German tuner, Cam Shaft, recently got their hands on a BMW M3 Coupe and true to their reputation as tuners extraordinaire, they gave the German sports car a little identity modification.In the end, the M3 Coupe Guerrilla was born.Starting with a matte space-gray metallic foil called a Platinum Wrapping Film, Cam Shaft took the task of reinventing the M3’s sporty looks.
In addition to the foliation work, which by the way cost 2,500 ($3,100), Cam Shaft also installed a new front apron from Racing Dynamics, a new stainless steel exhaust system from Akrapovic, sills from Hamann, KW coil overs, and a new set of 19″ BBS-Le Mans rims. Inside, Cam Shaft treated the M3 Coupe’s interior with a number of new carbon fiber components and aluminum pedals.There doesn’t appear to be any performance modifications given to the M3 Coupe Guerrilla, but even in standard form, it still carries an impressive 4.0-liter V8 engine that produces 420 horsepower.
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The new 2013 Nissan Sentra is on its way here after an earlier debut of a Chinese domestic market version (pictured above, the 2013 Nissan Sylphy Concept). And to prepare for the all-new Sentra’s launch here in the North American domestic market, Nissan has just announced that the new Sentra will be produced at their plant in Canton, Mississippi, where 1,000 new jobs are expected to be created.
“The addition of Sentra production is a testament to our dedicated Canton workforce and the high level of production quality that they deliver each and every day,” said Bill Krueger, vice chairman, Nissan Americas. “The Canton team has proved it can compete and win on a global scale, and it is due to this that we are adding three vehicles to our production roster in Mississippi.”
Nissan’s Canton plant currently produces the all-new 2013 Nissan Altima as well as the Armada full-size SUV, the full-size Titan pickup, and the NV commercial vehicles.
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|Posted on 11.28.2013 13:00 by Simona|
Back in October we reported that SRT needed to slow production of the new generation Viper, due to poor demand. However, it looks like now Ralph Gilles, president and CEO of Chrysler’s SRT Brand and Motorsports, says that the car has indeed a bright future and that the company has “several hundred units outstanding we still have to build.”
Gilles said that the Viper indeed had some problems at launch and this is why the company had to postpone initial deliver, but now the interest in the new Viper is very strong.
It looks like the problem was not the car, but the dealers whom had no idea how to promote the car. The new Viper has a base price of $97,395 – a lot more than the previous car, so it was to be expected to hear that customers will ask more for the money. SRT wants to allow its customers to choose “their color, their stripe, their package, their interior,” but the dealers wanted to “anticipate the market and ended up creating a car that may not be the right car.”
To fix the problem SRT launched a fourth-quarter training program called “All Access Tour” that brings together dealers, current owners and potential customers. Basically thanks to this new program, the potential buyers will have the chance to test the car and see what they will get for the money.
Gilles confirmed that all the Anodized Carbon were spoken for and that the new Time Attack edition sold out in just three days.
Click past the jump to read more about the SRT Viper.
SRT CEO denies poor Viper demand originally appeared on topspeed.com on Thursday, 28 November 2013 13:00 EST.
|Posted on 11.28.2013 13:46 by Sulthoni , Serafim|
Practical, reliable and efficient, the 2014 Kymco UXV Side X Side has all it needs to be considered a very useful vehicle. It comes with a spacious cabin which can transport up to two people. Once on board you are met by two comfortable seats, an easy to read dash and an ergonomically designed steering wheel. For enhanced practicality you also get a spacious load bed located behind the seats.
At the heart of the vehicle sits a 4-stroke, water-cooled, DOHC engine with a displacement of 498.5cc. The unit delivers a maximum output of 36 hp and sends its power to the wheels by means of a CVT automatic transmission.
The ride quality is kept in check by front and rear Independent Dual A-Arm suspensions.
As far as prices are concerned, the 2014 Kymco UXV Side X Side can be yours for no less than $7,999.
Hit the jump for more information on the 2014 Kymco UXV Side X Side.
Kymco UXV 500 originally appeared on topspeed.com on Thursday, 28 November 2013 13:46 EST.
A lot of people can become too solely infatuated with a car that produces 1,000 horsepower. But through all of this, it’s also important to understand that if a car packs that much power under its hood, certain compromises have to be made to ensure that it can deliver the kind of power it’s been given.
That’s why it’s no surprise that a lot of these 1,000-horsepower super cars are best left to be ridden on a race track than on an actual road.
Noted Nissan GT-R tuner Switzer Performance already has one of these models in its GT-R line-up – the R1K package – but now, the Oberlin, Ohio-based company has prepared a new program for Godzilla that comes packed with 1,000 ponies. It is also capable of being used as an everyday car. That’s right, you can have your cake and eat it too.
