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Refreshing or Revolting: 2019 BMW 8 Series Coupe vs. 2018 Lexus LC

By | July 13, 2018

The 2019 BMW 8 Series revives a nameplate that hasn’t been seen in this market in 20 years. But the idea of a flagship coupe isn’t new. Other automakers have launched big, luxurious two-door grand tourers of their own before and since—including Lexus, which has the seductive-looking and surprisingly fun-to-drive LC 500. How does the BMW’s styling stack up against Lexus’ radical design language? Take a look below and decide for yourself.












From the front, the 8 Series is the more conservative of the two, featuring narrow LED-accented headlights and kidney grilles, and wide lower intake openings. The LC gets Lexus’ spindle grille, and this might be the best interpretation of the polarizing design feature yet. The Lexus also gets triangular headlights with clusters of three LED projectors, along with the brand’s signature check mark daytime running lights.




Both cars look sleek from the profile view. The 8 Series features a long rear quarter window that tapers into the subtlest of Hofmeister kinks. Character lines begin from the large “air breather” vents behind the front wheels and spread across the doors. The coupe’s clearly defined rear shoulders are also visible from the side. Meanwhile, the Lexus employs a floating roofline, minimal character lines, and prominent side skirts that feed into slender vents just behind the doors.








The 8 Series has a wide, planted stance when viewed from behind. Narrow LED taillights spread across the car’s shapely trunk lid, while the rear bumper sports wheel vents and integrated parallelogram-shaped tailpipes with chrome surrounds. The LC’s rear end is just as unconventional as its front, but in its own way is attractive and sporty-looking. The taillights feature a vertical element that juts sharply downward, and the rear bumper shape echoes the front with a protruding spindle design.








Just as the two coupes’ exterior designs are vastly different, so too are their interiors. The 8 Series’ cabin is an updated take on BMW’s familiar interior design language, featuring an LCD instrument cluster, glass-accented electronic shifter, and wide 10.25-inch central touchscreen with gesture controls. The LC’s cockpit is highlighted by distinctive front seats, uniquely contoured door panels with free-floating door handles and generous swathes of Alcantara, and a tiered dashboard that connects with the center console via a piece that serves as both partition and passenger grab handle.

The two cars have similar missions, yet they couldn’t be more different when it comes to design. Which flagship coupe do you think looks the best? Share your thoughts with us on Facebook!

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Watch This Ridiculously Quick Honda Lawn Mower Attack the Goodwood Hillclimb

By | July 12, 2018

Back in 2013, Honda set out to build the world’s fastest lawn mower. It did just that with the Mean Mower, a Honda HF2620 lawn tractor fitted with the engine from a Honda VTR Firestorm sport bike. Honda captured the lawn mower speed record in 2014 with a run of 116.575 mph. But that feat has since been surpassed, and Honda is eager to retake the title of fastest grass-cutter with its improved Mean Mower V2. But before it does that, the company decided to run its latest creation up the hill at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Mean Mower V2 is built on a custom T45 steel chassis and packs the beating heart of a CBR1000RR Fireblade SP—a 999cc inline-four that produces more than 190 hp. Mechanically speaking, the custom build has little in common with Honda’s off-the-shelf mowers, but it still shares its front cowl, body panels, and grass box with the HF 2622 lawn tractor. Weighing just 152 pounds, Mean Mower V2 is estimated to be capable of speeds in excess of 150 mph.




Though Mean Mower V2 can’t use that outright speed on the Goodwood hillclimb course, you can tell it’s plenty quick. You can also tell the vehicle, which has no suspension, is a pretty bumpy ride. The run up the hill is short and sweet, but it gives us an idea of what Mean Mower V2 is capable of before Honda attempts to break the lawn mower speed record at some point in the future.

See Mean Mower V2 in action in the video below.

Source: Honda, Goodwood Road & Racing via YouTube

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2018 Kia Stinger GT Long-Term Update 3: About That Badge

By | July 10, 2018

Over the past couple of months, the Stinger developed an intermittent noise coming from the window frames. You’d always hear a creaking sound when turning into a driveway, but some days the windows would squeak constantly above 35 mph. Because I had to head into the dealer anyway for a technical service bulletin dealing with the hatch, I made an appointment to get the noise checked out, as well.

Luckily, the windows were extra squeaky the day I took the Stinger in; the service advisor heard the noise right away. He estimated the service, including the tailgate job, would take four hours. Sensing my surprise, he told me it was because there was only one Stinger specialist, and he wasn’t in yet. I thought it was strange that the dealer website would let me schedule service for a Stinger before the Stinger specialist was on duty, but I handed over the keys and headed to the waiting room.




