Land Rover Defender fans just have to face the inevitable–the current Defender that we’ve all come to love and know is going to end eventually in the near future. And to celebrate its triumphant life, Land Rover’s SVO (Special Vehicle Operations) division is building a special edition final model.
The SVO-finished model will be a historic highlight by meshing various qualities between race-spec Camel Trophy truck and the Paris-Dakar variant into the current and aging model.
In the same breath, Land Rover’s SVO head, John Edwards said we should expect more models as the division continues to come of with various ways to pay tribute to its rich history with Jaguar and Land Rover. These models include specialized vehicles, personalization, heritage and branded items.
Audi’s been tooting its own horn in the field of autonomous driving as it recently celebrated the lapping of a completely autonomous RS7 around Hockenheim in Germany at “racing speed.”
The stunt was a test to showcase Audi’s progress in autonomous driving and the RS7 completed a lap of Hockenheim in a reported lap time of just under two minutes.
The RS7 was equipped with a range of GPS systems, WiFi connections, and an array of 3D cameras, all of which are programmed into an on-board computer program.
Check out what happened in their video after the jump.
Pricing and details for the next model-year 2015 Volkswagen Beetle Classic were announced and the new Beetle Classic, as it’s called, starts at $20,195.
What is it? Well, it’s a Beetle for starters. And it’s being called the Beetle Classic because it comes with a simplistic look thanks to its vintage-style painted alloy 17-inch wheels, added rear spoiler, and the choice of three plain colors: Pure White, Black Uni, and Reflex Silver. Otherwise, the Beetle Classic comes equipped with Volkswagen’s standard 1.8L turbo-four with 170hp and 177 lb-ft of torque.
The insides get some classic appointments as well, such as a standard sat-nav system with satellite radio, a multi-function steering wheel, and interior two-tone color options with checked cloth centers, like found in the GTI.
This Beetle Classic trim can also be had on the convertible for even the most retro customers, like hipsters. And that starts at $25,995. For full details, check out the press release after the jump.
Chevrolet is preparing a good showing for this year’s SEMA show in Vegas.
In addition to the previous car concepts revealed, Chevrolet released photos of its new Colorado Sport Concept, based on the Colorado Crew Cab with the Z71 Package.
Upgrades include a slightly revised exterior with vinyl striping, a bed roll bar, and black-painted alloy wheels. For better durability off-road and in the rough, the Colorado Sport Concept gets running boards, splash guards, and plastic body cladding. There also exists a new GearOn accessory system, designed for the most active outdoors people. The setup includes equipment for items such as bikes and kayaks while the bed is compartmentalized for smaller items.
Chevy didn’t say what’s under the hood, but the Colorado will be offered with a 2.5L four-banger with 200bhp and 191 lb-ft of torque and a 3.6L V6 with 306bhp and 269 lb-ft of twist.
The Subaru Impreza really isn’t anything impressive until you start considering the turbocharged WRX and STI models, both of which are great. But still, the Impreza is a decent no-frills automobile in base form that will get you from point A to B in the same sort of comfort and reliability as anything else in its class.
But to keep things interesting still, Subaru themselves updated the 2015 Impreza just slightly to keep the car rather relevant.
For instance, the Impreza remains unchanged mechanically and instead, receives some visual updates such as a new and revised front lower fascia and a new foglight design for higher-tier models. Other updates include Subaru’s EyeSight active driver assistance package, only available on higher-spec Limited models, while the interior gains an updated seven-inch color touchscreen for the infotainment system.
Otherwise, the 2015 Subaru Impreza remains to be powered by a 2.0L boxer four with 148hp with the choice of either a five-speed manual or a CVT automatic.
For the full rundown, check it out after the jump.
BMW has always produced a high-performance variant to the M3 for every generation. More recently and notably, the E46 generation had an M3 CSL while the last generation E92 generation had the M3 GTS.
So it wouldn’t be too far-fetched to expect a high-performance and stripped down version of the all-new generation of M3 and M4. Though no word exists about such a model, digital artist r82 workchop decided to render its own futuristic vision of what a potential high-performance M4 CSL could look like, hypothetically.
