The NAIAS in Detroit brings the unveiling of Chevrolet’s 2014 Corvette Stingray, the first Corvette to bear the Stingray moniker in over 40 years. Though this new ‘Vette is a looker, all the action is where it should be — under the hood. The Corvette Stingray features a LT1 small-block V8 engine which shells out 450 horsepower and 450-lb. of torque, with a 0-60 mph time under four seconds. So not only is this new Stingray got a ton of power, it’s got a more aggressive and refined design than its predecessor. The interior features aluminum and option carbon fiber detailing and all for a sub-supercar price.
Ahead of the 2013 Detroit Auto Show comes a look at the facelifted 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe. The refreshed front end now features single-piece headlights and a more aggressive fascia. The quad-headlight look isn’t completely lost as there are unique LED running lights that visually split the headlights into two. New LED taillights and a reshaped rear fascia are tossed into the exterior enhancements. The interior’s got minor changes such as a slight redesign of the steering wheel and incorporating Direct Select lever instead of the console-mounted shift lever from the previous years. Tech upgrades include the Stereo Multi-Purpose Camera, Active Parking Assist and a 360-degree camera for a bird’s-eye view when parking.
Here we have a look at the 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe. It’s the perfect middleground between the M6 Coupe and the M5. The Audi S7 and Mercedes-Benz CLS63 will face their strongest competition with this monster, as it’s got the same direct-injected 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 that’s in the M5 and M6 models, dishing out 560 horsepower and peak torque of 500 pound-feet. The seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and an exclusive electronically controlled Active M Differential gives the M6 GC handling you’ve come to expect from the German automaker.
Looks-wise, the BMW M6 GC has that coupe-esque design but with a ton of aggressive enhancements such as a refined body kit, exposed carbon fiber roof panel, painted brake calipers and 20-inch wheels fitted with ultra-high-performance summer tires. In the cabin, look for Alcantara trim, a sportier, three-spoke steering wheel and well-bolstered, leather-wrapped seats.
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.
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.
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.
Here we have some early shots of the 2013 Maserati GranCabrio MC Stradale. The MC Stradale will be a bit lighter than the GranCabrio Sport and features an enhanced transmission that swifts through gears much faster. Details are still quite limited but the imagery shows some changes in the front and rear bumpers, a dual exhaust mated with the rear diffuser, a trunk lip spoiler, and a new set of rims.
In a recent article from Motoramic, we learn white is currently the most popular exterior car color, a title held by silver for nearly a decade. Sandy McGill, BMW Designworks’ lead designer in color, materials, and finish, says Steve Jobs had a strong influence here. “Prior to Apple, white was associated with things like refrigerators or the tiles in your bathroom. Apple made white valuable.” And to think, I bought my car in white because I was being different but little did I know my subconscious love for Apple was driving the purchase.