Mazda might have stolen the show in Tokyo with its gorgeous RX-Vision Coupe, but it's back to business as usual for the Japanese brand in Los Angeles. Instead of launching a slinky rotary concept, Mazda has taken the covers off its new CX-9 SUV. Designed to ferry the kids to school in style, the CX-9 will be powered by a 2.5-liter engine debuting new turbo technology that cuts down on lag.
In the world of tuning, there's no such thing as too much power. BMW's 560-hp (418-kW) M5 is already an absolute powerhouse, but Alpina has decided that there's a market for a more powerful and luxurious 5 Series in the form of the B5 Biturbo.
With the huge range of hot-hatches on the market, you could be forgiven for not taking much notice of Ford's upcoming Focus RS. After all, on the surface it looks like just another four-cylinder, four-wheel drive turbo tearaway lining up to tackle the Audi RS3 or A45 AMG. But taking a closer look reveals that the RS has the potential to be something seriously special, thanks to the tech crammed into the car's hot-rod bodywork.
In the world of high-end super-sedans, there's always room for more power. The quest to outdo the rest of the crowd is why BMW felt the need to boost its M5 with the 30 Jahre Edition, or why Mercedes' AMG cars are all available in more powerful "S" designations. It's also why Audi has felt the need to make its RS6 and RS7 faster, by introducing a more powerful "Performance" line.
Having previewed water injection in the M4 GTS Concept at Pebble Beach earlier this year, BMW has whipped the covers off a production version. Just 700 examples of the new, lightweight M4 GTS will be built to commemorate 30 years since the original M3 was launched.
A lack of power wouldn't be a criticism you'd level at the Mercedes-AMG range, but as per usual, Brabus has seen room for improvement. The latest vehicle to come in for the company's tuning treatment is the new AMG GT S, which has been given an extra 90 hp and a raft of sinister carbon fiber styling tweaks.
Purists, look away now – the new Porsche 911 Carrera that will make its debut at the Frankfurt International Auto Show will be turbo-only. Porsche has foregone natural aspiration in the classic rear-engined sports car in the quest for better performance and economy. The change comes as part of a mid-life update that brings with it a raft of features found on the 918 Spyder, and current 911 Turbo and 911 GT3.
McLaren’s 570S heralded the start of a new model line for the British manufacturer, one that begins at a far more reasonable price point than the one offered up by its lightning-quick 650S. Gizmag got an up-close look at the new 570S, before sitting down with McLaren’s Asia-Pacific Director David McIntyre for a chat about the brand’s move "downmarket."
Amidst the aggressive expansion of the Golf range, Volkswagen has left one market untouched. The company has now moved to fill this racecar sized hole in the lineup by unveiling a 325 hp Golf designed to tackle the Touringcar Racer International Series.