Owning an SUV is a Wise Choice

The typical buying of an automobile breaks up people into two camps: those who are more concerned with their own needs and those who are more prone to give in to their own wants. There is the look of the vehicle, or those who prioritize vehicle functionality, but nearly all buyers go for the allure of the SUV. Happily, there are many  manufactured autos now that are built without compromising any of the two main headaches to fulfill consumers desires.

With SUVs, (better known as sport utility vehicles), people can actually possess both functionality and stylishness. All these are big enough for comfort yet small enough to be easily maneuvered on the highway. Thus, they have been a popular option for thousands of people.

Another advantage of the SUV size is they supply increased eyesight periphery that may be attributed to the car’s width and height that are not lesser than conventional automobiles to motorists. Plus, although they are bigger than regular vehicles, they still don’t seem bulky in transit.

Parents can select to install additional elements that may boost performance and the rugged appeal of their sport utility vehicles. They are able to simply take their units to reputable services that could assist them in economically doing the refurbishments and additionally discovering what upgrades are needed. With all features or the right installations, SUVs can perform even in extreme weather conditions involving snow or heavy rain.

Practically all makes as well and models of SUVs also have a four-wheel drive advantage. This enables improved gripping action during driving and carries enhanced torque; hence, they could be managed in tight spaces when compared with other two-wheel drive automobiles. Definitely, brands like German SUVs also allow owners with space advantage. These tough automobiles can take heavy gear such as bicycles or surfboards without difficulty, and can haul a boat or trailer.

Above all those SUV leaning buyers also can attain maximum fuel efficiency with versions and certain brands. They simply have to get professional assistance from the car dealers that certainly know which particular component can provide the best mpg without gasoline guzzling. Hybrid German SUVs can be recommended by them since these from their wide selection and advanced engine technology that will help drivers save fuel prices which are significant.

Ferrari California T showcases classic style in Shanghai

Tailor Made Elegance
At Auto Shanghai a Ferrari California T inspired by two classic style icons

Maranello, 20 April 2015 – Today, at Auto Shanghai (April 22-29, 2015)Ferrariunveiled a particularly stunning bespoke California T. This California T was created especially for the Chinese auto show to illustrate how Ferrari’s “Tailor Made” program allows a client to commission a car according to his or her wishes.

Since the 1950s, the Ferrari California series has embodied elegance, sportiness and versatility. In keeping with this spirit, Ferrari’s design team chose to style this California T with timelesssophistication. For inspiration, the designers looked to two great icons of style, the actress Ingrid Bergman, known for her natural beauty and effortless chic, and the Kennedy familyas personified by the graceful Jacqueline Kennedy.

Finished indemure “Grigio Ingrid” a color named for the unforgettable Ingrid Bergman who chose this very shade of grey for the Ferrari 375 MM Roberto Rossellini gave her in 1954, this California T has a touch of understatement.The interiors on the other hand are rich in materials and detail, taking their cues from the worlds of interior and furniture design as well as luxury goods.In particular the seats, in reddish brown, velvety”count prestige” leather, are a variation on theKennedee chair by Jean Marie Massaud, a design that in turn was influenced by the style of America’s “former first family” the Kennedys. Jackie Kennedy in particular was known for her impeccable taste not only in her own dress but in her 1961 redecoration of the White House. Waxed edges on the leather of the central console and the inside of the doors give the car an even more luxurious appearance.

Despite the vintage inspiration, the interiors of this California T still have a contemporary feel.The matte grey metallic details on the dash board and central console lend a cool modern touch,as do the black Alcantara inserts in the seating. Even the floor mats are noteworthy: they are made of 100% pure virgin wool from New Zealand with a natural jute background, this is carpet normally used in luxury home interior decoration and have an exceptionally plush feel.

Combining a restrained exterior with superb interiors, this California T shows off the best of Ferrari’s Tailor Made program. It is a perfect demonstration of how the Ferrari design team can interpret design elements of the past, while giving them a fresh and innovative twist, resulting in a car that is strikingly beautiful.

