After years, of patent leaks, spy shots, and endless rumors about its feasibility, the Cadillac LTS flagship sedan may finally become a reality. That’s the sentiment within the ranks at Cadillac after a high-level source told Autoblog that the RWD, flagship, luxury sedan is being developed in time to make its debut at the New York Auto Show in April 2015. That’s still a long ways away, so it should give Cadillac enough time to prepare its long-awaited answer to the likes of the Mercedes S-Class, the Audi A8, and the BMW 7 Series.
Autoblog is also reporting certain design elements of the Elmiraj Coupe Concept we saw at the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance will make their way to the LTS sedan. That’s a great way to establish a luxury identity for the LTS, because the Elmiraj is everything we hoped a Cadillac flagship sedan would be. While we don’t expect the LTS to be identical to the Elmiraj, we’re looking forward to seeing what Cadillac has in store for the model.
If anything, the company needs to be on its A game in developing the LTS. Last we checked, the S-Class, A8, and 7 Series were all heavyweights of the luxury sedan market. The 2015 S-Class, in particular, was a dramatic improvement from its own predecessor, re-validating Mercedes’ place in the pecking order of the segment. Cadillac will definitely have a lot of pressure on its hands, although the Caddy source did tell Autoblog that the company is prepared to embrace the challenge.
At this point, we’re holding our judgment on that one, at least not until we see the LTS in the flesh in April 2015. You still have time on your hands, Cadillac. You better make the most out of it if the LTS wants to live up to the hype.
Note: Cadillac Elmiraj Concept pictured here.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Cadillac LTS.
Cadillac LTS originally appeared on topspeed.com on Thursday, 7 August 2014 10:00 EST.
The Volkswagen Passat has a long and storied history that dates back to the automaker’s decision to release the Dasher in the U.S. in 1974. Save for the change of name, some safety add-ons and emission-reducing components, the Dasher was essentially the same as the rest of the world’s Passat. The Quantum replaced the Dasher in 1982, then the Passat finally arrived in the U.S. in 1990.
Heading toward 2015, the highly anticipated, eighth-generation – sixth generation in the U.S. – Volkswagen Passat, which rides on the new MQB platform, has been already launched in Europe, although it won’t reach the U.S. market until 2016. Redesigned inside and out, the new Passat was dressed in a more stylish suit and fitted with a host of brand-new convenience and safety features.
Much like the previous iteration, the 2015 Passat becomes available with a bevy of gasoline and diesel engines. For the very first time, the mid-size vehicle has gained a plug-in hybrid version powered by a gas unit and an electric motor combo. Naturally, the redesigned Passat will endure a few changes before it reaches North American shores, but the Euro-spec model is a very good preview of what we’ll be getting in showrooms for the 2016 model year.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Volkswagen Passat
Volkswagen Passat originally appeared on topspeed.com on Friday, 4 July 2014 13:00 EST.
It’s been only a month since the first report about the next-generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class surfaced the Interwebz, and it appears the Germans have already began working on the redesigned sedan. The big news comes via our spy photographers stationed in Germany, who have spotted a strange-looking mule near the Nurburgring track.
We say “strange-looking” because the vehicle depicted in the images we just received in our inbox is a half-camouflaged C-Class that’s not exactly the compact sedan we’re already familiar with. It might look like a regular C-Class at first glance, but a closer inspection reveals the body is longer and wider than it should be. What’s more, the engine is stuffed under a longer hood and the wheel arches hidden under the swirly wrap are slightly beefier.
This leads us to believe we’re actually looking at the next-generation E-Class, which we expect to arrive for the 2017 model year. Although it’s at least two years away, we’re not at all surprised to see it on public streets already. The sedan is in for a brand-new platform and a host of new technologies, all of which require months, if not years, of development and testing.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2017 Mercedes E-Class.
Spy Shots: 2017 Mercedes E-Class Mule Caught Testing originally appeared on topspeed.com on Thursday, 26 June 2014 16:00 EST.
