• Topless Mercedes-Benz GLC could happen

    March 27, 2016

    A new report coming out of England finds Mercedes-Benz is open to the idea of building a topless version of the GLC Coupe (pictured) that bowed last week at the New York Auto Show.

    “It would be fun, and it’s actually not that much of an engineering challenge,” said Michael Kelz, the chief engineer for the GLC, CLS, and E-Class model lines in a recent interview with British magazine Autocar.

    If approved for production, the GLC Cabriolet would fight head-to-head against the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible, a model that currently has the premium convertible crossover segment to itself. The Cabriolet would ride on the same basic platform as the GLC Coupe, and it would presumably borrow the four- and six-cylinder engines that power its hardtop counterpart.

    The biggest obstacle standing in the way of the GLC Cabriolet isn’t public demand; Mercedes expects the convertible crossover segment will actually grow in the coming years as buyers leave traditional convertibles behind. Instead, Kelz explained the Stuttgart-based car maker doesn’t have the production capacity required to add another model to its lineup. To build the GLC Cabriolet, Mercedes would need to give one of its existing cars the ax.

  • Lamborghini builds 5,000th Aventador

    March 27, 2016

    The 5,000th Lamborghini Aventador has rolled off the company’s assembly line in Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy.

    The 5,000 cars represent both the Aventador coupe, which was introduced at the 2011 edition of the Geneva Auto Show, and the Aventador Roadster, which bowed about a year and a half later. Finished in a head-turning hue called Rosso Bia, the milestone car (pictured) is an Aventador Roadster that’s headed for the Italian market. Lamborghini hasn’t disclosed the identity of the new owner.

    The milestone makes the Aventador the most successful V12-powered model Lamborghini has ever built. The record was previously held by the Murcielago, the Aventador’s predecessor, which was axed in 2010 after a nearly decade-long production run over which 4,099 examples were built.

    The standard Aventador is powered by a 6.5-liter V12 engine that makes 691 horsepower and 509 lb-ft. of torque at 5,500 rpm. Bolted to a seven-speed ISR transmission that spins all four wheels, the twelve sends the Aventador from zero to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds and on to a top speed of 217 mph. Lamborghini gave buyers the chance to buy a more extreme Aventador when it launched Superveloce-badged variants of the coupe and the Roadster. Sold out, both Superveloce models used a 750-horsepower evolution of the V12, and they were markedly lighter than their series-produced counterpart.

  • H&R: Sportfedern für den Mazda CX3

    March 27, 2016

    H&R legt den Mazda CX-3 tiefer

    Die Federn bringen das SUV dem Erdboden um 30 Millimeter näher

    Die Federn kosten rund 261 Euro

    Lennestadt, 24. März 2016
    Der Mazda CX-3 ist sicherlich kein Sportwagen, ein bisschen Optik-Tuning kann aber eigentlich nie schaden. Das dachten sich auch die Fahrwerksspezialisten von H&R und bieten nun einen Sportfedersatz und Spurverbreiterungen für den Japaner an.

    Bessere Optik für das kleine SUV
    Die Federn sind für die Verwendung mit den Seriendämpfern entwickelt und legen den CX-3 um bis zu 30 Millimeter tiefer. Dadurch sollen sich die Wankneigung und die Fahrstabilität zum Positiven entwickeln. Um das Gesamtbild noch stimmiger zu machen, gibt es bei H&R ab sofort auch Spurverbreiterungen für das kompakte SUV. Die Verbreiterungen rücken die Felgen noch prominenter ins Licht.

    Alle Teile mit Gutachten
    Die Sportfedern für den Mazda CX-3 kosten rund 261 Euro, für die Spurverbreiterungen ist noch kein Preis bekannt. Alle Teile kommen mit einem Gutachten zur problemlosen Eintragung zum Kunden.

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