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Horch Might Be Making a Comeback!
The Audi A8 W12 Powertrain
Automotive News reports that the new Audi A8 will come with options for either the V8 or the W12 that is currently only used by Bentley. Specs for the A8 Horch W12 include a 585 bhp, 6.0-litre engine which is more powerful than Audi’s previous generation A8 W12.
In the Bentley Continental, the W12 puts out about 582 horsepower and uses a 6.0-liter engine. The Rolls-Royce Phantom boasts 563 bhp. The modifications planned for the new Horch A8 will now make it competitive with the other W12 cars.
The History of the W12 Engine
The W12 engine was originally used in aircraft engine designs during the 1920’s and Formula One racing cars in the 1980’s. The modern version of the W12 is part of the Volkswagen Group W12 engines and used on several concept and production vehicles.
- Avus Quattro (concept version only)
- A8L W12
- C12 La Turbie
- C12 Zagato
- D12 Peking-to-Paris (prototype version only)
- GTI W12-650 (prototype only)
- Phaeton W12
- Touareg W12
- W12 (concept car)
The Revival of the Horch Name
A journey through the Audi history – The Horch Museum Zwickau – Audi Germany – YouTube
Right now, Audi has no plans for a stand-alone model under the Horch name. Audi has said that they don’t plan to use the moniker on any other vehicle but the Audi A8. It seems fitting that their top-of-the-line vehicle would carry the name of their founder.
Despite the fact that the plans for the Horch A8 W12 are complete, no production date has yet been set.
Note: The 1939 Horch 930V Phaeton picture for the featured image was taken by Ramgeis of Wikimedia Commons.
There is No Straightforward Answer
Nowadays, automobiles are a part of daily life every day for many people worldwide. This can lead a person to wonder, who invented the first automobile? Well, there is no true straightforward answer. According to the Library of Congress, Karl (Carl) Benz is the inventor of the automobile. The history of building automobiles dates back to Leonardo da Vinci’s designs in the 15th century. On top of this, there are many different types of auto designs including electric, gas, and steam engines. Furthermore, there are numerous styles that differentiate vehicle types.
Before Karl Benz (1769 to 1839)
Le Fardier de Cugnot à Rétromobile – Johann Marmier – YouTube
From 1769 to 1839, the debate of who invented the first automobile begins. Starting with Nicholas-Joseph Cugnot from France. In 1769, Cugnot built the first steam self-propelled road vehicle. This was a military tractor for the French army with three wheels and a top speed of 2.5 mph. As it was a self-propelling vehicle, many debate if this was the first official vehicle. Next, from 1832 to 1839, Robert Anderson from Scotland worked on an electric carriage design. This electric carriage was the next tip of the debate, but not much else is available on this setup.
Karl Friedrich Benz (1885-1886)
The First car ever running live! The Benz Motorwagen (1885) – SquirrelAndRope – YouTube
Karl Friedrich Benz is the Library of Congress’ answer to “who invented the first automobile?”. From 1885-1886, Benz built the first “true” automobile. This vehicle uses gasoline as the power source. Furthermore, the vehicle features an internal combustion engine. This engine has a three wheel and four-cycle setup. The engine and chassis form a single unit. Lastly, this invention has a patent in Germany. For further information, look into Germany Patent DRP No. 37435.
After Karl Benz (1876-1893)
Gottlieb Daimler | automobile inventor – Daimler AG – YouTube
After Benz, there are three further people who some say are responsible for the automobile. So, Karl Benz is the Library of Congress’ answer to “who invented the first automobile?”, but others may digress. In 1886, Gottlieb Wilhelm Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach from Germany built the 1st four wheel, four-stroke engine setup. This gasoline vehicle is known as “Cannstatt-Daimler”. Next, there is George Baldwin Seldon in 1876 and 1895 from the United States. Selden’s design is a carriage with a internal combustion engine. This gasoline automobile was never manufactured but has a patent (patent no: 549,160 from 1895). Selden did however collect royalties for this design.
Lastly, there is Charles Edgar Duryea and his brother Frank. Located in the United States, the Duryea brothers design the first successful gas-powered car. This vehicle has a 4 horsepower two-stroke motor. Furthermore, the Duryea brothers also setup the first American car company. So, if someone wonders, “who set up the first American car manufacturing company?”, here’s your answer. Regardless, each of these designers have some type of contribution to the modern-day evolution of cars. For now, let’s skip the debate of who invented the first SUV or sports car.
Special Thanks to Karl Friedrich Benz
World’s First Car! – Veritasium – YouTube
Overall, the answer to “who invented the first automobile?” stands for Karl Friedrich Benz. At least, according to the Library of Congress. Obviously, this decision wasn’t the easiest and should be respected as one of the top possibilities. Regardless, anyone who owns a vehicle owes a special thanks to Benz. This man’s invention made possible what human life is today. Without automobiles, the world would drastically change back in time. Every single day, millions of people drive cars to get to work, go shopping, or hang with friends. In conclusion, thank you Karl Benz, for providing the path for modern transportation.
