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Current Rolls-Royce Phantom Is Wafting into the Sunset—Coupe and Convertible Won’t Be Replaced  Feb 23rd, 2016 
In the ultra-luxury sphere, life spans are longer than they are among the serf class. And so it is that the current Rolls-Royce Phantom is 13 years old, an eternity in car-years. But even a Rolls can’t roll on forever, and the company has announced that this-generation Phantom (the seventh, according to its maker) will […] 
 
 
2017 Bentley Mulsanne: Now Even More Mega – Official Photos and Info  Feb 23rd, 2016 
 
 
 
Bentley Mulsanne Gets Even More Mega for 2017 with New LWB Model  Feb 23rd, 2016 
Bentley’s Mulsanne flagship, the first model designed wholly in-house in eight decades, replaced the ancient Arnage in 2010. Now the Mulsanne is receiving a comprehensive fluff and buff for 2017. The model range also is growing from two to three versions: complementing the Mulsanne Signature and the more potent Mulsanne Speed (which bowed two years […] 
 
 
Start with Hell, Add More Hell: Hennessey Announces 1032-hp HPE1000 Hellcat Twins  Feb 22nd, 2016 
Years and years ago, we knew this local jazz fusion drummer. He played with a group that did a 15-minute rendition of Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love.” Buff the mind’s eyeball with that and tell us that they weren’t right in calling such an abomination “Whole Lotta Hell.” Thankfully, John Hennessey’s idea of what a […] 
 
 
Start with Hell, Add More Hell: Hennessey Announces 1032-hp HPE1000 Hellcat Twins  Feb 22nd, 2016 
 
 
 
Do Your Wurst: Meet the Armored Mercedes-Maybach S600 Guard  Feb 22nd, 2016 
Mercedes has announced its latest vehicle intended to keep heads of state, royals, and oligarchs free from gunshot wounds and other nasty weapons-related injuries: the Mercedes-Maybach S600 Pullman Guard. Based on the mega-opulent Maybach S600, the vehicle meets VR10 protection standards according to Directive BRV 2009 Version 2, which is an incredibly long way to say that this incredibly […] 
 
 
Jump Up, Jump Up, and Get Down: VW Debuts Second-Gen Up! Minicar  Feb 22nd, 2016 
What’s up!? We’ll tell you. Up!—VW insists we include the exclamation point, but we’re going to go against their convention and capitalize the “U”—is a city car launched by Volkswagen in 2013 that isn’t sold in the United States. VW’s current thinking is that anything smaller than the Golf would be of little interest to […] 
 
 
Jump Up, Jump Up, and Get Down: VW Debuts Second-Gen Up! Minicar  Feb 22nd, 2016 
 
 
 
Volvo Adds Native Spotify Support to Its Product Line Globally  Feb 22nd, 2016 
Attention Spotifans! Volvo has announced that it will be the first manufacturer to globally integrate the Spotify music-streaming app in its products, starting this spring with the XC90, S90, and V90. The app will be accessible via the cars’ Sensus touchscreen interface, the portrait orientation of which should look and feel familiar to Spotify users. The […] 
 
 
I Wanna Be Your Sledgehammer: Callaway Announces 610-hp Camaro  Feb 22nd, 2016 
 
 
 
Samsung Dongle Brings Car Monitoring and Wi-Fi to Older Cars  Feb 22nd, 2016 
Blame Progressive Insurance. Its Snapshot was the insurance industry’s first attempt at 24/7 vehicular watchdogging in the connected era. Samsung now has ConnectAuto. It’s similar to the underwriter’s dongle in that it taps the OBD II CANbus, which has been mandated on all U.S. cars since 1996, to monitor car and driver performance. Not all […] 
 
