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General Motors has been binging on special edition trucks recently, including both consumer-use trucks headed to dealerships and concepts that show off GM engineering and design teams. Chevrolet’s newest tricked-out truck is the Toughnology Concept. No, that’s not a typo, it’s a hip-n-cool word combo that helps define the purpose of the build.

There is no shortage of news surrounding the upcoming Ford F-150 and its extensive use of aluminum body panels. Well The General seems hungry for some of the action too, as the Toughnology Concept is designed to showcase the latest-generation Silverado’s use of swanky new metals. The concept truck comes coated in paint that mimics the color of raw, high-strength steel.

The Silverado boasts plenty of the high-strength steel in its construction — in everything from the A- and B-pillars, rocker panels, and roof rails to several sections of the interior structure. In total, roughly 67 percent of the Silverado’s cab in stamped from the stuff.

Chevy also prides itself on the Silverado’s bed being constructed from several kinds of purpose-placed steels. For example, the floor is make of roll-formed steel that Chevy says is much stronger than conventional stamped steel. While nearly every exterior panel is included in the high-strength steel count, the hood goes the aluminum route. The engineers say it shaves 17 pounds off its regular stamped-steel counterpart. Since it’s not the same material as the body, the designers painted it black to notate the difference.

Click past the jump to read more about the Chevrolet Silverado Toughnology Concept.

2014 was packed with car debuts ranging from compact, fuel-efficient vehicles to powerful sports cars and large SUVs . The Detroit , New York and Geneva auto shows have all played their part this year in giving us some of the most technologically advanced automobiles the market had to offer. As 2014 draws to an end, the spotlight moves all the way to Paris, where a heap of machines are about to be unveiled to the world. As with most important auto shows, Paris will be packed with all kinds of vehicles. Futuristic concepts, sports cars, sedans , hybrids , and luxury SUVs will be featured in all their glory in the "City of Fashion."

Although the Paris Motor Show is usually an event mostly dedicated to French and European cars that aren’t likely to make it to the United States, this year’s edition is of particular importance to North America. France will host numerous debuts that are set to cross the pond, including those of the Ferrari 458 Speciale A, Mercedes AMG GT, Mazda MX-5 Miata or the Jaguar XE. Excited? You should be, because next week will be bringing you a big pile of specs and reviews, alongside numerous photos of the latest vehicles to break cover. Stay tuned to TopSpeed for Europe’s final major auto show for 2014. The party starts on Thursday, October 2nd.

Click past the jump to read more about the vehicles set to debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show

You would think that if there’s a Nissan model that’s as close to an untouchable from a business perspective, it would be the Nissan GT-R . But according to a report from Motor Trend, perception isn’t always reality in the eyes of Nissan, especially its execs who are trying to steer away from models that sell in low volume. That’s where the GT-R finds itself in after reportedly selling less than 100 units in the U.S. and around 60 units in Japan every month. It’s come to the point that GT-R engineers are working feverishly to make the GT-R a better-selling model, including the possibility of turning Godzilla into a plant-eating herbivore.

To do that, Nissan is developing a GT-R-branded hybrid LMP1 race car that will compete at the 24 Hours of Le Mans next year. The objective is to showcase the race car and highlight its improved environmental credentials, which could translate to the next-generation GT-R receiving its own hybrid engine. Sources told Motor Trend that the R36 GT-R could have as much as 650 horsepower coming out of its redesigned V-6. More importantly, a 134-horsepower electric motor is under strong consideration, which would bring output levels up to 784 horsepower and close to 737 pound-feet of torque. Those numbers immediately pop out, but actually putting them in place is a lot more complicated.

Should the GT-R go the hybrid direction, it will also need to get a dramatic overhaul to accommodate the technological transfer to a hybrid system. One particular issue is how Nissan will create a more efficient cooling system for the hybrid while also improving its aerodynamic capabilities. Devel Devel opment of a new transmission system is also paramount so it can handle the massive output numbers generated by a hybrid powertrain. That’s why a complete redesign of the model is necessary but thankfully, Nissan already has a concept vehicle that it can use as inspiration: the Vision Gran Turismo Concept .

Although nothing’s been confirmed, one source told Motor Trend that the company is indeed looking at the concept as inspiration, even going so far as to say that we can “expect the GT-R to get a toned-down version of the 2020 Vision GT car."

