2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon by G-Power
German tuner G-Power is known for building programs that turn sporty vehicles into performance savants on four wheels. It’s worked its magic on a handful of BMWs over the years, but now, it’s turning its attention to Mercedes-AMG, specifically the German automaker’s powerhouse wagon, the E 63 S Wagon. At the core of G-Power’s new tuning program for the E 63 S is an engine upgrade that’s sure to rock the socks of owners who are crazy enough to get the kit. The program is definitely not for everyone, least of all those who are more than happy with having over 600 horsepower to play with. But, for the rare few who think that 600 ponies isn’t good enough, this new kit from G-Power should be right up your wheelhouse.
The Range Rover Sport P400e Plug-In Hybrid Can Drive Using Electricity Alone
As expected, even Land Rover had to go all hybrid with its luxurious Range Rover offering. For the new model year, the British producers of awesome SUVs revealed the 2019 Range Rover Sport Plug-in Hybrid. It is a car capable of traveling on hybrid power or using electric-only propulsion. Now available in the U.S., the Range Rover Sport P400e Plug-In Hybrid price comes at $78,300 which falls right in between the HSE Td6 and the HSE Dynamic.
2018 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe Wald International Black Bison
The first time I saw the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe I was smitten. It was low, black, long and imposing. Unfortunately, all I could do back then is download a photograph and set it as a wallpaper on my desktop. Pictures of it garnished my working PC for at least three years. Now, at a time when the 6 Series is on its last legs, just waiting to be replaced by the 8 Series and the 8 Series Gran Coupe, Japanese tuner, Wald International, came up with yet another tuning package that prolongs the life of one of the most imposing cars of the decade. This is the Wald International Black Bison body kit that’s specifically tailored for 2011 and newer models of the BMW 640 and 650i.
1966 Ferrari 500 Superfast by Pininfarina
One of the most iconic Ferrari nameplates, the America is also one of the longest standing badges from Maranello, being offered in various cars from 1951 through 1967. However, none of the Americas stand out as the top-of-the-line 500 Superfast model, which was built between 1964 and 1966 in only 37 units. As rare as they get, the Superfast is next to impossible to buy, but one example is going up for auction in Monterey this month.
Bearing chassis no. 8459SF, this specific car was the 33rd Superfast built and the eighth of 12 Series II models. It was also the seventh of only eight Superfasts built with right-hand drive. It was delivered in 1966 to British sportsman Jack Durlacher and was sold in 1976. Restored in 1981, it remained with the Manoukian Brothers for 15 years until 2007, when it was sold to the current owner. While not in mint condition, with minor dents and sign of use inside and out, the 500 Superfast has held up well, and it’s still fitted with the original engine. Let’s find out more about this fantastic grand tourer in the review below.
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2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA 45
A fresh batch of spy photos of the upcoming Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 has come to light. As expected, the new photos show very little of the model’s prototype. The sedan’s entire surface area is covered in wraps, though, so expect plenty of aesthetic changes to happen to the updated model. Mercedes-AMG has yet to pinpoint a specific debut for the for the upcoming CLA model, but all signs seem to indicate a 2019 launch timetable. As for the AMG CLA 45, that should happen a little later in the same year. Either way, the fact that the test mule has already made a few appearances indicates that development of the model is now in full swing.
2018 Mercedes-AMG G 63 by Inkas Armored Vehicles
The Mercedes-AMG G 63 is one of the most unique vehicles in the industry today. Part off-road marauder, part luxury box on wheels, the G 63 cuts an identity of its own that’s far different from what we’re used to from other SUVs. Knowing that makes what Inkas Armored Vehicles did to the AMG G 63 a little easier to understand. The company known for building armored cars took a stab at the AMG G 63, and as you might expect, the results will blow your mind.
Rumors about an SUV larger than the X7 have been flying around for several years now. In 2014, BMW confirmed the X7 and the big hauler is set to break cover by the end of 2018. Naturally, we can’t help but wonder whether an M version is underway. Does it makes it sense, should BMW build one?
The large SUV market is pretty big in the U.S., where BMW is building the X7, but neither the Cadillac Escalade and the Lincoln Navigator are powerful enough to create demand for an M version. However, Mercedes-Benz is making an AMG version of the GLS, which is taking all market share in the performance department. The AMG-prepped GLS alone is a reason good enough for BMW to roll out an X7 M, but it should also be part of the company’s plans to expand the nameplate now that all crossovers are set to gain M versions. Let’s find out what it may bring to the table in the speculative review below.
