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Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid

Porsche adds plug-in Panamera hybrid

Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid

Just before it presents its new generation saloon at the Shanghai Auto Show 2013, Porsche has unveiled its first rechargeable hybrid car, the Panamera S E-Hybrid.

The electric motor alone provides 95hp and it is powered by a new lithium-ion battery. If it is plugged into an industrial power source via the on-board charger, the car can reach full charge within two and a half hours. In a domestic mains socket, this charging time will not exceed 4 hours.

The Panamera S E-Hybrid goes from 0 to 100km/h, from a standing start, in 5.5 seconds and has a top speed of 270km/h. On average, it only consumes 3.1L/100k.

The Panamera S E-Hybrid and the Panamera Diesel are the only two new models within the range that have an eight-speed automatic Tiptronic S.

This new-generation Panamera will be launched in July 2013, and the Panamera S E-Hybrid is priced at 110,409 euros. The new Porsche Panamera Turbo S and Panamera Turbo S Executive will be on the market in 2014.

Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid

Hermes Equus

Hyundai Equus by Hermes

Equus by Hermes

Hyundai has teamed with French fashion house Hermes to create the Equus by Hermes, unveiled last week at the Seoul Auto Show. It follows a similar Hermes edition carried out on the Bugatti Veyron.

Based on the 2012 model year version, the “Equus by Hermes” is a more luxurious edition of the long-wheelbase model, with the exterior tweaks and the cabin styled and customized by Hermes designers.

Hyundai Equus Hermes

Hyundai says the project is the results of two years of work from designers and researchers in the company’s pursuit of a “modern premium” car. The interior focuses on the harmony of colors and features more than 20 items that were produced by Hermes artisans specifically for this car.

The entire interior is lined with different types of leather chosen by Hermes, with the door panels being lined with crocodile leather, of the same type used by Hermes for some of its famous handbags.

Hyundai Equus by Hermes Interior

Designers drew inspiration from aircraft interiors to design the rear center console of the car, which includes a folding table and four-cup holders, plus a water bottle compartment and a large storage space where a travel blanket can be kept.

Hyundai Equus Hermes Interior

Only three Equus by Hermes models have been built, none of which is for sale. Hyundai doesn’t plan to launch it on the market, and only aims to improve the brand’s image as a luxury auto maker.

Jaguar XKRSGT

2014 Jaguar XKRS-GT Revealed

2014 Jaguar XKR-S GT

Jaguar has just revealed a new hardcore version of its XKR coupe called the 2014 Jaguar XKR-S GT, which will see its world debut at this year’s New York International Auto Show.

“The XKR-S GT is the most extreme iteration of the Jaguar R Brand’s performance focus,” said Jaguar’s global brand director, Adrian Hallmark, in the press release.

“Utilizing race-car derived technology, all-aluminum construction and an uncompromised approach to aerodynamic efficiency, the result is a car as capable on the track as it is exhilarating on the road.”

2014 Jaguar XKR-S GT

Developed by the company’s Engineered to Order (ETO) division, the XKR-S GT has an aggressive exterior with a carbon fiber front splitter, carbon fiber canards and carbon fiber wheel arch spats.

There’s also a ventilated hood, a carbon fiber diffuser and a massive rear wing. Other changes include an aluminum valance and 20-inch lightweight alloy wheels with Pirelli Corsa tires that measure 255/35 front and 305/30 rear.

Jaguar XKR-S GT wheels

The sporty styling carries over to the interior as it is equipped with leather / Alcantara sport seats, red contrast stitching, aluminum paddle shifters and unique sill plates.

2014 Jaguar XKR-S GT interior

Power is provided by a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine that develops 550 HP (404 kW) and 680 Nm (501 lb-ft) of torque. It is connected to a six-speed automatic transmission which sends power to the rear wheels via an active electronic differential. This enables the XKR-S GT to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds, before hitting an electronically limited top speed of 186 mph (299 km/h).

Jaguar XKR-S GT

According to worldcarfans, only 30 cars will be produced for North America—25 for the US, five for Canadians—and is set to fetch nearly $174,000 large.

XP 9F concept

Bentley confirms its first SUV will debut in 2015

XP 9F concept

Bentley‘s upcoming SUV will look nothing like the XP 9F concept it unveiled at last year’s Geneva Motorshow, according to the luxury car company’s director of sales and marketing.

Kevin Rose, Bentley’s director of sales and marketing, promised the brand’s clients that the SUV would look nothing like its current SUV concept vehicle, and in response to claims that the proposed car is to be called The Falcon replied that if he has “anything to do with it won’t be called the Falcon.”

The car, expected to go into production — possibly in Eastern Europe, rather than in Britain — in 2015-2016 will be priced to compete with the recently launched Range Rover.

