Automobile Magazine http://www.automobilemag.com No Boring Cars! | Reviews, Auto Shows, Lifestyle Mon, 27 Feb 2017 16:23:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.4 Peugeot Instinct Shooting Brake Concept Revealed http://www.automobilemag.com/news/peugeot-instinct-shooting-brake-concept-revealed/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/peugeot-instinct-shooting-brake-concept-revealed/#respond Mon, 27 Feb 2017 16:05:44 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1119423 Peugeot introduced a shooting brake concept vehicle at the 2017 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain prior to the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. The French company says that the self-driving Instinct Concept was designed for freedom and sees autonomous connected vehicles as the next automotive revolution. Its concept offers two active driving modes Drive Boost...

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Peugeot introduced a shooting brake concept vehicle at the 2017 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain prior to the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

The French company says that the self-driving Instinct Concept was designed for freedom and sees autonomous connected vehicles as the next automotive revolution.

Its concept offers two active driving modes Drive Boost for a dynamic ride and Drive Relax that uses Advanced Driving Assistance Systems.

Peugeot Instinct Concept Side

It also feature two self-driving modes — Autonomous Soft, which is made for comfort and long rides, and Autonomous Sharp, which is designed for precise, efficient road handling.

The concept vehicle features a 300 horsepower “PHEV power chain” and Peugeot is working with Samsung to connect the car with the user’s smartphone and data cloud.

It envisions a future where your car can drive you home in autonomous mode after a long day at the office or pick you up at a certain time by accessing the information from your digital schedule.

And if that’s not all, it will even suggest you get out and walk sometimes to help you keep fit. Good luck with that one.

Peugeot Instinct Concept Driver

“A Peugeot that offers something different, that has its own vibe. Our customers can vouch for this, the success of the new Peugeot 3008 proves it, and the same will be true of the self-driving car in the future,” Jean-Philippe Imparato, Peugeot CEO said in a statement.

Peugeot touts its i-Cockpit system that can adapt as it switches between Drive and Autonomous modes. The steering wheel folds into the dashboard when it is in self-driving mode and the accelerator pedal and brakes retract as well.

There’s a 9.7-inch screen and a holographic cluster on the central console that is used to command the car and switch between modes. You can also talk to the car via a chatbot — a speech-driven personal assistant — Peugeot claims.

Peugeot Instinct Concept Rear Three Quarter

“Designing a self-driving car is an exciting challenge. There are two opposing concepts – active driving and autonomous mode – and our job is to bring them together, with one clear objective: maintaining the enjoyment and arousing emotions,” Gilles Vidal, Peugeot, head of styling adds.

Inside there’s a 3D mesh that is shaped to fit occupants and also trims the side panels around the central console, door panels, and the seats. The sunroof curves around the passengers too — a nice touch.

After Barcelona, the Peugeot Instinct Concept can be seen at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show on March 7.

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First Drive: 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Q4 http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2018-alfa-romeo-stelvio-q4-first-drive-review/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2018-alfa-romeo-stelvio-q4-first-drive-review/#respond Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:00:23 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1119260 No more excuses, no more camouflage, no more pre-production idiosyncrasies. At last we’re in the cockpit of the real thing, Alfa’s first ever crossover in its storied history – the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio – at Fiat’s vast Balocco proving ground halfway between Turin and Milan. The sleek crossover is capped by short overhangs, further...

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No more excuses, no more camouflage, no more pre-production idiosyncrasies. At last we’re in the cockpit of the real thing, Alfa’s first ever crossover in its storied history – the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio – at Fiat’s vast Balocco proving ground halfway between Turin and Milan.

