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Porsche 911 “Project Gold” is an Immaculately Restored 993 Turbo

Motortrend Magazine News - Thu, 08/23/2018 - 11:00pm

If you’re in the business of restoring classic cars, it helps to have a demo vehicle to show customers what you can do. For Porsche Classic, Project Gold is that vehicle. The Porsche division that specializes in all things vintage took a 993-generation 911 Turbo body shell and used its catalog of more than 6,500 parts for the 993 to restore it to original condition—but with a few modern touches thrown in here and there.

True to its name, Project Gold is finished in the same Golden Yellow Metallic paint of the 2018 Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series. The concept also features a black interior with gold stitching and trim, black wheels with gold accents, and gold lettering for the engine bay badges. Just like the original 993 Turbo, Project Gold is powered by a turbocharged, air-cooled flat-six engine. Here, it’s tuned to 450 hp and mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

Porsche is announcing the news at Pebble Beach, but Project Gold won’t actually debut in Monterey until next month at Rennsport Reunion VI, the massive Porsche gathering that takes place every three years at Laguna Seca. The car will be included in RM Sotheby’s Porsche 70th anniversary auction, and proceeds from its sale will go toward the Ferry Porsche Foundation, a German non-profit focusing on children and education.

If you’re thinking about purchasing Project Gold to use as your next weekend ride to Cars and Coffee, we have some bad news. The one-off 911 won’t be street-legal and will be limited to driving on the track. Porsche tells us this is because Project Gold is based on a car that last left production in 1998, which means it doesn’t comply with the much stricter regulations of today. In addition, the main goal of the project was not to produce a replica of a 20-year-old car, but instead to show what Porsche Classic is capable of when it comes to restoration and customization.

Still, if you want a modern take on the 993 Turbo that has been painstakingly assembled by hand using genuine Porsche Classic parts, this is the only game in town.

Source: Porsche

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2019 Acura NSX First Look: Mid-Engine Hybrid Supercar Gets Refreshed

Motortrend Magazine News - Thu, 08/23/2018 - 10:45pm

In just its third year on the market, Acura is giving its NSX mid-engine hybrid all-wheel-drive supercar a relatively thorough refresh. Along with gently enhancing the aesthetics, the options list has come in for some rationalization, and the chassis team has made a dynamic tweak or two. We fervently hope the handling tweaks will address some areas of improvement we highlighted when the spanking-new NSX made a bid for Best Driver’s Car honors in our November 2016 competition, finishing in eighth place.

Let’s start there. After his lapping session, our resident hot-shoe Randy Pobst complained that the car was overly sensitive to weight transfer on corner entry. Load the nose with just a bit too much trail-braking, and the car responded with excessive, time-robbing oversteer. Others noted that the NSX demanded an unconventional driving style—too much braking before a turn followed by more acceleration than usual to force the torque-vectoring front axle to work its magic pulling the car through. The fix (hopefully): larger anti-roll bars at both ends that increase roll stiffness by 26 percent in front and by 19 percent at the rear. We’re not sure how the front and rear roll stiffness percentages compared on the original, but our test car behaved like the front was rolling enough to dig in and allow the stiffer rear end to slide, so this modification sounds like progress.

Rear toe-control link bushings that are 21 percent stiffer and rear hubs that are 6 percent more rigid should reduce any lateral slop that might have permitted undesirable passive rear-steering effects. The last hardware change is an upgrade of the standard Continental tires from ContiSportContact 5Ps to SportContact 6s. The new footwear features a revised tread pattern, updated internal construction, and a tweaked rubber compound, all of which is targeted at improving handling in all conditions. (The Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires that we had on our BDC test car remain a $1,500 dealer-installed option.)

On the software side, the calibrations of all related subsystems—the Super Handling all-wheel-drive power unit, active magnetorheological dampers, electric power steering gear, and stability control system—were revised to capitalize on the new chassis hardware and the grippier tires.

To make it easier for buyers to get what they really want, a bunch of past options are now standard, including the ELS premium audio system (was $2,800); the semi-aniline leather/Alcantara power seats (they were $1,500—the formerly standard manual Milano/Alcantara seats remain a no-cost option, and the price of full leather with power drops from $2,500 to $1,000); and aluminum sport pedals (these used to be packaged with the $2,900 carbon-fiber interior). Acura reckons the newly free stuff is worth $4,700, but it’s only hiking the base price by $1,500.

