On display at the New York International Auto Show this week, the 2014 Range Rover Sport got the makeover it needed for the new model year. The fastest, most responsive Rover ever has a new look with subtle but stunning updates to the body, a new drivetrain, and optional 3rd row seating. From the V6 SE model to the 510-horsepower supercharged V8 Autobiography edition, the new Sport is an advanced, luxury SUV but at the same time, it retains classic Rover style and the unquestionable ability to rip off-road.
Nobody’s going to argue with another RS model being added to Audi’s lineup. The all-new 2014 RS7 Sportback was unveiled in Detroit. Powering the 5-door coupe is a stupid-quick V8 tuned to scream with a pair of twin scroll turbochargers. It can also be driven economically by deactivating as many as 4-cylinders & using only half the engine. Probably boring but yes, economical.
It’s a good thing GM took the bailout money otherwise, this totally re-designed 2014 Corvette Stingray may never have happened. After years of development, this 7th generation Vette, the first variant to earn the Stingray badge since ’76, will be the best performing, arguably the best looking, and without question, the most fuel-efficient Corvette ever made. Sitting atop an all aluminum frame, the new body sports very Italianish styling and under the hood there’s a gas-sipping 450 HP 6.2-liter V8, that gets an unbelievable 30mpg on the freeway.
When the Porsche 911 was released 50 years ago, it looked incredible. And not once in the past 50 years have they ever made a bad one or an ugly one—even in the 80s! This 304-page book celebrates the stunning design of this enduring, iconic car with images by master photographer René Staud.
The launch of BMW’s forthcoming 4 Series coupe is the death knell of the brand’s entry-level two-door 3 Series. This wider, longer, & lower coupe is powered by the same drivetrain as the 3 Series but otherwise got a complete re-design inside and out, giving it the larger look of a big boy beemer.
Under the hood of Jaguar’s fastest & most powerful sedan ever, the forthcoming XFR-S, sits a mean 5-liter V8 reportedly packing 550 ponies. The body style looks like designers took a couple bites of Audi and a side of Subaru, resulting in a tuned-up & totally chrome-free Jag that will make (only) 200 American buyers very happy.
The stunning sixth–generation version of Maserati’s Quattroporte will be released in 2014, but images have just been released. Clearly it features the brand’s signature luscious bodylines and serious luxury appointments but so far, details about performance are being withheld, except the fact that an all-new Maserati & Ferrari-designed powertrain will make it go. Odds are pretty good that this 4-door will be serious competition for BMW 7-Series, S-Class Benzos, and Jaguar XJs.
If you always dreamed of driving a life-size Hot Wheels car your weird little fantasy has finally come true. After scrapping the plan to use a Volt, Hot Wheels and Chevy agreed that the Camaro was the perfect platform for a Hot Wheels collab. Available in either a V6 or V8, the Kinetic Blue paint is complimented by ZL1 ground effects, 21-inch redline rims, and Hot Wheels logos throughout. Available in early 2013.
True Mopar fans may never forgive Dodge for that pathetic new Dart but the 2013 SRT Viper might help them forget about it. The Viper’s got an all-aluminum 640 horsepower V10 motor pushing 600 ft.-lbs. of torque. That amount of torque makes this new supercar sort of like a fighter jet without wings. Dealer orders are expected to begin in mid-November 2012.
In terms of looks, changes to the 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 are subtle. The big difference is the all-wheel drive powertrain that keeps the tires glued to the tarmac while shedding almost 150-pounds. With either a 350 or 400-HP motor, each of the four models: the 4, 4S, Coupe, and Cabriolet, come equipped with a 7-speed manual gearbox or the optional gas-saving PDK automatic. For being a safer and more efficient 911, Porsche did a great job of keeping it real.