With the new C-Class sedan revealed almost completely, our spy photographers were out and about looking for the station wagon lacking camo. Well, today was the day, as our spy shooters found the T model, as Mercedes likes to call it, totally free of camouflage as well. It was not a video or a photo shoot; rather, the Mercedes guys "forgot" to cover it up. They did cover it up later, but it was a little bit late by that time.
Unfortunately, our spy photographers managed to catch only the rear of the car, but even so, we could sport some elements never seen before. You can now clearly see the taillights that go all the way to the tailgate and give the new C-Class wagon a wider look, kind of like a smaller E-Class wagon. Rounding out the changes we can see are exhaust pipes that are integrated with the rear bumper.
Since the new C-Class will grow in dimensions when compared to its predecessor, we expect it to offer more interior room and increased cargo space.
The new Mercedes C-Class will be unveiled at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show.
There is something about Black Friday that brings out the crazy in people. Trampled store employees and fistfights over the latest Elmo doll in the toy aisle have become an unfortunate yearly tradition only hours after observing Thanksgiving. It’s ironic to say the least.
But perhaps equally as ironic is the idea of a station wagon hitting 60 mph in under four seconds while hauling a trunk-full of Christmas presents for the whole family. We’re not afraid to explore the ironic here at TopSpeed, so we compiled a list of vehicles we would use to snag all those infamous Black Friday deals.
These Black Friday cargo haulers had to be fast enough to outrun other shoppers, have enough cargo room to haul a flat-screen TV with other boxes stacked around, and flashy enough to let others know you mean business.
Scroll on down for TopSpeed’s top-10 list of Black Friday deal-getters and why we chose them. Leave a comment on which one you would be driving.
Click past the jump for the Top 10 list of best wagons, hatchbacks , SUVs and — uhm — "Other" gift getters
The car was built upon the specification of Porsche’s Facebook community, and now one lucky winner - Dede Seward from San Francisco, USA had the chance to experience it on the track. Yes, Dede was also flown from San Francisco to UK where the car was tested at the Porsche Experience Centre in Silverstone.
For those customers interested in the car, but whom do not have enough money to buy it, Porsche is offering two interested choices. One will be a limited edition 1:43 scale model of the Porsche 911 Carrera 4S produced by Porsche Exclusive - the perfect gift for Christmas, while the second includes 90 minutes of driving the actual car on the Porsche Test Tracks at Silverstone. The cost is £315 - about $500 at the current exchange rates.
Jay Leno took a brake from all the supercars he reviewed lately and in its latest episode of his show he decided to take a look at the 1956 Maserati A6G-2000 Allemano - a model that took best in its class at Pebble Beach 2011.
The car was brought to him by Jonathan Segal - the owner of this exquisitely restored Allemano.
What makes the Maserati A6G-2000 even more special - next to being a very cool classic car, is that only 21 units were ever built by coach builder Allemano. The A6G-2000 was the first sports car developed by Maserati after the World War II and was powered by a 2-liter six-cylinder engine with an output of about 140 horsepower.
Currently the A6G-2000 are very expensive cars, as there were a few units sold for a few millions at the current auctions.
Check out the video to see what Jay Leno thinks about the 1956 Maserati A6G-2000 Allemano.
Back in October we reported that SRT needed to slow production of the new generation Viper , due to poor demand. However, it looks like now Ralph Gilles, president and CEO of Chrysler’s SRT Brand and Motorsports, says that the car has indeed a bright future and that the company has "several hundred units outstanding we still have to build."
Gilles said that the Viper indeed had some problems at launch and this is why the company had to postpone initial deliver, but now the interest in the new Viper is very strong.
It looks like the problem was not the car, but the dealers whom had no idea how to promote the car. The new Viper has a base price of $97,395 - a lot more than the previous car, so it was to be expected to hear that customers will ask more for the money. SRT wants to allow its customers to choose "their color, their stripe, their package, their interior," but the dealers wanted to "anticipate the market and ended up creating a car that may not be the right car."
To fix the problem SRT launched a fourth-quarter training program called "All Access Tour" that brings together dealers, current owners and potential customers. Basically thanks to this new program, the potential buyers will have the chance to test the car and see what they will get for the money.
The Arrinera Hussarya has been in the fringes of the auto world in the past couple of years and while it’s probably taken longer to build than a lot of people would’ve liked, the good news is that it’s still in development and not sent back to the heap.
