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The Notorious 2017 Aston Martin DB11

Posted in Aston Martin, Editorials, Exotic & FAST, Exotic Sports Cars with tags , , , , , , on September 7, 2016 by 99MilesPerHour

The new kid on the block…

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Aston Martin has set forth benchmarks of what a car in its class should be. It has never deviated from this premise. Aston Martin adheres to strict personal conviction and has achieved a high standard of individualism and a persona that in itself has become a standard for other motorcars. It has successfully combined and synthesized luxury with magnificent performance. The formidable DB series established the high performance racing image for the brand. One of the most famous models is the Aston Martin DB5 driven by the fictional sleuth James Bond.

The Aston Martin DB legacy continues with the 2017 DB11 clothed in sleek, athletic, aerodynamic architecture. The spirited new design follows Aston Martin styling continuity. It has already earned obsequious flattery world-wide. The Aston Martin team of dedicated enthusiasts collaborated once again to bring forth one of the most ambitious projects ever in automotive design. Aston Martin is a posh supercar for those who demand fervent individuality. Welcome to the power, beauty, and soul of the latest edition in the continuing saga of the elite DB marque of excellence.

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A bit of history…

The fast and ferociously powerful Aston Martin DB Series began its iconic existence as a prolific ingénue under the tutelage of the managing director Sir David Brown. He saved the company from financial ruin right after WWII.

From extremely humble beginnings to world-wide respected esteem, the NOTORIOUS Aston Martin DB Series has maintained a highly prestigious heritage earning its place in automotive history. Aston Martin is Great Britain’s only independent automaker –

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Sir David purchased the company in 1947 sharing knowledge and resources with his esteemed colleague W.O. Bentley.  An impressive 2.6 litre Lagonda engine designed by W.O. Bentley was chosen to power the DB2. Three short years later…the DB legend was born. It quickly became an automobile series bristling with bravado.

The Aston Martin DB series established the brand’s racing pedigree. The DB4 and DB5 introduced Aston Martin’s grand touring eloquence, thus…its formidable identity developed and became etched into the minds of connoisseurs. It continually emerged as a world-class thoroughbred through evolution. Each subsequent DB is a masterpiece built upon the previous model’s finesse which raises the bar of success in the automotive industry to an even higher degree –

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Beauty is more than skin deep…

Aston Martin has acquired the status of building the world’s most beautiful automobiles…repeatedly. If seduction could manifest itself as an automobile…the Aston Martin DB11 is it. If you look deeply into its styling, the design features hint at the epochal Aston Martin One-77 which is the epitome of automotive design and was built at a highly restricted pace of only 77 vehicles.

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The most significant aspects of the DB11’s design maximizes its aerodynamic efficiency. The bonded aluminium structure has a weight reduction to offset the new V12 engine’s heavier mass. Its dramatic new design is augmented by Aston Martin’s “Curlicue” and “Aeroblade” systems.

Familiarize yourself with these two words because you will be hearing a lot more about them in the near future. These principles are so innovative that Aston Martin has patents for them. These features made the rest of the automotive industry “nervous” leaving them scrambling back to the drawing board just to catch up.

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Every beautiful square inch of the architecture has purpose. The DB11 is designed to cleave the air efficiently. An automobile must manage the air flow from nose to tail to effectively maintain stability while maximizing downforce. The DB11 uses its architecture to master its dynamics to “ride like the wind.” Instead of fighting the turbulence and wind resistance around the vehicle…the Curlicue and Aeroblade systems ingeniously works with these elements.

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From the dramatic new roof strakes to its concealed aerodynamic defense system, the Aston Martin DB11 is a grand tourer for today’s world. Fancy grille-like vents are incorporated into each front fender’s wheel arch lining. These apertures are known as “Curlicue” and are integrated into the car’s aerodynamic network to reduce front-end lift.

High pressure air from the top of the front wheel arches are vented through recessed apertures behind the iconic Aston Martin styling side strakes. More high pressure air is extracted from the rear of each wheel arch through stirrup vents positioned aft of the front wheels. This intricate airflow system was developed for Aston Martin’s racing division.

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DB11’s aerodynamic form follows function. Low, sleek, chiseled flowing lines from the aggressive front end ensemble sweep back to be intercepted by the familiar wide muscular haunches at the rear. The “Aeroblade” system harnesses airflow along the vehicle’s flanks enhancing stability at the rear.

Air intake duct-work located in the base of the “C-pillars” draw airflow within the architecture before extracting it from slots in the rear bootlid. This system works like a conventional spoiler directing the jet of disrupted air reducing lift and maximizing downforce. This eliminates the need for a rear wing. When extra stability is required a small active spoiler automatically deploys from the bootlid. When it is no longer needed, it retracts back into the bootlid.

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The legacy endures…

The DB11 exemplifies the Aston Martin tradition of aesthetic design. Its striking new beauty is refined and elegant. The front end design is highlighted by the signature grille which has been moderately refreshed. All-new LED headlamps adds a distinctive contemporary flair.

The clamshell bonnet is designed with an exclusive wrap-around form to minimize unsightly shut lines. It’s hinged forward to showcase the formidable V12 engine.The DB11’s styling is ‘pedestrian friendly’ as with all Aston Martin motorcars. DB11’s specs are 1.2” longer, 0.3” higher, with a 2.5” longer wheelbase than the DB9. The silhouette may be new, but it’s unmistakably Aston Martin.

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The rear end design is as dramatic as the front end ensemble. Newly designed LED taillamps are the focal point. Flowing sculpted lines end perfectly with an impressive diffuser assembly. Prominently displayed matte finish stainless-steel exhaust ports echo the famous tuned baritone symphony from its mighty V12 engine. The car is drop-dead gorgeous which is the major reason why Aston Martin’s involvement in the automotive industry remains central…never peripheral. There’s no soft-pedaling an Aston Martin.  The DB11 is a peerless collage of aluminium, glass, and British technology.

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A preeminent performer…

As if the bold new exterior design isn’t enough to convince you…the magnificent all-new aluminium V12 engine should sign, seal, and deliver the deal. The 5.2 litre 48-valve twin-turbocharged V12 cranks an audacious 600 bhp @ 6,500 rpm packing a prolific punch with 700 Nm of peak torque @ 1,500 rpm. Longitudinal acceleration is rated as 0-62 mph in just 3.9 seconds with a top speed in the 200 mph range. The DB11 is the most powerful and efficient production model in Aston Martin history.

It’s equipped with Dual Variable Camshaft Timing, fully CNC machined combustion chambers, and a fully catalyzed stainless-steel electronically controlled exhaust system. Charge air temperature for the twin turbos is maintained by twin water to air charge air coolers mounted on either side of the engine. This type of configuration uses the shortest charge air path minimizing charge inertia to optimize throttle response.

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The alloy quad overhead cam bi-turbo V12 boasts a start/stop cylinder de-activation system. This ingenious design will switch to an in-line 6-cylinder configuration under normal driving situations to increase fuel economy.  It also means that the twin-turbocharged V12 shuts down one bank of 6-cylinders AND one of the turbochargers. This measure reduces engine wear by switching between banks keeping the catalyst hot.

The front mid-mount engine is set up for rear wheel drive. The rear mid-mounted 8-speed automatic gearbox has an electronic shift by wire control system for those who prefer to do the shifting themselves. The DB11 is fitted with an alloy torque tube with a carbon fibre prop shaft to save weight, and a limited slip torque vectoring differential to maintain traction under all driving situations. Extraordinary sports car performance is just a tap of the accelerator pedal away.

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A masterful grand tourer in every aspect

The DB11 is more than just a fancy sporting machine…it’s an Aston Martin. An impressive array of logistics accompany this iconic road-going masterpiece. Ingenious Launch Control – the same technology developed for the brand’s class-leading motorsport division – balances throttle, transmission, traction, and damping controls to optimize take-offs from a standing start catapulting the DB11 as quick as a cat.

Its driver-selectable dynamics tailor the experience to suit the driving situation. GT mode captures the essence of Aston Martin luxury for exemplary ride quality in the grand touring tradition. Sport mode stiffens the suspension while providing agility. Sport-Plus fine tunes and synchronizes steering, suspension, 8-speed transmission, and torque vectoring for the ultimate high performance adventure in automotive paradise. Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Traction Control (TC), Positive Torque Control (PTC), and Dynamic Torque Vectoring (DTV), all network to make this happen…

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Such a powerful grand tourer requires an equally qualified braking system. The DB11 benefits from Aston Martin revolutionary braking technology. Front ventilated 2-piece steel brake discs are fitted with 6-piston calipers. Rear ventilated co-cast piece steel discs are fitted with 4-piston calipers. These motorsport-inspired assemblies shorten stopping distance as they provide safe, fade-free operation with rapid heat dissipation.

Electronic Brakeforce Distribution intuitively varies the force applied to each wheel contingent upon speed, road conditions, load, etc. to maintain optimum vehicular control under all driving situations. Electronic Brakeforce Distribution combined with ABS maximizes stopping power to avoid skids for accident avoidance. Hydraulic Brake Assist increases braking pressure in panic braking automatically within milliseconds reducing stopping distances even further.

