Automobile Magazine http://www.automobilemag.com No Boring Cars! | Reviews, Auto Shows, Lifestyle Sun, 23 Apr 2017 07:01:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.4 The Indy 500 isn’t Simply an Auto Race http://www.automobilemag.com/news/indy-500-not-simply-auto-race-asphalt-jungle-june-2017/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/indy-500-not-simply-auto-race-asphalt-jungle-june-2017/#respond Sun, 23 Apr 2017 07:01:58 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1145962 As I was standing in the back-straight bleachers at my very first Indianapolis 500, I caught sight of the field firing out of Turn 2 during the first lap, a hail of oncoming bullets like bright-colored cans of motor oil. The earth tilted under my feet. My eyes passed along the visual data to my...

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As I was standing in the back-straight bleachers at my very first Indianapolis 500, I caught sight of the field firing out of Turn 2 during the first lap, a hail of oncoming bullets like bright-colored cans of motor oil. The earth tilted under my feet. My eyes passed along the visual data to my brain, my occipital lobe immediately began to smoke from overload, and when I tried to say “wow!” to my buddy, what squeaked out of my mouth was “control-alt-delete.”

I’d seen the 500 plenty of times on TV, of course, but Indy speed doesn’t translate to the screen. Sure, the cars look fast, and the show is always impressive, but the speed — and the noise, the grandstands shimmering behind the heat waves, the sweat, the barbecue smoke, and the howls of more than 300,000 sunscreened humans squeezed shoulder to shoulder under a Midwestern sky — can only be appreciated by being there. Watching 33 open-cockpit race cars scream past you at more than 200 mph — mere yards away, the drivers fighting to maintain control as much as they are for position, the entire swarm of orderly chaos at the mercy of a blown tire or a detached wing or one tiny wrong flick of a steering wheel — is like being sucked into the Matrix. Hold on! That can’t be real. Did I just see … Who are those creatures driving those unholy things? My hands are shaking. Look out! Here they come again!

My first Indy 500 was way back in 1985, the famous “spin and win” in which Danny Sullivan, attempting to pass Mario Andretti, lost control, pirouetted a full 360 degrees, miraculously hit nothing, and later successfully passed Andretti to take the checkered flag and win a free glass of milk. My pal and I didn’t fare so well on the refreshments front. After we’d agreed to celebrate our Speedway baptism by depressurizing with some cold beers around the motel swimming pool, a local drugstore clerk gave us the bad news: “Boys, this is Indiana. You can’t buy alcohol on Sundays.” Before I’d even exited the store, all of my lobes had burst into flames.

I came back the next year anyway but didn’t see the race. Rained out. The trip wasn’t a total loss, though. By then I was in the “industry” and was able to hide out from the downpour in the brand-new Gasoline Alley garage that housed that year’s Chevrolet Corvette pace car. In walked A.J. Foyt, and we exchanged pleasantries. A living legend and an incredibly nice guy, he didn’t seem put off by the delays in the slightest. Soon afterward, I managed a few words with that year’s pace-car driver, Chuck Yeager. It turned out the then-retired exemplar of “The Right Stuff” owned a ’Vette of his own, so I asked Yeager if he ever liked to push the envelope at the wheel. He broke into a crinkled smile: “Son, I’ve been lookin’ over my shoulder my whole life. These days, I keep it at 55.”

Indy even takes being a mere spectator to the next level. It isn’t a foul ball that might come flying your way if something goes amiss. In 1994, drivers Mike Groff and Dominic Dobson tangled in Turn 1. I was standing in the infield, close enough to the tarmac that I could feel the crash. I managed to duck in time to avoid some flying debris, and for the next few hours I was plucking pieces of race car out of my hair.

