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2011 Bentley Continental GT officially revealed


After a bit of teasing and a lot of waiting, the 2011 Bentley Continental GT has finally been revealed by the British luxury carmaker.

Even though its looks may not seem all that changed, as opposed to the outgoing model, the new Continental GT is a very different beast. It boasts special tweaks to the exterior, a revised interior with new options and features, as well as the option of a V8 engine, for those that don’t want the big W12 unit up front.

First off, the exterior has been slightly retouched. The front gets a new grille finish, while the headlights have built-in LED daytime running tech. The lower intake has also been reshaped, while the rear borrows heavily from the new Mulsanne.

On the inside, Bentley has fitted new systems to the Continental GT. You can now have an 8-inch touchscreen, a new navigation system with Google Maps capability, new seats and increased space in the back.

Without a doubt the biggest changes for the 2011 Bentley Continental GT is the upgraded 6.0-liter W12 engine. It now outputs 567 HP and 516 lb-ft of torque, enough to send the luxury model from 0 to 62 mph in 4.4 seconds and up to 198 mph. A new six-speed Quickshift transmission is present, sending power through the all-wheel drive system in a 40/60 rear bias.

Those that want to save the planet can opt for a more efficient 4.0-liter V8 engine, though its performance or efficiency figures have yet to be revealed. This option will be available starting with the end of 2011.

Expect the 2011 Bentley Continental GT to be revealed to the public at the upcoming Paris Motor Show. Until then, have a gander at the photo gallery below.

Photo Gallery: 2011 Bentley Continental GT

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Ford Explorer Police Interceptor Utility revealed


At the beginning of the year, Ford showcased its brand new, Taurus-based Police Interceptor cop car. Now, a utility-inclined version has also been revealed, based on the recent 2011 Ford Explorer and titled, what else, the Police Interceptor Utility.

The new model is available with the 3.5-liter Ti-VCT V6 engine, capable of 280 HP and paired up with a six-speed automatic. Police departments can order it in either front or all-wheel drive, and will get a lot of upgrades as opposed to the civilian Explorer.

Things like bigger brakes, improved suspension, 18-inch wheels, as well as options like the Curve Control or the AdvanceTrac Roll Stability Control are also included. Strangely, the new Terrain Management System won’t be a part of the police SUV.

On the inside, the front seats have been modified so that officers won’t have any problems with their extra equipment, while the center console has been cleaned up so that police computers can be added. The rear seats aren’t exactly as luxurious as the front ones, but they do have a separate climate control system, ideal for K9 units, according to the Blue Oval. The SYNC system has been upgraded with voice commands, while the steering wheel buttons can be reprogrammed to various other functions.

Don’t expect the Ford Police Interceptor Utility to be patrolling the streets anytime soon, as it will enter production alongside the sedan version around the end of 2011. Until then, check it out in the photo gallery below.

Photo Gallery: Ford Police Interceptor Utility

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BMW M3 Tiger edition gets interesting promotional photos


BMW is preparing a special edition of the M3 performance coupe dedicated to honoring the year of the Tiger in China.

The BMW M3 Tiger will be limited to 250 models, all coupes. They will boast Fire Orange Metallic paint jobs, with black 19-inch wheels. On the inside, black leather will be fitted, with orange tiger heads embroidered into the headrests of the sports seats.

In order to really promote this special BMW M3 Tiger edition, the German company released a batch of rather interesting promotional shots. Check them all out in the photo gallery below.

Photo Gallery: BMW M3 Tiger Edition

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Citroen DS4 crossover officially revealed

Citroen DS4 crossover officially revealed

Even if it was leaked a few hours ago, the 2011 Citroen DS4 has now been officially revealed by the French company, ahead of its debut later this year at the Paris Motor Show.

As we revealed earlier today, the DS4 is a five-door crossover, but with a coupe design, as the rear door handles are hidden in the C pillar. It borrows styling cues from the new 2011 Citroen C4, but also the first iteration in the new DS line, the DS3 compact hatchback.

