Introducing the Alfa Romeo Giulia


Source:  Geeky Gadgets

Italian sports car brand Alfa-Romeo is planning a global comeback and it starts with the Giulia Quadrifoglio.

Under the bonnet, it packs a powerful 2.9-litre turbocharged V6 with 380kW and a staggering 600Nm of torque.  That’s good enough for the Alfa to hit 100km an hour in just 3.9 seconds, and it has just lapped the Nurburgring in 7-minutes, 39-seconds – 9-seconds faster than a BMW M4.

It will be interesting to see if this new Alfa sedan is able to take on the BMW 3 series and also the Mercedes C Class. The performance version of the car does sound very impressive.

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2016 McLaren 650S – Mid Cycle Refresh

2015.9.22 McLaren 650S (1)

Source:  Art of Gears

McLaren announced on September 22nd that they are throwing more value at the McLaren 650S than ever before. All the new standard options won’t cost customers any additional money.  Most of these now standard items turn an already attractive looking McLaren and add a bit of racecar credentials courtesy of carbon fiber aero pieces.

All around you get a carbon fiber front splitter, side skirts, intakes and rear bumper treatments. These enhancements are subtle, but enough to set the 2016 McLaren 650S apart from last year. Additionally, those in the market for the 650S will have their choice amongst ten other colors. And if you don’t sit in the regular racing seats, McLaren will throw in a larger set of seats free of charge.

McLaren’s enhanced technology package includes a front vehicle lifter, adjustable seats and steering column as well as Merdian surround sound, parking sensors, backup camera and car cover for $9,950.  Finally, the 2016 McLaren 650S can now be optioned out with Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires for $1300. Originally developed for the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, it’s one of the best tires on the market and more than capable of handling what the McLaren 650S will throw its way.

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The Revolutionary 2016 Audi TT

The 2016 Audi TT coupe is an evolutionary new edition of the brand's sport coupe. (Audi)

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A revolutionary new instrument cluster and climate controls highlight the 2016 Audi TT, an evolutionary new edition of the luxury brand’s stylish little sport coupe.

The TT’s exterior design has always been one of the most modern on the road, with proportions and a clean design that seemed unchained from the traditions that limit other automakers’ designers. The all-new 2016 model extends that aesthetic independence inside the cabin.

The TT, available as a coupe or convertible, competes with sports cars like the Alfa Romeo 4C, BMW 228i, Cadillac ATS coupe, Ford Mustang, Jaguar F-type, Lexus RC 350 AWD and Porsche Cayman.  There’s not a loser in this bunch, but the TT’s looks, fuel economy and all-wheel-drive have won it a loyal following.

The TT’s exterior styling is a more sophisticated version of the second-generation TT. The interior design is clean and simple, thanks in part to the new instrument panel and climate controls. The instrument panel features a video display that can project a navigation screen, audio options, information about phone calls and speed, engine rpm and performance data.

All-wheel drive and a 220-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine and a six-speed dual clutch automatic transmission are standard. The TT’s EPA fuel-economy rating of 23 mpg in the city, 30 on the highway and 26 combined falls in the middle of the pack. The

The TT’s power and fuel economy have been exceeded by small turbo fours from Alfa Romeo, BMW, Cadillac and other luxury brands. Even mainstream sport coupes like the Ford Mustang and 2016 Chevrolet Camaro offer small turbos that outdo the TT.

While the car’s power is unspectacular, the TT’s handling remains invigorating. The car’s short wheelbase, wide track and performance-tuned all-wheel drive deliver excellent handling and grip.

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Aston Martin’s 2016 DB9 GT Debuts at Pebble Beach

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Aston Martin debuted their new 2016 DB9 GT at the Pebble Beach Automotive Week.  The DB9 GT is the luxury British sports car maker’s most compelling production ‘DB’ to date, designed to offer world-class grand touring and hand-built excellence.

