If you’ve been wondering what the status of the drop-dead gorgeous Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 was, so were we.
A new report hails in from CARandDRIVER, who reportedly heard Bentley is still in the process of making it happen. However, they’ve decided to take their sweet-ass time with it in order to focus on the launch of the Bentayga as well as potentially expanding their crossover lineup to include a “coupe-like” version of the Bentayga, similarly to how what the BMW X6 is to the standard X5 crossover.
Click here for our original post on the 2015 Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept from the 2015 Geneva Auto Show.
Bentley’s CEO, Wolfgang Durheimer, confidently told C/D that they want to build the EXP 10 Speed 6, but they have to focus on the crossovers in order to increase the chances of production with hopes that the Bentayga and its new supposed “coupe” version will generate more cash flow to fund the project.
As of now, a launch date sometime in 2020 is expected, though Bentley’s board still has yet to approve the model for production. That said, it’s entirely up in the air as to what the EXP 10 Speed 6 could be powered by as speculation points to the possibility of an electric version with 400 to 500hp, with tech lifted from the Porsche Mission E Concept. Alternatively, the EXP 10 could go the more traditional route with a 600hp twin-turbocharged V8 lifted from the Continental GT.
– By: Chris Chin
Word from AutoBild is that Mercedes-AMG could be considering a successor to the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren super coupe, despite AMG’s boss, Tobias Moers, explicitly telling journalists that the company has no interest in building a supercar to compete against the likes of the Porsche 918 Spyder and the Ferrari LaFerrari.
A rumor did surface early last month of a potential mid-engined supercar being considered by AMG, but such a bit remains to be a rumor. And either way, it would still be an alternative to the rumored super coupe currently in discussion.
Nonetheless, AutoBild reportedly spoke to sources within the company where engineers are said to be contemplating over the course of action to take for a new halo car for the brand. Despite the arrival of the new AMG GT sports coupe, AMG remains to be without a halo car like it has in the past, similarly to the aforementioned SLR McLaren and more recently, the SLS AMG.
Should Mercedes-AMG however decide to build a super car of some sort, it’ll most likely be build using their latest Modular Sports Architecture platform currently destined to be first used with the next-generation SL-Class. This would mean a front-engined rear-wheel drive setup, and not a mid-engined one as rumored.
Audi officially announced to offering a similar Goodwill Package to all A3 TDI owners affected by Volkswagen AG’s Dieselgate scandal as Volkswaten TDI drivers, as a preliminary step to regain the trust of their customers and simply say, they’re sorry.
Like Volkswagen TDI owners, the A3 TDI customers will receive a $500 prepaid Visa gift card, an additional $500 gift card to spend at your local Audi dealer, and three years of 24-hour roadside assistance, free, just to get things started in terms of compensating those affected.
Though as with the Volkswagen TDI package, Audi A3 TDI owners will have to go through a few verification steps just to authenticate that the owners affected are indeed owners that qualify for this package.
Volvo’s on the verge of revealing their hotly anticipated flagship sedan, the replacement to the S80, the all-new S90.
In recent past, we already caught a solid glimpse as to what to expect with Volvo’s new luxury sedan, which is ready to replace the ancient, but tried, tested and true S80 sedan. The glimpse came in the form of pictures of some official scale models as well as some spy shots of the new S90, sourced from some individuals in China. Even then, they were able to get some pictures of even a wagon version of the S90, the V90, a variant known to also be in the works on top of the S90 sedan itself.
From what we know, the Volvo S90 will sport a design heavily influenced by the latest XC90 and some of the company’s recent concepts. Additionally, like the XC90, the S90 is expected to be offered with the same power- and drivetrain options as the XC90, meaning it’ll most likely get the same twin-charged hybridized inline-four as the top-spec XC90 T8 Twin-Engine, as well as the same twin-charged non-hybrid four as the standard XC90. It’ll also be built on the same Scalable Product Architecture platform as the XC90.
The Guardian recently received confirmation from the BBC that the world-famous Top Gear television show will be showing its first episode with its new host, Chris Evans, in May of 2016–May 8 to be exact.
The BBC’s most popular show and the most widely watched factual television program in the world has been in a hiatus ever since the show’s main host, Jeremy Clarkson, was kicked off due to a snafu with a producer. As a part of Clarkson’s departure, his running mates, James May and Richard Hammond followed, on the basis of team loyalty.