Finally, the aesthetic changes include new paint and trim color options, including Thermal Orange Pearl ($700). That color can also now be had with the $10,600 carbon-ceramic brakes. Iron brakes are now available with red calipers. Inside, the semi-aniline/Alcantara seats are available in blue, and the full-leather is available in red. The surest way to identify the ’19 NSX is the body-color grille garnish (it used to be silver) and the gloss black front grille surround, air intake mesh, and rear bumper outlet mesh. The available carbon-fiber decklid spoiler and exterior package (chin spoiler, side sills, rear diffuser) all get a high-gloss finish, too.

We promise to strap into those new blue or red seats at our very earliest opportunity and report on how much more (or less) confidently the 2019 NSX tackles the corners of our favorite race tracks.

2019 Acura NSX BASE PRICE $159,300 VEHICLE LAYOUT Mid-engine, AWD, 2-pass, 2-door coupe ENGINE 3.5L/500-hp/406-lb-ft twin-turbo DOHC 24-valve V-6 plus two 36-hp/54-lb-ft front and one 47-hp/109-lb-ft rear electric motors; 573 hp/476 lb-ft comb TRANSMISSION 9-speed twin-clutch auto. CURB WEIGHT 3,900 lb (mfr) WHEELBASE 103.5 in LENGTH X WIDTH X HEIGHT 176.0 x 76.3 x 47.8 in 0-60 MPH 3.1 sec (MT est) EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON 21/22/21 mpg ENERGY CONSUMPTION, CITY/HWY 160/153 kW-hrs/100 miles CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 0.90 lb/mile ON SALE IN U.S. Fall 2018

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The Audi PB18 E-Tron Concept is an R8 Shooting Brake From the Future

Motortrend Magazine News - Thu, 08/23/2018 - 10:00pm

Back in July, Audi released a teaser previewing a concept called the PB18 that it planned to reveal during this month’s Monterey Car Week. The shadowy image didn’t show much more than the car’s headlights, making it difficult to figure out what we were looking at. But now that the car’s been officially revealed, we have to say, it looks completely different than we could ever have guessed.

The front of the PB18 is incredibly aggressive, with sharp, angular bodywork, slim headlights, and a hollowed-out grille that takes the Jaguar I-Pace’s aero-optimizing front end to the extreme. Yet somehow, it’s also the most predictable part of the PB18’s design. If Audi announced that’s what the next-generation R8 will look like up front, it wouldn’t be all that shocking. Once you get past the A-pillars, though, the PB18’s design gets a lot more controversial.

The proportions appear to be inspired by other mid-engine supercars, but the car itself is more of a shooting brake. Audi claims the PB18’s long-roof design gives it 16.6 cubic feet of cargo space, something you don’t usually get in conventional supercars. And while it’s hard to judge size based on these renderings, at 178 inches long, 79 inches wide, and 45 inches tall, the PB18 is several inches longer, wider, and lower than the current R8. It also rides on 22-inch wheels, and Audi claims the adjustable diffuser and rear spoiler work together to give the car active aero.

In theory, an electric shooting brake based on a future R8 should be incredibly cool. But for some reason, the PB18 looks more like a movie prop from a reboot of Minority Report than we would have hoped. It may look better in person, of course, but until we see it, we can’t say for sure. That also doesn’t mean Audi didn’t come up with some cool (although possibly theoretical) features for the PB18.

With three electric motors driving all four wheels, the PB18 makes 670 hp and 612 lb-ft of torque. An overboost mode temporarily increases that to 764 hp, giving the PB18 a claimed 0-60 time of about two seconds and making it about as quick as a modern LMP1 prototype. Power for the motors comes from a 95-kWh solid-state battery that promises a maximum range of more than 300 miles on Europe’s WLTP cycle. And thanks to its 800-volt charging capability, Audi says the PB18 can be fully charged in about 15 minutes. For maximum on-track performance, the suspension is also derived from Audi’s R18 Le Mans car.

The futuristic cabin offers more than a great view of the road and video game-inspired displays. The driver’s seat and controls are part of their own shell that can be moved into different positions. During daily use, the driver sits to the side like they would in a conventional car, with room on the right for a passenger. On the track, however, the entire shell slides to the middle, turning the now-single-seat PB18 into a center-drive car.

