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Manufacturers are counting down the days until the annual Chinese Auto Show open its doors on 20th April 2014. Many of the stars of the show have already been previewed in a bid to capture individual interest; the more efficient 2015 Volkswagen Touareg is now among them! This new SUV aims to impress show-goers with…
Will this new concept become the new flagship of the Golf range? We certainly hope so as it produces an impressive400 PS and 450 Nm when pushed all out. This makes it a full 100PS and some 70Nms more powerful than the current Golf VII R. The concept’s engine has not yet been disclosed but…
Volkswagen Golf R 400 concept
Volkswagen has disclosed plans to show a radical Golf R 400 concept at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show which will kick off this Sunday.
The R’s days as the flagship model in the Golf range could be numbered as Volkswagen has prepared an appealing Golf R-based concept which will provide no less than 400 PS (294 kW) and 450 Nm (383 lb-ft) from a yet unknown engine. This makes it a full 100 PS (73 kW) and 70 Nm (51 lb-ft) more powerful than the Golf VII R which makes use of a 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine.
While the Golf R needs 4.9 to reach 62 mph (100 km/h) when equipped with the optional six-speed DSG, the Golf R 400 concept will do it in just 3.9 seconds and will allegedly be capable of reaching a maximum speed of 175 mph (282 km/h) compared to the Golf R’s electronically-capped 155 mph (250 km/h) top speed.
Aside from receiving a much more powerful engine, the Golf R 400 concept will also be wearing a matching body kit with beefier wheel arches, muscular bumpers and larger alloys. Based on previous reports, the concept could also feature a lighter roof made from carbon fiber along with a stripped-out cabin and carbon fiber body panels to lower the vehicle’s weight to around 1,400 kg (3,086 lbs), down by 76 kg (167 lbs) compared to the manual-fitted Golf VII R and by 95 kg (209 lbs) compared to the DSG-equipped variant.
We will have full details this weekend once the Golf R 400 concept will be introduced in Beijing.
Volkswagen New Midsize Coupe concept design sketch
Volkswagen will be showing starting Sunday at 2014 Beijing Motor Show the New Midsize Coupe design study.
Rumors about a Golf/Jetta CC have been swirling around the web for a couple of years and it seems it could actually happen as for this year’s Beijing Motor Show the German marque has prepared a design study of a four-door coupe which hints at a more stylish Golf-based model. They say it’s shorter than the Jetta while being wider than the Passat.
In charge of styling was Volkswagen’s brand design chief Klaus Bischoff who envisioned the concept with a low sloping roof, 20-inch wheels shod in 245/40 tires along with a chromed dual exhaust setup and a short rear overhang.
Other details are scarce at the moment but we do know power comes from a 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter TSI engine outputting 220 PS (162 kW) which propels the car to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 6.5 seconds before topping out at 152 mph (245 km/h).
Check back this weekend for full details about the concept.
MG Dynamo concept
MG is celebrating their 90th anniversary by introducing the Dynamo concept.
Created at SAIC’s European Design and Technical Center, the Dynamo is an electric vehicle that “encompasses the latest in design and engineering technology.” The company didn’t go into specifics but said the concept was created to ”fully understand European market demand for a small, electric MG.”
Despite the lack of details, we can see the concept is a three-door hatchback that has a front fascia which echoes the Nissan Leaf. The model also has LED fog lights, a sloping roofline and five-spoke alloy wheels.
Motivation is provided by a small electric motor that produces 70 bhp (52 kW) and 155 Nm (114 lb-ft) of torque. It enables the 1080 kg (2381 lb) concept to accelerate from 0-50 km/h (0-31 mph) in 5.3 seconds and travel approximately 80 km (49.7 miles) on a single charge. When the battery is depleted, it can be 80 percent replenished in 30 minutes or fully recharged in six hours.
Subaru has unveiled the 2015 Outback at the New York Auto Show.
Set to go on sale in the United States this summer, the redesigned model follows in the footsteps of the Legacy and adopts a hexagonal grille that is flanked by sweptback headlights. The model also has an aluminum hood, plastic body cladding, a more rakish windscreen and 8.7 inches (221mm) of ground clearance. Other notable highlights include a roof rack, a tailgate-mounted spoiler and 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels.
The entry-level model isn’t terribly exciting but features power windows / locks, a tilt / telescoping steering wheel, air conditioning and an infotainment system with a 6.2-inch display.
Moving up to the Premium variant rewards buyers with a 10-way power driver’s seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and dual-zone automatic climate control. The model also has heated front seats and an improved infotainment system with a 7-inch display.
The Limited variant goes a step further as it includes the aforementioned equipment as well as perforated leather seats, heated rear seats and a power passenger seat. There’s also a harman/kardon audio system and woodgrain trim.
Under the hood, two engines will be available. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder produces 175 bhp (130 kW) and 174 lb-ft (235 Nm) of torque, while the 3.6-liter six-cylinder develops 256 bhp (191 kW) and 247 lb-ft (334 Nm) of torque. Both are connected to a Lineartronic continuously variable transmission which sends power to a symmetrical all-wheel drive system. Models equipped with the 2.5-liter engine are slated to return 25 mpg city / 33 mpg highway / 28 mpg combined, while the 3.6-liter six-cylinder offers an improved fuel economy rating of 20 mpg city / 27 mpg highway / 22 combined.
Daimler Super V8 LWB owned by Queen Elizabeth II 30.7.2013
Queen Elizabeth II’s 2001 Daimler Super V8 LWB limousine is going up for auction on August 31st.
The specially-built model was used by the Queen who drove it around Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace. Over the course of three years, the Queen managed to put 15,242 miles (24,529 km) on the odometer.
Since the model was built for the monarch, it features a number of special touches including a center armrest with a slide out section that holds a handbag. The car also has blue flashing strobes lights, non-functional communications equipment and a supercharged 4.0-liter V8 engine that develops 375 bhp (280 kW).
The car is being sold by Historics at Brooklands and is expected to fetch £25,000 - £30,000 ($38,275 - $45,935 / €28,815 - €34,580).
Lamborghini Gallardo Squadra Corsa spy photo 30.7.2013 / Supercarteam
We’re eagerly awaiting the Lamborghini Gallardo successor, but the company appears to be preparing another special edition of their aging supercar.
The Supercarteam managed to snap a handful of photos of a mysterious prototype they’re calling the Gallardo Squadra Corsa. Little is known about the model but the website indicates it could be a facelifted version of the Super Trofeo Stradale.
Nothing is official but the camouflage suggests the model will come equipped with a new front bumper and revised side skirts. We can also see a prominent rear wing and a sporty rear diffuser.
Interestingly, the model bears a resemblance to the Gallardo GT3 Squadra Corse which was jointly-developed with Reiter Engineering. This could imply the Squadra Corsa name is a bit of a misnomer but hopefully we’ll find out soon enough.
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