Maserati Levante to be Revealed at 2016 Detroit Auto Show

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2012 Maserati Kubang

A report from the Netherlands De Telegraaf, states that Maserati’s high-riding SUV – the Maserati Levante – will emerge from hiding at 2016 Detroit Auto Show in January.

Underpinning the Levante will be a modified version of the platform found in Maserati’s Ghibli and Quattroporte sedans, complete with the automaker’s own Q4 all-wheel-drive system. The styling will be derived from Maserati’s Kubang concept car from the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show. Don’t expect the Levante to be a clone of the Kubang, however.  Maserati’s design language has evolved since then.

Expect the same turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 and 3.8-liter V-8 gasoline units found in the Ghibli and Quattroporte to make their way into the Levante. It’s expected that the power will be up to 444 horsepower for the V-6 model and 572 hp for the V-8. Expect a diesel in some markets.  There is also talk of a plug-in hybrid model being launched further down the track.

Read more about the Maserati Levante at http://www.motorauthority.com/news/1098156_maserati-levante-to-debut-at-2016-detroit-auto-show-report

Audi Explores Matrix Laser Headlights

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Audi’s Matrix LED headlights allow you to drive with your high beams left permanently on and without bothering other drivers.  This feat is accomplished by ensuring the headlights detect other vehicles on the road and actually split up a light path so that they don’t blind the other drivers.  At the same time they continue to cast their full light in the areas where there isn’t another vehicle. Because the light path being created uses numerous LEDs—about 25 per headlight unit—spread over a grid (or matrix), these can then be individually controlled depending on the situation.

Getting this feature to work with newer laser lights, however, will prove more difficult.  Laser lights have a greater intensity and lower energy consumption than LEDs, as well as a more defined light path.  This creates difficulties as the light isn’t created by multiple sources. But that hasn’t deterred Audi.  The automaker is working on a solution with partners such as Osram and Bosch in an initiative known as Intelligent Laser Light For Compact And High-Resolution Adaptive Headlights.

Read more about Audi’s work with Matrix laser headlights at http://www.motorauthority.com/news/1098067_audi-attempts-to-add-matrix-lighting-technology-to-its-laser-headlights and watch this video exploring this technology.

Porsche 911 GT3 RS Excites Porsche Enthusiasts

One of the most anticipated variations are the 911, the GT3 RS, debuted at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show and it is everything fans hoped for….and more! A stripped out, road-legal racecar, the Porsche 911 GT3 RS has always been the pinnacle of excitement, feel and adrenaline. It has been four years since the last GT3 RS, the limited edition 4.0 model, and it is high time we had a replacement.

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In an effort to improve cooling and cut weight, Porsche has added vents in the front and rear fenders, and even made the roof from a magnesium alloy. The interior is suitable stripped and prepped as well with carbon fiber buckets based on the 918’s, carbon fiber everywhere, and lightweight door handles. To make it ready for racing, the rear seats have been replaced with a cage, the driver seats comes standard with a six-point harness, the dash is prepped for a battery master switch, and the car comes with its own fire extinguisher.

The 3.8-liter flat-six engine from the regular GT3 has been dropped and a 4.0-liter unit replaces it. This new engine makes 500 horsepower and 339 pounds of torque. Like the GT3, the RS only comes with a PDK transmission, but the lightning quick shifts of the dual-clutch helps the GT3 RS hit 60 mph from a standstill in just 3.3 seconds. That makes this the fastest GT3 model Porsche has ever created. To keep lap times down, the car is also fitted with rear-wheel steering and Porsche Torque vectoring. All that fancy tech seems to work, as Porsche claims this newest 911 can blast the Nurburgring in just 7:20.

Learn more about the Porsche 911 GT3 RS

See the GT3 RS in this video from Porsche

Meeting the 2015 Maserati Quattroporte

The 2015 Maserati Quattroporte offers a selection of strong twin-turbo engines, a bold look, and an available all-weather-capable all-wheel-drive system.

Crisp creases and angular accents dominate the exterior design of the Quattroporte. A character line traces along the side and over the flanks, into a simple, understated rear end. An ovoid grille with a large trident emblem sets the tone at the nose, sweeping up to the curved hood and into the fenders. Inside, is more subdued, but no less well-executed. Fine leathers and satin woods meet with metal accents in a clean, two-tone finish.