The exterior boasts the impressive design highlighted above, as well as new technologies like LED daytime running lights. Wheels of up to 19 inches in size can be fitted, while chrome touches are present on the outside of the car.

As you might have figured out by now, the DS4 will battle it out with other premium crossovers, and offer a variety of luxury options. These include various leather choices, a panoramic roof, as well as chrome inserts. The crossover is a 2+2, so just four people can sit inside.

Thee petrol and two diesel engines will be made available. The gasoline ones will consist of a 120 HP 1.6-liter VTi, a 155 HP 1.6 THP and a 200 HP 1.6 THP. Two diesels will also be available, with e-HDi technology, capable of 110 and 160 HP, respectively.

Check out the new Citroen DS4 in the photo gallery below.

Photo Gallery: 2011 Citroen DS4

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Brabus Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG revealed


Traditional Mercedes-Benz tuning company Brabus has finally decided to reveal a thorough accessories package for the newest supercar from the German automaker, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG.

The Brabus SLS AMG has received a brand new aerodynamic and lightweight body kit, custom engineered by Brabus in its own wind tunnel. Almost all of the add-ons were made from carbon fiber, including the revised front spoiler, the rear one, as well as the covers for the front air inlets. The rear fascia has been restyled, while a set of lightweight Brabus monoblock F Platinum wheels were added, measuring 20-inch in the front and 21-inch in the back.

A new smooth-ride suspension system has been added, which drops the ride height by 40 millimeters. On the inside, Brabus added an ergonomically shaped sports steering wheel, as well as anodized pedals and illuminated stainless steel scuff plates. Contrast red stitching has been added, and Alcantara is also present.

Check out the Brabus tuned Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG supercar in the photo gallery below.

Photo Gallery: Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG by Brabus

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2011 Jeep Wrangler officially detailed


Jeep is continuing its upgrade trend, and after revealing the all-new 2011 Grand Cherokee, the off-road specialist has also detailed the 2011 Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited models.

Off-road fans are definitely going to enjoy driving the refreshed Wrangler both on the road as well as on hardcore trails, thanks to a series of major upgrades made to the interior. No longer are customers getting the Spartan treatment, as Jeep has fitted a brand new steering wheel, revised instrument panels, larger rear windows and used better materials for the trim.

A more comfortable arm rest is also available, as is a USB interface and Bluetooth connectivity for the new audio system. Speaking of sound, Jeep says that a new ‘acoustical treatment’ has been fitted to the 2011 Wrangler, meaning your conversations won’t have to be carried out via loud speaker anymore.

In all seriousness, the 2011 Jeep Wrangler definitely has some great new features on the inside, but also boasts new paint colors like Bright White, Cosmos Blue, Deep Cherry Red, Detonator Yellow, and Sahara Tan. What’s more, a body color removable hardtop is now available, for a price, on the popular Sahara trim line.

The 2011 Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited are now in production, and will be available in dealerships in the following weeks. Until then, check it out in the photo gallery below.

Photo Gallery: 2011 Jeep Wrangler

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2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS revealed at last


Seeing as how the four-door coupe market has exploded in the last few years, Mercedes-Benz, the creator of this niche with the old CLS, had a big task ahead of itself with the next generation CLS Class.

Now, after many spy shots and rumors, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS has been officially revealed in all of its four-door coupe glory.

As you can see, the new model boasts a more aggressive design, but still in the arching lines that made its predecessor such a popular limousine. We can see more aggressive angles in the front, as well as the first full LED headlight assembly, with 71 individual LEDs composing the main headlight, running light, turn signals and side lamps.

We can see LED technology in the rear as well, while the side design borrows some cues from the already revealed 2011 CL Class.

On the inside, the same attention to detail is present, as is a new three-spoke steering wheel with multiple controls. The new CLS also boasts the same gear selector as its other cousins, the S and CL Classes.

Engines have yet to be detailed, but you can expect two gasoline versions to appear for the US market. the CLS350 will most likely get a direct injection 3.5-liter V6, while the CLS550 will get a twin-turbo V8. Further down the line you can also expect an AMG performance version, probably with the new 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8.

