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Sunday, September 21, 2014

2017 Audi S9 could produce up to 600 bhp

2017 Audi S9 could produce up to 600 bhp

New details are starting to emerge about the Audi A9 concept, ahead of its rumored debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

According to Autocar, the concept is currently under construction and will be used to preview the company's future styling direction.

Audi has remained tight-lipped about the car but sources have told the magazine it will be a four-door coupe with laser headlights and a "newly interpreted" version of their single frame grille.

The concept is also slated to preview a production model which could be launched in 2017 to battle the Porsche Panamera and Mercedes CLS. The car will reportedly be based on the MLB Evo platform and be heavily influenced by 2016 A8.

Specifications remain a mystery but the A9 will reportedly be offered with a variety of engines including a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 and a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8. The latter engine will also be used in the S9 where it is rumored to produce up to 600 bhp (447 kW).

Rumors also suggest there will be two diesel options including a 3.0-liter V6 and 4.0-liter V8. There could also be petrol and diesel plug-in hybrid variants but nothing is official as of yet.

Mercedes shows off the AMG GT color palette

Mercedes has revealed the AMG GT will be available in at least eight different colors.

While the company declined to release the names of the paint colors, the pictures show the model will be offered in a variety of hues including blue, yellow, black, red, dark red, grey, silver and white. While everyone will undoubtedly have their own favorite, the blue one looks particularly fetching thanks to the metallic accents on the grille and front spoiler.

As a refresher, the AMG GT will be launched early next year and feature a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine that produces 462 PS (339 kW) and 600 Nm (442 lb-ft) of torque. It is connected to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission which enables the coupe to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 4.0 seconds before hitting an electronically-limited top speed of 304 km/h (189 mph).

If that's not fast enough, the AMG GT S rewards has a more powerful twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine that develops 510 PS (375 kW) and 650 Nm (479 lb-ft) of torque. This enables the car to run from 0-100 km/h in 3.8 seconds and hit an electronically-limited top speed of 310 km/h (193 mph).

Infiniti to expand lineup by 60 percent by 2020

Infiniti to expand lineup by 60 percent by 2020

Infiniti has announced plans to expand their "premium model range" by 60 percent by the end of the decade.

Speaking at the opening of the company's new design studio in London, Infiniti EMEA Vice President Francois Goupil de Bouillé said "Our passion for design will deliver a broad range of very distinct premium vehicles. The expansion of our product portfolio is at the core of our growth plan."

His sentiments were echoed by Infiniti executive design director Alfonso Albaisa who said "With our new generation models, we want to express all that passion plus a new romanticism, and London is a great place to find the inspiration for it. London buzzes with youthful excitement. We are here to pick up that buzz and tailor premium products so they deliver a European take on Infiniti."

Infiniti declined to say which models will be added to the lineup but reiterated the Q80 Inspiration concept previews a new range-topping sedan. The company is also working on two entry-level models - called the Q30 and QX30 - and an electric vehicle dubbed the LE.

Porsche Exclusive shows off their Cayenne S E-Hybrid

Porsche Exclusive shows off their Cayenne S E-Hybrid

Porsche Exclusive has introduced a one-off Cayenne S E-Hybrid.

Dressed in Meteor Grey Metallic, the crossover has been equipped with tinted bi-xenon headlights and the SportDesign package. The model also has a sports exhaust system and 21-inch alloy wheels with a gloss black finish.

Moving on to the interior, there's black leather seats with green contrast stitching. The cabin also has embossed headrests, an aluminum shifter and black painted accents. Other notable highlights include carbon fiber sill plates and carbon fiber grab handles.

As you may recall, the Cayenne S E-Hybrid has a 3.0-liter V6 supercharged engine and an electric motor that produce a combined maximum output of 416 PS (306 kW) and 590 Nm (435 lb-ft) of torque. It enables the model to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 5.9 seconds, hit a top speed of 243 km/h (151 mph) and travel up to 36 km (22 miles) on electricity alone.

Facelifted Hyundai Veloster Turbo & i40 Wagon tackle the Ring

Work continues on the facelifted Hyundai Veloster Turbo and i40 Wagon as our spies have caught both models undergoing testing on the Nürburgring.

While the cars are heavily camouflaged, we can see they will feature the usual styling tweaks including a new front bumper and restyled headlights. The rear ends could also be updated but the camouflage makes it hard to know for sure.

The Veloster Turbo is expected to feature a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 201 bhp (150 kW) and 195 lb-ft (264 Nm) of torque. However, there has been speculation that the engine could be upgraded but nothing is official as of yet.

Engine options are also expected to carryover in the i40 Wagon but they could receive some minor modifications for improved performance and reduced fuel consumption.