station wagon

station wagon

  A Station Wagon is a car body style similar to a sedan car but with an extended rear cargo area.

Audi’s RS models represent the pinnacle of speed and performance. Every enthusiast knows that anything wearing the RennSport (RS) designation is something special. The entire legacy of RS models began 20 years ago with the creation of the RS2 Avant. A project that was developed in partnership with Porsche , the RS2 features a 311 horsepower, turbocharged five-cylinder engine and quattro AWD in a wagon shell.

Fun Fact: The RS2 was actually manufactured by Porsche , not Audi, in the same factory that produced the bonkers Porsche 959 supercar. Even today, RS models are not assembled on standard assembly lines.

To pay homage to the car that started it all, Audi is releasing a special edition version of the RS4 Avant . The new RS4 Avant Nogaro Selection will make its debut at the Geneva Auto Show . This special edition is coated in Nogaro blue paint, reminiscent of the blue hue that the RS2 was sold in.

With quattro AWD, a monster V-8 and five doors, the RS4 Avant Nogaro Selection is the perfect successor to the machine that started it all.

Volvo is the king of the wagon. From the Duett in the ‘50s, to the Amazon wagon in the ‘60s and all the way up to the bonkers five-door, speed demons, like the 850 R, Volvo is one of the few brands that has continually advanced the art of the station wagon on U.S. shores. Even today, when more and more buyers are shunning the five-door wagon and moving to SUV s worldwide, Volvo has not given up on its heritage.

This is the 2015 Volvo V60 Sportswagon .

The V60 combines the style and luxury of the successful S60 sedan, and combines it with the utility and space of a wagon. The newest V60 has already been on sale in Europe since 2013, and now we finally get a chance to taste the forbidden fruit. The car is scheduled to hit showrooms early this year and comes powered by one of three turbocharged engines. AWD will also be offered.

Read on to learn more about the new 2015 Volvo V60 and see our exclusive photos from a recent drive.

Updated 2/3/2014: We got a first-hand look at the 2015 V60, have a look at what we thought of it after the jump.

Click past the jump to read more about the upcoming 2015 Volvo V60

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Remember the Peugeot Onyx Hybrid Concept unveiled back in 2012 at the Paris Auto Show ? It was the first concept car to use design elements from Peugeot ’s new style approach. Now, at the 2014 International Automobile Festival, Tribute to Sensations in Paris, Peugeot will unveil the basic design of a new concept car using similar styling. It will then fully reveal the concept at the Beijing International Automobile Exhibition on April 20th.

The first image of the concept reveals a four-door coupe that is 186.2 inches long and 51.6 inches high, making it very athletic and sporty. Peugeot revealed no details on the engine just yet, but we’re certain it will be an evolution of the hybrid system used in the Onyx, which was a 3.7-liter, FAP HDi V-8 engine combined with an electric motor and regenerative braking for a total output of 680 horsepower!

There are no other details to reveal as of now, but we will bring you updates as soon as Peugeot releases them.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2012 Peugeot Onyx Hybrid Concept.

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Ford Focus

Just before we rang in the new year, our spy photographers caught the updated version of the current-generation Ford Focus testing in the cold. Now, it looks like new year began with yet another testing session for the model, but this time the testing took place in hot weather.

Besides the temperature difference and lack of snow, what’s different this time is that our spy photographers managed to catch both the hatchback and the station wagon versions, and that both don the real taillights. Everything else remains identical to the previous prototype we caught, including the selective camouflaging.

Rumors suggest that the revised Focus will get a fully revised front end, an updated rear end, a bigger screen for the infotainment and satellite navigation system, and a revised button layout. Ford will likely add a new lineup of colors and materials, and some new wheels design.

Under its hood, we expect a revised engine lineup that will deliver more power and improved fuel economy.

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Jon Olsson is a professional freeskier and alpine ski racer coming from Sweden. As he spends most of his life on the snow, you can imagine that for him a car specially equipped for the winter is a must. In the past years he prepared himself a very cool Lamborghini Gallardo to transport his ski, but also a specially designed PPI Design R8 Razor GTR , among many other.

Now his garage will also include a new Audi RS6 Avant specially designed for the winter season. Apparently the new RS6 Avant made quite an impression and this is why it was picked by Olsson: "this truly is the most impressive car I have ever driven, the only car that came close to impress me as much was the Agera R , so I think that says a lot!"

