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2015 Dodge Charger shows off its new look in New York [w/videos]

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  • Scion FR-S Release Series 1.0 at 2014 New York Auto Show

2015 Infiniti Q70 stretches out in NYC

Posted Apr 18th 2014 3:59PM

2015 Infiniti Q70

Infiniti released its refreshed Q70 (the car formerly known as "M") in New York this morning. The luxury sedan is brings with it, quite literally, a big change: it's now the only vehicle in its segment to offer both long- and short-wheelbase options here in North America (other automakers do this in China). Currently, the two-wheelbase sedan strategy is exclusive to the ranks of fullsize players like the BMW 7 Series, Audi A8, etc.

Infiniti has elongated the standard Q70's wheelbase from 114.2 inches to 120.1 inches, in doing so lengthening the car 7.3 inches overall. For the sake of comparison, a standard wheelbase Audi A8 runs 117.8 inches, so the Q70 is no slouch. The extension mostly benefits rear-seat occupants, who are treated to an extra 5.6 inches of legroom. We think the enlargement improves the car's aesthetic, as well.

In addition to the long-wheelbase option, there are a few other tweaks in store for 2015. New head and taillights are the biggest changes, with full LEDs in the back and LED accents in front. Aspects currently seen on the smaller Q50 are evident, as well, such as the "double-arch" grille that comes with mesh-finish inserts. The fascia also includes a new front bumper with integrated foglights. Interior changes seem to be fairly minimal, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. The outgoing Q70 had a spacious (if dated), luxurious cabin with all kinds of high-quality materials.

Infiniti also added its Predictive Forward Collision Warning system to the Q70, which warns drivers of potential risks beyond their field of view, as well as its stellar AroundView Monitor system, which makes parking a breeze.

Mechanical changes are minimal. The base 3.7-litre V6 still pumps out 330 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque, and the 5.6-litre V8 retains its 420 hp and 417 lb-ft. Both engines will be available on the long-wheelbase version (although the V8 will be slightly less powerful, producing only 416 hp and 414 lb-ft). A seven-speed automatic remains the only transmission across the board. The Q70 Hybrid, which employs a 302-hp, 3.5-litre V6, will not be available in long-wheelbase form.

For more info, check out Infiniti's rather extensive press release below.

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2015 Audi RS7 Dynamic Edition is a pretty car for a pretty penny

Posted Apr 18th 2014 2:00PM

Audi RS7 Dynamic Edition

Making its world debut at the New York Auto Show, and commanding a US$40,250 premium over the base RS7, is Audi's new 2015 RS7 Dynamic Edition that arrives with an MSRP of US$146,045 (Canadian pricing is not yet available but the base model starts at CAD$115,000). The range-topping hatchback is designed to showcase Audi's exclusive program, which allows customers to choose choose from the automaker's long list of options and then take the customization one step further with bespoke paintwork, upholstery, bodywork and wheels.

The interior features Black Valcona leather seats with Crimson Red honeycomb stitching, and matching Crimson Red seat belts. The contrasting color is carried through to the stitching on the dashboard, centre armrest, door panels, shift boot and centre console. Carbon fibre inlays provide additional contrast. The exterior is offering in four colours (Ibis White, Suzuka Gray metallic, Daytona Grey pearl and Phantom Black pearl), with each arriving with performance-oriented DRC suspension (with three-stage adjustable dampers), 21-inch Gloss Black wheels, Tornado Red painted brake calipers and sport exhaust. A carbon fibre front splitter, rear diffuser and carbon fibre engine cover complete the package.

Like the standard RS7, the Dynamic Edition arrives with a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 rated at 560 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. With an eight-speed automatic transmission, running through Audi's Quattro permanent all-wheel drive and a sport differential, the four-passenger vehicle will crack the 60 mph (96 km/h) acceleration benchmark in a reported 3.7 seconds – and, thanks to cylinder-on-demand technology, it avoids a gas-guzzler tax. The RS7 Dynamic Edition arrives at dealerships in early summer.

