Official: Citroën to campaign World Touring Car C-Elysée with Sebastian Loeb

Filed under: Frankfurt Motor Show, Motorsports, Citroën, Racing

2014 Citroën C-Elysee WTCC front three-quarter

Citroën has released the first images of its latest racecar, the C-Elysee, which will be contested by Sebastien Loeb in the World Touring Car Championship next year. Based on the C-Elysee sedan, a model first shown at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, the WTCC variant has been designed for the new regulations set to be imposed by the FIA.

The C-Elysee is offered with a range of low-powered gas and diesel engines, but the WTCC model gets a 1.6-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder with 380 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed sequential gearbox from Sadev sends power to the front wheels through a twin-disk, carbon-fiber clutch. Hopefully all this potential won’t result in any shenanigans this season.

The roster for next season is far from finalized, although Honda will be contesting the championship with its Civic WTCC.The C-Elysee WTCC will make its race debut with Sebastien Loeb at the wheel when the 2014 FIA World Touring Car Championship starts, likely around the end of March 2014. Citroën will also be showing its new racer at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Continue reading Citroën to campaign World Touring Car C-Elysée with Sebastian Loeb

Citroën to campaign World Touring Car C-Elysée with Sebastian Loeb originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 25 Jul 2013 11:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink | Email this | Comments

Continue reading “Official: Citroën to campaign World Touring Car C-Elysée with Sebastian Loeb”

Toyota Avensis touring car debuts ahead of BTCC season opener

Filed under: Sedan, Toyota, UK, Racing

Toyota Avensis BTCC

Toyota Avensis BTCC – Click above for high-res image gallery

Touring car racing is enjoying somewhat of a renaissance as of late. DTM is growing from a German national series to a proper international championship, while the World Touring Car Championship is living up to its name by expanding outside Europe. V8 Supercars are as popular as ever Down Under, just as Super GT is in Japan. But arguably the most resurgent is the British Touring Car Championship.

Title-sponsored by Dunlop, this year’s BTCC will feature no fewer than 27 competitors – and all-time high for the series – fielding 13 different models from 10 manufacturers, representing Audi, BMW, Chevrolet, Ford, Honda, Proton, Seat, Toyota, Vauxhall and Volkswagen. That could very well be higher and more varied participation than any other major racing series in the world.

When the BTCC launched its Next Generation Touring Car formula, it was Toyota’s British subsidiary that kicked it off with the new Avensis racer, which has finally made its public debut at Silverstone – a little behind schedule, but still a week before the series gets under way at Brands Hatch. The car will be campaigned by Dynojet Racing and Speedworks, with Frank Wrathall, Jr. and Tony Hughes behind the wheel of each, respectively. The cars are built atop frames rolling right off the assembly line at Toyota’s Burnaston plant, and powered by a turbochagred 2.0-liter four with over 300 horsepower. Check out the full press blast after the jump for more.

Gallery: Toyota Avensis BTCC

[Source: Toyota]

Continue reading Toyota Avensis touring car debuts ahead of BTCC season opener

Toyota Avensis touring car debuts ahead of BTCC season opener originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 29 Mar 2011 19:32:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink | Email this | Comments

Continue reading “Toyota Avensis touring car debuts ahead of BTCC season opener”

Geneva 2011: Gumpert Tornante by Touring makes the Apollo look like an Aztek

Filed under: Coupe, Performance, Geneva Motor Show, MISC

Gumpert Tornante by Touring

Gumpert Tornante by Touring – Click above for high-res image gallery

Remember the Gumpert Apollo? It boasted world-beating performance while wearing a face only a mother could love. Thanks to design firm Touring Superleggera, the Apollo now has a much better looking new sibling sharing the Gumpert stable. It’s called Tornante, which, according to Google Translate, means “hairpin bend” in Italian. For all we care, it could mean “Sexy Catfish” because it’s a huge leap forward in style when compared to the Apollo, even if the split-window Chevrolet Corvette rump is derivative and more than a little unflattering.

Just because this new Gumpert is softer doesn’t mean it has any less bite than the Apollo. Gasoline is fed to the mighty 4.2-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine, which produces 700-horsepower. The Tornante utilizes the same TT40e transmission as the Apollo but received paddle-shifters.

