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Video: Is this Armytrix Nissan GT-R R35 with Liberty Walk Body kit too good to be true?

Video: Is this Armytrix Nissan GT-R R35 with Liberty Walk Body kit too good to be true? Picture #13

The lighting and cinematography in this clip almost makes this Nissan GT-R look like a virtual feat of engineering. You better believe your eyes though as it is very real and it’s Liberty Walk’s bodykit and Armytrix’s exhaust system that have brought this dream to life.

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Video: Awesome low rider hopping Japan-styley

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The low riders and hopping stunts in this Japanese video are off the hook! Snoop Dog would be proud! Check out the angles the hydraulics can handle – that’s some crazy hanging.


Video: 2016 Acura/Honda NSX does unintentional flame throwing at Nurburgring test

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This svelte-looking prototype is soon to become the second-generation NSX supercar but we are hoping they get some of its little niggles ironed out first – we certainly don’t want the rear-end of it catching on fire during a stint at the ring as it did in testing recently. Luckily the driver managed to escape…


Alpha-N Performance BMW M3 and M4 get EVOX tuning treatment

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Alpha-N Performance has set to work on the current BMW M3 and M4 models. The main upgrade is the EVOX tuning package which pulls out 520PS AND 680Nm of torque from the 3.0-litre TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder engine. This is a boost of 89PS and 130Nm of torque. There are however stage 2 and stage 3…


MR Racing tunes the Audi A7 TDI to 299 PS

 MR Racing tunes the Audi A7 TDI to 299 PS

Audi A7 by MR Racing

Features a variety of upgrades

MR Racing has introduced their new Audi A7 Sportback dubbed “The Blue Wonder.”

Named after its distinctive matte blue wrap, the car has been equipped with an RS7 front bumper and matte black and gold accents. The hatchback also has carbon ceramic brakes, a KW Dynamic Level Control suspension and 20-inch concave wheels with Pirelli P Zero Silver tires.

Interior changes are relatively limited but the tuner has installed a flat-bottomed steering wheel, special floor mats and a rear seat entertainment system with a 15-inch display.

Under the hood, the 3.0-liter TDI engine has been equipped with an optimized ECU which enables it to produce 299 PS (220 kW) and 612 Nm (451 lb-ft) of torque – an increase of 95 PS (70 kW) and 162 Nm (119 lb-ft).

 


BMW i3 to gain a fuel cell variant – report

 BMW i3 to gain a fuel cell variant - report

2014 BMW i3 [10th Oct, 2013] [10th Oct, 2013]

Could use the same system as the 2015 Toyota FCV

When BMW and Toyota announced plans to jointly develop a new sports car, they also confirmed the development of a fuel cell system. The latter news was overshadowed by the Supra rumor mill but new details are starting to emerge about BMW’s fuel cell vehicle.

According to Motoring, BMW will use the hydrogen fuel cell system that recently debuted in the 2015 Toyota FCV. Nothing is official but the system will reportedly be offered in the i3 by 2016.

There’s no word on specifications but the Toyota FCV will accelerate from 0-100 km/h in approximately 10 seconds and have a range of roughly 300 miles (482 km).

Pricing also remains a mystery but it will likely be expensive as the FCV is slated to cost approximately seven million yen ($68,076 /€50,874) in Japan.


Mercedes-Benz May Be Planning C300 and E300 with 248-hp V-6

Mercedes-Benz E300

If you’re shopping for an E Class Mercedes sedan in the U.S., your least expensive option is the E350, which carries a starting price of $51,365 before you check off a single option box.

If you’ve got your mind made up to buy a new Mercedes, the price is what the price is. If you’re cross-shopping rival German brands, there are variants of the BMW 5-Series and Audi A6 that offer similar amenities for thousands of dollars less.

In other words, Mercedes-Benz is potentially giving up sales to rival German automakers. Now comes word from Car and Driver that Mercedes may launch a new E300 sedan, priced noticeably below the current E350.

The E300 would be powered by a 3.5-liter V-6, likely the same engine used to power the Canadian E300 4Matic launched in February. It’s also the same powerplant used in the current E350, but de-tuned to produce 248 horsepower and 251 pound-feet of torque instead of the E350’s 302 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque.

Launching an E300 would also allow Mercedes-Benz to increase the standard content on the existing E350, taking it further up the luxury ladder with a price increase to match.

Documents filed with the NHTSA show that Mercedes may introduce the E300 in both rear drive and in all-wheel-drive 4Matic form, and may even launch a revised C300 4Matic with the same engine.

We say may, because filing vehicle listings with the NHTSA doesn’t always mean a model will come to market. It’s a necessary first step, and the launch of the E300 in Canada makes expansion to the U.S. likely, but Mercedes-Benz doesn’t comment on future models.

