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PostHeaderIcon The McLaren 720S Goes Flamboyantly Purple as a One-Off at Pebble Beach

What happens when you cram thousands of wealthy people, heaps of amazing cars, and enough events to cover a whole week together? You get the greatest week of the year: the Monterey Car Week. You never know what you’re going to see. With auctions from names like Russo & Steele, Mecum, Gooding & Co., and RM Sotheby’s, there’s a massive guest list that includes some of the greatest cars ever built. But, over at Pebble Beach, things take a completely different turn, with this year bringing cars like the BMW Concept Z4 and Infiniti Prototype 9 into the mix with all of the classic cars. Meanwhile, McLaren has to make its own splash, and it’s doing so this year with a special one-off version of the 720S painted in one of the loudest and intriguing shades of purple that you’ll probably ever see on something with wheels.

The car in question was built by McLaren Special Operations to the exact specifications requested by Michael Fux. If the name doesn’t sound familiar, he’s owned a number of collector cars that include a some special McLaren one-offs like a 12C in McLaren Orange, a 12C Spider in yet another shade of purple, and even a McLaren P1 with an exclusive color of green that has only be used on that specific vehicle. Unlike some McLaren one-offs, this beauty features a bespoke paint color called “Fux Fuchsia” that was developed specifically for Fux by Rolls-Royce and then redeveloped for its application on the 720S by McLaren. So, with that in mind, don’t expect to get your hands on it, as our man Fux owns the exclusive rights to this specific hue – if that’s not exclusive, I don’t know what is. Keep reading to learn about what Mr. Fux requested from McLaren SVO.

PostHeaderIcon Are Auto Shows Becoming Irrelevant In Today’s Automotive World?

For the longest time, auto shows were considered some of the most important events that any automaker will be involved in. They’re used as venues to showcase a company’s new concept, or more importantly, a new production model that’s making its world debut. But like everything else that evolves over time, the platform traditionally provided by auto shows has shrunk with the advent of global connectivity. Automakers can simply hold a smaller event of its own and still get the same results as they once did at these shows. It’s no wonder, then, that Automotive News is reporting that at least nine major automakers are skipping the Frankfurt Motor Show, one of the world’s biggest auto shows.

No reasons were given by any of these automakers on why they’re staying at home when Frankfurt opens its doors in mid September, but it is telling that these nine companies aren’t your run-of-the-mill, ambitious start-ups; they’re big players in the industry, including Fiat, Nissan, Infiniti, Alfa Romeo, Mitsubishi, Volvo, Peugeot, Jeep, and DS. So what’s happening? Why are automakers suddenly ditching these events? There are a number of reasons that they’re doing it, but all of these reasons point back to one inescapable realization: it’s not worth it to go to these shows anymore, no matter what the intentions are. It’s a damning case against events like Frankfurt, and while it doesn’t hold true across the entire spectrum of the business, the fact that more and more companies are shunning these extravagant events suggests that the glitz and glamour that have come to define shows like Frankfurt have lost a lot of their luster. And at this point, it’s hard to imagine a scenario of these shows getting them back.

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PostHeaderIcon Are Auto Shows Becoming Irrelevant In Today’s Automotive World?

For the longest time, auto shows were considered some of the most important events that any automaker will be involved in. They’re used as venues to showcase a company’s new concept, or more importantly, a new production model that’s making its world debut. But like everything else that evolves over time, the platform traditionally provided by auto shows has shrunk with the advent of global connectivity. Automakers can simply hold a smaller event of its own and still get the same results as they once did at these shows. It’s no wonder, then, that Automotive News is reporting that at least nine major automakers are skipping the Frankfurt Motor Show, one of the world’s biggest auto shows.

No reasons were given by any of these automakers on why they’re staying at home when Frankfurt opens its doors in mid September, but it is telling that these nine companies aren’t your run-of-the-mill, ambitious start-ups; they’re big players in the industry, including Fiat, Nissan, Infiniti, Alfa Romeo, Mitsubishi, Volvo, Peugeot, Jeep, and DS. So what’s happening? Why are automakers suddenly ditching these events? There are a number of reasons that they’re doing it, but all of these reasons point back to one inescapable realization: it’s not worth it to go to these shows anymore, no matter what the intentions are. It’s a damning case against events like Frankfurt, and while it doesn’t hold true across the entire spectrum of the business, the fact that more and more companies are shunning these extravagant events suggests that the glitz and glamour that have come to define shows like Frankfurt have lost a lot of their luster. And at this point, it’s hard to imagine a scenario of these shows getting them back.

