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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Will Dodge limit 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat to 1,200 units?




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Will Dodge limit 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat to 1,200 units?



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2015 Dodge Challenge SRT Hellcat



With over 700 horsepower on tap and a price tag barely over $60k, Dodge appears on paper to have a winner on its hands with the new Challenger SRT Hellcat. But if you want to get your hands on one, you may have to act quicker than this most powerful of muscle cars covers the quarter-mile.



That's because, according to our compatriots over at Edmunds, Dodge may limit production - in the first year, at least - to just 1,200 units. That would amount to barely a quarter of the Challengers that Dodge moves each month, and would also mean only one Hellcat for every two Dodge dealers in the US - which could lead to some serious contention over which stores and which customers can get their hands on the ultimate Challenger.



Reached for comment, SRT spokesman Dan Reid told Autoblog that "there is no plan to limit production of the Challenger Hellcat," echoing the words of Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis who told Edmunds: "We don't know what the market demand is." Which doesn't mean that it won't restrict production, but doesn't mean that it will, either. It just hasn't decided yet - or announced any such decision, at any rate - over what will be the final allocation strategy for what could be a game-changing muscle car. That is, at least, until new versions of the Mustang and Camaro come along in pursuit of Dodge's bragging rights...

Will Dodge limit 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat to 1,200 units? originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 20 Jul 2014 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Audi R8 V10 Plus vs. Renault Clio Cup racecar will make you go hmmm...




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Audi R8 V10 Plus vs. Renault Clio Cup racecar will make you go hmmm...



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Evo Track Battle



Match up a hot hatch with a supercar of the same vintage, and we'll tell you who will win every time. It's easy, really, as the supercar invariably features a more advanced suspension, stickier tires and most importantly, more power. What if the hot hatch is race prepped, though?



In that particular case, all bets are off. A circuit-tuned suspension, a stripped-down cabin, an ultra-quick sequential transmission and the greatest equalizer of them all, slick tires, are all that's needed to turn the typical hot hatch into a proper dragon slayer.



Perhaps seeking to prove this, Evo has put together an interesting head-to-head between the Audi R8 V10 and a race-prepared Renault Clio Cup. Host Dickie Meaden takes us through each car, highlighting the bits and bobs on both sides which should make this a tight competition. And boy, is this one tight.



Scroll down for the full video from Evo, and let us know what you think of the result in Comments.

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Audi R8 V10 Plus vs. Renault Clio Cup racecar will make you go hmmm... originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 18 Jul 2014 19:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Chevy Corvette Stingray defeating rivals where it matters most




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Chevy Corvette Stingray defeating rivals where it matters most



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Chevrolet Corvette Stingray



Everything is coming up roses for the award-winning Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, as new data from the North American Dealers Association Used Car Guide, dissected by GM Authority, reveals that America's sports car is handily outselling two of its more expensive rivals.



Through June of 2014, the NADA notes that the Corvette has rung up 17,744 sales, handily besting the Porsche 911 and positively spanking the SRT Viper. Of course, you're sitting there thinking, "Corvette is outselling the much more expensive Porsche and Viper. Sky blue, water wet." But what's impressive here is just how thoroughly the Chevrolet is beating its two rivals, with this data serving as a testament to just how popular the seventh-generation sports car has become.



So far this year, Porsche has managed to move 5,169 911s, according to NADA. Considering that the base model starts at nearly $15,000 more than the most heavily optioned Stingray, and that Porsche owners have a vast, expensive options catalogue to select from, Stuttgart's sales are still plenty impressive in relation to the nearly 18,000 Corvettes sold.



The Viper, though, continues to simply flounder. With a starting price of $102,485 for a base model and $124,985 for the GTS, the Viper doesn't cover as vast a pricing range as the 911, but with only 354 units sold as of last month so far this year, it's far, far behind either the Porsche or the Corvette. Its more single-minded, uncompromising nature has undoubtedly served to limit its sales appeal to a larger audience.



