Some may say that cars like the Audi R8 and S5 are refined warriors that rely on a balance of finesse and strength to subdue their opponents. The new RS 5 however looks like a bar fight brawler with four wheels. The lines of the new RS 5 while clearly related to its R8 and S5 brothers still hold their own strength and masculinity that just makes it look tougher than its other family members. Then there is the real source of its grunt: a 4.2 FSI V8 (derived from the R8′s V10) with 450hp and 317lb-ft of torque, most of which is available as early as 4,000rpm. By the way, all that power and torque is sent to all four wheels via Audi’s ”Quattro” permanent all-wheel-drive system that can send 70% of the power to the front or 80% to the rear depending on how its driven. All of that juice helps get the RS 5 from zip to 60 in about 4 seconds; which is almost fast enough to melt your eyeballs under acceleration!
So by now you are probably wondering what it will take to get one of these bruisers in your driveway and the answer is: we don’t know! So far Audi has not announced a release date, price tag, or even confirmed if the U.S. will get the new RS 5 at all. We are hoping that such information will be forthcoming. If not then we will squeeze it out of them at the LA Auto Show coming up in about a month or so. In the meantime check out a few pictures and especially the video below that features the RS 5′s engine grunt!
The RS 5 Coupé is the star athlete of the A5 family. It offers the power and handling of a powerful sports car packaged in the body of an alluringly elegant coupe. The design has now gained several new, sharp accents, with numerous features that characterize the other A5 models also making their way to the RS 5.
The Audi RS 5 Coupé uses a high-revving, normally aspirated V8 displacing 4,163 cc. This engine is closely related to the V10 that powers the R8 high-performance sports car. The 4.2 FSI delivers 331 kW (450 hp) at 8,250 rpm, with the peak torque of 430 Nm (317.15 lb-ft) available between 4,000 and 6,000 rpm. The engine has a specific output of 108.1 hp per liter of displacement. The potent response, the eager revving and the rich, melodious sound mark the V8 as a thoroughbred racing engine.
Hand-built at the plant in Györ, Hungary, the 4.2 FSI launches the Coupé from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 4.6 seconds. Audi will increase the electronically governed top speed from 250 to 280 km/h (155.34 to 173.98 mph) upon request. Thanks to the combination of technologies from the Audi modular efficiency platform, which also includes a recuperation system, the high-tech V8 consumes significantly less fuel on average than its direct competitors.
With its high efficiency and its long top gear, the standard seven-speed S tronic also contributes to the good fuel economy. Drivers can let the lightning-fast dual-clutch transmission shift automatically or change gears themselves using the selector lever or with paddles on the steering wheel. The integrated launch control program provides for rocket-like starts by managing the engagement of the clutch at mid-level revs.
Not to be outdone by Dodge’s Charger SRT8 reveal, Chevrolet unleashed a new beast of its own in the form of the 2012 Camaro ZL1. Basically GM decided to give the Camaro the same treatment they gave the Corvette when they created the ZR1. The ZL1 will boast a 550hp/550ft-lb supercharged and intercooled V8 “LSA” engine. They haven’t released the exact displacement of the LSA but obviously its enough to produce big numbers from some boost. The power will go through a dual clutch 6 speed transmission and the suspension will feature magnetic ride control.
Chevy reps were pretty clear in communicating that the ZL1 is looking to be a world class sports car rather than a brutish muscle car but looking at this thing I’d say it could go either way really! The reps also said you can expect to see the Camaro ZL1 at dealerships in early 2012. In the meantime check out some pictures below and a few teaser videos.
LSA 6.2L supercharged engine will produce an estimated 550 horsepower (410 kW) and is matched with a six-speed manual transmission with a dual-disc clutch system
Packed with performance technologies, highlighted by Magnetic Ride Control, and advanced materials – including a vented carbon fiber hood insert. Extensive aerodynamic development designed for high-performance driving
Development ongoing, targeting launch at the beginning of 2012
Engineers have already driven Camaro ZL1 prototypes extensively at demanding road courses in the U.S. and Germany, with final testing being completed through the balance of 2011.
