New E.U. Insurance Rules Could Ban All Motorsport
Can you imagine a world where all forms of motorsport become illegal in Europe? That could happen if the European Motor Insurance Directive isn’t amended to change stipulations that require all cars to be fully insured. New proposals to amend the MID are currently under review by the European Commission. If the amendments pass without any changes to the specific phrasing to the text, motor racing of any kind, be it Formula One, rally racing, and even go-kart racing, will become illegal. It’s hard to imagine a world where Formula One racing is illegal in Europe, but it could happen if the amendments don’t include the stipulations that will allow the entire industry to operate legally within the Union’s laws. A vote is set to take place in December in the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers.
Here Are the Cars Toyota Might Kill Off
Like every automaker that’s worth its salt, Toyota’s bottom line is the most important thing the company has to take care of. And, with the U.S. car market experiencing a shift in demand the likes of which we haven’t seen in a long time, the Japanese automaker is in the process of reviewing its entire U.S. lineup with the possibility of dumping nameplates or models that have become sales anchors on the market. A final decision isn’t expected to happen soon, but with the U.S. auto market getting dominated by SUVs and pickup trucks, Toyota’s model lineup could experience a dramatic shake-up in the near future.
Someone Should Let Elon Musk Know that The Tesla Model 3 Has Some Serious Winter Issues
Winter is upon us, and this might just be worrying news for Tesla Model 3 owners living in colder climates as reports have emerged of some models encountering issues in low temperatures such as the door handles freezing or the recharging system malfunctioning due to the cold.
The Model 3, which was launched last year, is now facing its first full winter, which can get cripplingly cold in the northern hemisphere. That’s why a number of owners in countries like Canada were aghast to find out that, despite the car’s pre-heating system it would sometimes lock them out due to freezing door handles and windows.
BMW M8 GTE Looks Good In Rainy Prep for Daytona 24-Hour
Former CART and, more recently, Paralympic champion Alex Zanardi completed his first test aboard BMW’s M8 GTE Le Mans race car at the Miramas circuit in France ahead of the Italian’s debut in the 24 Hours of Daytona in January of next year.
Zanardi is known for his inspiring return to racing after a vicious crash during the 2001 CART race at the Lausitzring, in Germany, in which he lost both of his legs. Since then, the Italian achieved success in the World Touring Car Championship, the Blancpain Sprint Series, and has guest-starred in the Spa-Francorchamps 24 Hours race and also competed in the DTM earlier this year.
The man who put down "The Pass" on Bryan Herta at Laguna Seca in 1996 has also become a Paralympics hero winning gold on his para cycle in both the 2012 London Paralympic Games and the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games as well as capturing numerous victories in World Championship para-cycling events since 2011.
Watching Chris Harris Try to Do a Handbrake Turn with an Electric Handbrake is Very Depressing
Top Gear host Chris Harris’ penchant for performing in-car experiments manifested itself recently when he decided to find out if it’s possible to perform a handbrake turn with an electric handbrake. For this particular stunt — I mean “experiment” — Harris enlisted the help of Top Gear co-host and Extra Gear main man Rory Reid and a Volkswagen Golf R. The goal was simple: Engage the electronic handbrake while the Golf R is traveling at 120 mph and see what happens after that. The result, as you can imagine, isn’t what Harris or Reid expected.
Honda Is Reviving the Passport Name Plate for 2019 at the L.A. Auto Show
Honda is all set to bring back the familiar ’Passport" nameplate after going into exile 16 years ago. The Japanese automaker will be using the moniker on its latest SUV that will be unveiled on November 27 at the upcoming L.A. Auto Show. The Passport will be Honda’s sixth offering in the SUVs and light trucks segment after the HR-V, CR-V, Pilot, Ridgeline, and Odyssey minivan.
Land Rover Uses Wire Art to Tease the Next-Gen Range Rover Evoque
The new Range Rover Evoque will be unveiled next week in London but, until then, here’s a tangible sneak peek to quench our thirst for more on Land Rover’s new compact luxury SUV: a number of wireframe models that showcase the model’s evocative lines.
