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Mercedes-Benz is out testing prototypes for its next-generation CLS, the current generation of which has been on sale since the 2012 model year.
Even though the CLS is more closely related to the E-Class than the S-Class, Mercedes won’t rename the vehicle a CLE, as some have speculated.
When announcing its new naming strategy in 2014, Mercedes said the CLS name would remain. It makes sense as the vehicle, which is entering its third generation, is close to having icon-like status, as the original was the car that launched the coupe-like sedan craze.
Under the skin the car will be twinned with the latest E-Class, but from our spy shots it appears the CLS will be both longer and wider. This makes sense as the model is meant to bridge the gap between the E-Class and S-Class.
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The platform is the familiar MRA design that currently sits in the C-Class and E-Class. It means the choice of rear- or all-wheel drive, a standard 9-speed automatic, and plug-in hybrid capability.
In the United States, the standard powertrain should be Mercedes’ new turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6, while above this should sit Mercedes’ version of the Mercedes-AMG-developed twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8.
Mercedes-AMG should have its own CLS43 and CLS63 versions of the new sedan. And we’ve also heard that the Affalterbach tuner is planning its own coupe-like sedan resembling its GT sports car.
Look for the new CLS to arrive in 2018, as a 2019 model. Unfortunately, there isn’t expected to be arepeat of the wagon body style, which Mercedes refers to as the Shooting Brake.
The feature-rich Corolla is an exceptional value, but the one feature it doesn’t offer is thrills. A 1.8-liter four-cylinder makes 132 hp—140 hp in the LE Eco model—and drives the front wheels through a six-speed manual or a CVT. A 6.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth is standard but can be upgraded to a 7.0-inch unit with navigation. All Corollas get modern technology such as adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, automatic high beams, and automated emergency braking.
Just when you thought 8- and 9-speed automatic transmissions were ridiculous, Ford and GM announced a 10-speed. Like a late-night infomercial would say: but wait, there’s more! Honda recently patented an 11-speed, triple clutch transmission. Filed with the Japanese patent office, it’s unclear what application this new transmission would be used for, but a small, economy-oriented vehicle might make the most sense.
The one-off Hellcat-powered Ram 1500 sent the Internet into a tizzy last month. Yesterday we received more details regarding the build straight from the dealership responsible for this monster. We now know it retains the truck’s four-wheel-drive system as well as the stock eight-speed automatic transmission. While the truck hasn’t undergone a final tune or dyno session, it’s believed to be making at least 707 horsepower, if not more, thanks for a few bolt on accessories.
The process of shuttering the Scion brand and folding some current models under the Toyota umbrella is in full swing, and the FR-S has just been refreshed and reborn with an 86 badge. For 2017 it starts from $27,120, which is $950 more than the outgoing FR-S model. A host of chassis, interior, and styling updates go along with the new badge and name.
A patent filing has revealed that Honda is apparently hard at work on (or at least thinking about) a transmission that would pack an insane level of technology: 11 forward gears and three clutches all packaged together in one gearbox.
AutoGuide the filing posted to the Japanese patent office and the site speculates that the transmission would make the most sense in a small, economy-oriented vehicle. A Japanese kei car might even make some sense for such a gearbox.
We’re not sure just what’s to come for this 11-speed automatic transmission, but the paperwork filed in Japan indicates that the third clutch would be used to fill in when torque briefly drops from during gear changes on a traditional dual-clutch.
Honda itself is a relative newcomer to dual clutch gearboxes—at least for passenger cars. Its Acura TLX utilizes an 8-speed dual-clutch unit that has come under some fire for its questionable shift quality. However, Honda’s motorcycle operations have utilized dual-clutch transmissions for years.
The current record-holder for the maximum number of gears in a regular production vehicle is the new 10-speed automatic developed by General Motors and Ford Motor Company that is debuting on both the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and the 2017 Ford F-150.
However, Ford is also said to be working on an 11-speed ‘box of its own, meaning the race to the top is definitely on.
For what it’s worth, Honda has committed tremendous resources to its CVTs lately, equipping almost all of its passenger car offerings with the efficiency-minded transmissions.
A Jaguar D-Type that won overall at the 1956 24 Hours of Le Mans was sold at auction Friday at the RM Sotheby’s event in Monterey, California for a record price.
The final bid was a staggering $19.8 million, which together with auction fees brings the car’s selling price to $21.78 million.
That’s short of the $25 million estimate but was still enough to make it the priciest car sold during last week’s Monterey Car Week, not to mention the highest price ever paid for a British car.
The previous record for a Jaguar was the $13.2 million paid for a 1953 C-Type at RM’s Monterey auction a year ago. That car only finished fourth at Le Mans.
The D-Type, a 1955 example bearing chassis number XKD 501, is almost the same condition it was in when Scottish team Ecurie Ecosse and drivers Ron Flockhart and Ninian Sanderson took home the 1956 Le Mans win. That’s because the car was retired just one year later and has had only three private owners since Ecurie Ecosse sold it.
“XKD 501 is without question one of the world’s most significant competition cars,” RM Sotheby’s car specialist Shelby Myers said in a statement. “What’s more is its amazing originality; pure in terms of body, chassis and engine, there is no other Le Mans winner from this period that is as original as this car.”
Power in the D-Type comes from a 3.4-liter inline-6 good for about 245 horsepower. Drive is to the rear wheels via a 4-speed manual transmission, and disc brakes, which Jaguar pioneered for automotive use, feature at each corner. A top speed of approximately 169 mph was achieved by the car at Le Mans during testing.