This $13 Million Rolls-Royce Took 4 Years to Build
While most people will focus on the $13 million figure, that's almost irrelevant when it comes to the Rolls-Royce Sweptail, a coachbuilt Phantom Coupé with a two-digit British license plate milled from ingots of aluminum and then hand polished for a mirror finish. At this level, $13 million is like $3 or $33 million. A number only your accountants need to pay attention to. The team responsible for your wellbeing will also make sure to compliment the way you decided to send off the biggest and now discontinued Rolls-Royce two-door. See more
Car Rental and driving in Bulgaria
Renting a car in Sofia,Bulgaria is very popular among foreign visitors. However, when tourists drive a car rental in Bulgaria they should keep an eye on several important things: Driving speed in Bulgaria depends on the class of the road. When you drive in populated areas, the allowed driving speed is 50 km/h. Outside of the populated areas, the allowed speed is 90 km/h; and when you drive on the freeway the speed limit is 140 km/h. Roads in Bulgaria are another important factor that need to be taken under consideration of while driving. Most of the main roads in the country are rehabilitated and regularly maintained, but they are far from perfect, and sometimes they could be unsafe if you don’t pay attention. In the large cities like Sofia, Burgas, Varna and Plovdiv, highways and main roads are in good condition, but in other populated areas, as smaller towns and villages, are not fixed and there is a higher chance of breaking your car while driving. Driving rules and law enforcement In Bulgaria, laws for seat belts, cellphones and speeding are highly enforced and you will get a ticket if not strictly followed. The price of the speeding ticket for going over the limit with 50 km/h is 100 euro. Always put your seat belt on, not just because of the police enforcement, but most importantly because of your safety and the safety of your family. The key of safe driving is to go with normal speed and pay more attention on the road, because driving conditions in the country differ from place to place.
VW Golf GTI Clubsport S
Wait, another fast Golf GTI? Yes, as the hot hatch arms race has intensified with seemingly never-ending one-upmanship to be the King of the Nürburgring, there have been more and more variants of the humble Golf GTI brought into the world. So what’s this one then? The Clubsport S, the most powerful production Golf ever. And the fastest ever front-wheel-drive production car to lap the Nürburgring. It’s a £35,000 stripped-out, semi-slicked, uber powerful and aero’d version of the standard Clubsport (now known as the ‘Edition 40’). Isn’t the Clubsport/Edition 40 a souped up version of the Golf GTI Performance Pack? You’re right. Which is a more powerful and track-oriented version of the bogoo Golf GTI. We can see how this gets confusing. Basically, the Clubsport S is the bobby-dazzler of the GTI range and the car that has Renault, Seat and Honda spitting feathers and scratching their heads as to how to go faster round the legendary Nordschleife. How fast is it? Very. It managed a 7:49.21sec around the Green Hell – 1.5sec faster than Honda’s Civic Type R – to claim the front-wheel-drive production car lap record. To give you some perspective of how fast these humble hot hatches are getting, that’s quicker than the motorsport-derived Porsche 996 GT3 (a true benchmark of quick), but a whopping 36 seconds a lap quicker than a Performance Pack GTI. Which is monstrous. Like, a full six Vines worth of time. Jeepers. What have they done to it to make it that quick? Stripped it, then added power. It’s a simple recipe but weight is always the enemy when trying to go fast. So, VW engineers were ruthless and binned bits that weren’t deemed necessary. The rear seats, parcel shelf, hidden floor, armrests and some of the noise insulation were all chucked in the skip. In total, 30kg has been ravaged from the standard CS – helped by installing a smaller battery and aluminium front sub-frame. But where weight is down, power is up. The usual 2.0-litre turbo four (the EA888 TSI unit, suck, squeeze, bang, blow fans) has been fettled to give 306bhp and 280lb ft of torque through the front wheels. Unlike the standard CS (which features an ‘overboost’ function only allowing for maximum power for 10 seconds when the throttle is on the floor) the S gives you all of its beans, all of the time. It’s also got three pedals and a stick to change gears. Even though a DSG ‘box would swap cogs quicker, it’d also add 20kg to the overall weight of the car – a penalty not worth considering. And a win for the purists. Air con has also been shelved on five per cent of the 400 car limited-run, saving a further 15kg. Plus, the wider diameter exhaust breathes more easily and has got a bit shoutier in the process. The result is a 1,360kg kerb weight, which alongside the extra power, yields a 0-62mph time of 5.8secs, and a top speed of 165mph. Yep, VW has also thrown away the electronic limiter. What about the set-up? Read more
Volkswagen is trying to bring back the trust of the customers.