The sleek crossover is capped by short overhangs, further emphasized by a low, coupe-like roofline. Tire size depends on the model and your budget, but what you see here in these photos is its fat, 20-inch option. As one would expect from a fashion-conscious Italian premium brand, there are no less than 13 different wheel styles to choose from. The equally broad color selection offers such eccentricities as a pastel blue exterior complimented by a burgundy leather interior. The lip gloss attached to Alfa’s trademark scudetto grille is made from real aluminum, and the headlamps boast bright LED eyeliners. Its sleek Coke bottle proportions are simply stunning.

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Q4 rear three quarter in motion

Inside, the cabin doesn’t differ much from the Giulia. Functional, yes. Exciting, no. You sit on reasonably comfortable chairs in the eye of a black plastic wonderland which isn’t particularly kind to the eye or the touch. Visibility is a little better than in the Giulia thanks to its elevated H-point, the recalibrated instruments are more easily legible, and some materials are of a higher standard. The rear seats fold, but they don’t recline or slide back and forth. Timber and hide are available, but the down-to-earth character of the Stelvio corresponds equally well with the base cloth upholstery and matte metal accents. Ergonomics are not a forte of Alfa Romeo in general and the Stelvio in particular. Alfa’s new MMI system, developed by Magneti Marelli, is only marginally more intuitive than sudoku for beginners, a head-up display is conspicuous by its absence, and its assistance systems fail to break new ground. Having said that, forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, and active cruise control are part of the package.

The U.S.-market Alfa Romeo Stelvio Q4 will feature a 2.0-liter gas engine at launch that develops 280 hp. Late next year, Alfa will add the notably spicier 510-hp Stelvio Quadrifoglio. Some markets will also get a brace of diesel options, though none are likely to come to the U.S. For complexity reasons, the only transmission fitted to the Stelvio is an eight-speed automatic courtesy of ZF. Its converter lock-up clutch bites without delay and Alfa is supremely confident in its overall operation, although we suspect a dual-clutch box would shift gears even faster and with more pick-up verve. The 280-hp engine redlines at 6,000 rpm and spreads its maximum twist action of 325 lb-ft from 2,250 to 4,500 rpm. The gearing combines the best of both worlds: close-ratio first to third warrants plenty of take-off grunt, sweet spot-focused fourth and fifth beef up the mid-range urge, long legs in seventh and eighth support economical highway cruising.

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Under normal operating conditions, the Stelvio’s Q4 all-wheel drive system is 100 percent rear-wheel drive. Only upon detection of slip will the black box rearrange the torque distribution. Normally, it takes a mere smidgeon of front-wheel pulling power to set the record straight again, but on extremely slippery turf the torque split can momentarily be an even 50:50. Customers who occasionally leave the beaten track on off-road tires should consider the optional mechanical rear differential lock. But ground clearance is marginal by SUV standards, and the same goes for the underbody protection. There is no hill descent control either, and its DNA drive mode selector lacks a heavy-going setting.

Speaking of drive modes, there are three programs to choose from: E for advanced efficiency, N for natural and D for dynamic. On a test track like Balocco, E is the software equivalent to Valium. Lift-off coasting and summoning a taller gear at 2,000 rpm sharp may be wise when you’re running on empty, but not when you’re trying to beat your own good self around the challenging Langhe circuit. Natural is claimed to satisfy all needs from slow urban traffic to fast motorway excursions. Not surprisingly, its middle-ground calibration is not a good choice for burning rubber either. The preferred mode for shenanigans is dynamic. The throttle response is sharp, gear shifts are energetic, steering action is quick, and the damper settings taut. While dynamic is definitely the flavor of the day, the DNA selector lacks a personalization mode that would allow you to blend, say, a cushy ride with aggressive drivetrain characteristics.

At 3,660 pounds, the Stelvio is heavier than the Giulia, and it also generates more drag and rolling resistance. You’d expect this weight and girth to take a toll on performance, but its roughly 5.6 second 0 to 60 mph time is as lively as its 144 mph top speed. Predictably, the Stelvio takes a little longer than the Giulia to unravel the final 15 to 20 mph.

