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BMW iNext EV: Arriving in 2021

BMW iNext EV: Arriving in 2021

BMW Sets High Goal for EV Models

In recent years, BMW has shown high interest in achieving success within the electric vehicle (EV) market. In 2016, BMW announced the plans for the iNext EV vehicle. The BMW iNext EV will be a “new innovation driver, with autonomous driving, digital connectivity, intelligent lightweight design, a totally new interior and ultimately bringing the next generation of electro-mobility to the road” (Quote by BMW CEO Harald Krüger). The BMW iNext EV will probably take after the BMW i Vision Dynamics Concept. Furthermore, the list of features within the iNext EV are sure not to disappoint. At the BMW Annual General Meeting, the CEO presented the initial design for this new tech flagship.

435 Mile Range & SAE Level 3 Autonomous Driving

BMW i Vision Dynamics Concept - Side - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

BMW i Vision Dynamics Concept – Side – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The BMW iNext EV boasts a ton of amazing features. Firstly, the iNext EV will offer a mileage range up to 435 miles. And yes, this is on one charge, not two or three. Secondly, there will be SAE level 3 autonomous driving tech with level 4 arriving within a year or so. This means that eyes on the road and hands on the wheel do not apply. Scary? Maybe. Not really. These features in themselves are a great feat for the BMW engineering team.

Expect 25 Electric BMW Models by 2025

BMW Vision Next 100 – interior Exterior and Drive – CAR TV – YouTube

By 2025, BMW plans to offer 25 electric vehicles, with 12 being fully electric. This means that BMW will offer mostly hybrids but with almost half being fully electric. This is quite an impressive goal and there will no doubt be competition in this field for the years to come. Recently shown in Beijing, the BMW all-electric X3 may arrive as early as 2020. Later in 2018, BMW will show the iNext EV as a “Vision Vehicle” concept to the world. Production for the iNext EV should begin in Dingolfing, Germany in 2021. In conclusion, BMW is aiming to achieve a full offering of electric vehicles in less than 10 years.

Note: The BMW iNext EV and the BMW i Vision are not the same vehicle. The BMW i Vision is shown above for an understanding of the futuristic designs of BMW.

2019 Mercedes-AMG E53: 429-Horsepower Inline-Six

2019 Mercedes-AMG E53: 429-Horsepower Inline-Six

AMG Replaces E43 with E53 for 2019 Model Year

For the 2019 model year, Mercedes-AMG is replacing the E43 with the E53. The 2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 will be available in a cabriolet, coupe, and sedan variant. The cabriolet and coupe were revealed at the Detroit Auto Show (North American International Auto Show 2018). The E43 was a perfect match for someone looking for more than a base E300 and less than the overwhelming E63. Now, the E53 will be the middleman. The E53 has a different engine as well as some slight exterior mods in comparison to the base model. The exterior has two power bulges on the hood as well as a redesigned rear bumper with diffuser.

3.0-Liter Turbocharged Inline-Six with 429 Horsepower

2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 Sedan - Interior - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 Sedan – Interior – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The 2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 sports a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six engine. This motor produces 429 base horsepower and 384 lb.-ft. of torque. To support the engine, there is a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. This hybrid system produces only 21 horsepower but a whopping 184 lb.-ft. of torque. The purpose of this is to help with fuel consumption and power during usage. Furthermore, there is an electric auxiliary compressor that works with the exhaust-driven turbo to minimize lag.

In combo with the engine, there is a 9-speed AMG transmission. On top of this, there is an AWD system in the 2019 Mercedes-AMG E53. From 0-60 mph, the E53 coupe takes only 4.3 seconds. On the other hand, the cabriolet and sedan take 4.3 seconds, 0.1 seconds longer. The top speed is electronically limited to 130 mph for all three versions.

