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PostHeaderIcon Hennessey Drops Huge Assist For Dodge Challenger Demon Owners

The Dodge Challenger Demon is quick. Apparently, it’s so quick that the National Hot Rod Association actually banned it because it’s capable of hitting the quarter mile in just 9.65 seconds, well below the 9.99-second threshold that the association allows without serious safety modifications. It’s a disappointing handcuff for Challenger Demon owners, but fortunately, John Hennessey has saved the day by telling Fiat Chrysler that Hennessey’s home track, Lonestar Motorsports Park, would accommodate the Challenger Demon without any restrictions to the car.

Hennessey made his offer clear to FCA’s head of passenger cars, Tim Kuniskis, in a letter addressing the issue with the NHRA. In the letter, Hennessey said that the Lonestar track would allow owners of the Challenger Demon to “run their vehicles down the quarter-mile drag strip without a roll cage and/or parachute. All Hennessey requires is that owners attend a one-day drag racing school to become familiar with car itself and the layout of the track. The noted tuner and car manufacturer’s offer is a lot more lenient than the NHRA, which requires owners of the 700-horsepower muscle car to equip their cars with safety equipment on top of getting an actual competition license before they can bring their Demons to any one of its quarter-mile drag strips.

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PostHeaderIcon Ford GT Production Hits A Speed Bump, Deliveries Now Delayed

The lucky lot who managed to secure reservations for the Ford GT will now have to wait a little longer before taking delivery of their supercar. That’s the word according to Ford itself, which announced delays in the production due to what it described as “craftsmanship requirements.” According to Automotive News, the Blue Oval sent a letter to would-be GT owners, explaining that the cause of delay was tied to supplier constraints and homologation testing brought about by the increased production of the car. As such, adjustments are being made on the timetable of the delivery of the cars.

Ford didn’t elaborate on anything more than saying the ramp-up process to get all of its suppliers in line are almost complete. Likewise, an updated delivery timetable will be sent to customers within a week, so those who are getting anxious because of this deal can breathe a little easier now. It doesn’t appear to be a major issue, but simply a case of Ford getting its production logistics in order before proceeding with the build. Once the ramp-up phase is smoothed out, the company still expects to build one GT a day for its expecting customers. Of the 250 planned units for the year, 50 models have been built and delivered to their new owners. Soon enough, the rest will have their days too, but not after waiting a little longer than they anticipated.

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PostHeaderIcon BMW M3 CS on the Books for 2018

Earlier in 2017, we saw BMW launch a new limited-edition M4. It’s called the CS and slots between the standard M4 and the track-ready GTS. Essentially a GTS without the massive wing, the CS also marked the return of the famous badge that BMW used in the 1960s and 1970s. Not surprisingly, the M4 CS was very popular with BMW enthusiasts, which is why the German brand is also considering a sedan version. Naturally, it will be called the M3 CS.

The beefed-up M3 is not yet official, but the folks over at German outlet Bimmer Today claim that the four-door CS will arrive sometime in 2018. The source also says that the M3 CS will share underpinnings with its M4 counterpart, meaning that it will hit the street with the upgraded twin-turbo, six-cylinder engine rated at 460 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. This output will make the CS the most powerful M3 ever, placing it above the legendary E92-generation M3 GTS, which had 444 horses on tap. What’s more, it should be a tad quicker than the standard M3 with a 0-to-62 sprint of 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 174 mph.

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PostHeaderIcon Ford Engineer Leaks Bronco Details

The 2020 Ford Bronco has been (unofficially) confirmed as a four-door SUV based on the upcoming 2019 Ford Ranger pickup and will be powered by the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 matched with robust off-road capabilities like 19.5 inches of water fording – all for a price starting around $30,000. The information comes from a Ford engineer who spoke to Gear Patrol on the condition of anonymity. The insider also divulged some telling truths about the Bronco’s revival, including that Ford is now starting the third design phase for the iconic SUV, having not been satisfied with the first two because it “looks too much like the Wrangler.” Typically, vehicles only get a single design phase before being pushed into production.

