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All-New 2016 Audi R8 Specification Leaked

Two days ago Audi showed us a teaser image of the new 2016 R8’s headlights. Although Audi has not officially publish the detail spec, today we managed to get some preliminary numbers and details.


Here are the highlights:

– No V8 engine during initial product launch
– 5.2L V10 Plus trim: 610hp@8,150RPM, 413 lb-ft torque@6,500RPM
– 5.2L V10 trim: 540hp@8,000RPM, 398 lb-ft torque@6,500RPM
– 7-speed S-Tronic dual clutch transmission
– No manual transmission
– Quattro AWD (electro-hydraulically multi-plate clutch center differential, not the viscous coupling type in the current R8)
– V10 Plus 0-62mph: 3.2s; top speed: 205mph
– Standard tire size: 235/35ZR19 (front), 295/30 ZR...

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2016 Acura NSX: A Complete High Resolution Photo Gallery

We have covered all detailed information about the upcoming 2016 Acura NSX a month ago in this article. Today we are going to show you a gallery containing 14 high resolution photos of this supercar.


From these photos we notice one interesting thing about this upcoming NSX: the rear drive shafts that propel the two rear wheels have unequal lengths. Although this will not caused issues such as the torque steering in front-wheel-drive cars, what caught our attention is the thing that causes the unequal length drive shaft in the NSX – an extra component attached to the transmission/rear differential (highlighted in red in the below image).


This is unusual in mid-engine spo...

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Volkswagen Touareg 4Motion AWD System – A Comprehensive Review

All-wheel-drive system is a somewhat complicated topic. The main factor lies in: there are many types of differential, and also an AWD system always has 3 differentials (front/center/rear), hence there are many possible combinations of ways to implement an AWD system.


Since a typical consumer may not have enough knowledge to understand all technical details behind the AWD system, automobile manufacturers usually employ a single, unified generic term to name all of its AWD systems. Take Volkswagen as example: all of its AWD systems have only one name: “4Motion”, the same thing applies to Audi’s Quattro system.

The current way that car makers name their AWD products seems ...

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Meet the 600HP 2016 BMW Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe

For people who is not satisfy with the 560hp BMW M6 Gran Coupe, the easiest way to boost output is to “chip” the ECU, since it is using a turbocharged V8 engine. However I personally do not recommend you to do this (I will explain the reason later in this article). Today Alpina (a Bavarian automobile manufacturer good at building cars based on BMW models) provides you a much better and cleaner solution: the 2016 B6 xDrive Gran Coupe.


You will get multiple benefits and save tons of time and hassles by purchasing the B6 Gran Coupe, for example you get:

1. Upgraded engine (still the BMW N63 4.4L V8, but with enhancements in air intake, fuel system etc...

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Short Analysis: What Are Jaguar’s Advantages

Compared to other major luxury brands in the US market (Mercedes/BMW/Audi/Lexus/Infiniti/Acura etc), Jaguar is somewhat “small”.


Below is 2014 sales figure for the above brands:

Jaguar: 15,773 units
Mercedes: 356,136 units
BMW: 339,738 units
Audi: 182,011 units
Lexus: 311,389 units
Infiniti: 117,330 units
Acura: 167,843 units

So you can see Jaguar’s sales is just a tiny portion of its competitors. However, this does not mean Jaguar cars are low quality, or technologically outdated. In fact it has two very prominent advantages in the automobile industry:


(Above: Jaguar XE’s aluminum body-in-white)

1. Aluminum car body structure across the full product line...

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