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Lexus reinvents itself by marrying sportiness and luxury with LC 500 grand touring coupe

When Lexus unveiled the LC 500 luxury sports coupe, it proved to the world that it is brave enough to reinvent itself. Well, it was not long ago when Lexus was considered as a premium brand that has become utterly boring. That could be because Lexus has been creating premium cars with similar designs, similar cues and similar values.

We couldn’t blame Toyota’s luxury brand for doing that. Lexus spent not just years, but decades of building a reputation for high quality and very reliable vehicles. With this, Lexus was able to experience a surge of success. But its own achievements were what made Lexus quite hard-headed about reinventing itself to become a premium manufacturer of also sporty and exciting luxury cars.

Enter the Lexus 500 luxury sports coupe. This flagship coupe is the company’s strongest statement – so far -- regarding the future direction of its production line. It is bound to influence Lexus’ lineup better than the Lexus LFA sports car. While the luxury brand during recent years has been introducing new models like the IS, NX, and RC -- all of which boast of high levels of emotion – the LC 500 is a personification of performance, luxury and athleticism and style.

When Lexus unveiled the LC 500 luxury sports coupe, it proved to the world that it is brave enough to reinvent itself. Well, it was not long ago when Lexus was considered as a premium brand that has become utterly boring. That could be because Lexus has been creating premium cars with similar designs, similar cues and similar values.

We couldn’t blame Toyota’s luxury brand for doing that. Lexus spent not just years, but decades of building a reputation for high quality and very reliable vehicles. With this, Lexus was able to experience a surge of success. But its own achievements were what made Lexus quite hard-headed about reinventing itself to become a premium manufacturer of also sporty and exciting luxury cars.

Enter the Lexus 500 luxury sports coupe. This flagship coupe is the company’s strongest statement – so far -- regarding the future direction of its production line. It is bound to influence Lexus’ lineup better than the Lexus LFA sports car. While the luxury brand during recent years has been introducing new models like the IS, NX, and RC -- all of which boast of high levels of emotion – the LC 500 is a personification of performance, luxury and athleticism and style.

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Mercedes-Benz celebrates 30th Anniversary of the C 124

Mercedes-Benz has revealed that in 2017, its series 124 coupé will be celebrating its 30th anniversary. While this itself is a significant event, it will also mean that this model will now be eligible to carry Germany’s historic license plate, also known as the H plate.

It was back in March 1987 when the brand first unveiled the coupe version of the 124 model series during the Geneva Motor Show held in that same year. Though coupe versions have long been considered as classics by many enthusiasts, this particular model continues to be considered as such even long after it was originally shown.

In the brochure that was released way back in 1987, the Mercedes-Benz mid-sized 124 coupe was described as having an impressive combination of a vehicle that had exclusive form, made use of innovative technology, delivered excellent fuel economy, featured high safety, and of course, boasted a remarkable performance. It was a model, the brochure continued, that can be reliably driven on a daily basis but is also a competent vehicle for long journeys.

A distinct feature was the lines on the exterior as they not only exhibited its unusual style but also showed that the way it was designed was perfect. Even today those words still ring true. If anything, the change implemented made it better, especially with the qualities that made this one of the most sought-after models released by the brand.

When they were first released, the models were then called as the 230 CE and the 300 CE. Similar to what occurred in the past, this coupe had a lot to offer. One of the main qualities that it delivered was how this two-door model was designed. Though it did have a design that was unique and elegant, there were features that remained to make it related to the other models in the 124 range. It even had the characteristic rub strips that were integrated to the longitudinal door-sill panels.

Placed on the same level as the bumpers and in the middle of the wheel cutouts, it served as a visual link of the apron in the front and the one in the rear. Helping highlight this is the fact that they come in contrasting colors. This design element is the one that ensured that the 124 coupe was different from the other versions.

As expected, the coupe also had many of the technical details observed in the estate and the saloon. These include the highest level of standard when it comes to safety and the use of sophisticated suspension. It even had the emission control system that followed a closed loop and included a three-way catalytic converter.

For the 300 CE in particular, it had the anti-lock braking system as standard. Combined, these are all the qualities that made this coupe a model that was highly desirable. With the addition of being able to carry the H-plate, the status of the 124 coupe is raised even higher.

Mercedes-Benz has revealed that in 2017, its series 124 coupé will be celebrating its 30th anniversary. While this itself is a significant event, it will also mean that this model will now be eligible to carry Germany’s historic license plate, also known as the H plate.

It was back in March 1987 when the brand first unveiled the coupe version of the 124 model series during the Geneva Motor Show held in that same year. Though coupe versions have long been considered as classics by many enthusiasts, this particular model continues to be considered as such even long after it was originally shown.

In the brochure that was released way back in 1987, the Mercedes-Benz mid-sized 124 coupe was described as having an impressive combination of a vehicle that had exclusive form, made use of innovative technology, delivered excellent fuel economy, featured high safety, and of course, boasted a remarkable performance. It was a model, the brochure continued, that can be reliably driven on a daily basis but is also a competent vehicle for long journeys.

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X-Tomi renders coupe and wagon versions of the 2018 Kia Stinger fastback

The 2017 Detroit Auto Show (2017 North American International Auto Show) has been exciting and thrilling. Several new concepts and production vehicles were announced and unveiled, with a number of reveals proving to be stunning as well as exciting. One of these reveals is a sedan from South Korea – the new Kia Stinger that will be offered as a 2018 model.

Intended and offered as a five-occupant fastback sports sedan, the Kia Stinger was one of the highlights at the Detroit Auto Show, thanks to its one-of-a-kind GT design and the promise of power for its future endeavors. Many are already expecting resounding success for the Kia Stinger even before the South Korean carmaker has commenced its sales.

Its stunning looks perhaps could be one of the reasons why X-Tomi Design, an auto styling specialist from Tard, Hungary has chosen it as the subject of its new rendition project. Perhaps mesmerized by its evolutionary appearance, X-Tomi Design rendered not only one, but two versions of the Kia Stinger fastback sedan. In a sense, X-Tomi Design is helping us find out how Kia Stinger fastback sedan would have looked like when created as another body style – a coupe and a wagon (estate) in particular.

The coupe version of the Kia Stinger has the same shape as the fastback sedan. A few visual tweaks were made to transform the sedan into a coupe. One of these is the removal of the rear doors. X-Tomi Design also moved the B Pillar a bit to the rear. This in effect, made the door wider towards the back and further accentuated the rear fenders. Likewise, X-Tomi Design sharpened the point where the C Pillar converges with the window.

On the other hand, more effort was needed to transform the Kia Stinger fastback sedan into a wagon. X-Tomi Design raised the fatback roofline of the sedan and extended it further to the rear. This results in a wagon version that boasts of more cargo capacity. Just like the coupe version of the Kia Stinger, X-Tomi design sharpened the converging point between the window and the C Pillar. On the rear, the glass features a rake spoiler for a sportier look.

So, as far as X-Tomi Design’s renditions are concerned, coupe and wagon body styles could also be a stunning proposition for the new Kia Stinger. Of course, these renditions could be transformed into real coupe and wagon models, should Kia adopt these body styles. Doing so wouldn’t be so difficult since Kia has already built wagons and coupes before. Now, it would be interesting to see these body styles adopted for the new Kia Stinger.

The 2017 Detroit Auto Show (2017 North American International Auto Show) has been exciting and thrilling. Several new concepts and production vehicles were announced and unveiled, with a number of reveals proving to be stunning as well as exciting. One of these reveals is a sedan from South Korea – the new Kia Stinger that will be offered as a 2018 model.

