The Mitsubishi i-MiEV is one of several all-electric cars available in the market today. Yes, it’s expensive and and very odd looking, to say the least, but it does have its place in the automotive world. It may not replace a conventionally powered car any time soon, but for quick drive to the nearest supermarket, this could do the job. And while doing so, it would emit zero harmful pollutants into the atmosphere.
Like most electric cars, the i-MiEV is based on a gasoline-powered car — the Mitsubishi i Kei, in this instance — with a few modifications to allow Mitsubishi to squeeze-in an electric motor and a set of batteries. The i Kei was best suited for the conversion, thanks to its long wheelbase and short overhangs that provided decent room for 4 to 5 adults. Additionally, its five-door hatchback design meant there was ample cargo room, as well.
More than the technical drawbacks of an electric car over conventionally powered automobiles is the high cost of manufacturing, which hampers its market penetration. Mitsubishi is striving to get these costs down and appears to have driven them down slightly for 2014, as it has decided to slash the price of the i-MiEV electric car.
With revised pricing and a new list of standard features, how does the i-MiEV stack up against its competition? Read on to find.
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The guys over ThatRacingChannel wanted to see if two European supercar — the McLaren MP4-12C — can take on some of the most modern muscle America has to offer in the 2014 SRT Viper . Why on earth you would want to put two cars that aren’t exactly competitors in a head-to-head competition? Well, the answer is simple: because it’s a whole hell of a lot of fun! And if you have the cars at your disposal, why not?
The SRT Viper is powered by a 8.4-liter, V-10 engine that delivers 640 horsepower at 6,150 rpm and 600 pound-feet of torque at 4,950 rpm. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in about 3.3 seconds and up to a top speed of 206 mph. On the other hand, the MP4-12C is powered by a 3.8-liter, twin-turbo V8 with an output of 616 horsepower that allows it to sprint to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds and up to 207 mph.
Check out the video to see which car won the race.
Off-roading in an extreme or remote environment is always an adventure. Potential hazards lurk behind every rock, potential fun waits in every mud hole, and between every tree awaits life-long memories to be made. The opportunity for a great time is easily accessible when in four-wheel-drive.
The guys over at ExtremeTerrain know first hand the fun that off-roading entails and have decided to share the excitement with their EXTRME JEEP ADVENTURE CONTEST. One winner and one of their lucky friends will get an all-expense-paid trip to three of the most well-know off-roading locations within the United States. ExtremeTerrain will provide a Jeep Wrangler for the winning pair to explore the famous Rubicon trails of California, the hills of Moab, Utah, and the backcountry of Ouray, Colorado for three days and four nights at each location.
ExtremeTerrain, know for their array of aftermarket Jeep parts and accessories, will fly the two to and from each destination with hotel and meals provided. Entry into the contest ends at 6:00:59 PM on January 21, 2014, so if an off-road excursion sounds like your idea of a great weekend, head over ExtremeTerrain’s website to registe. And luckily, ownership of a Jeep vehicle is not a prerequisite.
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You can always leave it up to Hamann to churn out aftermarket programs for cars that are affordable enough to own, yet still possesses that incredible look to make the power upgrades all worth the price in the end.
Such is the case with the program the German tuner built for the BMW 4 Series Coupe . At a starting price of just over $41,000, the 4er won’t burn holes on your pockets, so owning one isn’t that difficult to do. But having one in your garage is only the first part of the equation to thoroughly enjoying the spoils of the 4 Series .
That’s where Hamann comes into the picture, or to be more specific the myriad of performance kits it has developed for the sports coupe . It’s an extensive list that covers a large boat of trim levels for the 4 Series.
For the 420d/420d xDrive, power spikes from 184 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque all the way up to 216 horsepower and 324 pound-feet of torque. Moving up to the 430d, you get the treat of seeing the standard 258 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque increase to 295 horses and 446 pound-feet. If you have the 435d xDrive, you receive the most powerful tuned 4 Series of the lot, thanks to a new output of 355 ponies and 512 pound-feet of torque.
