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PostHeaderIcon 2019 Volvo V60 Revealed with Superb Looks & Technology

Estates, or station wagons, are utility vehicles for cultured, considerate people who know they don’t need a huge SUV if they want something practical. And you really don’t need a SUV when the estate in question looks like this. The 2019 Volvo V60 could be the coolest family car we’ve seen this decade!

Built on Volvo Cars’ Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform which also underpins their crossovers, the 2019 Volvo V60 is about as premium as family cars get. There is more space than ever before, the interior is more luxurious than the previous models, and there is more connectivity and safety features in there than one might find necessary.

The new V60 is covered by Volvo Cars’ new premium subscription service, Care by Volvo. With this service you can have car access via a monthly flat-fee subscription rather than ownership. The idea here is to sell cars like they are mobile phone. If we were looking for a new estate, though, we would want to own this car, especially with the new T6 Twin Engine AWD petrol plug-in hybrid that generates a combined 340 hp. There is an even more powerful 390 hp T8 Twin Engine AWD petrol plug-in hybrid, but you don’t need really need that extra 50 horses. Regular petrol choice includes T5 or T6 petrol, and D3 and D4 diesel.

As for safety, which is the biggest highlight of every Volvo and especially the 2019 Volvo V60, the list includes such advanced items as City Safety with Autobrake technology, Pilot Assist system, Run-off Road Mitigation, Oncoming Lane Mitigation and other steering-assistance systems, plus Cross Traffic Alert with autobrake. Connectivity needs are taken care of by Sensus infotainment system which is fully compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and 4G.

The new V60 estate will go on sale in teh third quarter of 2018, with prices (in the UK) starting from £31,810.









 

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Ford Edge ST Line – Details and Specs

The new 2018 Ford Edge is ready to tackle its mighty European rivals in the mid-size SUV class, basting a range of advanced technologies and a sporty ST-Line trim option. The sporty SUV is seriously smart for its class and packs a good engine as well. So on paper at least it has all it needs to succeed.

Powering the 2018 Ford Edge ST Line EU-spec is a refined 2.0-litre EcoBlue bi-turbo diesel engine with 238 PS in its top version with an eight-speed automatic gearbox. You can also order it with 150 or 190 PS. The former comes with Ford’s new eight-speed quick shift automatic gearbox and front-wheel drive, and the latter with six-speed manual gearbox and Ford Intelligent All Wheel Drive. The ST Line with its 20-inch wheels and colour-coded body panels, and sports-tuned suspension definitely needs the top engine.

In terms of technology and smart features, the 2018 Ford Edge ST Line is in a very good position thanks to a long list of available systems, including Post-Collision Braking, Evasive Steering Assist, and Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go and Lane Centring Assist. You also get a SYNC 3 infotainment with 8-inch touch screen for your connectivity and entertainment needs, 1000 watt B&O PLAY audio and wireless phone charging. Other main highlights of the ST treatment include red stitching, leather steering wheel, and partial leather Miko-Dinamica seats.






“Helping customers effortlessly deal with stop-start traffic using our most advanced driver assistance technologies to-date, and cruise in comfort supported by our refined and fuel-efficient new 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine and eight-speed automatic gearbox, the new Ford Edge is our most compelling offering yet for the ever-growing numbers of European customers migrating towards SUVs,” said Roelant de Waard, vice president, Marketing, Sales and Service, Ford of Europe.

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PostHeaderIcon 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Specs and Details (KDM)

While we are waiting for the international version of the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe to be released, let’s get acclimated with the basic features of the car by having a close look at the Korean version. This is the Santa Fe you will be getting elsewhere, save for the engines and maybe some market-specific options. 

Whereas the previous version of this mid-size SUV used the “Fluidic Sculpture” design philosophy with the machine at its center, the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe puts the human at the center of things. The new philosophy is called “Calm-Tech” which is about exactly what it says in the tin. The new Santa is a technologically-advanced cars designed for calm and comfort and well-being of its occupants. 

The humanist tendencies of the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe is best shown in its ‘Human Machine Interface (HMI)’. Through many layers of sophisticated technology the HMI results in enhanced intuitiveness and ultimately safety in interaction with the vehicle. It begins with the design, such as the floating navigation screen and the placement of buttons, and continues with the features themselves, the use of space, and little touches such as the placement of armrest, or the opening for the third-row seats entry. You don’t usually get this level of attention to details in this class. 

As for powertrains, the Korean version of 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe launches with three engines including Diesel R2.0 e-VGT, Diesel R2.2 e-VGT, and Gasoline Seta II 2.0 Turbo GDi. The car also get a new 8-speed automatic transmission, SCR (Selective Reduction Catalytic Reduction), electric power steering (R-MDPS), and for the first time, HTRAC all-electric four-wheel drive system with four types of driving modes (ECO / COMPORT / SPORT / SMART). As mentioned before, apart form the diesel engines you can expect to see rest of these features in the European and American version of the new Santa Fe. 






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PostHeaderIcon 2019 Ferrari 488 Pista Officially Unveiled with 720 hp

So a day after Porsche revealed their latest 911 GT3 RS with 520 hp, Ferrari took the wraps off their hard-core, track-focused supercar with 720hp. The 2019 Ferrari 488 Pista is officially the most powerful V8 Ferrari in history and it boasts hypercar-rivaling performance. 

It is going to be a tall order for the Porsche to go toe to toe with this one. Not only is Ferrari 488 Pista a lot more powerful, at 1280 kg dry it is also about 200 kg lighter. In fact, the Pista is an impressive 90 kg lighter than the regular 488 GTB. The performance figures also show a clear superiority: 0-100 km/h in 2.85” and 0 -200 km/h in 7.6”,with a top speed of 340 km/h.

Being a heavily turbocharged engine, however, does not take away from the characteristic noise of the Ferrari V8 in the Pista. Nobody outside the factory has heard it yet, but Ferrari assures us both the sound quality and the intensity are higher than the 488 GTB in all gears and at all engine speeds. Ferrari 488 Pista also looks magnificent, much more aggressive than the GTB. But the good looks are the result of clever aerodynamic engineers. The car features a front F1-inspired S-Duct, and larger wing and diffuser combo at the back. These give the car a superb look and generate copious downforce as well.

As you would expect, Ferrari 488 Pista is festooned with electronics aids and control systems. Among the main highlights we have version 6 of the Side-Slip Angle Control system, featuring E-Diff3, F1-Trac, the magnetorheological suspension (SCM) and, for the first time ever, the Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer. The latter uses Ferrari software to adjust the brake pressure at the callipers.

We can’t wait to see this thing go head to head with the new GT3 RS.






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PostHeaderIcon 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS Goes Official with 520 hp

With all the recent additions to the Porsche 911 range, including the GT2 RS, the Carrera T and the GT3 Touring, we’d sort of forgotten about what’s possibly the hottest member of this family to be launched this year. It’s the 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS, the most track-oriented of the lot, and it is hotter than ever in its latest iteration. 