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PostHeaderIcon New Sports Cars Could Take The Tokyo Motor Show By Storm

Just as news is coming out that nine major automakers are skipping the Frankfurt Motor Show, there appears to be growing rumblings that the Tokyo Motor Show will play to not one, not two, but three sports car debuts. It’s already been rumored that the return of the Toyota Supra will take place in Tokyo, but according to Autobild, the Supra will also be joined by the Mazda RX-9 and the Nissan 390Z.

Obviously, this is pretty big news seeing three separate automakers launch three separate performance cars. They may be different in presentation, but the fact that all three automakers – major ones at that – are going to present sports cars that could turn into rivals of the others is making the Tokyo Motor Show a must-see event. To be clear, though, neither Mazda nor Nissan have confirmed their plans for their local auto show. Likewise, we’ve heard very little about the RX-9 at this point and even less about the Nissan 390Z. If these two cars do show up in Tokyo, it’s going to catch a lot of people off-guard. Even Toyota hasn’t confirmed its plans for Tokyo, even though all signs point to its next sports car making its world debut at the event. It might be best to taper off the excitement for the time being, or at least until we know something more concrete. That said, it is tempting to get a little excited about the possibility of three Japanese sports cars all showing up and debuting in the same event. And they said those days were gone.

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PostHeaderIcon Artega Scalo Superelletra

Redemption stories are one of the coolest things about the auto industry. It’s especially sweeter when it happens to a small manufacturer who, by virtue of its size and resource, already has its back against the wall. We’ve seen some examples of these niche companies defying the odds, and a case can certainly be made that Artega did just that when it presented the Scalo Superelletra at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show back in March.

For those who aren’t familiar with Artega, don’t feel too bad because there’s a good chance that you’re not alone. The German automaker’s history dates back to only 2006 so it hasn’t been around long enough to have any mainstream cache. It certainly didn’t help the company’s cause when it filed for bankruptcy in 2012. To its credit, it didn’t give up on its goal to be a purveyor of German sports cars. So, after years of being on the sidelines, Artega returned to the automotive spotlight in Geneva with the Scalo Superelletra, a 1,020-horsepower electric supercar that’s itching to get a crack at the segment’s establishment. It may not have the pedigree of its would-be rivals, but give credit to Artega for preparing the Scalo Superelletra to potentially be a force to be reckoned with in the all-electric supercar market. Here’s to hoping then that the car lives long enough to realize its full potential.

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PostHeaderIcon Artega Scalo Superelletra

Redemption stories are one of the coolest things about the auto industry. It’s especially sweeter when it happens to a small manufacturer who, by virtue of its size and resource, already has its back against the wall. We’ve seen some examples of these niche companies defying the odds, and a case can certainly be made that Artega did just that when it presented the Scalo Superelletra at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show back in March.

For those who aren’t familiar with Artega, don’t feel too bad because there’s a good chance that you’re not alone. The German automaker’s history dates back to only 2006 so it hasn’t been around long enough to have any mainstream cache. It certainly didn’t help the company’s cause when it filed for bankruptcy in 2012. To its credit, it didn’t give up on its goal to be a purveyor of German sports cars. So, after years of being on the sidelines, Artega returned to the automotive spotlight in Geneva with the Scalo Superelletra, a 1,020-horsepower electric supercar that’s itching to get a crack at the segment’s establishment. It may not have the pedigree of its would-be rivals, but give credit to Artega for preparing the Scalo Superelletra to potentially be a force to be reckoned with in the all-electric supercar market. Here’s to hoping then that the car lives long enough to realize its full potential.

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PostHeaderIcon 2017 Monterey Car Week – Preview

As I write this, dear TopSpeeders, I sit just a handful of miles east of the Pacific Ocean. Through my open window, I can hear the sound of exotic internal combustion drifting through the air. Just down the road lies Laguna Seca, the battleground where hundreds of historic racers will once again pound the pavement in search of lower lap times. In the other direction is Pebble Beach, the ultimate destination for elegant collectible automobiles. In between is an assortment of auctions and auto-themed events, a vast, sprawling cornucopia of four-wheeled goodness the likes of which you’re unlikely to see anywhere else in the world. That’s right, TopSpeeders, I’ve made it to Monterey Car Week.

