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Acura's Three Detroit Concepts Include NSX

On: Thu, Dec 15, 2011 at 12:28PM | By: Chris Weiss

Acura's Three Detroit Concepts Include NSX test 2

Well, there have been years of rumors about two separate cars, but it's finally official: an Acura NSX successor is here. Or at least close to here--Acura confirmed rumors that it will debut an NSX successor at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show in January.

From what Acura has said, the rumors have been pretty spot on. In addition to confirming the Detroit debut, Acura told Inside Line that the NSX successor will use a mid-engined, V-6-based hybrid powertrain. Given that other information from previous reports has been quite accurate, we're pretty comfortable with the idea that the NSX will have a V-6 engine in the range of 3.5 liters along with two electric motors.

Haunted Highways: A Series Exploring The Ghosts of Cars Gone By (Quickly)

On: Thu, Dec 15, 2011 at 11:03AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Ford SVT Lightning test 2

There's hauling, and then there's haulin'. When Ford resurrected the Lightning nameplate for its supercharged super-truck in 1999, it proved that it could build a pickup that could do both. The Ford Lightning was a two-wheel drive Flareside pickup that was fitted with a 5.4-liter Eaton supercharged and intercooled Triton V8 that made a ridiculous 360-horsepower and massive 440 lb.-ft. of torque. 

One look at the Lightning and anyone could see this truck was something a little different than your average F-150. Lower, wider, and more dramatically styled thanks to a sporty front facia and side skirts (replete with a passenger side-exit exhaust, the SVT truck made its presence known at every stop light.

MINI Reveals Countryman JCW, The Uber-CUV

On: Thu, Dec 15, 2011 at 9:56AM | By: Chris Salamone

2012 MINI Countryman JCW test 2

While reviews of MINI’s most controversial model have rated the Countryman from great to confusing, the company has seen fit to bring their performance-oriented badge to the Countryman’s offbeat exterior. And so, a back roads-friendly John Cooper Works was born.

MINI has just released the first official teaser images associated with the Countryman JCW, to be sold as a 2012 model. Perhaps channeling the pseudo-utility of Ford’s F-150 Raptor, the Countryman JCW should comfortably dominate modest soft road terrains with all the quick handling and pizzazz you’d expect from a proper MINI JCW.

Nissan Juke Nismo Could Hit Market in 2013

On: Wed, Dec 14, 2011 at 4:57PM | By: Chris Weiss

Nissan Juke Nismo Could Hit Market in 2013 test 1-1

It's pretty clear that Nissan really wants to build a hot hatch version of the Juke crossover. First, it stimulated wild dreams with the radical but for-show-only Juke R concept in Frankfurt. Then it showed the more realistic Juke Nismo Concept at the Tokyo Motor Show and announced that Nismo will have a greater role in building performance road models.

So, we'd have to assume that unless the reaction to the Juke Nismo was horrible or a business case proves elusive, Nissan will be building some type of high-performance, Nismo-engineered Juke. According to reports, the model hasn't been given the go-ahead yet, but should get a green or red light within a few months.


Hertz Offers Supercar Rentals... In UK

On: Wed, Dec 14, 2011 at 3:25PM | By: Chris Weiss

Hertz Offers Supercar Rentals... In UK test 2

Forget Times Square this New Year's Eve; London is the place to ring in the new year. We can think of few better ways to get 2012 off to the right start than by getting behind the wheel of an exotic supercar that you ogle pictures of all year round. A staple in the car rental industry is delivering just that opportunity, but unfortunately for US citizens and other foreigners, it's only happening in the UK at the moment.

Hertz has launched Hertz Supercars, a division that rents such cars as the Aston Martin DB9, Ferrari 458 and McLaren MP4-12C. It partnered with Premiere Collection, a boutique supercar rental company, to gain access to a very impressive collection of premium rentals. So you can now rent out a slew of legitimate supercars and premium luxury cars from one of the biggest names in car rental.

More Toyota Supra Rumors

On: Wed, Dec 14, 2011 at 1:21PM | By: Chris Weiss

More Toyota Supra Rumors test 2

The GT 86 is nice and all, but what you really want if you're a fan of Toyota sports cars is a Supra revival. Actually, a 2000GT revival would be even better, but a Supra revival seems like the more likely thing to wish for. Recent reports have pointed to a possible Supra revival in the very early stages, and some new quotes by a Toyota engineer add a little volume to those rumors.

