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2018 BMW M3 30 Years American Edition at SEMA 2017

2018 BMW M3 30 Years American Edition at SEMA 2017

2018 BMW M3 30 Years American Edition

In 1987, the BMW M3 was brought to the U.S. market for the first time. Now, in 2017, BMW decided to create a one-of-a-kind 30th anniversary model called the American Edition. At the SEMA 2017 auto show in Las Vegas, BMW is displaying the 2018 M3 30 Years American Edition in a booth. With a load of features, this BMW M3 represents the M3’s success in the U.S.A.. The M3 30 Years American Edition will be for sale as a 2018 model.

BMW Individual & Specifications

The 2018 BMW M3 30 Years American Edition has a 6-speed manual transmission and competition package. These features represent the foundation of this vehicle. On top of that, this BMW M3 contains BMW Individual components. On the exterior of this M3, the car impresses with its Frozen Red II Metallic paint job. To complement this, BMW added one-off M Performance golden alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. As if this wasn’t enough, this M3 has exclusive carbon fiber side sills, a wing, and M color stripes on the roof panel.

Red, White, & Blue Interior Design

The interior of the 30 Years American Edition M3 has a red, white, and blue theme. This color combination shows on the leather surfaces of the interior with contrast stitching. It also includes special anniversary graphics on the carbon fiber dash trim, front seat headrests, and rear sunshade. This interior is meant to connect BMW with America’s red, white, and blue flag. BMW proudly displays their pride with their success in the U.S.A. with this vehicle.

Price of $129,130 including Destination Charge

To step it even further, the BMW M3 30 Years American Edition has a M Performance Sports suspension with contrasting red coil springs. The exhaust system comes with titanium silencers to complement the exterior. All of these above features come together to make this car a unique vehicle. At a price of $129,130 including the destination charge, this BMW is quite loaded with features. This M3 is quite a unique vehicle and will be a collector vehicle for diehard BMW fans.

BMW M3 is a Great Feat of German Engineering

Overall, the BMW M3 30 Years American Edition is a beautiful vehicle. BMW built this M3 with the goal of showing their appreciation to America for their success in this country. In all honesty, they didn’t disappoint. The price may be steep at over $120k, but this vehicle comes well spec’d. In the end, the BMW M3 is a great feat of German engineering that is welcome for another 30 years.

Lamborghini Egoista: 50th Anniversary Concept Car

Lamborghini Egoista: 50th Anniversary Concept Car

Lamborghini’s 50th Anniversary Concept Car

In 2013, Lamborghini produced the Egoista as their 50th anniversary concept car. The Lamborghini Egoista’s basis is the well-known Gallardo. Walter de Silva is responsible for the Egoista’s design. Many people claim this is Lamborghini’s “Batmobile” as it quite looks like one. With a mid-engine placement and all-wheel drive, the Egoista displays the usual specifications of a Lamborghini.

Lamborghini Gallardo 5.2-Liter V10 with 600 Horsepower

In the engine bay, the Egoista sports a 5.2-liter V10 with 600 horsepower. As this car is a concept vehicle, it will not make mass production or be for sale on the market. Although there is no price, an estimate of the Lamborghini  Egoista is around $4 million USD, similar to the Veneno. Now, the Egoista is on display at the Lamborghini Museum in Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy. Remember, the sole reason for this vehicles creation is to celebrate Lamborghini’s 50th anniversary as a company.

Race Car Features & Specifications

Lamborghini Egoista - Side - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Lamborghini Egoista – Side – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

On the interior, the Egoista is a true sports car. Surprisingly, the steering wheel’s removal is necessary to enter and exit the vehicle. That may sound like a tedious task, but with a racing design it is built to be efficient and quick. Next, the Lamborghini Egoista has a lighting layout like an airplane. There are also active aerodynamic panels that raise and lower to maximize downforce and stability.

Egoista Stands for “Selfish”

In Italian, Egoista stands for “selfish”. Yes, it really does mean selfish. Some may say it is quite selfish for Lamborghini to withhold this car from market. On the other hand, some think Lamborghini is crazy for building this car in the first place. Either way, the car can be seen on display in the museum mentioned above.