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Beneath the sumptuous design of the DB11 is a sophisticated network of Aston Martin technology. It will feature Aston Martin’s newly engineered architecture. The previous VH (Vertical Horizontal) design platform has been used since 2001 on all models except the One-77. The all-new bonded aluminium platform is lightweight and rigid to aid the vehicle’s wind-cheating abilities. It includes components from AMG, Mercedes-Benz high performance division.

The front suspension uses double wishbones and coil springs. The rear has a multi-link set-up and also uses coil springs. Front and rear anti-roll bars and an intuitive Adaptive Damping System (ADS) maintains stability enhancing overall driving dynamics. Speed contingent rack and pinion electric power steering has power column tilt and reach adjustment for the steering wheel. The DB11 rides upon staggered Bridgestone tires with size 9J X 20” S007 255/40 ZR20 fitted to the front axle and size 11.0J X 20” S007 295/35 ZR20 fitted to the rear axle. Dashing 20” 10-spoke Diamond Turned wheels adds the finishing touch.

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…Aston Martin – Style

Cabin Amenities remain tastefully appointed in the tradition of the brand. Wide individual lounge seats are highlighted with Aston Martin’s brogue detailing. The interior is enhanced with hand-tailored leather with soft Alcantara accents. Nexus quilting and Celestial perforation adds a dashing flair. Myriad color combinations are available from conservative to exotic.

Its ergonomically designed comfort includes head restraints embellished with the familiar Aston Martin logo. The cabin benefits from the 2.5” longer wheelbase with increased head and legroom in the rear passenger compartment. There is also more room in the boot. Wider door apertures offer easier entrance and exits. This is a highly bespoke motorcar offering an inspiring array of detailing and options to satisfy the most discerning clientele.

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The all-new instrument panel has a full color 12” TFT LCD display that contains all of the DB11’s primary information. Another 8” TFT screen is centrally located for infotainment including Satellite Navigation and is controlled by a rotary controller. An optional touchpad offers character recognition, multi-touch and gesture support. Aston Martin Premium Audio or an available Bang & Olufsen sound system upgrade brings concert hall quality along for the drive. A convenient Parking Assist feature is equipped with a 360 degree camera. The DB11 is a luxury sport car complete. Everything is pleasing to the eye and convenient to the touch…

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An Aston Martin is one of the world’s most eloquent possessions. It is designed for men and women of taste who have worked hard to get where they are in life. Its poised beauty is the envy of the auto industry. Through evolution, the Aston Martin becomes even lovelier. The latest offering in this exclusive continuing saga is the DB11. As the world bids farewell to the iconic DB9 series – the formidable presence of the DB11 takes center stage.

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This sophisticated new expression of Aston Martin is the most powerful and efficient road-going model in the history of the brand. The ferocious new 48-valve, 5.2 litre twin-turbocharged V12 engine delivers 600 horses with a swift top speed in the 200 mph range. The DB11 is the epitome of handcrafted grand tourers with every luxury and convenience presented as standard equipment to make each drive enjoyable and considerably effortless. Aston Martin has once again exceeded superlative with the introduction of the 2017 DB11…a proud successor in the illustrious DB series of high performance motorcars. Welcome to the power…beauty…and soul of the Aston Martin DB11. It’s NotoriousLuxury in every respect.

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1957 Chrysler 300C The Beautiful Brute

Posted in Chrysler, Classic American Marques, Exotic & FAST, Notorious Retrospect with tags , , , , , , , on December 2, 2015 by 99MilesPerHour

Beauty…brawn…and brains

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“The Ozzie & Harriet Nelson – Ward & June Cleaver Era” is a timeline including some of the fondest memories of really good times in America. These were the days when Friday nights were all about high school football games…and those drive-in restaurants with “curb-service!” We would bring out the rides with all those white-wall tires…and go out cruisin’ like we used to do. We’d get “suited-down” and set the town on fire – jump out our seats and let the music pull us through! The car with a little bit of “Razzamatazz” is the 1957 Chrysler 300C.

The “Beautiful Brute” is considered the most beautiful and highly desired of all the Chrysler 300 letter series personal luxury performance vehicles. Power…presence…performance, and prestige was delivered in one svelte swoop – the Chrysler 300 letter series cars blew the doors off of the competition. Virgil Exner, chief design stylist…created automotive works of art. “Suddenly…It’s 1960” was one of the ad campaigns used by the Chrysler Corporation for the 1957 model year. It boasts Virgil Exner’s “Forward-Look” which advanced automotive design to a higher standard. The Forward Look gave the Chrysler brand an all-new identity…leaving the past to history –

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The Chrysler 300 letter series was formidable by nature. The “tail-fin wars” of the 1950s were going strong and Chrysler had GM tit for tat between the leadership of Virgil Exner and Cadillac’s Harley Earl, chief design manager for General Motors. Exner’s Forward Look gave birth to the magnificent Chrysler 300C for the 1957 model year. This supreme achievement in motoring yielded the highest horsepower in the industry for a production vehicle for its day.

All formidable Chrysler 300 letter series cars won virtually every race they were entered into…delivering awesome, jaw-dropping performance unmatched in the automotive industry. If you looked up into your rearview mirror and saw the ferocious trapezoid grille…you moved over – FAST! The Beautiful Brute was also known as the “Banker’s Hot Rod.” Virgil Exner’s Forward Look incorporated his “Flight Swept” styling evolution which set a trend in superior automotive design.

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A highly styled silhouette augments its Forward Look. The graceful beauty is one dashing uncluttered sweep from its stylish trapezoid grille to the daring upswept tail fins. Virgil Exner designed some of the world’s most beautiful automobiles during his tenure with Chrysler…the 300C is no exception. His Forward Look took the automotive industry by storm from 1955 until 1961. It was this man who changed Chrysler’s stodgy, outdated, old-fashioned image – to aesthetically gorgeous examples of automotive art which projected a glimpse of the future.

The influence of Italian Ghia styling is apparent in the Chrysler 300C. Throughout the 1950s, Exner partnered with Luigi Segre, who was associated with Carrozzeria Ghia S.p.A., an upscale Italian automobile coachbuilder. It was Virgil Exner that introduced the design concept theory to Chrysler. When he came onboard, Chryslers were fashioned by engineers and not designers…this is why they looked so clunky and blocky. The advertising campaign for Chrysler’s 1957 model year epitomized the brand with the slogan “Suddenly…it’s 1960.” In June of 1957, Virgil Exner and his design team won the Industrial Designers’ Institute’s Gold Medal Award for their automotive design excellence.

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Virgil Exner’s tour de force rocked the automotive industry with style. The 1957 Chrysler 300C showcased his talent. His designs used lowered rooflines with sleeker more aggressive silhouettes that featured long hoods and short rear decks. The 300C’s towering tail fins are not only beautiful but also include aerodynamic benefits. This design was tested in a wind tunnel at the University of Michigan during the car’s design engineering phase. The small 14” wheels created the necessity of two small air ducts underneath the headlamps which cool the brakes.

Virgil Exner’s use of compound curved auto glass is the first application of this type to be incorporated into a production passenger car. Automobiles such as the 1957 300C brought Chrysler to the forefront of automotive design. It’s the restrained use of ornamentation that augments the 300C’s refined, luxurious appearance. If you plan to add one of these to your collection, be prepared to shell out six figures for a convertible and an equally hefty price for a hardtop.

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The Chrysler 300 letter series were built from 1955 until 1965. They are considered eminent high performance personal luxury automobiles. They were known as “America’s Greatest Performing Cars.” This formidable reputation began with the 1955 C-300 garnering both AAA and NASCAR stock car championships. The 1956 300B was a ferocious NASCAR champ with 21 first-place wins in the Grand National races…which brings us to the enigmatic 300C for 1957.

It was the most robust version to date. This potent example of MOPAR craftsmanship is one of Virgil Exner’s finest works of art – And lest we forget “Big Daddy” Dyno Don Garlits and the magic he worked on the 392 Hemi. It was he that broke the 170 mph barrier in 1958 with his Swamp Rat dragster! A stock 300C ran 145 mph at Daytona Beach in 1957. Motor Trend Magazine named the ferocious 1957 Chrysler 300C as car of the year. The potent 300C scorched every track it visited leaving its indelible impression on the competition!

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The Power

Chrysler had legendary performance that put the competition to shame. The ferocious Hemi-head V8 engines were MOPAR’s claim to fame. The 1957 300C is so hot…one needs asbestos driving gloves to drive it! The Chrysler FirePower 392 CID 6.4 litre 16-valve cast iron V8 engine cranks 375 hp @ 5,200 rpm packing a prolific punch with 570 Nm of peak torque @ 4,000 rpm. The engine is equipped with two Carter 4-bbl WCFB 2334S carburetors with vacuum controlled secondary draft systems and integral automatic choke.

