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Lamborghini Aventador Pays Homage to the Miura

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The iconic Lamborghini Miura is celebrating it’s 50th birthday this year. The Miura was much ahead of its time in terms of design and technology and clearly paved the way forward for what we call supercars today. To commemorate this special anniversary, Lamborghini is creating a limited edition Aventador which will only be produced in 50 units.

The limited edition models all take color ques from the Miura’s original color palate options. In addition to the color options, Lamborghini is making the Dione wheel in a 20 and 21 inch option. Badging will be located in similar locations as those that were found on the Miura to finish off the small details. While the outside carries the visual history of the Miura, the car is propelled by nothing short of the best of modern technology which really provides a great platform to showcase the influence of the old in the new.

The limited edition Lamborghini Aventador Miura Homage will be making it’s debut at the 2016 Goodwood Fesitival of Speed. This is going to be a chance to witness a very rare and collectible Aventador which otherwise will likely sit in garages of collectors.


VW Customers May Get a $7000 Pay Out

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With details surrounding Volkswagen’s $10 billion settlement which recently surfaced, it’s gotten the attention of customers who have been affecting waiting eagerly to determine what kind of compensation they will be receiving. Myself included, it’s less so about the compensation, and more so about having a clear picture of what options we will have infront of us to make a decision on our diesel vehicle.

In the current state, customers are left hanging time and time again as Volkswagen and regulators continue to battle out a solution. The most recent report is stating that Volkswagen will be paying out anywhere between $1,000 and $7,000 to diesel owners, depending on things like year, mileage and condition of the vehicle. This will be in addition to providing a fix or buy back option on the affected vehicle.

All of these details are still speculation until an official release of the deal comes out between regulators and Volkswagen. At that point, Canadian customers will wait to see what path Volkswagen Canada will go down for their customers.


FCA Recall for Confusion Gear Selector

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Just days after the latest fatal accident related to FCA’s troublesome electronic gear shifter, the company announced that their dealers now have the new software ready to be installed into vehicles with the electronic shifters. The updated software should prevent the cars from moving when the “Park” gear is not selected and the driver’s door is open.

FCA announced that it was already to issue start a recall campaign on vehicles using their new gear selector. NHTSA reported that the troublesome shifter has resulted in 117 alleged crashes, 28 injuries, and now 1 death that of Anton Yelchin, most notable for playing Checkov in the new Start Trek movies.

The recall impacts Jeep, Chrysler and Dodge vehicles and now spreading to Maserati products as well as they announced today that they will recall the 2014 Ghibli and Quattroporte sedans manufactured from June 1, 2013 to February 28, 2014 because of their confusing gear shifters.


New Porsche Panamera Leaked

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There has been quite a bit of anticipation for the next generation Panamera to be officially debuted. Over the last few months, we’ve seen numerous pictures of a test mule being put to its paces around test tracks. Despite the light camo in some photos, we are still eager to see where Porsche will take the next iteration of the Panamera.

Well it looks like we don’t have to wait any longer. Three photos of the new Panamera just leaked onto social media and it’s looking spectacular. All of Porsche’s new design elements have made it’s way onto the new Panamera. The striking feature right off the bat is the slimmer and sleeker profile of the new car. The front got a more modern refresh, but the rear of the car got the most attention. The rear of the Panamera has a profile that much more resembles the 911 and that’s a great thing. The Panamera no longer needs time to get use to. It’s a beauty right from the get go.

The new Panamera will be built on top of the company’s new MSB platform which is lighter and also stiffer than the outgoing chassis. We should also be seeing a couple engine variations in the Panamera, namely a revised 3.0L twin turbo V6 and likely a 4.0L twin turbo V8. Other power train will likely come down the pike as well. The official release of the Panamera is set for June 28.


2018 Lexus LC500

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The amazingly beautiful and all new Lexus LC 500 is about to go into production and we’ve been ogling over it’s beauty since the first time we saw it as a concept car. With the reality production coming soon, Lexus released a video showcasing all the tech features of the vehicles as well as treated our ears with a full on belching from the 5.0L V8.

