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The News for September 26th, 2014

Greg Kachadurian September 26, 2014 The News! 8 Comments


Welcome to the Redusernab News! As always, this is a weekly recap of some of the biggest stories in the automotive industry without the fluff or bull. I just throw in a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • Ferrari sends the 458 Speciale to Paris to go topless

  • Mercedes-AMG shows off their new C63

  • Audi sends the new TT to Paris to go topless as well

  • Hyundai and Bisimoto show off their 708 horsepower Sonata

Ferrari 458 Speciale A


It’s always a good week when I can talk about a new Ferrari that isn’t the FF or the California. The prancing horse has a new variant of a familiar model out this week before its official debut at the Paris motor show, and like many that go to Paris, it’s going topless.

Welcome to the Ferrari 458 Speciale A, where A stands for “aperta” and the points don’t matter aperta means “open” in Italian. The new variant of the insane 458 Speciale gets its openness thanks to a retractable aluminum hardtop, which is likely identical to the setup on the standard 458 Spider. The lightweight construction means that there’s only 110 pounds of extra weight on the car compared to the hardtop. In the same way that lightness makes a car faster, lightness makes this retractable top faster – 14 seconds is all it takes to deploy the thing.


Predictably, there really isn’t too much that’s new about this car besides the combination. Based on the few bits of technical data we were given so far, it should perform just as well as the “standard” 458 Speciale. It utilizes the same 4.5-liter V8 producing the same 596 horsepower and 398 lb.-ft. of torque. 0-60 mph is right at three seconds flat and it lapped around Ferrari’s Fiorano test track half a second faster than the old 599 GTO. As of now, the only new bits include revised rear active aerodynamics and some extra chassis stiffening to account for the loss of a solid roof.


This 458 Speciale A wears a new paint scheme, which is either announcing loyalty to Sweden or Ukraine. The yellow and blue theme continues inside with yellow seat inserts and blue carbon fiber trim. I hate to say it, but I actually kind of like this. I might just like it for the blue carbon fiber though.

We’ll get more details on the Ferrari 458 Speciale A at its official debut next week.

[Source: Ferrari via ]

Mercedes-AMG C63 and C63 S


Two things. One: Mercedes-Benz’s high performance branch known as AMG is no longer referring to their cars as Mercedes-Benz [X] AMG, but rather Mercedes-AMG [X]. Two: that’s how many new C63 models Mercedes-AMG just announced.

Even though the naming scheme has changed, AMG’s love of dropping huge power into otherwise regular luxury cars is as strong as ever. The C63 AMG will get to play with the company’s latest 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 (same motor in the AMG GT and GT S) which replaces the outgoing 6.3-liter naturally-aspirated V8. As awesome as the old V8 was, the new one packs more power and more torque. In the C63, it produces 469 horsepower and 471 lb.-ft. of torque. Opt for the C63 S and that power output is increased to 503 horsepower and 516 lb.-ft. of torque thanks to extra boost and dynamic engine mounts.


All that power goes nowhere but the rear wheels through a seven-speed automatic gearbox. Depending on the model, it either weighs slightly less or roughly the same as the outgoing C63. 0-62 mph takes just 4.1 seconds and its top speed is limited to a very German 155 mph. AMG’s Sport Ride Control system is standard as is its re-engineered suspension geometry for improved handling. A mechanical locking differential goes into the C63 while the C63 S gets a quicker electronic locking diff. Performance exhaust and carbon ceramic brakes are optional equipment.


As far as the looks go both inside and out, it’s all AMG. Either eighteen or nineteen inch AMG wheels are available and the typical AMG body kit is included. The interior is mostly Benz, but the added carbon fiber trim and thin bucket seats help give drivers the AMG experience.

Deliveries of the C63 and C63 S Sedan begin next February with Coupe and Convertible options following later next year. That Wagon you see? Not for us.

[Source: Mercedes-AMG via ]

Audi TT and TTS Roadster


Another coupe is going to Paris to lose its top, this time from Germany. Audi has pulled the top off of the new TT and TTS to bring their roadster into its third generation.

