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PostHeaderIcon Why Is The Manual Transmission Living On Borrowed Time?

Just the other day I was reading that some teens have given up carjacking because the car they wanted to lift had a manual transmission. First, I thought that they perhaps didn’t know how to drive a car with a manual at all, but then, it hit me. Maybe they gave up the idea of stealing that car because it is much harder to find someone who would actually drive it later.

Now, regardless of my train of thought, I believe that the former is the truth in this very instance. This got me to thinking – how and why is the manual transmission losing the war against automatics? Is it that bad, or are there some dark forces at play here? Why is the manual transmission living on borrowed time?

PostHeaderIcon Flyin’ Miata Offers a Roll Bar for the Miata RF but It Comes at a Cost

Flyin’ Miata, the company responsible for the best Mazda MX-5 upgrades on the market, is now offering a roll bar for the Targa-style RF model. The protective device was added to the catalog as a result of customer requests and makes the MX-5 RF safer at the race track. But there’s a catch — you lose the ability to lower the roof!

PostHeaderIcon Rally Wheels And Knobby Rubber Make For Quite The Off-Road Package

With its Impreza-based bones under the skin, standard symmetrical AWD system, copious rock-deflecting exterior trim, and sizable 8.7 inches of ground clearance, the Subaru Crosstrek makes for a pretty decent choice when tackling the great outdoors. I mean, that’s kinda the whole point, right? Load up the capacious rear trunk with your lifestyle equipment of choice (mountain bike, camping gear, inflatable raft, etc.) then set out for the trail head. That’s all well and good, but whaddya need to take it even further? Well, a set of rally wheels and knobby rubber would certainly do the trick.

That’s exactly what the owner of this particular hatchback Scooby did, throwing on a set of what appears to be ten-spoke Method rally wheels wrapped in General Grabber all-terrain tires. It’s a pricey set-up, for sure, but we think it’s worth every penny. Not only that, but the combo looks fantastic on the Crosstrek, turning it from mall marauder to trail buster in an instant.

Thumbs up!

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Read our full review on the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek.


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PostHeaderIcon Pirelli Has Six Different Tire Options for the Lamborghini Urus

Mixes Aventador and Huracan with SUV tradition

The Lamborghini Urus is not your standard SUV so it’s not beholden to standard industry practices. That’s the case when it comes to choosing tires for the Lambo SUV. Whereas most tire makers prepare up to around two to three tire options for the standard SUVs, Pirelli doubled that number to six different tire options for the Urus to account for the SUV’s performance capabilities.


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“This led to the development of six different tire choices that fall under P Zero, P Zero Corsa, and Scorpion tires.”

In all seriousness, we’re not being sarcastic when we refer to the Lamborghini Urus as a “special” SUV. It really fits the mold of one because it’s essentially a supercar hiding in SUV clothing. We can all agree on that.

By its nature, the Urus requires a special kind of attention, something Pirelli admittedly had a “technical challenge” dealing with. As popular as SUVs have become, there’s still only one model that counts as a super SUV. So Pirelli did the only thing it could do under this particular set of circumstances. The Italian tire maker developed a tire compound and tread pattern design that would be suitable for the Urus’ performance capabilities. This led to the development of six different tire choices that fall under P Zero, P Zero Corsa, and Scorpion tires.


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“According to Pirelli, the P Zero was designed for use in a performance environment.”

According to Pirelli, the P Zero was designed for use in a performance environment. The P Zero Corsa, on the other hand, was developed for “on-track adrenaline,” which basically means that these are the tires that the Urus should use if it finds itself n a race track setting. Then there’s the “Scorpion,” which Pirelli describes as the most “extreme” set among the three tire options. If you ever want to use the Urus in the outdoors, this is the set of tires that you need to use. All told, Pirelli’s alloy wheel options are available in sizes ranging from 21 to 23 inches.

Pirelli hasn’t said how much a set of these tires are going to cost, but considering the vehicle that it’s going to be used on, you’ll need to prepare to spend well into the four figures for a complete set.

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Read our full review on the 2019 Lamborghini Urus.


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PostHeaderIcon Audi Introduces Amazon Music Services On All 2017 and 2018 Models

In what can be considered an early Christmas present from Audi, owners of 2017 and 2018 model year Audis will now have access to Amazon’s music services, including Amazon Music Unlimited and Amazon Prime Music. The two services are now embedded into the infotainment systems of these models, as well as in the Audi MMI Connect smartphone app.


