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.
Customers of the Bugatti Veyron in North America are in for a treat, as if having the capabilities to buy one of the most expensive cars in the world isn’t good enough.
If you happen to be a prospective customer of Bugatti and you’re in line to buy one of its multi-million-dollar supercars , the French automaker will give you a chance to take one of its own out for a spin. And by "one of its own", we mean the world’s fastest convertible, the mighty Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse .
The recently-launched Bugatti Dynamic Drive Experience allows you to see whether you made the right decision in signing up for a Veyron and while we can’t imagine a reason for somebody to renege on their interest after driving the car, the Dynamic Drive Experience is the perfect way for prospective owners to find out if they could handle the heat of owning one of the world’s fastest, most powerful, and most expensive supercars.
The first Dynamic Drive Experience was recently held in Las Vegas with Bugatti indicating that more stops in cities across the U.S. and Canada are being planned.
Click past the jump to read more about the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse
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."
Click past the jump to read more about Infiniti Q50
As amazing as this may sound, the AMG Gran Vision Turismo will make it to production! Unfortunately, Mercedes will be the developer, but a custom builder whom will use the brand new 2014 SLS AMG GT as the base car. The production version will be limited to only five units and one is already sold. Of these five units, two will be available in the Middle East, two in Europe and one in the U.S. As you can imagine, price will be monumental — $1.5 million, to be exact.
The production version of the Vision Concept will feature a carbon-fiber body kit that will the SLS AMG GT’s total weight by about 200 pounds. It will feature a chrome paint job and will come with a retractable rear spoiler and custom exhaust. The car will also ride on custom ADV.1 wheels and will feature a modified interior, with color designed according to the customer’s request.
We assume that the engine will be the SLS AMG GT’s 6.3-liter V-8, but we have yet to confirm this.
We have reached out to the manufacturer to get some more information on the vehicle, and we will bring you a full review once we receive all of the information.
Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo.
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
AMG was originally founded in 1967 as a manufacturer of racing engines. Originally, the company was an independent engineering firm, but in 1990, DaimlerChrysler took a controlling interest, followed by a full takeover in 2005.
Initially AMG started with designing and testing racing engines, and later on it moved to building custom road cars based upon standard Mercedes cars, which remains its main focus today.
AMG models are defined by a more aggressive exterior look, more powerful engines and upgraded performance figures. The current models are generally offered with a 5.5 liter, V-8 twin-turbo engine - the models wearing a "63" in their nomenclature and a 6.0 liter, V-12 BiTurbo engine in the model with "65" in their names. Most recently, however, AMG has added a 2.0-liter, inline-four cylinder engine to its arsenal for compact Mercedes models, and they typically don the "45" nomenclature.
Check out the video to learn a few more things on the AMG history,
We all know that the LaFerrari is one of the sexiest hybrid supercars available now, but it looks like the Italiam automaker has something else up its sleeve.
A very strange LaFerrari mule was caught testing at the Fiorano racetrack. We say strange because it did not have the exhaust note of a a normal LaFerrari. It sounded a lot more like the note from the turbocharged V-6 engine that we will see in Formula 1 next year.
We are not too sure why Ferrari would test an F1 engine in the LaFerrari, but we’re sure some light will be shined on the topic soon enough. Our best guess is that the mule has an easy way of swapping the drivetrain out, which would have made initial drivetrain testing easier, so Ferrari is using the old LaFerrari mule as a tester for its new F1 engine, given it can easily install and remove the drivetrain. Then again, we are just speculating on that.
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
Shortly after unveiling the absolutely scintillating Red Bull X2014 , Sony and Polyphony Digital decided to give us all a peek at what we can expect with all of its Vision Gran Turismo Concepts . Yup, the two companies weren’t just content with just one teaser image; they decided to give us a tease of a handful of vehicles that will appear as part of the Vision Gran Turismo Concepts.