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Collecting Cars is currently offering an extremely low-mileage, futuristic 2014 BMW i8 on their global auction platform through the Collecting Cars Canadian operations.

Under the hood is a 225 bhp turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine that drives the rear wheels, while the front axle is driven by a 127bhp electric motor. This gives the driver three different options: a front-wheel drive, a rear-wheel drive, or even a hybrid all-wheel drive.

As if the awesome futuristic design was not enough, the BMW i8 example was specified in head-turning Protonic Blue Metallic finish matched with Frozen Gray accents on the lower sill covers.

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The example was also equipped with the Pure Impulse World package (option code Z8Y). The package includes a 20-inch BMW i Light Alloy Turbine Wheels that houses the high-gloss black BMW i brake calipers, LED headlights, and LED accent lights. For the interior, the package includes the Carum Spice Gray full perforated leather upholstery, Anthracite accents in the headliner, Amido Metallic trims with Pearl-Gloss Chrome details on the center console, instrument panel, and door panels. Deep Black ceramic trim on the gear shifter, black leather engine cover, and BMW ‘i8’ embossed on the headrests and laser-etched on the sill signatures in Amido Metallic are also part of the Pure Impulse package.

Factory equipment on the i8 include the trademark i Blue accents with blue Accent Ring around the leather steering wheel, i Blue seatbelts, and i Blue stitching on the seats and black floor mats bindings. There’s also the front seat heating, electric front seat adjustment, Head-Up Display, BMW Professional media and navigation, internet connectivity, Harman Kardon sound system, and front and rear parking sensors (PDC).

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Specification highlights:

S7XV Pure Impulse (Full Perforated Leather)

S430 Interior/Outside Mirror With Auto Dip

S458 Electr. Front Seat Adjustment

S493 Storage Compartment Package

S494 Seat Heating Driver/Passenger

S4AA Headlining Anthracite

S4FG Seat Belt BMW I Blue

S609 Navigation System Professional

S610 Head-Up Display

S674 Hi-Fi System Harman Kardon

S6AR Internet

S6NS Comfort Telephony W/ Enhanced Smartphone

S508 Park Distance Control (PDC)

S563 Light Package

S5A4 LED Headlight With Extended Scopes

S5AS Driving Assistant

S2HP BMW LA Wheel, Turbine Styling 625

The best part is that the example has a mileage of only 210km. As it is practically unused, it is not surprising that the example is in pristine condition. No damage on the bodywork, wheels, and even on its Protonic Blue Metallic and Frozen Gray paintwork can be seen or was reported. Even the interior looks and smells brand new according to the seller.

The example has been in storage for the past six years and so, it has not been serviced. The seller, however, has promised to do an engine oil and oil filter change prior to delivery to the new owner.

It should also be noted that the car is not plated currently, but it does hold a valid registration in the province of Quebec. The example is also a Canadian specification car.

As of writing, the 2014 BMW i8 Plug-In Hybrid Sports Car has a current bid of C$62,500 with the auction ending on Sunday, February 27.

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By: Reggie
Title: Practically New 2014 BMW i8 Plug-in Hybrid Sports Car on Collecting Cars
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/practically-new-2014-bmw-i8-plug-in-hybrid-sports-car-on-collecting-cars/
Published Date: Fri, 25 Feb 2022 13:20:17 +0000

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Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame

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Kids are impressionable, especially when motorcycles are involved. That magical combination of sound, smell and danger has a way of imprinting itself on young minds. But Kyle Harvey didn’t just dream of bikes as a child—he practically grew up with them.

Kyle’s trade is tool and die making, but his passion is building bikes. His father, Garth Harvey, got Kyle and his brother into bikes at a young age; as soon as they could start their old man’s vintage motorcycles, they were riding them. Living in Edenvale in South Africa’s Gauteng province, the boys also had direct access to the local Classic Motorcycle Club.

 

The folks at the CMC made quite an impression on young Kyle—and taught him everything he knows about vintage bikes. After helping numerous friends work on their bikes, he went on to open his own shop, named simply ‘The Workshop.’ Kyle has been building and restoring classic motorcycles for over a decade now.

