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The new Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet.

 Definition of unique luxury.

The history of the G-Class is rich in superlatives and landmarks. With the new Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet, the off-road classic demonstrates that the definition of unique luxury can always be taken to a new level. Not only that: it is forever reinventing itself and providing yet more evidence of the potential that still resides in this classic all-terrain vehicle today, which has been in production since 1979.


Masterpiece of automotive engineering.

With its superlative V12 engine, portal axles, electric fabric top and exclusive equipment specification in the rear compartment, this very special all-terrain vehicle, which is limited to 99 units, meets the expectations of customers who demand the very highest standards of their vehicle. After the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class and the S 650 Cabriolet, the open-top G-Class is the first off-roader from the Mercedes-Maybach sub-brand.

S 650 Cabriolet: Fuel consumption combined: 12.0 l/100 km; combined CO emissions: 272 g/km.*

The Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet is surely the most exclusive form of stylish open-top motoring. The exceptional G 650 Landaulet follows the equally spectacular variants G 63 AMG 6x6 and G 500 4x4.

G 63 AMG 6x6: Fuel consumption combined: 19,6-11,2 l/100 km; combined CO emissions: 459-295 g/km.*

G 500 4x4: Fuel consumption combined: 13.8 l/100 km; combined CO emissions: 323 g/km.*

Surpasses all standards.

With a length of 5,345 millimetres, a wheelbase of 3,428 millimetres, a height of 2,235 millimetres, almost half a metre of ground clearance and ample space and comfort for four passengers, the G 650 Landaulet surpasses all standards. This extrovert G-Class thus represents a unique combination of luxurious chauffeur saloon and off-roader. While the driver and front passenger are accommodated under the closed roof, the rear passengers can revel in a maximum of comfort: at the press of a button, a large folding top opens electrically to offer a view of the blue sky. The rear passengers enjoy the majestic open-air experience from their single seats. On demand, an electrically operated glass partition separates the rear compartment from the driver’s section. In addition, the glass can be changed from transparent to opaque at the press of a button.


First-class rear seats.

Thanks to the 578 millimetre longer wheelbase, the passengers in the Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet benefit from extensive freedom of movement. The first-class rear seats from the S-Class significantly enhance the seating comfort and spaciousness. The active multicontour seats with ENERGIZING massage function have inflatable air chambers to provide high seating comfort and excellent lateral support. Massage programmes make for enhanced well-being – according to the principle of a relaxing hot-stone massage. To afford the rear passengers the optimum in comfort, there is a large business console with thermal cup holders between the individual seats. These allow beverages to be cooled or heated over a lengthy period of time. The controls for opening or closing the glass partition are integrated behind the cup holders.

Luxurious, exquisite character.

The luxurious, exquisite character of the Landaulet is emphasised by the high-grade designo upholstery with diamond stitching, which is in all cases two-tone and available in four trim colours. Customers can choose between three different matching colours for the fabric top as well as four designo paint finishes. Exclusive “LANDAULET” lettering is worked into the rim flanges of the ceramically polished, 22-inch 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels.

Electrically extending entry aids make for easier access to the vehicle. Other exclusive design features include front and rear underride guards, large wheel-arch flares in genuine carbon fibre as well as, mounted on the right at the rear, the spare wheel with integral holder for the third brake light.

Ultimate in automotive power.

As is customary with the off-road icon, the “G” is forever breaking new ground: unlike previous Landaulets, which were based on prestigious saloons, the Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet also has what it takes to deliver an unforgettable off-road experience. Familiar from the G 63 AMG6×6 and G 500 4×42, the portal axles provide ample ground clearance of 450 millimetres, allowing the open-top all-terrain vehicle to overcome even extreme obstacles in a masterly fashion. High drive comfort comes courtesy of the most powerful available engine, the Mercedes-AMGV12 biturbo, which delivers a maximum output of 463 kW (630 hp) with a peak torque of 1,000 Newton-metres.

 

 

 

 


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Infiniti Q60 Project Black S: an F1 skunkworks escapee?

