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Mercedes-AMG Project One Hypercar: The $2.8 Million Collector’s Car

Mercedes-AMG Project One Hypercar

At the 2017 Frankfurt International Auto Show, Mercedes-AMG revealed the Project One Hypercar. At $2.8 million MSRP, the Project One is a formula-1 inspired hypercar. After long speculation of a Mercedes hypercar, Mercedes-AMG did not disappoint. With production beginning in 2019, the vehicle will be limited to 275 units which are already sold out. Surprisingly, the Mercedes-AMG Project One Hypercar may not sport the motor system you were expecting.

1.6-Liter Turbocharged V6 & Electric Motor Combination

Unlike the Bugatti Chiron that has 1500 horsepower via a 8.0-liter W16 motor, the Mercedes-AMG Project One will sport a 1.6-liter turbocharged V6 and electric motors. With the 8.0-liter W16, the Chiron can shed a 26 gallon tank of gasoline in 8 minutes flat… phew! Although the Project One has a much smaller motor, it can hit 0-60 mph in only 2.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 217 mph. The V6 motor itself producing around 700 horsepower with a 11,000 rpm limit. The three electric motors produce 500 horsepower themselves, leading to ~1,200 horsepower total.

Mercedes-AMG Project One Electric Motors

The electric motors act in a multitude of ways on the Project One. First, there is one electric motor located at each of the front wheels. The third electric motor is within the engine bay. A fourth electric motor spins the turbocharger so there is never lag when acceleration is necessary. Another benefit to this overall electrical setup is that the plugin hybrid system allows for torque vectoring. On the hybrid drive system alone, the Project One can complete 20 miles silently for those late night cruises.

The Project One was engineered with a lightweight carbon fiber body. Furthermore, Carbon wheels and carbon ceramic brakes complement the body. The front and rear spoilers are active which help with cornering. Although expected with other Mercedes models, automation is not an option on this vehicle. Another difference is that the doors open forward then up rather than directly outwards.

The Project One’s body has adequate intakes and vents to keep the motor cool and breathing well. On the interior, it looks like a F1 car with a passenger seat. The steering wheel has multicolored buttons and dials. On the dash, there are dual 10 inch hi-resolution LCD screens. The rear view mirror system is camera based rather than simply a mirror.

Mercedes-AMG Project One Hypercar: Car Collector’s Dream

Overall, the Mercedes-AMG Project One Hypercar is a brand new addition to the highly collectible cars realm. With a combination of electric and fuel, this car can compete with the best of the best. The top speed may not be as high as some competitors but for a V6 and electricity, it speaks for itself. The carbon fiber body, wheels, and brakes make for an authentic racing appearance. In the end, if you were able to pay $2.8 million for one of 275 units, you are one lucky car collector.

Porsche Boxter Spyder Crashes into Boise Cars and Coffee

An Unfortunate Sequence of Events

In an unfortunate sequence of events, a Porsche Boxter Spyder crashed into a crowd at the Boise Spectrum in Idaho. After a cars and coffee meet-up, the Porsche Boxter driver decided to give the crowd a show on the way out. While the Porsche Boxter Spyder was accelerating, the driver lost traction causing the vehicle to swerve towards the crowd. Unfortunately, the Boxter plowed through many people, placing 11 in the hospital. What was initially an attempt to show off the power of the Boxter Spyder led to a disaster.

Porsche Boxter Spyder Crash at Boise Cars & Coffee

The Porsche Boxter Spyder starts at a MSRP of $82,100. The Boxter sports a 3.8-liter 6-cylinder engine producing 375 horsepower. At 2,899 pounds, the Boxter has decent mileage compared to other sports cars. The Boxter gets 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. On the exterior, the Boxter Spyder has a stylish body kit compared to its predecessors.

In the video above, the Porsche Boxter Spyder can be seen leaving the event. As the Boxter accelerates, traction is lost causing the vehicle to swerve towards the crowd. The Boxter then hopped the curb and plowed into a bunch of people. Fortunately, it seems no one was killed in this incident but on the other hand, many were injured. The impact with the crowd caused a variety of injuries for 11 observers of the event. Warning: The video may be distressing for some people, watch at your own risk.

“Serious but not Critical Injuries”

The Boise Police stated that the crash caused “serious but not critical injuries” to the observers. The event’s organizers also made a statement:

“Speed, racing or any other types of driving are not part of the event. This accident occurred on a public road and was the driver’s sole decision. We do not condone exhibition of speed on any level on public roads.”

Drive Respectfully at Cars and Coffee Events

In the end, hopefully this one incident doesn’t spoil the event for other attendees. Cars and coffee is a great way to display your vehicle and meet new people. There is always a variety of vehicles ranging from basics to exotics. Anyone attending a cars and coffee meeting should respect all laws on the road as this video shows a bad outcome. Overall, the accident was unfortunate and hopefully the injured bystanders heal quickly.

