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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Now this may not seem like it’s very car-related, but because one of the many byproducts produced by the automotive industry is also the same substance that continues to give it a bad reputation, carbon dioxide emissions are totally car-related.
That said, one of the many efforts to reduce the automobile’s impact is to reduce its carbon footprint, or how much carbon dioxide they emit from propulsion as part of the process of internal combustion using fossil fuels. But what if we found a way to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in our air by just sucking it out?
Calgary-based firm Carbon Engineering apparently has the answer with a new, cost-effective carbon dioxide filter system that literally extracts carbon dioxide from the air in our atmospher using a PVC-based filtration system, constantly whetted by a special liquid to create a carbonate solution. Carbon dioxide can then be extracted from the carbonate solution and the solution can be recycled back into the filter where it can be used again for the same purpose.
Not too long ago, the automotive conglomerate was recently hit with a massive fine following penalties involving an investigation by the NHTSA over older Jeep products with vulnerable fuel tanks in the event of a rear-end collision, especially if they’re equipped with tow hitches.
But to add salt to that wound, Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles is being forced into the largest buyback program ever for a separate issue involving recalls for specific Ram truck and Dodge SUV models made from 2008-2012 following a long list of complaints.
In 2013, Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles issued a massive recall of around 580,000 Ram pickups and Dodge SUVs, but so far, according to their documentation, only about half of those have been fixed properly. As a result, FCA will buy back all the cars that haven’t been fixed for a price equal to the original purchase price, following an adjustment to factor in depreciation, plus an additional ten percent.
Mercedes-AMG is readying their hotly-anticipated C63 Coupe and in traditional fashion of building hype, Mercedes-AMG has been slowly releasing a trickle of teasers for the new C63.
Just recently, the official tuning firm of Mercedes-Benz dropped some more photos, revealing the C63 Coupe a little more, which is still clad in its test-mule paint scheme. Either way, it gives us all a closer look at the exterior shape of Merc’s BMW M4 fighter.
As expected from previous version of AMG cars, the C63 Coupe will follow in the footsteps of its four-door sibling, which means the same Mercedes-AMG twin-turbocharged 4.0L V8 with 503hp and 516 lb-ft of twist in the S model, while the lesser version produces 469bhp and 479 lb-ft of twist. That should allow the C63 AMG S to sprint to 62 mph in just 3.9 seconds with its top speed pegged at 180 mph by an electronic limiter.
The date for reveal is set for August 19 while its physical debut is scheduled for the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
– By: Chris Chin