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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The 2016 Chevy Camaro Will Shed ‘More Than 200 Pounds’

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At 3,900 pounds, the Chevy Camaro is one of the heaviest cars in its segment. It seems to be a staple of the muscle car. But thanks to official word from GM earlier today, the 2016 Chevy Camaro will get a pretty dramatic weight loss.
 
Shedding 200 pounds from its predecessor, the 2016 Camaro will be lighter thanks to its all-new Alpha platform. That’s the same platform that underpins the current Cadillac ATS and signifies a 21 percent drop in weight over the previous suspension setup.



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An early educated guess would suggest that the new Camaro sits somewhere near 3,500 pounds, putting it in the same weight class as the 3,526-pound Ford Mustang. And that’s a good thing, meaning both will be nearly identical in terms of power and performance, making the rivalry between the two even that much stronger.

We won’t know anything for sure until May, though, when the car makes its official debut at Belle Isle Park in Detroit.

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This Wooden Go-Kart Assembles in Hours and Hits 25 MPH

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Go-karting is good fun, relatively inexpensive, and makes for a great bonding experience. But not everyone is ready to make the leap and sink their teeth into the full karting experience, much less the full go-kart budget. Thankfully for the parent and child DIY-ers of the world, there is the PlyFly.
 
Designed in Newport, Rhode Island, the PlyFly is as much of a go-kart as it is a build-it-yourself IKEA shelving unit. The PlyFly go-kart is made of wood, it’s lightweight, and it ships to your home in three boxes (wood, hardware, and engine).

All you need to do is grab a few tools from the work bench and slap it all togethBut don’t think that a wooden go-kart equals rickety. The Flatworks, the company behind PlyFly, uses CNC machining to precisely form each component of the wooden chassis out of 13-ply Baltic Birch plywood. Steering is handled by a wooden rack and pinion unit, and just about everything else other than the disc brake, wheels, and engine is made of wood.

For the casual go-kart racer, the PlyFly can be shipped with a basic 2.5 horsepower motor, which is good for a top speed of 17 mph. But for the more speed inclined, a 4 horsepower engine is available, ramping the top speed up to 25 mph.

If you want to buy one, you’re in luck. The PlyFly is raising funds on Kickstarter for full-scale production, and you can put in an order for one of the first. Pricing starts at just $745 for the basic 2.5 horsepower kit.

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Why Does the Lincoln Continental Concept Look So Uninspired? [w/Poll]

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I’ll be the first to say that I like the way Lincoln currently designs cars. Big and beautiful and ticking all the right boxes for the American luxury segment. But I have a problem with the new Continental concept: what happened to the design? It’s like Lincoln designers just forgot what to do.
 
I know a lot of you aren’t fans of Lincoln’s current elegant design cues. Though, I’m not entirely sure why. When you look at a car like the MKZ, it definitely stands out in a crowded space of Audis and BMWs. I think it’s beautiful, whether you agree with me or not.

So the idea of ditching the wing grille and killing a lot of lines on the Continental concept is kind of confusing to me. Now it just sort of looks like every other big luxury sedan with a tiny bit of American flair. Seriously, it’s like the Kia K900 and Jaguar XF had a big American baby.


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And the blase design cues don’t end there. The back end is very uninspired, but even more intriguing, it’s nearly identical to the Audi Prologue concept. Albeit with a little more subtlety.


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Maybe I’m having a knee-jerk reaction; maybe it looks better in person— but something about the Continental just doesn’t do it for me. I’m not sure why Lincoln is afraid to keep designing pretty cars— that’s the last thing it should be doing. This is America for christ sake, Lincoln, design something!
What do you think? Vote in the poll below or tell us in the comments.

What Do You Think of the New Lincoln Continental Concept?

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Buy This Beautiful 1974 Lancia Stratos Before We Do

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This Lancia Stratos HF (High Fidelity) is going up for auction and could be yours if you’ve got the cash. It was developed by Italian design house Bertone an was the first car developed from scratch for the World Rally Championship. It was made to compete in Group 4 class which became Group B in 1983.
 
