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2019 Bentley Continental GT: Beautifully Remastered

2019 Bentley Continental GT: Beautifully Remastered

2019 Bentley Continental GT

The 2019 Bentley Continental GT was revealed by Bentley at their headquarters located in Crewe, England. Parked next to a 1953 Bentley R-type Continental Coupe, the vehicle was analyzed with its relation to the 1953 model. The 2004 Continental GT was inspired by the 1954 R-type Continental Coupe and it still shows on the 2019 version. The 2019 Continental GT is the third-generation of the modern Continental. There are many differences between the new model and the previous generations.

Twin-Turbocharged W12 Motor with 626 Horsepower

The new 2019 Bentley Continental GT sports a twin turbo W12 motor. The W12 motor produces 626 horsepower at 6600 rpm and 664 lb.-ft.of torque from 1350 rpm to around 4000 rpm. This is a jump of 26 horsepower over the previous edition. Fortunately, fuel efficiency was raised by 16%, leading to a few more mpg. On the other side, the top speed is an astonishing 207 mph. Lastly, the Continental GT can hit 60 mph in only 3.6 seconds.

220+ Pounds Less than Predecessor

On top of the engine improvements, the 2019 Continental GT has other visible differences. The vehicle is 220 to 286 lbs less than the previous version but still weights a total of 5,000 lbs. The body of the vehicle is about ½” wider and similarly longer. The wheels on the new GT will sit 4.1” farther forward than on the current design. This leads to a front weight reduction down to a 55% front-to-rear ratio. Lastly, the GT will sit atop Pirelli P Zero tires.

Bentley Dynamic Ride System

On the technological side, the 2019 Bentley Continental GT will have the Bentley Dynamic Ride system. This system allows for management of spring rates, shock dampening, anti-roll bar stiffness, height to balance, handling, and front-to-rear grip. That is quite a list of adjustable features on this car. The 2019 GT will have 4 car modes: comfort, sport, custom, and Bentley. As expected, comfort leads to a comfortable ride while sport leads to a sportier ride. The custom option allows the driver to choose options individually to their preference. Lastly, the Bentley mode is the setup favored by Bentley’s engineers.

Semi-Autonomous Steering Capabilities

The 2019 Continental GT will also have semi-autonomous steering capabilities. This is far from a full out autonomous vehicle but a move towards that direction for the future. The vehicle also has smart LED headlights that can adjust beams to prevent other drivers from being blinded on the road. On the inside, there is a 12.3” infotainment touch screen. In addition, the vehicle has a compass, timer, and exterior temperature gauge.

Priced at Slightly Over $200,000


As expected, the 2019 Continental will be for sale at a hefty price of slightly over $200,000. The vehicle should be arriving to market sometime in mid-2018. Between the powerful W12 motor and the technology advancements, this will be the best GT yet. Hitting high speeds and maneuvering through turns will not phase the new Continental GT. Overall, the 2019 Bentley Continental GT is a beautiful, stunning vehicle that will display prominently on the roadways.

2019 Ferrari Portofino: Replacement for the California

2019 Ferrari Portofino: Replacement for the California

The Replacement for the Ferrari California

2019 Ferrari Portofino - Front Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Ferrari Portofino – Front Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

For the 2019 model year, Ferrari will begin selling the all-new Portofino. The 2019 Ferrari Portofino is the official replacement for the California. This new Ferrari remains a hard-top convertible with a new style and upgrades. Due to Ferrari’s success with California sales, this car targets the same market segment. This sector includes 70% of all-new customers to the Ferrari brand. Obviously, new customers are great for Ferrari, so targeting them only makes sense.

2019 Ferrari Portofino - Rear Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Ferrari Portofino – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

3.9-Liter Twin-Turbo V8 with 591 Horsepower

2019 Ferrari Portofino - Engine - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Ferrari Portofino – Engine – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The 2019 Ferrari Portofino sports the same 3.9-Liter Flat-Plane-Crank Twin-Turbo V8 as the California. Basically, the difference is an increase of 38 horsepower and 3 lb.-ft. of torque. This means the Portofino has 591 horsepower and 560 lb.-ft. of torque. Furthermore, the Portofino is said to reach max boost 5% quicker than the California. Not surprisingly, this motor works in combo with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. With a top speed of 200+ mph, the Portofino can reach 60 mph in around 3.5 seconds, or less. Even furthermore, the Portofino should be able to reach around 460 miles before refueling… wow! This makes the Portofino faster than the Aston Martin DB11 Volante, Bentley Continental GT, and Mercedes-AMG SL65 Roadster.

