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BMW 8 Series Reveals More With Thinner Camouflage

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We’ve been talking nonstop about this particular luxury coupe ever since BMW teased us mercilessly with the BMW 8 Series concept. Now, we can have a closer look at the 8 Series after the German company decided to fit it with new and thinner camouflage.

At first glance of the new BMW 8 Series spy shots, what we can tell is that the car will have a curvy and lean body, but it won’t be as aggressive as its concept version.

How The Front End Changed

Probably the biggest difference between the 8 Series concept and these spy photos is how the front of the coupe looks like. The concept showed a twin-kidney grille that sits low in the fascia, resulting to a dramatic drooping hood. The spy photos showed that the production version of the luxury coupe has a more conventional look with the grille downsized and raised up. The headlights are less squinty, the side vents in the lower fascia are toned down, the flanks on the sides are less curved, and the side vents are smaller.

What The Back End Looks Like

What remains from the concept is the long, gently sloping fastback roof. It trails into a subtle slope down the trunk lid. The difference comes in the form of a larger set of headlights on the production model rather than on the 8 Series concept. The tail is flatter, and lacks that sculpted masculinity shown on the concept. The exhaust outlets, which were integrated into the rear bumper (this was carried over), have been moved to the far corners.

When The 8 Series Finally Arrives

The production car for the 8 Series is supposed to arrive in 2020, though we’re expecting it to make its debut in 2019 because the concept was also shown a year earlier. Two other variants will be available—convertible and M variants. A racing version might be under development too.

2018 Audi R8 V10 RWS Sets New Standards

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The 2018 Audi R8 V10 RWS looks to be the reason why Audi decided to rename its performance division from Quattro GmbH to Audi Sport. It’s definitely nothing like any model the Quattro came up with. The 2018 Audi R8 V10 RWS is on a whole new spectrum of its own with the RWS actually standing for Rear Wheel Series.

So, the 2018 Audi R8 V10 RWS is going to have a rear-wheel-drive setup, something that we might see in future high-performance Audis seeing as what RWS stands for. That’s nothing new to enthusiasts, of course, though it’s still a a missed opportunity if Audi will not come up with another vehicle that sends torque to its rear wheels.

Exterior and Interior

Visually, the second-generation R8 looks menacing. It has a matte black grille and front and rear airflow openings, as well as a gloss black upper side blade on the coupe. For coupe owners, you’ll also get a chance to have that red vinyl trim stripe that extends from the front left to the right rear. Capping everything off are the massive black 19-inch wheels wrapped in 35-series rubber.

Once inside, you’ll see that the R8 RWS received sport seats (standard on all trim levels).

Power

The R8 RWS will pack a power of 540 horsepower, which is enough to match the base R8 V10 Quattro but not the 610 horsepower of the R8 V10 Plus. The R8 RWS will use the naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V-10 engines. Since the car is not being offered in an all-wheel drive configuration, this means that the car will be a little lighter in weight and there will be less mechanical drag in the powertrain. By comparison, the all-wheel-drive R8 has a curb weight 3,615 pounds, according to Audi.

The R8 RWS can go 0 to 62 mph in just 3.7 seconds. The top speed is put at 199 mph on the coupe and 198 mph on the Spyder.

There will only be 999 units of the Audi R8 V10 RWS available. It will probably be less expensive than the R8 V10 Quattro, which is being sold for $31,000 in Germany.

Review of the Top 5 Features of the 2017 BMW M240i Coupe

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The 2017 BMW M240i Coupe is the entry model of its brand’s 2 Series. The car comes packed with plenty of features for consumers.

Should you buy it?

Here is a look at the top 5 features of the 2017 BMW M240i that will help you decide if the auto is worth your money or not.

1. Engine

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The M240i is equipped with a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six power unit. The engine has an output of 335 bhp and 369 lb-ft of torque. The car can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in just 4.6 seconds when equipped with its maker’s eight-speed automatic gearbox while its manual version can achieve that in 4.8 seconds.

2. Exterior

The exterior of the M240i takes many styling elements from its M235i predecessor. The outline and the design language of the two are almost too similar. Getting closer though would reveal that the new car has a sexier outline as well as smoother body lines. The headlamps are also updated to offer better illumination.

