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2020 Toyota Land Cruiser

The Car Connection News Feed - Sat, 10/19/2019 - 13:56
The 2020 Toyota Land Cruiser is an immense SUV with serious four-wheel-drive capability, with an off-road heritage unmatched by most rivals. It’s not exceptionally well-suited to urban or even suburban life, but that’s part of this big 4x4’s charm. We rate it 5.4 out of 10, a score earned by a combination of its spacious...
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Problem Solved: How Volkswagen Improved Our 2018 Atlas SE’s Turning Radius

Motortrend News Feed - Sat, 10/19/2019 - 09:00

Everyone loves a good mystery. The quagmire of why our long-term Atlas had the turning radius of a Greyhound bus frustrated me from the first time I tried to make a U-turn. Unfortunately, without any point of reference, I chalked up the Atlas’ lack of agility to the fact that it’s a large three-row SUV. But once I got behind the wheel of another Atlas, that experience shed light on the fact that not all was what it should be with our long-termer.

It turns out, we were right. After multiple visits to our local Volkswagen dealer could not remedy the situation, VW North America asked us to relinquish the keys for a week to see if they could diagnose the problem. What they found, according to our helpful VW PR contact, was that a prior to the Atlas joining the MotorTrend long-term fleet, “a replacement steering rack was fitted to the car and the correct software wasn’t implemented when the change was made.”

Along with a fresh set of tires, the implementation of the correct software made all of the difference in the world. Although we didn’t retest the retuned Atlas with our GPS testing equipment, I can tell you that our Atlas now feels like it turns and steers like the other Atlas SUVs I’ve driven. Along with the significantly improved turning circle, I think the overall steering feel has been improved, too. Then again, knowing that something has been fixed may be making me think that it feels better—after racking up over 25,000 miles with it being out of calibration, it sure feels better to me.

With my year with the Atlas ending, I find myself in a bit of a pickle. I spent the better part of a year driving and evaluating the big VW with a fairly significant issue that affected my daily experience with it. With the short time I have remaining with the Atlas, I need to put more miles on it and take a hard look at the overall opinion I’ve formed.

Before our Atlas leaves, I recently had a chance to drive the new Hyundai Palisade and Kia Telluride (read the comparison here). Although both three-row crossovers offer a lot when it comes to comfort and the way they drive, they can’t hold a flame to the Atlas’ ability to swallow cargo. With the second and third rows stowed, the Atlas’ cavernous cabin can hold 96.8 cubic feet of stuff, more than the Telluride’s 87.0 cubic feet and the Palisade’s 86.4 cubic feet.

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007 Aston Martin DBS Designed by Daniel Craig Costs $700,007

Motortrend News Feed - Sat, 10/19/2019 - 02:10

If you have money to burn, treat yourself to this ultimate in James Bond gadgets: a stunning Aston Martin DBS Superleggera designed by the latest 007, Daniel Craig. There’s no word on what Daniel Craig did to “design” this particular car, but the inky-blue beast is being offered in a run of just seven units, and each costs $700,007. Every example comes with a limited-edition, all-platinum Omega Seamaster Diver 300m.

The pricey stocking-stuffer is one of the latest “Fantasy Gifts” offered in the annual Neiman Marcus Christmas Book. Bond’s wheels join other presents for tony tastes including a Neiman Marcus–edition Moët & Chandon vending machine for $35,000, a Versace punching bag for $1,550, and a more affordable Bey Berk cigar humidor for $165.

The DBS Superleggera is powered by a 5.2-liter twin-turbo V-12 that delivers 715 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque. It doesn’t include any fun gadgets like a passenger-seat ejector, but it’ll help you get away from baddies with a 0–62 mph time of 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 211 mph.

The Omega timepiece features a hand-engraved case back, and the bundle also includes tickets to the world premiere of the latest Bond movie, No Time to Die. Neiman Marcus states that 12 percent (or a minimum of $330,000) of the total proceeds from the Aston will be donated to The Opportunity Network, a business-matchmaking organization—one that appears to have no ties with Spectre, as far as we can tell.

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Saleen GT4 Race Car Debuts With 450 HP and a $225K Price Tag

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 23:20

Saleen is no stranger to GT racing, and its latest offering aims to bring the competition experience to drivers of varying skill levels. The company on Thursday in Las Vegas revealed its GT4 concept race car, based on the Saleen 1 (a.k.a. the Saleen S1) and intended to compete in SRO Motorsport Group’s GT4 series. Saleen plans to build the cars in Corona, California, beginning in November, and will open them to customer orders once SRO homologates the model for competition.

Saleen revealed the turbocharged race car during a press conference and demonstration event held at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, and it said it designed its GT4 to compete in various series around the world as well as with SRO. The GT4 concept is based on the racing version of the Saleen 1, which debuted in the 2019 Saleen Cup single-make arrive-and-drive series. The GT4 boasts changes from the standard production Saleen 1, including updates designed to comply with GT4 series specifications.

