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Categories: Rumors

What?! Lamborghini May Build Four-Door Aventador

On: Mon, Jul 2, 2012 at 1:45PM | By: Chris Weiss


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A Lamborghini sedan has been rumored since the Raging Bull unveiled the Estoque concept in 2008. Those rumors were largely put to rest when Lamborghini unveiled the Urus concept at the recent 2012 Beijing Motor Show. The logic is that the Urus crossover beat out an Estoque-inspired sedan for the third and final model slot in Sant'Agata Bolognese. Still, some voices say that Lamborghini hasn't abandoned the sedan entirely. The latest such voice explains that the first Lamborghini four-door may come by way of a four-seat Aventador.


Smart USA Topples Challenger In Twitter Tussle

On: Fri, Jun 22, 2012 at 4:36PM | By: Chris Salamone


Smart USA Topples Challenger In Twitter Tussle test 2

Just yesterday, the hawk-eyed folks at Jalopnik spotted a Twitter slugmatch which validated everything we’ve learned from Jay-Z, Kanye West and 50 Cent over the years – when someone makes a polite, but witty critique about you…the best option is to respond with a less polite, but more witty comment.

The tussle began when Clayton Hove, a Twitter user and pseudo-ad critic, felt compelled to poke fun at the Smart Car. To his delight, and surprise, Smart USA responded with a complicated mathematical analysis and handy infographic. Hove, as it would turn out, merely brought a tweet to a Calculus BC fight.


Chevy Sonic And Chevy Spark To Be First Cars With Apple Siri Tech

On: Fri, Jun 22, 2012 at 12:17PM | By: Chris Weiss


Chevy Sonic And Chevy Spark To Be First Cars With Apple Siri Tech test 2

At its World Wide Developers Conference last week, Apple teased the upcoming Siri Eyes Free integration for automobiles. The tech giant didn't go into much detail about the system or when it will appear, but it did provide a list of nine automakers that will integrate it. That left us wondering: What car will get it first? If a new report is to be believed, the answer may be the Chevy Spark and/or Chevy Sonic.

GM Authority reports that the Spark and Sonic will be the first GM vehicles to integrate the new technology. The timing of the release is still unclear, but the blog cites a GM media representative in stating that an announcement should come within the next year, which leads us to believe that the technology will be part of 2014 models.


BMW Supercar May Be Back On The Table

On: Fri, Jun 22, 2012 at 10:15AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Rumors about a new BMW M1 supercar have been a little scattered and schizophrenic. After hearing about the possibility of a new M1 for years, BMW brass laid the rumor to rest last year. Or did they? A new report with roots in Germany says that the M1 is indeed being developed.

A report trail that winds its way back to Germany's Auto Bild suggests that BMW is working on an M1 successor to be introduced in 2016. Taking the report's info at face value, the car will be a lightweight blend of aluminum, magnesium, titanium and plastic. Power will come from a ~600-hp V-8 turbo that pushes the car to around 205 mph. Thanks to its turbo engine and start-stop system, the car will deliver high performance without the detriment of atrocious fuel economy.


 

Ford KeyFree Lightens Password Log-on Load

On: Thu, Jun 21, 2012 at 5:11PM | By: Chris Salamone


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The rumor mill is turning once more, spinning a sci-fi thriller which might affect the very fabric of our everyday lives. Ford’s KeyFree technology, commonly known for automatic door locking/unlocking and – everyone’s favorite gimmick – push-to-start ignitions, has popped up on a French Vimeo site with an altogether new software update.

So far, all we know is that a new version of Ford’s KeyFree system is coming soon. And this time, multiple password storage and automatic log-on will be the name of the game.

Users of the Ford KeyFree app will be able to save usernames and passwords for social media, email, internet shopping, and the like. Upon entering a device’s Bluetooth range, connected computers will automatically log on to each individual account.


Next-Gen Chevy Volt To Get More Powerful Turbo Engine

On: Thu, Jun 21, 2012 at 11:56AM | By: Chris Weiss


Next-Gen Chevy Volt To Get More Powerful Turbo Engine test 2

The 2013 Chevy Volt is in line for a boost in range, but if you really want to see the Volt's performance soar, you'll have to wait a couple years. When the Volt is revamped sometime after 2014, it will get a bigger 2.0-liter turbo gas engine.

According to a source consulted by InsideEVs, the next Volt will use a 2.0-liter turbo engine that could be worth as much as 270-hp. That's quite a jump in power from the current Volt's 89-hp 1.4-liter range extender.


