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Hype: BMW Brings Storied ZHP Package To 435i To Create The 435i ZHP Edition

Posted on 05.20.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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What if someone who was buying a BMW at a dealership decided that they wanted “the works”?  In other words they checked off every single box in the performance options list including a few secret ones that not many others knew about?  Now imagine of all those options were combined into one package to spare someone from the labor intensive task of checking boxes?  This imaginary package is in reality what was known to BMW as the “ZHP” package.  The ZHP package was created back when BMW was producing the E46 3 series back in the day.  The ZHP package for the E46 came with an upgraded suspension, re-tuned ECU for more power, an M-Tech II aero package, and finally a special ZHP shift knob.  Sadly the ZHP package was retired after the E46’s run ended in 2006.

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However, the more fun loving white jacket wearing engineers at BMW have decided to bring back the ZHP package for a limited run by creating a “ZHP Edition” 435i.  The ZHP Edition brings the following to the 435i:

Track handling package: 18 inch “orbit grey” wheels, M Sport brakes, and adaptive M Suspension.
M Performance mechanical limited slip differential.
M Performance engine kit: re-tuned ECU and M Performance air intake, the combination of which provides an extra 35hp and quicker 0 to 60 time.
M Performance exhaust which is 8.8lbs lighter than the stock unit.
M Performance Aerodynamics package: CFRP (Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic) front splitter, rear spoiler, rear diffuser and blacked out kidney grills.

Buyers of the ZHP package can also expect various limited edition badges and decals further separating their 435i from the norm.  The ZHP 435i can be had with a six speed manual or an 8 speed automatic sport transmission and can be had in Alpine White or Black Sapphire Metallic colors.   Production of the ZHP 435i starts in July and pricing will be announced “closer to the release” according to BMW.  Interested parties can buy the ZHP 435i from select “BMW M Centers” and I would suggest visiting one of those centers now as BMW has also announced that only 100 ZHP Edition 435i’s will be produced.

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For more info check out the press release below and for pictures simply click on any of the thumbnails in this post for high definition shots.

Press Release:

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – May 19, 2015… Paying tribute to the iconic ZHP Performance Package, BMW today released details for a 2016 BMW 435i ZHP Coupe Edition. The original ZHP option code was created by BMW Individual as a performance package for the 2003-2006 E46 3 Series that included the M-Tech II body kit, a ZHP shifter knob and shifter, upgraded suspension parts and settings, a different DME and special cam shafts that raised power output to 235 hp and allowed for a higher redline. Fulfilling the desires of true enthusiasts, the package was soon referred to by its internal option package code ‘ZHP’. BMW of North America embraced the thirst for the unique BMW 435i ZHP Coupe Edition once more resulting in the unique collaboration between factory options and key elements from the exciting BMW M Performance Accessory catalogue. Only 100 of these very special cars will be offered.

The new BMW 435i ZHP Coupe Edition is not just a vehicle with improved optics and aerodynamics; it is also notably quicker with more precise handling. These components take the vehicle’s capabilities to levels that those familiar with BMW’s racing heritage can appreciate. The BMW M Performance line of accessories provides a distinctive, sporty character to further enhance driving dynamics and is the result of years of racing expertise and has been developed in close collaboration with BMW M GmbH. Each component goes through an intensive development and manufacturing process resulting in uncompromised performance. Exclusive chassis, aerodynamic, cockpit and powertrain components are found throughout the BMW 435i ZHP Coupe Edition. Key characteristics are:

  • Track Handling Package, new for MY16
  • BMW M Performance Limited Slip Differential (LSD)
  • BMW M Performance Parts
  • M Sport Package

Track Handling Package

Designed to increase the dynamic capabilities of the already agile BMW 435i, the Track Handling Package adds 18” Orbit Grey V-Spoke Wheels and M Sport Brakes with 4 piston fixed front and 2 piston fixed rear calipers adding to the vehicles thirst and drivers demand for speed and acceleration. Moreover, this package incorporates the Adaptive M Suspension with variable damper technology as well as Variable Sport Steering.

BMW M Performance Limited Slip Differential

Designed and created for BMW enthusiasts, the mechanical Limited Slip Differential provides the extra performance advantage that true performance drivers desire. This differential utilizes 3 clutch plates for a total of 30% lockup on acceleration and 9% lockup on deceleration. This lockup provides instant power to the wheel that has the greatest amount of grip to gain better traction out of tight corners. An additional benefit in low-grip situations is that both wheels get equal torque, meaning more forward driving force on roads with reduced traction. The M Performance limited slip differential optimizes the traction, and ensures more controlled and precise driving behavior at the vehicles limits of adhesion. The M Performance LSD is a true advantage while at the track or in sporty driving situations.

  • The advantage can be felt at the track and in everyday driving. The improved vehicle dynamics are clearly present with the LSD as more torque can be transferred to the road at any given time, allowing for quicker acceleration out of corners.
  • Traction is improved for any type of road condition.
  • The LSD integrates seamlessly with the vehicles’ DSC system.

BMW M Performance Engine Kit (+35 hp, up to +32 lb-ft)

The BMW 435i ZHP Edition gets an exhilarating boost in performance thanks to the new

M Performance Power Kit enabling an unprecedented level of acceleration and speed. The BMW M Performance Power Kit features engine tuning software and a new

M Performance Engine Air Intake system. In addition, a replacement M Performance Engine Cover and Rocker Panel Decals provide visual distinction this special edition vehicle deserves. Power and torque figures are now updated as follows:

  • Horsepower increased to 335hp (35hp gain).
  • Torque is increased to 332 lb-ft (automatic transmission, 32 ft/lb gain) and 317 lb-ft (manual transmission, 17 ft/lb gain).
  • Improved acceleration that drivers can feel immediately when compared to a standard 435i:
    • 2 seconds faster than the standard 435i model from 0 mph to 60 mph.
    • 5 seconds faster than the standard 435i model from 50 mph to 75 mph.
  • More dynamic accelerator pedal calibration in Comfort, Sport and Sport + Modes, provides an even quicker engine response.
  • Exhaust “burble” sound during engine overrun conditions. The M Performance Power Kit ensures an optimized engine and exhaust system sound. The exhaust “burble” is enabled in Comfort mode and amplified even further in Sport mode. As a result, the car sound amplifies ‘performance’.
  • Sport Display now shows increased power figures (400 hp and 400 lb-ft) to reflect increased performance.
  • The M Performance Rocker Panel Decals give the car a sportier look, even from the outside, providing a hint of the car’s hidden performance.

BMW M Performance Exhaust

The stainless-steel M performance Exhaust sheds 8.8 pounds of weight while also reducing backpressure for improved dynamic performance, producing a sound that is perfectly balanced for performance and comfort. Two stainless steel tips with a brushed finish connect to a muffler with a straight-through design.

BMW M Performance Aerodynamics Package

The BMW 435i ZHP Edition is also enhanced by the addition of the M Performance Aerodynamics Package. This package underlines the sporting appearance of this special edition vehicle. It comprises of the following components: A front and rear spoiler made from high-quality carbon, as well as a rear diffuser made from PUR-RIM a specially crafted high quality polymer. The dynamic elegance of the M Performance Aerodynamics package amplifies the vehicles exemplary sportiness even further. Above all it offers optimized aerodynamics and accentuates the car’s sporty driving behavior.

  • Made entirely from carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP), the design of the front M Performance Front Carbon Fiber Splitter and rear M Performance Carbon Fiber Spoiler give the BMW 435i ZHP Edition a powerful appearance.
  • 3 striking, embossed bars are integrated into the design of the rear M Performance Diffuser. Their pointed appearance accentuates the car’s sporty character.
  • The integrated expanded grille in the rear diffuser painted in matte black produces an additional motorsport feel.
  • M Performance Black Kidney Grilles round off this striking BMW M Performance Aerodynamic Package.

M Sport Package

The BMW 435i ZHP Edition incorporates the M Sport Package comprised of the front and rear Aerodynamic kit, Aluminum Hexagon Trim with a Black high-gloss accent and an M Sport steering wheel.

