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Strip Tease: Watch a 2017 Acura NSX Turn 11s during a Drag Strip [Video]

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

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The new Acura NSX is a helluva high-end sports car, with enthralling opening offset by considerable civility. We entirely enjoyed our full highway exam of one in balmy California. But for a consequence of fun—and to uncover off a bravery of a hybrid’s launch-control system—Acura invited us to Milan Dragway in Milan, Michigan, for a few passes down a law quarter-mile.

While staring down a strip’s Christmas-tree lights, enchanting a NSX’s launch-control module is about as elementary as it gets in an exotic. Put a seven-speed dual-clutch involuntary in gear, spin a executive drive-mode doorknob to a right for a few seconds to activate Track mode, and lift adult to a entertainment lights. As a yellows flutter down, crush a stop and gas pedals, afterwards let off a stop only before a immature light illuminates. What formula is a computerized and anti-climactic slingshot that hurtles a 3868-pound Acura off a line with a notation hail from a tires. The front ones.

The hybrid system’s electric motors yield an initial, wordless boost and afterwards fill in a gaps of a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6’s powerband, creation for a relentless, 573-hp force punctuated by near-seamless shifts from a transmission. Again and again, a serf NSX exam jackass incited out low-11-second passes during 122 mph with a one-handed play of a run to 7-Eleven. Granted, a NSX’s stoical float and apt doing surpass during ripping corners with some-more than 1.0 g of grip, though this old-school fun done us smile, and honour a Acura even more.

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2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen, in Depth: The Family Golf

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

Overall Rating:

The Volkswagen Golf family is vast and diverse, with a indication for each life stage. Just starting out? Buy a Golf. Have a small income and a ambience for fun? Buy a Golf GTI. A bigger bill and rally-driver tendencies competence indicate we toward a all-wheel-drive Golf R. But what if we find yourself with a integrate of kids and a dog and a yen for family highway trips? Look no serve than a Golf SportWagen, a sure-footed automobile with broad load space and a same pushing characteristics that make a whole Golf house a tie on a 10Best list.

What’s New for 2017?

The biggest change to a SportWagen lineup is a newly accessible all-wheel-drive system. Other updates embody a accessibility of a apartment of active reserve record in a SE and SEL trim levels. SE owners can now opt for a driver-assistance package that includes blind-spot monitoring, adaptive journey control, and forward-collision warning with programmed puncture braking. The SEL trim turn offers those facilities as standard; parking sensors, a complement that steers a automobile into parking spots, lane-departure warning, and involuntary high-beams are accessible as options.

Trims and Options We’d Choose

Opting for a mid-level SE or tip SEL trim pushes a cost of a Golf SportWagen dangerously tighten to $30,000 and precludes selecting a new all-wheel-drive system, 4MOTION, that is usually offering on a bottom S trim. As a result, we’d select a S and supplement all-wheel drive. The base, manual-transmission SportWagen starts during $22,400, though a six-speed dual-clutch involuntary ($1100) is also a good choice. Standard facilities on a S 4MOTION include:

• Car-Net infotainment complement with 6.5-inch touchscreen
• Heated front seats
• Roof rails
• 170-hp turbocharged 1.8-liter inline-four engine

Drivers who positively contingency have active reserve facilities will have to collect possibly a SE or a SEL, given active reserve tech is not accessible in a S.

In Depth: 2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen

Dodge Demands Owners Sign Waiver When Ordering Demon

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

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Ever given a maniacal Dodge Challenger SRT Demon arrived in a cloud of hoopla and tire smoke, pundits both pledge and veteran have been gabbing about a perfect irresponsibility of Mopar’s street-legal drag car, a beast in a grand tradition of a 1968 Hemi Dart. Of course, a authorised sourroundings has altered considerably in a past 5 decades, that means you’re not holding a Demon home though signing a rather endless waiver. Which we’ve now seen in detail.

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Customer Acknowledgement Form

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Customer Acknowledgement Form

The folks during Allpar have dug adult a duplicate of what FCA calls a 2018 Dodge Demon Customer Acknowledgment form (see a whole request here), that a association requires owners to initial 15 times on purchase. Of a some-more engaging highlights, a few engage a car’s specialized Nitto drag radials. While these are technically DOT legal, FCA points out that a meats wear fast on a highway, siphon in a rain, and should not, underneath any circumstances, be used in any way, shape, or form during temperatures next 15 degrees Fahrenheit. To wit, a request indeed states, “Customer shall not move a Vehicle in temperatures next 15ºF . . . a Drag Tires can remove coherence and that might lead to enormous and other tire damage” [italics ours].

