A ferocious new look for this most iconic ride, the Volkswagen Design Vision GTI packs a 3-liter V6 engine and a couple of turbochargers with 503 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque. It's all-wheel drive and will reach a top speed of 186 mph, the first 60 in less than 4 seconds. There are four gorgeous 20-inch wheels, carbon ceramic brakes and VW's legendary DSG gearbox.
To celebrate the 90th anniversary of the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans, the legendary Bentley is releasing a couple of special models in their Mulsanne and Continental ranges. Inspired by the company's six victories at the event, the Bentley Le Mans Limited Editions will boast a unique numbered badge, clock face, headrests embroidered with the Le Mans badge and unique wheels. There'll be a host of paintjobs and interior finishes to choose from, and all are exclusive to North America.
The coolest ride on Earth has got some scorching new specs. The 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S packs a 3.8-liter turbocharged direct-injected jet-like engine that will very nearly reach 200 mph, with the first 60 in a stomach-churning 2.9 seconds. It boasts 560 hp, a 7-speed PDK double-clutch automatic transmission and all-new all-wheel drive. Inside, there's a regal black and Carrera red color scheme, 18-way Sport Seats Plus and Bose sound system rivalled only by the engines glorious roar.
A concept only really in name, we hear that they're planning on rolling these off their Chinese production lines within the next three years, but details on the specs are still sketchy. What we do know is that the 2013 Acura SUV-X Concept has been crafted to blend the utility of an SUV with the eco-friendliness of a small car, boasts high performance capabilities and possesses some impressive angles, molded flanks and a wonderfully aggressive-looking front end.
The iconic bug has had an Apple-friendly makeover. The 2014 VW IBeetle offers full integration of the iPhone in both its coupe and soft-top forms. It boasts a dash-mounted docking station and custom app that streams media via Spotify along with six more unique functions that include the smartphone doubling up as a G-meter, compass and chronometer. Color choices are Candy White, Oryx White Mother of Pearl or Deep Black Pearl Effects, Black Monochrome, Platinum Grey or Reflex Silver and funky 18-inch painted disc alloys come as standard.
Sure to raise an appreciative smile even among ardent muscle-car-lovin'-petrol-heads, the Renault Twizy may be small, but it's no shrinking violet. Bursting with character, it sports a unique open body design that houses an electric motor that will power the car for over 60 miles on full and that can be charged from a domestic outlet. Not for drivers that don't like being stared at.
The legendary rally car takes a gorgeously futuristic twist. The Audi TT Ultra Quattro Concept has shed just under 95 lbs and sports a turbocharged 2-liter 4-cylinder engine with 310 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. It will get to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds and plateau at 173. Inside, there are cool carbon fiber bucket seats and trim, all specially made to help shed weight and increase speed and performance. Yet another icon in the making.
The world's fastest electric vehicle, the Detroit Electric SP:01 will do nought to sixty a mind-blowing three and a half seconds and reach a top speed of 155mph. A lightweight battery pack is housed in a super-light carbon fiber body and produces enough juice to last for nearly 200 miles. Best of all, it only takes four hours to charge. Worst of all, they're only making 999. What's wrong with a thousand?
Historically, Germany has always had the monopoly on entry-level luxury sport-sedans for the simple reason, as much as we hate to admit it, that they've always done it best. So we were rather excited about the opportunity to spend a week with our very own home-grown upstart, the 2013 Cadillac ATS, to see whether it could cut the mustard against the likes of the glorious Audi A4, Beemer's legendary 3-series and the iconic Mercedes-Benz C-Class. We certainly liked the look of it, which was a good start.
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Staying true to Caddy's design heritage, there are no swooping curves or pretentious lines with the ATS, its myriad details are pleasantly understated. Up front, the prominent grill is nestled between a pair of headlights with vertical daytime running that's mesmeric. The rolling shoulders and reduced stance, which provides a low center of gravity, offer an air of growling menace, complimented by an elegant back-end which incorporates Cadillac's signature vertical tail lights and center mounted brake light that ingeniously doubles-up as a spoiler, the benefits of which you can really feel in the handling.
Engine choices include a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder with 202HP up to a 3.6-liter V6 with 321 stallions. We were given the 2-liter 4-cylinder with a twin scroll turbo direct injection, mated to 6-speed automatic transmission. It generates 272HP and 260 feet-pound torque and gets from stop to sixty shy of six seconds, which is a whole lot of fun. We found the MPG respectable, getting around 20 in the city and a further ten stretching her legs out on the highway.
The ATS feels nimble and eager to please, with great responsiveness and excellent steering. It's a vehicle that you always feel well in control of, obedient like your loyal four-legged friend. Line her up, and she'll go there with no hesitation, and with plenty of road feedback. Switch to Sport mode for bit more zip, it'll lower the MPG a little, but hey, with a ride like this, you gotta have your fun.
Inside, Caddy have outdone themselves. Premium finishes include luxurious French-stitched leather seating and carbon-fiber trim. The vibe is akin to a jet-fighter cockpit, with the alluring glow of the CUE, Cadillac's table-like controller, giving off a soft blue hue from the center console. It's a vast improvement on the cumbersome knobs and buttons of the previous models. Like your very own Flight of the Navigator, CUE works all manner of features such as the audio, navigation, phone calls and temperature. It can even access your smartphone apps. The positioning of the sensor which brings up the menu when tapped is ideal, and the haptic feedback to let you know when a selection has been made also works well. However, we did feel that the swipe, tap and pinch function was slightly off, there always appeared to be a split-second delay with the requests which could be off-putting. Touch sensitive buttons complement the CUE nicely and the icons are a breeze to understand at a glance.
A host of safety features include a warning in the form of a red flashing above the dash light should you continue to press the gas with stopped cars ahead, a lane-departure alert and adaptive-cruise control (which we didn't get to use). The blind spot assist offers further peace of mind as does the back-up camera along with three-side detection front and back parking assist for those tight city squeezes. When the sensors around the car are triggered, there comes a buzz of haptic feedback which is built into the seat. CUE can also be operated via an inbuilt rocker switched affixed to the steering wheel, or even via the Natural Voice Recognition system to input street addresses, tune the radio and take and make calls. It leaves your hands free to concentrate on the most important thing when in control of the car.
To sum up, it's car you'll be proud to be seen in, luxurious, athletic and chocked full of gadgets. Though we had a couple of minor issues with CUE, overall it's a great system and at the very least has laid the foundations for even more impressive wizardry come the next generation. You can pick up the basic model for $33,990, but for all the perks and quirks expect a $55,000 bill. But better than a Beemer? Well, it'll certainly give the Europeans pause for thought. Over to you, Germany.
A thundering, rip-roaring animal, the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 houses a 7-liter LS7 V8 engine with 500HP and 470Lb-ft of torque. The intake valve and connecting rods are forged from titanium and the 6-speed manual transmission features close-ratio gearing for optimum power. It looks so magnificent that it's the kind of car Hollywood would choose to turn into a cool robot for a blockbuster science-fiction movie. Oh wait, they did.