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Last week, Lamborghini invited us to stop by its Sant'Agata Bolognese headquarters to have a look around the factory and pick up a few technical tidbits about its new Huracán LP 610-4. It won't surprise you to learn this, but Lambo's foyer is pretty rad.
Rather than front its offices and factory with a gift shop and a reception desk, Lamborghini puts its amazing heritage on full display by offering up the corporate museum as a first impression to visitors. We had coffee in the morning and lunch after the press conference in this space, with stunning Italian concept cars and production models serving as an impressive backdrop to it all. Not wanting to miss the opportunity to share the Lamborghini collection with exotic-car crazed Autoblog readers (you know who you are), we did our best to capture everything we saw in the gallery here.
With some variation, the museum's two floors are separated by vintage: older models downstairs and newer up. When you walk through the front door, you're flanked by two of the coolest Lamborghinis in the marque's impressive history: a 350 GT to the left and a perfectly green Countach LP 400 on the right. Perhaps our favorite car in the whole joint, the Countach's Bertone body is still almost impossible to believe. Up close, we're reminded how design-driven this car is; the seats are so far inboard from the scissor doors that it's difficult to imagine that engineers ever agreed that the shape was a feasible one for production or actual driving.
We visit the Lamborghini Museum at company HQ in Sant'Agata originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 07 Mar 2014 19:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
It's been 25 years since Mercedes-Benz took the wraps off its R129-series SL roadster at the 1989 Geneva Motor Show. While it may look dated now, it was a revolutionary product in its day - a day that lasted a good eleven years.
Compared to the R107 series it replaced, the R129 was a technological tour de force. Though the shape may appear boxy to modern eyes, it won awards upon its debut and was exceptionally aerodynamic for its time and bodystyle. Underneath the sheetmetal, with its squared-off lines and flared wheel arches, the favorite luxury roadster of the 1990s packed such advancements as electronic stability control, advanced seats that were integral to the design and warranted 20 patents, a fully automatic roof mechanism and a pop-up roll-over bar that deployed in less than a third of a second.
The R129 was also the first SL to offer a V12 engine and the first to be offered in an AMG version - both features we can't imagine a modern SL roadster to do without. But it all started with the R129, a series that saw nearly 240,000 units produced. See the image gallery above and the press release below for a wind-in-your hair drive down memory lane.
Mercedes SL R129 is a quarter-century-old revolutionary originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
While the next Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG has been rumored to get a new twin-turbocharged, 4.0-liter V8 with somewhere between 450 and 500 horsepower, the looks of the actual car have been a mystery - at least until now. Our spy shooters have caught Affalterbach's latest creation during cold-weather testing in Sweden, and it's surprisingly understated.
The front and rear are still under camouflage, but a few details can be made out. The front air dam has been significantly enlarged, presumably to feed cool air to those two reputed turbos. At the rear, you can glimpse the quad exhaust outlets integrated into the diffuser. The trunk also appears to be hiding a tiny lip spoiler. The ride height also seems somewhat lower than stock, as would be expected for an AMG model. Otherwise, there aren't many changes on the outside - at least not yet.
There are still some lingering questions about the Mercedes' upcoming model. For example, we don't know if the C63 name is staying or if the smaller engine will force a change. The sport sedan is expected to be revealed by the early portion of 2015, but its official debut date and location remains unknown.
Most powerful Mercedes C63 AMG ever hits the test circuit originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 07 Mar 2014 11:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Can destroying a car be art? That question comes a bit too late for the Maserati Quattroporte seen above. The act depicted is from the music video for Adentro by Puerto Rican hip-hop act Calle 13 new single.
While the video is not yet online, the making-of featurette is available below and shows the luxury sedan getting beat with a baseball bat (and more) by the group's frontman René Pérez. According to Latin Gossip, Pérez wants to send his fans a message not to place too high a value in material objects. The Maserati represents a time in his life of too much excess, it seems...
The guy might have an argument, but it still seems pretty wasteful to destroy a perfectly good Italian sports sedan. We will be curious to see how far the destruction goes, but you can get a peak at it in the video below.
