Aston Martin’s 2016 DB9 GT Debuts at Pebble Beach

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Aston Martin debuted their new 2016 DB9 GT at the Pebble Beach Automotive Week.  The DB9 GT is the luxury British sports car maker’s most compelling production ‘DB’ to date, designed to offer world-class grand touring and hand-built excellence.

Claiming the title of the most potent DB9 yet devised, by virtue of its uprated 6.0-litre V12 engine which now boasts 540 hp, the DB9 gt continues a distinguished tradition of luxury, excitement and style with a raft of engineering, equipment and styling developments calculated to make this the very best of what DB9 can be.

The DBX concept – now confirmed for production – underlines Aston Martin’s growth plans by signaling an expansion into the luxury GT crossover market as part of a wider strategy to develop the strongest and most diverse product portfolio in the company’s history.

Offering a challenge to the existing status quo in the high luxury GT segment, the DBX promises stylish, comfortable, practical and environmentally responsible luxury GT travel.

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Customizing the McLaren 670S

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McLaren returned to Pebble Beach this summer to showcase the customization options it offers through its Special Operations division. They exhibited an array of models from its range of supercars, but their focus this year was on the 570S that kicked off the company’s new entry-level Sports Series.

One 570S coupe was decked out by MSO in a special Mauvine Blue paint with coordinating interior treatment in black leather. It was joined by a second 570S in Ventura Orange with options selected from the MSO Defined catalog. The pair of Sports Series models gave prospective buyers a couple of ideas as to how they might specify their own.

The McLaren 570S was unveiled at the New York Motor Show 2015.  The 570S is predicted to triple the company’s sales volume by 2020. It features a 3.8 litre twin turbo V8 engine with 30 percent new parts. It produces 562 bhp and has a price of around $180,000.

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The Track-Ready Porsche Panamera GTS

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The Porsche Panamera GTS is a track-ready car and one of the most powerful five-door tourers in the market. It retains its 4.8 liter V8 engine for sheer torque and power. To have the option of Sport and Sport Plus driving with the accompanying symphony from the four exhaust pipes is exhilaration unmatched by any other car.

Once the key is turned in the GTS, the engine revs up loudly before settling on its normal idle speed. This tough sedan thinks it’s a sports car and the road is race track!

The enormous 440 bhp of engine power is channeled through a 7-speed PDK dual clutch automatic gearbox pushing the four wheels. The suspension is lowered by 10mm and is quite tough in city streets despite the fact that it features air springs as standard.

The Panamera GTS is unmatched on fast roads for speed and stability. It feels solid and heavy to steer but feels more comfortable cruising at 100 kph that doing 55kph in city streets. The Panamera GTS is best enjoyed on fast-moving motorways. Going to the south coast and back in half a day was much faster in the GTS.

For sheer pleasure of hi-revving engine torque, Sports Plus driving is a bonus in this car — if the driver enjoys the tough suspension. It comes ready to drive on the track without any adjustment — and it has a stop-watch for lap timing as well.

The cockpit resembles that of a private jet; the seats are perfect for fast driving; and the engine soundtrack is amazing.  It comes well-equipped with a touchscreen control unit for navigation and entertainment.

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The Next-Generation Audi Q5 Spied

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The Audi Q5 luxury crossover is due for a redesign after seven years on the market without major changes.  Like the recently redesigned Audi A4, the next Q5 looks to have an evolutionary design, with familiar proportions and a shape that’s similar to the current model.

The new Audi Q5 will transition to the same MLBevo platform that underpins the new A4. This will help the crossover lose weight, gain fuel efficiency, and improve handling. The new car looks to be around the same size as the current Q5, though, which primarily competes with the BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC.

The new Audi Q5’s more aggressive front end looks to be the biggest styling change, with sharply creased front headlights and Audi’s new singleframe grille design leading into a relatively flat hood. Behind the A-pillars, the shape is nearly identical to the current Q5, save for a flowing character line that runs just above the door handles. Viewed from the rear, we can see the gently sloping rear hatch and horizontal LED taillights that look similar to those on the Q3 and Q7 crossovers.

Engine choices for the new Audi Q5 are expected to be shared with the new A4, which will offer 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and 2.0-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder options in the U.S.

The high-performance Audi SQ5 may also reappear for this generation with an updated version of Audi’s 3.0-liter supercharged V-6, and a plug-in hybrid variant is likely as well.

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Teaser Videos for Jaguar F-Pace Add to Buzz

The 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show is right around the corner and the buzz around the Jaguar F-Pace, and its impending debut, is growing.

A teaser video has hit Youtube showing Jaguar master designer Ian Callum’s drawings of the car, and shots of headlights and taillights racing through the streets of downtown Detroit… building the buzz even further. It should be noted that the quick shots of the car you can see in the video do not appear to be drastically different than the C-X17 Concept, the vehicle that previewed the production model.

It is a little unclear why the F-Pace is being shown cruising the streets of Motor City, since the car will be revealed in Germany… but that just adds to the allure.

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Audi Expects All-Electric Crossover by 2018

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Audi has been working diligently to up its alternatively fueled vehicle game in recent months, and has just announced plans to add a fuel-cell and plug-in vehicle to its line in 2018.

Currently, the buzz on the auto-boards surrounds Audi’s all-electric Q6 crossover; the vehicle was first mentioned earlier this year by a member of Audi’s board of management for Technical Development, Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg at the company’s annual meeting.

Although Audi has not officially released anything to the press regarding the all-electric Q6, Hackenberg has made several references to its crossover styling and structure.

Audi is expected to give the press a quick peek of the Q6 concept later this year at the Frankfurt Auto Show. The all-electric Q6 is expected to arrive in 2018, but no timeline has been set for the other iterations.

Last spring, he told Autocar “The Q6 will come. It will be something new, following designs established on the Prologue concept. It will be positioned as something more emotional and sportier than the Q7. The Q7 will be a car for seven people, the Q6 will be more coupe-like.”

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Lego Immortalizes the F40


The last car Enzo Ferrari ever approved himself was the Ferrari F40. Since its release in 1987, the car is still regarded as one of the most impressive supercars of all time. Now, this legendary vehicle has been immortalized by Lego.

Release for this $90 creator model is set for August 1st of this year, and includes 1158-pieces. Lego VIP members will be able to order the set a few weeks early, on July 15th… sets are expected to go fast – pardon the pun.

The Lego F40 will include working doors, pop-up headlights, a hood that opens to reveal the trunk, and rear-gate that opens to reveal the car’s engine. It will also have a removable replica of the car’s twin turbo-charged, 2.9-liter, V8, 478-horsepower engine, for those who wish to admire it from all angles.

For most, this Lego replica is the closest they will ever come to owning this piece of automobile history, and will make an impressive addition to any model car collection.