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2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Executive Super Sedan
For the 2018 model year, Porsche was proud to present the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Executive. The E-Hybrid version of the Panamera enters the sedan into the hybrid plug-in market. The MSRP of the base 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is $185,540. For the Executive version, the MSRP is $195,850.
E-Hybrid with a Twin-Turbocharged 4.0-liter V8
The 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Executive sports a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 with 550 horsepower and 568 lb.-ft. of torque. Furthermore, the E-Hybrid contains a permanent-magnet synchronous AC electric motor boasting its own 136 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque. Woah! That’s a major leap in torque. In the end, the combination was engineered by Porsche to output 680 horsepower and 626 lb.-ft. of torque.
If the power was stacked directly, there would’ve been a 6-horsepower difference. On the torque end, there would’ve been a 237 lb.-ft. difference. That’s ridiculous! I can’t imagine what I’d do with 863 lb.-ft. of torque. Somebody will most likely try to unlock this car’s full potential in a tune.
The 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Executive is a front-engine vehicle. The E-Hybrid has all-wheel drive and allows up to 4 passengers. The engine is coupled with an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The transmission allows manual shifting via paddle shifters. The car is the direct merge of a super sports sedan and a hybrid vehicle.
Difference Between Executive & Non-Executive E-Hybrids
The main differences between the 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid and the Executive edition are in size and speed. The wheelbase of the Executive edition is 122 inches while the base is 116.1 inches, a 5.9-inch difference. For the length, the Executive is 204.7 inches long while the base is 198.8 inches long (same difference as wheelbase). For height, the Executive is only 0.2 inches taller at 56.2 inches versus 56 inches. The passenger volume of the Executive is 102 cubit feet while the base is 96 cubic feet. The curb weight difference is 5400 pounds versus 5200 pounds, respectively. Lastly, the 0 to 60 difference is only 0.1 seconds as the Executive takes 3.3 seconds while the base takes 3.2 seconds.
Overall, the 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Executive is a clean beast of a machine. From its sporty design to its hybrid utilization, it is a car of the future. For being such a large sedan, the Executive has no trouble hitting 60 in 3.3 seconds. In the end, the 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Executive is a great addition to the super sedan market.
The 2017 Audi RS3 Quattro is a new testament to the future of small sports hatches and sedans. The real question is, is the 2017 Audi RS3 Quattro fast enough to beat a supercar?
2017 Audi RS3 Quattro: Fast Enough to Beat a Supercar?
The 2017 Audi RS3 Quattro can be considered a fantastic beast (Get it? Yes, I did pull that right there). At a starting MSRP of $54,500, the RS3 is a leap forward in the hot hatch and small sedan markets. With a turbocharged 2.5-liter 5-cylinder engine, the RS4 pushes 400 horsepower and 354 lb.-ft. of torque. Due to this, the 2017 Audi RS3 can do 0-60 in 3.9 seconds. At this speed, the RS3 can compete with some high end sports cars including the Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale. As usual, the RS3 is a heavy vehicle at 3,593 lbs or roughly 1.8 tons.
In reality, the 2017 Audi RS3 Quattro can’t compete with most high end sports cars such as the Ferrari 488 GTB. On the other hand, it can compete with the more sluggish models on the road. The more “sluggish” sports cars include the Bentley Continental GT and Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale. With a tune and stage 2 or 3 level mods, the RS3 could unleash 100+ horsepower to truly let the motor put forward its true potential. Usually, Audi restricts the motor to a more durable, efficient, and friendly power range. This means that each supercharged or turbocharged car has the potential to unlock roughly 50-100 horsepower.
Overall, the 2017 Audi RS3 Quattro is a small beast of a sports car. With an odd 5-cylinder engine, the car competes with the slower end of the sports car realm. For less than half the price, the RS3 is a more affordable vehicle that allows the driver to hit 60 in under 4 seconds.
Warning: Modding a vehicle most likely will void the warranty. It is best to conduct research before buying mods as well as consult with a dealership and/or the manufacturer.