Expect more details about the 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class to be revealed at the Paris Motor Show, but until then feel free to check out the photo gallery below and a presentation video after the jump.

Photo Gallery: 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class

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2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 revealed, photos and video included

2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 revealed, photos and video included

It was previewed by a track-only race car and rumored heavily a few weeks ago, but the 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 has now been formally unveiled.

The Boss is back and Blue Oval muscle car fans will be certainly pleased with what it’s packing under the hood. Power comes from an upgraded version of the new 5.0-liter V8, capable of 440 HP with 380 lb-ft of torque. A lot of upgrades were added, including ones from the track-only Boss 302R. We have a short-throw shifter, new suspension, upgraded brakes and a new clutch.

The result of these new parts and the extensive fine tuning from Ford? The muscle car is faster than a BMW M3 Coupe around the Laguna Seca track.

As you can imagine, the Boss 302 certainly looks the part, with special paint jobs available, including Competition Orange, Performance White, Kona Blue Metallic, Yellow Blaze Tri-Coat Metallic and Race Red. Special decals reminiscent of the old 1969 Boss Mustang are also available.

In honor of the Boss’ revival, a special Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca edition will be made, boasting unique exterior as well as a retuned chassis, stiffer body and improved aerodynamics.

Pricing has yet to be revealed, but you can enjoy the 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 both in the photo gallery below and after the jump in a video released by the Blue Oval.

Photo Gallery: 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302

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2011 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG with twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8 revealed


After plenty of spoon-fed details, the 2011 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG performance limousine, with its brand new twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8, has finally been revealed.

As most of you know by now, the biggest change is under the bonnet, where the old 6.2-liter naturally aspirated V8 has been replaced with the aforementioned twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8 with direct injection. While capacity may be down, power is way up, as the new engine develops 571 HP and 663 lb-ft of torque. 0 to 62 mph is achieved in 4.5 seconds, or 4.4, if you opt for the AMG Performance package.

For an improved ride handling, the old torque-converter equipped gearbox has been replaced with a multi-clutch unit, taken from the SL63. While EPA numbers have yet to be revealed, the 2011 S63 AMG is capable of achieving 22.4 US mpg on the European combined cycle.

Overall, if you want to go very fast with your high end limousine, then the 2011 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG will be more than happy to help. Check it out in the photo gallery below, as well as in a video, after the jump.

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2011 Audi A7 Sportback formally revealed and detailed


Even though its appearance was leaked last weekend, the 2011 Audi A7 Sportback was unveiled yesterday by the German automaker.

The new model will compete with the likes of four-door coupes like the Mercedes-Benz CLS, as well as with five-door performance models like the Porsche Panamera or BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo.

As you can see above, the new A7 boasts a design similar to the 2011 A8, albeit a more angular, in terms of the front fascia. In the rear, the fastback design is apparent, while the side view clearly highlights the cues it has taken from the A5 Sportback.

In terms of engines, not a lot of details were given, but you can expect four V6 units, two gasoline and two diesels, to be used. They will be equipped with either a Multitronic CVT or a seven-speed S-tronic gearbox, feeding the power to either just the front wheels, or too all four, thanks to the Quattro AWD system.

The interior is almost the same as the 2011 A8, with the new MMI Touch multimedia interface, as well as a wide array of technologies and systems ready to make driving the new A7 Sportback a safer and more pleasant experience.

No other details were given, but expect new info to arrive as we approach its fall release date. Prices, at least in its native Germany, will start at €51,600 ($67,160). Feel free to check out the high res photo gallery below and then hit the jump to see a video of the 2011 Audi A7 Sportback launch.

Photo Gallery: 2011 Audi A7

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2011 Ford Explorer finally revealed in first official photos


It’s been an extra long time coming, but the Blue Oval finally decided to pull the curtain off its newest model: the 2011 Ford Explorer.

