Audi A7 Sportback by Senner Tuning


Benno Senner, president of Senner Tuning AG, and his team in Ingelheim am Rhein have been tweaking Audi’s beautiful A7 Sportback model. Choosing the 180 kW/245 hp 3.0L V6 TDI version as its base for the project, Senner tweaked the diesel unit to produce 225 kW/306 hp and an impressive 620 Nm of torque (up from 500 Nm). For comparison – that’s more than a McLaren MP4-12C produces. VMax is also raised to 280 km/h (174 mph). A new stainless steel sports exhaust also helps matters, as does the power converter which removes the delay which can be seen in fly-by-wire accelerator systems.

Visually, the A7 has been fitted with 9.5×20 inch Varianza T1S alloy wheels wrapped in Vredestein Ultrac Sessanta in 275/35R20 tyres, while the ride height can be dropped by 30 mm – on cars fitted with the optional adaptive air suspension.

[Source: Senner Tuning]

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P’6520 Compass Watch from Porsche Design


Porsche Design has gone back to the drawing board for its latest timepiece, updating the original Professor Ferdinand Alexander Porsche-designed Compass Watch from 1978.

Whereas it’s seventies predecessor was made from aluminium, this modern-day counterpart, the P’6520 Compass Watch, is manufactured from lightweight, antiallergenic titanium and comes in two parts: the upper section is a SW300 Sellita calibre-driven watch with three luminescent hands, while underneath lies the removable liquid compass.

Strictly limited to just 911 units, the P’6520 has grown slightly in size, now 42 mm in diameter (up 3 mm) and 14.6 mm high (up 1.6 mm), and is fully water resistant up to a depth of 50 metres.

[Source: Porsche]

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Nico Rosberg & David Coulthard tackle the Nürburgring in an SLS AMG


Michael Schumacher takes Mercedes GP team-mate Nico Rosberg around the Nürburgring in a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, before Rosberg repeating the journey while chauffeuring DTM pilot David Coulthard. It’s well worth watching, but a shame they weren’t in a GT3 version. READ MORE »

 

Mercedes-Benz Reporter at the C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series reveal


Here’s a nice video from Mercedes-Benz Reporter that offers a good look around the new C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series during its grand unveiling at the weekend. A few past and present F1 stars were in attendance, as was AMG’s Powertrain Director Friedrich Eichler, who talked about that epic 517 hp 6.3L V8 unit, which helps the C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.2 seconds. READ MORE »

 

SLS AMG GT3 driver following in his father’s footsteps


This weekend, at Spa-Francorchamps, will be an extra special occasion for team Black Falcon driver Kenneth Heyer and his Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3. Not only will his gullwing racer be wearing the same colour and number as his father’s Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.8 AMG, but 2011 also marks the 40th anniversary of Hans Heyer’s class victory in the legendary 24-hour race.

The 300 SEL 6.3 was the basis for the AMG racing saloon. Producing 250 hp, and with a top speed of 220 km/h, this stunning saloon enjoyed the accolade of Germany’s fastest series-production car in its day. Its modern-day counterpart, the SLS AMG GT3, seems much more brutal in comparison, more of a weapon than a car. The SLS AMG is powered by an AMG 6.3-litre V8 unit, based on the road car’s engine.

“40 years after our class victory and second overall place, I think it is a great idea to enter the Spa-Francorchamps race with the SLS AMG GT3 in the same look as “my” 300 SEL 6.8 AMG,” said Hans Heyer.

[Source: Mercedes-Benz]

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Mercedes-Benz reveals S-Class Grand Edition


Mercedes-Benz has released a special version of the S-class to mark the outgoing of the current W221 model before the W222 arrives in 2012.

The S-Class Grand Edition has been given a sport theme thanks to the addition of an AMG styling kit, LED daytime running lights, 19-inch alloy wheels and larger, cross-drilled front brake discs – gripped by silver calipers.

Inside, the cabin is finished in wood trim with black ash inserts; there’s a leather steering wheel, stainless-steel pedals, AMG velour floor mats and the company’s multimedia system COMAND APS WCF navigation system.

Diesel powerplants available include the 204 hp 4-cylinder Biturbo S 250 CDI and the 258 hp V6 S 350 BlueTEC, while petrol fans get the option of a 306 hp S 350 BlueEFFICIENCY model or the new 429 hp 4.6L V8 unit.

[Source: Mercedes-Benz]

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