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What you missed on 8.21.2014

Posted 2014-08-21T19:30:00Z

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This or That: Fiat 500 Abarth vs. Ford Fiesta STThis or That: Fiat 500 Abarth vs. Ford Fiesta ST

Two of Autoblog's editors argue the finer points of hot hatches in a point/counterpoint rundown between the Fiat 500 Abarth and Ford Fiesta ST. Arguments are made, but no firm conclusions drawn. Feel free to offer your own opinion in our completely unscientific poll.

Quick Spin: Nissan NV200 taxiWe take the Nissan NV200 taxi for a Quick Spin

What in the world is Autoblog doing testing a taxi? Good question. You see, this isn't a Ford Crown Victoria, or even a Ford Escape Hybrid. The bright yellow machine in question is, in fact, the brand-new Nissan NV200 that you're about to see infiltrating the streets of the busiest city in America: New York. Just what you should expect after hailing the taxi of tomorrow is discussed herein.

Honda Fit small front overlap crash testHonda vows to improve 2015 Fit crash test score, will retrofit 12,000 cars for free

When the IIHS tested the brand-new 2015 Honda Fit, the car scored a disappointing "Marginal" in the difficult small front overlap crash test. Honda has vowed to reinforce the Fit with a stronger steel front bumper beam, which the IIHS says will boost its rating to "Acceptable," and the company will retrofit 2015 models already sold – approximately 12,000 cars – free of charge.

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What you missed on 8.20.14

Posted 2014-08-20T19:31:00Z

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2015 Chevy Corvette Stingray automaticWe test the Chevy Corvette's new automatic

We tend to prefer our cars with honest-to-goodness manual transmissions. You know, the ones that require a third pedal down by the gas and brake pedals. A clutch, ya know? Turns out most Americans disagree with us, even the ones who are buying Corvettes. We know, shocking. Still, after sampling the latest eight-speed automatic from General Motors in the Corvette Stingray, we're happy to report that those who don't want to shift gears are in better shape than ever before.

Dodge Viper SRT engine emblemWill the Viper get a supercharged V10 engine?

Know what's interesting about the Dodge Challenger and Charger Hellcat models? Besides the fact that they have 707 horsepower, that is? It's that the duo are considerably more powerful than the Viper, that snake-skinned halo car sitting atop the Chrysler portfolio as its top performance machine. But how can it be the top performer with an engine putting out less ponies? Good question. Perhaps a supercharger is the answer.

Hyundai hybrid Prius-fighter spy shotHyundai spotted testing a Prius-fighting hybrid

There can be no doubt of Toyota's hybrid supremacy. When it comes to eke the greatest fuel efficiency out of a gasoline engine/electric motor combo, the boffins at Toyota do it better than any other, with the Prius sitting atop the sales heap standing as proof. But what's this? Is Hyundai testing a standalone hybrid machine to put some pressure on Toyota's hybrid dominance?

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What you missed on 8.19.14

Posted 2014-08-19T19:30:00Z

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ALS Ice Bucket challengeAutoblog takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Yeah, it's a fad. Yeah, lots of people are doing it. But it's a fad that was created to benefit a worthwhile charity, and the more people do it, the more money gets donated. Of course, you could also click and watch just to see the editors of Autoblog dump ice cold water on their heads. Either way, the video awaits.

Audi R8 V8We review the 2014 Audi R8 V8

The Audi R8 has been with us for so long that sometimes we forget just how great it is. Which is to say it's rather great indeed. Our man Jonathon Ramsey takes the keys to the bright white example you see to the right, and proceeds to drive it all over Germany and into France. Want to know what he thought? Click the link above to read all about it.

2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat on Woodward AveWhat's it like to show up to the Woodward Dream Cruise in the hottest new muscle car?

If there's one common denominator at the Woodward Dream Cruise, it's a love of horsepower. It doesn't matter if those ponies are smoking the tires of an foreign car or domestic – well, hailing from Detroit might make a difference – whether it has two doors or four. Dream Cruisers love horsepower, and the 707-horsepower Challenger Hellcat is happy to oblige.

