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lunes, 24 de febrero de 2014
Gorgeusly tuned up BMW E92 M3 – Eisenmann Exhaust
From Kansas City comes a beautiful BMW E92 M3 that has undergone extensive “operations.” The Alpine White tuned-up E92 M3 stands out with some tasteful …
From Kansas City comes a beautiful BMW E92 M3 that has undergone extensive “operations.” The Alpine White tuned-up E92 M3 stands out with some tasteful mods that were applied to it.
At the front, the owner gave the M3 Coupe the M-visual treatment, with a set of blacked out kidney grille with colored slats like the German flag. Also the headlights get both the M colors and German flag’s colors, an interesting asymmetrical touch. A carbon-fiber lip was also added to the front-fascia.
At the rear end, the conventional trunk has been replaced with one made out of carbon fiber, and a black-yellow-red M3 badge reminds us what car we’re looking at. The M3 also sits on a pair of very expensive BBS wheels, giving the car an exclusive look.
The E92 M3 Coupe ended its production in June 2013. The high-performance sports car which spawned the championship-winning DTM racer is set to end its career on the road with more than 40,000 examples having left the factory. Production of the BMW M3 Coupe – launched in 2007 – exceeded 40,000 units, and the BMW M3 Sedanadded almost 10,000 units to the total.
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class coupe concept wowed audiences with its curvaceous shape at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, so much so that the German automaker decided it didn't need to change much on the production version. The 2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 coupe will offer all the luxurious features we love from the S-Class sedan in a sleek, big-coupe body when it arrives this fall.Mercedes says the proportions of the concept transferred to the production model "virtually unaltered," so if you're getting déjà vu looking at the photos, it's because we pretty much saw this car in Frankfurt. Like the concept, the production S-Class coupe features a low greenhouse, stretched roofline, and high beltline. The coupe's wheelbase is reduced considerably compared to the S-Class sedan, shrinking from 124.6 inches to 116 inches. As a result, the two-door is 8.5 inches shorter overall, with width remaining roughly the same at 75 inches. Thanks to its low, raked roofline, the S-Class coupe is also 2.7 inches shorter in height compared to the four-door.
The diamond grille first seen on the CLA and then on the S-Class coupe concept makes its way to the production S550 coupe. Flanking that grille are standard LED headlights, and if you're one of the first customers to purchase an S-Class coupe at launch, you'll get the Edition 1 special model with 47 Swarovski crystals embedded in the headlight housings. A standard panoramic glass roof covers two-thirds of the entire roof, and can dim at the push of a button with Magic Sky Control.Like the S550 sedan, the coupe model is powered by a twin-turbo 4.7-liter V-8 making 449 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. Unlike the sedan, however, the two-door S550 will only be available with 4Matic all-wheel drive in the U.S. The exhaust system features pneumatic flaps in the rear silencer, which can open for a deeper sound from the dual rectangular exhaust tips. As on the sedan, a stereo camera is used to scan the road ahead so that the Active Body Control suspension can be adjusted accordingly. A new curve tilting feature allows the S-Class coupe to lean into like a motorcyclist or skier would. Mercedes says this feature isn't intended to aid high-speed cornering, but rather to enhance the driving experience on twisty roads. The curve tilting function is one of the Active Body Control system's three selectable modes, and works at speeds ranging from 19 mph to 112 mph. The S-Class coupe also gets all the advanced safety features you'd expect of a flagship model, including Pre-Safe automatic braking with pedestrian detection, Distronic Plus distance control and Active Lane Keeping Assist, Adaptive High-Beam Assist, and an infrared camera with Night View Assist Plus.
