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The Transporter Movies: Audi, BMW, & Mercedes-Benz

In The Transporter movie series, the film portrays the use of Audis, BMWs, and Mercedes-Benzs. Frank Martin, the protagonist, is represented by Jason Statham for the first three films. Ed Skrein acted as Frank Martin in the reboot movie while Chris Vance handles the television series. The ratio of Audi to BMW to Mercedes-Benz in this series is 4:1:1. So, from this, you can see that Audi is the prominent car of Frank Martin.

The Transporter: 1999 BMW 735i E38 & Mercedes-Benz W140 S600

 

In the original Transporter movie, Frank Martin drove a 1999 BMW 735i E38 and a Mercedes-Benz W140 S600. The 1999 BMW 735i E38 boasted a V8 engine with around 233 horsepower and 254 lb.-ft. of torque. The Mercedes-Benz W140 S600 sports a 6.0-liter M12 0V12 engine with 389 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque. Of these two cars, the Mercedes has a much more power. Although it may be only rumored, the 735i was expected to have a larger engine than specified to produce more power. So, it is possible that the 735i was actually a V12 model but that theory cannot be easily proven.

The Transporter 2: 2006 Audi A8 6.0 W12


In the Transporter 2, Frank Martin drives a 2006 Audi A8 6.0 W12. The 2006 Audi A8 W12 has a 6.0-liter W12 engine producing 450 horsepower to hit 60 mph in 5.0 seconds. Compared to the previous movie, this is an addition of 61 horsepower to the transporter’s available power. This car introduced the beginning of the movie’s implementation of Audi for the rest of the series. Although, there is a scene in which Frank drives a Lamborghini Murcielago Roadster. The Lamborghini Murcielago Roadster also has a V12 engine producing a whopping 572 horsepower to hit 62 mph in 3.8 seconds.

The Transporter 3: 2008 Audi A8 6.0 W12


For the Transporter 3, the 2008 Audi A8 6.0 W12 was brought to the scene. Basically, Frank decided to upgrade his previous A8 to the new, face-lifted edition. The 2008 Audi A8 W12 is another luxury vehicle with a 6.0-liter W12 producing 450 horsepower. So technically, it contains the same engine as its predecessor. The major difference is on the overall styling of the car and a few technological enhancements.

The Transporter: The Series – Audi A8 4.2 V8


Unfortunately, Frank downgraded his car for the television show, The Transporter: The Series. In the television show, Frank drives a Audi A8 4.2 V8. After driving the W12, I’d suspect Frank isn’t too happy with his new companion’s capabilities. The fact is, his Audi A8 has a 4.2-liter V8 motor that produces 372 horsepower and 328 lb.-ft. of torque. It may be a slight downgrade from 450 horsepower, but it is sufficient to do the job… for the most part.

The Transporter Refueled: Audi S8 4.0 V8


Fortunately, in the movie reboot, The Transporter Refueled, Frank upgrades his car to a Audi S8 4.0 V8. Although it is no V12 or W12, the Audi S8 4.0 V8 produces 605 horsepower to hit 60 mph in 3.3 seconds. Wow! Talk about a major upgrade compared to every other car, yet a downgraded motor. The advancement of car technology over a 10-15 year period is astonishing. Not only were they able to make engines more efficient, they downed the size and upped the horsepower. I don’t know about you, but I’d take this 605 horsepower beast over any of the W12 models previously mentioned.

Frank Martin Showed Passion Towards His Audis

Overall, Frank began his journey with BMW and Mercedes-Benz then jumped into the world of Audi. The transporter prefers his Audi A8s but ended up with a S8 in The Transporter Refueled. Over time, his vehicle quality improved until the television show downgraded it. Fortunately for Frank, he received his most powerful car in the most recent movie. In the end, Frank has continued to show his love for fine European luxury automobiles. Who knows what model will be next?

Alfa Romeo 4C: Practical for Daily Driver?

Alfa Romeo 4C: A True Italian Sports Car

The Alfa Romeo 4C, an Italian sports car, can be considered the Ferrari’s younger sibling. It may not be as prestigious of a car as a Ferrari but that doesn’t matter. The Alfa Romeo 4C provides the driver with a true Italian sports car feel for a margin of the price. The 4C has a manual steering system with sport suspension which makes the car feel as if you are driving a go cart. The power to the wheels is amazing, taking in the low 4 second range to hit 60 mph. The interior is minimalist and sleek with a beautiful display of carbon fiber.

