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Bilstein Releases Coilover Options for BRZ/GT86

Bilstein GT86 BRZ Coilover Kit

The Subaru BRZ and the Toyota GT86 have ultimately taken over the tuning scene with various tuners and manufacturers introducing products for the two. German suspension specialist Bilstein has not been left behind as it has released its coilover options for the BRZ/GT86 and they are the B14 and B16 coilover kits.

These kits offer 20mm of ride height adjustment from a lower starting point, which equates to a drop of between -30mm and -50mm, Bilstein says that this is the most that it is possible to lower a vehicle before handling becomes adversely affect and safety is compromised.

As for the B14 kit, it features a pre-set damping rate, allowing the owner to fine-tune the ride height and stance to suit their own needs whilst the B16 kit represents the pinnacle of suspension performance, according to the Germans. Each damper unit has ten steps of adjustment, with bump and rebound being changed together in a carefully pre-set ratio to ensure that the car retains impeccable manners.

Both kits carry full TUV approval and 12 months warranty. The B14 units are priced at 850 + VAT ( 1,020 inc.) and the B16 units are priced at 1,350 + VAT. ( 1,620 inc.)

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Euro-Spec 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG to Get Business Line Option

2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG 4Matic

More details about the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG are emerging day by day, having been showed to the public at the Detroit Motor Show, new reports from CarandDriver show that the E63 AMG will be offered in a business line option too, which will only be available in Europe.

AMG’s CEO Ola K llenius confirmed details on the Business Line option, this option will only be available from the AMG Performance Studio and will include downgrading exterior features announced for the E63 AMG, these include the aggressive looks turningit to a regular E-Class but most of all is the removal of the quad exhaust setup.

However, this does not mean that the performance will be compromised, the E63 AMG Business Line option will still retain the twin-turbo V8 5.5 liter engine producing 557hp and 720Nm of torque.


Remarkable Cars: Renault Espace F1

Once in a while people in the automotive industry team up to create something truly remarkable. A great example is the Renault Espace F1, an unique combination of a normally boring minivan full with exciting Formula One technology and power.

The first generation of the Renault Espace was launched in 1984. But the car wasn’t an instant success as only nine units were sold in the first month after launch. It took some time, but eventually the minivan manufactured by Mantra for Renault became quite popular. Ten years later, the French carmaker wanted to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Espace and its collaboration with Matra in a spectacular fashion, so it turned to its racing department.

During those days Renault had emerged as a successful supplier of engines in Formula One. Nigel Mansell became world champion with the Renault powered Williams FW14 in 1992. The following year Alain Prost won the title in the Williams-Renault FW15C arguably the most technologically sophisticated F1 car of all time due to its electronic driver-aids. The Frenchman dominated the season by starting from 13 pole positions and winning seven races.

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The successes in racing provided an excellent opportunity to spice up the jubilee of the Renault Espace. At the Paris Motor Show in 1994 Renault unveiled the Espace F1, de facto a Formula One car with the appearance of a minivan. The body and chassis were made from carbon fiber, which resulted in a low weight of 1,300kg. The Espace F1 featured bucket racing seats with full race harnesses which offered place for four people.

The 3.5-liter V10 which propelled Prost to his world title was the beating heart of the car. But where Prost had 700 horsepower at his disposal, the engine of the ber-minivan featured an additional 100 horses. The power of the upgraded V10 positioned between the two rear seats was transferred to the rear wheels via a 6-speed semi-automatic gearbox, which was also derived from the Williams FW15C.

The Espace F1 was capable of F1-like performance figures. The car had a top speed of 312km/h, a sprint from standstill to 100km/h was done in 2.8 seconds while it took only 6.9 seconds to hit the 200km/h mark. Perhaps even more impressive was its stopping power. It takes less than 600 meters to get from 0 to 270km/h and back to a complete standstill. As you might have guessed, the carbon ceramic brakes were also taken from the Williams F1 car.

Eventually two units of the Espace F1 were built. The first one only made a brief appearance at Paul Ricard in southern France, where it rounded the track a few times before it was stored in the Renault heritage collection in Flins-sur-Seine, just west of Paris. The other was used for giving demonstration runs and shows, but is nowadays on display in the Matra Museum in Romorantin, central France.


Lamborghini Presents One-Off Aventador LP720-4 at 2013 Geneva Motor Show

Lamborghini Presents One-Off Aventador at Geneva Motor Show

At the upcoming 2013 Geneva Motor Show, the stand of Lamborghini will have one major theme, their 50th anniversary of the Italian car brand, which they will celebrate with a pretty unique model.

Lamborghini CEO, Stephan Winkelmann, announced that a one-off design of the Aventador will be unveiled to mark this event.

According to new information, it will get an unique color and some carbon fiber features. The model will be called Aventador LP720-4, which indicates that its V12 engine will deliver an extra 20 horsepower over the standard supercar.



