Automobile Magazine http://www.automobilemag.com No Boring Cars! | Reviews, Auto Shows, Lifestyle Fri, 26 Aug 2016 01:28:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.3 Fiat Considering Fixed-Roof Coupe Variant of the 124 Spider: Report http://www.automobilemag.com/news/fiat-considering-fixed-roof-coupe-variant-124-spider-report/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/fiat-considering-fixed-roof-coupe-variant-124-spider-report/#respond Thu, 25 Aug 2016 21:51:50 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=983176 Are you sick of the Toyota 86 and the Subaru BRZ yet? If you want a brand-new, low-cost, fixed-roof four-cylinder coupe, those are unfortunately your only two options in the U.S. However, if a new Autocar report is to be believed, that might not be the case for much longer, as Fiat mulls over a hard-top...

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Are you sick of the Toyota 86 and the Subaru BRZ yet? If you want a brand-new, low-cost, fixed-roof four-cylinder coupe, those are unfortunately your only two options in the U.S. However, if a new Autocar report is to be believed, that might not be the case for much longer, as Fiat mulls over a hard-top 124 sports car.

According to the report, the 124 coupe would serve to widen the gap between the Mazda Miata, the little roadster that provides the bones of the 124 Spider. The coupe would eschew the roof mechanism from the upcoming Miata RF targa, and instead feature a roofline not dissimilar from the bygone Z4 Coupe.

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Autocar says some stylistic hints can be found in the wickedly-cool Fiat 124 Rally concept (pictured above) that debuted alongside the Abarth variants in Geneva. The report suggests that other sources expect the not-yet-confirmed coupe to sport a highly restyled rear-end, with a trunk accessed through an integrated rear window.

Power-wise, the coupe would likely only be offered stateside with the sporty Abarth engine under the front hood, packing the same 178 hp offered from the Spider. If the costs were kept low, Fiat might create the perfect Italian alternative to the Toyobaru twins.

We’ll report back with any further news we hear of this new Fiat sports car.

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Mercedes-Benz Teams Up with Roger Federer For Hilarious New SL Commercial http://www.automobilemag.com/news/mercedes-benz-teams-roger-federer-hilarious-new-sl-commercial/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/mercedes-benz-teams-roger-federer-hilarious-new-sl-commercial/#respond Thu, 25 Aug 2016 21:07:36 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=983168 To highlight the extensive and far-reaching history of its SL Roadster, Mercedes-Benz teamed up with tennis legend Roger Federer for a hilarious new commercial. To the delight of tennis fans, Federer imitates some of the greatest competitors tennis has ever seen. First, through the clever use of CGI and editing trickery, Federer is transported back...

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To highlight the extensive and far-reaching history of its SL Roadster, Mercedes-Benz teamed up with tennis legend Roger Federer for a hilarious new commercial. To the delight of tennis fans, Federer imitates some of the greatest competitors tennis has ever seen.

First, through the clever use of CGI and editing trickery, Federer is transported back to the era of tennis icon Rod Laver. Federer cuts a striking figure in the grainy black-and-white footage, driving a gorgeous red Mercedes 300SL Roadster through the streets of Paris. In the vid, he meets and “plays” Laver, who commends him on both his talent and his car.

Next, Federer hops forward to the 1980s, where he displays some outbursts characteristic of John McEnroe. The svelte 300SL is now a elegant W113 Pagoda from the 1970s. Finally, It’s the 1980s, with Federer donning Agassi’s trademark mullet. The simple and unadorned W113 Pagoda is now a clean-cut and handsome R107 SL.

In the end, we see Federer climb behind the wheel of the brand new SL, in this case the refreshed and facelifted 2017 Mercedes-AMG SL63. The shot closes with Federer, now as himself, driving the roadster down a coastal road.

Watch Mercedes’ goofy SL commercial in the video below.

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Watch the Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6 Move via Remote Control http://www.automobilemag.com/news/watch-mercedes-maybach-6-move-via-remote-control/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/watch-mercedes-maybach-6-move-via-remote-control/#respond Thu, 25 Aug 2016 20:15:24 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=983112 A new video featuring the Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6 concept has revealed new details about the long and wild coupe that debuted at Monterey Car Week in Pebble Beach, Calif. For starters, you don’t need to be in the driver’s seat to maneuver the Vision 6 concept because it features remote-control capability, as revealed in the...