2018 BMW i3 & i3s: “It’s Electric!”

2018 BMW i3 & i3s

The i3, BMW’s small electric car, is receiving an overhaul for the 2018 model year. The first major part of the news is that there will be an i3s model with additional power and a sportier styling. Secondly, the vehicles will both be offered with a mileage extender. On top of this, the BMW i3 and i3s will have the new iDrive 6 system with Apple CarPlay. This may not seem like much but it is a step forward for the i3 electric car.

125 kW Electric Motor with 168 Horsepower

The BMW i3 sports a 125 kW electric motor producing 168 horsepower on the base model. The i3’s base battery option is a 21.6-kWh (Kilowatt Hours) lithium-ion battery pack. There is also an optional battery pack of 33.2 kWh to increase range by 33 miles. The base battery has 60 Ah while the larger battery has 94 Ah (Amp Hours). This causes the 60 Ah range to be 81 miles (130 km). For the 94 Ah, the range is 114 mi (183 km), a 33 mile difference. If the range extender is opted for, the i3 base battery mileage drops to 72 miles while the 94 Ah drops to 97 miles. The difference is made up with a 0.6-liter twin cylinder engine known as the range extender.

2018 BMW i3 Base Model

For the BMW i3, it has been 4 years since its introduction. Now, the i3 has 170 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque. This means the i3 can complete 0 to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds. The top speed of this model is 93 mph. The base model MSRP is $44,450 while the range extender package ups the bill to $48,300.

2018 BMW i3s

For the BMW i3s, it is a brand new version of the i3 to be introduced for the 2018 model year. The i3s has 184 horsepower and 199 lb.-ft. of torque. This leads the i3s to hit 60 mph in only 6.8 seconds, 0.4 seconds faster than the base i3. The top speed of the i3s is 100 mph, 7 mph faster than the base i3. The enhancements that place the i3s over the i3 include modified motor controls, tapered roller bearings, 20” wheels, sports suspension, and the Driving Dynamics Control System. Both the i3 and i3s are equipped with the iDrive 6 system integrated with Apple CarPlay.

BMW i3 is the New SMART Car

The 2018 BMW i3 and i3s are a step forward for the electric model. The four year old i3 had an overhaul while the i3s was introduced to the market. The i3s should attract customers looking for a cheap, sporty electric vehicle. Some may say it isn’t the prettiest car, it is BMW’s version of the SMART car. Overall, the 2018 BMW i3 and i3s should benefit BMW’s placement in the electric car market.

Lamborghini Centenario Roadster: Worth Over $2,000,000

Lamborghini Centenario Roadster

The Centenario Roadster, a Lamborghini exclusive sports car, is worth $2,265,000. At this price, it is more expensive than the Bugatti Veyron. The Lamborghini Centenario Roadster is a convertible version of the Centenario. The base Lamborghini Centenario is still worth $1.9 million dollars, a large sum for a car. For this price, the Centenario Roadster includes a few goodies.

6.5-Liter V12 with 770 Horsepower

In the rear hood, the Lamborghini Centenario Roadster sports a 6.5-liter V12. This V12 engine produces 770 horsepower and 507 lb.-ft. of torque. This allows the Centenario Roadster to hit 60 mph in only 2.8 seconds, 0.1 seconds slower than the base Centenario. With a top speed of around 217 mph, the Centenario Roadster is an extremely fast car. The engine is coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting via paddle shifters.

A Lamborghini Spaceship

The interior of the Lamborghini Centenario Roadster looks like a spaceship. From its carbon fiber and suede to its incredible center console, the Centenario feels like something from outer space. With a 10-inch touch screen on the dash, the Centenario immerses the driver in technology. From Apple CarPlay to navigation, the Centenario withholds many new features. As expected, the Centenario is a leap forward in sports car interior design.

The Lamborghini Centenario Roadster’s beauty points don’t stop at the motor. On the front end of the vehicle, the Centenario’s front bumper is gated with vents. The hood has two vents which increase the sport appeal. As with most Lamborghini models, the side vents on the car are prominent as they are used to cool the engine. On the rear, the Centenario has a large rear diffuser as well as a rear spoiler that is extendable.

A $2,265,000 MSRP Priced Sports Car

Overall, the Lamborghini Centenario Roadster is an amazing sports car. Priced at over 2 million dollars, the Centenario is quite an exclusive car. Although it has such a high MSRP, the car has already sold out worldwide. Car collectors didn’t hesitate to put the money down on this beautiful machine of the future. In the end, the Centenario Roadster is a phenomenal car that is the new treasure in an auto collection for only a few.

