Just a few weeks ago, we let you know that Audi had scrapped its inefficient 4.2-liter V-8 engine in favor of a boosted V-6, but that there may be a new V-8 in the making. Well, that "may be" just became a certainty, as Audi has just announced that a new V-8 is coming to the A8.
This new V-8 is actually one that is already on Audi’s shelves: It is the twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 used in the S6 and S7 models. This puppy will pump out a healthy 420 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque and turn the new top-level A8 into the A8 4.0T.
The A8 4.0T is slated to debut in the 2013 model year and it’ll carry with it an $81,795 base price tag and an $88,095 price tag for the A8L 4.0T, which is the long wheelbase model. The pricing points give the 8 4.0T a nice slot right between the base A8 3.0T and the flagship S8 model.
We are sure there is tons more information to come from Audi, as it works its way closer to competing with BMW and Mercedes more effectively. The addition of turbo to the A8 line will certainly help speed along that process.
We’ll keep you updated if any more information becomes available.
It was a mere 6 ½ months ago that the very first Lotus Evora was sold to Matthew Melling in Twickenham, UK and now Mr. Melling will have to share that distinction with the owner of the very first Lotus Evora sold in North America. Bruce Rice, an Austin-area resident, accepted the keys to his brand new 2010 Lotus Evora sports car earlier today from Lotus of Austin, which is planning to celebrate its first delivery of the Evora by hosting a party inside the dealership tomorrow at 5pm.
The Lotus Evora is the first Lotus since the Elise debuted in 1995 and is the first mid-engine 4-seater performance car. The car hosts a 3.5 liter V6 engine that brings 276hp and 252lbs of torque to the table. A carbon grey Evora is listed on Lotus of Austin’s website and has an MSRP of $87,250. Although we have no idea how much Mr. Rice paid for the distinction of owning the first Evora in North America, for that price, we would have preferred a Nissan GT-R Premium which offers more horsepower and torque for the same amount of money. Then again, to each his own.
Godzilla is on its way back to America, only this time it’s not the reptilian monster we’re talking about but the 2011 Nissan GT-R.
Slightly modified with a number or performance improvements from its 2010 brethren, the 2011 GT-R Premium – if you must know, the base model has already been discontinued - is headed to the US with a price tag of $84,060.
As far as the 2011 Nissan GT-R Premium is concerned, a number of changes were given to the car, with the notable ones being a re-tuned suspension and strengthened rear bushings that enhance ride comfort without compromising performance handling, a slightly darker color tone of the center caps on the wheels, the addition of double clear coat paint to the fascias, modified rear cooling ducts underneath the body, and the standardization of the automatic on/off headlights.
BMW is the only automaker that can successfully come up with market segments and then serve them to customers who are more than eager to gobble them up. The German automakers latest creation is the BMW X6 SAV, or sports activity vehicle, now this differs from ordinary SUVs because instead of being a storage box on wheels an active lifestyle calls for truck like ground clearance combined with a fastback roofline and room for four, even though it still has the same footprint as a full sized sport utility vehicle. This sounds perfect for the American market.
Despite the questionable nature of this fresh design, BMW is pushing the niche appeal of their luxury vehicle to the next level with a BMW X6 ActiveHybrid version and it will only cost consumers $89,775. Not bad considering that you will be able to counter any SUV protesters by informing them of your X6’s gas/electric hybrid drivetrain and then turn around and tell your muscle car friends about the BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology V8 and that you are laying down 485 HP and 575 lb-ft of torque to the pavement, just make sure that both conversations don’t coincide.
BMW announced the US pricing for the newly launched X6 M and X5 M Sporty SUVs. Revealed at the New York Auto Show, the two models will go on sale at a price of $86,225 for the X5 M and $89,725 for the X6M.
Both models are powered by a 4,4 liter twin-scroll, twin-turbo charged V8 engine that delivers 555 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a M Sports transmission. The M models can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4,5 seconds, while top speed is limited to 155 mph.
The two models come equipped with Dynamic Performance Control, special M suspensions and Adaptive Drive, along with a new Servotronic power steering and Active Roll Stabilization system. Other available options are: Head Up Display, Rear View Camera and High Beam Assistant.
