Been away from your computer this week and missed all the automotive news? We’ve gathered a few of the top stories of the past week for your viewing.
We’ve known of its existence for some time now, but last night was the first time BMW has shown its 1 Series M Coupe completely uncovered. Along with displaying the M division’s latest offering for the first time, BMW finally revealed power figures for the new pocket rocket. Power comes courtesy of BMW’s revamped N54 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged I-6 (also used in the 335is), which throws down 335 horsepower and 326 pound-feet of torque. Check out our in-depth look at the new addition to BMW’s M stable here.
We again were able to score some invaluable seat time behind the wheel of the latest vehicles yet to hit the streets. Wagons all but disappeared from U.S. dealer lots at the dawn of the new millennium, but they’re returning in small droves — even Acura’s seen fit to add a TSX Sport Wagon to its portfolio for 2012. Check out our impressions of the five-door TSX by clicking here. Hyundai’s new Elantra promises an affordable MSRP, impressive fuel economy, and amenities seldom found in small cars — but how does it drive? Read on to find out. We’ve also managed to spend some quality time with the car that will soon become Lamborghini’s next flagship. From what we’ve seen, prototypes for the new model — currently referred to as Aventador — handle better than the outgoing car, and offer more power and interior room. For more, check out our full report here.
VW sent 10,000 copies of its wild all-wheel-drive Golf R32 to the U.S. back in 2007, but wasn’t so sure it should send its successor — the 2010 Golf R — stateside as well. Thankfully, our market has apparently made the cut, as the company officially announced yesterday that it’s sending its hottest hatch to North America for the 2012 model year. Expect the all-wheel-drive hatch to arrive with a 270-horsepower version of VW’s evergreen turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 underhood.
Sure we’ve seen the 2012 Mustang Boss 302 in standard and Laguna Seca trim, but this week Ford officially announced its 302S track-only variant. For those interested in racing just a quarter mile at a time, Ford is again producing its Cobra Jet Mustang for the 2012 model year. The two track-only models differ greatly in their form and function, but both were born from a single vision: to build the ultimate turn-key Mustang race car possible.
What’s in a name? We’re not exactly certain, but Chevrolet’s marketing team apparently felt the Aveo name was beyond repair, and didn’t necessarily convey the right message to buyers. As a result, the company’s new subcompact model, which was previewed at the Geneva Motor Show, will be sold in North America as the Sonic. Production for the U.S.-spec 2012 Sonic will begin early next year.
Subaru’s Subaru Technica International tuning wing has been offering a line of rather mild upgrades under the tS name for a few years now, but it seems that range may soon be expanded. While the Legacy 2.5 GT was the first Subie to receive the tS treatment, the new WRX STI appears to be the next in line. The car, however, is quite mysterious — judging by a teaser photo, all we can see is a new carbon fiber roof panel, but we suspect other cosmetic and performance enhancements will also be part of the mix.