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Daily Driver: 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600

Daily Driver videos are micro-reviews of vehicles in the Autoblog press fleet, featuring impressions from the staffers that drive them every day. Today’s Daily Driver features the 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600, reviewed by Adam Morath and Greg Migliore.

You can watch the video above or read a transcript below. Watch more Autoblog videos at /videos.

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

Adam: [00:00:03] Hi, I’m Adam Morath for Autoblog and I busted out the bowtie for today’s Daily Driver because we are in a 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600. Now, this is like the S-Class on caviar. They’ve taken one of the most refined vehicles in the world, dropped a V12 under the hood and added tons of content, but it’s also one of the rare examples where the best place for review the car is not from the drivers’ seat. I’m going to kick it back to my associate,

[00:30:00] Greg Migliore to tell you a little bit more about this car.

Greg: All right, well thanks, Adam. It’s really great to be rolling around in Birmingham with my footmen… I mean co-worker, Adam. I’m in the back of the S600 here. This Maybach is spectacular in so many ways back here. I’m really up to my elbows, up to my waist in heated leather. Everything here is heated. It’s a really, really, bespoke setting. Now, it’s almost 3:00. I think, you know, happy hour is near. I could go for a drink.

[00:01:00] The Maybach has you covered. Pop this right down, you’re going to pull this out right here where my liquor is chilling and there is a nice faster right here in the center console where you can put your goblet down and these prongs stick out and wrap around the stem of the base, so you know, if Adam hits a bump here, hey, I’m cool, it’s no problem. Now, while I’m back here, there’s so many things I can do. There’s a tablet in front of me.

[00:01:30] There’s a remote control, light very aerodynamic if there is such a thing for a remote. I’m going to tune up the radio here, put on some, I think I’ll tune up the symphony hall, because that is what is appropriate in this vehicle. I can also queue up a massage if I would like. All jokes aside though. The Maybach is big business for Mercedes. They brought this name back recently because there’s a different sort of value than just a standard S class and that actually allows them to capitalize

[00:02:00] on a pretty lucrative market. It starts at about $190 and I can tell you for sure this is not an entry level car, so I’m sure we’re looking at over $200, in that range, but you get a lot. Obviously, all the inside creature comforts are downright decadent. You’ve got a V12 underneath the hood with more than 500 horsepower and more than 600 power-feet of torque. That’s a beast. It’s a big car. It’s a little barge like. That’s still a big engine. I can’t think of that many V12’s left on the market.

[00:02:30] Of course, you can get one in the S 65 AMG and there’s a lot of other exotic vehicles that offer it, but you don’t see too many in a sedan, if you will. All right, so that’s our daily driver in the Mercedes-Maybach S600. Really enjoyed it and toss it back to Adam, who is at the wheel.

Adam: All right, Greg. Thanks for that. I think it’s just about time that maybe we trade places. For Autoblog, and Greg Migliore, I’m Adam Morath. [00:03:00]

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Instructor’s death at Disney racetrack 3rd in past year [w/video]

For his 24th birthday, TaVon Watson wanted a thrill ride, so he headed to the Exotic Driving Experience track at Walt Disney World.

With instructor Gary Terry by his side, Watson raced a Lamborghini around the one-mile course until he lost control of the sports car and slammed into a guardrail. Terry, 36, was killed.

“It’s not the kid’s fault. It’s a freak thing that happened,” said Timothy Horvath, a Terry family friend. As for Terry, “if he thought he was in any danger, he wouldn’t have done it.”

It was at least the third death in the past year at speedways in the US that allow customers to get behind the wheel of a fast car. Last September, an Indiana man was killed in a crash at the Rusty Wallace Driving Experience at Kentucky Speedway, and a New Jersey woman died at the Wall Stadium Speedway in New Jersey.

