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The Build-Your-Own 2015 Audi S3 page fires up–how we’d have it
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The Audi A3 and S3 are here to compete side to side with the new CLA-Class in the luxury subcompact segment. While the 2015 Audi A3 sedan already began selling at a starting price of just $29,900, the more expensive high-performance S3 requires $41,100 from the bank.

How would we order ours? Well, we’re fans of fully loaded cars because, we like to factor in the full experience. So “check” goes for the top-spec Prestige trim, with the entry-trim being the Premium Plus. The Prestige brings the price to $47,000, which is nearing the price of a modestly equipped S4. That’s a bit unnerving. At nearly fully loaded with the $1,400 Advanced Technology Package, and the $1,500 19″ Performance Package, and a $550, Monsoon Gray Metallic exterior, the price rang up to a total of $50,450. Again, you can get an S4 for that too.

Either way, the 2015 Audi S3 gets a 2.0L TFSI turbocharged four-banger with 292hp and 280 lb-ft of twist.

Want to build your dream Audi S3, head to Audi USA’s page and spec one out. Have a look at building an S4 while you’re at it too.

Source: Audi USA


Report: McLaren’s new entry-level coupe to be named 500S

McLaren is anticipated to be working on a new entry-level model to compete against the likes of the Porsche 911 Turbo, the Jaguar F-Type R, the Nissan GT-R, and the incoming Mercedes-Benz AMG GT. And word is that the new model could be named the 500S to follow the naming scheme of the now defunct MP4-12C, the 650S.

Expected to cost around $180,000, the new 500S gets its structure from the 650S’s carbon fiber tub, though nobody exactly knows what it’ll look like. Speculation points to a mix between the P1 and the current 650S, while power is also to be provided by the same 3.8L twin-turbo V8 detuned to make 500hp. Expect an array of other parts sharing such as similar dashboard designs.

The McLaren 500S is speculated to be revealed at the Geneva Auto Show next year with sales beginning not too long afterwards. Possible convertible and track-focused variants may also be on the list.

Source: WindingRoad


Report: Infiniti teases new model of some sort, heads to Paris

Infiniti is working on introducing some new models, ranging from a new subcompact luxury variant to a flagship sedan or coupe. And recently, Infiniti teased a new model due for a reveal at this year’s Paris Auto Show.

Not much is known about this teased model, except for the obvious shape of the grille. Speculation suggests it to be the brand’s new flagship sedan, finally expected to compete against the BMW 7-Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class after the original Q45 ceased to exist in the mid 2000s.

We won’t know for sure until the Paris Auto Show, so until then, your guess is as good as ours.

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Report: New Cadillac ATS-V sedan to show up at 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show

CARandDRIVER reports the new highly-anticipated Cadillac ATS-V sedan is set to be revealed at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show later this year to combat the BMW M3.

The ATS-V as usual is predicted to get more aggressive bodywork, reminiscent of past V models like the CTS-V. Under the hood resides the same twin-turbocharged 3.6L V6 found in the current CTS Vsport with around 420hp and 420 lb-ft of torque.

Afterwards, the CTS-V is scheduled to debut at the North American International Auto Show next year with a 600bhp V8 lifted from the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1.

Source: CAR&DRIVER


Report: Hyundai to build luxury crossover against Lexus RX

Hyundai is serious about moving upmarket and Edmunds reaffirms these intents as the South Korean automaker is rumored to be developing a new luxury crossover directly aimed at the Lexus RX.

The model could also compete with the next generation Cadillac SRX and the new Buick Envision. After speaking with Hyundai North America’s chief, Dave Zuchowski, Edmunds learned the model could follow in the path of the long-wheelbase Santa Fe, except nicer.

Though, Hyundai’s current issue is deciding how to market and build the car as the new luxury crossover can’t come too close to the long-wheelbase Santa Fe in similarities over fear of product overlap.

Not much else is known, though this could be one of Hyundai’s many jumps into the luxury automarket as they’ve had some sound success from previous entrants like the new Equus and the recently redesigned 2015 Genesis sedan.

Source: Edmunds


Report: Jaguar to produce 489bhp XE SVR to duke it out with BMW M3

Jaguar is serious about competing against Germany, Japan and America. They’re so serious in fact, Britain’s AutoExpress recently heard of a possible new M3 fighter from the Coventry-based automaker.

