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eAssist Returns: 2018 Buick LaCrosse Hybrid Raises MPGs, Lowers a Price

Monday, June 5th, 2017

2018 Buick LaCrosse in new Red Quartz Tintcoat.2018 Buick LaCrosse in new Red Quartz Tintcoat.

Buick is bringing a amiable hybrid behind to the LaCrosse lineup for 2018. As in a previous-generation LaCrosse, a complement is called eAssist and will be a bottom powertrain for a large Buick sedan. As such, the 2018 LaCrosse’s bottom cost drops by $2500 and a EPA fuel economy rises by around 4 mpg compared to a stream V-6 model. Also new for 2018 is a nine-speed involuntary delivery for a V-6 LaCrosse, replacing final year’s eight-speed, and wider accessibility of all-wheel drive.

The LaCrosse’s amiable hybrid setup combines a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with a tiny electric engine that sources energy from a 0.45-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Total energy outlay is 194 horsepower and 187 lb-ft of torque, significantly down from a V-6’s 310 hp, though GM estimates that fuel economy will rise to 25 mpg city, 35 mpg highway, and 29 mpg (4 mpg improved than the front-drive V-6 opposite a board). As in prior GM amiable hybrids, a electric engine is too tiny to energy a automobile on a own, though provides additional torque underneath acceleration and helps well-spoken out a start/stop complement that shuts a engine off when stopped. Regenerative braking also is included, and a six-speed involuntary delivery is a solitary delivery choice.

The 2.5-liter eAssist powertrain is now customary on all versions of a LaCrosse, other than those versed with all-wheel drive. That means a 3.6-liter V-6 engine and a new nine-speed involuntary will be an choice on a Preferred, Essence, and Premium trim levels, while a bottom LaCrosse will be eAssist only. All-wheel drive, formerly accessible usually on a tip Premium trim level, is now also offering on a V-6–equipped Essence.

Three new extraneous colors—Satin Steel Metallic, Dark Slate Metallic, and Red Quartz Tricoat—round out a changes to Buick’s biggest sedan for a new indication year. It goes on sale in the fall with a starting cost of $30,490.

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2018 Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS: The High-Country Sports Car

Monday, June 5th, 2017

If you’ve driven along a corner of Donner Lake in Truckee, California, anytime in a past 15 years, you’ve beheld that turbocharged, all-wheel-drive automobiles parked along a side of a highway aren’t accurately an peculiar sight. The Euer Saddle, noted as Donner Summit on Highway 80, sits during 7239 feet and a lake itself during 5936. To a south, Echo Summit on Highway 50 reaches 7382 feet, while a Carson Pass on State Route 88 hits 8574. Even Reno, usually down a mountain—and a former home of Porsche’s North American arm—lies during a 4505-foot elevation, not a whole lot reduce than Denver. Up there, forced initiation is a contingency to say opening in a skinny air.

Donner Pass also binds a eminence of being one of a snowiest places in a country, during slightest when California’s not pang from a drought. Until recently, a usually Porsche 911 ideally matched to a high-altitude sports-car goal was a extra-spendy 911 Turbo, that has featured 4 driven wheels given a end-of-the-aircooled-era 993 generation. Now, of course, each 911 solely for a GT3 has a span of charge-enhancing snails bolted to a flat-six engine. We envision a lot of 997 and 991.1 Carrera 4 models will find themselves listed on Reno/Tahoe’s Craigslist in brief order, with a array of them, undoubtedly, transposed with a 2018 911 Targa 4 GTS.

Climb Every Mountain

Porsche says a Targa models interest to alpine types, while beach-dwellers tend to opt for a wide-open cabriolets. Despite a start as an peculiar concede in a 1960s—then-tiny Porsche was disturbed that regulations in a United States could kill convertibles—the Targa saw good success in a 1970s and 1980s. When a 993 bowed, Stuttgart did divided with a simple, removable tip row and transposed it with a powered shifting potion roof that complacent over a back window, that carried on by a 997 cars. The 997s began a tradition of a AWD-only Targa, accessible usually with Carrera 4 and 4S powertrains. With a coming of a 991-generation Targa, Porsche ginned adult a mechanically formidable folding tip that replicates a cultured of a early cars, while affording owners a free oppulance in operation to that they’d turn accustomed. The 991 also saw a coming of a GTS-badged Targa, that combined 30 horsepower over a S model.

