Friday, May 17, 2013

We Compare the W222 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Side by Side to the W221


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The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class is visually very different to its predecessor, but to help you more easily spot where the biggest changes are, we have put together a selection of photos of both cars, and put them side by side for your convenience. Seeing them like this really brings out the differences in proportions, shape and the details.
The first thing that strikes you is just how flared the wheel arches of the W221 (the old model) are compared to the new W222. It is perhaps less striking to look at because of this, but it is by no means bland or uninspiring. The rear doors are also visibly larger and the roofline is more steeply raked. However, according to Mercedes, this does not hamper headroom in the back, as the new car’s passenger compartment is measurably larger.
The interior is vastly different in the two cars, though there are similarities, like the horizontal row of buttons on the center stack which look near-identical, as well as the storage compartment located underneath it on both models. The wood trim also goes onto the door in the new car, but it seems a bit more nicely integrated into the overall design of the cabin.
The W221 was one of the first cars to feature a full digital screen instead of a conventional speedo, along with a large centrally-mounted unit for the sat-nav and infotainment systems. This is retained in the new car, but it gets a full LED display which replaces all of the conventional dials. Speaking of LEDs, the W222 is full of them, both inside and out (some 300 LEDs were used inside alone) and Mercedes is proud to have renounced conventional light bulbs completely.
By Andrei Nedelea

MERCEDES S-CLASS W222 (LEFT) VS W221 (RIGHT)

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M Sport Edition Package Brings More Style and Equipment for the BMW 6 Series


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BMW has released the new M Sport edition for the 6 Series Coupe, 6 Series Convertible and 6 Series Gran Coupe with improved styling and equipment goods. Available from July 2013, the M Sport edition package can be combined with all the models and engine variants of the BMW 6 Series range (sans, of course, the M6 models).
The M Sport edition models include the M Sport package, which brings a model-specific M aero package, 19-inch M light-alloy wheels in double-spoke design, Adaptive LED Headlights, LED fog lamps, the BMW Individual High-gloss Shadow Line, black-painted brake calipers and exhaust tail pipes in dark chrome, among others.
On the inside, the M Sport package comes with an M leather steering wheel, M door sill finishers and sports seats in Alcantara/leather, coupled with other features such as the BMW Head-Up Display, the multifunction instrument display, a dashboard covered in exclusive nappa leather, and the Professional hi-fi system that comes with 12 speakers in the Convertible and 16 in the Coupe and Gran Coupe.
There’s also the ConnectedDrive Navigation package comprising, among other features, a 10.2-inch Control Display, voice control, extended hands-free telephone system, BMWConnectedDrive Services for the use of apps and BMW Online, BMW Concierge Services telephone information service, Remote Services and Real Time Traffic Information.
In addition to this, the M Sport edition models come with Park Distance Control and a rear-view camera, as well as a ski bag. All M Sport edition models have the option of the Sakhir Orange metallic M paintwork, previously exclusive to the M6. M Sport edition models for the 6 Series can also get the optional interior upholstery in BMW Individual leather Merino fine grain Opal white with contrast seams in Sakhir Orange. This is offered in conjunction with the Comfort Seats.
By Dan Mihalascu

PHOTO GALLERY

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Take a Closer Look at the New Porsche 918 Spyder in 33 Hi-Res Photos


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Unlike Ferrari, which tried to keep its LaFerrarirange-topper a secret until the very last minute, Porsche had a more laid-back approach with its upcoming 918 Spyder flagship supercar. The German carmaker kept us updated from the early development stages of the car, releasing revealing photos, although the 918 Spyder has never been shown without light camouflage gear or racing-inspired liveries.
We suspect that the car you see in these photos is not the final production version, or at least it doesn’t reveal all of its fine details. After all, visitors of the Frankfurt Auto Show in autumn – where the 918 Spyder will have its world premiere – will to be the first to see the final production version.
Until we get to finally see the 918 Spyder in all its production glory, we’ll just have to settle for this extended photo gallery of the pre-production model. And if you feel the need to review once again its technical details, here you have them all.
To end on a personal note, I believe the 918 Spyder is the best looking of the three hypercars released this year. It has that same understated charm that the Carrera GT had, with the “form follows function” design philosophy being applied in an elegant and beautiful manner. Its proportions are harmonious and it is unmistakably a Porsche.
With the risk of being called names by Ferrari fans, I will say that the LaFerrari’s design is too cold, soulless even. It is far behind the Enzo, judging from the strong impression it made when it was introduced in 2003. As for the McLaren P1, for me the clothes iron face ruins it all.
By Dan Mihalascu

PHOTO GALLERY

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