Porsche is bringing a new Panamera to Los Angeles, but it’s not an entirely new model. Instead, it’s called the Panamera Exclusive Series and as suggested by the name, it’s a stylized and customization version of the Panamera to separate future owners from regular Panameras.
Using the top dog Panamera Turbo S Executive as its starting point, the Porsche Panamera Exclusive Series gets a long-wheelbase and the Turbo S Executive’s 4.8L twin-turbocharged V8 with 570hp on tap.
Separating the Panamera Exclusive Series from other Panameras is a sleek two-tone black on bronze paint job, a set of 20-inch Sport Classic wheels painted black, Nappa leather on the inside with the same two-tone coloring as the outside, and dark walnut and piano black wood trim.
Only 100 examples will be offered around the world, each one individually numbered with a special plaque along with complimentary Poltrona Frau leather luggage. The asking price: $263,900, a whopping $63k more than the base Panamera Turbo S Executive.
Individuality costs…And this is the most expensive Porsche this side of the 918 Spyder.
Check out the press release after the jump.
Hyundai’s been in the rumor mill with the possibility of introducing a Toyota Prius competitor and now, new developments suggest the new Hyundai hybrid should show up sometime in 2017, according to Reuters and AutoCar.
“We will take the lead in the future by raising the competitiveness of our environment-friendly cars like hybrid-only cars, plug-in hybrid cars and fuel cell hydrogen cars,” Hyundai’s CEO, Kim Choong-ho told Reuters at a recent press gathering in South Korea.
Not much was spilled in the way of details, but Hyundai and Kia could have their own hybrid ready within the next two years. As of now the car is codenamed the DE.
The new hybrid is also a step for Hyundai and Kia at lowering their fuel economy ratings and CO2 emissions for incoming federal mandates across the world. Hyundai currently sells the Sonata Hybrid and the limited Tucson Fuel Cell model, while Kia has the Optima Hybrid and Soul EV.
Source: Reuters and AutoCar
Scion just revealed their latest concepts for SEMA in Las Vegas. The three concepts are based off of the Scion FR-S, the Scion xB, and the Scion tC and they seem to all have gone retro.
We being with the FR-S, which receives a major modification that potential buyers wish Scion would do from the factory–turbocharging. This special Scion FR-S not only gets a turbocharged motor with a kit from Greddy, but a special targa rooftop and some louvers on the rear wind0w, 1980s style. In addition to these mods, the SEMA Scion FR-S concept gains a unique baby blue paint scheme, an integrated rear-spoiler with a center-mounted exhaust, and a wide body kit. There are also sport suspension bits from KW and larger Wilwood brakes.
The Scion xB concept gets inspired by the 1970s roadie and conversion vans, featuring design cues introduced by skateboarder, Riley Hawk. The paint is a wicked yellow and orange theme, mimicking the past’s love of conversion vans. Additionally, there sits a roofbox for stowing skateboards and other long sports and outdoorsy things. On the inside, the xB is decked with shag carpeting, brown leather, and wood trim–no waterbed unfortunately.
Lastly, Scion’s custom tC gets inspired by the band Slayer. The outside receives a custom paint job with the band’s logo, skulls that have been airbrushed onto the paint, red lights, and sword-shaped wheels. The same theme carries on inside with a special Pioneer sound system.
For full details, check out the press release after the jump.
Ford and Lincoln are in the recall bin for today with the Edge and MKX models. Approximately 205,000 units are being recalled over problems with corrosion, a.k.a. rust, specifically with the fuel tank. And already, that’s a huge red flag.
According to the find, the reinforcement brackets for the fuel tank can corrode, possibly leading to a ruptured fuel tank or mounting problems. Should a problem occur, the cars would have a serious fire risk. But thankfully, Ford reports that there have been no incidents or injuries from this problem.
Dealers will inspect cars with issues and will replace the fuel tank and its associated brackets as necessary.
Check out the press release after the jump.
Some new, crazy, and shocking info comes in through AutomotiveNews, who recently learned Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles will be putting a solid portion of Ferrari up for sale through a public offering. This is one of the many recent stirrups for the Prancing Horse, particularly after the former CEO, Luca di Montezemolo, stepped down after controversy with Fiat-Chrysler over Ferrari’s future plans.
Now, a sizable portion of Ferrari is set to go on sale through a public offering, and this is because Fiat’s Sergio Marchionne said “the mixing of their blood would be fatal to both,” in relation to Fiat’s ownership of Ferrari and the corporation’s future plans.
However, the reality is that FCA plans to sell 10 percent of Ferrari to mark up stock prices and to gain more money through investors, while liquidating the rest of Ferrari to the remainder of Fiat-Chrysler’s major shareholders. In essence, this could mean the very end of Ferrari as we know it today. We’re not sure what this means, but there’s a lot of uncertainty to be raised since Ferrari is such a coveted automaker.
