Have you been missing the Lotus Elise? Well, so have we and to cure the US of its withdrawal from one of Lotus’ signature compact mid-engined sports cars, Lotus may end up reintroducing the Elise to our shores, according to AutomotiveNews.
Lotus’ Elise and Exige models were pulled from the North American market in 2011 after new safety regulations were implemented and Lotus’ exemptions expires. The Evora faced similar issues, where it was removed from the US market for one model year due to new airbag regulations, but has since returned as the Evora 400 for the 2015 model year.
Not much is known about the future Elise, except that it should be designed to meet all of America’s safety standards by 2020. Lotus still technically sells Elise and Exige models, however they are not road legal.
– By: Chris Chin
Dutch publication Autoblog.nl recently heard from some insiders at Audi, who hinted at the possibility of a new flagship Q7 with a honkin’ 430hp 4.0L TDI diesel V8.
Some rumors about a top-spec, high-performance Q7 have been floating around for some time as a way to compete with the likes of the BMW X5 M and the Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 crossover.
In addition to 430hp, because a diesel mill is supposedly under development, we could also expect enough torque to slow the Earth’s rotation–at least 705 lb-ft of twist is guesstimated to come from this new TDI V8.
This crazy-powerful V8 doesn’t seem too far-fetched either as BMW was recently rumored to be working on a quad-turbo diesel V8, so the diesel power wars are beginning to heat up for sure. Not much else is known about Audi’s new V8 TDI mill in the new SQ7, but the SQ7 was described to have a 0-62 benchmark time of around 5.5 seconds.
A debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show is also speculated to happen.
– By: Chris Chin
Some new news rings from Motoring, supposedly regarding the next-gen Toyota GT86, which will happen, despite having some initial setbacks with sales for the first generation (sadly).
According to the Australian outlet, who spoke with some insiders at Toyota, the next-generation GT86 will happen and will come with an F1-style KERS system, or Kinetic Energy Regeneration System. Similarly to how recharging works with hybrids, the KERS system converts kinetic energy into electricity, to either recharge the battery or provide for an electric motor.
This could imply the new GT86 could get hybridized, which has been a floating rumor for quite some time. Furthermore, Motoring claims the new GT86 should be powered by a 1.5L turbocharged four-banger modeled after Mazda’s 1.5L SKYACTIV four, with 188hp in the reserves.
If you’ve been living under a rock lately and are a fan of Top Gear UK, some big news happened with the three hosts, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, James May, and producer Andy Wilman.
The group officially signed a deal with Amazon Original streaming services for an apparent lump sum of $250 million, according to Financial Times.
This totally makes sense for the three most watched TV hosts for any factual show in the world, plus producer genius, Andy Wilman. When you’re that popular, someone’s obviously willing to pay.
At the end, Amazon won the bid, beating out American-based service, Netflix, and even ITV.
So far, the new show is expected to debut next year through Amazon Prime online all over the world.
– By: Chris Chin
Source: Financial Times
The new BMW M2 is the next biggest thing to come from Munich and to make sure BMW’s staying in line with catering to the driving enthusiast, 2-Series enthusiast side 2Addicts reportedly received the scoop to hear confirmation on the M2’s drivetrain options.
The new M2 seeks to follow in the footsteps of the original, but limited production 1-Series M Coupe, and will be produced as a normal M model, unlike the former 1-Series version. That means power is expected to be supplied by a 3.0L TwinPower turbocharged inline six with around 365hp and 343 lb-ft of twist with an overboost function to sink your arse into the seat even more with 369 lb-ft.
Ultimately however, 2Addicts apparently received confirmation of the options for either a six-speed manual or seven-speed DCT for the M2. That’s a bit of a relief, given some manufacturers are doing away with the manual transmission altogether simply because automatic technology has exceed the capabilities of a manual. But it’s not nearly as fun or involving.
