Mercedes-Benz Technology: Gesture Control Feature Raising Questions & Hands

Mercedes-Benz has been dropping hints that it is about to toss more brain muscle toward technology. It is already a worthy adversary to any tech savvy exotic carmaker, but word is that Mercedes-Benz technology is gearing up to do more than just impress…it wants to drop jaws.

Mercedes-Benz technologySlowly over the past few years it seems that Audi and BMW have stolen the limelight in terms of engaging customers with technology. BMW’s bold ‘i’ badging clearly communicates to the world that it is futuristic and intelligent, and that cool blue doesn’t hurt the goal. So what can Mercedes-Benz possibly do to gain an edge on the likes of the BMW i line or Audi?

Mercedes-Benz technologyMercedes-Benz claims it will not adopt technology just for the sake of keeping up with the Joneses, but rather, it will connect it to its brand in its own way. There are so many options when implementing an infotainment system into a car, and they are constantly updated. So far no one has a ‘gesture control’ option on their system, which is something Mercedes-Benz is currently researching. While it sounds quite futuristic, it does not link to a human brain and act independently like in a SyFy flick. What is more likely to happen will be technology capable of reading and understanding things like hand gestures, which sounds challenging to say the least. What if the vehicle misreads a hand gesture and accelerates out of control? Systems, disable racing mode..

I am actually uncertain what the gesture control system will bring. What do you think it could be and how long do you think we will be waiting to learn more? They say it could come with the next S-Class.

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Joss Supercar Could Suffer Permanent Pit Stop

The chaps behind the Joss supercar in Australia are turning to crowdfunding in a last-ditch effort to launch their product. The Joss supercar is but a small slice of the suffering Aussie automotive industry, which could come to a screeching halt altogether. There are still some devotees trying to salvage the supercar section, Joss. Joss supercarCan Australia’s Joss supercar be saved from certain death? The brand is reaching out, turning to crowdsourcing to net the cash it needs to stay alive.

The Joss supercar outfit at a glance, for those of you unfamiliar with the company:

  • Joss was founded in 1998 by Matt Thomas. He wanted to build the first Aussie born supercar.
  • The vision is powered by a potent 5.0-liter V8 pushing forth 563 horses, or crocodiles or whatever creature is more prevalent in the Outback.
  • Power is fed to the rear wheels via a unique gearbox. It is called Zeroshift and is being developed with British Albins firm.
  • The Joss supercar body is comprised of durable and lightweight carbon fiber, leaving her to barely tip the scales at 2,200 pounds.
  • 412 pound-feet of delicious torque.
  • The Joss supercar dazzles in the performance arena, knocking most competitor times completely out of her wake. The 0-60 mile per hour sprint is a blistering 2.8 seconds and her top speed is an estimated 211 MPH. To put that into perspective, most great leading supercars sit around 3.0-3.5 for the sprint and 198 MPH.
  • Tragically, without proper investors to fund the project further, the Joss shall disappear an unrealized dream.

Joss supercarTry to imagine the Joss car in a variety of colors. She seems versatile like the Lambo–capable of any shade of skittle. 

It is likely that the reigning supercar companies are not exactly devastated to see a potential competitor struggle. But if anyone is a solid testament to the ability of the underdog to emerge victorious it is Hennessey Performance. Those interested in assisting can seek out the Kickstarter page for them—the goal is to raise close to $500k by October 1st. Good luck, mates!

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Bugatti Legends Series Clothing Line Brings the 90s Back

Bugatti surprised fans at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance with something other than a supercar. The Bugatti Legends Series clothing line was introduced at the lavish automotive gathering. For those who do not know, the Bugatti Legends Series is a set of 6 Bugatti Veyron Grand Vitesse supercars. Three examples were created of the six, and the six all pay tribute to important people in the history of Bugatti. Now there is an exclusive clothing line imagined to mate the owners to the cars.

Bugatti Legends Series Clothing The Bugatti Legends Series clothing line is an unexpected addition to the legends cars fleet. It is also an unexpected flash back to matching couples clothing, a trend I was quite pleased to see pass.

The Bugatti clothing line debut was made extra special by the fact that the Pebble Beach show marked the first and likely the last time all six Legends cars will be at the same place at the same time. The clothing is tailored to perfection and each piece is a vision imagined to match each Legends car.