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1964 Ford GT40 prototype sells for $7M at auction

Posted Apr 18th 2014 11:59AM

1964 Ford GT40 Prototype

Seven-figure Ferraris are not horribly rare. Heck, an eight-figure Ferrari isn't a rare occurrence. Between modern masterpieces like the Enzo and more classic offerings, cracking the million-dollar mark isn't a particularly tall order for the cars from Maranello. For a Ford, though, it's a pretty big deal.

Now, this is not just some rare Mustang. This is a GT40, the car that Henry Ford II commissioned to whip (and whoop) Enzo Ferrari around a track in France. As far as the Le Mans-winning racers go, they don't get much rarer than this one. Sold at the Mecum Auctions in Houston, this is one of the prototypes, meaning it's one of the very first GT40s ever built. That makes its $7 million winning a bid, a record for on-air coverage of the auction, a pretty darn impressive figure.

You can click here to watch the auction go into a bidding frenzy below, but first, take a look back at our original story on this rare Blue Oval that was put up for grabs.

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2015 Dodge Challenger looks fresh, still plenty retro [w/video]

Posted Apr 18th 2014 10:01AM

2015 Dodge Challenger

It was the Ford Mustang that kicked off the retro-styled muscle car renaissance back in 2005, but it was the Dodge Challenger that served as the movement's poster child, with its unabashedly retro looks. Over the years, though, as the Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaro were freshened and upgraded, the look of the big Dodge has remained largely consistent since its 2008 debut. For 2015, the Challenger has received a big freshening, boasting strongly revised front and rear ends and (finally, finally, finally) a redesigned interior.

Let's talk about that new cabin first. It's basically been plucked directly from the redesigned Charger, and boasts the same seven-inch IP display. The centre stack's miserable, last-gen display has been replaced by an expansive, 8.4-inch UConnect system. Material quality should see a solid boost with the new cabin, as well.

The exterior, meanwhile, sees a revised front fascia with LED halo lights, as well as new grille inserts. A functional shaker hood scoop is a must-have extra on the V8 models, while the back of the car is highlighted by a new set of LED taillights that don't use the "Racetrack" design of Dodge's other models.

In terms of output, the 3.6-litre V6, 5.7-litre Hemi V8 and 6.4-litre SRT-spec V8 are carryovers from 2014. An eight-speed auto can now be had with all three engines, while a six-speed manual is also available on the V8 Challengers.

Take a look up top for images of the refreshed Challenger from the floor of the New York Auto Show, and then hop below for the official press release and seven videos from Dodge, as well as galleries for the SXT, R/T, Scat Pack and SRT models.

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2015 Dodge Charger shows off its new look in New York [w/videos]

Posted Apr 18th 2014 8:00AM

2015 Dodge Charger

With a new look inspired largely by the Dart compact, the 2015 Dodge Charger made its New York Auto Show debut today. Along with the interior and exterior changes, an eight-speed automatic becomes standard across the range.

What hasn't changed is the choice of engines under the Charger's long hood. A 3.6-litre V6 serves as the base mill, and can be had in both rear- and all-wheel-drive varieties, while the 5.7-litre V8 is an optional item and can be had in rear-drive only. Outputs are also carried over from last year, with 292 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque for the six-pot, while the Hemi V8 delivers 370 hp and 395 lb-ft of torque.

The new exterior treatment is a fairly large departure from the styling tone set by the Charger since its reintroduction to the North American market in 2006. The blacked-out, crosshair grille and new headlamps are the biggest changes for 2015, though there are other, less immediately noticeable updates, such as the more rounded "Racetrack" taillamps that, like the front fascia, draw some inspiration from the Dart.

The cabin, meanwhile, is freshened with a new gauge cluster, complete with a seven-inch display, a steering wheel lifted from the Jeep Grand Cherokee and a standard 8.4-inch touchscreen display in the center stack.

We've got a healthy gallery of live images from the Charger's New York debut, along with the official batch of photos distributed by Dodge earlier this week and new videos available below. Have a look and then head down to Comments and let us know what you think of the Charger's fairly drastic rework.

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News Source: Chrysler Group LLC via YouTube [1], [2], [3]

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We obsessively covered the 2014 New York Auto Show

Posted Apr 17th 2014 8:01PM

NY Auto Show: High Style and Hybrid Hopes

Look no further, as we've rounded up the hottest new car debuts and breaking news from the 2014 New York Auto Show. Simply click here to view our recap of every major premiere, as we bring you the inside scoop on each vehicle.

