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Porsche has promised that they will begin introducing “pure” models like the 911 R and the 911 GT3 Touring. And finally, they have announced that there will be another derivate. What makes this even better is that it will be more affordable because it will be based on the Carrera. To cut off some of its weight, the automaker will take out the rear seats as well as the infotainment system, but if you want those features back, they’ll put those parts back without the additional cost. Sweet deal, huh?
But before you get too excited, Porsche will not reinstall the sound absorbing material that was also taken out to cut down on weight. By removing all those unnecessary parts, the company has helped reduce 20 kilograms (44 pounds) off of the 911 (991) Carrera T. After the modifications, it now weighs down to 1,425 kilos (3,142 pounds), and its current equipment is still comparable to that of the standard model.
Interestingly, the Carrera T (Touring) has an advantage over the regular Carrera. It can be fitted with the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) that lowers the car by 20 millimeters. In addition, the new Touring also gets a “weight-optimized” Sport Chrono Package. It now has a shortened shift lever for the manual gearbox and the shortened transmission ratios. And what’s even better is the fact that you can add an optional rear-axle steering, which can’t be done on the standard model.Read the entire article 2018 Porsche 911 (991) Carrera T drops weight, gets more goodies
Check out the Rhodonite Silver paint job on BMW 530e (G30) plug-in hybrid, 540d (G31) xDrive Touring
The photos are courtesy of a guy from Sweden who claims to have ordered a 540i x G30 and is expecting its arrival next summer. Notably, the pictures were taken without sunlight so there may be some variation. Nevertheless, this customer is excited to share these photos with fellow BMW enthusiasts to see what they have to say about this uncommon colour.
The usual silver that we’re accustomed to seeing on cars doesn’t display any hints of chrome or lilac unlike the Rhodonite Silver Metallic on the 5-series models. Interestingly, BMW Individual Program has other interesting exterior color options including Azurite Black that drops a tinge of blue into it and Champagne Quartz with traces of metallic purple, gold and beige all rolled into one. Of course, there’s the Almandine Brown Metallic that looks so dark you’d think it’s another shade of black. But since both the xDrive Touring G31 540d and the G30 530e plugin hybrid are donning BMW M Sport packages, the Individual colour must have been particularly chosen as an upgrade which we estimate will cost you about £1,740.Read the entire article Check out the Rhodonite Silver paint job on BMW 530e (G30) plug-in hybrid, 540d (G31) xDrive Touring
It has been five years since the second generation of the Toyota Auris was launched in Europe, and the compact vehicle managed to steadily receive the attention of C-segment customers in this part of the world. Now, Toyota intends to ignite anew the interest for the Auris in the 2018 model year by launching a limited edition model based on its Touring Sports wagon version.
The new Auris Touring Sports Freestyle Edition is simply a reinterpreted version of the Auris Touring Sports wagon. The Auris Touring Sports Freestyle edition features a number of smart urban styling cues that help set it apart from a typical Auris Touring Sports wagon. For instance, the new Auris Touring Sports Freestyle edition is provided with a black front grille, rear privacy glass as well as door mirror covers in bright silver. Its wheel arch covers and side skirts are also finished in black while its front and rear underbody protections are wrapped in an aluminum finish. Further distinguishing styling cues include a set of five double-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels with a black and machined silver finish.
Interestingly, the new Auris Touring Sports Freestyle edition won’t be offered in a single specific powertrain package. Instead, the new Auris Touring Sports Freestyle edition will be made available in various powertrain options, including the conventional petrol and diesel engines as well as a hybrid drive. In terms of utility, the new Auris Touring Sports Freestyle edition offers up to 1,685 liters of cargo capacity when the rear seats are folded down.Read the entire article Toyota seeks to widen appeal of Auris compact with new Touring Sports Freestyle special edition
A few weeks after teasing the new 2018 BMW Alpina D5 S high-performance diesel-powered car, Alpina is now letting more information out of the bag. This new creation based on the BMW 5-Series that’s tagged as the fastest serial diesel car in the world comes in two body types – saloon (sedan) and touring (estate or wagon).
Alpina is introducing the new BMW Alpina D5 S to the global audience at the 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show. Expected to be the highlight of the Buchloer booth, the Alpina D5 S is eager to prove its worth as a diesel car that could give petrol-powered sedans and wagons a run for their money in terms of acceleration and speed.