“We want to offer the driver an experience that is otherwise available only in a racing car like the Audi R18,” said Gael Buzyn, head of Audi’s Malibu design center, in a statement. “That’s why we developed the interior around the ideal driver’s position in the center. Nevertheless, our aim was to also give the PB18 e-tron a high degree of everyday usability, not just for the driver, but also for a potential passenger.”

Source: Audi

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2020 Silverado HD LED Headlight Signature Revealed In New Spy Pictures

GM Authority News - Thu, 08/23/2018 - 8:40pm

Combine it with Chevy's teaser from April, and we have a pretty good idea of how the HD's headlights will look.

Hotted-Up Kia Forte Coming, Still No Chevy Cruze Performance Variant In Sight

GM Authority News - Thu, 08/23/2018 - 6:48pm

Will GM ever get back into the sport compact space with a performance-oriented Cruze?

Classic Cars and New-Car Debuts: 2018 Monterey Car Week PHOTOS

Motortrend Magazine News - Thu, 08/23/2018 - 4:59pm

Monterey Car Week is filled with jaw-droppingly gorgeous cars, and we’re not just talking about classics. Culminating with the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Monterey Car Week has grown in significance over the years, becoming an increasingly favored location for luxury automakers to grab the attention of the rich and super-rich. That’s why, for every pre- or post-war classic car you’ll see at Pebble Beach or in Monterey, you’re bound to run into a few stunning new-car and concept debuts.

So keep this link handy, as we continue to update it with more photos from the 2018 Monterey Car Week and 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Also, don’t miss our LIVE coverage of the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, right here.

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This Fifth-Gen Camaro Shooting Brake Is The Unicorn Of Camaros

GM Authority News - Thu, 08/23/2018 - 4:11pm

It might sound like a terrible idea on paper, but reality says otherwise.

Lexus Beefs Up the UX for Monterey Car Week

Motortrend Magazine News - Thu, 08/23/2018 - 3:40pm

Lexus is debuting a few concepts at this year’s Monterey Car Week: a UX with a custom suspension and exhaust, and a bright yellow LC.

Lexus will bring the UX small crossover to market this December, but this one is a little wilder than the normal version. The special UX 250h features a bright blue body wrap and a custom roof rack. It also has an Apexi N1 EXV Damper Suspension and full catback exhaust system, as well as a NIA Auto Design ABS lip kit, Vossen VFS-1 wheels, and Nitto Invo tires.

The Lexus LC Inspiration Concept looks strikingly similar to the LC Yellow Edition that will go on sale this fall, from the exterior paint job to the Alcantara yellow accents inside the cabin. However, you’ll notice the concept for Monterey Car Week features blacked-out wheels and a slightly different interior arrangement. Other features include a carbon-fiber roof and an active rear spoiler. Lexus says it is deciding when to bring this concept to market as a production vehicle.

Lexus is also displaying a number of other concepts during Monterey Car Week. These include the RC F and GC F 10th Anniversary Editions that have been shown previously, as well as an LC 500 in Ultra White, an ES F Sport in Matador Red, and an LS 500 in Manganese Luster.

Source: Lexus

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Five Highly-Desirable Corvettes Made Available This Weekend At Mecum

Corvettes Online News Feed - Thu, 08/23/2018 - 3:04pm
Monterey is known for its cars, and this year, Mecum is highlighting some fast Corvettes both old and new for the power hungry enthusiast.

Futuristic Infiniti Prototype 10 Lands at Pebble Beach

Motortrend Magazine News - Thu, 08/23/2018 - 3:01pm

It’s nearly impossible to make new products or concepts genuinely relevant to the iconic automotive celebrations that make up Monterey Car Week, but Infiniti managed it last year with the stunning Prototype 9—and it’s set to do it once again this year with the futuristic Prototype 10. Our buds at Automobile were fortunate to have Infiniti’s executive design director, Karim Habib, and the Prototype 10 in our studio ahead of Monterey Car Week. Habib took the time to tell us about the project as we walked around the sculptural concept.

Previewing Infiniti’s electric car intentions as well as future design and styling cues, the Prototype 10 comes with a promise that every Infiniti model will include an electrified powertrain from the year 2021 on.

But the Prototype 10 itself is not just about what’s next. Instead, it draws on the types of cars that will be on display all week in Monterey as both orientation and inspiration for where Infiniti should head next. In doing so, it manages to reference last year’s Prototype 9, as well as the visceral appeal of 1960s Monoposto Racing, while at the same time reinterpreting it through a modern lens.

