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Video: Brace yourselves – Lexus’ hoverboard to debut this week on Aug. 5th

Lexus has been slowly teasing one of their latest innovations as of late, and no, it’s not car related.

Instead, Lexus is looking to make a Back to the Future idea a reality–the hoverboard. Yes, an actual, fully-functioning hoverboard, which is said to work using liquid-nitrogen-cooled superconductors to create a magnetic field strong enough to levitate the board and provide a totally friction-free experience.

Though Lexus didn’t confirm whether or not witchcraft was involved.

Either way, the new teaser is available and it’s after the jump. Mark August 5th on your calendars as well, since that’s when Lexus will give us the full beans.

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The US-spec 2016 Lexus IS gains two new engines
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Lexus has been implementing some new changes for the 2016 IS all around the world, such as the introducing their new 2.0L turbocharged four-banger, which first debuted on the all-new NX crossover.

Now, as expected, the 2016 Lexus IS gains that motor, plus a revised 3.5L V6.

Replacing the 2.5L naturally-aspirated V6, the base IS now comes as the IS200t, coinciding with the placement of the new 2.0L turbo four in the IS, which produces 241hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. And that gets sent to the rear wheels via Lexus’ latest eight-speed automatic transmission.

For the more power-hungry folks, like yours truly, there’s a new middle grade IS 300. That comes with the aforementioned 3.5L V6, but is tuned to produce only 255hp and 236 lb-ft, powering all four wheels with all-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic.

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Report: The Lotus Elise will make a triumphant return to the US in 2020
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Have you been missing the Lotus Elise? Well, so have we and to cure the US of its withdrawal from one of Lotus’ signature compact mid-engined sports cars, Lotus may end up reintroducing the Elise to our shores, according to AutomotiveNews.

Lotus’ Elise and Exige models were pulled from the North American market in 2011 after new safety regulations were implemented and Lotus’ exemptions expires. The Evora faced similar issues, where it was removed from the US market for one model year due to new airbag regulations, but has since returned as the Evora 400 for the 2015 model year.

Not much is known about the future Elise, except that it should be designed to meet all of America’s safety standards by 2020. Lotus still technically sells Elise and Exige models, however they are not road legal.

– By: Chris Chin

Source: AutomotiveNews


Report: A top-spec Audi SQ7 is going to happen with a 4.0L TDI diesel V8
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Dutch publication Autoblog.nl recently heard from some insiders at Audi, who hinted at the possibility of a new flagship Q7 with a honkin’ 430hp 4.0L TDI diesel V8.

Some rumors about a top-spec, high-performance Q7 have been floating around for some time as a way to compete with the likes of the BMW X5 M and the Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 crossover.

In addition to 430hp, because a diesel mill is supposedly under development, we could also expect enough torque to slow the Earth’s rotation–at least 705 lb-ft of twist is guesstimated to come from this new TDI V8.

This crazy-powerful V8 doesn’t seem too far-fetched either as BMW was recently rumored to be working on a quad-turbo diesel V8, so the diesel power wars are beginning to heat up for sure. Not much else is known about Audi’s new V8 TDI mill in the new SQ7, but the SQ7 was described to have a 0-62 benchmark time of around 5.5 seconds.

A debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show is also speculated to happen.

– By: Chris Chin

Source: AutoBlog.nl


Report: Next-gen Toyota GT86 to get hybridized with F1-style KERS system

Some new news rings from Motoring, supposedly regarding the next-gen Toyota GT86, which will happen, despite having some initial setbacks with sales for the first generation (sadly).

According to the Australian outlet, who spoke with some insiders at Toyota, the next-generation GT86 will happen and will come with an F1-style KERS system, or Kinetic Energy Regeneration System. Similarly to how recharging works with hybrids, the KERS system converts kinetic energy into electricity, to either recharge the battery or provide for an electric motor.

This could imply the new GT86 could get hybridized, which has been a floating rumor for quite some time. Furthermore, Motoring claims the new GT86 should be powered by a 1.5L turbocharged four-banger modeled after Mazda’s 1.5L SKYACTIV four, with 188hp in the reserves.

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The 2016 Honda Odyssey gets a special edition model called the…uh…Special Edition
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Honda’s giving the 2016 Odyssey a special treatment to create the 2016 Honda Odyssey Special Edition.