But if the first Polish supercar has any plans to be recognized as a treat to the senses, it has to get past the point of being "in development" and move into becoming a dealership-ready best. Apparently, Arrinera is doing all it can to get the job done and it’s even bringing in help from a very useful source: Lee Noble.
The man responsible for the Noble brand has given his assistance to Arrinera from the very beginning and its no surprise that when the company decided to give the Hussarya a rolling chassis test, Noble was there to give it a spin.
Considering that Noble vehicles are known for their handling, it was a smart move to bring in Lee Noble to see what kind of sagely advice he can give to Arrinera so that the latter can put in into the Hussarya.
We’re still waiting for the supercar to be officially launched as a production model but the wait has been softened a little now that Lee Noble appears to be getting more and more involved in the development of this Polish hammer.
Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Arrinera Hussarya
Now that Mercedes said its "Good Bye" to the current SLS AMG with the Final Edition revealed at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, the company is now focusing on the development of its successor. The next AMG GT, also known as the SLC , but internally known as the C190 was caught testing today by our spy photographers, and, as you can see it started to loose that nasty camouflage.
Offered as a direct competitor to the Porsche 911 , the upcoming AMG GT will be offered with at least three engine options, with the base model delivering somewhere between 400 and 500 horsepower and the Black Series version up to 600 horsepower.
The new Mercedes AMG GT is expected to be unveiled at the 2014 German Grand Prix next July. Mercedes said the model will only be offered in a coupe version, but a roadster version could also be offered if the model will prove itself successful.
In the latest episode of Drive, Chris Harris put face to face two of the latest sports cars: the new Porsche 911 Turbo S and the McLaren MP4 12C . Why this strange choice? Well, because the new Turbo S is a very expensive car, and, according to Harris, it "probably needs to fend-off more exotic machinery like a yellow McLaren."
As a reminder, the 911 Turbo S is powered by a turbocharged 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine with direct fuel injection that delivers a total of 560 horsepower. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds and can hit a top speed of 197 mph. On the other hand, the MP4 12C gets a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 with an output of 616 horsepower. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds and up to 207 mph.
Check out the video to see which of the two sports car was the best according to Harris.
Happy Thanksgiving to all the TopSpeed readers, we hope that your Turkey Day is off to a great start. We all know the importance of Thanksgiving here in the U.S., but this day is also a very special one for the automobile racing industry.
On this day, 118 years ago — in 1895 for those that don’t have a calculator handy — America’s first ever automotive race , the Chicago Times-Herald Race, took place. It was a 54-mile journey from Jackson Park in Chicago to Evanston, IL and back, and it included just six cars at the starting line — two electric cars and three gasoline-powered cars.
Only four of the cars actually finished, and the highest top speed during the race was a sluggish 7.5 mph. The winner, Frank Duryea, managed to complete the icy course in nine hours, netting a $5,000 prize in the process (about $140,000 by today’s dollar value), and the second-place finisher took another two hours to reach the start-finish marker, which was a boulder near the Museum of Science and Industry.
This rock is now legendary in the automotive racing industry, as it marks the beginning of one of the biggest industries in America. Each and every year, a group of 100, or so, exotic cars and motorcycles make their way to "The Rock" on Thanksgiving day to celebrate the race (weather permitting). And this year is no different. The celebration typically kicks off around 9 a.m.
So, if you have some extra time between cooking and stuffing your face with Turkey, you should swing by and check out some of the cars and see the most famous rock in racing history! For those that don’t know, "The Rock" is southwest of the Museum of Science and Industry. Simply take the Museum exit on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago and look for the line cars; you can’t miss it.
Check out a map of the original race after the jump.
In the latest episode of Drive, Matt Farah took the 2014 Mini Cooper Works GP to the Silver State Classic — an open road challenge in the Nevada desert — to see just how good the GP really is.
According to Matt, he was excited about the idea, but in the end the experiment didn’t go too well, because the organizers wanted them to go relatively slowly, and when driving a Mini GP, the only thing you can do is go fast as hell. So, check out the video to see what happened in the end and how fast the GP really is.
As a reminder, the GP is powered by a modified 1.6-liter, four-cylinder, turbocharged engine that delivers a total of 218 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 191 pound-feet of torque from just 1,750 rpm. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.3 seconds and up to a top speed of 150 mph.