The new BMW Alpina D5 S is derived from the new G30 generation of the BMW 5-Series. The BMW Alpina D5 S may have less power output as BMW’s high-performance M550d, but it has more torque. This allowed the BMW Alpina D5 S to be as quick as the BMW M550d. However, electronic limitations were loosened up a little, allowing the D5 S to be faster than the M550d.Read the entire article 2018 BMW Alpina D5 S is one of the fastest serial diesel cars in the world
While the reveal of the 2018 BMW M5 (F90) has been met with plenty of applause, there are a number of people who want a much wider trunk space from this model on top of the hot sedan's updated look, more powerful engine and new performance features like shifting from an all-wheel to a rear-wheel drive.
But since the Bavarian company has not come up with that yet, an artist from X-Tomi Design has rendered one. And what was created looks like a facelifted M5 Touring. It was back in 2007 when BMW last offered a Touring version of the M5, when it was released with the E61. Also, back then the company did not produce that many units of the M5 Touring, and the variant did not even reach US soil. Since then, BMW has skipped the touring trim in the last generation F10.
This is why we think that this rendering should encourage BMW to produce a Touring variant, which would make a lot of customers more satisfied. Under the hood of the 2018 M5 is a 4.4 liter V8 that produces as much as 600 horsepower (447 kilowatts) and 553 pound-feet (750 Newton metres) of torque. This powertrain lets it hit 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in just 3.4 seconds, before reaching its top speed of 155 miles per hour (250 kilometers per hour). This can even be maxed out to 189 mph (305 mph) sans the limiter.Read the entire article 2018 BMW M5 (F90) Touring with 600 hp rendered for your pleasure
Since there were only 891 examples of the M5 wagon, BMW never really had the chance to formally launch the model to the US. Good news is, a special dealer of BMW from Cincinnati has one currently on sale. For $129,990, you could own a rare 1995 BMW M5 Touring which also happens to be the final production year for BMW’s E34 generation.
As described on its website at www.enthusiastauto.com, the M5 is on sale with 96,206 accumulated mileage and is painted in Santorin blue with Diamond Schwartz lower trim and Lotus White Nappa leather for its interior. The leather upholstery’s piping comes in the same shade as the exterior’s body paint including the stitching along the nubuck headliner, the door handles, its ABC pillars, at the shift knob and its dashboard.
Packed with 335hp (250kW) 3.8-liter straight six engine, the high performance wagon in Santorin Blue is just one of the two examples ever built with the same specification. After acquiring the M5, the seller said it has been slightly modified and has since undergone comprehensive checkups to ensure that it is ready to be driven and enjoyed.Read the entire article Hard-to-find 1995 BMW M5 (E34) Touring can be yours for roughly $130,000
Honda had just shared detailed specs of the tenth generation Accord. The updated version not only looks better physically - it has been made larger, but lighter. The 2018 model year also comes with new engine options and additional standard safety features. Honda also confirmed that there will no longer be a coupe variant of it.
The new 2018 Honda Accord can actually fit in the Acura’s lineup, especially the range-topping Touring model that comes with LED headlights. As mentioned earlier, the 2018 model is bigger thanks to its longer wheelbase of 2.16 inch (55 millimeters). The sedan also has a sportier look because it is 0.39 inch (10 mm) wider, and 0.59 inch (15 mm) lower. To keep its weight down despite the increase in size, Honda made use of aluminum and ultra-high-strength steel in the chassis, losing a total of 50 to 80 kilos (110 pounds to 176 pounds), depending on the trim.
Having a longer wheelbase always means more space - either for the interior, the trunk, or both. In the case of the 2018 Accord, rear passengers get 2 inches (51 mm) of more legroom for a more comfortable ride, while the driver and front passenger seats have been pushed inward, giving them more hip and shoulder space. Visibility is also improved thanks to the thinner A-pillars. The new Accord also gets a larger trunk capacity, with more than one cubic foot for the combustion models, and up to 3.2 cubic feet for the Hybrid - as the battery pack can’t be found under the hood anymore.Read the entire article 2018 Honda Accord has new engine options and driver assistance tech but no coupe model
Only recently, it was rumoured that BMW has been putting their time and energy into venturing and coming up with brand new niches to launch into the global automotive markets. Lately, we have observed that almost everything has been dished out from the German automaker including the Gran Tourers, Active Tourers and Gran Coupes, however they haven't released vehicles that can go head to head against the Audi Allroad or the Mercedes Benz E Class All Terrain. Audi has been releasing Allroad units that are largely influenced by the A6 Avant models ever since '99.
It was reported that back at the BMW HQ, there are new things occurring, but they are apparently planning to target Tesla and the prime market. The 3 Series GT replacement is rumoured to be an electric car, and the 6er is reviving the 8 series trademark but with a consequential price increase. So it’s predicted that the 5 Series will not come at par with the classic A6 Allroad idea.
