The Nissan GTR is a bit of an enigma. It’s one of the rare few that satisfies more than one personality traits. It’s nearly untouchable at the Ring, only beat by the million dollar Porsche 918 when counting series production vehicles.
At a customer appreciation event on Friday on the future site of Calgary’s first Luxury Auto Mall, it was announced that the Development Permit for Meadows Mile has received approval from the City of Calgary Planning Department. The arrival of Lamborghini to the Calgary market was first announced back in March, and Asgar Virji of Lamborghini Vancouver confirmed they are the first to break ground at Meadows Mile on the new Lamborghini Calgary dealership. Porsche Centre Calgary, Ferrari Maserati of Alberta, Rolls Royce Motorcars and MINI Crowfoot will be moving to the new Meadows Mile site which is expected to be completed in Spring of 2016. The Meadows Mile concept was developed two years ago and when completed will see not only luxury car dealerships, but gas stations, auto detailing services, hotels along with retail and office space.
In an era where engines are being downsized for fuel economy, a nasty side effect is that the natural engine sounds are also being attenuated by the turbochargers used to make up for the lost displacement. Add on improved sound deadening for a quieter cabin and the problem gets even worse. The Volkswagen GTI replaced its natural engine noise with a speaker mounted on the firewall to project fake engine sounds as did the BMW M5 when its natural aspirated V10 was replaced with a twin turbo V8 setup. Now, as Road & Track has discovered, Ford too is moving away from a passive sound pipe to an active speaker based fake engine sound system on the Ford Mustang EcoBoost.
Ford calls it Active Noise Control. Using the factory head unit, Ford pipes in an engine soundtrack based on the real-time engine data. So, while it may be great if you like to hear the engine sing while you stomp on the accelerator, a side effect is that if you choose to change out your factory stereo to something aftermarket, your new Mustang will sound like it lost its mojo.
Unfortunately, with automakers going to smaller forced-induction engines, this fake engine sound trend will continue.
After a day of leaked photos and specs, Mercedes-Benz AMG has lifted the cover off the all new 2015 C63 AMG, set to be officially unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in a week’s time. Officially, the new name is Mercedes-AMG C63, a small change in naming convention for all new AMG models. The C63 has a lot to live up to, competing against the new M3 which has set a new benchmark for this generation of German sports sedans.
While the new M3 adopted a 6 cylinder engine, the new C63 steals the V8 from the AMG-GT to ensure that the proper exhaust bark won’t be missed. The 4.0L V8 biturbo pumps out 476hp in the base C63, while the S-Model gets 510hp. This allows the C63 to rocket to 100km/h in 4.1s, while the S drops that down a tick to 4.0s. The best party trick of all, the C63 is able to average 8.2L/100km in mixed city and highway driving, making it the most fuel efficient V8 in its class thanks to it’s huge weight loss program. The C63 now weighs in at a svelte 3600lbs. Impressive.
In just over a week Infiniti will be unveiling the Q80 Inspiration Concept, a four door fast back concept that they say will eventually lead to a new model. If it enters production, Infiniti will join other automakers in a increasingly popular segment currently filled with the likes of the Audi A7, Mercedes-Benz CLS, and Porsche Panamera amongst others.
“After showing Q30 Concept and Q50 Eau Rouge, Infiniti is eager to show the upper range of our portfolio expansion,” said Infiniti Executive Design Director, Alfonso Albaisa. “In Q80 Inspiration, we wanted to capture that unforgettable feeling when you experience something important, something beautiful, something magnetic for the first time.”
As with all concept cars, the Q80 Inspiration Concept lacks side mirrors, has oversized wheels and (overly) aggressive exterior styling. While Infiniti hasn’t released pictures of the interior, they have described the seating as “1+1+1+1″ instead of the usual “2+2″ seating arrangement. Perhaps we’ll see that each passenger gets their own mini cockpit or “pod”.
I look forward to seeing the Q80 Inspiration up close to see what Infiniti is bringing to what they call the redefined premium fastback segment.
According to Motor Trend, the next-gen Kia Soul will be borrowing the 200 horsepower turbo 1.6L from the Forte for its top-end model. There is also rumors that Kia is contemplating adding an all-wheel-drive option as dealers are pushing for the option.
The added power and optional AWD will definitely broaden the market appeal for the Kia Soul to compete with the likes of the Nissan Juke, and Jeep Renegade. There is no definite timeline for the next-gen Kia soul, but Kia originally wanted to introduce the sportier model this year so they will be wasting no time getting the next-gen Soul ready. We should probably see something next year, perhaps in Detroit or New York?
