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PostHeaderIcon Acura TLX

The Acura TLX hit showrooms for the 2015 model year as a replacement for the TL and TSX sedans. After just a couple of years on the market, Acura is introducing a facelifted model for 2018 that will keep the first generation alive until at least 2021. The big new here is that the TLX is getting a new pentagonal grille that not only replaces the beak found on most Acura vehicles but is also pentagonal in shape just like the grille found on the Precision concept and the updated MDX crossover. It’s scheduled to make its debut at the 2017 New York Auto Show, but Acura has seen fit to release a teaser that shows off that new grille, along with new headlight units, and what appears to be a new fascia as well. Little else is known at this time, but Acura says we can expect “new premium features technology.

“The 2018 TLX will receive new styling elements that ratchet up its emotion and reflect Acura’s focus on Precision Crafted Performance,” said Jon Ikeda, Acura’s vice president and general manager. “Acura customers embraced the MDX when we raised its game with bold, new styling, and we’re pumped to show how we’re elevating the TLX experience.”

With that said, let’s take a good look at this teaser and speculate a little about what else we’ll see when the sheet is pulled off the refreshed TLX in just a couple of weeks.

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PostHeaderIcon The New Civic Si is Going to be a Glorified Grocery Getter

The hot hatch market is a busy one, and just about every Honda fan has begged Honda to bring the Type R to the U.S. for years. It’s finally going to happen for the 2018 model year, but we’re also getting the Civic Si, which was the performance go-to for Honda guys in the absence of an official Type R. It was the most powerful Civic off the production line here for the longest time. Well, with the Type R finally coming to the U.S., Honda doesn’t have a whole lot of motivation to make the Civic Si a showstopper in the power department, and, compared to the 2018 Type R, the Civic Si could be nothing more than a pretty looking (if you like the look) grocery getter. An e-mail sent out by Honda that leaked the Civic Si’s torque output doesn’t help matters, either.

According to the e-mail, which was sent to those who signed up for Honda’s mailing list, the Civic Si will deliver 192 pound-feet of torque – a figure Honda claims will make “everyday errands more exciting than ever.” To put that into perspective, the range-topping non-Si model (the Civic Touring) that uses the same engine offers up 174 horsepower and 162 pound-feet, while the Type R will offer 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet from a 2.0-liter. That means there’s a small gap between the Civic Touring and a massive gap between the Si and the Type R. Not cool.

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PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin Rapide AMR Concept

Developed as a spiritual successor to the iconic Lagonda, the Rapide was launched in 2010 and became the company’s first four-door in two decades. Updated to “S” specification in 2013, when it also received an upgraded V-12 engine, the Rapide soldiered on unchanged until 2017 and there weren’t many hints that Aston Martin is planning on doing something new anytime soon. However, the sedan was included in the new performance AMR program that the British firm launched at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

Essentially a high performance brand similar to Mercedes’ AMG and BMW’s M division, AMR is actually inspired by the Aston Martin Racing motorsport division and adds numerous bespoke features, as well as drivetrain upgrades. The AMR lineup will include two types of cars. There will be plain AMR models closely related to their road-going counterparts and AMR Pro cars with more extreme specs, including versions for track use only. The Rapide AMR concept is part of the former, being less aggressive than a track-prepped car but slotting above the regular model.

Aston Martin didn’t say how many of the features created for the show will make it to the production model, but it’s safe to assume that every single add-on will be made available to customers. Especially given the already high degree of customization you can get with standard models.

Continue reading to learn more about the Aston Martin Rapide AMR concept


PostHeaderIcon The List Of Competitors Lining Up To Take On Tesla Continues To Grow

The term “Chinese money” is being thrown around a lot these days as it relates to startup electric car manufacturers. Some like Faraday Future are already teetering to the point of collapse while others like Lucid Motors are still on the right side of the fence. Then there’s Hybrid Kinetic, a company not many of us here in the West have heard of but recently made headlines due to its attendance at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Remember the Pininfarina-designed H600 Concept that we saw in Geneva? Well, that’s Hybrid Kinetic’s concept vehicle and according to the company, it won’t be a concept for too long.

HK board member Carter Yeung recently made the proclamation to Automotive News about the concept’s future as a production model, before adding a few nuggets of information regarding the future of the car. According to Yeung, the production model of the H600 will be largely based – around 85 to 90 percent – on the concept that we saw in Geneva from a purely aesthetic point of view. It’s also going to feature electric motors, which will combine to produce as much as 804 horsepower through a battery pack that can be recharged even as the car is on-the-move, all thanks to micro turbine range extender that the company is developing.

