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2014 Audi A8 and S8 Technology Leaves Us in Amazement 21
Aug
Posted by Darryl in audi, Audi A8, Audi S8, Auto Addiction, Automotive, Frankfurt Auto Show, News, Technical on 08 21st, 2013
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Audi, one of the German automakers to leave us breathless with new technological advancements in their newest creations on 4 wheels, is up to their tricks again with astonishing improvements to make their vehicles safer and more enjoyable. To start off our amazement, Audi quickly demonstrates their new array of LED lights (headlights and taillights) and how the virtually adapt to different environments. The video below, featuring Audi DTM driver Edoardo Mortara and 24 Hour Le Mans Champ Loic Duval piloting a new A8L, gives us a glimpse of what Audi’s flagship vehicles have to offer in terms of technology all before they debut the vehicles at the upcoming Frankfurt Auto Show. Enjoy!



BMW i3 to be Unveiled July 29th 3
Jul
Posted by Kelly Levinsohn in 2013 BMW i3, Automotive News, BMW, Concept car news, electric car, Frankfurt Auto Show, Popular on 07 3rd, 2013

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BMW will officially unveil their final production version of the all electric i3 at the end of the month.

The i3 is the first car from the German manufacturer’s all electric range. The next car in BMW’s electric i-range, will be the i8 supercar, which will debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September.

BMW’s space-like i3 will make it’s debut on July 29th. Ironically enough, this is two years to the day since the i3 Concept was unveiled. 

The i3 will be offered with a 168hp, all electric powertrain, as well as plug-in range-extender which is called the REx.

In anticipation of the unveiling of the ‘greener’  electric BMW, the company has launched a teaser video as part of it’s marketing campaign and, of course, to get people talking about the car.

The video features people posing for pictures and jumping up and down – then it asks the viewer to learn a new German word: “Vorfreude” which means ‘anticipation’.

The teaser seems a bit strange, with no mention or image of the car until the end of the video, when we see a simple silhouette of the i3. It ends with the tag line “Born Electric” – which is cute. And appropriate.

Gallery: The all new, all electric BMW i3 –

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From the silhouette, we can imagine that the production ready version of the i3 will probably be identical to it’s concept.

Although the teaser video is odd and the car looks a little like a Martian’s car, people are still excited about BMW’s latest creation. And if it helps to protect the planet, who are we to complain?

See for yourself: You can make up your own mind about the rather interesting teaser video –

Source: Carbuzz



The Lamborghini Gallardo Replacement Concept to Premier in Frankfurt 18
Jun
Posted by Kelly Levinsohn in Concept car news, Frankfurt Auto Show, Lamborghini, Lamborghini Gallardo, Popular, Super car news on 06 18th, 2013

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Lamborghini  is planning to give the world a taste of what’s to come of the impending replacement for their Gallardo model at this year’s Frankfurt Auto Show.

According to reports, the Lamborghini team will have a concept car in Frankfurt that will preview a 2015 replacement for the current Gallardo.

The word on the street is that the Italian supercar maker is still considering “Cabrera” as the Gallardo-successor’s name.

The long anticipated, new Lamborghini will be based on the same platform as the second-generation Audi R-8. This is instead of the more exotic underpinnings of the Aventador.

This means that the “Cabrera” will feature a modular spaceframe, aluminum and carbon fiber construction and a reduction in curb weight – the target is less than 3,300 pounds. Even with the loss of weight, the next Gallardo will be slightly longer than the current car, but about the same height and width.

Have a look at the current, 2013 Gallardo in the gallery below:

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This sleek Lamborghini will draw power from an updated version of the current 5.2-liter V10, which should be good for more than 600 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. It is also believed that the new Gallardo will feature a six-speed manual transmission as well as a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. This will replace the existing six-speed E-gear automated manual on the current Gallardo.

We can’t wait to see the “Cabrera” in action!

The 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show runs from 10 – 22 September.

Source: Autoblog 



2015 Volkswagen Golf R – Spy Shots 12
Jun
Posted by Kelly Levinsohn in Automotive News, Frankfurt Auto Show, Popular, Spy Shot, Volkswagen, VW Golf R on 06 12th, 2013

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Volkswagen are in the midst of tweaking at finishing touches for their seventh generation Golf R. Unfortunately, the cars won’t be on sale until the start of next year.

