Oh, the feeling of actually seeing a coupe variant for the Mini Cooper, riding the streets! We’ve already seen an SUV version and now – ending our long wait – we managed to get our hands on the first official images of the Mini Coupe Concept. It looks like the coupes are gaining popularity again, for a Prius Coupe is also in the ranks as per speculations.
The Mini version is set to be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show and the typical Mini style is evident with a trademark front end. Mini Coupe should come with an aluminum roof with a reverse ball cap which is pretty much a radical side. It has massive wheels that can also be spotted with a rear bumper and twin centre-mounted exhaust pipes.
MINI Coupe will be powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine which will produce 211 horses and 260Nm of torque. More to it, there is an overboost functions which can increase the torque 20 notches. The Coupe will be able to clock 0 to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds and 6 seconds when the overboost is applied.
The Nurburgring Circuit has born witness to many a new car designs that get tested there and this time around it was host to the Oldtimer Grand Prix this past weekend. One of the highlights of the GP was the German Tuner Arden’s version of the Jaguar XKR 5.0L, introduced earlier this year by Jaguar.
The reworked model gets some true performance trims including the provision of a re-designed chassis that make the car more nimble and responsive. 9×21-inch alloy wheels have also been added alongwith a stainless steel quad-piped sport exhaust system. Other additions include AJ20 Wild Cat rear plus diffuser while the V-Max Suspension comes as optional. Under the hood, the power has been boosted 30bhp with 50Nm of torque which has taken the top speed to 320km/h. Exclusivity to this car is the stainless steel grill with an Arden badge which differentiates it from other models.
Audi has released new photographs of the Audi TT RS Coupe and Roadster. The TT RS comes with a 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder that sports 340 horsepower and churns 332 lb-ft torque. Mated to a six-speed manual transmission, featuring Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system, five-spoke 18-inch wheels and exterior styling as aggressive as what’s under the hood, that’s the gift I want from Santa this year. How about you guys? How about the new Audi TT RS Coupe and Roadster? [via GlobalMotors]
Unlike Porsche which is not doing that great these days, Honda is among those that are being hit by the economic downturn, but not that bad. Rumors coming from Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport and Japan’s Holiday, have it that the Japanese automaker is currently working on a sleek four door coupe. Dropped between the TSX and the TL line range, the new Acura coupe is probably going to run on a 3.7-liter V6 engine mated to Acura’s SH-AWD and Motion Adaptive EPS system. An amazing ride that sure gets the eye, we’d love to see this beauty on the streets next year, but can’t help wondering how expensive it’s going to be … [via TempleOfVTEC]
We’re not going to encourage you to hate 56-year-old Siegfried Möller from Bremen, but boy this guy deserves it. Why? Because Mercedes just delivered him the very first E-Class Coupe to come out of the factory lines. It’s a palladium silver E500 with an AMG sports package that forces the 5.5l V8 engine to output nothing less that also features an Intelligent Light System, and the COMAND system. “I have been driving Mercedes-Benz vehicles for over 25 years and my father was also a Mercedes customer. Now I’m looking forward to driving my new E 500 Coupé for the first time,” Siegfried said. What an amazing vehicle … [via WCF]
State of the art technology, elegant lines and an amazing interior, are the definitory rules for the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe. Expected to surprise visitors in Geneva next month, the E-Class Coupe is meant to replace the discontinued CLK and from the first pictures, we think they managed to do a great job. Designed with no B-pillars and completely retractable side windows, Mercedes-Benz promotes it as the “world’s most aerodynamically efficient series-production car”. With two engine options – new E 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY diesel that outputs 200 hp and 500 Nm of torque, and the petrol E 250 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY that outputs the same 200hp but only 310 Nm of torque, the car is expected to start selling in Europe at the begining of May. We definitely want it in SA asap. It’s a dream car, indeed.
There is a car that puts an accent on “driving experience”, but won’t compromise on looks or specs. I’m talking about the new BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo Concept, that is a Progressive Activity Sedan. Some sort of mix between an X6 and a luxurious 7-series, the comfortable four door four seat coupe is definitely designed for the fashion-conscious. Not exactly in love with the front grille but it’s definitely interesting loveable if you consider the lavish interior and the amazing glass roof. Strange , yet eye-catching, we’d love to get behind the wheel for a quick drive.
The Romanian tabloid CanCan, got their hands on some leaked images of the new Dacia Coupe. Though I’m reluctant it looks THAT good, rumors have it that it’s a very aggressive design that draws inspiration from Nissan’s 350z and Renault’s Laguna. All muscle – first for Dacia, the Coupe is expected to be shown off at the next month’s Auto Show in Geneva and should see daylight by the end of 2010. With base prices starting from 10,000 Euro and with these looks, we’re definitely looking at a hot seller. Do you like it?