The GT4 concept features updates to its front splitter and fenders, plus a new rear diffuser to improve aerodynamics. Per GT4 specifications, a large rear wing adds downforce. The concept car also offers front and rear ABS and other GT4-specific equipment.

With its turbocharged 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine producing 450 horsepower, plus carbon-fiber bodywork covering the mid-engine chassis, the GT4 version has plenty of potential to deliver one rip-roaring fun experience on racetracks. It won’t be cheap, but few race cars are: Each GT4 will start at $225,000.

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Refreshing or Revolting: BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe vs. Mercedes-Benz CLA

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 22:06

The 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe answers a question no one asked: What would a BMW competitor to the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class look like? Slotting below the 4 Series Gran Coupe, the 2020 2 Series Gran Coupe rides on a front-drive-based platform shared with the X1 and X2. For the U.S., the 2 Series Gran Coupe will only come with all-wheel drive.

Upon first glance, the 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe borrows its front end design from the X2. The twin-kidney grille and headlight clusters are the same shape as in the crossover, giving it a familiar appearance. Compared to the 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class, the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe has a chunkier look thanks to its rounded appearance. More differences become apparent when you see the 2 Series Gran Coupe’s side profile. Its roofline doesn’t descend as quickly as the CLA’s, giving it more glass area and a shorter, liftback-like rear end. The 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class, on the other hand, has a longer rear deck, making it more obvious that it’s a sedan.

Out back, the 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe takes cues from recently revealed BMW vehicles including the thin taillight strips and faux air vents in the lower rear fascia. The 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class also has a similar taillight design but the air vents on the lower part are shorter. Its rear end is also rounded versus the 2 Series Gran Coupe’s squared off rear.

Step inside and you’ll immediately notice that the 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe’s interior looks similar to the recently revealed 3 Series sedan. It features a large 10.25-inch touchscreen and the same horizontal dash as nearly every BMW model. The 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class has a less conventional design with two displays instead of a traditional layout. On the center console, the Mercedes has a touchpad and the electronic gear selector has been mounted on the steering column instead for a cleaner look. BMW’s center console retains the iDrive knob surrounded by buttons, an electronic shifter, and a row of buttons including the stop/start button to the left of it.

When it goes on sale, the 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe will be available in 228i and M235i flavors. Both will come standard with all-wheel drive. A 2.0-liter turbo-four paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission will be the only powertrain available. In the 228i, it makes 228 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, while the M235i produces 301 hp and 332 lb-ft.

Pricing for the 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe should start just below $40,000 for the base 228i, with the M235i coming in higher than that. The 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class starts at $37,645 for a base front-drive CLA 250 while all-wheel drive adds $2,000 more. Unlike the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe, the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class has two performance-oriented models a 302-hp AMG CLA 35 and a more potent 382-hp AMG CLA 45.

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Nearly 150 Collector Cars Seized in an FBI Raid Head to Auction

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 21:07

In December 2018, federal agents from the FBI and U.S. Marshals Service raided the offices of DC Solar and the home of company founders Paulette and Jeff Carpoff, exposing the supposed maker of solar-powered generators and light towers for an $800-million-plus Ponzi scheme. Started in 2008, DC Solar attracted investments from Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway and Progressive insurance. The company brought in $810 million in total, $340 million of which came from Berkshire Hathaway. Now, almost a year after the FBI showed up at the Carpoffs’ 4,100-square-foot California mansion, 149 collector cars seized during the raid are going up for auction.

So if you thought auction season was over, you thought wrong. As it turns out, the hottest (in more ways than one) car auction of 2019 has yet to take place. The auction is set for October 26 in Woodland, California, near Sacramento. The entire collection is valued at more than $6 million, and there’s a lot to pick from. We’ve narrowed the field down to the 15 best cars on the list. If you ever wanted a car with a rap sheet, this is your chance. Check out our picks below.

1993 AM General Hummer

There are actually four Hummers for sale next weekend, all of which are H1s and one of which doesn’t start. The Hummer H1 was essentially a military M998 HUMVEE that was modified by AM General for civilian use. Production started in 1991 and the H1 was built until 2006. Fun fact: Arnold Schwarzenegger bought the first two H1s that came off the production line.

1964 Austin Mini Cooper

The current Mini Cooper isn’t really “mini” anymore, but this Austin Mini, originally designed as a compact city car for a bustling 1960s Britain, is true to the name. This Mark 1 Mini has just 10,000 miles on the clock, but the listing on the website reads “Start?: Yes, but difficult.” Are there any master Mini mechanics out there who want to take a look?

2017 Cadillac CTS-V

At MotorTrend we’re big fans of the last CTS-V. In 2018 the Alpha platform-based CTS won MotorTrend’s coveted Car of the Year award. Even though the CTS is out of production, the CTS-V is still one of the most powerful and best handling big sedans in the business.