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C: EuroPrestige Motors
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Alfa Romeo 4C Considerations

For other consideration, the 4C does have a limited amount of space. The trunk is a decent size for a sports car but there is no way you will fit a set of golf clubs in the trunk. The golf clubs may fit in the passenger seat but that simply risks damaging the interior due to the carbon and leather. As per other items, the 4C trunk does have enough space to store at least (2) 24-pack cases of water bottles. They actually fit quite decently as I expected else wise. Fitting a backpack or a rounded, small luggage bag shouldn’t be a problem.

The other consideration to be taken is that the vehicle can only seat two people at a time. You may think you could squeeze somebody into the trunk but remember that is highly dangerous and illegal. It is also not recommended.

The Alfa Romeo 4C can be a Practical Daily Driver

Otherwise, the Alfa Romeo 4C can work as a daily driver with the right conditions. If roads are manageable and in decent shape, comfort shouldn’t be a problem on a shorter ride. The interior is small and minimalist, so comfort is another consideration to keep in mind. Lastly, it would be best to make sure you won’t have trouble transporting bags or items within the car. Overall, the Alfa Romeo 4C would be a very fun daily driver if you can work with its offerings.

2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 4MATIC Review

2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 4MATIC - Front - EuroDrift

2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 4MATIC – Front – EuroDrift

After 2 years with a 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 4MATIC, the car displayed both positives and negatives. Starting at a MSRP of around $34,225, the GLA is the little brother of the GL series. The 2015 GLA250 4MATIC sports a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine pushing 208 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. The GLA250 4MATIC can complete a 0-60 mph acceleration in 6.4 seconds. In circular turning, the GLA recorded 0.87 g.

2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 4MATIC Positives & Negatives

On the positive side, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 4MATIC has a comfortable interior and ride. The interior has a sporty design with leatherette and inlay options. The suspension maintains a sporty feel while providing the comfort a Benz is expected to offer. For a SUV, the GLA250 isn’t a terrible gas guzzler, leading to a positive fuel consumption experience. Lastly, the GLA250 styling is sleek and sporty.

On the negative side, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 4MATIC boasts blind spots and disappointing tech. The design of the vehicle increases the blind spots of the vehicle, making blind spot assist a highly recommended feature. Tech wise, the navigation unit is disappointing compared to Audi’s Google Maps integration. The system is a bit difficult to navigate for beginners and is not extremely user friendly. Hopefully, this is being improved in the face lifted version of the car. On top of that, an issue in the vehicle reviewed was the display unit which would tends to shut off for a few seconds when hitting bumps or potholes on the road. In major cities in the Northeast U.S., this makes the display unit dip a frequent occurrence.

The 2015 GLA250 4MATIC Holds to the Mercedes-Benz Reputation

Overall, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 4MATIC proved to be a pretty decent automobile. The comfort and sportiness made up for the discrepancies in the technology. From what was seen at the North American International Auto Show 2017 in Detroit, the GLA250 facelift offered enhancements in each direction. If you’re considering purchasing a used GLA250 4MATIC, you aren’t making the wrong decision. In the end, you won’t be disappointed with your experience.

2018 Ferrari Portofino: The California T Replacement

2018 Ferrari Portofino: The California T Replacement

Ferrari recently revealed the newest addition to its models, the 2018 Ferrari Portofino. The 2018 Ferrari Portofino is the planned replacement for the current Ferrari California T. The Portofino will be powered by a front-mounted 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 producing an estimated 591 horsepower and 561 lb.-ft. of torque. This power will allow the Portofino to complete a 0-62 mph run in as little as 3.5 seconds. Ferrari also claims that the Portofino will be able to go over 199 mph, but not by how much. That means it “may” be a 200 mph class vehicle.

The first appearance of the 2018 Ferrari Portofino is expected to occur at the 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show in September. Some may call the Portofino the bottom-of-the-line Ferrari. Regardless of its placement within the brand, the Portofino is a true Ferrari vehicle. At an expected MSRP of over $200,000, the Portofino will exceed the California T in a few ways.

Firstly, there will be an additional 39 horsepower and 4 lb.-ft. of torque over the California T. Secondly, the Portofino will sport a brand new chassis that is lighter and sturdier than the California T. On top of this, the E-Diff3, an electronically controlled limited-slip differential, will be included in the video. Lastly, Ferrari engineers improved the magnetorheological adaptive-damping system as well as the electrically assisted power-steering system.