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Customer Acknowledgement Form

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Customer Acknowledgement Form

Aside from assuring FCA that we know accurately what functions a tires are for (and not for), a association would also like to be certain we know that if a automobile is delivered with one or both of a seat-delete options, “in a box of a collision or other accident, people roving in those areas are some-more expected to be severely harmed or killed.” Furthermore, Dodge would like we to guarantee not to implement a newcomer chair if a automobile was delivered though one.



Presumably in a seductiveness of pre-empting forum posts stewing about late deliveries from business who’ve spec’d B5 Blue, Indigo Blue, Plum Crazy, or F8 Green paint, you’ll acknowledge that we know those colors won’t arrive until a initial entertain of 2018 during a earliest.

And finally, Dodge wants to be certain that we know that usually Demons sole during or next MSRP qualify for priority scheduling. If your play gouges we (or we opt for one of a colors listed above), be prepared to wait. There’s a “Hell Awaits” fun in there somewhere, though instead of wailing blank out on a idle try during steel humor, because not only holder adult some Slayer and dream of all a wheelies you’ll do when your Demon shows up?

Just remember, you’ve concluded to reason FCA and your play unassailable if it all goes terribly wrong. We’re flattering certain we can’t sue Slayer, either. Unless, perhaps, you’ve hired a reanimated remains of Saint Thomas More as your attorney.

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Outdoorsy and Out Soon: Subaru Prices Its 2018 Legacy and Outback

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

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Refreshed for 2018, Subaru’s brave Legacy sedan and Outback wago-ute now have prices to go with their revisions. The reworked Legacy starts during $23,055 for a 175-hp four-cylinder–powered 2.5i model, while a freshened Outback with the same trim and powertrain starts during $26,810. Both are due in dealerships this summer.

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The Legacy: Testament’s Minor Hit Single from 1990

The bottom Legacy 2.5i offers a 6.5-inch Starlink multimedia arrangement with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, Harman’s Aha suite, Pandora, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, as good as a USB pier and an auxiliary jack. For $350, we can supplement amalgamate wheels. Make a $2100 burst to a 2.5i Premium, and a shade expands to 8.0 inches and adds SMS messaging connectivity, voice controls, HD radio, and USB ports for rear-seat passengers.

Aside from a incomparable screen, the Premium, that starts during $25,155, gets 17-inch aluminum wheels, exhilarated front seats and mirrors, a wiper de-icer, dual-zone meridian control, a 10-way energy driver’s chair with energy lumbar support, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, automobile up/down motorist and newcomer windows, and an bright beyond console and interior front-door pulls. For $1545 more, Premium models move navigation and Subie’s EyeSight bundle of driver-assistance technologies, that embody collision warning, programmed puncture braking, blind-spot detection, and behind cross-traffic alert. Premium also brings LED haze lamps and body-color folding mirrors with integrated spin signals. Opt for a $1195 sunroof package, and Subaru will chuck in an auto-dimming rearview reflection with a HomeLink garage-door opener.

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For $27,205, Legacy 2.5i Sport business will find model-specific two-tone cloth upholstery with blue accent stitching and carbon-look trim (so sporty!), 18-inch wheels, chrome-accented rocker trim, a new three-spoke leather-wrapped wheel, a decklid spoiler, LED haze lamps, and an auto-dimming mirror. EyeSight, navigation, and high-beam support supplement $2095 to a bottom line.

The $29,955 2.5i Limited aims to supplement a mark of oppulance to one’s motoring occasions, with seperated leather-trimmed upholstery, a energy moonroof, keyless entrance with push-button start, exhilarated behind seatbacks and cushions, rear-seat A/C outlets, and a 10-way energy driver’s chair with two-position memory and energy lumbar support, while a newcomer gets a four-way energy seat. LED haze lights turn partial of a equation, as do 18-inch wheels and Subaru’s Stablex suspension, and body-color folding mirrors and an auto-dimming rearview reflection with HomeLink. Standard driver-assistance facilities embody blind-spot showing with lane-change support as good as behind cross-traffic alert.

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EyeSight-equipped Legacy 2.5i Limited cars also get steering-responsive LED headlamps with involuntary tallness adjustment. The choice adds $2095 to a sticker.

Opt for a flat-six–powered, 256-hp Legacy Limited 3.6R for $32,805, and Subaru throws in a LED headlights, paddle shifters, and immaculate exhaust-tip surrounds. EyeSight adds high-beam support and navigation for $1595.

