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.


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.

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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.


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.

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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.


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.


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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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.


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.

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Ferrari’s Turbocharged 488 GTB

Set to be unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show next month, the Ferrari 488 GTB is that long-awaited evolution of the 458. It’s a mid-cycle refresh of the current car and the updated model gets a GTB suffix (short for Gran Turismo Berlinetta) to tie it to Ferrari’s first production mid-engined V8 car, the 308 GTB.

However, that’s not as important as the number 488. That indicates a new engine, but it doesn’t displace 4.8 liters as the name suggests. Instead, it’s an all-new twin-turbocharged 3.9-liter V8 that isn’t shared with any other Ferrari model.

There’s been a lot of speculation about a turbocharged 458 derivative, but none of it anticipated this engine’s raw power. It produces 660 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque. That’s more than the 597 hp and 398 lb-ft of the outgoing 458 Speciale! All of that grunt will accelerate the 488 GTB from 0 to 62 mph in just 3.0 seconds, and on to a top speed of over 205 mph. It will also lap Ferrari’s Fiorano test track half a second quicker than the hardcore 458 Speciale.  That acceleration is managed by a seven-speed dual-lurch transmission and a chassis Ferrari says has been tuned with lessons learned from the XX program of track cars like the Enzo-based FXX.


The original 458 styling is still recognizable, but Ferrari claims 50 percent more downforce for the new model, with less drag. That’s thanks to a double front spoiler, the enlarged side pods, and a flat underbody.

To help drivers harness all of that performance, the 488 GTB is equipped with the latest Ferrari electronic aids. That includes a version of the slip-angle control system that debuted in the 458 Speciale. Called Side Slip Control 2, it’s supposed to be less invasive than the original system, and works with the car’s F1-Trac traction control E-Diff differential, and adaptive suspension. The interior gets some updates, but the layout is the same as in the 458.

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A Sneak Peek: The Lamborghini Aventador SV


The Lamborghini Aventador SV, judging by the spyshots of the car that have been surfacing, , will boast more prominent aero parts, slightly revised rear and front bumpers, and of course, more power.

Official specs of the car won’t be revealed until the Geneva Motor Show in March. It is expected that the V12 engine in the Lamborghini Aventador SV will be close to 750 horsepower. The aerodynamics include widened body-side air intakes, a new front splitter, scoops above scoops and inside scoops, and new air extractors where the workaday Aventador has none. The rear fascia has basically shed all semblances of bumper to become one huge grille, with deep rear diffuser vanes flanking quad exhaust pipes below.

The guys at LamboCars decided to give us an early look at the Aventador SV in its full glory in rather brilliant renderings. They not only show you the front and back ends of the car, they also showcase the SV in some pretty stunning colors.

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Porsche Plug-in Hybrid

Bernhard Maier, the head of Global Sales and Marketing for Porsche, commutes 56-miles round trip each day to the company headquarters in Stuttgart. His goal for this trip is to make it the entire way emissions free, using a Panamera with a low-carbon dioxide powertrain, or Porsche Cayenne plug-in hybrid. These vehicles are new to the Porsche line-up, and prove a shift in mindset for the sports car giant. Maier recently sat down for an interview with Automotive News Europe Editor Luca Ciferri, in which he explained the functionality of Porsche’s two newest eco-friendly vehicles, and how they are faring in the marketplace.

ugo-colombo-porsche-plugin-hybridHe states that the two new models are designed to go about 21.8-miles on pure battery power, but there are ways to extend this battery life. He says by “coasting into traffic” and “recuperating energy during braking”, you can extend your trip by quite a few miles. He himself makes it 24.9-miles each morning to work, which he does on pure battery power in most cases. The ability to switch from Hybrid to regular performance is a real draw for most people, especially when they have their own electrical filling station at their home or office.

The Cayenne was only recently introduced, but the Panamera has already met 10-percent global demand. Maier believes that this demand will increase as more governments subsidize eco-friendly vehicles. The Panamera and Cayenne plug-in offer the best of both worlds, and that does come at an increased cost; once governments start to encourage their citizens to work on reducing pollution, and offering these programs, Maier believes the demand for electrified vehicles could grow to as much as 50-percent.

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