BMW’s new pointless nomenclature theme will be hitting the beloved M235i sports coupe again as BMW enthusiast site, BimmerPost reports the M235i is to be renamed the M240i when it gets updated for its mid-cycle refresh in 2017.
In addition to the useless name that follows other fellow BMW stablemates, the new M240i is expected to get a minor boost in power, around 10-15hp more than the M235i to net the total output near 340hp.
This is due to a slightly reengineered version of the current turbocharged 3.0L N55 straight-six as the current model.
It’s not quite a common occurrence for Rolls-Royce to reveal a completely new model and as a result, the world goes nuts when they do. Alas, we have the first official teasers of the new Dawn convertible, which is anticipated to be a convertible version of the Wraith. Or, if you want to look at the new Dawn from another perspective, it’s basically a shrunken down version of the Phantom Drophead Coupe convertible.
Expected to hit showrooms sometime early next year, the Dawn will sport the same twin-turbocharged BMW-sourced 6.6L V12 and ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic combination as the Wraith.
The result is to allow the new Dawn to sprint to 62 MPH in less than five seconds.
Stay tuned for the full web reveal.
– By: Chris Chin
Remember the Chrysler 300 SRT? So do we, but we sadly report that the high-performance version of Mopar’s top-spec full-size sled is no longer in the US of A, but according to CARandDRIVER, it’s been updated to continue being sold abroad in markets like Australia, Japan, South Africa, and South Korea.
That’s a bit sad since the Chrysler 300 SRT had a lot to be loved, such as its massive 6.4L V8 good for 470hp with an eight-speed automatic, making it more or less a budget Mercedes-AMG E63 sedan. It’s also wrapped up in a much more sophisticated looking body, minimizing the 300’s initial reputation of being a “pimp’s car.”
The axing of the 300 SRT is also a bit of an interesting move, but understandable since they’re hardly selling, since Chrysler is still having profound success with new models such as the Dodge Hellcat twins and Jeep’s new incoming Hellcat-powered Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.
Will you miss the Chrysler 300 SRT?
– By: Chris Chin
Bugatti’s been known to be in the works with a new Vision Gran Turismo Concept, due for a full reveal at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show later this month.
Now, the cat has been let out of the bag. And while the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo Concept is just a digital representation of Bugatti’s future for Sony Playstation Gran Turismo 6 players, it also provides us with a more clear-cut idea as to what to expect visually for the new Bugatti Veyron successor, the highly-anticipated “Chiron.”
Bugatti earlier teased bits and pieces of the new Vision Gran Turismo and with the full concept revealed, the body parts Bugatti teased no longer look like glorified dustpans. With the whole car revealed, we can now see where all the teased body parts are placed.
CAR recently received the scoop on the next Bugatti Chiron which they say could have as much as 1,480hp and 1,106 lb-ft of twist. And that’s quite a lot more than the standard Veyron’s original rating of just 1,001hp.
But that’s not all as the estimated power figures should enable the Chiron to get close to the 300 MPH, and we mean, real close, like 288 MPH as its projected top speed. That’s faster than the top speed of most single prop-engine Cessnas.
According to the latest finding, the new Chiron is also estimated to cost around 2.2 million euros when it gets revealed at the Geneva Auto Show next year. That’s close to around $2.5 million USD at today’s conversions.
The name still hasn’t been confirmed yet, but Chiron makes sense since it was the name of famed Bugatti racer, Louis Chiron. A total of around 500 Chirons will be built, so if you plan on scooping one up, better get on top of that soon.
– By: Chris Chin
A member on BMW 2-Series enthusiast site, 2Addicts, apparently heard through the grapevine through “insider sources” that a BMW M2 CSL is actually in the works, when the M2 itself hasn’t even been revealed.
So what’s known about this possible M2 CSL? Well, given BMW’s history of making more track-focused versions of their M cars, like the original E46 M3 CSL, the M2’s version will basically be just that.
The insider source said the M2 CSL will be for the Coupes only, so there’s a possibility for a standard M2 convertible, a Concept car is due sometime in 2016 and it’ll be designed and built to pay homage to past CSL models with aggressive aerodynamics and bodywork to match the theme of previous CSL versions.
Hey, guess what treehuggers and hippies, a new Toyota Prius is coming and recently, the Prius Club of Malaysia recently was able to snag some pictures of the new 2016 Toyota Prius, uncovered, during transit in the hull of some cargo plane.
Due for a reveal sometime next week, the new 2016 Prius is destined to enter an entirely new generation, and that’s clearly visible with it’s redesigned exterior, modeled clearly after the latest Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell car.
For one thing, the Prius no longer looks like a blob of anonymity and features much more dramatic and eye-catching styling, which is perfectly OK. One of the constant criticisms we’ve had for the Prius is that it was never entertaining to look at and was rather bland, featureless, and uninteresting. This isn’t to say the new 2016 Prius is a total looker, but for once, it actually looks like something.
Again, this happened. An impending new model was revealed inadvertently through the showcasing of its miniature die-case form.
Say hello to the all-new 2017 Volvo S90, and boy, does this get us excited for the new model.
Volvo is currently on a quest to redesign its entire lineup, which first began with the 2016 Volvo XC90. Now, the S90 will follow to replace the aging S80 sedan as the Swedish automaker’s flagship.
Designed with cues from the Volvo Estate Concept and the 2016 XC90 in mind, the new S90 looks to be one heck of a looker, with its raked and swept-back roofline, to its unique rear-end and large wraparound taillights, to the “Thor” shaped headlights.
Hyundai’s on the verge of revealing the all-new 2016 Hyundai Elantra, which is the Avante in other markets and recently, a Korean car blog was able to catch the new Elantra on its assembly line completely uncovered!
As previewed by the design renderings officially released by Hyundai themselves, the Elantra appears to be faithful to its new design direction. Clearly moving up market with a much more mature and sleek design, the new Elantra gives off the vibe and appearance of being a shrunken down Genesis sedan, and that’s not a bad thing at all.
The side body lines appear to be a bit reminiscent of the Ford Fusion, but the taillights and the large front grille are obviously modeled after the cues found on the Genesis.
Nothing is currently known about the powertrains of the new 2016 Hyundai Elantra, though it’s plenty reasonable to expect revised naturally-aspirated and direct-injected four-bangers. Either way, expect an online reveal very soon now that the cat is out of the bag.
– By: Chris Chin
Source: AutoTribune.co.kr via CarScoops
Bugatti’s in the works with a follow up to the Veyron with the tentatively named “Chiron,” and to give us a taste of what it might look like, Bugatti will soon be unveiling their new Vision Gran Turismo Concept for the world to see.
Much like other Vision Gran Turismo Concepts, the Bugatti version will be available to drive in Sony Playstation’s famous Gran Turismo 6 racing simulator. But not only that, it’ll also provide a slight idea as to what to expect visually with the new Veyron successor.
So far, Bugatti teased a couple of pictures, which appear to be select body parts from the actual concept, with the main picture looking more like a fancy dustpan. Either way, we should expect Bugatti to reveal their Vision Gran Turismo Concept soon.
– By: Chris Chin