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Report: BMW retracts plan to reveal hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle at Detroit

BMW and BMW Blog report that Munich is retracting their plans to reveal a hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle at Detroit next month for the 2015 North American International Auto Show.

The Roundel didn’t disclose the reasons why, but according to press speculation, the BMW could be focusing more on their projects with Toyota.

This doesn’t mean BMW’s plans for an FCV are defunct now since BMW still wants to reveal one, but first they need to redesign their current concepts and use approaches similar to ones used for the i3 and i8.

Source: BMW / BMW Blog


Report: Cadillac CT6 to sport new evolutionary design, but won’t be modeled after Elmiraj

GM’s Vice President of Global Design, Ed Welburn, sat down recently with AutomotiveNews, who said the new Cadillac CT6 will feature Cadillac’s latest design language, but it won’t be modeled after the Elmiraj Concept, unfortunately.

That said, we can expect other Cadillac models to resemble the CT6 with various design cues, both on the inside and out.

Welburn also reaffirmed President Johan de Nysschen’s plans to introduce a new range-topping model by 2020 to compete against the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the BMW 7-Series, the Jaguar XJ, the Lexus LS and the Audi A8, to name a few.

Source: Automotive News


Video: Nissan teases the 2016 Titan again, heads to Detroit for a reveal

Nissan has another reveal to add to the list for Detroit–the 2016 Titan, which is also hyped to feature an all-new Cummins diesel engine, to put the Titan into the realm of the light-duty diesel pickup, alongside the Dodge Ram EcoDiesel.

Not much is still known about the new Titan, but the signature engine is supposed to be Cummins’ all-new 5.0L V8 diesel.

Expect an entirely new truck from the ground up as the outgoing Titan is well past its due date.

Check out the video after the jump.

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Report: Alfa Romeo is working on their own line of performance engines

AutomotiveNews reports Alfa Romeo is working on their own line of performance engines for future models, which is reminiscent of Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles’ five-year plan and strategy for Alfa reentry into the US market. The plan is to bring Alfa Romeo back to the brand that people once admired and the 4C is part of this push. Next up to be revealed is a new midsize sedan.

But to make sure Alfa is on par with the competition, the brand is reportedly working on their own performance engines, with one being a new 2.9L twin-turbocharged V6 good for 480hp. That engine is still based off of the 3.0L unit in the Maserati Quattroporte and Ghibli. There’s also a new 2.0L turbo four in the works, capable of anywhere from 180hp to 330hp for rear- or all-wheel drive applications. And for Europe. a new 2.2L turbodiesel four can offer from 135hp to 210hp.

From what we know following previous rumors, the new Alfa sedan will be sized between a BMW 3-Series and 5-Series and should be offered with rear-wheel drive while a high-performance GTA version is also said to be in the works. The sedan should surface sometime in 2016, and interestingly it won’t be called the Giulia, according to AN.

Source: AutomotiveNews


The 2015 Hennessey Velociraptor Ford F150 fills the Raptor void for now
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Ford currently doesn’t make the F150 Raptor with the latest generation, yet, until Detroit, when it’s rumored to surface. So if you are truly that impatient, or just want something different, Hennessey has something for you.

It’s called the Velociraptor 600 Supercharged F150 and much like the name says, it’s a serious upgraded F150, made possible by the boffins at Hennessey Performance. Based on the 2015 F150, the new Hennessey Velociraptor 600 features a supercharged 5.0L V8 to churn out 600hp, though various tunes are available for customers to choose.

The particular example being showcased features a Roots-type supercharger, forcing around eight psi into the intake with upgraded fuel injectors, a custom-tuned engine control unit, and a stainless steel exhaust system. And to make sure you can use this power off-road, the Velociraptor also comes with 33-3inch BFGoodrich rubber with 17-inch Hennessey alloys. There’s also a standard suspension coil-over kit geared towards off-roading, while the F150 also benefits from some exterior aesthetic changes and Brembo stoppers.

Prices start at $73,300 for the new Velociraptor, which also includes the purchase price of an FX4 Super Crew F150.

Other packages are available for other engines like the 3.5L EcoBoost V6.

Check out the press release below.

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Introducing the 2015 Hennessey VelociRaptor 600 Supercharged

Texas tuner adds power and improved off-road capabilities to

Ford’s all-new aluminum bodied pick-up trucks

December 16, 2014-For immediate release

Sealy, Texas-For the past five years, Ford F-150 truck enthusiasts have had the special opportunity to own the SVT Raptor. With 411 hp and baja pre-runner capabilities, the Ford Raptor was one of the most capable 4×4’s ever built. Sadly, Ford Raptor production has ended, leaving a void in the market for 2015.

Thankfully, the team from Hennessey will soon be offering their 2015 VelociRaptor 600 Supercharged upgrade for Ford’s new aluminum-bodied pick-ups.

“We’ve built over four-hundred VelociRaptor 600 Supercharged Ford trucks over the past four years,” said John Hennessey. “We are simply picking up where we left off with our 2015 VelociRaptor. Having Ford’s world-class new truck design, with a weight savings of nearly 700 pounds, our VelociRaptor 600 Supercharged will have an even greater level of performance and driving excitement!”

Key to the 2015 VelociRaptor’s 600+ horsepower is the Roots-type supercharger packing 8 psi of boost. Helping the 5.0L V8 breathe more deeply is a high-flow air induction system and stainless-steel exhaust system. Upgraded fuel injectors will help feed the supercharged V8, under command of Hennessey’s proprietary engine management calibration. The VelociRaptor will come with a 3 year / 36,000 mile warranty from Hennessey.

