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The New Mercedes S63 AMG Coupe Set to Make a Splash in New York

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The New York Auto Show is scheduled to take place in April this year, and one of the undeniable stars of the show is expected to be the brand new Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4Matic Coupe. Details have recently been revealed ahead of this debut, to help build anticipation for what promises to be a super-fast and powerful new showing from Mercedes.

Engine Power and Speed

One of the top features of the new Mercedes S63 is its hand-built, twin-turbocharged 5.5-litre V-8 engine. This has an output of 577 horsepower, and is equipped with an AMG Speedshift 7-speed transmission. Drivers can also expect to have access to the all-wheel drive hardware that is also standard on other recent Mercedes vehicles. Take a look at these examples at Carsales for other vehicles featuring the 4Matic all-wheel-drive hardware to see how it stands up to the competition. The new S63 AMG Coupe will weigh in at about 4,400 pounds, yet it will be able to hit top speeds of 186 mph and accelerate from zero to 60 mph in only 3.9 seconds. Although there are lighter cars on the road, the new S63 AMG 4matic Coupe uses technology to help trim the fat. This includes carbon-ceramic brakes, light-alloy AMG wheels, and an aluminium body for a more aerodynamic end product. It will also have a lighter battery and composite brakes.

Mercedes S63 AMG Coupe side
Mercedes S63 AMG Coupe side

Further Features

Anticipation is running high for the new S63 AMG Coupe, due to its exclusivity and sophisticated ride quality. It’s expected to be one of Mercedes’ most exclusive products once it goes into production, to help fill the shoes of the popular SLS AMG Coupe. Pricing has not yet been announced, but it’s expected to be in the six figure range or comparable to the current C63 AMG Coupe. Further features that help this luxury car stand out include an AMG sports exhaust providing three different modes and levels of noise. One of the coolest new features will be its Magic Body Control and curve tilting, which allows the car to lean into corners like motorcycles do. It should be good fun to take out for a spin on winding roads at top speeds with features like that.

Mercedes S63 AMG Coupe
Mercedes S63 AMG Coupe

Interior luxury features will include a three-spoke steering wheel, aluminium shift paddles, leather seating, and high-resolution display. The dashboard will be equipped with a new touchpad, which is used to control the sat-nav, phone system, and radio. Its exterior features are also distinctive. The new AMG Coupe will get a twin-blade radiator grille in a sleek shade of silver chrome, along with a glossy black diffuser and multiple exhaust pipes. It’s designed to stand out on the road as an exclusive luxury vehicle that will be able to hit top speeds on a regular basis.

With features like these, it’s no doubt that when the new Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Coupe finally makes it New York debut, it will be certain to stand out from the crowd. Due to its speed and price point, it could become strong competition for crowd favourites like the Bentley Continental and Aston Martin Rapide.

What Dream Cars Are Made Of

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What’s your idea of a dream car? With all the sci-fi films, TV shows and animations we watch, there’s little doubt that the vehicle you’d create, given the chance, would be out of this world yet practical. It should fly, right? Or maybe a vehicle that transforms into a jet or a ship on demand. In the past, such imaginings can be relegated to just that—imagination. But with technological advancements today, your dream car can be a reality very soon.

A car with wings

What used to be fiction is now a real thing. The AeroMobil 3.0 is a flying car with all the makings of a vehicle and jet rolled into one. Although it is still a prototype, it definitely brings the world closer to the real thing.

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A car with a sensational design

When shopping for a car, it often boils down to the design. Who wants to drive a weird-looking vehicle, anyway? Although futuristic ideas aren’t entirely straightforward and ordinary, Renovo Motors’ electric coupe definitely stripped off such over-the-top vehicle design of anything out of place and mimicked a sleek style that have been loved for years. It has the body of the 1964 Shelby Daytona, but the high-tech features of future vehicles.

A car that runs on hydrogen fuel

Toyota has been working on a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle (FCV) known as Mirai. Compared to gasoline or electricity, hydrogen is more environment-friendly because it has zero emission. Well, okay, it does emit water and vapor, but that’s it. The problem, however, is that there are no hydrogen filling station yet.

A car with airless tires

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Can you imagine tires without air? Well, with the Air Free concept tire from Bridgestone, there’s really no need to imagine it. It may look like a huge fan attached to a vehicle, but the design is said to be the tire technology that will be used in the future. The tire is made of resin bands and rubber tread.

Other features you dream car can have include self-driving technology, sophisticated display projected above the dashboard and a vehicle-to-vehicle communication system.

