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Audi Q5 Gets Long Wheelbase Version Exclusively For China 18
Nov


Audi has made a long wheelbase variant of the Q5, and they’re going to offer it in China from the first quarter of next year.

The images reveal that the Q5L doesn’t appear to be any different than the rest of the family, except for the slightly longer roofline and rear fenders.

According to CarNewsChina, the premium compact SUV’s wheelbase has increased by 8.8cm, or 3.47in, which results in additional legroom on the rear bench, something very much appreciated by Chinese customers.

Powering the new Audi Q5 L will probably be the 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol unit, which comes in two outputs, with 190 and 250 horsepower, with the latter available with four-wheel drive.

The local media doesn’t have much to say about Audi’s latest model that’s aimed exclusively at the People’s Republic, except that its starting price will be roughly 380,000 yuan, which equals to $57,297 at today’s exchange rates.

This sum could land you a new Audi S5 Coupe in the United States, or a Q7, as these can be had from $54,600 and $49,900, respectively, on our side of the pond.

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Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in audi, Audi Q5, china, new cars, Reports on 11 18th, 2017
Mercedes Says Australia’s Luxury Car Tax Will Be Scrapped By 2020 18
Nov


Australia’s infamous Luxury Car Tax could be on the way out, Mercedes-Benz claims.

Speaking to local publication Cars Guide, Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific public relations, product and corporate communications senior manager David McCarthy, said the Luxury Car Tax will be abolished in a new European Union free trade agreement.

“I feel confident (by) 2019/2020 there won’t be an LCT and that will have been an 11-year battle.

“LCT will be a casualty in an (European Union) EU free trade agreement. Anyone who tells you otherwise is believing in alternative facts – that’s the reality,” McCarthy said.

Australia’s Luxury Car Tax applies to all premium cars. If a vehicle’s recommended retail price exceeds $65,094 and the car consumes more than 7.0-liters of fuel per 100 km, a 33 per cent tax is incurred on every dollar over the $65,094 threshold. Any car over $75,526, regardless of its fuel consumption, is hit with the same 33 per cent tax.

According to McCarthy, it would make sense for the Australian government to abolish the Luxury Car Tax gradually.

“It’s currently 33 per cent. My personal view is that you want to implement it over a three-year period, so 33, 22, 11, zero.

“Otherwise, you’re going to have a lot of dislocation in the market and no one is going to shed a tear over OEMs suffering, but the government potentially would lose a lot of revenue,” he said.

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Posted by Brad Anderson in Australia, mercedes, Reports on 11 18th, 2017
2016 Ferrari F12tdf Vs 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster: Which Would You Buy? 17
Nov


One of them is a limited edition modern supercar, whereas the other is a classic open-top model that’s simply gorgeous. So what could they possibly have in common?

The answer is that both the Ferrari F12tdf and Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster are offered for sale by RMSothebys, at their New York auction that takes place on December 6, and both have a similar estimated selling price: $1.1-$1.4 million and $1.25-$1.5 million, respectively.

Introduced as the spiritual successor to the 599 GTO in 2015, the Ferrari F12tdf came in a limited run of 799 units. It benefits from a number of aerodynamic enhancements over the regular F12 Berlinetta, and it also packs an extra punch, with its 6.3-liter naturally aspirated V12 making 780PS (770hp) and 705Nm (520lb-ft) of torque.

This particular example was shipped to Long Island Ferrari new in 2016, and since then, it has been driven for less than 400 miles (644km). It still has a factory warranty available until July 2019, and it’s covered by the Ferrari Genuine Maintenance program until July 2023.

The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster, on the other hand, is the convertible version of the Gullwing. It debuted at the 1957 Geneva Motor Show and was produced in 1,858 units.

The auction house doesn’t provide more details about this 1958-made car, except that it retains the original matching chassis, body, engine, and drivetrain and was outfitted with several options from new. Still, looking at the pictures we can see its pristine condition that could help it re-achieve its bedroom door poster status.

Now, each one is extremely desirable for its own reasons, but if you had the opportunity to bid for one of the two, which would it be?

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Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in auction, Classics, Ferrari, Ferrari F12berlinetta, Galleries, mercedes, used cars on 11 17th, 2017
SCG 004S Supercar Unveiled With 650 HP And $400K Price Tag 17
Nov


Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus has unveiled its new SCG 004S.

Set to be built over the course of the next 18 months, the SCG 004S is a street-legal supercar with a carbon fiber chassis and body that enables it to weigh around 2,600 pounds (1,179 kg).

The interior has a McLaren F1-style three person seating arrangement and drivers will face a three-spoke steering wheel and an assortment of different gauges. The model also has toggle switches and rotary knobs that will allow drivers to easily deactivate and adjust various systems such as the anti-lock brakes and traction control system.

