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    New 640hp Cadillac CTS-V revealed

    2015 Cadillac CTS-V

    New 2015 Cadillac CTS-V is a Caddy for the racetrack not the golf course. 

    Cadillac has revealed its new super saloon weapon to take on the autobahn storming Germans and it’s packing some serious firepower. Set to be unveiled at next month’s Detroit auto show, the new model will of course be powered by a big American V8. But unlike the last CTS-V which had a supercharged V8 from the Camaro ZL1, the new model gets the fire-breathing LT4 6.2-litre supercharged V8 from the new Corvette Z06 and makes a whopping 640hp and 640lb-ft.

    2015 Cadillac CTS-V

    2015 Cadillac CTS-V

    The motor is a total monster and easily out-classes its German rivals in terms of outright grunt. The most powerful BMW M5 to date develops 600hp, while the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG makes do with 585hp and both cars take more than four seconds to reach 60mph. The new Caddy takes just 3.7 seconds. And where the German cars are all fitted with speed-limiters, the American car does without and can top 200mph. This thing should be an absolute weapon.

    Power goes through the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox which is hooked up to an electronic rear limited slip differential. The car is also fitted with adaptive dampers, while a monster brake package has been fitted to support the 200mph top speed claim. Front discs are 390mm and clamped by six-piston calipers with 19-inch alloys fitted as standard. Cadillac claim torsional rigidity of the sports model is up 25 per cent compared to the standard sedan while curb weight is 1880kg.

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    Visually the performance model gets new front and rear bumpers which are more aggressive than standard while an agro carbon fibre bonnet with power bulge and ventilation has also been fitted.

    Indoors the new CTS-V can be optioned with Recaro sports seats and a Performance Data Recorder to provide telemetry and video from track days.

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  • Latest Release

    2015 BMW M3 And M4 Video Preview (VIDEO)

    2015 BMW M3 And M4 Video Preview (VIDEO)

    2015 BMW M3 And M4 Video Preview (VIDEO)
    BMW’s new 2015 M3 and M4 have been some of the most talked about cars for the past several years, and now they’ve finally landed, having made their respective debuts this week at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. For those still in the dark, the M4 is essentially the replacement for the outgoing M3 Coupe. It’s picked up a 4 in its moniker as it’s based on the latest 4-Series model. The M3, meanwhile, is now available exclusively as a sedan.

    2015 BMW M3 And M4 Video Preview (VIDEO)

    Apart from one being a coupe and the other a sedan, the two cars are much the same. Both will come with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six engine delivering 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. That’s only a slight increase in power over the outgoing M3’s 414-horsepower naturally-aspirated 4.0-liter V-8, but it is a significant leap in torque considering the old V-8 was delivering only around 295 pound-feet.

    The gains are apparent when you look at the quoted acceleration figures. With either the standard six-speed manual or optional seven-speed M-DCT dual-clutch, you’re looking at 0-60 mph times of 4.0 seconds or less for either the M3 or M4. And BMW is typically quite conservative with its acceleration figures. Top speed of either car has been electronically limited to 155 mph.

    2015 BMW M3 And M4 Video Preview (VIDEO)

    Performance in the cars is also improved significantly by weight savings. BMW says on comparably equipped models, the M3/M4 save about 176 pounds over the previous-generation M3 sedan and M3 Coupe. Most of the savings come from the use of lightweight materials for certain components, including aluminum and carbon fiber reinforced plastic.

    Both cars hit showrooms later this year, as 2015 models. We’ll be driving them closer to the sales launch, at which point we’ll be able to bring you our impressions as well as the all-important pricing information.
    For more from the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, head straight to our dedicated hub.

    via: Motor Authority

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  • Reviews

    The Coolest Cars Of The 2014 Detroit Auto Show (PHOTOS)

    Best Cars Of 2014 Detroit Auto Show
    The yearly 
    automotive shindig in Detroit is now in the books–for the press, at least. Soon, the public will get its chance to walk the halls and see the newest sheet metal coming to a stop light near you. So what should you be sure to see if you’re headed to Cobo? These are our favorite cars of the 2014 Detroit Auto Show.

     

    While not the most powerful, nor the most daringly styled, the 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe is just about flawless in its proportions, details, and execution. This is a car we expect to hold its looks for decades to come–a future classic.

     

    2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG live photos, 2014 Detroit Auto Show

    Like a hot hatch with some off-road intent, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG is an unusual but impressive little vehicle. If it’s anything like the CLA45 AMG it shares much of its running gear with, it’ll also be a hoot to drive.

