Luxury

  • 2020 Lexus RC F Track Edition spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

    Lexus is preparing a more hardcore version of its RC F to target track enthusiasts. The car has been confirmed as the 2020 Lexus RC F Track Edition, and its debut will take place later this month at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The RC F Track Edition was previewed in 2016 by the RC F GT concept (shown below), and judging by our spy shots of a prototype the production model will stay close to the concept, at least visually. Common elements include the exposed carbon fiber-reinforced plastic hood, high-downforce rear wing, and carbon-ceramic brake rotors. The...

  • 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class in the mud
    How to drive through mud in the 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

    Off-roading isn't simply sprinting through rugged terrain or crawling over rocks with the knowledge that the vehicle will handle whatever comes its way. There are proper steps to prevent a truck or SUV from getting stuck. Mercedes-Benz shared a video on Wednesday to show owners of the 2019 G-Class...

  • 2019 Porsche Cayenne
    4 ways the 2019 Porsche Cayenne moves upmarket

    It looked like heresy when Porsche released its first SUV in 2002, but it turned out to be a brilliant move. The Cayenne quickly took the mantle as the brand’s best-seller, and it became an adage that the Cayenne enabled Porsche to keep building sports cars. The move also turned out to be...

  • 2019 Volvo S60
    2019 Volvo S60 preview

    Volvo has a redesigned S60 on its hands, and the small luxury sedan has the distinction of being the first Volvo made here in the United States. Production takes place at a new plant in Charleston, South Carolina, which from 2021 will also be responsible for a redesigned XC90. Volvo didn't pull any...

  • 2021 Land Rover Defender spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    New Land Rover Defender to test locally in 2019, start sales in 2020

    Land Rover on Thursday confirmed its Defender nameplate will return to these shores after more than twenty years. (The last time it was here was in 1997.) The British firm is working on its first redesign for the Defender since the original debuted in 1983, with the covers to come off the new...

  • 2019 Audi A6
    2019 Audi A6 preview

    Audi unveiled a redesigned A6 in March at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show, one that is bigger, more dynamic and much more advanced than its predecessor, and much more distinctive looking too. The redesign represents the eighth generation of the popular mid-size sedan, and it's currently...

  • Porsche Taycan production

    The model names for Porsche's upcoming Taycan electric car will fit right in with existing Porsche nomenclature, according to a Wednesday tweet from automotive journalist Alex Roy. Roy posted the tweet and wrote about it on The Drive after receiving the information directly from a Porsche outreach representative. According to that rep, the car is due in about a year and it will come in three models: Taycan, Taycan 4s, and Taycan Turbo. It appears the performance version of the Porsche Taycan EV will be branded “Turbo”. Because ICE nomenclature is how one converts customers to EV...

  • Audi A8 Avant wagon by Castagna
    Italian coachbuilder plans Audi A8 Avant wagon

    Italian firm Castagna has plans to turn Audi's largest sedan into an Avant-style wagon. The firm shared renderings of the future project on social media earlier this month, depicting a previous-generation A8 that has ditched its standard trunk in order to become a full-sized wagon. Castagna didn't...

  • 2019 Mercedes-AMG A45 hatchback teaser
    Mercedes-AMG has a new A45 coming, and this is what its drift mode can do

    Mercedes-AMG has just revealed the new 302-horsepower A35 hot hatch, but the Affalterbach tuner still has the even hotter redesigned A45 in the hopper, and the car has just been previewed in a dramatic teaser video. The new A45 hatch is due for a reveal in early 2019, and while we won't see it in...

  • 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class spy shots

    Mercedes-Benz's C-Class has only just undergone its mid-cycle update for 2019 but prototypes for the next-generation model are already out testing. Our latest spy shots show some of the prototypes for the new C-Class, which we expect on the market in late 2020 as a 2021 model. The testers are...

  • 2020 Cadillac Escalade ESV spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2020 Cadillac Escalade ESV spy shots

    Cadillac is on track to introduce a redesigned Escalade for 2020, and a prototype has just been spotted. The latest prototype is for the long-wheelbase Escalade ESV, and its sighting follows that of a prototype for the standard model earlier in December. The ESV sports longer rear doors and the...

  • 2019 Lexus UX (UX250h E-Four hybrid)
    Lexus trademarks UX300e, potentially for first electric vehicle

    Lexus could have its first electric vehicle in the pipeline, and a new trademark suggests it will be a variant of the small UX crossover. AutoGuide reported earlier this month that the brand has moved to trademark the "UX300e" name in Europe. The evidence this trademark applies to an electric...

