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TV killed the radio star, and now, SUVs are killing the car. Want proof? Buick, yes I said Buick, is going to drop the Regal sedan altogether and replace it with a sedan-styled, five-door that’s more like an SUV or wagon than the sedan that we’ve all known for so many years. It’s not surprising, considering the sale of midsize sedans have dropped for two years in a row, while crossovers have accounted for roughly two-thirds of Buicks sales in 2016 alone. We also saw this coming after Buick showed off the Cadillac Escala concept not that long ago.
So, what kind of design is Buick actually going with? Well, don’t hold your breath for anything special because GM is all about badge-engineering these days and the 2018 Regal is going to be no exception. Need a hint? How about the name Opel? Need another hint? How about Insignia? That’s right; the next-gen Regal is likely to be nearly identical to the Opel Insignia Grand Sport hatchback and the Insignia Sports Tourer wagon that debuted at the Geneva Auto Show just this month.
There has been no comment from Buick about this development, however, rumor has it that the new Regal will be built in Opel’s Ruesselsheim factory in Germany and imported into the U.S. On the plus side, if the Buick really is going the five-door route with the Regal, it will be the brand’s first official wagon since the Buick Century and Buick Roadmaster of the 1990s. And, on another note, it could be the last produced by Opel now that the brand (and Vauxhall, for that matter) are being sold to PSA Group.
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Hey folks, another week has passed and it’s time to watch a brand-new teaser for the upcoming Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. Dubbed “Third Law,” the 20-second clip showcases the car’s suspension system and ends with a photo of the Demon doing a massive burnout at the drag strip. You guessed it, this thing is going to post some amazing quarter-mile times and dominate just about any amateur drag race across the U.S.
As it has done in most recent teasers, Dodge compares the Demon to the Hellcat yet again. This time around, the brand argues that while the Hellcat’s supercharged engine produces all the power required to run quicker and faster quarter-mile sprints, the car was tuned for the perfect balance between “drag strip brute force, road course competence and street car civility.” By contrast, the Demon was designed to perform best in Drag Mode, which in combination with its all-new suspension system maximizes weight transfer and traction and control for mind-boggling quarter-mile runs.
“The “old school” solution was pretty simple – get the quickest reacting springs up front, the softest rebound front shocks that wouldn’t restrict the springs’ reaction, remove any restrictions (sway bar) and increase the compression of the rear shocks,” Dodge explained. “This combination resulted in extremely efficient weight transfer, but provided minimal lateral stability in the event that directional corrections were required. Demon combines the best of both mechanical and electronic tuning to deliver maximum launch force while still maintaining precision directional control.”
Dodge also claims that the SRT Demon is the first-ever factory production car with mechanical/electronic drag-race-specific suspension tuning. The system includes 35-percent lower rate front springs, 28-percent lower rate rear springs, 75-percent lower rate hollow front sway bar, 44-percent lower rate rear sway bar, and drag-tuned Bilstein adaptive damping shocks.
Unfortunately, there’s no word as to how quick the Demon will be on the drag strip, but we should find out closer to launch. The Drag Mode is also set to be showcased in the “coming weeks,” so make sure you stay tuned for updates.
Land Rover just dropped an above-and-behind teaser image of its new Velar SUV, saying it will fill the gap between the smaller Range Rover Evoque and larger Range Rover Sport. The Velar supposedly uses the same platform as the Jaguar F-Pace, and is expected to take on rivals like the BMW X4, Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe, and Porsche Macan, with four-cylinder, six-cylinder, and possibly even hybrid powerplants offered under the hood.
Land Rover has yet to divulge many details, but did say the Velar will offer “elegant simplicity, a visually reductive approach and all-new consumer technologies,” so we’re guessing a coupe-like, streamlined, and somewhat minimalist exterior, a good dose of interior opulence, and a suite of semi-autonomous driving tech.
Studying the provided press pic, we can also see a large moonroof and a decently sized touchscreen in the dash. Land Rover added that it used “sustainable materials” in the vehicle’s construction.
“We call the Velar the avant-garde Range Rover,” says Gerry McGovern, Land Rover’s Chief Design Officer, in the attached press release. “It brings a new dimension of glamour, modernity and elegance to the brand. The Range Rover Velar changes everything.”
While likely not much more than PR bluster, we’re excited to see if the Velar can truly bring something new and exciting to the segment. The name, after all, harkens back to the first Range Rover prototype from 1969, so maybe there’s something up Land Rover’s sleeve.
