Aerodynamic Performance – Aventador S

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By Shereen Shabanam

With the hills of Tuscany as the backdrop and in the company of fellow supercar motoring enthusiasts from around the globe over a few days, I recently tested the new Lamborghini Aventador S which has a new aerodynamic design, redeveloped suspension, increased power and new driving dynamics.

The ‘S’ is the suffix of previous enhanced Lamborghini models and defines a new benchmark for the V12 Lamborghini and indicates the new Aventador generation, redesigned to achieve maximum aerodynamic efficiency while accenting the Aventador’s complex, muscular dynamism.

According to Automobili Lamborghini Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Stefano Domenicali, the Aventador S has a visionary design, cutting-edge technology with driving dynamics that elevates the concept of super sports cars to a new level.

A more aggressive nose and longer front splitter redirect airflow for better aerodynamic efficiency, improved engine cooling and increased cooling to the radiators. Two air ducts in the side of the front bumper reduce aerodynamic interference from the front tires and optimize wake flow to the rear radiator.

The rear of the Aventador S is dominated by a black diffuser, available on request in carbon fiber, characterized by a number of vertical fins that amplify the airflow effects, reduce drag through pressure recovery and generate downforce. Three single exhaust outlets exit through the rear bumper.

During the drive, we learnt how the rear wing, movable in three positions depending on speed and drive select mode, optimizes the car’s improved overall balance, working with vortex generators created in the front and rear of the chassis’ underside that maximize air flow as well as assist in brake cooling.

With the Aventador S design, the front downforce has been improved by more than 130% over the previous Aventador coupé. When the wing is in its optimum position the overall efficiency at high downforce is improved by over 50%, and in low drag by more than 400% compared to the previous model.

The Aventador S is redeveloped around a ‘total control concept’ to provide a superior drive, ride and performance; every aspect of the car’s suspension and electronic control systems has been advanced, with the goal of particularly enhanced control and driving emotion.

Also interesting is the smart Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Attiva (LDVA) control unit that manage these systems in the car. LDVA is the new brain of the car, which receives real time and precise information on body motion via input from all sensors of the car and defines the best set-up of all active systems that guarantee the best vehicle dynamics in each situation.

The Aventador S is more agile with a reduced turning radius, ensuring higher performance in curves and making it easy to maneuver in town and at low speeds. On the tracks, I tried all four different driving modes: STRADA, SPORT, CORSA and the new EGO mode, which influence the behavior of the traction (engine, gearbox, 4WD), steering (LRS, LDS, Servotronic) and suspension (LMS).

STRADA stands for maximum comfort and daily use. SPORT provides a sporty, rear-wheel drive feel and CORSA is suitable for maximum track performance.

EGO is the new driving mode option. This provides several additional and individual set-up profiles, customizable by the driver’s preferred criteria for traction, steering and suspension within the STRADA, SPORT and CORSA settings.

In STRADA, the progressive damping is smoothed for better comfort and stability on rough roads. Torque is split 40/60 to the front and rear as standard: safe and stable with maximum adhesion, the car is easily driven and controlled.

In SPORT mode, the stabilizing effect of the Lamborghini Rear-wheel Steering allows up to 90% torque to the rear wheels for maximum sportiness and driving fun on curving roads. Driving precision and driver feedback is improved, while maintaining safety and without compromising on comfort.

While I drove mainly in SPORT mode, I tried the CORSA as well experiencing less intrusive dynamic and traction control intervention while maintaining driving precision and traction. In this mode, high levels of damping force maximize driver feeling and feedback from driver inputs including steering, braking and throttle.

Counter-phase steering is enhanced in high-performance situations and torque is balanced to both axles, with a maximum 20/80 split to front and rear for more neutral behavior and to maximize track-oriented performance.

The Lamborghini Aventador’s naturally aspirated twelve cylinder, 6.5 liter engine outputs an additional 40 hp over its predecessor, to a maximum 740 hp, with a 690 Nm of torque at 5,500 rpm. Acceleration from 0-100 km/h is reached in 2.9 seconds, with a top speed of 350 km/h. Transmission is provided by Lamborghini’s lightweight Independent Shifting Rod (ISR) 7-speed shifting system, providing robotized gear shifts in up to 50 milliseconds.