The vehicle is called the Ultimate Street Edition, and it’s without question, one of the meanest and road-friendly, 1,000-horsepower GT-R’s you can get.
In order to achieve that output while retaining its road capabilities, Switzer fitted the GT-R with a plethora of modifications, none more so than to the Japanese sports car’s VR38DETT 3.8-liter V6 engine, which is now capable of producing 1,000 horsepower on premium pump-gas. To gain all that horsepower, Switzer went to work on fitting the GT-R with Switzer-specific pistons, pins, rings, connecting rods, and specially-ground camshafts. The tuning firm also reprogrammed the ECU and added a stainless-steel performance exhaust, front mounted intercoolers, an upgraded cooling package, and a pair of liquid-cooled turbochargers that come with billet compressor wheels.
‘Nano carbon’ brake pads are also being offered, as are Switzer’s lowering springs, a modified version of the car’s launch control set-up and, last but not least, a new set of lightweight alloy wheels.
“For people who want a 1000+ horsepower car that they can drive comfortably every day, to the track or the office or the grocery store, on the highway or in bumper-to-bumper traffic, we’ve built this car,” says Tym Switzer, owner and founder of Switzer.
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Mercedes-Benz has released official photos of the next generation GLK-Class in advance of its debut at the New York International Auto Show, and have confirmed that the line will include the GLK 250 BlueTec diesel and an updated GLK 350 powered by a gasoline V6, expected to go on sale in Canada by the end of this year as a 2013 model.
The exterior has been tweaked, with softer lines, noticably more complex headlights and an extra helping of chrome with the AMG package.
Highlights of the changes include a range of state-of-the-art assistance systems and comprehensive efficiency measures such as the standard start/stop function. BlueTEC diesel emission control is available for the compact SUV for the first time, allowing its import to North America.
The GLK 250 BlueTEC 4MATIC will feature the direct-injection engine 2.1-litre diesel four rated at 190 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. The 3.5-litre V6 in the GLK 350 will be updated with direct-injection, bumping output to 302 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque (foremrly 268 hp and 258 lb-ft).
“In the GLK we have a dynamic lifestyle SUV offering a winning combination of intelligent technology and character in abundance,” says Dr Joachim Schmidt, Member of the Management Board of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Sales and Marketing. “It will further bolster our SUV portfolio, making a vital contribution to Mercedes-Benz’s global growth in this market segment.”
The GLK stakes its claim in the compact luxury SUV class with involving driving dynamics, excellent driving safety and ride comfort. In addition to rear-wheel drive versions, 4MATIC models with permanent all-wheel drive are available for those concerned with all-weather or even off-road traction.
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Jaguar revealed details of the new XF Sportbrake’s engine lineup as well as the full pricelist, ahead of the car’s market launch towards the end of the year. And it only gets diesel powertrains. The XF benefits from the new supercharged V6 petrol engine, but only for the Saloon version. The 340 PS engine replaces the naturally aspirated 5.0-litre V8 in the XF range, offering compelling performance and outstanding fuel economy at the same time.
That engine is for the high-end, expensive models though. The entry-level version, which starts at 29,940 fro the saloon and 31,940 for the Sportbrake, has the 2.2 liter diesel engine with 163 PS. This unit is not that gutsy, but on the upside it offers more than 55 mpg. Jaguar also offers a 200 PS version of the same engine. Diesel range also includes the 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 engine in 240 PS Diesel and 275 PS Diesel S derivatives. This engine provides satisfactory performance, while remaining fairly eco at 47 mpg.
So the only petrol engine available for the XF is the supercharged V6 – and that is only available for the saloon – the rest are all diesel. The XF saloon and Sportbrake will both adopt the eight-speed automatic gearbox and Stop/Start as standard across the engine range – improving emissions on the V6 Diesel engines by six per cent on the saloon.
Other upgrades for the 2013 XF include the addition of Meridian audio system – replacing the Bowers and Wilkins system, and the XFR Speed Pack to the range topping 510 PS XFR model, which raises the top speed to 174 mph, and also comes with a new front aero splitter and a new rear wing.
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The Hyundai Veloster was new for 2012 and immediately drew attention with its unique three-door design. The new 2013 turbocharged version makes the car much faster and lots more fun.
Rivals for the turbocharged front-wheel-drive Veloster include the Volkswagen GTI, Civic Si, Mini Cooper/Clubman S, Beetle Turbo and Fiat 500 Abarth. Hyundai notes the Veloster, with such things as its three doors, is “purposefully differentiated from other core vehicles in Hyundai’s lineup, with unique style and function and advanced technologies.”
