European premieres aplenty at New York auto show

Autos Apr 05, 2016 DurhamRegion.com

NEW YORK: European manufacturers where out in force in New York with several world premieres starting with Mercedes-Benz with no less than three.

The Mercedes AMG C63 Cabriolet provides open-air fun with two power ratings – 469 hp or 503 hp.

The “base” C63 with 4.0-litre twin turbo engine and 479 lb/ft or torque is limited to 155 mph. The C63 S boasts 516 lb/ft of torque and limited to 174 mph.

Each engine is assembled by hand in the engine shop in Affalterbach according to the “One Man - One Engine” principle.

It boasts an exhaust system with flap technology for variable engine sound.

It was sports coupe meets “G” in the new Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe with standard four-cylinder turbo putting out 241 hp or the Mercedes-AMG GLC43 3.0-litre twin turbo version producing 362 hp.

Both versions have 4Matic all-wheel-drive and 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmissions.

The Mercedes-AMG E43 takes one of the brand’s best sedans and adds a hand-built AMG 3.0-litre twin turbo V6 with 396 hp and 384 hp resulting in a 0-60 mph time of 4.5 seconds and top speed limited to 155 mph.

AUDI:

The Audi R8 Spyder with 540 hp and 398 lb/ft of torque was shown to the world in New York with almost 50 per cent parts from the GT3 racecar finding their way in the Spyder.

The normally aspirated 5.0-litre V10 pushes the Spyder from 0-100 km/h in 3.6 seconds and 0-200 km/h in 11.8 seconds.

Despite all the power, the R8 Spyder is better on gas due to a freewheeling mode in the seven-speed S tronic dual clutch transmission that decouples from the drivetrain thus saving fuel while coasting resulting in an average 11.7L/100 km fuel rating.

MINI:

The new MINI Clubman ALL4 and John Cooper Works Convertible made their world premieres in New York.

The ALL4 system can shift power from the front to the rear wheels in just a quarter of a second. It is also lighter and more compact than previous all-wheel drive platforms for better vehicle handling, fuel efficiency and interior space.

The John Cooper Works Convertible benefits from the latest BMW group TwinPower technology resulting in its 2.0-litre four-cylinder producing 228 hp.

FIAT CHYRSLER AUTOMOBILES (FCA):

Fiat premiered the 2017 124 Spider Elaborazione Abarth with special sport suspension, mechanical limited slip differential, Sport Mode selector and sport-tuned, chrome quad-tip exhausts.

Options include Brembo brakes and Recaro seats.

It is powered by Fiat’s 1.4-litre MultiAir turbo four-cylinder with 160 hp and 184 lb/ft of torque which Fiat claims is best in class.

Alfa Romeo debuted its 2017 Giulia lineup in New York including the new base Giulia and Giulia Ti models.

The Ti features a 2.0-litre direct injection turbo four-cylinder with 276 hp and 295 lb/ft of torque mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission for a 0-60 mph time of less than 5.5 seconds and a top speed of 149 mph.

The models all benefit from near perfect 50:50 weight distribution and a chassis designed for all-wheel-drive for its handling prowess.

JAGUAR:

Shown for the first time in New York, the Jaguar SVR is the fastest, most powerful F-Type ever built with 5.0-litre supercharged V8 producing 575 hp propelling it from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds with a top speed of 200 mph.

The SVR was engineered by the Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations to be lighter, quicker, faster and more powerful while remaining tractable and useable day-to-day. To get the most of the higher horsepower of the increased engine output, the eight-speed Quickshift transmission calibration was changed.

Together with the extra grip delivered by the wider, 265- and 305-section front and rear tires (10 mm wider than the F-TYPE R), and optimizing the torque on-demand all-wheel drive system’s Intelligent Driveline Dynamics (IDD) control technology, the result is immediate driver inputs responses with outstanding launch control.

PORSCHE:

New York saw the North American debut of the 718 Boxster and 911 R which Porsche says, “both represent the latest interpretation of driving pleasure and dynamics in their respective segments.”

The 911 R will be limited to 991 examples with a 4.0-litre flat-six engine developing 500 hp and 338 lb/ft of torque

The 911 R can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds and reach a top track speed of 200 miles per hour mated to a six-speed manual transmission only.

A 2.0-litre turbo flat four-cylinder engine with 300 hp powers the 718 Boxster. The 718 Boxster S has a 2.5-litre version with 350 hp.

VOLKSWAGEN:

Also making its North American debut was the VW BUDD-e electric vehicle concept featuring a 101 kW battery good for a range of 373 miles and next generation ergonomic concepts.

This is the first vehicle based on the all-new Modular Electric Platform (MEB) that is designed specifically for plug-in vehicles.

BUDD-e is capable of seamlessly communicating with your Smart Home or office. Featuring next-generation infotainment technologies and offering an advanced new method of operation and information processing, BUDD-e turns travel into a fully interactive, intuitive experience.