We’re still waiting for more details to rise to the surface, because word on the Geneva streets is that Gumpert has an even more powerful version planned for the future. Apollo owners, feel free to remove the bag from your head and head-on out to your local Gumpert dealer. Just tell them you want “the prettier one” this time.

Gallery: Gumpert Tornante by Touring: Geneva 2011

Gallery: Gumpert Tornante by Touring

Live photos copyright (C)2011 Drew Phillips / AOL

Continue reading Geneva 2011: Gumpert Tornante by Touring makes the Apollo look like an Aztek

Geneva 2011: Gumpert Tornante by Touring makes the Apollo look like an Aztek originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 01 Mar 2011 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink | Email this | Comments

Continue reading “Geneva 2011: Gumpert Tornante by Touring makes the Apollo look like an Aztek”

Geneva 2011: BMW Alpina B5 BiTurbo Touring is the one we want

Filed under: Performance, Wagon, Geneva Motor Show, BMW

Alpina B5 BiTurbo Touring

BMW Alpina B5 BiTurbo Touring – Click above for high-res image gallery

Sure, the BMW Alpina B7 is nice, but if we had the choice, we’d much rather have the new B5 BiTurbo Touring. After all, what’s not to love about an Alpina-tuned station wagon that puts down 507 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque? All that grunt comes courtesy of BMW twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8, running through a sport-tuned ZF eight-speed automatic.

There’s far more to love about the B5 BiTurbo Touring aside from its sheer power. The already-attractive BMW 5 Series wagon gets a host of aero enhancements, as well as the Alpina-standard 20-spoke wheels. It’s always nice to see a BMW painted in the tuning company’s signature blue hue, too.

Unfortunately, the Alpina B5 BiTurbo Touring isn’t slated for consumption here in the United States (much like the standard 5 Series wagon). At least we still get our kicks with the B7.

Gallery: Alpina B5 BiTurbo Touring: Geneva 2011

Alpina B5 BiTurbo Touring: Geneva 2011Alpina B5 BiTurbo Touring: Geneva 2011Alpina B5 BiTurbo Touring: Geneva 2011Alpina B5 BiTurbo Touring: Geneva 2011Alpina B5 BiTurbo Touring: Geneva 2011

Photos copyright (C)2011 Drew Phillips / AOL

Geneva 2011: BMW Alpina B5 BiTurbo Touring is the one we want originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 01 Mar 2011 16:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink | Email this | Comments

Continue reading “Geneva 2011: BMW Alpina B5 BiTurbo Touring is the one we want”

Alpina B5 BiTurbo Touring coming to Geneva Motor Show

Filed under: Performance, Wagon, Geneva Motor Show, BMW

Alpina B5 BiTurbo Touring

Alpina B5 BiTurbo Touring – Click above for high-res image gallery

Set to debut at next week’s Geneva Motor Show, the fine folks at Alpina have given the B5 BiTurbo treatment to the new 5 Series Touring.

Powered by the same twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 as the sedan, the B5 Touring produces 507 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, running to the rear wheels via an eight-speed sport automatic transmission provided by ZF. 0-60 is handled in just under five seconds, and flat out the Touring will do 187 miles per hour.

Of course, all of this power comes wrapped in the usual Alpina trimmings, including a steroid-enhanced exterior aero kit and the company’s signature 20-spoke wheels. It’s quite a looker, and we’d love to see how it stacks up to Cadillac’s own CTS-V Sport Wagon. Get your fix in our high-res gallery below.

Gallery: Alpina B5 BiTurbo Touring

Alpina B5 BiTurbo TouringAlpina B5 BiTurbo TouringAlpina B5 BiTurbo TouringAlpina B5 BiTurbo Touring

[Source: Alpina]

Alpina B5 BiTurbo Touring coming to Geneva Motor Show originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 24 Feb 2011 19:24:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink | Email this | Comments

Continue reading “Alpina B5 BiTurbo Touring coming to Geneva Motor Show”

Honda Civic Ti adds touring car-looks (but no added punch) for UK buyers

Filed under: Hatchback, Honda, UK

Honda Civic Ti

Honda Civic Ti – Click above for high-res image gallery

Honda fans in the UK can sink their teeth into a special edition of the Civic five-door, with new design elements inspired by the British Touring Car Championship series. The Honda Civic Ti package is available on both the 1.4- and 1.8-liter i-VTEC Civic SE models. Honda will only produce 500 examples of the Civic Ti, with the first cars going on sale in March.

