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Polaris Slingshot SL Limited Edition Midnight Cherry

Polaris Slingshot SL Limited Edition Midnight Cherry

A new glaze for Polaris’ three-wheeler
Polaris Slingshot SL Limited Edition Midnight Cherry
Polaris Slingshot SL Limited Edition Midnight Cherry
Polaris Slingshot SL Limited Edition Midnight Cherry
Polaris Slingshot SL Limited Edition Midnight Cherry
Polaris Slingshot SL Limited Edition Midnight Cherry
Polaris Slingshot SL Limited Edition Midnight Cherry
Polaris Slingshot SL Limited Edition Midnight Cherry
Polaris Slingshot SL Limited Edition Midnight Cherry

Originally launched in 2014, the Polaris Sligshot is an open-top three-wheeler joy rider that seeks to find a happy middle ground between street bike exhilaration and roadster-esquecomfort. It’s an interesting proposition for anyone unwilling to go full-on moto style, but still craving a bit of that in-the-elements thrill. As such, there are twin wheels up front for stops and turns, plus a single, larger wheel in the rear providing the motivation, plus a dearth of body panels for maximum exposure in the double seats. Three trim levels are offered, and now, Polaris has announced a new special edition iteration of the mid-grade SL line. It’s called the SL LE Midnight Cherry, and it’s packing new paint, upgraded “touring” graphics, and specially padded foam bucket seats.

“This limited edition model was created for riders to discover the exhilaration and adventure of the open road in the most luxurious and stylish SL available, while not compromising comfort.”

So then in one sense, the Slingshot SL LE Midnight Cherry is like a trike grand tourer. Complementing this perspective is a plethora of options, such as abundant side storage, overnight bags for the driver and passenger, upgradeable interior trim, and available all-weather covers.

The Slingshot SL Limited Edition Midnight Cherry will hit dealers this month. Pricing is set at $26,999 across the nation and $27,299 in California, which is $1,500 more than the standard Sligshot SL model.

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Benelli TRK 502 Finally Sees The Light Of Day

Benelli TRK 502 Finally Sees The Light Of Day

Benelli’s Long Awaited Adventure-Tourer
Benelli TRK 502 Finally Sees The Light Of Day

Way back in 2015, the Milan show hosted the Benelli TRK 502 for our first peek at the all-new ride, and it has finally gone into production for public consumption. Critics of the ride call it a ripoff of the Ducati Multistrada, but to be fair, the adventure-bike genre is fairly well established, and most of the bikes in that family fall within three distinct styles. In that, the TRK is no more a copycat than everyone else with a dog in that fight. It sports a dramatic bird’s beak fairing with the typical windshield, but little else beyond a pair of handguards for rider protection. A mid-size mill pushes 33 pounds of grunt at 4,500 rpm backed up by 46 ponies at 8,500 rpm, but at 518 pounds soaking wet you can forget about turning in any kind of blistering trail times by any means. Whether you want to use it as an adventure-tourer or actually plan on going off-road, Benelli offers a suspension and front wheel package that will suit your purposes. For now, we have only the Italian price of around 6k Euros, but ya gotta start somewhere.

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2017 Ram 1500 Sublime Sport

2017 Ram 1500 Sublime Sport

Is this a case of "Gotta-have-it Green?"
2017 Ram 1500 Sublime Sport
2017 Ram 1500 Sublime Sport
2017 Ram 1500 Sublime Sport
2017 Ram 1500 Sublime Sport
2017 Ram 1500 Sublime Sport
2017 Ram 1500 Sublime Sport
2017 Ram 1500 Sublime Sport
2017 Ram 1500 Sublime Sport

The Ram 1500 might be long in the tooth, but that’s not stopping Ram from injecting fun into its pickup. Ahead of the 2017 New York Auto Show, Ram has released two special edition models for its 1500 pickup – the Rebel Blue Streak and this, the Sublime Sport. This special edition model comes with can’t-miss-it paint, 22-inch wheels, and black accents.

