Last week, Mercedes-Benz officially took the covers off the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class with a complete song and dance to mark the occasion. The unveil took place at an Airbus factory in Hamburg with Alicia Keys performing and The Stig on hand with some fireworks tossed into the mix as well. Bottom line, this is the German automaker’s most advanced S-Class to date and it’s one where it’s equally enjoyable whether you’re doing the driving or sitting in the back calling the shots. The larger grille makes it stand out and it’s got some exterior enhancements that, when coupled with all the interior and technological upgrades, will make this S-Class the best in its class.
To celebrate the 90th anniversary of the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race and the 10th anniversary of the British brand’s victory there in 2003, Bentley has announced limited edition models of the Mulsanne and Continental models. Six specs have been created to celebrate each of the six Bentley Boys who have won the race over the years. 48 examples of each ‘Le Mans Limited Edition’ model are being produced. Each car will have a unique Le Mans Edition numbered badge, Le Mans Edition clock face, embroidered Le Mans badge to each headrest, tread plates with the limited edition name, unique Le Mans Edition wheels and specific interior veneers and exterior colours.
Continental GT models will be available in the second quarter of 2013 with Mulsanne Le Mans Edition models available beginning in the third quarter. Bentley has also created a microsite to drop all the details around these limited edition beauties while also shedding more light on the brand’s history at Le Mans.
To promote the launch of the latest addition to their lineup, the F-Type, Jaguar teamed up with Ridley Scott Associates to create Desire, a 13-minute short film that takes place in the middle of Chile’s Atacama Desert. Damian Lewis of Homeland plays lead here as a delivery driver for high-end cars. This time, he’s behind the wheel of the 2014 Jaguar F-Type and runs into a bit of trouble. Spanish actor Jordi Mollà and American actress Shannyn Sossamon are also in the film, showcasing that Jaguar’s pulling out all the stops to align with the launch of the 2013 World Car Design of the Year.
The F-Type’s interior is inspired by a fighter plane cockpit while more than half the car is made from recycled metal, with 80% less CO2 emissions during manufacturing compared to traditional steel welding. All-in-all, British automaker’s done an exceptional job crafting the F-Type and we’re excited to see it hit showrooms in the months ahead. Until then, enjoy Desire in its entirety below.
Porsche has unveiled the 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S, two rear-engine monsters that make the 40th anniversary of the 911 a memorable one. It looks great and the performance numbers are phenomenal. The turbocharged, 3.8-liter flat-six engine makes use of twin, variable-turbine-geometry turbos. For the standard Turbo, we’re talking output of 520 horsepower, a 0-60 mph time of 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 196 mph. Porsche’s Turbo S delivers 560 horsepower, 0-60 mph in just 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 198 mph. Porsche’s seven-speed PDK dual-clutch gearbox handles everything and helps the Turbo deliver a Nürburgring time of under 7 and a half minutes. The wide body design for this generation of Turbo is really something else. It’s 1.1-inches wider than a Carrera 4 with hugely flared rear fenders. The Turbo S stands out with its standard full-LED headlight.Look out for a deployable, three-stage front spoiler, and a three-way rear wing.
Look for more details around the Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S in the months ahead, though here’s a price breakdown — Turbo model will start at $149,250, while the Turbo S will go for $182,050. First look video from Porsche below.
Maserati has taken the covers off the 2014 Maserati Ghibli ahead of its unveil at this month’s Shanghai Motor Show. With its efforts aimed directly at a segment dominated by the BMW 5-series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the Italian automaker hopes to jump into the volume-friendly price point on its way to 50,000 cars a year by 2015 as they announced a while back.
As you can see, the Ghibli will be sportier than the Quattroporte though don’t expect the interior to be anything short of what you’d expect from Maserati. The 2014 Ghibli will be offered up in a few different powertrains with a pair of 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engines (one gas, one diesel) helping to lead the charge. Mated to eight-speed automatic transmissions, expect a rear-wheel-drive configuration to come standard while Maserati’s new Q4 all-wheel-drive system will also be available.
Porsche will officially take the covers off the 2014 Porsche Panamera at the Shanghai Motor Show later this month but here’s the scoop. The refreshed Panamera features subtle enhancements to the exterior like new LED lighting including full LED headlamps and slight adjustments to the rear. We were really excited to learn that Porsche will now offer a Panamera S E-hybrid model which features plug-in technology that builds on the Panamera S Hybrid from a few years back. A more powerful electric motor and higher-performance battery have been added, with recharge times being quoted at two and a half hours when plugged in to a 240-volt outlet. Charging as well as other vehicle data can be monitored via a new Porsche Car Connect app available for Android and iOS devices.
The E-Hybrid is said to have an all-electric driving range of over 20 miles and will be able to travel at speeds up to 84 miles per hour just on electric power. The Panamera S Hybrid is still a Porsche and it shows with the performance figures — 0-60 mph in 5.2 seconds with a top speed of 167 mph. Total output for the E-Hybrid is coming in at 416 horsepower and 435 lb-ft of torque when mated to an eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission. The S and and 4S models will be ditching their naturally aspirated V8 engines for new 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 that delivers a boost in performance to 420 horses (up 20 from its predecessor) and 383 lb-ft of torque (up 15) and is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
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.