I’ve now taken the Stinger to two different dealerships, and each visit has offered insight into the Stinger ownership experience. I know this car is a Kia. The badge stares up at me from the steering wheel every day. But somehow, my first trip to my local Kia dealer for regular maintenance still surprised me. Stepping out of our swanky $50,000 long-term GT2 and into a crowded waiting room cluttered by marketing displays and racks of floor mats and car care products was quite the contrast. I wasn’t expecting the Ritz, but I also wasn’t expecting to see so much of the Kia Soul hamsters.

My second appointment was at a newer dealership that felt much higher-rent. The waiting room’s open layout and modern design seemed better suited to the Stinger customer, but it was still packed with people—perhaps something you just have to deal with when you own a car from a mainstream brand. Despite being quoted four hours for the service, the service writer retrieved me after just one and asked me to take a test ride with the technician. On a quick spin through the lot and on the road, I didn’t hear the noise once. He explained that my window seals were dry and needed to be lubricated. Asked whether this was a common problem on the Stinger, the tech said mine was the first he’d come across. The Stinger went on sale in December 2017, and they don’t sell in great volume (5,298 units have been sold through April), so techs are still learning the car and its quirks.




One thing Kia learned pretty early on was that the hatch can rattle due to ill-fitting rubber overslam bumpers. The service bulletin I was there for addressed that with new pads and washers. A rattle originating from the cargo area was a common complaint about the Stinger during Car of the Year testing, but I never heard the noise in our long-termer. Still, it’s nice to have that potential issue nipped in the bud. My car was ready in just two hours, rather than four, and both jobs were performed free of charge.

Overall, my experiences at the dealer have been positive—just not well matched to the Stinger’s upscale feel. Kia’s dealerships easily meet the standards of other mainstream brands, but when you own a Stinger (or K900 luxury sedan), a trip to the Kia dealer is like flying coach when you’re used to first class. That’s especially true if you’re a conquest buyer coming from a premium brand like Audi or BMW. If your BMW needs to be kept overnight, the dealer can probably find you a comparable loaner. But if for some reason the Stinger was ever out of commission, a Forte was the best I could hope for at one dealer I visited. The other had an Optima or Sorento to offer, however.

So far, the Stinger has proven to be a fun, comfortable sports sedan, and every bit a match for its more prestigious competitors. Just don’t expect the same white-glove treatment you might get from a dedicated luxury marque.

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2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Gets $20,910 Starting Price

By | May 26, 2018

The 2019 Toyota Corolla hatchback marks a big step in the right direction for a nameplate that has been known in recent years for its boring styling and driving dynamics. Now, Toyota has revealed pricing and fuel economy numbers for the Corolla hatch.

The 2019 Toyota Corolla hatchback will start at $20,910, including $920 destination charge, for an SE model with the six-speed manual transmission. Meanwhile, the manual-equipped XSE trim level will start at $23,910. The CVT will be an extra $1,100 on either model.

The Corolla hatchback’s starting price is $425 more than that of the Corolla iM it replaces, but it still undercuts much of its C-segment hatchback competition. The Honda Civic hatchback starts at $21,045, while the Mazda3 hatch starts at $21,285, the Chevrolet Cruze hatch starts at $21,320, the Ford Focus hatch starts at $21,415, and the Volkswagen Golf starts at $21,760. The Subaru Impreza five-door is slightly cheaper starting at $19,855, as are both Korean options. The Kia Forte5 and Hyundai Elantra GT start at $19,195 and $20,235, respectively.

Options for the Corolla hatch will be relatively streamlined. All Corolla hatchbacks come standard with the Entune 3.0 infotainment system, which is compatible with Apple CarPlay and the Amazon Alexa voice assistant, but the SE Preferred package will get you App Suite and Toyota Connected telematics services and a blind spot monitoring system for $1,400. The XSE Preferred package includes a premium JBL eight-speaker, 800-watt audio system, Toyota Connected services, onboard navigation, and Qi-compatible wireless charging capability for $1,600. Adaptive headlights are a $415 standalone option, and the $395 Blizzard Pearl is the only premium paint color.

