• Vision Mercedes Simplex Concept: The New Old

    A Retro Vision Concept by Mercedes Commemorating the first vehicle with the Mercedes brand name, the manufacturer recently designed the Simplex Concept. The Vision Mercedes Simplex Concept is basically a remastering of something old. Originally, the initial Mercedes Simplex was available 118 years ago in 1901. Furthermore, the original vehicle sported a groundbreaking and radical front-engine, RWD, and radiator placement design. While this is taken for granted nowadays, back then, it was a masterpiece of future design. Finally, adding to the reasons this car was conceptualized, the original Simplex won races! Could Retro Auto Make a Comeback? So, with the Mercedes Simplex Concept seen by the world, could retro automobiles make a comeback? Unfortunately, there is no absolute definite answer. But, the beauty and design of this car can make one wonder… would a modern market be willing to purchase? Sadly, Mercedes does not plan to product the Simplex Concept for the market. Maybe, with enough support by fans worldwide, Continue Reading...
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  • Lamborghini Sián FKP 37: Manufacturer’s 1st Hybrid Sports Car

    Lamborghini’s Hybrid Sports Car Venture On September 3, 2019, Lamborghini unveiled their newest model, the Sián, at the Frankfurt Auto Show! The Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 is a mid-engine hybrid sports car, a 1st for the manufacturer. But, it’s definitely not the first for their parent company, Volkswagen. Either way, this is a big step towards the upcoming EV future for the company. And, even though it’s a hybrid, it’s as close to a traditional Lambo as it could be. Why? That’s because this car boasts a V12 engine… so yea… it’s definitely still a Lamborghini at heart. Next, let’s take a dive into this stunning automobile as it is truly an Italian powerhouse. 6.5-Liter V12 + 48-Volt Electric Motor System The Lamborhini Sián FKP 37 is an absolute monster of a hybrid sports car. On top on a 6.5-liter V12 engine, this car includes a 48-volt electric motor. Starting with the V12, this engine boasts 774 horsepower and 531 Continue Reading...
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  • 2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo vs. Turbo S Comparison

    Welcome to the 2020 Porsche EV! For the 2020 model year, Porsche is planning to deliver the Taycan in two variants, the Turbo and the Turbo S. The Porsche Taycan Turbo begins at a base price of $150,900 whereas the Turbo S will begin at $185,000. So, to upgrade from Turbo to Turbo S, expect to spend an additional $34,100 before taxes. Although, there are incentives for purchasing EVs and going green. And, furthermore, with this Porsche, going green sounds good… real good! Now, let’s take a dive into the differences between these two models. Taycan Turbo vs. Turbo S Specs The Porsche Taycan Turbo and Turbo S differ in a few ways, and not so much in others, such as AWD. Firstly, the Turbo S has a carbon fiber trim that stands out. Secondly, the S sports carbon ceramic brakes with 21” wheels. Thirdly, and lastly, the Turbo S has a larger front motor. Both vehicles have a normal Continue Reading...
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  • Special Bugatti Chiron Sport Reaches 304 MPH on Test Track!

    A Custom Bugatti Chiron Sport Longtail Recently, news headlines across all automotive sites, and even non-auto sites, are shining light on the Bugatti Chiron Sport’s recent accomplishment. What is this achievement? Well, the Bugatti Chiron was able to reach 304 mph! Yes, you read that correctly! On the Ehra-Lessien Test Track, Bugatti completed a one direction run with a custom Chiron. Why one direction? Nobody knows, but due to this, the car did not set the Guinness World Record… more on that below. Either way, reaching over 300 mph is a leap forward in the world of auto transportation! Is 300 MPH Even Possible!? Yes… Yes, It Is. So, many people wonder… is 300 mph even possible!? The simple answer is… yes… yes, it is. The Chiron’s 8.0-liter quad-turbocharged W16 engine boasts 1,500 horsepower and 1,180 lb.-ft. of torque. Beyond this, the record reaching Bugatti Chiron Sport has a few modifications. Firstly, there is a Dallara custom longtail body on Continue Reading...
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  • Volkswagen Tarok Concept: Teasing U.S. Buyers

    Is the U.S. Ready for a VW Pickup Truck? At the New York International Auto Show in 2019, VW debuted its second SUV at the show in history. This time, the Volkswagen Tarok Concept was on display. The purpose of this showcasing is to tease buyers in the U.S. From there, VW can decide if to bring the Tarok to the United States… or not. Currently, the Tarok is going to hit production for sales in South America. So, will the Tarok make it to the U.S.? Well, only time will tell. Is there demand for a German pickup truck? Probably… but is it enough? Turbocharged 1.4-Liter Engine with 147 Horsepower The Volkswagen Tarok Concept sports a turbocharged 1.4-liter engine that offers 147 horsepower. Backing this up is a 6-speed transmission and 4Motion AWD system. This is the same engine as seen in the VW Golf Hatchback. These specs may be a major mistake if joining the U.S. market is Continue Reading...
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  • Mercedes-Benz Concept GLB: “Spacious & Robust” Compact SUV