UPDATE: The full video is now available, we've embedded it below.
Latin music star René Pérez destroys own Maserati to send kids a message [UPDATE] originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 06 Mar 2014 19:14:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
In what could be called a case of carma, the Chinese plastic supplier that forced Aston Martin to recall about 75 percent of its production since 2007 now says that it has lost about most of its customers and is facing financial ruin. Shenzhen Kexiang Mould Tool Co. produced the accelerator pedal arms for most Aston Martin models out of a counterfeit plastic and may have to close its factory due to the scandal.
Shenzhen Kexiang claims no wrongdoing in the affair, saying the whole matter was caused by Aston Martin not fully understanding its supply chain. Its general manager Zhang Zhi Ang told Automotive News: "This whole situation is caused by Aston Martin." According to the automaker, its supplier, Fast Forward Tooling (HK) of Hong Kong, hired the molder as a sub-contractor to supply the part. Initially, Shenzhen Kexiang claimed to have never been contracted by the Hong Kong company, but later admitted that it wasn't sure if it made the parts because it worked for so many contractors, according to Automotive News.
Aston Martin found that the accelerator arms were produced from a counterfeit form of the DuPont plastic that it had requested for its sports cars. Initially the recall covered 689 2012-2013 vehicles but further research indicated that it went back as far as November 2007 for some models. Aston Martin says it will replace the throttle assemblies on the affected vehicles and that there have been no reported accidents or injuries caused by the counterfeit plastic.
Disgraced Chinese supplier claims it has been wronged by Aston Martin originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 06 Mar 2014 12:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
If there're features that have great potential to sell the public at large on the concept of self-driving cars, we're guessing that cozy, rear-facing seats and a gigantic in-car 4K television are high on the list. If you've heard of the Swiss company Rinspeed, you almost certainly associate it with outlandish concept cars, and this XchangE autonomous EV fits that description, while still providing insight into a seemingly plausible future.
Always a highlight of the Geneva Motor Show, this year's Rinspeed concept has transformed a Tesla Model S into a self-piloting, business class, mobility pod. Or something very like that. Sure, you can drive the XchangE for yourself if you like, but then you'd miss out using the all-new, HTML5-based infotainment platform or the aforementioned mobile movie theatre, which is operable via gesture controls. No more losing the remote down the seat crack for you.
Beyond the show car "wow factor" items like the striking interior treatment and green-on-yellow paint scheme, it is interesting to see that Rinspeed has taken electronic security very seriously for the concept car. The infotainment platform is said to be bolstered against hacker attacks, the LTE wireless system offers secure data transmission, and the car systems themselves use RFID tech to identify authorized drivers. Considering the legitimate concerns associated with autonomous cars in a fully computerized, connected environment, high-security while on the motorway might be the biggest luxury of all.
Find the usual complement of video, press release and official photos below and see our live gallery of the XchangE concept, above.
Rinspeed XchangE points the way forward for secure, autonomous EV driving [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 06 Mar 2014 11:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Škoda is, by our estimation, to Volkswagen what Mercury was to Ford, Oldsmobile was to General Motors or Lancia was (and technically still is) to Fiat: not quite a luxury brand, but appealing to conservative tastes just the same. (Only where those brands have all faltered, VW still seems to be making a go of Škoda.)
To offer a bit more luxury - if not to quite take it up to Audi levels - Škoda offers the Laurin & Klement editions. Named for Škoda's founders, the L&K editions add a touch of elegance to otherwise ordinary Škoda. We've seen it offered on models like the Yeti and Superb, but now the Czech automaker has rolled it out on the Jetta-sized Octavia here in Geneva.
Available to European buyers on both the Octavia sedan and the Octavia Combi wagon pictured here, the L&K edition upgrades with such special touches as 18-inch alloys, bi-xenon headlamps with LED auxiliary lighting, and an interior done up in brown leather and Alcantara. Motivation comes from a variety of powertrain configurations including manuals and DSGs, diesels and petrols, front-drive or all-wheel drive, giving those overseas buyers with a penchant for luxury but not for flash a range of choices.
