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.
If you always dreamed of driving a life-size Hot Wheels car your weird little fantasy has finally come true. After scrapping the plan to use a Volt, Hot Wheels and Chevy agreed that the Camaro was the perfect platform for a Hot Wheels collab. Available in either a V6 or V8, the Kinetic Blue paint is complimented by ZL1 ground effects, 21-inch redline rims, and Hot Wheels logos throughout. Available in early 2013.
True Mopar fans may never forgive Dodge for that pathetic new Dart but the 2013 SRT Viper might help them forget about it. The Viper’s got an all-aluminum 640 horsepower V10 motor pushing 600 ft.-lbs. of torque. That amount of torque makes this new supercar sort of like a fighter jet without wings. Dealer orders are expected to begin in mid-November 2012.
In terms of looks, changes to the 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 are subtle. The big difference is the all-wheel drive powertrain that keeps the tires glued to the tarmac while shedding almost 150-pounds. With either a 350 or 400-HP motor, each of the four models: the 4, 4S, Coupe, and Cabriolet, come equipped with a 7-speed manual gearbox or the optional gas-saving PDK automatic. For being a safer and more efficient 911, Porsche did a great job of keeping it real.
Mercedes’ new CLS variant is called the Shooting Brake, a classic term for a car made for sporting; a cross between a wagon and a coupe. This car is all class. It looks fast, it is fast, and at the same time it’s an S-Class quality luxury cruise ship that will fit the whole family.
It’s been 30 years since Volkswagen unveiled their first Scirocco GTS, a raced-up version of their hatchback coupe. The Scirocco was scrapped in 1992 but re-born for the European market in 2008. To celebrate it’s dirty 30, VW has created a new GTS variant with a trick 210-horse turbo 4, flared side skirts, aluminum 18s, and some serious stripes. Too bad it won’t be rolling on U.S. roads.
Beneath its handcrafted, aluminum, Zagato-built Italian body, there’s a top-of-the-line BMW Z4, replete with the punchy, 3-liter inline 6 and plush leather interior. The latest collabo between BMW and Italian coachbuilder Zagato also features a bold double-bubble roof and unique Kamm-tail rear end. The big question: will this racy little rig really reach production? We sure hope so.
Upstart American automaker Fisker has just shown off its latest creation, the Atlantic. This hybrid powered sedan will be backed by a BMW 4-banger in what the carmaker calls EVer, (Electric Vehicle with extended range.) Few details or specs have yet to be released about this new ride but if the Pontiac meets Jaguar styling and the Tron-inspired wheels float your boat, this could be your hybrid…someday.
Here’s something very different from Lincoln. The MKZ is a luxury machine entering a very competitive field of European and Japanese imports. Its strengths are the sculptural, elegant bodylines and a luxurious leather interior. Fresh features like a retractable glass roof, push-button shifting, and LED headlights, keep pace with competition. Would you finally buy American?
Outside North America, in places like Europe and Asia, people have been driving the compact and classy Mercedes A-Class for years. For some unknown reason (maybe the embarrassing popularity of vehicles like Hummers and Ford Expeditions) Mercedes never imported these pint-size Benzos to the U.S. market. But things have changed and soon one A-Class model will be available in the U.S. It’s a compact, entry-level hatchback but make no mistake, this little guy is packed with all the technology and refined features that make it a bonafide Benz.