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The new Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupé unveiled during a private viewing by T. Gargour & Fils

T. Gargour & Fils, the exclusive and sole agent of Mercedes-Benz in Lebanon, unveiled its flagship model, the all-new Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupé at an exclusive private viewing held at The Mercedes-AMG Performance Center – Dora showroom. AMG owners gathered to experience the reveal of the GT 4-Door, the latest member of the sports car family. Positioned as a true sports car with four doors, it uncompromisingly combines the attributes of an AMG GT sports car with the everyday benefits of a 4-door coupé.

The sports car captured everyone’s attention as it was demonstrated with its most notable features. The event concluded with an exciting draw where one lucky attendee won a trip to the Mercedes-AMG Advanced Experience on ice in Sweden.

On this occasion, Mr. Cesar Aoun, General Manager of Mercedes-Benz at T. Gargour & Fils said: “launching a remarkable sports car like the new Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupé in Lebanon is a proud moment for T. Gargour & Fils, as we work hard to stay on top and we make sure our portfolio expands year after year, providing our customers with an impeccable driving experience that brings together unparalleled luxury and performance.”

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A thrill-ride for all those who seek an adrenalin-filled experience on the road, the latest AMG GT 4-door coupé delivers a staggering top speed of up to 315 km/h and comes as a no-compromise creation that acts as the perfect symbiosis of power and elegance. Following the design philosophy of sensual purity, the model takes on a striking muscular body, sporty genes, and boasts familiar features like extremely slim LED tail lights, confidently placing it within the portfolio of its two-door AMG GT counterpart. When it comes to performance, the 6-cylinder in-line and V8 engines allow for a completely new driving experience. The output of the AMG 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine has been enhanced further which allows the car to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in a mere 3.2 seconds, a testament of high driving dynamics at motorsport level.

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McLaren 600LT Spider: the sky’s the limit for new Longtail convertible

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McLaren Automotive today releases first images and details of the third new model in its £1.2bn Track25 business plan – the McLaren 600LT Spider. The fifth car to carry the Longtail name, the new convertible fully embodies the McLaren Longtail philosophy of increased power, reduced weight, optimised aerodynamics, track-focused dynamics and limited availability. In addition, it brings a new dimension of excitement over the 600LT Coupé, without compromise to the dynamic purity of the most performance-focused car in the Sports Series line-up: a retractable hardtop to give the choice of open-air driving.

Like its 600LT Coupé sibling, the Spider records a significant weight saving over the model on which it is based, with McLaren’s engineers achieving a reduction of 100kg* at DIN weight over the 570S Spider. Furthermore, thanks to its lightweight but incredibly strong carbon fibre MonoCell II chassis, the convertible 600LT retains the structural rigidity of the Coupé with none of the strengthening that is usually required with conventional steel or aluminium structures. The result is a weight penalty of only 50kg over the Coupé, which contributes to a lightest dry weight of just 1,297kg for the Spider. This is at least 80kg less than any direct competitor and the equivalent power-to-weight ratio of 463PS-per-tonne underpins astonishing levels of performance and dynamic prowess.

Enhancing the Sports Series Longtail experience with open-air motoring is as easy as pushing a button to lower or raise the three-piece, powered retractable hardtop roof at speeds of up to 40km/h (25mph). With the roof lowered, occupants benefit not only from wind in their hair, but also the memorable aural and visual drama provided by the top-exit exhausts that are unique to the 600LT.  An electrically-operated, glazed wind deflector can be activated independently of the hardtop, to reduce buffeting or increase ventilation – or simply to allow more of the exhaust sound into the cabin.

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Incorporating technology proven in the 650S, 675LT and 570S Spiders, the hardtop roof is more secure and wear-resistant than a fabric alternative would be, as well as offering Coupé-like cabin refinement when in the raised position. Equally importantly, it allowed McLaren’s design team to maintain the focused design language and silhouette of the 600LT Coupé. When lowered, the roof stows elegantly with the assistance of soft-close technology beneath a tonneau cover located behind the seats; with the roof raised, this tonneau storage area provides an additional 52 litres of luggage space.

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The 600LT Spider benefits from the same portfolio of performance enhancements that has proved irresistible to 600LT Coupé buyers. The electronic control systems of the twin-turbocharged, 3.8-litre V8 engine have been revised, the cooling system uprated and the shorter exhausts tuned to liberate more power. The engine produces the same 600PS (592bhp) and 620Nm (457lb ft) in the Spider as it does in the Coupé.

The uprated powertrain enables the driver to exploit the 600LT Spider’s carbon fibre monocoque chassis to the full, aided by a dual-clutch, Seamless Shift seven-speed Gearbox (SSG) that features Ignition Cut in Sport mode to facilitate faster changes whilst delivering a dramatic aural crack from the top-exit exhausts, plus Inertia Push in Track mode to optimise acceleration. The 600LT Spider will reach 100km/h (62mph) from a standstill in 2.9 seconds, with 200km/h (124mph) achieved in just 8.4 seconds – a near-indistinguishable 0.2 seconds slower than the Coupé. The maximum speed is 324km/h (201mph) with the roof raised, or 315km/h (196mph) with it lowered.

Performance is further enhanced by the lightweight carbon fibre bodywork that creates the Longtail silhouette and the same design of fixed rear wing as the Coupé which – despite the aerodynamic challenges posed by a convertible body – generates the same 100kg of downforce at 250km/h (155mph).  Ultra-precise, track-focused handling is supported by a forged aluminium double-wishbone suspension system with recalibrated dampers, firmer engine mounts and a lightweight braking system. The 600LT Spider is fitted with bespoke, track-focused Pirelli P- Zero™ Trofeo R tyres and the driving experience is further enhanced with quicker steering and sharpened responses from throttle and brake pedals.

Lowering the roof of the 600LT Spider showcases the performance-orientated interior, which features lightweight Alcantara® trim and Carbon Fibre Racing Seats from the McLaren P1™ as standard. The Super-Lightweight Carbon Fibre Racing Seats designed for the McLaren Senna are available as an option, either on their own or within the MSO Clubsport Pack. Further weight-saving options and measures – including deletion of the audio and climate control systems – are available to buyers determined to shave off every kilogramme possible.

The new 600LT Spider is the fifth model to carry the coveted LT badge, joining the illustrious bloodline that began in 1997 with the McLaren F1 GTR ‘Longtail’, of which only a development prototype and nine examples were built. Victorious in five of the 11 rounds of the 1997 FIA GT Championship, the original Longtail also finished first and second in the GT1 class at Le Mans, almost 30 laps ahead of the opposition. McLaren Automotive revived the legendary Longtail name at the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show, with the launch of the 675LT Coupé, a limited-volume model that rapidly sold out. In response to customer demand, a 675LT Spider followed, all 500 examples of which were sold within two weeks. The fourth model to bear the Longtail name, the 600LT Coupé, was revealed in July 2018 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and has since been hailed by critics as one of the finest cars in its class – an accolade that will now be challenged by its new Spider sibling.

Like the Coupé, availability of the 600LT Spider will be limited, with build slots scheduled around other Sports and Super Series models.  Available to order now from McLaren retailers, each car will be hand-assembled at the McLaren Production Centre in Woking, Surrey, England.

