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This year’s Super Bowl had its fair share of entertaining ads. Here’s our roundup of some of the interesting automotive ads:
The boys in Crewe wrote in this morning to tell us about their new Continental GT coupe. The second-generation model looks pretty similar to the eight-year-old original, but Bentley says it’s actually a ground-up redesign. The new car sports more aggressive styling up front, with bulging fenders; a taller, more upright grille; LED daytime running lights outside of the main headlights; and a smoother rear-end and fenders.
The C-GT’s 6.0L twin-turbo W12 engine has been massaged a bit, pushing output to 567 HP and 516 lb-ft of torque (a 4.0L V8 is also available, for those who care about gas mileage). The block’s mated to a speedier 6-speed Quickshift automatic that can do double downshifts, and power hits the road through a wider rear track. The car’s all-wheel-drive system is now biased 40/60 (front/rear). The new car has a slipperier drag coefficient of 0.33, though it’s still not that great– the Toyota Prius is at 0.26, and the current record-holder, Mercedes’ E-Class Coupe, is at 0.24. The zero-to-60 mph run takes 4.4 seconds, and the Volkswagen-owned carmaker says the new C-GT boasts a top speed of 198 mph.
Inside, the new model has increased legroom, a large new 8″ touchscreen with GPS navigation and Google Maps support, a sleeker dash design, and water bottle holders in the doors.
Oh, and the Continental GT is now flex-fuel (up to E85 ethanol) capable, for those wanting to run their Bentley on processed corn.
Full photo gallery and press release after the break.
The 2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS is scheduled to debut at the Paris Motor Show in October, but several photos of the car’s interior and exterior have already leaked. The second-generation model, codenamed C218, has a tough act to follow– its swoopy predecessor single-handedly created the market for “four-door coupes.” The new car inherits much of its styling from the Concept Shooting Brake, including a prominent grille, aggressively styled front bumper, daytime LED running lights, and a long hood.
The new CLS sports two gasoline engine options– the the CLS 350 CGI with a new direct-injected 3.5L V6 putting out 301 HP and 272 lb-ft of torque and the CLS 550 CGI, with a new 4.6L twin-turbo V8 delivering 429 HP and 516 lb-ft of torque. The company’s 4Matic four-wheel-drive system will likely be available on the 550 CGI. Mercedes will offer two diesel options (outside America), the CLS 350 CDI with a 3.0L V6 producing 248 HP and the CLS 250 CDI with an inline-4 putting out 201 HP.
AMG will join the party with the 2011 CLS63 AMG, sporting the tuner’s new 5.5L twin-turbo V8 putting out 544 HP and 590 lb-ft of torque. An optional Performance Pack will be available, boosting power to about 570 HP and 663 lb-ft of torque.
Full photo gallery after the jump. No word on pricing yet.
Auto Express managed to obtain a leaked photo of the 2011 Volkswagen Passat. The new car sports a squarer, slightly more aggressive design, with flared fenders, lower air intakes, and a chrome grille and new headlights matching the rest of VW’s new models.
Engine options haven’t been confirmed yet, but we’re likely looking at a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder producing around 200 HP in the U.S. Europe will probably get the same 1.4 and 1.8L TSI gas engines and 1.6 and 2.0L TDI diesels as the current Passat, along with a 2.0L turbo R model delivering 270 HP.
VW will officially unveil the 2011 Passat at the Paris Motor Show in October, and the car should hit showrooms by early next year.
Source: Auto Express
Earlier today, spy photographers caught an in-testing 2011 Dodge Charger R/T whose cover blew off. While we had seen photos of the car’s interior earlier, these are the first clear shots of the Charger’s exterior.
The 2011 model is an evolutionary step over the current sedan, with a larger, forward-canted grille and more aggressively chiseled hood coming together for an even angrier look than the first-generation Charger. The new bumper has revised fog lights and a larger air intake to match the grille.
The 2011 Charger is based on Chrysler’s LY platform (shared with the Chrysler 300C and Dodge Challenger) and is essentially a major refresh of the current model, rather than an all-new car. Interestingly, while Chrysler spun Dodge’s truck lineup into a separate Ram brand, the new sedan still sports the horned ram logo, suggesting Dodge might stick with the old badge for the moment (or might switch the badge later).
Full gallery after the break. More >
Spy photographers caught the next-generation Dodge Charger during a testing run earlier today. The car’s interior was photographed for the first time, showing a moderately improved design. The 2011 model sedan, based on Chrysler’s LY platform (shared with the Chrysler 300C and Dodge Challenger), is essentially a major refresh of the current model, rather than an all-new car. As a result, designers couldn’t completely revamp the interior, but it does have smoother lines and new, even if questionable, accents (such as a large, silver slab of plastic across the driver’s side).
The car photographed seems to be a top-spec model, with a large in-dash navigation screen and two-tone color scheme (cream-colored leather seats and matching door panels). Whether Chrysler is finally using soft-touch materials instead of hard plastic remains to be seen.
More photos of the new Charger after the break: