One of the future prospects for the automobile industry is the recent push for autonomous driving technology, which is obviously causing quite the buzz.
But in the point of view and perspective of Jaguar-Land Rover’s R&D chief, Wolfgang Epple, J-LR doesn’t approve of autonomous driving technology because they don’t consider the occupants inside the car, “cargo.”
“We don’t want to build a robot that delivers the cargo from A to B,” said Epple, who’s most likely referring to the connection between man and machine, and all that is holy in the world of performance driving. We’d agree, we like the feeling of driving and being connected to a vehicle.
Alternatively, J-LR is still adamant about trying to advance passive and active safety systems.
Source: AutomotiveNews Europe
A new report is in regarding Jaguar’s new high-performance variant of the F-Type–the highly anticipated SVR.
According to the new report, CAR Magazine learned that Jaguar could be giving the F-Type SVR all-wheel drive after some of their staff caught sighting of some recent test mules.
In addition to the all-wheel drive system, you can expect more aggressive bodywork for better aerodynamics and cooling, heavy-duty carbon-ceramic brakes, and visuals that take after the F-Type Project 7.
Power is to be supplied by a tuned 5.0L supercharged Jaguar AV-V8 with around 600hp on tap. A reveal in March 2016 is expected.
Lexus and Toyota are in the midst of rolling out a new 2.0L turbocharged engine for some of its base models. This engine is actually available on the new NX compact crossover and just recently, it was made available for the IS in Europe.
That means in a matter of time, the current base IS in the US will cease to use its naturally-aspirated 2.5L V6 in the IS 250.
The new motor produces around 240hp and 258 lb-ft of torque and channels it to the rear wheels via an eight-speed Sport Direct Shift transmission, allowing for a 0-62 time of just seven seconds.
Not much else about the IS is different, but with a slightly lighter lump up front, the new base IS could possibly benefit from some handling improvements.
Check out the press release after the jump.
Some news is floating in about the next generation Scion FR-S, which Australia’s Motoring says could use the new Mazda Miata MX-5’s platform as a starting point.
This seems possible since the Scion/Subaru/Toyota trio don’t seem to be selling as well as the brands anticipated. They want to keep the car around, but could use the Miata platform to cut corners instead of making their own. And that’s ok since the Miata platform is a great place to start.
Not much is known, but the lightweight Miata is basically synonymous to the Scion/Subaru/Toyota trio in that both are front-engined, rear-wheel drive, with a standard limited-slip diff, low weight, and minimal approach.
And ultimately, both are for absolute pure driving fun.
McLaren seized the moment at Goodwood this year to announce the launch of their new Sports Series lineup, or a line of cars that take the role of being McLaren’s entry-level line of cars.
All the cars designated to populate the line are expected to be revealed over the course of the next two years, with one confirmed already to be introduced in 2016. The next one after that will be in 2017.
McLaren obviously kept their cards close, but speculation points to versions of the 570S Spider and the 570S Gran Turismo.
Check out their brief press blast after the jump.
If you don’t quite understand it, Alfa Romeos have their own special reputation for being all things that soulful motoring should be. Like Italian culture, Italian food, Italian people, and so-on, you can tell their cars are just as much Italian as everything else, filled with soul, excitement, and joie de vivre, not by the way they’re styled, but also the way they’re built and the way they drive.
This starts with the audible soundtrack that the car makes–and Alfas always made great sounds.
Click here for our original post on the Alfa Romeo Giulia.
That’s why we’re bringing you a short video promo snippet supplied by Alfa Romeo, regarding the new Giulia. Because like them, we want you to know what the new Giulia sounds like. Needless to say, we had to have a few changes of pants.
Check it out below.
A Jalopnik reader apparently spotted the next-generation Cadillac SRX in the streets of New York, which totally makes sense given that Cadillac’s been relocating to New York.
The new SRX successor is called the XT5 and judging by its spy photos, it gets new sheetmetal all around, but it doesn’t look to be much of a departure from the old model. That’s a little disappointing.
Either way, the new XT5 takes on a range of changes including a more pronounced grille, edgier lines, and headlight and taillight designs that also reflect Cadillac’s other current models and future concepts.
Not much else is known about the XT5, but we reckon GM’s popular 3.6L V6 will sit under the hood, much like the outgoing model.
Source: Opposite Lock
Nissan did the unexpected with their original Juke-R, an extremely limited production and special edition of the Juke, which sports the Nissan GT-R’s powertrain and drivetrain, complete with all-wheel drive and the hand-built 3.8L twin-turbocharged V6.
Now, Nissan revealed a follow-up to the crazy Juke-R with the Juke-R 2.0, but it literally does not have a 2.0L motor. It does still have the hand-build twin-turbo V6, but it’s been massaged to produce over 600hp, making it the same motor as the GT-R Nismo.
Other tweaks include visual changes and upgrades to the exterior and lighting, as well as body parts remolded in carbon fiber form to reduce weight. We don’t know how much faster the Juke-R 2.0 is since Nissan didn’t say, but the current Juke-R is already batshit-insane fast with a 0-6o time of just three seconds.
Some of the biggest news to come from Dearborn was the introduction of the all-new worldly Focus RS, that’s finally being sent to US shores to join our hot-hatch wars.
But one thing Ford failed to disclose at the reveal of the Focus RS was its power ratings. The last Focus RS had 301hp and 325lb-ft of twist from a lovely, Volvo-sourced turbocharged straight-five. That is however less than Ford’s latest 2.3L EcoBoost four-, which is not only the same motor as found in the Mustang EcoBoost, it’s the same motor providing propulsion to the Focus RS.
Except in the Focus RS, it produces more than the Mustang’s 310hp at 345hp. That’s also backed by 324 lb-ft of twist, which is four more pound-feet than the Mustang’s version.
This all happens thanks to a revised turbocharger, intake, and exhaust, and a heavier duty radiator. Driving Ford Performance’s latest all-wheel drive system with dynamic torque vectoring, launch control, and even a crazy Drift Mode, the Focus RS seems to be a force not to be reckoned with.
Check out Ford UK’s press release as well as some moving footage of the RS in action at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed after the jump.
Because the automobile industry is under constant pressure to find a way to better propel cars in a manner that’s less damaging to the environment, scientists and engineers outside the auto industry are looking for ways to improve infrastructure to support new technologies, such as electric vehicles and hydrogen-powered vehicles.
Speaking of which, with everyone realizing the practical limitations of EVs, automakers are either sticking to classic internal-combustion power, or a new future in hydrogen fuel-cells. Hydrogen power has always been viewed as the mecca of renewable energy since the combustion of hydrogen–the most abundant element in the universe–means the addition of oxygen molecules, and the byproduct of adding oxygen to hydrogen in the phase of combustion is water, much in the same way that the act of combustion by adding oxygen to petrochemicals yields carbon dioxide and a range of other toxic substances.
That said, because the yielding result of combusting hydrogen is water, and that hydrogen is super abundant, it seems like an ideal candidate for a renewable, natural fuel. There is one major hurdle however–hydrogen production is extremely expensive to the point where its ends don’t justify the means, cost wise. But thanks to more and more research, the technology appears to be coming more readily available, and thus cheaper.