May 23rd, 2013 Benjamin Ringel
Since last year, there were some rumors about arrival of a convertible version of Lotus Exige S, says Benjamin Ringel. That novelty is now officially presented and this happened only after the car was displayed at Geneva, where was introduced as a concept model. Despite the lack of roof, the roadster version of Lotus Exige S is 25 pounds lighter than the coupe. With this novelty Brits are closing the circle and making Exige family have one more member.
The new S Roadster is the fifth member of Exige family. With Exige S and racing versions Exige Cup and Exige Cup R, but also not forget the classic Exige which is no longer on sale, this convertible will complete the aforementioned family, whose second generation saw the light of day at the beginning of 2006th. The roadster version of Lotus Exige S, despite the lack of roof managed to be 25 pounds lighter than the coupe version from which it borrows the 3.5 liter V6 compressor engine with 350 hp and 400 Nm of torque.
Although lighter than the coupe version, the new Exige S Roadster comes to 60 mph as fast as the coupe version, that is in 3,8 s. This 2,600 pounds heavy convertible pulls up to a maximum of 150 mph, a velocity at which the car is electronically limited. The new Exige S Roadster will go on sale this summer at a cost of $ 71,500, says Ben Ringel.
May 17th, 2013 Benjamin Ringel
It took Porsche less than four years to produce 100,000 Panameras, says Benjamin Ringel. This sedan is the best-selling Porsche car, and from its factory in Leipzig these days came out its 100,000th copy. That car is a silver metallic Panamera S E-Hybrid which we first saw at the motor show in Shanghai this spring.
Porsche Panamera is available on the market in 120 countries around the world. This car has increased Porsche’s sales and greatly changed the market. Panamera has recently gone through a facelift, and the celebratory model which carries a 100,000 label just came out from Leipzig with a refreshed face and plug-in hybrid drive.
Just to recall, the Panamera S E- Hybrid is powered by a 3.0 liter petrol engine with 333 hp and 440 Nm of torque boosted by an electric motor which now has 95 HP and 310 Nm of torque. The electric motor gets its energy from the battery that is now with an increased capacity by 9.4 kWh. This type of hybrid circuit provides this car with combined 416 hp and 590 Nm of torque sufficient to get Panamera S E- Hybrid up to a maximum of 269 km / h and come from standing to 100 km / h in just 5.2 seconds, says Mr. Ringel.
April 23rd, 2013 Benjamin Ringel
The design collaboration between Jeremy Scott and design branch of Smart resulted in ForJeremy study which was presented to the public at last year’s auto show in Los Angeles, reminds Benjamin Ringel. The study was immediately destined to go on road, and the same plan was shortly after that confirmed and by the Smart leadership. A few months later, Smart has somewhat mitigated the actual design of the car and prepare it for mass production in which this car will soon enter.
The production version of Smart ForJeremy was presented at the Motor Show in Shanghai. The car inspired by the “winged” collection of Adidas sneaker (whose designer is also the creator of this vehicle) came in China in its production form. At first glance it is clear that the Smart has little bit softened its design and the wings, by which this car was specific, are now slightly smaller. The lower part of the “wings” has been replaced by conventional lights, and Smart ForJeremy also got simpler wheels, more classic front bumper and a mask, and lost a lot of chromium that had the concept car version.
Mr. Ringel states that the production of this novelty will start by the end of this month, and Smart ForJeremy buyers will be able to choose between three engines that will drive this compact car.
ForJeremy will be available in classic version with EV electric engine of 75 hp, and two Brabus versions, one with 81 hp coming from electric engine and a second one with gasoline engine with 102 horsepower. Starting price of the novelties is around $ 43,000 for the gasoline version, while ordinary electric ForJeremy version will costs $45,000. The BRABUS variant with an electric engine will cost $60,000, says Benjamin Ringel.
April 11th, 2013 Benjamin Ringel
It seems like that cutting down the number of employees last week did not bring any results to Fisker, so according to the recent data from Benjamin Ringel this American brand will have to declare bankruptcy until the end of the current week. According to Reuters, Fisker has already prepared the paperwork for bankruptcy and only thing it has to do is to decide when to declare it.
