Thursday, August 20, 2015

Summer 2015 Product Introductions Part VIII: Lots of Luxury



Alexander Carabitses

Well, after a nice two week long vacation, I'm back.  I have to be quite honest that I wasn't really keeping up with any major automotive news while I was away, mostly due to the fact that I had limited wifi.  However, during the times that I did have internet access, I caught up on some new product introductions from Pebble Beach and beyond.  For this reason, there will not be an editorial in this post, but the amount of new product showings should make up for it all.

First up is the BMW M4 GTS Concept, which previews what will eventually be a more powerful M4, with water injection technology and a unique aero kit.  If you were curious as to how much power this new car will make, the answer is, "I don't know, and nobody does, except BMW, and they are keeping their mouths shut right now."
(Image credited to gizmag.com and BMW)

The M4 GTS was showcased at Pebble Beach, along with the BMW 3.0 CSL Homage R, which is basically a racier version of the 3.0 CSL Homage we saw earlier this summer.  The Homage R looks way better than the standards Homage, mostly because of its paint job, and I have to admit that its racy interior really looks the part as well.  By the way, the visor on the helmet that the driver wears in this car has a heads up display system, which is neat as well.
(Image credited to buisnessinsider.com and BMW)

Hyundai was also at Pebble Beach with the Vision G Concept, which looks like an Infiniti with a Hyundai grille in the front, while the back looks like a Hyundai with Cadillac taillights.  Rumors are swirling that the car's 5.0 V8 will power the next generation Genesis Coupe and Equus, two cars that will also more than likely receive many of this car's design cues as well.
(Image credited to automotivenews.com and Hyundai)

Speaking of Infiniti, the brand unveiled the 2016 Q70 Premium Select, which adds some new exterior design touches that will more than likely go unnoticed, while the interior also receives some new trim package as well.  
(Image credited to caranddriver.com and Infiniti)

Lexus was on hand at Pebble Beach as it showed two new cars, the first of which was the 2016 Lexus GS.  Since this is only a mid-cycle refresh, there have been some minor powertrain upgrades.  The interior is pretty much the same, while the exterior receives new lights front and rear.  Oh, and the grille got even bigger, but this is Lexus we are talking about, so that is not a surprise.
(Image credited to carbuzz.com and Lexus)

The second vehicle that Lexus showed was the 2016 Lexus LX.  For those who don't know, or don't remember, the LX Lexus's competitor to the Cadillac Escalade.  The SUV receives and new front end and rear end, while the interior receives some updates as well.  There are no powertrain upgrades, although the transmission is now an 8-speed automatic.
(Image credited to carbuzz.com and Lexus)

In the meantime, the SUV that the LX is based on, the 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser, receives a refresh as well.  The front end is new, while the rear end receives a mild makeover.  The interior also receives some updates, while the powertrain remains the same.  The SUV receives the same transmission as the LX, while the Land Cruiser also features some new off road tech goodies.
(Image credited to caranddriver.com and Toyota)

Mercedes-Benz has redesigned the C-Class Coupe for the 2016 model year.  On the outside, it looks like an mini S-Class Coupe, while on the inside it looks like a C-Class sedan.  The powertrain is a 2.0 liter four good for 241 hp and 271 lb-ft of torque.  If that isn't enough for you, you can easily upgrade to the all-new 2016 C63 AMG Coupe, featuring a 4.0 liter twin turbo V8, which is good for 502 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque.  This car looks like and S63 AMG Coupe on the outside, while the interior looks like a C63 AMG sedan.
(Images credited to carbuzz.com and Mercedes-Benz)

Now it is time to move into the world of supercars, specifically, two of them.  First up, is the 740 hp 2016 Lamborghini Aventador SV Roadster, which can top out at 217 mph, exactly the same as the coupe.  Only 500 are scheduled to be built, and as far as the price is concerned, if you have to ask you cant't afford it.  By the way, its $548,000.
(Image credited to carbuzz.com and Lamborghini)

Finally, there is a one-off special edition from Ferrari, called the SC50 F12 Berlinetta.  The car is meant to celebrate Singapore's 50th birthday, which is where the car was unveiled, and it features a red and white exterior and interior, which mimics the country's flag.  That is one hell of a birthday present if you ask me!
(Image credited to carbuzz.com and Ferrari)


And there you have it, a complete list of all the new car unveilings I missed while I was away.  The good news is that all of these took place no more than 5 days ago, so I am not that late in terms of covering them.  I hope I didn't miss any other debuts, but if I did, please let me know so I can include them in the next post.   And speaking of the next post, I know many people were looking forward to an editorial this time around, and I know I have failed to deliver, but there will be an editorial in the next post, I promise.  Until then, thanks for reading, and have a good week.

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