The Range Rover Evoque was launched back in 2011 as a sleek and posh alternative to the bulky Range Rover that was meant for city usage first and foremost, not the off-road venue where the brand made a name for itself. The Gerry McGovern-designed SUV was previewed by the LRX concept unveiled in 2008. Now, a decade later, we’re nearing the release of the new Evoque that Land Rover has teased with the #HelloEvoque campaign that involved a few wireframe models photographed around London.
BMW’s 3-Series Gran Turismo is the other practical variant in the 3-Series lineup for those who don’t want to buy the wagon. It actually has more carrying capacity than the load lugger, and unmatched passenger room, as well as a hatchback design, so you can load big items into the back fairly easily.
It’s really the amount of interior space that impresses in the 3 GT, a car that is nowhere near as popular as it should be because, from my experience with it, there’s actually a lot to like, and it has a bit of a lovable character. Comfort levels are very high, especially if you avoid the harder suspension of the M sport pack (which apparently ruins the ride quality), and opt for the standard setup with adaptive dampers - it is the most comfortable 3-Series you can buy by quite some margin.
Design and styling may not be to everybody’s taste, certainly, but the fact that it has a bit of extra ground clearance over a regular 3-Series and the fact that it’s slightly taller overall, doesn’t negatively affect the way it looks. I think that for a halfway model whose aim is to convince you not to buy an actual crossover or SUV, it looks more than adequate and for some reason better in person than the 6-Series Gran Turismo - its larger and more expensive 5-Series-based brother.
In the 330i xDrive Luxury spec I tested, it was motivated by a turbocharged four-cylinder which is easily powerful enough for lively acceleration and not terrible on fuel. I wouldn’t call it explicitly sporty, but it is miles better to throw around a twisty road than, say, the BMW X3, which just feels tall and cumbersome by comparison.
BMW is probably not going to make a follow-up model for this 3 GT, due to its low appeal in these crossover crazed times. That means a few years down the line it will be even less of a common sight so as time progresses people may start looking for these as a rare, slightly oddball model, but one with excellent daily driver credentials.
New Mercedes-Maybach GLS Spotted Before Los Angeles Motor Show Debut
The first prototype of the Mercedes-Maybach GLS has been spotted testing in Germany prior to its debut at the Los Angeles motor show. This is the top-of-the-line Maybach model. Mercedes is planning to expand the Maybach line-up with lavish models, and what better way to do that than to add the GLS to a portfolio known mainly for stretched limos!
2019 Lamborghini SC18 Alston
From the outrageous styling, to the thumping V-12 powerplant, to the breathtaking performance, the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ is anything but boring. But that’s not stopping one lucky owner from turning the volume knob up to 11 on their Raging Bull. Say hello to the SC18 Alston, which comes with race-spec aero and a track-ready attitude to set it apart from its more “standard” brethren. And although it’s designed for track use, the SC18 Alston is still road-legal, bringing the best of both worlds into wing-tastic harmony.
2019 Audi R8
Introduced in 2015, the second-generation Audi R8 was facelifted for the 2019 model year. The mid-cycle upgrade arrived rather soon, suggesting that the supercar might be redesigned in three years or so. The facelift brought a sportier exterior, a mildly altered interior, and important changes under the hood. Likewise, the R8 V10 Plus model was renamed the V10 Performance.
Sharing 50 percent of components with the R8 LMS GT3 race car shown at the 2018 Paris Motor Show, the revised R8 looks more aggressive than ever. It’s also significantly more powerful than before, with up to 30 horsepower added to the 5.2-liter V-10 engine. It’s also the first R8 to surpass 200 mph in every trim, including Spyder models. Although it was originally believed that Audi might add a new GT model to the lineup, the sportier car spotted testing in Europe turned out to be just the regular facelift. Let’s find out more about all of that in the review below.
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Chevy is Bringing Back the Monza Name, With an RS Badge, but Don’t Expect to Get One Outside of China
Chevrolet is reviving the Monza name after a 38-year hiatus in the shape of a sporty mid-size sedan that comes with an RS badge and hopes to elbow its way into the preferences of the Chinese customer. That’s because the car will be unveiled at the Guangzhou Auto Show which means it will most likely be a China-exclusive model.
Last time the Chevrolet Monza was relevant it was 1980, and things were very different. For one, Chevrolet wasn’t building special models for the Chinese market, and mid-size sedan sales weren’t dropping at an alarming rate Stateside. So let’s see what this new car has to offer beyond a reheated nameplate.