Hyundai hasn’t become a major sales success without taking chances.
The turbocharger is the big news for the latest version of the Veloster. This turbo has a twin-scroll design for quicker response and more low-end torque. The engine also has dual continuously variable valve timing and an intercooler for better performance and fuel economy.
While the standard Veloster is fast enough for many folks, addition of a turbocharger significantly increases horsepower of the car’s regular 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. It jumps from 138 to 201 horsepower. Torque also increases to 195 pound-feet from 123 pound-feet.
The added punch give the Veloster Turbo a sharp new personality, I found during a media preview of the car in La Jolla, Calif. The increased power and torque allow faster acceleration and much less shifting with the standard, slick six-speed manual transmission. The responsive six-speed automatic has a manual-shift mode.
Serious bumps and potholes cause jolts, but the sport suspension is generally supple. There’s also sport speed-tuned steering. Handling is sharp, and the anti-lock all-disc braking system with electronic brake-force distribution inspires confidence. The brake pedal has a progressive action for smooth stops.
Helping keep the car on the road during difficult situations are electronic stability and traction controls.
The small engine has lots of punch for its size, but keep in mind the rigidly built Veloster only weighs approximately 2,800 pounds.
Estimated fuel economy is 26 miles per gallon in the city and 38 on highways-and only regular grade fuel is needed.
The Veloster with the six-speed manual transmission lists at $21,950 and at $22,950 with the automatic-without a $775 freight charge.
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The basic guts of the Elantra GT are shared with its two siblings, including the solid axle rear suspension, but the whole package works so much more proficiently in the GT than the other two cars – like how Khloe and Kim Kardashian come from the same lineage despite their wildly different physiques. While the other two cars resist being pushed hard (and don’t really prod the driver to do so), the Elantra GT is as comfortable motoring down the freeway as it is being grabbed by the scruff of its neck.
Hyundai had us drive the Elantra GT up and down a 5000 foot mountain pass, which did a good job of exposing both the highlights and the flaws that live within the car. The biggest impediment to going fast is the strange gap between second and third gear, no doubt a concession towards fuel economy. Running up and down the mountain at a spirited pace meant the car was often close to the rev limited in second. An upshift to third would bring the engine way out of the powerband, sapping whatever precious momentum we could extract out of the Elantra GT and its 148 horsepower 4-banger.
If you’re willing to keep it in second and let the revs fly, the Elantra GT is immensely rewarding. The chassis is responsive in a way that the Veloster and Elantra Coupe could only dream of. The brakes remained firm fade free during the whole route and the chassis inspires a ton of confidence, allowing you to push the car harder than the other two Hyundais driven that week. The steering, long a sore spot for the Koreans, is much crisper than any front-drive Hyundai vehicle in recent memory.
There was a lot of hoopla over the Driver Selectable Steering Mode, a steering wheel mounted button that lets you adjust the weight and resistance of the electric power steering. Many of my program participants insisted that the Sport mode (which did feel great) was the only way to go. There is a noticeable difference in weight between Comfort, Normal and Sport, but feedback remains the same no matter what. It’s ultimately a gimmick, though one that makes the driving experience better. It still can’t quite match the Mazda3 in sheer driving pleasure; the steering is just a little bit duller, the chassis slightly less enthusiastic (even though the Hyundai is 150 lbs lighter). But there are other benefits that make the Elantra GT a serious contender.
The Elantra GT is an elegant, mature looking vehicle without being dowdy. The Mazda3 looks absolutely heinous. Despite its many charms, the Mazda’s looks are enough to dissuade me from owning. The interior of the Elantra GT is also a much more pleasant place to be, with higher quality materials and a much more sophisticated design, which also manages to avoid being overly complex. The rear seats fold completely flat like a minivan, and the back seat is more spacious than one would expect. Up and down the mountain pass, with elevations reaching 5000 feet, the Elantra GT could handle whatever was dished out. Mid-corner bumps were absorbed gently without upsetting the car, and the brakes felt consistently strong despite substantial use. It was genuinely a joy to drive, despite being saddled with a gearbox that doesn’t flatter the engine’s modest output. The chassis is the real star of the show here, giving the driver lots of feedback, a high threshold for mistakes and the feeling that you’re going much faster than you really are.
Our tester was the $21, 145 Elantra GT equipped with the Style Package., The extra $2,750 nets you a large panoramic roof, leather seats, a power driver’s seat, 17-inch wheels and interestingly, stiffer rear springs. There were only a couple of base model Elantra GTs available at the event, so it was impossible to tell how much of an effect the Style Package has on handling.