It took Habib and a multi-continental Infiniti team just four months to take the Prototype 10 from first sketch to final concept—a herculean effort in human terms. “I can’t even believe we made it. A lot of people had some very short nights,” said Habib.

That effort was in part possible because of the structure of the team: the project leadership was based in Japan, while the team that built the models for the design worked from the U.K., and the team that built the actual car worked out of California—essentially enabling round-the-clock collaboration, effectively fitting something closer to a year’s work into one-third the time.

If that sounds like a heck of a challenge, you’re correct. Even more so when you consider that this was Habib’s first full project from start to finish at Infiniti since he joined the Japanese luxury brand last July.

“At Infiniti, it’s really interesting because the brand has certain cues that make it Infiniti, but there’s a lot of things that are very free. And that’s been great, and liberating in many ways, for me,” Habib told us. Unlike the Prototype 9, the Prototype 10 isn’t a running, driving, roadworthy vehicle—yet. Some concessions did have to be made to the compressed timeline.

Fortunately, the emphasis on speed isn’t limited to the car’s creation. Infiniti is using the Prototype 10 not just as a design harbinger, but as a visual statement that its electrified future—which will include each model the brand makes by 2021, in some form—will be a performance-enhancing one, not just a miserly and miserable exercise in efficiency.

So what can we expect Infiniti to extract from the sensuous curves of the Prototype 10 and inject into its future production models? Don’t look for specific details, says Habib, but “maybe treatments—the overall feeling of how surfaces are treated. The idea is really about being as authentic as possible with the material. One thing I’m trying to understand and learn is the Japanese way of design; there are so many things that are really interesting about how they’re designed and conceived, whether you’re talking about architecture or clothing or product design or even furniture. There’s something that I think I’ve kind of grasped: it’s that the material and the shape are often inseparable.”

The Infiniti Prototype 10 will be displayed during the marque’s 2018 Monterey Car Week festivities. Be sure to follow all of Motor Trend and Automobile’s Monterey Car Week coverage, and watch our live video from Pebble Beach and the Monterey Motorsports Reunion on Motor Trend on Demand.

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18 Future Classics You’ll See at Monterey Car Week in 2043

Motortrend Magazine News - Thu, 08/23/2018 - 2:59pm

Predicting forever love is a tricky business—especially when it comes to cars. There are dozens of factors that influence whether a vehicle will be a highly sought-after collectible classic or just an old, used car. And although all new cars on sale today will be considered “classics” by the working definition of the term in 25 years, not all will be celebrated sufficiently to participate in the festivities surrounding the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. We think these 18 cars should make the cut in 2043, however.

Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

Since it was produced for just one model year and limited to 3,300 copies worldwide, there was never any doubt that the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon would attain instant collectible status. With its long list of drag racing-specific equipment and supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 that makes 840 hp on race gas, the Demon has left skid marks on the automotive world’s collective psyche, meaning you can expect interest to only go up in the next 25 years. Since the Demon is now sold out, the 797-hp Hellcat Redeye is the next best thing if you’re looking for a current-gen Challenger to take to Pebble in a quarter century.

Lexus LC

With its swoopy styling, inspiring performance, and impressive interior, the Lexus LC is a flagship coupe worthy of the title first held by the SC 400 of the early ’90s. The LC can be had with a naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V-8 making 471 hp and 398 lb-ft of torque, or a 3.5-liter V-6 hybrid setup making a combined 354 hp. The car wears the best interpretation of the brand’s controversial spindle grille to date, and although the design takes lots of other risks, we think the result is a beautiful car that will still be appreciated by Pebble Beach goers of the future.

Ford GT

Though its on-track performance so far hasn’t matched up with expectations, the Ford GT will be remembered for its extreme looks, high price, and close ties to the race car that won the GT class at Le Mans in its debut year. It will also be remembered as a car that was hard to get. If you recall, Ford required all interested GT customers to submit an application to purchase one. Each car costs more than $450,000, and because every Ford GT is hand-built by racing firm and Ford partner Multimatic, those lucky enough to get picked by Ford will have to wait to get one of the 1,000 cars of the planned production run. Ford has said it will build the GT through the 2020 model year.