The 2018 Ferrari Portofino Will Be Stunning

Overall, the 2018 Ferrari Portofino is a great vehicle from what can be seen from the reveal. The expected, powerful Ferrari V8 will be completed by a brand new design taking Ferrari to the next generation. Many may think this is the low end of Ferrari, but it is a true Italian sports car. The Portofino offers slightly more power than the California T with an overhaul in the technology department. The unveil in Frankfurt should be exciting with prospective clients ready to see this vehicle.

Forza Horizon 3: Hoonigan Car Pack – 1991 Hoonigan Rauh-Welt Begriff Porsche 911 Turbo

1991 Hoonigan Rauh-Welt Begriff Porsche 911 Turbo - Skyline - Forza Horizon 3 Hoonigan Car Pack - EuroDrift

1991 Hoonigan Rauh-Welt Begriff Porsche 911 Turbo – Skyline – Forza Horizon 3 Hoonigan Car Pack – EuroDrift

1991 Hoonigan Rauh-Welt Begriff Porsche 911 Turbo

Forza Horizon 3, a racing video game on Xbox One and Windows, recently released the Hoonigan Car Pack for $6.99. While the DLC contained cars such as the 1965 Hoonigan Ford “Hoonicorn” Mustang, there was only one European car. The 1991 Hoonigan Rauh-Welt Begriff Porsche 911 Turbo makes its debut in this game as a top runner. As a Porsche, it already has an edge on the other vehicles such as the Fords or Mazda. On top of this, the Porsche 911 Turbo is modded to even more so enhance the vehicle.

1991 Hoonigan Porsche 911 Turbo Specifications

The 1991 Hoonigan Raul-Welt Begriff Porsche 911 Turbo sports a 3.3-liter 6 cylinder boxer engine. On top of this, the mods include an Andial K27 turbo, sport intercooler, C2 cams, B&B exhaust, and mapping. As hoped, the 911 has a five-speed manual transmission. The brakes were converted to Porsche 993 Turbo “Big Red” with four-piston calibers (332mm front/rear). Lastly, the suspension was replaced by KW Variant 3 coil-overs with a height lift system.

On the exterior, there are Rauh-Welt Begriff fender flares as well as upgraded bumpers and side skirts.
The rear wing and crosshair headlights are modifications as well. The entire car is coated in a satin white pearl paint.

On the interior, the seats were replaced by Recaro Profi XL seats with lobster red trimming. There are also four-point Schroth harnesses, Momo pedals and steering wheel, as well as a Roth Sport gear lever.

Overall, the 1991 Hoonigan Raul-Welt Begriff Porsche 911 Turbo represents the European cars well in Forza Horizon 3. From its true to heart German engineering to its customizations, it is a great in-game vehicle. Against the other cars, this is EuroDrift’s personal favorite. You’re welcome to pick any car in the Hoonigan Car Pack DLC, but don’t hesitate to give the Porsche 911 Turbo a chance.

2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Executive

2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Executive Super Sedan

For the 2018 model year, Porsche was proud to present the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Executive. The E-Hybrid version of the Panamera enters the sedan into the hybrid plug-in market. The MSRP of the base 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is $185,540. For the Executive version, the MSRP is $195,850.

E-Hybrid with a Twin-Turbocharged 4.0-liter V8

The 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Executive sports a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 with 550 horsepower and 568 lb.-ft. of torque. Furthermore, the E-Hybrid contains a permanent-magnet synchronous AC electric motor boasting its own 136 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque. Woah! That’s a major leap in torque. In the end, the combination was engineered by Porsche to output 680 horsepower and 626 lb.-ft. of torque.

If the power was stacked directly, there would’ve been a 6-horsepower difference. On the torque end, there would’ve been a 237 lb.-ft. difference. That’s ridiculous! I can’t imagine what I’d do with 863 lb.-ft. of torque. Somebody will most likely try to unlock this car’s full potential in a tune.

The 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Executive is a front-engine vehicle. The E-Hybrid has all-wheel drive and allows up to 4 passengers. The engine is coupled with an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The transmission allows manual shifting via paddle shifters. The car is the direct merge of a super sports sedan and a hybrid vehicle.

Difference Between Executive & Non-Executive E-Hybrids

The main differences between the 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid and the Executive edition are in size and speed. The wheelbase of the Executive edition is 122 inches while the base is 116.1 inches, a 5.9-inch difference. For the length, the Executive is 204.7 inches long while the base is 198.8 inches long (same difference as wheelbase). For height, the Executive is only 0.2 inches taller at 56.2 inches versus 56 inches. The passenger volume of the Executive is 102 cubit feet while the base is 96 cubic feet. The curb weight difference is 5400 pounds versus 5200 pounds, respectively. Lastly, the 0 to 60 difference is only 0.1 seconds as the Executive takes 3.3 seconds while the base takes 3.2 seconds.