Thankfully, we won’t have to wait long to find out the truth. The Range Rover Velar is slated to see a full reveal on March 1st, with an in-the-metal debut in the U.S. at this year’s New York International Auto Show in April.
When Dodge blew the doors off the performance car market with the Dodge Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcat models, fanboys everywhere started begging for the 707-pony powerplant to be introduced into just about every model under FCA’s American brands that were worthy of such royalty. Seriously, it’s kind of ridiculous how badly the masses want Hellcat-powered machines. There were even rumors circulating at one time that there would be a Hellcat-powered Chrysler Pacifica – we even made a speculative review and a rendering just in case. That model just isn’t going to happen, of course, but a Hellcat-powered Grand Cherokee was confirmed back in 2016, and we’ve all be desperately waiting for it to make its first appearance. Now, if Motor Authority is to be believed, a “reliable source” has claimed that the Hellcat-powered Grand Cherokee Trackhawk will make its official debut at the New York Auto Show alongside the Challenger SRT Demon.
For now, official specs and details have been kept a complete secret. Some rumors indicate that the Trackhawk could be tuned to deliver even more power than the Challenger SRT Hellcat, but more than likely, it will get the same 6.2-liter V-8 with 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. The Trackhawk will have an all-wheel-drive setup which could, in theory, make it even quicker off the line than the other Hellcat models on the market right now. Then again, to ease strain on the AWD system, Jeep could very well slim down at least first and second gear to help balance things out for reliability reasons.
As far as actual performance goes, the Trackhawk should be one hell of a monster. Considering the brand-new Dodge Durango SRT and its 475-horsepower, Hemi, V-8 can hit 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and run the quarter-mile in 12 seconds; the Trackhawk should be able to topple that hands down. Expected 60 mph to come in as quickly as four seconds flat and the potential for a quarter mile run to come in the high-ten-second range. Now, that’s one fast SUV right there, don’t you think?
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Introduced in 2008, when Dodge basically revived the nameplate after a 25-year hiatus, the fourth-generation Challenger is the oldest muscle car available in U.S. showrooms and one of the longest running models as of 2017. Using underpinnings that date back to the W211-generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class (2002-2009), the Challenger managed to survive all these years agains the more modern Mustang and Camaro, redesigned in 2015 and 2016, respectively. But, even though the Challenger is dated compared to its rivals, it can be had with some of the most powerful drivetrains its segment, which is one of the reasons it’s still popular with pony car fans.
One of these engines is the supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 that pumps no fewer than 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque in the Challenger SRT Hellcat. The impressive output makes the Hellcat the quickest and most powerful factory muscle car ever built. Most gearheads love it and dream about, while others find it rather ludicrous. Well, prepare for something downright insane, as Dodge is preparing Challenger to end all Challengers. It goes by the name SRT Demon and will break cover at the 2017 New York Auto Show.
Confirmed in January 2017, the Demon is still cloaked in secrecy. It’s design isn’t difficult to imagine since it’s based on the Hellcat (also confirmed by teasers and spy shots), but we’re still waiting for hints as to what might lurk under the hood. More details should become available as Dodge launches more teasers at www.ifyouknowyouknow.com. Be sure you stick around at TopSpeed for updates. Meanwhile, check out our speculative review below for what we already know about the Demon.
Update 01/26/2017: Dodge revealed the Challenger SRT Demon rides on bespoke, Demon-branded 315/40R18 Nitto drag radials at all four corners, securing the Demon’s status as a Hellcat-powered drag strip king.
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Announced less than two weeks ago, the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon — the Hellcat’s ludicrous brother — appears to be one of the best kept automotive secrets of the year. There weren’t any spy shots, leaked photos, or leaked insider information until just a couple of days ago. The Demon was born out of the blue, with a brief press release from Dodge and a logo. But could it be that we actually missed something in the last few months?
Recent discussions on the Demon topic unearthed a video that Fox published on YouTube back in December. The clip shows Vin Diesel holding a speech in front of the “Fast and Furious 8” crew and shows two beefed-up Challengers in the background. There are two identical cars that seem to be based on the Hellcat based on their headlamps and bumpers, but they also sport bigger splitters and larger intakes atop their engine hoods? Is the video actually giving us our first look at the Challenger SRT Demon?
