2019 Honda CR-V Visualizer – All 10 Colors + Animated GIFs

The CR-V has held onto its spot in the top six selling vehicles in the USA for years now. This latest generation brings a huge leap forward in design and style — to the point we’ve started to really admire them on the road! Pricing is from about $25k and up with four trim levels and all CR-Vs come with these gorgeous LED daytime running lights up front.  To get the sexy full-LED headlights takes the Touring trim or an option package.  To help out on your CR-V shopping, we’ve put together a full visualizer of the new CR-V in …

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Insider: What Your Car Color Says About Your Personality

  When we buy a car, there are many things to consider. For some people, it’s all about horsepower and style, and for others its practicality and fuel consumption. Although we do think about the color when we select the perfect make and model, there is a hidden aspect of the choice you make and how it matches your personality. You may think this choice is just determined by your favorite color or how you think a particular car should look but in fact, this choice is actually determined by a number of physiological aspects and can give you an …

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2018 Aston Martin VANTAGE – Official Configurator GIFs + Q Palette Neons

Time for a follow–up to the fantasy colorizer.  This launch for Vantage was well planned indeed! The car is showing up in special events across the globe in person – despite just coming online officially days ago.  Fittingly, the cofnigurator is fully live and the Vantage is rumored to be sold out for first year already! Favorites include the Lime Essence launch color, a few of the Aston Designer Pre-Specced models and the new Q Palette.  Shades so wild they need their own brave champion to drive! One of these is Kermit green, which we landed on through the detailed …

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2018 Aston Martin VANTAGE – Fantasy Colorizer in 50 Candy Paints

One of 2018’s sexiest new cars has landed.  The new Aston Martin Vantage takes a quantum explosion into the future.  V8TT, tight and lithe chassis, and sparing design that relishes drama.  Here is a shark on the autobahn.  An MX-5 GT500 some might joke. But here this Vantage is so, so painfully beautiful that it makes the 911 seem trad and old.  Onward to the future of Aston. The reveal Vantage wears a very familiar Lime Essence paintwork that does what I always do.  Try to find that elusive perfect yellow-green. As Vantage strides into the future, we take a …

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BMW M4 By Cam-Shaft.de Goes Custom in Battleship Grey/Orange

Out on the ocean they say never to mess with any grey ships — and that will be a good rule at the stoplights now too. One of the worst things about this generation M3 and M4 is the color selection.  Each of the standard colors are dull while BMW Individual shades add $5k and endless order complexity.  SO of course there is a thriving aftermarket in personalizing the machines. CamShaft out of Germany did this light stage one mod with a powerchip, KW coilover suspension and vinyl body wrap.  It is a primer grey/blue with a smooth sheen unlike …

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2017 Ford Explorer Platinum 4×4 – HD Road Test Review

As recently as ten years ago, all you had to ask for was a seven-seat SUV. The options were pretty limited and you found your way into various full-size Suburbans or Expeditions. These days, car shoppers have to get a lot more specific.  There are over 50 SUV and crossover models capable of seating seven.  But they are certainly not all equally capable. The Ford Explorer aims to be one of the largest mid-size SUVs out there – one with real seating in the third row and decent luggage room with all seats up.  The Explorer is very-much an SUV versus a …

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2017 BUGATTI Chiron – Factory Tour Shows Incredible Build Process

How does one create the highest-performance vehicle in the world?  Despite being faster than any other road car once built, the Chiron takes a very measured few steps into this world.   Hand-assembly over two months and extensive testing at every step of the way is not a fast process — but is required to make sure these bleeding-edge pieces of technology are ready for primetime. And quality is critical: most of the 70 or so cars the Molsheim plant can produce annually will head to far corners of the globe.  Repairing any issues is not a simple trip down to …

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FOSTLA.de 2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus – Sunflower Matte Metallic + Self-Healing XPEL

The new R8 is available in a comically small palette of factory colors.  About the hottest one is a dark army green… and that is saying something.  Yes, the blue and red and yellow shades are on the R8 builder, but they definitely lack that last bit of supercar punch. Enter the wrapping boutique Fostla.de — forever experimenting with the latest mirrored and color films for their chic clientelle. This new look is a stunner: sunflower matte metallic vinyl wrap, protected by a layer of XPEL film all around.  This keeps the finish perfect and also adds a bit of …

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Drive Review – 2016 GMC CANYON DuraMax SLT 4WD – By Ben Lewis

    We recently tested the all-new 2016 RAV4 Hybrid. What does this have to do with the GMC Canyon Diesel? Nothing, except it does point to a trend. Fresh powertrain choices in well-established vehicles. In the case of the Canyon – ok, just this once – the 2016 GMC Canyon 4WD SLT Short Box with 2.8L DURAMAX turbo diesel 4-cylinder – it means that the mid-size pickup buyer now has the opportunity to  enjoy the diesel goodness they’ve long been denied. Diesel has always been the go-to for the big rigs, and for the heavy-duty, 250-series size pickups as …

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2016 Ford Mustang GT Coupe – By Michael Hardy

The 2016 Mustang GT is a pure performance-inspiring sports car that delivers endless fun with copious amounts of horsepower. Ford definitely got the redesign correct as the mustang sits lower and wider than before helping it cut through the wind with precision and finesse. At just over 3700 pounds, the new pony car can handle its own in today’s sports car market. The 2016 Ford Mustang GT Interior When you step foot inside the newly designed cabin you are surrounded by the leather wrapped steering wheel with all the creature comfort buttons, like cruise, radio, and phone. The leather wrapped …

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$10 Grand Per Pound! 1968 Ferrari 275 GTS/4 NART Spider = 821 New Miatas?!