  • 2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA45 spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

    Mercedes-Benz will unveil a redesigned CLA at next month's 2019 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, but the versions we're more interested in, those developed by AMG, are still close to a year away. Yes, “versions” isn't a typo as AMG is working on two performance levels for the latest generation of Mercedes compact cars. There will be direct replacements for the current crop of 45 series cars, plus a new crop of slightly tamer 35 series cars, the first of which was the A35 hatchback unveiled in October at the 2018 Paris auto show. Today we have our first look at...

  • 2020 Jaguar XE facelift spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2020 Jaguar XE spy shots

    Jaguar's XE is about to receive some updates, as evidenced by the recent sighting of camouflaged prototypes. The updates are expected to be introduced on a 2020 XE due in showrooms in the second half of next year. While the XE only reached the United States in 2016 as a 2017 model, the small sport...

  • BMW Vision iNext concept
    BMW will preview its digital personal assistant at 2019 CES

    BMW will use next month's 2019 International Consumer Electronics Show to preview a digital personal assistant the automaker plans to roll out starting next March. First announced in September, the system, known as the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant, is a voice-activated system smart enough to...

  • 2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA35 spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA35 spy shots and video

    Even though it's just launched the new 2019 A-Class sedan, Mercedes-Benz is planning a redesign for the similarly sized CLA. Prototypes for the new coupe-like sedan have been out and about for a while and a debut has been confirmed for next month's 2019 International Consumer Electronics Show in...

  • Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato family
    Someone bought all 4 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato body styles

    Prepare for an example of the lifestyle of the rich and famous. One individual decided not to purchase just one of the four Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato body styles, but all four. The British firm introduced the Vanquish Zagato back in 2016, originally as a coupe. A convertible soon followed and...

  • 2021 Audi Q7 facelift spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2021 Audi Q7 spy shots

    Audi's Q7 is approaching the midway point in its life cycle and prototypes for an updated version are out and about. The prototypes reveal that Audi's updated Q7 will receive only minor changes on the outside, but that things are in for a major revamp on the inside. On the outside, you can expect...

  • 2019 Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman T

    Porsche has expanded its 718 lineup with the new Boxster and Cayman T sports cars. The T in the name stands for "Touring" and dates back to the 1968 Porsche 911 T, which Porsche revived earlier this year with the 2018 911 Carrera T. It also represents a more purist take on the driving experience and focuses on driving pleasure, as opposed to raw power and speed. Peak output from the standard 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 matches the 300 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque of the base 718 models, and buyers can choose from either a 6-speed manual or 7-speed dual-clutch transmission...

  • 2019 Lamborghini Urus, Palm Springs media drive, December, 2018
    2019 Lamborghini Urus first drive review: All-around superstar

    Corsa Speed builds quickly in the 2019 Lamborghini Urus on the North Course of The Thermal Club outside of Palm Springs, California. I look down between turns 9 and 1, and the digital speedometer reads 126 mph and climbing. It feels like 80. Still, I feel I need more power. That’s what...

  • Buick Enspire electric SUV concept
    GM trademarks "Enspire" name, likely for new Buick crossover

    General Motors has once again filed to trademark the "Enspire" name, which points to the possibility we'll soon see a new Buick crossover by that name. According to a GM Authority report on Sunday, the automaker received approval for the trademark on Dec. 11. It's the second time GM has filed to...

  • Teaser for 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA debuting at 2019 CES
    2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA teased ahead of 2019 CES

    Mercedes-Benz will use next month's 2019 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas for the world debut of its redesigned CLA. The car is expected in showrooms next summer as a 2020 model and will serve as a sportier alternative to the similarly sized A-Class sedan which launches for...

  • 2019 Aston Martin DB11 AMR
    Aston Martin inline-6 reportedly in the works

    Talk of Aston Martin returning to inline-6 engines dates back all the way to 2011, and despite official denials the rumors persist. The latest rumors come from Autocar, which reported Friday that Aston Martin is developing its own inline-6, one potentially featuring hybrid technology, to eventually...

  • 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC63 Coupe facelift spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC63 Coupe spy shots and video

    Hot on the heels of the sighting of an udpated Mercedes-AMG GLC63 comes our first look at an updated version of the more rakish GLC63 Coupe. Both models are expected to arrive alongside an updated version of the regular GLC in the second half of 2019. The updated GLC range, including the AMG...

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