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Spyker C8 Preliator To Make North American Debut At New York Auto Show

By   March 16, 2016

Spyker C8 Preliator

Spyker C8 Preliator

For the 2016 New York International Auto Show Spyker will be bringing their third-generation C8 Preliator. The hand built performance machine will make its North American debut on Thursday, March 24th.

For those fortunate enough to purchase one of these Spykers they won’t likely see another car like it driving around town. Only 50 models will be produced worldwide so exclusivity is guaranteed.

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2015 BMW M4 Convertible, Review, Pictures And Specs

By   April 28, 2014

2015 BMW M4 Convertible

2015 BMW M4 Convertible

The 2015 BMW M4 Convertible made its world debut at the New York Auto Show. The high performance car allows for fast driving with the option for the added drama of the wind in your hair.

The M4 utilizes its inline-6 engine to its full potential making it a potent street machine. While one can keep up with most newer sports cars you also get a change of personality when you open the top. When you choose to go “topless” it because a great cruiser for enjoying the sun, but with a stab of the gas pedal you can be off into the sunset.

Exterior

2015 BMW M4 Convertible Exterior

The styling of the M4 Convertable is in line with traditional BMW styling. It has the expected split grill and modern smooth lines that flow nicely from the front to the back. There isn’t much styling wise to let others know that this is a serious performance machine.

The only real hints, besides the M4 badging, are the more aggressive front spoiler, side air outlets and the rear diffuser that highlights the four exhaust pipes. This makes the car a bit of a sleeper.

In the convertible M4 you also get a retractable hardtop roof. This allows for open-air driving when it is sunny, but the comfort and security of a hardtop when it is cold or you park the car. The one downside to the design is that you loose some trunk space to the roof when it is down.

Interior

2015 BMW M4 Convertible Interior

The Interior is sporty and luxurious. It features plenty of leather and two tone options which help break things up nicely. The seats are well bolstered to help keep you held in tight should you decide to take a corner quickly.

The sporty convertible has small seats in the back, but they are only really designed for small children or hobbits. The BMW M4 offers top notch materials in the interior and it helps you feel like you are driving a luxury performance car even when sitting in traffic.

Drivetrain

2015 BMW M4 Convertible Engine

At the heart of the BMW M4 Convertible is a turbocharged inline-6 engine that puts out 425 horsepower. When mated to the 7-speed semi-automatic transmission the M4 Convertible can launch from 0-60 mph in just 4.2 seconds and with the 6-speed manual you can hit 60 mph form 0 in 4.4 seconds.

The top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph. Which means that you can only see what the “Ultimate Driving Machine” can do up to 155 mph.

Pricing

Pricing will be announced closer to the release of the BMW M4 Convertible, but expect to pay a premium.

Conclusion

2015 BMW M4 Convertible

If you are looking for a high performance car that allows for open top driving then the 2015 BMW M4 Convertible may be right for you. Performance figures put it in the same range as the Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet which makes one of its biggest rivals. However, if you want your engine in the front and don’t mind that the chassis may not be as well sorted out as the Porsches, then the M4 should provide plenty of driving fun.

For desktop wallpaper of the 2015 BMW M4 click here.

2015 Dodge Challenger: The Horsepower Wars Are Back

By   April 19, 2014

2015 Dodge Challenger

2015 Dodge Challenger

The 2015 Dodge Challenger made its world debut at the New York Auto Show. The retro style American muscle car showed that the horsepower wars are alive and well.

At the show three variants were introduced starting with a V6 and two V8 models. For those that want to go fast, the top tier V8 is the only car to buy, although the mid level marks the return of the legendary shaker hood.

Exterior

2015 Dodge Challenger Exterior

The exterior of the new Challenger looks very much the same as the outgoing model. That is until you take a closer look and notice the LED halo headlights and LED tails lights, the split grille and the hood air intake that is actually functional.

These slight styling changes take what was a good looking car and give it a bit more of a menacing appearance. Which is fitting as this car is packing quite a punch when your foot steps on the gas pedal.

Interior

2015 Dodge Challenger Interior

The interior of the new Challenger looks to be of good quality materials. It is available with leather accents, but if you go for the black interior it can look a bit stark.

To create interest Dodge has used multiple angles in their design, the problem is that there are so many different angles that it makes for a somewhat chaotic feel. Having said this for a car in its segment, it will probably get plenty of praise from potential buyers.

Drivetrain

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We are living in a world where it is expected that a car’s exhaust should raise the sea levels and where everyone is expect to drive a Nissan Leaf. To that Dodge has said forget you pork chop!

They are helping to bring back the horsepower wars from the ’70s. Their new 6.4-liter track ready V8 package puts out an earth moving 485 horsepower. That helps the large muscle car that is just a bit more aerodynamic thanka brick, rocket from 0 to 60 mph in the mid-4 second range.

If 485 horsepower seems like over kill (or if you are buying one of these for a teenager), they offer the 392 HEMI. It puts out a very nice 375 horsepower from a 5.7-liter V8 engine and is available with the iconic and functional shaker hood.

If 375 horsepower is still too much for you, the smaller 3.6-liter V6 engine puts out a tolerable 305 horsepower (remember when that was a lot).

To help put that power down there is the old fashion 6-speed manual or an 8-speed automatic transmission. And if you go for the higher models, you can get upgraded suspension and tires to help keep you from flying off the road.

Pricing

Pricing will be released closer to the cars launch, but expect for them to start in the $30,000 range.

Conclusion

If you are looking for a retro styling that will take you back to the early ’70s, then you can’t get much better than the 2015 Dodge Challenger. It offers a lot of horsepower and is probably the best current American muscle car.

For desktop wallpaper of the 2015 Dodge Challenger click here.

Despite Engine Problems Porsche 911 GT3 Named World Performance Car

By   April 17, 2014

Porsche 911 GT3

Porsche 911 GT3

During a ceremony at the New York Auto Show, the Porsche 911 GT3 (991) was named the World Performance Car of the Year. The high performance 911 was chosen because of its high build quality (except for that engine fire issue) and great performance.

Winning the prestigious award is quite an amazing accomplishment for a car that had a major issue with engine fires. It also says something about Porsche and how well they handled the situation.

Immediately inspecting the cars and telling owners not to drive them and then replacing all motors and adding an extra year to the warranty. GM should take note of this to avoid another problem like their ignition switch debacle.

For desktop wallpaper of the Porsche 911 GT3 click here.

McLaren 650S Pricing Announced Ahead Of New York Auto Show

By   April 2, 2014

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The McLaren 650S Will Cost a lot, but You Get a lot of Car

United States pricing has been announced for the McLaren 650S ahead of the car’s North American debut. The 650S will sit in the lineup between the “entry level” (if you can call it that) 12C and the ultra expensive P1 Hybrid.

The performance figures have the high performance car outputting 641 horsepower which leads to a 0-60 mph time of just 2.9 seconds. From there you can keep going all the way up to a top speed of 207 mph. Even more impressive is that it can rocket from 0-100 mph in just 5.7 seconds.

Of course you expect to pay a good amount of money for all this world class performance and it will set you back a small fortune. The 2015 McLaren 650S Coupe will start at $265,500 and the Spider brings that price up to $280,225.

The 650S will make its US debut at the New York International Auto Show.

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