This Ferrari tops the estimate lists of the upcoming RM Sotheby’s auction in Monaco next month.  The experts predict a total of about 20-million Euros, which comes to about $23-million in US monies. The scale and performance of this V12 icon are remarkably close to a 2016 MX-5 Mazda Miata.  So we thought it would be fun to show how much each costs per pound.  The results are shocking, to say the least. First off, the Miata is about 12 bucks a pound.  It weighs 100 pounds more than the Ferrari, but costs only about $28k in total. If we …

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2017 Porsche 911 Carrera S – First Drive in MIAMI BLUE! (+Videos and Color Visualizer)

It is quite unusual for a new-gen 911 with an all-new engine, freshness up front and an all-new tail to be upstaged by a simple paint color. But that is the effect Miami Blue has in the flesh! This $4k optional shade joins the new Lava Orange as the brightest, sexiest shades Porsche has offered in years.  Even the standard, no-charge colors are quite becoming on this new Carrera S, however.  The Guard Red is as traditional a color as ever, yet looks fan-tas-tic up close in the flesh.  Various dark or light headlight trims and many finishes for the …

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2016 McLaren 675LT Spider – Media Launch Brings 50 New, Real-Life Photos

  Updated 4.18.16 with 50 new photos from the sunniest part of Northern Europe…!? McLaren just set the configurator of the new 675LT Spider live on the web! The builder is tweaked versus previous McLaren visualizers — simplified and tailored for the small batch of 500 LT Spiders to be produced. Six custom configurations of exterior and interior design are grouped into themes for the launch, but eight wheel styles and three dozen other colors are on the list for standard pricing. Favorites do not include the new 675LT Spider exclusive color: Solis.  This is definitely a rich golden metallic …

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2016 BMW M2 – Animated Configurator, Colors, Pricing and Options

BMW has kept its new pocket-rocket’s configurator extremely simple!  Nearly everything is standard, and only a few choices along the way through the Ext, Int, Options menu prompts makes this unlike nearly any other BMW we’ve specced out before. Examples? Just four colors: Blue, Grey, Black and White. The only other choices?  Literally? Exec Pack for $1800 with auto highbeams and heated seats.  And a carbon-fiber interior upgrade option that seems skippable if you’re frugal. The only other choice? A six-speed manual transmission or the $2700 M-DCT paddle-shifter. Out the door in less than four minutes of configurations must mean…. …

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2017 Ford GT – Rendered COLORS Visualizer in 20 New Shades

Updated 4.6.16 with New Photos and Digitally-Rendered Images Instead of the hundreds of custom shades and multiple angles, we only have a handful of digitally-rendered color options for the exciting Ford GT supercar. Why? It has been a long week of many frantic Detroit reveals, and Photoshop prefers to crash right when you are in the middle of something great. =] We are still trying to perfect a color—> black or color —> white transformation, but it is not easy to accomplish with respectable results. But was it a total loss? Not at all! Many of the new colors are …

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2017 Bugatti CHIRON – Colors Visualizer – 50 Shades of 300mph BOSS!

Excitement around the all-new Bugatti Chiron is palpable in the car world.  Ahead of first arrivals to the lucky few owners later in 2016, we’re prepared a three-angle look at the Chiron in more than 70 different colors. Most of these are screencapped drafts along the way in Photoshop — those are in the three-column gallery below.  The main, higher-quality renderings are a single layout directly below. Interesting notes?  Beyond the 310-mph Vmax of the speedo??! How gorgeous and special the Chiron is, mostly.  The design itself is sexy, aero-honed and also quite artful.  All at once! The car has …

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Road Test Review – 2016 Ferrari California T

Any chance to drive an all-new Ferrari is enough for an epic day off.  What fantastic fortune! The 2016 California T is the facelifted and engine-swapped update of Modena’s only 2+2 cabrio.  Its $205k base price actually makes it the cheapest model in the 488, F12 and GTC4Lusso range. The numbers and noise coming from the twin-turbo 3.9-liter V8’s quad central pipes are definitely not entry-level, however! The new turbo drivetrain definitely delivers warp speed… but in a slightly delayed way that betrays this car’s split soul. Love-at-first-drive in the Ferrari California T? Sadly, no. Let’s find out why this car’s conflicted …

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@Acura: $200k NSX Is WTF, Dickslap Sticker Shock

Are you f***ing shi****** me? Talk about bait and switch. This new NSX just doubled in price somehow, overnight. What was widely thought to be an $80k PHEV supercar is suddenly carrying a $168k base price. And that is slightly stripped out. Painted wheels?  $1500.  SiriusXM carbon roof?  $6k.  CCM brakes?  $11k.  CF exterior?  $10k. It goes on and on, until the bombshell $200k total gives you a dickslap at the Summary screen. These options read like someone literally did a “times 2” excel function for the original prices.  Then pasted it down the entire column. Shocked. The colors, by …

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Slow-Motion ActionGIFs of 2017 Lambo LP580-2 Sideways Around Doha!

Lamborghini’s going sideways at full throttle!? Ahhh!  Run for your lives! Cue the screams and tire shrieks? Yes, but this time in that mid-drift orgasm.  Not some AWD beast off its leash. The LP580-2 is the first rear-drive Lamborghini since the Gallardo Balboni, and is re-engineered to be extra playful.  Frisky, sideways and thrilled about it… Despite standard AWD across the range, Lambo is not out of practise on rear-drive models.  The GT3 cars are all rear-drive and guided the new front suspension development.  We personally like the looks of the 580’s nose a bit better than the Huracan LP610-4. …

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2016 DS E-TENSE – Fantasy Color Visualizer of FULL-BALLS Supercar

2016’s confluence of new-car technology is great news for HOT supercars and concepts. Carbon Fiber for the the chassis can be the smallest of all batches: just one. And next, the freedom of an EV to package the batteries and drive motors relatively easily anywhere in the tubs.  This opens a lot of possibilities for fairly feasible ‘dream cars’ … following that dream road down from the Geneva showstand and into your garage! On that note, the 2016 DS E-TENSE is a perfect look at the R8-hunting, Tesla-scalping low-volume models that could come from the double innovations of CF and …

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2016 BMW M3 – M Livery Photos from Daytona Speedway BMW Performance Driving School

BMW is on our shitlist lately, so these photos are fairly raw and uninteresting.  But hey, sitting on a pack of   high-res photos of the 2016 M3 in tricolor M livery is impossible for any real car nut! These cars are pure street cars, despite their gorgeous M Performance Parts upgrading the kidneys to gloss black and the spoilers to exposed-weave carbon fiber. The M livery is a godsend.  Why?  Because the car’s standard colors suck. 2016 BMW M3 Motorsport Livery

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2017 Ford Explorer XLT Sport Pack Is High-Impact Styling Upgrade with Blacked-Out Trims, New LED Fogs!

