2020 BMW 8-Series Gran Coupe: BMW has been expanding its 8-Series product line-up at a blistering pace. After revealing the M8 last month, the Bavarian automaker has now taken the wraps off the 8-series Gran Coupe.
The newest model is basically a more practical, four-door-coupe version of the two-door 8-series, and the new Grand Coupe only features a distinct bodywork aft of the A-pillar.
To fit a bigger cabin that seats five people, the 8-Series Gran Coupe’s wheelbase has been stretched 7.9 inches, while the overall length has been increased by 9 inches. In addition, the rear track has also grown by 1.2 inches, making it the widest track of any BMW car. On the inside, the German automaker will offer three engine options for the Gran Coupe.
The entry-level 840i will come with turbocharged 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder petrol unit which develops 340hp and 500Nm of torque. The diesel 840d, on the other hand, features a 3.0-litre in-line-six making 320hp and 680Nm of torque, while the range-topping M850i xDrive will arrive with the same 530hp, 4.4-litre turbocharged V8 as the BMW M8.
Time-tested, forever special and strong
Mercedes-Benz G-Class 'Stronger Than Time' special edition: Mercedes-Benz has unveiled a special edition version of the G-Class to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the original Geländewagen. Called the Stronger Than Time edition, the new line-up pays tribute to the G400d, G500, and G63 variants of the uber-luxurious SUV. The first two get AMG Line exterior package that includes fender flares, a revised front bumper, and black 20-inch AMG wheels. Their running boards, spare wheel covers, and door sills are all adorned with stainless steel highlights. Driving assistance package, LED headlights, Burmester stereo and sunroof come as standard equipment, while the puddle lights display the G-Class logo and “Stronger Than Time” on the ground at night. The range-topping G63 comes with dark chrome grille along with matte chrome on the running boards, exhaust outlets, mirror caps, front and rear bumper, and the spare wheel cover.
The cabin features two-tone black and Titanium Grey Pearl Nappa leather upholstery with carbon fibre trim. Mercedes is also offering an optional AMG Trail Package that adds softer settings for the adaptive dampers for better off-road capability.
A century of flying high
2020 Bentley Flying Spur: This is a special year for Bentley as it marks the 100th anniversary for the British marque. Amidst the celebration, Bentley revealed the all-new Bentley Flying Spur luxury limo. The Crewe-based luxury automaker claims that the third-generation model represents a “quantum leap in technology, performance, and innovation” and describes it as “the finest super-luxury sports sedan ever built.”
The 2020 Bentley Flying Spur is completely new from the ground up and doesn’t share its underpinnings with the rest of the family. It borrows a lot of styling cues from the Continental GT. However, it features a newly designed Flying B mascot that electronically deploys and is illuminated. Other highlights include a giant matrix grille and redesigned headlights and tail lamps that feature crystal-cut-effect LEDs. It is powered by the familiar twin-turbocharged W12 engine re-tuned to produce 626bhp and 900 Nm of peak torque. Bentley says the uber-luxurious sedan can accelerate from zero to 100kmph in just 3.8 seconds while the top speed stands at 333kmph.
Porsche is listening to what you demand
2019 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 and 718 Spyder: Porsche has finally launched the range-topping, hardcore versions of the 718 Cayman and Boxster. Porsche has listened to its customers and given them exactly what they were asking for. Both the mid-engine performance-focused models are powered by a new 4.0-litre, naturally aspirated, flat-six engine, instead of the previous generation's 3.8-litre unit. Despite remaining naturally aspirated, the engine produces 420 horsepower. The power figure is 45hp and 35hp more than the previous Spyder and GT4, respectively.
Both the 718 Cayman GT4 and 718 Boxster Spyder will only be available with a 6-speed manual. Porsche claims that both models are capable of doing the 0-100kmph sprint in just 4.4seconds, with the Spyder getting a top speed of 301kmph and the GT4 topping out at 303kmph. The new GT4 is also said to produce up to 50 per cent more downforce than its predecessor without an increase of aerodynamic drag. The pair also shares several parts with the Porsche 911 GT3 and is claimed to be at least 10 seconds a lap quicker around the Nurburgring in comparison to the previous-generation.
Making the Q family proud
2020 Audi Q7: Audi has revealed the facelifted 2020 Q7 SUV and the mid-cycle refresh for the full-size luxury SUV has introduced several updates both on the inside as well as outside. The new Q7 features a wider single-frame grille along with newly designed headlights with optional HD Matrix LED units. Other updated design elements include larger corner intakes and new tail lights with a chrome strip running the full width of the SUV.
The changes are more prominent inside. It features a new dash design that incorporates a fresh digital layout with dual touchscreens. Audi says the new cabin also offers a tiny bit more interior space, which is 0.4 inches bigger now. The facelifted Q7 is decked out with the latest technology including MMI navigation and Audi connect. Audi hasn’t yet revealed the engine options, but all the variants will get a 48-volt mild-hybrid system.