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2017 Toyota Highlander V-6 AWD Tested: The Quickening

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

Like a 1986 film Highlander, a Toyota SUV that shares a name is a crowd-pleaser that fails to enthuse passion among critics. After some-more than 190,000 Highlanders rolled off play lots final year, Toyota’s mid-size crossover SUV entered 2017 with a horde of changes directed during gratifying a masses and pundits alike.

Notably, all Highlanders, from a bottom $31,590 LE to a top-of-the-line $48,840 Highlander Hybrid Limited Platinum, now come customary with a pre-collision warning complement with walking showing and programmed puncture braking, and lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, adaptive journey control, and involuntary high-beams. Our $43,184 Highlander XLE all-wheel-drive exam automobile also packaged blind-spot monitoring, a underline taken on a lower-level Highlander LE and LE Plus.

Accompanying a 2017 Highlander’s countless modernized reserve systems is a latest various of Toyota’s 3.5-liter V-6 engine. The six-cylinder is customary on all though a bottom front-wheel-drive Highlander LE—which continues to use a wimpy 185-hp inline-four—and incorporates a horde of complicated technologies, including a approach and pier fuel-injection complement and an upgraded valvetrain that allows a engine to run on a some-more fit Atkinson cycle. Rated during a healthy 295 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque, a revised V-6 creates 25 some-more ponies and an additional 15 lb-ft compared to a prior unit. Fuel economy is up, too, with a front-wheel-drive 2017 Highlander V-6 earning an EPA-rated 23 mpg combined; all-wheel-drive models grasp 22 mpg. Both sum symbol a 2-mpg alleviation over final year’s Highlander, and put a crossover within 1 mpg of a four-cylinder Mazda CX-9’s sum fuel-economy figures.

Toyota’s 2GR-FKS 6 is a gem of an engine that builds energy roughly all a approach adult to a 6800-rpm redline. At a track, a 2017 Highlander shaved 0.3 second off of a predecessor’s 0-to-60-mph and 30-to-50-mph times, attack a outlines in 7.0 and 3.8 seconds, respectively. Unfortunately, a 2017 Highlander’s 5.6-second 50-to-70-mph flitting time was both delayed for a category and scarcely a second behind that of a forbear. Blame a new eight-speed involuntary transmission’s hesitation to downshift. Regardless, a 2017 Highlander’s V-6 offers copiousness of grunt in many real-world pushing situations. Thanks in partial to a exam car’s involuntary start-stop system, we managed a reasonable 21 mpg during a time with a crossover, 2 mpg softened than what we got from a Mazda CX-9.

The Element of Crossover

If a 2017 Highlander’s V-6 powertrain is a homogeneous of Highlander’s desirable Juan Sánchez Villa-Lobos Ramírez (played by Sean Connery), afterwards a crossover’s revamped extraneous pattern is same to a film’s large though forgettable protagonist, Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert). New front and behind fascias, updated headlamps, and an appealing set of LED taillights give a Highlander a some-more cohesive, SUV-like appearance. But we still wouldn’t put it utterly on a same turn of lure as a butch Dodge Durango or a comely CX-9.

Unlike a exterior, a 2017 Highlander’s interior has been left mostly untouched. Toyota did supplement 4 some-more USB ports, bringing a sum to five—three in front, and dual in a rear. The cockpit facilities a series of accessible storage nooks, including a shelf that spans a reduce dashboard and a large center-console bin that can accommodate scarcely a cubic feet of diverse items. Ergonomic faults embody a touchscreen that’s too distant divided from a driver, and difficult-to-grip heat knobs for a climate-control system.

Although all 2017 Highlanders come customary with seating for eight, a second-row dais chair can be substituted for a span of buckets in a XLE, SE, Limited, and Limited Platinum trims. Space is abundant in a second row, though we found that a exam car’s bucket seats were mounted too low for optimal comfort. Still, a Highlander’s shifting and recumbent second-row chairs were like a span of La-Z-Boy recliners compared to a skinny and groundless 60/40-split-folding third-row bench. Legroom in a approach behind is only 27.7 inches, a full 6 inches fewer than what a Volkswagen Atlas’s rearmost-row offers. If we frequently transport adequate passengers to consequence visit use of a third-row seat, cruise a Atlas, a Honda Pilot, or a Ford Flex.

Shadow of an SUV

In annoy of a Highlander’s carlike unibody construction and low step-in height, Toyota’s mid-size crossover’s doing reminds us of an out-of-date body-on-frame SUV, as a gently sprung cessation allows extreme physique hurl in turns. On a and side, a cessation absorbs highway irregularities with nary a shudder, and a electrically assisted steering is comparatively discerning and generally good weighted.

