Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series vsMercedes SLS AMG Electric Drive

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The Honda Civic Type R is here

Internet, take your seats: Honda’s fire-breathing 276bhp hot hatch has arrived.

Honda has revealed more details on its upcoming Civic Type R; the “most extreme and high performing Type R in the 22 year history of the red ‘H’ badge”. It’s so extreme and high performing, it’s gone blue with rage.

Ahead of this week’s Paris Motor Show then - and a wider UK launch sometime next year - Honda has again confirmed that the new Civic Type R will feature a 2.0-litre petrol engine producing more than 276bhp.
This, says Honda, makes the new Civic hot hatch more powerful than any previous Civic, Integra, Accord and even the NSX. Fast, then. [x]

The Honda Civic Type R is here

Internet, take your seats: Honda’s fire-breathing 276bhp hot hatch has arrived.

Honda has revealed more details on its upcoming Civic Type R; the “most extreme and high performing Type R in the 22 year history of the red ‘H’ badge”. It’s so extreme and high performing, it’s gone blue with rage.

Ahead of this week’s Paris Motor Show then - and a wider UK launch sometime next year - Honda has again confirmed that the new Civic Type R will feature a 2.0-litre petrol engine producing more than 276bhp.

This, says Honda, makes the new Civic hot hatch more powerful than any previous Civic, Integra, Accord and even the NSX. Fast, then. [x]

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New Merc C63 AMG to get 510bhp

It’s official: the new Mercedes-Benz 63 AMG will get the engine from the AMG GT supercar, and develop 510bhp. Woohoo!
In a statement confirming what many of us kind of expected, AMG boss Tobias Moers said the new car would again use a V8, and it’s all thanks to AMG’s hardcore base.
"It goes without saying that the successor to the current C63 AMG will again be powered by an eight-cylinder engine," Moers said. "We owe that to our loyal fans, plain and simple." Good.
So, it’s a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 unit, developing that headline 510bhp and a whopping 516lb ft of torque, based on the same engine used in the upcoming AMG GT S supercar. Which means it’ll use the same turbo arrangement, where the turbochargers are placed inside the ‘V’ of the cylinders rather than outside. Unsurprisingly, AMG calls it ‘hot inside V’. [x]

New Merc C63 AMG to get 510bhp

It’s official: the new Mercedes-Benz 63 AMG will get the engine from the AMG GT supercar, and develop 510bhp. Woohoo!

In a statement confirming what many of us kind of expected, AMG boss Tobias Moers said the new car would again use a V8, and it’s all thanks to AMG’s hardcore base.

"It goes without saying that the successor to the current C63 AMG will again be powered by an eight-cylinder engine," Moers said. "We owe that to our loyal fans, plain and simple." Good.

So, it’s a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 unit, developing that headline 510bhp and a whopping 516lb ft of torque, based on the same engine used in the upcoming AMG GT S supercar. Which means it’ll use the same turbo arrangement, where the turbochargers are placed inside the ‘V’ of the cylinders rather than outside. Unsurprisingly, AMG calls it ‘hot inside V’. [x]

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Wild Toyota previews Nissan Juke rival

Toyota is taking a bold concept car to Paris next week. Should it make production?

The Paris motor show is shaping up to be rather bustling. The latest concept car to reveal itself ahead of the hall doors cranking open next week comes from Toyota. It’s called the C-HR Concept, and it looks quite unlike anything you’ll currently find in a Toyota showroom. Which is to say bold and beguiling as opposed to a little bit boring (GT86 excepted, of course).

It’s essentially a future design study, hosting ‘the introduction of themes which signal a future direction for Toyota vehicles’, but it’s also the clearest hint yet that Toyota has the Nissan Juke in its crosshairs. Toyota helped bring the SUV to the mainstream via the original RAV4 20 years ago, lest we forget.
But now that the RAV4’s matured a bit, Toyota has no direct rival for the Juke (and the myriad other crossovers you can currently buy). And it’s a hugely successful market with a plenty of buyers to mine at the moment… [x]

Wild Toyota previews Nissan Juke rival

Toyota is taking a bold concept car to Paris next week. Should it make production?

The Paris motor show is shaping up to be rather bustling. The latest concept car to reveal itself ahead of the hall doors cranking open next week comes from Toyota. It’s called the C-HR Concept, and it looks quite unlike anything you’ll currently find in a Toyota showroom. Which is to say bold and beguiling as opposed to a little bit boring (GT86 excepted, of course).