Indianapolis 500 Race front end in motion

Then I got my first drive at Indy. Nope, I wasn’t in the 500. Wasn’t in a race car, either. Instead, a prominent audio company was unveiling some new car stereos and chose the Speedway as the venue. Lined up in the pits were several gleaming Camaro Z28s. The drill was to take a car and slowly cruise around the famed oval while swooning at the expensive tweeters and woofers. Uh, right. I grabbed a Camaro, drove out of the pits … and turned the stereo off. C’mon. This was Indy. This was 2.5 miles of the most hallowed tarmac in the racing world.

We were supposed to stay under 50 mph, but by the back straight somehow the Camaro was doing 120. I swallowed hard at a realization: Right here IndyCar drivers are going almost twice as fast. Sometimes four or even five abreast, their lives on the line every mile. All for that free glass of milk.

I’ll remember those laps, and my other trips to Indianapolis, this Memorial Day weekend. Because the 500 isn’t simply an auto race. It’s tradition, glory, tragedy, spectacle, loss, victory, and most of all impossible things imagined, yoked, and wrought real on the biggest stage in sports. For me, that’s a jones only Indy can fix.

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Watch Roadkill Drive Half a Lincoln in 1,800-Mile Beater Rally http://www.automobilemag.com/news/watch-roadkill-drive-half-a-lincoln-in-1800-mile-beater-rally/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/watch-roadkill-drive-half-a-lincoln-in-1800-mile-beater-rally/#respond Sat, 22 Apr 2017 20:27:48 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1153946 In the latest episode of Roadkill, hosts David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan take on a brand new challenge from the creators of the 24 Hours of LeMons, the LeMons Rally. A 1,800-mile road rally from Moscow, Pennsylvania to Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama in the worst, but still street legal, car you can find....

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In the latest episode of Roadkill, hosts David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan take on a brand new challenge from the creators of the 24 Hours of LeMons, the LeMons Rally. A 1,800-mile road rally from Moscow, Pennsylvania to Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama in the worst, but still street legal, car you can find. During this time/distance challenge, the hosts must rack up points along the way by visiting popular sights and attractions, completing challenges, and for finishing the rally. Their competition: a wide variety of some of the ugliest cars you have ever seen.

Failing to buy a car before flying to Pennsylvania, Freiburger buys the first and ugliest car he can find on Craigslist and lands a $3,500, 1978 Lincoln Continental that has been converted from a four-door to a two-door car. Sitting in the car for the first time, they find the usual crazy stuff like they do in most old and ugly cars they buy, furry blue polka-dotted sun visors, a random headshot of someone they end up using as a mascot, mold on the seatbelt, 6X9 boxed speakers sitting right behind their heads not bolted down, and something that rotted so bad they can’t figure out what it is. However, the electric bench seat somehow still works.

At the start of the drive the usual happens, the car breaks down and they spend hours fixing it before realizing it was something simple, and get pulled over by the cops for no plates. Why, because Roadkill. Along the way, the guys complete crazy challenges like collecting as many waffles as they can and driving on the 11-mile, 318-turn Tail of the Dragon road.

Did Freiburger and Finnegan finish the rally? Did they collect enough points to win the LeMons Rally? Click the video below to find out.

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F1-inspired Mercedes-AMG “Project One” Hypercar Redefines Extreme http://www.automobilemag.com/news/f1-inspired-mercedes-amg-project-one-hypercar-redefines-extreme/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/f1-inspired-mercedes-amg-project-one-hypercar-redefines-extreme/#respond Sat, 22 Apr 2017 07:01:58 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1139665 Selected high-rollers were invited to an outbuilding of the La Reserve Hotel near Lake Geneva recently for a sneak peek at the Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar, the F1 racer for the road that will debut at the 2017 Frankfurt auto show in September. One collector who had already placed a firm order described the car as...

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Selected high-rollers were invited to an outbuilding of the La Reserve Hotel near Lake Geneva recently for a sneak peek at the Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar, the F1 racer for the road that will debut at the 2017 Frankfurt auto show in September. One collector who had already placed a firm order described the car as a “truly wild thing, extreme in every respect.”