Intended and offered as a five-occupant fastback sports sedan, the Kia Stinger was one of the highlights at the Detroit Auto Show, thanks to its one-of-a-kind GT design and the promise of power for its future endeavors. Many are already expecting resounding success for the Kia Stinger even before the South Korean carmaker has commenced its sales.

Its stunning looks perhaps could be one of the reasons why X-Tomi Design, an auto styling specialist from Tard, Hungary has chosen it as the subject of its new rendition project. Perhaps mesmerized by its evolutionary appearance, X-Tomi Design rendered not only one, but two versions of the Kia Stinger fastback sedan. In a sense, X-Tomi Design is helping us find out how Kia Stinger fastback sedan would have looked like when created as another body style – a coupe and a wagon (estate) in particular.

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Leak reveals Audi RS4 Avant and RS5 Coupe have even more power than Porsche Panamera 4S

We really couldn’t deny that quite a number of Audi customers and would-be-buyers are intently waiting for higher performance RS versions of the Audi A4 and A5. Of course, these customers are also intently waiting for juicier details about the next RS models from Audi Sport.

Now, we just received some juicy information regarding the Audi RS4 Avant, RS5 Coupe, and RS5 Sportback. The information came in the form of an image as well as a slideshow from a presentation conducted by an Audi dealer in Norway. These aren’t complete information, but will be enough to quench our craving while we wait for the official details.

Thanks to the leak from the presentation this particular dealer, we now know the power ratings for the new Audi RS4 Avant and the RS5 Coupe, as well as the RS5 Sportback. Back in September 2016, Stephan Reil -- head of engineering Audi's Quattro GmbH division – disclosed that the new Audi RS4 Avant and the RS5 Coupe would be powered by the same engine that serves as the core of the Porsche Panamera 4S.

So this means that the heart of the two of the new RS trio will be the new bi-turbo 2.9-liter TFSI V6 engine that provides 440 hp (324 kW) of max output between 5,600 rpm and 6,600 rpm, as well as around 550 Nm (406 lb.-ft) of peak torque available between 1,750 rpm and 5,500 rpm. This engine allows the Porsche Panamera 4S to accelerate from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 4.4 seconds and achieve a top speed of 289 km/h.

On the new Audi RS4 Avant and the RS5 Coupe, meanwhile, this V6 engine will be tuned to provide more power, specifically generating up to 450 hp (335 kW) of output and 600 Nm (442 lb.-ft.) of peak torque. As revealed by the leaked slideshow, the V6-powered Audi RS4 Avant and the RS5 Coupe would be able to dash from nil to 62 mph (100 km/h) in less than four seconds and achieve an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).

This means that while the RS4 Avant and the RS5 Coupe are quicker on the sprint, the Porsche Panamera 4S would be able to catch up and outrun both Audi RS models. Speed demons could avail of the optional dynamic package to hike the speed cap to 280 km/h (174 mph).

Meanwhile, the slideshow also revealed when Audi Sport is planning to commence production of these new RS models. According to this presentation, Audi will start building the RS5 Coupe in June 2017 and the RS4 Avant in December 2017. Motor1’s source disclosed that the RS5 Coupe is now production-ready and the RS4 Avant is now at the last phase of development. The RS5 Sportback, on the other hand, would arrive after the RS4 Avant and the RS5 Coupe.

We really couldn’t deny that quite a number of Audi customers and would-be-buyers are intently waiting for higher performance RS versions of the Audi A4 and A5. Of course, these customers are also intently waiting for juicier details about the next RS models from Audi Sport.

Now, we just received some juicy information regarding the Audi RS4 Avant, RS5 Coupe, and RS5 Sportback. The information came in the form of an image as well as a slideshow from a presentation conducted by an Audi dealer in Norway. These aren’t complete information, but will be enough to quench our craving while we wait for the official details.

Thanks to the leak from the presentation this particular dealer, we now know the power ratings for the new Audi RS4 Avant and the RS5 Coupe, as well as the RS5 Sportback. Back in September 2016, Stephan Reil -- head of engineering Audi's Quattro GmbH division – disclosed that the new Audi RS4 Avant and the RS5 Coupe would be powered by the same engine that serves as the core of the Porsche Panamera 4S.

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As expected, four years after the current generation of the BMW 4 Series was introduced in 2013 with the BMW 4 Series Coupe, the German premium carmaker is implementing a Life Cycle Impulse.

This is also known as a mid-cycle refresh. BMW gave the 3 Series an FCI in 2016, and this year it is the turn of the 4 Series.

What is good about this mid-cycle update is the fact that BMW is refreshing not only one model of the 4 Series, but all of them. BMW has revised the 4 Series Coupe, 4 Series Convertible, 4 Series Gran Coupe and the M4 for the 2017 model year.

As expected, four years after the current generation of the BMW 4 Series was introduced in 2013 with the BMW 4 Series Coupe, the German premium carmaker is implementing a Life Cycle Impulse.

This is also known as a mid-cycle refresh. BMW gave the 3 Series an FCI in 2016, and this year it is the turn of the 4 Series.

What is good about this mid-cycle update is the fact that BMW is refreshing not only one model of the 4 Series, but all of them. BMW has revised the 4 Series Coupe, 4 Series Convertible, 4 Series Gran Coupe and the M4 for the 2017 model year.

Read the entire article BMW 4 Series undergoes mid-cycle facelift for the 2017 model year

Wonder what else is happening in Detroit? Well, since the official pricing for the 2018 Lexus LC has been already announced, more audiences would surely be lining up to see what the new sports coupe has to offer.

The timing is quite perfect as the all-new Lexus LC is currently on display at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. According to Lexus, you can have the LC for as low as $92,000 MSRP. Assuming the destination and handling costs would be more or less $975, that’s still below $100,000.

The LC 500 variant will be able to generate 471hp and 398lb-ft of torque from its 5.0-liter V8 engine. We think this is a much better choice when it comes to price and performance. What’s more, this Lexus model will be the first to have the 10-speed automatic for its gearbox.

You can also get the 354 hp electric motor-run 2+2 coupe with 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine (for as low as $96,510 MSRP). Again, that’s less than $100K even if you add the destination and handling cost to the equation. If you’re in search for an eco-friendly sports coupe, this hybrid would make a perfect choice. Although the EPA details have yet to be announced, the V6 for sure would be more fuel efficient than its V8 counterpart.

Except for the engines, the two models will have the same standard features, which include Lexus’ latest Remote Touch Interface with built in touch pad, Drive Mode select feature, Paddle shifts and LED-powered headlights. It will also include the luxury division’s standard 10.3 inch TFT color display and Mark Levinson sound system.

When it comes to safety, both LC coupe models will come equipped with the brand’s Safety System+ package. It will have the latest technologies such as adaptive cruise control, lane departure alert with intelligent high-beam and steering assist, pre-collision system w/ pedestrian safety and lane keep assist.

For an extra cost, you can have either the hybrid model or LC 500 with more upgrades. These include the cold bundle, which comes with heated steering wheel and heated wind screen technology. There are several choices for the wheels including the 20-inch or 21-inch wheel sizes. You can also get the park assist and blind spot monitor upgraded or avail of the head-up display and limited slip differential along with other options.

Prices for the upgrades vary as it would depend on what model and which package you availed. But it can go for as low as $2,400 up to $10,000. Your choices consist of Performance, Sport w/ carbon, Sport w/ glass and Touring packages. The new 2018 Lexus LC coupe will be available across the US beginning in the spring. Watch out for it!