The Aventador S comes with new, specially developed set of Pirelli P Zero tires. Designed to optimize steering, traction, lane changes and braking efficiency, the tires are specifically designed to respond to the dynamic behavior induced by the Lamborghini Rear-wheel Steering, ensuring handling consistency and driver feedback.

With improved force generation from both front and rear tires, the Pirelli P Zero tires provide a higher lateral acceleration and reduce understeer characteristics. Carbon ceramic brakes are standard equipment for the Aventador S.

The training at the Mugello Circuit with the Aventador S enthralled the most seasoned supercar drivers and owners and the thrills on the tracks proved once again the brand’s superior road power that exudes only from a Lamborghini.

WOMEN IN THE LIMELIGHT AT LONDON MOTOR SHOW

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In a rare move for the automotive world, it will be a group of women taking centre stage at the forthcoming London Motor & Tech Show. The show, to be held at the ExCeL Exhibition Centre from 16th-19th May, features hundreds of cars and a huge display of technology – and some very special awards judged by women from around the world.

The GCC countries will be represented by Dubai based pioneering female motoring journalist, Shereen Shabnam at the WWCOTY stand. Shereen is also the female Jury for the Middle East Car of the Year Awards and Founder of All About Wheels. For the women motoring journalists from Women’s World Car of the Year, the London show represents a landmark occasion. It’s the first time in the 121-year history of motor shows, that women motoring journalists have had their own stand.

On the opening day of the show (Thursday 16th May), female motoring writers from 11 different countries will gather on the Live Stage in the Main Hall of the exhibition centre.

They will present a trophy and certificate to Beatrice Simonsson, Senior Product Manager from Volvo in Sweden, to recognise the Volvo XC40 as supreme winner of the 2018 Women’s World Car of the Year awards, as judged by 37 women motoring journalists from around the globe.

On Friday 17th May, the writers will again take to the Live Stage, this time to present a trophy and certificate to Fiona Pargeter, Global Communications Director for Jaguar Land Rover. The occasion credits Fiona as the inaugural winner of the Woman of Worth Award initiated last year as part of the Women’s World Car of the Year Awards.

The invitation came from the show’s organiser, Andy Entwistle. The New Zealand-based Founder of Women’s World Car of the Year, Sandy Myhre, said without Mr Entwistle’s initiative and some support from Jaguar Land Rover, the journalists would not have been able to be together for such an historic occasion.

“It’s uncommon for female motoring writers to be in the same room at the same time, so to be at the London Motor & Tech Show on our own stand and on the Live Stage is certainly very special.”

Women’s World Car of the Year was formed nine years ago with just eight jury members. There are now 37 journalists on the judging panel from 28 different countries and more jury members will be added during the year. It is the only car awards in the world voted entirely by women.

GALADARI AUTOMOBILES – MAZDA UAE ANNOUNCES IT’S RAMADAN OFFER

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Galadari Automobiles, the exclusive distributor of Mazda in UAE is excited to announce 2019 Ramadan offer across its model range. As Ramadan is the month of giving, we have made sure we bring the best of the offers during this Holy Month to our customers.

MAZDA6 and CX-5 models have been selected as our Hero Models for 2019 Ramadan Campaign. On all 2019 Models we are offering unbeatable prices and savings up to AED20,000. Free Service up to 3yrs/60,000kms, Free Insurance, complimentary premium Ziebart window tinting and 0% down payment option will give you peace of mind.

Galadari Automobiles is also pleased to announce the Lease to Own scheme which is completely hassle free, do not require any bank approval, no down payment, zero service cost, zero Insurance. At the end of the contract, customers can decide to return the car or own it.

Last but not least, all our customers will get the chance to win Travel Vouchers worth AED5,000/each.

Axel Dreyer, CEO, Galadari Automobiles Co. Ltd LLC said “Ramadan is a very important month for all car dealers across the UAE. In the spirit of giving our objective is to give an easy access to potential customer to own a Premium Japanese Car. Our offers are designed to make the ownership of Mazda vehicles easy and hassle free.”

Our Ramadan offers will be available at all our showrooms in 7 Emirates. Operating hours during Ramadan for all our showrooms will be from 9:00 am – 2:00 and 8:30pm to 11.30pm.

Castrol Launches Engine Oils for SUV’s

Castrol MAGNATEC 5W30 SUV is a tailor-made 6-litre pack for SUV’s

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Central Trading Company LLC, a member of the Al Rostamani Group and authorised distributor of Castrol automotive lubricants in the United Arab Emirates, has launched another variant of the hugely popular Castrol MAGNATEC range of automotive engine oils.

