The Nissan GTR is a bit of an enigma. It’s one of the rare few that satisfies more than one personality traits. It’s nearly untouchable at the Ring, only beat by the million dollar Porsche 918 when counting series production vehicles.
What you’re seeing here is the “new” Mulsanne Speed, Bentley’s flagship vehicle, and not since the Acura TLX has a car maker tried so hard to convince me that what I’m seeing is new and/or exciting, and failed as miserably.
The $335,000 Speed trim improves on the regular Mulsanne with extra 25 horsepower and 60 ft/lb of torque – up to a staggering 811 ft/lb -, an “S-mode” on the ZF 8-speed transmission, unidirectional wheels (like the 1984 Corvette!), and some colour and interior trim options which are unavailable on the existing $302,000 base model. If you’re still hanging on the 811 ft/lb number, don’t be. That’s what it takes to propel a 6,000 pound vehicle to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds, the same time as an S4. Of course nobody buys a Bentley for performance so there’s not a lot of point in talking about that stuff. Let’s focus on the other improvements instead.
The Porsche Cayenne refresh was recently released to the public. It’s a beauty. Mid-cycle updates always bring a nice refreshed looked to a vehicle. It refines the look that you are already used to and makes you take a second look and say: “There is something a little different about that car.” It’s like when you meet up with an old friend who has had an “enhancement.” Whether that is a nose job, an update to the eyes, or even some pouty lips, surgery always makes you take notice.
The most striking model is the top of the line Turbo. There is something about LED headlamps on any vehicle that does it for me. Maybe it is because designers are able to make them look so different and they don’t have to follow the conventional projector beam or reflector housing look. Gone is also the requirement for only 2 sources of light. Just looks cool.
A new set of headlights with the brands specific 4 point LED daytime running lights and a revised bumper highlight the changes in the front. In the rear are an updated tailgate (which comes with standard power now) and some revised tail lights. A little nip here and a tuck there. It is a nice package. The interior is also updated with a new multi function steering wheel which is said to come from the 918. Shift paddles are now standard. The center stack is a mess of buttons.
Just on the heels of the Paris Motor Show, Mercedes-Benz has given their B-class mini minivan (or large hatchback depending on where you stand) a small facelift. It’s been a few years now for the current second-generation B-class and it is falling behind with stiffening competition including some home grown competition in some markets with the A-class.
This facelift consists of the usual updates including a revised front end that modernizes the front end to look more similar to the CLA-Class. The bumper has been reshaped, and includes a grille that looks to also be borrowed from the CLA parts bin. The headlights and taillights have also been updated and now feature the new LED DRL look. For the first time on the B-Class, LED headlights are an available option. Optional 4MATIC AWD ensures the B-Class excels in all conditions, and KEYLESS-GO extends convenience by offering a push start and touch unlocking of the doors.
Infiniti released a set of images previewing the latest version of the QX70 dubbed the QX70S Design which is set to debut during the Paris Motor Show in a few weeks time. Black is the new Black according to Infinity with the QX70 S Design. All the shiny chrome elements have been replaced with a dark chrome finish including the grill, foglight surrounds, side vents, and rear license plate area. Infiniti even went ahead and tinted the headlights for good measure. The 21″ wheels as you can already guess are finished in black to match the black roof rails and mirrors.
Going inside the QX70S Design, the black theme continues with a black lacquer finish on the center console. The all black interior is accented with purple stitching on the steering wheels, seats, armrests and door trims.
The QX70S Design sounds pretty bad ass and from what we can tell looks pretty good in the pictures but we’ll see when it is finally unveiled in Paris what it’ll look like. We’ll be sure to post up some pictures as soon as we shoot this beast.
Mercedes-Benz unveiled the replacement to the outgoing SLS, the AMG GT this morning, ahead of it’s public debut at the Paris motor show next month. Targetting the Porsche 911, the new AMG GT sits in a new segment in the Mercedes-Benz lineup.
Powered by an all new 4.0L V8 Biturbo, the powerplant pumps out 510hp in S guise, allowing the AMG GT S to hit 60mph in a scant 3.6 seconds, along with a 194mph top speed. The base AMG GT model is rated at 462hp, hits 60mph in 3.8 seconds, and tops out at 190mph. The engine features a hot V configuration, where the turbochargers are nestled within the V, resulting in a more compact design. A wet sump version of the engine will power the all new C63, due out in January of next year.
