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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Bugatti Chiron Caught Looking More Production-Ready

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One of the most anticipated cars of the year decade century is almost here. The Bugatti Chiron, in all its ridiculous glory, was pictured lightly camouflaged out and about on public roads by Magazin ProDriver CZ. And it looks closer to production than we initially thought.
 
The best angle we see is from the back. The chunky rear end of the Veyron has been replaced with a more streamlined design. Massive dual exhaust tips accent the rear diffuser and the side panels carry over a few Veyron design cues. Otherwise, we’re still left in the dark on exactly what it will look like when it hits production.



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Early power figures suggest the new Chiron will be even more powerful than the outgoing Veyron. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 1,500 horsepower is expected to come from the plug-in hybrid W16. Not to mention an expected $2.5 million price tag that should keep it extra exclusive.
 
But these details are still just educated guesses at this point. We won’t know official stats until the Chrion makes its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show next year.

Ford’s 8 Custom Mustangs of SEMA 2015

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Each year, thousands of people descend upon the Las Vegas Convention Center for the annual SEMA Show—a jaw-dropping showcase of anything and everything from the aftermarket. You’ll find Nissan GT-R’s pushing silly amounts of horsepower, track cars you didn’t know even existed, and concept cars that simply defy logic. 
 
But without a doubt, one of the most popular cars in attendance is the fan-favorite Ford Mustang, and for SEMA 2015 (November 3-6), you can can count on an additional eight ‘Stangs sulking around at the Ford stand…in fact, these Mustangs.

Ford enlisted eight tuners to put their final touches on the legendary Mustang, and these modded-out pony cars are the end result. Take a peek at each below and make sure to nominate your favorite in the comments!

Motoroso

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Look out, Dodge Challenger Hellcat. Motoroso dials in a stonking 727 horsepower with its customized Mustang GT. Under the hood, the big 5.0-liter V8 has been outfitted with a Roush Performance supercharger. Out back, the trunk is said to house a suite of iPads with information about the mighty ‘Stang. Those wheels? They’re massive 21-inch Rotiform 3-piece alloys.

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The folks at TS Designs gave their crimson ‘Stang a three inch suspension drop in the front, two inches in the rear, and sculpted a custom widebody kit onto the drop top. As a result, it’s about three inches wider than before and fits massive 13-inch wide five-spoke wheels.

MAD Industries

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So blue it almost hurts. MAD Industries’ black-and-blue Mustang GT certainly draws the eyes, to say the least. Inside, occupants are treated to Trevino leather and Miko Suede. Outside, it’s all about those MHT 21-inch monoblock wheels. Oh yeah, it also kicks out 725 horsepower thanks to a Whipple twin-screw supercharger.

Bisimoto

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The standard Ford Mustang EcoBoost is a pretty impressive motor, generating a punchy 310 horsepower. Bisimoto didn’t think that was nearly enough though, and boosted this four-cylinder turbo Mustang up to a stratospheric 900 horsepower. Gadzooks. And there’s plenty more mods to mention too.

Ice Nine

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Ice Nine delves into EcoBoost tuning as well, turning this four-cylinder Mustang into a 475-horsepower track demon. Inspiration is said to be equal parts modern DTM touring car and 2016 Shelby GT350—a scintillating combo. Build it Ford…build it.

Drag Racing Against Gangs and Graffiti (DRAGG)

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Think you can outrun the cops? Think again. In the city of Oxnard, California, DRAGG works to mentor teens and provide instruction in automotive repair and car customization. This Mustang is the latest project, and with a custom air-suspension, full lighting kit, and carbon fiber body panels…you’ll be hard pressed to find a meaner cop car.

CGS Performance Products

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It may not be the wildest pony in the corral, but the CGS ‘Stang turns heads with sleek and subtle modifications. A host of Steeda suspension components find a home underneath, complemented by KW coilover shocks, and a TS Designs widebody kit.

Bojix Design

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With all the swagger of a Hot Wheels car, the Bojix Mustang blends an eye-catching paint job and 20-inch wheels with a race-bred intake, turbo upgrade, Cortex coilover suspension, and Magnaflow exhaust. It looks like a car that can go fast, and with taller 3.73 gears…it probably can!