We are not very sure if a comparison between the Agera R and the RS6 Avant is accurate, but we just can’t wait to see all the updates the car will receive in the near future.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi RS 6 Avant Winter Mobile by Jon Olsson.

Estate wagons are far from the sexiest cars in the road these days, but when you have a German tuner like Loewenstein Manufaktur, those bulky beasts like the C63 AMG Estate won’t look as unflattering anymore.

Looking at the high-powered wagon post tuning development, you can immediately tell that this isn’t you dads normal C63 AMG Estate. It comes loaded with exterior, interior, and performance upgrades, that really is what you can all hope for in a car like the C63 AMG Estate.

It’s already got the horses to be a beast on the road, but thanks to Loewenstein, you have a wagon that has more power, looks more aggressive, and has a lion tattoo on its hood!

Loewenstein may not be known as much as its German contemporaries, but if it can continue to produce builds like this, the company is well on its way to fame, fortune, and everything in between.

Click past the jump to read more about Loewenstein’s program for the Mercedes C63 AMG

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How often do you get to experience a super fast luxury station wagon doing insane speeds on test bowl or even a twisty, complicated and undulating test track? Audi UK recently ran a campaign where guests were invited to experience Audi’s ’S’ and ’RS’ range of premium sports cars .

Millbrook proving grounds is a purpose-built test facility in Bedfordshire, England. It includes a high-speed bowl where the cars can be maxed, plus a twisty Alpine test course with elevation changes and tight bends. The Alpine course was designed to mimic actual mountain roads where the car’s high speed handling and stability are pushed to the limit.

Guests got a chance to ride alongside a seasoned driver and experience the limits of the cars. The new Audi RS6 Avant was the star of the show, much to the surprise of just about no one. Despite its immense size and weight, the RS6 was pretty quick around the Alpine track, and on the high-speed bowl, the RS6 hit speeds in excess of 170 mph.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2013 Audi RS6 Avant

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Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake

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.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake.

Brabus’ attendance at the 2013 Essen Motor Show will be highlighted by a new program for the Mercedes E63 AMG Wagon . So what if the car doesn’t look as sexy as sexy as other Mercs; when you have the kind of performance upgrade Brabus did to it, you won’t be sweating about the car’s lack of "aesthetic appeal".

Before we get to the performance boost, it’s important to point out that the program also comes with its share of new carbon-fiber body parts, including the front spoiler lip and a diffuser insert. A new sports exhaust system was also installed, this time coming with quad tailpipes. Similarly, new wheels are also part of the program, with customers being given the liberty to choose in sizes up to 20 inches.

Moving inside, the cabin of the E63 AMG Wagon comes with a number of customization options that customers can choose from, including picking their leather trim, Alcantara, aluminum shift paddles, among other things.

Finally, there’s the performance modification. Not content with just a 5.5-liter, V-8 twin-turbo engine, Brabus increased the displacement to a monstrous six liters. From there, the tuning firm installed custom turbos with bigger compressors and bespoke exhaust manifolds to feed the beast a healthy amount of oxygen.

With all these upgrades, the German tuner was able to increase the output of the wagon from 585 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque, all the way up to 850 horsepower and 1,069 pound-feet of torque. The latter, though, will be electronically-limited to just 849 pound-feet of torque, to prevent the engine from twisting itself and the transmission right out of the wagon.

With these new performance figures, the E63 AMG Wagon is cable of hitting 62 mph in just 3.1 seconds to go with a top speed of 186 mph with regular tires and 217 mph with high-performance rubber.

Click past the jump to read more about Brabus’ program for the 2014 Mercedes E63 AMG Wagon

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Mercedes-Benz C-Class Wagon

With the new C-Class sedan revealed almost completely, our spy photographers were out and about looking for the station wagon lacking camo. Well, today was the day, as our spy shooters found the T model, as Mercedes likes to call it, totally free of camouflage as well. It was not a video or a photo shoot; rather, the Mercedes guys "forgot" to cover it up. They did cover it up later, but it was a little bit late by that time.

Unfortunately, our spy photographers managed to catch only the rear of the car, but even so, we could sport some elements never seen before. You can now clearly see the taillights that go all the way to the tailgate and give the new C-Class wagon a wider look, kind of like a smaller E-Class wagon. Rounding out the changes we can see are exhaust pipes that are integrated with the rear bumper.

Since the new C-Class will grow in dimensions when compared to its predecessor, we expect it to offer more interior room and increased cargo space.

The new Mercedes C-Class will be unveiled at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show.


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