You discovered oil in the backyard? You won the jackpot in lottery? Your career acts like a rocket taking off into the sky? Or maybe you’re just lucky and spoiled and want more? Your wife left you, you start doing baldness or belly? Too much silence around or too much stress? For all this we have the solution below: a top of relatively cheap cars but not too cheap; this keeps them away from common car class, and let us hope that with a little effort, we could afford one. So, let’s see what cars we have for the almost reach and almost poor class.
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
6.2-liter V8, 450 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque. Wild, transformed almost completely in a good and mean way (yeah, lack of logic maybe, but who can blame me? That car is breathtaking), and almost in a bad way. Perhaps those who designed the rear, did this under torture or exhausted from too much porn. Otherwise I can not explain how did that ugly exhaust managed to get there.
With this exception, the car is beautiful and almost sexy. Futuristic influences, aggressive and harsh lines and absence of the iconic rounded taillights. These were replaced by a new visual language which began with the Camaro. The interior seems much better finished, and more space-ship like. Overall, a good investment, and a thorn in the European cars back.
Always young we could say. Almost unchanged, always different. Yes, a car that has preserved forms but sometimes changed heart. Today’s heart has, a 2.7-liter boxer and 275 horsepower. Among other goodies we have a six-speed manual or a dual-clutch gearbox, quality finishing, lots of technologies under the hood, refreshed look, and of course that strange but priceless moment, when friends envy you because you drive a Porsche. So if you do not like american cars (yup balls needed for an American sport car), you can try a more civilized European.
Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
Fast and dumb. As long as you go on straight roads without curves, everything will be fine. No activities that involve steering wheel ok? This is the typical american car. Fast, powerful and dumb. Difficult to control, hard to handle, hard to drive at high speeds and cursed with a back so unstable that sometimes you’ll miss all the fun. 5.8-liter V8, 662 horsepower and 631 lb-ft of torque. Minor design changes, just over $54,000, and some badass attitude. Yup, power, and..power. All seasoned with a bad boy look which is simply brilliant. American skin and german engineering; I would like a mustang like this. Bad and smart. Untill then..I still want a Mustang or Camaro.
One of the best all-wheel-drive systems in the world paired with a 2.0-liter TFSI engine, a six-speed automatic and Audi Magnetic Ride. Know what it meant? One of the best engineering sex. 268 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, brain ( yes, brain, this car can take corners without slipping immediately), a lowered suspension and a car that can be taken to extremes without throw you in extreme anger. Seen from the outside looks almost harmless, the kind of machine for short and shy students. But behind the wheel, this car can transform into the big bad wolf. I want it, and i hate it for being such a pussy from outside.
Infiniti IPL G
The guys at Nissan wanted a luxury division and they had it. I did not understand what they tried to define. If they wanted ugly and strange cars, at a time they were close to success. Fortunately the appearance of IPL performance division changed things for the better. The very better. So, based oonf the popular G Coupe, now we have the IPL G (I wonder how long it took to find the name). 3.7-liter V6 with 348 horsepower, a six-speed manual or seven-speed slushbox, improved design and bla bla bla. In brief: you have more money, you like costumes, fine fragrances and Wall Street? This car is for you. Aggressiveness mastered with elegance, unusual forms, power and speed, all peppered with mystery. Got it?
If any of you guys remember the Etherea concept, which debuted last year in Geneva, you’d be surprised to find out that Infiniti will introduce a compact premium model, based on this concept, in the future.
Confirmed as Infiniti’s new entry-level model, the vehicle will be manufactured at Nissan’s factory in Sunderland. Furthermore, the development and production of this ride will require a 250 million GBP investment that will create more jobs in the United Kingdom, with 280 of these jobs at the plant.
The vehicle will be based on Mercedes-Benz’s FWD platform that’s also been used on the A- and B-Class models. It will go into production in 2015 with a production plan of over 60,000 units per year.
There aren’t many details available at the moment, but the upcoming model will probably be offered with M-B’s 1.6- and 2.0-liter turbo gasoline engines, along with the 1.8- and 2.2-liter diesels. Infiniti could decide to offer an AWD version and also a plug-in hybrid variant.
