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Offbeat: Mr. Bean celebrated 25th anniversary by arriving outside Buckingham Palace atop his Mini w/ video

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If you don’t know who Mr. Bean is, then we’d venture to guess that you had a very sheltered childhood since Rowan Atkinson’s most famous role in television happened 25 years ago.

To celebrate this anniversary and to commemorate it, Mr. Bean decided to roll up ridin’ dirty on top of his famous, lime-green 1976 British Leyland Mini 1000 outside Buckingham Palace earlier today–rope and extended mop controls and all.

If you followed Mr. Bean, you’d remember the episode where he perched himself on top of his Mini simply because the insides of his car were just stuffed to the edges, with stuff, to the point where he couldn’t even fit himself in the driver’s seat.

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Mattel’s Hot Wheels reckons the force be with you through some Star Wars-inspired Dodge Chargers

Some big news in Hollywood has Star Wars fans cheering about with the next installation in the franchise on the way, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

That said, such a big blockbuster isn’t going to have cooperative brands sit on the sidelines so thus, Dodge teamed up with Mattel’s Hot Wheels to launch a fleet of Star Wars-inspired Dodge Chargers with custom paint jobs, mimicking the black and white color scheme of the famous Imperial Stormtroopers of Darth Vader’s Galactic Empire.

The idea is to provide real-life examples of a new line of 1:64 scaled models soon to be launched for toy collectors of both the car- and Star Wars-type. In addition to the black-and-white theme, they also have tinted windows, black alloy wheels, and a white windscreen upper decal, we assume to mimic the look of the Stormtrooper helmet.

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Report: The Fiat 124 and Abarth successors to be quite different from each other

One of the more exciting prospects to come from Fiat is the revival of the famous (or infamous, depending how you view them) 124 Spider, rumored to be built on the latest Mazda MX-5 platform in a recent agreement between the two brands.

Due for a launch in 2016 as part of an aggressive 30-model plan strategy concocted by Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles, the 124 Spider is said to be launched with two forms, the standard 124 Spider version and a high-performance Abarth variant.

And while the two might be built using the same formula, they couldn’t be any further apart from each other, according to AutoCar, who got the scoop on the two new roadsters.

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Tesla’s new Model 3 should be revealed in March, to cost a cool $35,000

Tesla Motors has been known to be working on several key new models to help the automaker expand its lineup. One of them is the recent Model X crossover and the other is a new BMW 3-Series variant, the new Model 3.

That said, Tesla hopped on their Twitter wire to tweet that the new Model 3 is scheduled for a reveal in March of next year and should cost $35,000 when it goes on sale.

There is a sad bit of news to this however as Tesla apparently said the production variant is still around two years away since Tesla’s Gigafactory is still being modified and built to handle the capacity for production.

No specific power or range figures have been released, but either way, they will be more to Tesla Motors than just a Model S and Model X.

– By: Chris Chin

Source: Elon Musk’s Twitter via CARandDRIVER


Bentley claims the new W12-powered Bentayga is the world’s fastest SUV

Bentley is on the hinges of readying to reveal their all-new, hotly-anticipated Bentayga crossover SUV, a first for the Winged-B of Crewe, England. And if any of you were still skeptical of Bentley’s new soccer mom-mobile for the one percent, Bentley released a video claiming that the new Bentayga is the world’s fastest and most powerful SUV.

With that claim, Bentley also released a video of a pre-production prototype topping out at 301 km/h or around 187 MPH, and pretty much beats any crossover SUV out there today.

That also comes thanks to what sits under the hood of the Continental GT-based crossover, the same updated twin-turbocharged 6.0L W12 destined later on for the revised Continental GT, Flying Spur, and even the Audi A8 W12. Power figures are expected to top out at over 600hp with 663 lb-ft of torque to support.

Check out the video after the jump.

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General Motors finalizes restoration of One Millionth Chevrolet Corvette
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  • Today, Chevrolet unveiled the restored 1-millionth Corvette, the 1992 Corvette damaged on Feb. 12, 2014 in the sinkhole disaster at the National Corvette Museum’s Skydome.
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  • 2015 - One Millionth Chevrolet Corvette Restored
  • 2015 - One Millionth Chevrolet Corvette Restored
  • 2015 - One Millionth Chevrolet Corvette Restored

Remember back in the day, when the National Corvette Museum suffered a huge loss after a massive sinkhole opened up under the Skydome section of the building, swallowing some historically important Chevrolet Corvettes whole (actually it just happened last year)?

