There has passed or a week from the time the Audi unveiled the Q8 concept, in the Detroit exhibition, and today we learn that the German company is preparing and the “S” version of the model.
Audi SQ8 Specification and Performance
The Audi SQ8, as you understand it shares the same components with SQ7, which means that under the hood there will be the brand new V8 4.0-liter TDI engine, which is coupled with an electric supercharger (EPC), which passes for the first time in production, it delivers 435 horses with 900 Nm of torque from just 1,000 rpm. EPC job is to help the twin turbos spin up at low revs to provide maximum responsiveness and minimum turbo lag. In SQ7 the result is 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds and a top speed of 155mph – expect the performance to be very similar in the SQ8.
It is also rumored that the same machine can find its way into the SQ5. The new Audi Q5 hot version was also unveiled in Detroit, powered by a new 3.0-liter gasoline turbo V6 with 349bhp and 500Nm of torque. However, torque and economy figures beat the old SQ5 statistics for the new model. Using a 4.0-liter V8 with its 900nm of torque will redress the balance.
Audi SQ8 Release Date
SQ5 is scheduled to arrive in the UK in the second half of this year, with a diesel version for some time in 2018. Audi Q8 should also join the range in 2018 and SQ8 models should not be too far behind.
Last November, the Lotus Exige recorded the fastest ever found in production, the Exige Sport 380, and today shows us the racing version of the release. The Exige Race 380 was made for use on a track, the British company to remain faithful to the doctrine of “massive” Colin Chapman, “Simplify, then add lightness”. Thus, while 1110 kg of the street version only several inaudible, those of the racing fall below the tone, in particular 998 kg, without fluid vehicle. This figure falls another 10 pounds, if you decide to place the car the optional titanium exhaust.
Jean-Marc Gales, CEO of Group Lotus plc, commented: “The Lotus Exige Sport 380 is a real giant slayer on the road, and one of the quickest A to B supercars around. It gave us the ideal platform from which to develop the new Exige Race 380 – a peerless competition car designed to beat the best. By setting its weight below 1000kg, its power to weight is unsurpassed in its class. When lapping Hethel, it’s a phenomenal 1.5 seconds faster than the previous Exige Cup R – a massive performance gain. It’s an unparalleled race car that follows the philosophy of Colin Chapman and we can’t wait for customers to experience its capabilities.”
This was achieved thanks to the use of many carbon parts, the car has a front spoiler, spoiler, diffuser and air intakes, all made of lightweight material. The rear windows are made of polycarbonate, the seats from carbon, the battery is lithium ion, while the wheels are forged and made of lightweight metal, and coated with tires Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2. In addition, Lotus, placed behind two instead four luminaires in order to save an additional 300 grams of weight. The aerodynamic package of the racing Exige produces 240 pounds of vertical downforce at 273 km / h and has brakes AP Racing.
Helping the driver stay on pace, the new Exige Race 380’s colour TFT instrument cluster offers numerous user customisable and programmable screen configurations. Incorporating a track data logger and GPS unit, owners have the opportunity to upgrade this logger with professional data analysis software.
Lotus Exige Race 380 Specification and Engine Performance
Still use V6 3,5-liter engine coming from Toyota, performance 380 bhp at 6,700 rpm with 410 Nm of torque at 5,000 rpm The supercharger has a new pulley increases the filling pressure, the fuel pump to be upgraded, the ECU to bring new arrangements, with the exhaust to be more free. O engine is mated to a six-speed sequential gearbox Xtrac, transferring the movement to the rear axle via a limited slip differential.
For 0-96 km / h takes 3.2 sec. (0.3 sec. Faster than the road version), the Lotus announce that stops the timer on proprietary track of Hethel, in 1: 23.5 seconds, or 1.5 seconds faster than Exige Cup R.
Lotus Exige Race 380 Prices
In UK the Lotus Exige Race 380 starts from £ 99,500, before taxes.
The updated version of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class for 2017, will bring up a new autonomous technology, which will be the most advanced that has entered production car to date, according to the head of the Research and Development, Ola Kallenius.
It has raised the bar high now for the competition, something which has been typical flagship Mercedes. According to those who then said Kallenius in Detroit, the new autonomous driving system will be able to see a turn and to judge whether the vehicle can pass it to the speed it has. If it considers that it is not possible, then it will only reduce the speed to the level that will be required. Also, he said system in the existing version of the S-Class was able to move and turn only in 80% of the Autobahn streets and a few even highways. The new, however, is going to be operating across the Autobahn and 80% of other highways.