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While the 2.0-liter is not as radically tuned as a comparable AMG unit, it packs enough punch to push the Stelvio close to the top of the SUV entertainment ranking. Especially when fitted with the extra-cost (!) shift paddles, the under hood fireworks turn the go-almost-anywhere Alfa into a true crackerjack capable of taking on the F-Pace, GLC, Macan, and Q5. It’s not so much peak power and torque but the seamless flow of motion which makes the Stelvio a rather special piece of kit. This crossover is quite simply very good at carrying momentum through corners, using intentional weight transfer to speed up turn-in, and building up ground-effect fourth and fifth-gear road holding that doesn’t wane after five or six laps. It responds with subtlety and promptness to steering and throttle orders, decelerating when needed as hard as if hit by a massive headwind. It did all that with aplomb for 26 memorable laps when ground control eventually black-flagged the blue beauty and escorted us back to base.

Are we waxing lyrical here? Perhaps one should mention once more that this impressive proof of talent was staged on home turf where the Stelvio was developed, tested and fine-tuned. Another major contributing factor is the tires. The brand-new Michelin Pilot Latitudes are quick to build up temperature but slow to overheat, which is why grip and traction prevail much longer than rivaling rubber compounds. As a result, the Stelvio honors small steering angles, late turn-ins and patient torque feed. Its overall balance is so confidence-inspiring that one keeps on pushing. You brake late, then later still. You lift a little then don’t lift at all. You change down then stay in gear and smile. You adjust the lines then bundle them to the fastest one.

In the Giulia, ESP can be easily disabled in order to perform proper slide shows. In the Stelvio, dynamic is as close as this car gets to being a wild thing. Sounds like frustration galore, but full enjoyment does prevail even at ten tenths when the electronics interfere ever so softly with pursed chips. Despite the ground-hugging chassis, super-prompt steering and the guillotine brakes, the suspension never ever embarrassed itself with compromised spring travel and compliance. True, there is an underlying softness which absorbs the worst kinks, ridges, dips. But even though we’ve seen the Stelvio airborne for the blink of an eye, take-off and landing were always super-smooth and progressive. Says Roberto Fedeli, the man in charge of R&D at Alfa and Maserati: “In this segment, our vehicle is the benchmark in terms of agility. At 12.0:1, we have for instance the most direct steering. Other fortes are effortless controllability, directional stability and handling precision. Having said that, the Stelvio was not designed to be everybody’s darling. Like every Alfa, it aims first and foremost at enthusiast drivers.”

So what SUV to buy? The X3 costs ten percent more than its newest competitor, and yet it is outmoded and uninspiring. The Q5 is as fresh as it is bland. The F-Pace comes close to the Alfa in more ways than one. The GLC is pricey yet competent. The Macan remains all but invincible. While the Stelvio falls a little short in terms of technical innovation, perceived quality, connectivity and ergonomics, it’s good-looking, affordable, lively, rewarding, and fun to drive. A lot of fun to drive.

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Q4 Specifications

ON SALE Fall 2017
PRICE $35,000 (est)
ENGINE 2.0L turbocharged DOHC 16 I-4

280 hp @ 2,250 rpm, 306 lb-ft @ 2,250-4,500 rpm

TRANSMISSION 8-speed automatic
LAYOUT 4-door, 2-passenger, front-engine, AWD SUV
EPA MILEAGE N/A
L x W x H 184.5 x 74.9 x 65.8 in
WHEELBASE 110.9 in
WEIGHT 3,660 lb
0-60 MPH 5.7 sec
TOP SPEED 144 mph
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PSA Takes First Step Toward U.S. Return with TravelCar Launch http://www.automobilemag.com/news/psa-takes-first-step-toward-u-s-return-travelcar-launch/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/psa-takes-first-step-toward-u-s-return-travelcar-launch/#respond Sun, 26 Feb 2017 20:00:48 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1119416 PSA Group, parent company of Peugeot and Citroën, and France-based insurance company MAIF have partnered to bring a car-sharing service called TravelCar to the U.S. As PSA previously announced, this is the first step in its “Push to Pass” strategy to enter the U.S. market. TravelCar is a unique service in that it lends travelers...