It was offered as either the Stratos HF or the Stratos HF Stradale. The HF was the rally car while the Stradale was modified for road use by detuning the engine and increasing some of the comfort and convenience features of the car. Neither version was something that anyone would want to drive for long as lengthy road trips were never a part of its plan.



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A 2,418cc DOHC Dino V6 engine with triple Weber carburetors, 5-speed manual transmission, 4-wheel independent suspension, and race-spec ventilated disc brakes on all four corners came in both versions of the Stratos. They both also feature a windscreen that curves to offer a nearly 180-degree field of view. This wasn’t so important on the road, but very important in rally driving where there’s a lot of sideways action.

The Lancia Statos HF was very successful when it started racing in Group 4 in 1974 and won the World Championship that year. It repeated the feat in 1975 and 1976 until it was replaced by the Fiat 131 Abarth. A total of 490 units were built with this one set to go to auction through RM Sotheby’s at the Villa Erba on May 23rd.


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2016 GMC Terrain Comes in 50 Shades of Grey

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GMC found an interesting theme amongst buyers of its Terrain compact SUV. Of the customers polled, the automaker learned that the Terrain’s exterior styling was the biggest factor in final buying decisions. So when it came to shifting a refreshed Terrain for 2016, GMC stuck to its guns and kept its designs crisp and clean, albeit quite grey. 
 
And this is what they came up with, specifically the higher-spec 2016 GMC Terrain Denali. The biggest changes come in the form of front and rear fascia adjustments, bringing Terrain styling in line with its larger Acadia and Yukon siblings.



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The eyes are drawn to Terrain’s fuller and more pronounced chrome grille, as well as the addition of new LED daytime running lights. The additions at the rear are a bit more subtle, but include tweaks to the bumper and car’s midsection. The Denali tacks on the option of 19-inch wheels and the lower level SLE and SLT models now offer Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

This is a mid-cycle refresh, so you won’t find a slew of technical differences under the hood. GMC still offers the option of all-wheel drive, and provides drivers with either GM’s 2.4-liter Ecotec four-cylinder or 301-horsepower 3.6-liter V6. For the Terrain’s dual-flow dampers you’ll have to spec-up the Denali trim level.



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No, the compact SUV segment isn’t what you’d call the most inspiring or exciting niche in the market, but it is now the most popular. Compact SUV market share leapt 17.4 percent in 2014 to account for 15.7 percent of the total US market, eclipsing midsize cars. GMC doesn’t shift quite as many Terrains as does Honda with the CR-V or Ford with the Escape, but the Terrain did find 105,016 buyers last year – its best selling year on record.


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Dodge is Pumping Out an Extra 1,000 Hellcats To Fill Backorders

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Dodge has two huge hits on its hands with the Charger SRT Hellcat and Challenger SRT Hellcat. Orders were far higher than expected leading to such long wait times that they finally stopped taking new ones. Those waiting for their Hellcat orders, though, will be happy to hear that Dodge has just made plans to build an extra 1,000 Hellcats to fill the demand.

This does not mean that you can go order one if you haven’t already. Those who are already on the list will be getting their cars sooner. The news comes from Hellcat.org who reported the extra units through an anonymous source.



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They did not have information on the split between Chargers and Challengers, but at least it means that Dodge is doing what it can to address the huge demand. The hold-up is reportedly due to engine production, so the extra thousand means they’re making the engines, but which cars they’ll put them in is still a mystery.

There is plenty of frustration coming from those who are waiting on their Hellcat and this latest move shows Dodge is doing what they can to fix the situation. Stopping new orders was a good first step and ramping up engine production is another step in the right direction. Hopefully those waiting will be getting their cars soon.

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McLaren 570S Entry-Level Sports Car Leaks Online

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There’s usually little fanfare and hoopla for the least expensive car in a company’s range. Then again, when said company is McLaren, even its base model knows how to pull a crowd. This is it. 
It’s called the McLaren 570S and it’s the firm’s new sports car rival to the Porsche 911 Turbo and Audi R8. It also marks the first of three models in McLaren’s new three-structure hierarchy.

