Wednesday, 20th August, 2014
For 2015 Aston Martin has created its fastest ever production convertible sports car by placing the running gear of the V12 Vantage S Coupé, launched last year, into the Roadster body-shell.
The 565bhp six-litre engine drives its rear wheels through a seven-speed automatic gearbox and gives the car a 0-100 km/h time of 4.1 seconds. Its top speed is 325 km/h.
Suspension has three modes of damping: normal, sport and track. The driver’s choice of these also determines the level of steering assistance, which is greater in the first mode than in the second or third.
The standard V12 Vantage S can be distinguished from other Roadsters by the replacement of traditional aluminium vanes in the front grille with carbon fibre with a choice of either black or silver mesh and flared wheel arches. Customers can further their individuality with optional forged alloy ten-spoke wheels and a graphic pack which gives a contrasting colour for the grille, surround and tailgate panel.
Standard specification includes leather upholstery, automatic temperature control, electrically-adjustable sports seats with position memory, rear parking sensors and a top-end audio system with a 6-CD auto-changer. Customers also have the choice of an optional 1000W Bang & Olufsen sound system.
Sunday, 17th August, 2014
The ‘new BeoVision Avant’ review
An excellent - and very comprehensive - review of Bang & Olufsen’s latest television: the BeoVision Avant, is to be found on the TrustedReviews Web site.
Giving a glowing report of the TV, the article goes on to say that: “The Avant is a very pleasant surprise from B&O. It’s great to see the luxury brand embracing the new 4K picture format so early and, for the most part, so successfully, while also delivering stacks of the gorgeous B&O bells and whistles we’ve come to expect at an unexpectedly unscary price”.
Friday, 15th August, 2014
The Annual Report for 2013 - 2014 is now available online. Announced by Bang & Olufsen’s CEO Tue Mantoni on 13 August, the Report shows that the company’s revenue increased by 8,2% in the fourth quarter as compared to last year’s fourth quarter with automotive revenue increasing by twenty per cent. BeoPlay’s revenue increased by a healthy 13 per cent and ICEpower an outstanding 42 percent.
Tuesday, 12th August, 2014
The 2016 Audi TT packs an impressive array of technology and style, but it can also make some noise. The Bang & Olufsen system offered in the top-spec TT boasts 680 W of power and twelve speakers. Sound output in 5.1 surround format is also possible when the system is combined with the MMI Navigation Plus infotainment package. However, the audio system doesn’t just bombard the driver and passengers with sound. Audi’s Symphoria software analyses individual sound components within the audio signal and distributes these separated “audio objects” throughout the interior of the car.
Audi states that this produces the best possible sound quality for each occupant, giving the sound a spatial dimension, something first demonstrated by the brand with a 3D sound concept at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show (see BeoPhile article here).
The sophisticated sound system will be ensconced in a new interior that flaunts Audi’s use of technology. Billed as a virtual cockpit the 2016 TT interior will do away with the now-common centre-stack screen, moving all displays onto a single screen right in front of the steering wheel. Steering wheel controls, the MMI system’s rotary controller, and a touch-pad will allow drivers to manage all of that information.
With this system, Audi has once again substantially enhanced the premium audio experience. In collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits in Erlangen, the automaker developed the Symphoria software for the post-processing and rendering of audio signals. In the first step, the program separates the individual sound components within the audio signal with the help of a semantic analysis process. It then distributes the separated audio objects inside the interior of the car. The sound image becomes wider and deeper, conveying an entirely new spatial impression. Each passenger enjoys a top-quality, extremely precise audio experience.
The 2016 TT itself is wrapped in new styling that should be familiar to fans of past models, and will be offered in the USA with a pair of 2.0-litre TFSI turbo-charged four-cylinder engines. The base TT will get a version with approximately 230 HP, while the TTS will boast approximately 310 HP.
The TT will come standard with front-wheel drive, but quattro all-wheel drive will be available and will be standard on the TTS. Six-speed manual or S tronic dual-clutch transmission options will also be offered.
Read more about Symphoria here