The rendering features a lot of bodywork inspired by the new i8 and the new M4 to make one serious and aggressive M4 CSL concept.
Now obviously, this is just an idea and figment of our imaginations. But recently, some reports and rumors suggested that a new high-performance and lightweight M4 could be in the works. The current M4 tips the scales at around 3,406lbs but the supposed performance track-oriented version could weigh as little as 3,086lbs. It would also have stiffer suspension, more aggressive body work, and other weight-saving moves.
Do you think it should look like this?
Source: r82 workchop
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is working overtime to make sure all of their brands have a platform for long-term stability and the next generation of automobiles. They’re putting for so much of an effort that the 2015 Jeep Renegade will actually serve as a test mule and platform for development for future vehicles of all of FCA’s portfolios, according to Senior Vice President of Product Design, Ralph Gillies, who spoke to AutoBlog recently.
Click here for our original post on the 2015 Jeep Renegade.
The 2015 Jeep Renegade is relatively important for the brand and company as a whole since it’s the first subcompact crossover, truly designed to capture the hearts and minds of young and new buyers. It is based off of a Fiat, the 500L to be exact, and is also built in Italy. But Jeep went above and beyond to make sure the Renegade looks, drives, and offers the capability of a Jeep, despite its Italian roots.
But thanks to its duality of being both American and Italian in spirit and build, the Renegade serves two purposes in two markets. Here in America, it’ll be seen as a traditional Jeep ready for the rough terrain that all of North America has to offer, while in Europe, it’s being viewed and perceived as a city car with a little more edge.
Either way, the Renegade is planned to be sold in over 100 different countries, mimicking FCA’s plans to truly expand globally. And that’s because it’s based on a Fiat, allowing engineers to tune and engineer the car accordingly to each market.
For the detailed interview, head on over to AutoBlog to check it out.
- By: Chris Chin
Imagine if Volvo made a stylized XC90 built to compete against the BMW X6. Do you know what it would look like? Well, digital artist, Theophilius Chin does. And recently, he created some renderings of what it might look like, if Volvo ever came up with the idea.
Like the BMW X6, this imagination takes the XC90 and the Concept Estate and meshes them together to make a premium and sporty looking crossover.
Although no model is actually planned by Volvo, this is a good start for inspiration since Volvo does plan to continue moving its brand upmarket to continue competing against the major competition in the luxury market.
Source: Theophilius Chin
The 2015 Lexus LS is being given a tiny refresh for the new model year to keep it fresh and relevant.
For the most part, the LS remains unchanged, but the parts that did include the infotainment system, interior lighting and ambiance tweaks, an improved rear-view camera and more.
The Lexus infotainment system now offers predictive traffic information, a detour preview, and more detailed sat-nav information as well as locations for the closest fueling stations, should the car be low. Additionally, Lexus updated the LS to feature more Enform App Suite functions, including control of the door locks, the ignition, and the climate control–all from the convenience of your smartphone.
Otherwise, the 2015 Lexus LS still gets power from a 4.6L V8 with 386bhp with 367 lb-ft of torque for the base model while the hybrid LS 600hL gets a 5.0L V8 hybrid setup with 438bhp.
Check out the press release after the jump.
One of the recent tweaks automakers have been doing in an attempt to keep cars interesting and entertaining is amplifying engine soundtracks, either by clever acoustics or mostly by pumping fake engine noises through the sound system. This has been controversial because anything fake is, well, fake, and it’s just not the same.
Why has this become and issue? Mainly because car makers are resorting to turbocharged engines and turbocharged engines have very subdued exhaust notes when compared to naturally-aspirated motors because turbochargers are piped with the exhaust system for boost, and they act as mufflers in some senses. Additionally, because cars are becoming quieter for better everyday use, this gives a chance for engineers to offer a better compromise with noise, vibrations, and harshness or the refinement of its cars.
But for something of a sports and muscle car like the new 2015 Mustang, similarly to the BMW M5, and Volkswagen’s use of a “Soundaktor” in the GTI, this is just unacceptable. There is an exception, and that would be the Ford Focus ST, which actually pipes sound in to the cabin from the engine-bay (the clever acoustics).