2019 Ferrari Portofino - Front - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Ferrari Portofino – Front – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Technological Advancements Over California

2019 Ferrari Portofino - Interior - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Ferrari Portofino – Interior – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Overall, the 2019 Ferrari Portofino receives a few overhauls in comparison to the California. On the steering wheel, there is the Manettino switch for the vehicle’s mode, such as Comfort or Sport. Furthermore, there is a D button to select transmission mode, such as auto or manual. As with most sports cars, the vehicle contains an electronic differential with active torque-vectoring. Otherwise, the interior features quite a bit of technology. This includes navigation and other basic necessities. Even furthermore, there is 2 extra inches of legroom in the rear. Finally, the retractable roof can be motioned up to 25 mph.

2019 Ferrari Portofino - Dashboard - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Ferrari Portofino – Dashboard – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

2019 Ferrari Portofino - View of Retractable Roof in Motion - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Ferrari Portofino – View of Retractable Roof in Motion – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Will the Portofino be as Successful as California?

2019 Ferrari Portofino - Open Convertible Top Front Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Ferrari Portofino – Open Convertible Top Front Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The main question by Ferrari, and many consumers, is if the Portofino will be as successful as the California. With the achievement of the California, Ferrari will need to ensure the same target audience maintains interest. Most Ferrari enthusiasts upgrade to a higher-level models while new entries prefer the California. With the overall enhancements, the Portofino should attract the right customers. In conclusion, the 2019 Ferrari Portofino is a beautiful sports car that should be Ferrari’s next popular model.

2019 Ferrari Portofino - Open Convertible Top Rear Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Ferrari Portofino – Open Convertible Top Rear Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

FIRST LOOK at the NEW Ferrari Portofino! – Shmee150 – YouTube

2019 Ferrari Portofino - Side - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Ferrari Portofino – Side – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

2019 Ferrari Portofino - Open Convertible Top Side - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Ferrari Portofino – Open Convertible Top Side – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

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.

Dubai Police Cars: A Fleet of Amazing Vehicles

Dubai Police Cars: A Fleet of Amazing Vehicles

Dubai’s Amazing Police Force Auto Fleet

From its amazing skyline to its unique architecture, the United Arab Emirates city of Dubai has a reputation for extravagance. Consequently, it’s no surprise that Dubai owns an exotic collection of police cars. The police officers drive models such as Aston Martins, Ferraris, and Lamborghinis. The fleet is so amazing that one might just want to break the speed limit in Dubai in hopes of getting to ride in one of these most luxurious cars.

Here are some of the cars driven by the Dubai police:

  • Aston Martin One-77
  • BMW M6 Gran Coupe
  • Bentley Continental GT
  • Ferrari FF
  • Ford Shelby Mustang Roush Edition
  • Lamborghini Aventador
  • McLaren MP4-12C
  • Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
  • Nissan GT-R

Let’s take a closer look at these models and see why they are so special.

Aston Martin One-77

The Aston Martin One-77 is a special addition to the fleet of Dubai’s Police Cars as it comes from a legendary British maker. Only 77 of these luxury cars were released worldwide. The impressive handcrafted materials and beautiful details make the Aston Martin One-77 a thing of immense pride for the owner. With its V12 engine generating a staggering 705 Horsepower, this car hits a top speed of 220 mph. At a price tag of around $1,750,000, this car is an expensive addition, indeed.

BMW M6 Gran Coupe

This legendary car is the tamest of Dubai’s Police cars. However, the ‘M’ badge of the BMW M6 Gran Coupe signifies that it isn’t short on power. This super vehicle is equipped with a 4.4-Litre V8 engine that produces almost 552 Horsepower. It needs only 4.1 seconds to go from 0-62 mph. The limited top speed of the M6 Gran Coupe is 155 mph. Priced at only $117,500 MSRP, this BMW is also one of the least expensive in the fleet.

