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New Toyota Prius photographed completely undisguised
Well, I was kind of "WTF?" when I first saw it, but I think I get it now: this is making an ultra high tech statement and is designed to clearly stand out as a Prius anywhere...and especially from the back. It's a practical car inside, no doubt about that, and one that is designed to appeal to a young, high tech loving crowd who want to stand out. Not a car for everyone and a risky design, but I do see the logic. Bangle did something similarly risky with the E65 7 series and E60 5 series. Time will be a better judge than me...
Aug 30th, 2015 11:40am
New Toyota Prius photographed completely undisguised
Distinctive.
Aug 29th, 2015 3:06pm
Ferrari Dino coming late this decade, more V6 models planned
Some of the newer aluminium alloys really take the weight down: the 488 GTB 1,475 kgs which is quite remarkable give it carries a 4l V8. Another 3-5 years of research in alloys, perhaps a bit of extra carbon fibee hear and there, then the smaller v6 turbo, I think they may well get it down to not much more than 1300 kgs...
Aug 27th, 2015 3:44pm
Ferrari Dino coming late this decade, more V6 models planned
Full marks to Frederik Tjellesen for his concept: definitely Ferrari, definitely Dino, definitely modern, definitely beautiful! if they can keep the weight down to around the 1,300 kg mark, 600hp would be incredible.
Aug 26th, 2015 4:46pm
Mercedes S-Class Cabrio teased for Frankfurt
This will be a winner...just hope that the global economy doesn't implode when it's launched!
Aug 25th, 2015 4:44pm
Aston Martin boss says Tesla Model S Ludicrous mode is “stupid”
Actually, I can imagine far more situations where getting 500m dusted off at warp speed is more useful than approaching the low 7 minute mark at the Nurburgring.
Aug 24th, 2015 3:25pm
Possible Mercedes-Maybach E-Class makes spy photo premiere (19 pics)
Perhaps a PRC only variant? Likely to be bought by any government officials not caught up in the corruption probes...
Aug 21st, 2015 4:01pm
Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe officially unveiled
Still shaking my head in awe at a compact executive car having 500 hp top play with. Amazing number, one that only a few years ago was limited to the class above (remember the previous generation BMW M5? with the V10? People thought it was too much power for that type of car!). Only reservation I have is probably the weight: hope that carbon fibre gets cheap enough soon so that the next generation of this car can come in not much over 1500 kgs, rather than the 1700 kgs+ this car is likely to weigh...
Aug 20th, 2015 5:22pm
Geely teases new SUV
I remember a discussion way back in University with a lecturer who told me that in the 1950s, everyone laughed at Japanese cars: poor quality, small, old thinking. By the mid 1970s, they we well established as world class quality machines. Korean cars were a joke in the early 1990s. But nowadays, Hyundai cars stand toe to toe with any in the world for both design and assembly quality. 10-15 years ago, Chinese cars were a laughing stock, probably worse than anything Japan or Korea made at their worst. But now, things are turning around fast. There are still many poor quality Chinese brands who may not be around much longer, but the ones that survive will shake the automotive world more than even the Koreans and Japanese did. if the below is any guide, the design aspect has definitely made a quantum leap.
Aug 20th, 2015 3:01am
Acura NSX reportedly delayed until next spring
Whilst I can't source it, years ago a read a report that said that Honda was very much like BMW, as you said: driven by a desire for engineering brilliance to solve issues and for driver enjoyment. Sure, Honda never played in BMWs market (I guess until the NSX and Acura era), but anyone who drove a Type R, Prelude or CRX got a taste of what even an affordable mainstream car can be like if there was real commitment. And then we got the NSX and the S2000, both groundbreaking cars engineering wise and proof that Honda was able to do things no one else could for years to come. I still remember my first drive in an NSX back in 1992 as a punk kid. And then I drove a Ferrari 348 a few months later. I was laughing at what this so called Ferrari mystique was all about: tail happy, uncomfortable, a nice noise but really felt like a few good things held together by image rather than engineering integrity. The NSX? That felt like perfection: fast, looked so sexy, so nimble, quite comfortable, easy to see out of, slick controls and you just knew the thing would not break down on you. Come on Honda, bring back those days!