This was the largest displacement for this Hemi, next came the venerable 426 CID version, my favorite is the 392. The engine is mated to Chrysler’s new TorqueFlite 3-speed automatic transmission. The TorqueFlite transmission uses a high performance torque converter with planetary gears. The fire-breathing FirePower V8 combined with the fully automatic TorqueFlite transmission was the finest and most efficient power train in the industry at the time.

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The formidable 392 CID V8 in its stock form produces outrageous performance. Longitudinal acceleration is rated as: 0-60 mph in 8.3 seconds, 0-100 mph in 21.5 seconds, and 0-120 mph in 45.5 seconds. It can do the ¼ mile @ 89 mph in 16.1 seconds. Its top speed is in the 129 mph range. The MOPAR Hemi is built for speed. This was a stylish, highly polished muscle car that did it all …luxuriously! Chrysler had a vicious reputation in the 1950s for power; the “Beautiful Brute” is proof –

And if this wasn’t enough power to suit you; the optional engine package reworked the Hemi to crank out 390 hp @ 5,400 rpm producing 570 Nm of peak torque @ 4,000 rpm. I’ll put it this way…all the competitors saw was the 300C’s rear bumper! We aren’t talking about the mamby-pamby power to weight ratios like today’s make believe performance cars…the 300C produced prodigious torque-thrust. This high output option was captioned: “The optional engine is not recommended for the average 300C customer; the longer duration high-speed camshaft increases idle roughness and reduces low-speed engine performance.” Power steering and power brakes were not available with this option. 

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The engine has a full race camshaft, mechanical valve lifters, adjustable valve rockers, heavy-duty crankshaft, double valve springs, four-bolt iron exhaust headers, tri-metal main and rod bearings, and extra-deep exhaust valve seat inserts. The 300C driver’s only view of the competition is in their rearview mirror!

The high performance chassis package includes large diameter exhaust pipes with low back pressure, and twin leading shoe front brakes with 9.00 x 14” Goodyear Blue streak nylon racing tires mounted on wider rims –ummmm! The new “Torsion-Aire” suspension aided this package with angled upper and lower control arms which reduced dive under severe braking. Only 18 were built with this package. It won the Flying Mile at Daytona making it the fastest American car for the third straight year in Class 7.

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The high performance version of the 392 CID Hemi V8 is quicker than the standard version. Longitudinal acceleration is rated as: 0-60 mph in 7.2 seconds, 0-100 mph in 20.3 seconds, 0-120 mph in 40.9 seconds, and 0-130 mph in 181.3 seconds. Its top speed is in the 131 mph range. It does the ¼ mile @ 90 mph in 15.9 seconds.

When you take into consideration the weight of this humongous vehicle with a cast iron drive train…these times are awesome. If you look closely at the 300C’s silhouette, you can see how Virgil Exner sneaked in a wedge shape discretely – one could say, the 390 hp 300C bitch-slapped the entire automotive industry in both looks and performance –

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The Logistics

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The 1957 300C was available in two distinctive body styles. Model # C76-300 style code # 566/2 1957 300 C 2-door hardtop had a base price of $4,929, a base shipping weight of 4,235 pounds and 1,918 were built. (Some cite 1,767 built). Model # C76-300 style code # 563/2 1957 300 C 2-door convertible had a base price of $5,359, a base shipping weight of 4,390 pounds and only 484 were built.

This is the first year offering the 300 as a ragtop. It used a massive cross based frame to compensate its topless stature making it perform as well as the stiffer bodied hardtops. The Chrysler 300C was available in Cloud White, Gauguin Red, Parade Green, Copper Brown, and Jet Black. The interior was finished in a neutral tan trimmed with the finest cow hide leather.

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The 1957 Chryslers used a new patented “Torsion-Aire” suspension. This system greatly lowered the car’s center of gravity. The Torsion-Aire suspension is independent up front utilizing torsion bar springs. Oriflow shock absorbers were fitted all the way around. This type of shock absorber gives an exceptional ride that gas-charged shocks cannot replicate. They provide a greater damping effect.

The rear suspension uses Chrysler’s tapered-leaf springs with interliners and rear axle strut. The 300C has a hypoid type rear axle. It is fitted with Chrysler’s new for the day “Total-Contact” hydraulic braking system which included power brakes and independent parking brake. It is fitted with a Hotchkiss rear drive system. The 1957 300C is built as body on frame construction. It has the luxury length of 219.2” and is 78.8” wide riding upon a long 126” wheelbase. The 300C is an extremely large front engine rear drive vehicle.

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The Luxury

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The 1957 Chrysler 300C featured luxury appointments in the style that made the brand famous. A Chrysler motorcar was one of the most luxurious automobiles of the 20th Century. The resplendent interior featured upscale jet-age appointments. The push-button transmission controls were a fascination to many. The rearview mirror is mounted to the center of the dash, a little odd but it was part of the 300C’s demeanor. The interior is absolutely enormous and rivals your guest room at home. Full leather trim was standard. The “Beautiful Brute” as it was referred to affectionately is one of the first ferocious domestic muscle cars.

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The interior reflects is luxury sport nature…it’s the best of both worlds. The padded safety cushion dash is an industry first. The fabulous letter series cars were not mere mass-produced vehicles; they were the best Chrysler built for the day as limited editions. The 300’s technically were a luxury sport version of the New Yorker series. The only color available for the interior was tan, for quality control and styling continuity.

The seats are padded luxuriously with air foam cushions. Its compound curve glass gives the 300C a light airy appeal. The 1957 Chrysler 300C is notoriously luxurious in every respect. Popular options for the day includes a 6-way power seat, power windows, air conditioning, power steering, rear window defroster (hardtop models), radio with rear package shelf speaker, and a power antenna.

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The 1957 Chrysler 300C roamed the asphalt with power and prestige…back in the good old days here in America that I affectionately refer to as the “Ozzie & Harriet Nelson…Ward & June Cleaver Era.” These were extremely good times when we could have fun for less than a buck. The 300C is one of Virgil Exner’s automotive masterpieces. Behind the daring trapezoid grille lurked the formidable 392 CID Hemi-head V8 engine…a fire-breathing, asphalt scorching power behemoth.

The 1957 Chrysler 300C left an indelible impression in the world of high performance cars…it audaciously bitch-slapped the entire automotive industry with savoir-faire in a totally avant-garde manner. Whether one chose the elegant hardtop coupe or the ultimate open tourer…one moved with aplomb! The “Banker’s Hotrod” is considered the most beautiful and highly desired of all the Chrysler 300 letter series models. As far as the competition was concerned…they never really got to see what the 300C looked like up close…all they saw was its rear bumper as it passed the finish line…as they ate its dust –

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Special Thanks to Fav Cars.com, Wallpaperup, And Conceptcarz for the use of these beautiful photographs.

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Now this is a rare treat courtesy of the Chrysler 300 Club International…the 1957 300C with single headlamps. The quad headlamp treatment was actually illegal in some states here in the USA in 1957, the quad version became legal in all states in 1958.

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“Got to put back all the good times that we had…we can make it better with a little bit of Razzamatazz”   -The Q

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The ferocious 1957 Chrysler 300C is NotoriousLuxury

BMW 850 Ci: The Dream Come True

Posted in Bad Boy's Club, BMW, Classic Exotic Luxury, Editorials, Exotic & FAST, Exotic Sports Cars, Grande Marque, Riva Yachts, Supersports with tags , , , , , on August 1, 2015 by 99MilesPerHour

…it’s a natural headrush

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The exhilarating, exclusive, and elegant BMW 850 Ci was available by special order. It is the consummate blend of luxury and spine tingling acceleration. The BMW 850 Ci is uniquely individual and uncompromising in every detail. BMW’s Steptronic dual-mode manual transmission without a clutch provides refinements and hands-on control for those who take performance seriously. The BMW 850 Ci is one of the most sophisticated world-class luxury sport cars. BMW’s standards of excellence, athletic spirit and exceptional performance have earned world-wide acclaim from millions of dedicated fans –

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This is my favorite BMW. The formidable BMW 850 Series is a luxurious grand tourer built from 1989 until 1999. The Flagship coupé was available with a V8 or V12 engine. The 850 Series targets a different class. Its appearance is timeless…it looks as fresh today as it did when it was new.

The milestone BMW 850 Series, with its avant-garde style and high-performance epitomized the brand with a unique eloquence. Its pillarless hardtop body style is aerodynamically sleek with a mere drag coefficient of 0.29…it slices through the atmosphere with grace. As with all BMW supercars – the 850 Series moves with tremendous verve and élan.

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The BMW 850 Series bitch-slapped the competition before the coined phrase was introduced – This is the BMW that doesn’t follow status-quo. It is the Bimmer that blows the doors off the competitors…bolt by bolt. The BMW 850 Series is the quintessential bad boy’s car. In its V12 configuration – it’s ferocious by all standards with spirited performance – it is not for the faint at heart…the awesome, jaw-dropping performance calls for the open road and a nice leafy run.