Why Taking a Portable Generator on Your Road Trip is the Best Decision You’ll Ever Make

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Making the decision to head out on a road trip, whether it’s for one week, one month or one year, is a hugely exciting experience no matter how young or old you are, as is the idea of exploring unknown places, whether that’s at home or abroad. From deciding what clothes to pack, how much food you’ll need to take and whether you’re covered by your current motor insurance abroad, there are a huge amount of considerations and preparations you simply must think about.

No matter if you’re a weathered adventurer or you’re setting off on your very first road trip, there are always items you’re going to forget, but one thing you simply must not overlook is a portable generator. A portable generator is just that – portable – and takes up very little room when travelling around. As well as this, they have a whole host of practical uses – here are just a few:

Practicalities

Whether you’re sleeping in a tent or you’re in something a little more luxurious, like a campervan, there are certain things that will make a road trip just that little bit easier. From hair dryers to portable freezers, a portable generator will allow you to power all of those essentials you simply cannot go without. Being able to generate power for a portable freezer or fridge will mean that you can travel around more freely and eradicate the worry of having to plan your days around finding food and drink.

Portable Generator
Portable Generator

Entertainment

A portable generator, like the ones sold by SGS Engineering, are a necessity if you want to use any sort of electrical items whilst you’re away. If you are road tripping for longer than a week or two and especially if you’re camping or spending the night in the middle of nowhere, then you’ll no doubt go a little mad if you’re left with no entertainment. A portable generator can power a television set and a radio, allowing you to catch up on your favourite shows or news whilst you’re away.

Keep in Contact

Modern technology is everywhere these days, and whilst you may want to appear the reckless, un-contactable type, especially if you’re travelling alone, at some point you’re going to want to let someone know you’re okay. As well as this, it’s important for emergency purposes too. A portable generator gives you the opportunity to charge your phone, but it’s entirely up to you whether you switch it on.

Before you hit the road, ensure you spend time researching which generator will suit the jobs you want it to do, as well as emitting little or no noise when you’re using it.

Top 5 Off-Road Customizations

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Your choice of vehicle makes a statement about your identity.  Some people choose compact, eco-friendly cars, while others are partial to noisy muscle cars.  Some people prefer to show off with a fancy convertible, while others would rather turn an old van into a latter day Furthur.  Whichever vehicle you choose, customizing it makes even more of a statement.  Here are some practical and eye-catching customizations for off-road vehicles:

LED Light Strips

LED light strips make your off-road vehicle look impressive.  Granted, more people are likely to see them when you drive in the city.  You can use them to announce your victorious return from an off-road adventure.  Plus, they have a great retro 90s vibe.

Tonneau Cover Rack

A tonneau cover is a necessity for any off-road vehicle with an open truck bed.  If you have to transport tall objects, you can make your tonneau cover better suited to that purpose.  A tonneau cover rack makes it easy to transport tall items safely.

Leveling Kit

You can’t really tell by looking that a truck has a leveling kit, but it is a very functional customization.  A Bilstein leveling kit will make your truck perform better on bumpy terrain.  It is a great choice for off-road driving in rocky or mountainous areas.

Wheels and Tires for Off-Road Driving

Off-road wheels are essential if you are going to drive on unpaved roads a lot of the time.  Mud tires are also a good choice if you live in a rainy or temperate climate.

Under Hood Light

You don’t think about under hood lights until you have to fix your truck at night.  If your truck does malfunction at night, you will be glad to have the light.

Customizations can be fun, and they can also help your vehicle perform better.

Smart Car Features We’re Looking to See in the Near Future

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People dreamed of flying cars. Breakthroughs in car technology suggest that we’re about to see one soon. In a hangar in Prineville, Oregon, car engineer Sam Bousfield gave Smithsoian a glimpse of his flying car, which he expects to fly sometime this year. But whether or not, Bousfield’s flying car successfully takes off, and we’re sure to see all kinds of new and interesting vehicles in the near future.

Here are some of those of futuristic smartcar features that will definitely change the way we drive.

Anti-Collision System

Sometime in the future, collision will be a thing of the past as vehicles learn how to community among themselves. Technologies that are capable of warning drivers of an approaching vehicle or preventing a collision by automatically setting the brakes off are now available. As a matter of fact, German luxury vehicle manufacturer BMW has successfully created a car that automatically parks itself when it senses an impending crash. The BMW i3 which was featured in last year’s CES in Las Vegas is designed with an ActiveAssist technology that enables the car to brake automatically when it is about to hit a brick wall, another vehicles, or any object along its path.

