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Honda Civic Gets Refreshed For 2019 Model Year

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For the first time since it was launched in 2015, the Honda Civic is receiving a refresh for the 2019 model year. Aside from an updated design, the Civic is also getting a new Sport trim and Honda Sensing on all trim levels.

Design

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Nothing much has changed in terms of design but when you look at it closely, you’ll notice the subtle yet elegant changes Honda made. The upper front fascia wing is painted in black and the layout of the lower fascia is different—the vents are now integrated into a single unit rather than three sections. Other updates on the design are a full-width front splitter, chrome side pod accents, updated halogen or LED headlights, new wheel designs, and a chrome accent on the rear bumper of the sedan.

Sport trim

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The Japanese automaker is introducing the new Sport trim for the 2019 Civic. This trim is rather unique and can stand on its own. It has piano black accents on the lower front fascia and black 18-inch wheels. The sedan gets an additional rear decklid spoiler, too.

Inside, the Sport trim has an updated 7-inch infotainment screen and a volume knob that replaces the interesting sliding mechanism on previous models.

The Sport trim should be affordable since it is being placed between the LX and the EX. It has not announced the price list yet, but the 2018 prices range between $19,835 and $22,235 for the LX and EX sedans and between $20,245 and $22,695 for the LX and EX-T coupes.

For its engine, the Sport trim will get the base 2.0-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine that can be paired with either a six-speed manual or a CVT.

Honda Sensing

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The Japanese automaker is bringing its driver assistance technology package to all trim levels of the Civic sedan and coupe. The package includes a collision mitigation braking system with forward collision warning, road departure mitigation with lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control.

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BMW Starts Production Of 8 Series

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The range-topping, two-door BMW 8 Series has finally entered production, and the German automaker revealed the prices for the coupe. The car will be manufactured in the car’s Dingolfing, Germany plant, which BMW spent hundreds of millions of Euros to update.

The plant is spruced up to include more automated processes to make the production of the cars more efficient. It installed autonomous tugger trains that can carry door assembly parts to the line while robots check for gaps and misalignments on the finish line.

The new 2019 BMW 8 Series coupe is fitted with a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine that makes 523 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. This engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel-drive system that has a rear-wheel bias. The German automaker said it can go from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds. It has a top speed of 155 mph.

The total curb weight of the coupe is 4,478 pounds and this is made possible by a number of lightweight materials, including steel, plastic, aluminum, and carbon fiber. These are used throughout the body while the roof, doors, front firewall, and supporting structures are made of aluminum. Owners can also opt for the roof to be made of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic, which is a first in a series-production BMW model.

Standard to the new 8 Series will be full LED headlights with laser light technology, special leather upholstery, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, Adaptive M Suspension with active-roll stabilization, M Sport brakes, and park assist. Owners, however, will be able to opt for the following: an upgraded Bowers & Wilkins Diamond surround sound system and glass controls for the gear selector.

The BMW 8 Series will enter the production stage with the 5 Series and the 7 Series. When it launches, it will be available in the M850i xDrive trim. Prices for the model will have a starting price tag of $112,895.

 

3 Important Things To Know About The All-New BMW 8 Series Coupe

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Finally, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class will have a tough competition ahead. The all-new BMW 8 Series coupe is expected to be released in the UK in November this year.

Exterior

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The BMW 8 Series is a sporty vehicle, but it has a flatter nose than what was shown in the concept car and the grilles are also smaller. The fender vents and the corner air intakes, which we expect to be a little more on the aggressive side, have been toned down, design-wise.

Moving to the side, the side skirts are more aggressive but it doesn’t scream sports car to us. The mirrors and the headlights are bigger, but the taillights lost the 3D effect we have come to expect.

On the rear end, the new fascia contributed to that aggressive styling. Other notable changes are the revised license plates recess, the more attractive diffuser-like element, and the rectangular exhaust outlets.

Interior

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The cabin is as sporty as it can get. The tri-color design adds a touch of elegance to an already stunning BMW 8 Series. The instrument cluster is not the same as the one in the concept, seeing as it has more buttons than necessary. The seat design looks comfortable and will give the Mercedes a run for its money.

The BMW 8 Series uses a pair of digital displays to dominate its interior. The instrument cluster is 12.3 inches while the infotainment display that hovers over the center stack is 10.25 inches. The coupe comes standard with cruise control (with braking function), Collision and Pedestrian Warning with City Braking, Head-Up display to go with Active Park Distance Control, and Microsoft Office integration.

