$70K-$80K

$70K-$80K

The Mercedes CLS-Class is a perfect example of a luxury sedan done exactly the way it was supposed to. But that doesn’t mean it stil can’t be improved upon. That’s one of the reasons Mercedes announced a new Night Package for the CLS, giving the model a nice brush up in style and class.

The package is limited to exterior upgrades and is available only on the CLS 500, CLS 500 4MATIC of AMG Line-equipped CLS-Class models. A short list of design elements are a part of the Night Package, including the addition of a high-gloss black lamella in the radiator grille and a new, high-gloss black front splitter in the front bumper. In fact, high-gloss black was used generously on the CLS; notice the exterior mirrors sporting the same finish?

Heat-insulating dark-tinted glass on the rear doors and an anodized trim strip are also part of the Night Package. These two elements don’t catch the public’s attention and yet, both play important roles in creating a comprehensive package that owners of the CLS-Class can appreciate.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes-Benz CLS With Night Package.

The 2014 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is set to take place Sunday, June 29th. We all know what that means. Some of the nuttiest performance-tuned sports cars will be making an appearance at the event, all with the goal of being the fastest to race up the treacherous 156-turn race course.

The Scion FR-S is one of those sports cars . Actually, it’s the second year in a row that the FR-S will compete at Pikes Peak, specifically in the event’s Time Attack 1 Division for production-based two- and four-wheel drive vehicles. This year, GReddy Racing is back with its Pikes Peak-tuned FR-S and it will have veteran racer Ken Gushi sitting behind the wheel of the race car . Gushi is no stranger to the twists and turns of Pikes Peak, having won the Exhibition Auto Class at last year’s event with the Lexus ISF CCS-R .

This year, Gushi takes his turn in a wonderfully dressed Scion FR-S that has been retuned to produce a staggering 500 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque. That’s the kind of upgrade we wish a production FR-S could have, but that’s a different issue altogether. For now we have to live with its standard 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque.

What’s important is how this GReddy-tuned FR-S fares at Pikes Peak this weekend. With 500 ponies on tap, we expect nothing less than a blistering time up the mountain.

Click past the jump to read more about the Scion FR-S GReddy Racing Pikes Peak Hill Climb.

The Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake was launched in 2012, two years after the second-generation CLS Coupe arrived in dealerships. The wagon was released in a bevy of trim levels and engines, ranging from small-displacement diesels to turbocharged V-8s. Naturally, Mercedes also offered an AMG-prepped model in the shape of the CLS63 AMG . However, the CLS Shooting Brake was never on sale in the United States, although its coupe brother made it Stateside from the very beginning.

That’s not likely to change for the 2015 model year, when the facelifted Shooting Brake is scheduled to show up in dealerships around Europe and Asia. The refreshed wagon comes with slightly revised front and rear fascias, an updated interior and two brand-new engines. Although the exact same units are also offered in the 2015 CLS Coupe , which is available in the United States, don’t expect the diesels to cross the Pond anytime soon.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake.

The Mercedes-Benz CLS was introduced for the 2005 model year and went on sale in the United States in January 2005. Based on the previous-generation E-Class , the four-door coupe started a whole niche in the automotive industry, soon to be followed by Audi and BMW . The first-generation model was offered with a bevy of V-6 and V-8 engines that delivered as much as 507 horsepower. The second-generation coupe arrived in 2010, but the U.S.-spec version didn’t arrive until the 2012 model year . Unlike its predecessor, the current model gained a 4.7-liter V-8 and a 2.1-liter, inline-four diesel to go with the already available 3.0-liter oil burner. The Shooting Brake body style was introduced in late 2012, but without being green lighted for the U.S. market. In 2015, the CLS is set for a facelift.

Four years since showing up in global showrooms, the current generation 2015 CLS is getting its well-deserved facelift. The update’s real focus is the interior, where a new color display is in place to put an end to an endless string of complaints in regards to the coupe’s infotainment system. A couple of new engines are also on the table, although at least one of them won’t be available in the United States.

