Back in 1913, four Rolls-Royce Silver Ghosts were writing history at the Austrian Alpine Trials - the most arduous test of automotive endurance at the time. The four cars managed to travel over 1,820 miles, proving once again that Rolls Royce was indeed developing the best cars in the world.
This year, as a celebration to the event’s centenary, Rolls Royce has prepared an Alpine Trial Centenary Collection that takes inspiration from the 1913 Alpine Trials cars. The first car to be unveiled will be a special Ghost and we are going to see it at Auto China 2013.
The new Ghost Alpine Trial Centenary Edition is painted in the same blue used for James Radley’s Silver Ghost. The blue is be combined with a distinct black grille and wheels also inspired by the classic car.
The car’s cabin is also inspired by the Alpine Trials cars: the clock displays the stages of the rally and timings and it features a very nice "Alpine Trial Centenary" logo. As usual, each element of the interior is meticulously handcrafted by Rolls Royce engineers.
The Mercedes G-Class has had a very long history in the automotive industry. Currently the model comes in four versions: G, GL, ML and GLK. Starting 2014, however, a fifth version will be added to the lineup. Called the GLA, the new model will be an SUV coupe.
The Mercedes GLA will be built on the same front-wheel-drive architecture that features transversely mounted engines, as found in the next A and B-Classes. The production version of the GLA will also borrow lots of its design elements from the same A-Class that inspired it, but of course with an increased ride height.
Updated 04/18/2013: After the first images surfaced on the Internet the other day, Mercedes dropped the official details on the new GLA Concept set to be unveiled at the 2013 Auto Shanghai motor show on April 21st.
Hit the jump to read more about the new Mercedes GLA.
Cadillac unveiled a first ELR concept back in 2011 and ever since then everyone was pretty sure a production will also follow. Things got pretty clear in 2012 when a leak from OnStar confirmed Cadillac will dive into the hybrid realm with a vehicle not named "Escalade." The model finally made its world debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show and according to the first official details we have, it offers "an unprecedented combination of luxury, advanced engineering and progressive design."
However, this is not the first time in Caddy’s long history that it’s tread into the economy car world. The first one was the laughably Cavalier-like Cimarron. If you recall, Cadillac was so embarrassed by the Cimarron that the automaker refused to call it a Cadillac and instead dubbed it the “Cimarron by Cadillac” originally. GM later forced a name change to “Cadillac Cimarron.”
Needless to say Caddy does not want to relive those days, so they took things pretty serious with the ELR. The model is being powered by the latest GM EREV technology that combined a pure electric drive and an efficient, range-extending 1.4 liter gasoline-powered electric generator.
Updated 01/15/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and video.
Click past the jump to read the entire review to see if the ELR will end up on TIME’s “50 Worst Cars of All Time” list alongside the Cimarron.
UPDATE 4/14/2013: Cadillac has just revealed the details on the ELR’s unique regenerative-braking system that allows you to regen on demand. See more after the jump.
The launch of the revised 2014 Chevrolet Camaro also marked the return of the Z/28 nomenclature. The Z/28 name was initially used back in 1967 when a special Camaro was designed to compete in the Sports Car Club of America’s Trans-Am 2 class. Now, for the 2014 model year, the Z/28 nomenclature is applied to the most capable and fastest Camaro currently available on the market.
The new Camaro Z/28 was not built to compete in a specific race series, but it features track-focused capabilities. When compared to the ZL1, it is significantly lighter and, even though it is no more powerful, it is around three seconds faster around Chevy’s testing track than the Camaro ZL1. Also, as a tribute to the original Camaro Z/28, the new generation is only being offered with a manual gearbox.
Updated 04/12/2013: Chevrolet has unveiled a new video featuring Camaro Marketing Manager John Fitzpatrick whom is giving an exclusive walkaround of the track-inspired 2014 Camaro Z/28.
Hit the jump to read more about the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.
The 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage debuted at the 2013 New York International Auto Show. And while its power may not impress, its mpg may start making hybrid cars start shaking in their low-rolling-resistance tires.
Let’s face it the Mirage isn’t the sexiest car to roll out of Mitsu’s factory; in fact, it’s just another econo-hatch that easily blends into the scenery as you head down the highway. Mitsubishi is hoping to change that with the new model and this time around, the Mirage will try to make its way back into the hearts of Americans for the first time since 2002.
The car has been redesigned with all new styling that Mitsu hopes will attract new buyers, which is something the floundering company needs to help keep it in the American market. Unfortunately, it is heading into a market – the sub-compact hatchback market – that is quickly becoming overfull.
Perhaps its practicality and relatively large amount of storage space will help push it over the other motorized roller-skates on the market.
Hit the jump to read more about the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage.
Jaguar will be celebrating R performance brand’s 25th anniversary with the unveiling of the special-edition XKR-S GT at the 2013 New York Auto Show. The model has been designed as a track-focused, street-legal version of the XKR-S and will be limited to only 30 units: 25 for the U.S. and five for Canada.
The new GT special edition will feature a bespoke aerodynamic package made in carbon-fiber and including: a new front splitter, extended wheel arch spats, a rear diffuser and a large fixed rear wing. It will also feature Polaris White exterior paint with unique graphics and a Jaguar “R-S GT” logo on the hood. For the interior, the new XKR-S GT will combine Warm Charcoal paint with red accents.