Now, Sports utility vehicles are creating lots of buzz in the automotive industry. This is why some automakers resorted to tricking their potential customers with high-riding wagons including the Volvo V90 Cross Country and Mercedes-Benz Benz E-Class All Terrain. Now the problem is that wagons are now slowly losing their appeal with the American consumers.Read the entire article BMW 5 Series Cross Touring render revealed! Could this idea work in the US?
The new BMW 5 Series Touring is definitely the sporty all-rounder model of the range. It is smart, luxurious and elegant, and at the same time, functional and dynamic. Now, German premium carmaker BMW is showing at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show that the BMW 5 Series Touring (G31) could be made hotter with a range of performance upgrades courtesy of M Performance Parts.
First off, the dynamic road performance new BMW 5 Series Touring could be boosted with the BMW M Performance Power Kits – and this is done without significantly affecting their fuel consumption levels and the emissions rate, as per EU test cycle. At launch, the BMW 540i xDrive Touring (petrol) will be available with the BMW Power and Sound Kit that could increase the power output of its six-cylinder in-line petrol engine – mated to an eight-speed Steptronic transmission -- from 250 kW (240 hp) to 265 kW (360 hp). The BMW Power and Sound Kit could also hike its torque levels from 450 Nm to 500 Nm – resulting to a greater engine response and pulling power. Just as the kit’s name indicates, it also bestows the BMW 540i xDrive Touring with a sporty soundtrack thanks to its silencer system.
Of course, BMW 5 Series customers who don’t want the power upgrade could avail of the BMW M Performance exhaust system as a separate product. The BMW M Performance exhaust system is available for the BMW 540i xDrive Touring and the BMW 530i Touring while a diesel version is offered for the BMW 530d Touring, BMW 530d xDrive Touring and BMW 520d Touring. The BMW M Performance exhaust system comes with a stainless steel sports silencer that furthers the visual appeal of the BMW 5 Series Touring models. Round or trapezoid tailpipe trims in chrome or carbon fiber are offered depending on the engine type and equipment level of the customer’s BMW 5 Series. All versions of the new BMW 5 Series Touring could be specified with the trapezoid tailpipe trims.Read the entire article 2017 Geneva Motor Show: BMW 5 Series Touring (G31) gets M Performance Parts
Alpina had previously teased customers and fans alike with a teaser for its upcoming 2018 B5 Bi-Turbo sedan. That is not enough it seems as the company has released another teaser showing the B5, this time the Wagon version, going through mountain roads. With this, the anticipation for the new B5 has increased further prior to its official debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.
Based on what can be gathered from the video, it appears that the new B5 will have the XDrive configuration, and if not offered as standard then a possible option. There is no word however if the brand will release the D5 at the same time as the B5. If not, then it is likely that it will be a few months before Alpina will reveal the diesel version.
With regards to power, many are saying that the B5 will hopefully have at least the same capability as that of the 4.4-liter biturbo V8 engine. This engine can deliver output of 600 hp (441 kW) with maximum torque of 591 lb.-ft. (800 Nm). For the D5, it should have power similar to what the 3.0-liter diesel engine can offer which is 345 hp (257 kW) with peak torque of 516 lb.-ft. (700 Nm).Read the entire article Alpina reveals teaser for 2018 B5 Bi-Turbo Wagon [w/video]
The 2017 Geneva Motor Show is turning out to be a showcase, at least for BMW. This is because the German premium carmaker has announced it will debut a couple of new cars at the prominent auto show next month.
First off, BMW will unveil the next generation of the BMW 5 Series Touring (G30) in Geneva. This will be the second body variant of the new generation of the 5 Series, after the sedan version. Available with all the elements found in the 5 Series Sedan such as all-wheel drive, all-wheel steering and roll stabilization, the new BMW 5 Series Touring boasts of considerable boot capacity (up to between 570 liters and 1,700 liters) and higher load capacity (up to between 720 kg and 730 kg). It also features a 40:20:40 split/folding rear seat backrest and an electric remote backrest release, as well as an automatic tailgate operation. The new 5 Series Touring is touted to be around 100 kg lighter than its predecessor.
At launch, the touring body variant of the BMW 5 Series will be available in four versions -- BMW 530i Touring (252 hp 2.0 liter petrol engine), BMW 540i xDrive Touring (340 hp 3.0 liter petrol engine), BMW 520d Touring (190 hp 2.0 liter diesel engine) and BMW 530d Touring/ BMW 530d xDrive Touring (265 hp 3.0 liter diesel engine). Compared to the engines found in the previous generation, the powerplants in the new 5 Series Touring are around 11 percent more fuel efficient. BMW will commence selling new 5 Series Touring in June 2017.Read the entire article BMW to unveil new 5 Series Touring, i8 special edition and updated 4 Series at Geneva Motor Show
After introducing the 5 Series G30 Sedan last year, BMW is back once again to launch the 2017 5-Series Touring Wagon (G31). The Bavarian automaker has just released the official photos before it makes its world premiere next month at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.