Jim Robinson is an automotive journalist for Metroland Media

European premieres aplenty at New York auto show

Autos Apr 05, 2016 DurhamRegion.com

NEW YORK: European manufacturers where out in force in New York with several world premieres starting with Mercedes-Benz with no less than three.

The Mercedes AMG C63 Cabriolet provides open-air fun with two power ratings – 469 hp or 503 hp.

The “base” C63 with 4.0-litre twin turbo engine and 479 lb/ft or torque is limited to 155 mph. The C63 S boasts 516 lb/ft of torque and limited to 174 mph.

Each engine is assembled by hand in the engine shop in Affalterbach according to the “One Man - One Engine” principle.

It boasts an exhaust system with flap technology for variable engine sound.

It was sports coupe meets “G” in the new Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe with standard four-cylinder turbo putting out 241 hp or the Mercedes-AMG GLC43 3.0-litre twin turbo version producing 362 hp.

Both versions have 4Matic all-wheel-drive and 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmissions.

The Mercedes-AMG E43 takes one of the brand’s best sedans and adds a hand-built AMG 3.0-litre twin turbo V6 with 396 hp and 384 hp resulting in a 0-60 mph time of 4.5 seconds and top speed limited to 155 mph.

AUDI:

The Audi R8 Spyder with 540 hp and 398 lb/ft of torque was shown to the world in New York with almost 50 per cent parts from the GT3 racecar finding their way in the Spyder.

The normally aspirated 5.0-litre V10 pushes the Spyder from 0-100 km/h in 3.6 seconds and 0-200 km/h in 11.8 seconds.

Despite all the power, the R8 Spyder is better on gas due to a freewheeling mode in the seven-speed S tronic dual clutch transmission that decouples from the drivetrain thus saving fuel while coasting resulting in an average 11.7L/100 km fuel rating.

MINI:

The new MINI Clubman ALL4 and John Cooper Works Convertible made their world premieres in New York.

The ALL4 system can shift power from the front to the rear wheels in just a quarter of a second. It is also lighter and more compact than previous all-wheel drive platforms for better vehicle handling, fuel efficiency and interior space.

The John Cooper Works Convertible benefits from the latest BMW group TwinPower technology resulting in its 2.0-litre four-cylinder producing 228 hp.

FIAT CHYRSLER AUTOMOBILES (FCA):

Fiat premiered the 2017 124 Spider Elaborazione Abarth with special sport suspension, mechanical limited slip differential, Sport Mode selector and sport-tuned, chrome quad-tip exhausts.

Options include Brembo brakes and Recaro seats.

It is powered by Fiat’s 1.4-litre MultiAir turbo four-cylinder with 160 hp and 184 lb/ft of torque which Fiat claims is best in class.

Alfa Romeo debuted its 2017 Giulia lineup in New York including the new base Giulia and Giulia Ti models.

The Ti features a 2.0-litre direct injection turbo four-cylinder with 276 hp and 295 lb/ft of torque mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission for a 0-60 mph time of less than 5.5 seconds and a top speed of 149 mph.

The models all benefit from near perfect 50:50 weight distribution and a chassis designed for all-wheel-drive for its handling prowess.

JAGUAR:

Shown for the first time in New York, the Jaguar SVR is the fastest, most powerful F-Type ever built with 5.0-litre supercharged V8 producing 575 hp propelling it from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds with a top speed of 200 mph.

The SVR was engineered by the Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations to be lighter, quicker, faster and more powerful while remaining tractable and useable day-to-day. To get the most of the higher horsepower of the increased engine output, the eight-speed Quickshift transmission calibration was changed.

Together with the extra grip delivered by the wider, 265- and 305-section front and rear tires (10 mm wider than the F-TYPE R), and optimizing the torque on-demand all-wheel drive system’s Intelligent Driveline Dynamics (IDD) control technology, the result is immediate driver inputs responses with outstanding launch control.

PORSCHE:

New York saw the North American debut of the 718 Boxster and 911 R which Porsche says, “both represent the latest interpretation of driving pleasure and dynamics in their respective segments.”

The 911 R will be limited to 991 examples with a 4.0-litre flat-six engine developing 500 hp and 338 lb/ft of torque

The 911 R can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds and reach a top track speed of 200 miles per hour mated to a six-speed manual transmission only.

A 2.0-litre turbo flat four-cylinder engine with 300 hp powers the 718 Boxster. The 718 Boxster S has a 2.5-litre version with 350 hp.

VOLKSWAGEN:

Also making its North American debut was the VW BUDD-e electric vehicle concept featuring a 101 kW battery good for a range of 373 miles and next generation ergonomic concepts.

This is the first vehicle based on the all-new Modular Electric Platform (MEB) that is designed specifically for plug-in vehicles.

BUDD-e is capable of seamlessly communicating with your Smart Home or office. Featuring next-generation infotainment technologies and offering an advanced new method of operation and information processing, BUDD-e turns travel into a fully interactive, intuitive experience.

