The 2015 Audi A8 L Security is 5.27 meters (17.29 ft) long and has a 3.12 meter (10.24 ft) wheelbase. LED headlights are part of the standard specification in conjunction with the V8 engine; the W12 comes with Audi’s innovative Matrix LED technology.
The new Audi A8 L Security has been officially certified by the German Ballistics Testing Center in Munich; it complies with the requirements of the class VR 7 ballistic protection standard in accordance with the BRV (Bullet Resistant Vehicles) 2009 guideline. In certain areas, the armor plating on the A8 L Security even complies with the criteria for the classes VR 9 and VR 10.
Some optional safety-related equipments are available which include the emergency exit system, a fire extinguisher system and the emergency fresh-air system. Numerous additional solutions round out the offering.
The Audi A8 L Security will be available with a V8 4.0-liter TFSI engine producing 435 HP (320 kW) and 600 Nm (442 lb-ft). With this power the armored sedan will accelerate from 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in 7.5 seconds. The fuel consumption stands at 10.9 liters / 100 km (21.5 mpg US or 25.8 mpg UK).
Audi is also offering a larger W12 FSI naturally-aspirated engine developing 368 kW (500 hp) and 625 Nm of torque (460.98 lb-ft), enough to propel the large high-security sedan from 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in 7.1 seconds with an electronically limited top speed of 130 mph (210 km/h). The W12 averages 13.5 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (17.42 US mpg).
Orders can already be placed for the 2015 Audi A8 L Security, with deliveries starting in the third quarter of 2014.
The Acura TLX Prototype showcases the design and performance direction for the all-new 2015 TLX performance-luxury sedan launching later this year. The TLX was developed around the theme "Red Carpet Athlete" to deliver a compelling blend of luxury refinement and sports-sedan athleticism.
The TLX Prototype, bathed in Acura Athletic Red Pearl, presents a lithe exterior form with a prominent grille along with Jewel Eye LED headlights. Also we can see a sculpted hood, custom-designed five-spoke 20-inch alloy wheels and aerodynamic side skirts.
The production model will be offered with two different engines including an all-new 2.4-liter 16-valve inline 4-cylinder engine connected to an eight-speed dual clutch transmission and a 3.5-liter SOHC V-6 paired to a nine-speed automatic. Both the 2.4-liter and 3.5-liter TLX models will target EPA fuel economy ratings at the top of the midsize luxury sedan class.
Two-wheel-drive models will utilize the next generation of Acura Precision All-Wheel Steer™ (P-AWS™) technology. The 3.5-liter V6 can be outfitted with a new generation Super-Handling All Wheel Drive™ technology that has new torque-vectoring control logic.
The new TLX will feature an Integrated Dynamics System (IDS) with four driving modes - ECON (Economy), Normal, Sport, and a new Sport+ mode. Depending on which mode the driver selects, the Integrated Dynamics System will adjust Electric Power Steering (EPS), throttle response, SH-AWD and P-AWS control logic, transmission shift mapping, Active Noise Control settings and HVAC control in accordance with the preferences of the driver.
The TLX will be available with Acura's most advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies including Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow and Blind Spot Indicator (BSI).
The Limited Edition of just 22 cars is available in three colour specifications: Ghost White, Diamond and a contrast of Fountain Blue and Dark Sapphire. All vehicles will have numbered door sill plaques, a unique 21” wheel design and a striking 3D “Flying B” logo stitched into the vehicle headrests which will also be inlayed into the wood of the rear picnic tables and front fascia.
The Bentley Mulsanne Birkin will come with a stunning tailored luggage set – each one hand-crafted, individually numbered and matched with the interior of each car. Each car features exquisitely-packaged twin 8" LCD screens in the rear of the seat headrests, a DVD player, a Wi-Fi hotspot, the Naim for Bentley premium audio system and iPads integrated into the hand-crafted solid wood picnic tables.
The 2015 WRX STI Launch Edition will be powered by a 4-cylinder 2.5-liter turbocharged boxer engine producing 305 bhp (227 kW) at 6,000 rpm and a peak torque of 290 lb-ft (393 Nm) available at 4,000 rpm.
Subaru will offer 1,000 units painted in WR Blue Pearl and will come equipped with gold-painted 18” BBS alloy wheels. The STI Launch Edition is exclusively equipped with special interior colors and trim and gets a standard STI Short-Throw Shifter for the 6-speed manual transmission.
Audi has pooled the genes of its rugged allroad models and its forthcoming e-tron hybrids to create a striking and fittingly futuristic new crossover concept, the Allroad Shooting Brake concept, bound for this month‘s 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
The main highlights of the show car are an aluminium and carbon fibre body shell, MatrixBeam LED headlights and the e-tron quattro drivetrain. The allroad shooting brake has a wheelbase measuring 2.51 metres. It is 4.20 metres long, 1.85 metres wide and 1.41 metres tall. It has 19-inch alloy wheels wrapped around in 255/40 tires.