You may argue that the GT2 RS packs more heat than this, but that car really is a red-blooded supercar. The 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS plays the right notes for someone who wants a 911 race car they can drive on public roads. It comes with a RS motorsport chassis, and a high-revving, high-speed naturally aspirated engine 4.0 liter boxer unit with 520 horsepower. The controversial features that shocked the fans in the previous version – PDK only and rear axle steering – are now part of the RS’ character and re-calibrated for better performance.

Though the 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS is immensely fast in straight line with a 0 to 100 km/h time of 3.2 seconds, the real party trick of this machine is how it goes around corners. The improved aerodynamics in the latest model, brought about by lighter, optimized components, ball joints instead of bearings in the suspension, and 20-inch lightweight wheels shod with 265/35 sports tyres on the front axle combined with 21-inch wheels with 325/30 tyres are among the main contributing factors to the GT3 RS’ superb handling.

Weight in another area where the new GT3 RS excels at, what with full bucket seats made of carbon, lightweight door panels, and reduced sound absorption material, which means the car tips the scale at 1,430 kilogrammes. Granted, that is with the optional Weissach package which includes additional carbon components for the chassis, interior and exterior, as well as optional magnesium wheels. But everybody’s going to want that package. I mean, when you are paying 195,137 euro for the base car, what’s another 10 or 20 grand?









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PostHeaderIcon SSangyong e-SIV Concept

Ssangyong is returning to the Geneva Motor Show this year with another SUV concept in tow. This time, we’re going to see the e-SIV – a concept that looks suspiciously familiar to the XAVL concept that the brand showcased at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Right now, we don’t have a lot to go on aside from a few teaser shots and a few tidbits of information, so it’s not really fair to pass judgment quite yet. So, with that in mind, will Ssangyong make the same play it has in the past and present itself at the show with another rehashed concept from years past or will it show up with something that’s at least somewhat new to look at? Let’s find out…

SSangyong e-SIV Exterior


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“he most recognizable Ssangyong feature is that headlight configuration that includes two thin, slanted headlights integrated into a lightbar that traverses the full width of the front end”

As a brand that’s known for rehashing its previous concepts (while bring very little new design to market,) you might expect a concept called the “e-SIV” to carry a lot of design showcased in the SIV-1 concept from 2013. This isn’t the case, however, as a lot of this front end looks reminiscent of the XAVL. Or, to be more specific, it looks like the brand gave the XAVL a facelift with a new front end and beefier hood. The most recognizable Ssangyong feature is that headlight configuration that includes two thin, slanted headlights integrated into a lightbar that traverses the full width of the front end. The grill below is huge (a nice change from previous concepts) and there looks to be a mouth-shaped air dam just a little lower. The bumper itself looks quite lively through the noise and shadows, while the hood reminds us of something you might see on a muscle car or, at the very least, a vehicle like the Dodge Durango SRT, for example.

The side profile is as equally mysterious but still oddly reminiscent. The body lines that we can see scream XAVL while the only difference in the belt line is the smaller upward cover at the corner of the rear door’s glass. The C-pillar is identical as is the overall design of the rear quarters and lower doors. Even the roof is familiar like the smell of mom’s cooking on Sunday morning. Around back, the brand finally changed things up a bit, apparently trying to keep up with current design trends. The rear hatch has a fastback-like slant to it and, unlike the last concept, the rear glass doesn’t wrap around to the sides. The taillights are essentially one wide but thin unit with the only thing separating the left from the right being Ssangyong’s emblem. There’s nothing to really make out of the rear, but it looks to be way too extreme for anything that could go mainstream. There are huge recesses in the corners and what appears to be an Audi-like rear diffuser. It’s certainly interesting and familiar in all the wrong ways, but it’s also kind of fresh in a weird kind of way.

SSangyong e-SIV Exterior Specs

Length 4,460 mm
Width 1,870 mm
Height 1,630 mm
Wheelbase 2,675 mm

SSangyong e-SIV Interior


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“Ssangyong has said that this vehicle will demonstrate the brand’s approach to connected mobility and autonomous driving.”

The inside of the e-SIV remains to be seen, and the brand has yet to elaborate on the details. On previous models, like the XAVL, the interior was actually quite feasible and was on par with brands like Audi and BMW in terms of design. So, with that in mind, expect to see stout trim lines with accent lighting throughout. The previous concepts had rather large infotainment screens and there was even a large digital instrument cluster that, from a glance, looked a lot like the display found in the Tesla Model S. There probably won’t be a lot of change from the XAVL in comparison to this concept, but Ssangyong has said that this vehicle will demonstrate the brand’s approach to connected mobility and autonomous driving. It’s a lot of PR talk, really, and none of the brand’s models currently on sale come close to anything like this, but I guess we all have dreams, right?

SSangyong e-SIV Drivetrain


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“It is said to have a top speed of 150 kph (93 mph) and a range of 450 km, or about 279 miles”

Under the hood… wait, there’s really nothing going on under the hood because this baby is electric. According to Ssangyong, the e-SIV, which stands for “Electronic Smart Interface Vehicle,” by the way, features a 187 horsepower – not a lot for a C-segment SUV, huh? – electric motor. There’s no word on the battery pack, but it can supposedly take an 80-percent charge in all of 50 minutes. It is said to have a top speed of 150 kph (93 mph) and a range of 450 km, or about 279 miles. They aren’t groundbreaking figures by any means, especially when you consider this is the brands fifth EV concept, following models like the KEV1, KEV2, e-XIV, and Tivoli EV-R. For now, that’s all we have to go on, and chances are none of it really matters has Ssangyong has a long history of showing off concepts that go nowhere. We will, however, be updating this section with full specs when they become available – you never know, we just might be in for a surprise.

Conclusion


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At this point, I feel like I’m watching a third-world country trying to develop its own space agency. The brand continuously brings concept after concept to show after show, yet very little ever makes its way into production. To be honest, a lot of its concepts don’t look bad, but half of them are rehashed. And, in this case, a C-segment SUV with so little power – regardless of how good it looks inside and out – would never stand up in the market as we know it today. My hat is off to the brand for its continual push toward EV technology and design development but at what point is the brand going to present something feasible that can actually see production. Seeing SUV concept after SUV concept is starting to get tiring.

All in all, these teaser images to show off some interesting qualities but also remind us that Ssangyong yang is more interested in designing cool concepts than actually bringing something fresh and commanding to the market. Until this brand focuses on fresh priorities and operating like a major automaker, it will continue to sit on the sidelines instead of competing with the big boys. Until then, brace yourself for more concepts for the Korean brand that just can’t quite get over the ledge. Check back with us after the Geneva Motor Show kicks off for all of the details on SsangYong’s latest concept.

