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Report: Leaked order guide of 2017 BMW 5-Series indicates more semi-autonomous driving tech

The guide for the 2017 BMW 5-Series also shares info about engines.

A newly leaked order guide of the 2017 BMW 5-Series surfaced on BMW enthusiast forum, Bimmerpost.

According to the guide, Automobile reports that the 2017 BMW 5-Series will come with more semi-autonomous driving technology. The suite is supposedly called the Driver Assistance Plus II package and it will be the closest thing to a self-driving 5-Series being on sale.

Within the package, options like Active Lane Keeping Assistant with Side Collision Avoidance is included in the mix, both systems found on the latest BMW 7-Series.

Then, there’s the more typical active, radar-guided cruise control suites with Stop & Go operation, and more.

So far, the guide also indicates the 2017 BMW 5-Series should be powered by a similar range of four- and six-cylinder engines in the next generation.

Production is said to begin in November.

– By: Chris Chin

Source: BimmerPost via Automobile


The 2017 Audi A4 gains a six-speed manual as standard with all-wheel drive
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The 2017 Audi A4 is the only car in its class to offer both all-wheel drive and a manual as standard.

Audi made a pretty big move recently for the enthusiasts. For the updated 2017 A4 sedan, they added a new six-speed manual transmission as standard with quattro all-wheel drive. That means the 2017 Audi A4 is the only sedan in its class to offer both all-wheel drive and a manual.

As equipped, it can hit 60 miles per hour in just 5.7 seconds, about 0.7 of a second faster than the last model. This in part is also thanks to the A4’s pretty potent TFSI 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder with 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque.

But unfortunately, it still loses to the automatic-equipped dual-clutch A4, which hits 60 in just 5.2 seconds.

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The MINI John Cooper Works Clubman gains all-paw traction
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The MINI John Cooper Works Clubman is also the first JCW MINI to gain all-wheel drive.

MINI recently implemented some changes to the new John Cooper Works Clubman.

The first is the addition of MINI’s latest ALL4 all-wheel drive system, making it the first John Cooper Works model to sport all-paw traction. This of course means some more power can be squeezed out.

Horsepower remains at 228, utilizing the same 2.0L TwinPower Turbo four-banger as the regular JCW Cooper. But the torque gets a hefty bump from 236 pound-feet to 258 lb-ft, making it the torquiest MINI ever made.

The sprint to 60 miles per hour only takes six seconds now with the standard six-speed manual. Optionally available is a ZF-sourced eight-speed Steptronic automatic.

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Report: Apple reportedly to buy McLaren Automotive, McLaren denies rumor

Some pretty groundbreaking news came by way of Financial Times, who reported that tech giant Apple might acquire McLaren Automotive. This caused quite a stir among the media as the largest consumer electronics company in the world doing anything remotely resembling the purchase of a famous boutique supercar maker is just bonkers.

But in an interesting twist, McLaren completely denied the rumor following a direct inquiry from Jalopnik.

FT first reported the deal could be worth as much as 1.5 billion GBP. But neither Apple or McLaren commented on the deal to the outlet.

McLaren doesn’t just consist of the company that produces the famed P1 and other high-profile supercars like the 650S. There’s also McLaren’s huge Formula One division.

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Motorsports: The world’s first all-electric racing series, Formula E will show up in Brooklyn
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One of the first races for Formula E will run through the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn.

If you’re New York City based like we are, or at least within its proper, some exciting motorsports news rings in from the side of Formula E.

What is essentially Formula 1, except with all-electric powertrains, Formula E is the world’s first fully-electric racing series. It officially announced a new city street circuit in the heart of Brooklyn.

Consisting of a 1.21-mile track through Red Hook, Brooklyn, the course zips by Pier 11 and by Brooklyn Cruise Terminal. With lower Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty, and the Brooklyn Bridge all visible within the track’s limits, spectators will have both a great view and a great competition to see.

There are a total of 13 turns.

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Report: The next Jeep Wrangler goes on a diet, to utilize more aluminum

The new Jeep Wrangler’s doors, hood, and body will incorporate Alcoa 6022 grade sheet aluminum.

