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.
More everything. That’s what you’ll get with a 2015 C-Class. Model year updates to the Baby Benz line include a totally new body design, more powerful engine options, and full-time 4Matic all-wheel-drive.
Today Ford unveiled the totally re-designed 2015 Mustang. It’s wider, lower, and clearly more streamlined than the outgoing model. Engine options for the new Pony include a standard V6, a premium EcoBoost 4, and the “of course the one everyone wants”: a performance V8.
Porsche’s 2014 911 Turbo & Turbo S are available as a drop-top. They both feature a magnesium-framed cloth top that stows away in just 13 seconds at speeds up to 37mph. They also share a 3.8-liter flat six motor. The Turbo delivers 520hp while the upgraded S model pushes 560hp with off-the-line acceleration that will tear off a toupee in first gear.
Luxury and performance, blah, blah, blah. But for real, the new S63 AMG is the most powerful sedan in its class. A 5.5-liter Bi-turbo BlueDIRECT motor boasting 585HP plus construction based on MB’s “AMG Lightweight Performance” philosophy makes it not just fast but more nimble & fuel efficient. The proven 4MATIC AWD system keeps it glued to the street in any weather. Top speed, 155MPH.
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.