Last week, the upcoming Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake was, once again, caught testing on public roads in Stuttgart, Germany. Now, Mercedes has taken it for another testing session, but this time on the roads of Arjeplog in Northern Sweden, for a little winter testing.
It’s no surprise to see the Mercedes CLA receiving a shooting brake version, considering it is the baby-brother of the CLS, which also has a shooting brake version.
As for the CLA Shooting Brake, it will feature a design language similar to the sedan, with except of that sweet shooting brake tail, which looks identical to the CLS Shooting Brake ’s tail.
Under its hood, the upcoming CLA Shooting Brake will feature the same engine lineup as the sedan, including a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine offered in two output levels — 121 horsepower and 154 horsepower — and an AMG version with a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder unit that delivers 330 horsepower.
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Customers of the Bugatti Veyron in North America are in for a treat, as if having the capabilities to buy one of the most expensive cars in the world isn’t good enough.
If you happen to be a prospective customer of Bugatti and you’re in line to buy one of its multi-million-dollar supercars , the French automaker will give you a chance to take one of its own out for a spin. And by "one of its own", we mean the world’s fastest convertible, the mighty Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse .
The recently-launched Bugatti Dynamic Drive Experience allows you to see whether you made the right decision in signing up for a Veyron and while we can’t imagine a reason for somebody to renege on their interest after driving the car, the Dynamic Drive Experience is the perfect way for prospective owners to find out if they could handle the heat of owning one of the world’s fastest, most powerful, and most expensive supercars.
The first Dynamic Drive Experience was recently held in Las Vegas with Bugatti indicating that more stops in cities across the U.S. and Canada are being planned.
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As amazing as this may sound, the AMG Gran Vision Turismo will make it to production! Unfortunately, Mercedes will be the developer, but a custom builder whom will use the brand new 2014 SLS AMG GT as the base car. The production version will be limited to only five units and one is already sold. Of these five units, two will be available in the Middle East, two in Europe and one in the U.S. As you can imagine, price will be monumental — $1.5 million, to be exact.
The production version of the Vision Concept will feature a carbon-fiber body kit that will the SLS AMG GT’s total weight by about 200 pounds. It will feature a chrome paint job and will come with a retractable rear spoiler and custom exhaust. The car will also ride on custom ADV.1 wheels and will feature a modified interior, with color designed according to the customer’s request.
We assume that the engine will be the SLS AMG GT’s 6.3-liter V-8, but we have yet to confirm this.
We have reached out to the manufacturer to get some more information on the vehicle, and we will bring you a full review once we receive all of the information.
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AMG was originally founded in 1967 as a manufacturer of racing engines. Originally, the company was an independent engineering firm, but in 1990, DaimlerChrysler took a controlling interest, followed by a full takeover in 2005.
Initially AMG started with designing and testing racing engines, and later on it moved to building custom road cars based upon standard Mercedes cars, which remains its main focus today.
AMG models are defined by a more aggressive exterior look, more powerful engines and upgraded performance figures. The current models are generally offered with a 5.5 liter, V-8 twin-turbo engine - the models wearing a "63" in their nomenclature and a 6.0 liter, V-12 BiTurbo engine in the model with "65" in their names. Most recently, however, AMG has added a 2.0-liter, inline-four cylinder engine to its arsenal for compact Mercedes models, and they typically don the "45" nomenclature.
Check out the video to learn a few more things on the AMG history,
We all know that the LaFerrari is one of the sexiest hybrid supercars available now, but it looks like the Italiam automaker has something else up its sleeve.
A very strange LaFerrari mule was caught testing at the Fiorano racetrack. We say strange because it did not have the exhaust note of a a normal LaFerrari. It sounded a lot more like the note from the turbocharged V-6 engine that we will see in Formula 1 next year.
We are not too sure why Ferrari would test an F1 engine in the LaFerrari, but we’re sure some light will be shined on the topic soon enough. Our best guess is that the mule has an easy way of swapping the drivetrain out, which would have made initial drivetrain testing easier, so Ferrari is using the old LaFerrari mule as a tester for its new F1 engine, given it can easily install and remove the drivetrain. Then again, we are just speculating on that.
Shortly after unveiling the absolutely scintillating Red Bull X2014 , Sony and Polyphony Digital decided to give us all a peek at what we can expect with all of its Vision Gran Turismo Concepts . Yup, the two companies weren’t just content with just one teaser image; they decided to give us a tease of a handful of vehicles that will appear as part of the Vision Gran Turismo Concepts.
Every Monday, Motor Trend rolls out a new episode of its Ignition show and the latest one brings into focus a great sports car: the 2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S .
Carlos Lago checks out the V-12-powered sports car to see if it is really worthy of all the praise that is heaped upon it. He also checks out just how well the Vantage V12 S performs, relative to Aston Martin’s claim that this model is indeed the second-fastest-accelerating car the company has produced. This is where Carlos got to have all the fun in the world, as he pushed the Aston to its limits. Lago also lets us in on whether or not the controversial single-clutch automated manual transmission really hampers the performance of the Vantage.
As a reminder, the V12 Vantage S is powered by an AM28 6.0-liter, V-12 engine that delivers a total of 565 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in a claimed 3.7 seconds — Lago noted a much slower time — and up to a top speed of 205 mph.
It’s been a few days since Paul Walker’s unexpected passing and the details behind the ordeal are still pretty hard to fathom.
One of the things that have been directly affected by Walker’s death is the Fast & Furious franchise, which is actually in the middle of filming its seventh installment with Walker playing a prominent role in it, as usual.
Recently, leaked footage containing a scene from Fast & Furious 7 made it’s rounds in which Walker’s character, Brian O’Conner, promises "just one more" funeral while attending one held for another member of the "Fast Family," Han Seoul-Oh. You can see the scene above, though the audio is a little low quality.
Not a lot of details are being released about this particular scene, although a recent report from Movies indicated that the scene is actually a spoiler from the Fast & Furious 6 Blu-ray and DVD.
Either way, it’s a particularly goosebump-raising scene given the unfortunate and truly shocking death of Walker last weekend.
Our thoughts and prayers are still with his family and friends.
Click past the jump to relive all the trailers for all six Fast & Furious movies.
A few days ago, Lamborghini invited you to listen to the engine sound of the Gallardo ’s successor. Now the real teasing begins with the first episode of a series that will reveal, step by step, the upcoming supercar, which is most commonly known as the Cabrera .
The only problem is that the first video says nearly nothing about the car. Called "The Plan," it features three guys that plan to embark on a "secret mission:" get from London to Lamborghini’s plant in Sant’Agata Bolognese, and be the first ones to see "the new creature car." We’re just hoping that the next episode will provide more info about the car and less about the three guys and one girlfriend.
Lamborghini promised that the first details on the new Cabrera will be released before Christmas, but before that check out www.hexagonproject.com for more details and updates on the car.
Last time we caught the next-generation Volkswagen Passat out testing, all we saw was a mule. Today, however, it looks like Volkswagen took the real deal out for a testing session in Spain. As expected, the car wears tons of camouflage, but even it’s still easy to see that is will be completely revised.
The new Passat will be built on Volkswagen’s new MQB platform — also used for the new Golf — making it the biggest car on that platform. Despite being larger than the current generation, the next Passat will be about 140 to 220 pounds lighter and will get a family of four-cylinder, turbocharged diesel and gasoline engines to help increase fuel efficiency. Volkswagen also plans to work in a plug-in version of the next Passat.
The model will be offered either as sedan or wagon and with optional Haldex 4Motion all-wheel drive. It should arrive on the market sometime in late 2014.
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