If you’re one of those people who believes Subaru’s BRZ (nee Toyota GT 86) needs more power, then fear not, it’s already in the pipeline – turbocharging, all-wheel drive and even bigger capacity engines are all on the product team’s to-do list.
Last year’s Paceman Concept, shown at the at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show, was well received by the motoring press and public alike, so much so that BMW signed it off for a late-2012 production slot and deliveries in early 2013.
The one remaining question was , “what would it be called?”
MINI’s four-door Countryman becomes the sixth member of the range to join the JCW family, and the first to combine the extra fizz with MINI’s ALL4 all-wheel drive system.
Kia unveiled their New Track’ster Concept at today’s Chicago Auto Show, but quelled speculation that the company are ever likely to put it into production.
It ‘really’ is another week, another Porsche – since this is the 3rd week in a row that the Stuttgart sports car manufacturer has launched a new product – this time its an all-wheel drive version of the 911 Carerra GTS which went on sale in two-wheel drive form last December.
Volkswagen has announced that it is to return to the demanding Nürburgring 24-hour race in 2011 with an all-new challenger – the Golf24. Equipped with four-wheel drive and developing 434 bhp, the dramatic racing version of Volkswagen’s best-selling model has already undergone initial testing in Portugal and Italy ahead of the legendary 24-hour race.
You can tell how proud Ferrari are of their new four-wheel drive transmission, by how keen they are to show it being used in a way that no previous Ferrari could hope to aspire to. This is both a Ferrari for power slides and the most sensible car in Ferrari’s range.
Earlier this afternoon Ferrari released some new images of its new 6.2-litre 651 bhp V12 flagship, including this studio shot of the FF in an elegant Grigio Ferro Metallic grey.
As widely predicted Ferrari revealed its first four wheel-drive model this morning, a revolutionary four-seater, four-wheel drive V12 Ferrari to replace the 612 Scaglietti. They have named it the FF – an acronym for Ferrari Four (four seats and four-wheel drive) – although we have to assume that Maranello had one eye on the 1970s Jenson Interceptor, which first brought the FF tag to the market (FF stands for Ferguson Formula, after Ferguson Research Ltd., who invented the car’s four-wheel drive system) and coincidentally was also the first four-wheel drive car to reach production.
Keep an eye out tomorrow for the first official view of the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti replacement, which is due to be shown to a select group of owners via a live weblink at the Ferrari.com website. It’s a private affair, but the internet being what it is these days, we can expect to see pictures and spec details distributed shortly thereafter.
Audi is currently testing a development installation of its quattro drivetrain in the sub-compact A1, bringing all-wheel-drive to this segment for the first time. As it gets to grip with the freezing Canadian conditions, Audi choose the opportunity to reveal its plans for its newest model in the range.