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The Outback: (Paul) Hogan’s Hero

The Outback 2.5i offers a bit some-more customary apparatus than a bottom Legacy—particularly 17-inch aluminum wheels—while a $28,910 Outback Premium models share a Legacy Premium’s upgrades and body-color folding extraneous mirrors and a driver’s window with off-delay operation (that means that if we forgot, we can still tighten an open window but branch a automobile behind on for 10 mins or so). For $3590, we can supplement EyeSight, a energy liftgate, a sunroof package, high-beam assist, and navigation.

At $33,610, a 2.5i Limited gets a same upgrades as a Legacy counterpart, as good as matte wood-grain-look interior accent trim and LED headlights. Add EyeSight for $2085, and those LED peepers respond to steering inputs and get involuntary height-adjustment control. For $36,310, we can opt for a 256-hp flat-six–powered Limited. Adding EyeSight to a six-pot Limited will run we $1585.



The top-of-the-line Touring indication starts during $37,405 and is flattering most entirely loaded, renowned by china low-profile roof rails, a dark-gray grille insert, 18-inch wheels with a machined finish, and dark-gray accents. All Outback Touring models underline a Java Brown interior with ivory contrariety stitching. A exhilarated steering circle and automobile up/down windows on all 4 doors are partial of a package as well. And finally, those who need each final bell and whistle—and caring to spend $39,605 for a privilege—can spec a Touring with a six-cylinder engine.

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2018 Nissan Leaf to Keep Drivers Informed of Semi-Autonomous Tech around Tesla-Like Display

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

2018 Nissan Leaf

2018 Nissan Leaf

Perhaps a many sparkling thing about a yet-to-be-released 2018 Nissan Leaf EV is a tiny steering-wheel symbol labeled Pilot. Nissan, for a initial time, showed us this button—but not a rest of a new Leaf—by releasing a print of a car’s steering circle and digital sign cluster. So what does it do?

Take a gander during a left side of a Nissan’s sign cluster, and a answer should be transparent to anyone who has seen Tesla’s iconography and orchestration for a Autopilot semi-autonomous technologies. Below a word “Pilot” is a immature steering-wheel idol and green-lit lane-marking illustrations. Then there are renderings of a Leaf and another car, that exhibit that a Leaf will have adaptive journey control meshed with a steering-assist duty for semi-autonomous pushing capability. Oh, and Nissan has pronounced so, too. The complement is dubbed ProPilot Assist.

The orchestration for a new Leaf’s semi-autonomous tech mimics that in Tesla’s Model S roughly exactly. For instance, the immature steering circle means a complement is active and prepared to drive a automobile for a driver. The immature lines indicate that a Tesla’s forward-facing camera has rescued a line markings on a highway (so a self-steering function may follow them), while a small automobile rendered in front of a digitized chronicle of a Leaf between those lines represents other trade rescued by a camera and radar sensor. So far, Nissan is observant usually that ProPilot Assist can steer, brake, and accelerate a Leaf during single-lane travel, indicating that, for now, a complement can’t change lanes on a possess or during a driver’s call a approach Tesla and Mercedes-Benz models can.

As for a rest of a second-generation Leaf’s story, from a battery ability to a looks, we’ll need to wait until it is entirely suggested in September. For all we know so far, check out the many new view photos and research here.


2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio First Drive: Mondo Italiano!

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

Tennessee’s Central Basin resembles a Italian Alps about as most as Kevin Bacon looks like tangible bacon. But on a expostulate by a Volunteer State, a Alfa Romeo crossover named for a Continent’s iconic towering pass ecstatic us instead to a opposite European motoring mecca. Running southwest out of Nashville, a 444-mile Natchez Trace Parkway plows a slight squiggle by a sprouting timberland and conjures adult a arrange of neo-Nürburgring. The approach a manicured easement meets old-growth oak, a approach a pavement never runs straight, a approach one blind dilemma feeds into another, it all evokes a holy Green Hell.

Mind a Lycra-clad cyclists, dispatch with a laziness sightseers, and omit a 50-mph speed extent of a Natchez Trace, and a Alfa Romeo Stelvio alights with verve. It steers with a solid linear effort. The stop pedal responds obediently to slight vigour modulation, and in ubiquitous Alfa’s brake-by-wire complement felt some-more healthy and improved sorted this time around than it has in Giulia sedans that we’ve driven. The Stelvio doesn’t expostulate small—it’s somewhat longer than a Audi Q5, a BMW X3, and a Mercedes-Benz GLC-class—but there is a pointing to a controls that invites we to use some-more road, to dilemma closer to trees that throng a pushing line, and to deposit nearer a drainage embankment during a pavement’s edge. In this segment, usually a Porsche Macan inspires some-more confidence.

