Lego Immortalizes the F40

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The last car Enzo Ferrari ever approved himself was the Ferrari F40. Since its release in 1987, the car is still regarded as one of the most impressive supercars of all time. Now, this legendary vehicle has been immortalized by Lego.

Release for this $90 creator model is set for August 1st of this year, and includes 1158-pieces. Lego VIP members will be able to order the set a few weeks early, on July 15th… sets are expected to go fast – pardon the pun.

The Lego F40 will include working doors, pop-up headlights, a hood that opens to reveal the trunk, and rear-gate that opens to reveal the car’s engine. It will also have a removable replica of the car’s twin turbo-charged, 2.9-liter, V8, 478-horsepower engine, for those who wish to admire it from all angles.

For most, this Lego replica is the closest they will ever come to owning this piece of automobile history, and will make an impressive addition to any model car collection.

Alfa Romeo Sedan Coming to the US

ugo-colombo-alfa-romeo-sedanAfter a 20 year absence from the US marketing, Alfa Romeo is really trying to make a splash. Its newest offering is the 2016 Alfa Romeo Giulia sedan, a competitor to the popular BMW 3-series.  Many believe this more popular style of vehicle will help Alfa Romeo make its way back into the mainstream American market.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Alfa Romeo’s parent company, clearly spent a lot of time on the new Giulia; saying the car was created by “Skunkworks of the best engineers, designers, and stylists within the company.”

Several versions of the car will be available to consumers, with varying levels of performance and add-ons. The most impressive of these options is the Quadrifoglio edition, which was presented to the press this week in Italy. This car comes with a Ferrari inspired turbocharged V6, 510 horsepower, all-aluminum engine. This will supposedly give the car the ability to go from 0-60 in 3.9 seconds, which is on par with the BMW M3. The turbo-V6 gives the car a beautiful sound, as it expels exhaust through the car’s stunning quad pipes.

The Giulia will be built on an all new rear wheel-drive platform; the same platform all future models will be built on. This car is ideal for those searching for a more exciting driving experience, with its performance-oriented sports suspension, and a 50/50 front/rear weight distribution.

As far as looks are concerned, the car offers a certain level of flamboyancy, all while keeping some German practicality. Keeping with the company’s signature front grill the public has grown to love, the car offers a more muscular look than Alfa’s other cars.

A release date and price for the US have not been set yet, but the excitement is still building!

Audi’s R8 Births the New RS3

Audi is no stranger to using dramatic videos as a way to introduce new models and the introduction of the new RS3 proves the point.

When it comes to introducing the redesigned RS3 Sportback, Audi returns to the snarl of the R8, but this time as it gives birth to its’ precious little RS3.  Audi even finds a way to show the “umbilical cord” being cut.

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While proportionally the new RS3 Sportback shares little in common with the halo Audi R8, its performance has inched closer to its ancestor. It may have half the cylinders of the R8 V10, but the 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder makes 367 horsepower — up 27 from the previous generation — and 343 pound-feet of torque. That power is funneled to all four wheels via Audi’s infamous quattro all-wheel drive system, which is connected to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission.

Thanks in part to its sophisticated all-wheel drive system, the 2016 RS3 Sportback gets to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds on the way to its electronically-limited 155 mph top speed. Audi can raise the governor to 174 mph. Besides the ferocious power, the RS3 Sportback gains other significant hardware upgrades like carbon ceramic front brakes and a brake-based torque vectoring system for better cornering. Its pumped-up exterior completes the look.

Read more about the Audi RS3 and see its’ birth video at http://www.digitaltrends.com/cars/2016-audi-rs3-promo-video-details-images/#ixzz3ZPoVtlN0

Maserati Levante to be Revealed at 2016 Detroit Auto Show

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A report from the Netherlands De Telegraaf, states that Maserati’s high-riding SUV – the Maserati Levante – will emerge from hiding at 2016 Detroit Auto Show in January.

Underpinning the Levante will be a modified version of the platform found in Maserati’s Ghibli and Quattroporte sedans, complete with the automaker’s own Q4 all-wheel-drive system. The styling will be derived from Maserati’s Kubang concept car from the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show. Don’t expect the Levante to be a clone of the Kubang, however.  Maserati’s design language has evolved since then.

Expect the same turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 and 3.8-liter V-8 gasoline units found in the Ghibli and Quattroporte to make their way into the Levante. It’s expected that the power will be up to 444 horsepower for the V-6 model and 572 hp for the V-8. Expect a diesel in some markets.  There is also talk of a plug-in hybrid model being launched further down the track.

