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Custom 1979 International Harvester Scout II Asks $299,000

Motortrend Magazine News - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 7:30pm

Vintage Blazers, Broncos, and Jeeps are super cool, but if you want to stand apart from the crowd a 1979 International Harvester Scout II restomod might do the trick. Especially if you have a wad of cash handy—like $299,000 for starters. To put that price into perspective, you could get a McLaren 720S for about that much.

Velocity Restorations of Pensacola, Florida, is showing off its latest restomod off-roader project that needs a new garage and owner.

The restoration shop says it spent more than 1,500 hours rebuilding the orange beauty seen here, and it sure looks like it.

“We are really proud of our International Scout,” said Brandon Segers, Velocity Restorations owner, in a statement. “We found this model in a Texas oil field. We stripped it to the bare metal, and started the frame off restomod process. Every nut and bolt is brand new, the powertrain is improved, and it looks stunning.”

Under the hood, the upgraded truck gets a 6.2-liter LS3 V-8 engine that now offers 430 hp and 424 lb-ft of torque. The LS3 is mated to a four-speed automatic transmission.

The super duper Scout II sports a custom grille up front, LED headlights, custom bumpers, 9.0-inch rear axle, 6.0-inch suspension lift, Wilwood four-wheel disc brakes, a stainless steel fuel tank, and big, fat Nitto Trail Grappler Mud Terrain tires.

Inside there’s a custom dash, digital gauges, a Bluetooth-friendly stereo system, vintage A/C and heating system, black vinyl interior, and a powder-coated four-point roll bar.

The company also restores Broncos and other vintage rides if someone beats you to the punch.

Source: Velocity Restorations

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Mazda Made Errors During MPG Tests for Japanese-Market Cars

Motortrend Magazine News - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 7:08pm

After it came to light that Mitsubishi, Nissan, and to a lesser degree, Subaru had all misreported fuel economy data, Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism (MLIT) ordered investigations into other Japanese manufacturers. Now, Mazda has revealed that it, too, is guilty of improper vehicle tests and data reporting.

In its report to MLIT, Mazda said its investigation found that test data was “handled inappropriately” in 72 of the 1,472 fuel economy tests it reviewed. Those cases contained speed trace errors, meaning vehicle speed deviated from the parameters dictated by Japan’s JC08 test cycle. However, Mazda says it found “no improper alteration or falsification of test data” in its any of its fuel economy tests.

“We would like to offer our sincere apologies for the concern this matter has caused our customers and to all stakeholders,” Mazda said in its report. “We are treating this matter very seriously and will make every effort to prevent similar occurrences in the future.”

The automaker blames its own testing procedures for the inaccurate data in the above cases. Mazda’s system wasn’t set up to automatically reject test results when a speed trace error was detected, so it was up to the human inspectors in the tests to decide whether the data was invalid. To ensure this doesn’t happen again, Mazda says it will update the system to automatically throw out tests with such errors and require all data be checked by multiple employees.

Reuters reports that Yamaha and Suzuki also found testing errors during their respective investigations. In Suzuki’s case, out of 12,819 vehicles tested since June 2012, roughly 50 percent were found to be improperly inspected. Despite the number of improper vehicle inspections, none of the automakers involved broke any laws or plan to issue recalls. That’s largely due to the fact that they found no evidence that actual emissions or fuel economy performance for the vehicles, which are all sold in Japan, was affected in any way.

While Mazda’s mistakes come nowhere near the level of Volkswagen’s emissions cheating, they serve as further evidence that not all automakers are doing things by the book when it comes to testing and reporting fuel economy and emissions. By cracking down now, let’s hope regulators around the globe can keep everyone on their toes and prevent another major emissions scandal.

Source: Mazda, Reuters

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[SPIED] Spy Photos of the Mid-Engine Corvette C8.R Offers the Best Look Yet at the Upcoming C8

Corvette Blogger - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 4:31pm

Photo Credit: Brian Willams / SpiedBilde Yesterday’s reveal of spy photos showing Corvette Racing testing the C8.R at Road America was just the appetizer. Now get ready for the full-course meal as we have a full set of spy photos showing the upcoming racing variant of the C8 mid-engine Corvette. The C8.R, like its C7.R […]

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Ford’s New NASCAR Mustang Looks Surprisingly Good

Motortrend Magazine News - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 4:15pm

For the last several years, Ford’s top-level NASCAR entries have been styled to look like the Fusion family sedan. Next season, though, that won’t be the case. Instead, Ford plans to run a Mustang-inspired car like it does in the Xfinity series. But while previous iterations have looked clumsy at best, this one looks surprisingly good.