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The 850 Series is the first BMW supercar to offer a V12 engine mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox on a road-going production model. It is also one of the first automobiles to use an electronic drive-by-wire throttle system. BMW used CAD tooling to design the unique bodyshell which was among the first in the industry at the time.  The 850 Series is one of BMW’s first cars to use a multi-link rear axle.

BMW’s Flagship luxury coupé targets a different market showcasing the brand’s superlatives. It is designed for the connoisseur that demands outstanding performance without sacrificing luxury. It was priced substantially higher, in the $96,000 range (which equates to around $112,000 in today’s market). The 850 Series exhibits a svelte exclusivity and supremacy in a highly seductive manner –

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To dispel ambiguity, I will use the European specification for the 1996 BMW 850 Ci coupé. It is equipped with the BMW M73B54 engine used from 1992 until 1999. The 5.4 litre naturally aspirated SOHC 24-valve 329 CID V12 engine produces 322 hp @ 5,000 rpm with 490 Nm of peak torque @ 3,900 rpm. The engine is mated to the ZF 5HP30 5-speed automatic transmission. It is built upon the E31 platform. The 850 Ci was introduced for the 1993 model year and was a refined version of the 850i Series.

This car is swift…BMW knows what fast is all about. Longitudinal acceleration is rated as 0-60 mph in 6.4 seconds, 0-100 mph in 16.3 seconds, and 0-120 mph in 24.7 seconds. It has a top speed in the 155 mph range (some rate it as high as 171 mph). The 850 Ci does the ¼ mile @ 95 mph in just 14.6 seconds.

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The 850 Ci is one of the most seductive body styles ever built. It blends grace of form and refinement of luxury with the astonishing thrust of BMW’s V12 engine. It was so carefully conceived and executed; it represents a benchmark of modern grand tourers. Its clean front end ensemble is augmented by hidden headlamps.  The rear end design is short aiding its aerodynamic efficiency.

Its overall silhouette is sleek and rakish. The swept roofline with the absence of “B” pillars adds a sporty look to its luxurious flair. All windows can be retracted into the body. It is an aerodynamic wedge of power. The BMW 850 Ci rides upon a tight 105.7” wheelbase, is 73” in width, and 188.2” in length. This is BMW’s highest performance driving experience in a refined road-going model.

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If you are like me…and you require more than 6-cylinders, this is the car for you! It moves with aplomb – this is the “serious” BMW. The 850 Series “IS” BMW. They know racing…racing engines have muscle, but what’s the use if there is brawn…but no brains? BMW pioneered automobile electronics.

BMW chose to give its racing engines intelligent technology that makes standard production engines so unique – Digital Motor Electronics (DME) makes the difference. The success is evident; the formidable Formula 1 engine became the first computer-controlled turbocharged engine to win a World Championship title in 1983…the success is due in no small part to the finesse of BMW electronics. BMW uses power and performance reserves previously regarded as unattainable – BMW turns minimal energy into maximum performance…

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Motorsport represents an integral component of BMW’s character. BMW’s motorsport experience helps to build better automobiles. The brand promotes a constant exchange of experience between racing specialists and production engineers. This generates a continuous flow of information.  It is a known fact that BMW production models and racing models share many features in common. Performance has always been part of BMW’s philosophy…just ask the competition –

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BMW has accumulated an extraordinary level of engineering knowledge throughout the decades through evolutionary processes. BMW engines are endowed with an exceptional sense of power on demand with perfectly balanced crankshaft and piston assemblies. The 850 Ci has perfect engine response to the accelerator at all speeds, and gear changes are extremely imperceptible in its overall operation.

There are a total of 30,621 examples built up to 1999. More than two-thirds of all the BMW 850 Series are produced with V12 engines, and only one in six models fitted with the 6-speed manual gearbox. The 850 CSi accounted for 1,510 of the examples produced. This ultra-high performance model was available exclusively with a manual gearbox maintaining a sporting nature.

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What’s most impressive about the 850 Series is the fact BMW integrates all cabin controls and instrumentation into ergonomic principles. Everything is aligned for optimum results. The driver’s line of vision, seating configuration, steering wheel angle, the shape and position of the gear shift lever, and dash instrumentation are all placed exactly where they should be to integrate man/woman and machine. The 850 Series has excellent all around visibility. Everything is designed to assist the driver.

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the absence of the center “B” pillar makes a dramatic statement

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This beautiful car is built exceptionally rigid with a steel protective passenger safety cage. It has front and rear collapsible crush tubes that accordion at a controlled rate dissipating impact energy before reaching the passenger compartment. In severe frontal impacts dual air bags deploy and front seat belts tension to help protect passengers.

The BMW 850 Ci also takes care of itself. Every BMW has added theft protection; each key is embedded with a computer chip and cannot be easily duplicated. Should a key be used and not recognized…the 850 Ci will not cooperate thanks to the coded Driveaway Protection system. Its theft deterrent system is also on guard protecting your investment.

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Creature comforts include air conditioning, glove-soft Nappa leather upholstery, stereo radio/tape sound systems, power sunroof, cruise control, remote-control central locking system, power windows, and a high-performance onboard computer. Among other new features for the 850 Series include the seat belt system integrated into the seats, an electrically adjustable steering column with memory function, and an automatically dimming rear view mirror.

A multiplex electrical system was featured for the first time with data transfer from several different systems via the same conduit enhancing reliability and reducing weight. This list goes on and on…this is BMW in its most luxurious level. It accomplishes this high level of comfort while delivering exceptional stability and agility along with serious power and performance that is expected with a car of this stature. The 850 Series delivers a celebration of all that makes driving desirable – it presents luxury as a way of life and performance as a way of living…

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Automatic Stability Control plus Traction (ASC+T), Speed-Sensitive Power Assisted Steering, Electronic Damper Control (EDC), and ABS are among the amenities that give the 850 Series a distinctive identity as the ultimate driving machine. The 850 CSi Series, introduced in 1993, had new driving dynamics which include active rear axle kinematics. The rear wheels turn in the same direction as the front wheels optimizing directional stability.

The 850 CSi is the top of the line in the 850 Series. This unique electrohydraulic system is the precursor to modern-day Integral Active Steering available in 5, 6, and 7 Series BMW’s. The 850 CSi is equipped with a second version of the V12 with displacement of 5.6 litres. It produced 381 hp with 550 Nm of peak torque available. The 850 CSi can sprint from 0-60 mph in less than six seconds.

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A BMW 850 Series is very high performance delivered in a luxurious environment. This outstanding Flagship sports car continues to distinguish itself from its competition with advanced technology and engineering which results in astonishing performance capabilities. The front engine rear drive high-performance set-up, exceptionally solid body structure, high quality production, and sporty lines combine to elegantly characterize the timeless design concept. Effortless acceleration, superb road-holding abilities, and exemplary comfort provide the 850 Ci owner with an unparalleled driving experience.

BMW introduces an unprecedented range of exciting new automobiles; each with a distinct personality and driving character. These are athletes of grace, providing enormous power, with championship performance. BMW’s are not ordinary automobiles…they are built for people who truly love to drive. Racing heritage is evident in every BMW model. New technologies are developed for, and tested on, the grueling Nürburgring race track – and the experience gained from the track is refined for road-going models. The 850 Ci is an excellent example of this philosophy…

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Special thanks to Daniel Schmitt Classic Cars

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Photos and specifications courtesy BMW Media Club

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Without a slashing array of rhetoric…whether it is the V8 or one of the V12 engine configurations it is truly the ultimate driving experience…from the ultimate driving machine – “BMW also offers no less a paradigm of expressed individuality than do its products or its customers. And that distinct BMW character has been evident from very early on in its history.” BMW stands proud of its reputation for understated luxury and engineering prowess. BMW has always been deeply involved with motorsport; this dedication stamps a distinct and lasting mark on BMW automobiles – the handsome, aerodynamic BMW 850 Series represents excellence through innovation…

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…from a vicious, unrelenting heritage – 

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…comes vicious, unrelenting competition

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Brawn at its summit…the BMW 850 Ci

2016 BMW Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupé is Luxurious Muscle

Posted in BMW, Editorials, Exotic & FAST, Exotic Exotics, Luxury Sedans, Luxury Sport Cars, Serious Speed with tags , , , , , , , , on July 26, 2015 by 99MilesPerHour

The BMW luxury supersport…

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The Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupé embodies the very latest advances in production car computer electronics and aerodynamic technology. Effortless acceleration, superb road-holding abilities, and exemplary comfort come together to provide the driver with the ultimate driving experience. A BMW is steadily and constantly refined by engineers, designers, and stylists, into the benchmark of contemporary sports cars.

