2011 BMW 535d review: Video

Posted: 04 Jan 2011 06:31 AM PST

Here we have another car review from the guys at Autocar, this time they are test driving the new 2011 BMW 535d which comes equipped with the M Sport package.

The BMW 535d reviewed in this video is powered by a 3.0-liter 6-cylinder diesel engine that develops 295 hp at 4,400 rpm and 442 lb-ft of torque at 1,750 rpm. It has a Kerb weight of 1790 kg and is equipped with an 8-speed automatic transmission.

The new 2011 BMW 535d can accelerate to 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).

Watch the video below to see what verdict Jamie Corstorphine from Autocar gives this new luxury sedan.

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Porsche 911 GT2 RS vs Porsche Carrera: Video

Posted: 04 Jan 2011 04:06 AM PST

British Journalist – Jamie Corstorphine from Autocar puts the powerful Porsche 911 GT2 RS up against the Porsche Carrera to see if the GT2 is actually worth all the extra money.

The Autocar team numerous tests with the two sports cars on a closed race track, the tests include acceleration, breaking and lap time.

Watch the video below to see if Autocar thinks the extra power is worth the extra cash.

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2011 Mercedes CLS by Carlsson

Posted: 04 Jan 2011 03:40 AM PST

Mercedes tuners – Carlsson have revealed their latest upgrade program for the 2011 Mercedes CLS which offers both styling and power upgrades.

The Carlsson 2011 Mercedes CLS 350 CGI now produces a higher 333 hp and 410 Nm, thats about an extra 27 horses more than the standard CLS. This extra horsepower helps the car accelerate up to 100km/h in a faster 5.9 seconds.

The diesel version comes with a 20% power increase, resulting in a 320 hp sports car with a massive 780 Nm of torque, instead of the standard 265 hp. The 0 to 100 km/h time remains the same as the petrol model – 5.9 seconds.

Besides the power upgrade, the Carlsson 2011 Mercedes CLS package offers a new exterior body kit which includes a new front spoiler with spoiler lip (which comes in carbon fiber too), a new hood, mudguards, stainless steel grille inserts, new side skirts and a new rear
apron with an integrated diffuser.

For more information read the Carlsson press release below.

Carlsson Press Release:

Carlsson refines Mercedes-Benz CLS for its market launch

Automobile manufacturer gives the luxury saloon a touch of athletic elegance
Performance kits increase power of the petrol engine to 333 hp and the diesel engine to 320 hp Innovative 20 inch alloy wheel 1/10

Stylish use of shape is the trademark of the new generation of Mercedes-Benz CLS models (type C 218). This has provided the automobile manufacturer Carlsson with the ideal platform from which to perfect the model with even more style and athleticism. Carlsson presents its comprehensive finish before the new Mercedes-Benz is introduced to the market on January 29th.

Carlsson chief designer Rolf Schlepp – aka DeLusi – incorporates coupé-style contours and lends the vehicle's exterior a touch of sophistication with the comprehensive aerodynamics package. The new front spoiler, including the RS front spoiler lip (available in real carbon), the power domes for the bonnet and the mudguard inserts (also available in real carbon) ensure an athletic look for the luxurious saloon car, a look which is underscored further by the stainless steel grille inserts. The front apron inserts with LED fog lamps enhance both the vehicle's appearance and its level of safety. These improve visibility, are 80 percent more energy-efficient than the standard lamps and fit in perfectly with the xenon headlights and the standard LED daytime running lights.
The side mouldings with their built-in air inlets continue the vehicle's dynamic transformation. Together with the rear apron and its built-in diffuser (which functions as a tailplane), the rear spoiler ensures extra downforce and better contact with the road. In addition, the stainless steel rear silencer and the two oval tailpipes so typical of Carlsson make a great sound. The stainless steel tailpipes can also be ordered separately.

Both the CLS petrol and diesel engine models benefit from the improved performance provided by Carlsson. With their CK35 performance kit, the engineers from Merzig have improved the power of the CLS 350 CGI model from its standard 306 hp (225 kW) to 333 hp (245 kW) while increasing the vehicle’s maximum torque from 370 to 410 Newton metres. This enables the direct-injection engine to go from 0 to 100 kph in 5.9 seconds, compared with 6.1 seconds for the standard model.

