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BMW i8 Drifts The Ice

On: Fri, Mar 25, 2011 at 12:55PM | By: Chris Weiss


BMW i8 test 2

Ever since it debuted at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, the BMW i8 (aka Vision EfficientDynamics) has evoked a certain sense of Old Man winter. The icy glare of the blue kidney grille, the glass cabin, and the ice-blue accents throughout, the car is a virtual iceberg on four wheels. And even though it's been gradually restyled as it pushes toward production, it continues to exude a strong sense of snow and ice.

So, it's with great pleasure that we present a video of the i8 doing some ice testing. The car is finally in its element and it looks more than at home.


Video: Close and Intimate With Pagani Huayra

On: Fri, Mar 25, 2011 at 11:34AM | By: Chris Weiss


Video: Close and Intimate With Pagani Huayra test 1-1

The Pagani Huayra is one of those cars that we just can't get enough of. So, we were quite ecstatic to see an all-new video of the Italian supercar earlier this week.

Filmed at the 10th annual "Motori e Sapori" (Motors and Tastes) event near Pagani's factory in Italy, the car is slightly different from the Huayra that Pagani debuted at the Geneva Motor Show. It's actually a prototype—Prototype 4 to get all particular—that Pagani will be using to test out future iterations of the Huayra.


Tesla Roadster On an 1,800-Mile Australian Tour

On: Fri, Mar 25, 2011 at 8:52AM | By: Chris Weiss


Tesla Roadster test 2

If you were about to indulge on an 1,800-mile road trip—roughly Kansas City to San Francisco—an electric car would probably be your last vehicle of choice, what with range anxiety and limited charging locations holding you back. And that's precisely why Tesla is holding what it calls the "Oz Goes Electric" tour, to prove that you can complete that type of journey in an electric vehicle, albeit in Australia. The three-day tour is of 1,800 miles along Australia's eastern coast—the perfect place to put a red, electric convertible to the test.

While an 1,800-mile trek by electric car is an intimidating thing for most drivers, the Tesla Roadster is better equipped for it than most electric vehicles. Tesla rates the car's range at 245 miles, and it once achieved the record for longest drive on a single charge in a production vehicle with a 310.6 mile journey, also in Australia. You'd have all kinds of trouble doing that in a 100-mile Nissan Leaf.


General Motors Forced To Shut Down Plants

On: Thu, Mar 24, 2011 at 4:01PM | By: Chris Weiss


General Motors Forced To Shut Down Plants  test 1-1

It's no secret that the Japanese auto industry has been reeling from the earthquake that hit the nation more than a week ago. All of Japan's major automakers have been forced to shut down certain operations, and some shut-downs will continue until later this week, if not longer. With a ravaged parts supply chain, damaged power supply network, and disrupted transportation infrastructure, Japan's auto industry may not be completely back on track for months to come.

But Japan's auto industry isn't the only one that's being affected. Automakers here in the States rely on a list of parts from Japanese manufacturers, and are starting to feel the effects. GM has been forced to shut down two plants here in the U.S. and may shut down more before the story is over.


 

Koenigsegg Details Specs Of The Agera R

On: Thu, Mar 24, 2011 at 2:44PM | By: Chris Weiss


Koenigsegg Agera R  test 2

We learned just about all there was to know about the Koenigsegg Agera R back at the Geneva Motor Show: 5.0-liter twin turbo V8 worth 1,115 hp and 885 lb-ft, 2,926 lbs. worth of  weight, 273 mph "theoretical top speed", and custom gear from Thule and ski-maker Extrem for a special winter package. We were impressed.

What we didn't learn, however, was nearly as important as what we did. Koenigsegg offered the very shifty 273-mph speed, but didn't say a word about acceleration or other performance specs. This week, it's come clean.


