When Ford unveiled the Ford GT concept in 2002, people got excited. When they put it into production in 2005 people got really excited. When they discontinued it in 2006, people got a little bit less excited. And now in 2015, with the introduction of the all-new Ford GT at the Detroit Auto Show people are going f***ing nuts.
The all-new Ford GT is set for a 2016 production date, which also marks 50 years since the historic 1,2,3 win at Le Mans in 1966 with a trio of Ford GT40s. Just like the previous Ford GT, the new supercar takes some inspiration from the original car. But whereas its predecessor was more or a modern-day clone, the 2016 car is much more abstract.
The 2016 Ford GT also marks a departure from the V8 engine, and instead it features a twin-turbocharged 3.5 litre EcoBoost V6. But before anyone starts booing the loss of two cylinders, that V6 manages to produce over 600 horsepower, and is packed full of race-bred technologies, including an all-new, port/direct dual fuel-injection setup to improve engine response, plus a low-friction roller-finger-follower valvetrain. The transmission of choice is a seven-speed dual-clutch unit which Ford say offers near-instantaneous gear changes.
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The anticipated convertible version of the Alfa Romeo 4C has finally been unveiled. The car made its world debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, with sales due to begin later in the year.
The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider retains much of the coupe’s styling, however there are some subtle differences apart from the removable and storable fabric roof. Changes include new headlights – which are thankfully far more attractive than those of the coupe, a new rear decklid which features three functional heat extractors, a revised rear spoiler, and LED tail lights. In addition an optional high-performance dual-mode Akrapovic performance exhaust system with center-mounted carbon fiber tips is available.
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GM is still trying to figure out exactly what Buick is nowadays, and what they should be building. They want to take them back upmarket, but then again they can’t really tread on Cadillac’s toes. But on the other hand they’ve got a lucrative niche selling rebranded Opel models in China under the Buick name. They’re even bringing the Opels to North America. But clearly GM have got bigger and better things planned for Buick, at least for now.
The Buick Avenir concept is a flagship sedan model designed to reinvigorate the brand, as well as explore the future design direction of the company. The Avenir is the creation of a global team of Buick designers and sculptors who were inspired by historic Buick vehicles. Its name means “Future” in French.
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The Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE is a five-seater plug-in hybrid SUV which is designed to preview a future model for the North American market. The concept, which made its debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, provides a good indication what the all-new seven-seater SUV – scheduled for production in late 2016 – will look like.
The Cross Coupe GTE is the third concept car presented by Volkswagen on the way to the production version of the mid-size SUV. Previously, the company unveiled the CrossBlue concept, and the CrossBlue Coupe concept.
The Cross Coupe GTE has an aggressive front fascia with an aluminum grille and LED headlights. The concept also has muscular fenders, gloss black accents and strong character lines which lend themselves well to the vehicles upscale demeanour. The concept also features a sloping roofline, a tailgate-mounted spoiler and large 22-inch aluminum wheels.
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A pre-production model of the Buick Cascada has been unveiled at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. The Buick Cascada will go on sale early in 2016, and when it does it will end a 25 year drought of convertibles for Buick. The car is essentially a rebadged version of the European market Opel Cascada, with just a few minor changes to suit the American market.
The styling of the Buick Cascada, which was designed from the outset as a convertible, features a flowing, sculpted profile and raked A-pillars. When lowered, the top folds neatly and completely beneath a hard tonneau behind the rear seats for a sleek look. The convertible roof lowers in just 17 seconds at speeds up to 31 mph. When raised, superior thermal and acoustic insulation contribute help keep the cabin quiet and comfortable.
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At the Autosport International Show in the UK, Zenos Cars unveiled the latest addition to the E10 range. The Zenos E10 S builds on the E10’s platform, offering a more powerful engine and more creature comforts – including a windscreen as standard.
The E10 S, a road legal, lightweight sports car, boasts 250 hp of power and 295 lb-ft of torque courtesy of its turbocharged 2.0 litre Ford GDTI Ecoboost engine. This is a 50 hp increase over the naturally aspirated 2.0 litre found in the regular E10. Both cars use a 5-speed manual transmission to send power to the rear wheels.
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Mercedes-Benz chose the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas to unveil the F 015 Luxury in Motion concept. The car is a vision of the future of autonomous driving from Mercedes-Benz.
At over 5 metres long and 2 metres wide the concept is roughly the size of a long-wheelbase S-Class, but with a practical one-box design and wheelbase of 3.6 meters, the car has been designed to maximise interior space.
The futuristically styled four-door F 015 concept showcases a number of new technologies being evaluated by Mercedes for inclusion on future production models. Featured technology includes a sophisticated autonomous driving system and something called the “digital activity space” that Mercedes-Benz predicts will allow occupants the freedom to use their time on the road more productively than is the case today, especially in urban driving environments.
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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.
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The Q60 Concept which Infiniti unveiled at the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) is a vision of what they think a premium sports coupe should be. It’s a sleek two-door design aimed at the fashionable premium coupe market, and while this is just the concept version, a production version is expected to arrive in late 2016 or early 2017. When it does it will go head-to-head with the BMW 4 Series and Audi A5. It’ll also be a replacement for the current Q60 Coupe.
The low-slung, dramatic lines of the Q60 concept are a direct reference to the Q80 Inspiration concept – which was first seen at the Paris motor show last October. Infiniti says elements such as the vents behind the front wheel arches have been taken from the Q50 Eau Rouge. Those bulging arches are filled by 21-inch wheels supposedly inspired by jet turbine blades.
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Back in 1988 and 1990, Jaguar took the chequered flag at Le Mans with the XJR-9 and XJR-12 group C race cars. To commemorate the historic victories, and 30 years since Jaguar’s last Le Mans 24hr win, transport designer Mark Hostler has developed a futuristic racer for the year 2020.
The design of the Jaguar XJR-19 LMP1 concept was heavily influenced by the XJR-9 and XJR-12, focusing on cutting a smooth, fluid shape into a primarily rectangular form.This has resulted in a central pod consisting of the passenger cell and drivetrain, suspended between a skeleton of sharp, flat surfaces that echo the slab sided group C racers of the 1980s and ’90s.
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