Toyota has confirmed that the next-generation Toyota Corolla will debut at a private event in Southern California early June. While the compact sedan is expected to make its official debut at the 2013 LA Auto Show, it will likely hit dealerships before then.
As we have pointed out in previous articles, the new Corolla will be stylistically inspired by the Furia Concept that bowed at Detroit earlier this ear. In fact, these leaked images (click) reveal a front end featuring a three-slat chrome grille and distinctive LED headlights, while the back end features a sculpted trunk lid.
No interior images have been shown, but we expect a more premium and aesthetically pleasing look than the drab, plasticy and uninspired look of the current interior. It is also expected to be larger inside, providing more passenger room.
Of course, fuel economy will be another area upon which the small family sedan improves. Power will likely be provided by a revised version of Toyota’s 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, which makes around 150 horsepower. It will be offered with either a six-speed manual transmission or a CVT, rather than the inadequate four-speed automatic of the current model.
New, 2020 Audi S8 Brings A 563 Horsepower Biturbo V8
A standard active suspension and four-wheel steering are some of the major performance highlights.
There is a new Audi S8 and it packs more power, more technology and better overall performance than its predecessor.
Audi’s has a 4.0-liter biturbo V8 with cylinder deactivation and 48-volt mild hybrid technology that improves fuel efficiency for a heart, pumping out 563 horsepower (571PS) and 590 pound-feet of torque. That makes it 100 horsepower and 100 pound-feet more powerful than the A8’s twin-turbo V8.
In addition to the powerful engine, the S8 comes standard with all-wheel steering and predictive active suspension that limits body roll to just 2.5 degrees in ‘dynamic’ mode and can lift the car by up to 50 mm for easier ingress and egress.
A revised front bumper, side sills, dual twin exhaust outlets, and S badging sets the performance sedan from the lesser A8, while the interior gets a Carbon Vector upper inlay that creates a special 3D effect, Matte aluminum trim, and diamond-stitched seats with embroidered S badging.
The new and improved Audi S8 will be offered in both short-wheelbase and long-wheelbase versions, but only the long-wheelbase S8 will be sold in the United States and likely in Canada… with size-figure price tag, of course.
New BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Is Ready To Battle Porsche Panamera
It’s the third and final 8 Series bodystyle and also the most family-friendly.
The BMW 8 Series lineup has just gotten more practical with the addition of the new 8 Series Grand Coupe, BMW’s answer to the Porsche Panamera, Mercedes-AMG GT Four-Door, and other German four-door coupes.
As the third and final variant of the second-generation 8 Series, the four-door model not only has two extra doors over the 8 Series Coupe and Convertible, but it also offers more room with it’s taller roofline, longer wheelbase and extra width. A panoramic glass moonroof extends from the windshield all the way back to the rear window, but it can be replaced by a Carbon Fiber roof.
Despite being more family-friendly than the coupe, the new 8 Series Grand Coupe is Strictly a four-seater. The center console extends into the rear passenger area, making it impossible to comfortably (and legally) fit a third person on the rear bench.
Three versions will be available at launch — the 840i, 840i xDrive and M850i XDrive. The 840i models are powered by a 3.0L turbocharged six-cylinder engine that generates 335 horsepower and 368 lb-ft. of torque, allowing it to accelerate the rear-wheel drive varient to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.9 seconds and the all-wheel drive 840i xDrive to complete the task in 4.6 seconds. Both models have an electronically limited top speed of 130 mph with all-season tires and 155 mph with performance tires.
The M850i xDrive Gran Coupe is powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.4L V8 with 523 horsepower and 553 lb-ft. of torque allowing it to reach 60 mph in 3.7 seconds. Top speed is the same as the 840i models.
In the United States, the 2020 840i Gran Coupe has a starting price of $85,895, including destination fees, while the 840i xDrive Gran Coupe starts at $88,795. The M850i xDrive Gran Coupe kicks off at $109,895.
A 617-horsepower or higher, V8-powered M8 Gran Coupe is expected to join the lineup later on, and possibly even a plug-in hybrid variant. BMW plans to eventually electrify its entire lineup.
New, 2020 Bentley Flying Spur Arrives As World’s Best Luxury Sports Sedan
It’s a new Flying Spur for a new era.
2019 marks 100 years of Bentley, and to celebrate the milestone year, the British automaker unveiled an all-new Bentley Flying Spur that brings a number of technical innovation for the 21st century and even more luxury.
Described as a “sports sedan meets luxury limousine,” the new Flying Spur is Bentley’s answer to the Porsche Panamera and other luxury sports sedans. Its design is fresh but still instantly recognizable as a Bentley, with notable highlights including a prominent grille flanked by LED matrix headlights resembling those on the Continental GT coupe, flowing lines and distinct sculpting that give it a sportier yet elegant overall look than its predecessor, and a retractable version of the brand’s Flying B logo that illuminates as part of the welcome lighting sequence when the driver approaches the car.
As expected, the interior is covered in acres of leather and real wood, but that won’t detract from all the abundance of high-tech goodies. The rotatable 12.3-inch infotainment screen can be shown or concealed behind a panel with the push of a button, a panel that shows three analog dials depicting a chronometer, compass, and the outside temperature for a more old-school look, while a 16-speaker, 1,500-watt Bang & Olufsen system or, optionally, a 19-speaker, 2,200-watt Naim system with active bass transducers will surely leave audiophiles more than satisfied.
Rear seat passengers get a five-inch Touch Screen Remote that lets them control the climate settings, massage seats and mood lighting.
Powering the Flying Spur is a 6.0L twin-turbocharged W12 that produces a healthy 626 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque, sent to all four wheels by an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. That’s enough power to send the 5,370 pound sedan ‘flying’ to 60 mph (96 km/h) from an standstill in 3.7 seconds and hit a top speed of 207 mph (333 km/h).
All-wheel steering system, better weight distribution, Bentley’s Dynamic Ride System, and an adaptive anti-roll bar controlled by an 48-volt system keep the massive heft in check and make it sportier than the previous Flying Spur while stopping power is provided by the largest iron brakes ever fitted to a production car.
Deliveries of the all-new Bentley Flying Spur begin in early 2020. Do you like what you see? Do you want one? Share your thoughts in the comments below.