     

    Can’t decide between a coupe and a convertible? The 2014 Porsche 911 Targa is your answer. As a bonus, it comes with a robotic concierge that answers your desire to change between closed-roof and open-air cruising with an intricate dance of moving panels.

     

    Completely out of left field for Kia, the GT4 Stinger concept is a fantastic exercise in simple lines and themes coming together to create a unique, intriguing, and beautiful concept. If this is the brand’s take on a Hyundai Genesis Coupe-like sports car, count us in.

     

    Sharing more in the way of mechanical bits and appearance themes with the previous Corvette ZR1 than the last Z06, the new 2015 Chevy Corvette Z06 promises extreme performance to go with its in-your-face looks. We can’t wait until we can get one on track.

     

    We’re not usually huge fans of crossovers, but this two-door concept just exudes elegance and sophistication. Once again proving the merits of simple, straightforward design, the Volvo Concept XC Coupe is perhaps the first crossover we’d call truly head-turning for its beauty.

     

    The muscle car is back, and while it hasn’t lost any of its muscle, it has gained some legitimate green cred thanks to a punchy turbocharged four-cylinder engine option. The 2015 Ford Mustang, aside from being massively upgraded in terms of suspension and chassis, is also one good-looking vehicle in the real world. Expect this one to be a massive hit with buyers when it hits the market later this year.

     

    With looks that come off like a scaled-down S-Class, some very interesting technology inside, and one of the best interiors we’ve ever seen in a mainstream luxury sedan, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class promises to redefine affordable luxury in the modern era. You’ll want to take this one in from every angle.

     

    Not every angle is all that flattering for the latest high-performance coupe from Lexus, but with the 450-horsepower V-8 under the hood and LFA-inspired details inside and out, the 2015 Lexus RC F has us hopeful for a truly world-class sports car driving experience.

     

    The exterior looks like a WRX with a big wing on it, but we’re OK with that–the new shape of performance at Subaru is quickly growing on us. Add in the 2015 Subaru WRX STI’s 305-horsepower engine, updated SI-Drive powertrain management system, and the iconic blue/gold color scheme, and you have a rally-inspired bit of fun we’re aching to drive.

     

    Despite its complex, faceted shape and wild styling, the next Nissan Maxima may end up looking quite a lot like the Nissan Sport Sedan Concept. At least, that’s what Nissan is telling the world. We’ll believe it when we see it, but we want to believe.

    For our entire collection of Detroit Auto Show news, videos, live photos, and more, be sure to visit our 2014 Detroit Auto Show page.

    via Motor Authority

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  • Reviews

    It’s Official: The 2015 Subaru WRX STI Revealed (VIDEO)

    2015 Subaru WRX STI revealedThe 2015 Subaru WRX STI is the ultimate high-performance version of the latest WRX all-wheel-drive compact sedan. It boosts the power, refines the standard all-wheel-drive system, and adds new aerodynamic design features to distinguish it from the standard WRX. The STI is really Subaru’s performance flagship, and the company is also offering a special version known as the STI Launch Edition, limited to production of 1,000 units.

    For 2015, the new STI is built on a stiffer chassis and hits the road with a new wide-body design and interior upgrades that include Alcantara upholstery. What Subaru calls a “nose cone” frontal design combines the front bumper and grille into a single unit, framed by narrow headlights with LED low beams. The hood is made of aluminum to reduce weight, and its scoop feeds air to the turbo intercooler. The hood is one of many body panels and components distinct to the STI model, including the fenders, doors, quarter panels, bumpers, and rear LED taillight clusters. Front fender vents are covered with mesh screens, and the fog lights are surrounded with a pattern reminiscent of carbon fiber. The traditional STI large trunk spoiler finishes off the body.

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    It’s the powerful engine that makes an STI, in this case an exclusive 305-horsepower turbocharged 2.5-liter flat four producing 290 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm. The turbo is intercooled, and only a single transmission is offered, a reinforced six-speed manual gearbox. Power is delivered to all four wheels through a limited-slip center differential that’s electronically controlled for maximum torque transfer to individual wheels. The torque is nominally split 41 percent to the front wheels, 59 percent to the rears. Side-to-side torque is controlled by limited-slip differentials on the front and rear axles as well.

    2015 Subaru WRX STI

    STI drivers have a great deal of control over the car’s performance characteristics and power delivery to the wheels.

    The SI-Drive powertrain management system offers three modes through a rotary dial on the console: the standard Intelligent for normal driving conditions, Sport for sportier characteristics, and Sport Sharp for maximum power and responsiveness from the engine.

