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What you missed on 10.10.14

Posted 2014-10-10T19:31:00Z


Rolls-Royce Ghost Series IIDriving the 2015 Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II

The story at Rolls-Royce is better than ever these days. The company's sales are way up, and there are some compelling new products that cater to the ultra-wealthy who want nothing but the best. Senior Editor Seyth Miersma samples one of Rolls' latest wares, the updated Ghost Series II. He even does a burnout in the big Roller. See it all, here.

Tesla DTesla D gets AWD, autonomous tech

Elon Musk showed us his D late last night – the long-anticipated, all-wheel-drive Model S. But AWD isn't the only big news here. The Tesla D gets 10 more miles of range and a suite of autopilot autonomous driving technologies. Oh, and it has a higher top speed and decreased 0-60 time of just 3.2 seconds. Read all about it, here.

Ferrari F60 AmericaFerrari unveils F60 America US special

To celebrate its 60th anniversary in North America, Ferrari has unveiled this seriously limited-edition F60 America, limited to just 10 units, all of which have already been spoken for. Based on the F12 Berlinetta, the F60 takes on a roadster shape, still powered by the screaming 6.3-liter V12. Looks like a winner. Too bad you'll (probably) never get to drive one.

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What you missed on 10.9.14

Posted 2014-10-09T19:31:00Z


This or That 442 vs. BMW 635CSiWhich $10,000 '80s coupe would you choose?

In the end, there can be only one. And, while we've got another six days left in the balloting, one of these two vehicles is leading in the early running by about two to one. You can probably guess which it is. And that means, if you've got an opinion, feel free to cast a vote in favor of the 1980 Oldsmobile 442 or 1989 BMW 635CSi and help us crown a winner in our second-ever This or That vehicular showdown.

Mid-engine Porsche models at Laguna SecaMid-engine Porsche models at Laguna Seca

Porsche may be best known for the 911 – and rightly so, we may add – but the German automaker certainly knows a thing or two about moving the engine from the very back to the middle, where it's most beneficial for the type of driving an enthusiast is likely to do. To wit, take a look at this feature, where we dissect mid-engine Porsche models from the 550 all the way to the current, mind-bending 918.

Bugatti Veyron penis vandalismPenile pranksters punk a Bugatti Veyron

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. In the case of the Bugatti Veyron you see to the right, much fewer are needed. In fact, you really need only one: penis. But that's no fun. We had at least three alternative headlines written and discarded for this unfortunate image, and there are surely some inventive wordsmiths just itching for a caption contest...

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What you missed on 10.8.14

Posted 2014-10-08T19:31:00Z


Audi TTS2016 Audi TTS driven

After driving the all-new 2016 Audi TT, Jonathon Ramsey also had a chance to put the hotter TTS through its paces on both road and track. The S-badged coupe has more power and a more athletic setup, but is it worth the added cost over the standard, stylish TT? Read our Quick Spin, here, to find out.

Porsche 911 GTSPorsche 911 gets new GTS models

Looking for something a bit more potent than a Carrera S but don't want the full, hardcore GT3 experience? Enter the 911 GTS, now available with rear- or all-wheel drive, in both coupe and cabriolet body styles. The new, "just right" 911 launches in the fourth quarter of 2014, priced from $114,200 in the US. Check out our post for all of the details.

Acura NSXMore 2016 Acura NSX details

The big joke around the Autoblog office is that by the time the new Acura NSX launches, it'll already need a refresh. Seriously, we've been waiting on this thing for what feels like forever. But some new details are piquing our interest today. For starters, Acura is benchmarking the Ferrari 458 with its supercar, but for a much lower starting price in the Audi R8 realm. Interesting stuff, for sure.

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What you missed on 10.7.14

Posted 2014-10-07T19:30:00Z


Dodge SRT ViperTop Torque-to-Weight Ratios examined

You want torque? Good. We've got torque. From tiny turbocharged four-cylinder engines through V8 muscle and sports cars and straight on through to the biggest turbodiesel mills you can buy in American today without a CDL, we've taken a close look at the cars that offer the most torque and the least amount of weight at price points ranging from $25,000 to $100,000.