Bentley Continental GT

The Bentley Continental GT is another British car used by the Dubai Police Department. The superb quality and refinement of this car are the reason behind its worldwide popularity. This handmade vehicle is crafted at the famous Bentley Crewe factory.

The Bentley GT is equipped with a 6.0-Litre W12 that catapults the vehicle to a limited top speed of 200 miles per hour while dispatching the 0-62 miles per hour sprint in less than 5 seconds. This supercar accounts for $198,500, which makes it a relatively cheap addition to Dubai’s police cars.

Ferrari FF

The exceptional Ferrari FF is maybe the most practical of Dubai’s police cars. The shooting brake body design of this practical supercar offers occupancy for four individuals. Its 651 Horsepower 6.2 V12 engine allows the officers to transport criminals to the station very quickly.

Ferrari especially modified the FF in blue for inclusion in Dubai’s Police Department fleet. This all-wheel drive car can hit speeds of 208 miles per hour, and jet to 62 miles per hours in 3.7 seconds. The Ferrari FF is one of the many supercars used by the Police Department of Dubai, but only the female officers are allowed to drive it.

Ford Shelby Mustang Roush Edition

In comparison to the other models in the fleet, this addition is the least splashy. The design of this ‘pony car’ is more like a cobra, for the Shelby badge uniquely backs up like the cobra’s head. The Ford Mustang Roush is incredibly powerful. It is equipped with a 5.0-litre V8 that produces 575 Horsepower and can achieve 62 mph faster than the Bentley. However, the limited top speed of this car only averages about 147 mph.

Lamborghini Aventador

The Lamborghini Aventador ranks amongst the finest of Dubai’s Police cars. Its fighter jet physique and insane capabilities make it stand out of the crowd. Boasting a limited top speed of 217 mph, the Aventador can jump from 0 to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds. Its aggressively flared arches and rakish lines give this Lamborghini a matchless presence. This bull produces 690 Horsepower from a 6.5-Litre V12. At a price of $399,500, it ranks as one of the more expensive models in the fleet.

McLaren MP4-12C

This latest addition to the fleet is state-of-the-art. After the Lamborghini, Bentley, Aston Martin, and Ferrari, the McLarenMP4-12C is the next most expensive patrol car in Dubai.

Its carbon body only weighs 2,879 pounds. Even though this supercar weighs the same as a small Citroen, it can easily outrun any other patrol cars because it is three times more powerful comparatively. The MP4-12C is equipped with 3.8-Litre Twin-Turbocharged Engine that can accelerate to 62 miles per hour from zero in just 3.1 seconds.

The Dubai custom-made MP4-12C carries a ‘2020’ number plate, which is in commemoration of Dubai’s World Expo 2020 bid. The MP4-12C has rather hefty price of $280,000 but it is not the most expensive car of the fleet, that’s for sure.

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

This supercar is a work of art. The sweeping front end and its dramatic gull wing doors make the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG one of a kind. It produces around 600 Horsepower from a 6.2-Litre V8 engine. At top speeds, it can go an amazing 200 miles per hour. The SLS AMG goes from 0-62 mph in only 3.7 seconds. The cost of the Mercedes SLS AMG is slightly more than $200,000.

Nissan GT-R

The Nissan GT-R was added to the Dubai fleet in 2013. This venerable car features a handmade Twin-Turbo V6 engine that is capable of producing 545 Horsepower. The limited top speed of the Nissan GT-R averages 196 mph, making it one of the fastest-running cars in the fleet. The stylish design and stupendous details of this car make it a “wow” car. The base price of the GT-R is around $100,000 which makes it one of the lesser priced additions to the fleet.

Dubai’s Police Cars Make a Statement

There is not another country in the world that boasts a car collection comparable to the one held by the Dubai Police Department. Every car in the fleet can hit 150 mph comfortably. Ironically, though, the Dubai police officers are subject to the same speed limits as the citizens. It seems a shame to waste all of that power.