At 4560 pounds, a all-wheel-drive Highlander XLE exam automobile was no lightweight, and a additional mass done itself famous when requesting a brakes, as a Highlander indispensable 181 feet of tarmac to stop from 70 mph—11 feet some-more than a 161-pound-lighter all-wheel-drive GMC Acadia Denali.

With an as-tested cost of $43,184, a Toasted Walnut Pearl Highlander XLE sported $2244 in options. All-wheel expostulate adds $1460, that also brings undeveloped sand flaps, hill-descent control, and a arrangement environment within a 4.2-inch sign cluster shade that shows torque placement among a Highlander’s 4 wheels. An $1810 rear-seat party complement was a many costly option, while $434 bought building mats and body-side moldings. Standard equipment enclosed navigation, a vicinity pivotal with push-button start, and a sunroof, as good as aforementioned facilities such as a blind-spot monitoring complement and leather-trimmed first- and second-row seats (Toyota upholsters a third-row in vinyl).

While a Highlander’s routine doing and close third-row continue to quell a unrestrained for a Indiana-built crossover, a updated 2017 Highlander’s prolonged list of customary reserve and preference features, some-more absolute and fuel-efficient V-6 engine, and softened extraneous styling will continue to attract hoards of shoppers looking for a gentle and pretty labelled mid-size crossover SUV.

2019 Volkswagen Arteon Driven! Replacing a CC

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

As American buyers continue to snap adult a undoubted torrent of new crossovers, it seems that a automobile association would have to be possibly clueless or unfortunate to deliver an all-new sedan, generally into a niche like a one that a Volkswagen Arteon will occupy. Alas, VW’s U.S. operation is struggling to sell a antiquated lineup while perplexing to make everybody forget Dieselgate. The stylish Arteon will do small to residence these problems—that’s a pursuit of a Atlas and a Tiguan, VW’s energetic twin of new crossovers—but during slightest when a Arteon replaces a CC a year from now, it will give VW business something to demeanour during in a salon while they wait on a FI guy.

Facing Forward

The Arteon’s best face is utterly literally that: a coupelike mop that looks as if it could beauty a new Scirocco rather than a largish sedan to lay above a Passat in VW’s lineup. The Arteon’s hood is ridiculously low for such a car, rising to usually subsequent a waist for a projected normal buyer, a 53-year-old college-educated man, according to VW. And it’s indeed a clamshell hood, stretching as it does from one side of a 73.7-inch-wide automobile to a other. The rest of a Arteon’s four-door “coupe” styling eschews a neat demeanour of a aged CC for a tough, fastback pattern with fat haunches and a almost Kamm-tail hatchback.

When Volkswagen launched a Passat CC behind in 2008, pseudo coupes were on a draining corner of automotive fashion, and VW seemed to have a finger on a beat of open desire. Sales in a U.S. were brisk, rising to scarcely 30,000 units annually by 2011, yet after a mid-cycle modernise for 2013, sales fell off a cliff, dropping to usually over 3000 in 2016. To make matters worse, German VW officials told us that they felt a CC did not grasp adequate defeat sales, during slightest not as most as it cannibalized Passat buyers.

So a Arteon takes a thespian step over both a CC and a Passat, not usually in styling yet in size. The wheelbase is stretched to 111.7 inches, some-more than an in. longer than a Passat’s and 5 inches longer than a CC’s. This allows for a behind chair that’s unusually roomy, so prolonged as we have no skeleton to use a core spot. Leg- and latitude are plentiful, and high passengers should be means to float in a behind yet bumping opposite a headliner. Interior apparatus are identical to those in a new Atlas, with high-quality materials and a functional, if conservative, pattern that looks good while interlude brief of treading into Audi’s oppulance territory. The luggage cell sinks low underneath a induce and is ample adequate to accommodate a full-size set of golf clubs diagonally, while a low lift-over tallness reinforces a unsentimental advantage of a inherently reduce core of sobriety of a automobile contra a crossover.

Germanic Manners

Indeed, a Arteon’s doing advantages from a automobile being reduce and wider than a Passat. It rides on VW’s MQB cross architecture, that gives a Arteon a unbending structure on that Wolfsburg’s cessation engineers can work their magic. All U.S.-spec cars will have VW’s Dynamic Chassis Control, that allows drivers to select a bottom float peculiarity from among 3 settings (Comfort, Normal, and Sport) or adjust a practical slider in a infotainment complement that offers even some-more variability. Regardless of a setting, a energetic complement also adjusts automatically, and VW has tuned a cessation to be both gentle and responsive, giving a Arteon a sorts of well-developed highway manners we’ve come to design from a brand. This is not, however, a GTI. The Arteon’s steering is accurate and direct, yet it lacks a feedback of a smaller code mate.

