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.
In America, the XC90 has been one of the most popular Volvos. For 2015, the super-safe Swedish SUV has been completely re-designed inside & out. The interior looks incredible, highlighted by a Tesla-like vertical info-tainment screen. The exterior got softer, less boxy lines and a front end featuring T-shaped LED lights. A variety of engine options will be available, including a 400-hp hybrid.
It’s the fastest production muscle car ever built. Powered by a supercharged 707 horsepower, 6.2-liter Hemi V-8, this 4-door family sedan does a quarter mile in 11.2 seconds and hits a top speed of 204 MPH then uses massive 15.4-inch Brembo two-piece rotors with six-piston calipers to slow back down.
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.
Porsche is a company with an unwavering belief system. The one belief that permeates through everything Porsche does is a simple one — every car should be a sports car. The all new Porsche Macan is our latest expression of what a sports car can be. The visceral, emotional benefits of a true sports car in a form that suits your lifestyle. The only question is, “Are you a Believer?”
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.