Mitsubishi Has all But Comfirmed that it Will Slander the EVO Name by Plastering it on an SUV
You might want to sit down for this, especially if you’re a card-carrying member of the Mitsubishi Evolution fan club. A high-ranking Mitsubishi executive really spoke out on the possibility of bringing the iconic nameplate back in the future. He didn’t exactly specify how the Japanese automaker plans to do it, but if it did, there’s a possibility that it wouldn’t return in the state that earned it a place in the annals of automotive history as one of the most iconic rally-bred, performance cars in the world. Instead — this is the part where you really have to sit down — the Evo name could return and be used on an SUV. Gulp.
Mercedes Reveals Five Untold Stories in Latest "Best of Benz" Video Series
Mercedes-Benz’s video series, “Best of Benz,” is back with a new episode that’s going to raise a lot of curious eyebrows. The short 73-second episode dives into five unique factoids that you may not have known about the German automaker. Considering the fact that Mercedes has roots dating all the way back to 1900, there are some stories that have fallen through the cracks that make for great trivia-night questions these days. For example, did you know that Karl Benz — he’s the “Benz” in Mercedes-Benz — was the first person to get written permission to legally drive a car? So, if anybody asks who the first person was to get a driver’s license, the answer, apparently, isn’t some random nobody. It’s the guy who was instrumental in founding one of the world’s biggest automakers today.
Real or Fake: Human Slingshot
There’s something to be a said for a stuntman that signs off on a stunt like this. Either he’s gone completely mental or he was crazy from the beginning. Regardless, sitting in a human slingshot and allowing someone catapult you from one building to another in Dubai isn’t the kind of thing any of us would want to do, even if the stunt somehow turned successful. Unfortunately for this stuntman, that wasn’t the case. Or was it?
Watch this BMW X3 M40i Hit Top Speed on the Autobahn!
If you’re wondering about the capabilities of the 2018 BMW X3 M40i, you’re going to need to watch this video. It’s not often for us here in the U.S. to see a car like the X3 M40i go all-out on the German Autobahn so when there’s an opportunity to watch what it’s like, we’re going to take advantage of it.
The video, which was posted by AutoTopNL, shows the X3 M40i in a standstill position before the driver pushes the pedal to the metal. Just like that, the X3 bursts out of the gate — notice the driver’s head go back? — and before you can even comprehend what’s going on, the crossover is already pushing 100 kmh (62 mph). The speed rapidly increases to 112 kmh (69 mph), 152 kmh (94 mph), and 183 kmh (114 mph) in a matter of seconds. Eventually, the X3 M40i hits a top speed of 260 kmh (161.557 mph) before oncoming traffic forced the driver to ease up on the pedal. A few minutes later, he goes on another blast and once again, he hits 260 kmh before eventually deciding to slow it down.
The video tells us a few things about the X3 M40i. One, it’s fast. Two, it’s really fast. Three, it’s fast enough to actually eclipse the electronically limited top speed of 250 kmh (155 mph). Now, this likely means that the X3 M40i in the video had its top speed limiter removed, which allowed it to hit the 260 kmh. Still, the run is impressive for a crossover that “only” has 360 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque coming out of its 3.0-liter straight-six engine.
Kind of makes you wonder what an X3 M is going to pull off if the M Performance version — the X3 M40i — is already capable of giving us goosebumps.
Harley-Davidson launches two factory-custom Sportsters with a little more oomph
As part of their new strategy to add 100 new models in the coming decade, Harley-Davidson has already introduced 10 new ones this year: nine new Softails and the Street Rod. Now, the Bar and Shield brand has added two more models in their Sportster lineup, their first after the Roadster was launched back in 2016.
Following the footsteps of what Triumph did with theBonneville Bobber, BMW with its R nineT range, Indian with the Scout Bobber and Ducati with their Scrambler series, Harley is trying to rake up its falling sales with these factory-customs.
That is exactly what the new models are all about. The Iron 1200 and Forty-Eight Special. These machines pay regards to the throw-back styling trends developed all over by the custom-bike scene with the solid foundation of the Sportster platform and the punchy performance of the Evolution 1200 V-Twin engine.
Your car doodles can now come to life!
Porsche’s Newest Showroom Has Room For Exactly One Car
To date, Porsche has more than 700 dealerships all over the world, including 100 showrooms in China alone. The German automaker is also adept at creating pop-up stores, and the newest example just opened at the top of the French Alps. The store sits 7,500 feet above sea level, making it the world’s highest pop-up store. More importantly, it’s not actually a store in the traditional use of the word. It’s nothing more than a small dome enclosure that can fit one Porsche Cayenne.
