Sunday, October 27, 2013

2014 Audi A8 Review

For the new model year, Audi has redesigned its flagship and made it even finer.

2014 Audi A8

The Audi flagship model is now been refreshed since 2010 on the market for the new model year. Here, the 2014 Audi A8 shows in detail refined and offers more luxury and safety.

To recognize the new model year, mainly due to the new front and rear lights in LED technology and the new rear apron. Inside, new materials and colors are available, for the first time, there is also a special leather which is bleached without any chemical additives.

Of course, the requirements are particularly high in the luxury segment, Audi has positioned it as sporty as well as the A8 luxury sedan.

2014 Audi A8

Technically plays the big Audi of all the cards and offers the option of up to 15 assistance systems. New are the adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go function, a night vision assistant with pedestrian and animal recognition and an active lane assist.

Also new and very striking are the matrix LED headlights, which not only give the A8 a very grim look, but also convince with an excellent illumination of the road.

25 LEDs per headlamp units not only provide perfect illumination of the road, but are also connected so flexible and fast that the oncoming traffic or other road users are not dazzled. The individual lighting control system gives nearly one billion (!) Different settings so that the illumination is perfect, other road rather not be blinded.

2014 Audi A8 interior

As individual as the light control can make the A8 in the interior. As before, there are 513.5 inches long, the normal version and the long version 526.5 cm.

Even in the "short" A8 can be found in the rear lot of space, the long version then provides first-class conditions and multiple adjustment options. On request, the rear seats can be air-conditioned, and equipped with an adjustable massage function. With the facelift and the boot capacity has grown and now offers 520 liters of storage space.

In the engine, customers can also choose from a wide range of possibilities. To start, the A8 3.0 TDI clean diesel with 258 hp (190 kW).

2014 Audi A8

As an alternative for diesel engines, there is still the only remaining 8-cylinder diesel in the luxury car, the A8 4.2 TDI, the power to 385 hp (283 kW) is now risen.

More choices offer the petrol. The weakest version of the A8 and quattro all-wheel drive only model without the A8 hybrid comes with 245 hp (180 kW).

Alternatively, there are the 3.0 TFSI with 310 hp (228 kW), the A8 4.0 TFSI with 425 hp (320 kW), the S8 4.0 TFSI with 520 hp (380 kW) or as a top model in the A8 L W12 6.3 with 500 hp ( 368 kW).

In a first exit we could have the 3.0 TFSI, the 4.2 TDI and the 6.3 W12 enjoy. All three models share the most lush and luxurious interior with excellent workmanship and high quality material appearance. The wealth of features needed despite a clear design although a short settling time, yet one gets along very quickly.

Are very comfortable, air-conditioned leather seats with massage function, which in the case of the A8 is working really very pleasant and offers multiple settings. This control is achieved via the MMI control dial on the center console.

Even the 310 hp (228 kW) 3.0 TFSI ensures proper performance. In just 5.7 seconds, it accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h and the top speed is electronically limited to 250 km / hr.

2014 Audi A8

Even if the noise insulation is very good with all models, so the 6-cylinder petrol engine at full speed passes through a slightly throaty sound. Be peak torque of 440 Nm is the gasoline 2900-4750 rev / min and thus has ready at hand any time a lot of power.

The 500-hp gasoline engine makes its power then of course still quiet and faster. In 4.7 seconds to reach 100 km / h mark on the speedometer, and the A8 W12 sprints further perk up the electronic seal off at 250 km / h.

Smoothness and comfort are at the highest level. Even at top speed, it is in the interior even quieter than some other cars of the middle class at 100 km / h

Thanks to the quattro all-wheel drive, the force is applied perfectly to the road in all models, and the A8 handles very athletic despite comfort. The over 5 meters in length would be driving the A8 hardly dare, because the very direct steering gives a very sporty feel.

As a reasonable and golden mean between the models is driven by us shows the 8-cylinder diesel. Even the most powerful diesel opponents would find great pleasure in the A8 4.2 TDI.

During the sprint, the strong diesel is even par and also the W12 sprints in 4.7 seconds from 0 to 100 km / h With its maximum torque of 850 Nm, available ready 2000-2750 rev / min, the diesel offers at any time so much force that one would leave not a single moment of W12.

2014 Audi A8

Even the engine running the V8 diesel is the W12 petrol narrowly on the heels, even in the diesel can be heard beyond the 200 km / h no sound from the 385-hp diesel. Here, the diesel consumption of 5.9 liters per 100 kilometers, is also very economical way.

With the facelift, Audi A8 really improved in every detail and a sporty luxury sedan class in the program. Cutting-edge technology and luxurious amenities combined with the sporty performance make the A8 a true highlight.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

2013 Peugeot 208 GTI review

The 2013 Peugeot 208 is also available as a sporty GTi since spring.

2013 Peugeot 208 GTI

With the Peugeot 205 GTi has rolled around 30 years ago , the small car segment for the first time and presents a new sporty model in this class. Today the competition is bigger, but with the new Peugeot 208 GTi again on the pulse of time . The new design of the 208 is very consistent even in the "civilian" version , as Peugeot GTi is now the crown of the series in terms of design and driving pleasure .