Volkswagen plans to be done with the development of the ultimate Golf, the all-wheel-drive Golf R, by that time.

As the world waits in anticipation for it’s official debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September, we have gotten our hands on some spy shots of the Golf R prototype:

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One can easily see that this is indeed a prototype for the Golf R by its quad-exhaust tailpipe arrangement and 18-inch wheels that resemble the set on the current Golf R. A blacked-out grille and larger air intakes round out the list of Golf R specs.

The interior reveals an instrument cluster with two large binnacles and a metallic finish. Of course, the interior is similar across the MkVII Golf lineup, so we can already imagine what we can expect in the Golf R from the regular Golf and GTI models.

Under the skin will be Volkswagen’s MQB platform, but with a Haldex all-wheel drive system able to send 100 percent of driving force to the rear wheels when needed. That driving force will be courtesy of a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.

Another cool feature will be the electronic system. The system uses sensors to detect wheel slip, then brakes the slipping wheel to transfer torque the opposite site, ensuring maximum grip under all conditions.

A six-speed manual transmission should remain standard, although a dual-clutch, DSG unit may be offered this time around.

Check out this spy video of the 2015 Golf R:

The expected launch of the new Golf R is next year, shortly after the launch of the regular Golf and GTI.

Source: Motor Authority



Porsche 911 50th Anniversary Edition 5
Jun
Posted by Kelly Levinsohn in Automotive News, Frankfurt Auto Show, Limited Edition Porsche 911, porsche on 06 5th, 2013

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The Porsche 911 made it’s debut 50 years ago at the 1963 Frankfurt Auto show under the 901 name. The 901 was a prototype sports car designed by the grandson of Porsche’s founder, to act as a replacement for the automaker’s 356 model.

This famous sports car was eventually renamed the 911 and went on to produce seven separate generations – all of which are still undeniably linked by design and spirit to the very first, original 901 prototype. 

In September, Porsche will mark exactly 50 years since the 901 was first unveiled and to celebrate this momentous occasion, they will launch a brand new special edition: The Porsche 911 50th Anniversary Edition. For a special 50 year throwback, and for the sake of nostalgia, this special anniversary edition will be launched at the Frankfurt Auto Show.

Ahead of its Frankfurt debut, we can show you the 911 50th Anniversary Edition today. this edition mimics the original 901 in that it features a rear-mounted flat-six engine and a rear-wheel-drive layout. However, this one will be limited to just 1,963 examples, a number that represents the year of the 901’s debut.

Have a look at the 911 Anniversary Edition gallery below:

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The 911 50th Anniversary Edition is based on the 2014 Porsche 911 Carrera S but it wears the wider body of the Carrera 4 model despite being a rear driver. It has a 3.8-liter flat-six engine which delivers 400 horsepower.

Unique to the 911 50th Anniversary Edition are 20-inch wheels wearing the legendary ‘Fuchs’ pattern in matte black with machine-polished centers, chrome trim strips on the front air inlets, the fins of the engine grille and the panel between the rear light and a special “911 50” 3D-effect badging on the rear lid.

Check out Porsche’s official video for the 911 Anniversary Edition:

You can also see tributes to the classic 911: green labeling on the instruments with white pointer needles and silver caps on the instrument pivot pins. Another special feature are the leather seats which are designed with a fabric pattern much like the “Pepita” tartan design from the 1960s

The Porsche 911 50th Anniversary Edition is sure to be a knock-out. A perfect combination of classic design and modern innovation.

Source: Motor Authority



Lamborghini Aventador Model Costs More Than The Real Car 16
Sep
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Car Models, Frankfurt Auto Show, Kurt, Lamborghini, Lamborghini Aventador on 09 16th, 2011

A Lamborghini Aventador costs $379,000, which is serious money by almost anyone’s definition. That investment buys you a 700 horsepower supercar, and the envy of your friends and neighbors. Like most cars, the more you drive an Aventador, the less it’s worth; even if you park it in your garage and never drive it, it’s likely going to be years (or even decades) before the car increases in value.