And for those thinking that the Chevy is beating out its rivals simply because it's more affordable, GM Authority points out that it also easily bested the significantly cheaper (and older) Nissan 370Z in the first half of 2014. The Fairlady tallied up just 4,100 sales.



All in all, it's not a bad time to be a Corvette fan - or a Chevy dealer.

Chevy Corvette Stingray defeating rivals where it matters most originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Hyundai Genesis Coupe to get bigger, lux up?




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Hyundai Genesis Coupe to get bigger, lux up?



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Hyundai HND-9



With the all-new, 2015 Hyundai Genesis Sedan hitting the road, it puts the current Genesis Coupe in a rather weird spot. The sporty model is starting to get a bit long in the tooth, and for 2015, it's dropped its four-cylinder engine in the US. Hyundai isn't letting the car whither on the vine, though. Behind closed doors, the Korean automaker is rumored to be working on a new coupe to transform the vehicle from something of a pony car in the current guise into a luxury grand tourer with avante garde styling.



The next-generation Genesis Coupe would reportedly borrow its design inspiration from the Hyundai HND-9 Sports Coupe Concept from the 2013 Seoul Motor Show, according to Australian site Go Auto. The key to the new model is growing it larger to be able to seat four adults and giving it more grown-up styling at the same time. Go Auto claims that the coupe could finally get a V8 engine option and possibly a V6 and turbocharged four-cylinder in at least some markets, too. It's slated for a possible 2016 unveiling.



Even during the HND-9's unveiling, Hyundai admitted that the concept projected of the design direction for future models. Its styling was certainly a big shift from the current Genesis Coupe with more hard creases, a wide, mesh grille and butterfly doors. The show car also packed a 3.3-liter turbocharged, direct-injected engine with 364 horsepower and an eight-speed automatic transmission driving the rear wheels.



Hyundai's Australian COO John Elsworth is really hoping to get the model Down Under, according to Go Auto. He believes that while luxury coupes might not be sales leaders, they grab mindshare and get enthusiasts excited about the brand. We like the way this guy thinks.

Hyundai Genesis Coupe to get bigger, lux up? originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Chevy to undercut Raptor with Colorado performance off-roader? [w/poll]




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Chevy to undercut Raptor with Colorado performance off-roader? [w/poll]



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2015 Chevy Colorado



You would think that, given the popularity Ford has found for the F-150 SVT Raptor, its crosstown rivals would be all too keen to follow suit. But they haven't. The Ram Runner isn't a production truck, it's an add-on, and General Motors has barely even tried. That might change, but not in the way you might think.



Rather than tackle the Raptor on common ground, word has it that Chevrolet is preparing a different kind of performance off-road truck. A lighter one, based on the forthcoming midsize Colorado. Details are scarce (and could prove entirely speculative), but the self-styled experts at GM Authority report that a hardcore Colorado is in the works, potentially taking its lead from the Colorado Rally Concept and picking up some customers lost by the demise of the Hummer H3T but reviving the ZR2 trim plate.



GM Authority goes on to speculate that the lighter package could allow GM to use a smaller, potentially turbocharged V6 engine instead of the big V8 in the Raptor while still giving it an optimal power-to-weight ratio. After all, the Raptor may pack over 400 horsepower, but it also weighs over 6,000 pounds.



Of course, as we haven't seen any mules or prototypes of such a vehicle running around or heard word of it out of GM formally or otherwise, we're going to take this rumor with a whole shaker full of salt, and we advise you do the same.



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Chevy to undercut Raptor with Colorado performance off-roader? [w/poll] originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

What you missed on 7.17.14




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What you missed on 7.17.14



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Daily U-Turn



Ford Mustang2015 Ford Mustang specs revealed



Despite having revealed the 2015 Mustang many months ago, Ford hasn't divulged the official power and weight specs - until now. Today, we learned that the new 'Stang will produce anywhere from 300 to 430 horsepower, and will weigh anywhere from 3,524 to 3,729 pounds, depending on engine and trim. There's a whole lot more to learn, here.