Mercedes-AMG is Looking to the Future

2019 E53 AMG Coupe Walkaround and Interior! | Hybrid AMG! – EddieX – YouTube

The 2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 is proof that Mercedes is looking to the future. With more power and better fuel consumption, this car is taking a leap forward. Furthermore, Mercedes-AMG will be offering optional 20” lightweight alloy wheels on the E53. This is on top of the 14.2” brake discs in use for all of the wheels. The MSRP is currently TBD but will most likely be available by the fall or winter. AMG expects to offer the E53 starting end of 2018 in the U.S. In conclusion, the new E53 is a beautiful feat of engineering with sufficient power and luxury.

2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 Sedan - Rear Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 Sedan – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Fully Electric 1968 Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero at the Royal Wedding

Fully Electric 1968 Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero at the Royal Wedding

Fully Electric Jaguar E-Type for the Royal Wedding

1968 Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero (Fully Electric) - Royal Wedding - Front Corner - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

1968 Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero (Fully Electric) – Royal Wedding – Front Corner – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

On May 19, 2018, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were officially married at Westminster Abbey in London. Royal weddings are very important milestones in British history. Due to the marriage, Prince Harry became the Duke of Sussex. As it was a very special occasion, Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works built a unique car. At the end of the wedding, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle drove off in a fully electric 1968 Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero. This car was built by Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works with Rimac engineered tech. From the interior to the exterior, the E-Type Concept Zero is an amazing modernization of a car from the past.

XK330-4 Electric Motor with Zero Emissions

1968 Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero (Fully Electric) - Royal Wedding - Electric Motor - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

1968 Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero (Fully Electric) – Royal Wedding – Electric Motor – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

The fully electric 1968 Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero sports a XK330-4 electric motor with zero emissions. Exact details on power are not readily available due to an NDA between the manufacturer and JLR. On the inside, there is modern tech throughout. Firstly, there is a carbon fiber console and dash with digital gauges and a touchscreen display. The touchscreen seems to offer music as well as info about the electrical system. Complementing the carbon fiber is a metal and wood steering wheel. Furthermore, there is leather seats as well as a modern shift knob on the console. Lastly, the car wears LED headlamps, a touch of modernization on the exterior.

1968 Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero (Fully Electric) - Royal Wedding - Electric Motor Bay - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

1968 Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero (Fully Electric) – Royal Wedding – Electric Motor Bay – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

Quote by Mike Goodbun (Global PR Manager)

1968 Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero (Fully Electric) - Royal Wedding - Dashboard - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

1968 Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero (Fully Electric) – Royal Wedding – Dashboard – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

The following statement is by Mike Goodbun, the Global PR Manager for Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations. The statement discusses the cooperation between Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works and Rimac.

“Our Classic Works team built this car and engineered in conjunction with Rimac Automobili in Croatia, for some of the electrical expertise. So, we supplied them a brief, and have worked with them to develop this driveline in a way that meets our intensions for the reversibility of the conversion. It gave us the performance we needed, and builds on kind of the best of both, really: our expertise with classic cars and their experience with electrification technology.” – Mike Goodbun (Global PR Manager at Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations)

1968 Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero (Fully Electric) - Royal Wedding - Interior - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

1968 Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero (Fully Electric) – Royal Wedding – Interior – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

A Tragic Ending & A New Beginning

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle depart Windsor Castle in classic open-top sports car – The Royal Family Channel – YouTube

Overall, the fully electric 1968 Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero is an amazing vehicle. Unfortunately, there is a tragic story about the previous owner. A Jamiroquai musician previously owned the vehicle and recently passed due to cancer. After death, the car was sold by the widow. But, a new beginning sprout from this as the car is now in possession of the Duke of Sussex. The car’s value is approximately £350,000 ($468,989.85 USD). In conclusion, modern tech in old cars may have initially seemed like a bad idea, but this proves otherwise.