 

Wonder what else is happening in Detroit? Well, since the official pricing for the 2018 Lexus LC has been already announced, more audiences would surely be lining up to see what the new sports coupe has to offer.

The timing is quite perfect as the all-new Lexus LC is currently on display at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. According to Lexus, you can have the LC for as low as $92,000 MSRP. Assuming the destination and handling costs would be more or less $975, that’s still below $100,000.

The LC 500 variant will be able to generate 471hp and 398lb-ft of torque from its 5.0-liter V8 engine. We think this is a much better choice when it comes to price and performance. What’s more, this Lexus model will be the first to have the 10-speed automatic for its gearbox.

Read the entire article 2018 Lexus LC priced from $92,000

As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of Mercedes-AMG, the performance division of Mercedes-Benz is unveiling the 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Coupe at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show.

Slotted between the range-topping AMG GT R coupe and the GT S, the new GT C coupe is basically the hard-top (solid roof) version of the AMG GT C Roadster – with several similarities in looks and specs.

However, the new GT C coupe is only available as special Edition 50 model.

As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of Mercedes-AMG, the performance division of Mercedes-Benz is unveiling the 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Coupe at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show.

Slotted between the range-topping AMG GT R coupe and the GT S, the new GT C coupe is basically the hard-top (solid roof) version of the AMG GT C Roadster – with several similarities in looks and specs.

However, the new GT C coupe is only available as special Edition 50 model.

Read the entire article NAIAS: Mercedes-AMG celebrates 50th anniversary with unveiling of 2018 AMG GT C Coupe

Just as throwbacks are a thing right now, Jannarelly has got something to look back at as well. The Dubai startup car company has recently launched a ‘60s inspired roadster--- the Design-1. However, it is now considering a coupe version to be marketed this year. This is great news for those who want a “targa top” version of the hippie roadster. Though the original design already looked impressive, we think the hard top roof is a more favorable choice.

The Design-1 is basically a two-seater roadster made with tubular steel frame, aluminum panels and a mix of fiberglass and carbon fibre bodyworks. Both Frederic Julliot and Anthony Jannarelly worked on its design. Even if these two expats from UAE got most of their inspirations from the ‘50s and ‘60s, you can bet the Design-1 comes with the latest technology.

The French designers started their company only in December 2015. According to Anthony Jannarelly, their cars are a tribute to the ‘60s or what we’ve come to know as the “golden age” of sports cars. Because of Julliot and Jannarelly’s passion for old cars, it comes as no surprise that the Design-1 exudes timeless elegance. Jannarelly’s previous works include those he designed for W Motors ---the Fenyr Supersport and the Lykan Hypersport. Julliot on the other hand works as the head for Carbon-Fibre Specialists at the Equation Composite in UAE.

After launching the Design-1, Jannarelly sent over 30 units to the US, each with a $55,000 price tag. The price was not an issue for those who actually wanted to own the 300hp 3.5-litre V6 roadster. In fact, it’s more affordable than Jaguar’s $90,000 F-type model. Mated to a 6-speed manual transmission, its naturally aspirated engine (from Nissan) can deliver a top speed of up to 135 miles per hour. The Design-1 immediately got the attention of car enthusiasts looking for fibre glass body parts, aluminium cladded- tubular frame and a rear wheel drive with significantly low curb weight. Its curb weight is at approximately 1,565 pounds.

For this year, the same roadster may soon be available with an optional hardtop roof. And it is likely to be made out of carbon fibre. So if the roadster costs $55,000, customers are expected to pay more for the coupe version. Other choices of upgrades include a glass windshield and new front suspension. Since the duo have been customizing their cars based on request, there is also an option to take off the entire windshield plus an option to improve the car’s aerodynamics.

Just as throwbacks are a thing right now, Jannarelly has got something to look back at as well. The Dubai startup car company has recently launched a ‘60s inspired roadster--- the Design-1. However, it is now considering a coupe version to be marketed this year. This is great news for those who want a “targa top” version of the hippie roadster. Though the original design already looked impressive, we think the hard top roof is a more favorable choice.

The Design-1 is basically a two-seater roadster made with tubular steel frame, aluminum panels and a mix of fiberglass and carbon fibre bodyworks. Both Frederic Julliot and Anthony Jannarelly worked on its design. Even if these two expats from UAE got most of their inspirations from the ‘50s and ‘60s, you can bet the Design-1 comes with the latest technology.

The French designers started their company only in December 2015. According to Anthony Jannarelly, their cars are a tribute to the ‘60s or what we’ve come to know as the “golden age” of sports cars. Because of Julliot and Jannarelly’s passion for old cars, it comes as no surprise that the Design-1 exudes timeless elegance. Jannarelly’s previous works include those he designed for W Motors ---the Fenyr Supersport and the Lykan Hypersport. Julliot on the other hand works as the head for Carbon-Fibre Specialists at the Equation Composite in UAE.

Read the entire article Jannarelly Design-1 Coupe slated to go on sale this year

Bentley will be launching the next generation of its Continental GT coupe sometime late this year. This has got us very excited. After all, the current generation of the Continental GT has been in existence for nearly six years. It’s high time that Bentley introduces a new generation of its grand tourer.

But it seems Bentley isn’t done yet with the current generation of the Continental GT – the second one as it plans to unveil a new version that would render the previous Bentleys speechless. In fact, Bentley has released a short video clip that teases the newest – and probably the last – iteration of the second-gen Continental GT. This version has been dubbed by the British carmaker as the most “the most extreme Bentley ever,” which could ultimately point to its performance on the road. All will be known when Bentley takes the wrap off this latest vehicle on January 6, 2017.

While the short video teaser didn’t say something about this Bentley being a Continental GT, the Continental GT is the only current model that allows the marque to push its performance limits further. We could speculate that the model shown on the teaser video is the Continental Supersports. The first generation of the Continental GT features a Supersports version. The Continental Supersports was the most powerful version of the first-gen Continental GT, with its 6.0-liter W12 twin-turbo engine providing 621 hp (630 PS or 463 kW) of max output at 6,00 rpm and 800 Nm (590 lb.-ft.) of torque available at 1,700 rpm.

Now, the second-gen Continental GT has yet to offer a Supersports version. Logically, the second-gen Supersport should be the most powerful Continental GT in the current generation. So far, the most extreme model of the Continental GT – and most powerful Bentley to date -- is the Continental GT Speed, which has a 6.0-liter W12 twin turbo powerplant that delivers up to 626 hp (635 PS or 467 kW) of output at 6,000 rpm and up to 820 Nm (605 lb.-ft.) of torque at 1,700 rpm.

Now, for the new Continental Supersports – assuming that the vehicle in the video teaser is really this model -- to become the most extreme Bentley, it needs to significantly beat the Continental GT Speed in terms of power. This means that the Continental Supersports should offer more than 626 hp of output and 820 Nm of torque. There have been speculations that the Continental Supersports would be offering power levels that exceed 700 hp of output and would be much lighter than the Continental GT Speed.

In terms of looks, the teaser video doesn’t offer much except for red calipers, large multi-spoke wheels, carbon fiber hood vents, stocky side skirts, carbon fiber fixed rear wing and tinted rear lights.

Bentley will be launching the next generation of its Continental GT coupe sometime late this year. This has got us very excited. After all, the current generation of the Continental GT has been in existence for nearly six years. It’s high time that Bentley introduces a new generation of its grand tourer.