“The Ram 1500 Sublime Sport and Rebel Blue Streak expand our offerings in factory-custom trucks and give dealers a more extensive color palette to excite customers who are looking for something unique,” said Mike Manley, Head of Ram Brand.

Those familiar with Fiat Chrysler’s lineup shouldn’t be surprised at the bright color. We’ve seen Dodge and Jeep products wearing similarly fluorescent colors. Ram is limiting the Sublime Sport package to roughly 3,000 examples. Only the Ram 1500 Crew Cab with the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 can be ordered with the package.

Of course, there are more details, so keep reading for the full run-down.

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2018 Infiniti QX80 Monograph

2018 Infiniti QX80 Monograph

It’s a QX80 with some modern technology and a new look
2018 Infiniti QX80 Monograph
2018 Infiniti QX80 Monograph
2018 Infiniti QX80 Monograph
2018 Infiniti QX80 Monograph
2018 Infiniti QX80 Monograph
2018 Infiniti QX80 Monograph
2018 Infiniti QX80 Monograph
2018 Infiniti QX80 Monograph

The Infiniti QX80 was birthed into the world back in 2004 as the QX56. It went through a generational change in 2010 and in 2014 it went through a mid-cycle overhaul and received the QX80 name to go with Infiniti’s new naming structure. Even with the facelift taking place just a few years ago, the QX80 is rather dated for such an overpopulated segment. We were hoping to see a new model for 2018, but instead, Infiniti has been busy working on the QX80 Monograph – a design study that basically displays how the QX80 could evolve in the future. For now, there’s only one image to go by, and it does have an evolutional look to it, but it’s also just as boxy so it’s not quite as modern as some would expect.

As a design study, it’s quite possible that this is the direction that Infiniti wants to go with the next-gen model. But, the problem is that it’s not really all that different from the current model. Sure, it’s got those fancy and futuristic LED headlights and a new nose that sits a bit taller to go with a new front fascia design, but that’s about it. To be quite honest, I doubt Infiniti is going to get a good reaction from this concept as it’s just too boxy for the segment that it competes in, but then again, the QX80 has been known as the model that outsells the rest of Infiniti’s SUVs, so anything is possible. With that said, let’s dive on in a take a closer look at the QX80 Monograph.

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2018 Aston Martin DB11 S

2018 Aston Martin DB11 S

The Brits are testing a sportier DB11 with Recaro seats and a rollcage
2018 Aston Martin DB11 S
2018 Aston Martin DB11 S
2018 Aston Martin DB11 S
2018 Aston Martin DB11 S
2018 Aston Martin DB11 S
2018 Aston Martin DB11 S
2018 Aston Martin DB11 S
2018 Aston Martin DB11 S

Introduced in 2016 as a replacement for the iconic DB9, the Aston Martin DB11 brought the British carmaker into a new era, one that finally sees the old VH platform retire. Now using lighter underpinnings engineered with help from Mercedes-AMG, the grand tourer is more than capable of competing against its more modern rivals. However, the DB11 is still a long way from becoming a proper vehicle lineup, with the V-8 and other iterations still under development. But this may end by the end of 2017, as Aston Martin is already testing a higher performance version of the coupe.

Spotted on public roads for the very first time, the beefed-up DB11 uses a new aerodynamic package that includes a reworked bumper, new side skirts, and a race-inspired diffuser at the back. Although Aston Martin has yet to confirm it is working on a new version and there aren’t many hints out there, I believe that this is a more powerful variant of the DB11. Several reports suggest that it could wear an "S" badge, just like the upgraded version of the Vanquish. Nothing’s official yet, but this test car is definitely not the upcoming V-8 model that will slow below the V-12.

Expect this new model to break cover by the end of the year, probably before the BD11 Volante will be unveiled in early 2018. Meanwhile, let’s have a closer look at what we already know about the DB11 S in the speculative review below.

Updated 04/04/2017: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Aston Martin BD11 out for a new testing session.

