With the celebration of McLaren’s 50th anniversary in full swing, the company has unveiled plans to produce the limited production 2014 McLaren 50 12C and 50 12C Spider which were both designed to visually embody 50 years of McLaren engineering both on and off the race track.
How do you imagine spending your 50th birthday? A party with family and friends? A slice of cake and a stiff drink? A holiday in Mauritius with the family? Lamborghini turned 50 earlier this month, and that’s exactly how they didn’t celebrate.
True to form, the larger-than-life car manufacturer celebrated in an unashamedly over the-top way. As well as creating a limited edition model, which would have been sufficient for most car producers, they drove a cavalcade of supercars around Italy, before culminating in an end of trip party where they unveiled a one-off concept car. Now that’s how you celebrate half a century!
With the departure of Volvo’s C30 hatchback and the related S40 sedan, the S60 has to fill the marque’s role as the entry-level Volvo. Sized to compete with the likes of BMW 3-series, Audi A4, and Mercedes C-class, the S60 has a lot of ground to cover. Starting at $31,900, the entry-level model is the S60 T5.
The S60 T5 AWD is the third variant of S60 sedan I’ve reviewed since the “Naughty Volvo” launched in 2011. Both previously-tested models had turbocharged versions of Volvo’s inline-six cylinder engine- the 2011 S60 T6 AWD was the powertrain available at launch with 300 HP, and the 2012 S60 T6 AWD R-Design featured enhanced styling to complement the increased 325 HP output. Given my mild obsession with high-performance Volvos, I spent way too much time comparing those cars to the hallowed R cars of 2004-2007 when testing those six-cylinder S60 models.
After losing the title of most valuable car brand to German competitor BMW in 2012, Toyota has knocked its German rival out of the top spot to reclaim the title of Most Valuable Car Brand once again for the 2013 calendar year.
BMW has officially unveiled the revised 2014 BMW 5 Series lineup. The company claims that the styling revisions, new technology, and performance hardware the car has received are part of its “Precise modifications to the design” and aim to make the car stand out from rivals such as the Audi A6 as well as the redesigned Mercedes E-Class when it arrives on dealer lots this fall.