Source: Nissan via WCF
The Maserati Quattroporte hasn’t even left the factory yet and the Italian carmaker already came up with a new model. The Maserati Quattroporte LWB is 0.2 meters longer than the current fifth-generation model, reaching a total of 5.3 meters (that is, according to reports, anyway – we’ve yet to see official dimensions).
With this model, Maserati wants to take on competitors like the Mercedes S-Class, BMW 7 Series, Audi A8 and Jaguar XJ which already have long-wheelbase versions of the aforementioned models. The extra space will certainly improve rear-seat legroom, giving the Italians a proper limousine in which to chauffeur its dignitaries and wealthy elite.
Everything sounds great but hopefully, the Quattroporte won’t lose too much of its handling dynamics in the stretching process. Either way, the diversification of the Quattroporte family – which might also include a wider range of engines than the current model’s V8 – ought to help Maserati take a bite out of the market share held by its competitors.
It may come as a surprise to anyone in the know within the industry, but Infiniti have recently announced that they will unveil an enhanced version of their hotly anticipated FX50 luxury crossover. The car was inspired by Infiniti’s brand ambassador, Formula 1 legend and current World Champion Sebastian Vettel, and while it will be very similar to the 2012 Infiniti FX50 it will include a number of features that will put it a cut above the standard version.
The Sebastian Vettel car will be designed with performance in mind and include a souped-up engine, improved suspension and a number of aerodynamic enhancements. This last feature is the most exciting, as these changes have been recommended by Red Bull Racing and implemented with their input.
The body on Vettel FX50 will also see an upgrade, with an aggressive front spoiler being added to the latest model that was designed to replicate the spoiler on Vettel’s race car. The car will be fit to burst with carbon fiber parts, of which the spoiler is only one: the rear wing mirror and side mirrors will also feature carbon fibre. The interior will see some F1 inspired improvements: the steering wheel will look like it belongs in a F1 car, with additional buttons and a carbon fiber trim. Vettel isn’t just lending his name to this beauty as the interior is said by Infiniti to have been personalized to his taste.
Let’s not forget that Infiniti is a luxury car brand, with a line-up that runs from fabulous convertibles all the way up to the beautiful beast of the Infiniti QX-56, so the car won’t be without added prestige and will include silver “Vettel” badging.
The car will be officially revealed by Vettel himself at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show which kicks off from September 13th.
Infiniti has revealed the first details and official photos of their new, facelifted 2012 Infiniti FX35 crossover that will be launched on the market in October. Design-wise, the new model features a redesigned front grille and a revised front fascia that seems to be inspired from the Essence concept, new wheel designs, new options as standard such as heated seats, a revised instrument cluster and many other updates.
There are two engines available for the new FX35: an entry level 3.5L V6 engine which is able to produce 303 hp and 354 Nm of torque and a much more powerful 5.0L V8 which delivers 390 hp and 500 Nm of torque. These engines are connected to an upgraded seven speed automatic transmission and will send the power to all four wheels of the car.
The Deluxe Touring Package available for the 2012 model has been also upgraded and it now comes with 20 inch wheels, a special Graphite Shadow body finish which replaces the Platinum Graphite color of the current model with this package plus heated and cooled seats and a quilted leather trim for the interior.
Infiniti also plans to offer a Limited Edition Infiniti FX35 which features tinted headlights, aluminum roof nails, 21″ alloy wheels and an exclusive Iridium Blue exterior finish. The interior of the limited edition will feature aluminium pedals, graphite floor mats, GPS Navigation and the Around View Monitor.
The German tuners from AHG Sports have released details and photos of their latest project, a modified Infiniti FX 30dS designed to be a competitor for the Porsche Cayenne Diesel. In terms of design, the most remarkable upgrade is a new wheels and tire combination.
The Infiniti FX 30dS received 3-piece CC rims from Schmidt Revolution sized 21″ which are wrapped in 295/40 R21 tires. The price for the wheels and tires combo is 7,900 EUR. A new sport suspension which lowers the car by 25 mm also improves the car’s look giving it a more aggressive stance and it costs 1,495 EUR, with installation fees included.
For an extra 1,250 EUR you could get the most out of your Infiniti FX diesel with a 3.0L engine. The AHG Sports Infiniti FX 30dS received a couple of tweaks and upgrades under the hood that increased its power from the standard 235 bhp and 550 Nm of torque to 276 bhp and 600 Nm of torque.
