Introducing the 2017 Porsche Cayenne Platinum Edition

2017 Porsche Canyon

Source: Kelley Blue Book

The new 2017 Porsche Cayenne Platinum Edition SUVs will arrive at U.S. Porsche dealerships later this year for a limited time, The Platinum Edition models are based on the base Cayenne and gasoline-electric Cayenne S E-Hybrid and offer a host of extras for a reasonable price.

Among the extras are 20-inch RS Spyder-style wheels, flared wheel arches, and gloss black exterior accents.  The SUVs also receive parking aids, anti-glare mirrors, tinted windows and speed-sensitive steering.

Cayenne Platinum Editions feature leather seats with Alcantara inserts and 8-way power for the sport-spec front buckets. They also come with the latest iteration of the Porsche Communication Management system that includes navigation, the Connect Plus module and a Bose Surround Sound audio system as well as stainless steel door sills with illuminated “Platinum Edition” lettering.

Read more about this Platinum Edition on Kelley Blue Book

The Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Goes Manual

Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Ugo Colombo The Collection

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This is Aston Martin at its pure and raw best. Until now the V12 Vantage S was only offered with a sluggish seven-speed automated manual.  Now Aston has deconstructed the robotised gearbox into a seven-speed manual.

CEO Andy Palmer’s team of engineers considered ways to improve the stick shift, which is possibly why the V12 Vantage S has seven forward gears rather than the usual six. That’s right, they literally went one better.

As a sendoff for the Vantage, Aston Martin has gone truly old-school with this manual and given it a dogleg first gear. That means that first gear is all the way to the left and back, out of the way of the other gears. That puts the gears you use most on the road and track in straight lines from each other, making your shifts faster.

The theory is that by keeping seven gears the manual will accelerate as quickly as the (still available) paddle-shift Vantage S, plus as you’ll spend the majority of your time in gears two to seven, it’s logical to place those in the easiest to access positions.

Aston will import just 100 of the $199,995 V12 Vantage S to America, and they’ve already sold every one of them.

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Meet the 2016 Maserati Ghibli SQ4

Maserati Ghibli SQ4 and The Collection

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The big Maserati Levante news has overshadowed the latest model from the brand’s successful sedan line, the 2016 Maserati Ghibli S Q4, but that doesn’t mean the Ghibli isn’t worth consideration!

Ghibli has been steadily improving over the past couple of years and the 2016 is available in three models: a 345-horsepower rear-wheel-drive base version, a 404-hp rear-wheel-drive Ghibli S, and a top-end Ghibli S Q4 with 404 horsepower on a V6 twin-turbo engine and intelligent all-wheel drive. Pricing on the base model starts at $70,600, the S variant is $76,640, and the S Q4 begins at $78,550.

There is little ordinary about the Ghibli, especially in all-wheel-drive S Q4 garb (rear-drive is standard).  The Ghibli shares much of its core architecture — including chassis, suspension and engine — with the larger, flagship Quattroporte sedan, though it is 50 kilograms lighter, 173 millimeters shorter in the wheelbase and 291 mm shorter overall.

The engine is a Maserati-developed, Ferrari-produced 3.0-litre, twin-turbocharged V6. Substituting boost for displacement does the Ghibli no harm. Churning out a robust 404 horsepower, the S Q4 will, according to Maserati, hit 100 km/h in a short 4.8 seconds, accompanied by a deep exhaust note that will plaster grins on motor heads of all ages.

Though it’s a foot shorter than the Quattroporte, the new Ghibli has the same shark-like details as is its ancestor: gills along the sides, a neatly rounded snout, and a toothy grille with the Maserati trident evoking the maritime scepter of Neptune himself.  Bi-Xenon headlights with LED details, a midsize power sunroof, keyless entry, and 19-inch alloy wheels come standard.

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McLaren P1: An All-Electric Hypercar?