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What you missed on 8.18.14

Posted 2014-08-18T19:30:00Z

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2014 Mercedes S63 AMG 4MaticWe take the 2014 Mercedes S63 AMG 4Matic for a Quick Spin

We start off talking about the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4Matic by pointing out that it may be a bit of a bargain, coming in at a cost that's substantially less than its 12-cylinder sibling, the S65 AMG, while actually boasting a quicker 0-60 time. Still, at $161,935, this Benz better be a seriously good car. Read on to find out what we think.

Chevy Corvette Stingray convertibleChevrolet launches Valet Mode for 2015 Corvette

We're big fans of the latest Corvette Stingray, and Chevy seems intent to keep improving its overall package each and every year it's on the market, serving as a massive performance bargain in the process. For the 2015 model year, the Bowtie crew is adding a so-called Valet Mode to its Performance Data Recorder package. Read all the details here.

Aston Martin V12 Vantage S RoadsterWill Aston Martin be able to keep selling the DB9 and Vantage in the US?

Safety regulations may force Aston Martin to pull its popular DB9 and Vantage models out of the US market. Unless NHTSA agrees to offer the small automaker an exemption, for which it has already petitioned, these models won't meet the latest side-impact safety standards set for all new cars sold in the States. We'll be sure to keep you informed.

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Weekly Recap: Things you might not know about the 2015 Dodge Charger and Challenger Hellcats

Posted 2014-08-16T12:01:00Z

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

If you're an enthusiast, and you don't know that Dodge spawned another Hellcat this week, you really must have been living in cave. The 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is probably the biggest news for enthusiasts since the reveal of, well the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.

But, there are some things you might not know or might have missed about the new Charger and Challenger Hellcats. For starters, reports that the Hellcat production would be limited to a low volume are not true.

"We have not capped the Hellcat on either the Challenger or the Charger," Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis said.

What you missed on 8.15.14

Posted 2014-08-15T19:30:00Z

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1962 Ferrari 250 GTO sells for record $38M

A few decades ago you could buy a crappy NBA franchise for $40 million; these days that princely sum will only net you one Ferrari. Provided the Ferrari in question is just exactly the right model, that is. 250 GTO models from the 1962 vintage have been trading hands for silly money for quite some time, though no public sale has rung up for this much ever before. The Pebble Beach festivities are only now kicking off in Northern California, but this sale should give one hell of a start to the auction season.

Hyundai talks performance at Rally Finland

Traveling with Hyundai to check out the always-exciting Neste Oil Rally Finland, we came back with quite a few stories to tell. Keeping abreast of point totals is easy, but forecasting the near future for the WRC grid is both trickier, and more interesting. While we were at it, Hyundai just happened to drop a few tidbits about the future for its upcoming N performance brand, as well. Read it all, here.

The next Corvette ZR1 will be mid-engined

We know, we know. You first heard the legend of the upcoming mid-engined Chevy Corvette when you were just a babe at your grand pappy's knee. A few promising concept cars and decades worth of rumors have routinely been proved wrong for stories of this ilk, and yet, our friends at Motor Trend really do think that the engine of the next ZR1 might find itself behind the cockpit, when all is said and done. The truth is out there...

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What you missed on 8.14.14

Posted 2014-08-14T19:33:00Z

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These are the coolest cop cars on the planet

Getting pulled over by the police is the worst. But getting pulled over by an boring old standard police cruiser is going to seem like adding insult to injury after reading this list of radical cop cars. Where outright speed and off-road prowess might put a Crown Vic out of the chase, this group of cars is just hitting its stride.

2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S Wagon

Seating for five, room for that MALM series bedroom set in the extensive cargo area and the ability to go from red light to 60 miles per hour in under four seconds. You know, you don't want the ice cream to melt. The AMG-tuned version of the E-Class wagon can seemingly do it all, but can all-wheel drive and nearly 600 hp really translate to this family hauler?

