We see all sorts of vehicles for all walks of life testing on the Nurburgring, but sometimes these prototypes break down like the case of this 2016 Kia Optima. No worries for the driver or the engineer team, since there was a tow truck conveniently waiting to send the Optima back to the technical center.
Looks like we just have to wait and see what the car has in store for us when it comes back with a vengeance. Stay tuned for more news about the 2016 Kia Optima and what the engineers are doing to fix it.
The Nissan GT-R is something of a legend and it looks like this is the last facelift for the current generation of the Godzilla. The GT-R has had certain upgrades dedicated to it every year, and last year was the fine tuning for the "GT" over the "R", meaning that the both the speed and stability benefited from tweaking the suspension. We saw adaptive LED headlights and a slew of new exterior and interior colors, most befitting for the legend.
So what can we expect for the 2016 model? You will see bespoke Bilstein DampTronic shock absorbers. custom springs, Dunlop exclusive tires, and an updated suspension. After this generation, we may see a hybrid GT-R in 2017/2018 with an electric motor.
The new Honda Civic Type R has been spotted doing extensive testing and in super incognito wrap as well. You can’t see much under all of that camouflage wrap, except for some red brake calipers that look like it’s from Brembo and some pretty bad-ass red bucket seats. Honda has recently released a press statement stating that this Type R model will be the fastest one that has ever been made.
Honda concept cars have always looked the same as the ones that roll off the production line, so except the models out in 2015 to look the same.
Over the past year, the new Audi Q3 has been spotted doing some testing, but it’s been heavily protected by some pretty hardcore camouflage. Audi fans have been patiently anticipating the unveiling of the new Q3’s headlights and taillights and it seems that there will be a high end xenon plus system loaded with beautiful touches of LED. The rear just exudes freshness as the graphics are much more deep and thoughtful than the past. There has not been a prototype with halogen, so it’s believed that it’s been dropped from the line. It seems that Audi is just tacking on quality on top of quality from now on into the future.
The Q3 is designed for the urbanite in mind so factors like fuel consumption is extremely important. Buyers will be offered high end features like intelligent cruise control, lane watch, and park assist. This bodes well for drivers who can’t seem to get the parallel parking down to a tee.
Mercedes Benz has some pretty steadfast fans and they would definitely be glad to hear about the new 2017 E-Class that’s been spotted for testing. The E-Class is slated to grow in size, yet be lighter due to the use to aluminum, meaning that both efficiency and dynamics would greatly benefit from this. The sedan should have a longer wheelbase so passengers sitting in the rear would have more space.
This model is expected to grace us with its presence sometime in late 2015 or early 2016.