Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Ferrari 458 Italia Manettino, Launch Control and Interior #DreamCars

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Ferrari 458 Italia Manettino, Launch Control and Interior

The 458 Italia is equipped with a racing manettino switch leading toward more sporting set ups and giving the driver a wider selection of electronic controls parameters. The ICE setting saw in the F430 has been removed, while the CT setting has been added in order to deactivate the traction control and at the same time maintain the stability control. There are five different manettino positions and conditions: Low Grip, Sport, Race, CT and CTS. Low Grip setting provides maximum grip under all driving conditions, and it is particularly suited for low grip surfaces. The emphasis is on comfort and stability without compromising the handling. Sport is the best setting for day to day driving and guarantees great safety under good grip. Race is particularly suitable for track driving providing maximum performance and stability in optimal grip situations. CT helps the driver improving his driving skills in safety, by keeping active the stability control. It allows over-steer right to the edge of the car’s limits and guarantees enhanced driving pleasure and fun behind the wheel, particularly on the track. Under CTS setting, both stability and traction control systems are deactivated, giving the driver maximum freedom and control on the track. No electronic systems intervene on the vehicle stability with the exception of E-diff3 and ABS.

On the 458 Italia, the driver can decouple the suspension damping from the electronic configuration selected on the manettino. The suspension decoupling button offers improved filtering of uneven road surfaces in order to improve performance and handling on uneven broken surfaces, such as the ones at the Nuremburg ring race track.

The launch control button is instead designed to offer the best possible acceleration from standstill. It delivers the maximum possible torque to the ground and prevents wheel spin as the car accelerates away. Its activation is indicated in the instrument panel. To start using the Launch control, the manettino must be selected on race, CT or CTS setting. With the car still at standstill, the driver then needs to put the gearbox in manual, selects first gear, pushes the launch control, presses the accelerator pedal and then releases the brake pedal.

The stylistic interior choices developed by Ferrari Centro Stile reflect a functional, ergonomic cockpit design. The driver is set in the center of a streamlined and intuitive layout, which is very much in line with the marquee’s signature styling cues.
As every new Ferrari, the Ferrari 458 Italia has a unique design approach and technology innovations to achieve indisputable performance and driving experience.

Audi Q3 coming in 2015 #DreamCars

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Audi Q3 coming in 2015

In some news today coming directly out of the Germancar manufacturing camp known as Audi, it has been revealed via various sources throughout the world that, the brand are officialy all set to release the brand new Q3 model, here in the UK and across other various parts of the world throughout the duration of 2015. The news that has recently broke out online, comes after three years in waiting, as the Q3 model was, first officialy announced back in 2011, but was delayed in production time. Now we can confirm that the model is set in stone to make it's grand debut in 2015.

So what do we know so far about the specs of the Q3 ?

In terms of power and comfort, Audi vehicles are renown for these perfect combinations, which has without a shadow of a doubt been proven over recent years, with such perfect all round models such as, the Audi TT, Audi A4 amongst others in the Q series. So what do we know about the specialities of this new Q3 model, and what makes it stand out above the rest ? . Well firstly we see the inclusion of a, 2.0 litre engine, that carries a total of 200 units of brake horse power, the vehicle will come in the shape and form of a choice for the customer upon the time of purchase, which are either a front wheel drive model, or an all wheel drive version is also on offer aswell.

The vehicle also comes complete with a six speed automatic transmission system put in place. Another cool unique feature of this model in our opinion is, the welcome addition of the Audi all drive select option which,allows the driver to adjust handling and throttle attributes with the touch of a button. Power steeering,xenon headlights and and 18 inch wheels come as part of the package aswell,

But the option of 19 inch wheels, are also on offer to the consumer at the time of purchase. In terms of choices available for the customer ahead of launch, there are quite a few of them open at this present time, these additional extras include the likes of, Audi's touch screen, 7 inch colour console, neatly placed into the dashboard of the vehicle. Internet WIFI,a back up reversing camera and, a Bose sound system that comes compelte with 14 speakers in the vehicle.

Information regarding pricing and release of the new Q3 ?

In terms of a release time for the latest German owned product, you can expect to purchase this particular model, in your nearest dealership, sometime throughout the duration of 2015, although we do have more exciting news, that the car in all it's glory, will be revealed to the public and media alike, next week at the Detroit Motor show. In terms of a pricing structure on the model we sadly do not currently know the price tag that will come along with the Q3 model, but we do expect this to be announced next week live from the motor show.