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Driver Monitoring System

Drowsy driving is as dangerous as drunk driving. Authorities have noted an increase in its occurrence. It can be prevented in the future with a driver monitoring technology. The system will track your driving habits, such as speed, grip on steering wheel and the like. When it senses that you are having hard time controlling your car, it will suggest that you pull over, get a nap or even go the nearest coffee shop.

Solar Power

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There’s no doubt that solar power is the most environmentally friendly ways to get around. But that would mean that the car’s exterior will be lined up with solar panels to ensure that it would catch the sun’s rays to the cost of aesthetic design. The good news though is that car makers are looking for ways to integrate solar panels in car design without sacrificing aesthetic.

What Is The Difference Between Women’s And Men’s Bikes?

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The differences between women’s and men’s bikes are beyond cute and colorful designs. While some of these differences are very noticeable, others might not be easy to observe except for people who have been biking for long and have felt what it is to ride both women’s and men’s bikes.

If you’re a man with a bike that proportionately fits your bodily structure, you should be aware that such a bike might not be a perfect fit for a woman of the same size as you. The reason for this is that there bicycles for men are lot different from women bikes due to make-ups: while men are usually wider in the shoulders, women often have longer legs.

So, what are the differences between men’s and women’s bikes? Read on to find out these differences so that you can easily discriminate between a man’s bike and woman’s bike when there is a need to choose from a variety of mixed bikes.

Brakes, Handlebars, and Grips

The handlebars of men’s bikes are usually wider than those of bikes for women because men tend to have wider shoulders than women. Compared to those on women’s bikes, men’s handlebars are positioned a little lower. Also, the handlebars come with grips of different sizes. Typically, men have bigger hands and for convenience and the ease of control, their handlebars are designed with bigger grips. On the other hand, women’s handlebars are built with smaller grips suitable for women’s smaller hands.

Saddles

Since men and women have different bodily make-ups and the latter tend to have bigger hips than the former, bike makers often build women’s bikes with wider saddles. Typically, a man’s bike will have a long and narrow saddle while a woman’s bike will have a wider and shorter saddle. If you aren’t riding for a lengthy period, you can manage a man’s saddle but if you’ll be riding for long, try to select the saddle with the suitable shape for your body. Meanwhile, bike makers build unisex saddles and they can be conveniently used by both women and men.

Common Difference

Women’s bikes are smaller in size while men’s bikes are bigger. Seemingly, this is the most notable difference between men’s and women’s bikes. The distance between the handlebar and the saddle of a woman’s bike is shorter compared to that of a man’s bike.

Length of Crank

The crank is one of the parts that differentiate a woman’s bike from a man’s bike. Typically, the crank of a bike should have a length that makes way for convenient pedaling as you keep up your cadence. Men’s bikes have longer cranks often measuring 170 millimeters while shorter cranks of 165 millimeters are commonly found in women’s bikes. The reason for this is to make it convenient for women to reach the base of their pedal stroke as their legs appear shorter (than men’s) when measured inch for inch. However, in the proportional bodily structure, women tend to have shorter torsos and longer legs than men.

Head and Seat Tube Angles

Since women’s legs often appear longer than men’s, bike manufacturers try to make adjustments for various parts of women’s bikes. Typically, the top tube of a woman’s bike is shorter and to make way for convenient pedaling, manufacturers give the head tube at the front of the bike longer angle and length. Without these adjustments, women may experience an increase in overlap of the front wheel and the toe while using the pedals. Also, these adjustments make way for stability by increasing the length of the wheelbase a little bit and shifting the front wheel of women’s bikes forward. Due to the shorter top tube, the seat tube of a woman’s bike has a steeper angle compared to that of a man’s bike.

A driving day off: The best motoring mayhem in the UK

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Is there anything better than a calm Sunday drive? The wind blowing against your hair as you gently race from B-roads to C-roads, breathing in the musk of the country air and the fresh summer grass – bliss, surely?

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Well, how about a madcap dash on a Segway? Or an off-road plunder through mud tracks and over hills in a 4X4? Maybe even a white-knuckle race on a dirt bike, with only your wits and a helmet standing between you and a fall?

Yeah – politely, your dullard’s drive can screw off. Nothing beats the heart-racing thrills of extreme motoring. And the UK has a ton of options on offer for the discerning thrill seeker.

So if you want your heart in your mouth at the end of your Sunday, try a few of these attractions.

Saddle up on a Segway

You might not instantly associate a Segway with extreme sports but, thanks to the pioneers over at Segway Active, that’s all about to change.

Situated in Wales, Segway Active features a load of exhilarating tracks for all skillsets and training to get you up to speed on controlling a Segway. It’s one of the latest motorised extreme sports to hit the British Isles, so give it a go.

