4WheelsNews apparently heard through the grapevine of rumors that the new Ferrari 458 Speciale Spider is going to be limited to just 458 production units worldwide.
After Ferrari’s staff held an exclusive preview event at Pebble Beach recently, Ferrari privately showcased the new variant to its most esteemed customers. These include an updated 600hp engine and other high-performance goodies. The Ferrari 458 Speciale Spider follows in the footsteps of the original F430-based 16M Scuderia Spider.
A revealing at the Paris Motor Show in October is scheduled for the new 458.
Tesla is looking once again to revolutionize the industry, now with an infinite mile warranty for the Model S’s electric drive system.
In their latest press release, the Tesla Model S’s 85-kWh setup gets the “infinite” mile warranty, versus the previous policy’s four years or 50,000 miles. This basically means the policy also protects the system for as many miles as one could put on a Tesla Model S 85-kWh in the span of eight years. Tesla even says that the warranty also applies to older models and will go as far as to honoring the warranty, no matter how many owners have had the car.
Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk, also stated the “infinite” mile warranty is the original policy that should’ve been implemented in the first place: “If we truly believe that electric motors are fundamentally more reliable than gasoline engines, with far fewer moving parts and no oily residue or combustion byproducts to gum up the works, then our warranty policy should reflect that.
For the press release, check it out after the jump.
Cadillac has something up their sleeves for the full-size executive segment, and it’s a large rear-wheel drive sedan to compete against the likes of the BMW 7-Series, Mercedes-Benz S-Class and so on.
Top Gear recently heard the new flagship could debut at the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance next year.
Not much else is known about the new flagship, though it would be the company’s first rear-wheel drive full-size sedan in almost three decades.
Source: Top Gear
We’re sure that like us, you’re wishing some of your favorite automobile manufacturers would just go on a special nostalgia tantrum, reengineering and building, from new, classic models for the sake of, why the hell not. It’d be like rebuilding the Titanic, giving it air conditioning, top-spec steam turbine engines and the actual ability to withstand, if not avoid, icebergs altogether.
Actually, that’s exactly what Toyota did, in order to celebrate the 30th anniversary for the Land Cruiser 70, produced from 1984, all the way up to 2004. This year marks the 30th year anniversary of this specific Land Cruiser, which has served Japan for quite some time. Even today, the Land Cruiser 70 is still built for select markets, and that’s because it continues to be a smash hit. Also, for the first time, Toyota is offering a double-cab pickup version of the 70.
The latest model has also been tweaked to meet Japan’s latest standards of today, including a new 4.0L V6 with 228hp and 266 lb-ft of torque, lifted straight from Toyota’s current offerings, and is mated solely to a five-speed manual. Sounds like a match made in heaven, like if BMW decided to reengineer and rebuild the first generation E28 M5 with modern 3.0L turbocharged inline-six from 335. The Land Cruiser also gets part-time four-wheel drive and optional front and rear locking differentials.
Check out the press release after the jump and dream on with some video action.
Chrysler is apparently on a supercharger binge and is interested in equipping the next Viper with one.
Not that the current Viper’s 8.4L V10 isn’t enough, what with, 640hp and 600 lb-ft of torque. According to the Pentastar’s enthusiast site, AllPar, the supercharger could up the final rating to as high as 800bhp. This would help further separate the Viper from its new stablemates, the SRT Hellcat Charger and Challenger.
Nothing is exactly confirmed, other than the is struggling to sell with production ceasing several times this year.
AutomotiveNews apparently heard Mazda is preparing a Miata with a fixed roof in addition to the new MX-5 being revealed in just a few short weeks.
This could be one of the many models popping up from Mazda’s new lineup changeover, which includes a new addition of the CX-3, a new CX-9, a Mazdaspeed3, and the new aforementioned Miata. The current Miata could be had with a folding hardtop and soft top, so this would mark the first time the Miata ever came with a fixed roof from the factory.
Despite the addition of some extra metal, the coupe supposedly doesn’t way much more than the original Miata, at 2,100lbs, most likely because the coupe doesn’t need chassis reinforcement and more construction for the folding roof, leading to a heavier car. This could also improve ride quality and handling from increasing torsional rigidity with the chassis.
