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BMW on Display at NAIAS 2017

According to BMW, the focus of the North American International Auto Show 2017 was innovation. BMW hoped to showcase a new vision for sustainable and progressive cars. BMW unveiled the BMW 5 Series Sedan and the Concept X2. Also on display were the BMW i3 and i8 electrical vehicles with their new battery technology. Finally, racing fans had a chance to get up close and personal with the BMW M6 GT3 for the very first time.

BMW at NAIAS 2017
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The New BMW 5 Series Sedan

The main difference between the New BMW 5 Sedan and previous versions is in the wide range of assistance systems BMW has included to help ease the driving experience.

“The BMW 5 Series displays motorway dynamics and elegance in a perfect combination. It is, therefore, the ideal business saloon.” – ADRIAN VAN HOOYDONK, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT BMW GROUP DESIGN

The 2017 BMW 5 is the first to have iDrive 6.0. The car responds to voice commands that regulate almost every function. With the Optional Gesture Control, you can choose to navigate the car with simple hand movements. You can also control communication and entertainment.

Another system installed on the BMW 5 Series is the Active Lane Keeping Assistant. With the use of camera sensors, the Assistant helps keep your vehicle in the center of the traffic lane. This keeps distracted drivers from drifting, thus reducing accidents.

The BMW 5 Series, while not the fastest car on the market, does an impressive 0 to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds. The car is lightweight and boasts BMW TwinPower Turbo engines. BMW promotes the combination of high-strength steel, magnesium, and aluminum they used to manufacture the car.

The BMW 5 Series Sedan seems to be similar to the previous versions except for new “gadget-like” controls. While cool, the use of gestures to drive your car, or having a computer keep you in the middle of your lane may not be enough to convince buyers that the BMW 5 is worth the sticker price.

The BMW Concept X2

Like the BMW 5 Series Sedan, the company has taken a previous version and changed up a few things in an effort to modernize it. The X2 is basically the sportier version of the X1, with most of the changes being in looks and not function.

BMW is marketing the Concept X2 to drivers who want a sporty, practical SUV type vehicle. They offer the car in a sporty red to make it eye-catching. BMW lengthened the wheelbase and extended the roof line to give the car a leaner, more powerful look.

“The X2 is a “vehicle for active people looking for a combination of enjoyment and practicality.”- Adrian van Hooydonk, senior vice president for BMW Group Design

Under the hood, the Concept X2 has an engine similar to the X1. The four-cylinder twin-turbo engine generates 228 horsepower, which is adequate, though not groundbreaking. Priced in the mid $30k range, the car offers a stylish alternative to a standard SUV.

Sustainable Driving with The BMW i3 and i8

The BMW i-series addresses the need for sustainable transportation. The 2017 BMW i3 boasts an improved battery pack which has 50% more capacity. This enables the i3 to go upwards of 150 miles on one charge. The Range Extender (REx) adds somewhere around 50 miles to that figure. The BMW i3 has 0% emissions and can be charged in less than 3 hours.

The BMW i8 hybrid has a 357 horsepower powertrain, and the car can move amazingly fast. In tests, it went from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.0 seconds. The hybrid i8 gets about 38 mpg. BMW worked hard on the exterior of the i8. The dark silver paint and lines of the car make it seem more futuristic than other BMW models.

For drivers who want an all-electric vehicle, the BMW i3 is a good option. However, if you don’t mind a hybrid, the BMW i8 is sportier, fuel-efficient, and lightning fast. All-in-all it is a more exciting ride.

BMW M6 GT3

To thrill the race car enthusiasts attending the Detroit show, BMW brought their BMW M6 GT3 race car. As described by Top Gear, it is a “big-winged beast of a racecar.” The BMW M6 GT3 claimed the top spot at the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, Japan’s Super GT Championship and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in the USA.

BMW’s premier racing car has a six-speed sequential racing transmission along with state-of-the-art motorsport electronics. Modification to the chassis helped improve the aerodynamics of the vehicle. The M6 GT3 is a modified BMW M6 Coupe, designed specifically for racing.

What BMW Offered Show Attendees

BMW brought out its newest and latest gadgets, such as the Lane Assistant found on the BMW 5 Sedan. The Concept X2 presented viewers with a sportier SUV and BMW also showcased their i-Series “green” cars. Of those presented, the i8 seems the most interesting. The hybrid looks good, drives fast, and offers the benefits of hybrid technology. However, most car enthusiasts will be dreaming of the M6 GT3 sports car instead of BMW’s other NAIAS offerings.

Audi Unveils New Models at NAIAS 2017

Audi started off 2017 with a bang. At the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) 2017 they showcased three new cars. For the very first time, they unveiled the Q8 concept car to the public. In addition to the Q8, the Audi SQ5 TFSI made its world premiere along with the A5/S5 Cabriolet. These three cars showed the world Audi’s vision for the future.