Overall, the 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Executive is a clean beast of a machine. From its sporty design to its hybrid utilization, it is a car of the future. For being such a large sedan, the Executive has no trouble hitting 60 in 3.3 seconds. In the end, the 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Executive is a great addition to the super sedan market.

 

2017 Audi RS3 Quattro: Fast Enough to Beat a Supercar?

The 2017 Audi RS3 Quattro is a new testament to the future of small sports hatches and sedans. The real question is, is the 2017 Audi RS3 Quattro fast enough to beat a supercar?

2017 Audi RS3 Quattro: Fast Enough to Beat a Supercar?

The 2017 Audi RS3 Quattro can be considered a fantastic beast (Get it? Yes, I did pull that right there). At a starting MSRP of $54,500, the RS3 is a leap forward in the hot hatch and small sedan markets. With a turbocharged 2.5-liter 5-cylinder engine, the RS4 pushes 400 horsepower and 354 lb.-ft. of torque. Due to this, the 2017 Audi RS3 can do 0-60 in 3.9 seconds. At this speed, the RS3 can compete with some high end sports cars including the Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale. As usual, the RS3 is a heavy vehicle at 3,593 lbs or roughly 1.8 tons.

In reality, the 2017 Audi RS3 Quattro can’t compete with most high end sports cars such as the Ferrari 488 GTB. On the other hand, it can compete with the more sluggish models on the road. The more “sluggish” sports cars include the Bentley Continental GT and Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale. With a tune and stage 2 or 3 level mods, the RS3 could unleash 100+ horsepower to truly let the motor put forward its true potential. Usually, Audi restricts the motor to a more durable, efficient, and friendly power range. This means that each supercharged or turbocharged car has the potential to unlock roughly 50-100 horsepower.

Overall, the 2017 Audi RS3 Quattro is a small beast of a sports car. With an odd 5-cylinder engine, the car competes with the slower end of the sports car realm. For less than half the price, the RS3 is a more affordable vehicle that allows the driver to hit 60 in under 4 seconds.

Warning: Modding a vehicle most likely will void the warranty. It is best to conduct research before buying mods as well as consult with a dealership and/or the manufacturer.

2017 Audi R8 V10 Spyder: The Convertible Supercar

For the 2017 model year, Audi entirely redesigned the well-known R8. Starting at a MSRP of $176,350, the 2018 Audi R8 boasts a 5.2-liter V10 engine with 540 horsepower and 398 lb.-ft. of torque. The R8 V10 Spyder can hit 62 mph in 3.6 seconds. The motor works with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission for seamless shifting. Lastly, the 2017 Audi R8 V10 Spyder has Quattro all-wheel drive.

2017 Audi R8 V10 Spyder: Second-Generation R8 Model

The 2017 Audi R8 V10 Spyder is the newest addition to the second-generation R8 models. The R8 Spyder is the same height and wheelbase length as the base R8 but overall it is slightly shorter and wider. With the 5.2-liter V10 engine, the R8 has growling, intense exhaust notes. Although it may not be legal on the road, the R8 Spyder can hit a whopping 198 mph. Lastly, in the front there is a water-cooled front differential while the rear contains a limited-slip differential.

The spaceframe of the 2017 Audi R8 V10 Spyder is 90 percent aluminum. Overall, the R8 Spyder weighs a total of 3,554 pounds. Depending on options chosen, the R8 Spyder arrives with 19” or 20” wheels. Technological wise, there is electrically assisted rack-and-pinion steering by ZF. On top of this, adaptive magnetorheological dampers are an option for the suspension.

While on the road, the 2017 Audi R8 V10 Spyder’s roof can be lowered or raised up to 31 mph. If the driver doesn’t want to lower the roof, the rear window can be lowered independently. This allows the driver and any passenger to hear the phenomenal exhaust notes of the R8.

A technological jump forward, the new R8 comes with the Virtual Cockpit. The Virtual Cockpit is a digital gauge cluster that includes the RPM gauge, speedometer, and general information. One of the biggest features of the Virtual Cockpit is that it can display Google Maps.

