Mazda has refreshed the Mazda6 for the 2018 model year, giving it a more mature and elegant design, a new engine and the company’s latest safety and assistance technologies.
Having already received two updates since its introduction in 2012, the third-generation Mazda6 is now available with the new turbocharged Skyactiv-G 2.5T engine that debuted in the CX-9, producing the crossover’s max output of 250-horsepower on 93-octane gas (downrated to just 227 on 87) and 310 lb-ft of torque. It is mated to an automatic transmission.
The Skyactiv-G 2.5-liter gasoline engine now benefits from a cylinder deactivation system to improve efficiency. It can still be mated to a six-speed manual as an option.
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As a more premium offering than the previous model, the updated Mazda6 boasts a new high-grade interior configuration highlighted by Japanese sen wood. The redesigned dashboard has a simpler look, while buyers can choose to cover the doors, seats and dashboard with Nappa leather and UltraSuede NU.
The seats themselves are wider and are available with ventilation. There’s also a new 360-degree view monitor, 7.0-inch TFT display, and an 8.0-inch infotainment system, but still no Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.
Mazda’s radar cruise control has been updated to further reduce the driver workload and can now automatically brakes to a stop and drive again in congested traffic. The driver no longer has to take manual control during actual ‘stop’ and ‘go’ maneuvers.
The exterior looks closer to the rest of the Mazda lineup, thanks largely a new grille and updated headlights, complimented by new 17- and 19-inch wheels designs and a new Soul Red Crystal paint color option.
Cadillac Announces ATS-V and CTS-V Championship Editions
Cadillac has introduced new Championship Editions of the Cadillac ATS-V and CTS-V to celebrate the company’s win of the 2017 IMSA Manufacturer, Driver, Team and Endurance Championships.
Both commemorative ATS-V and CTS-V are available in Black Raven or Crystal White with Cadillac V-Performance graphics on the hood and rear spoiler and come with Red Obsession side-view mirror caps, a DPi-V.R graphic on the quarter windows, Red Brembo brake calipers and forged polish-finished alloy V-Series wheels with Midnight Silver painted pockets.
A Morello Red detail package gives their interiors Jet Black Recaro seats, red front and rear door armrests and Morello accented high gloss carbon fiber interior trim.
The 2018 Cadillac Championship Edition ATS-V starts at $72,190 for the sedan and $74,390 for the coupe, while the 2018 CTS-V Championship Edition sedan starts at $105,730.
BMW M3 CS Is The Ultimate 3 Series, Packs 453HP
Joining the limited-edition BMW M4 CS, the first ever BMW M3 CS amplifies the performance of the with more power and a lighter weight.
The performance-tuned German sports sedan is built around an evolution of the standard M3’s twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six engine, which has been tuned to produce 453 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque compared to the stock 425 HP and 406 lb-ft. The engine breathes through an M-made sports exhaust system, and all that power is sent to the rear wheels by an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The powertrain allows the M3 CS to sprint to 60 mph (96 km/h) from a stop in 3.7 seconds, making it 0.2 seconds faster than the regular M3. Top speed is capped at 174 mph (280 km/h).
Like the M4, the M3 CS benefits from a long list of carbon fiber add-ons — the hood, roof panel, rear spoiler, and diffuser integrated into the rear bumper are all made from the lightweight material — that make it 110 pounds (50 kg) lighter than its lesser sibling while lowering its center of gravity.
The weight saving measures extend to the interior, where BMW’s engineers added lightweight sport seats. It’s not a stripped-out track car, however, maintaining all five seats and convenience features like automatic climate control and a Harman Kardon surround sound system.
The interior also boasts an M sports steering wheel and more Alcantara trim.
Orders for the BMW M3 CS in May 2018. You have to act fast if you want one, because production is limited to 1,200 units worldwide, and only 550 is allocated to America. Pricing will be announced at a later date.
GMC Yukon Denali Ultimate Black Edition Is The Ultimate Yukon
GMC has unveiled an even more premium Yukon Denali package for those who don’t find the regular Denali good enough, appropriately calling it the Yukon Denali Ultimate Black Edition.
So, what exactly do you get? For starters, all the options available on the Yukon Denali black-painted 22-inch wheels with chrome inserts, a polished exhaust tip, chrome mirror caps and Onyx Black exterior paint.
The Yukon Denali Ultimate Black Edition also comes with the Open Road Package, which consists of a power sunroof, rear-seat entertainment system, Sirius XM and NavTraffic, Power-Retractable Assist Steps and the Enhanced Security Package.
Adaptive Cruise Control with Forward Automatic Braking is standard safety ware, and power is provided by a 6.2-liter V8 engine that produces 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque.
Stu Pierce, senior marketing manager for GMC Trucks and Full-Size SUVs, stated:
“The Yukon Denali has always made a bold and powerful statement, and the Ultimate Black Edition takes that expression to a new level. The Ultimate Black Edition provides our customers seeking the ultimate in performance and refinement with an opportunity to express themselves with a new and unique style.”
If you think it’s pointless for General Motors to have he Yukon Denali Ultimate Black Edition, think again. The company sells tons of Denali-badged models every year and makes a lot money doing so. In fact, don’t be surprised to hear a Hyper Ultimate Black Edition announced some time int he future.