En Tunisie, cet été, et d’ailleurs comme tout été, le paysage autombile se revévie, en termes de Supercars qui viennent elles aussi pour avoir un petit taste de l’environnement Tunisien, plage, et soleil. Cette année, 2017 n’a pas été exceptionnelle par rapport aux précédentes, parce que d’après ce que l’on voit, il y a beaucoup de visiteurs qui sont venues enrichir nos routes déjà riches de voitures exotiques ou de Luxe. Les amateurs Tunisiens de l’automobile n’ont pas manqué à l’occasion pour spotter les nouveaux venus de toute part du monde, au port de la Goulette, à Sousse, à Gammarth, rien ne leur est échappé. Je profite déjà pour remercier leurs efforts, et surout à la page Tunisian Cars.

Commençon déjà par la Lamborghini la plus suivie en Tunisie, c’est une Huracàn Spyder qui cache sous

 

son capot un V10 5,2L qui développe 610 chevaux. Cette voitue a tout l’esprit Lamborghini, avec un esprit et des lignes de design aggressives. le 0 à 100 est parcouru en seulement 3,4 secondes, la vitesse maximale (quoi qu’elle ne sera atteinte sur nos routes est de 325 km/h) pour les amoureux de la Spyder, le toit s’ouvre en quelques 17 secondes, et après folie aux cheveux.

La Lambo Huracàn n’était pas la seule star sur la route, parce qu’il y a sur cette terre un point où, luxe, beauté, intelligence et puissance se rassemblent pour créer une des plus belles voitures au monde, c’est bien évidemment la Mercedes Maybach S600

Basée sur le “yacht” de luxe de Mercedes, qui est la classe S, cette voiture est en compétition directe avec des grandes luxuries telle que La Bentley Mulsanne, et le géant Rolls Royce, mais, à part le luxe intérieur, la Maybach a une très grande présence d’esprit sur la route. Pour la puissance, elle a tout ce qu’il faut, là où il faut, un 6.0L 12 cylindres biturbo de puissance de 530 chevaux et d’un couple maximal de 850 Nm. Bien sur pour un tel luxe, il faut un prix, proche de 200,000$. Bien sur pour différecier, pour nos petits amateurs, il faudra juste regarder derrière la porte passager pour trouver le sigle de maybach.

Comme toute autre, cette petite Porsche Boxter Spyder (ou si vous préférez bien 718) est venue se “rafraîchir” la peinture un peu, venu du Kuwait. Bien sur, elle ne va pas entrer en compétition contre celles qu’on vient juste de revoir, mais elle a toujours la touche de Porsche en elle, avec 300 cheveaux sous le capot, elle sait parcourir 100m en 4.0 secondes. Elle est commercialisée en Tunisie pour le prix de 325,000 dinars.

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Par contre celle qui peut jouer sur les routes contre la Porsche 718 Boxster est la petite Audi TTS. Elle prend un peu de tout le la famille Volkswagen, de sa soeur Audi A3, de la Golf, mais, elle a un caractère a elle toute seule, déjà au niveau puissance, elle n’est pas loin de la Boxster, 292 cheveaux contre 300, la course de 0 à 100 km/h est pour 4,2 secondes contre 4,0 pour la Porsche, et ce qui pousse la TTS est petit 2.0L furieux en acier.

Revenons un peu aux puissantes et aux folles de la route, et là c’est la Ferrari 599 qui se promène sur nos routes. Large, puissante, et elle porte le badge Ferrari, cette voiture a de quoi se rendre fière. Elle a été produite en 2006, pour être la rivale de la Murcielago. Le monstre à l’intérieur est un 6.0L 12 cylindres en V, 48 valves, sa respration d’air aboutit au refoulement de 620 chevaux. La paticularité avec cette voiture est que la boîte vitesse F1 lui donne la possibilité de changer les rapports en manière éclair, le contrôle de traction vient aussi de F1, et le contrôle moteur aussi et les ordiateurs de bord utilisent aussi la même technologie.

Et qui d’autre est venue se bonzer à part la Mercedes AMG GT S. Cette petite est la remplaçante de la SLS AMG. Bien sur il y a eu que du nouveau, déjà l’ectérieur qui se rapproche plus d’une Porsche 911, avec un habitacle en forme de Greenhouse. Le 6.2L AMG codé M156 n’y est plus et a été remplacé par le M178, un moteur plus petit, qui est à se jour entrain de subir des tests et des développement à Stuttgart. La puissance est de 510 chevaux, c’était moins que la SLS, 100 chevaux de moins, mais le géant allemand se rattrappe.

Comment rendre une Range Rover Evoque plus belle? Tout simplement en réduisant deux portes et en libérant le toit, le résultat est un Coupé Cabriolet impressionant, avec la puissance habituelle (177 chevaux ou 237 chevaux seln le moteur) d’une évoque. Noton bien qu’une évoque en Tunisie est à partir de 150,000 tnd, donc la cabriolet, si par hasard sera plus chère que ça, mais bon.

