The Mercedes SL Night Edition is a new special version car launched by Mercedes Benz today that features a special magno night black matt paint finish and other upgrades. The car comes with a new set of 19″ AMG five spoke light alloy wheels with a two tone high gloss finish and silver painted front brake calipers.
Mercedes also equipped this special edition with darkened headlamps and tail lights and they added a badge on the front wings making it clear to everyone that this is not a regular SL. If the exterior if fully darkened to go with the Night theme the interior had to continue in the same theme and the car comes with a black nappa leather with contrasting shining chrome trim.
Inside, the Mercedes SL Night Edition features a black sports steering wheel, a themed shift lever and roof lining and it also comes with newly designed seats. The car also features the AIRSCARF system that comes with silve colored vents. Mercedes announced that the price for this special edition will be between 3,700 and 5,200 Euros above the price of the standard car.
Toyota premiered the small hybrid Lexus LF-CH concept a couple of months ago at the Frankfurt Auto Show and today they released a new version of the compact dedicated concept at the Detroit Auto Show. The Toyota LF-CH is a concept that would address Toyota’s stated strategy to offer a wider variety of hybrid choices to their customers.
The concept is a small and appealing hybrid car that would probably be even more popular than the Prius since if it goes into production it will be cheaper and it will be more interesting for a younger audience than the Prius. The LF-CH concept is also smaller than Toyota’s popular Hybrid measuring just 153 inches long and 68.5 inches wide.
Toyota hasn’t announced anything about this concept’s future but they hinted that it might go into production and we might see it in showrooms in a couple of years. The car offers a fresh design for a small hybrid that will surely change everyone’s perception on hybrid cars.
One of the stars of the first day of the North American International Auto Show from Detroit was the 2011 GMC Acadia Denali. This is the first time that GMC has extended their Denali to a crossover and the result and a car that will surely turn a lot of heads on the streets.
The 2011 GMC Acadia Denali has a mahogany trimmed interior with perforated leather heated and cooler seats, additional lighting, a new high tech system with sat-nav, Bluetooth, three zone automatic HVAC, heads up display and a gigantic sunroof.
At the exterior level, GMC will offer a monotone paint job for this car and customers could get it in Summer White, Quicksilver Metallic, Carbon Black, Red Jewel Tintcoat or White Diamond Tricoat. The most impressive exterior feature is the huge front grille who quickly gets all attention and with those big fascias the car looks muscular and powerful.
The polished six spoke 20″ wheels are also an eye catching part of this crossover. The 2011 GMC Acadia Denali will be available in GMC Showrooms from the third quarter of 2010.
Mercedes-Benz launched today the Mercedes SLK Grand Edition, a special version of the SLK that features a Designo graphite paint finish, a new set of 18″ light alloy wheels with five triple spokes, silver colored fins on the bonnet, new front headlamps on the front bumper that match the exterior paint finish and a third brake light.
The special edition also received the other features such as the AIRSCARF system, new seats, a leather trimmed interior and emblems that state this car is a special version. The leather from the car’s interior comes in a combination of black and pearl colors that are paired with a contrasting red stitching.
The Mercedes SLK Grand Edition will cost between 2,300 and 3,500 Euros more than the stock car’s price.
[Source: Mercedes Benz]
Audi has unveiled today at the Detroit Auto Show another version of the Audi e-Tron, an uncompromising purist compact sports car with all-electric drive. The e-Tron is a 3.93 meter long, 1.78 meter wide and 1.22 meter tall two seater that weights only 1,350 kilograms.
This new version of the e-Tron is powered by only two electric motors with a combined output of 204 HP and a maximum torque of 2,650 Nm. Audi announced that their new e-Tron is able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.9 seconds and it could go from 60 to 120 km/h in 5.1 seconds.
The Audi e-Tron unveiled in Detroit has a range of 250 km and it has rear wheel drive and a weight distribution of 40:60. This new version of Audi’s electric sportscar is supposed to be more appealing for every driver and each engine of this car will drive one of the rear wheels and it’s placed near the car’s center of gravity.