 At the top there’s the P1 and P1 GTR in the ‘Ultimate Series’. In the middle you have the Asia-only 625C, 650S and 675LT ‘Super Series’ cars. Lastly, the 570S fills the bottom ‘Sports Series’ rank and is rumored to be joined by a drop-top Spyder variant and a track-oriented ‘Long Tail’ version. This is all great news.



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The McLaren 570S is slated to officially make its debut on Wednesday at the New York Auto Show, however Carscoops noticed that these photos found their way onto the Interwebs early via France’s Le Figaro newspaper. For argument’s sake, this might not be the production version of the 570S, but all signs suggest that it is.

What isn’t up for speculation is the hearty 570S powerplant. McLaren recently confirmed, in line with the rest of its naming system, that the 570S sports car will come to market toting 570PS (or 562 horsepower).

 It will develop those ponies utilizing the firm’s ubiquitous twin-turbocharged V8, albeit a detuned version. The car is also pegged to receive the same carbon fiber monocoque underpinnings of its bigger brother, the 650S.

In terms of visual impact – let’s just say McLaren’s styling department didn’t skimp on its entry level. The 570S fascia emulates that of its bigger brothers, and the rear taillights give a nice nod to the heady P1 hypercar. Stay tuned for more on the 570S closer to its official reveal.

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This Amphicar is the Fastest Boat on the Road and on eBay

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When you need scissors or a screwdriver, what do you grab for? Some would pull out a Swiss army knife but others would opt for an actual screwdriver or a pair of scissors. Most of the time, “sole purpose” works better than “all purpose,” and in the case of the Amphicar it’s much the same story. 
 
The 1960s brought about this marvel of automotive design, which as its name suggests, was equal parts car and boat. It wasn’t exactly great at being either one, though it did succeed in turning lots and lots of heads. If it turns your head, you’re in luck. This 1964 Amphicar 770 is up for sale on eBay, and you’d be hard pressed to find any faults on this beauty.



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While the Amphicar is best associated with ’60s Americana, its roots are much more European. The Amphicar was the brainchild of German designer Hans Trippel, who had been attempting to create a mass market amphibious vehicle for years. With financial backing from Germany’s Quant Industries, Trippel furthered his late 1950s ‘Eurocar’ concept and put it into production in 1961 as the ‘Amphicar.’

Its powertrain was about as unique as its looks. Trippel sourced the 1147cc four-cylinder engine from Britain’s Triumph Herald and mounted it in the car’s rear. He then attached it to an amalgam of gearbox wizardry, ending in dual rear propellers. The land transmission was a four-speed unit developed by Hermes, while the water gearbox featured two speeds (front and reverse). Top speed on water and land was pegged at 7 mph and 70 mph, respectively, which was denoted in the car’s extended name, ‘Amphicar 770′.



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Sadly, the amphibious leisure vehicle niche wasn’t to last as EPA and DOT restrictions closed the door on the Amphicar’s US viability in 1968 – eventually signaling the end of the company after only 3,878 cars rolled off the production lines.

This ’64 Amphicar, dressed in the gorgeous Fjord Green hue, is said to be a fully restored vehicle, and a quick look through the photos reinforces that. The body looks clean, the seats look fresh, and while it’s not a must-have – the California black plate really ties it together.

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Monday, March 30, 2015

1975 Mercedes-Benz Unimog is Adorable and Headed to Auction

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First, you had your G.I. Joes. Then you made couch forts. Then you played paintball and spent hours with your friends doing Call of Duty online co-op. It’s time to upgrade and take the next step in your life-long interest in the military by buying an authentic Mercedes-Benz Unimog.

This gorgeous 1975 406 Doppelkabine 4×4 has had a bunch of work done to keep it looking like this. It was repainted “Enzian Blue” the gearbox was “overhauled,” the brakes were redone, the exhaust has been replaced, and there’s even new door trim and seat covers.



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The post-WWII machine, which is still in production today, remains one of the most unique and versatile 4x4s ever. Features like a flexible chassis frame have allowed it to serve various functions for fire departments, municipalities, and armies. It even has winning experience in the Dakar Rally.