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“It can be accessed right from the car or through Audi’s MMI app”

If you’re wondering whether the specific Audi model you own is included in the list of models that will get the new services, let me help you out. The two Amazon music streaming services are now available on 2017 and 2018 models of the A3, A4, A4 Allroad, Q7, TT, and R8. The 2018 A5 and Q5 models will also be getting the services. If you own a model that isn’t included in this list, that means that your vehicle does not support the services, at least not yet.

The two Amazon services work in different ways. It can be accessed right from the car or through Audi’s MMI app. Amazon Prime members also have access to a rich library of on-demand music content. If you’re a Music Unlimited member, you can access the full catalog of the streaming service, including tens of millions of songs to go with thousands of playlists from some of history’s biggest musical artists.

There’s also the option of not subscribing to either streaming service, so you’re not forced to spend money on them if you don’t want to.

Whatever option you take, the fact that there are “options” available is a huge victory in it of itself. It tells you that Audi is doing its part in providing top-quality services to its customer base.

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Read our full review on the 2018 Audi Q5.

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PostHeaderIcon Audi Introduces Amazon Music Services On All 2017 and 2018 Models

In what can be considered an early Christmas present from Audi, owners of 2017 and 2018 model year Audis will now have access to Amazon’s music services, including Amazon Music Unlimited and Amazon Prime Music. The two services are now embedded into the infotainment systems of these models, as well as in the Audi MMI Connect smartphone app.


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“It can be accessed right from the car or through Audi’s MMI app”

If you’re wondering whether the specific Audi model you own is included in the list of models that will get the new services, let me help you out. The two Amazon music streaming services are now available on 2017 and 2018 models of the A3, A4, A4 Allroad, Q7, TT, and R8. The 2018 A5 and Q5 models will also be getting the services. If you own a model that isn’t included in this list, that means that your vehicle does not support the services, at least not yet.

The two Amazon services work in different ways. It can be accessed right from the car or through Audi’s MMI app. Amazon Prime members also have access to a rich library of on-demand music content. If you’re a Music Unlimited member, you can access the full catalog of the streaming service, including tens of millions of songs to go with thousands of playlists from some of history’s biggest musical artists.

There’s also the option of not subscribing to either streaming service, so you’re not forced to spend money on them if you don’t want to.

Whatever option you take, the fact that there are “options” available is a huge victory in it of itself. It tells you that Audi is doing its part in providing top-quality services to its customer base.

References

Audi Q5


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Read our full review on the 2018 Audi Q5.

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Read our full review on the 2018 Audi A5.


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PostHeaderIcon Renault and Mercedes Debut new 1.3-liter Engine!

Automotive partnerships come in many forms. In the case of Renault and Mercedes, we see that partnership come to life in the form of a newly developed 1.3-liter gasoline engine. The new engine is expected to debut in the Renault Scenic and Grand Scenic MPVs before other Renault models get their turn with it sometime in 2018.


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“There is a chance too that Mercedes will also make use of the engine at some point in the future”

The new four-cylinder engine comes to life just in time for both automakers. Renault is getting the first crack at it since the engine is going to debut in the Scenic and Grand Scenic MPVs. There is a chance too that Mercedes will also make use of the engine at some point in the future. It did play a hand in developing it, and its capabilities are in sync with what the German automaker plans to offer with its new A-Class.

Speaking of its capabilities, the engine, called Energy TCe, will come in three different configurations. The base unit is called the Energy TCe 115, and it has 115 horsepower and around 162 pound-feet of torque. Move up the ranks, and we get the Energy TCe 160. As the number implies, this version has an output of 160 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque when hooked up to a manual transmission. The range-topping version of this engine unit is called the EDC. It still has the same horsepower output as the TCe 160, but it does get an extra eight pound-feet in torque that brings its total up to 200 pound-feet.


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“Speaking of its capabilities, the engine, called Energy TCe, will come in three different configurations”

As much as Renault and Mercedes worked on this engine, the former’s connection with Nissan also played a role in the engine’s development. According to Renault, the cylinder coating technology used on the three-in-one TCe engine was first used on the Nissan GT-R. Apparently, this tech helps boost the engine’s efficiency by cutting down friction within the mill. On top of that, the four-cylinder engine also features Dual Variable Timing Camshaft, a system that helps improve the car’s low-end torque capabilities.