Far be it to leave the ’i’ models alone, Hamann also gave them their own line of power boosts, led by the 420i/420i xDrive TwinPower, which now has 208 horsepower and 232 pound-feet of torque, up from the stock 184 ponies and 199 pound-feet of torque. Then, there’s the 428i/428i xDrive TwinPower models, both of which now get 272 horsepower and 289 pound-feet of torque from the stock 245 horses and 258 pound-feet of torque.
Finally, the 435i/435i xDrive TwinPower models come into the picture, boasting 348 ponies and 331 pound-feet of torque, which is a significant increase from the 306-horsepower and 295 pound-feet output of the standard model.
Click past the jump to read more about the BMW 4 Series
It looks like the 4C is not the only surprise Alfa Romeo had in store, as the company also plans to unveil a new, rear-wheel- and all-wheel-drive architecture that will be used for a series of models, including sedans and coupes.
The new platform will be unveiled next April and Alfa hopes it will be a step forward in the company’s new plan to boost its global presence. As of now, Alfa Romeo competes in just five percent of the global market, but by 2016, it wants to raise that number to 32 percent.
To achieve this hike, a series of new models will be launched, starting with the new Giulia , which will be unveiled in 2015, at the earliest. This will be the first model built on the new rwd/awd platform, and it will be followed by a large sedan and a midsized coupe that will take on the BMW 4 Series and 6 Series , respectively.
A large coupe is also in the works, and it will share platform with the upcoming Maserati GranTurismo coupe that is due in 2016. In the same year, we expect to see Alfa’s new two-seat roadster .
These are not the only models that Alfa Romeo has planned though. At the 2014 Geneva Motor Show , we will see the 4C Spider, and later on a compact crossover built on the same platform as Jeep’s new model that replaces the Compass and Patriot . A midsized and a large SUV are also in the works, but you shouldn’t expect them until the end of the decade.
Click past the jump to read more about the Alfa Romeo Spider, one of the many models we expect from the Italian company.
The hype and hysteria over the all-new 2015 Mustang’s reveal are still fresh in the air, as journalist and consumers alike scramble to learn every detail and fact about America’s newest pony car.
Ford ’s launch of the Mustang can only be described as spectacular with reveals in multiple cities and countries around the world. The overriding fact that Ford is going global with the 2015 Mustang is perhaps the biggest news about the Mustang nameplate. It’s hard to imagine a bigger birthday present to an iconic car celebrating its 50th year in production.
We’ve already covered the nitty-gritty details concerning the Mustang’s updates here , but now we present the “Reader’s Digest” version – the “just the facts, Ma’am” edition with all the details nestled snugly into 10 categories. Jump on down for TopSpeed’s top-ten list of 2015 Mustang improvements.
Click past the jump for an overview of the 2015 Ford Mustang
"Lairy" is defined as cunning or conceited; ostentatiously attractive or flashy; or aggressive or rowdy. Is this how you would define the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Edition ? Well, this is exactly how the fellas over at TopGear feel about it...
According to TopGear magazine, the last iteration of the SLS AMG GT Black Series is more manageable than its predecessors and Jeremy Clarkson loved it for its power and tire life. However, for the rest of the world, it’s an inconvenience. And this put the ’Black Series’ in the top position as TopGear’s "Lairy Car of the Year."
It is lairy, but in a good way, they say. It lets you have all the fun and still assists you if you get slightly overboard. “It looks like it wants to bite your leg off, but actually it bear hugs you and covers your back like a best mate. It is lairy but not scary.” We’re willing to bet that those convoluted, yet genius, words came from Clarkson’s own mouth.
Tom Ford (@tomwookieford) quoted Tobias Moers, Chairman of Mercedes AMG GmbH, as responding to the award with "Thanks - that’s pretty much what we were aiming for with the car." Ah, a tongue0in-cheek response to a even more tongue-in-cheek award — isn’t the world of automotive journalism such a wonderful world!