And if any of those items aren’t ambitious enough, Yeung also added that Hybrid Kinetic has a long-term goal of building “well over” 200,000 vehicles per year within five to 10 years. Can’t say that the company isn’t short-changing us on its promises, can you?

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PostHeaderIcon A Tuning Company has Managed to Get more than 600 Ponies out of the Giulia Quadrifoglio

The addition of computers into computers has made it increasingly easy for manufacturers to control an engine’s power output. Most of the time, manufacturers keep engine tunes toned down for reliability and longevity, but other times the same process is used to tone down the engine in one trim while allowing it to be more powerful in another – one prime example of this is the Infiniti Q50 3.0t and the Q50 Red Sport 400. Both use the same 3.0-liter, but the Red Sport 400 delivers an extra 100 ponies. Well, tuning firm Pogea Racing GmbH has unlocked the potential of the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio and managed to squeeze out a staggering 604 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. That’s an increase of 94 horsepower and 111 pound-feet of pavement-chewing torque.

The best part is that the tuning firm managed to do so without adding on any aftermarket parts – it’s all computer tuning. There’s no word as to reliability issues down the road, but some express concern for the increased output per liter from the 2.9-liter V-6 that motivates this Italian beauty. In stock form, that 2.9-liter manages to pump out 174 horsepower per liter, but with the engine putting out 208 horsepower per liter, there could be a strain on internal components, as they may not have been designed to accommodate quite so much power.

The tuning firm seems to be confident that it could produce as much as 690 horsepower with tuning, but in the Instagram post announcing the 604-pony tune, it said that the 604 horsepower and 553 pound-foot output seems to be the limit of the car’s hardware. That means that going any higher would likely require a reworking of the engine heads and lower end, and could potentially be rough on the transmission as well. Either way, one of the hashtags included with the post were #700pssoon (700ps s about 690 ponies), so it’s quite possible the tuning firm will eventually add in some reworked internal components. If so, who knows how much power the 2.9-liter could make if built with strong enough components.

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PostHeaderIcon Infiniti Q50

The Infiniti Q50 hit the market for the 2014 model year, and just two years later, Infiniti refreshed it for the 2016 model year. Well, instead of ushering in a new generation, Infiniti has decided to do another mild update for the 2018 model year, which includes a slightly different look outside, a revamped interior, and some new driver assistance features not previously available. Engine options include a 2.0-liter gasoline mill, a 2.2-liter turbodiesel, the 3.5-liter V-6, and a hybrid setup that combines a 3.5-liter V-6 and a 50-kW electric motor – giving the car a power output range of anywhere between 168 horsepower and 400 horsepower. The Q50 also makes use of Direct Adaptive Steering, a feature that Infiniti says is a “key building block to achieving fully-autonomous driving.” But, what is more important, is that each trim level will have its own stand-alone features and styling that will help it stand out in the lineup.

Roland Krueger, the President of Infiniti, said, “Infiniti seeks to empower our customers on their journey through their experience with us – whether it is our products, our technologies, our services, or simply a passion for driving. There is no better vehicle that incorporates all the elements of the Infiniti brand than the Q50 saloon.”

Now that the 2018 Infiniti Q5 has made its debut at the 2017 Geneva Auto Show, we have lots to talk about, so let’s dive on in and take a closer look at it and how it compares to the competition.


PostHeaderIcon Lincoln Continental Black Label Edition

There once was a time when owning a Lincoln Continental meant that you belonged in the upper crust of society. It was a status symbol as much as it was a luxury sedan and having one meant that you had a license to roll down your windows to be seen driving one. Those days are long gone, and for a lot of the younger auto enthusiasts, mentioning the name “Lincoln Continental” doesn’t evoke the kind of response the way it used to. Ford, the parent company of Lincoln since 1922, hopes to change all of that when it brought back the Continental in 2016 after spending the last 14 years on the shelf. Now, the Continental is a year into its newest life, and it’s already getting a Black Label special edition.

One iteration of the Continental Black Label Edition is “Rhapsody,” of which its overarching theme is blue. Lots of it. In fact, a large majority of the car’s surface is blue, be it on the exterior or in the interior. And since this is a Continental, Lincoln didn’t just settle for any kind of blue surface, particularly in the cabin where swaths of premium materials are used throughout its whole surface.