The Bronco’s correlation to the Jeep Wrangler isn’t surprising since Ford used the Wrangler Unlimited as its benchmark in off-road capability, save for its rock-crawling abilities, claims the Ford insider. “If you’re familiar with the [Ford] Troller, out of Brazil, that’s the basic concept, but it’ll look like a four-door version of that,” the engineer told Gear Patrol. A two-door version isn’t happening because Ford doesn’t think it would sell. Power will come from “something like” the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6. In the 2018 F-150, that EcoBoost makes 325 horsepower and 375 pound-feet of torque – respectable numbers in a Wrangler-sized SUV. Sadly, the engineer says the Bronco won’t be the hard-core off-roader many are hoping. Rather, it’s designed primarily as a comfortable on-road, family-friendly SUV, though sprinkled with off-road hardware. When asked about a Raptor version, the insider said, “it’s not even in the works yet.”

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PostHeaderIcon Verbal Approval Means the First Hyperloop One Tunnel Could be on the East Coast

Elon Musk moves at about the speed of light these days, with new ideas and companies popping up one after another. He’s, of course, got Tesla, The Boring Company, Hyperloop One, SpaceX, and Neuralink, to name a few. Where this man gets his energy from alone is a complete mystery, but I certainly want some of what he’s drinking. The biggest hype lately has fallen between two companies – Hyperloop One and Space X. Space X is doing big things with launches and landings, and meanwhile, Hyperloop One just completed its first successful test run. Not that long ago, a list of potential Hyperloop One routes was released that included several from across the U.S. but more than 30 from across the globe. It was looking like the U.S. might not even see the first one, and if we did, it would likely be a 488-mile loop between Chicago and Pittsburgh or a 640-mile loop that covers the Texas Triangle. Now, Elon Musk has taken to twitter, ultimately claiming to have received verbal approval to build one right on the East Coast.

The track in question would connect New York City, to Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington D.C., at their city centers with up to a dozen elevators for entry in each city. This would, of course, be an underground route and would put The Boring Company to work for quite some time while construction was in progress. Of course, Musk also had to make it a point to say he got that verbal approval in just 29 minutes. Tooting his own horn aside, that’s a pretty admirable accomplishment, but it’s still a long way from making the first Hyperloop track a reality. So, with that in mind, this track would revolutionize travel in one of the busiest corridors of the nation, but I wouldn’t start selling off your car, bus pass, or frequent flyer miles just yet.

PostHeaderIcon Jeep Brand Worth More Than FCA, Report Suggests

There’s no question the Jeep Brand is doing extremely well. But, according to Adam Jonas, a Wall Street analyst with Morgan Stanley, Jeep is more valuable than the rest of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Jonas conducted a sum-of-the-parts analysis that concluded Jeep’s value is 120 percent of FCA’s $23.6-billion market capitalization. That’s a huge deal for a sub-brand of a global automaker. What’s more, Jonas estimates Jeep could account for nearly half of FCA’s total vehicle sales by 2018.

Of course, Jeep’s upcoming 2018 Wrangler JL and the Wrangler Pickup likely contribute to Jonas’ optimistic estimates, but even currently, Jeep has seen tremendous growth since 2009 when Fiat took control of Chrysler. CNBC reports Jeep sold 1.4 million vehicles worldwide in 2016, which is four times its sales volume in 2009. New models like the Renegade and Cherokee are undoubtedly contributing thanks to the boom in popularity for the crossover segment. However, Jeep’s success could mean big bucks for FCA and its shareholders if the brand is sold or spun off. FCA has already done this with Ferrari with great success. FCA’s market cap was listed between $15 and $16 billion before the Ferrari spin-off in late 2015, according to CNBC. Since then, FCA and Ferrari now have a combined market cap over $31 billion. When Jonas asked FCA boss Sergio Marchionne if he would consider spinning of the Jeep brand, Marchionne reportedly said, “yes.” However, no plans have been made public by FCA or its executives. What does this mean for Jeep? Keep reading for more.