But it seems Bentley isn’t done yet with the current generation of the Continental GT – the second one as it plans to unveil a new version that would render the previous Bentleys speechless. In fact, Bentley has released a short video clip that teases the newest – and probably the last – iteration of the second-gen Continental GT. This version has been dubbed by the British carmaker as the most “the most extreme Bentley ever,” which could ultimately point to its performance on the road. All will be known when Bentley takes the wrap off this latest vehicle on January 6, 2017.

While the short video teaser didn’t say something about this Bentley being a Continental GT, the Continental GT is the only current model that allows the marque to push its performance limits further. We could speculate that the model shown on the teaser video is the Continental Supersports. The first generation of the Continental GT features a Supersports version. The Continental Supersports was the most powerful version of the first-gen Continental GT, with its 6.0-liter W12 twin-turbo engine providing 621 hp (630 PS or 463 kW) of max output at 6,00 rpm and 800 Nm (590 lb.-ft.) of torque available at 1,700 rpm.

Read the entire article Watch out for unveiling of ‘Most Extreme Bentley Ever’ on January 6

It may not look very sporty but this new BMW M4 (F82) wrapped in Sakhir Orange exterior color with golden rims sure is dynamic and elegantly gorgeous.

Sakhir Orange is one of several colors included in the standard palette for the M4. In fact, it is also available for other offerings of the BMW M family, like the M3, the M5 and the M6. Since its introduction, Sakhir Orange has been among the favorite finishes for the M4, whether stock or laden with aftermarket parts. This shade of orange has always given the BMW M4 an elegantly standout appearance whether on a standstill or on the move.

Such is the case of this new BMW M4. Perhaps after looking at other M4 units wrapped in Sakhir Orange and dressed in various aftermarket parts, the owner of this M4 got some ideas running through his or her head on how to proceed with the transformation of his/her own sports coupe. All its owner must do is to get the right aftermarket parts, install them and provide the necessary modifications.

At first glance, it is fairly easy to tell that this BMW M4’s appearance is different from a typical M4. It sits lower than a typical M4, has different tailpipes and wheels, and sports some aerodynamic enhancements. This BMW M4 features a suspension that has been lowered to make the high performance coupe sit closer to the ground – a configuration that gives this car a sporting stance on the road. Not only that, this gives this M4 a lower center of gravity, making it more stable when cruising at high speeds.

This little bit of sportiness is continued on the rear with the addition of a rear decklid spoiler and a carbon fiber rear diffuser. Completing the changes made on the rear of this BMW M4 is a pair of dual tailpipes finished in black.

Of course, aftermarket modifications wouldn’t be complete without changing the wheels of the BMW M4. This particular M4 gets a set of Velos XX wheels with five pentagon-like spokes. These wheels – measuring 20 inches x 8.5 inches at the front and 20 inches x10.5 inches at the rear – are finished in Bronze Gold color, perfectly complementing Sakhir Orange exterior tone of the BMW M4.

It was indicated that this BMW M4 was tuned for higher performance, so we could assume that its 3.0-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo inline engine that was built specifically to power the new M3 and M4. This powerplant delivers 425 hp (317 kW) of max output and 550 Nm (410 lb.-ft.) of peak torque, allowing the M4 to sprint from zero to 62mph (100km/h) in just 4.1 seconds and reach an electronically governed top speed of 155mph (250km/h).

It may not look very sporty but this new BMW M4 (F82) wrapped in Sakhir Orange exterior color with golden rims sure is dynamic and elegantly gorgeous.

Sakhir Orange is one of several colors included in the standard palette for the M4. In fact, it is also available for other offerings of the BMW M family, like the M3, the M5 and the M6. Since its introduction, Sakhir Orange has been among the favorite finishes for the M4, whether stock or laden with aftermarket parts. This shade of orange has always given the BMW M4 an elegantly standout appearance whether on a standstill or on the move.

Such is the case of this new BMW M4. Perhaps after looking at other M4 units wrapped in Sakhir Orange and dressed in various aftermarket parts, the owner of this M4 got some ideas running through his or her head on how to proceed with the transformation of his/her own sports coupe. All its owner must do is to get the right aftermarket parts, install them and provide the necessary modifications.

Read the entire article We can't take our eyes off this BMW M4 with a Sakhir Orange finish and Bronze Gold wheels

Excited British customers waiting for the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe don’t have to wait anymore. The new Mercedes E Class Coupe is now available to order at Mercedes dealerships in the United Kingdom with a starting price of £40,135 on the road (OTR).

However, Mercedes’ E Class Coupe lineup in the UK doesn’t include the E 200 that is powered by a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that could generate up to 184 hp (135 kW) of output and up to 221 lb-ft (300 Nm) of torque. The base model for the UK market is the diesel-powered Mercedes-Benz E 220d Coupe.

This model is powered by a 2.0-liter diesel engine that could provide 194 hp (143 kW) of max output and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) of peak torque, allowing the Mercedes E 220d to sprint from zero to 62 mph in 7.4 seconds. Despite such power, this diesel-powered E 220d emits only 119 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer and could travel up to 61.4 miles on a gallon of diesel fuel. This is the model that features a base price of £40,135 OTR.

Of course, this diesel engine is not the only source of power for the 2018 Mercedes E Class Coupe. Two petrol models are also available: the E 300 and the more powerful E 400 4MATIC. The base petrol model is the Mercedes E 300 coupe, which is powered by the same engine as the E 200 but with more power. This engine could generate 245 hp (180 kW) of max output and 273 lb-ft (370 Nm) of peak torque, allowing the E 300 to accelerate from nil to 62 mph in 6.4 seconds, while having a fuel economy rating of 40.4 mpg and carbon dioxide emissions level of 160 g/km. The E 300 is available from a starting price of £41,025 OTR.

Meanwhile, the core of the top-of-the-range E400 4MATIC is a powerful bi-turbo 3.0-liter V6 engine hat is essentially a detuned version of the powerplant found in the AMG 43 units. This V6 engine could develop up to 333 hp (245 kW) of output and up to 354 lb-ft (480 Nm) of torque, enabling the E400 4MATIC to dash from standstill to 62 mph in 5.3 seconds. It returns 33.6 miles per gallon and emits 189 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer. The E 400 4MATIC has a starting price of £50,775 OTR.

Customers could avail of the AMG Line trim which includes split folding rear seats, steering wheel-mounted touch-pads, Artico and Dinamica upholstery and heated front seats as well as LED headlights and tail lights, 19-inch five-twin-spoke alloy wheels and parking pilot including parking sensors. A reversing camera and belt feeder are also provided as well as Magic Vision Control, ambient lighting (64-color choice) and sports exhaust system (E 300 only). AMG Line also includes an 8.4-inch infotainment screen with Garmin navigation system as well as Active Brake Assist.

For those who wanted more, they could avail of optional equipment lines, a Lane Tracking package, a Driving Assistance package, the Air Body Control air suspension and Remote Parking Pilot.

Excited British customers waiting for the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe don’t have to wait anymore. The new Mercedes E Class Coupe is now available to order at Mercedes dealerships in the United Kingdom with a starting price of £40,135 on the road (OTR).

However, Mercedes’ E Class Coupe lineup in the UK doesn’t include the E 200 that is powered by a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that could generate up to 184 hp (135 kW) of output and up to 221 lb-ft (300 Nm) of torque. The base model for the UK market is the diesel-powered Mercedes-Benz E 220d Coupe.