Volkswagen AG and U.S. officials have reached a framework deal under which the automaker would offer to buy back almost 500,000 diesel cars that used sophisticated software to evade U.S. emission rules, two people briefed on the matter said on Wednesday. The german automaker has agreed to buy up to 500,000 disel vehicles. The shares of the company rose nearly 6 percent following the news.The proposal would apply only to the 2.0-liter diesel vehicles involved in the case — including certain Jetta, Golf, Beetle and Passat models — which make up the bulk of the rigged cars.
Why do car rental companies hold a deposit when a full coverage insurance is included in the price?
About 40 percent of car rental customers in Sofia, Bulgaria ask this common question: Here are six reasons why car rental companies hold a deposit: Car rental insurance is different, and therefore, policies and restrictions vary in each country. In Bulgaria, for example, insurance rate for car rental businesses is 50% higher than one for regular consumers. The insurance companies do not cover most of the following parts: rims, tires, rim covers, antennas, wipers and etc. In order to maintain its fleet in perfect condition, the car rental company must charge the customer, in case there is a damage to those parts, if additional insurance is not purchased. Second, each insured car has a cap amount for damages per year, and once the limit is reached, the car rental company needs to cover the damages of the vehicle. Administrative fee - in order to file claim, an employee needs to spend almost an entire day of work at the insurance company, therefore companies need to pay for extra labor. Opportunity cost - when there is a damage to the car rental, the company cannot use the car for at least a week or two, in order to fix it. During this period, the car can’t be at use, and thus the company is losing money. Excess amount – in case of a total loss, it could take up to 2 months for the insurance companies to finish the claim, furthermore they pay not more than 80% of the total cost of the car.
What we need to know before we rent a car
Car rental insurance When people rent cars they tend to think that they don’t have to take good care for the car since they pay for it. However, this is a major misconception. Under the contract that is signed customers are obligated to pay for all of the parts and labor that are not covered by the insurance company. For Instance, in Bulgaria things as: mirrors, wipers, rims, tires and overheating of the engine are not covered neither by warranty or insurance and the customer needs to pay for the fixes. Even though we are renting the car it is still a smart thing to make sure we don’t break it or returned it in bad condition. The quality of the car Many times when people rent a car they focus only on the price. When they do that they may save money but ruin their long waited vacation. Nobody wants to be stranded in the middle of the road or not have working air condition in hot weather. Price is good to be cheap but we also have to make sure that we are renting quality vehicle. Add-ons Child seats or navigations are not included with the rental price they cost between 2 and 4 euros per day and you may think that you got a good rent car deal but end up paying more for then your fellow because of the add-ons on your bill.
Could a V8-powered Maserati Levante topple the Porsche Cayenne Turbo?
The Levante, Maserati’s first-ever SUV, will launch in the fall with a pair of turbocharged V6 engines under the hood, but the Fiat-owned company is looking into introducing a range-topping model powered by a V8 engine. The twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V8 mill that powers the range-topping Quattroporte fits neatly in the Levante’s engine bay, according to Maserati. It delivers 523 horsepower and 524 pound-feet of torque, and it spins the big sedan’s rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission controlled by shift paddles. The Levante V8 would ditch rear-wheel drive in favor of a more winter-friendly all-wheel drive system. The V8-powered Levante isn’t merely a vague idea that gets discussed during the company’s board meetings. Maserati told Autoblog that its engineers have already started testing a V8 prototype, though the company warns that the model hasn’t been approved for production yet. Davide Danesin, the head of Maserati vehicle programs, explained that the super-SUV segment is fairly small, so Maserati will only compete in it if the project makes perfect financial sense. A V8-powered Levante would face stiff competition. Its main rivals would include the Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR, which uses a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 rated at 550 horsepower, and Porsche’s Cayenne Turbo and Cayenne Turbo S, which are equipped with a turbocharged 4.8-liter V8 tuned to 520 and 570 horsepower, respectively.Read more