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Why I Can’t Like Lamborghinis

Yesterday, I was walking past the Lamborghini dealer in London, and I realised I had never liked a Lamborghini except for the Miura, and that was all. All my life, I never desired any of their cars. They are simply too loud, extremely impractical, no racing heritage, too much bling – and the list goes on.

Even though I am not a fan of Ferraris, I still really admire the technology transferred from Formula 1 to road cars. Ferrari isn’t a brand I would like to drive, but I like their cars. On the other hand, Lamborghini cars have one function, namely: making too much noise and annoying everyone around you.

I am sure they accelerate quickly and handle great (thanks to lower central gravity) but other than that, a Lamborghini usually has the previous generation Audi interior (Gallardo) and doesn’t feel as unique as a Ferrari.

I probably have this feeling due to Lamborghini’s actual business heritage – in agriculture. When I found out at the age of 11 (1992) that Lamborghini was not originally a car company, I was extremely shocked! I guess that moment created a new neural pathway that prevented me from liking the Lamborghini, and as they produced ever louder and blingier cars, things did not go well.

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Bentley Mulsanne Product Ended

The time has arrived, the last Bentley Mulsanne has been manufactured after a period of 11 years. The era of the 6.75-lt V8 engine is finished, and the ‘real original’ Bentley has ceased to be. From now on, when you buy a Bentley, you will be buying a Porsche Panamera modular-platform vehicle.

The Mulsanne was one of the iconic designs of the Bentley, and it was the only ‘driver’s car’ luxury sedan. You will look ridiculous if you drive a Rolls-Royce, but the Mulsanne was different from the others, and that era is gone now.

The last car was manufactured for the US market, as you can see from the orange sidelights. Bentley manufactured 30 examples of the Mulsanne 6.75 Edition. This edition is based on the Mulsanne Speed with 530 PS power coming from the iconic 6.75-lt V8 engine. That engine was first used in the 1959 Bentley S1. Then it only produced 180 PS – and now 530PS!

Until further notice, the Bentley Flying Spur (aka Panamera) will be filling the space of the Mulsanne. And there will be a hybrid version of this car by 2023.

When you spot a Mulsanne on the road, then, keep in mind that it is not manufactured anymore.

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Bentley Built Their Last 6.75-lt V8 Engine

A few weeks ago, Bentley built their last 6.75-lt V8 engine. It was only used for the Mulsanne model. The iconic engine had been built for 60 years. It started its journey as a 180-hp engine, but now produces 500-hp. This engine became a part of the Bentley heritage: it was reliable, powerful and delivered the required torque without any hesitation. It revved up to 5,000 rpm, but was more than enough for a smooth acceleration.

Sadly, the sales of the Mulsanne fell heavily, and people were leaning towards SUVs. Therefore, Bentley had little option but to cease production of the Mulsanne and the iconic V8. The W12 will take over the role of this engine for the foreseeable future. Nonetheless, it won’t create the same emotional experience.

I know that using a 60-year-old engine is not considered logical nowadays. On the other hand, manufacturing the same engine for a long period enables it to realise its potential and reach a level of near perfection (in a manner of speaking).

The end of the Mulsanne and the 6.75-lt V8 marks the end of an era at Bentley.

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The New Mercedes-Benz S-Class (W223) Leaked

Exactly seven years ago, Mercedes-Benz S-Class press photos were leaked around this time (I have the actual date on my Facebook memories). But this time, it is not a press photo but an Instagram photo. The notorious Instagram account (https://www.instagram.com/cochespias/) for finding leaked car photos managed to find the images of the upcoming S-Class (W223). Sadly though, this is the next model! It looks like a Mercedes-Benz CLA sedan on steroids, and it has finally had its ultra-serious look removed. Yet unfortunately, the upcoming look of the S-Class reminds me of a ‘this look sells more cars’ face.

I am sure that many people will buy the new S-Class, there is no doubt about that. It is the critical player in this segment. But the interior is a bit disappointing. The new steering wheel is touch-capacitive capable, with Mercedes-Benz opting to use the touch screen features of a smartphone on the steering wheel and assumes that this is a good idea. While it means they don’t need moving buttons, this type of design will increase accidental taps and makes the learning curve too steep.