Addressing the audience at a special launch event held in Dubai was a delegation from Castrol, accompanied by executives from Central Trading Company LLC.

“Unlike many cars, a typical SUV does everything – from short trips dropping the children off to school, to long distance journeys carrying heavy luggage, even towing a trailer when needed – all of this across a variety of terrains. These different tasks place different demands on an SUV’s engine,” said Mohammed Aqel, General Manager of Central Trading Company LLC.

“During short trips, there is no chance to warm-up fully while regular urban driving leads to constant stop-start wear. Add towing and heavy loads to this mix and the engine endures much higher loads in extremely high operating temperatures.”

Castrol MAGNATEC SUV, with intelligent molecules, clings to the engine like a magnet providing an extra layer of protection. Castrol MAGNATEC SUV is protection against the rigors of modern driving and delivers dramatically better protection from warm-up and heavy-load wear.

“The all-new Castrol MAGNATEC 5W30 SUV is designed specifically for the extremely popular segment of SUV owners,” added Aqel. This product is available in a unique 6-litre pack and it addresses an essential need for this growing segment, offering instant SUV protection from the moment you start.”

Al-Futtaim Lexus Announces Five-Time Middle East Drift Champion Ahmad Daham as Brand Ambassador for Lexus F Brand

  • LEXUS also unveils UAE’s most powerful RC F with 844hp
  • Vehicle will be in action at global drift events and competitions including Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019

Following the highly successful launch of the Lexus F Club in the UAE, Al-Futtaim Lexus today announced it has signed up five-time Middle East Drift Champion and Guinness World Record holder, Ahmad Daham as the brand ambassador for the Lexus F brand.

As part of its association, the Al-Futtaim company also unveiled the world’s first Lexus RC F Pro Drift spec car which Ahmad will use for the upcoming season. The car is completely custom-built in the UAE and will be in action in July at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK. This will be closely followed by competitions in Norway, the UAE and Oman. Fans can also get a glimpse of the car as it will be on display across Lexus showrooms in the UAE – so stay tuned!

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The Lexus F marque represents the high-performance division of cars produced by Lexus. Started in 2008 with the Lexus IS F, followed by the legendary Lexus LFA The F marque refers to Flagship and Fuji Speedway, Lexus has been active in the Motorsport division in many categories including (Super GT, GT3, Super GT500, Endurance races), while drift scene was officially recognized by the FIA in 2017, Lexus was present in D1 competition in Japan only.

With this partnership, the F marque will get more attention and appeal more specially to the younger generation as drifting the most growing motorsport in terms of fans and is very popular in the Middle East.

Commenting on the partnership, Mohamed Maktari, Managing Director of Al-Futtaim Lexus, said, “Ahmad Daham is a well-known name not just in the Middle East but around the world and we are extremely pleased to have partnered with him. He has done a fantastic job building this incredible vehicle which now produces 844hp making it the UAE’s most powerful RC F and we are eager to see it compete at global events.”

Ahmad started his career as a local racing driver before quickly making his mark in the drifting scene both regionally and globally. He has been a dominant figure in the drifting scene taking part in competitions in 11 countries securing over 75 local and regional podiums. He also recently featured in Will Smith’s Bucket List where the Hollywood superstar travels across the world and ticks off everything he wants to do in life.

“I am honoured to be partnering with a brand like Lexus. I am really thankful for the support the team have provided me as I built the RC F for the upcoming season. This car is so much fun to drive and I cannot wait to push it to its limit. I look forward to another successful season and am confident with this partnership we will be able to achieve all our objectives,” said Ahmad.

“Building a car like this would normally take about 5-6 months but with the support of local garages, the car was fully custom built in the UAE in just 70 days. I would like to thank them for their support in bringing this project to life in record time,” he added.

