Archive for February, 2017
The AMG lineup of cars, like the C63, CLS63, and S65 has always been the pinnacle of the Mercedes family. But the level of engineering that goes into these cars results in a price that puts them out of the reach of some people. Luckily, AMG has now introduced a new trim level that bridges the gap between the top of the line 63 models, and the more tame “civilian” models. This is the 43 range. There is the C43, E43, GLC43, GLE43, and the SLC43.
For the sake of keeping this simple, we’re going to focus on the C43. The C43 sits neatly between the C63 and the C300. Just as its price is the middle ground between its siblings, so is the performance. Instead of a turbocharged four cylinder, or a twin turbocharged eight cylinder, it gets a twin turbocharged six cylinder. Again, right in the middle. Likewise, the body is the middle ground between the other brothers. It is not as wide and aggressive as the C63, but the larger wheels and tweaked bodywork sets it aside from the C300.
While the C43 does not get the traditional “one man, one engine” hand-built V8 of the older AMGs, it is still special enough to stand out from the pack. That six cylinder is still good for 362 horsepower, which in a car this small makes for a deceptively quick ride. So if you’ve always lusted over the AMG badge, but just couldn’t quite justify the price, the 43 range is a perfect way to join the world of German sport luxury.
Are you someone who posesses Buddy The Elf levels of enthusiasm and positivity? Perhaps someone with an upbeat phone-voice and the ability to react quickly?
Aristocrat Motors is looking for such a person as a part-time backup operator. This incredibly important role helps answer customer calls and serves as a backup in case our front-desk operators who are out sick or on vacation as well as answers phones on Saturdays. Applicants should have spectacular conversational skills and a focus on customer service. Saturday availability is also a must.
Porsches have a rich and illustrious racing heritage, which is why Aristocrat Motors is proud to be Kansas City’s only Porsche dealer. Unlike some other brands, whose heyday is long since passed, Porsche is still out there putting their reputation on the line, and claiming trophy after trophy. They won the 24 Hours of Le Mans for a historic 18th time in 2016. This is an event that has been tied to the brand’s identity for decades. You can still see the influence of that race on every Porsche manufactured to this day.
For those of you who don’t know, back in the day, drivers at Le Man did not start inside their racecars. When the flag dropped, the driver had to sprint across the width of the track, climb into their car, buckle in, start up, and take off. That’s a lot to manage when you’re trying to squeeze out an edge over the other teams. Porsche, in typical German ingenuity, figured out a way to speed up the process.
They relocated the ignition key to the left of the steering wheel. That meant that a driver could start the key with one hand as they put it into gear with the other. That’s a small advantage, but in an event like this, it could mean everything. Trying to shave fractions of a second off when you’re racing for twenty four hours straight seems ridiculous, but if you can get out ahead of the pack, and start building your lead early, that’s worth everything.
To this day, the key in every Porsche, from the 911R to the Cayenne E-Hybrid, remains to the left. Even those models that no longer even use a physical key have the fob positioned there. Even as Porsche moves more and more into the mainstream with SUVs and crossovers, their racing lineage is never far behind. You can feel it in every single model as soon as you turn the wheel.
Porsche is a company that is deeply tied to its history. The 911 is the greatest example of this, as the car has changed in only very minor ways throughout its long lifespan. Porsche doesn’t like to make drastic changes to their flagship model. The change from air cooled to water cooled engines was a shock to many 911 enthusiasts, and the recent change to all models being turbocharged was an even bigger change.
But you have to remember, Porsche is a company of engineers, above everything else. So any change has to make sense from a strictly analytical perspective. And the new turbocharged engines definitely make sense. While the naturally aspirated engines in the previous Carrera was no slouch, this new forced induction version blows it out of the water. Picking up twenty horsepower, and over forty pound feet of torque, while also squeezing out an extra 12% of fuel economy is certainly impressive.
The change to smaller turbo engines is an expanding trend all across the industry in an attempt to improve emissions and fuel economy figures. But make no mistake, while Porsche needs to meet those same targets, they also have to ensure that the usability and power are up to the standards that people expect. At the end of the day, it is still a Porsche, and that carries certain expectations. Expectations which the new turbocharged models certainly exceed.
