BMW just unveiled a pair of new M-tuned crossovers. The 2016 X5 M and X6 M both boast 4.4-liter, twin-turbocharged V8s pushing 567 ponies and the old six-speed automatic has been replaced with an eight-speed Steptronic transmission from BMW M. They also got aesthetic updates: flared wheel arches, 21-inch M wheels, massive intakes in the front fascia and typical M features, like quad exhausts and side gills, assuring they’ll never be mistaken for a run-of-the-mill grocery getter.
Audi’s limited edition 2015 R8 Competition model will make its way to the US but only 60 of these race-inspired supercars will be released for the American market. It’s trimmed with copious amounts of weight-shaving carbon fiber & its 570hp 5.2L V10 pushes the 2-seater to a top speed of 199MPH.
With images leaked in the lead-up to the EICMA show in Milan next month, MV Agusta’s new Brutale Dragster 800 RR is the muscular Italian stallion everyone expected and then some. The lightweight 793-cc triple churns out 140 horses with a hefty 63 foot pounds of torque. The updated design features red anodized fork tubes, red-painted cylinder heads, and an all-new electronic quickshifter.
Tesla has unveiled its most powerful offering to date. Boasting a dual motor all wheel drive configuration, Elon Musk’s new baby manages to reach a top speed of 155mph while hitting 60 in 3.2 seconds. Yes, a McLaren F1 can also do that. Futuristic autopilot features have also been baked in bringing an extra layer of safety to the vehicle. Deliveries begin in February 2015.
2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the 911 and the new GTS keeps the legacy alive. Boasting a 430hp six-cylinder, it will do 0 to 62 in 3.8 seconds with a top speed of 190 mph. It will be available in both hard & soft-top versions as well as 2 or 4-wheel drive.
After the death of Buell Motorcycles in 2009, the crew at Magpul Motorworks began a project to reinvent the abandoned 1125R and 1125CRs, Buell’s last bikes. Their reinvented custom machine features a wild, new linkage fork front-end, cockpit set-up, exhaust & tail section in a limited run of just 47 bikes.
VW is unveiling their XL Sport concept next week at the Paris Motor Show, a fuel-sipping Audi A8 look-alike with butterfly doors that’s powered by an 1199-cc Ducati Superleggera V-twin. Its top speed of 168MPH with just 200 horsepower is achieved through ultra-streamlined aerodynamics. A .258 drag coefficient actually makes this the most aerodynamic sports car in the world.
Lamborghini’s Asterion Hybrid Concept car is being unveiled this week at the Paris Motor show. The mid-engine gasoline hybrid sports a 5.2-liter V10 capable of speeds near 200MPH. If it actually reaches production, this will be a nice alternative to the Prius.
With its hand-built carbon fiber body and a V12 powerplant, the new Lagonda sedan from Aston Martin is both light and powerful, reaching speeds over 175MPH. The interior features wall-to-wall premium hand-stitched leather. The first deliveries are scheduled to begin in early 2015.