Every show, we're tasked with writing these wrap-up posts, and every time, nothing we ever come up with is as good as what our former Editor-In-Chief, John Neff, wrote back at the 2012 New York show. Besides, by the time you're reading this, we're all super tired. So for the sake of laziness hilarity, let's just put our nostalgia caps on and let this show wrap itself up with the words of Herr Neff.

The New York Auto Show has officially vomited on its shoes, stumbled out of the bar and taken a seat on the subway between a homeless person and RuPaul impersonator (actually, it might really be RuPaul). That's right folks, the party's over, and the Big Apple has told us that we don't have to go home, but we can't stay here.

Like a wasted hipster on his hands and knees scrounging loose change off the floor, we've gathered together all of the cars and concepts that debuted at this year's show. Enjoy perusing our New York Auto Show playlist while we pop a Tums and concentrate on surviving the cab ride to LaGuardia.

That's all from New York, folks. Stay tuned as we continue obsessively covering the 2014 New York International Auto Show.

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2015 Infiniti Q70 stretches out in NYC
2015 Infiniti Q70 stretches out in NYC

2015 Audi RS7 Dynamic Edition is a pretty car for a pretty penny
2015 Audi RS7 Dynamic Edition is a pretty car for a pretty penny

2015 Dodge Challenger looks fresh, still plenty retro [w/video]
2015 Dodge Challenger looks fresh, still plenty retro [w/video]

2015 Dodge Charger shows off its new look in New York [w/videos]
2015 Dodge Charger shows off its new look in New York [w/videos]

Mazda Miata 25th anniversary display is roadster heaven on Earth
Mazda Miata 25th anniversary display is roadster heaven on Earth

VW Golf TDI SportWagen really is a concept, sort of
VW Golf TDI SportWagen really is a concept, sort of

2016 Audi A3 Sportback headed to North America under diesel power [w/video]
2016 Audi A3 Sportback headed to North America under diesel power [w/video]

Ford Transit Skyliner Concept does discreet luxury in NYC
Ford Transit Skyliner Concept does discreet luxury in NYC

2015 Subaru Outback offers much more during its debut
2015 Subaru Outback offers much more during its debut

Mazda reveals 25th anniversary edition MX-5 Miata alongside next-gen chassis
Mazda reveals 25th anniversary edition MX-5 Miata alongside next-gen chassis

2015 BMW X4 is a budget friendly X6, starts at $46,300 in Canada
2015 BMW X4 is a budget friendly X6, starts at $46,300 in Canada

2015 Ford Focus sedan shows its fresh face in New York
2015 Ford Focus sedan shows its fresh face in New York

2015 BMW Alpina B6 Gran Coupe challenges the M6 in New York
2015 BMW Alpina B6 Gran Coupe challenges the M6 in New York

2015 Volkswagen Jetta is new, we promise
2015 Volkswagen Jetta is new, we promise

SRT Viper TA adds Anodized Carbon Special Edition
SRT Viper TA adds Anodized Carbon Special Edition

Alfa Romeo 4C Launch Edition marks a day we never thought we'd see
Alfa Romeo 4C Launch Edition marks a day we never thought we'd see

2015 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Coupe rides to the top
2015 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Coupe rides to the top

Subaru previews rally-ready WRX STI for Global RallyCross
Subaru previews rally-ready WRX STI for Global RallyCross

2015 Nissan Murano is the Sport Sedan Concept of crossovers [w/video]
2015 Nissan Murano is the Sport Sedan Concept of crossovers [w/video]

2015 Acura TLX is all too familiar, despite its new tricks [w/videos]
2015 Acura TLX is all too familiar, despite its new tricks [w/videos]

2015 Chevrolet Cruze shows its brave new face in New York
2015 Chevrolet Cruze shows its brave new face in New York

Scion FR-S Release Series 1.0 at 2014 New York Auto Show
Scion FR-S Release Series 1.0 at 2014 New York Auto Show