It also lacks a animation of VW’s prohibited hatch. The Arteon is a large automobile with an engine that falls brief of delivering a thrills betrothed by a styling. Our expostulate was in a Europe-spec automobile with a 276-hp 2.0-liter engine corresponding to a seven-speed dual-clutch involuntary transmission. While it was discerning enough—VW says a Arteon will strike 60 mph from rest in underneath 6 seconds, and we had no problems gripping adult with trade on unlimited sections of a autobahn—it wasn’t so sparkling to drive. Our exam automobile was versed with a discretionary all-wheel-drive system, that helped pull a settled quell weight to some-more than 3700 pounds.

A small math yields a power-to-weight ratio that is outmatched by V-6 versions of commodity cars like a Honda Accord and a Toyota Camry, not to discuss VW’s possess Passat. We won’t see a same powertrain multiple here, as VW says a chronicle of a corporate turbo inline-four will make 268 horses and 258 lb-ft of torque and be accessible usually with a required eight-speed automatic. The front-drive chronicle will be lighter, of course, yet with a bottom cost nearby that of today’s CC (which sells for around $35,000), a Arteon is not going to land on any most-horsepower-per-dollar lists.

Creature Features

VW appears to be carefree that an endless list of accessible features—like adaptive journey control and lane-keeping assist—will clear a Arteon’s sticker, nonetheless it’s doubtful a headlights that use GPS information to approach their beams around corners will be offering in a States. The company’s new 8.0-inch infotainment shade comes standard, and a extra Digital Cockpit, a judgment borrowed from Audi that replaces a categorical gauges with a outrageous TFT screen, is an option. This arrange of apparatus is removing to be customary emanate on cars even a full category subsequent mid-size, that poses a flourishing problem for would-be “premium” brands perplexing to crowd products above a mass marketplace and subsequent oppulance purveyors, even as brands such as Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz pull downmarket. While VW officials predicate that a new Arteon is directed during poaching business from a final two, a existence of a U.S. marketplace would prove otherwise.

There’s still a year to go before VW launches a automobile here subsequent summer, so some of this could change. Maybe VW will confirm to lift a cessation an in. and supplement some cladding and an Alltrack badge to make it a crossover coupe. Probably not. With usually one apparent analogue in a arriving Buick Regal Sportback, though, a Arteon is certain to attain in giving mainstream buyers an engaging choice to a conventional. If that’s not during a core of a VW brand’s goal statement, it should be.

Hyundai Announces Two Recalls Affecting 600K Vehicles

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

The dual recalls impact a Hyundai Santa Fe, Santa Fe Sport, Sonata and Genesis models.

The initial and incomparable of a dual recalls affects a 2013-2017 Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport crossovers, and involves a inadequate wire for a delegate hood latch.

Hyundai says a inadequate wire could erode and forestall a hood from latching. The remember affects a sum of 437,400 units and a Korean automaker simplified a reserve risk usually practical if a hood is not scrupulously closed. Automotive News reports Hyundai began questioning a emanate during a finish of final year, and a prolongation repair was practical on a Santa Fe in Jun 2016 to repair it. Hyundai is now looking into because an proclamation about a forsake was not done earlier.

The problem occurs some-more frequently in salt belt states where vast quantities of salt are used during the winter season.

SEE ALSO: Hot Hyundai Veloster N Makes a First Appearance

The second remember affects approximately 150,000 Sonata sedans and 10,800 Genesis models from indication years 2015-2016. For this recall, gnawing can impact a switch concerned in educational a parking brake, presumably gripping drivers from meaningful a stop is on while driving. “If the driver inadvertently drives a car with a parking stop applied, symptoms can embody parking stop noise, parking stop ‘drag,’ and fume and/or smell from pushing with practical parking brake,” Hyundai pronounced in a statement.

Both recalls will start Jun 30.

Discuss this story on the Hyundai Forum

Subaru reveals a US-bound WRX STI Type RA and BRZ tS

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

Subaru has finally suggested a US-bound WRX STI Type RA and BRZ tS, a span of redressed and somewhat improved behaving versions of a customary models. Despite a vast wing, lightweight wheels, and upgrades suspension, those anticipating for changes underneath a hood will be exceedingly disappointed. The WRX STI gets a slight strike to 310 horsepower while outlay on a BRZ stays unchanged. That should come as no surprise, as a automobile is radically a same one we gathering dual years ago in Japan.