Read more about the Maserati Levante at http://www.motorauthority.com/news/1098156_maserati-levante-to-debut-at-2016-detroit-auto-show-report

Audi Explores Matrix Laser Headlights

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Audi’s Matrix LED headlights allow you to drive with your high beams left permanently on and without bothering other drivers.  This feat is accomplished by ensuring the headlights detect other vehicles on the road and actually split up a light path so that they don’t blind the other drivers.  At the same time they continue to cast their full light in the areas where there isn’t another vehicle. Because the light path being created uses numerous LEDs—about 25 per headlight unit—spread over a grid (or matrix), these can then be individually controlled depending on the situation.

Getting this feature to work with newer laser lights, however, will prove more difficult.  Laser lights have a greater intensity and lower energy consumption than LEDs, as well as a more defined light path.  This creates difficulties as the light isn’t created by multiple sources. But that hasn’t deterred Audi.  The automaker is working on a solution with partners such as Osram and Bosch in an initiative known as Intelligent Laser Light For Compact And High-Resolution Adaptive Headlights.

Read more about Audi’s work with Matrix laser headlights at http://www.motorauthority.com/news/1098067_audi-attempts-to-add-matrix-lighting-technology-to-its-laser-headlights and watch this video exploring this technology.

Porsche 911 GT3 RS Excites Porsche Enthusiasts

One of the most anticipated variations are the 911, the GT3 RS, debuted at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show and it is everything fans hoped for….and more! A stripped out, road-legal racecar, the Porsche 911 GT3 RS has always been the pinnacle of excitement, feel and adrenaline. It has been four years since the last GT3 RS, the limited edition 4.0 model, and it is high time we had a replacement.

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In an effort to improve cooling and cut weight, Porsche has added vents in the front and rear fenders, and even made the roof from a magnesium alloy. The interior is suitable stripped and prepped as well with carbon fiber buckets based on the 918’s, carbon fiber everywhere, and lightweight door handles. To make it ready for racing, the rear seats have been replaced with a cage, the driver seats comes standard with a six-point harness, the dash is prepped for a battery master switch, and the car comes with its own fire extinguisher.

The 3.8-liter flat-six engine from the regular GT3 has been dropped and a 4.0-liter unit replaces it. This new engine makes 500 horsepower and 339 pounds of torque. Like the GT3, the RS only comes with a PDK transmission, but the lightning quick shifts of the dual-clutch helps the GT3 RS hit 60 mph from a standstill in just 3.3 seconds. That makes this the fastest GT3 model Porsche has ever created. To keep lap times down, the car is also fitted with rear-wheel steering and Porsche Torque vectoring. All that fancy tech seems to work, as Porsche claims this newest 911 can blast the Nurburgring in just 7:20.

Learn more about the Porsche 911 GT3 RS

See the GT3 RS in this video from Porsche

Meeting the 2015 Maserati Quattroporte

The 2015 Maserati Quattroporte offers a selection of strong twin-turbo engines, a bold look, and an available all-weather-capable all-wheel-drive system.

Crisp creases and angular accents dominate the exterior design of the Quattroporte. A character line traces along the side and over the flanks, into a simple, understated rear end. An ovoid grille with a large trident emblem sets the tone at the nose, sweeping up to the curved hood and into the fenders. Inside, is more subdued, but no less well-executed. Fine leathers and satin woods meet with metal accents in a clean, two-tone finish.

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Under the hood, the 2015 Quattroporte offers a pair of engines, both of them fitted with twin turbochargers. The base engine, which comes on the Quattroporte S Q4, is a 3.0-liter V-6, its turbos helping to generate 410 horsepower and launch it to 60 mph in about five seconds. Top speed with the V-6 is 177 mph. A 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 is also available, the province of the GTS model, rated at 530 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, or up to 530 pound-feet during the momentary “overboost” function. The result is 0–60 mph acceleration runs of 4.7 seconds and a top speed of 191 mph.

A ZF eight-speed automatic transmission is standard on both models. The V-8 GTS features rear-wheel drive, while the S has Maserati’s Q4 all-wheel-drive system. The system is rear-biased, sending 100 percent of torque to the rear axle under normal conditions, and up to 50 percent to the front wheels when it detects slip. It adds little weight while making the car a bit more manageable in anything outside of ideal, dry-road conditions.

Learn more about the 2015 Maserati Quattroporte