According to Marcia Salzberg, Lincoln’s senior designer for color and materials, the decision to go with the specific color went beyond spinning the color wheel and settling for where the arrow ended up pointing at. “

“We had so much inspiration, from all around us,” Salzberg said. “We looked at the color of custom business suits, at nature, how day fades into night, how the sky gets so soft and velvety. We looked at our heritage, at Lincolns of the past – at how blue was such an important, signature color.”

The finished product is, without question, a unique take on the Continental. Other versions of the Black Label Edition are also available, specifically in Chalet and Thoroughbred themes that come with their own unique themes.

It remains to be seen if the Black Label Edition will help the Lincoln Continental regain some of its lost luster. At least the Continental is back, which is more than what it could’ve have said a few years ago when the nameplate was collecting dust.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Lincoln Continental Black Label Edition.


PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG GT Concept

It’s been known for quite some time now that Mercedes-AMG had its eye on releasing a four-door performance saloon that would compete against the popular Porsche Panamera. It took some time, but the car finally showed its face at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, albeit in concept guise. Called the AMG GT Concept, the four-door coupe was unveiled as a preview model for the upcoming production version that’s expected to arrive in the next few years.

The significance of the AMG GT Concept isn’t limited to the car simply being a production preview of the yet-to-be-named Panamera fighter. The model is also the latest in a growing family of AMG GT models that’s shaping AMG as a legitimate performance brand that’s slowly gaining independence from Mercedes-Benz. So yes, the AMG GT Concept is a big deal in a lot of ways, as it should be considering Mercedes has some claim to pioneering the performance the four-door saloon market when it first launched the CLS-Class back in 2004.

The times are sure different now as the segment has evolved into a pretty competitive one with the likes of the Porsche Panamera, BMW 7 Series, Maserati Quattroporte, and even the Tesla Model S all making legitimate claims for themselves as worthy options. But don’t sleep on Mercedes returning to form and reclaiming its top spot in this segment. It may do so under a different name, but rest assured, the AMG GT Concept, or at least the production version of it, is going to pick up the fight for the Silver Arrows once it arrives. We’re getting a good look at what we can expect from Mercedes-AMG; now we wait and see for the production model to arrive.

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PostHeaderIcon The 2017 Kia Cadenza is Impressively Swanky

Kia isn’t known for its luxury sedans, but that might be changing soon. The automaker’s new-for-2017, second-generation Cadenza moves the bar well beyond anything previously found in its lineup. Even the range-topping K900 lacks some of the niceties found inside this BMW 5 Series competitor. Just look at that quilted leather!

I’ve been driving the 2017 Cadenza for the last week. The car has not only impressed my cynical, jaded journalist self, but also everyone who’s sat inside. Aside from the quilted bolsters, the leather seats are butter soft, not to mention heated and cooled up front. Rear passengers enjoy tons of legroom, while a padded center armrest makes elbows happy. A suede headliner frames the massive panoramic moonroof. Even the detailing around the switches and trim work is outstandingly posh. Sure, its no S-Class Maybach, but you’d be forgiven to mistake its fit and finish for a standard E-Class.

Real metal accents are placed where it counts – at high-touch areas like the gearshifter and steering wheel controls. These contrast well with the leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel, too. Oh, and that steering wheel is heated as well.

Now the Cadenza isn’t perfect. The piano black plastic along the center console shows the smallest specks of dust and even signs of scratches, despite the car’s young odometer reading. This might be the telltale wear point for pre-owned Cadenza shoppers. Nevertheless, the interior – as a whole – is genuinely striking. Even more so considering the price. Kia charges right at $45,000 for the range-topping Limited trim, like my tester. You’d pay $6,000 more just to have a base-trimmed 5 Series. A highly equipped Lexus ES costs nearly $49,000. So needless to say, the Kia represents value.

Of course, what the Cadenza provides in luxury, the Kia name still represents bargain vehicles. That will continue to change, just as it has over the last 15 years. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Kia finally shake its econobox stigma by the decade’s end.


