The Truth About Cars » Luxury http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Fri, 27 Mar 2015 14:16:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars » Luxury http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/category/news-blog/luxury-news-blog/ New York 2015: 2016 Infiniti QX50 Ready For Debut http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/new-york-2015-2016-infiniti-qx50-ready-debut/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/new-york-2015-2016-infiniti-qx50-ready-debut/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 10:00:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1030185 It’s official: the 2016 Infiniti QX50 will make its debut at next week’s New York Auto Show. MotorAuthority reports the updated crossover will takes its cues from the Chinese-market QX50 Long-Wheelbase like the one in the image above. This means a longer wheelbase for additional rear legroom and cabin space. The updated model will also […]

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It’s official: the 2016 Infiniti QX50 will make its debut at next week’s New York Auto Show.

MotorAuthority reports the updated crossover will takes its cues from the Chinese-market QX50 Long-Wheelbase like the one in the image above. This means a longer wheelbase for additional rear legroom and cabin space. The updated model will also have a slightly higher stance than the current model.

Potential power for the QX50 points to the same 3.7-liter V6 found solely in the crossover now, rated at 325 horsepower. Price of admission is expected to be around $35,995, the base sticker price for the 2015 edition.

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Cadillac CT6 To Receive Turbocharged, Naturally Aspirated V6 Engines http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/cadillac-ct6-fitted-pair-v6-engines/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/cadillac-ct6-fitted-pair-v6-engines/#comments Fri, 20 Mar 2015 23:14:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1026649 When the Cadillac CT6 hits showrooms later this year, power for the flagship will come in the form of two V6 engines. The mills are a 3.6-liter naturally aspirated unit, and a 3-liter twin-turbo. Both engines are equipped with active fuel management and start-stop, helping to improve fuel economy when compared to the engines they […]

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When the Cadillac CT6 hits showrooms later this year, power for the flagship will come in the form of two V6 engines.

The mills are a 3.6-liter naturally aspirated unit, and a 3-liter twin-turbo. Both engines are equipped with active fuel management and start-stop, helping to improve fuel economy when compared to the engines they will replace in other Cadillac products.

Power figures for the 3.6-liter come to 335 horsepower and 284 lb-ft of torque, while the twin-turbo engine pumps out 400 horses and 400 lb-ft of torque. Both V6s will be paired with versions of General Motors’ Hydra-Matic eight-speed auto: the 8L90 for the turbocharged unit, the 8L45 for the naturally aspirated engine.

Both engines use aluminum blocks with more structuring in the bulkhead for increased rigidity; forged-steel crankshafts; polymer-coated, high-copper-content cylinder heads; cushioned chain sprockets for greater noise reduction; and a new two-pump oiling system for greater fuel efficiency and quieter operation.

Both V6s will be produced at GM’s Romulus Powertrain Operations in Romulus, Mich. — thanks to a $540-million investment to build the new engines — and will be placed under the bonnet of CT6 prior to delivery, which is set to begin between October and December of 2015.

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NYIAS 2015: 2016 Jaguar XF Bowing Over London Prior To Show http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/nyias-2015-2016-jaguar-xf-bowing-london-prior-show/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/nyias-2015-2016-jaguar-xf-bowing-london-prior-show/#comments Thu, 19 Mar 2015 11:00:14 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1024889 Prior to its North American debut in New York, the 2016 Jaguar XF will make its world debut next week over the waterways of London. The second-gen premium sedan will be driven by British stuntman Jim Dowdall over a pair of wires 1.3 inches in diameter in a high-water crossing stunt meant to demonstrate “the […]

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Prior to its North American debut in New York, the 2016 Jaguar XF will make its world debut next week over the waterways of London.

The second-gen premium sedan will be driven by British stuntman Jim Dowdall over a pair of wires 1.3 inches in diameter in a high-water crossing stunt meant to demonstrate “the lightweight and agile credentials” of the second Jaguar model to use the automaker’s aluminum-intensive structure.

For those interested in watching this stunt, Jaguar will stream the event online March 24 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern on its XF microsite. More details about the XF, meanwhile, will come when it bows at the 2015 New York International Auto Show April 1.