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2012 Peugeot 408 Launched

2012 Peugeot 408

Peugeot may have described the 408 with words like harmony, elegance and dynamism. But it does not take a keen eye to notice the slightly awkward proportions resulting from thick C-pillars. That said, the 308-based 408 sedan has a more flowing profile compared with the 206-based 207 Sedan. Measuring 4680 mm in length, 1815 mm in width and 1525 mm in height, the 408 is about the largest C-segment sedan there is, boasting the longest wheelbase of 2710 mm and the largest boot space of 562 litres, which can be expanded by 40/60 split-fold rear seatbacks if the 33 litres of cabin storage space proves insufficient.

Sharing a dash layout with the 308 hatchback, the 408 is a mode of clarity inside and comes well-appointed with premium leather seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an instrument panel LCD, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, four one-touch power windows with anti-pinch function, automatic dual-zone climate control with rear air vents, and a six-speaker audio system with CD/MP3 playback capability coupled with USB/Bluetooth connectivity.

Needless to say, the equipment list is much lengthier than the above-mentioned. Both variants are fitted with sensor-activated headlights and wipers, “Follow Me Home” headlight function, cruise control with speed limiter, and automatic retractable side mirrors. 17-inch alloy wheels are standard fare, but with notable differences: the 408 2.0 wears five-spoke Rinjani alloys and 215/50 tyres; while the 408 Turbo wears eight-spoke Melbourne rims wrapped in wider 225/45 tyres. A choice of six colours is offered: Alpine White, Velvet Silver, Metropolis Bronze, Aster Grey, Bourrasque Blue and Premium Black.

The list goes on, covering the crucial safety aspect. Features available for both 408 variants are dual front airbags, the full suite of braking controls (ABS, EBD & BA), front seatbelt pretensioners, and two Isofix locations. The 408 Turbo is set apart with additional items including two side and two curtain airbags, anti-skid regulation (ASR) and dynamic stability control (DSC). What’s more, the 408 Turbo’s suspension is tuned with a bias for sportiness, so expect a firmer ride.

The 408 2.0 is driven by a 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine, capable of generating a maximum of 147 HP at 6000 rpm and 200 Nm at 4000 rpm. Fitted with a rather dated four-speed auto adaptive gearbox with Tiptronic and a sport mode, the 408 2.0 expectedly does the 0-100 km/h sprint in a leisurely 12.5 seconds, and tops out at 195 km/h. That is a good deal slower than the 408 Turbo, which completes the same sprint in 9.2 seconds and hits 215 km/h.

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Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class

At the 2013 Auto Shanghai, Mercedes unveiled the GLA Concept – the initial preview for the company’s fifth SUV. Just a few months after, the production GLA will make its world debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.

The production GLA-Class is built on the same front-wheel-drive architecture that features transversely mounted engines as the new-generation A-Class and B-Class. From the A-Class, the new GLA also borrows its engine lineup, but U.S. customers will only have one variant, the GLA250, which is offered in standard front-wheel drive and optional 4MATIC.

On the U.S. market, the model will be put on sale in the fall of 2014.

Updated 08/14/2013: The production Mercedes GLA will make its world debut in September at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, but Mercedes just released the first official details on the production version GLA.

Updated 07/29/2014: Mercedes announced that the all-new GLA-Class will be put on sale at a starting price of $32,225, while when equipped with the 4MATIC system, the price will raise to $34,225.

Hit the jump to read more about the production version Mercedes GLA-Class.

Gallery 2015 Mercedes-Benz Concept GLA

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Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class originally appeared on topspeed.com on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 09:30 EST.

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Ford F-150

Ford has been selling the F-Series since 1948, but the F-150 model didn’t arrive until 1975, when Ford used it as a `tweener pickup to span the gap between the F-100 and F-250. When Ford rolled out the Atlas Concept at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, we were pretty sure that the automaker was already hard at work overhauling the existing F-150 in its likeness. And for the 2015 model year, our suspicions are confirmed, as brand-new F-150, based on the Atlas concept, hit dealers.

With this redesign, Ford will focus on drastically reducing the F-150’s total weight by making use of lightweight aluminum materials. Under the hood, the model will carry a familiar line of engines with a new, 2.7-liter EcoBoost delivering awesome power and better fuel economy.

Updated 07/22/2014: Ford released the specifications figures for the F-150’s new 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine. Click past the jump for the details. A towing test video was also added.

Updated 07/29/2014: Ford released prices for the 2015 F-150, and they have suffered an increase of $395 to $3,515, depending on the trim level. (USA Today)

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Ford F-150.

Ford F-150 originally appeared on topspeed.com on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 09:45 EST.

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