With the unveiling of the 2014 Mazda 3, the Japanese automaker proves yet again that sensible, affordable cars don’t have to be ugly or boring. The new 3 is neither. It’s lower & wider than its outgoing predecessor and comes with 2 SkyActiv engine options: a 155Hp 2-liter, and a 185 HP model. Both offer a 6-speed tranny in either automatic or manual shift. Sticker prices & MPG estimates have yet to be announced.
What comes after 3 and before 5? That’s right, 4. BMW has just unveiled their new 4 Series coupe, successor to the much lauded 3 Series coupe. It will be available with three turbocharged engine options and 5 or 6 different trim & performance packages. In addition, it is wider, longer, and lower than the 3 Series coupe it will soon replace.
Let’s cut straight to the chase. The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is billed as the best car in the world. It’s an enormous sedan loaded with advanced technologies like Active Lane Keeping Assist. So, yeah, auto pilot. With a laundry list of over 768 luxury features including a Google Maps display in the back for backseat drivers, we can almost guarantee that your driver is going to love it.
The rear end of the 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo is wider than a pair of Kardashians bending down to touch their toes. And there are plenty of other reasons to perv out on this just-released pair of Porsches. To mark the 40th Anniversary of 911 Turbo, they’ve fitted the ’14 911 Turbo & Turbo S with an all new chassis, a new AWD system, active rear axle steering and they bumped the power in the flat-six motor up to 560 horsepower.
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.