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Rolls-Royce Wraith
BY: omar

Rolls-Royce May Be Forced to Offer an SUV

Rolls-Royce has always dismissed the idea of going mainstream and offering products such as an 'affordable' sedan for the masses or even an SUV. The heads of the brand have always felt that such product offerings could dilute the brand's exclusiveness. However, with other luxury automakers moving into its territory and direct rivals tapping into segments like SUVs, Rolls-Royce may be forced to reconsider. Mercedes-Benz will be moving into Rolls-Royce territory by offering a $200,000 to $250,000 version of the S Class, which will compete with the Ghost. A more direct rival like Bentley is considering SUVs with production already confirmed for 2015. So where does that leave Rolls-Royce? Following the launch of the new Wraith, Rolls-Royce will focus its intentions on upgrading the Ghost and the Phantom. After that it will explore the likeliness of uncharted territory like SUVs, station wagons like the Ferrari FF and even a more 'affordable' Rolls. Guess we'll have to wait and see what this uber-luxury brand has planned for its future. Source: AutoNews
August 13, 2013 at 03:52 AM
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2014 SRT Viper
BY: omar

2014 SRT Viper Price Jumps by $2,000 to $99,395

Chrysler dropped a statement this morning stating that the pricing for the 2014 SRT Viper has been increased by $2,000 to $99,395. The reason? According to Chrysler: "The price increase covers some additional standard equipment (HD Radio with Navigation and Uconnect Access; 900 Watt 12 Speaker Harman Kardon audio system, including 2 subwoofers; and the ParkView Back-up Camera.)." Power for the 2014 SRT Viper comes from a 8.4-liter all-aluminum, V10 overhead-valve engine making 640 horsepower and 600 lb.-ft. of torque. 0 to 60 mph comes in 3.4 seconds with a top speed of 206 mph. Pricing for the 2014 Viper GTS will remain at $121,895. Oh and just so you're not surprised, there is a gas guzzler tax of $2,600.
August 12, 2013 at 01:03 PM
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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
BY: omar

Customers Being Quoted up to $20,000 Above Sticker on Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Price gouging isn't an anomaly when it comes to the launches of vehicles that have a big buzz around them. With the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray just days away from hitting dealerships, some Chevy dealers are caught in between the choice of short-term gains or long-term customer loyalty. Dealers are asking themselves whether to charge thousands above the list price or stick by customers and score loyalty points by charging the sticker price. Some customer have already seen examples of price gouging on the new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray with quotes coming in $10,000 to $20,000 above MSRP. A customer posting on a Corvette message board said that he figured since he bought a Volt from his local Chevy dealer, that the sales manager wouldn't gouge him on the Stingray. Instead, he was quoted a price $10,000 above sticker price. Prices for the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray start at $51,995 for the coupe and $56,995 for the convertible. Dealer quotes may fall close to that figure next year when production is fully-ramped up. According to research firm IHS Automotive, GM is expected to produce 12,000 units for the remainder of this year and 30,000 next year. The decision is yours, either wait a couple of months, or be one of the first to grab the new 'Vette. Source: AutoNews
August 12, 2013 at 11:59 AM
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Infiniti Essence Concept
BY: omar

Report: Infiniti's Supercar Could Launch in 5 Years

This isn't the first time we're hearing about an Infiniti halo supercar, but word on the street today is that the car has been scheduled for release in 2017-2018. Nissan's luxury arm is currently deciding whether it should have a front or mid-engined layout. "We are still evaluating the layout," Infiniti's European boss, Fintan Knight, told Autocar. "It is still on the table for a decision. The same goes for the powertrain." Insiders say that the Infiniti halo supercar will be engineered in house with input from F1 world champions Red Bull Racing. Power could come from a V6 gasoline engine mated to a hybrid system to imitate the F1 setup. Infiniti says that the supercar will come after a bunch of new mainstream models hit the roads including sedans, coupes and SUVs. In the works is an Audi Q3/BMW X1 competitor, a rival for the Mercedes-Benz CLA and a fully-electric compact sedan based on the Nissan Leaf. Source: AutoCar
August 12, 2013 at 11:52 AM
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audi-quattro-concept-sketch
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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0-60 subaru wrx sti 2014 new hatchback advantages magazine
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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