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2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter: The New V-Class?

The All New 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

For the 2018 model year, Mercedes-Benz will be introducing a facelifted Sprinter, also to be known as the V-Class. The last update occurred in 2014, so this vehicle has some new modern features. There have been spy shots of the vehicle in testing showing a new front and interior. This time, it will not share a platform or body with the 2018 Volkswagen Crafter. It should make its debut in late 2017 or early 2018.

Engine Basics & Vision Van Concept

With slightly under 200 horsepower, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz V-Class will sport 4WD. There is a view that Mercedes-Benz will likely release a 2.0-liter turbo engine as well as a 3.0-liter V6 motor. There is also talk of a possible electric version due to the Vision Van Concept which sported an electric motor with 100 horsepower. The top speed will be between 80-90 miles per hour and 0 to 60 is expected to take around 11 seconds.

Driver Assist Package & Other Positive Traits

In the vehicle, there will be a driver assist package as well as a few other positive traits. The fuel economy and performance are expected to increase over the previous model. Surprisingly, the United States has the second largest market for the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. This led to a decision to develop a new plant in Charleston, South Caroline for production of this vehicle. This will increase job availability in the city allowing for a U.S. employed foreign factory. This helps people in need of jobs find positions with a respective company and will also benefit their local economy.

The V-Class May Be The New Sprinter

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, or so called V-Class, should be available within the next 6 months. There is discussion of there different model: cargo, extended cargo, and passenger. The MSRP should be in the low $30k range in U.S. currency. The vehicle should also be able to tow around 5-7.5k pounds. Overall, the new 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter will pave the way for modern cargo and passenger vans.

Volkswagen at NAIAS 2017

Three of Volkswagen’s newest models were featured prominently at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). First, was the Tiguan, a compact crossover vehicle previously introduced in 2007. Volkswagen also prominently displayed the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas, their full-size sports utility vehicle. However, the car that generated the most “buzz” was the I.D. Buzz concept car.

Volkswagen at NAIAS 2017
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The Tiguan

The Tiguan uses the PQ35 platform developed for the Volkswagen Golf. The previous version of the Tiguan featured two rows of seating. However, in 2018 a third-row of seats will be standard on all front-wheel-drive versions of the car and optional on the all-wheel drive cars.

“I truly believe that this auto show marks a real turning point for Volkswagen in the United States, based on an upcoming strong product momentum with vehicles that are truly tailored to what American buyers want,” – Hinrich J. Woebcken, VW North America CEO

Optional on the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan are all the new Volkswagen safety systems: forward-collision warning, blind-spot detection, pedestrian monitoring, and lane-departure warnings.

Under the hood, the Tiguan sports a 2.0-Liter Turbocharged Direct-Injection Engine. This spunky little motor puts out 184 Horsepower and 221 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine is paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission with a manual shifting mode.

The Atlas – Volkswagen’s Full-Size SUV

The Atlas is the largest vehicle Volkswagen produces on its Volkswagen Group MQB platform. Unlike some SUVs, the third-row seating comfortably accommodates adults. Despite the size, the Atlas drives more like a car than an SUV.

The 280 Horsepower, 3.6-Liter V6 engine produces plenty of power for acceleration and hill climbing. A 238 Horsepower four-cylinder engine will be an option for the Atlas, along with Volkswagen’s all-wheel drive system. All versions of the Atlas include an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The Weekender edition of the Atlas offers amenities that remind one of the Vanagon (Microbus). Plenty of cargo space along with a built-in pet barrier makes road trips more comfortable. Carriers for skis, bikes, and other sports equipment make it easy to pack up for a weekend of fun. The 2018 Atlas is Volkswagen’s answer to the modern recreational vehicle.

The I.D. Buzz Reinvents the Classic VW Van

Volkswagen took their classic van and turned it on its head. First of all, the I.D. Buzz is all electric. Second, it offers autonomous driving. Third, it seats eight passengers. There is only a few things about the I.D. Buzz that resemble other Volkswagen models.

The I.D. Buzz runs on Volkswagen’s Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB). The MEB has been in development since 2015 and is similar to what powers the Tesla. The Buzz can go 270 miles on one charge. With the I.D. Buzz, Volkswagen began their quest to reach 373 miles on a single charge. If they succeed, they will outperform all other European electric cars on the market.

Under the hood, the van’s two motors put out 369 Horsepower to its all-wheel drive system. This drive system is a departure from the rear-wheel design found on lesser Volkswagen models.

Mercedes-Benz at NAIAS 2017

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of Mercedes’ AMG division, and to celebrate it they added the new Mercedes-AMG GT-C Coupe. The GT-C Coupe was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) along with the AMG GT-C Roadster. Also present at the show, was the Mercedes-Benz GLA compact SUV and their new E400 E-Class Coupe.

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Mercedes Celebrates 50 Years of the AMG

Two months before the Detroit show, Mercedes debuted its AMG GT-C in Los Angeles. The Detroit show gave the public another look at this newest car in the AMG GT lineup. With 550 horsepower and 502 lb.-ft. of torque, the V8 is one powerful engine. Couple that with the performance exhaust system and the negative camber on the front wheels, you have a car built for performance.

The GT-C sports wider wheels and fenders than the other GT models. It also has a sports suspension, four-wheel steering, and larger front brakes. All of this is necessary when you put the Coupe in “race” mode. To handle that much car, Mercedes incorporated a 7-speed dual clutch transmission into its design. Mercedes boasts the the GT-C will go 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds – faster than any other GT model except for the Mercedes GT-R.

The Mercedes-Benz GLA Compact SUV

Mercedes unveiled its first compact SUV in 2013 with the GLA. The newest version of this popular model, which they showcased at NAIAS, featured updated interior styling and sleeker lines.

The Mercedes GLA enjoys a reputation for light handling and fuel efficiency. Its direct injection system re-tunes every few milliseconds so that you get more mileage for your dollar.

Mercedes has long been associated with luxury vehicles, and their SUV holds onto that reputation. Inside the cabin, you find a freestanding color screen both for entertainment and information. Bluetooth audio streaming is standard along with navigation, music, and other online features. If you enjoy playing with the newest thing out there, the GLA comes with Apple’s new “Car Play.”

E400 E-Class Coupe

The new 2018 E-Class Coupe features a longer wheelbase which translates into a bigger backseat. Inside the car, you find leather seating, wood accents, and technological gadgets galore.

The car comes with the Mercedes infotainment system. A 12.3 inch, high-resolution screen displays car functions and media. A second screen displays the instrument cluster. Both units are voice activated and controllable from the steering wheel. The Coupe also comes with Apple Car Play and wireless charging.

Outside, the E400 features such things as active brake assist and the Distance Pilot Distronic which automatically maintains speed and distance, even at high speeds.

The E400 boasts a 3.0 liter V6 with 329 horsepower and 354 lb.-ft. of torque. The E400 is not as fast as other European models, taking 5.2 seconds to hit 60mph – but that is still fast enough to get the adrenaline pumping! The coupe comes with the 9G-Tronic 9-speed automatic transmission.

Mercedes Upholds Its Reputation for Luxury

One thing is for sure, all of the Mercedes models on display at NAIAS reflected the Mercedes reputation for elegance. Whether it was the luxurious leather, state-of-the-art gadgets, or high-performance engines, one couldn’t help but feel the high-profile glamor that is uniquely Mercedes.

 

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.

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