The third-generation Mercedes A-Class is one of Mercedes-Benz’s most successful models. To keep the success story going, the German automaker has given 2016 A-Class a styling update inside and out, more technology, and more power for the range-topping A45 AMG.
The design updates are subtle, with the exterior featuring slightly modified bumpers, tweaked graphics for the lighting clusters and optional LED headlights that come standard on the A45 AMG.
Inside, the 2016 A-Class benefits from improved materials, a revised instrument cluster with a tubular design, an updated infotainment system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, and galvanized switches. An optional free-standing 8-inch display and a fresh selection of colors help round out is more sophisticated look.
The engine lineup has also received some changes, with the entry-level A160 sourcing its power from a 1.6-liter engine that produces 102 PS and 180 Nm (133 lb-ft) of torque. The extra frugal A180d BlueEFFICIENCY Edition is equipped with a 1.5-liter diesel engine that cranks out 109 PS and 260 Nm (192 lb-ft.) and consumes just 3.5 liters / 100 km in the EU cycle.
The 2.1-liter engine found under the hood of the A220d has been upgraded to make 177 PS (by 7 PS), while the A250 Sport and A250 Sport 4MATIC now produce 218 PS instead of the previous 211 PS.
Complementing the improved engine lineup are new manual transmissions for the A250 / A250 Sport that offer a more refined ride, and a launch assist function for models fitted with the seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
Last but not least, the flagship A45 AMG is once again faster than the 367 PS Audi RS3 Sportback, thanks to an updated four-cylinder, 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that now produces 381 PS and 475 Nm (351 lb-ft) — up from 360 PS and 450 Nm. It is 0.4 of a second faster from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h), completing the sprint in an impressive 4.2 seconds while still delivering fuel consumption of 6.9 liters / 100 km in the EU cycle.
The turbo four is mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch that has been updated with shorter ratios to provide “more dynamic acceleration in all speed ranges,” as well as better response and shift times. A new DYNAMIC SELECT system allows the driver to choose between four driving modes — Comfort, Sport, Sport + and Individual.
The performance of the 2016 A45 AMG can be further enhanced with an optional AMG DYNAMIC PLUS package that adds a new mechanical front axle locking differential and an AMG RIDE CONTROL sport suspension with two-stage adaptive damping adjustment.
Better than ever and currently on sale across Europe, the 2016 Mercedes A-Class and A45 AMG has a lot to offer car buyers looking for small, stylish and luxurious and a lot of pep and features. What do you think about the updates?
New 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS Is Glorious, Most Powerful 911 Ever
The new 991.2 Porsche 911 GT2 RS has finally been unveiled, having made its world debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. It is the fastest, most powerful Porsche 911 ever.
Porsche was able to boost the output of its 3.8-liter twin-turbo flat six engine — borrowed from the latest 911 Turbo S — to 700 horsepower (up 80-hp) and 553 pound-feet thanks to the use of larger turbochargers and a water injection system that helps reduce intake charge temperatures at high boost pressures.
All that power is delivered to the tarmac through the company’s 7-speed dual-clutch PDK gear box and wide 325/30 ZR 21 tires. It’s rear-wheel drive unlike its 911 Turbo cousins.
The 911’s body panels have been revised to reduce weight and improve downforce, not forgetting the massive rear wing that characterizes the model.
With more overall output than the previous-generation GT2 RS and a wet curb weight of just 3,241 pounds (1,470 kg), the new GT2 can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 2.7 seconds – places it in the same league as a LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and Bugatti Chiron — and hit a 211 mph (340 km/h) top speed. Stopping power is provided by standard ceramic composite brakes.
There is an available Weissach package that adds carbon fiber anti-roll bars and magnesium wheels, both helping cut weight by a further 40 pounds (30kg).
Porsche has opened the order book for the new 991.2 Porsche 911 GT2 RS, which has a starting price of $294,250 in the United States and £207,506 in the UK. The optional Weissach package can be had for an extra $31,000 and £21,042, respectively.
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All-New, 2019 Porsche Cayenne Arrives Lighter, Faster, Nimbler and Techier
The third-generation Porsche Cayenne has finally been unveiled, representing a great improvement over the high-performance family SUV that forever changed the face of the German automaker.
Remember when Porsche only made sports cars? Well, the first-gen Cayenne made that a thing of the past, skyrocketing the brand’s sales through the roof. The new Cayenne rides on the Volkswagen Group’s MLB platform — also used by other vehicles like the Audi Q5 and Q7 — and, as a result, is nearly 150 pounds lighter than its predecessor.
Motivating the lighter, leaner and meaner chassis is a 3-liter V6 that churns out 340 horsepower and 332lb-ft of torque, allowing the 2019 Cayenne to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 5.9 seconds.
Buyers looking for even more performance have the option of the Cayenne S, which boasts a 2.9L twin-turbo rated at 440 horsepower and 406lb-ft, and needs just 4.9 seconds to hit 60 mph.
All-wheel-drive is standard across the board, and an available Sport Chrono package can make both models faster in acceleration.
Not only is the new Cayenne faster than ever, but it’s also better at stopping, thanks to the world-exclusive application of Porsche’s new braking technology. The new tungsten-carbide-coated brake rotors are said to increase friction yet reduce wear and dust. The Porsche Surface Coated Brakes package is optional.
On the handling front, the new Cayenne can be equipped with rear-axle steering that improves vehicle dynamics and that supposedly makes it more like the Porsche 911 than ever. The system is automatically disabled at highway speeds to increase stability.
The all-new, 2019 Porsche Cayenne has a starting price of $66,750 in the United States, while the Cayenne S kicks off at $83,950 (both include destination). European sales begin in late 2017, while North American sales start in mid-2018.
Is there anything you don’t like about the new Porsche Cayenne? Share your impressions in the comments below.
New Bentley Continental GT Brings More Power, Technology, Class
There is an all-new Bentley Continental GT and it looks and feels as expensive as it should, offering those wealthy enough to afford one more power, technology and class than ever before.
Described as a redesign of the “definitive Grand Tourer”, the third-generation Continental GT features a more sculpted body with sharper definition than its predecessor, clearly drawing inspiration from the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept car. Bentley’s designs gave the ultra-lux sports coupe an all-aluminum body and shaped it using a hot-forming process that was previously used only for smaller components.
Powering the 2019 Continental GT is Bentley’s W12 TSI engine, which has been thoroughly retuned to produce 626 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. It is paired with an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission that allows for faster and more efficient gear changes.
A more capable powertrain combined with a body that’s more than 175 pounds lighter means the Continental GT can now launch from zero to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 207 mph.
To improve handling, Bentley’s engineers moved the engine rearward and the front wheels forward for a longer wheelbase that contributes to better weight distribution, and employed the company’s next-generation Dynamic Ride technology, which uses 48-volt actuators to actively counter body roll at each axle, for a stiffer chassis.
Other suspension changes make the care her in comfort modes and sportier in sport modes.
Like everything else, the interior has been elevated, boasting among many other premium features a now fully-digital instrument cluster, a 12.3-inch infotainment screen that rotates from behind the dash veneer, new 20-way adjustable seats with cooling, heating and massage functions, and acoustic glass that cuts outside noise by nine decibels. Bentley stated:
“We are the world leader in luxury mobility and our products and services define new luxury in the automotive world. The new Continental GT encapsulates our desire to innovate as well as celebrate our heritage and take the Bentley ownership experience to the next, unparalleled level.”
Pricing has yet to be announced, but the new Bentley Continental will be very expensive. It arrives in 2018.