Well, General Motors wouldn’t let their precious pieces of history be lost in the pages to this tragic event and as a result, the General set off to restore what they could from all the wreckage.

And lately, the most recent victim to be resuscitated was the One Millionth Chevrolet Corvette either, and its restoration was just completed after over 1,200 man-hours of effort and rebuilding.

As part of the process, a new hood, front fascia and other components were replaced while the body itself was restored to its former glory, color and all, to keep the car as original as possible.

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Road Trippin’: Fuel prices are at their lowest ever for Labor Day in 11 years

Whenever one hops into their automobile for a weekend holiday, it’s never a fun consideration to take into account the amount fuel to be burned, either sitting in traffic or just simply trying to get to your destination.

But if it’s any consolation, USAToday found that gas prices will be at their lowest figure for any Labor Day Weekend in the past 11 years.

If you’re in Jersey like we are at egmCarTech, you should’ve already noticed that regular gas prices have dipped below $2/gallon, and that’s more of a relief than learning that you don’t have jury duty next week.

Despite what the AAA expects as the busies Labor Day Weekend for motorists around the country since 2008, with an estimated 30.8 million individuals hitting the roads, gas prices took a dive due to the political climate in lieu of recent events as well as dwindling overall demand for crude production.

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Report: BMW’s new X7 could get a “super extra luxurious and nice” version

BMW’s in the works with a big Range Rover competitor designed to sit above the X5 and X6 as a full-size crossover SUV, while also setting rivals such as the next-generation Mercedes-Benz GL and Audi Q7 in its sights.

However, much like how the next-gen Mercedes-Benz GL is to gain a more luxurious variant, dubbed the Mercedes-Maybach GLS, and with the full-size Range Rover Autobiography currently available, BMW is expected to follow suit. It’s no doubt that the super-luxo full-size crossover and SUV market is beginning to boom, with other players such as the Bentley Bentayga on the way.

According to Drive, the new BMW should gain a third-row of seating as well as a ton of upscale features and craftsmanship, echoing the concept of a BMW 7-Series on stilts. This also means we can expect a huge array of additional features such as massage seating with heating and air condition for all, and a full-scale rear-entertainment system.

Not much else is known about this super luxo X7, but it could possibly be powered by BMW’s latest 6.0L V12. It’ll be really interesting to see how this segment plays out since really, the end-all-be-all in luxurious SUVs involved either the Mercedes-Benz GL or the Range Rover. It’s hard to see it any other way…

– By: Chris Chin

Source: Drive


Kia drops the full details on the new 2016 Sportage ahead of Frankfurt
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Not too long ago, Kia pulled the virtual sheets off of the 2016 Sportage to wow soccer moms and baby boomers alike, and so far, we’re appreciating what we’re seeing.

Now, Kia released all the important details that anyone needs to know about the new Sportage if the compact crossover peaks your interest.

For one thing, the new 2016 Kia Sportage is larger than the model it replaces with a larger over all length by 1.5 inches, most of which go to extending the wheelbase by 1.1 inches for more interior space. But not only that, the Sportage also gets to be a little slicker through the air thanks to its new design, with a reduction in drag by about 0.02 Cd to bring the figure to 0.33, down from 0.35. Not only do improved aerodynamics aid fuel economy, but they also improve handling performance and stability at speed.

Kia also shrunk the overhangs down at both ends to provide the Sportage with a more upright profile.

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Jaguar reveals the new F-Pace in full ahead of its full debut at Frankfurt
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  • 2016 Jaguar F-Pace Preview
  • 2016 Jaguar F-Pace Preview

One of Jaguar’s most hotly anticipated model, the new F-Pace crossover, was recently revealed in full on the web.

After countless teasers, rumors, and reports, Jaguar’s first ever foray into the world of the luxury crossover is here, to take on the long-running BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz GLE (formerly the M-Class) and the Audi Q7.

Due for a full reveal at the Frankfurt Motor Show in just a few weeks time, the F-Pace stays true to the original concept design of the C-X17, which perhaps makes it the most attractive SUV crossover in its class.

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