It’s not about appearence: most of the new features of Mercedes’ luxury SUV GLS (evolution of Mercedes GL) are hidden inside its core. More efficient engines, the new 9G-tronic shift, evoluted multimedia management, active and passive security are just a few concepts the German engineers worked on to launch the new version.
From the design point of view, Mercedes GLS keeps the classic and immortal design of Mercedes SUVs we already know very well. Anyway, GLS features a new design especially on the front: bumper and headlights have been re-designed.
Those looking for a 7-seats-SUV with a sporty look can also choose the AMG Line package for exterior and interior: this means a bumper with larger openings, 21-inch wheels, brushed steel pedals, sporty seats and steering wheel and instrumentation with a checkerboard background.
A cistercian monastery found in the valley of the river Merce, the Abbey of San Galgano in the tuscanian province of Siena is a breathtaking, mystic place. The roofless walls of the Gothic style 13th-century Abbey church still stand tall above the visitor, and still remember the faith and industry of the local inhabitants which started building them around 1220 to remember the Catholic Saint Galgano Guidotti (San Galgano, in Italian), who lived as a hermit and died in the nearby town of Chiusdino.
Formerly a ruthless knight in its early life, Galgano – according to the myth – had a vision about Archangel Michael, the Apostles and the Creator himself. Reading this as a sign, Galgano decided to plant a cross, but having no chance to build a wood cross, planted its sword in the ground. The stone yielded like butter, then became rock again, and noone could ever remove the cross from that point. It is said that the episode inspired the very similar episode in the Arthurian mythology. Myth or not, you can still see the sword planted in the ground in the nearby Montesiepi Chapel.
Simply one of the most beautiful and renowned regions of Italy, Chianti Valley – Valle del Chianti, in Italian – attracts every year thousands of visitors from all around the world. The landscape is the one you can think – or dream – when you think about Tuscany, with its gentle hills kissed by the sun, wide fields of vineyards and olive groves, history-rich stone buildings and castle ruins. So beautiful you will think to live inside a postcard or a photography.
The Valley, and the region that takes the name from it, extends itself between two of the most typical and beautiful Tuscany’s locations: the cities of Siena and Florence. In between these two charming cities you can find plenty of small, rural villages built on the rocks or on the top of green hills surrounded by cypresses, and have the chance to taste some of the best examples of italian food – most typically t-bone steaks and selections of cheese – and some of the greatest products of the Italian wine industry.
When you think about Tuscany, it’s very probable that you imagine green and golden hills, covered by vineyards, and long, winding roads closed between two lines of tall and pointy cypresses. Maybe you don’t know, but if you have imagined the scene, you have just seen the Orcia Valley, Val d’Orcia in Italian.Continue reading →
Featuring its shining orange color and the “drifting and jumping” driving style of Bo and Luke Duke, General Lee quickly became an icon of its time. Seen between 1979 and 1985 in “The Dukes of Hazzard” television series, General Lee (often simply referred as “the General”) is a modified 1969 Dodge Charger which features a Confederate flag on its roof (symbol of the indomable spirit of indipendence of many southern US States), welded shut doors (which forced the Duke cousins to jump in and out through the windows), American Racing Vector 8×15” or 8.5×15” alloy rims, and a horn which plays the first twelve notes of the song “Dixie”, an anthem for the Southern United States. Continue reading →
Michael Knight was a lucky guy. In fact, not many men had the chance to drive a real supercar which features turbo boost, can jump, talk. And even few can name the car after their family. The name of world renown KITT from Knight Rider’s american series with David Hasselhoff, in fact, stands for Knight Industries Two Thousand. This futuristic supercar was based on a supermodified 1982 Pontiac Trans Am and featured some of those qualities that every driving and racing fan could possibly love in a car. Continue reading →
During his 75-years-and-more anti-criminal activity, multi-millionaire Mr. Bruce Wayne (a.k.a. the Batman) has had the best that life could give a man. In fact, being a multi-millionaire superhero seems to bring a lot of benefits, from partying with some of the most beautiful girls ever (Nicole Kidman, Kim Basinger and Michelle Pfeiffer just to name a few) to have at complete disposal an arsenal of bat-tools which could make feel McGuyver absolutely useless. But since our life (and our blog) is dedicated to supercars, there is only one benefit we really envy to the masked vigilante: driving the Batmobile. Continue reading →
Presented first in 2004 at the New York International Auto Show, Audi RSQ featured from its birth plenty of details which made it legitimately a really-super-supercar. This concept car was developed by Audi for use as product placement in the 2004 movie I, Robot, based on Isaac Asimov’s short-story collection and which featured Will Smith and was directed by Alex Proyas (a cult-movie habitué, since he rose to fame as the director of Brandon Lee’s The Crow in 1994). Continue reading →
There are many examples of supercars which made us dream since we saw them the first time on the big screen, while watching a Hollywood blockbuster movie. Few, anyway, reach cult-level as the mighty Back to the Future movies’ DeLorean DMC-12. With its signature gull-wing doors, this timeless supercar made us fall in love since first sight, thanks to its catchy design which looked stunningly futuristic in 1985 and stunningly retro today. The fact that DMC-12 is both a supercar AND an Hollywood icon makes its legacy even mightier. Continue reading →
After last week’s first tips to drive in winter, we got in touch again with Chris Gilardoni, rally driver, head mechanic and owner of Gilautosport (http://www.gilautosport.ch) and asked for a couple of new hints.
This week we cover the topic of parking (which can be tricky when temperature goes below zero °C and is quite an important topic in terms of security) and finding the right feeling with the car in the safest way possible. Continue reading →