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PSA Group, parent company of Peugeot and Citroën, and France-based insurance company MAIF have partnered to bring a car-sharing service called TravelCar to the U.S. As PSA previously announced, this is the first step in its “Push to Pass” strategy to enter the U.S. market.

TravelCar is a unique service in that it lends travelers cars that are owned by other travelers. People flying out of town are offered free parking at airports. In exchange, TravelCar will rent the car out to people flying in. According to TravelCar, its rates are roughly 50 percent cheaper than a traditional rental car service, and if a car is rented the owner gets a cut of the rental charges. TravelCar will begin rolling out at LAX airport in Los Angeles and SFO airport in San Francisco beginning April 1.

How does this benefit PSA? As we previously reported, the French automaker plans to first launch mobility services in this market to study U.S. customers’ needs. This data will be valuable in planning its reentry into the U.S. market, which it says will happen by 2026. It’s possible PSA will also eventually insert its own products into U.S. TravelCar fleets to get feedback from Americans. Such data could help steer the company’s U.S.-market offerings.

“We announced our progressive entry to North America by launching mobility services with our partners,” said PSA’s head of mobility services Grégoire Olivier, in a release. “We deploy these services worldwide to meet customers’ expectations. With TravelCar today, we’re writing the beginning of this new step overseas.”

PSA hopes to bring its upscale DS brand stateside, so perhaps you’ll be able to check out a DS model on a future business trip.

 

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11 of the Latest Books Worth Your Time http://www.automobilemag.com/news/11-latest-books-worth-time/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/11-latest-books-worth-time/#respond Sun, 26 Feb 2017 17:49:53 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1112355 Porsche 912: 50 Years By Jurgen Lewandowski $55, Delius Klasing After years in the shadow of its big brother, the Porsche 912 gets its due with an in-depth look at its history and development in this gorgeous and lovingly compiled, 176-page ode to the four-cylinder, would-be 911. The BMW Century: The Ultimate Performance Machines By...

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Porsche 912: 50 Years

By Jurgen Lewandowski $55, Delius Klasing

After years in the shadow of its big brother, the Porsche 912 gets its due with an in-depth look at its history and development in this gorgeous and lovingly compiled, 176-page ode to the four-cylinder, would-be 911.

The BMW Century The Ultimate Performance Machines

The BMW Century: The Ultimate Performance Machines

By Tony Lewin $50, Motorbooks

From R32 motorcycle to the i8 automobile, this BMW bible gives quick takes on 100 years of BMW machines, including the airplane engines that lifted the Bavarian company off the ground.

Total Competition Lessons in strategy from Formula One

Total Competition: Lessons in strategy from Formula One

By Ross Brawn and Adam Parr $25, Simon & Schuster U.K.

There are too many attempts to make connections to “Art of War,” and the Q and A format is questionable for a book, but Brawn still provides interesting thoughts and anecdotes worth an F1 nut’s time.

Stirling Moss The Definitive Biography

Stirling Moss: The Definitive Biography, Volume 1

By Philip Porter $43, Porter Press

Publisher Porter calls this 672-page behemoth “a biography worthy of Britain’s greatest racing driver.” Plan a long vacation of reading, because this is only the first installment, covering the period from Moss’ birth to his first Grand Prix win in 1955.

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By Jay Koka $45, Knightbridge Publishing

Automotive Fine Art Society (AFAS) member Jay Koka picks what he feels are his most impactful automotive paintings, one from each year of his 30-year career, and compiles them in this linen-covered book.

