At what point does a hot hatch become a pint-sized sports car? The Mercedes A45 AMG was already blurring the line, but the engineers over at AMG's Affalterbach headquarters decided that the pint-sized turbo terrier needed more power. Thanks to an extra 15 kW (20 hp) from its 2.0-liter motor, the updated A45 AMG will now hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.2 seconds.
It seems like Toyota sent a case of whatever it was drinking last week over to Mercedes UK. In a development every bit as weird as the Lexus hoverboard, Mercedes has designed a Smart Forfour-based train. That's right, a four-seat Smart mini-train. It's called the Smart Forrail, and while no one's all too sure why it exists, it does. Or at least it did briefly.
It might look like all the other Audis that have been launched in the past few years, but you're staring at the brand-new, totally redesigned A4. Wider and longer than the car it replaces, the new A4 is a technological showpiece that takes advantage of autonomous driving tech and a lightweight construction to save fuel and improve performance. The A4 will also be aiming to continue Audi's reputation for crafting beautiful, bulletproof cabins by combining high-tech infotainment interfaces with high-quality materials and slick design.
at speed down the highway with a heads-up display (HUD) constantly feeding data
into your line of sight can make anyone feel like a jet pilot on the road;
totally in control of your vehicle and primed to avert any potential danger that comes
your way. However, recent studies by the University of Toronto show that the HUD multi-tasking method of vehicle piloting may well not provide
the extra margin of safety that we think it does. In fact, according to the researchers, it could
be downright dangerous.
Electric cars have taken out the top two spots at the 2015 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, with Rhys Millen's eO PP03 beating Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima's Tajima Rimac E-Runner Concept_One to become the first ever all-electric winner of the Race to the Clouds.
Alfa Romeo has spent a long time out of America, but is throwing everything it has at cracking back into the market as part of plans to revive the brand there and elsewhere. The Italian automaker already has a halo in the 4C, and has now taken the wraps off its new Giulia. Going into battle with the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, Mercedes C-Class and Jaguar XE, the Giulia will have to be good to make an impact. Luckily enough, the first signs are promising.
Lotus has unveiled its latest track-burning car at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Billed as the company’s "quickest and most expensive series production car ever," the Lotus 3-Eleven launches from 0 to 60 mph in under 3 seconds and has already clocked a record 1 min 22 sec lap at Lotus's Hethel track.
There must be something in the water supply around Toyota HQ. Maybe pure grain alcohol. As if a Lexus hoverboard wasn't enough weirdness for one week, Toyota also revealed the Ultimate Utility Vehicle, a Sienna/Tacoma hybrid that will be trekking across North America. The Swagger Wagon has more swagger than ever, along with the newfound mettle to back it up.
Lexus has revealed the sporty race car that it will task with tackling
the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb this weekend. Not to be confused
with the RC F GT3,
the all-new RC F GT concept car loses around 800 lb (363 kg) when
compared to its production sibling, giving the 467-hp 5.0-liter V8
engine that much more potential on the twisty ascent up the famed
Nissan has just reinvigorated the world's favorite limited production sleeper car. Just in time for this weekend's Goodwood Festival of Speed, it's giving its suped up small crossover a big update in the form of the Juke-R 2.0. The more powerful super-CUV seamlessly blends the latest Juke styling with the ultimate GT-R engine.