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.
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.