Although the Elantra GT was sampled before the Veloster Turbo, not even the extra power and the supposedly sporty nature of the boosted hatch was enough to sway the decision.
It would be foolish to think that the Elantra GT will turn the tide on hatchback sales in the United States, but that doesn’t mean that Hyundai’s offering is any less competitive than the Focus, Mazda3 or even the Volkswagen Golf – which the Czech-built Elantra GT is arguably closest to in terms of overall character.
The Elantra GT wins not just on performance, but by offering an affordable yet mature looking proposition that works anywhere, whether it’s a golf game with someone important, a first date or hauling mountain bikes or skis. There are no extra options, engines or equipment packages needed to extract maximum fuel economy, and even though it’s a great value, you never feel like you’ve compromised on your vehicle due to your budget restrictions. The sedan and coupe versions should be this good.
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In the early stages of the Second World War, the vehicle we’d come to know as the Jeep Wrangler was born as a go-anywhere, general-purpose military scout vehicle. The Jeep became an iconic symbol of the U.S. military through World War II and into theaters including Korea and Vietnam.
Today, the Jeep is retired from military service, but there’s no denying its born-from-conflict roots. In recognition of this, and to honor members of the U.S. military both past and present, Jeep is launching a special edition of the 2012 Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited in tribute.
Dubbed the Wrangler Freedom Edition, the model comes in red, white or blue paint, and sports a military-themed star graphic on the hood and rear quarter panels. Gracing each front fender is a star-themed emblem with the slogan “Oscar Mike,” military jargon for “on the move.”
The Freedom Edition’s 17-inch wheels, as well as its grille and bumper inserts, are finished in Mineral Gray. Inside, black cloth seats sport the same “Oscar Mike” logo as the front fenders, and silver accent stitching is used for the steering wheel, door panels seats and armrests.
Based on the Sport trim level, Freedom Edition models start at $28,165 for a two-door Wrangler, and begin at $30,670 for a four-door Wrangler Unlimited variant. For each Freedom Edition model sold, Chrysler will donate $250 to charities for military families, including the Fisher House Foundation and the I Support Foundation.
Active and retired military members may even qualify for a $500 cash allowance, which means you’re getting an even better deal on an iconic SUV, and supporting charities that support our military at the same time. We’d call that a win for everyone.
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The Mazda CX-5 has been an instant hit with demand outstripping supply from the day the new crossover was introduced.
Production has been increased three times to try to keep up and the CX-5 accounts for more than 15 per cent of the company’s global sales.
The CX-5 was the first Mazda to feature the full slate of the company’s new SkyActive technologies, including chassis, suspension, engine and transmission.
It brought hybrid-levels of fuel economy to the class while retaining the traditional Mazda fun-to-drive experience.
But the compact crossover class is one of the most important in the industry, one that is predicted to enjoy further growth as Americans discover what Canadians have known all along – compact vehicles can be fun and are no longer penalty boxes.
The compact CUV class has become one of the most competitive in the entire industry with major manufacturers introducing new entries every month. You snooze in this category and you loose.
For 2014, the CX-5 introduces Smart City Brake Support and gets a significant dose of steroids in the form of a second engine choice – a 2.5-litre version of the SkyActive four introduced with the CX-5 at the Los Angeles Auto Show last year.
The new engine offers 19 per cent more horsepower and 23 per cent more torque, addressing the only concerns raised about the 2.0-litre SkyActiv engine – a need for more power when carrying passengers or heavy cargo.
For 2014, the CX-5 continues to be available in GX, GS and GT trim levels. The base price remains the same. The GX comes with the 2.0-litre engine, six-speed manual transmission and front-wheel-drive. A six-speed automatic and all-wheel-drive are optional.
The GS comes with the new 2.5-litre engine and automatic transmission in either front or all-wheel-drive. The GT comes in only one configuration – a 2.5-litre engine driving all four wheels through the automatic transmission.
Standard equipment includes: remote keyless entry, push button ignition, heated mirrors, hill hold assist, cruise control, power windows and locks, cruise and audio controls on steering wheel, tilt and telescope steering wheel, and air conditioning.
Move up one step to the GS and you get the bigger engine, automatic transmission, power sun roof, blind-spot monitoring system, audio upgrade, automatic headlights, rear-view camera and display, heated seats and a power driver’s seat.
The new Smart City Brake Support (SCBS) system is included in a technology package available on the CX-5 GT. SCBS is designed to help prevent collisions at low speeds – 5-30 km/hr. It uses a laser positioned above the rear-view mirror to monitor the closing rate between the CX-5 and other objects, including oncoming vehicles.