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PostHeaderIcon Vacuum Giant Dyson Was Serious, Apparently Has 3 Electric Cars In The Works

We here at TopSpeed like to make the joke that all-electric vehicles often sound a bit like some sort of household appliance, usually a blender. As it turns out, we were only a little off the mark, as vacuum-maker Dyson is apparently building three new EVs, the first of which is due out by 2020.

Continue reading for the full story.

The Full Story

“Back in September, Dyson CEO James Dyson announced plans to create a battery-powered automobile, partly motivated by Mr. Dyson's resolve to address “the global problem of air pollution.””

Last year we reported that Dyson, a British technology firm best known for its vacuum cleaners, was gearing up to step into the all-electric vehicle market. The pivot was announced last September in an email released to the public in which Dyson CEO James Dyson announced plans to shift resources towards the creation of a battery-powered automobile, partly motivated by Mr. Dyson’s resolve to address “the global problem of air pollution.”

To that end, Dyson has been busy building a team tailored specifically to the creation of an all-electric vehicle. Thus far, several outlets have reported that Dyson has recruited a slew of personnel from the auto industry, including high-ranking execs from Aston Martin and some of Tesla’s people as well. Dyson has also purchased the Michigan-based firm Sakti3, which is currently researching solid-state battery technology. Further reports point towards a 2.5 million-GBP ($3.51 million) investment in artificial intelligence technology, often seen as an indispensable facet of future EVs. Is total, Dyson says he is committed to investing upwards of 2 billion GBP to the EV project, or roughly $2.81 billion at current exchange rates (02/16/2018). The appliance-maker will also look to leverage its know-how in batteries, air filtration, and insulation technology, all of which is applicable in the construction of its first automobile.

Dyson says it hopes to debut its new EV as soon as 2020. It’s possible the first batch of cars will use more traditional lithium-ion batteries rather than futuristic solid-state batteries in order to meet Dyson’s ambitious timetable. While details on the forthcoming vehicle’s specs are sketchy (proposed range, size, and body style are all up in the air), it’s likely Dyson will employ a “top-down” model strategy similar to Tesla, starting with a high-end, high-dollar, low-volume model at the outset to help build up funds,
followed by two less-expensive, high-volume models afterwards.

“In London, nearly 9,500 people die each year due to long-term exposure to air pollution according to a study carried out by researchers at King’s College London,” Dyson writes in his announcement letter, which was posted to social media last September. “The World Health Organization reports ’in 2012 around 7 million people died – one in eight of total global deaths – as a result of air pollution exposure.’ It is our obligation to offer a solution to the world’s largest single environmental risk.”


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“Of course, it should come as no surprise that the established makes are expressing their skepticism. The most vocal of these is Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer.”

Of course, it should come as no surprise that the established makes are expressing their skepticism. The most vocal of these is Aston Martin, whose CEO, Andy Palmer, said in an interview with Autocar that Dyson’s intention to create a new electric vehicle in just a few years’ time might not pan out exactly as planned.

“I wish him the best of luck,” Palmer said in response Dyson’s EV announcement, “but on the numbers that have been reported, I know you won’t do it for that money, and you won’t do it in that timescale. At least, I know that I couldn’t.”

Palmer definitely knows what he’s talking about, considering that prior to heading Aston Martin, he was Nissan’s head of development, with previous projects including the creation of the Leaf. Aston Martin Consulting has also been sought for a variety of EV projects, including Faraday Future, and according to Palmer, there’s a common theme among them. “We’ve had discussions with about 10 of them,” he told Autocar. “Every single one has underestimated the difficulty of engineering a car to a budget and to an aggressive timescale. Some of them will get there, but always over budget and late.”


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Back in October, following the announcement of Dyson’s intentions to create an EV, Palmer put on his troll face and released a rendering of an Aston vacuum cleaner
on Twitter, including a message that read “Congratulations @Dyson on joining our independent British car company club. We’re looking forward to branching out into vacuum’s [sic] …”.

Maybe he was just salty Dyson stole Aston’s personnel.

Either way, the story isn’t altogether that unfamiliar. The most obvious comparisons can be made with the California-based EV upstart Tesla, which is notorious for making, and subsequently missing, aggressive timetables and goals. The latest example is the delivery of Tesla’s more accessible Model 3 sedan, with CEO Elon Musk last year mentioning a dramatic ramp-up in capacity (otherwise dubbed “production hell”) to meet a target of 5,000 units per week. So far, Tesla has failed to reach that target.

That said, Tesla’s marketability is undeniable. Consumers see the brand as “cool,” “futuristic,” and “fast,” and the chronically missed production targets have yet to kill its incredibly stout image. Will Dyson, a company best known for producing vacuum cleaners, be able to rely on strong marketing to pull it through? Probably not.

“Will Dyson, a company best known for producing vacuum cleaners, be able to rely on strong marketing to pull it through, like Tesla? Probably not. But maybe we're not giving it enough credit.”

To make matters worse, the competition isn’t slowing down by any measure. It seems like every other week there’s a new EV startup announcing plans to revolutionize the industry, and all of the major makes have significant EV plans for the immediate future as well. By 2020, the EV landscape will likely be much, much more cutthroat. For example, Fisker is currently working on its own solid-state battery tech, which it announced at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier in the year, and it looks poised to be a real game-changer once it makes it to the auto segment.

On the other hand, perhaps we’re not giving Dyson enough credit. After all, people these days tend to consider cars to be just another device, especially when it comes to EVs. So why not get yours from a manufacturer that also produces vacuum cleaners? Not only that, but Dyson is well established as a company, and although it has yet to produce a car, it’s still known for its meticulous attention to detail when it comes to its other products.

What do you think? What would it take for you to buy a Dyson EV over a Tesla Model S, or a Chevrolet Bolt, or a Nissan Leaf? Let us know in the comments section below.

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PostHeaderIcon President Trump Suggests $0.25 Fuel Tax Hike as a Means to Fund Infrastructure

President Donald Trump believes that increasing gas and diesel taxes by 25 cents would go a long way in helping the administration achieve its goal of generating $1.5 trillion for its new infrastructure plan. The ambitious plan was presented in a bipartisan meeting at the White House. As expected with all things related to politics, the specific details on the proposed increase in fuel tax vary depending on who you ask.




Political discussions as complex as this often bring out opinions on all sides. That’s certainly the case when you’re talking about a plan to increase gas and diesel taxes, something that hasn’t been done since 1993.

Democratic Senator Tom Carper, the top Democrat on the Environment and Public Works Committee, told CNN that the president “knew it was a difficult thing for legislators to support and said that he would support the leadership to do that and provide the political cover to do that.”

