New BMW 8 Series On The Way

Although BMW have stated this is just a concept at this time, a rumored 8-series has been on the cards for a number of years, and this is likely to be pretty close to the final production model which is no doubt coming soon. Full BMW words with the announcement are below.

The BMW Group is using this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este to unveil the BMW Concept 8 Series, the essence of a modern-day BMW coupe wrapped up in an enthralling design study. The study car will serve as a taster of a forthcoming BMW model – the new BMW 8 Series Coupe, slated for launch in 2018 and part of the biggest model offensive in the company’s history. The NUMBER ONE > NEXT strategy sees the BMW Group aiming to significantly increase sales and revenues in the luxury class, and the BMW 8 Series Coupe plays an important role here. “The number 8 has always represented the pinnacle of sports performance and exclusivity at BMW,” explains Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG Harald Krüger. “The forthcoming BMW 8 Series Coupe will demonstrate that razor-sharp dynamics and modern luxury can go hand-in-hand. This will be the next model in the expansion of our luxury-car offering and will raise the benchmark for coupes in the segment. In the process, we will strengthen our claim to leadership in the luxury class.”

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Mercedes AMG C63 Coupe

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Information on the new Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupé was released this week, and it doesn’t look too bad 😉

The expressive exterior design differs significantly from the Mercedes-Benz model, which shares merely the same doors, roof and boot lid. The powerful 8-cylinder engine, together with the increased track width on the front and rear axles, calls for a redesigned front end and a model-specific rear assembly as well as new side walls. The flared wheel arches make the AMG Coupé 64 millimetres wider at the front and 66 millimetres wider at the rear, enabling the vehicle to hug the road better.

The larger wheel arches allow the use of wider tyres (up to 255 millimetres on the front axle and up to 285 millimetres on the rear axle), contributing to improved lateral acceleration, traction and agility. Under the outer skin, the body structure has been reinforced in key areas to transfer and compensate the extreme longitudinal and lateral forces from the powertrain and suspension. There is also the model-specific rear axle carrier.

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The 60-millimetre-longer aluminium bonnet is adorned by two distinctive powerdomes, which are among the typical distinguishing features and underscore the muscular appearance. The extremely wide front section is characterised by large air inlets and precisely positioned flics. The low, arrow-shaped “twin blade” radiator grille with AMG lettering visually lowers the vehicle’s centre of gravity. The typical AMG “A-wing” front spoiler is three-dimensional, also serving as an air deflector for the three cooling air inlets. Additional flics ensure an optimal flow of air to the cooling modules. And a front splitter at the bottom of the front apron helps to reduce front-axle lift.

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Audi TT 2016 Model Details and Pricing

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Audi today announced pricing for the all-new 2016 Audi TT model line. The iconic vehicle boasts an exciting new design characterized by the use of innovative technologies and driver-focused performance.

Audi TT Digital Dashboard Display

The Audi TT revolutionizes the way the driver interacts with the vehicle through the innovative virtual cockpit. An entirely digital instrument cluster, the virtual cockpit replaces traditional gauges and interfaces for a customizable driving experience. Unveiled at the 2015 Consumer Electronic Show, the virtual cockpit combines the functions of a central MMI® system with a conventional instrument cluster in one unique, 12.3-inch 1440×540 pixel TFT display with superb 3D graphics and brilliant clarity. The TT will also feature the most advanced version of Audi connect®, including picture navigation, read-aloud news headlines, Facebook® and Twitter® alerts, access to more than 7,000 Web radio stations, personalized RSS news feeds and more.

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The Audi TT Coupe and Roadster will feature a 2.0L TFSI® engine with 220 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque for a 0-60 time of 5.3 seconds (coupe) and 5.6 seconds (roadster). The performance tuned Audi TTS Coupe will feature a 2.0L TFSI engine with 292 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque for a 0-60 time of 4.6 seconds. All models offer standard Audi drive select and quattro® permanent all-wheel drive for exceptional dynamics, excellent traction and superb grip. In its first application, the Audi drive select system on the 2016 TT now allows the driver to adjust the quattro all-wheel drive system, as well as the shift points, throttle response, steering.

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The quattro system has been specifically tuned for the TT & TTS to continuously shift power to the wheels that grip and has a rear-wheel bias when the Audi drive select is in the dynamic mode. The unique quattro calibration reads sensors 150 time every 10 milliseconds to optimally adjust power. This gives the quattro system the ability to shift up to 100% of power to the rear or the front axle when needed.

Model Pricing
TT Coupe 2.0 TFSI $42,900
TT Roadster 2.0 TFSI $46,400
TTS Coupe 2.0 TFSI $51,900

 

Mercedes GLE Coupe

Mercedes GLE CoupeIt appears someone at Mercedes decided that despite the X6 being a bit weird and not much use, it deserved a competitor, and low and behold, the GLE Coupe appears. SUV Coupe’s (or whatever they’re called) hurt my soul – I still haven’t worked out why the X6 exists or why people buy them, but there must be some out there if Mercedes feels the need to match their German counterparts.

Mercedes GLE Coupe - RedThere is even an AMG designated model, and claims that “the GLE Coupe feels like a true sports car”.  There’s plenty of power to go along with the increased heft – a 3.0 liter V6 bi-turbo engine pushing out 362 bhp and 384 lb-ft of torque, and a 9-speed automatic gearbox mated to the 4-matic drivetrain.