Ford released images of its new Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series entry today and announced that its first race will be next February’s Daytona 500. The big reveal took place at Ford’s headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan, with employees, NASCAR executives, team owners, and all 13 drivers in attendance.

“We look forward to seeing the Ford Mustang, a cultural icon, on the track in the most competitive series in all of motorsports,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR’s head of racing development, in a release. “Our sport eagerly anticipates the performance, style and fanfare the Mustang will bring to the track each weekend beginning at the 2019 Daytona 500.”

According to Ford, the clean new look isn’t an accident. The team reportedly made sure the car wore its new styling well and didn’t look like a generic race car with some Mustang stickers slapped on. We must say, we think the Mustang design translates better to a stock car body than the Toyota Supra.

“Ever since we announced in April that Mustang would be going to the Cup level in 2019, we’ve heard nothing but positive feedback,” said Mark Rushbrook, Ford’s global head of motorsports. “Our Ford Performance team has worked hard with the Ford Design team to create a Mustang that will be competitive on the track while remaining true to its proud heritage. We can’t wait to see it winning races in the NASCAR Cup Series next year.”

Source: Ford

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This Cadillac CT5 Prototype Is Really The CT4

GM Authority News - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 3:32pm

Giving us our first look at the upcoming sub-CT5 Cadillac sedan.

Spied! Electric BMW 3 Series Silently Prowls the Streets

Motortrend Magazine News - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 3:30pm

A few years ago, in a somewhat controversial move, BMW added a plug-in hybrid to the 3 Series lineup. Using a 2.0-liter turbo and an electric motor, the 330e makes 248 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. With the 7.6-kWh battery fully charged, the hybrid 3 Series can travel up to 14 miles on electric power alone. But when the redesigned 3 Series finally goes on sale, it looks like BMW plans to go even further and offer a fully electric version.

At first glance, the prototype shown here appears to be a regular 3 Series, but if you take a closer look, the “Electric Test Vehicle” stickers give it away. Yes, the car has dual exhaust tips, but according to our spy photographer, they’re completely fake. This 3 Series is a pure EV, he says.

We already knew BMW planned to introduce 12 electric vehicles by 2025, but so far, it’s done a good job of keeping a lid on production plans and vehicle specs. As a result, we have very little info on how many motors and what size battery pack the 3 Series EV will get.

Thankfully, BMW did provide at least one useful clue. The prototype seen here was out testing with a Tesla Model 3, suggesting that BMW will position the electric 3 Series as a direct competitor. To do that, it will need at least a 200-mile range. According to a few unnamed sources inside BMW, though, the range will actually be closer to 300 miles, making it more of a long-range Model 3 competitor.

Considering how production-ready this prototype looks, BMW should be close to the official reveal. From what we hear, the new 3 Series is coming to the Paris motor show in October. Whether the electric version will be announced at the same time, however, remains to be seen.

Photo source: CarPix

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Infiniti Teases Electric Sports Car Concept Ahead of Pebble Beach

Motortrend Magazine News - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 2:43pm

Following up on the retro-inspired Prototype 9 from last year’s Pebble Beach show, Infiniti is cooking up another electrified concept that banks on nostalgia. Though Prototype 9 harkened back to the golden age of Grand Prix racing, this new concept appears to be going for a classic Le Mans racer look.

We only have this one overhead-view rendering to go off, but from it, we can see the concept will have an offset cockpit unlike the central seating position in the Prototype 9. A minimalist windscreen should give the driver some protection while they drive using the rectangular yoke-style steering wheel. Just behind the seat, there appears to be a vertical fin à la the Jaguar D-Type. It’s unclear how much of the car is shown in this rendering, but from the angle we have, it looks pretty narrow.

The concept was a joint effort between Infiniti’s Japan, U.S., and U.K. teams and was headed by Infiniti executive design director Karim Habib.

“Our new concept provides clues to where the Infiniti brand is heading,” said Habib, in a release. “For us, electrification means performance—our electrified cars will be powerful, efficient, and fun to drive, and the new concept is a physical representation of our electrified performance future.”