Just 500 units of the VelociRaptor 600 Supercharged will be produced for the 2015 Ford
F-150 model year. Pricing starts at $73,500 USD including the base 2015 Ford F-150 FX4 Super Crew 5.0L V8 . The VelociRaptor 600 Supercharged package will also include 33 inch BFGoodrich tires on 17 inch Hennessey wheels. Greater personalization and off-road performance can be had by adding options such as custom off-road coilover suspension, upgraded front and rear bumpers, front winch, LED light bars, Brembo brakes and more.

“The 2015 VelociRaptor 600 will offer the best of both worlds for our clients,” says Hennessey partner, Don Goldman. “Many of our VelociRaptor owners use their trucks to drive to work or to take the kids to school. However, when the going gets tough, the VelociRaptor is highly capable in inclement weather and off-road conditions.”

New 2015 Hennessey VelociRaptor 600 Supercharged pick-up trucks can be ordered through your nearest Ford dealer, as well as any of AutoNation’s 37 Ford dealerships across America. Hennessey will also offer a VelociRaptor upgrade package for 2015 Ford trucks equipped with the EcoBoost engine.

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About Hennessey® Performance

Established in 1991, Hennessey® Performance Engineering (HPE) builds and modifies more than 500 vehicles per year from a wide variety of brands that include Cadillac, Chevrolet, Ford, Lexus and Toyota. HPE also builds the world’s fastest production vehicle, the Hennessey Venom GT, which has a verified top speed of over 270 mph. HPE operates facilities based near Houston, Texas and Lake Forest, California. In addition, Hennessey® operates Tuner School, the world’s first fully state-licensed school dedicated to teaching and training future performance vehicle tuners. HPE is also the only aftermarket tuner in North American with its own proving grounds, Lonestar Motorsports Park, whose IHRA-sanctioned quarter-mile drag strip is adjacent to the company’s 40,000 square foot workshop and showroom situated on 143 acres along Interstate-10 near Houston.


Acura finally teases the production NSX, to debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show
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It’s official. The 2015 Detroit Auto Show is going to be a big one. From the next Cadillac CTS-V, to Lexus’ new F model, and even Ford bringing the GT–this will undoubtedly be the biggest Detroit Auto Show yet because Acura just confirmed the revealing of the all-new production NSX at the Cobo Center next month.

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After nearly 10 years of rumors, teasers, and concepts, Honda and Acura are ready to unleash the NSX. We’re not going to lie, we were really really worried at first since the NSX started to seem like old news five years ago.

Set to debut on January 12, 2015, the all-new Acura NSX revives a long legacy that dates back to 1991.

Check out the press release after the jump along with a 30 second teaser.

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Report: Nissan’s IDx Concept could lead to a Silvia/200SX successor

Motoring in Australia reports Nissan’s IDx Concept could eventually lead to a Silvia successor.

Not too long ago, Nissan revealed the IDx Concept as a pitch at a possible compact rear-wheel drive sports coupe that’s lightweight with small and efficient engines. It would be a close competitor to the Toyota GT 86 trio and would essentially act as the 370Z’s little brother.

However, the concept is sort of stuck in limbo as Nissan is unsure about approving the IDx for production. To retest the waters, Nissan is believed to be revealing a revised IDx Concept at the 2015 Tokyoa Motor Show next October. Should all go well, a launch in 2017 should happen in addition to there being a high-performance NISMO version.

Source: Motoring


Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus reveals teasers of SCG 003
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Mr. James Glickenhaus and his team, Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus just dropped some new teasers for their next car, the SCG 003, which is set to debut in 2015.

Developed at the behest of the same hands who also built the P4/5 and P4/5 Competizione, the SCG 003 succeeds these two in strong spirit.

So far, SCG confirmed to be revealing the new car at the Geneva Motor Show in both track and road-going forms. The chassis is built entirely out of carbon fiber and there are several options for engines, including a twin-turbo V12 for the road going version and a twin-turbo V6 for the track version.

Those are interest in the road-legal version should be prepared to set aside $2.8 million while the motorsports version is going to compete in next year’s 24 Hours of Nurburgring in the SPX class.

Source: Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus


Lexus teases a new F model for Detroit, could be the new GS F
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Lexus jumped on the teaser and reveal bandwagon today to let us know they too are also bringing something flavorful to Detroit next month, and it’s an obvious new F model.

We speculate it could be the highly anticipated GS F, which has been on high alert after many spy shots of several test mules surfaced within the last year.

You can see from the teaser however that the car being hinted is quite aggressive, with Lexus’ large spindle F grille and a huge gaping air duct under the front headlights. Oh, and there are those massive multi-spoke wheels and brakes.

So add another to your list and check off January 13th on your calendar.

See the press release after the jump.

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Infiniti reveals new Concept Vision Gran Turismo w/ video
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Infiniti finally pulled the virtual sheets off of their Concept Vision Gran Turismo following some teasers that surfaced earlier this month.

The concept is being perceived by the company as a design and technical exercise, to test the waters for some potential new design cues and overall themes, which we may just possibly see in other future Infinities.

Focus for this new Infiniti concept lies in the emphasis of aerodynamics and active bodywork for better fuel economy and stability. However, the concept also seeks to be functional with its form and design.

Players of Polyphony Digital’s Gran Turismo 6 can download the Infiniti Concept Vision Gran Turismo in their latest DLC content pack.

Check out the press release and video after the jump.

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