BMW provides the driver and passengers with a thoroughly comfortable, always exhilarating automobile with many facets of satisfaction. The Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupé is a revered automobile which translate BMW’s unrivaled experience in turbocharging from the race tracks to road-going vehicles. It offers scintillating acceleration, cornering and overall road holding all of which reflect BMW’s racing heritage. The Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupé is very high performance delivered in a luxurious package – 

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Alpina-built automobiles have exclusive signature features that distinguish them from regular BMW models. Beautiful “Alpina Blue” is a patented metallic paint finish which is exclusive to this model. A thin gold or silver pinstripe and 20” spoke alloy wheels augment the exterior. An interior plaque certifies the car’s authenticity with a serial number. Alpina models are built at a highly restricted pace to retain its exclusivity. Alpina crafted models place emphasis on quality, luxury, and brute engine torque.

The 2016 Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupé gets subtle refinements enhancing the aesthetic beauty and high-performance. It’s the extensive hand-crafting that makes the difference. The bodyshell is hand-crafted at BMW’s Dingolfing plant and finished at the Alpina factory in Buchloe. This careful hand-finishing adds two weeks to the overall production time. The front end ensemble includes a dynamic new spoiler and revised trademark BMW kidney grille. The hood sports new contours for a more aggressive appearance. Full LED Adaptive Headlamps with High Beam Assist is standard. Alpina design features blend seamlessly into the BMW 6 Series enhancing its already graceful silhouette.

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Now for the power…torque…and refinement – The 4.4 litre Bi-Turbo engine cranks 600 hp @ 6,000 rpm packing a prolific punch with an astounding 799 Nm of peak torque @ 3,500 rpm. This is a 60 hp increase above the 2015 model. The dramatic performance is enhanced with an extensive rework of the air intake ducting, air filter housing, and upgrades to the fuel delivery system. The Alpina performance enhancement combined with BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive delivers awesome jaw-dropping performance. Longitudinal acceleration is rated as 0-60 mph in just 3.6 seconds. This is the fastest BMW Alpina model ever built with a maximum top speed of 200 mph electronically limited.

The 4.4 litre V8 engine is under continuous development. The Bi-Turbo system boosts the BMW Alpina B6’s staggering range of power. Two large-diameter turbochargers operating in parallel boost torque output at low rpm.  Its outstanding performance and power delivery are evolutionary. The high-performance water/air intercooler system with a short intake uses a large-volume low-temperature heat exchanger. It also has two near-engine intercoolers. For maximum engine cooling, this sophisticated system has additional oil and water coolers located behind the front spoiler. This guarantees optimum thermodynamic efficiency.

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The Alpina Switch-Tronic 8-speed Sport automatic transmission is mated to the powerful 4.4 litre V8 Bi-Turbo engine. The transmission has three modes: Automatic (D), Sports (S), and Manual (M). In Automatic, it is programmed for comfort. Its superb 8-speeds and high torque result in imperceptible gear changes. Its effortless and efficient low engine speed offers superior cruising ability.

In Sport mode, upshifts come at higher speeds. This allows for multi-simultaneous downshifts in only milliseconds, with the transmission skipping several gears at a time, selecting the best gear for optimum acceleration and operating efficiency.

The Manual shift mode gives the driver complete control over the transmission. The Alpina Switch-Tronic buttons are located at the rear of the steering wheel allowing the driver to shift up or down as required. Manual shift mode in combination with the selection of Sport+ or DSC OFF mode using the Driving Dynamics Control button cancels the automatic upshift function. It maintains the selected gear up to a maximum engine speed and will not upshift to the next gear.

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Hardware modifications to the transmission output and drive shafts enable unrestrained power delivery. Common reduction of torque required by the transmission in order to upshift is eliminated by Alpina-specific software and the single-cylinder fade out. This provides lightning-quick upshifts under full loads. Alpina software interacts with the astute BMW all-wheel drive system. It continually distributes torque between the front and rear axles within milliseconds.

The Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and engine management system networks with the torque distribution control system. This intuitive network is performance oriented increasing driving agility and overall dynamics under lateral acceleration eliminating slip-induced losses. The system continually monitors a wide array of sensory inputs such as yaw angle and speed to distribute torque to achieve maximum safety with sudden road changes.

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The Alpina B6 xDrive features a tuned stainless steel exhaust system. The deep throaty exhaust is the result of active exhaust valves open. The driver can change the sound via the Driving Dynamics Control button. In the comfort mode the exhaust valve is closed up to 2,500 rpm. In Sport mode the valve is permanently open. The exhaust system is equipped with exclusive Alpina trademark twin elliptical tailpipes. The character of the deep exhaust note is prominent but not intrusive.

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The Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupé features a tastefully appointed cabin. Glove-soft Nappa leather upholsters the seats and dash luxuriously. It has a comprehensive list of standard features upgrading the 6 Series to Alpina superlatives. Power comfort seating and the BMW Navigation system with BMW ConnectedDrive services are standard. The Alpina steering wheel is covered with hand-stitched Lavalina leather.

Signature blue Alpina instrumentation, door sill plates with blue illuminated Alpina lettering, and the classic Alpina luxury wood trim in Myrtle or Piano lacquer are exclusive features for the Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupé. This luxury saloon is a provocative example of BMW distinction. The Alpina Series is all about precision and hand-crafting that consistently exceeds existing standards using innovative solutions and engineering prowess. With its elite status and impressive roster of features and accessories, the Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupé is a formidable new expression of high-performance with ultra-luxury virtues.

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Alpina-built models have refined understatement where form follows function. The shape of the new front spoiler guarantees the effective flow of air to the radiator modules of the cooling system, intercooler, water and oil systems. An integrated splitter directs air over and around the vehicle stabilizing the front end at high speeds. There are NACA air channels at the front of the underbody to direct cold air to the brakes. The blue calipers are visible the spokes of the classic 20” Alpina alloy wheels. The front calipers proudly display Alpina lettering. Large diameter brake discs measure 374 x 36 mm on the front axle and 370 x 24 mm on the rear axle for effective fade-free brake performance.

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The Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupé rides upon the success of BMW. This sophisticated sport suspension uses BMW technology such as Dynamic Damper Control with adjustable adaptive shock absorbers, and Adaptive Drive which is an active Anti-Roll Stabilization. These are all integrated into the intelligent all-wheel drive dynamics. The driver may change chassis and suspension settings from Comfort+, Comfort, Sport, and Sport+ by using the Driving Dynamics Control rocker switch.

Its sport suspension uses BMW double wishbones up front and an integral rear axle. It is fitted with staggered tires size 255/35 ZR20 for the front axle and 295/30 ZR20 for the rear axle. These high-performance Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires have run-flat technology with a high-speed capability to facilitate its possible 200 mph. Stiffer springs and increased front wheel camber combined with the 20” staggered Alpina Classic alloy wheels result in direct steering response and precise handling.

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The Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupé embodies the very latest advances in production car computer electronics and aerodynamic technology. Effortless acceleration, superb road-holding abilities, and exemplary comfort come together to provide the driver with the ultimate driving experience. A BMW is steadily and constantly refined by engineers, designers, and stylists, into the benchmark of contemporary sports cars.

BMW provides the driver and passengers with a thoroughly comfortable, always exhilarating automobile with many facets of satisfaction. The Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupé is a revered automobile which translate BMW’s unrivaled experience in turbocharging from the race tracks to road-going vehicles. It offers scintillating acceleration, cornering and overall road holding all of which reflect BMW’s racing heritage. The Alpine B6 xDrive Gran Coupé is very high performance delivered in a luxurious package –

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Photos and specifications courtesy BMW Media Club

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Classic BMW M6 “M-Powerment”

Posted in BMW, Editorials, Exotic & FAST, Exotic Exotics, Luxury Sport Cars, Serious Speed with tags , , , , , , , , on July 19, 2015 by 99MilesPerHour

Meet the Executive Express…

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The BMW M635 CSi is a sophisticated combination of high-performance and luxury put together in a handsomely tailored two door coupé. It’s an automobile with understated nobility. Simply referred to as the “M6” in North America, it is a sporting elegance that is shared by no other coupé. It is a celebration of engineering and advanced technology. The “M” is the pedigree from the BMW racing division. This is the same motorsport responsible for the Formula 1.

In 1984, Motorsport M GmbH placed the high-revving 24-valve Inline 6-cylinder engine in the 635 CSi coupé. This move made quite an impression upon the competition…they had no idea what was lurking underneath the seemingly docile architecture – until. This is the engine featured in the BMW M1. It earned a nickname for this type of performance as the “Executive Express.” 

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This is a high-performance version of the 6-Series coupé built on the E24 platform. “M-Powerment” is motivated by the love of competition. BMW’s legend of success is extending without interruption from yesterday through tomorrow. An “M-Powered” performance car is far more than a superficially appointed interpretation of a base model. The epochal “M-Powerment” offers high-performance as the fundamental principle.

