From hatches to muscles, cars of all shapes and sizes are adopting green technology. Whether autonomous cars will become a reality or not is a different question; electric cars are the future. Even though the ‘EV’ cars were introduced barely a decade ago, the kind of transformation and innovations we’ve seen in the last couple of years makes the whole thing look like a yesteryear concept. In this article, we’ve listed out the ten most fuel-efficient vehicles.
But before that, let’s just put the basic questions to rest once-in-for-all: the difference between EV, Hybrid, and Plug-in Hybrid - an electric vehicle is the one that runs solely on electric power. You don’t have a combustion engine here whatsoever. A hybrid engine is the one where the car will charge its own batteries on the run with the gasoline engine. As for the plug-in hybrids, the car can be plugged into electricity points to charge the batteries. Now that we have clarified the obvious and bored you enough, let’s move on to the heart of the article.
Super Rare 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Goes Gone in 60 Seconds
A rare example of a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing was stolen from a hotel near the Nurburgring on August 11. The one-off Mercedes, which was in town to participate in the Old-timer Grand Prix classic car race, was sitting in front of the hotel when it was jacked by thieves that have yet to be identified. According to The Sunday Times, the theft occurred sometime between 1:30 A.M. and 10 A.M. on August 11 and there are now growing concerns that the car will be stripped down and have its parts sold individually. Yikes.
Audi Eliminates Manual Transmission From Its U.S. Lineup
The traditional manual transmission is not preferred by the new breed of customers in the U.S., and that’s the bottom line. We’ve seen a lot of automakers lately, providing only automatics in their offerings. The latest to go fully-automatic is Audi. The German company is replacing manual transmissions with automatic and dual-clutch gearboxes across its entire line-up. Why, Audi, why?
Aston Martin Plans To Build James Bond’s DB5 From Goldfinger, Complete With All The Gadgets
Aston Martin and EON Productions are teaming up to recreate arguably one of the most iconic movie cars of all time: James Bond’s DB5 from the movie Goldfinger. The British automaker and the production company in charge of producing Bond movies will recreate the legendary DB5 as part of Aston’s continuation series. Only 25 units of the DB5 will be built, but each one of them will come with all the gizmos and gadgetry that 007 himself had at his disposal in the classic 1964 movie.
Ford Has A Kona Blue Mustang Bullitt That’s Going To Be Up For Raffle
The 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt is limited enough as it is, but an even more limited edition version from within its ranks is set to be raffled off this November. The model in question is a Mustang Bullitt that’s dressed up in a Kona Blue paint finish. It’s the only one of its kind in the world, and getting a chance to own one involves more luck than it does having deep pockets.
2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS
When it unveiled the 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 in February 2015, Porsche finally did what gearheads had been asking for a very long time: it allowed the mid-engined Cayman to live up to its true potential, which had been kept leashed to prevent it from being faster than the base 911. Now that the first Cayman GT4 has come and gone and the mid-engined sports car it was based on received a mid-cycle update, it’s time for a new track-ready coupe.
Ever since the first GT4 was announced, enthusiasts have been asking themselves whether Porsche will take things up a notch and develop a GT4 RS. But, despite favorable rumors and the fact that an RS version would make sense, a more powerful GT4 has yet to happen. This could change with the upcoming model. And even though there’s no confirmation whether it will be called the GT4 or GT4 RS, the new coupe will definitely pack a significantly beefed-up engine. So I’m tempted to go with an "RS" badge.
Updated 08/20/2018: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Cayman GT4 out for one final testing before its official debut set for the 2018 Paris Auto Show.
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Mercedes Drops New Teaser of Pebble Beach-Bound Aesthetics Progressive Luxury Concept
Mercedes’ not-so-mysterious Aesthetics Progressive Luxury Concept is a few days away from making its debut, and as expected, the German automaker isn’t wasting time generating some buzz ahead of the concept’s grand unveiling. Mercedes’ own design boss, Gorden Wagener, is the latest to drop a teaser of the Aesthetics Progressive Luxury Concept, giving us a shadowy close-up look of the car’s side profile.
BMW’s R1200 series to get a revamped powertrain for 2019. To be called R1250
Being the best-selling range of motorcycles for the Bavarian company, the GS legacy harks back close to 40 years, which was initiated with the R 80 GS back in 1980. Then there is the R1200RT, a sport touring motorcycle which has many at times been the bestselling model for BMW.
Currently, a 1170cc flat-twin boxer engine is the workhorse for both the flagship ADV motorcycle and is all set to receive some major updates for the 2019 year that is going to make it specked to Euro-V norms and also make more power without losing on any fuel efficiency. What’s the trick? It’s called VVT.
The SSC Tuatara’s Twin-Turbo V-8 Is a Work of Art
Folks like you and me - we’re a little different. Our concept of beauty usually involves perfect welds, elegant intake runners, and elegantly mounted turbine housings, as evidenced by the drool we produce when gazing at the SSC Tuatara’s new twin-turbo V-8. It’s a very pretty thing to look at, that’s for sure, but the real question is this - will it have the right stuff to put SSC back on the top speed throne?
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Porsche Taycan Promises a 3.5-Second Sprint to 60 MPH
Hype is building for Porsche’s first all-electric performance car, as Stuttgart continues to tease us with fresh images posted to its social media accounts. Critically, one recent post included a tasty little morsel on the car’s specs, specifically the time needed to hit 60 mph.
