren Automotive.
With respect to the sports car body and chassis of Mercedes-Benz McLaren, it has an actual body style of a 2 door coupe and a 2 door roadster. Meanwhile, the layout of this sports car model is styled FML, making it a perfect drive in the streets of London.
The engine available with the Mercedes-Benz McLaren sports car is a 232 kg (511 pounds) specifically built to perfection 5439 cc (5.439 L; 331.9 cu in) all aluminum, supercharged, SOHC, V 8 Engine. The cylinders of the engine are strategically angled. In this sports car moreover, there are 3 valves for every cylinder that is assembled. The technology of lubrication through a sump mechanism that is dry.
Another distinguishing characteristic of this sports car that sets it apart from the others is the compression ratio of 8.8:1. 97 mm (equivalent to 3.8 in) x 92 mm (equivalent to 3.6 in) is the bore and the stroke sizes. The sports car engine’s compressed air is then cooled through the use of the two inter coolers of the automotive. The performance of the car is enhanced by the supercharger (that contains a twin screw) that rotates at 23000 rates per minute and in turn produces 0.9 bar of boosted power.
With respect to the maximum power, the front mid mounted engine of the sports car generates 626 PS (460 kW; 617 hp) at 6500 rates per minute. Meanwhile the maximum torque that the sports car generates is at 780 N.m (580 lbft) at 3250 to 5000 rates per minute.
The transmission of the sports car Mercedes-Benz McLaren is the AMG speed-shift R 5 speed automatic transmission that is paired with three manual modes. As such, this sports car has a simpler and easy to use parts compared to a sports car with the usual 7 speed gearbox. This feature of Mercedes-Benz McLaren improves the durability of the sports car in the different for an excellent driving experience in the roads of London City.
With respect to the dimensions of the Mercedes-Benz McLaren sports car, it has a wheel base of 2700 mm (100 in), a length of 4656 mm (183.3 in), a width of 1908.4 mm (75.11 in), a height of 1261 mm (49.6 in). It is important to take into consideration however, that with respect to the 2006 to 2008 models, the height is actually 1252 mm (49.3 in), and a curb weight of 1768 kg (3898 lb).
Its successor in its line of sports car as manufactured by McLaren Automotive and Mercedes-Benz is Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG.
The display of enormous wealth
It has been observed by commentators and citizens that the display of enormous wealth in the city of London has become more conspicuous and more flamboyant than ever through the years. The major display, of course, refers to driving their supercars in the roads of Belgravia, Mayfair and Knightsbridge, especially during the wee hours of the morning.
The Ferrari 250 GTO is considered to be the definitive road-going Ferrari. A homologation special designed for grand touring races during the early 1960s, examples of these cars are known to fetch millions of dollars during auctions. Given the rarity of these cars and the expense of acquiring one, it’s safe to say that with the exception of a select few, getting a legit 250 GTO is next to impossible. For those who want to experience what it’s like to drive one (and make a lot of heads turn), a Ferrari 250 GTO replica is the next best thing.
The 250 GTO has long been a favorite of replica makers, which begs the question, “Why is the car so popular?” A quick look at this car’s history and appeal would give you an idea. As a homologation special model, there are only 39 authentic GTOs found worldwide. Boasting some of the best automotive technology available in the early 1960s, this car is a race car that is also designed for the open road. For enthusiasts, the build of this car is so perfect that they consider it the best road car ever made by Ferrari. The prices reflect the value of this car as solid examples with complete history can each fetch anywhere from $25 million to $50 million.
Not everyone has access to ultra-rare cars, though. Also, not everyone has that much money to spend on a sports car. Because of this, the best recourse for these people to live their dreams is to get a Ferrari 250 GTO replica. The GTO is one of the most popular cars to be replicated, partly due to its desirability and partly because its unique design is sure to draw a lot of attention. Because of this, kit car makers are known to produce and sell Ferrari 250 GTO replica models. Some replicas include only the body and chassis while others come as complete kits with full interior and drivetrain.
As is the case with most kit cars, assembly of the Ferrari 250 GTO replica must be done by the buyer himself/herself. While this requires mechanical skill and some tools, this is exactly what most kit car enthusiasts clamor for—the thrill of assembling their own car from scratch. Some are content to build the kit according to factory specifications, trotting them out on the road and track every now and then. However, there are some kit car enthusiasts who are willing to go the extra mile to make their Ferrari 250 GTO replica cars reflective of what they want. Some swap crucial drivetrain components such as the engine, transmission, and suspension to make the car respond quicker. Others modify both exterior and interior components for optimum detail. Customizing replicas is one way to get a 250 GTO that’s uniquely theirs.
It is no secret that the Ferrari 250 GTO is one of the most valuable cars ever made. It is also no secret that acquiring an authentic one is next to impossible. For a lot of automotive enthusiasts, getting a Ferrari 250 GTO replica is a viable (i.e. much more affordable) compromise. Depending on how they are crafted, these replicas are as good as they can get, offering the same look and feel as the real thing.