1968 Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero (Fully Electric) - Royal Wedding - Gas Tank Mod for Charger - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

1968 Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero (Fully Electric) – Royal Wedding – Gas Tank Mod for Charger – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

 

The All-New BMW 8 Series: Debut on June 15th

The All-New BMW 8 Series: Debut on June 15th

BMW 8 Series Debuts on June 15th

BMW 8 Series - Rear Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

BMW 8 Series – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

On June 15th, 2018, the day before the start of Le Mans, BMW will introduce the all-new 8 series. The BMW 8 Series is a dynamic-driving luxury sports car. Not surprisingly, the 8 Series will be available in multiple variants. BMW expects to release six different models of this car. These model variations include a Convertible, Coupe, Gran Coupe, and M8 Gran Coupe. Overall, the BMW 8 Series is basically the answer to demand for a 7 Series Coupe.

BMW 8 Series - Side - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

BMW 8 Series – Side – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

4.4-Liter TwinPower Turbo V8

BMW 8 Series - Front - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

BMW 8 Series – Front – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The BMW M850i xDrive Coupe will sport a 4.4-liter TwinPower Turbo V8. This motor is capable of 530 horsepower and 553 lb.-ft. of torque. Furthermore, the engine will work in combo with a ZF 8-speed auto transmission. Obviously, other BMW 8 Series models may have differing engine options. The BMW M8 Gran Coupe may reach over 600 horsepower, but there’s no guarantee. Currently, engineers are testing the entirety of the 8 Series on the curvy, windy roads of Wales.

BMW 8 Series - Front Corner in Motion - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

BMW 8 Series – Front Corner in Motion – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The 8 Series is a Game Changer

Testing of the new BMW 8 Series Coupe. – BMW Group – YouTube

In conclusion, the BMW 8 Series is a game changer in the realm of coupes. In recent times, large coupes are in demand, as seen from the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe. These vehicles provide a taste of sportiness while still offering high-end luxury. It probably won’t be a surprise for Audi to consider creating a coupe based on a larger model such as the A6 or A8. Either way, it will be tough for anyone to compete with the beautiful 8 Series Coupe. Currently, there isn’t too much information available on this car. But, anyone may sign up on the BMW website to receive more info once it’s available.

BMW 8 Series - Interior - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

BMW 8 Series – Interior – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

BMW 8 Series - Rear Tail Light - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

BMW 8 Series – Rear Tail Light – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

 

2018 Ford GT Elevator Ride to Porsche Design Tower Penthouse

2018 Ford GT Elevator Ride to Porsche Design Tower Penthouse

Elevator Ride in 2018 Ford GT to Penthouse

At the Porsche Design Tower in Sunny Isle Beach, Florida, wealthy individuals may park their fine automobiles in their own private sky garage. Not many cities boast the luxury of Miami and its surrounding area. This building, specifically built with a robotic car lift, aims for auto enthusiasts with a large bank account. At the top, the building offers a $32 million USD penthouse. In the video below, a 2018 Ford GT takes a ride to the top in the stunning glass elevator.

2018 Ford GT: Worthy of Euro Auto Enthusiast Respect

2018 Ford GT - Front Corner - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

2018 Ford GT – Front Corner – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

The 2018 Ford GT is a stunning vehicle that usually wouldn’t be discussed on this site. But, due to its relation in the video to the Porsche Design Tower, it deserves a spot.
The 2018 Ford GT sports a 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 engine. This motor produces 647 horsepower and 550 lb.-ft. of torque. The V6 GT engine works in combo with a 7-speed dual clutch transmission. With a top speed of 216 mph, the Ford GT can reach 60 mph in only 3.0 seconds. Furthermore, on the quarter mile, the Ford GT completes it in 10.8 seconds at 134 mph. Not surprisingly, this car has a roadholding value of 1.11 g. Finally, the 2018 Ford GT has an EPA of 11 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway.