The 600LT Spider is priced from £201,500 with taxes (UK). Further information about the new addition to the McLaren Longtail family can be found at https://cars.mclaren.com/sports-series/600lt-spider.

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The New 2019 Ram Heavy Duty is the Benchmark for Performance, Capability, Technology and Luxury

The 2019 Ram Heavy Duty is the most powerful, most capable pickup in the segment with a towing capacity of 35,100 lbs. (15,876 kgs) and a payload capacity of 7,680 lbs. (3,484 kgs). Driving it all, a never-before-seen torque rating of 1000 lb.-ft. from the Cummins I6 Turbo Diesel engine (not available in the Middle East). The new Ram Heavy Duty also sets benchmarks in ride and handling, luxury, materials, innovation, and technology extending well past any competitive offerings. Giving maximum effort all day, every day with confidence, the new 2019 Ram Heavy Duty line of pickups steps forward with the full force of modern capability.

“Ram Heavy Duty owners constantly demand the highest levels of capability to tackle the biggest jobs and with 35,100 lbs. (15,876 kgs) of towing capacity, pulled by 1,000 lb.-ft. of torque from our Cummins engine, we now hold the most important titles within the segment,” said Reid Bigland, Head of Ram Brand, FCA. “We’ve also surrounded owners in luxury and technology that, until now, was unavailable in a heavy-duty pickup. The highest quality interiors, active safety systems and of course our award-winning Uconnect technology contribute to the best Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks we have ever built.”

POWERTRAINS (Note: Diesel engines not available in the Middle East)

Engines: 6.7-litre Cummins High Output Turbo Diesel reaches 1,000 lb.-ft.

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With a long list of upgrades, the new Cummins 6.7-litre I6, high output Turbo Diesel delivers up to 1,000 lb.-ft. of torque @ 1,800 rpm and 400 horsepower @ 2,800 rpm. Changes begin at the core, with a cylinder block made from compacted graphite iron. Overall, the new Cummins Turbo Diesel weighs more than 60 lbs. (27.2 kgs) less than the previous-generation engine yet delivers more power and torque. A new cast-iron cylinder head builds on the new block with changes that include new exhaust valves and springs, and new rocker arms. Lighter and stronger pistons include new low-friction rings and connect to the crankshaft via newly design forged connecting rods and new bearings. An all-new exhaust manifold is the mounting point for an improved variable-geometry turbocharger with laminated heat shields, delivering boost pressure up to 33 psi.

The second variant of the Cummins Turbo Diesel also gets a performance boost with 370 horsepower @ 2,800 rpm and 850 lb.-ft. of torque @ 1,700 rpm.

The standard engine in the 2019 Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty is upgraded to the proven and potent 6.4-litre HEMI V8, delivering class-leading 410 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm and 429 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4,000 rpm to handle the payload and towing requirements of the heavy-duty truck user.

Transmissions 

Ram 3500 Heavy Duty models equipped with the 1,000 lb.-ft. high output Cummins 6.7-litre Turbo Diesel employ the Aisin AS69RC electronically controlled six-speed automatic. This transmission is engineered to handle the colossal torque of the Turbo Diesel engine and increased vehicle weight ratings while delivering improved shift quality. Along with hardware upgrades, the Aisin AS69RC uses a new transmission controller with double the memory of the previous controller and a dual-core processor. This delivers faster, more precise shifts under all driving and loading conditions.

Ram Heavy Duty trucks powered by the standard output Cummins 6.7-litre Turbo Diesel are equipped with a significantly upgraded version of the 68RFE six-speed automatic transmission. Changes designed to improve the electronically controlled transmission’s shift quality include new variable-force solenoid controls for the torque-converter clutch. A new reverse accumulator improves shift feel when placing the transmission into park from reverse. Drive-to-park shifts were also improved through refined hydraulic control.

In a first for the Ram Heavy Duty, the 6.4-litre HEMI V8 comes mated to the proven and smooth-shifting TorqueFlite 8HP75 eight-speed automatic. There are more than 40 individual shift maps to optimise shift points for fuel economy, performance and drivability. The transmissions use shift-by-wire technology, eliminating a mechanical linkage between the transmission and the gear selector. The 2019 Ram Heavy Duty uses an innovative rotary e-shift dial mounted on the left side of the instrument panel’s centre stack – freeing up space traditionally occupied by a console- or column-mounted shift lever.

Transfer Cases

 Four-wheel-drive versions of the 2019 Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty are equipped with a BorgWarner part-time transfer case. The 6.4-litre HEMI V8 and variant of the Cummins 6.7-litre Turbo Diesel drive power through either an electronic (BW 44-46) or manual shift (BW 44-47) transfer case, depending on model.

Ram Heavy Duty trucks with the high output version of the Cummins 6.7-litre Turbo Diesel are equipped with an all-new part-time BorgWarner transfer case (BW 44-48). This transfer case is designed to handle the higher input loads for maximum towing capability up to 35,100 lbs. (15,876 kgs).

Axles 

New front and rear axles on the 2019 Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty have been engineered to improve durability, handle industry-leading payload and towing capabilities, and minimize NVH, as well as take advantage of opportunities to optimize weight. The Ram 3500 Heavy Duty is offered with an all-new, larger 12-inch (30.48 cm) AAM rear axle to handle the class-leading power and capability.

ENGINEERING

The 2019 Ram Heavy Duty is the most powerful, most capable pickup in the segment with a towing capacity of 35,100 lbs. (15,876 kgs) and payload capacity of 7,680 lbs. (3,484 kgs). But big capability is irrelevant if the truck fails to instil confidence to the driver. Ram redefines the phrase “you don’t even know it’s back there” when towing or hauling.

Frame
Ram Heavy Duty trucks feature all-new frames built with 98.5-percent high-strength steel, six separate crossmembers, hydroformed main rails and fully boxed rear rails for optimal strength and mass efficiency. Although the new Ram Heavy Duty is stronger and more capable, lightweight materials in the frame, powertrain and an aluminium hood reduce overall weight by up to 143 lbs. (65 kgs). Two Active-Tuned Mass Modules (ATMM) mounted on the frame rails search out unfavourable vibrations and apply countermeasures to eliminate them.


Wide front frame rails enable front suspension springs to be positioned slightly outboard – an enabler for generating positive roll stiffness. In the rear portion of the new frame, the structure includes fully boxed rear rails. The rear-axle structural crossmember with provisions for fifth-wheel and gooseneck hitches, has been upgraded for 2019 to accommodate the increased towing capacity.

On vehicles equipped with the optional auxiliary camera prep package, the standard 4/7-pin bumper connector is replaced with a 12/7-pin connector to support the remote camera option (available Mopar® accessory). A tailgate handle-mounted, rear high-definition camera backup system is standard with dynamic imaging on the 12-inch, 8.4-inch or 5-inch (30.48, 21.34 or 12.7 cm) displays with turning guidelines. Also, the cargo-view camera located in the Centre High-Mounted Stop Light (CHMSL) provides a view of the bed for easier connection to fifth-wheel or gooseneck trailers, as well as monitoring bed loads.

