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C7 Corvette Vs. Exotics : Videos

C7 Corvette Vs. Exotics : Videos

"What happens when you pair up a $50,000 2014 C7 Corvette "baby super car" against exotics in the $100,000 to $300,000 range? Well, you'll have to watch and see! Some predictable races, some upsets and surprises!

We appreciate Xtreme Xperience (http://thextremexperience.com) letting us come out and play around with these cars all day at Mid-America Motorplex in Pacific Junction, IA"


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Sources : C7 Corvette Photo | C7 Video
Lamborghini Estoque : Photos
Lamborghini Estoque : Photos

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Canada's INKAS Armors G63s : News
Canada's INKAS Armors G63s : News

For those in need of an armored car, a former military vehicle seems like a sound choice. Those tend to be cramped, loud, and low on amenities though. Unless the vehicle in question is a Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG, that is. Canadian firm INKAS will turn the G63 AMG into an armored limousine with an interior as luxurious as its exterior is tough and intimidating.

The G63 gets stretched at the B-pillar, making room for an entertainment center. The rear seats sport footrests and can recline flat. Naturally, everything is trimmed in leather and wood,

The exterior gets a different type of expensive trim. While it looks essentially stock--even retaining the factory side exhaust--the Inkas G63 limo is fully armored, with a reinforced roof, doors, glass, quarter panels, firewall and pillars. INKAS says it will withstand 7.62 mm ammunition, while the floor can withstand a blast from two DM51 grenades detonated simultaneously.

Other notable features include "bullet catchers" designed to deflect projectiles away from the door crevices, protection for the battery, electronic control module, and fuel tank, and reinforced hinges to handle the weight of the armored doors.

The 5.5-liter, twin-turbocharged V-8 gets a slight power bump, from 536 horsepower to 544. Torque remains the same at 560 pound-feet, but the stock 0 to 60 mph time of 5.3 seconds probably isn't possible, given the added weight of the armor.

INKAS will also armor a stock G63 AMG without converting it into a limo. The real question, though, is what it would do if presented with a G63 AMG 6x6.

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Sources : Benz G63 Armored Photo | INKAS Armors G63s Article
Cadillac ATS-L : Current Models
Cadillac ATS-L : Current Models

The ATS was launched in 2013 as Cadillac’s smallest sedan yet. Aimed at the BMW 3 Series , Audi A4 and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class , the ATS was the first vehicle to ride on GM’s Alpha platform, which would later underpin the larger, third-generation Cadillac CTS . Three engines have been offered since its introduction, including a 202-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-banger as the entry-level plant; a turbocharged, 2.0-liter with 272 ponies in the mid-range model; and a range-topping, 321-horse, naturally aspirated, 3.6-liter V-6. As we move into the 2015 model year, the ATS range expands to welcome a coupe and a long-wheelbase version of the sedan.

Dubbed ATS-L, the model is exclusive to China, a market that’s overwhelmed by long-wheelbase sedans. Not to be left out in a segment that already includes longer versions of the Mercedes Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the Audi A4, Cadillac Cadillac is joining in with a model set to satisfy China’s need for luxury and added legroom. How does it stack up against German competition? Read on to find out.

Visually, the Cadillac ATS-L is the same, mildly facelifted 2015 ATS we can buy in the United States, except for the longer wheelbase and elongated rear doors. Stretched by nearly 3.4 inches, the wheelbase measures 112.6 inches and increases the car’s overall length from 182.4 inches to 186.2 inches. The sedan is also 0.7 inches wider than the standard ATS.

Other noticeable changes include a slightly different Cadillac emblem on the front grille, reminiscent of the wreath crest that got dropped last year, ATS-L badging around back and new, 18-inch, twin-five-spoke alloy wheels.

2015 model year updates also add a reshaped bumper with a single air dam that stretches from one side to the other and slightly revised DRL units to the ATS ATS-L. Expect a couple of new exterior colors to join the options list, including hues that are exclusive to the Chinese market.

The main feat of the ATS-L lies in the cabin. Thanks to its longer wheelbase and wider body, the China-exclusive ATS provides additional legroom, headroom, and shoulder room. The sedan offers seating for just two people in the back, but with plenty of space in front of the leather-wrapped rear bench.

The ATS-L also benefits from all the technology and convenience features specific to the regular ATS. Chinese customers will find a CUE infotainment system with an eight-inch touchscreen, the brand-new OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth connectivity and many more once inside.

All seating surfaces are covered in handcrafted, cut-and-sewn upholstery, while aluminum, wood, carbon-fiber inserts and a bevy of color combinations make the ATS-L’s cabin a great place to be. A Bose premium audio system provides the perfect acoustic experience, while the Caddy’s Active Noise Cancellation technology will make sure no unwanted noises enter the cockpit. Both features come standard.

