Top Speed en Copyright TopSpeed. The contents of this feed are available for non-commercial use only. Top Speed <![CDATA[Honda CRF125F]]>

When it comes to dirt bikes, Honda is certainly one of the top manufacturers. The company’s lineup consists of a wide range of motorcycles including the Honda CRF125 that was continually improved and refined since its inception.

Today, the bike continues to be one of the best models in its class and is fitted with state of the art technologies, it delivers superior performances and is also pretty easy to ride.

At its heart sits an air-cooled, single-cylinder, four-stroke engine with a displacement of 124.9cc. The unit sends its power to the ground by means of a four speed transmission. The motorcycle’s speed is kept under control by a 220 mm front hydraulic disc and a rear drum brake.

It is also worthy of being mentioned that the Honda CRF125F is also available in a big-wheel version for the taller riders.

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Honda CRF125F originally appeared on on Friday, 22 August 2014 01:41 EST.

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<![CDATA[Arctic Cat Wildcat Trail]]>

When the going gets tough, you need a reliable vehicle to get you out of trouble and the Arctic Cat Wildcat Trail is exactly what you were looking for.

The Arctic Cat Wildcat Trail is equipped with the company’s all-new 700 inline twin which features EFI, 4 valves per cylinder and liquid cooling. The unit cranks out a maximum output of 60 hp and needs to deal with a dry weight of 990 Lbs.

Other features worthy of being mentioned include a digital Gauge, Carlisle Trail Pro Tires, steel wheels, bucket seats, on-the-fly 2/4 WD, electric front differential lock and tilt steering.

For enhanced practicality, the Arctic Cat Wildcat Trail is also equipped with a 300-lb. capacity rear cargo box, passenger handholds and a 2-Inch receiver.

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Arctic Cat Wildcat Trail originally appeared on on Friday, 22 August 2014 01:24 EST.

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<![CDATA[Lamborghini CEO Teases Rear-Wheel-Drive Huracan]]>

You can file this in the "saw that coming" file, but Lamborghini is going to be making multiple versions of its new Huracán over the next few years, including a rear-wheel-drive model. This news comes courtesy of Autocar, who managed to get a few words with Lamborghini boss Stephan Winkelmann after the reveal of the new Huracán Super Trofeo at Pebble Beach last week. The key phrase Winkelmann uttered was “why should we not do a rear-drive option?”

There was a limited run of RWD Gallardos that started with the special LP550-2 Balboni Edition. After the Balboni came another limited run Bicolore special edition, and finally Lamborghini just began offering a base level RWD car. It makes sense that the Huracán will follow this same tradition, but Autocar expects the RWD model to be a special, high-end creation that will carry a higher price and more limited production numbers.

Before the RWD model arrives, expect a convertible Spyder version to arrive next year, with a higher performance variant a year or two after that. There will inevitably be lightweight versions as well, and this may be where the RWD comes into play. Cutting the AWD system from under the Huracán is likely to save 100 pounds or more.

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Lamborghini CEO Teases Rear-Wheel-Drive Huracan originally appeared on on Thursday, 21 August 2014 19:00 EST.

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<![CDATA[Chevrolet Silverado Rally Edition]]>

Have you noticed how more and more pickup trucks have come to match regular cars in terms of fancy, luxurious convenience features and technology? Gone are the days when trucks used to feature a simple dash, a vinyl-wrapped bench, and roll-down windows. Nowadays, truck drivers travel in comfy leather seats and benefit from infotainment systems and other electronic gadgets. Heck, the 2015 Ford F-150 can even be had with massaging seats. The trend isn’t exactly new, however. Back in the 1970s, Detroit began offering visual features initially available on muscle cars on its trucks too. The second-gen Chevy C/K, for instance, was offered with the same Rally wheels and stripes that could be ordered on the Camaro. And it looked downright cool, too. Fast forward to 2015, Chevrolet is expanding the Silverado lineup with a Rally Edition model.

Although unrelated to the aforementioned C/K, the Silverado Rally Edition is only about enhanced visuals. The two distinct packages, available on 1500 Double Cab and Crew Cab pickups, add a tad of fancy to Chevy’s bread-and-butter truck without meddling with its drivetrain. Read on to find out what makes this special-edition Silverado special.

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Chevrolet Silverado Rally Edition originally appeared on on Thursday, 21 August 2014 18:00 EST.

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<![CDATA[Honda CR-Z by Honda Performance Development]]>

Mopar, AMG, SVT, and TRD – all names synonymous with factory performance with balanced characteristics and an intact vehicle warranty. Yet with these great names in manufacturer-approved performance parts, one automaker was suspiciously absent from the scene despite having a huge aftermarket following: Honda.

That’s about to change with Honda’s new Honda Performance Development, or HPD division. Roll out will be quite slow, however, as the division builds a name for itself within the Honda brand. HPD’s first project is the slow-selling Honda CR-Z hybrid.

Owners of manual-transmission CR-Zs can now have Honda install a 200,000 rpm Rotrex centrifugal traction-drive supercharger mated to a Griffiths air-to-air intercooler. A respectable 67-horsepower increase is expected, bringing total horsepower to 197 ponies and roughly 170 pound-feet of torque, while fuel consumption remains at 42 mpg. Other modifications to the CR-Z includes a performance exhaust, suspension upgrades, a wheel and tire package, and a big brake kit. Not bad for a hybrid. The supercharger kit runs $5,495 plus installation.