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2017 Jeep Luminator

2017 Jeep Luminator

And you thought SEMA has a ton of LED lights…
2017 Jeep Luminator
2017 Jeep Luminator
2017 Jeep Luminator
2017 Jeep Luminator
2017 Jeep Luminator
2017 Jeep Luminator
2017 Jeep Luminator
2017 Jeep Luminator

Continuing in Jeep’s 2017 lineup of Easter Jeep Safari concepts is this, the Wrangler Luminator concept. As the name suggests, this modified Wrangler is all about illumination. It features a wide array of LED lights for busting through the night. There’s even a solar panel on the roof, along with a drone landing pad.

Jeep engineers didn’t leave the rest of the Wrangler unchanged. This concept features upgraded parts throughout. Up front is the 10th anniversary bumper with a Warn winch, the heat-reduction hood covers the engine bay, flat fenders give it a more rugged stance, and the rolling stock has been upgraded to Jeep Performance Parts beadlock wheels and Goodyear Wrangler MT/R mud tires. The differential covers are also upgraded for added strength and a little bit of Jeep branding.

A cool color scheme has a bright blue on bottom, matching the beadlock rinds on the wheels, while glossy black covers the top half. A white roof and stripes finish off the look.

But the main story is all about those lights.

The main headlights are LED projector bi-function units. The taillights are custom designed round lights. The left taillight even has a 110-volt power outlet hidden behind a door. The fog lights are LED, of course, as are the A-pillar lights. The front bumper has large driving lights with smaller side lights that illuminate dark trails. Even the turn signal lights are LED units. There is also a LED light bar hidden long the top of the windshield, and under body lights ensure the ground around the Wrangler is visible.

What’s more, the hood features a unique LED light bar with a center-mounted night-vision scanner. If it detects wildlife or people walking on the trail, it will signal the light bar to shine a spotlight onto the object. Out back, the center high-mount stop light has been replaced with a concept unit. It does multiple duties on top of shining red with the brakes. It uses different colors for different speeds, letting those behind it know how fast it’s going. From one to three mph, the right shines amber, while from three to 25 mph, it shines green. Of course, when it’s time to stop, it shines red. It also acts as a scouting lamp with a white glow.

There’s more about this Jeep concept, so keep reading for more.

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2018 Bentley Continental GT

2018 Bentley Continental GT

Likely to arrive in 2017
2018 Bentley Continental GT
2018 Bentley Continental GT
2018 Bentley Continental GT
2018 Bentley Continental GT
2018 Bentley Continental GT
2018 Bentley Continental GT
2018 Bentley Continental GT
2018 Bentley Continental GT

The Bentley Continental GT has been a huge hit for Bentley and Volkswagen AG since its launch in 2003, but the problem is that the car really hasn’t changed that much over the years. Sure, the facelift brought tweaked styling, a new V-8, and reworked interior, but it still takes a keen eye to spot the differences between the first Conti and those built after 2011. It’s likely that a $200,000 grand touring Bentley coupe/convertible wasn’t a huge priority for VW coming out of a global recession, but now with high-end luxury cars back in full swing, the third-gen Continental GT is on the way.

Considering the Continental GT was just updated for 2016, the all-new model probably won’t debut until 2017, which means it will be coming at a time when a lot of new customers are about to make their way into the Bentley showrooms thanks to the all-new Bentayga SUV. When it does arrive, expect the redesigned Continental GT coupe to eventually spawn the familiar lineup of models, including the GT Speed, Convertible and Flying Spur sedan.

Although there are still a few months before the new Bentley Continental GT is introduced, we’ve gone ahead and put together a rendering using the styling direction of the 2015 EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept revealed at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. In addition, we also have several spy shots of the many prototypes that Bentley tested through 2016 and 2017.

Updated 03/24/2017: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Continental GT out for a new testing session and this time the prototype is revealing more of its design elements.

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Hennessey Squeezes 600 Horses From EcoBoost V-6 in 2017 VelociRaptor!

Hennessey Squeezes 600 Horses From EcoBoost V-6 in 2017 VelociRaptor!