Ugo Colombo McLaren P1 Electric Hybrid

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McLaren has teased that an all-electric hypercar could become the P1’s successor.  McLaren, who has a plan called Track 22 that includes a bunch of goals the supercar company wants to see completed by the year 2022, leads them to consider whether or not the successor to the McLaren P1 is going to be fully-electric

Some have suggested McLaren will spend some of its recent billion-dollar self-investment money on researching the feasibility and marketability of an all-electric hypercar.  Rather than being an explicit successor, the company’s EV research is going to help it decide whether or not an all-electric Ultimate Series car would be viable. One McLaren representative has said that any forthcoming Macca would obviously need to sound and feel like a McLaren, no matter what’s powering it.  While many are sure the McLaren garage could deliver on the “feel like a McLaren” aspect, it’ll be interesting to see how they try and tackle the “sound like a McLaren” part.


The Innovate Jaguar F-TYPE SVR

Jaguar is giving the F-Type an all-new high-performance variant, the F-Type SVR.  The SVR will feature a combination of drivetrain, suspension, interior and body enhancements making it faster, lighter and even more responsive than the standard F-Type S and R models. Jaguar calls the F-Type SVR a “200 mph all-weather supercar” because of its balance of daily driver functionality and aggressive racetrack capabilities.

Jaguar extracted more performance from the supercharged 5.0-litre V-8 engine; compared with the F-Type R, the SVR produces 25 more horsepower and 14 additional lb.-ft. of torque. They also calibrated the eight-speed automatic transmission to deliver quicker shifts and the torque-vectoring AWD system to carve corners more effectively.


Source: The Globe and Mail

They removed 25 kilograms from the weight of the car and they added to the options list a carbon fibre appearance package and carbon-ceramic brakes that strip another 25 kilograms out of the equation. One of those lightweight pieces, an active rear wing made of carbon fibre, is part of another engineering effort to give the SVR reduced lift and drag.

The Jaguar F-TYPE SVR is said to be able to hit 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds.

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Meet the 2017 Porsche Panamera

The 2017 Porsche Panamera has received a makeover. Now adopting design elements from the famed Porsche 911, the 4-door has been fashioned with a familiar flyline and roof that has been lowered by .78 inches at the back. The vehicle’s stature has been enlarged, its powertrain pumped up, and the cabin experience enhanced.

2017 Porsche Panamera Ugo Colombo's The Collection

Source: Motor Trend

The Panamera has always featured a long, stretched out body, and now the sedan’s overall length has been increased by 1.3 inches. Sleek new character lines running across the doors lend the Panamera a more wind-swept appearance.

The 2017 Porsche Panamera Turbo boasts a new twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine. Its 550 horsepower and 567 pound-feet of torque are generous, as is the impressively flat torque curve that plateaus between 1,960 and 4,500 rpm.  It’s obscenely quick; 60 mph is dispatched in 3.2 seconds when equipped with Sport Chrono, or 3.4 without.

The Panamera looks like an entirely different vehicle inside the cabin with a heavy emphasis on touch controls. The large infotainment screen, which is no longer cluttered by surrounding air vents, is the focal point of the dashboard. On the center stack, look for touch-based media controls and a redesigned shifter.

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Introducing the 2017 Audi Q7

2017 Audi Q7

Source: The Auto Channel

The Audi Q7 for 2017 has been extensively redesigned.  In fact, Audi designed and engineered the new 2017 Q7 from the tire contact patches up as a state-of-the-art luxury SUV.

The Audi Q7 has an all-new body that makes extensive use of aluminum. This second-generation Q7 is 250 lbs. lighter than its predecessor. It’s also sportier to drive, helped by also being a bit shorter and narrower.

The Q7 is a three-row, 7-passenger crossover that only comes with Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system. Powering the Q7 is a 333HP supercharged 3.0-L V6 mated to an eight-speed automatic.

Pop open the new Q7’s hood and you’ll find a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 that makes 333 horsepower between 5,500 rpm and 6,500 rpm, and 325 lb.-ft. of torque between 2,900 rpm and 5,300 rpm. It accelerates from stop to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds and has a top speed of 130 mph.

The Q7 can tow up to 7700 lbs. Cargo volume can grow from 14.8 cuft with all seven seats in place up to 71.6 cuft with the two back rows folded down.  All Q7s have heated front seats, leather seating, a 2-panel sunroof, Audi Pre Sense automatic braking, power-fold outside mirrors, and parking assist with rear view camera.

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Source: The Auto Channel