References

http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/car-news/86952/incredible-dubai-police-cars

http://www.cheatsheet.com/automobiles/you-can-hide-but-you-cant-run-10-of-the-fastest-police-cars.html/?a=viewall

http://www.odditycentral.com/auto/just-try-to-outrun-the-worlds-fastest-most-expensive-police-car-fleet.html

 

Top 10 European Sports Cars Between $100,000 and $200,000 in 2016

Imagine owning a beautiful sports car, powering through turns and racing down open stretches of road. While for most people, cars over $100,000 will stay the stuff of dreams, there are some out there with the cash to make it a reality. So, for those of you who want to plan for “someday,” here is a list of the top 10 European sports cars priced between $100,000 and $200,000.

 

 

Top 10 European Sports Cars – $100,000 to $200,000

 

Here are the cars listed in alphabetical order.

 

 

#1 – Aston Martin DB9 GT

MSRP: $201,075 – $238,132

Engine: 6.0L V12

Power: 540 bhp @ 6750 RPM

Torque: 457 lb-ft @ 5500 RPM

The unique appeal of the Aston Martin DB9 GT is its 6.0-liter V12 engine which generates a peak of 540 bhp at 6750 RPM. Its front mid-mounted, 48 valve, all-alloy, 5,935 cc engine is a powerful motor. The transmission is a six-speed, Touchtronic II transmission which uses a wire control system. This V12 engine can launch this luxury British sports car from 0 to 60 mph in only 4.5 seconds. The Aston Martin boasts a top speed of 183 mph and comes with several key features:

  • 10-Spoke, 20-Inch Wheels
  • Black Painted Diffuser and Splitter
  • Black Anodized Brake Calipers
  • Taillight Treatments
  • Redesigned Headlights

The DB9 GT model can be distinguished from other Aston Martins by the GT engraving on the aluminum fuel filler cap.

 

 

#2 – Audi R8 & Audi R8 Plus

MSRP: $164,150 – $191,150

Engine: 5.2L V10

Power: 540 bhp @ 7800 RPM

Torque: 398 @ 6500 RPM

The Audi R8 only takes 3.2 to 3.5 seconds to go from 0 to 60 mph.  At just 48.8 inches high, 76.4 inches wide, and 174.0 inches long, the Audi R8 is short, wide and low to the ground sports car. This makes handling a breeze on curvy roads, especially for cruising through beautiful mountain roads. The Audi R8 is equipped with 19-inch wheels featuring 245/35 sizing up front and 295/35 sizing in the rear, with optional upgrades. The overall feel of the Audi R8 is like a stealthy cat on the prowl. For this Audi, it’s all about speed and power.

 

 

#3 – Bentley Continental GT

Price: $180,195

Power: 582 hp

Torque: 531 lb-ft

The Bentley Continental GT sports a new bumper at the rear, a smaller grille, and redesigned fenders. The fenders incorporate the obligatory side gills featuring the “B” logo. A lower diffuser added to this GT Speed model enhances its overall charm. You will also find a reshaped trunk lid in this successor model of the Bentley Continental. The interior updates include a revised center console, a smaller steering wheel, and new gauge faces. The seats are adorned with a new stitching pattern and softer leather or faux suede, although the diamond quilting isn’t eliminated from this upgraded version.

 

 

#4 – Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale

Price: $134,625

Power: 454 hp

Torque: 384 lb-ft

The GranTurismo includes a 4.2-liter V8 engine that can be mated either to an optional MC Race Shift 6-speed manual transmission or an Electro-Actuated MC Shift auto-manual transmission. Buyers also have the option of choosing a lighter GranTurismo MC Stradale version which comes with some exterior modifications. The 2016 Maserati GranTurismo is equipped with an automatic gearbox and fitted with an adaptive control system. It can adjust the gear-shifting mode to different conditions and individual driving styles. Like its predecessors, this new model includes all of the luxury features, such as premium CD stereo, power windows, power-adjustable leather seats, electric mirrors, multiple airbags, alloy wheels, stability control, ABS brakes, and more.

