Don’t bother looking for 2012 BMW M5 at 2012 Detroit Motor Show because the German sporty sedan decided that they are after the more profitable and growing market – the Indian market. Yes folks, the 2012 M5 will be making its Indian debut at the 2012 Indian Auto Expo. The Bavarian carmaker follows other automakers such as Jaguar, Land Rover, and Ford.
Our trusted source – autoevolution.com – mentioned that India will welcome the 5th generation of the world’s most successful high-performance sedan that sold at premium segment. The 2012 BMW M5 is also the first model among other units of Bavarian carmaker to carry the turbocharged engine. Although the 4.4L engine is borrowed and tweaked from the X5 M, we believe it offers enough power and a bit of less efficient than the V10.
The Indian crowds will get the chance to see the sporty design language of 2012 M5 sedan as Bavarian automaker granted the interior with M-styled sport sets that covered in fine-grain Merino leather. The other features are including the M5 badge on the door sills, M driver’s footrest, exclusive Aluminum Trace interior trim and individual roof liner in Anthracite.
It doesn’t stop there because the 2012 BMW M5 has buttons on the steering wheels to give absolute control for the driver. The buttons are cruise control system, audio, and telephone functions as well. Can this sedan contribute expected sales figures for BMW from Indian market?
What you see the latest project by MR Car Design as they decided to play around with the Volkswagen Caddy. Yeah… the tuning house ferociously mauls what used to be the family car to be one family car that really keeps his personality down to earth. Notice the phrase “down to earth” because that is what exactly the Caddy van has to offer you.
MR Car Design offer tuning package for Volkswagen Caddy in order to bring out another personality from the long wheelbase version of German van. The outer look for the Caddy van has not sportiness at all and that is about to change as the tuning house granted an air suspension for both axles. This way, the driver can adjust the ride height as he desires.
The adjustable ride height is specially designed by MR Car Design to be in an automatic leveling system. Come on… you don’t think that the tuning house will equip the adjustable ride height for the VW Caddy manually, do you? To give sporty look for the family van, the tuning house adds a set of Rotiform 19-inch alloy wheels that covered in a gunmetal finish with multi-spoke design and wrapped in 225/35 tires.
It’s not like we don’t get fascinated by the ground clearance of the Volkswagen Caddy by MR Car Design. On the contrary, it makes us think: can this German van run over a speed bump? It would be embarrassing moment to drive vehicle as low as this Caddy and it can’t get through speed bump.
Dear Audi, what happen with the A3 and R8 e-tron concept? It has been awhile since the first time you introduced the concepts to public. We don’t know what happen because we never heard the development from the two concepts because it seems like the German carmaker has been pretty busy with the facelifted A4 and the new A6. We know how eager Audi is in completing the two models in order to be able to compete with BMW.
Perhaps Audi realizes that public has been questioning the existence and the continuation of the A3 concept sedan and R8 e-tron electroc sportscar. According to autoevolution.com, the new A3 has been officially announced for arrival next year which means that its left the R8 e-tron. Audi prepares resources around €13 billion for its R&D department to develop new products and technologies that eventually will expand its sites by 2016.
Audi is very confident that the new A3 sedan will able to compete on the mid-size sedan because the VW Group wants this vehicle to be globally-produced. The A3 and R8 e-tron are not alone because the to-do list of Audi also mentioned about the A8 hybrid, A6 allroad quattro, and all-electric R8 sporstcar next year. Yup… offensive producing for Audi is part of the 2012 resolution for the German automaker.
Check out what Thomas Sigi – Member of the Board of Management for Human Resources at AUDI AG – as we quoted from our aforementioned source, “We are aiming to achieve strong growth on an international scale and boost our lightweight construction and electric mobility areas of expertise in particular. That is why we will be hiring even more people and are planning to appoint a further 1,200 experts next year.”
Okay, here is what we got from the Christmas celebration in US. Someone dressed in Santa Clause custom drove classic Porsche 911 and then crashed the retro sportscar. There some unofficial explanations about this accident. First; the reindeers decided to boycott Santa by not hauling the sleigh to deliver presents and this way, as the clock was ticking and Santa had no choice than to use his old-school 911 sportscar.
Second explanation is all the reindeers got sick and Santa thought that the best vehicle to deliver the presents on time would be Porsche 911. Unfortunately, all of our explanations are far from right because according to autoevolution.com, those were not what exactly happen. The poor classic 911 sportscar crashed into a traffic signal on the intersection of 5th Avenue and 19th street in Big Apple a.k.a New York.
Unfortunately, no official report on what the accident was all about. Perhaps the man dressed in Santa was late to attend Christmas party and he had to run through traffic sign because he realized that this Porsche 911 had no automatic brake like the real Santa’s sleigh. Judging by photo, Santa needed more than miracle to repair its classic 911 and we predict that the repairing fee is going to be far from cheap. Should have stick with the sleigh, eh Santa?
