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Subaru Tribeca Moving Towards the Dead End

New Subaru Tribeca

Say farewell to the Subaru Tribeca. According to MotorTrend’s Japanese correspondent, a source close to the automaker says that the Tribeca will end production at the end of this year.

When asked to make an on-the-record-comment about the Tribeca, a Subaru spokesman said “No, Tribeca is not dead, and will be on sale for the 2013 model year.” However, beyond the 2013 model year, the spokesman had no comment.

We’re guessing the new Subaru XV Crosstreck will end up taking the Tribeca’s place when all is said and done.

Power for the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek comes from a 2.0 liter Boxer engine making 148-hp. The engine is mated to Subaru’s symmetrical all-wheel-drive system, a 5-speed manual transmission – a second-generation Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission (automatic transmission) is available as an option. Estimated fuel-economy comes in at 25/33 mpg (city/highway) and 28 mpg combined.

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Abarth 695 Maserati Edition Price And Specs

Abarth 695 Maserati Edition

Remember the Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari, the hyper-expensive hot hatch fettled with some help from Maranello? Well now Fiat has tuned up its baby 500C convertible pocket rocket with assistance from Maserati.

The new limited-edition Abarth 695 Maserati Edition will carry a similarly eye-watering price tag – just 499 of the convertible hot hatch will be built and it tops a heady 32,000.

Like the Ferrari version launched three years ago, the Maser 500 uses a 180bhp 1.4 engine breathed upon by a Garrett turbocharger to liberate 184lb ft at 3000rpm when Sport mode is selected.

Abarth’s Competizione transmission is standard, its five speeds slotting up and down via steering wheel-mounted paddle shifts. A sports exhaust is claimed to improve the acoustics above 3000rpm.

Brembo monobloc brake callipers are fitted to stop this minuscule missile effectively, while Koni shock absorbers give a sportier, lower ride. Not too sporty, we hope; the Tributo Ferrari was a pogoing mess on British country roads.

Fiat swears its sporting brand has had input – and if you look hard enough, you can spot the influences. The 17in alloys have a Maserati-inspired Neptune design, apparently, and the paint is straight from the Maser colour charts – Pontevecchio Bordeaux. The foldback canvas roof is contrasting grey.

It all starts to get a bit more confusing inside, where Jaeger helped design the instrument pack, but there’s the usual smattering of carbonfibre (kickplates), leather (wheel and seats) and a rather more surprising UV treatment on the door panels whose surface is described as ‘flocking’.

UK sales of the Abarth 695 Maserati Edition start in late 2012. And if you’re fretting over that sky-high price for a tarted-up Fiat 500, remember some of the extras thrown in ‘for free’. There’s a set of Tramontano leather luggage, xenon headlamps, climate control, sat-nav, a JBL hi-fi and limited-edition plaque numbering each edition from 1 to 499.

It’s easy to scoff at absurdities such as the Maser 500, but dealers report that these cars do sell – sometimes to customers coming out of supercars or Merc SLs, who want something smaller and more discrete but without losing the exclusivity they crave.

The 695 Maserati Edition certainly has lower running costs than most supercars, with its 151g/km CO2 rating and 46.3mpg average economy figure. Yet Abarth claims a top speed in excess of 140mph and a 0-62mph time nudging just the right side of seven seconds.

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Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera LP620-4

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As evocative and downright exotic Wheelsandmore has been with their tuning projects, we can’t help but wonder if they end up running out of ideas at some point.

Apparently, their recent run of new programs for some of the most powerful cars on the planet is proving that notion to be completely untrue.

For their latest offering, the German tuner has set its sights on a car that needs no introduction: the Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera LP570-4.

Every Wheelsandmore tuning program always carries a standard performance upgrade and the “Green Beret,” as the company has called this baby, is no different. The German tuner went and combined a digitally program-able, remote-operated valve control with special carbon-frame airfilters and a remapped ECU unit with a handmade, stainless steel exhaust system, effectively giving the Gallardo Superleggera a sinister performance upgrade.

How sinister? Well, from the standard 570 horsepower coming out of the super car’s 5.2-liter V10 engine, Wheelsandmore managed to increase that to a powerful 620 horsepower, hence the LP620-4 designation.

But more than just the mechanical improvements, Wheelsandmore also gave the Italian supercar a new set of fancy 20 6Sporz handcrafted, multi-piece forged wheels that are rotating at the steering axle and wrapped in 5p Continental Sport Contact tires. Other improvements for the Green Beret include a new race established special coilover with adjustable rebound and compression, hydraulically liftable around 1.77 inch, and called LCS (level-control-system).

