Set to rival the Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG, Porsche Panamera Turbo and upcoming Audi RS7, the latest M-car sets out to broaden the scope of the existing M6 lineup, providing added levels of practicality and improved comfort through the adoption of two extra doors and greater rear seat accommodation than its coupe and convertible siblings, alongside which it will be produced at BMW’s Dingolfing factory in Germany from early 2013.
The car arrives in North America in early summer of next year with a price tag around $110,000.
The wild Lexus LF-LC coupe concept that wowed visitors at the Detroit auto show is on track for development, signaling a new direction for a brand that has fallen from first to third in the U.S. luxury sales rankings.
Company executives said in January that the flashy 2+2 sports coupe was not planned for production. But several Lexus insiders now say the overwhelming reaction means it almost certainly will come to market.
Lexus dealers recently were sent crystal sculptures with a 3-D laser rendering of the LF-LC etched inside the crystal. Inscribed on the crystal were the words, “2012 GS Challenge … 27,500 Sales.” The underlying message: Hit the sales target for the mid-sized sedan and get the cool coupe.
But the Lexus source said the LF-LC probably would be produced even if dealers don’t hit the GS sales target.
Lexus’ 11-year reign as the best-selling luxury brand in the United States ended last year as it slipped behind BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Lexus continued to trail BMW and Mercedes in the first half of this year.
“After Beijing, we will retire the Kubang concept. Our SUV will reappear in its production form and with its final name in due time,” Maserati CEO Harald Wester told Automotive News Europe on the sidelines of the show.
Sources say the production version of the SUV will appear at the Detroit auto show in January 2014.
In Beijing, the Kubang was located near one of its future rivals, the Lamborghini Urus concept.
Maserati, Lamborghini and Bentley want to enter the SUV niche a decade after Porsche broke with tradition and rolled out the Cayenne in 2002. The Cayenne–not the brand’s iconic 911–accounted for half of Porsche’s 118,867 sales in 2011.
Editor/Blog note: nice, very nice, but I had to get the S4 for room for a car seat and 4 door livability.
Reserved for the most advanced class of Audi vehicles, the RS badge indicates an elevated level of legendary Audi performance engineering. Today, we enthusiastically announce the newest addition to our RS lineup. The 2013 Audi RS 5 has arrived in the United States, making its debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. This magnificent vehicle pairs the styling of a classic coupe with the unbridled power of a 4.2-liter, 450 hp V8 engine. The racing pedigree of the RS 5 is evident in every detail—from the rear spoiler, which automatically deploys at high speeds, to the RS specific driver information system featuring a lap timer and oil temperature display. And then there is the seven-speed Audi S tronic® dual-clutch transmission that accelerates the vehicle from 0-60 MPH in just 4.5 seconds. Visit your local Audi Dealer for an in-person look at the 2013 Audi RS 5 before it takes to the road this spring.
The Acura NSX took on an aura of immortality the moment it died in 2005. Its legend only grew when a potential replacement was killed in 2008 amid the global financial crisis, dashing the hopes of enthusiasts everywhere. Finally, the return of the NSX was confirmed last year, and it will become production reality sometime in the next three years.
The Detroit auto show marks the coming-out party for the NSX, which was revealed in concept form with a number of many true-to-life features—some of which stand in stark contrast its forerunner. Namely, the concept is all-wheel drive, unlike the iconic rear-wheel original. This employs Acura‘s latest technology, using a two-motor electric-drive unit that can vary torque to the front wheels during cornering. There’s also a dual-clutch transmission with a built-in electric motor that’s said to aid acceleration.
Clad in a blazing shade of blood red, the LF-LC suggests a future sports car for the luxury brand. The concept has a 2+2 configuration and a hybrid powertrain. It was designed at the company’s Calty studio in Newport Beach, Calif.
The shots show an angled, angry grille evidenced on the LF-GH concept at the 2011 New York auto show, which closely previewed the 2013 GS sedan.
The LF-LC concept also has blinged-out wheels, futuristic three-bulb headlights and curvy fenders. More details will be revealed on Monday.
The Detroit auto show promises to be a sports-car shootout, as Acura has confirmed that the NSX will bow there and Chevrolet is bringing two athletic design concepts.
That plan is toast, courtesy of the Internet. Road & Track magazine touted its next issue with a video on YouTube–since pulled–that revealed the Lexus LF-LC. Another photo of the car has shown up on the Web site of the U.K.’s Car magazine.
The LF-LC is another salvo in Lexus’s bid to boost the excitement level of its styling. The grille builds upon the nose that debuted on the LF-Gh concept that previewed the redesigned Lexus GS sedan. And the coupe styling makes us believe that Lexus is thinking that it might be possible to release a successor to the now-departed SC coupe, which was based on the platform used for the LS sedan.
Porsche has developed an innovative fabric and composite-plastic folding roof for the 911 cabriolet as part of a push to give it a cleaner appearance, improved aerodynamic efficiency and greater levels of refinement than its strong-selling predecessor.
Pictured here officially for the first time ahead of its world premiere in January at the Detroit auto show, the new open-top 911 is planned to go on sale in North America in 2012 in Carrera cabriolet and Carrera S models.
Eschewing the traditional multilayered fabric structure of the 997 series 911 cabriolet, the next model (991 series) adopts a specially developed lightweight roof that uses two fabric-skinned composite plastic panels for the upper and rear part of the structure, giving it a more uniform shape together with a tauter fit that is claimed to make it more resistant than before to buffeting at high speeds
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