Subaru Impreza Concept previews next generation model
Could Subaru finally be doing away with bland front ends when it comes to their well-known Subaru Impreza? The answer will be a resounding "yes", if the Impreza Design Concept is well-received by the public at the Los Angeles Auto Show this month. This also marks the introduction of the new 2.0-liter Boxer engine with the Lineartronic CVT. The engine is a naturally aspirated, lower displacement version of the 2.5-liter 224-hp (167 kW) turbocharged engine used on the 2011 Subaru Forester. As we told you earlier in the month when it was teased, the concept car has been built along Subaru's "Confidence in Motion" philosophy. This is the first model produced under the new strategy. Though this first image from the Japanese manufacturer shows off a vehicle with a bolder design, changes will certainly come before it hits the assembly line. Neither door handles nor side view mirrors (replaced by tiny camera stalks) are present on the concept, something that seems to have been done to give the design study a more fluid appearance. There are several things we would like to see the four-passenger four-door model carry over from concept-to-production. For example, the fin-shaped LED fog lamps work well with the single-bar grille, all against black honeycomb mesh, seems to work on this model, as does the sporty roofline. All four corners and the two diffusers were optimized with the help of a wind tunnel, to make the racing heritage model more aerodynamic. Rear lighting will "follow a sharp-edged theme ... stretched into the body sides to join the character line along the flanks." What doesn't really work is the hexagonal grille cut out at the front. It makes the Impreza Design Concept almost Volvo-esque in appearance. Inside, the platinum leather with blue piping and stitching has an unusual contrast to the exterior's Sky Silver paint job and bright silver aluminum wheels. Interior features include a touchscreen infotainment unit, and multifunction steering wheel with touch panels built in. http://www.worldcarfans.com/110111729638/subaru-impreza-concept-previews-ne xt-generation-model
Audi A3 sedan concept revealed
Intended to recapture the glory of the original A4 (B5) that launched in 1994, the A3, shown for the first time as a sedan, features the familiar Audi family grille with LED lined headlamps. Elsewhere, Audi keeps things interesting with agressive bumper fascias, flared fender arches and big 20-inch wheels constructed of carbon fiber and aluminum. Dressed like a future RS model, power arrives via the same 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine found in the RS3 Sportback. However, the A3 sedan concept produces 68 PS (50 kW / 67 bhp) more at 408 PS (300 kW / 402 hp) through a seven-speed S tronic transmission and quattro all-wheel drive. Performance is supercar good with the 0-100 km/h sprint taking 4.1-seconds in the 1540 kg (3400 lb) vehicle. High-res photos: http://www.worldcarfans.com/111030130920/audi-a3-sedan-concept-officially-r evealed-for-geneva
2012 BMW 6-Series Cabrio revealed
Intended as a surprise unveiling at the Los Angeles Auto Show, BMW has revealed the 2011 6-Series convertible. However, for reasons unknown the drop-top never made it to the show. It's unfortunate given the importance of the sunny Californian market. Drawing inspiration from the Concept 6-Series Coupe, the convertible has a long bonnet, a forward-slanted grille, xenon headlights, distinctive LED fog lights and 18-inch alloy wheels (19-inchers on the 650i). To reduce weight, BMW has retained the 6-Series' double buttress soft top which can be lowered in 19 seconds and raised in 24 seconds at speeds up to 25 mph (40 km/h). Inside, the cabin mimics the previous 6-Series but there is a greater emphasis on material quality and driver-focused controls. Notable highlights include Dakota leather upholstery (Nappa leather with SunReflective Technology is optional) and a freestanding 10.2-inch iDrive display which can display e-mails via Bluetooth connection with a BlackBerry smartphone. At launch, two engines will be available. The 640i uses a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine that produces 320 hp (239 kW / 324 PS) and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) of torque. This allows the car to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 5.7 seconds and hit an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h). In terms of efficiency, expect 35.8 mpg (imp) in the combined cycle and CO2 emissions of 185 g/km. In the 650i, power is provided by a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 engine with 407 hp (304 kW / 413 PS) and 600 Nm (442 lb-ft) of torque. It enables the drop top to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 5.0 seconds, before hitting an electronically limited 155 mph (250 km/h). Furthermore, it is expected to average a combined 26.4 mpg (imp) and emit 249 grams of CO2 per kilometer. Regardless of what engine is selected, a six-speed manual is standard and eight-speed automatic is optional (some markets, such as the UK, will be automatic only). To ensure the convertible handles like a proper BMW, engineers installed an advanced suspension which features an aluminum-intensive double wishbone front axle and a multi-link rear. Dynamic Damper Control is standard, but optional Active Roll Stabilization can further improve things to ensure flat and stable cornering. Additionally, an Integral Active Steering system is available. It combines the Active Steering system for the front axle with a new steerable rear axle which gives the 6-Series greater "high-speed stability and enhanced maneuverability for parking and city use." Compared to its predecessor, the new 6-Series is 74mm longer, 39mm wider, and 9mm shorter. This results in a much needed increase in rear passenger room and a bigger boot which holds up to 350 liters of luggage (300 liters with the roof down). The convertible will be launched in Europe in March and U.S. sales are slated to begin in the spring. Prices to be announced at a later date. Read more: http://www.worldcarfans.com/110111829645/2011-bmw-6-series-cabrio-revealed# ixzz15qqwnzkJ
Parade of iconic Lamborghini V12 models as Murciélago production ends
The "end of production" of the Murciélago was celebrated in the factory on November 5, 2010, with a special exhibition of the most iconic V12 cars of Lamborghini's history, followed by a parade in Sant'Agata Bolognese. Supersportcars like the 350 GT, the Miura, the Countach and the Diablo escorted a Murciélago SV of the Lamborghini Museum during a symbolic "last ride" out of the gate of the Lamborghini factory.