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New Video: Bugatti Galibier 16C

On: Fri, May 4, 2012 at 3:43PM | By: Chris Weiss

Bugatti Galibier 16C test 2

If we had to place all our money on red, we'd say that Bugatti will eventually green light the 16C Galibier for production. The car may be the most ridiculous, over-the-top creation since the personal jetpack, but Bugatti seems to be doing too much with it to just let it wither on the vine. They've tinkered the car to Wolfgang Durheimer's perfecting demands and have let rumors run rampant, unrequited by any denial. Now, about 2.5 years after the concept was first revealed, Bugatti has released a random promo. There's just no way they let this hyper-sedan disappear without a production run.

With the Veyron nearing mandatory retirement, Bugatti must find something to fill its one-car lineup if it intends to continue having a presence in the auto market. And the only thing that we've really seen that could do that is the 16C Galibier. We're guessing that VW is just waiting for the right economic conditions to announce a $2 million ultra-premium sedan that puts basically every luxury and performance sedan in the world to shame.

Nissan Will Actually Sell The Juke R

On: Fri, May 4, 2012 at 12:46PM | By: Chris Weiss

Nissan Will Actually Sell The Juke R test 2

Remember the 485-hp Juke small crossovers that Nissan execs never wanted developed and swore would never get produced? It's getting produced...on a per-customer basis.

Apparently Nissan has enjoyed the attention that it's been getting for the GT-R-powertrained Juke so much that it's decided to build it. And since there's a big difference between "Check out that awesome 485-hp Juke race Lamborghinis on YouTube!" and "I'd literally pay $600K for a chunky, high-performance super-crossover," Nissan is only building it upon order, ensuring that it won't be staring at a huge warehouse of super-Jukes.

Mercedes Okays Baby SLS AMG

On: Fri, May 4, 2012 at 11:16AM | By: Chris Weiss

Mercedes Okays Baby SLS AMG test 2

For months, the terms "baby SLS" and "SLC" have occasionally surfaced in auto news sources. Mercedes has reportedly been developing a smaller, less expensive coupe to complement the SLS AMG flagship. Now, it's given it the official go-ahead, according to one news source.

Auto Express reports that Mercedes Head of Design Gorden Wagener confirmed the model and its "SLC" name from the floor of the Beijing Motor Show last week. Past reports have said that the model was coming, but this is the first that we've seen that gives confirmation attributed directly to a Mercedes exec.

Hybrid Sales Leap In April

On: Fri, May 4, 2012 at 10:04AM | By: Chris Weiss

Hybrid Sales Leap In April test 2

Gas prices are not expected to abate for another month or so. In the meantime, greener cars continue to enjoy a small renaissance. Sales of several prominent hybrids experienced 100 percent leaps last month.

According to Inside Line, sales of Toyota's market-defining hybrid vehicles led a strong month for hybrids in general with a 125 percent leap from April 2010. Toyota sold 32,593 hybrids in all last month and 25,168 Prius models. Toyota's luxury arm Lexus reported a more modest gain of 18 percent for hybrids like the CT-200h.


Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse: The Rich Getting Richer!

On: Thu, May 3, 2012 at 4:12PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse test 2

When it comes to cars like the Veyron, to most normal folk, 1000 horsepower seems like just about enough for a car straight off the production line. Four turbos, all-wheel drive, and the record for fastest production car ever all make for plenty of interesting conversation at most gas stations. But of course, to those that can actually afford one (and those that build them), that benchmark was just a starting point.

After creating the original world record-beater, Bugatti then decided that the only thing more fun than breaking speed records would be to break speed records -- with the wind in your hair! So the Veyron Grand Sport was born, and the world was given the fastest open air coupe this side of an Indy car.

Then, as with most gearheads, somehow 1,001 horsepower was just not quite enough. So, the inspired (read:  possessed) engineers over in France decided to push the limits even further and created the Veyron Super Sport with a disturbing 1,200 horsepower and quickly (pun intended) established itself as the fastest car on the planet.

Review: 2012 BMW xDrive28i

On: Thu, May 3, 2012 at 1:24PM | By: Chris Salamone

2012 BMW X3 test 2

Starting with the classic model 2002, BMW has produced and sold a number of exceptional German-engineered sport vehicles. And, with a few exceptions, these thoroughbreds have been worth their hefty price tags. Since the X3’s inception in 2003, auto critics have wondered if the small CUV really ‘fit’ into the BMW brand image. Mixed within a lineup of luxury sport vehicles, the original X3 wasn’t particularly luxurious or sporty. But as the years have passed, nearly 10 in total, the X3 has evolved into a reasonable little ‘ute – highly prized amongst the young scions of America’s upper class.