The 2017 Audi R8 V10 Spyder is a True Convertible Supercar

Overall, the 2017 Audi R8 V10 Spyder is an entirely new level of the R8 family. From its purring 5.2-liter V10 engine to its redesigned styling, it is a mouth opening car. The collection of technological advancements leap this car to the front of its competition. With the digital and sport options, it feels as if you’re driving the car of the future. If you have $176,000 to spare, the Audi R8 V10 Spyder is a great way to spend it.

The Ferrari F40 LM: A True Legend

The Legendary Ferrari F40 LM

If you’re an auto enthusiast, then you know the Ferrari F40 LM is a legendary vehicle. From its unique design to its overly powerful engine, the F40 is a real race car. A rare spectacle, the Ferrari F40 LM is a treasure of any auto collector.

First of all, the Ferrari F40 LM was originally developed by Pilot-Aldix Racing. The Ferrari F40 won the 4 Hours of Anderstorp in 1995 and 1996. After that, the F40 was removed from GT racing. Basically, the Ferrari F40 LM was a Ferrari F40 base model that was altered to be more competitive in the BPR Global GT Series. In 1994, The Ferrari F40 appeared in the 4 Hours of Vallelunga but not in the F40 LM version.

The Ferrari F40 was produced from 1987 to 1992 in Maranello, Italy. The model was designed by Leonardo Fioravanti of Pininfarina S.p.A.. A limited production, there were only 1,311 models produced worldwide. The F40 is a race car with a 2-door Berlinetta body style and a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive layout. It boasts a twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V8 engine boasting 478 horsepower and 425 lb.-ft. of torque. In addition, the Ferrari F40 sports a traditional 5-speed gated manual transmission. The predecessor of the F40 was the Ferrari 288 GTO and the successor is the Ferrari F50.

The Ferrari F40 was revealed to the public in 1987 with mixed reactions. Unfortunately, Enzo Ferrari passed away in August 1988, shortly afterwards. Enzo Ferrari was the entree who founded the legendary Italian brand of Ferrari. Without him, the Ferrari F40 would’ve never made it into existence.

The Ferrari F40 is Estimated to be Worth $1,500,000!

Currently, the Ferrari F40 is estimated to be worth around $1,500,000. During the late 1980s, the F40 was sold for a starting price of around $400,000. For those fortunate enough to purchase this car, they made a whopping $1,000,000 on their investment. Overall, the Ferrari F40 LM is a renowned vehicle that auto enthusiasts can dream of driving.

Looking Rich for Cheap: 2005 Maserati Quattroporte Worth It?

2005 Maserati Quattroporte

Are you currently looking on the auto market for a luxury vehicle that will impress? If not, have you ever considered buying a used high-end vehicle? Looking rich for cheap may be possible with the availability of older luxury vehicles. An example of an older vehicle within a reasonable price range is the 2005 Maserati Quattroporte.

The 2005 Maserati Quattroporte is 12 years old at this point. Although, that doesn’t make the prestige of the Maserati brand completely undesirable. On today’s market in 2017, the 2005 Maserati Quattroporte is for sale used for between $20,000 to $25,000. This price is a major discount compared to its original MSRP of $106,000 before options in 2005. There are many positive and negative aspects to consider if you’re considering purchasing this vehicle.

First, the 2005 Maserati Quattroporte withholds a 4.2-liter V8 engine producing 394 horsepower and 333 lb.-ft. of torque. Of course, that V8 comes with the luscious Maserati exhaust notes. The downside of the V8 is that it averages 12 mpg in the city and 15 mpg on the highway. That makes the 2005 Maserati Quattroporte define the true meaning of a gas guzzler. At 4,375 pounds, or 2.2 tons, the Quattroporte is quite a heavy vehicle, which is probably part of the gas guzzling problem. Also, keep in mind that a vehicle this old will not have a warranty, so anything that happens is on you.

Second, the 2005 Maserati Quattroporte has positive and negative reviews. On a positive note, Kelly Blue Book rates the vehicle at a 9.5/10. On the other hand, some people relay negative comments. Some of the negative reviews include the design not aging well, it being unreliable, and a terrible transmission. There’s also the dreadful sound of the car beeping internally while in reverse. And, the Manual/Automatic button on the dashboard to activate the paddle shifters. On the other side, the car is still a Maserati and prominently states so.

Looking Rich for Cheap in the 2005 Maserati Quattroporte

Overall, the 2005 Maserati Quattroporte is a vehicle that makes looking rich for cheap a possibility. In 2005, this car was worth over $100,000 which symbolizes wealth. Today, the car may be worth $80,000 less but it still displays its prestige proudly. In the end, it is truly up to the buyer if the 2005 Maserati Quattroporte is a worth investment.