Tout ce paysage, ne sera complet qu’avec la présence d’une Bentley Continental. Blanche, les jantes noires, aec le logo de Bentley au centre, 521 chevaux, et une vitesse folle. Bien sur, lorsqu’on dit Bentley, on dit stabilité de route, voyez déjà combien qu’elle est large, on dit puissance, déjà évoquée, on dit perection, si vous jetez un petit coup d’oeil sur les ailes avant, la calendre, et la forme, tout participe à aggiper la voiture au sol pour avoir plus de vitesse et de tenue de route.

Audi A7 avec un look sport agressif.

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At the latest Paris Auto Show, Mercedes unveiled the Cabriolet version of the already mighty AMG GT, the car came with one aesthetic tweak : roof goes on and off, and power tweaks.

The engine, mounted on the new AMG models is the same, it is the same 4.OL engine, V8, two turbos, but instead of producing 460 bhp on the regular engine, power was increased to reach 550 bhp, and 680 Nm in torque. All this results in a 0 to 100 kph race in just .6 seconds and 310 kph. Power is transmitted to the rear wheels via a AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7‑speed dual-clutch transmission. The car uses refined elements of the more powerful sister, the AMG GT R, the rear axle differential is electronically controlled, with limited slip, in addition to that, there is the rear-wheel steering feature. Combined together, the car has better stability and is more enjoyable to drive.

On the outside, resemblance to the AMG GT R continues, from the features : a wide body, large wheels, a large “butt” and everything grew large compared to the AMG GT. Also the GT C comes with a soft top, so you need to sit still while some pistons, electric motors do stuff and magic to get the roof on or off. And you know dear readers, that weight in cars matters, so instead of having a heavy hard top, Mercedes opted for a soft top version, materials used in construction were Magnesium, steel and Aluminum.

Price tag isn’t announced yet, production will start on 2017, with more detailed features about the car, and the AMG 50th anniversary

Volvo has been an excellent constructor of trucks, and had a bit of an advance on semi-autonomous driving : autonomous breaking, safety features. With everyone interested in full autonomous driving, Volvo found out the badass way, because the way things are done in Sweden.

Experiments are taking place 1320 meters below the ground, somewhere in a boliden mine in Sweden, Volvo decided to test its first autonomous truck, self-driving if you want. Subject being tested, Volvo FMX tracks.

Volvo went for the mines idea to test its autonomous program in low coverage areas, of course in a mine you would get none. FXM trucks are equipped with radars, and sensors to scan the whole area of the mine, know it well, and be able to advance. There are 6 security sensors that will tell the track whether or not the area is safe. There is always the possibility of human intervention in driving if the situation is complicated enough for the machine.

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In 2009 when the Porsche Panamera was announced, everyone was surprised to the idea of a 4-door saloon Porsche. First models appeared in 2010, and since, the Porsche Panamera has been rocking on the roads. The new Porsche Panamera is just impressive, with design evolution, and new technology introduced. It comes to suite all tastes, in multiple engine variants, in  twin-turbocharged v6 to twin-turbocharged v8.

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The engines available will be 2.9 twin-turbocharged v6 engine (this will replace the old 3.0L engine), 4.0 twin-turbocharged V8 and something from the big factory, from Audi’s (since the two are under Volkswagen) the 4.2L twin-turbo diesel. Also, there will be no more 7-speed double-clutch PDK gearbox, it will be replaced with the newest 8-speed PDK gearbox. For now, Porsche models will be all-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive variants may be announced later. In addition to all this, the new Panamera will be build on a new plateform, that is larger, longer, offers more space, and lighter. The most remarkable variant is the Porsche Panamera Turbo, with its 4.0L twin-turbo V8 with twin scroll turbochargers and VarioCam Plus. It produces 550 hp @5750 to 6000 RPM and 770 Nm @ 1950 to 4000 RPM of torque. Accelerating from 0 to 100 kph takes just 3.6 seconds, beating the Audi S8, the BMW 7 series, The Mercedes Benz S 63 AMG and the Bentley Flying Spur W12 S. Top speed is 190 mph (305 kph). The price is announced at 146,900$

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The new design features new headlights using 48 separate LED’s. The front and rear bumper are changed, and the car has been fitted newly designed bumpers. For the back lights, they are new, with a bar that goes on all the width. The increase in the wheelbase by 30mm contributed to increase the length of the car by 35mm, the car is also 5mm wider and 5mm wider. The elements that were modified are : bumpers, side sills, wings, roof, bonnet, rear hatch and the rear spoiler. The retractable rear spoiler is larger, and divided into three retractable parts, to allow more air lift surface. Use of light materials for the car parts decreased the weight by 70 kg.