This model is powered by a 2.0-liter diesel engine that could provide 194 hp (143 kW) of max output and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) of peak torque, allowing the Mercedes E 220d to sprint from zero to 62 mph in 7.4 seconds. Despite such power, this diesel-powered E 220d emits only 119 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer and could travel up to 61.4 miles on a gallon of diesel fuel. This is the model that features a base price of £40,135 OTR.

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Mercedes-Benz will be officially unveiling the Night Edition of its S-Class Coupe this coming January 2017 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Currently, the S-Class Coupe is on a level all on its own given the refined athleticism, the stylish design, and the various exclusive equipment inside. This allows the S-Class Coupe to have the proportions similar to the Gran Turismo but with advanced technology and contemporary luxury.

For the Night Edition, one exclusive feature can be seen on the interior, particularly the AMG sports steering wheel. In addition to being wrapped in nappa leather, the steering wheel is where the Night Edition badge has been engraved. In order to make this new feature fit, the upholstery is available in nappa leather, leather, or even AMG nappa leather, in a black/black combination. Other combinations are also available like the Bengal red/black, saddle brown/black, or the crystal grey/black. There will also be the option to have the high-gloss poplar wood trim in black. The goal of all of these is to highlight the unique personality of the vehicle.

On the outside, there are a number of details as well that make this Night Edition distinct. A good example is how unique the radiator grille is given that it has a high-gloss single louvre in black. Then there are the AMG light-alloy multi-spoke 20-inch wheels which are not only in black but come with a high-sheen rim flange. Painted in high gloss black as well are the inserts that are in the side sill panels and the exterior mirror housings.

While the AMG bodystyling for both the front apron and the rear apron is standard, the front wings will have the Night Edition badge on it. Standard as well is the illuminated door sills that will have the brand’s lettering. Mercedes-Benz is giving customers the choice to have the paintwork come in selenite grey mango. Made available as well is the matt paint finish, coming out of the designo manufaktur lineup, and has that special-effect high-quality pigments.

Under the Night Edition, the brand will be offering three choices for the engine. The first is the S 400 4MATIC Coupé (3.0-liter V6) with output of 270 kW and peak torque of 500 Nm. This allows for acceleration from standstill to 100 km/h in 5.6 seconds with maximum speed of 250 km/h. For both the S 500 Coupé (4.6-liter V8) and the S 500 4MATIC Coupé, output is at 335 kW with top torque at 700 Nm. While the two has the same maximum speed as the first engine, acceleration is better with 0 to 100 km/h possible in 4.6 seconds.

Orders for the two-door Night Edition will be accepted starting January 9, 2017. This version is expected to be part of the European market by April 2017 with the U.S. market to follow by August 2017.

Mercedes-Benz will be officially unveiling the Night Edition of its S-Class Coupe this coming January 2017 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Currently, the S-Class Coupe is on a level all on its own given the refined athleticism, the stylish design, and the various exclusive equipment inside. This allows the S-Class Coupe to have the proportions similar to the Gran Turismo but with advanced technology and contemporary luxury.

For the Night Edition, one exclusive feature can be seen on the interior, particularly the AMG sports steering wheel. In addition to being wrapped in nappa leather, the steering wheel is where the Night Edition badge has been engraved. In order to make this new feature fit, the upholstery is available in nappa leather, leather, or even AMG nappa leather, in a black/black combination. Other combinations are also available like the Bengal red/black, saddle brown/black, or the crystal grey/black. There will also be the option to have the high-gloss poplar wood trim in black. The goal of all of these is to highlight the unique personality of the vehicle.

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It has been a while since BMW launched the third generation of the BMW 6 Series, both as a coupe and as a convertible. That was way back 2011, and today the BMW 6 Series remains one of the sought-after models in its segment. While we are waiting for the next generation of the BMW 6 Series to arrive, we could feast on a refreshed version of the model for the United States market for the 2018 model year.

Honestly, the 2018 BMW 6 Series – remains as it is. This means customers shouldn’t expect any radical mechanical changes or inner working revisions on the latest version of the BMW 6 Series, which means the Coupe, Convertible and the Gran Coupe. However, BMW has decided to beef up the looks of the 6 Series in a bid to tease customers up before the arrival of the next generation models. Apparently, these cosmetic and equipment tweaks are able – somehow – make the 2018 BMW 6 Series still as appealing that it is still worth the purchase.

These new cosmetic and equipment options are all available for the 2018 versions of the BMW 6 Series Convertible and BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe – encompassing sporty modifications to both the interior and the exterior of these refreshed models. For the exterior, the 2018 BMW 6 Series Convertible and BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe could be provided with a new M Sport Package that was previously exclusive for the M model.

For the new BMW 6 Series, this M Sport Package comes with a new Carbon Fiber trim as well as a Sonic Speed Blue metallic exterior finish that should allow either the Convertible or the Gran Coupe stand out from others. This M Sport Package also includes new bi-color 20-inch M light-alloy wheels with M-specific double-spoke design. These rims are wrapped in staggered run flat tires.

On the other hand, the already lavish interior of the 2018 BMW 6 Series could be further be customized with personalization offerings from BMW Individual. Customers could choose from a broad palette of interior paint finishes, modern trims and high-end leather, as well as from a wide array of headliners and equipment. These additional interior modifications from BMW Individual could be further employed to ensure that the customers could personalize the cabins of the 2018 BMW 6 Series Convertible and BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe models according to their own taste and preferences.

For the 2018 model year, both the BMW 6 Series Convertible and BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe will be available as 640i (rear wheel drive) and 640i xDrive (all wheel drive) powered by turbocharged inline-six 3.0-liter engine delivering 315 hp of output. Both the Convertible and the Gran Coupe will also be available as 650i (rear wheel drive) and 650i xDrive (all wheel drive) powered by a 4.4-liter V8 engine providing 445 hp of output.

It has been a while since BMW launched the third generation of the BMW 6 Series, both as a coupe and as a convertible. That was way back 2011, and today the BMW 6 Series remains one of the sought-after models in its segment. While we are waiting for the next generation of the BMW 6 Series to arrive, we could feast on a refreshed version of the model for the United States market for the 2018 model year.

Honestly, the 2018 BMW 6 Series – remains as it is. This means customers shouldn’t expect any radical mechanical changes or inner working revisions on the latest version of the BMW 6 Series, which means the Coupe, Convertible and the Gran Coupe. However, BMW has decided to beef up the looks of the 6 Series in a bid to tease customers up before the arrival of the next generation models. Apparently, these cosmetic and equipment tweaks are able – somehow – make the 2018 BMW 6 Series still as appealing that it is still worth the purchase.

These new cosmetic and equipment options are all available for the 2018 versions of the BMW 6 Series Convertible and BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe – encompassing sporty modifications to both the interior and the exterior of these refreshed models. For the exterior, the 2018 BMW 6 Series Convertible and BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe could be provided with a new M Sport Package that was previously exclusive for the M model.

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Being ushered by a Lamborghini Huracan is truly one of the greatest perks when travelling to Italy. At least, it will be in the several weeks to come. Lamborghini loaned the Huracan to the Bologna airport as its official “Follow Me” car at the runways. Its only task is to guide the aircraft around the terminals until January next year. Isn’t that sweet?

The very busy Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport is nestled at the centre of Italy’s “motor valley”. If giant tech companies like Google, Apple and Facebook have Silicon Valley, the Italians have “motor valley” for their famous cars. The headquarters of Ferrari, Pagani and Lamborghini are just about thirty minutes away from the Aeroporto di Bologna. Pagani has one HQ in Modena province while Ferrari also has one in Maranello. It is a big testament that you have arrived at the home of the most coveted cars at the very least.

