Chevrolet unveiled the all-new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado, which will redefine the midsize truck segment and offer real (read: full size) truck capability and versatility to customers who don’t require a full-size truck. The Chevy Colorado will be available next fall as a 2015 model.
“Our strategy is simple: meet the needs of the broadest possible customer base, and let them choose precisely the right truck to meet their needs,” said Mark Reuss, General Motors executive vice president and president of GM North America. “The all-new Colorado benefits from the solid foundation established by the Silverado, and it reinvents the midsize truck while reinvigorating the segment at the same time.”
Chevrolet expects Colorado to be the most powerful truck in the segment, allowing owners to haul and tow more. A 2.5L 4 cylinder producing 193 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque is standard, and a 3.6L V6 that boasts 302 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque is available as an option. Each engine is tuned, tested and validated for truck use, and each features direct injection and variable valve timing to make the most of power and efficiency. Both engines are matched with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The Chevy Colorado is expected to offer class leading payload capacity and trailer towing capacity of more than 6,700 pounds (3,039 kg). That is more than enough for the typical truck owner that wants to take the family out camping for the weekend in the mountains.
In its second year the Chevy Colorado will also be available with a Duramax 2.8L turbo-diesel, an option that is already available outside of North America. The diesel engine will expand Colorado’s powertrain lineup to cover the broadest range of needs.
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Porsche has unleashed some details for its highly anticipated baby Cayenne, the Porsche Macan. The base model Macan S will start at $50,895. Interestingly enough at launch there will be no regular Macan keeping the price of the smaller Macan above the starting price of the Cayenne ($49,600). For those looking for a little more oomph, the Macan Turbo will be available starting at $73,295 which seems like a bargain compared to the Cayenne Turbo which is easily $30,000 more. The Macan Turbo does not come with the same engine as the Cayenne Turbo, but still it definitely provides a nice price gap for shoppers looking for a smaller crossover but will many take the step up to the Macan Turbo from the Macan S given the huge price jump?
Continue Reading: 2015 Porsche Macan Specs and Details
We’ve been presented with a couple versions of the concept Acura NSX but as we inch closer to the 2015 reveal of the next-generation NSX, more details continue to come out. After unveiling three new turbo VTEC engines earlier today, we are learning that there is at least one more turbo VTEC engine to join the line-up. A twin-turbo V6 engine is currently being developed by Honda that will, in conjunction with the previously announced hybrid powerplant, power the next gen NSX.
What we know is that the new twin-turbo V6 motor will be unique to the NSX but will likely be based off of the 3.5L V6 found in the RLX. If Honda increases that to 3.7 or 3.8L and straps on a pair of turbos, the final output could be well north of 550 horsepower. It has also been revealed just prior to the Tokyo Motor Show that Honda showed select media the revised engine layout of the NSX with the engine mounted longitudinally. Testing has shown the new configuration has resulted in a car that has improved dynamically. No word yet on whether or not it will use the 7-speed dual clutch transmission from the RLX hybrid or if the NSX will get a unique transmission as well.
While it seems like Honda has been talking about the next-generation NSX forever, the 2015 date has remained pretty static. In fact, the NSX has been available for pre-order in the UK since April. It has also been nearly a year since the latest concept was unveiled so perhaps we will see a third iteration before the final production model is unveiled.
Much like the Redbull X1/X2010/X2011 fictional prototype in Gran Turismo 5, Mercedes-Benz AMG has worked with Polyphony Digital to create this concept supercar to be featured in the upcoming Gran Turismo 6. The Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo will be unveiled on November 19, 2013 in Sunnyvale California at the opening of the new Mercedes-Benz Research & Development Center.
Packed with a 585hp engine and fitted with the SLS’s gullwing doors, the AMG Vision GT will feature a long hood reminiscent of Mercedes-Benz sports cars such as the SLS and SLR, a grille inspired by the 300SL racecars of 1952, and variable LED grille technology introduced with the new A-Class.
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While still labelled as a concept, Mercedes-Benz AMG released a teaser clip of the all new GLA45 AMG, which features the awesome drivetrain from the CLA45 in a compact SUV class vehicle. Shown in this video, the GLA45 features front flics from the C63 Black Series, wheels from the C63 507 Edition, and a rear hatch spoiler from the A45 AMG.
The GLA45 is expected to make an appearance tomorrow in LA at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show where we will learn more details, possibly pricing.
Watch: GLA45 AMG Teaser Video Clip
Just days ahead of the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, Honda is showing off the 2015 Civic Type R development car at its in-house testing track in Japan. The Civic Type R, which Honda considers camouflaged, is being put through its paces as part of an extensive testing process taking place at its own testing facilities as well as the famed Nurburgring track ahead of its launch in 2015.
