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2018 Ram 1500 In-Depth Review: Country Boy or City Slicker, There’s a Ram for Everyone

Trims and Options We’d Choose

Of a clearly unconstrained trims, physique styles, and powertrains, a Ram 1500 Big Horn crew-cab indication with a brief bed tickles a fancy. We’d embankment a customary V-6 and container it with a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 for an additional $1950. Those who don’t need all-wheel expostulate can save $3600; Midwest winters, however, make it imperative for us. That setup costs $47,335, or about $3000 some-more than a 2018 Toyota Tundra SR5 CrewMax with off-road rigging that we spec’d. Regardless of where your loyalties lie, both are aging pickups that need an renovate to improved contest with a stream GM and Ford trucks. Still, a Ram 1500 Big Horn is good versed during this price. Standard facilities embody a 7.0-inch driver-information display, a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, involuntary dual-zone meridian control, front and back parking sensors, and an 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment complement with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. We’d also add:

The BMW M8 GTE Will Race during Le Mans Before a 8-Series Even Goes on Sale

BMW is perplexing tough to keep a courtesy of automobile enthusiasts, even as it peddles ever plusher oppulance sedans and collection adult an stretched swift of electrics. The all-new 8-series and the arriving Z4 roadster uncover BMW exploring uninformed styling directions while a pushing impression of a 2017 10Best Cars–winning M2/M240i reassures us that we’re not wholly lost amid all a gibberish about unconstrained vehicles. BMW continued a momentum by announcing this M8 GTE foe automobile during a Frankfurt automobile show, and it’s a beauty, finish with checkered-flag-pattern CO fiber.

Despite carrying been suggested in judgment form in July, a prolongation 8-series is not indeed scheduled to go on sale until late 2018 as a 2019 model. Luckily, we don’t have to wait that prolonged to see a race-car several in action. The M8 GTE will strike a lane in subsequent season’s FIA World Endurance Championship and North America’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. It will spin a initial circle in annoy during a 2018 24 Hours of Daytona and after in a year will paint BMW’s lapse to foe during a 24 Hours of Le Mans.


The GTE’s turbocharged engine will use a cylinder retard and conduct from a prolongation 4.4-liter engine, though racing manners shorten banishment to 4.0 liters. Varying somewhat depending on a manners for any racing series, a V-8 powerplant will make some-more than 500 horsepower (it could furnish something north of 600 horsepower in a prolongation M8) and will use a six-speed consecutive delivery with a Sachs carbon-fiber clutch. Power is managed with electric paddle shifters and a limited-slip differential.

For fit growth and accurate pattern on a hand-built M8 GTE, BMW is regulating 3D copy and measurements and modernized digital simulations. Artificial comprehension allows BMW to now run several scenarios to balance attributes such traction control though ever withdrawal a lab. The 3D copy also speeds growth by creation tools accessible roughly immediately for trial-and-error testing.


These technologies, along with modernized aerodynamic simulations and wind-tunnel tests, helped carve a GTE’s carbon-cored combination physique and carbon-fiber-reinforced cosmetic (CFRP) extraneous shell.  It is 196.1 inches prolonged (not counting a wing), 80.6 inches wide, and 47.7 inches high (which can change depending on float height), and has a 113.4-inch wheelbase. BMW claims a racer weighs only 2690 pounds.

The GTE rides on a multilink cessation during both front and back and has four-way tractable dampers during all 4 corners with tractable anti-roll bars during both ends. It will run on a new pattern of 18-inch aerodynamic wheels (12.5 inches in front, 13.0 in a rear) wrapped in Michelin tires (30/68R-18 adult front, 31/71R-18 in a rear).

When a GTE arrives in France subsequent June, it will symbol a initial time a BMW bureau group has competed during Le Mans given a M3 GT2, in 2011. It’s a tradition that began when a BMW 328 raced there in 1939; a association final claimed altogether feat in 1999. Whether a GTE will live adult to Munich’s high expectations stays to be seen, though there’s one thing we can tell already: It’ll demeanour illusory as an art car.


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Nissan—Finally—Officially Confirms That a Next-Gen Frontier Pickup Is Happening

2017 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab PRO

2017 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab PRO

Nissan’s mid-size Frontier pickup truck is one of a many superannuated car designs we can buy new today, with a stream era dating to a 2005 indication year. We had started to consternation about a predestine of a Frontier, as questions about a next-generation indication went unanswered for years. Until now, that is, since Nissan’s latest prolongation proclamation confirms that there will in fact be a new Frontier and that it will be built alongside the full-size Titan pickup (and several other models) during Nissan’s plant in Canton, Mississippi, only as it is now.