This second-generation 991.2 Targa 4 GTS that we’ve usually driven gets 450 horsepower—once again, 30 horsepower some-more than a S—courtesy of additional turbo-oriented finagling. Porsche claims a automobile will run to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds with a primer transmission, and 3.5 with a Porsche’s dual-clutch PDK automatic. Given that we hoofed a 420-hp Targa C4S PDK to 60 in 3.3 seconds, we have no doubt that Porsche’s quoted numbers are severely conservative.

What Comes With

The 911 GTS models have mostly been deliberate a best value of a lineup, make-up in a horde of facilities that, combined to a Carrera or Targa 4S, would cost significantly more. Aside from a hotter engine and signature dim trim, GTS buyers get a center-lock wheels from a 911 Turbo S in satin black, Porsche’s more-aggressive SportDesign front fascia, a Sport Chrono package, and a Sport exhaust. While coupe buyers get Porsche’s active PASM Sport suspension, that lowers float tallness 0.39 in. over a Carrera S, Targa and Cabriolet business get a still-plenty-sporty customary PASM system.

Compared with a lovely, witty rear-drive Carrera, a all-wheel-drive Targa 4 GTS carries a some-more critical mien, both in coming and performance. The blacked-out trim diagnosis adds threat to a aesthetic, rather offsetting a nostalgic, superb cheeriness of a classical Targa bar—now embellished black, rather than china as on a prior GTS (and normal Targas). Over a Monitor Pass, a high-speed stand from a west that hits 8314 feet and culminates in a array of downhill switchbacks, a Targa stayed stranded to a belligerent as if a Porsche’s core of sobriety was buried low inside a mountain. Some credit certainly goes to a discretionary rear-axle steering. And even in Monitor’s skinny air, a turbos meant a engine never lacks for torque. The GTS offers 405 lb-ft, and operates during a torque rise between 2150 and 5000 rpm.

Targa-topped cars offer an knowledge that some love—your author included. The Mazda MX-5 Miata RF, that cribs heavily from Porsche’s power-Targa playbook, offers an component knowledge closer to that of a strange 911 Targa and 914. Our dispute about a complicated partially open Porsche is that it’s not Targa enough to clear a settled 143-pound weight chastisement over an all-wheel-drive coupe. The high hillside of a 991’s windshield reduces a classical Targa outcome to that of a vast sunroof, and a coupe’s accessible sunroof already is utterly large. True alfresco aficionados will opt for a GTS cabriolet, which, distinct a Targa, is accessible with rear-wheel expostulate and starts during $134,050—$6900 reduction than a AWD Targa. Opt to expostulate a front wheels on a cab and a dual 911s grasp cost parity, maybe creation a choice harder for some. But for those towering dwellers who’d cite to compute themselves from a beachy forms on a coast, a Targa stays a individualist’s Porsche. The GTS trim turn usually allows your well-heeled lumberjack to leave a throng over in his dust.

Nissan Donates One-of-a-Kind ‘Predzilla’ GT-R to Nashville Predators Foundation

Monday, June 5th, 2017

This special new GT-R is nicknamed “Predzilla” and it will be auctioned off to advantage a Nashville Predators Foundation.

The specifically combined 2017 Nissan GT-R started a life as a GT-R Premium model, before removing a tradition paint pursuit featuring a Preds’ central colors and graphics. As a categorical captivate in an arriving Predators Foundation fundraising auction, intensity bidders can already start behest by possibly texting “Nissan” to 52182 or visit www.nissan.gesture.com. The winning bidder will also accept dual 2017-2018 deteriorate tickets and a parking pass for a Sixth Avenue Garage.

SEE ALSO: 2017 Nissan GT-R Review

The Nashville Predators Foundation supports a accumulation of internal Nashville charities and was recently awarded $500,000 in financial grants to 129 free and village use organizations.

“Nissan is unapproachable to call a good city of Nashville home for a North American domicile – and we are anxious that a hometown Predators have come so distant this season,” pronounced José Muñoz, arch opening officer, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.; chairman, Nissan North America, Inc. “This supercar is dedicated to Nashville and Predators fans all over a world. We wish it raises a lot of recognition and supports for a work of a Predators Foundation.”

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New Porsche 911 GT2 RS to Get Water Injection, Top 640 HP

Monday, June 5th, 2017

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Ever given Porsche reliable a growth of an all-new 911 GT2, we’ve been on a corner of a seats watchful for it to make a debut. The last GT2 RS was a rear-wheel-drive round of ire that could scurry from 0 to 100 mph in 6.6 seconds and beast by any circuit with cruel force.