Should it detect imminent contact the first step is to move the brake pads in closer proximity to the rotors to shorten brake activation time. If the driver does not take evasive action the brakes will automatically be applied.
The same technology package also includes an in-dash TomTom navigation system, automatic on/off, automatic levelling bi-xenon headlights with a pivoting adaptive system that turns the lights slightly in concert with the steering wheel and a six month subscription to satellite radio.
With its 50th anniversary and the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang just a year away, Ford’s got minor changes in store for the 2014 Mustang. The 2014 Mustang’s changes include new colors and appearance packages, which just launched on Ford’s consumer site in an updated configurator. The base price for the 2014 Mustang V-6 coupe and convertible are unchanged from the 2013 model year, at $22,995 and $27,995, respectively (including destination).
Since 2014 is the last model year for the S197 Mustang before a new global model debuts with an independent rear suspension and a turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder engine, changes are minor. The biggest update is the discontinuation of the beloved Mustang Boss 302. With the death of the Boss comes the departure of School Bus Yellow from the Mustang’s color palette; other color changes include Oxford White replacing High Performance White, and Red Candy Metallic being dropped in favor of Ruby Red Metallic. New instrument cluster graphics for the tach and speedo are also in the cards for 2014.
The other change for the 2014 Mustang is the deletion of the Exterior Appearance Package on V-6 models, and the addition of the FP6 Appearance Package on base Mustang V6s and FP8 Appearance Package on base Mustang GTs. The new FP6 package retails for $795, and includes black-painted mirror caps, a black decklid spoiler, body color quarter window louvers, and 18-inch black multi-spoke aluminum wheels. The FP8 package costs $995, and includes all the FP6 goodies, save for the wheels, which get replaced by 19-inch machined-aluminum wheels with black accents.
Most 2014 Mustang models cost just as much as they did last year. Base V-6 coupe and convertible models still start at $22,995 and $27,995, while a base Mustang GT still sets you back $31,545. The 2014 Shelby GT500 coupes and convertibles get a $450 price increase to $55,445 and $60,445, respectively.
2015 Lincoln MKC live in L.A. 21.11.2013
Could be the brand’s saviour
Lincoln has officially unveiled the 2015 MKC at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
Designed to help save the beleaguered brand, the MKC has a stylish exterior that closely echoes the MKC concept. As a result, the crossover has a bold front fascia with a “split-wing” grille that is flanked by HID headlights. Moving further back, we can see a sloping roofline, a tailgate-mounted spoiler and full-width LED taillights. The model also has metallic accents and 18- or 19-inch alloy wheels.
The cabin is elegantly equipped with leather upholstery, wood trim and a MyLincoln Touch infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen display. Customers can also order a panoramic Vista Roof, a premium audio system and Bridge of Weir leather upholstery.
Under the hood, two engines are available. The entry-level 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder develops 240 bhp (179 kW) and 270 lb-ft (365 Nm) of torque, while the new 2.3-liter EcoBoost produces approximately 275 bhp (205 kW) and 300 lb-ft (406 Nm) of torque. Both engines are connected to an automatic transmission which sends power to the front wheels. An all-wheel drive system is optional and includes a Continuously Controlled Damping system with three modes: sport, comfort and normal.
The 2015 Lincoln MKC will go on sale next summer and pricing will be announced closer to launch.
2015 Audi Q7 spy photo 22.11.2013 / S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
Not a lot of ground clearance
The all-new Audi Q7 has been caught on camera once again and this time we have clearer photos of a prototype wearing slightly less camouflage.
Just like in previous spy photos, the new generation of the Audi Q7 seems to be a tad smaller but maybe that is because of the more sloping roofline. In addition, it has a very low ground clearance which is a surprise given the body style. We notice it will have a massive front grille and a completely new bumper with generous air intakes.
The SUV will allegedly go on a massive 800 lbs (363 kg) diet and will be equipped with 6- and 8-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines, including a 3.0-liter V6 TFSI with 310 HP (228 kW) and a 4.2-liter V8 TDI generating 385 HP (283 kW).
Later on during the car’s lifespan we expect to see a plug-in hybrid packing a 3.0-liter TDI and an electric motor which pumps out an extra 115 HP (84 kW). According to long-time WCF user w0bBle, an entry-level Q7 will be offered with a small 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter TDI along with a range-topping model with a V8 TDI powering the SQ7 Diesel.
