2012 VW Beetle Turbo Review

2012 VW Beetle Turbo

Like the fat kid from Math Club who came to the high school reunion with something to prove, the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo wants everyone to do a double take and notice that it’s no longer the archetypal chick car. The new VW wants it to be OK for a guy to purchase it and visit the Starbucks drive thru. It wants it known the latest version of the Beetle has a turbo in it, and it means business.

Doesn’t the now-flattened roofline says “I drink more beers than wine coolers” to you? After almost a decade of the New Beetle, VW has decided enough is enough. Cuteness overload has worn thin. The latest Beetle has visual cues that distinguish it from its predecessor. And it has the driving dynamics to make it feel more masculine. So, is the 2.0-liter turbo four mated to a double clutch automatic six-speed enough to propel this bug to a new dawn?

The new Beetle Turbo features the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine as the Eos I drove previously. The 200 horsepower and 207 lb.-ft. of torque @ 1,800-5,000 RPM make driving this Beetle quite fun. Passing cars on the freeway was a breeze in S mode. It’s a full second quicker to 60 mph than the VW Eos Lux (6.3 seconds vs. 7.3) thanks to lower curb weigh. And it’s also half-second quicker than the new Jetta GLI, which also has the same engine but is heavier.

The six-speed DSG (double clutch auto) transmission optimizes for MPG, and constantly upshifts in short bursts. The best way to get the most out of the engine is to simply floor the accelerator from a complete stop and drop the transmission in S mode. Keep your foot planted. The new Beetle has a multilink rear suspension tuned for more comfort than driving dynamics. The car feels light in the back, which sudden turns and driving in loose gravel will communicate.

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2012 Ferrari 458 Spider Perfetto with 4.5-liter V8 engine

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The Perfetto is Wheelsandmore’s latest tuning kit it developed for the Ferrari 458 Spider, which includes body and power mods.

Out of the factory, the 458 Italia boasts a 4.5-liter v8 engine. To this, Wheelsandmore remapped the ECU, added a sports exhaust system and a carbon fiber air box. Combined, these mods add 76-hp and 70 lb-ft of torque, making the total output 638-hp and 468 lb-ft of torque.

Carbon fiber parts have replaced the mirrors and rear diffuser, while the trunk, engine compartment and interior also have the option of being swapped out for carbon, well. All together, they save about 66lbs from the original weight.

The whole package rests on a set of 21-inch forged alloy wheels, with Hankook providing the rubber with four S1Evo tires.

Finally, 4.5-liter V8 engine has a new manifold, sports bankrupt system, ECU mapped and carbon cilia air box. It is accessible to aftermath 647 PS (476 kW / 638 hp) and 635 Nm (468 lb-ft) of torque – an access of 77 PS (57 kW / 76 hp) and 95 Nm (70 lb-ft) of torque. 2012 Ferrari 458 Spider, done that and afflicted the name Perfetto end. Almost perfect?. All types of carbon-decorated tuner 458. Mirrors, air clarify box, luchtinlaatjes, luchtuitlaatjes and as icing on the cake, some apparatus are still functional. A baby acclimation in the computer, accumulated with the new bankrupt makes 656 hp best is Fri

With the acclimation and the ‘extra’ ability in any case accomplish the complete added than the accepted 2012 Ferrari 458.

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Video: Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 HPE600 Test Drive with John Hennessey

Two simple facts: Hennessey is known for making crazy horsepower numbers by tuning already-powerful cars and many enthusiasts complain the new Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is underpowered. The solution: let Hennessey tune your 505-horsepower Camaro with some go-fast goodies to get an amazing 636 horsepower from the its 7.0-liter V-8.

This particular kit is called the Hennessey HPE600 and includes porting the heads, swapping in a more aggressive camshaft, upgrading the valvetrain components, bolting on stainless steel longtube headers, welding on high-flow catalytic converters, and flashing the Z/28’s computer for some extra power.

The result is an extra 131 horsepower, making the total count 636 horses at the crankshaft. The new parts help the naturally aspirated, 7.0-liter V-8 make 553 horsepower at the massive 305-series rear tires.

