A sedan car is a four-door vehicle, with a separate hood covering the engine in the front, and a separate trunk for luggage at the rear — the achetypical 3-box car. However, other variations of the body style exist as well, including two-door and hatchback/fastback models.
The next-generation BMW 7 Series has just been spied testing on the Nurburgring . Although it has yet to drop its camouflage, which makes sense considering the launch date is at least one year away, the upcoming 7 Series is shaping up into quite the nimble sedan .
Granted, the 7 Series is not the kind of car you’d expect to see on the ’Ring on a daily basis, but the Germans are planning to turn the full-size car into a "Green Hell" regular. BMW ’s intentions toward setting new standards in the luxury class with the 2016 7 Series are already a fact, so we might as well get used to seeing the sedan burn some rubber on the Nordschleife.
The next 7 Series will face stiff competition from the Audi A8 and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class , and track testing will only help improve the Bimmer’s driving dynamics. With BMW shaving about 450 pounds off its curb weight by means of lightweight construction and carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic parts, track testing is crucial in the process of establishing a well-balanced recipe for the road. The next 7 Series might be more of a driver’s BMW than any of its predecessors.
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Inden Design is not your typical Mercedes-Benz tuner. Unlike Brabus or Carlsson , this small German tuning house rarely focuses on appearance. Sure, some of its vehicles feature a few nips and tucks and different wheels, but Inden ’s modifying skills are more visible under the hood and in the suspension department.
Not surprising, the company’s most recent project, which is based on the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class , follows the same recipe. The sedan got wrapped, lowered and slammed on bigger, sexier wheels, while its engine had its output increased by nearly 30 percent.
Inden Design’s vehicle of choice is a C-Class fitted with the company’s sports grille, which comes with the traditional three-pointed star embedded in the grille. Up front, the sedan can be easily mistaken for a standard C-Class , with only the lip spoiler standing out through its gloss-black paint. On the regular model, the piece sports a body-color finish. Things are a tad different around back, where the AMG Line apron houses a set of exhaust pipes taken from the C63 AMG Black Series Coupe .
But wait, there’s more to this souped-up C-Class than just a new exhaust and front spoiler piece.
Click past the jump to read more about Mercedes C-Class By Inden Design.
Electric-powered vehicles have been all the rage as of late, but consumers are still wary of them. The main issues preventing buyers from ditching refined dino blood and moving to electric are the uncertainty of the technology and the overall cost of these vehicles. The least-expensive, mass-produced electric vehicle that I can think of is the 2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV at around $23,000, but it can only travel 62 miles on a charge and takes 14 to 22 hours to recharge. On the other hand, the cream-of-the-crop Tesla Model S can travel up to 300 miles on a charge, but it costs nearly $100k to get into that range. According to a new report from Reuters, Audi is looking into giving buyers a bigger EV selection, as it has blueprints to enter the all-electric realm with a full range of vehicles.
We already know about the Audi R8 e-tron, which has been on and off for the last few years, but this report points toward Audi developing SUVs and sedans to complete the range. For now, Audi is keeping most of the details behind this electric lineup to itself, but it did release a few small bits of information.
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The Sonata has been roaming the streets of America since 1989. Those early Hyundais were rather boring, bland cars with little styling, questionable reliability, and a name that was synonymous with less than impressive tax brackets. However, with the Sonata’s 2006 heavy revitalization, that began to change. The idea that the Sonata and the Korean brand making it were bargain basement started to fade. The following generation of Sonatas beginning in 2011 completely obliterated that notion. Hyundai’s brand perception rose, as did its vehicles’ styling, reliability, and ability to sell extremely well. For 2015, the Sonata is again completely new. And new to the Sonata’s trim line is the new Eco model, designed with fuel efficiency as its prime goal.
With Hyundai estimating the car to get 28 mpg city, 38 mpg highway, and 32 mpg combined, the Sonata Eco gains an extra 10 percent fuel efficiency about the standard 2015 Sonata. Hyundai employs some fairly interesting hardware to achieve the extra efficiency, including a specialized engine and the first-ever use of a dual clutch transmission in the mid-size car category.
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North American sales of the next-generation Mercedes-Benz C-Class haven’t even started yet, but it’s been on sale in Europe since March, which means that even though we just saw it for the first time at the North American International Auto Show at the beginning of this year, tuners are already beginning to get to work. Carlsson, the noted tuner of everything Mercedes-Benz and smart has no intention of being left out, and it’s just released its own interpretation of the C-Class .
Engine tuning is in the works and is sure to add a good bit of extra punch to the stock engines, but for now, we’ll have to make do with a host of visual, aerodynamic, suspension, exhaust, and wheel options. Also known for its interior work, Carlsson offers its full host of tailoring options in the C-Class, allowing buyers to customize nearly every surface with everything from upgraded leather to carbon-fiber and wood inserts.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Mercedes C-Class By Carlsson.
