This week BMW treated us with not one but two brand new M cars, the M3 sedan and M4 coupe
. The pair are essentially the same car underneath, though one is a bit more practical than the other. The new M3 and M4 are lighter and more powerful than their predecessors (the M4 is the successor for M3 Coupe), and they’re turbocharged.
This week we got the sad news that Holden will be ending production in Australia
at the end of 2017. Since Holden is the only manufacturer of the Chevrolet SS, which we drove this week
, it means the new muscle sedan is likely to be on the market for only a short period. If a successor is planned, and we sure hope one is, expect it to be manufactured in the good ol’ U.S. of A.
Volkswagen Scirocco R (European model), Catskill Mountains, NY, Dec 2013Enlarge Photo
Another interesting vehicle we drove this week is the Volkswagen Scirocco R
. The car isn’t offered in the U.S., and won’t be, at least in this generation, but VW’s local arm has been letting journalists drive Euro-spec cars, both to get feedback on whether we like it and to show off some of the automaker’s other products.
Michael Schumacher tests new assistance systems on the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-ClassEnlarge Photo
This week, seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher got behind the wheel of some prototypes for the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
. He was there to test some of the safety systems of the new C-Class, particularly those group under Mercedes’ Intelligent Drive heading, which he is also an ambassador for.
We’ve spotted some early test mules for Jaguar’s upcoming crossover
based on its stunning C-X17 concept car. The makeshift XF body is only temporary, but underneath the crudely fixed panels is the British automaker’s all-new iQ[Al] modular aluminum platform.
2014 Audi R18 e-tron quattro Le Mans Prototype race carEnlarge Photo
Audi this week revealed its new Le Mans prototype
that it hopes will see it victorious in the 2014 season of the World Endurance Championship. The biggest threat to Audi right now is probably the new prototype being developed by Porsche. Both will be competing in the series’ premier LMP1 category, and both will be present at the 24 Hours of Le Mans next year.
A Canadian firm by the name of Dubuc Super Light Car has come out with a kit car package for a mid-engine sports car
that you could built in just 250 hours--if you have the skills and about $30,000 in the bank. Weighing just 2,000 pounds in total, the Dubuc’s sports car should be a rocket at the race track. We hear an electric version is also planned._______________________________________Follow Motor Authority on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.