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Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017

Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017

A Celebration of Exotic Motorsports

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C & 2017 Ford GT - Front - Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 - EuroDrift
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In October of 2017, Fabspeed held an open house and exotic car meet event in eastern PA. The Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 was quite the success. Starting in the morning, vehicles of all types rolled into the event, ranging from BMWs to even a 2017 Ford GT. Fabspeed is an exotic car performance specialist company in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania. Here, Fabspeed offers aftermarket parts for high-end exotic cars, including Ferrari, Porsche, McLaren, and more. While the car meet took place outside, Fabspeed held an open house at the same time, allowing enthusiasts to venture through the 26,000 square foot facility. In this building, Fabspeed contains a manufacturing facility as well as a showroom. Portions of the yearly event include food, live dyno runs, and tech talks.

Breakdown of Exotic Vehicles in Attendance

Porsche 911 Classics - Front Corners - Row of 3 - Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 - EuroDrift

Porsche 911 Classics – Front Corners – Row of 3 – Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 – EuroDrift

At the Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017, Porsche enthusiasts were in full force. With a large amount of the parking lot full of Porsche sports cars, many other manufacturers still made a presence. The car with the most attention was a 2017 Ford GT. Although this car is not a European vehicle, it is quite the spectacle. Inside out, the Ford GT shines “bright like a diamond”. Furthermore, a McLaren 650S Liberty Walk welcomed guests at the front, being the only one in existence. At first, the car threw us off as it reminded us of the P1. So, we initially thought we were looking at one… that was until we were informed it was a modded 650S. Regardless, this car provides quite the welcome. Finally, EuroPrestige Motors was kind enough to bring out an Alfa Romeo 4C. This car is rarely seen stateside, mostly due to Alfa’s lack of marketing the 4C in the United States.

McLaren 650S - Liberty Walk - Front Corner - Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 - EuroDrift

McLaren 650S – Liberty Walk – Front Corner – Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 – EuroDrift

On the Porsche side, the vehicles ranged from a custom Cayman S to 911 classics to GT3 models. Many Porsche 911 GT3s graced the parking lot, including the additional one on the dyno. Furthermore, in support of McLaren, a MP4-12C Spider made an appearance as well. Guests were event fortunate enough to witness a Lotus Seven, not a typical vehicle at most car meets. There are a few other vehicles to mention, but that will be in the next section.

McLaren MP4-12C Spider - Front with Doors Open - Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 - EuroDrift

McLaren MP4-12C Spider – Front with Doors Open – Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 – EuroDrift

Dealership Appearances at Event

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG - Rear - Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 - EuroDrift

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG – Rear – Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 – EuroDrift

To no surprise, two dealers brought a few beautiful vehicles to the Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017. First, Mercedes-Benz of Fort Washington was kind enough to bring over a SLS AMG. The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is a beautiful car that was quite stunning at the meet. Second, West German BMW was kind enough to provide a M4 GTS and E30 M3. The BMW M4 GTS can be seen in the video by EuroDrift below. This car has quite a few exhaust options, ranging from quiet to roaring loud.

2016 BMW M4 GTS: Revving Exhaust Sound – Different Sound Modes – EuroDrift – YouTube

A Porsche 911 GT3 Roars on the Dyno

Porsche 911 GT3 - Front Corner on Dyno - Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 - EuroDrift

Porsche 911 GT3 – Front Corner on Dyno – Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 – EuroDrift

During the Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017, Fabspeed was kind enough to put a Porsche 911 GT3 on the dyno. This car had a Fabspeed long tube competition race header package… and phew, it was loud! Roaring on the dyno, the epic sound echoed through the facility, bothering ear drums throughout. The best way to see this was with ear plugs, as without, it actually kind of hurt. Driving a car this loud down the road would attract a lot of attention, and possibly the bad kind. Whether this car’s sound is road legal, doesn’t mean it was bad. The car sounds fantastic, like the GT3 beast it is.