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Read our full review on the 2017 Renault Grand Scenic.


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Read our full review on the 2017 Renault Scenic.

PostHeaderIcon The 2018 Jeep Wrangler Come With its Own Tool Kit

The Jeep brand’s foundation is based on utility and preparedness, so it comes as no surprise that the 2018 Wrangler JL comes with its own toolkit. The kit comes with a socket wrench and the drivers needed to remove the doors and fold the windshield – two very important aspects of Wrangler ownership.

The toolkit trend started a few years ago with the Wrangler JK, but Jeep is keeping the idea alive. The kit comes in a snazzy nylon pouch with a Velcro latch. Inside are elastic bands that hold the tools in place. The kit includes a min socket, a T40 and T50 Torx bits and an M15 socket. The T40 is used for the various parts of the soft top, while the T50’s main job is removing the bolts holding the door hinges in place. The T50 is also used to remove the track system of the Sunrider soft top.

Folding the windshield requires removing the windshield wipers. That takes the M15 socket. Simply pop off the caps at the wiper hubs and remove the nut. Use the T40 to remove the four bolts holding the windshield header bar to the Sports Bar support and boom – the windshield easily folds down. Two more T40 bolts on the windshields two hinges will have the entire windshield assembly removed from the Jeep.

Best of all, the Wrangler offers a custom-fit storage holder for all this hardware. Lift up the cargo floor, and holes are pre-made and labeled in the plastic tray found underneath.

Jeep also includes a handy instruction guide with photos and labels. The instructions are on thick, laminated paper that should last a while, especially when kept in the clear plastic pocket inside the took kit pouch.

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Read our full review on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler.

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Read our full review on the JK-gen 2017 Jeep Wrangler

PostHeaderIcon The 2018 Jeep Wrangler Come With its Own Tool Kit

The Jeep brand’s foundation is based on utility and preparedness, so it comes as no surprise that the 2018 Wrangler JL comes with its own toolkit. The kit comes with a socket wrench and the drivers needed to remove the doors and fold the windshield – two very important aspects of Wrangler ownership.

The toolkit trend started a few years ago with the Wrangler JK, but Jeep is keeping the idea alive. The kit comes in a snazzy nylon pouch with a Velcro latch. Inside are elastic bands that hold the tools in place. The kit includes a min socket, a T40 and T50 Torx bits and an M15 socket. The T40 is used for the various parts of the soft top, while the T50’s main job is removing the bolts holding the door hinges in place. The T50 is also used to remove the track system of the Sunrider soft top.

Folding the windshield requires removing the windshield wipers. That takes the M15 socket. Simply pop off the caps at the wiper hubs and remove the nut. Use the T40 to remove the four bolts holding the windshield header bar to the Sports Bar support and boom – the windshield easily folds down. Two more T40 bolts on the windshields two hinges will have the entire windshield assembly removed from the Jeep.

Best of all, the Wrangler offers a custom-fit storage holder for all this hardware. Lift up the cargo floor, and holes are pre-made and labeled in the plastic tray found underneath.

Jeep also includes a handy instruction guide with photos and labels. The instructions are on thick, laminated paper that should last a while, especially when kept in the clear plastic pocket inside the took kit pouch.

References

2018 Jeep Wrangler


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Read our full review on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler.

2017 Jeep Wrangler


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Read our full review on the JK-gen 2017 Jeep Wrangler

PostHeaderIcon Bosch’s new iDisc brake disc reduces pollution, lasts longer

With emissions standard becoming stricter as we move toward the 2020s, all carmakers are now focusing on electrification. Be it all-electric or hybrid; most vehicles will feature some form of electrification in a decade or so. But while this may reduce emissions and oil consumption to some extent, cars need more than just cleaner engines to become green. Brakes and tires also leave a mark on the environment, being responsible for 32 percent of particulate emissions. Half of that comes from brake dust alone, and Bosch has set on a mission to reduce braking emissions as much as possible with a new disc design.

Called the iDisc, it features a tungsten-carbide coating over the mechanically, thermally, and galvanically treated friction rings. This process creates a significantly more durable disc that produces 90 percent less brake dust. So, it’s not only cleaner for the environment, but it also lasts longer than a regular disc. Bosch says that it’s resistant to corrosion too, which should make it more suitable for electric cars and regenerative braking systems.

