New York International Auto Show

New York International Auto Show

March 28, 2018
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MotorWeek is on the floor of the New York International Auto Show.  First up is the World Car of the Year 2018 award.  The winner: Volvo XC60. While the midsize SUV has won other awards, this is the first in this competition for Volvo Cars.

The 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS is making it easier to fulfill our need for speed.  The four-liter, naturally aspirated flat-six engine unleashes 520 horsepower.  The optional Weissach package makes it even lighter using carbon fiber and magnesium wheels.

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 debuted in the Big Apple. The fifth-generation small utility is underpinned by the TNGA K Platform that’s lower, wider and has a longer wheelbase.  Power options are Dynamic Force 2.5-liter inline-four-cylinder engine or a hybrid.

The all-new 2019 Corolla Hatchback is also making its debut.  Underneath is the new TNGA Platform with Sport-Tuned Suspension.  Power comes from the new TNGA 2.0-liter Four-Cylinder. No word on horsepower or torque yet. It’s matched with either a Dynamic-Shift CVT or a six-speed manual transmission.  Sales begin this summer.

Nissan brought the sixth generation Altima to New York.  Their best selling sedan has two new powerplants.  The new 2.5-liter DOHC inline 4-cylinder direct-injection engine is standard.  Nissan’s new variable compression turbo inline 4-cylinder will replace the previous-generation 3.5-liter V6.  For the first time in the U.S., Intelligent All-Wheel Drive will be available on a Nissan sedan.

The new Volkswagen Atlas is getting a new stable mate.  Volkswagen unveiled the Atlas Cross Sport concept.  It has the same wheelbase, but is 7.5 inches shorter and has seating for 5 people.  The concept will be powered by a plug-in hybrid drive system, featuring two electric motors, and a V6 gasoline engine to produce 355 horsepower.  There will also be a conventional mild hybrid drive system producing 310 horsepower.  Volkswagen refers to this as a “near-production concept”.  They’ll be built in Chattanooga, Tennessee and launched in the U.S. market starting in 2019.

Volkswagen is giving the upcoming 2019 Arteon the R-Line treatment.  The performance-inspired R-line appearance package will be available when the Arteon goes on sale in the fall.

Lincoln is adding electric power to the luxury SUV segment. Three-row, rear-wheel-drive Aviator marks a first for the company.  They’ll offer a plug-in hybrid powertrain mated to a twin-turbocharged engine.  As for technology, owners will be able to use their smartphone as a key.

Cadillac is adding a dose of luxury to the compact SUV market.  They unveiled the all-new 2019 Cadillac XT4.  It features an exclusive compact SUV architecture.  The force will come from an all-new 237 hp Cadillac 2.0L Turbo engine mated with a nine-speed automatic transmission with next-generation Electronic Precision Shift.

Mercedes C-Class is big on style and power.  The latest facelift makes no mistake of the performance potential of the Mercedes-AMG C 63. The Handcrafted AMG 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine is available in two output variants: 469 hp or 503 hp.  They work with the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9-speed transmission.  All this power and luxury is offered in whatever body style pleases you: Sedan, Coupe or Cabriolet.

Designers extended their new vision to the Mercedes-AMG C 43 Coupe and Cabriolet.  Engineers enhanced the 3.0-liter V6 biturbo engine now giving it 385 horsepower.

The redesign continues to flow through the C-Class.  We’ve already seen the sedan and wagon.  Now the C-Class Coupe and Cabriolet get their turns.

 

 

Hyundai brought a trio of utilities to New York.  The all-new 2019 Santa Fe SUV got a lot of the attention.  The front fascia light design includes LED Daytime Running Lights positioned on top of the LED headlights. the fourth-generation Santa Fe gets new technology like Rear Seat Occupant Alert.  Hyundai’s first Safe Exit Assist lets you know when someone is approaching from behind before you get out.  We’re also seeing the refreshed Tucson and all-new Kona Electric.

 

The second-generation Kia K900 has updates inside and out.  Their flagship sedan is a little longer and wider than the outgoing model.  The front fascia gets a new ‘Quadric pattern’ signature grille.  Inside, designers crafted a cabin that wraps around the driver.  Under the hood is a 365 horsepower 3.3-liter twin turbo V6.  It’s the same engine in the Stinger fastback sport sedan.  The engine is paired with a second-generation in-house built 8-speed automatic transmission.

The production version of the 2019 Acura RDX is not only the most extensive Acura redesign in more than a decade, it’s also the first to feature the brand’s new design language.  Under the skin, Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive returns to the third-generation RDX.  The power comes from a new 2.0L VTEC Turbo engine that works with a 10-speed transmission and NSX-inspired Integrated Dynamics System.  They’re also offering an RDX A-Spec.  It’s the first time the sport appearance variant is being offered on an Acura SUV.

The 2019 Subaru Forester debuted with more power and room.  The fifth generation gets a new version of the 2.5-liter SUBARU BOXER four-cylinder engine… increasing horsepower from 170 to 182.  Subaru’s Global Platform increases wheelbase more than an inch creating more second row legroom and cargo space.   New DriverFocus technology helps spot signs of driver fatigue or distraction.

