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Salon Privè 2023, Chelsea London

In just a few weeks, Salon Prive will return to the Royal Chelsea Hospital in London. Salon Prive is arguably one of the only motoring shows in West London. Even if you are not particularly interested in cars, it is worth attending to see artwork inspired by automobiles and to catch a glimpse of some concept vehicles that may or may not make it into production.

If none of these aspects captures your attention, you will still be at the Royal Chelsea Hospital, which was built in 1682. It is one of the most calming places in Chelsea and, surprisingly, someone has not yet managed to turn it into a block of flats. Simply walking around the hospital’s garden is a great experience to have.

Here is the link for the event:

https://www.salonprivelondon.com/buy-tickets/

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TikTok and Angry Birds on the New Mercedes Benz E-Class

The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class is going to feature TikTok and Angry Birds built into the MBUX system. We have been waiting for this for a long time. While Angry Birds may be considered an outdated smartphone game (sorry, Angry Birds, but your time has passed), it’s still nice to have it available. Meanwhile, TikTok has become a social media sensation. It’s better to have TikTok on your smartphone while you are at home or on public transportation.

It is not ideal to have TikTok on your car’s screen! TikTok is the most addictive social media app, and Mercedes-Benz is offering this app on its most “boring” car, the E-Class. I think Mercedes-Benz is trying to add some excitement to the E-Class with a TikTok app, but let’s be honest, the E-Class has always been seen as a bit dull.

The E-Class is not exactly known for being fun or exciting; the CLS is the cool one. Unfortunately, Mercedes-Benz is going to stop manufacturing the CLS.

From a logical perspective, adding TikTok to the E-Class is unlikely to attract a younger audience. And how are they supposed to use TikTok while driving a car? If they can only use TikTok when the car is not moving, what’s the point of having it in your car? Why not just use your smartphone?

The second strange feature in the new E-Class is inherited from the Porsche Panamera: touch screen controlled air vents. Did you know we have a built-in feature for moving air vents? It’s called our hands! Controlling air vents from a touch screen with a slight delay is like using a smartphone with a stylus!

The E-Class is a nice car in terms of engineering and technology, but it’s not designed for fun or excitement. It’s a car that gets the job done. I don’t really see the point of adding unnecessary features. I know Tesla adds everything to their cars, but the Tesla cars also have reliability issues. They even fail to do basic things like opening the door from the door handles.

Photos // Mercedes-Benz

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Bugatti Chiron Profilée Sold!

Bugatti Chiron Profilée was sold for €9,792,500 at RM Sotheby’s Paris auction, excluding VAT, making the final price higher. This makes the Chiron Profilee the most expensive car ever sold at an auction.

The Bugatti Chiron Profilée was planned as a limited-edition, but it was not produced due to the 500 unit allocation for the Chiron being filled before the Profilée. The Chiron Profilée is designed to be stiffer than the Pur Sport, offering a more dynamic driving experience. It features a fixed rear wing and has a top speed limit of 380 km/h. The engine’s redline has also been increased to 6900 RPM. The 8-lt W16 engine produces 1500 hp.

There is a rumor regarding the Bugatti W16 engine that it is based on either a VW VR engine or an Audi V8. The truth is unknown. However, it is certain that the buyer of the Chiron now possesses the last W16 engine ever built by Bugatti.

Photo // Bugatti

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Autosport International 2023

Autosport International is back in 2023, three years after its last appearance at NEC, Birmingham. I am excited to see the show this year and the return of cars and models.

I have been attending Autosport since 2012, and the last three years were a significant break.

As expected, the show was amazing. There were new companies, models, and exciting new motorsport technologies, particularly electric vehicle racing cars. I anticipate seeing more electric vehicles in future Autosport shows.

By the way, I don’t know the story behind that Lamborghini Huracan.