Audi at NAIAS 2017
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The Audi Q8 Concept Car

Imagine a car that is not quite SUV nor is it a coupe, and yet it makes you think of both. The Q8 Concept car is a hybrid with the spaciousness of a full-size sports utility vehicle, yet it has the sleek lines of a full-size luxury car.

“The Q8 concept is an Audi in peak form. It demonstrates the strengths of our brand in both technology and design while providing a glimpse at a future full-size, production SUV. With its next-generation display and control solutions, we are enabling customers to experience connectivity in a whole new way.” – Dietmar Voggenreiter, Member of the Board of Management for Sales and Marketing at AUDI AG.

Everything about this car feels futuristic. There are no less than three driving modes. “EV” mode is primarily electric, while a computer controls a “hybrid” mode that combines electric and fuel in the most efficient manner possible. A third mode is the “battery hold” mode. When this is selected, the car saves the available electric energy for a later time.

  • Engine: 3.0 V6 TFSI Plug-In Hybrid
  • 0 to 62 MPH: 5.4 seconds
  • Top Speed: 155mph

Control of the vehicle is handled through touch displays in the Audi virtual cockpit. A heads-up 3-D display changes depending on the number of passengers and inputs from the driver.

The Audi SQ5 TFSI

The SQ5 TFSI made its debut at the Detroit auto show and showed the world a sportier version of the regular Q5. This version has a more aggressive look, in part due to the new bumpers and 20-inch wheels.

The American version has a V6 and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Audi claims it can hit 62 mph in 5.4 seconds. The Audi SQ5 TFSI isn’t a slow vehicle but it is slower than the outgoing SQ5 Plus. Audi plans to sell the gas-powered SQ5 TFSI in both the US and Europe.

While the original SQ5 didn’t have much competition, the new SQ5 TFSI must square off against Mercedes-AMG’s GLC43 and BMW’s X4. Only time will tell which of the three captures the European SUV market in the US.

Audi’s A5/S5 Cabriolet

The new A5 Cabriolet convertible weighs about 88 pounds less than previous versions of the Cabriolet. The reduction in weight is mostly due to the new architecture. Even though the car is lighter, the interior of the car is larger. Drivers and passengers both find that it has more shoulder and legroom.

The Cabriolet does have rear passenger seating which can be lowered to increase trunk space. However, the 13 cubic feet of regular trunk space is adequate for most excursions.

The look of the interior is similar to the Audi A4. The gauge cluster is configurable through the optional Virtual Cockpit. An interesting feature is the microphones they have integrated into the seat belts for holding Bluetooth conversations while the top is down.

A Recap of What Audi Brought to NAIAS 2017

Audi wanted to give its fans a view of their future. The Audi Q8 Concept Car showcased the up and coming features that we should expect to see on future models. The Virtual Cockpit is something Audi seems particularly excited to offer to customers. The ability to configure your gauge display and the futuristic feel of touch pads as well as projected images makes one feel like they are years into the future.

The overall theme of the North American International Auto Show is “sporty and futuristic,” and Audi did not disappoint.

2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS: Microsoft Xbox One Controller

2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS

2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS - Microsoft Xbox One Elite Controller - SCUF Gaming - EuroDrift

2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS – Microsoft Xbox One Elite Controller – SCUF Gaming – EuroDrift

If you’ve ever dreamed of owning a 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS, the new king of the Nurburgring Nordschleife, then you may have an opportunity to do so… or somewhat. A 911 GT2 RS inspired limited edition Xbox One controller is planned to hit market on October 7, 2017. While the real car starts at around $293,200 MSRP, the controller will have a price tag of $299.95. At this price, you could purchase a high quality Thrustmaster steering wheel or even a console itself. But at this price, compared to the car, this is the closest way to get a tiny bit of the experience at a margin of the price.

Lap Time Record on Nurburgring Nordschleife

Recently, the Porsche 911 GT2 RS broke the lap time record on Nordschleife leading it to legendary status. This isn’t surprising as GT2 has 700 horsepower and 553 lb.-ft. of torque. This allows the car to hit 60 mph in only 2.7 seconds and a top tested track speed of 211 mph. With RWD and a 3.8-liter six cylinder twin-turbo engine, this car is a beast on the track. On top of this, the car has a few other special accessories.

7-Speed Porsche Doppelkuppling (PDK) Transmission

The 911 GT2 RS’s engine is coupled with a performance based 7-speed Porsche Doppelkuppling (PDK) transmission with short gear shifts and different modes. PDK Sport, a dynamic mode, is included with this transmission. For the brakes, Porsche uses ceramic composite brakes (PCCB). On the front, lightweight bi-xenon headlights brighten up the roadway ahead. Lastly, the car is sold with the Porsche Track Precision application.