PostHeaderIcon Rolls-Royce Just Crushed 1,000 Diamonds to Make Dull Paint for the Ghost

To say that Rolls-Royce makes luxury cars is an understatement. The iconic British firm goes beyond that, and it has been doing so since forever. You know those Bespoke models that pop up from time to time? Well, those aren’t rare, custom cars among standard models. Nearly every single model visits the Bespoke division before leaving the factory, because almost every Rolls-Royce (if not all) is tailored to customer specification. When you’re paying hundreds of thousands for a vehicle, you want to make it your own by adding all sorts of details and materials. It’s as simple as that!

Granted, it’s not wrong to say that Rolls-Royce is a luxury car manufacturer, but judging by the amount of bespoke and flamboyant features we see in most of its cars, we can file these products under “exuberant,” “rakish,” and in some cases even “ostentatious.” They’re opulent means of transportation of opulent people and there’s nothing wrong with that. However, in its wild desire to innovate, a company like Rolls-Royce tends to blow things out of proportion. It doesn’t happen too often, but the unique Ghost Elegance that the Brits displayed at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show is the perfect example.

Yes, I’m talking about the Diamond Stardust paint.

Created for a what appears to be a very demanding owner, Diamond Stardust was created by crushing no fewer than 1,000 diamonds and mixing the resulted dust into the paint, in a process that lasted two months. Sounds pretty fancy and innovative, but there’s just one tiny problem. The dark gray color looks like a dull metallic paint. Sure, it looks as if the color has more glitter than the average metallic paint, but I’m not impressed.

Why is this a big deal? Well, let’s say that Rolls-Royce made a too big of a fuss about this paint and the lengthy process it needed to be created. And it’s not like the Brits discovered how to make flying to Mars more affordable, it’s just a paint that’s not too different from a metallic hue you can get with any Toyota or Hyundai.

I’m anxiously waiting for the paint made from 100 pounds of unobtanium.


PostHeaderIcon Rolls-Royce Just Crushed 1,000 Diamonds to Make Dull Paint for the Ghost

To say that Rolls-Royce makes luxury cars is an understatement. The iconic British firm goes beyond that, and it has been doing so since forever. You know those Bespoke models that pop up from time to time? Well, those aren’t rare, custom cars among standard models. Nearly every single model visits the Bespoke division before leaving the factory, because almost every Rolls-Royce (if not all) is tailored to customer specification. When you’re paying hundreds of thousands for a vehicle, you want to make it your own by adding all sorts of details and materials. It’s as simple as that!

Granted, it’s not wrong to say that Rolls-Royce is a luxury car manufacturer, but judging by the amount of bespoke and flamboyant features we see in most of its cars, we can file these products under “exuberant,” “rakish,” and in some cases even “ostentatious.” They’re opulent means of transportation of opulent people and there’s nothing wrong with that. However, in its wild desire to innovate, a company like Rolls-Royce tends to blow things out of proportion. It doesn’t happen too often, but the unique Ghost Elegance that the Brits displayed at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show is the perfect example.

Yes, I’m talking about the Diamond Stardust paint.

Created for a what appears to be a very demanding owner, Diamond Stardust was created by crushing no fewer than 1,000 diamonds and mixing the resulted dust into the paint, in a process that lasted two months. Sounds pretty fancy and innovative, but there’s just one tiny problem. The dark gray color looks like a dull metallic paint. Sure, it looks as if the color has more glitter than the average metallic paint, but I’m not impressed.

Why is this a big deal? Well, let’s say that Rolls-Royce made a too big of a fuss about this paint and the lengthy process it needed to be created. And it’s not like the Brits discovered how to make flying to Mars more affordable, it’s just a paint that’s not too different from a metallic hue you can get with any Toyota or Hyundai.

I’m anxiously waiting for the paint made from 100 pounds of unobtanium.


PostHeaderIcon Rolls-Royce Just Crushed 1,000 Diamonds to Make A Dull Paint for the Ghost

To say that Rolls-Royce makes luxury cars is an understatement. The iconic British firm goes beyond that, and it has been doing so since forever. You know those Bespoke models that pop up from time to time? Well, those aren’t rare, custom cars among standard models. Nearly every single model visits the Bespoke division before leaving the factory, because almost every Rolls-Royce (if not all) is tailored to customer specification. When you’re paying hundreds of thousands for a vehicle, you want to make it your own by adding all sorts of details and materials. It’s as simple as that!

