Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Turbo
The ingenious sports car ergonomics of the Panamera are centered on the driver and performance – without disregard for the well-being of the passengers. The Panamera Sport Turismo Turbo features a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 and is more dynamic than ever thanks to optional Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport (PDCC Sport), Porsche 4D Chassis Control, three-chamber air suspension and – for the first time in the Panamera – rear axle steering. Highlights include a dominant front end, characteristic front light units, and side air outlets in the front fenders finished in the vehicle’s exterior color. Other features include twin tailpipes specific to the Turbo; red brake calipers located behind 20-inch Panamera Turbo wheels; and a rear spoiler that splits at full deployment for a significant gain in width. The interior has been completely restyled, and nevertheless remains typically Porsche. A high-resolution 12-inch touchscreen display is integrated into the dashboard. In conjunction with optional 4-zone automatic climate control, the passengers in the rear have a touch screen display of their own. Porsche Connect enhances existing vehicle functions with intelligent services and apps, all intended to make the connection between car and driver more intimate, intensify sports car fascination, and make the challenges of everyday life quick and easy to overcome. Above all, there is plenty of space and comfort. Not so typical of a sports car. Absolutely typical of the new Panamera.
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Mercedes-Benz S560 4Matic Sedan
Luxury class meets power and torque with the 2018 Mercedes-Benz S560 4MATIC Sedan. A hefty 463-horsepower 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine powers the vehicle and MAGIC BODY CONTROL® suspension with the Curve tilting function, formerly available only on the S-Class Coupes, is now available for the S-Class Sedans. The Curve system leans the body into turns by up to 2.65 degrees, enhancing passenger comfort by reducing the centrifugal forces they feel. Road Surface Scan (forward-looking detection of bumps) and LED Intelligent Light System with Ultra-Wide Beam are other unique technologies enhancing the driver’s experience and safety. Cabin upgrades are abound, with a new generation of dual 12.3″ high-resolution displays with a single bonded glass panel which form the wide-screen digital cockpit. The driver can also choose from three different display styles (Classic, Sport and Progressive). Two new wood trim and three new upholstery selections become available, with standard Nappa Leather on all V8 models. A new steering wheel integrates Touch Control Buttons that work with a swiping action, as on a smartphone. The S-Class elevates Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive with enhanced camera and radar systems. Lane Tracking package is standard, and both Active Lane Change Assist and Active Emergency Stop Assist have been enhanced. In addition, for the first time, the system makes use of map and navigation data to calculate driving behavior. Active Distance Assist Distronic and Active Steering Assist now provide even more support fwor the driver to keep a safe distance and steer, and the speed is now adjusted automatically ahead of curves or intersections. This year’s S560 Sedan maintains the prestige and reputation associated with Mercedes-Benz.
Jaguar F-Type 400 Sport
Already recognized as the most dynamically capable and performance-oriented Jaguar, the F-TYPE sports car continues to evolve for 2018, with a fresh look, new powertrain options and the addition of standard technology features previously unavailable. Jaguar has developed an exclusive 400 Sport special edition model which is only offered for the 2018 model year. Power from a high output 400-horsepower version of the supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine is complemented by an uprated chassis that includes standard 380mm front and 376mm rear brakes, Configurable Dynamics and 20-inch wheels with a unique satin dark grey finish. Every F-TYPE now features the Jaguar InControl® Touch ProTM infotainment. Its super-fast responses, intuitive tablet-style pinch-to-zoom and swipe operation, intelligent navigation functions such as Share ETA and online services such as real-time traffic and live weather reports make every journey more rewarding and put a world of information at the driver’s fingertips. Enthusiasts will be able to capture and share their driving experiences using the new ReRun app developed in collaboration with GoPro. All-new for Jaguar, ReRun combines real-time video from the driver’s GoPro camera and overlays key vehicle performance data including speed, throttle position, gear selection, braking force and g-force. The video – including unique ‘highlights’ sections – can be downloaded to the driver’s smartphone and shared on social media. Since its launch in 2012, the all-aluminum two-seater has firmly established itself as a strong competitor in its sports car segment and has won nearly 160 awards worldwide. The balance of seductive design, stunning performance and outstanding dynamics make the F-TYPE unique.
The Rolls-Royce Phantom has been referred to by the world’s most prestigious and discerning critics as ‘The Best Car in the World’, and the 2018 Phantom lives up to this praise. An astounding 563-horsepower muscles the extra-large luxury vehicle while passengers enjoy a best-in-class ride experience. From its self-levelling suspension, to its noiseless 6.75-liter V12 engine and ultra-luxury interior, the Phantom represents the best in the automotive industry. Torsten Müller Ötvös, Chief Executive, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, said, “Phantom is the longest lasting automotive nameplate in the world and has defined luxury motoring for almost a century. It represents Rolls-Royce’s tireless pursuit of perfection and remains a truly dominant symbol of achievement.”
BMW M6 Gran Coupe
BMW brings speed and precision to the road with the 2018 BMW M6 Gran Coupe. A fine-tuned V8 turns out a massive 560-horsepower with the effortless ease of a precision-built performer. With Launch Control, the V8 engine can achieve maximum acceleration from a standing start. That means all 560 horses and 500 lb-ft of torque are ready to go as soon as you release the brakes. The enviable curves of the M6 – the low stance, long hood, and perfectly sloped windshield – are designed from advanced wind-tunnel aerodynamic testing. The M Drive system lets you save two settings which you can activate with M1 and M2 buttons on the steering wheel. So when you’re feeling smooth and easy – or active and feisty – your M6 can adjust with the touch of a button. A spacious interior with fine details creates an atmosphere of comfortable capability. This is the BMW M6 Gran Coupe – a palatial powerhouse where legendary M engineering meets the luxury of a four-door cruiser.