Current Toyota chief Akio Toyoda is a big fan of sports cars and wants to revamp Toyota's line in the name of sporty, fun-driving vehicles. This is clear both in his quotes and in Toyota's new taglines of "Fun to Drive, Again" and "Reborn." In launching those slogans, Toyoda said that a car that isn't fun isn't really a car at all.

Nissan Juke R Wasn't Approved By Nissan Execs

On: Wed, Dec 14, 2011 at 12:01PM | By: Chris Weiss

Nissan Juke R Wasn't Approved By Nissan Execs test 2

When you look over the pictures and spec sheet of the Nissan Juke R concept, you're left with the feeling that the extreme crossover must have been built by a tuning shop. Because what major automotive brand commissions something like a 530-hp small crossover? What automaker in their right, sane mind mashes a GT-R supercar and an entry level crossover?

Not Nissan, apparently. According to new reports, the British team that built the Juke R never actually got permission from Nissan's corporate headquarters. And, honestly, the Juke R makes a lot more sense now.

Toy Car Hits 60 MPH Faster Than Bugatti Veyron

On: Wed, Dec 14, 2011 at 11:00AM | By: Chris Weiss

Toy Car Hits 60 MPH Faster Than Bugatti Veyron test 2

Looking for a unique gift for that special car lover in your life? You probably can't afford to buy him a car that hits 60 mph in under three seconds, but maybe you can get him a toy car that boasts those credentials. While the Traxxas XO-1 is still an expensive gift, it's gotta be the cheapest way to get to 60 mph in 2.3 seconds.

We'd have to call the X0-1 the first 'RC supercar' that we've ever seen. It beats nearly every actual car on the planet to 60 mph, getting there in just 2.3 seconds. For comparison, the Bugatti Veyron hits 60 mph in about 2.5 seconds. So you get a radio controlled car that's quicker than the quickest production car on the planet. Not a bad start.

Fiat 'Seduction' Ad Gets Pop Up Treatment

On: Wed, Dec 14, 2011 at 9:55AM | By: Chris Weiss

Fiat 'Seduction' Ad Gets Pop Up Treatment test 2

We're guessing that VH1 wasn't the first thing to "pop up" in relation to the well-done viral ad for the Fiat 500 Abarth. Given that the ad has racked up over 2 million hits on YouTube, we're guessing there were a whole lot more pop-ups before VH1 ever got its hands on the video. But VH1 has the official, non-NSFW kind of Pop Up version.

Like any good Pop Up Video, the 'Seduction' ad version is full of all kinds of trivia, including things like the model's name and marital status, things we were way too mesmerized to bog ourselves down with the first time watching the video. VH1 also gives some spicy details about the shoot, like how the slap scene took 50 takes to get right and some lucky background hand got to apply the cappuccino foam to the model's chest with a turkey baster-- being the film set 'coffee guy' was never such a score.

New Italian Supercar: F&M Mugello

On: Tue, Dec 13, 2011 at 3:16PM | By: Chris Weiss

New Italian Supercar: F&M Mugello test 2

Croatian and Australian supercars may make bolder headlines, but what really gets our blood pumping is Italian supercars--even if they happen to come from lesser known coachbuilders as opposed to the established icon-makers. The all-new F&M Mugello reminds us just why the term 'Italian supercar' makes every hair on our arms and necks stand on end.

Italians just have a knack for style. We're not sure why no one else can touch them, but we've come to accept it. Ferraris and Lamborghinis may no longer be the elite of the elite in performance, but they definitely look better than the 1,000-hp supercars that have passed them by.

F-150 Claims Motor Trend's Coveted Truck Of The Year

On: Tue, Dec 13, 2011 at 1:14PM | By: Chris Salamone

2012 F-150 test 2

Many awards are handed out in the automotive industry. But in the United States none is more desired, more lusted for, than Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year. This is because trucks represent an enormous revenue stream in the American car manufacturing biz – and a veritable ‘thumbs up’ from Motor Trend creates something like divine support in revving up sales volume.

But, make no mistake. The 2012 Ford F-150 is one serious contender, a truck capable of handling enormous challenges time and time again.

For 2012, truck buyers can expect a few new F-150 features. A 36-gallon fuel tank has been added to the 4x4 F-150 EcoBoost, which allows up to 756 miles of driving range and extremely wallet-unfriendly stops at the pump. The Lariat, King Ranch, Harley-Davison, and Platinum models receive a two-speed 4x4 system designed to improve all-weather traction. Hill Start Assist, meant to prevent rolling stops, make San Francisco a less horrifying road trip prospect. And, of course, Ford is happy to point out that the 2012 F-150 once again carries a best-in-class payload capacity of 3,120 lbs.