1939 Cadillac Limousine

There are plenty of good American cars on the docket for next weekend’s auction, but if you’re looking for something extra patriotic this 1939 Cadillac Limousine with two American flags on the front is the perfect car for you. Not to mention it’s one of the most unique vehicles featured here.

1970 Chevrolet Chevelle

The second-generation Chevelle was redesigned with new front and rear bumpers, Coke-bottle hips, and most importantly a longer hood. It looked tough. It was also the perfect size to accompany a massive engine swap, and it looks like this car has had an LS motor dropped right into it. No details are given on which LS motor it is, but this retro-modern Chevy mashup has us excited.

1969 Chevrolet El Camino

There are plenty of reasons to want this sweet El Camino. First of all, it’s got a killer almost-British-Racing-Green paint job. It’s got what looks to be a modern engine. It’s basically a second-generation Chevelle with a truck bed. Not only that, but it’s only got 1,020 miles on the odometer. It might be one of the cleanest El Caminos on sale right now—or at least the cleanest one formerly owned by a millionaire scam artist.

1935 Chrysler Airflow

Manufactured for just four years, the Airflow was one of the first cars that took aerodynamics seriously, hence the name. It also ditched the ladder-frame chassis that was popular at the time and stretched the wheelbase of the common American sedan to give a better ride and stability at speed. It was marketed as “the first real motor car since the invention of the automobile” because of all the innovations that were baked in. These cars are rare, too. Less than 30,000 were made over the course of its four-year run.

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

This might be the strangest way to get your hands on a Demon. As you’re probably well aware, the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon was a one-year-only drag racing special that packed an 840-hp version of the Hellcat’s motor and was able to run a quarter mile in less than 10 seconds. Just 3,300 units were made, and used examples are still trading hands for well over the original $84,995 base asking price. This one is apparently no different; as of this writing, it already has an $83,000 bid on it.

1969 Dodge Daytona/1970 Plymouth Superbirds

This 1969 Dodge Daytona is joined by three Plymouth Superbirds on the docket. The Dodge Daytona and the Superbird were the fastest muscle cars of their day. The Daytona was the first car to do more than 200 mph during a NASCAR race. The Superbird is the car the Daytona essentially birthed. The Plymouth got numerous changes based on lessons learned during the Daytona’s NASCAR run. Hard to go wrong with any of these if you’re looking for a cool piece of muscle car royalty.

2002 Dodge Viper RT-10

The Carpoffs apparently had a thing for good old American muscle, and even this 2002 Dodge Viper made its way into their garage. Infamous for being a little too hot to handle, we still think this Viper would make a sweet addition to any enthusiast’s garage.

1973 Fiat 500

The Fiat 500 will no longer be sold in America. That was the declaration made by FCA this past August. As sad as that may be, the original 500 is still one of the cutest little cars ever made, and this red example is extremely clean. Small cars like the 500 and the Mini represent back-to-basics-driving, and all for one heck of a low price, too.

1967 Ford Mustang GT

This 1967 Shelby GT500 “Eleanor” clone is one of the coolest cars on this list. If you grew up watching 2000’s Gone In 60 Seconds, this is the perfect Mustang for you. It’s only got 1,600 miles on the clock, too. So it’s just waiting to be driven.

2007 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

This isn’t just another Shelby GT500. It’s THE Shelby GT500. This is the only car Carroll Shelby personally OK’d to wear the white racing stripes. It also included one-of-a-kind memorabilia signed by both Carroll Shelby and Bill Ford when it was new, and they’re still in the car. Check the photos to see the autographed monroney sitting pretty in the trunk. Jeff Carpoff paid $1 million for it at an auction in 2017 and it’s currently going for just over $30,000. Talk about depreciation…

2014 Jaguar XKR-S GT

What happens when Jaguar’s Engineered to Order division get their hands on the already special Jaguar XKR-S? You’re left with the lighter, harder-riding, and even more capable XKR-S GT, of course. We liked this car when we tested it in 2014, and as of this writing the winning bid for this example is just $40,025. That’s one heck of a deal.

1961 Volkswagen Beetle

The original people’s car, the brainchild of Ferdinand Porsche, and one of the best-selling cars ever made, the Volkswagen Beetle is a bona-fide automotive icon. The VW Beetle had the longest production run of any model, with more than 21 million units built between 1938 and 2010—easily making it one of the most influential cars of all time. Want a piece of automotive history that actually runs? This is your chance.

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Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye Test Drive Video: The Biggest and Baddest

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 18:31

The Dodge Challenger doesn’t compete with the Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang. The pony car proletariat may protest, but hear me out. As the Camaro gets lighter and sharper with track-focused 1LE versions and Ford develops high-revving flat-plane V-8s and carbon-fiber–wheeled GT500s, those cars are chasing a different audience than a car like the Challenger.

Dodge’s take on the modern muscle car is bigger, heavier, more comfortable, and more audacious than those cars—the Challenger is its own thing. And the Challenger Hellcat Redeye Widebody is the most Challenger-ish Challenger Dodge will challenge you to buy.

