Monthly Archives: February 2014

Bentley Previews Beefier GT Speed, V8 Powered Flying Spur Ahead Of Geneva

With the 2014 Geneva Motor Show fast approaching, Bentley will be using the occasion to formally unveil an updated version of its already powerful Continental GT Speed model as well as V8 power for the elegant and stately Flying Spur sedan which should please fans and buyers of both models.

We here at Autoinfoquest are big fans of the Continental GT Speed, and certainly love the power generated by its big W12 engine. So what can possibly be done to make this gem of a car even better? Bentley has the answer and is now offering more muscle for 2015. While the familiar 6.0 liter W12 engine is carried over from the old model, Bentley engineers have Bentley New GT Speed 3made several revisions which now lets the big motor pump out a healthy 626 horsepower (a gain of 10 horses) and 605 lb-ft of torque (an increase of 15 lb-ft). These lofty figures not only put it on par with rivals from Aston Martin and Rolls Royce, but also make it the fastest Bentley model currently offered with the coupe topping out at an impressive 206 mph (convertible versions make do with a slightly lower 203 mph). In addition to the increased oomph, Bentley designers have also tweaked the exterior styling of the GT Speed with features such as side skirts, body colored front splitter, red hued brake calipers, dark tinting for the headlights, tail lights, and wheels, as well as  new chrome GT Speed badges which can be found on the front fenders. Meanwhile, the interior essentially carries over unchanged with new interior colors being the sole revision for 2015.

On the other side of the coin is the 2015 Bentley Flying Spur which follows the path blazed by its Continental based siblings with the addition of the company’s 4.0 liter liter V8 engine. Aimed at giving buyers a slightly more efficient alternative to the 6.0 liter W12, the new engine should improve upon the W12’s thirsty 12/20 mpg city/highway ratings (look Bentley New Flying Spur 1for the V8’s MPG figures to be released later) while still rewarding buyers with a stout 500 horsepower and an equally impressive 487 lb-ft of torque. Like its up-level 12 cylinder counterpart, the V8’s muscle will be channeled to all four wheels through an eight speed automatic transmission which should allow the big Bentley to make the sprint to 60 mph in a brisk 4.9 seconds before topping out at 183 mph.

After both models make their respective debuts at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, look for them to appear at a Bentley showroom near you this spring with official pricing expected to be released closer to their official launch. Stay tuned to Autoinfoquest for the latest developments on both models as they become available.

 

 

Chrysler Drops The Guillotine On The 200 Convertible, Avenger Meets Same Fate

Following months of speculation on whether Chrysler intended to continue production of the 200 convertible and the Avenger mid size sedan, the company has revealed that both models will be axed in the near future in an ongoing effort to revitalize the brands lineup in the face of new competition.

Regarding the 200 convertible, a Chrysler spokesman revealed to the folks at Edmunds.com that the convertible was cut due to the high development costs and that the company is not willing to invest such a large amount of money in making the modifications and structural upgrades necessary to transform the stylish four door into a two door 2014 Chrysler 200 S Convertible and Sedanconvertible. This move makes sense since the convertible version of the old 200 was essentially in a segment by itself, and that it never made up more than five percent of all 200’s sold. In addition the Lancia Flavia (the 200’s overseas cousin) has had even lower sales and was never really considered a main player in the European convertible market during its time in production. “We decided we’d be putting our best foot forward by concentrating all of our available resources into the sedan versus dividing them between the sedan and a convertible.

In addition to the demise of the 200 convertible, the same spokesman also revealed that the Avenger will also meet the axe and that the brand will not get a 200 derived replacement to continue its fight in the mid size sedan segment. “Our long term plans include moving away from sister vehicles to reduce overlapping products in dealer showrooms” stated the spokesman. This all but confirms prior speculation of the Avengers demise, and while in the short term it would leave the performance inspired brand without a player in this hotly contested segment, look for a highly modified version of the Dart to fill that role in the near future and offer better technology and refinement to help it stand out among rivals. Stay tuned to Autoinfoquest for the latest developments on this story as they become available.

Aston Martin Showcases Race Inspired V8 Vantage N430

The folks at Aston Martin will once again grace the floor of the 2014 Geneva Motor Show with a handful of special edition versions of its familiar sports car lineup. Among them will be the model featured here, the new Aston Martin V8 Vantage N430 which is designed to be a rolling tribute to the brand’s successful Vantage GTE endurance racer and bring even more racing inspired technology and performance to the Vantage model lineup.