The Civic Ti is a looks package only; there are no performance enhancements. Outside, there’s a GP body kit that includes spoilers at both the front and rear, side skirt inserts and rear body skirts. Premium White Pearl is the only Ti paint color, and it nicely contrasts the 17-inch Pro-Race matte-black wheels from Honda’s BTTC racing partner, Team Dynamics, .

Inside, the Civic Ti gets a standard Pioneer navigation/multimedia system, with iPod/USB connectivity and hands-free calling. (Pioneer is Honda’s main sponsor in the 2011 BTCC series.)

Pricing starts at £15,995 for the 1.4-liter Civic Ti and £16,995 for the 1.8 ($25,985 and $27,612, respectively, based on current exchange rates). Follow the jump for Honda’s official press release.

Gallery: Honda Civic Ti (UK)

Honda Civic TiHonda Civic TiHonda Civic Ti

[Source: Honda]

Continue reading Honda Civic Ti adds touring car-looks (but no added punch) for UK buyers

Honda Civic Ti adds touring car-looks (but no added punch) for UK buyers originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 19 Feb 2011 09:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink | Email this | Comments

Continue reading “Honda Civic Ti adds touring car-looks (but no added punch) for UK buyers”

Touring Superleggera ramps up production of Bentley Flying Star

Filed under: Coupe, Wagon, Bentley, Luxury

Touring Superleggera Flying Star – Click above for high-res image gallery

Bentley shooting brake, anyone? Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera can hook you up. The Milanese coachbuilder unveiled the Flying Star at last year’s Geneva Motor Show, and stole our hearts in the process. But since the shooting brake debuted and its order books opened, Touring has only made three examples of the custom creation.

No wonder, as the coachbuilder says it takes 4,000 man-hours to transform a Continental GTC (still the outgoing model, we gather) into the long-roofed coupe. But thanks to increased investment in the form of new equipment and staff, Touring can now reportedly be working on up to five vehicles at a time.

Each example still takes six months to deliver, with total production limited to 19 examples. Fortunate buyers can specify from a range of customizations, including the twin-turbo 6.0-liter W12 in states of tune ranging from 552 horsepower (base) to 621 (Supersports).

Gallery: Geneva 2010: Touring Superleggera Flying Star

Live Photos: Jonny Lieberman / Copyright (C)2010 Weblogs, Inc.
[Source: Autocar]

Touring Superleggera ramps up production of Bentley Flying Star originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 20 Jan 2011 18:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Read | Permalink | Email this | Comments

Continue reading “Touring Superleggera ramps up production of Bentley Flying Star”

1949 Ferrari 166 MM Touring Barchetta up for grabs from RM Auctions in Arizona

Filed under: Classics, Auctions, Ferrari

1949 Ferrari 166 MM Touring Barchetta chassis # 0024 M – Click above for high-res image gallery

As far as Ferraris go, it doesn’t get more authentic than this. What you’re looking at is a 1949 Ferrari 166 MM – the first model made by Enzo Ferrari after setting up shop under his own name – with custom Barchetta coachwork by Carrozzeria Touring of Milan. And it’s going up for auction.

Chassis number 0024 M – the 10th of only 25 examples made – was originally displayed at the 1949 Paris Motor Show in Argentina’s official racing colors, yellow and blue, before being sent off to South America to win the 1950 Mar del Plata. True to its name, it was also campaigned in the 1951 Mille Miglia rally, and has since undergone a thorough restoration – including the red paint job you see here.

This authentic piece of Ferrari history is set to cross the block at RM Auctions’ event in Arizona on January 20th, where it is expected to fetch upwards of $2 million. Details in the press release after the jump.