  Everyone wants their new Explorer to look cool and mean, like some kind of crosso between a Raptor and a Range Rover Sport. But not everyone is willing to pay for the Explorer Sport and its V6TT engine. Solution? XLT Sport Appearance Package! Despite the awful name, the results of this very-sexy upgrade to 20-inch dark grey wheels, dark grey or black trims all around, and semi-suede sport seats are clear to see.  Still stuck with this ghastly halogen foglights, but that is a quick DIY bulb swap to LEDs if you want. I stand corrected — the XLT …

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Top 10 SUPRA-Tastic Design Details – Toyota FT-1 Concept + 88 NEW Photos

NEW FT-1 photos?  Yes ALL NEW…? Sortof. We posted these originally on laptop in Santa Cruz, and the results were iffy.  So we went back to the originals, starting again and bringing the FT-1’s details to high-res glory! The most striking things about the FT-1 in person are its captivating beauty, extremely long-hooded proportions, and intense aero detailing. A stunning car. Let’s appreciate its top 10 design details from up close. The design of the FT-1 is visibly alive.  Functional ventwort in a dozen places around all side brings the wild, swooping fenders and hood into sharp relief.  The aero cuts and ground-effect details make …

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2017 Audi Q7 Visualizer – Colors, Cabins, Pricing and Options Guide

The new Q7 is already burning up the sales charts in the Audi USA lineup! Beset as the brand is with many woes at the moment, the SUV lineup is still a shining beacon of hope.   And cash. Lots of cash! The Q7 in its all-new 2017 generation appears completely immune to the dieselgate saga.  After all, the TDI variants were only ever a 9-percent slice of the model’s sales. The new Q7 really leapfrogs its Touareg and Cayenne cousins for this generation.  Where those two are the lightest of light facelifts for 2015’s refresh, the new Q7 is …

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2017 Audi R8 V10 – USA Pricing, Colors and Spec Secrets + 40-Photo Flyaround

Fun meet/greet with the 2017 Audi R8 V10 yesterday at the Rolex Daytona 24 Hours! Fantastic to see the car out in the sun here in the USA fairly quickly since its reveal in mid-2015.  We’re seeing the car arrive to first buyers around the same time as in Europe — by the end of March in some cases.  No big lag in crossing the Atlantic, in other words. The new R8 is mysterious in person. You really have to know cars to note that this is the new model, first of all. Second of all, its new design details …

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2016 PrintTech.de Lamborghini HURACAN TRICOLORE in Brushed Chrome Flames

The world of wraps is getting very artful!  The hundreds of all-new surface finishes present opportunities to customize your car that were impossible until now.  Or at least cost prohibitive! This Print Tech GmbH creation shows the state of the art: a tricolore flag motif that skins the nose in green, the mid-section in white and the tail in red.  These chrome flame finishes are crowns by a brushed-alloy look as the protective topcoat layer. That’s not all: there are literal brushstrokes visible on these patterns.  The whole effect looks like $75k in customization… but only costs a tenth of …

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2017 Lexus LC500 COLORS Visualizer + Black Chrome Looks [150 Shades]

This post goes out to the bastards at Comcast Xfinity! Why? It was the ongoing eight-hour LAN outage today that spurred a moment of creativity in photoshop.  With whom? Our new favorite subject: the 2017 Lexus LC500! After many hours and nearly 150 shades of future super-Lexus… we are thrilled by the idea of a possible BMW collaboration under these delicious panels. The cabio also seems only a snip and slice away!  The floating roof and minimal pillars all around the back glass of the LC500 make clear this machine was designed.  HARD! The tumblehome — or that area between …

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Road Test Review – 2016 Buick REGAL GS

  We want to love the Regal GS. Its looks are crisply European, as is its dashing corner grip and unflappable high-speed poise.  But remember the old Pirelli slogan “Power is nothing without Control” ? Well, the Regal GS inspires a flip in that phrase: Control is nothing without powerrrrr. Since writing up our first test impressions of the 2015 Regal GS with “Deeply Disappointing” in the headline, we have had more than ample chances to change our tune. An invite to a Buick Regal GS track day appeared out of thin air, and then a fresh 2016 model for …

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Road Test Review – 2016 Toyota Camry XSE

2016 Toyota Camry XSE Review By Ken “Hawkeye” Glassman For decades now, The Toyota Camry has been one of the best-selling family sedans in America.  It isn’t because it does everything better than the competition, but rather it does everything well, and has built up a reputation for reliability, quality, and value.  For folks who have a hard time making a decision because they’re fearful of making a bad one, the Camry is always going to be a safe choice and one that won’t foster buyer’s remorse. It’s always easy for journalists to forget that the vast majority of the …

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5.0s, 380HP 2017 Jaguar XF-S V6 – USA Media Drive Gallery + Visualizer

Check out this stunning new design via 100 media drive photos from Sedona, Arizona. The best part of the new design?  Bringing the XF-R’s visual heat to all four engines in the US lineup. Yep: two V6 tunes and even a brand-new turbodiesel for 2017. The 2.0-liter turbo four is expected back in the USA offering for 2017, sliding a few grand cheaper than the $52k base of the new 2016 XF V6s. Both the XF 35t with 330HP and the XF-S with 380 are available with rear or AWD.  All scream to 60-mph in 5.2-seconds or quicker, too.  Mighty impressive.  The …

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2016 W Motors FENYR SuperSport COLORS – Fantasy Visualizer in 75 Custom Shades

Just a bit of fun today on New Year’s Eve: a fantasy visualizer showing the incredibly macho and modern FENYR SuperSport from W Motors. Please enjoy these 75 renders of this stellar new hypercar, plus a few scrolling animations.   2016 W Motors FENYR SuperSport COLORS

2016 Citroen E-MEHARI Is Production-Bound EV Beach Car

Think of the original 1950-1980s MEHARI Citroen like a French Volkswagen Thing. Mostly open bodywork in corrugated panels increase the monocoque strength dramatically, allowing both cars to haul much more than their car-shaped siblings. Some of the first continental pickup trucks, if you will. The 2016 model shares some of the silly and playful beach spirit of the original MEHARI, but with more focus on stressfree driving than do-it-all utility. The E-MEHARI is not a concept, and is headed for sale in France in Spring 2016. It is a full EV with (we believe) front-drive for its advanced lithium metal …

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2016 McLaren 675LT Spider – Configurator + Clubsport Package Detailed in 88 New Images

