Car Reviews

Posted on by Austin Taylor  

These days, Hyundai is one of the top brands. With several very good — some excellent — cars, Hyundai is now a legitimate competitor with the big boys. A major contribution to the brand’s recent success has been the Genesis sedan and coupe, introduced in 2009 and 2010, respectively. While they share the same name, both cars are vastly different. The sedan is a large, rear-drive luxury model meant to take on the best mid-level offerings from Lexus , BMW and Mercedes-Benz , while the coupe, also rear-drive, is smaller and vastly sportier, intended to sway buyers away from the Mustang , Camaro , and Nissan 370Z .

Hyundai has updated the Genesis coupe recently, and now the 2.0T produces an impressive 274 horsepower, while the big-daddy 3.8-liter, V-6 version now puts out a whopping 348 ponies. Both a six-speed manual and Hyundai’s in-house eight-speed automatic transmission are available in both models.

However, according to Autoblog, the 2.0T version will be dropped for the 2015 model year. Apparently, Hyundai wants to convey a premium image, and feels the V-6 version is the only one that will cut it. I tend to disagree, as small, turbocharged (read: efficient) motors are the latest fad these days.

While the updated design for 2013, featuring upgraded power ratings and styling updates was definitely noteworthy, expect a full redesign for the 2016 model year, with V-8 power from the company’s proven TAU V-8 engine.

Note: Hyundai HND-9 Concept pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Hyundai Genesis Coupe.

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O.CT Tuning has impressed us once again with a new program for the 2014 Dodge Challenger SRT8. Not that the Challenger needs it seeing as a standard model already packs a 6.4-liter, V-8, HEMI engine that produces 470 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. But O.CT Tuning’s not impressed with those numbers, which is why the German tuner took it upon itself to give the American muscle car its new OCTSRT-700 program.

The program’s name pretty much says it all. This program means serious business, the likes of which we rarely see on a Challenger SRT8. For one, those stock HEMIs were deemed somewhat inadequate, hence the company’s decision to increase its displacement to an incredible 7.0 liters. O.CT Tuning then slapped on a compressor to the larger-displacement engine, resulting in an incredible power upgrade of 720 horsepower and 645 pound-feet of torque.

I’m no math genius or anything, but I do know that 470 is a long ways away from 720 — that’s an incredible difference of 250 horsepower — so excuse me for being a little tickled by the added output given to one of America’s finest pony cars.

This program is one of the most powerful we’ve seen on the Challenger SRT8. The fact that a German tuner did it speaks to the Challenger’s appeal as a global muscle machine.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Dodge Challenger SRT8 By O.CT Tuning.

Lumma Design introduced a new program for the Range Rover at the Goodwood Festival of Speed last June, adding to a growing portfolio of aftermarket programs that’s as impressive as they come in the tuning game. From Porsche 911 s to BMW X6 s, there are no shortage of tuning projects that has the German tuner’s badge on it and this new CLR SR kit for the Range Rover is the latest in a long list of them.

You can take one look at this Range Rover and you can immediately tell the difference. Lumma Design’s penchant for building quality kits is a testament to that.
This particular kit is available for both the Range Rover Sport and Vogue models, enhancing an already versatile luxury SUV with an aggressive body kit that brings out those pearly, British eyes.

This kit is the kind of program that owners of the Range Rover Sport and Vogue models should definitely have their eye on. The aerodynamic kit and the modest performance improvement will definitely make it worth their time.

Click past the jump to read more about the Land Rover Range Rover CLR SR By Lumma Design.

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is known as one of the world’s most impressive luxury four-door sedans. It’s been like that ever since it was launched in 1954, but for short periods of time, the S-Class was also offered as a two-door coupe. It first happened in 1961 and lasted for just 10 years. It returned in the 1980s as the SEC Coupe, but it disappeared again when the Germans decided to introduce the CL-Class range in 1998. Sixteen years later, the coupe body returned as part of the sixth-generation S-Class (W222), and, along with it, the Stuttgart crew launched the S63 AMG Coupe , the most powerful two-door, full-size car in Mercedes’ history.

While the S-Class Coupe hardly found any competition from its traditional BMW and Audi rivals, who have yet to develop coupes based on the 7 Series and A8 , respectively, the S65 AMG Coupe propels the Mercedes-Benz brand straight into Bentley and Rolls-Royce territory. The Merc has the power, the luxury and all the other credentials to compete with the big boys, but will it stand a chance against the best vehicles the British have to offer? Check out our review to find out more.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Mercedes S65 AMG Coupe.

Students from the Technical University of Eindhoven and the Fontys University of Applied Sciences are in the middle of an ambitious project the likes of which we’ve never dealt with before. The group is collectively known as InMotion. Unlike those twister soda projects we occupied ourselves with in college, these students are doing a much bigger project. And it involves the Nurburgring Nordschleife. InMotion is developing a hybrid race car called the IN01. The goal is to break the lap record at the famous race track and by lap record, we mean the 6:11 lap record set by Stefan Bellof using a Porsche 956.