What’s so special about it? Well, besides the lack of creativity with the name (could be a blessing or a curse), the 2016 Honda Odyssey Special Edition just receives an array of additional standard equipment, including a rear-entertainment system, a 115-volt power outlet and standards SiriusXM.

It also comes with Honda’s featured built-in vacuum cleaner integrated into the rear trunk area, to cleanup any possible mess made by any impatient and restless youngens.

Though mechanically, the Odyssey remains unchanged with Honda’s latest Earth Dreams 3.5L V6 with 248hp and 250 lb-ft of torque and a six-speed automatic.

Want to feel special with your own Special Edition Odyssey, head on over to your dealer starting August 4th and have $33,375 ready.

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Report: The new Nissan LEAF could spawn a crossover model

Nissan may have kept their LEAF project to a small scale, but so is not the plan for the next generation model as AutoCar learned Nissan could spawn a new crossover based off of the new LEAF.

This seems like a sensible move given that any crossover today is pretty much a hot topic and one produced at the same affordable level as the original LEAF could make treehuggers go wild with joy.

The second generation LEAF is supposedly due for a launch sometime in 2017 with a concept surfacing next year. The standard LEAF should take form as a five-door hatchback, like the current model, while the crossover is expected to be that, but with higher ground clearance and a more commanding view of the road.

Thanks to improvement to technology both with electric motors and batteries, a range of 249 is anticipated from the new LEAF. Given that a crossover model will be larger and heavier, it could sport a shorter total maximum range since it’s unknown whether or not the crossover version will get a more powerful battery or motor.

– By: Chris Chin

Source: AutoCar


The Chevrolet Corvette Z06 gets tuned to 757hp by Callaway
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Callaway and Chevrolet Corvette go together like Mercedes-Benz and Brabus or Ford and Saleen and as a result, it was only a matter of time until the all-new Chevrolet Corvette Z06 got massaged by the famous tuning firm.

And that’s exactly what happened recently as Callaway revealed the official results of their newly tuned Corvette Z06. For the cost of $16,995 on top of the original purchase price of the Chevrolet Corvette Z06, Callaway will give your Z06 an extra 107hp and 127 lb-ft of twist from the stock motor’s 6.2L supercharged V8. The total result is an eye-watering, Dodge Hellcat-busting 757hp and 777 lb-ft.

Any more and Callaway Chevrolet Corvette Z06 could probably form its own gravity field.

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Report: Alfa Romeo’s own crossover SUV should surface in 2016
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Alfa Romeo may be officially back in the United States, technically beginning with the sale of the 8C Competizione and soon with the highly-anticipated Alfa Romeo Giulia sedan. But that’s not all as Alfa also plans to take advantage of the insane crossover demand, according to AutomotiveNews.

This is part of Alfa’s plans to reveal and launch up to eight new models by 2018. The new Giulia and this new crossover count as two of these eight new models.

So far, the Italian luxury automaker has plans to reveal their own crossover sometime in mid-2016 with sales commencing in 2017 here in the states. It’ll be of the compact luxury type, meaning Alfa’s first crossover will be built and released to compete with the BMW X3, the Mercedes-Benz GLC, and the Audi Q3. Internally named Project 949, speculation points to the Kamal Concept from 12 years ago for inspiration.

Though not much else is known about Project 949, other than it sounds like something that would be secretly in the works by Porsche. Either way, FCA’s Sergio Marchionne has a goal to sell at least 400,000 Alfas globally, but not all of the eight new models will make it to our shores.

– By: Chris Chin

Source: AutomotiveNews


Report: Amazon reportedly paid $250 million to snag Jeremy Clarkson and gang

If you’ve been living under a rock lately and are a fan of Top Gear UK, some big news happened with the three hosts, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, James May, and producer Andy Wilman.

The group officially signed a deal with Amazon Original streaming services for an apparent lump sum of $250 million, according to Financial Times.

This totally makes sense for the three most watched TV hosts for any factual show in the world, plus producer genius, Andy Wilman. When you’re that popular, someone’s obviously willing to pay.

At the end, Amazon won the bid, beating out American-based service, Netflix, and even ITV.

So far, the new show is expected to debut next year through Amazon Prime online all over the world.

– By: Chris Chin

Source: Financial Times