The Stelvio’s energetic virtues reason adult when driven in some-more slight precinct as well. This delivery is a singular involuntary that doesn’t competition to upshift on withdrawal a stoplight, even with a driving-mode selector forked during a default Natural setting. Beyond a buttercream-smooth Parkway, both a 19- and 20-inch wheels quietly rolled over imperfections.

Expand a Brand

Alfa changed only 2700 vehicles in America in a initial 5 months of 2017. The brand’s keepers wish to grow that series by relocating over only building sporty vehicles for a fan fringe, expanding into a greener margin where a masses of buyers have clustered: compress crossovers. To keep Alfa’s entrance from being a me-too vehicle, a formula is requesting record in a possess way.

“At Alfa Romeo, record is some-more than a imagination radio and modernized driver-assistance systems. Everybody has that,” taunts Alfa trainer Reid Bigland. The record that Bigland boasts of: Every Stelvio carries a carbon-fiber driveshaft and adequate aluminum that a new Alfa should undercut a BMW X3 by roughly 100 pounds. The accessible Performance package installs a scrolled limited-slip differential between a back wheels. To expostulate home a formula message, Alfa creates a motorist ride an engine-start symbol mounted on a steering wheel. In Sport and Ti Sport trims, large column-mounted aluminum change paddles retard a control stalks. “You’re not going to use that spin vigilance though initial executing 4 flawless downshifts,” they insist.

Everybody else also has a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four interconnected with an eight-speed involuntary and all-wheel drive, all of that comes customary here. The variable-valve-lift engine is a strongman of a class, however, during 280 horses and 306 lb-ft of torque. Yet it’s also a gentleman, revving uniformly with minimal turbo lag.

Stelvio pricing starts from $42,990 for a easily versed automobile that includes 10-way energy seats for both a motorist and passenger, genuine leather (many competitors use a fake element as standard), 18-inch wheels, proximity-key entry, remote start, adaptive headlights, back parking sensors, a backup camera, and a energy liftgate. The $2000 step adult to a Ti trim adds heating to a front seats and a steering wheel, satellite radio, front parking sensors, and an 8.8-inch infotainment arrangement (up from 6.5 inches in a bottom model). Sport variants, accessible in both bottom and Ti configurations, embody paddle shifters, aluminum interior trim and pedals, incomparable wheels, embellished stop calipers (in red, black, or yellow), and gloss-black extraneous trim. A integrate of opposite driver-assistance packages move blind-spot monitoring, auto-dimming extraneous mirrors, adaptive journey control, forward-collision warning with programmed puncture braking, lane-departure warning, and involuntary high-beams. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto harmony will turn customary apparatus within a integrate months of a Stelvio’s late-June arrival, though that underline is taken in a initial collection of cars.

While Maserati’s reconstitute has been fabricated partially with Chrysler leftovers, Alfa gets a possess premium-feeling switchgear and a new infotainment complement that is, during slightest for now, disdainful to a brand. The purify interior pattern can be accented with genuine aluminum, wood, or CO fiber. At a same time, a designers didn’t try to dress adult some of a plastics, such as a untextured, flat-finish trim that surrounds a unfortunate, obscure electronic shifter. (Are we in neutral? Drive? Reverse? Only a class-action lawyers know for sure!) And a coarse-grain dashtop competence have been pilfered from a Ford Taurus public plant. In a Stelvio, a highs are high and a lows are low.

The Italian Question

You could extend that encapsulation to cover a whole Alfa Romeo brand. In a 4 apart tests, not a singular fleet-footed Giulia has transient a inspection though initial lighting a check-engine lamp, entering a limp-home mode, or jamming a sunroof in a open position. And while we never indispensable to empty a formula reader we carried to Nashville, a Stelvio bright a error light for a automobile stop-start complement reduction than dual miles from a finish of a drive.

They can take Alfa Romeo out of Italy. But they haven’t taken Italy out of Alfa Romeo.

2017 Jaguar XF: An In-Depth Review of Her Majesty’s Rare and Refined Luxury Mid-Size Sedan

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

Overall Rating:

The desirable XF exemplifies British tradition with a worldly impression and discriminating highway manners. The Jag’s pattern is as pleasing and assertive as a carmaker’s sly namesake. Its flexible framework and agreeable cessation broach a calm, stoical stiff-upper-lip pushing impression fitting royalty. An fit diesel inline-four is a bottom engine; dual manly and discriminating supercharged V-6s are optional, and all 3 powerplants span with a wilful eight-speed involuntary delivery and rear- or all-wheel drive. The XF provides eye-catching exclusivity and upper-echelon refinement, though membership in Jaguar’s bar is expensive.