Only 353 examples of this particular Unimog, the 406.145 dual cabin model were created. Its powered by a 5.7-liter six-cylinder diesel that puts out 84 horsepower.

Photo Credit: Bonham’s

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Preston Tucker’s Auto: A Dream that Wouldn’t Die

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History teaches us that great works can sometimes take much longer to complete than originally anticipated. For example, Mark Twain wrote the first 400 pages of Huckleberry Finn during a creative stint in 1876, only to set the manuscript down and not touch it again until 1883.
 
Thomas Edison experimented with more than 1,000 ways to make a practical filament for an incandescent lightbulb before finally achieving success. Genius, inspiration, and hard work are often bedeviled by wrong turns and sheer bad luck.
 
The same is true of many of the great innovations in automotive history. Take for example Preston Tucker and his vision for a revolutionary new car. He first conceived of the vehicle during the Second World War.

 Afterwards he poured all of his considerable talents into mass-producing the machine, only to face failure and scandal for his efforts – until 2015, that is. Today a small group of craftsmen is breathing new life into Tucker’s groundbreaking automobile.

A Man Ahead of His Time

 America in the second half the 1940s was a nation hungry for new automobile designs. Civilian vehicles had not been built since 1941. The euphoria following the war’s end led to massive economic expansion. For the first time in nearly two decades the public had money to spend. This presented huge opportunities for entrepreneurs who could build a better car in less time than the Big Three.




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Enter Preston Tucker. A brilliant inventor with a history for independent thinking, he knew that traditional approaches to building automobiles simply would not work in an era of increased mobility and high-speed roadways. So he applied what were then cutting-edge concepts into an auto design of his own.

By the standards of the time what Tucker wanted to do was revolutionary. He imagined a vehicle with a built-in crash frame and rollbar, a steering box behind the front axle, a user-friendly instrument panel, a padded dash, four-wheel independent suspension, an aluminum block, and a windshield made with shatterproof glass.

Tucker also wanted his car to have disc brakes, fuel injection, tubeless tires, a direct-drive torque converter transmission, and a third headlight that could see around corners. He even envisioned a quick-swap drivetrain that can be changed out in as little as 30 minutes.



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Unfortunately, Tucker’s reach far exceeded his grasp. Many of his ideas were simply beyond the capabilities of his time. The few cars that were built fell far short of his original vision. Technical problems, along with negative publicity and pressure from the Big Three, crushed his dream before it ever got off the ground.

Despite all these problems, Tucker and his team built 51 versions of his automobile, the 1948 Tucker sedan. Many of these still exist and are in the hands of collectors who admire the upstart visionary and his vehicles. Owners include George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola.

Tucker had other disciples as well. One of them was a fellow named Joe Ida, who, in 1947, pulled his funds with money from his two brothers to open a Tucker dealership in Yonkers, New York. After the troubled automaker collapsed, Ida continued to believe in what Tucker had tried to do for the driving public.




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Joe passed his passion for the vehicle on to his son Bobby, who started a hot rod and performance shop of his own in 1959. Bobby’s venture prospered, and in 1990 his son Rob joined the team. Today they serve a thriving client base by building specialty vehicles and aftermarket parts. Ida Automotive, Inc. is well known in customized automotive circles.

Now the Ida family is resurrecting Tucker’s legendary automobile in a new version for the 21st century. This is not a replica or a so-called “kit car” but a built-from-scratch reproduction that comes as close as possible to the original vision from back in the 1940s.

 The team is adding updated touches like a mid-engine design, rack and pinion steering, and climate control, but the essence of these hand-crafted vehicles remains true to what Preston Tucker first envisioned more than 70 years ago.

Needless to say, you won’t see these automobiles at your local dealership anytime soon. Ida Automotive is limiting production to 51 examples, each of which will we be built one at a time in the family’s workshop.

 If you can cough up the bucks, and if you’re as passionate for great design as Preston Tucker was, then perhaps you can own one of these amazing vehicles. To find out more, follow this link.

