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Whenever I visit an event like the LA Auto Show or SEMA, its not uncommon for companies to give members of the media “Press Kits” which are can be anything from USB drives to other packages that contain various types of media and information about a particular product or car. Typically, press kits also include video produced by said company for said product and/or vehicle. Sometimes these films are literally just “b-roll” which is footage meant to be edited into another larger feature. Other times the videos are full on produced features. Either way they can be pretty entertaining to watch so I’ve decided to show some of these films to you here and there.
I am starting with three films released by Jaguar which go in-depth behind the scenes of the F-TYPE Coupe’s development; starting with design and ending with new tech. Each video is about 4 minutes or so but well worth the time! Just scroll down and enjoy!
PART 1: Design and structure
PART 2: Dynamics
PART 3: Performance and tech
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Today just seems to be the day for absolutely beautiful automotive cinema. Earlier I showed you the exquisite intro to Gran Turismo 6; now I bring you a new film straight from McLaren Automotive which chronicles the McLaren P1′s battle against the Nurburgring.
McLaren took their new P1 hypercar to the Nordschleife for one purpose: to click off a sub-7 minute lap. With a car as technically advanced as the P1 it almost seems like a lock but then again there is a reason why the Nurburgring is nicknamed “The Green Hell”. Watch below to find out how they did
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Lotus is known for making some of the purest sports cars in the world. In fact their cars are so pure that Lotus practically invented the track day purist with their Elise and Exige cars. Unfortunately, the new Exige can no longer be had as a road car in the American market anymore. However, no one said they couldn’t be owned as track cars so that’s exactly what Lotus has done.
To ease the pain of its absence and to make enthusiasts nationwide happy Lotus will sell the Exige V6 Cup track-only car in the states. Anyone looking for a serious track-day weapon would be more than happy with what the Exige Cup has to offer; which starts with 345 horsepower supercharged V6 engine similar to what is normally found in the Evora. However, the Exige weighs significantly less than the Evora which leads to significantly more speed and fun on the straights and corners. It also comes with all the extra bits needed for a proper track car such as roll cage and fire extinguishing system. It all makes for what promises to be a very connected driving experience. Sure, it can’t be driven on public roads but hey at least it can be driven!
Despite the Exige’s track-only designation Lotus still needs to sell us something we CAN drive on public roads. To fill that need they brought over too fresh Evora coupes. One of which features the new “Black Package” which is a plethora of external and internal goodies.
Granted, there was not any info on new cars coming down the pipe, but we do know they are coming…eventually. However it was nice to know that Lotus is still providing pure to form driving machines for the masses. Hopefully I will have a chance to bring you my take on the new Evora in the near future. For now feel free to check out the pictures from their LA Auto Show by clicking the thumbnails in this post.
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Major events like the LA Auto Show are prime opportunities for OEM’s to show off what is coming next from their factories and to get a jump start on marketing those products and perhaps make some early sales. So its a big deal when one of the biggest luxury brands devotes prime booth real estate to a car that can only be driven virtually! If you do not know what I am talking about then first let me welcome you to the internet because this is likely your first time here and then allow me to explain.
Back when Polyphony Digital started work on Gran Turismo 6 they invited some major OEM companies to basically create virtual ”dream cars” for the game. Cars that they would love to build and sell but can’t because of regulations, cost, or the laws of physics. Well Mercedes Benz was among the first to get their submission in but they took it one step further by building a life-sized rolling representation! Dubbed the AMG Vision Gran Turismo it is essentially everything that Mercedes Benz wishes they could build now. Seriously, this thing looks like it would be more at home in an F-ZERO game than Gran Turismo and I mean that in the best way possible. I think it is absolutely beautiful and it was easily the biggest draw in the Mercedes Benz exhibit. And as I mentioned earlier the best part about the AMG Vision Gran Turismo is that we all get to drive it as soon as Gran Turismo 6 is released for Playstation 3.
When I was done drooling over the AMG Vision Gran Turismo concept I strolled around the booth to see what else Mercedes had to offer this year and there was plenty. Mercedes was celebrating the release of a brand new S class and brought several trims of their new luxury sedan to Los Angeles to show off but my favorite was easily the AMG S63. While other cars in this segment (including other S class trims) continue to experiment with hybrid drivetrains the S63 remains a snorting beast with a massive twin-turbo V8 engine that makes 577hp and a whopping 664 lb-ft of torque! They also shaved 220lbs off the weight of the previous model by doing things like making the spare tire cavity in the trunk out of carbon fiber! Wrap all of that with a super luxurious interior and you have a sedan that I will totally covet. My only gripe is that I wish it got more of an exterior re-design rather than more of a “re-fresh”. Not that it doesn’t look good but I would like to see a whole new take on the S-class’ sheet metal.