Posted on 07.27.2013 06:00 by
Citroen revealed today the first details on the C-Elysee WTCC that will race in the World Touring Car Championship starting in the 2014 racing season. The model has now begun an intensive testing regimen and will make its world debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. During the WTCC series the model will be driven by S bastien Loeb.
The model is based on the 2013 C-Elysee and has been is the first vehicle designed in accordance with new FIA regulations. The model is powered by the same 1.6-liter direct-injected, turbocharged engine found in the the DS3 WRC. It delivers a total of approximately 380 horsepower and will send its power to the front wheels via a six-speed sequential gearbox.
When compared to the standard version, the WTCC model is distinguished by a more aggressive aerodynamic kit that includes a new splitter, a redesigned front bumper with a prominent double chevron, new front and rear wings, and a set of 18-inch wheels.
Read more about the C-Elysee WTCC after the jump.
Citroen C-Elysee WTCC originally appeared on topspeed.com on Saturday, 27 July 2013 06:00 EST.
It certainly goes without saying that there are few automakers in this world that can compete with Bentley’s status as a premier luxury brand. But being identified with luxury isn’t the only thing that Bentley is proud of; the company also has this goal of combining all that class and elegance with technology. So the company developed a new four-minute short film, titled “Intelligent Details,” to specifically showcase how it has achieved blending luxury and technology in one package.
The short film is told through the words of Bentley Director of Design Luc Donckerwolke and Head of Exterior Design Sang Yup Lee. While riding the Mulsanne in the streets of New York, the two describe the company’s goal of offering
“performance that’s compatible with luxury”, something Donckerwolke proudly claims no other auto brand in the world can claim.
The two also talk about a new goal for the company to turn the interior of its vehicles into its own living space that’s largely attributed to a renewed sense of empowering it with interior infotainment technology. This is where the short film comes circle in a really cool way. We’re not going to spoil you the ending of the video, but what Bentley used to develop, create, and edit this four-minute short film certainly may shock you, given its professional quality.
Video: Bentley Presents “Intelligent Details” originally appeared on topspeed.com on Tuesday, 20 May 2014 11:00 EST.
The brand-new BMW M3 is only one month away from going on sale in the United States, but it appears that the German manufacturer is still working on those final track adjustments. Late last month, no less than three BMW M3s were caught on film while being hooned on the iconic Nurburgring track and the footage has finally surfaced the Internet.
It isn’t clear whether or not BMW is still developing the car’s ability to stay glued to the asphalt, while taking both fast and slow turns, but this three-minute video is bound to keep potential customers on their toes. In fact, it doesn’t matter if the new M3 is on your list or not, this is a spectacle you can’t miss.
As a brief reminder, the 2014 BMW M3 will hit U.S. dealerships with a turbocharged 3.0-liter, inline-six engine under the hood. The sedan (the coupe is now sold as the M4) benefits from 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. Two transmissions are available, a standard six-speed manual and an optional seven-speed automatic.
The vehicle starts from $62,000 and has enough boxes on the options list to take a well-equipped model into $70,000 territory.
Video: BMW M3 Sounds Aggressive While Testing At N rburgring originally appeared on topspeed.com on Monday, 14 April 2014 22:00 EST.
Posted on 07.18.2013 15:00 by
Kia unveiled the all-new Cadenza sedan – the model that marks Kia’s entering into the premium-sedan segment – at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. The new Cadenza will join Kia’s current lineup of sedan models that includes: Forte, Optima and Rio, and will go on sale in the second quarter of this year.
The model is offered only in one equipment trim level and will feature a design language inspired by Kia’s European models. As a result, the new Cadenza will be distinguished by a “Tiger Nose” front fascia, quad headlamps and taillights with LED technology and a new exhaust system with twin oval tail pipes. Interior features will include equipment like leather seats, dual-zone automatic climate control and a 12-speaker Infinity audio system. For those customers wishing to further customize the look of their car, Kia is also offering two optional packages: Premium package and Technology package.
The 2014 Cadenza will be equipped with only one engine: 3.3-liter GDI V6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
UPDATED 7/18/2013: Kia has released the pricing details on the 2014 Cadenza luxury sedan. See more after the jump.