Days before its official unveiling at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, Infiniti has lifted the lid on its latest skunkworks creation – the menacingly-titled Project Black S. 

It's not a bona-fide new model – or even a concept at this stage – but instead signals what could come about through Infiniti's technical partnership with the Renault Sport Formula 1 team. 

Even so, a motorsport-inspired 500bhp hybrid energy recovery system, carbon-clad aero tweaks and an exhaust system which sounds better than the F1 car on which it's based are all lined up for this hard-core coupe. 

 

Why use a hybrid powertrain?

Infiniti makes no bones about it – the potential hybrid element is there to gain power, not save polar bears. Sure, there'll likely be an efficiency benefit but the priority here is making the car go faster. Excellent.

According to Infiniti, it could do this by using F1-inspired motor generator units (MGUs) to gather, store and recycle electrical energy – either from the car's braking or exhaust gases or both. 

By doing this, the Japanese brand reckons that there's an extra 25% of power to be had out of whichever engine the tech is fitted to (that's an extra 100bhp from the existing 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 Q60).


What about the looks of the Infiniti Q60 Project Black S... are they just cosmetic?

Not at all – Infiniti is keen to point out that even though this is simply a show car, form still follows function. 

The Batmobile-esque looks may seem threateningly-aggressive at first glance, but the designers claim an intricacy – and aerodynamic logic – behind the swathes of carbonfibre and sculpted bodywork. 

The front splitter, rear diffuser and side skirts are all made from carbonfibre to reduce weight and enhance downforce, as is the Fast & Furious-spec fixed rear wing.

We've seen the car up close and the detailing is spell-binding. Wafer-thin aero blades sit delicately on the side sills in order to channel air around the lower body of the car, while the huge rear diffuser mould neatly around the twin titanium exhaust tips. 

Not a bad effort for a car which Infiniti's designers only started working on in November 2016...

 

Will they ever build it?

Infiniti has designed the Project Black S Q60 as a glimpse into a possible future, and one which they're keen to gauge the public's reaction on at the car's official Geneva launch. 

And if you lot like it, how quickly could it be in production? In just two years, according to our source at Infiniti...

Is this a must-have roadgoing F1 car or a tarted-up coupe we could do without? Be sure to let us know in the comments below.



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LAU JBEIL MOTOR SHOW 2016
A great motor show event was hel at LAU Jbeil main campus Diiferent car companies were participating during this event. Student were engaged in a rally paper that took place in the university during the 2 days of the event. A Lot od competition were held with different prizes given by the car brand companies owners. 

see you next year!

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The story behind the classic cars
Classic cars captivate us with their beauty, rarity and engineering, with the memories they evoke, the history they capture. The articles collected here present concise, authoritative profiles of more than 400 American and import classic cars built from 1930 to 2000.

These articles also embrace great cars that hover just outside the most-exalted circles. So you'll read about the 1954 Kaiser-Darrin DKF161, 1955 Chrysler C300, 1959 Studebaker Silver Hawk, and other bona fide collectibles.
Classic cars can be modern favorites, too, and can even be cars celebrated for their quirky individuality.

That's why we've included articles on such recent gems as the 1990-2000 Acura NSX, 1987-1990 BMW M3, and 1992-1995 Ford Taurus SHO. It's also why we acknowledge such delightful eccentrics as the 1958 Edsel Pacer, 1951 Henry J DeLuxe, and 1954 -1956 Nash Metropolitan.

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The self driving Van
Waymo, the self-driving car startup spun-off from Google late last year, will be deploying its fleet of self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivans onto public roads for the first time later this month, the company announced at the North American International Auto Show today.
The minivans will be hitting the roads in Mountain View, California and Phoenix, Arizona, where the company’s self-driving Lexus SUVs have already driven thousands of miles over the past few years. Also today, Waymo gave the public its first look at the self-driving Pacificas, which have been under wraps since the deal between Google and Fiat Chrysler was first announced back in May 2016.