Following the whole debacle of Clarkson vs. Producer, the BBC then held a series of contests and auditions for the host of the new Top Gear and taking the cake was the UK’s very on, Chris Evans.
Evans will be hosting the show by his lonesome, with the only other regular on-screen character being the original Stig.
The new season of Top Gear is scheduled to have a total of 16 episodes while being aired on the BBC2 once a week.
– By: Chris Chin
Source: BBC via The Guardian
Two years ago, the world sadly lost a hugely influential figure in the automotive scene–the one and only Paul Walker, famous for his leading role as a major character in one of the most popular Hollywood franchises about cars, ever.
For those whose memories are clouded, Walker was riding shotgun with famed racer and entrepreneur, Roger Rodas. Rodas and Walker were close friends and were in a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, owned and driven by Rodas when they died in a fiery collision exactly two years ago today. The Los Angeles County Sheriff, who led the investigation into their crash, concluded immediately that a high rate of speed and reckless driving were the root causes of the crash.
Since then, Walker’s legacy continued on an interesting journey as Paul’s daughter, Meadow Walker, later filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Porsche, claiming Porsche was responsible for the death of her father. However, such a case never held up in court since the allegations made in the case by Meadow were simply unsound.
When the Tesla Model X first debuted officially, details and all, it wasn’t exactly priced for mass market, with debut model’s starting price beginning at $132,000 for the P90D, the top of the line model.
But that recently changed as Tesla Motors just introduced its entry-level Model X called the 70D, which starts at a much easier $80,000 to boot. As indicated by the model name, it features a 70 kWh battery rather than a 90 kWh version, capable of providing up to 220 miles on a single charge while sprinting to 60 in just six seconds. Just for comparative purposes, the 90 kWh model does that same sprint in just 4.8 seconds.
Tack on the options though, and the price quickly climbs faster than the battery depletes when driven like a bat out of hell. Want the optional six-seater package? You’ll need an extra $3,000 for that. Need one more seat for whatever reason? Bump that up to $4,000 instead.
New Ferrari FF owners may be in for a surprise, if a report out of India is to be believed. Speaking to Indian Autos Blog at the launch of a flagship dealership in New Delhi, Ferrari’s Commercial & Marketing Senior Vice President Enrico Galleria stated the 6.3-liter naturally-aspirated V12 at the heart of the FF will remain in the upcoming facelift, amidst speculation that the company may opt for downsizing and forced induction as they’ve recently done with the 488 GTB and California T.
Galleria says that engineers are still working to “further innovate” Ferrari’s four-wheel-drive four-seater, and the report suggests the engine may be retuned to deliver roughly another 50 horsepower — bringing the total to about 700 — and mated to a new 8-speed dual-clutch gearbox. More interestingly, the marketing VP also mentioned that “(Ferrari’s) clients will have a surprise in the future.”
Not too long ago, Audi launched a pilot program to test some waters for convenience by teaming up with DHL and Amazon to offer delivery service to your car in select countries in Europe. Sounds pretty neat to arrive at your car, only to find a package you’ve been waiting for already delivered in the trunk.
Now, Volvo’s trying the same in Sweden only, in partnership with the country’s national postal service, PostNord, where Volvo owner sin Gothenburg can have their packages delivered to their car instead of their place of residence.
Unlike Audi’s program, who works with DHL, a global parcel delivery company, Volvo’s pilot program is reasonably limited to those within the city’s confines only. Nonetheless, it’s their attempt to see how such a service plays out.
McLaren’s been seeking to expand their lineup by moving down market, by producing more affordable, smaller, and less powerful models than the renowned 650S, and obviously, the flagship P1, like the 570S and the new 540C. Rumors were aplenty even of McLaren possibly dipping below the $100k mark to produce a car to compete against the likes of the Porsche Cayman.
But according to AutoCar, such a car won’t happen because McLaren has no desire to “chase volume” and sales by producing such a “cheap” model. Additionally, McLaren doesn’t seek to “cheapen” their brand with a model on such an affordable, mass scale, simply because it won’t match McLaren’s “exclusive” reputation.
As of now, McLaren’s most affordable entry-level model will remain to be the 540C and the 570S models, according to the company’s chief designer, Robert Melville.
So if you were planning to buy a McLaren, better continue saving your chump change.