Photo Credit: Pawel Litwinski
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Mercedes 190e Cosworth: The Best Handling Sedan, says James May

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The latest Top Gear news hasn’t exactly been inspiring. Here’s hoping this blast from its past helps to alleviate those feelings while the program is off the airwaves. 
 
During the second episode of Top Gear season 15, the boys are challenged to pick the ultimate track day four-door saloon on a budget of £5,000. Jeremy Clarkson picks a Ford Sierra Cosworth and Richard Hammond buys an E36 BMW M3. James May opts for a Mercedes-Benz 190e 2.3-16 Cosworth, a car that he quotes ex-F1 driver Martin Brundle as saying “had one of the best chassis ever fitted to a four-door saloon.”

This 1987 2.3-16 is one such car, and it’s up for sale on eBay. While a quick phone call from Clarkson to Brundle hilariously refuted May’s quote, the 190e Cosworth is still an important and strikingly gorgeous car.



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The impetus for the 2.3-16 came from the wild world of rallying, though the story has an important twist. Mercedes contacted UK engine builder Cosworth to fit its standard 190e saloon with a potent yet lightweight four-cylinder engine, and Cosworth obliged with its 2.3-liter 16-valve four-cylinder.

 However, by the time it was ready, Audi was running amok with its all-wheel drive Quattro, leaving the 190e without a chance in the gravely bits.

So instead, Mercedes pressed the 190e 2.3-16 into DTM racing and across its multiple years of motorsport competition, it would prove quite successful. A young Ayrton Senna caught the world’s attention when he took first place in a one-make 190e race at the Nurburgring circuit’s grand opening.



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This model appears in fair condition for its age. Underneath the hood you’ll find that famous Cosworth four-cylinder; however it unfortunately mates up to an automatic transmission.

Still, it makes a great candidate for a five-speed swap or if you’re feeling up to it – a full 190e Evolution II conversion. James May knows a good car when he sees one.

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2015 Lincoln Continental Concept Tries to Redefine American Luxury

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It has been known for some time that Lincoln’s full-size MKS sedan was not long of this world. Now it appears that end is in sight… and it brings with it a very familiar name – ‘Continental’. This is the 2015 Lincoln Continental Concept, the first look at Lincoln’s new full-size premium sedan for 2016 and we’ll admit, it’s quite the head turner indeed. 
 
The car makes its debut at this week’s New York auto show, bringing with it some impressive features both inside and out. Ford hasn’t revealed what platform the upcoming Continental will ride atop nor revealed its drive type, though does note that it packs a new 3.0-liter V6 EcoBoost engine – exclusive to the Lincoln brand.




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Inside, there’s been an extensive bend on heightening passenger comfort and luxury with such additions as 30-way adjustable seats, champagne storage, and fully-reclining rear passenger seating. Interior treatments include a gorgeous center infotainment stack and an amalgam of leather, alcantara, satin, and even wool. While it certainly looks striking, the move makes sense for Lincoln,

especially given the model’s sales potential abroad in the Chinese market where a significant focus is put on rear passenger comfort.
Apparently Lincoln’s current split-wing grille isn’t an overall favorite, which is somewhat surprising. We thought it looked mighty fine on our 2015 Mustang-based MK Coupe. Nevertheless, the Continental Concept ushers in new chrome dental work, which the firm hints will permeate future lineup refreshments in the Lincoln range.



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“Luxury at its best is about simplifying and quietly exceeding expectations,” noted Ford CEO Mark Fields. “The Continental Concept showcases the promise of quiet luxury from Lincoln going forward.”
The Continental nameplate has been in hibernation since 2002, but unlike that car, expect this version to be a truly premium product. And when it does roll into dealerships next year, expect it to sell much more than the MKS it replaces.

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Top 5 Coolest Small CUVs, According to You

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The fastest growing automotive segment in America is the small CUV, and that got us thinking, since so many people are buying in, “Which of today’s small CUVs is considered the ‘coolest’?” We posed that question to readers a few days ago, and while some of you rather humorously likened it to picking the hairiest bald guy or skinniest fat guy, we received a trove of responses. 
 
