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Well, the live show is over. A huge thanks goes out to everyone who tuned it and chatted with us. You guys make this even more fun. If you tuned in last week to take part in the fiasco that was my terrible Internet service, I apologize, but I am back this week. After our usual mildly hilarious intro issues, we move straight into the Weekly Wheels. You get to hear all about the new Toyota Corolla , the 2015 Buick LaCrosse and the brand-spanking new Lexus NX .

After weekly wheels we break straight into my epic trip to Colorado to drive a whole collection of amazing and modified Miatas at the Flyin’ Miata Summer Camp. From V-8s and turbocharged cars, to built and stroked naturally aspirated engines and race-bread kit cars, I drove all kinds on awesome things.

After I quit swooning over the multiple Miatas, we move into the news. We cover two upcoming BMW i models, the nearly 300-mph feud between Hennessey and Bugatti, and rumors of a 700-horsepower Infiniti. We also touch on the potential future of Cadillac and the rumors of a RWD flagship for the American brand.

The Question and Answer segment featured what cars we think are the most boring, as well as what we would buy for our own children when they are old enough to drive. Finishing our little shindig is Own, Drive, Burn in which we have to choose between special Aston Martin models.

Please let us know if you liked the show or not, any and all feedback is appreciated. As always, you can find us on iTunes if you want to subscribe to the audio feed. Have a safe weekend, and we will see you next Thursday.

Car collecting has taken on a whole new meaning thanks to one British dentist who amassed the largest private collection in Britain with multiple warehouses stocked full of antique Jaguars , Bentleys , Austins, and Minis . However Dr. James Hull’s collection is now in the care of Jaguar Land Rover after the automaker purchased the entire fleet for an undisclosed amount.

The collection consists of 543 classic cars dating back to the 1930s and is estimated to be worth some £100 million, or roughly $168,346,500 U.S. dollars as of August 7, 2014. Among the collection are cars like Sir Winston Churchill’s Austin, Lord Mountbatten’s Mini Traveller , and even Sir Elton John’s Bentley.

Besides the sheer number of vehicles, the collection’s breath of variety is also intriguing. It ranges from million-dollar Jaguars down to the must humble Morris Minors, a plane-Jane economy car produced from the 1940s through 1970s.

Included are even pristine examples of a super-rare 1950s-era Jaguar XKSS and a D-Type worth more than $6.7 million together. Hull’s vehicles even include classic pedal cars dating back to the 1920s to present day. Perhaps the most special one is a Ferrari example that was hand-built in Maranello, Italy in the 1950s.

It’s unclear what Jaguar Land Rover plans to do with the massive collection, but it’s a sure bet that all 543 cars are in good hands. Perhaps those vehicles not wearing a Jaguar badge will end up at auction, possibly fetching a profit for the British automaker. Be sure to check out the video below the jump.

Click past the jump to learn more about this private collection.

Source: DailyMail

Back in 2005, Bugatti launched the Veyron , a supercar that would end up becoming one of the most important cars of this generation. It’s already 2014 and 405 of the 450 Veyrons Bugatti planned to produce already have owners. That leaves 45 more Veyrons that are still in production. Of that 45, there are 30 current Veyrons that are already accounted for. That leaves 15 Veyrons that still don’t have an owner. Yes, we’re down to the last 15 models of the most iconic supercar of this era. Once all 15 find owners, Bugatti will no longer build the Veyron.

In some ways, it’s pretty sad knowing that we can’t look forward to more of those exclusive one-off Veyrons that Bugatti releases at the most inexplicable of times. On the other hand, it also feels like the right time to say farewell to the supercar.

It’s had a tremendous run over the past nine years, highlighted by numerous record-setting achievements as the fastest production car in the world. Bugatti is also responsible for some incredibly rare Veyrons that includes the recently launched Legends series.

But all good things really do come to an end, and the Veyron isn’t an exception to that. So with 15 models left before it rides of into the sunset, here’s a toast to celebrate the legendary life of one of the most iconic modern-day supercars.

Godpseed, Bugatti Veyron. Thanks for the memories.

Click past the jump to read more about the Bugatti Veyron.