Forza Motorsport 7

Back to the Porsche 911 GT2 RS controller. Porsche collaborated with SCUF Gaming and Turn 10 Studios to develop this controller. The initial plan was to release it alongside Forza Motorsport 7 but the actual release date is quite a few days past that. Regardless, this controller will be the shining prize of a handful of gamer’s collections. If you love the quality of a Porsche, this controller brings you the experience at a fraction of the cost.

Alcantara on an Elite Xbox One Controller

As expected, the controller sports the elite controller’s body with modifications. The silver meshed with black and red highlights resemble the interior of the real car. To increase this thought, the controller has hand-stitched Alcantara on the back. We can only imagine that it adds a nice feel to the gaming experience. But, also an expensive enhancement.

Beautiful, but Pricey GT2 RS Limited Edition Controller

Although the price is quite steep at $299.95, the Porsche 911 GT2 RS controller will most likely sell out quickly. The beauty of the car has been worked into the Xbox One elite controller in many aspects. As a long time gamer, this controller would be a great addition to my collection, as well as any other gamers. Unfortunately, I don’t intend to purchase this controller for myself at this time. If you’re lucky enough to get your hands on this controller, be sure to treat it with respect, just as you’d treat the real car.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs. Maserati Levante: Battle of the European SUVs

Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs. Maserati Levante

On display at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit was the Alfa Romeo Stelvio while the Philadelphia Auto Show displayed the Maserati Levante, the two new Italian stallion SUVs. On the exterior, the two Italian cars share similarities, but under the hood and inside the cabin, they differ quite a bit.

A Quick Look Under the Hood

The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio has two different engine options. The smaller version is an all-aluminum, 2.0-liter, direct-injection turbo engine which delivers 280 horsepower and 306 lb.-ft. of torque. Its counterpart, the more powerful twin-turbo V6, delivers 505 horsepower and can go 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds.

Currently, the Maserati Levante features a 3.0-liter V6 engine with either 345 horsepower on the base model or 424 horsepower on the S model. At its best, the Levante takes about 5.0 seconds to go from 0-60 mph. However, a 560 horsepower V8 is scheduled for availability on the Levante in 2018.

Both cars are all-wheel drive, but the Maserati is being built for going off-road. By switching the Levante into its “off-road” mode, drivers enjoy better handling in winter weather or harsh conditions.

Instead of an “off-road” mode, The Stelvio Quadrifoglio has a “race” mode. This feature disables the ESC and activates the overboost function. It also adjusts steering and overall engine performance.

Inside the Alfa Romeo Stelvio and Maserati Levante

Inside, the two cars have almost nothing in common. The Levante is all about luxury. If the standard leather seats aren’t opulent enough, the Luxury Zegna package features leather and silk seats. The cabin has accents of aluminum as well as a sleek, clean design. The Maserati has Touch Control, a touchscreen display, as well as a customizable gauge cluster.

The Stelvio, in contrast, is less about luxury and more about fun. The Quadrifoglio has sport leather seats which are heavily bolstered for comfort. A wide screen infotainment system takes up most of the dashboard. Dramatic detailing draws the eye and screams “Hey, look at me.” Overall, the interior design of the Stelvio is bolder than the Levante.

How They Compare in Price

The Levante and the Stelvio Quadrifoglio are similar in price at around $70,000+ while the base Stelvio is estimated to be ~$50,000.. Whether you prefer the Levante or the Stelvio depends solely on your lifestyle. If you want an off-road adventure, the Maserati is for you. However, if speed is your thing, go for the Stelvio. In the end, both cars live up to their hype and offer quite a bit of bang for the buck.

Sinkhole Eats $750,000 Rolls-Royce Phantom in China

$750,000 Rolls-Royce Phantom Meets Sinkhole

On Sunday, October 1, 2017, a sinkhole in china decided to swallow a $750,000 Rolls-Royce Phantom in China. At a value of 5 million yen, or $750,000 USD, the Phantom was unfortunately the target of the disaster. While waiting at a traffic light, the ground collapsed created a large sinkhole. This happened in a northeast China city on a typical day. Unfortunately, due to widespread construction corruption in China, the poor quality of the roads most likely led to this incident.

Driver Walked Away with No Injuries

Fortunately, the driver was able to walk away from the accident with no injuries. On the other hand, the Phantom sustained damage as it fell into the hole. The incident was recorded on video which will be available as part of this article. The driver made a statement about the accident shortly after. As you’d expect, he was completely unprepared for it.

“I was waiting at the traffic light here and was about to start the car at the turn of the green light when the road suddenly caved in” – Owner of Rolls-Royce Phantom

Poor Quality Construction of Some Roads Due to Corruption

The poor quality construction of roads was also seen during two other incidents this summer. In August, half a carriage way collapsed in the downtown section of a city in the Guangzi providence in southwestern China. The sinkhole was large enough to swallow an entire truck. Unfortunately, a scooter rider fell into the sinkhole due to being distracted on a phone. Luckily for the rider, they walked away with only minor injuries.