Hit the jump to read more about the 2014 Kia Cadenza.
Kia Cadenza originally appeared on topspeed.com on Thursday, 18 July 2013 15:00 EST.
|Posted on 12.16.2013 15:00 by Simona|
When Gemballa unveiled the GTP 700 tuning kit for the Porsche Panamera we didn’t payed much attention to it, as we saw it as just another kit for the luxury German sedan. After all, other than the 700 horsepower on tap, the kit did offer much else.
Well, it looks like Gemballa decided to prove us wrong in thinking this was “just another kit, as the new GTP 700 just became the fastest sedan in the world to weight over two metric tonnes (4,400 pounds).
After making its world debut at the 2013 Essen Motor Show, the new GTP700 was taken to the Nardo high-speed track for a test drive. Gemballa said that the record was an accident, because the car was not prepared in advanced for this achievement. It was just a customer-ready GTP 700, equipped with 22-inch wheels and checking in at 2,045 kg (4.508 pounds) – 2,225 kg (4,905 pounds) with the driver and the fuel included.
With this “equipment,” the Panamera GTP 700 hit a top speed of 338.8 km/h (210.5 mph). Additionally. the GTP 700 can sprint from 0 to 62 mph in 3.3 seconds, from 0 to 124 mph in 9.6 seconds and from 0 to 186 mph in 26.5 seconds.
Click past the jump for the video.
Porsche Panamera by Gemballa Becomes the Fastest Sedan Over 2 Tonnes originally appeared on topspeed.com on Monday, 16 December 2013 15:00 EST.
|Posted on 12.16.2013 16:00 by Kirby Garlitos|
There’s a reason why Rolls-Royce is rolling out all these special edition models in China. The market is fast becoming the largest one for luxury automakers and what better way to stake a significant chunk of it than to entice customers with vehicles no other country in the world will carry.
Sounds like a smart plan, right?
Rolls-Royce seems to think so, and that’s why its been busy the past couple of months launching special-edition Ghost models, including its latest creation, the Ghost Cantor Glory Edition.
Recently introduced at Auto Guangzhou, the Ghost Cantor Glory Edition pays homage to Guangzhou with a number of design elements attributed to the south Chinese city, including drawing inspiration from the iconic Canton Tower, while also adding touches of Guangzhou, no more distinct than the addition of the city’s Five Rams emblem in the coachline, veneer panels, headrests and dashboard.
A two-tone color scheme also points to the uniqueness of the Ghost Cantor Glory Edition with RR opting to use a Madeira Red for a glorious regal history and Cassiopeia Silver or Carrera White for the bright and modern present. The contrasting colors offer a touch of balance between the colors of the night sky with the metallic body of the aforementioned Canton Tower.
The finer details, including customer options to give this special-edition ride more distinct styling, can be accomplished through its Bespoke Atelier program, which is coming to China for the first time, and offering a range of customization options for all those deep-pocketed Chinese buyers.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2013 Rolls-Royce Ghost
Rolls-Royce Ghost Cantor Glory Edition originally appeared on topspeed.com on Monday, 16 December 2013 16:00 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.
Click past the jump to read more about the Nissan Sentra NISMO Concept.
Nissan Sentra NISMO Concept originally appeared on topspeed.com on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 18:00 EST.
|Posted on 10.15.2013 14:00 by Tom Burkart|
“Iconic” is a word that is thrown around far too often in the automotive world, but after 100 years and dozens of colors and text styles, the lasting importance and brand symbol of the Chevy bowtie emblem is a sure thing.
As the bowtie evolved over the ten decades, its transformations were barely noticeable versus the complete revolution in transport they adorned – from the first Chevy ‘Classic Six’ model to today’s industrial heavy-hitter with more than 50 global model lines.
General Motors’ Chevrolet brand was launched with a script logo with the words Chevrolet written in stylized cursive.
Legibility and pronunciation of this French name were a real problem versus monosyllabic “Fords” across the street.
Soon, a baby blue bowtie logo appeared along with Chevrolet written in all caps in 1913, but the exact origins of this bowtie are unknown.