Hennessey’s first crack at the Raptor’s new EcoBoost V-6
Hennessey Squeezes 600 Horses From EcoBoost V-6 in 2017 VelociRaptor!
Hennessey Squeezes 600 Horses From EcoBoost V-6 in 2017 VelociRaptor!
Hennessey Squeezes 600 Horses From EcoBoost V-6 in 2017 VelociRaptor!
Hennessey Squeezes 600 Horses From EcoBoost V-6 in 2017 VelociRaptor!
Hennessey Squeezes 600 Horses From EcoBoost V-6 in 2017 VelociRaptor!
Hennessey Squeezes 600 Horses From EcoBoost V-6 in 2017 VelociRaptor!
Hennessey Squeezes 600 Horses From EcoBoost V-6 in 2017 VelociRaptor!
Hennessey Squeezes 600 Horses From EcoBoost V-6 in 2017 VelociRaptor!

Hennessey Performance is carrying on its tradition of building a high-horsepower version of Ford’s F-150 Raptor pickup truck. Along with the engine modifications, the Texas-based performance shop usually adds steel bumpers, aftermarket wheels, and meatier tires to Ford’s already impressive truck. The same is true for the 2017 version. And Hennessey manages to squeeze 600 horsepower from the Raptor’s 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V-6!

Yep, you read that right – this small-displacement V-6 is capable of producing 605 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and an whopping 622 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm. That’s well above the 2017 Raptor’s stock output of 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque.

That pushes the Raptor’s 0-to-60 mph time down to 4.2 seconds, while completing the quarter-mile in just 12.9 seconds at 110 mph. That’s insanely fast for a lifted off-road pickup!

Hennessey does this by adding several performance goodies, including a high-flow air induction system, an air-to-air intercooler upgrade, a catback exhaust upgrade, and a recalibration of the EcoBoost’s software. Fine tuning on the dyno and road testing ensure a complete build. What’s more, Hennessey warranties the package for three years or 36,000 miles.

The upgrade is called the Hennessey VelociRaptor 600, indicating its horsepower rating. The company also has a VelociRaptor 500 and VelociRaptor 700 in the works.

Of course, the engine upgrade isn’t the only piece to the multi-part puzzle. Keep reading for the full run-down.

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This Is What A Naked Koenigsegg Regera Looks Like

This Is What A Naked Koenigsegg Regera Looks Like

There’s something to be said for an all-natural Koenigsegg Regera
This Is What A Naked Koenigsegg Regera Looks Like
This Is What A Naked Koenigsegg Regera Looks Like
This Is What A Naked Koenigsegg Regera Looks Like
This Is What A Naked Koenigsegg Regera Looks Like
This Is What A Naked Koenigsegg Regera Looks Like
This Is What A Naked Koenigsegg Regera Looks Like
This Is What A Naked Koenigsegg Regera Looks Like
This Is What A Naked Koenigsegg Regera Looks Like

Supercars and hypercars, by their definition, are meant to scream for attention. Whether it’s with their outlandish looks, colorful bodies, or their stomach-churning power, these cars are as likely to be as ignored as discounted freshly baked bread. I say this because Koenigsegg is back at it with another one of its employee renderings and the latest design study is a shining example of a stylistic approach that eschews all-around flamboyance in favor of a simpler look meant to showcase the hypercar in about as raw a state as it can be.

This rendering comes by way of Koenigsegg’s current facility manager and overall longtime employee Chrille. According to the Swedish automaker, Chrille (no last name was mentioned) has been around Koenigsegg so long that he’s probably worked in just about every division in the company. Apparently, he’s worked in the composites branch, the finishing station, and the service area, and that doesn’t even include his current occupation as facility manager.

So when pressed to create his very own interpretation of what a Koenigsegg Regera should look like, Chrille took a far different approach with his rendering compared to what everyone else before him has done. Instead of dressing it up in fancy colors and saying that it’s been inspired by this-or-that, Chrille went back to basics... and barely touched the Regera.

Sure, his rendering has tone-on-tone black stripes, anthracite-finished brake callipers, and an optional aerodynamic kit, but the body of the hypercar, by and large, is devoid of any color. We all know that since Regeras are built largely from carbon-fiber, what’s left of the body without any color is the carbon-fiber, or at least in this case, naked carbon-fiber in its complete, unaltered, natural shade. That fact alone makes this particular Regera rendering a true sight to behold, even if it does look a little too close to the Raven Black Regera designed by Koenigsegg’s own art director, Lisa Johansson.