Porsche 911 GT2 RS

Having just set the track record at Willow Springs International Raceway (and stay tuned for its run in the Best Driver’s Car shootout at Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca), the 911 GT2 RS will go down in history as the most potent performer of the 991 generation. And with prices starting just under $300,000, it’s likely to be one of the rarer 911s of its generation, too.

McLaren 720S

McLaren outdid itself with the 720S. The current Super Series car lives up to that descriptor in every way possible. For example, it’s one of the quickest cars we’ve ever tested in the quarter mile, coming in at 10.1 seconds at 141.5 mph. That places the 720S behind only the hybrid hypercar trio of the LaFerrari, McLaren P1, and Porsche 918 Spyder, and means it’s quicker than a Bugatti Veyron. As for styling, the 720S’ design is dictated primarily by aerodynamics, but the result is a look we think will hold up for at least the next 25 years.

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE

The regular Camaro ZL1 is extreme enough with it 650-hp supercharged 6.2-liter V-8, but the 1LE takes the pony car to even greater performance heights. The track package adds Multimatic spool-valve shocks, extra-wide Eagle F1 SuperCar R3 R-compound tires, a front splitter and dive planes, and a massive rear wing, helping the car achieve a 7:16.03 Nürburgring lap time as well as a fourth-place finish in our 2017 Best Driver’s Car Competition. If any modern Camaro is destined for Pebble Beach stardom, it’s this one.

Jaguar XE SV Project 8

With the Jaguar XE SV Project 8 limited to just 300 examples, rarity once again plays a big part for this entry on the list. But even if the Project 8 wasn’t so scarce, its 598-hp supercharged V-8, racing-derived aero package, and track-tuned continuously variable dampers make it one of the most memorable Jags in recent history.

Tesla Model 3

Given Tesla’s current financial challenges, no one knows where the company will be in a few years, let alone 25. But now that it has finally started churning out 5,000 Model 3 sedans a week, a few examples of its products should survive a quarter century. Whether history views it as a mass-production EV pioneer or this era’s version of a Tucker or Kaiser, the Model 3 will at the very least be a conversation-starter in 2043—especially if you show up in a 450-hp dual-motor Performance model.

Ford F-150 Raptor

Granted, today’s Monterey Car Week isn’t known for celebrating trucks, even high-performance ones like the F-150 Raptor. But the Pebble audience may be very different by the time the current-gen Raptor reaches classic status. We don’t think the Raptor’s 450-hp twin-turbo EcoBoost V-6, lifted Fox Racing suspension, and super-wide body would look too out of place cruising the streets of Monterey, either.

Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

We said the new Aston Martin DBS Superleggera is one of the most beautiful Astons of all time, and it also happens to be one of the best-driving Astons to come along in a while. With a twin-turbo 5.2-liter V-12 directing 715 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels via an eight-speed transaxle, the DBS certainly has the makings of a proper flagship grand tourer. And with prices starting at more than $300,000, don’t expect to see too many on the road. Put together its rarity, good looks, and fantastic driving experience, and the DBS Superleggera’s future classic status is all but guaranteed.

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

Whether or not the front-engine Corvette sticks around when the mid-engine C8 arrives, the 2019 ZR1 serves as a swan song for the C7—and it’s a raucous one. With a blustery 755 hp and 717 lb-ft of torque on tap, the supercharged ’Vette was able to hit 3.0 seconds flat with the optional high wing. And despite having its engine up front, the ZR1 was only a tenth of a second slower around the big track at Willow Springs than the Ford GT, making it the quickest front-engine car we’ve ever lapped there. So even if it’s not the last front-engine Corvette, it is the last and most powerful C7.

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Trackhawk

It’s debatable whether you’ll ever see a current-era SUV on the lawn at Pebble Beach, but just like the Raptor on this list, the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Trackhawk should have enough performance cred to mingle with the other posh rides in Monterey. Its 707-hp supercharged V-8 plucked from the Charger and Challenger Hellcat make it one of the quickest SUVs we’ve ever tested, accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds. Add to that a trick performance-tuned all-wheel-drive system and a set of adaptive Bilstein dampers, and you have the makings of one potent sport ute.