The Lamborghini Egoista Represents a Bull Ready to Charge

Overall, the Lamborghini Egoista is quite a unique sports car. The design is meant to resemble a bull getting ready to charge. As you know, hopefully, the bull is central part of the Lamborghini logo. Regardless of it’s selfish name, the Egoista is a spectacle for all to see. If you ever wanted to see a Lamborghini Batmobile, here it is. In the end, the Egoista will remain an extremely rare collectible car held by the Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. Company. For those who don’t know, S.p.A. stands for “Società per azioni” which translates to “public company”.

Porsche Mission E: Tesla’s New EV Competitor

Porsche Mission E: Tesla’s New EV Competitor

Porsche Mission E to be Sold in 2019

In 2019, Porsche will begin selling the all-new Mission E sedan. The Porsche Mission E is a fully electric 4-seater sport sedan. The purpose of this vehicle is to compete in the electric vehicle industry which is the future of transportation. As expected, the Mission E has its eyes set on Tesla. On release, the Porsche Mission E will have a MSRP of about $85,000.

“Our core area of expertise lies in complex, efficient, and high-performance power trains – just look at the 918 Spyder or 919 Hybrid”, stated Stefan Weckbach, the Mission E project head.

Two Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motors (PSMs)

The Porsche Mission E sedan will sport two permanent magnet synchronous motors (PSMs). These were used in the Porsche 919 Hybrid that won Le Mans. This system allows for energy recovery while braking that can be used to continue propulsion. One of these motors powers the front axle while the other powers the rear. With these motors, the Mission E can hit 60 mph in only 3.5 seconds. Surprisingly, the Mission E can hit 124 mph in less than 12 seconds – phew. These motors produce a combined 600+ horsepower.

“Fifteen minutes is an acceptable amount of charging time. And with 800 volts, it’s also feasible.” – Stefan Weckbach

800 Volt Charging System

In the Porsche Mission E, the voltage is double the standard charging value at 800 volts. This allows for shorter charging times and decreases the overall weight of the vehicle. With a lithium-ion battery, the Mission E can drive more than 300 miles on a single charge. To get another 250 miles, simply recharge for 15 minutes – enough time to grab coffee, or a quick meal. With an 800 volt charging system, the Mission E can still be recharged at a typical 400 volt recharging station.

Electric Vehicles are the Future

Overall, the Porsche Mission E is expected to stir up the electric vehicle market. As Tesla currently holds reign in this sub-industry, Porsche and other brands will be making their appearances in the next few years. From Audi to Mercedes-Benz to Porsche, each brand understands the need for a motion towards a fully electric future. Without an exhaust, the cars may not sound the same but they sure are just as fact – if not faster. In the end, auto enthusiasts will probably be happy to take the Mission E for a ride, or two.

McLaren F1 Supercar: A Legendary Race Car

McLaren F1 Supercar: A Legendary Race Car

The McLaren F1 Hit the Market in 1994 at $815,000

In 1994, the McLaren F1 supercar hit the market at a price of $815,000. With a truly revolutionary design, the F1 became legendary. Throughout the years, the McLaren F1 has won countless racing events and shone above the competition, even in modern times. The McLaren F1 differed from competition from its central driving position to its unique suspension system. These combined with an amazing engine led to prosperity in the racing realm.

6.1-Liter V12 Engine Designed by BMW Motorsports

The McLaren F1 sports a 6.1-liter V12 engine designed by BMW Motorsports. This V12 provides the F1 with 627 horsepower at 7400 rpm and 479 lb.-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm. In 3.2 seconds, the F1 can hit 60 mph. Surprisingly, the F1 can hit 100 mph in 6.3 seconds, 150 mph in 12.8 seconds, and 200 mph in 28 seconds. On the quarter mile, the F1 hits 138 mph in 11.1 seconds. The F1 also has a lower rpm redline than other racecars at 7500 rpm.