Only 100 BMW 435i ZHP Editions will be produced making it an exclusive option for customers in search for something truly special. Available with either a Sport Automatic 8 speed or a 6 speed Manual Transmission, the customer can choose to drive either an Alpine White or Black Sapphire Metallic BMW 435i ZHP Edition.

The ZHP will be available through selected BMW M Centers with production starting in July.

Pricing on the new BMW 435i ZHP Edition will be announced closer to the on-sale date.

 

BMW of North America is also able to offer many of these BMW M Performance Parts individually through a program called VIA (Vehicle Distribution Center Installed Accessory).

VIA allows buyers of new BMW or MINI vehicles to add cosmetic and performance accessories to their factory order and have them installed at the port before dealer delivery. These accessories are then fully warranted as part of the New Car Warranty, residualized in a lease or amortized into a loan, incorporating the value of accessories into the actual MSRP.

 

BMW Group In America

BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and the Rolls-Royce brand of Motor Cars; DesignworksUSA, a strategic design consultancy in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group’s global manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all X5 and X3 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 and X4 Sports Activity Coupes. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 338 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 140 BMW motorcycle retailers, 122 MINI passenger car dealers, and 35 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group’s sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.

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Hype Video: Take A Lap Around Downtown LA With Magnus Walker In “Midnight Rambler” By eGarage

Posted on 05.14.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Normally driving through, around, or anywhere near downtown Los Angeles is an exercise in frustration and a massive test of patience.  I know this from experience.  What I didn’t know is that once it gets late in hours, the LA streets open up and it actually becomes one heck of a place to take a drive.  This is demonstrated by Porsche aficionado Magnus Walker in a beautifully cinematic fashion in a 5 minute film dubbed “Midnight Rambler” produced by eGarage.

Simple in presentation there are no added frills or effects.  The only theatrical score in this film is the sound of Walker’s 1971 911 street/track car.  Having said that, you’ll definitely want to turn the sound up for this video.  Enjoy it below!

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Hype: Porsche Opens New 100 Million Dollar HQ Which Is Also Virtually A Theme Park For Porsche Fans

Posted on 05.08.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Are you a Porsche fan?  If you are I want you to try a mental exercise for me.  Imagine a place, a large place that is completely dedicated to the object of your affection.  Imagine that in this place lies a gallery dedicated to classic Porsches, a center completely devoted to restoring said classic Porsches, a specialized gym designed to get you into the perfect shape for driving, Porsches, a simulator lab for those times when you want to drive virtual Porsches, a driver development track with 5 different modules for learning how to drive Porsches in virtually any type of situation, and finally a high end fine dining restaurant, because all that other stuff is bound to make you hungry.  Now imagine that this place is large enough to take over 27 acres and is also filled to the brim with Porsche artwork and memorabilia.

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Now, imagine no more because this place is totally real!  Porsche just opened this new magical facility which is a combination of their new North American HQ as well as the first of two brand new Porsche “Experience Centers”.  Their new head quarters is located at the Northeast corner of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in at Atlanta, Georgia.  Naturally the official address is “One Porsche Drive” and its a whole new reason to visit Atlanta.  I would be very jealous except I’m not.  Why?  Well remember how I mentioned that this new facility is the first of two?  Well the second one is opening up literally 20 minutes away from me here in sunny Southern California.  I’m sure it probably wont be as big as the new one in Atlanta but hey, I’m not greedy…  Although I am a bit impatient as the California Experience Center won’t open until 2016.  Ah well, in the meantime I highly suggest paying the new Porsche HQ a visit if you have the means.  It looks like a fun place to hang out for any car enthusiast!  If you want to know just how awesome this place is then simply click any of the thumbnails in this post for pictures.

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Press Release:

Largest investment for Porsche outside Germany features industry-first facility in North America complete with dynamic track, classic car gallery, restoration center, event space, and fine dining restaurant

Atlanta. Porsche Cars North America today officially opened its new $100 million Porsche Experience Center (PEC) and headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. The 27-acre complex located at the Northeast corner of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the largest investment outside Germany for the sports car manufacturer. The industry-first facility is complete with a driver development track, classic car gallery, restoration center, human performance center, driving simulator lab and a fine dining restaurant. A state-of-the-art business center features 13,000 square feet of conference and event space. The experience center has been specifically designed as a destination for the public, including automotive enthusiasts and Porsche customers.

“Today we celebrate a significant milestone in the history of Porsche as we expand our footprint in the United States and reaffirm our commitment to the state of Georgia and the city of Atlanta,” said Matthias Mueller, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche. “We are investing more than ever before, heightening visibility for the Porsche brand in the U.S. and worldwide.”

An estimated 30,000 guests are expected to visit the uniquely designed Porsche Experience Center each year. Visitors and corporate groups can hone their driving skills, reserve meeting space in the fully-equipped business center, view classic Porsche automobiles or dine at Restaurant 356, aptly named after the first production Porsche model.

“Our vision for our new home was to create a bold, energizing environment here in Atlanta to demonstrate the unique capabilities of our sports cars,” said Detlev von Platen, President and CEO of Porsche Cars North America. “The experience center coupled with our headquarters is truly the first of its kind in the automotive industry where we welcome employees, partners, customers and enthusiasts alike.”

The 1.6-mile Driver Development Track runs through the courtyard of the facility and includes six instructor-led driving modules. The Handling Circuit, Off-Road Course, Dynamics Area, Low Friction Handling Circuit, Low Friction Circle and the only Kick Plate in North America are designed to demonstrate the engineering and technological capabilities of all Porsche models.

“Porsche’s investment in its new headquarters represents the confidence it has in the future success of our state, our economy and our workforce,” said Georgia Governor Nathan Deal. “The facility at One Porsche Drive is as innovative, forward-thinking and performance-driven as the company itself. From their windows on I-75, travelers have borne witness to the progress being made here, and now, the day has come when these same visitors can truly experience all that Porsche and Georgia, have to offer.”

More than 70 alternative locations in a number of states were considered during site selection. In the end, Atlanta’s transportation infrastructure, skilled workforce and strong support from the city and the state were key reasons for the decision to expand in Atlanta. The proximity to the world’s busiest airport allows approximately 80 percent of the U.S. population to reach the Porsche Experience Center within two and a half hours of flying time.

“I am delighted to extend a warm welcome to Porsche Cars North America and congratulate them on their grand opening,” said Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. “Porsche discovered why Atlanta has the third-highest concentration of Fortune 500 companies: a low cost of doing business, a high quality of life, access to the world’s busiest and most efficient passenger airport and the fastest-growing container port in the country. Businesses are voting with their feet and choosing Atlanta as the place to build and grow.  We are proud to have Porsche, an iconic, best-in-class company, make their new home here.”

Porsche Cars North America (PCNA) has called the Atlanta area home since 1998. PCNA is now joined by Porsche Financial Services, Porsche Business Services, Porsche Consulting and Mieschke Hofmann & Partners, with all five entities housed under the same roof. Ultimately, 450 employees will be based at the new headquarters, over 100 of whom fill positions that are new to Georgia.

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Hype Video: See How Several Aston Martin DB10’s Were Built For James Bond Movie “SPECTRE” In Behind The Scenes Feature.

Posted on 04.30.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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A “James Bond” film isn’t a “James Bond” film unless it has a few key elements: fashionable locations all over the world, women who want to make out with James Bond, an evil genius villain, a badass lead henchman working for said evil genius, and at least one (if not several) awesome cars.  Based on everything that’s been revealed so far, the next James Bond film “Spectre” will have all of those things and then some.  In a video released just a few hours ago the makers of the film show a behind the scenes look at what will likely be my favorite scene in the film.

It looks like there will be a car chase between the character known as “Mr. Hinx” (played by David Bautista) and James Bond (Daniel Craig) on the streets of Rome.  Hinx will be behind the wheel of a Jaguar C-X75 while Bond will drive a gorgeous Aston Martin DB10.  If some of the test footage in the video below of the DB10 is any indication, this car chase is going to be quite unique to say the least.  In fact this should be enough to sell tickets to most motor heads (including me) on its own!  To check out the feature for yourself just scroll below and thank me later!