Rated at 1020-hp, the all-wheel drive monster machine from Affalterbach combines a 748-hp combustion engine with 408 hp of electric power. There are four electric motors: two for the front wheels and one each for the crankshaft and the turbocharger.

Weight of the stunning carbon-fiber two-seater is reportedly less than 2,900 lb, and that includes the battery pack. The highly specialized batteries will provide plenty of full-throttle boost and are also expected to deliver an emissions-free range of 30 miles. They have also been designed to help make the 1.6-liter V-6 engine, which redlines at 11,000 rpm, much more drivable by beefing up low-end torque.

The AMG Project One is expected to be priced at approximately 2.17 million Euro (around $2,345,000 at current exchange rates), plus tax. Production is restricted to between 250 and 275 vehicles. So far, around 225 units are spoken for.

Mercedes Benz Cars at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show Project ONE

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Renders Bring Cars from “The Fast and the Furious” Up to Date http://www.automobilemag.com/news/renders-bring-cars-from-the-fast-and-the-furious-up-to-2017-spec/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/renders-bring-cars-from-the-fast-and-the-furious-up-to-2017-spec/#respond Sat, 22 Apr 2017 00:30:59 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1153550 Just like the last film in the franchise, “The Fate of the Furious” broke box office records, raking in $532.5 million in its opening weekend to beat the record set by “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” In recent years, the series has switched gears from street racing to all-out action. The new formula apparently has...

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Just like the last film in the franchise, “The Fate of the Furious” broke box office records, raking in $532.5 million in its opening weekend to beat the record set by “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” In recent years, the series has switched gears from street racing to all-out action. The new formula apparently has mass appeal, but we long for the old days when life was lived a quarter mile at a time. Apparently, we’re not the only ones. U.K. site CarKeys.co.uk wondered what the modern counterparts of the cars from the original film would look like painted in the same liveries, so they created the renderings you see here.

The Fast and the Furious modern renders Toyota FT 1 Supra

The main liveries from “The Fast and the Furious” are represented, but each one has been applied to a newer model than what appeared in 2001. Brian O’Connor’s Toyota Supra, for example, becomes the 2014 Toyota FT-1 concept, which previews the design of the next-generation Supra. The orange paint job with green and silver graphics works pretty well on the FT-1, and the extra-wide wheels and tires are a nice touch. Another concept, the Mazda RX-Vision of 2015, is used as a stand-in for Dominic Toretto’s Mazda RX-7.

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Not all of the movie cars get updated to exotic status. Because Mitsubishi’s lineup is vastly different today than it was 16 years ago, the Mitsubishi Eclipse O’Connor drives at the beginning of the movie morphs into the recently announced Eclipse Cross.

The crossover features a more raked profile than Mitsubishi’s other utility vehicles, but bears little resemblance to the second-generation Eclipse coupe from the movie. Meanwhile, Toretto’s Dodge Charger from the end of the film gets updated to 2017 spec as a four-door Charger SRT Hellcat, complete with giant supercharger and intake sticking out the hood.

The Fast and the Furious modern renders Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

Though it was owned by a less memorable member of Dom’s crew, there was a Nissan Skyline in the first “Fast and Furious” movie. Leon drove a 1995 R33 Skyline GT-R, and that car’s yellow paint and weird flying knight decal don’t look much better on a modern R35 GT-R. Jesse’s Volkswagen Jetta is updated to the latest Mark VI body style and gets a tasteful set of staggered wheels. It’s difficult to tell, but it looks like the front brakes might even be missing the calipers as a nod to a notorious blooper from the first movie.

What do you think of these renders? Which car from the “Fast and the Furious” series would you like to see updated? Tell us in the comments below.