Once again, TopSpeed has sent me as point man to cover this thing, and I’m cleaning the lenses and juicing up the batteries in preparation for five straight days of car indulgence. I can’t wait to get out there and jump into the action, but before I do, I wanted to give you a quick breakdown on what to expect. So read on for a few brief blurbs on each of the events on our schedule, plus links back to our individual preview pieces for more info. And let us know – what are you looking forward to seeing? Tell us in the comments, and we’ll do our best to make it happen.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Monterey Car Week.

PostHeaderIcon 2017 Monterey Car Week – Preview

As I write this, dear TopSpeeders, I sit just a handful of miles east of the Pacific Ocean. Through my open window, I can hear the sound of exotic internal combustion drifting through the air. Just down the road lies Laguna Seca, the battleground where hundreds of historic racers will once again pound the pavement in search of lower lap times. In the other direction is Pebble Beach, the ultimate destination for elegant collectible automobiles. In between is an assortment of auctions and auto-themed events, a vast, sprawling cornucopia of four-wheeled goodness the likes of which you’re unlikely to see anywhere else in the world. That’s right, TopSpeeders, I’ve made it to Monterey Car Week.

Once again, TopSpeed has sent me as point man to cover this thing, and I’m cleaning the lenses and juicing up the batteries in preparation for five straight days of car indulgence. I can’t wait to get out there and jump into the action, but before I do, I wanted to give you a quick breakdown on what to expect. So read on for a few brief blurbs on each of the events on our schedule, plus links back to our individual preview pieces for more info. And let us know – what are you looking forward to seeing? Tell us in the comments, and we’ll do our best to make it happen.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Monterey Car Week.

PostHeaderIcon Ken Okuyama Cars Kode0

Ken Okuyama Cars, the auto design firm headed by Japanese industrial designer Ken Okuyama, the man who penned the Ferrari Enzo supercars, is unveiling a new creation at the 2017 Monterey Car Week. While last year’s event brought us the Kode57, a limited-edition speedster based on some recent Ferrari designs, 2017 will see the Kode0 come into the spotlight. Reportedly a one-off design, the Kode0 will also break cover at Pebble Beach. This will happen next week, and until then there are only two teaser photos to run by.

If you’ve been living under a rock, you should know that Ken Okuyama is a well-established design that has worked for a number of famous companies, including General Motors, Porsche, and Pininfarina. He helped design the 996-generation Porsche 911 and Boxster, as well as supervised projects such as the Ferrari 599, fifth-generation Maserati Quattroporte, Mitsubishi Colt CZC, Maserati Birdcage 75th concept, and James Glickenhaus’ Ferrari P4/5, He also penned the Ferrari Enzo, the Pininfarina Metrocubo, and Ferrari Rossa concept. The new Kode0 joins a long line of personal designs that date back to 2008.

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PostHeaderIcon 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance – Preview

Founded in 1950, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance was originally an ancillary event to the Pebble Beach Road Races. Since its relatively humble beginnings, this “competition of elegance” has grown significantly, and is now widely considered to be the most important and well-respected event of its kind in the world. This is the flagship of Monterey Car Week, the capstone to the annual central California automotive palace. Every year, roughly 15,000 enthusiasts show up to frolic amongst the well-polished metal and rub shoulders with celebrities and industry hot shots, and TopSpeed will once again be there to capture the action.

Judging the competition of elegance will be a panel of experts selected from throughout the four-wheeled sphere (racing drivers, designers, journalists, etc.), tasked with selecting a third-, second-, and first-place winner in a huge number of classes. Out of those first-place winners, only one will take home the highly coveted Best of Show accolade. The judges base their scores on vehicle authenticity, function, history, and style, and taking home a win means serious bragging rights amongst top-shelf collectors. What’s more, the event’s prestige and visibility makes it a fantastic venue for vehicle debuts, with many major automakers pulling the sheet on concepts and production vehicles throughout the weekend. We’ve collected some of the more interesting vehicles slated to show in the following preview, so read on to get the lowdown before Concours Sunday.

