BMW M100: The Fastest, Most Expensive, M Vehicle Ever

BMW M100: The Fastest, Most Expensive, M Vehicle Ever
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BMW’s striking Vision EfficientDynamics concept is headed for production.

BMW’s striking Vision EfficientDynamics concept is headed for production in late 2012 or early 2013 as a 450-hp, twin-turbocharged halo for the company’s new environmental initiative. Theoretically at least, the production car, which may be badged M100 (shown here as an artist’s interpretation based on spy photos), has what it takes to eclipse its most serious rivals. Extensive computer simulation suggests that it will outpace the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, the Audi R8 5.2, and the Porsche 911 Turbo. Power will likely come from the twin-turbo in-line six that’s being cooked up for the next M3 and will be transmitted to the rear wheels via a dual-clutch automatic transmission.

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2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class First Impressions

As I was walking the show floor at last week’s 2010 Mondial de l’Auto in Paris, I was severely struck with anxiety. Strolling through Peugeot’s, Renault’s, Mercedes’, BMW’s and other European makers’ stands; I could scarcely believe the effort that was put into every car’s styling. Anxiety, because I would not want to be the next guy or gal that has to redesign the next version of the Renault Megane, Audi TT or, in this case, the Mercedes CLS-Class. Imagine the expectations!

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First Drive: 2011 Infiniti IPL G Coupe

First Drive: 2011 Infiniti IPL G Coupe
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Infiniti begins work on its higher performance image.

Infiniti’s current advertising spots begin with a Shodo brush stroke of a car silhouette, the designer’s first representation of how a new car will look. With the IPL — Infiniti Performance Line — the brand puts figurative pen to paper and begins to sketch out a new, high-performance sub-brand. In creating the IPL, Infiniti is following well-established practice in the luxury-car arena. All of its major rivals already have a family of extra-sporty variants: M for BMW, AMG for Mercedes-Benz, S and RS for Audi, the V-series for Cadillac, and the nascent F models for Lexus. Given its comparatively small global sales footprint, however, Infiniti is starting small — as a package, the IPL G Coupe is a considerably more modest effort than any of those specialty machines.

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