Suspension
Heavy Duty trucks generally have a suspension equipped for constant, heavy payloads. This leads to a harsher ride when unloaded. The 2019 Ram Heavy Duty includes Frequency Response Damping (FRD) shocks on all four corners. The valves of an FRD shock automatically adjust for the type of vertical wheel input, allowing the Ram Heavy Duty to have sports-car-like suspension for handling and a supple suspension on rough terrain. Engineers added progressive springs and upgraded bushings to the suspension system, including the exclusive five-link coil design on Ram 2500, providing better load-carrying characteristics and improved articulation over obstacles when compared to a leaf-spring system.

A class-exclusive Active-Level rear air suspension is available on both the Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 and includes a new Bed-lowering Mode to make the heaviest trailer hook-ups a breeze. The 2019 Ram 2500 uses two air bags to replace the coil springs. Load capacity is not sacrificed and the Ram 2500’s best-in-class ride and handling gets even better, crushing the competition with two doses of engineering innovation (five-link coil with an air suspension option). The Ram 3500 features a Hotchkiss rear leaf-spring system with optional air suspension. By adding supplemental air bags, Ram engineers were able to soften the heavy-load leaf springs, allowing for more unladed suspension movement.

In the front, a new, two-piece, front-suspension crossmember structure adds a longer welded interface and greater strength to the frame. The Ram Heavy Duty line features an advanced three-link front suspension to ensure roll stiffness.


Brakes
A new braking system upgrades the calipers, booster and master cylinder. Combined with a larger-ratio pedal swing, the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty delivers a more confident and powerful execution with little effort from the driver. The reengineered system also offers shorter stopping distances and braking to match the highest capability.


Body
Several body elements are upgraded from mild steel to high-strength steel on the 2019 Heavy Duty pickups. Additional light-weighting efforts consist of an aluminium hood, which contributes to an overall weight reduction of 143 lbs. (65 kgs) on the volume model.

Through wind-tunnel analyses and three million miles of real-world durability tests, engineers have created the quietest Ram Heavy Duty ever with a segment-leading drag coefficient of .409. Upgrades to improve Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) include new C-pillar hydromounts, anti-vibration devices, new engine mounts, active noise cancelling and new exhaust-system attachments.

New Power Wagon Content

2019 Ram Power Wagon is the most capable production off-road truck in the industry. The Power Wagon features a unique suspension, factory suspension lift, locking front and rear differentials, disconnecting sway bar and a 12,000-lb. (5,443 kgs) winch. New to the Power Wagon is a 360 camera, which includes forward-view camera gridlines to help navigate obstacles. An all-new and integrated front-mounted WARN Zeon-12 winch features a unique fairlead and fairlead retainer with a new synthetic line that cannot kink, does not fray and is more manoeuvrable. The new line also cuts weight by 28 lbs. (12.7 kgs). A Power Wagon content package continues to be available on Tradesman, which includes all the off-road equipment but keeps the Tradesman design elements.

SAFETY AND SECURITY

The new 2019 Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty pickups include more than 100 available safety and security elements, including an array of active and passive systems to assist the driver and passengers – offered in all models.

Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), 360-degree camera display and selectable tire pressures are just some of the new, specialized technologies found in Ram’s halo pickup trucks. Since the Ram Heavy Duty line is engineered around capability, it makes sense that many of the technologies would be enhanced from their use in passenger cars. For example, Tyre Pressure Monitoring, which can monitor up to six tyres on the pickup, now includes trailer tyre pressure monitoring for up to 12 trailer tyres. Although a back-up camera is a standard feature on most vehicles, the Ram Heavy Duty offers a second rear-view camera (cargo-view camera) to monitor payload in the bed. It also can be used to align fifth-wheel and gooseneck trailers, a common task of the Ram Heavy Duty pickup. As a segment-first, back-up sensors on the Ram 3500 include specifically designed sensors to cover the added width of dual rear wheels, giving a wider span of coverage when backing up with limited view.

The new Ram Heavy Duty uses a variety of high-strength steels in the frame, body panels and core structure to maximize impact performance and reduce overall weight, including the A-, B- and C-pillars, front structure and door beams. Increased resistance spot welds reduce the heat exposure to surrounding metal to maintain strength and long-term durability.

DESIGN

After hundreds of sketches, the new 2019 Ram Heavy Duty line of pickups came forward with the full force of modern capability. Interiors mirror the design expressed on the recently launched Ram 1500 with unmatched luxury, materials, innovation and technology extending well past any competitive offerings.

Interior

For 2019, all-new features, technology and premium materials help the redesigned Ram Heavy Duty continue its interior leadership with quality, technology and luxury. Each trim level is uniquely characterized to reflect individual identity.

The new instrument panel combines a strong, structurally interlocking appearance, pushing the central controls up and toward the driver, improving overall reachability of system controls. The 2019 Ram Heavy Duty features the Uconnect 4C NAV on a 12-inch (30.48 cm) fully configurable touchscreen, which can display one application, such as the navigation map, across the whole 12-inch screen, or can be divided in half, operating two different applications at once. Redundant HVAC controls and a new enhanced-ergonomic switch bank deliver improved feedback and appearance.

The new 2019 Ram Heavy Duty features an available 7-inch (17.78 cm), full-colour, 3D animation-capable driver information display, with reconfigurable function that enables Ram truck drivers to personalise information inside the instrument cluster. The display is designed to visually communicate information, using graphics and text, quickly and easily.

Across all trim levels, the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty features push-button start and a redesigned rotary e-shifter dial (HEMI V8 only). The new shifter area also intelligently groups new feature buttons, including Hill Descent Control, axle lock and transfer case controls, when equipped.

An active noise cancellation system and acoustic glass reduce ambient cabin sounds by nearly 10 db – the quietest Ram Heavy Duty ever. The new HVAC system features 30 percent more air flow at lower noise levels, including larger front defroster vents for better performance. All-new in-duct electric heating elements on diesel models help speed cabin warmup on cold days, and larger system controls and new larger panel ducts work better with gloved hands.

With up to 258 litres of interior storage volume on the exclusive Mega Cab including two bins behind the rear seats, the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty offers more than 120-percent additional storage capacity versus the closest competitor. A reimagined centre console is a usable, complex piece of art with more than 12 different storage combinations. Up from 19.7 to 22.6 litres, the console includes a wider docking area with optional wireless charging, which can hold a small tablet or smartphone. A three-position sliding cup-holder tray can be stowed under the centre armrest to reveal a deep storage tub designed to hold a 15-inch (38.1 cm) laptop

To keep devices charged, five USB ports assist in the centre console type-C ports for faster communication and charging. Up to three 115-volt household plugs are available (three-prong). One in the first row and one in the second row. All outlets now handle up to 400 watts to charge or power tools quickly.

Exterior

Robust sections combined with “interlocking” design aesthetics also function to improve aerodynamics to surround segment-leading capability and technology. Every Ram Heavy Duty truck benefits from new content specifically designed to match each model’s unique style. Rather than a traditional focus on styling elements individually, designers combined elements that influence each other’s shape, resulting in a more integrated look that aligns with the mechanical capabilities of the truck. For example, the grille, hood and fenders share pieces of each other, as well as the instrument panel, cluster and centre console.

