Mercedes has the CLS, Audi the A7. So it was only a matter of time before BMW would design something to battle the competition. What they came up with you see here, the 2013 BMW 6 series Gran Coupe. The Gran Coupe is mechanically very similar to the BMW 5 series, which means it will be a relatively heavy vehicle, with the heaviest (the 650i xDrive) coming in at 4550lbs.
Two engine choices are available to U.S. buyers, a 3.0 liter turbo producing 315hp, or a 4.4 liter twin turbo V8 making 445hp and 480lbs of torque (guess which one we like). Both come with a ZF eight speed automatic transmission. Regardless of which engine you pick 0-60 is respectable, with the 3.0 liter hitting it in 5.3 seconds (think about how heavy this is) and the 4.4 liter doing it in 4.5 seconds. Both are limited at 155mph.
The interior is really beautiful in this car, although rear leg room seems a bit tight for a car this long. Overall there is much to love and very little not to. Well, did we mention the price yet?
Price – 640i $76,895; 650i $87,395; 650i xDrive $90,395 (all prices listed are base)
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This is just plain cuh-razy. Nissan will be taking an extremely limited number of orders for the Juke-R. Bragging rights won’t come cheap, at an estimated $590,000! But that gets you one of the very few of these cars in existence, and it will have the 545hp Godzilla engine.
For those of you who just want a seriously fast, extremely capable, well handling car that is made in slightly higher numbers for a lot less money. You might consider the Nissan GTR, at $97,820 you could actually buy a base model Juke (about $21,000) and still have money left over.
If you’re seriously considering the Juke-R contact Nissan
Ahh, the Ferrari California, equally beautiful top up or top down, now available with the HS package. HS stands for Handling Speciale, new for 2013. The car already comes with a 4.3 liter 490hp V8, the HS package promises to put that power to good use. Stiffer springs, magnetic dampers and a faster electronic control unit are combined to greatly enhance cornering, add to that the latest F1 traction control and you’re suddenly taking corners like… well like you’re driving a Ferrari California HS!
Zero to sixty comes in 3.8 seconds, through a dual clutch seven speed automatic transmission.
Price $201,290 (base)
For those who like the look of the Audi A7, and lets face it what’s not to like, the new S7 promises all that and more. Fitted with a 4.0 liter twin turbo V8 producing 420hp (roughly 110hp more than the standard A7) and 406lbs torque. It’s capable of 0-60 in about 4.7 seconds, with top speed limited at 155mph.
Power is delivered through a dual clutch seven speed automatic transmission to quattro all-wheel drive. Features and options include carbon ceramic brakes, adaptive air suspension, torque vectoring rear differential and more. Ride and handling are excellent, as you would expect.
Price TBD (est. $80,000)
We may be getting a bit ahead of ourselves when we say we would very much like to have this car. Very, very much. Lets take a look at what makes the almost unbelievable Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse.
Weighing in at 4400lbs and stuffed with a massive 8 liter W12 QUAD turbo charged 64 valve engine, pumping out an astounding 1200hp and 1106lbs torque it’s sure to be fast. How fast? Well 0-60 blurs by in 2.4 seconds, hitting 100 miles per hour takes just 5 seconds and the standing 1/4 mile will disappear in 10 seconds flat. All out this thing might pass an Indy car, with a top speed of 255mph! Few humans have any idea just how fast things fly by you at anything close to that sort of insane speed.
To make all of this happen the Veyron 16.4 Sport Vitesse must dispose of an incredible amount of heat and create enough downforce to keep itself from flying through the air. Bugatti engineers accomplished both tasks, beautifully. The automobile itself is no less than a work of art, that gives little hint to the incredible levels of technology required just to keep it in one piece as it hurtles down the road. This is truly the fastest production car on earth.
Cost Estimated at $2,250,000.00
EPA city/highway driving: 8mpg/15mpg
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2013 brings numerous updates to the flagship Toyota Avalon sedan. Exterior styling updates can be described as ‘sporty’, with the front now dominated by a larger than life lower air damn grill. The rear end has a bit of a “Lexus” feel to it. Overall exterior styling is fresh, and may appeal to a more youthful demographic than the outgoing model.