Carper added that Trump also offered “full-throated support for an increase in user fees” for roads, highways, and bridges, a suggestion that Republican Senator Jim Inhofe took issue with. “He was not advocating that. He was looking at all the options,” Inhofe told CNN. “All he said was we need to do something, and that is still on the table.”

“Raising gas and diesel taxes across the board is an important issue in the U.S., largely because a lot of vehicles that are on the road now are of the pickup and SUV persuasion”

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao echoed Inhofe’s position, saying that Trump is looking at all options that are on the table. Chao did admit that the gas tax is not ideal. “There are pros and cons,” Chao pointed out. “The gas tax has an adverse impact, a very regressive impact, on the most vulnerable within our society; those who depend on jobs, who are hourly workers. So these are tough decisions, which is why, once again, we need to start the dialogue with the Congress, and so that we can address these issues on this very important point.”

If there’s one thing everybody can agree on, it’s that. Raising gas and diesel taxes across the board is an important issue in the U.S., largely because a lot of vehicles that are on the road now are of the pickup and SUV persuasion. In other words, these are cars that aren’t known for their fuel efficiency. Adding a 25-cent tax on an important commodity like fuel would have wide-ranging consequences on a lot of people in the country.

Expect more discussions to happen as talks about the government’s infrastructure plan heats up. One thing I can say is that it’s probably not going to go as smoothly as most people hope it will.


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PostHeaderIcon Ram Recalling 228,508 Trucks For Brake-Shifter Interlock Failure

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is voluntarily recalling roughly 228,508 Ram 1500 and Heavy Duty pickups due to an issue with the Brake Transmission Shift Interlock on trucks with a column-mounted shifter. The system keeps the shift level from leaving Park without the vehicle’s key in the ignition and the brake pedal depressed.

The problem occurs when the BTSI system overheats, potentially occurring when the brake pedal is held for an extended time while the transmission is in Park. Once overheated, the BTSI system fails to keep the shift lever in Park without the brake depressed and ignition on. This means the at even without the key inserted, the truck could be shifted into gear or neutral, causing an unintentional roll-away.

Continue reading for more information.


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“FCA’s voluntary recall covers 180,975 Ram trucks in the U.S., 42,045 trucks in Canada, 4,066 trucks in Mexico, and another 1,422 in locations around the globe”

FCA’s voluntary recall covers 180,975 Ram trucks in the U.S., 42,045 trucks in Canada, 4,066 trucks in Mexico, and another 1,422 in locations around the globe. Thankfully, no injuries or accidents have been reported due to the BTSI issue.

The majority of truck affected by the recall are 2017-2018 Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups, and certain 2017-2018 Ram 3500, 4500 and 5500 chassis cabs. There are also a number of 2017-2018 Ram 3500 chassis cabs with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of less than 10,000 lbs. To a lesser extent, a certain 2017-2018 Ram 1500 pickups are also included in the recall campaign, but FCA says heavy-duty trucks represent the majority of affected vehicles.

As with any recall, the automaker will repair the issue at no cost to the owner.

Ram’s Previous BTSI Recall


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Ram’s February recall of BTSI systems in 2017-2018 trucks follows a similar recall in December for trucks from the 2010 – 2017 model year. They include the same group of Ram Heavy Duty trucks and a small number of Ram 1500 trucks, all equipped with the column-mounted gear shifter.

The recall included roughly 1.48 million trucks in the U.S., 249,520 trucks in Canada, 42,747 trucks in Mexico, and roughly 14,950 trucks outside the NAFTA region. Unfortunately, as of December 2017, FCA was aware of seven “potentially related” injuries and a “small number of potentially related accidents” with the BTSI in question.

All new vehicles manufactured after September 1, 2010 are required to have a BTSI.

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PostHeaderIcon Report: The 2019 Kia Ceed Will Offer i30 N “Agility and Playfulness” in GT Trim

The Kia Ceed family is growing by the day. Fresh off a report that revealed a new Ceed SUV is on the way, a new report indicates that the Ceed will also come in a “more agile and playful” Ceed GT that will draw similarities to the Hyundai i30 N. It’s essentially Kia’s very own hot hatch, and it’s scheduled to launch in 2019.

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“The Ceed GT’s development will be spearheaded by no less than Albert Biermann, the same performance guru that quarterbacked the development of the i30 N.”

Should we be surprised that Kia’s looking to make a name for itself in the hot hatch segment? Hyundai’s doing it with the i30 N so to see Kia do the same is hardly a head-scratcher anymore.

It certainly bodes well for those who are looking for a Kia hot hatch that news of a Ceed GT came directly from Kia Europe’s marketing boss, Artur Martins. Speaking to Autocar, Martins said that the Ceed GT’s development will be spearheaded by no less than Albert Biermann, the same performance guru that quarterbacked the development of the i30 N.

“With Albert’s involvement you will see similar handling and balance, although not at that level [of performance],” Martins said. “It will be more fun than the old car, but it will not be as focused as the i30 N.”


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“The Ceed GT should also have a more aggressive look than its standard Ceed counterpart”

That last bit was backed up by the Hyundai and Kia’s powertrain boss, Michael Winkler, who told Autocar that the Ceed GT will not be as “extreme” as the i30 N. Given this bit of information, it’s unlikely that Kia would use the N-tuned 2.0-liter four-cylinder pot that sits under the hood of the i30 N. Winkler didn’t specify the kind of engine the Ceed GT will use, but two likely candidates are possible: a detuned version of the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder or a performance version of the 48v mild-hybrid powertrain that the Ceed will eventually receive. In either scenario, look for the output to be in the 200-horsepower range.

It’s not going to be conquering cars like the Renault Sport Megane RS or the Ford Focus ST, but it would still be enough to have its own sporty characteristics, enough to compete against a car like the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

On the physical front, the Ceed GT should also have a more aggressive look than its standard Ceed counterpart, though a bit more conservative compared to the i30N. Once the Ceed GT hits the market sometime in 2019, look for Kia to turn its attention on giving the Ceed wagon its own GT variant, one that will focus more on the brand’s GT-Line trim as opposed to receiving a modified engine and chassis.

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PostHeaderIcon Wallpaper of the Day: 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

It might be small, but it’s sporty and quick too!

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PostHeaderIcon Mazda6 Tourer

Mazda introduced the 6 nameplate in 2002 as a replacement for the highly successful Mazda 626. Offered as a near-premium mid-size four-door model, the 6 is now considered Mazda’s flagship model. Three generations have arrived since the 6 first hit the scene, the latest of which showed in 2012. Back in November, Mazda brought out a refreshed iteration at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show (LAAS), dropping cover on a tweaked exterior style, a newly updated interior, fresh technology and equipment, and even a new turbocharged engine package. Suffice to say, we thought the whole thing looked great, so much so that we gave it a spot on our Best In Show list for the 2017 LAAS. Given the extensive updates seen for the 2018 model year, you could consider this latest iteration as the 3.5-gen vehicle. Now, the 6’s more practical Tourer wagon body style looks set to receive the same good stuff when it arrives in Switzerland with a debut at the 88th Annual Geneva International Motor Show.

