2015 Mazda 2

2015 Mazda 2

This is the new Mazda 2, which should prove a fuel-efficient rival for the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa when it goes on sale early 2015.

2015 Mazda 2

New Mazda 2 includes a selection of its frugal and clever ‘Skyactiv’ engines – a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol comes in 74, 89 and 113bhp tunes, while a 104bhp 1.5-litre turbodiesel comes with tiny 89g/km CO2 emissions.

2015 Mazda 2

The Euro 6-compliant motor, aided by a variable-geometry turbo and direct injection, makes 105 PS at 4,000 rpm and 250 Nm of torque between 1,500 and 2,500 rpm.

2015 Mazda 2

In all, there are 16 different variants of the Mazda 2, across three petrol engines and one diesel. In entry-level SE trim, the 2015 Mazda 2 gets daytime running lights, air-conditioning, height adjustable driver’s seat, trip computer and steering wheel mounted audio controls. SE-L trim adds rear electric windows, 15-inch alloy wheels, 60:40 split-fold rear seats and integrated Bluetooth.

2015 Mazda 2 interior

The Mazda 2 kicks off at £11,995  ($18 000) for the 1.5-litre petrol SE 74bhp model, with the flagship petrol costing £15,995  ($24 000) for the 1.5-litre 113bhp Sport Nav. Diesel variants start at £15,995 ($24 000) in 1.5-litre SE-L 103bhp trim, up to £17,395 ($26 200) for the range-topping diesel Sport Navi…

2015 Peugeot 308 GT and 308 SW GT

2015 Peugeot 308 GT

Closer to the 2015 model year, Peugeot is introducing a warmed-up GT and GT SW model that boasts extra power and sportier looks compared to the standard versions.

2015 Peugeot 308 GT

The line up of 2015 Peugeot 308 GT consists of a Petrol 1.6 THP engine producing 202 BHP and 285 Nm of torque; and a 2.0 litre Diesel making 178 BHP and a huge 400 Nm of torque – mated to the catchily named EAT 6 automatic gearbox.

2015 Peugeot 308 SW GT

Currently priced from $21,990, the entry-level Peugeot 308 Access five-door hatch gets a manual gearbox and a 1.2-litre turbo-petrol worth 96kW/230Nm.

2015 Peugeot 308 SW GT

A six-speed automatic costs $2000 extra. Mid-spec Active models are $27,340 fitted with an auto as standard, while the Allure models are $30,490, all paired with the 1.2-litre unit.

2015 Peugeot 308 GT interior

2015 Porsche Cayenne

2015 Porsche Cayenne

The new 2015 Porshe Cayenne SUV will hit dealerships on November with a new face, new tail, lightly updated interior and two new powertrains that should serve to separate the truck from the new entry-level Macan SUV.

The 2015 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid is now a plug-in. As before, a 333-hp supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 sits under the hood, but is paired with a now more powerful electric motor for 416 hp combined at 5500 rpm and 435 lb-ft of torque from 1250 to 4000 rpm. Porsche claims the all-electric top speed is 78 mph, but it remains to be seen how easily the powertrain will switch over to gas-engine power.

The 10.8 kWh lithium-ion battery can be plugged in or charged while driving. Our 2011 Cayenne S Hybrid long-termer sprinted to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds; Porsche estimates the new S E-Hybrid will get to 62 mph in 5.4 seconds onto a 151 mph top speed.

Porsche has made big price hikes for the model-year 2015 Cayenne. At least for now, the naturally aspirated V-6 is gone as a base model, leaving the $62,695 Cayenne Diesel (prices include $995 destination) as the least expensive way to step into Porsche’s best-seller, when the Macan simply isn’t big enough…

2015 Bentley Continental GT3-R

2015 Bentley Continental GT3-R

The 2015 Bentley Continental GT3-R makes its public debut at this weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. Matching unique visual elements with more horsepower – not to mention a huge 220-pound weight reduction compared to a Continental GT V8 S.

 

Meanwhile, the sport-focussed Electronic Stability Control programme offers a new level of handling dynamics. Behind the 21-inch wheels we find the Carbon Silicon Carbide (CSiC) braking system which features 420 mm front discs with 8-piston calipers finished in eye-catching green paint and 356 mm discs on the rear axle.

Bentley have opted to use the same 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 for the GT3-R. It comes with 580 hp and 700 Nm of torque, with the 100 kg weight loss and shorter gearing, the GT3-R is capable of reaching 60 mph from a standstill in just 3.6 seconds (0-100 km/h in 3.8 secs).

The interior is even sportier than the exterior, with unusually for a Bentley no wood to be found. The seats have extra support bolsters on the side to help you stay planted during hard cornering maneuvers, while everything is coated in carbon fiber, Alcantara, and leather…