Under the hood, the Corolla hatchback gets a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter inline-four rated at 168 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque. That engine can be pretty efficient, but just how efficient depends on the trim level and transmission choice. The Corolla hatch SE with the CVT is the fuel-miser of the lineup, EPA-rated at 32/42/36 mpg city/highway/combined. But that same drivetrain combo in the XSE, which rides on 18-inch wheels rather than 16s, only yields 30/38/33 mpg. The SE manual is rated 28/37/31 mpg, and numbers for the XSE manual are still pending. The base CVT Corolla hatch gets better mpgs than the most efficient Corolla sedan, the Corolla Eco, which is rated at 30/40/34 mpg.

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2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Starts at $20,910

By | May 25, 2018

The 2019 Toyota Corolla hatchback marks a big step in the right direction for a nameplate that has been known in recent years for its boring styling and driving dynamics. Now, Toyota has revealed pricing and fuel economy numbers for the Corolla hatch.

The 2019 Toyota Corolla hatchback will start at $20,910, including $920 destination charge, for an SE model with the six-speed manual transmission. Meanwhile, the manual-equipped XSE trim level will start at $23,910. The CVT will be an extra $1,100 on either model.

The Corolla hatchback’s starting price is $425 more than that of the Corolla iM it replaces, but it still undercuts much of its C-segment hatchback competition. The Honda Civic hatchback starts at $21,045, while the Mazda3 hatch starts at $21,285, the Chevrolet Cruze hatch starts at $21,320, the Ford Focus hatch starts at $21,415, and the Volkswagen Golf starts at $21,760. The Subaru Impreza five-door is slightly cheaper starting at $19,855, as are both Korean options. The Kia Forte5 and Hyundai Elantra GT start at $19,195 and $20,235, respectively.

Options for the Corolla hatch will be relatively streamlined. All Corolla hatchbacks come standard with the Entune 3.0 infotainment system, which is compatible with Apple CarPlay and the Amazon Alexa voice assistant, but the SE Preferred package will get you App Suite and Toyota Connected telematics services and a blind spot monitoring system for $1,400. The XSE Preferred package includes a premium JBL eight-speaker, 800-watt audio system, Toyota Connected services, onboard navigation, and Qi-compatible wireless charging capability for $1,600. Adaptive headlights are a $415 standalone option, and the $395 Blizzard Pearl is the only premium paint color.

Under the hood, the Corolla hatchback gets a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter inline-four rated at 168 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque. That engine can be pretty efficient, but just how efficient depends on the trim level and transmission choice. The Corolla hatch SE with the CVT is the fuel-miser of the lineup, EPA-rated at 32/42/36 mpg city/highway/combined. But that same drivetrain combo in the XSE, which rides on 18-inch wheels rather than 16s, only yields 30/38/33 mpg. The SE manual is rated 28/37/31 mpg, and numbers for the XSE manual are still pending. The base CVT Corolla hatch gets better mpgs than the most efficient Corolla sedan, the Corolla Eco, which is rated at 30/40/34 mpg.

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One-off Ferrari SP38 is a Highly Customized 488 GTB

By | May 23, 2018

Earlier this year, Ferrari officially revealed its latest special edition, the 488 Pista. With 710 horsepower, less weight, and a track-tuned suspension, the prototype we drove proved to be extremely quick. As rare and special as the 488 Pista will be, it can’t match the rarity of the SP38. Why? Because Ferrari only built one of them.

Like the Pista, the SP38 is based on the 488 GTB. But it was commisioned as a one-off for “one of Ferrari’s most dedicated customers.” Starting with the chassis and running gear from the 488, the Ferrari Design Centre created a completely new body for “a client with a deep passion for racing.” Ferrari says designers channeled the F40 and the 308 GTB, giving the mid-engine supercar less of a cab-forward appearance.

We see some Lamborghini in the design, as well as a little bit of Ford GT, but overall, it’s a great looking car. Rearward visibility, however, appears to be nonexistent. Ferrari says the cabin has also been fully customized, but only exterior images have been released. To get a look at the interior, we’ll have to wait until Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este begins on Saturday, May 26. Hopefully, Ferrari reveals more information on specs then, as well.

There also isn’t any word on price, but it’s probably safe to assume commissioning a one-off Ferrari is expensive. Very expensive. For example, the custom 458 Italia that Eric Clapton commissioned was rumored to cost more than $4 million. Odds are, the price of the SP38 was in the same ballpark.

Then again, if you have a few million dollars burning a hole in your pocket, we can think of a long list of worse things to spend it on than a custom Ferrari.



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Uber Shuts Down Autonomous Vehicle Program in Arizona

By | May 23, 2018

In the wake of a crash that killed an Arizona woman in March, Uber has announced it is shutting down its autonomous vehicle testing operations in the Grand Canyon State. The company will continue work on self-driving tech at other locations, including Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and two California cities—possibly San Francisco and Sacramento, where it is seeking permits.