Another headliner in the Mercedes exhibit is also something of a sad affair. Mercedes is officially saying goodbye to the SLS AMG with the “Final Edition” which marks the end of the SLS’ four year run as one of the most desired supercars in existence. However, Mercedes is sending the SLS AMG out on a very high note with a collection of details that will really make the Final Edition stand out as a collectors item. First it starts off as a “GT” model (think sportier suspension and better brakes), then they go paint-less on the carbon fiber hood and aero package, the parts that are painted get coated with “design magno graphite matte” paint which was previously only found on the SLS AMG GT3 collector’s model race car, finally the Final Edition gets a full “designo” leather and alcantara interior. It is definitely a fitting way to say goodbye. The good news is that Mercedes is already working on the successor to the SLS which will be a totally new supercar. If the SLS is any indication, the next supercar from AMG will be one heck of a machine!
The fourth and final headliner at the Mercedes booth was the Concept GLA45 AMG. As you may guess it is an exercise in “what if” for AMG and possible future plans for the new “crossover-esque” GLA. As you might have guessed, the GLA45 AMG has the same 355hp 2.0 liter turbocharged engine as the CLA45 AMG but bolted on to a “4MATIC all-wheel-drive system rather than the front wheel drive set up found in the CLA. The AMG engineers also added Mercedes Benz’ “SPEEDSHIFT DCT” 7-speed transmission. From there the Concept GLA45 gets a host of exterior styling mods like custom forged wheels and a one-off motorsport inspired livery. Looking at it makes me wonder what could be if a car such as this became a part of the Global Rally Cross series. How cool would that be?!
As usual the Mercedes booth did not disappoint. Its sad to see the SLS AMG go but it was really cool of them to release a Final Edition, as well as build a 1:1 scale model of their AMG Vision Gran Turismo concept, and give potential GLA buyers something to chew on. For more pictures from the booth just click on any of the thumbnails!
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There are a lot of reasons to love Audi. What’s not to like about the super luxury A8 sedan? Or the more sporty A7? Seriously how many people out there don’t like the R8? If you are into luxury sedans or exotic cars that are livable then Audi is pretty much the way to go. Although this year in Los Angeles Audi was actually putting most of their energies behind their new A3/S3 compact. Yes, the little guy got center stage at the Audi booth this year!
So why is Audi showering so much attention on the A3? Well there are two answers to that really. The first is that the A3 is getting a refresh in looks and performance for 2015. The second is that the new A3 will also play host to a bunch of new tech including being the first car with 4G LTE connectivity as part of the next gen “Audi connect” system. The Audi Connect system will also allow for the installation of existing apps as well as future Audi-developed apps. Essentially the new A3 line could end up becoming a smart phone with wheels.
What about the performance you say? Well over the course of the next 18 months Audi plans to grant the A3 with 4 engine options: a standard 1.8 liter TFSI 170hp engine, a 2.0 liter TFSI 220hp engine, a 2.0 liter TDI clean diesel 150hp engine, and for the S3 a 2.0 liter TFSI 290hp engine. For those who wish to really be environmentally friendly Audi announced that by early 2015 an A3 sportback e-tron PHEV (plug-in hybrid) will be available in the U.S. It will run off a gasoline engine and a 100hp electric motor. So, if anyone out there is interested in the A3 they will have many different flavors to choose from.
Apart from the A3 Audi featured plenty of other vehicles in their exhibit including the awesome S7 and the new R8 with a factory ”Sepang blue” matte exterior treatment. In other words the Audi booth is just one big piece of eye candy with a carbon fiber wrapper. Definitely worth checking out! For now you can click any of the thumbnails above for a full size picture and you can scroll below for official videos from Audi of the A3 and S3.
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BMW easily had one of the biggest presences at the show this year. Not only did they have their standard booth but just outside of the convention center there was a station with 50 brand new BMW i3′s at what was dubbed “The i3 experience” just waiting there for anyone to test drive. In fact, I don’t even think you need a LA Auto Show ticket to go on a test drive. I could be wrong though so double check if you are planning to head to LA for the show.
Back inside, however it was all about the “i” as BMW gave the production-spec i8 coupe its North American debut; yet, I only have one picture of it. Why? Because the i8 coupe was absolutely swarmed with international media for nearly the entire stretch of press days! Even from the one clear shot I did get, its easy to see why there was such a crowd around it. The i8 coupe looks like a street legal spaceship! More than a handful of the styling cues from the concept made it to the production version which means no matter what this thing will turn its fare share of heads.