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Subaru axes aftercare program (UK)

Subaru Everything Taken Care of (ETCo)

Came bundled with new car

Subaru has decided to stop offering its aftercare program for new cars in the UK.

It was offered for free and included a free wash and vacuum every three years, and most importantly, free dent and alloy wheel repair within that period. Replacing the ETC program is a 5-year / 100,000-mile warranty for all models in the lineup, except the WRX STi which comes with only a 3-year / 60,000-mile warranty.

It is not known at the moment whether those who purchased a new Subaru before the program was axed will still be able to benefit from it. This program also guaranteed a free key replacement, winter tire storage, along with free pick-up and return during servicing. The Japanese company estimated this program to be worth about 7,000 GBP (8,628 EUR).


Ferrari Enzo replica powered by BMW V12 engine

Ferrari Enzo replica with BMW V12 engine

With BMW 5.0-liter V12

On eBay DE there is a Ferrari Enzo replica powered by a V12 engine sourced from a BMW.

Replicas are a dime a dozen but this one has managed to grab our attention. It’s a pretty well-made replica of the Enzo, but we can easily tell it’s not the real deal after looking at the rear window’s shape covering the engine bay and how it is connected to the roof. The interior cabin is also not authentic especially after checking the steering wheel and the gated shifter.

At its heart is a BMW V12 5.0-liter engine probably borrowed from an 850i. It generates 400 hp (298 kW) and is connected to a 6-speed manual gearbox. The vehicle is 4700mm long, 2030mm wide and 1140mm tall, with a 2650mm wheelbase and a “glass fiber and carbon fiber composite body.”

The entire exhaust system is taken from an original Ferrari F50, while the stopping power is provided by eight-piston calipers up front and six-piston calipers at the back. It rides on 19-inch alloys wrapped around in Continental tires measuring 255/30 ZR 19 front and 315/25 ZR 19 back.

The eBay listing ends on January 7 and right now there are 15 bids, with the highest one at 40,043 EUR. 


Porsche takes you as co-pilot at Leipzig test track from 98 EUR [video]

210 EUR for 911 GT3 Cup

Porsche has launched the Leipzig Co-Pilot program available from 98 EUR.

If you want to call shotgun in a Porsche model you are now able to do so as the German brand has launched a co-pilot program giving enthusiasts the opportunity to get a taxi ride at the Leipzig test track.

Prices start from 98 EUR for the Cayenne Turbo and go all the way up to 210 EUR when selecting the recently launched 911 GT3 Cup. Other choices include the Panamera for 125 EUR, the Cayenne during an off-road session for 135 EUR and the 911 for 155 EUR.

All prices include VAT. For additional details visit the source link below.


BMW C600 Sport

Posted on 01.5.2013 16:00 by Sulthoni
, Serafim

The 2013 BMW C600 Sport is one of the newest Maxi Tourers developed by the German manufacturer. The scooter was designed with practicality and comfort in mind and features an ergonomic but sporty design.

Needless to say that the C600 Sport delivers the high performances expected from BMW and has also a top notch build quality. You’ll also like the sporty handling and the comfortable ride which is assured by the capable suspensions.

The 2013 BMW C600 Sport is powered by a 2-cylinder 4-stroke liquid-cooled engine with 4 valves per cylinder which cranks out 44 kW (60 hp) at 7,500 rpm and 66 Nm (49 lb/ft) of torque at 6,000 rpm. Thanks to its sporty engine the BMW C600 Sport is able to hit a maximum speed of 109 mph, while the fuel consumption is rated at 5.6 liter per 100 km.

Hit the jump for more information on the 2013 BMW C600 Sport.

BMW C600 Sport originally appeared on topspeed.com on Saturday, 5 January 2013 16:00 EST.

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Video: The Inside Biz Behind The Art of Detailing A Ferrari 288 GTO

Posted on 01.5.2013 18:00 by
Kirby Garlitos

Only the most hardened of auto enthusiasts understand the business of auto detailing. It’s a job that’s best left to those who clearly have an appreciation on the aesthetic side of a vehicle and those that don’t fully grasp that often disregard just how difficult and damaging this job is.

Larry Kosilla of Ammo NYC always wanted to be one of the foremost experts in auto detailing. And to prove his position in the business, Kosilla shows us all the details of detailing and restoration. He even picked quite a car for this: a Ferrari 288 GTO.

Despite not having the benefits of proper lighting and the restrictions on space, Kosilla managed to take us through a quick crash course on the art of detailing and restoration. It’s the kind of job that only gets its proverbial shine when people notice how it’s done. By the sheer skill Kosilla displayed in not messing up such a delicate exotic, the man certainly earned his keep as one of the finest detailers we’ve seen in a while.

Video: The Inside Biz Behind The Art of Detailing A Ferrari 288 GTO originally appeared on topspeed.com on Saturday, 5 January 2013 18:00 EST.

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