I remember (figuratively) soiling my pants when Dodge announced the original Challenger Hellcat with “just” 707 angry supercharged horses. Apparently, five years down the line, Dodge decided the ancient Challenger platform needed even more.

The Redeye treatment grants the Challenger an ever-so-slightly detuned version of the engine in the drag-race special Dodge Demon. It makes a truly absurd 797 hp and 707 lb-ft of torque in the Redeye, which also gains some of the Demon’s trick drag racing technology. But it’s the Widebody permutation that crowns this specific Challenger as Dodge’s performance patriarch.

Huge swollen fenders are the most obvious visual tell but the changes don’t stop there. Wider tires, bigger front brakes, stiffer anti-roll bars, and a competition-tuned adaptive suspension round out the changes and transmogrify the aging muscle car into the best possible version of itself.

Just watch Jethro giggle as he drives the thing.

Check out the video above to watch our own Jethro Bovingdon behind the wheel of a 2019 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye Widebody on the mountain roads of Southern California!

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What's new for Audi, Hyundai's large drift machine, Polestar 2 vs. XC40 Recharge: What's New @ The Car Connection

The Car Connection News Feed - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 16:56
What’s new for 2020: Audi The luxury automaker added two wagons to its A6 lineup and will keep the TT around for another year. What do you get from a connected car app? Connected car apps are becoming more common and more functional in new cars, and automakers such as Ford are making these convenient apps free. NHTSA finally plans to get...
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Hyundai iMax N Drift Bus Makes Van Life More Exciting

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 16:41

Vans are awesome—they haul stuff and take you on epic adventures along with seven other people (you like). But what if said van also gives you thrills? That’s exactly what Hyundai Australia added to a humble iMax (also known as Starex in other global markets) passenger van. However, it didn’t just give it a couple go fast bits and pieces, this iMax got the full N treatment. Say hello to the Hyundai iMax N Drift Bus, the eight-passenger, rear-drive machine that’ll happily go sideways.

Normally, the Hyundai iMax is powered by a 2.5-liter turbodiesel I-4. That wasn’t enough so Hyundai Australia ditched that in favor of a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 good for 300 kW and 550 nm of torque, that’s 402 hp and 409 lb-ft. The engine comes paired exclusively to an eight-speed automatic transmission developed in house by Hyundai. It also comes with a limited-slip differential and a dual-mode active exhaust system just like the i30 N and Veloster N.

Like other N models, the iMax N has electronically-controlled dampers, upgraded brakes, and 19-inch alloy wheels taken straight out of the i30 N with the performance package. Hyundai says that the i30 N gets 50/50 weight distribution with eight occupants. Inside, the iMax N gets a unique steering wheel, sport seats, second- and third-row bench seats, and leather and suede upholstery. It’s even sporting Hyundai N’s signature performance blue exterior color, a body kit, a triangle-shaped center rear brake light, and red stripes.

Unfortunately, the Hyundai iMax N won’t make it to production. Last year, Hyundai Australia created a one-off Santa Fe cabriolet, which was essentially a standard Santa Fe with its roof chopped off so a photographer can take a top down shot of the whole cabin.

Check out the video below for all the sideways van action.

Source: Hyundai

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What do you get from a connected car app?

The Car Connection News Feed - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 16:00
As cars themselves get smarter and smarter, the technology on our dashboards is becoming ever more intertwined with the devices we carry in our pockets. From simple maintenance reminders to functions that can turn a smartphone into an advanced key fob, connected car apps vary significantly in terms of capability⁠—and cost. Earlier...
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Stenprop buys two industrial sites for £7.1m

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 14:02
Stenprop has acquired two industrial estates in Glasgow and Wolverhampton in separate transactions for £7.1m.
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NHTSA finally plans to get 5-star testing up to speed

The Car Connection News Feed - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 14:00
New vehicles will have to meet more rigorous safety standards to earn five-star safety ratings doled out by federal regulators, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced Wednesday. “American car buyers want safety, and NHTSA wants to help by creating additional market-based incentives for automakers to continue investing...
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North West resort to undergo £20m makeover

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 13:48
Formby Hall Golf Resort & Spa is set to undergo a £20m expansion and upgrade.
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2020 Toyota Prius

The Car Connection News Feed - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 13:34
It’s hard not to have an opinion on the 2020 Toyota Prius. The car’s expressive shape, impressive fuel economy, and reasonable price have made it a favorite with drivers interested in saving fuel. But gas is cheap, and rivals are catching up, which makes the 2020 Prius less of a stand-out than before. We rate the lineup at 6.0 out of...
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Plans revealed for new Citylabs campus building

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 12:22
Manchester health innovation campus Citylabs is set for a £35m expansion, which will take the campus’s footprint to more than 125,000 sq ft.
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AXA IM – Real Assets pre-lets 201,000 sq ft at Assembly Bristol to BT

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 10:44
AXA Investment Managers – Real Assets has secured a 201,000 sq ft pre-let at Assembly Bristol to BT.
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2018 BMW X3 M40i: The Difference Upgraded Wheels and Tires Have at the Track

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 09:00

So far, I’ve been quite smitten with our 2018 BMW X3 M40i. It’s a practical SUV yet it drives more like a car and matches the figure-eight time of a 2017 Mazda MX-5 RF. It’s easy to forget it’s 5.5 feet tall and has 8.0 inches of ground clearance. Safe to say our X3 hauls, in more ways than one. I was satisfied, to say the least, to have one for a year. That is, until BMW announced the first ever full-M X3 will be available to the masses this summer. The want was strong!