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Tesla Battery Swap Pilot Status Tied To California ZEV Credits http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/tesla-battery-swap-pilot-status-tied-california-zev-credits/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/tesla-battery-swap-pilot-status-tied-california-zev-credits/#comments Tue, 17 Mar 2015 12:00:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1023929 Tesla’s battery swap pilot program in Harris Ranch, Calif. may never leave the pilot phase, thanks to how California handles ZEV credits. The Los Angeles Times reports Tesla earned $66 million in Q4 2014 from selling credits to automakers needing to offset their carbon footprints. Each credit was the result of the Model S’ classification […]

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Tesla’s battery swap pilot program in Harris Ranch, Calif. may never leave the pilot phase, thanks to how California handles ZEV credits.

The Los Angeles Times reports Tesla earned $66 million in Q4 2014 from selling credits to automakers needing to offset their carbon footprints. Each credit was the result of the Model S’ classification as a Type 4 or Type 5 (based on battery size) vehicle by the California Air Resources Board — Type 5 involving vehicles with a range of 300 miles and can be refueled in less than 15 minutes — Tesla earning five to nine credits for every S sold as a result of the classification.

However, the sedan was knocked down to a Type 3 after CARB restructured its system for MY 2014 and beyond, basing earnings on “actual fueling events” regarding the fast-refueling credit. Thus, every S sold now earns Tesla four credits, except when it comes time to swap the battery pack. There, one S can have its pack swapped 25 times, with the credit applied to a total of 25 vehicles — up to nine credits per vehicle — as long as the other 24 are capable of quick refueling. Thus, Tesla’s credit-earning plan — and the profits from each sale — remain unchanged.

That said, the ZEV credit scheme will change again in 2018, with fast-refueling credits dropped for range assessment.

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BMW Brings i Series PHEV Tech To X5 xDrive40e http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/bmw-brings-series-phev-tech-x5-xdrive40e/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/bmw-brings-series-phev-tech-x5-xdrive40e/#comments Tue, 17 Mar 2015 10:00:51 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1023889 Having experimented with its i Series, BMW is bringing over its PHEV technology to its core collection, beginning with the X5 xDrive40e. Power for the PHEV crossover comes from a 2-liter four-cylinder using BMW’s TwinPower Turbo system paired with a synchronous electric motor integrated into the crossover’s eight-speed automatic. A combined 313 horses and 332 […]

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Having experimented with its i Series, BMW is bringing over its PHEV technology to its core collection, beginning with the X5 xDrive40e.

Power for the PHEV crossover comes from a 2-liter four-cylinder using BMW’s TwinPower Turbo system paired with a synchronous electric motor integrated into the crossover’s eight-speed automatic. A combined 313 horses and 332 lb-ft of torque are sent to all corners, helping to push the X5 from nil to 62 in 6.8 seconds. Top speed is limited to 130 mph, 75 mph in electric-only mode. Range is 19 miles on its 9-kWh lithium-ion pack.

Said pack reduces cargo space to 17.65 cubic feet with the rear seats up, 60.7 cubic feet with the seats down. The pack can be charged at home with the same charging units used by i3 and i8 owners, as well as through brake regeneration and at public charging stations.

Other features include an M Sport package, adaptive suspension, and bespoke offerings from BMW Individual.

No word on pricing or availability thus far, but European customers will be able to get theirs in the fall.

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Cadillac CT6 Lighter Than Similar Sedans Via Patent-Pending Construction http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/cadillac-ct6-lighter-similar-sedans-via-patent-pending-construction/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/cadillac-ct6-lighter-similar-sedans-via-patent-pending-construction/#comments Mon, 16 Mar 2015 12:00:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1023065 While the Cadillac CT6’s exterior may leave the B&B wanting, its lightweight structure may be more impressive. Cadillac says its upcoming flagship — set to bow March 31 before rolling down the ramp at the 2015 New York Auto Show — uses 13 different materials throughout the chassis and body panels to bring the CT6’s […]

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While the Cadillac CT6’s exterior may leave the B&B wanting, its lightweight structure may be more impressive.