Škoda classes up the Octavia with Laurin & Klement edition originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 06 Mar 2014 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
At the Frankfurt Motor Show last year, Lexus rolled out a concept crossover called the LF-NX. It then brought it back, with a new paint job and a turbocharged engine, at the Tokyo Motor Show a few months later. We got another glimpse a couple of months after that during a presentation from Jim Lentz. But now Toyota has confirmed that the finalized production version is just around the corner.
While all the attention is affixed on the Geneva Motor Show, Toyota released a statement (which you can read below) announcing that the NX (as it will officially be known) will debut next month at the Beijing Motor Show. Set to be positioned below the RX, the new NX will tackle what Lexus terms as "the growing segment of premium compact crossovers," taking on the likes of the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLK.
Lexus to reveal production NX crossover at Beijing in April originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 06 Mar 2014 08:33:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
The Quant e-Sportlimousine that you see here is just the kind of fascinating concept car that the Geneva Motor Show is known for offering up. The product of an energy company called nanoFLOWCELL AG based in Liechtenstein - with help at various points along the way from Koenigsegg and Bosch - the Quant promises a very advanced battery pack to power the electric drivetrain inside of this unmissable bodywork.
Details from the company website regarding the e-Sportslimousine are sparse and indecipherable in equal part, but the basics are nevertheless intriguing. The car is powered by a "flow battery" - specifically the nanoFlOWCELL from the eponymous parent company - which uses tanks of negatively and positively charged electrolyte solutions, pumped into and through a central cell stack. We've embedded a video after the jump to explain the processes behind the flow battery in greater detail, but the long and short of it is a system that is said to produce a nominal voltage of 600 volts, and a nominal current of 50 amps. Fed to four, three-phase induction motors, that juice nets a peak power output of 680 kW (912 horsepower) to all four wheels, with an "operating power" of 480 kW (643 hp).
Predicted performance is just 2.8 seconds to go from 0 to 62 mph, with a top speed approaching 236 mph.Predicted performance from the e-Sportslimousine concept is impressive in turn, with the company calling out sprint of just 2.8 seconds from 0 to 62 miles per hour, with a top speed approaching 236 mph. All that, and the range is said to be between about 250 to 370 miles between charges. The company makes note that all of these figures have been simulated in a laboratory, so we wouldn't recommend selling off your Model S just yet. NanoFLOWCELL does say that the vehicle "is neither a show car, nor a concept car" and has been "designed from the ground up to meet all homologation requirements."
As for the rest of the car, it's clear by the name that Quant would like onlookers to be impressed by the roomy seating accommodation made for four passengers, with what appears to be some high-zoot trimming. Acres of bent-wood trim can be seen, along with yard after yard of leather and Alcantara, and enough LEDs to make an Audi blush. Have a closer look for your self in our galleries, or dip into the slightly sketchy press materials we've assembled and nanoFLOWCELL press release, below.
Quant e-Sportlimousine shows promising tech with a confusing backstory [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 05 Mar 2014 18:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
You might think that bombing around in a V12, 800-horsepower, 1,047-pound-feet of torque, triple-black German mega-SUV - both on paved roads and over broken ground - would be more than enough entertainment for your average gazillionare. As it turns out, or at least as the Brabus G800 iBusiness would suggest, even all of that gets a little dry if you can't also check your email or play a spot of Minecraft.
Well known for tuning Mercedes-Benz vehicles within an inch of their proverbial lives, Brabus has set about waving its bonkers wand on the M-B G65; this time with a notion to add full connectivity to the mix. While other Brabus versions have offered similar power and torque outputs, none that we recall have also come with a baked-in Apple Mini computer, a 15.6-inch LCD monitor, charging ports for your iPad and your iPod and a keyboard and mouse.
Connected up to the vehicle's onboard electronics system, an iPad Mini can be used to control vehicle functions while also surfing the web via an integrated high-speed modem and WLAN. Brabus has even spliced an Apple TV in with the more common DVD player, meaning occupants can watch Internet television while moving from 0 to 62 miles per hour in just 4.2 seconds. We're not certain how well car-based WiFi works at 155 mph, but we're more than willing to accept a test drive to find out.