Our X3 is not a full-blown M-car like the one in the video above, but I wondered how close it could get to an X3M with some minor tweaks. The easiest way to improve a car’s overall performance is better ties, and the opportunity arose when our X3’s Bridgestone Alenza 001 RFT needed replacement, so we called up our buddies at Tire Rack, and they hooked us up with a set of lightweight OZ Hyper GT HLT wheels wrapped with sticky Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires. Wheels specs are 20×8.5 inches front and 20×10 inches rear; tires are 245/45/20 front and 275/40/20 rear. After mounting the new shoes, I immediately noticed an improved ride. Amazing what a difference a smaller, lighter wheel makes, but I didn’t anticipate exactly how big until we took the X3 through our standard tests.

After weighing the car with the new setup, we found it shed 34 pounds total, 8.5 pounds per corner. That doesn’t sound like much, but when paired with the sticky Michelins, the X3 put down some much-improved numbers. 0–60 mph was cut down to 4.4 seconds, 0.4 quicker than stock; and the quarter mile time was improved by a similar 0.3 seconds, down to 13.1 at 105 mph. Braking was significantly improved, reducing the 60–0 distance by 9 feet to 103 feet, which all combines to a 0.9-second improvement to the figure-eight time of 25 seconds flat. To put that figure-eight time into perspective, 25.0 is 0.1 second quicker than a 2018 WRX STI, 2011 X6M, and 2008 Mitsubishi Evo X and as quick as a 2007 Ferrari 599 GTB, 2009 911 Carrera S, and 2018 Kia Stinger. Not bad for an SUV.

Our test team was impressed, as well. Road test editor Chris Walton says the X3 “launches hard, shifts very quickly, and maintains trap speeds, so no heat soak. What a little animal. The X3 is no longer a box o’ rocks.” Testing director Kim Reynolds also notes that “you can really stand on the brakes approaching a corner. And they didn’t fade. It’s possible to enter the corner in many different ways: understeer in, rotate the tail with the brakes, or something in between.”

We haven’t tested an X3 M, but BMW claims a 4.1-second 0–60 run, which isn’t much quicker than our X3 M40i. Think it’s worth the extra $15,250 to get into a base X3 M over a base M40i? I would love to find out.

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Top 10 Fastest-Accelerating Electric Cars 0-60 MPH Tested by MotorTrend

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 09:00

Electric cars are just starting to take hold in the auto market. No longer relegated to the luxury segment, EVs now run the gamut from small to large and expensive to mainstream. And as you’ll see on this list, some are quite quick. Keep reading to find out the top 10 fastest-accelerating electric cars from 0 to 60 mph ever tested by MotorTrend. To avoid repetition, we’re listing each model only once in the highest-performing variant we’ve tested.

Hyundai Kona Electric – 6.6 Seconds

The Kona Electric is actually more powerful than its gas-powered counterparts, making 201 hp and 290 lb-ft of torque. And it’s almost a whole second quicker than the most powerful gas version offered. With its smooth driving experience and 258-mile electric range, there’s a lot to like about this plucky subcompact crossover.

Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric – 6.5 Seconds

The Mercedes B-Class hatchback was relatively quick, smooth, and luxurious. It was able to reach 60 mph in 6.5 seconds and it made 177 hp and 251 lb-ft of torque. But with just 87 miles of range, it wasn’t a practical commuter. The model was discontinued in 2017. Luckily, Mercedes has a swarm of stylish and more practical EVs in the works.

Nissan Leaf Plus – 6.5 Seconds

We were pleasantly surprised when we first stepped on the accelerator in the Leaf Plus, the long-range version of Nissan’s popular electric car. With 214 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque, it’s substantially more potent than the standard version. Who ever thought a Nissan Leaf could outrun a Honda Civic? If you can get past the dull steering, you’ll also enjoy its quiet, stable ride in the city and on the highway. Range in this quick electric car tops out at 226 miles.

BMW i3 – 6.4 Seconds

We appreciate the BMW i3’s tight turning radius and quick acceleration, not to mention its eco-friendly interior with natural materials such as Eucalyptus wood. Overall, the i3 is not a bad first foray into the EV game. But we’re generally not a fan of the driving dynamics; sloppy handling mars the experience. We expect BMW’s next generation of electric vehicles to feel better suited to the blue-and-white roundel.