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A new video featuring the Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6 concept has revealed new details about the long and wild coupe that debuted at Monterey Car Week in Pebble Beach, Calif.

For starters, you don’t need to be in the driver’s seat to maneuver the Vision 6 concept because it features remote-control capability, as revealed in the video below posted by YouTube user Marchettino. Marchettino captured the Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6 concept at the closing of Monterey Car Week when the coupe was getting loaded into a covered transport truck. He noticed the Maybach moving without anyone in the driver’s seat and then saw a man with a remote control who appeared to be maneuvering the massive coupe from the side of the road. Marchettino observed the Maybach for hours into the night, until it was finally loaded into the truck.

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The nighttime footage showcases the concept’s fancy exterior lights. Most notable are the LED accent lights that dominate the rocker panel, something that wasn’t obvious in the photos or our Facebook live video (also posted below) when the concept was indoors and stationary.

As previously reported, the all-electric concept features four motors, one at each wheel, for a total of 738 hp. The concept likely cuts back the horsepower in remote-control mode for safety reasons. The “6” in the concept’s name refers to its overall length (in meters), making it longer than the Mercedes-Maybach S600 sedan. With the Mercedes-Maybach S600 Pullman limo already in production, a new coupe similar to this concept would definitely add some drama to the Maybach lineup.

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nuTonomy Introduces Self-Driving Car Service in Singapore http://www.automobilemag.com/news/nutonomy-launches-self-driving-car-service-singapore/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/nutonomy-launches-self-driving-car-service-singapore/#respond Thu, 25 Aug 2016 20:00:22 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=983130 Ride-hailing company nuTonomy has gotten a head start over Uber by launching the first autonomous taxi service. Today, the company’s robo-taxis began transporting passengers on the streets of Singapore. In the public trial, select Singapore residents are invited to use nuTonomy’s ride-hailing app to book a free ride in a self-driving car. On its website,...

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Ride-hailing company nuTonomy has gotten a head start over Uber by launching the first autonomous taxi service. Today, the company’s robo-taxis began transporting passengers on the streets of Singapore.

In the public trial, select Singapore residents are invited to use nuTonomy’s ride-hailing app to book a free ride in a self-driving car. On its website, the company allows people to request an invitation to ride in one of the cars, which travel in and around a single business district in Singapore. nuTonomy’s fleet consists of Renault Zoe and Mitsubishi i-MiEV vehicles configured for autonomous driving. During the rides, an engineer sits inside the vehicle with passengers to monitor the system and assume control if needed.

Said to be the first of its kind in the world, the ongoing public trial will help nuTonomy refine its technology for bigger plans it has in the next few years. By 2018, nuTonomy plans to launch a full-fledged self-driving taxi service on the streets of Singapore.

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Uber also has plans to give rides in self-driving cars. The ride-hailing company will soon allow passengers to book rides in autonomous vehicles in Pittsburg. Customers will be able to request rides through the Uber app.

nuTonomy has tested its self-driving technology not only in Singapore, but also in Michigan and the U.K., where it uses its software on vehicles from Jaguar Land Rover. There’s no word if the company will offer public rides in self-driving cars outside of Singapore, however.

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See How Carbon Fiber Holds up Against a Hydraulic Press http://www.automobilemag.com/news/see-carbon-fiber-holds-hydraulic-press/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/see-carbon-fiber-holds-hydraulic-press/#respond Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:34:02 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=983114 The internet loves gratuitous destruction, which is probably why the Hydraulic Press Channel on YouTube is so popular. If you’re not familiar, every video posted to the channel features a Finnish machinist crushing things with his hydraulic press. This week, the channel takes on carbon fiber. In addition to being lightweight, carbon fiber is known...

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The internet loves gratuitous destruction, which is probably why the Hydraulic Press Channel on YouTube is so popular. If you’re not familiar, every video posted to the channel features a Finnish machinist crushing things with his hydraulic press. This week, the channel takes on carbon fiber.

