BMW revealed a new update for their latest X6-mini-me crossover, the X4, wherein it receives a similar treatment to the latest F30 3-Series by gaining the new “40i” nomenclature, representing the highest-spec model short of the M-cars.
Replacing the X4 xDrive35i M-Sport model, the new 2016 BMW X4 M40i somewhat simplifies the name, but not really, in that the X4 M40i has anything but a 4.0L engine. It still has the same 3.0L TwinPower Turbo mill as the xDrive35i car, though it’s been slightly updated to serve up 355hp and 343 lb-ft of twist. The sprint to 62 mph still takes around 4.9 seconds, which isn’t slow by any stretch of means.
We emphasize again,the only thing that’s really changing is the badge, and perhaps a little bit of aesthetic touches, such as a modestly updated front bumper, new side-view mirror designs, ans a new design for the 20-inch M lightweight alloy wheels. There’s also a new active sports exhaust system with “valve control,” complemented by chrome-black tailpipes.
Ford nuts might be quick to jump and argue, that Dearborn never made a V12 engine. But this isn’t an official Ford V12, rather its one built at the talented hands of the one craftsman.
The genius behind this one-off, custom-made Ford V12 is Jan Baker, who built this mill, a 552-cubic-inch V12, roughly a 9.0L engine, with 597 officially dyno’d horses, by joining two Ford Cleveland 302 inline-six engines at the crank.
Speaking of which, Baker describes the engine as basically one that functions as two straight-sixes operating in unison. They even have their own oiling and ignition systems, and fuel and air are fed through two massive Holley four-barrel carbs in the valley. Sounds like a hot rodder’s wet dream.
It’s about the time of the year, where the contestants for the 2016 North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year awards have been announced, ahead of the official ceremony at the 2016 North American International Auto Show.
The cars selected for the award include the new new 2016 BMW 7-Series, the 2016 Cadillac CT6, 2016 Chevrolet Camaro, 2016 Chevrolet Malibu, 2016 Chevrolet Volt, 2016 Honda Civic sedan, 2016 Kia Optima, 2016 Mazda Miata MX-5, 2016 Nissan Maxima, and the 2016 Toyota Prius.
Great news treehuggers and fuel-cell hydrogen activists!
Toyota’s latest Mirai, the company’s latest hydrogen fuel-cell powered passenger car for select markets, is apparently selling quite well, so well in fact that the Mirai’s chief engineer, Yoshikazu Tanaka, officially announced to be interested in more hydrogen-powered cars.
Obviously, Mr. Tanaka kept his cards closer to him than a trick poker player at a tournament in terms of details, but additional fuel-cell vehicles could be viable within the next ten to twenty years, according to him.
Aston Martin’s major roll in Spectre is undisputed, despite being an obvious contributor to product placement. But James Bond’s official car has always been notoriously an Aston Martin! So it gets excused.
Nonetheless, the starring car for the world’s most famous British secret agent is the one-off DB10, which is to be driven like a bat-out-of-hell by Daniel Craig.
Aston apparently made a total of eight DB10s, some of which were destroyed through various stunts including a hero car specifically for Mr. Craig, two stunt cars, and two “gadget cars.” So we could only imagine how much this added to the film’s budget.
But who cares, it’s 007.
Check out a behind-the-scenes look, compliments of Aston Martin after the jump.
Amid the shady reputation hovering around the latest clean diesels from Germany, AutomotiveNews heard General Motors plans to be more cautious with the launch of their new light-duty diesel midsize trucks, the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s recent action against Volkswagen has automakers on heightened alert with their oil burners, to make sure their entire processes of legitimizing compression ignition-powered cars is done by the book, with no compromise.
As a result, the launch of GM’s highly-anticipated Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon diesels could be delayed as a result of the need for extra testing. The mill under question, just in case as a precautionary measure, would be GM’s latest 2.8L Duramax turbodiesel featuring 181hp and 369 lb-ft of twist.
– By: Chris Chin
Dutch publication, Autovisie, reports Mazda’s executive officially confirmed the pending arrival of a new rotary-powered concept at the Tokyo Motor Show, finally laying to rest rumors that Mazda’s famous rotary-engine projects were put six-feed under.
Specifics were of course withheld as Mazda CEO, Masahiro Moro simply responded with, “stay tuned.” But either way, Mazda released a teaser of said sports car, which clearly looks like a successor to the last rotary sports coupe, the Mazda RX-8.
So as Mr. Moro said, stay tuned. We’re just as excited about this one as you likely are.
– By: Chris Chin
Things are not boding well for Volkswagen Group’s former CEO, Martin Winterkorn, despite officially announcing denial of involvement with not being aware of Volkswagen’s major “Dieselgate” situation and resigning.
However, despite his statement, this hasn’t stopped German officials from opening a criminal investigation into Winterkorn’s involvement into the matter, leading to the tainting of 11 million diesel passenger cars throughout Volkswagen’s vast portfolios, all around the world.
As a refresher, Volkswagen Group was found to have used a special software plug that allowed certain TDI models to “cheat” on their emissions tests in Europe, North America, and the rest of the world where emissions are heavily regulated, especially for dirty diesels.
Despite the loss of the lead star of the Fast and Furious movies, Paul Walker, the other lead star, Vin Diesel, announced officially on his Facebook page that there will be at least “one last trilogy” before bringing the series to an end. As if seven movies weren’t enough already…
Vin shared the word on his page, which was later bolstered by Universal Studios’ chairwoman, Donna Langley, who said the franchise has plenty of potential for profit, especially when the last movie, Furious 7, rolled in a whopping $1.5 billion in gross income after debuting in April. But they need to tread carefully as to make sure the series doesn’t get too old too fast.
The next movie expected to surface is in 2017, called Furious 8, while the remaining three movies are still in the processes of finding directors for the final trilogy.
Furious 8 is once again expected to feature Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, along with Kurt Russell, who’s the newest addition to the cast of the films.
– By: Chris Chin
Source: Vin Diesel’s Facebook
Volkswagen’s really working around the clock to try and control the damage of their “Dieselgate” scandal and officially announced that a “fix” should be revealed sometime this month.
The fix would apply to all of the cars under Volkswagen’s portfolios, powered and affected by the EA 189 EU5 turbodiesel engines affected by Dieselgate, though cars powered by the newly approved EU6 diesels in Europe are not affected.
Volkswagen didn’t specify what exactly entails the fix, or how or if that would affect the cars’ performance. But the campaign is expected to commence later in the month of October, and owners should subscribe to their latest webpage specifically setup, specifically in America, to keep owners informed about the TDI scandal.
For the press statement, check it out after the jump.