Mercedes AMG has released a new video on their YouTube channel that gives some more insight into what is going to be under the hood of the all new Mercedes AMG GT. The GT is intended to be a smaller SLS (not a direct replacement) and is to compete with the likes of the Porsche 911. We are also getting confirmation that the M178 engine will push out over 500 horsepower at 6250rpm and about 480 lb-ft of torque.
AMG is following the industry trend of powering all of their cars with forced induction engines. AMG is also following other manufacturers by opting to put the turbos in the middle between the cylinder banks. They call it a “hot inside ‘V’ ” configuration. This puts the turbos as close as possible to the exhaust side of the cylinders and shortens the routing necessary for the cold side of the turbos. This should allow for better throttle response. This configuration also makes for a much more compact engine compared to the traditional mounting of turbos on the outside.
On the AMG GT (C190 model), the M178 engine comes with a dry sump. This is unlikely to transfer over to the eagerly anticipated C63 that is rumored to be powered by the same 4.0 biturbo V8. In the video, you can also see that the engine will be sporting twin air to water intercoolers that sit far ahead of the engine. In fact, it looks like the engine cover is actually covering those intercoolers, rather than the engine itself. This is because the engine in the C190 will sit behind the front axel for a mid-front engine mounting.
The video also shows what the new AMG GT might look like with a transparent outline of the forth coming sports car.
I, for one, am looking forward to hearing this engine in person. AMG takes great care in making sure their engines sound superb even when turbo charged.
Last week Nissan had posted a new pickup truck that had a white cover draped over top of it and said news will be coming out today. Today, they kept that promise and announced the 12th generation Nissan NP300 Navara (sold as the Frontier outside of Asia). There was a small chance that Nissan was doing a mid-cycle refresh of the Titan but all signs were pointing to a new Frontier debut, the most obvious of which were the roof racks visible under the white cover. The new Frontier gets the updated V-motion front-end design found on all the latest Nissan models and an updated pair of headlights with LED daytime running lights. The front-end updates and the blacked out B-pillar instantly makes the current Frontier look dated. I bet many Frontier owners will be heading to the dealers to put their orders in. The new Frontier will be available in two new colors, Earth Bronze and Savannah Yellow (pictured above). Savannah Yellow looks nice on the Frontier, but looks more like orange to me than yellow.
“The Nissan New NP300 Navara sets new benchmarks for performance, toughness, versatility and running costs; all the qualities that are critical for pickup users,” adds Andy Palmer, Nissan’s Chief Planning Officer.
Nissan didn’t announce any engine options for the Frontier, but the Navara in Europe will be getting an improved verison of Nissan’s 2.5L turbo diesel good for 188 horsepower and 331 lb-ft of torque. Buyers in Europe and Asia can also opt for a 2.5L inline 4 gas engine if they don’t want the diesel option. Both engines will be paired with a 6-speed manual transmission with an optional 7-speed automatic. The 7-speed automatic provides for low fuel consumption at slow speeds as well as better acceleration, expanded gear ratio for wider range of speeds, and smooth acceleration and shifting. The 6-speed manual features enhanced fuel efficiency from low to high gear, while its optimized shift stroke makes for quick and effortless gear changes.
Pictures of the Earth Bronze paint and interior can be found after the break along with a video of the new Frontier in action.
Nissan had teased last week a new vehicle that would become the 149th Nissan vehicle to join the Gran Turismo car list and since over half of the vehicles are GT-R variants its not that far fetched to assume that this latest concept vehicle they have teased is a GT-R Concept Vehicle of some sort. Could this be a preview of the next generation Nissan GT-R? If so, Nissan has shown that their concept vehicles are not that far off from production vehicles.
Not much is known about the next generation Nissan GT-R other than the plan that Nissan has to include a hybrid powertrain and if this teaser is any indication, may borrow some design cues from their Le Mans Prototype, the GT-R LM Nismo. The waiting game continues for more information as the announcement expected today did not materialize and instead we are being told that June 16th is the next date to mark on our calendars.
From Nissan’s Press Release:
LOS ANGELES – On Monday, June 16, we will reveal the next chapter in our Nissan story to an audience that has always shared our passion for performance.
A couple more shots in our gallery after the break.
Kia has put together a couple tv spots for the upcoming World Cup to promote the Kia Optima and Kia Sorento, and we’ve embedded them after the break if you want to check them out. Trust me, there is a Kia in the videos somewhere and there definitely is something about football, or futbol in there too in case you don’t notice. Yuuuuuup!
When GM first unveiled the 2015 Corvette Z06 in Detroit you may have noticed we said the car made 625+ horsepower and 635+ lb-ft of torque. They were holding back the official performance figures until closer to launch and today they have confirmed that the Z06’s LT4 supercharged 6.2L V8 engine makes 650 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 650 lb-ft of torque at 3,600 rpm!