Mercedes GLE Coupe interior

Jaguar F-Type – Available in 4-wheel drive soon

286422_ftype-awd_carJust in case you lived in somewhere like say Colorado, and weren’t quite sure all that nice, noisy power was appropriate for our winter months, Jaguar has kindly helped address your concerns with the announcement of a shiny new 4-wheel drive version.

“Our target with engineering the all-wheel-drive F-TYPE was to maintain the engaging rear-drive character that’s so important to Jaguar sports cars, yet offer even greater dynamic capability.” – Ian Hoban, Vehicle Line Director, Jaguar

Mercedes AMG GT

271799_14C666_11One of the disadvantages of spending way too much time on your real job is you end up not posting about some pretty significant news on this website. So now that I have at least a little breathing room I’m going to try and at least partially rectify that by going back and pulling some of the best bits from the past few months and posting just like they were still super brand new.

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So, I now present the Mercedes AMG GT – a 911 fighter designed to get your heart and pulse racing in equal measure. Its front mid-engine design with a rear transaxle and use of intelligent aluminum lightweight construction form the basis for a highly dynamic driving experience. Its newly developed AMG 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine underscores the hallmark of AMG driving performance. The first sports car engine from AMG with internally mounted turbochargers (‘hot inside V’) and dry sump lubrication is configured in two output ratings: as a GT with 456 hp (340 kW) and as a GT S with 503 hp (375 kW). The new GT combines driving dynamics and first-class racetrack performance with superb everyday practicality and efficiency that sets new standards in the segment.

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The centerpiece of the Mercedes-AMG GT is the new 4.0-liter V8 biturbo, which responds instantly with extreme power at low revs and delivers outstanding performance. Top figures such as 3.7 seconds from 0-60 mph (preliminary) and a top speed of 193 mph (310 km/h), combined with the outstanding driving dynamics will undoubtedly translate into extremely fast laps on the racetrack.

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“With the new GT we are positioning Mercedes-AMG even more aggressively than to date as a dynamic sports car brand”, says Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. “With its technological substance, the Mercedes-AMG GT fulfils our high aspirations with regard to driving dynamics, agility and sportiness. The new GT is the second sports car developed fully independently by Mercedes-AMG. The car is manufactured according to the motto ‘Handcrafted By Racers’ – which perfectly encapsulates our heritage and our spirit.”

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The central “aviation design” theme, which is the hallmark of Mercedes-Benz sports cars, has been restyled. The extreme emphasis on the width of the dashboard, which creates an impression of a powerful wing dominates the cockpit of the GT. Four central spotlight-style vents and the individual vents at each end of the dashboard reinforce this impression. The combination of high beltlines, concave-shaped door paneling, low seating position and a dramatic center console design, makes the GT feel like you are slipping into the cockpit of fighter jet.

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The 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine is being made in Affalterbach according to the “one man, one engine” principle. In the AMG engine shop, highly qualified master engine builders assemble the engines by hand according to the strictest quality standards. Once completed, this impeccable standard is clearly visible on the AMG engine plate, as it bears the engine builder’s actual signature.

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Personally I think it looks pretty spectacular, and given how fantastic the AMG engines typically are, if this thing handles as well as Mercedes suggest it does, it’ll end up going near the top of a lot of people’s purchasing lists, especially given how luke warm the new 911 got when it first arrived. Of course, there’s no manual available (do Mercedes even offer manuals anymore for anything they sell in the US?), so unless I change my mind (independent of the whole money issue of course), I won’t be owning one of these anytime soon.

Jaguar F-Type Project 7

Jaguar spun up a Special Vehicle Operations (SVO for short) group last year (Harry Metcalfe of Evo fame went over there). They’ve stayed pretty quiet until they had something to shout about, so coinciding with the Speed Festival at Goodwood, news of a major first project is trickling out, along with this video. I would suggest you turn it up loud….

Mercedes S-Class Coupe

Mercedes S Class Coupe 2014Just in case you really liked the regular S-Class, but thought it either had too many doors or wasn’t pretty enough, the nice folks at Mercedes have you covered.

209286_2015 S-Class Coupe (3)The new S-Class Coupe from Mercedes-Benz combines the classic proportions of a large, sporty coupe with modern luxury and state-of-the art technology” is the official line. 

209338_2015 S-Class Coupe (26)The big news with this car is the introduction of what Mercedes are calling Active Curve Tilting Function (those Germans like their romantic names, don’t they?). The vehicle leans into bends much like a motorcyclist, thereby reducing the lateral acceleration acting on the vehicle’s occupants. On country roads in particular, this means greater driving pleasure and ride comfort for the occupants. Allegedly……

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BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

BMW 4 Series Gan CoupeAnd this is the part where I don’t understand the BMW line-up. We have 3, which is the 4 door car (sedan), the 4, which is the 2 door car (coupe), and then they throw out the 4 Gran Coupe, which is back to 4 doors again.

4 Series Grand CoupeI mean, I know it looks pretty damn nice, so why didn’t they just make the 3 series look like this and be done with it? Did I miss something somewhere?

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Jag F-Type Coupe Super Bowl Ad

I don’t want to turn this site into a bunch of Super Bowl ads, but Jaguar sent me a nice email pointing this one out, and given it’s very British flavo(u)r and the awesome sound of the Jag engine, it was just too much to ignore. Turning the volume up would be a good option