Cadillac says its upcoming flagship — set to bow March 31 before rolling down the ramp at the 2015 New York Auto Show — uses 13 different materials throughout the chassis and body panels to bring the CT6’s weight down by 198 pounds when compared to a similar model using “predominantly steel construction.”

Per president Johan de Nysschen:

This is the rocket science of automobile construction and manufacturing today. With the CT6, we used high-strength aluminum and high-strength steels; lightweight chassis components; we integrate aluminum and steel where it makes sense; we eliminate every gram of mass possible, while achieving world-class performance.

Most of the vehicle’s structure — 64 percent — is aluminum, with high-strength steel “used strategically to reinforce” the structure, which has 21 patents pending tied to its existence. Aluminum and steel spot welds, flow drill screws, laser welding et al were used to put the structure together. The results eliminate the need for extensive sound-deadening, and allow the CT6 to be bigger and have more standard equipment “while achieving lower overall mass,” according to executive chief engineer Travis Hester.

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FWD BMW 2 Series Models Too Small For USDM To Be Sold http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/fwd-bmw-2-series-models-small-usdm-sold/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/fwd-bmw-2-series-models-small-usdm-sold/#comments Wed, 11 Mar 2015 13:00:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1020169 Hoping to drive home in a front-driven BMW 2 Series? You’ll have to settle for the RWD coupe, as the automaker has no plans to sell the former in the U.S. Automotive News reports the 2 Series Gran Tourer and Active Tourer — both based upon the UKL1 platform also underpinning the third-gen MINI Cooper […]

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Hoping to drive home in a front-driven BMW 2 Series? You’ll have to settle for the RWD coupe, as the automaker has no plans to sell the former in the U.S.

Automotive News reports the 2 Series Gran Tourer and Active Tourer — both based upon the UKL1 platform also underpinning the third-gen MINI Cooper — won’t be leaving Germany for the U.S. market due to their small size.

Per a representative, the Gran Tourer’s 179-inch length and the Active Tourer’s 171 inches are too small for a three-row minivan meant for the market. Thus, the smallest USDM BMW will be the 175.5-inch X1 crossover, which will become FWD via the UKL1 platform when the next-gen model goes on sale later this year.

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Frankfurt 2015: Next-Gen Audi A4 Set To Bow Prior To Show http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/frankfurt-2015-next-gen-audi-a4-set-bow-prior-show/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/frankfurt-2015-next-gen-audi-a4-set-bow-prior-show/#comments Wed, 11 Mar 2015 10:00:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1020081 Before its MY 2016 showroom appearance, the next-gen Audi A4 will make its global debut prior to the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show this September. Indian Autos Blog reports Audi Board of Managment member and technical development boss Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg made the proclamation during this month’s Geneva Auto Show: You’ll be happy to see it..at […]

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Before its MY 2016 showroom appearance, the next-gen Audi A4 will make its global debut prior to the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show this September.

Indian Autos Blog reports Audi Board of Managment member and technical development boss Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg made the proclamation during this month’s Geneva Auto Show:

You’ll be happy to see it..at least in Frankfurt (Frankfurt Motor Show), but we’ll make a pre-presentation (prior to the show).

Said pre-presentation would be staged close to the start of the show September 15, with global media in attendance for the debut.

The new A4 is expected underpinned by the MLB Evo architecture, losing 100 kg (220 lbs) while gaining 13 powertrain options covering gasoline, diesel and hybrid variants. The sedan will hit showrooms in Europe near the end of the year, with more details and images to come as its date with the world draws closer.

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Tesla Denies Gigafactory Delays, Axes 200 In China http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/tesla-denies-gigafactory-delays-axes-200-china/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/tesla-denies-gigafactory-delays-axes-200-china/#comments Tue, 10 Mar 2015 11:00:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1019426 Tesla may be denying delays in the construction of its Gigafactory, but the automaker’s not holding back on firing 200 employees in China due to poor sales. Autoblog reports the delay is due to a change in design plans for the $5-billion battery factory, with an online job posting by the International Brotherhood of Electrical […]

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Tesla may be denying delays in the construction of its Gigafactory, but the automaker’s not holding back on firing 200 employees in China due to poor sales.

