Check this video if you didn’t see it during the Superblowout yesterday. It’s an ad for the new Maserati. Due for official release at the Shanghai Auto Show in April, images of the new Maserati Ghibli hit the internet early. Happens every time. The new mid-size sedan looks like a scaled-down version of its big brother the Quattroporte, with engine offerings that include a 3-liter turbo-diesel and 404-horse V6 paired with an 8-speed automatic tranny. It will be available with an optional Q4 AWD system while rumors of a forthcoming V8 & Twin-turbo V8 are unconfirmed.
Yes, Porsche really made a plug-in hybrid Panamera but fear not, the new S E-Hybrid is not a Prius in a Porsche package. The powertrain combines a V6 bi-turbo gas engine with a 95 horsepower electric motor for 416 total horses. You can do your happy little eco-driving burning electrons-only at 80mph for about 20 miles, but when you really want to move, the combined battery+engine mode will do 0-60 in 5.5 and hit a top speed of 165.
Revealing their 2015 A3/S3 sedan at the New York Auto Show this week, car geeks were pleasantly surprised to see that Audi has gotten a bit more serious about their children’s cars. Inside, this little sedan is exactly what you’d expect: high-tech & leather. Available with 4 engine choices, from a 170hp 1.8 TSFI 4 to a turbo-Diesel option all the way up to the S3’s high-output 2-liter TFSI model, the new entry level Audi options are looking solid.
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.