Friday, November 21, 2014

LA Auto Show - Let's Not Leave Out the Trucks

Ignition Speed was on-site at LA Auto Show media day this week. We got a first hand look at production vehicles consumers can expect to see soon as well as some concept vehicles that hopefully will make it into production at some future time.

Ford F150

Ford was showing several variants of their all new F150.  The top end Platinum version was on display but not available to sit in for close inspection.  I was able to get in the XLT, Lariat, and King Ranch versions.  I spent the most time in the King Ranch version.  The interior was well laid out and the seats were very comfortable.  There is plenty of room in the back seat for passengers.  The panoramic sunroof is gorgeous and a must have in my opinion. The 8 inch gauge cluster between the speedometer and odometer is available on the upper trims.  This cluster provides a wealth of information and customizable based on the user’s preferences.  On the main display, the driver has access to cameras which can provide a 360 degree view around the truck.  This definitely comes in handy when parking in tight places.  For even more assistance, there is an option for the truck to park itself.  Blind spot detection is another feature available in the all new F150. With all the advanced technologies put into this truck, Ford did not skimp on the attention to detail.  One feature of note was the door armrest is at a level that makes it very comfortable to rest your arm on it. All of the trims pieces around the interior are angled to reduce glare while driving.   As almost everyone does, I had to tap the aluminum doors and body like everyone else to note any difference from steel.  It was a non issue.  On the exterior, the $325 box step option are not as simple to operate as I would like.  I had trouble getting them to lock back in.  As I am over six feet, this is probably an option I could do without.  The integrated into the tailgate step is rather innovative; however, again, it is seemed a little overkill to me.  There are four power trains available for the F150: 2.7L V6 EcoBoost, 3.5L V6 EcoBoost, 3.5L V6, and 5.0L V8.  The 2.7L EcoBooost is getting most of the attention and rave reviews for how sprite the engine is.  Ford has just released mpg info. The F150 will get up to 26 mpg on the highway.  this makes it the most fuel efficient gas powered full sized truck.  Ram, however, still holds the honor for the highest mpg with its Ecodiesel engine. It will be interesting to see if Ford opts to introduce a diesel into its F150 line up in the next couple of years. An eight speed transmission is something we hope to see in the next year or so. Ford is currently in the middle of a F150 Test Drive Tour which takes place in 38 different cities.  Feedback on the F150 forums has been very positive, the biggest surprise being the performance of the 2.7L EcoBoost engine. 

Other Trucks

The GMC HD 2500 Denali really surprised me.  It has a beautiful exterior.  The interior seemed somewhat similar to the ram trucks which is a compliment.  The back seats did not appear as roomy compared to the Ram trucks when I sat in them.

Toyota had several versions of their trucks on hand including the Tundra 1794 edition.  Toyota’s trucks are nice but definitely in need of an overhaul.  I asked the Toyota rep if a diesel may be in the Tundra’s future anytime soon but he said everything is just rumors at this point.  Nissan has confirmed they are bringing a cummins to their Titan trucks.

Ram had a number of configurations for both their Light and Heavy Duty trucks.  These trucks are very solid inside and out. Like Ford, the technology in these trucks rivals and in some cases surpasses that of luxury sedans.  I’m still up in the air about the optional Ram Box. While it adds to the available storage, it is at the expense of a few inches of bed width.  Before checking this option, make sure you know how you plan to use the bed. Many ATV will still fit within the 48” width but there are some that won’t.  Additionally, if you plan to put on a camper shell or use a 5th wheel, don’t get the ram box.

Associate Editor: Kevin Washburn

Friday, October 3, 2014

60 Unveilings at LA Auto Show…You know we'll be there

There will be 60 Unveilings for this year's lineup at the LA Auto Show coming in November. The LA Auto Show has continuously proven itself to be one of the most extensive auto shows in the world; for this reason we have already confirmed our attendance for the Press Days before the Auto Show is open to the public. We will be offering full coverage as well as many pictures and reviews coming for the new spectacular cars the LA Auto Show has to offer.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Audi Releases 2015 S5 Configurator on their Website

This morning for the first time Audi revealed specific details and pricing of the 2015 S5 on their website for the U.S. (audiusa.com). You can build your own S5 with the new pricing, colors, and black optics option here http://www.audiusa.com/models/audi-s5-coupe

The 2015 S5 received a minor bump of $200 in it's base price to reach $52,500 in the United States. With this update in price also comes many new color options that weren't previously available to the S5 including the bold 'Sepang Blue Pearl' that can be added for no extra price. The 'Phantom Black Pearl' option has also been replaced with a new black called 'Mythos Black Metallic' which in our opinion looks much better. The black optics package is also back for $1300 and now called the "high gloss black package".