CHICAGO – The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 debuted today at the Chicago Auto Show. It is the highest-performing Camaro and the most technically advanced car ever developed in its class. The new ZL1 continues the momentum of Camaro, propelling it into an entirely new realm of leading-edge performance technology. It is planned to launch at the beginning of 2012.
Motivated by a supercharged V-8 engine producing an estimated 550 horsepower (410 kW), the Camaro ZL1 will be the fastest Camaro ever offered by Chevrolet. And more than just power, the ZL1 features technologically advanced and highly developed chassis and suspension systems that help it deliver balanced, track-ready handling and braking power to complement its high engine output. Rigorous development of the ZL1 is ongoing, and official estimates of the car’s capabilities will be released later in 2011, as testing nears completion.
“Camaro ZL1 is about high-tech performance and design, and is a type of car no one has ever brought to this segment previously,” said Rick Scheidt, vice president of Chevrolet marketing. “It’s the most technically advanced Camaro ever, so we’ve chosen a name from the most elite and exclusive Camaro in history.”
The ZL1 name is derived from the all-aluminum racing engine of the same name, which was developed in the late 1960s and installed into a handful of regular-production 1969 Camaros. Only 69 were built with the engine, but they’ve achieved mythical status among enthusiasts, as they represented the pinnacle in Camaro performance – until now. The 2012 ZL1 model is designed to be a major leap forward for the Camaro, bringing a new level of performance capability to the segment.
The central goal of the car’s development was creating something new – a Camaro intended to reach optimal lap times on top road-racing circuits and excellent driving dynamics on the street. To achieve that goal, engineers evolved many of the existing Camaro’s systems, as well as incorporated new technologies such as electric power steering and Magnetic Ride Control, the world’s fastest-reacting suspension system.
Camaro ZL1’s design communicates and supports its performance mission. Rather than using decorative elements, ZL1 is visually differentiated from other current Camaro models with elements vital to the car’s elevated capabilities.
“Everything about the ZL1’s design is directly related to its technology and serious performance, especially aerodynamics,” said Ed Welburn, vice president, Global Design. “Our designers’ goal was to execute that function-oriented design with beautifully sculpted forms, creating an imposing, powerful persona. Function becomes the aesthetic. The intent is a car that delivers on the attitude it projects.”
Major elements of the ZL1’s design are a new front fascia and hood with air extractors, designed in tandem to create aerodynamic downforce to aid handling. The car’s hood includes a signature center section constructed of carbon fiber and rendered in satin black finish. New rocker panels, wide tires, 20-inch wheels and exhaust tips portray the car’s handling and power.
The ZL1 badge appears on the grille, hood and the brake calipers, all key areas portraying the technology within.
Supporting the dynamic track and street performance of the ZL1 is the LSA 6.2L supercharged engine, which will produce an estimated 550 horsepower (410kW) and 550 lb.-ft. of torque (677 Nm), with specific features for the Camaro. Built on GM’s legendary all-aluminum, small-block V-8 architecture, the LSA features an intercooled supercharger system, premium heat-resistant aluminum-alloy cylinder heads and other details designed to ensure its exceptional performance is delivered with smoothness and refinement. Components and design elements that contribute to the LSA’s performance include:
Balanced, lightweight reciprocating assembly
High-strength hypereutectic pistons
Sixth-generation Eaton supercharger with four-lobe rotors
Piston oil squirters.
Because the Camaro ZL1 uses electric power steering, the engine does not incorporate a conventional hydraulic power steering pump on its accessory drive system. This enhances performance, because no engine power is used to turn a steering pump pulley.
Camaro ZL1 is a complete high-performance car, not just a Camaro with more power. Key technical highlights include:
Transmission – The high-performance Tremec TR-6060 six-speed manual is matched with the LSA engine. It is the “MG9” version of the transmission, with a higher torque capacity. It is used with a dual-mass flywheel and twin-disc clutch for easy operation and shift smoothness. A new, shorter-throw shifter actuates the gear changes.