Autoblog reports the delay is due to a change in design plans for the $5-billion battery factory, with an online job posting by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers mentioning the delay in construction. Tesla representative Alexis Georgeson denied the delay claims, while a rep for IBEW Local 401 declined to confirm or deny due to non-disclosure.

Meanwhile, AutoGuide says Tesla is laying off 30 percent of its employees in China, amounting to between 180 and 200 jobs. The automaker has had trouble as of late selling its wares in the emerging market, having moved 32,733 units in 2014 — short of the 35,000-unit, then 33,000-unit, sales target set for the year — and only 120 vehicles in January 2015. The company has not confirmed the report thus far.

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Gales: Lotus SUV Under Consideration http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/gales-lotus-suv-consideration/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/gales-lotus-suv-consideration/#comments Tue, 10 Mar 2015 10:00:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1019394 Is it possible to apply Colin Chapman’s lightness philosophy to SUVs? Lotus believes it could, should the storied automaker enter the game. According to Reuters, Group Lotus chief Jean-Marc Gales said that his company’s next model may indeed be an SUV. However, unlike Jaguar, Aston Martin, Bentley and other high-end luxury brands considering the same, […]

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Is it possible to apply Colin Chapman’s lightness philosophy to SUVs? Lotus believes it could, should the storied automaker enter the game.

According to Reuters, Group Lotus chief Jean-Marc Gales said that his company’s next model may indeed be an SUV. However, unlike Jaguar, Aston Martin, Bentley and other high-end luxury brands considering the same, Lotus doesn’t intend to follow the leader, instead opting to “reinvent” the SUV in its image:

We’d do an SUV that is very light, very fast on the track and has outstanding handling. I’m a bit torn between an SUV and a four-door sports car — but in the end I can see that the SUV has the bigger market.

An SUV would likely help turn things around for Lotus — now under ownership by Malaysian automaker Proton — having lost $108 million in FY 2014 as Gales, who also handled marketing for Volkswagen and was second-in-command at Peugeot, began to right the ship toward a return to profit by 2017 at the latest.

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Geneva 2015: McLaren 675LT Arrives http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/geneva-2015-mclaren-675lt-arrives/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/geneva-2015-mclaren-675lt-arrives/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 15:00:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1013682 Bowing at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show, the McLaren 675LT aims to help the automaker re-establish its “Longtail” heritage, begun with the 1997 F1 GTR. Five hundred copies of the 675LT will leave Woking for the world, each one boasting a weight of 2,711 lbs through the use of lightweight materials and parts, including front […]

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Bowing at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show, the McLaren 675LT aims to help the automaker re-establish its “Longtail” heritage, begun with the 1997 F1 GTR.

Five hundred copies of the 675LT will leave Woking for the world, each one boasting a weight of 2,711 lbs through the use of lightweight materials and parts, including front and rear springs, suspension geometry components, polycarbonate for the engine cover, glazing, and thinner windscreen and rear bulkhead glass.

Power comes from a 3.8-liter V8 delivering 675 PS (666 horsepower) to the back through a seven-speed dual-clutch auto whose settings (Normal, Sport and Track) have been recalibrated for better performance.

Other features include the introduction of electronic stability control, “Ignition Cut” technology that cuts the fuel spark on gearshift temporarily — bestowing “a dramatic aural ‘crack’ on both upshift and downshift” — carbon fiber chassis, and a wider track front and rear.

Price of admission begins at £259,500 ($399,000 USD), with deliveries set to start in July.

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Geneva 2015: Lexus LF-SA Concept Arrives http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/geneva-2015-lexus-lf-sa-concept-arrives/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/geneva-2015-lexus-lf-sa-concept-arrives/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 14:06:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1013586 This one might get blown away by the Robb Report all-stars at Geneva, but the Lexus LF-SA Concept shows what the automaker can do in the city. The spindly, spikey city car seats four in its tiny frame, which comes to 135 inches in length, 66.9 inches in width, and 56.3 inches in height. Most […]

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This one might get blown away by the Robb Report all-stars at Geneva, but the Lexus LF-SA Concept shows what the automaker can do in the city.