Ahmad’s RC F Drift Spec:

    • Engine                                                : Lexus 3UR-FE fully built engine
    • Power                                     : 844 HP / 858 Nm @6400 RPM
    • Fuel System                                      : Radium fuel system + Fragola PTFE fuel lines
    • Engine Head                                     : RSG CNC port and polished heads
    • Engine Forced Induction                : Harrop TVS2650 supercharger
    • Manifold                                           : PPE custom made manifold and exhaust System
    • Injectors                                            : 1700cc injector dynamics
    • Transmission                                   : Samsonas 4 speed sequential gearbox
    • Clutch                                                 : Competition clutch MPC twin plate
    • Angle Kit                                            : Figs engineering front and rear kit
    • Suspension System                         : BC racing DR 2-way coil-overs
    • Brake System                                    : 6 pistons Brembo OEM front brake callipers 4 pistons Brembo OEM rear brake callipers
    • Body                                                   : Pandem Rocket bunny wide body kit
    • Wheels and Tires                            : Rays transcend 19×9.5” front Toyo R888R 265/30/19, 19×10.5” rear Toyo R888R 285/35/19
    • Mirrors                                               : APR GT3 racing mirrors
    • Electronics                                        : Link Thunder ECU running dual Wideband and dual EGT
    • Dashboard                                        : AIM Link MXS Dash

MIDDLE EAST CAR OF THE YEAR AWARDS (MECOTY) 2019 announces Winners

As the only female Jury of the Middle East Car of the Year Awards, I get excited as the awards ceremony approaches and the world’s leading car brands take centre stage at the awards gala night at ADNEC, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

This year’s invite-only ceremony was attended by top executives of all major automotive brands from across the region and several dignitaries, including guests all the way from Japan, USA, Korea, UK, and Germany.

The night’s leading winners were Bentley and Renault Middle East winning the prestigious Jury & Public COTY awards respectively, whilst top brands, including; Aston Martin, Audi, Ford, Volkswagen, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mercedes, Honda, Mazda, Toyota, Lincoln, GMC, Lamborghini, Hyundai, KIA and Volkswagen were among the winners announced in an exciting and stunning gala awards night.

Guy Edmunds, After- Sales Director at Volkswagen Middle East commented “We are honoured to have the MECOTY jury acknowledge the new generation Touareg and our brands first ever 7-seater – the Teramont, which is a perfect vehicle for the modern Middle Eastern family. Everyone at Volkswagen Middle East is delighted to receive the MECOTY awards for these are important vehicles for our brand this year and to be recognised by the biggest and most experienced motor minds in the region.”

The nominees underwent a stringent multi-stage voting process, spanning over 10 months, by a select panel of 19 judges, who are handpicked to represent their respective countries, including; UAE, Kuwait, Oman, Egypt, Bahrain, Lebanon, Jordan & Saudi Arabia.

Audi, which holds the records for the most number of wins over the past editions, witnessed another successful night, by winning three MECOTYs and being recognised as the leader in its competing classes.

“Audi Middle East is honoured to be recognized with the most awards for our models here in the region at the MECOTY awards. Vorsprung Durch Technik is our brand promise and this ‘progress through technology’ is in the DNA of all of our cars: in their design, engineering, performance, quality and safety. We look forward to delivering more innovative and stylish models to the region this year for the judges and our customers to enjoy.” – Carsten Bender, Managing Director Audi Middle East.

Winning a MECOTY award is a testament for manufacturers that proves that their models are in line with the regional consumer needs and re-affirms their commitment of providing world-class vehicles and services to the Middle East region, one of the largest car markets globally.

“We are delighted and honoured to be recognised by the jury of MECOTY with three awards for Jaguar Land Rover’s extraordinary vehicle line up, especially when we are constantly up against such strong competition in the MENA region. The Jaguar E-PACE, Jaguar XF Sportbrake, and the Range Rover Sport SVR have all won awards that prove that our models are in line with the regional customers’ needs for cars that integrate safety, technology, performance, and style. The MECOTY awards are one of the region’s most coveted celebration of automotive excellence, and we’re proud of Jaguar Land Rover MENA’s wins across both brands. We aim to hopefully continue our story of success at the MECOTY awards next year.”

– Dr. Benjamin Trespe, Brand Director, Jaguar Land Rover MENA

“It is an honour for Aston Martin to be recognised in the Luxury Coupe Convertible category at the prestigious MECOTY awards; this win underlines our dedication to delivering a new dimension of driving pleasure. The DB11 Volante sets new standards of performance, innovation, engineering and style, and is the most advanced and complete open-top Aston Martin has ever built. 2019 is set to be an exciting year in terms of model launches, and with the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey team now in place, we look forward to continuing to pave the way for automotive excellence in the region in the years to come.” – Dan Balmer, President – Aston Martin Lagonda Middle East, North Africa & Turkey (MENAT)

Renault’s SUV, Duster, which won the coveted ‘Public COTY’ award, claimed over 20% of the 80,000+ votes received from around the world, further cementing its market position of a brand that resonates with the regional consumer’s expectations.