The WRX STI Type RA stands for “record attempt.” The initial RA was named for a Subaru Legacy that pennyless a FIA World Speed Endurance Record by clocking over 62,000 miles in 18 days, environment a tip speed of 138 mph. This new indication is named for a arriving WRX STI Type RA NBR Special competition automobile that will try a Nürburgring record someday this summer.

The WRX STI Type RA is lighter and some-more strong than a customary indication interjection to a horde of upgrades. The automobile gets a CO fiber roof, a CO fiber back spoiler, and lightweight BBS 19-inch fake amalgamate wheels with 245/35R19 Yokohama Advan Sports tires. The gangling tire has also been removed. While a engine usually gets a amiable energy strike interjection to a new cold atmosphere intake and new exhaust, a retuned ECU, new pistons, and a revised third-gear ratio and brief shifter should make a automobile feel most quicker than before.

Aside from a CO fiber roof and back wing, there are a series of visible upgrades that set a automobile apart. There are red Cherry Blossom accents all along a bottom and a engorgement of STI badges on a wing, mirrors, and bumpers. More STI logos can be found inside on a new Recaro seats. A board inside shows usually 500 Type RAs will be made.

HyperFocal: 0

It’s a identical story with a BRZ tS. The acronym stands for “tuned by STI,” implying it’s not a full diagnosis like a WRX STI. That still leaves us wondering about these view photos that uncover a identical looking automobile with genuine STI logos. We’ll have to wait and see if anything emerges from that.

The BRZ tS gets front and back SACHS dampers and curl springs and stretchable V-braces in a engine compartment. For a initial time, a BRZ will come with 18-inch wheels, ditching a low-rolling insurgency tires for a set of gummy 215/40 R 18 Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires, aided by Brembo brakes during all 4 corners.

Visual upgrades are identical to a WRX STI Type RA. There is a vast CO fiber wing with primer adjustment, new front and back diffusers, Cherry Blossom accents, and a series of STI logos inside and out. The foglights have been removed, transposed with STI covers, only like other STI models. The BRS tS also gets new Recaro seats and red resisting stitching via a cabin.

Final specs and pricing will be announced after this year. The automobile will go on sale during a start of 2018.

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607 Horsepower, Maximum Luxury: Porsche’s New 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series Coupe

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series CoupePorsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series Coupe

Back in 2011, Porsche launched the 911 Turbo S Edition 918 Spyder, a indication that, among a certain too-clever cadre of enthusiasts, spawned a array of fictitious Porsche models like a 968 Fuhrmann GTS Clubsport Edition Boxster S and a Cayenne SC 4.0 Weissach RS60 Club Coupe RSR. Zuffenhausen, after all, feels no contrition when it comes to pier on a designations. With a new 2018 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series coupe, a association has carried on a tradition, and while not utterly during a turn of a Edition 918 Spyder’s ridiculousness, a Exclusive Series coupe has an ace adult a sleeve—607 blast Stuttgartian studs are encased within a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter flat-six. Until a subsequent GT2 arrives, it stands as a many absolute roadgoing 911 nonetheless sole by a factory.

Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series CoupePorsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series Coupe

Porsche touts a 205-mph tip speed for this latest King of a Turbos, that is urged leading by 553 lb-ft of torque between 2250 and 4000 rpm. The company claims all that energy is good for a zero-to-60-mph jump in a small 2.8 seconds, though given that we managed to dispatch a bog-standard Turbo coupe to 60 in 2.6 and steady that outcome in a heavier Turbo S cabriolet, we figure a Exclusive Series could be good for a tenth or dual quicker. The extract is routed to a belligerent around 20-inch center-lock wheels embellished black with Golden Yellow Metallic accents to compare a bodywork. While Porsche’s top-of-the-line carbon-ceramic rotors hoop interlude duty, for a initial time, they’re not rendered in yellow. Instead, Porsche has embellished them black, adding the association wordmark in physique color. Standard opening features include a Sport Chrono package, rear-wheel steering, and Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control.

If opening is all you’re after, we could schlep your Turbo S to a tuner, ask an boost in boost, and positively save a poignant cube of change over Porsche’s $258,550 ask for a Exclusive Series. But this vehicle is as most about a niceties as it is about a performance. It’s a rolling showcase for things Porsche can container into your automobile. The front trunklid, roof, and side skirts are all crafted from CO fiber, a initial dual physique tools showcased by stripey voids in a 911’s paint. Out back, a wing comes from a Turbo Aerokit, and a Exclusive Series gets a uninformed back fascia.

Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series CoupePorsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series Coupe

Inside, a Turbo S Exclusive Series coupe facilities 18-way tractable competition seats lonesome in seperated leather with inlaid Golden Yellow stripes. The microsuede superstar also facilities yellow stripes, while copper thread is integrated into a carbon-fiber interior trim. As usually 500 will be made, a image job out a car’s array in a array is most mandatory, as are carbon-fiber sill plates temperament light-up Exclusive Series lettering.

