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2018 Lexus LC 500h boasts impressive fuel economy rating of 30 mpg combined

There is no harm in admitting that both the conventional and the hybrid versions of the Lexus LC 500 are real stunners when it comes to its exterior styling. Even its interior is richly luxurious and dynamically comfortable, as what you could expect from a Lexus.

When it comes to performance, the Lexus LC 500 is also mesmerizing, with acceleration and speed levels that are out of the ordinary.

Nonetheless, when it comes to choosing cars, fuel economy has been a consideration. Even when fuel prices are low, there is still a good number of customers who see fuel economy as one of the factors in buying a car. Good news is that while both the Lexus LC 500 and the Lexus LC 500h are high-performance units, they are pretty fuel efficient, especially the hybrid version.

Read the entire article 2018 Lexus LC 500h boasts impressive fuel economy rating of 30 mpg combined

Leaked BMW launch plans from 2017 to 2021 are setting everyone abuzz

Carmakers usually leave us thirsty for information on whether they would introduce a new, refreshed or face-lifted vehicle and on when they intend to launch it. There are reasons for this. One, they want to make customers become excited for a new product. Likewise, they want to build hype for a certain vehicle one at a time.

BMW probably doesn’t like it, but it seems that its launch plans have been leaked. Somehow, Auto Motor und Sport was able to get hold of BMW’s launch plans and has reported it. The list seems pretty comprehensive and is good for the medium term, as it outlines the German premium carmaker’s vehicle launches starting this year to 2021.

For this year, BMW will be introducing 12 new and face-lifted models. First off will be the BMW 6 Series facelift, which will be followed by the BMW i3 facelift in the summer. Also coming this year – in July in particular -- are the face-lifted forms of the coupe and convertible version of the BMW 2 Series.

Read the entire article Leaked BMW launch plans from 2017 to 2021 are setting everyone abuzz

2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe now on sale in Germany with base price of €41,220

Mercedes-Benz unveiled the 2018 E Class Coupe (sold as 2017MY in Germany) at the 2017 North American International Auto Show (or 2017 Detroit Auto Show). Reports had been saying that Mercedes will commence sales of the E Class coupe in the first or second quarter of 2017. However, it turns out that Mercedes is already selling the 2018 E Class Coupe in its home market, Germany.

Those residing in Germany could now place their orders for the 2018 Mercedes E Class Coupe and get their premium two-door cars as early as March 2017. Buyers could have their own 2018 E Class at a starting price of €41,220 ($42,980) -- excluding taxes – for the entry-level E200.

2018 2-door E Class coupe is considered to be Mercedes’ answer to the BMW 4 Series and the Audi A5. It is heavily influenced by Mercedes’ “sensual purity” design, considering its fuller body, smoother shape and sloping roofline. The new E Class coupe is underpinned by Mercedes’ latest modular rear architecture (MRA platform). In terms of dimensions, the new E-Class coupe measures 4,827 mm in length, 1,860 mm in width and 1,430 mm in height – making it 141 mm longer, 50 mm wider and 25 mm taller than the C-Class coupe. These measurements give rise to sleek yet elegant coupe proportions typical of Mercedes. Its front end is defined by a long hood with power domes, a low-positioned sport grille and central star, and an elongated greenhouse. Notable is the absence of a B pillar, paving way to four frameless side windows.

Read the entire article 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe now on sale in Germany with base price of €41,220

G-Power Mercedes-AMG GT delivers 610 hp of output and 755 Nm of torque

Each time tuning company G-Power unveils its work, we could expect a tuned car that is significantly more potent than the standard unit it was based on. This has been the case for several of BMW’s high-performance cars – all of which were made more powerful by the incredible tuning work of G-Power.

The latest of G-Power’s works include, however, another German premium carmaker – Mercedes-Benz. For its latest project, G-Power has picked the Mercedes-AMG GT sports car. In the non-tuned form, the 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine found in the AMG GT sports car only delivers 462 hp of max output and 600 Nm (440 lb-ft.) of peak torque.

This level of power already allows the AMG GT sports car to do a very quick sprint, accelerating from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 4.0 seconds while reaching a limited top speed of 189 mph. For many, this level of performance is already incredible. But the people at G-Power knew they could improve the dynamics of this engine and make the AMG GT sports car a better performer.

