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Autoblog drives the refreshed 2016 Acura ILX:

Gone is the meager base 150-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder, replaced with a 2.4-liter mill that produces 201 hp and 180 pound-feet of torque. The new engine produces a third more stallions than its predecessor thanks to the displacement bump, reduced weight and friction, an increased compression ratio, and various internal tweaks. The mill is mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox that replaces the outgoing five-speed auto, enabling a significant 2.5-second improvement in 0-60 time, from 9.6 seconds with the 2.0-liter engine to 7.1 seconds with the new 2.4. Impressively, the revised powertrain also manages a one mile-per-gallon bump across the board despite its power climb, for 25/36 mpg city/highway and 29 mpg combined.

What a difference a larger engine can make. A bump of 51 horsepower AND it gets better MPG? What’s not to like?

Published on February 10, 2015 in Acura,Car Reviews

A picture is worth a thousand words. Here are ten thousand words worth of beauty:

Go ahead, try to find something about this car that isn’t perfect. On second thought, don’t. It would just be a waste of time.

This is the latest generation of the Ford GT supercar. Here are the most important things you need to know:

  • 600+ horsepower
  • Mid mounted Twin-turbo V6 (No V8?)
  • Seven speed dual-clutch transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive

The car is stunning beyond words – there’s no question about that. It will have a ridiculous amount of power – 600+ horsepower according to Ford. The choice of engine is interesting – both previous Ford GT’s have boasted V8’s under the hood. This will be the most powerful GT yet, so maybe the number of cylinders isn’t everything.

Ford is planning to build this work of art for delivery in late 2016. It can’t come a day too soon.

Published on January 12, 2015 in Ford,Supercars

According to Autoblog, Bugatti is nearly out of new Veyrons:

Hard as it may be to believe, it has now been nearly a decade since Bugatti first introduced the Veyron back in 2005. And in the ten years since, the Alsatian marque has sold 442 of the seven-figure hypercars, leaving just eight roadsters still left up for grabs before one of the most impressive feats of engineering in the history of the automobile roars off into the sunset.

If you’re still on the fence about this insane quad-turbo W16 — you’d better hurry.

Published on December 31, 2014 in Bugatti

The Wall Street Journal:

What’s the average cost per car to replace the faulty ignition switches in 2.6 million small cars – the defect the company has linked to 13 deaths, scores of lawsuits, a federal criminal investigation, and multiple probes by congressional committees, federal regulators and state attorneys general?

$261, it turns out. When you add up all the massive recalls that GM has issued this year, it starts getting crazy. 29 million cars. $2.54 billion with a B. In other words, meet the new GM – no different than the old GM.

Published on July 30, 2014 in GM,Recall

Maserati to cap sales at 75,000 per year

Maserati may be a much higher volume brand than Ferrari, but they don’t want their cars in every driveway. To maintain some semblance of exclusivity, Maserati plans to cap yearly sales as 75,000 vehicles. That still gives them plenty of room to grow – they are still under 50k per year. Source.

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$73,000 Chevrolet Suburban

Cars.com asks an important question: Who buys an SUV from a mainstream brand with a luxury window sticker? If even one person thinks a Suburban at $73k is a good deal, that’s one person too many.

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2014 Ram Power Wagon

If you, like many Americans, are dying to buy a giant, $45-55k pickup truck and go off-roading, then you just got another option. The Ram 2500 Power Wagon sports a 410 HP HEMI V8 along with all sorts of fancy off-road gear. Here’s what Reid Bigland, CEO of Ram has to say: The 2014 Ram […]

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The Honda Insight is dead

But you already knew that. You knew that the moment Honda showed off the new Insight. It was ugly like a Prius, but didn’t get nearly as good gas mileage. Finally, Honda realized what you knew all along. The introduction of the super cheap and super thrifty Prius C surely didn’t help the Insight’s cause. […]

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