At the Detroit Auto Show, Lexus will unveil a new high performance sedan called the GS F. The Lexus GS F will join the recently launched RC F Coupe, and is designed to offer the practicality and comfort of a four-door car with sports car like handling.
The GS F shares the same platform as the standard Lexus GS, but features extensive enhancements throughout. Power comes from the company’s 5.0-liter naturally aspirated V8 – the same engine used in the RC F, and good for 467 horsepower at 7,100 rpm and 389 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. Continue reading ‘Lexus GS F Sedan’ »
The Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake is the slightly more practical and spacious high-performance model in the CLA lineup. The five-seat, five-door model is the smaller brother of the CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake, and the two cars have very similar styling. At the same time the performance-orientated CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake was revealed, a more pedestrian version, the CLA Shooting Brake, was also unveiled.
From launch the regular car will be available with a range of engines, including a four-cylinder 2.1-liter turbodiesel engine delivering 136 hp in the CLA 200 CDI and 177 hp in the CLA 220 CDI. Gasoline engines available include a 1.6-liter model producing 122 hp in the CLA 180 and 156 hp in the CLA 200. Moving up the range is a 2.0-liter with 211 hp in the CLA 250 which can also be had with an optional 4MATIC all-wheel drive system. Continue reading ‘Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake’ »
Acura took the opportunity of the Los Angeles Auto Show to show off the re-designed and re-engineered 2016 MY Acura ILX – which goes on sale in early 2015.
The 2016 Acura ILX is powered by a new 201-horsepower, direct-injected, 2.4 litre engine. This engine offers a significant performance improvement over the previous car’s 150-horsepower 2.0 litre engine. The transmission is an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission with paddle-controlled Sequential Sport Shift.
In addition to the enhanced drivetrain, the 2016 Acura ILX is available in six different trim models, as opposed to the previous three. The models include the standard ILX, the ILX with Premium Package, and the top-of-the-line ILX Technology Plus Package. In addition, an all-new A-SPEC package, available with the Premium and Technology packages, adds aerodynamic enhancements and larger wheels, and all models can now be equipped with AcuraWatch, which is a series of safety and driver assistance systems. The ILX AcuraWatch suite includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist System, Road Departure Mitigation and enhanced Collision Mitigation Braking System with pedestrian sensing capability. Continue reading ‘2016 Acura ILX – Restyled and Re-engineered’ »
At the 2014 LA Auto Show, Bentley Chairman and CEO, Wolfgang Durheimer unveiled the Bentley Grand Convertible. During the presentation at a swanky pre-show event in Hollywood, Durheimer said; “This concept demonstrates Bentley’s ability to create a pinnacle convertible Grand Tourer, while embodying elegance beyond compare. With this car we combine the opulent Mulsanne experience with the full sensory indulgence of open-air touring, continuing to unite luxury and performance in new ways.”
The word concept was used to describe the Bentley Grand Convertible as the company is still debating on whether or not to put it into production. But even if it does get the green light, Bentley say it will be produced in extremely limited numbers. Continue reading ‘Bentley Grand Convertible’ »
When Mercedes-Benz killed off the Maybach brand, it left the manufacturer without a super-luxurious model to compete against the likes of Bentley and Rolls-Royce. But seeing as how it never troubled either of its competitors in terms of sales, it made sound financial sense. Now Maybach is back, albeit with a much closer association with Mercedes-Benz. So close in fact only a hyphen separates them.
The new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class is the first model to appear from the new venture. It’s (obviously) based on the new S-Class, which was thoroughly redesigned in 2013, and whereas the Mercedes-AMG S-Class models are designed with performance in mind, the Mercedes-Maybach branded S-Class is all about luxury and opulence. Continue reading ‘Mercedes-Maybach S-Class announced’ »
With the 2014 Paris Motor Show just around the corner, the pre-show unveilings are coming thick and fast now. Not to be left out, Infiniti will be showing up with a curvaceous four-door sedan concept called the Q80 Inspiration.
The luxury four-seater has an extremely elegant and sculpted feel about it. Infiniti say the Q80 Inspiration is a “sensual interpretation of the Infiniti brand”. The designers have worked hard to make the concept as sleek as possible. There are no side mirrors, and the windows and roof seem to flow almost seamlessly into the bodywork. Continue reading ‘Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept previews the future’ »
Jaguar has made no secret of the XE. In fact they’ve been shouting about if for many months now. But at a Jaguar-hosted, star-studded event in London the car was finally unveiled.
At first glance it looks like Jaguar made a mistake and accidentally pulled the covers off an updated XF. But if you take out a tape measure and a magnifying glass then it becomes clearer this is in fact a new model. The Jaguar XE is a sports orientated saloon designed to do battle with the likes of the BMW 3-Series and Audi A4. It’s a rear-driver, which is a huge plus point, and from launch a high performance XE S model will be available powered by a supercharged 3.0 litre V6 developing 340 horsepower.
Zagato have been creating special limited edition and one-off Aston Martins since the 1960s. They always tend to go down well with both wealthy collectors and the average automotive enthusiast. Part of the popularity of the Zagato modified Astons might come from the mere fact it’s a fusion of two world-class brands. Or it could be because they’re usually pretty crazy.
Audi has given the entire A6 range a slight makeover for 2015. The changes include minor revisions to the exterior styling, some miniscule updates to the interior and a few engine upgrades. The A6 sedan and Avant, as well as the Allroad quattro and the higher performance S6 and RS 6 models are all affected by the changes.
The 2015 upgrades are all pretty small, and if you weren’t a fan of the A6 before, then nothing here is going to change your mind. Likewise, if you were a fan of the A6, then there’s nothing to put you off.
The principle exterior changes include new headlights and tail lights and almost imperceptible revisions to the front grille and bumpers. On the inside new colors are available, including Flint Gray for the A6 and Salsa Red for the S6. The front seats now come with optional ventilation and massage. There are also upgrades and improvements to the infotainment system, air conditioning system (which is now four-zone instead of dual-zone), and safety systems – like adaptive cruise control, Audi side assist and Audi active lane assist. Continue reading ‘Audi unveils refreshed 2015 A6 lineup’ »
The 2015 Volvo XC90 is completely new from top to bottom and front to back. It arrives after months of speculation, and is the result of three years of development, and part of a massive $11 billion investment in Volvo’s future. Based on the company’s new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) technology, the new XC90 shows the future of Volvo cars.
In terms of appearance, fans of the three recent Volvo concepts might be a little disappointed with the exterior design. It’s nice and sensible, but really pretty boring. The designers really could have done a bit more to inject some pizzazz into the bodywork, especially those giant slab-like sides. On the other hand it does have quite a nice face, and the headlights are particularly appealing with their “Thor’s Hammer” driving lights. Continue reading ‘All-new 2015 Volvo XC90’ »