Tuning Series: New Engine for Mercedes-Benz GL by MKB

Mercedes GL V12 by MKB

Tuning specialist – MKB – swap the engine on the Mercedes-Benz GL  SUV with V12. It all started when the three-pointed automaker announced that the 2012 model year for the G-Klasse will be using V12 powerplant. It seems like the boys at the MKB tuning house can’t for the upcoming GL, so the created their own version of Mercedes-Benz GL with V12 engine.

Yes, the MKB offers the customers a V12 engine package for the Mercedes-Benz GL SUV. Don’t think that what they offer is the ordinary V12. With the skills as tuning specialist, MKB upgrading the V12 engine for the GL SUV. The improvements resulted in new 668 horsepower with peak torque 88 lb-ft at 1,200 rpm.

Mercedes GL V12 by MKB - engine

Take the Mercedes-Benz GL SUV with V12 engine from MKB, it will reach 0 to 62 mph in 4.4 seconds with top speed flat out at 168 mp (270 km/h). How to put this German SUV to stop with that amount of power? MKB already improved the stopping power by giving 380mm ceramic disc brakes alongside with not one, but 6-piston calipers for the front axle.

If you want to have the V12 package by MKB installed to your Mercedes-Benz GL SUV, it will take around 6 months to complete the work with price tag sets at €217,568 (around $294,028).

Mercedes GL V12 by MKB - side view

A few words from MKB about the V12 package for the Mercedes-Benz GL SUV, “This transplantation of hearts in the GL 500 is not easy to achieve. Even if the V12 fits the engine bay perfectly well. The outstanding knowledge and creativity of modern tuning companies such as MKB shows not in simply pressing a bigger engine into a chassis which was never thought to be equipped that way it shows clearly in the fact that such a conversion can’t be recognized as such by the naked eye. But of course everyone will feel the bigger driving pleasure later on.”

Lamborghini Aventador Polizia Concept by Milanno Artoworks Unveiled

Lamborghini Aventador Polizia Concept - top view

Lamborghini Aventador Polizia super sports car concept design finally revealed. Back in 2008, the Italian Polizia was even envied by the mob as it has then received a police version of the company’s super sports car, Lamborghini Gallardo LP-560-4 Polizia, as a donation from the Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A.

Now, with a new Raging Bull of the Lamborghini Aventador Polizia super sports car concept design taking the spotlight, some talented designers thought it could be nice to imagine how an Aventador will look like a Polizia livery on.

1967 Lamborghini Marzal is Auctioned for €1 Million

1967 Lamborghini Marzal - side view

1967 Lamborghini Marzal was one of the classic cars beside the last model of Bentley R-Type Continental at the Concorso d’Eleganza at Villa d’Este on May 21st. The auction event on 1967 Lamborghini Marzal coupe was hosted by Salon Prive and RM Auctions.

The 1967 Lamborghini Marzal is four-seater coupe gullwing concept which was expected to set price from €1 – 1.8 million ($ 1.4 – 2.5 million). Introduced at the 1967 Geneva Motor Show, the 1967 Lamborghini Marzal coupe gullwing concept was the result of a close collaboration of Bertone and Lamborghini.

The 1967 Lamborghini Marzal is name after a strain of fighting bull, the Marzal featured a unique prototype engine which developed by Lamborghini which would never see production.  It was also sporting long gullwing doors which enabled the fitment of large windows that were accompanied by a lightly smoked glass roof.

1967 Lamborghini Marzal - rear view

Under the hood, the 1967 Lamborghini Marzal coupe gullwing concept had a transversally mounted in-line V6 which was essentially a rear bank of a Miura’s 3.299-cc V12, fed by horizontal Weber carburetors and coupled to standard five-speed transmission.

The engine was turned 180 degrees compared to the Miura’s layout so that it was behind the ear axle, therefore making it more a rear-than mid-engined layout.

The 1967 Lamborghini Marzal coupe gullwing conceot shared highly futuristic interior, with a hexagonal honeycomb theme on the dashboard and center console housing most instruments and controls, a theme carried over even in the general shape of the seat’s cushions and backrests. In addition, the vehicle boasted Campagnolo magnesium wheels of 1967 Lamborghini Marzal – complete with three-eared spinners.

1967 Lamborghini Marzal coupe gullwing concept made a notable appearance at the Monaco Grand Prix on May 7th, 1967, where it was driven around the circuit by Prince Rainier together with Princess Grace. It was indeed followed into production the following year by the Lamborghini Espada four-seater coupe, which retained the 1967 Lamborghini Marzal’s coupe gullwing concept general aesthetics but did away with the rear-engine layout and glass doors. The initial Espada pre-series prototype still sported with gullwing doors just like the 1967 Lamborghini Marzal, but those too had disappeared by the time the final car reached production.

1967 Lamborghini 400GT 2+2 Previously Owned by Paul McCartney is for Auction

1967 Lamborghini 400GT 2+2 (RHD)

1967 Lamborghini 400GT 2+2 coupe right-hand-drive which previously owned by music legend Paul McCartney is to go under the hammer at the forthcoming Goodwood auction by Bonhams on July 1st 2011.