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1968 Ferrari Dino 206 GT
In 1968, Ferrari had been on the market as a road car manufacturer for 21 years and was already enjoying massive success. It had already won the Formula One championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans and launched iconic cars like the 250 GTO, 275 GTB, and the 400 Superamerica. However, the cars were very expensive, and Ferrari was looking for a shot at the more affordable sports car market. And it created the Dino for this exact purpose.
Launched in 1968, the first Dino was called the 206 GT. Powered by a 2.0-liter V-6, it was designed by Pininfarina’s Leonardo Fioravanti and produced until 1969. The Dino was updated in 1969 and renamed the 246 GT. A convertible model called the GTS was also introduced. The original Dino was phased out in 1974, but a redesigned model called the 308 GT4 was launched in 1973 and kept into production until 1980. That’s when the Dino brand was dropped altogether, and Ferrari’s next affordable sports car was called the Mondial.
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Now GM and Marketers Want to Force Feed Advertisements Via Your Car Windows
BMW’s New Patent Is All About Making Sure You Don’t Spill Your Champagne Ever Again
Just as other automakers are filing patents for new car layouts and technologies like Targa roofs and active aerodynamics systems, BMW is turning its attention on making sure that you never have to spill champagne in your car ever again. The German automaker known for its technical prowess in the auto industry has filed a patent for a beverage dispenser that can fill your glasses upwards from the bottom instead of you having to pour the drink over the top. First-world problems? You bet.
2020 Mitsubishi Lancer Cross
As the SUV market is growing larger by the year, more and more automakers are giving up on SUVs to make crossovers. Ford has already announced plans to drop almost every nameplate that’s not a crossover in the U.S. soon, and Mitsubishi seems to follow the same path. Having turned the Eclipse sports car into a crossover, the Japanese firm wants to do the same with the Lancer.
In 2017, Mitsubishi launched the Eclipse Cross, a compact crossover that slots between the Outlander Sport and the Outlander. Previewed by the XR-PHEV concept, this new hauler borrowed its name from an iconic sports car that Mitsubishi built between 1989 and 2011 in Illinois. With the iconic Lancer discontinued in 2017 after no fewer than 44 years on the market, the Japanese carmaker is pondering a revival of the name for a new crossover.
Rumors of this radical change have been flying around for a few years now, and Mitsubishi confirmed earlier in 2018, through COO Trevor Mann, that the next-gen Lancer doesn’t have to be "a very conventional hatchback." "We’re thinking quite radically," he added, hinting that the Lancer name may join the Eclipse on the SUV market. It remains unknown when it will happen, but a new rendering Tigran Lalayan, a designed from Pininfarina, gives us a look at what the Lancer Cross might look like.
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The automotive industry has been busy this last week. We got to see the new BMW X7 in prototype form, and the Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster was spotted for the first time too. Someone peed in BMW’s Koolaid afterleaking press images of the BMW Z4 ahead of its debut and SCG managed to drive the Ferrari 512 Modulo under its own power for the first time in history. To top things off, Aston Martin is working on another new supercar, Lotus wants to take on the big players, and Ford debuted the 2019 Mustang Cobra Jet. Check it all out in pictures in our cool video below.
Subaru Ascents Recalled Over Welding Defects
It looks like Subaru made an oopsie with a batch of Ascents. Out of 293 of the new SUVs manufactured last month, the automaker didn’t make the correct spot welds on the B-pillar during manufacturing. The company has issued a notice to all its dealers to stop sales immediately until a factory representative has inspected them. A handful of people who have bought the car from this batch will get a brand new Ascent in exchange. But what’s the remedy for the faulty cars? Simple - Destroy them!
Five Times Car Raced A Plane
It is hard to think of anything more stupendous than an actual plane racing a car. It is like a seven-year-old’s dream becoming reality. Pure madness. Usually, extremely hard to pull off too. Well, over the years, some did try to race a plane against a car, and I am here to tell you about the five most memorable instances of that happening. Recently we saw the Huracan Performante racing the Indian Mig 29k in that horribly filmed video, so I am not including that one on the list, but I am including five others. You are about to see how a Bugatti Veyron, Tesla Model S, Porsche 911, Corvette ZR1, and an actual F1 car fair against an RAF plane, Airliner, Red Bull Air Race Plane, U.S. Navy Fighter, and an F-18 Hornet. This is the list of the most epic car vs. plane races ever attempted.
Sure, I may have missed some, but I feel that these five races definitely deserve to be on the list.
Exotic Car Leases Are a Real Thing and It’s Big Business
You don’t have to look hard to find some mighty impressive road cars these days. Whether the badge says Koenigsegg, Pagani, Bugatti, or Ferrari, the number of multi-million dollar vehicles available for purchase is staggering. But what if you don’t want to outright buy one of these machines? What if you’d prefer to lease one instead? Well, there are several companies out there that can help.
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2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt Steeda
After appearing at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the new Ford Mustang Bullitt, as well as the original (who left the U.S. first time ever for its stint at Goodwood) left a mark on the gearheads of the world. Particularly those in the U.S. No wonder that the tuning company Steeda, already well known for its Mustang projects, partnered with Galpin Auto Sports and McQueen Racing to deliver the most amazing Mustang Bullitt. This is the Ford Mustang Bullitt by Steeda - it can be a 500 horsepower N/A beast, an 800 horsepower Hellcat killer, or a track-worthy toy with a roll cage. Steeda offered a comprehensive tuning package for the Mustang Bullitt. However, it seems that it only added subtle exterior additions nearing the latest Mustang to its movie star grandfather more than Ford has ever done before.