Friday, July 19, 2013

Revealed: 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Hits 60 MPH in 3.9 Seconds

Revealed: 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Hits 60 MPH in 3.9 Seconds

Automotive progress takes a wonderfully insane turn with the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG,
a full-size luxury sedan with 577 hp, 664 lb-ft of torque, standard all-wheel drive, and better fuel
economy than its predecessor. And the outgoing S-Class was already quick: we clocked a 
4910-pound 2012 S63 AMG with the performance package accelerating from 0-60 mph in 
4.3 seconds. The 2014 S63 AMG will officially debut in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show, 
before launching in the U.S. in November. So just how quick with the lighter 2014 S63 AMG be?
2014 Mercedes Benz S63 AMG rear side view 300x199 imageUntil we get one to test, we can tell you that Mercedes says the new S63 AMG will complete the 0-60 mph sprint in just 3.9 seconds, on to an electronically limited top speed of 186 mph. As before, the S63 AMG’s power comes from a hand-built twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V-8. Though the standard S63 AMG from the last-generation S-Class only made 536 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque, add the performance package and horsepower jumps to 563 hp and torque to 664 lb-ft. The new 2014 model matches the outgoing car’s torque and bumps power by 14 hp. For comparison, the 2014 S-Model variants of the 2014 E63 AMG and 2014 CLS63 AMG also produce 577 hp, but “only” 590 lb-ft.
Helping put the power to the ground is a standard all-wheel-drive system. Like the 2014 E63 AMG and 2014 CLS63 AMG, all-wheel drive is now standard, likely making it easier to sell AMG models in areas that experience real winter weather. The 154-pound system sends a third of the torque to the front axle and the other 67 percent to the rear axle, and we’re guessing that along with the weight loss of up to 220 pounds help explain how this huge luxury sedan can travel quicker than so many other capable sports cars.
With the car’s aluminum construction and lighter-weight lithium-ion battery helping shave pounds, we wonder whether the 2014 S63 AMG will feel more nimble than before.
“Why you’d bother taking this big of a car into a canyon, I don’t know — there’s no such thing as a 5000-pound driver’s car and there never will be,” we wrote in a 2012 S63 AMG First Test, “but should you want to, perhaps as a scientific exercise, you can. Predictably, the steering and brakes don’t provide much feedback, but if you wanted those things, you’d be getting a C63 AMG instead…or in addition to your S63, as the case may be.”
2014 Mercedes Benz S63 AMG interior 300x199 imageThe AMG seven-speed automatic transmission returns, with three modes: Controlled Efficiency, Sport, and Manual. Only in the comfort mode will the car’s engine stop-start go to work, while engaging Sport and Manual modes will reward drivers with faster and, Mercedes says, “more emotional” shifts.
The 2014 S63 AMG rides on an improved adaptive air suspension that’s been tweaked to handle the car and its new all-wheel-drive setup. Nineteen-inch wheels are standard, but AMG will be happy to sell you a car with 20-inch forged alloys. Mercedes will also offer two-piece carbon ceramic brakes (with 16.5-inch brake discs).
Inside, the new S-Class’ heated/cooled front seats with a hot stone massage function are standard, as is a special IWC-design analog clock, an AMG steering wheel, and aluminum shift paddles.
So the new 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG is more efficient, quicker, possibly more nimble, and more luxurious than the outgoing car. Pricing has yet to be announced, but we’d expect an MSRP just shy of $150,000.
We’re now entering an age of luxury cars in which the regular rear- or all-wheel-drive S550 sedan scoots to 60 mph in a claimed 4.8 seconds. There’s much more to the 2014 S63 AMG than its 3.9-second 0-60 mph time, and we can’t wait to drive it.

