Official: Pics Aplenty: VW Golf R gets a few more looks

Filed under: Frankfurt Motor Show, Performance, Hatchback, Volkswagen

Volkswagen Golf R

Volkswagen has seen fit to release an additional 21 images of the 296-horsepower, all-wheel-drive 2014 Golf R. Our crack team covered the monstrous little hatchback ahead of its debut at next week’s Frankfurt Motor Show, but know that a brand new gallery of the thing couldn’t hurt, either.

As a recap, power comes from a massaged 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder, while a six-speed dual-clutch transmission or a six-speed stick dispatches the power to a Haldex all-wheel-drive system. The suspension has been adjusted for improved handling while the aesthetics are suitably brawny for the GTI’s bigger, meaner brother.

Take a look in the updated gallery above to see all the new images of the 2014 Golf R.

Pics Aplenty: VW Golf R gets a few more looks originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 03 Sep 2013 19:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Official: Pics Aplenty: VW Golf R gets a few more looks

Filed under: Frankfurt Motor Show, Performance, Hatchback, Volkswagen

Volkswagen Golf R

Volkswagen has seen fit to release an additional 21 images of the 296-horsepower, all-wheel-drive 2014 Golf R. Our crack team covered the monstrous little hatchback ahead of its debut at next week’s Frankfurt Motor Show, but know that a brand new gallery of the thing couldn’t hurt, either.

As a recap, power comes from a massaged 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder, while a six-speed dual-clutch transmission or a six-speed stick dispatches the power to a Haldex all-wheel-drive system. The suspension has been adjusted for improved handling while the aesthetics are suitably brawny for the GTI’s bigger, meaner brother.

Take a look in the updated gallery above to see all the new images of the 2014 Golf R.

Pics Aplenty: VW Golf R gets a few more looks originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 03 Sep 2013 19:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Exclusive: Live pics of 2014 Mazda3 from NYC, sedan on its way

Filed under: Budget, Hatchback, Mazda

2014 Mazda3

Here it is, ladies and gentlemen, straight from the memory cards of our own cameras. As you can see, the only version of the 2014 Mazda3 that the automaker is showing off at the moment is the hatchback, but we’ve gotten confirmation from Mazda that the sedan version will be shown sometime within the next five weeks.

So far, Mazda isn’t commenting on whether or not we can expect a higher-performance Mazdaspeed3 version of the car, but we’ve got our fingers crossed. In any case, we’re quite drawn to the appearance of this new hatchback from Mazda, with its flowing lines and character creases setting it apart from the rest of the compact segment in which it competes.

We also appreciate the sound engineering that went into the new 3. Despite boasting a wheelbase that’s longer than the car it replaces, we’re pleased to see that Mazda has kept its exterior size in check – it’s actually shorter overall than the last-gen model – while also reducing weight by about 200 pounds. That’s bound to be good for the new 3’s dynamic properties.

Have a good look at our live image gallery above, click here to read about the car’s new specs, and let us know what you think of Mazda’s latest compact hatchback in the Comments.

Live pics of 2014 Mazda3 from NYC, sedan on its way originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 26 Jun 2013 14:14:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Pics Aplenty: 2012 Volkswagen Golf Cabrio gets flirty with its top

Filed under: Convertible, Volkswagen

2012 Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet

2012 Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet – Click above for high-res image gallery

Have you been dying to pour through images of the all-new 2012 Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet? Good news, everyone Volkswagen fans! The automaker has just released this mega-gallery of its all-new drop-top.

It’s certainly a handsome little convertible, this Golf, but right now there’s only enough room in the United States for one redesigned Volkswagen with a disappearing roof. The U.S. has been designated an Eos-only country for the time being, meaning our high-res image gallery is the closest you’ll get to ever seeing one of these cuties in person.

Gallery: 2012 Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet

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Pics Aplenty: Playboy magazine’s Vintage Thunder sketches

Filed under: Classics, Etc., BMW, Chevrolet

bmw 507 rpadster sketch

Vintage Thunder as chosen by Playboy – Click above for high-res image gallery

Playboy (which we’re not ashamed to admit we read for more than the articles) has compiled a list of its favorite classic vehicles. The article, entitled Vintage Thunder, features six vehicles picked to earn a spot in the magazine’s fantasy garage.

Three American and three Europeans make the cut, all of which are beautifully illustrated by Etienne Carignan. The upper end of the price spectrum is claimed by the BMW 507 (shown above) while the least expensive on the list is the split-window 1963 Chevrolet Corvette. You can read a recap of Vintage Thunder by heading over to Playboy’s website (which is safe for work, as long as you don’t stray from the article). If you want to read the full piece, be sure to check out the April issue, which is on sale now.

Gallery: Playboy’s Vintage Thunder

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[Source: Playboy]

Pics Aplenty: Playboy magazine’s Vintage Thunder sketches originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 30 Mar 2011 21:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Pics Aplenty: Audi R18 “Evolution 2” cars finish tests in U.S.