Our mass appeal winner was admittedly quite expected, but there were a few surprising last-placers on the list. Take a look.

Jeep Renegade24.6% of vote


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Jeep is a brand that only sells SUVs and crossovers, so it isn’t surprising to see that its new entry rises to the top in popularity. The EPA recently certified Jeep’s new cute ute at 31 mpg highway in two-wheel drive, and 29 mpg highway in all-wheel drive form.

Are there more practical, more off-road capable, and larger crossovers on the market? Sure. But for most buyers in that segment, the Renegade should tick all checkboxes.

Mercedes-Benz GLA: 18.3% of vote


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The GLA is far from what you’d call a budget small crossover vehicle, but it does offer luxury buyers a step into the Mercedes utility line at a crucial price point – starting at $31,300. Mechanicals are closely related to the CLA sedan, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The high-powered 355hp GLA 45 AMG is most certainly not a bad thing either.

Mazda CX-3: 13.3% of vote


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If you like Mazda’s fine-handling CX-5 but are looking for something a bit lower and leaner, the CX-3 will be gunning for your hard-earned Benjamins. It arrives this summer packing a 2.0-liter four-cylinder (which makes 155hp in the CX-5) and a six-speed auto.

Honda HR-V: 11.3% of vote


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Judging by the Honda Fit’s huge popularity in the hatchback market, the Fit-based HR-V ought to be a massive seller amongst small crossovers. It totes impressive styling, both two- and all-wheel-drive, and to the delight of clutch pedal dancers – a six-speed manual.

Audi Q3: 10.4% of the vote


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If there’s any takeaway from the small crossover market, it is this – you have options. The Audi Q3 looks to be quite a competitive one too, amongst its BMW X1 and Mercedes GLA luxury competitors. A six-speed auto, four-cylinder turbo, and front-wheel drive come standard, with Quattro all-wheel-drive available as an option.

While the Renegade took top popularity marks, its close mechanical relative the Fiat 500X didn’t fare quite so well in polling (capturing just 2.5 percent of the vote). The Nissan Juke polled marginally better at 5.4 percent. While not factored in on the poll, many of you also lauded the Subaru XV Crosstrek and Buick Encore.


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Aston Martin Suing Fisker Over Thunderbolt Concept

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Coachbuilding has been around for over 100 years, and over that time, many a car has been transformed with a truly luxurious, custom treatment. But where does customization end and copyright infringement begin? That’s the question ex-Aston Martin designer Henrik Fisker will be grappling with in the coming weeks.
 
According to Jalopnik, Aston Martin is suing Fisker over the design of his eye-catching Thunderbolt Concept, which was recently revealed at Amelia Island Concours earlier this month.

 In the legal filings, the company is claiming that Fisker’s Thunderbolt infringes on Aston Martin’s intellectual property (specifically trademarks rights) and that Fisker willingly knew he didn’t have the company’s approval before taking on the project.




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In the suit, the company tells that Fisker approached the firm in November 2014 regarding cooperation on “Project Thunderbolt”, Fisker’s reimagined take on the Aston Martin Vanquish. At that point, Aston Martin noted that it did not approve the project, which would utilize an Aston Martin platform. Nevertheless, the design emerged months later as the “Thunderbolt.”

The press materials regarding the Thunderbolt release noted that if there was significant public interest, a limited production run of that car could commence. However, Aston Martin is claiming that not only is that not warranted but also claims that Fisker’s concept is not actually based on a current Vanquish, but rather a different model altogether.




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The issue that Fisker’s Thunderbolt is associated with Los Angeles’ Galpin Aston Martin also muddles the waters in that Aston believes it breaches Galpin’s dealer contract “to sell and promote only genuine Aston Martin vehicles.”

What do you think, is there more “custom” here than Aston Martin, or vice versa?

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This BMW i8 is Gray and Yellow Because Abu Dhabi

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Leave it to the people of the United Arab Emirates to try to jazz up one of the jazziest cars on the market. After photos of a lime green BMW i8 surfaced earlier this year, photos of this dark gray version with bright yellow accents recently popped up from the same Abu Dhabi Motors dealership.
 