 
I Wanna Be Your Sledgehammer: Callaway Announces 610-hp Camaro  Feb 22nd, 2016 
When Callaway was working on its C7 program, ultimately resulting in a 627-hp Corvette Stingray and a 757-horse Z06, the venerable tuning company had an eye on Chevy’s next car powered by the LT-series small block: the Camaro. And now they’ve loosed the bindings on their version of the sixth-generation of GM’s long-running coupe. The […] 
 
 
Takata May Quadruple Airbag Recall, Financial Outlook In Danger  Feb 22nd, 2016 
It’s fast becoming DEFCON 1 at Takata, which may have to quadruple its recalls of shrapnel-shooting airbag inflators. Anonymous former Takata employees told Reuters that as many as 285 million Takata inflators with ammonium nitrate—the cheaper propellant Takata switched to in 1999 and kept using, despite repeated safety concerns by its own engineers—could be affected. […] 
 
 
Do Your Wurst: Meet the Armored Mercedes-Maybach S600 Guard  Feb 22nd, 2016 
 
 
 
No Jeep, No Justice: Renegade “Dawn of Justice” Edition  Feb 22nd, 2016 
 
 
 
No Jeep, No Justice: Renegade “Dawn of Justice” Edition  Feb 22nd, 2016 
We know that compact crossovers are getting more and more popular, but would you trade in the Batmobile for one? Evidently in the new superhero movie, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Bruce Wayne (played by Ben Affleck) tools around in a Jeep Renegade. And Batman fans—of legal driving age—can be just like Wayne with […] 
 
 
Volvo XC90 T8 e-Twinster Prototype: Call It the e-Drifter  Feb 22nd, 2016 
Driving on a frozen ice lake is a strange experience at any time, but never more so than when the towering Volvo XC90 T8 that we’re piloting on the treacherous surface of a frozen lake starts to do a convincing impression of a Focus RS. Look closely and you’ll see that, despite obviously being an […] 
 
 
Volvo XC90 T8 e-Twinster Prototype: Call It the e-Drifter  Feb 22nd, 2016 
 
 
 
EPA to VW: Build EVs in U.S. as Penance for Diesel Cheating  Feb 22nd, 2016 
It looks like cash payments aren’t the only way Volkswagen will try to make up for installing emissions-cheating software on its diesel vehicles. The German automaker may also end up building electric cars in the U.S., at the behest of the federal government. Based on an article in the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag, Automotive News reports that the U.S. Environmental […] 
 
 
2016 Honda Civic Coupe: Style Amplified by Substance  Feb 22nd, 2016 
According to Honda research, buyers who prefer coupes to sedans are primarily seduced by styling and image, feeling that the absence of that second set of doors suggests that both car and driver possess a sporty persona. That’s not always the case, but the dynamic character of the new Civic coupe vindicates the sporty part […] 
 
 
2016 Honda Civic Coupe – First Drive Review  Feb 22nd, 2016 
 
 
 
New Audi TDI Diesels Include V-8 and Electrically Supercharged V-6  Feb 19th, 2016 
A decade ago, V-8 diesels were all the rage in Europe. You could get them in large SUVs and luxury sedans, including the Audi A8, the BMW 7-series, the Mercedes-Benz S-class, and the Volkswagen Phaeton. At Mercedes-Benz, the 4.2-liter V-8 diesel even trickled down to the E-class. Their smoothness and sheer muscle surpassed the ubiquitous V-6 […] 
 
 
2016 Mercedes-AMG G63 Test: Mid-Level Crazy  Feb 19th, 2016 
Mercedes-Benz knows its customers perhaps better than any other manufacturer, a point best observed from the old-school helm of its burly Geländewagen SUV. When a cadre of highly affluent buyers—about 3600 in the U.S. last year—clamor for a mildly modernized 1970s-era military rig with which to pound the suburban pavement, the German luxury brand obliges. […] 
 
 
2016 Mercedes-AMG G63 – Instrumented Test  Feb 19th, 2016 
 
 
 