The spindly, spikey city car seats four in its tiny frame, which comes to 135 inches in length, 66.9 inches in width, and 56.3 inches in height. Most of its interior layout is driver-focused, including a fixed driver’s seat and adjustable steering wheels and pedals, while the front passenger seat slides for access to the rear seats.

Outside, the LF-SA Concept’s “Time in Design” appearance is meant to give onlookers a change in perception “when viewed from different angles.” Lexus’ trademark is incorporated into the design, such as the L-shaped lamp clusters and daytime running lights, while the overall look is meant to give the concept a rugged, confident vibe.

Other features include hologram-style digital display, undercut wheel arches, silver exterior finish, and a wide-angle HUD.

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Geneva 2015: Porsche Cayman GT4 Debuts http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/geneva-2015-porsche-cayman-gt4-debuts/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/geneva-2015-porsche-cayman-gt4-debuts/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 13:39:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1013490 Appearing alongside the 911 GT3 RS, the Porsche Cayman GT4 made its debut at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show. The first Cayman to be granted a GT badge, its motivation comes via a 3.8-liter flat-six pulled from the 911 Carrera S, pushing 385 horsepower to the back via a six-speed manual. Nought to 60 comes […]

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Appearing alongside the 911 GT3 RS, the Porsche Cayman GT4 made its debut at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show.

The first Cayman to be granted a GT badge, its motivation comes via a 3.8-liter flat-six pulled from the 911 Carrera S, pushing 385 horsepower to the back via a six-speed manual. Nought to 60 comes in 4.2 seconds, with speed peaking at 183 mph.

The Cayman GT4 also pulls from the 911 GT3 parts bin, while aero maintains its grip on the road. Other options include Porsche’s Sport Chrono package, ceramic composite brakes and carbon fiber seats.

Price of admission begins at $85,595, with U.S. dealerships receiving the model starting in July.

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Geneva 2015: Koenigsegg Regera Debuts http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/geneva-2015-koenigsegg-regera-debuts/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/geneva-2015-koenigsegg-regera-debuts/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 13:00:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1013122 The Agera RS having made its appearance, it’s the Koenigsegg Regera’s turn under the spotlight at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show. The Swedish-style carbon-fiber exotic receives its power from a 5-liter twin-turbo V8 paired with an electric motor putting out 221 lb-ft of torque, while each rear wheel gains 192 lb-ft from their own motors, […]

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The Agera RS having made its appearance, it’s the Koenigsegg Regera’s turn under the spotlight at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show.

The Swedish-style carbon-fiber exotic receives its power from a 5-liter twin-turbo V8 paired with an electric motor putting out 221 lb-ft of torque, while each rear wheel gains 192 lb-ft from their own motors, which also helps with electronic torque vectoring. A 9 kWh battery pack contributes electric power for the Rimac-made motors.

As for horsepower, 1,500 escape the corral to push the Regera from nil to 249 mph in less than 20 seconds; their escape is aided by a single-speed direct-drive transmission. Electric-only range comes to 21 miles of travel

Price of admission for each of the 80 Regeras will begin at $1.89 million.

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Geneva 2015: Lotus Evora 400 Arrives http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/geneva-2015-lotus-evora-400-arrives/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/geneva-2015-lotus-evora-400-arrives/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 12:44:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1013034 Coming this fall to the U.S., the Lotus Evora 400 made its official debut at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show. The Evora 400 gets its name from the horsepower generated by its supercharged 3.5-liter V6, which also throws down 302 lb-ft of torque out of the back through a six-speed manual or auto. The figures […]

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Coming this fall to the U.S., the Lotus Evora 400 made its official debut at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show.

The Evora 400 gets its name from the horsepower generated by its supercharged 3.5-liter V6, which also throws down 302 lb-ft of torque out of the back through a six-speed manual or auto. The figures are 55 horses and 7 lb-ft over the previous Evora thanks to a new supercharger and water-to-air intercooler, and a revised engine management system.

