Posts Tagged ‘2016’

GMC Terrain Nightfall Edition Hits New York Auto Show

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Nightfall, sounds like a Marvel character, but that might not be a bad thing since GMC is going for a more sinister look with their small crossover and all new 2017 Terrain. The all black crossover was brought to New York for its debut at the New York Auto show.

The main feature of the Nightfall Edition Terrain, as the name suggest, is using black as the primary, secondary, and tertiary colors for all physical components of the Terrain. From the color of the car, to the front grille, to the mirrors and all ancillary body trim, everything is as dark as the night. The Terrain rides on 18-inch wheels that features black painted spokes. But being all black actually isn’t 100% true as GMC will give customers four color choices starting with Onyx Black, Summit White, Graphite Gray Metallic and Crimson Red Metallic.

GMC is offering two motor choices for the Terrain Nightfall. A smaller displacement 2.4L four cylinder will pump out 182hp and is focused on solid power delivery while balancing fuel economy which is said to be able to reach 32mpg. Alternatively, the 3.6L V6 will pack 301hp and in return gets 17mpg city and 24mgp highway.

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Porsche at the 2016 New York Auto Show

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Porsche’s Macan lineup is fairly robust with the Macan S, Macan Turbo, and the Macan GTS. Today they unveiled a fourth variant which will be a four-cylinder turbo motored Macan at the New York Auto Show. Porsche’s new four-cylinder engine has 2.0L of displacement and a turbo to boot. The engine produced 252hp and seems to have quite the pep being able to propel the Macan from 0-100km/h in 6.7 seconds. The motor will be matched up with Porsche’s PDK transmission which is one of the best in the industry while all that power will be sent to all four wheels giving owners ample grip in all weather conditions.

Porsche also brought along their 911R today to show to an American audience at the New York Auto Show. This is a manual only 4.0L 500 horsepower, lightened 911 R. The engine is the same one out of the GT3 RS and not detuned which means the full 500hp and 338lb/ft of torque. The motor is mated to a six speed manual transmission which sends power to the rear wheels only. On top of that, Porsche has an optional single mass flywheel which will give the engine even more responsiveness. It’ll sprint to 100kph in 3.7 seconds and hit a top speed of 200 mph.

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Toyota’s Rebranded and Facelifted 86 Hits New York

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As Toyota begins to transition the Scion branded FRS to the Toyota 86, they also take this opportunity to give the car a small refresh for the 2017 model year and debuted it to the public at the New York International Auto Show today. The refresh is not a dramatic change to the 86’s already attractive exterior, rather, it incorporates minor updates to bring the car up to par with current technologies.

The front facia of the 86 receives most of the updated treatment. Previously, the 86 utilized integrated lower LED lights in the bumper for additional auxiliary lighting. The bumper lighting treatment is now gone and integrated into the headlamp fixtures as LED turn signals and auxiliary lights. The front bumper now features larger side openings with integrated winglets and a subtle lower splitter design that’s integrate into the bumper. The rear of the car received less updates, but is brought up to spec with integrated LED lighting in the tail lights. The rear diffuser and bumper is kept inline with last year’s model.

The inside cabin received a refresh to give owners more ergonomics and a create an overall better place to be when behind the wheel. The instrument cluster is updated with an integrated digital diagnostic display on the right side providing vital car information. New satin aluminum trip has been integrated into the interior cabin as well which provides better touch and wear. The steering wheel no longer has leather perforation but in return drivers get more accessibility to vehicle function via new infotainment buttons.

As the Scion brand winds down and the 86 gets a new name and company logo, this year’s refresh is very well positioned to help the FR-S along its identify change to the 86.

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2017 Mercedes AMG C63 Gets a Drop Top

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We’ve been teased with images of the C63 AMG Cabrio, we’ve been waiting for this car to arrive, and today it did at the New York Auto Show and it did so in style. Mercedes took their monster C63 coupe and lobbed the top off to give drivers and occupants even more driving sensation. That sensation of open air ambiance as you lay the hammer down on that beastly V8.

The new Mercedes AMG C63 was redesigned from ground up bringing with it much improved handling, power and technology. The AMG C63 Cabriolet has all the same underpinnings as its coupe sibling, except it doesn’t have a roof. Mercedes will continue to offer two trim levels for the Cabriolet which will be the standard or S level. The standard AMG C63 Cabriolet will get the V8 twin turbo motor that produces 469hp and 479lb/ft of torque. The S trim will get a power bump to 503hp and 516lb/ft of torque. The Mercedes AMG C63 Cabriolet has put BMW’s M4 convertible right in its target and plans to take it down. The C63 Cabriolet, as with most convertible vehicles, slightly under performs in comparison to their coupe siblings. In standard trim, the Cabriolet will sprint to 100kph in 4.1 seconds while the S-trim will cover it in 4.0 seconds flat.

Mercedes is now very well known for their snarly backfiring exhaust notes that scares the inner child right out of you. The 4.0L V8 in the convertible doesn’t disappoint in that department once again with its sonorous bass tones, powerful mid tones and increasing trebles as the engine speed increases. The exhaust features a flap technology that is map-controlled depending on the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT transmission mode, the power demanded by the driver and the engine speed.

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Acura MDX Gets Rejuvinated

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Acura took to the stage at the 2016 New York Auto Show to debut their refreshed MDX to the public. Not much information was available prior to the release and many speculated it would just be a visual update, but Acura surprised all with a nice technology bump as well.