McLaren just set the configurator of the new 675LT Spider live on the web! The builder is tweaked versus previous McLaren visualizers — simplified and tailored for the small batch of 500 LT Spiders to be produced. Six custom configurations of exterior and interior design are grouped into themes for the launch, but eight wheel styles and three dozen other colors are on the list for standard pricing. Favorites do not include the new 675LT Spider exclusive color: Solis.  This is definitely a rich golden metallic in the sun, but seen online and in low light it appears to fade …

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2016 G-Class Adds New Colors, Black Packs and Designo Cabin + We Rename The Colors V Offensively

After the G-Class Crazy Colors Edition, Mercedes is pulling back a bit and going more tasteful for its latest factory-customized SUV flagships. EVEN among this color-mad photochopper… the G63 Crazy Colors are OTT.  We would need much deeper tints for the windows to venture out in Raspberry Beret Purple or Psychotic Break Green. And it appears buyers are suddenly shy and demure too. Those deep-thinking G-Class fans apparently want to class it up a bit for 2016.  Suggested names for these new colors?  Casket bronze, Arabian Racing Pyrite, Rivercorpse Blue and Dirty Diaper Brown. Just snarking…  The new shades are …

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TrendWatch – Stenciled Tires Escape Racetrack, Sex Up Ferrari and Porsche Road Cars

Here is a trend that looks set to expand bigtime in the next few years:  race-branded tire sidewalls! This trend is really in the early stages of the curve — like dark wheels were in 2007 or 2008. The only production car we can think of featuring loud tire letters and colors so far is the Lamborghini Aventador Pirelli Edition, but more are surely on the way from OEM supercar brands and tire companies alike. Until then, the real tastemakers are taking matters into their own hands. These two stunning white exotics are extensively customized by GT Auto Concepts of …

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2016 Alfa Romeo GIULIA – LA Debut + Realistic Analysis: Model May Fail at US Relaunch Mission

The new Alfa Romeo Giulia debuted in North America this week — wowing LA showgoers with its extreme, high-performance exterior and interior. Still a bit light on actual details in terms of USA arrivals, or whether sales will be handled via Maserati showrooms, as on the exotic 8C Competizione from a few years ago. Below we discuss the new model’s stout performance in the original Euro debut article. But even all these months later, the GIULIA still faces an uphill climb in the US market. Reasons for this: — huge expectations for base Giulia models based on this ultra-high-performance Quadrifoglio …

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2017 Lamborghini Huracan LP580-2 is New Rear-Drive BALBONI! Full Tech Specs

Check out the new hotness from Lambo for the LA show this week!  A rear-drive Lambo is always exciting, and this one is one of the friskiest yet: The Huracan 580. Sprint pace is 3.4-seconds to 100-kph, which is only a tenth or so behind the standard AWD model, despite lacking all that grip from the front axle. Vmax is 320-kph and the overall package is down about 70 pounds versus the LP610-4. 580HP from the dry-sumped V10 engine in back have custom-tailored drive modes, redone for 2016 as well as for this rear-drive Huracan specifically. Outside, the LP580-2 wears …

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2016 Chevrolet Camaro – SEMA Concepts Recap + Colors Visualizer

CamaroSix fever is heating up these chilly Fall days! The car is in full production and first customers may have their new wheels by Thanksgiving, and definitely by Christmas. Quite a special present for one’s self. Here is a look at the four extra concept cars Chevy slid in the back door of the SEMA 2015 show: the Camaro Performance Concept, Camaro Black, Camaro Hyper and Camaro Krypton. These offer a cool look at the potential mods and factory accessories available for the new ponycar, including an LED-edged bowtie emblem for the first time. Other Camaro accessories showcased on these …

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2016 Lexus RX350 Colors Gallery Inside and Out + 80 New Pics of New Eminent White Pearl Paint

Best exterior color for the new 2016 Lexus RX?  Eminent White Pearl! Devoted an insane amount of hours today editing just half of the RX photos we have to share — and eager to show off this gorgeous set of the RX350 in new colors inside and out. Eminent White Pearl is the name of this breathtakingly beautiful new white. The semi-gloss finish really brings all the curves and creases of the RX’s new bodywork to life. Inside, this RX350 features the new Noble Brown leather choice, paired with the Grey Sapele woodwork. These are just one choice among the …

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2016 McLaren 650S Spider Al Sahara 79 by MSO is White Gold Custom for Dubai Auto Show

McLaren Special Operations does a fantastic job of creating a sense of exclusivity and urgency with their custom models. Unlike the deeply unimpressive special Wraiths or Astons lately, MSO models appear to justify their time, effort and extra expense — to buyers and the wider car world alike.  Even though we know a 675LT Spider is coming next year, this 650S Al Sahara 79 makes clear that it is the hottest sub-P1 model in the lineup for the time being. This may explain the huge take rate for their services — especially in the Middle East. Nearly one in four …

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2016 Hyundai Tucson – Animated Colors Visualizer – All 8 Shades From Every Angle

A brief spin in the loaded Tucson Limited with its all-new turbo and dual-clutch automatic instantly confirms this will be one of the hottest-selling crossovers of 2016. It drives exceptionally well, looks premium and fairly European in its design outside and in, and is priced from just $23k at its cheapest trim. We’ve created an animated colors visualizer to give you a sense of the eight shades available on the 2016 Tucson, plus pricing and photos from the first drive video published yesterday. Style-wise, there are major incentives to move up from the base SE spec: it is the only …

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HD Track Drive Review – 2016 Cadillac CTS-V is BOSS – PDR + Exhaust Note Videos

Speechless. Muttering “ermahgerd” over and over as the 2016 CTS-V whipped into the pits of Autobahn Country Club following a five-pack of fast lead-follow laps. Smile plastered on, hands tingling and throttle foot twitching involuntary for more. This is a super-sedan of the absolute first order. M5, E63 and CTS-V are now as closely matched as any three assassins in history. 640HP from the CTS-V comes on strong, of course, but it is how clean and balanced the Cadillac is on power that really sticks with you. The CTS-V’s massive engine upgrade to a supercharged V8 has done nothing to …

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Bentley INSPIRATOR App Is World-First Intelligent Configurator with Facial-Recog Emotion Mapper

Most automotive preview or promo Apps are pretty lousy. They show a posh experience, videos and photos in a nice branded environment, but generally offer little new info you cannot find on the web. Additionally, they are all just a giant funnel to point you toward your local dealership, or to the OEM’s main website for complex configurations/specs/etc. The new Bentley INSPIRATOR iOS app just launched today with a vastly different approach: a scientific exploration of your moods, preferences and tastes — that requires few of the “next” clicks of a typical configurator. We were heavily skeptical that the app …

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2016 Mercedes-Benz G500 and G63 Add Power With New V8TTs – Euro Pricing + Tech Specs

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The worlds favorite brute ‘ute is back for 2016 with big changes under the hood! Swapping to turbo powertrains for the G500 and G63 adds a big chunk of new power and torque, while dropping weights slightly for good measure.