Driverless Intelligent Cars and the Road Ahead

Driverless: Intelligent Cars and the Road Ahead

By Hod Lipson and Melba Kurman $30, The MIT Press

Autonomous vehicles are coming and with them the largest technological and cultural shift to date. This easy-to-read book offers a holistic view of the autonomous car’s potential impacts, good and bad.

Can Am 50th Anniversary

Can-Am 50th Anniversary

By George Levy $60, Motorbooks

For nine delirious years, Can-Am racing dared challengers to build some of the most powerful, most innovative, and most death-defying cars motorsports has ever known. Levy takes a thoughtful look at the ultimate racing series.

Pontiac Firebird 50 Years

Pontiac Firebird: 50 Years

By David Newhardt $50, Motorbooks

Fifty years ago, John Z. Delorean followed up the GTO with the Camaro-based Firebird, and the muscle-car wars were never the same again. All the gory details contained within.

Kussmaul Chronicles

Kussmaul Chronicles

By Craig Watkins $65, SmartRacing Products

Roland Kussmaul helped engineer and develop every race car Porsche has built since 1975. The author gives Kussmaul a platform from which to share stories from his 42-year career with Porsche.

Deuce The Original Hot Rod

Deuce: The Original Hot Rod

By Mike Chase $50, Motorbooks

What car better encapsulates hot rod culture than Ford’s “Deuce” coupe? Chase’s 224-page book is a celebration of the 1932 model and all the chopped coupes with notched frames that sprouted from it.

Ferrari 70 Years

Ferrari 70 Years

By Dennis Adler $40, Motorbooks

For the casual Ferrari enthusiast, Adler’s latest coffee table compendium explores seven decades of the cavallino rampante with plenty of pretty color photos to smudge with your fingers.

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Watch a General Lee Dodge Charger Catch Massive Air Before Crashing http://www.automobilemag.com/news/watch-a-general-lee-dodge-charger-catch-massive-air-before-crashing/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/watch-a-general-lee-dodge-charger-catch-massive-air-before-crashing/#respond Sat, 25 Feb 2017 21:00:44 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1119406 Them Duke Boys make it look so easy on TV, but launching a Dodge Charger off a ramp and landing in one piece is harder than it looks. One stunt driver found that out at the start of Detroit’s annual Autorama hot rod show, where he caught some sick air but didn’t quite stick the...

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Them Duke Boys make it look so easy on TV, but launching a Dodge Charger off a ramp and landing in one piece is harder than it looks. One stunt driver found that out at the start of Detroit’s annual Autorama hot rod show, where he caught some sick air but didn’t quite stick the landing.

Raymond Kohn drove his 1969 Dodge Charger in a mock chase on Friday to kick off the weekend festivities, pursued by the Hazzard County police. In a video posted to YouTube, we see the Charger picking up speed as it approaches a 5-foot ramp. Detroit Free Press reports the classic muscle car, painted like the famous “General Lee” of The Dukes of Hazzard fame, hit 55 mph before hitting the ramp and flying roughly 25 feet through the air. The jump looks good until about the halfway point when the car begins to nose down. With some palpable force, the Charger’s driver-side front wheel and bumper impact the pavement. A crew rushes to check on Kohn, and within a few seconds the green flag waves to signal that he’s OK. The crowd goes wild.

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“It’s a cool feeling being in the air like that,” Kohn told Detroit Free Press. “It’s like a roller coaster ride. But in the end, it’s like the roller coaster derails.”

The car is specially made to handle jumps and landings, designed to absorb most of the shock to prevent back injury to the driver. However, it can only take one to two jumps before being retired. It’s unclear if this is a good, average, or bad landing, but it looks pretty gnarly from all angles. Check out the YouTube video and a compilation from our friends at Hot Rod showing multiple angles below.

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Say Hello to the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2018-chevrolet-camaro-zl1-1le-supercharged-z28-successor/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2018-chevrolet-camaro-zl1-1le-supercharged-z28-successor/#respond Sat, 25 Feb 2017 02:30:55 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1119365 Since its launch in 2012, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 has developed a reputation for being the muscle car of the Camaro lineup. The debut of the 2017 Camaro ZL1 helped change that perception with its more track-capable performance, and now the surprise reveal of the ZL1 1LE turns the idea that the model is only...