Say what you will about Chrille’s design choice, but you can’t argue that a naked carbon Regera looks just as good as all the other renderings we’ve seen in recent weeks. It may not have their flash and panache, but it is natural. At the end of the day, that counts for a lot too.

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TRD Sport Package Brings Added Styling and Handling Upgrades to 2018 Toyota Tundra and Sequoia

TRD Sport Package Brings Added Styling and Handling Upgrades to 2018 Toyota Tundra and Sequoia

Finally! Updates come for the Sequoia and Tundra
TRD Sport Package Brings Added Styling and Handling Upgrades to 2018 Toyota Tundra and Sequoia
TRD Sport Package Brings Added Styling and Handling Upgrades to 2018 Toyota Tundra and Sequoia
TRD Sport Package Brings Added Styling and Handling Upgrades to 2018 Toyota Tundra and Sequoia
TRD Sport Package Brings Added Styling and Handling Upgrades to 2018 Toyota Tundra and Sequoia
TRD Sport Package Brings Added Styling and Handling Upgrades to 2018 Toyota Tundra and Sequoia
TRD Sport Package Brings Added Styling and Handling Upgrades to 2018 Toyota Tundra and Sequoia
TRD Sport Package Brings Added Styling and Handling Upgrades to 2018 Toyota Tundra and Sequoia
TRD Sport Package Brings Added Styling and Handling Upgrades to 2018 Toyota Tundra and Sequoia

Toyota joins every other automaker in the known universe by launching special edition versions of the full-size Tundra pickup and Sequoia SUV. It’s called the TRD Sport and it brings new grille treatments, upgraded headlights, black wheels, and a TRD on-road handling package, among other small changes. What’s more, the Sequoia is finally getting an updated gauge cluster that replaces the archaic piece that’s been present since 2008. Both vehicles are also getting Toyota’s full suite of active safety systems, which rounds out nearly all of Toyota’s lineup with TSS-P coming as standard equipment.

The new TRD Sport trim alights with the existing Tacoma TRD Sport, which is a street-biased package that compliments the TRD Off-Road package and hard-core TRD Pro package on that Tacoma. Unfortunately, Toyota has not released a TRD Off-Road or TRD Pro version of the Sequoia. Then again, the TRD Sport package is the first major upgrade in the current-generation Sequoia’s decade-long life, so it’s not surprising Toyota isn’t showing it a ton of love.

Beyond the suspension upgrade brought by the TRD Sport package, no mechanical changes are found for either the Tundra or Sequoia. Both still use the 5.7-liter i-Force V-8 with 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque, which mates to a six-speed automatic transmission. And as before, both Tundra and Sequoia can be had in RWD or 4WD, including TRD Sport models.

Want to know the details of Toyota’s TRD Sport package? Keep reading to find out.

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Buick Goes Star-Studded Route For Its Super Bowl LI Commercial

Buick Goes Star-Studded Route For Its Super Bowl LI Commercial

Cam Newton and Miranda Kerr star in the ad promoting the Cascada and Encore
Buick Goes Star-Studded Route For Its Super Bowl LI Commercial
Buick Goes Star-Studded Route For Its Super Bowl LI Commercial
Buick Goes Star-Studded Route For Its Super Bowl LI Commercial
Buick Goes Star-Studded Route For Its Super Bowl LI Commercial
Buick Goes Star-Studded Route For Its Super Bowl LI Commercial
Buick Goes Star-Studded Route For Its Super Bowl LI Commercial
Buick Goes Star-Studded Route For Its Super Bowl LI Commercial
Buick Goes Star-Studded Route For Its Super Bowl LI Commercial

Say what you will about Buick’s place in the US luxury car market scene, but when it comes to spending for Super Bowl commercials, the General Motors-owned automaker has proven that it could spend with the best of them. The latest example of Buick’s free-wheeling Big Game spending comes in the form of its new commercial for Super Bowl LI.

