Latest Car News (18th to 24th April 2016)
Weekly car news on your doorstep right here, with this week bringing a special edition BMW 7-Series and Range Rover Evoque, plus the latest Audi A6 and A7's!
Range Rover Evoque special edition arriving
The Range Rover Evoque will get several updates in the forthcoming months but the most significant is the release of a new special edition model.
The model - dubbed the Ember edition - receives mainly stylistic changes including a red roof, red front and rear bumper highlights, black alloys, darkened front and rear headlights and black model lettering to finish it all off. Inside the touches continue, with black sport seats, some extra touches of glossy black trim and red stitching throughout.
All Evoque's including the Ember edition will get a number of small updates, including a new Low Traction Launch mode for slippery conditions, an InControl Touch Pro infotainment system and also electric seats and auto high beams. The Ember edition will start at £47,200, but if you fancy a cheaper alternative there's also a new Graphite Design pack which is £35,125 that adds 20-inch alloys and a few exterior improvements too.
Audi A6 and A7 receive facelift
Audi have announced that their A6 and A7 models are set to receive a facelift to improve the cars looks and equipment.
The A6 gets styling updates to the front and rear, giving a more angular sportier look. The doors and rear diffuser get tweaks to match and the grille on S-line models will be finished in black with chrome slats. Lastly, two new alloy designs finish the facelift. The A7's changes aren't as vast, with the only additions being that of new alloys and body colours.
Both get subtle changes inside too, with new LED ambient lighting, plus the option of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity systems. If you fancy going that step further, you can even opt for two tablet computers that are connected to the car - fancy! All of the facelift changes come at no extra cost and are available to order today, with the aforementioned optional extras also available.
BMW celebrate 100 years with limited edition 7 Series
BMW have revealed that a limited edition 7 Series will be available to celebrate the brand's 100th anniversary.
The special edition model has been named the BMW 7 Series THE NEXT 100 YEARS. Yes, that is really its name, uppercase characters included. It'll be available in three engines: a 4.4-litre petrol V8, an iPerformance plug-in hybrid and a 6.6-litre V12 known as the ridiculously long 'BMW Individual M760Li xDrive Model V12 Excellence THE NEXT 100 YEARS'.
The name might be long but it's sprint time isn't, as that 6.6-litre V12 will push over 600 bhp with a 0-62 mph time of only 3.7 seconds. Engines aside, all of the cars will be receive 20-inch bi-colour alloys and be finished in 'Centennial Blue' metallic paint. Inside is a bespoke white leather interior with a load of touches and changes, including a special 'Montblanc for BMW' fountain pen. Price? No idea. They're yet to announce it, but we'd expect it to be costly with only 100 models being made.
Maserati Levante engines confirmed
The upcoming Maserati Levante SUV has finally had it's engines revealed which include a V6 petrol.
The Levante is Maserati's first ever SUV and is set to come in several engines with the main two being a 3.0-litre V6 petrol and 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel. The V6 petrol has been developed by Ferrari as usual, and will offer up to 430 bhp. The diesel however will push around 275 bhp, which isn't as powerful but still a respectable figure.
More engines are likely to be confirmed nearer to next year's launch date, but other options are said to be smaller petrol and diesel equivalents as well as some plug-in hybrids. Prices are expected to start at around £54,000 with a sportier 'Levante S' version also arriving that'll be over £60,000. The first cars will arrive in around November next year.
Smart ForTwo and ForFour Brabus unveiled
Smart have shown off Brabus versions of their ForTwo and ForFour cars at the 2016 Beijing Motor Show.
Whilst Smart cars aren't particularly salivating for us petrolheads, everybody loves a Brabus and to be fair the ForTwo and ForFour look far sportier after the German tuning company has gotten their hands on them. The cars get a 19 bhp power boost bringing their overall figure to 108 bhp, which although may be lacking in power, it is significantly faster than a standard version where it achieves 0-62 mph a second faster, doing it in 9.5.
It also comes with an upgraded suspension set-up, new anti-roll bar, 6-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, sports exhaust, and even a launch control system! Other changes include a new rear diffuser, staggered alloy wheels, a new front bumper, panoramic sunroof, chrome tailpipes and more. Prices start at over £17,000 and the cars will be available in September.