As we previously reported, one of Uber’s autonomous Volvo XC90 test vehicles struck and killed 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg, who was walking her bicycle across the road. A video of the March 18 accident seemed to show the car did not react to the pedestrian, and the safety operator behind the wheel was looking down just before the crash. Uber halted all autonomous testing immediately following the accident, and not long after that Arizona governor Doug Ducey suspended Uber’s license to test self-driving cars in the state indefinitely.

Uber had moved its autonomous testing operations to Arizona after the California Department of Motor Vehicles revoked its vehicle registrations in late 2016. That came in response to Uber conducting tests in San Francisco without the proper permits. At the time the move was announced, governor Ducey welcomed Uber with open arms.

Now, likely sensing it has worn out its welcome, Uber is packing up its Volvos and leaving town. Former employees of the self-driving program will be offered help in finding new jobs, according to an Uber spokeswoman. But the company is adamant that its work on autonomous vehicle tech will continue.

“We’re committed to self-driving technology, and we look forward to returning to public roads in the near future,” the spokeswoman told Reuters.

An investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board into the accident is still in progress, and Uber is waiting for a preliminary report from the agency before it continues testing autonomous cars on the road. Reuters says that report is expected within the next couple of weeks.

Source: Reuters

 

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2018 Kia Stinger GT Long-Term Update 2: Getting to Know the Active Safety Features

By | May 23, 2018

Shortly after my last update was published, I received several emails regarding the Stinger’s lane keep assist system, which I said didn’t do much at all. The gist of those emails: “You can adjust the level of correction, you idiot!” This idiot checked, and sure enough, you can. My bad.








Within the instrument cluster display, there’s a menu for driver assistance features. Find the option called Lane Safety, and you’ll be able to choose between Active LKA, Standard LKA, and Lane Departure Warning, which sounds an alert but doesn’t intervene. I had it set on the standard setting, which, as advertised, only makes mild corrections when the system detects you’re about to veer out of your lane. Once I switched to Active, the system made a more obvious effort to stay within the center of the lane markers. The warning to keep your hands on the steering wheel is still easily triggered, but I’ve found that if you maintain a good grip with at least one hand, the alert sounds less often.

Since I was taking a closer look at the Stinger’s LKA system, I figured I could dive a bit deeper into the other driver assist features as well. I’ve learned to love the adaptive cruise control with stop and go, especially when I’m crawling along in wonderful SoCal traffic. When set, the system takes care of virtually all accelerating and braking duties, even at slow speeds. If you come to a stop for less than 3 seconds (which happens a lot on the 405), the cruise control will resume automatically when the car in front begins to move. Stops longer than 3 seconds require you to hit the gas to move again. The only issue I’ve had is slowing to a stop (or nearly a stop) from 40 mph or above with the closest following distance selected. At that setting, the system brakes just a little too late for my liking. The car will no doubt stop safely on its own, but it takes some heavy braking to do it, and cars behind you usually aren’t too happy about the more-sudden-than-necessary deceleration. Luckily, it’s an easy fix: There are four distance settings, and every one besides the closest will slow down smoothly and predictably.

The blind spot warning system works well, and with the head-up display that’s standard on the GT2 trim, you can choose to get the warnings in the display. The graphic also illuminates in the side mirrors, but knowing there’s a car in your blind spot before you turn your head to check could save you the hassle.

We’re usually pretty good about playing with features in cars, but sometimes it takes an email (or a half dozen) to push us to dig deeper.

Having a hatch has its perks. Just look at all the baby shower gifts I was able to fit in our Stinger. Don’t try this in your 3 Series, kids.

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Nissan Armada Mountain Patrol is Ready for Adventure

By | May 18, 2018

Last month, Nissan announced it would build another crowd-sourced concept for the annual Overland Expo West show in Flagstaff, Arizona. After receiving input on the modifications from Facebook and Instagram users, Nissan has completed its one-off “Mountain Patrol” Armada SUV.

The Armada Mountain Patrol was designed with overlanding in mind, so every modification either helps it be a better off-roader or a more hospitable mobile campsite. Nissan started with a stock 2018 Armada 4WD, which packs a 390-hp 5.6-liter V-8 that comes mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. From there, Nissan added 17-inch Icon Bronze Rebound wheels wrapped in 35-inch Nitto Ridge Grappler tires, a Calmini 6-inch lift kit, and Icon coil-over suspension with extended A-arms. Nissan said it made only minimal changes to the Armada’s drivetrain.