Sinkholes Eat Cars for Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

In June, a massive sinkhole opened up in east China’s Jiangsu providence after days of heavy downpours. Heavy rain can test a road due to the amount of water on the surface as well as what seeps through the concrete. This leads to softer ground underneath the roadway which can lead to increased sinkhole risk. This sinkhole ended up swallowing a minivan and a tree on the side of the road. It seems that there were no injuries for this sinkhole as well, thankfully.

Thankfully, the Driver Wasn’t Injured in this Incident

Overall, sinkholes are not a friendly surprise. These usually catch the public by surprise and can happen anywhere in the world, even in the U.S.. It is unfortunate that the Rolls-Royce Phantom driver had to suffer the consequences on Sunday. But, it is fortunate that he was not injured according to news reports. In the end, hopefully the insurance company doesn’t give the driver a hard time on this claim – since it was obviously a random, unlucky occurrence.

Spotlight on Alfa Romeo at NAIAS 2017

Alfa Romeo at NAIAS 2017

The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) is an event where car manufacturers from around the globe come together and display their “next generation” of vehicles. This year, Alfa Romeo helped set the bar with their new SUV. One of the top five must-sees at this year’s auto show was the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio.

Alfa Romeo at NAIAS 2017
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The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Alfa Romeo first revealed the 2018 Stelvio at the 2016 LA Auto Show. However, since then, it’s been kept out of the spotlight – until now. For the first time since Los Angeles, the new Stelvio was on display for everyone to see.

“The all new Stelvio, named after one of the greatest driving roads in the world – the Stelvio Pass in the Italian Alps – sets a new benchmark for the segment.”  – Reid Bigland, Head of Alfa Romeo.

The Stelvio features an all-aluminum, 2.0-liter, direct-injection turbo engine that delivers a standard 280 horsepower and 306 lb.-ft. of torque. This allows the Stelvio to achieve a top speed of 144 mph. All that power and speed is kept under control with Alfa Romeo’s Q4 all-wheel-drive (AWD) system.

The Stelvio was designed with both safety and security in mind. Standard features include Full-Speed Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, and Adaptive Cruise Control.

The 2017 Giulia Quadrifoglio

On display at NAIAS was Alfa Romeo’s sports sedan, the Giulia Quadrifoglio. On the surface, the Giulia looks quiet and reserved, but hidden underneath that restrained exterior is a powerful sports car.

The 2017 Giulia Quadrifoglio boasts a Ferrari-derived 505 horsepower 2.9 liter twin-turbo V-6 engine. The car operates with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Unfortunately, a manual transmission is not available. However, you can place the car in “race mode” and disable the stability control. Yes, this car will swing out its backend and drift!

The Giulia Quadrifoglio is a car with a split personality or maybe “a secret identity.” By day, it appears as a mild-mannered, family sports sedan – by night, a powerful street crawler, dominating the landscape.

A 1968 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale

While the NAIAS was all about the new and innovative design, Alfa Romeo also treated attendees to a nostalgic view of the classic (and extremely rare) 1968 Stradale. There were only 18 of these beauties built, and five of those were turned into concept cars. As you can imagine, it is not often that one gets a chance to see a Stradale in person.

The Stradale was displayed next to Alfa Romeo’s 4C at the Detroit show. It brought home the fact that Alfa Romeo has always pushed the envelope when it comes to power and speed.

Alfa Romeo 4C Spider

Though first revealed at the 2015 NAIAS, the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, showed prominently this year at the 2017 auto show.

“Welcome to the return of one of the most historic automotive brands in the world.”  – Reid Bigland, head of Alfa Romeo

The brand may be historic, but this new Spider is nothing like the Spiders of the past. Imagine a car that is small, brutally fast, and tight through the corners.

  • 2487 Pounds
  • 0 to 60 MPH in 4 Seconds
  • 75-Liter Turbocharged Four-Cylinder
  • 237 Horsepower
  • 258 Pound-Feet of Torque

When you add a 7-speed twin-clutch transmission to the mix, you get a marriage that is pure bliss. The transmission can be operated in either automatic or manual shift modes and is reported to be one of the smoothest on the market.

Take off the top, and you’ll feel like you are flying as you race through the countryside.

Recap of Alfa Romeo at the 2017 NAIAS

There is nothing quite like an Alfa Romeo sports car. Whether you are talking about the 1968 Stradale or the 2015 4C Spider, you know its fast. That is what Alfa Romeo is all about – power and speed. Even their more “sedate” vehicles, the Giulia Quadrifoglio sedan or the Stelvio SUV are all about raw power. You can disguise it however you like, but inside an Alfa Romeo will always be a sports car.

2013 Audi S5 Ownership & Review

2013 Audi S5 3.0T Coupe

2013 Audi S5
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In the summer of 2012, Audi released their new 2013 re-styled B8.5 Audi S5 3.0T Coupe into the market. The 2013 Audi S5 3.0T Coupe included body and interior styling alterations as well as brand new LED headlights. On top of this, it sports a 3.0 Liter V6 supercharged TFSI engine unleashing 333 Horsepower and 325 lb.-ft. of torque.