Updated 6/19/2014: Mercedes-Benz has announced the UK pricing for the 2015 CLS Class. The Coupé starts at £46,500 ($79,180 as of 6/19/2014) for the CLS 220 BlueTEC and peaks at £86,500 ($147,293 as of 6/19/2014) for the CLS 63 AMG S. The same models in the Shooting Brake start at £48,080 ($81,871 as of 6/19/2014) and £87,000 ($148,144 as of 6/19/2014). There is no mention yet on the U.S. pricing.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Mercedes CLS-Class.

BMW is once again showing off its Individual program; this time with the revised X6 for the 2015 model year. Besides all the improvements and updates made to the X6, the Individual program allows owners to order their X6 — or any other BMW product — with a high level of customized features not normally available.

In this case, BMW is showcasing a Pyrite Brown Metallic X6. The special paint is compete with an extra level of metallic flake, adding luster to its looks. Rolling on unique 20-inch V-Spoke 551 wheels, the crossover SUV looks just different enough to be noticed, yet not scream for attention. Of course, a plethora of other colors are available as well.

BMW demonstrates four new colors for the interior, however. The choices include Criollo Brown, Nutmeg, Amaro Brown, and Smoke White. Other parts of the interior are customizable as well. BMW shows off a close-up of a dashboard finished in Merino Leather Taupe, Merino Leather Scotch, and an Alcantara headliner dyed in a Scotch Dark tone. Light Brown wood trim finishes the look off.

Another interesting and arguably more functional option is the BMW Individual Cooling Box located behind the rear bench. It attaches just aft of the center arm rest and is accessible though the center pass-through. Spaces for several bottles and other items gives passengers the opportunity to enjoy "in-flight refreshments." Of course, if you need the extra luggage space, you can remove the cooling box from the rear cargo area.

All of these limited-edition features and options are available though BMW Individual on the X6 and other vehicles across the BMW lineup.

Click past the jump to read more about BMW X6 Individual.

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British design house Kahn Design may be known for its Land Rover -based projects, but its offerings aren’t limited to beefed-up Range Rover Sport and Evoque SUVs . In recent years, the Brits set their sight on a number of Audi and Porsche models as well, including the Q3 , the Q5 and the mighty Cayenne .

You probably remember 2015 Q5 Wide Track , a crossover that gained a more appealing body kit and a wider track for enhanced stability. What it didn’t get, however, was a more capable powertrain, being stuck with the same 2.0-liter TDI engine it came with from the factory. That’s actually a tradition for Kahn Design, who focuses on visual upgrades rather than power bumps.

Same goes for the recently unveiled Q5 2.0 TDI quattro S-Tronic Wide Track. Wait, what? Is this a re-release? No, it is not! It’s a totally different approach that replaces the elegance seen on the previous model with a menacing new look by means of a triple-black coating and a number of new styling elements.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi Q5 2.0 TDi Quattro S-Tronic Wide Track By Kahn Design.

Posted on by Collin Woodard  

The Ford Falcon has been in production since 1960, and since 1972, it’s been entirely a product of Australia — designed, developed, and produced entirely separate from the U.S. It holds the position of Australia’s best-selling car, and sells with a variety of engines and trim levels. Over the last seven generations, more than 3 million of them have been sold. That’s a lot of Falcon Falcon s. They even produce a Ranchero-like ute version that takes the awesomeness to a whole new level. Heading into 2015, Ford is releasing a new performance version of the Falcon, dubbed the FPV GT F.

Sometimes, I swear Ford is just trying to make its customers in the United States jealous of its customers in Australia. Sure, they gave the U.S. a much more capable Focus than was previously available, the tiny-but-flickable Fiesta , and a number of quite enjoyable ST models, but even so, it seems like the Australians have all the fun.

Even as the Fusion and Taurus improve leaps and bounds over their predecessors, neither sedan is offered with a V-8, and neither is rear-wheel drive. The Australian Ford Falcon, however, comes with both rear-wheel-drive and an optional V-8, which makes it much more desirable than the Fusion or even the Taurus in the United States. If you want tail-out fun from an American sedan , then the Ford Falcon is one of those cars that you know you love, but you know you can’t have.

