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Rumormill: A faster Ford Fiesta is on the way to sit above the ST, but it won’t be called an RS

There’s been a lot of stir and commotion for the excellent idea of an RS version of the Ford Fiesta. However, not too long ago, a report said that Ford isn’t actually interested in producing a Ford Fiesta RS.

But regardless of this, they do want to make a hotter Fiesta. It just won’t be called the RS, according to AutoCar.

In the latest development, word of a possible faster Fiesta indicates that Ford could be looking to fill in a gap in its Performance brand market with the impending introduction of the Focus RS. This gap is due to the Focus RS’s starting price of around $36,605, and so thus, Ford could make a Fiesta ST “Plus” to fill this gap.m

Should this actually happen, the Fiesta ST “Plus” would sport a 1.6L turbocharged four with more grunt than the standard ST model’s 197hp.

To boost the performance appeal, you can expect more aggressive sport-tuned suspension, beefier brakes, and a six-speed manual as standard.

Would you like to see this Fiesta ST “Plus” happen? Or should Ford just make a Fiesta RS? I vote for Fiesta RS.

– By: Chris Chin

Source: MotorAuthority

BMW releases new M Performance upgrades for the M2

Posted: Feb 12, 2016
Filed under: 2016, BMW

BMW releases new M Performance upgrades for the M2
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Don’t think you’ll get enough BMW M with the new M2? No worries, as BMW M has you covered with their M Performance brand accessories, specifically for the M2.

Should you really want to get the full treatment and effect, BMW M offers M2 MotoGP Safety Car-inspired exterior paint theme and bodykit, including a white finished exterior complete with trim bits painted in the three-color pattern symbolizing BMW M.

It also comes with a more aggressive front lower fascia with a diffuser integrated into the rear one, extended side skirts, a rear spoiler, and a blacked-out radiator grille.

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Photo Leak: This is the hot new 2017 Volvo V90 estate
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It seems some official photos of the 2017 Volvo V90 have been leaked onto the web, and here they are.

The 2017 Volvo V90 is no mystery to the long list of new cars we’re expecting this year, after being revealed in diecast model form, and through various other teasers as well.

But now, the latest media appears to not be of the amateur type, but of the official instead. And it gives us the cleanest look at the V90 yet.

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You’ll need $38,995 of your hard-earned to enter the world of the 2017 Cadillac XT5
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The 2017 Cadillac XT5 was revealed not too long ago as the new successor to the current SRX.

Along with the new name comes a new platform as well as a new look that’s more in line with Cadillac’s latest offerings.

Helping change up the look of the XT5 are a range of package and trim options that can be equipped to the XT5. This allows the wheel options to vary from 18-inch and 20-inch in size.

The interior is also affected by these various packaging levels, meaning an all-new CUE infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility across the board, leather seats, and various types of trim.

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2016 Geneva Preview: Meet the first-ever BMW 7-Series to ever wear an M badge, the new M760i xDrive
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The topic of an M-ified BMW 7-Series sedan has been one to be beaten into the bush more than plenty and it’s always been a hot topic.

While BMW has managed make a full-fledged M model out of nearly every car they make, they still resisted the temptation to give the 7-Series the full M treatment as well. When asked about the possibility of seeing one, BMW always maintained that the idea of the “Ultimate Driving Machine” and a two-plus ton luxo land yacht just clashed too much.

This is after the fact that they made a full M version of the porky X5 crossover, its X6 sibling, with more on the way. Not to mention, the Germans like to war with itself in the car world. So, Audi has had the S8, Mercedes the S-Class AMG, and Jaguar with the XJR. So where’s BMW?

Well, they’re finally here, with the first-ever BMW 7-Series to wear an M badge. It’s also the first-ever high-performance 7-Series that’s not an Alpina B7.

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2016 Chicago: The 2017 Nissan Armada arrives as a slightly more affordable Infiniti QX80 w/ video
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The first generation Nissan Armada has been with us for over 10 years and thus, it’s way overdue for a replacement. But speak of the devil, the 2016 Chicago Auto Show is happening, and guess what Nissan just revealed?

Meet the new, second generation 2017 Nissan Armada. And if you were wondering whether or not if it’s a “lesser” version of the Infiniti QX80, you’d actually be correct. That’s because they’re essentially the same truck, minus a long laundry list of changes. It’s also no different than the full-size Toyota Land Cruiser and Lexus LX570 duo.

The new 2017 Nissan Armada comes with a range of modifications to help separate itself from the more expensive Infiniti version. This includes a Nissan-esque front-end that’s modeled after the latest Titan.

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Teaser: The interior of Alpine’s new sports car gets revealed, but it’s only a concept
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Over the past few years, we were informed of the revival of French sports car maker, Alpine, who was famous for their use of Renault engines in the world’s first ever World Rally Championship competition.

When we last heard, the car was still in its development phase and now, the concept’s interior was just teased as the company announced to be returning with a new concept.

Alpine has long since been rumored the past few years to be designing and developing new sports cars to follow in the footsteps of the original A110 coupe from the 1960s and 1970s.

They even produced a few concepts like the A110-50 in 2012 and a follow-up to that in 2015 with the Celebration edition.

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BREAKING: Top Gear UK reveals full lineup, including Chris Evans, Matt LeBlanc and more

After numerous reports, teasers, and false indications, Top Gear in the UK officially revealed their entire presenter lineup.

Without mucking about, this is who will be starring on the next season of the show–and it’s just not limited to three either: Chris Evans, Matt LeBlanc, automotive journalist Rory Reid, F1 tycoon Eddie Jordan, and YouTube sensation Chris Harris. Topping it all off is Miss Queen of the Nurburgring, Sabine Schmitz.

So that’s it. No more pondering about and speculating.

Altogether, it sounds like things are off to a pretty big start because that’s a fairly talented cast in the automotive world. So while it might not be Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May, who really haven’t gone anywhere, except Amazon, there’s a lot of good that could come from this new generation of Top Gear.

I’m equally curious and excited to see how it comes out. It could get off to a rough start, like Top Gear America. But like Top Gear America, it’s been able to mature and mesh together to make a rather decently satisfying waste of one hour if you like cars. Let’s be honest. It’s still better than any one-hour segment on the Speed Channel.

– By: Chris Chin

Source: Top Gear


Report: The Cadillac Escalade will “move upmarket” for the next generation and remain body-on-frame

It’s hard to believe that the Cadillac Escalade has been around for as long as it has, being just a gussied up Chevy Tahoe or GMC Yukon.

But people keep buying them and that said, they’re still a strong enough of a seller for Cadillac to continue making. I mean, it is one of Cadillac’s most popular models to date, if not the most popular today.

According to The Detroit News however, who spoke with Cadillac’s chief, Johan de Nysschen, the Escalade will actually move upmarket for the next generation, meaning it’ll become more luxurious and possibly, more powerful.

Word is that even a ridiculous VSport variant will be made available as well, in addition to a top-spec luxury model, similarly to the Range Rover Autobiography.

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2016 Geneva Preview: Some new Subaru XV Concept gets teased ahead of its March reveal

Subaru seems to be prepping something exciting for this year’s 2016 Geneva Motor Show in March and it’s called the XV Concept.

It’s supposedly a new crossover-based Impreza 5-Door, so think of it as the Subaru Impreza Crosstrek’s likely successor.

Not much else is known, except visually with this minor teaser, but the XV Concept will head into production on a new platform serving as the backbone for the next generation Impreza sedan and hatch.

More info will likely surface as we near March 1.

– By: Chris Chin

Source: Subaru