Granted, it’s not wrong to say that Rolls-Royce is a luxury car manufacturer, but judging by the amount of bespoke and flamboyant features we see in most of its cars, we can file these products under “exuberant,” “rakish,” and in some cases even “ostentatious.” They’re opulent means of transportation of opulent people and there’s nothing wrong with that. However, in its wild desire to innovate, a company like Rolls-Royce tends to blow things out of proportion. It doesn’t happen too often, but the unique Ghost Elegance that the Brits displayed at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show is the perfect example.

Yes, I’m talking about the Diamond Stardust paint.

Created for a what appears to be a very demanding owner, Diamond Stardust was created by crushing no fewer than 1,000 diamonds and mixing the resulted dust into the paint, in a process that lasted two months. Sounds pretty fancy and innovative, but there’s just one tiny problem. The dark gray color looks like a dull metallic paint. Sure, it looks as if the color has more glitter than the average metallic paint, but I’m not impressed.

Why is this a big deal? Well, let’s say that Rolls-Royce made a too big of a fuss about this paint and the lengthy process it needed to be created. And it’s not like the Brits discovered how to make flying to Mars more affordable, it’s just a paint that’s not too different from a metallic hue you can get with any Toyota or Hyundai.

I’m anxiously waiting for the paint made from 100 pounds of unobtanium.


PostHeaderIcon Pininfarina H600 Mates Luxury And Style With High-Tech Hybrid Power

There are more than a few interesting concepts showing up at the Geneva International Motor Show this year, some of which are closer to production than others. This sleek-looking four-door from the Italian styling house Pininfarina definitely falls on the “daydreaming” side of the spectrum, but although you’re not likely to see it in dealers, well, ever, it does bring a few very interesting ideas to the table. Not only does it look good and come stuffed with luxury, but what it’s got under the hood gives us a glimpse at a possible future innovation for hybrid power.

Created as a collaborative project with Hong Kong-based Hybrid Kinetic Group (HK), the H600 is framed as a high-performance luxury sedan for well-to-do business types.

Outside, we find styling that’s in line with what you’d expect from Pininfarina. The lines are muted and subtle, curving into solid forms that are smoothed out from front to back. Polished aluminum was used for detailing, while the paint is finished in grey.

Step into the cabin through the rear-hinged doors, and you’ll find a futuristic layout with leather upholstery in a cocoa brown finish, copper contrast stitching, and veneered wood trim. A clock in the central panel adds class, while copious ambient lighting and large panel screens take it too modern times.

It looks like a standard concept, but the big headline is the hybrid powertrain, which provides enough juice to hit 62 mph in less than three seconds, and enough range to go 1,000 km (621 miles).

So it’s fast, luxurious, and efficient. Intrigued? Read on for more info, plus our take on what this concept really means for the industry.

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PostHeaderIcon Pininfarina H600 Mates Luxury And Style With High-Tech Hybrid Power

There are more than a few interesting concepts showing up at the Geneva International Motor Show this year, some of which are closer to production than others. This sleek-looking four-door from the Italian styling house Pininfarina definitely falls on the “daydreaming” side of the spectrum, but although you’re not likely to see it in dealers, well, ever, it does bring a few very interesting ideas to the table. Not only does it look good and come stuffed with luxury, but what it’s got under the hood gives us a glimpse at a possible future innovation for hybrid power.

Created as a collaborative project with Hong Kong-based Hybrid Kinetic Group (HK), the H600 is framed as a high-performance luxury sedan for well-to-do business types.

Outside, we find styling that’s in line with what you’d expect from Pininfarina. The lines are muted and subtle, curving into solid forms that are smoothed out from front to back. Polished aluminum was used for detailing, while the paint is finished in grey.

Step into the cabin through the rear-hinged doors, and you’ll find a futuristic layout with leather upholstery in a cocoa brown finish, copper contrast stitching, and veneered wood trim. A clock in the central panel adds class, while copious ambient lighting and large panel screens take it too modern times.

It looks like a standard concept, but the big headline is the hybrid powertrain, which provides enough juice to hit 62 mph in less than three seconds, and enough range to go 1,000 km (621 miles).

So it’s fast, luxurious, and efficient. Intrigued? Read on for more info, plus our take on what this concept really means for the industry.

Continue reading for the full story.


