Cars And Coffee With The Audi R8 Spyder

Cars And Coffee – Introduction

After I drove the Audi R8 V10 Plus this spring, it was time to have some fun with Audi’s new model: the Audi R8 Spyder.

Of course the excitement was high, even though this version is a bit less powerful and since it’s a convertible – heavier. No doubt, summer is the perfect season to drive a Spyder. The V10 engine is definitely something special and now that we’re facing a massive downsizing trend, it makes you feel a bit nostalgic. 

The perfect event to do with the Audi R8? Cars and Coffee seemed to be a cool thing to do. 

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Cars And Coffee – What is it about?

That’s pretty easy to explains: it’s supercar enthusiasts meeting for a coffee and exchange their experience. The events happen all over Europe, just check their page and figure out if there is anything coming up in your city. 

In case you wanna see more pictures you can find them on the following Facebook pages: Ride Along Events or Cars & Coffee

The Audi R8 Spyder

The Driving

Driving a convertible V10 is incomparable to anything else. It’s worth every penny for the extra access you get to its deafening sound of pops, crackles and naturally aspirated wail. It’s so much fun and at the same moment you feel a bit melancholic, because the chance you might get this in a future model is decreasing rapidly.

The Audi R8 Spyder is pretty heavy with a weight of 1720kg. But you know what? It simply never feels that fat. The pace of its 540bhp V10 helps and the agility delivered by Audi’s quattro four-wheel-drive.

The R8’s roof takes 20 seconds, and can be operated at up to 40km/h which is pretty helpful in case it starts to rain.

The Audi R8 Spyder is the ideal car to drive amongst a coast road or a mountain pass and just listen to the echo of this magnificent V10. The seven-speed paddleshifter is superb and makes long distance cruising easier than you might imagine.

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The Engine

Feels and sounds fabulous, and it’s quick. The numbers?

  • Equipped with a naturally aspirated V10
  • Delivers 540bhp & 540nm of torque
  • 3,6 seconds from 0-100km/h and 11,8 from 0-200km/h

Its Interior

You will be facing a pretty typical Audi interior here. The cockpit that debuted on the TT is superb, and suits the more selfish nature of driving a supercar. There are a few fancy options which might be one of the reasons the car is heavier than its competitors.

A cool feature: The little ‘noise window’ – a piece of glass that opens up the V10 orchestra without you having to open the roof, sophisticated!

Audi R8 Spyder – Any disadvantages?

We talked about this earlier, there is a bit too much weight. A price of 260k seems to be bit high, let’s see what the brand plans in future. 

What about the Audi R8 Spyder V10 Plus?

I’m talking to Audi about this. It looks like the Germans already announced it with the same 610bhp V10 that sits underneath the Lamborghini Huracan and the R8 V10 Plus. Let’s see if there is a chance to drive it soon!

Cars And Coffee – My Experience

I have never seen such a big audience on a supercar event, it’s just mind-blowing. The attention we had with this unique Audi R8 Spyder was simply incredible. I will not be able to make cars and coffee in Zürich, but I hope for the next upcoming events.

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Best Bars & Lounges In Zurich – Our Top 6

Best Bars & Lounges In Zurich – Introduction

A few words ahead: ‘A Gentleman’s World’ is a magazine dedicated to topics such as enjoyment, delicious food, savoir-vivre or relaxed evenings with a cigar. We like to take it easy and talk about everything and anything. The following recommendations are therefore places for bonvivants, business people and everyone else who simply loves to enjoy life.

Lounges & Bars In Zurich – The Selection

Following the best restaurants in Zurich, we decided to show you the best bars in Zurich. Once again, it wasn’t easy to make a selection of the best bars in Zurich. There are many great places to have a drink in Zurich and there is something for everyone. A small note ahead: we are lovers of good cigars and whiskey which of course has an influence on our selection.

No. 1 ¦ Manuel’s

Manuel’s

Our favorite lounge in Zurich. Manuel’s is Cuban, there is a large selection of coffee, a huge Humidor and many rum varieties. You can have a cosy business meeting, a casual chess game or just sit and enjoy.

The staff is qualified, casual and relaxed. I’m a regular customer and I’m looking forward to many more great evenings. It is by the way also the best cigar lounge in Zurich.

On the website or via Facebook account, you will find great events organized by Manuel’s.

✓ Huge selection of coffee, cigars and rum
✓ Superb location, in the middle of the town.
✓ Marvellous smokers lounge
✓ Fair prices
✓ Qualified staff
✓ No disturbing cigarette
✓ Cool events in the evenings

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No. 2 ¦ Widder Bar

Widder Bar

Here you will find casual jazz and, above all, an endless assortment of whiskey – it is probably one of the largest in Europe. The ideal bar for an after-work drink in pleasant company.

