BMW Vision Future Luxury Concept previews the future


BMW Vision Future Luxury

BMW chose the 2014 Beijing Auto Show to unveil their latest concept vehicle. Called the BMW Vision Future Luxury, the concept is a super luxurious, technologically advanced vehicle designed to provide a hint at what future flagship cars from the company might look like. Hint: The next 7-Series.

The BMW Vision Future Luxury concept is long, wide and surprisingly low-slung. It certainly has a presence about it. And in a good way. Not like the fugly current 7-Series. It ticks all the right boxes in terms of exterior design. Interestingly BMW say the shape of the BMW Vision Future Luxury concept was ultimately decided the old-school way, with clay models, not computers.

Up front the BMW Vision Future Luxury has of course the trademark BMW kidney grilles. However these have been enlarged significantly, while at the same time the headlights have shrunk down to little slit-like eyes.
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Audi exclusive RS 7 dynamic edition


Audi exclusive RS 7 dynamic edition

The Audi exclusive RS 7 dynamic edition – lower case letters intentional – is a limited edition version of the high-performance RS 7 model. The car will make its world debut at the 2014 New York Motor Show later today.

The Audi exclusive RS 7 dynamic edition features several of the personalization options which are offered through the Audi exclusive program. On the New York show car this means crimson red contrasting stitching, carbon fiber trim and a sportier suspension setup.

The exterior of the Audi exclusive RS 7 dynamic edition also features 21-inch gloss-black wheels, behind which hide bright red brake calipers complete with RS 7 logos. Up front is a carbon fiber splitter, while at the rear is a carbon fiber air diffuser.
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5-Door Jaguar F-Type rendered


Jaguar F-Type 5-door

The Jaguar F-Type is one of the most naturally handsome cars on the market. Whether you go for the convertible or the hardtop, both of them are lookers. Amazingly enough though, even if you add another set of doors, it still looks just as good. That important research was done by Hungarian photoshopper X-Tomi. Who crafted the 5-door F-Type using just the power of his mind. And a computer.

Unsurprisingly, the 5-door Jaguar F-Type has a very similar profile to other luxury 5-door (or 4-door) coupes; like the Audi A7 and the Mercedes CLS. There’s also a hint of Tesla Model S coming through too.
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Limited Edition 2015 Cadillac ATS Crimson Sport Edition


2015 Cadillac ATS Crimson Sport Edition

For the 2015 ATS, Cadillac have developed a limited edition “Crimson Sport Edition”. unfortunately the upgrades are purely cosmetic, and consist of a new lip spoiler, side skirts, rear diffuser and rear spoiler. Other exterior changes include 18-inch dark-silver painted alloy wheels, and of course the unique crimson red metallic paint.

On the inside the Cadillac ATS Crimson Sport Edition features four different color combinations to choose from: Red with black accents, Caramel with black accents, Light Platinum with black accents, or all black. Additionally the Crimson Sport Edition includes a heated steering wheel in microfiber suede, a microfiber suede shift lever and heated front seats.
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BMW X4 – designed to fill yet another niche


BMW X4

BMW is clearly on a rampage at the moment, as are a number of other manufacturers, to fill every possible niche market. And the BMW X4 is just the latest proof of their intent.

It’s smaller and cheaper than the similarly shaped X6, more expensive and less practical than the X3 on which it is based, and it doesn’t really have much in common with the X3′s larger clone, the X5. The X4 is aimed at buyers who… Oh forget it. Who knows anymore? Customers walking into the showroom will either like it or they won’t. BMW is just making sure they have every base covered.

In terms of size, the X4 is 0.6 inches (14 mm) longer than the X3, and 1.5 inches (37 mm) lower. The coupe-like roof line means it looks a little more sporty, but that comes at the expense of space and practicality. Rear seat passengers will notice the difference more than those in the front, and cargo space – with the rear seats upright – is reduced by about a third when compared to the X3.
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Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake – fast, practical, stunning, expensive


Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake

Jaguar has just revealed all the details regarding their all-new XFR-S Sporbrake. It’s the first high-performance estate car (wagon) the company has ever produced, and it utilizes the exact same drivetrain as the impressive XFR-S saloon. That means that mounted up front is a 5.0 litre V8 engine which produces 550 horsepower and 501 lb-ft (680 Nm) of torque. It also means the XFR-S Sportbrake can hit 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds, and continue on to an electronically limited top speed of 186 mph (300km/h). Now that’s supercar territory.

