Rolls-Royce Ghost: this preparation signed Spofec offers 685 horsepower

Rolls-Royce Ghost this preparation signed Spofec offers 685 horsepower

It is not easy to entrust a Rolls-Royce to tuning specialists, but the Germans at Spofec have successfully taken care of the new Ghost.

Spofec (for “SPirit OF ECstasy”) is the department of the German preparer Novitec specializing in the preparation of models of the Rolls-Royce brand. After the Wraith Black Badge, here is a new personalization and performance pack intended for the second generation of the Ghost.

The power of the 6.75-liter twin-turbo V12 in the new Rolls-Royce Ghost has been increased to 685 horsepower and 985 Nm of torque, thanks to an additional unit called “Spofec N-Tronic.”

They allowed an increase of no less than 114 horsepower and 135 Nm of torque compared to the original configuration. Performance is up, with a 0 to 100 km / h swallowed in 4.5 seconds, or 0.3 seconds better, while the top speed remains limited to 250 km / h.

As an option, an active stainless steel exhaust system is also available, offering a sportier sound to the luxury sedan.

Spofec Rolls-Royce Ghost: discreet personalization

Unlike Mansory’s eccentricity, Novitec Spofec prefers discretion: aesthetically, this Ghost offers carbon-fiber bodywork elements, such as a revised front bumper with more oversized air intakes, side vents, side sill extensions, a discreet rear spoiler, as well as a redesigned rear apron.

Of particular note is the superb 22-inch Vossen forged rims, enhanced by the “Spofec Can-Tronic” air suspension, which lowers the trim level by 40 mm.

The interior is fully customizable to the customer’s taste. In this example, they trimmed the interior in black leather with contrasting orange accents, matched with shiny black inserts on the dashboard and center console.

Spofec has not specified a price for this preparation for the new Ghost, but given the number of luxurious materials used, such as carbon fiber, it is already looking expensive. A standard Rolls-Royce Ghost is already selling for a check for around 300,000 euros, excluding options.

 

Bentley Flying Spur Decadence: a unique pickup version

Bentley Flying Spur Decadence a unique pickup version

DC Customs took on the Bentley Flying Spur and turned it into a luxurious pickup, dubbed Decadence.

Bentley took another unprecedented step when it decided to market in 2015 its first SUV, the Bentayga, going well beyond the luxury sedans, coupes, and convertibles usually made by the British firm.

So, why not a pickup? It was a crazy idea that a wealthy British owner of a Flying Spur had.

For this, he called on DC Customs, an English company located not far from Birmingham and specializing in the restoration of classic models and the preparation of fully personalized cars.

This Bentley Flying Spur Decadence does not go unnoticed.

Initially, the Bentley Flying Spur was a large four-door sedan: for this project called “Decadence,” They utterly transformed the rear part.

The two rear doors have disappeared, and a large tipper has replaced the welcoming rear seats and the trunk.

The car was made with a luxurious wood veneer, made like the floor of a luxury yacht.

This new space perfectly complements the interior of the vehicle, covered in two-tone caramel leather, contrasting with a brown carpet and noble wood inserts.

The exterior styling is also eye-catching, with two-tone paintwork combining a deep purple with a metallic gray that can find on the hood and the front grille, not to mention the “Decadence” badges.

DC Customs did not specify its price, nor how many hours were necessary to carry out this crazy project.

But that made this unique example of running on the road, and that its happy owner will therefore drive it…

Kia Stinger: it could disappear in 2022

Kia Stinger it could disappear in 2022

Kia is rumored to be phasing out its Stinger sedan from next year, following disappointing sales figures.

In a gloomy automotive landscape, where SUVs and other electric cars are legion today, the Korean manufacturer has proven with the Kia Stinger that he was not afraid to go hunting in the lands of the BMW 5 Series, with an elegant premium sedan whose twin-turbo V6 of 366 horsepower does not lack qualities.

Unfortunately, prejudices die hard, and Kia does not benefit from the brand image of German manufacturers, while customers have preferred in recent years to turn to SUVs. The sales figures are necessarily affected, and even if the Kia Stinger was not designed to break sales records, it only sold 1,387 copies last year in Europe.