Reference: Library of Congress – https://www.loc.gov/rr/scitech/mysteries/auto.html
BMW 8 Series Debuts on June 15th
On June 15th, 2018, the day before the start of Le Mans, BMW will introduce the all-new 8 series. The BMW 8 Series is a dynamic-driving luxury sports car. Not surprisingly, the 8 Series will be available in multiple variants. BMW expects to release six different models of this car. These model variations include a Convertible, Coupe, Gran Coupe, and M8 Gran Coupe. Overall, the BMW 8 Series is basically the answer to demand for a 7 Series Coupe.
4.4-Liter TwinPower Turbo V8
The BMW M850i xDrive Coupe will sport a 4.4-liter TwinPower Turbo V8. This motor is capable of 530 horsepower and 553 lb.-ft. of torque. Furthermore, the engine will work in combo with a ZF 8-speed auto transmission. Obviously, other BMW 8 Series models may have differing engine options. The BMW M8 Gran Coupe may reach over 600 horsepower, but there’s no guarantee. Currently, engineers are testing the entirety of the 8 Series on the curvy, windy roads of Wales.
The 8 Series is a Game Changer
Testing of the new BMW 8 Series Coupe. – BMW Group – YouTube
In conclusion, the BMW 8 Series is a game changer in the realm of coupes. In recent times, large coupes are in demand, as seen from the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe. These vehicles provide a taste of sportiness while still offering high-end luxury. It probably won’t be a surprise for Audi to consider creating a coupe based on a larger model such as the A6 or A8. Either way, it will be tough for anyone to compete with the beautiful 8 Series Coupe. Currently, there isn’t too much information available on this car. But, anyone may sign up on the BMW website to receive more info once it’s available.
The All-New 2018 Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet
For the 2018 model year, Mercedes-AMG is offering the S63 and S65 models in cabriolets. As with all previous years, the S65 is the top-tier “prize” model. The new 2018 Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet includes body style alterations and the same prominent V12 engine. While the S63 seems to include more changes for 2018, the S65 is still a mean machine. From it’s howling V12 to its new body curves, this S65 will probably be the best to date.
6.0-Liter V12 with 620 Horsepower
The 2018 Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet sports a 6.0-liter V12 twin-turbo engine. This motor produces a whopping 620 horsepower and 738 lb.-ft. of torque. These power figures combine with a 7-speed gearbox and rear-wheel drive to create a madhouse on wheels. The V12 allows the S65 to hit 60 mph in only 4.0 seconds with a top speed of 186 mph. Yes, the top speed is governed to this by Mercedes.
Comparison to the 2018 Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet
On the other hand, the 2018 Mercedes-AMG S63 Cabriolet contains a 4.0-liter V8 twin-turbo. This top notch engine by Mercedes allows the S63 to hit 60 mph 0.6 seconds faster than the S65. The top speed is the same, which again, is due to Mercedes top speed governor regulation. This doesn’t mean that the S65 loses its crown. It simply a question of giving the new V8 a chance or sticking to the Mercedes famed V12.
AMG Panamerica Grille
On the front of the new S65 Cabriolet, there is a revised grill titled the “AMG Panamerica Grille”. This grill shows similarities to the version on the Mercedes-AMG GT. The S65 Cabriolet also has larger front air ducts on the front. On top of that, the front and rear bumpers show some revision work. Lastly, the car has a slightly different chrome trim layout. The S63 Cabriolet has similar alterations to body styling as well.
COMAND System with Two High-Resolution 12.3” Screens
On the interior, the 2018 Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet has multiple new options. The first is the new leather upholstery color options. Second, is the technology in this beast. Starting with two 12.3” high-resolution displays, the S65 shows modernization. The infotainment system uses the COMAND system by Mercedes. Another new feature is the ability to use hand gesture controls on the steering wheel to control the COMAND system. Lastly, another major improvement is the compatibility of this system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Minor Autonomous Functionality
On a final note, one of the biggest new features is the addition of autonomous features. Unlike Tesla, this car will not offer a ton of autonomous features. But, it does contain two major components of it. First, the Active Distance Assist Distronic will allow the vehicle to slow down and speed up in accordance with the vehicle in front of it. Second, the Active Steering Assist will help the driver stay in the center of a lane. This is a step forward in Daimler’s attempt to add autonomous vehicles to its lineup in the upcoming years.
The New S65 Cabriolet is a Beast on Wheels
Overall, the 2018 Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet is a beast of a convertible. With it’s V12 power-plant in combination with a beautiful exterior and interior, this car is a star on the road. The beautiful interior works with the new technology to take this car to the next stage. Autonomous features improve the quality of the vehicle and show Mercedes commitment to bring this concept to more vehicles. In the end, the S65 Cabriolet will provide the owner with prestige and style.