Honda Civic Type R

The Civic Type R’s wing- and vent-happy look is polarizing today, and we have no idea how it will age over the next two and a half decades. But one thing that’s almost universally agreed upon is that the Type R is the best hot hatch to come along in years. Just as millennials today are nostalgic for cars from the 1980s and ’90s, the enthusiasts of tomorrow will likely look back fondly at cars like the Type R. That doesn’t necessarily mean it will be accepted by everyone in the Pebble crowd, but if the Japanese Automotive Invitational—the all-Japanese car show presented by Infiniti and Motor Trend Group—lives to see 2043, you can expect a Type R to be there.

Jaguar I-Pace

The Jaguar I-Pace is just rolling out to dealers now, so it remains to be seen how the all-electric crossover will resonate with customers. But based on our experience so far, we think Jag’s new EV is the first true rival to the Tesla Model S and Model X—and it comes from a mainstream automaker with a proper dealer network. That fact alone doesn’t guarantee success, but the low-slung crossover’s sharp design, 394 hp, 512 lb-ft of torque, and standard 90-kW-hr battery pack that grants a claimed 240 miles of range should help.

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

Alfa Romeo came out swinging with its first mainstream product for the U.S., the Giulia sedan. Though the 4C sports car arrived four years prior, it’s the Giulia that will be remembered as the car that really kicked off Alfa’s relaunch in this market. With driving dynamics that vastly outgun the competition, the Giulia sets a new benchmark in a class that used to belong to BMW, Mercedes, and Audi. Things get even better when you upgrade to the 505-hp Quadrifoglio variant, a car that previously held the production sedan lap record around the Nürburgring. All these things make a strong case for the Giulia becoming a future classic. Being named the Motor Trend 2018 Car of the Year doesn’t hurt, either.

Kia Stinger

By 2043, maybe the thought of a quick, sexy Kia won’t be such a foreign concept, or too the idea of a Korean car on the 18th fairway at Pebble. But in 2018, we’re still getting used to the idea, and we have the Kia Stinger to thank for incepting it into our brains. With a seductive fastback design penned by Peter Schreyer, an upscale interior, and a 365-hp twin-turbo 3.3-liter V-6 available in the GT model, the Stinger is a praiseworthy first effort from a brand known mostly for low-cost economy cars. We don’t think that significance will be lost on the Pebble audience of the future.

Lamborghini Huracan Performante

Lamborghini hit it out of the park with the regular Huracan, and the track-oriented follow-up happens to be even better. With its naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V-10 tuned to produce 630 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque, the Huracan Performante hit 60 mph in just 2.6 seconds and is the third quickest car we’ve lapped around Willow Springs. A new active aero system dubbed ALA (which stands for Aerodynamica Lamborghini Attiva) is partially to thank for its track performance, as it can quickly open flaps in the wing and front lip to alter drag and downforce with every turn of the wheel. But forget all that fancy aero tech—just look at it.

Ferrari 488 Pista

The Ferrari 488 Pista takes everything we loved about the 488 GTB, our 2017 Best Driver’s Car winner, and makes it better. If by 2043 the Pista is still too contemporary to make the lawn at Pebble Beach, its 710-hp twin-turbo 3.9-liter V-8—the most powerful production Ferrari V-8 yet—should be all the credentials needed to gain access to the supercar party that is Exotics on Cannery Row.

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2019 BMW Z4 First Look: Good Things, Small Packages

Motortrend Magazine News - Thu, 08/23/2018 - 1:30pm

We’ve waited a long time to see the final production version of the BMW Z4, which made its debut as a concept at last year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Now the wait is over, as the Z4 has reemerged at the same event a year later in First Edition guise.

Introducing the new roadster line, the 2019 BMW Z4 M40i First Edition has a striking design. It doesn’t feature the same gravity-defying beauty as the concept, but the production-spec Z4 keeps the most important design details intact. Like the concept, it features a low center of gravity, a long clamshell hood, side gills, and bold body lines across the doors, as well as a rear lip spoiler, rounded back end, and narrow taillights. The roadster has a mesh grille design and lower vents that are much tamer than those on the concept.

BMW says the First Edition model has unique accoutrements. The model receives a Frozen Orange Metallic paint color, 19-inch alloy wheels in a two-tone design, and black mirror caps. The 2019 Z4 First Edition will also include a head-up display, adaptive LED headlights, two high-resolution digital displays, and a Harman Kardon surround sound system.

Powering the roadster is a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine. BMW hasn’t finalized output for the production model, but a prototype we drove recently made 382 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. That’s up considerably from the 335 hp and 332 lb-ft produced by the old Z4 sDrive35is. BMW estimates the new Z4 M40i roadster can hit 60 mph in under 4.4 seconds. In addition to a powerful engine, the model also benefits from an M-tuned sport suspension.