Chevrolet Bolt – 6.3 Seconds

No question about it: The Chevrolet Bolt made long-range electric cars accessible to the masses. Roomy, quiet, and fun-to-drive, the Bolt is the second EV to win MotorTrend’s Car of the Year award after the Tesla Model S. Chevrolet sweetened the pot for the 2020 model year by extending range even further, to 259 miles. The Bolt makes a healthy 200 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque.

Audi E-Tron – 5.1 Seconds

The first all-electric product from Audi is the sleek E-Tron SUV. Part of the first wave of battery-electric vehicles planned by Volkswagen Group, the E-Tron is built on a new EV-specific platform that incorporates components from the group’s existing SUV architectures. In many ways, the E-Tron is a stopgap until VW Group’s dedicated modular MEB platform arrives, but that doesn’t mean Audi just phoned this one in. With its two electric motors making a combined 355 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque, the Audi E-Tron is one of the fastest accelerating electric cars we’ve tested. In our tests, the E-Tron did 0-60 mph in 5.1 seconds. Range is estimated at just 204 miles by the EPA, however. Stay tuned for our real-world range test results.

Jaguar I-Pace – 4.0 Seconds

Jaguar’s electric crossover is a pleasant sight to behold, and pure fun to drive. This stylish electric crossover makes 394 hp and 512 lb-ft of torque. With precise steering, instant acceleration, and next to no body roll, the I-Pace deserves a seat at the top of this list alongside the Teslas. As one of our 2019 SUV of the Year finalists, it even performed well off-road, trekking across dirt hills and sand pits thanks to its all-wheel-drive traction. Range is a healthy 234 miles.

Tesla Model X P90D – 3.2 Seconds

One of the fastest electric cars is actually an SUV. The Tesla Model X has many gimmicks, from its falcon wing doors to oversized front windshield and monopost second-row seats. But it’s also functional, with sufficient room in the optional third row and an aerodynamic design that loses little range to the Model S. It’s also surprisingly quick for its size. We tested a 2016 Model X P90D Ludicrous running from 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds, although it took a much less powerful 75D model 5.5 seconds to hit the same mark.

Tesla Model 3 Dual Motor Performance – 3.1 Seconds

It may be Tesla’s entry-level car, but the Model 3 packs a strong punch. In our tests, the dual-motor Model 3 Performance zipped from 0-60 mph in 3.1 seconds. This quick electric car packs 450 hp and 471 lb-ft of torque. The dual-motor Long Range model was noticeably slower, though, reaching 60 mph in 4.0 seconds. Both versions can travel 310 miles on a charge, although the Performance is currently $8,000 more expensive to start.

Tesla Model S P100D – 2.3 Seconds

The Tesla Model S isn’t just the quickest electric car MotorTrend has ever tested. It’s also the quickest production car we’ve ever tested—period. We clocked a 2017 Model S P100D, comparable to today’s Model S Performance, hitting 60 mph in 2.28 seconds. In our review, we said this Model S “snaps your body in a manner that is utterly impossible to replicate in any other street-legal production car on normal tires and dry asphalt at a mid-$100,000 price point.” Of course, we’ve tested less potent versions with slower times, everything from the P90D (2.6 seconds) to the P85D (3.2 seconds) and the previous “budget” 60 version (5.0 seconds).

Honorable Mention: Porsche Taycan Turbo S – 2.6 Seconds (mfr est)

We have yet to test the new all-electric Porsche Taycan in any form, but it’s pretty safe bet the EV sport sedan will end up on this list once we do. Porsche estimates that a Taycan Turbo S in Launch Control mode can do the 0-60 mph sprint in 2.6 seconds, which would easily earn it a spot in the top three if we can confirm it in our own tests. Until then, the Taycan gets an *honorable mention.

Fastest Electric Cars from 0-60 MPH
  1. Hyundai Kona Electric: 6.6 Seconds
  2. Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric: 6.5 Seconds
  3. Nissan Leaf Plus: 6.5 Seconds
  4. BMW i3: 6.4 Seconds
  5. Chevrolet Bolt: 6.3 Seconds
  6. Audi E-Tron: 5.1 Seconds
  7. Jaguar I-Pace: 4.0 Seconds
  8. Tesla Model X: 3.2 Seconds
  9. Tesla Model 3: 3.1 Seconds
  10. Tesla Model S: 2.3 Seconds

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2020 Jeep Gladiator Sport Manual First Test: Unhappy Marriage

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 09:00

Does Jeep deserve extra credit for offering a manual transmission or demerits for offering a crappy one? That was a philosophical question we recently found ourselves asking.

On the “pro” side, choice is good, and for the past several years inveterate stick-rowers who wanted a midsize truck had to make do with the antediluvian Nissan Frontier (a quaint five-speed) or the merely ancient Toyota Tacoma (which at least gets a six-speed). Chevy’s lovely (multiple-TOTYwinning) Colorado and Ford’s new (to us) Ranger offer no option to stick-shift any number of speeds.