 

The V8 Vantage N430 is the latest incarnation of the brand’s long tradition of N-series models which highlight Aston Martin’s participation in endurance racing. For this application, Aston engineers have tweaked the dated but still potent 4.7 liter V8 to produce a healthy 430 horsepower which is available at 7,300 rpm and allows the car to achieve a 0 v8-vantage-n430_01a-(2)to 60 time of 4.6 seconds and a final top speed of 190 mph. The car has also benefited from a crash diet with engineers successfully cleaving 44 lbs of extra weight from the car. Much of this new found lightness is made possible thanks to features such as carbon fiber, lighter alloy wheels, Kevlar racing seats, and even a thin paint treatment that sheds even more precious pounds. Like the Vantage S model it is based on, the N430 is available with either a six speed manual gearbox, or the optional seven speed Sportshift III automatic transmission which should please a wide range of driver preferences and situations.

 

The exterior styling of the N430 has also been reworked and stands out from lesser Vantages thanks to model exclusive contrasting color mirrors and cant rails, as well as brightly hued “lipstick” on the front grille surround which is available in several different hues and brings some much needed visual punch to the car’s otherwise bland nose. Lastly a new competition grade aerodynamics package optimizes airflow and works together with the revised steering and suspension to help the N430 stick to the road during sharp cornering.

The interior of the N430 also slightly differs from lesser models with the cabin boasting a light and dark color scheme that features contrast stitching as well as various material v8-vantage-n430_01a-(12)upgrades including carbon fiber trim for the gear shift surround and the door sills. The fore-mentioned Kevlar seats provide ample support during sharp cornering and in addition to playing a key role in the car’s diet, also look stylish and handsome as well which should please buyers that may want a balance between function and elegance.

 

After the Vantage N430 makes its official debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show later this month, it will begin arriving in Europe showrooms this September and be available in either Coupe or Volante body-styles. While Aston Martin did not reveal if the model will make its way to the U.S. or not, expect the company to change its tune in the near future if demand from buyers here in the U.S. is strong enough. In the meantime Aston Martin has released a brief video highlighting the N430’s technology which can be seen below

 

Land Rover Reveals Two New Evoque Variants

With the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque proving to be one of the most successful models it has ever produced in recent years, Land Rover has unveiled two new variants of its popular Evoque SUV which aim to bring exclusivity, technology and style to buyers when the duo officially debuts at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show next month.

The first model is known as the Autobiography and should be a familiar name to Land Rover enthusiasts due to its use on the flagship range topping versions of both the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport SUV’s. In the case of the Evoque Autobiography, Land Rover designers loaded the capable CUV with various visual upgrades to make it stand out from RR_EVQ_15MY_Autobiography_180214_12its lesser siblings. These include sleek 20-inch forged alloy wheels, a new grille, reworked exterior lighting as well as a decidedly more upscale interior featuring wall to wall leather appointments and other upscale materials. Performance hardware has been carried over from the standard Evoque which means the familiar 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder still pumps out a respectable 240 horsepower, ans should be sufficient for a wide range of driving situations.

Buyers looking for more muscle with their luxury however will be pleased with the performance oriented Autobiography Dynamic which serves as the pinnacle of the Evoque model lineup. Unlike the standard issue Evoque and Autobiography variants, the Dynamic boasts a revised and modified version of the 2.0 liter power-plant with horsepower climbing to a healthy 285 horsepower (a gain of 45) which makes it the most powerful mass production Evoque ever RR_EVQ_15MY_Autobiography_180214_13built. All of this muscle is sent to the road through a tweaked nine speed gearbox that has been tuned to deliver a more responsive and driver focused response during spirited driving. Meanwhile a revised chassis, firmer springs, and a tweaked adaptive damper system help sharpen the Evoque’s handling characteristics and works hand in hand with the upgraded brakes to provide smooth and steady stops when its time to bring the party to a safe conclusion.

Regardless of which model you choose, both versions (along with the rest of the lineup) will welcome Land Rover’s new InControl apps technology for the 2015 model year. This piece of equipment optimizes various cellphone applications for in vehicle use when the device in question is plugged into the Evoque’s USB port. To make sure it reaches out to as many buyers as possible, the system is compatible with Android and Apple operating systems which should please buyers that don’t want to be limited by what device they choose to use when they are out and about in their Evoque.

