We saw a lot at New York, but this topless convertible BMW M4 was definitely a head turner. Now it is a hard-top, some may think.. “who came up with this stupid idea?”. It is actually just, as it’s been designed to shift weight, actually improving it’s performance and in one way, giving you two chassis setups in one, retract the top to shift the weight into the rear, or pull it up to get it all even and track ready. In reality, anyone who buys this car is most probably a roadster/cabriolet fan and will always drive top-down.
Now the hard-top itself is three-piece and retractable, all automatically. It features some kind sound absorbing headliner (BMW has claimed that it will reduce noise dramatically). The roof takes 20 seconds to retract and folds up into the trunk/boot. The trunk has 360 litres of trunk capacity whilst the roof is up, and 220 litres with the top down.
The convertible M4 will produce 425 hp (317 kw) and 550 NM of torque. All produced by a 3.oL Turbocharged straight six cylinder engine. Launch speed as always remains a high priority for this M series model, 0-60 mph (0-96 kph) in 4.4 seconds (please be advised this varies based on whether you’re driving the manual or automatic, the manual has a dual clutch system which can really utilize the M Launch Control system making it just shy of two-tenths faster.
The M4 will also come with all the standard performance upgrades available to the regular BMW M4. The adaptive suspension will really help with the weight balance issue, but in reality it’s no drift car (although it would be fun to take side-ways don’t get me wrong, it just wouldn’t be as safe or as easy to hold there (speaking completely theoretically). Like the regular M4 the convertible will also feature Steering Wheel response adjustment, Throttle & Gear-Shift response adjustment, alongside of course the traction control.
The M4 convertible weighs in at 1,840 kg (4,055 pounds). It saves weight in many ways such as the aluminum front end, carbon fiber reinforced plastic in the driveshaft. The I6 engine itself is also significantly lighter than the 4.0L V8.
Finally.. some news about one of the most legendary cars of our time.
So Mazda, has just revealed it’s new Mazda MX-5 Miata Chassis along with it’s power plant frame, which is designed to stay light weight and retain performance. It does maintain the cars front engine, rear wheel drive setup, but Mazda has set a goal to reduce the weight of the current model (which is not very.. light-weight at all). It will be using SkyActiv technology, not a rotary like most people always wish for.. (doubt it ever will..). In terms of power output there are only speculations out there nothing solid.
Here are some spy shots of the actual vehicle and what it may or may not look like, of course you need to remember that it has probably been disguised to prevent leakages like this.
Special Thanks to MOTORAUTHORITY.
Jens Blaume, a German fraudster mastermined a Ponzi scheme, while working as an investment broker. For those of you who don’t know, a Ponzi scheme is basically when an operator offers bogus investment opportunities but still offers returns and locks in a few investors, then moves onto getting more investors to pay off the old investors. Like to a pyramid scheme it requires consistency with clients, so it’s usually done by professionals or those of whom already have a fair share of legitimate investors.
This fraudster just lost it all, and… you guessed it! His super cars were all put up for auction on the 12th of April, 2014. The auction consists of more than just his super cars, it also has some luxury watches and other cars.
• McLaren MP4-12C – NEW
• Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo Stradale – NEW
• Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder Performante – NEW
• Ferrari F430 Scuderia
• 3x Porsche (991 C4S, 997 C4S, Boxter S)
• 2x Mercedes AMG (SL 63, SLK 55)
• 5x Audi (R8 V10 Spyder, RS6, RS4, S8, Q3)
• 2x BMW M (M6 1 Series M Coupe)
• 2x Abarth (695 Tributo Ferrari Abarth 500)
• VW Golf VII
• Renault Twingo RS
• Mini John Cooper Works
• 8x Luxury Watches (Rolex, Chopin, etc.)
• Various pieces of Artwork
• Bicycles (various kinds)
Take a look at his treasure:
Few people admit it, but air bags are definitely the best way to go low. There are high performance Air Suspension systems for racing etc. And of course the low budget for street, which in all honesty don’t really impair the vehicle at all. It’s just not stiff enough for drifting and high speed cornering.
Basically putting Air Suspension on an MX-5 / Miata or an S2000 will completely ruin that perfect chassis that most dream to have. Nonetheless, what looks & sounds better? Scraping everywhere, amazing cornering or drifting, recovery from slides, impractical, can’t leave your driveway , 2 – 5cm off the ground, adjustable only when the wheels are off. Or Touching the floor low, practical, doesn’t effect your turning circle and doesn’t scrape, not drift friendly, when you corner the back kicks out a little?
Let this beautiful (show-car based?) Ferrari 360 Modena, answer your questions. If you’ve got the cash, it’s better to get Air Suspension, as long as you get the high performance (expensive) versions you should be just fine. The AirRex suspension does maintain handling & the factory performance standards, while improving the appearance.
Built by the Solo Element, this Ferrari is spectacular! The wheels in the video are by NutekWheels, and the wheels in the images are Vossen CVT wheels. And lastly the suspension is by AirREX one of the few companies I can personally vouch for AirREX as I have seen their work, and driven on it! But sadly never owned an appropriate vehicle to install air suspension to. Hopefully in the near Future. Affordable Air Suspension Systems can be found at SKREEM Performance – I believe they retail KSport Air Suspension.
Z06 fans: now you can have your cake and eat it, too. GM has released images of the 2015 Corvette Z06 Convertible. I think it is as beautiful as it is fast.
You’re looking at the most powerful convertible Chevrolet has ever built, and probably the most fun way to mess up your hair. When the 2015 Corvette Z06 Coupe was introduced in Detroit in January, we went nuts because we’re pretty certain the C7 Z06 will elevate the high water mark of Corvette performance. As stiff as the aluminum structure is in the C7, I think a convertible makes sense. Almost 186,000 computational hours went into the development of the Corvette’s frame … translation: GM put a lot of thought into the C7 Corvette’s structure, so rest assured, this car’s got backbone. “The aluminum structure is 20 percent stiffer than the previous, fixed-roof Z06,” the GM press release says. The Z06 is going to be a great-handling convertible.
Chevrolet still quotes the Z06 will officially have 625 horsepower (474 kw), and 635 pound-feet (860 nm) of torque. With that much torque, it’s just another typical high powered Corvette still no match for the Skyline or most of the tuner import cars. Nonetheless with that kind of torque ripping burnouts and possibly drifting would be… “Let’s say..” immense!
Source: Corvette Forums
So.. the 2nd Annual Nissan Jam is finally here! The poster has all the details.
It is a PRE-REGISTRATION EVENT, Be sure to register yourself as soon as possible as spots are limited.
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Japanese Nostalgic Car has covered the 2013 event, If you’d like to see some shots, just take a look here. (For more images, visit the the two pages that cover the entire event (Click here for Part 1) and (Click here for Part 2).