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Since its launch in 2012, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 has developed a reputation for being the muscle car of the Camaro lineup. The debut of the 2017 Camaro ZL1 helped change that perception with its more track-capable performance, and now the surprise reveal of the ZL1 1LE turns the idea that the model is only good for burnouts completely on its head.

Chevrolet revealed the 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE at Daytona International Raceway ahead of the 2017 Daytona 500. The car is essentially a mashup of the current ZL1 and the last-gen Z/28. The package will be offered as an option on any 2018 Camaro ZL1 coupe beginning this summer, and results in a 3-second quicker lap time around GM’s Milford Proving Grounds.

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How is that achieved? The 1LE uses the same 650-hp, 650-lb-ft supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V-8 as the standard ZL1, so all of the upgrades happen outside of the engine bay. The 1LE replaces the stock 285-width tires with 305s in the front and 325s in the rear. The tires are Goodyear’s new Eagle F1 Supercar 3R, the company’s first cup tire design. The tires were developed specifically for the ZL1 1LE and are the widest ever to appear on a factory Camaro.

The model also gets the DSSV spool-valve dampers that debuted on the Z/28 and just recently made it to the Chevy Colorado ZR2. The suspension features an adjustable ride height, solid-mounted front struts, adjustable camber plates, a hard-mounted rear cradle, and an adjustable rear anti-roll bar. The DSSV dampers contribute to weight savings of roughly 60 pounds compared to the standard ZL1 with its magnetorheological shocks.

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The other big improvement is aero. The ZL1 1LE gets a carbon fiber rear wing, air deflectors and dive planes, and a new front splitter. The beloved Flowtie also returns, and the front grilles have been enlarged for better cooling. All LT4s have a new supercharger lid to reduce heat.

The ZL1 1LE will only be available with a six-speed manual transmission, just like the Z/28. Why not just call this a Z/28? Chevy says that name is reserved for naturally aspirated cars, and wouldn’t rule out a true Z/28 variant in the future. For now though, consider this your Z/28 successor. Camaro chief engineer Al Oppenheiser said this model is “not your daily driver,” but it is “a little more of a daily driver than the Z/28 was.”

Each ZL1 1LE gets a black hood wrap, clear carbon scoop, black taillights, and satin black mirrors. The car also gets Chevy’s eLSD, Positive Traction Management system, and Performance Data Recorder (PDR) as standard. The brakes are unchanged from the standard ZL1, and it has all the same launch and line lock features. Pricing hasn’t been announced yet, but figure around $63,000 for the 2018 ZL1 coupe plus several thousand for the 1LE package.

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Just Listed: 2015 McLaren P1 Heads to Auction with Proceeds Donated to Rose-Hulman Institute http://www.automobilemag.com/news/just-listed-2015-mclaren-p1-heads-auction-proceeds-donated-rose-hulman-institute/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/just-listed-2015-mclaren-p1-heads-auction-proceeds-donated-rose-hulman-institute/#respond Sat, 25 Feb 2017 02:10:24 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1119375 Feeling generous? If you’ve got some room in the garage and a couple million bucks to burn, Gooding & Co. is auctioning off a well-spec’d McLaren P1, with proceeds going to the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Sure, the high estimate of $2.3 million might be exactly double the original purchase price of the car, but...

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Feeling generous? If you’ve got some room in the garage and a couple million bucks to burn, Gooding & Co. is auctioning off a well-spec’d McLaren P1, with proceeds going to the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

Sure, the high estimate of $2.3 million might be exactly double the original purchase price of the car, but you can bid confidently knowing that not only is this money going to charity, but the P1 you receive is handsomely optioned and will only continue to climb in value as modern hypercars begin to establish themselves as instantly collectable.

