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BMW presents five-door M135i models

2013 BMW M135i

The performance potential of the BMW M135i is reflected in its individual exterior and interior design features, which are integral parts of the series equipment in this BMW M Performance automobile. The body details are typical of a car designed to handle the aerodynamic requirements associated with dynamic, high-performance driving situations – it is such details that convey the unique M style and flair. The front apron is typical of M styling that reflects the car’s firm and responsive road handling, with the large air intake vents needed to meet the cooling demands of a high-performance straight six-cylinder engine, auxiliary units and oversized brakes. The competitive character of the car can also be seen in the three-dimensional flaps on the outer air vents, a detail inspired by automobile racing. These air inlets take up the space reserved for the fog lights in the other versions of the three-door BMW 1-Series. They are separated by horizontal struts in Ferric Grey metallic – a design detail that distinguishes BMW M Performance cars.

This power plant enhances the wide selection of engines available for the new compact three-door BMW 1-Series. At the same time, it is an essential component of a portfolio that positions BMW M Performance automobiles at the top of the performance segment. The BMW M135i is powered by a straight six-cylinder engine with M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology, which is known for its spontaneous performance and high revving, plus a level of efficiency that is remarkable in this performance class. The technology package includes a TwinScroll turbocharger, direct High Precision Injection with central multi-hole injectors, VALVETRONIC variable valve control and Double VANOS variable camshaft timing. This 3.0-litre engine delivers a maximum power output of 235 kW/320 hp at 5 800 rpm. This impressive power results from the maximum torque of 450 Nm that is available between 1 300 and 4 500 rpm.

The BMW M135i sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.1 seconds (automatic: 4.9 seconds) and reaches a top speed of 250 km/h – the top limit permitted by the vehicle’s electronic speed control system. Average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle is 8.0 litres (7.5 litres)/100 km, and the CO2 emissions level is 188 grams (175 grams) per kilometre. The exclusive power train for the compact BMW M Performance car also features a customised cooling system, M performance control and engine sound tuning, plus a newly developed six-speed manual transmission with dry sump lubrication. A dynamic eight-speed automatic sports transmission with gearshift paddles integrated in the steering wheel is available as an option.

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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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2012 Suzuki Kizashi Sedan

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Now in its third model year, the Suzuki Kizashi is the Japanese manufacturer’s most expensive vehicle. The midsize sedan has only a few minor changes in 2012 from last year’s offering, with the uniquely named car still hoping to find a larger niche in the near-luxury category.

Kizashi (pronounced KEY-ZAH-SHEE) means “something great is coming.”

Suzuki promoted the Kizashi with industry buzz in mind. And it attracted attention for a while when the car debuted in 2009 as a less expensive alternative to an Audi 4. But the Kizashi is still largely unheralded and under publicized.

The Kizashi S includes 16-inch steel wheels, keyless ignition/entry, full power accessories, dual-zone automatic climate control, cloth upholstery, a height-adjustable driver seat and a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel.

The SE includes all of S model’s features, plus 17-inch alloy wheels, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls and an eight-way power driver seat with memory settings and power lumbar adjustment.

When equipped with its continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), the SE gains cruise control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a seven-speaker stereo with USB port/iPod interface.

I drove the SE trim (185 horsepower) on an extended weekly test, about 1,000 miles from the San Francisco Bay Area to Los Angeles and then home to Sacramento.

Just like with the debut edition, several passersby momentarily thought the car might be Audi A4. But then they noticed the insignia Suzuki “S” and tried to pronounce the car’s name. Even when the phonetic pronunciation is said slowly, the name isn’t easy to pronounce and it likely won’t be easy to remember.

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2013 Ford Explorer Sport Revealed

2013 Ford Explorer Sport

Ford Motor Company has recently provided the buying public and the rest of the automotive community with the key details regarding the range-topping 2013 Ford Explorer Sport. Although Ford failed to provide the vehicle model’s price, the company has provided a clear hint that the performance-based Explorer would probably cost around $40,000.

Given this tentative pricing estimate, it is quite clear that the 2013 Ford Explorer Sport would surely be considered as the most expensive trim of the Explorer line-up for this year. This is because the expected price of the Sport which is about $40,000 is higher than the current price of the 2013 Ford Explorer Limited which is about $36,680 which also includes the destination charge of $825.

In addition to this, the difference between the prices of the base model which is about $29,695 and the Sport version’s rumoured price of $40,000 has also caught the attention of many car experts since the gap is quite high. But despite of all the uncertainties that were created when the company revealed the possible starting price of the Sport model of the Explorer, Ford is still optimistic that this SUV would become one of its most in demand vehicles in the market since the 2013 Ford Explorer Sport is equipped with a lot of premium features that are not readily found on its siblings.