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Friday, July 12, 2013

BMWBLOG attends TedFest 2013 – Our salivary glands get a workout

Back in 2003 a few Canadians gathered on a sunny summer day to talk about their BMWs over a few cold beers. This kind of thing can catch on. And so it did: the same four friends who originally met up to drool over each other’s Bavarian rides went on to launchTedFest – one of the biggest BMW concours in North America.
But don’t let the size fool you: while TedFest has established itself as Canada’s foremost classic BMW concours, you wont find any high-held noses or inflated chests – just a group of down-to-earth carenthusiasts who love to talk all things BMW.
Several hundred people now join the festivities held in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada – about a 1.5 hour drive from Buffalo, New York. Many BMW aficionados regularly make the drive up from every far-flung corner of the United States, adding international flare.
BMWBLOG attends TedFest 2013   Our salivary glands get a workout
If you have a penchant for classic BMWs, you’ll probably find your dream car at the show. Have a hankering for a 3.0 CSi? Check. E30 M3s? A dime a dozen. 2002s? Plentiful. 8 Series. Too easy. Alpina B7s? No problem. Okay – a wild card: BMW Z1. Yeah, TedFest’s got that covered too. (To read BMWBLOG’s Z1 drive review, click here.)
Plenty of tired, old BMWs show up as well, in fact to quote the website, “Barn finds, rust buckets, daily drivers, [and] garage queens are all welcome.” Even if your BMW isn’t lathered eight layers deep in Mothers, it’s still likely to catch several nods of approval from the TedFest perennials.
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Ultimately, TedFest is a gathering where young and old mix to share a mutual addiction to fine Germancars. Ted Kalman chairs the event and you couldn’t find a more genuine BMW fan and kind-hearted gentleman if your scoured the earth. Prizes are raffled off (everything from M20 headers to a BMW pedal car), trophies, ribbons and stickers are awarded and accolades are exchanged – all over the original recipe of a few cold beers. The overall best-in-show winner of TedFest takes home the grand-prize, the Tedd Dancose Memorial Trophy – an honour that rivals taking home the Stanley Cup for these dedicated BMW enthusiasts.
I encourage all BMW drivers and fans to attend TedFest 2014. If it’s half the show it was this year, it’ll be worth the drive. Click here to visit
Without further ado I leave you to our photo gallery shot earlier today. It was a hot one and I was covered in sweat, but if I’m honest, a bit of that moisture was drool.
[Photo Credit: Shawn Molnar]
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Monday, June 24, 2013

10. Lamborghini Aventador: 6.5-liter, 691-hp and 509 lb-ft V-12

You know you're in for a good time when a Lamborghini Aventador has the smallest engine on your list. With just 6.5 liters of displacement, the Aventador's naturally aspirated V-12 makes 691 hp and 509 lb-ft of torque. That makes it the smallest and second-most-powerful engine on this list. We're off to a good start already, aren't we?
"High-rpm power is immense to say the least, and midrange torque seems almost superfluous -- until, that is, you remember that excess can be a really good thing. Whether speeds are double or triple digits, the engine pulls, and pulls strongly. And the soundtrack -- deep, operatic, mechanized euphony -- is music that never gets old." – executive editor Ron Kiino

9. Rolls-Royce Ghost/Wraith: 6.6-liter, 563-624-hp and 575-590 lb-ft twin-turbo V-12 (6592cc)

The 6.6-liter twin-turbo V-12 powerplant under the hood of the Rolls-Royce Ghost sedan and Wraith coupe might wear the badge of the storied British automaker, but the engine is BMW born and bred.
"Like every great Rolls-Royce engine, the Ghost's V-12 is a paragon of effortless motion, uncannily smooth and silent. It is also very potent, with 536 hp and 575 lb.-ft. of torque on tap from just 1500 rpm, turning the Ghost into a leather-lined cruise missile capable of sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds." – editor-at-large Angus MacKenzie

8. Chevrolet Silverado HD/GMC Sierra HD: 6.6-liter, 397-hp and 765 lb-ft turbodiesel V-8 (6599 cc)

The U.S. still knows how to make a big V-8. The Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra HD both earn their spots on this list thanks to their 6.6-liter turbodiesel V-8s paired with Allison transmissions. The combo is so good, we named the diesel-powered Silverado HD our Truck of the Year in 2011.
"However, in the case of the turbodiesel, performance improved dramatically [over old Silverados], despite a 109-pound as-tested weight gain. The 2011 Silverado 3500HD dually reached 60 mph in a mere 7.0 seconds, significantly faster than the lighter-weight 2011 gas 2500HD and blowing the doors off the previous Silverado HDs. The diesel truck finished the quarter in 15.4 seconds at 87.9 m." – associate editor/Truck Trend editor Allyson Harwood

7. Ford F-Series Super Duty: 6.7-liter 400-hp and 800 lb-ft turbodiesel V-8 (6651 cc)

The Ford Super Duty's Powerstroke 6.7-liter turbodiesel V-8 isn't the largest of the heavy duty pickups, but its eight cylinders not only churn out more horsepower than its Detroit rivals, but also make a jaw-dropping 800 lb-ft of torque.
"The engineers designed the engine layout to make it easier to manage noise and vibration, and the result of their work is an engine that is incredibly quiet; as has been the industry trend for the last couple of years, this is a modern diesel, one you can't hear from a distance and doesn't fill the cabin with noise. Yet it's also much more powerful than before, making the Super Duty pull away from traffic lights like a heavy-duty hot rod." – associate editor/Truck Trend editor Allyson Harwood