Porsche 918 Spyder Is On Sale For $845K

On: Thu, Mar 24, 2011 at 10:29AM | By: Chris Weiss


Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid test 2

The world's most exhilarating hybrid is officially available. Porsche opened up its order books on the 918 Spyder on Monday, paving the way for up to 918 customers to own the world's hottest plug-in. The 918 Spyder brings a little sticker shock with its sexy exterior and green-but-potent numbers; Porsche has priced the model well above estimates and rumors at $845,000. But, since the 918 Spyder is essentially in a league of its own in terms of hybrid technology and performance, that would be Stuttgart's prerogative.


Ford Planning Eight New Models For Southeast Asia

On: Thu, Mar 24, 2011 at 8:55AM | By: Tim Healey


Ford Planning Eight New Models For Southeast Asia test 1-1

Ford continues to build on its global success with plans to launch eight new models in Southeast Asia over the next five years. Southeast Asia is an area where Ford hasn't had much of a presence in the past. So the automaker is trying to increase that presence by adding more models.

Selling the next-generation of the Ford Ranger compact pickup will help. Thailand is a large pickup market, and the next Ranger will be built in the country. After the Ranger, the next model likely to be launched will probably be a variation of the new Focus compact car. Beyond that, it's hard to say what the other six vehicles could be.


1,000-MPH Car Nearing Testing Phase

On: Wed, Mar 23, 2011 at 5:24PM | By: Chris Weiss


Bloodhound SSC test 2

When it comes to production cars and speed, the 268-mph Bugatti Veyron Super Sport reigns supreme. But, if you're willing to invest millions toward building a massive, bullet-shaped vessel powered by a series of F1, jet, and rocket engines, then you're looking at numbers surpassing three times the speed of the Bugatti Veyron. The current absolute land speed record—you know the kind that's achieved on dried salt flats, as opposed to paved tracks—stands at just over 763 mph. But an ambitious team plans to best that by more than the world-record speed of the Veyron SS. The Bloodhound SSC has an estimated top speed of 1,050 mph, and it is nearing testing.


Rumor: 10 Years of New Lamborghinis

On: Wed, Mar 23, 2011 at 2:21PM | By: Chris Weiss


Rumor: 10 Years of New Lamborghinis test 1-1

Here we thought that Lamborghini rumors were going to take a nice, long vacation, what with the Aventador having been revealed earlier this month. Instead, we have one of the biggest, juiciest Lamborghini rumors ever. This isn't your typical one-model rumor; it's a rumor about 10 years worth of Lamborghini production plans. It's new models and facelifts replacing models that haven't been introduced or even confirmed. It's like a glimpse at Stephan Winkelmann's [alleged] hard drive. Given how far-reaching these rumors are, we wouldn't trust them straight out, but they certainly give us something to ponder.

Where to start? The source: the rumors come from a rather extensive post over at Teamspeed, so, again, don't believe everything you read, but have fun reading and dreaming.


The Unfortunate Case of The Nissan Juke

On: Wed, Mar 23, 2011 at 11:34AM | By: Chris Salamone


2011 Nissan Juke test 2

The Nissan Juke is a vehicle your brain can’t comprehend, much like a bizarrely disturbing scene from a Phillip K. Dick novel. Although you may try to rationalize the Juke, the shape, size, and downright strange design do not ascribe to any popular notions of functional carmaking—excluding the hilarious Suzuki X-90 which hardly qualifies as popular… or functional. Although the Juke comes with loads of interior gadgets, a smooth Continuously Variable Transmission, and lots of personalization packages, the car’s functionality and aesthetics fall short.


Fisker Karma Production Begins

On: Tue, Mar 22, 2011 at 2:30PM | By: Tim Healey


Fisker Karma test 2

Production on the long-awaited Fisker Karma has finally begun. The $88,000 plug-in hybrid sports car will be built in Finland, with U.S. and European deliveries expected to begin next month.

The Karma is capable of traveling up to 50 miles on electricity before a 2.0-liter, 260 horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine kicks on. Including the two 201.5 horsepower electric motors, total horsepower is claimed to be 403 ponies and total torque is said to be a whopping 981 lb-ft.