It’s essentially a future design study, hosting ‘the introduction of themes which signal a future direction for Toyota vehicles’, but it’s also the clearest hint yet that Toyota has the Nissan Juke in its crosshairs. Toyota helped bring the SUV to the mainstream via the original RAV4 20 years ago, lest we forget.

But now that the RAV4’s matured a bit, Toyota has no direct rival for the Juke (and the myriad other crossovers you can currently buy). And it’s a hugely successful market with a plenty of buyers to mine at the moment… [x]

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farfisa68:

Was behind this guy in traffic this morning.  Not Stig? Really? Driving a Lexus in Suburban Atlanta during rush hour? I never would have figured that out. 

farfisa68:

Was behind this guy in traffic this morning.  Not Stig? Really? Driving a Lexus in Suburban Atlanta during rush hour? I never would have figured that out. 

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It’s the brand new Ford S-Max!

Okay, so it’s a people carrier. But it’s always been the most interesting one. First details here.

This is the new Ford S-Max. Okay, so a sensible people carrier perhaps isn’t the Monday morning perk-up you were hoping for, but as family buses go, the S-Max has always been a bit of a winner.

Which probably explains why Ford hasn’t messed with it too much. It’s the same size as before, and the overall silhouette is nigh on identical to the car it replaces; the shapes are broadly similar, the detailing a bit classier. Note the slightly slimmer window line and subtler wheel arches.
It’s a similar vibe up front, with Ford’s signature grille treatment (it’s not like an Aston Martin at all, oh no), more intricate headlights, and the absence of the distinctive spotlights of the old car. At the rear, there looks to be a more steeply raked tailgate, a move to boost rear luggage space, no doubt. [x]

It’s the brand new Ford S-Max!

Okay, so it’s a people carrier. But it’s always been the most interesting one. First details here.

This is the new Ford S-Max. Okay, so a sensible people carrier perhaps isn’t the Monday morning perk-up you were hoping for, but as family buses go, the S-Max has always been a bit of a winner.

Which probably explains why Ford hasn’t messed with it too much. It’s the same size as before, and the overall silhouette is nigh on identical to the car it replaces; the shapes are broadly similar, the detailing a bit classier. Note the slightly slimmer window line and subtler wheel arches.

It’s a similar vibe up front, with Ford’s signature grille treatment (it’s not like an Aston Martin at all, oh no), more intricate headlights, and the absence of the distinctive spotlights of the old car. At the rear, there looks to be a more steeply raked tailgate, a move to boost rear luggage space, no doubt. [x]

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The 576bhp Maloo GTS is here
HSV confirms monster version of the Maloo ute. Ready your finest straitjacket.

Holden Special Vehicles, “Australia’s leading performance car manufacturer”, has announced details of a range-topping version of its Maloo pickup. It’s called the GTS, and it’s actually quite mad.

‘Good’ mad, though, and an important bit of news, too. GM - who owns Holden - announced at the end of last year that it will stop building cars in Australia by the end of 2017.
So this Maloo GTS is the one of the last in a long, fine line of mad V8 utes from Aus. As such, it gets GM’s 6.2-litre supercharged LSA V8 engine, producing a big fat 576bhp and 546lb ft of torque.
That s’charged V8 will be bolted onto the Maloo’s VXR8-based chassis, driving either a six-speed manual gearbox or optional six-speed ‘heavy duty’ auto ‘box, driving the rear wheels. No performance times have been presented, but the last Maloo VXR could sprint from 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds and rock on to a limited top speed of 155mph. So it’ll be quick, then. [x]

The 576bhp Maloo GTS is here

HSV confirms monster version of the Maloo ute. Ready your finest straitjacket.

Holden Special Vehicles, “Australia’s leading performance car manufacturer”, has announced details of a range-topping version of its Maloo pickup. It’s called the GTS, and it’s actually quite mad.

‘Good’ mad, though, and an important bit of news, too. GM - who owns Holden - announced at the end of last year that it will stop building cars in Australia by the end of 2017.

So this Maloo GTS is the one of the last in a long, fine line of mad V8 utes from Aus. As such, it gets GM’s 6.2-litre supercharged LSA V8 engine, producing a big fat 576bhp and 546lb ft of torque.

That s’charged V8 will be bolted onto the Maloo’s VXR8-based chassis, driving either a six-speed manual gearbox or optional six-speed ‘heavy duty’ auto ‘box, driving the rear wheels. No performance times have been presented, but the last Maloo VXR could sprint from 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds and rock on to a limited top speed of 155mph. So it’ll be quick, then. [x]

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Peugeot unveils the 308 GT

Range-topping ‘dynamic flagship’ of the 308 range has landed, set for Paris show debut.