 

 

#5 – McLaren 570S

Price: $184,900

Power: 562 hp

Torque: 443 lb-ft

The McLaren 570S includes a carbon fiber tub for strength and lightweight. This upgraded model can hit speeds of up to 62 mph in just 3.2 seconds. The top speed of the 570S is around 204 mph. It flaunts an adaptive suspension and ceramic brakes. The dual-clutch, seven-speed automatic transmission, and 3.8-liter, twin-turbo V-8 engine are other optional add-ons. The 570S’s seven-speed, dual-clutch gearbox provides tough competition for other 2016 luxury car models.

 

 

#6 – Mercedes-AMG GT

Price: $129,900

Power: 503 hp

Torque: 479 lb-ft

The AMG GT redefines luxury. It is fitted with 4.0-liter V8 bi-turbo engine. It can hit 60 mph from static in 3.7 seconds. Its speed tops out around 193-mph. Other features include:

  • 7-Speed Dual-Clutch Transmission with Electronically Controlled-Slip Differential
  • Dynamic Suspension
  • Dynamic Exhaust System with an Electronically Controlled Variable Vane
  • Performance Steering Wheel with Shift Paddles
  • Dynamic Select with Multiple Steering Modes
  • Driver-Selectable Suspension

The AMG GT comes with a number of trim options and safety upgrades. The adaptive braking technology and collision prevention help prevent accidents. Other safety features include the rearview camera and blind spot assist.

 

 

#7 – Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG

Price: $150,625 – $218,475

Power: 621 hp

Torque: 738 lb-ft

The SL65 AMG is more of a high-performance roadster than a luxury sports car. This vehicle is designed for people that want nothing less than “awe-inspiring.” The SL65 is more potent than its predecessors. It is fitted with 6.0-liter, V-12 twin-turbo engine. The optional active suspension of this new model allows it to move from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds. The rear wheels of this vehicle get power through a seven-speed automatic transmission. The other highlights of this luxury car include altered alloy wheel designs, wood trim on the steering wheel, red brake calipers, an upgraded sound system, carbon ceramic brakes, and soft-close doors.

 

 

#8 – Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Price: $131,395

Power: 500 hp

Torque: 338 lb-ft

The GT3 RS model comes with a paddle-neutral feature. The RS also has a button to limit pit-lane speed. The rear axle ratio of the RS is shorter than the standard 911 GT3, which is an add-on for hastier takeoffs. The Porsche 911 GT3 RS can hit 60 mph from static in less than 3.1 seconds. Although the body of this upgraded model is similar to the 911 Turbo, the upgraded tires and wheels give the vehicle wider rear and front tracks. Despite the familial resemblance, this updated version manages to look meaner than its predecessors. The GT3 features sporting louvered vents mounted on the front fenders and a massive rear wing. Moreover, its brake rotors are larger than the standard models.

 

 

#9 – Porsche 911 Turbo S

Price: $182,700

Power: 580 hp

Torque: 553 lb-ft

The Porsche 911 Turbo S features a 20bhp power boost. This 2016 model is fitted with 3.8-litre, twin-turbo engine that includes new injection nozzles, higher fuel pressure, and altered inlet ports. The Turbo S reaches 62 mph in 2.9 seconds with a top track speed of 198mph. This car is much more fuel-efficient than its predecessors thanks to the revised gear change mapping and engine alterations. Like other Porsche 911 models, the only transmission option is a dual-clutch PDK.

 

 

#10 – Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet

Price: $163,000

Power: 572 hp

Torque: 553 lb-ft

Fitted with the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, this all-wheel-drive supercar from Porsche can hit 60 mph in 3 seconds. Porsche claims a 2.0 mpg improvement, which makes up around 30.4 mpg. Its luxurious interior and exterior styling make it a pleasure to drive at any time, on any road. The Porsche 911 Turbo includes 20-inch center lock wheels. The makers have upgraded the up-front width by 9 inches and the rear by 11.5 inches.

 

Overall, the ten sports cars mentioned above are great options at the price range of $100,000 to $200,000. From the Aston Martin to the Porsches, there are cars that fit different desires and needs. Although each car has its own perks, the decision comes down to personal preference. Hopefully, this article helped you decide which car you’d prefer at this price range.

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