Power will be provided by a twin-turbo 5.0-liter V8 engine that produces around 650 PS (478 kW) and 720 Nm (531 lb-ft) of torque. It will be connected to a six-speed manual transmission but a paddle shift gearbox will also be available as an option.

Pricing starts at $400,000 and the company expects to have running prototypes completed by the middle of next year. The first 25 production models will be “Founders Editions” and they are slated to be delivered in 2018 and 2019. The company will then begin gearing up to produce 250 units annually. SCG also plans to offer GT3 and GTE/GTLM versions of the car in the future.

Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus is currently accepting pre-orders and interested customers will need to make a deposit of $40,000.

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Posted by Michael Gauthier in James Glickenhaus on 11 17th, 2017
MG6 Plug-in Hybrid Comes With An App-Based Remote Control Driving System 17
Nov


SAIC Motor has used the Guangzhou Auto Show to introduce the new MG6 plug-in hybrid.

Set to become one of the company’s first new energy vehicles, the MG6 plug-in hybrid will be launched next year and it has been designed to embrace elegance, performance, and valve.

MG didn’t have much to say about the model but confirmed the car will come equipped with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, an electronic shifter, and an infotainment system with internet connectivity as well as a 10.1-inch display. The Chinese press release also mentioned an automatic parking system and a “remote control driving system” that will apparently allow drivers to control the vehicle at low speeds through a mobile app.

Autocar reports the model is powered by a 1.0-liter petrol engine that is backed up by an electric motor that produces 83 PS (61 kW). MG says this setup will enable the car to produce a combined maximum output of 228 PS (167 kW) and 622 Nm (458 lb-ft) of torque. Little else is known about the car but it will reportedly consume 1.5 L/100 km (156.8 mpg US / 188.3 mpg UK).

In the future, the MG6 plug-in hybrid will be joined by an electric version of the ZS crossover. It will eventually be sold alongside a production version of the MG E-Motion concept.

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Posted by Michael Gauthier in china, Guangzhou Auto Show, MG, MG6, PHEV on 11 17th, 2017
Jaguar XEL Debuts In China With A Stretched Wheelbase 17
Nov


Following a preview earlier this year, Jaguar has unveiled the new XEL at the Guangzhou Auto Show in China.

Designed to compete with the Audi A4L and Mercedes C-Class L, the XEL has a wheelbase that has been stretched 3.9-inches (100 mm) to span 115.5-inches (2935 mm) overall. The added length benefits rear seat passengers and helps to create a more accommodating cabin.

The entry-level XEL Elite Edition comes nicely equipped with a panoramic glass sunroof, an automatic dual-zone climate control system, and an infotainment system with an 8-inch display. Higher-end variants can be can be outfitted with ambient interior lighting, illuminated door sill plates, and a Meridian audio system. Other options include perforated leather upholstery, a digital instrument cluster, and wood trim.

Under the hood, two engines will be available. The entry-level unit is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 200 PS (147 kW) and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) of torque. It enables the model to accelerate from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 8.3 seconds before hitting a top speed of 230 km/h (142 mph).

Higher-end variants can be equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine developing 250 PS (184 kW) and 365 Nm (269 lb-ft) of torque. Thanks to the extra power, the dash from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) is cut to 7.3 seconds and the top speed climbs to 240 km/h (149 mph).

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Posted by Michael Gauthier in china, Guangzhou Auto Show, Jaguar, Jaguar XE on 11 17th, 2017
2018 Nissan Murano Has New Standard Safety Features And A Starting Price Of $30,550 17
Nov


The Nissan Murano is entering the 2018 model year with a host of updates and a higher base price.

The entry-level Murano S starts at $30,550 which is an increase of $780. While the crossover is more expensive than last year’s model, it comes equipped with an assortment of new features including an automatic emergency braking system and an intelligent forward collision warning system. Drivers will also find a revised center console and an 8-inch NissanConnect infotainment system with GPS navigation as well as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.

The Murano SV starts at $33,850 and it gains a standard blind spot warning system and a rear cross traffic alert system. Customers can also order the SV Premium Package which now includes an intelligent cruise control system.

The $38,250 Murano SL largely carries over but it now includes a motion-activated power liftgate. Other changes include a new moonroof package and a Midnight Edition package which has additional content.

Lastly, the Murano Platinum starts at $41,980 and it comes equipped with a new motion-activated power liftgate as well as a standard dual panel moonroof.

The 2018 Nissan Murano is currently on sale and all models are powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine which produces 260 hp (193 kW) and 240 lb-ft (325 Nm) of torque. It is connected to an Xtronic transmission which can be paired to an optional all-wheel drive system.

