One of the biggest and most notable rivalries in existence right now includes the all-new BMW M4 and Lexus’ first ever crack at BMW’s legendary two-door sports coupe–the new Lexus RC F. And to see which is better, MotorTrend just featured the two going Head 2 Head against each other in this latest episode.
BMW went their traditional route of lightweight and returned to using a straight-six rather than the last model’s naturally-aspirated V8. This is also the world’s first BMW M3-successor with a turbocharged motor. The Lexus on the other hand uses brute force and lightweight with a potent 5.0L naturally-aspirated V8, both of which send more than 400hp to the rear wheels.
It’s a tight competition, but it’s the sort of thing us car guys live for.
Watch the feature after the jump.
Cadillac is moving ahead full-force with revamping their lineup to become the most competitive it’s ever been since their prime days of making big-bodied luxury sedans, coupes and convertibles before 1973.
Further exemplifying this is the rumor that Cadillac could be introducing a new convertible, which was reportedly shown at some dealer meetings in sketches.
It’s unclear what exactly this new convertible could be, but speculation points to the use of the ATS and CTS’s current Alpha platform. While this could be a good indicator of what could be in the near future, it should be noted the that the Alpha platform is very versatile and is providing a backbone for nearly every rear-wheel drive sedan in Cadillac’s lineup. So the convertible could be any size at this time.
Cadillac is adamant about introducing a new convertible, after AutomotiveNews spoke to an unnamed representative. For reference, the last convertible Cadillac ever made was the ill-fated XLR.
Audi’s bringing a newly speced R8 to Los Angeles and it’s calls the R8 Competition. It’s most likely a last model-run special since we’re already anticipating the next second generation model to surface within the next year or so.
As indicated by the name, the new 2015 Audi R8 Competition is geared towards those who actually compete in motorsports. It’s based off of the top-of-the-line Audi R8 V10, meaning a 5.2L V10 good for 570hp mated only to a seven-speed S-tronic automatic. Other upgrades include a sport exhaust system and some other tweaking to result in a 0-60 time of just 3.2 seconds. This also makes the R8 Competition the fast R8 ever offered, according to Ingolstadt.
Other upgrades that help separate the fact that you’re in a more special R8 include carbon fiber exterior trimmings, a fixed rear spoiler, and lowered bodywork. Additionally, bespoke black-painted wheels are included with carbon ceramic brakes and anodized red brake calipers.
Check out the press release after the jump. Only 60 will be made for the US exclusively.
BMW was known to be preparing the latest and greatest versions of the X5 M and X6 M for the 2016 model year and recently, the Munich automaker just revealed them in full ahead of their debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show next month.
As expected, the 2016 BMW X5 M and X6 M sport the BMW M5’s 4.4L TwinPower twin-turbocharged V8 good for 567hp, up from 555hp for the outgoing models. There’s also quite a bit more torque at 553 lb-ft of twist versus the last model’s 500lb-ft. Both get a new ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic with xDrive all-wheel drive as standard. And should one find themselves going too fast in a corner with such substantial amounts of mass and weight, the xDrive all-wheel system works in tandem with stability and traction control to deliver as much as 100 percent of its power at either the front or rear axles. But overall, the result is a 0-60 time of just four seconds. Do we forget that both these leviathans weight more than two and a half tons?
Keeping body motions in check is a double-wishbone setup in the front and a multi-link self-leveling rear with three dynamic modes and maintaining grip are massive Michelin Pilot Super Sport UHP tires. Can’t imagine those to be too cheap…
Otherwise, the X5 M and X6 M come fixed with much more aggressive bodywork, large wheels, and lots of M badges. The upgrades continue inside with a new M steering wheel with aluminum paddle shifters, M Sport seats, and an M-Tech sport shifter.
Prices are set to start at $99,650 for the X5 M and $103,050 for the X6 M.
Check out the press release after the jump.
General Motors had Chevrolet teases some new details about the new 2016 Chevrolet Volt at a preview event earlier today. And those details contain information involving the Volt’s new powertrain.
Due for a reveal at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the 2016 Chevrolet Volt utilizes a new Voltec powertrain that maintains the same basic concept as the original Volt. You have a large battery pack driving an electric motor with a range-extending gas engine to power everything from the electronics, to charging the battery, in the event it goes dead.