On the other hand, art can often be a good investment, which is why German artist / model maker Robert Gulpen crafts exotic cars out of precious metals, exotic components and rare gems. His models typically take 200 hours to complete, and the price of each one is “available on request.” Let’s be honest here: if the price of a sterling silver with gold accents Mercedes Benz 300 SL Roadster, in 1:16 scale, is even a concern, then you’re not a serious customer.

For REALLY serious customers, Robert Gulpen has created the world’s most expensive model. His rendering of a Lamborghini Aventador, in 1:8 scale, is built from real carbon fiber blended with gold thread just 1/1000 of a millimeter in diameter. The rims and the interior parts are both cast from gold and platinum, and the seats are inlaid with diamonds and other gemstones.

Gulpen estimates that he’s got about $2.8 million worth of raw materials in the car, plus some 500 hours spent crafting it. When it hits auction in December, the starting bid will be $4.83 million, which makes this the most expensive model car ever created. Gulpen has snapped up two other world records with the project as well, including the most expensive Lamborghini logo and the world’s safest display showcase.

If the car sells at auction, Gulpen has committed to donating $690,000 to charity. That may be noble, but we’re still calling this stupid money; if blowing five million dollars on a model car (even one crafted from precious metals) sounds like a good idea, you simply have too much money.

Source: Carscoop, via Left Lane News and You Tube



Ford’s Fastest Fiesta Debuts In Frankfurt 14
Sep
Posted by Kurt Ernst in auto show, Automotive, Concept Car, Concept Vehicle, Ford, Ford Fiesta ST, Frankfurt Auto Show, Kurt, News on 09 14th, 2011

Ford's Fiesta ST concept. Image: Ford Motor Company

If you like the idea behind the Ford Focus ST, but wanted something a little smaller and lower priced, you may be in luck. Ford is debuting the all-new Fiesta ST concept at the Frankfurt Auto Show, and word is that the project has already been given a green light for production. That’s the good news: the bad news is that the markets the car will be sold in still haven’t been finalized. If you want to see a Fiesta ST in the U.S., now is the time to let Ford know.

Like its big brother the Focus ST, the Fiesta ST gets its power from an EcoBoost engine. In the Fiesta, this is a 1.6-liter engine good for some 177 horsepower and 177 ft-lb of torque. That may not sound like much, but remember that the Fiesta has less than 2,500 pounds of mass to accelerate. Ford claims a respectable 0 to 100 kph time of “under seven seconds,” on the car’s way to a top speed of 135 miles per hour. More good news? The car will only be available with a six-speed manual transmission.

Image: Ford Motor Company

Outside, the Fiesta ST takes its styling cues from the Fiesta RS WRC cars (which come with 600 horsepower ands AWD, but cost around $500,000 each). There’s a body kit, a rear diffuser with dual exhausts, 17-inch wheels, widened wheel arches and a lower stance. The car gets a sport suspension, which most likely translates to lower springs, stiffer dampers and sway bars front and rear.

Inside, expect the Fiesta ST to take styling hints from the Focus ST, including seat inserts that match the car’s exterior color. Driver and front seat passenger get Recaro seats, which should ensure front seat occupants are comfortable and anchored even during spirited driving.

There’s no word yet on pricing, but expect the Fiesta ST to top out the Fiesta range if it’s offered for sale in America. What’s your take? Is the under-$30,000 Ford Focus ST, with its 247 horsepower EcoBoost engine, enough for the U.S. market, or is there room for an under-$24,000 Ford Fiesta ST as well? Let us know what you think.

Source: Ford



Ford’s Fastest Fiesta Debuts In Frankfurt 14
Sep
Posted by Kurt Ernst in auto show, Automotive, Concept Car, Concept Vehicle, Ford, Ford Fiesta ST, Frankfurt Auto Show, Kurt, News on 09 14th, 2011

Ford's Fiesta ST concept. Image: Ford Motor Company

If you like the idea behind the Ford Focus ST, but wanted something a little smaller and lower priced, you may be in luck. Ford is debuting the all-new Fiesta ST concept at the Frankfurt Auto Show, and word is that the project has already been given a green light for production. That’s the good news: the bad news is that the markets the car will be sold in still haven’t been finalized. If you want to see a Fiesta ST in the U.S., now is the time to let Ford know.