Aside from the already familiar design cues, the new practical wagon is said to be using BMW’s CLAR rear-wheel-drive architecture. Although it wasn’t mentioned how many pounds were cut from the overall weight, it probably shed as much as 220lbs. Since the platform is known for its intensive use of aluminum, the midsize wagon’s tailgate is now made of the same material.
Now on its 5th generation, the new Touring is probably one of its most spacious wagons brought by BMW. As a matter of fact, it claims to have at least 1,700-liter of boot space when the seats are folded. If the seats are up, the 5-Series has enough volume capacity of at least 570 liters. Plus, if we have to compare it with the previous model, it has increased in size by 10mm tall, 8mm wide and 36mm long.Read the entire article 2017 BMW 5-Series Touring (G31) revealed ahead of Geneva Motor Show
Almost immediately after its launch, car designers have rendered their own adaptations of the new BMW 5-Series (G30). It’s just how it goes. Most folks with very creative minds couldn’t wait to explore the endless possibilities out there. As far as we can tell, the reimagined luxury sedan could possibly end up with a Touring and the M5’s DNA.
X-Tomi Design rendered a BMW M5 (F90) out of the standard version of the 5 Series model. Think over-the-top and you’ll get a picture of highly aggressive bumpers, powerful rear wing, rear diffuser and side skirts with M-signature set of wheels. We could also visualise the much-hyped BMW M5 to be painted in blue and no other colour because that’s what M Series are known for.
It’s not the first time that speculations like these have surfaced on the Internet. Before the BMW 5 Series made it to its debut in Paris, some other artists have already done the same. One of the versions of the 5 Series is Remco Meulendjik‘s Touring or wagon.Read the entire article Rendered Speculation: 2018 BMW M5 (F90) and 5-Series (G30) Touring
German tuner Hamann surely knows what products to offer. Typically, Hamann would have been seen offering kits for BMW’s more expensive models, and the company still does. What may come as a shock to many is that Hamann is also looking to offer kits to less expensive and also less known BMW products like the F31 3 Series Touring.
The kit, while decent looking, definitely changes the vehicle’s appearance not only on the front but also on the rear. It may be surprising to see Hamann offer such a kit on such a model, but the fact is that not all people are driving sedans, and quite a number of drivers are into wagons.
In terms of practicality, wagons, touring and estates definitely have the edge against sedans, but may not be the sole reason why some people love Touring models. For these wagon-lovers, these vehicles look much better than the other types.Read the entire article Hamann is offering kit for BMW 3-Series Touring (F31)
The new Alpina D3 Bi-Turbo saloon and estate was introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The BMW 3-series-based D3 Bi-Turbo is powered by the same twin-turbo 3.0-litre straight-six diesel engine used by the XD3 and D5 models. This engine can deliver 345bhp and 516lb ft. This marks the first time for Alpina to install a six-cylinder diesel engine on the D3.
A four-cylinder engine powered the new D3’s predecessor in 2005. This remains the top-selling model throughout Alpina’s history. A total of over 2000 units were sold. The engine, which is EU6-compliant, offers a combined economy of 53.3mpg and can emit 139g/km of CO2. The vehicle can sprint from zero to 62mph in 4.6sec and can reach a top speed of 173mph.
As a result, the new diesel saloon can outpace the BMW M135i, which can accelerate from zero to 62mph in 4.9sec and has a limited top speed of 155mph. The D3 Bi-Turbo is offered in both saloon and estate (Touring) bodystyles. Meanwhile, right-hand drive models are offered with standard rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is offered as an option for left-hand drive vehicles.Read the entire article 2013 IAA: 2014 Alpina D3 Bi-Turbo debuts in Frankfurt [Live Photos]
Bmw unveiled this weekend the facelifted 5-Series and as seen before in the leaked photos, the biggest-selling 5-Series ever comes with redesigned front bumpers, new headlights, redesigned tail lights and a new range of alloy wheels.
Also new in the 2014 5-Series are the BMW Luxury Line and BMW Modern Line packages containing exclusive design and equipment features. And an M Sport package tailored to each model variant can also be specified.The most important addition is the arrival of the 518d, a model powered by a 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine used also on the 520d. On the 518d, the turbodiesel engine was detuned to deliver 143 hp. The new engine is available on both the new 5-Series sedan and touring.