Commenting on this occasion, Marwan Haidamous, Managing Director, Renault Middle East said ‘’With the introduction of the all-new Duster, we have come up with a fully renewed exterior design that embraces the Renault brand identity, as well as a fully renewed interior design and plenty of new technological, easy-life features. What has not changed though, is the promise made to our customers to keep offering the best value for money on the market, and it is a great achievement to have been recognized by the Public MECOTY award, and a new milestone to the Duster success story.’’

“MECOTY’s sixth consecutive edition is truly a milestone achievement. We congratulate all the winning manufacturers, and thank the supporting authorities, media, voters and of course, our jury members for their support.’’- Saaed Al Marzouqi, CEO, Custom Events, LLC.

Mopar, Jeep and Western Motors present at the 2019 Abu Dhabi International Motorshow

Mopar®, Jeep®and Western Motors, a member of ALFAHIM Group and the authorised distributor of Jeep in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, have a major presence at the 4th Abu Dhabi International Motor Show (ADIMS) and are showcasing two exclusive Mopar editions of the Jeep Wrangler created especially for the event, which runs until March 30th at ADNEC (Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre).

“The Abu Dhabi International Motor Show is an ideal platform for us to showcase some of Jeeps most capable ever 4×4’s, especially as we are also offering visitors a special deal for any purchase confirmed at the show,” said Malcolm Cooper, General Manager of Western Motors. “Our Mopar special models on display and available to order at the show, are the Moab Edition Wrangler Sport 4-door in Firecracker Red and Platinum Edition Wrangler Sahara 4-door in Granite Crystal Metallic – both have been extensively accessorised and styled by Mopar.”

The Moab Edition Wrangler features a 2-inch / 50.8 mm suspension lift kit, front and rear Rubicon®steel bumpers, snorkel, receiver, Rubicon Winch with guard hoop, centre mounting adapter plate and light mounting brackets, 7-inch / 177.8 mm and 5-inch / 127 mm off-road lights, skid plate package, special chrome switch bank trim, heavy duty black plastic door sill guards, front and rear grab handles plus a tailgate table.

The Moab’s distinctive 17” x 8.5″ black beadlock wheels are fitted with Kumho Road Venture AT51 all-terrain tyres and there’s a tailgate mounted spare tyre carrier with reinforced hinge and relocated centre high mount stop lamp that can handle tyres of up to 37″.

Completing the Moab’s unique styling are Moab Mountain body side graphics, a special new 1941 hood graphic, black powder coated filler cap and Jeep Performance Part emblem.

Mopar’s other special Wrangler, the Platinum Edition Sahara 4-Door, also features a range of Mopar accessories and has been purpose-built specifically to create a unique urban lifestyle vehicle, including tyres that have an aggressive look but deliver a very smooth on-road ride. In keeping with its name, the Platinum Edition features high quality chrome accessories and accents that perfectly complement its Granite Crystal Metallic paintwork and really make it stand out, including stylish side steps, door sill guards with a special polished Wrangler logo, mirror caps, fuel door and valve stem caps.

The Platinum Edition rides on all-new 17″ Mopar off-road Gear Wheel rims with a 12 mm offset – they are fitted with Kumho Road Venture AT51 all-terrain tyres and have up to 35″ tyre capability.

There are additional stylish and functional Mopar touches throughout the vehicle, including moulded front and rear splash guards, a 2-inch / 50.8 mm hitch receiver, Trailrail vertical cargo divider, black mesh bikini top, lightweight Molle modular load carrying equipment, a hitch mount bike carrier, relocated centre high mount stop lamp for the tyre carrier and premium carpet floor mats.

Other vehicles on display include the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee V6 Limited and Compass Trailhawk. As well as exciting vehicles, Western Motors exclusive Abu Dhabi International Motor Show offer comprises a comprehensive 2-year / 40,000 km service package plus 5-year / 100,000 km manufacturer warranty as standard.

Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster named ‘Best Supercar’ at the 2019 MECOTY Awards

The Aventador S Roadster has been named ‘Best Supercar’ at the Middle East Car of The Year Awards (MECOTY), marking the brand’s second consecutive win in the same category after the Huracán Performante won the MECOTY prize in 2018. Announced during a gala event held earlier this week at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, the prestigious award recognises the Aventador S Roadster for its class-leading performance figures.

The Aventador S Roadster, presented for the first time at the IAA 2017, represents a new benchmark in the world of V12 luxury super sport cars. The only mid-rear engine V12 super sports roadster, the Aventador S Roadster combines the technologies and driving dynamics of the Aventador S with an emotive, open-air driving experience. Accelerating from 0 to 100km/h in just 3.0 seconds and with a top speed 350 km/h, the Aventador S Roadster boasts a 6.5 litre naturally-aspirated V12 engine that produces an output of 740 hp and 690 Nm of torque at 5,500 rpm.

Damien Percheron, Head of Middle East & Africa at Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A., said: “The Aventador S Roadster sets new benchmarks in technology and performance on both road and track. To be named as a category winner at the MECOTY Awards is testament to the pre-eminence of the Aventador S Roadster in the supercar segment, not only in the Middle East but also across the globe.”

The Aventador S Roadster maintains an unmistakable design along with unique features reflecting its roadster persona: a combination of distinctive Lamborghini design DNA and the product of extensive aerodynamic testing. The roadster’s unique status is enhanced by multiple colour and trim options, including new materials and extensive use of carbon fibre as well as virtually limitless potential through Lamborghini’s Ad Personam personalisation program.

Saeed Marzouqui, Chairman, Organizing Committee, MECOTY, said “At MECOTY, we strive to provide objective evaluation of the cars we put to test and try to help consumers make the right choice when it comes to investing in a new car. Despite the tight competition, Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster was able to win the hearts of the jurors and confirm the brand’s domination the ‘Supercar’ category for the last two years at MECOTY.”

Judged by a jury of leading motoring experts from across the Middle East, the MECOTY awards are the most comprehensive independent awards for carmakers in the region. The Aventador S Roadster was named the ‘2019 Supercar of the year’, ahead of finalists Ferrari 488 Pista and Porsche 911 GT2 RS.

Triple win for Jaguar Land Rover at 2019 MECOTY AWARDS

Jaguar Land Rover secured three top motoring accolades at the sixth edition of the Middle East Car of the Year Awards (MECOTY), held in Abu Dhabi this week.

Attended by top media representatives and major automotive names from across the region, Jaguar was celebrated with the title of best “Sub-Compact Premium SUV” for the E-PACE, followed by success for the Jaguar XF Sportbrake, which won the award for best “Midsize Executive Estate”. Meanwhile, Land Rover’s Range Rover Sport SVR scooped the award for the best “Midsize Performance SUV”, recognising the car’s superior status as the most capable performance SUV in the Middle East.

The MECOTY jury comprises 19 motoring journalists from across Middle East and Levant, and the awards recognise the region’s most exceptional vehicles.

“We’re thrilled to see Jaguar Land Rover’s extraordinary vehicle line up shine for another year, especially up against such strong competition,” commented Bruce Robertson, Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover Middle East and North Africa. “The MECOTY awards are one of the the region’s most coveted celebration of automotive excellence, and we’re proud of Jaguar Land Rover MENA’s wins across both brands. Recognition from our peers is just reward for our continued drive to deliver unmatched, best-in-class driving experiences for our discerning customers,” added Robertson.

Jaguar XF Sportbrake – Midsize Executive Estate of the Year

The XF Sportbrake is part of the Jaguar’s award-winning XF saloon family. The XF was launched in 2007 and has now claimed almost 200 global awards. The saloon’s Sportbrake sibling delivers equally impressive performance, design and technology, with greater practicality and space.

With sports car-derived handling, a practical 565-litre load space and advanced convenience and safety features, the XF Sportbrake has the best of Jaguar design and technology.

Jaguar E-PACE – Sub-Compact Premium SUV of the Year

The Jaguar E-PACE is a five-seat, compact SUV that packs the design and performance of a Jaguar sports car into a spacious, practical and connected all-wheel-drive vehicle.

Trademark Jaguar driving dynamics and design put the brand’s sports car DNA in a practical design packed with advanced technologies to keep you connected.