Porsche Design Tower: Miami Luxury

Porsche Design Tower - Front - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Porsche Design Tower – Front – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

On April 19, 2014, the Porsche Design Tower began construction. In 2017, the building is officially complete. The Porsche Design Tower is located at 18555 Collins Avenue in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida. Developed by Dezer Properties, this tower is along the Atlantic Ocean at 641 feet tall. The Porsche Design Tower offers stunning views from it’s 60 stories with floor-to-ceiling windows. Most noteworthy, each condo has access to a robotic car lift with private sky garages. For the most elite, there is a $32 million USD penthouse with around 20,000 sq. ft. of space.

Wealth, Wealth, &… Well, More Wealth

$32M Elevator ride with the 2018 Ford GT at the Porsche Design Tower – DragTimes – YouTube

The lifestyle of the wealthy is filled with the best luxury and modern technology. Riding a 2018 Ford GT into Porsche Design Tower is a statement on its own. The 2018 Ford GT is worth over $450,000 and is limited to 1,000 units. On top of this, taking it to the top is an additional $32 million USD. That alone, is $32.5 million USD in assets. Honestly, who wouldn’t want to live this luxurious lifestyle? In conclusion, the 2018 Ford GT is quite the complement to the penthouse at the Porsche Design Tower.

2019 Ferrari Portofino: Replacement for the California

2019 Ferrari Portofino: Replacement for the California

The Replacement for the Ferrari California

2019 Ferrari Portofino - Front Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Ferrari Portofino – Front Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

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

2019 Ferrari Portofino - Rear Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Ferrari Portofino – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

3.9-Liter Twin-Turbo V8 with 591 Horsepower

2019 Ferrari Portofino - Engine - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Ferrari Portofino – Engine – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

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

2019 Ferrari Portofino - Front - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Ferrari Portofino – Front – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Technological Advancements Over California

2019 Ferrari Portofino - Interior - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Ferrari Portofino – Interior – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

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

2019 Ferrari Portofino - Dashboard - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Ferrari Portofino – Dashboard – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

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

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

Will the Portofino be as Successful as California?

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

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

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

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

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

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

2019 Ferrari Portofino - Side - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Ferrari Portofino – Side – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

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

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

Young Driver with No License Crashes McLaren 720S into Audi R8

Young Driver with No License Crashes McLaren 720S into Audi R8

An Epic McLaren 720S Crash

From 0 to 60 mph is all it takes to reach a 5 to 6-digit repair bill during an epic McLaren 720S crash. In Toronto, a 19-year-old driver with no license crashed a McLaren 720S into a parked Audi R8. Yes, you are reading this correctly. Luckily for everyone, there is a low-quality video showing the accident occur on YouTube. Warning: This accident failure may cause shock, surprise, and disappointment.

The McLaren 720S Supercar

McLaren 720S - Front Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

McLaren 720S – Front Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Unfortunately, this McLaren 720S crash was avoidable and due to bad decision-making. Either way, the McLaren 720S is quite an amazing supercar. With a starting price of $288,845, this car can easily reach into the $300k price range. For that price, the buyer receives a 4.0-liter V8 engine with 710 horsepower. This works in combination with RWD and a 7-speed automatic transmission. From 0 to 60 mph, this car really takes only 2.7 seconds. But, from 0 to 60 mph, can also take 5 to 6-digits in repairs, as seen below.

The Crash into a Parked Audi R8

2016 Audi R8 V10 Plus Quattro - Front Corner - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

2016 Audi R8 V10 Plus Quattro – Front Corner – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

The story begins with a 19-year old driver who doesn’t have a driver’s license, but access to a McLaren 720S. The McLaren 720S crash begins with the driver accelerating on a back street near the city of Toronto. From here, things go terribly wrong. The first thought by spectators is that the driver turned off stability and traction controls. This can easily be disastrous without experience. While accelerating forward, the driver loses control and the timing is perfect for the 720S to veer into a parked Audi R8. Talk about bad luck, for both the 720S and R8 owners. Although this is the story, it may not be 100% accurate, so keep that in mind. The full details have yet to be 100% officially understood by anyone.

