Lexus had a pretty big moment revealing the LF-C2 Concept at the LA Auto Show last week, which pitched at a successor to the IS Convertible and a variant to the RC Coupe, to ensure Lexus has its aim tightly set on rivals like the BMW 4-Series.
Click here for our original post on the Lexus LF-C2 Concept.
But now, according to MotorTrend, the production LF-C2 has been axed in favor of a new three-row crossover. Originally, the LF-C2 was approved for production after having the three-row crossover idea axed. This apparently upset dealers around the country since it contradicted heavy customer demand. Due to this uproar, Lexus decided to switch it back up by cancelling the LF-C2 to make the three-row crossover instead.
Not much is known about said crossover, but previous rumors suggested the RX could grow in size to accommodate a third row. Whoever, nothing’s officially been confirmed.
CarAdvice spoke with Mercedes-AMG’s boss, Tobias Moers, at the LA Auto Show recently and they inquired about whether or not the C63 AMG could see 4MATIC all-wheel drive or not.
And according to Moers in the interview, the C63 AMG will actually forgo all-wheel drive this time around. There is a possibility in the future, but it’s current unclear as to whether or not a C63 AMG 4MATIC makes sense from both a marketing perspective and the amount of demand.
The latest C63 AMG was revealed in September with a 4.0L twin-turbocharged V8 lifted from the AMG GT, though in the C63, it produces 476hp and 479 lb-ft of twst while the C63 S delivers 510hp and 516 lb-ft of twist. Both are attached to an AMG Speedshift MCT seven-speed dual-clutch automatic to produce a 0-62 timeo f just four seconds for the C63 AMG S.
AutoGuide recently received confirmation from Mini USA’s product planning manager, Patrick McKenna, that the Coupe and the Roadster will officially discontinue next year. So should you be interested in the low-slung or open-top version of the Mini Cooper, you better scoop up yours soon.
McKenna didn’t go too far into detail, other noting the cars’ lifecycles are complete and no successors were mentioned at the interview.
We don’t think they’ll be missed too much.
Remember that bonkers Gelandewagen that Mercedes-AMG created with six wheels in a sort of end-all-be-all of frivolous off-roaders?
Well, it seems Mercedes-AMG was onto something as Australia’s media, CarAdvice, reports that Mercedes could be working on a 4×4 version in limited quantities as a more accessible version to the 6×6. The 6×6 is still up for sale in select markets with very limited production for special order.
Not much was disclosed, but CarAdvice recently spoke with Mercedes-AMG’s CEO, Tobias Moers, over the top at the LA Auto Show recently. Power is expected to be supplied by the same 5.5L twin-turbo V8.
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China continues to struggle with respecting intellectual property by way of copyright infringement. This can be seen in recent history with the automobile industry, where some of China’s domestic brands clearly copied the designs of other cars in a knock-off fashion. This latest version involves the LandWind X7, which clearly is a rip-off of the Range Rover Evoque.
AutoCar discovered the car following the Guangzhou Motor Show, which happened recently. And the concept is clear: the LandWind X7 is clearly trying to be a Range Rover Evoque for half the price. According to AutoCar, the Range Rover Evoque costs around 40,000 GBP while the Chinese LandWind goes for only 14,000 pounds.
Land Rover issued a statement to AutoCar, which you can read after the jump.
This should come to no surprise, but Mercedes-Benz supposedly ruled out any possibility of there being an AMG version of the new Mercedes-Maybach S600, according to CAR.
Speaking to Fr. Hermann-Joseph Storp, the S-Class’ development director, the chance of it happening was ruled out because it completely defeats the purpose of the S600 being luxurious and comfortable, not about performance.
Road&Track continues the new saga of the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350, which for 2016, when it gets introduced, will only be available in a coupe form. There was no indication of a convertible version whatsoever. But more so, R&T learned that Shelby will be introducing an even harder GT350R at Detroit in a month or so.
Click here for our original post on the 2015 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350.
Going back to the convertible, the reason why there exists no plan to make the Shelby in a convertible is because of the loss in performance the car would experience from having to reinforce the chassis from not having a stiff fixed roof. As a result, the “point of the GT350 would be negated.”
And about that GT350R, well, expect more aggressive aerodynamic bodywork, larger brakes, and more aggressive rubber.
It seems like the prospect of a turbocharged or convertible, or even any sort of Scion FR-S/Toyota GT 86 variant is a beat-up dead horse of rumors. And to nail another one into the coffin is WardsAuto, who learned at the LA Auto Show that a turbo or drop top FR-S ain’t gonna happen.
They spoke with Scion’s senior vice president, Doug Murtha, who said Scion scrapped the project because of weak projected sales. This also shouldn’t come as a surprise because Fuji Heavy Industries’ President, Yasuyuki Yoshinaga downplayed a Subaru BRZ convertible, because it requires a complete redesign of the car’s structure.
In terms of the turbocharged engine, Murtha kept it brief by saying the engine isn’t being prepared for turbocharging, as a result, the naturally-aspirated motor remains to be the only choice.
MotorTrend sat down with BMW’s director of product planning, Paul Ferraiolo, who shared some details about BMW’s near-future plans for lineup expansion. With rumors bouncing back and forth in terms of a full-fledged M7 high-performance luxo-barge, heads are being scratched and chins being fondled about whether or not BMW was going to do it.
And word from the lion’s den is a no-go, according to Ferraiolo. There will not be a BMW M7 to combat the Mercedes-Benz S-Class AMG and the Jaguar XJR. The reason: the BMW Alpina B7.
“We feel really good with what we’ve got with Alpina,” he continued. “The M adds sort of a track-element to that, and I don’t know if there’s a lot of demand for the 7-Series on the track.”
AutoExpress in the UK reports Mercedes-Benz could be working on an even harder edged A45, which ultimately suggests an A45 AMG Black Series is in the works to up the uber-hot hatch game. As if 355hp from its potent 2.0L turbo-four isn’t enough…
AE spoke with AMG’s boss, Tobias Moers, who suggested the idea of a more powerful and faster A45 AMG isn’t exactly a far-fetched idea. He referred to it as a “street fighter,” further saying the A45’s engine could produce even more power. Add in a stripped-out cabin, upgraded suspension, brakes, and aerodynamics, and you’re looking at one serious hot hatch.
Don’t forget a price tag that fulfills the notion of paying more for less.