The ad stars the Buick Cascada and Encore SUV, but it also taps Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton in a co-starring role with super model Miranda Kerr appearing in a cameo role. The combination of star power may sound strange on the surface, but Newton and Kerr perfectly encapsulate the “celebrity-focused” advertising strategy Buck has employed in recent years. Remember Peyton Manning and Shaquille O’Neal’s Buick ads in the past?

The story behind this particular ad revolves around some parents who spot the two Buicks while watching their kids’ pee-wee football game. One dad then playfully says that if that car (the Cascada) was, in fact, a Buick, he’d be Cam Newton. Alas, in true Disney fashion, Newton magically appears under center, much to the shock of the children he’s now playing against.

Kerr’s appearance in the advertisement isn’t as prominent as Newton’s, but the “if that SUV (the Encore) is a Buick, then I’m Miranda Kerr” quip magically works again as the dad weirdly turns into one of the most beautiful super models in the world. Yes, it happened, so be warned.

All told, the family-friendly ad hits on a lot of levels. Kids and adults can both appreciate it, especially the latter of whom count themselves as either sports fans or, well, Miranda Kerr fans.

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Uber: The Rebels of the Self-Driving Car World

Uber: The Rebels of the Self-Driving Car World

Don’t like governmental regulations? Just ignore them.
Uber: The Rebels of the Self-Driving Car World

Change is inevitable, and while we may not like certain changes, we eventually get used to them and adapt accordingly. One prime example of this is self-driving cars. Right now, we’re at a turning point where self-driving cars are being tested and we, as a society, and learning more about them every day. As the years go on, they’ll get better, and will ultimately be accepted. But, some companies seem to think they can usher in a new evolution of driving without complying with certain mandates. Tesla has been under fire for some time about its process of introducing autonomy but has ultimately complied with regulations. Uber, on the other hand, seems to think that it’s beyond governmental regulation and gives the California DMV and Mayor Ed Lee, a big “F You” when it was told to cease and desist the testing of its self-driving Volvo XC90s.

Like any other company testing higher levels of autonomy on California roadways, Uber has been asked to obtain the proper permits before it can legally test its self-driving vehicles. Uber has failed to do that thus far, and it doesn’t look like it will anytime in the near future. In a recent statement, Uber said, “we respectfully disagree with the California Department of Motor Vehicles legal interpretation of today’s autonomous regulations, in particular, that Uber needs a testing permit to operate its self-driving cars in San Francisco.”

To put things simply, Uber’s argument is that since there is someone behind the wheel to take control that the car is not fully autonomous and is similar to Tesla’s autopilot technology. Of course, Uber’s autonomous XC90s don’t have this requirement, so its reasoning doesn’t exactly hold water. And, if you know the California government, you know it feels the same way. For now, the government is threatening legal action and Uber is promptly giving them the bird at every turn. And, there’s the case of the XC90 that ran a red light last week. Uber blames the person behind the wheel and has suspended them, but that seems to justify California’s request to get the necessary permits. Obviously, these XC90s can drive without the driver paying attention – otherwise, that video of the XC90 running a red light wouldn’t exist – and it also proves that Uber’s self-driving technology is far from ready to take on the roads by themselves.

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Chevy Says All-New Traverse Coming to Detroit Auto Show

Chevy Says All-New Traverse Coming to Detroit Auto Show

Room for eight, new styling, and high-tech headlights
Chevy Says All-New Traverse Coming to Detroit Auto Show

Chevrolet is bringing its next-generation Traverse to the 2017 North American International Auto Show. The full-size, three-row crossover is currently one of the oldest vehicles in Chevy’s lineup and is said to receive a bold and refined design with “exclusive D-Optic headlamps” that provide more natural lighting that is comparable to daylight.

The Traverse will continue offering room for up to eight people. Chevy anticipates the Traverse, which will likely be a 2018 model, will have segment-leading legroom for its three, third-row passengers. No details were given in the short press release announcing the Traverse’s debut at Detroit.

However, one important detail is noted. The Traverse, because of its eight-passenger seating, will be larger than the 2017 GMC Acadia – a vehicle that used to share its platform with the Traverse. The new Acadia is now smaller than its previous generation and only provides a maximum of seven seats.