The body modifications suggest that this may be a plausible scenario, especially since Dodge’s first teasers don’t reveal much about the design. The hood bulge seems to be similar though, but there is one detail that doesn’t match when I compared the “Fast and Furious 8” cars and the one in Dodge’s teaser. I’m talking about the wider wheel arches seen on the movie cars, which doesn’t seem to be present on the Demon shown in Dodge’s second video. Based on this element alone, the movie examples are probably just souped-up Hellcats.
The debate remains open until we can see more of the Demon, but go ahead and watch the video and tell me what you think in the comments section below.
About a week ago Dodge announced that the SRT Hellcat won’t go into the history books as the most powerful current-generation Challenger. A new model will step in with a much more extreme drivetrain and a “Demon” badge on its trunk lid. The announcement came with a preliminary teaser video, which wasn’t exactly revealing. Dodge also unveiled a new website which will air all teaser ads scheduled to be released until the car’s public debut at the New York Auto Show. The second clip is here to give us a better glimpse and the upcoming muscle car.
Although it doesn’t include a clear shot of the SRT Demon, the new “Reduction” teaser provides a few hints about the car’s design. For starters, you can notice that the Demon has a bigger front splitter, while the hood sports a massive bulge that probably hides a redesigned supercharger. A new spoiler is also visible around back, but the clues end here. Styling-aside, the footage was actually released to showcase the fact that the Demon will be lighter than the Hellcat. Lighter and more powerful is a great recipe for performance cars, so it’s all good news.
The video ends with the Demon’s engine roaring at full throttle. The V-8 is obviously supercharged and it sounds downright menacing. Hit play to watch the whole thing and make sure you stick around for more teasers and new information about the Challenger SRT Demon.
BMW is adding yet another model to its 3 Series lineup, this time in the form of a plug-in hybrid that will be known as the 330e iPerformance. The car takes a four-cylinder gasoline engine with TwinPower Turbo technology and mates it with eDrive technology derived from models like the BMW i3 and BMW i8 to deliver upward of 250 horsepower and more than 200 pound-feet of torque. As is the case with most plug-in hybrid models, the 330e iPerformance can be driven on battery power alone for a limited distance.
The 3 Series has arguably set the bar for things like performance and fuel economy in the past, so it’s no surprise that BMW looks to raise the bar again with this plug-in hybrid. The entire electric system has been strategically integrated into the 3 Series to ensure optimal weight distribution and energy savings and, as you would expect, the 330e iPerformance can be charged on the go through ChargeNow – BMW’s i mobility service that offers more than 30,000 charging points in 22 countries.
The 330e goes on sale this summer and will be considered the range-topping model price-wise in the U.S. with a starting invoice higher than that of the $43,000 3 Series Gran Turismo. Before get to further into detail on that, let’s take a closer look at the 330e iPerformance and all it offers.
Update 06/24/2016: Bimmer has announced pricing for the 2017 BMW 330e iPerformance sedan. Check out the prices section below for all the details.
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The eighth-generation Nissan Maxima comes 40 years after the name was launched as a trim level for the 1976 Bluebird. It was first unveiled to the public during a surprise impression during Nissan’s 2015 Super Bowl ad, which was then followed by a couple of pictures to hold us off until it officially debuted at the New York Auto Show. In short, it was a revolutionary design that brought more sports DNA to the car than was had in all the previous generations combined. Outside, the car a very sculpted body profile, a longer and wider footprint, and a very bold front end. The inside, just like the outside, was heavily inspired by Nissan’s Sport Sedan Concept. The center console is crowded but functional, and the two-tone coloration of the interior is more than inviting. The large infotainment screen in the center stack is angled toward the driver, and the overall feel is comparable to that of more expensive full-size sedans on the market.
After a total of 24 years and six redesigns, the Maxima is finally the car it was always meant to be. It’s got the room for hauling the family around and the looks to make just about any man who is stuck driving a sedan happy. On top of the new looks, that revised 3.5-liter V-6 under the hood packs a decent 300 horsepower and 261 pound-feet of torque, which isn’t bad for a car that starts out below $32,500. Of course, it does have some strong competition from models like the Chevy Impala and the Toyota Avalon, so it should come as no surprise that Nissan went the extra mile to bring us something truly magnificent.
The funny thing is, over all the generations, the Maxima has progressively gotten better. If you position a picture of each generation in order from oldest to newest, it shows an evolution similar to that shown in evolutionary charts derived from Darwin’s theory of evolution. It’s a good thing, so check out our full review on the all-new Maxima before it evolves into something else.
Updated 6/10/2016: Nissan has announced pricing and a couple of new personalization packages for 2017. Check out the Exterior, Interior, and Pricing sections below for all the details.
