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Instagram Girl of the Week: Sophiacalate (and a Mercedes G350d)

Instagram Girl of the Week: Sophiacalate (and a Mercedes G350d)

Remember Supercar Blondie? This is one of her rivals, 26-year-old Sophia Calate from Germany who’s amassed almost 43,000 followers on Instagram and now poses on a brand-new Mercedes G-Wagon powered by the 3.0-liter, six-cylinder, diesel. The result? An even better-looking Tirolean scenery.

The brand-new G-Class was unveiled last year and we all know it’s bigger than ever before while retaining the classic boxy appearance. But have you ever noticed how good it looks in cherry red parked on the Austrian snow next to a lake? As Sophia correctly points out in her Instagram post that has effortlessly collected over 4,000 likes, the name of the color is actually "Designo Hyazinthrot metallic," and it’s quite unusual for the G-Wagon, which is usually seen in funeral shades of silver or black.

The G350d is less bonkers that the V-8-engined AMG model although it still packs 283 horsepower and 442.5 pound-feet of torque, enough to send this block of metal from 0 to 62 mph in just 7.4 seconds and then on to a top speed of 123 mph. Inside, the G now has big screens on the dash and, in the middle, there are the controls for the faultless 9-speed transmission. You still, obviously, get three locking diffs which are very useful if you too want to tackle the Austrian mountainside this season.

Sophia asks in her post, "would you drive this as a Diesel?", and we’re passing this question down to you! Send your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Bucky Lasek Brings His Tuned Subaru WRX STI To Jay Leno's Garage: Video

Bucky Lasek Brings His Tuned Subaru WRX STI To Jay Leno’s Garage: Video

Jay gets a taste of the famous Scooby rumble

At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter who you are, where you came from, or what you’re into - we all love cars. And even if you drive a tuned import and the guy you’re talking to is all about old school muscle, there’s a common language you share. Horsepower, 0 to 60, top speed… all that good stuff. There’s common ground out there in enthusiast land, and that’s exactly what you get in this episode of Jay Leno’s Garage.

For those of you who may be unaware, Bucky Lasek is an absolutely legendary pro skateboarder that came to prominence in the ‘90s and has since dabbled in motorsport with the Subaru Rally Team USA. As such, his daily is a 2016 WRX STI rocking 400 horses at the wheels, not to mention a host of other modifications.

It’s a pretty sweet ride, but it definitely looks out of place in Jay’s garage. But that’s half the fun, as the former Tonight Show host tries to wrap his head around the frenetic little AWD rally machine. The back and forth between Lasek and Leno is also pretty hilarious, as the two are obviously good friends. Hit play and enjoy!

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The Grand Tour Will Return For a Fourth Season, But Under a New Format

The Grand Tour Will Return For a Fourth Season, But Under a New Format

Big budget, multi-hour specials will replace the usual 10 one-our episodes

Good news for fans of The Grand Tour: The show is returning for a fourth season. Bad news for fans of The Grand Tour: The show’s studio-dominated configuration is getting the heave-ho. That’s the word from Amazon, which announced the renewal of the hit motoring show for Season 4, albeit with big changes in the way for the upcoming season. There’s no timetable on when Season 4 comes out, but don’t expect it to air until 2020. Season 3 hasn’t even come out yet; that’s on schedule to première on January 18, 2019.

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Believe it or Not, Elon Musk is a Gamer - His Favorites Might Surprise You

Believe it or Not, Elon Musk is a Gamer - His Favorites Might Surprise You

But he does have genuinely good taste

Elon Musk has a seemingly never-ending stream of problems to fix between running Tesla and SpaceX, but he apparently doesn’t ignore a favorite pastime of his: gaming. Yes, that’s right, and he actually has quite specific and interesting taste in games too.

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The Three Million Mile Man Takes His Last Ride To Heaven

The Three Million Mile Man Takes His Last Ride To Heaven

Irv Gordon had covered more than three million miles in his Volvo P1800S before his death

The owner of the famous three million mile Volvo P1800S, Irv Gordon, has passed away aged 77, during his trip to China. This news comes courtesy of sources in the American Volvo community. Gordon holds the Guinness World Record for highest mileage count for a single production car ever and became famous in the classic car circle for accomplishing this feat in his invincible Volvo P1800S.