Bugatti Legends Series ClothingNot even owning one of the rarest Bugatti Veyrons on the planet is an excuse to dress to match your mate. Sorry, lads.

Bugatti Legends Series ClothingThe Bugatti Legends Series clothing line at a glance:

  • A vast array of exquisite materials make up the clothing line, including deer, calf, cordovan leather and even buffalo. As you may well imagine, such ensembles also boast precious metals to link them to the automobiles.
  • Male and female ensembles were designed to match the cars…and each other.
  • The gear is being touted as a “Harmonious union of technology and sophisticated luxury”. I think they must mean the supercars.
  • The Jean-Pierre Wimille car’s outfit features two-toned buffalo hide jackets and the women’s line has Swarovski crystals, belts and driving gloves.
  • The Jean Bugatti has an Atlantic Type 57 printed onto a shirt with kimono sleeves adorning the women’s line.
  • Cool leather jackets give a nod to the Meo Costantini set.
  • Carbon fiber silk lining, straw hats and a variety of metal styles grace each collection.

Bugatti Legends Series The women’s line could have been created with similar colors without completely mirroring the mens, but that is simply an opinion. 

Bugatti Legends carsDo not worry yourself with pricing–it is unlikely we will ever see this clothing line off the catwalk or any of the Bugatti Legends cars out on the roads.

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Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo: Hotter than the Gallardo Version?

The Lamborghini Huracan has not been on the scene for long, but there is already a sick new version. The Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo boasts different specs from the Gallardo Super Trofeo sibling and a racier appearance.

Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo

Lamborghini touted the Huracan Super Trofeo for the first time at the elegant Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo

The Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo version at a glance:

  • This wicked sister was created to compete. She will begin with the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo next year.
  • The official name is the Lamborghini Huracan LP 620-2 Super Trofeo. As the numbers suggest, this one will offer 620 horses over the outgoing Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo car’s 570.
  • The standard Huracan packs 610 horses, which is still more than the Gallardo Super Trofeo car.
  • The engine is a tweaked version of the standard, which is a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10.
  • RWD configuration has people talking. Word is they are aiming to improve track control for GT racing and also to reduce overall weight.
  • Total curb weight of the Huracan Super Trofeo car is a svelte 2,800 pounds. That is a full 330 pounds lighter than the road going Lamborghini Huracan.
  • More efficient aerodynamics package and improved downforce.
  • Rear wing features 10 positions.
  • Revised diffusers and thirsty air intakes all increase performance abilities.
Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo

The Gallardo Super Trofeo stretching its legs.

The Huracan Super Trofeo cars will be crafted from the ground up as purebred racing concepts. The Huracan model is taking the place of the outgoing flagship car, the Lamborghini Gallardo, both on the road and the track. It could possibly be developed into a GT3 racer to take the place of the Gallardo GT3, though that is not clear at this juncture.

Lamborghini Huracan Super TrofeoDoes the charcoal coat pop better than the Gallardo’s black?

Lamborghini Super Trofeo

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The McLaren P1 GTR Shocks with Even More Power

The legendary motorsport beast that is the McLaren F1 GTR has been around since the mid 1990s. Now it seems a worthy successor is taking the lane while it makes the inevitable pit stop: Meet the McLaren P1 GTR. Poised to take over, the P1 GTR is even more beautiful and aggressive than her predecessor.

McLaren P1 GTR

As if the McLaren P1 hybrid was not potent enough in the power arena, the badge has introduced the P1 GTR at Pebble Beach. The unexpected surprise improves upon a perfection.

McLaren P1 GTRThe McLaren P1 GTR at a glance:

  • This fast lady need not adhere to pesky rules regarding road legality. She packs an F1 worthy powertrain upgraded to impeccable standards.
  • It is a specialized 3.8-liter twin turbocharged V8 engine.
  • The exhaust has been altered from the standard McLaren P1. It is now a straight twin pipe rather than a single exit.
  • She is based on the McLaren P1 road car, yet geared specifically for track-only use. Components include racing tires, revised ride height, massive rear wing, ERS-style push pass system and revamped aerodynamics for power increase.
  • Carbon fiber chassis is continued from the McLaren F1 GTR. There are also nods to the potent McLaren 650 GT3 racer.
  • The standard P1 is capable of achieving the 0-60 mile per hour jaunt in 2.6 seconds. Therefore, expect jaw-dropping numbers from the GTR version.
  • The mammoth rear wing features a drag reduction system dependent on hydraulics. Coupled with ideal downforce, the P1 GTR is likely a threat to the racing scene.