If, however, all of this fails to broadcast your accurate grade specialness to 911 Turbo–driving orthodontists, we competence wish to open for some accessories. Porsche is charity a set of relating propitious luggage, including dual weekender bags, a handbag, and a mantle carrier, all minute to compare your 911 and for a low cost of $6324 if a customer chooses to take smoothness of a vehicle during a factory. But if we feel a bit nonsensical carrying around a mantle bag usually to uncover a universe we sprung for an Exclusive Series car, Porsche Design offers a titanium chronograph featuring a carbon-fiber dial finished in your selected paint color. What, we suspicion they were usually going to sell a Exclusive Series in School Bus Metallic? Agate Grey and Carrara White also are offered, plus Black, Guards Red, and Graphite Blue are accessible during a $3150 upcharge. And if we ask easily and are prepared to partial with even more coin, Porsche might even spray your new super-Turbo any tone we please. Such are a perks of Exclusivity.


2017 Audi S7 Review: Ageless Beauty

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

Overview: At a heart, a 2017 Audi S7 is a 450-hp, all-wheel-drive sedan that piles on amenities, overwhelming finishes, and world-class construction to make it a top-drawer executive express. And crowning it all is a pattern that, notwithstanding a age, stays a hallmark for beauty and duty not usually among Audis, though among all oppulance cars.

The S7 sits next usually a RS7 in Audi’s mid-size lineup, and there’s usually one powertrain available: a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 bolted to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. All-wheel expostulate and an adaptive cessation are standard. The S7 substitutes a tilted behind roofline and a hatchback liftgate in place of a S6 sedan’s some-more normal three-box pattern and trunklid. The compromise, naturally, is tighter rear-passenger headroom and usually 4 seatbelts, while a advantages are those overwhelming good looks and a large, simply accessed load space that gets even some-more unsentimental with a behind seats folded.

Among a S7’s standout facilities are a discerning MMI interface that controls audio, navigation, HVAC, and phone functionality, and an interior finished with prosperous leather, timber inlays, and microsuede.

What’s New: The S7 sees few important changes for 2017. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are now standard. The Premium Plus trim turn adds a Bose surround-sound complement and a new 19-inch circle design. Audi Connect becomes standard, and it adds 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity. Larger 20- and 21-inch wheels are available. A new discretionary Driver Assist package brings adaptive journey control and lane-keeping assist. Red stop calipers are accessible with a Sport package.

What We Like: Although a S7’s fastback roofline gives some denote of this car’s energetic merit, this vast hatchback is not simply sniffed out by those who notice opening hardware. And nonetheless a final chronicle we tested, a 2016 indication with a same energy and torque ratings, strike 60 mph from rest in 3.9 seconds, usually 0.5 second behind vast dedicated opening cars such as a 650-hp Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. We like MMI’s palliate of use, as good as a decidedly upscale demeanour of a cabin materials. Combine this car’s talents with a odd wrapping and knockout styling, and a S7 secures itself a singular mark among opening cars.

What We Don’t Like: There’s a obvious: If we need to frequently transport 4 adults, a required sedan like a S6 will be a improved choice. However, if your kids are still tiny adequate to fit absolutely in a back, afterwards a S7’s liftback wrapping stays appealing. Although a S7 can arrangement a Google map in a instrument cluster, it lacks a full 12.3-inch high-resolution Virtual Cockpit arrangement found in other Audis. That’s contemplative of an altogether interior cultured that’s behind those of a many new Audis. Some of a interior equipment are last-generation wares, though there’s still strong, usable, and attractive pattern and duty here.

Verdict: An aging beauty is still a beauty.


Subaru WRX STI Type RA is a Track-Tuned Subie You Want

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

Any fears that a Subaru WRX STI Type RA would tumble brief of a billing as a track-tuned apprehension can strictly be put to rest.

Released alongside a turbocharged Subaru BRZ tS, a Type RA has been amped adult in each approach possible to urge a car’s already vigourous performance. It starts with a CO fiber roof row and large CO fiber behind wing, dual pivotal components in a RA’s query for weight reduction, while a trunk-mounted gangling has also been pulled to trim pounds.

Under a hood is a same 2.5-liter fighter engine found in a customary STI model, yet a fistful of new components have been combined this time around. The turbo four-cylinder gets a new cold-air intake and high-flow empty system, as good as stronger pistons and a retuned ECU, that mix to yield a slight boost in output. The WRX STI Type RA creates a manufacturer-estimated 310 horsepower compared to 305 ponies in a customary STI.

