2014 Porsche 911 Turbo
On the 40th anniversary of the 911 Turbo, Porsche announces not just one, but two new models of one of its most powerful models. Available in a Turbo and Turbo S model, the 2014 911 Turbo will feature a new all-wheel-drive system with electro-hydraulic control, active rear axle steering, adaptive aerodynamics, full-LED lamps, a longer body, and the widest body in the 911 range. Power comes in the form of a 3.8L six-cylinder bi-turbo that produces 520 hp in the Turbo and 560 hp in the Turbo S. 0-62 is achieved in 3.2 seconds in the Turbo with the optional Sport Chrono package, 3.1 in the S model, and can reach a top speed of 197 mph. Porsche
FIRST VIEW- 2014 Audi RS7
If you have a burning desire to take yourself and four friends to 189 miles per hour, the 2014 Audi RS7 Sportback can help you out. The luxury hatchback bowed at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show today, complete with a 560-horsepower twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine thrashing under the hood. Getting to 62 mph takes a shave under 3.9 seconds thanks in part to the 553 pound-feet of torque on hand from just 1,750 rpm. While the base car comes with an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph, customers can request the governor be removed by purchasing the dynamic package plus, upping the V-max to 189 mph. Ludicrous? Sure, but Audi says the RS7 can also yield up to 25 mpg on the US scale. With a cylinder-on-demand system, the V8 can deactivate up to four cylinders by closing their valves. Once the driver gets frisky with the throttle, the engine automatically kicks from four-cylinder to eight-cylinder mode in a few hundredths of a second. The engine is bolted to an eight-speed automatic transmission, which pushes power to all four wheels. You can read the full press release below for more information, but we think you’ll have a better time viewing our live shots from the show floor..
2014 SRT Viper TA
The new Viper gets track ready with a specially tuned version called the SRT Viper TA (Time Attack). SRT tweaked the Viper’s suspension with a track-ready two-mode Bilstein Damptronic system and shock dampers, springs, stabilizer bars, and a lighter carbon fiber brace further cement its race-worthiness. The car also comes in an exclusive “Crusher Orange” colorway and gets a new aerodynamic package that features carbon fiber front splitters and a carbon fiber rear spoiler. Look for the SRT Viper TA to hit showrooms later this year. SRT
Alfa Romeo 4C Launch Edition
Alfa Romeo is marking their highly anticipated release of the mid-engined 4C with a limited launch edition. The launch editions will come in your choice of a Carrara White or Alfa Red paint scheme and will include a carbon fiber spoiler and door mirrors, rear aluminum diffuser, and Bi-LED headlights. The 4C Launch Edition will be limited to 1000 models worldwide (including America) and will be priced at $78,000. Alfa Romeo
FIRST VIEW – 2014 Range Rover Sport
Longer and more brutish than the outgoing model, Land Rover’s new 2014 Range Rover Sport definitely cements itself as the muscle car of the lineup. The new Sport is lighter and more agile than the previous model shaving off a total of 800lbs due to its new aluminum construction, giving the car improved efficiency and better handling and performance on the road. Two engine options will be available, a 3.0L V6 that puts out 340 hp and a 5.0L Supercharged V8 that produces 510 hp and can hit 60 mph in 5 seconds flat. And of course, it wouldn’t deserve the Range Rover marque if it couldn’t tackle the trail, the car will include their new fully automatic Terrain Response 2 system that detects road conditions such as snow, gravel, and sand and adjusts the engine, transmission, differential, and chassis accordingly. $63,495-$93,295, Land Rover
Alfa Romeo 4C Launch Edition
Alfa Romeo is marking their highly anticipated release of the mid-engined 4C with a limited launch edition. The launch editions will come in your choice of a Carrara White or Alfa Red paint scheme and will include a carbon fiber spoiler and door mirrors, rear aluminum diffuser, and Bi-LED headlights. The 4C Launch Edition will be limited to 1000 models worldwide (including America) and will be priced at ($80,000). Alfa Romeo
2013 Range Rover Autobiography