All told, the 2018 Mazda6 Tourer should look and feel more premium than before, just like the latest sedan version that appeared in Southern California. Full details are still forthcoming, but for now, read on for the lowdown on what we know, plus a splash of speculation along the way.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 Mazda6 Tourer.

Mazda6 Tourer Exterior

  • Latest Kodo design language
  • Mazda Kai and Mazda Coupe concepts used for inspiration
  • LED lighting
  • Larger grille with metal mesh insert
  • Massively flared front fenders
  • Should offer standard 17-inch wheels, optional 19’s
  • More aerodynamic than before

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“The Tourer once again employs Mazda's Kodo design language to great effect, refining the old model's styling bits without overdoing it.”

When it comes to the aesthetics, the Mazda6 is one good-looking car. Based on concepts like the Mazda Coupe and Mazda Kai, both of which will head to Geneva alongside the 2018 Mazda6 Tourer, this wagon once again employs Mazda’s Kodo design language to great effect. The 2018 model year refines the old model’s styling bits, and although the overall look doesn’t change a whole lot, we aren’t complaining – we think it looks great, and we think there’s a definite upscale vibe to it. Thankfully, it’s also not nearly as stuffy as the numerous European sedans found elsewhere on the Geneva show floor. Rather, its got its own curvaceous Japanese styling to it, and that’s a big plus in our book.

Let’s check out the details, starting in front where we once again find impressively flared wheel arches that add a ton of visual beefiness to the front end. The new model also comes with a larger front grille, which is set in an elliptical shape and fitted with a metal mesh insert. Despite its size, we think the grille looks quite good, and its definitely an improvement on the old model’s horizontal slats. The headlights also look longer and leaner than before, pulled back into fenders in a taut, slim shape. LEDs are used for the lighting element, while chrome detailing adds icing on the cake.


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“The headlights also look longer and leaner than before, pulled back into fenders in a taut, slim shape”

The long, flared fenders in front lead into a profile that’s punctuated by a variety of angles and character lines, both above and below. The window line dives down towards the front end, adding a bit of visual rake and enhancing the visual weight of the plus-sized rear end. In terms of wheel sizing, we
expect Mazda to offer 19-inch wheels like on the U.S.-spec sedan, while standard sizing will be set at 17 inches. A few new paint options would also be nice.

In back, expect slimmer taillights and further shiny trim detailing. Dual exhaust tips would also be a nice complement to the elegant, yet sporty aesthetic.

Further more, Mazda says the new look is now more aero-efficient than before, although the automaker declines to go into detail. Look for official specs next month.

Mazda6 Tourer Interior

  • New interior layout focuses on horizontal lines
  • Lots of premium touches throughout
  • Fresh safety and driver assist tech
  • Nearly 60 cubic feet of cargo room with the rear bench folded
  • Fingers crossed for optional Japanese Sen wood trim

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“The look is characterized by broad horizontal surfaces and long unbroken shapes. New switch gear was added to the center console, and there's an 8.0-inch touchscreen sitting high on the dash.”

Step inside the 2018 Mazda6 Tourer, and you’ll find a cabin look and layout that’s identical to the sedan (plus a good deal more cargo room in the rear, of course). Mazda says that the sedan gets an “all-new” interior where “only the steering wheel and small trim pieces [are] carried over from its predecessor,” and that looks to be the case in the Tourer model as well.

The look is characterized by broad horizontal surfaces and long unbroken shapes. New switch gear was added to the center console, with a slick, simplified button layout for the climate control system, above which you’ll find an 8.0-inch touchscreen sitting high on the dash. An optional 7.0-inch TFT screen can be had for the gauge cluster. The soft touch materials look great, and continue from the dash into the door panels. We’re expecting Nappa leather for the upholstery and optional Japanese Sen wood for the dash. There’s also new seats in front, which Mazda says are more supportive and more comfortable this time around.


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“New switch gear was added to the center console, with a slick, simplified button layout for the climate control system, above which you'll find an 8.0-inch touchscreen sitting high on the dash”

As a complement to the upscale layout and top-shelf materials, Mazda says the new 6 gets reduced levels of NVH (or noise, vibration, and harshness) inside the cabin, which is obviously critical to attaining that upscale vibe Mazda is shooting for. Further complements include a broader range of i-Activsense safety features, such as 360-degree monitor with a top-down view, and intelligent speed assist.

Finally, the 2018 Mazda6 Tourer looks to keep its decent rear cargo room, which is currently rated at 522 liters (18.4 cubic feet) with the rear bench up, and expands out to 1,664 liters (58.8 cubic feet) with the bench folded down.

Mazda6 Tourer Drivetrain

Engine lineup likely to include 2.2-liter diesel and 2.0-liter gas

Six-speed automatic and six-speed manual on the table

FWD as standard, AWD optional


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“Mazda has yet to divulge a whole lot in terms of the powertrain spec for the 2018 Mazda6 Tourer, but we expect the brand to offer a slight refresh on the 2.2-liter diesel and a 2.0-liter gas options”

Mazda has yet to divulge a whole lot in terms of the powertrain spec for the 2018 Mazda6 Tourer, but we expect the brand to offer a slight refresh on the 2.2-liter diesel and a 2.0-liter gas options. Current output levels vary between the trim levels, with the diesel making either 150 horsepower or 175 horsepower. Meanwhile, the gas engine makes 165 horsepower. A few extra ponies and mpg at the pump should do well to keep it sprightly for 2018.

It’s possible Mazda will also include the new 2.5-liter turbo ’four that we just got in the 6 sedan here in the States, which offers up 250 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. However, if we’re honest, it’s not likely. Sorry, speed lovers. But here’s to hoping.

Unfortunately, the 6 definitely won’t get Mazda’s next-generation Skyactiv-X compression ignition petrol engine technology either, but the Zoom-Zoom brand will bring it to display in Geneva all the same. Mazda calls it Spark Controlled Compression Ignition, or SCCI, and it’s a world-first for a passenger car. Basically, the compression ignition design works similarly to a diesel, but it burns gasoline. It also manages to combine the benefits of both gas and diesel powerplants, with features like solid high-end power, a sharp throttle response, cleaner emissions, and high fuel efficiency. It’s innovative and pretty cool too, especially when you consider most of the industry is heading towards smaller engine sizing and forced induction to find the extra efficiency. Look for the Skyactiv-X compression ignition tech on the forthcoming 2019 Mazda3.

Moving on, we expect the 2018 Mazda6 Tourer to once again offer customers either a six-speed manual transmission, or a six-speed automatic, depending on the trim level and engine picked. Once again, we have to applaud Mazda for sticking to its guns, as rather than adopting a rubber-banding continuously variable transmission like most other makes, it’s going with a more traditional gearbox. Front-wheel drive will come as standard, while AWD will be an available option.

