This week, Mercedes-Benz unveiled an updated version of its A-Class compact, and we’re glad to report that the A45 from Mercedes-AMG is now producing as much as 376 horsepower. We’re gladder still to report that this same extra potency is expected to feature on updated versions of the CLA45 and GLA45 sold here, current versions of which deliver 355 hp.
Jaguar’s new F-Pace is set for a debut at September’s 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show, and some revealing teaser shots of the SUV were published this week. A barely disguised version is being used as a support vehicle in this year’s Tour de France.
2017 Audi A4 Avant
Audi’s new A4, the B9 series, was revealed in full this week. Both the sedan and Avant wagon versions have been shown, though only the former is expected in the United States. The new A4 is Audi’s second model to ride on the new MLB Evo platform, and it’s lighter, more powerful and much more advanced than its predecessor.
2015 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak
2018 BMW M5 spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
A prototype for the next-generation BMW M5 was spotted this week. More power, less weight and an available all-wheel-drive system are expected for the new sledgehammer sedan… but will it be enough to topple new versions of the Cadillac CTS-V and Mercedes-AMG E63 coming onto the market?
2016 Subaru WRX STI Series.HyperBlue
Subaru has special edition versions of its BRZ and WRX STI on offer for the 2016 model year. No extra power is available but you do get a shiny blue paint job. The competition really has no need to worry.
BMW i8 hydrogen fuel cell concept
No, you’re not looking at a spaceship of some kind. BMW this week showed two research vehicles that it is using to develop hydrogen fuel cell technology. One of them is based on the sleek i8 sports car, which has a modified body designed to be even slipperier through the air.
Aston Martin Vulcan, 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed
Aston Martin had a successful outing at the recent Goodwood Festival of Speed. One of the real highlights was seeing the automaker’s ultra-exclusive—just 24 will be made—Vulcan supercar take to the event’s famous hill climb. To see what else went down in Goodwood this year, head to our dedicated hub.