The ATS-L is available with two of the three engines offered on the U.S.-spec ATS. First up is the turbocharged, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder unit that cranks out 272 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Updated for 2015, the mill delivers an extra 35 pound-feet of torque starting from 3,000 rpm and peaking at 5,500 rpm. The second engine is the familiar, naturally aspirated, 3.6-liter V-6 rated at 321 ponies and 274 pound-feet of twist.

Both powerplants mate to six-speed automatic transmissions (no manual is available), while all-wheel drive can be had as an option. With the four-banger, the sedan can reach 60 mph from a standing start in about 6.1 seconds, while the V-6 should enable it to complete the same sprint in about 5.5 seconds.

Pricing is still a mystery as of July 2014, but word on the street has it Cadillac will price the ATS-L from CN¥270,000 ($43,685 as of 07/29/2014).

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Sources : Cadillac ATS-L Photo | Cadillac ATS-L Article
Maserati Chicane : Concept Cars
Maserati Chicane : Concept Cars

The Chicane was created as a full-scale physical model by the students of IED’s fifth Master RSP in Transportation Design – work experience, academic year 2006-2007. The main goal of the Maserati Chicane project is to explore styling themes for Maserati’s future models. The Chicane has more compact dimensions (4,400 mm long, 1,850 mm wide, 1250 mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2,600 mm) compared to the Quattroporte and Grandturismo production cars. The Chicane is based on a 2+2 coupe layout with a front-mounted V8 engine coupled with a rear wheel-drive system. It could be an entry-level model that doesn’t sacrifice the unique and distinctive features of the brand. The design process was guided by the idea of expressing “emotion at first sight”, which translated into a fascinating and high-impact look, with a careful study of the surfaces and a research for pure lines. Maserati Chicane ConceptChicane was on display at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show together with a second project called “Maserati Sfida”, a pure virtual model that was visible in a dedicated video. Targeted to young and dynamic customers, the Maserati Sfida is a 2+1 shooting brake, a sporty 2-door wagon that features a special rear volume and opening system that allows for easy access and loading of sports gear. On its stand at Geneva, IED also displayed three selected projects from the 3rd year Course in Transportation Design 2006-2007, created in partnership with Toyota: “Forma” by Marco Cerrato, Enrico Remolif and Danilo Tosetti, “Waterfall” by Dennis Braga and Andrea Mocellin and “H.A.L.O. Hybrid Advance Line Over” by Michele Deconcini and Fabrizio Salerno.

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Sources : Maserati Chicane Photo | Maserati Chicane Article
1953 Chevrolet Corvette : Classic Cars
1953 Chevrolet Corvette : Classic Cars

There is a capsule history of the Chevrolet Corvette that runs throughout this issue. The history has been divided by years of similar cars, rather than the traditional generation (C1, C2, C3, et al) delineation. For example, C3 Corvettes encompass the years 1968 through 1982, but our mini history separates the ’68-’72 models from the ’73-’82 models based on the significant horsepower differences. Due to space limitations and the minimal changes between some years, not all models are illustrated.

The history of the Chevrolet Corvette is long and varied. Many excellent books have covered the subject. The goal of this article is to provide a capsulated overview of those incredible fifty-five model years (the Corvette has actually been in production for fifty-six years, but there wasn’t a 1983 model).

The Chevrolet Corvette got its start as a design concept in the summer of 1952. Legendary GM designer, Harley Earl liked European sports cars and thought a two-seater Chevrolet would be a good idea. With the backing of Chevrolet Chief Engineer, Ed Cole, the project made it to the 1953 GM Motorama. The display at the famous Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City in January 1953 generated an incredibly positive response.

The Corvette was rushed into production and debuted on June 30, 1953. The name Corvette was chosen from a huge number of suggestions. A Corvette is a small, lightly armored warship. The Corvette roadsterwas designed to be small and agile, too, so the name was a good fit.

The use of fiberglass for the bodies was a radical idea. Fiberglass had been used in limited applications on kit cars and boats. Fiberglass worked well with the very short ramp-up time for the Corvette and it turned out to be a signature feature of all Corvettes.

Mechanically, the first Corvettes borrowed heavily from contemporary Chevrolet passenger cars. That accounts for the 235 cubic inch straight six-cylinder engine and the two-speed Powerglide transmission. The Corvette was marketed as a sports car, but its performance really made it more of an open-air cruiser than a racer. That reality changed with the introduction of the 1956 Corvette, the car that can be credited with making the Corvette America’s sports car.

Differences between the first three years of Corvettes are minimal. The most significant change was the availability of the new 265-cubic inch V8 in 1955. That engine almost wasn’t enough to keep the slow-selling Corvette in business, but the tremendous success of the new 1955 Ford Thunderbird (and the highly competitive Chevrolet/Ford rivalry) provided enough of a reprieve to bring the 1956 Corvette to market. The rest, as they say, is history.

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Sources : 1953 Chevrolet Corvette Photo | 1953 Chevrolet Corvette Article