The 2014 AllRoad Shooting Brake Concept is powered by a transverse-mounted 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter TFSI turbocharged gasoline engine delivering 215 kW (292 hp) of power and 380 Nm (280.27 lb-ft) of torque. The 2.0 TFSI operates together with a disc-shaped electric motor via a decoupling clutch; the electric motor outputs 40 kW of power and 270 Nm (199.14 lb-ft) of torque. It is integrated in the six-speed e-S tronic. A second electric motor mounted to the rear axle offers 85 kW (155 hp) and 270 Nm (199.14 lb-ft) of torque.
The plug-in hybrid drive delivers impressive key performance data with 300 kW (408 hp) of system power and a system torque of 650 Nm (479.42 lb-ft). The car can accelerate from 0-62 mph in 4.6 seconds before hitting an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h (155.34 mph).
The all-new AllRoad Shooting Brake Concept has a low fuel consumption figure of 1.9 liters of fuel per 100 km (123.80 mpg) (45 g CO2 per km [72.42 g/mile]) based on the relevant ECE standard. Its total driving range is up to 820 km (509.52 miles).
The 2015 GMC Canyon has a bold front fascia with projector beam headlamps, C-shaped LED daytime running lamps and prominent grille. It also has 17-inch painted aluminum wheels covered by all-terrain tires, a body-color grille surround with horizontal chrome bars and specific suspension tuning. It also features active aero grille shutters.
The interior of the 2015 Canyon is designed to be comfortable which features a bold instrument panel and a center console-mounted shifter. The Canyon’s cabin boasts exceptional attention to detail and premium appointments. Canyon’s seats are designed for long-haul comfort and wear.
The Canyon will have three different engines. The 2.5L four-cylinder delivering 193 bhp (146 kW) and 184 lb-ft (253 Nm) of torque, the 3.6L V6 produces 302 bhp (224 kW) and 270 lb-ft (366 Nm) of torque and for the 2016 model year, the company will offer a powerful and efficient Duramax 2.8L turbodiesel engine. All models are matched with a six-speed automatic transmission.
2015 Bentley Continental GT V8 S Convertible made its North American debut at the 2014 North American Auto Show. The V8 engine delivers 521 bhp (528 PS / 389 KW) at 6,000 rev/min and a peak torque of 680 Nm (502 lb.ft) at a mere 1,700 rev/min. Using this power plant the car completes the sprint in about 4.3 seconds and has a top speed of 192 mph (309 km/h).
The Passat family adds a new sportier member, the 2014 Volkswagen Passat Sport. Volkswagen mentions that the Passat Sport is the production version of the 2013 Passat Performance Concept showcased at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.
The 2014 Volkswagen Passat Sport is powered by a 4-cylinder 1.8-liter EA888 Gen 3 Turbocharge and direct-injection engine, which delivers 170 hp of max power and 184 lb-ft of max torque. The 1.8-liter can be matched to a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.
The 2014 Passat Sport is priced starting at $27,295 (€ 20,000) with the manual transmission (including $820 destination and handling), and will go on sale in early 2014.
Porsche announced that it will be unveiling the 911 Targa at the 2014 NA Auto Show. Echoing the design of the original 911 Targa of 1965, the new model features the distinctive Targa bar, a movable center roof section and a wrap-around rear window combined with innovative technical solutions that make it a true modern classic.
The introduction of the 911 Targa will be streamed live via www.porsche.com/detroit.
Lexus has officially unveiled the RC F Coupe which is set to debut at the 2014 North American International Auto Show on January 14th. The 2015 Lexus RC F coupe is styled to support the most powerful V8 performance car ever developed by Lexus.
The model has been equipped with an aerodynamic body kit. Ducts beneath the front bumper, fenders, and strategically-placed aerodynamic stabilizing fins create a stance which further identifies the F model. The car also has a revised grille and 19-inch forged aluminum wheels which are available in three different designs.
The RC F features an available speed-sensitive active rear spoiler. It enhances the coupe’s lines at standstill and deploys from the RC F’s deck at approximately 50 mph and retracts when the speed is less than 25 mph.
The striking cockpit-like interior of Lexus RC F complements the aggressive exterior. It is equipped with a new instrument cluster, leather-wrapped sport seats and alloy peals. The 2015 Lexus RC F debuts a Lexus-first elliptical cross-section thick-grip steering wheel with optimum placement of paddle gear shifts.
Performance details are not released but it is expected to be powered by the 5.0-liter V8 engine developing 460 bhp (343 kW). The car will accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 4.5 seconds and hit a top speed of approximately 300 km/h (186 mph).