Ford Seattle-ite concept car Forgotten nuclear-powered concept cars



Ah, nuclear-powered cars. A good idea, in theory, especially for the 1950s and 1960s, but in execution, not exactly something that'd be, you know, safe. Looking back, the Atomic Age produced a good number of delightful concept cars, and so we've pulled five of our favorites together for a quick blast-from-the-past list.









Hyundai AzeraHyundai Azera fate in question



Hyundai has just overhauled its Sonata and Genesis sedans. So where does that leave the fullsize Azera that slots between the two? Executive editor Chris Paukert recently sat down with some Hyundai executives and learned that while a next-generation Azera is indeed in the cards, it might be a Korea-only affair. As of right now, the car's future in the US is unclear.







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What you missed on 7.17.14 originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Porsche 991 vs. 930 Flatnose in 911 Turbo convertible faceoff




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Porsche 991 vs. 930 Flatnose in 911 Turbo convertible faceoff



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Porsche 911 Turbo video



The Porsche 911 Turbo has a legacy of being a tough car to drive. With a ton of power set right over the rear wheels, its reputation is to lose control as soon as the driver stops concentrating. However, this isn't quite so true anymore. The modern ones are tamed through technology with things like hydraulically controlled engine mounts, not to mention all-wheel drive. In its latest video, Autocar tries to decide whether 25 years of progress really makes the turbo a better vehicle.



It's summer, so what better version to compare than the 911 Turbo Cabriolet? In one corner, Autocar has the latest and greatest 2014 version pumping out 513 horsepower and 486 pound-feet of torque with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Its challenger is a 1989 911 flatnose convertible sporting 326 hp and 347 lb-ft of torque. It's a truly rare car in the UK with only eight of them remaining on the roads in that region.



Granted, this test isn't so much a battle as it is a comparison. There's no question that the modern 911 would beat the classic in practically every objective category. What the video aims to find out is whether the flatnose is better in subjective measurements like its "feel." Scroll down to watch these two droptop Porsches square off.

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Porsche 991 vs. 930 Flatnose in 911 Turbo convertible faceoff originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat's 707 storming horses can be yours for $60k [UPDATE]




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Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat's 707 storming horses can be yours for $60k [UPDATE]



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2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat



Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat PricingWe love a good deal on high performance. It's what traditionally makes muscle cars so appealing - you get lots of speed, for not a lot of money. For 2015, Dodge has taken this to its logical extreme, offering its new 707-horsepower, supercharged, V8-powered Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat for just $59,900. For those wondering, that works out to just about $85 per horsepower, which when compared with a typical budget performance car, like the $24,995, 210-hp Volkswagen GTI ($119 per hp), demonstrates the Hellcat's astonishing value.



The information was revealed by a photo (click on the inset image to expand) taken at this week's Portland launch event (our man Seyth Miersma is just now on the ground and will have a full report on the madness that is the Hellcat soon) for the entire 2015 Challenger range, and reveals the Hellcat's price alongside its high-powered competitors from Ford and Chevrolet.



The discontinued 662-hp Mustang GT500 started at $56,000, while the 580-hp Camaro ZL1 starts off at $58K. Indeed, the only muscle car that outprices the Hellcat is the track-focused Camaro Z/28, a car that we're guessing could still wallop the Hellcat on the right piece of track, despite being down over 200 hp.



We'll have much more on the 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat in the coming days and weeks. Stay tuned.



UPDATE: Official pricing announcement available in the press release below.

Continue reading Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat's 707 storming horses can be yours for $60k [UPDATE]

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat's 707 storming horses can be yours for $60k [UPDATE] originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:25:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

2015 S65 AMG Coupe is 186 miles per hour of pure luxury [UPDATE]




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2015 S65 AMG Coupe is 186 miles per hour of pure luxury [UPDATE]



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2015 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG Coupe



2015 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG CoupeMercedes-Benz has officially unveiled what may be the most opulent coupe in the brand's storied history in the form of the 2015 S65 AMG Coupe. Based off the four-door S65, the two-door model may be something of a known commodity, although that doesn't make it any less desirable.



