BMW Ultimate Drive App: Facebook for Cars?

BMW Ultimate Drive App

BMW is driven to please customers and improve the experience of getting around with their new ‘Ultimate Drive’ application. The BMW Ultimate Drive app proclaims to help drivers “Discover the best roads to drive”, which sounds appealing. This would also be ideal to download when renting a BMW from your friends at Imagine Lifestyles, as you could see what routes the locals love!

According to the website, the BMW Ultimate Drive app comes from the makers of the Ultimate Driving Machine. Apparently, they have not enjoyed one of our Ultimate Driving Experiences in a Ferrari or Lamborghini. Ultimately, we love BMW and just used that opportunity to shamelessly plug our event. Moving along, the BMW app offers drivers the opportunity to connect with each other and share the best roads and routes to take, all over the world. read more

Can BMW Make Your Car a Mobile Hotspot?

BMW mobile hotspot

BMW would like to make your next ride a mobile 4G hotspot. This is all fine and good, but what happens when the 5G craze strikes? I kid. In all seriousness, the brand is all about connectivity, and the mobile hotspot is currently on the market. Is the auto industry the final frontier in connectivity?

Will the BMW mobile hotspot catch on with other automakers? Will this be the new norm?

While it is unsafe to text and drive, Facebook and drive, or paint your toenails and drive, BMW and other companies are working to keep up with technology demands. Now drivers around the world can experience a newfound peace behind the wheel. There will be less whining and protesting erupting from little ones in the backseat, as their laptops and devices will have a perfect signal while inside the vehicle! read more

Video: Mercedes-Benz Driving Simulator Is Industry Leader

Have you ever wanted to slip behind the wheel of a new Mercedes and push it to the capacity claimed in the specs? Meet the Mercedes-Benz driving simulator, perhaps the most powerful in the industry. It is poised to change the evolution of driving simulation, with a 360° screen, fast electric power system and a 12-meter rail offering transverse or longitudinal movements.
The first driving simulator was developed in-house at the Daimler-Benz research center in Berlin-Marienfelde over 25 years ago. It could be fun to test-drive our Mercedes rentals in this…just not as intense as taking the gullwing out on track events. read more

Challenge Accepted? The Hennessey Cadillac Packs 1,226 HP

It is no secret that John Hennessey creates some of the most aggressive speed demons out there. It is also never understated that Hennessey loves to compete, and is vying to get Bugatti to line up on the track next to his latest invention: a 1,226 horsepower Cadillac CTS-V coupe. Yes, a Caddy with more horses under the hood than the world’s fastest car, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. The official name is the Cadillac VR1200 and it may not exactly belong in our list of cars that appear fast even when parked, it certainly is noteworthy. read more

Ferrari to Unleash 900 Prancing Hybrid Horses in Detroit (Video)

ferrari hybrid

While Lamborghini has not entered the hybrid supercar race (and claims they will never), Ferrari and others are stampeding ahead with their respective versions. In fact, the 900-hp Ferrari hybrid is slated to appear at this year’s Detroit Motor Show. Yes, I said 900 horses and hybrid in the same sentence. Details on the hybrid Ferrari chassis can be found here. Video at bottom of post.

Fun fact: A hybrid drivetrain also is a way to boost performance.

The horsepower race among gas-electric hybrids is getting better with each introduction. But will the word ‘hybrid’ someday lose its association with the words “slow” and “green”? Perhaps not the later, but the performance outlook is certain to alter with the arrivals of more and more blisteringly fast hybrid hypercars! read more

Futuristic 2036 Luxury Car Interpreted by Mercedes-Benz

Futuristic 2036 Luxury Car

The future of transportation does not involve Deloreans or horses, according to Mercedes-Benz. The futuristic 2036 luxury car, as interpreted by the brand, is a front-runner for new forms of energy and fuels, as the disembodied futuristic voice in the short video below will describe! Is this the future of our Mercedes Benz rentals?

Mercedes took advantage of the Frankfurt Auto Show to tout the futuristic sedan, aptly named the F 125 concept. How does Ferrari feel about the use of the ‘F’?
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Objects In the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are…Unless You Rock the Audi e-tron

Audi’s adaption of the rear view mirror is Amoled amore. So what does that mean in English? It means that the days of squinting at blinding headlights in the rearview mirror will be a thing of the past for drivers of the Audi R8 e-tron, as the company has just announced the integration of an intelligent camera monitoring system that will replace the standard rear view mirror in the new model. Not only does it look slick and futuristic, it amps up safety and reduces irritation—total win-win.

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Royce Rolls Out App Aimed to Locate Used Cars

With last year’s launch of a certified pre-owned vehicle program (Provenance), Rolls Royce is ready to roll over competition with a new app designed to simplify the location process! The application is fittingly called Provenance Pre-owned Stock Locator and is available for iPad, most smartphones and is friends with both PC and Mac.

Locate the used Rolls Royce of your dreams in a few clicks with Provenance Pre-owned Stock Locator…or save thousands and rent a Rolls Royce from your friends at Imagine Lifestyles. read more

Karma: Fisker Experiences Total Recall

The star-studded luxury hybrid of our time, the Fisker Karma, is being recalled a stunning second time! Fisker Automotive Inc. released a statement with the details of this round of recalls. If you recall, the first round of Karma recalls rolled rapidly and smoothly.

Fisker Karma

The first recall was related to potentially defective hose clamps in the battery cooling system

Porsche to Flex Diesel Style in U.S.

Not too long ago, the word Porsche was synonymous with simply a sleek and relatively unchanged sports car. These days, the Cayenne SUV is one of the most popular models--and soon it will be available in diesel form!  Of course, Europeans have been enjoying the diesel version since 2009, but now the brand feels Americans will be more open to the technology. These are things that would have been nearly impossible to predict in the past, yet are shocking realities of the  present and possible Porsche future lineup.

Diesel Porsche Cayenne

Porsche’s Cayenne is the current best seller. Will it continue to roll out in diesel form?