Exhaust – ZL1 is equipped with a dual-mode exhaust system, which alters the sound level and character in response to engine rpm. First used on the legendary Corvette, and specifically tuned for Camaro ZL1, the dual-mode exhaust will give the car a signature sound.
Drivetrain – It is revised with a stronger driveshaft and rear axle system, featuring a larger and stronger cast iron differential housing, stronger axles and heavy-duty limited-slip differential. This patent-pending system is designed to ensure that ZL1’s tremendous power is delivered smoothly to the ground.
Suspension – The suspension features completely revised tuning and the inclusion of segment-exclusive Magnetic Ride Control. ZL1’s Magnetic Ride system will include driver selectable modes (Tour and Sport) tailored for the preferred style of driving. It uses advanced magneto-rheological science to produce shock damping with the highest level of precision, enabling body control optimized for excellent performance in everyday driving as well as track situations. This technology appears on only a small roster of some of the world’s finest performance cars. Other chassis elements are redesigned to support the car’s high-performance limits. Rear stabilizer bars have drop links repositioned outboard of the control arms. This makes the bars more effective in controlling body roll in turns, with crisp response to driver commands.
Brakes and Steering – Camaro ZL1 features an advanced track-capable braking system, developed in conjunction with experts from Brembo. The large 14.6-inch (370 mm) two-piece front rotors have six-piston calipers; the 14.4-inch (365 mm) rear rotors have four-piston calipers. ZL1 marks the entry of a new electric power steering system to Camaro. It is being developed to ensure precise control and feedback to the driver, with greater variability of effort for high-performance driving.
Exterior – ZL1’s signature from the front is the redesigned fascia and aluminum hood with a raised, carbon fiber insert. The fascia includes a front splitter and new vertical fog lamps. The fog lamp area includes air intakes designed for brake cooling. The hood features front-mounted air extractors that direct air precisely over the car. Visually, this center section, in satin black carbon fiber, communicates the car’s high-performance intent as a visual contrast to the car’s exterior color. Functionally, the air extractor is a key in connecting airflow closely to the bodywork, creating aerodynamic downforce. The carbon fiber center section reduces the mass of the hood. High-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps and fog lamps are standard. The rear of the car includes a diffuser and spoiler, also functional elements that enhance the car’s aerodynamics.
Wheels and Tires – New-design, 20-inch forged aluminum wheels, which are lighter than the 20-inch wheels used on the Camaro SS, are used with new Goodyear Supercar F2 ties developed specifically for the ZL1.
Interior – ZL1 is tailored for high-performance driving. The front seats feature microfiber suede inserts. Other enhancements include a redesigned steering wheel, alloy pedals, Head-Up Display with unique performance readouts and the “four-pack” auxiliary gauge system featuring a boost readout.
All of the Camaro exterior colors will be offered with the ZL1, but black is the only interior color. The unique exterior features are complemented with a black center section on the hood. Inside, the Camaro ZL1 has heated leather seats with microfiber inserts and ZL1 logos embroidered on the front headrests. Microfiber suede is repeated as an accent on the instrument panel, adding a richer look to the interior. The ZL1 will include the same content as the current 2SS package and include the following new or unique features:
Six-way power driver and passenger seats
Unique instrument panel and door panel inserts; and ZL1-logo sill plates
Steering wheel audio controls with Bluetooth capability
Wireless PDIM and USB-port
Boston Acoustics premium audio system
Rear parking assist
Rear camera system (displayed in the inside rearview mirror).
The list of reasons to go to the 2009 LA Auto Show was slightly shorter this year. However the new Mercedes Benz AMG SLS Gullwing definitely had a high ranking spot on that list. There was only one on display and we couldn’t sit in it but that didn’t matter. Simply standing before its glistening rays of awesome was more than enough. Before I left the exhibit I flagged down Greg Clark who is the product manager for Mercedes Benz and Maybach to get some more info on the SLS and to inquire about a possible Black Series in the future.
Just when everyone thought that the water was getting calm in the OEM market, BOOYAH! Mercedes releases a new luxury assassin! Say hello to the 2010 E Class Coupe. This thing looks FRESH! Not only does it look good but….wait for it…..they’re offering it with a 382HP V8! Ok so maybe by today’s standards the HP figure is a little low but I choose to believe it was designed that way to give AMG plenty of breathing room. According to the release we should be seeing the new E Class Coupe in June.