This is the hardest and fastest Peugeot 308 you can buy. It’s the new 308 GT, and it’ll get a full world premiere at next month’s Paris Motor Show.

It’s a step in the direction of a full-blooded GTI or even ‘R’ hot hatch which we spoke to Peugeot about late last year, but we’ll come to that shortly. First up, this new GT gets a swathe of upgrades to better justify that badge. Let’s start on the outside.
The Peugeot ‘Lion’ emblem has moved from the bonnet to… the grille. There are headlights comprised of 62 LEDs. There are new indicators and functional air scoops for the engine. [x]

Peugeot unveils the 308 GT

Range-topping ‘dynamic flagship’ of the 308 range has landed, set for Paris show debut.

This is the hardest and fastest Peugeot 308 you can buy. It’s the new 308 GT, and it’ll get a full world premiere at next month’s Paris Motor Show.

It’s a step in the direction of a full-blooded GTI or even ‘R’ hot hatch which we spoke to Peugeot about late last year, but we’ll come to that shortly. First up, this new GT gets a swathe of upgrades to better justify that badge. Let’s start on the outside.

The Peugeot ‘Lion’ emblem has moved from the bonnet to… the grille. There are headlights comprised of 62 LEDs. There are new indicators and functional air scoops for the engine. [x]

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Welcome to the new Jaguar XE

Jag’s ‘baby’ saloon is officially here, and is aiming a very British two fingered salute at the German competition.

This evening at a glittering ceremony in London, with the help of a helicopter, Jaguar officially revealed its BMW 3-Series fighter. People of the Internet, please be upstanding for the brand new ‘XE’, the most important car Jaguar has launched in a very long time.
It’s the company’s new much-vaunted small sports saloon, and will wade into the deep waters against the Beemer, Audi A4 and Mercedes C Class. Serious competition indeed, and much more than just a scaled-down XF.

The basics are thus: you’re looking at five seats, a big boot and a range of engines and trims that’ll spin your head. [x]

Welcome to the new Jaguar XE

Jag’s ‘baby’ saloon is officially here, and is aiming a very British two fingered salute at the German competition.

This evening at a glittering ceremony in London, with the help of a helicopter, Jaguar officially revealed its BMW 3-Series fighter. People of the Internet, please be upstanding for the brand new ‘XE’, the most important car Jaguar has launched in a very long time.

It’s the company’s new much-vaunted small sports saloon, and will wade into the deep waters against the Beemer, Audi A4 and Mercedes C Class. Serious competition indeed, and much more than just a scaled-down XF.

The basics are thus: you’re looking at five seats, a big boot and a range of engines and trims that’ll spin your head. [x]

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Secrets of the M4 Convertible’s roof


Is the BMW M4 Convertible’s folding roof too complex for its own good?

I’ve just been driving the BMW M4 Convertible, and I’m reminded of the craziness of the whole roof mechanism. It’s actually the same as all other 4-series Convertibles, so this criticism isn’t just aimed at M. In fact it isn’t really aimed at BMW, it’s aimed at the lazy people who buy the car.

Here’s a series of photos of it in action. To lower the thing, all the driver has to do is slow down to 10mph, and touch a button. The four windows drop, and the roof unlatches itself. Then the front panel of the roof moves back until it’s snuggled against the section that’s normally above the rear passengers. The rear section meanwhile is levitated up to lie above it.
Then the boot lid opens, hinged from the back, and this metal and glass sandwich motors into the top of the boot cavity. Finally the lid closes again, so you can open it in the normal way to get at your stuff. Except you can’t. The stowed roof almost entirely blocks the boot entrance. [x]

Secrets of the M4 Convertible’s roof

Is the BMW M4 Convertible’s folding roof too complex for its own good?

I’ve just been driving the BMW M4 Convertible, and I’m reminded of the craziness of the whole roof mechanism. It’s actually the same as all other 4-series Convertibles, so this criticism isn’t just aimed at M. In fact it isn’t really aimed at BMW, it’s aimed at the lazy people who buy the car.

Here’s a series of photos of it in action. To lower the thing, all the driver has to do is slow down to 10mph, and touch a button. The four windows drop, and the roof unlatches itself. Then the front panel of the roof moves back until it’s snuggled against the section that’s normally above the rear passengers. The rear section meanwhile is levitated up to lie above it.

Then the boot lid opens, hinged from the back, and this metal and glass sandwich motors into the top of the boot cavity. Finally the lid closes again, so you can open it in the normal way to get at your stuff. Except you can’t. The stowed roof almost entirely blocks the boot entrance. [x]

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