Beyond all the Apple gear - and, oh yeah, there's a refrigerator back there too - the iBusiness offers your run-of-the-mill Brabus insanity: 23-inch wheels, a massively pumped-up body kit, a Bilstein ride-controlled suspension and carbon fiber as far as the eye can see. The combination of tech and grunt is powerful enough that Brabus tells us in the press release below that the car "literally knows no limits," which we suppose is technically true, unless the computers have made the truck self aware... you've all seen Lawnmower Man.
Brabus G800 iBusiness 'literally knows no limits' and has WiFi originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 05 Mar 2014 18:21:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
If BMW has shown us anything, it's a knack for creating niches and expanding its product portfolio. Go back to the early '90s and it had essentially four models: the 3 Series, 5 Series, 6 Series and 7 Series. End of list. Since then, the Bavarian automaker has not only taken on Mini and Rolls-Royce, but has expanded its own range of models exponentially. You can chalk a big part of that up to crossovers, and another sizable chunk to giving existing models a different roofline and calling it something new. What we have here is a prime example of both.
Previewed in concept form the better part of a year ago at the Shanghai Motor Show, the slantback version of the X3 (and the baby brother to the X6) is now here in full production guise. Mechanically it's essentially the same as the new X3 on which it's based, but amps up the "sport" at the expense of the "utility" part of the SUV equation.
BMW will undoubtedly offer a wide range of powertrain configurations in markets around the world, but back in the United States it'll be offered in two specs: the X4 xDrive28i, packing a 2.0-liter inline-four with 240 horsepower and a $45,625 sticker price (including destination), or the X4 xDrive35i with the 300hp 3.0-liter six and a $48,925 MSRP. Either way, you're getting an eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive.
Though announced here at the Geneva Motor Show, the X4 won't debut in the metal until next month at the New York Auto Show. It'll begin production shortly thereafter at BMW's assembly plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina. There's plenty more to see in the high-resolution image gallery above and the press release below, so climb on in. Just watch your head if you're getting in the back.
2015 BMW X4 slides in on the diagonal starting at $45,625 in the US originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 05 Mar 2014 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Mercedes-Benz is largely known for two things, particularly in the United States: one is luxury automobiles, and the other - thanks largely to the proliferation of the Sprinter - is vans. The vehicle you see here combines both competences into one tidy package, debuting here at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.
It's called the V-Class, and it essentially replaces both the Viano and the Vito in Benz's van lineup. It's hitting the European market this week, and as you might expect from something as versatile as a fullsize van, it's available in a number of different configurations. Buyers (no word on US sales, by the way) will be able to choose between two wheelbases, three body lengths and three engines - all of them based around the same 2.1-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel architecture with outputs ranging from 136 horsepower to 190 and from 243 pound-feet of torque to 325.
Whether it'll ever join the Sprinter in American showrooms remains to be seen, but you can check it out as we did through our gallery of high-resolution images from the floor of the Geneva Palexpo, and feel free to check out the full press release below.Permalink | Email this | Comments
As far as tuning companies go, Mansory isn't exactly known for its restraint. That's why this Bugatti Veyron-based Vivere is a little shocking to us. In terms of ostentatiousness, this thing is actually pretty tame, especially considering how over-the-top Bugatti itself can go with its legendary supercar.
For starters, the body is done up in a two-tone white-and-carbon-fiber look, which is actually sort of cool. Of course, we'd do without the added aero treatment, consisting of a "striking front apron," side skirts, larger air outlets and a new rear diffuser. Mansory again uses the word "striking" to describe the new, double-five-spoke wheels, but as far as exterior, um, enhancements go... that's it.
Inside, Mansory has added a healthy dose of LED lighting, the tuning company saying "the whole passenger compartment glows in the light" from these added lamps. The upholstery is done up in a black-and-white leather theme, sort of matching the exterior, and there's a new steering wheel that "looks sporty with great grip." Cool.