Zero to 60 is achieved in 4.1 seconds, with speed topping out at 186 mph. Braking is improved as well, while 19- and 20-inch wheels shod in Michelin Pilot Super Sports maintain contact with the road. The Evora 400 is also 1.4 inches longer than the original — coming in at 173 inches now — and weighs 49 lbs. less.

Europeans will get theirs this summer, while those in the U.S. will be able to take one home as a 2016 model in the fall. No price of admission was announced at this time.

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Geneva 2015: Audi RS3 Revealed http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/geneva-2015-audi-rs3-revealed/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/geneva-2015-audi-rs3-revealed/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 12:01:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1012786 Revealed last year, the Audi RS3 finally made its public debut at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show. Motivation for the RS3 is a 2.5-liter turbo-five capable of 367 horsepower and 343 lb-ft of torque. The power is fed to the Quattro AWD system via a seven-speed dual-clutch auto, while the aforementioned Quattro system can direct […]

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Revealed last year, the Audi RS3 finally made its public debut at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show.

Motivation for the RS3 is a 2.5-liter turbo-five capable of 367 horsepower and 343 lb-ft of torque. The power is fed to the Quattro AWD system via a seven-speed dual-clutch auto, while the aforementioned Quattro system can direct 50 to 100 percent of that power to the rear with torque vectoring.

The RS3 is an inch lower than the A3, and loses 121 lbs over its previous incarnation for a weight of 3,351 lbs. Braking is handled with the help of carbon ceramic rotors up front and eight-piston calipers. All corners are shod in 19-inch wheels with 235/35 tires.

Other features include boost pressure indicator, lap timer, Nappa-covered sport seats, and plenty of RS badges.

Alas, while deliveries are set to begin this summer, none will be headed to the United States; Audi is rumored to be considering an RS3 sedan for North America.

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Geneva 2015: Aston Martin Vulcan Bows http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/geneva-2015-aston-martin-vulcan-bows/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/geneva-2015-aston-martin-vulcan-bows/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 11:37:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1012722 Before competition starts in 2016, the highly limited Aston Martin Vulcan track car officially debuted at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show. Only 24 examples of the FIA-certified Vulcans will ever be made, with each one to go for $2.3 million. For that price, one receives a 7-liter naturally aspirated V12 making a minimum of 800 […]

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Before competition starts in 2016, the highly limited Aston Martin Vulcan track car officially debuted at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show.

Only 24 examples of the FIA-certified Vulcans will ever be made, with each one to go for $2.3 million. For that price, one receives a 7-liter naturally aspirated V12 making a minimum of 800 horsepower, which is sent to the Michelins in the back through a six-speed sequential gearbox.

Stopping the beast is done through Brembo race calipers mated to carbon ceramic discs, while cornering is helped by Multimatic’s Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve adjustable dampers, anti-roll bars, and push-rod suspension.

The chosen few to pilot the Vulcan will be invited to improve their skills in an intensive driving course involving a few of Aston’s offerings, including the One-77, V12 Vantage S and Vantage GT4, before competing in a one-make series in 2016.

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Geneva 2015: Mercedes G500 4X4 Squared Arrives http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/geneva-2015-mercedes-g500-4x4-squared-arrives/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/geneva-2015-mercedes-g500-4x4-squared-arrives/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 11:26:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1012698 Climbing down the Swiss Alps, the Mercedes G500 4X42 bowed at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show. The G500 4X42 rides upon 17.7 inches of ground clearance, double what one can have on the standard G Wagen, and moves over the rocky trails with help from its 4-liter twin-turbo V8 with 422 horsepower and 450 lb-ft […]

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Climbing down the Swiss Alps, the Mercedes G500 4X42 bowed at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show.

The G500 4X42 rides upon 17.7 inches of ground clearance, double what one can have on the standard G Wagen, and moves over the rocky trails with help from its 4-liter twin-turbo V8 with 422 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque.

Were it to go into production the G500 would have 22-inch alloys or 18-inch wheels mounted on 37-inch beadlock tires, providing 52- and 54-degree approach/departure angles, respectively; breakover is 47 degrees.