After a full weekend behind the wheel, logging a few hundred miles, the X3 seemed to have become something more appreciable. The vehicle zipped through and hugged the curves of Chicago’s endless suburbia, tackling all obstacles. Nevertheless, I kept coming back to the same conclusion: this was a car which costs at least 25% more than it should.

Dodge Dart Aero To Hit 40 MPG

On: Thu, May 3, 2012 at 12:20PM | By: Chris Weiss

Dodge Dart Aero To Hit 40 MPG test 2

Most media attention when it comes to greener vehicles is on powertrains - electric motors, alternative fuels, smaller gas engines, turbocharging, etc. But that's only one of the ways to make a car that's lighter on the pump and wallet. Another way is by going aero. Dodge shows us what that strategy has to offer with the new Dart Aero compact four-door.

To be fair, the bulk of the Dart Aero's environmental ambitions are reached by way of an efficient 1.4-liter MultiAir turbo four-cylinder from Fiat. That engine delivers 27/39 mpg city/highway when equipped to the standard Dodge Dart with a six-speed manual transmission. But because it's painfully close to the alluring 40 mpg mark achieved by some competitors, Dodge decided to develop an Aero package that will push the model's fuel efficiency to "at least 41 mpg."

Morgan Three-Wheeler Coming To US

On: Thu, May 3, 2012 at 10:01AM | By: Chris Weiss

Morgan Three-Wheeler Coming To US test 2

Remember the days when US streets and highways were decorated by the occasional Plymouth Prowler? Well, they're about to get an even more ornate decoration in the form of the Morgan Three-Wheeler. The bike..car...three-wheeler has been announced for US sale.

When we first saw the Morgan Three-Wheeler, we didn't think it had much of a chance at US sale. We figured that somewhere within the 1,155-lb. package of tiny, open cabin, exposed motor and ultra-thin wheels was a host of US safety violations. But thanks to the fact that its three-wheeled layout and low-volume production give it some reprieve from the tougher restrictions facing four-wheeled cars, the Three-Wheeler has already been approved for US sale. Morgan will sell the funky trio of wheels via three US dealers, according to reports this week.

Fiat 500 To Get Even Bigger With 'X' version?

On: Wed, May 2, 2012 at 1:02PM | By: Chris Weiss

Fiat 500 To Get Even Bigger With 'X' version? test 2

American consumers haven't exactly been enthralled by the Fiat 500, but maybe they'll take more to the upcoming L variant. If not, Fiat may give them an even bigger 500 to look at: the 500 X. That X stands for "cross," not XL, and the model will essentially be the Fiat 500 crossover.

It's hard to really think of a pint-sized car like the Fiat 500 as a crossover, but that's essentially what Fiat plans to do with its extra large version, according to Automotive News Europe. The 500 X will be the largest version of the 500 (unless a XX follows?), and it will come in both front - and all-wheel drive flavors.

IBM's 500-Mile EV Lithium Air Technology (Video)

On: Wed, May 2, 2012 at 10:00AM | By: Chris Weiss

IBM's 500-Mile EV Lithium Air Technology test 2

Imagine a world where an electric vehicle could travel just as far as a gas vehicle. There'd be no more range anxiety, no more excuses for right wing talk show hosts to knock the electric vehicle industry, and no more reason to ever pay another dime for a tank of gas, assuming that such an EV was affordable. The player that produces battery technology capable of giving the EV that type of range is going to be quite wealthy and popular. Could it be IBM? The once-household name in technology shows its lithium-air technology.

IBM began its research in 2009 and recently demonstrated the charge and recharge chemistry of its lithium-air technology in the lab. The technology replaces the heavy metal oxides used in current generation batteries with oxygen pulled from the air. This makes the batteries much lighter and delivers a high energy density, according to the company. IBM believes that the technology could produce a family sized car capable of traveling 500 miles per charge - that's an electric vehicle that drives way past range anxiety.

Stolen Guy Fieri Lambo Found, Plot Thickens

On: Tue, May 1, 2012 at 3:26PM | By: Chris Salamone

Chef Guy Fieri test 2

Just today, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Guy Fieri’s missing yellow Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder has been found. International espionage and Food Network fans will recall that last year’s March 8 heist was a tale reminiscent of the likes of James Bond – when a cloaked figure rappelled into a posh British Motor Car dealership to grab Fieri’s Lamborghini and run. Although the vehicle was spotted nearly a week later crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, via surveillance video, Chef Guy’s yellow Italian supercar has been missing ever since.

That is, until a bizarre series of events led investigators to a 17-year old kid’s storage container.