By Guido Reinking, Automobilwoche
BMW will build its Gran Coupe concept car, the company's development chief Klaus Draeger said.
The concept was unveiled at the Beijing auto show in April. Draeger said the production version will be positioned close to the BMW 6-series.
CTS and CTS-V coupe complete a trio of midsize Caddys.
It’s round three for the car that put Cadillac back in the luxury fight: a bold, brazen CTS coupe, a third body style to accompany the CTS sedan and sport wagon. And to send a 556-horsepower letter bomb to BMW and Mercedes, there’s naturally a high-performance CTS-V version as well.
I drove that CTS-V coupe Tuesday at Monticello Motor Club, the rip-roaring private road course tucked below the Catskills of New York. Journalists in attendance also received a surprise visit from Mark Reuss, the new president of GM North America -- and the former head of GM’s Performance Division. Reuss had taken a break from the glare of his new position to drive his new baby and get his first taste of the technically challenging Monticello circuit.
Mercedes-Benz and Sky 3D take the SLS AMG into the third dimension.
Is it an expensive marketing ploy? Absolutely. Is this trailer in a mere 2-D? Indeed. Does it still manage to get your heart pumping hearing those gorgeous gull-wing Mercs tear up the pavement? You bet it does.
The movie premieres this weekend in England. Check out the trailer, via Jalopnik, after the jump.
The Lotus T125
The T125 is about the size of a Porsche Panamera, but with even more oomph. Its 3.5-liter Cosworth V8 engine, essentially a detuned race engine, puts out a maximum of 640 horses (at 9800 rpm) and 332 lb-ft of torque. Here are some more specs for the race nerds, courtesy of Car and Driver:
By Chrissie Thompson, Automotive News
The Cadillac XTS Platinum concept may have screamed "flagship" at this year's Detroit auto show. But Cadillac already is looking at a more luxurious car--authorized by the boss himself.
This year General Motors Co. CEO Ed Whitacre authorized the brand to create a big, rear-wheel-drive flagship. The project still lacks a firm target date, sources say.
Here's what to expect in Cadillac's 2011-13 model years.
Hyundai moves into top rankings for most considered brands.
The Q2 study shows that Hyundai consideration jumped by six percentage points during the previous quarter, which pushed the manufacturer into the fifth spot. Getting knocked down to No. 6 was Japanese automaker Nissan.
Good news for domestics, as Ford continued its reign as the most considered brand and Chevrolet took the third spot. Toyota at No. 2 and Honda at No. 4 rounded out the top five.
The numbers are after the jump. (Note that the percentages quoted represent the number of respondents considering the brand, regardless of vehicle segment.)
By Izzi Bendall
The Skip Barber Racing School is offering a lifetime pass to its various driver-training and racing programs. The cost: $295,000.
Barber's Fast Pass for Life allows drivers to fill available seats at any of the school's programs--its racing schools, high-performance driving schools, Mazda driving schools and race-series activities.
Fast Pass Holders can register for an entire season in advance or show up on an event-to-event basis, said Jim Altemus, the school's marketing manager. But Barber won't bump out another student for a Fast Pass holder.
New compact might be headed to the American lineup.
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Clifford Atiyeh has spent his entire life driving cars he doesn't own. Raised in Volvos, he has grown to love fast, irresponsible vehicles of all kinds. He is the senior news editor at MSN Autos and also reports for Car and Driver, Road & Track, The Boston Globe and other publications.
In the garage: 21-speed Iron Horse, 2002 Jeep Wrangler X (not his)
Doug Newcomb has covered car technology for over 20 years for outlets ranging from Rolling Stone to Edmunds.com. In 2008, he published his first book, "Car Audio for Dummies" (Wiley). He lives and drives in Hood River, Ore., with his wife and two kids, who share his passion for cars and technology.
In the garage: 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS, two 1984 Chevrolet Blazers, 2008 Honda CR-V
James Tate learned to drive stick at age 13 in a 1988 Land Cruiser - in La Paz, Bolivia. He's since been a mechanic, on a pit crew and has wrenched on every car he's owned since his first 1989 Honda CRX Si (and won't stop until the car is a 1973 Porsche 911 RS). His work has appeared in Car and Driver, Popular Mechanics, Automobile and others.
In the garage: 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera, 1988 BMW M5