The all-new powertrains are paired with the latest 7-Speedshift Plus automatics for overall sprint pace improvements across the board. The G500 does the sprint in 5.9-seconds now, while the G63 is kissing 5.0-seconds on the 0-60-mph run. All-new ESP and vehicle electronics are part of the new engine packages, promising great improvements in real-world enthusiast driving.  The 100-kph sprints for the G63 is 5.4s in 2016. Going V12TT in the G65 just slices 0.1s from the time to 5.3-seconds.

All benefit from a huge charging sense of momentum and engine fury — a trait promised in the new turbo G500 as well.

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Slight tweaks outside versus the 2015 model include newly-huge wheel options on the G63, plus some snazzy new door graphics. The Crazy Colors options continue for 2016 — shown in detail on the next page of this post.  The AMG trucks continue with extra-cool side exhausts for the new year, by the way.

Pricing for the G500 entry-level US truck is likely to just top the $115k of the 2015 G550.

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News about the Mercedes-Benz G-Class: The legend lives on
Frankfurt/Stuttgart
 
Sep, 2015
 
 
All Mercedes-Benz G-Class models now offer up to 16 percent more power and up to 17 percent lower fuel consumption. The range includes the G 500 with a new, powerful 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine. All engines are compliant with the latest Euro 6 emissions standard. A new suspension setup together with more sensitive ESP® control results in increased driving stability, safety and road comfort. The exterior and interior have also been given an upgrade. The exclusive AMG EDITION 463 and the G 500 4×42 are also being launched.
Mercedes-Benz’s classic off-roader is beginning a new chapter in a success story that spans more than 35 years. With its continuously improved technology and high-class equipment specification, this all-terrain icon has consistently satisfied the highest expectations of off-road fans. True to this tradition, a new 4.0-litre directly injected V8 biturbo engine is now celebrating its world premiere in the G‑Class.
8-cylinder biturbo developed by Mercedes-AMG
The new 8-cylinder powerplant in the G 500 can point to an exclusive heritage. It is based on the new generation of V8 engines developed by Mercedes-AMG that have already coaxed exceptional levels of performance out of the Mercedes-AMG GT and Mercedes-AMG C 63. For use in the G-Class, the V8 has been modified to deliver 310 kW (422 hp) with torque of 610 Nm. Other standout attributes include a spontaneous response and high tractive powermade possible, for example, by two turbochargers, which instead of being configured on the outside of the cylinder banks, are arranged between them in the V – the so-called “hot inside V”. This layout allows a compact design, optimal response and low exhaust emissions.
High efficiency is ensured by Mercedes‑Benz’s use of piezo direct petrol injection with spray-guided combustion. Maximum strength with lowest possible weight is guaranteed by the aluminium crankcase of the V8 engine. The cylinder bore surfaces feature Daimler’s NANOSLIDE® technology, which makes them twice as hard as conventional cast-iron liners. This minimises both internal friction and fuel demand.
Technical data of the G 500
Cylinders
V8
Cylinder angle
90 degrees
Valves per cylinder
4
Displacement
3982 cc
Bore x stroke
83.0 x 92.0 mm
Cylinder spacing
90 mm
Compression ratio
10.5:1
Output
310 kW (422 hp) at 5250 to 5500 rpm
Torque
610 Nm at 2250 to 4750 rpm
Compared with the previous 5.5-litre naturally aspirated V8 unit, the new 8-cylinder biturbo engine puts out 25 kW (35 hp) more power and 80 newton metres more torque. Turbocharging results in maximum power and torque being delivered at lower engine speeds, this being to the benefit of not just tractive power and performance, but also fuel economy. The new G 500 accelerates to 100 km/h in 5.9 seconds (previously: 6.1 seconds) and has a combined NEDC consumption of 12.3 litres per 100 kilometres (previously: 14.9 l/100 km).
More power, lower fuel consumption
The engines in the other G-Class models have likewise been upgraded:

2016 Mercedes-Benz G500

  • the G 350 d benefits from a hike in output from 155 kW (211 hp) to 180 kW (245 hp), with its torque climbing from 540 to 600 Nm. The G 350 d now accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.8 seconds instead of the previous 9.1 seconds. The combined NEDC consumption drops from 11.2 litres per 100 kilometres to 9.9 l/100 km.
  • The AMG G 63 now delivers 420 kW (571 hp) instead of 400 kW (544 hp) with torque of 760 Nm.
  • Instead of 450 kW (612 hp), the 12-cylinder powerplant in the AMG G 65 now puts out 463 kW (630 hp) with torque of 1000 Nm.
The G 350 d, G 500 and AMG G 63 are equipped as standard with an ECO start/stop function that reduces fuel consumption and emissions by switching off the engine when the vehicle is at rest, e.g. in a traffic jam or at traffic lights.
As is typical of the G-Class, the new models retain the familiar sturdy basis of body and ladder-type frame, which still offers generous reserves to cope with the increased power. Also retained is the unrivalled off-road performance with permanent all-wheel drive, low-range gearbox and three differential locks that can be engaged/disengaged while on the move.
Optimised ESP®, optionally available adaptive damping system for G 500
The standard suspension setup has been revised with optimised shock absorbers for improved control of body movements and even greater on-road ride comfort.  An adapted ESP® setup makes enhanced driving dynamics possible and, as a result, increased driving stability and road safety. Optimisations to ASR and ABS result in improved traction while shortening the stopping distance when braking. The front-axle load capacity has been raised by 100 kg to 1550 kg.
In addition, the G 500 is optionally available with a new adaptive damping system with Sport and Comfort modes. This provides a significantly more agile on-road performance in Sport mode with undiminished off-road capability while at the same time reducing the typical SUV roll in corners. As already familiar from the AMG variants, the 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission in the G 350 d and G 500 models now also features a manual transmission mode. This mode, which can be conveniently activated by pressing the “M” button, allows the driver to savour the high available torque and to use the steering-wheel shift paddles to decide just when to change gear.
Enhanced inside and out
Visually, the new G 350 d and G 500 models are especially easy to identify by their restyled bumpers and now standard flared wheel arches in the vehicle colour. The G 350 d now also comes as standard with 45.7 cm (18-inch) five-spoke light-alloy wheels.
On the inside, the G 350 d and G 500 feature an eye-catching instrument cluster in two-tube look with 11.4 cm multifunction display and redesigned pointers and dials. The two AMG models, too, sport a redesigned instrument cluster.
New choice of colours
A new Colour package is available for customers wishing to give their AMG G-Class an even more personal look. There are exclusive exterior paint finishes in solar beam, tomato red, alien green, sunset beam and galactic beam. Detachable parts such as mirrors, front and rear bumpers, wheel arch extensions, the ring around the spare wheel cover as well as the roof are painted in obsidian black. The interior topstitching is colour-matched to the paintwork.
New AMG EDITION 463 special model: visible dynamics
With the new EDITION 463 special model, Mercedes-AMG is giving the G 63 and G 65 an impressive sporty look. The exquisite interior specification includes a two-tone instrument panel, two-tone seats in high-quality designo leather with side bolsters in carbon-look leather and contrasting topstitching, seat and door centre panels in a diamond look, carbon-fibre trim and door pulls in nappa leather.
On the outside, a stainless steel underguard, AMG sport stripes along the sides and a protective-strip insert in black aluminium look underscore both the dynamics and exclusivity of the special model. The G 63 is fitted with exclusive 53.3 cm (21-inch) 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels in matt black with high-sheen spokes and 295/40 R 21 wide-base tyres. The G 65 has an exquisite look with identically sized, ceramically polished 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels.
The Mercedes-Benz G 500 4×42 goes into series production
Having proved hugely popular with many customers, the G 500 4×42 show car is set to enter series production. In the superlative-studded history of the G-Class, the G 500 4×42 is the new highlight in the model range. The technical package consists of the all-wheel-drive powertrain including portal axles and the new 4-litre V8 twin-turbo engine with an output of 310 kW (422 hp).
Also new is the chassis with dual spring/damper struts and adjustable damping. In the interior of the G 500 4×42, occupants enjoy comfort and an ambience on a par with a luxury saloon. In view of the key data for the chassis and powertrain, it seems more than logical that the off-road world starts for the G 500 4×42 where other vehicles give up. The new “G” also puts in an absolutely convincing performance on the asphalt. Owing to the considerably wider track of the portal axles compared with the series-production car (+264 mm), the large 22-inch 325/55 R 22-sized wheels and the adjustable damping with its Sport mode, the enhanced G-Class drives through bends so dynamically that the occupants feel as though they are in a sports car rather than a cross-country vehicle. This also applies to outings on unsurfaced slopes or snow-bound roads, in which case the performance of a high-powered rally car kicks in.
The G 500 4×42 will be in Mercedes-Benz dealer showrooms from December 2015, with all other new G-Class models being available from September 2015.
The new models at a glance:
Model
Cyl.
cc
kW/hp
Nm
0-100 km/h
Price
in euros*
G 350 d
V6
2987
180/245
600
8.8 s
89,922.35
G 500
V8
3982
310/422
610
5.9 s
105,035.35
G 500 4×42
V8
3982
310/422
610
7.4 s
226,100
AMG G 63
V8
5461
420/571
760
5.4 s
143,216.50
AMG G 65
V12
5980
463/630
1000
5.3 s
271.915
AMG G 63
EDITION 463
V8
5461
420/571
760
5.4 s
159.341
AMG G 65
EDITION 463
V12
5980
463/630
1000
5.3 s
282,208.50

TECH SPECS

Mercedes-Benz G 500

Engine

Number of cylinders/arrangement   V8, 4 valves per cylinder
Displacement cc 3982
Bore x stroke mm 83.0 x 92.0
Rated output kW/hp 310/422 at 5250-5500 rpm
Rated torque Nm 610 at 2250 – 4750 rpm
Compression ratio   10.5:1
Mixture formation

 

Emission standard

  Spray-guided BlueDIRECT direct petrol injection with piezo-injectors, multiple injection, twin turbo

EU6

Power transmission

Transmission   7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission
Drive system

Torque distribution front/rear

  Permanent all-wheel drive, 3 differential locks

50:50

Final-drive ratio i= 4.11
Gear ratios, i=

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ratio spread

1st gear

2nd gear

3rd gear

4th gear

5th gear

6th gear

7th gear

Reverse gear

 

4.38

2.86

1.92

1.37

1.00

0.82

0.73

-3.42/-2.23

6.01

 
         

Chassis

Front axle   Rigid axle, trailing arms, Panhard rod, coil springs,
gas-filled shock absorbers, torsion-bar stabiliser
Rear axle   Rigid axle, trailing arms, coil springs, gas-filled shock absorbers
Braking system   Disc brakes all-round, internally ventilated at front
Steering   Hydraulic recirculating-ball power steering
Wheels   7.5 J x 18
Tyres   265/60 R 18 all-round

Dimensions and weights

Wheelbase mm 2850
Track, front/rear mm 1515 / 1515
Overall length mm 4764
Overall width mm 1867
Overall height mm 1954
Luggage capacity, min/max l 487 / 2126
Kerb weight acc. to DIN* kg 2595
Payload acc. to DIN kg 605
Gross vehicle weight kg 3200
Towing capacity, unbraked

braked

kg

kg

750

3500

Tank capacity l 96

Performance and fuel consumption

Acceleration 0-100 km/h s 5.9
Top speed km/h 210
Fuel consumption (NEDC combined)

CO2

Efficiency class

l/100 km

 

g/km

 

12.3

 

289

E

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* acc. to 1992/21/EC, standard equipment including driver (68 kg), luggage (7 kg) and tank 90% full