“The LT4 Small Block sets a new benchmark for power and torque at GM,” said Steve Kiefer, vice president, GM Powertrain Engineering. “The engine also puts the new Corvette Z06 on par with the most powerful supercars offered in America, while delivering performance with impeccable manners that make it suitable for daily driving.”
Not only is the amount of power staggering, but the torque curve makes many other super cars weep. Just barely above idle the engine is already producing nearly 460 lb-ft of torque. By 2800 rpm it has already skyrocketed to 625 lb-ft of torque. The whole curve is pretty flat, the LT4 maintains 90 percent of its peak torque, or 592 lb-ft, from 2,500 to 5,400 rpm. This is the definition of “passing power” and will certainly bring a smile to many new owners when it goes on sale later this year.
Nissan USA just posted this picture on their twitter showcasing every single vehicle that is a part of Gran Turismo’s ever growing list of cars. The current tally of Nissan branded cars sits at 148 with the 149th Nissan vehicle to be unveiled June 10th according to the chart. What’s crazy is that about half of the cars are some sort of Skyline or GT-R variant. It leads me to believe that the car that is going to debut in a few days is likely another GT-R of some sort. Based on the low profile, it doesn’t appear to be the next-generation GT-R, but is more likely an updated race car, perhaps the 2015 Nissan GT-R GT500 or some sort of special edition of the existing model? Could it be just another concept vehicle that we’ll see at the next car show? Perhaps the 2014 LA Auto Show?
We've had 148 Nissan cars in Gran Turismo. Each represents a chapter of our story. On 6/10, we open the next chapter: pic.twitter.com/vBGUIYnGQ1
Back when everyone was worried about the y2k bug that was to shutdown the entire world’s computer systems, Porsche was prepping to do the unthinkable. They were just about to announce plans to build an SUV. The sports car company was going to build a truck. The Porsche faithful were up in arms over the launch of the Cayenne but the decision to do so likely saved Porsche and may be the only reason they are still building the beloved 911s. Fast forward a decade and talks began on the design and production of yet another SUV to wear the Porsche badge. The Porsche Macan was launched to cater to demand for crossovers.
Porsche certainly nailed it with their strategy to introduce the smaller crossover to their expanding lineup, at least based on initial sales figures. The Macan, with 1263 vehicles sold in May, was just shy of being Porsche’s top selling model, falling just 31 vehicles short of the Cayenne (1294). For comparison, Porsche sold 864 911s during the same time frame. In fact, Macan sales were so good they helped pushed Porsche to achieve their highest ever monthly sales with 4609 total vehicles.
“With retail sales of well over 1,200 Macan in just two weeks our fifth model line has made good on its initial promise to make an impact in the compact SUV segment”, observed Detlev von Platen, President and CEO of Porsche Cars North America. “It is equally gratifying that the two-door sports cars and Panamera are continuing their strong sales performance with being ahead of last year’s five-month totals while demand for Cayenne still outstrips supply,” he added.
We’ll have to see if the high sales volume will continue for the Macan but for those that complain about the Cayenne and Macan sullying the Porsche name, just remember that without these two vehicles there may not be a 911 for you to lust after.
When we first posted pictures of the potential upcoming RS3 on the forums, the reaction was definitely positive until of course somebody had to snap everyone back to reality that this was just a concept car. Audi has released more pictures of the A3 Clubsport Quattro Concept they showcased at Worthersee 2014 amongst several other concept cars. One thing we didn’t see in the initial batch of photos from Audi was the air brake laden with LEDs on the underside to provide driver’s behind the A3 Clubsport Quattro Concept with a big loud “I’M STOPPING RIGHT FUCKING NOW” message (no, it doesn’t actually say that) :P
If this vehicle was ever produced with the specs that Audi has included on the concept then it is pretty much checkmate. Based on the S3 sedan, the show car is equipped with a 2.5L five cylinder TFSI engine, shared with the Audi RS Q3. In the configuration shown here, the bigger turbos and intercooler pumps out 22psi of boost, which translates to a whopping 525hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. To maximize performance, the concept’s weight has been kept at under 3400lbs. Coupled with the Quattro all wheel drive drivetrain and a 7 speed S Tronic dual clutch gearbox, the A3 Clubsport Quattro Concept rockets to 60mph in only 3.4 seconds, with a top speed of 195mph.
Nissan posted the above picture on their instagram account teasing the arrival of the upcoming Frontier, or at least that’s what it looks like. If it is a new Frontier, it doesn’t look like there is going to be a huge redesign. The signature v-motion grill is still front and center and the headlights have received a set of updated LED daytime running lights. Some of the changes that Frontier fans are longing for are what is powering the new Frontier, but we’ll have to wait until June 11th as that is when Nissan says the new truck will be arriving.
Toma, our resident tuning expert, hosted a dyno day/BBQ to start off the spring driving season for local car owners. Lots of cool cars showed up at the event to see what kind of power they can put down, with the biggest numbers being a GT500 Mustang with blower upgrades putting down 636whp. Thanks Toma for hosting, it was great to see a lot of old faces again!