An “M-Powered” automobile is a finely tuned evolutionary machine. “M-Powerment” came about while participating in the formidable 24 hours of LeMans…or the grueling Nürburgring…St. Moritz…even Monte Carlo. These endurance races require an automobile with extraordinary deftness…remarkable handling…and efficient design. At the very heart of BMW is a rich motorsport heritage…this is “M-Powerment.” The BMW M6 is built to reflect this high-performance exclusivity –

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The hand-crafted M5 engine made an indelible impression in the world of motoring. This special racing engine was built in Preussenstrasse, Germany and quickly became a racing legend…now embodied in the M6. The M635 CSi is a “wolf in sheep’s clothing!” BMW M GmbH Division offered bespoke personalization tailoring each vehicle individually to each customer by exceeding the range of production options and features. And then there’s that motorsport heritage – that every “M-Powered” vehicle is endowed – the M6 is a stunning example of the ultimate driving machine…

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The BMW M6 is in the same league as Porsche, Ferrari, and Corvette. The indomitable 24-valve double overhead cam 6-cylinder engine offers unparalleled throttle response. In the world of extremely swift automobiles, the M6 is one of the most potent supercars available. Its staggering range and versatility rewards the driver with the ultimate driving experience. The BMW M6 incorporates the perfection of balanced design through the application of sound engineering principles and technology. 

Sports is always a driving force…BMW M GmbH is diverse with Formula 1, Formula 2, GT, and GTR classes. The brand is constantly investing in new ideas and technology to ensure a standard of excellence continuing as the standard of the future. Aggressive application of technology and design is what distinguishes the “M” division from the rest of the industry. BMW is confident working with the levels of technology relating to real performance as motorsport represents an integral component of BMW heritage.

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All the excitement you’d expect from a sports car, with the class and sophistication you see in a personal luxury coupé can be found in the BMW M635 CSi. Its superb performance and high-speed capabilities make it worthy of the BMW logo. The M6 represents a benchmark of modern grand tourers.

At BMW, remarkable automobiles stem from remarkable design goals. BMW knows what “fast” is all about. “M-Powerment” inflames the passion for driving. The construction and production quality continuously evolved over decades – this is the result of an engineering obsession for excellence.  A BMW M6 is the 635 CSi taken to the highest level of motorsport-inspired performance…

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BMW engines are consistently outstanding in their refinement. Guaranteed smooth and responsive, it comes from the simple physics of a special version of the Inline 6-cylinder engine with a slight increase in displacement, and two overhead cams. “Road & Track” featured the 1987 BMW M6 among the 10 fastest cars in the US. Luxury as a way of life; performance as a way of living…is a BMW philosophy. These hand-crafted engines display a level of quality that established BMW excellence.

The 1987 M6 came equipped with the BMW S38B35 naturally aspirated 24-valve 3.5 litre Inline 6-cylinder engine with the Bosch Motronic electronic engine management system. New aluminium cylinder heads benefit from an upgraded machined intake manifold and exhaust ports. The engine cranks 256 hp @ 6,500 rpm with 330 Nm of peak torque @ 4,500 rpm. The engine is mated to an “M-Power” manual 5-speed gearbox.  It is ultra-high-performance as one would expect. Longitudinal acceleration is rated as 0-60 mph in 5.9 seconds, 0-100 mph in 16 seconds, and 0-120 mph in 25.7 seconds. It can do the ¼ mile @ 96 mph in 14.5 seconds. The top speed is in the 149 mph range.

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Bavarian Motor Works translates minimum energy into maximum performance. BMW continues to offer engineering without sacrificing performance, comfort, or refinement. BMW builds automobiles that offer a degree of safety and comfort which sets the standards in each of their classes. BMW has achieved benchmarks in automotive engineering.

The famous Digital Motor Electronics (DME) was introduced in 1979 on the 7 Series. It put BMW ahead of the industry. DME is a comprehensive engine management system. It controls all key aspects of the engine’s operation ensuring optimum reliability, maximum performance, the lowest possible fuel consumption and exhaust emissions. It uses sensors to constantly monitor all factors affecting engine operation. The data is then evaluated by a microprocessor and translated into commands for the fuel injection system and ignition system.

This network receives up to 1,000 separate items of data input per second including engine speed, air intake volume, air temperature and density, coolant temperature, throttle position, accelerator position, and vehicle speed. If a defective sensor delivers unrealistic data, DME replaces it with preset standard valves. Therefore; should a spark plug fail, DME immediately cuts fuel flow to this cylinder to prevent damage to the engine. DME also monitors the electrical power system. It has sensors that measure the charge and condition of the battery ensuring maximum battery life preventing damage to it as well.

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With a broad power range, the 3.5 litre 6-cylinder engine is ideally suited to the M6’s fine-tuned chassis. It is fitted with an independent front wheel suspension with double-pivot strut, and virtual steer axis with small kingpin offset. Eccentrically mounted coil springs reduce binding under load. The rear wheel suspension features independent semi-trailing arms with patented track change link, telescopic struts, and coil springs. ABS braking system, and responsive power assisted steering enhances the M6’s overall operating performance. The suspension’s standard ride height is lowered ½ inch and is fitted with Bilstein gas-pressurized shock absorbers and recalibrated front and rear anti-roll bars.

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The aggressive stance of the M6 leaves no question that this touring coupé is a car to be driven. It delivers robust power throughout the rpm range. Eagerly awaiting a tap of the accelerator, the M6 rewards the driver with a level of confidence and exhilaration unmatched by other performance automobiles in its class. The M6 escalates the 635 CSi to a higher level of excitement. This type of high-performance is rare in a car of its stature.

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The M635 CSi has classic BMW beauty. Evolution drives BMW. Look deep into its architecture…there is the basic design of the 3.0 CS/CSi/CSL Karmann bodied coupés. BMW excellence is the result of a balanced integration of all its components working as a network. Man and machine are integrated as one in the BMW philosophy. Its trademark “Shark Nose” design is elegantly aggressive. The M6 was built from 1984 until 1989.

The M6 will always remain pre-eminent as the touring coupé for those who seek superb high-performance and luxury. While being an elegantly appointed luxury sport coupé, it retains the nimble handling and signature “M” performance of a breathtaking sports car. The BMW M635 CSi represents the purest expression of total performance. “M-Powerment” includes a restless quest for automotive excellence –

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With breathtaking performance and grand touring style, the BMW M6 is for those who travel the road to success. Its interior is designed to be as sporty as it is elegant… Glove-soft leather upholsters the seats. Electrically adjustable Recaro-style front seats are designed to adjust to your body, the head restraints are also adjustable. Ergonomic engineers at BMW designed the M6 interior to integrate man and machine.

The engineers made a careful study of the critical interrelation between seating position, overall visibility, steering wheel, pedals, and controls. They are networked together to provide the ultimate driving experience from the ultimate driving machine. The seating is designed to “spring” with the suspension system and shock absorbers. The M6 is equipped with all of the standard features and accessories in the 635 CSi.

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The dash controls are simple and presented in a logical arrangement with the most important information within the driver’s direct sight. All interior switches, controls, and instruments are smooth without dangerous protuberances. All gauges and dials are very easy on the eye. Air conditioning, central locking system, power steering and brakes, are just a few of the M6 amenities that are standard.

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Special thanks to Daniel Schmitt & Co for the M635 CSi photos

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“M-Power” is BMW high-performance motivated by the need for speed. “M-Powerment” inflames the passion for motorsport excitement. BMW knows what “fast” is all about. In 1984, Motorsport GmbH placed the high-revving 24-valve Inline 6-cylinder engine in the 635 CSi coupé. Known as the “M6” in North American markets, it represents a benchmark of modern grand tourers. The superb performance and high-speed capabilities, “M-Powers” the BMW M6 with the ultimate driving experience. Bavarian Motor Works translates minimum energy into maximum performance. The BMW M6 is a classic example of motorsport in the guise of an elegant grand tourer.

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Special thanks to Park Ward Motors Museum for the 635 CSi 

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The Class of 2015: BMW 3.0 CSL

Posted in BMW, Editorials, Exotic & FAST, Exotic Sports Cars, Serious Speed, Supersports with tags , , , , , , on July 11, 2015 by 99MilesPerHour

BMW is bred for intense motorsport competition…

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The 3.0 CSL dream coupé is the most successful touring car of its day. It was a pioneer when it came to innovation. In 1973 it received its power from BMW’s first 24-valve Inline 6-cylinder engine. In 1974 it featured a prototype anti-lock braking system. In 1975 nearing the end of 3.0 CSL production, a turbocharger was added boosting the maximum output to 800 hp. In 1976 a 3.2 litre Inline 6-cylinder with bi-turbocharging was added producing 750 hp.

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A BMW is a finely tuned evolutionary machine. It is a precision automobile built by engineers and perfected in locations such as LeMans, Monte Carlo, and the grueling Nürburgring. Automotive high-performance is more than bulging hood scoops and colorful decals. Accuracy is prominent; agility and durability are not just matters of theoretical speculation.

BMW is committed to building automobiles with extraordinary deftness and stamina, remarkable handling, and of course efficient design. The BMW philosophy of exceptional performance is achieved through balance, not excess…more performance using less energy. At the heart of BMW is a rich motorsport heritage.

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A special lightweight and extremely potent coupé was constructed on the E09 platform and bodied by Karmann from 1971 until 1975. The relentless BMW 3.0 CSL is extremely successful at racing. It helped to establish BMW’s status as a true driver’s car and laid the foundation for one of BMW’s most formidable racing divisions. As a fitting tribute BMW created the 2015 3.0 CSL Hommage Concept…it is truly the Class of 2015.