The 2019 Heavy Duty creates a bold and unique appearance that Heavy Duty customers can call their own. Interlocked with the new, lighter aluminium hood, a much larger and more aggressive front grille opening leads with confidence and strength. The 2019 Ram Heavy Duty is available in six different grille styles with a complete departure from the historic crosshairs. The new front bumper is cut with larger openings, providing greater airflow to the largest turbo intercooler Ram has ever adapted to its halo pickups. More than 20 sensors surrounding the new Ram Heavy Duty are seamlessly integrated to make them less visible. A removable air dam helps mold the most aerodynamic Heavy Duty Ram has offered.

Three headlamp variations are available delivering the best lighting in the segment: Halogen, full LED/reflector and full LED/projector with Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS) for up to 15 degrees of movement in the expected direction of travel.

The side of the truck flows with trademark Ram style. A drawn body-side character line ties together the front fender and cab doors. An all-new interlocking side-step design incorporates deep tread patterns and a R-A-M logo.

The new Ram Heavy Duty continues to offer the best lockable bed storage in the segment with RamBox. The industry-first RamBox Cargo Management System includes versatile, weatherproof, lockable, illuminated and drainable storage bins built into the bed rails. New for 2019, RamBox features a 115-volt outlet with up to 400-watts of power.

Surrounding the largest cab in the segment, the interior design team brought unique colours and premium materials to each trim level of the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty. Each model makes its own unique “Hero” statement with paint colours, badging, wheels, grilles and other features.

UCONNECT®

Designed to be the most technologically advanced heavy-duty pickup ever, the new Ram 2500 and 3500 are loaded with an array of innovative and state-of-the-art features. The award-winning fourth-generation Uconnect system offers new convenience and connected services, and keeps Ram truck customers connected, engaged and informed all while keeping their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.

Uconnect 4C NAV with 12-inch (30.48 cm) display

The 2019 Ram Heavy Duty features a 12-inch (30.48 cm) reconfigurable touchscreen with tailor-made graphics for various Ram models and state-of-the-art connectivity. Personalisation is made easy with the new split screen, allowing two different applications for desired configuration, such as Apple CarPlay and HVAC controls, or one application, such as navigation across the entire 12-inch touchscreen.

The new 2019 Ram Heavy Duty offers four audio systems to immerse passengers in the ultimate sound experience, including a 750-watt Harman Kardon Audio System with 17 speakers, including an 8-inch (20.32 cm) subwoofer.

Manufacturing
The 2019 Ram Heavy Duty is built at the Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant in Coahuila, Mexico.

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BRABUS 600 Compact SUV

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The Brabus 600 compact power-SUV based on the Mercedes GLC 63 S


– 0 – 100 km/h in 3.6 seconds
– 300 km/h top speed
– 441 kW / 600 hp output
– 800 Nm peak torque
– carbon-fiber styling and forged wheels up to 22-inch in size


Brabus 600 GLC

The new Mercedes GLC 63 S 4MATIC + has hit the showrooms and all versions, be it the SUV or Coupe, are the perfect basis for the engineers, technicians and designers of BRABUS to create a power-SUV in a class of its own “Brabus 600”

To this end, the four-liter eight-cylinder twin-turbo engine is enhanced with the BRABUS PowerXtra B40 600 performance upgrade. With an output of 441 kW / 600 hp (591 bhp) and a peak torque of 800 Nm (590 lb-ft), the five-door slings itself from rest to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.6 seconds. The top speed is limited electronically to 300 km/h (186 mph).

Naked-carbon aerodynamic-enhancement components with sporty-elegant styling and tailor-made BRABUS wheels with diameters from 19 to 22 inches lend the high-performance 4×4 fascinating looks. BRABUS offers a host of options for customizing the interior that range from sporty aluminum accessories to particularly exquisite BRABUS fine leather appointments crafted from the finest leather and Alcantara in any desired color.

Brabus 600 GLC

The Brabus 600 engine is based on the BRABUS PowerXtra B40 600 engine tuning which makes the top-of-the-line model of the GLC series even more of a wolf in sheep’s clothing. The BRABUS powerplant engineers used state-of-the-art test bench technology and extensive test drives on racetracks and on the road to develop a performance kit that boosts the power output of the turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 by 66 kW / 90 hp (89 bhp).

A plug-and-play auxiliary control module is adapted to the electronic engine control unit, which introduces new mapping for injection and ignition while moderately increasing the boost pressure at the same time. As a result, the peak output jumps from stock 375 kW / 510 hp to 441 kW / 600 hp (591 to bhp) at a low 5,800 rpm. Peak torque simultaneously grows from 700 to 800 Nm (516 to 590 lb-ft), constantly on tap between 1,750 and 4,500 rpm. 

In harmonious concert with the nine-speed sports transmission, a GLC 63 S with BRABUS 600 PowerXtra B40 performance upgrade accelerates from rest to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.6 seconds. For ergonomically perfect manual gear changes, BRABUS offers the conversion of the production paddle shifters on the steering wheel to the BRABUS RACE aluminum components. The top speed of both body styles is electronically limited to 300 km/h (186 mph).

Sound and performance are the strong suits of the BRABUS sport exhaust, which fits both the GLC 63 S and the GLC 63. The stainless exhaust system reduces exhaust backpressure and features exhaust flaps for electronic control of the exhaust note. From the cockpit, the driver can choose between the discreet “Coming Home” mode and the open position of the exhaust flaps, which coax a decidedly powerful sound from the twin-turbo V8. In addition, the BRABUS exhaust is not just an absolute acoustic treat, but a visual one as well. The four tailpipes, two on either side of the rear, are made from a combination of the two hi-tech materials titanium and carbon fiber, making them eye-catchers par excellence.

Brabus 600 GLC

Sporty looks and optimal aerodynamic function: The BRABUS designers developed bodywork components made from hi-tech carbon fiber that fit all GLC 63 variants. While the two naked-carbon surrounds that provide the perfect backdrop for the tailpipes of the BRABUS sport exhaust offer mainly visual benefits, the new BRABUS components for the front bumper also optimize the aerodynamics. The raised flaps at the sides of the front fascia reduce front-axle lift at high speeds. Carbon surrounds for the side air intakes give the top-of-the-line GLC-Class an even more athletic appearance.

Tailor-made BRABUS alloys for the GLC 63 are available in different designs with diameters ranging from 19 to 22 inches. The sportiest variant features various BRABUS Monoblock “PLATINUM EDITION” hi-tech forged wheels. Thanks to the use of state-of-the-art production technology, they offer an unrivalled combination of lightweight construction and maximum strength. BRABUS technology partners Continental, Pirelli and YOKOHAMA supply the matching high-performance tires for the SUV.

The vehicle pictured here is equipped with BRABUS Monoblock Y “PLATINUM EDITION” wheels. In line with the model designation, this design captivates with nine pairs of polished double-spokes, which extend all the way to the outer flange, where they nine times form a “Y.” The forged wheels of size 9Jx21 at the front and 10.5Jx21 on the rear axle are mounted with high-performance street tires of sizes 265/40 ZR 21 and 295/35 ZR 21.

The largest BRABUS variant for the GLC-Class features BRABUS Monoblock G “PLATINUM EDITION” forged wheels. These wheels are a maximum of ten inches wide and in combination with size 265/35 ZR 22 tires makes full use of the available space under the wheel arches.

Brabus 600 GLC

A special BRABUS control module for the AIRMATIC air suspension lowers the ride height of the high-performance SUV by about 30 millimeters (1.2 in). As a result, the 4×4 not only looks more exciting, but also delivers further improved driving dynamics thanks to the lower center of gravity.