In anticipation of the release, I placed a down payment on a fully loaded 2013 Audi S5. This includes the Adaptive Cruise Control and Audi Drive Select. It even has the rear shade which is rare, according to the local dealership.

Arrival of the S5 to the U.S.

I chose the car in the color of Phantom Black Pearl with a black and magma red interior. I waited anxiously all summer for the vehicle to arrive. During the last weeks of August 2012, the beautiful and marvelous Audi S5 entered my life. Easily, it became the best car I ever owned. (compared to a 2007 Audi A4 2.0T and a 2010 Audi S4 3.0T which were both great cars as well).

Modifications & Specifications

Initially, I wasn’t completely sure about the magma red interior but I absolutely fell in love with it upon delivery. The color combination looks absolutely stunning on the car, especially with the 19” wheels. I quickly obtained my first mod of tinted windows, which has been a must since my first car and I truly love the increased appeal (at least in my view) of the vehicle. After that, I went ahead and purchased quite a few other mods over the next 20,000 miles including:

  • Audi Black Styling Package Grille
  • Audi RS5 Interior Door Handles
  • Audi S5 OEM Bi-Xenon E-Code Headlights
  • AWE Resonated Downpipe System
  • AWE Stage 2 Performance Pulley Kit
  • AWE Tuning S-FLO Intake System
  • AWE Tuning Touring Edition Exhaust System
  • ECS Tuning 15mm Wheel Spacer Kit
  • ECS Tuning Billet Aluminum Oil Filter Housing Cap
  • Eurocode Alu Kreuz Billet Aluminum Drivetrain Stabilizer
  • EuroGear DEVAL Carbon Fiber Front Lip Spoiler
  • EuroGear DEVAL Carbon Fiber Rear Diffuser
  • I.A.C. Stage 1 Performance Software
  • H&R Front & Rear Sway Bars
  • H&R OE Sport Springs
  • Höen Endurance (Yellow) Fog Lights
  • Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 Asymmetric XL 255/35R-19 Tires (Winter)
  • Michelin Pilot Super Sport XL 255/35ZR-19 Tires (Summer)
  • MTC Engine Oil Dipstick
  • WeatherTech FloorLiner (Winter Purposes)
  • Window Tint

Before & After the Modifications

Before the mods were on the car, it felt as if the suspension had some roll during cornering which I personally disliked. This led me to purchase suspension mods such as springs and sway bars to alleviate the roll – which it did phenomenally. The front and rear carbon fiber enhancements provided an increased sporty look to the vehicle making it even more visually appealing. Although the engine mods are mostly hidden under the hood, the power increase is probably 100+ crank horsepower for peak numbers. Especially if considering that the tune alone adds 71 wheel horsepower as well as 32 lb.-ft. of wheel torque on 91 octane fuel (please note: these numbers are based on power to the wheels, not at crank). On top of that, I personally only use 93 octane or above for my car as respect to this powerful beast. I also prefer 0W-40 oil as used in Porsche V6 and V8 models.

Daily Driving the S5


I drove this car as my daily driver, running typical errands and using it to commute into town for work through horrendous traffic. The only downside of commuting to town, on top of traffic, was that I couldn’t hear the exhaust rumbling up the RPM gauge sitting in dead stop traffic – and those potholes, but those are avoidable (hopefully). I honestly thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of this car from its looks to its power to its entertainment system. I have been the proud owner of my car since the summer of 2012, and I am approaching my 5th year with the car at over 40,000 miles. It has completed road trips for me from my hometown to places such as Boston, Charleston, Chicago, Detroit, Miami, Orlando, Stowe, and more. The car even completed, with no trouble, two non-stop voyages from Florida to the northeast of the U.S. at 12 hours and 17 hours respectively – which I will never recommend to anyone. I drove the entire time and I felt it each time for days.

The B8.5 Aud S5 is Reliable, Safe, & Overall Fun to Drive

I personally have a strong passion for this vehicle as it has truly been a part of my life for almost five years. It participated in everything from meeting my significant other to completing road trips nationwide. If you’re looking for a great car, the B8.5 Audi S5 has proven reliable, safe, and overall fun to drive. I do not regret the decision to go from the S4 to the S5 and I am glad I did so. I’m also glad I decided on a red interior as at first, I was skeptical. The car, especially with the mods, is a stealthy powerhouse and receives attention everywhere I drive it. As a passionate automotive enthusiast, the S5 has filled my desire for a sporty daily driver.

