Here's a glimpse of what Nissan says is the new direction in styling for its autonomous cars. The sharply creased design style is domincated by their V shaped grill that will light up during autonomous driving mode. On the inside, the car is nearly all screen with a very wide display that flanks nearly the width of the cabin. Suicide rear doors give the car a very airy feel, but will no doubt not make it to production when this care becomes a reality. Is this concept car a preview hint of the next Nissan Altima? We
ll just have to wait and see.
Volkswagen is showing off their latest interpretation of the microbus idea with the all electric I.D. Buzz Concept. The new concept car features autonomous driving features, will go up to 270 miles on a charge, and seat up to 8 passengers. Styling is immediately reminiscent of the classic VW Bus and is instantly recogizable as the iconic hippy mode of transport yet it has been thoroughly refreshed and modernized. The seating positions are adjustable and configurable to a wide variey of positions, and can even lay flat to serve as a bed. Where do I sign up!? Read on for high res photos and the press release.
Here is Jaguar's vision of their future electric car. The I-Pace is a cab forward SUV that seats 5, yet features a nice sporty cab forward design that feels very sporty. Power comes from a 90kWh lithium-ion battery that should propel the car to a range of about 220 miles, while surrounding its passengers in typical Jaguar luxury. Unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the new car will arrive in 2017 and should be on sale in 2018. While this is just a concept for now, it does feature a ton of great details that will hopefully come to production. Features such as the LED lit roof, the huge touchscreen interface, the floating center console, as well as a full range of connectivity apps. And it won't be a slouch either with 516-lb ft of torque and full time AWD from the electric motors. Read on for videos, wallpapers, and specs.
As far as mid-cycle refreshes go, this one is both a hit and a miss. Gone is the v6 model, but we've gained a whole lot more. The new car now has magnetic ride control, 12in digital display, LED headlights and turn signals, 10-speed automatic transmission option, upgraded chassis, revised front and rear styling, and up to 12 options for wheel styles. The front of the car is now lower and sleeker, but i'll reserve my judgement on the styling until I see one in the flesh.
It just occurred to me that we are living in the future and that KITT from Knight Rider is practically a reality. Technology has advanced so much, that our cars now practially drive themselves. It can park itself, and can be summoned by a simple command from our cellphones. It can keep pace with traffic, avoid accidents, and pretty much go from point A to point B with a simple input of your desired destination. A world of information is always at your reach with integrated voice command from Google Android or Amazon Alexa. Cars can talk to other cars, reach out to emergency services, and even self diagnose problems and notify you when it's time to get serviced and repaired. Even "turbo boost" functionality is a reality with electric motors that provide quick bursts of additional power for performance. Even the active aero wing on the Porsche Panamera is close enough to the "Super Pursuit" mode in the TV show. Wow. We are truly living in the future.
What do you get when you cover a Lexus IS with 41,999 LED lights that put out 175,000 lumens of light? You get the Lexus Lit IS.
The McLaren P1 is monster.. which has just been taken down by a BAC Mono at the Anglesey Circuit.
Mazda has released new photos of their 2016 SEMA concepts and features the new RF (retractable Fastback) as well as an update of last year's Speedster. They updated the Speedster for 2016 by shaving an additional 100 lbs off the weight. The car now weighs a very scant 1980 lbs. Sitting next to the Speedster is the new RF Kuro concept. It features many of the same parts found on the MX-5 Global Cup Racer such as the adjustable suspension and upgraded Brembo brakes in a much more street friendly package. I want them both!
The ultra-luxury SUV segment is getting a little bit more crowded with the introduction of the Audi Q8 Concept. This full sized SUV will arrive sometime in 2019 to compete against the likes of the Bentley Bentayga and the Maserati Levante. While the car will be named Q8, the actual size is a bit smaller than the current Q7. However, it will feature a more radical swooping roofline to help convey a sportier sense of style. The car will come as a hybrid only, powered by a 330hp gas engine complemented with a 100KW electric motors through an AWD Quattro drivetrain.
Kia gets serious about performance with the release of the new Stinger GT. Packing a 365hp 3.3L Twin Turbo V6, the new car is likely to compete against BMW's 440i MSport or the Audi S5 Sportback. And Kia means business too with the car packing Brembo brakes, uad exhausts, a mechanical limited differential, a RWD chassis and aggressive styling. To drive the message home even further, the car will feature a heads up display that shows your G-Force readings, lap times, and an adaptive suspension system that's been Nurburgring tested. All this while undercutting the competition by thousands of dollars. Also.. did I mention that she's a damn beauty to look at? Watch out.. Kia is gunning for you.
To celebrate 50 years of selling Ferraris in Japan, there is now a limited edition bespoke 488 built to customer specifications for Japanese buyers only. Limited to just 10 examples, the car is based on the 488 and features all new bodywork with redesigned front bumpers as well as a wraparound windscreen. Read on to see what Ferrari has changed and also for high res wallpapers
This is BEAUTIFUL. Please don't catch on fire. Keep it away from Top Gear. PLEASE.
Cars these days all seem to be shades of white, grey, or black. What happened to all the crazy beautiful colors? Sure Dodge and Porsche and Lamborghini do offer a nice range of colors, but these are usually exceptions to the rule. Take the ND Miata for instance.. do we really need 2 shades of white, a grey, a black, with only a red and a sort of blue to round out the range? Where are the options? A color can dramatically change a car's personality from the sleek sophistication of a British Racing Green to a fun Neon Green to a carefree Happy Yellow. We need more colors! So here are a few photoshops I have just finished to show what a colorful ND Miata range could look.