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On May 22, 2015 the BMW Group introduced the new BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage Concept at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este on beautiful Lake Como. The 3.0 CSL Hommage epitomizes the iconic BMW coupé from the 1970s. It celebrates the exemplary performance of the lightweight design and engineering prowess of a timeless classic touring coupé. The Hommage Concept is the contemporary interpretation combining the character of the earlier model and cutting edge technology from the present. The BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage Concept is motorsport with an elegant character.

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“CSL” equates to Coupé Sport Leichtbau or simply, lightweight sport coupé. It is pared down to the bare essentials to save weight. The original BMW 3.0 CSL was launched at the 1971 Geneva International Motor Show. It was originally intended to be a homologation model for the German Touring Car Championship expedited by a separate division within BMW AG which would later become BMW Motorsport GmbH, incorporated in 1972. The division was later renamed BMW M GmbH. The unique tri-color stripes that form the iconic “M” came into being on the classic 3.0 CSL coupé. Arrogance…but not conceit, as a touring coupé it is complete – This is the aggressive BMW “M-Powerment!”

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To Craig Brody: “This one’s for you…kid”

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Classic 3.0 CSL models follow BMW design DNA. The styling continuity is uncomplicated and aerodynamically efficient. The 3.0 CSL variant differed from the standard 3.0 CS models. The 3.0 CSL was designed in two versions. The lightweight racing variant includes lighter sheet metal with aluminium used for doors, boot lid, front wings, and hood. Cosmetic variances include: chrome fender lip moldings, black side stripes with “3.0 CSL” logo, a racing-inspired pin release for the hood, no front bumper, a lightweight 5.5 pound plastic rear bumper without guards, Alpina 7 x 14” alloy wheels, and no trunk lock/tool kit.

Its auto glass is also lightweight using a “Verbel” laminated windscreen, lightweight Plexiglas door glass, and lightweight fixed rear quarter windows. The racing 3.0 CSL variant used the “minimalist” approach to its design. Interiors for the classic 3.0 CSL uses unique three-spoke leather wrapped steering wheels and Scheel sports seats in black with matching leatherette bolsters. The head liner is black.

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The classic 3.0 CSL coupé was available as a genuine road-going coupé The “City Package” is a tamer street-lethal, more civilized variant usable as a daily driver. This edition swapped steel for the aluminium body panels, however; not all included this. It has power steering, and the entire standard 3.0 CS/ 3.0 CSi chassis components. It also shares front and rear bumpers, windscreens, standard side and rear glass, rear window defroster, retractable power assisted windows, trunk lock and tool kit, velour carpeting, additional sound deadening materials, and under coating. This transformed the ferocious 3.0 CSL into an elegant touring coupé…and a sporty driver’s car –

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The classic 3.0 CSL is a unique lightweight high-performance champ that is considered to be the very first “M” Series model; it isn’t badged as such at this point. These exquisite racing machines were hand-crafted by Karmann Werkes in Rheine, Germany.  BMW developed four different versions over five years and were all built to European specifications. The original variant was produced in late 1971 and early 1972 using the 2,985cc M30 Inline 6-cylinder engine equipped with two Zenith carburetors. This version has an 89mm bore and 80mm stroke. It cranked 180 hp @ 6,000 rpm with 260 Nm of peak torque @ 3,700 rpm.

In late 1972 and early 1973 the next variant is equipped with an electronically controlled Bosch fuel injected 3,003cc with a slight increase to an 89.25 bore. It produces 200 hp @ 5,500 rpm with 276 Nm of peak torque @ 4,300 rpm. The finale for this legend is equipped with a 3,153cc engine with a longer 84mm stroke which now cranked 206 hp @ 5,600 rpm with 291 Nm of peak torque @ 4,200 rpm.

The final version was built in two separate production runs during late 1973 and the last were built during the 1974-1975 model years. The 3.0 CSL is about 440 pounds lighter than the standard steel bodied 3.0 CS models. Road-going variants are 297 pounds heavier than the racing version of the 3.0 CSL. All engine configurations are equipped with Getrag four-speed manual gearboxes with limited slip differentials.

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The mighty BMW 3.0 CSL shares the identical suspension as its E09 3.0 CS stablemates. It uses a MacPherson strut/ semi-trailing arm design with Bilstein gas-pressurized shock absorbers, a 20mm reduced ride height with specific progressive-rate springs, and an increased camber (1.1 degree front, and 1.0 degree for the rear). It is fitted with 10.7” four-wheel disc brakes and 195/70VR 14 tires. Staggered tires improve overall handling, in my opinion. The 3.0 CSL has a manual ZF worm and roller steering system. The City Package adds power steering, and could have been ordered as an option on the standard 3.0 CSL coupé. CSL models are not fitted with front and rear roll bars.

The classic BMW 3.0 CSL is a vicious contender. In 1973 Toine Hezemans won the European Touring Car Championship in a 3.0 CSL. He was also the co-driver with Deter Quester in a victory at LeMans in a 3.0 CSL. Hezemans and Quester won 2nd place at the 1973 German Touring Car Grand Prix at Nürburgring driving a 3.0 CSL…being beaten by Chris Amon and Hans-Joachim Stuck in…guess what…another 3.0 CSL!!! BMW 3.0 CSL’s won the European Touring Car Championship every year from 1975 through 1979. A 3.0 CSL won races in the IMSA GT Championship in 1975.

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Here’s an interesting case in point. The final rendition of the BMW 3.0 CSL was homologated in July 1973 with an extreme aerodynamic body package that earned it the nickname “Batmobile.” This fully aerodynamic option included a large air dam, short front fins atop the fenders, a spoiler above the trailing edge of the roof, and a huge rear wing.

These humongous wings were not installed at the factory and were left in the boot for installation after delivery of the vehicle. This was done because the wings were not street-legal in Germany. A BMW 3.0 CSL is indeed a fierce competitor – and is considered highly sought as collectible cars by connoisseurs world-wide. This is the ultimate driving machine in one of its most extreme interpretations – 

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Maintaining a minimalist approach with classic simplicity, the BMW 3.0 CSL had a small roster of options. Standard glass, tinted glass, power windows, locking gas cap, air conditioning, head lamp washers, and passenger side outside rearview mirror were the choices available.

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Now…let’s fast forward to the 2015 BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage Concept coupé. This is a stunning example of a timeless classic. The design team’s tribute captures the classic beauty and overall finesse of the original in a 21st century interpretation. The engineering achievement is exemplified by the lightweight design and performance. Cutting edge technology makes it an automotive collage of high-performance success. It exudes dynamism and sophistication as did its predecessor. The BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage Concept coupé is painted in the authentic original color Golf Yellow. It is an aerodynamic sculpture of raw power…

The classic BMW 3.0 CSL used aluminium to keep its architecture lightweight…the carbon fibre technology rules with the 3.0 CSL Hommage. Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic offers optimum weight-to-strength ratio. It is lighter than aluminium and far more versatile.  The 3.0 CSL Hommage Concept continues the original lightweight design principle for both interior and exterior. BMW is the world leader in CFRP technology; their expertise is clearly evident in the new 3.0 CSL Hommage.

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The BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage Concept is an efficient aerodynamic sculpture. Its architecture is designed to hint at its illustrious predecessor, but aggressively sets the center stage with a unique stature all its own. The sculpted architecture manages the air flow efficiently around the entire vehicle. The front air deflector vents the engine bay for efficient cooling. The wings over the rear wheels send air flow around the vehicle. Small rearview cameras reduce aerodynamic drag. A large rear wing increases downforce to the rear drive wheels improving power transmission. It has an air curtain and air breather system to optimize airflow to the rear wheels cooling the brakes.

The BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage Concept boasts a fierce front end ensemble. It is the widest and lowest front end design in the industry, which gives it a formidable and aggressive, high-performance stance. The familiar kidney grille has been refreshed to reflect a more contemporary look. Laser light and LED technology assimilates art lighting graphics. The flat contours of the headlamps are typical characteristics of BMW. The fancy “X-shape” inside the headlamps hints at the headlamp X-stickers used on classic race cars. The large carbon fibre front splitter combined with the kidney grille is a contemporary interpretation of the classic 3.0 CSL’s sharknose styling. Past, present, and future styling cues come together for fresh new racing car flair with a touch of class…

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The 3.0 CSL Hommage Concept has a long, low-slung silhouette. The aggressive stance, long wheelbase, long bonnet and aerodynamic rear end design stretches the appearance making it look even longer. The interesting way the designers used flowing contours, adding the retro character from the classic 3.0 CSL has created a unique contemporary supercar.

The familiar “Hofmeister Kink” is deftly worked into the style perfectly. This roofline is a throwback to the original rooflines that did not flow into the tail. The BMW logo proudly adorns the C-pillars in a traditional manner. This augments the athletically wide shoulders and high haunches to the sides.