Forza Motorsport 7: The New Age of Racing Video Games

Forza Motorsport 7 in 4K UHD

On October 3, 2017, Forza Motorsport 7 will hit store shelves worldwide. The seventh overall Forza Motorsport game will surpass the previous games in multiple levels. The game was developed by Turn 10 Studios and published by Microsoft Studios on the Microsoft Xbox One and Windows. If you pre-ordered the game, you will have early access pickup on September 29, 2017. Arriving in 4K ultra HD and 60 FPS, Forza Motorsport 7 should pass all expectations from the series.

700+ Forzavista Vehicles

Forza Motorsport 7 is a competitive racing game that will contain over 700 cars. With Forzavista view, an in-depth viewing system, gamers will be able to walk around the car as well as hop inside to look around. Forza Motorsport 7 is supposed to sport the largest collection of Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and Porsche ever. This is a great announcement as who doesn’t want to hit the track in a classic Ferrari or new Porsche? With over 700 cars, finding a car to drive on the track shouldn’t be a problem. Not to mention, Forza Motorsport 7 has a premier partnership with Porsche on this game.

Dynamic Racing Weather

On the other side, weather will play an important role in Forza Motorsport 7. Dynamic race weather will vary during gameplay including puddles, rain, and limited visibility. When it is raining, puddles will gather on the track leading to hydroplaning, similar to Forza Motorsport 6. It can be guessed that these features have been slightly altered, hopefully for the better, as hitting puddles in Motorsport 6 usually had disastrous consequences. As per limited visibility, that feature should alter the overall perception while driving leading to a higher chance of an accident.

New Leagues, Spectating Mode, & Mixer Integration

Turn 10 Studios added a ton of new features including leagues, spectating mode, Mixer integration, and more! The leagues were already seen in Forza Motorsport 6 but the new version will have new variations of this feature. The spectating mode will allow gamers to spectate friends or online matches while racing. Another addition is Mixer integration which will allow for easier streaming from the Xbox One and Windows. Otherwise, Forza is sure to offer a variety of racing modes from Career to Free Play.

Customizable Drivers

Another major enhancement for the game is the right to personalize your driver. Yes, you will be able to customize your driver! With over 100 items to customize your driver, Forza covers decades of race history and pop culture. These features include helmets, clothing, and more. Customizing your own driver will be a fun and new feature to hit the Forza realm.

Editions of Game for Sale

Forza Motorsport 7 will be sold in three different variations: Standard Edition, Deluxe Edition, and Ultimate Edition.  A breakdown for the editions is as follows:

1. Standard Edition ($59.99)

The standard edition includes the game and two custom driver gear items. If it is the digital edition, it includes the Hoonigan car pack for Forza Horizon 3 and Forza Motorsport 7.

2. Deluxe Edition ($79.99)

The deluxe edition includes a bit more than the standard edition for an additional $20. The deluxe edition includes the day one car pack, VIP membership, and two custom driver gear items. This version also includes the Hoonigan car park for Forza Horizon 3 and Forza Motorsport 7 in the digital form.

3. Ultimate Edition ($99.99)

The ultimate edition includes even more than the deluxe edition. This edition includes the Forza Motorsport 7 car pass, day one car pack, VIP membership, and two custom driver gear items. Again, the digital version of the game includes the Hoonigan car pack for Forza Horizon 3 and Forza Motorsport 7.

New Age of Racing Games

Overall, Forza Motorsport 7 will bring a new age of racing games. From 4K UHD to 700+ vehicles, this game is sure to impress. The only problem is, you need a 4K TV to display 4K content. Otherwise, you’ll be satisfied anyway with 1080p. In the end, Forza Motorsport 7 will be the next major racing seller and push the racing game world a bit further towards the real thing.

How to Pronounce German Car Brands: Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, & Porsche

How to Pronounce German Car Brands: Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, & Porsche

German Car Brand Pronunciation

For years, people have been debating how to properly pronounce German car brands such as Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. For many of us, it was simply based on local letter sounds leading to a few varieties of how to say them properly. Now, a German YouTuber called Speed Comparer shared a video correcting the people of the world. The video not only discloses how to properly say German car brand names, it it overall quite hilarious. In this article, we will go over how to properly pronounce German car brands according to Speed Comparer.

Audi

For Audi, many people pronounce this wrong due to language sound basics. For instance, letters are pronounced different in English than German. The correct way to say Audi is “Ou-Dee”. The “Ou” sounds similar to saying “Ow” as if you were expressing a sudden pain. Saying “Aww-Dee” or “Auh-Dee” are incorrect according to the German language. Most people pronounce the first two letters of Audi incorrectly leading to the problem. Please note, it is harder to convey how a brand should sound via writing so I am doing my best to sound it out according to the video.

BMW

In the case of BMW, most people outside of Germany say literally “BMW”. In Germany, the “W” sounds different which leads to the real name sounding like “BMV”. “BMW” stands for “Bayerische Motoren Werke” which translates to “Bavarian Motor Works”. As expected, “Bayerische Motoren Werke” sounds more like “Buy-Er-Shurr Motoren Verker”. Again, hopefully you are able to sound it correctly from the text but please refer to the video just in case.