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This Article is Written by The ChatGPT Ai Tool // Bugatti Chiron

This article is written by an artificial intelligence tool called ChatGPT (http://chat.openai.com). I knew this day will come, and machines will write articles, but I wasn’t expecting this quickly. After 13 years of blogging here, I am proud to present the first article on my blog written by a machine.

The Bugatti Chiron is a mid-engined sports car developed and manufactured by Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. It is the successor to the Bugatti Veyron and was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 2016. The Chiron is named after Louis Chiron, a racing driver who won the Monaco Grand Prix three times in the 1920s and 1930s.

The Chiron is powered by an 8.0-liter quad-turbocharged W16 engine that produces 1,500 horsepower and 1,180 lb-ft of torque. It has a top speed of 261 mph, making it one of the fastest production cars in the world. The Chiron also has a 0-60 mph acceleration time of just 2.4 seconds, thanks to its all-wheel drive system and seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

In terms of design, the Chiron is a blend of traditional Bugatti styling cues and modern design elements. It has a long, low profile with a wide grille and a sweeping roofline. The Chiron also has distinctive LED lights and large air intakes to help cool the engine. Inside, the Chiron is luxurious and well-equipped, with comfortable leather seats and a high-tech dashboard.

The Bugatti Chiron is not just a high-performance machine, but also a work of art. Each Chiron is hand-built by a team of skilled craftsmen at Bugatti’s headquarters in Molsheim, France. The Chiron is limited to just 500 units, making it a rare and exclusive car that is highly sought after by collectors and enthusiasts.

Overall, the Bugatti Chiron is a stunning achievement in automotive engineering and design. It is a true masterpiece that pushes the boundaries of what is possible in a production car.

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13th Years

This year marks the 13th year of my blog. I never thought I would be blogging for such a long time, but here I am, still doing it. During these 13 years, blogging and many other things have changed a lot.

Soon, I will have a surprise for you on this blog. Stay tuned!

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The Porsche 911 Dakar

The Porsche 911 is one of the most iconic sports cars. It has been evolving since it was first introduced in 1964. It is one of the most refined sports cars with a wide range of engine options. Also, you can choose either a rear-wheel drive or an all-wheel drive option. Now, we have the Porsche 911 Dakar.

The Porsche 911 Dakar is designed for rough and tough terrain. The Dakar is here to get rid of your Cayenne and let you drive the real Porsche! I know the Cayenne is practical, has all-wheel drive and offers an off-road experience.

Now, the Porsche 911 Dakar can do the same, and you don’t need the Cayenne! The Porsche 911 Dakar is based on the Carrera S with a 50mm uplifting suspension kit with an option to lift it an additional 30mm via a four-corner lift system.

The Porsche 911 Dakar is powered by a 911 GTS engine, a 3.0-litre Biturbo six-cylinder engine with 480 PS (353 kW) and a maximum torque of 570 Nm. The Dakar can reach 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds and the top speed is only limited to 240 km/h due to the all-terrain tyres. The engine is coupled with an 8-speed PDK gearbox. Rear-axle steering is also available. Dakar’s off-road top speed is limited to 170 km/h, but I am sure this speed will be enough on rough terrain. And there is a new driving mode: Rally and Off-Road.

There will only be 2500 Porsche 911 Dakars produced for £173,000. If you can afford it, go buy it!

Photos // Porsche

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Ford Discontinued the Fiesta

At the end of October 2022, Ford announced its decision to discontinue the Fiesta from June 2023 onward.

The Fiesta is one of the longest-standing vehicles in the industry, having been produced for 47 years. Unfortunately, the trend and addiction to driving SUVs has forced Ford to stop manufacturing the Fiesta.

This segment of Ford will be replaced by Puma’s electric version. Honestly, the Puma looks weird, and in the early 2000s, the Puma brand used to be a car based on the Ford Ka.