Porsche 911 GT3: Dyno Testing at Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 – EuroDrift – YouTube

Farewell to a Fantastic Day at Fabspeed

2017 Ford GT - Side in Motion - Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 - EuroDrift

2017 Ford GT – Side in Motion – Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 – EuroDrift

Although the Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 is almost a year past, that means there may be an upcoming event in one month (October 2018). So, there’s no reason to be upset. Considering the outcome of the previous event, the next one can only be better. With a large amount of auto enthusiasts in southeastern PA, the cars don’t disappoint. And, absolutely, EuroDrift would love to attend another Fabspeed event. Fabspeed offers high quality engineering for high-end exotic vehicles, making the meets quite unique. Witnessing these cars in person is well worth the venture here from areas around the mid-state area.

2017 Ford GT - Rear - Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 - EuroDrift

2017 Ford GT – Rear – Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 – EuroDrift

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Porsche Taycan EV Specs Include 600+ Horsepower

Porsche Taycan EV Specs Include 600+ Horsepower

The Taycan Numbers Are In!

Finally, Porsche has released specs for the all-new Taycan EV vehicle, previously the Mission E. The Porsche Taycan EV specs are quite impressive. But, first the pronunciation of the name needs to be made clear. Porsche pronounces “Taycan” as “TIE-con”. Yes, it sounds like you are going to a comic con knock-off for ties. Regardless, this car is a beastly EV. To make up for the name, simply refer to the stats below!

Specification Estimates by Porsche

Porsche Mission E - Side with Open Doors - IAA 2015 - Wikimedia - EuroDrift

Porsche Mission E – Side with Open Doors – IAA 2015 – Wikimedia – EuroDrift

The Porsche Taycan EV specs are not exact but are simply expected ballpark numbers. The Porsche Taycan EV sports two permanently excited synchronous motors. These electric motors produce over 600 horsepower. This allows the Taycan to hit 60 mph in under 3.5 seconds with AWD. Furthermore, 124 mph will take around 12 seconds… phew! Lastly, the Taycan will contain a 800 volt battery. This battery will allow the Taycan to complete trips of over 300 miles per charge. Furthermore, a specific charger type will charge for 250 miles in as little as 15 minutes.

A Partnership for an EV Future

Mark Webber drives the Mission E at Porsche’s test track in Weissach. – Porsche – YouTube

With 300 miles per full charge, the Taycan will be capable of completing long distance road trips. But, many people worry about charging stations. Availability was a debate of the past, but not for long. BMW, Daimler, Ford, Porsche, & VW intend to build 400 fast-charging locations by 2020. The goal of this is to ensure charging stations are every 100 miles or so, at least in Europe. Regardless, this will heavily resolve many worries about charging EVs. With this leap in tech, EVs will be able to become a much worthier competitor. In conclusion, the Porsche Taycan EV specs are impressive and it is expected to have production info later in 2018.

Porsche Mission E - Rear Corner - IAA 2015 - Wikimedia - EuroDrift

Porsche Mission E – Rear Corner – IAA 2015 – Wikimedia – EuroDrift

Ford Can’t Compete with European Manufacturers

Ford Can’t Compete with European Manufacturers

Ford vs. European Manufacturers

In 2018, Ford decided to stop manufacturing sedans such as the Focus and Fusion. Some may believe this is for a grander plan. Others may think it is a publicity stunt. The truth is, Ford’s passenger vehicle sales have dropped for the most part in 2018. A major reason for this is lack of competition with the European saloon market. With competition from Europe and Asia, Ford was unable to increase sales, declining instead. For now, the U.S. manufacturer will focus on selling the F150 and Mustang.