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How Much Does it Cost?


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Bosch says that the new disc is around three times more expensive than a standard cast-iron unit. It may sound like a lot, and it is for a regular, inexpensive car, but the iDisc is also three times less expensive than a performance ceramic brake disc. All while delivering the same performance as a ceramic unit. Specifically, Bosch claims that brake fade on the iDisc is similar to ceramic discs, adding that it will last twice as long as a conventional disc.

When Can We Have it in Production Cars?


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Bosch didn’t spill the beans as to when the iDiscs become available, but it did say that it will be offered in a production model in 2018. The car in question is the 2019 Porsche Cayenne, which will get the iDisc as the Porsche Surface Coated Brakes (PSCB). The upgrade costs $3,490, nearly three times less expensive than the carbon-ceramic brakes, which retail at $9,080. The iDisc should spread to more cars in the future, but given the price tag, it’s safe to assume that we will see it on sports cars rather than affordable vehicles that cost $10,000 to $15,000.

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Read our full review on the 2019 Porsche Cayenne Turbo.

PostHeaderIcon New Tires Could Make Ford Mustang GT as Quick as the BMW M4

The summer may be long gone, and you may have already put winter tires on your car, but Ford just decided to launch a new set of summer tires for the Mustang GT. Not exactly the best timing out there, but hey, we’re talking about a set of high-performance Michelin rubber, so I’m not going to complain. Specifically, the V-8-powered Mustang GT is now available with Michelin Sport 4S tires, which will make their mass-market North American debut on the pony car. While these tires aren’t exactly new in Europe, where they’re offered on some performance cars, they have yet to make it to the United States on regular production cars. What’s more, the Mustang GT isn’t getting the usual Pilot Sport 4S, but a custom version made specifically for this model.

Ford says that its engineers took learnings from the Ford GT supercar and the Shelby GT350 Mustang to develop this special tire. Designed with optimal wet and dry grip, increased braking distance, and lateral handling performance in mind, the custom-tuned Pilot Sport 4S features an ultra-reactive tread pattern that adapts continuously to the road, and a hybrid belt of aramid and nylon that ensures optimum transmission of steering input to the road. The hybrid elastomer that forms its outer rib delivers more dry grip to help relieve stress under hard cornering, while the middle and inner rib improve braking.

Sized 275/40-19 for the rear and 255/40-19 for the front, the new tires will also enable the Mustang GT to achieve a sub-four-second sprint from 0 to 60 mph. No figures are available as of this writing, but Ford says that this will be possible only with the optional 10-speed automatic transmission and Drag Mode function. This means that the Mustang GT could be as quick as the BMW M4. It doesn’t get more exciting than this!

References

Ford Mustang


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Read our full review on the 2018 Ford Mustang.


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Read more Ford news.

PostHeaderIcon New Tires Could Make Ford Mustang GT as Quick as the BMW M4

The summer may be long gone, and you may have already put winter tires on your car, but Ford just decided to launch a new set of summer tires for the Mustang GT. Not exactly the best timing out there, but hey, we’re talking about a set of high-performance Michelin rubber, so I’m not going to complain. Specifically, the V-8-powered Mustang GT is now available with Michelin Sport 4S tires, which will make their mass-market North American debut on the pony car. While these tires aren’t exactly new in Europe, where they’re offered on some performance cars, they have yet to make it to the United States on regular production cars. What’s more, the Mustang GT isn’t getting the usual Pilot Sport 4S, but a custom version made specifically for this model.

Ford says that its engineers took learnings from the Ford GT supercar and the Shelby GT350 Mustang to develop this special tire. Designed with optimal wet and dry grip, increased braking distance, and lateral handling performance in mind, the custom-tuned Pilot Sport 4S features an ultra-reactive tread pattern that adapts continuously to the road, and a hybrid belt of aramid and nylon that ensures optimum transmission of steering input to the road. The hybrid elastomer that forms its outer rib delivers more dry grip to help relieve stress under hard cornering, while the middle and inner rib improve braking.

