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?
Last year it was just a concept car but now it’s the 2015 S-Class coupe, equipped with a twin-turbo 450-horse V8 and a new technology called: active curve tilting function. When a pair of cameras on the car’s front end detect an upcoming turn, it automatically leans the car into the turn like a motorcycle. The car makes its official debut next month at the Frankfurt Auto Show.
The biggest, baddest Benz just got replaced by a new one that’s bigger and badder. The new 2014 S600 is M-B’s’ most luxurious sedan & it’s powered by a 6.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V12 engine and is literally loaded with futuristic features like Collision Prevention Assist and a jet fighter-inspired Heads Up Display.
Unveiled this week in Detroit, Porsche’s 2014 911 Targa features the same 350-horse flat six found in other models, as well as that same snappy gearbox – but the Targa, true to its heritage, is of course the drop top variant. This year the roof gets popped & dropped mechanically & stows under the rear glass. The addition of the silver “Targa bar” marks a return to the Targa’s original form.