2012 Mercedes C-Class Facelift

The 2012 Mercedes C-Class will receive a face lift. The exterior is debatable however, the interior is simply gorgeous. Some of the notable changes are the redesigned dash, steering wheel from the CLS, and updated controls.

In the tech department they have added five new driver assistance options, Attention Assist, Adaptive Highbeam Assist, Park Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, and Blind Spot Assist with an updated command system.

Under the hood a new optional turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with 201 hp and 229 lb-ft torque will be available. The new engine will allow the car to hit 60mph in 7.1 seconds but still manage a respectable 24 miles per gallon.

2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR

2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR

The new Porsche 911 GT3 RSR will be the racing edition of the racing edition… yep. The extra R means it’s purpose built for competition. Its’ 4L engine will produce 455hp instead of 450 horsepower, create more down force, and handle better because of stiffer suspension. In Germany, the RSR will cost 410,000 euros before taxes. Also the current 2010 models can be upgraded with an official kit.

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1.6L … New Standard in F1 by 2013

Standard in F1 by 2013

 

World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) has announced that in 2013 F1 car will have to downgrade to 1.6L four cylinder engine from the 2.4L V8s. The new engines are suppose to use 35% less fuel, but, at the same time keep the same level of performance. Also the Rev limits on the new engines will be reduced from the current 18,000 rpm to a maximum of 12,000 rpm. In addition to all that in 2013 drivers can only use 5 engines a season instead of 8.

Lamborghini Estoque Confirmed

Lamborghini Estoque Confirmed

AutoCar is reporting that Stephan Winkelmann, CEO of Lamborghini has confirmed the production of the Lamborghini Estoque at the Bologna Motor Show.

We have opportunities outside the supercar business, and we showed that with Estoque. It had a more enthusiastic response than we had expected. It was the right time to see if the brand could go outside of supercars. Even now, people are still emailing me about us making the Estoque. We really have a choice when it comes to an additional model: an SUV or a four-seat four-door. And for me the SUV is a no-go. It doesn’t exist in our price segment, and it’s not a real luxury car.

There are more opportunities in the segment of four-doors. If we are going to offer a third model, it could be a ‘first’ car, bringing people to our brand. Other car companies have to adjust their products for these areas, but luxury brands are the opposite. The customer wants the original, not something that’s been adapted to them. So they want a Lamborghini exactly as it would be in Italy.

We do customising — colours and trim. But we will never do anything else. – Stephan Winkelmann

BMW Invests 750 million

BMW Invests 750 million

Just released yesterday, BMW announced that it had “intermittent” use of the Federal Reserve’s Commercial Paper Funding Facility in 2008 and 2009. How much use did they have exactly? 3.62 billion dollars.  BMW used the money to invest into its South Carolina assembly plant and to help maintain sales of their new cars.  BMW themselves invested 750 million into their plant to help assemble the new X3.

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Ferrari 458 Challenge Debuts

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It is pretty much exactly the same car as the F458, but more track oriented. The engine rating stays the same, however the gear ratios and the dual clutch transmission is adjusted so the challenge can produce more torque at lower revs.  The car also gains stiffer springs, 19-inch forged alloys with large Pirelli tires, and upgraded brembo brakes.

Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale

Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale

During the Bologna Motor Show, Maserati debuted the first GranTurismo MC Stradale. The Stradale will be at the top of the range and will be on sale from March 2011 with prices set at € 154,721. The MC Stradale  gains 10hp and 20lbs of torque(total of 450hp and 510lbs of torque), also the car lost about 250 pounds of weight. Also included is carbon-ceramic brake discs, tires specially developed by Pirelli and carbon fiber trim and sports seats. The exterior will have a aerodynamic package, consisting of splitters, bumpers, bonnet, side skirts and redesigned tailpipes.