Like its big brother the Focus ST, the Fiesta ST gets its power from an EcoBoost engine. In the Fiesta, this is a 1.6-liter engine good for some 177 horsepower and 177 ft-lb of torque. That may not sound like much, but remember that the Fiesta has less than 2,500 pounds of mass to accelerate. Ford claims a respectable 0 to 100 kph time of “under seven seconds,” on the car’s way to a top speed of 135 miles per hour. More good news? The car will only be available with a six-speed manual transmission.

Image: Ford Motor Company

Outside, the Fiesta ST takes its styling cues from the Fiesta RS WRC cars (which come with 600 horsepower ands AWD, but cost around $500,000 each). There’s a body kit, a rear diffuser with dual exhausts, 17-inch wheels, widened wheel arches and a lower stance. The car gets a sport suspension, which most likely translates to lower springs, stiffer dampers and sway bars front and rear.

Inside, expect the Fiesta ST to take styling hints from the Focus ST, including seat inserts that match the car’s exterior color. Driver and front seat passenger get Recaro seats, which should ensure front seat occupants are comfortable and anchored even during spirited driving.

There’s no word yet on pricing, but expect the Fiesta ST to top out the Fiesta range if it’s offered for sale in America. What’s your take? Is the under-$30,000 Ford Focus ST, with its 247 horsepower EcoBoost engine, enough for the U.S. market, or is there room for an under-$24,000 Ford Fiesta ST as well? Let us know what you think.

Source: Ford



Maserokee, Or Grand Cherarati, Leaked Ahead Of Frankfurt Debut 12
Sep
Posted by Kurt Ernst in auto show, Concept Vehicle, concepts, Frankfurt Auto Show, Kurt, Maserati, News, SUV on 09 12th, 2011

Funny, but the vehicle pictured above doesn’t look like a Jeep Grand Cherokee. We’re not sure it looks like a Maserati, either, despite the trademark grill and trident. In fact, it looks like the offspring of a BMW X5 mated with an X6 to us, but that’s not a bad thing. In fact, we’ll admit to being impressed with the styling, at least from what we can see in this low-res preview image.

Maserati’s SUV will be built on the Jeep Grand Cherokee platform at Chrysler’s Jefferson North assembly plant in Detroit. Plans call for the yet-to-be named SUV to use Maserati’s 4.7-liter V-8, not either of the Hemi-V-8s in the Chrysler product catalog. Since the Maserati V-8 puts out some 450 horsepower, and has a decidedly Italian exhaust note, it’s probably a better fit for this particular application. There’s a good chance that Maserati will also offer up a diesel engine for the European market, probably a more highly tuned version of the oil-burner used in the Euro Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The Maserokee is expected to hit Maserati dealers in 2013, at a yet to be determined price. Aimed more at the Porsche Cayenne than at Jeep’s own Grand Cherokee SRT8, you can expect the luxury performance SUV to pack a price tag on par with other models in the Maserati lineup, which start at around $120,000. This much is sure: building a Maserati in Detroit will add a whole new dimension to Chrysler’s “Imported From Detroit” ad slogan.

Source: Automotive News Europe, via Left Lane News



Ford’s Evos Concept Reveals The Future Of Ford’s Styling 31
Aug
Posted by Kurt Ernst in auto show, Concept Cars, Concept Vehicle, Ford, Ford Evos Concept, Frankfurt Auto Show, Kurt, News on 08 31st, 2011

Ford's Evos concept. Image: Ford Motor Company

I’ll give you the bad news up front: the stunning concept car you see here, the Ford Evos, won’t ever see production. No matter how badly you want to buy one, no amount of letter writing, begging or pleading will get this car into a Ford dealer any time soon. Ford is debuting the Evos at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and it will undoubtedly be making the global auto show circuit in the coming year.

Image: Ford Motor Company

Now the good news: the Evos is a styling exercise, meant to represent Ford’s new global design language. You can’t buy the Evos, but every Ford penned from this point forward will borrow (in some cases, heavily) from the styling pioneered on the Evos. The inverted trapezoid grille, dubbed the “new face of Ford,” has already been seen on the upcoming Ford Focus Electric and the much-anticipated Ford Focus ST.