The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe
STUTTGART – Mercedes-Benz is unveiling the coupe version of the new E-Class at the Geneva Motor Show. Just two months after the debut of the E-Class sedan, the brand is adding a special highlight to the new range, at the same time maintaining a tradition that has repeatedly been the source of great excitement throughout the history of the E-Class.
The new E-Class Coupe brings together emotion and performance in a very special way. With the classic coupe profile that dispenses with the B-pillar, and with fully retractable side windows, the new two-door offers a particularly sporty interpretation of the dynamic design that defines the new E-Class. Simultaneously, the most aerodynamic version of the coupe sets a new record in wind resistance. With a Cd of 0.24, the model is the world’s most aerodynamically efficient series production vehicle. The model line up for the U.S. market includes the V6-powered E350 (268 hp, 258 lb-ft) and the V8-powered E550 (382 hp, 391 lb-ft). European customers will also have a choice of two new four-cylinder engines that consume up to 17 percent less fuel, while offering a significant increase in power and torque. The new E-Class Coupe will appear in U.S. Mercedes-Benz dealerships in June 2009.
The new coupe offers the full spectrum of technical innovations that might be expected from a sporty, luxury class coupe. These include Agility Control suspension with adaptive shock absorbers, ATTENTION ASSIST drowsiness detection, the preventative passenger protection system PRE-SAFE and, in Europe, an Active Hood which raises two inches during an impact to reduce injury to pedestrians. Adaptive high beam assist and a brake hold function are other examples of how the E-Class Coupe is setting benchmarks within this vehicle class. Other luxurious standard equipment includes leather interior with sport seats and integrated headrests, a Panorama Sunroof, COMAND system with console-mounted controller, 6-disc CD/DVD changer and fully automatic dual-zone digital climate control.
Lower fuel consumption is achieved by a series of real-life orientated initiatives. These include, for example, the needs-based control of the steering and fuel pumps, the application of tires with reduced rolling resistance and the control of the alternator in accordance with driving situation and on-board voltage, as well as the decisive impact of the outstanding aerodynamics.
Design – Expression of a refined, passionate character
The distinctive line of the new two-door emphasizes traditional styling elements that make Mercedes-Benz coupes unmistakable – for example, the side window graphic, uninterrupted by a B-pillar and with fully retractable windows, and the hallmark sports grille dominated by the large three-pointed star in the center.
At the same time, the coupe displays its close relationship with the new E-Class sedan. This is evident in the twin-headlamp look that distinguishes the front of the car. The headlights share their rhomboid form with those of the sedan, albeit with a sportier, sharper appearance that creates an even more dynamic, more aggressive impression. Another feature that the coupe shares with the sedan is the powerful rear fender, which gave the “Ponton” Coupe S 220 of 1955 its athletic appearance.
Despite the family resemblance to the sedan, the new coupe exhibits an individual, refined and, at the same time, passionate character. With the swooping arrow form that dominates the entire front end of the car, starting at the front bumper and carrying well into the hood, the more extreme interpretation of the twin-headlamp look and its more sinewy stature, the new E-Class Coupe conveys an impression that is altogether more sleek and dynamic.
Steve Saleen may have retired but he definitely didn’t go away. Recently he launched his new venture SMS Supercars which like his first company is pretty much designed to turn a OEM car into a beastly Saleen one-off. The SMS Mustang 460 is the the latest offering in a long line of custom ‘stangs from Saleen. It’s a 4.6 liter V8 but the horsepower options go all the way up to 650. One of the coolest features to me is the fully functional butterfly intake integrated into the hood. Even though I’m not the biggest mustang fan I have to admit, that’s pretty fresh.
I love WebRidesTV.com. They have tons of money and they do awesomely crazy things! One of the not-so-crazy but cool things they do is a segment called “shoot out” where they give a professional driver two different cars in the same class and let him loose at a race track to see which one he likes best. In this episode its our new favorite the Lexus IS-F against Audi’s awesome RS4. Which one will come out on top? I love both cars so to me there are no losers. However in a more realistic way…there is actually one loser… Watch the video to find out which one it is.