✓ Infinite selection of whiskies
✓ Live-Jazz in the evenings
✓ In the middle of Zurich
✓ Qualified staff
✓ Widder is a beautiful hotel and there are many good restaurants
 
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No. 3 ¦ Mövenpick wine bar

Mövenpick wine bar

The Mövenpick wine bar is located close to the Paradeplatz. The central location, is an attracting place for a mixed crowd of businessmen, lovers of wines and all people who appreciate enjoyable moments in stylish ambiance.

✓ Excellent location parallel to Bahnhofstrasse
✓ About 500 different wines
✓ Local wines, for example ‘Staatskellerei Zürich’
✓ Delicious beef tartar
✓ The bottle can be enjoyed directly at the bar with a surcharge of CHF 20.-

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No. 4 ¦ Tao’s Bar & Smokers Lounge

Tao’s Bar

The TAO’S Bar and Smokers’ Lounge is a great place for those who are not tired after a delicious meal at Tao’s. Interior design is an important aspect, as well as all sorts of cocktails at the bar.

✓ Right at the Bahnhofstrasse Zurich
✓ The restaurant is delicious
✓ DJ in the evening, good place to dance
✓ Fancy interior design
✓ Lovely summer terrace
– Small humidor

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No. 5 ¦ ONYX Bar, Park Hyatt

ONYX Bar

The ONYX stone glimmers in the evening, the ideal place to have a cosy night at the Park Hyatt Zurich. Guests can enjoy cocktails, vintage wines, malt whiskeys, various vodkas and much more in a trendy atmosphere.

✓ Just between Bahnhofstrasse and the lake
✓ Cool ambiance
✓ Comfy seats
 
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No. 6 ¦ George Bar & Grill

George Bar & Grill 

Interior design in the style of the 20s is literally celebrated here. Often there is music and delicious drinks at the bar in the evening. 

✓ Large choice of drinks and cocktails
✓ Nice outdoor rooftop
✓ Very short distance from city centre
✓ Fantastic ambiance
✓ Yummy restaurant

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Best Bars In Zurich

We will of course keep working on this article and last but not least, we’re hoping to see one or another in one of these best bars in Zurich. Cheers!

6 Hints How To Do A Navy Suit

About The Autor

Text written by Paul Nagaoka, actor on HBO Asia and a men’s style content creator on social media.

I’m all about timeless style. Looks without an expired date. For a look to make it’s way into my wardrobe it has to pass the following test… it worked ten years ago, it works now, and it will work ten years from now.

How To Do A Navy Suit

A fitted navy suit, white button up, gray tie and finishing white pocket square fits that bill to a T. This look will never lose it’s luster and will make you look awesome every time you put it on.

The keys to doing the navy suit (and suiting in general) right are the details. Here is what you should focus on.

  • Thin lapels and a skinny tie: You never want anything wide around your face because it makes everything else appear wider, which is something you don’t want. Let me bust the myth of the association of wide makes you appear more powerful. It doesn’t, it just makes you look more fat.
  • Perfect fit: The areas to look for are the shoulders, where the top button of your blazer buttons, and the amount of extra space you have around your bicep. All these should be snug but not tight. You want to be able to comfortably put your arms in your jacket yet not leave excessive fabric.
  • The length of your blazer’s sleeves: This may feel counter intuitive but your sleeve length should be a bit short. You always want your white button up to show approx. ¾ of an inch below your blazer.
  • Pocket Square: There are so many ways to wear a pocket square but I recommend simple. The straight line fold is understated yet screams class. The other more boisterous folds feel like you’re trying too hard.
  • Pants: You want them to fit you like a fitted pair of jeans. It’s the space in between slim fit and relaxed fit you are looking to find.
  • Shoes: The key with shoes is they are there simply to complement your outfit and not to make a statement. This is why I believe you should avoid wingtips or any other major details. Also avoid a boxy shape.

I call this look, “the confidence booster.” It’s the look that I go to when I’m impressing a client or a date. When you do this look right you will feel like a million dollars, yet, you don’t have to part with a million dollars to get it.

“Good artists borrow, great artists steal.” – Pablo Picasso

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​Fitted Navy Suit Blazer: ​with Thin Lapels (Banana​ Republic $450) Click Here

​Fitted Navy Suit Pants: no pleats (Banana​ Republic $198) Click Here

Fitted White Dress Shirt: plain with a thin collar (Banana Republic $98) Click Here

Skinny Gray Tie: textured (J Crew $119) Click Here

Tie Bar: silver (TheTieBar.com $15) Click Here

Basic Black Leather Shoe:​ no detailing or wingtip (Banana Republic $149) Click Here

Men’s Styles For Late Summer

Men’s Style – Introduction

Late summer is arriving, a nice chance to show some men’s styles. The heat is not that intense anymore, the evenings start to get a bit colder. The ideal season to dress up and wear some nice clothes.