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PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Speedster

Introduced in 2012, the second-generation Vanquish isn’t yet as old as the model it replaced, but it won’t be long until Aston Martin unleashes the third-generation car. And it seems that the grand tourer is getting a proper send off with several special-edition models up for grabs. Arguably the most spectacular of them all is the Zagato, which was built in both coupe and Volante body styles. Limited to only 99 units each, the Zagatos are long gone as of 2017, but if you’re still looking to get one, Aston Martin just unveiled two new version wearing the Zagato badge. One of them is the Vanquish Zagato Speedster, a two-seat drop-top that steps away from the usual convertible configuration.

The Speedster’s arrival is far from surprising, because we’ve already seen a camo-free example being driver near the Nurburgring track earlier this summer. However, it is a bit surprising that it was designed as a two-seater, as is the fact that Aston Martin expanded the current Vanquish Zagato range to no fewer than four models, including a shooting brake. Find out more about the Zagato Speedster and what makes it stands out compared to other models in the review below.

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PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin Announces Additional Vanquish Zagato Models

What happens when you mix British good looks with Italian flair? The answer is one very desirable automobile, as evidenced by nearly six decades of collaboration between Aston Martin and Zagato. The latest products of this happy union are new Speedster and Shooting Brake iterations of the Vanquish, which join the Coupe and Volante to bring the grand total of Zagato’d Vanquish models to four. Revealed during Monterey Car Week just five days ahead of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Aston says production will be limited to 325 units total, including 99 Coupes, 99 Volantes, 28 Speedsters, and 99 Shooting Brakes.

Production is already underway, with deliveries expected through 2018. Unfortunately, anyone looking to grab one of the more rare Speedster models is out of luck, as all 28 are already spoken for. Updates from the design house only pertain to the exterior and cabin, while the mechanicals remain unchanged. That means as much as 580 horsepower from an all-atmosphere 6.0-liter V-12 powerplant, with output routed rearwards by way of a Touchtronic III gearbox. Adaptive dampers help it handle. Outside, you’ll find carbon fiber body components, plus taillights inspired by the outrageous Vulcan racing car and a 3D Zagato “Z” theme for the front fascia. Inside is herringbone carbon fiber with anodized bronze trim.

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PostHeaderIcon Infiniti Prototype 9

Once every few years, each major automaker unveils a futuristic concept car that either previews an upcoming design language or technology, or it simply showcases the brand’s ability to build amazing things. Infiniti is no stranger to this trend with the EMERG-E and Vision GT concepts, but it has taken a different approach for the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Instead of looking into the future, Infiniti took inspiration from the distant past for its latest concept car. It’s called the Prototype 9, and it’s a tribute to pre-World War II single-seater race cars.

Inspired by vehicles that dominated European motorsport in the 1930s, the Prototype 9 is also a tribute to the early days of Japanese racing and the country’s first race track, Tamagawa Speedway. And unlike its ancestors, which had large V-8, V-12, and even V-16 engines, the Prototype 9 is powered by a next-generation all-electric drivetrain. So, in essence, it combines a vintage design with modern technology, which is what a good concept car is supposed to showcase. Unfortunately, this vehicle isn’t slated to go into production, so don’t get your hopes up over being able to buy a track-ready single-seater anytime soon.

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PostHeaderIcon Volkswagen Camper XXL Concept

Summer is as good a time as any to go out and enjoy the outdoors. It’s just too bad that the Volkswagen California XXL Concept isn’t a real thing yet; it would make an incredible companion for a weekend of camping. It’s unlikely to be made available anytime soon, however, but that doesn’t mean can’t wish for it to arrive in some form at some point in the future. For now, we’ll have to be content seeing the concept motorhome at the Caravan Salon Düsseldorf later this month. Who knows, if the concept’s reception ends up being as good as we hope it is, Volkswagen may end up green-lighting the possibility of offering conversions like it for the Crafter.

