If You Want a New BMW 3 Series Sport Wagon, You Better Order One Now!
Unlike Prince Akeem, the new BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon is not coming to America. That’s the word from BMW itself after a spokesperson from BMW North America confirmed that the next-generation 3 Series Sports Wagon is not headed to the U.S. market. Simmer’s decision to skip on selling the 3 Series Sports Wagon in the U.S. ends the model’s 20-year run in America. BMW has sold the 3er wagon in the U.S. since the E46 generation, which lasted from 1998 to 2006 before making way for the E90 and F30 generations of the popular nameplate. But now that BMW has switched over to the all-new, G20 generation, the list of models available here in the U.S. will miss one staple. You can still buy a 3 Series Sport Wagon, but you’ll have to settle for the current-generation F30 model.
2018 BMW M5 Touring F11 By Carbonfiber Dynamics
I’ve wondered for long - what the heck is a sleeper? Can any of the modern performance-laden cars be sleepers? I think it’s possible, but only if you inject it with a proper amount of power. This time I am referring to a rather unusual entry in the world of modified cars - the Carbonfiber Dynamics BMW M5 Estate - an Estate with a power greater than that of a Porsche 918 Spyder. Yup, this BMW M5 Estate has an engine under its bonnet with 900 horsepower.
The Germans! What can I say!?
Mercedes brings the GLB to the Nurburgring
Mercedes-Benz is busy testing the new GLB-Class compact crossover SUV which is a boxlike alternative to the coupe-bodied GLA with which it shares the platform. The new model will arrive in the U.S. in the last few months of next year for the 2020 model year.
The GLB-Class is the one to have if you are the kind of person to look at the GLS-Class full-size SUV and think it’s too hefty for your needs but you dig the proportions. In other words, the GLB-Class is a compact SUV, smaller than the GLC-Class, that harkens back to the rugged styling of classic SUVs - like the G-Wagon - but is sized to be a practical city commuter.
Mercedes-Benz is almost ready to unveil the GLB-Class but, before it comes clean, the German automaker decided that another run at the Nurburgring is mandatory. Indeed, this crossover SUV isn’t one that would feel at home on a race track but manufacturers still learn a lot from pushing just about any car to its limits on a road course and the GLB-Class is no exception.
Keep reading to learn more about the GLB-Class’ latest trip to the Eifel Mountains
2020 BMW 3 Series Touring
The current BMW 3 Series, otherwise known as the F30, is up for replacement this year, giving way to the upcoming seventh-generation model. Also known as the G20, the fresh Bimmer ‘3 is expected to appear in full production form at the 2018 Paris Motor Show, and with it, a selection of body styles and powertrain configurations will follow. Chief among these will be the Touring model, otherwise known as the “estate” body style. Over here in the U.S., we know it as the Sports Wagon. The new 2020 3 Series Touring was recently spied out and about, undergoing testing in real-world conditions to shake down any possible problems ahead of its debut, so read on for our full speculative review.
Update 11.12.2018 - Our paparazzi spotted the German wagon on a trailer with less camouflage than usual. Check it out in the gallery section.
Continue reading to learn more about the 2020 BMW 3 Series Touring.
BMW M3 Touring Might Soon Become a Reality and We Want One
Someone rightly said – When one door closes, another one opens; and behind this door is a BMW M3 Touring. Don’t build your hopes yet, but if reports are to be believed, we might be blessed with the wagon variant of the Bavarian’s smallest sport sedan. It could be sold side-by-side with the 3 Series Touring, codenamed the G21.
2018 Honda Pilot Rebelle Rally
The Honda Pilot Rebelle Rally is a mid-size SUV that doubles as an off-road adventure marauder. Created to compete in the 2018 Rebelle Rally, the modified Pilot competed in the Crossover Class, finishing fifth overall behind the driving and guidance of the “Desert Dreamers” team that’s made up of Honda product planner, Ariel Jen, and senior fabricator, Melanie Morimoto. The Pilot Rebelle Rally is headed to the 2018 SEMA Auto Show where Honda plans to showcase the aftermarket possibilities that can happen with its mid-size SUV.
Watch an Old-School Audi S4 with Bugatti-Like Power Make the 1/2-Mile Scream for Mercy
The Audi S4 B5 is old, but gold. Not only does it cost a small fortune if it’s in good condition, but some owners do tend to tune it to insanity regardless of its status.
How insane is this one here?
Bugatti Chiron-rivaling insane. I’m not freaking joking as just the other day an old Audi S4 B5 was filmed in Germany rushing to hit the half-mile mark. Clawing its way with all four tires that barely keep it on the ground and the straight line, this particular Audi S4 B5 has a masterfully tuned engine that delivers an insane 1,442 horsepower. Or apparently, 1,442 horsepower, because my reason does not allow me to believe everything I hear on the Internet.
Nevertheless, the half-mile run during which this wagon achieved 190 mph suggests that 1,442 horsepower may just be right.
Porsche is officially going to have several versions of its Taycan all-electric model, one of which will be an estate or wagon model that will most likely be called Sport Turismo. The Taycan Sport Turismo is exactly the same as the sedan model, but with a bigger trunk and more practicality.
It’s actually going to be the first mass-market, purpose-designed, all-electric wagon ever, and no, the handful of coach-built Tesla Model S wagons don’t count.
The rest of the package remains unchanged, so it’s only going to be sold with an all-electric powertrain (don’t be fooled by the fake exhausts on the back of the camouflaged prototype in these photos provided by our spies) which will provide great performance, as well as a large lithium-ion battery pack for decent range.