Mercedes-AMG G 63
Engine

Number of cylinders/arrangement   V8, 4 valves per cylinder
Displacement cc 5461
Bore x stroke mm 98.0 x 90.5
Rated output kW/hp 420/571 at 5500 rpm
Rated torque Nm 760 at 1750 – 5000 rpm
Compression ratio   10:1
Mixture formation

 

Emission standard

  Spray-guided BlueDIRECT direct petrol injection with piezo-injectors, multiple injection, twin turbo

EU6

 

 

Performance and fuel consumption

Acceleration 0-100 km/h s 5.4
Top speed km/h 210
Fuel consumption (NEDC combined)

CO2

Efficiency class

l/100 km

 

g/km

 

13.8

 

322

G

 

* acc. to 1992/21/EC, standard equipment including driver (68 kg), luggage (7 kg) and tank 90% full

Mercedes-AMG G 65
Engine

Number of cylinders/arrangement   12/V, 3 valves per cylinder
Displacement cc 5980
Bore x stroke mm 82.6 x 93.0
Rated output kW/hp 463/630 at 5000-5300 rpm
Rated torque Nm 1000 at 2300 – 4300 rpm
Compression ratio   9.0:1
Mixture formation

 

Emission standard

  Microprocessor-controlled petrol injection, twin turbo

EU6

 


Performance and fuel consumption

Acceleration 0-100 km/h s 5.3
Top speed km/h 230
Fuel consumption (NEDC combined)

CO2

Efficiency class

l/100 km

 

g/km

 

17.0

 

397

G

 

* acc. to 1992/21/EC, standard equipment including driver (68 kg), luggage (7 kg) and tank 90% full

 

 

 

 

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2016 Cadillac CTS-V in 50 New Pics + Colors, Wheels, Options and Pricing

Updated 7.20.15 With 40 New Photos + Option Details Cadillac’s new performance superhero is very close to buyer hands!  The firm just released a beautiful new image set from Milwaukee Art Museum and Road America racetrack in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. We also have a full look at the configurator and options for this 3.7-second M5-fighter. A base price of $84,000 can bump up to $102k with the big option packs like the carbon fiber upgrades for $5k, Recaro race seats and PDR recorder for a few thousand each. We’re surprised by the six total colors available, but happy to report …

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VOSSEN VPS-306 Alloys Mega Gallery on Ferrari 458 Italia

  A bold color vision from the Miami wheel gurus is a grand slam! Predicting that the 458 Italia would be stunning on giant forged Vossen alloys is easy. But the white bodywork, black roof and red leather cabin are almost a default look. This custom liquid fuschia wheel restpray is extremely special on the car — giving that final punch of trendy and unique style that South Beach demands. The VPS lineup are all forged right in the 305, with the stock finish a yummy gunmetal.     VOSSEN VPS-306 on Ferrari 458 Italia VOSSEN

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4K Road Test Review – 2015 Nissan Murano SL – Ultra-Modern Crossover Is World’s Smoothest SUV?

The all-new 2015 Nissan Murano takes the five-seat crossover market to a luxurious and stylish new peak. Among mainstream brands, the Murano’s $30k-$40k price range is typically occupied by either loaded compact crossovers like the CR-V and RAV4, or even tinier premium vehicles like the new Mercedes-Benz GLA and fresh 2016 BMW X1. Moving up a price class generally adds seven seats among mainstream brands (see Ford Explorer or Toyota Highlander.) The Pathfinder owns this family space quite nicely for Nissan, leaving the Murano with a meaty slice of buyer wants all to itself.  What about versus two-row SUVs like …

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2016 Cadillac CT6 Black Pack Renderings + Animated COLORS Visualizer

Updated 6.30.15 With Color Visualizer and Rendered Black Pack Cadillac is keeping the CT6 momentum building ahead of the car’s arrival near the end of 2015 as a 2016 model-year. The brand just revealed the color choices buyers will have outside, and the two inside. These interior renders are preliminary, with additional woods and leathers likely to complement the tan and black shown so far. The nine colors are all Hamptons-ready classic shades — with a subdued and wealthy palette right out of the Brooks Brothers swatch book. Our favorite by far? The new green! Dubbed Dark Emerald Metallic, this …

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Update1 – 3.9s, 510HP 2016 Alfa Romeo GIULIA Quadrifoglio Sounds Sublime On Track!

Update1 – Rendered Color TestWOW! First look at the new Alfa Giulia today leaves us floored! On-Stage Debut Romeo & Juliet appear to be in fine form these days — running sideways around 90-mph corners at the fantasy Verona racetrack! The numbers and initial details for this production-spec GIULIA (proniunced ‘Julia’) Qaudrifoglio are mouth-watering. 510 horsepower via a twin-turbocharged V6. Rear or AWD. Torque vectoring and active aero. Style to make you weak in the knees from up front. Fresh LED designs and a wide V have a sporty feel that vaguely recalls the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Concept, but …

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2015 Chrysler 200S Brings Exclusive Ceramic Blue Paint, Dark Alloys and Sport Seats

As you know from the giddy 200C review just published, the Chrysler 200 V6 is a must-drive vehicle for all mid-size sedan shoppers. It is fast, premium and tech-savvy like no other sedan in its price range, with base modes from $21,000 up to the V6 base price in the $28,000 ballpark. But one of the gripes we had is that the 200C looks very, very similar to the base models — even as a loaded V6 with AWD and the 19-inch wheels. Chrysler has an answer for folks who want an ultra-modern and chic aesthetic on their 200: the …

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2017 Ford GT – Latest 200 Photos + Digital Colors Visualizer

Updated 6.12.15 Instead of the hundreds of custom shades and multiple angles, we only have a handful of digitally-rendered color options for the exciting Ford GT supercar. Why? It has been a long week of many frantic Detroit reveals, and Photoshop prefers to crash right when you are in the middle of something great. =] We are still trying to perfect a color—> black or color —> white transformation, but it is not easy to accomplish with respectable results. But was it a total loss? Not at all! Many of the new colors are very bold and shimmery; slinky and …

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2016 Mazda CX-5 – Colors Guide – All 8 Shades From Every Angle!