PostHeaderIcon The 2018 Lexus LS 500h Is Further Proof That The Hybrids Are Taking Over

Attention all you lovers of the naturally aspirated, un-electrified internal combustion engine: your days in the sun are numbered. Yep, the hybrids are coming, and in a big, big way, too. What started as a means to extend the range provided by the liquefied dinosaur juice known as gasoline has now turned into a full-fledged assault across all segments. First it was with commuters, like the Prius. Then we got outrageous hypercars like the LaFerrari, McLaren P1, and Porsche 918 Spyder. Then it was SUVs and wagons, and now, Lexus has added hybridity to the premium sedan niche with the new LS 500h.

The big reveal just occurred at theGeneva International Motor Show, and was preceded by similar announcements from other makes also going hybrid. Porsche is one example of this, giving us the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, a top-shelf sports sedan laying down a whopping 680 horses thanks to its battery-boosted twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8. Check out our full review on the new range-topping Panamera by clicking here.

Now we get this, an electrified iteration of Lexus’ brand-new four-door flagship. We first got a look at the new LS in 500 guise earlier this year at the Detroit Auto Show, boasting 415 horses from a twin-turbo V-6. Meanwhile, the 500h gets all the good stuff as the more traditional LWB luxury sedan, but with addition of hybrid power under the hood.

Of course, anyone who’s familiar with the history of the LS nameplate shouldn’t be all that surprised. The model has traditionally been a bastion of new technology and innovation, but I feel like this model is indicative of a larger trend in the industry to, well, hybrid all the things. Continue reading to see what I’m on about.

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PostHeaderIcon Bentley Mulsanne Hallmark Series by Mulliner

Introduced in 2010 as a replacement for the 11-year-old Arnage, the Mulsanne is currently Bentley’s range-topping sedan, sitting above the Continental Flying Spur in the lineup. The limousine received an equipment update in 2013 and various special-edition versions, including a performance-oriented Speed model until 2016, when a mid-cycle facelift was launched. Come 2017 and Bentley introduced the Mulsanne Hallmark Series by Mulliner, arguably the most exquisite limited-edition based on the full-size sedan yet.

Described as a highly exclusive model “inspired by the finest precious metals and luxury materials used by the very best jewellers,” the Hallmark Series is available across the entire Mulsanne range, meaning it can be ordered for the extended wheelbase model too. Marketed as the “ultimate statement of luxury” in the Bentley family, the limited-edition model is quite the flamboyant proposition, being available in two-tone paint finishes and with either silver or gold highlights. A bit too flashy if you ask me, but I’m sure this model will be extremely popular in the Middle East where silver an gold emblems are a big thing.

The Mulsanne Hallmark Series by Mulliner makes its official debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, so make sure you stick around for photos from the event.

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PostHeaderIcon Fiat Tipo S-Design

Using a name that dates back to 1988, the Fiat Tipo returned to the market in 2015, after a 20-year hiatus. Designed to replace both the Linea and Bravo, the Tipo is offered in three body styles — sedan, hatchback, and wagon. All three versions are already available in showrooms and, for 2017, Fiat is launching a new model. Dubbed S-Design, it features a few sportier elements on the outside and unique features inside, giving it a distinct personality. The S-Design upgrade will be available for both the hatchback and wagon and the former will make its public debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

Launched alongside other special-edition Fiats, especially 500 hatchbacks, the Tipo S-Design is actually a trim level that will probably become the most expensive in the lineup. But, while the exterior and interior is stands out by means of extra features, the drivetrains carry over unchanged. And the fact that Fiat isn’t offering the base gasoline and diesel engines in the S-Design is confirmation that the new model is set to become the range-topping Tipo.

There’s no word on pricing and availability yet, but the Tipo S-Design should go on sale in all European markets where the Italian compact is already available.

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PostHeaderIcon Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid

Porsche first unveiled the Panamera in 2009, dropping the cover on its four-door’d 911 lookalike at the 13th Auto Shanghai International Automobile Show in China. Drawing its name from the Carrera Panamericana open-road rally from the ‘50s, the Panamera was a clear break from the brand’s sports coupe history. However, like the Cayenne SUV that came before it, the Panamera quickly established itself as one of Porsche’s staple model lines, selling well across several markets, especially in the U.S. To help broaden the sedan’s appeal even further, Porsche introduced the Panamera plug-in hybrid in 2013, followed by a second-gen release in 2016. Now, Stuttgart has introduced another electrified variant called the Turbo S E-Hybrid, and rather than just providing green sensibilities, the hybrid bits make it faster. In fact, with a twin-turbo V-8 and electric motor under the hood, the Turbo S E-Hybrid is the most powerful model to wear a Porsche badge at the moment, save for the 918 Spyder. Pair all that go with four-door comfort, oodles of cabin luxury, and even a long-wheelbase variant, and this thing looks to create a whole new niche all for itself.