As you can see above and below, the new SUV is thoroughly overhauled, borrowing cues from the new Taurus, as well as the Flex or the Fusion. According to Ford, the next generation Explorer will offer “best-in-class fuel economy, improved driving dynamics and terrain management system – all wrapped in a modern, weight-saving design.”

In terms of engines, the new Explorer will be offered with a 3.5-liter V6 option, expected to output 290 HP with 255 lb-ft of torque, and be 20% more efficient. The new SUV can also be equipped with a 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbocharged inline-four cylinder unit, capable of 237 HP and 250 lb-ft of torque, while at the same time being 30% more efficient than the outgoing V6. These two engines will be mated with a six-speed automatic gearbox, which feeds power to all four wheels.

Safety plays an important role for the new Explorer, as it boasts a more rigid unibody structure, as well as an array of safety features, including the innovative inflatable seat belts Ford premiered at the beginning of the year. Stability systems like the Curve Control we saw a few weeks ago, as well as a terrain management system are also included.

The next generation SUV will come in three trim lines, Base, XLT and Limited, each boasting various equipment. Among them we have the SYNC infotainment system, with the Limited getting the new MyFord Touch iteration.

The 2011 Ford Explorer SUV will be premiered in the following week all over the USA, with production set to start later this year. Expect it to hit dealerships before the end of winter. Until then, hit the jump to check out the high res photo gallery.

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2011 BMW X3 officially revealed, photos and videos included


It’s been a long time coming, but the next generation 2011 BMW X3 (F25) has been officially revealed to the public, ahead of its debut at the Paris Motor Show this fall.

As you can see above and in the photo gallery below, the new X3 is quite different from the outgoing model, but still has the same overall function-over-form design.

The front fascia has been thoroughly overhauled, with new headlamps, a larger and straighter kidney grille, plus an aluminum-style lower air dam, reminiscent of the new X1. Looking from the side though, we can see a slight arch, starting from above the front wheel arch and continuing to the rear of the car, highlighting the increased size of the new X3. The taillights have also been restyled, and boast the same LED technology as the bigger 2011 X5.

On the inside, all of the new features that were available for its larger brothers, the X5 and X6, are now present. The center console boasts the same iDrive joystick, which lets you control the information displayed on the massive 8.8-inch LCD screen. Aluminum accents decorate the steering wheel, and can be extended to the rest of the interior, with special options. The space on the inside has also been increased, boasting a capacity of 19 cubic feet (538 liters) in the boot, and 56.6 cubic feet (1,600 liters) if the rear seats are folded.

From an engine standpoint, you will be able to enjoy the newest units from the BMW range on the 2011 X3. For Americans, two versions will be available, both powered by gasoline. The xDrive28i will develop 240 HP and 230 lb-ft of torque from the 3.0-liter inline-six, while the xDrive35i will output 300 HP and 300 lb-ft of torque from the new single-turbo N55 3.0-liter engine. The former will sprint from 0 to 62 mph in 6.7 seconds, while the latter will achieve it in 5.5 seconds.

Europeans, on the other hand, will get the xDrive20d instead of the 28i. As its name suggests, it will use a 2.0-liter diesel engine capable of 184 HP and 280 lb-ft of torque.

All engines will be available with BMW’s new eight-speed automatic gearbox, or, for the 20d, with a six-speed manual. All X3 models will have three settings, Normal, Sport and Sport+, each offering a different experience. Power is split 40/60 with a bias to the rear, but using the new Performance Control technology, it can shift as much as 80% of power to the rear.

Overall, the new 2011 BMW X3 definitely brings some much needed change and will once again be a serious competitor on the luxury crossover market. What do you think?

Check out the photo gallery below, hit the jump to see a few videos and then share your thoughts about the new BMW X3.

Photo Gallery: 2011 BMW X3

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2011 Volvo V60 revealed, the Sports Wagon version of the S60


After Volvo revealed the impressive 2011 S60 sedan, it was only a matter of time before the Swedish company presented the wagon version of that same model.

Now, the 2011 Volvo V60 Sports Wagon has been formally revealed, complete with an impressive video.

