2013 Audi A4 and S4 Official Photos and Info

On October 26, 2011, in CARS, LUXURY, RIDES, Syndicated, by SOURCE: Car and Driver

2013 Audi A4 and S4 Official Photos and Info

A new face and new toys will keep us entertained until the next Audi 4 family arrives.

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Maybach 57 S Edition 125! Daimler may not be able to sell very many Maybachs, but there's a flip-side to that equation: Rarity. Exclusivity. Qualities which a Maybach has in spades. But if every tycoon and magnate in your elite neighborhood already has one, and you want to stand out a bit (but not too much) from the crowd, you're going to want something even more exclusive. Like the Edition 125! That exclamation mark - like the concept currently on display in Frankfurt - is part of the name, not added emphasis on our part, and helps underscore the claim which Daimler lays on the origins of the automobile which it now celebrates a century and a quarter later. The party starts off with the 57 S model, that being the (relatively) shorter-wheelbase sedan with the twin-turbo V12 that's just had its output increased to 630 horsepower. That's power that'd make many a supercar blush, but Maybach didn't stop there: for the special edition, the automaker gave the 57 a new front grille, a set of high-contrast 20-inch alloys and the signature of Wilheml Maybach (he who helped Gottlieb Daimler invent the automobile) embroidered into the glovebox lid. The Edition 125! also gets special Tahiti Black and Patagonia Silver color options, part of an expanded catalog of color swatches available for the exterior and interior of the elite Mercs which you can read more about in the press release after the jump. Continue reading Maybach celebrates Daimler's 125th with special edition 57 S
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Bentley Mulsanne Executive Interior Concept If you have to to work while being shuttled in the back seat of a car, it's hard to find a more comfortable mobile office than a Bentley Mulsanne. Still, all of that luxury won't aid you in spell-checking TPS reports as you're more likely to be lulled to sleep. Bentley has a new interior concept that will keep you alert, awake, connected and running the show like the boss you truly are.
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Audi A8 L W12 Exclusive Concept For those that think the Audi A8L W12 isn't luxurious enough, the German automaker debuted a limited edition model here in Frankfurt dubbed the "Exclusive Concept." The A8 follows the R8 and Q7 as models available under the Exclusive label.

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2011 Maybach 62
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Schmuck. It's the German word for jewelry. It's also the kind of customer who would be interested in buying a Maybach paved in diamonds. But that doesn't appear to be deterring the top-of-the-line Daimler brand from icing out its limousines like a rapper with a new record contract. Back in 2006, Maybach teamed up with Wellendorf jewelers to offer precious stones to deck out its interiors. Now the German auto marque is passing the torch on to Swiss jeweler de Grosogono. In a star-studded party at the Cannes Film Festival, the two companies announced a new partnership that will allow customers with more cash than taste to have their Maybach iced out. The first example of a Maybach 62S will be unveiled to the gathered guests with a diamond-emblazoned rear armrest (sounds comfortable), but a more thoroughly bedazzled limo is set to be unveiled in November at no less suitable a venue than the Dubai Motor Show. We can hardly wait. Fortunately enough, no official photos have yet been made available, but you can read the official announcement after the jump if you're so inclined. Continue reading Maybach and de Grisogono team up to offer diamond-studded limousines
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Hyundai teams with Prada for new Luxury Sedan

On May 25, 2011, in CARS, LUXURY, RIDES, Syndicated, by SOURCE: Autoblog
Hyundai Genesis Prada
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As recently as a decade ago, mentioning brands like Hyundai and Prada in the same sentence would have seemed laughable. But today's Hyundai is a very different company with a very different image. And no car could sum up such a transformation more than the Genesis.

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2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

On May 12, 2011, in CARS, DWU, LUXURY, RIDES, Syndicated, by SOURCE: Autoblog
New Engines Add Spark To Brand Staple 2012 Mercedes-Benz E350
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In past generations, she was often labeled planet Earth's favorite taxi. (Or have you always preferred the Ford Crown Victoria with the shiny black leatherette?) The Mercedes-Benz E-Class, however, has long since graduated to become a premium middle-management darling in all corners of the globe. Still, even Mercedes-Benz North America would have to admit that a mid-life and/or new model year E-Class is not generally a traffic-stopping event. This time around, however, there's more going on with Mercedes' ninth-generation contender than, say, adding a new Pipe Smoker's Package or overhead cold beverage storage-TRONIC. And while it may still not cause a road block, this mid-shelf-life version of the W212 E-Class should, at least, make everyone slow down to rubberneck a bit, because the new V6 and V8 E-Class wants to take you farther on a full tank while making more power and torque to exercise your executive privileges. Continue reading...
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Gemballa Porsche Mistrale and Tornado

On April 20, 2011, in CARS, DWU, LUXURY, RIDES, Syndicated, by SOURCE: Autoblog
2012 Gemballa Tornado
2012 Gemballa Tornado - Click above for high-res image gallery
Despite losing its founder under suspicious circumstances last year, German tuning house Gemballa is back with a vengeance at this year's Top Marques Monaco show. To help celebrate its 30th anniversary, the company is rolling out two new models: The Porsche Cayenne-based Tornado and the Porsche Panamera-based Mistrale. Both of Gemballa's new models sport extensively reworked bodies, which Gemballa says shave nearly 150 pounds off each car. The weight savings come thanks to carbon fiber body panels made in-house by Gemballa. Both cars' front fenders, hood, doors and front valance get replaced with new bespoke units made entirely of the black stuff. Gemballa also unleashed its expertise underhood. In Stage 1 trim, the Tornado delivers 580 horsepower and the Mistrale pushes 610. If that's not enough, Gemballa is happy to oblige with Stage 2, which takes either car to 700 hp and 737 lb.-ft. of toque. Keeping all that grunt in check is a set of enormous Brembo clamps developed specifically for Gemballa. No matter which car you choose, you get a set of 410-mm, six-piston discs up front with 380-mm, four-piston units out back. The new brakes exert stopping power on a set of forged 22-inch Gemballa wheels. Despite their size, Gemballa says the forged rims are lighter and stronger than the stock Porsche units. Inside, the cars get Gemballa's signature Alcantara and quilted leather treatment. If either of Gemballa's new rockets floats your boat, we'd suggest getting in line now, as the company says it will only build 30 examples of each. Check out the full press release after the jump. [Source: Gemballa] Continue reading Gemballa shows Mistrale and Tornado at Top Marques Monaco
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2012 Dodge Avenger R/T Official Photo

On April 20, 2011, in CARS, RIDES, Syndicated, by SOURCE: Car and Driver
Stiffer suspenders and spiffier duds for Dodge’s mid-size family man.

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Bugatti Galibier with hybrid power

On April 18, 2011, in CARS, DWU, LUXURY, RIDES, Syndicated, by SOURCE: Autoblog
Bugatti 16C Galibier
Bugatti Galibier 16C concept - Click above for high-res image gallery

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