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2011 bout: 2010 E-class versus 2011 BMW 5-series

Right now a heavy-weight bout is forming; a match that won’t take place until 2011 and will be fought on the mean streets that surround every Mercedes-Benz and BMW dealership. The winner will capture the mid-size luxury sedan market, while the loser will likely still do very well. The fight is between the upcoming 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-class and the new-for-2011 BMW 5-series.

The 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-class—like almost every new car these days—will grow in both length and width. As a buyer, you will find a host of old and new technologies to make your driving experience increasingly complicated. If you can get past all the unnecessary electronic gizmos, you can bask in the car’s variety of old and new engines—including a 600-hp AMG engine—and sexy sheet metal. Expect the 2010 E-class to officially debut at the upcoming 2009 Detroit International Auto Show.

An all-new BMW 5-series is expected to be on the market a year after the Mercedes. Like the upcoming E-class, the BMW will grow in size but will keep weight down through extensive use of aluminum. The 2011 5-series engines will take full advantage of turbocharging to reduce consumption and emissions but keep performance high; the engines will include the twin-turbo 3.0-liter I-6, twin-turbo V-8, and a turbo V-8 instead of the large V-10 for the M5.

[via Motor Trend and Left Lane News]

2010 Mercedes-Benz E-class 2011 BMW 5-series

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Posted on: 12/10/2008 at 4:41 AM
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Murcielago SV might debut at Geneva

A Lamborghini with a SV—short for Sport Veloce—badge has the added benefit of lower weight since it loses its all-wheel-drive system in favor of rear-wheel drive. The Murcielago SV, which should debut at the 2009 Geneva Auto Show, will be the most powerful edition of the Murcielago to date. Expect horsepower in the high 500s, maybe even nudging the surface of the 600-hp marker. Combine the added power with a loss of approximately 220lbs and what you have is a true rear-tire scorcher.

Lamborghini is rumored to be revising the traction-control system to deal with that much power being sent to just two wheels. Lamborghini added all-wheel drive to help people, including celebrities with more money than talent, control their Lamborghinis. The added power, loss of weight and move to a rear-wheel drive format is a disaster waiting to happen in the wrong hands.

One sure-shot way of spotting the Murcielago SV is by its huge carbon-fiber rear wing.

[via 4WheelsNews.com]

Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4

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Posted by: Benjamin Greene
Posted on: 12/9/2008 at 4:40 AM
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Sign of the times

Ferrari is reporting total sales for the month of November at 92 cars, compared to its monthly average of 600 cars. Sales of the 612 and 599 have supposedly flat-lined and the 430 Spider’s sales have been drastically hit by the introduction of the similarly-priced California. The company has started to cut the fat by letting go of 10% of its workforce and starting talks with the trade unions to eliminate additional employees.

Even though Ferrari has a waiting list in some markets, it has a large number of unsold cars piling up in others.

[via World Car Fans]

Ferrari California

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Posted on: 12/8/2008 at 4:36 AM
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Audi R8 V10 to debut in Detroit

Rumored for years and finally being confirmed, the Audi R8 V10 should make its official debut at the Detroit Auto Show next month. The newest R8 will utilize the same 5.2-liter V-10 found in the Lamborghini Gallardo and making more than 500 hp, which is 80 more horsepower than the current 4.2-liter V-8. That much power is good enough for a zero-to-sixty time of 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 196 mph. The price of the Audi R8 V10 is about 140,000 Euros or, at the current exchange rate, $180,500.

[via World Car Fans]

Audi R8 V-10 confirmed

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Posted by: Benjamin Greene
Posted on: 12/8/2008 at 3:49 AM
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2009 BMW Z4 spied

Is this the 2009 BMW Z4? A member of the Zpost forum spotted this car at a BMW dealership that was being used to film a movie with Micheal Douglas called Solitary Man. One word comes to mind: Sexy.

[via Zpost]

2009 BMW Z4 spied

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Posted by: Benjamin Greene
Posted on: 12/3/2008 at 8:46 AM
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Mercedes rumored to be dropping V-12s

Mercedes might be taking a drastic step to cut its fleet’s overall emissions and improve its fuel economy by droppings its V-12 engine. Prior to the rise in the importance of the fuel economy as of lately, Mercedes-Benz was working on a replacement engine for its flagship models. Its work is now rumored to be leaning towards a twin-turbocharged V-8, which could make similar horsepower but should return better gas mileage. This will affect all 600 and 65 models and maybe even the Maybach sedans.

[via Top Speed]

Mercedes S600 may lose its V-12

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Posted by: Benjamin Greene
Posted on: 12/2/2008 at 4:19 AM
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Fisker Karma: No longer a rumor?

Fisker will be unleashing the production version of its Karma electric/hybrid sedan at the 2009 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The car will be utilizing GM’s Ecotec four-cylinder engine combined to an electric power plant for a potential gas mileage of 100 miles per gallon. The official zero-to-sixty time of the Karma is 5.8 seconds. 

Deliver of the $87,900 sedan will start in November of 2009.

[via The Car Connection]

Fisker Karma in the flesh

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Posted on: 12/2/2008 at 3:57 AM
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More Porsche Panamera Photos

Porsche has released more photos of its upcoming 2010 Porsche Panamera sedan. Read our Porsche Panamera overview here.

[via Serious Wheels]

Porsche Panamera photo

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Posted on: 12/2/2008 at 3:51 AM
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9ff boosts Carrera GT to 900 hp

9ff displayed a 900-hp Carrera GT at the Essen Motor Show in Germany over the Thanksgiving weekend. The 9ff GTT900 gains the extra 295 horsepower via a pair of turbochargers that were slapped onto the engine, a revised exhaust, and new camshafts. The show car was painted red with carbon-fiber accents,  had cut-out front wheel wells, and a fixed rear wing.

[via Supercars.net]

900-hp 9ff Carrera GT 

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Posted by: Benjamin Greene
Posted on: 12/1/2008 at 5:03 AM
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