Central Driving Position, Dimensions, & Unique Suspension

McLaren F1 LM - Interior - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

McLaren F1 LM – Interior – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

As expected, the McLaren F1 boasts a handful of special features. The first is a central driving position rather than left-side or right-side control. This perception zone provides the driver with more control as they sit closer to the front of the vehicle and better visibility. The second feature is the dimensions of the vehicle which are engineered for optimal racing abilities. The third feature is a unique suspension system that provides the car with amazing handling on the track. With this suspension, the F1 has a drag coefficient of 0.32.

19.3 MPG at Highway Speeds/9 MPH at Racing Speeds

At only 2579 pounds, the McLaren F1 is a lightweight race car. Surprisingly, the F1 gets 19.3 mph at highway speeds. Unsurprisingly, that number drops to 9 mpg under racing conditions. Although, most people will probably avoid driving this car on the road. Lastly, the steering system can do 2.8 turns from lock-to-lock. The combination of the above features makes this car legendary on the track.

Modern Pricing around $15 Million USD

Overall, the McLaren F1 is a truly legendary supercar. From its V12 motor to its unique suspension, the F1 stands out from the competition. Previously worth $815,000, don’t expect to find one for less than $15 million in great condition. Recently, a F1 sold for slightly over $15 million in great condition with low mileage. In the end, the McLaren F1 is a collector’s dream car and will be a rare spectacle to see in today’s day and age.

Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante: Tom Brady Edition

Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante: Tom Brady Edition

Aston Martin Collaborates with Tom Brady

On October 27, 2017, Aston Martin unveiled a new special edition vehicle to their options. Aston Martin collaborated with Tom Brady to design an Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante. At a price of $360,000, this Aston Martin Vanquish S will be limited to 12 models worldwide. The typical Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante runs for about $50,000 less than this version. These models will be for sale in Ultramarine Black which looks like a dark blue.

Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante Tom Brady Edition - Rear - Aston Martin - EuroDrift

Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante Tom Brady Edition – Rear – Aston Martin – EuroDrift

6.0-Liter V12 Engine with 580 Horsepower & Custom Features

The Aston Martin Vanquish S Tom Brady edition will sport a 6.0-liter V12 engine producing 580 horsepower. On top of this, buyers will receive a few special features. This includes Tom Brady’s signature on the metal door sill plates, the Ultramarine Black exterior paint, and Dark Knight interior leather. On the exterior, there is carbon fiber aerodynamic features as well as Tom Brady’s TB12 logo behind the front wheels. With all of these alterations, the TB12 Vanquish will be a highly collectible vehicle.

Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante Tom Brady Edition - Interior - Aston Martin - EuroDrift

Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante Tom Brady Edition – Interior – Aston Martin – EuroDrift

Reasoning for TB12 Designation

The reasoning for the number 12 is due to Tom Brady’s New England Patriots jersey number. With 5 Super Bowl rings, Aston Martin felt the collaboration would bring attention to their brand. It is expected that all 12 vehicles will be sold quickly and most probably to Aston’s top customers. Tom Brady helped Aston decide the color scheme for the car. The hint of blue may be a connection to the New England Patriots’ jersey color scheme.

Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante Tom Brady Edition - TB12 Logo - Aston Martin - EuroDrift

Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante Tom Brady Edition – TB12 Logo – Aston Martin – EuroDrift

The Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante Tom Brady Edition

Overall, the Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante designed by Tom Brady will be a spectacle to see. With its color combination and load of additional features, Aston Martin enthusiasts are sure to jump on the bandwagon. Not to mention the diehard Patriots fans that would love to get their hands on this vehicle. With a record like Tom Brady’s, there is no question as to why Aston Martin chose this sports star. Although many people outside of the United States will not know much about him, they are sure to cherish this beautiful Vanquish as it hits the open road.

Land Rover Avoids Concept Vehicles to Minimize Competition

Land Rover Avoids Concept Vehicles to Minimize Competition

Landwind X7 is a Range Rover Evoque Copycat

While most auto manufacturers readily display concept vehicles to the world, Land Rover is reluctant to do so. The main reasoning behind this is due to the fact that a Chinese auto manufacturer may attempt to clone their vehicles. This disrupts Land Rover’s market within China, an obviously large opportunity for sales. An example of a Chinese copycat is the LandWind X7. It is a complete rip-off of the Range Rover Evoque at a third of the price. The issue with this comes down to failure to oblige copyright law protections in China.

Range Rover Evoque - Front - EuroDrift

Range Rover Evoque – Front – EuroDrift

Similar Design & Specifications

Unfortunately for Land Rover, Landwind, the knock-off Chinese manufacturer, mimiced the Evoque without backlash. The Landwind X7 has been produced since August 2015 when it was considered a copy of the Evoque. Obviously, Jaguar Land Rover unsuccessfully prevented the Landwind from entering the market. The Landwind X7 has a 2.0-liter Mitsubishi engine with an 8-speed transmission. At the same time, the Range Rover Evoque has a 2.0-liter engine with a 9-speed transmission. Based on these specifications, the only difference between the Evoque and X7 is an extra gear.

Major Price Difference between Evoque and X7

On the price end, the Range Rover Evoque starts at a MSRP of $41,475. On the other hand, the Landwind X7 starts at an estimated $16,253 (converted from 14,000 Euros). This is a substantial price decrease, at about 60% less. That discount comes with a copycat design and less prestige. But, if you’re unable to afford the true Evoque in China, you can settle for the knockoff version… regretfully.

The Landwind X7 is a Knock-Off Range Rover Evoque

Overall, the Landwind X7 is the true representation of stealing another company’s design. Unfortunately for Jaguar Land Rover, the Chinese government sided with the Chinese auto manufacturer – no surprise. It’s truly a shame that companies have to worry about design mimicking in today’s day and age. Fortunately, for Range Rover, Landwind vehicles are low in quality. The saddest part is that Landwind couldn’t engineer their own design. In the end, the Landwind X7 will never be a Range Rover Evoque.

BMW Will Never Build a FWD M Car… Good!

BMW Will Never Build a FWD M Car… Good!

BMW Front-Wheel Drive

In 2014, BMW introduced a front-wheel drive car to market – the 2 Series Active Tourer. Shocking to many, thoughts of brand degradation flooded the internet. Truthfully, FWD will not ruin the BMW brand. In 2017, BMW is considering bringing the FWD 1 Series to the states. Regardless, this does not signal the death of BMW’s reputation. Most auto enthusiasts will be happy to hear that BMW has no plans to engineer a FWD M model.

Expansion of the M Badge Designation

In recent years, BMW expanded the number of vehicles sporting the M badge. This includes M-tuned trim levels that increase the look and performance of non-M models. Fortunately, this does not mean that BMW will provide a M badge to a FWD vehicle. With the 1 and 2 series sporting FWD, these cars will remain base line models. BMW’s Vice President of the M division spoke to Autocar recently with a clear statement.

Statement by Vice President of M Division

“You have to be able to feel the car… through the steering and the throttle,” stated Dirk Hacker, VP of the M division. “Today, there is no solution for front-wheel drive.” This statement supports the backing that BMW will not label a FWD car with the M badge. Regardless of this statement, BMW has accepted all-wheel drive for the new M5. Not surprisingly, some fans aren’t happy with the change… but that’s too bad.

Don’t Worry… There’ll Be No FWD M Car… At Least, For Now

Overall, BMW does not intend to label a FWD with the M badge. Although the BMW M5 sports AWD, the M lineup has preferred RWD throughout the years. AWD may not be the worst thing for a M car. The acceleration and traction will absolutely increase performance. But, the best option is for BMW to stick to its M model RWD tradition. In the end, BMW will ensure the M label maintains it’s level of prestige for the years to come.

Volkswagen Electric Race Car: Eyes Set on Pikes Peak Record

Volkswagen Electric Race Car: Eyes Set on Pikes Peak Record

Volkswagen’s Eyes Set on Pikes Peak Record

After 31 years of not participating, Volkswagen is taking aim at the Pikes Peak hill climb record. To do so, VW is building an electric race car with hopes of accomplishing this goal. The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb takes place at Pikes Peak near Colorado Springs. The 2018 hill climb event will occur on June 24, 2018. By this date, VW hopes to build a car that will defeat any and all competition.

Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

In the year 1916, the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb began taking place in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado. At a length of 12.4 miles, this hill climb takes drivers up a total of 4,700 feet in height to reach the peak. The summit of Pikes Peak is slightly over 14,000 feet above sea level. Back in 2016, the hill climb record for a modified electric vehicle was 8 minutes and 57.118 seconds. For this record, driver Rhys Millen drove a e0 PP100 vehicle. In the same year, the Tesla Model S set the record for a production vehicle climb at 11 minutes and 48.264 seconds.

Statement by Dr. Frank Welsch of VW’s Board

“The Pikes Peak hill climb is one of the world’s most renowned car races,” stated Dr. Frank Welsch, a VW board member. “It poses an enormous challenge and is therefore perfectly suited to proving the capabilities of upcoming technology.”.

VW Sets Target for Electric Vehicles

This statement by Frank Welsch is a signal that VW is aiming to leap forward in vehicle technology. By succeeding at Pikes Peak, VW would improve their reputation in the auto community. This is definitely a necessary requirement after the entire diesel emissions fiasco. Welsch hopes that the Pikes Peak program will provide VW with a gain of knowledge in the electric vehicles realm. Volkswagen aims to release an EV crossover in 2020 as well as revive the Microbus as an EV for 2022.

Volkswagen is Determined to Win

Overall, Volkswagen is aiming to obtain the Pikes Peak record. A victory like this would prove beneficial to a company that had a dip in reputability in the last few years. The fiasco may have injured VW’s reputation but a leap forward into the electric cars could prove beneficial. If VW is able to make competitive EV vehicles, it will join in on the competition of the future. Brands such as Mercedes already have major goals for electric vehicles meaning. In June 2018, the world will have their eyes set on VW as they attempt to obtain the Pikes Peak record.

Mercedes-AMG G65 Final Edition: The End of the Gelandewagen Era

Mercedes-AMG G65 Final Edition: The End of the Gelandewagen Era

Mercedes-AMG G65 Final Edition

The Mercedes-Benz G-Class has been an extravagant, iconic SUV since its debut in 1979. Initially starting with I4, I5, and I6 motors, the car has grown to become a rare spectacle. Currently, the G65 AMG sports a V12 motor that turns this SUV into a true beast. Unfortunately, Daimler AG, the owner of Mercedes-Benz, has decided it is time to let go of the prized V12 option. So, unfortunately, Daimler is releasing a final version called the Mercedes-AMG G65 Final Edition.

MSRP of $252,690 with 65 Limited Editions Worldwide

While the non-AMG G-Class starts at a MSRP of $122,400, the Final Edition is expected to cost around $252,690. Yes, 2 times as much as the base model. This price is not 100% official in the United States yet, but sources state the value was obtained from Mercedes-Benz. Limited to only 65 worldwide, the G65 AMG will have 30 for sale within the U.S. very soon. Obtaining one of these limited SUVs will be difficult and may be reserved for Mercedes top customers.

Symbolic Matte Bronze Trim

The Mercedes-AMG G65 Final Edition’s attractiveness begins with a matte bronze trim on the exterior. The matte bronze trim can be seen on the front bumper, mirrors, and wheels. On the inside, black Nappa leather is accented by carbon fiber with interwoven bronze accents. Even the passenger handle has a specialty badge for those “oh shit” moments. At least, your passenger can hold on for dear life in style when you accelerate this beastly SUV.

6.0-Liter Twin-Turbo V12 with 630 HP and 730 Lb.-Ft. of Torque

In the engine bay, a twin-turbo 6.0-liter V12 boasts an obnoxious 630 horsepower and 738 lb.-ft. of torque. This allows the SUV to hit 60 mph in only 5.3 seconds. Mercedes-AMG limits the SUV to a top governed speed of 143 mph, faster than anyone needs to go in a SUV. Considering the G65 has the same engine as a S65, the true top speed can be expected to be around 170-180 mph. Now it only makes sense that they limited it… going that fast in a SUV would probably prove deadly, very fast.