2018 Subaru WRX 50th Anniversary Edition
Subaru is celebrating its 50th anniversary of selling vehicles in America by offering a special 50th Anniversary Edition on all its models, including the 2018 WRX. There are no mechanical updates, so don’t expect any horsepower or handling improvements. This special edition is for appearances only. However, Subaru is only building 600 WRX 50th Anniversary Editions, so rarity is a big attraction factor.
The 50th Anniversary Edition is based on the WRX’s highest trim, the Limited, as to include all the desirable features. Items include the StarLink infotainment system, keyless access and push-button starting, LED steering responsive headlights, 10-way power driver’s seat, and the EyeSight safety system.
As for what sets the 50th Anniversary Edition apart, the details are all listed below.
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Pops’ Rants: All This Hype about Tesla Outselling German Luxury Cars in Europe Is Misleading
Tesla has been offering mass-production electric cars for six years now, and it’s safe to say that Elon Musk’s company is doing great. Sure, the Model X came a bit late and Tesla is still struggling to put the Model 3 on the assembly line, but the carmaker’s EVs are becoming increasingly popular, especially in Europe.
Norway continues to be Tesla’s second largest market after the U.S., where the Model S actually climbed atop the all-popular Volkswagen Golf. More recently, the Model S also began outselling German luxury sedans like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7 Series in Europe for the very first time. It’s a big deal, and I can understand why most outlets are going crazy about it, but all this talk about Tesla ripping the Germans to shreds is misleading.
For starters, this has happened before in the U.S. I know, the U.S. is Tesla’s home turf, and it’s easier to sell cars here rather than export them to Europe, but it’s a valid precedent. Second, and what everyone seems to be missing, the Model S is not a competitor for the Mercedes S-Class, BMW 7 Series, and Audi A8. It’s actually more the size of theE-Class, 5 Series, and Audi A6, something Elon Musk himself stressed a while back. Here’s why this is important.
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Volvo is currently in the process of revamping its lineup, but once it’s done, it may cram a Coupe-SUV into its lineup. The new model would be unlike anything in Volvo’s current lineup and would take on models like the BMW X2 and Mercedes GLC Coupe. The news comes shortly after Volvo filed a trademark for the XC50 name, hinting that it could sit above the XC40 and below the XC60.
2019 Audi A6
Audi first introduced the A6 nameplate in 1994 as a replacement for the outgoing Audi 100. Since then, the German automaker has ushered in a total of four generations for the model, with the current-gen dropping in 2011. Of course, seven years is a long time for just about any vehicle generation, and as such, it looks as though a fifth-generation A6 will soon break cover. The rumors spring from several spy shots which seem to show test mules for the updated A6 out an about on public roads, and by all accounts, Audi will soon drop the camo and spill the beans on what the 2019 model year has to offer customers. We’re still waiting for the full spec to materialize, but in the meantime, we did a little speculation. Based on the spy shots we received, the latest rumors, and the logical next step for the A6, we’re expecting the 2019 model year to get sleek new styling updates, LED lighting, an interior laden with the latest digital technology, and even a powertrain selection that includes the option for a mild hybrid set-up.
Framed as an upscale mid-size platform, the A6 enjoys numerous body styles and configurations, so this generational shift will undoubtedly trickle down to several corners of Audi’s product portfolio. We’ll update all the info here when we get it during the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show, but until then, read on for our speculative review.
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Someone Spotted Renault’s Geneva-Bound Mobility Concept and Boy is it Fugly!
2018 Tata 45X Sedan
Tata Motors, a prominent Indian automaker and parent company to Jaguar Land Rover, is set to debut a sedan concept based on its 45X Hatchback Concept launched at India’s 2018 Auto Expo. The new model will supposedly be called the 45X Sedan. Its debut will happen at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show, which kicks off March 6.
The 45X Sedan will share the same underpinnings as the 45X Hatchback – Tata’s futuristic AMP platform. The architecture is designed to accommodate both left- and right-hand driving position, along with complying with future crash testing regulations.
Tata is expected to release production versions of both the 45X Hatchback and Sedan, with both targeting the premium side of their respective markets. The hatch is due first with an expected on-sale date of 2019 in India. Tata will likely announce its plans for the 45X Sedan at the Geneva show.