Before I start getting ahead of myself, it’s important to establish what the California XXL Concept is first. It’s basically a Volkswagen Crafter, the same vehicle that VW launched in 2006 as a commercial van to compete against the likes of the Ford Transit and the Nissan NV400, albeit one that has gone through a massive transformation courtesy of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. It even takes the look of the Volkswagen T6 California now, but even that isn’t the biggest talking point about the concept. It’s everything else about it, really, and the final product speaks to the potential of the Volkswagen Crafter as more than just a commercial van. Apparently, it can be turned into a hotel on four wheels, too.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-Benz Vision Concept

Car show season is about to get its second wind, and Monterey Car Week kicks it off each year toward the end of August. There are tons of auctions and events, but the most prominent has to be the Pebble Beach Concours D’elegance. There are tons of classics that date all the way back to the early years of automotive history while the Concept Lawn lets us aspire to the future of the automotive world, setting our minds into a fury of futuristic thinking, and obsessive desire for what the future may hold. This year, Mercedes is set to debut an all new concept that’s currently being called the “The Next Vision,” which is said to be a sports car that will be a “big surprise” and “an icon for the brand.” So far, we’ve seen very little and, for the most part, the concept is surrounded by a huge cloud of mystery, but a couple of teasers have given us a basic idea. The general consensus so far, is that it will be heavily based on the Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6 Concept, as it has a similar silhouette, including a very long hood. That hood, however, does sport a tall Mercedes emblem on the tip so this isn’t another Maybach concept… No; it is something else.

As of now, I’ve speculated quite a bit, saying it could even be based on the Concept IAA from 2015 and that it could even be an all-electric sports car that could eventually go into production as part of Mercedes plans to have an entire lineup of all-electric cars by 2022 (just recently moved up from 2025.) then again, it could sport a hybrid drivetrain that includes electric motors and a variation of that 4.0-liter V-8 from the Mercedes-AMG GT lineup. At this point, the possibilities are endless, and we have no idea if this is a concept that previews a potential production model or just another concept to give us a glimpse into Mercedes 30 years from now. But, let’s take a better look at the teaser videos we have and speculate a bit before it actually rolls onto the concept lawn at Pebble Beach this year.

PostHeaderIcon 2017 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion – Preview

I’ll take any excuse I can to head out to Laguna Seca. Simply walking around this incredible ribbon of California tarmac is enough to send chills up and down my spine. Throw in a collection of iconic race cars doing hot laps, and I’m one very happy camper. Do it for four days straight, with a rotating variety of run groups, plus Q&A and autograph sessions with legendary racing personalities and tons of delicious food, and I’d call it pure gearhead bliss. This is the formula for the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, the place where the racing of Monterey Car Week all goes down. As the uber-epensive collectibles roll across the block at auctions like Mecum or Russo & Steele, and the show judges scour a field of pristine classics at the Concours d’Elegance, Laguna Seca plays host to hundreds of hardened competition machines doing what they do best – going fast.

As in years past, the 2017 rendition of the Reunion will bring together a vast collection of four-wheeled heroes, from a 1911 National Speedway, to a 1989 Mazda 767-B. In fact, there’s so much automotive goodness on hand, the event has been dubbed the “rolling museum.” We’ll be there to capture the action, but before we get there, here’s a preview of what to expect.

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PostHeaderIcon Infiniti To Unveil Retro-Style Concept Car at Pebble Beach

Japanese luxury automaker Infiniti announced plans to unveil a new concept car at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance later this month. But unlike the usual show cars we see from automakers today, it won’t be a futuristic vehicle or a zero-emission prototype. Instead, Infiniti will showcase a heritage-inspired vehicle that captures the “ingenuity and adventure of early motorsports with the brand’s contemporary ’Powerful Elegance’ design language.” It sounds a bit ambiguous, but the teaser photos available right now show a vehicle inspired by Grand Prix cars from the 1930s.

Specifically, Infiniti’s creation seems heavily based on the single-seater designs that companies like Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union raced around 80 years ago. The most famous examples are the Mercedes-Benz W25 and W125 and the Auto Union Type C and Type D. These cars had massive engines mounted either at the front or to the rear, had fusiform shapes when viewed from above, and were nicknamed the Silver Arrows due to their silver paint and racing success at the time. So what’s with Infiniti drawing inspiration from cars that were built with many decades before Nissan launched its premium division?

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes Teases Its New Concept For Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

Just a few days ago, Mercedes gave us a big shock when it posted a short video of its design team in a meeting, essentially giving us the low down to expect a new sports car concept when Pebble Beach Concours D’elegance kicks off on August 20, 2017. At the time, they failed to give us any information at all, aside from Gorden Wagener – the Chief Designer – saying that it will be an “icon of the brand” and a “big surprise.” Along with those words were just a couple of sketches on the table ahead of them that depicted a red sports car of sorts and a wheel design. There were also sketches of the IAA concept in the mix as well, pointing to the possibility that the new concept could share some DNA with it, but it was mentioned that the front end was going to be dramatically different. Now, Mercedes has released an official teaser of its upcoming concept and, while it doesn’t give us much information, it is rather intriguing, to say the least.

