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Mercedes highlights the curve control system on the S-Class Coupe

 Mercedes highlights the curve control system on the S-Class Coupe

Mercedes S-Class Coupe with curve tilting function

System will be offered on rear-wheel drive models

Mercedes has released some new details about their curve tilting function on the S-Class Coupe.

Designed to lean the vehicle into corners like a motorcyclist or skier, the system raises the “base points of the steel springs integrated into the ABC suspension struts” on one side of the vehicle and lowers them on the other side. This happens in fractions of a second and the degree of tilt is determined by the bend radius and the vehicle speed.

In order to anticipate bends, the system uses a stereo camera that monitors the road 15 meters (49 feet) ahead of the car. The model has also been equipped with an additional lateral acceleration sensor in the ABC suspension.

Interestingly, Mercedes says the system isn’t about higher cornering speeds but rather ensuring the S-Class Coupe “glides elegantly through bends.”

The system will be available on models equipped with rear-wheel drive and Magic Body Control.

Check out the press release for additional information

 


2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe to drop the turbocharged four-cylinder engine – report

 2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe to drop the turbocharged four-cylinder engine - report

2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

Model will move slightly more upscale

Hyundai Motor Ameriac spokesperson Derek Joyce has confirmed the 2015 Genesis Coupe will no longer be offered with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.

In an interview with Automotive News, Joyce said the car will now be offered exclusively with a 3.8-liter V6 engine that produces 348 bhp (259 kW) and 295 lb-ft (399 Nm) of torque. This is significantly more powerful than the former base engine which cranked out 274 bhp (204 kW) and 275 lb-ft (372 Nm) of torque.

While fans will undoubtedly miss the lighter and more fuel efficient four-cylinder engine, Joyce said the move will allow them to “reposition the coupe with a more premium performance buyer.” This likely means the base price will shoot up but Joyce noted the packaging and equipment will revised to help offset this.


Indian Chief Vintage FE

Posted on 07.27.2013 11:35 by Sulthoni
, Serafim

We present you the Indian Chief Vintage Final Edition which marks the end of an era for Indian Motorcycles. The company says that the Final Edition represents “a tribute to all that was and all that will be” so they’ve struggled to make it as exciting as possible. The company added that the model will be manufactured in an extremely limited run and comes with a unique numbered emblem mounted on the frame.

In terms of style, the Indian Chief Vintage Fe features the 1939 World’s Fair paint scheme of Thunder Black and Indian Red with gold pinstripes, auxiliary driving lamps, black leather solo seat with included detachable passenger seat, black leather saddlebags and lots of chrome.

The 2013 Indian Chief Vintage FE is powered by the PowerPlus 105ci engine which is married with a six speed gearbox.

Hit the jump for more information on the Indian Chief Vintage FE.

Indian Chief Vintage FE originally appeared on topspeed.com on Saturday, 27 July 2013 11:35 EST.

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Video: BAC Mono vs BAC Mono at Spa-Francorchamps

Posted on 07.27.2013 12:00 by
Simona

Spa-Francorchamps is one of the most challenging motor-racing circuits you will find in the Formula One Belgian Grand Prix. It measures 4.352 miles and features 20 turns. The current record at the track is held by Sebastian Vettel who lapped it back in 2009 in 1:47.263.

This challenging circuit was the perfect place for the BAC Mono to prove what it is capable of. This test comes just a few days after the Mono managed to smash Top Gear’s test track record with a time of 1:14.3, thereby bettering the times of all but the 720-horsepower Pagani Huayra.

The two BAC Monos running at Spa were driven by Ron Simons, who was almost unbeatable in wet conditions at Spa for years and TV personality Sabine Schmitz.

Check out the video to see which of the two managed to handle Mono the best.

Video: BAC Mono vs BAC Mono at Spa-Francorchamps originally appeared on topspeed.com on Saturday, 27 July 2013 12:00 EST.

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Kia Sedona

Posted on 07.27.2013 18:00 by
Tom Burkart

The Sedona minivan sat out the 2013 model year without joining the official Kia lineup. Even so, the practical seven-seater notched up nearly 15,000 sales of old stock to families seeking the upmarket style of the Honda Odyssey but the value pricing of the Dodge Grand Caravan.

Value is the Sedona’s key niche as it languishes without the chassis and tech overhauls that have done wonders for the Optima and Sportage. There are many benefits to the Sedona offering and the core model is refreshed in reintroduced for 2014 with a new grille design, new LED running lights in front and a new taillight design out back.

The space and features in this V-6 Kia minivan are beyond criticism – this wide and airy cabin makes full-size SUVs like the Chevy Suburban seem like a foolish extravagance that puts image ahead of actual vehicle priorities of kid and family transport. The Sedona’s 24 mpg on the highway will also shame any SUV and most large crossovers.

With all these benefits and a $32,000 loaded price, the Sedona is more than $12,000 cheaper than the fanciest Honda Odyssey and Chrysler Town & Country models.

Inevitably, there are big compromises to be made. The Kia’s sloppy driving experience and interior design are a relic of the bad old Kia days. Do the new grille and LED accent lights turn the also-ran 2014 Kia Sedona into a real player in the minivan segment?

Click past the jump for the full review with highlights on the new features and desirable options.

Kia Sedona originally appeared on topspeed.com on Saturday, 27 July 2013 18:00 EST.

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Chrysler 200 Convertible

Posted on 07.27.2013 23:00 by
Kirby Garlitos

Times have changed in America, that much we can tell you.

Remember the day when mid-sized convertibles were as trendy as the mullet hairstyle? Those days are long gone, which is why it’s a little surprising that automakers are still producing these vehicles.

Consumers still love convertibles, but these days, it has to be of the sporty variety. The 2013 Chrysler 200 Convertible is not a sports car, but it does come with the capability of being a convertible. So you can say that the vehicle offers the best of both worlds, right? The sporty performance of a coupe and the open-air freedom of a convertible all wrapped in a midsized vehicle’s body.

To be fair, there are a number of positive attributes with the 200 Convertible. It’s been completely refreshed to make Chrysler forget about the forsaken Sebring. It also has an impressive powertrain configuration that does justice to its looks.

So there’s still hope for the 200 Convertible. But hope is fleeting, especially in the auto industry and ultimately, the midsized convertible is a dying breed.

Chrysler may have something with the 200 Convertible but for the most part, it’s going to take a lot of convincing to get people interested in this kind of car these days.

Click past the jump to read about the 2013 Chrysler 200 Convertible

Chrysler 200 Convertible originally appeared on topspeed.com on Saturday, 27 July 2013 23:00 EST.

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2013 Mazda CX9 Photo 1002

2013 Mazda CX9 Photo

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2013 Mazda CX9 Photo 1003

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2014 Ford Focus SE Sedan Photo 1006

2014 Ford Focus SE Sedan Photo

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2014 Ford Focus SE Sedan Photo 1007

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