The Fast and the Furious modern renders Volkswagen Jetta

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Five Noteworthy Astons from Bonhams’ 18th Aston Martin Sale http://www.automobilemag.com/news/five-noteworthy-astons-bonhams-18th-aston-martin-sale/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/five-noteworthy-astons-bonhams-18th-aston-martin-sale/#respond Fri, 21 Apr 2017 23:36:58 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1153547 There may be a pair of sweet Zagato-penned Aston Martins at RM Sotheby’s Villa Erba auction, but if you’re an Aston fan, Villa Erba’s got nothing on Bonhams’ upcoming Aston-only sale. This is Bonhams’ 18th annual Aston sale, and as you’d expect, some properly unique cars have come out of the woodwork. 1996 Aston Martin...

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There may be a pair of sweet Zagato-penned Aston Martins at RM Sotheby’s Villa Erba auction, but if you’re an Aston fan, Villa Erba’s got nothing on Bonhams’ upcoming Aston-only sale. This is Bonhams’ 18th annual Aston sale, and as you’d expect, some properly unique cars have come out of the woodwork.

1996 Aston Martin V8 Sportsman Estate Car

This Shooting Brake is so cool and off-beat, we couldn’t start the list with anything else. The Sportsman is one of just three cars equipped as such, two of which were custom factory orders from two brothers.

It’s a strange mix of demure colors and wild styling. Complementing the boxy, bulbous British Racing Green exterior is a matching BRG interior, offset by wooden accents around the cabin.

Underneath the fancy new clothes, the 1996 V8 Sportsman Estate is essentially a regular V8 Coupe. Power comes from a 5.3-liter V-8 engine, producing a respectable 349 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque, returning a 0-60 mph time under seven seconds.

Just because it’s odd doesn’t mean it will come cheap – the high pre-sale estimate is pegged at $450,000.

1964 Aston Martin DB5 Bonhams Front Three Quarters

1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon

A polar opposite of the eccentric Sportsman is this handsome 1964 DB5 Sports Saloon. This rich blue coupe is a shining example of the marquee, wearing arguably the most desirable body specification. Before you ask, yes – this is the same model Mr. Bond first drove in “Goldeneye”.

Astons from this era have gained a reputation for their high performance and race-winning capabilities, thanks in no small part to the well-sorted inline-six engine under the hood. In this configuration, the 4.0-liter put down an impressive 282 hp and 288 lb-ft of torque.

This car has remained with the same owner since 1972, fastidiously maintained and rarely driven in recent years. It’s a fresh, low-fuss example, and should comfortably achieve the high estimate of $770,000.

2016 Aston Martin Vantage GT12 Bonhams Front Three Quarters

2016 Aston Martin Vantage GT12

It’s not all classics at this sale. This emerald green GT12 holds the distinct honor as the most hardcore road-going modern Aston produced by the factory. Essentially, this as close to a street-legal Vantage GT3 as you can get.

Inside, there’s a stripped-out, alcantara-swathed cockpit that eschews metal and wood for carbon fiber. Up front, the 6.0-liter V-12 engine pushes out 591 hp, routed to the rear wheels through a seven-speed sequential transmission. Its intense carbon fiber diet successfully stripped 220 pounds compared to the V12 Vantage S, helping the GT12 to crack 0-60 mph in a scant 3.5 seconds.

Only 100 of these were made, so the high estimate of $510,000 isn’t outlandish.

1961 Aston Martin DB4 Project Bonhams Front Three Quarters

1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series III Project

Refreshingly, not all of the Astons crossing the auction block are pristine concours candy. This 1961 DB4 Series III is a complete project, its fresh exterior components and paint contrasted by an unrestored interior and an original, untouched transmission.

We’ve seen worse, but don’t expect this to be a cheap endeavor, especially considering the high sale estimate of $380,000.

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1957 Aston Martin DB2/4 MkII

Speaking of “worse,” here’s a basket case lightly disguised as a mid-century grand tourer. This rusting hulk has remained off the road for 40 years — and it shows. Whatever isn’t broken will likely need replacing, as rust seems to have wormed its way under the skin.

This isn’t for the faint of heart, but if you’ve got the gumption, this derelict 1957 DB2/4 is expected to change hands for a high $89,000.