European Manufacturer Sales in June 2018

BMW M5 F10 - Front - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

BMW M5 F10 – Front – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

In June alone, European auto makers have sold over 100,000 vehicles. BMW is at the top of the list while Smart barely gains any traction. Surprisingly, Audi falls drastically behind BMW and Mercedes-Benz sales. As per Alfa Romeo and Mini, their sales figures are in the expected realm. For June 2018, these are the sale figures by manufacturer:

  1. BMW: 29,404
  2. Mercedes-Benz: 28,999
  3. VW Division: 28,941
  4. Audi: 19,471
  5. Porsche: 4,892
  6. Mini: 4,146
  7. Alfa Romeo: 2,249
  8. Fiat: 1,426
  9. Smart USA: 126

As can be seen, the sales start to dwindle after VW and hit a rock bottom at Smart. Alfa Romeo and Fiat, both subsidiaries of Chrysler, need more sales. Sadly, Alfa Romeo is no longer producing the 4C for the U.S. market.

Will Ford Ever Compete with Europe Again?

RIP Cars: Ford Kills These Five Cars – Is This The End of Ford Cars in America? – The Fast Lane Car – YouTube

Whether a possibility, or lost forever, will Ford ever manufacturer sedans again? The truth is, nobody knows for sure, except maybe the administration of the company. With falling U.S. sales, the manufacturer made a tough decision to exit its own country’s saloon sales market. This couldn’t have been an easy step for the decision makers of the company. But, in the end, the European manufacturers are still there with their modern, top notch automobiles. Unless, President Trump decides to start a tariff war with European auto manufacturers. Then, it won’t only damage Europe’s sales, but also strike back at U.S. manufacturers.

Reference for Statistics: https://www.statista.com/statistics/243596/vehlce-sales-of-european-car-brands-in-the-united-states/

Breakdown of the Ferrari Testarossa: A Famed Spectacle

Breakdown of the Ferrari Testarossa: A Famed Spectacle

The 1984 to 1991 Ferrari Testarossa Sports Car

The Ferrari Testarossa is a famed spectacle of a sports car that was produced from 1984 to 1991 in Maranello, Italy. In Maranello, 7,177 models were produced by the manufacturer. The Testarossa is a 2-door, rear mid-engine sports car. As with most Ferraris, the Testarossa sports a rear-wheel drivetrain in combination with a 5-speed manual transmission. Although the Testarossa isn’t as famous as the F40 or F50, this is still a spectacular sports car.

1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa

The Ferrari Testarossa’s name pays homage to the 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa. The 250 Testa Rossa was the World Sportscar Champion during its era. In Italian, “Testa Rossa” stands for “Red Head”. The purpose of this lingo is in relation to the red cam covers on the F12 engine. In modern times, some may believe this is disrespectful, but it’s not meant to be – so don’t take it that way.

4.9-Liter Tipo F113 F12 Engine

The Ferrari Testarossa sports a 4.9-liter Tipo F113 F12 engine that produces 390 horsepower and 361 lb.-ft. of torque. This allows the Testarossa to hit 60 mph in 5.2 seconds and 100 mph in 11.4 seconds. The Testarossa can complete a quarter mile in 13.5 seconds. The vehicle weights about 3,766 lbs. and has a top speed of 180 mph. Although these numbers compare to a typical passenger sports coupe in modern times (i.e. BMW M3), these figures were competitive in the 80s and 90s. This car produces a beastly sound from its flat 12 engine that can satisfy anyone’s ears audibly.

The Ferrari Testarossa Sells for $100k to $200k in 2018

Overall, the Ferrari Testarossa is a legendary sports car in Ferrari’s lineup. From it’s unique styling to its powerful flat 12 engine, this car is beautiful. Today, the Ferrari Testarossa is for sale between $100,000 and $200,000 depending on the vehicle, mileage, and other aspects. This car is a dream collectible vehicle for any sports car enthusiast. In conclusion, the Ferrari Testarossa is an amazing feat of engineering from the 80s and 90s.

Nürburgring Nordschleife Accidents: Reason for Modern Warning System

Nürburgring Nordschleife Accidents: Reason for Modern Warning System

Nürburgring Nordschleife Accidents

In early November 2017, the Nürburgring Nordschleife fell witness to an epic accident between many vehicles. While cruising around the track, one driver witnesses an accident occur in front of them. Due to this, he pulls over on the side of the road to offer assistance. By flagging down passing vehicles, he hopes to diminish the risk of additional collisions and injuries. Unfortunately, other drivers were plowing through the turn and many of them ended up colliding with the cars already there. These Nürburgring Nordschleife accidents act as an alert that modern safety measures are necessary at this track.