First up, the exterior of the MDX has been given a nice refresh bring in all of Acura’s latest design elements. The front grille has been redesigned and now utilizes Acura’s new diamond pentagon grille which was first seen on their Precision Concept vehicle which debuted in Detroit earlier this year. Acura has been using more angular lines in their body profile in their latest generation lineup. This design element finds its way onto the MDX as well by way of wider headlights and bumper vents which all lends to a sportier and more defined looks.

New for the MDX in 2017 is hybrid power which is shared technology with the flagship all new NSX. The gas engine is a 3.0L V6 mated to a seven speed transmission which sends power to all four wheels. The MDX now uses an electric motor on the front axle and two electric motors on the rear axle to aid in performance. Speaking of performance, the MDX now has a combined gas and electric power output of 325hp which is a health bump from the previous generation.

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Godzilla Gets a Facelift

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Nissan brought out the big guns this year at the New York International Auto Show to debut their most current generation GTR. Walking into the Nissan exhibit, you are greeted by six generations of Skyline GTRs that have made the Nissan name synonymous with performance and motorsports. Dating back to 1969 with the first generation Nissan 2000 Skyline GTR to their latest GTR, Nissan wanted to showcase their racing pedigree and tell the world where they came from and where they are now going with the latest unveil.

The newest iteration of the GTR proves that you really shouldn’t mess too much with something that’s working. Nissan gave their GTR a small facelift which brings it up to current industry specs with certain technologies and visual enhancements. The front facia of the GTR gets some small tweaks. The single bar LED fog is now integrated into a larger side vent opening in the front bumper. The GTR also receives Nissan’s V-motion front grille which helps divert more air into the engine bay. The headlights have received minor massaging now utilizing multi-projectors. New aero in the form of carbon fiber lower body trim has been added to the GTR. The change is subtle, but the most notable addition are lower vents on the rear bumper aero.

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Alonzo’s Horrific Crash in Australia

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The first race of the Formula One season certainly started and ended in disappointment for Fernando Alonso and the folks over at McLaren. During the race, Alonzo and Esteban Gutierrez of the Hass Team came together as they battled for 19th place. The net result sent Alonzo into a major crash, rolling his McLaren over and completely destroying the vehicle and damaging the engine in the whole ordeal.

The race got red flagged and fortunately for Alonzo and Gutierrez they both came out of the accident unharmed. According to Alonzo, “It was a big crash. I tried to take the slip stream of Gutierrez until braking point and in the last moment it was a combination of factors that we ended up with a crash. Lucky we are both okay talking to you guys, and I’m thankful for the safety of the car and I am alive talking to you. Thanks to FIA work and continual safety.”


Hennessey HPE1000 Camaro

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It seems like the reach of John Hennessey and his masterful mind for power mods is never ending. Just when we hear about his 1000 plus horsepower Hellcats, he follows up with an equally ridiculous 1000 hp Camaro. In base form the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS packs a solid 455hp. But pair that with Hennessey’s HPE1000 package, the force induced Camaro skyrockets to the 1000hp mark.

Camaro owners who have a stack of cash burning in their pocket can hand over their car to Hennessey accompanied by a briefcase full of green to the tune of $65,000USD and in return their car will come back with a motor stroked to 6.8L, forged pistons, billet connecting rods, fully ported and race prepped heads, a supercharger, and a custom tune. According to Hennessey, the stock transmission, either auto or manual, is fully capable in handling the extra power.

Customers can start ordering the kit now and go on the hunt for some cats.


Civic Turbo More Power than Expected

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This recent news about the better than expected performance from Honda’s four cylinder turbo engine is certain a saving grace given Honda’s recent stop sale on their non-turbo engines for piston and snap ring issues leading to total engine failure. A turbo charged motor hasn’t seen its way into a production Honda since the introduction of the 2.3L Turbo in Acura’s RDX in 2013 (although still not technically a Honda). Many Honda enthusiasts, myself included, have been waiting for the return of a turbocharged four cylinder engine by the company.

So with the return of the four cylinder turbo engine, tuners are eager to get their hands on one to see what they are really made of. This is where Honda tuner Hondata comes in. They took a stock engine and ran some baseline numbers. As advertised by Honda, the estimated power output should be 174hp and 162lb/ft of torque. But to everyone’s surprise, their fully stock 2016 Civic Touring churned out 177hp and 190lb/ft of torque at the wheels. Controlling for dyno differences, the test car still performed better than Honda advertised.

Great news for the consumers who want to get into an affordable and quick Honda. Even better news for the tuners who have a solid platform to build on for more performance.


Kia Optima Wagon Debuts at Geneva Motor Show

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The European market is all about the estate vehicles, or station wagons as we call it here in North America. But with consumers on our shores preferring SUVs over wagons, we typically get the short list on wagon options. As in the case for the all new Kia Optima Wagon, as beautiful as a vehicle it is, we likely won’t see it on North American roads any time soon.

Kia is set to debut the Optima Wagon at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show in March. Based on the Sportspace Concept showcased last year at the Geneva Motor Show, the production version of the wagon will borrow the overall angular body lines from the concept, but will lose the slim line grille and have a beefier rear bumper likely to comply with crash test standards.

Once the Sportwagon debuts in Geneva, the public will get its entire spec list. As of now, information on Kia’s new wagon has been limited.


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