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Event Hype: Mother’s Exotic Car Show 2015 (Gallery)

Posted on 04.28.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Yes, we still have yet more pictures from the Toyota Grand Prix Of Long Beach a few weekends ago!  In this gallery we stroll through the annual Mother’s Exotic Car Show.  If you are unaware, Mother’s car care always takes over the vacancy left by the TUDOR Sports car paddock after they pack up Saturday night and fills the area with a ton of rare exotic and classic cars!  Naturally I took a stroll through the area and snapped all the best looking cars.  To see it all just check out the Facebook gallery below.  Just make sure you are logged into your Facebook account to view it!

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Hype: Audi Accidentally Spoils Avengers Age Of Ultron When Announcing Return Of R8 To Tony Stark’s Garage (Video)

Posted on 04.01.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Marvel Studios Avengers: Age Of Ultron is literally a month away.  Do you want to know when I got my tickets? A month ago.  That’s how excited I am for this movie!  So you can guess how happy I get when I have a chance to cross over the purpose of this website (cool car news) with one of my other loves (movies).  The aforementioned opportunity presented itself when Audi announced that it will once again return as Tony Stark’s car of choice in Avengers Age of Ultron.

The Audi R8 has been by Iron Man’s side ever since the very first Iron Man movie.  However, in the first Avengers movie Acura signed a deal with Marvel Studios to be the “official car of SHIELD”.  This also meant that Tony Stark went from an R8 to a convertible version of the new NSX.  With this announcement Audi makes its return to the front of Stark’s garage!  I think in their excitement they may have also spoiled a key part of the film’s villain “Ultron’s” origin story.  You can learn all about it in the video below.  There is also a remixed Audi/Avengers Age of Ultron trailer and behind the scenes featurette as well.   To check out the official Audi/Avengers Age Of Ultron microsite hit the source link.

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Press Release:

Audi returns as Tony Stark’s vehicle of choice in Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron

March 31, 2015 | Herndon, Virginia

•Audi continues partnership with Marvel Entertainment for May 1 release of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron
•Featured models include the all-new 2016 R8, 2015 TTS and 2015 A3 Cabriolet
•Audi to release exclusive digital content for Avengers fans

Audi and Marvel Studios join forces once again for the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron, set to be released on May 1, 2015. The highly-anticipated film will feature the next-generation Audi R8, Audi TTS and Audi A3 Cabriolet vehicles alongside the next generation of Avengers characters.

As part of the partnership, Audi will release exclusive pieces of digital content. Available today on the Audi brand’s exclusive Avengers: Age of Ultron website, www.audi.com/MarvelsAvengers, fans can view an extended online video.

In addition, Audi is collaborating with Marvel’s comic book creator Stan Lee to deliver fans a comedic digital short closer to film’s release. The original video will be distributed on the Audi brand’s YouTube channel.

Back on the big screen, Audi is a familiar brand to this franchise’s eager audience. Audi maintains a vigorous profile in the film and TV industries, and characters like Tony Stark highlight the incomparable technology, performance, and design of these celebrated Audi vehicles.

“After eight years of successful partnerships with Marvel, Audi aligns with the evolving narrative of the Tony Stark character to showcase the all-new, re-designed 2016 R8,” said Loren Angelo, Director of Marketing, Audi of America. “Having been part of the character’s storyline for the past three Iron Man films, it is a perfect fit for Audi to return in Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron with Tony Stark driving the iconic supercar in its next generation.”

The upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron will reinforce the Avengers’ trademark characteristics by showcasing the redesigned Audi R8, 2015 TTS and 2015 A3 Cabriolet. The all-new 2nd generation R8 and 3rd generation TTS have, like the Avengers themselves, become icons in popular culture. The R8, which made its initial debut in Iron Man, returns as an even more powerful supercar, while the iconic Audi TTS will make its big screen debut as a completely redesigned coupe.

Similar to any Marvel film property, Audi is dedicated to providing its fans with unmatched performance and thrills. Audi vehicles have been prominently featured across Marvel’s Iron Man installments with the Audi R8, R8 Spyder, R8 e-tron, A8L, S7 Sportback, S5 Coupe and the Q7.

“The character Tony Stark continues to evolve and represents a truly modern renaissance man – an industrialist, engineer and leader in his new world,” said Giovanni Perosino, Head of Marketing Communication at AUDI AG. “It’s this type of innovator that carefully selects their cars and is exactly who would be driving the next generation Audi R8.”

“Marvel is thrilled to once again be teaming up with our friends at Audi. Just as Tony Stark has outfitted the Avengers with cutting edge technology, Audi has done the same for their consumers year after year. With the style and excitement that both global brands bring, Audi and Marvel are a great fit,” said Stephanie Cohen, VP of Worldwide Partnerships.

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Hype: The New McLaren 570S Makes Its Debut Before Its Debut

Posted on 03.31.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Last night during a private party, McLaren Automotive debuted the first car in their “sport series”, the 570S.  Despite telling guests of this event to put their phones away, pictures still leaked out and started to spread.  Doing the smart thing, McLaren got out in front of the leak and dropped all the official pictures and info ahead of its world debut at the New York Auto Show which should take place tomorrow.

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So, what is the McLaren 570S exactly?  Well, as mentioned before it is the first car in McLaren’s “Sport Series” line which is meant to be an entry point to the brand.  Now, the term “entry point” should be taken with the consideration that at the high end is the McLaren P1, a million dollar plus hypercar.  That being said, don’t expect the 570S to compete with the likes of Corvette but more like the Porsche 911 Turbo, Audi R8 V10, and AMG GT-S.  All three of the aforementioned cars range between $130-$180k, which is likely the range that the 570S will fall into.  Although currently its official MSRP is unknown.

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The 570S exterior looks something like the amalgamation of the 650S and the P1 but in a small-ish package with its curves condensed in a tighter space giving it a softer look.  To break up all the curves is a solid defined black line (likely carbon fiber) that goes along the equator of the car feeding into side vents that feed air to the twin-turbo V8 in the middle of the car.  The 570S essentially shares the same engine as the 650S but 30% of the components of the 570S engine are new and unique to it.  The result is 568 horsepower with 443 ft-lbs of torque and all of that power goes to the rear wheels.  With optional light weight pieces the 570S can get down to 2,895lbs which makes it among the lightest in its class of competitors.

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Referring to the as 570S their “most usable McLaren to date” the brand made sure to communicate that they are aiming for the “daily driven supercar” status with this model.  Allegedly care was taken in the interior design to keep it sporty but comfortable during long trips with racing seats being optional and leather coming standard.  The cabin was also laid out in a way to maximize driver visibility.  Owners of the 570S can also expect the usual full suite of “infotainment” (satellite radio, touch screen interface, GPS, etc) complete with a “bespoke Bowers & Wilkins 12-Speaker Premium Audio System”

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All together the McLaren 570S sounds like a pretty enticing package.  Although, could it be enough to take on Porsche’s 911?  Audi and Mercedes have tried and while both have had success it can’t really be said that either brand’s offering has dethroned the mighty 911.  We’ll have to wait until the McLaren 570S is released before we know if it can do the job.  Though, so far the 570S release date is unknown.  Hopefully, McLaren will reveal that bit of information during its world debut tomorrow.  Then again, it may just be an April Fool’s joke…  Anyhow, for big, beautiful HD resolution pictures of the McLaren 570S just click any of the thumbnails.  For more information (including full specs) refer to the official press release below.  Once you’ve done all that let us know your thoughts on the 570S in the comments or tweet them to us at @MotorworldHype!