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All 500 units will come versed with a six-speed primer gearbox that’s had a third rigging ratio revised to urge acceleration, and a short-throw shifter poking adult by a core console.

Stuffed behind a 19-inch BBS fake amalgamate wheels wrapped in Yokohama Advan Sport tires are Brembo monobloc brakes that underline 6 pistons in a front and dual in a back, while a whole cessation setup has been revised to urge handling. Bilstein dampers have been combined during all 4 corners, while a front struts have been inverted and double wishbones have been combined to a rear.

Aesthetically, an STI front spoiler has been added, while a mirrors, receiver and buffer badges come finished in black and a grilled and behind fender cover get red surrounds. Inside, a cabin gets a ton of red accents, including stitching and bolsters on a Recaro seats. The steering circle is wrapped in suede, and a console-mounted board has been combined to uncover off a Type RA’s exclusivity.

Tom Tjaarda 1934–2017: A Life in Design

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

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Quarter Pounder: In Depth with a 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

From a Jun 2017 issue

One hundred fifteen. That’s a series of tools in an SRT Hellcat that Dodge changes to make a Demon. Some are done lighter, some are done stronger, and some are simply private altogether. Compared with a sum series of tools that it takes to make a using car, 115 is a tiny number.

So is 9.65. That’s how few seconds Dodge claims a Demon needs to run a quarter-mile, peppery a trap during 140 mph. If we can compare that figure—a immeasurable “if,” given a contrast venue improved approximates reason levels on a travel than a drag frame where Dodge ran a numbers—it will make a Demon a quickest travel automobile we’ve ever tested. Period. That includes million-dollar hypercars and 1000-hp aftermarket specials. It’s also discerning adequate that an NHRA-sanctioned drag frame will need we to implement a hurl cage. Indeed, SRT trainer Tim Kuniskis is unapproachable of a minute he perceived from a NHRA revelation him his automobile is criminialized nonetheless one.

To outpace a rules, a Demon leaves a lights during a claimed 1.8 g’s—some 50 percent harder than even a Porsche 918 Spyder—yanking a front wheels off a belligerent and carrying a wheelie for a few feet on a approach past 60 mph usually 2.3 seconds into a run. Drag racers will conclude a 1.36-second 60-foot time; this is unabashedly a numbers car. But a story of those numbers involves a lot some-more than usually a immeasurable figure in a horsepower column.

It starts, says Kuniskis, with a Challenger Drag Pak that, like a Chevrolet COPO Camaro and a Ford Mustang Cobra Jet, is a purpose-built drag car. It has no VIN and is not travel legal, and it’s sole usually by dealership tools departments. Says Kuniskis: “They’re $100,000 cars that you’ve got to put another $50,000 to $100,000 into to be unequivocally competitive. They’re cold cars—they’re eight-second cars—but they’re very, really singular in their scope.” So, during a time when a consumer versions of a Camaro and Mustang are increasingly pulling into sports-car domain with a ZL1 and GT350, his group seized on a event to do something different. “Everyone else is going sports car,” he says, “so we motionless to build a first-ever purpose-built drag car, nonetheless with a VIN and a warranty.”

Race cars are nude down, and so, too, is a Demon. Chucking a behind dais saves 55 pounds. The front-passenger chair, with all those levers and gears permitting fussy people to adjust it to their comfort, takes 58 pounds with it as it goes, withdrawal a motorist alone with his thoughts. (Both seats can be combined behind in as options for $1 apiece.) All a speakers are gone, solely for dual that hang around to sound a seatbelt-warning carillon compulsory by law. The compared wiring and simplified conduct section comment for a 24-pound savings. Yanking a box trim saves 20 pounds, and Kuniskis says his group begrudgingly left some sound deadening in a firewall nonetheless chucked it from a rest of a car. “There are a integrate pieces we had to leave, nonetheless we Swiss-cheesed ‘em.” That saved another 18 pounds and creates for a automobile that he says sounds “wicked.” He adds: “If we don’t like a sound of a supercharger, we won’t like this car. The thing howls in your ear when you’re driving.”

Downsizing a wheels from 20 inches to 18 saved another 16 pounds, as did timorous a front brakes. Switching to vale anti-roll bars saves 19. Smaller assets come from ditching a parking sensors and a energy tilting/telescoping steering mechanisms (the adjustments are primer now). All told, a Demon is some 215 pounds lighter than a Hellcat.