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Geneva 2015: Refreshed Bentley Continental GT Bows http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/geneva-2015-refreshed-bentley-continental-gt-bows/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/geneva-2015-refreshed-bentley-continental-gt-bows/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 11:01:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1012250 Coming off a successful trip to Bathurst, the refreshed Bentley Continental GT brought its family to the 2015 Geneva Auto Show. Improvements to the GT W12, GT Speed and GT V8 S include revised front and rear bumpers, a new rear diffuser for the higher performance models, 20- and 21-inch wheels for the GT V8, […]

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Coming off a successful trip to Bathurst, the refreshed Bentley Continental GT brought its family to the 2015 Geneva Auto Show.

Improvements to the GT W12, GT Speed and GT V8 S include revised front and rear bumpers, a new rear diffuser for the higher performance models, 20- and 21-inch wheels for the GT V8, and three shades of paint, two blue and one gold.

The revisions continue with the power itself, where the 6-liter W12 jumps to 582 horsepower and 531 lb-ft, from 567 horses and 516 lb-ft of torque. The W12 also uses variable displacement to improve fuel economy by shutting down half of its cylinders.

Inside, the driver’s instrument display gains a more contemporary look, while the V8 and V8 S coupes gain a hidden storage compartment that can store and charge electronic devices.

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Geneva 2015: Aston Martin DBX Concept Revealed http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/geneva-2015-aston-martin-dbx-concept-revealed/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/geneva-2015-aston-martin-dbx-concept-revealed/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 10:30:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1012370 Not content to let Tesla have all the fun, the Aston Martin DBX Concept shows its take on an all-electric “high luxury GT” crossover. The design study uses inboard electric motors for each wheel to move the crossover along, each motor powered by lithium sulphur cells. Steering the DBX Concept is done via drive-by-wire, while […]

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Not content to let Tesla have all the fun, the Aston Martin DBX Concept shows its take on an all-electric “high luxury GT” crossover.

The design study uses inboard electric motors for each wheel to move the crossover along, each motor powered by lithium sulphur cells. Steering the DBX Concept is done via drive-by-wire, while braking and energy regeneration is handled via its KERS system.

Four adults can make use of both front and rear cargo spaces on their way to the countryside, while the driver and front passenger can view driving data via the concept’s HUD. LED exterior lighting, rearview cameras, and a black pearl ensemble enhanced with a micro-fine layer of chrome are some of the other features available.

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Geneva 2015: Audi Prologue Avant Concept Debuts http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/geneva-2015-audi-prologue-avant-concept-debuts/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/geneva-2015-audi-prologue-avant-concept-debuts/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 10:06:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1012266 A preview of what’s to come for Audi’s four-door sedans and estates, the Audi Prologue Avant Concept debuted at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show. Power for the Prologue Avant comes from the Q7 e-tron quattro’s 3-liter V6 diesel and electric motor, collectively driving 455 horses and 553 lb-ft of torque to all four corners. Zero […]

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A preview of what’s to come for Audi’s four-door sedans and estates, the Audi Prologue Avant Concept debuted at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show.

Power for the Prologue Avant comes from the Q7 e-tron quattro’s 3-liter V6 diesel and electric motor, collectively driving 455 horses and 553 lb-ft of torque to all four corners. Zero to 62 comes in 5.1 seconds, and top speed is limited to 155 mph. Range is 33.6 miles in all-electric mode.

The concept comes in at 16.8 feet in length with a width of 6.5 feet, putting it within the footprint of the A8. Other features include carbon fiber ceramic brakes, adaptive air suspension, flexible OLED displays, and a “butler” that can ID all of the Prologue Avant’s occupants based on their smartphones.

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Geneva 2015: Aston Martin Vantage GT3 Debuts http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/geneva-2015-aston-martin-vantage-gt3-debuts/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/geneva-2015-aston-martin-vantage-gt3-debuts/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 09:45:46 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1012074 Following the GT3s from Porsche and Mercedes-AMG, the Aston Martin Vantage GT3 is the next one to bow at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show. Each of the 100 Vantage GT3s lost 220 lbs over the standard Vantage S, thanks to extensive use of carbon fiber on items such as the front wings, roof and hood. […]

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Following the GT3s from Porsche and Mercedes-AMG, the Aston Martin Vantage GT3 is the next one to bow at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show.

