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Monstrous Mercedes G63 AMG 6×6 to Enter Production

by on May.15, 2013, under Auto Review Specs, Mercedes Car Reviews

The confirmation came straight from Mercedes’ head of G Class development, Alex Harries, who said that the German company plans to build 20 to 30 6×6 trucks per year. No exact information has been released yet, but we do know a thing or two about this extreme G63 AMG.Mercedes -Benz G63 AMG 6x6

First of all, it wasn’t build from scratch. The Stuttgart-based automaker used a special 6-wheeled military version of the G320 CDI built for the Australian army since 2011 as a base model. The civilian version benefits from the all-wheel drive system with five differential locks, but gains the G63 AMG’s 5.5-liter V8 for an output of 536 HP and 560 lb-ft of torque.

So now it’s not just huge (almost 6 meters / 232 inches), but performance as well. And while we’re on the subject, Mercedes-Benz claims it will sprint from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in less than six seconds and have a top speed of 100 mph (160 km/h)! Holy cow! Of course, fuel economy is a whole different story with about just 13 mpg (18 liters / 100 km), but who cares?!

 

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Terrafugia XF-T Flying Car Offers Vertical Takeoff

by on May.08, 2013, under Auto Review Specs

As automakers go, Terrafugia is a niche company. In fact, let’s call it “super-niche”: manufacturers like Tesla may cater to a very limited subset of buyers, but Terrafugia’s target market is even narrower.Flying Car 2

That’s because Terrafugia makes flying cars. They’re not as cool-looking as the rides you’ve seen in movies and comic books since you were a kid, but they are cars, and they do fly — and Terrafugia’s latest model goes one step further.
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That model is called the Terrafugia XF-T. and expands on the company’s existing Transition vehicle by offering helicopter-like rotors, which allow the XF-T to take off and land vertically.

According to the folks at Terrafugia, flying the XF-T “should be statistically safer than driving a modern automobile”. That’s in part because the XF-T “will be capable of automatically avoiding other air traffic, bad weather, and restricted and tower-controlled airspace”. (Terrafugia offers no details on exactly how that technology works, so for now, we’ll just have to take the company at its word.)

Source: The Car Connection

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