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The fourth-generation Cadillac Escalade went into production in early 2014, and while it’s not exactly old, it’s a bit dated compared to the more modern Lincoln Navigator. But Cadillac is looking to fix that with a new-generation model that’s rumored to arrive in 2019.
The new Escalade was initially scheduled to arrive early next year, but development was slowed down by a late decision to ditch the solid rear axle in favor of an independent suspension. It seems that Cadillac finally decided to give the Escalade, its most profitable model, a proper makeover.
Unfortunately, the SUV will continue to share underpinnings with the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon, meaning that it will still use a truck platform. The good news is that GM is also preparing massive upgrades for its next-gen pickups, so the Escalade will be less of truck and more of an SUV. Most details are still under wraps, but let’s discuss what we already know about it, the latest rumors, as well as the rendering that our very own artist created.
2020 Lexus RC
It’s been four years since the Lexus RC has had any significant changes, but recent spy shots of an RC test mule suggests that updates are on the way for the Japanese automaker’s resident sports coupe. The spy photos don’t reveal much in the way of significant changes, but certain sections of the prototype are wrapped in camouflage, an indication that the expected updates are being concealed for the time being. Still, it looks like the Lexus RC is about to get a much-needed facelift, something that should’ve happened a long time ago.
2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe
Having revived the 8 Series after two decades, BMW is also planning to build a Gran Coupe version of the two-door. A concept car was shown at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, where it was confirmed that the 8 Series Gran Coupe "will take over as the new flagship model" for the brand. Come July 2018, and the production model was spotted on the road.
Much like the coupe, the production car will share many features with the concept. However, this test vehicle has a milder appearance, as it appears to be a standard model and not the M version we saw in Geneva. Our paparazzi actually spotted two cars. There’s a regular 8 Series on a trailer and a sportier version with the M Sport package stretching its wheels on the road. The final product could break cover by the end of 2018 and join a niche that already includes the Mercedes-Benz CLS and the Audi A7.
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2020 Lexus RC F GT
Lexus is working on a hotter RC F! It’s a sentence we’ve been dying to hear ever since the RC F was introduced for the 2015 model. Three years later, and it’s finally happening. With the RC coupe set to receive a facelift soon, Lexus is also testing a more hardcore version of the F model. Although it’s not yet confirmed for production, it will probably wear the RC F GT name first showcased on a concept car in 2016.
Aimed at the BMW M4 GTS and other beefed-up compact coupes that may follow soon, the RC F GT borrows heavily from the concept car. It features similar aerodynamics, as well as carbon-fiber body panels that reduce curb weight. An engine upgrade will add the extra oomph the RC F needs to compete with its turbocharged rivals, but the interior should get a few unique features as well. The coupe could debut by the end of 2018, but until that happens, let’s have a closer look at what we already know about it.
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Audi SQ5 by Lumma Design
As far as compact SUVs go, the Audi SQ5 feels like a textbook example of how to make cars. It’s sleek, sophisticated, and somehow looks like an Apple phone - clean and just right. Making something wacky out of it requires some thinking and creativity. In this case, Lumma, a German tuning company, took it upon itself to craft a customization package trying to awaken the buried raw character hidden behind its SQ5 badge.
2019 Porsche Macan
When Porsche decided to step into the SUV segment with the Cayenne, Porsche purists weren’t all that happy, expecting the brand to soldier on with different 911 variants until times end. But, the Cayenne turned out to be a huge success, and the German brand decided to come out with a compact model named the Macan. Launched in 2014, the Macan just got its mid-cycle facelift for the 2019 model year.
While not as popular as the Cayenne, the Macan was also met with great enthusiasm. Porsche delivered more than 350,000 units from 2014 until 2018, with more than 25 percent of them shipped to China. As a result, the Germans paid big attention to this upgrade and made significant changes inside and out. Unfortunately, those of you who expected more powerful engines will be disappointed. But more on that in the review below.
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2018 Mercedes-AMG C63 S by G-Power
Mercedes-AMG made a revolution with the introduction of the 4.0-liter, turbocharged, V-8. This engine, with its many states of tune, made it in so many cars within the Mercedes-Benz and Mercedes-AMG lineup that I almost lost count. The most dramatic discrepancy for its use, at least for me, is with the Mercedes-Benz G500 4x4 and the Mercedes-AMG GT R. These two are opposites but they both feature the same engine.