The XKR-S GT will also add improved suspension and high-performance brakes with carbon-ceramic discs.
Updated 04/08/2013: When Jaguar unveiled the XKR-S GT at the New York Auto Show, it announced the model will be limited to only 30 units. However, Jaguar boss, Adrian Hallmark, announced that the production could be increased to 50 units. Of course, this increase will only happen if the market bears demand for it. Stay tuned for more information. (AutoCar)
Hit the jump to read more on the new Jaguar XKR-S GT.
The Shanghai Auto Show is the next auto event that a lot of people are already looking forward to. Scheduled to open in a few weeks, Shanghai is expected to be a largely attended event, particularly from the Asian automaker contingent.
Japanese brand, Acura, is one of the companies scheduled to go to Shanghai and its already gearing up for it with a new teaser of a concept that it’s scheduled to debut at the event.
Details surrounding the concept have not yet been revealed except for this teaser that shows the SUV’s side profile. Judging from what we’re looking at, the concept appears to be a completely new model that will complement the redesigned 2014 MDX. It’s got an aggressive headlight design that looks similar to the shape of the Toyota GT 86 with the rear end featuring a spoiler and an equally aggressive taillight setup that resembles what you can find in the Asian version of the new Honda CR-V.
Production is expected to commence after the concept’s unveiling and, for now, the only market that’s been confirmed to receive the model is the China, which explains why Acura decided to pull the concept’s covers off at Shanghai.
We’ll provide more details surrounding this concept when information becomes available.
French automaker, Citroen, is expected to be in attendance at the Shanghai Auto Show. But it won’t be there to just bask in the ambience; it’s headed there with a concept car, specifically called the DS Wild Rubis Concept.
As with most teaser photos (and videos) these days, Citroen didn’t reveal a whole lot of information surrounding the DS Wild Rubis Concept. What it did give us are a couple of teasers of the concept.
The teaser video, which you can find after the jump, plays to Citroen’s chic and metropolitan appeal, complete with a black and white treatment and minimal glimpses of the Wild Rubis Concept.
The photo, on the other hand, gives us a clear look at the concept’s headlights, or at least just one of them. As you can see, the new light setup is different from previous concepts we’ve seen from Citroen, particularly from the slit-like lights from the Technospace Concept.
We wouldn’t be surprised in the least bit if this is a prelude to a production model that will be available only in the Chinese market.
Regardless, expect to find out everything there is to know about the DS Wild Rubis Concept when it makes its debut at the Shanghai Auto Show later this month. In the meantime, click past the jump to see the teaser video of the concept.
Subaru decided to surprise us at the 2013 New York Auto Show with two world debuts: first was the XV Crosstrek hybrid and the second one is an all-new performance concept car called WRX and built as a preview version for the upcoming WRX high-performance sedan.
The new WRX Concept car is bringing a new design language with a larger and bolder grille with a three-dimensional mesh pattern and a large powerbulge that that indicates this beast has something special lurking beneath.
The concept also offers new hawk-eye headlights and a carbon-fiber roof that helps reduce the car’s weight even more and in the same time lower the car’s total weight. The overall height of the WRX concept is slightly lower, dropping the center of gravity even closer to the pavement.
The concept’s rear features a dramatically curved trunk lid, a wide rear bumper and large quad tailpipes for the car’s sports exhaust system.
This WRX concept doesn’t only boast a new and more aggressive body. It also includes an all-new turbocharged engine that Subaru has not released any information on. The current Subaru Impreza WRX currently offers up a 2.5-liter boxer-four engine that delivers 265 horsepower and 244 pound-feet of torque, but we expect to see something nearing the 300-horsepower range.
The concept unveiled in New York is painted in a cool "WR Blue Pearl III" exterior paint combined with fluorescent Yellow insertions on the front grille, the brake calipers and the exhaust tip finishers. The concept sits on BBS "RI-D" One Piece Forged Duralumin wheels wrapped in 245/40ZR20 Dunlop tires.
Updated 03/28/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.
Updated 04/05/2013: Subaru has unveiled a new video featuring Osamu Namba - General Manager of Design Dept, Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. talking about the new WRX Concept.
Formula Drift Champion, Vaughn Gittin Jr., officially unveiled the 2014 Mustang RTR that seems to be ready to rock the 2013 Formula Drift season. The 2014 RTR was developed by Autosport Dynamics and will make its competitive debut at Formula Drift Round 1 in Long Beach, California April 12th and 13th. After that, Vaughn will compete in the World Drift Series in China and in numerous other select competition and demonstration events in Europe.
If last year’s model impressed you, the 2014 version will be a sensation. Its V-8 engine delivers a total of 845 horsepower - an increase of 45 horsepower over the previous model year. As usual, the engine has been developed by Ford Racing, so you know it’s built to run with the best of them.
The car sits on 18-inche wheels wrapped in Nitto NT05 tires sized 295/35R18 on the rear and 275/35R18 on the front. The model is distinguished by a carbon-fiber body with RTR appearance package. On the inside, it adds Recaro racing seats with Takata six-point harness.