Behind all the crazy futuristic bodylines and sculpted LED lights sits one of the most advanced hybrid systems that BMW has ever produced, bolstered by a supercharged 3 cylinder engine that makes 231hp and a 131hp electric motor. The power numbers may seem a bit less than impressive but when you take into account that much of the car is made from a special carbon fiber reinforced plastic then the power to weight ratio becomes something to consider.
Although I think the more impressive number is the price. The i8 will start at $135,ooo! With an MSRP like that I have to wonder if the i8 will be a serious sales contender of this is just more of a PR stunt by BMW to showcase hybrid tech that they plan to include in future models. If the latter is the case then I think the concept would have been more than enough to get the point across.
Beyond the i8, BMW debuted the 4 series convertible. While cool, it wasn’t something that really stopped me in my tracks. I mean who didn’t expect them to take the top off the new 4 series? Additionally BMW debuted the X4 concept. The X4 is essentially what it sounds like and will be a new crossover vehicle to replace the X3. It looked like a great soccer mom van alternative and it will probably do quite well in the luxury crossover segment.
One of my favorite things at the BMW booth however was a 3 series sedan totally decked out with M performance accessories. Sometimes the add-ons really are worth it!
If you would like to see the official intro video for the i8 coupe just scroll down. For pictures of everything at the BMW booth just click any of the thumbnails to enlarge.
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Maserati has been the closest thing to having Ferrari at the LA Auto Show since, well Ferrari stopped showing up (hopefully they will come back soon!) so for Italian car fans the Maserati booth has been a must-see even though its been a while since they brought anything new; until this year.
This year not only does Maserati have something new but they also pretty much announced to the world that they are aiming for a slice of the Luxury sedan pie that BMW, Mercedes, Audi, and Lexus have been enjoying for years. So what is this new weapon that they are aiming at “ze Germans”? Maserati calls it the Ghibli (pronounced Gib-Lee and not Gibby).
The Ghibli is a brand new “full size luxury sedan” from Maserati that will fit in just under the new Quattroporte. The Ghibli is physically a bit smaller than the Quattroporte but still offers many of the same luxuries. The Ghibli (which means “desert wind”) is also meant to be more “sporty” than its larger older sibling as well.
It will weigh less and will be powered by a 3.0 liter twin-turbo V6 built in the same Maranello plant that Ferrari builds their engines in. There will be three versions of the engine available: two versions of the twin-turbo V6 (the base with 345hp and the “S” with 404hp) and a diesel V6 although no performance numbers have been released on the diesel engine.
Although easily the most impressive number from the Ghibli is its price: $65,000 MSRP. For the same money that someone could have a BMW 550i, Mercedes E550 4Matic, or an Audi A7 that same person could get an Italian luxury sedan with a twin-turbo Ferrari-built engine. Now the question is will people actually pick the Italian offering over the Germans? Time will tell when the Ghibli hits North America.
Along with the Ghibli Maserati also brought their current Gran Turismo S and the new Quattroporte as if drooling over the Ghibli wasn’t enough. Although I have to say my favorite thing about the Maserati booth was the “wall of pistons”! Check it all out by clicking on the thumbnails!
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It was the talk of the show before the show even started. As soon as the internet saw the words “Liberty Walk” and “Ferrari 458 Italia” together it just became one big waiting period before they could finally feast their eyes upon the final creation. Most thought that the car would not be seen before SEMA but that was hardly the case. Almost two weeks before the big show the Liberty Walk Ferrari was all over the place! And it was rightly so. I mean how could anyone expect to keep this much awesome contained for very long?
While other lucky individuals were happily instagramming and facebook-ing this car to their heart’s content, I had to wait my turn at SEMA when visiting the Nitto Tire booth. Which was totally fine with me! Even though I have a few pictures here (click the thumbnails for larger versions) I have to say that this car must be looked at up close to fully appreciate.
The funny part is I cannot completely explain what makes this car so fresh. The lines of the Liberty Walk wide fenders really do lend themselves nicely to the already sexy lines of the 458. But, there is something more. Something that I can’t quite put my finger on. Perhaps its the idea of the thing. The audacity, the sheer boldness of someone taking a brand new $250k Italian super car and cutting it up to add a widebody kit is something that is so jarring that it somehow shocks me into admiration.
Whether you like this aero design or not the principal behind this build is the very personification of what we all wish we could do. Buy any car we want, and do whatever we want to it because its what we want to do. It speaks of freedom, brashness, and carpe-ing all the diems we get our hands on.
The name “Liberty Walk” is starting to make a lot of sense now…
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