Here’s your compilation of web videos for the week, and whether your tastes are low-brow and low-buck, or exclusive and rarefied, we’ve got something for all automotive tastes.
If you’re a fan of Aston Martins, we have the new V-12 Vanquish in both hard and soft-top forms, with Justin Bell testing out the coupe in Southern California, and Aston teasing us with a video of its latest drool-worthy drop-top.
For those of you that think racing is a six-figure hobby only for the rich and famous, check out ChumpCar racing, which limits drivers’ cars to just $500.
Finally, Fiat gives its alternative account of the colonial invasion, and sets up a matchmaking service for the environmentally-minded. Check out these highlights and more below!
Feature Flick: Wireless Vehicle-To-Vehicle Braking Tech Tested by Ford in Europe
Today’s cars are a veritable cornucopia of safety acronyms, from ABS to ESC and now LDW, among dozens of others. But most of the technologies are self-contained on the individual vehicle. Many believe the next frontier in vehicle safety will be car-to-car active safety, with vehicles able to communicate with each other to minimize hazard or injury. Ford, along with other German auto manufacturers, is testing a prototype emergency brake warning system that relies on a wireless signal transmitted from car to car.
Feature Flick: 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Put to The Test
Aston Martin has always occupied a unique position in the pantheon of high-performance cars. Usually not the absolute fastest cars available, Aston’s combined effortless performance with bespoke style and comfort for a singular experience that made them unique from the Germans and other British brands. It’s no wonder Aston Martin has been associated with suave British secret agent James Bond for nearly five decades. Channeling the gentlemanly silver-screen mystique of Bond, Justin Bell takes a closer look at Aston’s newest supercar.
Feature Flick: 2014 Fiat 500L Brings an “Italian Invasion”
You may remember Fiat’s recent ads for the 2013 500 depicting the little Cinquecento arriving in America after a long trek across the Atlantic. Now that Fiat has expanded its model line with the larger, four-door 2014 Fiat 500L, the company has introduced a new ad campaign that plays on a more historic idea of arrival in America.
Feature Flick: 2015 Ford Mustang Prototype Caught On Video
We’ve seen plenty of photos, but now we have our first look at the 2015 Ford Mustang on video. The pony-car fans at Mustang6G.com spotted a camouflaged Mustang prototype and managed to film it driving. The 2015 Ford Mustang spotted in this video looks almost identical to the one our spy photographers spotted earlier this month.
Feature Flick: ChumpCar Racing a Nissan 240SX at Daytona
While racing can be an expensive sport, racing organizations like the ChumpCar World Series are geared toward inexpensive cars, limiting car values to about $500. In this video, Motor Trend‘s Jessi Lang heads to Daytona International Raceway for some racing on the cheap with Little Flatout Racing and their Nissan 240SX.
Feature Flick: 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante is Stunning
We can’t get enough of the 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish. Now, with the even-more-stunning Vanquish Volante convertible, we have a second reason to drool over, pine for, and lust after Aston Martin’s flagship. If you are like us, you’ll enjoy this video of Aston’s newest droptop.
Feature Flick: 2013 BMW 750iL Versus 2013 Jaguar XJL Supercharged
The latest episode of Head to Head focuses on a prize-fight between two big luxury bruisers. Host Jonny Lieberman takes these two long-wheelbase, flagship sedans out to see which one provides the better combination of luxury and excitement.
Feature Flick: Audi Celebrates Automotive Passion
It’s not uncommon for automakers to roll out special commercials around their summer sales events. For this year’s “Summer of Audi” campaign, the German automaker has crafted two new ads that pull on our heartstrings about being car enthusiasts.
Feature Flick: Fiat 500 Abarth Trio Does Impressive Stunts
What do you get when you combine two stunt drivers, a few bros, an empty airstrip, a panda suit, and three Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrios? Check out this stunt compilation from YouTube channel Dude Perfect to find out. Known on YouTube for their basketball trick shot videos, Dude Perfect says in the description that this is “easily the most fun video” they’ve ever filmed.
Feature Flick: Mosler and the Consulier GTP on The Downshift
On this week’s episode of The Downshift, we’re treated to an interview with Mosler Automotive founder Warren Mosler, where he talks about his Mosler MT900 supercar, the Consulier GTP, and the conditions that led to his company being bought out by Rossion.
Video: Testing a Modified, Turbocharged Subaru BRZ
The lightweight rear-drive Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ make up for having “just” 200 hp with a balanced chassis that excels on twisty roads. In this video, Motor Trend’s Carlos Lago tests a turbocharged Subaru BRZ built by Crawford Performance to see if the additional power takes away from the chassis’ balance.
2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Leaked
If the new 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class piqued your interest, but you felt that the base 455-hp 4.7-liter twin-turbo V-8 wasn’t powerful enough, here is your first look at the 2014 S63 AMG performance sedan. This early glimpse of the new uprated range-topper comes thanks to a video of the new W222-generation S-Class rolling off the factory line last week.