The transmission is an 8-speed unit with something Jaguar calls ‘Quickshift’ functionality – enabling it to provide optimal acceleration throughout the speed and rev ranges. When downshifting (either manually or when in Sport mode) the engine management system automatically blips the throttle too, to keep the car balanced, while simultaneously sounding amazing.

To cope with the extra weight over the rear axle, the XFR-S Sportbrake’s rear suspension has been specifically calibrated for the car, with different spring rates and damper settings. The active electronic differential and Dynamic Stability Control settings have also been tuned to work with the XFR-S Sportbrake’s redesigned rear suspension.
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Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe – all-new luxury two-door coupe replaces CL-Class


Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe

What do you get if you remove the rear two doors from an S-Class? Well, up until recently all you’d get is one very enraged S-Class owner. But now, there’s another option. The all-new S-Class Coupe.

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe will be making its worldwide debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show in March. And just like the four-door S-Class sedan, it’s packed with gadgets and technology. The car is designed to act as a replacement for the CL-Class – which was itself a replacement for the S-Class Coupe some 20 or so years ago.

Ola Källenius, Member of the Board of Management, Sales and Marketing Mercedes-Benz Cars said of the car: “The breathtaking design of the Concept S-Class Coupe marked by sporty-classic proportions and sensual purity is transferred to the series-production S-Class Coupe virtually unaltered. The large coupe has always been the supreme pinnacle of our model range and that’s why it’s now called the “S-Class” again.”
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2015 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe – the best 3 series?


BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

The BMW 3 Series/4 Series range has just got a little bit more complicated. The full lineup of BMW models in the two overlapping ranges now includes the BMW 3 Series Sedan, the 3 Series Touring, the 3 Series Gran Turismo, the 4 Series Coupe, the 4 Series Convertible, and now the 4 Series Gran Coupe.

It’s more than a bit confusing that BMW has decided to name the 4 Series Gran Coupe as it has, because it was only recently that they explained to the world how their new naming format would use odd numbers for four-door vehicles, and even numbers to denote two-door vehicles – well at least that’s what I took from their new naming strategy outline. Also, seeing as how the 3 Series Gran Turismo and 4 Series Gran Coupe are more or less the same vehicle – except the 4 Series somehow manages to be supremely better looking and way more desirable – why didn’t they just replace the 3 Series Gran Turismo with the new model.
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QUANT e-Sportlimousine to debut at 2014 Geneva Motor Show


QUANT e-Sportlimousine front

At the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, nanoFLOWCELL AG – a high-tech research company based in Liechtenstein – will unveil their first research vehicle. Called the QUANT e-Sportlimousine, the vehicle is designed to showcase the company’s latest innovations in the field of charge transfer, electrical storage and recuperation.

The QUANT e-Sportlimousine is powered by an intriguing electric-drivetrain dubbed the nanoFLOWCELL drive. The company say it features an entirely new electrical energy storage system and is set to generate new and innovative ideas for ongoing research into battery development, specifically in the field of flow-cell technology.
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2015 Mercedes-Benz S 600


2015 Mercedes-Benz S 600

The latest version of the Mercedes-Benz S 600 has just made its world debut at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Being the top-spec model in the S-Class range, it comes as no suprise the S 600 comes well armed, with both power and refinement featured in equal measure.  Ola Källenius, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Mercedes-Benz Cars said of the new S 600: “The S-Class has always been the embodiment of our claim to deliver the very best in terms of both technology and design. And our flagship model, the S 600, epitomises the focus of our development work, the ‘Essence of Luxury’, in a way that no other model can. Our customers in North America and Asia in particular will enjoy this new top model with its exciting V12 engine.”

With an output of 530 hp, the V12 biturbo engine in the S 600 packs a bigger punch than its predecessor did with 517 hp. The displacement of the engine has increased from 5,513 to 5,980 cc. The maximum torque of 830 Nm is available from 1,900 rpm. The S 600 now for the first time features the ECO start/stop function as standard, which contributes to the car reaching the Euro 6 emissions standard.
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