First off, you can see the wheel that was displayed in the sketch from the first video. It actually looks quite sporty and appears to have some 24 thin spokes, so it’s essentially going to roll on the German version of wire wheels. At the beginning of the video, we see a slanted silhouette view of the car from the beltline up, exposing a long flat roof that gently curves to the rear. Meanwhile, the body line just below the belt line is long and slightly curved, which should bring some exquisite elegance to the concept, to say the least. The video then quickly pans to the front end where we get to see an unmistakably long hood with excessively sharp body lines and a Mercedes emblem perched at the tip – clearly something that points to this being one luxurious vehicle and probably outside of the confines of most of our pockets, should it make it into production. The interior actually looks a little bland but features some copper or gold trim and a chrome steering wheel. The instrument cluster consists of just two gauges while tall center console quite literally separates passenger from the driver. So, what is this car really going to be? Keep reading to see the short video and to hear more about it.

PostHeaderIcon Volkswagen T-Roc

Remember back in 2014 when Volkswagen put the T-Roc Concept on display at the Geneva auto show? Well, you would be crazy if you didn’t because it was actually one of the few VW concepts that we could actually appreciate. It even featured a removable roof that would put it in the business of competing with models like the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet and the Range Rover Evoque Cabrio. Now, we’re looking at spy shots of a production model, and while it does look like VW has managed to preserve a fair amount of the concept’s design (at least more than most manufacturers would have, anyway), it doesn’t look like it’s going to have that removable roof panel. Which is, suffice it to say, a shame. We don’t know much else about the T-Roc at the moment, but it should have similar dimensions to the concept and will likely be offered with a range of engines that include a three-cylinder good for just over 100 ponies, and a few four-cylinder offerings that could deliver up to as much as 250 horsepower if a GTI variant, which is possible, graces the marketplace.

The best part about the spy shots we have here is that they don’t follow the same routine that we’re used to. By that, I mean that this is the first look that we’re getting at the production model, and VW’s so confident in its design that it didn’t bother to camouflage anything prior to setting it loose on public roads. The T-Roc is set to debut in September at the 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show, which is just a few short months away, so let’s take a better look at the upcoming T-Roc and talk more about it.

Update 8/16/2017: Volkswagen has released more teasers prior to its debut! There’s a sketch of the T-Roc’s rear end and another sketch of the side profile to go with a new video that gives us our first official glimpse at the interior and exterior. Check out the teaser section below for the details.

PostHeaderIcon Ford F-150

Ford has reworked the F-150 for 2018 with cosmetic updates, new active safety systems, and some healthy powertrain upgrades. A new front fascia and modifications to the taillights and tailgate constitute the exterior changes, along with new wheel choices. Adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, and lane-keep assist are now present, too. But the biggest changes happen under the hood.

Ford has upgraded nearly every engine option. The base 3.5-liter V-6 has been replaced with a new 3.3-liter V-6 with more power and better efficiency. Both the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 and 5.0-liter V-8 have been improved with more power. Ford’s 10-speed automatic now comes standard on all but the base V-6. Best of all, an all-new 3.0-liter Power Stroke V-6 turbodiesel joins the lineup. The 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 carries over unchanged, though it received a huge update for the 2017 model year. The same is true for the 2017 F-150 Raptor’s High-Output 3.5-liter EcoBoost. The F-150 is Ford’s biggest seller and highest profit-maker, so it’s completely understandable why Ford pays it so much attention. The current F-150 debuted for the 2015 model year, so it’s not really old. In fact, it still remains the newest full-size, half-ton pickup among the Big Three – beating the Chevy Silverado by a year and the Ram 1500 by six. Only the 2017 Nissan Titan is newer.

Update 08/09/2017: EPA estimates for the 2018 F-150’s fuel economy have been released. Efficiency improves for the base V-6, the 2.7-liter EcoBoost, and the V-8. Towing and Payload stats are also announced.

Continue reading for details on the 2018 Ford F-150.

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