Whoever commissioned this P1 knew what they were doing. The electric blue paint contrasts well with red trim running the length of the car, and continues into the cockpit with various interior control pieces colored in the same blue paint. Inside, this P1 features extremely rare Daytona-style seats, an option fitted to just two cars.

2015 McLaren P1 Gooding and Co Front 2015 McLaren P1 Gooding and Co Rear Three Quarters 2015 McLaren P1 Gooding and Co Rear 2015 McLaren P1 Gooding and Co Interior

Mechanically, this P1 is identical to the rest of the production run, carrying the same hybridized 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 setup, pushing out a monumental 904 hp and 723 lb-ft of torque. Power is managed by a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, sending power to the rear wheels.

If you’re looking to contribute to the Rose-Hulman Institute and take delivery of a seriously-special McLaren P1, make sure to register with Gooding & Co. before the car is up for grabs on March 10th at Amelia Island.

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Bentley Bentayga Gets a Fancy Facelift by Lumma Design http://www.automobilemag.com/news/bentley-bentayga-gets-fancy-facelift-lumma-design/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/bentley-bentayga-gets-fancy-facelift-lumma-design/#respond Sat, 25 Feb 2017 01:43:26 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1119364 If your new Bentley Bentayga is starting to look a little bland, Lumma Design wants to spruce up your swanky SUV with a wide-body conversion kit. Why? Why not? The high end German tuner will introduce its CLR B900 Wide-Body conversion for the big bucks Bentayga at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Up front, the...

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If your new Bentley Bentayga is starting to look a little bland, Lumma Design wants to spruce up your swanky SUV with a wide-body conversion kit. Why? Why not?

The high end German tuner will introduce its CLR B900 Wide-Body conversion for the big bucks Bentayga at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

Up front, the Bentley receives a more aggressive looking front spoiler that extends from the fog lights to the lower bumper. A new carbon fiber hood with cooling vents gives the Bentayga a racy appearance and reduces more weight to boot.

Lumma says it’ll fit both W-12 models and V-8 diesel variants. It also offers the hood in a varnished exposed carbon fiber finish or it can be painted to match the body color.

Wider wheel arches give the big Bentley a wider stance and fit snugly over 24-inch black alloy rims. Smaller versions are also available in 22- and 23-inch wheels.

Lumma Design Bentley Bentayga Rear

Around back the rear spoiler and spoiler lip extend high above the dynamic rear apron with integrated diffuser and matching exhaust tips.

“While Bentley makes very impressive interiors, they are a little too staid in a car with the Lumma Design Wide-Body conversion,” says Lumma.

An interior tailoring service is available to customize your Bentayga in a variety of materials including leather, Alcantara, wood, aluminum, and of course — more carbon fiber.

First deliveries of the wide ride Bentaygas are planned for the end of the year. Check out www.lumma-design.com for more details.

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Next-Gen Ford Fiesta ST Tears It Up in New Video http://www.automobilemag.com/news/ford-fiesta-st-gets-three-cylinder-engine-tears-new-video/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/ford-fiesta-st-gets-three-cylinder-engine-tears-new-video/#respond Fri, 24 Feb 2017 22:30:28 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1119197 The Ford Fiesta ST loses some of its boy racer appeal in favor of a more grownup look as it enters its third generation. The hot hatch debuts next month as the first Ford Performance vehicle ever to feature a three-cylinder engine, and despite the loss of one cylinder, it’s still as powerful as ever....

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The Ford Fiesta ST loses some of its boy racer appeal in favor of a more grownup look as it enters its third generation. The hot hatch debuts next month as the first Ford Performance vehicle ever to feature a three-cylinder engine, and despite the loss of one cylinder, it’s still as powerful as ever.