Design-wise, expect a slightly more toned down version of the Mission-E Sport Turismo concept that debuted at the Geneva motor show this March. Porsche is apparently also going to make a higher-riding crossover-style version of this wagon, but it will be the sedan and wagon that will be the two main models.
But even if Tesla doesn’t make a production wagon variant of its Model S, that model is going to be the Taycan and Taycan estate’s main rival because it is already quite well established in its segment.
Mercedes was caught testing restyled E-Class prototypes that look like they’re hiding new front and rear fascias. It also appears that most of the work will be done on the front end, which is covered by the heaviest camouflage, although there are other details hidden as well.
The current E-Class, the fifth generation of the nameplate, was launched in 2016 and it is due for a refresh next year. Most changes will be done to the styling, to better reflect Mercedes’ new design language that was originally showcased on the new A-Class and CLS. The updated E-Class is expected to experience an extra infusion of tech as well.
No changes will likely be made to the engine range since the Mercedes started selling the E-Class with its new generation of four-cylinder and straight-six diesel engines, both of which make up the bulk of sales in major markets such as Europe.
Meet the Not-So-Rugged Skoka Fabia Combi Scoutline
Skoda has unveiled the rugged-looking Fabia Combi Scoutline. It comes with all the features that the new Fabia hatchback has but, even though the car seems loaded, it does not come with what a rugged car is supposed to have – an all-terrain drive system and a strong engine.
2019 Porsche Panamera GTS Sport Turismo
First introduced for the 2010 model year, the Porsche Panamera is now well-established as Stuttgart’s go-to four-door ‘Bahn burner. Following the introduction of a second generation in 2016, Porsche is now broadening the range with a fresh new mid-grade model, bridging the gap between the Panamera 4S and Panamera Turbo. As before, the latest Panamera GTS looks to combine a sporty attitude with the luxury and utility of a four-door body style, offering both weekend thrills and daily-driving comfort. As such, the 2019 model year brings with it a more powerful turbocharged engine, fresh interior tech, and new standard features.
Watch this Insane Audi RS6 Hit 204 MPH From a Dig: Video
The Audi RS6 Avant is a 605-horsepower machine of epic proportions. Unfortunately, the RS6 Avant isn’t available in the U.S. That leaves us in a bit of an emotional pickle when we see videos like this. For the record, the Audi RS6 in this video isn’t your standard RS6. It’s been tuned to produce a staggering 1,012 horsepower, and as you might expect, it showed out in ways that only a 1,012 horsepower Audi RS6 can.
2019 Porsche Panamera GTS and Panamera GTS Sport Turismo Unveiled
Porsche just dropped details on the new 2019 Panamera GTS and Panamera GTS Sport Turismo, building a bridge between the Panamera 4S and the even-faster Turbo model. At the heart of the matter is a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8, which spins out a hefty 453 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 457 pound-feet of torque at 1,800 rpm. For those of you keeping score at home, those figures improve upon those offered by the naturally aspirated ‘eight found in the previous Panamera GTS, besting the outgoing model by 13 horsepower and a whopping 73 pound-feet of torque.
The GTS once again employs four-wheel grip to put it to the pavement, plus some Porsche Traction Management wizardry to boot. An eight-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic transmission makes the connection. Flat out, the Panamera GTS sprints to 60 mph in a scant 3.9 seconds. Top speed is rated at 179 mph for the GTS Sport Turismo and 181 mph for the GTS.
Complementary upgrades include a lower ride height compared to slower-trim Panamera models, with adjustments made to the standard Porsche Adaptive Suspension Management system. The corners are stuffed with some rather enormous brakes too, with discs measuring in at 390 mm (15.4 inches) in front and 365 mm (14.4 inches) in the rear.
The spec also includes the Sport Chrono Package and a Sport Exhaust as standard, while the wheels are upgraded to 20-inchers with the standard Sport Design package. Inside, you get Black Alcantara upholstery bits and anodized aluminum trim, while the optional GTS package tosses in new stitching, logos, and a fresh tachometer face. Optional equipment includes a new heads-up display unit.
Order books are open now, with the Panamera GTS starting at $128,300, and the Panamera GTS Sport Turismo starting at $134,500. Deliveries are scheduled for the second half of 2019.
The 2020 BMW 3 Series Touring to Debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show in March
Just as the hype was dying down after the 2019 BMW 3 Series’ launch at the Paris Motor Show, BMW has reignited interest in its latest new model. As per a report from L’Automobile Magazine, the German automaker will be unveiling 3 Series Touring at the Geneva Motor Show in March of next year. Actually, it’s not that much of a surprise because the touring has been sold for almost as long as the sedan.
This Porsche 911 Shooting Brake Rendering Proves Porsche Needs to Rethink its Strategy
Is your average Porsche 911 not roomy enough for you? Rain Prisk has answered your plea with this, a shooting brake 911 that actually doesn’t hurt the eyes when you look at it. Porsche should get to work!
There comes a time in everyone’s lives when the sports car has to make way for something bigger, more family-friendly, like a sedan or a crossover SUV. What if, however, you could bargain your way into a compromise: have the sports car, but with some added room?
That’s exactly what the 911 in shooting brake guise is: the extra practicality offered by a hatchback rear without going for the added hassle of the longer wheelbase and two more doors of the Panamera. It would be really cool if it was real.