Other than confirming that a attainment is some-more than a year away, Nissan isn’t observant most about a lorry itself. There has been conjecture that a new Frontier would align with Nissan’s tellurian mid-size pickup, the Navara, that was redesigned most some-more recently and is now sole in several other markets. It has even spun off variants that wear other brands’ badges, including a Renault and a Mercedes-Benz. We competence nonetheless get a federalized Navara, though a Canton prolongation site also creates it probable that a “new” indication will be some-more of a complicated modernise of a existent Frontier, stability along on a chronicle of a stream underpinnings with a new body, a significantly updated interior, and presumably new engines to reinstate a current 2.5-liter four-cylinder and 4.0-liter V-6 options.

Regardless of what Nissan decides to do, there’s a lot of event to be had in a rejuvenated mid-size pickup market. Even a current, aged Frontier is offered well, notwithstanding fresher foe from General Motors, Honda, and Toyota. Ford, too, will shortly re-enter this space with a new Ranger, so a redesigned Frontier will certainly have a work cut out for it once it hits a stage within a subsequent few years.

Apple iPhones Finally Will Be Able to Charge Wirelessly in Cars

Apple iPhone 8 Qi Wireless Charging in a BMW

Apple iPhone 8 Qi Wireless Charging in a BMW

During today’s über-hyped iPhone announcement, Apple reliable that a dual newest models of a smartphone, a iPhone 8/8 Plus and a iPhone X (pronounced “ten”), will offer wireless charging. It’s a initial time a tech giant’s phones have offering a capability, entrance prolonged after Android and even Windows Phone platforms have had the technology. So what does that have to do with cars? Well, many vehicle manufacturers have been integrating Qi wireless charging pads into their vehicle interiors, that meant iPhone users will finally be means to embankment a cord and assign by initiation in their rides.

Despite a fact that Apple clearly is no longer formulation on building a possess vehicle (for now), instead focusing on building technologies to supply automakers, a association is good wakeful of a data-filled destiny of a automobile, and it has gradually incorporated some-more vehicle-friendly facilities into a products. Apple CarPlay is a hit, and only a few months ago, Apple introduced a Do Not Disturb function to assistance forestall dreaming driving. Of course, conjunction of those meant a thing if a phone is passed (one could also make a indicate that a slightest distracting kind of phone is a passed phone). That means easy charging is vital, and adult until now, it compulsory a cord and an open USB port. The new iPhone 8/8 Plus and iPhone X change that.

Qi wireless charging support from Apple keynote address

Qi wireless charging support from Apple keynote address

As of right now, Qi (pronounced “chee”) wireless charging record has been integrated into a accumulation of cars from a accumulation of manufacturers; many of their names were displayed on a slip during a keynote residence (above). Vehicles like a Chevrolet Camaro, a Hyundai Ioniq, and a Toyota Avalon offer Qi charging as partial of discretionary trim packages, while reward vehicles like a Genesis G90, a BMW 7-series, and a Cadillac CT6 come with a initiation mats as standard. (The deficient list of vehicle brands listed by Apple as Qi compatible: Audi, Bentley, BMW, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Mini, Toyota, and Volkswagen.)

The charging spots are often found in a cubby next a infotainment complement or during a bottom of a storage bin in a core console. As with Android phones already holding advantage of Qi, putting a iPhones face up on a pads will initiate charging.

It’s value observant that a wireless record requires a phone to have a potion back, that means a new phones could be more susceptible to enormous or violation if dropped, thrown, or knocked off a lurch mount. That said, a iPhone user bottom is huge, and this is a large step brazen in a preference dialect for those consumers.  The trail toward 0 wires is looking clearer, but a opposite and equally critical emanate remains: wider accessibility of wireless CarPlay.


Mercedes-Benz Concept EQA Points to New Compact EV

The Mercedes-Benz B250e might be on a chopping block for 2018, though we’d peril a compact-sized hole in a brand’s electric-vehicle lineup won’t be left unoccupied for long, as a Mercedes-Benz Concept EQA previews a three-pointed star’s prophesy for a next-generation compress EV. The initial dual letters in a name symbol it as a member of Benz’s nascent EQ electric-car sub-brand, while a A aligns it with compress cars in a A-class distance range, like a A-, B-, CLA-, and GLA-classes. Sleek and sporting brief overhangs, a two-door EQA is 6.4 inches reduce and 2.8 inches shorter in length than a B250e, though it sits on a wheelbase that’s some-more than an in. longer.