U.K. publication EVO got a possibility to float in a antecedent of a GT2 RS with Porsche GT trainer Andreas Preuninger, and he suggested a whole garland of new info on a top-tier 911.

Let’s start with a powertrain. According to EVO, a engine is formed off a same 3.8-liter flat-six found in a stream 911 Turbo S, upgraded with revised engine internals, incomparable turbochargers, some-more boost pressure, and a titanium exhaust.

Also benefaction in a new GT2 is a water-injection complement that cools intake temperatures, most like a one found on a BMW M4 GTS. Power is pronounced to be “greater than 641 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque.” For now, Porsche is saying a zero-to-60-mph time of “less than 3 seconds.”

Porsche reliable behind in Mar that a new GT2 will use a PDK exclusively, that creates clarity deliberation a company’s RS-badged cars are built quite for speed. Like a final GT2 RS, this one will be rear-wheel expostulate only.

Thanks to use of lightweight materials such as Gorilla Glass, Preuninger says a new GT2 will import reduction than 3300 pounds. If business wish to dump a weight even further, they can choice a 66-pound-saving Weissach pack, that includes featherweight magnesium wheels, a titanium hurl cage, and a carbon-fiber roof.



Last month, Road Track reported on mystery NACA ducts it speckled on a GT2 exam mule. They’re there to flue cold atmosphere true to a customary carbon-ceramic brakes. Also customary on a automobile are active engine mounts, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, and an electronic locking differential.

EVO reported that growth of a GT2 will be finalized via a subsequent few weeks, that means an central exhibit is only a few months away. We can’t wait.

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Go With a Flow: How a Lamborghini Huracan Performante Bends Air to Its Will

Monday, June 5th, 2017

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Tesla Owners Could Soon be Paying More for Insurance

Monday, June 5th, 2017

The American Automobile Association has pronounced that it is lifting premiums on Tesla vehicles by adult to 30 percent.

Tesla, naturally, isn’t happy with a move.

AAA Chief Actuary Anthony Ptasznik pronounced that they beheld some anomalies in Tesla claims to date, so they took a demeanour during some other information sources. Data from a Highway Loss Data Institute, a investigate classification that gathers and publishes information on car word claims, corroborated adult AAA’s findings. Ptasznik pronounced that “looking during a most broader set of countrywide data, we saw a same patterns celebrated in a possess data, and that gave us a certainty to change rates.”

The news lonesome 2014-2016 indication years. In a vast oppulance SUV class, where a Model X is grouped, explain magnitude is a same as a normal for all vehicles, and a cost is 43 percent above average. Model X owners record 41 percent some-more claims than average, and they cost 89 percent more. The Model S, in a vast oppulance car class, saw 46 percent some-more claims than average, with claims costing some-more than double normal (the rest of a category is 13 percent some-more claims and 50 percent aloft cost). That’s a large burst for insurers.

Russ Rader, a orator for HLDI’s primogenitor organisation a Insurance Institute for Highway Safety offering an overarching comment.

“Teslas get into a lot of crashes and are dear to correct afterward, consumers will compensate for that when they go to protection one,” he said.

SEE ALSO: AWD Tesla Model 3 Will Be Available Early Next Year

Tesla disagrees with a claims. In a matter to Automotive News, Tesla pronounced that a cars were being wrongly grouped since they had a aloft rate of acceleration than their peers. The matter called it “false and misleading.” They also combined that National Highway Traffic Safety Administration contrast shows a Model S binds a lowest odds of damage and pronounced that “we design Model X to accept a best measure for any SUV ever tested.”

Tesla is operative with word companies as partial of their Insure My Tesla module to safeguard reduce rates for their customers. The automaker says that in further to a pile-up contrast scores, “leading insurers also conclude a combined reserve advantage of Autopilot.”

The association also argues if a Highway Loss Data Institute’s complement placed it with a right competitors, Tesla’s pile-up information would not mount out negatively. The information however, says a Tesla Model S is concerned in 46 percent some-more claims than average, and those claims cost some-more than twice a average.

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Why Owning a Minivan Wasn’t a End of My Life

Monday, June 5th, 2017

Chrysler Pacifica is converting distressed family group and women, one test-drive during a time.

This post is sponsored by a All-New Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid.

Turns out, owning a minivan was infrequently inevitable. Our initial baby was on a way, yet my mother and we were dynamic to stay active outdoor whenever probable and to continue bringing a Labs, Rusty (nine) and Rascal (three), with us everywhere.