McLaren P1 GTRThe McLaren P1 GTR has only just been introduced at the lavish Pebble Beach show. More details as far as pricing and availability will soon be available.

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Aston Martin SUV Plans Taking a Back Road

It seems there will not be an Aston Martin SUV in the foreseeable future. While a plethora of luxury brands have opted to create and concept SUVs when they are known for sports cars or grand touring vehicles, Aston Martin is passing at this point to focus on coach building and perfecting its next-generation of exotic sports cars.

Aston Martin SUV Should the 007 brand venture into building luxury SUVs? Is the world ready for an Aston Martin SUV offering? 

Because Aston Martin is backing out of the SUV race, rumors are flying. Is the brand avoiding a lucrative opportunity or are they increasing another one? With other high-end automakers spreading themselves thin creating fleets packed with sedans, coupes, SUVs and crossovers, and multiple powertrains available for each–Aston Martin could gain an edge in the focused markets.

Aston Martin SUVThe Aston Martin Lagonda SUV concept came out in 2009 and continued to make exciting appearances at auto shows for the next few years. 

The Aston Martin Lagonda SUV concept came out back in 2009, around the time when most major players started competing in new territory: the SUV market. According to Aston Martin design leader Marek Reichman, the Lagonda concept was from a very different time, and times have changed for the brand. That is not to say that the Aston Martin Lagonda is dead, it is now being tweaked to become a “Unique coach built experience”. Word is that there is even a prototype out there somewhere under wraps sporting the underpinnings of the Aston Martin Rapide.

Aston Martin SUVDoes the Lagonda concept stand a chance?

Overall, until the company spills the details, we are all left guessing at what will become of the Lagonda concepts. Though it seems the next version will be something equally unexpected!

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The Caparo T1 Evo Supercar is Geared Up to Terrify

Seven years after a fiery scare during a test drive by Top Gear, Caparo is back with their aim at an F1 car. The Caparo T1 Evo is threatening the scene with more power and hopefully a cooler approach to safety measures.  She will be named the Caparo T1 Evolution and it looks pretty serious this time as orders are reportedly being taken. Every exotic carmaker endures setbacks and issues–the end success depends on how the company handles them.

Caparo T1 EvoCaparo is coming forward with the following machine fury:

    • Completely updated aerodynamics and aesthetics.
    • An even thirstier version of the T1’s 3.5-liter V8 is slated to produce more than its predecessor. The standard Caparo T1 kicks out 575, so things are looking exciting. Rumors are circulating that the Evo version will be at 700 horses, which is equal to the Lamborghini Aventador LP-700.
    • Upgraded chassis with suspension configuration. This improves overall performance and rigidity.
    • Driver assistance items include ABS, traction control, stability control and more.
    • Available packages to improve track use experience.
    • It is not clear if she is to double as a street car.
    • The best part: The Caparo T1 Evolution may demolish the 0-60 sprint in just 2.5 blistering seconds.

The clip above shows the Top Gear test drive with the Caparo T1. The car catches on fire at the end.

Overall, the details are still leaking out on the T1 Evo. The company made the following statement regarding the car:  “While the new edition of the Caparo T1 retains all the race DNA of its predecessor, it also features ultra-modern aerodynamic looks, hugely improved technical specification and performance, and a range of professional race car support products and services that offer superb track experience.”

Caparo T1 The Caparo T1 predecessor.

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Porsche Cayenne Coupe Could Expand Brand Options

Porsche is gearing up for the future with a new spin on its popular Cayenne model. The next-gen Porsche Cayenne coupe will cater to those craving something between a small luxury SUV and a chubby little coupe. The appearance is certainly different from any predecessor, and it should appear sometime between 2016 and 2018. Porsche Cayenne coupeThe Porsche Cayenne coupe…will it be a success or something of an experiment?