Sized 275/40-19 for the rear and 255/40-19 for the front, the new tires will also enable the Mustang GT to achieve a sub-four-second sprint from 0 to 60 mph. No figures are available as of this writing, but Ford says that this will be possible only with the optional 10-speed automatic transmission and Drag Mode function. This means that the Mustang GT could be as quick as the BMW M4. It doesn’t get more exciting than this!

References

Ford Mustang


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Read our full review on the 2018 Ford Mustang.


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Read more Ford news.

PostHeaderIcon The Bugatti Chiron’s Tires Are Actually Cheaper Than The Veyrons

It’s a well-known thing in automotive circles that if you own a Bugatti Veyron, the costs of maintaining it over time could be just as expensive as buying it. Annual maintenance for the almighty machine costs $20,000. If you happen to live in a state that charges car property tax, then the cost of simply owning a Veyron will set you back close to $50,000 a year. That’s like buying a Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 every year just because. Then again, none of those costs compare to the ridiculous price of the Veyron’s tires. A fresh set will set you back as much as $40,000, and you’ll only be able to drive them for 2,500 miles because they’ll have to be replaced after that. I bring all of this up because, in a recent interview with CarBuzz, Bugatti Principal Engineer Martin Grabowski revealed that the set of tires on the new Bugatti Chiron is actually much cheaper than the Veyrons. Of course, the Chiron costs three times as much as the Veyron, but I’m not worried about that. It’s those tires that matter!

To put into context, Grabowski said that the Chiron doesn’t use the specially designed Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tires that the Veyron used. Instead, Bugatti’s new supercar uses a standard rim geometry and standard mounting process, which means that according to Grabowski, “the tires can be mounted and changed anywhere.” Even better, the tires that the Chiron uses have been reportedly been tested to handle the supercar’s incredible 261-mph top speed, and quite possibly more given that Bugatti is still “testing them to see how far they can go.” And as far as the price goes, it’s expected to be “much cheaper,” according to Grabowski. He didn’t specify the actual price, but don’t be surprised if a set goes for around $20,000, which would make Grabowski’s statement technically true.

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PostHeaderIcon The Bugatti Chiron’s Tires Are Actually Cheaper Than The Veyrons

It’s a well-known thing in automotive circles that if you own a Bugatti Veyron, the costs of maintaining it over time could be just as expensive as buying it. Annual maintenance for the almighty machine costs $20,000. If you happen to live in a state that charges car property tax, then the cost of simply owning a Veyron will set you back close to $50,000 a year. That’s like buying a Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 every year just because. Then again, none of those costs compare to the ridiculous price of the Veyron’s tires. A fresh set will set you back as much as $40,000, and you’ll only be able to drive them for 2,500 miles because they’ll have to be replaced after that. I bring all of this up because, in a recent interview with CarBuzz, Bugatti Principal Engineer Martin Grabowski revealed that the set of tires on the new Bugatti Chiron is actually much cheaper than the Veyrons. Of course, the Chiron costs three times as much as the Veyron, but I’m not worried about that. It’s those tires that matter!

To put into context, Grabowski said that the Chiron doesn’t use the specially designed Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tires that the Veyron used. Instead, Bugatti’s new supercar uses a standard rim geometry and standard mounting process, which means that according to Grabowski, “the tires can be mounted and changed anywhere.” Even better, the tires that the Chiron uses have been reportedly been tested to handle the supercar’s incredible 261-mph top speed, and quite possibly more given that Bugatti is still “testing them to see how far they can go.” And as far as the price goes, it’s expected to be “much cheaper,” according to Grabowski. He didn’t specify the actual price, but don’t be surprised if a set goes for around $20,000, which would make Grabowski’s statement technically true.

Continue reading for the full story.

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 Audi Launches Sport Performance Parts Upgrades For R8 And TT

The automotive market has evolved to the point where carmakers offer a wide range of intermediate versions of their vehicles. Can’t afford a BMW M but you also want something above the standard model? You can get one with the M Sport package. The same goes for various Mercedes-Benz models and, starting 2017, for a couple of Audi vehicles too. The German firm has just launched the Audi Sport Performance Parts line, which adds various upgrades to the R8, TT, TTS and TT RS.

With upgrades for the exterior, interior, suspension, and exhaust system, the Sport Performance Parts package is also a bit different from what you can get from BMW or Mercedes-Benz. Specifically, it’s a retrofit range, so you can purchase it for a car you already own. The bundles are scheduled to go on sale this summer, initially in Germany, but other markets will receive them later on. The good news is that Audi is planning to launch similar ranges for additional models in the future. Find out what these packages include in the review below.