    2015 Subaru WRX

    The driver also has three different settings for the AWD system that vary the locking behavior of the center differential. Automatic mode allocates the power among wheels based on standard control algorithsm; Manual mode lets the driver opt for one of six locking levels to suit a particular road condition; and a new Active Torque Vectoring mode adds braking pressure to the inside front wheel to provide more neutral cornering. Finally, the Vehicle Dynamics Control traction-control and stability system lets the driver choose how much control is applied, from Normal through to Traction–both of which engage the Active Torque Vectoring–while the Off setting removes intervention by the system altogether.

    2015 Subaru WRX STI

    The STI body shell is stiffened at key locations for greater rigidity, improving the handling and roadholding. It also permits quicker steering that Subaru says was benchmarked against sports cars for responsiveness. The wheel requires just 2.5 turns lock to lock, against 2.8 in the standard WRX. Stiffer springs and a unique front suspension with aluminum lower arms are paired with 18-inch wheels fitted with standard summer performance tires.

    Inside the 2015 WRX STI, the cabin is roomier and the dashboard is lower, increasing visibility through a more steeply-raked windshield with thinner pillars. Access is easier, courtesy of wider door openings and lower sills, and rear legroom rises by almost 2 inches. A larger 12-cubic-foot trunk extends into the passenger compartment when the 60/40 split rear seat back is folded down.

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  • Latest Release/ Videos

    2015 Lexus RC F Coupe: Full Details, Live Photos And Video From Debut (VIDEO)

    2015 Subaru WRX STI: Full Details From Detroit Auto Show

    The 2015 Lexus RC F Coupe is officially here, and it’s a looker, to be sure. But does it have the chops to back up its sporty appearance? With Lexus’ most powerful V-8 engine under the hood, the answer is a resounding yes.

    But we’ll get to the performance specs a little later, because the RC F is probably the best looking Lexus vehicles we’ve seen since the LFA. With perhaps the most aggressive implementation of Lexus’ new spindle grille yet, the RC F’s nose announces its presence from miles away. Sharp, angular lights and vents cast in curving, complex surfaces that wrap around to the flowing, aerodynamically sculpted fenders and sides.

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    A carbon fiber package is also available and offers a clear coated carbon fiber roof and active rear spoiler drawn from the LFA production experience.

    This active rear spoiler is incorporated into the trunk lid to provide down force at speeds of more than 50 mph.

    In the handling department, the rear-wheel-drive RC F has front and rear coil-spring independent suspension, with monotube gas-filled shock absorbers and ball-jointed stabilizer bars. Unsprung weight is reduced by the adoption of 19-inch forged aluminum wheels available in three different styles. The RC F also uses a torque vectoring system, a first for a Lexus, and the brakes are from Brembo.

    Powering the car is a 5.0-liter V-8 engine, tuned to deliver in excess of 450 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. This is an evolved version of the engine in the outgoing IS F and uses the Atkinson cycle at cruising speeds for enhanced fuel economy and then switches to the Otto cycle at higher revs for greater performance. The engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shifters.

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    Top speed has been electronically limited to 168 mph and the 0-60 mph time should be better than that of the outgoing IS F, which needed about 4.6 seconds to accomplish the feat.

    Inside, the new RC F Coupe is rather standard Lexus, though perked up a bit.

    Looking quite a lot like the IS sedan’s dash and console, the RC F’s main cabin interfaces are straightforward, clean, and modern, if rather stark. At the least, it should prove familiar and easy to use–two things we’re never opposed to in a car built for speed.

    New for Lexus is an elliptical cross-section thick-grip steering wheel. This is joined by seats with a high back and constructed using an integrated foaming technique that creates a highly supportive and taut fitting seat with trim material that stays fixed. A digital gauge cluster alters according to whatever driving mode is selected and shows a speedometer, differential torque vectoring monitor, G-Force meter, oil and water temperature gauges, mileage information and a stopwatch.

    2015 Subaru WRX STI: Full Details From Detroit Auto Show

     

    For more from the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, click here.

    via: Motor Authority

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  • Latest Release

    Are Kia About To Become Cool? Check Out The Sleek Concept Car Set For Detroit Auto Show

    Gt4 Stinger by Kia

    Gt4 Stinger by Kia
    Kia don’t exactly have the coolest reputation when it comes to sleek design but that looks set to change when the GT4 concept is unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this month.

    The GT4 Stinger rests just a few inches above the ground and sits on 20-inch wheels. To keep it glued to the road, Kia built in a carbon fiber front splitter below the bumper, to create downforce. To help it take off, the Korean automaker put a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that will pump out 315 horsepower. All of that goes to the rear wheels.

    That’s all we know for now which leaves us all wanting a little bit more. But you will just have to wait until Detroit.

    Check it out…

    Gt4 Stinger by Kia

    Via: businessinsider

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