If you're one of the first customers to purchase an S-Class coupe, you'll get the Edition 1 special model with 47 Swarovski crystals embedded in the headlight
The S-Class coupe's interior may have changed the most from the concept, as the streamlined center console has been replaced with a wide piece closer in appearance to that of the S-Class sedan. The door panels no longer feature a wave pattern, and the power seat controls that were integrated into the door-mounted speaker on the concept are now separated. Other than that, the cabin hasn't changed much. The dashboard is divided into two distinct layers, made possible by moving the passenger front airbag to a new location. Mercedes says this makes the central wide-screen TFT display look like it's "hovering" in front of the top layer of the dash. A touchpad interface is standard, and functions just like the unit offered in the S-Class sedan.The cabin is upholstered in the "finest materials," Mercedes claims, and can be made even plusher with Exclusive diamond-stitched Designo nappa leather. New interior colors are available with the S-Class coupe, including Bengal red, saddle brown, and porcelain. A Burmester surround sound audio system comes standard, but a High-End 3D surround sound system from Burmester is also available. Also available is a full-color LED head-up display, which projects information into the driver's field of view. A light sensor in the roof detects how much light is in the cabin and automatically adjusts the brightness of the display. The Air-Balance package introduced on the S-Class sedan comes standard on the coupe, and can ionize the air out of the HVAC system or subtly pump in perfume.We're big fans of the S-Class sedan, and if the coupe version can deliver all of that model's advanced features and lavishness while looking this hot, Mercedes may be the one to beat in the big luxury coupe game.
Should I Buy The BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe or 3 Series Gran Turismo?
One has to wonder if the marketing arm of BMW didn’t imbibe a bit too much JW Augustiner Bräu Maximator when they decided to fortify …
One has to wonder if the marketing arm of BMW didn’t imbibe a bit too much JW Augustiner Bräu Maximator when they decided to fortify the 3 sedan with a 3 Gran Turismo and now a 4 Gran Coupe. That’s three (count ‘em, 3) midsize four door offerings if you don’t count the 3 Series Touring.
While the 3 Series sedan follows a traditional three box approach, with BMW’s signature long hood – short front overhang and a well defined rear deck lid, the 3 Gran Turismo and 4 Gran Coupe eschew the three box look for a fastback look with a minimized rear deck. From an American’s perspective, the styling harks back to the early Plymouth Barracuda, Ford Torino, and AMC Marlin. And both the 3 Gran Turismo and 4 Gran Coupe utilize a pair of rear doors and a rear hatch.
But if you flash pictures of the 3 Gran Turismo and 4 Gran Coupe to a casual observer they’ll have a hard time telling them apart. While the 4 Gran Coupe’s dimensions, wheelbase, width, and length track closely to the 3 Series sedan, the 4 Gran Coupe is over an inch lower. The 3 Gran Turismo, however, adds to all dimensions of the 3 Series sedan including wheelbase but not width.
One would think the 3 Gran Turismo’s dimensions would be similar to the 3 Series Touring, but they aren’t, the Touring’s dimensions mimic the sedan’s. So the 3 Gran Turismo is the ‘big brother’ of the group. And that is a good starting point for discussing the truly significant differences between the offerings.
Imagine that the marketing arm looked at the potential of a single 3 Series sized offering and wondered how it would be made to fit various demographics. But, beyond tuning the handling, what if they could also ‘tune’ the shape and structure of the individual offerings. Thanks to BMW’s efficient production processes, they could.
So the 3 Gran Turismo becomes the spacious luxury touring car, without the full utility of a Touring, but retaining significant utility with a hatch. The buyers of the 3 Gran Turismo are looking for an all weather highway machine, that, while it handles well, places an emphasis on passenger comfort, particularly on back seat spaciousness. This is where the extended wheelbase comes into play with the 3 Gran Turismo.
And to ensure a comfortable ride, BMW tunes the suspension specifically for the car’s purpose. In the US, the 3 Gran Turismo is available in xDrive variants only. The dampers are also specific to the 3 Gran Turismo. In addition the roll center (along with the center of gravity and seating position – H point) are higher than on the 3 Series sedan. And the anti-roll bars on the 3 Gran Turismo are thicker than on the 3 Series sedan.
The 4 Gran Coupe on the other hand is available with the Sport Suspension and also benefits from additional front suspension stiffening. The 4 Gran Coupe uses the same diameter anti-roll bars as the 3 Series sedan. The additional front suspension stiffness should enhance steering feel also. While an M4 Gran Coupe isn’t likely, an M435i Gran Coupe would be welcome.
Maybe an idealistic way to view the three is; 3 Gran Turismo, spacious luxury with sporting attributes; 3 Series sedan luxury and sport; 4 Gran Coupe sporting with luxurious attributes. Of the group I prefer the sporting focus and style of the 4 Gran Coupe. And with that I think I’ll rummage around the fridge and see if there isn’t a Bauarbeiterhalbe of JW Augustiner Bräu Edelstoff handy.