Lambo Cayenne

Is it just me or does the Urus look exactly the same as the Cayenne. It seems to me that just as the Aventador; Lambroghini got to design the car, but Volks/Audi/Porsche do the rest. In my opinion there was no need for this, even though Lamborghini has done an SUV project before. This project seems the same as a BMW enthusiast who wants a wagon 5-series in manual transmission to be produced in the U.S., but BMW wouldn’t do that for the mere 20-30 people who would buy it. However, in Lamborghini’s case, the buyers “usually” have deeper pockets and may also be investors in the company.

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Seems to me that Lamborghini’s’ are continually being watered down and not representing “Ferrari’s evil twin” like they did in past models. Even the former hosts of Top Gear having given comment about this change in Lamborghini, saying that it, Lamborghini, “should be making cars, they want to make not cars that will make them a few extra $$.” So why waste time on this project, when they could focus on something better?….Like a RWD counterpart of the Aventador………..maybe.

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AUDI TT vs AUDI TT (GT6)

The TT is a car that I never though I would ever buy or even consider choosing in a video game. However the updated look has really grown on me especially when tuners get a hold of them. So here we have two TT models: 1.) 07′ 3.2L V6 Quattro TT (dark blue), 2) 09′ 2.0L I4 Turbo Quattro TTS (silver). I ran them at Le Mans, where the V6 beat the TTS by ~2 seconds based on a best out of 3 laps. Time for the V6 was 3:38.87 vs the TTS 3:40.43.

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power/torque 430hp/360 lb*ft 431hp/ 380 lb*ft
weight ratio 58F: 42R “”
power to weight: 2.98kg/hp “”
Tires Sports Hard “”
Weight  1283 kg 1287kg
Suspension Racing Soft “”
Brakes Racing Brakes Standard
Transmission CF Drive shaft; Ratio (1st to final): 3.350, 2.0090, 1.47, 1.09, 1.110, .850, 4.240 No upgrades. Ratio 2.923, 1.956, 1.400, 1.400, 1.032, 1.076, .87, 4.769
Engine Upgrades exhaust manifold, intake, catalytic converter, Stage-3-Engine tune, ECU, and sports exhaust Stage 1 Engine tune, ECU, Racing Exhaust, Low RPM spec turbo, exhaust manifold, intake and catalytic converter
Weight Savings Stage 1 “”

 

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Manually Getting There.

So I composed a list for North American car manufacturers offering a manual transmission in their line up. I found a lot of interesting things when searching through different car web pages, especially gaudy flair.

The Alfa Romeo webpage was by far the most confusing of them all. I tried to get a simple spec sheet that took me more than 6 minutes to find, I should have been paid for fanyarin’ that kazi. Porsche also has too many options for their cars that they fail in giving a clean webpage to properly choose and differentiate between the options. Honestly, if you are getting a brand new Porsche, find a dealership and let them help you with those choices. The easiest page was Scion, nothing flashy and quite simple to understand and build my car.

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Few surprises were with Audi only having manuals for its A4, A5, and R8 lines, this includes S models. They had the easiest and cleanest web configuration when building a car out of the other luxury brand vehicles. Volkswagen also shares parts with the A3 through the A6 models, so I was surprised that the A3 didn’t have a manual transmission standard/option, yet all Volkswagen’s do. With the release of the new Lamborghini Huracan I won’t be surprised if the new R8 V10 loses the manual option too.

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The three Japanese luxury brands have essentially phased out all manual transmissions in their line up. I know Acura is now officially overseen by U.S. management as of the beginning of this year, so I’m not sure if the ILX will even remain a manual. Infiniti hasn’t released its official Q60 coupe since it shares engines with the Fairlady Z and Lexus decided the IS models don’t need manuals anymore.

For the American brands, Ford had options on almost all their sedans and coupes besides the Taurus. Chevrolet and Dodge also had a great line-up for a manual transmission package on their cars. As for  luxury U.S. cars, Buick and Cadillac had at least one or two options performance cars with manual options.

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Lotus, Porsche, and Subaru were my all time favorites. They still offer manuals as standard and their line-up’s were amazing. The BMW range disappoints me, it looks like they are slowly trying to let go of the manual. However I’m glad the M6 and M5 still have that option available.

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LeMans 2014, feeds for an incredible fight for 2015.

Although I’m not too ecstatic of Audi winning this years Le Mans in the LMP1  category, I can’t wait to see what is going to happen next year. Toyota and Porsche gave a hard fight, but their issues were more “permanent” then the Audi turbochargers failing. Audi will definitely need to step up their game to keep Porsche and Toyota from grabbing wins in the LMP1 class.

Also congrats to Ferrari and Aston Martin in the GT classes. Awesome driving.

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