Read the entire article G-Power Mercedes-AMG GT delivers 610 hp of output and 755 Nm of torque

It’s rather strange actually. Jannarelly first introduced the hardtop Design 1 last year but hasn’t said much about the details on how anyone could possibly get in and out of the car without hitting his head first.

Unlike the typical roadster where the top either stays in place or folds all the way to the back, the UAE-based startup firm has cleverly designed the Design 1’s hardtop in such a way that it tilts forward.

At first, it seems a little strange but Jannarelly wouldn’t have done it in the first place if it will only complicate the matter. Judging from the way it looks, it would be difficult to get inside the low-slung vehicle unless you have to remove the hardtop altogether. But that would be a hassle, don’t you think?

Read the entire article Latest discovery: Jannarelly Design-1 comes with an exciting hard-top feature

When Lexus unveiled the LC sports coupe, quite a number of people were already wishing that it would have a performance version. It is not that the LC 500 coupe isn’t much of a performer. In fact, Lexus has described the new LC as its new flagship 2+2 performance coupe. However, a more hardcore version of the Lexus LC would be a very welcome proposition. How we wish – just like many – that such LC version would be on its way.

Just recently, speculations have arisen that Lexus might be planning or is already working on a hardcore version of the LC performance coupe. These speculations were brought to the air by the fact that Lexus’ parent – Japanese auto giant Toyota Motors Corp. – has applied for the trademark of the names “LC F” and “Lexus LC F” with the European Union Intellectual Property Office. Since the LC was created in order to expressly highlight the premium brand’s sporting credentials and its new focus on dynamism, Lexus creating a more hardcore F version wouldn’t be a surprise. In fact, would be a natural and logical step to take, considering that its other coupes like the Lexus RC, also received an F version.

However, we will be quick to point out that a trademark application for a certain name doesn’t really amount to using it. A carmaker may file to trademark a certain name because it intends to realize it into an actual vehicle. However, the opposite could also be true – there could really be no plans to use that name on a certain vehicle in the near term. That carmaker may simply want to protect that name, thereby preventing other companies from using it.

Read the entire article Toyota trademarks LC F and Lexus LC F, a hardcore LC could be coming

Will there be another Bullitt Mustang in the near future? There could be, if we base our conclusions on the recent accidental leak of the new Ford Mustang Bullitt’s existence.

Hitting the big screen in 1968, Bullitt is definitely one of the epic and classic films ever shown. Its iconic importance has been cemented by the fact that it was selected in 2007 for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, as Bullitt is "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."

Sharing the same legend as the film’s main protagonist (Police Lieutenant Frank Bullitt, played by Steve McQueen) is the car that he drove during the now epic car chase – a 1968 Ford Mustang GT. Commonly called as the Mustang Bullitt, this epic car has been resurrected many times in forms of commemorative editions in 2001 and 2009. Ford built 5,582 examples of the Mustang Bullitt in 2001 and followed it up with 816 units in 2009. Because of its epic status, it is no wonder that motorists from a whole new generation are still excited about the prospect of a new Mustang Bullitt appearing in the near future. However, Ford has been silent on whether there is indeed an endeavor to recreate a Mustang Bullitt, as derived from the latest generation of the Ford Mustang.

Read the entire article The Rock inadvertently leaks existence of future 2018 Ford Mustang Bullitt

David Brown Automotive has recreated the 60s with the 2017 Speedback GT supercar. The first prototype version was initially launched in 2014 at Top Marques Monaco. Since then, the company has added about 237 refinements on the model. Apparently, the same car was briefly damaged while being transported to Germany for the Euro Motor Show last November.

The retro-inspired high performance vehicle, which is slated to make its debut next month will come in two specifications. This is to further showcase the enhancements in its design and engineering including personalization, elegant choices for colors and trims plus other unique bespoke features that the company has to offer.

With a top speed of 155 miles per hour after hitting 60mph in just 4.6 seconds, the Speedback GT comes equipped with a 510 bhp 5.0 litre V8 supercharged engine that can blow up to 461 pound feet of torque. The chassis, being supplied by Jaguar Land Rover, is that of a Jaguar XK-R. Other suppliers involved in the production are Lawrence Automotive (for the wood veneers) and Envisage Group.