3. Interior

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No significant changes are noticeable inside the M240i compared to its predecessor. The two are pretty much identical in that aspect. However, it should be noted that buyers can make the car’s cabin stand out by getting BMW’s optional add-ons that will imbue it with sports pedals, wood and carbon fiber trims on the dashboard, Alcantara materials for the seat covers and many more.

4. Tech

There are improvements in the tech of the auto, particularly its infotainment system. Some of the key enhancements include the crisp graphics of the iDrive, Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility plus inductive mobile device charging.

5. Pricing

The 2017 BMW M240i Coupe has a starting price of $53,495 according to CarAndDriver.

Overall

In a nutshell, the M240i has a decent power, attractive design, and has better driving dynamics than the M235i. The only setback is that it retains almost all the design elements of its predecessor. The interior of the auto is a reminder that it is an entry-level model in its series.

Top 4 Things About The 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sports Coupe

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Spy shots revealed more than what we expected for the 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sports Coupe. The sloped roof clearly seen on the spy shots is reminiscent of what BMW has done on most of its SUVs.

Although the Land Rover already has the Range Rover Evoque Coupe in its lineup, that didn’t stop the British automaker’s plans to introduce a second coupe-like SUV. For now, it’s codenamed the L560, but we all know it’s going to be called the Range Rover Sports Coupe after the more on-road-oriented Range Rover Sport.

1. No Third-Row Seating

Those who are wishing that Land Rover will come out with a seven-seater SUV will need to mend their broken hearts again. Although the looks of the Range Rover Sports Coupe is not far off from the conventional Range Rover Sport, we can already see that the roof is seated much lower. With that low sloping orientation, don’t expect this SUV to have a third row for the sixth and seventh passenger.

2. Platform Is Similar To Jaguar F-Pace

Though the Range Rover Sports Coupe will be longer than the Jaguar F-Pace, it will use the same aluminum-intensive platform we have seen on the Jag. Why the larger size, you ask? The Range Rover Sports Coupe aims to bridge the wide gap between the Range Rover Evoque and the Range Rover Sport in the luxury-oriented lineup.

Apparently, the Range Rover Sports Coupe will be competing with the BMW X6 and the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe.

3. Four Powertrains To Be Available

For now, we’re pretty sure that the Range Rover Sports Coupe will be offered with an inline-4 and a 6-cylinder. But it’s also possible that at least in the United States, a new inline unit would be made available as a standard option. There are also talks that it will eventually offer an electric option similar to what Jaguar will be using for the I-Pace.

4. Photos

Here are photos showing the front, side and rear of the 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sports Coupe from Motor Authority:

4 Important Stuff About The 2018 Ford Mustang Convertible

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Shortly after Ford made changes on its Mustang Coupe and introduced it to the public, they are now giving the same significant changes to its Mustang Convertible. However, there’ll be a long wait before you’re able to get your hands on this toy.

The 2018 Ford Mustang Convertible will be available starting this fall according to a report.

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Powertrain

The biggest change for the 2018 Mustang Convertible happens under the hood, with a 10-speed automatic instead of the usual six-speed transmission. Also getting upgrades are the two Mustang Convertible options: the 2.3-liter 4-cylinder and the 5.0-liter V-8 engines.

We still don’t know what changes will come for the 2.3-liter though we are quite sure that the 5.0-liter will add direct injection for a boost in power.

Suspension

Aside from the changes on the powertrains, the new Convertible will also have the MagneRide suspension and active valve exhaust will be an option. With the use of magnetorheological shocks, the metal-infused fluid in the suspension makes the shocks firmer when giving an electric charge.

This suspension system is included in the Performance package for the coupe, so we’re assuming \it will be the same here.

Interior

Same with the Coupe, the Convertible will get a 12-inch customizable digital instrument cluster, which has a MyMode memory function that can remember your driving preferences. For the safety features, there’s the forward collision warning with pedestrian detection and emergency braking.

Exterior

The Convertible follows the Coupe’s change in designs with the new front end and rear end. The Convertible, in particular will have resculpted headlights, a lower fascia that flares out, and a more complex outer air intakes.

Ford will offer the car in three new color options. There will also be a choice of 12 different wheel designs, so owners can customize each Mustang Convertible through their color and wheel options.