Nürburgring Driving Regulations

First, to analyze the Nürburgring’s driving regulations, we will take a look at Section 2.4. This section states “The entire Nürburgring, including the hard shoulders, is an absolute no-stopping zone. Vehicles with technical defects are exempted from this rule. Turning back and reversing is also banned on the Nürburgring.” From this statement, stopping is against the rules, unless there are technical defects. But, in reality, this initial accident would’ve probably led to additional accidents regardless. The placement of the damaged vehicles on the track would limit the ability of many other drivers to pass safely.

Who’s To Blame?

So, many may rise the question, why did this man stop? Is he to blame for the additional collisions? In my view, he did the right thing. The current Nürburgring system requires a driver to call a phone number to report collisions. As you can tell, any response by those on the line would not have made it in time to provide proper warning to other drivers. Let alone the fact the track is quite long at 12.9 miles leading to longer response times. This driver made a decisive move to attempt to warn other drivers of the collision risk ahead.

Audis, BMWs, Porsches, and More Collide in Recent Event

In this accident, car after car fly by the cameraman colliding with the vehicles ahead. Audis, BMWs, Porsches, and more were involved in this major chain accident. At one point, an Audi TT can be seen slamming into a BMW that is parked on the side of the track. Even the guy filming had his car join in on this collision when a Porsche spins out and slams right into it. The most important thing in this event is that everyone is not severely injured. Human life is much more important than any of those cars as a car is replaceable, a life isn’t.

Modern Warning System Options

From this catastrophe, concerns about Nürburgring’s handling of accidents comes into play. If Nürburgring were to implement a modern warning system, drivers around the track could be alerted to the danger ahead. This could be handled through audible or visual alarms. An audible alarm could be a siren that blares warning drivers of a collision around the track. A visual alarm could be a light system that is green when safe, yellow when caution is necessary, and red when there is an accident.

Sequence of Collisions on Nürburgring are Avoidable


Overall, the sequence of collisions that occurred on Nürburgring Nordschleife were and are avoidable. Although the track has a set of regulations for drivers to follow to minimize accidents, it is time for a modern warning system. Whether the Nürburgring Nordschleife puts up lights or sirens, either would be beneficial to safety. Although, there is the fact they may never implement a more advanced safety system. In the end, driver safety is the highest requirement at a track and improving safety should be a top priority for this track.

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.

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
2017 Audi A3 e-tron - Front - NAIAS 2017 - EuroDrift
2017 Audi A3 e-tron - Front - NAIAS 2017 - EuroDrift
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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.

How to Find a Reputable Used Car Dealership

Finding a reputable used car dealership while looking for a used car can be a tedious task. Many dealerships nationwide are flagged with negative comments or reviews from angry customers who have had bad experiences.

From price changes to fewer perks, many dealerships have pulled a fast one on a customer at some point or another. It is important while searching to buy a new or used car that you locate the right dealership. This is even more important with used cars as these cars can come without warranties and undisclosed problems.

The steps to finding a reputable used car dealership are as follows:

  1. Decide on a Specific Vehicle or Type of Vehicle
  2. Research Dealerships within Your Vicinity
  3. Inspect Dealership Websites for Inventory
  4. Contact Dealership to Setup Test Drive with Sales Associate
  5. Haggle & Purchase the Vehicle of Choice

Below, we will review each of the above tasks in detail.

 Decide on a Specific Vehicle or Type of Vehicle

The first step to successfully purchasing a used vehicle is to decide on a specific vehicle or type of vehicle. You may already know which car you’d like to purchase making this process much easier. If not, you can focus your search by deciding on a type of vehicle.