What we do know is that the Chevy bowtie instantly means cars.
Along with Ford, Coca Cola and General Electric, the emblem of the Chevrolet lineup is a globally-recognized symbol of freedom, prestige and mobility.
Logo changes are often fraught with peril for the companies who fail to understand the symbol’s importance to their most loyal consumers. Just a brief look back shows disastrous results followed when Gap Inc. tried to remodel their emblem, or the huge drop in real-life sales following Tropicana’s disastrous package redesign.
With the new 2014 Cadillac logo (without the wreath!) in place on the Elmiraj Concept, here’s a look back at the evolution of the Chevrolet bowtie over the Chevrolet bowtie over the last hundred years.
Click past the jump for the full Chevy’s BowTie Emblem Turns 100, Reflects On Badge’s Evolution article – to find out the most likely source of the bowtie emblem.
Updated 10/14/2013: This article has been updated with Chevy’s latest skinny emblem, which the original article did not highlight as the new bowtie in use since 2010.
Origin of the Chevrolet Bowtie Badge Revealed After 100 Years originally appeared on topspeed.com on Tuesday, 15 October 2013 14:00 EST.
|Posted on 08.13.2013 14:00 by Simona|
Hyundai unveiled the HCD-14 Genesis Concept at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show and now plans to show it one more time at this weekend’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The concept will be displayed on the Concept Lawn, which brings into focus some of the most innovative concepts of the moment and presents “future automobile development in the context of its gloried past.”
Each year only 20 concepts are accepted for displayed on the Pebble Beach Concept Lawn, so having your vehicle presented there is a huge privilege. Before being accepted onto the lawn, each concept needs to pass rigorous Concours criteria for its overall design propriety and technological significance. Alongside the concept, the automaker needs to bring to the lawn the lead concept designers who will have to talk about the concept and to present their vision of the future automobile’s unlimited potential.
“The HCD-14 speaks powerfully in terms of both premium design trends and advanced driving technologies, making it a perfect fit for the Concept Lawn venue. We’re looking forward to hearing opinions from some of the world’s leading automotive enthusiasts on this ground-breaking concept from Hyundai.”
Click past the jump to read more about the Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis Concept.
Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis Concept to be Displayed at Pebble Beach Concours originally appeared on topspeed.com on Tuesday, 13 August 2013 14:00 EST.
Posted on 03.8.2013 11:00 by
Porsche is already preparing a facelift for the Panamera luxury sedan. The car has been caught testing many times, but this time the car was caught testing with almost no camouflage. Our spy photographers caught both standard and Turbo version, so you can easily see the changes featured on both models.
As you can see, the revised Panamera will receive new headlamps and taillights, plus redesigned front and rear bumpers. Porsche will also redesign the interior with improved materials and new technologies.
We expect some upgrades regarding the engine and transmission, so you can expect the new Panamera to deliver improved fuel economy and better performance. Rumors suggest that the 4S version will drop the current V-8 engine in favor of a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 engine that will deliver about 420 horsepower – an increase of 20 horsepower over the current model.
We expect the new Porsche Panamera to be unveiled in April 2013.
Spy Shots: Porsche Panamera Facelift Caught Without Cammo originally appeared on topspeed.com on Friday, 8 March 2013 11:00 EST.
Posted on 03.7.2013 09:30 by
People are talking about a more powerful version of the Aston Martin Rapide ever since the standard model was dropped onto the market in 2010. In the past few months, the new Rapide S has been caught testing a few times, and now it has finally made its world debut.
The new Rapide S replaces the old Rapide in the company’s lineup and has been described as “the most powerful four-door Aston Martin to date.” The model is powered by an improved version of the new AM11 naturally aspirated 6.0-litre V-12 powerplant that adds in some extra ponies.
Along with the engine improvement, the Rapide S will receive a revised front grille and rear lip spoiler. There is also an optional Carbon Exterior Pack that further improves the sporty appearance of the luxury sedan.
The new Aston Martin Rapide S will be put on sale next month.
Updated 01/23/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.