We were braced for this back in November. That’s when we first got word that Nissan would increase the price for the next model year by about a five percent. Now we have the exact number for the increase for the 2010 GT-R: $3950.
That moves the price of the standard car from $76,840 to $80,790 and from $79,090 to $83,040 for the GT-R Premium model. But the extra cash does buy five extra horsepower (that works out to $790 per horse). That moves the power from 480 to 485 hp. Of course, that’s an estimate because Nissan was quick to point out many times last year that each engine and transmission is hand built, and specifically built for each car, so some power deviation can be expected.
There are a few other small extras that come with the $4k increase (like enhanced colors). For those who are really interested, it’s in the press release after the jump.
Nissan has taken the covers off of their latest factory tuned GT-R, the Spec V, and unfortunately this model has been uncovered to be the slowest of the R-35s. Despite this, Nissan is still developing the GT-R in order to release an upgraded version that they are calling the Series II. This vehicle will receive an upgraded suspension; a retuned transmission, stickier rubber and a 5 HP increase. Toshio Suzuki, Nissan’s head test driver, told GT-R blog that the modifications made to the Series II should allow the vehicle to navigate the 33 left turns and 40 right turns that make up the Nürburgring in about 5 seconds less than the current model.
The Nürburgring’s Nordschleife circuit is a 12.9 mile loop in western Germany that has been used since 1927 to test man and machine. Since 1983 automobile manufacturers and the media alike have been recording lap times on the circuit’s current configuration. The lap times are a benchmark for a vehicle’s performance, and are used to evaluate and compare the fastest vehicles in the world.
The GT-R has some history with the Green Hell. The R-33 Skyline GT-R was the first production car to lap the Ring in less than 8 minutes. More recently the Japanese car maker has had some words with the Porsche camp concerning lap times. In every video of track tests of the preproduction GT-R there is a Porsche 911 Turbo following not far behind. The 997 Turbo was the benchmark that Nissan had set for the performance of their supercar.
When Nissan announced an initial lap time of 7 minutes 38 seconds the people at Porsche took notice. With some more tuning Nissan engineers were able to bring the time down to 7 minutes 29 seconds. When this happened Porsche purchased a GT-R and put it head to head against their products. Porsche did not use their normal driver former World Rally Champion Walter Rohrl, but instead a Nürburgring expert. They managed to run a lap time of 7:54 in the GT-R, a 7:38 in the 911 Turbo and a 7:34 in their 530 HP GT2. It was then that August Achleitner, product chief for the 911, called foul. He stated that the lap time is impossible from the stock GT-R on stock tires. Nissan retaliated by posting the video of their 7:29 run on the internet and offered Porsche an opportunity to attend driving school.
The Series II GT-R would hypothetically bring the lap time down to 7 minutes and 24 seconds. Ahead of the Ferrari Enzo, right between a Pagani Zonda and Maserati MC12 supercars.
BMW announced the US pricing on the 2009 7-Series that made its world debut at the Paris Auto Show. The base price for the 750i is $81,125 and the 750Li is $85,025 (including $825 for destination and handling). Both models began production in November and will arrive at BMW Centers in the spring.
On the other hand, BMW announced that starting January 1st, 2009 all the price for all the models sold in USA will be increased by 0.7 percent.
The new BMW 7 Series is entering the market with a V8 and a straight-six gasoline engine both featuring Twin Turbo technology and direct fuel injection (High Precision Injection). The eight-cylinder developing maximum output of 407 hp between 5,500 and 6,400 rpm in the BMW 750i, for example, is the most efficient engine in its performance class and the only engine of its kind worldwide with the turbochargers fitted in the V-space between the two rows of cylinders.
Fisker Automotive, Inc., a green American premium sports car company, today unveiled its first production car, the Fisker Karma, at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. The first of its kind four-door plug-in hybrid premium sports sedan will have a starting price of $80,000. Initial deliveries of the Karma will commence in the 4th quarter of 2009 with annual production projected to reach 15,000 cars. The first 99 cars off the assembly line will be individually numbered and signed by Henrik Fisker and will be produced in the color and trim of the show car seen at NAIAS.