Volvo Dangles Polestar S60 Concept

On: Tue, Jun 19, 2012 at 10:32AM | By: Chris Salamone


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Last November, Volvo dropped the Polestar performance upgrade for the company’s hot hatch C30. And ever since, Volvo fans have wondered when the next Polestar treatment would come – and more importantly, which vehicle would receive the upgrade.

Fortunately for all involved, the wait was worth it. Just a few days ago, Volvo unveiled vehicle specs for an upcoming Polestar S60, injected to the brim with performance enhancers. Sure, the old school S60 Type R could jump from 0-60 in a blistering 5.4 seconds. But this S60 is a whole other animal.

Of course, that’s not surprising when you consider a T6 with modified cylinder head, combustion chambers, inlet manifold, and air intake. Tack on a Garret turbo and the Polestar S60 is good for 508 horsepower and 424 lb-ft of torque.  

Oh, and a projected 0-60 time of 3.9 seconds.


Texans May Regret An 85 MPH Highway?!

On: Fri, Jun 8, 2012 at 4:49PM | By: Chris Salamone


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Days ago, local Texas radio station 1200 News Radio WOAI announced that an 85 mile per hour speed limit sign had been spotted on a brand new toll road called State Highway 130, running from east San Antonio to just north of Austin. Since the discovery, auto enthusiast websites all over the internet have lauded State Highway 130’s gloriously high speed limit. Of course we all want to see roads with increased speed limits, but at what cost? Much like all too-good-to-be-true deals, there’s a catch.

Back in September the Economic Policy Journal first brought the potential problem to our attention and, unsurprisingly, State Highway 130’s success or failure hinges on the wallets of drivers or taxpayers – regardless if those taxpayers currently drive.

But wait, the plot thickens. Rick Perry is entangled in the State Highway 130 project through a multi-billion dollar business deal.


McLaren MP4-12C Spyder To Get Innovative, Three-Piece Hard-Top

On: Wed, Jun 6, 2012 at 4:16PM | By: Chris Weiss


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The Ferrari 458 Spider may be the "world's first mid-rear Berlinetta equipped with a retractable hard top," but one of its big competitors will have an equally intriguing hard-top when it hits the scene. McLaren has turned to a familiar company in designing an innovative folding hard-top for the MP4-12C Spyder.

According to Autocar, McLaren has teamed with German firm Webasto, the same manufacturer that worked with Ferrari on the 458 hard-top. Like Ferrari, McLaren will offer its mid-level supercar with a folding hard-top. But the design will be a bit different. The MP4-12C system will reportedly use three roof panels, which will retract and stack on top of each other. They'll slide away into a compartment behind the seats.


Going, Going, Gone: Chrysler Holds Abarth Orders

On: Wed, Jun 6, 2012 at 12:09PM | By: Chris Salamone


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Since last month, when the Fiat 500 Abarth first arrived in US dealerships, buyers have only continued to line up. And as of yesterday, supply and demand reached some kind of tipping point. The Detroit News reports that Chrysler Group LLC asked dealers to discontinue taking 2012 Fiat Abarth orders.

Walking a quick eBay stroll, 2012 Abarths can still be found at showrooms around the county. But buyers who aren’t nearby currently available 2012 models will have to wait until the 2013 Fiat 500 Abarth surfaces. In other words, customers can no longer place an order for the 2012 Abarth, but are instead required to take small comfort in Chrysler’s 2013 model waitlist and an optimistic delivery this Fall.


What The F-Type Took So Long?!

On: Tue, Jun 5, 2012 at 2:48PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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For those that are lucky enough to remember the Hot Rods of the 1960's and '70's, there were some tough choices to make back then if you were in the market for a new sports car. Not only was there an array of phenomenal domestic cars on the market to choose from, there were some fantastic cars coming in from overseas. One of the prettiest out there was the venerable E-Type, which caused many potential owners lots of grief -- Corvette or E-Type? E-Type or Corvette? Although we're quite sure that those that selected the car bearing the crossed flags made the right decision, the E-Type could certainly make any one wonder, "What if ..." every now and then.

Well, a whole new generation of buyers are finally about to experience the agony of that same decision. After what seems to be about a millennium, Jaguar has announced it will bring back a sporty model that will be the unofficial modern-day evolution of the E-Type, known appropriately as the F-Type. Coming in 2013, the F-Type will be one hot ticket based in no small part on the C-X16 concept car Jaguar debuted last year at the Frankfurt Motor Show.