Year of the Goose, Part 5: Track Education at Yamaha Champions Riding School  Feb 19th, 2016 
The Yamaha YZF-R6 is an impossible thing. That’s a lie, of course. The tuning-fork company’s been selling the same basic bike since 2008. And each of the big-four Japanese bike companies builds what’s known in the industry as a “supersport”—a machine with a fairing that sticks your ass up in the air like a presenting baboon […] 
 
 
Alfa Romeo Giulia Production to Begin Next Month, Says Sergio  Feb 19th, 2016 
It’s been a rough road for the tantalizing but chronically challenged Alfa Romeo Giulia sport sedan. With production delayed for several months back in November and reports of failed crash tests, we we’ve been wondering when we’d ever see this thing on the streets. But according to Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, production will begin in Italy […] 
 
 
Here It Is: Maserati Releases Official Photos of Levante SUV  Feb 19th, 2016 
Maserati has released the first official pictures of its upcoming new SUV, the Levante, ahead of the vehicle’s public debut at the Geneva auto show next month. The brand’s first sport-utility is claimed to be based on the same platform that underpins the Ghibli and Quattroporte sports sedans—and not derived from the Jeep Grand Cherokee […] 
 
 
French Drop Resistance to U.S. Return – DS Brand to Come Here  Feb 19th, 2016 
No sooner have we told you about Renault’s thinly disguised ambitions to—eventually—bring the new Alpine sportscar to the U.S. than we can report another French automaker is seriously considering a return to les États Unis, in this case DS. You might be muttering Quelle? at this point, in which case a small reminder. DS used […] 
 
 
The Ultimate Antivenom: The Viper’s Dying, and I Won’t Miss It  Feb 19th, 2016 
As I write this, only 2687 current-gen Dodge Vipers have been produced since the car’s last refurbishment in 2012. Maybe we should think of calling Sir Elton John. He could belt out another rendition of “Candle in the Wind,” perhaps holding a deceased snake. READ MORE ›› 
 
 
There’s an App For That: Volvo to Begin Selling Cars Without Physical Keys in 2017  Feb 19th, 2016 
In the past 25 or so years, the automotive key has undergone big changes, from security updates such as transponders to convenience updates like proximity keys that needn’t exit your pocket in order to unlock or start a car. The next Big Thing in keys is to do away with them entirely, a process that’s […] 
 
 
2018 Lexus LC500h: Hybridized with Two Transmissions for Your Pleasure  Feb 19th, 2016 
Like it or not, the long-term future of cars almost definitely doesn’t involve the internal combustion of fossil fuels. Toyota is keenly aware of this truth, and that’s why the brand is readying a fuel-cell car for its premium Lexus brand by 2020. But that model won’t represent Toyota’s first major foray into hydrogen-fuel-cell powered […] 
 
 
2016 Audi RS7 Performance First Drive: The 605-hp Extra-Awesome Version  Feb 18th, 2016 
We really, really like the Audi RS7—like, if we went to grade school with it, we’d pass it love notes until we ran out of paper. The RS7 is the ne plus ultra member of a lineup that also includes the A7 and S7 that earned spots on our 10Best Cars lists in 2012, 2013, […] 
 
 
Why Your City’s Traffic Doctor Probably Can’t Cure What Ails It  Feb 18th, 2016 
Steve Finton worked in storm-water treatment, then became the traffic-engineering manager for Torrance, California, one of the larger independently incorporated cities within greater Los Angeles. In general terms, Finton’s job is the same as before: Maximize flow through the pipes. If you live someplace of any significant size, there’s a Steve Finton on your payroll, […] 
 
 
McLaren’s Geneva Teasers: Bare Carbon P1, Special 675LT Spider  Feb 18th, 2016 
Next month, at the Geneva auto show, McLaren will trot out unique versions of two sold-out supercars and parade them in front of some of the wealthiest people in all of Europe. One is the P1, which ended its 375-car run two months ago, and the other a 675LT Spider, which sold out all 500 […] 
 
 
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