Aside from the premium features that are found on the 2013 Explorer Sport, this vehicle also takes pride of its powerful engine. It is powered by a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost engine which is capable of producing a maximum power output of up to 350 horsepower. The engine is connected to a 6-speed automatic transmission which is equipped with paddle shifters. The Explorer Sport is also using the 4-wheel drive system that allows the vehicle to take on the challenges that it might encounter when taken off-road.

To further impress its potential customers, Ford has used the company’s “Terrain Management System.” This system helps the 2013 version of the Explorer Sport in handling different road conditions. The system has specialized settings that tune the vehicle’s performance when this SUV is driven on snowy, a rutted mud or sandy roads. The system also features a hill descent function that empowers the Explorer Sport in climbing hilly terrains.

Despite its impressive performance and power generation, the vehicle is not considered as the least fuel-efficient model in the current line-up. This is because Ford has estimated that the Explorer Sport will obtain the fuel-economy ratings of 16 miles per gallon in the city and 22 miles per gallon on the highway. In order to validate the fuel economy estimates of the vehicle, the Environmental Protection Agency or EPA will also be conducting their own test on this vehicle. The agency has also assured the buying public that they will be publishing their own ratings as soon as their tests are finished.

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2013 Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic

2013 Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic

Just last month we speculated that the Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic could be getting a new engine, specifically a de-tuned 3.5-liter V-6 that could be shared with an entry-level E Class sedan.

We still don’t have news on the rumored new E300, but Mercedes-Benz has confirmed that 2013 C300 4Matic models will benefit from a direct-injection 3.5-liter V-6, good for 248 horsepower and 251 pound-feet of torque. That’s a considerable jump from last year’s 3.0-liter V-6, which produced 228 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque.

While Mercedes-Benz hasn’t published fuel economy numbers just yet, the addition of ECO Start/Stop (and gasoline direct injection) tells us to expect slightly better numbers than last year’s 17 mpg city and 24 mpg highway.

The same 3.5-liter V-6 is used to power the C350 Coupe and C350 Sport Sedan, where it’s tuned to produce 302 horsepower and 273 pound feet of torque. It also sees duty in the E350 models, with the same level of output.

Mercedes-Benz has made some expansive changes to its lineup for 2013, in an effort to both modernize product and attract new customers. Look for a serious increase in new models to hit U.S. dealers in coming years, too, as Mercedes Benz introduces the new A Class, B Class and CLA sedan.

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2012 Maserati Quattroporte S Revealed

2012 Maserati Quattroporte S

The Ferrari 4.7 liter V8 engine boasted in the new Maserati Quattroporte S produces 425 hp and pushes the car to a top speed of 174 mph and a 0 – 60 mph acceleration in 5.3 seconds to guarantee this sensational sedan exceptional handling, balance and performance. Fluid gear changes and high performance result indeed in a drive that is both captivating and enjoyable.

The interiors are equipped with Poltrona Frau leather, prestigious wood and superb craftsmanship making the on board experience truly enjoyable. In line with Maserati tradition, clients ordering a Maserati Quattroporte S can choose from a vast variety of personalization options to fit each owner individual taste and personality. The personalization options include, for example, on board electronics, color choice, interior options such as stitching, woods, seats, steering wheel and trim combinations. Maserati Quattroporte S owners can also select from several colors to personalize the parcel shelf colors, dashboard, steering wheel, stitching, roof lining, seat edge piping, carpets and also brakes calipers.

Rosewood, Mahogany, walnut, vavona and polish wenge are some of the woods selection available in addition to black piano or blue laque interior finish.

The Maserati Quattroporte can be fitted with the Comfort Pack – providing heating, ventilation and massage with the roof in Alcantara suede or the Luxury Pack conveying the natural Poltrona Frau leather an even more supple finish. Steering wheel materials to choose from are leather, Piano Black or wood trim. Comfort Pack is also available as an option for rear seats. Executive Pack offers Maserati Quattroporte S driver and passengers’ supreme comfort thanks to ventilation and massage functions, front seats heating, rear climate control, Alcantara roof lining, side rear window blinds and wooden pull down tables for rear occupants.

The Quattroporte S comes standard with rear parking sensors and sunroof but can be further enhanced with the Rear Seat Entertainment System including a TV screen and DVD player, and front parking sensors. All four seats in the Quattroporte S are electrically adjustable with the driver seats featuring three memory settings and an easy entry / exit system. Controls are set closer to the driver to make them easy and accessible under all driving conditions.