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Posted by Michael Gauthier in nissan, Nissan Murano, prices, USA on 11 17th, 2017
Porsche 911 Hybrid Appears To Be Moving Forward, Engineers Targeting 43 Mile Electric-Only Range 17
Nov


The Porsche 911 rumor mill is back in action as Bloomberg is reporting the next-generation model could be offered with a plug-in hybrid powertrain.

According to the report, the plug-in hybrid variant would be a high-performance model that would sit at the top of the 911 lineup. The publication goes on to suggest the car could be introduced a few years after new 911 debuts in late 2018.

Insiders said Porsche wants the 911 Hybrid to have an electric-only range of 70 km (43 miles) and engineers are working to reduce the weight of the car’s battery so it doesn’t adversely affect the car’s handling.

Porsche declined to confirm plans for a 911 Hybrid but a spokesperson told Bloomberg the next-generation model will allow for the “integration of an electric powertrain and the manufacturer is keeping all options open regarding engine specifications.”

The report went on to suggest Porsche could offer a Macan EV sometime after the production version of the Mission E is launched in 2019.

If the report is correct, it likely means Porsche was able to solve several of the problems that August Achleitner mentioned to Car and Driver earlier this year. At the time, the head of 911 development said plans for a hybrid variant were axed because the added weighy would limit the car’s dynamic capabilities and it wouldn’t be as profitable as more conventional variants. In summation, Achleitner stated the “disadvantages outweighed the advantages.”

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Posted by Michael Gauthier in Electric Vehicles, PHEV, porsche, Porsche Macan, Porsche-911, Reports on 11 17th, 2017
The Grand Tour Hosts Discuss The Firing Of The American 17
Nov


The teasers for the second season of The Grand Tour continue as the show has released a new clip which features the hosts debating who’s going to call “The American” and tell him he’s fired.

In the video, Clarkson says “We’re going to have to get rid of him” and Richard Hammond responds “Yeah, well he annoys people.” Clarkson goes on to say “He annoys me” as James May walks in and asks if they’re talking about him.

Clarkson eventually calls former NASCAR driver Mike Skinner and tells him that Hammond doesn’t think he should be part of the show next season. After a few seconds, Clarkson says Skinner hung up on him and the hosts agree they need to find a replacement. Clarkson says they’ll need to hold auditions and the requirements are they “mustn’t be fat, clumsy, or slow.”

It remains unclear who will replace Skinner but he has previously said “I agree with many of you that it sucked – if you’re gonna wear Evil Knievel’s firesuit, you need to be Evil Flipping Knievel! Peace out.” Skinner also said he wishes the show and its hosts the best of luck.

The second season of The Grand Tour lands on Amazon Prime Video on December 8th.

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Posted by Michael Gauthier in Amazon, celebrities, The Grand Tour, video on 11 17th, 2017
Range Rover SD1 Is A Study On A Fastback Crossover 17
Nov


While Coupe-like SUVs have been around for a long time, if this Range Rover SD1 Concept was real, it could raise the bar for these type of cars.

Designed by Pablo Pereyra, the SD1 SUV Concept looks like a fastback, as the roof slopes downwards all the way to the rear of the car, just like on a classic Mustang Fastback or a Chrysler Crossfire.

While perhaps futuristic, the front end design is still somewhat Range Rover-like, so imagining this thing as a real life concept wouldn’t be so hard, until you get to the rear that is.

The styling of the hatch is unlike anything we’ve seen on Range Rover-badged products, and not only because of the downwards sloping roof line. The taillights are integrated into the roof pillar as well as the fender, a design that may remind you of something like a Citroen C4 Coupe, only those taillights were positioned vertically, whereas these are more horizontal.

Overall, it’s an interesting proposal, one that’s perhaps not as elegant as you’d expect from a Range Rover. Yet, it definitely looks sporty, which some, if not most, should appreciate.

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Posted by Sergiu Tudose in concepts, Land Rover, Land Rover Concept, Renderings on 11 17th, 2017
2018 Ford Mustang Likes Its Wheels And Fenders Wide 17
Nov


While we’ve seen plenty of wide-body kits for the sixth-generation Mustang, the facelifted model has yet to make the rounds properly.

What we like about this particular Mustang is the smooth aggressiveness. It doesn’t necessarily beg for your attention thanks to the dark theme, though to be fair, those 20″ wheels are really hard to miss.

Those rims are called Appuntito-ECL and are manufactured by Forgiato. You can get them in multiple sizes, from 19″ through 22″, as well as 24″ and 26″.

Inside, we can spot a pair of racing seats and a roll cage, which in turn lets us know this car means business and it’s not just all show and no go.

As for the kit, if you compare it to that widebody Shelby Super Snake concept unveiled earlier this year, you might find that the fenders on this car are slightly wider, we’re talking almost Liberty Walk levels of width here.

