Porsche has taken the covers off the new 2013 911 RSR, bringing forth a GT race car for the 2013 season’s World Endurance Championship (WEC) and the Le Mans 24 Hours. Based on the seventh generation of the iconic 911 sports car, the latest RSR features a wheelbase that’s grown by roughly four inches while a new wishbone front suspension has been implemented as well. The new RSR has gone through some significant weight reduction as well with the introduction of a lighter PDK-enabled six-speed gearbox, more evenly balanced weight distribution with the center of gravity being much lower, and heavy usage of carbon fiber throughout the vehicle. With this also being the 911′s 50th anniversary, the number 50 is visible on a few key parts of the car and can even be seen from a bird’s eye view.
At the New York International Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz took the covers off their all-new CLA45 AMG. AMG engineers are known to hold nothing back when it comes their breed of performance vehicles and it’s no different here. The CLA45 AMG is an all-wheel drive rocket that’s powered by a hand-built turbocharged four-cylinder dishing out 355 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. 0-60 time comes in at 4.5. It’s worthy of the AMG badge and for the new entry-level luxury sedan on the block, we’re excited to see the CLA and CLA45 when they hit showrooms in the months ahead.
Mercedes-Benz has also released a short video showcasing the new CLA45 and can be found below.
There are a range of unveilings taking place at this week’s New York International Auto Show so expect us to continue delivering headlining news as fast as we can write it. Next up is the newly redesigned 2014 Range Rover Sport. From first glance, we’re seeing this is an extended Evoque with hints of the new HSE sprinkled in as well. It features the Range Rover’s tapering blade lights and LED day-time running lights with unique elements resting on the two-bar grille, the strakes in the side vents and the two vents on the hood. The latest iteration of the RR Sport gets seven inches added to the wheelbase, making room for an optional third row of seats. Under the hood, you get your choice of a 340hp supercharged V6 or a 510hp supercharged V8, both mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission by ZF.
Prices will begin at $63,495 for the Range Rover Sport SE and its 3.0-liter supercharged V6, then go to $68,495 for the HSE, $79,995 for the Supercharged that puts the 5.0-liter supercharged V8 underhood, and $93,295 for the Autobiography. All of those prices include the $895 destination charge.
The 2014 Cadillac CTS was officially unveiled earlier today and we were at the press conference to see this beauty in person. The luxury sedan furthers the brand’s Art & Science philosophy as it looks to deliver a longer, leaner aesthetic, reflective of its lightweight, driver-focused ethos. You may notice the CTS takes much inspiration from the highly successful Cadillac ATS, which we had the opportunity to review earlier this month. The new CTS is about five inches longer, with a roofline, hood line and windshield base all about an inch lower, emphasizing a long dash-to-axle proportion that enhances the car’s athletic appearance. The front end is aggressive and feature Cadillac’s signature bold vertical lighting elements. Included in this are LED front signature lighting details which evolve with headlamps that flow up and with the hood line. The headlamp housings incorporate crystalline LED light guides in the upper and lower forward corners and also serve as daytime running lamps.
Ahead of this week’s New York International Auto Show comes a look at the 2014 Jaguar XKR-S GT. It’s the ultimate street-legal and track-ready version of the XK coupe and is powered by the British automaker’s proven supercharged 5.0 liter V8 which delivers 550 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque when mated with a six-speed automatic transmission. Jaguar fitted the XKR-S GT with a new hood as well as carbon fiber on the redesigned front air splitter, dive planes, extended wheel arch spats, as well as a new rear diffuser, an aluminum front under tray and a back wing to control downforce.
Only 30 will be offered in North America, with 25 slated for the United States and the remaining five going to Canada. Price is set at $174,000 with this monstrous beauty going on sale in August. We’ve got a video below with the 2014 Jaguar XKR-S GT in motion so be sure to check it out.
Introducing the new Aston Martin Rapide S, a welcomed upgrade to one of the finest four-door sports cars on the market. The Rapide S gets subtle enhancements in design as well as a range of performance upgrades starting with the introduction of the all-new Rapide Gen 4 AM11 engine, the most technologically advanced, most powerful Rapide engine the British coach maker has ever built. It’s all in the numbers — a sprint time of only 4.9 secs, 457 lb-ft of torque and potent power of 550 horses – an increase of more than 17% over our previous model. The Rapide S also accomplishes a near perfect 48:52 front / rear weight distribution without any compromise in design or features. The latest iteration of the Rapide features a new rear deck profile which enhances aerodynamics as well as a new full-face aluminium grille honed as a single piece by hand which creates a striking front profile.
The 2014 Aston Martin Rapide S is set to hit showrooms this summer with a price set around the $200,000 mark.
For your viewing pleasure, we’ve got a video which sees Rhys Millen, Pikes Peak International Hill Climb record-holder and Chanelle Sladics, Winter Games Medalist, race down the notoriously treacherous Loveland Pass. A 616-bhp McLaren 12C Spider vs. a skilled snowboarder, the video features the 12C showing off its ability in icy and snowy conditions. We’ll leave it at that and let you see who comes out victor.
Samsung has unveiled the latest addition to their Galaxy line of smartphones. Design cues come from its predecessor, the GS3, but with the screen size bumped up to 5-inches. Expect to see the same rounded edges and narrow physical home button button in a slightly thinner and lighter body. Other enhancements include the screen resolution being maxed out at 1080p, an increase in battery life, a faster 1.9 GHz quad-core or 1.6GHz octa-core processor and the rear-facing camera now with 13-megapixels.
These enhancements were all expected from current and hopeful Samsung users but Samsung’s focus on creating specialized software is where things really get interesting, allowing the global tech manufacturer to really differentiate itself from the competition. One standout feature is the dual video call mode which allows callers to see what you’re looking at during video calls. The TV control app, translation tool, and eye-tracking and gesture capabilities alow you to pause a video when you look away and let you hover a finger over an item to get a preview.
Look for the Samsung Galaxy S4 to hit stores late April in both a white and black variation.
To mark the opening of the Daimaru Shinsaibashi Leica store in Osaka, Japan, Leica has released the X2 in a white leather shell with all the quality and detail the Leica brand has to offer. The X2 packs 16.2 megapixels and comes with a 24mm Leica Elmarit lens. Only 100 pieces of this limited edition camera will be available at the Osaka Leica shop on Wednesday, March 13th.
Hodinkee has turned us to the latest iteration of the legendary Atmos clock from Jaeger-LeCoultre. This time around, Jaeger is collaborating with Hermès for the desk clocks. Atmos clocks of the past need no winding or battery. They’re powered by a gas-fueled mechanism that leads to the balance wheel beating just twice per minute, instead of the few hundred you’ll find in a wristwatch’s movement. And now, this latest creation mates the Swizz watchmaker with French fashion house Hermès. The relationship between the two dates back to the 1920s but was a halted in the 1970s when Hermès began making all their timepieces in house.
Les Cristalleries de Saint-Louis, the famous glassblowers, created a special double layer glass dome so complicated to produced that only the six most talented glassblowers at the firm were capable of completing the process. The air-blown dome is cut to reveal transparent pearl-like beads, and then polished to create subtle light effects. The entire dome is lined with white enamel. Magnificent. The 276 x 276 x 272 mm clock weights over 10kg and the dotted exterior allows for viewing of the incredible JLC caliber 560a Atmos movement.
This piece of work is filled with endless detailing and so sophisticated that we’re surprised that the limited quantity number is 176. It’s priced at roughly $39,000 USD.