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The 10 Most Expensive Cars Sold during a 2017 Monterey Auctions, Day 1

Saturday, August 19th, 2017

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VW I.D. Buzz microbus held pushing during Pebble Beach

Friday, August 18th, 2017

The Volkswagen I.D. Buzz judgment EV has been held pushing around in a furious during a Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Zelectric Motors, that translates aged Volkswagens to run on electricity, held adult with it during a expostulate during a beach, as Jalopnik reports. David Benardo of Zelectric posted a above video to Facebook, that shows a I.D. Buzz driving.

Seeing a VW I.D. Buzz in suit is encouraging. When a concept car is drivable, it feels reduction like vaporware and some-more like something that could indeed make a approach to production. The fact that it’s out on open roads is all a some-more impressive, and a reactions seem positive. Steven Ewing of Motor1 (and a former Autoblogger) also got a moment behind a wheel, and tweets that he doesn’t consider he has “ever perceived so many thumbs up.”

VW says it will eventually build a I.D. Buzz, and a new news suggested it could occur as early as 2022. That same news says an proclamation could come as early as tomorrow during a Pebble Beach Concours. VW permitting people to get behind a circle of a Buzz during a event, even holding it on open roads, seems to be building movement for a vehicle, and we’re carefree for some petrify news soon. We design an proclamation about a prolongation chronicle of a Buzz would emanate a whole lot of hum from a public.

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2018 Mazda 3 in Depth: The Sweetheart Compact Gets an Extra Sprinkling of Sugar for 2018

Friday, August 18th, 2017

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What creates a Mazda 3 one of a favorite cars—not to discuss a multi-time 10Best Cars winner? Its winning regulation is elementary and continues to win us over: pointy looks, a near-premium interior, and high pushing dynamics. The 3 is accessible in both sedan and hatchback physique styles, with one of dual fit inline-four engines and possibly a slick-shifting six-speed primer or an almost-as-satisfying six-speed involuntary transmission. Neither powertrain will confuse a aspirant in a stoplight drag race, though a 3 is a star when charging curvy behind roads. As a daily driver, it’s practical, comfortable, and stylish. Blend those virtues with a concentration on pushing pleasure and it’s no consternation a 3 finds itself during a tip of a list.

Motorcars, Motorcycles, Motorplanes? McCall’s Motorworks Kicks Off Monterey Car Week

Friday, August 18th, 2017

1964 Chevy Impala Lowrider1964 Chevy Impala Lowrider

If we’re during a Monterey Jet Center, it contingency be McCall’s Motorworks, a normal pregame soirée for a arriving days of complete automotive unrestrained surrounding a Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Now in a 26th year, Gordon McCall’s high-brow eventuality offers a spectrum of vehicular wonderfulness, from World War II–era P-51 Mustangs to your garden-variety Porsches to lowriders.

1936 Chevrolet Bomba1936 Chevrolet Bomba

Lowriders? Yes! After all, a classical Chicano automotive art form dates behind to bombas, a straight-six–powered boulevardiers customarily formed on late-1930s Chevrolets. The impeccably minute heaps pioneered a low-and-slow cultured serve expanded by a guys who combined hydraulics to 1960s full-size Chevys. There was even a hopping demo, which, on during slightest one occasion, scarcely took out one of a well-heeled attendees who got a small too tighten to a bouncing ’64 Impala. Yes, he strike a switch. Yes, he done a donkey drop.

Blastolene Blown RangerBlastolene Blown Ranger

Michael Leeds showed adult with a Blown Ranger, latest in a line of oversize Blastolene machines he builds alongside Randy Grubb. The Paul Bunyan–size dagger facilities a supercharged 1942 Fairchild Ranger V-12, that creates a reported 800 horsepower during 4500 rpm. On a conflicting finish of a spectrum was Pete Brock’s aged Mexican 1000 Datsun 510 from 1969, that looked as if it had only woken up from a five-decade mud nap in a Baja sediment bed.

On a two-wheeled side of things, Arch Motorcycle, a bike-building regard founded by Keanu Reeves and Gard Hollinger, brought a Suter MMX500, a Swiss-built, no-expense-spared 574-cc two-stroke V-4–powered GP-style machine. They’re a U.S. importer for a unsound small rockets, and from all we’ve heard, a bikes sound like an comprehensive dream to ride.

And that’s a thing about McCall’s get-together: There’s always something to stoke a dreams of even a many cloyed enthusiast. It’s not a outrageous sea of cars like some of a other shows holding place over a subsequent few days, though no matter your vehicular passion, if we can’t find something to tumble in adore with during a Monterey Jet Center, well, we competence only not like machines really much.


