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The all-new G-Class makes its public debut at the Detroit auto show in G550 form. Completely redeveloped and fitted with a 4.0-liter V8 biturbo gasoline engine offering 427ps and 450 lb-ft of torque at 2,000rpm to 4,750rpm, despite near-identical looks to its predecessor plenty has changed for the Mercedes-Benz SUV.


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Developed by the powertrain team behind the 6.7-liter Power Stroke engine for super duty trucks, the all-new 3.0-liter V6 Power Stroke unit promises 250ps, 440 lb-ft of torque, and an anticipated 5175kg of towing capacity.


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McLaren 570S Coupé unveiled

McLaren has completed its three tier model strategy with the global reveal of the first in its Sports Series family: the McLaren 570S Coupé. Sitting below the McLaren Super Series and Ultimate Series in the range hierarchy, the Sports Series introduces McLaren race-derived technologies and design values to a new segment and audience.

As the names suggests, the new car boasts a power output of 570ps, while its lightweight construction gives it a class-leading power-to-weight ratio of 434ps per ton. The 570S accelerates from 0-100km/h in 3.2 seconds, while 200km/h is reached in just 9.5 seconds. The car tops out at 328km/h.

The Coupé is the first body style to be shown in the Sports Series, highlighting the latest evolution of the McLaren design philosophy. The ‘shrink-wrapped’, aerodynamically-optimized form will be seen in public for the first time at the 115th New York International Auto Show, which runs April 3-12, 2015.

The Sports Series is powered by an evolution of the 3.8-liter V8 twin turbo engine, named M838TE, with 30% components bespoke to the new model. Engineered by McLaren, it produces 570ps at 7,400 rpm, and 600Nm of torque at 5,000-6,500 rpm. Power is delivered through a 7-speed SSG transmission, and transferred to the road through the rear wheels.

Minimized weight and a turbocharged engine means that the 570S delivers fuel economy of 9.22l/100km on the EU combined cycle, and CO2 emissions of 258g/km. For the US market, this means exemption from gas guzzler tax.



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