The exterior design is inspired by the Jaguar F-TYPE sports car and characterised by the distinctive Jaguar grille, muscular proportions, short overhangs and powerful haunches that give the E-PACE a bold and purposeful stance, instantly communicating dynamic agility. Jaguar sports car DNA is also evident in the fast sweep of the roofline and the distinctive side window graphic.

Range Rover Sport SVR – Midsize Performance SUV

In the case of the new Range Rover Sport SVR, that performance comes courtesy of the marque’s well-proven 5.0-litre V8 petrol engine which has been uprated to produce 575PS and 700Nm of torque. The net result of this power uplift when combined with 26kg of weight saving measures is a 0 – 100km/h acceleration time of 4.5 seconds and a maximum speed of 283km/h.

Dealing with this type of power requires a very specialised chassis set up, hence modifications that provide a more dynamic steering and handling experience for the driver. With less pitching during acceleration and braking, improved turn in and greater mid corner grip, the enhancements ultimately deliver greater body control in the most demanding driving scenarios. The driving experience is also improved sonically through enhanced powertrain exhaust sound quality.

CUSTOM SHOW EMIRATES RACES AHEAD IN ITS FIFTH LAP

To be held alongside the 4th edition of the International Motor Show Abu Dhabi in parallel with the inaugural Abu Dhabi Engine Week 2019.

Preparations are in full swing for the highly anticipated fifth edition of Custom Show Emirates (CSE) and fourth edition of International Motorshow Abu Dhabi (IMSAD) 2019, which will be held from 28-30 March 2019 at ADNEC, Abu Dhabi.

The shows will be part of the inaugural ‘Abu Dhabi Engine Week’ and will feature 110 local and 70 international exhibitors from 17 countries that will occupy 47,000 sqm. of indoor & outdoor space, with 30,000 expected visitors to experience over 20 onsite ‘action-packed’ activities, such as; 4×4 and Saloon Drifting, Stunt Driving, Custom Cars & Bikes Competition, Engines Battle, Bikers Build-Off, Dyno Zone, Wheelie Machine, King of Mechanics, Kids Garage and much more to keep the adrenaline pumping for the visitors.

‘’It is our honor to be part of the first Abu Dhabi Engine Week, which will be an international annual event featuring Custom Show Emirates, International Motorshow Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge and FIA World Rally Cross Championship over a period of 10 adrenaline filled days to give tourists and residents an exhilarating motoring themed experience.’’ – Saeed Al Marzouqui, CEO, Custom Events, UAE.

Custom Show Emirates will feature exhibitors from USA, Italy, Switzerland, Russia, China, New Zealand, India, Japan and several GCC countries, that will showcase the latest in auto customization products and services.

‘’Funco Motorsports is excited to come back such a dynamic event. The growth since we displayed is 2017 is amazing. Custom Show Emirates is a first class show that allows us to reach a broad range of motorsports enthusiast throughout the Gulf Region.’’ – Grant George, Owner, Funco Motorsports, USA.

The show will also feature a dedicated area for custom sand vehicles, which is a hot favorite among the local community.

‘’Back for the 5th year in a row, Specialized Sports Equipment, part of the Abdulla Al Masaood & Sons Group, will this year showcase the highly anticipated Indian Motorcycle FTR 1200 S for the first time in the Middle-East. The latest Polaris Off-Road Vehicles and Slingshot models will also be displayed. Having never missed an occurrence, our aim is to participate at all Custom Show Emirates future editions.’’ – Karim Kassoul, General Manager, Specialized Sports Equipment, UAE.

There will have considerable presence of custom bike builders from Italy, Switzerland and Germany with more than 100 unique bikes on display.

‘’Motor Bike Expo is proud to be continuing its partnership with Custom Show Emirates for a third year running and we are excited to be bringing even more companies with us this year from around the world. Our relationship helps to bring together the best of the motorcycling world and forging new relationships which will see even more companies getting involved in the European market.’’

– J. Harley Staniforth, Foreign Relations, MBE, Italy.

With manufacturers planning regional launches, IMSAD will serve as a first quarter ‘sales booster’ and provide a unique opportunity for visitors to purchase new vehicles through exclusive ‘imsad-only’ offers and take advantage of special discounts, customized payment plans, special bank and insurance rates, all on the show floor. Some of the featured exhibitors include Chevrolet, GMC, MG, Subaru, Jeep, Zotye, Mitsubishi, Yas Marina Circuit and Abu Dhabi Police.