Rev up at a rally

Do your eyes spend most of their time fixed on rallies on the telly? They’re an undeniably exhilarating affair, watching mud splatter across the chassis of a car as it precariously speeds off-road in the hope of that one perfect lap time.

Want to give it a try? Then head over to the Extreme Rally website to book a place at your nearest rally venue. Indeed, the team at Extreme Rally are so well thought of that Top Gear has even paid them a visit.

So if you want to race down the same tracks as Clarkson, May and Hammond, give these guys a gander.

Bike your way through hazardous valleys

There are numerous trails specially designed for dirt bikes dotted around the UK. But few companies can offer a professionally guided day out like Trail Riding UK.

Located in Wales, this company will train you up on some of the toughest courses available, improving your riding within the day. They’ll even offer you wet trail riding for an added rush. All in all, it’s a rollicking way for a good day out.

How To Protect Your Car From Stormy Conditions

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Southern California is a classic car owner’s paradise.  There are some neighborhoods where almost every driveway has cars covered with premium car covers.  Of course, there are millions of classic car owners around the world who do not live in such ideal weather conditions.

What is the best car cover material to protect your car from rain and snow?  Besides car covers, what else can you do to protect classic cars from inclement weather?

Keep Classic Cars Indoors During Stormy Weather

The best car cover of all is a roof and four walls.  Some classic car owners keep their cars in a garage all year round, but this is an expensive option.  Even if you cannot afford to garage your car all year, consider taking it to a garage during the worst weather.  The ideal place for it is a climate-controlled garage.  Keeping your car parked on frozen ground, even if it is paved, can cause wear and tear.  Besides, when your car is indoors, high winds cannot bother it.

Choose a Stormweave Car Cover

If you keep your classic car parked outdoors on your driveway, the right car cover makes a big difference in protecting the car’s exterior.  Stormweave is one of the most durable materials for a classic car.  Its four layers give the car plenty of protection against rain and moderate winds.  Despite its name, Stormweave is also intended to protect the car from the sun.  Long-term exposure to UV rays can damage a car’s paint job.  Having a sufficiently thick, light-colored car cover can help protect your car from the sun’s rays and heat.

A car cover is very good at protecting your car from everyday sun and rain.  In really severe storms, though, you should store the car indoors.

4 Things to Consider Before Buying Your Teen A Car

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Children grow up quickly and before you know it, their wants switch from toy cars to real cars. As a parent, it is your duty to provide your child with whatever they wish for. However, it should always be kept in mind that there are limits to what a child can or cannot get. The last thing you want is to spoil your child and make them dependent on you for everything. Even if you buy them a car they should know that if they get a ticket they have to pay it themselves or find traffic ticket fixers Los Angeles to get out of a sticky situation.

Therefore, for all concerned parents of teenagers, here is a small list of things you should really consider before buying a vehicle for your teen:

Is Your Teen Responsible?

Driving is a huge responsibility. While driving the car, not only will your child be at risk but they could put others at risk as a result of reckless driving. It’s your job as a parent to judge your child by everyday actions. Is your teen doing all the chores they are assigned to do? Are they slacking, procrastinating or being too lazy? If the answer to most of these questions is yes, you have got yourself a problem. An irresponsible teen will not understand the importance of being safe while driving, which is a sufficient reason not to buy a car for your teen. You don’t want them to become a racecar driver.

What Did Your Parents Do?

We are part of a generation whose fathers and grandfathers have driven a car. This is something your teen shall notice. Kids are clever and they can go to any length just to prove their point, especially teenagers. If your parents bought you your first car, then it only sounds fair that you buy one for your teen. Otherwise, you become the bad guy and your relation starts to strain. If your parents trusted you enough to drive a car safely, you should too.

Your Budget

Budget is perhaps the most important thing to consider before making the tough decision of buying a car for your teen. If you are not affluent, you would want to buy a cheap car. On the other hand, if you have two cars, you can give the old one to your teen. They could practice, learn and get skilled before moving onto a more expensive car. Most of you might be able to buy a luxury car for your child but is that really the best decision? You would want your teen to learn how to earn their own money and save, so they could buy a car on their own.

Do They Really Need A Separate Car?

Since your teen already has a license, they could drive the family car. You need to ascertain if they really have the need of their own car. Perhaps, they have a long commute and buses are not on time, or you are busy to drop them off. Whatever is the reason, you should not provide them a car without need. Otherwise, they will not learn the concept of rewarding a necessity. When they do something good, reward them, and for something bad, punish them.

Most people are not able to afford such a luxury but you should try to create a balance. Buying a car for your teen is a huge step, so you should tackle it wisely.