The Civic Type R will be powered by Honda’s first ever production turbo VTEC engine. The 2.0L 4-cylinder turbo engine will produce over 280 horsepower.
Speaking during recent testing at the Nurburgring, Germany, Honda’s WTCC driver Gabriele Tarquini, gave his first driving impressions “The car and the characteristics of the car were fantastic. I was really impressed by the power and the torque of the engine but also by the set-up they achieved. The car is very pointed on the front and very fast to change direction. This car is very close to my racing car and you can feel very well the DNA of Type R.”
It’ll be interesting to see how close to production trim this Honda Civic Type R is as it has a very aggressive front fascia and wide front fenders. Out back is a near double-decker wing. The front brakes stand out with the large flashy red calipers but it is difficult to say how big the rotors are but they’re at least 13″ up front.
See: Honda Civic Type R Gallery
Today, Honda announced the introduction of three all-new VTEC turbo engines as part of its growing Earth Dreams Technology range. These new engines come in three capacities; 1.0L, 1.5L and the 2.0L, and will deliver a dynamic performance, as well as class-leading output and fuel economy.
All three engines will be direct-injection petrol turbos, utilizing variable valve motion technology such as Honda’s refined VTEC technology. Together with Honda’s 1.6 litre diesel engine and hybrid technology, these new turbo engines will be applied on a number of future global models, depending on local market requirements and vehicle characteristics.
Based on a completely new engine structure and utilizing its newly developed turbo systems, Honda has downsized its engines and produced a highly efficient 1.0L direct-injection, 3-cyclinder turbo engine as well as a 1.5: direct injection, 4-cyclinder turbo engine. Both engines have low friction throughout and are able to achieve class-leading output and environmental performance.
The first VTEC turbo motor that will arrive is the 2.0L, which will appear in the forthcoming Civic Type R. A highly efficient and highly responsive engine, it will have an output in excess of 280 horsepower and will be EURO 6 compliant.
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It’s been 9 months since Nissan President and Chief Executive Officer Carlos Ghosn confirmed that NISMO was working on a GT-R and since then rumors have been leaking out of a 600+ horsepower godzilla that can lap the ring in under 7 minutes competing with the likes of the Porsche 918 Spyder but today images and information have leaked out about the upcoming NISMO GT-R.
According to Car & Driver, the 2015 NISMO GT-R will pack 595 horsepower and over 480 lb-ft of torque gained from tweaking the intake and exhausts and slapping on a pair of larger turbos borrowed from the GT-R GT3 race car. With the added power, the car is also fitted with stiffer springs and larger anti-roll bars. Interestingly enough, Nissan has renamed the three settings for its electronically adjustable damper. Instead of Comfort, Normal and R on the GT-R, the NISMO GT-R will feature Track, Race and Race Plus. It will be interesting how much stiffer the ride is compared to the regular GT-R.
On the aesthetics side, the NISMO GT-R will sport new front and rear bumpers and a pair of sideskirts with a red accent trim. A larger rear wing helps keep the car planted at speed, providing over 220 pounds of downforce at speed.
The NISMO GT-R will be available in February 2014 for Japan, and in early 2015 for North America. Pricing information is not available but I’m sure more information will be available once the vehicle is officially unveiled later this week at the Tokyo Motor Show.
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With SEMA wrapped up, it’s time to choose our favorite cars from the show. This year was tough to nail down the best of the best, as manufacturers as well as aftermarket companies went all out to produce some stunning vehicles. With that, let’s start!
Our first choice is the Slek Designs BMW Z4 Carbon Fiber. Dressed completely in Carbon Fiber body panels, the widebody Z4 looks menacing in person. VF Engineering provides the supercharger on this Z4 to give it the power it needs to match the looks.
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There are a lot of wild and wacky builds at SEMA, but sometimes lost amongst all the fancy air brushed body work, super wide body kits and custom interiors are a nice set of wheels that these rides are sitting on. We focus our lenses on wheels in the wheel and tire hall and present to you, a closer look at (some of) the wheels of SEMA 2013.
There was a notable absence this year after last year’s SEMA show, and that is ADV.1 is missing. They opted not to do a booth after last year and went back to their old method of renting out a suite at a local hotel. Unfortunately SEMA does not allow this and the ADV.1 penthouse wheel display at the Cosmopolitan was shut down. On the ADV.1 facebook page there was no confirmation this is all true, just a giant black on red image that says “SEMA banned us. Oh Well.” that has since been removed.
Many of the bigger wheel companies were on hand as usual including all the Chinese wheel companies pushing their knockoffs.
See: Wheels on display at SEMA 2013