Also auguring in favor of the Gladiator’s manual is the fact that, at least in our tester’s Sport guise (Overland and Rubicon trims also get the manual), it adds swiftness to the trucklet. Of the four Gladiators we’ve tested—three automatic Rubicons and this one—the six-speed Sport is the quickest by 0.2-0.8 second to 60 mph. That’s probably because our cloth-top stripper weighs between 426 and 497 pounds less than those loaded test trucks. It also helps that first gear is slightly shorter than in a Rubicon automatic and second gear stretches past 60 mph, so there’s only one torque-interrupting shift in there. (By the quarter mile they’re pretty even.)

So what prompted that “crappy” adjective above? The Aisin D478 transmission is poorly matched to the 3.6-liter V-6, which suffers a low-end torque deficit that the eight-speed’s close ratios do much to cover for. “All the gears are too long,” features editor Christian Seabaugh noted. “First goes through 31 mph, second through 60, and third through 103. For a truck that’s supposed to work or go off-road that’s, frankly, insane.” (Opting for the Rubicon trim or Sport Max Tow package swaps a 4.10:1 axle ratio for our truck’s 3.73:1, lowering those shift speeds by about 10 percent.) The gear spacing is also uneven, as those speed gaps indicate. During an acceleration run up Davis Dam with a trailer attached, upshifting from second to third gear at redline dropped the engine way off its torque curve, bogging the V-6 hopelessly.

Read our First Test of a 2020 Gladiator Rubicon with an eight-speed automatic HERE.

The clutch engages nearer the top of its travel than we’re used to (note: we are not used to the Frontier or Tacoma), and the shifter features truckishly long throws. Most of us acclimated quickly, though Detroit editor Alisa Priddle declared, “It takes too much effort to slam into gear.” MotorTrend en Español managing editor Miguel Cortina noted that the shifter is angled toward the driver instead of being oriented straight up as he prefers. Features editor Scott Evans found the Gladiator easy to stall: “If you live in hilly areas, you’ll never get out of third gear.”

It all gets worse when you hitch up a 4,000-pound trailer. The 0-60 acceleration time more than doubles, from 7.9 to 15.9 seconds. And Evans still found it easy to stall even with a light trailer. “First has no torque; once you’re moving, all the power is on the top end, right where you don’t want it when trailering,” he said. “The dinky door mirrors make it really hard to see where your trailer is going and where obstacles are.”

Perhaps the six-speed manual will win our crew over if/when it gets paired with a torquier turbocharged engine such as the Ram 1500’s 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 or the Wrangler’s 2.0-liter turbo-four. Until then, if you want a Wrangler with a 5.0-foot bed and a stick, consider opting for the Rubicon or Sport Max Tow package to get the shorter axle ratio.

Watch an automatic-transmission Gladiator go off-roading with a Colorado and Tacoma below (and read the story here)

2020 Jeep Gladiator Sport BASE PRICE $35,040 PRICE AS TESTED $46,185 VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, 4WD, 5-pass, 4-door truck ENGINE 3.6L/285-hp/260-lb-ft DOHC 24-valve V-6 TRANSMISSION 6-speed manual CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 4,699 lb (52/48%) WHEELBASE 137.3 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 218.0 x 73.8 x 74.1 in 0-60 MPH 7.9 sec QUARTER MILE 16.3 sec @ 84.1 mph BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 129 ft EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON 16/23/19 mpg ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 211/147 kW-hr/100 miles CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 1.05 lb/mile

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The 2020 Corvette C8 Beats These 10 Amazing Cars in our Figure-Eight Test

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 09:00

We had a good feeling the 2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette’s move to a mid-engine layout would improve performance, but somehow we didn’t think the results would be so dramatic. Our 3LT trim tester equipped with the Z51 package lapped our figure eight course in 23.3 seconds at 0.90 g, placing it in lofty company. How lofty? To give you an idea, here are just 10 of the heavy-hitting performance cars the C8 Corvette beat around the figure-eight course, a MotorTrend test that evaluates cornering, acceleration, braking, and the transitions in between.

Can the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette really compete with a 2020 Porsche 911? Find out in the MotorTrend comparison HERE.

2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Porsche’s RS cars have always enjoyed life at the top of the 911 hierarchy, and that was true for the 997-generation GT3 RS, which was outranked only by the GT2 RS and GT3 RS 4.0. In testing, that car laid down a figure-eight lap of 23.4 seconds at an average of 0.92 g, with help from its 450-hp 3.8-liter naturally aspirated flat-six and sweet-shifting six-speed manual transmission. That kind of performance easily made it worthy of the RS badge in its day, but who could have guessed a “base” Corvette would surpass it 10 years later? If beating a decade-old GT3 RS doesn’t impress you, the C8 also tied a 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera T’s figure-eight time, though at higher average g-forces.