Autobiography is to put it simply, the ultimate Range Rover. For 2013 they’ve taken their ultimate edition even further with a chrome plated front grill, 21 inch wheels standard (optional 22” pictured above), a 510 hp Supercharged V8, and the option of 22 additional colors that you can only get in this edition. When it comes to amenities the car has a laundry list to drool over from the full-size panoramic roof to the 20 way adjustable seats and the incredible and exclusive 825 watt audio system by British hi-fi brand, Meridian. The 2013 Autobiography starts at $130,950. Land Rover
2014 Porsche Cayman
Porsche’s polarizing Cayman gets a much needed overhaul with a completely new design and muscular curves that makes the outgoing model look like a flyweight. Introduced in both the Cayman and Cayman S trims, the car will be powered by a 2.7L flat-six with 275 hp in the the entry level model and a 3.4L, 325 hp flat-six in the Cayman S. As for speed, the Cayman will hit 0-62 in 5.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 165 while the S model will hit 60 mph in 4.7 seconds while on its way to 175 mph. Porsche
2014 Aston Martin Vanquish
A terrible wave of sadness engulfed me from the driver’s seat of the Aston Martin as its speedometer needle crept towards 130 miles per hour. My anguish only grew as the upcoming corner filled the windscreen. As my right foot pressed firmly against the aluminum brake pedal, I began to feel pity for the affluent owners of the all-new 2014 Vanquish who will never have the opportunity to wring their very capable super GT sports cars on a racing circuit. Exiting the turn, the 6.0-liter V12 roared to life and I snapped back to reality – any trace of mourning quickly disappeared. It is not anyone’s role to decide how an Aston owner treats his or her motorized piece of art. Whether the aluminum and carbon-fiber machines spend their useful life serving as transportation for British royalty, stuck in LA Basin traffic at the hands of well-heeled CEOs or as the latest getaway car in a Bond film, short of writing the big check our judgment ends at the daydream.
The long awaited F-TYPE has made its official debut and by the looks of it, its everything we’d hope for in a modern Jaguar roadster. The F-TYPE will be available in three models: Two V6 models which are available in a 340 or 360 hp variant and the F-TYPE V8S, a 5.0L supercharged V8 which can hit 0-60 in just 4.2 seconds and top out at 186 mph. The new roadsters will also feature Jaguar’s new “Quickshift” eight-speed transmission, mechanical limited slip differentials in the V6 models (electronic in the V8), and a deployable spoiler. Expect the F-TYPE to hit showrooms in 2013. Jaguar
2014 Porsche Cayenne Diesel
Porsche adds a bit more rumble to their Cayenne Diesel range with a new V8-powered S model. The Cayenne S Diesel packs 382 hp which pushes the sleek SUV from 0-62 in 5.7 seconds while reaching a top speed of 156 mph. Unfortunately Porsche has no plans to bring this car stateside, but for our friends across the waters who enjoy Pan-European road trips, this just might be the car for you. Link
2013 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta
The Ferrari F12 Berlinetta is the fastest, most powerful model in the history of the iconic supercar manufacturer. Shorter, lower and lighter than the 599 GTB it replaces, the two-seat, V12-engined F12 gets an extra 119bhp, which takes it up to 730bhp. However, like front-engined Ferrari greats of times gone by – such as the Daytona and 550 Maranello – the F12 is actually a dual-purpose car.
Audi R8 V10 Plus
The R8 V10 plus is a new top model in the model series, with a totally new 7-speed S tronic. The LED headlights and the new rear indicator lights with dynamicized display are standard equipment on all variants. 4.44 meters (14.44 ft) long, 1.90 meters (6.23 ft) wide and only 1.25 (4.10 ft) meters high (Spyder: 1.24 meters (4.07 ft)) – the broad Audi R8, developed and built by quattro GmbH, stands firmly on the road, ready to pounce. New details lend its design even more acuity. The single-frame grille with the beveled upper corners is painted high-gloss black, with horizontal chrome inserts adorning the struts on the V10 variants. The bumper is also new, with the air inlets bearing three crossbars each. As an option, Audi installs a front splitter made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP).
