After several years of sameness, BMW has decided to update their outdated flagship 7 series. Starting with a new structural design called Carbon Core comprised of a blend of steel & carbon-fiber reinforced plastic, they’ve shaved 200 pounds off this luxury barge. Available in the States with either a turbo 6 or a 2-liter hybrid powerplant, the series also features an assortment of fresh technologies like the new iDrive touchscreen with gesture-controls and a crazy, touchscreen key.
Porsche’s topless Boxster Spyder is back in an updated & upgraded package for 2016. Its manual-only 3-liter flat-six produces 375 horsepower & rips 0-60 in 4.5 seconds. GT-inspired style & performance features abound, with a front-end pulled from a GT4 & GTS-based suspension featuring PASM.
This is the first-ever CT6 sedan. Cadillac’s forthcoming flagship features an available 3.0L V6 Twin Turbo engine, lightweight vehicle architecture, and loads of integrated technology, like a 10-inch LCD touchscreen with handwriting recognition, a night vision system, & a rear-view camera that streams HD video through the rear-view mirror.
Mercedes made some solid updates their best-selling ML SUV – and they gave it a new name. More efficient motor options for one: they’re offering new diesel models and a plug-in hybrid that delivers 436 horsepower as well as significantly lower fuel consumption & CO2 emissions. Design updates to the front clip, headlights, grill & rear-end give new GLE class a fresh look, too.
Cadillac’s 2016 ATS-V is packed with a 455 horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V6 that pumps out 445 pound-feet of torque. It sprints to 60 miles per hour in 3.9 seconds with a top speed of 185 mph. It will be offered as both a coupe and sedan with 2 optional sport styling packages: the Carbon Fiber pack & the Track pack.
BMW just unveiled a pair of new M-tuned crossovers. The 2016 X5 M and X6 M both boast 4.4-liter, twin-turbocharged V8s pushing 567 ponies and the old six-speed automatic has been replaced with an eight-speed Steptronic transmission from BMW M. They also got aesthetic updates: flared wheel arches, 21-inch M wheels, massive intakes in the front fascia and typical M features, like quad exhausts and side gills, assuring they’ll never be mistaken for a run-of-the-mill grocery getter.
Tesla has unveiled its most powerful offering to date. Boasting a dual motor all wheel drive configuration, Elon Musk’s new baby manages to reach a top speed of 155mph while hitting 60 in 3.2 seconds. Yes, a McLaren F1 can also do that. Futuristic autopilot features have also been baked in bringing an extra layer of safety to the vehicle. Deliveries begin in February 2015.
The TT coupe has always been Audi’s most unisex car. But as the design has evolved it continues to look more like a man’s car. S versions of the 2-seater make it feel like one, too. For 2015, Audi is releasing 2 models. The standard TT is a 230-horse hardtop and the TTS Roadster is a 310-horse soft-top.
The new baby Jag, The 2016 Jaguar XE no longer shares old Ford body parts; it’s completely redesigned: efficient new engines—one model offering 75MPG; a new interior highlighted by an Apple & Android compatible 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and of course, a sporty new body design.
Low, light, and easy to modify, the Mazda Miata has long been a favorite of weekend track-day racers. The 2016 MX-5 Miata was just unveiled and though performance specs have not been released yet, this new model is 220-lbs. lighter than the last model and with Mazda’s Kodo Design, it is visibly lower and wider, as well.