Detroit Electric Officially Begins Production of SP:01 Sports Car

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Mark it on your calendars. It’s been a long road but upstart electric car company Detroit Electric has officially begun production of its two-seat, EV sports car—the SP:01

On October 29, the company announced the very first model had rolled off the production lines at its Leamington Spa, UK manufacturing facility, and if early projections remain on course…there’s only 998 more to go.

Originally planned to be assembled in Detroit, the limited-production SP:01 takes a page from the Tesla Roadster playbook and is based on the Lotus Elise sports car, and rather fittingly, both British factories are less than 150 miles apart.

 Outside, the SP:01’s carbon fiber bodywork suggests its knife-edged Elise origins, but underneath lies a powerplant that can give even the hottest Lotus a run for its money.


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The Detroit Electric SP:01 leverages 280 horsepower and 206 lb.-ft. of torque from an electric motor and battery pack tucked in the car’s rear.

 Fitted to a lightweight aluminum chassis, the SP:01 can allegedly hit zero to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and dash all the way up to 155 mph. Impressive numbers, no doubt. Interestingly, while the Detroit Electric name may not be familiar to most modern car buyers, the company does have a history stretching back 100 years.

Production of the first Detroit Electric vehicle began in 1907, manufactured by the Anderson Carriage company. As a whole, electric cars were becoming very popular due to their relative ease of use, and by 1912 Detroit Electric had already built 13,000 cars.

 However, escalating component prices (such as copper and lead) and the stock market crash inflicted a fatal blow to the company, which would eventually go under in 1939.



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The firm’s modern resurrection began in 2008, headed up by former Lotus CEO Albert Lam, and although production is handled in the UK and sales and marketing at a facility in The Netherlands, Detroit Electric’s global headquarters is still based in Detroit’s Fisher Building.

What remains to be seen however is whether the SP:01 will make it to U.S. customers at all. In July, the company announced global distribution of SP:01s had expanded to include Azerbaijan, Iceland, Norway, and South Africa, but the U.S. continues to present a question mark.

 Nevertheless, be sure to stay tuned to Detroit Electric in the coming months, as the automaker has said it has two new “high performance” models planned for 2016.

This “Bad Company” 1969 Camaro Looks Frighteningly Good!

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These days you can get your frights in a seemingly endless number of ways—skydiving, swimming with sharks, or even wrestling alligators (please, don’t try it). But there’s one tried and true method that always seems to work—getting behind the wheel of an extreme car. 
 
If you find yourself in need of one…well, let’s just say you won’t have to look very far. Meet “Bad Company,” a truly sinister remake of the classic 1969 Chevrolet Camaro.

The highly customized Bad Company is the handiwork of Utah’s Weaver Customs, which evolved an all-steel Camaro body into the low-and-lean street fighter you see before you. It’s an imposing sight to say the least (even with the Apache helicopters in the rear), and it’s one that recently took to eBay.

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While its Camaro identity is undeniable, its shape is anything but usual. Bad Company’s body sits squat and low, having been widened 12-inches in the rear and eight inches in the front, while a full three inches were subtracted from its length.

 Up front, the Camaro’s maw sports an integrated front splitter, and at the back a double humped decklid leads to a retrofitted rear end. But between the big body mods and “permanent roadster” look, there’s a slew of minute changes that really bring the car to life—things like the shaved door handles and the obscenely raked windshield.

In fact, that windshield rake may have a little something to do with Bad Company’s other origins…the Corvette. Pop the hood and you’ll find a 21st century LS6 V8 beating within this stallion, the same type that you’d find in a C5 Z06.

The motor has been fettled with, connected to a Magnuson supercharger, and now its rear pipes echo with the sound of 650 furious horsepowers, each unleashed with the pull of a T56 six-speed manual. Yikes.

The Corvette engineering doesn’t stop there either. Bad Company is said to ride upon a racy Z06 suspension, and as can be seen below, it boasts a modernized C5 interior inside.


