BMW is generally known for making refined, elegant silhouettes – cars that combine both performance and luxury into stylish, functional roadsters. With the release of the i8 though, the German automaker lets its proverbial hair down. The sport-focused vehicle takes cues from the canon of great sports cars in the past, but more importantly, strikes a balance between sustainable energy consumption and high speed performance. All this is thanks to the 131 horsepower electric motor on the front axle, combined with the 231 horsepower in the rear. Options for charging aren’t especially synonymous with the athleticism of a butterfly door system, but the BMW i8 seems to pull it off without seeming contrived. A wealth of technical info can be found on BMW’s mini-site for the car, while an introductory video is featured below. [See & Watch More]
The web is filled with all sorts of information and news on the ninth generation of the Porsche 911, codenamed 991.
Well, the crew over at Kelley Blue Book made a thorough six and a half minute-long video review on the 991. They drove both the Carrera and Carrera S, with the PDK and the new 7-speed manual transmission, and they did it all on track and on open roads. Enjoy.
Boots, check. Scarf and beanie, check. The Mercedes-Benz SLK350 hardtop convertible–wait, what? Alright, so maybe for most of the country it’s an odd time to be reviewing a small, drop-top two-seater, but every once in a while you have to pull up in the other other Benz.
After all, it’s a newly designed take on an offering from the undisputed automotive king of mass produced luxury. [See & Read More]
This is Jaguar's Porsche Cayman-fighting two-seater – a Jaguar coupe you can actually afford. Powered by a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 putting out 376 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque, the C-X16 concept takes Jaguar's great heritage of supercharging into the next century with the addition of a "Push to Pass" hybrid system controlled through a steering wheel-mounted button.
The Audi e-tron Spyder is being dubbed as a diesel-electric roadster, a pairing of active descriptors that further prove the advancement in automotive ingenuity.
At first glance this may appear like merely a roofless, R8-based all-electric e-tron that was unveiled in Frankfurt in 2009. Rather, this is a longer and wider inclination that still features the plug-in diesel-electric powertrain. [See & Read More]
The newest addition to the Mercedes-Benz SLK Roadster range is the 2012 SLK55 AMG. At the heart of the car is the signature drop-top and a new aluminum, naturally aspirated V8 5.5 liter power plant (415 hp and 398 lbs-ft of torque) that employs gasoline direct injection with a stop-start feature for greater fuel efficiency.
To add icing to the cake, a seven-speed Speedshift Plus 7G-Tronic automatic cog box ensures lightning fast switches. The SLK55 AMG will be available early next year. [See More]
Originally founded in 2003 by a group of intrepid Silicon Valley engineers, Tesla has set out to prove that electric vehicles can be awesome. Its signature Model S hit the streets back in 2008 as a car with no equal.
Just a few short years later, over 1,650 Roadsters drive emissions-free in more than 31 countries. Seen above is a new video for its 2012 Model S and Roadster, side by side. Enjoy!