Monthly Archives: March 2017
Bentley just showcased the Bentayga Mulliner at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show. The luxury sport utility vehicle is highlighted by its high level of customization and powerful engine within its hood. Its maker said the production of the auto will only be limited.
Here are the key features of the Bentayga Mulliner according to Bentley Motors:
The Bentayga Mulliner is characterized by its two-tone paint, chrome details and massive 22-inch Paragon wheels. The SUV is in every way the personification of luxury with its exquisite design offering smooth surfaces and lighting effects at night that include LED Welcome lamps in its entry points as well as Bentley wings illuminating the ground to announce its strong presence in the scene.
Going inside the Bentayga Mulliner will reveal a spacious cabin with four-seating capacity. The seats adjust in 18 ways to provide absolute comfort to its occupants.
The two-tone theme continues in the vehicle’s high-quality leather surfaces. The wood trim on the panels also accentuate the opulence of the auto. Moreover, the ambient lighting system of the SUV help set the mood in its internal environment.
Buyers can choose from a pack of color combinations as well as materials to be used in the interior design of the Bentayga Mulliner. Among the other notable elements inside the auto are bottle cooler, champagne flutes, Naim audio system, 20 speakers and head-up display equipped with navigational plus driving assistance packages.
Beneath the hood of the Bentayga Mulliner is a 6.0-liter W12 engine. The power unit packs 600 bhp at 5,000-6,000 rpm and 900 Nm of torque at 1,350 rpm. The acceleration time of the SUV from zero to 100 km/h is at 4.1 seconds. Its max speed can reach up to 301 km/h.
Below are the official shots of the Bentley Bentayga Mulliner during its debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show:
One sports car that caught the attention of the people at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show was the Tata Tamo Racemo. The vehicle is from Tata Motors, which is a giant multinational automotive manufacturing company based in Mumbai, India.
Here are the three main features of the vehicle based on a report:
The Tata Tamo Racemo is equipped with a 1.2-liter turbo-petrol three-cylinder engine. The unit is capable of producing up to 140 kW and 210 Nm of torque. The sports car has a rear-drive system and its power is distributed via a six-speed robotized manual transmission with paddle shifters.
The acceleration of the auto from zero to 100 km/h is just six seconds. Then its top speed is a little more than 200 km/h.
The Tata Tamo Racemo gets its inspiration from the McLaren 720S. The doors of the sports car gets its appearance from the 720S. The angular styling of the auto was concocted at the Tata Motors Design Studio in Turin, Italy.
The engine of the Racemo is mounted at the middle. Its body uses an aluminum architecture. The performance of the car is further boosted by its set of 17-inch front and 18-inch rear wheels. The wheels are wrapped in 205/50 R17 and 235/45 R18 for the front and rear, respectively.
The source revealed that Tata is also considering a Racemo+ track-only variant. It is expected to have more extensive aerodynamic elements.
Tata boasts a technical alliance with Microsoft when it comes to the technology within the Racemo. Among the noticed tech inside the car are high-resolution screens as its infotainment system. Look forward to a series of cloud-based tech lacing the vehicle too.
There is no word yet about the specific schedule of the Tata Tamo Racemo’s market release but its maker said that it will be available globally.
Audi already unveiled the Q8 concept at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in January 2017. For the time time, the luxury vehicle brand showcased the Audi Q8 Sport concept at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show.
Check out the 3 things we can expect from the Audi Q8 Sport concept based on a source:
The Audi Q8 Sport concept is highlighted by its high-performance feature. The vehicle may not carry with it the S or RS trim of its brand but its power unit is something to behold.
Beneath the hood of the auto lies a 3.0-liter V6 engine matched with an electronic supercharger. The hybrid unit produces 476 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. The configuration of the vehicle allows it to accelerate from zero to 62 mph in just 4.7 seconds.
The Q8 is Audi’s new entry to the full-size luxury sport utility vehicle segment of the market. It is defined by prestige through the use of emotional styling found in the SUV coupes’ of the brand and its main competitors. However, the automaker made sure that its legroom is not compromised. The Q8 is 5.02 meters long and 3 meters in wheelbase.
