The new super VW Golf GTI Roadster is here!

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Worthersee has never been home to the gentlest outpouring of subtlety, but even by its standards this is something different: it’s a Volkswagen Golf GTI that’s quicker than a Ferrari FF.

You saw it last week as a teaser, now here’s the real thing. It’s Volkswagen’s take on Gran Turismo’s ‘Vision GT’ series – following in the footsteps of BMW’s and Mercedes’ efforts – and follows up last year’s ‘Design Vision GTI’ concept we drove in LA. But rather than just leave it as a digital offering for the gaming community, VW decided to make a proper one.

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And the headline of course, is that engine. It’s a 3.0-litre, twin-turbo V6 TSI (out of the Touareg) producing a whopping 500bhp and 413lb ft of torque, complete with a seven speed DSG gearbox and VW’s ‘4MOTION’ all-wheel-drive system.

Because it only has to propel a kerbweight of 1420kg, the GTI Roadster is capable of accelerating from 0-62mph in 3.6 seconds (an FF will do it in 3.7s), and top out at 192mph. Better wear a helmet, because you may have noticed there is no roof.

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As with the Design Vision concept we saw last year, this GTI Roadster shows a glimpse of where the road-going GTI’s design will venture in the future. This being a concept car of course, means it’s shorter, lower and wider than both the road car and last year’s DV concept.

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It’s been optimised for aero, this GTI Roadster, with that monster rear wing creating lots of downforce, while the C-pillars have been formed into a rollover protection bar. Another schoolboy-cool element is the doors that swivel upwards to open, framed by huge side sills and flanked by flared wheel arches.

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There are 20in wheels. There are monster 380mm ceramic discs up front (356mm at the back). There are LED daytime running lights. There is a carbon monocoque interior with two ‘race-shell’ seats partitioned by a central bar. The instrument display is on a V-shaped wing on top of the steering column, itself longer, like a racing car.

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“When Sony asked us if we would develop a Vision GT vehicle exclusively for the game to mark the 15th anniversary of Gran Turismo we didn’t hesitate for a moment,” said Klaus Bischoff, Head of Design at Volkswagen. And for good reason: GT creator Kazunori Yamauchi used to own a Golf GTI, so he’s a fan.

Mitsubishi to cease production of Lancer Evolution X!

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Mitsubishi Motors Corporation has announced plans to wind down production of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution performance sedan.

The According to Japan’s (Automotive News Daily), Mitsubishi will cease production of the Lancer Evolution X by the end of the year with no plans for a successor. Sales since the model’s 1992 debut have totaled 92,000 domestically and 154,000 worldwide.

The Lancer Evolution was created when engineers shoehorned the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine and all-wheel-drive system from the rally-inspired Galant VR-4 into its compact Lancer model (sold in the US as the fourth-generation Mirage). With performance befitting of sports cars costing tens of thousands more, the “Evo,” as it came to be known, instantly garnered a dedicated enthusiast following at home.

Mitsubishi never intended it for export, but tales of its sport sedan bonafides soon spread beyond Japan’s borders, feeding a booming gray market in the UK and Australia by the mid-1990s. From 1996-99, the Lancer Evolution won a then-unprecedented four consecutive World Rally Championship titles, further cementing its performance credentials. By the time the Lancer Evolution VIII was finally offered for sale in the US in 2003, it had already developed a rabid fan base.

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The automaker acknowledged the model’s role as an image leader for the brand when performance was a key component of its marketing plans. However, in the face poor sales in recent years Mitsubishi has decided to refocus its branding to that of an eco-friendly car company. As such, it intends to concentrate its resources towards developing vehicles that fall in line that vision.

It has been reported that a future Mitsubishi flagship might utilize a hybrid-electric drivetrain. However, it will likely not be based on the Renault Megane platform that will underpin the next-generation Lancer, and thus the Evolution name may be dropped altogether. In any case, it is believed that such a car would be at least two years away from production.

Porsche Introduces The “Porsche Macan” Compact SUV

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Porsche has expanded into the compact sports-utility vehicle market by introducing the macan, adopting the DNA of the ’918 spyder’, the company’s first hybrid super car. the top-of-the-line ‘S’ model boasts a 400 horsepower 3.6-litre V6 bi-turbo engine, which when paired with active all-wheel drive and a seven-speed double-clutch transmission, catapults the sports SUV from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds. making its debut at the 2013 los angeles auto show, the ‘macan’ positions itself just below the cayenne, offering a high level of comfort and versatility with performance numbers comparable to the likes of the porsche 911 carrera.