The new battery is built in partnership with LG Chem and was designed with a completely new cell structure, which Chevy boasts a 20 percent increase in capacity over the outgoing version. Additionally, the battery loses 30lbs and some size, allowing it to be mounted lower to improve the Volt’s center of gravity. The expected turnout is a full-electric range of 38 miles.
The new Volt’s powertrain also consists of a two-motor electric drive setup, weighing in at just 100lbs less than the old Volt, allowing for a 5-12% increase in efficiency. The electric drive unit gets assistance from a new 1.5L four-banger with direct injection, a variable dispalcement oil pump, and a high-compression ratio.
For the press release, check it out after the jump.
Mercedes-Benz USA recently released lots of new photos and lots of detailed specs on the new 2015 S-Class Coupe, including pricing and equipment.
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe is being launched with three models: the base S550 4MATIC Coupe, the S63 AMG 4MATIC Coupe, and the S65 AMG 4MATIC Coupe.
The S550 gets power from the sedan’s 4.7L V8 good for 449bhp and 516 lb-ft of torque while the S63 gets the far more potent twin-turbo 5.5L V8 with 577bhp and 664 lb-ft of torque.
The range-topper, the V12 S65 AMG, gets the usual 6.0L twin-turbo monster mill with 621bhp and 738 lb-ft of torque.
Prices start at $119,900 for the S550 while the S65 requires a staggering $230,900.
For the details, check out the press releases after the jump.
Top Gear UK is about to launch a new special DVD and Blu-Ray video for those who are suffering withdrawl from the lack of regular seasonal programming from the world’s most popular motoring show.
The new video is called “The Perfect Road Trip 2,” and features Jeremy “Jezza” Clarkson and Richard “Hamster” Hammond for 500 miles worth of road tripping from Venice, to the Isle of Capri, Bologna, Siena, and many other picture-perfect spots in Italy. Unfortunately, James “Captain Slow” May is exempt from this video, for the likelihood of just being too slow for this video.
Some of the cars tested for the quest include the McLaren 650S, the Lamborghini Huracan, the new Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray, the BMW M4 Coupe and many more.
Check out the teaser after the jump.
Lotus quietly announced the introduction of a new automatic-equipped Exige S, most likely as a way to help boost sales of the extremely small automaker.
The new Lotus Exige S automatic is expected to go on sale in January with six-forward gears. And while the Exige S may be robbed of some of its driver involvement, the new Exige S automatic comes with paddle-shifters for those who want to shift manually without having to move their left leg.
The cog swapper also has various settings such as Sport and Race mode for the more performance-oriented drives. And according to Lotus, the Exige S hits 62 mph in 0.1 seconds faster than the manual. For UK customers, the Exige S automatic costs an additional 2,000GBP for both the Exige S and Exige S Roadster.
There’s no word about a US version just yet.
Europe’s AutomotiveNews branch heard through the grapevine that Hyundai could be importing their ix25 compact crossover, currently slated for the Chinese market in the near future. Should the ix25 be globalized, a release in both Europe and the United States is estimated to happen sometime in 2017.
The ix25 is being developed specifically for the Chinese market, where crossovers and the automobile market in general are outrageously strong. But because crossovers are popular on a global scale, Europe and the US are likely to get their own versions.
Specific details, as usual, aren’t exactly known, but the international ix25 has a high probablility of being our next generation Tucson.
Source: AutomotiveNews Europe
Every so often, like many of you, I’ll go skimming through eBay or AutoTrader listings, just to plot out my future wishlist of cars to own in the near future. And they’re not always the latest and greatest supercars, but rather some stupendous classics from years past.
Honing in on my absolute love for old and fast German sedans is this absolutely mint condition 1993 E34 BMW M5 that popped up on AutoTrader recently. This pristine example is described to have only traveled a stunning 9,801 miles since being delivered and is 1 of 236 examples built for the North American market in this model year. The seller also claims there is no other car like it on the market right now. And to be honest, he does have a point. Finding a used E34 M5 on sale on the Internet in the country is a challenge in itself, let alone finding one in near-museum nick is like waiting for the Middle East to stop all facets of war among each other to become peaceful nations.
But get this–a car in this condition usually hovers around $20k max, if not a little more. Yet, how much is this guy asking? Wait for it…$95,000. That’s MORE than a brand-new F10 M5’s base price by $1,400.
HA, yea, uhm, what?
Do you think this pristine E34 M5 is worth that kind of dough?
Let us know in the comments.