[AHG Sports via WorldCarFans]
Infiniti has just revealed its newly formed division, IPL or Infiniti Performance Line, and the first production model of this division, the 2011 IPL G Coupe. The car will have its public debut tomorrow at a special event at the 60th annual Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance and will be released on the market in December.
The 2011 IPL G Coupe comes with an aggressive body kit with new front and rear bumpers, sculpted side sills, a new rear spoiler and chrome exhaust tips. The new eye catching exterior look is further improved by a set of 19″ seven spoke graphite finish alloys wrapped in W-rated Bridgestone Potenza RE 50AA rubber. The body will be finished in either Graphite Shadow or Malbec Black.
The car’s interior will be offered in two color options, Graphite or Monaco Red and will feature leather front sport seats with contrasting red stitching that’s also present on the steering wheel, Silk Obi aluminum trim and aluminum pedals and footrest.
In terms of performance, the IPL G Coupe received an ECU upgrade and a new high flow exhaust system that will take the power output from 330 HP and 270 lb-ft of torque to 348 HP and 276 lb-ft of torque. The power will be sent to the car’s rear wheels through either a close ratio six speed manual with short throw shifter or a 7 speed automatic with paddle shifters.
The car’s suspension was also improved increasing spring rates by 20% up front and 10% at the back and Infiniti also installed a sportier steering wheel system, a Viscous Limited Slip Differential and bigger brakes with aluminum alloy calipers for better handling.
The new 2011 Infiniti QX56 will debut soon at the New York Auto Show but the first official images with the new model were leaked today online. The new QX is going to compete with the Lexus LS for the premium SUV segment and it’s inspired by the all new 2010 Nissan Patrol.
The QX will be probably powered by the same 5.0L V8 engine from the Infiniti FX50 which delivers 390 HP and Infiniti hopes this new model will make quite some buzz on the automotive market. The new SUV has a bulky styling but it’s still a lot more appealing than its predecessor.
Infiniti will premiere the 2011 Infiniti QX56 on March 31 at the New York Auto Show and we will probably get more details about this new SUV by then.
Infiniti has released a special Infiniti G37 Anniversary Edition to celebrate the brand’s 20th anniversary that will be available as a sedan, coupe and convertible. This anniversary edition will be limited to 350 sedans, 200 coupes and 200 convertible models.
The Infiniti G37 Anniversary Edition comes with an exclusive Graphite Shadow exterior finish and inside it features a Monaco Red Leather interior and several aluminum elements. At the exterior level, this special edition also received a new set of alloy wheels and a couple of new aerodynamics elements that will increase the car’s sportiness such as a new front apron, new side sills and a rear spoiler. The Anniversary edition will also come with a grill finished in Midnight black to match the car’s Graphite shadow color.
Under the hood, the G37 Anniversary will feature the same 3.7L V6 engine that is connected to a 7 speed automatic transmission but the sedan and coupe version will get 4 wheel Active steer and a Sport Package for better handling and stability.
Infiniti also released the pricing details of their Infiniti G37 Anniversary Edition which will start from $43,350 for the sedan and will go up to $54,900 for the convertible model.
Infiniti has released today their first ever diesel engine, a 3.0L V6 that will be launched in Europe on the Infiniti EX and FX SUVs and on the Infiniti M sedan. The new V6 diesel engine was developed in Europe by engineers from Infiniti who got some help from Renault and Nissan technicians.
The V6 diesel, dubbed V9X, could produce 238 HP and could be used to power front wheel drive, rear wheel drive and four wheel drive models. Infiniti has developed a new front subframe to make room for this new engine and modified the front bumper and the sheet metal within the engine bay for optimal cooling and air flow.
The new 3.0L V6 diesel engine is connected to a standard 7 speed automatic transmission and has a maximum torque of 550 Nm. With this engine, the Infiniti EX30d could accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.9 seconds while the Infiniti FX30d could sprint to 100 km/h in 8.3 seconds.
The first ever diesel models from Infiniti will be premiered at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show and soon after the EX30d and FX30d will be launched on the market. The diesel version of the Infiniti M sedan will follow later this year.