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First Look: Mercedes-AMG GT R

Green Hell from Stuttgart.

by on Jun.27, 2016

A bright green bat out of hell, the GT R.

Ever since Mercedes-Benz rolled out the GT sports car a couple years back, we’ve been expecting a few variants, the typical modus operandi for the Schwabian automaker. Now, it seems, we’ll soon be getting a flood of them, including the recently introduced GT S, a “base” model due next year and, shortly after that, the Mercedes-AMG GT R that made its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England over the weekend.

Able to launch from 0 to 60 in a mere 3.5 seconds – about 0.2 seconds faster than the 2016 GT S model – you might be tempted to call it a bat out of hell. So, appropriately enough, Mercedes is introducing the new GT R with a new paint scheme called Green Hell Magno.

Performance News!

Beyond that blinding hue, you’ll be able to distinguish the new Mercedes-AMG GT R from other versions of the two-seater thanks to new, widebody trim that adds about two inches in width to the more mundane versions of the GT.

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First Look: 2011 Hyundai Sonata

Old name, new car.

by on Sep.02, 2009

You can place an order for the 2011 Hyundai Sonata starting today, but the new midsize sedan won't officially be shown until this month's Frankfurt Motor Show.

You can place an order for the 2011 Hyundai Sonata starting today, but the new midsize sedan won't officially be shown until this month's Frankfurt Motor Show.

Nobody likes to buy a new car sight unseen.  So, if you’re thinking about the next-generation Hyundai Sonata, these pictures might make the decision a little easier.

Officially, the Korean maker says it will begin taking orders for the next-generation midsize sedan, starting today, though the 2011 Hyundai Sonata won’t even be revealed until the Frankfurt Motor Show, later this month.

Spy shots, reviews and much, much more!

Spy shots, reviews and much, much more!

For the moment, the company is keeping most details a secret, but here’s what we’ve so far learned: there’ll be a high-mileage version featuring the Theta II 2.0-liter gasoline engine mated to a 6-speed transmission.

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Spy Shots: 2010 Honda CrossTour

Finding a new niche between CR-V and Pilot.

by on Jun.05, 2009

Honda will launch the 2010 CrossTour by September, with the crossover targeting a niche between CR-V and Pilot.

Honda launches the 2010 CrossTour by September, targeting a niche between CR-V and Pilot.

Once again,  we caught up with Honda’s upcoming Accord-based crossover – not far from where we originally shot it earlier in the week, but this time we managed to get a bit closer! Honda fans have been asking lots of questions and speculating, and we think this newest set of photos will satisfy most.

Based on a modified Honda Accord chassis, this all-new crossover vehicle will start production in September of this year at the East Liberty factory in Ohio. The Accord CUV will slot in-between CR-V and Pilot and will look to do battle with Toyota’s new Venza CUV. It will likely be called the CrossTour.

These early-production prototypes are powered by Honda’s 3.5 i-VTEC engine, but  earlier this year, we observed powertrain mules testing alongside a 2010 Acura RDX. We also noticed these mules accelerating rather briskly, so the 2.3L, four-cylinder turbo motor from the RDX may also have a chance of making it into the Accord CUV.

Subscribe to TheDetroitBureau.comOne thing we know we can count on with the Crosstour is the availability of AWD. This means the new CUV will be sporting Honda’s VTM-4 AWD system.

Additional photos can be seen at www.LeftLaneNews.com

Photo: Brian Williams for Brenda Priddy & Company