In addition to being lightweight, carbon fiber is known for being strong. The former attribute doesn’t help some pieces of the composite material withstand the pressure of a 100-ton hydraulic press, however. The Channel’s star, factory owner Lauri Vuohensilta, brings out four items made out of carbon fiber, including three tubes of varying diameters and one thickly layered plate called a “sandwich.” The first tube is laid down flat and crushes very easily. The last two cylinders are stood up vertically and provide more of a spectacle as they crush, but they still prove to be no problem for the press.

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The sandwich best showcases carbon fiber’s strength, as initial attempts to crush it are unsuccessful. Switching to a narrower-diameter tool leaves a bigger impression in the material, but it still doesn’t compress. Finally, Vuohensilta places a large hex nut on the plate that seems to disappear as the tool presses it into the piece. The force of the nut penetrating the sandwich causes one of the layers to buckle, but otherwise it looks mostly intact.

So if you have a carbon fiber wing on your car, you can show this video to your friends when you feel like boasting about how strong the material is.

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McLaren P1 LM Might Make a Run for the Nurburgring Lap Record: Report http://www.automobilemag.com/news/mclaren-p1-lm-possible-nurburgring-lap-record-attempt-report/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/mclaren-p1-lm-possible-nurburgring-lap-record-attempt-report/#respond Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:31:30 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=982996 As a Porsche fetishist, I’ve enjoyed seeing the Porsche 918 Spyder sit at the top of the Nurburgring lap record list. Porsche has remained in this top-dog spot since late 2013, as Ferrari and McLaren never officially released lap times for the P1 and LaFerrari. Now, that time in the sun might be over. According to a...

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As a Porsche fetishist, I’ve enjoyed seeing the Porsche 918 Spyder sit at the top of the Nurburgring lap record list. Porsche has remained in this top-dog spot since late 2013, as Ferrari and McLaren never officially released lap times for the P1 and LaFerrari. Now, that time in the sun might be over. According to a report from Autocar, the maniacs behind the street-legal McLaren P1 LM are contemplating an attempt on Stuttgart’s crown.

McLaren has run the P1 on the ‘Ring, but has refrained from releasing any official times, only confirmed a sub-seven minute lap. If the “run-of-the-mill” P1 was hot enough to break the vaunted seven-minute barrier, then the wilder P1 GTR should absolutely massacre the 12-mile circuit.

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Of course, the GTR isn’t street legal. It’s essentially McLaren’s response to the mental LaFerrari FXX K, and serves as a hyper-exclusive track toy for bored billionaires. However, if you’ve got the coin and the nerve, longtime McLaren partner and race-prepper Lanzante will convert just five GTRs into street-legal weapons dubbed the P1 LM.

Autocar says that setting a world record on the ‘Ring isn’t the priority, but would be icing on the cake. Lanzante plans for general ‘Ring testing to finalize its product, and if the conditions are right, the 918 might be kicked off the throne. However, given the cost and complexity of the process, the team remains cautious.

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“We don’t have the finances or the time to do something like Porsche,” Dean Lanzante told Autocar. “If it rains, the track isn’t fast enough, so we can’t do a lap. And we don’t want to do a Koenigsegg…”

After months of preparation and planning, Koenigsegg recently saw its sole One:1 hypercar totaled on the Nurburgring as it geared-up for a record-setting run earlier this year.

The insane McLaren P1 LM begins development testing on the Nurburgring later this year.

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2016 Woodward Dream Cruise: A Retrospective http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2016-woodward-dream-cruise-retrospective-mega-gallery/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2016-woodward-dream-cruise-retrospective-mega-gallery/#respond Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:00:51 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=980342 For 22 years now, the Woodward Dream Cruise has been Carnival for muscle car enthusiasts, a massive gathering serving as a throwback to the golden age of cruising. People come to Detroit from around the world to witness over 40,000 cars strut their stuff down Woodward Avenue, though most show up just for the official...