Jim Robinson is an automotive journalist for Metroland Media

European premieres aplenty at New York auto show

Autos Apr 05, 2016 DurhamRegion.com

NEW YORK: European manufacturers where out in force in New York with several world premieres starting with Mercedes-Benz with no less than three.

The Mercedes AMG C63 Cabriolet provides open-air fun with two power ratings – 469 hp or 503 hp.

The “base” C63 with 4.0-litre twin turbo engine and 479 lb/ft or torque is limited to 155 mph. The C63 S boasts 516 lb/ft of torque and limited to 174 mph.

Each engine is assembled by hand in the engine shop in Affalterbach according to the “One Man - One Engine” principle.

It boasts an exhaust system with flap technology for variable engine sound.

It was sports coupe meets “G” in the new Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe with standard four-cylinder turbo putting out 241 hp or the Mercedes-AMG GLC43 3.0-litre twin turbo version producing 362 hp.

Both versions have 4Matic all-wheel-drive and 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmissions.

The Mercedes-AMG E43 takes one of the brand’s best sedans and adds a hand-built AMG 3.0-litre twin turbo V6 with 396 hp and 384 hp resulting in a 0-60 mph time of 4.5 seconds and top speed limited to 155 mph.

AUDI:

The Audi R8 Spyder with 540 hp and 398 lb/ft of torque was shown to the world in New York with almost 50 per cent parts from the GT3 racecar finding their way in the Spyder.

The normally aspirated 5.0-litre V10 pushes the Spyder from 0-100 km/h in 3.6 seconds and 0-200 km/h in 11.8 seconds.

Despite all the power, the R8 Spyder is better on gas due to a freewheeling mode in the seven-speed S tronic dual clutch transmission that decouples from the drivetrain thus saving fuel while coasting resulting in an average 11.7L/100 km fuel rating.

MINI:

The new MINI Clubman ALL4 and John Cooper Works Convertible made their world premieres in New York.

The ALL4 system can shift power from the front to the rear wheels in just a quarter of a second. It is also lighter and more compact than previous all-wheel drive platforms for better vehicle handling, fuel efficiency and interior space.

The John Cooper Works Convertible benefits from the latest BMW group TwinPower technology resulting in its 2.0-litre four-cylinder producing 228 hp.

FIAT CHYRSLER AUTOMOBILES (FCA):

Fiat premiered the 2017 124 Spider Elaborazione Abarth with special sport suspension, mechanical limited slip differential, Sport Mode selector and sport-tuned, chrome quad-tip exhausts.

Options include Brembo brakes and Recaro seats.

It is powered by Fiat’s 1.4-litre MultiAir turbo four-cylinder with 160 hp and 184 lb/ft of torque which Fiat claims is best in class.

Alfa Romeo debuted its 2017 Giulia lineup in New York including the new base Giulia and Giulia Ti models.

The Ti features a 2.0-litre direct injection turbo four-cylinder with 276 hp and 295 lb/ft of torque mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission for a 0-60 mph time of less than 5.5 seconds and a top speed of 149 mph.

The models all benefit from near perfect 50:50 weight distribution and a chassis designed for all-wheel-drive for its handling prowess.

JAGUAR:

Shown for the first time in New York, the Jaguar SVR is the fastest, most powerful F-Type ever built with 5.0-litre supercharged V8 producing 575 hp propelling it from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds with a top speed of 200 mph.

The SVR was engineered by the Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations to be lighter, quicker, faster and more powerful while remaining tractable and useable day-to-day. To get the most of the higher horsepower of the increased engine output, the eight-speed Quickshift transmission calibration was changed.

Together with the extra grip delivered by the wider, 265- and 305-section front and rear tires (10 mm wider than the F-TYPE R), and optimizing the torque on-demand all-wheel drive system’s Intelligent Driveline Dynamics (IDD) control technology, the result is immediate driver inputs responses with outstanding launch control.

PORSCHE:

New York saw the North American debut of the 718 Boxster and 911 R which Porsche says, “both represent the latest interpretation of driving pleasure and dynamics in their respective segments.”

The 911 R will be limited to 991 examples with a 4.0-litre flat-six engine developing 500 hp and 338 lb/ft of torque

The 911 R can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds and reach a top track speed of 200 miles per hour mated to a six-speed manual transmission only.

A 2.0-litre turbo flat four-cylinder engine with 300 hp powers the 718 Boxster. The 718 Boxster S has a 2.5-litre version with 350 hp.

VOLKSWAGEN:

Also making its North American debut was the VW BUDD-e electric vehicle concept featuring a 101 kW battery good for a range of 373 miles and next generation ergonomic concepts.

This is the first vehicle based on the all-new Modular Electric Platform (MEB) that is designed specifically for plug-in vehicles.

BUDD-e is capable of seamlessly communicating with your Smart Home or office. Featuring next-generation infotainment technologies and offering an advanced new method of operation and information processing, BUDD-e turns travel into a fully interactive, intuitive experience.

Jim Robinson is an automotive journalist for Metroland Media