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Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Ford, Ford Mustang, Forgiato, tuning, Wheels on 11 17th, 2017
Deal Or No Deal? 1995 Porsche 968 With Corvette V8 Transplant 17
Nov


What makes this Porsche 968 different than most out there is that instead of its stock 3.0L boxer four, is has a 1994 Corvette LT1 V8 engine, complete with short ratio gear set.

Playfully called Gunther, it’s for sale on Cars for $13,000, has covered approximately 153,000 miles (246,230 km), although the owner says that its Corvette V8 unit has done less than that.

So if you’re the type of person who appreciates a big V8 over a 3.0-liter straight-four (which is what powered the 968 originally), then perhaps you and good old Gunther here could get along quite well.

Aside from adding the Albins short ratio gear set to its 6-speed manual transmission, the owner of the car also replaced the entire ignition system and installed a new water pump.

As for the interior, while the sole picture doesn’t really give us much to go on, it looks pretty clean from a distance, and those after-market sports seats certainly look as though they would offer a lot more support than the 968’s stock seats.

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Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Classics, Corvette, porsche, tuning, used cars on 11 17th, 2017
Can A 1995 Volvo 850 T5 Keep Up With A New 2017 Volvo V90 D5? 17
Nov


Modern turbo-diesel engines can usually keep their grounds against older turbo petrol units, as long as the former are mated to fast-changing gearboxes and the car isn’t significantly heavier.

This drag race between a new Volvo V90 D5 and a 1995 Volvo 850 T5 yielded some very interesting results, especially since both cars can one-up each other in certain categories.

This straight line battle was orchestrated by Carwow’s Mat Watson, and features both standing as well as rolling starts. You’ll see that one benefits the V90, whereas the other helps the 850 unleash all of its grunt.

So how do they stack up in terms of performance? Well, the 2017 V90 D5 can get from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.2 seconds thanks to its 235 PS (231 HP) and 480 Nm (354 lb-ft) of torque. It’s worth noting that the V90 weighs a whooping 2 tonnes (4,400 lbs), whereas the old 850 is considerably lighter at 1,570 kg (3,461 lbs).

It’s also a bit less powerful with around 10 fewer horses, but overall, it does have a better power-to-weight ratio than the much-newer V90.

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Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Classics, diesel, Drag-Racing, video, VOLVO, Volvo V90, Volvo Videos on 11 17th, 2017
Tesla Pickup Truck Teased, Looks Like A Giant Toy Car 17
Nov


Tesla showed a first teaser image of an electric pickup truck during the unveiling event of the new Semi and Roadster models.

The company’s plans for a pickup truck are well known for some time but information remains limited at this point, with the teaser suggesting it will look like a smaller pickup truck version of the Semi.

According to Elon Musk, the upcoming Tesla utility model will be “a pickup truck that can carry a pickup truck”, something that was portrayed in these early sketches. Tesla wants their pickup truck to share as much of the Semi’s technology as possible but allow everyone with a normal driving license to be able to drive it.

“You’ll actually be able to legally drive that with a driver’s license” Musk jokingly said at the presentation. “It’s kind of wrong, but I like it.”

So it appears that the Tesla pickup truck will be a rather large vehicle that will feature a bed big enough to host something like a smaller one-tonne truck, which gives us a good idea of how ridiculously big it will be.

The concept is still in a very early stage of development so Tesla isn’t expected to reveal a fully working prototype for the next few years. After all, it appears that they have their hands pretty full at the moment.

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Posted by Michael Karkafiris in concepts, Electric Vehicles, Reports, Tesla, Tesla Concepts, Trucks on 11 17th, 2017
Audi’s Holiday Parking Lot Ad Takes Subtle Swipe At Mercedes 17
Nov


It looks like Audi just couldn’t help themselves from taking another shot at Mercedes-Benz owners in their latest ad for the holidays, titled “Parking Lot.”

The ad itself is pretty fun, fast-paced and realistic, in the sense that trying to find a spot at a shopping mall during holiday season can be an even bigger nightmare than what’s being portrayed here.

Starring in the commercial are two RS-powered Audis, specifically an RS3 sedan and an RS7. Safe to say, there’s not a lot of room to put any significant power down inside a parking garage.

Yet, that’s exactly what the guys behind the wheel did, while trying to find a spot and get their shopping on. Eventually, their mood goes from calm, to stressed out, and in the end, quite desperate.

As for what Audi thinks of Mercedes-Benz owners, midway through the commercial you can see a confused elderly man trying to find his car by pressing the buttons on his key. Then, behind him, you’ll see the trunk open on a Mercedes-Benz saloon, a bit out of focus.

The look of astonishment on the Audi driver’s face is pretty priceless though.

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Posted by Sergiu Tudose in audi, audi rs3, Audi RS7, Audi Videos, commercials, Funny, mercedes, video on 11 17th, 2017
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