Launching during 1.8 g’s requires an fit send of that lightened bucket rearward, that means softer springs, noodlier anti-roll bars, and tractable dampers that act differently here than in any other car. “Every singular adaptive cessation ever done has a baseline,” records Kuniskis. “And a thought is to take it from a baseline to stiffer, stiffer, stiffer. Street, sport, track, whatever.” But, given drag racers on a bill have been famous to cavalcade holes in their front dampers to empty a fluid—facilitating quicker bucket send to a behind on launch—the SRT group tuned a adaptive dampers from a Hellcat to do a complicated equivalent. At launch, a rears go full firm, and a fronts alleviate completely—so prolonged as a motorist keeps a stifle far-reaching open. If a automobile gets squirrelly and a motorist backs out of a gas, a fronts organisation adult to assistance say directional control as bucket shifts behind onto a spare front tires.

Those tires, famous as “runners” in a drag-racing world, are partial of a gymnastic loophole flounder Dodge had to perform to get a Demon past a possess lawyers. They are not travel legal, that is why, when buyers collect adult their Demon from a dealership, it will float on 4 matching Nitto NT05R drag radials, 315/40R-18 during any corner. The automobile will come with a document that entitles a customer to squeeze a immeasurable box called a Demon Crate from a tools department; like a seats, the Demon Crate option costs $1. In it are, among other things, a span of 4.5-inch-wide wheels along with a jack, a Snap-on electric impact wrench, and a torque wrench so a owners can fit them to a car. Critically, though, a bin is sole alone from a automobile and doesn’t even come with tires. “The wheels don’t come with a car, they’re not on a car, and we don’t even give we a tires,” says Kuniskis. What counsel could presumably object? And, while a bin is distant too immeasurable to fit in a Demon, it also contains a froth conduit that nestles into a spare-tire good and has cutouts to ride all a vicious pieces to and from a track. So, yes, those Nittos on a front spindle when a Demon grumbles out of a salon are behind spares.

The drag radials are rated for usually 168 mph, that is given a Demon is governed where a reduction absolute Hellcat is giveaway to run to 199. A Demon trademark molded into a sidewall proves a Nittos aren’t off-the-shelf rubber. Near-slicks, they have usually adequate step to be travel authorised and are designed to run reduce pressures to concede a sidewall to fold during launch for that final fragment of grip. A devil-tail index symbol hammered into a wheels helps safeguard that they’re not using too small pressure. Simply make a symbol on a tire subsequent to a tail before a pass; if it moves relations to a tail, your wheels are spinning inside a tires, and we need to supplement air.

Wider by 1.7 inches than a rubber on a Hellcat, these tires are a reason for a Demon’s ominous buffer flares, that dilate a physique by 3.5 inches and do many to visually cringe a Challenger. Up front, where they hang around a buffer creases, they seem to lift a hood toward a ground. Out back, they mangle adult a immeasurable acreage of sheetmetal that is a rear-quarters and, joined with a higher-series slicks on black wheels, supplement a magnitude of threat differently absent from a Hellcat’s haunches.

There’s some-more authorised sleight of palm in a weaponized powerplant, that creates 808 horsepower and 717 pound-feet of torque. But that’s on siphon gas. In serve to a wheel-swapping kit, a Demon Crate contains a deputy engine controller that contains programming for competition fuel and a new climate-control row with a 100-octane button. On high-test, a Demon will make 840 horsepower and 770 pound-feet of torque.

Just as “Hellcat” refers both to a automobile and a engine, so, too, does “Demon.” And while a Hellcat engine has an orange block, a Demon’s is red. Only a retard and a heads are common between a two; Dodge isn’t observant nonetheless how a engine’s internals are fortified, nonetheless all from a holder to a valvetrain has been beefed adult to hoop a additional output. The supercharger grows from 2.4 to 2.7 liters, with max boost climbing from 11.6 to 14.5 psi.

To accommodate a airflow needs of such a brute, a Demon gets a new hood with a incomparable scoop. The Hellcat has had a innermost driver’s-side headlight hollowed out and ducted into a airbox; a Demon gets that same treatment, and a passenger’s-side light becomes a identical void.

As colder atmosphere creates some-more power, Dodge combined what it calls a After-Run Chiller, that runs a fans and siphon to keep a coolant circulating, aggressively bringing a intercooler temp behind down to ambient. Then a SRT group took it one step further, plugging an additional feverishness exchanger into a intercooler’s liquid circuit that allows them to use a atmosphere conditioner to super-chill a coolant as many as 45 degrees next ambient temperature. “On a humid 80-degree day,” says Kuniskis, “your automobile thinks it’s in Alaska.”

A torque-management complement cuts fuel to pointless cylinders and retards a timing when a automobile is in Launch mode, permitting a Demon to spin adult a supercharger and things a engine full of boost. The staccato soundtrack that formula is a bit of reward drag-strip theater.

