Fiat’s attempting to get a bulls-eye with their efforts of revitalizing Alfa Romeo as a brand by not only revamping its entire lineup, but marketing itself to the North American market as well, after a very long hiatus.
That said, Fiat and thus, Alfa Romeo, have very little room for error, meaning they have to get everything by the book first, to master the basic formula of a successful-selling automobile. This includes following the trend of downsized and force-induced engines.
According to VidiAuto, the new Alfa Romeo Giulia could get a potent new twin-turbocharged 1.8L four-banger good for around 300hp and 295 lb-ft of twist. It’s apparently also being designed to meet specific Euro 6 emissions standards and should be mated to a dual-clutch automatic transmission, providing a 0-62 time int he neighborhood of six seconds.
BMW enthusiast site, BimmerPost reports that Munich just leaked preliminary details on some updated BMW 3-Series models. Sounds perfectly fine and ok, until you look at the new names some of the models are getting.
For instance, the current 335i is set to be replaced by the 340i. And if this were 1995 and not 2015, that would mean it’s a 3-Series model with a 4.0L engine or close…but nope, this is the new name theme for the top-spec 3-Series, just short of the full-fledged M3. And no, it’s not sporting a new 4.0L motor.
Instead, like the wrongly-named 335i, the new 340i will have an new 3.0L TwinPower turbo inline-six good for around 323hp, which is more than the outgoing model’s 300hp rating.
In addition to the new six, a new 2.0L turbo four will provide power to the entry-level model, which will now be named the 330i.
Dear BMW, please stop doing this and name them like they should (330i and 320i).
We know you’re heard us and hundreds of other auto journalists say it, but we’re going to keep on reminding you, just in-case you were still skeptical.
Crossovers a hot thing now, not only by demand, but also because automakers recognize that demand and how much money it could make them. Crossovers are a total cash-cow at the moment and Bentley’s one of the automakers to acknowledge this, which is why they’re in the process of making the Bentayga, their first ever crossover.
However, word from AutoCar is that they’re not planning to stop there as they’re also expressing interest in a smaller crossover.
Bentley’s Board Member for Engineering, Rolf Frech, revealed that Bentley could offer an entry-level crossover. Further hinting at this possibility was the fact that CEO Wolfgang Durheimer also suggested Bentley’s desire to expand their lineup.
This also doesn’t seem out of play either, considering Bentley’s also seeking to reach downmarket for more sales, hence the creation of the EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept, or Bentley’s pitch to make a relatively affordable, yet potent competitor to the Porsche 911, the Mercedes-AMG GT, and the Jaguar F-Type.
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One of the many signature highlights of the Nissan GT-R is its epic, hand-built, twin-turbo V6 engine, that’s built in a hermetically sealed laboratory and assembly to avoid any outside contaminants from compromising the build. And it’s built by only a very select and skilled few, or “takumi” as they’re called, which is Japanese for “artisan.”
The ultimate result from that is that every GT-R that leaves the factory has a completely different power rating than the one before or after it, due to this hand-built process.
If that’s not intense enough for you, Top Gear in the UK reports the next-gen GT-R could gain a new motor from the GT-R LM NISMO, according to Nissan’s LMP1 technical director, Ben Bowley.
Bowley wasn’t specific, but he did say that the GT-R LM NISMO’s 3.0L V6 can provide a good starting point for the road-going GT-R, given that it already has an integrated turbo and intake system, direct-injection, and more.
The next GT-R is expected to arrive by the end of this decade, sporting a new hybridized powertrain with styling inspired by the 2020 Visions Gran Turismo Concept.
Aston Martins’s in the midst of reworking their entire lineup to move their brand into the next generation of cars, and there’s a lot of pressure riding on their shoulders.
This is because Aston is more or less fending for themselves, despite gaining some new investors recently. That said, with rather limited resources, even after striking a small deal with Daimler for parts and resource sharing, Aston was destined to figure out a way to produce a car, allowing them to widen their profit margins. And the current best way to do that is to make a crossover–it’s hard to deny, they’re a hot commodity.
That said, it shouldn’t be a surprise that Aston apparently confirmed to be producing its DBX Crossover Concept, as part of its new £200 million capital investment increase.
Aston didn’t have much more to say about the crossover, but all we need to know for now is that it’s actually happening.
Chevrolet and GM are in this routine of trickling information about the new 2016 Chevrolet Camaro down the PR news wires.
So far, they confirmed the Camaro will at least come with some wheels, some brakes, an engine and some exhaust.
Now, they confirmed the Camaro also comes with some bodywork, like a new rear-spoiler, and a new engine hood.
Cadillac’s been making waves recently, and we couldn’t be more excited. One of their most important models generating excitement is the all-new BMW M5-competing CTS-V, which now starts at $83,995, after being revealed at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show earlier this year.
What does this mean, besides the fact that this is a lot of money? This mean’s that it’s a whopping amount cheaper than its German counterparts, while being just as powerful and fast.
Power is supplied by GM’s legendary LS-V8, displacing 6.2 supercharged liters to produce 640hp and 630 lb-ft of twist, through an eight-speed automatic. The result is a 0-60 time of just 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 200 mph.
Besides the bonkers power, the CTS-V also gets bonkers brakes, bonkers suspension, Michelin Pilot Super Sport rubber, more aggressive body work, 19-inch forged aluminum rims, and more.
Check out the press release after the jump for more info.
BMW’s known to have a pretty solid position on the idea of an M7, despite the fact that the Mercedes-Benz S-Class AMG, Audi S8, and the Jaguar XJR all exist to create a rather unique niche market.
The reason being is that a large, fast land yacht sort of conflicts with the ideology of BMW’s sporty and performance reputation–though this may be a bit of stretch since a lot of their cars currently are fast land yachts, many of which lost their traditional BMW charm.
But for those reasons, rumors of BMW changing their mind have been beginning to surface given that there does exist a market for high-end, large bodied, luxury performance sleds.
Rumors of a Mazda-Fiat convertible collaboration have been floating around for quite some time.
Now, Edmunds reports that it’ll actually happen: there will be a new Fiat 124 Spider based off of the new 2016 Mazda Miata.
Due for a revealing at either Frankfurt or Los Angeles later this year, the new 124 is destined to go on sale sometime in 2016.
Not much is known about the car, but the deal was struck because Mazda is making waves with their uber-lightweight Miata, which in Fiat’s eyes, provides a solid foundation for a new roadster on their end.
Instead of Mazda SKYACTIV-G fours, Fiat’s own 1.4L MultiAir four is expected to find its way under the hood.
It seems with the advent of improved automatic transmission technology, the manual transmission is being phased out into obsolescence.
Back in the early days of automatic transmissions, early designs and primitive technology made manual transmissions the choice for more frugal and efficient motoring because there was less of a drivetrain power loss factor with manual transmissions when compared to torque converter-based automatics.
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Now though, thanks to new technology, automatics are more efficient than ever, contributing to the death of the manual transmission.
But now, Mazda can officially join the movement to #SaveTheManuals as the Japanese automaker officially confirmed that their manual-equipped 2016 Miata MX-5 is about 25% more economical than the previous automatic model. Ok, so that’s not exactly speaking in favor of the current model in terms of comparing the same model year car but with different transmissions. But still…