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Last US-spec BMW M5 “30 Jahre M5” auctioned for $700,000

Back in May 2014, BMW introduced the 30th anniversary Edition of the M5 called “30 Jahre M5”, a model which would see a production of just 300 units, with only 30 of them reaching the United States. 29 units were sold immediately, but the last one has been auction at an event organized by Barrett-Jackson.

The high-performance German sedan was auctioned for a staggering $700,000 and the lucky buyer is NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrik. Still, what’s even more interesting is that the money will go to the BMW Club of America Foundation. For those who don’t know, the BWM M5 “30 Jahre M5” is powered by a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that generates 600 hp (441 kW) and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque.

As a result, it can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.9 seconds, while top speed is 155 mph (250 km/h) or 305 km/h (189 mph) when equipped with the optional M Driver’s Package.

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2016 Fiat 500X makes North American debut at LA Auto Show

The 2016 Fiat 500X crossover has made its North American debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show, offering a preview of Fiat’s first all-wheel-drive offering for cold weather areas in the United States. Jason Stoicevich, head of the Fiat brand for North America, remarked that while California, Texas and Florida – all warm-weather states – are the brand’s major markets in the US, the 500X gives Fiat the biggest opportunity to compete in areas where there is “some inclement weather.”

Stoicevich told Automotive News that he expects Fiat dealers in the northeast US to “do best” with the subcompact crossover. The 500X now allows Fiat to offer larger size, better functionality, and an all-wheel drive capability.

The five-passenger 500X – built in Italy -- shares a platform and a number components with the Jeep Renegade but features Fiat styling. It is available in two powertrain options. Coming as standard is a turbocharged 1.4-liter inline-four engine that provides 160 hp of output and 184 pounds-feet of torque and is mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

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2015 VW Golf R priced $36,696 in the United States

VW announced that the 2015 Golf R will start at $36,696 (plus $820 destination charge) in the united States. Each vehicle will come as standard with a 2.0-liter direct-injection EA888 TSI engine that produces 292 hp and 280 lb-ft (380 Nm) of torque. Bolted to a six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission that offers launch control feature, the Golf R is able to sprint from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.9 seconds, while top speed is 155 mph or 250 km/h.

For those who don’t know, the Golf R features the 4Motion all-wheel-drive system with a fifth-generation Haldex coupling. When it comes to design, the Golf R is fitted with specially designed bumpers, side skirts and 18- or 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.

Other features include Bi-xenon headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights, as well as two-branch exhaust system with four chrome tips. Inside, the Golf R gets a flat-bottomed steering wheel wrapped in leather, R-specific instrumentation and sport seats.

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Euro-spec 2015 Honda HR-V Prototype introduced prior to Paris Motor Show

At the 2014 Paris Motor Show in October, Honda will bring the prototype version of the Euro-spec HR-V. For those who don’t know, the vehicle was already introduced earlier this year at the 2014 New York Auto Show and last year in Japan, where it is sold as the Vezel.

Still, Honda looks prepared to bring it in Europe as well and the new HR-V will arrive with the well-known design as well as with the spacious interior. In addition, the interior gets the Honda Magic Seats which enable a wide range of seating configurations and the driver will be able to fold the second row seats completely flat in order to increase the cargo space.

Under the hood, we expect to see the 1.5-liter direct injection four-cylinder petrol engine used by the Vezel and bolted to a manual transmission as standard, while the CVT automatic transmission will be offered as an option.

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According to our friends from Autoblog, the 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C will start at $53,900 in the United States. Still, the $1,295 destination and handling charges will bring the price to $55,195. If you definitely want the 4C Launch Edition that was launched at the 2014 New York Auto Show, you will have to pay $69,695 (including destination) and you better hurry up as Alfa Romeo will only offer 500 units.

For those who don’t know, the 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Launch Edition comes with larger optional wheels that have a dark finish, a sport suspension, a sport exhaust and other upgrades.

What’s more interesting is that comparing it with the Euro-spec version, the US-spec Alfa Romeo 4C will be 342 pounds (155 kg) heavier. Apparently, a beefier carbon-fiber tub, as well as additionally US safety equipment are the reasons for the increased weight.

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Volkswagen of America announced the US pricing for the 2015 Golf GTI models. As a result, the 2015 Golf GTI S entry-level has a starting price of $24,395 (plus $820 destination and handling) in a two-door form and using a six-speed manual transmission. That’s a $195 over the outgoing version.

Still, when compared with the previous version, the 2015 Golf GTI adds as standard the latest EA888 turbocharged 2.0-liter TSI engine that develops 210 hp (up 10 hp) and 258 pound-feet of torque (an increase of 51 lb-ft), as well as the VW Car-Net connected services, touchscreen radio, multifunction steering wheel wrapped in leather, driving mode selection feature, ambient and footwell lighting with LED reading lights, but also LED foglights.

Volkswagen will offer the 2015 Golf GTI in two other trim levels: the SE and Autobahn. The 2015 VW Golf GTI SE starts at $27,395 for the two-door model equipped with a manual transmission. Meanwhile, the 2015 Golf GTI Autobahn is available only in the four-door form and priced at $29,595 when equipped with the manual transmission.

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Volkswagen officially announced today that the 2015 Golf R will make its North American debut next week at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. The car already made its European debut in September, at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show and as expected, it will make its debut a little bit later in the United States, more exactly in the first quarter of 2015.

Powered by a 2.0-liter EA888 TSI engine, the 2015 Golf R delivers 290 hp and 280 pound-feet of torque, with 34 hp more than the previous version but with 6 hp less than the European version. Still, using the DSG dual clutch automatic transmission, the 2015 Vw Golf R sprints from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 4.9 seconds and in 5.3 seconds when equipped with a six-speed manual transmission.

In terms of design, we find the specially designed bumpers, side skirts, Bi-Xenon headlights with newly designed LED daytime running lights, a two-branch exhaust system with four chrome tips and 18-inch alloy wheels. Inside, we find the leather-wrapped three-spoke sport steering wheel, ambient lightning and R-Specific instrumentation.

Read the entire article 2014 Detroit Auto Show Preview: Vw unveils the US-spec 2015 Golf R
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