Claiming the title of the most potent DB9 yet devised, by virtue of its uprated 6.0-litre V12 engine which now boasts 540 hp, the DB9 gt continues a distinguished tradition of luxury, excitement and style with a raft of engineering, equipment and styling developments calculated to make this the very best of what DB9 can be.

The DBX concept – now confirmed for production – underlines Aston Martin’s growth plans by signaling an expansion into the luxury GT crossover market as part of a wider strategy to develop the strongest and most diverse product portfolio in the company’s history.

Offering a challenge to the existing status quo in the high luxury GT segment, the DBX promises stylish, comfortable, practical and environmentally responsible luxury GT travel.

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Customizing the McLaren 670S

Purple McLaren 570S and Ugo Colombo


McLaren returned to Pebble Beach this summer to showcase the customization options it offers through its Special Operations division. They exhibited an array of models from its range of supercars, but their focus this year was on the 570S that kicked off the company’s new entry-level Sports Series.

One 570S coupe was decked out by MSO in a special Mauvine Blue paint with coordinating interior treatment in black leather. It was joined by a second 570S in Ventura Orange with options selected from the MSO Defined catalog. The pair of Sports Series models gave prospective buyers a couple of ideas as to how they might specify their own.

The McLaren 570S was unveiled at the New York Motor Show 2015.  The 570S is predicted to triple the company’s sales volume by 2020. It features a 3.8 litre twin turbo V8 engine with 30 percent new parts. It produces 562 bhp and has a price of around $180,000.

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The Track-Ready Porsche Panamera GTS

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The Porsche Panamera GTS is a track-ready car and one of the most powerful five-door tourers in the market. It retains its 4.8 liter V8 engine for sheer torque and power. To have the option of Sport and Sport Plus driving with the accompanying symphony from the four exhaust pipes is exhilaration unmatched by any other car.

Once the key is turned in the GTS, the engine revs up loudly before settling on its normal idle speed. This tough sedan thinks it’s a sports car and the road is race track!

The enormous 440 bhp of engine power is channeled through a 7-speed PDK dual clutch automatic gearbox pushing the four wheels. The suspension is lowered by 10mm and is quite tough in city streets despite the fact that it features air springs as standard.

The Panamera GTS is unmatched on fast roads for speed and stability. It feels solid and heavy to steer but feels more comfortable cruising at 100 kph that doing 55kph in city streets. The Panamera GTS is best enjoyed on fast-moving motorways. Going to the south coast and back in half a day was much faster in the GTS.

For sheer pleasure of hi-revving engine torque, Sports Plus driving is a bonus in this car — if the driver enjoys the tough suspension. It comes ready to drive on the track without any adjustment — and it has a stop-watch for lap timing as well.

The cockpit resembles that of a private jet; the seats are perfect for fast driving; and the engine soundtrack is amazing.  It comes well-equipped with a touchscreen control unit for navigation and entertainment.

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The Next-Generation Audi Q5 Spied

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The Audi Q5 luxury crossover is due for a redesign after seven years on the market without major changes.  Like the recently redesigned Audi A4, the next Q5 looks to have an evolutionary design, with familiar proportions and a shape that’s similar to the current model.

The new Audi Q5 will transition to the same MLBevo platform that underpins the new A4. This will help the crossover lose weight, gain fuel efficiency, and improve handling. The new car looks to be around the same size as the current Q5, though, which primarily competes with the BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC.

The new Audi Q5’s more aggressive front end looks to be the biggest styling change, with sharply creased front headlights and Audi’s new singleframe grille design leading into a relatively flat hood. Behind the A-pillars, the shape is nearly identical to the current Q5, save for a flowing character line that runs just above the door handles. Viewed from the rear, we can see the gently sloping rear hatch and horizontal LED taillights that look similar to those on the Q3 and Q7 crossovers.

Engine choices for the new Audi Q5 are expected to be shared with the new A4, which will offer 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and 2.0-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder options in the U.S.

The high-performance Audi SQ5 may also reappear for this generation with an updated version of Audi’s 3.0-liter supercharged V-6, and a plug-in hybrid variant is likely as well.

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