BMW 650i 2011 Review

February 14th, 2012 by Darren Cottingham

The halo coupe in BMW’s range has been reworked. The controversial looks of the 6 Series that was reborn in the mid-2000s have thankfully gone, and have been replaced by a car whose design is beautiful and sleek, finally matching its contemporaries.

If you are flush enough to be in the market for a car that starts at $236,000, there’s not that much choice – only Porsche, Jaguar, Maserati and Mercedes make serious contenders at this price – and you can’t really go wrong anyway. Your purchase is not a practical one. If it was, you wouldn’t buy the BMW 650i, because the boot size is average, the two back seats have no legroom, and you will spend more money at the petrol station than if you buy the almost as sleek diesel Audi A5 for half the price.

But you have elevated yourself above practicality. The aforementioned foibles are irrelevant as this is a sports tourer, and it’s also unlikely to be your only car. You don’t need function, you need aura combined with power and comfort. The BMW emanates that profusely. With the M design pack (20 inch alloys, M leather steering wheel, M aerodynamics package, etc) this car is a stunner. It’s longer than you expect, and that just adds to its presence, making it look lower and more muscular. In fact, the photos don’t do it justice. I found myself more often than not glancing back at the BMW, admiring it when walking away from it. Continue reading “BMW 650i 2011 Review” »

Heffner Performance twin-turbo Audi R8

December 21st, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

It’s just a teaser. Take a look at the pipework, and listen to the demon of a noise it makes

Heffner brings 1100hp to the Murcielago

September 4th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Heffner Murcielago twin-turbo rqh

Let’s throw superlatives out the window and start again. The Heffner twin-turbo Lamborghini Murcielago has ok performance…compared to an Exocet missile.

Running 1 bar of boost just over 1100 RWHP (that’s at the rear wheels) was available. Heffner is now playing around with the car at various boost levels and documenting the differences in performance with V Box.

In 90-degree heat the car pulled off a 5.10 second 60-130mph at around 950 RWHP. For reference a stock 580 horsepower Murcielago takes around 9.5 seconds to make the leap from 60 to 130.

With a little more boost it will dip into the 4 second range for sure.

We’ve got a couple of videos here for your viewing and listening pleasure.

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