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Test Drive - An Honest Take on the 2019 BMW M240i xDrive Convertible

Test Drive - An Honest Take on the 2019 BMW M240i xDrive Convertible

Instant Love

I test drove the BMW M240i xDrive Convertible. The small BMW convertible showed me why I liked BMWs so much, it sparked the fire in my heart for BMWs once again, and I am not going back, ever. I love BMW, and now, finally, I definitely know why. It is for me. I am sure, if you had to chance to drive the M240i through a few bends on the mountain roads of the Gorges du Verdon canyon in France, the M240i would grow in your heart as well.

It is sublime!

I can’t even imagine what kind of a beast the M2 is. I haven’t driven it yet, but I am eagerly waiting to do so.

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McLaren Takes Luxury and Exclusivity to All New Levels with Gold and Platinum Badging for the 2019 Speedtail

McLaren Takes Luxury and Exclusivity to All New Levels with Gold and Platinum Badging for the 2019 Speedtail

These badges come from Olympic medal manufacturing jeweler

Just when you thought that the limited-run-exclusivity of the Speedtail was enough to make you feel special, Mclaren has gone a step further to let you know that this car is not just fast; it also involves luxury. Instead of having the regular aluminum and gloss black exterior badges, the British brand has worked with Vaughtons jeweler to create an 18-carat white gold emblems with inset carbon fiber.

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Watch Out Tesla Model S - The Audi E-tron GT Will be All About Power

Watch Out Tesla Model S - The Audi E-tron GT Will be All About Power

An Audi E-tron GT With Porsche Tech To Take On The Model S 100D?

The Audi E-tron GT is coming, and it will, by all accounts, be epic. Ever since Tesla made such glorious strides in the electric car fandom, the car world has been waiting for the rest of the big automakers to catch up. With the introduction of numerous expensive electric SUVs in the past couple of years, the car community as a whole gained the much needed electric car boost. But a true Tesla Model S competitor was still nowhere to be found. Until now. The Audi E-tron GT will be its competitor. And I am not the only one to say it. Siegfried Pint, Head of Development for Electric Drive at Audi, said that the new car is “steered towards performance.”

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Amazing And Necessary Facts You Need to Know About The BMW X7

Amazing And Necessary Facts You Need to Know About The BMW X7

BMW X7 Is An SUV So Rich In Gizmos That Words Simply Aren’t Enough

The Rolls-Royce Cullinan is the most luxurious SUV in the world (sorry Bentayga, but it is). The BMW X7, despite many reporting it is the most luxurious, actually isn’t. I’ll be modest in my unpretentious estimates and say that the BMW X7 is the fourth most luxurious production SUV in the world. The Cullinan being the first, the Bentayga the second and, the Land Rover Range Rover is the third. So, yes, I am probably correct - the BMW X7 is the fourth most luxurious SUV in the world. It is also the biggest BMW SUV in the world.

As the world basks in the greatness of the new large BMW X7, whose price starts at $73,900, I am pressed to find all the cool facts about the thing. Or as Doug DeMuro would say, I am listing here all the strange quirks and cool features the BMW X7 has to offer.

You are in for a cool one.

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2018 Ford EcoSport Big Adventures by Tucci Designs

2018 Ford EcoSport Big Adventures by Tucci Designs

This isn’t your sisters Ford EcoSport

The Ford EcoSport’s standing as the Blue Oval’s smallest crossover isn’t stopping it from making a statement at the 2018 SEMA Auto Show. With assistance from aftermarket tuner, Tucci Designs, the EcoSport is showing off a more rugged “Big Adventures” personality that’s built for the outdoors. Bucci Design’s Ford EcoSport Big Adventures is one of five Ford crossovers and SUVs that’s appearing at SEMA when the world’s biggest aftermarket auto show opens its doors next month.

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Sorry Folks, Ford Has No Plans to Bring the 2019 Ranger Raptor to U.S. Roads

Sorry Folks, Ford Has No Plans to Bring the 2019 Ranger Raptor to U.S. Roads

The Ranger Raptor Will Not Come To The U.S. So Be Sad

While I did write extensively about the possible Ford Ranger Raptor Diesel reaching the U.S., it seems that Ford doesn’t have any plans to introduce theRanger Raptor to the free world. In his talk with Hermann Salenbauch, Ford Performance Director, Autoblog journalists found out that the Raptor “was really developed for locations where the F-150 isn’t available or popular so that all regions could have a Raptor.”

Obviously, reading between the lines shows that the Ranger Raptor isn’t actually coming to the U.S.

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Set the Speedtail Aside For a Second Because the Mysterious McLaren BC-03 Lurks in The Shadows

Set the Speedtail Aside For a Second Because the Mysterious McLaren BC-03 Lurks in The Shadows

A new supercar is rumored to be on its way, and the Ultimate Vision Gran Turismo Concept offers a clue on what it is

As everyone continues to wait with bated breath for the respective debuts of the Speedtail and 720S Convertible, another McLaren is brewing in the shadows. There are no definite details yet, but numerous rumors hint that McLaren’s MSO division is preparing a mysterious new supercar that’s tentatively called the BC-03. It is also believed that the BC-03 will draw inspiration from McLaren’s Ultimate Vision Gran Turismo Concept and that only five units are planned.