The story of Fisker was too good to be true. A new car brand on the basis of a single vehicle pulled millions from the U.S. government who at the end deserted it and did not help to survive in the market. This was also supported by several other factors, but the wicked will say that the bankrupted supplier of batteries and cars destroyed by the hurricane are just a karma that was supposed to eventually catch up with the brand.
The reality that the pieces were falling down came when the head of Fisker, Henrik Fisker lifted up the anchor and left the sinking ship. Dismissal of 160 employees last week was only a salvation that was too short. What ultimately buried Fisker is the repayment of a loan which was taken by the U.S. government, with an installment coming to be collected on 22nd of April. As Fisker for months has not produced a single car it is hard to expect that they will have the money to settle the debt and bankruptcy is the only logical solution that Fisker has on the table, concludes Ben Ringel.
April 3rd, 2013 Benjamin Ringel
About the arrival of Maserati’s new sedan, people have talked about it for some time, says Benjamin Ringel. As a place where it will be presented has been widely mentioned the automobile showroom in Shanghai, and this information Italians have now officially confirmed by sending invitations for the world premiere of the model which is about to happen in China.
The new Maserati Ghibli will be revealed later this month in China. Regarding this event, this brand from Modena has sent a formal invitation to his premiere. Although in the invitation nowhere explicitly is said that it is about the revealing of Maserati’s new Ghibli, everyone should be clear that this is clearly about the novelty. The text on the invitation says that Maserati is pleased to welcome us at the world premiere of their newest model, which not only builds on the history of the brand, but is also facing the great future.
If you look at a photo that was taken from the invitation you will clearly see how, under the blue cloth is hiding a sedan, and the only one we know that comes from Maserati is Ghibli. The only thing that is currently still unclear is whether Ghibli is going to be presented in its production form or as a concept that will announce the arrival of production model, ends Mr. Ringel.
March 27th, 2013 Benjamin Ringel
When they saw the new Mercedes – Benz G63 AMG 6 × 6, Society of Dartza just couldn’t resist not refining it in their own characteristic style, says Benjamin Ringel. The Russian Dartz Motorz received its current fame by heavily tuning various Russian military armored vehicles.
Eight variants of Prombrona is only part of what they offer, and from now on eccentric dictators, world leaders and wealthy sheiks will be able to enjoy once again the ultimate vehicle called Sahara G – eopard, behind which is hidden a tuned Mercedes novelty.
When the company from Dartza concluded that the new Mercedes – Benz G63 AMG 6 × 6 is too ordinary to designer Marius Dumitrascuu, they’ve given themselves the task to bring it a little in order. After several consultations and quite a few sketches emerged the “Sahara G – eopard”, who believe it or not, but it has its owner. Dartz has previously extended G63 AMG 6 × 6 extended for another 300 mm, it implemented rear “suicide” doors, put inside flooring you can only find on yachts, and instead of classic rims put a 24 inch Asanti Gold Bullion wheels decorated with real gold. This perversion does not end here, because the Sahara G – eopard comes with Bang & Olufsen audio system, Beo Vision 11 inch 3D Smart TV, a remote controlled panoramic roof and lighting, unique air-conditioning, small water tank decorated with Russian diamonds, golden hookah located in a portable cabin for smoking or dining area, finishes Mr. Ringel.
March 22nd, 2013 Benjamin Ringel
The unexpectedly reveal of new S class messed up a little bit Mercedes’ plans, says Benjamin Ringel. So much that these new developments overshadowed the upcoming presentation of CLA45 AMG, a model coming out from the well known Stuttgart manufacturer and whose presentation is about to happen in few days. Indeed, few people heard theses news, because the media devoted more time and space to the new S-class, and so unduly neglected the new sportiness model signed by AMG.
Two months after the presentation of a new version of the classic CLA, Mercedes decided to remove the veil of secrecy from its AMG version. Same as the A45 AMG and this newcomer is driven by 2.0 liter turbo engine with direct injection and 360 hp and 436 Nm of torque, which through a gearbox with double clutch are transmitted to all four wheels.
Like A45 AMG, and CLA45 AMG comes with a stiffer suspension, electronic control system, 18-inch alloy wheels with ventilated disks that are hidden beneath them. The interior of the car received a sports steering wheel, AMG gearshift knob, sports seats, AMG instruments on the board, and a handful of carbon elements and the AMG DRIVE unit that enables driver to change the settings of the car and with that its performance, says Benjamin Ringel.