  2016 Mazda CX-5 Colors   Crystal White   Titanium Flash Soul Red Jet Black Meteor Grey Blue Reflex Crystal Blue Sonic Silver        

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2016 BMW Z4 Adds Sexy Estoril Blue to Three-Model Range From $50k

The Z4 vs. Boxster battle was won by Porsche decisively in the early 2000s — with the Porsche feeling sportier and more special with only a five-percent price premium. But as the Z4 retreated from Spartanburg to be made back in Germany, a unique turnabout has taken place. The Boxster is slow and boring in 2015, with its dull and ubiquitous design inspiring not one ounce of excitement. The Z4’s sales today are a tenth of what they were at the model’s peak — while the design is now fabulously wide, low and eye-catching out in the wild. Trust me: …

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Best of Awards – 2016 Mazda CX-5 GT Is Real-Deal BMW X1 and Audi Q3 Competitor

Love at first drive … in the Mazda CX-5! First things first: what are the Best of Awards? That is our highlight for cars and trucks of the year – but given out as-needed whenever we get behind the wheel of a truly fantastic new vehicle. The Mazda3 won this acclaim last year, and the 2016 Mazda6 is on track to nab one as well. In order to rise up to the title, a car needs to be so excellent that it really knocks your socks off outside, inside and on the road. But mostly on the road, at full …

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Road Test Review – 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe LWB Ultimate

The seven-seat crossover market is a cut-throat place for carmakers. These fairly wealthy families are the bulls-eye for more than three dozen unique SUV models in 2015 — and earning big sales and market share is extremely difficult for even the best new machines. With so many choices, three-row SUVs have become the new wild west of the car biz. Explorer vs Highlander becomes the modern equivalent of a pistol duel at high noon. As such, Hyundai threw a huge amount of resources at its redesigned 2015 Santa Fe — thinking through every step of the consideration and ownership process …

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$20k 2016 Honda HR-V Arriving Now! Trims, Pricing + All Colors in Animated Turntables

Welcome to the ultimate Honda HR-V colors guide! 300-plus images, eight turntable animations and even the full pricing and trims list. The first HR-V’s are rolling into dealerships this week, but will be snapped up almost instantly by other eager shoppers. Why? Great style and design, posh cabin with cool new tech, plus pricing from a base of just $19,000 for the LX model. The EX-L Navi with AWD and an automatic transmission tops out the model range around $27,000. Our pick? The most-loaded manual transmission model in EX FWD form. With the cool available machined alloys and the Sport …

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2015 Porsche 919 Hybrid Adds Black and Red LeMans Liveries in 917K Salute

Porsche is extremely eager to show how fast and reliable its 2015 919 Hybrid is in the marquee endurance race of the year: LeMans. Just 18 days from now, a trio of Porsche 919s will battle a mad pack of Audi R19 racecars, the secretive 2015 Toyota LMP1 update, and an all-new contender: the Nissan GT-R LM Nismo. This front-drive Nissan is a real wildcard in the tech blueprint adopted by the other big three: rear-mid-engine with electric front-axle AWD. The Porsche 919 Hybrid looks extremely similar to last year’s car, but features dramatic updates under the skin. The core …

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2016 Koenigsegg REGERA – Rendered Colorizer in 100 Images from 2 Angles

These colorizers are pretty hard work. It is very tricky to accomplish a new car color with anything near photo-real results. Plus, every image requires some unique steps and fiddling. But we are thrilled to present the results here: the incredible new Koenigsegg Regera in 100 never-before-seen colors. As we suspected, the mellow silver/blue of the show car is one of its weak points. As you can see in these eye-popping shades, there is a stunning design under there. Enjoy the below visuals. Everything from Dubai-style flashes of yellow to London greys and St. Tropez tans help the new Regera …

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Fast Drive Video Review – 2016 Acura ILX Is Shockingly Fun and Fast With New 8-Sp DCT

2016 Acura ILX Review HD Drive Video We’d wager that no auto writer has been harder on Acura over the years than Car-Revs-Daily.com. A headline for some TLX renders last year wondered aloud: “How Much More Wood Can Acura Woodchuck Chuck.” That is seriously harsh. But as the TLX was revealed with the same much-hated shield grille… we could not help but vent some frustration. Fast forward to driving the TLX and its new ILX kid brother. We have to correct the record. Acura is on a mission, folks. Its two latest cars introduce exceptional new drivetrain tech and the …

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Road Test Review – 2015 Chevrolet Trax LT on HD Video + Colors, Wheels and Pricing

  As you move up in the world, there are certain luxuries in life that are total game-changers. Things that make it impossible to go back once you have experienced their brilliance. As a young buck moving from the college dorms into a small first apartment, you have a hard gig in life overall. You might not even have a dishwasher or a washer and dryer in your unit. Typing this now in my 30’s, the idea of living without such modern conveniences is almost unfathomable. Going back to a laundromat two blocks away or a musty basement of half-functional …

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2016 Ferrari 488GTB – All Colors + Animated Visualizer in 300 Images!

The new Ferrari 488 GTB configurator is live and stunning! Fantastic new design details in the 458 –> 488 update are visible in these 3D animated visuals. Two dozen colors, six wheel styles, brakes and carbon upgrades galore. The builder is actually a new setup as well, with streamlined options that let you fly through the process or customize every element, based on your preferences. (Some previous Ferrari builders have been a ‘next’ ‘next’ type of affair in your browser, while this one lets you scroll down to new menu elements.) Favorite design elements of the new mid-engine hotness? 1. …

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Digital Colorizer – Superleggera Berlinetta Lusso in 25 Fantastic New Hues!

If you are among the five lucky individuals to own a Berlinetta Lusso from Touring Superleggera, you have some choices to make ASAP! Colors inside and out are obviously completely open to customization — the car being hand-built by one of the most famous Italian carrozzeria’s in the world. Here are 25 new shades via photoshop to start the creative juices flowing! Superleggera Berlinetta Lusso Colors            

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2015 Ferrari California T by Tailor Made Evokes Hollywood Royalty of ‘Grigio Ingrid’ 375MM

There is a timeless elegance associated with Hollywood and the global jetset enjoying 1950s Italy. Thanks to commercial aviation — the world’s elite could now, for the first time in history, vacation in far more exotic locales efficiently and without any month-long boatrides there and back. This magical era of big-budget Hollywood movies also was the first time films would be distributed globally as well, thanks to advances in projector and film reel affordability. Upon arrival in Capri or St. Tropez, the stars of the day fell hard for all the accoutrements of the Italian luxury lifestyle — including Ferrari’s. …

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