The SL-Class surely shows that they want the spotlight on them no matter what happen. We already got the official photos and it means that it is time for tuning houses and aftermarket specialist to bring out the hidden personality of the German coupe convertible sportscar. Presenting you, the hard work of PP Exclusive in the form of Mercedes-Benz SL R320.
The SL R320 already got facelift and that is not enough for PP Exclusive which is why, the tuning house targets the cosmetic part of the coupe convertible sportscar. The details include the multiple interior and exterior tuning items with minimum tuning touch for the technical sides. As you can see on the photos that the cosmetic parts are the ones that really stand out, right?
Let’s start with the fact that PP Exclusive granted the Mercedes-Benz SL R230 with in-house Majestic wheels with sizes 11×20-inch for the front with 3.5-inch outer rims and 13×20 for the rear with 5-inch outer rims. The tires are courtesy of Dunlop with sizes of 255/30 and 305/25. Ever wonder how the SL R230 gets so close to the ground?
The Mercedes-Benz SL R230 got electronic lowering module for the air suspension from PP Exclusive which reduces the ride height up to 100 mm. According to autoevolution.com, the tuning house has no choice than to widen the wheel arches and granted the SL R230 with stainless steel exhaust system with four oval tailpipes. Step inside, the interior is in white Nappa leather with white trimming that go perfectly with black Alcantara for the headliner.
Take a good look at the two photos that we brought you, folks. Can you imagine how you would feel if you own Bugatti Veyron and with all the mighty, glory and exclusivity power, the supercar has to give up with one enemy – speed bumps. Yup… it could be embarrassing if you driving one of the fastest and expensive supercars and have to drive extra careful once you have to go through speed bumps.
The speed bump issue for supercars like the one that happens to Bugatti Veyron, can be resolved by giving noselift system from aftermarket developments. But perhaps, the anonymous owner of the Veyron supercar is kind of shy – or could it be the high dignity? – to custom his supercar. Come on…. It’s Bugatti Veyron and the ultimate supercar needs noselift custom job? Surely it brings down the high class look, eh?
Anyway, the photos are courtesy of Supercars in Hyderabad and clearly, the photos are some kind of warning for other supercars with lower nose that custom noselift job is necessary. Yes, the speed bump might not seem threatening for ordinary cars, but for Bugatti Veyron, the supercar is really having difficulties to pass it through without scratch the lower nose.
According to autoevolution.com, the setting of this embarrassing driving moment of speed bump issue was at India where Bugatti Veyron is having some kind of showcasing driving across the country. To give you clear picture, the standard ground clearance for Veyron supercar is 12.4cm or around 4.9-inches. So, what’s the deal of owning Bugatti Veyron supercar if you can’t get through speed bump?
Okay, you might think that wide body kit is a bit out of current custom model, but think again. Automotive industries share one thing in common with fashion world: the style repeats itself. Yup… the wide body kit custom is coming back for a bit of retro styling touch. Yes, for some people, the wide body kit trend has ended long time ago, but not for JE Designs as they revealed the custom kit for Audi Q7 SUV. Yeah… this one is surely going to be one retro German SUV.
The cosmetic wide body tuning kit for Q7 SUV from JE Designs clearly targets the exterior look only. It is not all about the new bumper and side skirts, but also set of alloy wheels and a lowering kit as well. The primary goal is to give sporty hormone for the Audi Q7 and to get rid of that soccer’s Mom style and to show that the soccer’s Mom style can be presented in retro and sporty.
Will this wide body kit from JE Designs cost you much? Well, when it comes to tuning world, money is not a problem because the customization is almost like plastic surgery. According to autoevolution.com, the huge roof wing with 2 covers down the side costs €7,438. And guess what, JE Designs also offers performance package as well for the Audi Q7 and it costs €1,499. The performance package will alter the 4.2L TDI with modified ECU map that will give total power output of 404 horsepower.
What is the deal with BMW 6-Series anyway? Clearly, this series has been one of the popular series among the BMW line-up. After the official release, people are not only talking about the price, style, and even the rendering image. Okay… rendering image? The luxury MPV hasn’t even one year old. Oh, we forget to mention that what we are talking about is the BMW Gran Touring or also known as BMW Gran Coupe which part of the 6-Series line-up.
Who is the creator of the rendering image for BMW Gran Touring? According to autoevolution.com, the man behind the rendering image is Theophilus Chin who really done a great job to try to draw the future look for the luxury MVP. The new line-up for the 6-Series really opens up new possibility for new model because the Bavarian carmaker has been known for their signature of giving surprising style and design.
The artist clearly has the same purpose with BMW when he created the rendering image for Gran Touring MVP which is challenging the Audi A7 and Mercedes-Benz CLS that already got shooting brake version. The shooting brake version for CLS has been scheduled to debut at 2012 Geneva Auto Show the same time with the original 6-Series Gran Coupe.
So, do you think that the rendering image for BMW Gran Touring can give fair competition for Mercedes-Benz CLS? Well, we think the Gran Touring can give pretty much a challenge for the CLS, but the real question is, can this luxury MVP compete with its sibling – the 5-Series Touring?