Just like the standard Fiesta which debuted last year, the Fiesta ST makes use of a turbocharged three-cylinder engine with cylinder deactivation. The standard Fiesta displaces just 1 liter, but the ST gets a new 1.5-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost engine that produces 200 hp and 214 lb-ft of torque. Hitting 62 mph is estimated to take 6.7 seconds.

Aiding the engine is a new turbocharger that is designed to build boost pressure faster and curtail lag for a more responsive drive experience. Helping improve efficiency, the Fiesta ST can shut down one of the engine’s cylinders while coasting. Turning the extra cylinder on and off takes just 14 milliseconds, which is 20 times faster than the blink of an eye, Ford says.

Drivers can choose between three modes: Normal, Sport, and Track. Engaging Sport mode intensifies the throttle response, engine mapping, and exhaust note, while Track mode goes a step further by allowing the fastest possible lap times, disabling traction control, and loosening up ESC interventions. The model also features a specially tuned chassis with torque vectoring control, which promises to reduce understeer and allow the car to hug the road while cornering.

Adopting a more refined look, the Fiesta ST receives a striking mesh grille along with oval-shaped headlights taken from the 2018 Fiesta. And those star-shaped wheels are something else. Inside the cabin, look for Recaro seats, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, Sync 3 infotainment system, and exclusive 18-inch alloy wheels.

2017 Ford Fiesta ST Euro Recaro Seats

The new Fiesta ST will make its global debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month. It will be available globally in three- and five-door body styles starting early 2018. So far, no information has been given regarding a U.S. market launch.

Watch the new Fiesta ST tear it up in the video below. More importantly, listen to how that engine sounds.

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AC Schnitzer Releases 30th Anniversary ACL2S Package for BMW M240i http://www.automobilemag.com/news/ac-schnitzer-releases-anniversary-acl2s-package-bmw-m240i/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/ac-schnitzer-releases-anniversary-acl2s-package-bmw-m240i/#respond Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:13:28 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1119309 Celebrating its 30th anniversary, AC Schnitzer has moved “beyond the standard” with a special anniversary edition ACL2S based on the BMW M240i. Set to debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, the ACL2S is said to encompass the AC Schnitzer ethos for high-quality conversions that the company has been doing for the past three decades....

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Celebrating its 30th anniversary, AC Schnitzer has moved “beyond the standard” with a special anniversary edition ACL2S based on the BMW M240i. Set to debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, the ACL2S is said to encompass the AC Schnitzer ethos for high-quality conversions that the company has been doing for the past three decades.

The basic conversion takes the M240i from just 340 horsepower to “a generous” 400 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque thanks to an ECU reflash, a new exhaust, downpipe, and different intake. Additionally, AC Schnitzer included its fully adjustable RS suspension kit, lowering the car as well as giving the customer the option to adjust height, compression, and rebound.

AC Schnitzer ACL2S Special Anniversary Conversion limited to 30 for BMW M240i Side Black

The majority of the kit, however, is comprised of AC Schnitzer’s special ten-piece ACL2S wide-body kit. Included in the kit is a carbon front spoiler, front slitter, carbon side mirrors, a new set of side skirts, a rear roof spoiler, carbon fiber wing, and a carbon rear diffusor meant to keep the ACL2S planted firmly on terra firma. The company also included a set of AC Schnitzer AC1 Alloy wheels that can be had in either black or silver.

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Finishing the ACL2S off, a host of interior trim pieces have been added, including an aluminum pedal set, special “One of Thirty” badging and a 3-spoke leather steering wheel with color-matched stitching.

But its performance and upgrades aren’t the real talking point, its price, however, is. The total ACL2S conversion kit, including all the fitting and registration, will cost owners $38,000, not including the cost of the car. If you include the cost of the donor car, $44,450, its price comes out to be nearly $83,000 for the ACL2S. That, is a lot of money for something that barely makes more horsepower than BMW’s own $55,000 M2.

AC Schnitzer will build only 30 examples of the ACL2S and will debut the car at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.

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