“The separation of Ferrari will preserve the cherished Italian heritage and unique position of the Ferrari business and allow FCA shareholders to continue to benefit from the substantial value inherent in this business,” FCA’s John Elkann said in a press meeting.
If you ever took delivery of The New York Times on a Sunday and you are a car enthusiast, you would have a great day since the Sunday issue would always be complemented by an Autos section. But in a recent report from Capital New York, word is the NYTimes will be killing off its Autos section after showing up every Sunday for nearly 20 years.
The reason for the ending of the Autos section comes down to The New York Times streamlining its works in order to stay afloat–and part of this is from the unfortunate disappearance of print media thanks to websites like yours truly. It truly is a sad transition.
There were no specifics as to what would happen to the staff involved with the Autos section, including longtime automotive editor, Jim Cobb and deputy Norman Mayersohn. Either way, from one auto journalist to the other, we at egmCarTech wish them the best.
- By: Chris Chin
Source: Capital New York
One of the biggest and most notable rivalries in existence right now includes the all-new BMW M4 and Lexus’ first ever crack at BMW’s legendary two-door sports coupe–the new Lexus RC F. And to see which is better, MotorTrend just featured the two going Head 2 Head against each other in this latest episode.
BMW went their traditional route of lightweight and returned to using a straight-six rather than the last model’s naturally-aspirated V8. This is also the world’s first BMW M3-successor with a turbocharged motor. The Lexus on the other hand uses brute force and lightweight with a potent 5.0L naturally-aspirated V8, both of which send more than 400hp to the rear wheels.
It’s a tight competition, but it’s the sort of thing us car guys live for.
Watch the feature after the jump.
Cadillac is moving ahead full-force with revamping their lineup to become the most competitive it’s ever been since their prime days of making big-bodied luxury sedans, coupes and convertibles before 1973.
Further exemplifying this is the rumor that Cadillac could be introducing a new convertible, which was reportedly shown at some dealer meetings in sketches.
It’s unclear what exactly this new convertible could be, but speculation points to the use of the ATS and CTS’s current Alpha platform. While this could be a good indicator of what could be in the near future, it should be noted the that the Alpha platform is very versatile and is providing a backbone for nearly every rear-wheel drive sedan in Cadillac’s lineup. So the convertible could be any size at this time.
Cadillac is adamant about introducing a new convertible, after AutomotiveNews spoke to an unnamed representative. For reference, the last convertible Cadillac ever made was the ill-fated XLR.
Audi’s bringing a newly speced R8 to Los Angeles and it’s calls the R8 Competition. It’s most likely a last model-run special since we’re already anticipating the next second generation model to surface within the next year or so.
As indicated by the name, the new 2015 Audi R8 Competition is geared towards those who actually compete in motorsports. It’s based off of the top-of-the-line Audi R8 V10, meaning a 5.2L V10 good for 570hp mated only to a seven-speed S-tronic automatic. Other upgrades include a sport exhaust system and some other tweaking to result in a 0-60 time of just 3.2 seconds. This also makes the R8 Competition the fast R8 ever offered, according to Ingolstadt.
Other upgrades that help separate the fact that you’re in a more special R8 include carbon fiber exterior trimmings, a fixed rear spoiler, and lowered bodywork. Additionally, bespoke black-painted wheels are included with carbon ceramic brakes and anodized red brake calipers.
Check out the press release after the jump. Only 60 will be made for the US exclusively.
BMW was known to be preparing the latest and greatest versions of the X5 M and X6 M for the 2016 model year and recently, the Munich automaker just revealed them in full ahead of their debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show next month.
As expected, the 2016 BMW X5 M and X6 M sport the BMW M5’s 4.4L TwinPower twin-turbocharged V8 good for 567hp, up from 555hp for the outgoing models. There’s also quite a bit more torque at 553 lb-ft of twist versus the last model’s 500lb-ft. Both get a new ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic with xDrive all-wheel drive as standard. And should one find themselves going too fast in a corner with such substantial amounts of mass and weight, the xDrive all-wheel system works in tandem with stability and traction control to deliver as much as 100 percent of its power at either the front or rear axles. But overall, the result is a 0-60 time of just four seconds. Do we forget that both these leviathans weight more than two and a half tons?
Keeping body motions in check is a double-wishbone setup in the front and a multi-link self-leveling rear with three dynamic modes and maintaining grip are massive Michelin Pilot Super Sport UHP tires. Can’t imagine those to be too cheap…
Otherwise, the X5 M and X6 M come fixed with much more aggressive bodywork, large wheels, and lots of M badges. The upgrades continue inside with a new M steering wheel with aluminum paddle shifters, M Sport seats, and an M-Tech sport shifter.
Prices are set to start at $99,650 for the X5 M and $103,050 for the X6 M.
Check out the press release after the jump.