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The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro broke cover in 2015 as a more compact pony that was underpinned by a new, lighter platform and dressed in a familiar, yet refreshed suit. The redesign also brought three new engines, including a fuel-efficient four-banger and the Corvette’s LT1 V-8. Less than a year has passed since the new muscle car made its official debut and Chevrolet has already unveiled the next-generation ZL1.
Seeing how the new Camaro was a significant improvement over its predecessor, the new ZL1 was expected to follow suit and deliver significantly enhanced performance in a more aggressive body and a lighter architecture. Needless to say, enthusiasts won’t be disappointed, as the supercharged coupe delivers more power than any other factory-built Camaro to date and features the most comprehensive aerodynamic package that makes it suitable for busy weekends at the race track. The fact that its about 200 pounds lighter than its predecessor adds to the thrill and sets a new benchmark in the supercharged muscle car market.
Scheduled to make its global debut at the 2016 New York Auto Show, the new Camaro ZL1 will hit dealerships later this year as a 2017 model year vehicle. Full details are not yet available, but GM gave us just enough info to give the new ZL1 a proper rundown.
Update 08/08/2016: Chevrolet dropped the official prices and full specification figures for the 2017 Camaro ZL1 which will be put on sale later this year.
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The Subaru Outback has always been the Boy Scout of the car/wagon/crossover crew, with its standard AWD and rugged, foul-weather-defeating demeanor. While that demeanor won’t likely change, reports say the Outback is getting a Legacy-style work-over for the 2015 model year and will make its grand entrance at the 2014 New York Auto Show this spring.
Since the Outback is essentially the wagon version of the Legacy, it makes sense the recent changes to the 2015 Legacy would make their way over to the Outback. What this means for the Outback is a new exterior look with a similar reworked grille, headlights and raked windshield. The extra body cladding and plastic bits that make an Outback look like an Outback will surely make their return.
Inside, the same redesigned dashboard, instrument panel and center console with softer touch, more premium materials will be present. The coupe-like look of the new Legacy obviously won’t make the jump as cargo room and rear passenger headroom are bigger priorities in the Outback.
History tells us the powertrain offerings will be identical as well. The new Legacy offers two engine choices: a 2.5-liter flat-four making 175 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque and the 3.6-liter flat-six putting out 256 horsepower and 247 pound-feet of torque. Unfortunately, both engines are stuck with CVT transmissions with no conventional manual on the horizon.
Update 05/27/2016: Subaru has released pricing for the 2017 Outback. The base 2.5i trim starts at $25,645 while the range-topping Touring trim starts at $39,070.
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I’ll just come out and say it – being the follow-up act to the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show is not an enviable position (check out some of our coverage here to see what I’m talking about). Nevertheless, the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) pulled it off, providing us with plenty of fresh metal worthy of our collective attention and desire. From muscle-bound track monsters, to European refinement, to Japanese tech, there really was a little bit of everything in the Big Apple this year. But the question is this – which models stood out as the best of the bunch?
The criteria for clinching a spot on this list is loose, but I’ll try to distill it down for you. A Best In Show winner has to stir emotion. It has to excel, both as a piece of design and a technical showcase. Significance in a historical context is a big plus. And of course, there’s the speed – big power, crazy specs, prowess in the twisties… you know, the good stuff.
The following five cars have all that and more, and if you love fast machinery, odds are you’ll find something to love in this list.
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Meeting the high standards of a major international auto show is not easy. It takes creativity, an appropriately sized budget, and no small measure of polish. When it all comes together, the result is a beautiful thing to behold. A single model can shed light on an entire brand, sparking passion and lust in every corner of the automotive universe. We’ll cover those drool-makers in an upcoming Best In Show piece, but this article hits the other side of the spectrum – the monotonous, the poorly conceived, and the yawn-worthy.
This time around, our list of Worst In Show has a theme – special editions that aren’t that special. The 2016 New York International Auto Show was chock full of ‘em this year, so we collected some of the worst offenders for a little collective disdain.
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We got a look at the future of the Subaru Impreza 5-Door (or hatchback) when the 2015 Impreza 5-Door Concept debuted at the 2015 Tokyo Motor show. With it, we saw a pretty radical design all the way around, with sleek-looking headlights, an overly aggressive front fascia, and some dominate body lines on the side. Now, one year after, Subaru decided to bring both the Impreza Sedan and the Hatchback version at the 2016 New York Auto Show. Like the sedan, the 5-Door version is largely based on the design we saw when the Concept debuted in Tokyo.