Those upgrades should help the Armada Mountain Patrol conquer the trails, but because overlanding is all about accessorizing, Nissan didn’t stop there. Fans voted to outfit the Armada further with a set of Baja Designs auxiliary lights and light bar, which is mounted to a Rhino Rack Backbone roof-mounted cargo system. The project also receives Calmini steel bumpers, a Warn Zeon Platinum 12S Winch, Calmini rock rails, and a Hi-Lift jack. Because overlanding is about camping as much as it is off-roading, the Mountain Patrol gets a roof-mounted four-person Mt. Shasta tent, Rhino Rack Batwing awning, ARB refrigerator, ARB drawer system, ARB twin-screw air compressor, and Pelican 1650 hard cases. A custom orange wrap chosen by social media fans tops the whole thing off.

The Nissan Armada Mountain Patrol concept will make its public debut at Overland Expo West this weekend, but Nissan North America’s chief marketing manager Brandon White says it will also make appearances at events throughout the summer. Hopefully one of those is somewhere in the wilderness, where this rig looks like it would fit right in.





















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One-Off Nissan Armada Mountain Patrol Debuts

By | May 18, 2018

Last month, Nissan announced it would build another crowd-sourced concept for the annual Overland Expo West show in Flagstaff, Arizona. After receiving input on the modifications from Facebook and Instagram users, Nissan has completed its one-off “Mountain Patrol” Armada SUV.

The Armada Mountain Patrol was designed with overlanding in mind, so every modification either helps it be a better off-roader or a more hospitable mobile campsite. Nissan started with a stock 2018 Armada 4WD, which packs a 390-hp 5.6-liter V-8 that comes mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. From there, Nissan added 17-inch Icon Bronze Rebound wheels wrapped in 35-inch Nitto Ridge Grappler tires, a Calmini 6-inch lift kit, and Icon coil-over suspension with extended A-arms. Nissan said it made only minimal changes to the Armada’s drivetrain.

Those upgrades should help the Armada Mountain Patrol conquer the trails, but because overlanding is all about accessorizing, Nissan didn’t stop there. Fans voted to outfit the Armada further with a set of Baja Designs auxiliary lights and light bar, which is mounted to a Rhino Rack Backbone roof-mounted cargo system. The project also receives Calmini steel bumpers, a Warn Zeon Platinum 12S Winch, Calmini rock rails, and a Hi-Lift jack. Because overlanding is about camping as much as it is off-roading, the Mountain Patrol gets a roof-mounted four-person Mt. Shasta tent, Rhino Rack Batwing awning, ARB refrigerator, ARB drawer system, ARB twin-screw air compressor, and Pelican 1650 hard cases. A custom orange wrap chosen by social media fans tops the whole thing off.

The Nissan Armada Mountain Patrol concept will make its public debut at Overland Expo West this weekend, but Nissan North America’s chief marketing manager Brandon White says it will also make appearances at events throughout the summer. Hopefully one of those is somewhere in the wilderness, where this rig looks like it would fit right in.

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2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Gets 2.7-liter Inline-Four Option

By | May 18, 2018

Chevy gave us the basic facts of the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500’s engine lineup when the truck debuted in Detroit earlier this year, but the automaker kept specs and other technical details close to the vest. Now, GM has given us a lot more info on the new pickup’s drivetrain options, including a complete download on an all-new turbocharged 2.7-liter four-cylinder—the 2019 Silverado’s surprise fifth engine choice.

Back in January, we quizzed GM’s head of global product development Mark Reuss on the possibility of the Silverado getting a four-cylinder engine. He declined to comment, but at the time we posited that a four-cylinder could be part of a new hybrid option. There’s no electrification here, but the new turbocharged 2.7-liter I-4 is still very high-tech. The turbo 2.7-liter was designed from the ground up as a truck engine, according to GM. As such, the gas-fed four-banger has a long stroke to deliver optimal low-end torque. The exhaust manifold is integrated into the cylinder head to reduce turbo lag, and the turbo itself uses a twin-scroll design for quicker spooling and better response down low. In addition, the new engine gets a trick variable valve lift system with three different camshaft profiles to choose from depending on the situation. The result is a four-cylinder that produces 310 hp and 348 lb-ft of torque, with that torque peaking from 1,500 to 4,000 rpm. GM expects the 2.7-liter to offer payload capacity comparable to the Ford F-150 XLT’s 3.3-liter V-6 and the Ram 1500 Big Horn’s 3.6-liter V-6. The 2.7-liter I-4 will replace the 4.3-liter V-6 in the Silverado LT and is the standard engine on the new Silverado RST. The engine also gets cylinder shut-off and stop/start tech.