Expect the car to receive its first public outing in March 2014 at the Geneva Motor Show. If that won’t happen, the new Q7 will likely be showcased in September at the Paris Motor Show. Either way, the SUV will go on sale towards the end of next year as a 2015MY.
Shelby GT & Shelby GT/SC 22.11.2013
Package starts at $14,995
Shelby American has introduced the Shelby GT at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
Based on the 2014 Ford Mustang GT, the Shelby GT features a new front fascia, a fiberglass hood and a billet grille. The model has also been equipped with a short shifter, a Ford Racing suspension and 20-inch alloy wheels with BFG G-Force Comp2 tires.
Power is provided by a 5.0-liter V8 engine that has a new air intake, and a sports exhaust system. This enables the engine to produce 430 bhp (320 kW) – a modest increase of 10 hp (7 kW).
Moving up to the GT/SC adds a supercharger which enables the engine to produce 525 bhp (391 kW) or 624 bhp (465 kW). In the latter state of tune, the car can accelerate from 0-60 mph in approximately 3.7 seconds and run the quarter mile in the mid-11 second range.
The Shelby GT package costs $14,995 while the GT/SC package starts at $27,995 – both excluding the cost of the base Mustang GT.
BMW 6-Series Bullshark by Vilner 22.11.2013
Vilner has unveiled today an entirely reworked second-gen BMW 6-Series Coupe codenamed “Bullshark.”
It would be an understatement to categorize the Bullshark as simply an aftermarket kit created by Vilner. The BMW 6-Series was completely redone by the Bulgarian design studio as only the roof and doors were kept stock. Everything else is new and looks drop dead gorgeous with that front fascia which sends out a bit of an i8 vibe.
Vilner is describing the car as their “biggest project” yet and it represents their first vehicle reworked entirely both inside and out. The new mirrors, lower bumpers and all the other aero elements added were handmade from carbon fiber. The same lightweight material was used for the 19-inch Z-Performance wheels, though initially they wanted to opt for a larger 20-inch set.
The cabin features a combination of brown and beige accents with blue belts and stitching. The upholstery is made from cowhide, while the steering wheel, seats and gear shifter have been rebuilt. Ground Zero was in charge of installing the 11-speaker audio system that comes with two amplifiers and a trunk-mounted subwoofer.
There’s a lot going on under the hood as well where the V8 4.4-liter has received an exhaust system from AC Schnitzer and its software was also optimized, resulting in a power hike from 333 HP (245 kW) and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) to 370 HP (272 kW) and 522 Nm (385 lb-ft). The 6-Series Coupe is now able to run the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint in 5.4 seconds, making it 0.2s quicker than the stock model. In addition, the maximum speed has increased from 155 mph (250 km/h) to 173 mph (278 km/h).
Toyota is one of the world’s most successful automotive brands, and in the States, the Camry mid-sizer is their best seller. In Australia, it’s easily the de facto choice in its class for rental and taxi companies, government fleets and private buyers. Join us as we take the Australian-spec Atara S for one of our weeklong road test and reviews.
The AU$33,490 RRP Atara S is the second cheapest model in the 2012 Camry range and the obvious choice for the vast majority of private buyers (the Altise, at AU$30,490 RRP, is the mainstay of fleet operators).
The 2012 Camry feels large for a mid-sizer with a length of 4,815 mm (190 in.) and a wheelbase of 2,775 mm (109 in.). It’s also 1,825 mm (72 in.) wide and 1,470 mm (58 in.) tall.
It’s fine-looking looking from most angles though the styling is best described as evolutionary rather than revolutionary – a Toyota hallmark. It’s a shame that from the side it looks more like a minor facelift than an all-new model; the angular window-line seemingly unchanged from the previous generation.
Still, in Atara S guise the Camry comes with front fog lights and five spoke alloy wheels which help to alleviate many of the deign shortcomings. There’s also the expected assortment of three letter acronym safety equipment (ABS, EBD, traction / stability control etc.) resulting in a 5 star ANCAP rating. This alone should be a big incentive for many private buyer.
Unlike the majority of Atara S’s currently in Aussie showrooms, our press fleet vehicle came with a full leather interior and a power tilt/slide sunroof. Everything else – from the climate control air conditioning, electrically adjustable driver’s seat and touch-screen audio – is standard.
All the controls are clearly labelled and easy to use; a definite plus. One thing I didn’t like was the fact that the audio and climate controls are backlit in green; with the white instruments and blue touch-screen it seemed out-of-place and dated. The foot-operated handbrake is also an unusual touch in a car such as this. The air conditioning is fantastic and the front seats extremely comfortable.