Jeep is reportedly making some radical changes to the new Wrangler. Some tidbits surfaced via a Wranger enthusiast forum, indicating the next generation model will utilize more aluminum. The goal is to reduce the weight of the Wrangler to improve fuel consumption and driveability.

According to the report, discovered by MotorTrend, the doors and hood are the main recipients of the lighter material. However, the use of aluminum won’t be limited to just those body parts. The original report suggests aluminum will be incorporated into the body and construction of the next Wrangler.

In addition to the heightened use of aluminum, rumors say the next version could even gain diesel, pickup, and hybrid variants. Already confirmed is a new “Hurricane” turbocharged four-cylinder engine and an eight-speed automatic.

While this may seem like a way to move the Wrangler forward into the future, some die-hard Jeep enthusiasts expressed their worry. The Wrangler is known for its durability and capability off road. This reputation however lies in the Wrangler’s simple construction and complicating the construction of the next-gen model could compromise this street-cred.

Do you agree with these changes? Or should the Wrangler just be a steel tub, a manual transmission, and a torquey Pentastar V6? The diesel on the other hand will surely be popular.

– By: Chris Chin

Source: JL Wrangler Forums via MotorTrend

 


Video: This is the first video spy footage of the new Toyota Supra revival

You can hear one of the engines for the first time too.

The Toyota Supra revival is back in the news again, but in the form of moving pictures and finally, some sound!

For the first time ever, the world can hear what the new Supra revival sounds like.

The video first surfaced via SupraMKV.com’s YouTube. It is a short 30-second clip of the Supra’s prototype leaving BMW M’s Test Center at the famed Nürburgring.

As the prototype pulls out of the driveway, the driver steps on the gas to make sure the mill was heard. But surprisingly, it was fairly silent while creeping out of the driveway. That alone suggests the car could be hybridized.

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Video: Audi’s Piloted Driving Concept is meant to make the Tyrannosaurus Rex happy

This is probably one of the most brilliant car ads in a while.

Life must be pretty hard as a Tyrannosaurus Rex. As Audi exemplified melodramatically, life with extremely short hands, a hunched posture, and a protruding schnoz can make doing things difficult.

Especially driving. How can the T-Rex even reach the pedals or the steering wheel if it’s already hard enough to flip a pancake without it hitting you in the face?

Well, the T-Rex no longer has to worry about driving, thanks to Audi’s new Piloted Driving Concept. It’s the company’s latest venture into researching and developing autonomous driving technology for future Audi cars.

With autonomous driving, T-Rexes no longer need to feel left out from the motoring crowd!

Watch as this T-Rex goes through an existential breakdown, until he finds what he needs to complete himself.

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The 2017 Bentley Flying Spur W12 S is the company’s first sedan to break 200 miles per hour
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Bentley’s sport-tuned midsize luxury sedan gets more power and other tweaks.

Bentley is undoubtedly known for making some fast cars. But surprisingly, none of its sedans ever cracked the 200 mile-per-hour top speed barrier. This is even with the ridiculous twin-turbo W12 engines from Volkswagen or the legendary 6.75-liter V8s from Bentley’s classic years.

But this all changed recently thanks to the introduction of the latest 2017 Bentley Flying Spur W12 S. With a claimed top speed of 202 miles per hour, the Flying Spur W12 S takes the title as Bentley’s first sedan to crack the 200 mile-per-hour barrier.

How does it do it? More power, of course.

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Report: Volvo to sell Chinese-built long-wheelbase S90 in Europe and US

Unconfirmed by Volvo’s European and American divisions, but a Volvo China executive apparently broke the news in Chengdu.

Volvo’s in the middle of launching its new S90 flagship luxury sedan. At first availability, Volvo will sell the S90 in short-wheelbase form and in T5 and T6 form. A top-spec T8 plug-in hybrid model will join the lineup, along with the long-roof V90 shortly thereafter.

Now, AutomotiveNews reports the long-wheelbase, Chinese-built S90 will sell stateside and in Europe. The news came from

The confirmation supposedly came from Volvo China’s sales head, Yuan Xiaolin, at a press conference during the 2016 Chengdu Auto Show.

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