Gallery: 1949 Ferrari 166 MM Touring Barchetta – chassis # 0024 M

[Source: RM Auctions | Image: Hugh Hamilton/RM Auctions]

Continue reading 1949 Ferrari 166 MM Touring Barchetta up for grabs from RM Auctions in Arizona

1949 Ferrari 166 MM Touring Barchetta up for grabs from RM Auctions in Arizona originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 16 Dec 2010 16:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink | Email this | Comments

Continue reading “1949 Ferrari 166 MM Touring Barchetta up for grabs from RM Auctions in Arizona”

2013 Hyundai Elantra Touring going five-door, leaving the wagon train behind

Filed under: Budget, Wagon, Hatchback, Hyundai

2011 Hyundai Elantra

2011 Hyundai Elantra – Click above for high-res image gallery

Fear not, hatchback fans. According to Hyundai CEO John Krafcik, the next-generation Hyundai Elantra Touring will debut in late 2012 as a 2013 model. Krafcik tells Autoblog that while the Elantra sedan is styled specifically for the American market, the Elantra Touring is being penned with European customers in mind. The company sells a long-roof version of the Elantra in the old country under the i30 banner, but from what we understand, American buyers will get a taste of the next-generation vehicle in about two years.

“We launched the Elantra touring a couple of years after we launched the Elantra and we’re going to have the same model cycle for Elantra Touring here,” Krafcik said. “We’re going to get the next-generation i30 here in the U.S. market in a couple of years.”

But don’t expect the vehicle to share too much DNA with the old long-roof Elantra. Krafcik tells AB that the new Touring will be significantly different from the model on sale right now: “It’s a great design. The Elantra Touring design actually came out of our California studio. We’re going to go with the shorter five-door hatchback bodystyle instead of the larger wagon style we have now.”

That means that when it debuts, the 2013 Elantra Touring will be squaring off against the likes 2012 Ford Focus and Mazda3 in a big way. While no one at Hyundai was willing to say exactly how much fuel economy we can plan on seeing from the five-door Elantra, we’d be surprised to see the figures slip much below the 29 mpg city and 40 mpg highway of the sedan.

Gallery: 2011 Hyundai Elantra: First Drive

2011 Hyundai Elantra2011 Hyundai Elantra2011 Hyundai Elantra2011 Hyundai Elantra2011 Hyundai Elantra


Photos Copyright (C)2010 Zach Bowman / AOL

2013 Hyundai Elantra Touring going five-door, leaving the wagon train behind originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 06 Dec 2010 15:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink | Email this | Comments

Continue reading “2013 Hyundai Elantra Touring going five-door, leaving the wagon train behind”

AC Schnitzer tunes up BMW’s latest 5 Series Touring [w/video]

Filed under: Aftermarket, Performance, Wagon, BMW, Luxury

AC Schnitzer BMW 5 Series wagon

AC Schnitzer BMW 5 Series Touring – Click above for high-res image gallery

The new 2011 BMW 5 Series Touring has been subjected to the AC Schnitzer tuning machine, with the result being the “Power Treatment,” making the load-lugging forbidden fruit even more desirable than before. Under the hood, horsepower jumps range from 34 extra ponies for the 520d (going from 184 to 218 horsepower) to 41 additional horses for the 530d (from 245 to 286 hp).

Looks to match the go-fast come by way of an aero package that affixes lower front spoiler lips that bookend a bigger air inlet, new side skirts and a revised rear end treatment. Throatier sounds come courtesy of the in-house exhaust with chromed twin pipes and rear silencer. And the new suspension and steering components will keep the 20-inch five-spoke alloys rolling straight and true. Follow the jump for the full press release and video, and you can find all the angles in the gallery of high-res photos below.

Gallery: BMW F11 5 Series Touring by AC Schnitzer

[Source: AC Schnitzer]

Continue reading AC Schnitzer tunes up BMW’s latest 5 Series Touring [w/video]

AC Schnitzer tunes up BMW’s latest 5 Series Touring [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 02 Dec 2010 14:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Read | Permalink | Email this | Comments

Continue reading “AC Schnitzer tunes up BMW’s latest 5 Series Touring [w/video]”