To distinguish the Q8 Sport concept from its earlier standard version, Audi made some cosmetic changes into it. The one shown in Geneva features larger exhaust tips, blacked out accents in the body to replace the chrome trim, and black honeycomb grille similar to the RS line as an upgrade to the chrome crisscross styling found in the original Q8.
Audi said that the Q8 concept reflects approximately 95 percent of the things that will be found in its production version. Slight finishing touches will only be incorporated in the final version of the product. Therefore, the Q8 is estimated to reach production stage by 2018. The Q8 Sport is expected to come shortly after its standard model hits the market.
Audi Q8 Sport Concept Images
Check out the official photos of the Audi Q8 Sport concept at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in the gallery below:
Korean automaker Ssangyong just unveiled its concept sport utility vehicle at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show. The company calls it the SsangYong XAVL concept.
Here are the top 5 things about the SsangYong XAVL concept that should capture your interest:
1. About the Name
According to Caradvice, XAVL stands for “eXciting Authentic Vehicle Long”. The concept vehicle is the brand’s entry to the mid-size SUV segment in the market.
The concept SUV measures 4,630 mm long, 1,866 mm wide and 1,640 mm tall. The vehicle’s wheelbase is at 2,775 mm. The auto carries over the designs of the 2016 SIV-2 and LIV-2 concepts that preceded it.
The cabin of the XAVL can accommodate up to seven passengers. Earlier pictures of the auto released by its maker showed a minimalist approach to its interior design, which is typical to all mid-size SUVs in the market today.
The XAVL bears a sense of ruggedness in its stance, thanks to its sharp body lines, curves, aggressive bumpers and nose, slim lighting system, plus flared wheel arches.
SsangYong revealed that the production version of the concept SUV will carry two engine trims. One is a 1.6-liter turbo-diesel and the other is a 1.5-liter petrol unit. The power of the vehicle will be channeled to an all-wheel drive system and distributed via a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearbox.
The SsangYong XAVL will house updated navigation, climate control and infotainment systems. The source claimed that its infotainment system will even allow its user to access with their smart home appliances remotely such as the CCTV, security and air conditioning units.
The production version of the SsangYong XAVL is expected to hit the market before the decade ends.
Check out the official photos of the new SsangYong XAVL concept SUV during the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in the gallery below:
It is a cross between a sports car and an SUV. Well, at least that’s what they say about the Alfa Romeo Stelvio.
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio is one of the hot attractions right now at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Here are its key features based on a report:
The new Alfa Romeo Stelvio is offered in two engine trims. The first is a petrol-fed 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It produces 280 hp and 306 lb-ft of torque. All that power is distributed to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
The output allows the Stelvio to accelerate from zero to 62 mph in just 5.7 seconds. The top speed of the auto is at 144 mph. The video at the bottom of this article highlights the petrol model of the vehicle.
The diesel model of the vehicle houses a 2.2-liter four cylinder engine. Not much was said yet about this particular unit but we will surely follow up on this one once more information is available.
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio carries many styling elements found in the Giulia like its body lines, rounded nose and front grille. However, the similarities between the two end from the B-pillar portion to the rear where SUV factors already come into play. Of course, the Stelvio is higher and bulkier than the Giula because of its crossover form.
The Stelvio is Alfa Romeo’s new fighter in the SUV coupe segment of the market. The vehicle is the brand’s challenger to the Porsche Macan, Jaguar F-Pace and Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe.
Check out the official photos of the new Alfa Romeo Stelvio at the 87th annual Geneva International Motor Show in the gallery below:
Press play in the video below to watch the Alfa Romeo Stelvio as it is driven in the Italian Alps:
The Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante is out. The car debuted at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.
Here are the four important things we found out about the convertible:
The Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante is based on the Vanquish S coupe that its maker revealed at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November last year. Many design elements of the coupe were carried out to the convertible.