Alan Batey, president of GM North American and brand chief of Global Chevrolet, said, “Nobody in the industry offers a broader, fresher lineup of SUVs and crossovers than Chevrolet. From the all-electric Bolt EV to America’s longest-running nameplate, Suburban, we’ve got something for every customer and lifestyle.”

The revamped Traverse will sell along side Chevy’s other crossovers, including the all-new 2018 Equinox and the 2017 Bolt EV (though some might argue the Bolt is a four-door hatchback). Other crossover and SUV models include the Trax, Tahoe, and Suburban.

Though Chevy wasn’t forthright with information on the new headlights, a quick search reveals D-Optic headlights are a new generation of LED leadlight design with multiple 1x1 LEDs close coupled with injection molded lens optics that provide strong forward lighting with minimal energy requirements.

The Traverse will debut on January 9, 2017. Stay tuned to TopSpeed for official information and photos as they become available.

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First Drive: 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

First Drive: 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

Chevy’s newest and baddest street monster
First Drive: 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
First Drive: 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
First Drive: 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
First Drive: 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
First Drive: 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
First Drive: 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
First Drive: 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
First Drive: 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

The sixth-generation Camaro’s hottest performance variant to date is gradually arriving in Chevy showrooms as the last few weeks of December roll out. This supercharged coupe is often called a four-seat Corvette Z06 – and for good reason. The ZL1 shares much of the Z06’s technology, including the supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V-8. Luckily I know a guy with a sparkling new example sitting in his garage, parked next to his Concours-quality 1972 Camaro Z/28.

With less than 500 miles on the ZL1’s odometer, the high-strung car is 1,000 miles short of its GM-recommended break-in period. Then meant no high-speed runs, burnouts, or hard pulls past 4,000 rpm. The warranty depends on it. Nevertheless, I set out to get a feel of the Camaro ZL1’s infamous character.

Not surprisingly, the ZL1 feels remarkably like the Camaro SS I took across country during Chevy’s “Find New Roads” campaign when the sixth-gen Camaro launched last year. (Read about that adventure here.) The narrow windows, low roof, and high waist line gives the sensation of a cocoon, while the view over the long hood and low seating position solidify the car as something special. The heavily bolstered Recaro seats and the blatantly audible supercharger whine, on the other hand, set the ZL1 apart from the SS.

From behind the Alcantara-covered, flat-bottomed steering wheel, the Camaro ZL1 feels lighter and nimbler than its fifth-generation predecessor. Toggle the Performance Traction Management system into Sport mode, and the car tenses up like an Olympic sprinter at the starting line. The steering becomes more taught, the throttle becomes twitchier, the ride becomes firmer, and the dual-mode exhaust opens up. The change isn’t just mental – the PTM modes make aggressive changes to the ZL1’s behavior that are clearly felt.

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2017 Fiat 500 Paco Rabanne Edition

2017 Fiat 500 Paco Rabanne Edition

It’s a feast for the senses; that much is clear
2017 Fiat 500 Paco Rabanne Edition
2017 Fiat 500 Paco Rabanne Edition
2017 Fiat 500 Paco Rabanne Edition
2017 Fiat 500 Paco Rabanne Edition
2017 Fiat 500 Paco Rabanne Edition
2017 Fiat 500 Paco Rabanne Edition
2017 Fiat 500 Paco Rabanne Edition
2017 Fiat 500 Paco Rabanne Edition

The Fiat 500 will never be mistaken for a car that puts a premium on its performance capabilities. Actually, the 500 is far from what a performance car looks and sounds like. But rest assured, even without those credentials, the 500 has an identity that’s unique to its own. Just run back the number of special edition models that Fiat has produced of the 500 and you’ll see a pattern there. The Fiat 500, for all intents and purposes, is a fashion and lifestyle car in the sense that it attracts designers from all walks of the fashion and lifestyle worlds, a lot of whom have made partnered with the Italian automaker to make special edition models of the hatchback.

