Monthly Archives April 2015

Upcoming Audi TT RS Will Has More than 400HP

The latest Audi TT (Gen. 3) has been around for a year, and now we have the TT and also the TTS. It is obvious that Audi is not going to just stop at the TTS: today message leaked out about its hotter variant: the TT RS Coupe. Below image is the 2nd-gen TT RS.


According to our Audi insider, the new TT RS will keep using the firm’s tried-and-true 2.5L turbocharged 5-cylinder engine. Maximum output will be more than 300kW (402hp), and peak torque will arrive at around 2,000 RPM. The powerplant is mated to the Haldex-type Quattro AWD system. Because of the increased output, the new TT RS is expected to do 0-60mph in less than 4 seconds.

Our insider also told us the Audi’s l...

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8-Speed Automatic Transmission Will Come to 2016 Cadillac ATS

In a recent new model filing (approval # CN QQG5 Z201240058-00) to the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection (an agency similar to the US EPA), Cadillac has announced the news that on the new model year of the ATS-L sedan, a 8-speed automatic transmission will replace the current 6-speed unit. Below image is the 2015 model year ATS-L.


According to Cadillac, the 8AT will be mated to a series of the GM 2.0T 4-cylinder engine, with different tuning and output. Since the ATS is a worldwide model, we can safely bet that the 2016 ATS in the US market will also see the same transmission upgrade.

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Four-Seater Volvo XC90 Excellence Announced

Do you think a SUV with just 4 seats will make a business case, when it is not for off-roading or package transportation?

Anyway, Volvo say “yes” to the above question. Today Volvo introduced the XC90 Excellence, which offers a 4-seat configuration inside the passenger cabin. If you think the 4-seat XC90 is somewhat crazy, you will be more surprised that Volvo is also bringing in a 3-seat version of the XC90, in next week’s 2015 Shanghai auto show.

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The XC90 Excellence is of course, based on the standard XC90 T8 trim...

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Brief Analysis: The 2015 Subaru Legacy 3.6R Limited

For the moderately priced AWD sedan market (starting MSRP ~$20k), currently there are not many choices in the US. Among those candidates the Subaru Legacy is the only model that comes with AWD system as standard.


Above image: the 2015 Subaru Legacy 3.6R Limited trim test car

Subaru offers two engine options on the 2015 Legacy (both are naturally aspirated): a 2.5L flat-4 producing 175hp and 174 lb-ft of torque; and also a 3.6L flat-6 engine with 256hp and 247 lb-ft of torque.

We have tested the 3.6L engine version, which is only available on the 3.6R Limited trim. The 2015 Legacy is a completely-new design, which marks the beginning of the 6th-generation of this model.


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Who Is More Upscale: Mercedes, BMW and Audi

When people are thinking about buying a German luxury car which costs less than $100,000, undoubtedly the three major brands are “MBA”: Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi.


Some folks consider these three brands to be equally reputable with similar brand image; while at the same time, fans of each brand may want to debate their beloved brand is more upscale than the others.

Here in this article I will provide some insights. One assumption that most people are agree on: the product line’s price range distribution determines the brand’s market position...

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