As we draw closer and closer to the Paris Motor Show, manufacturers are previewing some of their latest vehicles. Ford has just unveiled the facelifted euro-spec Ford C-MAX which they will be bringing to Paris. The usual updates to the front and rear ends are there with updated headlights and taillights, an updated grille to match the modern aston-martin-esque design language on current Ford vehicles, along with some new wheels and new shades of paint round up the major visual changes.
Under the hood, Ford has added a new 1.5L turbo diesel to go along with the 1.0L ecoboost and 2.0L turbo disel currently offered. Start-stop technology has also finally trickled down to the C-Max. Other technology added to the updated C-Max include Active Park Assist, Cross Traffic Detection, Park-Out Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control and an updated SYNC2 infotainment system.
It’s not clear if these changes will make it to North American C-MAX but perhaps we’ll learn more in a couple weeks at the Paris Motor Show. Until then, theres a few more pictures in our gallery.
What you’re seeing here is the “new” Mulsanne Speed, Bentley’s flagship vehicle, and not since the Acura TLX has a car maker tried so hard to convince me that what I’m seeing is new and/or exciting, and failed as miserably.
The $335,000 Speed trim improves on the regular Mulsanne with extra 25 horsepower and 60 ft/lb of torque – up to a staggering 811 ft/lb -, an “S-mode” on the ZF 8-speed transmission, unidirectional wheels (like the 1984 Corvette!), and some colour and interior trim options which are unavailable on the existing $302,000 base model. If you’re still hanging on the 811 ft/lb number, don’t be. That’s what it takes to propel a 6,000 pound vehicle to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds, the same time as an S4. Of course nobody buys a Bentley for performance so there’s not a lot of point in talking about that stuff. Let’s focus on the other improvements instead.
The Porsche Cayenne refresh was recently released to the public. It’s a beauty. Mid-cycle updates always bring a nice refreshed looked to a vehicle. It refines the look that you are already used to and makes you take a second look and say: “There is something a little different about that car.” It’s like when you meet up with an old friend who has had an “enhancement.” Whether that is a nose job, an update to the eyes, or even some pouty lips, surgery always makes you take notice.
The most striking model is the top of the line Cayenne Turbo. There is something about LED headlamps on any vehicle that does it for me. Maybe it is because designers are able to make them look so different and they don’t have to follow the conventional projector beam or reflector housing look. Gone is also the requirement for only 2 sources of light. Just looks cool.
A new set of headlights with the brands specific 4 point LED daytime running lights and a revised bumper highlight the changes in the front. In the rear are an updated tailgate (which comes with standard power now) and some revised tail lights. A little nip here and a tuck there. It is a nice package. The interior is also updated with a new multi function steering wheel which is said to come from the 918. Shift paddles are now standard. The center stack is a mess of buttons.
Just on the heels of the Paris Motor Show, Mercedes-Benz has given their B-class mini minivan (or large hatchback depending on where you stand) a small facelift. It’s been a few years now for the current second-generation B-class and it is falling behind with stiffening competition including some home grown competition in some markets with the A-class.
This facelift consists of the usual updates including a revised front end that modernizes the front end to look more similar to the CLA-Class. The bumper has been reshaped, and includes a grille that looks to also be borrowed from the CLA parts bin. The headlights and taillights have also been updated and now feature the new LED DRL look. For the first time on the B-Class, LED headlights are an available option. Optional 4MATIC AWD ensures the B-Class excels in all conditions, and KEYLESS-GO extends convenience by offering a push start and touch unlocking of the doors.
Infiniti released a set of images previewing the latest version of the QX70 dubbed the QX70S Design which is set to debut during the Paris Motor Show in a few weeks time. Black is the new Black according to Infinity with the QX70 S Design. All the shiny chrome elements have been replaced with a dark chrome finish including the grill, foglight surrounds, side vents, and rear license plate area. Infiniti even went ahead and tinted the headlights for good measure. The 21″ wheels as you can already guess are finished in black to match the black roof rails and mirrors.
Going inside the QX70S Design, the black theme continues with a black lacquer finish on the center console. The all black interior is accented with purple stitching on the steering wheels, seats, armrests and door trims.
The QX70S Design sounds pretty bad ass and from what we can tell looks pretty good in the pictures but we’ll see when it is finally unveiled in Paris what it’ll look like. We’ll be sure to post up some pictures as soon as we shoot this beast.