When we first saw the concept, we weren’t sure how much of the design would actually make it to the production model, but luckily, at least some of it did. The new production model isn’t nearly as aggressive, but in Sport trim, as depicted in the images we have here, the car does have a bit of a bite to it. As always, the Impreza hatchback comes with Subaru’s Symmetrical AWD system. But, more importantly, it also rides on the same global architecture as the sedan.
Along with the new global architecture, the Impreza Hatchback – like the sedan – also features an updated boxer engine that offers up more power than before, as well as some other new features to get excited about. Normally, Subaru releases wild looking concepts and follows up with boring production models, but when it comes to the new Impreza, Subaru didn’t disappoint as much as we expected. With that said, let’s take a closer look at the new 2017 Impreza Hatchback and see just how it compares to the outgoing model.
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With more than 40 million units sold since its introduction in 1966, the Toyota Corolla is the best-selling nameplate in the world since 1997, when it surpassed the Volkswagen Beetle, and arguably the most iconic compact car in production. Its popularity is matched only by the mighty Ford F-Series in the U.S., which speaks volumes of the Corolla’s impact on the automotive industry in the last five decades. In 2013, the Corolla was redesigned for the eleventh-generation, a model that saw the nameplate once again sell more than 300,000 examples a year in the U.S. since 2008. Followed by a series of special-edition versions and even a TRD-made concept, the Corolla is celebrating its 50th anniversary with yet another limited-edition variant.
Dubbed 50th Anniversary Special Edition, this U.S.-exclusive sedan is based on the sporty Corolla SE and features a number of bespoke details designed to celebrate the massive popularity the car enjoys around the world. Both the exterior and interior have been tweaked, gaining features you can normally order with the SE trim as well as 50th Anniversary badges. Only 8,000 will be built, making it one of the rarest Corollas ever sold in the United States.
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At the 2015 Paris Auto Show, Mitsubishi had a funky looking concept known as the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S. We knew the current Outlander was getting pretty outdated, and as it turned out, this concept actually previewed what the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander would look like after the SUV went through a facelift. As expected, the 2016 Outlander is now on sale, sporting a similar design to what we saw on the PHEV Concept-S. Now, with the doors to the New York Auto Show wide open, we’ve gotten a look at the Outlander PHEV in production form for the U.S. market.
While the production form does look similar to the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander, the PHEV actually took more cues from the front end of the concept than the regular Outlander. This means it will be easy to spot the PHEV in a crowd if you know what to look for. For now, some details about the Outlander PHEV are still top secret, but at least we have some official images and info to go on.
Don Swearingen, the Executive Vice President of MMNA, said, “What makes the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV so special is that it offers the best of both worlds with a balance of electric efficiency and long-range practicality” He continued, “Mitsubishi put its engineering prowess and knowledge to work to create a vehicle that meets the demand of a growing number of consumers who need a car that is capable and environmentally friendly. The Outlander PHEV will offer a high electric range and combined miles per gallon.”
According to Mitsubishi, the PHEV is already the top-selling PHEV in Europe and is the world’s first plug-in hybrid SUV. It’s said to “deliver SUV capabilities and EV fuel economy.” The Outlander is scheduled to hit showrooms and go on sale here in the U.S. by fall of this year. Before that happens, let’s take a look at the information and pictures we already have.
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Since 1978, Mitsubishi has put the Mirage name on a huge variety of cars, from coupes to hatchbacks, wagons to sedans. While the Mirage’s body style may have shifted depending on the model year and market, you can trace at least two common threads throughout the car’s history – small exterior dimensions, and an affordable price point. These days, stateside consumers know the Mirage as a subcompact five-door, while Mitsubishi’s corporate brass probably knows it better as the second biggest seller in the U.S. and an integral factor in keeping the brand afloat. To help bolster the Mirage’s success, Mitsubishi has announced a new sedan variant that promises the same value for money and interior tech as the hatch, plus a slightly revamped exterior appearance.
It’s called the G4, which stands for “global four-door.” Already on sale overseas, Mitsubishi hopes the G4 will attract customers looking for an affordable small car, but are left uninspired by the hatchback body style. In a press release, executive vice president of Mitsubishi Motors North America, Don Swearingen, called the dual Mirage offerings a “formidable one-two punch in the subcompact segment.” Read on to learn if it’s a knockout, or just a glancing blow.
