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Spy Photos: 2012 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Autoblog has spied the upcoming Mercedes-Benz S-Class.  It’s tough to say what it’s going to look like, as this test mule is pretty heavily disguised. (more…)

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Spy Photos: Audi A7 Sportback

Development of  Audi’s new A7 is nearing completion, as Autocar’s spy cameras catch it treading in the snow.  The A7, as one might expect, is to be a combination of features from the A6 and A8.  It shares a chassis with the A6, but gets interior treatment similar to that of the more luxurious A8.  It’s targeted competition includes BMW’s 5-Series GT and the Mercedes-Benz CLS. (more…)


Porsche 911 GT3 R Debut Photos

WANT!!  Porsche introduces the 911 GT3 R, based on the GT3 race car and updated for improved drivability.  The R has a wide body, 4.0L, 473 hp 6-cylinder boxer engine, 6-speed sequential gearbox, ABD, and traction control.  Oh, and a $405,000 price tag.  Not much more to say about it.  Photos after the jump.  Drool time…

Source: Inside Line

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Buick Regal GS Concept Photos

Now that GM has cut ties with Tiger Woods, Buick is going to need something else to keep things exciting for the brand.  The Regal GS may just be the answer.  The Opel Insignia-based sedan gets some subtle aesthetic upgrades and packs a performance punch.

A turbocharged 2.0L 4-cylinder engine gets the GS moving, with 255 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque.  The turbo I4 was chosen over a V6 for decreased weight and improved fuel economy.  Although an exact spec isn’t given, Buick says the GS meets their goal of a 0-60 time below six seconds.

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Entry Level Infiniti G25 Sedan Gets 2.5L V-6 & Turbo [Updated]

According to Inside Line, Infiniti is giving their muscle car sedan a more economical engine option for 2011.  Although it hasn’t been officially announced yet, the G25 will be powered by a smaller six-cylinder engine.  This concerns me a bit, since the G35 and G37 is known to give the BMW 5 Series some hearty competition.

The specs given are still encouraging though.  In the entry level G sedan, Infiniti will install the 2.5 L V-6 found in Japan’s G sedan (sold as the Nissan Skyline 250 GT over there).  In it’s basic form, the 2.5 L engine produces 210 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque.  This is hardly impressive compared to the G37’s specs.  There’s good news though.  The G25 gets a turbocharger, bumping the V-6’s output to 280 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque.  That’s more like it!

This makes sense to me, assuming there is some improvement in fuel economy with the move from the 3.7L to the 2.5L engine.  No details on price are available yet.  Apparently if sales of the sedan are good, we’ll see a coupe and convertible too.

Update:  Turns out the 2.5L V-6 won’t be supercharged.  At least, not yet.  Guess the rumor mill isn’t always right…

Source: Inside Line [via The Torque Report]


Chevy Aveo RS Concept Photos

Chevy has introduced yet another uninspiring concept into the small car segment with the RS version of the Aveoooooh! Dude… did you see those pictures? Ok, I take it back. That’s actually a pretty gnarly looking hatchback. The RS has been given much more aggressive looks from the outside, and a performance and feature overhaul from top to bottom. Chevy is targeting a young generation of enthusiasts looking to get some bang for their buck in an economy that has, once again pointed a spot light at the compact car.

Let’s start from the outside. Designers of the RS concept have ditched the typical bland (what I call jellybean-shaped) body style found on so many modern compacts (current Aveo included). Aluminum accented exposed headlights, a sleek roof line and wider stance, rear spoiler, chrome exhaust tips, big body colored brake calipers and, get this – 19″ wheels!

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Review: 2010 Audi A4 2.0T Quattro

I’ve been telling myself (and my wife) for while now that I would love to own a European car. Something about them gives me a good vibe. Also, being 6’9″ tall, I need all the leg/head room I can get. The Germans seem to have a reputation for making cars well suited to us taller guys. That would naturally lead me to Mercedes Benz, BMW, Audi, Porshe, and VW. Posrche is out of the question (for now), VW’s tend to be a bit small still, the BWM 3 series is cramped, and Mercedes Benz comes with a big price tag, and a reputation for frequent problems. Although I was skeptical about how well I would fit in an A4, I decided to give one a try. Having one parked in my driveway would bring me great joy.

I arrived at the dealership hoping it would be love at first sight (or sit). I sat down in the black 2.0T sedan and sure enough, I was really surprised by how comfortable I was once I got the seat adjusted to my liking. I was impressed by the amount of leg room and head room. The leather seat was quite comfortable, but lacked the lateral support of others I’ve been in. The rear seats split and fold down completely, expanding the impressively large trunk.

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