Certainly, there are a lot of options. Today we’re presenting three men’s stlyes which all suit into the ‘smart casual’ world. 

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Dapper men’s styles – How-To

Honestly, those are all reasonable ready-to made men’s styles. Easy to buy, not a big budget required. I usually go to my tailor to adjust a few details. So at the end of the day, you see pretty basic stuff here but, dapperly combined.

A few points you have to look after

  • Slim fit is your cut, it harmonises the shapes and forms.
  • The seams of your desired jacket have to suit your shoulders
  • 1-2 cm of your shirt are visible at the end of the sleeve
  • Get rid of your socks when it comes to wear loafers
  • Make sure you go for a common theme (will explain that after)

Dapper men’s styles – The Looks

Look No. 1

It’s pretty much all blue here, a very elegant alternate to black and it beautifully fits to brown.

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Blazer
Massimo Dutti ca. 200 CHF

Pants
Massimo Dutti ca. 60 CHF

Shoes 
Massimo Dutti ca. 180 CHF

Shirt
Outfittery ca. 80 CHF

Look No. 2

Beige is a very chic colour during autumn season. The nice fact about it, you can combine it to so many other colours. 

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Blazer
Massimo Dutti ca. 200 CHF

Pants
Massimo Dutti ca. 60 CHF

Shoes 
Navyboot ca. 180 CHF

Shirt
Suitsupply ca. 100 CHF

Look No. 3

Red and white go very well together, this is sort of a pastel red – a nice choice in this season. 

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Blazer
Aus Florenz ca. 180 CHF

Pants
Polo Ralph Lauren ca. 180 CHF

Shoes 
Aquila ca. 480 CHF

Shirt
Suitsupply ca. 100 CHF

 

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio – Would I Finally Buy It?

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio – Introduction

Following my article with the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio (manual gearbox), it was time to drive the automatic version. As previously explained, the AT model is mighty 7 seconds faster on the Nürburgring. So I kind’a knew it will be exciting to drive. But, will it convince me, so I’d buy one?

‘Giulia Quadrifoglio’ – what does it actually mean?

Giulia simply explains the model name of this tremendously good-looking Alfa Romeo. The term ‘Quadrifoglio’ might sound like a quattro formaggi pizza, but believe me, there is no relation.

Quadrifoglio – Explained

The four-leaf clover is a lucky symbol, used since 1923 by the racing technicians. First used, the car won the race. Ever since, the sign is also used for production cars.

So, in case own a BMW M3 and that makes you think you’re the king – we have this Alfa, which will prove you’re wrong. For a few reasons we will explain now.

Alfa Romeo Giulia – The Performance

Man, I was surprised with the manual gearbox but the AT version is not much less than: badass. So taking a mountain pass or go to the track is what you should do with it.

Since we don’t have racetracks in Switzerland, I went to do the Sustenpass chasing a few bikes (yep, the other cars simply couldn’t compete.)

The day before, I came from Barcelona driving the McLaren 570S Spider. Of course, it’s impossible to compare the two cars, but let me tell you one thing for sure: My first thought back in the Giulia? I was not disappointed for a single second.

What Makes This Car So Fast?

Balance & Power

The Giulia Quadrifoglio’s front-mounted, all-aluminum Twin-Turbo V6 engine and rear-wheel drive system, create a near perfect 50/50 weight distribution3 with optimal balance.

A body in high-strength steel, fenders and doors in aluminum, a carbon fiber hood, roof and driveshaft, front seats in carbon fibre  and aerodynamic appendices work in conjunction with the patented all-aluminum suspension to create a near perfect balance.

Active Aero Front Spoiler

This is the only sedan in the world to be equipped with an active aero front splitter. This adjustable carbon fiber spoiler is integrated into the front spoiler. Sophisticated and electronically controlled, it dynamically balances and adjusts overall downforce. On straights, the splitter is closed to minimize resistance and drag. On corners — or when braking — it opens up to provide up to 220 pounds of downforce for optimum balance.

Torque Vectoring

Torque vectoring technology further positions the Giulia Quadrifoglio at the top the premium mid-size sedan segment. This system controls wheel spin by optimizing the power distribution between wheels in traction. There’s no loss of power— but better handling.

The Best Alfa Romeo So Far

Yes, that’s what it is. Nothing breaks down, no annoying or unnecessary error messages. This Alfa Romeo actually works. The competitors? Maybe the BMW M3, Mercedes E63 AMG? Not a chance. And they’re all more expensive and: slower.

To sum this up:

  • 510bhp / 600Nm torque
  • Fastest four-door saloon on the Nürburgring
  • Torque vectoring technology provides the differential with the ability to vary the torque to each wheel.
  • 3,9 seconds 0-100 km/h
  • 307 km/h top speed (!)

Would I finally buy it?

Hell, yes! It’s simply brilliant.

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