The End of the Gelandewagen Era

Overall, the Mercedes-AMG G65 Final Edition is a farewell to the G-Class and it’s V12 engine. Mercedes plan is to replace the G-Class with an all-new, similar vehicle with smaller engine options. Don’t worry, smaller engines don’t signal the loss of enormous power as many manufacturers have proven in the last few years. Regardless, the G65 Final Edition is a mean machine that can go through 2 feet of standing water and climb 27 degree slopes. On top of that, the G65 can tilt 20 degrees sideways before it may tilt over. In the end, the G-Class was an iconic symbol of wealth through the years and it’s lifetime has come to a demise.

2018 Audi RS5 vs. 2018 BMW M4 vs. 2018 Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe

2018 Audi RS5 vs. 2018 BMW M4 vs. 2018 Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe

Audi vs. BMW vs. Mercedes-Benz

In 2018, competition between European automobile manufacturers is still the norm. From Audi to BMW to Mercedes-Benz, these competitors are always attempting to overwhelm their counterparts. In this article, we will compare the 2018 Audi RS5, BMW M4, and Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe. Each car, with its own unique design, has pros and cons. Below, the comparison will determine the true winner of this battle.

2018 Audi RS5

The 2018 Audi RS5 was released to market in June 2017 in Europe. At a MSRP equivalent of $85,495, the RS5 has aimed at a higher market target. The 2018 RS5 is powered by a twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 compared to the previous 4.2-liter V8. This new motor produces 450 horsepower and 443 lb.-ft. of torque. Audi estimates the RS5 can hit 60 mph in only 3.9 seconds and has a top speed of 174 mph. With that number, the RS5 leaps forward into the realm of true sports car accelerations.

2018 BMW M4

Next, the 2018 BMW M4 is available in a coupe and convertible build with MSRPs of $67,195 and $75,695, respectively. For this analysis, the coupe will be considered the competitor. The M4’s 3.0-liter inline-six engine produces 425 horsepower and 406 lb.-ft. of torque. With the Competition package, the M4 boasts 444 horsepower, slightly closer to the RS5. This power allows the M4 to hit 60 mph in only 3.9 seconds, 0.1 seconds faster than the RS5. Lastly, the M4 has a top speed of 163 mph.

2018 Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe

Lastly, the 2018 Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe still offers the lustful V8 engine at a MSRP of $75,500. With a 4.0-liter AMG V8 twin-turbo, the C63 S Coupe delivers 503 horsepower and 516 lb.-ft. of torque. Already, Mercedes has around 50 horsepower more than the competition. This power allows the C63 S Coupe to hit 60 mph in 3.8 seconds. Unfortunately for Mercedes, the 50 extra horsepower didn’t do its homework. With a governor, the C63 S Coupe has a top speed of 180 mph. Usually, the governor is a sign that it can go, indeed, faster.

The Comparison

In comparison, the Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe has the highest amount of winning parameters. First, the C63 S Coupe sports a V8 with 50 more horsepower than the competition. Although this doesn’t win the 0-60 mph run, it will win at top speed, considering it hits 180 mph with a limiter. The Audi RS5 takes last place on the 0-60 mph run only by 0.1 seconds. For MSRP, the BMW M4 is the cheapest automobile followed by the AMG C63 S Coupe and the RS5. Note, the RS5 value is an estimation based on it’s value in Euros, so U.S. price may be slightly lower.

Winner: 2018 Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe

Overall, the Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe comes in first place in the is competition. It may not be the most environmental friendly, but in a competition of speed, this car wins. Second place can be considered given to the BMW M4 which can hit 60 mph just as fast as the AMG V8. It is also almost $10,000 less at MSRP. In last place, the Audi RS5 came in close, but not close enough. Behind by only 0.1 seconds on the 0-60, the RS5 ends up being the slowest accelerator here. The RS5 does come in second place for top speed though. In the end, the AMG C63 S Coupe takes the victory home for the 2018 model year.

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