Powertrain

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The BMW 8 Series coupe will come with 840d, a diesel-powered, inline-six toting powerhouse or the M850i with a 523-horsepower V-8. The M850i should be able to hit 62 mph in 3.7 seconds, thanks to its capacity to produce 553 pound-feet of torque. On the other hand, the diesel engine could produce 320 horsepower and 501 pound-feet of torque. It can hit 62 mph in 4.9 seconds.

3 Things You Must Know About The Porsche Cayenne Coupe

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It’s finally official. Porsche boss Oliver Blume confirmed that the Cayenne Coupe is more than just rumors. There’s actually one that would hit the road sometime in 2019. That’s only a year from now, so we might be seeing this reveal sooner than later.

Unique Design

The coupe will be based on the regular Cayenne and will have similarities with the SUV version. However, there’s going to be some fresh designs on this coupe, too, such as a new front bumper design and the B-pillars on the back. These two major changes will set the coupe apart from its SUV sibling. The rear end will have sleeker taillights, altered rear side windows, and a liftback-styled tailgate. The taillights, in particular, might remind you of the second-generation Panamera.

Powerful Engine

The Porsche, of course, wants you to have as much power as this little number could hold. The Cayenne Coupe will get two engine options—a 2.9-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6 unit that produces 440 horsepower, and a 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V-8 engine that churns out 550 horses. There are no plans for a diesel option as well as a hybrid engine for now, so don’t hold your breath on that. But hey, we never can tell, right? Enjoy the two engine options for now, but let’s see if we can at least see a hybrid option in the future.

Best Of Both Worlds

On paper, there is no reason why we should choose the Cayenne Coupe over its SUV sibling. Even the engines are a tad bit slower than the ones in the SUV seeing as the coupe got only the Cayenne S’ and the Cayenne Turbo’s engines. But if you’re one of those who like the driving dynamics of the sedan and the height of the SUV, then this coupe is for you.

The Cayenne Coupe combines the Cayenne’s front, Panamera’s rear, and coupe styling. It’s quite an attention-seeking little number, and we’re sure plenty will be interested, particularly those who are also looking at the BMW X6, the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe, and the Audi Q8.

3 Things To Know About The 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

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The 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera will be based on the convertible Volante version, and that is why when it was seen testing at the Nurburgring, we knew exactly what we are looking at. The coupe version looks exactly like the convertible but with the DB11’s hard top and floating roof design.

Aggressive Wheels

Although the DBS Superleggera and the Volante share some design language, there will be stark differences in terms of its overall look. The most obvious difference, based on the spy shots, is the set of wheels. The Volante has simple, thin, split five-spoke wheels while the DBS Superleggera would have a more aggressive and overly-styled set of wheels that still feature the five spokes. There’s a wide opening behind the front wheels and the wide sills extend backward from the opening and merges eventually with the rear fenders.

Upgraded Rear End

There are more differences at the back. There’s a bigger diffuser at the rear bumper and the exhaust tips now share the same size. Remember that in the Volante, there were small outboard units. The taillights are covered up, but we can see from the shots that they appear to be simpler than those found in the convertible.

DB11 Interior

The new Aston looks a lot like the interior of the DB11, and we were expecting that. But since the exterior changes are quite comprehensive and if those are any indication, we can expect a couple of more changes in the interior of the DBS Superleggera.

If you are interested, you won’t have to wait long to see the final production output. Aston Martin said that it would reveal the DBS Superleggera this month. It is set to be the company’s new flagship sports car and it could have as much as 700 horsepower.

Mercedes AMG GT 63 S Four-Door Coupe Gets Edition 1 Model

Mercedes-AMG has decided to come up with a family style model for its AMG GT 63. The Mercedes AMG GT 63 S four-door coupe will mark its launch with an Edition 1 model, complete with exclusive interior and exterior appointments for the 2019 model year.

This latest model of the AMG GT family will get all the trappings of the AMG Aerodynamics Package, including larger front splitter and integrated flics in the front bumper, optimized diffuser and fixed rear spoiler with mechanically adjustable angle.

The paintwork in designo Graphite Grey Magno immediately captures the attention of anyone who’ll see the car. There are AMG sports stripes in matte Graphite Grey on the sides, as well as above the side sill panels, on the hood, roof, and the decklid. Finishing off the whole look is the 21-inch AMG cross-spoke forged wheels painted in matte black and with a high-sheen finish.