Mercedes-Benz

For Mercedes-Benz, most people say it exactly how it sounds “Mercedes-Benz” with a long sounded “Benz”. The real way to say this in German sounds like “Murrsaydees-Benz” where the “Benz” is very quickly stated. This is probably the least off-sounding pronunciation compared to the rest. Basically, stating “Mercedes-Benz” in German is much faster paced and sounds more direct to the point while in English it tends to drag on. This is also part of the reason many Americans will refer to Mercedes-Benz as simply “Benz”.

Opel

Opel, another German manufacturer, is another example of a mispronounced name. Most people say “O-Pall” while it should be “O-Pell!”. As stated, “Every booger drives an Opel”. Opel is not sold in the United States so it is less commonly spoke of, but still incorrectly. Speed Comparer refers to the Opel as a car for 16-17 year old girl.

Porsche

One of the most popular German brands, Porsche, is stated completely wrong by most Americans. In the U.S., most people state “Poor-Shh” while it is properly stated as “Poor-Shah”. You can also think of it as saying “Porscia” where the “c” sounds like a “sh”. You may be thinking that sounds like a girls name, but it is definitely one hell of a car. Porsches are a beautiful feat of engineering and stating the name properly should be the way it is.

Volkswagen

Lastly, Volkswagen, or VW, is another common mispronunciation. First, “VW” is pronounced like “Fahl-Vey”. This sounds completely different than speed in English but that is how it sounds. The entire name, “Volkswagen”, sounds like “Fahlkswagen”. The Volkswagen means the “car of the people”. This name probably has the biggest gap in mispronunciation due to letters sounding differently.

Saying German Car Names Incorrectly is a Way of Life

Overall, saying German car names incorrectly is a way of life in the U.S. and other parts of the world. This article is simply to bring to light the correct pronunciation of car names, whether you use them or not. Honestly, most people in the U.S. and other parts of the world will probably say your stating it wrong. But, in reality, the German way is how the names are properly stated. Hopefully, you found this article entertaining as well as received help on how to properly say German car brands.

 

Top Methods to Avoid & Manage Road Rage

Top Methods to Avoid & Manage Road Rage

Ever since the implementation of vehicles into society, road rage has been an occurring problem. In modern times, the number of cars on the road is steadily climbing leading to an increase in overall road rage incidents. Out of 10,000 road rage incidents, there have been 218 deaths and 12.6k related injuries. When road rage occurs, 50% of people tend to reach to road rage with their own actions. This in turn leads to a 66% traffic fatality rate due to road rage. These are unfortunate statistics but a reality in today’s world. In this article, we will review a few ways to avoid and manage road rage.

A few concepts to take into mind to avoid and manage road rage include:

  1. Calm Down if Angry or Tense
  2. Don’t Respond to or Stare at Angry Drivers
  3. How to Handle Tailgating
  4. Listen to Music
  5. Minimize Use of the Car Horn
  6. Observe Your Own Driving
  7. Plan Ahead for Possible Delays
  8. Wave Hand to Signal “Sorry” to Other Drivers

Calm Down if Angry or Tense

In the event that you are angry or tense after experiencing an action on the road, stay calm. There is no reason to act in road rage over a parking space or someone cutting you off. Simply take a moment to consider the implications of doing so and realize it is not important. It is best for everyone on the road if people involved in these events stay calm and move on with their day. Road rage only leads to problems and a risk of an accident, death, or injury. Regardless who is at fault, do everything you can to stay calm.

Don’t Respond to or Stare at Angry Drivers

In the event there is an angry driver on the road, simply don’t respond to their actions and don’t stare at them. By responding or staring, the angry driver may take aim at you to release steam. If you’re cut off, tailgated, or flipped off, simply keep focus on the road and ignore it. If it persists, you have the right to report the driver to local authorities by calling 911 and providing their license plate and the situation. If cops witness road rage, it is most likely to be viewed in a very negative manner and may lead to loss of license or wreckless driving charges.

How to Handle Tailgating

First off, everyone should do their best to prevent tailgating other vehicles on the road. There is always the one person who’s holding up the left lane, even in violation of the law, and this leads to tailgating and a risk of accidents. If you tend to tailgate people, try to back off. If you’re being very impatient or the person is violating the law, you can simply try flashing your high beams a few times to let them know to move over. If they do not move over, do not tailgate or rage – simply wait for a safe time to pass or simply be patient. Patience is a virtue, remember that.

If you are being tailgated, simply find the next safe spot to move out of the way and let them pass. This can be as simple as moving over a lane or require you to put on flashers to pull onto the side of the road. After the driver passes, do not attempt to chase them down or return the favor. They will usually reach in a negative manner and possibly even slam the brakes. This simply increases your chance of an accident as well as other unfavorable consequences.

