Resident Evil? Diesel power in a Porsche Panamera - /CHRIS HARRIS ON CARS
The world thinks the Panamera is ugly, and that no Porsche should be powered by a diesel engine. So the Panamera diesel makes people froth with anger - mainly because they think it isn't fast enough. Chris investigates.
BMW M550d X Drive Road Test - /CHRIS HARRIS ON CARS
BMW M550d X Drive road test.
It has more torque than the space shuttle and BMW claims it will do over
40mpg. BMW also says it won't be selling the car in the UK or the US, the
places that DRIVE is most commonly viewed. But when something has 3 turbos, you've got to go drive it at 155mph: no?
Hennessey Venom GT: The World's Fastest Tuned Car - /TUNED
DRIVE EXCLUSIVE: With only six examples built to date, the Hennessey Venom
GT could be considered the fastest street car in the world. Built off the
Lotus Exige, this tuner car packs a 1200+ horsepower punch with a
theoretical top speed of 272mph. Host Matt Farah takes a quick ride in the
million dollar Texas built supercar for the Season 3 premiere of TUNED on
The 700 HP RennTech CLS63 AMG - /TUNED
Hartmut Feyhl left AMG after 15 years to start his own tuning company,
RennTech, which is now one of the most respected AMG tuners in the world.
His products range from simple software upgrades to full racing builds
based on AMG street cars. We take his new, 700 horsepower CLS63 for a spin
and establish a new benchmark for luxury sedans: must be able to do
burnouts while moving at highway speeds.
The 1,100 HP Switzer "Ultimate Street Edition" GTR - /TUNED
It wasn't long ago that driving a 1000+ horsepower car came with
many sacrifices. These were race or show cars, not to be used daily. Enter
the Switzer "Ultimate Street" GTR. On pump gas, it makes 1,000 horsepower with virtually no
downside. On race gas, it makes 1,100 horsepower. And the owner of
this particular GTR uses it as his daily driver to commute to work. Is
enough to get to the office? We'll find out.
**Update** 0-60: 2.5s, 1/4 Mile: 9.4 @ 150, Standing Mile 208 mph.
Nissan GT-R Track Pack v Porsche 997 Turbo S - /CHRIS HARRIS ON CARS
It's been raining in England for the past 6 weeks, so this is a damp test.
The GT-R Track Pack seems a bit half-hearted and, on-paper, the 997 turbo S is the closest rival. I went to an
evening track event at Brands hatch to discover the differences/ work out
if the Track pack is worth the extra cash.
2012 Porsche Panamera Test Drive & Luxury Sports Car Video Review
http://www.autobytel.com/porsche/panamera/2012/ The 2012 Porsche Panamera
is an interesting combination of automotive delicacies. The Panamera is one
part sports car, one part luxury car, one part hatchback, and one part
sedan. Over the past decade, Porsche has created a few unique vehicles to
target a broad range of car buyers. The Boxster is aimed at the entry level
sports car enthusiast while the Cayenne is aimed at those looking for a
quick SUV. But the Panamera offers 911 performance with a usable back seat.
The 2012 Porsche Panamera can range from $75,200 for the base model all the
way to $173,200 for the top of the line turbo S model.
The vehicle tested in this video is the base model Panamera 4 (AWD). It is
powered by a lightweight and direct injected 3.6 liter V-6 engine that
makes 300 horsepower and 295 lb-ft. of
torque. The transmission is the famous PDK twin-cutch 7-speed unit that
shifts lighting quick. Fuel economy on the 2012 Porsche Panamera is 18 MPG
in the city and 26 MPG on the highway thanks in part to an auto start/stop
system which shuts down the engine while the car is sitting idle. Sixty MPH
flies by in 5.8 seconds and the Panamera 4 has a top speed of 159 MPH. The
Panamera handles incredibly well thanks to the Porsche Traction Management
system. The AWD monitors driving situations and can adjust power as need.
The Panamera is equipped with Anti-Slip Regulation and Automatic Brake
Porsche Active Suspension Management is optional on the Panamera 4. This
system provides electronic dampening at all 4 corners of the car thus
reducing body roll and increasing handling. The system will also tighten up
the setting based on the selection of modes: Comfort, Sport, and Sport
Plus. The rims are 18-inch alloys wrapped in sticky rubber. The 2012
Porsche Panamera comes with huge 360 mm brakes up front and 330 mm brakes
out back. The calipers are six-piston units. Safety wise besides all the
electronic computer controlled systems, the Panamera 4 features a full
compliment of 2-stage airbags for both the front and rear passengers.
With the rear seats up the Panamera has a luggage compartment with over 15
cubic feet of storage space. But with he seats down the hatchback design
allows for over 44 cubic feet of cargo room which is a large amount for
this segment. And believe it or not the 2012 Porsche Panamera can tow up to
4850 lbs. The Panamera is a very efficient and powerful sports car that
offers a high level of luxury and sophistication while being able to
transport 4 passengers in style.
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