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PostHeaderIcon New Audi A8 Will Launch Company’s New Dashboard Technology

The long-awaited debut of the Audi A8 happens today, and if the hype surrounding the company’s new flagship model is any indication, we could be in store for a few treats. One particular aspect about the new A8 that’s getting a lot of attention is its dashboard, and just in time for the sedan’s debut, Audi Design boss Marc Lichte is throwing more wood on that fire by hinting at what could very well be the latest innovation to come out of Ingolstadt.

In an interview released by Audi itself, Lichte explained that the A8 will hardly feature any buttons or switches in the interior. In their place will be a new touchscreen display integrated into the dashboard, essentially serving as the brain and command center. Lichte’s comments aren’t exactly ground-breaking; we’ve already seen Audi’s new virtual dashboard, albeit in concept guise when it was introduced with the E-tron Quattro Concept back at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. It’s unclear how much of the virtual dashboard from the concept is going to be used in the A8, but remember, that dashboard featured not one, but three different digital displays that were responsible for all of the vehicle’s operations. All signs, including Lichte’s comments, seem to point to the new A8 getting a production version of this virtual dash. How close the production version is to the concept will only be answered when Audi finally pulls the covers off of the new A8. Good thing then that it’s happening today.

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Ford Mustang EcoBoost to Come Standard with Line-Lock

The V-8-powered Ford Mustang GT has come standard with electronic line lock as a part of the track pack since its redesign in 2015, but for 2018, Ford has announced that it will now include that feature on the EcoBoost models as well – effectively giving those who want some EcoBoost love a much easy way of roasting some rubber. For those of you that don’t know, a line lock system, applies pressure to the front brakes only, making it possible for those with a six-speed manual to roast the tires without some impressively difficult footwork, while those with the automatic transmission don’t have to risk burning their transmission fluid or burning up the rear brakes from doing a traditional brake torque. Think of it as an emergency brake for the front wheels.

When Ford introduced the sixth-generation Mustang for the 2015 model year, it was met with enthusiasm from pony car fanboys everywhere. As part of the generational shift, the Mustang grew in width by 1.5 inches, sat 1.4 inches lower, and came with an all-new independent rear suspension system. More important was the new 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder that served as a middle point between the entry-level 3.7-liter V-6 and the 5.0-liter Coyote V-8. After just three years on the market, the sixth-gen Mustang was up for a facelift and Ford decided to drop the V-6, leaving just the EcoBoost and the V-8. It’s not surprising considering the EcoBoost delivers 10 more ponies than the V-6 while offering better efficiency. There was no need for a V-6 and consumers knew it. Now limited to two engine options in the standard Mustang, Ford is ensuring both are equally capable at the dragstrip.

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Ford Mustang EcoBoost to Come Standard with Line-Lock

The V-8-powered Ford Mustang GT has come standard with electronic line lock as a part of the track pack since its redesign in 2015, but for 2018, Ford has announced that it will now include that feature on the EcoBoost models as well – effectively giving those who want some EcoBoost love a much easy way of roasting some rubber. For those of you that don’t know, a line lock system, applies pressure to the front brakes only, making it possible for those with a six-speed manual to roast the tires without some impressively difficult footwork, while those with the automatic transmission don’t have to risk burning their transmission fluid or burning up the rear brakes from doing a traditional brake torque. Think of it as an emergency brake for the front wheels.

When Ford introduced the sixth-generation Mustang for the 2015 model year, it was met with enthusiasm from pony car fanboys everywhere. As part of the generational shift, the Mustang grew in width by 1.5 inches, sat 1.4 inches lower, and came with an all-new independent rear suspension system. More important was the new 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder that served as a middle point between the entry-level 3.7-liter V-6 and the 5.0-liter Coyote V-8. After just three years on the market, the sixth-gen Mustang was up for a facelift and Ford decided to drop the V-6, leaving just the EcoBoost and the V-8. It’s not surprising considering the EcoBoost delivers 10 more ponies than the V-6 while offering better efficiency. There was no need for a V-6 and consumers knew it. Now limited to two engine options in the standard Mustang, Ford is ensuring both are equally capable at the dragstrip.

Continue reading for more information.

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