With the Audi official reveal of the revised A8 in the books, the next Audi model on the "to-revise" the list is the A7 . So our spy photographers went out on a mission to catch one, and they accompli9shed said task today, and as you can see, only some minor parts of the car will be updated.
Just like on the revised A8, we expect the new A7 to be offered with more powerful and efficient engines, new assistance systems and likely a new set of Matrix LED headlights — the sexiest part of the new A8.
Unfortunately, our photographers couldn’t confirm the inclusion of these new lights, as they never got the chance to see the car from the front. Other front-end changes we expect include a revised Singleframe grille and bumper. Around back, we expect to see new taillight graphics and and some new LED lights, while the new bumper will get integrated exhaust tips.
As for the engine lineup, we expect both the gasoline and the diesel engines to receive a handful of updates that help them deliver more power and use less fuel.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Audi A7.
Bulgarian tuner Vilner doesn’t nearly get the love it deserves. But the company continues to produce some ridiculous programs over the years and this time around, it’s prepared something that it has described as its biggest project to date.
It’s also the first model Vilner has reworked completely, making it that much more significant in the eyes of a lot of people. It’s called the Bullshark, and it’s based on the second-generation BMW 6 Series Coupe and with a name that fits the billing, this bad-boy is one insane Bulgarian-tuned masterpiece.
The length by which Vilner reworked the model is evident by the fact that only the doors and the roof were kept stock. Everything else was changed, including a host of new aerodynamic components, all of which were made entirely from carbon fiber.
Inside, brown and beige accidents dominate the seats, which goes well with blue belts and matching stitching. Cowhide was the material of choice, further highlighting the exclusivity of the program, while the steering wheel, seats and gear shifter were also all rebuilt. Finally, an 11-speaker audio system was installed, which included a pair of amplifiers and a trunk-mounted subwoofer for a little extra boom.
Finally, an engine upgrade was also given to the 6er Coupe, resulting in a modest increase to the output of the car’s 4.4-liter, V-8 engine from 333 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque up to 370 horsepower and 385 pound-feet of torque. The improved numbers allow the Bullshark to hit 62 mph in just 5.4 seconds to go with a top speed of 173 mph.
Click past the jump to read about the current generation BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe
After being officially unveiled in 2011, the fifth-generation Hyundai Elantra continues into 2014 with some improvements that include a series of new exterior and interior features and a more powerful engine. The old GLS version is now known as the SE trim and there is also a more powerful Sport trim, giving the sedan a little extra pop.
Next to being more powerful, the new Sport version will also add a sport-tuned steering and suspension calibrations, plus a series of exterior updates that will distinguish it from the rest of the lineup, like chrome insertions, a rear spoiler and an exposed single exhaust tip.
The new Sport version gets a new 2.0-liter engine, that delivers an extra 25 horsepower and 23 pound-feet of torque when compared to the 1.8-liter Nu engine used last year in the Elantra.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Hyundai Elantra.
Ever since its official launch, the Kia Soul has been one of the most active models at SEMA . Last year, Kia rolled into Las Vegas with a Soul lineup inspired by comic-book heroes , but this year, Kia prepared quite an impressive lineup of Souls with four of them drawing inspiration from the music world.
These four music-inspired Souls touched on different parts of the music world, as they featured a cutting-edge DJ station ; a pro-sound-quality, plug-in-ready amplifier on wheels ; and a load of memorabilia from all things music . This final model is the Soul ’’The Voice" and it was prepared by NBC as a tribute to the famous TV show.
According to its creator, this Soul "represents the sheer talent needed to perform in front of a live audience and millions at home." This model features a cool bright red exterior paint combined with a "The Voice logo" on the side, vinyl on the window portion and a cool "I Want You" logo illuminated in the lower grille.
Click past the jump to read more about the Kia Soul The Voice.
More than just being one of the biggest automakers in the world these days, Hyundai is also pretty adept at preparing for the apocalypse. Whereas other companies aren’t as involved when it comes to gearing up for the day zombies roam this planet, the Korean automaker has been doing the opposite for the past few years.
Hyundai has already released a handful of zombie-prepared vehicles in the past and at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show , it introduced its latest survival vehicle. It’s called the Hyundai Tucson Walking Dead Edition, and as the name clearly says, this special edition SUV is based on the hit AMC show.
For its color, Hyundai opted to use an Ash Black shade for the exterior with matching red accents and some dedicated graphics, including four unique decals featuring factions - Hilltop, Kingdom, Saviors and Survivors - from the graphic novel-inspired show.
Inside, the special edition Tucson receives black leather seats, custom floor mats, and a seven-inch touchscreen display with a special The Walking Dead splash screen. A "Zombie Survival Kit" is also part of the package, which has a host of cool items, like a survivalist backpack and a Walking Dead Tucson Quick Reference Guide.
Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Hyundai Tucson
If any of you remember, the model was first shown as a concept at the 2011 SEMA Auto Show and, unlike a lot of the models we see at SEMA, the Sonic Dusk was given the green light as a production model. There are not a lot of noticeable changes from the concept to the production model, but that’s actually a good thing, seeing as the Sonic Dusk Sedan comes with a host of sophisticated new features that really sets it apart from any other Sonic variant
A unique exterior color — Ashen Grey Metallix — is one of the unquestioned highlights of the Sonic Dusk Sedan, complemented nicely by matte appointments on the upper and lower grilles, door handle inserts and rear license plate trim. The vehicle also has a new rear spoiler, a ground-effects package, a set of 18-inch aluminum wheels with its own Midnight Silver matte finish and four-wheel disc brakes — an setup that is exclusive to the Sonic Dusk.