We recently drove a Z4 M40i prototype in France, and we were impressed. After a spin on the track, we wrote, “It only took one blast down the straight and two corners to realize that the Z4 M40i is a genuine sports car.” Considering this was a near-production prototype, we have a good feeling we’ll also like the final version once we get our hands on it.

BMW will launch the Z4 M40i in the second quarter of 2019. Earlier that spring, BMW will bring out the Z4 30i, a base model that will likely be powered by a turbo-four with at least 248 hp. Full details on the Z4 will be announced this September.

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2019 Honda Insight Review: 6 Things to Know

Motortrend Magazine News - Thu, 08/23/2018 - 8:58am

Honda’s third iteration of the Insight hybrid is stunning compared to the first- and second-generation models, but looks are just the beginning. Although the 2019 Insight is based on the Civic, the car is much more than a Civic with a hybrid powertrain. We called the Insight a “Swiss army knife of a car” in our First Drive review because the well-rounded sedan offers advantages beyond good fuel economy and value. Find out what distinguishes the 2019 Insight from other fuel sippers and why it will likely compete well against the most successful hybrid to date, the Toyota Prius.

A Powerful and Efficient Powertrain

With 151 net horsepower, the 2019 Insight is more powerful than its closest rivals, the 121-hp Toyota Prius and the 139-hp Hyundai Ioniq, yet the Honda still delivers competitive fuel economy. The 2019 Insight LX and EX trims have an EPA rating of 55/49 mpg city/highway, while the top Touring trim has a lower rating of 51/45 mpg. The 2018 Prius has an almost identical rating to the Insight’s LX and EX trims, delivering 54/50 mpg, but the Prius Eco (one of the lower trims) increases efficiency to 58/53 mpg. The base 2019 Ioniq Blue trim tops all at 57/59 mpg, and the higher trims are rated at 55/54 mpg.

The Insight’s hybrid system consists of a 1.5-liter I-4 that produces 107 hp and 99 lb-ft of torque, a propulsion electric motor that makes 129 hp and 197 lb-ft of torque, a generator motor, and a 60-cell lithium-ion battery pack.

Packaging Perfection?

Packaging a hybrid vehicle without eating up interior space and functionality is not easy, but Honda has figured it out with some clever techniques. The battery pack and small 10.6-gallon fuel tank are housed under the rear seats, allowing the trunk to maintain the Civic sedan’s cargo capacity of 14.7 to 15.1 cubic feet as well as the ability to fold down the rear seats. The back seat is just as spacious as the Civic’s and offers more legroom than the Prius and Ioniq. The Prius and Ioniq are hatchbacks and naturally provide more cargo room, but the Insight has more passenger volume and looks sharper inside and out. One more neat trick: The Insight’s battery (not the battery pack) is not located under the hood or in the trunk but inside the cabin, under the push-button shifter.

Oozing with Tech and Value

The Insight already sports a high-tech hybrid powertrain but also comes loaded with tech features. The standard Honda Sensing package includes automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, road departure mitigation, and traffic sign recognition. The base LX trim also includes automatic high-beams, automatic LED headlights with LED daytime running lights, LED taillights and brake lights, push-start ignition, one USB port, a 7.0-inch instrument cluster screen, and a 5.0-inch infotainment screen. This comes out to a starting price of $23,725, less than the 2018 Prius’ starting price of $24,395 and a little higher than the 2018 Ioniq’s $23,085. But with the base-model Hyundai, you miss out on those great driver-assist features found in Honda Sensing.

The Insight’s midlevel EX trim adds an 8.0-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, remote engine start, a proximity key, Honda LaneWatch, and an additional USB port. The top Touring trim will get you leather-trimmed seats, power-adjustable and heated front seats, a moonroof, mobile hotspot capability, an upgraded 10-speaker audio system, a navigation system, LED foglights, and a Honda Link subscription that can remotely lock/unlock the car, help you find your car, and check the fuel and range status.

A Premium Interior

If you opt for the top Touring trim, you might forget that you’re in an economical hybrid as soon as you sit down on the perforated leather-trimmed seats and grip the thick, leather-wrapped sport steering wheel. The door panels and passenger-side dashboard feature soft-touch, leatherlike surfaces with contrast double stitching. Unlike most vehicles, the Insight has a dedicated area for cell phones right next to the electronic shift-by-wire gear selector and two USB ports.