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Nissan's Own Carlos Ghosn Accused of Misconduct, Arrested

Nissan’s Own Carlos Ghosn Accused of Misconduct, Arrested

He will be "promptly removed" from his position

Nissan Chairman and Renault Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn has been arrested by prosecutors in Japan for "significant acts of misconduct." Nissan said Ghosn and another board member had been under investigation for months following a whistleblower report. As one of the auto industry’s most important executives, Ghosn will be "promptly removed" from his positions, according to Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa.

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Starman and Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster Cruise Past Mars on the Way to Deep Space Nine

Starman and Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster Cruise Past Mars on the Way to Deep Space Nine

Starman will boldly go where no man has gone before

Starman seems to be an “out-of-the-world” driver. Giving stiff competition to Le Mans drivers, Starman, in Musk’s Tesla Roadster, has been on it for nine months and has gone beyond the Red Planet. SpaceX shared Starman’s current position in a diagram, showing that the Roadster has reached beyond Mars.

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Ice-T Arrested After Driving His New McLaren 720S Over George Washington Bridge Without Paying the Toll

Ice-T Arrested After Driving His New McLaren 720S Over George Washington Bridge Without Paying the Toll

Veteran actor actually plays a cop on television

Rapper and actor Ice-T was arrested earlier this week for on allegations that he evaded paying a toll on the New Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge. The veteran actor was reportedly in the E-ZPass lane with his brand-new McLaren 720S, which didn’t have license plates, either. The actor told cops that he simply forgot to bring his E-ZPass with him, adding that he actually has seven of them. Ultimately, he was allowed to leave the scene after receiving a ticket for the unregistered supercar.

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Matt LeBlanc and Rory Reid Exit As Hosts of Top Gear

Matt LeBlanc and Rory Reid Exit As Hosts of Top Gear

Chris Harris will now be joined by two relative unknowns in the automotive circle

Top Gear’s 27th season will have a pair of new faces sitting in hosting chairs after the BBC unveiled Paddy McGuinness and Andrew Flintoff as the show’s new hosts alongside Chris Harris. Matt LeBlanc is leaving the show after the 26th season while Rory Reid is returning as the face of the spin-off show Extra Gear. Harris is expected to inherit the main hosting role from LeBlanc. Filming for the 27th season of the show starts in late 2019.

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It Looks Like North Korea's Kim Jong Un Swapped his Mercedes for a New Rolls-Royce Phantom

It Looks Like North Korea’s Kim Jong Un Swapped his Mercedes for a New Rolls-Royce Phantom

North Korea’s leader knows how to ride in style

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is known to have a taste for fancy luxury cars, and it appears that his latest ride is none other than a Rolls-Royce Phantom. Kim arrived at his meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the luxury sedan — eagle-eyed observers saw the Rolls-Royce logo on the car’s wheel center caps — prompting speculation that the North Korean president has a new ride to go along with the Mercedes-Maybach Pullman Grand armored limousine that he used during his summit with his South Koran counterpart, Moon Jae-in, earlier this year.

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Marilyn Monroe's 1956 Ford Thunderbird Up for Auction Next Month

Marilyn Monroe’s 1956 Ford Thunderbird Up for Auction Next Month

Here’s your chance to buy a car that was owned by arguably the most famous Hollywood actress in history

A 1956 Ford Thunderbird belonging to the late Marilyn Monroe is going up for auction at Julien’s Auctions’ Icons and Idols Auction on November 16. The iconic American actress owned the Raven Black Thunderbird between 1955 and 1962. The car has an estimated value between $250,000 and $500,000, though, considering the provenance behind it, including the fact that arguably one of the biggest Hollywood celebrities in history owned it, the selling price could go through the roof.

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Three Burt Reynolds Movie Cars Sell for $330K in Vegas

Three Burt Reynolds Movie Cars Sell for $330K in Vegas

Proceeds of the auction went directly to the Burt Reynolds Institute

The last three cars belonging to the late Burt Reynolds were auctioned off by Barrett-Jackson in Las Vegas in late September, raising $330,000 for the Burt Reynolds Institute in the process. Of the three cars, two were 1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Ams, while the other was a 1987 Chevrolet R30 pickup truck. All three vehicles belonged to Reynolds’ car collection, and all of them were personally autographed by the recently deceased Hollywood legend.

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