Maserati is planning to replace its aging GranTurismo S in the form of a new Gran Turismo Sport that will make its debut at this year’s Geneva Motor Show next month.
The car is essentially the coupe version of the GranTurismo Convertible Sport that was launched last year and offers the same 450 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque 4.7-litre V8. Drive is sent strictly to the rear wheels via a ZF six-speed automatic transmission or an optional sequential manual unit with the same number of gears as the automatic. Both units also come with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, though on the automatic they’re an option.
While final numbers will be confirmed closer to its Geneva debut, the Sport’s drivetrain package provides a 0-60 mph acceleration in under 5.0 seconds and a top speed in excess of 177 mph.
Differentiating the new Sport from the current GranTurismo are new, aerodynamically-enhanced bumpers, revised headlights with LED detailing and darkened tail-lamp elements. The interior cabin also receives a new pair of seats and a sports steering wheel.
While Maserati has issued no price or performance details for the GranTurismo Sport it is expected to hit UK showrooms before the end of the year.
Source: Motor Authority
As the sponsor of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week currently taking place in New York City, Mercedes decided to shoot a video, discussing the the interior design details of the brand new 2013 Mercedes SL Class.
In the video, Nicola Ehrenberg-Uhlig, the manager of colour and trim for Mercedes-Benz explains that the design team wanted to highlight the personality of the new SL Class by using special types of materials. Both the interior and exterior design reflect the speed of the vehicle and the inspiration of aviation, a symbol of clear design, functionality and power. The vehicle’s air vents are inspired by aeroplane turbines and the dashboard by its wings.
The attention to detail and excellent execution of the car’s interior and exterior design reflects the luxurious style associated with Mercedes-Benz.
Mercedes-Benz says fashion gives inspiration and insight for their design. Trying to align what they feel the owners of the vehicles are looking for along with the tradition thatmakes a Mercedes-Benz what it is.
Watch as Chris Harris reviews the new 2012 BMW M5 and Nissan GT-R, in the rain on the street and on the track. While the two are totally different vehicles, designed for totally different purposes, it makes for excellent entertainment.
While according to Chris, the BMW M5 moves slightly into the Nissan GT-R’s territory, it cannot bully the road quite like the Nissan can. While the two are unlikely rivals, its fascinating to watch the two cars being flogged back-to-back on a damp circuit, demonstrating just how technologically sophisticated each one is and how they go about putting the power down so differently.
Watch Chris in action in the video below:
Ahead of its official debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, Audi has revealed the images and details of its new RS4 Avant which may be as a result of images having been leaked to the public yesterday.
The RS4 Avant generates its personality from a hand built 4.2-litre V8 engine that produces 450PS ( 331kW / 444 hp ) and 430 Nm (317.15 lb-ft) of torque. This enables the vehicle to accelerate from 0-100kph in 4.7 seconds before reaching an electronically limited top speed of 250kph. For those unsatisfied with the limit, drivers can request to have the speed limiter removed to raise the top speed up to 280kph. The performance figures are even more impressive when you consider that the fuel economy stats reflect that the vehicle consumers 11 litres per 100km.
The official press release states that, “Like every RS model from Audi, the RS 4 Avant comes standard with quattro permanent all-wheel drive. The heart of this system is the crown-gear center differential. This compact and lightweight component can vary the distribution of power between the front and rear axles immediately, smoothly and over a wide range, with up to 70 percent flowing to the front or as much as 85 percent to the rear. The default 40:60 ratio of the rear-biased configuration ensures sporty handling.”
The leader in the luxury crossover, the Lexus RX is getting a facelift with the images of what the refreshed vehicle will look like having been leaked from what appears to be a legitimate Lexus brochure.
While powertrain changes are not expected, it’s clear that the new spindle grille seen on the 2013 Lexus GS is making its way across the line-up, bringing its appearance in line with the brand’s latest designs. While the brochure doesn’t seem to show the vehicle with North American specifications, the U.S. version will almost certainly have the Nike-Swoosh like LED daytime running lights, updated fog light surrounds, plus the Lexus spindle grille that’s far bolder than the trim it replaces.
Watch this video where racers decided to play Need For Speed Underground in real life, in the streets of Japan. While this is an innovative idea and very entertaining it is without a doubt, extremely dangerous.
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In a daring stunt for the promotion of its new V8 powered Continental, Bentley made its dramatic debut by flying one of the latest of its 2013 Coupes over the city of Munich.
Motor Authority reported that anyone stuck in the midst of the city’s rush hour traffic last week would have seen the bright red Bentley suspended beneath a helicopter to arrive at a specially-designed podium situated on top of a high rise complex close to Munich’s city centre. Next to his, was the fashionable ‘SkyLounge,’ a special venue positioned in a glazed bridge between two skyscrapers where the exclusive launch party for the vehicle was being held, for more than 300 VIP guests.
BMW has unveiled the new 2012 M6 in Munich this past weekend. In essence, a two-door M5, the new super coupe will be one of the latest models to feature at this year’s Geneva Motor Show.
The M6 takes the same bi-turbo 4.4-litre V8, blown to produce a stout 552bhp at 5750rpm and 502lb ft at just 1500rpm. This means no more of the high-revving shriek of the old V10, but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing as the V8 is high on performance, if lacking in some of the fizz of the old V10. As far as speed goes, the coupe passes 62mph in just 4.2 seconds and 124mph (200kph) in 12.6 seconds. Top speed is to 155mph, although the M Driver’s Package will increase that to 189mph.
In addition to the larger engine, the new M6 has a carbonfibre reinforced plastic roof to lower the centre of gravity that was first introduced on the M3 CSL. BMW claims the new M6 is a third less heavy on petrol than before, quoting a 28.5mpg combined economy figure with the seven-speed twin-clutch transmission assisting with this. Switchable dampers come standard and you get the M5′s Active M Differential as standard too. To simplify the multiple choice of which electronic modes to select, you can pre-programme your favourite settings in two M buttons located on the steering wheel.