Aug 15th, 2015 3:26pm
BMW execs reportedly confirm the next M3 / M4 will be a plug-in hybrid
Well, it had to happen eventually. The days of the ultra high revving, naturally aspirated, rwd, 3 pedal manual with stick are about to go (Porsche, please, please always leave room for at least one 911 variant with that setup, we know there will be the demand for a while yet). But in return, we're gaining outright faster and faster accelerating cars with massively improved fuel efficiency. Not such a terrible price for most, I hope...
Aug 15th, 2015 9:47am
Acura NSX reportedly delayed until next spring
Whilst I know that this delay has been absolutely insane - and in many ways it is a delay that has spanned a full model cycle of about 7 years - I still respect Honda for putting in so much effort to get it absolutely right engineering wise. They have had a very ordinary past few (many?) years, but the company's DNA has always been about engineering excellence and superb quality. That they have never really lost. However, they could do with a few more guys at the very top who can make a decision and stick with it...
Aug 15th, 2015 9:39am
Bentley Bentayga allegedly leaks out in official diecast model
A few points to consider. I wonder now if the show car they had in China was overly rushed, simply because they had to get something out by then given what Range Rover, MB and BMW were up to. They just ran out of time and went with a design that was easy to get out faster, rather than being subject to detailed focus groups? Also...this is a model, and I do wonder how well it translates reality to this scale. Is there a risk - hopefully very small to negligible - that a few lines, proportions and angles are not quite right with this model, and that the real thing won't look as good???
Aug 12th, 2015 3:57pm
Next-gen Lexus LS coming to Tokyo Motor Show with 535 bhp V8 hybrid power?
I actually do a lot of work in product quality, and you are completely right, but there are other 'dimensions' of quality which the buyer sees initially. These are things like panel fit (tightness/uniformity), paint, interior design / materials/ assembly. This is where the Germans have made huge progress and it is what people often look at when buying decisions are made. But in the longer term, a different, truer quality shines through, and that is where Lexus still remains ahead of the pack.
Aug 12th, 2015 11:40am
Bentley Bentayga allegedly leaks out in official diecast model
Damn, I have to admit, whilst I hated the prototype they initially displayed, this actually looks halfway decent.
Aug 12th, 2015 10:59am
Next-gen Lexus LS coming to Tokyo Motor Show with 535 bhp V8 hybrid power?
The original LS400 rewrote the rules when it was launched, giving not just amazing value but a level of quality that left the Germans in the dust, as well as amazing silence and innovation with instrumentation. But since then, BMW, Audi and especially MB have pushed back hard with quality and technology which has left the LS series looking hard to differentiate. Hope that Lexus really hits back now.
Aug 11th, 2015 4:28pm
Blurry spy photo shows a heavily camouflaged Bugatti Chiron
2 seconds flat 0-100 km/h is likely easily doable since the Veyron Supersport can hit the same in a fraction under 2.3 seconds. With more power, less weight and - most vital - the benefit of the latest tyre tech, I dare say you may even have a few times starting with a "1"... An amazing car. So irrelevant to 99.9995% of the worlds drivers, but one that keeps the engineers pushing hard beyond today's thinking (and sadly/happily makes the accountants cry)
Aug 11th, 2015 3:04pm
Massive demand for Ferrari 488 GTB in Australia generates four-year waiting list
You can in a few cases, but it depends very much on your relationship with the dealer: effectively, if you have bought many cars from them in the past, they will unofficially 'reserve' a slot for your delivery. You simply get the allocation reserved even before the model is announced officially.