The interior also sees some pleasant updates, with a standard touch screen, capacitive buttons and optional navigation, a JBL sound system, ambient lighting, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, three-zone climate control, and an adaptive cruise control system
There’s no official word on power, but Toyota is widely expected to stay with the previous 3.5 liter V6, making 268hp and 248lbs torque.
Price TBD (expected to start around $33,995)
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The 2013 Lincoln MKS EcoBoost is meant to go toe to toe with cars from Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Really. This reviewer believes Lincoln has some design work to do in order to get there. Don’t get me wrong, this new car has serious potential in what’s under the skin. But the exterior is uninspiring, and just having a badge that says, “EcoBoost” on the car might be a turn off to many well healed buyers right out of the gate.
Exterior aside, there’s some promising potential in this car. The “EcoBoost” engine is a 3.5 liter twin turbo V6, making 365hp and 350lbs torque, which is actually comparable to some of the European brands it would like to challenge. In addition, it employs something called Lincoln Drive Control that offers three driver-selectable modes — comfort, normal, and sport — affecting the steering, suspension, throttle, transmission, and active noise control. Active dampers have been added, to provide more control of body roll. This car is said to actually handle as well, or perhaps better, than the Mercedes E350 and Audi A6.
There’s also other bits you’ve come to expect from the European folks. All wheel drive is available, voice control, as is a system that warns the driver if the vehicle starts to drift out of it’s lane, and driver drowsiness alert as well.
All told this is a very nice car to drive. Now, back to that styling…
Price $50,675 (with EcoBoost, including awesome badge that says so)
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Caught in the open prior to the New York Auto Show, the 2013 Fisker Nina! You can get an idea from the picture above of the scale of the car, it’s about the size of a BMW 5 series. Speaking of BMW, word is it will feature a 2 liter twin turbo BMW engine, combined with Fisker electric component drivetrain (similar to the layout of the Chevrolet Volt), and will be assembled at the former GM assembly plant in Delaware. The car is quite lovely, and has many of the design attributes carried over from the larger Fisker Karma, on a slightly smaller scale.
No firm word on performance specs for this car yet, but price has been estimated at around $47,500.
Credit – Brenda Priddy – Spy shots
Looking for a rather large luxury sedan with a wee bit of muscle? There are some obvious choices that come to mind, but take a look at what Jaguar has to offer. The 2012 XJL Supersport is both large, with a 124.3″ wheelbase, 206.6″ length and 74.6″ width. It’s also powerful, with a supercharged 5.0 liter V8 making a respectable 510hp and 461lbs of torque.
This power transfers through a 6 speed automatic to propel this 4412lb vehicle from 0-60 in just 4.2 seconds and a top speed of 160mph. This over two ton car will pull 0.87 on the skid pad, and a 70-0 braking distance of 154 feet is also pretty good.
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If you saw the car pictured above would you want it? To the uninitiated seeing a car during the development stages, going from concept to prototype, to beta and so on, can be a bit unnerving to say the least. If you’d like to calm those nerves straight away just skip to the bottom and see what Porsche expects the finished product should look like.
But that picture at the bottom is of the concept, can they actually build it. It’s certainly possible. But to get there they must first build something like you see above. A test bed, if you will, to see what works and what does not.
So here’s what we know so far, the hybrid system being tested is a 4.6 liter V8 at 570hp, combined with a 107hp electric motor for the front wheels, and another 121hp electric motor that works in concert with the V8 to drive the rear wheels. All told we’re talking 770hp, capable of 0-60 in under 3 seconds. Top speed is estimated in the 205mph range.
On the down side those cool looking exhaust pipes simply, well, are not cool. To keep the hybrid system cool the exhaust system will be a “hot v” configuration, running over the top of the engine just aft of the passengers heads. Should be coolish.
Price TBD (a lot)