The customization is part of the Individual program, or as BMW would say, “an expression of personality.” Unfortunately, this color scheme represents something that’s not 100 percent unique, as an extremely similar design was crafted by German tuner Manhart Performance for both the i8 and the 2-Series Coupe.



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Regardless, the more subtle look is nice in contrast to the extremely gaudy cars see everywhere in Abu Dhabi. This i8 even sticks to stock rims and a stock white leather interior (just imagine if the seats and dash were all yellow).

Hopefully, somebody in the U.S. will order an i8 Individual so we can see it in person. Hey Tyga, how about you take one and see how it would look in an all-red scheme?

Photo Credit: Abu Dhabi Motors
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The Bentley Bentayga SUV Should Look Like This

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It won’t, but it should. This Bentley concept is the work of artists Kofi LeGrand-Sawyer and John Muhlenkamp, and it’s one of the best renderings that has touched on the luxury SUV. Named the Continental Jet or Koncept Jet, the concept is said to be built on the existing Audi Q5 chassis, envisioned as the “Huracan of SUVs.”
 
In Kofi’s mind, the SUV would come in both a fully electric model and one that holds the well-known W12 gas engine. The electric model would have access to Tesla’s supercharger network, which currently has 407 stations and a total of 2,233 chargers. That way, the Bentley already has an existing infrastructure to rid drivers of any range anxiety.



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The real Bentayga SUV has already been spotted driving around with little camouflage, and from what can be seen, it’s not as attractive as this rendering. Maybe it’d be worth going back to the drawing board a second time? Now that Rolls-Royce has confirmed that it’s going to be entering the SUV game, Bentley has to make sure its version is on point.

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

This Mercedes Pickup is Either Awesome or an April Fools’ Joke

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Yeah yeah, I get it, April Fools’ Day is right around the corner. And every year automakers do something to mess with the masses — though, this Mercedes midsize pickup is actually cool enough to be real. Which it might be.

The sketch you see here comes straight from Mercedes-Benz, and while I still haven’t ruled it out as not an April Fools’ joke, Mercedes says it will come to market by 2020. The goal is to aim it at markets in South America, Australia and South Africa, because terrain.



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“The Mercedes-Benz pickup will contribute nicely to our global growth targets. We will enter this segment with our distinctive brand identity and all of the vehicle attributes that are typical of the brand with regard to safety, comfort, power trains, and value,” said Dieter Zetsche, chairman of the board of management.
Details on the project are still slim (if real). But I can definitely see this thing in the Mercedes lineup— they did build the 6×6, after all.

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This GIF of Every Lamborghini Ever Made Will Mesmerize You

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They say that watching calm, peaceful scenes of stuff like sunsets and oceans is relaxing. This GIF featuring every Lamborghini that has ever been made is the equivalent for gearheads.
 
Once upon a time, the company made tractors, but Ferruccio eventually turned his business into his passion and started building sports cars. He went head to head with Ferrari with the founding of Automobili Ferruccio Lamborghini in 1963. It was just a year later when he unleashed the 350GT which was built in Sant’Agata Bolognese.



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It’s been over 50 years since that first car and the company has produced a long line of incredible sports cars. PartCatalog has taken all of those stunning cars and put them into a single GIF. The affect is surreal as one car simply morphs into the next taking you on a tour of Lamborghini.

Some models have lots of variants, like the Gallardo, so they just went with the main model. The list of cars includes: 350GT, 400GT 2+2, Miura, Espada, Islero, Jarama, Urraco, Countach, Silhouette, Jalpa, Diablo, Murcielago, Gallardo, Reventon, Aventador, Sesto Elemento, Veneno, Egoista and Huracan. It’s fascinating to watch the evolution of not just Lamborghini, but car design from the 1960s to today.

Via: Wired
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Could This Be The Apple Car?

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There’s been plenty written about the potential Apple car. Now, though, we have an interesting guess as to what it might look like when it hits the road. This version is quintessentially Apple with smooth lines, tons of technology, and that iconic Apple logo prominently featured.
 
