VW Passat R36

Meet the VW Passat R36, a new rival of the Mitsubishi Evo X.

The new VW Passat R36 (previous R36 here) will arrive with a 296 hp engine, four-wheel drive and a quick-shifting semi-automatic gearbox. The new R36 is available as both a stylish saloon and practical estate.

The VW Passat R36 is outstanding by a deeper front bumper, bi-xenon headlights, side skirts and twin exhausts at the rear.

Here you will find a 296bhp 3.6-litre V6 connected to six-speed dual clutch gearbox. As a result performance is blistering, with the sprint from standstill to 60mph taking just 5.6 seconds for the saloon and 5.8 for the estate. Both versions have a top speed electronically limited to 155mph.

Prices for the Passat R36 start at 30,990 euro for the saloon, rising to 32,150 euro for the versatile estate.

2009 Mercedes-Benz SL BRABUS

Look at the first official pics of the new Mercedes-Benz SL have been leaked on the net. No details yet but apart from the usual mechanical upgrades (engine, suspension and brake system) the German tuner has also readied a pretty aggressive bodykit for the recently facelifted SL roadster. Expect all the details as soon as Brabus comes out with an official press release.

2009 Mazda6

Mazda has revealed the US market Mazda6 that will go on sale in summer. Compared to the Euro Mazda6, the North American spec model does not only feature greater engine displacement but it has also grown in dimensions featuring a larger body.

Design-wise and from what we can tell from the initial images released, the US Mazda6 retains the basic shape of its European counterpart adding a few unique details like the new grille, the aluminum fog-light trim and most importantly, the restyled rear-end which incorporates a small lip spoiler on the trunk.

The 2009 Mazda6 will be powered by newly developed 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine along with the CX-9??ôs 3.7-liter V6 unit. A 6-speed manual and a 5-speed automatic transmission with manual-shift mode will be available for the 2.5L engine while the V6 will be coupled to a 6-speed automatic transmission with manual-shift mode.
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Nissan Teana

Look at the Nissan’s new flagship model for the Asian market called Teana. The Nissan Teana will be offered with two V6 units while in China, a four-cylinder in-line engine will also be available when the Teana goes on sale this spring.

“When we introduced Nissan Teana in 2004, it sent a clear signal that Nissan was serious about growth in China,” said Carlos Ghosn, Nissan’s President and CEO. “The all-new Nissan Teana again demonstrates our commitment to high quality and world-class products for the Chinese consumer,” continued Ghosn.

2009 Audi Q5

The Audi has unveiled first official photos of its new compact SUV Audi Q5. Unlike its big brother the Q7, the Q5 doesn’t share an architecture with a VW model. The Q5 utilizes the same underpinnings as the A5 coupe and A4 sedan/wagon. That means the Q5 has a longitudinally mounted engine rather than the transverse powerplant found in the smaller VW Tiguan. The newcomer is aimed squarely at the Freelander 2 and X3, combining smart styling with Audi’s famous quattro four-wheel-drive system.

The rear tailgate is aluminium to reduce weight just like the bon-net. LED light clusters provide a striking look at the back. A pair of alloy roof rails boosts practicality, while an extra-large panoramic sunroof features on the options list.

Customers will get the choice of three exterior packages. Standard Q5s feature black body trim, but customers will also be able to select a full body-colour option or even pick a contrasting shade. Alternatively, sporty S Line versions provide a more aggressive look, and an optional off-road package includes beefy underbody protection and bigger alloy wheels.

Audi is famed for its quality interiors and the Q5 won’t disappoint, with wood, aluminium, chrome, leather and Alcantara all featuring inside.
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Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black Series

The Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black Series was recently spied running “look at me” laps around the Nurburgring.

The Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black Series is one of the most extreme Mercedes-Benzes ever built.
It starts with a 6.0-liter twin turbo V12 engine. In the standard SL65 AMG it pumps out a healthy 604 horsepower, but in the Black Series the same engine gets cranked up to 670 hp. The torque peak won’t increase, but given that it already sits at 738 pound-feet, there’s really isn’t a need for more. The five-speed automatic transmission, torque converter and all, will remain, but it will get two Sport shift programs, with the second delivering quicker gearchanges timed at just 250 milliseconds.

Mercedes-Benz GLK

The first images of the new Mercedes-Benz GLK were leaked on the internet. The Mercedes-Benz GLK is acompact SUV, which scheduled debut at this week?????s Beijing Auto Show. Based on a modified version of C-Class platform the GLK will compete with the BMW X3, Land Rover Freelander, Infiniti EX, Volvo XC60 and the forthcoming Audi Q5 in the premium compact SUV segment.

The 4.528 mm / 178.2 in. long GLK will be initially offered with the choice of four engine options: the gasoline-powered GLK 280 (231Hp 3.0-liter V6) and GLK 350 (272Hp 3.5-liter V6) and the diesel-powered GLK 220 CDI (170Hp 2.1-liter 4cylinder) and GLK 320 CDI (224Hp 3.0-liter V6). All versions will come with Mercedes-Benz 4Matic all-wheel-drive system and 7G-Tronic seven-speed automatic transmission as standard.

VW Up!

Meet the VW Up! The up! scheduled to make its debut in dealerships in 2010, and will compete with an emerging army of chic, eco-friendly small cars such as the Fiat 500.

The up! was displayed as concept at last Frankfurt Motor Show. It has a super-compact, rear-engined, rear-wheel-drive powertrain, and promises to be incredibly environmentally friendly, with low CO2 emissions.

The final version will maintain all the cheekiness and stand-out style of the concept. At the front, the VW up! gets headlights inspired by the Golf, as well as a reprofiled bumper with redesigned air intakes and integrated indicators.

VW Up! will get petrol or diesel guises, and have a capacity of around 600cc. Both units are likely to be turbocharged, and VW is targeting CO2 emissions of less than 100g/km and combined fuel economy of 94mpg. A 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol motor is under consideration, too.

The up! will be the first version to go on sale, however, with a basic car designed for emerging markets such as China, India and Russia costing from as little as $8,000. A more luxurious variant for European buyers will get goodies such as climate control, and carry a price tag of around $15,000.

The final, production-ready VW up! is expected to make its world debut at a major motor show next year.