Either way, the M2 is scheduled to take a bow under the spotlight at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show in September while an online reveal may occur next month.
– By: Chris Chin
While BMW has been pointlessly charging more for less with their stylized X5 that we know as the X6, Mercedes-Benz just recently revealed their competitor for the first time with the GLE Coupe. That of course leaves the third German rival without a direct competitor to the X6, Audi.
Though due to exponential demand increases, Audi immediately hopped on the luxury sports crossover bandwagon with their research and development. And the apparent, soon-to-be result is this Audi Q6, which was supposedly leaked in concept form ahead of its Frankfurt Motor Show.
As anticipated, it looks like a lowered, sleeker, and sportier version of the Q7 with a slick-back roofline and decreased ride height.
Cadillac maybe working hard to shed their reputation for being the top fleet choice for high-end black-cabs, airport limousines, and even hearses. But they still are a provider to that market and essentially, that’s what the XTS is for.
It may not be a strong seller for the main consumer market, but there are still strong sales in China as well as fleet customers and as a result, Cadillac’s planning to keep the front-wheel drive XTS alive until 2018 or 2019.
When compared to the first six months of this year, Cadillac sold more XTSes than CTSes, but then again this is most likely bolstered by major fleet sales and top sales in China.
– By: Chris Chin
CAR in the UK received some P-Car news in regards to the rumored four-banger mills destined to show up in near-future Porsche Boxster models.
In the age of downsizing and lesser cylinder counters, Porsche has supposedly been working on some new boxer fours, which could render the typical use of Zuffenhausen’s flat-six, obsolete.
And recently, CAR heard the new fours could produce as much as 240hp from a single-turbo 2.0L setup, while the more expensive and powerful S variant could produce as much as 300 from a turbocharged 2.5L flat-four. The high-end GTS should be pushed up to a whopping 370hp figure from the same 2.5L turbocharged four, while the flagship GTS could retain its flat-six from its larger 911 sibling.
Could this be the end of the normal six-cylinder Boxster? Possibly, though sources within Porsche still haven’t been too specific.
Ford’s under some heavy scrutiny in the name of safety after some revealing tests from the nonprofit organization, Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, proved that the all-new aluminum-bodied 2015 Ford F150 is a Top Safety Pick, if you opt for the best-selling SuperCrew bodystyle. And this raises some major concerns for the entire F150 lineup alone since this basically implies automotive safety is something that’s a bit of a luxury, when it shouldn’t be.
This epiphany surfaced after the IIHS ran the F150 in its various forms through their famous, and relatively new frontal-small overlap test, which also happens to be a rather common type of collision in the real world.
According to a supporting report from AutomotiveNews in June, AN prompted the IIHS to test two other F150 bodystyles and the results were a bit staggering. While the F150 SuperCrew maintains its structure in the frontal-small overlap crash, the lesser F150 SuperCab didn’t exactly fare so well. In fact, it actually performed terribly, as you can see in our featured image for this article.
Some new news is buzzing in regarding Honda and Acura with the possibility that Honda could be producing a baby Acura NSX for its own portfolio.
Honda’s been kicking their efforts into high gear recently after realizing their brand is in need of a little chutzpah, on top of making competitive mainstream cars. As a result, Motoring insists that there’s a strong possibility for a possible baby-Acura NSX on its way.
According to the report, this new model will sit below the NSX as a way to provide a new halo car for Honda, similarly to how the S2000 was the automaker’s sole sports car at the time.
The new baby NSX is to include a hybridized Super Handling All-Wheel Drive setup, similarly to the NSX, though power should be supplied by the latest 2.0L turbocharged four-banger, in place of the larger NSX’s twin-turbo V6. The smaller model could also gain four-wheel steering.
Overall, the idea here is for Honda to once again grab the attention of driving enthusiasts since Acura gains a halo car with the NSX. Though in markets abroad, the NSX is badged as a Honda and doing that here is a rather big social no-no.
– By: Chris Chin