Nissan has released a very vague but telling teaser image of the new Pathfinder that will debut at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit next week. While we can’t see the details of the front or rear of the Pathfinder, it’s obvious that the boxy shape will be replaced by a much more dramatically sculpted and aerodynamic shape.
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Mercedes-Benz will be pulling the wraps off the all-new 2013 SL550 at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show next month. This next-generation SL now features a structure made almost entirely of aluminum, making it considerably lighter than the outgoing model. MB says that the 2013 SL550 weighs about 275 pounds less than the car would if built of a traditional steel structure. Considering that the SL name stands for “sporty, lightweight”, this is a major improvement over the rather portly outgoing model. Combine that with more horsepower and better efficiency and the 2013 SL550 is certainly starting to live up to its original name. Read More
Bentley will debut the new Continental GT and GTC V8 models at the 2012 North American International Auto Show next month in Detroit. Both models are powered by a version of the same 4.0 liter twin turbo engine found in the new Audi S8.
The new 4.0 liter engine produces 500 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 487 lb-ft of torque from 1700 to 5000 rpm. Combined with a new close-ration 8-speed manual transmission, Bentley says that the new Continental will do 0-60 in under 5 seconds, onward to a top speed of 180mph. We hope that the actual test numbers will put the Bentley Continental GT well into the low 4 second range to get to 60.
As with all new vehicle models these days, Bentley is also putting emphasis on efficiency. Bentley says that the new 4.0 liter engine is 40 percent more efficient in fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions than the outgoing model and that the range has improved to over 500 miles on a single tank of fuel.
Both the Continental GT and GTC V8 models will sit below the 631 horsepower, 6.0 liter W12 Continental GT and GTC models .
We’ll be in Detroit next month with photos of the Bentley GT and GTC models as well as the other new vehicle debuts, live from the floor of the 2012 North American International Auto Show.