2019 Audi TT RS
The current Audi TT was unveiled in 2014, and the range-topping TT RS model was introduced for the 2017 model year. The high-revving coupe has been on the market for less than two years as of May, but Audi is already testing a mid-cycle facelift. Spotted testing on public roads in late 2017, the TT RS visited the Nurburgring track in April 2018. The coupe is still wearing camouflaged over the body parts that will get updates, but it seems that it won’t be long until it’s ready to go into production.
Like all Audi facelifts, expect the upgrade to bring only minor revisions inside and out. The exterior should get new bumpers and improved aerodynamics, while the cabin should receive Audi’s latest technology, but retain the third-generation design layout. The German car will continue to use the turbocharged, five-cylinder engine, but revised internals should add a bit of extra power and decrease CO2 emissions. An unveiling could happen by the end of 2018, but don’t expect the updated TT RS to arrive in the United States before the 2020 model year.
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Genesis has wowed a lot of folks with its full-size luxury sedan, the G90 — including me.
Competing in the space occupied by titans of the industry such as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7 Series can’t be easy. Buyers in this segment can be very demanding. They want space, power, and luxury appointments. I’m here to tell you the G90 delivers on all those, and does so at a much cheaper price point than its European rivals.
The last review I did of a Genesis product was the G80 Sport. In that review, I said Genesis is where Lexus was 30 years ago: the scrappy underdog offering a compelling package for a value price. The G90 was its opening shot across the bow of the establishment — including Lexus. All of them should be paying attention.
Elon Musk to Take On BMW M3 With a High-Performance, AWD, Tesla Model 3
The Tesla Model 3 isn’t the prettiest car on the road, it’s not the fastest, and it’s not even being delivered on time thanks to a slew of production problems. There have even been complaints about customers not getting the right and/or expected materials inside their Model 3 once they’ve taken delivery. Maybe all of these hiccups happened because Musk was too busy working on a high-performance version of the Model 3. Okay, that’s probably not the case, but he really was working on one, and it’s set to rival the BMW M3 with better performance, AWD, and a similar price.
2019 Mercedes-Benz EQC
Like most luxury automakers out there, Mercedes-Benz is looking to expand its lineup with electrified models. It already offers a few hybrids and small EVs like the B-Class and the Smart ForTwo, but its lineup still lacks the bigger electric models it needs to compete in the more popular segments. This is why Mercedes-Benz created the EQ division, which will soon include bigger sedans and crossovers. The Germans have already unveiled a few concept cars, and at least one is scheduled to become a production model in 2018. It’s called the EQC and is being developed alongside a hydrogen-powered version of the GLC.
Tested on public roads for a few months know — we know this because Mercedes-Benz released a few photos of the crossover — the EQC seems to be ready for the assembly line. Although still covered in swirly camo, it appears to be fitted with all production parts, including a new-generation electric drivetrain. It was initially rumored that the crossover was set to debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, but the EQC didn’t show up. This leaves the 2018 Paris Motor Show in October as a likely event for the EV to break cover. Until that happens, let’s take a closer look at what we already know about the EQC.
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No more Diesel Engines for the upcoming Volvo S60
The all-new Volvo S60 will be unveiled in the coming weeks and is set to become the first offering by the automaker in the modern era sans a diesel engine! This marks the start of Volvo’s ambitious electrification era and highlights their “commitment to a long-term future beyond the traditional combustion engine.” Is this a safe move for a car that always had a diesel engine?
When BMW introduced the X1 compact crossover, it forced Audi to create the Q3 and Mercedes the GLA. When BMW introduced the second-gen model for 2016, it forced both automakers to revamp their respective contenders as well. Needless to say, the X1 is the leader of this luxury segment, and that’s why we’ve decided to make it the wallpaper of the day. Built on a controversial FWD architecture, It’s offered with a 2.0-liter inline-four that’s good for just 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. It’s nothing to write home about, but it does deliver a 60-mph sprint in 6.3 seconds, which isn’t bad. With that said, we’ve handpicked our favorite wallpaper and included a gallery at the bottom of the page. Take all the wallpapers you want – they’re all free to use as long as you’d like!
Finally, DS is set to Introduce a Flagship Model; Could be the DS 8
The PSA Group made the DS a standalone brand in 2014 to differentiate it from its family members - Peugeot and Citroen - by transforming it into a luxurious brand. We are not very sure how well that has worked, but the company feels it did. Thus, in a Different Spirit, DS has finally decided to introduce its flagship model; although it is slated for launch in 2021. Apparently, the car will take on the executive sedans in the premium segment. However, this car will not take the shape of a conventional sedan. Is DS trying to break the trend here? Let’s find out.
2019 Porsche Cayenne Coupe
Rumors of Porsche working on a competitor for the BMW X6 surface a few years ago, right before the Germans launched the mid-cycle upgrade for the second-generation Cayenne. Although original reports claimed a 2015 launch, Porsche’s competitor for the BMW X6 failed to show up. In the meantime, Mercedes-Benz came up with its very own proposition, the GLE Coupe. Hopes of seeing a Cayenne coupe based on the second-generation model were almost lost after that, but 2016 brought us the first prototype of Porsche’s X6 fighter. However, instead of a redesigned Cayenne body with a sleeker roofline, our paparazzi spotted an awkward test mule that looks like a Panamera on stilts.
But while this isn’t 100-percent solid proof that Porsche is testing the Cayenne Coupe, we’re definitely looking at an SUV prototype. Since there aren’t any known plans for a new crossover, this mule can only be an early version of the Cayenne Coupe. With the third-gen Cayenne already in showrooms since 2017, a sleek, coupe version could arrive by the end of 2018. Not much is known about it at this point, but it’s expected to use the same underpinnings as the standard Cayenne, as well as the same drivetrains. The name is not yet official so you should take the "Cayenne Coupe" with a grain of salt, but this badge is very likely given that the sleek crossover will be part of the same family. We’re still waiting for Porsche to confirm the new SUV, but until that happens, we created a rendering of the upcoming vehicle, as well as a speculative review about what it may bring to the table.
