Welcome to the Hooniverse News! This is a weekly recap of the biggest stories in the automotive industry without the fluff or the bull. I also throw in some opinion of mine, just because I can. This week:
BMW M6 Gran Coupe is a 4-door M6
Mercedes E-Class gets a big facelift
Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra are all-new
Ferrari “F70″ supercar is teased again
Autoweek selects car/truck of the year – but what are yours?
2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe
We all knew it was coming… the 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe. Fully revealed weeks before its official debut at the Detroit Auto Show, this 4-door M6 is ready to take the fight directly to the likes of the Porsche Panamera Turbo and the Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG.
In its arsenal is the potent 4.4-liter twin turbocharged V8 found in the 2-door M6s, the M5, and those M-badged X5 and X6 models. 560 horsepower and 500 lb.-ft. of torque gets sent to the rear wheels through a super-quick 7-speed M Dual Clutch Transmission and an Active M Differential which is a fancy limited-slip unit. 0-60 mph comes in at just 4.1 seconds and the top speed is limited to 155 mph in accordance with local laws. Keeping the power under control is a slew of M goodies like electronically controlled shock absorbers, M Dynamic Control to make you feel like a real racing driver (probably), super sticky tires and optional carbon ceramic brakes that measure 16.1″ in diameter up front and 15.6″ out back.
Most if not all the aggressive styling features are exactly what you’d see on an M6 Coupe. That means the flared fenders, carbon fiber diffusers, massive 20″ wheels, and deep bumpers that also help with cooling are all the same, but still do a great job of making the car look as fast as it is. Even the carbon fiber roof off the M6 Coupe is of the same design. Of course, the interior is as luxurious as any 6 Series can be with loads of leather, alcantara headliner, iDrive displayed on a 10.2-inch screen, and a color heads-up display.
When the 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe goes on sale summer of 2013, expect it to cost well north of the M6 Coupe’s $106,000 price tag.
Facelifted Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Another Detroit Auto Show attendee unveiled this week is the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan and wagon which is described as getting an extensive facelift with new looks, engine options, more standard equipment, and more tech features/options. The updated E-Class will go on sale in America next Spring at an undisclosed price.
The most obvious facelifting is up front where new fully LED headlights and 2 new grille options sit above a restyled bumper that offer a more sporty look (especially on Sport models) and improved cooling. The LED lights were also reworked out back and a restyled bumper tops things off. The interior also receives minor tweaks to match what’s been done to the exterior. New standard features include Collision Prevention Assist, Attention Assist, and a fuel-saving auto stop/start system for traffic while new optional tech features range from surround-view cameras to a comprehensive driver assistance package that helps keep the driver (and everyone around him/her) a bit safer.
New engine options include a 2.1-liter 4-cylinder diesel for the E250 BlueTEC which produces 190 horsepower and 369 lb.-ft. of torque. The E350 and E350 4MATIC Wagon will use a 3.5-liter V6 with 302 horsepower and 273 lb.-ft. of torque, while the E400 Hybrid uses that same engine in conjunction with a 27 horsepower electric motor. Then there’s the E550 4MATIC, which uses a 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V8 which produces 402 horsepower and 443 lb.-ft. of torque. All models are equipped with a 7-speed automatic.
Source: Mercedes-Benz via Autoweek
2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra
The last of the Detroit Auto Show news for this week comes from GM and their new full-size pickups. The Silverado and its sister from GMC, the Sierra, are getting completely reworked for the 2014 model year with new chassis improvements, new interior, engine upgrades, and new looks that must have been penned by a huge fan of Michael Bay movies.
Starting on the inside and working our way out, three all new EcoTec3 engines will debut with both trucks next Spring. The 4.3-liter V6, 5.3-liter V8, and 6.2-liter V8 you can get in these trucks are all brand-new and designed for optimum power, torque, and fuel economy, though they won’t give us any of those numbers just yet. All engines are also equipped with a 6-speed automatic and Active Fuel Management which means unneeded cylinders shut down under light loads, essentially turning each engine into one of those mythical V4s you hear about when you talk with your non-car enthusiast friends. Other improvements under the skin include super high-strength steel frames while aluminum bits like the hood, engine blocks, and suspension help offset the weight of the frame.
The interior is designed to be more spacious, comfortable, and more functional, but they strictly say it’s not supposed to look like it came from a car or crossover… because apparently some do? Anyway, in the new upright instrument panel there’s a 6-gauge instrument cluster and an optional 4.2-inch Driver Information Display screen with vehicle data and some infotainment stuff. They also designed the buttons and switches in a way that allows someone to use them easily with gloves on. In the center there’s an optional 8-inch touch screen that displays the MyLink infotainment system, which allows for syncing with 10 mobile devices and offers hands-free operation of the radio, Bluetooth, and navigation features. Then there’s the exterior, which GM says is a modern interpretation of an iconic design, but I’m not too sure. The design is supposed to be optimized for aerodynamic efficiency which further helps with the EPA mileage estimates that we don’t have yet.
The Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra will be fully revealed at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show, and hopefully then we’ll have more numbers to geek out about.
Ferrari “F70″ Supercar teased
The upcoming Ferrari Enzo successor has been teased again by Ferrari in their official magazine. The “F70″, as it could be called, is destined to be the most insane production Ferrari ever made with power likely in the 900 range with the help of a V12 and a Formula 1-inspired Kinetic Energy Recovery System. Along with this teaser shot, they’ve also highlighted the carbon fiber monocoque chassis which brings down the weight and keeps the structural integrity as high as possible. There’s also a nice shot of the rear with Fernando Alonso’s face superimposed beneath it.
Autoweek’s Car and Truck of the Year Awards
Our pals at Autoweek have just announced their picks for the best car and truck of the 2013 model year. The 2013 Porsche Boxster S and Mercedes-Benz GL got top honors. Their full coverage can be found here, but we want to know what you think. Of all the new cars and trucks you’ve seen covered here or elsewhere, what would you say was the best or your favorite? It doesn’t matter what criteria you go by and it doesn’t even have to be a car you’ve driven or seen in person. So have at it. Or don’t. It’s a free country, dammit.