The aerodynamic parts of the car’s body receives a couple of updates. The auto also gets new quadruple exhaust tips. The suspension of the convertible is enhanced too with its spring rates raised by 10% all round and its dampers reconfigured to deliver better balance.
The Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante’s interior surfaces are covered in high-end leather with satin finish and carbon fiber accents. In addition, the automaker lets buyers further add a dash of opulence in the cabin of the vehicle with their high-quality leather referred to as “Bridge of of Weir Caithness leather.” For those who want more, they can always turn to the customization options of Q by Aston Martin.
Within the Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante is a 5.9-liter naturally-aspirated V12 engine. The unit capable of producing up to 580 hp. The power of the car is distributed via an 8-speed manual transmission gearbox that allows faster shifts and smoother transition at low speeds.
The automaker had not released details yet about its new convertible’s accelerate time from zero to 62 mph as well as its top speed. It should be noted though that its coupe version can do that in just 3.5 seconds while its max speed is at 201 mph. The Volante is expected to reflect figures close to the mentioned numbers.
The cost of the Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante is yet to be announced. As a reference, the coupe counterpart of the car has a starting price of $294,950.
See the photos of the Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante at this year’s Geneva Motor Show in the gallery below:
The new Alpine A110 was recently unveiled at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show. The sports car is its maker’s response to the Porsche 718 Cayman.
So, should Porsche be worried about the new 718 rival from Renault‘s Alpine sports car brand in the form of the A110?
See the five key features of the Alpine A110 here to decide for yourself if it is indeed a worthy adversary to the Porsche 718:
The Alpine A110 is a mid-engined sports car. It houses a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The output of the unit is 249 hp with 320 Nm of torque. The power is directed to the rear wheels and distributed through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
The Alpine A110’s engine output may be lower than the Cayman S by around 50 hp. However, thanks to the lighter body of the A110, it can outrun the Cayman S from a zero to 62 mph sprint.
Alpine claimed that its sports car can achieve that kind of run in just 4.5 seconds. Then its top speed can reach up to 155 mph.
The A110 carries the styling found in the Alpine Vision Concept that came out in 2016. Based on the photos of the A110 and the Vision Concept, everything seems to be similar in the design of the two. The lighting system appears to be updated to incorporate the latest tech of Alpine plus the wheels offer a new look though.
The A110 has that retro-futuristic approach in its design. It still possesses the classy A110 “Berlinette” genes but it combines with it a 21st century detailing found in its concept version.
The A110 gets a mix of high-end leather, aluminum and carbon fiber trim in its interior surfaces. The materials used and layout of it its seats, dashboard, controls, steering wheel, foot pedals and other parts inside once again follow the car’s concept form last year.
The car is expected to arrive late this year or in the early part of 2018. Its starting price is estimated to be at least £60,000.
Photos of the Renault Alpine in Geneva
Check out the gallery below for the official pictures of the Renault Alpine at the 87th Geneva Motor Show:
The Pagani Huayra Roadster just made its debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. The supercar is considered by its company founder Horacio Pagani as the most complicated project they ever had.
According to the Pagani website, it took the automaker six years to develop the high-performance auto. Check out the key features of the supercar below:
The Pagani Huayra Roadster is powered by a handcrafted Mercedes-AMG 6.0-liter biturbo V12 engine. The unit produces 764 hp at 5,500 rpm and 100 Nm of torque from 2,300 to 4,300 rpm. All that power is distributed to the rear wheels via a single-clutch manual transmission seven-speed gearbox.
Pagani is yet to release the details about the zero to 62 mph acceleration time of the supercar. However, considering the roadster’s higher output than its 722 hp coupe version and its light frame, it is estimated to be able to achieve such feat in less than three seconds and a split-second faster than its roofed sibling.
The Pagani Huayra Roadster borrows many styling elements found in the Pagani Huayra coupe as well as the Pagani Huayra BC. The roadster may have a more rigid A-Pillar and some of its parts have been reinforced to make up for the absence of its fixed roofing, but it was successful in reducing its weight by 70 kg compared to the coupe.
The weight reduction of the roadster is thanks to its detachable rooftop that makes use of carbon and glass materials. In addition, the vehicle makes use of light monoque chassis.
Moreover, the roadster is fitted with a set of forged aluminum alloy app monolythic wheels measuring 20 inches and 21 inches for the front and rear, respectively. The wheels are wrapped in Pirelli tires.
The Pagani Huayra Roadster’s starting price is at €2.28 million or around $2.41 million. The cost is exclusive of taxes and delivery charges.
Only 100 samples of the supercar will be released in the market.
Check out the photos of the new Pagani Huayra Roadster during its world premiere at the 87th Geneva Motor Show in the gallery below:
The Ferrari 812 Superfast makes its way to the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. It looks like the car definitely lives up to its name.
The 812 Superfast possesses a 6.5-liter naturally-aspirated V12 engine beneath its hood. As the name of the car implies, it is capable of producing up to 812 hp at 8,500 rpm. Its 718 Nm torque can also be reached at 7,000 rpm. The power of the auto is distributed to the rear wheels via a dual-clutch transmission.
The 812 Superfast can accelerate from zero to 62 mph in just 2.9 seconds. The top speed of the auto is around 211 mph.
The 812 Superfast is the successor of the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta. Therefore, the new car carries over many styling elements found in its predecessor.
What makes the exterior of the 812 Superfast stand out against the F12 Berlinetta though is the new car’s smoother shape and body lines. The cosmetic changes makes the 812 Superfast appear more balanced and have better proportions than the F12 Berlinetta. Then, the fascia of the new car gives it a more aggressive look than the model it replaced.
The 812 Superfast is inspired by the 1969 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 “Daytona” as well. The rear of the auto brings back the traditional round taillights of the classic car.
The interior of the 812 Superfast show huge improvements too. The seats of the car are revamped for a sportier setup and it offers several upgrades in its infotainment system.
What’s in the Name?
Aside from the very obvious high-performance feature of the 812 Superfast, its name can be traced back to the time when Enzo Ferrari fitted a huge V12 intended to a smaller vehicle to his prototype muscle car. He would call the car the Ferrari 4.9 Superfast according to the interview of Flavio Manzoni, head of the Ferrari Design Center.
Check out the pictures of the Ferrari 812 Superfast at the 87th Geneva Motor Show in the gallery below:
Aerospace industry leader Airbus together with design and engineering company Italdesign just unveiled a flying car at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. The vehicle is called “Pop.Up”.
Pop.Up is a concept for a futuristic autonomous transport vehicle that can travel through land and air. It uses a modular passenger capsule that can be attached to a four-wheel base for land trips and to a quadcopter for flight. As its name “Pop.Up” implies, the capsule easily snaps with the wheeled or aerial modules depending on its user’s preferred mode of travel.
The flying car features an artificial intelligence system that allows its self-driving and auto-pilot functions. It can be commanded by the user with a smartphone or tablet. The video of the concept vehicle also shows a potential technology within the auto that previews the facial recognition system of its onboard sensors.
The vehicle is environmentally-friendly. It uses electric motor, which allows it to have a zero emission value.
Airbus envisions Pop.Up as a part of its network of shared vehicle platform that offers easy commuting options to the public. The company aims to lessen traffic congestion with its flying car.
The idea of a flying vehicle may be too good to be true for now, especially that automakers are still racing to make road-worthy self-driving cars. It should be noted too that there are expected legal hurdles when it comes to unleashing autonomous cars on the road—let alone a flying car. Furthermore, a lot of public infrastructure may not be suitable for a vehicle capable of low flight.
Mathias Thomsen of Airbus made a bold claim that the technology in Pop.Up will be available in the next five to ten years. He said that the problem is not so much in the public infrastructure. However, he explained that the flying car can only be seamlessly used with careful urban planning. He expects significant changes in regulatory environments once the flying car is already available for public use.