2015 McLaren 650S – Exotic Redefined »

In only a couple of years, McLaren has created an exotic that raises the bar on the competition.

F1 For the Road – The Ferrari F50 »

It’s not often one gets handed the keys to a million dollar car. Well in this case, about 1.6 million, but who’s counting.

Performance Redefined: Nissan GTR »

The Nissan GTR is a bit of an enigma. It’s one of the rare few that satisfies more than one personality traits. It’s nearly untouchable at the Ring, only beat by the million dollar Porsche 918 when counting series production vehicles.

Life Lessons, Courtesy of Mercedes »

Before we start, I need to apologize for being late. Partly due to real life getting in the way, but mostly due to the fact that I struggled to write this.

Canadian JDM Invasion – Honda Integra Type-R »

This week, I had a chance to check out NRGie’s 1996 Honda Integra Type-R. While GTRs have dominated the JDM imports, the ITR is a bit of a hidden gem out of Japan.


June 24th, 2016

VW-CO2

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.


June 24th, 2016

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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.


June 24th, 2016

2017 porsche panamers

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.


June 24th, 2016

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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?


June 22nd, 2016

focus rs500

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.


June 22nd, 2016

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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.


June 22nd, 2016

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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.”


June 22nd, 2016

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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.


June 22nd, 2016

hennessey-mustang

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.


June 21st, 2016

vw tdi loss

Customers who own a 2.0L TDI Volkswagen have been patiently waiting for the automaker to officially come out with their plan to fix their cars. Rumors have been swirling since April when loose details from the automaker came out reporting that their may be a fix or buy back plan as well as a compensation package for customers. Now, nearing the regulators demanded final date for Volkswagen to report on a solution, there is another bus circulating around a supposed $10 billion plan to fix half-a-million cheating diesel cars in the U.S.

All official solutions from Volkswagen will require both the EPA and CARB to approve of the plan. Volkswagen is all ready to fork over $6.5 billion to car owners and $3.5 billion to the U.S. government and California regulators in fines. With the currently proposed plan, Volkswagen will give the option to customers to have their non compliant vehicles repaired. According to calculations, it would take approximately 2 years for all the repairs to be completed, if Volkswagen can even get to all 482,000 affected cars in the US.

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