6. Ram HD: 6.7-liter, 350-385-hp and 660-850 lb-ft turbodiesel I-6 (6690cc)

In full-size heavy-duty trucks, torque is king. No truck offers more torque than the 850 lb-ft of twist available in the Ram HD lineup. That isn't why the Ram earned a spot on this list; its Cummins-sourced 6.7-liter turbodiesel makes it the sixth-largest engine available in the U.S., while its straight-six configuration gives it the lowest cylinder count here, along with the second-best torque figure.
"For 2012, Ram has upped its game, introducing the new upscale Laramie Longhorn trim package and a new high-output engine package that brings torque up to a simply staggering 800 lb-ft and includes an uprated torque converter. Those facts and figures all sound mighty impressive, but do they really make the Ram a barnstormer when the rubber meets the road? When it came to our standard performance testing, the answer was a resounding 'no.'"– associate editor Rory Jurnecka

5. Bentley Mulsanne: 6.7-liter, 505-hp and 752 lb-ft twin-turbo V-8 (6727cc)

Owners might think of the Bentley Mulsanne as British steel, but like the Rolls-Royces on this list, the flagship luxury sedan was built with the help of Germans. That doesn't change the fact that the Mulsanne has the fifth-largest largest engine in the U.S. in the form of its 6.7-liter twin-turbo V-8 – though make sure you don't let Bentley upsell it as a 6.75-liter unit.
"[This new Mulsanne's] 6.75-liter twin-turbo V-8 produces 752 lb-ft of torque at 1500 rpm. With the exception of a few heavy-duty diesels, the only production car that offers more twist is the 16-cylinder, quad-turbo Veyron…In fact, there's so much low-down torque that our road test editor, Scott Mortara, kept insisting the Mulsanne is a diesel. For those who care, the torque-monster engine also produces 505 horsepower. Bentley's latest and greatest flows off the line like a redwood caught in a flash flood. There's simply no stopping it." – senior features editor Jonny Lieberman

4. Rolls-Royce Phantom: 6.7-liter, 453-hp and 531 lb-ft V-12 (6789cc)

There's an old automotive urban legend that Rolls-Royce refused to publish engine specs, and instead just simply described power output as "adequate." The Phantom's big 6.7-liter V-12's 453 hp most certainly fits that description.
"The whole time I was behind the wheel, I felt like a chauffeur. Which, I suppose, is the entire point...if a fortress of solitude is what you're after, think Phantom Saloon, though driving-wise there's not much difference between the new one and the old. The direct-injected 6.75-liter V-12 remains the same. Power is still 'adequate.' So much so that no one from Rolls mentioned the power output even once (if you're boorish enough to ask, 453 horsepower and 531 lb-ft of torque)." – senior features editor Jonny Lieberman

3. Chevrolet Corvette Z06/427/Camaro Z/28: 7.0-liter 505-hp and 470 lb-ft V-8

To say that the LS7 in the Corvette Z06 and 427 and upcoming Camaro Z/28 is one of our favorite engines would be an understatement. The big pushrod V-8 displaces 7.0 liters and easily churns out 505 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque without any fancy turbo- or superchargers. The LS7 is a glorious engine, with power always on tap and the mightiest of V-8 bellows.
"On the street, the 427 feels every bit as monstrous as the Z06. The raw power of the LS7 seems endless, and running up to its 7000-rpm redline is just asking for a visit with Johnny Law. It really is a shame that the valves in the mufflers don't open until you're over 3000 rpm and standing on it, because you'll only hear that glorious engine note for a second before you're in felony territory." – associate editor Scott Evans

2. Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse: 8.0-liter, 1200-hp and 1106 lb-ft quad-turbo W-16

Well look at that -- a top 10 list that the Bugatti Veyron doesn't top. Though its quad-turbo W-16 has the most turbos and cylinders by far, the mammoth 1200-hp engine is just 0.4 liters (just more than a can of beer) shy of earning the top spot. We doubt Bugatti is concerned; with a top speed of over 250 mph, does displacement really matter?
"Once underway, the monstrous pull never stops -- and I mean never. I have felt powerful cars run out of both breath and gears, or into the invisible wall of drag, but I never felt the slightest twinge of such weakness in the Super Sport. At speeds that start to bleed momentum from less-super cars, the Bugatti feels invincible, limitless. In fact there are few roads in the world upon which mere mortals can drive that can even begin to tax this (or any) Veyron's potential." – editor-in-chief Edward Loh

1. SRT Viper: 8.4-liter, 640-hp and 600 lb-ft V-10

The biggest engine available in the U.S. belongs to an American supercar -- and all remains right in the world. The Viper's 8.4-liter V-10 makes an impressive 640 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque. In track-ready Viper TA form, the combo is enough to allow the brute to snake its way to the top of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca's lap board, making it the fastest production car around the storied racetrack.
"The Viper still has an 8.4-liter V-10 now spitting out 640 horses and 600 lb-ft of torque, the latter of which isn't available until 5000 rpm, aka when all hell has already broken loose." – senior features editor Jonny Lieberman

And there you have it: the 10 largest engines you can get in the U.S. of A. Which engine is your favorite? Sound off in the comments below.