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Apple Reportedly to Test Autonomous Car with Steering Wheel and Pedals in California http://www.automobilemag.com/news/report-apple-testing-autonomous-car-steering-wheel-pedals/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/report-apple-testing-autonomous-car-steering-wheel-pedals/#respond Fri, 21 Apr 2017 21:48:45 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1153466 Apple recently received a permit to test autonomous cars in California, and now, new documents reveal more of what the tech giant is planning. Through a public records request, Business Insider was able to obtain training documents detailing Apple’s plans to test self-driving car technology. As the documents show, Apple has created an “Automated System” for self-driving cars...

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Apple recently received a permit to test autonomous cars in California, and now, new documents reveal more of what the tech giant is planning.

Through a public records request, Business Insider was able to obtain training documents detailing Apple’s plans to test self-driving car technology. As the documents show, Apple has created an “Automated System” for self-driving cars and is gearing up to put staffers through a rigorous training program. Unlike many of Google and Waymo’s test vehicles, the Apple car includes a steering wheel and pedals. During testing, the system is controlled electronically, but drivers must be ready to take back control of the vehicle.

“The development platform is capable of sending electronic commands for steering, accelerating, and decelerating and may carry out portions of the dynamic driving task,” an Apple official wrote on a government form.

If the safety “driver” presses the brake or grabs the Logitech steering wheel, autonomous driving mode will be disengaged. However, stepping down on the accelerator pedal won’t override the drive-by-wire system.

According to the documents, Apple testers must pass seven tests before they can complete their training. After two practice runs, they get three trials to pass each evaluation.

Unsurprisingly, Apple remains tight-lipped on its plans. Rumors have persisted for years that it was creating its own self-driving car under Project Titan, although it’s possible that Apple is now focusing its efforts just on the technology required for autonomous vehicles.

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Renault R.S.2027 Concept Peeks Into the Potential Future of Formula 1 http://www.automobilemag.com/news/renault-r-s-2027-concept-peeks-potential-future-formula-1/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/renault-r-s-2027-concept-peeks-potential-future-formula-1/#respond Fri, 21 Apr 2017 20:53:53 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1153430 Despite what you might think, production vehicles aren’t the only cars previewed by concept design studies. A good number of Formula 1 concept race cars have been created over the years, showcasing where the wild future of the motorsport could end up. Following older concepts from Red Bull Racing and McLaren, Renault unveiled its own...

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Despite what you might think, production vehicles aren’t the only cars previewed by concept design studies. A good number of Formula 1 concept race cars have been created over the years, showcasing where the wild future of the motorsport could end up. Following older concepts from Red Bull Racing and McLaren, Renault unveiled its own F1 concept at the 2017 Shanghai auto show.

It’s called the R.S.2027 concept, and on the surface, it doesn’t look too outlandishly futuristic. Aside from some liberties taken with ambient accent lighting and tire design, the R.S.2027 wears a similar open-wheeled, single-seat configuration we’ve seen in F1 cars since the beginning.

Look closer and the futurism begins to take shape. Noticeably, the cockpit is now enclosed with a polycarbonate canopy that looks as though Renault pried it from a fighter jet. Whereas current F1 cars are smooth fuselages with sharp aerodynamic bits sprouting from the bodywork, the Renault is a streamlined profile, especially in the rear decklid area, where it flattens out in place of a massive rear wing.

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The R.S. is powered by a hybrid powertrain featuring a small-displacement engine, offering a full electric mode for when the car is in the pit area. The car only tips the scales at an ethereal 1,300 pounds (600 kg), so in theory, it’s faster than the 2017 season cars. The fuel tank is effectively halved when compared with the current cars, but battery power would raise five times as much.

It is chock full of safety and connectivity tech as well, including an autonomous mode for when the marshals issue a safety warning for the track. Four-wheel steering, an active suspension, and all-wheel-drive keep things enormously stable in the curves, while fans can connect with the R.S.2027 to see live telemetry and race information. See those strange ambient lights scattered over the entire car? Those are programmable, and can display info like position, lap number, and driver name.