Aug 6th, 2015 10:47am
Ferrari F12 Speciale photographed without any camouflage
I would imagine this car's design elements are not so much for show but rather the need to "go" without melting various components. Those vents would really be needed to cool the brakes and / or get more hot air away from the drivetrain.
Aug 3rd, 2015 10:48am
Pininfarina’s future looks grim; negotiations with Mahindra to restart in September
This is sad and scary: Pininfarina has a history to die for, it has a very well respected and indeed loved name, is involved in very high value added activities in outsourced engineering and has diverse capabilities. The fact that it is in the red is either a worrying reflection on the state of the European economy or a sad indictment on managerial competence.
Aug 3rd, 2015 9:49am
2016 Ford Focus RS to cost $35,730?
I was told I can have one for list...if I was prepared to wait for 18 months. :-( However, he said that he may have one available "soon" for base price of $78,000...but I had to decide then and now. Grrrrr...looks like am in for the long haul...
Jul 30th, 2015 11:31am
Ferrari F12 Speciale expected to lose 200 kg and pack 760 bhp
It's quite easy to just add more hp, but to strip out weight usually takes a lot more ingenuity...and that means a better cars in the real world of hardcore driving.
Jul 27th, 2015 3:59pm
First Bugatti Veyron going up for auction
764 miles? I am guessing this buyer bought it as an investment more than anything and only drove it enough to keep the fluids from turning to muck.
Jul 25th, 2015 2:11am
On-board video shows Ferrari 488 GTB hitting 341 km/h on the autobahn
Not sure if it was just the microphone on the video camera, but damn at that speed the noise was quite muted. Years ago I took and old Countach 25th anniversary to ~310 km/h on the speedo (in reality I think the true speed was maybe 290 km/h), and that was like a series a few hundred shotgun rounds going off behind my head in sequence in the middle of a tornado. The 488 is just showing how far we have come in making insane speeds not just possible, but relatively comfortable...
Jul 22nd, 2015 11:31am
Opel highlights the seats on the 2016 Astra [video]
This looks great, but I must say all major manufacturers have really lifted their game over the past 10-15 years in terms if interior design and materials quality. Guess Audi/VW really kicked off the trend and now everyone is benefiting. This Opel has a dash style that would not look out of place in an MB, BMW or Audi.
Jul 17th, 2015 7:27am
All-new Toyota Fortuner goes official
Looks a little busy and perhaps slightly over-styled, but certainly not over the top. Should prove another well deserved cash cow for Toyota.
Jul 16th, 2015 11:53am
Mazda RX-7 rendering shows what we're missing
Damn, if Mazda builds this, the only problem will be building them fast enough. This is as much an orgasm for the eyes as this Lexus... http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Lexus_LF_LC_Blue.jpg So much for Japanese cars being boring!
Jul 10th, 2015 9:50am
Lamborghini will stick with naturally aspirated engines for now
You have to respect Lamborghini for this attitude, but the sad truth is the writing is on the wall for naturally aspirated cars in this segment. The issue of sound quality and engine responsiveness is still a valid case of NA engines, but ultimate power, torque, fuel efficiency and emissions advantages of forced induction can't be ignored. I think a very mild hybrid system using light supercapacitors, which will kick in for a fraction of a second whilst the turbos spool, combined with electrified turbos, can take care of lag. I guess some very clever plumbing and - I hate to say it - artificial sound can take care of the other issue. Not a pure solution, but I believe worth the tradeoff, eventually.
Jul 10th, 2015 2:55am
Alfa Romeo Giulia reportedly has a top speed of 321 km/h
I wonder if the 3.9 second 0-100 km/h time is with the rwd only or 4wd: if it's rwd, then the awd version will easily hit the mid 3s. What a time to be a car buyer!
Jul 9th, 2015 1:38pm
1986 Ferrari Testarossa from Miami Vice going up for auction
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEjXPY9jOx8 Reliving the glory of cheap coke, cheap women and rashes that never went away despite the penicillin injections...
Jul 9th, 2015 3:30am
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