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PostHeaderIcon Ferrari Employees Are Apparently Not Allowed To Own Ferraris

Just in case it wasn’t clear before, it certainly is now. Ferraris are some of the most sought-after cars in the business today. In fact, employees of Maranello typically aren’t allowed to have their own brand-new Ferraris. The only exception? Formula One drivers, and even they have to pay the full freight costs for their cars. That’s the gospel according to Chief Marketing and Commercial Officer Enrico Galliera, who is often referred to within Maranello as the notorious “Dr. No.”

Galliera’s job with Ferrari is a complicated one that involves numerous roles. But what he’s famously known for is his distinction of being the man who decides which person deserves to own a limited-edition Ferrari. In his conversation with Drive, Galliera explained that certain aspects of his job are made difficult by the fact that not everybody can own a Ferrari model even if these people deserve it. “We have much higher demand than the availability,” he explained. “What we do is identify criteria that is rewarding good customers. The limited edition cars we consider a gift to our best customers.” Indeed, these so-called “gifts” come in the form of low-volume supercars that Ferrari clients are more than likely to fight for. The most recent example is the LaFerrari Aperta, the convertible version of the LaFerrari hypercar. Galliera said the most difficult part of is job is rejecting established Ferrari customers, some of whom have been loyal fans of the brand. That tells you how strict Galliera and Ferrari are considering that Lee already has more than a dozen Ferraris to his name, including four new ones he ordered just to improve his rating with the company.

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PostHeaderIcon Tesla Will Build “2 or 3” New Gigafactories In The U.S.

Out in the Nevada desert, near the city of Sparks, Tesla is busy building something called Gigafactory 1. Occupying some 24 million square feet and soaking up roughly $5 billion in investments, this mammoth facility is destined to create the lithium-ion power cells used to motivate Tesla’s various EV models. It is, without a doubt, a truly massive undertaking, tasked with mass-producing the components needed to transform the way the world consumes its energy. But Tesla isn’t one to rest on its laurels, and the latest news is that there are now a few more Gigafactories coming down the pipeline.

Tesla CEO and possible inter-dimensional renegade, Elon Musk, confirmed as much recently at the National Governors Association, according to a recent report from our friends over at elektrek. Details on the exact where and when these factories will be built are still forthcoming, but you can rest assured the states will be clamoring to get those Tesla manufacturing jobs within their borders. Further gigafactory construction is expected overseas, including in Europe and Asia. In addition to churning out batteries, the new factories are also expected to have a hand in creating the Tesla powertrains and final vehicle construction.

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PostHeaderIcon BMW Confirms FIA Formula E Championship Entry

The Bavarians are once again stepping up for a little wheel-to-wheel racing action, but this time around, internal combustion need not apply. Rather, it’s all about the electricity as BMW prepares a bid in the Formula E Championship. BMW just announced its intentions to make a full-fledged factory effort for Season 5 of the battery-powered sport, partnering with the Andretti Formula E works team for battle in 2018 and 2019. BMW will provide the team with an in-house developed powertrain produced under the banner of the newly created i Motorsport division, BMW’s latest racing skunk works, which will work alongside BMW’s M Division to advance its go-faster know-how. BMW says it’ll use the opportunity to advance its all-electric technology, which will eventually trickle down to street cars like the i3 and i8, as well as future models like the iNext electric crossover.

“The borders between production and motor racing development are more blurred at BMW i Motorsport than in any other project,” says Klaus Frohlich, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Development. BMW’s timing coincides with recent rule changes that made Formula E participation more appealing to the automaker, including “omission of the car changeover” seen in previous seasons. Meanwhile, the Andretti team provides a natural fit for BMW, given the past collaboration between the two organizations. “I couldn’t pick a more prestigious or historic manufacturer to work with in Formula E,” says Michael Andretti.

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PostHeaderIcon Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus Is Now Officially A Low-Volume Automaker

James Glickenhaus’ dream of unleashing his own brand of demented supercars is now one step closer to becoming a reality. It took some years and more than his share of headaches to get here, but it’s official after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) granted Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus (SCG) the status of “low volume manufacturer.” This means that SCG now has the green light to produce as many as 325 cars per year that will be exempt from a number of federal motor vehicle and emissions regulations.

