2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible media launch
High-res photos: http://www.worldcarfans.com/111101037277/2013-chevrolet-Camaro-zl1-convertible-revealed-c olorado Chevrolet has announced the 2013 Camaro ZL1 Convertible will debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. Set to be launched late next year, the drop top has an aggressive body kit with a new front fascia, a ventilated hood and a revised grille. Additionally, to reduce cowl and steering wheel shake, engineers added a strut tower brace, a front "X" brace and a reinforced transmission support brace. Like the coupe, the convertible has a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine with 580 hp (432 kW / 588 PS) and 556 lb-ft (754 Nm) of torque. It also has Magnetic Ride Control, Performance Traction Management and high-performance brakes.
2012 Audi S8 general views - raw footage
High-res photos: http://www.worldcarfans.com/111083136165/2012-audi-s8-has-arrived-too The flagship has launched. The Audi S8 is here ahead of its public debut at the Frankfurt motor show in two weeks and it is sporting some healthy figures. The S8 is powered by a 4.0 liter TFSI twin-turbo V8 configured to deliver 520 PS (382 kW / 513 bhp) and 650 Nm of torque (479.42 lb-ft). Transmission is the 8-speed Tiptronic - engine and gearbox together allow the S8 to do the 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) sprint in just 4.2 seconds. Top speed on the (Quattro) all-wheel drive S8 is electronically-limited to 250 km/h (155 mph). Audi also adapts its "cylinder on demand" cylinder deactivation technology to the S8 which helps it reach a fuel-economy figure of 10.2 liters/100 km. The S8 also features an adaptive air suspension with variable damping. Standard wheels are the 9J x 20-inch rims with 265/40R20 tires while four 21-inch wheel offerings are available as an option. On the inside, the flagship range-topper gets multi-way, powered comfort sports seats designed specifically for the S8 while a variety of lush finishes are available. New tech on the S8 is the 360 degree parking system with four cameras getting an around-the-car view while a computer splices the images together for the driver to see on the display screen.
Cadillac unveils new CUE infotainment system
Cadillac has unveiled its new in-car infotainment/connectivity system called CUE. CUE stands for Cadillac User Experience and features an 8-inch touch-screen with only four buttons to operate it, keeping things simple, according to Cadillac. Features of the technology include Bluetooth connectivity for many hand-held devices as well as natural voice recognition. New users can choose a simpler set-up for the CUE or a fully connected "super user" configuration. There's also a new technology called proximity sensing which displays buttons on the screen as it senses a hand approaching the touch-screen. CUE runs on a Linux operating system for greater stability. The CUE system will debut next year in the Cadillac XTS and will also be offered in the 2013 ATS sedan and the next SRX crossover.