Mazda6 Tourer Chassis And Handling

  • More refined and more responsive too
  • Tweaked suspension geometry
  • Definitely one of the most fun-to-drive in segment

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Note: 2018 Mazda6 Sedan (U.S.-spec) pictured here.

Heading into the 2018 model year, the Mazda6 Tourer looks to receive “enhanced driving dynamics,” with fresh suspension tuning that simultaneously finds greater handling benefits when attacking a corner, and more comfort when cruising.

To that end, we expect the Tourer to once again get the same updates as the U.S.-spec sedan. For example, the reduced noise, vibration, and harshness will no doubt come courtesy of the 6’s stiffer chassis and body, while the handling and ride refinements will be partly thanks to a new steering rack mounting and tweaked suspension geometry. Finally, G-Vectoring Control will once again be used for greater grip levels coming off a corner.

Mazda6 Tourer Pricing


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Note: 2018 Mazda6 Sedan (U.S.-spec) pictured here.

While exact pricing for the 2018 Mazda6 Tourer has yet to be released, we fully expect the bottom line to stay close to current figures. For reference, the 2017 Mazda6 Tourer starts at £23,795 in the U.K.

Look for more updated details right here in this review when the 2018 Mazda6 Tourer makes its appearance at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show in March, where it’ll strut its stuff alongside the Euro-spec Mazda6 Saloon, the Mazda Coupe concept, and the Mazda Kai concept.

Mazda6 Tourer Competition

Volkswagen Passat Estate


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If you like the idea of a sleek, spacious, and well-appointed wagon model, but care less about the performance side of things, then the Volkswagen Passat Estate might be just the right fit. Outside, you get the eternally refined styling VW is known for across its lineup, while the interior comes equipped with a flat-bottom steering wheel, a digital screen in the gauge pod (full digital gauges are optional), and a 6.5-inch screen in the dash. Materials include some top-tier picks in the higher trims, while rear cargo room is rated at a Mazda-beating 650 liters (23 cubic feet) with the rear bench up. Engine options include a range of diesel and gas options. Although we expect the Mazda to be far more interesting to drive, the VW makes a sensible case for itself all the same.

Read our full review on the 2017 Volkswagen Passat.

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Another solid choice in this segment comes from the Blue Oval with the Ford Mondeo Estate. Although it appears to be a bit more brutish, the styling works well all the same, and it’s very much in line with the rest of Ford’s lineup and styling cues. Inside, there’s a decent amount of cargo room, rated at 500 liters (17.7 cubic feet) with the seats up, while optional AWD helps it grip in less than ideal conditions. Engine options include a 1.5-liter diesel, a 2.0-liter diesel, and a 2.0-liter gas engine as well. It’s a nice middle-of-the-road choice, if that’s what you’re after.

Read our full review on the 2017 Ford Mondeo.

Conclusion


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Given the fact you’re reading these words on TopSpeed, it should come as no surprise that we like this quick-and-fun little wagon. While some competitors offer a less expensive proposition, and still others offer a more luxurious interior, the Mazda6 also manages to mix in a good deal of driver engagement and fun, and to us, that matters a lot.

We’re still waiting for all the details to drop, so make sure to check back here next month when they do. Until then, all we gotta say is – we sure do wish Mazda sold the Tourer here in the U.S.!

  • Leave it
    • * More comfortable and more luxurious alternatives out there
    • * New engine tech still a year or more away
    • * No wagons for the U.S.!

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes AMG GT Four-Door Surfaces in Unique Camo Wrap

With only a few weeks to go until the debut of the production version of Mercedes AMG GT Four-Door at the Geneva Motor Show, AMG is trying to create some buzz for the car with this, a unique flame-themed camo-wrapped prototype. So no, this is not a CLS wrapped in Alabama by some redneck.

Based on the AMG GT concept, the 2019 Mercedes AMG GT Four-Door is the company’s answer to Porsche Panamera. We have, of course, seen the car in concept form and we are familiar with its overall shape and appearance. But if you look deep at these images here, in spite of the distracting flame wrap, you notice the production version looks even more dramatic what with all those curves and sculpted features.

So maybe Mercedes AMG GT Four-Door is not really a rival for the Panamera, but the founder a new niche, kind of like what CLS did back in 2005 or whenever it was it first came out. Under the skin the car is obviously very close to the AMG GT in terms of engine and drivetrain. But the chassis, suspension and other bits having to do with ride comfort and handling are probably borrowed from other Mercedes saloon cars.

In all likelihood, the debut of the four-door AMG GT, which is set for the early days of Geneva Motor Show on March 6, will spark a new competition among German car maker for making the best high-powered, super-deluxe gran turismos. Stay tuned for more over the coming days…






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PostHeaderIcon The Ferrari 488 Pista Just Leaked, And It Looks Ready To Battle The Porsche 911 GT2 RS

The Ferrari 488 is one helluva supercar, but now, it looks like there’s a go-faster competition variant just about to officially break cover. It’s called the Pista, which is Italian for track, and the specs were just leaked ahead of the full reveal. Read on for the info.

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“The Pista once again mounts a twin-turbo 3.9-liter V-8 in the middle, but this time around it was tuned to produce 711 horsepower, besting the standard 488's 661 horsepower by a stout 50 ponies.”

This latest info comes from Autocar Japan, which just posted a series of leaked images and specs on the forthcoming racer. Essentially a more hardcore iteration of Maranello’s bread and butter 488, the 488 Pista gets a slew of updates that make it that much better on the track.

Kicking it off is a retune for the powerplant. The Pista once again finds a twin-turbo 3.9-liter V-8 mounted in the middle of the machine, but this time around, it was tweaked to produce 711 horsepower, besting the standard 488’s 661 horsepower by a stout 50 ponies. Torque is also up, now rated at 568 pound-feet, an increase of about 7 pound-feet over the standard 488.

To make the most of the newfound output, the 488 Pista also drops a few pounds, tipping the scales at a lithe 2,821 pounds (dry weight). By comparison, the standard 488 GTB has a dry weight of 3,020 pounds, which means the weight shaving comes to about 200 pounds total.

The extra power and lower weight make the Pista quicker, cutting two-tenths of a second from the standard 488’s 0-to-62 mph time, bringing it down to 2.8 seconds. Top speed is clocked at 211 mph.

To properly round it out, it’s reported that downforce was increased thanks to the know-how gleaned from Ferrari’s various motorsports programs, while the electronics for the traction control and braking system was got a few tweaks and tunes for better at-the-limit performance.

Pricing lands somewhere around the $300,000 mark, an increase of about $50,000.