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Press Release:

Mar 31, 2015

  • McLaren reveals first model in its Sports Series, the 570S Coupé
  • Brings McLaren exclusivity as well as pioneering, race-driven technologies to a new segment
  • Sports Series joins the Super Series and Ultimate Series to complete the three tier McLaren range being shown together for the first time in New York
  • A classic sports car with mid-engine rear-wheel drive layout and carbon fibre structure
  • ‘Shrinkwrapped’ design includes elegant flying buttresses to optimise aerodynamics and increase downforce
  • M838TE twin turbo V8 engine, featuring 30 percent new components, produces 570PS and 600Nm
  • Class leading power-to-weight ratio of 434PS per tonne gives breathtaking performance; 0-100km/h (62mph) in 3.2s; 0-200km/h (124 mph) in 9.5s
  • Global premiere at the New York International Auto Show on Stand 704, Level 3 at 14.55EST (19.55GMT), Wednesday 1 April 2015

McLaren has completed its three tier model strategy with the global reveal of the first in its Sports Series family: the McLaren 570S Coupé.  This pure sports car, with driver optimised layout and electrifying performance, shares its DNA with the McLaren Super Series and Ultimate Series that sit above it in the range hierarchy. The Sports Series introduces McLaren race-derived technologies and design values to a new segment and audience.

Like every McLaren, the performance of the 570S Coupé is breathtaking. It combines, as its names suggests, a power output of 570PS (562bhp) with light weight construction to give a class leading power-to-weight ratio of 434PS per tonne. The 570S accelerates from 0 to 100km/h (62 mph) in 3.2 seconds, while 200 km/h (124 mph) is reached in just 9.5 seconds with the pace not letting up till the car reaches a top speed of 328 km/h (204mph).

The Coupé is the first bodystyle to be shown in the Sports Series, highlighting the latest evolution of the McLaren design philosophy.  The ‘shrinkwrapped’, aerodynamically-optimised form will be seen in public for the first time at the 115th New York International Auto Show. The McLaren design team has created a shape of beauty highlighted by details such as the rear flying buttresses that increase downforce as well as adding grace, and complex door tendons that direct additional air to cool the mid-mounted V8 engine.

The Sports Series features an evolution of the 3.8-litre V8 twin turbo engine, named M838TE, with 30 percent of components bespoke to the new model. Engineered by McLaren, it produces 570PS (562 bhp) at 7,400 rpm, and 600Nm (443 lb ft) of torque at 5,000-6,500 rpm. Power is delivered through a seven-speed SSG transmission, and transferred to the road through the rear wheels. This power is brought under control with standard-fit carbon ceramic brakes, fitted behind a newly designed range of forged alloy wheel options with P Zero™ Corsa tyres as standard from McLaren technical partner, Pirelli – 225/35/R19 on the front and 285/35/R20 on the rear.

The unique carbon fibre MonoCell II chassis has been newly designed with more of a focus on day-to-day usability, offering improved ingress and egress from the cabin. It is incredibly strong and stiff yet weighs less than 80kg, offering optimum levels of protection. This lightweight structure, and the use of aluminium body panels, contributes to a dry weight of as low as 1,313kg (2,895lbs), almost 150kg lighter than its closest competitor.

Minimised weight and a turbocharged engine doesn’t just bring great performance.  The 570S also delivers excellent fuel efficiency and emissions for car that is also a member of the 200mph club, with fuel economy of 25.5mpg on the EU combined cycle, and emissions of 258g/km.  For the US market, this means exemption from gas guzzler tax.

A PURE McLAREN BOTH ON ROAD AND TRACK

The 570S shows an evolution in the design direction for McLaren, with the McLaren ‘face’ seen on models in the Super Series and Ultimate Series sharpened further. This unique and striking appearance has been designed by air, with a bespoke aerodynamic package including aero blades below the front bumper giving a purposeful stance while channelling clean, cold air through the lower leading edge of the bodywork. Large ultra bright LED headlamps, fitted as standard to all Sports Series models, flank a sculpted bonnet which channels airflow over the front wheelarches. The intricately designed dihedral doors, a McLaren design signature since the iconic F1, possess a three dimensional form including a ‘floating’ door tendon which houses a discreet door button. This unique feature divides the airflow, channelling it into the side intakes and underneath the flying buttresses. This architectural structure ensures drag is minimised along the profile of the 570S, while also optimising levels of cooling and downforce.

Flying buttresses at the rear of the teardrop-shaped glasshouse form part of the aero package, directing air over the shoulderline of the 570S and across the rear deck aiding heat evacuation from the exposed engine bay and increasing downforce. Super-formed aluminium rear fenders ensure clean air is delivered to the fixed rear spoiler, again maximising downforce. The rear of the car is clean and uncluttered, with LED light blade rear lamps which follow the form of the sculpted panels.  The rear of the vehicle features an aluminium mesh allowing effective heat evacuation as well as a view into the engine bay. This sits below a concave rear window, another signature Sports Series Coupé design cue.  The twin exhausts exit below the rear bumper, either side of a newly designed and highly intricate rear diffuser.

The Sports Series has its own newly-developed suspension system ensuring enhanced levels of driver engagement and refinement on both road and track. It uses independent adaptive dampers with front and rear anti-rollbars – distinct from the Super Series –  and dual wishbones, with the set up controlled by the familiar ‘Normal’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Track’ handling settings. In ‘Normal’ mode, the system provides a refined yet engaging ride, while the ‘Sport’ and ‘Track’ settings allow the 570S to become more track-focused when required.

THE MOST USABLE McLAREN TO DATE

Like every McLaren the cabin of the 570S has been designed around the driver, with a clear focus on engagement, visibility, functionality and more than any McLaren before it, day-to-day usability and space. As standard, the sports seats are leather upholstered – racing seats are optional – offering a high level of long distance comfort and support.  The dashboard and steering wheel are also all leather trimmed. Intelligent and ergonomic design within the cabin provides extended stowage space, with the most usable space of any McLaren model to date. This adds to the 150 litres of storage in the front luggage bay.

The 570S is comprehensively equipped with a full infotainment system including an all new TFT digital instrument cluster that changes configuration according to driving mode, a seven-inch IRIS touchscreen, now with integrated climate control functionality, Bluetooth connectivity and DAB digital / SIRIUS satellite radio (depending on market), mounted on a ‘floating’ centre console. Despite the extensive specification list, weight-saving is still a key focus on the interior and the McLaren Audio four-speaker system ensures the optimal sound quality at the lowest possible weight.

With the Sports Series, an even greater variety of interior customisation is available with a variety of factory available Alcantara®, nappa leather and carbon fibre options. In addition, McLaren designers have created a range of ‘By McLaren’ bespoke interior specifications, similar to those also available on the 675LT, teaming carefully selected colours and materials designed to best showcase the stylish cabin space and co-ordinate with each exterior paint colour. In addition to this, a McLaren Audio Plus 8-Speaker Upgrade System and bespoke Bowers & Wilkins 12-Speaker Premium Audio System with 1280W surround sound upgrade is also available for the ultimate audio experience.

Further details of the McLaren 570S will be confirmed following the global reveal, which will take place on Wednesday 1 April, 2015 at the New York International Auto Show. The McLaren Automotive press conference will start at 14.55 EST (19.55 GMT) on Stand 704, Level 3.

McLAREN 570S TECHNICAL STATISTICS

PERFORMANCE

0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) 3.2 seconds
0-200 km/h (0-124 mph) 9.5 seconds
Top speed 328 km/h (204 mph)
Power-to-weight 434PS per tonne

ENGINE & POWERTRAIN

Engine Configuration V8 Twin Turbo / 3799cc
Power 570PS (562 bhp) @ 7,400 rpm
Torque 600Nm (443 lb ft) @ 5,000-6,500 rpm
Transmission 7 Speed SSG
CO2 258 g/km
Economy 25.5 mpg (EU combined)

DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT

Dry weight 1,313 kg (2,895 lb) with lightweight options
Weight distribution 42 / 58
Length 4,530mm
Width 2,095mm
Height 1,202mm

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German Hype: The New 2017 Audi R8 Is Angular And Beautiful. Its Also A Lot Faster!