Read the entire article Relive the 1960s: 2017 Speedback GT to be showcased at Geneva Motor Show

Do the vehicle’s aesthetic standards appeal to you more than its performance? If so, TopCar’s version of the Mercedes-Benz GLE 350d not only looks mean but it also comes with a meaner price tag --- It’s almost like buying an “AMG-fied” GLE63 S Coupe. That being the case, there definitely is a lot more you can do to make it run just as fast or to simply improve its overall performance. Which would you rather have?

To compare it with the AMG 63 S, the GLE 350d dressed up in TopCar’s Inferno body kit is priced at around $113,000 while the set of 22-inch Lumma Design Wheels can be bought separately at more or less 6,900 USD. On the other hand, you can get the AMG-modified Mercedes-Benz for 110,650 USD. In other words, this makes the diesel engined Inferno close to the price range of an AMG.

If you’re leaning towards fuel economy, then an AMG might not be for you. You may have to bring down your expectations. A standard GLE 350d Coupe boasts an average of 6.9 liters per 100 kilometers combined fuel consumption. Besides, it has enough power to hit 62 mph from a standstill in just seven seconds.

Read the entire article Get awestruck with the Mercedes-Benz GLE 350d INFERNO by TopCar

Some customers are difficult to satisfy. There have been instances when customers would opt for a more powerful version of a vehicle. Thus, it would be quite logical to say that one of the primary motives why some customers prefer the BMW M4 over a typical BMW 4 Series Coupe is the power of the car. There is certainly a huge gap in the power levels between the M4 and a regular 4 Series. Customers with a taste for performance are likely to grab the BMW M4.

German tuner Cam-Shaft, however, could also say that there is quite a difference between the potential of its tuned BMW M4 and the power of a regular M4. Cam-Shaft is offering a program that could raise further the power levels of the current M4. As it is, the M4 is powered by a 6.3-liter inline-six engine that is lighter by around 10 kilograms than its predecessors like the V8, although it features similar power levels.

This inline-six is capable of delivering up to 425 hp (431 PS) of max output available between 5,500 rpm and 7,300 rpm, as well as 406 lb.-ft. (550 Nm) of peak torque available between 1,850 rpm and 5,500 rpm. At this level, the BMW could dash from zero to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds via a standard six-speed manual transmission (3.9 seconds with M-DCT transmission).

Read the entire article Cam-Shaft tweaks BMW M4’s power levels

Soon, one of the largest annual games in the United States will happen, and Lexus will not let its live broadcast pass by without showing a commercial advertisement. After all, it’s the National Football League’s Super Bowl, one of the most watched games both in the stadium and in the television – a big chance to reach a massive audience in one go.

To note, Lexus missed the 2016 edition of the big game, the Super Bowl 50. But the luxury arm of Japanese carmaker Toyota Motors will be present this year. During the 2015 edition – the Super Bowl XLIX – Lexus showed two spots with durations of 30 seconds each. The first spot (Make Some Noise) was about the Lexus NX luxury crossover, while the second ad (Let’s Play) trumped the Lexus RC premium sports coupe.

For this year’s Super Bowl – to be held on February 5, 2017 at the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas and to be primarily broadcasted live by Fox in the United States – Lexus will be flaunting its newly unveiled LC 500 luxury coupe. Lexus’ upcoming Super Bowl spot will be a 30-second version of a just-released one commercial ad – lasting for a minute -- titled “Man & Machine.” This one-minute features well-known movement artist and street dancer Lil Buck and the sportily elegant Lexus LC 500 luxury coupe seemingly dancing together. The duo matches their rhythm to the dynamic song “Move Your Body” by pop star Sia. The aggressive spot is directed by music video maker Jonas Akerlund, whose previous projects included Madonna’s Ray of Light video. Voiceover is done by award-winning actress Minnie Driver.

Read the entire article Lexus’ Super Bowl LI ad will have the LC 500 and Lil Buck moving in rhythm [w/video]

The new Ford Mustang muscle car looks menacing and is surely quick and fast. But it seems its European version isn’t as safe as the pony car intended for the United States. This was recently revealed in the latest crash tests conducted by the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP).