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Inside The McLaren 720S That Crashed Into The R8! – WorldWide2025 – YouTube

The McLaren 720S crash into the Audi R8 is due to a series of unfortunate events. And no, not like the book series, movie, or TV seasons. One major lesson for everyone to learn here is that supercars are no joke. Even though, supercars are exciting and thrilling to drive, disasters aren’t a short step away. It only takes one mistake and a few seconds for a great day to turn into hell on earth. Especially, if you are a young driver with no license operating a vehicle illegally, and probably without insurance. In conclusion, the McLaren 720S crash will forever be the epitome of a gut-wrenching supercar disaster.

The Lost World: Jurassic Park – 1997 Mercedes-Benz ML320

The Lost World: Jurassic Park – 1997 Mercedes-Benz ML320

The Jurassic Park Mercedes-Benz SUVs

If you’ve seen The Lost World: Jurassic Park movie, you may have noticed the Mercedes-Benz SUVs throughout the film. For the expedition to Isla Sorna, InGen builds three customized 1997 Mercedes-Benz ML320 SUVs. The purpose of these vehicles is to drive and navigate the island for transporting equipment. This equipment mostly consists of camera and study items. The nicknames for the three vehicles are: AAV Fontana, AAV Montana, and AAV Santana. Unfortunately, the Montana was left behind in this film. Regardless, these vehicles “shine bright like a diamond” through the film.

The Lost World: Jurassic Park Movie

The Lost World: Jurassic Park Official Trailer #1 – Jeff Goldblum Movie (1997) – Jurassic Park Fansite – YouTube

The film The Lost World: Jurassic Park was released on May 19, 1997 by director Steven Spielberg. This 1997 film was able to reach a box office value of 618.6 million USD on a 73 million USD budget. Furthermore, at 2 hours and 9 minutes, this film provides quite a look into InGen’s invasion of Isla Sorna. One main reason for their invasion is to capture dinosaurs to display at an amphitheater zoo in San Diego. Dr. Ian Malcolm, played by Jeff Goldblum, thinks this is a terrible idea, and he isn’t far from being correct. Over the film, the entire process turns into a disaster leading up to a t-rex invasion of San Diego. With such a large box office value, the film unfortunately didn’t receive amazing reviews, with a rating of 6.5/10 by IMDb.

AAV Fontana, AAV Montana, & AAV Santana

1997 Mercedes-Benz ML320 - AAV Montana in The Lost World: Jurassic Park - Rear Corner - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

1997 Mercedes-Benz ML320 – AAV Montana in The Lost World: Jurassic Park – Rear Corner – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

For the film, the three 1997 Mercedes-Benz ML320 SUVs were customized with a ton of aftermarket components. Each of three vehicles have the following options:

  • Camouflage Paint
  • Custom Step Bars
  • Fog Lights
  • Front Bull Bars
  • Front Tow Cable
  • Leather Seats
  • Rear Taillight Guards
  • Winch
  • 4-Wheel Drive

These features provide the basis for the overall vehicles before the additional options differentiate the three 320s. Next, each vehicle will be discussed pointing out the additional features that distinguish them individually from the others. The AAV Fontana, AAV Montana, and AAV Santana all have features that provide them slightly different advantages in varying situations.