In terms of equipment, you won’t find any big changes, as it really is just the wagon version of the S60 sedan. Still, Volvo did try to implement a more aggressive design, with a sloped rear end, aiming to really highlight the sporty nature of its sports wagon.

There are changes from a technical standpoint though, as two chassis versions will be offered, Touring and Dynamic. The main differences reside with the suspension system, which is much more responsive in the Dynamic flavor. Still, both versions will provide an adequate amount of comfort, even on low quality roads.

As usual for Volvo, a huge amount of safety systems are offered, including the Pedestrian Detection one, which premiered on the S60 sedan. Hopefully, all of the systems will work in real life conditions. All-wheel drive is offered as standard for the top-of-the-range version, while you can order it as an option for other ones.

In terms of engines, Volvo is throwing everything it has on the V60, with three diesels and no less than five gasoline units. The diesel range offers the 115 HP 1.6-liter DRIVe, the 163 HP 2.0-liter D3 and the 205 HP 2.4-liter D5. Gasoline fans will be able to choose from the 150 HP 1.5-liter T3, 180 HP 1.5-liter T4, 203 HP 2.0-liter 2.0T, 240 HP 2.5-liter T5, 304 HP 3.0-liter T6.

No word yet on US availability, seeing as how Volvo might operate some changes to the American lineup. Still, Europeans will be able to enjoy the sleek new 2011 Volvo V60 Sports Wagon starting this fall.

Until then, check out the photo gallery below and then hit the jump for an interesting presentation video.

Photo Gallery: 2011 Volvo V60

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Renault DeZir concept revealed ahead of Paris debut


The Paris Motor Show is fast approaching its start, and as such, a new showpiece has been revealed, in the form of the Renault DeZir concept.

As you can see above, the new model is definitely something else, and represents a new design direction for the French company.

The DeZir, as any self-respecting concept nowadays, uses an electric powertrain, the same one used by the Nissan Leaf EV. A 24 kilowatt-hour battery pack is present, powering a 110 kW electric motor. This, coupled with the lightweight steel tube chassis that weighs 1,830 pounds, means a 0 to 62 mph time of just 5 seconds.

But while the electric performance is mighty impressive, Renault fans should definitely be thrilled by the attractive design. It is augmented by the novel rear-hinged butterfly doors, which give the DeZir a memorable presence.

The new Renault concept will be presented in Paris, but until then, feel free to check it out in the photo gallery below.

Photo Gallery: Renault DeZir Concept

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Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport revealed, breaks world speed record with 268 mph (431 km/h)


What started out as just a rumor is now official, the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport high performance edition has been revealed.

The Veyron really broke the mold in terms of hypercars, and was a testament to the engineering (and funding) of both Bugatti and (especially) its parent company, Volkswagen.

Now, as a fitting end to the life cycle of the glorious model, the company has announced the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport.

What’s so great about this new Veyron edition? How about the fact that it upgrades the output of the massive 16-cylinder engine from the already famous 1,001 HP to a whopping 1,200 HP. Throw in a torque rating of 1,106 lb-ft, and you will certainly be experiencing the best of the best.

Why do we say that? In order to really demonstrate the potential of the Veyron Super Sport, Bugatti took the car on the VW test track. There, with German officials and Guiness World Record representatives, the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport model achieved a new world speed record for a production model. The value achieved was 267.81 mph or 431.07 km/h.

The Veyron Super Sport, besides the increased output, also boasts other changes, in order to make it resilient to the high speed abuse it will no doubt receive in the hands of customers. As such, an optimized suspension system has been added, while the chassis was strengthened. As a special treat, the skin of the car is made completely out of carbon fiber composites, which can be decorated, at request, with a clear coat that leaves the carbon exposed.

The first five Veyron Super Sport models are part of a World Record edition, boasting the same paint scheme, black exposed carbon and orange finish. Before you reach for that wallet though, they have already been sold out. Still, you can check out the car at the upcoming Pebble Beach Concours, this August.

Until then, you can admire the new hypercar in the photo gallery below.

Photo Gallery: Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport

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