Top 3 Things To Know About The BMW M2 Convertible By Dahler

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Dähler Design and Technik is offering to BMW fans what is not being offered by the M2. It’s an open-top version of the BMW M2 coupe!

According to source, the German company decided against manufacturing an open-top convertible for the BMW M2 because the engineers thought there was no way it can deliver a good enough droptop. Luckily, aftermarket specialist Dahler thought to make it their personal mission to deliver an open-top convertible for the M2.

1. It is Every Inch A BMW

The Dahler project is obviously made by a professional, and someone who knows how to deal with a BMW. It’s still every inch a BMW because it doesn’t even feel like someone else other than the Bavarian company handled the car. Dahler didn’t say how they converted the vehicle, though we are led to believe that they based it on the 2 Series Convertible rather than the M2 coupe.

2. Its Stage 1 Delivers 402 Horsepower

Dahler is beating out the M2 coupe, which is pretty powerful with its capacity to produce 365 horsepower (272 kilowatts) and 343 pound-feet of torque (465 Newton-meters). It can even be boosted to 369 pound-feet of torque (500 Nm).

But Dahler’s M2 Convertible has two stages: Stage 1 will bring the turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 to produce 402 horsepower (300 kW) and 426 lb-ft of torque (580 Nm). This will enable the M2 Convertible to reach 62 mph (100 kph) in just four seconds. The maximum speed is 180 mph (290 km/h).

3. Its Stage 2 Produces 419 Horsepower

If you are not contented with what Stage 1 has to offer, you can go up another notch with Dahler’s Stage 2 program for the M2 Convertible. Stage 2 can deliver up to 419 horsepower (313 kW) and 450 lb-ft of torque (610 Nm). This has a top speed of 186 mph (300 km/h).

Photos of the BMW M2 Convertible

Check out the gallery below for more images of the BMW M2 made into a convertible by Dahler:

2018 Mercedes E-Class Coupe vs Mercedes E-Class Sedan

Don’t tell us you didn’t see this. The release of the Mercedes E-Class Coupe comes directly after the E-Class Sedan. That’s not a surprise. We saw that same order with the S-Class and the C-Class.

The coupe version isn’t exactly original. It has the same silhouettes and rear-end designs as the C-Class and the S-Class coupes, but the E-Class wins because it reminds us of the Mercedes-AMG GT sports cars. And if you don’t have the money for the GT sports car, then the E-Class Coupe is the next best thing.

Interior

The exterior may look like a sports car but once you get inside, you’ll see that it is still a luxury car. Similar to the sedan, you can use a 12.3-inch widescreens in the coupe. Where they differ is in the gauge cluster. The coupe incorporated this in a single screen.

Both the sedan’s and coupe’s steering wheels have the touch-type controls.

Powertrain

Under the hood of the E-Class Sedan, there’s a 4-cylinder E300. The coupe comes away with an E400 with a 3.0-liter V-6 engine that can produce 329 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. Standard to both variants is a nine-speed automatic transmission. You can choose from either a rear- or all-wheel drive.

Technology

Fond of innovation? You’ll thank the E-Class Coupe’s and Sedan’s Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, wireless phone charging, and a concierge service. The E400 Coupe also boasts of the Magic Vision Control.

Safety Features

The Coupe comes with a bunch of safety tech that are not readily available on the sedan. This includes the standard autonomous emergency braking and the Drive Pilot suite for semi-autonomous driving.

If you want to see the E-Class Coupe in person, you’ll have to wait until the North American International Auto Show on January 29. It will be available to US market by summer next year.

Six-speed Manual Transmission Joins The 2017 Honda Civic Lineup

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Starting October 4, the Honda Civic Sedan and Civic Coupe can compete as America’s best-selling compact car nameplate once more because of the expanded application of manual transmission for the 2017 model year.

Honda is now offering its customers more options with the 6-speed manual transmission as standard equipment on the turbocharged Civic Sedan and Coupe in EX-T trims. The decision was built upon the “fun-to-drive character of the 10th generation Civic lineup,” a Honda press release said.

The 2017 Honda Civic has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $18,740 for the Sedan and $19,150 for the Coupe.

For the 2017 model year, the Civic Sedan and Coupe EX-T will have the following features: the sporty six-speed manual transmission, a 1.5-liter direct-injected and turbocharged DOHC engine, CVT optional on turbocharged EX-T trims and standard on EX-L and Touring, HD Radio and XM Satellite Radio on Civic EX Sedans.