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Under the hood, the 2015 Quattroporte offers a pair of engines, both of them fitted with twin turbochargers. The base engine, which comes on the Quattroporte S Q4, is a 3.0-liter V-6, its turbos helping to generate 410 horsepower and launch it to 60 mph in about five seconds. Top speed with the V-6 is 177 mph. A 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 is also available, the province of the GTS model, rated at 530 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, or up to 530 pound-feet during the momentary “overboost” function. The result is 0–60 mph acceleration runs of 4.7 seconds and a top speed of 191 mph.

A ZF eight-speed automatic transmission is standard on both models. The V-8 GTS features rear-wheel drive, while the S has Maserati’s Q4 all-wheel-drive system. The system is rear-biased, sending 100 percent of torque to the rear axle under normal conditions, and up to 50 percent to the front wheels when it detects slip. It adds little weight while making the car a bit more manageable in anything outside of ideal, dry-road conditions.

Learn more about the 2015 Maserati Quattroporte

McLaren 570S Debuts at New York Auto Show

McLaren introduced the 570S Coupe at the 2015 New York Auto Show – only two years after it launched the P1 and 12 months after it replaced the MP4-12C with the 650S. Slotted below the 650S, the 570S gives McLaren access to a new segment and brings the company’s race-derived technologies to a new audience. With the 570S Coupe, McLaren adds the Porsche 911 Turbo to the roster of sports cars it will wage war against, and launches its new Sports Series family. This family will expand to include at least 5 models.

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Although it the least powerful and the smallest road-going McLaren yet, the McLaren 570S Coupe promises to be as exciting as any sports car coming from Woking. The coupe shares its DNA with both the P1 and 650S, while also using a range of race-bred technologies that already debuted in previous models. In short, the 570S Coupe isn’t a lesser McLaren, but the company’s attempt to make its products available to a wider clientele and at a more affordable price (it will be priced around $184,900 in the U.S. market). It’s part of McLaren’s recently announced plans to expand globally, and, by the looks of things, this new strategy is off to a great starts thanks to the 570S Coupe.

Read more about the McLaren 570S Coupe

2015 New York International Auto Show Goes BIG!

The 2015 New York International Auto Show occurred this April with a spectacle for petrol-heads. The New York International Auto Show is the biggest car show on the continent, and this year doesn’t disappoint: The exhibits were bigger, bolder, and brasher than in the past and they showcased all of the things car lovers have come to desire.

Among the shows highlights was the $2.3 million Aston Martin supercar, McLaren’s first sports car, and Porsche Boxster that’s powered up and stripped of anything that might make driving it less than exhilarating.

The Aston Martin Vulcan will go for $2.3 million and they’ve made only two dozen of them. The Vulcan is made of carbon fiber and is packing a 7.0-liter V12 mounted just behind the front axle that drives the rear wheels.

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Looking to take a chunk out of Porsche’s 911 sales, McLaren gives us the 570S: a toned down take on its 650S that can still hit 60 mph in 3.2 seconds and top out at 204 mph. Starting price for the brand’s first sports car is $184,900.

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Porsche took a break from cranking out SUVs to drop the most powerful Boxster ever. With 375 hp and strict weight-cutting it’ll run 0 to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds. The Boxster will start at $82,000.

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Read more about some of the coolest cars found at the 2015 New York International Car Show

The All-Aluminum 2016 Jaguar XF

The all-aluminum 2016 Jaguar XF made its’ world debut in London earlier this year and, like its immediately-impressive little sibling, the XE, Jaguar XF goes all-aluminum. Almost all automakers are adopting the lightweight metal for more than just body panels and components, and some have gone so far as to make entire frames and bodies out of it, including Ford for the new F-150….and Jaguar.

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While the XF hasn’t enjoyed the sales volume of its midsize luxury sedan competitors, namely the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes E-Class, it’s set the tone for Jaguar’s future, proving that they could build a high-quality, competitive sedan once again.

The 2016 Jaguar XF offers two supercharged V6s, ranging from 340 to 380 hp. Both versions are matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive cars get Jag’s Intelligent Driveline Dynamics system, which “delivers rear-drive handling with the performance and traction benefits of AWD.” The All-Surface Progress Control system, standard on the XF, manages the brakes and throttle on low grip surfaces, allowing the driver to pull away easily from a stop.

Read more about the 2016 Jaguar XF