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4 Things To Know About The 2017 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Volante

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The Vanquish Zagato Volante is said to be the rarest Aston Martin car ever created and there will only be 99 units of this made. This makes it as hard to come by as the coupe version that was based on a collaboration dating back to over five decades.

The Ashton Martin Vanquish Zagato Volante was spotted for the first time in July 2017 at the Nurburgring. Here are what we learned about it so far based on a report:

1. Exterior

The drop-top version of the Vanquish Zagato Volante is similar to the couple, except for the missing roof and the fact that it’s made entirely from carbon fiber. It’s the back part where the drop-top version will look different because the trunk lid has been reshaped while the tailgate has been replaced by a conventional lid.

2. Interior

Inside, the Zagato is similar to the standard Vanquish Volante. The overall design is unchanged, but the cabin now has enhanced high-end materials and special features. Some of the differences are the “Herringbone” carbon fiber on the center stack, the aniline leather and the “Z” quilt pattern stitch on the seats and door panels, the “Z” embossed on the headrests and center console, and the double contrast stitching of the upper door panels.

3. Drivetrain

The Vanquish Zagato Volante is using a naturally-aspirated 5.9-liter V-12 engine that is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission that remains standard. That pairing has an output of 591 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. The standard Vanquish has 23 horsepower less than the Zagato Volante, which can go from 0-60mph in just 3.7 seconds.

4. Pricing

There’s no final word on how much the Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Volante will cost. What we do know is that there will only be 99 units of the Zagato available, so eager hands should place a reservation immediately. Based on estimated, though, the Zagato convertible will be somewhere north of $450,000.

Top 3 Things About the 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster GTS

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These spy shots of the 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster GTS are showing us how the German luxury automaker is gearing up for its next high-performance sports car. The prototype of the 718 Boxster GTS was shrouded in camouflage, though that didn’t stop us from imagining what it could look like.

1. Exterior

The standard 718 Boxster looks slightly different from the GTS version of the same model. The prototype we have seen, however, seems to be a little sportier and more aggressive than the regular 718 Boxster. Obviously, the prototype is packing a new front fascia with an A-wing design that looks very similar to the 918 Spyder hypercar. Below the front fascia, you can find a new lip spoiler.

2. Powertrain

The Boxster S and the previous Boxster GTS have the same engine, though the one fitted on the GTS is slightly more powerful. Porsche will most likely apply the same principle on the 718 Boxster GTS, which means a 2.5-liter turbocharged flat-4 engine that would be placed behind the cabin instead of under the hood.

The engine will have an output of 365 to 375 horsepower, a slight upgrade from the 350 horses produced by the 718 Boxster S.

There is also an option for a top-end chassis—standard Sport Chrono and Porsche Active Suspension Management.

3. Release date

The car might be introduced sometime in 2018 with the 718 Cayman GTS. But remember, the 718 Boxster won’t be the best in the 718 range because the Boxster Spyder and Cayman GT4 are expected to make their own debuts. Both will sport the naturally aspirated flat-6 engines.

Spy Shots

Check out the spy photos of the 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster GTS in the gallery below:

5 Things To Know About The 2019 Porsche Cayenne

2019 Porsche Cayenne Spy Photos

Spy shots of the next-generation Porsche Cayenne, which is slated to be a 2019 model, shows why the midsize truck remains to be a strong contender in this segment. Though the camouflaged Cayenne revealed few details, it’s enough to get experts excited about this high-riding crossover.

1. Appearance

Based on the spy shots of the auto featured in CarAndDriver, there are changes in the front grille, as well as the lower fog-light windows that are wider and now feature a full-length slat. The headlights have been covered, but it might be safe to assume that it will use Porsche’s four-LED cluster—the same one used in the rest of the lineup.

The rear showed that Porsche is ready to take the Cayenne to a sportier aesthetics because there might be a full-width light bar connecting the taillights. That would give this car an overall wider appearance and stance.

2. Platform

This new Cayenne is expected to be on top of Volkswagen’s MLBevo platform, the same one used by the Audi Q7 and the Bentley Bentayga. It will also be utilized on the Volkswagen Touareg and the upcoming Audi Q8 and Lamborghini Urus. The lightweight dynamics of this new platform will contribute to Cayenne’s ability to shed off at least 200 pounds.

