A highlight of the 2013 Essen Motor Show is the TUNE IT! SAFE! car and this year, the Association of German Vehicle Tuners (VDAT) has introduced the BMW 4 Series -based ACS4 2.8i Coupe.
The Bimmer coupe was worked on by AC Schnitzer, hence the familiar nomenclature, and comes with a steady diet of aftermarket upgrades that would make the the Police and the Federal Ministry for Transport, Construction and Road Development really proud.
It’s an extensive project, just like previous TUNE IT! SAFE! models and appropriate for an event like Essen. The ACS4 2.8i Coupe comes with a number of new aero components from AC Schnitzer, including a front and rear spoiler, a rear roof spoiler, and a rear diffuser. Adding to those new items to the exterior are a new set of 21-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Hankook 245/30ZR21 Ventus S1 evo tires and an adjustable race-spec suspension that not only lowers the height of the coupe by 25 mm (0.98 inches) but also gives it improved stability in the event the police car is used for law-enforcing purposes.
For the interior, AC Schnitzer continued with its functional modifications on the 4 Series Coupe. None of the upgrades will blow your socks off, but for what they’re worth, the new floor mats, key holder, and aluminum gear knob, foot rest, handbrake handle, and pedal set all represent upgrades in their own right.
Under the hood of this specially-prepared 4 Series Coupe, AC Schnitzer did a sizable performance bump, increasing the output of the sports car ’s 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbo engine from 245 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque, all the way up to 294 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. With these new numbers, the sports coupe can now hit 62 mph in 5.7 seconds, 50 to 112 mph in 12.7 seconds. Top speed is still limited to 155 mph, though, so that’s a little disappointing.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 BMW 4 Series Coupe ACS4 TUNE IT! SAFE! by AC Schnitzer
This new morphing video crams 50 years of famous — and some infamous — Mustang designs into 100 seconds, giving you the chance to remember all of the changes the Mustang endured through its storied history.
For those of you who are not as familiar with the Mustang’s lifespan, Ford unveiled the Mustang in 1964 and to date, it has gone through five different generations, all with a specific design language and with a different engine lineup.
The sixth-generation Mustang will be unveiled at the end of this week, and it will be offered with a series of innovative changes, like the availability of an independent rear suspension and a global design language.
The Lamborghini Veneno hit the scene to a relatively lukewarm reception at best, but the lack of media and enthusiast frenzy sure didn’t stop it from planning a roadster version. The new Veneno Roadster was unveiled this past weekend, and there are few differences between it and the coupe model.
The typical roadster has a top that the driver can raise and lower at his demand, but the Veneno is no typical car. Instead, Lamborghini opted to hack the top off altogether.
In terms of overall design, the Veneno Roadster looks nearly identical to its coupe brother, so it retains that crazy exterior look, with exception to it lack of a roof.
Unlike the coupe versio, which was limited to just three units, Lamborghini will limit the new Veneno Roadster to nine units. Each will carry a price tag of $4.5 million.
Update 12/2/2013: The $4.5 million Veneno recently made its public debut in Abu Dhabi. The venue for the unveiling was something out of a Hollywood movie scene. That would be, an aircraft carrier. "We are honoured that Lamborghini was chosen to represent the Italian car industry in the UAE, as a perfect example of iconic Italian super sports cars, and that we have the opportunity to show the Veneno roadster for the first time in Abu Dhabi," said Lamborghini boss Stephan Winkelmann during the press conference.
Click past the jump to read more about the Lamborghini Veneno Roadster.
With the untimely and horrific death of a shining star of automotive film, Paul Walker, we are also faced with the reality that the loss of the star could spell the end of the Fast & Furious series. With Fast & Furious 7 already in the works, we were uncertain what would happen with the movie, which is scheduled for release on July 11, 2014, when the news of Walker’s death came out.
According to several reports, Fast & Furious 7 will not be scrapped, but it may be delayed, due to Walkers death. According to the report, Universal executives said that there may be some "rewrites and delays," but as of now, the film is still set to continue with production. A separate report, from TMZ, stated that key scenes with Walker were set for shooting just a few days from now, so this means the rewrites will likely be very heavy.
What weighs on our minds now, besides the tragic loss of this all-around good human being, is what will happen with the Fast & Furious franchise as a whole. Does the studio continue on without Walker’s character (Brian O’Conner)? Do they replace Walker as one of the leads? Do they simply end the series with the seventh installment?
We are willing to put our dollar on the series ending with Fast & Furious 7, as we expect the delays that the a studio rep spoke of — in anonymity, of course — to be a rewrite of the ending to wrap up the entire series.