Watson had paid under $400 for the chance to drive the Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera, which sells for around $240,000.

He failed to maneuver the high-powered vehicle through the course while driving about 100 miles per hour, and the passenger side struck the guardrail, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Terry died at the scene. Watson was treated at a hospital and released.

Both Watson and Terry were wearing helmets and lap and shoulder belts, said Sgt. Kim Montes, a spokeswoman for the Florida Highway Patrol.

Watson doesn’t face any traffic charges since the accident took place on a closed track, and there are no indications he was doing anything criminal, authorities said. Investigators from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration are looking into what happened. OSHA spokesman Lindsay Williams said the agency hadn’t previously investigated Petty Holdings, the company that operates the track.

Terry was a former racecar driver and was also senior operations manager at the tourist attraction. Working there was his “dream job,” Horvath said.

Watson, a hotel bellhop, didn’t respond to emails or an inquiry via Facebook. He didn’t have a phone listing. On his LinkedIn profile, he described himself as self-motivated, professionally mannered, humble and “a very quick learner.” He told authorities he had been at the Exotic Driving Experience before.

A spokeswoman for Petty Holdings wouldn’t comment on whether the Lamborghini had any special safety devices like those provided in a driver’s ed car, and Montes said investigators had yet to examine the Lamborghini. But online reviews of the attraction said instructors had override control of the sports cars.

Customers must sign a waiver in case of an accident, watch a five-minute safety video and then spend 45 minutes with the instructor going over the track, the car and safety tips.

The instructor drives first, showing the customer how to maneuver the vehicle, and then the customer can take the wheel. Afterward, customers can buy photos and a video of their driving.

Petty Holdings has other Exotic Driving Experience attractions at speedways in Atlanta; Daytona Beach, Florida; New Jersey; Kansas; New Hampshire; and Texas.

The Exotic Driving Experience and its sister track at Disney World, the Richard Petty Driving Experience, were slated to close this summer for reasons Disney said were unrelated to the crash. Disney said it wants to put a new transportation project in the spot.

Driving classes at both attractions will be put on hold for the rest of the week, said Lauren Swoboda, a spokeswoman for Petty Holdings.

Terry grew up in a racing family in Michigan. His brother, Adam, was also a race car driver. Terry was married with a toddler-age daughter, said Horvath, who grew up with the Terry family and runs a graphics business in Michigan that specializes in motor sports.

“Gary was one of the best,” Horvath said. “He was a natural-born talent behind the wheel.”

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Volkswagen hits Gran Turismo with GTI Supersport concept [w/video]

Wolfsburg, 14 April 2015

Next level: Volkswagen presents new digital supercar

– GTI Supersport Vision Gran Turismo excites PlayStation fans
– Race car with 503 HP now available for downloading

Volkswagen is expanding its GTI fleet and sending a new supercar onto the digital race circuit. The engine roaring under the bonnet of the GTI Supersport is a 503 HP VR6 TSI coupled with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG). The design of this digital supercar combines the Volkswagen icon with sheer racing design. Following last year’s roadster, another version of the GTI, with its long racing tradition, can now head for the starting line on Gran Turismo®6, exclusively on PlayStation®3.

The first impression of this racer already shows that the Supersport is what fans want and is designed for racing. 665 Nm of torque catapult the virtual GTI to 100 kilometers per hour from a standing start in only 3.6 seconds. At full throttle, the virtual racer reaches a top speed of over 300 kph. The gigantic power output is transferred to the virtual asphalt via 4MOTION all-wheel drive and 20-inch GTI advanced alloy wheels.

A glance in the rearview mirror is enough to worry competitors of the Supersport GTI: the basic shape of the body is still reminiscent of GTI ancestors but every pore of this latest GTI offspring exudes racing character. Proportions and body surfaces have been optimized for an extremely low centre of gravity and widespread use of carbon elements makes the new digital supercar a real lightweight with a power-to-weight ratio of only 2.5 kilograms per horsepower.

