This began with the fundamental feasibility study known as packaging. The front wheels are in size 8. This means that the engine power is optimally transferred to the road. The stiff configuration of the springs and gas-pressure shock absorbers ensures optimal road contact and low body movements when negotiating serpentine bends at speed. So is it worth the money? Narrow but completely lacking in any obstructive traffic. The SpecsType of vehicle: Rear-wheel-drive, luxury sport coupeEngine: 6.
Is this enough to take the four-door uber-coupe from good to truly great? It was one of those moments when you just put your right foot all the way to the floor. But it still isn't good enough — failing to react with suitable speed, and sometimes ignoring downshift requests altogether. Painted in titanium grey, these high-sheen wheels in size 8. Even in these days of runaway performance figures, anything over the half-millenial mark is worth boasting. Very quickly we found ourselves heading up a steep, switchbacked hillside, all hairpin bends and loose, greasy surfaces, still damp at midday due to the overhanging trees. If one of the drive wheels threatens to spin, specific brake pressure is applied to create the effect of a mechanical differential lock.
There is no intervention to control the handling dynamics, and no reduction in engine torque — thus increasing driving enjoyment even further. The side air vents in the front apron serve to expel the hot air from the oil coolers. It feels and sounds awe-inspiring — accelerative shock swiftly stuns your passengers into total quiet. Steering feedback is also improved by the new kinematics. A larger torsion bar stabiliser, new head bearings and dampers with rebound buffer springs further enhance this stability and precision. The maximum of 600 newton metres at 5000 rpm is unrivalled in this class, and the torque curve is equally impressive: from 2000 to 6250 rpm the driver always has more than 500 newton metres on tap — ideal for powerful acceleration in any engine speed range.
The biggest detraction to the swoopy roof is actually the rear door¹s small window, which, if you spend your time gazing at the scenery rushing past, can become a little claustrophobic. The air conditioning controls are easily deciphered. The fog lamps with chrome surrounds are spaced well apart, acting together with the flared front wheel arches to accentuate the width of the car — with the striking transition from the front apron to the wings leaving a particularly strong impression. The market launch will commence in early 2008. If you have to ask how much this costs. Along with that monster motor comes a host of chassis improvements. Another benefit makes itself felt when braking, as the new wheel location ensures an immediate response even under high dynamic stresses.
Left-foot braking helps ease the transition into challenging corners, but this in turn heats up the stoppers, precipitating fade. Pressing a button is sufficient to activate the desired driving programme. The front brakes have size 360 x 36-millimetre discs with six-piston fixed callipers, while deceleration at the rear is by 330 x 26-millimetre discs with four-piston fixed callipers. And more than a few people agree. The shifts are all but imperceptible, the revs are kept low so the engine barely growls and it should also increase fuel economy. Which can be exciting when you're steaming headlong into a corner. Loaded up to their permitted gross vehicle weight, the test cars are put through a precisely defined test programme on country roads, motorways and in city traffic.
A more rigid Hardy disc in the steering column, as well as modified steering characteristics, make a further contribution to increased precision. Running costs won't be cheap though — that 19. In the automobile industry, like so many others, imitation is still the sincerest form of flattery. The most logical place to start would be in the engine compartment. And if it's not exclusive or exciting enough out of the box, there's always the Perfomance Package. Well, you would have thought so. On the right road at the right time, that engine and chassis coalition is capable of genuinely mind-blowing athleticism.
Electronically controlled fuel delivery is another reason for the outstanding agility and responsiveness to movements of the accelerator. With the chassis so surprisingly good, you might even overlook the engine. Everyone always complains it lacks the low-down shove of the old supercharged 55 engine, but as the new and even more excessively sonorous 'silencers' chuck its glorious big capacity soundtrack at the landscape, you'll find no complaints here about how it handled the hefty local gradients. The multi-link independent rear suspension has also been thoroughly re-engineered, with a twelve-millimetre wider track and more camber leading to improved cornering performance. This made it possible to test major assemblies such as the drive train, brakes and axles. In this case the focus of the developers is on the durability of the drive train components, the entire bodyshell and the integral subframe on which the front axle, steering and engine are mounted.
And thank goodness we did. A number of features make for substantially more stability and precision in all driving situations: the redesigned wheel location at the front axle is 100 percent more rigid, leading to a considerable improvement in steering precision. At the same time the high-performance saloon was also produced as a digital prototype. You quickly learn to anticipate its foibles — it's either that or crash. It sounds like you're in love.
You're ahead of me here. And while the seat does have a plethora of knobs, at least I can figure out what they are. Another decisive aspect was an ongoing dialogue between Design and Development, so that any necessary technical modifications were also implemented in design terms. Perfect cylinder charging is guaranteed by the vertical arrangement of the intake and exhaust ducts, as well as the magnesium variable intake manifold with two integral throttle flaps. The new front axle has a 35-millimetre wider track — visible by the more widely flared wheel arches — and therefore ensures lower dynamic wheel loads when cornering. But, then, so are Pamela Anderson, Paris Hilton and Tom Selleck, none of whom have ever won an Oscar.
This high output also benefits the power-to-weight ratio, which is a very favourable 3. The 0-62mph sprint takes just 4. The test cars are loaded up to their permitted gross vehicle weight. The key word here is Plus — denoting the new double-declutching downshift function, which adds a delicious throttle-blip to your paddleshift downchanges. . Even some fairly nasty surface intrusions completely failed to upset it.