What’s New for 2017?

The XF was totally redesigned for a second era in 2016. The changes inside and out were a pointed though appealing expansion of a effusive version. Most notably, Jaguar switched to an aluminum-intensive design to revoke weight and stretched a wheelbase for softened interior space. The lightened Jag was primarily accessible in a United States with dual supercharged V-6 engines; all-wheel expostulate was offering for a initial time. For 2017, a categorical refurbish to a XF is a further of a new bottom engine, a 180-hp diesel inline-four that is specific to a 20d model.

Trims and Options We’d Choose

The bottom 20d is a usually XF indication that starts during reduction than $50,000, and it lacks a customary apparatus of reduction costly rivals such as a Audi A6 and a Volvo S90. Familiar oppulance facilities such as leather and navigation need selecting a Prestige trim, that starts during $55,895. We admire a diesel’s fuel potency though enterprise some-more thrust, and a 35t indication satisfies with a 340-hp supercharged V-6 and a bottom cost of $52,285. That V-6 is a constrained engine with scarcely matching opening to a 380-hp reflection on a S model, that starts during $64,195. We advise a 35t in Prestige trim, labelled during $58,145 (add $3000 for all-wheel drive). It has a suitable aura of oppulance and a proficient powertrain, plus:

• Heated front seats with four-way energy lumbar support
• Front and back parking sensors
• Interior mood lighting
• 19-inch wheels

While a British sedan is singly charming, we given a Mercedes-Benz E300 with some-more facilities and all-wheel expostulate for reduction than $56,000—although a customary engine is a turbocharged inline-four.

In Depth: 2017 Jaguar XF

The 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE Storms a Nurburgring in 7:16.04 [VIDEO]

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

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Chevrolet has suggested a Nürburgring path time for a track-ready Camaro ZL1 1LE. The automobile lapped a Nordschleife in an startling 7:16.04, creation it 13.56 seconds quicker than the unchanging ZL1. Wow.

The ZL1 1LE is Chevrolet’s many track-oriented Camaro ever. Starting with a unchanging ZL1, versed with a 650-hp supercharged 6.2-liter V-8, a 1LE package adds wily Multimatic spool-valve dampers and a extravagantly assertive aerodynamics package, as good as opposite rolling batch and other weight-saving measures. Oh, and while a ZL1 can be had with a 10-speed automatic, a 1LE package offers usually one transmission: a six-speed manual. For reference, a “regular” ZL1 path time, a one a 1LE trounced by some-more than 13 seconds, was set with an automatic.

In further to violence a normal ZL1’s time, a 1LE got around a ’Ring faster than opening cars like a Nissan GT-R, a Ferrari 488GTB, and a previous-generation Porsche 911 GT2 RS. This thing is extravagantly quick.



According to Chevrolet, a path was finished on production-spec Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R tires and was driven by Camaro ride-and-handling operative Bill Wise.

Don’t forget, a ZL1 1LE starts at only $71,295, definition a value for opening is off a charts.

Watch a full path right here:

This story creatively seemed on Road Track.

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The 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE Storms a Nurburgring in 7:16.04 [VIDEO]

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

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Chevrolet has suggested a Nürburgring path time for a track-ready Camaro ZL1 1LE. The automobile lapped a Nordschleife in an startling 7:16.04, creation it 13.56 seconds quicker than the unchanging ZL1. Wow.

The ZL1 1LE is Chevrolet’s many track-oriented Camaro ever. Starting with a unchanging ZL1, versed with a 650-hp supercharged 6.2-liter V-8, a 1LE package adds wily Multimatic spool-valve dampers and a extravagantly assertive aerodynamics package, as good as opposite rolling batch and other weight-saving measures. Oh, and while a ZL1 can be had with a 10-speed automatic, a 1LE package offers usually one transmission: a six-speed manual. For reference, a “regular” ZL1 path time, a one a 1LE trounced by some-more than 13 seconds, was set with an automatic.

In further to violence a normal ZL1’s time, a 1LE got around a ’Ring faster than opening cars like a Nissan GT-R, a Ferrari 488GTB, and a previous-generation Porsche 911 GT2 RS. This thing is extravagantly quick.



According to Chevrolet, a path was finished on production-spec Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R tires and was driven by Camaro ride-and-handling operative Bill Wise.

Don’t forget, a ZL1 1LE starts at only $71,295, definition a value for opening is off a charts.

Watch a full path right here:

This story creatively seemed on Road Track.

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These Are a 10 New Cars and Trucks Owners Keep a Longest

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

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