‘’Bin Hamoodah Automotive is proud to be associated with IMSAD. We will be launching the youth-oriented sport SUV ‘The Blazer’ and the legendary ‘2019 Silverado’ for the first time in Abu Dhabi. Also, we will be unveiling the new 2019 Camaro and 2019 Malibu. We look forward to having a great show and we invite all the people of Abu Dhabi to IMSAD and our stand for some never before offers on Chevrolet range.’’ – Vishal Nair, Marketing Support Manager, Bin Hamoodah Automotive, UAE.

With its impressive line-up of international exhibitors and ‘action packed’ schedule of onsite activities, the event promises to give cars and bikes enthusiasts; an experience like never before.

Engines Battle sponsors include: Platinum sponsors; HP Tuners. Gold sponsors; Bin Hamoodah Automotive, Chevrolet, Comp Cams, Corsa Performance, Edelbrock, Magnuson, Manley & Top Speed. Silver Sponsors; AFE Power, ACL, ARP, Arwani, Fast, Kooks, Lucas, Precision Turbo & Engine, Mcleod Racing & Volant Performance.

Custom Show Emirates & International Motorshow Abu Dhabi will run from 10 AM – 10 PM, 28-30 March 2019 at ADNEC, Abu Dhabi, UAE. Tickets are priced at 55 AED and can be purchased through the event website link or directly at the venue.

BENTLEY COLLECTION CELEBRATES CENTENARY MILESTONE

On July 10 2019 Bentley marks its 100th year. To celebrate this remarkable milestone we have created the new Centenary Collectionwhich is available to order now.

The pieces in this limited edition collection feature the Bentley ‘100 Extraordinary Years’ alongside Centenary gold detailing similar to those that appear on every car built during this very special year.

The spirit and style of an incredible century is embedded into every piece. For the home, the exquisite gold-plated tealight holderand set of two napkins ringsfeaturing the distinctive Bentley knurling pattern will enrich any dinner table; the centenary espresso setof two cups with saucers, featuring a hand-painted gold coloured rim, will make a special event of any cup of coffee.

Centenary clothing accessories for menand womeninclude stylish polo shirts with the ‘Crewe’ landmark logo on the front, the Centenary logo on sleeve and Centenary gold detailing, creating stylish additions to a leisure wardrobe; cufflinks inspired by the Bentley driver control system switch featuring iconic facet-knurling, Centenary gold-coloured plating on the face and laser-etched Bentley emblem on the rear will add a sophisticated element to business attire. Other accessories include practical notebooksand lanyardsavailable to make an occasion of the everyday.

These collectible pieces are available along with other new products including heritage luggage and a selection of exquisite home accessories. Many of Bentley’s most popular pieces are also still available, including luxurious handbags, sumptuous leather jackets, contemporary clothing and stylish business accessories including the Graf von Faber-Castellfor Bentley pens. Every item captures Bentley’s inherent qualities of craftsmanship, tradition, exclusivity and style.

With many items lovingly crafted by highly skilled artisans, the Bentley Collection takes our exciting heritage and vision for the future, and seamlessly weaves it into extraordinary statement pieces. Bentley’s style reaches far beyond the worlds of fashion and car design.

Our range of clothing and accessories is crafted around the lifestyle that has long been associated with the Bentley world and subtly draws inspiration from inimitable Bentley design accents. Signature pieces in the collection such as the iconic leather jacketfeature the same intricate detailing that goes into each Bentley car. Our pure cashmere woven scarfartfully showcases the distinctive Bentley diamond quilting pattern and the contemporary briefcasetakes inspiration from the memorable wing shape of a Bentley dashboard.

In addition, our Heritage Collectionis a set of exquisitely crafted pieces paying tribute to Bentley’s rich racing history, one that stretches back to the Bentley Boys and their string of 1920s victories at Le Mans. Influenced by classic colours and materials, while also adding a distinctly modern feel, the range exudes effortless, relaxed style with a dash of flair. With elegant clothing, stylish luggageand adorable toys, the collection truly has something for everyone.

So whether you’re engaging in the world around you or relaxing in the comfort of your home, you can do so in style with items from the Bentley Collection, and now our new Centenary Collection limited edition collectibles.  Useful and stylish, the Bentley Collection’s unique range of clothing, accessories and home products have been designed to fit perfectly into your lifestyle.