Inside the car, you’ll find AMG multicontour performance seats with memory package. These are upholstered in exclusive Nappa leather in Magma Grey/Black with yellow contrasting topstitching. Topping off the whole look of the seats are yellow seatbelts. Even the door center panels and armrests in the door and the center console are in Nappa leather in Magma Grey.

The AMG performance steering wheel is in DINAMICA microfiber with yellow contrasting topstitching, yellow 12 o’clock marking, and “Edition 1” badge. Other important things to note are the illuminated AMG door sill panels and the floor mats in black with the AMG badge.

The Edition 1 is exclusive to the GT 63 S four-door’s top-of-the-range model, which features the handcrafted AMG 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine with an output of 630 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque. It has a top speed of 195 mph and can go 0 to 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds.

Pagani Huayra Bids Farewell As It Enters Final Production Phase

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The final Pagani Huayra coupe is entering production, which means this would be the last time we’re going to see an inch of the sports car. The Italian luxury carmaker will finish the final iteration of the Huayra in about two months, reports from duPont Registry said recently.

This final car is the 100th example of the Huayra. Yes, there’s exactly 100 Huayras out there. You just don’t know it since these are obviously owned by the rich and famous. Like the previous 99 models, the final Huayra will feature a Mercedes-AMG built 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-12 engine that produces 700 horsepower and 811 pound-feet of torque.

It makes sense for Pagani to end the coupe’s run after seven years. Pagani inked an agreement for the supply of AMG engines for just 100 units, which signals this 100th example of the Huayra. Remember that the first supercar was launched in 2011 as a follow-up to the equally capable Zonda.

The final Huayra, marking the last AMG unit to be delivered from the German automaker, will be called the “Il Ultimo.” This will be especially produced and dedicated to Brett David, the chief executive officer of Prestige Imports. As such, it will have a “German flare” in honor of the hypercar’s AMG-sourced engine.

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To further bring acknowledgement to its German roots, the final Huayra will bear the livery colors on Lewis Hamilton’s F1 car, a Mercedes. On the Huayra, the color scheme is stunning and jaw-dropping. It used subdued gray as the primary hue and turquoise-aqua will be used for interior striping, the mirrors, and the tire sidewalls. The interior will receive a similar treatment. Turquoise and gray colors will cover the dashboard, the doors, and the center console. The seats will be covered in white leather.

Pagani CEO and founder Horacio Pagani made it clear that Pagani is going to continue. It’s just the Huayra that’s going to make its farewell. The car’s successor will “embody pure driving,” will not rely on electrification, and will still have a manual transmission.

5 Things You Might Not Know Yet About The 2018 Audi RS5 Coupe

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The 2018 Audi RS5 Coupe is amazing. It can produce 444 horsepower that puts it in the same level as the BMW M4, the Cadillac ATS-V, the Lexus RC F, and the Mercedes-AMG C63 coupes. This was achieved after it traded its highly reliable V-8 engine for a smooth twin-turbocharged V6. Now, it’s a lot less raw but still packs enough power for eager drivers to try it out.

1. Engine Is Lighter

Even though it packs a heavier punch, the 2018 Audi RS5 Coupe twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V-6 engine is about 66 pounds lighter than the previous 450-horsepower 4.2-liter V-8 engine. This coupe’s weight is evenly distributed, thanks to its ability to carry 54 percent of its mass on its front axle.

2. Power In The Crankshafts

Audi said that the RS5 and the Panamera use the same twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V-6 engine, though they are configured differently through using different crankshafts. According to Audi, the compression rate of the RS5 is a lower 10.0:1 against the Porsche’s 10.5:1. The Audi’s production is a lot more powerful, too, than the Panamera’s 440 horses and 405 pound-feet of torque.

3. Smooth Transmission

The RS5 uses an eight-speed automatic transmission with a traditional torque converter. This might sound a tad bit duller on paper, but it operates smoother than other transmission system. When you shift it yourself, the transmission could hold gears until you decide to change shift. In manual mode, the car can perform this shift on its own.

4. Oil Cooler Positioned Right

The RS5’s flat oil cooler is placed ahead of the radiator, which means that the horizontal position allows the biturbo V-6’s oil to remain cool and not get too hot. It can also generate 6.6 pounds of downforce at 62 mph.

5. Torque Vectoring Rear Differential

The RS5’s torque vectoring rear differential is an option in other countries but in the US, this will come standard. Audi said the differential will be able to transfer every ounce of maximum engine torque sent to the rear axle to either the left or right rear wheel.

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.

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