That’s all we know about the car so far, but hopefully, we’ll learn more as the brand releases more info ahead of its August 23 debut at the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

Infiniti Prototype 9 pictured below.

Source: Infiniti

 

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Wine and Dine for a Great Cause at Corvettes at Carlisle in August

Corvettes Online News Feed - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 1:50pm
The dinner is an over the top event that’s perfect for a couple’s night out, a car club’s dinner party or just for individuals looking for a good time.

[AUDIO] How Does the Sound of the Mid-Engine Corvette C8.R Compare with the C7.R V8?

Corvette Blogger - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 10:48am

Photo Credit: Brian Willams / SpiedBilde So yesterday’s spy photos of the Mid-Engine Corvette C8.R that was being tested by the Corvette Racing team at Road America caused quite a stir. The photos were shared by SportsCar365.com, who also posted a sound file of the same car later in the afternoon. I know a lot […]

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Toyota Thinks David Buttner Can Turn Holden Around

GM Authority News - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 10:42am

Buttner's former employer wished him well at Holden.

Ask Away: We’re Driving The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

GM Authority News - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 10:29am

Leave your questions here and we'll answer them as best we can.

2019 Buick Regal Avenir To Start At $36,195

GM Authority News - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 9:50am

The Avenir trim will slot above the Essence, but below the GS models.

Holden Revives Classic Chevy Name For Colorado Z71 Xtreme

GM Authority News - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 9:15am

The Colorado Z71 Xtreme is based on the Colorado Xtreme concept shown two years ago.

2019 Chevrolet Blazer Rival: Honda Passport Spied With Mid-Size Proportions

GM Authority News - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 8:50am

But it won't be a smaller Pilot, as once thought.

1992 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Undergoes Pro-Touring Treatment

GM Authority News - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 8:33am

Level 7 Motorsports has big plans for the third-generation Camaro.

Listen To The Corvette C8.R Rip Around Road America

GM Authority News - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 8:13am

Audio reveals a turbocharged engine for the Corvette racer.

2018 Honda Civic Type R Long-Term Arrival: The Best Hot Hatch in Decades

Motortrend Magazine News - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 8:05am

We fell in “enthusiast” love with the Civic Type R in the first moments we drove it in Montreal last year. During its First Test, features editor Christian Seabaugh, who is never at a loss for words, said, “Thinking of clever ways to describe cars pays my bills, so rarely does a car leave me struggling to find words to describe it—yet that’s the situation I found myself in after driving the Honda Civic Type R. I settled for three: ‘Holy s—. Wow.’” A short time later, the Civic Type R earned Finalist status in our rigorous and comprehensive 2018 Car of the Year contest where our international bureau chief, Angus MacKenzie, wrote, “This is the most impressive new Honda I’ve driven since the original NSX.” Riding that impressive endorsement, we then pitted the Type R against its closest performance analogues: special edition versions of both the Ford Focus RS and Subaru WRX STI Type RA plus a VW Golf R. Again, the Civic Type R shined brightly, and handily—and unanimously—won that comparison test. With all of those exuberant endorsements, clearly we had to have our own Type R—for a year. Would living with the all-conquering Civic from Swindon, England, where it is built, tarnish its legitimate performance credentials?

In case you aren’t familiar with it yet, the Civic Type R (aka CTR) is built alongside other Civic hatchbacks, but it benefits from additional adhesives in key areas to enhance the unibody’s strength. It also receives specialized Type R¬–only suspension components: unique rear multilink setup and bushings and dual-axis struts up front that effectively separate the steering from the suspension. This clever and expensive mechanical solution effectively eliminates the power-induced torque-steer effect that often plagues powerful front-wheel-drive cars. Three-way adjustable solenoid-valve adaptive dampers round out the chassis. The turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four makes an honest 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, so there’s a mechanical (helical) limited-slip front differential to maintain traction. And not since the Honda S2000 has there been a manual shifter as tight and “snickety” as the six-speed in the Type R with its aluminum shift knob. The EPA says the most powerful Honda in the U.S. should earn 22/28/25 mpg city/highway/combined. Our average after 2,410 miles of mixed driving is 21.4 mpg with a best tankful of 25.5 mpg.