For its facade, the macan bases its headlight and tail light design off the 918 spyder, which features compact three-dimensional LED technology. inside, the SUV position the driver as if they were inside a sports car; the cockpit integrates a multi-function sports steering wheel equipped with paddle shifters and is outfitted with premium leather sports seats.

Porsche has expanded into the compact SUV market by introducing the macan, adopting the DNA of the ’918 spyder’

the top-of-the-line ‘S’ model boasts a 400 horsepower 3.6-litre V6 bi-turbo engine

the macan features an active all-wheel drive system with a seven-speed double-clutch gearbox

the macan bases its headlight and tail light design off the 918 spyder

the cockpit integrates a multi-function sports steering wheel and is equipped with paddle shifters

The New 2014 Corvette Stingray

When General Motors engineers and designers started work on the next-generation Corvette, they drew up the usual requirements for the star of American muscle cars.

Killer looks. Big engine. Handles like a race car.

But topping the list back was something at odds with the roar of the car’s big V-8: Gas mileage.

The new Corvette could not be a gas guzzler. Stricter government rules were forcing a leap in fuel economy. If the car burned too much gas, it would trigger fines from regulators and never get built.

“There won’t be a Corvette if we don’t care about fuel economy,” said Tadge Juechter, the car’s chief engineer.

But the 2014 Corvette is here, the first all-new version in nine years. The king of American sports cars, driven by astronauts and celebrated in a Prince song, rolled out Sunday night in Detroit. It will arrive in showrooms this fall.

Image: The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray under wraps at its debut before media previews at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013.

The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray under wraps at its debut before media previews at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013.

To many fans, the new Corvette symbolizes the rebirth of America’s auto industry after its near death in 2009, showing the world that it again can lead in technology, styling and performance — at a lower cost that European competitors.

Getting there was tough for the 1,000-member Corvette team, which gave the car the code name “C7.” GM’s bankruptcy slowed development twice. With each delay, new safety and gas mileage regulations forced changes. The Corvette team overhauled the car: aluminum replaced steel, super-light rivets held parts together, and the V-8 engine kicked down to four cylinders at highway speeds, saving fuel.

Image: The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray in Detroit, Monday, Jan. 14, 2013.

The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray in Detroit, Monday, Jan. 14, 2013.

All the changes helped it overcome nine years of government crash safety requirements that could have bloated the car. But even with the lighter materials, the regulations have pushed its weight to a little more than the current base model’s 3,200 pounds. Still, it’s an engineering achievement. The Corvette is so new that it only shares two parts with the current model.

GM said testing is still being done on the car’s fuel economy, but it’ll be better than the current base model’s 16 mpg in the city and 26 on the highway. Juechter said the window sticker highway mileage won’t reach 30 mpg, but he wouldn’t be surprised to see some drivers get that or more.

Image: The new Corvette Stingray is displayed after its unveiling in Detroit, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013. This time in gray.
The new Corvette Stingray is displayed after its unveiling in Detroit, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013. This time in gray.

The car’s usual buyers — men in their mid-50s — will also notice dramatic changes on the outside of the two-seat car. The hood slopes low to slice through the wind. All the vents and scoops have functional purposes like cooling the brakes or transmission.

On the back, designers took cues from the1963 Corvette, with a sloping roof that tapers toward the bottom. The car has a small Stingray badge on each side, complete with gills. And there’s a more modern rendition of the Corvette’s crossed-flag logo.

Image: The rear end of the new Corvette Stingray is displayed after its unveiling in Detroit, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013.

The rear end of the new Corvette Stingray is displayed after its unveiling in Detroit, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013.

A 6.2-liter small-block V-8 with 450 horsepower takes the car from zero to 60 mph in under four seconds. That’s at least a few tenths of a second faster than the current base model.

Engineers also redesigned the somewhat-chintzy interior, giving it a jet cockpit look with leather, carbon fiber and soft plastics.

Image: The interior of the new Corvette Stingray is displayed after its unveiling in Detroit, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013.

The interior of the new Corvette Stingray is displayed after its unveiling in Detroit, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013.

GM hopes the styling, performance and updated dashboard electronics will expand the car’s appeal to younger buyers. The Corvette’s been a favorite of adrenaline junkies for 60 years. Mercury astronaut Alan Shepard owned one from the first year — 1953.

The company won’t quote a price on the 2014 model. But Juechter said someone who bought the current version can afford the new one. The Corvette starts at $49,600. That is more than $30,000 below what GM considers its chief competitor, the Porsche 911. The car makes a decent profit for GM despite relatively low sales, Juechter said.

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Journalists surround General Motors new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, the night before press days at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

GM wouldn’t give sales targets for the new car. Last year it sold only 14,000 of the aging Corvettes, down from over 30,000 the first few years after the current version was rolled out. Porsche sold about 8,500 911s last year.