The Last Viper Slithers off a Line; a Ralph Gilles Instagram Feed Makes It Extra Depressing

Friday, August 18th, 2017


If you’re feeling only too damn chipper currently and wish to move your spirits down a notch, check out Ralph Gilles’s Instagram feed (@RalphGilles)—specifically his array of multiphoto #tbt retrospective posts about a shining life of a fifth (and expected final) era of the Dodge Viper. Couched within a sad depictions of motorsports events and owners gatherings is a post simply captioned “So prolonged . . . #Viper” that depicts a eminent engineer station in front of a yellow Viper, followed a few slides after by images of an dull public line with a sole red Viper in a distance. You can roughly hear a crickets. Or are they pathetic line workers?

Scrolling down a comments on that sole post, a integrate of engaging last-Viper tidbits emerge. First, that yellow Viper was a automobile consecrated by Gilles’s good friend, and a fact that it was being built on that sole day was a “total fluke.” And second, that a red automobile was in fact a final one built—or “the ultimate final one,” to use Gilles’s words. That car, according to a comment, will be kept by a association for a birthright collection, where we can prognosticate it being displayed subsequent to a 1989 Dodge Viper concept, that also wore a cloak of screaming red paint.


In response to one commenter, Gilles did yield a reason—or during slightest a reason—for a Viper’s death, and it was not miss of sales: “It sole good over a final integrate of years during a good brew of mostly ACRs in a final 15 months. It has some-more to do with a new ejection-mitigation law airbag that simply won’t fit in a package. The Gen 5 had a good five-model-year run and a Viper height that has not altered most over a years had a good 25-year run!”

If 600 to 700 units per year—or about dual cars per day—mean it’s offered well, afterwards he’s right. Sure, Porsche sole about 10 times as many 911s, and Chevrolet changed some-more than 34 times that many Corvettes during a same period, but the Gen 5 Viper was positively offered improved as a doomsday approached than did a Gen 4 Viper as it approached a finish of a run in 2010.

Regardless of because Dodge pulled a plug, a outcome is a same: The Viper is dead! Long live a Viper! (At slightest on Ralph Gilles’s Instagram page.)


2017 Audi Q7 2.0T Tested: The Choice for Engine Minimalists

Friday, August 18th, 2017


VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 7-passenger, 4-door hatchback

PRICE AS TESTED: $58,375 (base price: $49,950)

ENGINE TYPE: turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, iron retard and aluminum head, approach fuel injection

Displacement: 121 cu in, 1984 cc
Power: 252 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 273 lb-ft @ 1600 rpm

TRANSMISSION: 8-speed involuntary with primer changeable mode

Wheelbase: 117.9 in
Length: 199.6 in
Width: 77.5 in Height: 68.5 in
Passenger volume: 136 cu ft
Cargo volume: 15 cu ft
Curb weight: 4776 lb

Zero to 60 mph: 7.0 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 19.2 sec
Zero to 120 mph: 31.1 sec
Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 8.2 sec
Top gear, 30-50 mph: 4.2 sec
Top gear, 50-70 mph: 5.0 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 15.4 sec @ 91 mph
Top speed (governor limited, mfr’s claim): 130 mph
Braking, 70-0 mph: 186 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.80 g

EPA combined/city/highway: 22/20/25 mpg
C/D observed: 18 mpg

BMW Concept Z4 automobile | Bavarian beauty debuts during Pebble Beach

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

For some-more than a year, we’ve seen teasers and view shots of a next-generation BMW Z4 convertible. Beyond pity a height with a new Toyota Supra, sum have remained scarce. At this week’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, BMW will entrance a new Concept Z4, a pattern investigate that previews a subsequent era of compress BMW convertibles.

Simply put, a Concept Z4 is long, low and far-reaching and contains usually about each complicated BMW styling evil and flourish. The assertive forward-canted grille packs kidney beans vast adequate to chop any erratic roadside animal. The claim quad headlights are built rather than side-by-side. The bony reduce atmosphere dam is suggestive of each M or M-Sport BMW indication now available. The slim LED taillights upsurge adult during a edges, usually like on BMW’s stream operation of cars.

The prolonged wheelbase and brief overhangs give a Concept Z4 a pointy profile. The china humps from a hurl bar forward from a headrests down into a bodywork are quite striking, recalling open-top racecars of a past. The slim mirrors accent those bars in a same shade of silver. The fenders underline vast atmosphere outlets, with a tip corner following past a hood over a doorway and adult over a car. The whole thing creates a deep, robust shade along a flank.

Inside, a Concept Z4 is a unconventional take on a normal driver-oriented BMW cockpit. Everything is canted toward a driver, with a slim atmosphere opening a usually genuine square of trim on a newcomer side. The iDrive controller is still there, yet many of a buttons and knobs have been changed. The shifter and steering circle are also singular to a concept. The biggest change might be to a instrument cluster. For decades, BMWs have traditionally featured dual vast turn gauges flanked by smaller readouts. This squares off those gauges, yet a tach and speedo are still front and center.

Most of this will, of course, be toned down for a prolongation version. As we’ve seen in photos, a interior will be true from a stream BMW tools bin. The styling, too, will be distant reduction aggressive, yet we’re still anticipating for some classical BMW 507 styling queues. Look for a prolongation Z4 to make a full entrance someday in a subsequent year.