Have you noticed that when it comes to American cars I’m all about superchargers? Check out this twin-screw unit from Saleen. If you have to ask what type of car this supercharger is for please leave this site and hit up google…now.
What’s the best way to extract power out of an already powerful rip-snortin’ HEMI? Supercharge the *explitive* out of it thats how. GS Motorsports makes a kit for HEMI motors that can stand up to a beating. Sam Hubinette had one of these on his personal Dodge Charger and he soundly thrashed on it every chance he got.
For the 5th time BMW has refreshed their flagship luxury sedan and all I can say is “its so money!” Following the suit of the famed Chris Bangle designs the outward appearance of the new 7 is one of controversy. BMW forms are split 50/50, but either way 100% of them are talking about it which works out in BMW’s favor.
The first thing that should be noted is that there will no longer be a V12 engine option. In its place will a 400HP twin-turbo V8, this same set up will also power the new X6. Of course when it comes to diesel we’ll be left out as Europe enjoys 400 ft-lb of torque.
On the inside the shifter (linked to a 6-speed automatic) is moved back to the center console and gives the driver an option of sequential shifting when they’re feeling “sporty”. Handling is improved with a double wishbone suspension configuration in the front and a “V” rear suspension.
The real money is in the interior. The iDrive system returns with a bigger screen and is more streamlined to increase user-friendlyness while navigating through the menus. You still have your GPS Navigation, bluetooth cell link, and top of the line audio system. But now you can give your rear passengers the option for a DVD player with their own individual monitors mounted to the back of the front seats (750il model).
The new 7 series will make its official debut in November at the LA Auto Show, then shortly after in several rap videos.
Check out an excerpt from the official BMW Press Release below:
THE NEW 5th GENERATION BMW 7 SERIES BREAKS COVER
Woodcliff Lake, NJ-July 5, 2008, 6PM (EDT)… New milestones of automotive progress are set from time to time: Now, as the new BMW 7 Series approaches its market launch, it is that time again. As the world’s most successful purveyor of premium motor vehicles, BMW now presents the 5th generation of its flagship sedan, demonstrating once again how all-encompassing luxury can be combined and harmonized with the pleasures of dynamic performance.
The new 7 Series will make its North American premiere at the Los Angeles International Autoshow in November, 2008 and is expected to be in U.S. authorized BMW centers by spring 2009.
Fifth generation of the BMW 7 Series; a completely new interpretation of style, luxury and driving pleasure. The U.S. market will receive the 750i and, with its wheelbase extended by 140 mm/5.5 in., the 750Li.
The attributes of these vehicles are expressed visually by their design, which radiates a natural presence, inherent sportiness and an elegance born of precision in concept and execution. A whole new generation of V-8 engine with direct injection and twin turbochargers expresses BMW EfficientDynamics at the highest level of performance. Weight-efficient construction and innovative chassis technology contribute to provide the platform for dynamic driving qualities that are unique in the world of luxury automobiles. New, exclusive BMW driver-assistance systems and comfort-related features further add to the truly exceptional driving and riding experience these automobiles deliver.
An unmistakable look, confident and proud in its character, expresses typical BMW sportiness in its most elegant form. Viewed from various angles, the design is composed of energetic proportions; a graceful silhouette; sculptural surfaces that embody modernism; the large, vertical, yet low-set BMW “kidney” grilles; and a rear aspect that communicates a wide stance, muscular substance and clarity of line.
Inside the new 7, the theme is consistent with the exterior: an advanced spatial concept with clear organization and delineation of driving- and comfort-oriented functions. The ambiance is luxurious, of transcendent quality and – most important of all – inviting. Gently contoured lines, high-caliber materials and an enhanced feeling of space add up to a harmonious, expansive and luxurious environment. The driver-oriented control center features Black Panel technology. A console-mounted E-Shift transmission control, new to the 7 Series, is positioned close to the new Driving Dynamics Control, the BMW iDrive controller. More functions than ever are conveniently accessible to the driver from the multi-function steering wheel.
