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3 Things You’ll Want To Take Note About The 2017 Speedback GT

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Are you really surprised that the 2017 Speedback GT will be introduced during the Geneva Motor Show? The Swiss event is usually where really elegant cars are being propositioned, so we’re bound to see something truly amazing once the automakers start the ball rolling.

Here’s a look at the 2017 Speedback GT, which will be highlighted in the event:

It Has A Ginormous Price Tag

The price of the 2017 Speedback GT is no laughing matter. Only the truly, truly rich can afford this one as it’s slated to come out with a $622,330 price tag. It’s little wonder that David Brown Automotive wants their hands on it. The retro-flavored 2017 Speedback GT starts its life as a Jaguar XKR. After much tinkering around and at least 8,000 man hours of service, the Speedback GT finally came into fruition.

At the 2017 Geneva Auto Show, the coachbuilder will have two models on display. They will be wearing the latest updates and design enhancements. And why shouldn’t you be amazed? This started out as a regular XKR that was turned into ala-James Bond Aston Martin DB5 luxury car.

It’s Almost Unrecognizable

If we didn’t mention what this was, would you realize it was actually the Jaguar XKR? DBA used 142 panels on this car, which means that the only original left from the donor was the windshield frame. Even the painting process took more than eight weeks.

Instead of the XKR’s trunk lid, the Speedgate has a practical top-hinged tailgate, which lower section you can fold down to create a seat. In total, there are 237 changes on the 2014 prototype.

It Has The Same Engine

Though a lot has changed aesthetically, what’s under the hood remained the same—something that fans of the 2014 concept will surely appreciate. The 2017 Speedback GT still has the supercharged 5.-liter V-8 engine with 510 horsepower (380 kilowatts) and 461 pound-feet (625 Nm) of torque.

3 Things To Look Out For In The 2018 Toyota Yaris

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There are few vehicles in the history of automobiles that has a race car tag and Toyota’s logo on it. It just doesn’t happen that way. Instead, the Japanese automaker is known for efficiency, affordability, and reliability.

Recently, Toyota announced that a new Toyota Yaris is on the works, and that it will be revealed at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March. That’s pretty exciting for those who cannot wait to get their hands on a new hatchback from the Japanese automaker.

Here’s what we know about the car so far based on a source:

1. Exterior And Interior

According to hints and sources from Toyota, the new Toyota Yaris will gain a new front and rear styling (possible a new bumper or fascia). There will also be a modernized interior with a host of upgraded technologies to improve the handling and driving capability. Comfort and handling are two things that Toyota never compromise on.

2. Power

The 2018 Toyota Yaris will be more powerful at its full capacity of 210 horsepower. That’s faster than most sedans in the market today. That’s also pretty impressive, considering that the Yaris is only a hatchback and could not haul anything at all.

The range-topping Yaris will loosely be based on the three-door version. The 201 horsepower is not bad at all. Right now, the most powerful Yaris can produce 106 horsepower and 103 pound-feet, thanks to the 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine.

3. Handling

Aside from the horsepower it can produce, there’s not much we know about the 2018 Toyota Yaris. The Japanese car maker has yet to release specifications of the new engine, or whether there will be a new upgrade.

What’s clear is that Toyota wants the new Yaris to have a sportier appearance and performance. To do that, Toyota must add a bespoke, quick-shifting transmission. We also expect the Yaris to come out with a more muscular chassis that can deliver a sportier driving experience.

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2017 Aston Martin DB11 Launched at Geneva Motor Show

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Aston Martin may have already decided to stop using the glorious-sounding V-12 engine, but it is giving us something more to aspire for—the DB11 with a new 5.2-litre V-12 that shares bore centers with the old 5.9-litre engine.

But that is the only similarity between the old V-12 engine and the new power unit of the Aston Martin DB11. Everything else is new. It has an engine capable of 600 horsepower—60hp more than the DB9 GT—which would most likely help potential buyers to move on from the V-12.

The DB11 unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show 2016 can produce 516 lb-ft of torque, available from 1500 rpm to 5000 rpm. Compare this to the DB9’s max of only 457 lb-ft arrived at a lofty 5500 rpm, and you’ve got true power on your hands.

Aston Martin promises that the DB11’s engine can deliver lag-free response with one turbocharger and intercooler per bank. This can lead to cylinder deactivation as the engine shuts down a whole bank to become a 2.6-liter inline-six. It uses an eight-speed ZF automatic like on the Vanquish, with the power sent to the rear wheels through a torque-vectoring differential.

Dimensions of the DB11 are very similar to the Aston Martin DB9. The only difference is that the DB11 is 1.2 inches longer, 2.7 inches wider, and 0.3 inches higher. It also sits on a wheelbase that is 2.5 inches longer. The weight is also nearly identical at 3902 pounds, with the DB11 only being slightly 33 pounds lighter.

This is quite a conundrum since Aston Martin already said the new engine will be heavier, so the body’s shell mass is drastically reduced with the use of carbon fiber. In terms of interior, the DB11 has more space since it has almost usable rear seats compared to the DB9.

The Aston Martin DB11 will be priced at $214,820 in the United States. The first deliveries will start in the fourth quarter of this year.

2017 Honda Civic Hatchback To Debut In Geneva Motor Show

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Honda is expected to tease with previews of its 10th generation Civic hatchback during the 2016 Geneva Motor Show next month. Those curious to see what the hatchback would look like should seek no further since we got some photos when Honda tested it on the road.

Although it was covered in camouflage, there was no padding so the design cues were reflected. It basically retains 80 percent of the DNA from the 10th generation Honda Civic sedan, so you know what to expect from the fenders down to the rear doors.

The hatchback will be launched in the first quarter of 2017 in Europe, but since this is a “global car,” expect it to arrive soon enough in the United States and other parts of the world.

By looking at the Civic sedan, you’ll immediately have an idea of how the hatchback would look in front. It would have the same radiator grille, huge chrome louver, the Honda “H” in the middle, the updated headlights, fog lights, and less dramatic corner vents. As for the hood, it looks like the hatchback would have the same one as the Civic coupe and sedan.

If you’re a fan of the mild body line from the front wheels to the rear taillights, then you would love that too about the hatchback. The difference between the sedan and the hatchback can be seen after the rear doors since the hatchback sports a dual exhaust outlet near the fascia in the middle.

Inside, it would probably be similar to the sedan and the coupe. There would be a light-colored floating center console, touchscreen display, and digital instrument cluster. The front and the rear seats would mostly be the same, but the rear deck would be gone for more cargo space.

No prices have been announced for the hatchback, although the current one sells for $20,067in the UK. Pricing may increase a bit because of the new design and extra length.

Below are some spy shots of the upcoming Honda Civic hatchback, which were provided by AutoBlog:

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