With its status now official, SCG has confirmed plans to develop three different models for public consumption. We’re already familiar with all three models, but for those who need a refresher, prepare yourselves to hear and see more of the SCG003S, the SCG003CS, and the SCG003C. Each of the three cars is expected to fetch prices in the vicinity of $2 million and will all be out on the market, possibly as early as 2018 or 2019. It’s unclear at this point which of the three models will be released first, but the company’s goal now that it has NHTSA clearance is to build anywhere from four to six models for 2018 with an eye towards doubling that number in 2019.

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PostHeaderIcon Victoria Beckham Didn’t Design The Range Rover Evoque After All

The truth finally comes out, at least for those who probably weren’t aware of it from the very beginning. Victoria Beckham, the ex-Spice Girl and current Mrs. David Beckham, was in no way responsible for the design of the Range Rover Evoque. In fact, Beckham didn’t even do much in the way of actually designing the Evoque, so says the man who actually did design the SUV. Land Rover design director Gerry McGovern minced no words in finally clarifying a years-old rumor, telling The Daily Mail that Beckham exaggerated the role she played in designing the Evoque.

“I’ve forgotten more than that woman will ever know about designing – to be a car designer takes years,” McGovern said in the most direct and emphatic take-down of Beckham’s rumored involvement in the design of the SUV. The design chief was apparently irked when Beckham told the world during the Evoque’s unveiling in China five years ago that she was the one who designed the car and wasn’t mindful of the fact that she was only there to lend her name and star power to the crossover. To be fair, Beckham did have some input on the Evoque, although that was limited to the special edition model that bore her name. Even then, the company briefed the former pop star that the alterations she could make would be limited to “restrained color and detail changes” and not actually overhauling the car’s overall design. So there you have it. The mystery surrounding Victoria Beckham’s involvement in the actual design of the Range Rover Evoque has been answered.

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PostHeaderIcon Lucid Motors Is Learning The Dark Side Of The Business The Hard Way

It’s a trick very few start-up automakers have learned, let alone mastered. Promising to build evolutionary cars is one thing (we’ve see it time and time and again in the business), but having a solid foundation of financing in place is another thing entirely. Ambitious companies often fail simply because they don’t have the money to see projects through. Though it would be unfair to put Lucid Motors in that category, its goal of launching the Air electric car just became a little more difficult after getting the cold shoulder from Ford on a potential takeover.

To be fair, Lucid is far from being in dire straits as talks with Ford have not completely gone to waste, according to Bloomberg. The Michigan-based automotive giant simply isn’t looking to make a deal at this point in time, especially when new CEO Jim Hackett is still in the middle of a 100-day review of the automaker’s own plans and priorities moving forward. The timing, apparently, isn’t just right at the moment, although a source close to the talks also told Bloomberg that Ford isn’t shutting the door completely on Lucid’s proposal. Ford does have big plans to be a major player in the electric car industry and having Lucid under its wing could help get the Blue Oval there. For now, Lucid still doesn’t have the money in place to move forward with its own plans for the Air electric sedan. How long this hold-out lasts will likely determine the fate of the company.

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PostHeaderIcon Does Ford have a Side Hustle? $1 Million in Pot Found Inside New Ford Fusions

Imagine this: It’s Monday morning, and you just got to work at your local Ford dealer. A new shipment of Ford Fusions just got dropped off, so it’s on you to go out and inspect each one to make sure they are as they should be. The first few check out fine, then you go to check the spare tire of one and see that it’s wrapped up in trash bags and duct tape… “What the hell is that,” you think to yourself as you begin to remove the trash bag. It’s at this moment that you realize you’re not looking at a spare tire at all, but instead, a spare-tired sized, 30-pound brick of the finest Mexican swag. Sounds pretty far-fetched, doesn’t it? Well, it should, but that exact thing recently happened at a Ford dealership in Warren Ohio. And, that wasn’t the only car found to contain large amounts of brick weed. So far, Authorities have found a total of 15 Ford Fusions packed with the stuff in Ohio and Pennsylvania, to the tune of about 480 pounds.