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A Flap over Exhaust: Do Sport Systems Cheat German Noise Laws?

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

2017 Porsche Panamera Turbo

2017 Porsche Panamera Turbo

Lately, there are daily headlines in Germany accusing automakers of several evils. It’s not adequate that they are charged with paraphernalia a emissions information on their cars and of being members of a “cartel” that discusses issues such as environment a essential limit car quickness during that automobile tops open. They now face intensity antitrust investigations. Now, a military dialect in a mid-size city of Mannheim has seized a impulse to call out a empty systems of opening cars. Police arch Dieter Schäfer snitched to a authorities during a Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt (KBA), a group obliged for certifying that vehicles approve with regulations, about the sound done by cars with competition empty modes.

Referring to empty flaps, that keep opening cars still and in correspondence with sound regulations during assuage loads though open adult when drivers step on a stifle or name a opening pushing mode, a military arch said, “We can’t have something approved that creates a vast volume of sound in genuine life.”

Using a record to keep cars quiet in correspondence with a country’s despotic sound standards when they’re being driven solemnly in civic areas, while permitting extended opening on a open highway, is a common use here—but a KBA was reported to have assiduously betrothed to “look into a matter.” If a KBA retroactively finds wrongdoing, carmakers including Mercedes-AMG, BMW M, Porsche, and Audi Sport might be theme to complicated penalties. And owners might face a awaiting of quieter opening cars, when and if carmakers are compulsory to stop regulating this process of complying with regulations.

Artificial sounds, which some automakers have started personification by their cars’ audio systems, might yield a solution—and might even open a doorway to other possibilities. A 242-hp Kia Optima GT we recently gathering in Europe sounded like any aged exhausted four-banger from a outside, though a stereo complement piped in noises that some-more resembled a guttural drum note of a V-8. It’s one approach to stay in regulatory correspondence while providing drivers with heard thrills. Heck, even an electric-car motorist could suffer a sounds of a high-revving V-12 in a cabin. At slightest until authorities confirm to umpire a noises inside the cars.

New Porsche Cayenne Diesel Delayed in Europe, Might Never Come to a U.S.

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

2019 Porsche Cayenne (spy photos)

2019 Porsche Cayenne (spy photos)

The next-generation Porsche Cayenne is only around a corner. We gathering a prototype a few months ago, and a SUV is slated for phenomenon on Aug 29. Under a hood, there will be a single- or twin-turbocharged V-6; a V-8 turbo will be launched during a Frankfurt automobile uncover a few weeks later.

There also will be a V-6 plug-in hybrid entrance soon, and there are clever hints about a V-8 plug-in hybrid as well, equivalent to a Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid. It will make tighten to 700 horsepower. But there are dual some-more versions in a wings that Porsche doesn’t speak about right now: a diesel 3.0-liter V-6 and a diesel 4.0-liter V-8.

Both engines were grown by Audi and blending to a Cayenne, and they could be put into array prolongation on really brief notice. Porsche is doubtful to announce a marketplace launch of a diesels, however, until a anger caused by a diesel-emissions liaison dies down. Two weeks ago, Germany’s apportion for travel systematic a stop-sale for a V-6 diesel chronicle of a final Cayenne since of suspected cunning with a program in sequence to approve with emissions standards.

That shouldn’t be an emanate with a new models, though a shop-worn repute of diesel is an hapless fact. Although Porsche is watchful for improved timing, murdering off a diesel is frequency an option. “With European fuel prices, it is simply inconceivable that all of a diesel business will switch into gasoline cars,” pronounced a Porsche source. As to a United States, another Porsche diesel is within a area of possibility—but a sources advise it won’t arrive anytime soon.

VW T-Roc teaser reveals a color-coordinated interior, and more

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Volkswagen has expelled nonetheless another teaser of a T-Roc compress crossover before a vehicle’s Aug 23 reveal. This one is most shorter than the designer talk video, though it shows some-more of a prolongation vehicle. We get to see close-up shots of a interior and extraneous in decent lighting.

Although a altogether extraneous is still obscured, we can see that a angular, geometric demeanour VW has adopted for a Atlas is in full force on a T-Roc, giving it a tough though parsimonious look. We also get a good demeanour during a contrast-colored roof and a far-reaching chrome bar that separates it from a rest of a body. Based on a prior teaser, this roof will substantially be accessible in opposite colors as with a Mini Cooper and Ford Flex.

Inside, a angular, squared-off thesis continues. The interior also plays with contrariety colors with panels that are color-coordinated with a extraneous paint. In this case, they’re splendid yellow. We can also mark ambient lighting strips in a same doorway panels. We wouldn’t be astounded if Volkswagen offering these in several colors for personalization.

The T-Roc will make a full entrance on Aug 23. It will initial be accessible in Europe, and reports contend that it will come to a U.S. after. Volkswagen hasn’t pronounced this officially, though it would make clarity for VW to move it to America as it doesn’t have a crossover in this segment, and a shred is booming.

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