Euro NCAP has already commenced subjecting new vehicles to its 2017 test regime. Among the first vehicles to undergo crash tests were the Euro-spec Mustang as well as the new Volvo S90 and V90. While the Volvo S90 and V90 were both impressive, the Euro-spec 2017 Ford Mustang was a disappointment. According to Euro NCAP, both the Volvo S90 and V90 – with maximum five-star ratings -- were able to exceed the best overall test scores of any model subjected to crash tests in 2016. Euro NCAP attributed these ratings to the fact the Volvo S90 and V90 are fitted – as standard -- with autonomous emergency braking for cars and pedestrians and are offering lane and speed assistance. In addition, the S90 and V90 are now two of the best three Euro NCAP scores. Interestingly, the third one was also a Volvo.

As for the Euro-spec Ford Mustang – in its pre-facelift version – the pony car just managed to earn a dismal two-star rating. This was a far cry from the five-star rating that its American version received from the New Car Assessment Program of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration years ago. In addition, the American-spec 2017 Ford Mustang managed to earn satisfying ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), which gave the pony car an "acceptable" rating in the small overlap front test, and a "good" rating in the moderate overlap front, side head restraints & seats, and roof strength tests.

Read the entire article 2017 Ford Mustang gets only two stars in Euro NCAP’s crash tests

When Lexus unveiled the LC 500 luxury sports coupe, it proved to the world that it is brave enough to reinvent itself. Well, it was not long ago when Lexus was considered as a premium brand that has become utterly boring. That could be because Lexus has been creating premium cars with similar designs, similar cues and similar values.

We couldn’t blame Toyota’s luxury brand for doing that. Lexus spent not just years, but decades of building a reputation for high quality and very reliable vehicles. With this, Lexus was able to experience a surge of success. But its own achievements were what made Lexus quite hard-headed about reinventing itself to become a premium manufacturer of also sporty and exciting luxury cars.

Enter the Lexus 500 luxury sports coupe. This flagship coupe is the company’s strongest statement – so far -- regarding the future direction of its production line. It is bound to influence Lexus’ lineup better than the Lexus LFA sports car. While the luxury brand during recent years has been introducing new models like the IS, NX, and RC -- all of which boast of high levels of emotion – the LC 500 is a personification of performance, luxury and athleticism and style.

Read the entire article Lexus reinvents itself by marrying sportiness and luxury with LC 500 grand touring coupe

Mercedes-Benz has revealed that in 2017, its series 124 coupé will be celebrating its 30th anniversary. While this itself is a significant event, it will also mean that this model will now be eligible to carry Germany’s historic license plate, also known as the H plate.

It was back in March 1987 when the brand first unveiled the coupe version of the 124 model series during the Geneva Motor Show held in that same year. Though coupe versions have long been considered as classics by many enthusiasts, this particular model continues to be considered as such even long after it was originally shown.

In the brochure that was released way back in 1987, the Mercedes-Benz mid-sized 124 coupe was described as having an impressive combination of a vehicle that had exclusive form, made use of innovative technology, delivered excellent fuel economy, featured high safety, and of course, boasted a remarkable performance. It was a model, the brochure continued, that can be reliably driven on a daily basis but is also a competent vehicle for long journeys.

Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz celebrates 30th Anniversary of the C 124

The 2017 Detroit Auto Show (2017 North American International Auto Show) has been exciting and thrilling. Several new concepts and production vehicles were announced and unveiled, with a number of reveals proving to be stunning as well as exciting. One of these reveals is a sedan from South Korea – the new Kia Stinger that will be offered as a 2018 model.

Intended and offered as a five-occupant fastback sports sedan, the Kia Stinger was one of the highlights at the Detroit Auto Show, thanks to its one-of-a-kind GT design and the promise of power for its future endeavors. Many are already expecting resounding success for the Kia Stinger even before the South Korean carmaker has commenced its sales.

Its stunning looks perhaps could be one of the reasons why X-Tomi Design, an auto styling specialist from Tard, Hungary has chosen it as the subject of its new rendition project. Perhaps mesmerized by its evolutionary appearance, X-Tomi Design rendered not only one, but two versions of the Kia Stinger fastback sedan. In a sense, X-Tomi Design is helping us find out how Kia Stinger fastback sedan would have looked like when created as another body style – a coupe and a wagon (estate) in particular.

