Kia recently showed off the future of its Cadenza model. The next-generation Cadenza builds on the Euro-luxe aspirations of the current production car, but takes them further with an elegantly sloping top, muscular-looking fenders, a psuedo-BMW "tiger nose" grille and sculped LED headlights.
The "tiger nose" grille sets off the new front fascia well, complementing a pleasantly long nose and an elegently sloping top that almost invokes the styling of the new S-Class Mercedes. Drivetrain information is being kept quiet since this isn’t spec’d for the U.S. yet, but we imagine that it’ll carryover a lot of the same powertrain components. We've asked Kia if the LED headlamps will be standard on the future Cadenza, but they have yet to respond.
British sports car manufacturer Zenos recently announced a new addition to its E10 lineup -- the E10R. The successor to the E10S receives more power and a step up in displacement. The 2.0-liter Ford Ecoboost I4 gets bumped to 2.3-liters and the power goes from 250-hp to an attention grabbing 350-hp. Considering the dry weight of the Zenos is 1,543 pounds, that should mean this thing is capable of solid 3.0-second 0-60 times. The E10R shares the E10S's chassis, but gets bigger brakes -- four-piston calipers sit at every corner clinging to the vented iron rotors. If you plan on tracking the car, that would probably be the place to do a personal upgrade. Double wishbone suspension is present front and rear, and is dampened by coilovers -- inboard dampening in the front, and outboard dampening in the rear.
The lightweight cockpit is carbon fiber, but features a steel roll bar and steel side protection. This all sounds great, but there is a major downside:
I was assigned the Cadillac ATS-V Coupe for the weekend. When I arrived in the parking garage and discovered that it was equipped with an automatic, I ran upstairs for another set of keys and discovered those of a Chevrolet Z06 convertible, also equipped with an automatic. I hadn’t really spent time in an Aisin eight-speed-equipped Z06 since shortly after the car’s launch, and you know, V8.
As you know, the current king of Corvette hill is a monster. With 650 hp and 650 lb-ft, it will readily turn tires to smoke under normal conditions. (When the air temperature drops, those big rear tires tend to behave like the solid-plastic rear tires of a big wheel, so be careful out there.) It’s not just a smoke machine though; the Z06 will take you around your chosen racetrack faster than just about anything with blinkers, provided it stays cool. Depending on who you ask, it may or may not stay cool in certain on-track situations.
The Mercedes-Benz GLE seems to be an answer to the question, “Shouldn’t Mercedes have something to compete with the BMW X6?”
I’m not sure who asked that question, or why, but here we are. Still, after a few days with the bubble-shaped AMG450, I have a little better sense of what this car is truly for.
I had the AMG for our first weekend of snow here in Michigan, and on those aggressive Pirelli P-Zeros, things got a little dicey. On my first expressway jaunt, when there were just a few slippery inches on the ground, the car felt sloppy. I looked at the window sticker and didn’t see the 4Matic notation, which made me even more nervous. I ended up putting the car in snow mode, which softened up the throttle, allowing me to use my normal pedal force without flying off the road. When I found it was 4Matic-equipped, I got a little more aggressive and found the 4WD and traction control system working in unity, no matter what I did with the right pedal. The porky curb weight of nearly 5,000 pounds surely helped it push through the slushy mess.