2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class getting upgraded V6, twin-turbo V8

Filed under: Coupe, Sedan, Wagon, Mercedes-Benz

2010 Mercedes-Benz E350 sedan

2010 Mercedes-Benz E350 – Click above for high-res image gallery

The hardcore Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG isn’t the only E-Class model that gets a new heart for the 2012 model year. According to our sources within Mercedes-Benz, both the E350 and E550 models will receive new powerplants currently found elsewhere in the automaker’s lineup.

The base E350 will now be powered by the automaker’s new 3.5-liter V6 with direct-injection, an engine that we recently tested in the C350 sedan and SLK350 roadster. Rated at 302 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque, the new engine provides power increases of 14 hp and 15 lb-ft over the current V6, while the use of direct-injection and a seven-speed automatic transmission will no doubt return improved fuel economy.

Moving along, the eight-cylinder E550 will ditch its naturally aspirated 5.5-liter V8 in favor of a twin-turbocharged 4.6-liter unit with direct-injection, currently found in the CL550 coupe. In the E-Class, this engine will be good for 402 hp and 443 lb-ft – improvements of 20 and 52, respectively.

Look for the refreshed E-Class range to debut this Fall.

2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class getting upgraded V6, twin-turbo V8 originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 05 May 2011 19:25:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink | Email this | Comments

Continue reading “2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class getting upgraded V6, twin-turbo V8”

Paris 2010: Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale is not an Italian DJ, but is an upgraded super coupe

Filed under: Coupe, Performance, Paris Motor Show, Maserati, Luxury

Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale

Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale – Click above for high-res image gallery

Maserati can produce some gorgeous automobiles. The Maserati GranTurismo is no exception, in fact we’d place it in the give-up-your-first-born-to-own-one category of beautiful. In addition to its looks, the GranTurismo is a powerful and luxurious grand touring machine that causes both eyes and ears to strain for more as it goes by. The 430-horsepower GranTurismo S was the king of the trident-wearing coupes, until today. Taking the stage at the 2010 Paris Motor Show is the all-new Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale.

The GranTurismo MC Stradale ratchets up the excitement by pushing power output to 450 horsepower. The chassis has been tweaked and the body slightly updated for increased aerodynamics. The MC Stradale manages to increase the levels of downforce without causing a noticeable increase in drag. The result is an elegant two-door that’s begging for track time. Have a look at our high-res gallery of the drool-worthy Maserati, below.

Gallery: Paris 2010: Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale

Photos copyright (C)2010 Drew Phillips / AOL

Paris 2010: Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale is not an Italian DJ, but is an upgraded super coupe originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 30 Sep 2010 19:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink | Email this | Comments

Continue reading “Paris 2010: Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale is not an Italian DJ, but is an upgraded super coupe”

Audi UK offering upgraded 4.2L V8 for R8 Spyder

Filed under: Convertible, Performance, Audi, UK, Luxury

Audi R8 Spyder 4.2 V8

Audi R8 4.2 Spyder – Click above for high-res image gallery

The Euro-spec Audi R8 Spyder will soon be available with a more powerful version of the automaker’s 4.2-liter V8 engine. The EU5-approved FSI unit gets ten more horses, going from 420 to 430 horsepower. It also gets an energy recuperation system that comes into effect during coasting and braking. The run from zero to 62 miles per hour takes 4.8 seconds, and a 186-mph top speed is possible “in the appropriate circumstances” (i.e., out on the Autobahn).

For the six-speed manual you’ll need £95,545 ($147,759 USD based on current exchange rates), while the not-so-great R-Tronic will require £100,855 ($155,966 USD). The hardtop R8 will also be getting this upgraded engine, and both will be available in January of next year. Don’t worry – the new engine will be coming to the U.S., as well. The press release on Audi UK’s new V8 is after the jump, and high-res photos are in the gallery below.

Gallery: More powerful UK Audi R8 4.2

[Source: Audi]

Continue reading Audi UK offering upgraded 4.2L V8 for R8 Spyder

Audi UK offering upgraded 4.2L V8 for R8 Spyder originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 09 Sep 2010 14:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink | Email this | Comments

Continue reading “Audi UK offering upgraded 4.2L V8 for R8 Spyder”