It hasn’t been long since Subaru and hot-shoe driver Mark Higgins beat the record for the fastest production car lap around the Isle of Man, doing it in 19 minutes, 26 seconds with an average speed of 117.51 mph. More importantly, the record Higgins and Subaru beat was their own, set back in 2011 in a previous-gen WRX STI at 19 minutes, 56.7 seconds with an average speed of 115.36 mph.
Well now Subaru has released the video about showcasing how the automaker and Higgins prepared for the 37.75-mile lap around the British isle. The video shows more than a few dramatic interior and aerial shots of the 2015 WRX STI blasting around corners and flying over hill crests.
In an effort to record Higgins’ reactions while racing, the Subaru team fitted him with sensors that measured his heart rate, breaths, skin temperature, and personal g forces independent of the car.
Speaking of the car, the WRX STI is a completely redesigned for 2015 with improved aerodynamics, 40-percent stiffer chassis, with better suspension components, and a quicker steering rack. For the race, Subaru added a safety roll cage, racing harness, and a fire suppression system. Mechanically, the car was stock except for stiffer springs and dampers to handle the numerous jumps throughout the course.
The Subaru’s blue hood still covers the stock turbocharged 2.5-liter, boxer four-cylinder that’s good for an amazing 305 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque. Its zero to 60 mph time remains stock at roughly 4.5 seconds, but its top speed limiter of 155 mph has been removed to help Higgins blast around the track as quickly as possible.
Scheduled to meet the world at the New York Auto Show , the new S3 is already getting quite the attention from a lot of people in large part because Audi hasn’t had a small sports sedan in its line-up in a long time.
So you can say that the new S3 has a lot of expectations attached to it, in large part because you can never have enough people clamoring for a German sports sedan that they can actually afford.
Mercedes went ahead and revealed the CLA-Class earlier this year, so it was only the right time for Audi to join the German sports sedan party in America. There’s a sentence we never thought we’d write.
If you’ve been waiting for this day to come, well, wait no longer because details of the new Audi S3 Sedan can be found after the jump.
Updated 06/19/2014: Audi announced today prices for the 2015 S3 sedan set to go on sale late summer of this year. Prices will start from $41,100.
The Mercedes-Benz CLS was introduced for the 2005 model year and went on sale in the United States in January 2005. Based on the previous-generation E-Class , the four-door coupe started a whole niche in the automotive industry, soon to be followed by Audi and BMW . The first-generation model was offered with a bevy of V-6 and V-8 engines that delivered as much as 507 horsepower. The second-generation coupe arrived in 2010, but the U.S.-spec version didn’t arrive until the 2012 model year . Unlike its predecessor, the current model gained a 4.7-liter V-8 and a 2.1-liter, inline-four diesel to go with the already available 3.0-liter oil burner. The Shooting Brake body style was introduced in late 2012, but without being green lighted for the U.S. market. In 2015, the CLS is set for a facelift.
Four years since showing up in global showrooms, the current generation 2015 CLS is getting its well-deserved facelift. The update’s real focus is the interior, where a new color display is in place to put an end to an endless string of complaints in regards to the coupe’s infotainment system. A couple of new engines are also on the table, although at least one of them won’t be available in the United States.
Updated 6/19/2014: Mercedes-Benz has announced the UK pricing for the 2015 CLS Class. The Coupé starts at £46,500 ($79,180 as of 6/19/2014) for the CLS 220 BlueTEC and peaks at £86,500 ($147,293 as of 6/19/2014) for the CLS 63 AMG S. The same models in the Shooting Brake start at £48,080 ($81,871 as of 6/19/2014) and £87,000 ($148,144 as of 6/19/2014). There is no mention yet on the U.S. pricing.
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When the Civic debuted in 1973, we were just coming out of the muscle-car era and the strangulation of the American V-8 had begun. Much like the V-8 engines of the era, the Civic’s 1,169-cc, inline-four engine produced all of 50 ponies. In 1986, Honda ventured into the performance world with the Civic, as it introduced the performance-oriented Si hatchback . With 91 horsepower and 93 pound-feet in tow, the debut Civic Si could hit 60 mph in around 10 seconds and still deliver 30 mpg on the highway. The 2014 Civic Si Sedan has more than twice the power of its distant sibling, and delivers unexpected pop for a naturally aspirated model.
I recently spent a week behind the wheel of a 2014 Honda Civic Si Sedan, and gave it the flogging it so loudly cried for. With its rev-happy four-cylinder, 18-inch wheels and close-ratio six-speed manual, the Civic Si Sedan seems to be — on paper at least — the perfect combination for gearheads with a family and a lighter wallet.
Click past the jump to see what I think of the 2014 Civic Si Sedan .