The 2011 Audi A8 Review

2011 Audi A8

The 2011 Audi A8 has presented itself as the full-size luxury-sedan segment along side with BMW 7-Series, Mercedes-Benz S550 and Porsche Panamera. The 2011 Audi A8 sedan for sale with starting price of $90,000. The engine variant is only one, which is 4.2-liter DOHC V8.

The V8 engine is the third-generation installed on the 2011 Audi A8 sedan which gains 22 horsepower and 4 lb-ft of torque over its previous iteration with output now totaling 372 horsepower and 328 lb-ft of torque.

The performance of the 2011 Audi A8 sedan is enough to make it the least powerful in the segment, ceding 8 horsepower to the Lexus LS460 and 10 to the Mercedes-Benz S550. Audi stated that the 2011 Audi A8 sedan returns 13 percent better fuel-economy usage than its previous version, which means around 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway for the new vehicle.

Okay…we get it that you disappointed with the power of the 2011 Audi A8 sedan. Fear not, because Audi will be offered other engines in the coming years. Audi confirmed that for the upcoming 2011 Audi A8 sedan, there will be a W12-model as well as a new Audi S8, although the power is derived from Lamborghini V10, for the Audi S8 will be replaced by a smaller and lighter engine equipped with forced induction.

Rumor has it that the new engine variant for the next generation of the 2011 Audi A8 sedan will be a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. All the 2011 Audi A8 sedan models will get the ZF-supplied eight-speed transmission which we predict the luxury sedan will reach 0 to 60 mph in about 5.0-seconds.

The tail of the 2011 Audi A8 sedan is almost similar to the ones at the rear of the newest Audi A4, and the corporate grille is in full effect, even if it has grown from a goatee into more like a mini-beard.

The interior of the 2011 Audi A8 sedan, we found it quite impressive. Audi made us speechless with the MMI touch interface which located on the left side of the center console, and perfectly placed to allow the driver to rest his or her forearm on the yacht-based shifter.

The rectangular touchpad allows you to simply write letters with your fingertip and effortlessly scroll through menus.

The 2011 Audi A8 sedan is truly one of the most luxurious vehicles Audi has ever made.

The Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid Concept

Mercedes-Benz Vision S 500 Plug-in Hybrid

Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid concept car made its first debut on the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show and it is just concept at this stage. But it goes where the Mercedes-Benz S400 dared not fully electric operation.  So, what makes the Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid concept car different from the Mercedes-Benz S400?

Well, the Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid concept car combines a 3.5-liter V6 gas engine with a 60 horsepower electric motor and a 10kW lithium-ion battery. Just for your so you know, the other vehicle which uses the battery pack is the Chevrolet Volt with its 16kWh. The battery pack for Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid concept car gives extra 474 pounds, stashes in the trunk, where it no doubt impinges on cargo volume.

Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid engine

Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid concept car is the first car on the premium segment of “three-liter car”. It means that the first full-size luxury car earns fuel-economy usage of three liter per 100 km, or 3.2 liter – to be exact.

Those numbers equal of 74 mpg for the US, although the Chevrolet claimed their Volt earns 230 mpg which means the Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid concept car’s rating is skewed by the fact that the vehicle runs part of the time on electricity alone – and was rated using the European standards.

The charging time for the battery pack of Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid concept car is less than one hour with a rapid-charging station, or about 4.5 hours from a conventional household outlet.

Just like the BMW which is touting the BMW 7-Series and BMW X6 hybrids, the Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid concept car promises it will be no environmental prude. The concept car can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds – not bad for hybrid car, huh? Of course sprinting like that will seriously erode the 18-mile electric charge.

Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid concept car might be just a concept, but the German auto maker hinted to add this kind of system to the next generation of S-Class. We are eager to see the electronics well advanced from what is present here, because the Mercedes-Benz really taking hybrid development very seriously.

Exploring with 2011 BMW X3

2011 BMW X3

The 2011 BMW X3 SUV is actually less expensive, despite being slightly larger and offering a choice of naturally-aspirated or turbocharged inline six-cylinder engines. The latest generation of 2011 BMW X3 SUV adds 3.3-inches in overall length, with an added 0.6-inches to the wheelbase, along with an extra 1.1-inches of width and 1.4-inches of height. The weight is depending on the variant, and manages to shed about 50 lbs.

The larger outer shell of 2011 BMW X3 SUV resulting the addition of 0.8-inches of legroom in the back row, along with another 2.8 cubic feet of storage space in the rear hatch area.

BMW designs the exterior of the 2011 BMW X3 SUV to be easy to recognize as the X3. No radical design, it is pretty much has the same exterior design of new BW 5-Series and BMW 7-Series model.

For the European market, the 2011 BMW X3 SUV offered in two variants: the 2011 BMW X3 xDrive20d and the 2011 BMW X3 xDrive35i. The xDrive20d carries a version of BMW’s 2.0-liter four cylinder diesel which able to produce 184 horsepower and torque reaches 280 lb-ft. Yes, the four cylinder diesel is not the powerhouse of the 2011 BMW X3 SUV line-up, but it is quite peppy, accelerating the X3 from 0 to 62 mph in 8.5 seconds with top speed 130 mph.

Both the engine variants of the 2011 BMW X3 SUV coupled with eight-speed automatic transmission with the six cylinder version of the X3 featuring the automatic stop-start technology.

Rumor has it that the 2011 BMW X3 SUV will be offered into the M Sport version. This package will come complete with a swap to 19-inches wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, an M Sport leather steering wheel and the full exterior M Sport aggressively-styled body kit.

For the North American-specification the 2011 BMW X3 SUV use two inline V6 engines. The price tag is $37,635. The 2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i accepts a 240 horsepower naturally-aspirated unit which is also used in the 2011 BMW X3 xDrive328i.

The 2011 BMW X3 xDrive35i costs $41,925 with additional turbocharged unit rated at 306 horsepower and 294 lb-ft of torque. This will transform the xDrive35i into unstoppable SUV by sprinting from 0 to 62 mph in just 5.7 seconds and top speed 152 mph.

The 2011 BMW X3 SUV had its first debut on the 2011 Geneva Motor Show by holding an event of “BMW X3 Games” to attract more fans and customers.