Monthly Archives March 2014

2015 BMW M3 and M4 close look

Bimmerpost forum member “Sir Loin” took some close look photos of the 2015 M3/M4 in the 2014 Vancouver Auto Show, the following pictures are from his original message in forum.

From one of the detailed photos I find there looks like to be a build quality issue around the side rear view mirror area: the gaps between the window trim moulding and the A pillar metal is not uniform. We hope the final production vehicles can address this issue:


Below are more photos for your enjoyment.






Here are detailed photos of the M car interior. Notice the dash are covered by stitched leather-type materials, looks more upscale than the normal 3 series.





Read More

2016 Mercedes-Benz C63AMG – more spy shots

Here comes more latest spy shots of the future C63AMG, courtesy of Autoblog.

The 2016 C63AMG will be fitted a turbo 4.0L V8, produces 450 – 500hp. Its main rival includes the new BMW M3 and the upcoming Lexus RC-F.




Read More

2015 Audi A3 gets high scores in the latest IIHS crash test

Today IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) released its latest tests on the all-new 2015 Audi A3. Here are some really impressive key points:

  1. Small overlap frontal crash: the front crumple zone absorbs the impact energy beautifully. During the test the A3 cabin safety cage touches the crash object directly but with minimal deformation...
Read More

The higher output the better?

Short answer: yes and no.

Full explanation:

For example a manufacturer states the engine puts out 268hp@5600rpm, and 258 lb-ft of torque@2000rpm, it only means: when the engine is revving at 5600rpm, the maximum power it can deliver is 268hp; when the engine is revving at 2000rpm, the maximum torque it will deliver is 258 lb-ft.

But it does not tell you WHEN it can attain such value. Take the above engine for example: 258 lb-ft of torque at 2000rpm – it does not mean every time when you see your tachometer needle points at the 2000rpm mark, the engine is outputting 258 lb-ft of torque.

The first factor is how deep you are pressing the gas pedal (which shows how eagerly yo...

Read More

Lexus IS with rear wheel steering?

When talking about “four-wheel steering” (the rear wheels can also turn a small degree of angel during cornering), your first thought may be the Lexus GS.

For the US market, it looks like currently the GS is the only model that has this feature. But in fact, Lexus provides its domestic market some special treatments. For example now the JDM Lexus IS is also equipping this feature – with the same four wheel steering system, dubbed as the Dynamic Handling System.

Australian folks are pushing the Japanese headquarters for this benefit too – they want the Aussie IS model has this on their ordering option list...

Read More