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“It's a rather impressive package, no doubt about it. But when it comes to bragging rights at the track, Porsche might have something to say about it.”

It’s a rather impressive package, no doubt about it. But when it comes to bragging rights at the track, Porsche might have something to say about it.

In the running against Ferrari will be this – the Porsche 911 GT2 RS. Like the 488 Pista, the 911 GT2 RS is a pumped-up, hardcore, no-nonsense performance machine aimed at killing all lap times.

The specs are surprisingly close compared to those of the Ferrari. Output is rated at 700 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque thanks to a twin-turbo rear-mounted flat-six engine, which drives the rear axle through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. Acceleration looks like 2.7 seconds in the 0-to-60 mph test, while top speed comes to 211 mph. The Porsche also gets loads of aero stick and an insanely stout braking package to match, while customers can opt into the Weissach package to drop the weight even further. There’s loads of carbon fiber outside, bucket seats and a roll cage inside, and the whole thing is tagged with a price tag of roughly $300,000.

Which would you rather have?

Look for a full reveal of the new Ferrari 488 Pista soon.

Performance Specs Comparison Ferrari 488 Pista Porsche 911 GT2 RS
Engine twin-turbo mid-mounted 3.9-liter V-8 twin-turbo rear-mounted 3.8-liter flat-six
Horsepower 711 hp 700 hp
Torque 568 pound-feet 553 pound-feet
0 to 60 mph 2.7 seconds 2.7 seconds
Top Speed 211 mph 211 mph

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PostHeaderIcon The 2019 Chevy Camaro Won’t get a Seven-Speed Manual; Will Be Offered with 10-Speed Auto

Chevrolet is preparing a mid-cycle refresh for its sixth-generation Camaro for 2019, but there appears to be confusion regarding its transmission options. In January 2018, a California Air Resource Board document was discovered by Auto Guide showing the presence of M6, M7, and SA8 transmission codes available for the upcoming Camaro. That indicated both a six-speed and seven-speed manual transmission as being offered, along with the familiar eight-speed automatic.

However, Chevrolet apparently rescinded the document in recent days and filed new paperwork that dropped the M7 code and added the SA10 designation.

That means Chevy is apparently foregoing the seven-speed manual for its new 10-speed automatic already used in the Camaro ZL1. That means a few things: One, this concerns only the Camaro SS, V-6, and turbo-four; two, that the six-speed manual will remain as the only manual gearbox option; and three, that Chevy is dropping the idea of the seven-speed manual for Camaro use.

Of course, we already had our doubts about the seven-speed working with the Camaro. See, Chevy’s seven-speed manual is exclusively used in the C7 Corvette Stingray – a vehicle that uses a torque tube and a rear-mounted transaxle. That means the Corvette’s transmission doesn’t bolt to the engine, but rather sits nearly between the rear tires and connects to the rear differential. Corvette does this for improved weight distribution. The Camaro, on the other hand, uses a more traditional driveline configuration with the gearbox mounted to the engine block. Reconfiguring the M7 for Camaro duty would involve extra engineering hours.

The 10-speed automatic, however, is already used on the Camaro and would easily work with the Camaro SS’ naturally aspirated 6.2-liter LT1 V-8, along with the 3.6-liter V-6 and 2.0-liter turbo-four, as well.

So, while there was a glimmer of possibility for the Corvette’s seven-speed manual transmission in the 2019 Camaro, that hope is now gone. Its replacement, though, is far better. The 10-speed auto is a far smoother transmission than the eight-speed currently used in the Camaro. Combine that with the current six-speed manual that comes standard, and the 2019 Camaro will have two solid transmission choices that everyone should be happy with.

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PostHeaderIcon Lotus 3-Eleven 430: Sports Car Par Excellence

Left to their own devices, Lotus like to make only hard-core, track-focused cars. Even during hard times when they have to produce ‘mainstream’ sports cars to survive, they can’t help but drive resources towards stuff like this, the new Lotus 3-Eleven 430. This is who they are, and what they do best. 

Though it does not look like it, Lotus 3-Eleven 430 is a road-legal machine. Mind you, what kind of roads you can drive this low and wide track car on without running into a million problems, we are not really sure. Realistically, the 3-Eleven can only be used on the race track, where it is most at home. The sports cars has some truly juicy specs, the main highlights of which include an output of 430hp, weight of 920 kg, power-to-weight ratio of 476 hp per tonne, 0 to 60 mph time of 3.1 seconds and top speed of 180 mph.

Of course, Lotus 3-Eleven 430 is more about the way it handles than straight line performance, and that’s not something you can put in figures. This is where the car’s massive aero kit comes to play, generating 265 kg at maximum speed. Other contributing factors include Torsen-type limited slip differential, Öhlins DFV one-way adjustable dampers and Eibach adjustable front and rear anti-roll bars,and 6-position variable traction control, linked directly to the ECU, with five pre-set traction levels. One must not forget to mention the 430’s AP Racing brakes and Michelin Cup 2 tires.

Lotus 3-Eleven 430 is priced at a whopping £102,000, mainly due to the fact that they are only making 20 copies.




Jean-Marc Gales, CEO, Group Lotus plc commented: “When we first unveiled the Lotus 3-Eleven it heralded a new generation of truly focused, world-class sports cars. It altered perceptions of what was possible at this price category, and today the new 3-Eleven 430 moves the benchmark to remain the ultimate weapon in focused road driving and track work.”

 

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PostHeaderIcon Ford’s M-Sport Fiesta Rally Car Now Available in the LEGO Speed Champions Collection

LEGO’s Speed Champions line of brick cars is getting a new member with the introduction of the LEGO version of Ford’s M-Sport Fiesta WRC rally car, the same racer that won the 2017 World Rally Championship behind the efforts of co-drivers, Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia. Though not as big as the actual rally car, the LEGO version of the M-Sport Fiesta WRC is a great addition to LEGO’s Speed of Champions range. It joins a list of fellow championship race cars, including the Mercedes-AMG Formula One racer, the Ford GT racer, and the Ford GT40 that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans back in 1966.


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“The Ford M-Sport Fiesta WRC rally car won two WRC titles and five stage victories in 2017”

LEGO sure knows how to pick cars to add to its Speed Champions line. The Ford M-Sport Fiesta WRC rally car won two WRC titles and five stage victories in 2017. That kind of success made it an ideal choice to grace a line of pint-sized LEGO racers that have etched their name in the annals of motor racing legend. In true LEGO fashion, the details of Ford M-Sport Fiesta WRC rally car are incredible. The front and rear spoilers are there. The wheel arches are present. The set also includes a pair of interchangeable hoods, including one that has spotlights for night driving, and a choice of wheel trims. Even the graphics adorned on the real rally racer are present in the Speed Champions version, right down to the M-Sport windshield banner, the “2” car number, and all the logos of the team’s array of sponsors.