Look for the Autobiography and Autobiography Dynamic to make their official debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show later this month, with both versions later arriving in U.S. showrooms this summer as 2015 models. Pricing as well as other details will be unveiled closer to the SUV’s official launch. However for us at Autoinfoquest, the Autobiography Dynamic stands out as our favorite of the two, and we look forward to perhaps sampling it for ourselves on our favorite back roads in the near future.

 

BMW Previews 2015 BMW 2-Series Active Tourer

Following several teasers as well as numerous spy shots, the first glimpse of BMW’s front wheel drive future has been unveiled, the 2015 BMW 2-Series Active Tourer which aims to not only take on the Mercedes B-Class. But to also introduce BMW buyers (who have had to traditionally choose between rear or all wheel drive) to front wheel drive motoring.

As mentioned earlier, the 2-Series aims to compete against the Mercedes Benz B-Class and as such its exterior profile does slightly resemble its bitter rival. However with a 170 inch wheelbase, as well as 70 inches of width and 61 inches of height. The new model is not only the same size as the BMW X1 SAV, but also the Fiat 500L Living which should P90141696_highResmake it on par with others in its segment. The front fascia features a slanted version of the Bavarian firms signature twin kidney grille, while the equally iconic Hofmeister kink and the attractive L shaped headlights do help connect the otherwise evolutionary design with the rest of BMW’s lineup. The rear fascia is somewhat more subtle when compared to the front, but a power operated tailgate is a welcome convenience feature, while the tail lights do channel a bit of 5-Series influence with their elegant shape and curves.

The interior of the 2-Series also features plenty of BMW inspired touches though in a decidedly more spacious and utilitarian package versus the firms more performance P90143477_highResoriented models. The dashboard for example is typical BMW simplicity, and features an easy to use touchscreen located on top of the center stack as well as an instrument cluster that boldly features two easy to read analog gauges. Buyers looking to reduce distractions can also opt for an optional heads-up display system which projects data onto the windshield. Occupants will also benefit from several easy to access storage bins which greatly increase versatility and should be a welcome feature for young families. The 2-Series Active Tourer boasts 16.5 cubic feet of trunk space with the seats in place, however, fold them down and you will be rewarded with a cavernous 53.3 feet which should be enough to swallow a wide range of cargo.

Performance for the 2015 BMW 2-Series Active Tourer will come from a trio of power-plants and showcase what the Bavarian firm has learned from its sister brand MINI. The base model here in the U.S. will be the 218i which is powered by the same 1.5 liter three P90143530_highRescylinder engine found in the third generation MINI Cooper hatchback. Good for a modest 136 horsepower, the tiny three banger boasts plenty of muscle for city driving, while also delivering commendable fuel efficiency. Buyers looking for more performance and a higher cylinder count can opt for the up level 225i and its 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder engine which is good for a healthy 231 horsepower and a brisk 0 to 62 time of 6.8 seconds.

European buyers will also be able to purchase the 218d Active Tourer which boasts a diesel variant of the 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder that mixes 148 horsepower and 57 mpg in mixed European cycle driving. Regardless of which engine is selected a six speed manual is standard equipment in other markets, but U.S. buyers will have to make do with P90141711_highResan automatic transmission. Look for xDrive equipped versions to make their eventual debut in the near future to help the 2-Series fare better in areas where snow and ice are prevalent. Lastly while the production version of the 2-Series will not initially launch with a hybrid power-plant ( a break from the two concepts that preceded it), BMW did reveal awhile back that it intends to eventually offer hybrid variants of all of its models, so look for the 2-Series to follow suit and offer a hybrid option in the near future to help the firm meet this ambitious goal.

Look for the 2015 BMW 2-Series Active Tourer to make its official debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show later this month, with the first examples trickling into U.S showrooms as a 2015 model. It is unknown how the 2-Series will fare with BMW loyalists and fans, but here in the U.S. it will have to standout in a market that has so far not been accepting of the firms 3 and 5 Series Gran Turismo models as well as the 3-series station wagon. Pricing will be unveiled closer to the car’s official launch, but in the meantime BMW has released a pair of videos about the 2-Series which can be seen below. Stay tuned to Autoinfoquest for the latest developments on the 2015 BMW 2-Series Active Tourer as they become available.

 

 

 

 

Ferrari Previews 2015 Ferrari California T Ahead Of Geneva Debut

Following several teasers, Ferrari has lifted the shroud of secrecy off of the 2015 Ferrari California T which brings new styling, performance, and technology to the most affordable member of the prancing horse’s formidable stable of sports cars.