Another revelation made by the same strain, refers to automatic immobilisation of the vehicle, if the system detects the driver has taken his hands from the steering wheel for more than a predetermined time. Then the S-Class will make sure to stop in a safe place and call immediate attention.
Changes mainly inside
There will be no extensive external changes, apart from some minor details on the bumpers and rear lights, so there is no reason to deal with the issue. Conversely, however, the changes will be more inside the model. Plus, the popular single dashboard that all opponents quickly adopted, will be divided into two screens without frame, while running the latest version of the brand entertainment system, “Mercedes Comand”. For handling will still be a switch in the center console, while you see and operate through air gestures. A major aesthetic change of the interior is the new steering wheel, where it now has three spokes, instead of two that had so far.
Finally, as regards engines, we do not see any significant change, only some improvements in emissions and consumption emissions. However, it seems that there will be a hybrid version of the brand system.
Can the M-Sport to preparing feverishly for the final details of the new Ford Fiesta WRC, but it does not mean that it continues to support the existing Ford Fiesta R5.
So, coinciding with the construction of the 200th race for R5 category, the British team showed the evolution of this model, which calls Fiesta R5 EVO2. In 2013, they started the course, the Fiesta R5 has become the most popular choice for competitors around the world, while only 2016 won 159 victories in 29 different countries and holds more wins than any other R5 to market.
Expected to debut in the second quarter of 2017, with the Fiesta R5 EVO2 have improvements to the engine, with an emphasis on increased power and torque without affecting the given current reliability. Changes to the cylinder head, exhaust manifold and valve train have seen performance gains throughout the rev-range which are enough to warrant the launch of a new evolution.
M-Sport Managing Director, Malcolm Wilson OBE, said:
“We’re continually developing our products. Our design team rarely rest on their laurels and are constantly looking to extract further performance from all of our products. We’re dedicated to providing our customers with the most competitive package and these recent findings certainly warranted an upgrade.
“There is no doubting that the Fiesta R5 is a great car and our most successful global rally car to date. Back in 2013, we never imagined that we would have 200 cars competing around the globe, but that just goes to show what a success it has become – a fact mirrored in some of the statistics we have seen over the past year alone.
“I fully believe that the Fiesta is one of the best R5s on the market, and we believe that this latest evolution is set to confirm that. We’ve seen some fantastic results from a whole range of championships, and we hope to continue that moving forward.”
Toyota showed renewed GT86 just before the New York report last March. It is now available on the European market and therefore gave a lot pictures, along with some legendary models of the company, of which he took inspiration as the 2000GT, the Celica, the Corolla AE86, the MR2 and the 4th generation Supra.
From 2012 presented the GT86 has sold over 170,000 cars worldwide, the company has made aesthetic and mechanical changes, the lifting be located in the front and rear, the refined interior, new suspension tuning, and … with more power but keep small basket.
2017 Toyota GT86 Exterior
Thus, externally there is a completely new front bumper, which at the bottom has a larger air intake, which makes the car look more wider and lower, while the lights are now LED technology, as well as flash. Similarly, rear, using the lights have new graphics with LED body while redesigned is the shield, like the new alloy wheels.
In the suspensions sector, there are new shock absorber settings and springs, which improve the grip and flexibility of the vehicle, providing better control.
2017 Toyota GT86 Interior
Changes are in the interior, as the GT86 has new steering wheel with integrated audio controls, which has a diameter of 362 mm, which is the smallest set Toyota use. Still, there are silver seams, the dashboard and the door panels are coated with a material called Grandlux. The instrument panel is a color multifunction screen of 4.2 inches, which shows values for the lateral acceleration, and torque curves of power and timer.
2017 Toyota GT86 Specification Engine Performance
Mechanically, the 2.0-liter boxer engine GT86 longer delivers 205 horsepower and 211 Nm of torque, an increase of 5 horsepower and 11 Nm compared to the pre-facelift. Combined with a 6-speed manual transmission, as to improve the performance of the car, and now equipped with hill assist. The paradox of this is that the same relationships automatically maintains the horsepower and torque of pre-facelit.
The Kia recently proceeded to ensure name Stonic, which will be used in the model to be placed opposite the Nissan Juke. It is believed that this will be applied to the YB-SUV mature later in 2017.
The model is expected to market in 2018 and will be based at the new Rio, which will eventually be presented in 2017. It is placed under the hybrid Niro and will be equipped with gasoline and diesel engines.
