The Hyundai Veloster is all-new for 2019, but thankfully it’s still a weird three-door hatchback. The previous Veloster couldn’t quite keep up with the interior and driving qualities of its main competition, but I’m on my way to find out if the new one has upped its hot hatch game. I’ll be spending all day in and out of the Veloster in Austin, and before I report back, I figured it’d be a good idea to see what you all would like to know about it. To get some of the basics out of the way, the new Veloster will be available with an improved non-turbo engine option that’s a 147-horsepower, 132 lb-ft 2.0-liter four-cylinder, or the same 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-four cylinder from the outgoing Turbo model, with 201 HP and 195 lb-ft of torque. All models can be equipped with a six-speed manual transmission. A six-speed automatic is available on non-turbo cars, and a seven-speed dual-clutch is available on the Turbo. As we’ve already pointed … [Read more...] about What Do You Want To Know About The 2019 Hyundai Veloster?
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Here at BMWBLOG we believe in the true meaning of a car community, so we take pride in the interaction with our followers, readers and fans. In the past, we often offered the opportunity to ask BMW experts and designers questions about their latest products, so today, we’re looking to renew that initiative. And what’s a better way to do that other than picking the new BMW M2 Competition as our main subject. The new M car is just weeks away from its first deliveries and test drives, but before that, many of you have expressed an interest in its design, and mostly, how it compares to the previous M2 Coupe, and why BMW designers have chosen some of the new elements on the car. The M2 Competition has been given some subtle updates on the outside and inside, over the standard car. There’s a new lower front lip, that seems to have three vents in it, likely for additional cooling. The more noticeable change to the front is the new Kidney Grille design, which is not only … [Read more...] about What would you like to know about the design of the BMW M2 Competition?
The Jaguar XJ, a slinky lineage of high-end saloons known for shuttling around British PMs, fictional heads of MI6, and The Equalizer, might not be around for much longer. At least not in the manner we’re used to seeing it.British publication Autocar claims the automaker plans to spring a wholly new, “reinvented” flagship model on us before too long, and it won’t have an inline-six, V8, or V12 under the hood. It won’t use any gas at all. Nor will it remain a sedan.Looking around at today’s vehicular landscape, it may be the only way to save the XJ.According to the shadowy source of Autocar‘s information, it seems Jaguar still wants a flagship in this era of hot-selling F-Pace SUVs and shrinking large sedan sales. However, it also wants a technological halo car. It’s a strategy we’ve seen followed by several high-end automakers, but the car being replaced (or supplemented with) is usually never a legend. And that the XJ … [Read more...] about Is It Time to Kiss the Jaguar XJ – at Least As We Know It – Goodbye?
Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG, spends two days each week driving AMG models to “have an understanding how (the cars) have to feel, how it works with throttle response and sound and things like that, so this is my passion, yeah.”Having a passion for the feel of a car is something many of us share; having access to the resources and authority to create the feel? Well, that’s rare. But if you stand in rarified air, why not breathe it in and make the most of it?Moers has done just that. Since his promotion to CEO of AMG in October 2013, sales have shot up from 32,000 to just under 132,000 last year. And that’s through a wide range of products from the C43 sedan, something Moers likes to call “entry performance” all the way to the AMG GT R, the bonkers 577-hp coupe. What binds all the cars together is Moers desire for each one to properly represent the brand, “what drives me most is that every car we bring to the market fits in our portfolio and … [Read more...] about Here’s what it’s like to lead Mercedes-AMG into the Project One era
► P15 McLaren ‘Ultimate Series’ car ► McLaren's ‘most extreme road car yet’► Brutal looks, extraordinary aerodynamics McLaren has finally giveb a name to its P15 track car project. Unveiled late last year, the new supercar will be called the McLaren Senna, and it’s the most uncompromising release in ages from the Woking-based carmaker. The McLaren Senna is named after one of the racing team, and Formula One’s most legendary drivers. The smooth Brazilian drove for McLaren from 1988 to 1993, winning three championships before dying in a crash at Imola in 1994. So how much has McLaren paid to license the Senna name? Nothing. Kind of... McLaren has a good relationship with the Senna family, including Ayrton’s nephew Bruno. There’s no direct payment to Senna’s heirs but McLaren will make an undisclosed donation to the Senna Foundation charity for each of the 500 cars sold. The … [Read more...] about McLaren Senna: everything you need to know about the P15 supercar