BRABUS has also been a world-renowned authority in the area of interior design for decades. For the GLC-Class, the company upholstery shop creates BRABUS fine leather appointments tailored to customer preferences in every detail. The finest BRABUS Mastik leather, an especially soft and breathable type of leather, and Alcantara are transformed with precision workmanship into high-quality interiors in any desired color by hand. The transformation includes the dashboard, seats, door panels and headliner. The BRABUS interior precious-wood and carbon-fiber trim sets likewise offer maximum variety in terms of colors and surface finishes.

The product lineup is rounded off by an extensive selection of custom accessories for the cockpit. It ranges from aluminum door-lock pins and pedals to stainless scuff plates with backlit BRABUS logo changing colors in sync with the interior ambience lighting.

The BRABUS 600 Compact SUV can be ordered as a complete car with SUV or coupe body style. Alternatively, any GLC 63 S can be transformed to this specification all at once or in stages.

Fuel economy, CO2 emissions and efficiency class: BRABUS 600 Compact SUV based on the Mercedes GLC 63 S 4MATIC+: city 14.8 l / 100 km, highway 10.2 l / 100 km, combined: 11.9 l / 100 km. Combined CO2 emissions: 270 g/km, efficiency class G.

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HOFELE Design add more luxury to Mercedes Benz S-Class & MAYBACH

Hofele mercedes benz S Class Maybach

The HOFELE family has a history in automotive design and engineering and a connection to the Mercedes-Benz brand for over 100 years when the current generation Michael & Martin HOFELE’s grandfather was an apprentice with Mr. Carl Benz at Benz & Co.

In January 2018 HOFELE-Design GmbH became an authorised contractual partner of Daimler AG for the conversion of Mercedes-Benz passenger cars. So far this year we have seen some of HOFELE’s products based on Mercedes-Benz SUV’s like the GLS and the G-Wagon. Now HOFELE turn their attention to Mercedes-Benz saloon models. HOFELE has just released photos of their exclusive program for the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and the MAYBACH.

HOFELE’s design philosophy is based on “Elegant, Sophisticated with a tough of Sportiness”. Rather than following the trend of some of the other companies modifying Mercedes-Benz vehicles which push the boundaries with large amounts of carbon and aerodynamic add-on’s HOFELE’s designs focus is on discrete individualism. The owner of a HOFELE wants the Mercedes-Benz brand experience with a little bit of extra exclusivity.

We have seen the HOFELE based on a standard Mercedes-Benz GLS400 that looks like a “Special Edition” GLS 63 AMG with its high quality Maybach style leather interior and many other exclusive HOFELE features, the total HOFELE package is made up of a number of styling elements and enhancements that are included with a very high level of attention to detail that they really do add to the feeling and look of an ultra-premium brand.

The HOFELE S-Class & Maybach shown here for the first time demonstrate that HOFELE is committed to building the brand to enhance the whole range of passenger cars available from Mercedes-Benz. We are also informed that HOFELE are now working on the C & E-Class models and we hope to see details of these soon. HOFELE is now actively building an internationally respected brand with a dealer network to cover Europe, The Middle East and China.

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LAMBORGHINI HURACAN LSR AVIO LP610-4 by LUETHEN MOTORSPORT

Image Credit: Luethen Motorsport GmbH

When we talk about Lamborghini we know it is the perfect car, nothing to add on it but to LUETHEN Motorsport there’s another story for the Lamborghini Huracan LSR.

From the factory, the Lamborghini Huracan is already a special and spectacular vehicle. Powerful, aggressive design and high traction are the three key features of the Huracan LP 610-4 and also of the LP 580-2.
With the Huracan LSR (Luethen Sport Race) tuning package for the Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4, LUETHEN Motorsport emphasize the aggressive design and improve the aerodynamics of the vehicle for sportier handling.

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Such a perfectionist vehicle is undeniably the – limited to 250 copies – Lamborghini Huracan LSR Avio LP610-4. LUETHEN Motorsport tackled this exclusive fighting machine with an Huracan LSR aerodynamic package made of carbon, whereby the abbreviation LSR stands for Luethen Sport Race.

The Huracan LSR Carbon Fiber Aerodynamic Package includes a two-piece front splitter, Canard spoilers, side splitters, side skirts, and a rear wing.

The most striking component is the rear wing, which is available in three different heights and optionally with or without winglets. The angle of attack of the rear wing can be adjusted in two stages.

The front splitter and the Canard spoiler provide more downforce on the front axle. The Canard spoilers are available either as a pair or as a double pair.

The bolide is also equipped with FL.10 forged rims by ROC Schmiederäder GmbH, each in 20 inches at the front axle and each 21 inches at the rear axle.

The crew of LUETHEN Motorsport makes possible – up to the complete “tailored suit” for customer vehicles – what is not impossible. The main goal in the in-house development is to set a mark of first-class quality by applying uniqueness and functional designs.

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Ram Rebel TRX Concept Rips with 575 Supercharged Horsepower

Ram, America’s off-road truck leader, has introduced the Ram Rebel TRX concept. Rebel TRX is an off-road machine with 575 horsepower – the most powerful half-ton truck the company has ever built. Ripping over pavement at speeds greater than 100 mph (161 km/h) is an experience, but the Ram Rebel TRX concept hits triple digits in an off-road environment with the help of a supercharged 6.2-litre HEMI® V8.

“This new Ram concept is a pickup that fans will truly appreciate – the Ram Rebel TRX concept solidifies Ram Truck’s position as the off-road pickup leader,” said Mike Manley, Head of Ram Brand, FCA – Global. “With 575 supercharged horsepower and a suspension system built to withstand an all-day hammering, the Rebel TRX concept can devour the roughest terrain at more than 100 miles per hour (161 km/h) and never look back.”

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The rapidly beating heart of the Ram Rebel TRX concept is a powertrain marvel. A 6.2-litre supercharged HEMI with 575 horsepower, the most powerful Ram 1500 the company has ever built, lays the groundwork of expectation. Mated to the TorqueFlite 8HP70 eight-speed automatic transmission, new calibrations were used for the engine, transmission and drivetrain to optimize the expected high-speed off-road driving cycle.

The Ram Rebel TRX concept uses Ram’s 4×4 Performance Control System with a BorgWarner 44-45 transfer case. The system employs different modes of operation: Normal, Wet/Snow, Off-road and Baja. A standard Ram 1500 front axle with an open differential and custom CV half-shafts is used to handle the wider track dimension. The spindles are moved forward to make room within the fender wells for the aggressive 37-inch tyres.

In the rear, a Dynatrac Pro 60 axle spools power through an electric, selectable locker to 35-spline, 1.5-inch (38 mm) axle shafts. The locker is available in all modes and commits both rear wheels to traction at the same speed, spreads the torque load and maximizes the tractive effort (power put to the ground) in full-throttle manoeuvers

Engineering

The Ram Rebel TRX has an exterior design that radiates focused aggression, which is only trumped by what lies under its skin. The concept was built around suspension and frame prerequisites. Equally important was adapting as many systems from the standard Ram 1500 as possible to ensure durability and proper function.

The high-strength steel frame structure of the Ram Rebel TRX is virtually unchanged when compared to a standard Ram 1500. The frame uses low-torsion attributes that increase durability, stability and handling precision.