Don’t believe me? Take a look at the Fiat 500 Ron Arad Edition. How about the 500 GQ Edition or the 500 La Petite Robe Noire? Go back a little further and you might remember the 500 and 500 Gucci Edition models from 2013. There’s a pattern here that Fiat has embraced and that relationship with the fashion world is once again in the spotlight with the introduction of the Fiat 500 Paco Rabanne Edition.

Styled by the famed perfumer in collaboration with Garage Italia Customs, the one-off 500 Paco Rabanne Edition is not for the conservative fashionista. It’s certainly not for those who don’t appreciate a car dressed in shiny gold and has plenty of unique details that set it even further apart from other special fashion edition 500s. It’s brash, ostentatious, and an acquired taste, to say the least.

Fiat itself isn’t actually selling the 500 Paco Rabanne Edition. But someone will take home the one-off creation, thanks to a Paco Rabanne giveaway wherein a customer who buys a bottle of Paco Rabanne 1 Million or Lady Million fragrance will be given a chance to register in Fiat’s website for the opportunity to get chosen as the winner.

Like it or not, it’s a car that’s going to demand attention wherever it goes. The question is whether you’re fashion-forward enough to appreciate what Paco Rabanne and Garage Italia Customs did to this Fiat 500.

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2017 Honda CR-V vs 2017 Mazda CX-5

2017 Honda CR-V vs 2017 Mazda CX-5

The newest kids on the most competitive block
2017 Honda CR-V vs 2017 Mazda CX-5

It’s no secret the compact crossover segment has exploded in popularity over the last several years. Nearly every automaker sells some form of vehicle in this class, including the Ford Escape, Hyundai Tucson, Jeep Cherokee, Kia Sportage, Toyota RAV4, and Subaru Forester. But it’s the Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5 that have attracted the most attention in the recent months. Both enter the 2017 model year with heavy changes and big improvements. The two aren’t the only new contenders in the compact crossover class, but they sure stand out.

That’s why we’ve chosen to take a close look at the CR-V and CX-5 as they compare to each other. From exterior aesthetics and interior features, to drivetrain options and trim level pricing – everything is detained below.

Of course, we’ll have to save driving impressions until we can get behind the wheel of each, so consider this a more objective run-down of features rather than a subjective comparison of in-person impressions.

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2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Placed Third At Baja 1000 In Stock Full Class Competition

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Placed Third At Baja 1000 In Stock Full Class Competition

The Raptor then drove seven hours home to Phoenix
2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Placed Third At Baja 1000 In Stock Full Class Competition

Ford can mark another completed race in its Baja 1000 history book thanks to the 2017 F-150 Raptor. The 49th running of the SCORE Baja 1000 concluded on November 20 after a grueling 854-mile race from Ensenada, Mexico down through the unforgiving deserts in the Baja peninsula and back again. The Raptor team scored a third place victory in the stock full class competition, crossing the finish line with only 52 seconds to spare. The official time was 35:59:08.151.

For those unfamiliar, the Baja 1000 is a race against the clock, navigating the terrain, and to simply finish. The time to beat is 36 hours. Though the Raptor barely squeezed by, it still finished the race. What’s more, the truck when drove some seven hours and another 400 miles east to Phoenix, Arizona – the home base for the team from Foutz Motorsports.

“That’s why the new Ford F-150 Raptor is bad-ass!” said Greg Foutz, the team leader of Foutz Motorsports. “It’s a race-proven off-road monster that can race off-road an entire weekend, then take you and your friends on a road trip the next day.

Two of the five competitors in the stock full class didn’t finish. Second place with to a Toyota Land Cruiser with a time of 32:28:37.068 and first place with to the legendary Rod Hall and his Hummer H1 with a time of 32:13:58.914.

It’s a good thing the 2017 F-150 Raptor finished the race since Ford has hinged the Raptor’s marketing on the truck’s ability to tacked desert terrain at high speeds. Don’t forget, the Raptor even has a Baja mode performance setting. It would have been hard to patch that public relations image hole.

Anyway, congratulations, Ford and the guys from Foutz Motorsports on the Baja 1000 finish.

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