Types of vehicles include coupes, hatchbacks, minivans, pickup trucks, sedans, sports cars, SUVs, and trucks. If you are unable to pick a specific vehicle or type of vehicle, you can begin your search by visiting a local car show, searching the web, or visiting a local dealership to simply take a look around. Once you’re familiar with the specific vehicle or type of vehicle, you can move to the next stage.

 Research Dealerships within Your Vicinity

The second step is to look for a reputable used car dealership within your vicinity that offers used vehicles. If you know a specific vehicle, there will most likely be less dealerships offering the vehicle whereas searching by type will lead to a larger variety of options.

The best way to locate local reputable used car dealerships is to search on Google. Examples of what to look up are “BMW Used Car Dealership in Los Angeles, California” and “Used Sedan in Chicago, Illinois”. Simply search the specific vehicle or type of vehicle plus used car dealership in your city. From there, sift through the list of dealerships locating who has a car of interest already in stock.

Next, search the internet for reviews on each dealership on websites such as the Better Business Bureau (BBB), Google, and Yelp. If any dealership has a poor rating across the board, it is best to avoid it.

Attempt to locate a dealership or dealerships with good ratings across the board. There will always be negative reviews that do not reflect the true experience of a dealership. Always be sure the review has thorough reasoning for their distress, not simply the dealership being closed before operating hours

Another option is to check the dealerships’ social media pages as these will usually contain reviews. Social media pages will also show you if anyone you know has been to or likes the dealership, allowing you to reach out to them for a personal perspective.

Inspect Dealership Websites for Inventory

The third step is to inspect dealership websites for inventory. This step begins with searching each dealership’s inventory to see which vehicles are of interest to you, and which are not. Eliminate all vehicles that do not meet your expectations or requirements. Remember, this is a long-term purchase so the goal is to try to meet your expectations or arrive as close to them as possible.

Once you have sifted through inventory after inventory, make a list of about 5 cars you’d like to see in person. If you have a list of at least one dealership with at least one vehicle of interest, you are ready to consider moving to the next stage. If you have more than one dealership to contact, this may help with your haggling process later on due to competition.

Contact the Dealership to Setup a Test Drive with a Sales Associate

The fourth step is to contact the dealership, or dealerships, of interest and setup a test drive with a sales associate. If one of the dealerships has more than one car of interest, make sure to take a list with you to test drive each of the vehicles.

If you have a list containing multiple dealerships, contact each dealership and set up separate appointments across your schedule when available.

From here, take the time to visit the dealership and take the test drive. Starting with the appearance of the dealership inside and out, begin to analyze the quality of the dealership. Next, see how the salesman treats you during your test drive. Some salesman can be seen as “snakes” and will attempt to sell you any car they can at the highest price they can. The goal is to find a sales associate who cares about your personal interests more so than their own.

Once you test drive each of the vehicles, eliminate any vehicles that may have lost your interest during this period. Test driving each of the cars will allow you to see the quality of the engine, exterior, and interior as well as the quality of the functionality. Make sure to take note of any and all damage to the vehicle or any other obvious problems. Once you have decided on a set list of vehicles to move to the next stage with, get ready to haggle.

 Haggle & Purchase the Vehicle of Choice

The fifth and final step is to haggle the price then purchase the vehicle of choice. At this point, you have decided on one or more vehicles you’d be happy to use for an extended period of time (whether years or a century). Be prepared, each sales associate will attempt to sell you the vehicle under some form of pressure. Although it may be stressful, this is your time to shine. Remember, the dealership and the sales associate want the sale due to profit and commission, respectively.

Haggling the price of a vehicle may seem difficult or intimidating, but it is completely possible. Each dealership lists cars to sell at a profit, whether small or large. The expected profit allows the dealership room to negotiate the price of the car to get it off of the lot. Most dealerships will be willing to haggle the price of a vehicle to get it off of their lot. Next, some advice will be laid out on how to haggle the vehicle.

How to Haggle Effectively

First, wait until the sales associate comes back to you with their “discounted” price. Once you see the price, state that you are unsure about it and will need to think about it. If you are looking at multiple vehicles at different dealerships, then mention that you are doing so and that you think the other dealership has a better offer.