For the 1997 Mercedes-Benz ML320 AAV Fontana, the car has quite a few additional features. These features include:

  • Additional Round Bubble Top
  • Bottom & Top Hang on Jerry Cans
  • Bubble Window Roof
  • Duel Mounted Side Mirror Search Lights
  • Grey Interior
  • Mounted Side Lights
  • Protective Bars

For the AAV Montana, the options differ slightly than the AAV Fontana. The AAV Montana’s enhancements include:

  • Bubble Window Roof
  • Duel Grab Bars on Rear Sides
  • Duel Mounted Side Mirror Searchlights
  • Grey Interior
  • Hood Mounted Carrier
  • Extra Wheel Top Mounted
  • Mounted Door Guard Panes
  • Protective Bars

Lastly, the AAV Santana had the least amount of additional options. These features include:

  • Aluminum Interior
  • Bottom Mounted Hang on Jerry Cans
  • Cut Out Backside
  • Mounted Light Bar

Each of these vehicles serves a slightly different purpose due to their features. Unfortunately, two of these vehicles were destroyed during the film. Luckily, for the AAV Montana, it remained safe in the InGen gatherers equipment facility.

R.I.P. AAV Fontana & AAV Santana

The Lost World: Jurassic Park (4/10) Movie CLIP – Ripped Apart (1997) HD – Movieclips – YouTube

Unfortunately, the AAV Fontana and AAV Santana didn’t remain safe during the film. While attempting to fix a young tyrannosaurus rex’s leg, two adult T. rexes show up. As this occurs, the AAV Fontana ML320 is hurtled off the cliff. However, the T. rex adults don’t stop there… the entire trailer containing Ian, Nick, & Sarah is pushed about halfway over the cliff. This causes the characters to fall and eventually dangle from a rope. This rope is set up by Eddie who drives the AAV Santana to the scene. Unfortunately, for Eddie, the two T. rex adults return, and he doesn’t survive, and neither does the Santana.

The AAV Montana is Still Alive!

1997 Mercedes-Benz ML320 - AAV Montana in The Lost World: Jurassic Park - Rear - Pixabay - EuroDrift

1997 Mercedes-Benz ML320 – AAV Montana in The Lost World: Jurassic Park – Rear – Pixabay – EuroDrift

Overall, The Lost World: Jurassic Park is a great movie. Critics may not agree, but if you’re a fan of dinosaurs, you’re missing out if you haven’t seen it. Furthermore, the 1997 Mercedes-Benz ML320 SUVs were a perfect match for the movie. These vehicles are built for adventures and the outdoors, so their arrival on Isla Sorna isn’t a surprise. Even though the AAV Fontana and Santana didn’t survive, the AAV Montana is still alive! Long live the Jurassic Park Mercedes-Benz SUV!

1993-1998 Bentley Brooklands: 4-Door Luxury Saloon

1993-1998 Bentley Brooklands: 4-Door Luxury Saloon

The 1st Generation Bentley Brooklands

From 1992 until 1998, Bentley produced a 4-door luxury saloon titled the Brooklands. In recent years, the name Brooklands was used for a 2-door coupe, but in the past, it was a sedan. The model years run from 1993 to 1998 although production was from 1992 to 1998. This saloon was the replacement for the Bentley Eight and Bentley Mulsanne S. It was also cheaper than the Bentley Turbo R at the time. The successor to the 1st generation Brooklands is the Arnage.

An Unfortunately Sluggish 6.75-Liter V8

Under the hood, the 1992-1996 Bentley Brooklands has a 6.75-liter V8 engine. This motor is capable of 222 horsepower and 332 lb.-ft. of torque. The manufacturer claims the top speed for this sedan is 127 mph. From 0 to 60 mph, it takes a slow 10 seconds. Furthermore, it completes a quarter mile in 18.2 seconds. This sounds a bit slow, which is why the 1996 models received an updated engine. By adding a light-pressure turbo to the V8, Bentley was able to reach 300 horsepower for the remaining years. In 1998, a top tier version was released called the Brooklands R. This model has the turbo as well as the suspension from the Bentley Turbo R. Either way, the engine works in combination with a 4-speed automatic transmission.