We’ve seen manufacturers do some pretty interesting things to entice buyers, but free pot? That has to be a first. So far, what’s actually happening is still a pretty big mystery. All 15 cars that were found to be laced with Mexico’s finest were all manufactured at the Sonora plant in Mexico and came across the border in the same rail car, passing through Arizona on their way to Ohio. Authorities have yet to determine where the pot was infused into the shipping chain, but they do know that someone dropped the ball on the receiving end and is now out a cool million in product – ouch. Ford and CSX have both gone on record saying they’ll support the investigation. Ford said it has already “confirmed” that the smuggling ring didn’t originate in its facilities, but that’s a lot of pot, and it certainly had to come from somewhere.

PostHeaderIcon Hyperloop One Becomes Reality with First Successful Test Run

When he isn’t making electric cars or sending rockets into space, Elon Musk busies himself promoting a new train-like form of transportation called a Hyperloop. Essentially a magnetically propelled pod that moves through a vacuum-sealed tube, the idea is to create a quiet, comfortable, and efficient method of moving people and things at incredibly high rates of speed. It’s not a new concept, but it’s certainly extremely technically challenging. However, the Los Angeles-based company Hyperloop One just announced a major breakthrough with the completion of the first phase in the creation of a real, working vactrain.

The announcement comes via press release stating that Phase 1 was completed May 12th at the DevLoop test track in Nevada. Parameters tested include the vacuum environment, the propulsion motor, the vehicle suspension, the magnetic levitation system, the electromagnetic brakes, and the vacuum pumping system. The pod coasted for 5.3 seconds and posted as much as 2 G’s of acceleration, reaching a speed of 70 mph. While far below the 700-mph top speed expected when this technology is fully developed, the Phase 1 completion is proof that development is indeed underway. The next phase will target a speed of 250 mph and take place on a longer track. Alongside the announcement of Phase 1 completion, Hyperloop 1 also unveiled its new pod prototype. Made from aluminum and carbon fiber, the pod is 28 feet long. Check out the included seven-and-a-half minute video of the test inside the control room for more.

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PostHeaderIcon The End Is Nigh For the Dodge Viper

After 25 years of redefining the American sports car landscape, the Dodge Viper has about six weeks left to live before Fiat Chrysler Automobiles pulls the plug on the famed sports car. FCA made it official (again) by sending a notice to the state of Detroit, confirming its plans to close down the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant where the last of the Vipers are being built.

While this isn’t exactly breaking news – FCA confirmed the August 31 funeral for the Viper back in February – the automaker’s latest notice does provide a cold dose of reality to the inevitable that a lot of us hoped would never come to pass. The Dodge Viper is set to be killed off and there appears to be no turning back. The good news is that according to FCA spokesman Jodi Tinson, the Viper’s production facility has a future part of the company’s plans. The scope of those plans have yet to be announced, but it’s reassuring to know the factory will still have some life to it, even if the same can’t be said for the Viper. Oh, well. All good thing must come to an end, it seems. It’s had a good 25-year run, minus the two years it was shelved from 2010 to 2012. Weak sales may have contributed to the sports car’s demise, but its legacy will remain intact long after the final model is sent out of production. It’s been a good ride, Dodge Viper.

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PostHeaderIcon Lucid Air Just Pulled Off A Breathtaking 235-MPH Top Speed Run

If there’s anything that the electric car market has taught us, it’s that under the right circumstances, electric cars can go fast. Blazingly fast even. The Tesla Model S with its 2.9-second, 0-to-60-mph acceleration time has proven that. Financial problems notwithstanding, the Faraday FF91 has also shown its performance mettle, most recently when it posted an impressive finish time of 11:25.082 at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. If anybody needs more proof of the capabilities of these new wave electric cars, Lucid’s Air electric sedan makes an incredible case for itself after posting a top speed of 235.44 mph during a recent high-speed test at Ohio’s Transportation Research Center.

This is not a trick, nor is it a fabrication of numbers. Lucid actually achieved this top speed with the Air electric sedan. It’s an impressive feat considering that only a handful of cars in the world can hit top speeds in the vicinity of what the Air was able to pull off. The high-speed run took place just a few months after Lucid clocked the Air hitting a software limited top speed of 217 mph back in April 2017. With data from that run showing that the electric sedan was still capable of pushing itself to the limit, Lucid went back to the garage to make some improvements on the car, including updating the car’s air suspension, fitting aerodynamically efficient wheels, and most important of all, removing the car’s speed limiter. With these modifications in place, Lucid went to back to the banked oval of Ohio’s Transportation Research Center and posted what could very well be the highest top speed of any electric car today.