Porsche 959: King of the 1980s

A spectacle of the 1980s, the Porsche 959 was manufactured by Porsche from 1986 to 1988. Originally, the 959 was designed to be a Group B rally car. Thereafter, the Porsche 959 became a legal street car that met the requirements of FIA homologation regulations. Porsche produced only 337 Porsche 959 from 1986 to 1988. From 1992 to 1993, the 959 was also produced but only 8 units were built in total.

2.8-Liter Twin-Turbocharged Flat-6 Engine

From the engine, to the exterior, to the interior, the Porsche 959 contains multiple perks. The 959 sports a 2.8-liter twin-turbocharged flat-6 engine. The 2849 cc motor is coupled with a 6-speed manual transmission. The 959 motor produces 450 horsepower at 6500 rpm and 370 lb.-ft. of torque at 5500 rpm. With that power, the 959 can hit 60 mph in only 3.6 seconds (includes Komfort and Sport).

Komfort vs. Sport Models

The Porsche 959 had two separate models: the Komfort and the Sport. The 959 Komfort hit 100 mph in 8.8 seconds while the 959 Sport reaches it in only 8.2 seconds. The Sports version is limited to 29 units and has 515 horsepower. The top speed of the Komfort model is 198 mph while the Sport can reach 211 mph. The 959 Sport can complete a quarter mile in only 11.9 seconds at 119.5 mph.

King of the 1980s

Overall, the Porsche 959 can be considered the king of the 1980s. There were many fine sports cars in the 80s but this one is one of the most popularly known. From its 2.8-liter flat-6 to its 450 horsepower, the 959 was a true sports car. Today, the 959 Komfort can be seen for sale for over $1,000,000! This value holds with cars having over 10k miles. The Porsche 959 is a true car collector’s gem.

Ferrari F50: A Formula 1 Sports Car

The Legendary Ferrari F50

The Ferrari F50 is an equivalent of a F-1 engined road car. From its unique styling to its racing design, the F50 is a collector’s dream. The F50 was produced from 1995 to 1997 by Ferrari with only 349 models built total. As expected, the designer is Pininfarina and it was assembled in Maranello, Italy. To no surprise, the F50 is loaded with Ferrari goodies.

4.7-Liter DOHC V12 (513 Horsepower)

The Ferrari F50 sports a 4.7-liter DOHC V12 producing 513 horsepower and 347 lb.-ft. of torque. The F50 V12 has no trouble redlining at 8,500 rpm with a fuel cut-off at 8,640 rpm. This car also features a Bosch Motronic 2.7 ECU system. The ECU controls fuel feed, ignition timing, and variable length intake and exhaust systems. By variable exhaust and intake, Ferrari means a butterfly valve that is closed at low rpm and open at high rpm.

Although the F50 is a beautiful implementation of engineering, the mileage is lacking, as expected. The F50 gets only 7 mpg in the city and 10 mpg on the highway, defining a true gas guzzler. Usually, these cars don’t rack up miles, so this usually isn’t a concern. As a collector’s car, the F50 is usually displayed in a showroom of sports cars in a private collection. The truth is, how could you possibly not drive this beautiful car?

A True F-1 Sports Car

Overall, the Ferrari F50 defines a F-1 road car. The F50 is able to hit 60 mph in only 3.7 seconds and complete a quarter mile in 10.7 seconds at 125 mph. Top speed of this beauty is 202 mph. The initial MSRP of the F50 was $417,000. Now, the F50 sells for between $2 and $3 million USD. If you were fortunate enough to obtain this car from Ferrari on release, you purchased a true treasure… and also made a small fortune.

Ferrari Enzo: Now Worth Over $3,000,000!

The Ferrari Enzo is a Legendary Sports Car

The Ferrari Enzo, a legendary sports car, was produced between the years 2002-2004 for the base model. The production of the Enzo FXX went until 2007 and the FXX Evoluzione went until 2009. In total, there were 400 Enzo models produced by Ferrari. Ken Okayama of Pininfarina designed the Ferrari Enzo for the manufacturer. Lastly, the Ferrari Enzo was named after the company’s founder, Enzo Ferrari.

6.0-liter V12 with 651 Horsepower

The Ferrari Enzo boasts a 6.0-liter Tipo F140 B V12 engine producing 651 horsepower and 485 lb.-ft. of torque. The motor was designed with a redline at 8,200 rpm, similar to the Porsche Carrera GT. The Enzo has the F1 gearbox which is a semi-automatic transmission with a clutch. Amazingly, the Enzo can hit 60 mph in only 3.14 seconds. On top of that, the Enzo can hit 100 mph in only 6.6 seconds, faster than many cars can hit 60.