Additional models were joined by KX3, a similarly sized Kia SUV sold mainly in China. The vehicle said to be too sophisticated for high-speed driving conditions in many European countries that rejected by Kia Motors Europe. Instead, the special model has been developed and will be sold in the third quarter of this year. It will not be at the Geneva exhibition, the event which is being supplied to the debut of diesel Picanto and Stinger.
The Stonic this motor show appearance will likely be at the Frankfurt IAA although media preview may occur in August.
The new SUV will use the same architecture as YB, new Pride / Rio / K2. Where the vehicle will be made subject of speculation but Sohari in South Korea, on the same line as YB, it seems. It can also be built in Mexico and Slovakia.
The Lexus in Detroit report presented the fifth generation of the LS, the new Japanese flagship has grown in size and built on the GA-L platform debuted in LC 500. It’s been 28 years since the first generation Lexus LS premiere at 1989 Detroit Auto Show, made its debut in 2018 LS luxury sedan all-new all the more symbolic.
Exterior – 2018 Lexus LS
The new LS has a lower ground clearance, lower center of gravity and wider track, the length of the reaching 5.235 mm, width of 1.900 mm, a height of 1.450 mm, and the wheelbase of 3.125 mm. Due to extensive use of aluminum, the new LS weighs 90 pounds less than the outgoing generation. Overall, the new LS about 0.6 inches (1.5 cm) lower than the old model / current, while the hood and truck of about 1.2 inches (3 cm) and 1.6 inches (4 cm) lower , each. This is also the first Lexus sedan with six side window design. The wheelbase on the LS measure 123 in (3125 mm), which again is closer to what you get in a long wheelbase 7 or S-Class, rather than a regular-wheelbase version of them.
The all-new 2018 LS offers a bold new look, with a coupe-like silhouette that still allows for a luxury-level interior roominess, while adding what the car calls “visionary technology.”
In terms of design, the new LS is intended to reflect “a strong, unique identity of Japan and the approach to luxury,” but it was envisioned as more of a global luxury sedan, which will be available in no less than 90 countries.
“Not only will the LS symbolize the Lexus brand, it will become the definitive new-generation luxury car embodying Japanese tradition and culture,” said Toshio Asahi, chief engineer for the new LS. “As such, this global pinnacle must go far beyond what the world expects from a luxury car.”
The new LS sitting on premium rear-wheel drive platform of the company, which is an extended version of the LC 500 is used for the new coupe. Furthermore, as the original LS than 28 years ago, the new model is also intended to anticipate what customers want luxury, not just reinforce what the luxury brands that offer.
“We set previously unheard of targets and resolutely pushed ahead towards these ambitious goals,” added Asahi. “The customers who are going to want to own a Lexus flagship are already surrounded by luxury on a daily basis, people who have a sharp eye for authenticity to begin with. We wouldn’t turn their heads with a conventional premium product.”
Design follows the latest philosophy of Lexus with big grille minutes luminaires, while impressive are the six side windows on each side. He stands on the ground with wheels 19 “and there are also 20” wheels to the additional equipment. Has an active air suspension, the Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management system improves handling and the Lexus Dynamic Handling system.
The company wanted the new LS reduce the level of undesirable sounds in the cabin so tuned depending evaporating while planted and an active engine noise cancellation system. The new LS is equipped with a smart pedestrian detection system and active steering, which can brake the car automatically, but also to change its course to avoid collision with a pedestrian.
Interior – Lexus LS 2018
Regarding the audio system is the Mark Levinson, 3D Surround technology, the infotainment system uses a screen 12.3 “, and there is also a color 24” head-up display, the largest in the world, such as Lexus claims . Because the new LS is lower than the previous version, Lexus also added functionality to access available air suspension. It is activated by opening the car with smart key and automatically increases the vehicle and open the seat bolsters to greet the driver behind the wheel.
There are also adjustable seats with 28 settings have air conditioning and massage system. On the back also found large luxurious armchairs, that has these massage functions, and have a tilt to 48 degrees.
In terms of performance, the GA-L platform is the most severe in the history of Lexus, the new LS helps achieve superior ride and handling balance than its predecessor. When it comes to traveling, there’s also the latest generation Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management technology to consider – a system that implements cooperative control all vehicle subsystems such as brakes, steering, powertrain and suspension. Handling is also driven by the active stabilizer bar and Lexus Dynamic Handling System with independent front and rear wheel. The VDIM is able to aid stability when driving over the LS split-friction surfaces such as dry pavement and ice.