Lamborghini’s in-house Centro Stile designed the Huracan’s “Follow Me livery” where much of it represents the northern city’s skyline. The front splitter has green, white and red or basically the Italian flag’s combination of colors. Aside from the mandatory light bar, the gorgeous livery also features a black chequered pattern that matches the Huracan’s yellow body paint.

Since average cars don’t hold much appeal at the airport grounds, a Lamborghini may be one of the tourist attractions the moment one arrives at the gate. The Lamborghini Huracan’s standard specs include a naturally aspirated V10 mid-engine, LDF (Doppia Frizione) dual clutch transmission and electronically controlled all wheel drive system. The mere sight and sound of this glorious beast will surely encourage tourists to visit “The Museo Lamborghini” in Sant'Agata any minute. And why not? It’s just 24.8 km away from the airport via Strada Provinciale di Crevalcore.

The Huracan is the second Lambo to be sent on duty at the commercial airline. Lamborghini did the same with an Aventador in 2013, but it only served for a week. In the previous years, the highway patrols have also received the famous Gallardos while the most recent was a Huracan, about a couple of years ago.

We have no idea at this time if the “Follow Me” vehicle is a four wheel or a two wheel drive variant. All the same, designated drivers are not allowed to race with the airplane or do some crazy stunts at the busy landing strip. Better yet, check out Lamborghini’s official Twitter account to see more pictures and updates of the yellow Huracan.

Being ushered by a Lamborghini Huracan is truly one of the greatest perks when travelling to Italy. At least, it will be in the several weeks to come. Lamborghini loaned the Huracan to the Bologna airport as its official “Follow Me” car at the runways. Its only task is to guide the aircraft around the terminals until January next year. Isn’t that sweet?

The very busy Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport is nestled at the centre of Italy’s “motor valley”. If giant tech companies like Google, Apple and Facebook have Silicon Valley, the Italians have “motor valley” for their famous cars. The headquarters of Ferrari, Pagani and Lamborghini are just about thirty minutes away from the Aeroporto di Bologna. Pagani has one HQ in Modena province while Ferrari also has one in Maranello. It is a big testament that you have arrived at the home of the most coveted cars at the very least.

Lamborghini’s in-house Centro Stile designed the Huracan’s “Follow Me livery” where much of it represents the northern city’s skyline. The front splitter has green, white and red or basically the Italian flag’s combination of colors. Aside from the mandatory light bar, the gorgeous livery also features a black chequered pattern that matches the Huracan’s yellow body paint.

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What could possibly go wrong if you put the wrong license plate on your prized possession? Well, better keep an eye on the law enforcers. A Lamborghini Murcielago was crushed by the authorities due to improper registration of the owner. This must be really heart-breaking. The fateful event was video recorded as if the owner committed a social crime. Is this what you get for owning a $350,000 Murcielago? Not really. But there is a deeper story behind it and we should learn the lessons well.

The matte black Murcielago was confiscated from the owner who allegedly imported the supercar without proper supporting documents. They could’ve at least sent out a warning. But some countries have strictly implemented their laws and there’s nothing we can do about it. This perhaps is a reminder that no one is above the law. It is unclear if the real owner was the one driving the Murcielago that time.

Other reports claim that the Lamborghini was impounded 3 years ago after it was seen without a valid license plate. The plate number was apparently borrowed from a Ford sedan. It was back in 2013 when the officers called him out and the 3-year legal battle began afterwards. According to reports, the owner works as a pilot at a commercial airline and he even submitted an administrative appeal due to the incident. Sadly, the authorities dismissed his request. Instead of getting fined for the crime, the Taiwanese government have decided to destroy his very expensive supercar.

Interestingly, Lamborghini got the name for its Murcielago from a fighting bull that survived multiple stabbing. But this bull was literally torn apart with no chances of survival. Not even its iconic bagde, which was manually beaten by a hammer. This is to ensure that not one of its parts will be sold by anyone. If you watch the video, it seems as if the authorities wanted to send out a message of warning.

There were several camera-toting crews when the giant claw machine crushed the Murcielago to pieces. In less than three minutes, the supercar was stripped out of its glory. We know how things like these could go viral the next minute after it was uploaded. The same thing happened in the US on a Nissan Skyline GT-R before. So this isn’t really something new. We hope that the government had made their point so that we won’t see another thing of beauty suffer like this.

What could possibly go wrong if you put the wrong license plate on your prized possession? Well, better keep an eye on the law enforcers. A Lamborghini Murcielago was crushed by the authorities due to improper registration of the owner. This must be really heart-breaking. The fateful event was video recorded as if the owner committed a social crime. Is this what you get for owning a $350,000 Murcielago? Not really. But there is a deeper story behind it and we should learn the lessons well.

The matte black Murcielago was confiscated from the owner who allegedly imported the supercar without proper supporting documents. They could’ve at least sent out a warning. But some countries have strictly implemented their laws and there’s nothing we can do about it. This perhaps is a reminder that no one is above the law. It is unclear if the real owner was the one driving the Murcielago that time.

Other reports claim that the Lamborghini was impounded 3 years ago after it was seen without a valid license plate. The plate number was apparently borrowed from a Ford sedan. It was back in 2013 when the officers called him out and the 3-year legal battle began afterwards. According to reports, the owner works as a pilot at a commercial airline and he even submitted an administrative appeal due to the incident. Sadly, the authorities dismissed his request. Instead of getting fined for the crime, the Taiwanese government have decided to destroy his very expensive supercar.

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When Ferrari unveiled its new limited series Ferrari J50 for the Japanese market, not a few were mesmerized by how splendid and gorgeous this exclusive super convertible is. The new Ferrari J50 is so impressive and marvelous that it left many wondering how it would look like if this convertible is a coupe. For that, we could turn to automotive designer Remco Meulendijk of RM CarDesign to render a coupe version of the Ferrari J50.

Ferrari launched the J50 super convertible to marks a new milestone – the Italian carmaker has been in Japan for 50 years. This limited series model -- a two-seater, mid-rear-engine roadster with a targa body and a barchetta form -- was presented at Ferrari‘s special 50th anniversary celebration at the National Art Center in Tokyo, Japan. The carmaker plans to produce only 10 examples of the Ferrari J50, each to be built according to the taste and preferences of their respective owners.

As Ferrari said, the limited series J50 supercar -- designed by the Ferrari Styling Centre team and built by the carmaker’s Special Projects department -- is based on the Ferrari 488 Spider. But as we know, the Ferrari 488 Spider is derived from the Ferrari 488 GTB. So, technically and indirectly, the J50 is based on the 488 GTB super coupe. It would be a great delight to see a J50 coupe that is based from a coupe-derived convertible.

To lend the J50 a barchetta form with a muscular appearance, the Italian sports carmaker lowered the center section of the bonnet and then raised the crests of its wheelarches. Its front bonnet features two carbon-fiber air channels while its full LED headlights comes with more aggressive design. One highlighting feature of the J50 limited series supercar is a black dividing line circling around its front extremities. This black line is positioned on the front end at below knee height to changes the perception of the beltline and effectively transform the J50 into a barchetta. The J50 features a two-piece carbon fiber targa top stowed behind the seats when not deployed.