For a tuner that has made a living out of programs like this, the Green Beret is yet another feather in the hat of these guys.

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BMW Zagato Coupe Concept

BMW Zagato Coupe

Zagato returns to this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este bringing a new car. This time they’ve teamed up with the Bavarians at BMW to make a one-off, road-legal, BMW Coupe. Pretty it isn’t, but then artistic things rarely are. BMW Zagato is quite special though. It looks like the illegitimate lovechild of the current BMW Z4 and Zagato’s Alfa Romeo Corsa.

The car has a three-dimensional, sort of sculpted design, especially at the front. In Zagato’s interpretation of the BMW’s headlights and kidney grilles, they are caricatured a bit, which is fair enough what with the car being a one-off and all. But they have not resulted in a completely desirable sight. We do like the sloping lines of the front wings though, and we also like the side vents.

From the sides all you notice is the car’s chunky rear wings. Looks like its heaps could use a breather. That lead us to the rear-end of the Zagato Coupe, which is the car’s party piece. There you can clearly see signs of the Italian designer’s hand with the transparent panel in its upper section familiar from other Zagato creations. Divided visually into three sections, the generous glass surfaces open up a line of sight to the lights and into the interior. Their dark tint gives the BMW Zagato Coupe an even sportier look. The double-bubble roof is another sign.

Other highlights include the 19-inch light-alloy wheels in classically sporty five-spoke design, and the special Rosso Vivace – an expressive shade of red – paint job.

The exterior might not appeal to everyone, but the revised interior can’t be faulted. Based on the Z4 s cabin, Zagato has revamped it with exquisite materials and high-quality details, such as leather and Alcantara upholstery and amazing red stitching all across the seats, door panels and dash. The seats also have a big ‘Z’ embroidered into the headrests. Two exclusive accessories – a hat bag and a travel bag – set the seal on Zagato’s colour and materials upgrade.

BMW Zagato Coupe is a one-off for now, but they made the Aston Martin Zagato, so we could expect to see this in limited production as well. Not sure we want to though!

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2013 BMW X1 Comes to the US

2013 BMW X1

Sorry – but we have to continue to smother you with some BMW news today. Digging up some more information from our friends at Princeton BMW, the BMW X1 is now available to order with deliveries to start early next month.

The 2013 BMW X1 sDrive28i will be the only rear-wheel-drive model offered and will be powered 2.0 liter TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder making 240-hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel-drive choices include the X1 xDrive28i or the X1 xDrive35i. The X1 xDrive35i is powered by a 3.0 liter inline 6-cylinder TwinPower Turbo producing 300-hp.

The new 560-hp BMW M6 will be heading into the dealer inventory next month along with the 640 Gran Coupe (650 Gran Coupe will come out later in the summer).

Prices for the 2013 BMW M6 start at $106,995 for the coupe and $113,995 for the convertible. The BMW 640i Gran Coupe will be powered by a 3.0 liter 6-cylinder TwinPower Turbo engine making 315-hp with prices starting at $76,895.

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Volkswagen Golf R Cabrio Concept Revealed

Volkswagen Golf R Cabrio

What to do if you love the Volkswagen Golf R, but just can’t do without a drop-top car for summer? Get the Golf R Cabrio, of course!

Unfortunately, that might not be possible for Americans-the soft-top version of the Golf isn’t headed to the U.S. at all, so the R version is likely for European-only consumption, too.

If you’re not in the Cabrio fan club, you may be asking yourself, “What? Why?!” and that would be natural-except that Volkswagen recently took the wraps off the GTI Cabrio concept at this year’s W rthersee Tour. With the GTI Cabrio headed to production, it makes sense to drop in the hotter Golf R equipment and build it.

We can’t say we’re particularly jealous of this piece of forbidden fruit, but we know some of you will be. For now, all you can do is enjoy the images.

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2013 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Released

2013 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

The Mercedes-Benz Gelandewagen (now there’s a name that rolls trippingly off the tongue) is one of those over-the-top vehicles that you either don’t get at all – or embrace wholeheartedly for its utter ridiculousness. And the one we’re in, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz G 63 AMG, has been fed a regimen of steroids.

Originally designed for military use, the iconic G-wagen’s 33-year legacy includes winning the 1983 Paris-Dakar Rally, the world’s most gruelling off-road endurance race.

