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Mercedes-Benz May Be Planning C300 and E300 with 248-hp V-6

Mercedes-Benz E300

If you’re shopping for an E Class Mercedes sedan in the U.S., your least expensive option is the E350, which carries a starting price of $51,365 before you check off a single option box.

If you’ve got your mind made up to buy a new Mercedes, the price is what the price is. If you’re cross-shopping rival German brands, there are variants of the BMW 5-Series and Audi A6 that offer similar amenities for thousands of dollars less.

In other words, Mercedes-Benz is potentially giving up sales to rival German automakers. Now comes word from Car and Driver that Mercedes may launch a new E300 sedan, priced noticeably below the current E350.

The E300 would be powered by a 3.5-liter V-6, likely the same engine used to power the Canadian E300 4Matic launched in February. It’s also the same powerplant used in the current E350, but de-tuned to produce 248 horsepower and 251 pound-feet of torque instead of the E350’s 302 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque.

Launching an E300 would also allow Mercedes-Benz to increase the standard content on the existing E350, taking it further up the luxury ladder with a price increase to match.

Documents filed with the NHTSA show that Mercedes may introduce the E300 in both rear drive and in all-wheel-drive 4Matic form, and may even launch a revised C300 4Matic with the same engine.

We say may, because filing vehicle listings with the NHTSA doesn’t always mean a model will come to market. It’s a necessary first step, and the launch of the E300 in Canada makes expansion to the U.S. likely, but Mercedes-Benz doesn’t comment on future models.

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2012 Peugeot 408 Launched

2012 Peugeot 408

Peugeot may have described the 408 with words like harmony, elegance and dynamism. But it does not take a keen eye to notice the slightly awkward proportions resulting from thick C-pillars. That said, the 308-based 408 sedan has a more flowing profile compared with the 206-based 207 Sedan. Measuring 4680 mm in length, 1815 mm in width and 1525 mm in height, the 408 is about the largest C-segment sedan there is, boasting the longest wheelbase of 2710 mm and the largest boot space of 562 litres, which can be expanded by 40/60 split-fold rear seatbacks if the 33 litres of cabin storage space proves insufficient.

Sharing a dash layout with the 308 hatchback, the 408 is a mode of clarity inside and comes well-appointed with premium leather seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an instrument panel LCD, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, four one-touch power windows with anti-pinch function, automatic dual-zone climate control with rear air vents, and a six-speaker audio system with CD/MP3 playback capability coupled with USB/Bluetooth connectivity.

Needless to say, the equipment list is much lengthier than the above-mentioned. Both variants are fitted with sensor-activated headlights and wipers, “Follow Me Home” headlight function, cruise control with speed limiter, and automatic retractable side mirrors. 17-inch alloy wheels are standard fare, but with notable differences: the 408 2.0 wears five-spoke Rinjani alloys and 215/50 tyres; while the 408 Turbo wears eight-spoke Melbourne rims wrapped in wider 225/45 tyres. A choice of six colours is offered: Alpine White, Velvet Silver, Metropolis Bronze, Aster Grey, Bourrasque Blue and Premium Black.

The list goes on, covering the crucial safety aspect. Features available for both 408 variants are dual front airbags, the full suite of braking controls (ABS, EBD & BA), front seatbelt pretensioners, and two Isofix locations. The 408 Turbo is set apart with additional items including two side and two curtain airbags, anti-skid regulation (ASR) and dynamic stability control (DSC). What’s more, the 408 Turbo’s suspension is tuned with a bias for sportiness, so expect a firmer ride.

The 408 2.0 is driven by a 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine, capable of generating a maximum of 147 HP at 6000 rpm and 200 Nm at 4000 rpm. Fitted with a rather dated four-speed auto adaptive gearbox with Tiptronic and a sport mode, the 408 2.0 expectedly does the 0-100 km/h sprint in a leisurely 12.5 seconds, and tops out at 195 km/h. That is a good deal slower than the 408 Turbo, which completes the same sprint in 9.2 seconds and hits 215 km/h.

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Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class

At the 2013 Auto Shanghai, Mercedes unveiled the GLA Concept – the initial preview for the company’s fifth SUV. Just a few months after, the production GLA will make its world debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.

The production GLA-Class is built on the same front-wheel-drive architecture that features transversely mounted engines as the new-generation A-Class and B-Class. From the A-Class, the new GLA also borrows its engine lineup, but U.S. customers will only have one variant, the GLA250, which is offered in standard front-wheel drive and optional 4MATIC.

On the U.S. market, the model will be put on sale in the fall of 2014.

Updated 08/14/2013: The production Mercedes GLA will make its world debut in September at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, but Mercedes just released the first official details on the production version GLA.

Updated 07/29/2014: Mercedes announced that the all-new GLA-Class will be put on sale at a starting price of $32,225, while when equipped with the 4MATIC system, the price will raise to $34,225.