However, Mercedes-AMG did a favor to the world with this V-8. It ended up in the Mercedes C-Class as well. Its most potent form at that. The tuners flew over the AMG C63 S as vultures seizing the opportunity to create a supercar out of a four-door drift happy saloon. This is the latest in the line of awesome works on the Mercedes-AMG C63 S. It comes from G-Power, a company who made a fortune tuning BMWs. Now, it’s AMGs turn.
2018 The BMW X5 M Avalanche by Auto-Dynamics
We are still a year or two away from the new BMW X5 M launch. Yet, the old one is still in excellent shape with its striking V-8 and intimidating looks. That’s why we are seeing it again coming out of a tuner’s garage. In this case, from the garage of Auto-Dynamics from Poland.
These guys are no strangers to tuning all sorts of German machinery, including Porsches, Audis and BMWs. Their latest project is the F85 BMW X5 M, and it was massaged to deliver more power than the Lamborghini Urus and drive to 62 mph almost as quickly as the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera. Apart from giving credibility to Russian mobsters, to sons of Arab oil barons, and really successful cocaine kings, cars like this show what the SUV world is doing nowadays. It seems that the world of SUVs has reached the same stage as what tuned sports cars had reached twenty years ago - a place between rationality and madness.
Is There Any Meaningful Difference Between The Maserati Levante GTS And The Maserati Levante Trofeo?
Revealed at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Maserati Levante GTS showed that Maser knows a thing or two about making really fast luxurious cars. SUVs or not. It does not matter to them. The new car features a Ferrari-built 3.8-liter, turbocharged, V-8 with 542 horsepower, can accelerate to 62 mph in 4.2 seconds, and it can hit a top speed of 181 mph. It is the supercar of SUVs. Or as Maserati would put it, the new Levante GTS is the Maserati of SUVs. I like this one better.
While this sounds really impressive, this is not the first time that Maserati smashed a Ferrari V-8 into the Levante. Only a few months ago, the Italian company revealed the Maserati Levante Trofeo with the same V-8 only tuned up to 590 horsepower. That one is a tad faster, a tad meaner, and $50,000 more expensive. Why in hell is the Levante Trofeo so much more expensive than the Levante GTS that is priced at $120,000?
2019 Audi R8 Spyder
The second-generation Audi R8 was launched in 2015 and, despite rumors that it may be discontinued, the supercar will live on for at least a few more years. The facelifted version of the R8 coupe was spotted on public roads back in March, and now the Spyder model surfaced with similar updates.
While notable changes make sense for a mid-cycle refresh, word has it that the Spyder in out latest shots could be more than just a facelift. Audi may be working on a beefed-up version of the supercar that could carry an "RS" or "GT" badge. With the nameplate likely to go into the history books in a few years, the Germans might be looking to give it a proper send-off with a more aerodynamic and powerful version. Unfortunately, Audi is still mum on the details, so we won’t know for sure until the company spills the beans or the camo comes off. Meanwhile, let’s have a closer look at what the updated R8 Spyder might bring to the table.
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2020 BMW 7 Series
BMW first revealed its full-size 7 Series luxury sedan in 1977, with the latest sixth-generation arriving in 2015 following a debut at the International Motor Show Germany. Now, it appears as though there’s a refreshed model just over the horizon, as confirmed in a series of spy photos that reveal a fresh camo-clad exterior and a revamped interior spec.
Updated 07/18/2018: The upcoming BMW 7 Series was just spied undergoing dynamic testing at the Nürburgring, revealing more of its front fascia! Read on for the details…
2019 Lexus RC F Sport
The updated Lexus RC F was recently caught testing at the Nurburgring with the bottom half of its body wrapped in camouflage. The upper half was displayed for all of us to see, but Lexus still did a pretty good job to mask the changes it made to the performance sedan. We do get a good look at some of the changes, but for the most part, the updated RC F is hiding some of the good stuff away from us. That’s not going to stop us from putting our detective hats on, though, because this is one car that we’ve been waiting a long time to see.
2018 Infiniti QX80 by Larte Design
For the longest time, the Infiniti QX80 suffered from a design that made it look like it preferred to be sleeping in a hammock than being out and about in the road. The refreshed 2018 model fixed some of those issues with new headlamps and a more upright profile, but there’s still something about the full-sized SUV’s design that lacks the personality that’s evident in the QX60 and QX70. Well, in times like this, the solution may not be found with the automaker itself, but rather, in the aftermarket tuning world. In this case, German tuner Larte Design is on the scene with a super aggressive body kit that not breathes much-needed life into Infiniti’s resident flagship SUV.