Kia Stinger: change of plans in the second quarter of 2022

These figures are necessarily disappointing for the Korean manufacturer, which no longer even communicates on them … And for good reason, according to the latest rumors relayed by The Korean Car Blog , which cites local industrial sources, the Stinger should bow out as of second quarter 2022 . The information has, however, not yet been officially confirmed by the brand.

In fact, Kia should proceed next year with the transformation of its plant in Sohari, which produces the Stinger. This factory located in Gwangmyeong, near Seoul in South Korea, will then be devoted only to electrified models of the Kia range, even though the Stinger should not be equipped with a hybrid or electric engine.

For one of its last appearances in public, the Kia Stinger had distinguished itself a few days ago at the Goodwood Festival with an exclusive version, called the Kia Stinger GT420 and whose 3.3-liter twin-turbo petrol V6 engine was increased to 422 horsepower and 560 Nm of torque.

 

The Bentley Continental GT3 Pikes Peak develops 760 hp!

The Bentley Continental GT3 Pikes Peak develops 760 hp

Bentley Motors unveils the technical sheet of the Bentley Continental GT3 which will be entered in the Time Attack 1 category at Pikes Peak 2021!

For the purposes of Pikes Peak 2021 , Bentley Motorsport has prepared in collaboration with the private structure FastR an extraordinary Continental GT3.

With this car, the manufacturer will try to aim for a third consecutive record on the famous Pikes Peak race, after those obtained in 2018 and 2019, with two different models: the Bentayga in the production SUV category and the Continental GT in the vehicle category. of production.

A Continental GT3 ready for the race

Bentley Motorsport and FastR saw it big for racing. The engine already, a 4.0-liter turbo V8 , is powered by a specific biofuel-based petrol (98RON), and it goes from 580 hp to almost 760 hp! The torque has also been revised upwards and reaches 1000 Nm instead of the usual 750 Nm. The car has been modified with the addition of a thicker carbon fiber intake manifold for example, as well as custom Akrapovic exhaust manifolds.

With this power boost, the Continental GT3 received a second cooling system at the rear to allow the engine to stay at operating temperature throughout the hill climb. Air intakes also appear and replace the rear side windows.

Finally, the chassis has also been modified and prepared specifically for this race.

Reworked aerodynamics

Bentley engineers have equipped their model with a body with a completely redesigned aerodynamics , which provides no less than 30% more downforce ! The beast is also equipped with an XXL diffuser and a gigantic rear spoiler which allows optimal support at high speed.

These parts of the aero pack are made for the most part with nylon-carbon fiber filament , which offers increased strength at minimal weight.

 

Lexus ES (2021): prices for the restyled sedan

Lexus ES (2021) prices for the restyled sedan

The restyled Lexus ES is now available to order. On the French market, the Japanese sedan is displayed from € 50,490.

Launched in 2018, the seventh generation Lexus ES has just undergone a mid-career restyling . If the exterior design has changed very little (grille and headlamps slightly revised, new body colors and original rim designs), the interior has received a new central touch screen oriented towards the driver.

A restyling that is (almost) not visible

At the same time, the technique has also been reworked with stiffer rear suspension braces, improved Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) and a more ergonomic brake pedal. Finally, this restyling was also an opportunity for Lexus to carry out a technological update with the arrival of the latest generation of the “Safety System +” safety package. (adaptive cruise control, active emergency trajectory correction. , recognition of traffic lanes, detection of cyclists and pedestrians, etc.).

Still exclusively hybrid

Today, this new version of the Japanese sedan is available on the French market . Lexus opens its order book and announces an entry price set at … € 50,490. It’s 500 € more than before

In Europe, the Lexus ES is still only marketed in a 300h hybrid version , with 218 hp. The first deliveries will take place in November 2021.

All prices for the restyled Lexus ES

Find out below the prices of the restyled Lexus ES;

  • ES 300h: 50,490 €
  • ES 300h Luxe : € 56,490
  • ES 300h F SPORT Executive: € 61,990
  • ES 300h Executive: € 65,990

 

BMW M3 competition: Manhart offers him 635 horsepower!

