2011 VATH MERCEDES BENZ CL500 COUPE
German tuning firm VATH handling on the Mercedes-Benz CL500, staring by squeezing more power out of the 5.5-liter V8 engine through the use of sport camshafts, custom stainless steel sport catalysts and air filters. Output is lifted from 388HP to 460HP and 600Nm, while VATH also removes the speed limiter allowing the modified CL500 to reach a top speed of 290km/h or 180mph.
The VATH fitted the CL500 with a three-way adjustable sports suspension and a high-performance braking system. The coupe now rides on a set of 20-inch forged alloy wheels with 245/30ZR20 tires at the front and 285/25ZR20 at the rear axle.
In addition, visual enhancements also come in the form of a front spoiler lip, a new rear diffuser, and a boot lid spoiler, all made out of carbon fiber. As for the interior, VATH’s modifications include carbon fiber trim, a bespoke steering wheel and a new speedometer.
2012 JAGUAR XF FACELIFT
Jaguar is preparing a facelift version of the XF that will receive its world premiere at next month’s New York Auto Show. 2012 Jaguar XF is the introduction of a new 2.2-liter four-cylinder turbo diesel engine. The oil-burner is a development of the Ford unit found in the Land Rover Freelander and the European-market Ford Mondeo, however, given that the XF is rear wheel drive, it sits in a north-south configuration so Jaguar had to make several changes to the engine.
There are the 2.2L unit features a water-cooled turbocharger with low-friction pistons, new injectors and a new crankshaft, while Jaguar also added a new Stop-Start system, which is estimated to further increase overall fuel efficiency between five and seven per cent.
The diesel engine produces 190-horsepower and 332 lbs ft of torque, with Jaguar claiming that it is capable of returning 52.3 mpg UK (equal to 43.5 mpg US and 5.4 lt/100km) on the combined cycle while emitting 149 g/km of CO2.
Matted to a new eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox, the 190HP diesel can push the facelifted XF to 62 mph (100km/h) in 8.5 seconds before achieving a maximum speed of 140 mph (225 km/h).