Note: Standard 2014 Nissan GT-R pictured.
Nissan, in tandem with their previous announcement about their all new line up NISMO upgraded cars, has just announced another addition: a hotter Nissan GT-R NISMO model has been confirmed to be on the way.
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This is the pinnacle of pure all wheel drive hooliganism. The BMW X6M versus Porsche Cayenne Turbo. Combined, these two bring an astounding 1055 hp and 1016 ft-lbs of torque to this heavy weight German comparo.
Since its introduction as a 2010 model, the BMW X6M looks have been polarizing. Why would you want a 5300 lbs Sport Ute that has less utility than an X5 and costs more? Good question. One could also question the need for a Porsche Cayenne Turbo as it costs more than twice the $ 48,850 starting price for Cayennes. Realistically, there is no rational reason to own either of these insane sport-utes. Accordingly, Top Gear Australia says people who drive these sort are Tossers.
The Germans are on to something here though, because I didn’t care if people thought I was a tosser or not when I was driving them. The thrust capable from the Porsche and the BMW is an automotive junkie’s crack. I would slow down or wait for traffic to clear just to nail the throttle unleashing their turbocharged V8s which then channels power through all four wheels. It literally felt like they were clawing at the pavement when launching them from a dead stop. It’s an amazing feat what BMW and Porsche have done to make both of these SUV’s so rewarding to drive. Both also offer that classic SUV experience of a commanding view and seating position in gorgeous leather lined, tech infused cabins.
Starting with the BMW, one finds that all the chassis aides are included. These include Dynamic Performance Control (DPC) which is a trick differential that instead of braking the inside rear wheel in a hard turn adds power under throttle to the outside rear wheel. Fairly complex and impressive, given so many manufacturers choose to just use selective inside wheel braking to fake it. Next there’s EDC or Electronic Damper Control, Active Roll Stabilization and DSC (Dynamic Stability Control). Frankly there are just too many settings for me but thankfully the only thing you need to do is hit the M Button on the steering wheel to put it in Maximum M fun mode! Power is split 40% front, and 60% rear until the xDrive sense some slip, then the X6M can vary power distribution as needed to help grip and powering out of corners.
The all-new 2013 Toyota RAV4 SUV is a secret no more, at least as far as its exterior and interior looks are concerned, after a second set of photos made their way across the internet.
We’ll remind you that earlier today, we shared a first batch of pictures of Toyota’s next compact crossover, which will rival the likes of the latest Honda CR-V, Ford Escape (Kuga in Europe) and Subaru Forester (just to mention a few of its competitors) on a global level.
The new RAV4 adopts the more modern and to some extent, sharper aesthetics from Toyota’s latest models, such as the U.S. Camry and especially the European / JDM Auris series, with the interior design also following suite.
There’s nothing official yet from Toyota on the 2013 RAV4′s specifications, and unless the Japanese carmaker decides to release the information early, we will have to wait until its world premiere at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show on Wednesday, November 28, to find out more.
Story References / Photos: Toyota via Woodyscarsite
One model that is more than adequately represented at the 2012 edition of the SEMA show is the new Scion FR-S, which to be frank, was something we anticipated since the Japanese carmaker’s sports coupe did not make in time to participate in last year’s event in Las Vegas.
Simply put, describe the type of tuning program you are looking for the FR-S, and SEMA has it, from subtle to extreme and everything in between, be that for its looks or mechanical upgrades.
If you follow the jump, you will find a sample gallery of the numerous Scion FR-S project and concept tunes from the SEMA show floors, which could give you an idea of what and what not to do if you happen to be looking for inspiration.
Car News, Supercar News — By Lawrence on October 8, 2012 at 5:53 pm — 2 Comments
Pierce-Arrow is an ancient name. Originally based in based in Buffalo, New York, Pierce-Arrow produced expensive luxury cars between 1901 and 1938. One of its biggest claims to fame was that in 1909, US President William Taft ordered two Pierce-Arrows as the first official cars of the White House. The brand was one of the Three P’s of Motordom; Packard, Peerless and Pierce-Arrow.
Despite the prestigious image, Pierce-Arrow only offered high end cars, unlike its competitors. In 1938 the company declared insolvency and closed its doors. In 2006, a Swiss company bought the name and started designing a new car. That’s what you see in the pictures below, the Pierce-Arrow Colani Concept Car.
The Colani Concept Car is supposed to channel the brands illustrious history. It features a futuristic design, penned by Luigi Colani and a supposed 10 litre, 24 cylinder engine. Historically, the Colani Concept Car is the successor to the Pierce Silver Arrow which featured a massive 8.0 litre V12 engine, a small version of the 1913 13.5 litre inline-6 that powered the Model 66-A-3.
The design works in the same way as the original. The base remains the same for each example, the bodywork was custom designed by Luigi Colani. Little else is known about the car at this point in time. However, you can see one of the designs in the photo. It’s an extremely long, futuristic car with a cockpit over the rear wheels and a long front engine bay.
We will not blame you for thinking that this prototype looks more like an amusing effort to create a long-wheelbase version of the Renault Twingo since that’s what the body suggests, but what you see here is said to be a test mule for Smart’s second take on the ForFour theme.
You may remember that our spies recently caught up with Smart engineers trying out a shorter mule for the next ForTwo, again using body parts from the Renault Twingo.
The reasoning behind this move is that Daimler and Renault are co-developing a new chassis and mechanical components for use in both the Smart cars and the next Twingo as part of their extended partnership.
Whereas the shortly lived first generation Smart Fourfour (built from 2004 to 2006) was a conventional supermini (sub-compact) with the engine located up front, which shared its underpinnings with the Mitsubishi Colt, these latest spy pictures suggest that Daimler may base the new model on an extended version of the next ForTwo’s platform.
If true – and that’s a big if for now, since we have not been able to obtain any official or unofficial information on the car yet, then the ForFour will have a rear-engine, rear-wheel drive layout.
There’s a whole lot of news – but unfortunately, no pictures, coming out today from Honda’s headquarters in Japan where the company’s CEO Takanobu Ito outlined the product, technology and business developments through 2015.
We are going to start with the new Honda Civic Type R sports hatchback based on the European market model that is currently undergoing development for an introduction in 2015.
Honda said that this model is designed specifically for the European market, though we could see it being exported to Japan at some point. More importantly, the Japanese carmaker’s CEO stated that the Type R is being developed “with the goal of becoming the fastest front-wheel-drive vehicle on the Nürburgring race course“.
On a more global note, Ito said that Honda will roll out an all-new replacement for the Fit, also known as the Jazz in Europe, in 2013. Within two years after the initial market presentation, the Japanese automaker will launch a small SUV model based on the underpinnings of the new Fit/Jazz as well as a replacement for the related City small sedan.
In North America, Honda will begin producing the Fit and a derivative model (most likely the aforementioned small SUV) at its new plant in Mexico that will become operational in spring 2014. Ito also confirmed that the production version of the all-new Acura RLX sedan will debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, November 28, 2012, and that Japan will get the same model in the form of the next Honda Legend.
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