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The Mercedes-Benz SL has long been a vehicle that attracted individuals who sought a certain level of exclusivity year after year. Even Steve Jobs while at Apple repeatedly leased the same spec Mercedes SL every six months mostly to avoid placing a tag on the vehicle and could drive around anonymously. The evolution of the SL has carried a traditional class for Mercedes ever since the Mercedes 300SL gullwing and convertible from the 1950s. Today, the SL returns after a short hiatus when production ended in 2020 as a cleverly positioned alternative to the Mercedes-AMG GT Coupe and Roadster, which just stopped production in December 2021.

The proportions of the Mercedes-AMG SL, which only comes in two AMG flavors, the SL55 and SL63, bring back the expected elongated hood and curvy aluminum body panels accented by subtle chrome, carbon fiber, and glossy black bits. The wheelbase is now longer to make way for rear seats that are more of an extra storage area than usable seats for adults because of their small size. The 2+2 seating configuration harkens back to the R 129 SL Roadster marking a time of the most successful versions. Gone is the power-retractable hard top in place of a classy soft top that takes just 15 seconds to open or close at speeds up to 37 mph. The soft top is claimed to save 46 pounds and helps to lower the center of gravity.

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In the tradition of Mercedes, the new SL exhibits a stately classiness inside the cabin where it pulls off a new stunt to be more minimalistic potentially to exhibit an interior that ages well without touchscreen real-estate being so dominating. There’s a new 11.9-inch touchscreen that is mounted at a slanted angle and can be adjusted 12 to 32 degrees. The 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster combines the latest vehicle information and customizable screen for a variety of displays controlled through the latest steering wheel with touch-capacitive button areas that have haptic-press feedback.

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By: Malcolm Hogan
Title: New Car Preview: 2022 Mercedes-AMG SL55 & SL63
Sourced From: www.automotiveaddicts.com/76353/new-car-preview-2022-mercedes-amg-sl55-sl63
Published Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2022 14:47:02 +0000

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AN ELEGANT ANOMALY: This Bugatti Chiron is Headed to the Scottsdale Auction Block with No Reserve

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AN ELEGANT ANOMALY: This Bugatti Chiron is Headed to the Scottsdale Auction Block with No Reserve

Written by Nicole Ellan James

2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION – 2018 BUGATTI CHIRON – NO RESERVE

Encountering a Bugatti Chiron on the streets is an exceptionally rare spectacle. This remarkably stunning automobile is so infrequently spotted that whenever it graces the road, it ignites a captivating curiosity, attracting scores of onlookers wherever it travels. This contemporary French supercar, renowned for its high-performance capabilities, pays homage to Bugatti’s rich sports-car performance by bearing the name of Louis Chiron. This legendary racing driver achieved triumph in nearly all major Grands Prix for the brand during the 1920s and 1930s.

At the core of the Chiron lies a formidable 8.0-liter W16 engine, crafted by combining two 15-degree V8s arranged side by side to create a commanding 90-degree configuration, boasting a staggering 1,500 horsepower. This marks a remarkable 50% increase compared to the original Veyron – the predecessor replaced by the Chiron – which shares a nearly identical powertrain.

Bugatti boasts remarkable acceleration figures for the Chiron, claiming it can reach 0-60 mph in  2.3 seconds and accelerate from zero to 186 mph in “less than” 13.6 seconds. At full throttle, the 4,000-pound coupe’s four turbochargers inhale an astounding 1,000 liters of air every second, and the maximum horsepower is spread over an impressive 4,000-rpm wide range of the power band – from 2,000 to 6,000 rpm. This sophisticated powerhouse achieves a top speed of 261 mph. The torque peaks at 1,180 ft/lbs, driving all four wheels through a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Elevating the Chiron from impressive to an otherworldly level is the engineering brilliance of that quad-turbo configuration, which operates in two stages. In a strategic design to mitigate lag, only two turbos engage from a standstill, with all four turbos releasing their air pressure through wastegates when the throttle is lifted. This meticulous setup ensures a seamless and responsive performance, contributing to the Chiron’s exceptional driving experience.

The Chiron employs a carbon-fiber monocoque structure, combining lightweight design with high strength. This material choice contributes to the car’s overall agility and structural integrity. Adding to its dynamic capabilities, the Chiron is equipped with an adaptive suspension system. This sophisticated system automatically adjusts to varying driving conditions, ensuring optimal performance, comfort and stability.

The Chiron’s design seamlessly integrates aerodynamics and aesthetics, striking a harmonious balance between performance and luxury. A notable feature is the titanium exhaust system with six tailpipes at the rear. Four of these terminate in a center channel positioned above the carbon-fiber diffuser. Remarkably, the outer two tailpipes divert downward, expelling air through the diffuser – a technology reminiscent of success in Formula 1 before the ban on blown diffusers. In the Chiron, this innovation utilizes the blown air to reenergize the low-pressure air at the rear of the diffuser, generating an additional layer of rear downforce. This sophisticated design not only enhances the car’s aesthetic appeal but also contributes to its overall performance dynamics.

Featuring a sleek and assertive profile, the Chiron highlights the unmistakable Bugatti design elements that play a pivotal role in crafting its iconic appearance. The defining Bugatti curve, creating a graceful circular motion on each side of the exterior, also serves as a distinctive divider within the interior.