An entirely new generation of BMW’s pioneering iDrive presents features and functions in a larger (10.2-in.), high-resolution color display. More intuitive operation is ensured by an optimized menu structure; a new controller enabling function selection and activation via turn, push and tilt motions; direct-select keys; and eight freely programmable Memory Keys. The standard GPS Navigation system is newly enhanced with topography and functionally improved; the audio system gains a hard drive.
An all-new engine powers both models in the U.S. Recently introduced in the X6, it’s a 4.4-liter, twin-turbocharged V-8 delivering 400 hp and 450lbs-ft of torque over an amazingly broad rpm range. Fuel efficiency promises to be class-leading too, though official EPA ratings are not yet available.
A 6-speed automatic transmission with optimized shifting smoothness and speed, also promotes enhanced fuel efficiency.
All-around weight-efficient construction within the BMW EfficientDynamics concept: extensive use of multi-phase and hot-rolled steels in the body/chassis’ load-bearing structures; aluminum roof, doors, hood and front fenders; aluminum front spring towers; aluminum-block engine, aluminum differential housing.
An entirely new suspension system, engineered for dynamic handling and a refined ride. The new 7 is BMW’s first passenger car (i.e. not Sports Activity Vehicle) with multi-link double-wishbone front suspension. At the rear, the new Integral V rear suspension also contributes to EfficientDynamics via extensive use of aluminum. On the 750Li, self-leveling air suspension is standard. Rack-and-pinion steering with variable ratio and hydraulic power assist continues, but with a new-type hydraulic pump that delivers assist only when called for, thereby saving fuel. Also new, and a world premiere: Integral Active Steering, which adds speed-sensitive rear-wheel steering to BMW’s proven front Active Steering system. This is included in U.S. models’ Sport Package.
The suspension system features further development of BMW’s Dynamic Damping Control. With standard Driving Dynamics Control, the driver can choose between four settings for shock-absorber firmness, transmission shift characteristics, engine-throttle response, power-steering assist: Comfort, Normal, Sport and Sport Plus. In Sport mode, the default settings can be adjusted by the driver. In Sport Plus, the traction-and-stability system Dynamic Stability Control switches to its Dynamic Traction Control setting (reduced traction intervention), which is suitable for track-style driving. Active Roll Stabilization, BMW’s system of reducing body lean in cornering, continues as part of the optional Sport Package.
An array of innovative driver-assistance options that’s unique in the luxury segment (asterisk indicates new, or new to 7 Series) Active Cruise Control with new stop-and-go capability; Lane Departure Warning*, Active Blind Spot Detection*, Head-up Display*, High Beam Assistant*, BMW Night Vision with new Pedestrian Detection, Side View* and Back-up Cameras.*
Maximum occupant protection via optimized body structure and a comprehensive range of passive safety systems, electronically controlled and coordinated according to actual impact or threatening conditions. As is customary in all current BMWs, 3-point safety belts are employed at all seating positions, the front of which are equipped with pretensioners – although, in the new 7 Series, the pretensioners use electric motors rather than pyrotechnics to pre-tension the belt an anticipation of impact. The passive safety systems of the new 7 Series are rounded out by front side and impact airbags, front/rear head protection airbags, active head restraints on the front seats and knee airbags. Via the standard BMW Assist system, automatic emergency calling is newly enhanced to include accident severity analysis.
A wide range of comfort functions and innovative entertainment features: audio amenities include new hard-drive music storage, multi-channel amplification and speaker outputs, auxiliary audio input; available 6-disc DVD changer and iPod/USB ports. Further optional or standard luxuries include 4-zone climate control with “draft-free” vents, Active Seat Ventilation, Active Comfort massaging seats, newly enhanced telematics, an innovative new moonroof concept, and a first-ever Integrated Owner’s Manual.
This “RoushCharger” will grant a Mustang GT an extra 145 horses bringing the total up to 445HP. If that wasn’t enough the supercharger is the only one on the market protected by Ford’s three-year warranty!