We’re sure that that studio executives will address the situation, but that will likely not come until after the film’s release.
We’ll keep an eye out for any more details regarding the franchise.
Click past the jump to see the trailers for all six Fast & Furious movies.
On occasion, we find extremely rare and desirable cars that roll across the auction block, but few are as pristine and well kept as this 2009 RUF CTR3. Its beautiful chassis has only called one garage home while having traveled a mere 547 miles. They don’t come any better than this.
Although it looks like a modified Porsche 911 or Cayman , this is no chop job. The small German manufacturing company RUF designed and built the CTR3 from the ground up, using only a handful of original Porsche parts in creating perhaps one of the top supercars ever produced.
The CTR3 starts off with the front crash zone, floor pan, and hood of a 911 GT3 RS delivered directly from the Porsche assembly line. RUF then added the mid-mounted engine cradle and integrated roll cage. Adding to the car’s safety are Porsche production GT3 doors with integrated side-impact braces. A modified 3.8-liter, twin-turbo flat-six is then fitted snugly behind the passenger compartment. It powers the rear wheels through a six-speed sequential transmission. A massive 750 horsepower and 708 pound-feet of torque move to 3,086-pound car from 0 to 60 mph in a scant 3.1 seconds.
Bringing the car to a halt are four 15-inch, carbon-ceramic rotors clamped by six-piston aluminum calipers front and rear. Huge 265/35ZR19 tires up front and massive 335/30ZR20 tires out back grip the road. The CTR3’s track is five inches wider than a standard 911 and the wheelbase has grown 10.8 inches, while the overall length hasn’t changed. The beautiful rear suspension set up is a multi-link arrangement while the front uses the 911’s MacPherson struts.
Only 31 CTR3s were ever made and this particular example is for sale in California. It was imported into the U.S. in 2009 to an owner who never had it registered. It was then shipped back to Germany in 2012 for upgrades including a bump in horsepower to its current output. Even with its outrageous power, it still meets all federal emissions standards and is completely street legal. Current asking price is unknown, but other CTR3s have sold for $400,000 plus. Head over Canepa to see the RUF’s actual listing.
Click past the jump for photos and info on RUF and this 2009 CTR3
We last caught the revised version of the Mercedes B-Class testing back in September, and it looks like Mercedes has taken it out for another testing session, this time on the roads of Germany.
As you can see, only the front and rear don light camouflage, which means that these are the parts that Mercedes is likely updating. We certainly were not expecting anything major from this update, which is clear from the camo, but this revision should be enough to keep the B-Class fresh for the next few years.
Included in this revision will be a new headlight and taillight design, a new grille, and new front and rear bumpers. You should also expect some minor improvements inside the cabin and under the hood. The under-hood updates will likely focus on improving the fuel economy figures.
By now, the tragic news of actor Paul Walker’s untimely death on Saturday, November 30 has spread throughout the media and its audiences. Walker’s involvement in a fiery car crash in Santa Clarita, California and the details surrounding it have been well covered. What many may not see is Walker’s intense commitment to helping people in need the world over through a charitable organization he started in 2010.
Reach Out Worldwide began as a heartfelt response to the tragedies seen following the massive January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Walker visited the country as part of a disaster response team and felt the calling to continue such philanthropic work on his own. Upon his return, he and a group of friends and started ROWW, whose philosophy is, “by making a difference in just one person’s life, the world has been changed for the better.”
The non-profit organization quickly grew into Walker’s dream of “filling the gap between the availability of skilled resources and the requirement for such personnel in post-disaster situations.” ROWW enlisted the help of doctors, nurses, firefighters, heavy-equipment operators, project planners, and others in building a network of volunteers with the ability to respond to worldwide disasters. The organization even attracted the help of companies like STIHL – America’s number one selling brand of gas-powered, handheld power equipment, like chainsaws – who donates equipment to the team.
To date, ROWW has assisted in the recovery efforts following the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile, the Typhoon in the Philippines, the Tsunami in Indonesia, and tornadoes in Illinois, Oklahoma City, and Alabama. Currently, ROWW has members deployed to the Philippines in response to Typhoon Haiyan, which made landfall in early November.
As many of the news reports mentioned, Walker was attending a “charity toy drive and automotive social gathering” on Saturday just minutes before his death. The charity aimed to gather toys and funds to help economically disadvantaged children the world over, and especially in the current Philippine disaster zone.