I’m in lust again. Her name is W205. She comes from a family named Mercedes and the family crest is a 3 pointed star. She comes from a long line of well groomed sedans. It started in 1982 when Mercedes released a small saloon (sedan for us North Americans) under the 190 moniker. The W201 was the beginning of the entry level sedan for Mercedes. 2015 brings us the 5th generation, the W205.
The C-Class has remained much the same size until now. It has grown in every dimension and grown up in style. The interior has improved dramatically in the W205 and offers amenities that were only seen on E-Class or higher vehicles. The growth is evident in the longer wheelbase that allows real leg room for rear passengers when the front is adjusted for my driving position. In the W204, I either had to compromise my leg room, or only allow children to sit behind me when loading up the car.
The Southwest Calgary Ring Road project has not started yet, and it’ll be a many years before it is completed but that doesn’t mean we can’t go on a virtual drive of it before then. Watching the video explains why the Southwest Ring Road has a mega budget of $5 Billion with 37 bridges along the route, crossing both the Elbow River and Fish Creek.
The virtual drive starts at the current terminus of the NW Ring Road at the Trans Canada Highway and snakes its weigh on the western edge of Calgary to connect with 69th street (West Calgary Ring Road) then continues on in the second video all the way to Macleod Trail in the south.
The new C Class from Mercedes-Benz has been making waves since its introduction at the Detroit show earlier this year. Redesigned from the ground up, the new C moves upscale as the CLA Class takes over the entry level Mercedes-Benz moniker. Packed with features from the E and S Class, the new C redefines the luxury sports segment shared by the BMW 335, and the Audi S4. The question is, will the C400 4Matic be good enough to unseat BMW as the market leader?
It’s not often one gets handed the keys to a million dollar car. Well in this case, about 1.6 million, but who’s counting? It’s ironic that I’m the one that gets to write about this supercar. You see, I’m not exactly a fan of Ferrari. Don’t get me wrong, Ferrari makes some great sports cars, but I’m a diehard McLaren fan in the sport of Formula 1 and Ferrari has been our biggest rival over the checkered history of the two teams.
For me, driving a Ferrari is akin to a Red Sox fan wearing a Yankees jersey or, something closer to home, a Flames fan sporting Oilers gear. It’s obvious that the owner of this car has a good sense of humor, as he suggested that I close off our Summer Series by taking his F50 for a day. I promised to be open minded about the experience. Hell, I even wore a red shirt to pick up the car. Read the rest of this post »
With frequent business trips to the Bay Area, I’ve experienced first hand the convenience of Uber. After a night out with co-workers at Lucky Strike where many adult beverages were consumed (open bar seems to be the theme at company events), half our group wanted to head back to the hotel while the other half decided to head out to a random karaoke bar. I start looking around for cabs so we could flag one down while a couple of the executives just whipped their smartphones out.
In less than a minute they had already summoned a couple Uber cars to pick us up and about 7-8 minutes a driver came up and picked us up. I presume the second Uber car picked up the other group right after we left. The best part was that at the end of the trip, we didn’t have to pay. It’s all done automatically. That’s right, no arguing with the driver about how he can’t take a credit card because his machine is broken, or figuring out how much to tip the driver (trust me, it can get expensive after a night out of drinking if your math is bad lol).
After returning home to Calgary, Uber is one thing I always miss after a night out. In Calgary, you’re lucky if you can even get a taxi after midnight. Most people arrange rides with friends to get home, and unfortunately many choose to drive themselves home while intoxicated. It’s a big problem, but protecting an antiquated taxi system is higher on priority list than providing consumers with better transportation options in Calgary.
I’m not entirely sure when Uber setup this online petition for Uber Calgary, but it was probably some time last year after they ran a promotional trial. They have already collected 3,887 signatures as I am writing this. If you think Calgary City Council should fix the taxi situation by allowing companies like Uber to operate here, go check out the site and sign the petition.
This is your chance to stand with us and send a message to your elected officials that Calgary deserves a new set of transportation choices. Consumers love Uber because the taxi industry doesn’t come close to offering the same convenience and reliability. Drivers love Uber because it provides higher earnings and greater flexibility. Cities love Uber because it gives residents and visitors a ride when they need one, serves neighborhoods that taxi companies neglect and reduces taxi crimes and DUI arrests.
Uber may not completely solve the taxi issues in Calgary, but if the City of Calgary eliminates the $80 minimum that limo and town car service companies have to charge for trips, Uber would be able to operate to relieve the demand on taxi services as it will provide a choice, albeit a more expensive one, to those that are willing to pay for it.