The centre console is a disaster. All touch screen trends started with the Range Rover and Audi caught this terrible virus. Now it is time for Mercedes-Benz. All touch screen centre consoles are pointless and silly – you can’t have button feedback, and you have to stop all the time to adjust the aircon temperature, or the seat heating, or whatever that can be done quickly using knobs and buttons.

Mercedes-Benz’s defence will, in all likelihood, be that it is a new technology and that the driver can use voice control. Voice control in cars has historically been rubbish and never works. Drivers need physical buttons and feedback to control basic controls while driving; otherwise they have to look at the central console to adjust minor things and stop looking at the road. This technology will work in level-5 autonomous vehicles, but we are not there yet! In the meantime, we still need physical buttons on the central console.

I think everyone agrees with you on this. So, what do you think about the buttonless touch only central consoles?

New Mercedes-Benz S-Class W223

New Mercedes-Benz S-Class W223

New Mercedes-Benz S-Class W223

New Mercedes-Benz S-Class W223

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Toyota C-HR by Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld was one of the most iconic fashion designers during his lifetime. His iconic black and white attire and distinctive style during every season always left a mark on fashion. Recently, Toyota Thailand decided to offer a limited edition version of C-HR by Karl Lagerfeld.

To be honest, I have no clue about what a C-HR is and what it does. From the looks of it, it looks like it is one of the hybrid SUV, coupe, and sedan vehicles. People love it, and the company is making it. I have no comment.

Anyway, the Karl Lagerfeld edition of the C-HR looks far better than the original, and it has a distinctive look and feel. Sadly, this edition is only available in the Thai market. I am sure that it would be worth giving this vehicle a try in the European markets.

Toyota C-HR Karl Lagerfeld

Toyota C-HR Karl Lagerfeld

Toyota C-HR Karl Lagerfeld

Toyota C-HR Karl Lagerfeld

Toyota C-HR Karl Lagerfeld

Toyota C-HR Karl Lagerfeld

Toyota C-HR Karl Lagerfeld

Toyota C-HR Karl Lagerfeld

Toyota C-HR Karl Lagerfeld

Photo Credit // Toyota Thailand

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Autosport International 2020

This year was my ninth-time at Autosport International Birmingham. I still can’t believe how all those years have passed so quickly. It has become a tradition for me to visit Autosport every January, and this year I didn’t break this tradition. As always, Autosport International 2020 was amazing, and there were amazing cars. Like every year, I stuck by at Porsche stand. I also enjoyed the retro Formula 1 cars – I still can’t quite believe how the F1 drivers in the 1980s and early 1990s were able to drive these cars.


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The Future of Mobility: Citroen AMI ONE

I am writing this article in May 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic. Public transportation is nearly empty most of the time, while the government has suggested people to avoid it. The alternative to public transportation typically ends with private transportation, which for most of us is a car. Yet using a car for a short commute is too much and sometimes even a small car can be a huge hassle to park.

Citroen AMI ONE could be a solution for the personal transportation issue, both during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. It is small, cute and manufactured by Citroen (I am hoping that it won’t breakdown). It is fully electric and the ideal size for the urban commute.

Ami One Concept reaches a top speed of 28mph (45km/h) with zero CO2 emissions. With a range of 62 miles (100km)

I think the future of commuting will rely heavily on public transportation and vehicle like the Citroen AMI ONE. What do you think?

Citroen AMI ONE

Citroen AMI ONE

Citroen AMI ONE

Citroen AMI ONE

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Ferrari Roma is Here

Ferrari recently revealed a new entry model called Roma. The exterior design of the Roma highly resembles Aston Martin’s Vantage and DB11 models. According to Ferrari, Roma is a brand new car, although the majority of its platform is based on Portofino excluding the unnecessary metal folding roof. I wouldn’t say I like the folding metal roof as they are too heavy and use too much space.

Roma is powered by a 3.9-lt V8 which is also seen in the 488, SF90, GTC4Lusso T, Portofino, F8, and Alfa Romeo Giulia (V6 version). The engine produces 620PS and is coupled with an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic. Unlike the Portofino, there are five stages on the Manettino switch, which makes the Roma a proper Ferrari.

Another beautiful thing with the Roma is the opportunity to remove all modelling and branding from the car. Ferrari focused on a clean and minimalist design for the Roma, and the removal of logos was part of this process. I would highly recommend it, and there is no point in showing everyone you have a Ferrari, and it signals a lack of self-esteem.