3. Powertrain

The powertrain lineup on the all-new Panamera should give huge expectations on what can be found under the Cayenne’s hood. The turbocharged V-6 engine will most likely be the powertrain of choice for the entry-level Cayenne. The S and GTS version should be using a twin-turbo six while the Turbo model might come with the V-8. It will share Panamera’s plug-in 4 E-Hybrid powertrain too, combining a twin-turbocharged V-6 with an electric motor.

4. Competition

The Cayenne, once it is released, will go head-to-head with some of the most powerful midsize luxury crossovers in the market—the BMW X5, the BMW X6, the Range Rover Sport, the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class, and the Maserati Levante.

5. Release and pricing

The next-generation Cayenne will probably be unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show later this fall, with deliveries to begin early next year. Prices will be similar to the current generation’s tag.

3 Things To Look Forward To In The Third-Generation 2019 Acura RDX


In 2007, Acura released its first ever true crossover/SUV called the RDX. The Acura RDX came out in 2007 and got a second-generation upgrade in 2013.

When it got its eventual facelift in 2016, many fans were disappointed because of the minimal changes aesthetically. But now that Acura announced a third-generation RDX, it looks like we’re finally going to get the updates we have been craving for.

The competition is tough in this segment, and that’s why Acura has been super secretive on how the RDX will look like for this next major facelift. As for the competitors, get a load of these names: Audi Q5, the BMW X3, Land Rover Evoque, and the Mercedes GLC.

1. Exterior

The spied 2019 Acura RDX was heavily covered with a tent-like tarpaulin, so it’s hard to speculate how different this would be from the second-generation. The very secretive nature on how this was tested tells us it will be very, very different from its predecessors, and that will make Mercedes, BMW, and Audi take notice.

The photos showed that the new RDX will get the same Jewel-Eye headlights, though the unique LED strips will give a sleek-looking fascia below. The grille would probably be similar to the MDX, particularly a larger version of the diamond pentagon grille.

Acura won’t ever go extreme when it comes to the body lines department but still, expect to see a more aggressive styling than the ones on the current generation.

2. Interior

There’s going to be a revamped interior, that’s for sure, with Acura most likely going for a clean dashboard that has all the controls the driver needs—infotainment system, HVAC controls, and a few other buttons. Traditionally, Acura has been left behind in the luxurious interior department by its competitors so hopefully, it will do something radical this time around.

Some of the things we’re expecting from the new RDX are: a new center console, a redesigned shifter, an updated instrument cluster, and a new steering wheel.

3. Drivetrain

Right now, RDX packs a 3.5-liter V-6 engine for all trim levels. It produces a fair amount of power at 279 horsepower, 6,200 rpm, and 252 pound-feet of torque. For the 2019 model, Acura might have to go down to the same engine under the hood of the Honda Civic Type R—a 2.0-liter version with the same output as the V-6 engine. The only difference is that the 2.0-liter version will save more weight and be more economic.

Hyundai Santa Fe Spy Shots Surface Online

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After unveiling the new Hyundai Kona, new spy shots surfaced online showing a camouflaged prototype of the upcoming Hyundai Santa Fe. Despite the heavy covering, the form of the spied vehicle seems to bear a striking resemblance with the Kona.

The shape of the Santa Fe’s nose in the images here shows that it will sport an aggressive version of the Hyundai’s cascading grille much like the Kona. The bulges in the headlights, bumpers and front lip all indicate that it is based on its smaller crossover sibling too.

The source also noticed from the frontal shots of the Santa Fe that it is carrying Recaro racing seats. But then again, the seats might only not make it in the production version of the auto.

Going to the rear, the new Santa Fe looks like it is keeping many styling elements found in its predecessor. The roofline and window panels are almost alike. There is probably an update in the taillights of the vehicle though.

The report said that the Santa Fe in the spy shots might carry a 2019 model year since we just saw an update in its current model this year. The earliest possible unveiling of the vehicle might be in the next spring or next fall.

A Look at the Present Hyundai Santa Fe

As a recap, the present refreshed model of the Santa Fe has a starting price of $30,800. The vehicle is offered in eight trims. The auto is offered in SE, Limited, SE Ultimate and Limited Ultimate versions. Each of the mentioned models come in two variants—the front wheel drive and the all-wheel drive. The current Santa Fe comes with a V6 engine with 290 hp.