Posted on 03.02.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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The new Audi R8 has finally arrived and it is…well its just better.  Outwardly, it doesn’t stand apart from the previous (well, current) R8 all that much besides a much more angular design with a much shorter rear end and more than a few rectangles hidden in places like the taillights and a few vents.  While the visual changes are subtle they combine for a significantly better looking R8 in my opinion.  However, this new R8 is about more than just the superficial changes.  The real story comes from the new R8’s performance.  A V8 is no longer an option for the 2017 R8 and now buyers have a choice of two different 5.2 FSI V10 engines.  The base engine is tuned to 540HP but for those who want more (and who wouldn’t?) buyers can choose the R8 Plus which has an additional 70hp bringing the total to 610.  With the optional engine the 2017 Audi R8 makes it from 0 to 60 in about 3 seconds and has a top speed of 205.1 mph.

The new R8 comes in at 110lbs lighter than the current model thanks to a new space fame with a few areas such as the tunnel and B pillars made from carbon fiber reinforced plastic or CFRP.  This new space frame will also be the platform in which future R8 variants such as the confirmed e-tron will be based on.

The 2017 Audi R8 will hit the wallet to the tune of 165,000 euros for the base and 187,400 euros for R8 plus.  That’s about $185,500 and $210,500 in USD respectively.  Audi states that sales of the new R8 will start this summer but they do not specify if that is a world wide release date or just Europe.  We’ll likely find out in the days to come.  In the meantime click the thumbnails below for HD resolution pictures and pick some more information from the press release.

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Press Release:

The second generation of the high-performance sports car makes its debut in Geneva

  • 5.2 FSI engine with up to 449 kW (610 hp), 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 3.2 seconds
  • New multimaterial Audi Space Frame with high proportions of aluminum and CFRP

 

 

No model with the four rings is closer to motorsport, none is more striking and more dynamic: at the Geneva Motor Show, Audi is presenting the second generation of its high-performance R8 sports car. The V10 mid-engine and a newly developed quattro drive ensure breathtaking driving performance, especially in the top-of-the-range version with 449 kW (610 hp): achieving 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in just 3.2 seconds, its top speed is 330 km/h (205.1 mph).

A high-revving mid-engine with superior performance, a consistently lightweight construction concept and an extremely dynamic chassis with quattro drive system and fully variable torque control – this is what makes the R8 the sporty spearhead of Audi. The high-performance sports car has been newly developed from the ground up – it is more taut, more striking and more fascinating both on the race track and on the road.

“Motorsport is in Audi’s genes, it has always been a permanent feature of our brand’s character,” says Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Board Member for Technical Development at Audi. “With the new Audi R8, our engineers are bringing accumulated racing expertise from the race track onto the road. No other model of ours evokes more dynamic emotion. The new R8 V10 plus is therefore the most powerful and fastest series-production Audi of all time.” Thanks to the close cooperation between racing engineers, racing drivers and developers, the Audi R8 has seen a clear performance increase – this benefits both the series production car and the R8 LMS developed on the basis of this.

The engines: 10 cylinders in two versions
The 5.2 FSI is available in two versions: one with 397 kW (540 hp) and another sporting 449 kW (610 hp). The range-topping model accelerates in a mere 3.2 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) and keeps going to its maximum speed of 330 km/h (205.1 mph). The sound of the freely aspirated V10 engine, whose maximum torque is available at 6,500 rpm, has become even fuller and sharper. A 7-speed S tronic transmission and a newly developed quattro drive system transmit the power to the road. The distribution of the drive torque adapts to the respective driving conditions – in extreme cases, 100 percent of the torque can be transmitted to the front or rear axle. The new performance mode in the Audi drive select dynamic handling system enables adaptation of the most important ride dynamics parameters to the friction coefficient of the road.

Lightweight construction: only 1,454 kg (3,205.5 lb) dry weight
The top model R8 V10 plus has a dry weight of 1,454 kilograms (3,205.5 lb). Despite a lot of extra equipment and greater rigidity, the new Audi R8 weighs up to 50 kilograms (110.2 lb) less than its predecessor. The multimaterial Audi Space Frame (ASF) ensures low weight and optimum axle load distribution. The combination of aluminum and carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) in the Audi Space Frame opens up new dimensions with regard to weight, rigidity and crash behavior. The aerodynamic underbody which integrates a long diffuser boosts downforce. The chassis, too, with its double wishbone suspension demonstrates how close the new Audi R8 is to motorsport.

Design: flat, wide, muscular
The design reflects the powerful sporty character of the R8. A visual distinguishing feature which also provides enhanced safety comes in the form of the standard LED headlights. For an extended field of vision and more brightness, Audi offers the laser spot for the high beam as an option – complemented by the dynamic turn signals at the front. Dynamic turn signals are standard at the rear.

In the new Audi virtual cockpit, the displays are digital. The most important controls are grouped together in button clusters on the steering wheel, also known as satellites. In the interior, the driver has the impression of sitting in a race car. The air conditioning controls emphasize the simplicity of the control panel with its floating effect. MMI navigation plus with MMI touch is standard.

Sales of the new Audi R8 start in summer 2015. Prices are 165,000 euros for the R8 V10 and 187,400 euros for the top-of-the-range version R8 V10 plus.

New factory for quattro GmbH: production at the “Böllinger Höfe” site
The new Audi R8 is produced at a new quattro GmbH production site that was specially built for the sports car – the “Böllinger Höfe” site in Heilbronn. An elaborate manufacturing technique ensures that Audi-typical quality is produced.

Specialists: the Audi R8 e-tron and Audi R8 LMS
The second generation of the Audi R8 forms the basis for more models. The latest evolutionary version of the electrically-powered high-performance R8 e-tron sports car achieves a performance figure of 340 kW and a torque of 920 Nm (678.6 lb-ft). It sprints from a standstill to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 3.9 seconds. Thanks to new battery cells, the range could be more than doubled compared to the first version of this technological wonder – it is now more than 450 kilometers (279.6 mi).

The new Audi R8 LMS race car was developed based on the new GT3 regulations due to come into effect worldwide from 2016. This year it will already be put through its paces at the factory. Despite massive performance increases, around 50 percent of its components are the same as the series-production car.

The new Audi R8
The R8 is the dynamic spearhead of Audi. In its second generation, the high-performance sports car has been newly developed from the ground up – it is more taut, more striking and more fascinating. The high-revving V10 engine is available in two performance variants. In the top-of-the-range version with 449 kW (610 hp), it develops breathtaking power.

“Motorsport is in Audi’s DNA, it is part of our brand’s character,” says
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Board Member for Technical Development at Audi. “With the new R8, our engineers are bringing accumulated racing expertise from the race track onto the road. No other model of ours evokes more dynamic emotion, none is closer to a race car. The new R8 V10 plus is the most powerful and fastest series production Audi of all time.”

The mid-engine principle used for the Audi R8 is not only a classic concept in motorsport but also an important piece of Audi tradition. The powerful engines were located in front of the rear axle even in the Grand Prix race cars brought to the start line by Auto Union in the 1930s – a revolutionary step at the time. In 2000, Audi won the 24-hour Le Mans endurance race with the LMP R8 prototype for the first time. By 2005, the car which provided the name for today’s series-production high-performance sports car had secured five overall victories at the Sarthe – the name chosen for the road version of the super sports car from Audi, R8, indicates the technological relationship between the two winners.

As the R8 LMS, the Audi R8 is also highly successful in customer racing. The basis for its success: motorsport was part of the development strategy from the very beginning. In 2009, the R8 LMS customer racing race car began its success story which would lead it to more than 190 victories and 23 championship titles worldwide. Technically speaking, it is closely related to the road version of the sports car with around 50 percent of the same parts.

Up to 449 kW (610 hp): the two V10 engines
The new generation of the Audi R8 utilizes the latest development of the ten-cylinder engine. With its spontaneous throttle response, quick revving up to 6,500 rpm and inimitable roaring sound, the naturally aspirated 5.2 FSI engine is enough to give you goose bumps. In the new R8, the freely aspirated V10 engine offers even more power and torque than before. Controllable flaps in the exhaust pipe and an optional sport exhaust system make the car sound even more characteristic.

