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.
Almost a bargain.
The Bugatti Veyron is the supercar of all supercars. It's the fastest and the most expensive piece of automotive machinery on the market. Owning a Bugatti Veyron is quite costly with prices starting well over $1 million along maintenance fees that will probably put a nice dent in your bank account.
But what if you just want to rent one? Well, we're sorry to say that your local Enterprise or Hertz won't rent you a Bugatti Veyron but if you happen to live in the UK, a company by the name of Holders Vehicle Contracts will rent you one for 16,500 GBP a day - or a whopping $25,300 a day.
While owning a Bugatti Veyron might be a privilege for most, this cheaper option will allow you to feel what it's like to drive one of the fastest and most expensive cars on the road.
The company also rents other vehicles including a Ferrari Enzo, a Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, a Rolls-Royce Phantom, Lamborghini Murcielago and an Aston Martin V8 Vantage.
GM versus Mopar. V8 versus V10!
We love German and Italian supercars. They are considered the pinnacle of engineering and design in every aspect. However, there is a sense of pride we feel when our hometown based automakers from Detroit release new supercars with massive engines and very aggressive styling. Two of the latest masterpieces coming out of Detroit are the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray from GM and the 2014 SRT Viper from Chrysler.
Which is better and offers the most bang for your buck? Well, let's get something straight. For some time now, the Viper has always gone head-to-head with the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. however, the ZR1 version of the new Corvette Stingray is still a year or two away but the new 'base' Corvette Stingray is known as the most powerful 'base' 'Vette ever. So how does it stack up to the new 2014 SRT Viper? Let's find out.
2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
2014 SRT Viper
- Style: 2-seater coupe.
- Power: 6.2 liter LT1 V8 – 450-hp at 6,000 rpm and 450 lb-ft of torque at 4,200 rpm.
- Transmission: 7-speed manual or 6-speed automatic.
- 0 to 60 mph: 3.8 seconds.
- Top Speed: 195 mph.
- Curb Weight: 3,350 lbs.
- Price: $56,590.
- Style: 2-seater coupe.
- Power: 8.4 liter V10 – 640-hp at 6,200 rpm and 600 lb-ft of torque at 5,000 rpm.
- Transmission: 6-speed manual.
- 0 to 60 mph: 3.4 seconds.
- Top Speed: 206 mph.
- Curb Weight: 3,354 lbs.
- Price: $95,000.
Now, when you closely look at the numbers you'll find something very interesting. While the SRT Viper is powered by a 8.4 liter V10, it goes 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds, the base
Corvette Stingray Coupe goes from 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds with a smaller 6.2 liter V8. Price wise, the Corvette Stingray is significantly cheaper than the SRT Viper and is just .4 seconds slower. For us the clear winner here is the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. Kind of makes us wonder how insane the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray ZR1 will be.
Why don't you take off those bulky layers and stay a while.
Assuming your definition of the term involves an electric drivetrain.
Usually, when it comes our 'type' of automotive coverage, we avoid writing about mother nature, trees, hybrids and electric-cars. However, the debut of the BMW i3 is quite significant and we can't really overlook the fact that BMW is actually building this product.
At the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show next month, Lamborghini will be saying farewell to the current generation Gallardo with a very extreme and special-edition version of the model. Meet the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse.
Ever since the Subaru BRZ made its debut last year, Subaru fans and enthusiasts in general have been looking forward to an STI version of the rear-wheel-drive sports car. Well guys, Subaru has just released the first teasers for the Subaru BRZ STI, which will be hitting roads some time next year.
It's only been 40 years. That's not too long to change your mind.