A 40 percent increase in suspension travel and 37-inch tyres contribute to incredible ground clearance. This combination allows the TRX concept to overcome surface obstacles at high speed.

The front suspension incorporates custom-built upper and lower A-arms with special attention to caster and camber angles during suspension cycling. Overall, front- and rear-wheel travel is increased to more than 13 inches (330 mm) from the standard 9 inches (229 mm). The front load is managed by a state-of-the-art, adjustable, performance coil-over shock with internal bypass. The result is a smooth ride over smaller bumps, and when the bumps become mounds, the reaction speed and heat dissipation is unbeatable, softening the impact on occupants and maintaining the tyre-to-ground contact.

The Ram 1500 uses an exclusive, best-in-class link coil rear suspension system that shares basic architecture with the fastest off-road trucks in desert racing. The frame’s hard points for the five-link suspension system are unchanged and allow the rear axle travel to span up to 13 inches (330 mm), while standard rear-wheel travel on the Ram 1500 is 9.25 inches (235 mm). New 2.5-inch (63.5 mm) bypass shocks use factory upper and lower shock mounts. The standard rear coils are swapped for performance springs located in the factory-spec positions.

To provide incredible stopping power, the factory hydraulic-boost compensation unit enhances brake pedal feel and performance during emergency stop events. Baer brakes six-piston monoblock calipers mounted to 15-inch (381 mm) rotors equip the front. The rear uses six-piston calipers with 14-inch (356 mm) rotors.

High-speed off-road truck racing teams commonly use a 37-inch tyre for its height and durability. Tyres with 37 inches (940 mm) of height, 13.5 inches (343 mm) of width, aggressive treads and 10-ply design are assigned the task for Rebel TRX. The Rebel TRX concept also features custom beadlock wheels from Mopar. Beadlock wheels provide additional tyre-holding strength by pinching the outside of the tyre to the rim. The Rebel TRX carries two complete spare tyre and wheel packages. Tools and jack are located in custom, lockable storage between the wheels in the bed.

Design

Although it is clear that the line and colour combinations are borrowed from the popular Rebel and Power Wagon models, the Ram Rebel TRX has a much more chiseled look.

Three letters burst clear of a Power Wagon-inspired grille spelling “RAM” in body-matching black and red. Out of necessity, the bold, scooped grille allows a fire-breathing supercharged engine to cool with additional air flow. Composite flares help compensate for a six-inch (152 mm) increase in track width and gave designers another location to mark their signature. A lower brush guard is forged in steel and up to the “rock knock” test.

To clear the roots-style blower mounted atop the HEMI engine, the Rebel TRX uses a hood based on the taller Ram Heavy Duty design. The raised fender height matches shoulders to chest. A drone’s-eye view exposes bright LED clearance lighting and the acute hour-glass body lines as they dive back into the doors only to pop back out in the back, enabling rear tires to firmly tuck into the wells.

The side of the Rebel TRX leads your eye to enormous five-inch (127 mm), side-exit exhaust ports integrated within a full-length rock rail for added body/sill protection. Closing out the rear of the truck, a large “Ram” badge in Matte Black is borrowed from the Rebel and covers the tailgate. A custom rear steel bumper with integrated skid plate and tow hooks matches capability features on the front of the truck.

When traversing rough terrain at high speeds, seating is important. The interior design team chose suede with accent mesh cloth inserts to cover the rear bench and front buckets. The suede inserts provide tremendous grip to clothing. The front seats integrate lateral support upper bolsters with embroidered logos. All four seats are strapped with six-point harnesses, further fixing occupants to their proper locations.

An open upper glove box with elastic straps holds a sturdy TRX-labeled bag with color matched tools. A seven-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) display cluster features muddy tracks and TRX badge graphics. The same graphics fill the screen on an 8.4 Uconnect. To record TRX’s accomplishments, a custom camera mount is located at the rear-view mirror.

The centre console matches efforts on the instrument panel and includes a new polystable shifter trimmed in black suede and Header Red stitching. Designers re-trimmed the Rebel TRX armrests with solid Header Red accent stitching and wrapped the upper bolster in suede to keep arms in place. Nylon-strap door pulls are embroidered with “Release.”

A sport bar covered in black anodized paint provides anchor points dedicated to the six-point harnesses and spans from B-pillar to B-pillar – formed to allow maximum possible seat travel. The Rebel TRX interior floor also trades carpet for black rubberized coating. Black all-weather mats from Mopar reduce foot slip when foot-to-pedal placement is crucial.

One look at the Ram Rebel TRX concept and its intentions are clear – a 575-horsepower off-road machine with the ability to clear miles of desert in the blink of an eye.

The Ram Rebel TRX is currently anticipated to be available as a production model in the Middle East in 2022.

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NOVITEC refines the new Maserati Ghibli models

NOVITEC Maserati Ghibli

NOVITEC, the world’s leading refinement specialist for the exclusive cars carrying the trident in the radiator grille, now also offers an extensive refinement program for the new Maserati Ghibli GranLusso and GranSport models.

For all variants, be it the emphatically luxurious or the extra sporty version, NOVITEC offers tailor-made options that make the Italian four-door cars even more dynamic and thrilling.

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Engine tuning is available for the gasoline and diesel engines of the Maserati Ghibli. The output of the S Q4 all-wheel-drive variant with NOVITEC N-TRONIC engine tuning jumps to 363 kW / 494 hp, enough to catapult the all-wheel-drive sedan from rest to 100 km/h in just 4.4 seconds and propel it to a top speed of 296 km/h.

The extravagant NOVITEC looks are characterized by the naked-carbon bodywork components with sporty-elegant styling and the mighty NOVITEC NM1 22-inch wheels developed specifically for the wheel arches of the Maserati Ghibli. The NOVITEC suspension solutions, which make the handling even more agile, are tailored specifically to these king-sized wheels.

NOVITEC fulfills individual requests of Maserati Ghibli owners for interior customization with perfectly finished interior appointments crafted from the finest leather and Alcantara in any desired color.

The Maserati Ghibli as a gasoline or diesel model is already one of the most dynamic vehicles of its category straight from the factory. NOVITEC further expands these talents with professional engine tuning, which builds on the expertise of the powerplant engineers of the German refinement specialist gained over decades. The development of the performance kit for the new Maserati Ghibli models also did not focus solely on maximum power. Just as important is an extremely powerful torque curve, outstanding smoothness, and maximum endurance.

NOVITEC Maserati Ghibli

The NOVITEC performance kits feature a plug-and-play N-TRONIC module that modifies the electronic engine control unit. The extra power is achieved with newly programmed mapping for injection, boost pressure control and ignition.

Of course, NOVITEC offers this tried and proven way of increasing performance for all Ghibli models with V6 twin-turbo gasoline engine, with rear or all-wheel drive. The most powerful variants of the production car, the Ghibli S with rear-wheel drive and the Ghibli S Q4 with all-wheel drive, produce an output of 316 kW / 430 hp and generate a peak torque of 580 Nm. With the N-TRONIC auxiliary control unit, NOVITEC coaxes an impressive additional 47 kW / 64 hp from the turbocharged six-cylinder. At the same time, the peak torque grows by 80 Nm. With 363 kW / 494 hp at a low 5,300 rpm and 660 Nm, on tap constantly between 1,700 and 4,900 rpm, the tuned all-wheel-drive variant accelerates from rest to 100 km/h in just 4.4 seconds. The top speed jumps from 286 km/h to 296 km/h.

