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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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What you missed on 8.8.14

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

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Exploring the promise of electric turbos

There is a revolution brewing in the world of forced-induction for your cars engine, thanks to the fast-developing technology of electric turbochargers. (Yes, we know that they're kind of/sort of superchargers... got it covered). Promising tremendous gains in both performance and efficiency, manufacturers are hoping that the electric turbo model can be adopted in a major way within the next half-decade. Get ahead of the curve by learning all about them, here.

GM won't remove parts to figure truck weight

Last week we reported that GM, like Ford, followed the practice of removing certain optional parts from its trucks to lower base curb weights and maximize the benefit of truck-class ratings. Today, company officials have reported that the practice will stop, and that the company will commit to actual base weights on which to judge maximum payload and to rate the truck. Click through for the full lowdown.

NJ drivers safe from traffic cameras?

In addition to all the other benefits granted from residency in the Garden State, people that live in New Jersey might soon benefit from a kind of immunity from speed and traffic cameras in other states. Lawmakers have proposed a bill that would effectively stop other states form sending citations to NJ residents, and the legislation is gaining support on both sides of the aisle in the early stages.

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What you missed on 8.7.14

Posted 2014-08-07T19:32:00Z

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First Drive: 2014 Volkswagen Scirocco R

What better way to celebrate your Thirsty Thursday than with an illicit sip of some forbidden fruit? The newly updated Volkswagen Scirocco R may not be headed Stateside anytime soon, but that doesn't mean we don't want to drive the hatch/coupe/sports car thing. In fact, the longing makes our desire stronger. Get the scoop on the 276-hp performance machine, here.

5 most ridiculous attacks on Chevy's Volt

Change is hard, we get it. And there are, without question, any number of very sensible reasons to dislike Chevy's oft-flamed, range-extended EV. Still and all, since the debut of the Volt concept in 2007 no other single car model has been targeted with political ire, sensationalist reports and downright misinformation. We chuckle at a fistful of the most absurd examples of Volt bashing, and prep for the recoil in comments.

Think air travel is risky? Try driving a car

For all the coverage in the media recently – and with good reason – the fact of the matter is that driving a car is statistically far more deadly than flying on a commercial airline. That's a vague concept we've all heard repeated before, but laying out the numbers makes the case in a pretty stark way.

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What you missed on 8.6.14

Posted 2014-08-06T19:29:00Z

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Second Drive: 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-ClassMercedes-Benz C-Class

Associate Editor Jonathon Ramsey first tested the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class over in Europe, but now, Senior Editor Steven Ewing was able to drive the US-spec car at home on American soil. The Baby Benz is better than ever, and Ewing says it might be one of Merc's best products to date. Read all about it, here.

Big Caddy to debut in Big AppleCadillac LTS spy shots

It looks like Cadillac's long-awaited flagship is finally ready to make its debut – well, next year, anyway. We've learned that Cadillac will unveil its new rear-wheel-drive sedan, expected to be named LTS, at the 2015 New York Auto Show in April. It's expected to take design cues from the slick Elmiraj concept, so expect good things when the new range-topping Caddy shows its face.

Crazy self-driving Infiniti Q50 stuntInfiniti Q50 video

We cannot stress this enough: do not try this at home. A couple of folks over in Germany decided to truly test the limits of the Infiniti Q50's Active Lane Control system, not just by taking their hands off the wheel, but by climbing out of the driver's seat. Oh, and did we mention this all happened on the Autobahn? See this insane stunt for yourself in the video, here.

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What you missed on 8.5.2014

Posted 2014-08-05T19:29:00Z

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Autoblog readers share unpopular opinions

Last week Autoblog editors went on record with some of our most unpopular opinions about cars and driving. In response our never-shy readership presented an awful lot of interesting and controversial opinions of their own. Here, we choose some of the reader responses we found most compelling (some downright strange) to feature and respond to. Click through to see what's it's like when the inmates run the asylum.

First Drive: 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe

Cadillac's sport-sedan ATS was hailed as a legitimate contender for the BMW 3 Series throne, so removing two doors and sharpening the styling should only help it's case, right? You've heard the one about the book and it's cover... We get behind the wheel of the new Caddy two-door; finding a lot to love and a little bit to gripe about in the process.

Life sentences for execs that delay recalls?

Senator Claire McCaskill has introduced legislation that would drastically increase NHTSA's budget, remove a maximum limit on fines for automakers and punish executives at car companies if they knowingly delayed recalling cars. When we say punish, we mean punish; McCaskill's proposed law would see penalties as high as life imprisonment for execs, where recall violations resulted in death.

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What you missed on 8.4.2014

Posted 2014-08-04T19:30:00Z

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First Drive: 2015 Acura TLX

Our man Michael Harley takes his turn behind the wheel of the brand-new Acura TLX and finds it a better car than either the TSX or TL, both of which it replaces in the automaker's lineup. Read the full review to find out the how and the why, and to see if it has what it takes to compete in such a hotly contested segment.

Ford F-Series Super Duty prototype burns while hot-weather testing

Yikes! Our intrepid spy shooters captured these images of a 2016 Ford F-Series Super Duty prototype burning to the ground out in Death Valley. Fortunately, nobody was hurt. The truck, as you can see, did not fare so well. Ford is investigating the cause of the blaze.

Hennessey Venom F5 gunning for 290 mph and 1,400 horsepower

How fast is fast enough? Well, we suppose that depends on who you ask. John Hennessey, for instance, has his sights set on 290 freaking miles per hour, and to achieve such ludicrous velocity, he's planning to pack 1,400 horsepower in the engine bay of his upcoming Venom F5. A total of 30 examples are planned. Get in line now.

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What you missed on 8.1.14

Posted 2014-08-01T19:30:00Z

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By The Numbers: July 2014

It's summertime and the car buying comes easy. This month's By The Numbers report shows bullish sales from GM in spite of the continued recall madness, and Toyota overtaking Ford in the US sales race for the very first time this year.

Guys more open to Google Car than ladies

A new survey about the openness of the public to the charms of autonomous vehicles, finds some interesting gaps in the data provided by each gender. The tenor of public opinion about self-driving cars might be looking up, but if these results hold water Americans aren't exactly ready to jump behind the wheel and let the bots do the driving just yet. Once more around the block, Jeeves.

Charger Hellcat could debut at Dream Cruise

What has 707 horsepower, four doors, an insatiable appetite for gasoline and a vendetta against rear tires? If you answered "Dodge Charger Hellcat" you win a cookie. The SRT boys haven't confirmed it yet, but all indications point towards Dodge making a muscle-sedan splash at the Woodward Dream Cruise this year, bringing along the supercharged-Hemi version of its Charger sedan. Hold your breath and look for rubber smoke.

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