Hit the jump to read more about the production version Mercedes GLA-Class.

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Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class originally appeared on topspeed.com on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 09:30 EST.

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Ford F-150

Ford has been selling the F-Series since 1948, but the F-150 model didn’t arrive until 1975, when Ford used it as a `tweener pickup to span the gap between the F-100 and F-250. When Ford rolled out the Atlas Concept at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, we were pretty sure that the automaker was already hard at work overhauling the existing F-150 in its likeness. And for the 2015 model year, our suspicions are confirmed, as brand-new F-150, based on the Atlas concept, hit dealers.

With this redesign, Ford will focus on drastically reducing the F-150’s total weight by making use of lightweight aluminum materials. Under the hood, the model will carry a familiar line of engines with a new, 2.7-liter EcoBoost delivering awesome power and better fuel economy.

Updated 07/22/2014: Ford released the specifications figures for the F-150’s new 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine. Click past the jump for the details. A towing test video was also added.

Updated 07/29/2014: Ford released prices for the 2015 F-150, and they have suffered an increase of $395 to $3,515, depending on the trim level. (USA Today)

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Ford F-150.

Ford F-150 originally appeared on topspeed.com on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 09:45 EST.

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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…


Homeland Hero: Andreas Gidlund and his Nordic Tuning Saab 9-5

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It’s not every day you meet someone that finds their own car fuel for a living but if you live in countries like Sweden or Norway then it would be considerably more likely as the oil and gas industry is big business! Swedish car nut, Andreas (Andy) Gidlund is one such oil and gas prospector…


Dodge Viper SRT Convertible unveiled

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This modified Dodge Viper SRT Convertible is called Baptized Medusa and is the fruit of labour from a heavy-duty chain saw and Prefix Performance. Based on one of a very limited 10-vehicle production run, the Medusa’s least expensive modification package costs $35,000 ( 20,492.82). You’ll have to pay extra for every other bespoke option. For the…


Hamilton heads for therapy after Hockenheim

 Hamilton heads for therapy after Hockenheim

The Mercedes AMG F1 W05 of Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 is is recovered back to the pits on the back of a truck after he crashed out of qualifying, 19.07.2014, German Grand Prix, Hockenheim / XPB

Lewis Hamilton is planning a week of physiotherapy following his drive through the field after a hefty qualifying crash at Hockenheim.

Even before the race, the Mercedes driver reportedly had acupuncture, to help with the pain of the 30G smash into the barriers caused by brake failure.

“My knees are no problem,” he said, “but my back and my neck have been the issue really.

“I do need some physiotherapy as my back is in more pain than normal. But I’ll be ok, I’ll get some work done this week.”

Also on the Briton’s agenda will be some therapy to heal his run of bad luck.

He won at Silverstone to peg back championship leader Nico Rosberg’s momentum, but the brake failure was just another black mark against Hamilton’s name as the pair fight for the 2014 title in the dominant W05s.

“Maybe I need to go and visit some Indians, or rub the Buddha belly. I’ll try all the different religions to see if I can get some luck,” Hamilton joked.

But physio and prayers aside, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff thinks Hamilton will need serious treatment in November if he loses out to Rosberg as a result of the Bernie Ecclestone-sponsored ‘double points’ finale in Abu Dhabi.

“It looks like Bernie might be right,” said Wolff after Hockenheim. “The last race is going to be the decisive one.

“I don’t think it’s fair. I don’t think we (F1) should have done it.

“Neither of them will care if they won it that way. But the one who loses on double points will need some psychological treatment,” he smiled.


2015 Honda/Acura NSX spied at the Nürburgring hiding production body

 2015 Honda/Acura NSX spied at the N  rburgring hiding production body

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Will feature a Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system

The highly anticipated 2015 Honda/Acura NSX has been spied undergoing final testing in Germany around the Nürburgring circuit.

Honda has been relatively quiet lately about the long-awaited NSX revival but now we have a fresh batch of spy photos with a camouflaged prototype testing at the ‘Ring, ahead of a full reveal likely to occur before the end of the year since the company has already announced plans to begin production in 2015 at a newly established Performance Manufacturing Center in Ohio where they are investing 70M USD. As a reminder, the 2015 NSX is being developed by Honda R&D Americas in Raymond, Ohio.

The car appears to look virtually the same as the Acura NSX concept shown at last year’s NAIAS in Detroit which itself was a minor revision of a concept exhibited a year earlier at the same venue. It will make use of a three-motor high-performance hybrid system encompassing two electric motors driving the front wheels along with a third motor built into an all-new dual-clutch transmission while a mid-mounted V6 engine will power the rear axle.

Honda has labeled this system as Sport Hybrid Super Handling All Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) and they say it will be capable to provide the NSX reboot with “instant delivery of negative or positive torque to the front wheels during cornering to achieve a new level of driving performance unparalleled by current AWD systems.”


