It looks like it belongs in a broken society hell-bent on destruction, akin to 1987’s RoboCop. An uncomfortable, apocalyptic future, then. Look closely at those lines: remind you of ED-209, RoboCop’s arch nemesis?
No surprise then, the Ener-G-Force came from California, where the Hollywood water is rich with imagination. It was built for the upcoming LA Motor Show’s annual ‘Design Challenge’, which this year asks the question of what a 2025 cop car would look like.
Designers have to account for things like emissions, population growth, transport infrastructure and so forth, but it appears Mercedes has focused on the whole ‘scaring puny humans to death’ thing.
Like the fixed-roof XKR-S, the convertible Jag uses a 5.0-litre V8 with a twin-vortex supercharger to develop an eardrum-rupturing 542bhp. Though it weighs a full 1800kg – damn you, structural reinforcement – the XKR-S cabrio will bolt from 0-60mph in just 4.2 seconds and run all the way to an electronically limited 186mph.
The cabrio gets the same chassis reinforcements as the XKR-S coupe (the car that, earlier this year, we took to the world’s greatest road in Norway), with sharper springs and dampers, along with revised steering. Jaguar claims the XKR-S is the stiffest car in its class, a claim we’ll be very happy to put to the test very soon.
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The GTS is meant to be the purist’s Panamera (and yes, such a thing does exist: the Panamera is an amazing piece of kit, even at that size). It uses the un-blown 4.8-litre V8 with a bunch of tweaks to take outputs to 430bhp: 70bhp shy of the Turbo, but one hopes a little more responsive.
If you’ve finally given in to the idea of a four door Porsche, the Panamera GTS is a looker.
When the VW Passat CC debuted in 2008, it was jokingly referred to as the “poor
man’s person’s CLS" due to it’s sexy but height restricting roofline.
But it was also a rather good car and perhaps what the original Passat should have been.
Well now VW wants you to drop the “poor persons” bit and consider the updated CC “luxury class”:
The front and rear of the new non-Passat CC has minor styling tweaks, and VW claims it’s now nearer the “automotive luxury class”. There’s also bi-xenon headlights, static cornering lights and a new LED rear headlight system as standard.
VW has also fitted it with stainless steel sill plates, safety head restraints and - somewhat tellingly - fatigue detection. Can’t imagine why…
In the words of Kanye West, perhaps the CC is now the ‘other other other’ Benz.