Thursday, June 1, 2017

2017 Summer Product Reveals: Part 3


Alexander Carabitses

Summer has officially begun, and in my area at least, the skies are overcast, the air temperature is low, and the term beach weather is nonexistent.  However, for those in the automotive enthusiast community, there are still many positive things taking place, by virtue of the many product introductions that we have already witnessed and will continue to witness in the not too-distant future.
(Image credited to Rolls Royce)

2018 GMC Yukon Denali:  For 2018, the Yukon Denali gets two new changes.  First of all, there is a new 10-speed automatic transmission, while the second change is a new grille design.  Otherwise, the vehicle is exactly the same as before.
(Image credited to GMC)

2018 Ford Focus RS Limited Edition:  As tedious as it may seem, this car was created as a sendoff to the hugely successful, current generation Ford Focus. The new variant features a number of cosmetic enhancements and a Quaife mechanical limited-slip differential in the front (which will benefit handling), all while being limited to 1,500 units in the US and Canada.
(Image credited to Ford)

2018 Bentley Continental 24 Limited Edition: Although we should be seeing an all-new Bentley Continental shorty, the brand has produced a limited edition variant of the current Supersport to commemorate the brand's return to the 24 Hours at the Nurburgring.  Only 24 will be produced, and they all come in this very nice color scheme.
(Image credited to Bentley)


Volkswagen Golf GTI First Decade Concept: This car was designed for the annual Worthersee gathering, and is powered by a 404 horsepower gasoline engine and a 17 horsepower battery that drives the rear wheels. With regards to the visuals, you can easily see the direction that the designers of this car decided to take. There are also some minor interior trim tweaks, while the car also has a 1,690 watt subwoofer that is complimented by 11 speakers.
(Image credited to Volkswagen)

Volkswagen Golf GTE Estate Impulse Concept:  Revealed alongside the other aforementioned Golf, this souped up wagon basically features a larger battery than that of the regular GTE.  In fact, capacity has doubled from 8.8 kWh to 16.8 kWh.  The exterior and interior have also been modified.

(Image credited to Volkswagen)
Volkswan Golf GTE Performance Concept: I promise that this is the last piece of VW news. This one-off car basically features a series of exterior modifications and the powertrain produces 268 horsepower and 231 lb-ft of torque.
(Image credited to Volkswagen)

2018 BMW M4 GT4: For those who are unaware, this is essentially a race car that one can buy in the showroom, but can't actually use on the street.  The engine and transmission are pulled straight from the M4, with the engine producing 425 horsepower, while the suspension gets an upgrade.  The exterior features a carbon fiber roof, as well as other aerodynamic and visual tweaks.  It is available for order today.
(Image credited to BMW)

BMW 8-Series Concept:  The 8-Series will return for 2018 and it will be better than ever. One look at the exterior design suggests that BMW has finally come to the realization that their current design language is painfully dull and that a change is necessary.  The styling on this concept is bold, emotional, aggressive, and classic BMW, mended together to create one gorgeous package.  The interior is also a drastic departure from where BMW has been in the last decade-and-a-half.  Hopefully the only details that we see change are the addition of door handles, proper side-view mirrors, and normal wheels when this car finally reaches production.  Oh, by the way, an M8 is also coming very soon.
(Image credited to BMW)
(Image credited to BMW)
(Image credited to BMW)


Rolls Royce Sweeptail: It has become commonplace for automotive designers to say that they were inspired by the designs of luxury yachts.  However, this bespoke Rolls Royce marks the first time that I can ever believe such a bold claim.  One look at the back end of this Rolls says it all, particularly with how the rear window tapers.  The interior is also extremely sumptuous in its own right, with Macassar Ebony wood and Paldao wood taking center stage, while the rear seating is gone, replaced by wood shelves with ambient lighting.  For those who are curious, this is based on the Phantom Coupe and was conceived by the person who ordered it.
(Image credited to Rolls Royce)
(Image credited to Rolls Royce)

That's all of the news I have for now, but don't worry, there is certainly more to come.  Thank for for reading and enjoy the rest of your day.

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