Dodge Charger Hellcat vs. the world's best

We're still wrapping our head's around the fact that the fastest and most powerful sedan in the world now comes from Dodge. With over 700 hp and a top speed of 204 mph, the competitive set for the new sedan becomes tricky to figure, mostly because anything that comes remotely close is bound to cost about three times as much. We stack the new 'Cat against some of the most exotic metal in the world, to see where it ranks.

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What you missed on 8.13.14

Posted 2014-08-13T19:31:00Z

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All hail the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

Now they've gone and done it. By dropping the ludicrous supercharged Hemi V8 from the Challenger Hellcat into the chassis of the four-door Charger, Dodge has created what it is calling the The World's Most Powerful Sedan. For those unaware, there are a total of 707 freaking horses stampeding under the long hood of the Charger you see to your right, all sent to the back wheels in what we imagine will result in the most glorious burnouts the world has ever seen.

2015 Subaru WRX long-term updateAutoblog long-term Subaru WRX

It's been lovely having the 2015 Subaru WRX in our long-term fleet. Even with terrible weather recently making things miserable for our Detroit crew, our WR Blue Subie didn't miss a beat, delivering our editorial staff to their desired destinations with plenty of turbocharged aplomb. But we've also been finding a few flaws with the darling 'Rex. Read all about 'em, here.

Mom surprised by new carSon surprises his mom with a 1973 Saab

Aww, shucks. While we start feverishly shoving pennies, nickels and dimes into a piggy bank in an effort to start saving up to buy our collective mothers their dream cars – my dear Mom would love to cruise her 'hood in a classic Beetle convertible – join us in watching the surprised reaction of one such mother as she's handed the keys to her own, a 1973 Saab 99 in a lovely shade of orange.

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What you missed on 8.12.14

Posted 2014-08-12T19:33:00Z

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The 11 most expensive American carsBatmobile auction

Yes, we know. If you're looking for the most expensive cars in the world, you're probably limiting your search parameters to cars built in the country of Italy, home, of course, to Ferrari. We all know that. But what about America? The land of the free and home of the brave is rife with automobile history, and some of it is worth a heck of a lot of money. Plus, Batmobile.

First Ride: Energica EgoEnergica Ego

And now we travel back to the land of sausages and sports cars, except the subject we're focusing on today isn't a car at all. The Energica Ego hails from Italy, and gets its power courtesy of a high-tech lithium ion battery pack and a permanent magnet AC electric motor. It's quick, and it's a hoot to ride.

BMW carsBMW maintenance no longer transferable

BMW is altering the terms of its four-year, 50,000-mile Maintenance Program for new buyers. According to the automaker, the program can only be transferred to new owners if they live in the same household. As ever, there's plenty of fine print to read through, and you can find all the details by clicking on the link above.

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What you missed on 8.11.14

Posted 2014-08-11T19:32:00Z

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Quick Spin: 2015 Audi S8Audi S8

According to senior editor Steven Ewing, the 2015 Audi S8 is "simply fantastic." Ingolstadt's big bruiser sure has stiff competition these days in the forms of the Jaguar XJR, BMW Alpina B7 and Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG, but in our quick spin, we argue that the Audi perhaps does the whole fast flagship thing the best. Read all about it, here.

Translogic: Illuminati SevenIlluminati Seven

A few years ago, the Automotive X-Prize tested the abilities of teams to create a vehicle capable of achieving more than 100 MPGe. The folks at Illuminati Motor Works bested that goal with their all-electric Seven, a vehicle that'll reach an astonishing 207 MPGe. Host Jonathon Buckley headed to Illinois to drive the Seven for this latest installment of Translogic.

Tony Stewart hits, kills Kevin Ward, Jr.Tony Stewart

Sad news from the world of NASCAR Sprint Cup this weekend – three-time champion Tony Stewart hit and killed fellow driver Kevin Ward, Jr., following an on-track allocation. Ward exited his car, throwing his hands up in frustration, and walked toward Stewart as he came back around the track under the caution flag. Stewart's car came into contact with Ward, who was sucked under the car before being thrown several meters back toward the wall.

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