Originating from the center console, a minimalist post adorned with four adaptable aluminum dials, the signature curve extends past the aluminum and titanium gear selector, sweeping upward to grace the ceiling. Inside, the Chiron’s cabin exudes luxury, characterized by the use of high-quality materials and meticulous craftsmanship. Complementing its opulent design, the interior is equipped with cutting-edge technology and comfort features, ensuring a premium driving experience that matches the car’s remarkable exterior allure.

The Bugatti Chiron transcends being merely a high-performance vehicle; it stands as the epitome of automotive engineering and design excellence. Serving as a testament to Bugatti’s unwavering dedication to pushing the boundaries of speed, power and luxury in a production car, the Chiron represents a pinnacle achievement in the automotive world, each exemplifying the brand’s commitment to delivering an unparalleled driving experience.

Notably, a 2018 Bugatti Chiron – one of an estimated 70 produced for its model year – will be presented at the 2024

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: AN ELEGANT ANOMALY: This Bugatti Chiron is Headed to the Scottsdale Auction Block with No Reserve
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/an-elegant-anomaly-this-bugatti-chiron-is-headed-to-the-scottsdale-auction-block-with-no-reserve/
Published Date: Fri, 15 Dec 2023 18:32:30 +0000

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2024 Honda CBR1000RR Preview

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Honda has announced several returning U.S. models for 2024, starting with the tried-and-true CBR1000RR sportbike. It will be available this March starting at $16,699 (non-ABS) and $16,999 for the ABS version.

Editor’s note: We test rode this vehicle during the 2021 Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP First Ride Review and 2021 Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP MC Commute Review articles and videos.

The 2024 Honda CBR1000RR in Grand Prix Red.
The 2024 Honda CBR1000RR in Grand Prix Red. (Honda/)

In recent years, the up-spec CBR1000RR-R Fireblade has received the bulk of attention, bringing Honda into line with the advancements of its competition. The standard CBR1000RR has been a steady presence in the brand’s lineup, however, as it remains a solid option for riders who want a comfortable literbike that’s equally at home on surface streets as it is on the racetrack.

The last major overhaul of the platform came in 2017 when Honda shaved a bunch of weight and added 10 more horsepower to the 1,000cc inline-four. Revisions to bodywork and the chassis also resulted in a leaner bike that was noticeably more svelte during our initial ride.

While not the most technologically sophisticated sportbike in Honda’s arsenal, the CBR1000RR does provide a number of amenities ranging from selectable torque control, ride-by-wire, a slipper clutch, and an electronic steering damper. Showa suspension is fully adjustable front and rear.

It’s also one of the most cost-approachable superbikes in the new motorcycle marketplace, nearly $2,000 less than its rivals at Yamaha and Suzuki and around $1,000 less than Kawasaki’s ZX-10R.

2024 Honda CBR1000RR Technical Specifications and Price

Price:$16,699–$16,999Engine:1,000cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled inline-four; 4 valves/cyl.Bore x Stroke:76.0 x 55.1mmCompression Ratio:13.0:1Fuel Delivery:PGM-DSFI w/ 48mm throttle bodies, Denso 12-hole injectors, ride-by-wireClutch:Wet, multiplate slipper/assistTransmission/Final Drive:6-speed/chainFrame:Twin-spar aluminumFront Suspension:43mm USD Big Piston Fork; fully adjustable; 4.7 in. travelRear Suspension:Unit Pro-Link HMAS shock, fully adjustable; 5.4 in. travelFront Brake:4-piston calipers, 320mm radial-mount full-floating discs (ABS optional)Rear Brake:250mm disc (ABS optional)Wheels, Front/Rear:17 in. / 17 in.Tires, Front/Rear:120/70-17 / 190/50-17Rake/Trail:23.0°/3.8 in.Wheelbase:55.3 in.Seat Height:32.8 in.Fuel Capacity:4.3 gal.Claimed Curb Weight:432 lb.Available:March 2024Contact:powersports.honda.com

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By: Byron Wilson
Title: 2024 Honda CBR1000RR Preview
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/news/honda-cbr1000rr-preview/
Published Date: Fri, 23 Feb 2024 17:14:48 +0000

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Work in progress: A peek at the Janus Gryffin 450 scrambler prototype

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Janus Gryffin 450 scrambler prototype
Mention motorcycle brands and the American Midwest in the same sentence, and a particular Motor Co. springs to mind first. But there’s a smaller company 146 miles away, across Lake Michigan, producing small bikes with big attitudes. They’re called Janus Motorcycles, and this is their latest offering—the Janus Gryffin 450 scrambler.

Based in Goshen, Indiana, Janus Motorcycles specializes in vintage-styled, made-to-order motorcycles. Using engines from the Italian brand SWM, their bikes can be specced with myriad color and accessory options, before being assembled by hand and shipped to their new owners. Only a handful of parts come from external suppliers—the rest are made in-house, or by Janus’ local network of craftsmen, many of which are Amish.

Janus Gryffin 450 scrambler prototype

The Janus Gryffin 450 shows off the same scrambler styling as the existing Gryffin 250, but uses the engine from the company’s bigger Halcyon 450 bobber. You’re looking at the prototype build, devoid of any paint and finishings. Janus is in the thick of finalizing development, with the Gryffin 450 expected to go into production in July.

Derived from the single-cylinder donk in the Honda XR400, the 445 cc SWM motor makes around 30 hp. It’s not likely to set any land speed records, but that’s just fine for the Janus team. Their philosophy is building bikes that are not just gorgeous, but approachable too.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Work in progress: A peek at the Janus Gryffin 450 scrambler prototype
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/janus-gryffin-450-prototype
Published Date: Fri, 23 Feb 2024 16:01:56 +0000

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