Click past the jump to read more about the next Nissan GT-R.

Source: MotorTrend

Testing of the 2016 Audi Q3 continues in the third quarter of 2014, as the Germans are slowly removing the camouflage from their BMW X1 competitor. Last time our paparazzi spotted it in June 2014, the crossover was camouflaged to the teeth. Three months later, the Q3’s body has more room to breathe, although the swirly wrap still covers the essential parts. Specifically, Audi is not yet willing to unveil the exterior modifications it prepared for the facelifted Q3.

Fortunately enough, some of the updates are visible, and we notice, once again, that the Q3 is getting a brand-new front grille. The unit has been slightly reshaped, but the important novelty is that it has received horizontal slats instead of the vertical bars seen on the current model. With this new grille, Audi makes the Q3 appear wide and sportier; a wise touch. Larger air intakes in the bumper and revised headlamps complete the new front fascia, while the rear end boasts a set of refreshed taillights with new graphics and a more pronounced bumper. The Germans have meddled with the side skirts as well, but nothing too drastic.

We expect Audi to keep the current engine lineup, but work on the internals for improved output and reduced CO2 emissions. The U.S.-spec, 2.0-liter, TFSI engine is likely to generate more than the 200 horsepower it comes with nowadays.

Click past the jump to read more about the facelift Audi Q3.

The seventh-generation Corvette Stingray turned out to be huge success. The car’s new design, the long-awaited premium interior, and its powerful engine make it the greatest Corvette ever created. Add the $51,995 sticker to the equation and you have a bargain on your hands. Fortunately for those looking for a more powerful Vette and race-inspired styling, Chevrolet has also developed a new Z06 . It’s gorgeous, supercharged and shares many of its underpinnings with the Z06.R race car. It has supercar-like power that sits at 650 ponies and 650 pound-feet of torque, and a starting price that makes it cheaper than a Porsche 911. Need I say more?

There’s one more thing actually. If you have been saving at least $78,995 for Chevy’s halo car it’s about time you start building yourself one, as the manufacturer has just fired up the Z06’s online configurator. Both the coupe and the convertible are available in the company’s online tool, allowing you to play with the sports car’s exterior colors, interior trims and selection of wheels.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06.

Source: Chevrolet

Lexus and culture icon will.i.am have teamed up to create a one-off, special-edition of the all-new Lexus NX crossover. Complete with a wide-body kit, 22-inch wheels, and loads of interior adornments, the team debuted the crossover September 24, 2014 as part of the Paris Fashion Week.

The standard 2015 Lexus NX 200T F Sport takes on a new look thanks to the extra-wide fenders from the wide-body kit. A lowered suspension helps those 22-inch wheels fit nicely under the bodywork that’s coated in monochrome, matte Pearl White paint. The white hue is offset by the black panoramic glass roof and orange brake calipers.

The monochrome color scheme continues inside the customized NX. The leather seats get will.i.am treatment with his “willpower” logo embroidered on the seatbacks. Will.i.am pumped up the audio system, going with a 10-speaker setup from Pioneer. A unique camera system employs four 180-degree, wide-angle cameras that capture videos and photos in panoramic form. The images are then transferable to a smart device via Bluetooth.

Other bespoke touches include a unique steering wheel and brushed aluminum floor mats.

Lexus and will.i.am left the NX 200T F Sport’s drivetrain alone. That means it still utilizes Lexus’ all-new, 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder. With an innovative turbo-on-head design, turbo lag is nearly eliminated. That helps the engine produce 235 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 258 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm.

The collaboration between the automaker and will.i.am helps kick off a marketing campaign for the Lexus NX.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lexus NX Will.i.am Special Edition.

There appears to be hope that Audi is strongly considering a manual transmission option for an upcoming S3. The news comes by way of Fouritude, an Audi-enthusiast website, that attended a celebratory dinner held in honor the Audi Club of North America’s recent 30th anniversary. Speaking at the event were several personalities that included Allan McNish, John Hindhaugh, and Audi of America President Scott Keogh.