The original Ford Fiesta was launched in 1976, and since then more than 18 million units have been built around the world. Recently, Ford discontinued the Mondeo, Galaxy, and S-Max models. Honestly, I never liked MPVs (Galaxy and S-Max); they can be gone for good!

Anyway, I’m hoping that one day, the Fiesta will be back again. Until that time, we will miss you, Fiesta!

Images // Ford

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The Last Bugatti Chiron, Mistral

A few days ago, Bugatti revealed its most radical design yet – a permanent open-roof hypercar.

I know that the permanent open-top style is not new to the industry. However, it is completely new to a car that produces 1,600hp and can exceed 420 km/h! Driving faster than 400 km/h in an open-top car severely challenges the driver and passenger. I can only imagine the turbulence inside the cabin created at those speeds. I’m sure it will be safe, but I doubt it will be a pleasant experience for anyone to reach speeds of 400 km/h.

Importantly, though, no one is buying the Mistral for the speed – the lucky 99 buyers will own the final W16-powered Bugatti series. The W16 engine is not feasible anymore as a gas-only engine, and the world has changed. All brands are moving towards electric, and that’s why Bugatti is under the Rimac brand in VW Group. The Bugatti Mistral is the final addition to the W16-series, and W16 will be gone forever when the 500 Chirons sell out.

Is the Mistral worth buying? Yes, absolutely. Worth driving at 400 km/h? I’m not sure about that!

Photos // Bugatti

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VW Phaeton Second Generation Revealed (kind of)

VW recently revealed the pictures of VW Phaeton’s cancelled second generation. Sadly, the Phaeton didn’t manage to see its second generation. When Phaeton was first revealed in 2003, it shocked the industry. VW was entering into the luxury F-segment and going to compete with Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

To compete in the luxury segment, Phaeton was offering groundbreaking technologies. Phaeton was designed to be driven non-stop at 50-degree at 300 km/h, with an interior temperature of 22. This was requested by Ferdinand Piech (grandson of Ferdinand Porsche). And Phaeton achieved this request. To be an invincible vehicle, Phaeton was over-engineered with many redundancy systems. Everything had a backup system designed to survive the most challenging conditions. Another game-changer feature was the windows were coated with an anti-moisture coat. So whatever you do, inside the Phaeton, you won’t have foggy windows (Tried by Jeremy Clarkson at Top Gear).

I can’t forget the mechanical arms of the boots; they were a piece of engineering. Still, you can’t find this type of engineering in any of the cars. Phaeton was a gamer changer. Also, I can’t forget the W12 engine, not a V12, a W12! This was another game-changer in automotive engineering. Air condition would never make you sick, with the torsional rigidity of 37000 nm/degree (this is high). There were also more requests from Piech but never revealed to the public.

Sadly, Phaeton had one problem, it was a VW. And it was nearly impossible to compete with Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7-Series, Audi A8, Maserati Quattroporte, Lexus LS and Jaguar XJ (now gone). Even the Jaguar couldn’t keep up with the competition. S-Class has always been the leader of the F-segment. VW had the money but couldn’t gain traction. Sadly, Phaeton was out of production in 2016.

Interestingly, the highest demand came from China and South Korea. Although this demand didn’t manage the keep the production alive. The Phaeton was also used for first-generation Bentley FlyingSpur and did really well.

So, what are these second-generation pictures of Phaeton? VW just wanted us to show what the second generation Phaeton could have looked like. As I am not an industrial designer, one thing I can say, the first-generation Phaeton has cleaner lines and looks better. I hope Frank Stephenson will cover the second-generation Phaeton in his future videos.

The second generation Phaeton was going to have a plug-in hybrid system, the same V6, V8, and W12 engines. Also, electrochromic side windows was on the plan. At the touch of a button, the user can switch from opaque to transparent glass.

Lastly, Phaeton was a great car. If you find a clean one with a W12 engine, go for it! If you live in China, Phaeton is kind of alive as Phideon. It is a smaller version based on a smaller platform.

Photos // VW