At the broad, powerful front end of the aerodynamically optimized body, prominent features are vertical light modules and generous air intakes with the honeycomb configuration typical of the model. While the broad shoulders at the rear provide the ideal ventilation for the brakes, the prominent roof-edge spoiler and flamboyant diffuser make the Supersport hug the track when fighting for the fastest lap time.

Volkswagen’s latest digital creation can be clothed in “Reflex Silver”, “Gran Turismo Red”, “Lapiz Blue” or “Oryx White” and is now available to Gran Turismo 6 players for downloading.

The sixth generation of the legendary racing game available exclusively for the PlayStation has been on sale since 2013. The fleet of this bestselling series includes almost 1,200 different vehicles which can race on a total of 37 circuits.

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Introducing the Volkswagen GTI Supersport Vision Gran Turismo

The Volkswagen GTI Supersport Vision Gran Turismo has been released on “Gran Turismo 6″, available exclusively on PlayStation®3.A monster hatchback that brings the core concept of the “GTI” to life from a different point of view.

How to receive it

After Update 1.18 has been installed, the car can be purchased from the [Vision GT] area within the [CARS] section in “My Home” (here, you can also find the car’s presentation movie). Alternatively, it is also possible to obtain the car by completing a lap (regardless of the lap time) in the new Seasonal Event, available only for a limited time.

About the Volkswagen GTI Supersport Vision Gran Turismo

Volkswagen extends its GTI fleet for “Gran Turismo 6″. Following the “GTI Roadster Vision Gran Turismo” designed specially for PlayStation® in 2014, the inventor of the GTI 2015 is now sending out the new “GTI Supersport Vision Gran Turismo” onto the virtual racetrack. The open-top roadster is now joined by a hardtop supercar.

Volkswagen has developed a new sports car for the digital world in the shape of the two-seater “GTI Supersport Vision Gran Turismo”. The designers and engineers picked up on the legendary GTI DNA from a visual and technical standpoint. In a further development, the styling of the iconic compact sports cars was once again reinterpreted and further endowed with a 503 HP VR6 TSI engine. A 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox transfers the power via the 4MOTION four-wheel drive to the track. Up to 665 Nm (490.3 ft-lb) of torque delivers mighty thrust. And the handling characteristics have been tuned specifically for the “Gran Turismo” racetracks.

Despite the progressive interpretation of the GTI concept, the classic Golf design is instantly recognizable. From a conceptual viewpoint, the entire concept of the virtual GTI as outlined is geared to the physical laws of the racetrack: by intensively optimizing the proportions and body surfaces, the designers managed to achieve superlative performance – with a low center of gravity, aerodynamically honed front area and very high downforce. The targeted usage of carbon-fiber features on the body surfaces and in numerous other details reduces weight.

The body of the “Supersport” has been aerodynamically optimised through numerous features. The front-end, for instance, has been fine-tuned, with the designers placing the vertical light modules further outboard; they are connected via a spoiler element to underscore the width of the GTI and enhance its visual presence. The air flow through the body has also been enhanced with a large air inlet boosting aerodynamic performance at the front. The airstream flows past the front wheels and is practically sucked out of the wheel arches in order to cool down the brake discs. The hallmark GTI honeycomb structure adorns all the air inlet and outlet openings.

Aerodynamics and cooling are just as important in the strengthened rear section: downstream of the striking roof spoiler, a rear wing creates the necessary downforce at the rear axle. From a design point of view, the carbon-fiber structure which holds the rear wing, protrudes from the C-pillar. An aerodynamic feature on the roof ensures that the airflow to the rear wing is perfect. Furthermore, air flows through the rear wheel arches in order to optimally dissipate the thermal energy produced during braking. At the rear, the powerfully sculpted, low-set shoulder catches the eye, which extends well into the rear – as typical for this type of GTI supercar it continues behind the C-pillar and merges with the wheel vent at the lower area. The external diffuser is equally striking. The flat rear lights have been visually adapted to the extraordinary flat and dynamic proportions of the rear end.