Listen to Music

A great way to stay calm while driving is to listen to music. Although this may depend on the type of music, calmer music such as pop can allow you to keep calm through tense situations. Music such as heavy metal and rap may lead to more aggression as music can persuade a person’s actions. Music, overall, is a great way to de-stress and clear the mind. Simply turn on the tunes and be yourself, there is no reason to rage on the road.

Minimize Use of Car Horn

Minimizing the use of a car horn is a great way to lower road rage incidents. The horn is a vehicular tool that allows drivers to alert others to situations. For instance, someone is sitting at a green light not paying attention – simply lightly honk the horn to alert them to go. Another instance is for warnings such as to avoid an accident. The horn is meant for major dilemmas and not to be used for simple road rage purposes. Using a horn can tick people off and lead to road rage.

Observe Your Own Driving

While on the road, be sure to observe your own driving patterns. By driving cautiously and safely, road rage can be avoided in many cases. In many instances, it is at fault of another driver – but sometimes it can be due to your driving. If you’re hogging the left lane going under the limit, don’t wonder why people begin to tailgate you. Simply move over into a slower paced lane of traffic. You are not the police and should not be trying to control traffic, leave that to the actual police. Also, be sure not to tailgate others or cut people off unnecessarily. Cutting off can happen accidentally, simply wave your hand to signal that you made a mistake. Also, always use a blinker when switching lanes as this can prepare other drivers for your motion.

Plan Ahead for Possible Delays

Although many people rely on Google Maps to get around town nowadays, it is best to plan some time just in case of a delay. Delays can lead to aggravation and stress, so it is best to stay calm. If there is traffic, there is nothing anyone can do to resolve it. It simply needs to resolve on its own. By leaving slightly early, you’ll be better off to make your appointment or be on schedule which is helpful just in case there are delays.

Wave Hand to Signal “Sorry” to Other Drivers

If you accidentally cut someone off or cause concern to another driver, simply wave your hand to signal sorry. Do not use inappropriate gestures as those can only intensify the situation. Accidents happen, including accidental cut-offs on the highway. By waving your hand out the window or visible to the rear windshield, the person will understand you are saying “my bad” or “sorry”. It is also a great way to say “thank you” to people who let you slide into the lane.

Common Reasons for Road Rage

There are many reasons that people may road rage. A few of those concepts are:

  1. Braking Unnecessarily
  2. Cutting-Off Traffic
  3. Hand Gestures
  4. Honking Too Much
  5. Parking Spaces
  6. Slow Driving
  7. Tailgating

Braking Unneccsarily

If you drive on the road, you should keep these 7 concepts in mind. Try not to brake unnecessarily, if you’re on the highway and the road is clear, there is no need to tap or jam the brakes. If you need to stop or are distracted, simply pull over. Braking can easily trigger angry drivers, especially when it isn’t necessary. If you’re braking due to concerns, simply move into the slowest travel lane and allow drivers to pass if necessary.

Cutting-Off Traffic & Hand Gestures

Cutting-off traffic is another common reason to road rage. Simply try to avoid cutting people off by planning ahead to get into the proper lane by the time required. It is a simple task yet many times people wait until the last second to save a few seconds. Another problem can be hand gestures. Negative hand gestures such as flipping another driver off can lead to road rage. There’s a simple concept to this, simply don’t do it.

Hooking Too Much & Parking Spaces

Honking too much can aggravate other drivers. Honk once or twice but there is no need to blare the horn or honk for a minute straight. Another major road rage causer is parking spaces. Sometimes, people will be fighting over parking spaces. If there is visible parking space around, there is no need to fight over parking. Simply take another spot. If there isn’t any parking, simply pull aside and wait for the next person to leave. If the area is known for parking problems, it may be smarter to try a transportation service such as Uber.

Slow driving can lead to tailgating and other road rage incidents. If you’re a slow driver, that is okay. But, there are a few things to keep in mind. Avoid going into the left lane on the highway if you’re planning to run the speed limit. It is known to be the “fast” lane on many highways and should be left as so. Another pointer is to let the police do their job, they will handle speeders if seemed necessary.

Tailgating

Lastly, tailgating is a major cause of road rage. Tailgating slow drivers or even someone going above the limit isn’t a great idea. Many drivers will automatically take the next chance to move over if you’re approaching behind. The other ones, will simply ignore you or even attempt to slow you down. Avoid tailgating by using your high beams to try to let them know to get over or simply use a different lane when it is safe to pass. If you’re being tailgated, simply move over and let the person pass – it’s that simple.

Road Rage Isn’t Worth Your Time

Overall, road rage isn’t worth your time. From the increased risk of accidents, death, or injuries to the other circumstances, it is best to avoid it at all costs. By using this guide, you will hopefully have an idea on how to avoid road rage in these instances. You can also use the guide to be more aware of your own driving to make sure you aren’t the cause of the issue. No matter the situation, be smart and avoid road rage.

 

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