Fiat Panda Cross 2015

The all-new 2015 Fiat Panda Cross made its global debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show in March. The 2015 Panda Cross builds on the Panda 4×4 and continuess to offer all-terrain capability, improved performance and higher ground clearance.


Audi A7 Sportback 2015

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The all-new 2015 Audi A7 Sportback will arrive soon at the Audi Dealerships with its base price in Germany pegged at 51,300. The revised A7 is spacious and more powerful & attractive than ever.

To briefly summarize, the new A7 Sportback has new engine configurations, new transmissions, new headlights, taillights and new infotainment systems. Continue reading for full details.


2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Could be Limited to 1,200 Units

Production of the insanely powerful 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat may be limited to only 1,200 units. That’s the word from Edmunds, citing a Chrysler Group person that did not want to be identified. Although the automaker has yet to confirm the said number, we won’t be surprised if this report turns out to be true. And for more than one reason.

First of all, it’s only natural for such a powerful machine to come available in limited quantities. The Hellcat is no regular Challenger and we don’t expect Dodge to keep it in production until the current generation model is phased out. At least not as a regular production car. Selling 1,200 examples each year for the next two to three years would make more sense. Sure, demand will surpass production and Dodge will have a lot of unhappy customers to deal with, but that’s what makes a muscle car like the Hellcat special.

Secondly, a limited run would bring more bad news to customers. As Hellcats will start disappearing from dealer preorder “lots,” the $60,990 sticker (delivery included) will blow through the roof. Dealers win, Dodge wins, and customers will just have to fork more cash for the privilege of owning 707 horses and 650 pound-feet of torque in the shape of a Challenger.

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2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Could be Limited to 1,200 Units originally appeared on topspeed.com on Friday, 18 July 2014 17:00 EST.

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Porsche 934/935 IMSA El Salvador

Introduced for the 1976 racing season, the Porsche 934/935 was the factory-racing version of the Porsche 911 Turbo. Mainly prepared for FIA Group 5 rules, a liberal silhouette formula from 1976 to 1982, the 935 is also known for racing in the IMSA GT championship and the DRM series. The 935 went on to win no less than 123 races through 1986, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 1,000 km Nurburgring, becoming one of the most successful Porsches ever created.

The Porsche 935 can still be seen on the track throughout the United States and Europe in historic racing events. Still a crowd-pleaser, as it has always been, one of the only 31 935s ever built is about to cross the block during an auction event hosted by Mecum in August 2014. A rare occurrence for such a prestigious race car, one that classic race car collectors are likely looking forward to.

What you’re looking at is a 1976 Porsche 934/935 dressed in 1981 Daytona livery and upgraded to twin-turbo specifications. It’s lightning-fast, light as a feather, and ready to storm the track. Unfortunately, this is a vehicle we can’t borrow for a test drive, but we’re more than happy to review it 38 years after leaving the Porsche factory.

Click past the jump to read more about the 1976 Porsche 934/935 IMSA El Salvador.

Porsche 934/935 IMSA El Salvador originally appeared on topspeed.com on Friday, 18 July 2014 18:00 EST.

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Audi teases a new model for Frankfurt [video]

Could be the 2014 A8 facelift

Audi has released a new teaser video which previews an upcoming model that will be introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The company didn’t have much to say about the car but the clip shows that it will feature a massive grille and carbon ceramic brakes. That’s not much to go on, but the size of the vehicle suggests it will be the 2014 A8 facelift.

Our spies have already caught on the model on numerous occasions and it has modified bumpers, a revised grille and new exhaust finishers. The 2014 A8 will also come equipped with Matrix LED headlights which use 25 individual diodes to deliver the optimal amount of light regardless of the situation.

The Frankfurt Motor Show kicks off in September, so expect to learn more in the coming weeks.


Toyota committed to body-on-frame SUVs – report

 Toyota committed to body-on-frame SUVs - report

2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser 13.9.2012

FJ Cruiser could be dropped

The world has gone crossover crazy, but that hasn’t spelt the end for conventional body-on-frame SUVs.

While their numbers are dwindling, Toyota says body-on-frame SUVs are still relevant as they appeal to a demanding set of customers. As Toyota’s chief engineer for global trucks and SUVs explained, “Some want to drive off-road, some want to tow with their families and some want to commute.” Motoharu Araya went on to say, “Towing and durability are very difficult with a monocoque vehicle.”

Despite being upbeat about body-on-frame SUVs, sales have declined significantly as Toyota only sold 78,457 units of their FJ Cruiser, 4Runner, Sequoia and Land Cruiser in the United States in 2012. This decline has lead to speculation that the FJ Cruiser could be dropped in the near future. Toyota general manager Bill Fay confirmed that possibility with Automotive News but suggested the company would keep the model around as long as there was enough demand.