Paul Walker died not only an accomplished actor and active automotive enthusiast, but more importantly, a legendary philanthropist and activist for just causes and hurting people worldwide. He will be sorely missed.
Click past the jump to see videos of Paul Walker in action with ROWW
Porsche is no stranger to releasing special edition models and if there’s a possibility that public interest will dictate strong demand, the automaker has no problem giving the people what they want.
Recently, Porsche unveiled its latest special edition work for the Cayenne SUV . It’s called the Cayenne Platinum Edition and it was designed to combine style and exclusivity, two hallmarks of German engineering.
As is always the case with a special-edition model, the Cayenne Platinum Edition will come dressed with a variety of color options, including a choice of models like a Platinum Silver Metallic finish to go with a Black, White, Meteor Grey Metallic, Basalt Black Metallic, Mahogany Metallic and Carrara White Metallic colors, all of which are available upon request.
Bi-xenon headlights, a fancy privacy glass, and a set of 19-inch Cayenne Design II wheels are also part of the exterior program.
Meanwhile, the interior also received a fancy set of upgrades, highlighted by a two-tone interior trim that has partial leather seats, a SportDesign steering wheel and a Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system with GPS navigation. Anti-dazzle interior mirrors, special floor mats and "Platinum Edition" sill plates, are also part of the interior digs, giving this Cayenne Platinum Edition the workings of an certifiably exclusive SUV.
The Cayenne Platinum Edition is powered by a 3.6-liter, V-6 engine that develops 300 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, in addition to a 3.0-liter, V-6 diesel that hits 254 horsepower and 368 pound-feet of torque. The model retails for €66,379 for the Cayenne Platinum Edition and €67,212 for the Cayenne Diesel Platinum Edition, which is about $90,300 and $91,500 based on current exchange rates.
Click past the jump to see more of the Platinum Edition and the 2014 Porsche Cayenne
Since the unveiling of the LaFerrari and F12berlinetta , the 458 Italia has become a little outdated, so to speak. Sure, it still holds plenty of value in the market, but it just feels dated now. Well, at the 2013 Frankfurt International Motor Show in September, Ferrari plans to debut a concept that it based on the 458 to not only bring the model back into light, but to also showcase future technology for the automaker.
Dubbed the Ferrari 458 Speciale, this model takes the impressive performance credentials that the 458 Italia already features and cranks the dial way up. A nice and healthy boost in output partners up with active aerodynamics and traction modifications to make this the most capable Ferrari road car to grace a track. It’s just too bad that this specific model will never make its way to production
So, what can we expect to see from Ferrari in the coming years?
Update 8/22/2013: Ferrari has just released a preview video of this awesome concept. You can see the video above.
Update 9/10/2013: The new 458 Speciale made its world debut today at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. As expected, the official release came with the full specifications figures, including top speed and Fiorano times. Check them out after the jump. There are also three new video for you to enjoy!
Update 12/02/2013: Ferrari unveiled a new video (above), featuring the most powerful version in the 458 lineup. This video gives you an on-board look at the 458 Speciale with test driver Raffaele De Simone behind the wheel. Enjoy!
Click past the jump to read all about the new 458 Speciale concept to find out.
The rotary engine was the brainchild of German engineer Felix Wankel, and Mazda was the first automaker to put the Wankel invention into production vehicles. Mazda has been producing rotary engines and using it to power its cars since 1963, despite its few drawbacks. Over the years, the company has worked on this concept to make even better rotary engines, which culminated with the Renesis series of naturally aspirated rotary engines.
Since the demise of the Mazda RX-8 , the company has put the rotary engine production on hold as newer models moved onto cleaner and more efficient powerplants. Today, the rotary engine does not appear in any Mazda product. An now, the only car maker in the world that has embraced the Wankel engine might be on the verge of putting it to rest for good. We hope that does not happen but that’s what new CEO at Mazda, Masa-michi Kogai alluded to in an interview with Automotive News.
In an interview with the publication, Masa-michi San emphasized on the commercial proposition of the rotary engine. The company would have to generated a sales volume of 100,000 units per year in order to make the rotary engine a viable business option. Masa-michi San also said that generating profits for the company will be a priority and sticking with rotary engines does not seem to be the right path to take, at least for the moment.
The previous boss at Mazda Motor Corp. had hinted at a possible rebirth of the rotary engine in a future hybrid vehicle. The engine would be used to generate electricity to charge a set of batteries. Since then, we haven’t seen a single concept or even an official blurb from Mazda , which begs the question, have we seen the last of the Mazda Wankel rotary engines?