For the 2017 model year, Audi entirely redesigned the well-known R8. Starting at a MSRP of $176,350, the 2018 Audi R8 boasts a 5.2-liter V10 engine with 540 horsepower and 398 lb.-ft. of torque. The R8 V10 Spyder can hit 62 mph in 3.6 seconds. The motor works with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission for seamless shifting. Lastly, the 2017 Audi R8 V10 Spyder has Quattro all-wheel drive.
2017 Audi R8 V10 Spyder: Second-Generation R8 Model
The 2017 Audi R8 V10 Spyder is the newest addition to the second-generation R8 models. The R8 Spyder is the same height and wheelbase length as the base R8 but overall it is slightly shorter and wider. With the 5.2-liter V10 engine, the R8 has growling, intense exhaust notes. Although it may not be legal on the road, the R8 Spyder can hit a whopping 198 mph. Lastly, in the front there is a water-cooled front differential while the rear contains a limited-slip differential.
The spaceframe of the 2017 Audi R8 V10 Spyder is 90 percent aluminum. Overall, the R8 Spyder weighs a total of 3,554 pounds. Depending on options chosen, the R8 Spyder arrives with 19” or 20” wheels. Technological wise, there is electrically assisted rack-and-pinion steering by ZF. On top of this, adaptive magnetorheological dampers are an option for the suspension.
While on the road, the 2017 Audi R8 V10 Spyder’s roof can be lowered or raised up to 31 mph. If the driver doesn’t want to lower the roof, the rear window can be lowered independently. This allows the driver and any passenger to hear the phenomenal exhaust notes of the R8.
A technological jump forward, the new R8 comes with the Virtual Cockpit. The Virtual Cockpit is a digital gauge cluster that includes the RPM gauge, speedometer, and general information. One of the biggest features of the Virtual Cockpit is that it can display Google Maps.
The 2017 Audi R8 V10 Spyder is a True Convertible Supercar
Overall, the 2017 Audi R8 V10 Spyder is an entirely new level of the R8 family. From its purring 5.2-liter V10 engine to its redesigned styling, it is a mouth opening car. The collection of technological advancements leap this car to the front of its competition. With the digital and sport options, it feels as if you’re driving the car of the future. If you have $176,000 to spare, the Audi R8 V10 Spyder is a great way to spend it.
The Legendary Ferrari F40 LM
If you’re an auto enthusiast, then you know the Ferrari F40 LM is a legendary vehicle. From its unique design to its overly powerful engine, the F40 is a real race car. A rare spectacle, the Ferrari F40 LM is a treasure of any auto collector.
First of all, the Ferrari F40 LM was originally developed by Pilot-Aldix Racing. The Ferrari F40 won the 4 Hours of Anderstorp in 1995 and 1996. After that, the F40 was removed from GT racing. Basically, the Ferrari F40 LM was a Ferrari F40 base model that was altered to be more competitive in the BPR Global GT Series. In 1994, The Ferrari F40 appeared in the 4 Hours of Vallelunga but not in the F40 LM version.
The Ferrari F40 was produced from 1987 to 1992 in Maranello, Italy. The model was designed by Leonardo Fioravanti of Pininfarina S.p.A.. A limited production, there were only 1,311 models produced worldwide. The F40 is a race car with a 2-door Berlinetta body style and a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive layout. It boasts a twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V8 engine boasting 478 horsepower and 425 lb.-ft. of torque. In addition, the Ferrari F40 sports a traditional 5-speed gated manual transmission. The predecessor of the F40 was the Ferrari 288 GTO and the successor is the Ferrari F50.
The Ferrari F40 was revealed to the public in 1987 with mixed reactions. Unfortunately, Enzo Ferrari passed away in August 1988, shortly afterwards. Enzo Ferrari was the entree who founded the legendary Italian brand of Ferrari. Without him, the Ferrari F40 would’ve never made it into existence.
The Ferrari F40 is Estimated to be Worth $1,500,000!
Currently, the Ferrari F40 is estimated to be worth around $1,500,000. During the late 1980s, the F40 was sold for a starting price of around $400,000. For those fortunate enough to purchase this car, they made a whopping $1,000,000 on their investment. Overall, the Ferrari F40 LM is a renowned vehicle that auto enthusiasts can dream of driving.