This cheeky bobber is his latest build, and it’s immensely fascinating. The engine’s from a Triumph TR6 Trophy, the frame is from a Matchless, and the quirky handmade details on it are endless.

Custom Triumph TR6 with Matchless frame

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By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-triumph-tr6-matchless-frame
Published Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2022 17:01:12 +0000

 

 

 

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The Swan Song of the V12

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The V12 engine holds a special place in the heart of many automotive and motorsports fans. For some, it’s the sound of Formula 1 through the years, especially during the 1990s. For others, it’s engines like the 6.1 L BMW S70/2 from the McLaren F1 or the 3.9L Lamborghini V12 that powered all their cars from the Miura through to the Diablo. No matter where it lies in your heart, it is the “proper” configuration for many: 6 cylinders per bank, put into a V, and firing in an odd sequence to give it that special roar under power.

Yet, as concerns over fuel efficiency, qualms about environmental impact, and high-powered turbocharged V8 or V6 engines are the norm now, the V12 is slowly, but surely, being put to rest. In fact, the only place that V12s are still hanging on by the last threads of their engine mounting bolts are in supercars, hypercars, and a few ultra-luxury cars. Even then, many exotic brands have announced that their next cars will either be V10s or turbo V8s and V6s.

Since it appears that the swan song of the V12 is reaching a crescendo, we thought it only appropriate to celebrate the few remaining cars out there that carry them. It may be the last time we see some of these brands, many of which are known for their V12s.

The Amazing Last V12 Production Versions from the Big Brands

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast. Image via Supercars.

The writing is on the wall for the prancing horse, as the new Ferrari 296 GTB is showing the direction that Maranello is headed. Yet, unless you were invited to snag one of the limited-edition Monza SP1 or SP2 cars, there is still one car you can buy from the legendary marque that has all 12 cylinders fully intact.

The 6.5L F140 GA V12

The 6.5L F140 GA V12
The 6.5L F140 GA V12. Image Via: Wikimedia Commons.

The 6.5L F140 GA 65-degree V12 in the front of the 812 is the last road-going version of the V12 that debuted in the Ferrari Enzo. Producing a monstrous 789 HP and 530 lbs-ft of torque, it is no slouch either, as when the 812 Superfast debuted, it was the most powerful naturally aspirated production car engine ever made.

It has the typical low-rev Ferrari roar that rises into a howl as the car revs up to nearly 9,000 RPM, and will catapult the 3,845 (1,744 kg) car to 60 MPH in 2.9 seconds. As far as a curtain call is concerned, that’s a great way to bow out and focus on hybrids and turbocharged engines.

Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC
cedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC. Image via Supercars.

Mercedes-Benz used to be at the very top of the V12 pecking order when it came to luxury performance cars. Such classics as the S 65 AMG from the mid-2000s and the 500 TE AMG W123 Touring from the very end of the 1970s came with big V12s that sound astounding, but the biggest and baddest of the Mercedes V12s left on in a production car is the M279 E60 LA that hauled the S65 AMGs of 2014.

M279 E60 LA Twin Turbo V12

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By: Simon Bertram
Title: The Swan Song of the V12
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/v12-swan-song/
Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 10:49:26 +0000

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Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!

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In our continuing quest to source motorcycle gear that combines safety and style, we bring you our thoughts on Shoei’s new ECE 22.06-approved NXR2 helmet. Plus a stealthy riding parka from Akin Moto, and the perfect pair of urban riding gloves from Rev’It!.

Shoei NXR2 helmet It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Shoei’s helmets. Every Shoei I’ve owned has fit and felt right from the first wear, with no major deviations in their sizing or shape from model to model. So when I was looking for a do-it-all street helmet to replace my well-used Shoei RYD, the new NXR2 was a no-brainer… and it hasn’t disappointed.

I loved the RYD for its combination of neutral styling, comfort and ventilation. The NXR2 basically feels like a premium version of the RYD; it has the same clean aesthetic, but ramps up the performance. And it’s one of the few helmets that meet with Europe’s new, and more stringent, ECE 22.06 standard.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/shoei-akin-moto-revit-review-44
Published Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 17:01:31 +0000

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