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More Juice Behind Cadillac Flagship Rumor

On: Thu, Jul 14, 2011 at 8:06AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Rumors that Cadillac has a super-XTS flagship sedan planned are warming up. The latest speculation indicates that GM is developing a new, rear-wheel platform for an XTS topper to be debuted within about 5 years. It supports some information that we've already heard.

UPDATED: The Car Show Premieres Tonight On SPEED

On: Wed, Jul 13, 2011 at 5:34PM | By: David Walter

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The Car Show premieres tonight on SPEED, and I don’t know about you, but we’re pretty excited about it. The Car Show is hosted by comedian and car fanatic Adam Carolla, Pulitzer Prize-winning automotive journalist Dan Neil, founder of “TheSmokingTire.com” Matt Farah and former co-host of The Best Damn Sports Show and NBA champion John Salley. Not a bad cast.

Leno Drives Something Old And Something New [Video]

On: Wed, Jul 13, 2011 at 4:02PM | By: Chris Salamone

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One of the perks of being an insanely popular TV personality is the pecuniary success to build and run your own garage, packed with automotive gems past and present. One of the perks of having a personal car collection, while maintaining celebrity status, is that major auto brands like VW are more than happy to oblige your urge to test drive their latest toys. Jay Leno proves that point in his latest article, showcasing a test drive of the oldest surviving VW Beetle followed by an upcoming 2012 model. Watching the video, it’s easy to see how much Leno respects and cherishes classic cars. However, his enthusiasm for the latest Beetle appears equally colorful—and with good reason. Leno pushed his test vehicle in excess of 130 mph.

Six-Wheeled Covini C3A Runs Goodwood, To Be Joined By Race And Eco Versions

On: Wed, Jul 13, 2011 at 2:50PM | By: Chris Weiss

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The oddity that is the Covini C3A became the first six-wheeled supercar to make an appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The insect of supercars attracted much attention at the event, leaving people wondering why the Italian automaker chose to build a car with two extra wheels.


Ferrari Fail! 458 And GTO Crashes On Vallelunga

On: Wed, Jul 13, 2011 at 2:18PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Unlike the Bugatti Veyron, which has suffered from a rash of horrible owners/drivers for the past few years, the Ferrari 458 Italia has suffered more from its own shortcomings. Specifically, the car was subject to a series of highly publicized fires due to combustible adhesive. Ferrari issued a recall, fixed the problem and moved forward.

But that doesn't mean the 458 Italia is entirely safe. Like the Veyron and any other car, it still requires a competent driver. And one driver that participated in the recent Vallelunga Ferrari Club Italia event proved less than competent.

M-B Officially Gets Smart, Though The Decision To Do So Might Not Be

On: Tue, Jul 12, 2011 at 2:28PM | By: Andrew W Davis

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Yes, the decision has been made to transfer U.S. distribution of smart cars to Mercedes-Benz, relieving Penske Automotive of its duty to tender ridiculous cars that nobody in this country wants to buy.

What, you didn’t know? Yup, the same Penske that sells just about every brand, including Bugatti, Rolls-Royce, Lamborghini, Bentley, Aston-Martin, Ferrari, Porsche, Alpina and, well, everything else, has had the pleasure(?) to carry the smart brand here in the U.S. since 2008.

Lucky them.

Teaser Sketches Of One-Off Mid-Engined Aston Martin

On: Tue, Jul 12, 2011 at 11:41AM | By: Chris Weiss

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So often, rare supercar designers focus so intently on aerodynamics and performance that they forget a simple truth: If one is going to spend a million dollars on a car, its aesthetics should be as premium and original as its engineering and performance. So many high-end supercars show gaudy numbers and equally gaudy looks.

When I first saw the Zenvo ST1, designed by HBH, I thought it was a different kind of supercar. Car fanatics and casual observers could argue whether its attractive or ugly ad naseum, but one thing is clear: It doesn't look like any other car on the road. And HBH's next venture looks to be equally original. The Danish firm released a few teaser sketches of its upcoming mid-engined Aston Martin one-off last week, and it looks like it should be both original and sexy.

Mercedes Unmasks Its All-New 2012 M-Class

On: Tue, Jul 12, 2011 at 11:10AM | By: Andrew W Davis

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Mercedes has introduced the third generation of its middle-child SUV, the 2012 M-Class (which—FYI—is actually badged “ML” for some reason).

The vehicle that "began the industry trend toward SUVs with a more car-like ride” is all-new for 2012, though many of the changes (it being one inch longer and a half-inch wider, for instance) won’t register with the average consumer.

Fortunately for all involved, however, some of the major changes Mercedes made include its "striking" new styling, a new transmission, a new iPad Docking Station and more.

[The model that I can afford, however, is still in development. Apparently. Mercedes-Benz will not comment on the matter.]

More Teasing Than Necessary: Infiniti JX Concept

On: Tue, Jul 12, 2011 at 9:30AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Are you the type of guy or gal that gets all excited and drooly over a crossover? If so, Infiniti's got just the drug you need—a slow, half-year teaser campaign for its upcoming JX crossover concept. If not, well, you're just an average person, because who's really that excited for yet another luxury crossover?

Don't get me wrong; I like teaser campaigns. When the car is something worth teasing, something like the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4. I don't even mind them if it's a new production model that people are particularly excited about. But who really gets that excited about a crossover concept?

Mitsubishi's Bright Idea Steps Into The Light: A Solar-Powered i Charging Station

On: Mon, Jul 11, 2011 at 11:13AM | By: Andrew W Davis

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The folks that brought you the fearsome Evo X have gone to the other end of the scale by bringing a fully-electric car to market—the idiotically-named "i" (yup, one letter, and in lowercase no less)—and a way to charge it using nothing but millions of dollars and sun-sourced juice via a solar “charging facility” like the one the firm built at its Southern California HQ.

“Able to charge up to four vehicles at once, the station features three types of chargers with different voltages: standard level 1 voltage (110v) will deliver a 100 percent charge in 22 hours on the new Mitsubishi i; level 2 (220v) which can charge the vehicle in six hours; and level 3 CHAdeMO Quick Charger, which can charge to 80 percent battery capacity in 25 minutes.”

Collect Sobbing Tissues In Advance, The Next Gen Brabus E 800 Cabriolet

On: Mon, Jul 11, 2011 at 9:08AM | By: Chris Salamone

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Brabus seems to push the bounds of automotive excellence every now and again. Not surprisingly, this year’s super mod of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet is no exception. What is surprising, however, is how unbelievably awesome this next gen Brabus really is. The Brabus 800 E V12 Cabriolet begins as a pedestrian Mercedes E-Class Convertible. Then something nearly magical happens… a bi-turbo 6.3 liter V12 engine falls from the sky to deliver a scintillating 788 horsepower and an electronically limited 811 lb.-ft. of torque. Yes, that’s limited.

As you can imagine, this car isn’t for the faint of heart or wallet. Pricing starts at $681,200. In exchange for so much cash, drivers can pull 3.7 second 0-60 mph times—and, of course, 0-185 mph in just over 23 seconds. Assuming you can manage to maintain control, the Brabus 800 E will run out of juice around 231 mph.