But here’s the thing about these minivans. Waymo says that for the first time, its producing all the technology that enables its cars to completely drive themselves in-house. That means for the first time, the Google spin-off is building all its own cameras, sensors, and mapping technology, rather than purchasing parts off the shelf as it had done in the past.
This allows the company to exert more control over its self-driving hardware, as well as bring the cost down to ridiculously cheap levels. In a speech in Detroit, Waymo CEO John Krafcik said that by building its own LIDAR sensors, for example, the company was shaving 90 percent off its costs. That means sensors that Google purchased for $75,000 back in 2009 now only cost $7,500 for Waymo to build itself.


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All about Porsche
Today, Porsche is also exclusive with its entire new model fleet which still fascinates us with their latest technology and mechanics. And the Panamera Turbo in its latest iteration is the living proof that the legend will live on.
Porsche also builds the ideal models for the perfect tuning customizations, and we have seen hundreds of models receiving their make-overs, depending on the way they look and sound; and recently, the topper Porsche 911 Carrera S has also received what it deserved: a proper bespoke exhaust system for a blasting engine growl.
But the Porsche is first standing out from the crowd with the Techart`s Mk II aero kit, consisting of custom front and rear spoilers, side sills, grilles inserts, rear diffuser, adding improved mechanics, like new suspension system and brakes. All items are complemented with the one-off alloy wheels.
The cabin is also finely revised with sporty elements, like bespoke steering wheel, sports seats, aluminum pedals and so on. However, the car`s main highlight is found at the rear end.
The rear end is also standing out from the crowd with an exhaust system with four tailpipes, that increases the car`s engine soundtrack and adds some extra power. We are looking at an overall of 480 horsepower.
In the stock form, the 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera S comes with a 3.0-liter twin-turbo engine, developing 420 horsepower and 500 Nm of torque, delivered between 1,700 rpm – 5,000 rpm. It is hooked to a six-speed manual or a PDK transmission, allowing a sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.3 seconds with the manual, and 4.1 seconds with the PDK.


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The new BMW M2 with the GTS package
The BMW M2 GTS below takes its inspiration from the BMW M4 GTS receiving the outstanding and wide body kit. And even you might think that this is too much for the gorgeous and “delicate” baby-M brother, that is not true.
The car`s main highlights refer to the wide front splitter around the bumper which increases its downforce, adding the GTS adjustable rear wing, carbon rear diffuser insert on the bumper.

Other features also refer to the carbon fiber hood and carbon fiber roof, allowing the car to be lighter. The overall design is complemented with the Eventuri carbon fiber engine cover, orange Kevlar intake system and so forth.
In the engine department, the model has also received an ECU remapping, which raises to car`s power from 370 to a mere 400 horsepower, which it`s not bad at all.

As a reminder, the 2016 BMW M2 Coupe comes with a 3.0-liter M TwinPower Turbo inline flat-six engine, churning out 370 horsepower and 465 Nm of torque. This is enough to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.3 seconds with a DCT and 4.5 seconds with the manual.


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The new 2017 Bentley Continental GT Supersports

From top to bottom, the all-new Bentley Continental GT Supersports represents the company`s latest innovation in terms of advanced technology and performance under the hood.

From a visual standpoint, the 2017 Bentley Continental GT Supersports comes with advanced aerodynamics which allows the most efficient power and torque lately seen on a Bentley model. We are looking here at carbon fiber components, which reduce the car`s weight and increase its performance.

The body style is fitted with front and rear carbon fiber splitters and diffusers, new exhaust tips, dark head, wide rear wing, 21-inch CNC alloy wheels for increase grip and a few more. The luxurious and high-end feel continues inside, the cabin now looking more stylish and being tweaked with the latest gadgetries.

The car`s sporty characteristics are given by the advanced torque vectoring system which is rather the same as the GT3R racer, meaning that it comes with a 40:60 front to rear split, adding carbon ceramic braking system with the largest discs in the world… as the company likes to call. The new Continental GT Supersports also comes with the new titanium exhaust system which reduces weight and adds more torque.

In terms of performance, Bentley says that the new Continental GT Supersports is the fastest Bentley ever produced, the Supersports badging being “legendary at Bentley”, as Wolfgang Durheimer stated in an official interview.


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