Philip LaPointe, manager of HPD Street Performance, told Automotive News in an interview that, “We’re sticking our first toe in the water. We didn’t want to start with too high volume. We need to know who’s going to build the parts and distribute them. We need to get our dealers and logistics up to speed."

LaPointe continued saying the performance parts for other Honda models would go on sale over the next few years. Buys will likely be waiting till the all-new 2016 Civic rolls out before a full-on HPD kit would be available from the dealer showroom, however. “The dream scenario is to have performance parts available at [new-product] launch,” he said.

Honda will allow buyers to retain the balance of their factory warranty even with the supercharger kit installed.

Updated 8/21/2014: Honda has finally unveiled the final specifications and cost for the supercharger kit from HPD. Not only is it more powerful that we expected, but it also is cheaper than expected and the full warranty remains intact.

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Honda CR-Z by Honda Performance Development originally appeared on on Thursday, 21 August 2014 16:44 EST.

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<![CDATA[Saab 9-3 EV Prototype]]>

Discontinued in 2012 as Saab was filing for bankruptcy, the 9-3 sedan made a surprising return in 2013, when the brand was revived under National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) ownership. But instead of launching the third-generation model that was in the works before Saab went bankrupt, NEVS started building second-gen cars at the company’s Trollhattan production plant. Identical to the 2012 model, the "new" sedan arrived in dealerships without the trademark griffin logos and with a turbocharged, 2.0-liter, four-banger under the hood.While NEVS is undoubtedly working on a modern replacement for the 9-3, the next-generation vehicle won’t be launched for at least two more years. Instead, the Swedes are reportedly looking to reintroduce the 9-3 SportCombi and have already confirmed plans to offer an electric iteration of the current sedan.

The EV is still not ready to go into production, but NEVS has just unveiled the prototype that will become an actual Saab product in the near future.

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Saab 9-3 EV Prototype originally appeared on on Thursday, 21 August 2014 16:00 EST.

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<![CDATA[Fairline Squadron 50]]>

The Fairline Squadron 50 is aimed at those who want to mix their passion for sailing in deep waters with luxury and comfort.

Compared to other yachts of its size the Fairline Squadron 50 features an innovative design with the bulkheads moved back and a reshaped bow which allowed for more spacious rooms that offer a higher level of comfort. You’ll also like the luxurious flybridge and the aft gallery with raised saloon.

The Fairline Squadron 50 is available with a choice of two types of engines namely twin Volvo Penta D11-670 EVC Shaft Diesel 670 mhp (each 30 Knots) or twin Caterpillar C12-710 Shaft Diesel 710 mhp units (each 31 Knots).

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Fairline Squadron 50 originally appeared on on Thursday, 21 August 2014 15:53 EST.

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<![CDATA[Kawasaki KLX 140]]>

The Kawasaki KLX 140 is the perfect proof that small displacement bikes have all they need to go head to head with harsh terrains without baking down.

Easy to handle and light, the Kawasaki KLX 140 will reward its owner with a fun ride each time he jumps on its saddle.

At the heart of the Kawasaki KLX 140 sits a 144cc, four-stroke, SOHC, two-calve single engine which is mated on a five speed transmission with wet multi-disc manual clutch. The unit is brought to life by an electric starter.

Other notable features include a 30.7 inch seat height, a high-tensile steel perimeter frame and wide footpegs.

The front wheel is kept in check by a 33mm telescopic fork featuring optimally-tuned spring rate and damping settings. At the rear there is a Uni-Trak linkage-equipped rear shock featuring 5-way preload adjustability.

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Kawasaki KLX 140 originally appeared on on Thursday, 21 August 2014 15:32 EST.

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<![CDATA[Arctic Cat Wildcat Trail XT]]>

The Arctic Cat Wildcat Trail XT was carefully designed for those who love adventures and is perfectly capable to deal with anything you throw at him.

Featuring a high ground clearance, a light weight and a tough construction, the Arctic Cat Wildcat Trail XT promises to deliver first class off road performances each time you start its engine.

Power comes from a 700 cc, 4 stroke twin cylinder, liquid cooled engine which is fueled by a 7.4 Gallons fuel tank.

Apart from the capable engine, in its off-road adventures the Arctic Cat Wildcat Trail XT is also helped by front and rear double A-arm suspensions which feature high quality FOX shocks.

Needles to say, the Arctic Cat Wildcat Trail XT is equipped with on-the-fly 2/4WD with locking front differential.

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Arctic Cat Wildcat Trail XT originally appeared on on Thursday, 21 August 2014 15:03 EST.

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<![CDATA[Toyota RAV4 - Driven]]>

In 1994, Toyota wowed the world with its new RAV4. Toyota had brought the world a machine that possessed the size and practicality of an SUV, but it promised the driving dynamics and comfort of a car. When it went on sale in 1995, it was an instant hit, and the crossover craze officially started. In 2014, 20 years later, the RAV4 has just moved into its fourth generation, and sales are still going strong. Over the last two decades, there have been dozens of competitors join the game, and Toyota is no longer the only kid on the block.

Is the RAV4 still the machine to buy, or has the king been dethroned by one of the many challengers. I had a 2014 RAV4 Limited with FWD for a week, and I decided I was going to do my best to figure out if this latest RAV4 is worth the badge on its bodywork, or the money in your wallet.

With a fresh exterior design, revised drivetrain options and a new interior, this is the most radical change the RAV4 has ever experienced. Read on to see if it is any good.

Continue reading to learn more about the new 2014 Toyota RAV4 Limited

Toyota RAV4 - Driven originally appeared on on Thursday, 21 August 2014 15:00 EST.

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