The spacious trunk is 15 cubic feet and has flexible storage configuration able to fit three to four golf bags. An optional Maserati luggage specifically designed to suitwithin the Quattroporte S is available as an option to further optimize trunk space.

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2014 Corvette Stingray Coupe Premiere Edition

2014 Corvette Stingray Coupe Premiere Edition

The 2014 Corvette Stingray is the Most Fuel-Efficient Sports Car on the Market

The Corvette Stingray has been getting a lot of hype around here, but for good reason. It will be the fastest production Corvette yet to be made, it’s starring in Transformers 4, and now it’s also going to deliver an EPA-estimated 17 miles per gallon in the city, and 29 MGP on the highway. These statistics make the new Corvette Stingray the most fuel-efficient sports car on the market. No other vehicle offers a driver more than 455 horsepower at the touch of a pedal while still maintaining 29 MPG on highway driving.

Audi R8 2013

Audi R8 2013

The lighter, faster, more focused and coupe-only V10 Plus sits at the top of the new 2013 Audi R8 range. There’s no ‘Plus’ badging, but it’s easy to spot one thanks to its carbonfibre splitter, door-mirror shells, side-blades and rear diffuser. It can also be had in a unique Sepang Blue satin paint finish, while gloss black wheels are standard. It costs 127,575.

The R8 Plus’s 5.2-litre engine develops an extra 24bhp and 7lb ft to raise power and torque to 542bhp and 398lb ft over the standard V10. The motor feels creamy smooth yet has a wonderful sense of crazy ferocity as you work towards the 8000rpm red line, the quattro four-wheel-drive digging in hard. With Sport mode engaged it sounds magnificent, hollering and whooping under hard acceleration, then popping and gargling as you brake and downshift. With the seven-speed S-tronic twin-clutch gearbox tested here, 0-62mph takes just 3.5sec (a tenth quicker than the regular V10 R8) while the top speed is 197mph.

2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe

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The 2013 Hyundai Elantra coupe will go on sale later this month with a starting price of $18,220, including a $775 destination fee. That price is for a six-speed manual-transmission model; the six-speed automatic version will start at $19,220. The Elantra coupe is available in two trims: a base GS and upper-level SE.

The initial pricing puts the Elantra coupe above the 2012 Honda Civic coupe ($16,545) and the 2012 Kia Forte Koup ($17,950). The Hyundai comes with more standard features, however. They include fog lights, 16-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, heated front seats and Bluetooth.

The Elantra coupe SE, which starts at $20,520 with a manual transmission, comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, sport-tuned suspension, leather upholstery and a rear spoiler. On top of the SE trim (with automatic transmission), there’s a Technology Package that costs $2,350 and comes with a navigation system, backup camera, dual-zone automatic climate control and push-button start.

Earlier this week, Hyundai priced the 2013 Elantra GT hatchback at $19,170, including a $795 destination fee. It also goes on sale this month. The 2013 Elantra sedan has a base price of $17,470, including destination.

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2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed First Look

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Bentley has unveiled its fastest production model ever, the new Continental GT Speed coupe. How fast is it? With 616 horsepower under the hood and a top speed of 205 mph, the Continental GT Speed is sure to satisfy a hardcore Bentley fan.

The Continental GT Speed is powered by an upgraded version of Bentley’s 6.0L W12 twin-turbocharged engine. It puts out 616 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 590 lb-ft. of torque. The W12 is mated to a close-ratio, ZF eight-speed automatic transmission and a permanent all-wheel drive system. According to Bentley, the new transmission makes a significant contribution to an overall twelve percent improvement in fuel economy and CO2 emissions. The Continental GT Speed will reach 0-60 mph in 4.0 seconds.

Bentley has also upgraded the steering and suspension and lowered the ride height. The Continental GT Speed rides on 21-inch wheels that are available in two finishes and are wrapped in 275 35 R21 Pirelli PZero ultra-high performance tires.

Wolfgang D rheimer, Bentley’s Chairman and Chief Executive has commented, “For nearly a decade, the Bentley Continental GT has defined high luxury, high performance grand touring and the unique W12 engine has been so successful that Bentley is now the world’s largest producer of 12-cylinder engines. The new GT Speed with its harder-edged, sportier character reaffirms this pinnacle positioning and continues to broaden the worldwide appeal of the Continental coupe.”

Styling changes include a dark-tinted matrix front grille and lower air intakes and the ‘rifled’ finish to the exhaust tailpipes.

The GT Continental GT Speed is set to have its international debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed from 28th June until 1st July before it goes on sale this fall.

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