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For 22 years now, the Woodward Dream Cruise has been Carnival for muscle car enthusiasts, a massive gathering serving as a throwback to the golden age of cruising. People come to Detroit from around the world to witness over 40,000 cars strut their stuff down Woodward Avenue, though most show up just for the official day on August 20th. This is in poor form, however, as the true magic of Woodward begins as when the snow begins to melt.

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As the flowers unfurl in April, workshop heroes get busy tuning carburetors. While the bleak brown-gray landscape begins to blossom into deep shades of green, dusty car covers are flung off of neon and pastel hot rods. Woodward’s ice cream and custard vendors open shop during the evening, attracting families, teens, and oldtimers like flies to honey.

Just a smattering of cars comes out this early in the spring. A few late-model Mustangs here, a handful of mid-80s Corvettes there. It’s sparse until the inclement weather stabilizes and temperatures settle around 65 degrees. Unsurprisingly, the most hardcore and loyal early-season cruisers are usually the youngest; look for congregations of WRXs, Evos, and S2000s before the vintage muscle cars show up. If it’s V-8 power you seek, this is when the newer stuff peacocks loud exhausts and even louder wheels around assorted parking lots.

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By late May and early June, the ambient temperature remains above 70 degrees consistently. This is when the old guard is out and about, meandering up and down Woodward Ave in Impala convertibles, old MGs, and a sampler pack of 60s muscle. With the weather is warm and agreeable, owners need not worry about salt licking away at their period-correct chrome pieces.

Come July, cruising is in full swing. This is when flashes of the Dream Cruise begin to spike forth, with the amount of dedicated cruisers rising with the mercury. No official Dream Cruise merch vendors are out yet, there isn’t any official regulatory force in effect, and few have cracked open their lawn chairs. This wizened crowd prefers trunk lids and pickup beds for their thrones. Peak cruising hours begin around 7:30 or 8:00. Here is when you begin to see purpose-built street rods en masse with their chromed engine bays and mirror-bright paint jobs.

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As the calendar moves into August, cruisers begin to thicken traffic substantially. The Dream Cruise is coming. Listen closely, and you’ll hear plans and gossip thrumming around the growing crowd. By now, if you want a fistful of custard, you’ll have to wait in line. Parking in front of these confectionery stands is primo real estate, and the lots are usually chock-full of exhausted parents and sticky, sugar-high kids.

A week before the Dream Cruise in late August, Woodward is as vibrant and alive as a 1950s drive-in diner. As the big day inches closer, the crazy stuff emerges. Keep your eyes peeled for decommissioned military trucks, high-speed sand rails, and homebrew rides. Battalions of gawping onlookers are pointing at passing cars from the comfort of folding chairs, while those behind the wheel begin to find it increasingly difficult to navigate the clogged road.

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The Dream Cruise arrives with a bang that resonates through the entirety of metro Detroit. Like Monterey Car Week, there are too many supporting events to enjoy all the Cruise has to offer. Our favorite is the parade of new and old emergency vehicles from around the country, a convoy considered by some to be the official start of the whole event.

Even after the Dream Cruise ends, Detroit remains drunk on classics. Thick throngs of cruisers remain active throughout the week after. If you’re local, be sure to check back during the following weeks. Winter is coming, but we’ve still got roughly two solid months of fair weather before things turn sour.

Once winter comes, it collapses with the first flurry. Even if those early fluffly flakes don’t stick, the party’s over. Go home, put your battery on a tender, and make plans for next year. We’ll see you there.

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Track Drive: 2016 Audi TTS http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2016-audi-tts-track-drive/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2016-audi-tts-track-drive/#respond Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:00:54 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=965761 SOUTH HAVEN, Michigan — The Audi TT has always been plagued by criticisms that it’s not a serious sports car. People have long knocked its Volkswagen Golf roots and bubbly styling, writing it off as a half-hearted performer without the handling chops of a rear-wheel-drive car. For a slew of reasons, those claims are a...

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SOUTH HAVEN, Michigan — The Audi TT has always been plagued by criticisms that it’s not a serious sports car. People have long knocked its Volkswagen Golf roots and bubbly styling, writing it off as a half-hearted performer without the handling chops of a rear-wheel-drive car. For a slew of reasons, those claims are a lot harder to make these days. Not only does the 2016 Audi TTS look the part of a proper sports car, but it hustles around a track like it’s out to prove it belongs there.