GM announcing it will offer a four-cylinder engine in a full-size truck is the big news of the day, but we also learn much more about the 2019 Silverado’s other engines. The 4.3-liter V-6 will continue to be offered as the base engine in the Work Truck, Custom, and Custom Trail Boss, making the same 285 hp and 305 lb-ft as last year. Power ratings also remain the same on the 5.3-liter V-8 and 6.2-liter V-8, at 355 hp/383 lb-ft and 420 hp/460 lb-ft, respectively, but are updated with stop/start tech and GM’s Dynamic Fuel Management system that can shut off as many as seven cylinders. Sadly, GM doesn’t give us any more details on its new 3.0-liter Duramax turbodiesel inline-six, which is due next year.

The 5.3-liter V-8 will be the optional engine on the Work Truck and Custom models, a group Chevy calls its “high-value family.” Both the V-6 and the 5.3-liter V-8 will come mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. In the LT and RST, the standard 2.7-liter turbo engine will come mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, as will the optional 5.3-liter V-8. The 5.3 and eight-speed combo will be standard on the LT Trail Boss, LTZ, and High Country, with the latter two trims having the option of a 6.2-liter V-8 mated to the 10-speed automatic jointly developed by Ford and GM. The turbodiesel straight-six will be available on the LT, RST, LTZ, and High Country with a 10-speed auto.

When it launches in the third quarter of this year, the 2019 Silverado will be available in crew cab V-8 form. Regular and double cab models will arrive by the fourth quarter, along with the V-6 and turbo 2.7-liter I-4. Bringing up the rear will be the Duramax diesel in Early 2019. GM says EPA fuel economy estimates and payload and towing capacities will be announced closer to launch.

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Ford F-150, Super Duty to Resume Production

By | May 17, 2018

Ford has announced that F-Series pickup truck production will resume after a fire at one of its suppliers hampered its ability to crank out America’s best-selling vehicle line. Production of the F-150 will restart Friday at the Dearborn Truck Plant. By Monday, Ford is expected to resume Super Duty production at the Kentucky Truck Plant and F-150 production at the Kansas City Assembly Plant.

On May 2, a fire ripped through Meridian Magnesium Products, which produced front bolsters for the F-150, Super Duty, Expedition, and Lincoln Navigator. In addition, Meridian supplied parts for the Explorer, Flex, and Linclon MKT, though production on those lines continued as normal. To get the affected truck plants up and running again, Ford worked with a team of suppliers and contractors to repair and move the huge dies that produce the bolsters.

Ford F-150 on assembly line at Dearborn Truck Plant

A total of 19 dies were removed from the damaged portion of Meridian’s facility in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, including one that was flown to Nottingham, U.K., via an Antonov Ruslan cargo plane. Ford says that moving a bolster die weighing 87,000 pounds overseas would normally take 10 days, but because its bottom line was at stake, the Blue Oval managed to cut that down to 30 hours including flight time. The parts are now being built by Meridian in Eaton Rapids and in the U.K., where they are shipped back to the U.S. daily. That sounds like a lot of work to restart production on two trucks, but when those two trucks are your best-selling products by far, the haste is understandable.

The Meridian fire also affected other automakers including FCA, BMW, GM, and Mercedes, but so far there’s no word how they’re dealing with the aftermath of the fire.




















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Ford F-150, Super Duty Production to Restart After Supplier Fire

By | May 17, 2018

Ford has announced that F-Series pickup truck production will resume after a fire at one of its suppliers hampered its ability to crank out America’s best-selling vehicle line. Production of the F-150 will restart Friday at the Dearborn Truck Plant. By Monday, Ford is expected to resume Super Duty production at the Kentucky Truck Plant and F-150 production at the Kansas City Assembly Plant.

On May 2, a fire ripped through Meridian Magnesium Products, which produced front bolsters for the F-150, Super Duty, Expedition, and Lincoln Navigator. In addition, Meridian supplied parts for the Explorer, Flex, and Linclon MKT, though production on those lines continued as normal. To get the affected truck plants up and running again, Ford worked with a team of suppliers and contractors to repair and move the huge dies that produce the bolsters.