Thanks to the Carlsson C-Tronic® DIESEL POWER additional control unit, the CLS 350 CDI achieves a power output that is a full 20 percent greater than the standard engine. Instead of 265 hp (195kW), the self-igniting engine now manages 320 hp (235 kW) while maximum torque has increased from 650 to 780 Newton metres. This allows the vehicle to go from 0 to 100 kph in 5.9 seconds instead of the standard 6.2 seconds. The Carlsson C-Tronic® DIESEL POWER for the V6 engine can be purchased for just 1785 Euro including VAT. Both performance-boosting kits continue to meet the EURO5 exhaust emission standards.

The vehicle's new alloy wheels also emphasise the sporty yet stylish contours of its new aerodynamics package. With the Carlsson 1/10 wheel, available in three colours and in a combination of five simple and five double spokes, the automobile manufacturer from Merzig in Germany is setting a trend. Chief designer Rolf Schlepp designed the five top spokes in such a way that they terminate flushly on the edge of the wheel rim while the five double spokes begin deeper inside the wheel receptacle and are arranged outside on the upper edge of the wheel rim. The fact that there is no wheel well and that the spokes are drawn out over the edge give the 1/10 wheels a particularly sporty character.

With the three surface finishes available – Titanium Silver, Brilliant Silver and Graphite Grey – the Carlsson 1/10 wheel can be matched perfectly to one's vehicle and taste. Carlsson is offering each of the three colour versions of the 1/10 in the dimensions 8.5×19 and 9.5×19 as well as 8.5×20 and10.5×20 inches from 2569 Euro for the complete set of wheels including top brand tyres.

Carlsson's patented C-Tronic SUSPENSION is responsible for delivering excellent road holding for vehicles with the standard AIRMATIC suspension. This intelligent suspension lowering system lowers the vehicle by up to 30 millimetres and continuously monitors the situation on the road. Depending on the road conditions, the controlling device adapts the residual spring travel, thereby ensuring optimum comfort and excellent driving dynamics.

The vehicle's finish is rounded off perfectly in the interior. The Alcantara sports steering wheel, pedals and foot rest made of brushed aluminium, velours foot mats featuring the Carlsson logo and the matching boot mat give the CLS' interior a dynamic, stylish appearance.

With its comprehensive finishing package for the CLS model, Carlsson has once more proven its refined sense of taste when it comes to Mercedes design. Thanks to its efforts, the already stylish standard CLS has really turned into a unique individualist.

Naturally, a TÜV certificate is always included in the scope of delivery for all components in the finishing package so that these can be smoothly included with the rest of the vehicle's documentation. For further information on Carlsson and its exclusive product range for Smart and Mercedes-Benz vehicles, please visit

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Land Rover Discovery 4 Armored Vehicle

Posted: 03 Jan 2011 09:26 AM PST

British SUV maker – Land Rover has released details on their latest armored vehicle called the Land Rover Discovery 4 armored. This bullet proof 4×4 can withstand some serious fire power.

The Land Rover Discovery 4 armored vehicle complies with the BS EN 1522 FB6 and BS EN 1063 BR6 European standards for high velocity assault rifles, 15kg side blast protection, and offers under floor protection against 2 x DM 51 hand grenades.

It is powered by a 5.0-litre LR-V8 direct-injection petrol engine that develops 375 hp and 510 Nm of torque. According to the specifications the Land Rover Discovery 4 armored vehicle is able accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 10.6 seconds which is essential for a fast getaway.

The bullet proof SUV weighs 3550kg without the optional extras and to handle the extra weight, the Land Rover Discovery 4 armored vehicle comes fitted with a modified suspension system, 378mm brake discs with upgraded Alcon aluminum brake callipers and Goodyear Wrangler HP All Weather run flat tires and heavy duty wheels.

For the complete details read the specifications below.