New Hyundai Santa Fe Spy Shots

Check out the spy shots of the upcoming Hyundai Santa Fe model provided by Autoblog in the gallery below:

2018 Ford Mustang GT Gets 7,500 RPM

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A new Ford Mustang GT is currently being tested. Spy shots of the car have surfaced a week ago giving us a preview of its external features. One of the leaked photos take us to the interior of the car, which reveal the revolutions per minute or rpm of its engine.

According to Fox News Auto, the new Mustang GT will bear a 2018 model year. The exterior upgrades include sleeker hood, revised headlamps and lower suspension.

What’s more interesting was the information revealed by the spy pictures of the car’s interior. The analog tachometer of the vehicle indicates that it is capable of generating 7,500 rpm.

Interior of the 2018 Ford Mustang GT.

Interior of the 2018 Ford Mustang GT.

Reports said the 2018 Mustang GT will get Ford’s updated 5.0-liter V8 engine. The unit is rumored to offer more power than the current one’s 435 hp. The new port, direct fuel injection and new intake system based on the Shelby GT 350’s 5.2-liter V8 are expected to bring about the boost in the output of the auto.

The new data hinted by the spy shot complements the concept of Ford for the new digital instrument cluster of the Mustang GT, which was released in January. The display of the rendering show up to 7,500 rpm while the car makes use of its Sport+ mode.

The source also claimed that the power of the Mustang GT will likely be distributed via a 10-speed automatic transmission similar to the one utilized by the F 150. Those who want the manual shifting process can opt for the re-engineered six-speed manual transmission of Ford.

The 2018 Mustang GT is will most probably hit the market by fall this year. In 2016, the Mustang was the best-selling sports car in the United States. The brand sold 105,000 units in the country. It outperformed its rival the Chevrolet Camaro by 30,000 last year.

Top 4 Things Revealed By The New 2018 Jeep Cherokee Spy Shots and Rumors

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New spy shots of the 2018 Jeep Cherokee emerged online once more. This time, the prototype seems to be shedding more of its camouflage, which gives us a better idea of what to look forward to in the vehicle.

Here’s what the new spy shots and reports revealed to us about the new Cherokee:

1. Design

The new Cherokee seems to be a mere update of its current generation model. The same form and body lines that adorned the existing model of the vehicle were carried to the upcoming SUV. However, the covered areas of the 2018 version of the auto hint where the major updates will take place.

Basing from the camouflaged portions of the new Cherokee, it will get redesigned bumpers and lighting. On the other hand, the wraps in the grille and rear hatch might not necessarily mean restyling. Instead, the covered areas likely hide the real identity of the vehicle before its official unveiling.

2. Engine

Information about the new Cherokee remain heavily guarded. According to the source though, the SUV will probably be equipped with Jeep’s new petrol-fed 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which will also be utilized by the new Wrangler.

The post added it is possible too that Jeep will carry over the current 2.4-liter four-cylinder, 3.2-liter V6 and 2.0-liter turbo-diesel four-cylinder engines of the Cherokee for the updated model. The engines might be reconfigured to offer a boost in their outputs.

At present, the four cylinder unit produces 130 kW and 299 Nm of torque. The V6 has 200 kW and 316 Nm of torque. The four-cylinder diesel gives off 125 kW and 350 Nm of torque.

3. High-Performance Model

There are rumors that a high-performance version of the 2018 Cherokee will follow in the form of a Trackhawk model.

4. Arrival

The 2018 Cherokee is expected to be unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show in December.

Spy Shots

Below are the latest spy shots of the 2018 Jeep Cherokee:

Check Out These Spy Shots of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler

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The Jeep Wrangler sports a classic, rugged and unique look combined with reliability and performance even on rough roads. The said features allowed it to survive the market since it came into production in 1986. Recently, a new model of the vehicle was spotted and spy shots of it were taken.

According to Car and Driver, which is the source of the latest spy shots, the new Wrangler will be unveiled before 2017 ends. The auto will be sold under a 2018 model year. It is estimated to cost near the $25,090 price tag of its current model.

1. Engine

The report claimed that the 2018 Wrangler will be available in diesel and hybrid versions. The vehicle was confirmed to get a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine. There are no details yet about the possible output of the auto but the source mentioned that it will take either an eight-speed automatic transmission or six-speed manual gearbox.

It added that the new Wrangler will be available in a four-wheel drive system with manually-operated transfer case. There is also a possibility that the upcoming Jeep will offer a turbocharged four-cylinder engine unit before the diesel and hybrid powertrains arrive.