Thanks to blacked-out A pillars, the J50’s windscreen and its side windows seem to form a continuous glass wrapping around its occupants -- resulting to the so-called “helmet visor” effect. The rear end of the new J50 is fitted with a high-downforce wing, a jet afterburner-inspired rear diffuser and new quad taillights. It rides on 20-inch forged wheels with spokes with Sakura design. Power is provided by a 3.9-liter V8 engine that could deliver up to 690 hp of ouput.

In Meulendijk’s render of the Ferrari J50 coupe, all of these design details have been retained -- except for the targa roof and some elements on top of the limited series supercar. His render features a glass double-bubble roof flowing into the engine hood. We do have to admit that a coupe version of the J50 also looks mesmerizing. Moreover, this could even launch a debate over which J50 version looks better – the fictional coupe or the real-life convertible.

[Update: Images were removed as Ferrari didn't like that Remco Meulendijk used them to make a coupe version. Too bad, the coupe version looked really good!]

When Ferrari unveiled its new limited series Ferrari J50 for the Japanese market, not a few were mesmerized by how splendid and gorgeous this exclusive super convertible is. The new Ferrari J50 is so impressive and marvelous that it left many wondering how it would look like if this convertible is a coupe. For that, we could turn to automotive designer Remco Meulendijk of RM CarDesign to render a coupe version of the Ferrari J50.

Ferrari launched the J50 super convertible to marks a new milestone – the Italian carmaker has been in Japan for 50 years. This limited series model -- a two-seater, mid-rear-engine roadster with a targa body and a barchetta form -- was presented at Ferrari‘s special 50th anniversary celebration at the National Art Center in Tokyo, Japan. The carmaker plans to produce only 10 examples of the Ferrari J50, each to be built according to the taste and preferences of their respective owners.

As Ferrari said, the limited series J50 supercar -- designed by the Ferrari Styling Centre team and built by the carmaker’s Special Projects department -- is based on the Ferrari 488 Spider. But as we know, the Ferrari 488 Spider is derived from the Ferrari 488 GTB. So, technically and indirectly, the J50 is based on the 488 GTB super coupe. It would be a great delight to see a J50 coupe that is based from a coupe-derived convertible.

Read the entire article Car designer renders a coupe version of the Ferrari J50

Automotive designer Jonsibal has been known to work on different car shapes to make them far more interesting than anyone could’ve imagined. But who would’ve thought that a Widebody Porsche 911 was on his mind?

You’ve probably seen quite a lot of Ferraris and Lambo’s with “widebody” kits, but there aren’t as many Porsches that have been modified this far. Perhaps given the car’s already exquisite design, Porsche owners usually opt for a more subtle styling approach.

As you can see in the picture, Sibal’s bizarre take on this Porsche 911 looks undeniably awesome. Judging from the matte black finish and highly threatening rear diffuser, we think an RSR couldn’t stand a chance with this beast. Plus, it has this insanely large front and rear wheel arches, low side skirts, distinctive rear spoiler and two massive tailpipes that are enough to steal the show from any Aventador SV roadster.

Liberty Walk’s red Aventador is a classic example of how a monster has turned into a beast. If that makes any sense. The car also comes with a widebody kit, which basically resembles Sibal’s odd-looking diffuser, rear wing, side skirts, splitter, bumper, and wheel arches.

Already impressed? Here’s a bit more about the main man; Jonsibal is a car enthusiast who used to design two of his own BMW show cars. Well that’s basically how it all started. Plus, he’s also a member of Southern California’s ART-N-MOTION. But because of his talent, he’s been featured in local and international media both in print and online. Aside from being an automotive artist, he also specializes in ad and poster designs, automotive concept, body kits, livery, speculative rendering and graphics design. The rest as they say is history.

Sibal’s extraordinary skills have brought him numerous awards. He’s hailed as the winner for MSN Autos and Dodge’s “Dream, Design, Drive.” During his first years, he also won at the “SEMA Scion Tuner Challenge” as well as for designing a colleague’s body kit for the same event. A design concept for a Holden Muscle 350 has made him the champion at an AutoBlackthrough contest. DeviantArt and Scion on the other hand has also acknowledged him as the winner for its “Skin a Scion” event.

Some of Sibal’s winning designs include a BMW E90 Livery, a Privat, a VW Vortex and a Nissan GTR. Of course, these are just to name a few. The guy as we all know is a genius. Or maybe it also helps that he’s a comic book artist by trade. His inclination to the “fantasy world” of superheroes is quite evident on this black Porsche 911. Don’t you agree?

Automotive designer Jonsibal has been known to work on different car shapes to make them far more interesting than anyone could’ve imagined. But who would’ve thought that a Widebody Porsche 911 was on his mind?

You’ve probably seen quite a lot of Ferraris and Lambo’s with “widebody” kits, but there aren’t as many Porsches that have been modified this far. Perhaps given the car’s already exquisite design, Porsche owners usually opt for a more subtle styling approach.

As you can see in the picture, Sibal’s bizarre take on this Porsche 911 looks undeniably awesome. Judging from the matte black finish and highly threatening rear diffuser, we think an RSR couldn’t stand a chance with this beast. Plus, it has this insanely large front and rear wheel arches, low side skirts, distinctive rear spoiler and two massive tailpipes that are enough to steal the show from any Aventador SV roadster.

Read the entire article Famed designer Jonsibal renders a widebody matte black Porsche 911

BMW recently held its year-end celebration in Munich, Germany. The same motorsport event had on display the upcoming BMW M4 GT4. It was then wrapped in camouflage to conceal its design but an official image was also released afterwards.

BMW’s new racecar will take part in the “24 Hours of Dubai “ slated on January 2018. It will be tested extensively starting next month in preparation for its official racing debut. Deliveries are expected to begin around third or fourth quarter next year.

The M4 GT4 Coupe would be the next in line to BMW’s M235i Racing model. The entry-level racecar was first introduced in 2014 and has at least 170 examples built.

According BMW Motorsport, the M4 GT4 will take its cues from the M6 GT3 for its pedal box, brakes and seat design. Several automakers have their own versions of the GT4 racer. Aside from BMW M4 and Mercedes-AMG GT, there’s a track ready Porsche Cayman, McLaren 570S, Ford Mustang and Aston Martin Vantage GT4.

BMW also said that the new racecar has been designed to comply with various GT4 competitions held in North America, Asia and Europe. To make it more cost efficient, BMW has retained the production version’s 3.0-litre twin turbo engine.

In fact, the specs of the production model are almost similar to the GT4. The race-ready M4 GT4 will use the same carbon fibre hood as those of BMW’s M4 GTS special edition model.

BMW’s latest racer will be fitted with high performance rear wing, splitter and exhaust to deliver optimum downforce. Carbon fibre will also be used to build its doors to reduce more weight. Since its first year, the M6 GT3 has brought BMW many reasons to celebrate. Jens Marquardt, BMW’s Motorsport Director looks forward in placing its newest model in the upcoming competitions.

He added that the car would take part in two races that will go along with the Motorsport’s comprehensive test program. By next year, the prototype model will be developed and tested to ensure that the new BMW M4 GT4 delivers optimum performance and driveability.

This will include many hours of test in Dubai’s racetracks, which will commence its 24-hour race this January. But since its still in the early stages of its development, we won’t see it compete until 2018. Nevertheless, BMW’s expert team of developers will ensure it is ready to perform when that day arrives.

BMW recently held its year-end celebration in Munich, Germany. The same motorsport event had on display the upcoming BMW M4 GT4. It was then wrapped in camouflage to conceal its design but an official image was also released afterwards.