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Weaver Customs first showcased its supercharged creation at the 2014 Detroit Autorama, where it promptly won “Best Radical Custom Convertible.” Hmm, can’t imagine why?

It then spent some time travelling with the Hot Rod Power Tour, before attending the famous Hot August Nights in Reno, Nevada…where it was given a Grand Marshal Award.

Come 2015 and Bad Company kept in the headlines still, selling at the 2015 Barrett Jackson Scottsdale auction for a very tall $110,000. Wonder where it’s headed next?
 

Friday, October 30, 2015

Honda “Wander” Concepts Preview a Bright Future for Personal Mobility

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As we age, getting around just isn’t as easy as it used to be. Like a crutch, modern technology has by-and-large solved this by bringing the world to our fingertips via smartphones and tablets, but that’s really just one side of a two-way street. 
 
Tomorrow’s technology will make it easier for everyone to get out and be mobile, and that’s the world that Honda is moving toward with its two new “Wander” concept vehicles, previewed at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show—the pod-like Wander Stand and four-wheeled Wander Walker. Try saying that five times fast…



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The more eye-catching of the two is undoubtedly the Wander Stand, which measures in at around four feet wide and six feet tall. According to Honda, the Stand has been designed to accommodate two adults side-by-side, and can maneuver through narrow urban areas and change direction with ease, thanks to the company’s Omni Traction Drive System (a descendent from Honda’s UNI-CUB concept).
This freedom of movement would make it a great option for mobilizing the elderly, and although Honda hasn’t explicitly named that as a goal, the auto giant does express it wishes to bring “the joy of freedom of movement to as many people as possible.”

Inside, the Wander Stand features a dashboard with mobility controls and a head-up display over glass, which can stream information to passengers in a seamless fashion. Also included is an “automatic drive” mode, which suggests the Stand can autonomously zip occupants around from place to place. A top speed was not mentioned.



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The sportier Wander Walker does have a top speed however—3.7 miles per hour—and it proves itself a sleek alternative to the archetypal mobility scooter. Measuring in at just under two feet wide and around three feet tall, the Wander Walker is said to be an indoor and outdoor vehicle, compact enough to get through Japan’s train turnstiles and other tight areas. In fact, it’s so maneuverable it has a turning radius of only one meter, due to its inward-swiveling airless tires.

A tablet finds itself mounted behind the handlebars, offering up a helpful navigation system. However, the Wander Walker also features Wi-Fi, which Honda says allows family members to locate riders using their smart phones. Not a bad feature when in a crowded shopping center.

Like what you see? These certainly aren’t the only special vehicles Honda rolled out for the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. Joining them is Honda’s radical Project 2&4 concept and Neowing three-wheeler. Stay tuned for more.

Long-Lost Lunar Rover Prototype is Found in Scrapyard

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Some of us here on the BoldRide team truly love off-roading. Taking to the trails on the weekend is great, but none of our weekend activities hold a candle to driving the Lunar Rover on the greatest off-road trip of all time.
 
The ionic Lunar Roving Vehicle (pictured above) traveled to the Moon with the crew of Apollo 15 in 1971, and was also used by the crews of Apollo 15 and Apollo 16. But the vehicle that we’ve come to know as the Moon Buggy, was not our original attempt at such a vehicle.

Our friends at BestRide delved into the history of one of the Lunar Rover prototypes, with help from a lengthy report from Vice’s Motherboard. It was thought that this prototype had been scrapped, or at the very least, lost to history.

The whereabouts of this Rover started to circulate when it was sold by an Alabama junk collector, to a scrapyard. The fear was that the scrapyard had destroyed the historic vehicle.

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The vehicle in question did not look like the one you see in history book. Several companies submitted proposals for Lunar Rovers, including Boeing, Bendix, Grumman and Chrysler. The parameters were for a vehicle that weighed 462 pounds, carry 1,000 pounds, and had to be hinged in the middle to it could be folded up for its long trip to the Moon.