Each of the 100 Vantage GT3s lost 220 lbs over the standard Vantage S, thanks to extensive use of carbon fiber on items such as the front wings, roof and hood. Polycarbonate rear windows and a lithium-ion battery further contribute to the weight savings.

Power for the Vantage GT3 comes via a 6-liter V12 pushing 600 horsepower to the rear Michelin Super Sports.

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Geneva 2015: 2016 Morgan Aero 8 Debuts http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/geneva-2015-2016-morgan-aero-8-debuts/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/geneva-2015-2016-morgan-aero-8-debuts/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 07:57:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1011450 Simon Cowell may be upgrading his ride next year, now that the 2016 Morgan Aero 8 has hit the ramp at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show. Moving the Aero 8 is a 4.8-liter BMW V8 delivering 367 horsepower and 370 lb-ft of torque to the back through either a six-speed manual or auto. Nil to […]

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Simon Cowell may be upgrading his ride next year, now that the 2016 Morgan Aero 8 has hit the ramp at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show.

Moving the Aero 8 is a 4.8-liter BMW V8 delivering 367 horsepower and 370 lb-ft of torque to the back through either a six-speed manual or auto. Nil to 62 comes at 4.5 seconds, with the handbuilt all-aluminum roadster topping out at 170 mph.

The Aero 8’s standard soft top folds away in a rear-opening clamshell trunk, while the optional hard top easily turns the roadster into a coupe. Other features include real wood accents, detailed stitching in the leather, and components that would not look out of place in a much, much older roadster.

Production is set to begin Q4 2015, with an unknown limited amount expected to be produced.

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Geneva 2015: Mercedes-AMG GT3 Debuts http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/geneva-2015-mercedes-amg-gt3-debuts/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/geneva-2015-mercedes-amg-gt3-debuts/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 07:44:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1011402 Coming to a track near you, the Mercedes-AMG GT3 makes its first stop at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show. Power for the GT3 comes not from the 4-liter turbo-eight found in the AMG GT, but a naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V8 that once powered the SLS GT3. The race-proven mill pushes 548 horsepower to the back […]

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Coming to a track near you, the Mercedes-AMG GT3 makes its first stop at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show.

Power for the GT3 comes not from the 4-liter turbo-eight found in the AMG GT, but a naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V8 that once powered the SLS GT3. The race-proven mill pushes 548 horsepower to the back through a six-speed manual.

The GT3 is also a carbon fiber extravaganza, as nearly every bit of the car — including the roll cage, seat pan, racing bucket and side skirts — is made with the material.

For those about to rock, the price of admission will likely be double that of the AMG GT, which begins at $130,000.

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Geneva 2015: Audi R8 e-tron Revealed http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/geneva-2015-audi-r8-e-tron-revealed/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/geneva-2015-audi-r8-e-tron-revealed/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 07:26:36 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1011362 Briefly mentioned earlier, the spotlight now fully shines upon the Audi R8 e-tron at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show. The electric motors powering the R8 e-tron are capable of producing 456 horsepower and 679 lb-ft of torque, pushing the electric exotic from nil to 60 in 3.9 seconds. Top speed, as mentioned previously, will be […]

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Briefly mentioned earlier, the spotlight now fully shines upon the Audi R8 e-tron at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show.

The electric motors powering the R8 e-tron are capable of producing 456 horsepower and 679 lb-ft of torque, pushing the electric exotic from nil to 60 in 3.9 seconds. Top speed, as mentioned previously, will be limited to between 130.5 mph and 153.3 mph.

Though range was first stated to be 250 miles on a single charge, Audi says the R8 e-tron can go 276 miles before needing to recharge, an act that could take as little as two hours on a fast charge. The automaker also stated that the exotic is a test bed for a potential electric sedan meant to take on the Tesla Model S.

Price of admission has yet to be announced, but Audi says it will begin taking orders by late 2015.

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