BMW’s new racecar will take part in the “24 Hours of Dubai “ slated on January 2018. It will be tested extensively starting next month in preparation for its official racing debut. Deliveries are expected to begin around third or fourth quarter next year.

The M4 GT4 Coupe would be the next in line to BMW’s M235i Racing model. The entry-level racecar was first introduced in 2014 and has at least 170 examples built.

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After introducing its most intelligent sedan and wagon, Mercedes-Benz once again welcomes a new member of the E-Class family. Armed with state of the art technology, the new 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe also features both the aesthetic and classic appeal of a grand tourer.

Mercedes has equipped its suspensions with selective damping to ensure a more agile and sportier driving feel. That is of course aside from its powerful engine. Just like its siblings, the Coupe comes with the latest driver assistance systems, smartphone integration and a widescreen cockpit.

Prof. Dr. Thomas Weber likewise said in statement how the new E-Class Coupe combines the most advanced engineering, “agile sportiness” and modern luxury. He believes it has the “spirit” and “personality” that appeal to both mind and heart on the same level.

With all the comforts now in place, Mercedes-Benz takes a step further by bringing the Concierge Service within the Coupe’s amenities. For those already with “mbrace Secure” and “mbrace Connect” services, customers can continue to enjoy personalized assistance for navigation, bookings, reservations as well as information on sporting events, cultural events and tourist spots. To access these outstanding features, customers only need to register and subscribe to mbrace service. The Concierge can be contacted via Mercedes me app or through the vehicle’s iCall button.

Because the new Coupe is part of Mercedes Benz’s E-Class family, the latest iteration comes with more intelligent features than ever before. The standard Active Brake Assist for example can alert the driver of an impending collision. This in turn helps with emergency braking or if the situation requires, it may also employ the use of brakes autonomously.

Other exceptional features include Drive Pilot system for semi-autonomous driving and Distance Pilot DISTRONIC system for pre-programmed distance and speed limit. The E-Class Coupe also comes with other optional upgrades such as high resolution LED Intelligent lighting system with illuminating effects, automatic high beam, and 72 individually activated high-performance LEDs for the headlights.

The Magic Vision Control comes as standard for Mercedes’ 4MATIC E400 Coupe. This intelligent technology efficiently cleans up the windscreen and is complete with wiper blades with integrated water feed line. The wiper blade truly works like magic since there is no water surge whatsoever when it is sprayed on the windshield. The blades also keep warm to block ice and snow from sticking on the surface during winter.

Mercedes unveiled its first “sporty coupe” back in 1968 that goes by the name “Stroke Eight” and was later on followed by the CLK series. Of course, the newer versions of the sport coupe come with a better design and performance --- just like this new Coupe.

The all-new 2018 E-Class Coupe will be officially launched in January at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It is expected to go on sale by summer of next year. Watch out for it!

After introducing its most intelligent sedan and wagon, Mercedes-Benz once again welcomes a new member of the E-Class family. Armed with state of the art technology, the new 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe also features both the aesthetic and classic appeal of a grand tourer.

Mercedes has equipped its suspensions with selective damping to ensure a more agile and sportier driving feel. That is of course aside from its powerful engine. Just like its siblings, the Coupe comes with the latest driver assistance systems, smartphone integration and a widescreen cockpit.

Prof. Dr. Thomas Weber likewise said in statement how the new E-Class Coupe combines the most advanced engineering, “agile sportiness” and modern luxury. He believes it has the “spirit” and “personality” that appeal to both mind and heart on the same level.

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For those pleading that Audi’s TT two-door coupe and roadster powered by the 2.0-liter TDI engine would get the known quattro all-drive drive technology, it seems that the German premium carmaker has heard your prayers. Yes, an Audi TT 2.0 TDI quattro is now available.

However, there is a twist to this. Audi’s all-wheel drive technology could only be fitted into a 2.0 TDI engine-powered 2017 TT coupe or roadster if the S tronic six-speed dual-clutch transmission is availed. The resulting variant would be the 2017 Audi TT 2.0 TDI quattro S tronic, which boasts of all-wheel drive agility and excellent diesel economy. Of course, the 2017 Audi TT Coupe 2.0 TDI with six-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive (FWD) remains available to order.

With this development, the 2017 Audi TT coupe – both coupe and roadster -- is now available in seven engine/transmission variants: 1.8L TFSI/six-speed manual (FWD); 1.8L TFSI/six-speed S Tronic (FWD); 2.0L TFSI/six-speed manual (FWD); 2.0L TFSI/six-speed S Tronic (FWD);2.0L TFSI/six-speed S Tronic (quattro);2.0L TDI/six-speed manual (FWD); and 2.0L TDI/six-speed S Tronic (quattro).

Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive technology employs an electro-hydraulic multi-plate clutch to send torque to the wheels in both the front and rear axles. Normally, quattro is front-axle biased, which means power is distributed to the front wheels. However, when the system senses that the level of traction on the front wheels has decreased, the electro-hydraulic multi-plate clutch would redirect the torque to the rear axle within a few milliseconds. Since quattro works closely with wheel-selective torque control of the Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC), an Audi vehicle with this element is ensured of more fluid and more stable handling.

The power behind the 2017 Audi TT 2.0 TDI quattro S tronic still comes from a refined four-cylinder diesel engine that delivers 135 kW (184 hp) of max output and 380 Nm (280.3 lb-ft) of peak torque available between 1,750 and 3,250 rpm, which are good for a top speed of 230 km/h. In terms of acceleration, the Audi TT coupe TDI quattro model could sprint from zero to 100 km/h in just 6.7 seconds, which is around 0.4 seconds quicker that the TT coupe TDI FWD version. Audi TT roadster TDI quattro model, meanwhile, could accelerate from nil to 100 km/h in 7.0 seconds. Moreover, the quattro version is more stable and easier to handle in any road surface or condition.

However, there is a big difference in terms of fuel efficiency. The 2017 Audi TT 2.0 TDI FWD coupe and roadster consume 4.6 liters and 4.7 liters diesel per 100 km and emit 122 grams and 124 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer, respectively. On the other hand, the 2017 Audi TT 2.0 TDI quattro coupe and roadster use up 5.2 liters and 5.4 liters of diesel per 100 km and let out 137 grams and 142 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer, respectively.

For those pleading that Audi’s TT two-door coupe and roadster powered by the 2.0-liter TDI engine would get the known quattro all-drive drive technology, it seems that the German premium carmaker has heard your prayers. Yes, an Audi TT 2.0 TDI quattro is now available.

However, there is a twist to this. Audi’s all-wheel drive technology could only be fitted into a 2.0 TDI engine-powered 2017 TT coupe or roadster if the S tronic six-speed dual-clutch transmission is availed. The resulting variant would be the 2017 Audi TT 2.0 TDI quattro S tronic, which boasts of all-wheel drive agility and excellent diesel economy. Of course, the 2017 Audi TT Coupe 2.0 TDI with six-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive (FWD) remains available to order.

With this development, the 2017 Audi TT coupe – both coupe and roadster -- is now available in seven engine/transmission variants: 1.8L TFSI/six-speed manual (FWD); 1.8L TFSI/six-speed S Tronic (FWD); 2.0L TFSI/six-speed manual (FWD); 2.0L TFSI/six-speed S Tronic (FWD);2.0L TFSI/six-speed S Tronic (quattro);2.0L TDI/six-speed manual (FWD); and 2.0L TDI/six-speed S Tronic (quattro).

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