This vehicle was different from the others submitted. It was known as the Local Scientific Survey Module, developed in 1965 as part of a subcontract with Brown Engineering Company. The image above is of the LSSV, with Werner Von Braun at the helm.

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For half a century, no one knew its whereabouts, until a U.S. Air Force historian driving through Blountsville, Alabama spotted it in 2014. He alerted NASA to its whereabouts, and the agency sent a team to verify, but when they got there, they learned it had been sold to a scrapyard. Luckily the yard hard not yet scrapped the LSSV.

The current owner, who wishes to remain anonymous, is now consulting with an attorney to determine his options. We’re just glad this obscure piece of history still exists.

Hennessey Venom GT Spyder Puts out A Ridiculous 1451 Horsepower

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The Hennessey Venom GT is an absolutely bonkers vehicle. Basically, it is a stretched out Lotus Exige, with a 7-liter twin-turbo V8 stuffed behind the driver. When it first debuted it devolved an astonishing 1,244 horsepower and set a Guinness World Record for top speed in a production car. But Hennessey was not content.
 
The 2016 Hennessey Venom GT Spyder now puts out an absolutely absurd 1451 horsepower. That is an increase of 207 horsepower over the existing model, which is basically the entire output of your average family sedan. This is getting out of control, and we couldn’t be happier.

The car now is able to run on E85 FlexFuel, which in turn allows the boost of the twin-turbochargers to be cranked from 19 psi up to 26 psi, resulting in the power increase. Hennessey says in with the newfound power, the Venom GT will get from zero to sixty in 2.4 seconds, hit 200 mph in 12.8 seconds, and top out at over 280 miles per hour!
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Only a handful of these E85-capable Venom GTs will be built for the 2016 model year. After that, the Venom GT will be replaced by the much-anticipated Venom F5. Few will ever get to drive this car, but you can check it out at the 2015 SEMA show in Las Vegas, Nov 3-6.

Honda Civic Type-R Concept Has Us Reaching For Our Checkbooks

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For the first time ever, Americans will be able to experience the joy that is the Honda Civic Type R. Slated for a 2018 release date, the Type R will ride on a new global Civic platform, and hopefully wins back the hearts of enthusiasts everywhere.
 
Problem is, we still don’t know what the new Type R will look like. But thanks to some clever rendering artists over at CivicX.com, we have a better idea as to what we can expect come 2018. And it has us reaching for our checkbooks.


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Starting off with an aggressive fascia reminiscent of the Civic Concept we saw in New York, the aggressive looks don’t stop there. New wheels, angular side skirts, and a massive rear wing to keep it all on the ground. It’s about as aggressive as the new Civic can get.
 
But the real question is one of power. Under the hood, we can expect near 300 horsepower (or more) from an American-built 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. Power will be sent to the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox, but don’t worry, the new front-suspension design and adaptive dampers will virtually eliminate torque steer.


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While we won’t see a new Type R for another three years, this concept has us excited about the future.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Space-Themed McLaren 650S is an Astronomer’s Dream

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How many times have you heard someone describe a car to accelerate “like a rocket ship”? Typically it’s a term reserved for some top-end supercar racing to 60 mph in under 3.5 seconds. One car that would certainly qualify is a McLaren 650S.
 
One owner took the term “rocket ship” all too literally with his space-themed McLaren. Done up by California-based custom shop Impressive Wrap, this one-of-a-kind 650S spaceship would be enough to make Neil deGrasse Tyson blush, complete with an astronomy-themed pink and blue star wrap.



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But it’s not all show and no go. The McLaren 650S pumps out 641 horsepower from a 3.8-liter turbocharged V8. That’s enough to shoot this supercar into orbit at 207 mph. Just make sure to wear your space suit.
 
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a space-themed car before though. Remember the out-of-this-world Gallardo we featured a few years back? Now we need to get the two together and have ourselves a good ol’ fashion rocket ship race.