[Source: Audi, live photos: Drew Phillips]
BMW out done themselves with the 2010 BMW Z4 and, since the car is already really popular, the German tuners from Hartge decided to release a special tuning kit for it. The 2010 Hartge BMW Z4 comes with a new aerodynamics package that makes the car even more appealing and includes a new front bumper with larger air intakes, a redesigned rear, new side skirts and a rear trunk spoiler.
Hartge installed amazing 20″ alloy wheels available in different wheel designs which are wrapped in high performance tires. The car tuning company also offers several other styling and performance parts for the 2010 BMW Z4 but they haven’t made any modifications under the hood for this project.
Subaru released another special edition of the Impreza WRX STI for Japan which was dubbed “WRX STI A-Line Type S” and brings several styling upgrades. Subaru recently launched another special version of their new Impreza which was all about performance and power and was called WRX STI R205.
The Subaru Impreza WRX STI A-Line Type S is powered by a 2.5L turbocharged Boxer engine with 300 HP that is connected to a five-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifts. This special edition comes with Recaro seats wrapped in Alcantara and leahter.
Also, the car features a leather steering wheel and door panels accented by contrasting red stitching in the interior. At the exterior level, Subaru installed anew lightweight alloy wheels set finished in gunmetal gray and they also colored the brake calipers in gold.
The Subaru Impreza WRX STI A-Line Type S is currently priced at $34,800 but it’s only available for order in Japan at the moment.
The North American side of BMW announced today that the 2011 BMW Alpina B7 sedan will join BMW’s North American product range as the most dynamic 7 Series model. BMW has stated a lot of times that they have no plans to do an official M version of the current 7 Series but they will offer a more powerful version of the 7 series thanks to Alpina. The 2011 BMW Alpina B7 will be revealed at next month’s Chicago Auto Show and it will be powered by the 4.4L twin turbocharged V8 engine which was tweaked from the stock 400 HP to reach 500 HP and maximum torque of 516 lb-ft. With all that power under the hood, the new BMW Alpina B7 should be able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.5 seconds. The 2011 BMW Alpina B7 will also receive 21″ Alpina wheels with 20-spokes wrapped in high performance Michelin PS2 tires which will improve the car’s grip and handling. The car will also receive a deeper front air dam and a rear decklid spoiler for optimal aerodynamics and it will also get a leather and wood trimmed interior. The B7 will be available on the market this spring in both standard and long wheelbase formats and BMW will probably release more details such as pricing or performance figure at next month’s Chicago Auto Show.
Toyota has recently launched the 2010 version of their Toyota Yaris, a car that is slightly different than the current version after receiving a couple of styling changes. The top spec TR model will come in 2010 with a new set of 15″ alloy wheels, dark tinted glass, new fog lights in the front bumper and matte silver finish door handles.
The 2010 Toyota Yaris TR also comes with improved safety after it received curtain airbags and a driver’s knee airbag as standard. Inside, the Yaris TR features a new sports instrument display and new upholstery design. The other versions, the 1.3 Dual VVT-i and the 1.4 D-4D, will get leather trim on the steering wheel and gearknob.
The starting price of the 2010 Toyota Yaris will be £10,040 for the 1.0L Yaris T2 and customers will be able to choose from three engines: a petrol version and two diesel models. All engines have low emissions of just 120g/km of CO2 and the 1.33L model will come with stop-start technology and a six speed manual gearbox.
SMS Supercars will unveil the SMS 620 Chevrolet Camaro, an ultra performance version of the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro at the Detroit Auto Show on Monday. Using the SS model that is powered by a 6.2L V8 as a starting platform, the car features almost the same design elements as the Challenger with a side induction hood, five spoke wheels and Alcantara and leather seats.
The SMS 620 Chevrolet Camaro received a supercharger system that takes the LS3 V8 engine to 575 HP and 600 lb-ft of torque but there will be also an “X” model available which includes additional engine tweaks that will take the car’s engine to 715 HP and 700 lb-ft of torque.
The X version will also come with an upgraded suspension system that features Magneto-Rheological Semi-Active Dumpers , a high performance braking system with 16″ eight-piston front brakes and 14″ six piston rear brakes, a new differential from Torvec and a new set of wheels.
The SMS 620 will accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 4.3 seconds while the 620X Camaro will get there in just 4 seconds. The SMS 620 Chevrolet Camaro will enter production stage in the second quarter of 2010.
[Source: SMS Supercars]