The also available Ghibli gasoline variant with 350 horsepower can be upgraded with NOVITEC tuning as well, in this case to 303 kW / 412 hp and 590 Nm.

NOVITEC of course also offers engine tuning for the three-liter six-cylinder common-rail diesel model. The N-TRONIC tuning delivers an extra 35 kW /

47 hp and 80 Nm more torque. With 237 kW / 322 hp at a low 3,800 rpm, 680 Nm of torque at a low 2,200 rpm and the eight-speed automatic, the refined Ghibli delivers even better performance: With a sprint time of 5.6 seconds from zero to 100 km/h, the NOVITEC version bests the production car by seven tenths of a second. The enormous increase in torque makes the luxury sedan even more superior to drive, while fuel consumption stays particularly low.

NOVITEC Maserati Ghibli

To give the Ghibli turbodiesel a sportier sound, NOVITEC offers a module for the standard electronic active sound system of the exhaust. When the driver pushes the “Sport” button in the cockpit, the processor-controlled auxiliary module lends the V6 turbodiesel an even more thrilling exhaust note.

Of course, the sporty performance of a Maserati customized by NOVITEC practically calls for a dynamic visual upgrade. For the two GranLusso and GranSport equipment variants, the refinement specialist developed aerodynamic-enhancement components tested in the wind tunnel. They are made from clear-coated naked carbon and give the Ghibli an even sportier appearance.

Because the two models have different front fasciae, the NOVITEC designers developed different front spoilers for the two versions. Both attach to the lower section of the bumper and give the four-seater an even more distinctive face. What is more: They also reduce font-axle lift at high speeds.

The carbon-fiber rocker panels give the sedan an even lower and longer visual stance. The rear spoiler, which adds more emphasis to the contours of the area around the trunk, likewise minimizes aerodynamic lift.

The exclusive NOVITEC looks and an even more dynamic handling of the Ghibli of course also include tailor-made wheels, in this case in 22-inch king-sized format. The NOVITEC NM1 alloys captivate not only with their extravagant design featuring five twin-spokes. The wheels are available in silver, matte black, titanium, and titanium with polished surfaces. The front axle is fitted with wheels nine inch in width with Pirelli P Zero high-performance tires of size 255/30 ZR 22. Size 315/25 ZR 22 tires on wheels eleven inch wide fill out the available space in the rear fenders perfectly.

The NOVITEC suspension modifications are specifically tailored to these high-performance tires. The height-adjustable stainless coilover suspension is available for all Ghibli models with rear-wheel drive. It features continuously variable ride-height adjustment and shock absorbers that can be adapted to individual driver preferences with regard to bound and rebound. The ride height of the S Q4 all-wheel-drive model can be lowered with NOVITEC sport springs, which are also available in special variants for GranSport models equipped with the electronically controlled Skyhook suspension ex-factory.

Exclusive interior appointments are also part of the NOVITEC customization options for the Maserati Ghibli. The company can fulfil even the most extravagant requests of the vehicle owner in any desired color, in any upholstery design no matter how unusual it might be, and of course from the finest leather, Alcantara, carbon fiber, and precious wood.

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The New BMW M3 CS

BMW M3 CS

BMW M GmbH is presenting another exclusive, limited-run special-edition model in the shape of the new BMW M3 CS (fuel consumption combined: 8.5 l/100 km [34.0 mpg imp]*; CO2 emissions combined: 198 g/km*). With its accentuated sporting presence, the new M3 CS continues the decades-long tradition of successful M special editions which began in 1988 with the E30 BMW M3 Evolution. At the same time, the four-door high-performance sedan serves up a perfect blend of dynamism and everyday practicality.

BMW M3 CS

The 3.0-litre high-performance engine exceeds the output of the M3 with Competition Package by 10 horsepower, raising it to 460 hp. State-of-the-art M TwinPower Turbo technology propels the M3 CS from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.9 seconds. The top speed of the new special edition, which comes as standard with the M Driver’s Package, is electronically limited to 280 km/h (174 mph). With its two mono-scroll turbochargers, charge air cooler, High Precision Injection, VALVETRONIC variable valve timing and Double-VANOS fully variable camshaft timing, the six-cylinder in-line engine takes a clear and consistent aim at the higher echelons of performance, but is equally committed to developing significant torque from low engine speeds and achieving high levels of efficiency (fuel consumption combined: 8.5 l/100 km [34.0 mpg imp]*; CO2 emissions combined: 198 g/km*). Pushing the new red start/stop button fires up the engine, and the distinctive sound produced by the specially tuned sports exhaust system of the new BMW M3 CS – with its quartet of tailpipes – proceeds to lay on a feast for the ears.

The new BMW M3 CS is equipped as standard with the seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT) with Drivelogic. This cutting-edge transmission has a separate oil cooler and enables both automated gear changes and manual interventions using the shift paddles on the steering wheel. It changes gears in fractions of a second with no interruption in the flow of power, but employs a long seventh gear to keep revs low and minimise fuel consumption over longer motorway journeys.

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BMW M3 CS

The suspension of the new BMW M3 CS largely mirrors that of the M3 with Competition Package. The links and wheel carriers at both the front and rear axles are made from forged aluminium and are therefore extremely light. That keeps the unsprung masses low and benefits driving dynamics. The M3 CS is fitted as standard with Adaptive M suspension, whose geometry has been tuned to deliver optimised performance on both the road and track. Ensuring the best possible grip in all driving conditions are the DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) system – which includes M Dynamic Mode – and the Active M Differential. The control systems for the Adaptive M suspension, DSC and Active M Differential have been modified to suit the dynamic requirements of the BMW M3 CS, as has the set-up of the electromechanical steering. The driver has the option of adjusting the steering and suspension settings to their personal preferences or the demands of the route at hand. The special edition’s light-alloy wheels (front: 9 J x 19, rear: 10 J x 20) are very much at home on the race track, fitted as they are (as standard) with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres (front: 265/35 R 19, rear: 285/30 R 20). These semi-slick cup tyres, which are also road-legal, provide unbeatable grip and supreme lateral stability at high track speeds. The M3 CS can also be ordered with Michelin Sport road tyres.

Moving inside the new BMW M3 CS, the generous use of two-tone full leather in Silverstone/Black and Alcantara creates a compelling and well-resolved ambience brimming with sporting allure and undeniable class. No M3 CS driver will need to compromise on the nicer things in life. Indeed, among the standard features on board are automatic climate control, a Harman Kardon surround sound system and the Navigation system Professional. True to form, the BMW M GmbH designers have given the new M3 CS looks that reflect the car’s sporting intent. The signature feature of its prominent front end, complete with cutting-edge twin LED headlights, is the front apron with large, three-section air intakes. The Gurney spoiler lip on the boot lid has been newly designed specifically for the new M3 CS, and teams up with the front splitter and the rear diffuser to help minimise dynamic lift. These components are made from the lightweight and extremely rigid high-tech material carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP), as are the bonnet and roof of the new BMW M3 CS.