Hennessey explains the process wasn’t as simple as using the previous HPE600 kit from the old Corvette C6 Z06 toolbox. General Motors changed the LS7’s cylinder heads extensively between the two cars, so the Hennessey team had to reconfigure its porting process. On the flip-side, GM’s stock cold-air intake box on the Z/28 works well enough to be left alone.

As with every car Hennessey builds, a shakedown run is needed to ensure everything is ‘tight and right.’ In the video John Hennessey himself takes the Z/28 through its paces to see what the added power does. The Camaro’s super sticky Pirelli tires, performance suspension, and carbon-ceramic brakes all combine to make the it one of Chevy’s best-handling cars, but the added power allows the GM’s new track toy to keep up with the Camaro ZL1 and perhaps even nip the heels of Dodge’s new Challenger Hellcat.

Video: Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 HPE600 Test Drive with John Hennessey originally appeared on topspeed.com on Thursday, 7 August 2014 18:00 EST.

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Lexus GS Crafted Line Edition

If there ever was any doubt that Lexus is serious about its venture into the world of luxury, its new Crafted Line puts those questions to bed. The Crafted Line is available on a handful of Lexus models, including the LS 460 F Sport, GS 350 F Sport, IS 250 F Sport, RX 350 AWD F Sport and ES 350. That’s a lot of models to choose from.

The GS 350 F Sport’s status as Lexus’ high-performing, midsized luxury sedan makes it an ideal base for the Crafted Line treatment. Not that it needs any more splashes of luxury, it just doesn’t hurt to get more of it. Owners get their GS 350 F Sport dressed up in combination of Ultra White and Obsidian with a two-tone black and red interior. The color combinations are particularly vexing with the red interior highlights, creating a splash of life to the otherwise classy shades of white and black on the body.

Lexus’ collaboration with TUMI further emphasizes the level of style and luxury the Japanese automaker put into creating the Crafted Line. Every model, including the GS 350 F Sport will receive an exclusive TUMI luggage set. The participation of TUMI is a big deal in building cache among business people, some of whom are probably loyal consumers of the high-end lifestyle and accessories brand.

Look for the Lexus GS 350 F Sport’s Crafted Line version to become a hit when it debuts at the Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance before its scheduled launch in November 2014. Only 875 GS 350 F Sport models will fall under the Crafted Line collection, so expect it to sell out faster than most of its brethren.

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Lexus GS Crafted Line Edition originally appeared on topspeed.com on Thursday, 7 August 2014 19:00 EST.

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2013 Honda Accord Unveiled

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We’ve yet to officially see the 2013 Honda Accord other than the Accord Coupe Concept that was unveiled earlier this year. The all-new 2013 Accord is slated to arrive this fall, but a leaked dealer order sheet gives away a few more details. The 2013 Accord equipped with the 2.4L four-cylinder engine can be order with either a CVT transmission or six-speed manual. Unlike Hyundai, Chevy and Ford, Honda’s midsize sedan will continue to be offered with a six-cylinder engine. The 2013 Accord V6 sedan only comes with a six-speed automatic transmission, but the Accord V6 Coupe gets either a six-speed manual or automatic.

The order sheet also reveals that Honda will offer “sport” and “touring” trim levels on the Accord sedan.

The powertrains are also evolving, and at a pace that’s less glacial than the styling. The next Accord will feature the new Earth Dreams 2.4-liter, 16-valve DOHC direct-injection four-cylinder, producing 181 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque while promising an increase in fuel economy. The 3.5-liter V6 returns with more power, as well.

A plug-in hybrid system is also planned, albeit a less ambitious version than some of its rivals. It’ll only propel you electric-only for 15 miles on a single four-hour charge, but they’ll let you choose those 15 miles. Progress!

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Audi Q7 V12 TDI by Fostla

2012 Audi Q7 V12 TDI

The top of the range Q7 is before your eyes … and it is indeed a diesel! The V12 TDI sits proudly above all other engines and if the oil overpowered plot we must admit he impressed when installed behind the wheel! Aesthetically, it’s 100% Audi and therefore virtually no surprise there then the sacred Single Frame grille (chrome-highlighted!), The all-too-important daytime driving light-emitting diodes (12 in number block), but that’s not all.