Volvo 450 horsepower four cylinder engineVolvo coaxes 450 hp from a 2.0L four cylinder

Know what's great? Horsepower. You love it, we love it. And apparently Volvo loves it, too. As proof, the Swedish automaker has coaxed an amazing 450 horsepower out of just 2.0 liters of displacement and four cylinders, courtesy of its new High Performance Drive-E Powertrain concept. We're fully expecting to see this impressive engine under the hood of the new Volvo XC90.

Autoblog podcastAutoblog Podcast #400!

Hey, take a look at that. Autoblog recorded its 400th podcast last night, and it included guest appearances by some pretty familiar names to those who've been following along all that time. Names like John Neff, Zach Bowman and Sam Abuelsamid. Have a listen, and thanks for the memories!

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What you missed on 10.6.14

Posted 2014-10-06T19:31:00Z


Paris Motor ShowOur top five Paris debuts

The big news from last week was the 2014 Paris Motor Show – we covered some 57 debuts from the French expo. And now that our editorial team is back at home, we've looked back over our smattering of posts and picked our five favorite things that came out of the Paris show. See what tugged at our team's heart strings the most, here.

TranslogicTranslogic: The Detroit Bus Company

You've no doubt heard that Detroit's city services are, shall we say, less than stellar. But that doesn't mean folks within the community aren't stepping up to help out as much as possible. In the latest episode of Translogic, we profile 27-year-old Andy Didorosi and his Detroit Bus Company, a fleet of biofueled buses that are maximizing mobility within the city.

Dodge ViperViper sales on the up and up

Dodge recently cut the price of its Viper by an incredible $15,000, and the benefits of doing so are now paying off. The powerful coupe had sold just 38 units in August and 48 in July, but in September, Dodge moved 108 examples of its snake. Hopefully this streak continues. Fingers crossed.

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Weekly Recap: Ram doubles down on diesels

Posted 2014-10-04T11:02:00Z

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

Chrysler now expects about 20 percent of Ram 1500s will be sold with the EcoDiesel engine for the 2015 model year.

Chrysler is ramping up production of the EcoDiesel engine for the Ram 1500, as consumer demand has far outstripped availability. Chrysler now expects about 20 percent of Ram 1500s will be sold with the EcoDiesel engine for the 2015 model year.

That's double the original estimates.

Chrysler figured only 10 percent of buyers would opt for the oil-burner when it launched earlier this year. Then more than 8,000 orders poured in during the first three days the engine was available, which filled the initial allocation.

"The demand is there for this product, and customers have asked for it," said Bob Hegbloom, CEO of the Ram truck brand.

Recognizing the pent-up demand has allowed the Ram EcoDiesel to take off, filling a void in the marketplace, said Dave Sullivan, manager of product analysis for automotive research firm, AutoPacific.

"The Ram diesel is a sales success and actually a very refined powertrain," he said in an email. "It isn't some Frankenstein oddball engine. It feels like it was plucked out of the Audi A8. It's quiet, torquey, efficient and doesn't necessarily break the bank. The price walk from the Hemi V8 to the diesel is actually reasonable."

What you missed on 10.1.14

Posted 2014-10-01T19:30:00Z


Lamborghini Shows Asterion hypercar concept

The media days of the 2014 Paris Motor Show might technically start tomorrow, but the party has clearly begun already. The early star in Paris is this Lamborghini Asterion concept, which melds V10 muscle with an electric drivetrain 910 total-system-horsepower. The understated, über-powerful Lambo shared the stage at VW's Group Night with an impressive Volkswagen XL Sport concept, too. Let the show commence!

First Drive: 2015 Renault Twingo

Just in time for the Paris show, we get a drive in the all new, rear-engined-runabout from Renault. Sharing the same platform that will underpin the upcoming generation of Smart cars here in the US, the first-impressions of the nippy, Europe-only Twingo present and interesting preview. Read on to find out if the thrid-gen Twingo has what it takes to regain sales prominence in the Old World.