Ford F-150 on assembly line at Dearborn Truck Plant

A total of 19 dies were removed from the damaged portion of Meridian’s facility in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, including one that was flown to Nottingham, U.K., via an Antonov Ruslan cargo plane. Ford says that moving a bolster die weighing 87,000 pounds overseas would normally take 10 days, but because its bottom line was at stake, the Blue Oval managed to cut that down to 30 hours including flight time. The parts are now being built by Meridian in Eaton Rapids and in the U.K., where they are shipped back to the U.S. daily. That sounds like a lot of work to restart production on two trucks, but when those two trucks are your best-selling products by far, the haste is understandable.

The Meridian fire also affected other automakers including FCA, BMW, GM, and Mercedes, but so far there’s no word how they’re dealing with the aftermath of the fire.

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Porsche 911 Speedster Can’t Hide Its GT3 Bits

By | May 17, 2018

Porsche is getting ready to wind down the 991 generation to make way for the upcoming 992. To celebrate, the German automaker plans to bring back the highly sought after Speedster model as a limited edition. Speedster variants have historically had low production runs and higher levels of equipment, and the 991 Speedster looks like it will be no different. The prototype shown here appears to have taken its bumpers and wheels straight off the 911 GT3.

It’s difficult to tell in these photos, but the convertible top is camouflaged toward the rear, with pieces of fabric awkwardly overlapping by the rear window and tucking into the door frames. Under the soft-top, there’s probably a hard tonneau cover with molded headrest fairings that are characteristic of the Speedster model. Interestingly, it looks like this prototype wears the 911 GT3’s front and rear bumpers, as well as its center-lock wheels.

In a couple of photos, you can see a GT3 testing alongside the prototype. We’d like to think that means the Speedster will get a version of the GT3’s 500-hp naturally aspirated 4.0-liter flat-six. However, the 997-generation 911 Speedster used the same drivetrain as the Carrera GTS of the day, so it’s also possible Porsche will give the 991 version the 450-hp twin-turbo 3.0-liter flat-six from the current GTS.

Our shooter tells us Porsche will reveal the 911 Speedster at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July. It will reportedly be limited to just 1,948 units to coincide with Porsche’s 70th anniversary. If that’s true, the 991 Speedster would have the second largest production run of the four 911 Speedster models—just behind the 2,104 examples of the first iteration in 1989. The 997 Speedster was limited to 356 units (a nod to the original 356 Speedster) while 934 copies were made of the 964 Speedster.

We should learn more as we get closer to the 911 Speedster’s debut this summer. In the meantime, enjoy these spy shots.












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Spied! Porsche 911 Speedster Mule Sports GT3 Goodies

By | May 16, 2018

Porsche is getting ready to wind down the 991 generation to make way for the upcoming 992. To celebrate, the German automaker plans to bring back the highly sought after Speedster model as a limited edition. Speedster variants have historically had low production runs and higher levels of equipment, and the 991 Speedster looks like it will be no different. The prototype shown here appears to have taken its bumpers and wheels straight off the 911 GT3.

It’s difficult to tell in these photos, but the convertible top is camouflaged toward the rear, with pieces of fabric awkwardly overlapping by the rear window and tucking into the door frames. Under the soft-top, there’s probably a hard tonneau cover with molded headrest fairings that are characteristic of the Speedster model. Interestingly, it looks like this prototype wears the 911 GT3’s front and rear bumpers, as well as its center-lock wheels.

In a couple of photos, you can see a GT3 testing alongside the prototype. We’d like to think that means the Speedster will get a version of the GT3’s 500-hp naturally aspirated 4.0-liter flat-six. However, the 997-generation 911 Speedster used the same drivetrain as the Carrera GTS of the day, so it’s also possible Porsche will give the 991 version the 450-hp twin-turbo 3.0-liter flat-six from the current GTS.

Our shooter tells us Porsche will reveal the 911 Speedster at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July. It will reportedly be limited to just 1,948 units to coincide with Porsche’s 70th anniversary. If that’s true, the 991 Speedster would have the second largest production run of the four 911 Speedster models—just behind the 2,104 examples of the first iteration in 1989. The 997 Speedster was limited to 356 units (a nod to the original 356 Speedster) while 934 copies were made of the 964 Speedster.

We should learn more as we get closer to the 911 Speedster’s debut this summer. In the meantime, enjoy these spy shots.

Photo source: CarPix









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Will the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Get a Dual-Clutch or 10-Speed Auto?