Source: AutoCar

With the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance just around the corner, time has come to have a look at what this year’s edition of the world-renowned event has to offer. The charitable event has drawn huge interest ever since it was established in 1950, and the 2014 edition will be no exception. Automakers like McLaren , Jaguar Land Rover, BMW and Aston Martin have already confirmed their presence with outstanding, brand-new vehicles, but each and every important manufacturer will hit California to showcase their latest products. Global debuts and North American debuts, this year’s Pebble Beach will have them all.

Besides the latest automobiles ranging from lightning-fast supercars to practical SUVs and bespoke rigs, the event will be packed with classic cars spread across different eras. Bentleys , Duesenbergs and Bugattis , one rarer than the other, will be displayed across the 18th fairway of the Pebble Beach Golf Links. As with each year, the Pebble Beach Concours the d’Elegance will donate all proceedings to various local and national organizations. The event has given nearly $20 million to charities throughout the years, and this tradition will continue in 2014.

This year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is certain to be a blast. It’s set to take place on August 17th, 2014, but several events, such as the Pebble Beach Auctions and the Tour d’Elegance, are scheduled a few days earlier, on August 13th and 14th, respectively. Make sure you don’t miss our coverage and, in the meantime, check out our comprehensive preview below the brake.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

Honda’s sports car lineup has become a lot clearer today. We already know the NSX is coming and the same for the diminutive S660 sports coupe. Now, Motoring Australia is reporting that Honda has given the green light to bring back the S2000 . Pop open the metaphorical champagne, ladies and gentlemen, Honda’s recently discontinued sports car is coming back!

Okay, let me pump the brakes up a little bit. Technically, this sports car won’t be packaged as a direct successor to the S2000. Remember, the S2000 was a front-engine mounted sports car that broke out in the 2000 model year and was produced until 2009. The new S2000 will be developed with a mid-mounted engine setup. This setup is similar to what Honda is preparing for the NSX and the S660, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise to see the new S2000 adopt the same setup.

Motoring Australia also said that the new S2000 will adopt similar styling to the NSX and the S660, including wraparound headlights, large side air intakes, and flared wheel arches. This could point to a more robust design for the S2000, as opposed to the sleek, bullet-like look of the model’s previous incarnation.

The same report also indicated that the new rear-wheel drive S2000 will employ a modified version of the 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine that currently takes residence under the Honda Civic Type-R’s hood. An electric motor is also expected to be slapped into the car, ensuring a total output of around 365 horsepower and mated to a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Honda is also reportedly planning to produce the new S2000 at its Performance Manufacturing Center in the U.S. This little detail is important because that’s where the NSX will also be built, which means that there’s a possibility that the S2000 receives the same production materials as its big bro.

What’s still unclear is when the new S2000 will arrive. By all indications, a launch in late 2017 sounds like a fair estimate of the sports car’s development timeline.

For now, we’re not concentrating on that as much as the report that a spiritual successor to the Honda S2000 is officially coming.

Note: Last-generation Honda S2000 pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about the Honda S2000.

Source: Motoring
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The IIHS (Insurance Institute of Highway Safety) has just recently awarded the Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S its coveted “Top Safety Pick" designation. It scored a “good” in the front moderate overlap, side impact, rear impact and roof crush, and an "Acceptable" in the small overlap test. The real surprise there is the small overlap, as that’s a very difficult crash to survive. This makes the BRZ the seventh Subaru model to earn the Top Safety Pick award and Scion’s second. This isn’t that surprising though; Subaru has always been a symbol of safety.

Also rear-wheel drive makes it easier to implement good impact and crumple zones in the front, due to the lack of drivetrain equipment up there. This is very good news, as the BRZ and FR-S are two of just a few true, rear-wheel drive sports cars out there and they are arguably the best ones at their price point. With their accurate steering and nimble chassis, the BRZ and FR-S are tail happy hooligans at any speed. Add the Top Safety Pick on top of that and you’ve got an excellent little car.

Click past the jump to read more about the Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S.

Forget about the endless rumors and speculation; Rolls-Royce has officially confirmed the arrival of a new model by mid-2016. The announcement came by the tried-and-tested method of a press release, which is about as direct and clear-cut as you can get. The British automaker didn’t dive into the specifics of the model with Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös opting only to say that the new model will be an "exciting and thoroughly contemporary interpretation of a pinnacle drophead tourer."