Image: General Motors unveils its newly redesigned Corvette Stingray in a former industrial complex, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, the night before press days at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

General Motors unveils its newly redesigned Corvette Stingray in a former industrial complex, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, the night before press days at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The prospect of a new ‘Vette has fans waiting anxiously, browsing the Internet for unauthorized photos or drawings. Thousands of aficionados live in the U.S., and even Europe and the Middle East.

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John Browning, 70, president of the Renegade Corvette Club of Hollywood, Fla., one of 600 such clubs in the U.S, said some Corvette lovers can’t contain themselves.

“I’ve got one member, he just sold his ’13 in anticipation, to wait for the ’14,” said Browning. “I think the Corvette is the icon. As far as I’m concerned you can’t get a better deal.”

The New 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG: Now With Standard 4Matic And New S-Model!

Following the recent reveal of its new 2014 E Class range, including the new Coupe and Cabriolet models, Mercedes-Benz has now taken the wraps off the model we’ve been dying to see, the 2014 E63 AMG high-performance sedan and wagon.

The high level of anticipation was due to theaggressive new styling AMG promised to deliver on its new E63, and after a quick glance at these initial shots we’re glad to see the Affalterbach tuner has stayed true to its word.


The latest E63 AMG features the most aggressive lines we’ve seen yet on one of its models, particularly the front section which now mimics the look of a DTM race car.  Key elements include the new ‘twin blade’ radiator grille and a new ‘A-wing’ front bumper.

The big news, however, is the addition of 4Matic all-wheel drive on the E63 AMG, which for customers in the U.S. will be standard. That’s right; the car won’t be available with rear-wheel drive for customers in AMG’s most important market.


AMG is keen to stress that its version of 4Matic isn’t the same as Mercedes’ system, but is instead a lighter and more performance-oriented setup. The 2014 E63 AMG represents the tuner’s latest step towards a full all-wheel-drive lineup as a response to the ever increasing amounts of power and torque with each new model introduction.

Another change in the lineup is the addition of a new range-topping S-Model. Its output registers at a heady 577 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. The regular model, meanwhile, also sees its output rise to 550 horsepower and 531 pound-feet of torque.


The car’s cousin, the CLS63 AMG, also gets standard all-wheel drive in the States, as well as the availability of the new S-Model.

Delivering all that power is once again AMG’s twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V-8, which is matched to the AMG Speedshift seven-speed automatic transmission. Four transmission modes are available, “C” (Controlled Efficiency), “S” (Sport), “S+” (Sport plus) and “M” (Manual), along with rev-matching on downshifts and launch control.

The quickest model, the E63 AMG 4Matic S-Model Sedan, needs just 3.5 seconds for the 0-60 mph sprint and can easily reach its limited top speed of 186 mph.

AMG’s 4Matic all-wheel-drive system features a 33-67 front-rear torque split, offering the rear-biased feel we all love but with the added traction of all-wheel-drive when roads get slippery. The system relies on a transfer case integrated with the gearbox. Torque is transferred to the front wheels via a second drive shaft and front differential. The added weight of the system is approximately 154 pounds.

2014 Mercedes E63 AMG Sedan
The three-stage electronic stability is specifically calibrated to this 4Matic system. In “Sport Handling” mode torque vectoring using brake pressure is applied to individual wheels, helping to alleviate the understeer typical of all-wheel-drive vehicles.

Mercedes-AMG goes even one step further on the E63 AMG 4Matic S-Model. This model also gets a limited-slip rear differential.

2014 Mercedes E63 AMG Estate

All models, meanwhile, get adaptive suspension, controllable by the AMG Drive Unit fitted inside the cabin. Here the driver has the choice of “Comfort” or “Sport” or “Sport plus” modes.

Also aiding the handling of the E63 AMG is a 1.9-inch wider track compared to the regular E Class on which it’s based, AMG-tuned electric power steering, 19-inch AMG light alloys and an available carbon-ceramic brake package.


Inside, you’ll find plush materials, grippy sport seats, and plenty of carbon fiber and aluminum trim to remind you of the car’s sporting prowess.The grip areas of the black Nappa leather steering wheel rim with flattened top and bottom is finished in Alcantara with gray contrasting seams.

2014 Mercedes E63 AMG Estate interior

A redesigned AMG instrument cluster replaces the standard unit, and is joined by an IWC-inspired analog clock and an available Bang & Olufsen premium sound system with 14 speakers.

First sales of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG sedan and wagon commence this summer.

2014 Mercedes-Benz E Class models