Monthly Archives May 2014

More Details: The Supercharged HEMI 6.2L V8 on Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

For the new engine in the 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat, the supercharger supplier is not Eaton (which is famous for the Eaton TVS used on the Audi 3.0 V6 engine). Instead it is an twin screw supercharger from IHI.

The IHI supercharger has similar efficiency with the Eaton TVS roots-type superchargers, but it has a significant higher operation noise level, which I think is not a problem for the purpose of Challenger anyway – because the Challenger is not designed for luxury car purpose. And also I guess the invoice that IHI is quoting Chrysler may be lower than Eaton.


After the supercharger there is a huge pressure stabilization chamber similar to a naturally aspirated e...

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Mercedes-Benz C Class Wagon Officially Revealed

Today Mercedes-Benz announced its W205 C class wagon model. Besides the official images, here are specification we know at this moment:

Total length: 185.1 in (3.8-in longer than the W204 wagon)

Wheelbase: 111.8 in (rear legroom increased 1.8 in)

Width: 71.3 in

Engine options will be the same as the C class sedan.

At this moment we are not sure whether this new model will be sold in US side.

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Tesla Announces Model S Chinese Market MSRP

Unlike our US market, imported cars sold in China are heavily taxed based on multiple factors such as the engine’s displacement.

But apparently the tax policy does not work on electric cars. Yesterday Tesla released its product pricing for Chinese market. The Model S 60kWh carries a price tag of RMB 648,000 (around USD $103,885 using today’s FX rate). Do not be surprised about the USD equivalent value, because cars are way more expensive in China. For example the Lexus GS350 FSport’s MSRP in China is RMB 780,000 (around USD $125,046).

In US, a Lexus GS350 FSport MSRP = $53,280, a Tesla Model S 60kWh MSRP = $69,900; In China, after converting to USD, the GS350 is sold for ...

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2015 Ford Mustang Pricing Confirmed

The pricing of major trims/options for the 2015 Mustang is available today, below are details:

Base Trim Pricing:

Mustang V6 Coupe (050A) – $24,425
Mustang V6 Coupe (051A) – $25,420

Mustang EcoBoost Coupe (100A) – $25,995
Mustang EcoBoost Coupe (200A) – $29,995
Mustang EcoBoost Coupe (201A) – $31,790

Mustang GT Coupe (300A) – $32,925
Mustang GT Premium Coupe (400A) – $36,925
Mustang GT Premium Coupe (401A) – $38,720
Mustang GT 50th Year Limited Edition (500A) – $46,995

Options pricing:

Floor Mats – $85
GT Performance Pkg – $2,495
Navigation – $795
Recaros Leather – $1,595
Enhanced Security Package – $395
6-Speed Automatic Transmission $1,195

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2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Officially Announced

For those who are interested in the Dodge Challenger models which has over 400hp, now there are three choices:

1. The Challenger SRT;
2. The Challenger Scat Pack, or Shaker trim with the 6.4L V8 option;
3. The Challenger SRT Hellcat with supercharged 6.2L V8.

We have covered #1 and #2 in our previous article. Below is some highlights about the newly revealed SRT Hellcat:

– Supercharged 6.2L V8 engine outputs more than 600hp;

– Can be paired to a 6-speed manual transmission or an 8-speed ZF-sourced automatic transmission;

– Forged-steel crankshaft with induction-hardened bearing surfaces designed for firing pressures around 1,595 psi; with crank damper designed to handle 1...

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