Lifting the vented carbon fibre R-Tune bonnet reveals a pristine engine bay. The 2.6-litre R-Tune engine, designated the R1, not only gained a new turbocharger and racing camshaft at Nismo, but also received the hot-rod treatment, including full balancing and polished ports. Further enhancements from the factory include an upgraded intercooler, radiator, and oil cooler. The car has recently been dyno'd and runs just as it should from the Omori Factory.
As a 1996 Model Year car this SL is equipped with a five-speed electronic automatic transmission, as opposed to the four-speed hydraulic setup on previous variants. On first turn of the key the car idles up to temperature nicely, and pulls strongly through each of the gears on test. The 5-litre V8 was last serviced 6,700 miles ago, but will receive a fresh oil change upon sale for the new keeper's peace of mind.
Beneath the Lexan engine lid lies the mighty 4.3-litre Ferrari V8 unit producing 503 bhp. At the push of the button the engine fires into life with a familiar Ferrari bark. The superb 'F1-SuperFast 2' paddle-shift transmission bursts through the rev range with precision taking just 60 milliseconds per change. This example benefits from a recent Ferrari Approved Vehicle Check and Factory specification geometry check.
Unsurprisingly the SL 500 is equipped with the Mercedes-Benz 5-litre V8, producing a healthy 323hp. Under the bonnet of this example the engine bay is particularly clean and tidy, with absolutely no signs of any corrosion to be found. Looking closer there is protective wax still present on many of the components, as applied at the factory. The car was most recently serviced at 30k miles.
The engine used in the CSL has an increased output over the regular S54 by 17hp and 4 lb-ft of torque, compared to the European M3. This is due to the use of sharper profile camshafts, a bigger air intake with a carbon fibre manifold, and refinement of the exhaust manifold. Under the bonnet of this example you'll find a pristine engine bay laced with carbon fibre. The car is complete with a full service history, with the most recent service having been carried out little over 1k miles ago.
The E60 is equipped with AMG's hand built 6-litre M119 V8. The engine started off life as a 5-litre; the bottom end was bored to 100mm, fitted with custom lightweight pistons, and a modified crankshaft that took the stroke to 94.8mm. The heads and inlet manifold were ported and polished, then fitted with AMG camshafts. A modified airbox and an ECU remap took the power to 375hp and torque to 580 NM.
The 3.2-litre powerplant fires up at first turn of the key, and idles up to temperature perfectly. On the road this example feels mechanically sound, tight and responsive, with good power delivery. The five-speed G50 gearbox remains feeling smooth and precise to operate, changing through the gears with ease. Since 2006 this example has been maintained solely by Chris Turner Porsche specialists.
The engine bay on this E39 is truly mind blowing as everything looks new, not overly cleaned and dressed but factory fresh! In the strive for perfection the top of the engine was rebuilt back in 2013 and any item showing wear replaced. Sytner BMW in Birmingham carried all of the work out, and there is a signed build plaque under the bonnet from the tech Paul Carpenter. The cost of this work was in excess of £10k.
As the world's fastest four-seater, the new Continental Supersports takes the phenomenal performance, handling and speed of the first generation to new levels. The pure essence of Bentley, it is the most powerful model ever produced. Its supercar performance is the result of an astonishing 700hp harnessed with engineering innovations that include torque-vectoring developed by Bentley Motorsport.
Dressed in carbon fibre, the superb 2.7-litre V6 powerplant is very clean having been well maintained from new. There are eight stamps in the book with the most recent service having been carried out less than 5k miles ago. As with the rest of the car, all components and plastics are in fine order.
The Veyron was the first supercar to be developed and constructed with a series configuration that can master any driving scenario at any time. While other supercars need to be specially prepared for the relevant scenario beforehand, the Veyron rapidly configures itself accordingly without the driver needing to do anything. Maximum acceleration on long straights, winding country roads, or urban traffic the Veyron is always perfectly configured and extremely comfortable to drive.
