Audi CEO Rupert Stadler Arrested in Munich
Rupert Stadler, Audi CEO since 2010, has been arrested in his home in Munich following a diesel emission probe which links him to the Volkswagen diesel emission scandal. His arrest was instructed by prosecutors who had reason to suspect that Stadler might try to destroy or suppress evidence pending the investigation.
2018 Ducati Panigale 959 Corse
Launched back in 2016 as a replacement model of the Euro-III 899 Panigale, the Euro-IV compliant 959 Panigale became the most affordable superbike in the international lineup of Ducati until the brand launched the 939 Supersport last year. It came with a longer stroked 955cc engine, a tweaked chassis and styling, new side-mount exhausts and a weight increase.
With high spec Brembos’, Showas’, a quickshifter, traction control and ABS, the standard 959 was running great. But the folks at the Italian company had a greater vision. For 2018, the 959 just got checked by the folks who run the team’s MotoGP stunts. Better equipped and a fresh new paint job that was seen similarly with the 848 EVO Corse edition in 2013.
As the first Fiat car with an all-wheel-drive system, the Fiat 500X is definitely a unicorn when it comes to the Italian producer. It seems, though, that Fiat is only stuck with this unicorn, as their plan for the next five years does not include any major revitalization or rejuvenation. And, if the brand wants to survive, that is exactly what it needs. Actually, having Fiat completely disappear in a few years’ time isn’t that of a far-fetched idea.
Yet, despite all the media scrutiny that has been present ever since cheerful Marchionne laid out the new plan for the FCA group, Fiat revealed a new car called the 500X Adventurer Edition.
It is obviously yet another attempt at freshening up the car which appeared all the way back in 2014.
Lincoln Set to Rename The MKC
There have been quite a few instances where the buried nomenclatures have been resurrected to remind people of the goodwill that the name carried. Now, Lincoln has planned to change the name of the Lincoln MKC for the 2021 model. It will then be known as the Corsair going forward. Will that help increase the sales figures?
11 Years and Counting: A History Of All The One-Off Fords That Have Been Auctioned Off By The EAA
Over the past ten years, Ford has been heavily involved in the Experimental Aircraft Association’s annual EAA AirVenture event in Wisconsin. The Blue Oval is responsible for creating custom aviation-themed vehicles, all of which are auctioned off every year to benefit youth aviation programs. All told, Ford has created 11 custom-themed vehicles, including the new Eagle Squadron Ford Mustang GT that will be auctioned off at this year’s event. In this space, we’re going to look back at a decade’s worth of custom-built Fords that have been created for the EAA.
2018 24 Hours of Le Mans - Race Report
Toyota’s legendary bad luck at the world’s most famous long-distance endurance race has finally been broken on Sunday when the No. 8 Toyota TS050 of Sebastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima, and Fernando Alonso crossed the line to score the Japanese manufacturer’s first overall win. Toyota Gazoo Racing virtually ran away with the victory after dominating in practice, qualifying and the entirety of the 24-hours-long race ahead of a fleet of brand-new non-hybrid prototypes that were pegged back from the word go by the rule book. Alonso brought in significant media attention, and Toyota’s marketing division is jubilant after the Spaniard ticked it all: fastest lap at the Test Day, pole position, and victory – all on attempt number 1.
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Ford’s Latest Eagle Squadron One-Off Will Come With Vaughn Gittin Jr’s Input
Ford and professional drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr. are joining forces to create a one-off Ford Mustang that will be auctioned off at the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture Gathering of Eagles event in Oshkosh, Wisconsin on July 26. The new creation, called the Eagle Squadron Mustang GT, will make its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on July 12 where it will be driven by Gittin Jr.
Two More Sedans Could Head to the Chopping Block as Lexus Contemplates its Future
We cannot stress enough on the fact that sedans are on their way to extinction. After Ford and Chevrolet, the trend seems to be making its way into the premium automakers’ category as well. This time, it’s Lexus with the IS and the GS sedans. Is this a smart move by a company whose sales figures are controlled by loyalists?
Put The Toyota Supra On The Sideline First Because The GR Super Sport Concept is Where It’s At
Toyota is entering the hypercar space with a 986-horsepower monster that will be developed by the Toyota Gazoo Racing team. The model, called the GR Super Sport Concept, will use technology derived from the TS050 Hybrid LMP1 race car that just finished off a dominant run at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, giving Toyota its first-ever Le Mans title in the company’s history.
Toyota Finally Wins At Le Mans, Fernando Alonso Draws One Step Closer To Triple Crown
After knocking on the door multiple times in the past few years, Toyota finally broke through, winning its first-ever Le Mans title in dominant fashion. The winning #8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid beat its sister car, the #7 TS050, on the back of its trio of drivers, Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Buemi, and Kabuki Nakajima. The Le Mans win was the first for two-time F1 champ Alonso, who took a big step in becoming only the second racer in history to achieve the “motor racing triple crown.”
2018 Piaggio MP3 350
Piaggio steps up its backwards-leaning-trike game ahead of MY2018 with brushed up looks and a brand new 350 cc engine. The larger engine replaces the 300 and promises greater performance to go with its urbanite looks and unique front-suspension system that delivers a safe and stable ride without sacrificing the feeling of flight that makes leaning into the corners so much fun. Electronic safety features bolster the inherent stability of the Delta-trike design to make the MP3 as safe as possible, and Piaggio seems to have accomplished that with a trifecta of features that work together to provide overlapping safety nets. Think I’m overstating it? I don’t think that is possible with this ride.