Updated 03/07/2013: Aston Martin has unveiled a new promo video and new images for its latest Rapide S – a model it describes as the most beautiful four-door in the world. Enjoy!
Hit the jump to read more about the new Aston Martin Rapide S.
Aston Martin Rapide S originally appeared on topspeed.com on Thursday, 7 March 2013 09:30 EST.
Posted on 02.16.2013 18:25 by
Rumors have been swirling since 2011 regarding the Chevrolet SS and we were amongst the first to start discussing it. The rumors cooled off up until a few weeks ago when after 40 years of using the “SS” logo, GM finally decided to trademark it. Later the rumors became even more certain, as OnStar, GM’s in-vehicle communication system, mistakenly put the 2014 model lineup on its site. Within that lineup was a model dubbed the SS Performance.
This all adds up to a solid case that the Chevrolet SS Performance is on its way to the U.S. According to the rumormill, this would also result in the Holden Commodore SS, which was once used as the Pontiac G8, becoming the vehicle that dons the 2014 SS Perfomance badges.
With this release, Chevy would finally have a performance sedan to stack up against the likes of the Charger R/T and the Ford Taurus SHO.
UPDATE 02/16/2013: Chevy has officially unveiled the SS Performance on a in Daytona, FL. We have updated this review with all of the official features and specification.
Click past the jump to read our full review of the anticipated SS Performance and how it stacks up against the competition.
Chevrolet SS Performance originally appeared on topspeed.com on Saturday, 16 February 2013 18:25 EST.
Posted on 02.11.2013 13:00 by
A few days after Holden officially pulled the covers off of the new VF Commodore, the model’s race car version, the VF Commodore V8 Supercar was also introduced, providing fans of Australia’s V8 Supercar Series a glimpse of what the new model is going to look like before it hits the track this season.
This year, the V8 Supercar Series will race under new “Car of the Future” regulations, which were put into place to make cars more affordable to build and attract more manufacturers to compete in the series.
This particular racecar was built by Holden’s in-house racing team, Holden Racing Team, and carries a few styling cues used in the new VF Commodore, including the trapezoidal gaping front grille. More importantly, those bumpers in the racecar appear to be similar in design to what we’ve seen from the U.S.-bound Chevrolet SS, whose own debut has been scheduled for this coming weekend.
On the flip side, the race version of the VF Commodore will be fitted with a Chevrolet-sourced 5.0-liter V-8 engine that produces 650 horsepower and mates to a sequential gearbox with power sent to the rear wheels. That’s a lot more power than the rumored 350-horsepower, V-8 engine the production VF Commodore may feature.
In any case, the debut of the VF Commodore V8 Supercars Race Car does point to the excitement surrounding the opening of the 2013 season of the V8 Supercars Series at the end of the month.
Holden VF Commodore V8 Supercars Racecar by Holden Racing Team originally appeared on topspeed.com on Monday, 11 February 2013 13:00 EST.
A few days ago, Chevrolet unveiled the SS NASCAR racecar. Not exactly the SS everyone expected, but with some exercise of your imagination you could get a pretty good idea of what the production-model SS will look.
To help you a little bit with that, Chevrolet decided to tease the car for just a few seconds in the SS NASCAR Sprint Cup racecar’s official presentation video in Las Vegas. You get to see part of the headlights, rear lights, front and rear bumper, and you will hear the promise that the “Chevrolet SS will arrive soon!”
For those of you who do not remember, the SS is rumored to be powered by a 6.0-liter V-8 engine that delivers a total of 348 horsepower and 381 pound-feet of torque. It will arrive in dealer showrooms in late 2013.
The peek-a-boo session with the production SS happens pretty late in the video and the rest of it is pretty dull, so we’ll spare you watching the whole video for just a few seconds of goodies. The sneak peak occurs at about the 10:49 mark on the video. Feel free to watch the entire video if a NASCAR reveal is tickles your fancy though.
Production Version Chevrolet SS Teased at SS NASCAR Debut originally appeared on topspeed.com on Thursday, 6 December 2012 20:00 EST.