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BY: Bix

New 600 HP Audi Quattro "Concept" Will Be A6-Based, Debut In Frankfurt

And should only weigh around 2,600 pounds, too.

Does the idea of a reborn, 21st-century version of the Audi Sport Quattro rally car make you feel all warm inside? Do you ever feel burning jealousy at those lucky saps at Car and Driver who actually drove the new Quattro Concept? If so, then you know how we feel. And you'll be equally excited for the newer Audi Quattro Concept that's headed for the Frankfurt Motor Show next month. (more…)
August 09, 2013 at 06:39 PM
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2014 Lexus IS
BY: omar

Lexus RC-F Coupe Undergoing High-Performance Testing at the Nürburgring

More power to Lexus for going performance.

Besides the Lexus LFA, which has now been discontinued, the Lexus IS-F Sedan was the only sporty thing about the Toyota-owned luxury brand. However, now with a sleeker and more sporty looking IS Sedan, Lexus has plans to also offer a coupe version. A high-performance version of the Lexus IS Coupe was recently spotted hitting up the Nurburgring showing that Lexus is no longer kidding around when its comes to being edgy. According to reports, the model will be known as the Lexus RC-F and will have a bigger engine and a sportier design with a more deeply sculpted bumper, large air intakes and bigger wheel arches. Using the BMW M3 as a bench mark, Lexus is likely to offer a more upgraded version of the a 5.0 liter V8 making more than 417-hp. The engine will likely transfer power to the wheels through a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Whether or not Lexus will do a follow up to the LFA supercar remains to be seen. Stay tuned for more details. Source: AutoCar
August 08, 2013 at 06:58 PM
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BY: Bix

Subaru Prices 2014 WRX, STI; Is It Still Worth It?

We ask, you decide. Except for the part where we decide.

So the all-new Subaru Impreza has been on the road for almost two years now, and there's still no word on when we'll see the WRX variants. But now we know it at least won't be this model year, because Subaru just gave us the updated info on pricing for the holdover-generation 2014 WRX and WRX STI. Question is...are they worth it? (more…)

August 08, 2013 at 05:14 PM
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Infiniti Q30 Sketch
BY: omar

Infiniti Q30 Sketch Released, Will Compete with Mercedes-Benz CLA

The sporty small-luxury market looks like it'll expand again.

While BMW can't figure out what it will be doing with the future of the 1 Series in the United States, Mercedes-Benz is heavily marketing the launch of the CLA-Class compact luxury coupe. Infiniti will now be dropping its offering into the mix of small luxury coupes and hatchbacks with the new Q30 Concept. An official sketch was released today showing off the Q30's contemporary design that will target a younger audience. The concept will make its official debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show next month. "This Infiniti Q30 Concept is a prelude to the product portfolio expansion which underpins our aggressive global growth strategy," said Johan de Nysschen, President of Infiniti Motor Company, Ltd. "In our quest to appeal to the modern, young-minded premium customer, the Infiniti Q30 Concept has a distinctive style and reaches new levels of product quality." The Infiniti Q30 will fit right below the Q50 (formerly known as the G37), which competes with the BMW 3 Series and the Mercedes-Benz C Class. "Q30 Concept is slender, sleek and seductive," said Alfonso Albaisa, Infiniti Executive Design Director. "When you see speedy big cats, like cheetahs, they have a slenderness and a lightweight stride. It's almost like they're floating. That's the muscularity we were aiming for with Q30 Concept." No word on what will power the Infiniti Q30 - we're just hoping it won't be offered exclusively as a hybrid.
August 08, 2013 at 11:56 AM
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BY: Bix

Alonso Takes LaFerrari For A Hot Lap At Fiorano (w/Video)

When helping develop Ferrari supercars is your side gig, you know you've got it made.

One of the nice things about having Formula One drivers on your payroll: You can leverage their expertise to develop your road cars, too. (more…)
August 07, 2013 at 06:54 PM
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Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
BY: omar

Mercedes-Benz SLC AMG Coming In 2015, Will Take On Porsche 911

And yes, it'll be fast.