Continue reading for my look at the Piaggio MP3 350.
It is not exactly common to see a new car unveiled with a designation such as the 2018.5 Infiniti QX30. Nevertheless, Infiniti’s new QX30 received a few changes compared with the 2018 model. Most importantly, automatic emergency braking, previously optionally available only for top two trim levels, is now a standard issue across the range.
And the range has a different ring to it. For the 2018.5 Infiniti QX30 (official Infiniti designation, mind you), trim levels were renamed, equipment shuffled, and prices went up a bit. What once was Base, Luxury, and Premium, now is Pure, Luxe and Essential. It has a better ring to it without a doubt. The only trim level that retains the old name is the Sport.
Swiss Students Design an E-Bike That’s Capable of Amazing Range
Electric motorcycles aren’t anything new, but a Students over at the University of Zurich have seemingly accomplished designing a bike that offers up 250 miles of range and a fast-charging system that can top off the battery in just one hour. Its name? The Ethec.
Ready for the 24 Hours of Le Mans? Here’s Your Spotters Guide and Competitors List
We’re a few days away from the start of the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans, so if you haven’t gotten yourselves up-to-date with this year’s race, we have a spotter’s guide that’s going to save you a lot of time catching up on what to expect ahead of this weekend’s race. The guide is as comprehensive as it gets, and it comes straight from WeatherTech and Andy Blackmore, the man behind all of the best spotter’s guides you’ve seen.
Watch Dodge Give Birth to the Last Dodge Challenger SRT Demon
It’s been less than a month since the final Dodge Challenger SRT Demon rolled off the line and now that you’ve seen the pictures, it’s time to see the video that shows it being built.
The video was released by FCA North America and shows various stages of the final Demon as it creeps through the production line. Throughout the video, you get to see it transform from a mere shell to the car we’ve all grown to love…or loathe. This specific model comes off the line looking as black as the nights sky but will be sent off for a special (and exclusive) Viper Red paint finish before it heads off to an auction where it’s expected to pull in some $2 mill based on the $1.65 million that the first Hellcat model pulled in. Of course, it could go for even more than that as it’s being auctioned off as part of a package deal with its sports car cousin, the Dodge Viper – the very last Dodge Viper at that.
As the final production model, it will get a pair of exclusive drag tires, a front passenger seat, rear seat delete, truck carpet kit, car cover, VIN badge, and a Demon Authentication package. Naturally, it will get the Demon Crate too, which comes with the drag wheels, tuned PCM, and a full set of track tools. As a reminder, this track-ready monster comes with 840 horsepower and 770 pound-feet of torque, enough for it to blow most supercars away with a sprint to 60 mph coming in just 2.3 seconds. It can also hit the quarter mile in 9.65 seconds at 140 mph – a standing record for any production car.
This car, and the final production Dodge Viper, will be auctioned off at the Barret-Jackson Northeast Auction between June 20 and June 23 with all proceeds heading straight to United Way. Stay tuned to find out how much the final Demon goes for and, until then, check out the video and gallery below!
2018 MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 Lusso SCS
Famed as the most versatile Agusta, the Turismo Veloce 800 gave the Italian a fresh breed of customers wanting to venture the outback and the hills. Being an MV, it is the most stylish breed of a machine to go trotting around the globe. And now, it is making it even easier to do it.
Presenting the new 2018 MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 Lusso SCS. It is basically the standard Veloce 800 but takes the excitement up a notch with a semi-auto clutch from Rekluse. The “SCS” stands for “Smart Clutch System” and is a proprietary technology that took MV 2 years to develop and is finally debuting on a production motorcycle.
2018 Ferrari 488 Pista Piloti Ferrari
It’s been only three months since the hardcore Ferrari 488 Pista was unveiled at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, and the Maranello-based firm has already created a special edition of the supercar. Designed to celebrate the 488’s success on the race track, it’s called the 488 Pista Piloti Ferrari and made its debut ahead of the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans race.
Inspired by AF Corse’s no. 51 car, with which Alessandro Pier Guidi and James Calado won the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ titles, the Pista Piloti Ferrari is available exclusively to customers involved in the company’s motorsport programs. In short, if you’re not racing a race-spec version of the 488, be it a GT3 or a GTE, you can’t buy one. That’s a bit harsh from the Italians, but let’s a have a closer look at what you’re missing if you’re not involved in this program.
Continue reading to learn more about the Ferrari 488 Pista Piloti Ferrari.
2018 KTM 790 Duke
KTM launches a fresh assault, this time on the mid-displacement, naked-bike market with the 2018 790 Duke, first of its name. The Austrian bike builders have nicknamed it “The Scalpel” for its precise control over power delivery and lean angle with a race-tastic chassis and new, 100-plus horsepower mill. A robust electronics suite brings an alphabet soup of goodies to the table, and ABS, traction control and variable power-delivery ride modes are just a few of the features on the menu. Even with the dearth of body panels, it’s easy to see the Duke DNA in the details that leave no doubts about its heritage. A bold move in such a competitive market, so let’s see what else KTM throws in to sweeten the deal and be competitive in a crowded field.
Continue reading for my review of the KTM 790 Duke.