Have a look at the tamer-than-usual Mansory in the gallery above, and hop below for the official details in the press blast.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Land Rover raised a few eyebrows when it announced the Range Rover Evoque Autobiography Dynamic. Besides adding its most prestigious trim to the entry level Range Rover, the Dynamic boosts the performance of the Evoque's 2.0-liter, turbocharged mill.
The engine has been tuned up to 285 horsepower, up from the standard Evoque's 240 ponies. That extra power is shifted via a new, nine-speed automatic from ZF that offers up sharper performance. Adding to the verve of the bright orange Autobiography (don't worry, it'll be available in other colors) is an active driveline that promises improved traction, better handling and an increase in fuel efficiency. The Dynamic also boasts larger brakes, with 13.8-inch rotors in front.
We've got a gallery of both live and stock images of the new Evoque Autobiography Dynamic available. You can also view the press release below. Have a look and let us know what you think of the racier direction Land Rover has taken.
Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Autobiography Dynamic is a metallic orange mouthful originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 05 Mar 2014 14:20:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
There's always that guy at the party who takes the joke too far, and at this year's Geneva Motor Show that role falls on the shoulders of the German tuners at Carlsson with its CS50 Versailles. It has created a customized Mercedes-Benz S-Class covered in thousands of dollars of gold leaf.
Carlsson claims that the CS50 is inspired by the famed Palace of Versailles in France, but it is being marketed to extremely wealthy buyers in China. The company claims that it has already found 10 buyers of a planned 25-car production run for these golden amusements (as far as we know, none of them are Mike Myers wearing hot pants).
The exterior alone takes over 200 man-hours for each car to fit the new body kit and cover it with 1,000 sheets of gold leaf, which is then sealed in clear coat to keep it in place. The wheels are polished to a mirror finish in reference to the Versailles' Hall of Mirrors.
Of course, the gold continues inside with an additional 100 man-hours to cover 278 parts, including many buttons, knobs, air vents and speaker grilles, with more gold leaf. Carlsson claims the interior alone has 12,000 euros ($16,480) in gold. It also refits the interior with matching champagne-colored Nappa leather.
The CS50 Versailles is excess personified, but it is an attention grabber. Just remember, not all recognition is positive.
Carlsson's CS50 Versailles is gold-plated S-Class excess originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 05 Mar 2014 13:39:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Considering how many absolutely ridiculous tuner cars are featured in Geneva (stay tuned to see plenty, as our coverage continues), it's often refreshing to see some of the more modestly modified cars, like this new Porsche 911 Turbo S from the folks at Techart. Visually, there's a subtle body kit, new wheels, a new spoiler, and some lame decals on the front end, but it basically ends there. That's because Techart's mission is really about higher performance. Increased dynamism, as the Germans say.
An ordinary 911 Turbo S produces 560 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. But the Techart kit adds 60 hp and 96 lb-ft to those already high numbers, for a coupe that dishes out a total of 620 hp and 612 lb-ft. Techart says that, in Sport Plus mode, its modified 911 Turbo S will accelerate to 62 miles per hour in just 2.8 seconds, and the top speed has been increased to 204 miles per hour. Crazy stuff.
To further drive its performance upgrades home, Techart has fitted this 911 Turbo S with a sport exhaust system with valve control, for a more robust exit interview, at the push of a button. We imagine it sounds awesome. Have a look at the Techart Turbo S in the gallery, above.
Techart modified Porsche 911 Turbo S packs 620 hp, 0-62 in 2.8 seconds originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 05 Mar 2014 13:03:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
While it is hard to call any Bentley entry-level, the Flying Spur V8 that's debuting at the Geneva Motor Show is technically the lowest rung among Bentley's four-doors. However, if our experience with the Continental GT V8 is anything to go by - the Spur and the Conti still share a platform, despite the former dropping "Continental" from its branding - the loss of a few cylinders won't harm the overall experience.