The Sedan and Coupe EX-T can produce 174 horsepower and 167 lb-ft of torque, 5 lb-ft up from models equipped with the CVT.

For the exterior design, the 2017 Civic will be 2 inches wider and 1 inch lower with a 1.2-inch longer wheelbase. This allows the Civic to feature a more compact and sporty front overhang, a longer and sculpted hood, and a fastback-style tail. Thanks to a new LED exterior lighting, the 10th generation Civic looks considerably more premium than current model.

Inside, the Civic carries through an exciting and more sophisticated look with its premium, soft-touch cab materials that exceeded current class standard. It also packs a dual-zone automatic climate control for the EX-T and above trims while coming standard are the Display Audio touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

For safety and driver assistance features, the 2017 Civic takes pride in its Honda Sensing technologies, the next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure, and its achievement of the highest available NHTSA safety ratings.

Spy Shots Of 2020 BMW 8-Series are Out

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We now have the first spy shots of the coupe BMW is working on in the hopes of reviving their 8-series name. The German automaker hinted of their plans last March when senior executives said BMW are planning to add more high-end models to their lineup.

One of these models will be simply called as the 8-series. The other one will be an i8 Spyder.

Based on the spy shots, the BMW 8-series will have a low roof and wide, muscular shoulders that we can vividly remember seeing in Aston Martin’s DB9, which also features four seats arranged in a 2+2 format—the same one we’re bound to see in BMW’s new 8-series.

The German automaker will reportedly be working alongside the Italian design house Pininfarina for the 8-series. Pininfarina is the same partner that developed the Gran Lusso Coupe, a modern successor to the 8-series in 2013. That partnership between BMW and Pininfarina is thought to hint at the finer design elements of the new 8-series.

What we do know for now is that the platform for the new 8-series will be BMW’s carbon-infused CLAR design, which debuted in the 2016 7-series. This ensures the 8-series will have a low curb weight and compatibility with electrified powertrains. Thanks to the latest in next-generation gesture control, it should also come packed with an amazing infotainment technology that passengers will enjoy.

The latest fillings from BMW might be a glimpse into what the 8-series can have— V-8, V-12, M Performance and dedicated M options. The fillings included “850”, “860”, “M850” and “M8.” The M8, according to speculations, might have a high-performance hybrid system known as the Power eDrive plug-in hybrid.

As for the system, the new 8-series will most probably combine a turbocharged inline-4 with a pair of electric motors for a combined output of 670 horsepower. The V12 models should have a 600-horsepower twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter engine from the latest M760i xDrive.

Ultra-Luxurious Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Makes Its Debut

In addition to the Cadillac Escala, another concept car that has is being talked about at present is the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6. After releasing a series of teasers in the form of photos and a video, the ultra-luxury arm of the three-pointed star brand finally unveiled the two-door coupe prototype.

According to the Global Media Site of Daimler, the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 is an electric car. The output of the vehicle’s power unit is very impressive as it is capable of producing up to 550 kW (750 hp). The low underfloor battery of the auto gives it a usable capacity of around 80 kWh and allows it to cover a range of over 500 kilometers at full charge based on an NEDC data while EPA puts the figures at 200 miles.

The output of the electric battery lets the car go from zero to 100 km/h in less than four seconds. On the other hand, its maximum speed is electronically-limited to 250 km/h. The quick charging feature of the auto provides it a charging capacity of 350 kW while it can gain an additional range of 100 kilometers in merely five minutes of charging.

The ultra-luxurious coupe was already unveiled at the Monterey Peninsula on August 16, 2016. The car will continue to be showcased there until August 21, 2016 during the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elégance.

Mercedes-Maybach mixes the elements of hotness and coolness into the styling of the Vision 6. The emotional design and the intelligent details of the car respectively make up the mentioned elements.

The long hood of the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 coupled with its low roofline and greenhouse’s rearward positioning pays homage to the coupes made long ago. However, Daimler reminds us that the vehicle does not possess a retro design. Instead, it is a reinterpretation of classic and aesthetic principles.

Despite the lack of spoilers, the intelligent basic shape of the concept car makes it aerodynamically-efficient. The styling is also in line with Mercedes’ design philosophy of sensual purity.

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