“With two World Rally Championship titles and five rally victories in 2017, it’s hard to think of a more worthy addition to the LEGO Speed Champions range than the M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC car”, Mark Rushbrook, Ford global director of Motorsport, said in a statement. “The LEGO Speed Champions series is a fun way to celebrate the success of Ford cars in motorsport. We hope it will inspire future generations of car designers, engineers, and rally drivers.”


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“The Ford M-Sport Fiesta WRC LEGO Speed Champions toy racer comes with 203 pieces”

All in all, the Ford M-Sport Fiesta WRC LEGO Speed Champions toy racer comes with 203 pieces. When built, the car measures 5 inches long, 2 inches wide, and 2 inches high. It doesn’t come with an actual 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine like the real rally car, but we’re prepared to let that omission slide. The good news is that the Speed Champions version doesn’t cost as much. Together with another new addition to the Speed Champions line — the 184-piece 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback — the M-Sport Fiesta WRC rally car will be available to order at Lego’s online shop beginning on March 1, 2018, at a price of just €14.99. That’s around $18.50 based on current exchange rates.

We’re not going to try to convince you to buy one, but if you already have other Speed Champions models — maybe the Bugatti Chiron? Perhaps the Ferrari FXX K? — in your collection, there’s no reason you shouldn’t add the Ford M-Sport Fiesta WRC rally car.

References

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PostHeaderIcon Ferrari 488 Pista – This Is It

So it wasn’t GTO or Sport Special. The first leaked images of the hard-core Ferrari 488 reveal the car has a much cooler name. It’s called Ferrari 488 Pista, a name that perfectly reflects its character as a track-focused model. And, of course, it has the specs to match the name.

According to the leaked information, 2019 Ferrari 488 Pista gets a tweaked version of the GTB’s 660 PS V8 biturbo engine. In this one the magnificent engine develops 720 PS and 770 Nm of torque – enough to propel the road-legal racing car from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.85 seconds. That means you can challenge the likes of Bugatti Chiron in this and hold your own. We also know that the Pista is considerably lighter than the GTB, so it is down to sophisticated electronics and super clever aerodynamics to keep the car grounded at high speed.

As for the looks, those with an interested eye notice in the pictures the cool new aprons of the Ferrari 488 Pista. The front-end is dominated by a new spoiler and large air intakes that together form a super aggressive face. On the side the only major change appears to be the addition of dynamic side skirts, and of course the new design of the wheels. Out back, we have the new skirt with the double tailpipe arraignment in the fashion of Ferrari Challenge cars, a pronounced diffuser, and a sizable rear wing which, by the looks of things, appear to be active.

Stay tuned for the official pictures and details of the Pista over the coming days…

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PostHeaderIcon Official: BMW M4 Convertible Edition 30 Jahre Limited

Not that BMW needs an excuse to come up with an overpriced limited edition of a model whose sales have slowed down, but the 30th anniversary of the M3 Convertible was something they had to celebrate. And this is what they have come up with, the limited edition BMW M4 Convertible Edition 30 Jahre.

Granted, it’s not an M3, but that has to do with BMW’s ever-expanding range which meant they had to invent new series to distinguish closely related models. But in spirit, the BMW M4 Convertible Edition 30 Jahre pays homage to the 1988 M3 convertible, the first of its kind. As befits a car celebrating a 30th anniversary, the production of this model is capped at 300 units, each of which featuring very desirable options and equipment.

Every BMW M4 Convertible Edition 30 Jahre comes as standard with the M Competition Package which includes M Sport exhaust system and adaptive M suspension with specific SPORT mode among other features, BMW Individual High Gloss Shadow Line trims, 20-inch Orbit Grey matt wheels, Merino full leather trim, contrast stitching, carbon accents, and conspicuous “30 Jahre Edition” badges. Engine-wise, the celebratory M4 cabrio packs 450 horsepower, also thanks to the Competition package.









The BMW M4 Convertible Edition 30 Jahre reflects the combination of sportiness and open-air driving pleasure that has now matured for the duration of five model generations. A racetrack-proven vehicle concept and technology derived directly from motorsport had already formed the basis for open-top driving pleasure in the first BMW M3 Convertible.

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PostHeaderIcon Finding the Best Second-Hand Car for You and Your Family

Those child free years are often car-free too. If you live in a large town or city, then it’s easier and more cost-effective to go without, but add kids to the equation and you might need to become a one-car, or even a two-car household. Not everyone is in a position to splash out on a brand-new vehicle, especially when having children and a reduced income can mean you’re on a tight budget. So, if you decide to go down the second-hand car route, here are a few things you need to consider that will ensure your bargain wheels don’t end up costing you more in the long run…

How Second-hand is Second-hand?

Old banger or just a couple of years old? There are obvious financial incentives to paying for an older model outright, but will it last? If you’re transporting young children and babies, then safety is going to be your top priority. Although these cars will be safe if they’ve been looked after and maintained properly, older models just aren’t of the same standard as newer ones. If you’ve decided to look for a newer car, you can make huge savings on models that are only a few years old. Even cars that are only a year old are substantially cheaper than brand new vehicles.

Buying at the Right Time

Basically, you need to pick your moment. If you’ve decided to buy from a car dealer or garage, avoid going at the weekend or the end of beginning of the month as these are the busiest periods and you’ll be much less likely to negotiate a discount or good deal. Do your research to find out when their sale periods are, or when they’re mostly likely to want to offload older models (before new ones get released) and you’ll increase your chances of a getting a good price.

Safety First

A reputable dealer shouldn’t be selling you a car in poor condition, but there are no such guarantees if buying from a private seller. If you’re not confident checking the working order of the car, take someone with you who knows what to look out for, so you don’t end up with a dud.

Cutting Down Ongoing Costs

There’s no point saving money on a second-hand car if it’s going to come with high ongoing maintenance costs. This isn’t just a case of buying a car in good condition. Going with a smaller engine is the best way to cut down many of these outgoings – this means better fuel efficiency, lower road tax and lower insurance premiums. Basically, the smaller the car the better, although this needs to be balanced with what you will be using it for; transporting kids often means transporting all their paraphernalia too including cumbersome pushchairs.

Saving Money on All Those Auto Extras

Apart from that all-important car insurance, one thing you should organise as soon as you possibly can is breakdown cover. There are now plenty of options available, but it you have a reputable breakdown organisation in mind, see of you can find an online discount direct with them to save more on your annual membership fees. Other helpful extras you can look out for include child car seat fitting services and discounts on sat-navs (an essential for anyone transporting kids here, there and everywhere). Booking MOT tests and services online in advance can also save you money on this additional expense too.

Buying second-hand makes the best financial sense for young families, but you still have to be careful what you’re purchasing. However, make the right choice and take into consideration ALL the ways you can save money, and your second-hand car could last for many years to come.

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