Yet another sign that you’re getting old: Hot Wheels has released a Retro Entertainment collection, memorializing vehicles from your favorite childhood shows & movies. Kitt from Knight Rider, the A-Team van, Magnum P.I.’s Ferrari. The DeLorean from Back To The Future, and many more.
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.
If it looks like a Lotus to you, that’s because the all carbon fiber body on Detroit Electric’s SP:01 is modeled after the Lotus Exige. It was Lotus after all who helped revive this unique American car company. DE is calling the SP:01 the fastest production electric car ever made. Combine the car’s tight 90-inch wheelbase & manual 4-speed tranny with a top speed of 155MPH and you’ll think you’re driving a real racecar not a responsible little EV.
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.
We checked with some experts and it’s confirmed: this is a motorcycle. As you can plainly see, the guys at Birmingham, Alabama’s Confederate motorcycles are playing by their own rules when it comes to bike design. They’ll only make 7 of these big-bore V-twin R135 Wraith Combat models, so if you think you’d know what to do with this thing, you better jump in line.
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.
Clearly inspired by the design of the Aston Martin Zagato, the latest creation from Italian boutique carmaker Fornasari is called the Gigi 311, a fully-custom performance GT that debuted at Geneva a few weeks back; not all the specs are out but we do know it will be powered by a 500HP American-made V8 and that you can order yours built in either all-aluminum or carbon-fiber.
The Automatic plugs into your car’s data port and wirelessly links your car to your smart phone. It uses the phone’s GPS to remember where you parked; it monitors your car’s engine health, tracks your driving habits, & in an emergency it will also call authorities & notify family.