This week's Rumors Video Roundup starts off with the kickoff of Acura's 2014 MDX, with lofty symbolism of human striving. But if you're looking for more entertaining fare, fear not. We've got plenty for you this week. For the kids, we take a look of the upcoming movie "Turbo" featuring an animated Camaro, a test of the 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe at the Circuit of the Americas, and a discussion of the trend of hybrid hypercars.
Finally, we get an exclusive drive of the Jaguar C-X75 prototype, Justin Bell takes the Grand Cherokee SRT to the track, and the Roadkill team "recycles" a Prius with a tank. Watch them all below!
Video: Hot Rod Power Tour Videos Kick Off Next Week! It’s one of Hod Rod magazine’s signature events, dating back to 1995, and has become one of the most anticipated multi-site automotive events in the country. We’re talking about the Hot Rod Power Tour, which just wrapped up on June 7. Although the 2013 event itself is over, you can still re-live the experience through a full week of videos covering the Power Tour, and the dozens of unique cars and personalities involved in the event. This year’s event started in Arlington, Texas, and went to Concord, North Carolina, for six days of tire smokin’ good times.
Feature Flick: Toyota Prius Faces an AMC Gremlin, And a Tank Where your opinion stands on the Toyota Prius and hybrid cars in general is probably influenced somewhat by your socio-political beliefs. General opinion on the car ranges from seething hatred by those driving behind them going 10 mph below the speed limit in the left lane, to love for its perceived environmental virtuosity and frugality.
Feature Flick: 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Is a No-Compromise Machine The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is a vehicle that tries to do it all. It’s a Jeep—a name that brings with it a reputation for off-road ability—but it’s also the high-performance SRT version, meaning that it’s hugely powerful and tuned for the track. In this episode of World’s Fastest Car Show, host Justin Bell puts this SUV’s do-it-all nature to the test as he takes it out on a variety of challenging terrain.
Feature Flick: Jaguar C-X75 Prototypes On Track It may not ever reach production, but these videos show prototypes of the wild Jaguar C-X75 supercar running on Jaguar’s test track. The plug-in hybrid supercar was officially canceled last winter, so this is one of our only opportunities to see and hear it on the move.
Feature Flick: Hypercar Evolution Few automakers go above and beyond the call of duty of basic transportation with high-performance models showcasing the pinnacle of their technological advancement. This episode of The Downshift explores an upcoming wave of hypercars that all use advanced hybrid drivetrains – namely the 2015 Acura NSX, the 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari, the2014 McLaren P1, and the 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder.
Feature Flick: 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe Hits the Track BMW’s M division has gotten its hands on more and more of the brand’s models in recent years. In this episode of Ignition, host Johnny Lieberman takes out the newest M model, the 2014 M6 Gran Coupe, and shakes it out both on the road and at the new Circuit of the Americas F1 track in Austin, TX.
Feature Flick: Modified Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Stars In "Turbo" Movie A modified Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 will star in one of the summer’s upcoming animated movies, “Turbo.” In this new video, Chevrolet representatives discuss the car and what it means for the new DreamWorks movie. The new movie “Turbo” follows the story of an eponymous snail with a desire for speed. One day, he’s sucked into the supercharger of a sports car and finds himself transformed with super powers.
Feature Flick: 2014 Acura MDX Stars In "Human Race" Commercial The first commercial for the 2014 Acura MDX, part of an ad campaign called “Made for Mankind,” extols the luxury brand’s desire to make the best luxury crossover possible. The “Human Race” commercial, however, doesn’t show the car until the very end of the minute-long clip.