Weighing in at over two tonnes the SL600 is able to achieve a 0-60 time of 6.1 seconds thanks to its enormous 6-litre V12, which punches out a mighty 389hp. The engine bay of this example is extremely clean and tidy, with absolutely no hints of any corrosion or damage to be found. The car has been particularly well maintained over the years with an extensive service record as proof of this.
With a mere 39k miles to its name the 5.3-litre V12 idles up to temperature nicely and performs very well on test. The densely packed engine bay remains clean and tidy, and is certainly consistent with the car's low mileage. A well-documented maintenance history further verifies the limited usage.
The mighty two-litre DOHC turbocharged engine produces 276hp from the factory and rockets the Lancer from 0-60 in well under five seconds. This examples benefits from an HKS Silent Power Exhaust and HKS Super SQV blow-off valve (fitted by SVA Imports, Kent). The engine bay presents in excellent condition, and is one of the cleanest of the Evo VI's we have seen here at 4 Star.
As an ex-PalmerSport M3 the car is running at 445hp and has been de-restricted to reach speeds of up to 185mph. The engine bay remains in an orderly state, with the 4.0 V8 sounding magnificent through the custom BTB exhaust. The double-clutch transmission performs faultlessly, shifting rapidly through each of the seven gears as required.
The 4196cc V8 produces 300hp at 6,000rpm, shifting this luxury cruiser from 0-60mph in little over six seconds. The under-bonnet area remains extremely clean and free from any marking to the plastic engine covers. The visible components remain in pristine condition and present just as they did when new. Power is transferred to rear wheels via a smooth 6-speed automatic gearbox.
Under the bonnet is an orderly engine bay remaining in fine fettle. Powered by the peppy 2-litre BMW engine and mated to a 4-speed automatic gearbox, this E30 makes for a great little cruiser. The gearbox operates smoothly and pulls through the gears with ease. A fresh oil service has just been carried out along with a cambelt, water pump, and coolant change.
Beneath the huge bonnet is an orderly engine bay in fine fettle. The power is supplied by a monstrous 5.5-litre twin-turbo V12 engine which produces a silky smooth 543bhp with 664 ft-lb of torque, launching the 2.7-tonne vehicle from 0-60mph in just 5.2 seconds. The 5-speed automatic gearbox performs well, changing through the gears effortlessly.
The vast engine bay appears in excellent condition under our studio lighting. The 3.2-litre V6 idles up to temperature nicely and punches out a respectable 228hp at 5600rpm. On closer inspection the under-bonnet components appear in great shape throughout, with nothing untoward to speak of for a car of this age. Despite its low mileage the SL boasts a good maintenance record, and so unsurprisingly remains in fine mechanical fettle. It will be sold freshly serviced.
Praised for its superior handling the Club Sport was named ‘Performance Car of the Year' in 1993 soon after its launch. Under the bonnet lies the 2990cc inline-4 engine mated to a 6-speed gearbox. The engine bay of this particular car remains extremely clean and tidy with no corrosion to any of the panels or components. Complete with a superb maintenance record the car appears in excellent mechanical fettle, performing extremely well on test.
The Cortina is equipped with the original 1558cc DOHC inline-4 power plant. This Lotus/Ford engine is equipped with twin Weber carburettors, electrical fuel pump, and a wet sump. The four-speed synchromesh gearbox feels tight and precise to operate throughout the gears and rev range.
With just 34k miles to its name the 5.3-litre V12 remains in great mechanical fettle, and has just been freshly serviced. The engine bay is well preserved and is certainly consistent with a car having covered so few miles.
Opening the rear lid you'll find the engine bay in very good, clean order. The two-cylinder 499.5cc unit, which produces 22hp, runs well and idles nicely up to temperature. Brilliant in its simplicity the 500 certainly provides a gratifying driving experience.
Having covered a mere 18k miles from new the stock 3430cc straight-six remains in excellent mechanical order. Remaining dry stored for most of its life the engine bay has none of the usual corrosion issues associated with E24's on the inner wings and chassis rails. Since arriving at 4 Star the Observer has been treated to a full service including all fluids, filters, and plugs.