Opel has launched the Turbocharged version of the Opel Cascada which is now more stronger, more attractive and more modern. This powerhouse Cascada is available for an entry-level price of 29,490 euros in Germany.
The new body colors underscore the Cascada’s powerful, elegant appearance. Customers can now choose from sophisticated pearlescent Emerald Green lacquer or the double-layer metallic Magnetic Silver paint. In addition, the premium soft-top can now be ordered in light Khaki Grey.
Inside the cabin it offers the state-of-the-art, very user-friendly and fast IntelliLink infotainment system which comes with a seven-inch high-res touchscreen display and an optional rearview camera.
The 2014 Opel Cascada Turbo is powered by the 1.6-liter ECOTEC turbocharged engine with direct injection that develops 200 HP (147 kW) and 300 Nm (221 lb-ft) of torque which is enough to grant the mid-size convertible with a top speed of 146 mph (235 km/h). The Cascada features exemplary elasticity, accelerating from 80 to 120 km/h in just 9.2 seconds in fifth gear. It will have a fuel consumption of 6.7 liters / 100 km (35.1 mpg US or 42.1 mpg UK) with corresponding CO2 emissions of 158 g/km.
Low-slung and broad-set, the new BMW M3 Sedan and new BMW M4 Coupe share a finely balanced stance on the road. Large air intakes and Air Curtains at the front end, exposed carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) and aluminium body components, and the diffuser at the muscular rear end fulfill functional roles in terms of aerodynamics, cooling and weight saving.
The interior architecture comes complete with unimpeachable ergonomics and clear driver focus. Traditional BMW M equipment details includes M door sill finishers, an M driver's footrest, M gearshift lever, M-design circular instruments with white graphics, M leather steering wheel with chrome trim, colour contrast stitching and electroplatedlook shift paddles (if the M DCT gearbox is specified).
The M3 and M4 will be powered by 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder engine that develops 431 HP (317 kW) and 550 Nm (406 lb-ft) of torque. Two transmissions will be available in the 2015 BMW M4 and 2015 BMW M3: a six-speed manual capable of rev-matched downshifts, and a seven-speed twin-clutch automatic.
The standard sprint from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) takes the new BMW M3 Sedan and new BMW M4 Coupe 4.1 seconds respectively. Top speed is 250 km/h / 155 mph (electronically limited), or 280 km/h / 174 mph if the optional M Driver's Package is specified. In terms of fuel efficiency, owners can expect to average 8.3 L/100 km (28.3 mpg US / 34 mpg UK) with CO2 emissions of 194 g/km.
The 2015 BMW M3 and 2015 BMW M4 will be officially revealed in January at the 2014 North American International Auto Show, and will go on sale in the summer of 2014. Pricing will be announced closer to launch.
The Acura NSX Concept has debuted in the Gran Turismo 6 for PlayStation 3, which went on sale on 6th December. The 'real driving simulator' gives sports car enthusiasts their first opportunity to get behind the wheel of the next generation Acura NSX Concept.
The Acura NSX will be powered by a mid-mounted, direct-injected and twin-turbocharged V-6 engine mated to Acura's Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® (Super Handling All-Wheel Drive) system, , which comprises of three electric motors, and an all-new dual-clutch transmission (DCT).
One motor integrated with the V-6 engine and its all-new dual-clutch transmission (DCT) will power the rear wheels and two high-output electric motors will drive the front wheels. This system enables instant delivery of negative or positive torque during cornering to achieve a new level of driving performance.
The all-new NSX is expected to go on sale in 2015, so till then enjoy it on PlayStation 3.
Brabus has revealed the Brabus 850 6.0 Biturbo based on the Mercedes E63 AMG estate at the 2013 Essen Motor Show. The Brabus 850 6.0 Biturbo is no ordinary station wagon; it has the power of a supercar as it is powered by the most powerful Brabus engine till date.
The wagon comes with lightweight, high-strength carbon-fiber bodywork components which include front and rear aprons, a front spoiler lip, a rear diffuser, side skirts and a rear roof spoiler. It also gets a new sports exhaust system. It is equipped with forged wheels in sizes up to 20 inches with matching high-performance tires supplied by Continental, Pirelli and YOKOHAMA.
The interior comes with a number of customizations as per customer specification which include leather interiors from especially soft and breathable Brabus Mastik leather and Alcantara in any desired color.
