Among the many new cars at the 2014 Paris Auto Show, Audi showed of a set of face lifted models, including the new A6 and A7, plus their sportier S6 and S7 variants. The updates are mainly visual, though there is some new technology in the cabin as well. While Europe will see the updated A6 and A7 ranges late this year, America will have to wait until 2015.
Infiniti’s Q80 Inspiration concept also wowed media at the Paris show. In theory representative of what the brand’s upcoming flagship sedan will look like, the Q80 Inspiration is dramatically styled, all the better to match its potent 550-horsepower twin-turbo V-6 engine. On top of that, Infiniti claims 40 mpg. That’s a tough combination to pull off in the real world, but it would certainly take the fight to the best in the full-size luxury segment if it were to come true.
Chevy’s Corvette Z06 isn’t quite on the streets yet, but we’re learning more and more about it as the time approaches. Among the latest: some details on the Brembo carbon ceramic brakes included in the the Z07 Performance Package. The extreme brakes are part of what allows the Z06 to stop from 60 mph in just 99.6 feet—and to keep doing it, lap after lap.
On the muscle car end of the spectrum, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is one fierce machine—that’s a given. But can it really hang with a serious performance car on track? Say something like a Cadillac CTS-V? When the driver is Ralph Gilles, why yes, yes it can.
And finally, going back to Monday, we saw the seventh installment of Project Binky, a brilliantly obsessive build to shoehorn the drivetrain from a Celica GT-Four into an Austin Mini. It’s fun, it’s funny, and it’s shockingly informative with its detailed build process.