The 2015 California T is the second major update that the company has done to the California since its original debut back in 2008 but unlike the last update, this one is much more comprehensive and the level of effort involved should please Ferrari loyalists. Ferrari designers have given the California a new front fascia which helps bring it in line with the company’s current design   language with elements from the F12 Berlinetta being most noticeable in the updated headlights which are now longer and sharper than before. The grille now boasts 140012_cara simpler interpretation of the familiar and iconic twin egg crate layout, while the new hood features twin hood vents that add to the visual fun factor while also helping to feed air into the reworked engine. The rear fascia has also been tweaked and now features a reworked bumper, horizontal tail pipes, as well as a more pronounced and functionally effective air diffuser. The folding hardtop that arrived on the original California is retained and adds four season practicality as well as excellent water protection for occupants.

These same occupants will also benefit from the reworked interior of th140015_care California T which now incorporates a new dashboard design which features more buttons and knobs than before as well as a fluidic design which should add some much need elegance to the surroundings. The clunky and outdated Chrysler derived uConnect infotainment system has been shelved in favor of a more modern unit which is controlled via a new 6.5 inch touchscreen located on the center stack, while the redesigned steering wheel now features satellite buttons for items such as the turn signals as well as the windshield wipers.

However the highlight of every Ferrari model is not the slick exterior styling nor its comfortable driver oriented interior but is raw performance, and this is no different in the California T which now boasts a new 3.9 liter twin turbocharged V8 that is capable of 140018_carproducing a healthy 560 horsepower and an equally potent 556 lb-ft of torque. The engine which is borrowed from the Maserati Quattroporte sedan, makes much of this new found grunt thanks to multiple modifications by Ferrari engineers that allow the California T to make the sprint to 60 mph in a swift 3.6 seconds (two seconds quicker than the old 4.3 liter unit) while also being 20 percent more fuel efficient than before.  The iconic Ferrari exhaust note that has accompanied past Ferrari models is achieved in this application thanks to the use of a new three piece exhaust manifold, and it should do a good job pleasing the ears of lucky buyers especially with the top down.

Look for the 2015 Ferrari California T to make its offical debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show later this month. While Ferrari did not reveal when it will begin arriving in Ferrari showrooms, the company did release a brief video which can be seen below. Stay tuned to Autoinfoquest for the latest developments on the 2015 Ferrari California T as they become available.

 

 

Kia Releases Official Pricing, New Details for 2015 K900 V8 Edition

In an announcement released earlier this week, Kia revealed that its upcoming flagship model the K900 sedan will have a base price of $59,500 when it arrives in V8 form at Kia dealerships later this year which undercuts similar competitors from Audi, Jaguar, BMW, and even Mercedes Benz while also completing Kia’s model renaissance at the same time.

Serving as the debut model in the K900 lineup (the V6 is due to arrive shortly after), the K900 V8 edition is motivated by a 5.0 liter V8 which pumps out 420 horsepower and an equally stout 376 lb-ft of torque. Both power-plants are mated to an eight speed automatic transmission which sends power to the rear wheels while also helping the K900 achieve good fuel efficiency at the same time.  The entry level K900 V6 comes equipped with a 900 watt 17 speaker Lexicon sound system and even boasts an inverted rear shelf mounted sub woofer for stronger bass range sound. In addition to the potent stereo, a 9.2 inch touchscreen, park assist cameras, and heated leather seats also arrive as welcome bits of standard equipment. Stepping up to the up-level V8 edition adds several bits of equipment that are normally optional on the V6 and include items such as a heated steering wheel, a lane departure warning system, model specific wood trim, and adaptive LED headlights.

 

Buyers looking for more exclusivity and luxury can add the optional VIP package which brings even more pampering and technology to the V8 K900. While its $6,000 price tag is a bit steep, it does make up for the initial sticker shock by rewarding buyers with adaptive cruise control, a larger instrument cluster, cooled rear seats, and full surround cameras to further aide in parking maneuvers which is fine by us and should enhance its mission as a budget flagship.

