Ahead of next month’s official unveiling at the Detroit Auto Show, BMW leaks some choice imagery as well as the specifications to its 2015 M3 and M4 models. On the outside each sedan sports a subtle power dome in its hood, M3/4-branded strakes on each front fender, split-five-spoke 19-inch wheels, and carbon-ceramic brakes. Under the hood, both cars pack a 430-horsepower, twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine with the choice of a six-speed manual or a dual-clutch transmission. The cabin of the M3 and M4 will include a new steering wheel, bolstered heated seats, carbon fiber trim availability, side and top-view cameras, and LED lighting. Lastly, both models will be available in different color options. [See More]
German BMW tuner Alpina recently unveiled the 2014 BMW Alpina B4 Bi-Turbo Coupe at the Tokyo Motor Show. The coupe is powered by a twin-turbocharged version of the 435i’s 3.0-liter straight-six engine, producing 410 ponies and 443 lb-ft of torque. Capable of a 0-62 mph sprint in just 4.2 seconds, the B4 is capable of reaching an eye-watering top speed of 189 mph. Additional details include quad exhaust, 20″ wheels, high-performance brakes, lavalina leather-lined interior, and a 31 mpg rating. The 2014 BMW Alpina B4 Bi-Turbo Coupe will be available beginning May, 2014 starting at approximately $78,102 USD. [See More]
BMW has unveiled the 2 Series, the German marque’s newest coupe and the successor to the 1 Series. At launch, the car will be offered in two variants: the 228i and the M235i. The 228i is powered by a 240 horsepower, 2.0 liter turbocharged engine and can do 0-60 mph in 5.4 seconds with the eight-speed automatic transmission. The range-topping M235i features a 3.0 liter, turbocharged six-cylinder engine good for 322 horsepower and a 0-60 mph time of just 4.8 seconds. The 2 Series is set to make its real world debut at the North American International Show and will go on sale soon after with prices starting at $32,100 USD for the 228i and $43,100 USD for the M235i. [See Photos]
American car manufacturer Cadillac presents the latest version of their popular Escalade SUV for 2015. Essentially the car’s main design cues remain the same although several subtle details have been added or altered including clean LED headlights, and a cut-and-sewn and wrapped leather interior. The vehicle is powered by a massive 6.2-liter V8 engine and comes with standard 20″ wheels although 22″ wheels are an option as well. Look for the 2015 Escalade to hit showrooms in the first half of next year. [Watch & See More]
BMW is generally known for making refined, elegant silhouettes – cars that combine both performance and luxury into stylish, functional roadsters. With the release of the i8 though, the German automaker lets its proverbial hair down. The sport-focused vehicle takes cues from the canon of great sports cars in the past, but more importantly, strikes a balance between sustainable energy consumption and high speed performance. All this is thanks to the 131 horsepower electric motor on the front axle, combined with the 231 horsepower in the rear. Options for charging aren’t especially synonymous with the athleticism of a butterfly door system, but the BMW i8 seems to pull it off without seeming contrived. A wealth of technical info can be found on BMW’s mini-site for the car, while an introductory video is featured below. [See & Watch More]
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4Matic ($TBA) seems to have improved on nearly every aspect of its predecessor — weight, power, handling, and aesthetics. For starters, it's 220 pounds lighter, thanks in part to aluminum construction and alloy wheels. The massive twin-turbo, 5.5-liter V8 produces significantly more horsepower at 577, and torque at 590 lb-ft, through a seven-speed automatic transmission, helping propel it from 0-60 in just 3.9 seconds. Adaptive suspension and ceramic brakes give the all-wheel-drive system all the help it needs to corner and stop, while more angular side panels and a larger grill set it apart visually from last year's model. Checkout a cool test-drive overview video after the jump. [Watch More]
Our first look at Michael Bay’s interpretation of Bumblebee took form in a 1977 Chevrolet Camaro – and with the fourth edition of the Transformers series coming soon, the Autobot sidekick is getting a rework as a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro. A futuristic twist to the Bumblebee’s usual classic garb, the slim and angled design was first unveiled by Bay himself. Joining the Camaro, Transformers 4 will also feature a Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse, a Corvette Stingray, a Pagani Huayra, and a truck from the Oshkosh Defense. Stay tuned for more on the variety of awe-inspiring designs coinciding with Transformers 4.
Most rappers are faking it 'til they make it. Don't put Drake in that category, though. It looks like the Toronto rapper is going to be waking up in a new Bugatti from now on. He was recently seen in the streets of T.O. driving around in this beautiful black Veyron with burnt orange interior. He joins Lil Wayne and Birdman in the club and in case you are wondering, a Bugatti Veyron costs a cool $2.5 Million. If you're trying to just lease one, that'll cost you about $24,000 a month. In fact, just maintaining your Bugatti would cost you about about $300,000 a year. Sleep on that. Checkout more photos of Drizzy's new ride after the jump. [See More]
Based on the same architecture as the Mission bike that destroyed the field at the FIM/TTXGP Laguna Seca race in 2011, the Mission RS Motorcycle ($56,500 USD) is set to bring high-end electric riding to the streets. Limited to just 40 examples — one for each second of the aforementioned prototype's lead — the RS is powered by the company's InfiniteDrive powertrain, delivering over 160hp, a sub 3-second 0-60 time, a top speed of 150 mph, and a 140 mile range. Other features include Ohlins FGRT forks, BST carbon fiber wheels, and a seven-inch touchscreen powered by Mission OS, an Internet-connected info system offering turn-by-turn directions, an integrated HD camera with telemetry overlay, wireless HUD integration, and more — making this not only the most eco-friendly superbike around, but also the most tech-savvy.
The very first collaboration between BMW and Italian design firm Pininfarina comes to fruition in the form of the BMW Pininfarini Gran Lusso Coupe. Revealed at this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, the automobile represents the best of what the two parties have to offer. According to Pininfarina head of design Fabio Filippini. [See More]
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