The Insight’s instrument cluster also looks good with a 7.0-inch screen on the left side and an analog speedometer on the right. At the corners of the display is a small strip of lighting that changes color depending on drive mode. The center stack’s 8.0-inch touchscreen is sharp and responsive and is neighbored by a volume knob that has fortunately found its way into the Insight. The Touring trim’s standard 10-speaker (including subwoofer), 450-watt audio system sounds as premium as many name-brand systems. Additionally, most of the exterior lighting uses LEDs, which looks neat at night.

Fun to Drive

You read that right: This hybrid is fun to drive when the road gets twisty. Honda’s 10th-generation Civic platform already provides great driving dynamics, but Honda further improved it with upgraded front lower L-arms and an E-shaped multilink rear suspension (three lateral links instead of two). The standard Agile Handling Assist feature improves cornering prowess with the use of brake torque vectoring.

The Insight’s torquey electric motor gives the sedan a quick takeoff for a hybrid and instant initial power when needed. At slower, street-level speeds, the Insight feels plenty quick (especially in Sport mode), but on the highway, I’d recommend stomping on the accelerator pedal past the click point at about three-quarter pedal travel when merging or passing. Much to my enjoyment, the low rolling resistance tires aren’t that noisy when pushed, unlike most hybrids and EVs. All of this equates to plenty of back-road smiles.

Different Drive Modes

Under regular driving conditions, the Normal driving mode offers a good combination of power and efficiency. Econ mode maximizes fuel efficiency by reducing throttle response, and Sport mode increases throttle response and draws more energy from the battery for maximum power output. Sport mode also adjusts the Active Sound Control feature for a more aggressive engine note. EV mode only uses power from the electric motor but only for short distances and at lower speeds.

With a fully charged battery, Econ mode on, and a very light foot, I was able to drive in EV mode for about 2.5 miles going between 20 and 25 mph on a mostly flat street. Not bad for a hybrid. The amount of regenerative braking can be adjusted with the standard paddle shifters, but in Normal mode, the computer quickly defaults back to the normal level of regen. Sport mode, on the other hand, holds the regen level until you change it.

 

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2018 Ram 2500 Power Wagon Long-Term Update 1: Escape from L.A.

Motortrend Magazine News - Thu, 08/23/2018 - 8:55am

There are some cars that make you want to just get behind the wheel and find a good road. A Honda Civic Type R makes me want to go drive up and down a canyon all day, and a Dodge Challenger Hellcat makes me want to cruise the Pacific Coast Highway. Our long-term 2018 Ram 2500 Power Wagon makes me want to just go out and drive, too—except in this case, away from all roads, in Arizona’s open back country.

Blessed with a three-day weekend and an Airbnb reservation at a remote cabin in the Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument outside of Flagstaff, Arizona, we hit the road before sunrise. Despite the Ram Power Wagon being unashamedly biased toward off-roading, it also works quite well on the open road. Its big, burly 6.4-liter V-8’s 410 hp is plenty for passing slower traffic while cruising in the fast lane, and its six-speed automatic doesn’t hesitate to downshift when needed. The Ram’s ride is shockingly comfortable for a heavy-duty truck, too. Thanks to its fantastic (if a bit old-school) Bilstein shock absorbers, and the massive sidewalls on the stock 31-inch off-road tires, the Power Wagon eats up bumps, bruises, and road warts without complaint. The only real downside to the Power Wagon thus far on the highway is a slight tendency to wander in its lane, due to the combination of its solid front axle and off-road tires.

Once off the highway and in Arizona back country, the Power Wagon really can’t be beat. Our Airbnb was located way out in a remote section of the Sunset Crater Monument, requiring a hand-drawn paper map and roughly 20 miles of dirt trails to get to. Although the Power Wagon was hardly challenged on the dirt trail, it was the perfect rig to explore the multitude of isolated trails that snake through the open countryside. Its four-wheel-drive system, combined with locking front and rear differentials, electronic sway bar disconnect, and its winch gave me the confidence to explore well off the beaten path.

With that trip in the rearview mirror, rest assured I’m planning a more thorough test of our Ram Power Wagon’s off-road prowess, on-road performance, and its fuel economy for coming updates.

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