We should not forget the additional packages for tweaking like that aerodynamic, carbon or a package which brings to CLA45 AMG 19 inch wheels, an exhaust system, stronger brakes and different suspension. In order to get us acquainted with his appearance before the premiere in New York, Mercedes published a series of photographs of its new athlete.
March 12th, 2013 Benjamin Ringel
The new Golf which was introduced in six editions is more and more present in Geneva these days, begins Benjamin Ringel. With the eco-friendly varieties, Golf variant and those that bind themselves to sporting connotations, Volkswagen exhibited a performance car for those who do not have money for the GTI and GTD variants, but still want a car with sporty note.
As with all of its models, Volkswagen is offering the new Golf R-Line accessory package that raises the exterior but also the interior to a higher level. All those who want their new Golf look like GTI or GTD but don’t have money to actually buy it these models can reach for the R-Line accessories that will transform an ordinary Golf visually into something more serious example.
Exterior of the car is done up with new bumpers, new flooring, rear diffuser, new tail pipes and roof spoiler. There are mirrors in body color, chrome accents and new 18-inch aluminum wheels. The interior has acquired the new sports seats and sports steering wheel with R-Line logo, a different gear knob and handbrake, and black details on the doors and the front console.
Volkswagen was not ready to reveal how much such a refinement in the Golf will cost, but shared with Benjamin Ringel the 2.0-liter TDI power engine with 150 hp and 320 Nm of torque stored under the R-Line Golf 4Motion.
March 1st, 2013 Benjamin Ringel
If there is something for what Mercedes Gelandewagen is well-known, then it his off-road capability, points out Benjamin Ringel. Those who still want more usually opt for AMG’s version of this SUV with more powerful engine that delivers more luxury and exclusivity. But the German car manufacturer now has something for those who want even more – the new Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6 × 6.
At the end of last month few spy photos were revealed on the internet of some strange specimen from Mercedes’ G-Class. Specifically, that SUV instead of the standard four wheels had six of them. As the vehicle looked like something that was custom made for some car fanatic, the whole story didn’t receive too much attention. But the reality is somewhat different because the G63 AMG 6 × 6 is a vehicle that will soon become an integral part of the Mercedes range.
In order to build it, Mercedes and AMG took a special military version of G320 CDI, which was created for the Australian Army and the upgraded the car for ordinary civilians. The particularity of this model is its all-wheel drive, which has five locks for the differential which is controlled by a switch in the cabin. Instead of the 3.0-liter diesel that powers the military version, for the civilian AMG insinuated a 5.5-liter V8 engine with 536 hp and 760 Nm of torque, which through the seven-speed, 7G-tronic automatic transmission is passed on to all six wheels.
As Benjamin Ringel says, the company from Stuttgart revealed that they will produce about 30 copies of this model per year, and that it will be one of the most expensive cars that Mercedes has in its offer.
February 13th, 2013 Benjamin Ringel
The successful WV pickup – Amarok will get more powerful entry engine for this year: the previous 2.0 TDI with 90 kW / 122 hp will be replaced by a more powerful version. The new entry TDI develops a power of 103 kW / 140 hp – which will contribute to improve the performances while at the same time offer low fuel consumption. The new model also includes a number of enhancements.
The power from 2-liter TDI engine with common rail injection, which is increased by 13 kW (18 hp) to 103 kW / 140 hp and is available at 3,500 rpm, while the torque, which is still 340 Nm, now is available in the range from 1.600 to 2.250 rpm.
This powerful engine will certainly impress you with its performance and with the low fuel consumption. For example, now stronger Amarok accelerates to 60 mph in just over 12 seconds (13.2 was with the previous engine), while top speed is now 108 mph (before was 106 mph). The time this pickup takes to accelerate from 50 to 75 mph in fifth gear is improved by 0.5 seconds.
Despite the significantly improved drivability, fuel consumption remained unchanged. With the optional BlueMotion Technology VW Amarok with 103 kW TDI engine will drive 35 miles on a single gallon of diesel fuel.