Jaguar is thinking fast and SUVs.  They’re bringing the F-PACE SVR to New York for a global debut. Engineers at Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations have created the fastest and most powerful version of the SUV giving it a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 that produces 550hp.  That’s 170 more horsepower than the current range-topping F-PACE S.   

We’re also seeing the production version of the all-electric I-PACE for the first time in the U.S. 

And after its global debut in Geneva, the limited-edition Range Rover SV Coupe arrives on North American shores for the first time.

The Maserati Levante Trofeo raised the bar for SUVs.  Its heartbeat comes from a 590 hp 3.8-litre Twin Turbo V8 engine mated to the Q4 Intelligent All-Wheel Drive. It’s the first Levante to get a V8 and one of the most powerful engines ever fitted in a Maserati.  Engineers tuned the chassis to handle all that extra power.

Volvo is giving their smallest SUV more luxury.  The XC40 now comes with a new trim level called Inscription. It’s a more luxurious version than the Momentum and sporty R-Design with an expanded list of standard equipment like several wheel sizes, chrome side window trim and grill, and a crystal gear shifter. 

A North American audience is seeing the 2019 V60 Wagon for the first time after its European debut.

An updated 2019 Mazda CX-3 bowed in New York.  Engineers added refinement and efficiency to the SKYACTIV-G 2.0 gas engine.  Inside a new electronic parking brake frees up space, and the seats have been redesigned to be more comfortable.

Gensis is adding another option to their line-up.  They unveiled the G70. The luxury performance sedan will have two engine options: a 252-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder or a 365-hp 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V-6. They’ll work with an 8-speed sport-tuned automatic that will send power to the rear-wheels or all-4 wheels as an option. A 6-speed manual is an option.  If you choose the automatic, Genesis is including a launch control system.

 

Genesis is looking further into the future.  They unveiled their Essentia Concept. They envision an all-electric, high-performance, two-door Gran Turismo.  Genesis is still a relatively new brand.  They plan on multiple electric motors propelling their first battery electric vehicle.

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2025 BMW M4 CS Retains Competition Sport Formula: More Power, Less Weight

May 8, 2024
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You can often judge a BMW’s potency by the inclusion of that special “M” signifier attached to whatever number denotes the series; M, of course, being their in-house performance wing. But there’s another acronym, one spotted far less frequently, that ramps up the performance game further.

BMW has just unveiled the next M to carry that acronym, the 2025 M4 CS, an upgrade over the current M4 Competition. In case you’re unaware, “CS” stands for “Competition Sport,” and, historically speaking, a BMW carrying those extra consonants is an ambassador for M’s ultimate road-faring performance.

The new M4 CS is no exception, kicking things up a notch in terms of horsepower and handling, all while trimming down for a more lightweight package– a formula used time and time again, which we’ve just as frequently applauded.

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Under the hood is a turbocharged, 3.0-liter inline-six engine, tuned to put out 543 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque, an increase of 20 horsepower over the BMW M4 Competition Coupe. It’s a more powerful version of BMW’s high-revving S58 engine, developed for the M3 and M4 and currently used as the foundation of the M4 GT3’s engine, assembled with a number of advantageous components (a more rigid crankcase, a forged lightweight crankshaft, an oil delivery system devised with track use in mind, etc). 

Peak torque is available from 2,750 to 5,950 rpm, with max power delivered at 6,250 rpm; not far from the engine’s 7,200 rpm redline. When it’s sent to the pavement through the eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-biased all-wheel drive system, drivers can expect  0-62 mph sprints to end in 3.4 seconds, chasing an electronically-limited top speed of 188 mph.

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But throwing extra power down isn’t the only way M works their magic, as they’ve flicked their wand at all the underpinnings to round out the experience. The CS receives unique chassis tuning, to include specialized wheel camber settings, Adaptive M suspension, auxiliary springs, anti-roll bars and so forth. Although M Compound brakes are outfitted standard, a set of carbon ceramics are optional; either is hidden behind a unique set of alloy wheels, available in either a matte black or matte bronze finish. It’s a staggered setup, 19 inches upfront and 20 in the rear, wrapped by performance tires– 275/35 on those 19-inch wheels and 285/30 mounted on the 20s.

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M was also able to shave 77 pounds off of the M4 Competition Coupe xDrive to make the CS, starting with an extensive use of carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) which extends to the roof, hood, front splitter, rear diffuser and spoiler, and various other bits. The interior also incorporates its fair bit of CFRP, like the standard M Carbon bucket seats and miscellaneous trimmings. That said, it’s not a spartan interior, still bringing in BMW’s curved display, a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel and 14.9-inch infotainment screen, into the mix. The aforementioned seats are also covered in Merino leather, joined by various Alcantara upholstering, like that found on the flat-bottomed steering wheel.

And while there’s a bit more technical jargon we could decipher, these are most of the key selling points that BMW wants to get across to prospective buyers. Those individuals can expect to pay a starting price of $124,675 with destination, once production of the 2025 BMW M4 CS begins at BMW’s plant in Dingolfing, Germany, this July.