2. Body

The 2018 Wrangler is expected to carry a new platform, which will be lighter than the one supporting the current model because of its more use of aluminum. The auto will have two-door, four-door and pickup designs.

3. Interior

The multimedia console of the Wrangler will receive significant upgrades. The infotainment touchscreen in high trim models will have better response and easier to operate, thanks to its Uconnect 3.0. Moreover, the article estimated that the touchscreen of the auto will measure 8.4 inches diagonally for the high-end units while the lower end trims will have the 5.0-inch screen.

Furthermore, there appears to be updated climate control system for the new Wrangler plus sound system controls as well as parking assist sensors, start-stop function for the engine, and heaters for the steering wheel.

Photos

Check out the spy shots of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler in the gallery below:

Top 4 Expectations About the 2019 Lamborghini Urus

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New spy shots of the Lamborghini Urus just surfaced out online. The crossover certainly looks very sporty and sexy due to its coupe-like elements matched with underpinnings found in Volkswagen vehicles, including the Porsche Cayenne and Bentley Bentayga.

Based on various insider sources, spy shots and hints from Lamborghini, here are the things we can expect from the upcoming crossover:

1. Massive Engine Output

Stefano Domenicali, CEO and President of Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A., revealed in an interview with Automotive News Europe that the Urus will be equipped with a twin-turbo V8 engine. He said that the unit will have an output of 650 hp. It is estimated that the torque of the engine will be at least 600 lb-ft.

2. Plug-In Hybrid Version

In addition to the V8 engine of the crossover will be an electric motor. Maurizio Reggiani, research and development chief of Lamborghini, told Autocar that the Urus will be available with a plug-in hybrid powertrain. As mentioned, the vehicle already has a powerful 650 hp V8 engine, so look forward to an additional boost from the electric motor.

3. Design Will Not Be Far From the Concept Model

Spy shots suggest that the Lamborghini Urus will follow the styling elements shown by its concept model at the Beijing Motor Show in 2012. The only notable changes seen in the production model compared from the concept version of the vehicle are the new positioning of the exhausts, absence of rear diffuser, reshaped rear windows and presence of roof rails.

4. Coming Next Year

The production version of the Lamborghini Urus will be launched next year with a 2019 model year. It will likely be sold in a limited number. The crossover will be assembled at the Lamborghini plant in Sant’Agata.

Photos

Check out the spy shots of the Lamborghini Urus provided by Autoblog in the gallery below:

2018 Volkswagen Polo Spied Without Camo Ahead of Its Debut at Frankfurt Motor Show

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The 2018 Volkswagen Polo is expected to make its world premiere at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. We are still a long way from September but the car has already been spied without its camouflage.

CarThrottle claimed that the spy shots of the sixth-generation Polo were taken while it was being tested in South Africa. The pictures show the car in a modest set of standard black steel wheels like the ones usually given out as a spare.

At the front, the new Polo resembles the Golf model of Volkswagen. A closer examination though would reveal that it is bigger than the said car. Therefore, it follows that the Polo is a bit more spacious. In addition, the upcoming Polo appears to have updated headlamps and taillights.

The Polo is noticeably sharing the same platform used by the Golf, Seat Ibiza and Skoda Fabia. It rides on the scalable MQB-A0 architecture of its maker.

According to Autocar, the Volkswagen Polo aims to go head-on against the Ford Fiesta in the market. The entry-level model of the auto will come with a 1.0-liter three cylinder petrol engine with 64 bhp. Other models will also carry the same engine but with configurations of 74 bhp, 94 bhp and 113 bhp.

A 1.5-liter engine version of the vehicle will have an output of around 128 bhp to 148 bhp. A Polo GTI variant is rumored too equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine capable of producing 200 bhp. The source stated that the Polo GTI will be the range-topping model of the series as the brand will no longer offer a Polo R. Look forward to a hybrid Polo as well.

The Polo will still be available in diesel-fed engines. The report mentioned that it will drop the 1.4-liter three-cylinder diesel engine in favor of a 1.6-liter four-cylinder unit. The engine will be configured to deliver 79 bhp, 94 bhp and 108 bhp.

The Polo might not get a four-wheel drive system. On the other hand, its power will be distributed via five-speed and six-speed manual gearboxes. A seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox will be optional.

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