Kia Will Expand Its Electrified Lineup by Turning the 2019 Ceed and Sportage into Plug-In Hybrids
Kia has been one of the top automakers to adopt electrification in its portfolio. At a point where other manufacturers would probably focus on stabilizing the sales of their present electrified models, Kia is relentlessly working towards increasing its fleet of plug-in hybrid models to counter CO2 emission regulations all across the globe. This is what commitment looks like: competition!
Tuner squeezes extra power and torque from BMW M550d xDrive
When driving the latest BMW M550d xDrive you don’t really feel that what it needs is extra power and torque, but that has never stopped tuners from turning things up to eleven. German tuner mcchip-dkr has unlocked more of everything from the quad-turbo 3.0-liter straight-six, and it now offers two stages of power.
Former Corvette Engineers Look at Why It Took So Long for GM to Build a Mid-Engine Vette
Watch Hennessey’s Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk HPE1200 Destroy the Quarter Mile
You don’t want to mess with the Hennessy-tuned Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, not when it has 1,200 horsepower to throw at you. If there are some brave souls who are willing to try to take down this Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, let this video of the SUV getting tested by the folks at Hennessey serve as a warning on what you’re getting yourselves into. Despite weighing 5,300 pounds, this 1,200-horsepower Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is capable of sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.3 seconds on its way to posting a quarter-mile time of 9.66 seconds at 145.9 mph. Still think you can this beast on? You’re more than welcome to try.
I Drove 1,780 Horsepower Worth Of Cars In France On Possibly The Best Tires On Earth
Continental AG invited me to spend three days in Nice, France, drive really nice cars, experience its #blackchili driving experience and gorge on vine and fish of all kinds prepared by some of the best chefs around.
I said yes.
This is what I saw, drove and experienced there.
1,780 horsepower worth of cars were parked down the alley of a hotel with a golf course. All of them were white, all of them had OEM Continental tires on them. UUHP tires, mind you. That is short for Ultra Ultra High Performance and all of them had striking, yet subtle Continental decals. Right from the get-go, it was clear this wasn’t going to be a classic journalist driving event. It was more of a celebration and a party. I liked it.
The weather was at nice 78 degrees Fahrenheit, without a single cloud on the perfectly blue sky over the Cote d’Azur. Down at that parking - 10 cars - two Mercedes-AMG C43 Cabrios, two BMW M240i xDrive Convertibles, two Porsche 718 Boxsters, two Tesla Model Ss, and two Audi RS3 Sportbacks.
FYI, the Porsche was the least powerful one there. And when the Porsche is the least powerful at a car event, things are off to a good start.
The Mercedes GLC F-Cell is Actually a Viable Alternative to Gasoline-Powered Vehicles
After revealing the pre-production model at the Frankfurt Motor Show last year, Mercedes has finally revealed all the details of the GLC F-Cell’s production versions before it starts handing out deliveries. The GLC F-Cell uses a unique plug-in hybrid setup combined with fuel-cell technology. As a result of this, the GLC F-Cell can run on both, electricity and hydrogen.
The Rolls-Royce V-12 Will Soldier On Until the Brand is Forced to Go All-Electric
Rolls-Royce does not want to discontinue the V-12, and I will tell you why. Leasing a car is improvisation. Buying a house and putting it under a mortgage is improvisation. Taking a bank loan to finish school is improvisation. Taking a cab is improvisation. Melding your own broken TV remote is improvisation. Having a dinner in an expensive restaurant to impress a girl is improvisation. Driving a hybrid is improvisation.
Rolls-Royce isn’t about improvisation. It is about the exact opposite - about genuinity. Something only a handful can experience, acquire, and actually live. Like it always was.
And for those select few, the world of regulations, melting ice caps, water supply problems in equatorial countries, and possible fuel shortages aren’t really that big of a deal. Rolls-Royce deals with those kinds of people. Exclusively! Those kinds of people want and need a V-12. They will have it - for as long as the ICE is a big deal. When it stops being a big deal, Rolls-Royce will do what is only logical - switch to electricity.
The Mercedes-AMG Project One is Delayed Until 2020 Because Mercedes is Struggling to Adapt that F1 Engine for Road Usage
Mercedes-AMG has admitted that the launch of the One hypercar has been delayed by almost a year. Initially scheduled to launch in 2019, Mercedes-AMG chief Tobias Moers now estimates the launch to take place sometime in mid-to-late 2020, owing to delays tied into the development of the hypercar’s Formula One-derived engine. Mercedes-AMG is currently working with its High-Performance Powertrains (HPP) division to address the issues.
Leaked Accessory List for the 2019 Ford Ranger Proves Ford isn’t Playing Around
Ford’s not messing around with the list of accessories available to the upcoming 2019 Ford Ranger. Leaked documents shown via the Ranger5G forum reveal an extensive list of accessories that includes bull bars, racks, carriers, tow hooks, cup holders, and different versions of roadside assistance kits. The list of accessories points to one inevitable conclusion: you’re going to have to drop a serious amount of money to get what you want.
The Next-Gen Nissan Z and Nissan GT-R Will Be Electrified
There was speculation that Nissan might electrify its sports cars with their upcoming generations, and now a company official has dropped some bombs on the whole issue. By 2022, 40-percent of Nissan’s vehicles will be electrified, and that includes the Nissan Z and Nissan GT-R as well.
Tesla’s Really Making Its Own Brand of Tequila
Leave it to Tesla CEO Elon Musk to turn seemingly harmless jokes and pranks and make something out of them. The under-fire CEO took a break from all his legal problems to show a “visual approximation” of Teslaquila, the company’s new tequila product. It’s unclear if Teslaquila is actually a real thing — it stemmed from an April Fool’s joke earlier this year — but considering that Musk once signed off on a flamethrower — that product netted Tesla $5 million pre-orders, by the way — it’s not unlikely that Teslaquila will be sold in liquor stores and groceries in the not-too-distant future.