Rumors Video Roundup: Vette-Powered Truck, Bentley vs. Aston, New Acura NSX

August 4, 2013
Acura Nsx Left Front Track
This week's Rumors Video Roundup starts out with the Roadkill Duo of David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan riding some vintage Honda mini-bikes, and driving an LS6-powered 1974 Chevy Truck. Next, Jessi Lang travels to Northern California to get behind the wheel of a stock car.
Carlos Lago compares two icons of British luxury, the Aston Martin Vanquish and Bentley Continental GT Speed, and we take a look at the making of up-and-coming filmmaker Zach King's Mustang chase scene using remote-controlled cars.
Finally, we're treated to some of the first official sounds of the new Acura NSX, and Justin Bell and Magnus Walker drive and compare modern and classic 911s.
Few car models have been in continuous series production for more than 40 years. One of them is the Porsche 911. Certainly, in the successive decades since its introduction, many things have changed on the 911. But the basic configuration is unchanged, the classic formula of a rear-mounted flat-six. Sure, the newer model is water-cooled, and much more technologically advanced and luxurious, but the soul and purpose of the 911 remains as always.
Ever since it was shown officially at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, and even some time before that, as rumors were simmering about its development and existence, enthusiasts have been eagerly anticipating the return of the Acura NSX sports car. Honda is keeping the excitement level high for the new two-seater by slowly releasing details, photos and videos before its official production arrival. Here, we have the latest installment of the prolonged tease, a one-minute video compilation of the NSX testing at the track, along with audio of the new V-6.
Although the headlines of automotive blogs, websites and magazines are often dominated by the latest high-horse, high dollar machinery out of Europe, the tradition of custom craftsmanship is alive and well in America. There’s perhaps no better example than Cal Customs’ 1940 Ford Coupe, dubbed “Checkered Past.” This jewel received the Ridler award at the 2013 Detroit Autorama, one of the most highly sought-after awards in the custom world. With the level of detail in this car, it’s not hard to see why it received the accolade.
When you’re hot you’re hot, and even though they may be un-dead, zombies are hot. So what better way to market your cars to zombie-obsessed Americans than prominent product placement in a popular cable series, like say “The Walking Dead” on AMC. If you think you can build a meaner, badder zombie-fighting Hyundai than the cars featured in the series, now’s your chance.
Ford is leveraging its loyal community of Mustang owners and fans for a new video series to celebrate the Ford Mustang’s 50th anniversary. Called “Ford Mustang Countdown,” the Ford-produced campaign is a weekly online series with episodes featuring different milestones and moments in Mustang history, starting with the 1962 debut of the Ford Mustang 1 Concept.
These two British GT cars both aim to provide an unbeatable combination of style, luxury, speed, and panache, but which is better? Carlos Lago sets out to pick his favorite on this episode of Head to Head featuring the 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish and the 2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed.
On this week’s episode of the J-Turn, host Jessi Lang takes a road trip to try out V-8 stock cars at Sonoma Raceway—formerly known as Infineon Raceway in California. Her road trip car of choice for the 400-mile journey is the 2014 Nissan GT-R, and she even uses the Japanese supercar to transport two mountain bikers and their gear, showcasing its surprising practicality.
You may remember the Kia “Hotbots” ad from the 2013 Super Bowl where a strange humanoid robot woman beat up an innocent observer of the new 2014 Kia Forte as part of the car’s “Respect the Tech” campaign. Now, Kia must have decided that violence is not the answer, as three new ads for the 2014 Kia Forte take “Respect the Tech” in an new, less painful direction.
Honda Trail 70 mini bikes and a Corvette-powered muscle truck are the stars of the latest episode of Roadkill, as David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan head down to the Barona drag strip in San Diego to race them. After surprising Finnegan with the retro trail bikes, the two ride them back to the Hot Rod headquarters, but not before Frieburger almost loses his bike during a stop at the gas station.


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