The compress SUV we’d been pushing for 4 years was unexpected too small. A pickup lorry looked appealing, yet a fuel mileage didn’t. Even incomparable SUV models we checked out didn’t seem utterly large or stretchable enough. Plus, as a bit of a automobile buff, we ran around in circles perplexing to figure out a approach to equivocate owning a minivan.

Turns out, there was none.

We indispensable good mileage, extent flexibility, and a whole lot of space for a dollar. We indispensable something easy to bucket and unload. Something easy for Rusty, who is removing old, to bound in and out of. Something easy on fuel. The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid was a answer.

We arrived during a play one Saturday morning, distressed and shouting a little. We were test-driving a minivan: We were strictly adults. Minivan-driving, grown-up adults. Soon, we’d substantially start spending Friday nights on amicable media researching several flans.

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A perspective by a side doors of a Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid.

But that wasn’t a case. You see a Pacifica in photos, and it looks good: it’s sculpted, detailed, superb and full of depth. And yet it’s transparent by a shifting doors that a Pacifica is a minivan, it’s a distinguished appurtenance to demeanour at. Plus, that good figure translates now into some critical advantages a impulse we bound inside.

Open a door, and a distance of a Pacifica’s cabin grabs your courtesy first. It’s impressive. Tall. Expansive. Fold a back seating down, and you’ve got a tiny bucket van. Or a mobile baby play area (or dog lounge) while a car is parked. Plus, a building is low to a ground, so Rusty can step adult and in easily, but a full jump. And a baby, once he’s a bit older, will be means to get inside with palliate too.

What we weren’t awaiting was how accessible a Pacifica is on a daily. Open possibly a accessible hands-free power-sliding doors, that don’t crash into other cars when you’re perplexing to get your kids inside, or a hands-free liftgate and we can bucket a atmospheric bucket area with ease, from any angle. Or, on a yearly guys’ highway trip, with a third-row seats folded divided regulating a Stow ‘n Go® feature, there’s abounding space for 4 adults to lounge, chill, consort and locate adult on a move. Even my singular pals, some of whom expostulate sports cars, concluded that a Pacifica was a beautiful, ample and forever accessible machine—even if they didn’t wish to.

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The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid’s Stow ‘n Go® feature.

The yearly highway trip: It’s an unbreakable, repeated devise that we’ve stranded to given high school. And with a Pacifica’s accessible high-tech back party system, HDMI inputs and USB ports, as good as a accessible domicile energy outlet, we took turns pushing and personification video games on a accessible twin back 10.1-inch touchscreens. With a information tie and a media-streaming device, we could watch a favorite cinema too—only singular by a information plans. Or, Chrysler also offers an accessible Hotspot with a Uconnect® Access, featuring 3G Wi-Fi.*

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica's lurch offers full control during your fingertips

Full control is during a fingertips.

This is going to make family camping trips easier too. With all of a third-row seats folded down, we’ll still have adequate room for all a rigging we need to suffer a good outdoors, but carrying to leave a large dining tent and bikes during home.

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2017 Chrysler Pacifica’s ample storage has room for all a gear.

Possibilities with this new float abound—thanks to features, pattern touches and technologies you’ll wish to use on a daily basement for years to come. So, a Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid didn’t cramp a character or extent us. It did a opposite. Now, even with life changing around us by a moment, we’ve got a car that’s right there with us—every step of a way.

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2019 Audi A7 Test Car Goes Up in Flames During Testing

Monday, June 5th, 2017

Things didn’t go as designed during some new contrast of a subsequent Audi A7.

While contrast in a Austrian Alps, an Audi A7 exam automobile held glow while pulling a passed weight trailer. It appears a antecedent suffered some arrange of inauspicious disaster nearby a area where a hood meets a windshield. Fortunately, once a motorist saw a flames, they incited around into a lift off and was means to get all out of a vehicle. A roadside use worker attempted to put a glow out with an extinguisher, though that wasn’t adequate to enclose a glow as it started immoderate a whole car.

SEE ALSO: 48-Volt Mild Hybrid System to Come Standard on All A8s

Our view photographers pronounced it took about 15 to 20 mins for a whole automobile to be totally broken by a fire, that was eventually put out when a glow dialect arrived. This does uncover how critical highway contrast is before a automobile heads to production, and hopefully Audi is means to establish a means of a fire. Luckily no one was harm in a incident.

Look for a next-generation Audi A7 to debut late this year or early 2018.

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