According to Bmw, the new engine is capable to deliver a fuel consumption of just 4.5 litres per 100 km (62.8 mpg imp) and CO2 emissions of just 119 grams per kilometer. Moreover, the 5-Series model range includes the 520d xDrive in both Sedan and Touring guises. The top-of-the-line engine available on the 2014 5-Series is the new V8 with Bmw TwinPower Turbo technology developing 450 hp. Customers who are opting for the new 5-Series Gran Turismo can choose from two petrol power plants and three diesels.Read the entire article Official: 2014 Bmw 5-Series Sedan, Touring, Gran Turismo and ActiveHybrid 5
Honda introduced today the 2014 Odyssey Touring Elite at the New York Auto Show. Described as the ultimate family vehicle, the 2014 Odyssey Touring Elite features sharpened exterior styling and a revised interior as well as core safety upgrades. Set to go on sale this summer, the 2014 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite also introduces the all-new HondaVAC, the first-ever in-vehicle vacuum system.
HondaVAC was developed in conjunction with industry-leader Shop-Vac and consists of a powerful vacuum, replaceable filter and canister bag, with nozzle accessories neatly integrated into a dedicated space on the driver's side bulkhead of the rear cargo area. In terms of design, the 2014 OdysseyTouring Elite featuers a new sculpted aluminum hood, new aluminum front fenders, a new bolder twin-bar grille, and a revised lower front fascia with integrated chrome-trimmed fog lights.
Moreover, new two-tone housings, darker-finish projector-beam headlight housings, LED taillight bars and new badging are available. Inside, the 2014 Odyssey offers an all-new center stack as well as new features.Read the entire article New York Auto Show: 2014 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite debuts the HondaVAC
This is the 2013 Toyota Auris Touring Sports, a wagon variant of the popular Auris that promises to be the first wagon in the segment available with a full hybrid powertrain. Unveiled today at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, the new Auris Touring Sports combines the versatility and dynamic design without compromising loadspace or luggage capacity.
According to the official press release, the new Auris Touring Sports shares the same 2,600 mm wheelbase with the standard Auris but as expected it is 285 mm longer than the hatchback. This space is dedicated to the extended loadspace of the new wagon.
The new Auris Touring Sports share the hatchback’s steeply raked windscreen, while the three-panel side glazing features blacked-out pillars, including a piano black finish to the B pillar. The rear end is completely new and fea tures a new bumper and tailgate, with the loadspace sill set 80 mm lower than that of the hatchback.Read the entire article 2012 Paris Motor Show: Toyota introduces the Auris Touring Sports
Additional details on the powertrain and transmission offerings of BMW’s upcoming 3 Series wagon have been released. The confirmation came from BMW a few months ago but there weren’t much information available then. It will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, which it shares with the 328i sedan.
Its power output is unchanged at 240 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque. This engine will be partnered to an eight-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters offered as an option. The new wagon provides several driving modes, which include an ECO PRO mode, which amends accelerator mapping and transmissions shifts for maximum fuel efficiency.
Furthermore, ECO PRO mode includes displays on the instrument cluster to demonstrate fuel consumption information and tips on making driving more efficient. BMW asserts that this new model can result to a net of as much as a 20-percent decline in fuel consumption. A BMW spokesman wouldn’t confirm the use of either a six-speed manual or the N55 3.0-liter turbocharged straight-six. He also wouldn’t confirm a diesel option. However, he stated that there are numerous possibilities.Read the entire article 2013 Bmw 3-Series Touring: US-spec model details released
Eight months after the launch of the 3-Series Sedan (F30), Bmw unveiled the all-new 3-Series Touring (F31) and announced that the new car will also be offered in the United States… next year! The Bmw 3-Series Touring (F31) received 97 millimetres to the overall length and 50 millimetres to its wheelbase and as a result it will offer extra room for passengers and luggage alike.
A 35-litre increase in capacity (to 495 litres) means the load compartment can offer more space. Just like the sedan, the new 3-Series Touring will be available with three equipment packages: Sport Line, Luxury Line and Modern Line. At the beginning the new vehicle will be available with three engines: the new four-cylinder petrol unit, the six-cylinder diesel engine and the revised 2-litre diesel. The new 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol engine delivers 180 kW/245 hp, while the 2.0-liter diesel engine has a total output of 135 kW/184 hp.
The most powerful version is the 3.0-liter diesel engine producing 190 kW/ 258 hp. The 328i Touring sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 6.0 seconds and has a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).Read the entire article 2012 Bmw 3-Series Touring arrives with plenty of space for your family
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