If you have proof of this, that is even better than blindly stating a false claim. Next, if the sales associate is unwilling to go back to their manager to request another discount, leave the dealership stating you will think about it. Next time you speak to the sales associate, state you aren’t satisfied with the price and you are considering taking your business elsewhere.

Usually, the sales person will try to win your sale so they will attempt to receive another discount. Sometimes the dealership may simply be unwilling to negotiate which leaves you with no other options. But in many cases, the price can be negotiated down to a middle value in which the dealership and the buyer are happy with the results. While negotiating, keep a straight face and show strong determination to find the best price.

Deciding Whether or Not to Purchase the Vehicle

After haggling, you will need to make the decision as to whether to purchase the vehicle or not. If there is only one vehicle of interest, this decision may be tough as you don’t have other options. However, if you have multiple vehicles of interest, figure which vehicle offers the best price to quality ratio. If one of the vehicles truly stands out to you, then that is the vehicle for you. Once the decision is made, contact your sales associate and prepare to handle the paperwork required for the purchase.

The purchase process usually begins with filling out an application. If paying by cash, you will simply need to handle paperwork related to the dealership sale. If you are requesting a loan, you will be required to undergo a hard credit check which will show up on your credit report. It is best to minimize the amount of times your credit is pulled by applying to a specific bank of choice or attempting to accept a pre-approved offer. Allowing the dealership to contact many banks will result in multiple hard checks, dropping your credit score slightly.

Overall, buying a used car is an important decision in anyone’s life. The used car will most likely be an extended use item which will be part of your life for years. It is best to choose a vehicle that fits your needs and will satisfy your expectations. Remember, the dealership wants to sell the car to you, so you have the upper hand in negotiations. In the end, hopefully this article helps you to locate a reputable used car dealership and make a satisfying purchase.

New German Automobiles for Release 2016

In 2016, some of the German manufacturers made upgrades to their existing models. Then, they also introduced several new German automobiles to the market. Now, we will take a closer look at each of these vehicles.

 Audi A1

First, the German automaker Audi introduced a new vehicle, the Audi A1, into the Indian market in 2016. The Audi A1 included an aggressive radiator grille, which also featured an embedded company’s logo in the front. It’s beautifully crafted headlight cluster houses LED daytime lights along with high-intensity halogen headlamps. The Audi A1 is a tough competitor for the Mercedes- Benz A-Class and the BMW 1-Series, which also debuted in 2016.

The Audi A1 is equipped with a 2-liter, four-cylinder engine capable of producing 248 horsepower. The engine functions in conjunction with a 6-speed automatic or a 6-speed manual transmission.

 BMW 1 Series Facelift

Next, the hatchback model of the BMW 1 Series boasted some cosmetic changes to its interior as well as its exterior. The refurbishment included an 118d Sports-line diesel engine. The exterior changes of the BMW facelift were highlighted by a wraparound headlamp cluster on both sides as well as the signature kidney-shaped radiator grille.

The 2016 BMW 1 Series facelift also included a 2-liter four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine. The cars produce 236 pound-feet of torque between ranges of 1600 – 3000 rpm and 150 horsepower at 4000 rpm respectively. Also, an 8-speed Steptronic automatic transmission is equipped on these BMW models.

 Mercedes-Benz A-Class

The Mercedes-Benz A-class is one of 2016’s new models and it also includes all of the features that one can expect from a supercar. This Mercedes version incorporated aerodynamic improvements and a total of five doors. One of the notable features of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz A-class is its sports exhaust. Drivers can also count on the car’s immobilizer, ABS, traffic sign recognition, traction control, airbags, and a lot more for a safe ride.

The Mercedes-Benz A-class comes equipped with a 1.5-liter, 4-cylinder engine, boasting the power range of 90 – 109 horsepower. The A-Class is also equipped with a 7-speed automatic transmission or 6-speed manual automatic transmission, based on preference.