During the event, Hindhaugh, the famous Le Mans radio announcer, interviewed Keogh on stage. Hindhaugh asked specifically about manual transmissions in Audi’s future. Keogh began by laying out the costs associated with adding model complexity and how that affects vehicle cost and dealership availability. Nevertheless, Keogh says Audi is looking very closely at adding a manual transmission to the S3.

At this point, it’s not set in stone, but the possibility is still present.

Adding more to the mix of possibilities is the RS3 sedan. Keogh continued the same speak about Audi North America looking strongly at it. However, this isn’t the first time Keogh has mentioned the RS3 sedan. He said similar words back at the 2014 New York Auto Show, leading us to believe the RS3 might already be in development. Perhaps it will come with a manual transmission.

While both of these scenarios are still just rumors, the fact the president of Audi North America is talking about the subject with more than some “we don’t talk about future products” garble is promising.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi S3.

Source: Fourtitude

It’s been about a year since the facelifted first-generation Panamera arrived in U.S. dealerships for the 2014 model year, and Porsche is already working on a successor for its sports sedan. Sure, rumors of a redesigned Panamera have been flying around since early 2014, but it is only in late September that the actual vehicle was spotted in the wild. Of course, the Panamera depicted above is still an early prototype, but the lenses of our skilled paparazzi caught a few interesting features that are new to this four-door sports car .

Details are still under wraps, and the powertrain lineup remains a well-guarded secret, but that’s not exactly surprising considering the second-generation Panamera is nearly three years away. We expect the new sedan to make its official appearance in 2017, and go on sale in the United States for the 2018 model year. We also expect to bring you numerous details on the new Panamera by the end of 2014. Meanwhile, read on to find out what we know so far.

Click past the jump to read more about the next generation Porsche Panamera.

Infiniti’s got something special in store for its fans at the 2014 F1 U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, Texas on November 2nd. Unfortunately, it doesn’t involve riding a Red Bull RB10. But it does have something to do with reigning F1 World Champion Sebasitan Vettel and the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge. Interested now?

Infiniti’s launching a competition and it wants its fans to submit their #InfinitiRaceFace. What does that mean, exactly? I’m not quite sure myself, although I do think it involves contorting your face to show what it would look like if it’s being hit by winds in excess of 180 mph. I suppose the most original race face will get the nod, or at least something that resembles the attached photo Infiniti included with its press release.

In any case, we’re all welcome to submit our entries by following @InfinitiUSA on either Twitter or Instagram. Once that’s done, we then take a photo of our best race face, post it on either site and use #InfinitiRaceFace.

If you win, you get a chance to ride shotgun with Vettel as he takes the Q50 Eau Rouge out for a hot-lap around downtown Austin. Pretty sweet, right?

All entries will be accepted from September 23rd through October 8th. You can also check out the official rules and guidelines for the competition at Infiniti’s US website.

Click past the jump to read more about the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge.

Hopefully everyone enjoyed the show. We had a great time putting it on, and maybe it will brighten up your day when you hear it. As always, we appreciate anyone and everyone who listens and watches. Don’t forget to leave us your questions and Own, Drive, Burn suggestions below in the comments.

This week we have Justin back, and he has a new car for Weekly Wheels, so we let him start things off with a look at the Acura ILX . After that I get to talk about how the new 2015 Subaru Outback is a great SUV, but a terrible Subaru. Mark finishes us off with a look at the new Audi A3 . Small spoiler, I like it more than he does, even if it is missing a door.

For the news segment of the show I spend some time talking about my new review for Forza Horizon 2 . I think that is the only important part of our whole show really, but the other two figured that we should cover other news as well. In the end we talked about the Lamborghini Asterion , the death of the Lotus Evora, and Infiniti’s desire to build a car that it kind of already makes. We also have some truck talk with Mark as we discuss the fuel economy ratings of the new Canyon and Colorado trucks before we all get angry at GM’s latest “sport truck.”

We didn’t have any questions from last week’s show to answer, so we skipped the Question and Answer section to head straight to Own, Drive, Burn. Our own Ciprian provided us with a trio of the worst cars Ferrari ever made to choose from. I’ll be honest; it wasn’t a super great or entertaining ODB. Sorry about that.

As always, we all hope that everyone has a super great Friday and a wonderful weekend. We will be back next Thursday with another awesome episode. See you guys then.


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