Technology Differences from Predecessors

1993 Bentley Brooklands - Rear Corner - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

1993 Bentley Brooklands – Rear Corner – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

The features of the 1992-1998 Bentley Brooklands include only a handful of differences from its predecessor. First, there is the classic Bentley waterfall grille with dual headlights. Secondly, the car has wraparound parking lights. Thirdly, the Brooklands has the trademark descending boot lid as well as chrome B-pillars. Inside, the car sports a leather-wrapped center console with a gear selector. In the past, the gear selector was steering column mounted. Finally, there is an ample woodgrain interior trim.

Original MSRP of $156,500 in the 1990s

1993 BENTLEY BROOKLANDS REVIEW – STARTING 6.75 V8 ENGINE & DRIVING – Keith Gannon – YouTube

Overall, the 1992-1998 Bentley Brooklands was quite a unique vehicle. With an independent front and rear suspension as well as RWD, this car was the equivalent of a boat on wheels. Although it had a powerful V8, the car was a bit sluggish off the line and thru the quarter mile. The Bentley Brooklands saloon had a starting MSRP of around $156,500 in the US. In conclusion, the 1st generation Bentley Brooklands was a symbol of luxury and prestige.

1980-1989 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit Mark I

1980-1989 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit Mark I

The 1st Generation Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit

1982 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit Mark I - Rear Corner - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

1982 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit Mark I – Rear Corner – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

In 1980, Rolls-Royce introduced the 1st generation Silver Spirit Mark I full-size 4-door luxury saloon. The Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit Mark I was manufactured from 1980 to 1989 in Crewe, Cheshire, England. The designer for the original Silver Spirit Mark I was Fitz Feller in 1974. Furthermore, the Silver Spirit basis has been used for numerous other models including the:

  • Flying Spur
  • Mulsanne
  • Park Ward
  • Silver Dawn
  • Touring Limousine

This basis makes the Silver Spirit a truly unique and special vehicle in the Rolls-Royce line-up.

6.75-Liter L410 V8 Engine with 237 Horsepower

1982 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit Mark I - Front - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

1982 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit Mark I – Front – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift05

The 1980-1989 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit Mark I sports a 6.75-liter L410 V8 engine. This motor produces 237 horsepower and 332 lb.-ft. of torque. The motors backbone is a 16-valve system with 2 single-barrel carburetors. This engine can hit 60 mph in an estimation of 11 seconds. To 112 mph, the Silver Spirit Mark I takes around 54.5 seconds. Furthermore, the Mark I can reach a top speed of 120 mph. Finally, the engine works in combination with a GM THM 400 3-speed automatic gearbox.

Features and Technological Aspects of Mark I

1982 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit Mark I - Interior - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

1982 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit Mark I – Interior – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

The 1980-1989 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit Mark I is built with quite a unique and competitive setup. Firstly, the car has unitary bodywork by Pressed Steel. Secondly, there is a hydropneumatics self-leveling suspension. Thirdly, the suspension also includes a Girling automatic hydraulic ride height control system. Fourthly, the shock absorbers are a gas-charged design. Lastly, the front of the vehicle has ventilated disc brakes while the rear has solid disc brakes.

The Beginning of the Rolls-Royce Luxury Saloon

Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit Mark I 1982 độc nhất tại Việt Nam – AUTOEXPRESSVN – YouTube

Note: The video is not in English but it is the best YouTube video showcasing the Silver Spirit Mark I.

The 1980-1989 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit Mark I was the beginning of the luxury saloon era. With it’s basis in most other Rolls-Royce saloon models, the Silver Spirit “shines bright like a diamond”. This unique sedan is now a collector’s car but the value hasn’t held up well. A Mark I Silver Spirit can now be found for only $20,000 to $40,000. Although the value didn’t withhold, the Silver Spirit Mark I is a fabulous collector’s car for the Rolls-Royce fan. In conclusion, the Silver Spirit Mark I deserves respect as the foundation for many Rolls-Royce saloons.

1987 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit Mark I - Front Corner in White - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

1987 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit Mark I – Front Corner in White – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

 

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