The ten-cylinder engine is available in two versions. In the R8 V10, it develops a power of 397 kW (540 hp)  from its 5,204 cc displacement and a torque of 540 Nm (398.3 lb-ft) at an engine speed of 6,500 rpm. The sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) takes just 3.5 seconds, and it can reach a top speed of 323 km/h (200.7 mph). The R8 V10 plus is even more powerful and is the fastest series-production Audi of all time. It develops 449 kW (610 hp) and its maximum torque of 560 Nm (413.0 lb-ft) is available at 6,500 rpm. The performance figures are equally impressive: 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 3.2 seconds, 0 to 200 km/h (124.3 mph) in 9.9 seconds, and a top speed of 330 km/h (205.1 mph).

A further innovation in the 5.2 FSI engine is the additional indirect injection. It complements the FSI direct gasoline injection, lowers fuel consumption and enhances engine output. Moreover, the R8 features yet another innovative system in the form of COD (cylinder on demand). It shuts off one of the two cylinder banks by deactivating injection and ignition. The R8 V10 consumes an average of 11.8 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (19.9 US mpg) with CO2 emissions of 275 grams per kilometer (442.6 g/mi), for the R8 V10 plus those values are 12.4 liters per 100 kilometers (19.0 US mpg) and 289 grams per kilometer (465.1 g/mi). The fuel consumption reduction of up to 10 percent compared to the previous model is also due to the new start-stop system.

The dry sump lubrication completes the technology package of the 5.2 FSI. The ten-cylinder engine is hand built in the Hungarian engine plant in Gy 014Å‘’ type=”#_x0000_t75″>r. As a traditional motorsport technology, it allows for low installation of the engine, which is particularly beneficial for the car’s center of gravity. What’s more, it also ensures oil supply even under extreme lateral acceleration.

Fast as lightning and highly variable: the power transmission
In both engine versions, power is transmitted to a rapid-shifting seven-speed S tronic transmission installed behind the engine. The S tronic has three automatic modes and can also be controlled manually. Shift commands are transmitted electronically (shift-by-wire). The launch control system manages full-throttle acceleration from a standing start.

Another function of the S tronic comes into play when the driver’s foot is removed from the accelerator pedal at speeds above 55 km/h (34.2 mph). In such cases, both clutches open and the car goes into coasting mode. This function saves a considerable amount of fuel, especially in everyday use by the customer.

The quattro permanent all-wheel drive system gives the new R8 a decisive plus in terms of stability and traction when compared with two-wheel-drive competitors. On the front axle, an electrohydraulic multi-plate clutch replaces the Visco clutch of the predecessor model. The newly developed quattro drive system enables completely unrestricted and fully variable distribution of the drive torque to the front and rear axles depending on the driving situation and weather. In normal operation, up to 100 percent is transmitted to the rear wheels and, if required, the clutch continuously diverts up to 100 percent of this torque to the front wheels. Thanks to the mechanical differential lock on the rear axle, the driver experiences maximum traction without any slip.

Audi drive select: the chassis
In the chassis of the new Audi R8, double wishbones made from aluminum guide all four wheels. The R8 V10 plus has a particularly sporty setup – for both engine variants, variable adaptively controlled Audi magnetic ride shock absorbers are available as an option. The newly developed electromechanical power steering system provides close contact to the road surface and makes a further contribution to reducing CO2 emissions. As an option, Audi offers dynamic steering, whereby the steering ratio varies in accordance with the road speed and the settings in the Audi drive select dynamic handling system.

As standard, the new Audi R8 V10 has 19-inch wheels with size 245/35 tires at the front and 295/35 at the rear. Upon request, Audi is also offering 20-inch wheels for the first time in the R8. With this option, the tires are size 245/30 at the front and 305/30 at the rear. The steel brake disks have a weight-saving wave design and the calipers can be painted red upon request. In the R8 V10 plus, high-tech disks made from carbon fiber ceramic are responsible for deceleration of the 20-inch wheels (optional for the V10).

In the Audi drive select dynamic handling system, the driver has the choice of four modes (comfort, auto, dynamic and individual) to control the way in which important technical components operate. As standard, the system takes into account the engine characteristics, steering, S tronic transmission and quattro drive system as well as optional extras such as Audi magnetic ride, the exhaust flaps and dynamic steering. On top of that, there is also the new performance mode (available as an option for the V10 and standard for the V10 plus). The driver activates it by pressing a separate button on the steering wheel. He or she can select between the programs dry, wet and snow using a rotary wheel. These programs support dynamic handling on dry, wet and snow-covered surfaces. In performance mode, Audi drive select also makes use of the ESC stabilization control function.

New Audi Space Frame with high proportions of aluminum and CFRP
The R8 V10 plus has a dry weight of 1,454 kilograms (3,205.5 lb). The key factor behind the consistent lightweight design is the body shell with multimaterial Audi Space Frame (ASF): It weighs only 200 kilograms (440.9 lb). The resulting unladen weight of 1,555 kilograms (3,428.2 lb) leads to a superior power-to-weight ratio of 3.46 kg/kW (2.55 kg/hp).

The ASF body shell features a completely new multimaterial lightweight construction concept. Components made from carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) form the B‑pillars, the central tunnel and the rear wall. The front section of the vehicle, the roof arch and the rear section form a framework made from cast aluminum nodes and aluminum profiles which, in some cases, employ new alloys. As always with the ASF, each component is precisely designed for its location and purpose. Accordingly, the engineers have now integrated some components into the body shell due to their function. Leaving aside its components, the body shell is now around 15 percent lighter than its predecessor. At the same time, torsional rigidity is roughly 40 percent better. Particularly with regard to rigidity, the body of the new Audi R8 is a benchmark. The resulting lightweight construction is unparalleled among the competition.

The multimaterial Audi Space Frame in the new Audi R8 is extremely light and rigid, whilst also being acoustically comfortable and offering a high level of safety. The outer skin is made entirely of aluminum, but as an optional extra (or as standard for the V10 plus), Audi also offers attachment parts made from clear-coated carbon fiber, for example the front splitter, the diffuser or the side blades. A long, rising diffuser in the underbody produces downforce on the rear axle at higher speeds.

Design: flat, wide, muscular
A cockpit positioned very far forward, a long, flowing back and a relatively short wheelbase – the exterior design makes the technical concept of the mid-engine, high-performance Audi R8 sports car clear upon first sight. At 4.42 meters long (14.5 ft), 1.24 meters high (4.1 ft) and with a wheelbase measuring 2.65 meters (8.7 ft), its dimensions have only slightly changed in comparison to the previous model. Its width now measures 1.94 meters (6.4 ft) and has thus grown by about four centimeters (1.6 in). The car’s proportions convey more of a race car character, with characteristic design ideas from the previous model now more pronounced.

The four rings sit proudly on the hood, the Singleframe radiator grille with honeycomb design is wide and flat. Modeled plastic surfaces allow it to merge into the flat headlights – facets of the vehicle which highlight tension, provide an impression of depth and add an air of logic to the design. The grid-type signature of the daytime running lights with vertical elements replicates the structure of the air inlets and emphasizes the width of the car. The entire appearance of the Audi R8 conveys a feeling of lightness and technical precision. LED headlights are standard. Available upon request, Audi can also supply the laser spot which doubles the range of the high beam to 600 meters (1,968.5 ft) as well as the dynamic turn signals at the front. The dynamic turn signals are standard at the rear. The rear lighting signature also combines two vertical elements with a horizontal line. This gives the Audi R8 an even more powerful appearance.

As part of the new laser high beams, one laser module per headlight generates a cone of light with twice the range of the all-LED headlamp. Each module comprises four high-power laser diodes. With a diameter of just 300 micrometers, these generate a blue laser beam with a wavelength of 450 nanometers. A phosphor converter transforms it into white light suitable for roadway use with a color temperature of 5,500 Kelvin – ideal conditions for the human eye that enable the driver to recognize contrast more easily and help to prevent fatigue. The laser spot is active from a speed of 60 km/h (37.3 mph) to supplement the LED high beam of the R8 and, thanks to its long range, greatly enhances the driver’s field of vision as well as safety. An intelligent camera-based sensor system detects other road users and actively adjusts the light pattern to exclude them.