A top-of-the-range Range Rover, with all available optional extras can cost up to £125,000, (about US$189,000) and the Bentley is expected to represent the same value but with more exclusivity.

In terms of specific details or specifications, Bentley declined to provide any further information but Schreiber stressed that it “definitely will not be a [Chelsea] tractor.”

Bentley Concept SUV interior photo

The Bentley XP 9F concept features a modified version of the Continental‘s 6.0 liter twin-turbocharged W12 engine. However, hybrid and V8 designs are also being considered for future production.

The big SUV rides on massive 23-inch wheels and tires and features a panoramic glass roof, twin elliptical exhaust pipes and a split two-piece tailgate.

Bentley Concept SUV interior

The 4+1 cabin is trimmed in both soft-touch and saddle leather, wood veneers and polished aluminum, bronze and gunmetal.

Bentley also has combined traditional analog dials with reconfigurable “virtual” instrumentation and advanced features such as 3D navigation.

Bentley SUV trunk

The rear-seat occupants are treated to such amenities as a fold-down keyboard and full Internet connectivity via an iPad, a powered footrest, a drinks table and an infotainment screen for movies, as well as a rear armrest that lifts to reveal a cooled compartment for champagne and glasses.

Bentley EXP 9 F Concept SUV back

Rolls-Royce Wraith

Rolls-Royce Wraith unveiled

2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith

The wait is over, the teasing has stopped and Rolls-Royce has officially taken the wraps off its latest luxury offering, the Wraith.

This two-door coupe version of the Ghost is the most powerful Rolls-Royce ever. The 6.6-litre V12 engine produces 624bhp and drives the Wraith from 0-60mph in just 4.4 seconds.

However, thanks to an eight-speed automatic transmission, this power is delivered in a smooth, seamless curve so that rear-seat passengers don’t spill their cocktails.

Rolls-Royce Wraith interior

Rolls-Royce emphasizes that although the Wraith benefits drivers in terms of re-worked suspension and reduced body roll, the car is “no GT Bruiser” and everything its engineers have done to increase the car’s sporting credentials has in no way affected its ride, which is still akin to riding on a bed of air.

One ingenious technological feature that the Wraith sports to ensure passenger comfort is satellite-aided transmission (SAT).

Using GPS data to understand the road conditions ahead, beyond the driver’s vision, the system automatically selects the approapriate gear for the upcoming terrain.

Rolls-Royce Wraith inside

Inside, the Wraath’s mix of leather, wood and hand-milled metals whispers opulence, while the Starlight Headliner complete the package.

1,340 fiber optic lamps, hand-woven into the roof lining give occupants the impression they are gazing up at the constellations. Added to this is a voice command system that not only activates the navigation and communications system but also links to a dedicated concierge service.

European prices for the Wraith are expected to start at €245,000 with first deliveries in autumn 2013.

Rolls-Royce Wraith photo

aston martin bertone

Bertone Aston Martin Jet 2+2

bertone aston martin

Italian coachbuilder and car styling company Bertone has created a one-off Aston Martin Rapide shooting brake known as the Jet 2+2.

The Jet 2+2 is a followup to the Italian design house’s previous Jet 2 shooting-brake concept unveiled in 2004 and based on the first-generation Aston Martin Vanquish.

As the car’s name suggests, the interior features two rows of seats that come lined in plush, perforated leather and feature a two-tone design.

The car’s 2+2 designation refers to the four individual seats inside; the rear seats fold flat to create even more luggage room. The interior is also dressed in polished wood and aluminum trim.

Aston Martin Rapide shooting brake interior

Power comes from a 470bhp version of Aston’s 5.9-litre V12 taken from the current Rapide, rather than the more potent 550bhp version from the upcoming Rapide S.

Only one example will be built. The stunning concept was commissioned as “a strict one-off” by a collector and the project has the full approval of Aston Martin.

Look for both the new Bertone Jet 2+2 shooting brake concept and 2014 Aston Martin Rapide range at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, which kicks off March 5.

Aston Martin Rapide shooting brake

Maserati Quattroporte 2013

2014 Maserati Quattroporte Preview

2014 Maserati Quattroporte Preview

Maserati has announced a new version of its Quattroporte model, with a sporty updated design, set to premiere at the Detroit Motor Show in 2013.

The Italian carmaker plans to unveil three new models in 2013, starting with the new Quattroporte, which will be on display in Motor City between January 19 and 27.

Aside from what can be gleaned from a few pictures, little information has been released regarding the specs and other details on the new generation four-door GT.

The signature characteristics of the previous model will remain, but the design will be sportier and modernized, and the car will be propelled by a brand new engine.