Ever since the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG made its debut in 2011, we've been hearing about a baby version of the supercar. New details suggest that the baby SLS AMG, known as the SLC, will hit markets in the middle of 2015. Being developed under the codename C190, the SLC AMG will get most of its design inspiration from the SLS AMG - however, it won't get the upward opening gullwing doors. Known as a Porsche 911 rival, the Mercedes-Benz SLC AMG is rumored to be powered by a 4.0 liter twin-turbo V8 engine, which should allow a 0 to 60 mph time of under 4 seconds. While the V8 twin-turbo will push about 480-hp, the AMG Performance Package will allow for a little more than 500-hp. The Mercedes-Benz SLC AMG will hit markets in 2015 and will come to the market alongside other small Mercedes-Benz models including the GLC/GLA crossover, the C-Class Cabriolet and CLA Cabriolet. Seems like Mercedes-Benz has their work cut out for the next 2 years. Source: AutoExpress
August 07, 2013 at 12:00 PM
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BMW i8 Prototype 09
BY: omar

BMW i8 Details Released, 0 to 60 MPH Will Come In 4.5 Seconds

It'll be fast, not so much furious.

Following the debut of the 2014 BMW i3, BMW's i brand has now released the details and the first prototype photos of the new i8 'sports car.' According to BMW, the i8 plug-in hybrid is the 'most progressive sports car of our time' and is a new take on the 'Ultimate Driving Machine' slogan with advanced powertrain technology, a lightweight design and a unique driving experience. Let's break it down in the easiest way possible - the BMW i8 is powered by a turbocharged 1.5-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo gasoline engine mated to BMW eDrive electric motor. The engine pumps out 231-hp and 236 lb-ft of torque while the electric-motor produces 131-hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. The rear wheels of the i8 are driven by the gasoline engine through a 6-speed automatic transmission, while the front wheels are driven by the electric motor through an two-stage automatic transmission. Total combined output comes in at 357-hp with a maximum torque of 420 lb-ft - providing you with all-wheel-drive sports car performance with outstanding fuel-efficiency. BMW says that the whole setup will deliver some strong performance figures with 0 to 60 mph coming in under 4.5 seconds and top speed coming in at an electronically limited 155 mph (75 mph in full electric mode). In terms of driving dynamics, the driver can select from Normal, ECO PRO, Comfort and Sport mode. Of course, your performance and efficiency will depend on what mode you drive in. In terms of efficiency, the BMW i8's lithium-ion battery will provide an all-electric range of 22 miles when fully charged with the total range (with a full tank of gas) coming in at 310 miles. Charging the battery will take 3 1/2 hours from conventional 120 volt and 1 1/2 hours from a 22 volt. Using the EU test cycle for plug-in hybrid vehicles, the average fuel-economy for the BMW i8 will be less than 2.5 liters/100 km, which comes out to approximately 95 miles per US gallon - pretty impressive. Besides all this new technology, the i8 also puts BMW's carbon fiber lightweight design on display. The BMW i8 tips the scale at 3,285 pounds with the use of high-tech lightweight CFRP material. Along with the use of aluminum and magnesium, weight savings lead to around 30 percent when compared with the BMW 6 Series. The full production BMW i8 will make its debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show and will be in showrooms by 2014.
August 07, 2013 at 09:00 AM
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2014 Cadillac CTS
BY: omar

Akerson: Cadillac's Large Sedan Coming In 2 Years

An S-Class competitor, at long last.

It been reported for quite some time that Cadillac is working on a model that will be larger than the XTS and would compete with the likes of the BMW 7 Series and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The biggest hint Cadillac has ever given was the Ciel Concept, which made its debut at the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance - following that the Detroit brand continuously denied rumors of a large sedan - remaining very tight-lipped about the project. Well, according to GM CEO Dan Akerson, a sedan larger than the XTS will debut within 2 years. Speaking at a recent press event, Akerson said that Cadillac will indeed offer a competitor in the large luxury sedan segment - the only thing being debated is whether it will offer a sleek supercar status coupe. While details are still being kept behind closed doors, we do know that the large-sedan will be based on the rear-wheel-drive chassis of the CTS and that an all-wheel-drive version will be offered as well. Also, contrary to rumors, the large sedan will not replace the XTS, which is become widely popular in the United States and China and is very popular with fleet sales. Design wise, the new large Cadillac will continue on with sharp-edged styling but will have a better flow like the front of the new CTS, Akerson said. Powertrain wise we're expecting a strong lineup of gasoline engines along with a hybrid and plug-in hybrid variant. Source: USAToday
August 06, 2013 at 07:02 PM
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