As mentioned earlier, Kia aims to drive buyers away from more established luxury makes with its unique pricing ladder, and based on the released pricing for the V8, its efforts have appeared to bear fruit with the K900 undercutting rivals such as the Audi A8, BMW 7 Series, and the Jaguar XJ by a whopping $14,000 dollars. Look for the V6 variant to continue this trend when it arrives and widen the gap even further. We here at Autoinfoquest are impressed by Kia’s recent turnaround from a small Korean company known for bland bargain basement offerings 10 to 15 years ago, to a serious contender thanks in part to models such as the current generation Kia Optima as well as the recently launched Cadenza sedan. With the K900, Kia has indeed succeeded in its ground up reboot and we look forward to seeing what else the company has in store in the years to come.

Mercedes Previews 2015 S-Class Coupe Ahead Of Geneva

Following numerous leaks as well as an equal amount of teasers, Mercedes Benz has fully unveiled the 2015 S-Class Coupe ahead of its official debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show next month and bring a fresh dose of style and technology to the S-Class lineup while also signaling the final chapter of the old CL-Class.

As expected, the S-Class Coupe is much more than just a mere extension of the iconic S-Class badge.  Mercedes stylists bestowed the car with curvier flowing lines as well as a swept back profile which gives it more visual punch than its sedan counterpart. The coupe Mercedes-Benz S 500 4MATIC Coupé Edition 1 (C 217) 2013also features a lower greenhouse as well as a longer hood which works nicely with its taller belt line and flared wheel arches to further enhance the visual ambiance. While its overall length of 198 inches puts it among some of the bigger members of its elite segment, it does fit with the company’s intentions quite nicely. The front fascia does share a strong family resemblance with the S-Class sedan, however the rear fascia radically departs from this notion, and features model exclusive horizontal tail lamps as well as a small and discreet rear spoiler that is similar to the unit found on the entry level CLA. Full LED headlamps are standard equipment as well as LED tail lamps which give the car an elegant yet futuristic appearance.

The interior of this bespoke coupe largely retains the familiar layout and dashboard design that first made their respective debuts in the S-Class sedan, but Mercedes designers have added a dash of sportiness to the surroundings with features such as a model exclusive three spoke flat bottom three spoke steering wheel, additional metal trim splashed throughout, as well as an all new interior hue known as Bengal Red. However their is still plenty of luxury to be found inside the S-Class Coupe amid all of this sportiness Mercedes-Benz S 500 4MATIC Coupé Edition 1 (C 217) 2013with a potent Burmester surround sound audio system arriving as standard equipment (audiophiles looking for more wattage can choose the optional 3D surround sound system for a more life like listening experience). Meanwhile a standard panoramic sunroof covers two-thirds of the roof, and provides occupants with a stunning view of the sky above which can be hidden at the touch of a button thanks to the optional MAGIC SKY Control feature. In addition to its extensive suite of standard equipment, the 2015 S-Class Coupe also boasts an equally impressive resume of optional equipment with our two personal favorites being the gimmicky but cool AIR-BALANCE package that sprays a choice of several fragrances into the cabin, and the optional heated armrest which is part of the appropriately named “Warmth Comfort” package.

Performance for the 2015 S-Class Coupe will eventually come from a whole suite of engines which are shared with the S-Class sedan, however, just like its sedan sibling, the Mercedes-Benz S 500 4MATIC Coupé (C 217) 2013S-Class coupe will initially arrive in dealer lots with only one engine choice a 4.7 liter twin turbocharged V8 borrowed from the S550 which is good for a solid 449 horsepower and an equally impressive 516 lb-ft of torque. Unlike the sedan, the two door version of the S550 will only be available to U.S. customers with the company’s familiar 4-Matic all wheel drive system at launch (RWD will arrive later) which should help the big coupe do well in areas where snow and ice are prevalent.

While Mercedes did not reveal the official 0 to 60 time for the S-Class Coupe, it did announce that the S-Class Coupe will debut a new technology called the “active curve tilting function”. Essentially a pair of forward mounted cameras, they worMercedes-Benz S 500 4MATIC Coupé Edition 1 (C 217) 2013k together with the Active Body Control system to not only sense an oncoming curve from 49 feet away, but to also allow the car to lean 2.5 degrees into the fore-mentioned curve in a fashion similar to a motorcycle which helps enhance the overall driving feel of the car on twisty roads. Drivers looking to see if the new gadget can improve high speed cornering be prepared to be disappointed, Benz engineers were quick to mention that it does not enhance high speed cornering (the system is only active at speeds from 19 to 112 mph) but look for the folks at AMG to perhaps offer a solution in the near future when the AMG variant arrives later.