A new SKYACTIV 2.0L naturally-aspirated four-banger would serve duty for go-power should all go as planned. The choice of a six-speed auto or manual will be offered.
- By: Chris Chin
Mazdaspeed3 fans can get excited–AutomotiveNews recently heard of a new next-generation Mazdaspeed3, currently in the works as a 2016 model year. The current Mazda3 launched last year and the new Mazdaspeed version should be around when the current 3 gets a mid-cycle refresh in about two years.
The second generation Mazdaspeed3 ceased production in 2013 and was a popular item by enthusiasts. Though it had its quirks, like insufferable torque steer from just having a 2.3L turbo-four shove all its ponies to the front-wheels, the Mazdaspeed3 was an awesome hot hatch clearly designed with the driver in mind. And we loved.
According to AN, the next model could utilize all-wheel drive to make extra grip for over 300hp from a new SKYACTIV 2.5L turbo-four. This new engine is also destined for duty in the next-generation CX-9 in 2016 or 2017. Speaking of which, a subcompact CX-3 is also on the way, though a time frame wasn’t supplied.
All in all, things are definitely heating up for Mazda–we can’t also forget the arrival of the new Miata MX-5 in just a week.
Aston Martin is currently owned by Mercedes-Benz’s parent, Daimler, by five percent while the Silver Arrow will provide AMG engines for future Aston models.
Now, CARandDRIVER recently heard Daimler is boosting their interest in Aston Martin as a whole, meaning they might just flat out scoop the British marque off of its feet. As of this latest report from C/D, Daimler executives are split half and half on their decision as whether or not to proceed. Half of Daimler sees Aston as an item of value while the other half believes its too risky. We won’t lie, an AMG-powered Aston Martin doesn’t sound like a terrible idea.
Aston is in a bit of a struggle in terms of ensuring the long-term stability of the brand so that they could exist a decade or two down the line. With nearly their entire lineup beginning to show its age, Aston needs a hand moving into the next generation of cars. Daimler could prove to be very resourceful while Aston could provide a lot of pedigree and reputation.
Mercedes-Benz is known for many things, one being a creator for almost every niche market that never existed. And the plan just doesn’t seem to want to end as Germany’s AutoBild heard the Three-Point Star wants to produce a sedan, c0upe, roadster, shooting brake and crossover of the A-Class for the next generation. We currently have the A-Class sedan and crossover in the form of the GLA, but for the next generation, Benz wants to unify the lineup under one name and with all of the aforementioned body styles.
Set for a revealing in 2018, the next A-Class begins with a five-door hatchback, followed by a new version of the sedan. In 2019, an A-Class coupe is scheduled, along with a roadster and a shooting brake style just to add variety to the mix. Though similarly to the CLS Shooting Brake, the A-Class version could only be meant for the European market.
The fight for fuel economy is in full force and automakers are trying to penny-pinch every last bit of fuel economy out of their latest and greatest models. One of the growing trends is the revitalization of three-cylinder engines, which sound like they’re better off being left to motorcycles and tractors. Though three-bangers aren’t necessarily new to the car and have been used at various points in history by numerous automakers. More recently, Ford proved that three-cylinders can be more than adequate with their 1.0L EcoBoost three-banger and BMW has their own in some new Minis.
Now, Volvo is looking to jump on the threesome bandwagon to accompany their new line of forced-induced compact four-bangers, some of which are debuting for the first time in the new 2015 XC90. The new Volvo three- is designed with 1.5L in mind, according to AutoCar, which helps Volvo cut down on future CO2 emissions while boosting fuel economy, particularly in Europe and Australia where stricter emissions standards were mandated. And while it may seem like the small engines might be good for the small cars, AutoCar recently heard it could be used in cars as big as the S60 with varying degrees of tune in both gas and diesel form.
The Volvo three-banger is expected to surface sometime in the next several years after all of the new four-cylinder engines get launched by 2016. The three is also expected to find duty in Volvo’s future hybrid setups.
- By: Chris Chin