These Apple car concepts were drawn up by CarWow,and they include both interior and exterior design possibilities. It starts by taking a cue from Tesla with an absentee grille and flowing, aerodynamic lines that look a bit like the Magic Mouse.



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Colors are white, black, and gold in a nod to the newest iPhones with carbon-fiber reinforced plastics that include a coating to keep dirt from marring that perfect finish. The wheels are designed to cut drag and look good.

The interior is where it suddenly looks like no other car. There’s a fingerprint-reading home button on the driver and passenger front doors and it’s all unlocked from the outside with a left to right swipe. An iPhone dock is built right into the dash and it activates a huge display. There’s a map, hot buttons for favorite apps, and a display from Siri.

It’s enough to make you want to line up outside the Apple store right now.


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7 eBay Cars that Look Fast and Furious

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Unless you’ve been living underneath a rock for the past decade and a half, you’ll undoubtedly have heard about the Fast and Furious movies. The original 2001 blockbuster has since spawned numerous sequels with the seventh – Furious 7 – slated to hit theaters on April 3. 
To celebrate the monumental seventh iteration, we’ve handpicked a few quite fast and equally furious cars from the throngs of eBay. These cars were absolutely, not-in-any-way involved in the movies, but it wouldn’t take much imagination to see Brian O’Conner or Dominic Toretto get behind the wheel of one of these street machines. Enjoy.

2005 Saleen Ford Focus S121 N20


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‘Saleen’ is a legendary name among the Mustang tuner crowd, in fact F&F star Paul Walker was a huge fan of the cars, owning many. This Saleen Ford Focus is certainly a different breed, but nonetheless interesting. Denoted as an ‘N20′, the Saleen S121 Focus packed a nitrous kit, boosting power up to 225 horsepower. The seller notes that this Focus is the 79th of the build series.

1973 Dodge Challenger ‘Six Pack’


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Trailers for Furious 7 show Letty driving a new Dodge Challenger. It looks good, but this ’73 with a built motor and a trio of two-barrel carburetors looks like the business. Inside, there’s some very ’70s wood veneer and a pistol grip, and outside a custom paint job that might have you rethink a street race.

2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution


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In a ranking of the greatest Fast & Furious cars, the Mitsubishi Evo slots somewhere behind the Charger, Supra, and Nissan Skyline. This Evo however makes us think otherwise; perhaps you’ve seen it before. This ’08 Evo sports a UK-market FQ400 body kit and was featured on the cover of modified magazine. It’s quite the full-page spread.

1995 Acura NSX-R GT Spoon Conversion


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In order to homologate entry into the Japanese Super GT series, Honda needed to build at least five production versions of its new NSX race car. They did – the NSX-R GT – and they’ve each been tucked away in collections ever since. Renowned Honda tuner Spoon created kits to turn normal NSX cars into NSX-R GTS… and this is one such fully-equipped car. Yes, roof scoop.

1968 Ford Mustang ‘Villain’ by CR Supercars


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Last year, our own Jonathon Klein got to drive this car, an experience he isn’t likely to forget for a long, long time. The Mustang ‘Villain’ debuted at SEMA and packs a modern Ford Coyote V8, pumping out 450 horsepower and throaty howl. Given that it’s set up for pro-touring, it can handle a corner or two.

1967 Chevrolet Camaro ‘Ultimate Sixty Seven’


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The F&F series has seen its fair share of wildly custom cars, and this 1967 Camaro could easily have graced its silver screens. Another SEMA Show representative, this LS9-powered pony car features some of the interior treatments of a 2013 Camaro, combined in a highly modified ’67 body. It’s stunning to say the least, and frankly very expensive as well.

1993 Mazda RX-7 Touring


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If it was good enough for Dominic Toretto, it’s good enough for you. This ’93 RX-7 totes the Touring trim, and unlike most RX-7s you’d find on the Interwebs – it hasn’t been slammed, fender flared, and given spangly decals. In fact, the seller notes the only modifications were to the cooling system and stereo.

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