Its dynamism is showcased through shadow lines and interplay between light and dark shadows. It appears to be in motion even when it is parked. Carbon fibre technology is used throughout its architecture. The black matt and high gloss 21” alloy wheels adds a 21st century nudge to the car’s attitude. Air control blades in the interstices of the wheel rims further optimize aerodynamics.

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The BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage Concept sports a viciously aggressive rear design. The focal point is its wing that flows into a contour atop the rear fenders. The body panels form geometric symmetry throughout its architecture. This is a ferocious 21st century supercar in every respect. LED strips are designed into the spoiler to link the taillamps together. The apron has a CFRP diffuser to optimize downforce in conjunction with the large wing. The powerfully sculpted rear end design creates a visual impression of raw power. The light and dark shadow interplay makes the car look different each time you look at it – 

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Keeping in tune with the minimalist approach as its classic predecessor, the interior is pared down to an absolute minimum. The all CFRP interior is a fresh new interpretation of the 3.0 CSL bringing it to a contemporary style. The only wood-like presence is the instrument panel which is a structural cross member. It is a clear reference to the classic 3.0 CSL coupé. The instrument panel shows only necessary information such as current gear selection, speed, revs, and shift points. It’s the carbon fibre technology that creates a special appeal. Every part has a high quality look and feel. It is understated elegantly, yet sporty –

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The racing theme for the interior includes two bucket seats. They have a six-point belt system. Red anodized safety features include outlet nozzles for fire extinguishing foam, the fire extinguishing mechanism, the fire extinguisher itself, and two emergency shut-off switches on the center console. In place of a rear bench seat are covers for the eBoost energy accumulators which have LED strips creating a holographic 3-D effect on them. The only elements in the rear are two helmets integrated into the transmission tunnel, and are held in place by a belt when not in use.

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BMW’s commitment has to been to design and engineer automobiles noted for extraordinary stamina. A BMW is bred for intense motorsport competition. The BMW 3.0 CSL is a fierce competitor winning European Championships. Its impressive portfolio of victories includes the 24 Hours of LeMans and the grueling Nürburgring. The impressive 3.0 CSL left its mark in automotive history as an indomitable persona. The CSL…“Coupé Sport Leichtbau” or Light Sport Coupé, is a lightweight and extremely potent design built from 1971 until 1975 in various forms.

The BMW engineers designed a one-off creation as tribute to commemorate the achievements of the formidable 3.0 CSL…the 3.0 CSL Hommage Concept celebrates this notorious supercar brilliantly. It refines both retro and contemporary styling cues creating a striking 21st century interpretation. The designers used light and shadows in combination with contours for special effects for this timeless masterpiece. The 3.0 CSL Hommage Concept uses the latest CFRP technology for both exterior and interior. As far as the Hommage’s production…we will have to wait and see what form it will arrive. BMW concept cars always predict future production models –

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Special thanks to Craig Brody, The Ultimate Car Page, Conceptcarz, and Mad 4 Wheels for the use of their photos of these extremely rare automobiles.

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NotoriousLuxury salutes BMW…the Class of 2015

Retrospect: 1986-1989 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante

Posted in "Q" by Aston Martin, Aston Martin, Editorials, Exotic & FAST, Exotic Exotics, Exotic Sports Cars, Luxury Sport Cars with tags , , , , , , , , on June 20, 2015 by 99MilesPerHour

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Aston Martin creates some of the most beautiful automobiles in the world. They become even more so as they mature. One such timeless beauty is the V8 Vantage Volante. The V8 Vantage is considered the first British supercar. It was the brand’s hottest offering for two decades. The AM V8 Vantage Volante is a sensual drop top with a thirst for performance. The V8 Vantage Volante convertible was built from 1986 until 1989. An available power upgrade includes the 580 X-Pack engine (Works Service Conversion).

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The V8 Vantage Volante personifies the European idea of grand tourer. So transformed is the automotive world today. Styling trends come and go…but the beauty of an Aston Martin is timeless. A classic Aston Martin can be more intriguing than a brand new model. They are like your favorite leather jacket that mellows as it ages gracefully, every line, crease, or wrinkle adds character to that jacket…same with an Aston Martin…every mile it is driven, it becomes even more distinctive…

Aston Martin used the name “Vantage” on previous models to denote high-performance. It was a separate model for 1978 as the AM V8 Vantage. Cosmetic changes include the closed-off power-dome hood, closed-off grille with high intensity fog lamps, contoured spoiler on the front valence, and a distinctive spoiler integrated into the rear deck lid. The Vantage is the quintessential bad-boy’s toy. Back then, this was a new breed…ferocious and wild.

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The ferocious 580 X-Pack creates a rare automotive experience very few enthusiasts will ever know. The alloy 5.3 litre 16-valve 327 CID V8 engine is given an adrenaline rush. The DOHC V8 is fitted with four Weber 481DF3/150 carburetors and a ZF 5-speed manual gearbox (Euro-spec).

The X-Pack big-bore magic includes high-performance camshafts, increased compression ratio, larger inlet valves, new manifolds, Cosworth pistons and Nimrod racing heads. A deep-throaty, free-flow straight-through exhaust system intensifies the experience. The X-Pack was available originally for 1986 through 1989 model years. The 580 X-Pack is as quick as a Ferrari Daytona!

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The 580 X-Pack engine cranks 432 hp @ 6,200 rpm with 536 Nm of peak torque @ 5,100 rpm. Longitudinal acceleration is rated as: 0-60 mph in 5.2 seconds, 0-100 mph in 11.5 seconds, 0-120 mph in 17.1 seconds, and 0-150 mph in 37.7 seconds. It does the ¼ mile @ 108 mph in 13.3 seconds. Its top speed is a respectable 163 mph.

The epochal Aston Martin legend of high-performance such as the classic Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante remains among the finest hand-crafted automobiles in the world. The Aston Martin V8’s are among the fastest, most elegant, and longest running production model series ever built in the history of the brand.

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The AM V8 Volante convertible was introduced in 1978. It was equipped with a power, fully lined convertible top. The frame is stronger than that of the hardtop. They are built with a lower center of gravity. The 375 hp Oscar India spec versions were introduced to round out the performance portfolio.

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The Series Five V8 Vantage Volante convertible was introduced in 1986 at the New York International Auto Show and was built until 1989. They have an aggressively, muscular physique. The low-slung wind-cheating design inherits Aston Martin beauty, it will challenge the years gracefully. The AM V8 Vantage Volante convertible showcased an integrated rear deck lid spoiler, a deeper front spoiler, wider wheel arches, and extended side skirts.

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For the 1987 model year, HRH Prince Charles of Wales ordered a new V8 Vantage Volante. He made a few minor requests to refine his to look understated and sophisticated without the wide wheel arches, front air dam, and side skirts. It retained the open mesh front grille and power bulge on the bonnet. A discreetly sculpted spoiler is attached to the front valence. This style became known as the “Prince of Wales” (POW) specification, with another 21 built at the factory.

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Five additional “Cosmetic” versions of the Prince of Wales style were built to U.S. specifications. They were equipped with the less powerful fuel injected engines along with impact absorbing front and rear bumpers. The POW versions are the most highly sought out of all 1970s – 1980s V8 models. This was actually the humble beginning of the elite “Q” by Aston Martin bespoke commissioning service. The AM V8 Vantage Volante looks as good today as it did when it rolled off the assembly line. Beauty is tradition with Aston Martin.

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The V8 Vantage Volante rides on an independent front suspension with upper and lower control arms, coil springs and anti-roll bar. The rear uses a de Dion axle with Watt linkage trailing arms. Power rack and pinion steering and the integrity of four-wheel power disc brakes aided its overall operation. Its 102.7” wheelbase and 74.4” width gives it nimble, and quick, response packaged within a 183.7” overall length.

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The Aston Martin V8 has been one of the best-selling series in the history of the brand. The Aston Martin V8 Vantage has the honor of being the first British supercar. It is the Vantage V8 Volante that personifies the European idea of gran turismo. The 5.3 litre V8 engine with the 580 X-Pack transformation cranks 432 hp with a top speed exceeding 163 mph. This is raw power…raw, naturally aspirated power, not computer enhanced euphoria…or merely an excellent power to weight ratio…it flexes its muscles without the ‘roids’ of the industry (turbos and superchargers etc.) getting in the way.

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“Vantage” is a mononym used by Aston Martin to define high-performance; it became a model series. The V8 Vantage Volante built from 1986 until 1989, is one of the most seductive GT’s Aston Martin has ever built. It successfully synthesizes performance and luxury without sacrificing either –

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Aston Martin is looking to the future. They set forth a “Second Century” plan aligning their vision for growth into the 21st century. It promises exciting and highly desirable new luxury sports cars as well as new power train technology. This is the largest investment plan in their 102 year history. It is a comprehensive plan for their growth and development taking the brand into a new direction. Aston Martin’s goal is to replace every model in the current line with the addition of three all-new models by the end of the decade.

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