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PostHeaderIcon Faraday’s Future Looks Bleaker By The Day

From mounting debts to supplier lawsuits, and all-around mismanagement, Faraday Future’s once-promising trajectory has all but crashed. And now, after all the setbacks the California-based company has faced in the past year, the last straw appears to have snapped. The company is abandoning its massive $1 billion production facility in Las Vegas, Nevada. Might as well throw in the white flag and fade into the shadows because there appears to be no turning back after this latest debacle.

Of course, Faraday needs to keep a positive face and its chief financial officer, Stefan Krause, appears to be the one who’s doing it. In a statement to the Nevada Independent, Krause confirmed that the company remains “committed to the Apex site in Las Vegas for long-term vehicle manufacturing.” Hollow words at this point, but you have to admire the man’s dedication to the company’s increasingly fragile future. What’s clear is Faraday is in a lot of trouble and recent news from China revealing that a Shanghai court froze $183 million in assets of Jia Yueting, the company’s main financier, is another headache that it has to deal with. It is more than just a coincidence that the company abandoned its massive Nevada factory a week after Jia’s latest round of legal and financial woes made the news. It’s a shame because the car the company produced – the FF91 – has shown a lot of promise, even setting a record at the 2017 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb for its segment. Now it appears that Pikes Peak will be the only highlight of the FF91’s short life as Faraday Future teeters on the verge of collapse, if it isn’t there already.

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PostHeaderIcon Audi Exec Calls Audi RS5 Coupe’s Published Performance Numbers “Conservative”

We’re well past the halfway point of 2017 and the first half of the year has brought us plenty of exciting cars to look forward to. One new car that hasn’t gotten as much love as it probably deserves is the Audi RS5 Coupe. It was introduced at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, and while it had a good run in the spotlight, it hasn’t had the same kind of sustained exposure the German automaker wants. Well, that changes today because Audi Sport’s Head of Technical Development Stephen Reil dropped a juicy bit of information about the sports coupe in an interview with Car Advice. In so many words, Reil is claiming that the RS5 Coupe is even faster than Audi’s own published claims.

Reil specifically singled-out the RS5 Coupe’s acceleration time in the interview. Apparently, the automaker’s claim that the performance coupe can clock in a 0-to-62-mph time is conservative to what it can actually do. According to Reil, the car can actually accelerate from an idle position to 62 mph in “as little as 3.7 seconds under ideal conditions.” Now the caveat of “ideal conditions” will raise some eyebrows, but Reil added that “even under the worst conditions,” it can do its published 3.9-second acceleration time.” This is interesting because if the RS5 Coupe can really do 3.7 seconds going from a full stop position to 62 mph, it will separate itself from its competitors, namely the Mercedes-AMG C63 and the BMW M4, at least as far as this comparison is concerned.

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PostHeaderIcon Audi Exec Calls Audi RS5 Coupe’s Published Performance Numbers “Conservative”

We’re well past the halfway point of 2017 and the first half of the year has brought us plenty of exciting cars to look forward to. One new car that hasn’t gotten as much love as it probably deserves is the Audi RS5 Coupe. It was introduced at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, and while it had a good run in the spotlight, it hasn’t had the same kind of sustained exposure the German automaker wants. Well, that changes today because Audi Sport’s Head of Technical Development Stephen Reil dropped a juicy bit of information about the sports coupe in an interview with Car Advice. In so many words, Reil is claiming that the RS5 Coupe is even faster than Audi’s own published claims.

Reil specifically singled-out the RS5 Coupe’s acceleration time in the interview. Apparently, the automaker’s claim that the performance coupe can clock in a 0-to-62-mph time is conservative to what it can actually do. According to Reil, the car can actually accelerate from an idle position to 62 mph in “as little as 3.7 seconds under ideal conditions.” Now the caveat of “ideal conditions” will raise some eyebrows, but Reil added that “even under the worst conditions,” it can do its published 3.9-second acceleration time.” This is interesting because if the RS5 Coupe can really do 3.7 seconds going from a full stop position to 62 mph, it will separate itself from its competitors, namely the Mercedes-AMG C63 and the BMW M4, at least as far as this comparison is concerned.