So why this feeling that $57,525 is still too much for too little, at least around a road course?

At first, the TTS is quick to earn its keep around GingerMan Raceway. It makes easy work of the wet pavement on this drizzling afternoon, the all-wheel drive working its magic around the placid stillness of GingerMan’s deeply satisfying bends. Slimy and damp sections are mowed over like they were barely there. We’re sure to be in Dynamic mode, increasing throttle response, tightening the steering, and firming up the standard magnetic ride suspension. Crucially, while in Dynamic the TTS has a rear bias and can send 100 percent of its torque to the rear axle, while still constantly monitoring conditions and delivering torque to the tires with the most grip.

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The dual-clutch transmission fires off shifts with perfect execution time and time again, blipping the revs to just where we need them as we brake hard into corners and never shifting unexpectedly when we need instant throttle response. The transmission and engine were such competent dance partners we never once deferred to the steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles. Few cars are this easy to just jump in and drive, and soon we’re carrying thrilling speed through GingerMan’s tightest sections while barely breaking a sweat.

While 2016 Audi TTS is no longer a servant of the foul force known as understeer, that doesn’t make it an oversteering buffoon, either. You have to snooze the stability control and put in serious work to make the TTS break out of its fiercely neutral bubble. That kind of trust and predictability is exactly what we want out of an everyday sports car, but track driving begs for a little more dialogue between you, your courage, and your car. It’s definitely quick, but for the most part, the TTS is soft-spoken.

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Steering is quick and accurate, which is a gift from above whether on a road course or the street. There’s some good feedback coming through the steering wheel about what the front tires are doing, as well. The trouble is that Audi has filtered out too much of the bad, creating a degree of distance between you and the road.

We fly down the back straight well into the triple digits, watching the digital speedo nestled into Audi’s slick virtual cockpit display climb north. Urged on by the pleasant belches of the sport exhaust, the TTS and its 19-inch wheels and summer tires claw at the supremely smooth asphalt, until we plunge our little piggies into the brake pedal. The 13.3-inch front brakes with painted four-piston calipers bite hard — at least at first. After only few short sessions the pedal turns to mashed potatoes, which is something a comparably priced BMW M2 would not abide.

The flip side, of course, is that the TTS is supremely livable. On a winding road, it’s almost effortless to get up to speed and start carving corners, but the car doesn’t punish you in rush-hour traffic or on the highway. It’s in those moments we take stock of Audi’s new driver-focused interior, which is mirrored in the new R8 supercar. Ingolstadt has always had a knack for great materials and assembly. But the innovation that went into this new center-screen-less design, perfectly ergonomic steering wheel, plus the ever-so-lovely optional Nappa leather seats, is just a huge step above any car the TT competes with. Neither the BMW Z4, M2, Mercedes SLC, nor Mercedes-AMG CLA45 have done anything quite this special and thoughtful.

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Especially when it comes to the coupe, the 2016 Audi TTS makes a really strong case as an everyday luxury sports car. The 12 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk is a huge improvement compared to the 7.5 cubic feet in the roadster, and dropping the rear seats easily makes the TTS a viable chariot for a couple on a road trip. Although the design has devolved into a geometric shell of the once mind-blowing shape, the TTS undeniably looks the business, especially when it blasts around a corner in a blur of bright yellow paint.

Still, the 2016 Audi TTS wouldn’t be our first choice for a day of lapping a track as enjoyable as GingerMan. Understandable as it is for the average TTS customer, for a sports car in the mid-$50,000 range and below there are faster and more communicative cars to be had, including purebred track stars like the M2 and the Camaro SS. Of course, the competence and balance of the TTS chassis does leave us thirsty for a crack at the upcoming TT RS, which will add one cylinder, more than 100 extra horsepower, and beefier brakes for a considerably more track-focused approach.