The 2018 Lexus LC 500 really doesn’t need a huge sales pitch. On the outside, it’s an absolutely beautifully sculpted pieces of machinery. Lexus went ahead and threw it’s best designers and engineers at it. They then went outside the company and hired external consultants to come in and do some more testing and tweaking to ensure that their final product will dismiss the talks about the brand’s cars being boring driving cars. And then there’s the sound coming out of that V8….that oh so glorious sound!

The LC500 will be going into production shortly so it will be a reality on the streets before we know it. We certainly can’t wait to see it on the road. Oh and did I mention that sound?


Ford Focus RS 500 Spied

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It has been a long time coming to see the RS500 moniker be used on a blue oval again. Ever since the dominating touring car of the 80’s the Sierra Cosworth RS500 wore the badge, the name RS500 has somewhat of a legendary status to it. So to see it on a new Ford Focus means that this car must be something special.

Rumors were already circulating last year after the RS Focus made its debut to the public. Word about a faster and better RS Focus was hitting the ground almost as soon or even sooner than the RS made its debut. Like the RS500 before it, exterior changes are subtle to the RS version, we can only speculate whats underneath will be a much more potent version of what you can get right now.

More than likely the RS500 Focus will go through a weight loss and will get more beefed up brakes and suspension to handle some extra power. Weigh savings will probably come from the use of aluminum and carbon fiber around the car, while power will soar north of the current 350hp.


Jeep Drops Takata Airbags from Production Cars

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By now we are all aware of the airbag crisis facing the Takata company. The number of recalls mounting as a result of Takata’s exploding airbag inflators continue to climb. And as those numbers go up, so are the number of manufacturers dropping the Japanese company as an airbag inflator supplier.

Most recently, FCA has announced that they will be dropping Takata as a supplier. The change will happen gradually as FCA reduces the number of cars in their lineup using the Japanese inflators and moving to another brand. Currently, only the 2016 Jeep Wrangler still continues to use Takata inflators in their passenger-side airbags.

FCA is looking to cease using the Takata inflator in the Jeep Wrangler starting next week. Any car that currently is sold new which has the Takata inflator will be fully disclosed to the customer and they will be informed about a recall which will fix their airbag.


New Aston Martin V12 Begins Production

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Aston Martin’s DB11 will be powered by an oh so mighty 5.2L twin turbo V12. In a day in age where most manufacturers are moving away from V10s and even V8s in some cases, seeing a whopping V12 still being produced is a great sight!

The DB11’s engine is good for 600hp and 516lb/ft of torque and will propel the car from 0-100km/h in 3.9 seconds and top out at 200mph. The engine will be manufactured at the company’s Cologne plant and each unit will manufactured from beginning to end by one technician.

Aston Martin is very proud of this engine. In a statement by Andy Palmer, President and CEO of Aston Martin, “To have the ability to design and then manufacture our own high-performance engines in-house is something very special. It gives us ultimate control of quality and that all-important character for which Aston Martin cars are renowned. I have no doubts that our new twin-turbo V12 is the start of an even greater era of success.”


Special Vipers to Celebrate End of Production

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Ever since we first laid eyes on a concept hot rod from Dodge which had those massively wide fenders and equally monstrous rear tires we knew we were witnessing something special. Over it’s 25 year life span, we have been left with a wonderful library of tire shredding videos. To celebrate the end of the Viper’s production run, five special edition Vipers will be made available for the 2017 year.

Four of the Vipers to be released will be part of the heritage collection meaning they will be based on a Viper from the past. Here is an example of Randy Pobst’s Viper 1:28 Edition ACR which set a 1:28:65 lap time at Laguna Seca. The car will wear custom aero, come with carbon ceramic brakes, and be sporting a black paint job with red striped running front to back. Only 28 of these Vipers will be produced.

We’ll bring you more Vipers over the new few days.


Hennessey’s 800hp Ford Mustang

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The folks over at Hennessey Performance wanted to massage their HPE800 kitted Ford Mustang. As the name would suggest, the kit features a supercharger for the 5.0L V8, a host of bolt ons from fuel system upgrades to freeing flow through the intake system which bumps the horsepower tally to the 800 mark.

Hennessey decided to do an exterior refresh of their HPE800 Mustang to celebrate their 25 year anniversary. But customers who want to own one of these limited edition cars will have to jump on them quick. Hennessey is only planning on making 25 units.


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