Mini lifts veil on refreshed 2015 Countryman in New York City
Mini lifts veil on refreshed 2015 Countryman in New York City

2015 BMW M4 Convertible will give the best bad hair days
2015 BMW M4 Convertible will give the best bad hair days

2015 Toyota Camry ushers in 'sweeping redesign' [w/poll]
2015 Toyota Camry ushers in 'sweeping redesign' [w/poll]

2015 Hyundai Sonata plays a more mature tune
2015 Hyundai Sonata plays a more mature tune

2015 Mustang Convertible chopped up and parked on top of Empire State Building
2015 Mustang Convertible chopped up and parked on top of Empire State Building

2015 Chevy Corvette Z06 Convertible goes topless in New York
2015 Chevy Corvette Z06 Convertible goes topless in New York



Mazda Miata 25th anniversary display is roadster heaven on Earth

Posted Apr 17th 2014 7:00PM

Mazda Miata 25th Anniversary Display

As part of the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the MX-5 Miata, Mazda has put together a rather large display at its New York Auto Show booth, showing off significant models from the diminutive roadsters history.

The display represents a healthy split of volume models, with cars 14, 15 and 17 sitting alongside cars 500,000 and 700,000. There are also more than a few concept cars in the offering, such as the Super20 Concept we drove a few years back, as well as older offerings, like the Club Racer concept from the 1989 Chicago Auto Show, the M-Speedster from the 1995 Chicago show and the M Coupe from the 1996 New York Auto Show.

We've put together a gallery of images of the historical Miata display, which you can view above. Take a look and then let us know which of Mazda's awesome roadsters is your favourite.

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VW Golf TDI SportWagen really is a concept, sort of

Posted Apr 17th 2014 6:00PM

Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Concept

We know it doesn't look like a concept, but the Golf TDI SportWagen being shown at today's New York Auto Show is not (yet) a production model. There will indeed be a production car bearing the same name coming to North America early next year, and it will look very much like the showcar seen above, but there are decisions that still need to be made lying under the wagon's skin before any of that can happen.

When the Golf SportWagen hits a dealership near you as a replacement for the departing Jetta Sportwagen, it will be equipped with one of two engine options, a standard 1.8-litre TSI four-cylinder unit running on gasoline and mated to either a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission or an optional 2.0-litre TDI mill sending its torque-rich diesel drippings to the front wheels through a six-speed manual or DSG automatic gearbox. What's questionable is whether or not we'll see optional 4Motion all-wheel drive, as this concept version is equipped with, here in North America.

We wouldn't hold our breath for 4Motion, honestly, but Volkswagen says it's "under consideration," so there's that. In any case, check out the diesely goodness of the Golf TDI SportWagen Concept in our live image gallery above and read the press release below for all the details.

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2016 Audi A3 Sportback headed to North America under diesel power [w/video]

Posted Apr 17th 2014 5:00PM

2015 Audi A3 TDI Sportback

Every get the feeling that automakers aren't really listening to what it is that you want in an automobile? Well, Audi is. Following what it calls "an outpouring of enthusiasts' support," the German automaker has announced that it is bringing the new, 2016 A3 Sportback to North America under diesel power, in the summer of 2015.

Unveiled today at the New York Auto Show, the new A3 TDI Sportback joins an expanding range of A3 models available to North America. Whereas the Sportback hatch was until now only slated to be offered in E-Tron hybrid form, and the TDI only as a sedan, this model combines the bodystyle of the former with the power of the latter. The new TDI slots into the family alongside the gasoline-powered A3 and S3 sedans and A3 Cabriolet as well.

Power comes from a 2.0-litre turbodiesel four with 150 horsepower and mated to a six-speed S tronic transmission. Because it's still a year away from launch, Audi tells us it hasn't determined figures for performance, fuel economy or carbon emissions numbers, but when it joins the company's considerable diesel offerings (which already include the A6, A7, A8, Q5 and Q7) as part of the new A3 rollout over the course of the next 18 months, you can bet it'll provide that combination of low-end grunt and long-range capability that diesel enthusiasts crave. In the meantime you can scope out the details and b-roll footage below for a closer look.

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News Source: Audi

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