In the interior, Porsche people fitted what they call Porsche Advanced Cockpit, which resembles to the cockpit of the Porsche 918. The interior is luxurious, sporty, and gives the driver an interface to communicate with his car. Progress obliges, all the buttons have been replaced with either touch-sensitive buttons or a 12.5-inch touch-screen to give an “à la mode” tech look.

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Porsche will announce other models in the Paris Auto Show and upcoming shows, so stay tuned.

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Bentley cars have always been fast and luxurious, but not fast enough it seems, because they always go close to the 200 mph bar, without being able to go beyond it. But not anymore, because, Bentley just announced the new Flying Spur W12 S, and it tops 202 in speed.

It is powered by a tweaked version of the 6.0L W12 twin-turbocharged engine, with improved engine management kit. So there is a slight raise in power, from 615 to 626 bhp and torque from 800 to 820 Nm. maximum torque will be achieved starting from 2000 rpm. The new Flying Spur sprints from 0 to 100 kph will take 4.5 seconds, which is a bit slow, compared to the Mercedes S63 AMG (3.9 seconds) and the Audi S8 (3.8 seconds). The car will carry on cruising until getting to the top speed of 202 mph (325 kph), thus getting the title of the fastest 4-door Bentley. Bentley all-wheel-drive and the 8-speed automatic will come as standards.

The Flying Spur W12 S is quite recognizable with a new Beluga Gloss radiator grill, new lights surrounds, window surrounds, rear bumper and door handles that are all finished in black. Also, it has a new rear diffuser and a carbon-fiber veneer in option. Buyers have the choice between 21-inches 5-spokes set of wheels, or 7-spokes set of wheels. Carbon-Ceramic brakes come as standard.

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The interior is dark and luxurious. It is characterized by black engin-spin finish to the fascia and waistrails as a standard, or satin carbon-fiber finish as an option. W12 S emblems are found on the headrests. The interior features also a 3-spokes sport steering wheel, with knurled gear-shift paddles.

The Bentley Flying Spur will be revealed in the Paris Auto Show, deliveries will start in the end of this year.

Audi revealed the new A5 and S5 sportback before its world debut in the Paris Auto Show. The second generation Audi A5 Sportback will be sold in both Europe and America.

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The Audi A5 Sportback, for those who are not used to the Audi Nomenclature system, is a 4-door version of the 2017 Audi A5. Resemblance is near with the previous generation Sportback and the Audi A4 on which it is based. It comes with two engine variant, a small 2.0L straight 4 engine, produces 252 bhp from 5,000 to 6,000 rpm and 370 Nm of torque between 1,600 and 4,500 rpm, coupled to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission for the A5. There is also a 3.0L turbocharged V6, making 354 bhp and 500 Nm of torque, this one is coupled to a 8-speed automatic gearbox, available for the S5. Audi said that the 3.0L engine will take the car from 0 to 100 kph in 4.7 seconds and his top speed is 250 kph. Both variants come with Audi’s All-wheel-drive.

The new Audi A5 comes with driver assist features like the collision avoidance auto braking, adaptive cruise control that can assist the driver in acceleration, speed (limit to 40 mph), breaking and even steering, traffic jam assist, park assist, cross-traffic assist rear, exit warning, turn assist, collision avoidance assist and camera-based recognition of traffic signs. The interior is spacier with 17 mm larger cabin, 11 mm more in shoulder space and 25 mm more for knee space compared to the previous A5. The A5 features a high resolution screen to run all infotainment and control systems.

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The price and the rest of the options were not announced yet, more to come on the Mondial de l’Auto on the Sep 29th.

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Koenigsegg Agera RSR

Posted: September 6, 2016 in Agera, Hypercars, Koenigsegg
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A few days ago, at the Salon Privé Concours d’élégance, Koenigsegg revealed chassis #127 dubbed the Agera RS Naraya, a special Agera made for Pasin Lathouras. In Japan, Koenigsegg announces 3 more special edition cars and they prefer to call them the RSR.

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The RSR was revealed in Japan, where it is marketed, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Tokyo. It is part of the Agera RS 25 cars program. 3 of them are destined to Japan. Only two were revealed. Chassis #122 and chassis #123 were presented. #chassis #122 was painted in turquoise blue, chassis #123  in pure black and chassis #124 was in white with black stripe. The RSR is distinguished by a new roof scoop similar to which fitted to the One:1, and a new special rear wing. The rear wing comes as an option to all the Agera RS, but for the RSR it comes as standard.

Koenigsegg Agera RSR chassis #124 – Photo by @photochristofferf on IG

Koenigsegg Agera RSR chassis #124 – Photo by @photochristofferf on IG

The engine is the same found in all Ageras, a 5.0L v8 twin-turbocharged, producing 1160 bhp, although, the engine mounted on the RSR will go close to the 1 MW in the Koenigsegg One:1.