So what do HOT ROD readers think of this latest concept from the folks at Galpin Ford? This is a full carbon fiber body draped over a new 2015 Mustang chassis. Designed by Henrik Fisker, in cooperation with Galpin’s Beau Boeckmann, you might remember Fisker from the ill-fated Fisker Karma hybrid sedan. Before the Fisker fiasco Henrik was a rising design star having designed the BMW Z8, Aston Martin DB9, and V8 Vantage.
Called the “Rocket” Galpin’s super Mustang is touted as the “Ultimate American Muscle Car”. It is planned for limited production by early 2015. Not bound by corporate identities and other production targets allowed Fisker to create a more aggressive grille, adding more than a modicum of functional vents and scoops. Fisker says his inspiration was the 1968 Shelby Mustang, which is his favorite Mustang...
Stuttgart/Guangzhou/Los Angeles. At the world première in Guangzhou and the presentation in Los Angeles, the new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class is being unveiled almost simultaneously in its two key markets of the USA and China. The vehicle makes its début at Auto Guangzhou and the Los Angeles Auto Show just hours apart. At 5453 mm long and with a wheelbase of 3365 mm, the flagship of the Mercedes-Benz model range is 20 cm larger in both dimensions than the S-Class Saloon with long wheelbase. Rear passengers benefit from this increased size as well as from standard equipment that includes executive seats on both...
Mazda has unveiled the 2016 CX-3 in Los Angeles.
Set to go on sale next year, the entry-level crossover has a prominent grille, sweptback headlights and plastic body cladding. Moving further back, there's curvaceous body work and a blacked out C-pillar which has been designed to resemble a rear window.
The cabin largely carries over from the Mazda2 and features circular air vents, metallic trim and gloss black accents. Higher-end variants will also have a heads-up display and a Mazda Connect infotainment system.
In the United States, the CX-3 will be powered exclusively by a 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G petrol engine. The company was coy on specifications but it will be connected paired to a SKYACTIV-Drive automatic transmission.
Europeans, on the other hand, will receive two 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G petrol engines and the new 1.5-liter SKYACTIV-D diesel engine. They can be connected to...
Audi is launching into a new design era: At the Los Angeles Auto Show, Marc Lichte, Head of Design, is presenting the Audi prologue concept car. Lichte is giving the Audi brand a new styling direction in the large coupe.
“When he moved to Audi, Marc Lichte launched a design offensive,” says Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Board Member for Development, who brought him to Ingolstadt in 2014. “His clear philosophy and precise understanding of Audi DNA let him develop a...
The ultimate expression of British automotive luxury is imagined with the Bentley Grand Convertible, the most sophisticated open-top car ever created by Bentley. Iconic yet understated in style and fashioned entirely by hand from the very finest materials, this unrivalled flagship of luxury represents the ultimate in powerful, sensuous roofless motoring.
Bentley Chairman and CEO, Wolfgang Dürheimer, who unveiled the car in Los Angeles, commented:
“This concept demonstrates Bentley’s ability to create a pinnacle convertible...
Has 300 PS under the hood
Volkswagen has presented the Golf R Variant ahead of the full official premiere of the model during the Los Angeles Auto Show.
Basically an estate version of the Golf R, the vehicle sports “a winning combination of practicality and performance”. This is the first time in history when the flagship Golf model will be produced as a station wagon model.
Visually the Golf R Variant differs from other Golf wagon models in a number of areas. At the rear, for example, it has a new R design bumper, a high-gloss black diffuser, four chrome exhaust tips and LED taillights and license plate lighting. At the front there are also a new R design bumper with large air intakes, a distinctive radiator grille with R logo and...
Peak torque of more than 400 lb-ft
Following a lengthy teasing session, Ford has fully revealed the Shelby GT350 Mustang.
The highlight of the new range-topping Mustang is a naturally aspirated V8 5.2-liter engine boasting a flat-plane crankshaft never seen before on a Ford V8 engine. Final specifications are not available but Ford says the engine will produce more than 500 bhp (373 kW) and a maximum torque above the 400 lb-ft (542 Nm) mark. Power will be channeled to the wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox while a Torsen limited slip differential is going to be standard equipment.
Ford will offer the Shelby GT350 Mustang with an optional Track Pack bringing extra goodies such as an engine oil cooler and a transmission oil cooler while the new aluminum hood is standard along with the bespoke 19-inch wheels wrapped...
I was reading BMW's guidelines for frozen paint and I was wondering if you were willing or not to buy a car with matte paint. My question focuses on the purchase of a new car and on hypothesis that a matte colour costs as much as a metallic one. Apply it in your price segment and reply whether you'd buy a fancy looking matte car or take the good old shinny road...
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