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Report: Aston Martin to adopt turbochargers for its next DB9

Aston Martin’s in the midst of giving their lineup and entirely and much-needed makeover.

And part of these plans include adopting forced-induction technology to help improve fuel economy without sacrificing power. That said, CAR reports Aston Martin should be adopting turbochargers for its next DB9 replacement, which could be called the DB11.

The plan is to stick with the same 6.0L V12 built at Ford’s Cologne plant in Germany, though it’ll be reengineered to feature turbochargers to allow for a power increase from the curren’t version’s 517hp and 458 lb-ft of torque.

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Report: Next Ferrari V12 to forgo turbocharging for hybridization

If you haven’t been noticing recently, Ferrari’s been jumping on the forced-induction train for a lot of their new models. Firstly, we had the California T and now the 488GTB.

And if you were thinking Ferrari probably has plans to add snails and some intercoolers to their next V12, you’d actually be wrong. AutoCar reports the Italian Prancing Horse will resort to hybrid technology instead of turbos for its new V12. That means it’ll most likely feature a newer and more up-to-date HY-KERS system as found in the LaFerrari.

Above all of that, the V12 will remain to be naturally-aspirated.

Specifics weren’t shared, but speculation points to up to around 700hp from the new setup.

Source: AutoCar

Report: Mercedes-Benz will be building…a pickup truck?? [UPDATE – CONFIRMED]

UPDATE: Mercedes-Benz officially confirmed a pickup truck from them will be in production by the end of the decade. Check out the press release after the jump!

It’s really not often that automakers will step outside their boundaries to make cars that they’re not really known for…actually, yes it is, what are we saying?

Case in point, Porsche was known to be the king of precision, yet affordable (relatively) and usable everyday super coupes and convertibles. But in the 2000s, they came from left field to introduce the Cayenne, which ended up being the automaker’s top-selling model and breadwinner, so that they could make enough different types of 911s and Boxsters to confuse everyone.

Draw a parallel with pickup trucks and Mercedes-Benz now–neither of the two are known to coincide with each other. But that’s apparently about to change, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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Spy Shots: The top-spec Jaguar F-Type SVR test mule spotted
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In January, we caught wind of an even more powerful Jaguar F-Type called the SVR, expected to unseat the R as the top dog of the range. Thanks to AutoExpress, we now have a face to put with the name. The SVR will reportedly feature an uprated version of Jaguar Land Rover’s supercharged 5.0-liter V8, generating 600 hp. If that holds true, it’ll make the SVR the most powerful Jag on sale upon release.

If those shots look familiar – and not simply because the SVR is very obviously an F-Type – it’s because the new flagship roadster appears to have taken inspiration from the limited-production Project 7. The front fascia and unusually massive lip spoiler (for a road car) have been carried over in this prototype. Unlike the 7, however, power from the SVR’s supercharged V8 is sent to all four wheels. You also won’t find a D-Type-esque roll hoop behind the driver’s head. That’s a shame; it was a callback to Jag’s racing history that surprisingly looked right at home on the 7.

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Offbeat: Driver ticketed for attempting the HOV lane with the ‘Most Interesting Man in the World’

Commuting to work can become a chore, which is why the HOV lane exists–to encourage carpooling to reduce the volume of vehicles during peak hours.

But during those specific hours, the HOV lane exists only for those with at least two or more extra passengers. And those passengers ought to be real, even if its the “Most Interesting Man in the World,” or a cardboard cut-out of one.

That’s what a man in Washington state tried to do on a Monday morning earlier this week. When stopped by a Washington State Patrol, the driver replied: “He’s my best friend.”

The cut-out was confiscated, but a $124 ticket was issued. And to recognize the humor in the situation, the agency even tweeted: “I don’t always violate the HOV lane law … but when I do, I get a $124 ticket.”

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Video: Toyota puts together a tribute video for Jeremy Clarkson

The era of Top Gear as we know it may be over because of Jeremy Clarkson’s termination.

It’s a sad day really for the automotive world. And to reflect on some of the ways Clarkson has influenced all of us car lovers, Toyota decided to put a little video homage together paying tribute to the famed presenter, highlighting some of the ways Clarkson interacted with Toyota.

Of course, over the years, Clarkson tried to destroy a Hilux, then him and May drove across the Arctic Circle in one. He loves the GT 86 but obviously, we all know his opinion on the Prius.

Either way, it is a sad end to a wondrous career in all of broadcast television.

Check out the video after the jump. You might want to grab some Kleenex while you’re at it…

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Kia teases the new 2016 Optima ahead of its debut in New York
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Kia’s bringing a new Optima to New York next week and already, we’ve gotten an idea as to what it should look like from the SportSpace Concept.

Now however, an official stock photo apparently got leaked of the new Optima sedan, and as anticipated, it resembles the SportSpace very closely.

Like that concept, the Optima gains the looks to move more upmarket in the segment, offering a more premium ambiance and profile. But like the outgoing Optima, it’s just flat-out a very good looking sedan. And we can thank Kia’s in-house designer, Peter Schreyer for that.

Power is to be supplied by a similar range of Hyundai-sourced engines as with the current model, which means a 1.6L turbocharged four, a naturally-aspirated 2.4L four, and a top-spec 2.0L turbo version. Europe should get a new 1.7L diesel-hybrid setup.

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Land Rover to bring a Range Rover Sport HST limited edition model to the Big Apple
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Land Rover decided to join the party in New York next week by introducing a new Range Rover Sport of limited replication.

It’s called the HST and it takes a base Range Rover Sport and adds more, such as more power.

Using the base model’s 3.0L supercharged V6 from Jaguar, it’s been reworked to offer 380hp vs. 340, making it closer in output to the last generation model’s 5.0L V8.

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Mercedes-Benz confirms the plan to introduce 10 new plug-in hybrids by 2017

Mercedes-Benz is on a plug-in hybrid binge and officially confirmed to be prepping up to 10 new plug-in hybrid models by 2017.

The plan comes after automakers are continuously being burdened by fuel economy and CO2 emissions mandates and along with the new models, Mercedes-Benz will be coloquially naming their PHEVs models with an “e” suffix at the end of each model designation. For example, the new C-Class plug-in hybrid is named the C350e rather than the C350 Plug-In Hybrid.

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The all-new 2016 Jaguar XF is here before its New York debut
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Brace yourselves, for an all-new cat is in town by way of Jaguar in the form of a second-generation 2016 XF.

Due for a reveal in New York next week, the new 2016 Jaguar XF sedan is the next chapter in Jag’s current line of midsize luxury sports sedans, running with the BMW 5-Series, Audi A6, Lexus GS, Cadillac CTS, and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

Lots of new changes have been implemented, for instance, the XF’s body now consists of around 75 percent aluminum, allowing for a diet of around 132 pounds for the rear-wheel drive version while the all-wheel drive loses a massive 265 pounds. The results are improved all around: better handling, better performance, braking and fuel economy.

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