Like the “Roadster”, the “Supersport” is also fitted with 20-inch GTI alloy wheels. The multipiece GTI wheels were refined further; a star consisting of five spokes, which are finished in ultralight carbon fiber, sits proudly in the center. Between the wheels, the two classic GTI stripes can be found above the side sill – also a homage to the Golf GTI I. The same applies to the hallmark black film around the edges of the rear window, which is finished in a carbon-fiber look for the “Supersport”. A helmet compartment and a racing tank have also been built into the car. The “GTI Supersport Vision Gran Turismo” can be configured in the four colors of “Reflex Silver”, “Gran Turismo Red”, “Lapiz Blue” or “Oryx White”.

On the racetracks in the world of GT6, the unmistakably charismatic looks of the new “GTI Supersport Vision Gran Turismo” in the digital rear-view mirror are likely to make the other contenders more than a little nervous.

About Vision Gran Turismo

Vision Gran Turismo is a project in which the world’s leading brands develop concept cars for Gran Turismo and its fans. Please look forward to more fantastic car models in line to be released in the near future!

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2015 Chinese Grand Prix shines bright sun on the dark days of racing

Yes, we tuned into the Formula One Grand Prix in Shanghai China to see a race. But we all know we really tuned in to see if Ferrari, or any other team, could make it a competitive race with Mercedes-AMG Petronas. Based on qualifying, things didn’t get off the best of starts: Lewis Hamilton made it four-out-of-four at the front, leading all three Free Practice sessions and then taking pole position in his Mercedes. Nico Rosberg is making the most of his time in the simulator, getting closer to Hamilton as the months go by. This time he lined up in second, just 0.042 in arrears.

Ferrari did its best to temper expectations after Malaysia. Even though Sebastian Vettel qualified in third, almost a second behind Hamilton, the Scuderia’s race pace is still considered a danger. Kimi Räikkönen‘s final hot lap went sour in Turn 3 and dropped the Finn to sixth place on the grid. In between the Ferraris, Williams is another team desperately working to maintain its advantage, and both of its drivers capitalized on Räikkönen’s misfortune. Felipe Massa took fourth, Valtteri Bottas was in fifth.

Daniel Ricciardo led the Infiniti Red Bull Racing charge in seventh, ahead of Romain Grosjean in the Lotus earning a spirits-lifting eighth. The two Saubers continue to show how good the Ferrari engine is, with Felipe Nasr taking ninth position and teammate Marcus Ericsson in tenth.

Lewis Hamilton leads the 2015 Chinese F1 Grand Prix.

Yet when the lights went out, so did the racing, for the most part. At the end of the first lap, because of some excellent moves by Räikkönen on both Williams’ and a terrible start by Ricciardo that dropped him to seventeenth, the order was Hamilton, Rosberg, Vettel, Räikkönen, Massa, Bottas, Grosjean, Nasr, Ericsson, and Pastor Maldonado in the Lotus rounding out the top ten. At the end of the race, the only positions that had changed were the final two: Ricciardo had a laps-long battle with Ericsson, passing, getting repassed, then passing again to take ninth for good, with Ericsson finishing tenth. Maldonado suffered the worst in a battle with Jenson Button in the McLaren, when Button misjudged the entry into Turn 1 for a pass and clouted the back of the Lotus. Button was able to finish but Maldonado had to retire.

Yes, there were some decent moments in between, like Bottas getting by Massa at the start, then Räikkönen getting past Massa in the first few corners and the Finn’s move on Bottas also letting Massa through. Räikkönen would make a charge to try to catch up to teammate Vettel ‘s near the end of the 56-lap race, but that came to naught because of the safety car coming out on Lap 54.

Max Verstappen's engine blows during the 2015 Chinese F1 Grand Prix.