On the sides of the high-performance sports car, characteristically curved contours are drawn over the wheels. The shoulder line, shaped like a powerful muscle, connects the wheels with one another while at the same time dividing the side blade in two to leave an upper and a lower half. This new design solution makes the car appear even longer and more dynamic.

At the rear, as well, the lights and the air inlets visually connect to one another. The two tailpipes of the exhaust system have a trapezoidal design and the rear window offers a clear view of the illuminated engine compartment. The R8 is equipped with an electrically extending spoiler, the R8 V10 plus with a fixed wing made from CFRP.

Just like in a race car: the interior and the controls
Behind the steering wheel of the new Audi R8, the driver feels like a race car driver. All functions are driver-oriented and allow easy operation even when the critical limits are reached – and all without the driver having to take his or her hands off the steering wheel. The newly designed sport seats with integrated headrest provide excellent lateral support. Even more radical seating for a sports car comes in the form of the newly developed R8 bucket seats. These make a clear statement confirming the relationship between lightweight construction and comfort (optional in the V10 and standard in the V10 plus).

The start-stop button and the Audi drive select button are located on several satellites on the new multifunction plus steering wheel. The Performance steering wheel in the Audi R8 V10 plus features two more satellites. One button is for performance mode together with a rotary wheel for selecting the dry, wet and snow programs as well as a button for controlling the sports exhaust system.

The Audi virtual cockpit is set in a free-standing housing and presents all the information on its 12.3-inch display with elaborately computed, fascinating graphics. The driver can toggle between different display modes and also adjust the digital instrument cluster to his needs in individual mode. In performance mode, the driver is presented with information on the driving programs, acceleration, deceleration and lateral forces as well as power and torque. The Audi virtual cockpit also displays a shift light which informs the driver that the engine speed limit has been reached. The driver operates the Audi virtual cockpit using the multifunction plus steering wheel. The driver’s hands remain on the steering wheel and he or she can concentrate on the road. Alternatively, operation can take place via the touch wheel or the buttons in the center console.

In the design of the interior too, the taut geometric lines emphasize the aesthetic lightweight construction of the brand. Its characteristic element is the monoposto, a large arc in the area around the driver’s seat. The MMI monitor of the previous model is no longer available. Instead, the three central control elements of the air conditioning system have taken its place. The three-dimensional design of the air outlet vents bring to mind the air inlets of a race car. The dashboard appears to float weightlessly. The wide console of the central tunnel accommodates the standard MMI terminal as well as the newly designed flat selector lever of the S tronic transmission.

When it comes to upholstery, customers can choose between Alcantara/pearl Nappa leather and fine Nappa leather. Also available are trim elements in clear coated carbon fiber, two leather packages and a new diamond stitching pattern.

Customization
There are numerous customization possibilities for customers of the new Audi R8 – for both the exterior and the interior. The colors for the body have been newly mixed and can be freely combined with the colors of the side blades – a blade made from glossy carbon is a particular highlight of the range. Ten standard exterior colors are available, for the R8 V10 plus there is an additional matt paint finish available, Camouflage Green.

Among the five equipment colors available for the interior, two color ranges can be found, whereby the interior is always characterized by a sporty feel. Additionally, there are numerous options to further customize both the interior and the exterior, for example with headlining in Alcantara with dynamic diamond stitching pattern. The Audi exclusive program makes it possible for you to turn the new R8 into a one-of-a-kind model.

Completely connected: infotainment
In the new Audi R8, the Audi virtual cockpit replaces the analog instruments and the MMI monitor. The driver can switch the all-digital display between two different view modes. These bring either the virtual dial instruments or the large navigation map into focus.

The Audi R8 makes use of the latest technology in terms of infotainment. MMI navigation plus is installed as standard; the MMI touch touch wheel is the central control element. In the background, the second generation of the modular infotainment platform sets about its work – just like the Audi virtual cockpit, it integrates a super-fast T30 chip from Audi’s cooperation partner, NVIDIA.

MMI navigation plus is complemented by the Audi connect module. The passenger can connect a smartphone or tablet via the system’s integrated Wi-Fi hotspot. Tailored online services from Audi connect are displayed on the Audi virtual cockpit. The internet connection uses the fast LTE (Long Term Evolution) network. Optional components such as the fine-tuned sound system from Bang & Olufsen with a system performance of 500 watts or the Audi phone box for convenient cell phone integration round off the infotainment program.

New factory for quattro GmbH: production at the “Böllinger Höfe” site
The new Audi R8 is produced at the new “Böllinger Höfe” quattro GmbH production site, close to the Neckarsulm plant. The production area covering 30,000 m2 (322,917.3 sq ft) comprises a body shop and assembly facilities. The entire production facility is highly flexible, while technical and ergonomic innovations such as the CFRP body shell construction and driverless transport systems ensure top quality.

As was the case for the previous model, production follows an elaborate manufacturing process. In cycle times of about 30 minutes and with up to 400 highly qualified employees, the R8 is created in highly precise craftsmanship. Following completion, each R8 is subjected to a strict quality acceptance process on the internal plant test track and an approximately one-hour test drive on public roads. With the new R8 manufacturing site, quattro GmbH – the high-performance subsidiary of AUDI AG – is further enhancing its small-series expertise, thus creating the opportunity to realize ever more exciting derivatives of the R8.

Electrified: Audi R8 e-tron
The second generation of the Audi R8 forms the basis for two more models. Audi has made major engineering developments in its high-performance electric sports car, the R8 e-tron. The latest evolution of the vehicle takes up the multimaterial Audi Space Frame from the new series-production model.

The supporting structure was enhanced by a CFRP rear-section module comprising the luggage compartment. The walls of the CFRP luggage compartment well are corrugated. This way, in the event of a rear-end collision, more energy can be absorbed despite the reduced material weight.

Thanks to targeted modifications to the outer shell and on the wheels, the Audi R8 e‑tron achieves an aerodynamic drag coefficient (cd) value of 0.28. In terms of performance and range, the car enters entirely new dimensions.

The large T-shaped battery is structurally integrated into the center tunnel and behind the occupant cell – optimally positioned in the car. It supports the dynamics of the R8 e-tron with its low center of gravity. Audi produces the high-voltage battery itself, for the first time based on a newly developed lithium-ion technology which was specially conceived for a purely electric vehicle drive. In comparison to the first technology platform, the battery capacity has grown from 49 kWh to approximately 92 kWh. This progress was possible without changing the package.

The R8 e-tron achieves an electric range of 450 kilometers (279.6 mi) instead of a previous 215 kilometers (133.6 mi) with an energy density that has been increased from 84 Wh/kg to 154 Wh/kg and some other modifications to the car. The electrically powered high-performance sports car has the Combined Charging System (CCS) on board, which allows charging with direct and alternating current. Using this system, it is possible to fully charge the battery in significantly less than two hours.

The power is now twice 170 kW and the maximum torque twice 460 Nm (339.3 lb-ft). The R8 e-tron accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 3.9 seconds on its way to an electronically restricted top speed of 210 km/h (130.5 mph) or 250 km/h (155.3 mph). Intelligent energy management and an electromechanical brake system enable high energy recuperation rates. Targeted torque vectoring – needs-based distribution of power transmission between the rear wheels – ensures maximum stability and dynamism.

Audi uses the electrical high-performance sports car primarily as a mobile high-tech laboratory. Accordingly, the findings from the R8 e-tron help in creating a vehicle with a sedan character. Upon customer request, the R8 e-tron will be available for order in 2015 as an electrically powered sports car in supreme hand-built quality.

New race car: the Audi R8 LMS
Alongside the new R8 series-production model, the second-generation R8 LMS race car is also making its debut, with colleagues from motorsport and series production working in close harmony as part of its development. Both the series-production model of the R8 and the R8 LMS have seen clear increases in power and performance compared with the predecessor. Both cars have around 50 percent of the same parts.

The body shell of the rear-wheel-drive GT3 sports car is based on a selectively reinforced multimaterial ASF. Engineers have supplemented this feature with a safety cage. Its outer shell consists mainly of carbon fiber reinforced plastics. The vehicle’s type approval weight is 1,225 kilograms (2,700.7 lb). The V10 engine is virtually identical to the series-production engine and produces around 430 kW (approximately 585 hp), depending on the applicable regulations and the restrictor required.