To make things worse, Ford has just introduced the Falcon-based 2015 FPV GT F, a 5.0-liter, V-8 monster of a sedan that makes more horsepower than a Mustang GT and still manages to have the capacity to drive your friends down to the neighborhood pub.

If you were jealous of the Ford Falcon before, the 2015 FPV GT F will leave you even more jealous than before.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 FPV GT F.

Forget what they say, these are the glory days of muscle. Sure, carburetors and glass packs are out, but direct fuel injection, variable-flow exhaust pipes, and computers have revolutionized the way modern street and track fighters do battle. We’ve pitted three of the most purpose-built machines together to see not only which car would win on the track, but which car would be the easiest to live with on a daily basis.

The competitors all hail from the U.S. of A. and sport snarling engines making huge amounts of power, all sent to the rear wheels though a manual transmission. They’re brash and unapologetic, unforgivably fast, and diabolically cool. Though they’ve all got the performance creds, do they have what it takes to impress the missus enough for a purchase to occur?

Our three contenders are the SRT (now back to Dodge) Viper, the Chevrolet Corvette , and the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.

In order for this to be a fair fight, we’ve got to price these cars correctly. Starting with the Viper, its base MSRP is comes in at $102,485 — well over that of the Vette and Z/28 — but considering the hard time Dodge has had selling the sultry snake, there are dealer incentives to be had. According to a few price-checking websites, a 2014 base Viper can be had in the mid $90,000 range.

The Camaro Z/28, on the other hand, starts out at $73,300 — but that’s bare-bones stock without air conditioning. Another $1,150 makes the car livable in the summertime. Its total cost comes to $76,150 after destination and the gas-guzzler tax.

The Vette represents the bargain of the bunch, coming in at $70,985 in its top-line, 3LT trim fitted with the Z51 Performance Package, Magnetic Ride, Performance exhaust, and Competition Sport seats. It may be the highest equipped here, but will its least-powerful engine be able to keep up?

Click past the jump to find out.

Ever since Alfa Romeo announced it would bring “something new ” to the 4C with every passing year, we’ve been speculating what the Italian automaker might have up its sleeve. Though it’s pure speculation at this point, our rendering artist has put together a possible direction for a future direction, the 4C Quadrifoglio Verde.

The Quadrifoglio Verde name harks back to Alfa’s long history of performance vehicles dating back to 1923, and this car would be no different. Likely getting a slight bump in power, the coupe gets an even more aggressive body treatment with several new scoops, front and rear fascias, and accent lines.

Its front fascia gets a completely redesigned bumper with larger air intakes near the darkened headlights. Around the side, a lowered body skirt helps bring the 4C’s visual mass lower to the ground. Out back, a new lower bumper sports a new exhaust pipe design while the rear quarter panels have another cooling slot near the round taillights. Topping it all off are the iconic green cloverleaf and grey triangle badges. A new set of 10-spoke grey wheels helps complete the more aggressive look.

While it’s still unclear what Alfa has planned for its future 4C special editions, we suspect they will consist mostly of cosmetic changes, with only slight modifications to the suspension and engine.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C QV.

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After Lincoln posted just yesterday the first teaser images of the 2015 Navigator on its Instagram account, the first official details on the new SUV were dropped today online. Lincoln will offer the new Navigator offered with a new look, a new interior and a new, more powerful and more gas-friendly engine.

Some of the more notable features offered by the 2015 Navigator will include Lincoln’s signature split-wing grille, a newly designed hood, luxurious leather seating and additional customer-focused gadgets.

Just like with the previous generation, Lincoln will offer the 2015 Navigator in standard and extended-length versions and will arrive at Lincoln showrooms in early fall.

Updated 05/21/2014: Lincoln announced today prices for the 2015 Navigator set to be put on sale later this year. Prices will start from $62,475 for the base version, but can go up to $72,900 for the 4x4 version equipped with the Reserve Package.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Lincoln Navigator.


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