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PostHeaderIcon Toyota Opens New North American Headquarters in Texas

Toyota Motors North America has cut the ribbon to its new North American headquarters in Plano, Texas. The 2.1 million-square-foot facility will be home to more than 4,000 Toyota employees in departments ranging from engineering, sales, and marketing to financial services and corporate leadership. The move centralizes these corporate branches, which are currently spread across the country. The new headquarters is the crown jewel in the company’s “One Toyota” initiative, designed to unify business for more streamlined operations.

President Trump even congratulated the automaker in a statement from the White House, saying he is proud of the work Toyota is doing and “looks forward to supporting the continued growth of its United States operations.” In addition to Trump’s support, Toyota has worked closely with the state of Texas and city of Plano and to make this project a reality. Plano even gave Toyota a $6.7-million grant for building in the city’s Legacy Business Corridor. In return, Plano is expected to see roughly $7.2 billion in positive economic impacts from Toyota’s relocation over the next decade. But not all of Toyota’s building expenses are for brick and mortar. Part of the billon-dollar construction cost is devoted to relocating Toyota employees from their current locations in California and Kentucky. Toyota’s new headquarters is only part of a $10-billion investment over the next five years aimed at improving its U.S. operations and manufacturing facilities. Toyota currently has 10 manufacturing plants in the U.S., along with roughly 1,500 dealerships, 37 finance offices, and 14 R&D and design centers.