Filed under: Motorsports, Coupe, Europe, Audi, Diesel, Racing

Audi R18 at Sebring

2011 Audi R18 – Click above for high-res image gallery

Audi let its new diesel-powered R18 LMP1 enclosed prototype loose on the U.S. for the first time for testing over the four-day weekend surrounding the 12 Hours of Sebring. Audi tested both R18s, chassis 101 and 102, against an R15 for a control group. The first U.S tests garnered feedback from all 10 of Audi’s factory drivers.

The tests put a beating on the R18s to make sure their aerodynamics, reliability and fuel economy all stacked up to the standards set by the previous generations of Audi’s diesel LeMans prototypes.

Their next stop is Ingolstadt to be fully disassembled and checked out, before being shipped to LeMans for the 24-hour race in June. Trust us, you owe it to yourself to see the images below in their full high-res glory.

Gallery: 2011 Audi R18

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Pics Aplenty: Hennessey Venom GT Chassis #03 dressed up in red

Filed under: Coupe, Performance, MISC

2011 hennessey venom gt in red

2011 Hennessey Venom GT in red – Click above for high-res image gallery

We’ve seen the silver-colored Hennessey Venom GT chassis number 01 out running about, and now, the tuning company has decided to show off its bright red chassis number 03. The 1,200-horsepower supercar can ran from 0-60 miles per hour in 2.5 seconds and has an estimated top speed of 267 mph.

We’ve stared at it, heard it, seen it belch fire on the dyno, Jay Leno’s had his time with it and now we say enough is enough. We’re more than ready for our test drive, and while the red paint job of this latest build is indeed sexy, we’d gladly drive one in beige if it meant some seat time was in order.

Click through the gallery below to see the 2011 Hennessey Venom GT looking resplendent in its shiny new red coat of paint.

Gallery: Hennessey Venom GT – Chassis Number 03

[Source: Hennessey Performance]

Pics Aplenty: Hennessey Venom GT Chassis #03 dressed up in red originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 23 Mar 2011 20:24:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Pics Aplenty: BMW 1 M MotoGP safety car

Filed under: Motorsports, Coupe, Performance, BMW, Racing

bmw 1 m motogp safety car

BMW 1 M MotoGP Safety Car – Click above for high-res image gallery

The new BMW 1 M is a sports coupe we’ve all been waiting for the Roundel-badged German automaker. Sure, it could be lighter or a little cheaper, but by all accounts, it has the driving-sensation meter bouncing off “Awesome.” To tout its new performance machine, BMW has tarted one up in classic red, white and blue ///M livery, and turned it into a safety car for MotoGP.

This is more than just a paint job, however, as only the engine and transmission from the production car have been carried over. More weight has been shaved thanks to the use of carbon fiber and polycarbonate, while a titanium exhaust setup takes the place of the standard noisemaker. Out back, an adjustable rear wing sits on the trunk.

On the inside, the BMW 1 M Safety Car is fitted with a roll cage, a pair of racing buckets and a six-point harness. Underneath the skin, BMW has revamped the suspension and beefed up the brakes. The result is a truly track-ready 1 M that might just draw some attention away from the insane riders of the MotoGP series.

Gallery: BMW 1 M MotoGP Safety Car

[Source: BMW]

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Pics Aplenty: BMW 1 M MotoGP safety car originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 18 Mar 2011 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Pics Aplenty: 2012 BMW 6 Series Coupe [w/video]

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2012 BMW 6 Series Coupe

Pics Aplenty: 2012 BMW 6 Series Coupe – Click above for high-res image gallery

The 2012 BMW 6 Series Coupe has officially come out of hiding. We’ve given you some of the details on the redesigned two-door, and now we have an onslaught of photos for you to look through. The redesigned shark-skinned coupe, powered by a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8, can be seen in all of its high-res glory in the gallery below.

As if that weren’t enough, we also have B-Roll footage of the 400-horsepower 2012 650i in action pasted after the break. So what are you waiting for? Time to stop reading and start clicking, because this mega-gallery has over 120 photos for you to scroll through. Enjoy!

Gallery: 2012 BMW 6 Series coupe

2012 BMW 6 Series coupe

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Pics Aplenty: 2012 BMW 6 Series Coupe [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 14 Mar 2011 19:24:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Pics Aplenty: 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK

Filed under: Convertible, Performance, Europe, Mercedes-Benz, Luxury

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK – Click above for high-res image gallery

Mercedes-Benz has released studio shots of the newly-redesigned SLK Roadster, which debuts later this year as a 2012 model. The new SLK will be the third generation of Mercedes’ entry-level convertible.

The redesign moves the SLK’s shape further toward its higher-end brethren, and introduces Merc’s new panoramic vario roof with Magic Sky Control, which means the car’s glass roof can change its tint.

Mercedes has redesigned the SLK’s engines, offering four- and six-cylinder mills with electronic stop-start as standard. Mercedes claims the new engines are about 25 percent more efficient than the mills in the last-generation SLK. Initially, the SLK will be available with a seven-speed auto, but Mercedes promises they will add a traditional six-speed manual in the future.

Gallery: 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK

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[Source: Mercedes-Benz]

Pics Aplenty: 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 10 Mar 2011 11:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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