The latest model uses the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 with cylinder deactivation that produces 500 horsepower and 487 pound-feet of torque. It is capable of accelerating to 60 miles per hour in 4.9 seconds to a top speed of 183 mph. Power is sent to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission, and it rides on an air suspension.
Buyers wanting a little more luxury (and who doesn't?) can opt for the Mulliner Driving Specification that adds diamond-quilted leather, a leather headliner, power rear seats and 20-inch wheels. The Flying Spur V8 will join the Flying B's lineup this spring.
The Bentley Flying Spur V8 shows even a basic Bentley is a nice place to be originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 05 Mar 2014 12:41:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
The second-generation BMW X3 launched in late 2010, and while it's never really wowed us, it's still a solid offering in a highly competitive class. In an effort to keep things fresh, BMW has given its X3 a nip/tuck for the 2015 model year, but perhaps the biggest news (for the US market, anyway) involves what's found underhood.
In addition to the 2.0-liter turbo-four and 3.0-liter turbo-six, BMW will now offer an X3 xDrive28d, fitted with - you guessed it - the 2.0-liter turbodiesel inline four-cylinder engine found in the 328d sedan. Output for this engine is rated at 180 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and BMW says this oil-burning mill will help the X3 reach 60 miles per hour in just under eight seconds. The automaker hasn't released any information about real or predicted fuel economy figures for the diesel X3, as yet.
What's more, BMW will once again offer a two-wheel-drive X3 in the States - the sDrive28i. Pricing for the refreshed 2013 X3 starts at $39,325, not including $925 for destination. Opting for that diesel will set you back $42,825. Scroll down for the official press release, and check out a new brace of shots live from the soft-roader's Geneva Motor Show debut.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Downsizing is a relative term - especially when it comes to a Rolls-Royce. But that's just what the British luxury automaker did with the release of the Ghost in 2010. Sure, it's over seventeen and a half feet long (over eighteen in Extended Wheelbase form), but that's still shorter than the 19 feet the standard Phantom stretches, and that much shorter than the twenty-foot-long Phantom EWB.
The Ghost has now been on the market for four years, high time Rolls gave it a little refresh - and that's just what it's done here in Geneva with the release of the Ghost Series II. It's essentially the same vehicle as the outgoing model, but the Ghost Series II (like the Phantom Series II released in 2012) benefits from a host of minor updates. The styling has been subtly revised, and the sumptuous cabin space has been updated with such features as a new infotainment display, rotary controller and trim.
Although Goodwood hasn't released official output figures, the 6.6-liter twin-turbo V12 (only the second twelve-cylinder engine in Rolls-Royce history) carries over from the existing model. We might hope for some of the power upgrades released for the Wraith or the Ghost V-Specification, but what we know for sure is that it's mated to a Satellite Aided Transmission that uses GPS data to 'read' the road ahead and choose the right gear for the turns coming up. It's a nifty technology pioneered by parent company BMW, and along with the other updates rolled out for the Series II, promises to make the hyper-luxurious driving experience that much more so.
Follow on below for a short press release from Rolls-Royce, along with a rather dramatic introductory video for the Ghost Series II.
Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II rolls in with some subtle updates [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 05 Mar 2014 09:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Oh look, another super-hot wagon that won't be making its way to the US. Awesome.
Actually, in all honesty, it really is awesome. Meet the Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake, a red-hot (or blue-hot?) version of the rakish XF wagon that originally bowed at the Geneva Motor Show back in 2012. The formula here is pretty much plug-and-play: take the 5.0-liter supercharged V8 from the XFR-S and shove it in the wagon body, and add all of the necessary visual flair fitting of a properly powerful Jag. The end result is an estate that packs 542 horsepower, 502 pound-feet of torque, and the ability to sprint to 60 miles per hour in a scant 4.6 seconds. Meow.
This Jaguar joins a growing segment of ultra-hot wagons in Europe, rounded out by offerings like the Audi RS6 Avant and the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG longroof - the latter of which you can actually buy in North America. Sounds like the sort of comparison test we'd love to facilitate. Guess we'll have to leave that to our friends at Autocar, though.Permalink | Email this | Comments