BMW M3 competition Manhart offers him 635 horsepower

The trainer Manhart is now tackling the Competition version of the M3 and increasing its power to 635 hp!

This time, Manhart tackles the BMW M3 Competition and brings out the heavy artillery. Thus modified, this BMW adopts the designation MH3 600 and develops, as one might guess, more than 600 horsepower!

A half-black, half-gold, half-carbon look

For this modding, the BMW M3 has undergone some aesthetic changes . And they are not to displease us … quite the contrary.

The body sports a shiny black paint, with several touches of gold color as well as a lot of carbon fiber elements! We find in this material a new blade at the front for example, a rear spoiler or special reworked side skirts.

On the roads, it stands out thanks to 21-inch wheels with large tires: 255/30 at the front and 295/25 at the rear. With all these modifications, we are almost beginning to tolerate the imposing double bean grille that has caused so much talk!

The M3 pushed to the limit

Manhart takes the BMW M3 Competition from 510 horsepower and 650 Nm of standard torque to nearly 635 horsepower for 780 Nm. Great progress!

With this gain in power, the Manhart MH3 600 reaches 200 km / h in less than 10.5 seconds, and the bar of 250 km / h in less than 17 seconds. The latter is four seconds faster than the production car. The intermediate sprint of 100 to 200 km / h is achieved in just 6.42 seconds.

As a reminder, the car is powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo in-line 6 cylinder . For preparation, Manhart improved its performance by installing new engine power management software. And the power gain is impressive!

 

Aurus Senat: production begins for Vladimir Putin’s sedan

Aurus Senat production begins for Vladimir Putins sedan

Production of this Russian Rolls-Royce rival, backed by Vladimir Putin himself, has started at the Ford Sollers plant in Elabuga, Russia.

Serial production of the Aurus Senat was started at the Ford Sollers plant in Elabuga, located in western Russia. This luxury sedan was developed under the leadership of Vladimir Putin , who wanted a new state limousine, just like in the good old days of the Soviet Union.

On this occasion, the Russian President declared that this industrial launch represented a “significant event for the Russian automobile industry, and for the national industry as a whole” .

Aurus Senat: up to 300 copies per year

This prestigious model is not only reserved for the services of the Russian State, but is aimed at wealthy customers by positioning itself as an alternative to Rolls-Royce or Bentley . The manufacturer plans to produce between 200 and 300 copies per year , at a unit price of 18 to 22 million rubles depending on the version, or the equivalent of 203,000 to 248,000 euros .

Under the hood, we find a twin-turbo hybrid V8 with 4.4 liters of displacement, developed in collaboration with Porsche and displaying a power of 590 horsepower and 880 Nm of torque , all transmitted to the four-wheel drive by means of ‘a nine-speed automatic transmission. An even more prestigious version, equipped with a V12 engine, should make its appearance later.

Inside, the model is fully customizable, with two independent rear seats, a Champagne refrigerator, aviation shelves, not to mention a good dose of leather and real wood inserts.

 

DS 4 (2021): wheel trims compulsory on the entry-level finish!

DS 4 (2021) wheel trims compulsory on the entry-level finish

Tempted to fall for the “French luxury” promised by the DS 4 sedan? Pay attention to the basic finish, which forces you to equip it with sheet metal rims …

DS recently unveiled all the prices for its DS 4 sedan, and put its configurator online. The opportunity to discover a rather unexpected decision: on the entry-level finish, called Bastille, you will not have access to alloy rims ! While this finish already climbs to € 29,200 , you will have to go “old-fashioned”, with sheet metal rims and hubcaps … Even going through the options, impossible to override. In the DS configurator, sheet metal rims are also listed as “a strong point” …

To have access to classic alloy rims, it will cost € 1,000 more for the Bastille + finish.

More expensive than its rivals

A frankly absurd look, in contrast with the tense and modern lines of the DS 4. She who wants to play in the big leagues and attack the German premium like the Mercedes Class A or the Audi A3 . And the latter, in addition to being less expensive (€ 28,899 for the Mercedes, € 28,630 for the Audi), of course offer alloy wheels as standard.

