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The Dodge Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcat are so popular, Chrysler doubles production
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Some great news of success is ringing in from Chrysler as demand for the Dodge Challenger Hellcat and Dodge Charger Hellcat has forced production to be doubled at FCA’s respective plants. It appears the concerns for fuel economy and excessive consumption aren’t as dead as the media portrays.

Click here for our original posts on the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat and Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.

More examples of the class-leading 707hp beasts will be produced at Chrysler’s plant in Brampton, Ontario, Canada, where the proper measures are being taken to ready more production capacity by September.

And although Chrysler will be ramping up production of the Hellcat twins, some customers are still having to wait for their examples as the reserve list is still quite extensive. But when you’re waiting for a rather special muscle car with a bespoke 6.2L supercharged HEMI V8, we’d understand the wait.

For the press blast, check it out after the jump.

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Photo Rendering: Here’s one pitch at what the next-gen 370Z could look like

The Nissan 370Z is certainly beginning to show its age, given the fact that it’s been with us since 2008 as a 2009 model. And with basic math that even I can calculate–given how terrible of an Asian I am–this means the 370Z would be turning eight years old next year, which is just about on the cusp of most generational spans of any car.

As a result, we should be expecting an all-new generation of Nissan Z very soon. The last we heard about the new Nissan Z was that it’s going to be styled to closely resemble the original Datsun 240Z, tracing its bloodline back to the car that started it all. And to suggest what the new Nissan Z could look like, is renowned graphic artist Theophilius Chin.

So far, hints indicate a targa roof version should be the first to arrive, a new addition to the preexisting coupe and convertible variants, with those being launched later in the new Z’s life.

What should we expect under the hood? A new Mercedes-Benz-sourced 2.0L turbocharged four, mated to an electric motor and a seven-speed automatic for a combined output of 247hp as the base model. A high-performance version will feature the Z’s traditional V6, though detuned to 3.0L–also sourced from Merc.

A launch is expected to occur later this year at the Tokyo Motor Show in October.

– By: Chris Chin

Source: Theophilus Chin


Exclusive: More details surface regarding Hyundai’s new pickup truck
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When the 2015 North American International Auto Show occurred, Hyundai surprised the audience and media with their Santa Cruz Concept, their first-ever pitch to a possible pickup truck from the South Korean automaker. And the reactions and feedback leaned on the side of positive a lot more than expected–so much in fact that Hyundai’s actually seeking to pursue this prospect for production.

Hyundai recently proved time over time to show improvement with the turn of every generation of their models, from making highly competitive mainstream automobiles, to successfully producing their first-ever globally-accepted full-size and midsize luxury sedans, the Equus and Genesis. So in our minds, we don’t doubt their capability of pulling a competitive pickup truck.

As a result, we exclusively heard the Santa Cruz should be ready for approval later this year at the launch of the 2016 Tucson recently, as CEO Dave Zuchowski was explaining Hyundai’s intent to build more factories around the world to support the relentless demand for crossovers. In the process, they’ll slowly prepare their production lines for this new Santa Cruz.

Not much else is known about the production variant to the Santa Cruz, but Zuchowski reassured that feedback was strong enough to make a compelling business case for Hyundai to take the prospect seriously.

Are you excited and intrigued about Hyundai’s first-ever pickup truck? We are too. Would you like it to be a unibody for versatility and car-like performance? Or would you rather it be more truck–like with a body-on-frame construction and better utility?

Let us know below!

– By: Chris Chin

Source: Hyundai


Report: The Toyota Camry is apparently about to have its V6 replaced by a turbo-four

Downsizing and forced-induction is the hot and new trend, in addition to crossovers, man-buns, and hairy women armpits.

And while many mainstream auto manufacturers are taking almost extreme steps to boost their CAFE fuel economy ratings, several automakers have been able to maintain the production of larger engine options for certain models, namely the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord. Both have made it this far to still offer stonking naturally-aspirated V6s for those who are still power hungry, while their main competitors have relegated propulsion to the use of turbocharged or naturally-aspirated fours.

However, it seems Toyota might not be able to sustain the production and use of their silky smooth and powerful V6 for much longer as tightening fuel economy regulations might eventually force the retirement of the Camry’s V6, in favor of a turbocharged inline-four, of course.

This totally makes sense given the fact that Toyota recently revealed their first turbocharged four-banger in quite some time, which first showed up in a couple of new Lexus models, like the new NX compact crossover and now, the newly updated 2016 Lexus IS. Just to compare the two powerplants for sensible purposes, the 2.0L turbo-four in the new Lexus models produces 235hp and 258 lb-ft of twist while the Camry’s 3.5L V6 makes 268hp and 248 lb-ft of twist.

No matter how powerful the turbo-four gets, this will make us miss the smooth and robust power delivery of Toyota’s ubiquitous V6–and the noise it makes.

– By: Chris Chin

Source: AutomotiveNews


Video: This Texas couple might have the largest Dodge Viper collection ever

People will collect anything these days and some die-hard collectors will collect a lot of a particular something, whatever that something is that they’re obsessed over.

Well, a Texas couple has an obsession with Dodge Vipers, so they have not one, not two, but 77 Vipers. Seventy seven. And recently, they just acquired two more to bring the total tally up to 79.