Demon, Deciphered

Dodge’s months-long exhibit of a Demon was dirty with puzzling clues to a car’s capabilities. Read some-more ››

Incredibly, a ZF eight-speed in a Demon stays unchanged. It gets a trans stop [see “Explained,” below] and a higher-stall torque converter that is tweaked for additional torque multiplication, nonetheless a rigging ratios even lift over from a Hellcat. Everything abaft of a delivery is beefed up, though. The driveshaft tubing is 20 percent thicker, a differential gets a higher-strength gearset and a sturdier case, and a half-shafts are fortified. A shorter 3.09:1 final-drive ratio (compared with a Hellcat’s 2.62) improved matches a engine speed to a Demon’s single-minded goal of Christmas-tree racing.

To inspire a motorist to keep that goal in focus, a Demon also includes a series of new infotainment features. A real-time arrangement of horsepower and torque outlay will try to confuse we as we conduct a real-world implications of that output, while a data-recording underline will beget a record of runs. It helps lane any opening changes due to anything from changeable continue to new parts. You can adjust your launch-control rpm and encumber your greeting time by customizing a timing of a change light for any particular gear, or usually keep an eye on things with digital gauges for oil vigour and temperature; coolant, trans fluid, intake-air, and intercooler temps; a air-fuel ratio; a supercharger boost; and a battery voltage. Another shade plots a efficacy of a After-Run Chiller and tells we precisely when a automobile is prepared for another full-power pass. Still others will time your zero-to-60, zero-to-100, and eighth- and quarter-mile times as good as your greeting time opposite an in-car countdown.

As consummate and as formidable a rethink as a Demon is, it won’t be a outrageous step adult in cost from a Hellcat. It starts during $86,090, nonetheless dealers shouldn’t have a tough time anticipating people to compensate many tens of thousands more. Dodge will holder out 3000 Demons for U.S. business and an additional 300 for Canadians. Deliveries start this fall.

The Demon, while apparently a numbers car, is about something else over numbers. It’s about headlines. Kuniskis stresses a significance of a Demon being a ultimate. “If a automobile ran 10.2 seconds and it was not banned, and it was not a quickest, that’d be great, nonetheless nobody would caring given it wasn’t a quickest 0 to 60, it wasn’t a quickest quarter-mile, it wasn’t banned, and it didn’t do a wheelie. But when it does all those things, that’s when people go: ‘Wow, what usually happened? That Bugatti is ostensible to do that, not a Dodge.’”

Explained: The Demon’s Transmission Brake

A trans stop is a common drag-racing device that helps a automobile launch harder. When activated, it concurrently engages initial and retreat gears, locking a transmission’s submit and outlay shafts and preventing a automobile from moving. It’s like brake-torquing nonetheless removes a risk of doing a burnout or, during a strip, pulling those spare front tires by a entertainment lights. It also allows a engine to reason aloft revs, that means that a automobile can launch during precisely a torque converter’s case speed. In a supercharged automobile such as a Demon, that also allows a ventilator to build boost before launch. And given many people’s hands are quicker than their feet, and a motorist releases a delivery stop by pulling possibly change paddle, it should assistance greeting times during a frame as well.

Bosch, TomTom Collaborate for World’s First Radar-Based Map

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

It’s a breakthrough in a growth of high-resolution maps for automated driving.

By regulating what Bosch calls “radar highway signature,” self-driving cars can use a map to establish their accurate plcae in a lane, down to a few centimeters. According to Bosch, a outrageous advantage of a record is a robustness. Unlike maps that rest exclusively on video information for car localization, Bosch’s radar highway signature can also work reliably during night and in conditions of bad visibility. Another advantage, a association says, is that radar highway signature usually transmits 5 kilobyte of information to a cloud per kilometer, that is half of a information compared to regulating a video map.

Bosch expects that by 2020 during a latest, a initial vehicles will yield information for a record in Europe and a U.S.

SEE ALSO: Mercedes Teams with Bosch to Develop Self-Driving Taxis

Bosch and TomTom have been operative together given 2015, integrating radar highway signature into TomTom’s high-resolution altogether map. Bosch says a radar systems are able of detecting adult to 250 meters, compared to video constraint that has a limit operation of 150 meters. Cars given with a next-generation radar systems will minister to a crowdsourced map layer, and a association expects to need a million of those vehicles on a highway to keep a anxiety localization covering current.

“The radar highway signature is a miracle on a trail towards programmed driving. It will capacitate programmed vehicles to reliably establish their plcae during all times,” says Bosch house of government member Dr. Dirk Hoheisel.