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The Acura NSX went on sale just a month ago, on February 25th, 2016, with the launch of its online configurator. With that being the case, it’s pretty easy to assume that we’ve heard the last news about the NSX for a while, but then Acura decides to throw us a curve ball. It showed up at the New York Auto Show with a GT3 variant of the new Acura NSX. Along with the debut of this new model comes Acura’s intent to homologate the model as an FIA GT3 class race car this fall.
As you probably know, this isn’t Acura’s first rodeo, as it has ran campaigns in the 1991 through1993 IMSA Camel Lights championships, the 2009 American LeMans championships – in LMP1 and LMP2 classes – and is currently running a couple of TLX GT cars with Real Time Racing in the Pirelli World Challenge. Should the NSX GT3 pass its current testing with flying colors, it will partake in GT3 racing later this year.
The NSX GT3 was initially developed by Acura’s Japanese race engineering team and has already tested on various circuits in Europe and Japan. The car is now undergoing testing in Santa Clarita, California, under Honda Performance Development – Acura’s North American race engineering group. Art St. Cyr, the president of HPD, said, “The NSX was designed as a pinnacle expression of Acura Precision Crafted Performance, and we’re looking forward to proving out its ultimate performance capabilities in GT3 racing.” He continued, “We’ll be working with the NSX engineering teams in Ohio and Japan to bring our dream of a truly world-class new Acura NSX race car to fruition.”
Given the overall acceptance and fan base of the new Acura NSX, it’s no surprise Acura is so quick to jump on the GT3 wagon. While the NSX GT3 shares a lot of commonalities with the road-going NSX, it also features its own unique differences that make it ready to take on the GT3 class. With that said, let’s take a look at the new NSX GT3 and what it will bring to the race track later this year.
Update 07-30-2016: We’ve created a new video to cover the highlights of the new Acura NSX GT3. Let us know what you think about it in the comments section below.
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With the exception of the soon-to-be-released, limited production, Scion tC Release Series 10.0, and one final display at the New York Auto Show, Scion is pretty much history. Even though the brand will be no more, some of its cars will live on. The most exciting of the bunch – the Scion FR-S – will now wear a Toyota badge. The name is also changing, moving away from FR-S. Rather. The car is going to live on as the Toyota 86, and we’ve just received the first official information and images of the new 86, along with confirmation that it will debut at the New York Auto Show along with the Toyota C-HR Concept.
Toyota Division Group Vice President, Bill Fay, said, “When we announced the transition of the Scion models to Toyota we hadn’t planned on changing the names of our cars, but by popular demand, for our sports car, we decided to adopt the global name of 86.” He continued, “Enthusiasts have a strong association with the front-engine, rear-drive heritage of the ‘hachi-roku’ and the dynamic performance it offers.”
So, will the 86 be all show and no go like the FR-S, or will Toyota step its game up and make the 86 the driver’s car it should be? Well, Toyota did mention some upgrades, but you’ll have to keep reading to find out more about that. The Toyota 86 will hit Dealership showrooms this fall, but before then – and before its debut in New York – let’s take a good look at the pre-release materials that Toyota sent our way.
Update 08/22/2016: Toyota has announced pricing for the 2017 Toyota 86. Check out the “Prices” section below for details.
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The doors of the 2016 New York Auto Show are open, and there are lots of things to look and talk about. Remember the “Trailhawk” concept that Jeep introduced back at the 2012 Easter Jeep Safari? Well, that concept was so widely accepted, Jeep made it a trim level for the 2014 model year of the Jeep Cherokee. The following year, it was brought back as a trim level for the Jeep Renegade. Now, Jeep is bringing the “Trailhawk” name to the 2017 Grand Cherokee, promising it will be the “most capable factory-produced Grand Cherokee ever.”
Mike Manley, Head of the Jeep Brand for FCA Global, said, “Our Cherokee and Renegade Trailhawk models are among our fastest selling and most sought-after models, and we are following that successful formula to provide consumers even more legendary Jeep 4×4 capability for Grand Cherokee – the most awarded SUV ever.”
The Grand Cherokee Trailhawk will be on display at the New York Auto Show until April 3rd, and, according to Jeep, it’s slated to arrive in Jeep showrooms toward the end of the summer, which means you’ll be able to get your hands on one just in time for some fall off-roading. Until then, however, let’s take a look at the new Grand Cherokee Trailhawk and why you’ll probably want to buy one if you’re a Jeep guy.
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