The all-new Renault Clio RS200 has launched in Australia with its sights set on asserting its authority over a number of new challengers in the city-sized hot-hatch segment.
The new Clio RS200 reaches our shores a few months earlier than originally anticipated thanks predominantly to Australia gaining production priority from Renault head office on the back of the popularity of the hotter Megane RS265 – with Australia the second-largest RS265 market after France in 2012.
The fourth-generation Clio is a very different car to its predecessor. Where the old RS was a naturally aspirated 2.0-litre available exclusively with a manual transmission and a three-door hatchback body, the new Clio RS200 features a turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine, a six-speed dual-clutch automatic and a larger five-door body.
The fuel cell technology at work in the Hyundai Intrado is similar to the current Tucson FCEV’s, but smaller and lighter.
Woodcliff Lake, NJ – December 11, 2013, 6:10pm Eastern Time… BMW today announced the all-new BMW M3 Sedan and BMW M4 Coupe models, which capitalize on the strengths of the latest 3 Series Sedan and fresh 4 Series Coupe models as their respective foundations. As the first-ever BMW M cars to feature the achievement of an engineered-in reduction in curb weight from one generation to the next, the all-new M3 and M4 stand poised to attack corners, hills, and braking zones, and will vigorously defend BMW M’s decades-strong position as segment leader around the world.
Featuring a return to the inline-6 engine format made famous by BMW M, the all-new, 3.0-liter BMW M3 and M4 engine is approximately 10 kilograms lighter than its V-8 predecessor and packs an even stronger punch. With 425 horsepower from 5,500 – 7,300 rpm, 406 lb-ft of torque from 1,850 – 5,500 rpm, and capable of 0-60mph in 3.9 seconds when equipped with the M-DCT transmission (4.1 seconds with standard 6-speed manual), the all-new BMW M3 Sedan and BMW M4 Coupe will debut at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and will begin sales as 2015 models in early Summer, 2014 (Editor’s notes: All specifications preliminary. Complete US-specific specs, pricing, options, and packages will be announced closer to the on-sale date).
With so much information readily available about the new 425hp (431PS) six-cylinder twin-turbo-powered BMW M3 Sedan and its two-door sibling that has split from the 3-Series family and will be known from now on as the M4 Coupe, it was hard for the Bavarians to surprise us, yet they did.
How, you ask? Why, with the “Smokey Burnout” function on models fitted with the optional seven-speed dual-clutch M DCT Drivelogic transmission, of course. We heard and shared the rumor earlier today, but we can now officially confirm it and even provide some initial info on how it works.
Rinspeed is going to give us a glimpse of the future automotive world at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show with its XchangE electric touring sedan.
Just a couple of weeks after finished in second place at the Brazilian Grand Prix 2013 and coming home third in the Formula One Driver’s Championship, former Red Bull racer Mark Webber has hit the track in the 2014 Porsche LMP1 racer for the very first time.
The first video of the new BMW M4 and BMW M3.
The new M3 and M4 use a 3 liter turbocharged engine that produces 430 HP and 560 Nm (413 lb-ft) of torque. The car weighs under 1,500 kg (3,300 lbs).
From 0-100 km/h (0-62), the 2014 BMW M4 runs in 4.1 seconds with DCT while the M3 runs the same distance in 4.3 seconds, with the same transmission.