► Lamborghini Urus is the first proper Lambo SUV ► Based on Volkswagen Group’s MLB Evo platform ► On sale this year, prices from £165k Five years after we first saw the concept, the production version of the Lamborghini Urus is here. The Urus is Lamborghini’s first attempt at a modern high-performance crossover, and it’s going to spearhead an entirely new generation of ultimate sports SUVs. The Lamborghini Urus was unveiled at an event in the Sant’Agata factory last year, and CAR was on hand to cover the new SUV with a sportcar heart. Here’s everything you need to know about the 2018 Lamborghini Urus. Expect right-hand drive sales to start in late summer 2018, priced from around £165,000, a whisker above the Huracan sports car’s entry point of £155k.The new Urus is a radical departure for a brand better known for low-slung sports cars. This is, arguably, … [Read more...] about Lamborghini Urus (2018) SUV: everything you need to know
Lexus Malaysia has just announced a significant price drop for the LX570. Launched at RM923,960 in 2015, the flagship SUV now goes for RM850,000, a reduction of almost RM74k. Specs remain unchanged, so this is a genuine price drop, no caveats. If you’d like to know, it’s RM851,872.20 in Sabah and Sarawak, RM454,283.31 in Langkawi and RM 455,092.21 in Labuan. The third-generation J200 LX570 is in Malaysia in its latest facelift form, powered by a 3UR-FE 5.7 litre V8 engine, with 362 hp at 5,600 rpm and 530 Nm at 3,200 rpm. It’s paired with an AE80F eight-speed automatic transmission, together with a full-time all-wheel-drive driveline that includes two-speed transfer and variable fore-aft torque split via a Torsen limited-slip differential. It gets to 100 km/h in 7.7 seconds, on to 210 km/h. It gets full LED lighting on the outside, with massive 21-inch wheels to go with the equally gigantic spindle grille. Under the skin, it gets adaptive variable suspension (AVS), … [Read more...] about Lexus LX570 price drops by RM74k in M’sia, to RM850k
As we mentioned, the Honda Insight is back, and this time it's a sedan. You may recall the first-generation Insight that debuted all the way back in 1999 before things like the iPhone and ... just about everything else really. You may also recall the second-generation Insight that looked exactly like the Toyota Prius. The latest, third-generation Insight made its debut at the Detroit auto show just days ago in production form, and it will join a growing range of compact and midsize sedans that have been the recipients of Honda's hybrid powertrains, taking aim at a much greater field of competitors than the original Insight faced.Here's what you need to know about the upcoming 2019 Honda Insight. 1. The powertrainThe new Insight will be powered by a 1.5-liter Atkinson cycle engine coupled with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery. In most driving conditions, the Insight will run on electric power alone, using the engine as a generator. The batteries will be housed under the rear … [Read more...] about 2019 Honda Insight: 7 things you need to know
We know the new Lamborghini Urus SUV will be fast on the track -- it has a 641-hp turbocharged V8 up front with a “hot-V” setup, which means the exhaust ports and turbochargers are in the V8’s valley. We know it’ll be expensive too: It starts at about $200,000 and goes up to about $250,000. And we’re guessing it’ll sell well. Lamborghini expects to double its current yearly output with the Urus, and if the Porsche Cayenne has anything to say about it, it might do more than that. At a swanky event after the first press day of the 2018 Detroit auto show, the SUV made its North American debut, and we learned a few more interesting facts. Off-road abilityThe Urus should have real off-road chops. Its air suspension can range from 6.2 inches of ground clearance to 9.8 inches. That’s more than the Wrangler Sport, a tad less than the Wrangler Sahara and only an inch less than the world-conquering Rubicon. You’ll be able to order this car with … [Read more...] about 5 things you need to know about the 2019 Lamborghini Urus
► Next-gen BMW 3-series scooped► Due to be shown in October 2018► 3cyl tech, hybrids galore for G20The new 2019 BMW 3-series is inching towards production, as engineers continue to test prototypes all around the world during ongoing durability trials. We've scooped the new Three, codenamed G20, in the US, Sweden, Europe and further afield as Munich aims to redefine its compact executive benchmark.We now know the launchpad for the new 3-series: it will be revealed to the world at the 2018 Paris motor show in October 2018, so there are still a few more months to wait for the first official pictures.First up is the new 3-series saloon, depicted in CAR magazine's artist's impression above. Although due to be shown this autumn, the new Three won't in fact go on sale until well into 2019, we understand, while the Touring estate and other bodystyles (including two-door 4-series) won't be seen until later this decade.Check out our quick whistle-stop video guide to the new … [Read more...] about Everything you need to know about the new 2018 BMW 3-series