Based on that statement, you can rule out the rumored Rolls-Royce SUV as the model Müller-Ötvös is describing. Our best bet is that this model will be the Wraith Drophead, which not only fits the description, but has also been spotted in recent months doing some test runs while dressed in heavy camouflage.

The press release also said that the new car is undergoing prototype testing as it "enters its next stage of development."

It’s hard not to get excited about this announcement because we’ve been waiting for Rolls-Royce to expand its lineup for years, and the arrival of the Wraith in 2013 began that process. Hopefully, this new car will continue this trend.

Click past the jump to read more about Rolls-Royce’s future model.

Bentley has been working on its upcoming SUV in increasingly public places, and this time, our spy photographers have captured the beast nearly void of heavy camouflage. Sure, the cladding this still there, but we certainly have a better idea of what to expect.

The Bentley SUV was caught in Southern Europe apparently hot-weather testing under fully loaded conditions. Check out how low the SUV sits sunken down. Perhaps Bentley engineers are testing its brakes and cooling capabilities on that twisty European road. Or maybe the SUV is tucking those large rims, thanks to an air suspension system designed to make the top-heavy truck perform like a Continental GT .

While Bentley has announced it’s bringing an SUV to market, its name has yet made its debut. Most speculation centers on the name “Falcon,” but other possibilities exist. We do know the Bentley SUV will share its platform with the Audi Q7 , the new Volkswagen Touareg , and the next-generation Porsche Cayenne . Also for sure is Bentley’s goal of a 200-plus mph SUV.

Getting such a vehicle up to 200 mph will require plenty of grunt, meaning either a twin-turbocharged V-8 or a massive W-12 engine. It’s likely both will be offered, with the V-8 being the standard mill and the W-12 the costlier engine upgrade.

Click past the jump to read more about the future Bentley SUV.

The world has definitely taken notice of Dodge’s new Challenger SRT Hellcat . Journalist from all over the world rave about its 707 horsepower and its ability to run the quarter-mile in 10.8 seconds on drag radials, while still getting nearly 20 mpg while cruising down the highway. Well, the time has come for famed car guy Jay Leno to get behind the Hellcat’s wheel.

Helping Jay give the Challenger a once-over is the President and CEO of Dodge, Tim Kuniskis. The two guys quickly start talking about the how the new Challenger Hellcat compares with Jay’s original 1970 Challenger that’s powered by the legendary 426 HEMI — a car that when new, represented the same outrageous performance as the Challenger Hellcat of today.

“The 1970 Challenger,” Jay says, “This was like the scariest car in the world when I was a kid. 425 horsepower, 0 to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds. Now not so much.” Jay continues saying, “It’s like walking around with a rolled up sock in your pants…it’s not that impressive. But this, (pointing to the 2015 Challenger Hellcat), this is impressive."

As he walks toward the 2015 Challenger Hellcat, it’s stunning to see the size difference between the two cars. There’s no wondering why Dodge had to stuff 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque under its hood. As Tim walks Jay through the workings of the Hellcat, he spouts off some impressive facts. At around the 17-minute mark, Tim walks Jay through the SRT Performance Pages on the Challenger’s 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment screen.

Of course, no muscle-bound Jay Leno’s Garage is complete without a smoky burnout at the end. Sure enough the Hellcat’s supercharged, 6.2-liter, HEMI V-8 provides plenty of billowing clouds for theatrics.

Much like the Mini Cooper , the Fiat 500 evolved from a tiny economy car into a full lineup of vehicles incorporating various body styles and engines. Crossover -like four-doors, sporty two-doors, and fuel-sipping diesels are some of the versions Mini enthusiasts did not see coming half a century ago. Same goes for Fiat , which is about to unveil the 500X , a small crossover aimed at the Mini Countryman and the Nissan Juke . More specifically, the 500X is the Italian version of the 2015 Renegade, Jeep’s smallest vehicle yet.

Built on the same platform as its American brother — yes, we know the Renegade is actually assembled in Italy — the 500X replaces the Fiat Sedici in Europe and joins a lineup that includes the 500 hatch, 500C, 500L, the peppy 500 Abarth , and the all-electric 500E. Based on a concept vehicle shown in 2012, the 500X is expected to debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show and cross the pond to North America for the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. Until then, let’s have a look at the latest batch of spy shots we received in our inbox.

Click past the jump to read more about the Fiat 500X.


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