 

After the 2015 S-Class Coupe makes its official debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show next month, look for the first production units to slowly begin arriving at a Mercedes showroom near you next summer with pricing expected to be unveiled at launch. Stay tuned to Autoinfoquest for the latest developments on the 2015 S-Class Coupe as they become available.

 

 

 

BMW Begins Production Of Revolutionary Laser Headlight System for i8 Hybrid

In an announcement released earlier today, BMW has revealed that it has officially started production of its much talked about and revolutionary laser headlight system which will make its debut as an optional upgrade on the company’s i8 plug-in hybrid sports car this fall (a world first).

The centerpiece of this unqiue technology is the three blue hued lasers which are located in each high beam portion of the headlight, the beams from the fore-mentioned lasers are reflected and combined through a fluorescent phosphorus filter which helps mimic the typical white light produced by conventional units but according to BMW in a spectrum that makes it similar to daylight. The company also claims that the Laserlight system is able to provide 600 meters of effective lighting range which helps double the range of illumination that is already provided by the i8’s LED headlamps. It is important to note that despite the increased illumination, the amount of power being consumed does not increase. Instead, the system actually uses less power and increases efficiency by 30 percent which is better than LED bulbs.

“Due to their highly intensive and virtually ideal beam properties, laser diodes render the overall system even more efficient” BMW claimed in a separate statement. ” In conjunction with the camera-aided digital high-beam assistant, dazzling of oncoming traffic or vehicles ahead is virtually eliminated.” As for the question of longevity and reliability, the Bavarian firm claims that the lifespan of the Laserlight feature is similar to conventional LED’s which should amount to over 10,000 hours which gives the system the ability to easily outlast the lifespan of the i8 it is equipped to. As a neat bonus the novel laser setup should also help eliminate the color shifting problems that are common with older HID headlamp setups.

While BMW insists that it will be the first company to offer this type of technology on a production spec vehicle, competitors are not far behind and have similar plans for their offerings in the near future. Audi for example, will utilize laser technology on its upcoming R18 e-tron Quattro race car. However other than this application, Audi has not officially revealed a time frame for when the system will make the shift to production vehicles. In addition, it is unclear if U.S. customers will be able to benefit from this breakthrough since the NHTSA has not formally approved laser technology in any headlight application and has not revealed plans to look into the issue as of this writing.

SRT Viper To Stick With Current Offering Plan Despite Slow Sales

Buyers wondering if the SRT Viper will forge a new path or stay in the tire tracks of its iconic predecessors will be pleased to know that in despite of slower than expected sales, the model will stick with its current course and not offer new transmissions or a lower priced entry level model during its time in production.

In an interview with Edmunds.com, SRT brand chief Ralph Gilles was asked whether the company had plans to offer the Viper either with an automatic transmission or a dual clutch unit to allow the car to compete more evenly with rivals from Europe. He revealed that the company had no intentions of offering a second transmission choice stating “Everyone is going to paddle shifts. We see that alot. We recognize a trend, but that is not what the Viper is about. It really isn’t”. Gilles also claimed that the majority of Viper buyers “relish” the car’s six speed manual gearbox though he was also quick to point out that in addition to this sentimentalism, the Vipers unique platform and equipment packaging also add a technical challenge to the car and it currently does not allow the addition of a larger automatic unit (even one that is capable of handling all of the Vipers potent muscle).

In regards to the possible appearance of a V8 powered entry level model in the distant future to broaden the appeal of the Viper, Gilles also denied the existence of such a model while also taking the opportunity to take a shot at one of the car’s biggest rivals the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray stating ” It sounds like you are describing a Corvette. We have no interest in becoming a Corvette because what is unique about the Viper is that engine is in nothing else. It is only used in Viper. We don’t use an engine out of a truck or passenger car and stick it in our sports car. It is unique to itself.”

Lastly despite the sluggish pace of SRT Viper sales (only 600 2014 units have been sold so far), Gilles revealed that unlike many rivals volume is not the SRT brand’s key priority. “The Viper is about being a purist’s car as well as a drivers car. In a way we are defining ourselves”. Having driven several older Vipers myself, the car does indeed succeed in its mission as a purist vehicle while also proving to be a formidable contender for Europe’s finest. We here at Autoinfoquest look forward to perhaps having the opportunity to review the current generation SRT Viper to see if it does indeed succeed in refining the Viper’s traits for a new generation of buyers.