 Mercedes-Benz GLE Facelift

The Mercedes-Benz GLE facelift replaced the ML and M-Class SUVs. Although there showed no change in the displacements, the facelift version featured enhanced fuel efficiency. It came equipped with a 9-speed automatic transmission system. The refurbishment also included the addition of updated cabin features and cosmetic changes to the exterior.

The GLE facelift comes equipped with a wide range of engines which even included a 2.1-liter four-cylinder diesel engine which outputs 369 pound-feet of torque.

 Porsche 911 Facelift

The facelift model of the Porsche 911 was the most exciting upgrade in 2016. It’s liquid styling turns heads and then grabs eyeballs. Besides turbocharging the new Porsche 911, Porsche also included several other upgrades:

  • Central Exhaust Pipes
  • Door Handles
  • Headlights
  • Improved Dynamics
  • In-Car Technology
  • Rear-Axle S
  • Thin LED DRLs
  • Updated Chassis
  • Upgraded Hood Over the Engine
  • Upgraded Rear Bumper

The 2016 Porsche 911 offers a turbocharged 2.7-liter, six-cylinder engine capable of producing 401 maximum horsepower.

 Volkswagen Passat

Finally, a lot of changes occurred to the 2016 Volkswagen Passat. First, it was 187 pounds lighter than previous models. Then, other changes included an upgraded wheelbase and interior space, equal to many of Volkswagen’s premium sedan models.

The 2.0 TDI engine produces 187 base horsepower. This engine includes the VW DSG dual clutch gearbox. The 2.0 turbocharged direct injection is not only powerful but also quite efficient. The engine works with a 6-speed automatic transmission.

 

References                                                                                                                          

http://autoportal.com/upcoming-cars/

http://www.2015-2016newcars.com/page/2

http://www.cardekho.com/carmodels/Mercedes-Benz/Mercedes-Benz_A_Class

 

Dubai Police Cars: A Fleet of Amazing Vehicles

Dubai Police Cars: A Fleet of Amazing Vehicles

Dubai’s Amazing Police Force Auto Fleet

From its amazing skyline to its unique architecture, the United Arab Emirates city of Dubai has a reputation for extravagance. Consequently, it’s no surprise that Dubai owns an exotic collection of police cars. The police officers drive models such as Aston Martins, Ferraris, and Lamborghinis. The fleet is so amazing that one might just want to break the speed limit in Dubai in hopes of getting to ride in one of these most luxurious cars.

Here are some of the cars driven by the Dubai police:

  • Aston Martin One-77
  • BMW M6 Gran Coupe
  • Bentley Continental GT
  • Ferrari FF
  • Ford Shelby Mustang Roush Edition
  • Lamborghini Aventador
  • McLaren MP4-12C
  • Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
  • Nissan GT-R

Let’s take a closer look at these models and see why they are so special.

Aston Martin One-77

The Aston Martin One-77 is a special addition to the fleet of Dubai’s Police Cars as it comes from a legendary British maker. Only 77 of these luxury cars were released worldwide. The impressive handcrafted materials and beautiful details make the Aston Martin One-77 a thing of immense pride for the owner. With its V12 engine generating a staggering 705 Horsepower, this car hits a top speed of 220 mph. At a price tag of around $1,750,000, this car is an expensive addition, indeed.

BMW M6 Gran Coupe

This legendary car is the tamest of Dubai’s Police cars. However, the ‘M’ badge of the BMW M6 Gran Coupe signifies that it isn’t short on power. This super vehicle is equipped with a 4.4-Litre V8 engine that produces almost 552 Horsepower. It needs only 4.1 seconds to go from 0-62 mph. The limited top speed of the M6 Gran Coupe is 155 mph. Priced at only $117,500 MSRP, this BMW is also one of the least expensive in the fleet.

Bentley Continental GT

The Bentley Continental GT is another British car used by the Dubai Police Department. The superb quality and refinement of this car are the reason behind its worldwide popularity. This handmade vehicle is crafted at the famous Bentley Crewe factory.