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Ford Seeing Dollar Signs as It Extends Production of the Ford GT "to meet demand"

Ford Seeing Dollar Signs as It Extends Production of the Ford GT "to meet demand"

By meeting demand, it means only 350 more examples will be built over two years

The GT supercar seems to be a hit among enthusiasts. To satisfy the ‘overwhelming’ customer demand, Ford has announced that the production of the GT supercar will be extended by approximately two years. For people who would like to get it this time around, the Blue Oval will start taking applications in selected markets for about a month, starting from November 8.

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2018 BMW 225xe iPerformance plug-in hybrid - Driven

2018 BMW 225xe iPerformance plug-in hybrid - Driven

BMW raised a few eyebrows when it debuted its front-wheel drive-biased 2-Series Active Tourer model, and people quickly called it “not a BMW,” it was a model which dilutes the brand, and just plain ugly. However, after spending a few days with the top-of-the-range plug-in hybrid version of the 2 AT, the 225xe iPerformance, its many qualities did start to shine through, in spite of my initial hesitation to like it.

And I did like it in the end, even if not for the usual reasons one traditionally appreciates a BMW. I found it very spacious to sit in, with surprisingly comfortable seats, I liked its excellent fit and finish, and even the one-box design started to grow on me.

The driving experience is also pretty good, but again, not very BMW-like. It drives like one of the larger models in the MINI lineup, and that’s no accident because they all use a shared (modular) architecture.

My tester was also made even more likable thanks to its plug-in hybrid powertrain which works very smoothly and seamlessly, allowing it to change its character from silent side street cruiser to a hissing, turbocharged all-wheel-drive people carrier with hot hatch performance.

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2019 Triumph Street Twin

2019 Triumph Street Twin

Big Update = Even More Fun

Triumph Motorcycles reprises its Street Twin model ahead of MY2019 in a bid to maintain the momentum it garnered in ’18 with updated looks and performance to match. This is Trumpet’s most popular unit within its modern-classic lineup, so the pressure is on to give everyone more of what they want. New, first-in-class technology works under the hood to make your rides safer, and improvements to the engine boost the fun-factor by something in the neighborhood of 18-percent for a difference that will definitely register on the old heinie-dyno. I’m curious to see how it hold up to closer scrutiny as well as how it holds up against a likely opponent, so let’s get to it.

Continue reading for my review of the Triumph Street Twin.

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2019 Porsche Panamera GTS

2019 Porsche Panamera GTS

A space filler between the standard Panamera and the Panamera Turbo

The 2019 Porsche Panamera and the Panamera Sports Turismo get some extra pizzazz with both being offered with a GTS badge. This is not the first time Porsche has used the GTS moniker on its cars; the second-generation Panamera and the Panamera Sport Turismo have gotten the same treatment and have been quite successful. The GTS versions have always been a good bang for the buck, as you get performance specs and features that are optional on other models, without actually costing a bomb.

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2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybird

2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybird

The same workhorse; now with better clothing and a lot more space

Toyota RAV4 has been around for almost 25 years now. It has been one of the most stable products for the Japanese giant, raking in sales numbers consistently since its launch. At a time when sedans’ sales were booming, Toyota offered customers with a car that could be taken on any terrain, had the looks of an SUV, and could be handled like a hatch. While this sounds like a success formula now, it was quite a big risk two decades back.

The automaker showcased the fifth-generation RAV4 Hybrid, at the Paris Motor Show this year. Toyota has used a new underpinning, called the TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform. With increased body rigidity, The RAV4 now boasts a low center of gravity and better handling when compared to the previous iterations. As for the dimensions, the SUV is 4,600 mm long - shorter by 5 mm compared to the previous gen, but the wheelbase is 30 mm longer. This is because there is reduction of 35 mm in the bonnet and boot overhangs. It is 10 mm wider, and 10 mm shorter.

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Is the 2019 BMW X7 Too Similar to the BMW X5?

Is the 2019 BMW X7 Too Similar to the BMW X5?

Like it or not, the X7 is here, and it’s here to stay

The BMW X7 has arrived, and it’s poised to take the reigns from the X5 as Bavaria’s new flagship SUV. The full-sized behemoth will have its hands full competing against the likes of the Mercedes GLS-Class and the Land Rover Range Rover. For the time being, at least, the X7 will also draw comparisons to the model it’s replacing atop the BMW SUV food chain. Fair or not, the X7 will be compared to the X5, in part to judge the merits of the X7 as Bimmer’s new flagship SUV. The latter now holds the keys to BMW’s SUV kingdom as all eyes will be on it to see if it can elevate the German automaker’s status in the market.

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Chevrolet is showing its newest crate engines in three vintage concepts

Chevrolet is showing its newest crate engines in three vintage concepts

Cool restomods with big power at the 2018 SEMA Show

The 2018 SEMA Show is just around the corner, and U.S. automakers are slowly introducing new upgrades and accessories. On top of a few customized vehicles, Chevrolet also prepared three new crate engines. The cool thing about this is that they will be displayed in a trio of vintage, restomod-style vehicles.

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New Patent Application Signals the Imminent Introduction of a Third Chevy FNR futuristic Concept

New Patent Application Signals the Imminent Introduction of a Third Chevy FNR futuristic Concept

The first concept to use the "FNR" name was a doozy

General Motors has renewed its patent for the name “FNR” with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, suggesting that neither the General nor Chevrolet — the brand that used the name on a pair of concept vehicles — are done using the moniker. There’s no word yet on when Chevrolet plans to use the name again, but given its history, it could be used on a new concept that will debut somewhere down the road. The USPTO has yet to grant the patent renewal to GM, though it could only be a matter of time before it does.

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