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  1. chitchatboy

    BMW's V12 won't stick around for long

    BMW reckons its large twin-turbo 6.0-litre V12 will not have much of a future soon as emission regulations round the world get tougher by the day. In an interview with Autoblog, BMW M Chief Executive Markus Flasch has been quoted saying that the engine, which sees action in the 760Li, will not be existing in another model in the foreseeable future. This is interesting as the flagship 602bhp 7 Series is reported to be selling well in the Middle East and China. In fact, the BMW says that it has been producing the engine as fast as it can ever since the M760Li was introduced, confirming that there is demand for such a powertrain. Meanwhile, Ferrari and Lamborghini vow to keep their V12 engines with help of hybridisation.
  2. Hi all, Wanted to change to this as price was pretty reasonable for my odd size of 215/50/17..your view on this tyre?
  3. I had the chance to experience quite a number of the above engines, namely the inline4, v6, v8 and v10. My favorite type is the v10 as the rev builds up very fast. I had my fair share of v8 too but finds that rev builds up rather slowly. I wonder why v8 are the preferred engine configurations for both auto-journalists and car manufacturers. What's your favorite? Please share your experience.
  4. If you thought the new era of F1 with small, hybrid, turbocharged cars was a bad idea, listen up. Not only have Mercedes and Audi revealed new engines and cars that are using an electrified turbo system similar in function to the new F1 cars, Ferrari has jumped into the mix now too. Ferrari is working on a new engine that features both a supercharger and an electronic turbo. Now if you are a Ferrari purist, please put down the gun/torch/big stick and listen. The report clearly states that Ferrari’s high-end, V-12 cars will remain, and that the V-12 engines powering them will also remain naturally aspirated. The supercharger will help provide lots of power with a small footprint, and the instant torque and boost from the electric turbocharger will reduce lag in the forced-induction system and help cut emissions and increase fuel economy. We don’t have any information on what size or configuration the engine will come in, but considering the main goal of this engine is to cut emissions, I wouldn’t be surprised to see smaller V-8. A de-bored version of the California T’s 3.8-liter down to 3.6-liter wouldn’t be improbable. Ferrari could also go for a V-6 configuration. Whatever it chooses, expect power outputs to still be well above the 500-horsepower mark. It is still a Ferrari after all.
  5. chitchatboy

    S-Class with a Zonda's soundtrack?

    Can't afford a Zonda but still want that V12 shriek? No worries, a late 90's Mercedes-Benz S600, SL600 or CL600 and some nice exhaust will solve your problem nicely. For those who know their Mercedes stuff well, you will probably know that the Zonda C12, uses the same unfettled 6.0-litre M120 engine that was found in these large cars from Mercedes. Or there is also the smaller but newer M137 5.8-litre ones that came after the M120. However, I am not sure if there are any such variants left around locally. Anyone seen an early W220 S600 lately? Anyway, if you do happen to have a S/CL/SL600 with you, then get onto Techincal Garage Sasaki's Facebook page and drop them a message saying you want one of their custom made exhaust systems. It comprises of a equal length manifold, front pipe with racing catalytic converter and a centre pipe. Of course it will not be cheap. Nearly $S12,000 to be exact. So is it worth it? Listen for yourself! http://dai.ly/x22n0uc_full-original-exhaust_auto
  6. Like the Aston Martin Vanquish but prefers to enjoy some open-air motoring? Your dream has come true as the British supercar maker has unveiled the convertible version of the Vanquish called the Volante, successor to the DBS Volante. Like the Vanquish, the Vanquish Volante (VV) is powered by the 6.0-litre 'AM11' V12 producing an identical 565bhp and 620Nm of torque. The engine is coupled to a 'Touchtronic 2' six-speed automatic gearbox with power sent to the rear wheels. The convertible will accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in 4.3 seconds before hitting a top speed of 295km/h. Every body panel of the VV is made of carbon fibre, which is a first for an Aston Martin convertible. The triple-skinned lightweight fabric roof will fold in just 14 seconds, sitting beneath a tonneau and deck lid. As a result of the weight-saving measures, the new model is only nine kilograms heavier than the Vanquish, weighing at 1,845 kg. The car is also 14 percent stiffer than the DBS Volante. To keep the VV on its intended course, it is loaded with features such as stability control, positive torque control and adaptive damping. Brake force is provided by 398mm Brembo carbon ceramic brakes at the front and 360mm discs at the back.
  7. Aston Martin has built a one-off car called the CC100 Speedster Concept, whose styling pays homage to the legendary DBR1 race car that debuted in 1956 and won the 24 Hours of Nurburgring three years in a row. "We wanted to create something that, while celebrating our first 100 years, is also forward looking and gives a glimpse as to our future," said Aston Martin Design Director Marek Reichman. The CC100 Speedster Concept is powered by the company's 6.0-litre V12 engine, mated a six-speed automated manual transmission. The century sprint takes a little over four seconds before hitting an electronically limited top speed of 290km/h. The concept's body and interior is built using carbon fibre. The concept measures about 4,500mm long by 2,000mm wide and weighs less than 1.2tonnes. It has apparently found an owner who forked out between USD770,000 (S$965,965) to USD1,540,000 (S$1,931,930).
  8. To celebrate the brand's 50th anniversary this year, Lamborghini has planned to release a special model at the Geneva Motor Show. On the eve of the event, the photo of this hypercar has been leaked. Called the Veneno, which means "poison" in Spanish, this is the fastest Lamborghini ever built. The car is built upon the carbon fibre monocoque chassis borrowed from the Aventador LP700-4. The Veneno is powered by a more powerful version of the Aventador's 6.5-litre V12 engine that produces 740bhp instead of 700bhp. This gives the Veneno a top speed rating of 354km/h. Power is transmitted to all four wheels via a six-speed ISR robotised manual gearbox. If you are thinking of getting one despite the increase in ARF, you might be disappointed to learn that all three units of this limited edition Lamborghini have been sold. Each carries a price tag of approximately
  9. The 2015 Mercedes S-Class coupe has been spied with lesser camouflage. The model will be the successor to the CL-Class. The name change makes it the first two-door S-Class since the W140 generation of the 1990s. The ultra-luxury coupe will not be just an S-Class with two doors removed but features its own unique styling with a lower front fascia and a sloped roof top. The S-class coupe will share its rear-wheel-drive architecture with the next-generation S-class sedan, which means substantial weight savings as well as optional all-wheel drive. All lightings will be equipped with LEDs. Motivation for the new S-Class coupe will likely be the twin-turbocharged V8 and V12 engines for both the regular and the high-powered AMG models. The 2015 S-Class coupe might go on sale in late 2014. There will also be an S-class convertible variant that will share the coupe's mechanicals and styling. The Bentley Continental GT and Rolls-Royce Wraith are the S-Class coupe's main competitors. Photo Credit: carscoop.blogspot.com
  10. [extract] As we count down to the Geneva Motor Show in March, Rolls-Royce has revealed more teaser images of the two-door version of the Ghost Saloon, known as the Wraith. "This image depicts Wraith's muscular rear haunches
  11. A Ferrari 599 GTO has been receiving a fair bit of media attention in Singapore lately, but for all the wrong reasons. A red GTO crashed into a taxi at a Bugis junction when it ran a red light, causing the taxi to hit a passing motorcycle. The accident claimed the lives of the GTO driver, the passenger in the taxi as well as the taxi driver. Readers may refer to the newspaper or social media for more coverage regarding the accident. Here, I would like to talk about what makes this 599 GTO so special. The Ferrari 599 GTO is the fastest road car manufactured by Ferrari. It is awarded