The 1967 Lamborghini 400GT 2+2 coupe is predicted has attract a pre-sale estimate of £100,000 – £120,000.

A total of 247 units of the 1967 Lamborghini 400GT 2+2 coupe were built from 1966 to 1968, when it was replaced with the Lamborghini Islero, and just a small number of those were right-hand-drive.

What makes the 1967 Lamborghini 400GT 2+2 coupe special is under the bonnet, we find a V12 engine with a power output 320 horsepower and coupled to a five-speed manual transmission.

The 1967 Lamborghini 400GT 2+2 coupe joins an impressive line-up for the annual sale of Collectors’ Motor Car and Automobilia. The highlight of the sale is a rare and handsome 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Cabriolet which previously owned by the legendary Grand Prix and sports-racing deriver – Innes Ireland.

The 1967 Lamborghini 400GT 2+2 coupe is not alone, there are other old-school vintage sport cars such as 1925 Bugatti Type 35 – £400,000 to £500,000, a 1926 Bugatti Type 37 with chassis no. BC78 – £120,000 to £160,000, a 1937 Bentley 41/4-Liter Allweather Tourer by Vanden Plas – £130,000 to £150,000, and a 1928 Bentley 3-Liter Speed Model – £120,000 to £140,000, which belonged to the same family since 1945.

1967 Lamborghini 400GT 2+2 coupe will be competing with a 1972 Ferrari 365GTB/4 Daytona – £210,000 to £240,000, a 1990 Ferrari F40 – £320,000 to £350,000, and last but not least is the 1988 Porsche 959 which worth £160,000 to £180,000. So, which one these old-school vintage car can defeat the 1967 Lamborghini 400GT 2+2 coupe’s auction price? We will have to wait until July 1st 2011.

2011 BMW 7-Series as the Latest Flagship Sedan

2011 BMW 7-Series

2011 BMW 7-Series is considered to be BMW’s latest flagship sedan which comes in a variety of models, ranging from the base 2011 BMW 740i turbocharged V6 model with 315 horsepower, to the V8 of 2011 BMW 750i. All the 2011 BMW 7-Series variants are powered by a 4.4-liter twin-turbo which first appeared under the bonnet of the new BMW X6.

2011 BMW 7-Series’ engine is rated at 400 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque. The V8 twin-turbo will be powering the 2011 BMW 750i and the 2011 BMW 750Li models, in both traditional two wheel drive and BMW’s new xDrive (AWD) versions.

BMW is planning to add the 2011 BMW 760i to the production line-up of 2011 BMW 7-Series which will be equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

For the latest model year onward of the 2011 BMW 7-Series, BMW is raising the stakes with a 535 horsepower; 6.0-liter V12 turbocharged powering the 2011 BMW 760Li. The price tag for the 2011 BMW 760Li is $136,600 which makes the 2011 BMW 760i the only large luxury sedan in at this price point available with a V12 in the US market.

The 2011 BMW 7-Series will roll on 18-inches alloy wheels shod in all-season run0flat tires in a 245/50R18 size. Tow styles of 19-inches with performance-oriented rubber will be optional.

The weight-saving measures of the 2011 BMW 7-Series have shaved about 120 lbs thanks to largely to increased used of aluminum in the body as compared to the previous generation car despite the new 2011 BMW 7-Series carries more standard equipment. Another detail added by BMW on the 2011 BMW 7-Series is to improve fuel consumption by reducing drag is a flap in the grille that eliminates unneeded airflow.

The four-wheeling steering will be included on the 2011 BMW 7-Series option list, along with an all-wheel drive option known as xDrive. With the four-wheel steering system, the rear wheels of the 2011 BMW 7-Series will turn in the opposite direction as the front ones at speeds below 35 mph, and will turn up to three degrees in the same direction as speeds climb above that.

The 2011 BMW 7-Series will be completed by a new active chassis management system which BMW refers it as “IMS”. The IMS on the 2011 BMW 7-Series will provide the driver the choice of Comfort, Normal, Sport and Sport Plus settings, changing settings, such as shock settings, steering effort, gear change speed and smoothness, and the sensitivity of the stability control system.

2011 BMW 7-Series Driver Interior

BMW not only think about the safety of the 2011 BMW 7-Series owners, but also other people such as pedestrians. A new night vision system on the 2011 BMW 7-Series ensures to increase safety for pedestrians.

This system on the 2011 BMW 7-Series is able to detect human presence in front of the vehicle and then flash a warning symbol on the display. Moreover, the system on the 2011 BMW 7-Series will be able to tell if a pedestrian is in the road or safely on the sidewalk, although it is not clear how the system can differentiate the two.

For those who like to taste a bit of speeding, the 2011 BMW 7-Series can read the speed the limit signs and warn drives when they are driving too fast. Unfortunately, this high-tech feature on the 2011 BMW 7-Series will only be available in Europe for now.

2011 BMW 7-Series still has unique feature left; the ability of keeping an eye on your speed during inclement weather. The camera on the 2011 BMW 7-Series can detect fog or rain, and will warn drivers when they are approaching an unsafe speed. Despite the warning, the system on the 2011 BMW 7-Series has no control over the speed of the vehicle so those with lead feet no need to worry.