That happened because of the poor Renault luck that befell rookie wunderkind Max Verstappen again – he retired in Australia with a blown engine after some impressive on-track passing, and did the same in China, coming to a halt on the pit straight. That called for the safety car while the marshals played bumper car with the Toro Rosso and the pit wall, and the race finished – only for the fifth time in history – with a bunched-up parade down the front straight. Renault told Red Bull not to expect any race wins this year, but with Ricciardo having to change his engine the morning of the race and Red Bull driver Daniil Kvyat blowing an engine early in the race, Renault should have told both Red Bull teams not to expect anything this year except engine penalties. Red Bull alone has been through a total of six power units so far this year, and we’ve only finished the third race. The limit before penalties is eight power units.

Nico Rosberg trails Lewis Hamilton during the 2015 Chinese F1 Grand Prix.

The only other interesting facets of the race happened over the radio. Hamilton, leading the race and on the soft tire, was trying to make his Pirellis last longer than they’d gone all weekend. He slowed down to manage his rubber, and that slowed Rosberg down as the German was also managing his rubber and didn’t want to push to pass Hamilton. Rosberg told the team Hamilton was going too slow, the team told him to speed up, which he did, but not quickly enough or fast enough to please Rosberg, who complained afterward that Hamilton compromised his race. Hamilton replied that it wasn’t his job to watch out for Nico’s race.

That incident also showed that although Ferrari kept Mercedes honest, Vettel never falling more than seven seconds behind, Mercedes rediscovered its whopping advantage on a hot track. When Hamilton sped up before his pit in-laps, his lap time fell by more than a second. Vettel, meanwhile, told his team that he was on the limit.

The podium celebration at the 2015 Chinese F1 Grand Prix.

The result gives Hamilton his second Chinese Grand Prix win in a row; he’s converted his last nine pole positions into eight wins, this is the 35th win of his career, and he’s been on the podium for ten straight races. He leads the Driver’s Championship with 68 points, ahead of Vettel with 55 and Rosberg with 51. The Mercedes-AMG Petronas one-two means it has 119 points in the Constructor’s Championship, followed by Ferrari with 79, Williams with 48, and Sauber the best of the rest with 19.

We’ll have to wait for Bahrain in one week’s time to see if the teams can mix it up more on the hot Middle East track. See you then.

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We drive the cars of Furious 7… in Forza Horizon 2 [w/video]

On March 27, Turn 10 Studios, the folks behind the Forza Motorsport series, and Universal Pictures, the studio responsible for the Fast and Furious franchise, gave us a match made in heaven, announcing a “standalone expansion” featuring the two franchises. Called Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast and Furious, it features the cars from the latest film installment, unique missions and the voice-acting of Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, who plays tech guru Tej Parker on camera. A Fast and Furious video game? Seems like a no brainer.

It gets better. Rather than limiting the Fast and Furious Edition cars to the expansion game, Turn 10 made them available through one of their (some may say notorious) downloadable content packages. Eight of the expansion’s 11 cars were made available for just $4.99 (the only cars that weren’t included were the Fast and Furious Edition Nissan GT-R, while the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport and McLaren P1 are already available in-game).

What’s cool ais that the cars featured in both games are visually identical to the vehicles driven by the stars of Furious 7. Each in-game car has an on-screen parallel that plays a role in advancing the film’s story. Considering that we’re unlikely to score seat time in Dominic Toretto’s real Dodge Charger, then, we figured we’d take to the game and test the car in the digital realm. We’ve got nine little cluster reviews, covering the cars both in the game and how they appear in the movies. And don’t worry, there are no major spoilers here.

Click on for the cars of Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast and Furious.

Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast and Furious 1970 Dodge Charger R/T

1970 Dodge Charger R/T Fast and Furious Edition
Supercharged 7.2L V8 / 900 HP / 663 LB-FT

The one vehicle that is mandatory in a Fast and Furious video game, Dom’s hot-rodded 1970 Dodge Charger, is as much a character in the films as its driver. Furious 7 marks the fourth appearance of this Mopar beast in the series. Not surprisingly it’s a handful to drive, wildly quick and with a four-speed transmission packed full of very tall gears. But beyond that, it’s arguably the coolest of the FF Edition cars.