BMW Bringing Four New Rides to Los Angeles Auto Show

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The auto show season in North America is almost upon us. The aftermarket world descends upon Las Vegas for SEMA Nov. 3-6, and the Consumer Electronics Show will be the place to see the latest autonomous technology in early January. But the next major traditional auto show around the corner is the Los Angeles International Auto Show, and BMW is coming loaded up with an assortment of vehicles.
 
BMW is preparing four vehicles for their North American debuts when the doors open at LAIAS on November 18. Some of these vehicles we’ve previously covered here, but it is worth seeing how BMW is continuing to develop a full portfolio of vehicles.

One that we’ve already featured is the BMW 7 Series. It features a new carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic body structure making it light yet rigid. It also comes with plenty of high tech features such as a dynamic chassis selector, head-up display, and the BMW Display Key that allows you to remotely park the 7 Series, as you can see here:


The flagship sedan is coming with either a turbocharged inline-6, turbo V8 or a turbo four-cylinder hybrid. On the subject of hybrids, BMW is bringing another such fuel-efficient vehicle to LA.

The BMW 330e is a plug-in hybrid that is claimed to fill the void left by the conspicuous absence of the diesel 3 Series (which has nothing to do with industry-wide fallout from #Dieselgate, we’re sure!). It combines a four-cylinder engine with an electric motor to put out a combined 248 horsepower and 310 pound feet of torque. It is a plug-in hybrid, and can travel up 20 miles in electric only mode, at speeds up to 75 mph in full EV.


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If you happen to live in the colder climes, the BMW X1 might be more to your liking. It is the first vehicle of its size built on the BMW UKL platform (shared with the BMW 1 Series, Mini 5-door, and Mini Clubman), and will feature a front-wheel-drive-based architecture.

But the vehicle we’re most excited to see is the M4 GTS. Building on the already-terrific M4, it is incredible to think that this beast is road-legal. BMW engineers have bolted on a unique water injection system to the turbocharged inline-6, allowing them to crank output way up to 493 horsepower. And graphite paint scheme with orange accents rounds out the sinister package.


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BMW will also be bringing updated versions of the i3 and i8, and showing off the X5 xDrive40e. Press days for the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show are Nov. 18-20. We’ll be bringing you live images of these rides, as well as debuts from every other automaker in attendance!

We Really Hope BMW Sees This M1 Supercar Rendering

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For many, the pinnacle of BMW design is the now classic M1 supercar that the company built from 1978 to 1981. In its day, the M1 was an monster on both street and racetrack. BMW mated the M1 to a modified inline six-cylinder engine that produced 273 horsepower; this gave the M1 the capability of hitting 162 miles per hour, which during its time was exceptionally fast.

Through the years though, BMW has never truly revived the nameplate. This rendering has the potential to change that.

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Over the years, BMW debuted multiple concepts that aimed to revive the once great supercar, but none ever amounted to anything. Nevertheless, those design studies were used to create what we now know as the i8. However, given that the BMW i8 is very much a different car than the original M1, a gap is present for BMW to come up with a better interpretation. This rendering, fills that gap.

Designed by South African artist Giom Mouton, the M1 lives again using the original’s overall shape while also incorporating BMW’s current design language into the rendering. At the core of this design study, the new BMW M1 is a modified i8, which was used for good reason. By using the i8 architecture, BMW would be able to bring this car to production faster since the groundwork is already complete.


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According to the designer, his new BMW M1 would use the twin-turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine out of the new M3/M4, and the same carbon tub from the i8. “While Mercedes and Audi are churning out exotic supercars, BMW has none. It is time to evoke the legend from the past,” stated Mouton, who spoke with BMWBlog.
While we’ve heard rumors that BMW is indeed developing a new supercar with McLaren and or Toyota, we’ve seen nothing to actually confirm or even hint that these rumors are true. If proven accurate though, we hope that BMW revives the M1, because if there ever was a supercar that deserves a revival, it’s the M1.


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2015 Bold Ride of the Year: The Nominees

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Like we do every year, the time has come once again to announce our boldest and baddest ride of the year. Taking home the crown for 2014 was the all-powerful Dodge Charger Hellcat. But this time around, 10 new competitors take the field in hopes to be crowned Bold Ride of the Year for 2015. And here they are.
 
