In 2013 New York International Auto Show, Scion have announced their 10 Series. Looks like 10,000 will be made (2,500 FR-S). If you were waiting for Push start, Climate Control, & all the goodies, there you go! Only problem is there’s only one option on the color & they have those emblem glowing thing…
The Z/28 name means lot. This is a Camaro with the 427 engine (7 “liters” to you Anglophiles) from the C6 Z06. That means we have a naturally aspirated Camaro with 500 horsepower and 470 pound feet of torque. That’s what I’m talking about.
Mark Reuss said that the Z/28 can run on a drag strip all day. But that’s not what it’s all about.
This car is built for the track.
Weight was taken out with a shovel. There is no carpet in the trunk. Extra cooling everywhere. Brake cooling. Optional AC. There is only one speaker for the notifications, which means that there is no stereo. It’s about 300 pounds lighter than the 580 horsepower Camaro ZL1. That’s a good little weight savings in a car that has always been a little too portly.
So 500 freaking horsepower in a lightened Camaro. I just forgot about the ZL1.
Driving it is probably wonderful. I’m torn when I look at it. The narrower front fascia and rear end aren’t all that evocative.
But who cares it’s a 500 FUCKING HORSEPOWER CAMARO.
Merging is difficult for most people, apparently. Remember that you’re part of a whole traffic flow, not just a single car against many others. Reader Grrrowler has a few simple rules for merging.
1. It’s impossible to merge when going significantly faster or significantly slower than the traffic you’re merging with. Slowing down to 20 when traffic is doing 65 does make the merge safer. In fact, it has quite the opposite effect.
2. Two vehicles cannot occupy the same space on the road at the same time. If there’s a car next to you, you can’t merge there. You need to slow down or speed up. It’s not incumbent on the traffic in the travel lanes to make room for you (although it can be the polite thing to do).
3. A turn signal is an indicator of your wish to move to another lane, a request if you will. It is not a divine right to simply move into the next lane regardless of how it will affect other drivers. If you’re not sure what turn signals are or how to use them, then we have a whole other problem.
4. Once you’re on the freeway, speed the hell up to move with existing traffic! Just because you were doing 45 on the entrance ramp doesn’t mean you should do 45 on the freeway. If you want to travel at surface street speeds, then stay on the surface streets.
Just because your 4wd SUV/Audi/Subaru accelerates really well in the snow, doesn’t mean it can slow down any faster than anyone else. If you drive like a jackass in the winter, your four wheel drive won’t save you.
7.) In Freezing Conditions, You Have The Least Traction Where You Need It Most
Reader Joe_Limon excellently explains that the places where people regularly accelerate or brake get worn down and extra slick in icy conditions. This means that when you approach an intersection, it will be extra slippery. When you approach a blind spot on the highway, it will be extra slippery. When you’re driving on a gravel road, it will be extra slippery before and after intersections or turns. Read the whole thing here.
That language is always a little unclear, so we’ll just say that if you’re in an emergency situation in a basic front-drive whatevercar, you want to point the wheel in the direction you want to go. It’s that simple. How do you point the way you want to go? You look in the direction that you want to go instead of looking at what you want to avoid. Look to your way out, not the car/bus/tree/wall you’re trying to avoid.
This one is simple: tailgating is dangerous. If a car ahead of you has to slow down, you can’t magically slow right down with them. You need a few car lengths to make up for your inevitable reaction time.
Now, at the SEMA, Scion have revealed Ken Stout Scion FR-S World Challenge. They said, they have one & only Supercharger kit. Racecomp Engineering was kind enough to take some photos of this long waited kit!
Ever since the Maybach debuted, the Mercedes S-Class has slightly lacked in top-of-the-line prestige at Daimler-Benz. Judging by these interior shots of the new 2014 W222 S-Class, it looks like that’s finally changed. Now it’s more like the hi-tech interior of a private jet, just as it should be.
First of all, take a look at these materials. They are significantly nicer than anything I own. Wood, weighted buttons, stitched leather. It looks like the lobby of a hotel I can’t afford to look at. And the seats in the rear recline like a business class jet. It’s not a first class recline like in a passenger van, but at least the Merc doesn’t give a free candy vibe.
Back to the gizmos, Mercedes is touting their new “energizing” hot massage function, reverse-flow seat ventilation fans, and heated armrests. That hot massage uses the seat’s 14 separately-activated air bladders along together with the seat heating function. Mercedes says this is a world first, and that it was developed with physiotherapists and psychologists.
Up front, the Sonderklasse now chases after the big screen kings at Tesla with two 12.3 inch displays. One serves as the instrument panel and the other does infotainment, with their splitview system. The picture Mercedes chose to show off the S-class’ graphics was them playing “California Gurls.” Apparently their engineers like to party.
There’s a new generation of Mercedes’ infotainment system, which supposedly is cloud-based. What that means is that it has integrated Facebook, Yelp, Google Street View, and Google searches for local points of interest. It didn’t work very well when the company showed off its current iteration at CES, but it’s possible that the updated version for this S-Class will be handier. We know the graphics will be better, but the five-point wheel/mouse may still be clunky, as Autoblog found when they tested the current system hands-on.
But seriously, take a longer look at that interior and ask if you really want the ‘superior driving dynamics’ of the BMW 7 series.
Road and Track has some exterior shots of the car that you can see here. It looks a bit like a humongous E-Class.