This black beauty is exactly as it appears in the latest installment of the film, with the video game version featuring intricate little details, like the moving parts on the BDS supercharger. It’s an iconic car, and it’s treated as such in the game.

Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast and Furious 1970 Plymouth Cuda AAR

1970 Plymouth Cuda Fast and Furious Edition
5.6L V8 / 717 HP / 656 LB-FT

Featured from the opening credits and in the final action sequence of Furious 7, the menacing black AAR Cuda is Letty’s vehicle of choice. Among the classic Mopars in Forza Horizon, the Plymouth sits between the agile Road Runner and Dom’s brutally fast Charger. It’s probably the coolest looking classic in game, featuring a contrasting gloss-matte black color scheme and the prominent AAR logo on its rear fender.

Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast and Furious 2013 Jeep Wrangler

2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Fast and Furious Edition
3.6L V6 / 570 HP / 837 LB-FT

Neither particularly fast nor particularly furious (despite it’s claimed 837 pound-feet of all-American torque), this heavily modified, armored Wrangler is helmed by Tej in one of Furious 7‘s first big actions scenes. It certainly has presence, with hardcore body mods, bigger wheels and a beefed up suspension that makes tackling the rougher, tougher parts of the FH2 map easier. Still, and much like the real-life Jeep, the movie version is hilariously devoid of feedback and suspension manners.

Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast and Furious 2014 Maserati Ghibli Q4 S

2014 Maserati Ghibli S Fast and Furious Edition
Twin-turbocharged 3.0L V6 / 618 HP / 619 LB-Ft

The whole premise of Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast and Furious is to secure cars for Dom, Brian and the crew to use on screen. So we found it strange that we were being asked to score the “bad guy” Maserati Ghibli sedan piloted by Jason Statham’s villainous Deckard Shaw. It seems that the video game mirrors the movie series’ penchant for plot holes.

On the big screen the Maserati stars opposite the Road Runner in a scene featuring both Toretto and Shaw, and reveals that there’s more to its driver than what’s on the surface. In game, it’s wickedly quick and sounds absolutely delicious, providing a sharp, neutral handling character that’s easy to fling about.

Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast and Furious 1970 Plymouth Road Runner

1970 Plymouth Road Runner Fast and Furious Edition
7.2L V8 / 670 HP / 600 LB-FT

Driven briefly by Dom in Furious 7, this handsome orange Road Runner arrives in Forza Horizon 2 with a 440-cubic-inch V8 and surprisingly light, agile handling. Road Runners have featured in a number of FF films, but its appearance in the seventh installment might be its most high profile. As for its fate in the film, we’ll just say its ironic considering the car’s name.

Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast and Furious 2015 Dodge Charger R/T

2015 Dodge Charger R/T Fast and Furious Edition
5.7L V8 / 520 HP / 578 LB-FT

One of the more obvious pieces of product placement in Furious 7, this red Dodge appears with Dom driving in a scene where the rest of the team pilots cars like the McLaren 12C, Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, Ferrari 458 Italia and SRT Viper. In the game, it’s a lightly modified example of the 5.7-liter R/T model. It’s a weird inclusion in the game, too, considering it has approximately 30 seconds of screen time.

Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast and Furious 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T

2015 Dodge Challenger Fast and Furious Edition
5.7L V8 / 520 HP / 578 LB-FT

One of the most prominent cars in the Furious 7 trailers, this rally-raid-ready Challenger features in the first big action sequence, and does everything from parachute out of a plane to rescue Brian O’Connor from a bus that’s about to fall off a cliff. In short, it’s a huge part of the film’s first big set piece. In the game, it’s an entertaining way of bombing cross-country, and thanks to its Sublime Green paint and many body mods, it sticks out while doing so.

Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast and Furious 1998 Toyota Supra

1998 Toyota Supra Fast and Furious Edition
Twin-turbocharged 3.0L I6 / 675 HP / 497 LB-FT

If you’ve watched Wiz Khalifa’s music video for the song See You Again, which features in the final scene of Furious 7, you’ve seen this white Supra. Piloted by Brian O’Connor, it signals his exit from the franchise (following Paul Walker’s death) in a tear-jerking sequence alongside Dominic Toretto. While O’Connor piloted an orange Toyota in the original The Fast and The Furious, he proved to be a big Nissan Skyline/GT-R fan in the sequels, which makes the Supra’s appearance in the memorial a bit odd.
That aside, the Supra’s appearance in the game is a notable link between the modern Fast and Furious franchise and its import-heavy roots. This is the free car in the FF car pack.

Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast and Furious 2015 Nissan GT-R

2015 Nissan GT-R Fast and Furious Edition
Twin-turbocharged 3.8L V6 / NA / NA

While not part of the Fast and Furious car pack, Brian’s modded Nissan is easily the most potent vehicle in the standalone expansion. It plays a major role in the final action set piece of the film, and takes part in some ridiculous stunt sequences.

In the game, it’s sharper than just about everything else. This the vehicle you’ll turn to when you absolutely need to get through a mission. We’ll admit, we’re disappointed this isn’t available as part of the FF car pack.

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New York International Auto Show 2015: World Premiere of the Boxster Spyder

New top model in Boxster family

Atlanta. Porsche is highlighting the 2015 convertible season by celebrating the world premiere of the new Boxster Spyder. This pure sports car will make its debut at the New York International Auto Show. The new top model of the Boxster range retains the unique and unmistakable character of the previous Spyder, which has already attained cult status. For example, the classic roadster top is still opened and closed by hand, and the Boxster Spyder is only available with a manual transmission, benefiting both weight savings and driver enjoyment.

Staying true to roadster DNA, the Boxster Spyder offers a traditional sports-car driving experience combined with truly exceptional performance. This includes a firm sport suspension with a 20-mm lower ride height, brakes taken from the 911 Carrera S, more direct steering, and a 3.8-liter horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine with an output of 375 hp, culminating in a genuine sports car experience with outstanding driving dynamics. It is the lightest model of the current Boxster line, and the most powerful Boxster to date. Taking only 4.3 seconds to sprint from 0 to 60 mph, the Boxster Spyder has a top track speed of 180 mph.

The distinctive design of the Boxster Spyder includes stylistic elements reminiscent of legendary sports and race cars from Porsche. Two prominent streamliners that extend down along the sweeping rear lid behind the headrests pay tribute to the 718 Spyder from the 1960s. The manually operated, lightweight top is suitable for everyday use with an electric clasp, while bringing to mind roadsters from the past. The fins that stretch back from the top to the rear lend the vehicle’s silhouette its characteristic design. The front and rear fascia’s also are unique to the Boxster Spyder, and an air outlet is located in front of the forward luggage compartment.

More so than in any other Boxster, the interior of the new Spyder creates an atmosphere that elicits a feeling of pure driving pleasure. The driver and passenger sit in standard Sport Seats Plus, while the new steering wheel with a diameter of 360 mm (compared to 370 mm in other Boxster models) helps ensure the mid-engine roadster can be driven precisely and with great agility.

In line with the model’s traditional roadster character, neither a radio nor an air conditioner is included as standard equipment in order to reduce weight. However, both can be ordered as optional equipment at no cost. Furthermore, the entire range of Boxster audio systems is available for customers to choose from as an option, including the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system with navigation.

The new Boxster Spyder will be launched in the U.S. market in October and can now be ordered at dealerships. In the United States, the MSRP is $82,100, not including a $995 destination charge.

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