As we expected, there are no updates to the engine or any major changes to the physical appearance of the 2015 S5, but that is not necessarily something we are complaining about.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Audi RS7 redesign in only 18 months

In the auto market there are a select few cars that one might come across and think to themselves 'This car just can't get any sexier'; in our opinion here at IgnitionSpeed, the RS7 is one of the few cars that falls into that category. Most cars usually see slight refreshes once every couple of years or so and major design updates around every half decade. In the case of the RS7 however we are delighted to find that within only 18 months of it's initial reveal at the Detroit Auto Show in 2013, Audi has already decided to give it an even sleeker design update as well as a top speed boost to 190 mph.

Friday, November 22, 2013

LA Auto Show: Porsche

During the La Auto Show Porsche's primary focus was marketing their brand new model the Macan. This new five-seat SUV targets rivals such as the BMW X3 and Audi Q5 and is the little brother to the renowned Porsche Cayenne. Porsche claims it will be sportier and more efficient than any SUV on the market in its price range.

The Macan will come in three familiar porsche trims; the Macan S Diesel, Macan S, and Macan Turbo.
The diesel version will have a 3.0 V6 engine which produces 258 hp and can reach 62 mph in 6.3 seconds. The Macan S will be equipped with a more powerful 3.6 liter V6 biturbo engine capable of producing 340 hp and hitting 62 mph in 5.4 seconds. The last and most powerful trim of the Macan will boast a 400 hp engine that is able to hit 62 mph in a mere 4.8 seconds. Keep in mind, there are very few SUVs currently offered that can post sub 5 second 0 - 60 times.

Porsche expects to build a whopping 50,000 Macans per year. With the new Macan porsche is trying to fill a gap that it had in its lineup. If the Macan turns out to be a success, Porsche will maintain its financial stability and continue to make amazing cars like the 911.

Although the Porsche Macan reveal was impressive, our attention was - not surprisingly - drawn elsewhere in Porsche's section of the Auto Show. The plethora of 911s and the all new limited edition 918 Spyder completely stole our attention.

On scene was a GT3, 911 Turbo, and 911 Turbo S. Each of these cars commands your respect in a way no other car could. The pure beauty and sportiness of these 911 models is unique and unmatched in the auto world. Porsche will continue to be a world leader in the auto industry. There were little changes to the Porsche 911 model for the year of 2014; only with Porsche are we more than completely fine with that.

LA Auto Show Pictures

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

We will be attending the LA Auto Show!

Be prepared for more than 50 vehicle debuts and we will be there to cover it all! Press days are November 20-21st, stay tuned!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

2014 Chevy Corvette C7

What everyone has been patiently waiting for has finally arrived... the all new, redesigned 2014 C7 Corvette. We know that it will have a better power to weight ratio than a Porsche 911 Carrera and an Audi R8. It will be able to go from 0 - 60 in under 4 seconds and will weight slightly more than 3,000 lbs. The new LT1 engine will make around 450 horsepower 450 lb/ft of torque in its base trim. It will have cylinder deactivation technology which will allow it to get a moderate 26 mpg.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Leaked Drawings of the New Corvette C7

These images were recently posted but taken down by a corvette forum member. They appear to be drawings of the new C7 corvette which will have its official debut at the Detroit Auto Show in a couple of weeks. These drawings seem to capture what we would expect to see in the new corvette. Let us know what you think!

Leaked Photos of the 2014 Mercedes CLA

 The website Auto Monthly has released a few images that show stylized images of the new 2014 Mercedes CLA. Since the CLA is meant to debut at the Detroit Auto Show next month these have a good chance of being legitimate. This is not the first time that images of a new Mercedes models have been leaked before an auto show. Our speculation won't last much longer because in a few weeks we will know for sure if these are indeed the press photos of the Mercedes CLA.