The reason to add another to the collection was to take advantage of Dodge’s customization program for the Viper, a process that allows prospective buyer to customize their new purchase in almost every single way possible. The result was a new brown Viper GTC with a dual-black stripes and a purple Viper TA 2.0 with silver stripes.

And of course, owners Wayne and D’Ann Rauh colloquially call their collection, the “Viper’s Nest.”

Check out the video after the jump.

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Offbeat: Man crashes after being distracted by…a litter of kittens?

Ok ok, we know cats and the Internet go hand-in-hand for being one of the best sources of distractions from the grinds of our daily lives. But they’re not exactly meant to be so distracting that they cause you to crash, which is literally what happened to a South Nashville driver.

According to The Tennesseean, a man crashed into a utility light pole, knocking out power to nearly 400 residents in the area after being distracted by…a litter of kittens in his car.

We get it, some of you, like your Editor-In-Chief here, can’t help but be swayed by some of the cutest, most adorable animals on the planet. But like texting or talking on the phone while driving, a distraction is a distraction.

Luckily, the driver managed to walk away from the accident with minor injuries and the report indicates that none of the kittens were injured in the incident either. Power was later restored to those 400 residents.

– By: Chris Chin

Source: The Tennessean


Photo Rendering: Is this what a production Toyota FT-1 Concept could look like?

Graphic artist Theophilus Chin (no, for the billionth time, we’re not related) is back at it again with his idea and rendering of what a production Toyota FT-1 Concept could look like. Yup, that would be the supposed Toyota Supra a la BMW-Toyota collaboration we’ve been told to expect for a few years already.

The last we heard of this project was in June, where a trademark filing for the name, “S-FR,” was discovered. That report however didn’t really provide much in the way of any more revealing details about this new Supra successor we’ve been hyped up to expect. Speculation about a BMW-sourced 3.0L turbocharged inline-six with 335hp and a plug-in hybrid version with 473hp remains unchanged.

Either way, Mr. Chin’s rendering gives us a basic idea as to what to expect if the FT-1 Concept was toned down for production reasons, all in the name of meeting safety regulations and standards.

What do you think?

– By: Chris Chin

Source: Theophilus Chin

 


Report: A 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is a “Hellcat” version waiting to happen

Not too long ago, we received a whiff of some news regarding the possibility of a Hellcat-ified version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, a one-up version to the full-fledged SRT8 version.

And now, according to CARandDRIVER, it seems the idea is going to happen with the version surfacing as the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.

The premise is simple: take a Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8, swap out the 470hp 6.4L HEMI V8 with the Dodge Challenger and Charger Hellcat’s 707hp 6.2L supercharged HEMI V8, beef up the brakes, suspension, and chassis, and voila–an American SUV that will most likely be the fastest of its kind in the entire market.

Sounds like a great idea right? But that’s not all as a “base” Trackhawk model is speculated to replace the aforementioned SRT8 version with an upgraded variant to the naturally-aspirated 6.4L HEMI V8 with around 475hp.

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Details galore dropped on the highly-anticipated 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Duramax Diesel
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Before General Motors revealed the new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon duo, we all thought the midsize pickup was dead, done-for, on its way to extinction like its other fellow domestic stablemates, the Dodge Dakota and the Ford Ranger, despite the fact that the Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma soldiered on with little to no issue (and still do).

But thanks to GM seeing potential in the market for a smaller pickup alternative that’s easier to live with over their full-size versions, the Colorado and Canyon have been taking off well. And to provide even more promise, General Motors confirmed to be offering the two with an all-new 2.8L Duramax turbodiesel engine–the only car in its class to offer a light-duty diesel motor.

Now, that model is finally here, and ready to two 7,700lbs with just 2WD. And while the 2.8L Duramax’s 181hp doesn’t sound like it’s really up to hauling that much, it’s bolstered by a whopping torque figure of 369 lb-ft of twist. That’s of course in tandem with the standard HydraMatic 6L50 six-speed automatic and standard 3.42 rear axle. The transmission also comes with a special Centrifugal Pendiulum Vibration Absorber in the torque converter (say wha?). We’ll just keep it simple by saying it reduces powertrain noise and vibration for better road NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) levels.

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The Ferrari 488 Spider is here with a whopping amount of power and droptop fun
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Ferrari kept things rather subtle when it just recently revealed the highly-anticipated 488 Spider, which is basically a 488 but with its head chopped off. And a subtle reveal it may be, that’s because the 488 Spider’s reveal is scheduled for a full debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

As expected, the 488 Spider utilizes the same motor as the hardtop version, a model already described as the most powerful mid-rear engined V8 car ever from the Italian Prancing Horse. That mill is a 3.9L twin-turbocharged V8 with around 665hp and 560 lb-ft of twist in its reserves, catapulting the 488 Spider to 62 mph in just three seconds. It’ll take only 8.7 seconds to zoom past 124 mph.

Ferrari also boasts that the 488 Spider is the slickest Ferrari through the air ever, by being the most aerodynamically efficient Ferrari spider ever built. It also weighs about 25kg or 55lbs lighter than the outgoing 458 Spider.

Sales are expected to commence later this year.

For the press blast, check it out after the jump.

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