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2016 Audi TTS Coupe Specifications

On Sale: Now
Price: $52,825/$57,525 (base/as tested)
Engine: 2.0L DOHC 16-valve turbocharged I-4/292 hp @ 5,400 rpm, 280 lb-ft @ 1,900 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed dual-clutch automatic
Layout: 2-door, 4-passenger, front-engine, AWD coupe
EPA Mileage: 23/27 mpg (city/hwy)
L x W x H: 165.0 x 72.1 x 52.8 in
Wheelbase: 98.6 in
Weight: 3,241 lb
0-60 MPH: 4.6 sec
Top Speed: 102 mph
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Mazda “Formally” Approves Rotary-Powered RX-9 for 2020: Report http://www.automobilemag.com/news/mazda-board-directors-formally-approve-rotary-powered-rx-9-2020-report/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/mazda-board-directors-formally-approve-rotary-powered-rx-9-2020-report/#respond Wed, 24 Aug 2016 20:00:19 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=982646 If you’ve been waiting on that new car purchase in hope of a new rotary-powered sports car from Mazda, it looks like you might just get your chance in a few years. According to a report from Motoring, Mazda big-wigs “formally” approved both the production and design of the next-gen RX. Motoring expects the unrevealed,...

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If you’ve been waiting on that new car purchase in hope of a new rotary-powered sports car from Mazda, it looks like you might just get your chance in a few years. According to a report from Motoring, Mazda big-wigs “formally” approved both the production and design of the next-gen RX.

Motoring expects the unrevealed, unnamed car to carry the “RX-9” badge, contrary to previous reports predicting the return of the RX-7 nameplate. Motoring cites an older report from a Japanese publication, which claims the RX-9 will debut as a prototype in 2017, and in production form in 2019. The car is slated to enter dealer lots in 2020.

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Again, we have had no official confirmation from Mazda, so the design, power, performance, and specs are completely unknown at this point. However, reports regarding performance and horsepower metrics have slipped out, pegging the output right around 400 hp with a weight around 2,800 lbs.

Power will probably come from a twin-turbocharged 1.6-liter twin-rotor rotary engine, sending power to the rear wheels through either a manual or automatic transmission. Visually, look for cues and components lifted from the mighty Mazda RX-Vision concept from earlier this year. (Pictured above)

Look for more updates on the return of the rotary-powered Mazda RX sports car as we inch closer to 2020.

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First Race of Champions on U.S. Soil to be Held in Miami in 2017 http://www.automobilemag.com/news/first-race-of-champions-on-u-s-soil-to-be-held-in-miami-in-2017/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/first-race-of-champions-on-u-s-soil-to-be-held-in-miami-in-2017/#respond Wed, 24 Aug 2016 19:57:14 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=982624 The Olympics quenches sports fans’ thirst for international competition, but leaves motorsports fans wanting a spectacle of their own. Such an event exists: the Race of Champions (ROC). And in 2017, the games will be held in the United States for the first time ever. ROC announced that the next race will be held inside...

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The Olympics quenches sports fans’ thirst for international competition, but leaves motorsports fans wanting a spectacle of their own. Such an event exists: the Race of Champions (ROC). And in 2017, the games will be held in the United States for the first time ever.

ROC announced that the next race will be held inside Miami’s Marlins Park on January 21-22, 2017. The baseball stadium was built in 2012 and seats more than 37,000 people. The 2017 ROC will also mark the first time a baseball field is used. A specially designed tarmac track will be built around the field, and will be used in the two main events, the Race of Champions itself and the ROC Nations Cup team relay.

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ROC invites drivers from multiple racing disciplines, including Formula 1, IndyCar, Le Mans, World Rally Championship, Global Rallycross, NASCAR, MotoGP, and many others. A number of different racing machines are used, but drivers compete in identical vehicles for a given event. Four-time F1 world champion Sebastian Vettel will return to defend his 2015 title, which will be contested by the likes of 2012 IndyCar champion Ryan Hunter-Reay and NASCAR’s Kurt Busch.

Tickets for the two-day race weekend are on sale now. If you want to watch the action from last year’s race, sign up for a free trial to Motor Trend OnDemand.

Source: ROC

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