The sporty spearhead just got even sharper
No model with the four rings is closer to motorsport, none is more striking and more dynamic: at the Geneva Motor Show, Audi is presenting the second generation of its high-performance R8 sports car. The V10 mid-engine and a newly developed quattro drive ensure breathtaking driving performance, especially in the top-of-the-range version with 449 kW (610 hp): achieving 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in just 3.2 seconds, its top speed is 330 km/h (205.1 mph)...
Analyst Weighs On Why Auto Industry Needs Apple, Mercedes-Benz Exec Laughs Off Project Titan
As big media rides on the ‘Apple researching an electric vehicle’ bandwagon, one analyst lays out why the Cupertino firm could ultimately become a force to be reckoned with in autonomous cars.
Commenting on an influx of stories related to Apple’s rumored Project Titan, Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty explains (via Forbes) why the world’s richest, most valuable company taking on the world’s most disruptable business makes a lot of sense.
While noting that Project Titan may not be a near-term event, she underscored that she wouldn’t be dismissive of Apple’s automotive ambitions...
The whole world seems to be going turbo. That’s mostly a good thing.
In the case of the Mercedes-AMG C63 S, it’s a very good thing.
While it’s impossible not to love the 6.2-liter M156 V-8 that powered the last C63 AMG, the new M177 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 is a worthy successor, packing up to 503 horsepower and sharing much of its makeup with the M178 engine found in the brilliant Mercedes-AMG GT and GT S.
In the C63 and C63 S, the engine does all the right things it does in its two-door alter ego: provides immediate thrust at nearly any RPM, keeps pulling right up to redline, and makes delicious—if slightly muted—sounds.
Paired with the smart and crisp AMG Speedshift MCT seven-speed automatic transmission, the engine truly brings the AMG-adulterated C-Class platform to life, leaving the car and driver both yearning for the next curve, the next straight, the next apex...
Bentley Motors is building on the global demand for the Continental GT family with a suite of contemporary design updates and new exquisite features for its most successful model. Bentley’s luxurious and powerful Flying Spur also receives a set of features for 2015, focusing on powertrain development, on-board technology and interior comfort.
The new models will be unveiled and displayed at the Geneva Motor Show from Tuesday 3rd March, with deliveries starting this summer.
Wolfgang Dürheimer, chairman and CEO of Bentley Motors, comments:
“Bentley offers uncompromised luxury and performance with ultimate comfort for grand touring and our new 2015 features extend the appeal of...
Almost 200mm shorter than the current 911
Designer Ege Arguden from Istanbul, Turkey created these renders of a Porsche 901 concept to reimagine the iconic 911 model from Stuttgart.
The attached digital interpretations represent an attempt to reenact the minimalism and compactness of the first generation 911. As a consequence, the 901 concept is only 4300mm long which makes it almost 200mm shorter than the current 991 generation and just about the same length as the original 911 (4290mm). As the author describes it, being shorter it enables the vehicle to have a "nimble, essential look and pure character focused on offering an untamed driving experience."
After spending "many hours to achieve the right 911 silhouette", designer Ege Arguden went for an "organic shape" with round headlights and round intakes in the engine lid reminiscent with the early RSR models. Underneath the taillights are big openings granting additional...
"Ferrari has released images of a striking-looking Formula 1 concept car that it hopes fuels the debate about the dramatic changes the sport should be considering.
Ahead of a meeting of the F1 commission in Geneva on Tuesday, in which future rules are set to be discussed, Ferrari has hinted at the scope of car design overhaul it believes is required.
Rather than pushing for any set direction of rules - such as car width, tyre size or engine capacity - the idea of the Ferrari concept car is purely to show how simple it would be to make sweeping car changes."...
Lexus accidentally tweets a picture of the LF-SA concept. Set to debut in Geneva
Lexus recently announced plans to introduce an all-new concept at the Geneva Motor Show and it appears the company has accidently posted a teaser image of the car ahead of schedule.
Details are limited but Lexus Europe reportedly posted this picture on Twitter earlier today and referred to it as the LF-SA concept. The image was quickly removed but not before someone managed to get a screenshot.
Thanks to their quick work, we can see the concept will have an aggressive front fascia with LED headlights and a prominent spindle grille. The model also has a distinctive hood and boomerang-shaped LED daytime running lights.
Lexus has been relatively tight-lipped about the concept but...
A motor show can never be the same without the likes of the classic dream cars and super sports cars, such as Bugatti, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati and Porsche.
The Qatar Motor Show made me feel like I was in heaven get a chance to experience the jaw dropping beauty and awesomeness of these absolutely amazing cars.
1) Bugatti Veyron Super Sport (1200PS record car):
Words cannot describe this car of superlatives, it is the car that has been in the record books since the first version appeared in 2005 and blew the world away with its incredible acceleration and top speed of 407km/h. This version is the ultimate with a record max speed of...
Gents I attended the Qatar Motor Show a few days ago and I came away hugely impressed. This was held in 2 halls at the Qatar National Convention Center from 6 Feb till 10 Feb and was amazingly free to the public.
The show had a number of interesting vehicles from a variety of brands that even are quite unique here in the Middle East.
I have taken over 100 pics of a variety of stunning cars and bikes and the most important models and highlights I will share over split threads.
This is the first one and will show the Audi, BMW and Mercedes models on display...
New car sales start the year in positive in Germany at +3% in January to 211.337 registrations. Market leader Volkswagen is particularly strong: up 9% to 24.5% market share, a full 3 percentage points above its 2014 level. Mercedes outperforms the market at +6% to 9.5% share, Audi (+1%) overtakes BMW (+1%) vs. December and FY2014 to rank third while Opel (+9%) and Ford (-14%) remain 5th and 6th respectively. Renault is strong at +14%, Nissan surges up 60% to #9, Mini is up 30%, Smart up 32%, Mitsubishi up 108%, Jeep up 55%, Lexus up 102% and Tesla up 84%.
Model-wise, below the ever-dominant VW Golf at 20,806 sales and 9.8% share including the Golf Sportsvan, the VW Passat is a strong 2nd thanks to the new generation and sales up 51% to 7,619 units and 3.6% share, and the Mercedes C-Class lodges a third consecutive month on the German podium with deliveries up 37% year-on-year to 5,255 and 2.5% share. The VW Polo (-16%), Audi A3 (-11%) and VW Tiguan...
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