Remember the Porsche Cayenne? Well, it appears Porsche finally has, too. For the release of four new Cayenne models, they’ve updated the front-end & rear-end styling and ditched the base model for 2015, offering an upgraded Cayenne Diesel, the Cayenne S, a new S E-Hybrid and the top-of-the-line Cayenne Turbo.
While the other car makers cultivate the crossover category, Benz has the good sense to continue evolving their wagons. The new C-Class wagon is a bit wider, longer, & lower than its predecessor, offering a sportier outline, while maintaining the luxury & utility people love Benz wagons for. Over 53 cubic feet of cargo space doesn’t hurt either.
Back in the 60s, Dodge more or less invented the American muscle car & they’ve been building ’em ever since, so they’re making a serious statement when they call their 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat, “the most powerful muscle car in Chrysler history.” And here’s why: at the heart of this fire-breathing monster is a 392 Hemi V8 motor boasting 485 horsepower.
The Dodge muscle cars of the early 70s broke the mold by offering deadly amounts of power and performance technology taken directly from racing. And the 2015 Challenger is keeping that legacy alive. Unveiled at the New York Auto Show, it’s packing a 6.4-liter, 485-horse HEMI V8, with track-ready paddle shifting and the classic Shaker hood.
The Ford Mustang turns 50 this year. For it’s golden anniversary, they made a Special Edition model. Based off the 420-horsepower 2015 Mustang GT, this one gets a Performance Pack upgrade and lots of interior upgrades: a cashmere-stitched, leather-wrapped steering wheel, with similar details in the instrument panel, shift boot, door inserts, seats and center armrest. Choose either a six-speed automatic or manual transmission. Ford also gives you two color options: Wimbledon White or Kona Blue. Only 1964 of these 50th Anniversary Mustangs will be made.
You can get the 2015 Z06 Corvette convertible the way you want it. This 625 horse ‘Vette is available with a 7-speed manual tranny or GM’s new 8L90 8-speed torque converter automatic & you can choose between the removable roof hatchback or the full push-button soft-top.
Just like the current M3 sedan, BMW’s new 2015 droptop M4 features the same 431 horsepower 3.0 liter six-cylinder in-line engine with M twinpower turbo technology. So if you don’t want to lose that BMW ballcap, maybe put a chinstrap on it.
15 or so additional horsepower and a re-designed front end make the 2015 Porsche Cayman GTS even sportier. This new version of the mid-engine coupe boasts a snappy 340–hp flat six and some choice interior upgrades like Alcantara trim and sport seats.
Lots of new rides are being rolled out at the Geneva Motor show this week. One highlight is Audi’s 2015 TT series. Updates to the little coupe include a sharper, meaner looking front end no doubt inspired by the Sport Quattro Concept, as well as multiple powertrain options: a 2-liter TDI four, a turbo four, and for the TTS, a snappy 310hp motor that runs 0-62mph in 4.7, nearly as fast as the limited TT RS model.
Sportbrake is a goofy word for station wagon. And while many carmakers are moving away from this functional body style in favor of taller, less-sporty “crossover” blobs, it’s nice to see Jaguar bring XFR-S performance to a wagon. It’s got a punchy supercharged 5-liter V8, but will that be enough to catch the Benz or Audi sport wagons?