2012 Jaguar XKR Convertible
Dramatic and purposeful, yet as sensuous as only a Jaguar can be, the XKR Convertible receives a number of revisions for 2012 model year that reinforce its contemporary, assertive character. The latest lighting technology has allowed the front headlamps to be made slimmer and at the same time incorporate LED turn signal functions and running lights with a distinctive ‘J-Blade’ signature. Combined with a larger grille and new bumper design, this gives the XKR Convertible instant recognition. Unmistakably a Jaguar, each model in the range gains unique styling attributes that distinguish it from its siblings. Chrome mesh grilles on the 2012 Jaguar XK Convertible are replaced with black detailing on the XKR Convertible version.
2012 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse
Following the success of the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport, Bugatti did not have to wait long before it received the first inquiries about an open-top version of the Grand Sport that could also deliver 1,200 hp (882 kW). Bugatti is now set to unveil the most powerful roadster of all time at the 82nd International Geneva Motor Show at the beginning of March 2012. “We were instantly electrified by the idea of transferring the power of the Super Sport to the Grand Sport, which previously delivered a maximum of 1,001 hp, and thus taking the roadster to a new level,” says Wolfgang Dürheimer. The President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. continues: “Our team has managed to transfer the world’s most powerful car engine to the open-top sports car while taking all vehicle dynamics and aerodynamic parameters into consideration. We are proud to present the fastest roadster ever at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show with the world premiere of the 1,200 hp Grand Sport Vitesse.”
2013 Infiniti M35h GT
The choice for the world’s fastest-accelerating hybrid saloon has just got easier. A new M35h GT version of the record-breaking Infiniti V6 saloon delivers all the performance and low emissions for which the M35h is known – but at a considerably more attractive starting position. The additional model costs 3,970 GBP ($6,100) less than the M35h GT Premium in the UK which until now was the sole version available. The Infiniti M35h GT arrives in Infiniti Centres across the UK from July, and in common with every new M the line-up benefits from a highly competitive new price structure as well as several enhancements, including a soft-closing boot function.
Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake
Mercedes-Benz revealed over last weekend the new version of the CLS, which is called the Shooting Brake. Basically a CLS station wagon, the Shooting Brake has five doors, a large boot and a coupe profile. The Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake measures 4956 mm in length, 1881 mm in width and 1413 mm in height. It has a 590-liter luggage capacity, which can be increased to 1550 liters by folding the rear seats. The CLS Shooting Brake comes with a special tailgate that open automatically, and a load compartment cover. Even though it’s an estate car, the CLS Shooting Brake has a very good aerodynamics, with a Cd value of 0.29. Merc’s CLS estate is going to be available with a choice between four engines: the CLS 250 CDI, the CLS 350 CDI, the CLS 350 and the CLS 500. The diesel CLS 350 CDI and the petrol CLS 500 will be available with the 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system too. All versions of the Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake will be sold with the 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission and the ECO start/stop function.
2013 Land Rover Defender XTech
Land Rover revealed today the updated version of the Defender XTech (2013) special edition. Even though it comes with extra equipment, the 2013 Defender XTech is also £3,000 more expensive than its predecessor. The 2013 Land Rover Defender XTech is going to be available in either Orkney Grey or Nara Bronze and with Santorini Black roof and wheel arches. The SUV is equipped with LED rear lights, 16-inch alloy wheels and MTR off-road tires, and a rear step bumper assembly. At the interior, it features an Ebony part leather upholstery, and embossed front headrests. The equipment list of the 2013 Defender XTech includes Air Conditioning, Anti-Lock Brakes with Electronic Traction Control, central locking with remote control and heated seats and windscreen. To power the new Defender XTech (2013), Land Rover uses the 2.2-litre diesel engine (360Nm of torque), which is mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The price of the new XTech Defender (2013) is set at $45,262.32.
