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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2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 convertible

The C7 version of the Chevrolet Corvette is the most capable yet. The Z06 model even more so. And now you can have all the performance benefits of the Z06 with the tanning potential of the convertible. Say hello to the 2015 Corvette Z06 Convertible.

2015 marks the first time the Corvette Z06 Convertible has been offered from the factory since 1963, when the Z06 option package was introduced for endurance racing. According to Corvette Chief engineer Tadge Juechter, the lack of a Z06 convertible model for so long is due to the fact it was only until fairly recently that it has been possible to make a lightweight, open-roof structure strong enough to cope with the braking, cornering, and acceleration of something like the Z06.

The Corvette Z06 convertible features an electronic folding roof that can be lowered remotely using the car’s key fob. The roof can be opened or closed on the move, at speeds of up to 30 mph.
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Ford S-MAX Vignale Concept offers upmarket features

Ford S-MAX Vignale concept

Ford today introduced the S-MAX Vignale concept in Milan – fitting seeing as Italy is where Vignale was originally founded. The concept is designed to showcase the upmarket features of the Vignale luxury division of Ford Europe. A production version of the Ford S-MAX Vignale concept has already been given the go-ahead. It will be the second Ford Vignale vehicle to go on sale, joining the Ford Mondeo Vignale which is due to arrive next year.

The Ford S-MAX Vignale concept was introduced not at an auto show, but at the Salone del Mobile, the world’s largest furniture expo. This is because the Vignale’s real difference can be found on the inside, where the materials and equipment are of far higher quality than in the standard car. In addition, select Ford dealers will be fitted with “Vignale Lounges”. Luxury waiting rooms and sales floors where potential buyers will be offered a dedicated relationship manager throughout the buying process, as well as VIP collection and delivery services. In short, Ford want offer a premium buying experience to their Vignale customers.

The Ford S-MAX Vignale Concept features a few upgrades to the exterior. Namely 21-inch alloy wheels, chrome details and mirror covers, a unique hexagonal Vignale grille, special “Milano Grigio” paintwork, and of course Vignale badging.
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BMW M4 Convertible

BMW M4 Convertible

The all-new BMW M3 sedan and M4 coupe were revealed late last year. And now it’s the turn of the M4 convertible to step into the spotlight. There’s not much to say really. It’s virtually identical to the M4 coupe except the chassis is a less rigid, the load space is smaller and its got a fold-away roof.

Powering the BMW M4 Convertible is the same 3.0 litre in-line six-cylinder twin-turbocharged engine used in the M3 and M4 coupe. This engine produces 431 horsepower and is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, or an optional seven-speed M Double Clutch transmission. Fitted with the seven-speed transmission, the BMW M4 convertible can hit 62 mph (100 kmh) in just 4.4 seconds. The top speed is an electronically limited 155 mph.
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David Brown Speedback GT – Classic exterior, modern underneath

David Brown Speedback GT

David Brown Automotive have just unveiled their first model. Called the David Brown Automotive Speedback, the car’s styling is a mix of classic British sports cars. There’s plenty of Aston Martin in there. Err, well actually that’s about all there is. It’s almost completely Aston Martin. It should be said that the David Brown of David Brown Automotive has no connection with either Aston Martin, its founder, Sir David Brown, or with the David Brown Group.

So got that? This is an entirely different David Brown from the Aston Martin David Brown, who just happens to be building cars that look like classic Aston Martins but they aren’t.

What you get for your money (prices are still to be announced) is a classically styled GT car with modern underpinnings. Those underpinnings come from Jaguar – the Speedback is based on an XKR – and as such it is powered by a 5.0 litre supercharged V8 which produces 510 horsepower. Although the company say they can tune the engine to any level requested.
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Trion Nemesis – 2,000 HP American Supercar promises the world

Trion Nemesis supercar

The latest unknown, unproven company to release some pretty renders of a non-existent supercar and throw around some wild numbers is Trion Supercars from California. They’ve just announced that development work has begun on a 2,000 + horsepower supercar called the Trion Nemesis. The company also claims that their unbuilt supercar will have a 0-60 mph time of 2.8 seconds and a top speed of 270 mph.

Wild claims are all fine if you’re just trying to flesh out a pure concept vehicle with no plans for production. But if you’re stating these as fact, before the first prototype is even partially constructed, and with the intention of selling it for a considerable amount, you damn well better get your calculations right.
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Porsche Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS – the new top dogs

Porsche Boxster and Cayman GTS

The Porsche Boxster and Cayman ranges have both been increased with the addition of new top dog models. Called the Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS, the new cars are the most powerful and fastest versions of their respective models yet.

Starting with the Boxster GTS, Porsche’s small roadster has been fitted with a 3.4 litre flat six cylinder engine tuned to provide 330 horsepower, 15 horsepower more than the Boxster S. Torque output has also been increased slightly, rising to 272 ft-lbs (370 Nm).

The Porsche Boxster GTS also features the Sport Chrono package and Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), fitted as standard. When fitted with the optional PDK 7-speed double-clutch transmission and the launch control function is activated, the Boxster GTS accelerates from 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in just 4.7 seconds.
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2014 Geneva Motor Show Image Gallery

2014 Geneva Motor Show gallery

The Geneva Motor Show is always big. This year was no exception. Manufacturers, suppliers, engineering companies, parts dealers, design universities were all there showing off their latest products and creations.

There was a wide selection on display; from ground breaking concept cars, multi-million dollar one-off supercar concepts and the latest fuel-efficient race cars, to more ordinary vehicles like affordable hatchbacks, sensible family cars and the latest production SUVs.
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Abarth 695 Biposto – the most extreme Fiat 500 yet

Abarth 695 Biposto

Despite its tiny proportions, the Fiat 500 is a massively versatile machine. You can order it in pastel colors with retro-chic 50′s style accessories, you can order it as a cutesy but fairly normal looking hatchback, or you can go all out and place an order for the Abarth 695 Biposto and blow some minds.

This car is anything but cutesy. It’s a race car stuffed inside a 500 shell. There is a race-bred dog-ring gearbox which offers lighting-quick shifts, a titanium Akrapovic exhaust system, fully adjustable suspension system from Extreme Shox, an MXL digital data logger, Sabelt seats with 4-point harnesses, powerful Brembo brakes and lightweight 18-inch OZ wheels.

Powering the Abarth 695 Biposto is a 1.4 litre turbocharged engine which produces 190 horsepower. It allows the car to accelerate from 0-62 mph in 5.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 143 mph.
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