Like most convertibles, everything is shared between verts and their hardtop counterparts except for the folding top. In the case of the Audi TT and TTS Roadster, an electronically controlled, high-quality fabric top laughs in the faces of metal folding tops. Available fabric colors are black, titanium gray, and whatever the hell “jive” is supposed to be. The entire fabric roof assembly weighs just 86 pounds and is a bit lighter than the previous TT Roadster. Opening and closing takes just ten seconds and can be done at speeds up to 31 mph.

Super strong chassis construction means that little or no additional reinforcement was required. That’s good because the new TT and TTS has quite a bit of power to contain. Two engines are available, one being a diesel and the other being petrol. Each are turbocharged four-cylinders but that’s where the similarities end. The 2.0-liter TDI engine produces 184 horsepower and 280 lb.-ft. of torque while the 2.0-liter TFSI engine produces 230 horsepower and 273 lb.-ft. of torque. Go for the TTS Roadster, however, and that same TFSI four-banger will produce 310 horsepower and 280 lb.-ft. of torque. 0-62 mph in the TTS takes 4.9 seconds. A six-speed manual or automatic transmission is available. Quattro all-wheel drive is available on the TT Roadster and standard on the TTS Roadster.

Those wanting to read many paragraphs about how Audi fitted a folding top to a car we already know about will have the Paris motor show to look forward to where this car makes its full debut. No pricing or availability info yet.

[Source: Audi]

708 Horsepower Hyundai Sonata exists


It’s that time of year again. The weather is getting cooler, the leaves are falling, and everyone’s favorite annual event is right around the corner. The SEMA show is only six weeks away and Hyundai is already getting warmed up.

For their first of many SEMA show cars, Hyundai started with a new 2015 Sonata and teamed up with the renowned powertrain tuners at Bisimoto Engineering. They use the standard 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and work their magic to bump power up to 708 horsepower. Yes, 708 horsepower from a four-cylinder. They used strengthened internals like forged pistons, connecting rods, and a high-revving valve train and camshafts to prevent the high-boost turbocharger from overwhelming the motor. They’ve also put the Sonata on a fast-burning, flex-fuel diet.

To help make the practical family sedan look like it actually has 708 horsepower, Bisimoto wrapped the Sonata in a custom laminated body wrap and graphics. Racing harnesses and AEM wideband gauges sit inside while a custom front splitter and a full aero package tops off the exterior. Not a bad way to start their SEMA show teasers, right?

[Source: Hyundai]

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    • Number_Six

      I'm laughing and vomiting up my lunch at the same time.

  • Sjalabais

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    AMONG OUR GREATEST AVERSIONS are those pretentious estate cars that are merely saloons with more rattles. The roads are full of them, of course, bounding their way along and trying to be very town-and-country with their thick carpets, polished wood and tweed-capped drivers contemplating their over-drafts. We have never really been able to see the sense or the morality in estate cars that take up more room on the road than saloon counterparts, yet carry no more people or goods in a normal configuration.


    Volvo (…) is the most conventional of the trio and not at all unusual in its styling, which is basically a long box with wheels at more or less suitable points. There is conspicuous rear overhang which is the penalty of trying to become long on an existing (saloon) wheelbase, The fifth door’s window is deep which takes away some of the upright appearance that dominates the rearmost aspects of the Citroen and the Peugeot.

    Just as the Safari is relentlessly unconventional, the Volvo 145 is relentlessly conventional with not an original idea or thought having crossed its designers’ collective brow. The old-fashioned, not very efficient, four cylinder, overhead valve engine displacing two-litres, if installed in a British, Italian, French or German vehicle of comparable price, would be laughed out of court. It now has fuel injection to overcome pollution problems and to provide reasonable power; the drive goes through a four-speed gearbox to a live axle suspended on coils and nominally controlled by radius arms. Brakes are disc all round.

    • wunno sev

      a fun read. reminds us that our heroes were once contemporary.

  • PotbellyJoe ©

    A 708 Hyundai Sonata, the answer to a question never asked. Should look great next to a 1100 hp Honda Odyssey…

    • pj134

      I want to put an LS in mine some day… so I've wondered about it anyway.

    • jeepjeff

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      But it's a show car. It's not like it's going to get any miles put on it while it isn't on a dyno.

  • FЯeeMan

    Mercedes-Benz AMG Mercedes-AMG ==> Mercedes AMG Petronas so it makes sense


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