2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed
Bentley revealed today the updated version of their flagship performance model – the Bentley Continental GT Speed (2013). The 2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed is based on the latest version of the model, which has received a lower and stiffer suspension and a more powerful engine. The 2013 Conti GT Speed hides under its hood a 6.0-litre, 48-valve, four-cam, twin turbocharged W12 monster of an engine, which spits out 625 PS (616 bhp/460 kW) at 6000 rpm and 800 Nm of torque. Despite the 2013 Continental GT Speed’s size and weight, this engine is able to take it from zero to 60 mph in just 4.0 seconds (0-100 km/h in 4.2 seconds). Bentley’s latest GT Speed (2013) is rated with a top speed of 205 mph (329 km/h). As expected, the 2013 GT Speed gets a close-ratio, ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox. Bentley does not disclose any efficiency figures regarding the 2013 Conti GT Speed, however, they do mention they managed to reduce its CO2 emissions by 12%.
2014 Maserati Kubang
According to Automotive News Europe, Maserati will unveil the production version of its SUV – complete with a new name – at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, a little over a year and a half from now. In the meantime, however, the Kubang concept (pictured above) that previews its form will be put into retirement. This after the concept has made the rounds on the international circuit including the Frankfurt Motor Show (where it was first unveiled back in September), in Dubai (where it was shown to a large portion of its target market), at the Detroit Auto Show (near where it will be built alongside the Jeep Grand Cherokee on which it is based, with engines shipped in from Italy) and at the Beijing Motor Show, where it is currently on display for what is reportedly the last time.
2013 Mercedes Benz SL63 AMG
Automotive journalists have a slightly warped view of the high-end sports car market. While we feeble automotive scribes pine for a Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series or for Porsche to offer a 911 GT3 RS with manual cloth seats and an A/C delete option, most real buyers aren’t interested in such compromise for ultimate performance. The truth is that many customers simply want a sports car that’s fast, a convertible, sounds good, and one that their significant other will actually ride in. Enter the Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG that we recently drove in the south of France.
Rolls-Royce Phantom Experimental Electric / 102EX
A battery-powered Rolls-Royce is the answer to a question no one asked. When a car that Rolls code-named 102EX surfaced at last month’s Geneva auto show, skepticism reigned. Offered an opportunity to experience this radical alternative to V-12 propulsion, we took the bait, in spite of the fact that our drive was scheduled for April Fools’ Day—the ideal moment for jokes and hoaxes, even in England. I quickly learned that the 102EX—a.k.a. the Phantom Experimental Electric—is no hoax and that the motivation for building this one-off did not bubble up from owner discontent. To the contrary, the highly opinionated captains of the universe who buy Rolls-Royces are smitten with their V-12s, and they’d prefer that the factory leave them alone. But last year a harsh reality rattled this illustrious brand’s board of directors: V-12 engines are not sustainable.
2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4
It took one full-throttle upshift into 4th gear while tracking away from an apex to remind us that the 2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 is a monster. The gear slams home with such authority that the ass end instantly jerks sideways a couple of feet before the Aventador can scramble the appropriate countermeasures to prevent its V12′s avalanche of power from having its way with the car’s carbon-fiber chassis, huge tires and the surrounding countryside. With the Aventador, Lamborghini has an all-new range-topping supercar to replace its aging Murcielago. It’s big, outlandish and powerful. In other words, it’s a typical Italian supercar. There’s a new wrinkle here, though — the Aventador is a pussycat. A 690-horsepower pussycat that will tear to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 2.9 seconds, reach 124 mph (200 km/h) 6 seconds later and rip off 10.5-second quarter-miles.
2013 Bentley Continental GT V8 1
The new Bentley Continental GT V8 is almost fully customizable and features a new 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that was co-developed with Audi. The V8 significantly reduces CO2 emissions by 40% and weighs approximately 55 lbs. less than the W12. The Continental GT V8 has been fitted with a ZF-sourced gearbox seen in many other luxury vehicles, and it includes “block downshift” electronics allowing for improved responsiveness, helping with fuel economy. The luxury automobile also features smaller improvements such as low rolling-resistance tires, improved tumble flow control in the combustion chambers and an ‘on-demand’ power steering pump. Start/Stop technology was not incorporated for this model because of a self-imposed deadline of 2014.