Visually, the Peugeot 208 GTi shows great attention to detail and not only treated with specially designed front and rear apron and rear spoiler , but above all with chrome trim elements around.

2013 Peugeot 208 GTI interior

Standard equipment includes ESP, ABS, six airbags, GTi sport bucket seats in cloth / leather combination , the GTi of the interior including the dash with leatherette upholstery , a sportier look instrument panel including red ambient lighting , a GTi leather sports steering wheel, sports pedals in aluminum electrically adjustable - on folding - and heated door mirrors , 17 " - aluminum wheels, cruise control , a touch screen display including audio system with six speakers , a 2- zone climate control, a rain and light sensor, and much more.

Thus , the sporty 208 GTi presented here from the outside , so it is also in athletic interior further . With the 208 , Peugeot has indeed aligned fittings unit scratch. A high set speedometer in combination with a very small steering wheel and a widely drawn into the interior center console to increase the clarity and ease of use significantly . In practice, this is mainly in the 208 GTi that way. The far top-mounted tachometer is easy to read , and the little leather steering wheel fits perfectly with the sporty appearance of the little Frenchman .

Also, the touchscreen display on top of the center console is positioned perfectly and saves a lot of button salad in the center console. All functions except the air conditioning control can be selected and controlled via touchscreen .

Peugeot has in the interior design also placed great emphasis on detail. The ambient lighting while also falls positively on how the red trim and door panels , in which the door handle of black goes into fiery red . Are also very comfortable sport seats that offer plenty of side support and the fabric / leather combination also look very good .

2013 Peugeot 208 GTI

Access to the rear is a bit cramped advised , but also the passengers in the rear seats is room for one car in the small car class . The boot capacity is 285 liters also properly sized , as are the shelves in the interior, in which only the cup holders were not solved optimally , because the bottles tilt at every turn from the holder.

Especially when one savors the performance of the 1.6 liter THP turbo engine in combination with its perfect road holding . The 200 hp (147 kW) turbo may already convinced from the start with plenty of power . Its maximum torque of 275 Nm , the engine already available at 1,700 r / min .

Despite front-wheel drive , the forces are transferred to the road very well without them tugging on the steering wheel like . In just 6.8 seconds from standstill to 100 km / h top speed is 230 km / h It can also fully convince the intermediate sprint of the 208 GTi . Even if you are traveling in top gear at 80 km / h in just 8.4 seconds , you can crack the 120 -km / h mark in the 5th Transition even after 6.8 seconds.

The firm suspension and sporty suspension also fit perfectly to the sport interpretation of little jester . The 208 GTi is perfect and very good on the road and allows very high cornering speeds without having had the feeling that the car no longer follow the same path taken .

However, the 208 GTi is also not too hard on long journeys and comfortable enough on longer stages. The noise level of the 1.6-liter turbo engine always remains discreet . The smooth but very direct steering also fits well with the sporty character , and you can the 208 GTi perfectly circularly around tight curves Articles . Not quite as good to us has only dropped the manual 6- speed gearbox , with the gears need to be sorted with quite some force .

Appropriate to the sporting spirit is the consumption of 7.7 liters is quite alright , but promised by the manufacturers of the 5.9 liters is slightly removed . The sporty design of the vehicle can also insert a more dynamic pace , with a lesser consumption gentler driving style is certainly possible .

2013 Peugeot 208 GTI

With just under 4 meters in length, the 208 GTi full play and delight, although there is, of course you would rather go where the power of the 200 hp engine can be deployed better its benefits also in the city.

It's definitely nice that with the Peugeot 208 GTi again following in the footsteps of the 205 GTi and a small car in the program, which offers lots of driving fun. It must also not without luxury and comfort while sporting 208er and can already look forward to the series features a very decent dowry.

Its good performance ratio, the powerful engine and sleek design make the 208 GTi one of the most interesting representatives of the sport compact car guard, who is currently available.

New navigation services from Volkswagen

The new mobile "Car -Net " online services from Volkswagen are now available .

New navigation services from Volkswagen

Among the new services include Internet-based traffic information as well as realistic environment and panoramic views via Google Street View and Google Earth. There is also a special destination search with individual "point of interest " input (POI ) . The online services are initially offered in the Golf GTI and 2014 Volkswagen Golf GTD as an option. In the future it will also be extended to other vehicle models and expanded to other functions.

With the new application , the user can obtain accurate to the minute traffic information via the Internet , for example, its navigation. Thus, the indication of the distance to be moved periodically updates automatically, and adapts to the dynamic route guidance . The user is kept informed of traffic jams or road and is immediately diverted to alternative routes.

In addition, there is a new internet-based search function for points of interest. This allows the user now has the preset target searches for " gas stations ", " parking" or " restaurants " unlimited personal addition also start "Point of Interest " Search ( POI) . It is also possible to display targets as 360-degree panoramic view via Google Street View or route guides as photo-realistic map display based on satellite images via Google Earth. These representations contribute to a better orientation for unfamiliar users.

To use the new mobile online services , the user needs in connection with any of the above two models , the navigation system Discover " Pro" and the mobile phone preparation "Premium" . Another prerequisite is a Bluetooth -enabled mobile phone with a "remote SIM Access Profile " ( rSAP ) or a SIM card with data option . Phone and vehicle are interconnected, the online services can be used in full.

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