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Cadillac Introduces First-Ever Twin-Turbo V-8 Engine

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Sophisticated, all-new 4.2L Twin Turbo V-8 Engine is at the heart of new CT6 V-Sport exemplary performance

Cadillac begins a new chapter in its high-performance legacy with the introduction of the brand’s first-ever twin turbo V-8 engine. Set to be available in the Middle East by 2019, the new engine will be the centerpiece of the new CT6 V-Sport, an engaging sports sedan infused with DNA of Cadillac’s world-renowned motorsports program.

Developed as a small-displacement V-8 in the classic vein and offering exceptional power density of 131 hp (98 kW) per liter, this new Cadillac-exclusive 4.2L Twin Turbo V-8 Engine — GM estimated at 550 horsepower (410 kW) and 627 lb-ft of torque (850 Nm) — elevates the CT6’s performance to a new plateau and offers drivers an unparalleled experience behind the wheel.  An optional 500-horsepower version will also be available.

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“With the new and exclusive 4.2L Twin Turbo V-8 Engine, we present to our Middle East customers a new, higher level driving experience, one that’s even more exhilarating than what they usually expect to get from Cadillac,” said Christian Soemmer, Managing Director, Cadillac Middle East. “Since the launch of our first V-series model in the region, we have received great feedback from our customers, confirming their interest in high-performance cars and felt their enthusiasm for a high-adrenaline driving experience which embodies Cadillac performance on and off the racetrack.”

The new Cadillac Twin Turbo V-8 Engine is a clean-sheet design that also introduces unique design elements developed to balance performance and efficiency with compact, mass-efficient packaging.

At the center of the 4.2L Twin Turbo V-8 Engine is a “hot V” configuration that transposes the conventional layout of the cylinder heads’ intake and exhaust systems to mount the turbochargers at the top of the engine to virtually eliminate turbo lag and reduce the engine’s overall packaging size.

The new engine’s foundation is an all-new, durable and lightweight aluminum cylinder block that houses an equally robust, lightweight rotating assembly composed of a forged steel crankshaft, forged steel connecting rods and high-strength aluminum pistons.

Its comparatively small-bore dimension enables the reduction in the size and weight of the pistons, optimizing the engine’s geometry to match the fast-rev capability permitted by the engine’s low-inertia, twin-scroll turbochargers. The result is exceptional responsiveness and immediacy of power across the rpm band.

The turbos’ twin-scroll design broadens their performance capability, offering quicker response and greater efficiency. The twin-scroll design has a divided housing with two exhaust gas inlets and two nozzles to drive the turbine. Generally, one of the nozzles contributes to quicker response and boost production, while the other contributes to overall peak performance.

Each of the engine’s integrated exhaust manifolds/turbocharger housings splits the exhaust channels from the cylinder head so the exhaust flows through separate scrolls based on the engine’s exhaust pulses. When matched with precise valve timing, that separation leverages exhaust-scavenging techniques to optimize gas flow, improves turbine efficiency and reduces turbo lag.

An efficient water-to-air charge-cooling system contributes to the engine’s performance, enhancing the turbochargers’ effectiveness, through an optimal combustion and more power.

The new Cadillac Twin Turbo V-8 Engine is matched with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Its wide, 7.39 overall gear ratio spread enhances off-the-line performance and contributes to reduced engine speed on the highway, which enhances refinement and efficiency. Smaller steps between the gears also help the engine maintain the optimal speed for maximum power at almost all vehicle speeds.

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VW Golf R modified by ABT

ABT Sportsline shares a long history with the Volkswagen AG, providing Audi and VW enthusiasts all over the world with custom parts for their cars for decades. This year ABT was honored by Volkswagen of America, Inc. to provide a special car for their 2018 Enthusiast Fleet. The 2018 Golf R Abstract concept modified by ABT debuted on May 17th at SOWO: The European Experience on Hutchinson Island, Savannah, Georgia.

Using a unique camouflage print wrap, the Abstract concept highlights the recently released 2018 Golf R with DCC and Navigation. The car rides on 20-inch FR design wheels in
Mystic Black from ABT Sportsline and uses an H&R Springs Sport Spring system that lowers the vehicle by an inch. ABT also outfitted the Golf R with side skirts and an uprated stainless steel performance exhaust system with four end pipes and matt black chrome 4 inch exhaust tips that gives the powerful Golf R an even more dynamic sound. The camo design takes cues from the robust urban street art of the Wynwood Art District in Miami, FL where the North American office of ABT Sportsline is located.   

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Golf R Abstract

The Volkswagen Enthusiast Fleet will be making stops at events around the country. To catch a glimpse of the 2018 Golf R Abstract concept and the other concepts in person, be sure to visit one of the following enthusiast shows:

• Euro Hangar | Holland, MI | June 22-23

• Waterfest | Atco, NJ | July 21-22

• Wolfsgart | Burlington, VT | Aug. 3-5

• VAG Fair | York, PA | Aug. 11-12

• SoCal Big Euro | San Diego, CA | Sept. 2

• Pacific Waterland | Woodburn, OR | Sept. 9

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ABT Sportsline: Can 305 HP impresses racing driver? – Arab Motor World

Daniel Abt ABT Sportsline

At the same time as the Tuning World show at Lake Constance, Germany, and the legendary Wörthersee Meeting at Lake Wörth, Austria, ABT Sportsline participated in another exciting event. For this, racing driver Daniel Abt, son of CEO Hans-Jürgen Abt, led a powerful trio to the airfield at the small municipality of Tannheim in the German state of Baden-Württemberg: the ABT Audi SQ5 (425 HP/313 kW), the ABT Audi RS3 (500 HP/368 kW) and the
ABT Audi RS5-R (530 HP/390 kW) as the strongest of the lot. The “nemesis”, on the other hand, only came up with 305 HP (224 kW). But the “dare” that followed was not about winning a drag race: Daniel Abt rather had to leave his usual terrain behind and climb into Matthias Dolderer’s aerobatics plane. The 47-year old was the first German to win the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in 2016 and will be competing again in 2018.

Daniel Abt ABT Sportsline
Daniel Abt ABT Sportsline

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The second candidate for a “taxi ride” in the agile Extra 300L double-seater was the Brazilian actor Caio Castro. He certainly had something to show his 16 million Instagram followers afterwards. Social media whiz Daniel Abt also went home with plenty of impressions. While he is used to high forces from Formula E, the maximum 8 g in the cockpit are something else altogether. As a comparison: Even Formula 1 race drivers don’t experience that much. So while his passengers broke out in a cold sweat, for Dolderer the trip through the skies was barely more than a little Sunday jaunt. A maximum of 10 g is permitted during competition flights – and values exceeding this can occur sporadically for brief periods. Dolderer, who once was Germany’s youngest flight instructor, has been used to these forces for decades.

But if you think that this makes cars boring for the aerobatics pilot, you need to think again. In fact, Dolderer was so fascinated that he entered a one-make series as a guest driver in 2010 and 2011. Accordingly, he was highly interested in the vehicles that ABT Sportsline had brought along for shooting spectacular videos and pictures together. Almost a pity, then, that there are no two-seaters in Formula E. Because Daniel Abt would love to return the favor – and after all, it’s not just about g-forces. Overall, the day was a fascinating experience for the racing driver, and while the unusual forces did not knock him out, he was certainly bowled over.

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