The Mitsubishi i-MiEV is one of several all-electric cars available in the market today. Yes, it’s expensive and and very odd looking, to say the least, but it does have its place in the automotive world. It may not replace a conventionally powered car any time soon, but for quick drive to the nearest supermarket, this could do the job. And while doing so, it would emit zero harmful pollutants into the atmosphere.
Like most electric cars, the i-MiEV is based on a gasoline-powered car — the Mitsubishi i Kei, in this instance — with a few modifications to allow Mitsubishi to squeeze-in an electric motor and a set of batteries. The i Kei was best suited for the conversion, thanks to its long wheelbase and short overhangs that provided decent room for 4 to 5 adults. Additionally, its five-door hatchback design meant there was ample cargo room, as well.
More than the technical drawbacks of an electric car over conventionally powered automobiles is the high cost of manufacturing, which hampers its market penetration. Mitsubishi is striving to get these costs down and appears to have driven them down slightly for 2014, as it has decided to slash the price of the i-MiEV electric car.
With revised pricing and a new list of standard features, how does the i-MiEV stack up against its competition? Read on to find.
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You can always leave it up to Hamann to churn out aftermarket programs for cars that are affordable enough to own, yet still possesses that incredible look to make the power upgrades all worth the price in the end.
Such is the case with the program the German tuner built for the BMW 4 Series Coupe . At a starting price of just over $41,000, the 4er won’t burn holes on your pockets, so owning one isn’t that difficult to do. But having one in your garage is only the first part of the equation to thoroughly enjoying the spoils of the 4 Series .
That’s where Hamann comes into the picture, or to be more specific the myriad of performance kits it has developed for the sports coupe . It’s an extensive list that covers a large boat of trim levels for the 4 Series.
For the 420d/420d xDrive, power spikes from 184 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque all the way up to 216 horsepower and 324 pound-feet of torque. Moving up to the 430d, you get the treat of seeing the standard 258 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque increase to 295 horses and 446 pound-feet. If you have the 435d xDrive, you receive the most powerful tuned 4 Series of the lot, thanks to a new output of 355 ponies and 512 pound-feet of torque.
Far be it to leave the ’i’ models alone, Hamann also gave them their own line of power boosts, led by the 420i/420i xDrive TwinPower, which now has 208 horsepower and 232 pound-feet of torque, up from the stock 184 ponies and 199 pound-feet of torque. Then, there’s the 428i/428i xDrive TwinPower models, both of which now get 272 horsepower and 289 pound-feet of torque from the stock 245 horses and 258 pound-feet of torque.
Finally, the 435i/435i xDrive TwinPower models come into the picture, boasting 348 ponies and 331 pound-feet of torque, which is a significant increase from the 306-horsepower and 295 pound-feet output of the standard model.
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In some respects, that’s what you expect from an aftermarket company like Arden, which has specialized in these types of programs for Range Rovers. It’s latest take is no different, and yet when you take into account the kind of performance upgrade it gave the SUV , you stand and wonder if it could’ve been more.
That’s the respect we have for Arden.
But hey, this tuning program is still a whale of an upgrade, something Arden achieved by giving the Range Rover a supercharger kit, a new sport catalytic converter, an optimized ECU unit and a high-performance exhaust system. Considering that the standard Range Rover’s 5.0-liter, V-8 engine can produce a tight 510 horses and 461 pound-feet of torque, it’s an impressive feat that Arden was able to spike the numbers to a staggering 650 horsepower and 580 pound-feet of torque. This is good enough to improve the SUV’s 0-to-60 mph time from 5.3 seconds to somewhere around 3.8 and before hitting a top speed of 161 mph.
No word yet on how much this program is going to cost, but with the promise of 650 horsepower to play around with, we’ve no doubt that it’s going to set customers back a few bucks.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport and to see this Arden tuning kit in detail.
The current-generation Mercedes ML-Class (W166) was unveiled in 2011, as a 2012 model, and since then it hasn’t received any major updates. Things are about to change, however, as it looks like a revision for the ML is just around the corner, as our spy photographers managed to snap the first photos of the revised ML during winter testing.
As you can see from these spy shots, it looks like only the front and the rear sections will be updated. The interior will also receive a large iPad-like screen on the dashboard and the new COMAND infotainment controller with a touchpad on the center console.
We also expect to see a few changes under the hood, with a plug-in-hybrid version being a possibility.
The revised ML will be released in late 2014, as a 2015 model. It will join the MLC — the model that will take on the BMW X6 — in Mercedes’ crossover lineup.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Mercedes-Benz ML-Class.
With the next auto show scheduled to take place after the calendar turns to 2014, a number of automakers are already gearing up for it before the holiday break arrives.
One of these companies is Audi and to no one’s surprise, the German company has gotten the ball rolling with a preview of a crossover concept that it plans to unveil at the Detroit Auto Show in January.
Billed as the "new Audi show car," the yet-to-be-named crossover coupe concept is being touted as a preview of what we can expect from Audi moving forward, specifically as it pertains to certain visual elements in the concept that will be translated to its future lineup of sports cars .
That’s a lot take in, especially considering the "coupe -like nature" of this particular concept, particularly the certain designs that are undeniably sporty in nature. There’s a tornado line on the sides that emphasize a distinctively aggressive character. There are short overhangs and a low roof, thicker-than-usual C-pillars, aluminum underbody guards, and of course, a new set of 19-inch alloy wheels that mesh well with the somewhat-staunch and muscular look of this concept.