The lack of automatic adjustment for the front passenger seat is disappointing though not unexpected. The steering wheel is nice and chunky and the interior material choices are – as to be expected from Toyota – of a very high standard. This is a no-fuss cabin that’s well designed and well-appointed for a car at this price range. The boot – which contains a full-sized spare – is easy to access and large enough to accommodate almost anything.
The Camry’s 133 kW (178 hp), 2.5-liter inline four delivers 231 Nm (170 lb. ft.) of torque through a 6-spd automatic gearbox. It’s an eager if somewhat pedestrian sounding unit that benefits greatly from an above average transmission. Smooth power delivery makes the Atara S a competent highway cruiser. Fuel economy seems to be about 10 L / 100 km around town and 7.5 L / 100 km on the open road.
The steering is a bit lifeless but otherwise I have few complaints about the Camry’s driving experience. It handles well, rides comfortably and is effortless to drive. The suspension setup is well adapted to Australian road conditions and the brakes work flawlessly. “Boringly competent” best describes the 2012 Camry’s on-road performance.
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A source inside Mercedes-Benz has confirmed that it will be offering an electric-version of its new B-Class in the United States in 2014. The B-Class electric will be based on a new front-wheel-drive platform with an electric-motor and components from Tesla Motors.
Daimler already sells the Smart ForTwo EV in the United States but wants to bring another electric-vehicles to the market.
The insider, who spoke with Automotive News, said that Mercedes-Benz’s original plans to offer a B-Class plug-in hybrid in 2014 have been postponed.
“Zero-emission vehicles receive more favorable classifications and higher incentives than vehicles with a range extender,” the source said. “This is especially an issue in the U.S.”
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|Posted on 11.20.2013 17:00 by Simona|
Along with the mighty SLS Final Edition, Mercedes is also displaying a bad-ass GLA concept car at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. Dubbed the GLA 45 AMG Concept car, this sweet compact crossover previews a new high-performance SUV coming from Germany.
The concept is powered by the same AMG 2.0-liter turbocharged engine found in some of its closest relatives, like CLA 45 AMG or A45 AMG. This petite powerhouse puts 360 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque into an AMG 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system via an AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT seven-speed sports transmission. This combination teams up to deliver a stellar 0-to-60 mph sprint time of under 5 seconds and a thrifty 33 mpg.
Lest you believe that Mercedes would stop at the engine, it also installed the staple AMG body kit to help give the crossover some aesthetic credentials to go along with its peppy four-pot. This kit includes an AMG front apron with a large front splitter, and large air intakes, a “twin-blade” radiator grille in silver chrome, side sill panels with high-gloss black inserts, and around back, a set of black roof rails and a large rooftop spoiler.
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Mercedes GLA 45 AMG Concept originally appeared on topspeed.com on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 17:00 EST.
|Posted on 11.20.2013 18:00 by Justin Cupler|
When Nissan unveiled the new Juke Nismo , it also announced that it was simply the tip of the iceberg for the new Nismo family. We have already seen the GT-R Nismo that followed it, and now a new Sentra Nismo Concept. This concept is on display next to the GT-R Nismo at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, and we have big hopes to see it put into production.
The concept features the usual Nismo elements, like the more powerful engine, the aerodynamic kit, tuned suspensions and a high performance braking system, red accents all over and, of course, a sporty interior.
The Sentra Nismo Concept rocks a Bright Pearl White exterior paint combined with a carbon fiber pattern on numerous exterior elements and the staple Nismo red line on the front spoiler lip, the side skirts, the rear spoiler and the exterior mirrors.
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Nissan Sentra NISMO Concept originally appeared on topspeed.com on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 18:00 EST.
Mercedes-Benz has taken the wraps off the all-new 2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake, which is the production version of the concept that we saw two years ago in Beijing. According to Mercedes-benz, the CLS Shooting Brake is still a “coupe” like the standard CLS, but “with five doors and a roof which continues through to the rear, it promises some remarkable new possibilities.”
“The CLS Shooting Brake is based on the great tradition of stylish sportiness which has always characterised Mercedes, and takes these unique icons an exciting step further”, explains Gorden Wagener, Head of Design at Mercedes Benz. “It stands for the enhanced design idiom of Mercedes-Benz which is oriented towards aesthetic, avant-garde principles.”
The CLS Shooting Brake will be available with a range of four-cylinder, V6 and V8 engines when it’s released, unfortunately Mercedes-Benz has no plans to offer it in the U.S.
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Infiniti is now offering its M35h – the sportiest hybrid saloon out there – in the coveted GT grade. It sits below the M35h GT Premium, making the hybrid car more affordable, as it costs 3970 less than the Premium model. With a starting price of 41,101, the M45h GT is not a cheap car, but it offers great value for money when you consider what you receive.
