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American Muscle guns for the Nissan GTR

August 6, 2008

According to Hemmings News- the Cadillac strikes back….

Cadillac strikes back
Early indications are that the 2009 Cadillac CTS-V is capable of thumping German sedans on their home turf.
photo courtesy GM

Gasp! The fastest sports sedan to ever lap the ’ring on street tires has a wreath and crest in its grille, not a three-pointed star, four interlaced rings, or whatever that round blue and white thing on BMWs is supposed to be.

 

In testing May 8 at Germany’s legendary Nürburgring race track, the 2009 Cadillac CTS-V completed a lap of the legendary Nordschleife in 7:59.32. This blistering time appears to be the fastest ever publicly documented for a production sedan on factory-spec street tires, according to GM’s propaganda department.

 

The latest edition of the V owes its world-beating performance to a supercharged 6.2 LSA small block with 556hp and 551-lbs.ft. of torque. GM is saying that the car will smack down the 60-mph mark in 3.9 seconds and run the quarter in the 12s at 118 mph — which is a slightly high trap speed, so you can’t help but wonder if the car could dip into the 11s on sticky tires. Of course, it’s a Cadillac so this isn’t about drag racing. The CTS-V will ride on GM’s Magnetic Ride Control with electromagnetically controlled shocks giving drivers the option of a stiff or supple ride. There will be two transmissions on tap: a six-speed manual Tremec with two overdrive gears or GM’s 6L90 six-speed automatic with paddle shifters.

For the complete story, photos and footage of GM’s John Heinricy flogging the V around the ’ring, check out: www.cadillac.com/09ctsv.

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Maybach Landaulet World Premiere – Dubai Motorshow 2007

November 13, 2007

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Maybach Landaulet World Premiere at the Dubai Motorshow 2007

November 13, 2007

We heard the rumors – little did we expect them to be true.

At the Mercedes stand, the press core were ushered into an area prepped and ready for what seemed like a welcome fit for Royalty.

It was easy to spot the Maybach Landaulet under the white sheet that covered it, almost like an elephant looking to hide its booming presence with a thin sheet cloth.

After jostling positions to get the best shots, the cover was finally whisked away to reveal the mighty Landaulet. One couldn’t help but let out a series of “ooohs” and “aahhhs”.But after the effects of a world premiere launch had worn off (5 minutes later) – I cannot help but admit, the Landaulet is a beast of a car.

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When I say beast, I mean the beast out of ‘the Beauty and the Beast’. In all fairness, there could be no better comparison. The car is missing the charm and design that one would expect from a car that would cost you your pension for 5 lifetimes.That said, the point of the Landaulet isn’t its exterior looks. The whole focus is on the interior of the car and the passengers it shuttles from palace to palace. In that context, the Landaulet is leaps and bounds ahead of anything even resembling competition. Just like our Disney ‘Beast’.

Not only does it have the finest materials used in its construction (gold, marble, jet plane style reclining seats etc.) it also is the fastest- boasting a v12, 612BHP, AMG hand assembled power plant – every chauffeurs dream.

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So get in and marvel at what very few of us will be able to experience in one lifetime.

Indeed, the Landaulet is a car fit for the uber rich and wealthy who want to travel in nothing than the best in comfort and style on offer. Or is it?….. I will leave that last bit up to you.

For more, go to http://www.media.daimler.com

Gaurav Dhar