At least we know these students are ambitious. That’s a good quality to have, right?

From the look of the IN01, it does appear that InMotion has a good idea of what it’s going to take to eclipse the 30-year-old record. The design of the racer is dynamic enough to make you interested in the project. It has the pointed-nose design of Formula One race cars and the closed cockpit configuration of an LMP1 prototype. The dimensions are also there and its low height should help in improving the car’s balance. Even the rear section, with the blown rear diffuser, was designed to be as minimalistic as possible.

Aesthetically, it looks like a million bucks. But how it’s going to fare against that 6:11 record lap time around the Nurburgring Nordschleife is a different matter entirely. That, after all, is the ultimate point of this project.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 InMotion IN01.

The Cadillac CTS-V was launched in 2004 as a high-performance version of the CTS sedan. Aimed at fast sedans like the BMW M5 and the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG , the CTS-V was powered by a 5.7-liter, LS6, V-8 engine in its first two years on the market. Shared with the C5 Corvette, the powerplant was rated at 400 horsepower and 395 pound-feet of torque. GM replaced the 5.7-liter with a 6.0-liter LS2 in 2006, but output remained unchanged, albeit the new unit brought a wider torque band. When the second-gen CTS-V arrived in 2008, Cadillac dropped a supercharged, 6.2-liter V-8 in its engine bay. Based on the LS9 mill found in the Corvette C6 ZR1 , the LSA produced 556 horsepower and 551 pound-feet of torque. The second-gen CTS-V also saw the introduction of station wagon and coupe versions.

Going into 2015, Cadillac is rolling out the highly-anticipated, third-generation CTS-V. Based on the brand-new CTS sedan with a redesigned exterior and a roomier interior, the 2016 CTS-V brings more power, updated technology, and less weight to the table.

Updated 07/17/2014: Today we created a series of renderings for the future CTS-V. Check them out after the jump.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V.

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The new Audi Q3 will be released this fall as a 2015 model. A tad late to the compact, luxury-crossover party, mostly dominated by the BMW X1 , it should be worth the wait and give the Bimmer some legitimate competition. Based on the capable Volkswagen Tiguan , it shares the basic body but has its own unique Audi-esque styling cues, which include the familiar Audi grille , an attractive, coupe-like roofline, and a sharp character line that runs the length of the vehicle.

Other differences from the Tiguan include a lightweight aluminum hood, liftgate and suspension components. Power will come from the corporate 2.0-liter, turbocharged inline-four, netting 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque, connected to a six-speed automatic. This configuration has proven more than adequate in every Volkswagen and Audi application, and should have no trouble here, either. Quattro all-wheel drive will be an option. Expect typical Audi luxury, with a sumptuous interior, and top-notch fit and finish.

While we are certainly eager to get our hands on the new Q3, perhaps what are even more exciting are the reports of the second-generation model, due out for the 2017 model year. The biggest news is that we have received confirmation that the next-generation Q3 will be inspired by the legendary Audi Quattro , released in 1980.

Note: Current generation Audi Q3 pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2017 Audi Q3.

With a sleek, muscular appearance, and 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of twist at its disposal, the Mercedes-Benz CLA250 is far from being unattractive. Sure, it’s not as powerful and mean-looking as the CLA45 AMG , but if you’re aiming for something a bit more special and can’t afford the range-topping model, than the company’s brand-new Sport Package Plus is an option you should consider.

Transferred from Europe where it was launched under the Sport moniker last year, the Sport Package Plus comes to enhance the visuals and some of the internal bits of the U.S.-spec Mercedes -Benz CLA250. A new front bumper, red contrasts inside and out, new wheels, new sports seats, and AMG-prepped front axle and suspension highlight this compelling package. It brings a bit of CLA45 AMG-like handling to the base CLA250 and adds a touch of sportiness to its body and cabin without overdoing it.

It’s available on both the front-wheel-drive and 4MATIC versions, and goes on sale later this year. In the meantime, let’s have a look at all the details surrounding this new bundle.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes-Benz CLA250 Sport Package Plus.

The current-generation Honda Civic is enjoying great success in the United States, where it is offered in both sedan and coupe body styles, which are powered by gasoline, natural gas, or even a hybrid powertrain. On the other side of the Atlantic, however, the hatchback version of the Civic, which Honda has yet to bring Stateside, just had its cool factor enhanced by means of a menacing special-edition model.

Dubbed Black Edition and wrapped in a triple black exterior that would make a 1970 Plymouth Roadrunner burst with anger, the new addition to Honda’s U.K. lineup is restricted to Great Britain, where it joins similar special-edition versions of the CR-V crossover and the Jazz hatchback (sold as Fit in the United States). Suddenly, it seems like the United Kingdom is a great place to be if you’re a Honda enthusiast.

But before we start feeling sorry for not getting it in the United States, let’s have a closer look and find out what the Civic Black Edition is all about.

Click past the jump to read more about the Honda Civic Black Edition.


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