According to the report, the model would take form as an XE SVR, based on the new BMW 3-Series fighter due from Jaguar in the near future. It’ll be built by Jaguar-Land Rover’s Special Operations Division, the same branch responsible for the F-Type Project 7.

The Jaguar XE SVR will be the brand’s first addition to the BMW M3 fight, next to the Audi RS4, the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, and the Lexus IS F. A 5.0L supercharged V8 from the larger XJR could be shoehorned into the front end of the XE with 489bhp on tap for a 0-60 time of around four seconds.

As usual, expect larger brakes, more aggressive suspension and steering tuning and bodywork, with a standard electronically-controlled limited-slip differential. An active exhaust system modeled after the one on the F-Type is included to make things just as interesting.

So when should we expect it? Sometime in 2016, AE predicts.

Source: AutoExpress


Report: Toyota could sell their own version of the BMW 1-Series

Toyota isn’t unfamiliar to the badgineering crowd…they have Lexus to boot. Though, Toyota is rumored to possible offer their own version of the next-generation BMW 1-Series, closing the ties even more between their collaborative efforts in the future.

Word comes from Best Car Magazine and rumors point to a codename of 69DZ and is expected to sit below the GT 86 with a similar hatchback design as the new 1-Series. Powering the front wheels is a naturally-aspirated 1.5L four-banger with 130hp and 110 lb-ft of torque with six-speed automatic and manual cog changers.

The model could show up at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, though confirmation is very much unknown.

Source: Best Car Magazine


The 2015 Volvo XC90 is Sweden’s most powerful model ever
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Finally! After one generation and twelve consecutive years of production and counting (Volvo will continue producing the first generation XC90 in China as the XC Classic), Sweden’s full-size seven-seater luxury crossover is here and ready to take the market by storm. Meet the 2015 Volvo XC90.

Sporting a completely new look and an all-new backbone, Volvo’s Scalable Architecture, the new XC90 also initiates the brand’s all-new design language, previewed by the Concept XC Coupe from this year’s Detroit Auto Show. It may not be particularly striking to look like and it only seems to look the most generic in beige, though in every other color, the XC90 remains to be more unique and superbly Swedish.  The inside looks even better.

Volvo debuts its latest 2.0L turbocharged and supercharged four-pot and in base form, is capable of a hefty 316hp. Mated to the new optional plug-in hybrid powertrain and you get get the world’s most powerful production Volvo ever, this side of the Polestars, at 400hp.

And because Volvo also spells safety, the new crossover features a long list of new tech, making it into the world’s safest moving padded room.

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Report: Lotus could be putting themselves back on the map with sedan and crossover
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Rumor floats in from Malaysian media, who heard that Lotus could be prepping a new luxury sedan and crossover. Lotus is a big deal in Malaysia as they’re partnered with Proton, one of the very few automakers from the region. And recently, the corporation recently appointed former CEO of Peugeot, Jean-Marc Gales, following former leader, Dany Bahar.

Bahar originally had plans for a sedan and a crossover during his tenure, though his plans were put on the backburner following his severance for mismanaging the company.

Now, those plans are back on the table in an attempt to put Lotus back on the market as a competitive automaker. This wouldn’t be the first time Lotus is making a sedan as they’ve made the Carlton in the past and more recently, a concept was made in the form of the Lotus Eterne.

Source: Utusan via MotorAuthority


Report: The Ford Mustang could get a 10-speed automatic
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Ford is rumored to possible be equipping the new Mustang with a 10-speed automatic, according to AutomotiveNews.

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The new transmission will be one of the first to be built cooperatively by General Motors and Ford and could see duty as early as 2015. While it’s not uncommon to see six, seven, and even eight-speed auto cog swappers, nine-speeds from ZF are just starting to be introduced and Ford and GM are most likely to be one of the first to use 10-speeds. Any more and they’ll have more than a semi-trailer cab.

The 10-speed could be a replacement for the brand’s current six-speed auto and could even get equipped to the new 2015 Ford F150 pickups with the turbodiesel light-duty models.

Source: AutomotiveNews