 
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Alfa Romeo 4C

From Italy, with love. The Alfa Romeo 4C is the first time in a long time that Americans get to experience the joyous quirks of Italian engineering. Paired to some stunning Alfa Romeo lines, the 4C made the final cut with its lovable personality and drop-dead-gorgeous looks.
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Ariel Nomad

The all-new Ariel Nomad carries an exclusive badge: it’s the only car on this list that we haven’t spent any time with, in one form or another. But that’s ok, the idea of this car alone is enough to get us excited. A street-legal dune buggy with 290 horsepower and a 1,477 pound curb weight. Absolutely awesome.


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BMW M3

BMW’s back—and if you don’t believe us, just take the all-new M3 for a spin. It’s the perfect balance of power, handling, and looks. It’s got a throaty 425-horsepower inline-6 and a near perfect gearbox. Not to mention a fun selection of colors.


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Chevrolet Camaro

Though we’ve only spent a short while with the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro, we can already tell it’s going to be a winner. The car is balanced, and shoots well above its price point in terms of performance. The Mustang is going to have a tough time with this one.


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Dodge Viper ACR

If you thought the standard Viper was mean, wait until you get a load of this thing. It’s essentially a Viper on steroids, which means it’s loaded to the brim with aerodynamics, and puts to use a re-tuned racing suspension. It’s as mean as mean gets.


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Drakan Spyder

Who said Americans can’t build a car for the track? The Drakan Spyder is a Californian-built, open-top, V8-powered track toy. What the car lacks in amenities, it more than makes up for in driving dynamics and overall fun.


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Jaguar F-Type R Coupe AWD

Jaguar’s highly-touted F-Type is almost three years old now. But for 2015, engineers somehow found a way to make one of the most menacing cars on the planet even more so. Simply tack on a super sticky all-wheel-drive system.


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Mazda Miata

It may not be the prettiest car on the list, nor the fastest, but the all-new Miata is a homage to roadster of the past.

 It’s lighter on its feet, and more willing to perform than previous generations. Best Miata yet? Just maybe.


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McLaren 650S

Fast, beautiful, advanced—these three adjectives alone could truly encompass all you need to know about the new McLaren 650S.

 But it’s much more than that. It’s a British rocket, built with the purpose to take down Lamborghini and Ferrari. It’s damn near close to doing so.


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Volvo S60 Cross Country

“Quirky” is Volvo’s middle name. Introduced earlier in the year, Volvo wasted no time in bringing out the lovably goofy S60 Cross Country for curious consumers. It’s everything you’d expect in a standard S60—except, you know, higher.

Fans will be able to vote on the final five nominees beginning next week, so stay tuned.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

2017 Acura NSX Officially Churns Out 573 HP, Hits 191 MPH

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The wait is nearly over—the highly-anticipated Acura NSX supercar hits showrooms early in 2016. But before this hybrid supercar takes to the streets, Acura wants to tease us with some official power figures; 573 horsepower, and a 191-mph top speed.
 
Power comes from a longitudinally mounted 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 rated at 500 horsepower. The standard gas engine is then assisted by a Twin Motor Unit (TMU) which powers the front wheels, and a third drive motor on the rear crankshaft. That brings the total output of the car to 573 hp.



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Acura admits that they haven’t actually topped this thing out yet, but early estimates suggest that the NSX will hit somewhere near 191 mph. No mpg figures have been given yet either.
One of the most impressive aspects is the new NSX is its weight. At 3,803 pounds, it’s relatively heavy in comparison to other supercars. The McLaren 650S, for example, tips the scales at just 3,148 pounds.


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But unlike the McLaren, the NSX is carrying around three electric motors and a lithium ion battery pack. These motors improve off-the-line torque (476 lb-ft) and efficiency, while only adding an extra 600+ pounds. The extra torque will be put to good use thanks to Acura’s Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system.

Acura hasn’t given any official price figures just yet, but we expect the new NSX to share a similar price point to cars like the McLaren 650S and Ferrari 488 GTB.