Quarter Mile: ~11 Seconds

The quarter mile time of the Ferrari Enzo is around 11 seconds, also similar to the Porsche Carrera GT. On the skid pad, the car reached 1.05 g and a top speed of 221 mph is on record. On the downside, the Enzo only gets 7 mpg in the city and 12 mpg on the highway. With a passenger on board, the Enzo lapped Silverstone Stowe Circuit in only 58.31 seconds. Lastly, the Enzo has a power to weight ratio of 4.48 lb per horsepower.

Ferrari Enzo is an Auto Collector’s Dream

Overall, the Ferrari Enzo is a legendary sports car. From its amazing styling to its powerful engine, the Enzo is a dream come true. Although released in the 2000s, the Enzo has only gone up in price since then. The original MSRP of the car was $659,330. Now, the car is sold in used for condition at over $3,000,000. As of today, some models are closing in towards the higher end of the $3 million range (~$3.7 million USD). The Ferrari Enzo is the collector car of a lifetime and owning one is a major goal of any true auto enthusiast.

Porsche Carrera GT: Top Sports Car of the 2000s

In between the years of 2004 and 2007, Porsche manufactured the Carrera GT in Leipzig, Germany. The Porsche Carrera GT is a mid-engined sports car limited to 1,270 production models. The Carrera GT’s predecessor is the Porsche 911 GT1 Straßenversion. On the other hand, the Carrera GT’s successor is the Porsche 918 Snyder. The Porsche Carrera GT is one of Porsche’s most famous models of all time.

Porsche Carrera GT: 5.7-liter V10 DOHC (603 Horsepower)

The Porsche Carrera GT is powered by a 5.7-liter V10 DOHC engine producing 603 horsepower and 435 lb.-ft. of torque. The 5.7-liter V10 red lines at 8,400 rpm with a 5 lb/hp weight to power ratio. The engine is complemented by a 6-speed manual transmission. The Carrera GT takes only 3.57 seconds to do 0 – 62 mph and completes a quarter mile in 10.97 seconds. On the braking end, the Carrera GT can stop from 60 mph in only 101 feet (31 m). Lastly, on a 200 ft skid pad, the car averaged 0.99 g.

Porsche Carrera GT Technology

Technology wise, the Porsche Carrera GT has a pure carbon fiber monocoque and subframe. The vehicle was also designed with dry sump lubrication and inboard suspension. Another special feature is the rear wing that raises when the vehicle passes 70 mph. The front and rear suspensions contain pushrod actuated shock absorbers. These are combined with dampers with anti-roll bars. Another great feature is the carbon-ceramic disc brakes on the Carrera GT.

The Porsche Carrera GT is an Auto Treasure

Overall, the Porsche Carrera GT is one of Porche’s top engineering accomplishments. For around $600,000 upwards to $1,000,000, the Carrera GT can be yours, used. This price range contains the models for 2004 and 2005. If you’re looking to purchase a car of this quality, be sure to check DuPont Registry. The Carrera GT is now a true collector car and can be considered an auto treasure.

2018 Audi Q5 2.0 TFSI Prestige Quattro SUV

2018 Audi Q5 2.0 TFSI Prestige Quattro SUV

For the 2018 model year, Audi is producing the second generation Q5. The 2018 Audi Q5 2.0 TFSI Prestige Quattro starts at a MSRP of $42,475. The 2018 Q5 is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. The 2.0-liter engine produces 252 horsepower and 273 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine is complemented by a 7-speed automatic transmission. Efficiency wise, the Q5 gets 23 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.

2018 Audi Q5 Motor Capabilities

In depth, the 2018 Audi Q5 sports a 2.0-liter inter-cooled turbo premium unleaded inline 4-cylinder engine. A gasoline direct injection fuel system benefits the efficiency of the motor. The overall power produced is 252 net horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 275 lb.-ft. net torque at 1600 rpm. The steering system is a rack-pinion setup with a 38.4 ft turning diameter from curb to curb. The motor is also complemented by a 7-speed S-tropic dual-clutch transmission with manual shifting mode.

2018 Audi Q5 Technological Advancements

Technological wise, the 2018 Audi Q5 2.0 TFSI Prestige Quattro has a navigation package. This package includes Audi Connect PRIME & PLUS with a 6 month trial to online services. There is also the Audi Virtual Cockpit layout on the dashboard with a 12.3” LCD fully digital instrument cluster. Amazingly, this system has a resolution of 1440 x 540 pixels. There is also the option of choosing between three visual mode options such as classic and infotainment.

2018 Audi Q5 is a Great SUV Option in it’s Class

Overall, the 2018 Audi Q5 2.0 TFSI Prestige Quattro is a great SUV option in its class. From its newer styling to its upgraded technology, the Q5 is the Q7’s little brother. With 252 horsepower, the Q5 may not the fastest SUV but it does the job. The engine is complemented by a great transmission, the S-tropic system. In the end, the 2018 Audi Q5 is a great option for anyone considering a luxury European SUV.

 

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?

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