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End Date: Monday Jul-31-2017 15:37:28 PDT
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1968 Chevrolet Corvette C3 1968 Corvette C3 Convertible #'s Match 427 Big Block, Muncie 4-Speed
$12,100.00 (12 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Aug-6-2017 19:00:00 PDT
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1965 Ford Mustang 2 DOOR 1965 MUSTANG FASTBACK A-CODE 289 4SPD SOLID BEAUTIFUL RED BLACK PONY INTERIOR
$18,100.00 (11 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Aug-1-2017 13:09:27 PDT
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1957 Chevrolet Other Pickups 1957 Chevy Pickup Pro Street Big Block 502
$11,325.00 (5 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Aug-3-2017 19:02:53 PDT
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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe 2-Door 2014 CHEVY CORVETTE STINGRAY LT AUTO NAV REAR CAM 16K #127706 Texas Direct Auto
$35,200.00 (24 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Jul-29-2017 18:11:26 PDT
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2007 Chevrolet Corvette Base Convertible 2-Door oft Top Convertible Yellow HID Convertible 6 Speed Short Throw Chrome
$10,700.00 (31 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Aug-1-2017 9:23:13 PDT
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2014 Chevrolet Camaro LS Coupe 2-Door 2014 CHEVY CAMARO LS 6-SPEED CD AUDIO ALLOY WHEELS 33K #157886 Texas Direct Auto
$1.00 (1 Bid)
End Date: Friday Aug-4-2017 6:54:26 PDT
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2017 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe 2-Door 2017 CHEVY CORVETTE STINGRAY 2LT AUTO NAV LEATHER 1K MI #113822 Texas Direct
$2,025.00 (7 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Aug-3-2017 14:45:00 PDT
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2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Coupe 2-Door 2012 FORD MUSTANG BOSS 302 5.0 6-SPD RECARO 19'S 21K MI #223992 Texas Direct
$7,400.00 (24 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Aug-2-2017 14:38:37 PDT
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2014 Ford Mustang Base Convertible 2-Door 2014 FORD MUSTANG V6 CON
$671.00 (18 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Aug-3-2017 17:30:00 PDT
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2007 Chevrolet Corvette Base Coupe 2-Door 2007 CHEVY CORVETTE AUTO LEATHER NAV HUD ALLOYS 10K MI #136207 Texas Direct Auto
$15,100.00 (25 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Aug-1-2017 13:30:39 PDT
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2007 Ford Mustang GT Coupe 2-Door 2007 Ford Mustang GT Coupe Premium Package w/ Many Extras 2-Door 4.6L - Eleanor
$2,025.00 (4 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Aug-3-2017 16:06:33 PDT
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2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Coupe 2-Door 2016 CHEVY CORVETTE Z06 650HP S/C 2LZ 7-SPD NAV HUD 11K #608724 Texas Direct
$45,500.00 (12 Bids)
End Date: Friday Jul-28-2017 15:14:00 PDT
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2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Coupe 2-Door 2017 CHEVY CORVETTE GRAND SPORT 2LT VENT LEATHER HUD 1K #105123 Texas Direct
$40,750.00 (27 Bids)
End Date: Monday Jul-31-2017 15:52:18 PDT
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1967 Ford Mustang Coupe 1967 Ford Mustang Trans Am Tribute
$2,025.00 (2 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Aug-3-2017 12:49:27 PDT
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2015 Chevrolet Camaro SS Coupe 2-Door 2015 CHEVY CAMARO 2SS RS HTD LEATHER NAV HUD 20'S 23K #216402 Texas Direct Auto
$7,600.00 (8 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Aug-1-2017 13:57:17 PDT
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2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Coupe 2-Door 2016 FORD MUSTANG SHELBY GT350 6-SPD BLUETOOTH REAR CAM #523329 Texas Direct
$53,980.00
End Date: Thursday Aug-3-2017 14:45:00 PDT
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1986 Chevrolet Corvette Base Hatchback 2-Door 86 Chevy Corvette Red Greenwood Ground Effects Automati
$202.50 (3 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Aug-3-2017 17:01:01 PDT
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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Z51 Convertible 2-Door 2014 CHEVY CORVETTE STINGRAY Z51 CONVERTIBLE 2LT HUD 5K #107667 Texas Direct
$43,100.00 (35 Bids)
End Date: Friday Jul-28-2017 18:35:18 PDT
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1967 Ford Mustang GT FASTBACK 1967 Mustang Fastback GT equipment Springtime Yellow New paint redlines Awesome!
$26,600.00 (14 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Aug-6-2017 16:57:25 PDT
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2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe 2-Door 2013 CHEVY CAMARO ZL1 S/C AUTO SUNROOF NAV HUD 20'S 51K #805724 Texas Direct
$33,980.00
End Date: Wednesday Aug-2-2017 14:33:09 PDT
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1971 Chevrolet Corvette base coupe 1971 Corvette Base 350 Small Block 270 HP
$16,000.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Aug-3-2017 11:35:51 PDT
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1966 Ford Mustang 2 door 1966 FORD MUSTANG for sale!
$3,050.00 (7 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Aug-1-2017 7:51:31 PDT
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1965 Ford Mustang 2 Door Coupe Great Summer Friday Night Cruising Car
$15,000.00
End Date: Sunday Jul-30-2017 4:27:20 PDT
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2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible 2-Door 2016 CHEVY CAMARO 2SS CONVERTIBLE LEATHER NAV HUD 1K MI #189154 Texas Direct
$40,980.00
End Date: Wednesday Aug-2-2017 16:07:36 PDT
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2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe 2-Door 2012 CHEVY CAMARO ZL1 S/C 6-SPD SUNROOF REAR CAM HUD 8K #800506 Texas Direct
$36,980.00
End Date: Wednesday Aug-2-2017 14:43:35 PDT
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2013 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Coupe 2-Door 2013 CHEVY CORVETTE ZR1 3ZR S/C 6-SPEED NAV HUD BOSE 8K #800250 Texas Direct
$66,480.00
End Date: Thursday Aug-3-2017 16:15:00 PDT
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2015 Ford Mustang GT Premium Convertible 2-Door 2015 FORD MUSTANG GT PREMIUM CONVERTIBLE 5.0L NAV 8K MI #435401 Texas Direct
$32,480.00
End Date: Wednesday Aug-2-2017 18:15:00 PDT
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2017 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Coupe 2-Door 2017 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350
$57,500.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Friday Aug-4-2017 13:33:24 PDT
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