Currently, Honda doesn’t offer any options on the Civic Type R. It comes in one well-appointed Touring trim level but lacks the Honda Sensing safety suite and LaneWatch that come on the Touring trims of Honda’s other models. Instead, the Type R gets LED headlights, taillights, and fog lights; deeply bolstered racing-style front seats and two rear buckets; push-button start; cruise control; auto up/down front windows; a leather-wrapped steering wheel; voice-compatible navigation; a 7.0-inch high-resolution touchscreen; 12-speaker (including subwoofer) 540-watt audio system with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto/Bluetooth compatibility and SiriusXM; HD radio; 1.5- and 1.0-amp USB ports; and Honda Link with apps, Pandora, and SMS text compatibility. It comes loaded for the fair price of $35,595.

As soon as our 600-mile engine-conditioning period was complete, we took our CTR to the track to measure its performance against the impressive numbers of previous testers. We’re happy to report our Type R got a 0–60 mph time of 5.2 seconds on its way to a 13.6-second, 104.7-mph quarter mile. Its brakes are strong, as well, with repeated stops from 60 mph in just 100 feet. Our Civic Type R averaged 1.00g in lateral acceleration as it put down a competitive 24.5-second figure eight. All of these results land it right in the middle of the three previous Type Rs we’ve tested.

In the coming year, we aim to put down some hot laps at a local track to investigate owners’ forum claims that the Type R is unable to maintain power (due to heat soaking) over more than a handful of laps. We’re told Honda addressed this known malady between 2017 (its launch year) and the 2018 model year. It’s going to be a fun and interesting trip around the sun.

2018 Honda Civic Type R BASE PRICE $35,595 PRICE AS TESTED $35,595 VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, FWD, 4-pass, 4-door hatchback ENGINE 2.0L/306-hp/295-lb-ft turbo DOHC 16-valve I-4 TRANSMISSION 6-speed manual CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 3,104 lb (62/38%) WHEELBASE 106.3 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 179.4 x 73.9 56.5 in 0-60 MPH 5.2 sec QUARTER MILE 13.6 sec @ 104.7 mph BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 100 ft LATERAL ACCELERATION 1.00 g (avg) MT FIGURE EIGHT 24.5 sec @ 0.78 g (avg) REAL MPG, CITY/HWY/COMB Not yet tested EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON 22/28/25 mpg ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 153/120 kW-hrs/100 miles CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 0.80 lb/mile TOTAL MILEAGE 2,410 mi AVERAGE FUEL ECON 21.4 mpg UNRESOLVED PROBLEM AREAS None

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Chevy Cruze Sales Decrease 26% To 37,836 Units In Q2 2018

GM Authority News - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 12:03am

Falling to sixth place in its competitive set in terms of overall sales volume.

Porsche is Developing a Cayman-Based Rally Car Concept

Motortrend Magazine News - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 8:00pm

The Porsche Cayman GT4 is a fantastic car. It borrows its tires, brakes, and front suspension from the 911 GT3, uses a 385-hp 911 engine, grips the track like you wouldn’t believe, and features one of the best manual transmissions Porsche has ever offered—all while remaining street-legal and surprisingly comfortable on public roads. The only way it could possibly be cooler is if Porsche turned it into a rally car. Turns out, that’s exactly what’s happening.

Yesterday, Porsche announced it’s developing a rally car based on the Cayman GT4 Clubsport race car. Details are still scarce, but we do know the car will be driven by Romain Dumas, the same guy who recently set a Pikes Peak record in the Volkswagen I.D. R. We won’t have to wait long to see the Rally Cayman in action, either. Porsche plans to compete at Rallye Deutschland in a few weeks.

Officially, the Cayman GT4 Clubsport rally car is only a concept. But depending on how the race goes and what the response is, Porsche says it may decide to build “a similar car based on a future model” later this year. If that happens, there’s a good chance we’d see Porsche officially competing in the FIA World Rally Championship the following season.

With so much still up in the air, we don’t want to get too excited just yet. At the same time, Porsche’s building a Rally Cayman at a time when Safari 911 builds are more popular than ever. This needs to happen, and it needs to happen now.

Oh, and does Porsche’s statement basically confirm plans to reveal the new 718 Cayman GT4 before the end of the year? We choose to believe it does and will have our eyes peeled as the Paris motor show gets closer.

Source: Porsche Motorsport via Twitter

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2019 Sierra Denali Caught In The Wild: Complete Photo Gallery

GM Authority News - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 7:18pm

20 photos dedicated to the new Sierra Denali.

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