The exhaust ends with two big releases ovaloid, receives the front air intakes while the specific routes have been expanded to harness the power of the beast (discussed). Also, the beast is based on five wheels imposing arms installed 21 inches. Finally, the black livery is particularly highlighted the rod and chrome mirror caps designed aluminum. The interior on the other hand is simple in its configuration but just like “bling-bling” of the machine. On closer inspection one will notice a mixture of carbon inserts, leather and Alcantara fully assembled.

The Q7 is one of the most impressive models Audi has ever offered, and the V12 TDI is the most powerful version offered. These two facts about this SUV is why German tuner, Fostla, decided this would be the car to receive one of their tuning kits. Their latest package jumps the Q7’s output to an amazing 600 HP, as well as tweaks its look to match.For 3500 euro ($4,500 at the current rates), Fostla will cover a customer’s Q7 in a cool PWF foil in diamond black matte, tint the front and back lights, and tone the discs to between 55% and 85%. For an extra 6000 euro ($7700 at the current rates), customers will get a new set of 11 23 inch matte powder coated side Mansory C5 wheels with 315/25R23 tires in combination with 15 mm front and 30 mm back track plates.To take care of the Audi Q7’s standard 500 HP, Fostla tricked out the 6.0-liter V12 engine with an ECU upgrade to allow it to push out 600 HP and 737 lb-ft of torque. The 0-60 mph sprint will now be made in 5.5 seconds. This added bonus will set customers back an additional $4,500.

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2012 Ram 2500 Laramie Longhorn 4×4 Launches New Luxury Model

2012 Ram 2500 Laramie Longhorn 4x4

In a market segment as lucrative as the full-size pickup category, we shouldn’t be surprised to see manufacturers’ strategies consisting of offering several trim lines to suit all tastes. At Chrysler, the multiplication of trims and special editions seems to work out for them, as sales are increasing.

In addition to the ST, SXT and SLT, the Ram offers Tradesman, Express, Outdoorsman, Big Horn, Sport, Laramie, Power Wagon and – the subject of our test today – Laramie Longhorn, the most lavishly equipped of the vast line-up.

Let’s just say that luxury takes on a peculiar meaning within the Ram brand. Its cockpit dressed in brown leather, livestock horns and Western-style design patterns makes us wanna jump in a pair of cowboy boots, put on a Stetson and hit the road all the way to Texas.

The 5.7L HEMI V8 is standard in the Ram 2500/3500. Despite a premium of $11,245, or roughly the price of a brand-new Nissan Versa Sedan, many buyers are instead choosing the 6.7L Cummins turbodiesel inline-6, which is saddled with a 6-speed automatic. A manual gearbox is also offered.

Down two pistons compared to the diesel engines in the Ford F-Series Super Duty, Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD, the Cummins lump develops 350 horsepower, and a colossal 800 lb-ft of torque at a low 1,500 rpm. Thanks to this prodigious twisting force, this Crew Cab, long-bed Ram 2500 can tow up to 14,300 lbs (6,486 kg), while its payload capacity is 2,030 lbs (921 kg).

Certain versions of the Ram can pull up to 22,750 lbs, which seems unreal. We’re a little short, however, of the maximum towing ratings of GM (23,000 lbs) and Ford (24,500 lbs). Still, you get a diesel exhaust brake, very useful for controlling truck and trailer speed, and making you feel as if you were driving an 18-wheeler.

As for fuel economy, the Laramie Longhorn used up only 17L/100km in our hands. The last Ram 2500 we tested with a HEMI engine guzzled down more than 20L/100km.

The Ram 2500 starts at $35,345 for a Regular Cab, short bed 4 2 model. However, our Laramie Longhorn 4 4 equipped with the turbodiesel engine and the longer bed costs more than $70,000, which isn’t within reach of every cowboy. But cheer up – the Ford F-350 King Ranch is even more expensive.

Muscular, luxurious and utterly enormous, the Ram 2500 Laramie Longhorn is one of the best ways to show off at the country fair. As a workhorse, you can’t ask for much more, but personally, I’d go for a less-expensive trim line of the Ram that’s just as hard-working.

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