Ahead of the 2013 Detroit Motor Show comes an official unveiling of the BMW 4 Series Coupe Concept. The German automaker’s decision to shift the 3 Series Coupe and Convertible over to the 4 Series badge has been in the works for quite sometime and here we are. Aesthetically, don’t expect the official 4 Series to be much different than what you’re seeing here as BMW is known to make little or no changes between concepts and their production model counterparts. Dimensions are shifted ever-so slightly with the new 4 Series Coupe sitting on a wheelbase that is 50 millimeters longer than the current 3 Coupe, and will be 44 mm wider and 16 mm lower.
Three months after iOS 6 hit the market with a brand new Maps application, an official Google Maps app is now available in the App Store. With this comes a welcomed competitor to the native Maps app as well as a pretty clean aesthetic that matches that of other Google iOS apps. What did we miss the most, you ask? Well, public transportation directions was a huge gap and Google’s filling it quite nicely with this one. We’ll have to see how it performs in NYC. Also, Google Maps for iOS comes with a beta version of Google Maps Navigation, which has voice-guided, turn-by-turn navigation, and live traffic conditions as well. Signing in with your Google account also lets you sync searches, directions and favorites. Google Maps also has Street View for anyone that missed that.
The new Google Maps app is available for the iPhone and iPod Touch (4th gen) iOS 5.1 and higher, in more than 40 countries and 29 languages, including Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish.
Jaguar has taken the covers off its fastest four-door machine to date, the XFR-S. Powered by a 5.5-liter supercharged V8 that delivers 550 horses to the back wheels, this XF can go 0 to 60 in 4.4 seconds. If you didn’t think performance was atop Jaguar’s list of key concerns, think again. The luxe details are just as expected as the XFR-S is fitted with adaptive headlights, LED taillights, an 825W sound system, a 7-inch touchscreen with navi, and much more. Expected to be available sometime in 2013, you’ll have the option to pick up a Jaguar XFR-S for about $99,000 in either classic British Racing Green or electric blue.
Back in June, Bentley gave us the opportunity to take their Mulsanne for a weekend retreat. Though our experience with this beauty was nothing short of exceptional, we didn’t really test the limits in terms of speed. Sure, we’ll we took it north of 100 mph but you ain’t livin’ unless you’re high-speed cruising at north of 190 mph. That’s exactly what World Land Speed Record Holder Andy Green did as he approached 200 mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats. Boy does that 6.75-liter Twin-Turbo V8 under the hood perform. Check out the video below. (via ACQUIRE)
From Kahn Design comes another custom version of the Land Rover Defender, this time with the interior being fitted with Harris Tweed fabric. Harris Tweed is the only fabric in the world governed by its own Act of Parliament and it can now be found in this Kahn creation. The bespoke interior features the hand-woven fabric as well as a piano black wood center dash, red rev counter, machined aluminum pedals, red seat belts, as well as front and rear racing seats in black guilted leather with Harris Tweed accents. The cabin is fitted with Nappa leather and grey Alcantara with silver and red contrasting stitching. The exterior features a wide body kit with extended wheel arches, vented headlight surrounds, stainless steel front grille, LED headlights, clear front and rear light lenses and 18-inch 1983 Defender alloy wheels.
Google’s Niantic Labs has dropped a new multi-player gaming platform for mobile users, dubbed Ingress. Your real-world location is turned into a virtual world, by way of virtual layering after your location’s been determined. Users fight for territory against opposing factions while the game is sure to take Augmented Reality to new heights. Complex capturing systems allow players to capture nearby building and areas located by using your GPS. Players can work together to capture a bundle of close-by areas to expand their faction territory, or fight to gain other factions’ territories.
Currently an invite-only beta application, you can gain access to Ingress by applying here.
Mercedes-AMG has revealed the much anticipated 2014 SLS AMG Black Series, which will hit select US showrooms in the summer of 2013. Inspired by the SLS AMG GT3 race car, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series is the fifth Black Series from the brand’s AMG division. Engineered from lightweight construction, the model is in line with the AMG Lightweight Performance strategy and weighs in at 3,417 pounds helping it achieve a power/weight ratio of 5.49 lb/hp. AMG notes power is coming from a 6.3 liter AMG V8 that churns out 622-hp at 7,400 rpm and maximum torque of 468 lb-ft at 5,500 rpm. It’s mated to an AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission, which catapults the 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series from 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds with a top speed of 196 mph.
One thing that most people don’t put much thought into is the light bulbs they buy. Sure, you probably go for the most energy-efficient ones out but all you do is look for the Energy Star logo and you’re all set. Now, with technology evolving at such a rapid pace, it’s no surprise Philips has developed the Hue. Hue is a different kind of light bulb. It allows you to customize the look and mood of a room with each Hue light bulb delivering 600 lumens and producing all shades of white, from warm to cold, and a wide variety of colour. The Hue’s great for personal or commercial customization as you can connect up to 50 Hue light bulbs to a single system and control it all with your iPhone or iPad from wherever you are.
Oh, and it uses 80% less power than a traditional light bulb. Check out the video and purchase yours through the Apple Store.
Along with the release of the iPad Mini, Apple also unveiled the latest iPad, this time featuring the brand’s Retina Display to beef up resolution and detail. The Retina display on iPad features a 2048-by-1536 resolution and four times the number of pixels in iPad 2 and a million more than an HDTV. Everything’s powered by Apple’s A6X chip, a powerful workhorse that delivers up to twice the CPU and graphics performance of the A5X chip. You can shoot 1080p video or capture 5-MP images via the latest iSight camera and share your creations over “Ultrafast” wireless. The Wi-Fi’s dual-band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) 802.11n and can support for channel bonding. The Cellular data’s now LTE ready so you can even more, faster.
The iPad will be available for pre-order on October 26th.
Apple’s finally released the highly rumored iPad Mini, and it doesn’t disappoint in terms of features or design. You get the “full iPad experience” but at a 7.9-inch display size rather than the iPad’s 9.7-inch display. However, there are some key differences that need to be mentioned. The iPad Mini doesn’t come with Retina Display so expect screen quality to be that of the original iPad and iPad 2. Also, the iPad Mini features an A5 processor compared to the A6X processor of the latest iPad. What you will get is a HD FaceTime Camera, a 5 MP iSight camera, 1080p video recording, the ability to buy it in both a WiFi-only or with Cellular capabilities via a nano-SIM (not Micro-SIM of generations past), Siri, and up to 10 hours of battery life.
The iPad Mini will be available for pre-order on October 26th with WiFi-only models being available at 8am on November 2nd. WiFi + Cellular will be available later in November.