The Bentley GT is equipped with a 6.0-Litre W12 that catapults the vehicle to a limited top speed of 200 miles per hour while dispatching the 0-62 miles per hour sprint in less than 5 seconds. This supercar accounts for $198,500, which makes it a relatively cheap addition to Dubai’s police cars.

Ferrari FF

The exceptional Ferrari FF is maybe the most practical of Dubai’s police cars. The shooting brake body design of this practical supercar offers occupancy for four individuals. Its 651 Horsepower 6.2 V12 engine allows the officers to transport criminals to the station very quickly.

Ferrari especially modified the FF in blue for inclusion in Dubai’s Police Department fleet. This all-wheel drive car can hit speeds of 208 miles per hour, and jet to 62 miles per hours in 3.7 seconds. The Ferrari FF is one of the many supercars used by the Police Department of Dubai, but only the female officers are allowed to drive it.

Ford Shelby Mustang Roush Edition

In comparison to the other models in the fleet, this addition is the least splashy. The design of this ‘pony car’ is more like a cobra, for the Shelby badge uniquely backs up like the cobra’s head. The Ford Mustang Roush is incredibly powerful. It is equipped with a 5.0-litre V8 that produces 575 Horsepower and can achieve 62 mph faster than the Bentley. However, the limited top speed of this car only averages about 147 mph.

Lamborghini Aventador

The Lamborghini Aventador ranks amongst the finest of Dubai’s Police cars. Its fighter jet physique and insane capabilities make it stand out of the crowd. Boasting a limited top speed of 217 mph, the Aventador can jump from 0 to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds. Its aggressively flared arches and rakish lines give this Lamborghini a matchless presence. This bull produces 690 Horsepower from a 6.5-Litre V12. At a price of $399,500, it ranks as one of the more expensive models in the fleet.

McLaren MP4-12C

This latest addition to the fleet is state-of-the-art. After the Lamborghini, Bentley, Aston Martin, and Ferrari, the McLarenMP4-12C is the next most expensive patrol car in Dubai.

Its carbon body only weighs 2,879 pounds. Even though this supercar weighs the same as a small Citroen, it can easily outrun any other patrol cars because it is three times more powerful comparatively. The MP4-12C is equipped with 3.8-Litre Twin-Turbocharged Engine that can accelerate to 62 miles per hour from zero in just 3.1 seconds.

The Dubai custom-made MP4-12C carries a ‘2020’ number plate, which is in commemoration of Dubai’s World Expo 2020 bid. The MP4-12C has rather hefty price of $280,000 but it is not the most expensive car of the fleet, that’s for sure.

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

This supercar is a work of art. The sweeping front end and its dramatic gull wing doors make the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG one of a kind. It produces around 600 Horsepower from a 6.2-Litre V8 engine. At top speeds, it can go an amazing 200 miles per hour. The SLS AMG goes from 0-62 mph in only 3.7 seconds. The cost of the Mercedes SLS AMG is slightly more than $200,000.

Nissan GT-R

The Nissan GT-R was added to the Dubai fleet in 2013. This venerable car features a handmade Twin-Turbo V6 engine that is capable of producing 545 Horsepower. The limited top speed of the Nissan GT-R averages 196 mph, making it one of the fastest-running cars in the fleet. The stylish design and stupendous details of this car make it a “wow” car. The base price of the GT-R is around $100,000 which makes it one of the lesser priced additions to the fleet.

Dubai’s Police Cars Make a Statement

There is not another country in the world that boasts a car collection comparable to the one held by the Dubai Police Department. Every car in the fleet can hit 150 mph comfortably. Ironically, though, the Dubai police officers are subject to the same speed limits as the citizens. It seems a shame to waste all of that power.

References

http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/car-news/86952/incredible-dubai-police-cars

http://www.cheatsheet.com/automobiles/you-can-hide-but-you-cant-run-10-of-the-fastest-police-cars.html/?a=viewall

http://www.odditycentral.com/auto/just-try-to-outrun-the-worlds-fastest-most-expensive-police-car-fleet.html

 

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