The fact remains that the Frenchwoman is, apart from this conduct, better equipped at the entry level. We find for example the PureTech 130 under the hood, while the Germans have to be content with 110 hp blocks. The interior is also well-equipped as standard, with a 7-inch digital instrument cluster, and a 10-inch central touchscreen.

A decision which is therefore all the more surprising. This is clearly a misstep for DS, which wants to display itself as French luxury. A luxury that rolls on sheet metal rims …

 

Mercedes S-Class (2021): Mansory offers up to 526 horsepower

Mercedes S-Class (2021) Mansory offers up to 526 horsepower

For once, Mansory has not disfigured this Mercedes S-Class, which offers a more aggressive look and overpowered engine preparation.

Mansory is renowned for marketing aesthetic preparations of sometimes questionable taste , for sports cars and other luxury cars of many brands. Recently launched, the latest generation of Mercedes S-Class (Type W 223) also went through the workshops of the German preparer, but once is not customary, the proposed modifications are rather discreet.

Mercedes S-Class (2021): a complete body kit

The new Mercedes S-Class is seen here decked out with a carbon fiber body kit , including air intakes, mirror caps, a front spoiler, side skirts, a roof and trunk spoiler, or a extractor at the rear, with a quadruple exhaust outlet. Two models of 22-inch alloy wheels to choose from complete this exterior look.

Inside, we find carbon fiber inserts, a specific steering wheel trimmed with leather and enhanced with carbon fiber, specific mats, an aluminum pedals, as well as leather upholstery, whose colors and stitching are customizable. according to the tastes of the end customer.

Under the hood, Mansory offers engine preparation for the S 400d and S 500 versions . The S 400d Diesel version now displays a power of 395 horsepower and 837 Nm of torque , i.e. a gain of 65 horsepower and 137 Nm compared to the original engine: here, the 0 to 100 km / h is swallowed in 4.8 seconds (i.e. 0.6 seconds faster) for a maximum speed of 270 km / h (+ 20 km / h). The S 500 petrol version develops 526 horsepower and 629 Nm of torque , i.e. a gain of 91 horsepower and 190 Nm of torque: the 0 to 100 km / h is shot in 4.3 seconds (i.e. 0.6 seconds more fast) for a maximum speed of 270 km / h (+ 20 km / h).

 

Mercedes-Maybach S 680 (2021): no, the V12 is not dead!

Mercedes-Maybach S 680 (2021) no, the V12 is not dead

The new Mercedes S-Class (Type W223) comes in its most luxurious version: the Mercedes-Maybach S 680, equipped with a twin-turbo V12 engine.

Introduced last year, the new generation of the Mercedes S-Class is the flagship of the German manufacturer. But for customers looking for even more luxury and exclusivity , the large sedan was also available from Maybach, with a 510 horsepower V8 engine to begin with.

If the V12 engine has disappeared from the Mercedes-Benz and Mercedes-AMG ranges, it seems that it will continue its career well, at least for a time, at Mercedes-Maybach : indeed, on the occasion of the centenary of the brand of luxury this year, a new S 680 version will crown the Maybach range.

Mercedes-Maybach S 680 (2021): a twin-turbo V12 engine of 612 horsepower

First photos of the model have already appeared on the brand’s official website in Russia, although Mercedes has yet to officially release details about it. We rediscover the S-Class signed Maybach with a two-tone paint and imposing multi-spoke rims, while the “S 680” and “V12” badges are appearing on the body.

Under the hood, the 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 engine will develop no less than 612 horsepower , and will be mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. What to move without problem the more than 2.3 tons of the model, which will swallow the 0 to 100 km / h in 4.5 seconds , for a maximum speed of 250 km / h. A four-wheel-drive 4Matic transmission should also be there.

This Mercedes-Maybach S 680 , which should join the ranking of the most luxurious and expensive vehicles in the world, should not be marketed in Europe, the antipollution standards being more and more severe there. On the other hand, it should without any difficulty find its customers among the billionaires of Asia or the Middle East …