There’s no telling what bits of tech from the Renault will make it to the F1 car of 2027, but the R.S.2027 is one of the more realistic Formula 1 concepts we’ve seen thus far.

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Mazda Miata Turbo Kit Increases Output to 248 Horsepower http://www.automobilemag.com/news/mazda-miata-turbo-kit-brings-output-248-hp/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/mazda-miata-turbo-kit-brings-output-248-hp/#respond Fri, 21 Apr 2017 19:30:27 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1153381 The small and nimble Miata may not need extra power, but a new turbo kit from BBR has captured our attention. The Mazda tuning specialist has created a Stage 1 turbocharger package for the ND-generation MX-5, promising to squeeze 248 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque from the car’s 2.0-liter engine. BBR says the upgrade...

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The small and nimble Miata may not need extra power, but a new turbo kit from BBR has captured our attention. The Mazda tuning specialist has created a Stage 1 turbocharger package for the ND-generation MX-5, promising to squeeze 248 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque from the car’s 2.0-liter engine.

BBR says the upgrade slashes the Miata’s 0-60 time to just 5 seconds, with a top speed limited to 155 mph. That’s significantly quicker than the standard model.

The Mazda Miata turbo kit includes a new twin-scroll turbocharger that mounts onto a bespoke BBR cast-iron twin-scroll manifold. Other components include a carbon fiber turbocharger heat shield, a discretely placed high-flow K&N induction system, and a Starchip/EcuTek RaceRom ECU software package, which revises fuel, ignition, and boost calibration for better performance. Many components including the boost hoses and replacement battery tray are finished in black to look like factory-spec parts.

BBR Mazda MX 5 ND Stage 1 Turbo underbonnet

When BBR began experimenting with a new forced induction package for the Miata back in 2014, it initially considered supercharging and single scroll turbochargers. Ultimately, a twin-scroll turbocharger was deemed the most fitting way to increase power in the Miata, proving highly efficient and responsive while retaining a large boost upgrade margin for later power stages.

“Having rejected all other forced induction methods, our extensive dyno and road testing has proven that our choice of a low-back pressure twin-scroll turbocharger, with its enhanced exhaust scavenging ability, is the optimal solution,” said BBR’s Neil Mckay in a press release. “It works harmoniously with the original SKYACTIV-G layout and knock-resistant technologies, as is evident by the impressive power figures achieved at very modest boost pressures.”

BBR Mazda MX 5 ND Stage 1 Turbo Power Curve

Available on newer Miatas, including the latest RF, the package is now on sale globally. In the U.S., it can be purchased from Flyin’ Miata, BBR’s exclusive distributor in the country. On Flyin’ Miata’s website, the price of the kit is listed at $5,695 and gains of “at least 70 hp and 70 lb-ft” are promised using a stock exhaust system. CARB approval, however, is still in progress.

BBR Mazda MX 5 Stage 1 Turbo static

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The Jeep Yuntu Concept is a Luxury PHEV SUV for Modern Chinese Families http://www.automobilemag.com/news/the-jeep-yuntu-concept-is-a-luxury-phev-suv-for-modern-chinese-families/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/the-jeep-yuntu-concept-is-a-luxury-phev-suv-for-modern-chinese-families/#respond Fri, 21 Apr 2017 19:05:24 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1153374 Jeep Yuntu Concept made its debut this week at the 2017 Shanghai auto show. The seven-seat, plug-in hybrid SUV concept was crafted for Chinese tastes. Before you ask, no, it’s not for the U.S. — well, at least not for now. “SUVs are the fastest-growing segment in China and the Jeep Yuntu Concept showcases the...

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Jeep Yuntu Concept made its debut this week at the 2017 Shanghai auto show. The seven-seat, plug-in hybrid SUV concept was crafted for Chinese tastes. Before you ask, no, it’s not for the U.S. — well, at least not for now.