Sales of the new R8 LMS to customer teams worldwide will start with the 2016 season. This year, the new race car will be put through its paces by the works team at international long-distance and sprint races, as well as being available to customers as part of the Audi driving experience.

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Hype News: The Next Audi R8 Will Have Freakin Laser Beams In Its Headlights

Posted on 02.17.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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The future has arrived people!  Gone are the days when we use silly things like light bulbs to help man kind see in the dark.  Soon, we’ll use lasers!  Yes, lasers.  Powerful beams of light often associated with the “pew pew” sound will now help light our way in the darkness.  Audi is looking to be the first OEM to equip a car, namely the R8 with laser powered headlights.  Well, technically the high beams will be lasers.  LEDs will be used for the regular lights.  The laser high beams will be available as an option in the new R8.  Although how much the option will cost is still unknown at this point but it likely won’t be cheap.  It also likely won’t be available everywhere.  As with most new technologies, different countries and states have to figure out how or if they want to regulate it.

The new laser high beams haven’t been cleared for sale in the U.S. yet and I can’t say I blame our government for taking some time on this.  Many people get blinded today by the reflection of current high beams in their rear view mirrors.  Imagine what could happen if someone gets a laser beam reflected directly into their peepers?  However, this is progress and over time this tech will become the norm and we will be one more step closer to the awesome future that we were promised back in the 80s.  I can’t wait to pre-order my hoverboard…

Press Release

February 16, 2015 | Ingolstadt, Germany

  • New mid-engine sports car features high-tech headlights
  • Laser high-beam offers high light intensity and excellent range
  • Editor’s note: Euro-spec availability

International release from AUDI AG

Currently not available on U.S. models

 

Audi is revealing the headlights of its new R8 as the first of a number of technology highlights of the top sports car. The R8 uses LED headlights which can be supplemented by a laser high‑beam lighting module as an option.

The new R8 will set new standards among high‑performance sports cars – including in its lighting technology. As an option, the latest car development by Audi can be equipped with a laser spot as the high‑beam headlight. The special appeal of laser lighting is that it uses high‑intensity laser diodes, which generate a lot of light energy from a very small component. Compared to LED high‑beam headlights, laser high‑beams attain nearly twice the lighting range.

Each headlight contains one laser module that operates with four high‑intensity laser diodes. This module bundles the four intense blue‑light laser beams. Then a phosphor converter transforms the blue light into pure white light. An identifying characteristic of the laser headlights is their blue light signature. Standard equipment in the new R8 includes an LED headlight system. All lighting functions are produced with 37 LEDs per headlight.

The laser spot for the high‑beam light made its debut in the summer of 2014 in the Audi R8 LMX, a limited edition model of the previous R8 model series. Shortly before that, it was used in the Audi R18 e‑tron quattro race car at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The laser spot is the latest production technology in a long line of lighting innovations. Audi introduced LED technology to the market for the first time in 2004 – in the daytime running lights of the Audi A8 L W12. Lighting technologies such as LED daytime running lights, Matrix LED headlights and laser spot high‑beam lights are prime examples of technology that visualize the core values of the Audi brand: progressiveness, sportiness and sophistication.

[Source: Audi]

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BREAKING Hype News: Porsche Crashes Ferrari and Ford’s Party With New Cayman GT4 (UPDATE: Video)

Posted on 02.03.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Just when the internet thought it couldn’t take any more surprise reveals after Ferrari dropped their new turbocharged 488 GTB and Ford announced the America-bound AWD Ford Focus RS; Porsche decided to chime in and let us know that a Cayman GT4 is on the way!  Say whhhaaaatt?  We were already drunk in love with the Cayman GTS and now Porsche spins our heads right around (yes two music references in one sentence, high five!) with this new variant.

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So, what exactly is the Cayman GT4?  Well imagine a Cayman with the 385 horsepower 3.8 liter flat six engine from the 911 Carrera S, then throw in some of the more important bits from the 911 GT3, throw on some bigger brakes and wham! You’re in GT4 country!  And if you think the car just looks the part, guess again.  Porsche has already taken the Cayman GT4 to the Nurburgring and it ticked off a 7:40 lap time.  Not too shabby!  Further fanning the enthusiast flames is the fact that the Cayman GT4 will only come with a six speed manual transmission.  This is great news for H pattern fans who thought the last Porsche manuals would be found in the latest crop of GTS cars.

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For those who really want to get racy, the Cayman GT4 will have a carbon ceramic brake package and carbon fiber bucket seats as options.  Those who don’t opt for the carbon fiber bucket seats can expect leather and alcantara adorning the interior.  But no matter what all owners will get that big honkin’ fixed wing in the back that screams “I mean business”.

Above all though, one of the best things about this news is that unlike the Ferrari 488 and Ford Focus RS announcements, Porsche has provided pricing and release information.  Expect the Cayman GT4 to have a starting MSRP of $84,600 (not counting a $995 destination charge) and look to see it hit dealerships in the U.S. around July of this year.  For big beautiful pictures of the Cayman GT4 just click any of the thumbnails.  For the official press release scroll below.

UPDATE: Porsche has released the first official commercial for the Cayman GT4! Watch below

Press Release:

News Release February 3, 2015

A new member of Porsche’s GT family

The benchmark in its class: the Porsche Cayman GT4

Atlanta. Porsche’s GT family is proud to announce the addition of an exciting new member: the

Cayman GT4. This is the first Porsche GT sports car based on the Cayman and features

components of the 911 GT3.

Clocking a lap time of 7 minutes and 40 seconds on the North

Loop of the Nürburgring, the Cayman GT4 earns the same lap time as the 2011 911 GT3 and

positions itself as the new benchmark atop its market segment. The Cayman GT4 clearly

demonstrates Porsche’s dedication and passion to continue to promote truly industry-leading

two-door sports cars in the future – sports cars that are developed at the Motorsport department

in Weissach.

The engine, chassis, brakes, and aerodynamic design of the Cayman GT4 are configured for

maximum driving dynamics while retaining the versatility and everyday utility that are typical of

the two-seater Porsche coupe. Powered by a 385 hp 3.8-liter flat-six engine derived from the

911 Carrera S engine, the Cayman GT4 transmits its power solely through a six-speed manual

transmission with dynamic gearbox mounts. Zero to 60 mph is accomplished in 4.2 seconds; its

top track speed is 183 mph. The chassis – which features a 30 mm lower ride height and a

generously sized brake system – consists almost entirely of components from the 911 GT3.

Ready for the race track: The first Porsche Cayman with added downforce at both axles.

The exterior of the Cayman GT4 highlights it as a member of the Porsche GT family and

provides a clear distinction to related mid-engine coupes. Three pronounced inlet openings at

the front and a large fixed rear wing are part of an aerodynamic package which is systematically

designed for downforce. Upon request, the performance capabilities of Cayman GT4 can be

taken even further. Available options include the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB)

system, full bucket seats made of carbon fiber composite, and a custom Sport Chrono Package

featuring a Track Precision app.

The interior of the Cayman GT4 focuses on maximizing the experience of unfiltered driving

enjoyment for both driver and passenger. Standard sport seats, which are upholstered in a

combination of leather and Alcantara®, offer excellent lateral support. The new Cayman GT4

sport steering wheel guarantees ideal control and direct steering feedback due to its compact

dimensions.

Technical aspects of this new GT sports car are based on the 911 GT3. As a mid-engine sports

car and a prime example of driving dynamics in its class, it follows the conceptual tradition of

such cars as the 904 GTS, 911 GT1, Carrera GT and 918 Spyder.

GT sports cars engineered by Porsche embody the most passionate connection possible

between everyday driving and Porsche’s competition heritage and highlight the sporty core of

the brand: Intelligent Performance.

The Porsche Cayman GT4 celebrates its world premiere in early March at the Geneva

International Motor Show. This vehicle will arrive at U.S. dealers in July 2015. The starting

MSRP for the Cayman GT4 is $84,600. MSRP does not include a destination charge of $995.

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