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We can thank Tesla for being the primary motivator behind high-performance EVs. The company has been making smoking fast Model S variants for a while now that are able to embarrass gas-powered cars. Fans of exotic machinery might recognize the name Pininfarina. This is the design house that has been behind some of the most attractive Ferraris ever made. Pininfarina has decided to launch its own line of cars and one of the first rides in that new line will be an epic hypercar. This won’t use a snarling V12 engine like so many Ferrari's the design firm had a hand in. The Pininfarina hypercar... Read more...
Siemens really thought that when it brought its sweet looking classic 1965 Mustang to the Goodwood Hill Climb that it would fly up the hill and do autonomous cars proud. It ended up driving up the hill in spectacularly poor fashion. At least the Mustang looked good sitting on the starting line. The autonomous Mustang had very little in the way of autonomous tech compared to the cars we are used to seeing in testing with giant masses of cameras and sensors on the roof and other locations. The Mustang uses GPS and what appears to be a single camera to determine where it was on the road. Whoever thought... Read more...
Of all the hypercars out there for the ultra-wealthy to enjoy, the Koenigsegg Agera RS is among the fastest. Koenigsegg set a record for top speed from a production car using an Agera RS on a closed-off section of Nevada highway back in November of 2017 when the car hit 277.9 mph (Koenigsegg took that land speed record from the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport). The Koenigsegg Final Edition is an Agera RS with every option in the book thrown in for good measure. Koenigsegg has completed the last two Final Edition cars that will be built before its next great hypercar debuts at the Geneva Motor Show next... Read more...
Muscle car fans were giddy last week when Dodge announced the 2019 Challenger lineup as there are several high-performance models in the mix. The loss of the Demon for the 2019 model year will make some fans sad, but the new SRT Hellcat Redeye almost makes up for it. Dodge gave us specs on that Redeye and the other Challenger models save pricing and when they would be available. Dodge has now offered base pricing on the entire 2019 Challenger line. The Challenger R/T will start at $34,100 for 2019. The more muscular Challenger R/T Scat Pack will start at $38,995 plus a $1,000 gas guzzler tax... Read more...
The Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) has announced that it has published the Digital Key Release 1.0 specification. That specification is a standardized solution that is designed to eliminate the keys and fobs we all carry for our cars today and replace them with a digital version that lives on your smartphone. The CCC counts among it some major tech firms and automakers, and the critical mass certainly appears to be there to make digital keys a reality in the future. Participating members of the CCC include charter members Audi, BMW, General Motors, HYUNDAI, LG Electronics, Panasonic, Samsung,... Read more...
If 007 ever decided to settle down with a nice young lady and have some kids out in the countryside, the Aston Martin Rapide AMR would be his car of choice. This beast is all sports car, but just so happens to have enough doors to haul the kids whilst hauling all the arse you want. AMR stands for Aston Martin Racing and is meant to be a brand within the brand that draws on direct engineering and style from the Aston racing cars and road cars. Aston says that the Rapide AMR is its most extreme four-door sports car and has improved performance, dynamics, and style compared to the standard Rapide.... Read more...
Most people who are shopping for a Ford Mustang, an RWD sports/muscle car, aren’t likely to be cross shopping that car with a Kia. However, with the new Kia Stinger GT on the market, the Korean sedan might be something that Mustang shoppers are considering in today's market. The guys from Throttle House took a Kia Stinger GT packing the twin-turbo V6 and all-wheel drive to the drag strip and pitted it against a Mustang GT automatic that does have aftermarket tires, different springs, and factory Magneride suspension. Anyone who's ever tried to launch an RWD Mustang on an unprepared surface... Read more...
Lego has rolled out the only way the 99% will ever get to own the Bugatti Chiron hypercar in the form of a sweet new Lego Technic kit #42083. This is a beast of a Lego kit with 3,599 pieces that will set you back $349.99. That is most certainly not cheap, but considering the real car costs about $2.5 million, this miniature Bugatti is a true bargain. The Lego Chiron is a large kit at 1:8 scale and was developed in partnership with Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. That means it has all those little touches that make the real Chiron so special. Builders get a Technic 8-speed gearbox to match to the detailed... Read more...
It hasn't been that long since Fiat-Chrysler first announced the sweet Challenger SRT Demon was coming to sit atop the Dodge muscle car line. The beast packs in 840hp and a bunch of other features to make it a true monster at the strip capable of 9.65-second runs in the quarter mile. Dodge was always clear that the Demon was a limited-edition car with only 3,300 units slated to be built. The very last Demon, number 3,300, has rolled off the FCA Canadian assembly line and it won’t go into some museum somewhere never to be seen again. Dodge is taking that special car and putting it up... Read more...
Tesla CEO Elon Musk is famous for sharing details of coming vehicles on Twitter, and he has been doing just that this weekend with some bean-spilling on the company's forthcoming dual motor AWD Model 3 EV. Musk said that Tesla is hard at work on the Model 3 dual motor all-wheel drive and performance versions of the vehicle. He claims that the car's "driving feel is amazing" and offered up some release info and configuration details. Musk did directly answer one poster who wanted more details on specifics of the front and rear motors, Musk wrote, "AC induction front & switched reluctance, partial... Read more...
Tesla has made a big name for itself in a relatively brief time as the go-to company for high-tech and long-range electric vehicles. Tesla's cars look very good on the outside, but what about the parts under the skin that we can’t see? Engineering company Munro & Associates has taken Tesla's latest car, the Model 3, and torn the car apart to see how well it is built. According to the engineering firm, where Tesla truly excels is in the battery pack and related power electronics. Munro & Associates went so far as to say that it was "shocked" by the advanced techniques that Tesla... Read more...
Porsche is gunning for Tesla with its own line of electric vehicles that will look good and offer high performance (and Porsche's usual penchant for quality). The line will include the slick Mission E and the Mission E Cross Turismo that have only been seen in concept form so far. A high-performance electric car comes with the need for a high-performance charging network, and since Porsche is taking the fight to Tesla, that infrastructure can’t exactly be shared. New details on what Porsche has planned for its charging network have surfaced and Porsche Cars North America plans to have at... Read more...
The ever-increasing fuel economy standards were sure to be eventual the death of big displacements engines. A new rumor floating around says that death is coming soon for Mercedes' famed bi-turbo V12 engine. That engine is found under the hood of the Mercedes SL roadster with the most appealing version being the Mercedes-AMG SL 65 with the bi-turbo 603hp V12 underfoot. A German blog called mbpassion has cited a source that claims the production of the bi-turbo V12 AMG SL 65 will end in the next few months. That was a very expensive car ringing in at $222,000 and it didn't offer much in the way... Read more...
Tragedy struck last week for a man and his family in California. The man was driving in his Tesla Model X when the vehicle struck a concrete barrier on Highway 101 near Mountain View -- he died as a result of the accident. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has been investigating to determine if the Autopilot feature was engaged, and now Tesla has now confirmed that it was in fact turned on at the time of the accident. Tesla wrote, "In the moments before the collision, which occurred at 9:27 a.m. on Friday, March 23rd, Autopilot was engaged with the adaptive cruise control follow-distance... Read more...
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