By | May 16, 2018

We’ve heard a lot about the upcoming Ford Mustang Shelby GT500’s engine, but so far we’ve only heard unsubstantiated rumors about its transmission. The video below doesn’t solve that mystery, although it does appear to be proof the GT500 will change gears automatically. Whether that’s through a dual-clutch or traditional torque converter automatic is up for debate.

The video, posted this week by the folks at enthusiast forum Mustang6G, shows a camouflaged Mustang testing on the street. The wingless prototype looks a lot like the one we spotted last month, but in this video, we can hear it running. The shooter captured the car taking off from a stop several times, and each time the transmission upshifts through second and third gear very quickly—too quick to be a manual. The gearbox’s rush to get into a higher gear reminds us of the 10-speed automatic currently offered on the regular Ford Mustang.

Chevrolet already uses a version of that transmission in the 650-hp Camaro ZL1, so we know it can handle track duty. Using the 10-speed on the GT500 would also probably reduce Ford’s development costs, but the rumor we’ve heard for the past several months has been that Ford will use a seven-speed dual-clutch like the Getrag unit found in the Ford GT. Either transmission would be capable of the quick shifts we hear in this video, so it’s difficult to tell which one it is.

But while the GT500’s transmission remains a mystery, we know more about the rest of the car. Thanks to a couple of leaks, it’s probably a safe bet that the GT500 will pack a supercharged variant of the GT350’s flat-plane-crank 5.2-liter V-8. And thanks to Ford, we know the car will pump out more than 700 hp.

The GT500 will make its official debut in 2019, so there’s plenty of time for more info to trickle out. In the meantime, check out the video below and draw your own conclusions on the Shelby GT500’s quick-shifting transmission.


















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Ford Mustang Shelby GT500: Dual-Clutch or 10-Speed Automatic?

By | May 15, 2018

We’ve heard a lot about the upcoming Ford Mustang Shelby GT500’s engine, but so far we’ve only heard unsubstantiated rumors about its transmission. The video below doesn’t solve that mystery, although it does appear to be proof the GT500 will change gears automatically. Whether that’s through a dual-clutch or traditional torque converter automatic is up for debate.

The video, posted this week by the folks at enthusiast forum Mustang6G, shows a camouflaged Mustang testing on the street. The wingless prototype looks a lot like the one we spotted last month, but in this video, we can hear it running. The shooter captured the car taking off from a stop several times, and each time the transmission upshifts through second and third gear very quickly—too quick to be a manual. The gearbox’s rush to get into a higher gear reminds us of the 10-speed automatic currently offered on the regular Ford Mustang.

Chevrolet already uses a version of that transmission in the 650-hp Camaro ZL1, so we know it can handle track duty. Using the 10-speed on the GT500 would also probably reduce Ford’s development costs, but the rumor we’ve heard for the past several months has been that Ford will use a seven-speed dual-clutch like the Getrag unit found in the Ford GT. Either transmission would be capable of the quick shifts we hear in this video, so it’s difficult to tell which one it is.

But while the GT500’s transmission remains a mystery, we know more about the rest of the car. Thanks to a couple of leaks, it’s probably a safe bet that the GT500 will pack a supercharged variant of the GT350’s flat-plane-crank 5.2-liter V-8. And thanks to Ford, we know the car will pump out more than 700 hp.

The GT500 will make its official debut in 2019, so there’s plenty of time for more info to trickle out. In the meantime, check out the video below and draw your own conclusions on the Shelby GT500’s quick-shifting transmission.

Source: Mustang6G via YouTube



















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2019 Acura RDX Production Begins in Ohio

By | May 15, 2018

The third-generation Acura RDX debuted at this year’s New York auto show, and now the crossover has started production at Honda’s East Liberty Plant in Ohio. Acura says the RDX is the first of a new generation of products built with the brand’s Precision Crafted Performance slogan in mind, and also the first to benefit from a $54 million investment in the East Liberty Plant.

That investment has led to new tech at the facility, including a roller hemming process for the RDX’s panoramic moonroof, high-performance structural adhesives, sound-deadening spray foam, and a new multi-layer paint system. The RDX’s engine, a turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 related to the units powering the Honda Civic Type R and upper-trim Accord models, comes from Honda’s engine plant in Anna, Ohio. It makes 272 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque and comes mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission and next-gen Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive system.








In addition to the new drivetrain, the RDX has a redesigned interior that features a 10.2-inch screen with a new console-mounted True Touchpad Interface. All 2019 RDX models will come standard with advanced driver assist features including forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control.

The 2019 Acura RDX hits dealer lots this June.









































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