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Cupra Ibiza Vs. Ford Fiesta ST – A Visual Comparison
Following an unofficial reveal earlier this week that spilled shots of the upcoming Cupra Ibiza all over social media, the newly minted standalone performance brand decided to serve up some fresh press shots of the tiny mighty machines. While Cupra maintains thenew Ibiza is not yet part of the standard brand lineup (believe it or not, Cupra is saying that it’s still in the “design exercise” phase), it looks pretty darned done to us. With that in mind, we decided to give a little visual inspection and comparison against one of its chief rivals – the Ford Fiesta ST.
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Watch the Airbus Vahana Take a Big Step Toward Air Bound Mobility
The Airbus Vahana project is one of the many projects that shed light on what the future of autonomous mobility could be like, and you can now watch it take a very quick flight – a feat that proves Airbus, at least, is on the right track to the flying-car future we’ve all fantasized about for so long. It’s nothing like science fiction promised, and for all intents and purposes, it’s basically a self-flying helicopter with a handful of small propellers. That doesn’t mean it isn’t one of, if not the most, feasible prototype operating today.
In the video below, you won’t get to see much. In fact, at this point, a “successful flight” results in a simple climb of 16 feet and a total flight time of around 53 seconds. Of course, that’s still closer to flying cars than we were a couple of years ago and this working prototype could lead to a commercialized version being on the market as early as 2020 should these successful flights continue with more longevity. That, seemingly inevitable, future is still a while away, so until then, check out the video below.
Ford Lets You Customize the Mustang’s Emblem Through Facebook
The Ford Mustang is about as iconic as a car can get – and its galloping steed badge embodies the car’s persona. We’ll Ford is letting Facebook users customize their own Mustang badge with colors, shapes, and any combination of therein on the automaker’s Mustang Facebook fan page.
For most people, the experience is a creative one that ends in a sharable design that will undoubtedly spur grass-roots marketing through social media shares. But for a select 1,000 participants, Ford will transform their design into an actual Mustang emblem that they can then install on their 2015 or newer Ford Mustang.
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2018 Cupra Ibiza
The Ibiza nameplate has been around since 1984, when Spanish automaker SEAT introduced it as a replacement for the outgoing Fura. Framed as an affordable and fun B-segment supermini, the Ibiza has seen five generations over the years, the most recent of which dropped in 2017 at the Geneva International Motor Show. A variety of body styles have been used as well, including a five-door hatchback, a sedan, a coupe, and a wagon, but the most interesting of the lot is the hot-to-trot Cupra model. These high-performance iterations (“Cupra” is an amalgamation of “cup” and “racing”) are aimed squarely at the enthusiast market, bringing more power, aggressive styling, stiff suspension, big brakes, and an interior-spec upgrade to match. These days, Cupra fancies itself a standalone brand, much in the same way Polestar detached itself from Volvo. And while the first effort for the sub-brand-turned-automaker is the 300-horsepower Ateca SUV, you can bet a freshly Cupra-tized Ibiza is on the way too. That much was revealed in a slew of images posted to social media prior to an expected debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. In response to the leak, Cupra dropped a selection of official pics, given us a clearer view of the pumped-up five-door.
While Cupra is saying the Ibiza isn’t considered an official part of the range just yet (this latest model is designated as no more than a design exercise), we think it’s highly likely the hot hatch is production-ready. The brand will show the new Ateca in Geneva, which is all well and good, but in all honesty, the Ibiza is the the one we really want. Read on to find out why.
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Harley Davidson’s electric powertrain to be a "Revelation"
Starting last month, we learned that Harley has begun registering new names as part of their new strategy to add 100 new models in the coming decade. Harley-Davidson has already introduced 10 new ones this year: nine new Softails and the Street Rod.
With 90 more to come, Harley has gone ahead and registered three new names for their new motorcycle models: “Bronx”, ’48X’ and ’Pan America’. Now, new information tells us that Harley has gone ahead and filed ‘Harley-Davidson Revelation’ trademark for its newfound electric tech that includes batteries, chargers, and motorcycle powertrains.
Nissan Wants to take on the Ranger Raptor with a Meaner Navara
Nissan might begin studying an opportunity to build a high-performance off-road version of its Navara pickup to compete against the new Ford Ranger Raptor. The news comes from Australia’s Motoring, who spoke with Renault-Nissan’s global light commercial vehicle boss, Ashwani Gupta, as he traveled Down Under for the launch of Nissan’s updated Navara pickup with more driver safety features.
Gupta was apparently petitioned by Nissan Australia’s Managing Director, Stephen Lester, who said the high-performance truck is what Australians want.
“If you would had asked me this question yesterday [about a Raptor rival] I would have said this is not in our priority list,” Gupta told Motoring. “But if you are asking this question today then I am saying this is an opportunity we would like to study.”
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