Image: Ford Motor Company

Other design elements that Ford will use moving forward include minimized roof pillars and aerodynamic designs that make the car look “light on its feet,” silhouette innovation to distinguish Ford’s profile from competitors, refined surface styling to add subtle detail (and perceived quality) and minimized headlamps and tailights (which Ford calls “technical graphics”).

Image: Ford Motor Company

Since the Evos is a concept car, it also pushes the boundaries of existing automotive technology. It’s powered by a plug-in hybrid drivetrain (although no specifications for power or performance were given) and it uses cloud computing to ensure the driver has the same access to information as he would at home or in the office. The Evos monitors a driver’s health as well, and can remind you when you’re too tired to drive or alert you if a sudden medical condition is detected.

Image: Ford Motor Company

While some of the styling elements are a bit over the top (like the four gull-wing doors. for example), overall the Evos is a styling home run for Ford. It appears to be influenced by Aston Martin’s current designs, but copies none of them. Stare at the Evos long enough, and you’ll see new interpretations of existing Ford styling; the bold character lines used on the doors come from the Mustang, and you can see a bit of the current Ford Taurus in the front end.

Image: Ford Motor Company

There’s more good news, too: J Mays, Ford’s group vice president of design, tells us to look for a new model release, heavily influenced by the Evos concept, in four months time. That’s just about the right timing for the 2012 North American International Auto Show, and it’s just about when we expect to see the introduction of the Ford Focus ST. We’ll be counting down the days.

Source: Ford



New Merc SLS AMG Roadster Spied While On a Winter Test 26
Jan
Posted by Alex Ion in 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster, Automotive News, Frankfurt Auto Show, Gullwing 300SL, SLS AMG Coupe on 01 26th, 2011

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster was caught unawares on a winter test run in Lapland. Leaked pictures show a deliberate effort by Mercedes to hide the car from any onlookers or spy photographers – guess that didn’t workout!

The roadster’s soft top- retractable can be immediately recognized from the pictures and contrasts to the SLS AMG coupe. It will be the successor to the legendary Gullwing 300SL of the 1950’s. Unlike its coupe version the AMG roadster will have non-gullwing doors.

The car will have AMG’s 6.3 L V8 engine which first came in S63 AMG sedan, with 420 kW (571 PS / 563 hp) and 650 Nm (479 lb-ft) of torque. It can reach 0-100 Km/h in 4.0 seconds flat and has a top speed of 309 Km/h (192 mph). This tarmac shredding performance is a credit to the car and AMG the racing and tuning section of Merc.

There is no official announcement on when the car will be on sale, but is expected in the second half of 2011 as a 2012 model. However the car would possibly be unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September.

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(Via WCF)



B1 & B2 Grand Turismo: Russia’s First Sports Cars 17
Sep
Posted by Alex Ion in Automotive News, B1, B2, Cosworth, Frankfurt Auto Show, Grand Turismo, Marussia on 09 17th, 2010

The B1 and B2 Grand Turismo models from Russia’s Marussia Motors have started the production process, after a grand opening of the company’s first showroom in Moscow. Marussia is well known as a manufacturer of specialty sports cars. These will be Russia’s first sports cars to come into the market.

The B1’s original design had been shown in the latter part of 2008, and had a hybrid powerplant, which was subsequently eliminated from the vehicle.

The B2 has been inspired by jetfighters. Both of the models feature mid-mounted 3.5-liter V6 from Cosworth, which is available in three power levels: 300, 360 ad 420 hp.

The word from Marussia is that this power level is competitive, especially considering that the weight of the vehicle is 1100 kg (2,425 lbs).

This ratio gives the car the ability to zoom to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds. Reports say that the car has met very stringent safety measures and also that there will be interesting revelations from the company at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 2011.

Reportedly, Marussia has already got a fair amount of orders, and has plans to manufacture about 10,000 cars a year. The vehicles are priced at 100,000 euros. A third model the Marussia F2 SUV is set to be launched in the spring of 2011.







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