There will still be a standard Porsche Cayenne SUV available alongside the new coupe offering. Due to the immense interest shown in the Cayenne in general and healthy sales, the brand is experimenting with providing more versions.  In its most raw form, the Cayenne coupe is a five-door lift-back with all the sportiness and prestige the Porsche badge can offer. But what is the point if it isn’t much larger than a sedan or much smaller than the SUV? I think it has to do with targeting very specific buyers with very particular preferences.

Porsche Cayenne coupeThe next-gen Porsche Cayenne coupe at a glance:

  • This little darling is still very much in the concept phase, though some best guesses can be shared.
  • It will likely be positioned as a sporting/touring alternative to the standard Cayenne SUV.
  • It could boast a variety of powertrain and engine options, including hybrid and diesel-electric options. The future is all about having more options it would seem.
  • The cockpit could be influenced by the wicked 918 Spyder hypercar, which would serve to attract attention because who would not want that?
  • Pricing could start as low as $60k for the base variant, likely to be some sort of 3.0-liter V6.

The Porsche Cayenne coupe is one of seven new luxury SUVs being developed by Volkswagen Group and their many badges. According to Porsche: “We have been considering launching a more sporting derivative of the Cayenne for some time now. The problem has been the production capacity at our Leipzig factory and the strong sales of the regular Cayenne.”  We are all looking forward to seeing the changes the future holds.

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Color Changing Materials for Cars? Welcome to the Future

One of the most difficult decisions when buying a new vehicle is selecting the right color for the interior. Sometimes there are so many options it can make one’s head spin, but Johnson Controls is working on making it spin from pure excitement with a potential method to make color changing materials a reality. (Cue the Jetson’s cartoon music).

color changing materials

Will the cars of the future be chameleon-like? The capacity to change the interior and possibly exterior color of one’s automobile is being tested. Note that is looking far into the future and likely won’t become commonplace in this life. Unless this generation stops gaming all day and begins cultivating actual brain cells to serve humanity. 

It is difficult to imagine having the freedom and power to effortlessly change the color of your car’s interior. The company experiments are aimed at changing colors on the fly, which sounds amazing. It is focused at offering owners more options in the aesthetics arena, but also works to assist with selling vehicles more easily. We all know how challenging it can be to sell a customized vehicle. Everyone wants to put their own signature on their vehicles, and this technology will certainly make that much more fun.

color changing materials

While the interior is a great thing, will they be focusing on easy change exterior auto paint? I would not be surprised if that patent is busy. Current testing is being conducted in Michigan, Dusseldorf, Holland and Shanghai, so it will have a nice degree of input during the discovery process. That is all that is known for now–we will share more information on this cool new venture as further information emerges over the next few years.

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The color changing pro of the animal kingdom.

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Why the 2015 Range Rover Sport SVR is Just Better

The higher-performance sibling of the Range Rover fleet has made its debut. The 2015 Range Rover Sport SVR hails from the new joint venture that is the Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicles Operations Unit. Just as pleasant to behold as any Land Rover product, the increase in power will leave fans thirsty for one!

Range Rover Sport SVR

Meet the newest member of the Range Rover family. The 2015 SVR offers more speed, power, performance and some say it just looks better.

Enough teasing, the 2015 Range Rover Sport SVR at a glance:

  • Power is created in a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine sourced from Land Rover.
  • The transmission is a cool 8-speed automated tweaked to improve shift times by 50%.
  • AWD, of course, as it is a Land Rover product and designed to tear ass in off-road conditions.
  • This engine has been engineered to kick out 550 horses and 502 pound-feet of torque. This is substantially more than the current Range Rover Sport.
  • It annihilates the 0-60 mile per hour marker in just 4.5 seconds, which is impressive for an SUV.
  • The top speed is an estimated 162 miles per hour.
  • Creature comforts in the cabin include ribbed Oxford leather seating with beautiful contrast stitching, aluminum trim with the option of a carbon fiber trim upgrade, modern infotainment options and special SVR badging tastefully displayed.

Range Rover Sport SVR

It is rumored that the 2015 Range Rover Sport SVR can lap the Nurburgring in 8:14. This could make it the fastest luxury SUV on the market if the time for the Porsche Macan Turbo could be verified. The SVR boasts an approachable MSRP of around $112k after the destination charge and prior to any bespoke instructions.

Range Rover Sport SVR

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