Corvette Z06 will do 0-60 in 2.95 seconds

We all expected that the 650-horsepower 2015 Chevy Corvette Z06 would be very quick, but until this morning we didn't understand just how bonkers the spec sheet would be. Nailing the 60-mph figure in less than 3 seconds is wild, but so is achieving a radical 1.2 gs on the company skidpad. If you're like us, you're probably drooling to know what this new monster 'Vette is actually like to drive; satiate a bit of that curiosity with some more Z06 facts and figures, here.

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What you missed on 9.30.14

Posted 2014-09-30T19:30:00Z


First Drive: 2015 Honda CR-V

Still not much changed from the just-right size it was when it debuted in the late 1990s, the 2015 Honda CR-V is otherwise a better vehicle in almost every conceivable way. We get behind the wheel of the newly revised small crossover, and find it to be just as useful as ever, while also being more luxurious than ever before. Get the scoop on this family cute-ute, here.

Kawasaki Ninja H2R has 300 hp... we're sold

If only we could ride it on the street. Actually, check that. When we heard today that Kawasaki's Ninja H2R – essentially a technology demonstrator set to debut at the upcoming EICMA show – was going to stuff 300 hp into its carbon-fiber-clad confines, we were equal parts astonished and terrified. While official specs are yet to be revealed, you can see a new set of images and some video of the Goliath right now.

Ram can't build EcoDiesels fast enough

Have you heard the one about American's hating on diesels? Well, forget it. When the number crunchers at Ram were forecasting sales of the trucks with the new 3.0-liter EcoDiesel, they anticipated the engine would account for about 10% of the sales mix. On the back of strong orders and sales in 2014 that number is being doubled for next year.

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What you missed on 9.29.14

Posted 2014-09-29T19:31:00Z


Pagani HuayraDriving and debating the pricey Cadillac ELR

See that pretty, black coupe over to the right? That's the 2014 Cadillac ELR, and we think it's perhaps the best-looking Cadillac currently on the market. Problem is, it's also one of the most expensive, and we're not so so it's worth it's shockingly (pun intended, sadly) high price. In fact, we're pretty darn sure it isn't. Read our full report to find out why.

Lamborghini leakLamborghini Asterion leaks in magazine

The 2014 Paris Motor Show is right around the corner, which means it's just about time to expect the leaky wheels of the internet to start showing off the carefully hidden treasure trove of debuts planned for the City of Lights. In this case, though, it was a magazine that did the leaking, and it's a tasty new concept from Lamborghini on its pages.

Chevy Corvette2016 Chevy Camaro spied in Germany

There's a new Chevy Camaro headed our way, but before it gets Stateside, the boffins at GM need to make sure it's completely ready for the road – and that means testing on Germany's notoriously high-speed roadways and race tracks. And that, in turn, means spy shots. See the latest round of camo'd test mules right here.

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Weekly Recap: Cadillac plots a new way forward

Posted 2014-09-27T11:00:00Z

Cadillac Elmiraj Concept

The CT6 will be a rolling buffet of GM's latest technologies.

Cadillac generated a minor firestorm this week by announcing plans to move its headquarters from Detroit to New York in 2015. But that's about the third-most important thing going on with Cadillac right now.

For starters, Cadillac also confirmed the name of its new rear-wheel-drive flagship sedan this week. It will be called CT6, and that signals a new nomenclature strategy for Cadillac, which will be slowly phased in as models are redesigned or replaced.

The CT6 will be The Car for Cadillac. It goes into production late next year, and executives have been touting it as the brand's new flagship for months. If Cadillac is to be a legitimate luxury brand, it needs to have a true competitor to face off against the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7 Series and others.

The value of the CT6 cannot be understated. It will be a rolling buffet of General Motors' latest technologies, including its semi-autonomous drive feature, Super Cruise. GM has said it will use Cadillac as its platform to debut new technologies, something in which the brand has deep roots. While it's not expected to generate huge sales volume, Cadillac hopes the CT6 will create a buzz and get consumers into its showrooms. They might not buy a CT6, but maybe they'll test drive an ATS, or so the thinking goes.

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