And why not? We’re long past the era when hybrid tech was reserved solely for Prius wannabes, and electrified powertrains are now commonplace in both sports cars and in racing. For example, Audi, another VW product, was the first to take top honors at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in a hybrid with its R18 E-Tron diesel in 2012. Now Porsche has adopted similar technology for the Panamera, even pulling influences from the uber-fast 918 for inspiration.

Porsche says “the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is another compelling demonstration of the performance advantages of hybrid technology, “ and that it seeks to combine “performance, comfort and efficiency [in] a perfect three-way combination.”

Basically, Porsche is making its surprisingly fast Panamera even faster by adding a fat dose of electrification. And we like that, even if it still looks… well, like a Panamera.

The new Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid will premiere in the metal at the Geneva International Motor Show early this March, and will also be offered in a long-wheelbase Executive edition. The specs between the Euro-bound model and U.S.-bound model are identical, which leads us to ask – is this thing basically a four-door 918 Spyder?

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid.


PostHeaderIcon BMW M760Li xDrive by BMW Individual

You can be excused if you’ve become increasingly frustrated with BMW and the seemingly long wait for the M7 to arrive, if it ever arrives to begin with. Truth be told, it’s become an exercise in patience itself just to wait for the flagship sedan. The presence of the M760Li xDrive, which BMW launched in late 2016, isn’t helping that long and arduous wait, either. But the good news is that we still do have the M760Li xDrive as opposed to not having one at all. It may not be the M7, but it could pass as one if you ignore the fact that it isn’t. Makes sense, right?

That’s not the point of all this, though, because to BMW’s credit, it is at least doing its part to make the M760Li xDrive more interesting with the luxury saloon’s first go in the world of BMW Individual. As you can imagine, a car that’s already brimming with luxury appointments like the M760Li xDrive is going to be a little difficult to improve from an aesthetic standpoint because, well, it already has everything a customer would probably want in a saloon short of it actually having its own portable butler. (Hmm…)

Good thing then that BMW Individual isn’t bound by what a car already has, but what a car could still have to go on top of what it already has. And so, the German automaker’s very own personalization division went to work on the M760Li xDrive and presented it with a series of new options that are meant to entice customers on seeing the seemingly limitless customization potential of the saloon.

You think the BMW M760Li xDrive already has everything? Well, try telling BMW Individual that. Just don’t mention anything about the M7, because, well, that’s for BMW to answer.

Continue after the jump to read more about the BMW M760Li xDrive by BMW Individual


PostHeaderIcon Peugeot Instinct

Over the past few years, automakers have gone crazy with the concept of autonomous vehicles – something that has led to some futuristic, spaceship-looking concepts that have somehow embedded themselves into our brains as the direction cars will take some time in the future. Think about models like the Toyota Concept-I, the Faraday Future FF 91, or even the Honda NeuV – all of which blend four wheels with wild design and so much technology we’re not sure what to do with it. Now, Peugeot is joining the party.

It might be a little late to do so, but it’s put together the Peugeot Instinct, a shooting brake concept – yes, it’s a true shooting brake – that manages to bring connectivity, relaxation, driving pleasure, and style all into one exciting package. Samsung’s Artiktm Cloud system is used to connect the car to other devices like smartphones, watches, and even smart devices in your home when within range. So far, Peugeot has said little about what motivates this concept, but it’s apparently functional as the brand has said that the “lengthy bonnet hints at the 300 horsepower delivered by the PHEV powertrain.”

Of course, Peugeot concepts rarely turn into production models, and Peugeot’s concept designer, Matthias Hossann, has told Autocar that this concept won’t see production. But, it is quite likely that some of the styling seen here will find its way onto production models, so at least there’s that to look forward too. After all, the Peugeot brand has made some pretty big strides lately in the name of design with models like the 2017 Peugeot 3008, the new 5008 SUV, and even the updated Peugeot 301 all helping to usher in a new era for the brand that promises a bright and stylish future.

But, before we toot Peugeot’s horn too much, let’s take a better look at this concept before it makes its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2017.

Continue reading to learn more about the Peugeot Instinct.


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