Read the entire article X-Tomi renders coupe and wagon versions of the 2018 Kia Stinger fastback

We really couldn’t deny that quite a number of Audi customers and would-be-buyers are intently waiting for higher performance RS versions of the Audi A4 and A5. Of course, these customers are also intently waiting for juicier details about the next RS models from Audi Sport.

Now, we just received some juicy information regarding the Audi RS4 Avant, RS5 Coupe, and RS5 Sportback. The information came in the form of an image as well as a slideshow from a presentation conducted by an Audi dealer in Norway. These aren’t complete information, but will be enough to quench our craving while we wait for the official details.

Thanks to the leak from the presentation this particular dealer, we now know the power ratings for the new Audi RS4 Avant and the RS5 Coupe, as well as the RS5 Sportback. Back in September 2016, Stephan Reil -- head of engineering Audi's Quattro GmbH division – disclosed that the new Audi RS4 Avant and the RS5 Coupe would be powered by the same engine that serves as the core of the Porsche Panamera 4S.

Read the entire article Leak reveals Audi RS4 Avant and RS5 Coupe have even more power than Porsche Panamera 4S

As expected, four years after the current generation of the BMW 4 Series was introduced in 2013 with the BMW 4 Series Coupe, the German premium carmaker is implementing a Life Cycle Impulse.

This is also known as a mid-cycle refresh. BMW gave the 3 Series an FCI in 2016, and this year it is the turn of the 4 Series.

What is good about this mid-cycle update is the fact that BMW is refreshing not only one model of the 4 Series, but all of them. BMW has revised the 4 Series Coupe, 4 Series Convertible, 4 Series Gran Coupe and the M4 for the 2017 model year.

Read the entire article BMW 4 Series undergoes mid-cycle facelift for the 2017 model year

Wonder what else is happening in Detroit? Well, since the official pricing for the 2018 Lexus LC has been already announced, more audiences would surely be lining up to see what the new sports coupe has to offer.

The timing is quite perfect as the all-new Lexus LC is currently on display at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. According to Lexus, you can have the LC for as low as $92,000 MSRP. Assuming the destination and handling costs would be more or less $975, that’s still below $100,000.

The LC 500 variant will be able to generate 471hp and 398lb-ft of torque from its 5.0-liter V8 engine. We think this is a much better choice when it comes to price and performance. What’s more, this Lexus model will be the first to have the 10-speed automatic for its gearbox.

Read the entire article 2018 Lexus LC priced from $92,000

As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of Mercedes-AMG, the performance division of Mercedes-Benz is unveiling the 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Coupe at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show.

Slotted between the range-topping AMG GT R coupe and the GT S, the new GT C coupe is basically the hard-top (solid roof) version of the AMG GT C Roadster – with several similarities in looks and specs.

However, the new GT C coupe is only available as special Edition 50 model.

Read the entire article NAIAS: Mercedes-AMG celebrates 50th anniversary with unveiling of 2018 AMG GT C Coupe

Just as throwbacks are a thing right now, Jannarelly has got something to look back at as well. The Dubai startup car company has recently launched a ‘60s inspired roadster--- the Design-1. However, it is now considering a coupe version to be marketed this year. This is great news for those who want a “targa top” version of the hippie roadster. Though the original design already looked impressive, we think the hard top roof is a more favorable choice.

The Design-1 is basically a two-seater roadster made with tubular steel frame, aluminum panels and a mix of fiberglass and carbon fibre bodyworks. Both Frederic Julliot and Anthony Jannarelly worked on its design. Even if these two expats from UAE got most of their inspirations from the ‘50s and ‘60s, you can bet the Design-1 comes with the latest technology.

The French designers started their company only in December 2015. According to Anthony Jannarelly, their cars are a tribute to the ‘60s or what we’ve come to know as the “golden age” of sports cars. Because of Julliot and Jannarelly’s passion for old cars, it comes as no surprise that the Design-1 exudes timeless elegance. Jannarelly’s previous works include those he designed for W Motors ---the Fenyr Supersport and the Lykan Hypersport. Julliot on the other hand works as the head for Carbon-Fibre Specialists at the Equation Composite in UAE.

Read the entire article Jannarelly Design-1 Coupe slated to go on sale this year
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