This week's Rumors video roundup includes several vehicular stunts pitting man versus machine, including the not-sold-in-the-U.S. Mercedes A45 AMG, a Nissan 370Z taking on a wing-suited base jumper, and an Audi RS6 taking on a free-runner.
Also, Ron Burgundy pitches the features and benefits of the 2014 Dodge Durango, and Justin Bell drives the Shelby Ford F-150 SVT Raptor in the desert outside of Las Vegas to see if this hot-rod truck lives up to its reputation. Watch all these and more below in this week's roundup!
Feature Flick: Ford Falcon XR6 Ute in South Australia Australia enjoys a unique place in the automotive world with cars that were developed specifically for the needs of the local market. One of the outcomes of this car culture was the utility coupe, known colloquially as the “ute.” Although Americans know of this creation through the Ford Ranchero and Chevrolet El Camino of the 1960s and ’70s, the Ute first came to market in 1933 down under, well before anything like it roamed the streets of the U.S.
Ron Burgundy Extolls Horsepower, Glovebox of 2014 Dodge Durango There are two effective ways to be memorable in marketing; impactful, or humorous. Chrysler has had success in the first genre with the “Born in Detroit” campaign spearheaded by Motown native Eminem, as well as the “Famer” campaign that stole the show at last year’s Super Bowl. Now, it’s trying its hand at the second, employing the talents of Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy, the new YouTube pitchman for the 2014 Dodge Durango.
Feature Flick: Justin Bell Flogs 2013 Ford Shelby SVT Raptor in Desert Few trucks of the past few years have established such a mythical reputation and enthusiastic following as the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor. Even going on four years after its introduction, the truck is as popular as ever. Of course, popular performance platforms from the factory often spawn further performance enhancements from the aftermarket, and such has been the case with the Raptor as well. Justin Bell traveled to Las Vegas, Nevada, home of Shelby American, to test its latest creation, the Ford Shelby SVT Raptor.
Feature Flick: Audi RS6 Avant Battles A Free-Runner Audi released a new video showing off the performance of its Europe-only RS6 Avant performance wagon by pitting the car against a jumping, leaping free-runner. At the helm of the RS6 is Ben Collins, best known for his work as The Stig on the U.K. series Top Gear; hurtling through the air is free-running pro Damien Walters.
Feature Flick: 2014 Nissan 370Z Nismo Races Gravity Which is faster: A 2014 Nissan 370Z Nismo, or a BASE jumper wearing a wingsuit? That burning question has now been put to rest, thanks to this video from Nismo. In the clip, a 2014 Nissan 370Z Nismo races down a winding mountain ride with BASE jumping expert Dave Barlia flies alongside the road.
Video: 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder Driving Modes Highlighted By now we’re very familiar with the specifications and performance potential of the 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder, but a new video from Porsche allows an even closer look at the supercar’s various driving modes. In this video, cutaway graphics highlight how the car’s 4.6-liter V-8 engine and twin electric motors work together to optimize fuel efficiency or provide maximum performance.
Video: Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG Takes on a Skateboarder Can a skateboarder keep up with a Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG down a mountain road? Mercedes-Benz recently decided to find out with a challenge staged on the twisty, challenging Franschhoek Pass in South Africa. The skateboarder up for the task was 24-year-old Decio Lourenco, a champion downhill skateboarder who can reach speeds of more than 60 mph equipped with nothing more than a skateboard, a helmet, and a protective racing suit.
Feature Flick: Honda Recreates Ayrton Senna F1 Lap Honda has released a video showing a three-dimensional representation of a then-record lap set by famous Formula 1 racing driver Ayrton Senna. The video captures a qualifying lap that Senna set on Japan’s Suzuka Circuit in 1989, while driving a McLaren-Honda MP4/5 Formula 1 car.