What you receive is a luxurious four-door Infiniti powered by one of the finest hybrid systems known to man, consisting of a V6 petrol engine and an electric motor, with a combined output of 364 PS (359bhp), 0 to 60 mph time of 5.5 seconds, average fuel consumption of 40.4 mpg with 162g/km CO2. In other words, it’s a no compromise car.
And don’t think because it costs less than the Premium model, it’s badly equipped. Actually the GT Premium is a bit too well-equipped. The M35 GT gets very advanced features such as 16-speaker Bose surround sound, Connectiviti+, Infiniti’s navigation/entertainment system, Frost Air climate control system, in addition to regular luxury equipments like semi-aniline leather seat facings, heated and ventilated front seats, bi-Xenon headlights with Adaptive Front-Lighting System (AFS), alloy wheels and White Ash wood trim finished with real silver powder.
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Volvo CEO Stefan Jacoby, has confirmed that the new XC90 crossover will be arriving in the U.S. in 2014. The 2014 Volvo XC90 has only been revealed in a few sketches at the previous LA auto show.
“While Volvo is currently shrinking its American lineup, it nevertheless is still busy preparing new products. The company’s flexible new SPA architecture is moving along and will launch in a few years; the same is true of a new, highly configurable four-cylinder-engine family. Using similar chassis and powertrain tech across the entire portfolio will drastically reduce service complexity and equipment costs for dealers, so it’s possible that Volvo will again offer a wider range of products here once these engines and platforms join with sheetmetal.”
Jacoby explained that Volvo is paring its U.S. lineup to focus on its volume products: the S60 sedan, the XC70 wagon, and the XC60 and XC90 crossovers. In relative terms, Volvo is a small company-it sold roughly 67,000 cars in the U.S. in 2011, compared to about 306,000 by BMW-and can’t support marketing, sales, and service for a broad range of products.
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The angular headlights, slim LEDS, enormous badge and grille surround are all recognisable from the DeZir concept car, and the Alpine 110-50 concept car.
A five-door only, there’s hidden rear door handles cribbed from the likes of Alfa Romeo, Honda and Seat, and an upright rear with swollen flanks above the rear wheels and a diffuser-apeing bumper. The whole car sits on a wider track and its forward-leaning stance is more sporty than the current Clio.
Clearly Renault is hoping that the magic of its RenaultSport arm will rub off on all Clio versions in the styling department at least – even those door-mounted chrome flourishes recall the current RS Megane 265.
We’ll have to wait for the September launch drives to confirm that, but Renault are certainly giving it a go, with a totally clean sheet-design engine range.
The new Clio will be the first Renault to benefit from a range of fresh downsized engines, kicking off with a three-cylinder petrol unit, which Renault claims gives the performance of a 1.4-litre engine despite only displacing 899cc. A low-inertia turbo helps squeeze out 89bhp and 100lb ft, while standard stop-start cuts consumption.
There’ll be a truly eco-focused version with taller gear ratios, that’ll sneak into road tax exemption with CO2 emissions of just 99g/km. The three-pot marks a 21% efficiency improvement over the powerplant it replaces.
Higher up the power scale will is a four-cylinder 1.2-litre petrol, good for 118bhp and 140lb ft, figures comparable with a 1.6 engine, says Renault. Paired with Renault’s new EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch gearbox), this powertrain will be on sale in early 2013.
Rounding out engine options is the diesel: this Clio gets a four-cylinder 1.5-litre with 89bhp and 162lb ft. Impressively, CO2 emissions for the diesel are as low as 83g/km.
Driver assists such as an ‘eco mode’ to improve efficiency by a further 10%, and a driving standard monitor should further enhance the Clio’s green credentials.
Most certainly. Of most interest is the ‘R-Link’ interface, which incorporates a seven-inch touchscreen display into the dashboard, compatible with voice control and with integrated TomTom navigation. You’ll even be able to download apps to your own car to use on the move.
Sure to be popular with young buyers is the Renault Bass Reflex system, which incorporates front door-mounted loudspeakers with better bass performance and less sound distortion. BlueTooth connectivity for streaming phone conversation and MP3 players wirelessly is also included, and then there’s the accessory options…
You can choose your favourite door mirror housings, grille bars, rear panel skirts, lower door protectors and wheel finishes, as well as a choice of roof graphics. Inside ,buyers can tweak the dashboard, door panels, steering wheel, grab handles, gear lever surround, air vent surrounds, upholstery materials and optional floor mats.
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