2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S

The Mercedes-AMG GT S was our 2015 Best Driver’s Car winner, and for good reason. The then-new front-engine sports car surprised everyone on Route 198 with the level of confidence it inspired. “By the end of the program, it grew obvious that the AMG GT S was greater than the sum of its parts,” we wrote at the time. “Part Palm Springs weekend getaway car, part mountain road menace, and part track star, and wholly incomparable.” The GT S’ 23.4-second figure-eight time doesn’t tell the whole story about its driving experience, but the fact that the Corvette C8 beat that is still impressive.

2013 Dodge SRT Viper

The Viper and Corvette are longtime American sports car rivals. Up until the C8’s arrival and the Viper’s unfortunate discontinuation in 2016, both were muscular front-engine, rear-drive coupes designed and built in the U.S., so how could we not compare the two? With its 640-hp, 600-lb-ft 8.4-liter naturally aspirated V-10, the base SRT Viper was more of a match for the C7 Z06 in its day. But a generation later, a lesser Z51 model is capable of besting its figure-eight time of 23.4 seconds.

2019 Jaguar XE SV Project 8

Jaguar’s Special Vehicle Operations team pulled out all the stops when it developed the XE SV Project 8. Thanks in part to a 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 producing 592 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque, the Project 8 is the fastest four-door car around the Nürburgring Nordschleife. Another SV innovation that no doubt helped the Project 8 capture the ’Ring record is the car’s dual-mode suspension that can switch from Street to Track at the push of a button. In Street mode, the Project posted a figure-eight time of 23.4 seconds, a tenth of a second slower than the C8 Corvette Z51. But even set to Track mode, the Project 8 only manages to tie the ’Vette.

2006 Saleen S7 Twin Turbo

If you could travel back in time to the early 2000s and ask any car enthusiast which five cars would fill their dream garage, chances are high that the Saleen S7 would be among the answers you get. Designed by Steve Saleen to put America back on the supercar map, the S7 took on the giants of the day both in showrooms and on the track with the S7R, which competed at Le Mans throughout the first decade of the new millennium. In 2005, the S7 got a major upgrade in the form of a 7.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 rated at 750 hp. With that power infusion, the low-volume Saleen S7 Twin Turbo completed our figure-eight course in 23.4 seconds at an average of 0.90 g. In a way, the C8 Corvette beating that time is like the passing of the torch from one American supercar icon to another.

2010 Corvette ZR1

Just as the Saleen S7 was a poster car of the 2000s, the C6 Chevy Corvette ZR1 was kind of a big deal during the first half of this decade. Nicknamed the “Blue Devil,” the C6 ZR1 packed a 6.2-liter supercharged LS9 V-8 that produced 638 hp and 604 lb-ft of torque—at the time an unfathomable amount for a mass-produced car. The ZR1 lapped our figure eight in 23.4 seconds at an average of 0.87 g. The fact that a C8 Z51 beat the top model of the C6 generation in this metric (and others) further illustrates just how far the Corvette has come.

2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus

When the second-generation Audi R8 first came out, few thought it would be as good as its platform-mate, the Lamborghini Huracán. But the everyday supercar’s performance was much closer to the Lambo’s than anyone could have expected. When we tested a 2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus, it accelerated from 0 to 60 mph in 2.6 seconds, making it the quickest naturally aspirated car we had ever tested at the time. It also lapped the figure eight in 23.5 seconds, which is indeed fast—just not as fast as the new C8 Corvette.

2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

We called the DBS Superleggera “the most beautiful Aston Martin since … ever” in our First Drive. On top of that, it’s an incredible grand tourer packing a sonorous 715-hp 5.2-liter twin-turbo V-12. It may not be an all-out super sports car like some others on this list, but it is one of the priciest entries starting at just over $308,000. The DBS Superleggera beats the C8 Corvette in plushness and arguably in looks, but with a lap time of 23.6 seconds, it doesn’t beat it around our figure eight.

2010 Ferrari 458 Italia

The Ferrari 458 Italia and 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 have a surprising amount in common. Both are mid-engine and powered by naturally aspirated V-8s mated to dual-clutch transmissions, and both look great in red. Even months after the C8 Corvette’s debut, it’s still incredible to us that such comparisons between a Corvette and our 2011 Best Driver’s Car winner can be made. What’s more incredible is that the Corvette was three tenths of a second faster than the Ferrari around the figure eight. What a difference a decade makes.

2012 Lexus LFA

The Lexus LFA was a prime example of a halo car. Toyota spent millions developing a robotic loom that could weave carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic into body components and a full monocoque chassis—all for one car. Producing the LFA required a dedicated facility where the cars would be hand-built at a rate of about 20 units a month. Just 500 examples of the front-engine, 552-hp V-10 coupe were produced and sold for at least $375,000 a pop, making LFA ownership a very exclusive club. Though it won’t be nearly as rare or expensive, the C8 Corvette serves as a halo car for GM, a showcase of what its engineers, designers, bean counters (yes, we owe them thanks, too), and other employees can do. With that said, we think the LFA would be OK having its 23.7-second figure eight time beaten by another halo car worthy of the title.

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