    What’s Better than the GLA? The GLB! At Auto Shanghai 2019, Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz made a concept debut to the public. The Mercedes-Benz Concept GLB is being marketed as a “spacious and robust” compact SUV. So… this may make some people wonder, why so many Benz SUVs? Well, the GLB is part of a long chain of high-quality German engineering by Benz to capture the SUV market. Prior to the GLB, Mercedes has sold 6 million SUVs to customers worldwide. In 2018 alone, SUVs were the strongest segment of the manufacturer with 820,000 units sold. So, Mercedes is simply following a trend of popularity with their SUVs. Turbo Four-Cylinder Engine with 221 Horsepower Under the hood, the Concept GLB sports a 4-cylinder turbo engine. This motor boasts 221 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. For the size of this car, this is a reasonable amount of power. Especially, since there will most likely be an AMG version. But that is likely Continue Reading...
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  • Mercedes-AMG S 65 Final Edition: Farewell to S-Class V12

    An Official Goodbye to the S-Class V12 After many, many years of the S-Class sporting a V12 option, it is time to say farewell. To close out the S-Class V12 era, Daimler is introducing the Mercedes-AMG S 65 Final Edition. This vehicle has a limit of 130 units that include a number badge. Furthermore, the car arrives with a styling Obsidian Black Metallic paintjob and a mix of carbon fiber and copper accents. The Final Edition made its debut at the Geneva Auto Show in 2019. Although this car is a tribute to the era of V12 S-Class vehicles, it signals the next design that is coming soon. The next-gen S-Class will probably boast similar power with a smaller, more efficient engine. Honestly, don’t be surprised to see a fully electric or hybrid version… but who knows? 6.5-Liter Twin-Turbo V12 with 621 Horsepower The Mercedes-AMG S 65 Final Edition sports a 6.5-liter twin-turbo V12 engine. This motor boasts 612 horsepower Continue Reading...
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  • White BMW Wagon Illegally Drives thru Washington State Mall

    Believe It or Not… It’s True! Whether any reader believes this or not… it’s a true story! In Washington state, a white BMW wagon drove thru the Wenatchee Valley Mall around 6 PM on Thursday, May 8th. The driver, Francisco Samuel “Sam” Kehoe (age 31), initially parked outside of the mall. Then, sporadically, the driver enters the mall with the white BMW wagon and drives illegally through it. The car smashes through the mall doors, then maneuver its way around the employees, objects, and shoppers. After the ordeal, police arrest “Sam” and find a pair of empty syringes and a pack of meth in the vehicle. Obviously, this driver’s arrest is due to DUI, hit and run, and reckless endangerment charges. Don’t expect to see him back on the road anytime soon… Insane Idea Inspired by Heroin and Meth ”I’ve been almost three decades of policing and I’ve lived here my whole life, but I’ve never known of someone crashing through Continue Reading...
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  • Lotus Type 130: The UK’s 1st All-Electric Supercar

    Lotus Ends 10-Year Hiatus with All-Electric Supercar “Type 130 will be the most dynamically accomplished Lotus in our history.” – Lotus CEO Phil Popham In the current decade, Lotus has been sitting by the sideline with no clear plans for a new vehicle. But, this changes with a new major announcement. The Lotus Type 130 will be the company’s 1st vehicle in the last decade. It will also be the United Kingdom’s 1st electric supercar. So, with this, not only does Lotus plan to break the 10-year hiatus, they also plan to be the first electric supercar from the U.K. The car made its debut at Auto Shanghai 2019 with an expected sale date in 2020. And, for those that don’t know, this will be the first car since the Geely buyout. Geely is a Chinese car manufacturer that also owns Lynk & Co. plus Volvo. What Engine? How Much Power? Sadly, Not Enough Details! So, after reading about the Continue Reading...
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  • Koenigsegg Crash Tests Sound Quite Expensive, But Necessary!

    Every Legal Street Car Must Pass Crash Test Analysis In recent news, Koenigsegg crash tests are in the spotlight. Why? Because Koenigsegg, a hypercar manufacturer, builds a limited number of exclusive models at extremely steep prices. Hence, a crash test in itself can be a multi-million-dollar ordeal. So, how does a small manufacturer handle these extensive costs? Well, by using a one frame method for testing rather than building multiple fully functional vehicles. This will be the topic in the next section of the article. About one week ago, the APEX ONE YouTube channel put up the video seen below discussing this exact issue. In the video, employees and even Christian von Koenigsegg himself speaks of the testing experience. Check it out below! One Carbon Fiber Monocoque Frame for Testing Purposes For testing purposes, Koenigsegg builds one carbon fiber monocoque frame. Then, the manufacturer adds on body panels, crumple zones, and subframes. These three components can be easily replaced, while Continue Reading...
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