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The 2019 BMW M2 Competition Comes at a $4.4 Premium Over the Standard M2
BMW first introduced the 2 Series in 2013 as a follow-up to the first-generation 1 Series. Back in April of this year, the Bavarians unveiled the go-faster M2 Competition Coupe, offering extra power, more aggressive styling updates, and a more exciting experience behind the wheel, and now, according to a recent post from our friends over at BMW Blog, it looks like the two-door will be available this summer for a $4,400 premium over the standard M2 model.
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Mercedes C-Class Gets New Nightfall Editions
The C-Class is Merc’s best-selling vehicle, offering luxurious compact motoring since 1993. The latest W205 generation was launched in 2014 at the Detroit Motor Show, and now, Merc is sprucing it up at the end of its production cycle with a unique variant dubbed the Nightfall Edition, bringing a new dark-colored exterior treatment and standard AMG interior components, plus a standard sport suspension set-up.
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The Next-Gen BMW X5 Will Debut This Year be Sold as a 2019 Model
BMW has followed a predictive trend with the X5, keeping the first- and second-gen models on the market for just six years. So, even if we hadn’t started seeing spy shots of the third-gen, G05, X5 being put through the paces, we still had a feeling that we would see it by at least 2020. As new spy shots came in, it became painfully obvious we might see it sooner than expected, and that has now been confirmed by none other than BMW Group CEO, Harald Kruger, at the 98th Annual General Meeting this week. In short, he not only confirmed that we would see the new X5 this year, but we would see it this month. So, May 2018 will officially go down as the month of the X5.
Tesla Model X Pulls 56 Times its Maximum Towing Capacity; Set’s New World Record as it Moves a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner
I know you remember when Porsche pulled that Airbus A380 for more than 130 feet, but this story is a bit different. See, in this case, Tesla set the record for the heaviest tow by a production passenger electric vehicle. To set the record a Tesla Model X, as it rolls off the production line, pulled a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner a total of 987 feet. It did so in Melbourne, Australia and pulled a Quntas branded jet down the runway.
If that doesn’t sound tough to you, well it is. The Model X used was a P100D model, which packs 603 horsepower and 713 pound-feet of torque. Its towing capacity is rated at just 5,112 – a decent number for an electric SUV, but far, far below the 286,600-pound weight of that Qantas jet. In fact, that jet weighs 56.0641 times that of the Model X P100D’s towing capacity.
So, for now, Tesla holds a new record and, until the rest of the big boys start putting out their powerful, torquey electric SUVS. I wouldn’t count on Tesla holding this record for long. Something tells me that Porsche will be more than happy to recreate that Airbus A380 pull with something that doesn’t rely on an internal combustion engine.
The new TT-RS hit the streets in 2017, and it came with plenty of extra power compared to the model it replaced. It brought on more aggressive styling cues, a sportier interior, and enough power to put its Porsche competitors to shame. As a worthy successor to the Second-Gen TT-RS, the 2017 model came complete with the 2.5-liter inline-five, but it was completely revised to drop weight and improve output. It rolls off the production line with 400 horsepower on tap – that’s 60 ponies more than the second-gen TT-RS and 40 ponies more than the last TT-RS Plus. It got 22 pound-feet of extra torque, bringing total twist output to 354 pound-feet. Audi wasn’t fooling around and, despite the fact that it’s been on the market for more than a year now, it just looks sexy. So, it’s our candidate for wallpaper of the day. We’ve hand-picked our favorite but thrown a gallery in down below so you can pick out your own favorite.
2020 BMW iX3
Like most automakers out there, BMW announced plans to add a large number of electrified models, but while some companies are already offering a handful of EVs and hybrids, BMW doesn’t have much to offer beyond the i3 electric hatchback and the i8 hybrid sports car. But that’s about to change soon, as BMW developed a new-generation eDrive platform that will underpin a number of vehicles in the future. The new drivetrain made its debut in the iX3 Concept, which previews a production model based on the familiar X3 crossover.
Showcased at the 2018 Beijing Motor Show, the iX3 is a mildly revised X3 on the outside. This is a sign that BMW wants its electric lineup to be familiar to company enthusiasts and it’s a hint that upcoming EVs will share design cues with the conventional Bimmers instead of getting their own unique styling, like the i3. Specs and performance details are slim as of this writing, but BMW promises an innovative drivetrain layout, an output of at least 270 horsepower, and mileage of at least 400 km (249 miles). A prototype of the production model was already spotted in the wild, so it may be unveiled early next year. Let’s find out more in the speculative review below.
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Volvo Kicks Diesel to the Curb for the 2019 S60 and all new models beyond
Apparently, Volvo thinks that axing its diesel engines is evidence of its “commitment to a long-term future beyond the traditional combustion engine.” Reading a line like that, you would think the lineup would be magically shifting electric-only propulsion, but that’s not the case. Starting with the 2019 Volvo S60, all new Volvos will only be offered as mild hybrids, plug-in hybrids, or all-electric. So, despite that commitment, gasoline-powered engines still have a home at Volvo – they just need some kind of hybridization to piggyback on.
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.
Update 5-16-2018: The BMW 7 Series is set to review its new face for the 2020 model year with mild changes inside and out. We’re getting another look at it, this time on the Nurburgring and on public streets where it was benchmarked against the current 7 Series. Check out the new photos in the special section below.