The Mercedes E63 AMG comes with a 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine developing 577 hp and 590 pound-feet of torque. Brabus has increased the displacement to 5.9 liters and added bigger turbochargers. With some other modifications the result comes to a staggering 625 kW / 850 hp and 1,450 Nm (1,069 lb-ft) of torque. The wagon now sprints to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.1 seconds. Top speed is limited electronically to 300 km/h (186 mph) to protect the tires.
The “Red Zone” Soul exudes its own extroverted personality with White exterior paint and an aggressively styled body kit featuring red accents throughout, including treatment on the front grille, front and rear fascias, and side skirts. It comes with custom 18-inch alloy wheels.
The interior comes with black cloth seats featuring red stitching, leather steering wheel, black-leather dash hood with red stitching, black carpeted floor mats with red piping, and sport pedals.
The 2014 Kia Red Zone Soul is powered by the 2.0-liter gasoline direct injected (GDI) four-cylinder engine which puts 164 horsepower to the ground via a six-speed automatic transmission.
With just 2,000 examples available, it is scheduled to go on sale during the first quarter of 2014.
BMW has made significant changes to enhance the enjoyment of superior driving experience to the M5 2014. The brand will offer an optional Competition package that reinforces the M5's position as the purest among high-performance sedans.
On the exterior it gets a striking appearance from the M “kidney grille”, xenon headlights and new-designed tail lights with strikingly thin LED light strips. It comes with a range of new exterior colours - Pure Metal Silver, Pyrite Brown metallic, Frozen Blue metallic and further BMW Individual matt paintwork finishes.
The interior gets a new M leather steering wheel, Control Display featuring chrome trim on the sides, an optional Touch Controller with a touch-sensitive surface and ConnectedDrive ensuring intelligent connectivity. The glare-free High Beam Assistant is also optionally available with the Lane Change Warning system used from a speed of 20 km/h (12.4 mph).
The BMW M5 is powered by the 4.4-litre V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology producing 560 hp (412 kW). With the Competition Package, the output of the high-revving V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology is raised by 11 kW to 423 kW/575 hp. The newly developed M carbon ceramic brakes are available as an option.
This model is the first vehicle to deploy Acura's new three-motor hybrid powertrain technology. The system combines a highly efficient, direct-injected V-6 engine with an all-new, Acura-designed, 7-speed dual clutch transmission with built-in electric motor and an electrically powered variant of Acura's highly regarded torque-vectoring Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD).
The 2014 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid is powered by the 3.5-liter, 310-horsepower, i-VTEC® V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM™) which includes an idle-stop feature to help maximize fuel efficiency. The engine is mated to an all-new, 7-speed dual clutch transmission with built-in electric motor.
The RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD has a longer wheelbase and wider greenhouse delivering full-size interior space. It boasts the longest rear-seat legroom. The RLX advanced body design makes extensive use of high-strength steel and aluminum, further aiding its outstanding fuel efficiency, straight-line performance and superior handling agility.
The RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD features Acura's signature Jewel Eye™ LED headlights and the RLX taillights which utilize periphery LED illumination that is both effective and highly distinctive.
Cadillac had unveiled the 2014 Cadillac ELR at the North American International Auto Show. The sleek luxury coupe features the first application of Extended Range Electric Vehicle technology by a full-line luxury automotive brand. The exterior establishes a new, progressive proportion for the brand while the interior introduces a new design theme that will define future Cadillac models.
The new ELR is powered by GM EREV technology, combining pure electric drive and an efficient, range-extending 1.4L gasoline-powered electric generator capable of 154 kW (207 hp) of total system power.
The Cadillac ELR’s dramatic design is matched with an engaging driving experience, supported by the EREV propulsion system calibrated for uncompromising performance. With 295 lb.-ft. of torque (400 Nm) – about 12 percent more than the 3.6L V-6 in the SRX – acceleration in the city and on the highway, including merging and passing, is achieved with reassuring power on demand.
Porsche has officially taken covers off its latest sportscar, the 918 Spyder. The 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder combines pedigree motor racing technology with excellent everyday utility, and maximum performance with minimum consumption.
The main source of propulsion is the unique hybrid system that consists of a 4.6-liter, V8 engine that produces 608 hp of power with a 154 hp hybrid module on the rear axle, and a 127 hp electric motor on the front axle. That’s enough for a top speed of more than 211mph and to accelerate from 0-62mph in just 2.8s.
To save weight, components such as the oil tank, the air filter box integrated into the subframe and the air induction are made of carbon fiber reinforced polymer.
In ideal conditions, the 918 Spyder can cover approximately 18 miles on purely electric power. Even in pure electric mode, the 918 Spyder accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in seven seconds and can reach speeds of up to 93 mph.