The conventions surrounding SUVs is that they’re big, heavy and thirsty but our time spent with this latest Kia Sorento has turned all those preconceptions on its head. The model was first launched in 2002 and Kia has spent considerable effort remaking the large SUV over the years which has now led to this latest third generation.
The new car has been given an extensive makeover both inside and out. For starters, the front grille has been redesigned and now sports a European-inspired design that give the car an upmarket appearance. Like before, the SUV doesn’t shrink in the presence of other SUVs. At nearly five metres in length (4,780mm), it’s hard to miss and the driver benefits from this with few willing to challenge it for right o...
In July2015 BMW M GmbH will replace the existing Competition Package for the BMW M6 Coupe, BMW M6 Gran Coupe and BMW M6 Convertible with an upgraded version. The new Competition Package has been developed with a keen eye on enhancing driving dynamics.
It includes a power boost for the4.4-litre V8 petrol engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology (BMW M6 Coupe/BMW M6 Gran Coupe/BMW M6 Convertible, fuel consumption combined: 9.9/9.9/10.3 l/100 km, CO2emissions combined: 231/231/239 g/km) of 40hp over the standard unit, to 600hp. Peak torque also rises, from680 Nm in standard tuneto700 Nm, and is available across an extremely wide rev band–between 1,500and 6,000 rpm.
Based on the new 911 GT3 RS production sports car, Porsche has designed a customer sport race car for GT3 category racing around the world: the 911 GT3 R. In developing the 500 hp-plus (368 kW) racing ‘nine-eleven’, special attention was paid to its lightweight design, enhanced aerodynamic efficiency, reduced consumption, improved handling, further optimised safety as well as lowering service and spare parts costs.
The 911 GT3 R features the distinctive double-bubble roof, and the wheelbase which has been lengthened by 8.3cm compared to the previous generation. This ensures a more balanced weight distribution and more predictable handling particularly in fast corners in comparison to the previous GT3 R.
The DS brand is to release a series of ‘1955’ limited editions across the range (DS 3, DS 3 Cabrio, DS 4 and the new DS 5) to mark the 60th anniversary of the very first DS.
These new models will be available at dealers worldwide towards the end of June and the cars will be shown during DS WEEK in Paris. DS Week is a dedicated event for the 60th anniversary, which runs from 19 to 24 May 2015.
As a concept car, the Golf GTE Sport with its carbon body, completely new cockpit design, an “electric propshaft” and 400 PS plug-in hybrid drive shows what is possible when designers and engineers catapult the GT idea a long way into the future. By contrast, the Golf GTI Clubsport – also presented as a concept car – offers a glimpse at the 265 PS anniversary model which will mark the 40th birthday of the Golf GTI next year.
With the Golf GTE Sport presented as a world premiere at the legendary GTI event at Lake Wörthersee on 14 May 2015, Volkswagen is catapulting the GT tradition into the future. The high-tech Golf that is largely made of carbon is powered by a total of three motors – combined in a plug-in hybrid drive with system power of 295 kW / 400 PS.
Masaki Kobayashi has proven to be passionate about the all-new HR-V. As the Project Leader for the styling of the HR-V he knows every line and curve, the feel of every material in its class-leading interior space and is proud of how it fuses pragmatism, precision and emotional design to create something unique. Here he provides an insight into how the HR-V was conceived and realized.
‘We didn’t want to just create a downsized SUV,’ he explains. ‘Honda already has the CR-V, which combines the virtues of an SUV and a lighter, more nimble conventional car, so the HR-V needed to offer something different. The development team set a goal to create a new value or theme from the very start of the project.’