An automotive recap of a relatively quiet August. Here we go:
The new Range Rover
This is the 4×4 many were waiting to see. A new Range Rover model is a huge deal, especially in our markets. Not only is the new big-body Range easy on the eyes, it’s also easier on the scales. Weighing in at approximately 320 kilograms less than its predecessor, the new Range Rover benefits from an all-aluminum unibody and chassis structures. A V8 engine is definitely in the Range Rover’s destiny, but nothing official has been announced as of yet. I’m sure we’ll find out a lot more at the upcoming car shows this month.
Porsche 991 Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S
Available in coupe and cabriolet guise, the Carrera 4 / 4s model gives us a bit of insight as to what the 911 Turbo’s rear arches will look like, excluding aero bits and pieces. This particular model is more fuel efficient than the outgoing 997 Carrera 4, as well as lighter.
2013 Volkswagen Golf
It’s no secret that the Golf is VW’s best selling car. And that’s why this 7th-gen version of the Golf has a lot riding on its shoulders. Judging from the looks and developments regarding weight decrease, refined engineering and more efficient engine choices, it seems that the new Golf will have no problem living up to the public’s expectations.
McLaren X1 Concept
Supposedly built for a Middle Eastern client by McLaren Special Operations, the X1 is a concept vehicle which is a mega head-turner. Based on the MP4-12C, the X1′s designer says that he used the 1953 Chrysler D’Elegance Ghia, 1959 Buick Electra and 1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K – to name a few – as inspiration. All I know is, this car would do so well if it was headed for mass production.