“SUVs are the fastest-growing segment in China and the Jeep Yuntu Concept showcases the potential for the Jeep brand to keep expanding in the country,” said FCA in a statement.

Jeep Yuntu Concept Rear

Yuntu translates roughly into “cloud map” in English. The snow-white concept Jeep sports sharp, clean lines, slim LED headlights and taillights, a chrome grille, golden bronze flourishes, and suicide doors.

Inside, the Yuntu offers up plenty of blonde wood trim on the dash, steering wheel, and center console. There’s a large color video display touchscreen that seems to stretch from the driver’s side all the way to the passenger’s glove box.

It also sports a funky gearshift knob, captain’s chairs with built in monitors, and more golden trim highlights all around.

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The concept was designed with families in mind and the second row of seats have the “ability to lie down and flip,” according to Jeep’s Chinese website.

It also feature gesture controls and offers facial recognition software to identify the owner and passengers for security. No key is required to operate the Yuntu thanks to its biometric technology, the site claims.

Jeep’s Yuntu also comes with its own exploratory drone that scans the road ahead to help plan off-road driving routes.

Jeep Yuntu Concept Rear Seats

The Yuntu has an all-electric range of approximately 40 miles and its batteries can be charged wirelessly, according to the automaker. No other details regarding its hybrid system were provided.

The design concept is a joint venture with Jeep’s Chinese partner Guangzhou Automotive Group (GAC), which currently produces Jeep Cherokees and Renegades for the Chinese market.

Jeep Yuntu Concept Doors

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2018 Subaru WRX Starts at $27,855 http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2018-subaru-wrx-priced-27855/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2018-subaru-wrx-priced-27855/#respond Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:00:58 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1153264 The 2018 Subaru WRX goes on sale this spring with a starting price of $27,855, up $340 from last year. Base STI models are priced from $36,955, a $940 increase. For 2018, the WRX and STI receive styling updates, increased sound deadening for a quieter cabin, and an overhauled suspension for improved handling and ride...

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The 2018 Subaru WRX goes on sale this spring with a starting price of $27,855, up $340 from last year. Base STI models are priced from $36,955, a $940 increase.

For 2018, the WRX and STI receive styling updates, increased sound deadening for a quieter cabin, and an overhauled suspension for improved handling and ride comfort. Subaru also tweaked the shifter and electric power steering for smoother operation in the WRX. All models in the WRX/STI lineup come standard with a six-speed manual transmission.

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The base Subaru WRX is a bit more expensive than some rivals, including the Ford Focus ST ($25,650) and Volkswagen GTI ($26,415). Similarly, the upcoming 2017 Honda Civic Si is expected to start in the mid-$20,000 range.

The base WRX, only available with a manual transmission, adds heated exterior mirrors to its lineup of standard features this year. Meanwhile, the Premium WRX boasts a new 7.0-inch infotainment system and 18-inch alloy wheels. Premium models start at $30,155 with the manual, or $31,355 with the CVT. These prices are up $340 from the previous WRX Premium. Buyers can also upgrade with a $2,050 Performance package, which adds a Recaro driver seat, red-painted brake calipers, and upgraded brake pads while deleting the moonroof to save weight. This package is offered exclusively on Premium models with the six-speed manual.

WRX Limited models, which boast a new 10-way power driver seat with lumbar and LED headlights and fog lights, start at $32,455 with the manual and $33,655 with the CVT. Both are $640 more expensive this year. On manual models, a navigation package brings a Harman/Kardon audio system, blind spot detection, and rear cross traffic alert for an extra $2,100. On those with the CVT, EyeSight safety technologies and navigation can be had for $3,300.

While WRX models come standard with a 2.0-liter turbo boxer engine making 268 hp, the STI upgrades to a 2.5-liter turbo boxer engine with 305 hp and paired exclusively to the six-speed manual. The STI model receives upgraded Brembo brakes and a few other minor upgrades for the new model year. Limited models, which get standard Recaro seats, are priced from $41,755, up $940.

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