As far as hardcore off-roaders go, the G-Class is considered one of the best – a nearly indestructible bushwhacker instantly recognizable for its boxy upright shape. Yet it’s rather unlikely that most will ever venture far from the pavement – the G-wagen being a niche favourite of the entitled set who probably has little interest in its formidable prowess, but plenty in its bragging rights.

And that recent cachet is a good thing – the death knell having come very close to sounding for the boxy ute more than once. Currently experiencing a surge in popularity with a double-digit growth in sales last year, the G-wagen returns with a modicum of enhanced style, yet the image that made it an icon remains relatively intact.

Our beast, the G 63 AMG, boasts a twin-turbo, 5.5L V8 that puts out 544 bellowing horsepower with 560 lb-ft of torque. Mated to a 7G-tronic automatic transmission, the G 63 has an official combined fuel rating of 13.0L/100km.

It also features a start/stop function while in C mode (for controlled efficiency). Switching the shift lever to Sport or Manual cancels the start/stop function, shortening the shifts and speeding up throttle response.

Its butch appearance boasts a little added bling with an LED strip under its distinctive round headlights and red callipers peeping through the spokes of its 20 rims. It’s dressed in gunmetal grey, with that sexy matte finish that’s been appearing throughout the brand’s lineup. The front end is treated to an AMG makeover, with the characteristic chrome-trimmed, twin-blade grille, and an aggressive bumper with large air inlets.

Hardcore on the outside, the cabin treatment is pure, upscale Designo – because every off-roader needs quilted, butter yellow upholstery, right? It’s complimented by carbon fibre trim and an enamel white centre stack. Despite its retro exterior, the G 63 boasts all the latest gadgetry: Mercedes-Benz’s COMAND multimedia interface, large touchscreen, blind-spot warning and adaptive cruise control, just to name a few.

With three electronically-controlled locking differentials, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz G-Class chugs effortlessly up the 45-degree inclines to the 3-storey summit of the rickety steel track like some chunky automotive version of the Terminator. Ludicrous, yet delightfully compelling, we’re still giggling about it later when we set out to conquer the Alps.

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2013 Lexus RX270

2013 Lexus RX270

The Lexus RX SUV range will expand to a third model in June, with a new four-cylinder petrol model giving the Japanese luxury brand a new lower price point to compete with the Audi Q5 and BMW X3.

The new Lexus RX270 has yet to be officially confirmed, but CarAdvice sources say the model will follow the trend for SUVs that offer improved fuel efficiency by being two-wheel drive rather than all-wheel drive.

The Lexus RX is traditionally a rival for the Audi Q7, BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz, but the new base model could potentially be priced below $70,000 to give Lexus Australia a competitor against the Q5 and X3 while it continues its long wait for Japan to deliver a much-needed baby SUV.

The current Lexus RX range starts at $82,814 for the RX350 that’s powered by a 204kW 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine. It’s joined by the RX450h petrol-electric hybrid, which starts at $89,788 and has a combined power output of 220kW.

Lexus’s front-wheel-drive RX270 features a 2.7-litre four-cylinder engine that produces about 138kW of power (at 5800rpm) and 252Nm of torque (at 4200rpm).

Fuel consumption for the RX270 will be about 9.5 litres per 100km, according to overseas specifications, with emissions of 222 grams of CO2 per kilometre.

The figure makes the RX270 cleaner and more efficient than the RX350 with 10.8L/100km and 254g/km, though the hybrid RX450h remains the leader in this area with 6.3L/100km and 149g/km.

The absence of a four-wheel-drive system helps reduce the RX270’s weight by about 135kg over the RX350. The RX350, however, features a system that employs the front wheels only in normal driving before apportioning up to 50 per cent of torque to the rear wheels to deal with surfaces with reduced grip.

Lexus will also add F Sport variants to the revised Lexus RX range. The sportier-looking and more dynamically focused models have proved popular in other Lexus vehicles such as the CT200h hatch, IS medium sedan and GS large sedan.

The facelift for the third-generation Lexus RX range was shown at March’s 2012 Geneva motor show. The updated RX brings upgrades to the interior and exterior, with the latter including the brand’s new ‘spindle’ family face.

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ST Suspension introduces ST spring sets range for BMW 2-Series Coupe and Audi A3

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American-based car tuning company ST Suspensions has introduced an array of ST spring sets for the latest BMW 2-Series Coupe and Audi A3. The chrome-silicon steel alloy-made springs improve the driving dynamics of the cars, thanks to their active spring rate. Your Audi A3 and/or BMW 2-Series Coupe, when equipped with these springs, will respond…

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