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.

Watch the video for more!

 

Audi Expects All-Electric Crossover by 2018

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Source: HybridCars.com

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.”

Learn more about Audi’s upcoming all-electric car

 

Lego Immortalizes the F40

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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.

Alfa Romeo Sedan Coming to the US

ugo-colombo-alfa-romeo-sedanAfter a 20 year absence from the US marketing, Alfa Romeo is really trying to make a splash. Its newest offering is the 2016 Alfa Romeo Giulia sedan, a competitor to the popular BMW 3-series.  Many believe this more popular style of vehicle will help Alfa Romeo make its way back into the mainstream American market.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Alfa Romeo’s parent company, clearly spent a lot of time on the new Giulia; saying the car was created by “Skunkworks of the best engineers, designers, and stylists within the company.”

Several versions of the car will be available to consumers, with varying levels of performance and add-ons. The most impressive of these options is the Quadrifoglio edition, which was presented to the press this week in Italy. This car comes with a Ferrari inspired turbocharged V6, 510 horsepower, all-aluminum engine. This will supposedly give the car the ability to go from 0-60 in 3.9 seconds, which is on par with the BMW M3. The turbo-V6 gives the car a beautiful sound, as it expels exhaust through the car’s stunning quad pipes.

The Giulia will be built on an all new rear wheel-drive platform; the same platform all future models will be built on. This car is ideal for those searching for a more exciting driving experience, with its performance-oriented sports suspension, and a 50/50 front/rear weight distribution.

As far as looks are concerned, the car offers a certain level of flamboyancy, all while keeping some German practicality. Keeping with the company’s signature front grill the public has grown to love, the car offers a more muscular look than Alfa’s other cars.

A release date and price for the US have not been set yet, but the excitement is still building!

Audi’s R8 Births the New RS3

Audi is no stranger to using dramatic videos as a way to introduce new models and the introduction of the new RS3 proves the point.

When it comes to introducing the redesigned RS3 Sportback, Audi returns to the snarl of the R8, but this time as it gives birth to its’ precious little RS3.  Audi even finds a way to show the “umbilical cord” being cut.

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While proportionally the new RS3 Sportback shares little in common with the halo Audi R8, its performance has inched closer to its ancestor. It may have half the cylinders of the R8 V10, but the 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder makes 367 horsepower — up 27 from the previous generation — and 343 pound-feet of torque. That power is funneled to all four wheels via Audi’s infamous quattro all-wheel drive system, which is connected to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission.

Thanks in part to its sophisticated all-wheel drive system, the 2016 RS3 Sportback gets to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds on the way to its electronically-limited 155 mph top speed. Audi can raise the governor to 174 mph. Besides the ferocious power, the RS3 Sportback gains other significant hardware upgrades like carbon ceramic front brakes and a brake-based torque vectoring system for better cornering. Its pumped-up exterior completes the look.

Read more about the Audi RS3 and see its’ birth video at http://www.digitaltrends.com/cars/2016-audi-rs3-promo-video-details-images/#ixzz3ZPoVtlN0

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.