Inside, the modifications are limited to Jet Black leather-trimmed seats with suede-microfiber accents and Mojave tan inserts. Not exactly lighting the world on fire, but enough to give the car’s cabin that added character to set it apart from the crowd.
No performance modifications were given, so expect the Sonic Dusk to have the same 1.4-liter Ecotec turbocharged engine that produces 138 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. This is good enough to hit 60 mph in around 10 seconds with a top speed of about 115 mph and a fuel returns of 29 mpg in the city and 40 mpg in the highway.
Click past the jump to read about the 2013 Chevrolet Sonic Dusk Concept
But the render it did for the Ferrari LaFerrari just took the insanity to a whole new level. There are some programs that certainly fits this definition, but none of them were done on the LaFerrari, the Prancing Horse’s crown jewel supercar that the company has described as its fastest and most powerful supercar it has ever built.
In accomplishing this rendering, DMC said that it combined elements from the Ferrari GTO , the XX, and the FXX into one package without compromising the LaFerrari’s own DNA.
The result is the LaFerrari FXXR, a heavily-modified take on the LaFerrari that’s just too mean for words.
DMC made no mention of mechanical mods, with exception of a race-inspired exhaust, so we assume this LaFerrari retains the hybrid system that combines a 6.3-liter, V-12 engine with two electric motors. The exhaust system may drive the LaFerrari up a little rfom the stock 963 horsepower and more than 663 pound-feet of torque.
There’s no word on whether DMC is going to go ahead and build this program, but for just sheer lunacy, we’re hoping and praying that the tuning company goes ahead with this.
The world needs it, fellas.
Click past the jump to read more about DMC’s FXXR rendering for the Ferrari LaFerrari
The Devel Sixteen hypercar was unveiled at the 2013 Dubai International Motor Show and it is either sheer vaporware or the most insanely powerful car we’ve ever seen. According to it’s creator — Majid Al Attar — the new Devel Sixteen is "created with the passion of making this car a legend in the history of super cars."
The only problem is that even though the model dropped cover in Dubai, it’s official webpage remains mostly specification-free. Still, its pretty obvious the new Sixteen features an outrageous design language that seems inspired by the Lamborghini Egoista and Veneno , but taken to even crazier levels — if that’s even possible.
Under its hood, the Sixteen gets a sixteen-cylinder engine that, according to the specifications listed in Dubai, delivers a total of 5,000 horsepower — no, that’s not a typo, it’s a five with three zeros. With this incredible amount of power, Devel estimates the Sixteen will hit 60 mph in just 1.8 seconds and go up to a top speed of 560 km/h (347 mph). If the Devel Sixteen ever hits the market, then it will easily become the fastest production car in the world.
The new Sixten is rumored to come with a price of $1 million — a relative bargain if the specs are correct — and three customers have already placed orders.
Click past the video to see a video of the Devel Sixteen shot at the 2013 Dubai International Motor Show.
The first rumors about a new Maserati sedan placed under the current Quattroporte appeared at the beginning of 2010, but after a couple of months of heating up the air waves, the new car fell by the wayside while everyone made room for the new Audis, Ferrari s, and such. Now, with just two weeks before the car’s official debut in Shanghai, Maserati has dropped the first details on its latest addition to the lineup.
Based on the same platform as the new generation Quattroporte , the new Ghibli sedan features a sportier character when compared to its big brother. Also, unlike previous rumors, for the new Ghibli, Maserati will only use two V-6 engines, while the V-8 engine used in the Quattroporte won’t be used.
Maserati revealed nothing on the car’s price just yet, but considering the new Ghibli will play a significant role in Maserati’s growth plan to sell 50,000 cars per year, we expect the price to be kept somewhere in the $70k area.
UPDATE 07/26/13: Maserati unveiled a series of new high res images for its latest sedan: Ghibli. Check out the picture gallery to see them all.
UPDATE 09/30/13: Maserati unveiled a new video featuring the new Ghibli tested inside the climatic wind tunnel in which unusual weather conditions are recreated: it can go from temperatures close to -30°C to more than 60°C.
Updated 11/22/2013: The Maserati Ghibli made its North American debut at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, and it will hit showrooms in early 2014 at a starting price of $65,600. This will surely help Maserati boost its sales to 50,000 cars annually by 2015. (Car and Driver)
Hit the jump to read more about the future Maserati Ghibili.
BMW stopped production of the M3 Convertible a while ago, and it is now preparing for the release of its replacement, the M4 Convertible , next year. Until the M4 drop-top hits the market, German tuner Leib Engineering is giving M3 Convertible owners a chance to push their hard-top 3er to the next level.
Just like with the rest of the M3 family, the convertible version is powered by a 4.0-liter, V-8 engine with a total output of 414 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, which was good enough to sprint the cabriolet to 60 mph in under five seconds. Leib Engineering obviously was not satisfied by these numbers, and pushed the M3 to 610 horsepower and 435 pound-feet of torque.
Getting the extra 196 ponies and 140 pound-feet of torque from the V-8 engine required a G-Power SK II CS supercharger, an additional fuel pump system, high-performance injector nozzles, colder spark plugs, induction air track made of carbon/stainless steel and an ECU remap.
The kit also includes a new sports exhaust system with double 100-cell sports catalytic converters from HJS and an exhaust valve that can be controlled through the M button on the steering wheel. The exhaust system features 65 mm (2.55-inch) diameter pipes, which is a nice jump from the factory 60 mm (2.36-inch) pipes.
The final step in creating this amazing M3 was to update the suspension and chassis to handle all of the extra power. This includes a KW DDC coilover setup that the driver can adjust via the M button or through the Electronic Damper Control button.
Click past the jump to read more about the BMW M3 Cabriolet by Leib Engineering.