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First Look: 2018 BMW M3 CS

Lighter + More Powerful = Absurdly Fast

by on Nov.07, 2017

The 2018 BMW M3 CS will be the fastest and most powerful version of the M3 yet.

Take your already impressive BMW M3, add some lightweight carbon fiber body panels and then punch up your Twin-Power six to a whopping 453 horsepower and you’re talking some serious performance numbers.

And that’s what the Bavarian automaker will be delivering with the debut of the 2018 BMW M3 CS – a four-door take on the M4 CS model already blazing its way out of BMW showrooms. The most powerful M3 of all time, it will make a whopping 453 horsepower, enough to hit 60 in just 3.7 seconds, with a top speed of 174 mph.

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We’ve gotten our hands on the first official pics and specifications for the long-rumored M3 CS and its nothing if not an impressive package that will all but certainly find a ready following for those who’ve wanted to take the familiar M3 to new levels of performance.


First Look: Mercedes-AMG GT R

Green Hell from Stuttgart.

by on Jun.27, 2016

A bright green bat out of hell, the GT R.

Ever since Mercedes-Benz rolled out the GT sports car a couple years back, we’ve been expecting a few variants, the typical modus operandi for the Schwabian automaker. Now, it seems, we’ll soon be getting a flood of them, including the recently introduced GT S, a “base” model due next year and, shortly after that, the Mercedes-AMG GT R that made its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England over the weekend.

Able to launch from 0 to 60 in a mere 3.5 seconds – about 0.2 seconds faster than the 2016 GT S model – you might be tempted to call it a bat out of hell. So, appropriately enough, Mercedes is introducing the new GT R with a new paint scheme called Green Hell Magno.

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Beyond that blinding hue, you’ll be able to distinguish the new Mercedes-AMG GT R from other versions of the two-seater thanks to new, widebody trim that adds about two inches in width to the more mundane versions of the GT.


Mercedes Set to Reveal 2017 SL at LA Auto Show

Rounder face for mid-cycle refresh; bigger changes could follow.

by on Nov.10, 2015

Mercedes-Benz puts a new face on the SL for 2017.

It’s going to be a busy couple of days in Los Angeles next week as the traveling auto show circus rolls into town, and one of more promising debuts on the docket will bring us the 2017 update of the Mercedes-Benz SL.

The sixth generation of the two-seater made its debut in 2012, generating some grumbles and groans from critics who decried its lackluster styling. So, Mercedes designers set out to give the 2017 Mercedes SL a little bit more of a dramatic flare, in keeping with the legendary roadsters that have been a brand mainstay since 1954.

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Mercedes isn’t saying much about the new model, other than pointing out its “diamond grille,” a distinctive new design theme it has picked up from some of the maker’s recent concept models. The high-contrast pattern still frames the classic Mercedes chromed slat and central tri-star.


Porsche Sales Push German Makers to Record Highs

German luxury makers enjoying impressive sales results in 2014.

by on Dec.11, 2014

The new GT3 is the most powerful naturally-aspirated 911 Porsche has ever produced.

Porsche AG confirmed that 2014 has been a banner year for the makers of high-priced German automobiles: sales for Porsche as well as luxury German makers are at or near all-time highs.

With 2014 nearly complete, Porsche is moving along in high gear as it cruises to record worldwide sales again this year. During November alone, Porsche delivered 17,700 vehicles – an increase of 25% over the same month last year, according to the German automaker.

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“This strong November is evidence that our strategy is working extremely well,” said Bernhard Maier, Member of the Executive Board – Sales and Marketing, Porsche AG. “It also confirms our commitment to taking advantage of every opportunity presented in the global markets,” he said. (more…)

Porsche Replacing Engines in all 2014 GT3

Maker blames fires on faulty fastener.

by on Mar.19, 2014

The new GT3 is the most powerful naturally-aspirated 911 Porsche has ever produced.

After telling all 785 owners of the 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 to immediately park their vehicles in the wake of two engine fires, the German maker informed them that it will be replacing the engines in those vehicles.

The company said its investigation revealed that fires were the result of a “loosened fastener on the connecting rod.” The loose rod damaged the crankcase causing oil to leak, which then ignited.

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Porsche will install engines with “optimized fasteners” to alleviate the problem. The problem came to light last month. According to a Porsche spokesman, two GT3 models, one sold in Italy, the other in Switzerland, “went up in flames” with less than 20 miles on their odometers. (more…)

Porsche Marks 50th With Special Edition

Venerable 911 stands the test of time with small changes.

by on Sep.12, 2013

The Porsche 901 became the iconic 911 after the maker changed the name to avoid a fight with Renault in 1963.

Even the venerable Model T lasted barely two decades in production despite the stubbornness of Henry Ford. The number of vehicles that have made it to the half-century mark can be counted on one hand. So, it’s not surprising the folks at Porsche are in the mood for a celebration this week.

The German maker’s iconic 911 sports car made its debut exactly 50 years ago on the stands at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and Porsche is marking the occasion by introducing a special anniversary edition at this year’s car show, with a limited run of just 1963 to honor the year the 911 made its debut.

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What’s particularly unusual about the sports car’s longevity is the fact that despite all the changes that have been made under the skin, as well as to the interior, today’s Porsche 911 maintains the same basic exterior profile of the original. (more…)

New 911 Making Impact

Porsche makes cars faster, improves handling.

by on May.06, 2013

The 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo gets a significant boost in horsepower for this year.

Porsche is rolling out the next generation 911 Turbo and Turbo S with a long-list of features such an all-wheel-drive system, active rear-axle steering, adaptive aerodynamics, full-LED headlights, and up to 560 horsepower from a flat six-cylinder engine with twin-turbochargers.

The new 911 Turbo is an ultra performance car with an entirely new chassis and lightweight design with a 3.9-inch longer wheelbase and larger 20-inch wheels. The Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control active anti-roll system, which is being offered for the first time in 911 Turbo models, increases dynamic performance even more.

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Standard equipment on the 911 Turbo S, is the Sport Chrono Package Plus with dynamic engine mounts, and Porsche Carbon Ceramic Composite Brakes, which are optional on the 911 Turbo. The result: The new 911 Turbo S shortens the lap time for the North Loop of the Nurburgring to well under seven and a half minutes – using standard production tires.