As is typical for an AMG product, the heart of the S65 Coupe is a 6.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V12 with a modest (by billionaire standards) 621 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed AMG Speedshift cogswapper channels all that velvet-gloved, iron-fisted fury to the meaty rear tires.



The (exceptionally wealthy) S65 AMG Coupe driver will be able to hit 60 in an estimated (Mercedes for "it'll probably be faster") four seconds, while the top speed is electronically limited to 186 miles per hour.



Mercedes has fitted an AMG-spec version of the Magic Body Control system, which includes Active Body Control, Road Surface Scan and a function that actually allows the car to lean into bends, "like a motorcyclist or skier," according to the manufacturer. This will be the first time the curve system will be fitted to a US-spec Mercedes, and ranks as one of the more notable features we're hankering to test on the first S65 Coupe. Carbon-ceramic brakes are - rather surprisingly considering the S65's assumed price point - an optional extra.



Aesthetic differences for the high-powered two-door include a set of 16-spoke, ceramically polished, 20-inch wheels. Aside from the ultra-flashy wheels, the S65 sports plenty of subtle chrome pieces, like the surrounds for the grille and lower air intakes. A front splitter and rear diffuser surround are also trimmed in chrome, allowing them to integrate cleanly into the S65's svelte body.





The interior looks positively first rate and should have no issue fitting into the world of exclusive grand tourers.



As impressive as the exterior of the newest AMG is, the interior looks positively first rate and should have no issue fitting into the world of exclusive grand tourers. Designo Nappa leather sport seats look absolutely sumptuous, and naturally include heating and cooling functions, as standard. Aside from the seats, the dash, headliner, grab handles, and door panels are also finished in fine hides. A 12.2-inch instrument cluster, meanwhile, is as fashionable as the rest of the cabin while still providing an excellent presentation of information.



If you happen to enjoy the title of king, queen, prince, princess, sultan or something similar, you'll be able to place an order for the S65 AMG in the next few weeks, with deliveries slated for late this year. There's no mention of pricing, although as the four-door S65 starts at $222,000, it seems very, very likely that the two-door will ring up at something similar.



Scroll down for the full press release from Mercedes-Benz.



UPDATE: A previous version of this story indicated the S65 AMG Coupe would feature a 4Matic all-wheel-drive system. This was incorrect. The story has been edited accordingly.

Continue reading 2015 S65 AMG Coupe is 186 miles per hour of pure luxury [UPDATE]

2015 S65 AMG Coupe is 186 miles per hour of pure luxury [UPDATE] originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 14 Jul 2014 03:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

2015 Ford Mustang production to begin on July 14? Not quite, says Ford




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2015 Ford Mustang production to begin on July 14? Not quite, says Ford



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2015 Ford Mustang



Mustang6g.com believes that it has unlocked start date for 2015 Ford Mustang production citing a Ford dealer communiqué. According to the report, job one on the 2015 hardtop will allegedly start in just a few days, on July 14, although units that are known as "OK to Buy" won't enter production until September 9. The cars built between those dates are most likely final pre-production cars for the executive test fleet, and will likely include the cars we'll be driving at the media launch.



Sun worshippers, meanwhile, would seem to have a longer wait. Job one on the droptop supposedly isn't slated to start until September 14, with production models starting on October 27. As is the case with the hardtop, these final pre-pros are for the execs and media to test, while actual dealer orders will come from vehicles made after the October date.



After speaking to Ford, though, we wouldn't put a great deal of stock in those dates as reported. We reached out to Said Deep, Ford's North American Product Communications Manager.



"There are multiple build schedules for any product that we build," Deep told Autoblog. "We don't recognize any of those dates."



While it's a virtual certainty that Ford is actively building pre-production Mustangs (your author spotted an uncovered, fully badged 2015 GT Convertible just yesterday), it doesn't seem like we're going to hear about the first consumer examples until they roll down the line at the Ford factory in Flat Rock, MI.

2015 Ford Mustang production to begin on July 14? Not quite, says Ford originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:03:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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