Land Rover Discovery 4 Armored – Detailed Specifications

Base Vehicle Specification
5.0-litre LR-V8 direct-injection petrol engine
Maximum Power (EEC) 375 PS (276 kW)
Maximum Torque (EEC) 510 Nm (376 lb ft)
6-speed automatic transmission
Kerb weight 3550kg (excluding options)
4050kg GVW
Air conditioning
Land Rover Terrain Response® system
Off road capability (deep sand driving not recommended)
Modified suspension system to accommodate increased vehicle mass
378mm brake discs with upgraded Alcon aluminium brake callipers: 6-pot front, 4-pot rear
Tyre Pressure Monitoring System – where licensed

Armour Specification
European Standard BS EN 1522 FB6 and BS EN 1063 BR6 (high velocity assault rifle)
Side blast protection – 15kg device in close proximity to the vehicle
Under floor protection against 2 x DM 51 hand grenades
Heavy duty wheels and run flat tyres – Goodyear Wrangler HP All Weather Tyre

Optional Features

Essential Armour Option Pack
Driver opening window (100mm drop to allow document passing)
Auxiliary secondary battery supply
Anti-tamper exhaust

Maintenance Option Pack
Heavy duty spare wheel and run flat tyre – Goodyear Wrangler HP All Weather Tyre
Heavy duty jack and tools

Independent Options
Covert blue lights and siren system (where legal)
Covert headlight flash (LED)
Under bonnet fire suppressant system
Heavy duty jack and tools
Tinted windows
Auxiliary secondary battery supply
Anti-tamper exhaust
Driver's opening front window
Rear payload area glass anti-theft film protection

Specialist Service Option
Global After Sales Support is a tailor made package available on request

Driver Training Package
Armoured Vehicle Driver Training is a tailor made package available on request

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Hamann Lamborghini Gallardo Victory II

Posted: 03 Jan 2011 09:07 AM PST

German aftermarket specialists – Hamann released an upgrade package for the Lamborghini Gallardo back in 2007 titled Victory, now they have released a new, second version of this enhancement and they are calling it the Hamann Lamborghini Gallardo Victory II.

The HAMANN Lamborghini Gallardo Victory II comes with a improved handling and increased engine output thanks to a re-mapped ECU. This customized supercar produces 580 hp and 575 Nm of torque. It has a top speed of 204 mph (328 km/h) but no news yet on its 0-60 time.

The HAMANN Lamborghini Gallardo Victory II wide body kit includes a new front apron with a center carbon fiber part, new front fenders and fender extensions in the rear and new side skirts. It also features an air intake on the roof, a new rear bumper with an integrated diffuser and a huge rear wing.

The HAMANN Lamborghini Gallardo Victory II sits on a set of 20 inch rims and the interior has been given various styling updates in carbon fiber and leather.

For more information read the Hamann press release below.

Hamann Press Release:

HAMANN Victory II turns the Gallardo LP560-4 into a technology and design winner

HAMANN already presented the super sports car Victory based on the first Lamborghini Gallardo. With the latest Gallardo LP560-4, now also the new HAMANN Victory II is introduced. The car body becomes broader and the engine performance as well as the amount of carbon parts is significantly increased.

And what is the most essential part of a Lamborghini? Right, it is the wing doors. Andnobody really knows why the Gallardo is not equipped with them straight away.

HAMANN offers these for the Victory II. In addition, they offer an entire refinement of the original body design which starts with a new front apron in Race-design with a center carbon part. With new fenders in the front and fender extensions in the back, the Victory II renders an even more remarkable appearance. Also, the extended side skirts and the air inlet on the roof – available in carbon as well – confirm this impression. The back of the car is enhanced by a diffuser and a newly designed rear wing which pushes the car onto the road at high speeds. HAMANN offers the rear wing either in fiber glass or the ultra light and persistent carbon. On top of that, a carbon layer can be applied to the bonnet.

HAMANN equips the Victory II with 20 inch Edition Race rims with a special varnish in order to emphasize the new dynamic look. At the same time, the reduced unsprung masses improve the handling and the acceleration and braking response.

The recommended wheel/tire combination is 9.5Jx20 inches with 235/30ZR20 tires at the front and 13Jx20 rims with 325/25ZR20 tires at the back.

By adjusting the engine electronics, HAMANN squeezes additional performance out of this Italian stallion, increasing its power to 427 kW/580 hp with a maximum torque of 575 Newton meters. Therefore, the HAMANN Victory II reaches an impressive 328 km/h top speed.

The impressive V10-Sound turns even more remarkable by applying an end muffler to the serial end pipes.

The interior of the HAMANN Victory II is enhanced by a 14-part carbon set which includes decorative blends, the steering wheel and the door openers. The HAMANN sports seats with the carbon back render a perfect seating position. If desired, the HAMANN upholstery department can offer anything to make the customers' hearts beat faster. Personalized floor mats or entire leather equipment, everything is handmade by master craftsmen. Individually designed for you and fitted to your car by experts.

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