Lexus LS 2018 Specification Engine and Performance
Under the hood is a new 3.5-liter V6 biturbo engine developed through F1 technology performance 415 hp with 600 Nm of torque. Combined with a 10 speed automatic transmission, with 0-96 km / h coming in 4.5 seconds. The all-new 2018 Lexus LS flagship will go on sale in late 2017.
In Tokyo Auto Salon debuts the Mugen Honda S660 Garu Concept, an extreme prototype based on the Honda S660 mid-engine roadster. Mugen, a Honda racing and tuning subsidiary, has not released any information on Garu, leaving the images to speak for themselves.
It is setting up a subsidiary Honda of Mugen and exterior features a completely new look, with large wheels, new light fixtures, ceiling and controversial aesthetic. From the looks of it, the only part of the exterior of the S660 roadster which remain untouched seems to be head and tail-lights, plus a door handle, for every single body panel is a custom creation.
For power, it comes from 660 ml engine with the help of a turbo produces 64 horsepower. The company says it does not intend to pass on production and leave to see the photos in order to churn your own conclusion about whether you like it or not.
We do not know whether the designer Mugen do it intentionally or not, but we could not help but notice that the front end Garu bears more than a few similarities with the face of the Bugatti Veyron. Mugen makes no word of any plans for production, but this building is usually limited to show and tell only.
Lexus unveiled its new racing RC F GT3 who can participate in the tournament in Japan Super GT and IMSA SportsCar USA. His debut will be at the 24 Hours of Daytona endurance race on January 26-29, will be involved with the team 3GT Racing. The new Lexus race car will also compete in the GT300 class of the Super GT Series in Japan, apart from the U.S., starting from the 2017 season.
For the competition, Lexus RC F GT3 2017 has a V8 engine that produces up to 540 horsepower, according to the regulations of the championship involved and weighs 1,250 pounds. The Lexus leaves open the possibility to bring the RC F GT3 and Europe, so that it runs in the GT3 championship of FIA.
“Lexus is embracing new challenges as a luxury lifestyle brand as it strives to inspire customers with amazement and excitement that exceed the imagination,” said Tokuo Fukuichi, President of Lexus International. “Our decision to enter in customer motorsports will both refine the performance of our high-performance F models and give our customers an amazing experience.”
“I’m pleased that we are able to introduce the LEXUS RC F GT3 in the GT3 category, which represents the highest level of customer racing,” added Koei Saga, Chief Officer and Technical Director of Toyota Gazoo Racing Factory.
“The first step is to place four cars in races in the U.S. and Japan, but in the future we will nurture our RC F GT3 into a model that is loved by worldwide customers.”
To celebrate the race-ready form the RC F GT3, Lexus has published a video entitled “The Road to Daytona: Lexus Returns to Racing” which explains what to do to adjust racing suit for a high performance coupe.
The expected in the Detroit Auto Show, but Ford just gave the teaser photo, which has announced that the unveiling of the fittest model will be on Thursday, January 19, during the auction of Barrett-Jackson.
The new Shelby GT500 will be wearing a V8 5,8-liter engine, which will probably bring double turbo, while not excluding the possibility that time a large supercharger. Whichever way you made the “breathing” of the engine is expected to deliver 800+ horses.
Aesthetically, the Shelby GT500 Mustang has an aggressive design bodykit, sports suspension and high-performance brakes.
The GT500 appears to have started life as a Mustang Shelby GT350R before inheriting a Hannibal Lecter leather mask. That camouflage hides a new front end optimized to feed air to the GT500’s distinguishing feature, a twin-turbocharged V-8. Clues that this is no ordinary Mustang are sprinkled all over the front end. Check out the zippered panels above the grille, across the leading edge of the hood. It’s clear that the section can be removed, which is typically the case when cooling vents hide beneath manufacturer camouflage.
It is all but guaranteed that Ford will equip the GT500 with a twin-turbocharged V-8 engine, as supercharging (used on the outgoing GT500) doesn’t blend with the company’s EcoBoost forced-induction strategy. But the question remains which V-8 the automaker will use. The Mustang GT’s 5.0-liter Coyote V-8 would seem to be as eligible as the GT350’s 5.2-liter Voodoo engine, itself a modified, freer-revving Coyote with a flat-plane crankshaft.
Regardless of which V-8 Ford decides to shove between the GT500’s front fenders, it likely will be crazy powerful and should eclipse the old GT500’s 662-hp rating with ease.