The clean design ended up with hidden active aerodynamic parts similar to the Porsche 911. If they don’t have any functionality, the aerodynamic parts are hidden. I love it!

The interior looks more like a Mercedes-Benz in that it has lots of screens and buttons, which I also like. Ferrari is moving towards a better driver experience through its infotainment and other electronic systems. Existing Ferrari models lack this, and they continue to feel like the gadgets have been retrofitted to a 1990s Ferrari (my opinion).

Overall, I like the Roma; it has all the Ferrari features, but nothing has been sacrificed. The engine is perfect, the design is impressive, and it represents the future of Ferrari.


Ferrari Roma

Ferrari Roma

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Why The Bugatti Veyron’s Top Speed was 407 kph?

In 2005, Bugatti revealed the ground-breaking Veyron 16.4. It boasted 1001 HP, and was capable of reaching 407 km/h, but why 407? Reaching 400 km/h was more than enough. In those days, there was no other car manufacturer capable of delivering 1000 HP or reaching 400 km/h. Why was Bugatti obsessed with 407 km/h?

A few weeks ago, the fifteenth birthday of the Veyron 16.4 was celebrated, and Bugatti duly revealed some of the secrets. The most interesting was the top speed. So, why 407 km/h?

Ferdinand Karl Piëch specified the 407 km/h speed. He was the mastermind behind the revival of the Bugatti brand and the delivery of more than 1000 HP from a W16 engine. And he wanted to break the 406 km/h limit. Here is the story.

In the 1960s, Piëch had developed the iconic Porsche 917. It won the 24-Hour Le Mans race in the 1960s and reached 406 km/h on the Hunaudières Straight. For Piëch, Veyron had to go faster, and the easiest way to achieve this goal was simply to reach 407 km/h.

Piëch was the brain behind the VW Group’s decision to buy Bugatti, create the VW Phaeton and, indeed, many other outstanding feats of engineering. According to some rumours (and simple calculations), the VW Group lost nearly £5 million on every Veyron sold. But no doubt they recovered the loss through the servicing bills, and also through the Chiron.

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Bugatti Veyron Orange HR Owen

Bugatti Veyron Orange HR Owen

Bugatti Veyron Orange HR Owen

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New Porsche 911 Turbo S Flaps

Porsche recently revealed the latest generation of the iconic Turbo S. It produces 650 horsepower from a 3.8-lt six-cylinder boxer engine. It only needs 2.7 seconds to reach 100km/h! This car is fantastic and also it is a stealth supercar; Porsche 911’s are well-known for being understated supercars. You can park them anywhere and people will not even notice them. The Porsche 911 is not like a Ferrari or a Lamborghini that shouts too much.

With the new Turbo S, there are some cool front cooling flaps and rear spoiler movements, like an aeroplane. Next time, you spot a Porsche 911 Turbo S on the road, you will know where to look!

Configurations at a glance:

Porsche 911 Turbo S Flaps

Porsche 911 Turbo S Flaps

Porsche 911 Turbo S Flaps

Porsche 911 Turbo S Flaps

Porsche 911 Turbo S: Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA): rear wing
Porsche 911 Turbo S: Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA): rear wing in performance position

911 Turbo S: Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA): rear wing
911 Turbo S: Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA): rear wing in speed position

Porsche 911 Turbo S: Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA): rear wing retracted
Porsche 911 Turbo S: Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA): rear wing retracted

Porsche 911 Turbo S: Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA): front spoiler
Porsche 911 Turbo S: Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA): front spoiler lip extended, cooling air flaps open

Porsche 911 Turbo S: Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA): front spoiler
Porsche 911 Turbo S: Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA): front spoiler lip extended, cooling air flaps open

911 Turbo S: Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA): cooling air flaps closed
911 Turbo S: Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA): cooling air flaps closed

Porsche 911 Turbo S: Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA): cooling air flaps closed
Porsche 911 Turbo S: Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA): cooling air flaps closed

Porsche 911 Turbo S: Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA): cooling air flaps open
Porsche 911 Turbo S: Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA): cooling air flaps open

Porsche 911 Turbo S: Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA): cooling air flaps open
Porsche 911 Turbo S: Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA): cooling air flaps open

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