The interior, it appears, has a 2+2 seating configuration, although what appears to be lack of backrests on the front seats leaves us a little confused as to what Audi’s going for with this. There’s a flat-bottom steering wheel, which is a nice touch, and the full-length center console definitely adds personality to the concept.
We expect to hear more about this new crossover coupe concept when the Detroit Auto Show comes around. Until then, these teaser photos will give you a clear indication of what to expect before the concept makes its world debut.
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McLaren Special Operation — MSO for short — is a special division of the company established back in August 2011. Since then, the best vehicles we’ve seen from them were the MP4-12C High Sport and the X1 .
While waiting for that special Project Alpha supercar , which MSO announced a while ago, it launched a very cool 12C concept car. It is, of course, a new design exercise that show the amazing bespoke capacities of the MP4-12C sports car .
Just like with all the other vehicles developed by MSO, this special 12C received a full package of bespoke features, including a revised hood, front wing louvers, new rear wing vents, a unique airbrake and a new roof, featuring an integrated snorkel that channels air into the engine. All these elements are made in carbon fiber.
The 12C also features titanium wheel bolts to help reduce unsprung weight and add strength to the hubs.
For the interior, MSO adds a carbon-fiber instrument cluster with integrated shift lights, and a color trim inspired by the body color.
Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren 12C Concept Car by MSO.
America’s original pony car will turn 50 in 2014, and Ford is celebrating the monumental birthday by taking its maiden voyage overseas. The 2015 Ford Mustang will find its way into right-hand-drive markets, such as England, Japan and Australia. Moreover, for the first time in the Mustang’s history, England and Australia studios will aid in the design of the new-generation muscle car. Add that to the fact that the 2015 Mustang will receive independent rear suspension for the first time ever, with exception of the Cobra version a decade ago, and the Mustang suddenly becomes a hot topic among enthusiasts.
With such dramatic changes in the geographical availability of the Mustang, as well as the move away from the cheaper live axle, not much else has to change in order for this new-generation Mustang to find its new niche in the 2015 model year. That being said, expect the updated muscle car to get a radical redesign while still staying true to its overall look and style.
Also, for the first time, the Mustang is offered with an EcoBoost engine and a series of new technologies that will push it on top on the market.
Updated 12/05/2013: After much teasing and many rumors, the sixth-generation Ford Mustang finally made its world debut today.
Updated 12/05/2013 @ 2:06 p.m.: Ford has released a pair of images of the convertible version of the 2015 Mustang. You can see them after the jump.
Updated 12/05/2013 @ 2:40 p.m.: Ford released a new video featuring Sienna Miller’s Ford Mustang shoot by Rankin.
More details on the 2015 Ford Mustang after the jump.
While most of you are likely getting ready for the holiday season, the automotive world is readying itself for the whirlwind that will be the 2014 Detroit Auto Show . We already know about a few of the goodies that will be displayed in the Motor City, like the Corvette Z06 and the new-generation Hyundai Genesis , but we’re pretty sure that the list will be far longer than that by time the show opens on January 13th.
One such addition is this concept car from Infiniti . Called Q50 "Eau Rouge," the concept is based on the recently launched Q50 and features elements inspired by Formula One .
The concept is named after the world-famous corner at the Formula One track in Spa-Francorchamps, "a corner which requires extraordinary strength, courage and commitment."
While all we have on the concept so far is this teaser image, Infiniti did confirm it will feature a special aerodynamic package and design elements "which are influenced by Infiniti’s partnership with Formula One world championship-winning team Infiniti Red Bull Racing."
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Aftermarket company, BBM Motorsport, has pulled the covers off of its new program for the BMW M6 Cabriolet and by all accounts, this is one of the more impressive takes we’ve seen of the German saloon .
The first order of business was to change the color of the M6, and BBM Motorsport called in SFT Carwrap for the job. With the latter responsible for the dress-up, the M6 Cabrio was treated to a fancy matte steel-blue body wrap and accented with gunpowder shades that came from SOTT / Arlon. A set of alloy wheels - 21-inch Breyton Spirit R types - was also installed, as was a KW suspension kit that keeps the car handling supremely even with all the power upgrades it received.
Speaking of such, BBM Motorsport wasted little time giving the M6 Cabrio a huge engine modification, something it achieved by remapping the ECU and installing a complete Akrapovic exhaust with carbon end pipes. With these upgrades, the aftermarket company was able to increase the output of the M6 to an insane 705 horsepower and 636 pound-feet of torque, a significant rise from the standard 560-horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque output of the standard model.
No performance numbers were given, but we assume the BBM Motorsport-tuned M6 is now capable of hitting 60 mph in 3.5 seconds to go with a top speed of 190 mph.
Click past the jump to read more about the BBM Motorsport’s program for the BMW M6 Cabriolet
The Land Rover Defender has lived a long and glorious life that began back in 1948. The Defender is set to retire in 2015, following 67 years of production. Seen as an example of highly rugged British engineering, the Defender went on to conquer the world, thanks to its go-anywhere ability.
Land Rover plans to replace the Defender with a new model, based on the DC100 Concept . That said, the legacy of the original Defender has rendered it with "classic" status.
A. Kahn Design specializes in the customization of Land Rovers and its latest creation is based on a Defender 2.2 TDCi. Kahn likes to call it the Land Rover Defender 2.2 TDCi SW 90 Chelsea Wide Track.
Kahn retained the classic shape of the Defender, but the subtle detailing make this Kahn Design Defender rather special.
Click past the jump to read in detail about the Land Rover Defender by Kahn Design