These days, it seems like everyone is looking for an SUV. But with that search, sometimes you can get overwhelmed by the options. Mercedes alone makes five different sizes of their GL SUVs and crossovers, and those all have multiple trim and body options. But don’t worry. Once you understand the naming system, it’s a piece of cake to understand where each of them falls in terms of size.
The easiest way to look at it is that the SUVs mirror the passenger cars. For example, the CLA is the smallest and most affordable car, and the GLA is the smallest and most affordable crossover. Likewise, the S class is the big daddy when it comes to passenger cars, and the GLS is the largest SUV. The rest of them all mirror up just as easily. GLC to C Class and GLE to E Class. But as they taught us in school, there is an exception to every rule. That exception is the G Class, or G Wagen, which has no counterpart in the passenger car segment.
So once you know what size the SUV is, there’s just the matter of the trim level to decide. The numbers scale up as the engine grows in size. For example, a GLS450 is more powerful than a GLS550. Then at the top of each range are the AMG variants. These are very specialized vehicles with hand built performance engines, greater performance, and unique styling details.
Another point to keep in mind is that the GLC and GLE are both available as coupes. This does not refer to the number of doors, but instead references the shape of the roof. On the coupes, the roof tapers down drastically at the rear for a much more aggressive look. It still has four doors, but just has a more dynamic roofline.
So now that you understand the system, you can easily decode any model name. For example, when someone mentions the AMG GLA45, you’ll know that this is the smallest SUV, but with the powerful AMG engine. Similarly, the GLC300 would be a mid range sized SUV, with the smaller engine. So now you know, and can dazzle your friends.
Here at Aristocrat Motors, we love everything Porsche. Porsches are prized for their customization opportunities nearly as much as their performance. That means that the options list can be a bit overwhelming at times, especially if you’re trying to stick to a budget. So when they decide to do a special edition that bundles together some of their most popular features, we take notice. Such is the case with our Cayenne Platinum Edition.
The Platinum Edition takes the base Cayenne, and adds a whole basket of popular options. Some of these include:
- Bixenon dynamic headlamps
- Front and rear park assist with surround-view graphics
- Bose audio system
- 8 way power adjustable seats.
All of this is dressed up with 20 inch RS Spyder wheels and black on black on black trim. Now, while all of these options are available for purchase separately without the Platinum Edition, you’ll definitely pay for it. Going with the Platinum instead of individually picking these same options out will save you nearly $9,000.
The luxury car world can be expensive. As a dealer who handles Maserati, Mercedes, Jaguar, and Land Rover, in addition to Porsche, we know that all too well. But if you plan carefully, and do your research, it is possible to save thousands of dollars, while still getting exactly what you want. The Cayenne Platinum Edition is one way to indulge your pampered side, without upsetting your wallet too much.
When picking out your brand new car, it’s important to get it exactly how you want it. This can be a little tricky, because on new cars, like the 2017 Land Rover Discovery, there probably won’t be one available in each specification for you to compare. This means you’re going to be proving over photos on websites, and paint samples in dealerships. But here at Aristocrat Motors, we’re always trying to be right out on the bleeding edge of technology. We can’t help it. Being surrounded by some of the best cars in the world makes us want to elevate ourselves to match. Hence the VR goggles.
How this works is you put on the goggles, and sit in a Discovery Sport. Then one of our salespeople controls the goggles from a nearby tablet, and begins cycling you through your options. You can look around and experience the interior color options in full 360 degrees. They can even place you in the front, middle, and rear rows, all without you ever moving. Fair warning, this can be a little disorienting, because your body knows you are in the driver’s seat, but your eyes tell you you’re in the third row. That’s why we have you sit down for this. From there, you’re placed into a virtual showroom, and you get to see the new Discovery crawling across all manner of simulated terrain.
Designing your perfect car can be a stressful situation. That’s why we continually do everything we can to make those decisions easier. Sitting in a virtual representation of the full sized Discovery really helps you wrap your head around the scale and the colors of it. Land Rover provides some fantastic reference photos, but there is something missing until you can experience it in real 3D. We may not have hoverboards, but designing your SUV in virtual reality certainly feels like the future.