Anyway, so there you have it. TopGear’s "2013 Lairy Car of the Year" is the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series.
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Many people would do just about anything to get something that was once owned by a celebrity, but what this man — and we use the term "man" loosely — did is beyond imagination. Eighteen-year-old Jameson Witty took it upon himself to to own a piece of the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT involved in Paul Walker’s fatal accident .
Wanting to own a piece of the car that a celebrity was killed in is creepy enough, but Witty went a step beyond creepy and entered the complete douchebag realm in the way that he went about procuring this morbid memorabilia. According to the reports, Witty and an accomplice followed the tow truck that scooped up the Porsche’s remains and stole the Carrera’s roof panel (pictured above) while the truck was stopped at a red light. That, folks, is not only stealing, but it is also interfering with a police investigation and tampering with evidence.
According to police officials: "A witness saw a male exit a vehicle that was following the tow truck. The male grabbed a piece of the wrecked Porsche off the tow truck bed.’
Witty was arrested at his residence in California were the police found the red roof panel. Witty’s accomplice has already been identified, and he is currently arranging to surrender to police.
Both of them risk being charged with felony grand theft. We think it is safe to assume that the courts will give them probation, given the fact that they will receive plenty of punishment in the public sector. The comments on Jameson Witty’s iPhoneogram account show just how people feel about his stealing this piece of evidence.
Click past the jump to read more about Paul Walker’s tragic accident.
Apparently our searching was worth the effort, as today we came across some interesting details on the upcoming supercar. These details were released by the folks at Only The Best, who apparently took a trip to Lamborghini’s Sant’Agata Bolognese factory, where the new supercar and the Aventador will be produced, and caught a glimpse of the new car as the production-line door opened as they left the factory.
The other detail is that this new supercar will not be called the Cabrera as we believed. Instead Lamborghini opted for a completely different name that includes "LP600-4" — an indication of the 600 horsepower developed by the 5.2-liter, V-10 engine. Now, this isn’t the first time we’ve heard that "Cabrera" will not be the official name, but this is one of the more hands-on reports that we’ve heard, given it actually happened...
The Gallardo’s replacement will be developed on the same chassis as the second-generation Audi R8 and will feature some design elements from the Miura , like the grilles across the entire rear window.
According to Only The Best, the model looks like a stumpy version of the Aventador with a rear end that is pretty similar to the V-12 supercar. The guys report that the model they saw on the factory donned Lambo’s signature Verde Ithaca paintjob.
Click past the jump to read more about the Lamborghini Gallardo successor.
News surrounding the 2015 Ford Mustang is still hot, as details about the coupe and convertible models keep rolling in. But now with a finalized exterior design, our rendering artist went to work piecing together what Ford’s rumored 2015 Mustang Mach 1 might look like.
High-performance with retro throwback flair is the name of the game and the exterior styling screams it. Up front, a huge front splitter with adjustable supports instantly stands out, while a larger rear spoiler and quad exhaust pipes juice up the rear end. The iconic Mach 1 logo adorns the rear truck lid in all its ’60-era font glory. Other small details, like the rocker panel and hood stripes, add character, while the vertical-bar Mustang logo replaces the galloping stallion on the front grille.
We can only guess at what lurks under those functional heat extractors on the Mustang’s hood, and guess we will. The current 2014 Mustang GT’s 5.0-liter V-8 cranks out 420 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque, and while Ford says the 5.0’s output is expected to be "at least" the same for the upcoming year, we suspect the 2015 GT to receive a marginal increase; perhaps to 430 horsepower and an even 400 pound-feet of twist.
Starting with those suspected output numbers, an estimate of 440 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque from the new Mach 1 sounds reasonable; especially considering the 5.0 produced 444 horsepower and 380 pound-feet in the 2013 Mustang Boss 302 , which we expect the Mach 1 to basically be the replacement for.
Click past the jump for more speculation on the Mustang Mach1