After months of teasing the world, BMW has finally released photos of its new M5:Like its predecessor, the sports sedan will be powered by a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 but now produces an eye-watering 600 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. The F90 will be the first BMW M car available with xDrive, BMW's all-wheel-drive system.The new M5 has also managed to shed nearly 300 pounds compared to the outgoing F10 model it replaces.Thanks to all this, the car will go from 0-60 mph in just 3.4 seconds.
Drove down to Pebble Beach yesterday to check out some of the exquisite cars seen only this time of year. On the way there, I spotted a trio of Ferrari F50s, countless Porsche 918 Spyders and the only Koenigsegg Regera in North America. Sadly, I wasn't able to take any photos of those as I was driving but here are some photos I did manage to nab of the cars that were on display:Cadillac Cyclone ConceptPorsche 911 RSRLexus LC 500Spyker C8 Preliator SpyderFerrari setting up for the next day's Concours d'Elegance.Several Ferraris including a LaFerrari and one of only six Sergios parked for a private event.
Lots of new cars were unveiled this week. Here's a quick recap of what you might have missed.Audi A8The fourth-generation full-size sedan is packed with technology. The 2018 A8 debuts Audi's new design language which will trickle down the rest of the lineup. Inside, the cockpit boasts a near-buttonless center console. The rear resembles the Lincoln Continental but is clearly much more refined. The A8 will go head-to-head with the recently refreshed 7 Series and S-Class as well as the redesigned LS 500. May the best flagship win.Aston Martin ValkyrieThe British carmaker surprised us with an update on its highly-anticipated hypercar. This latest iteration proves Aston's commitment to building a multi-million dollar, street-legal race car. The Valkyrie foregoes its side mirrors and replaces them with two screens situated on either side of the A-pillar inside the minimalistic interior. The only other hypercar that will come even close to this is the Mercedes-AMG Project One.Honda AccordHonda's mid-size sedan enters its tenth generation with the 2018 model. The V6 option has been replaced with a turbocharged four-cylinder. The car itself is also lighter than the outgoing model it replaces which will translate to improved fuel economy. The Accord's main competitor, the Camry, has also been completely redesigned for 2018. It will be interesting to see these two go against each other in the market. What were once economical cars are now near premium choices.Hyundai i30 NAfter successfully breaking into the luxury segment with its Genesis brand, Hyundai is now going after a new group of drivers: enthusiasts. With the release of the turbocharged Elantra Sport, the Korean automaker is going a step further by introducing the N performance line. Starting off with the i30 hatchback, the i30 N packs up to 271 hp going toe-to-toe with the Focus ST and Golf GTI.The N supposedly stands for Namyang, the location where the hot hatch was developed. It could also speak of the Nurburgring, where the car was repeatedly tested. Hyundai says the N logo symbolizes a chicane, the part of the track where the i30 N performs best. Suffice to say they have thought out the N thing. By the way, the i30 N will not be sold in the states. Bummer.Jaguar E-PaceJaguar's new baby crossover based on the Land Rover Evoque platform. The compact SUV joins this fast-growing segment already occupied by the Audi A3, BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class. The demand in this segment is causing some manufacturers to scramble and even scrap projects altogether to fill this void in their lineup. Jag's follow-up to this will be the I-Pace, its first all-electric vehicle. The Tesla Model X better watch out.
Rusty nailHad the pleasure of discovering a rusty nail in the front driver's side tire yesterday. It's been leaking slowly which would explain why the TPMS warning light only turned on twice in the last 2 weeks. Luckily, Sears Auto was open today of all days and were able to plug and patch it up!Plugged and patchedGood as new!
In comparison, the Focus RS, WRX STI and Golf R are all a smidge higher starting at $36,120, $35,195 and $35,655, respectively. Don't forget to tack on a bit more for destination and taxes.Power-wise, Ford's hot hatch produces the most at 350 hp while the WRX STI is good for 305 hp. The VW makes the least with only 292 hp. The Civic Type R pumps out 306 hp, literally one-upping the Subie.It's worth noting that the FWD Honda also weighs the least coming in at just over 3,100 lbs compared to its AWD competitors. Suffice to say, the Type R will hold its own. The question is, will you buy one?
The Bavarian automaker dropped this teaser of a concept car which previews an all-new 8 Series after confirming the return of the nameplate today. The concept will be revealed later this month in Italy with the production car hitting the streets next year. Spy shot of the upcoming 8 SeriesThe grand tourer coupe was originally produced from 1989-1999 for one generation. Interestingly, BMW ended production of the 6 Series Coupe in February which begs the question: is the 6 Series being replaced?