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2015 Infiniti QX70S Design gets ready for Paris Motor Show debut

Posted Sep 18th 2014 7:00AM

Infiniti QX70S Design

Dig the Infiniti QX70 but wish it were just a touch more low-key? Infiniti will have the answer at the fast-approaching Paris Motor Show, where it will launch the QX70S Design.

Based on the vehicle erstwhile known as the FX, the QX70S Design gets dark chrome all over: on the grille, foglight surrounds, side air vents, side sills and license plate surround. The headlights are smoked and the 21-inch six-spoke wheels, roof rails and mirror caps are painted black.

The darkened treatment continues inside with black lacquer trim and black leather with purple stitching. The S Design otherwise gets all the equipment of the S Premium model. It goes on sale in Europe right after its debut in Paris, and while we're told this trim isn't planned for the North American market, there's no telling what the future will hold.

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News Source: Infiniti

Take a spin in a street-legal Lancia Group B rally car

Posted Sep 17th 2014 8:00PM

Petrolicious Lancia 037

Lancia's death is sad for many, many reasons, chief among which is the end of its wonderful, wild rally heritage. While the brand might best be known for the Stratos and the Delta HF Integrale, there was another big name model, called the 037, that did its best to live up to the family name.

The last of a dying breed, the 037 debuted as a rear-driver at the dawn of all-wheel-drive dominance. Despite its disadvantage, though, it still captured a WRC championship in 1983, and managed to finish second to Audi in 1984 and Peugeot in 1986. It remains the last rear-drive car to win the WRC title.

As per Group B regulations, Lancia built a limited run of homolgation specials. The street version, the 037 Stradale, sports a 2.0-litre, supercharged Abarth engine – detuned from the rally cars, of course – while this particular example benefits from a rortier exhaust, meaning it produces somewhere around 240 horsepower, according to Toledano.

It's a truly stunning piece, and one worthy of coverage by the team at Petrolicious. Take a look at the video.

News Source: Petrolicious via YouTube

Nissan ZEOD RC on track and from behind the wheel

Posted Sep 17th 2014 7:00PM

Nissan Zeod RC takes on the Top Gear test track

The Nissan ZEOD RC hybrid racecar has had mixed success in its competition life. It was invented to do a completely electric, high-speed lap at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which it was able to do in practice. However, when the big event actually came, the car lasted less than an hour before it had to bow out with transmission issues. Nissan hasn't completely given up on its experiment, though. The experience (and possibly some of the tech) is going to help with the GT-R LM racer next year, and now the ZEOD is getting its chance to see how it handles the Top Gear test track.

Unfortunately, it's not The Stig piloting the ZEOD; instead, the magazine's motoring editor Ollie Marriage is the lucky man for the job. The car's sharp shape seems to be a good metaphor for how it handles because it just seems to dart around the track. Its tiny, turbocharged 1.5-litre engine with 400 horsepower and two electric motors put out a claimed 750 horsepower, and that seems like plenty for the relatively short Top Gear course.

As usual of Top Gear, the cinematography here is fantastic, and a second video shows off a single lap of the course from around the car. It's amazing to watch, especially with its big screen constantly showing the camera view out of the rear. Scroll down to see both.

News Source: Top Gear via YouTube [1], [2]

Lamborghini announces new car coming to Paris with cryptic teaser

Posted Sep 17th 2014 6:00PM

Lamborghini Paris teaser image

"Once perfection is achieved, you can just double it."

What in the name of Ferruccio Lamborghini does that mean? Well, we have no idea, and we think that's sorta the point. Lamborghini wants us to know that it's bringing something very interesting to the Paris Motor Show, and it wants the public and press alike wondering what it might have up its finely tailored sleeves.

Taking a look at the white-on-black line drawing that accompanies the teaser (click above to enlarge), we note a pretty clear fastback shape, which reminds us of the classic Espada, and we also know that the brand has long been considering a four-door sedan to add to its high-performance portfolio. Either way, a four-seater or a four-door machine could seemingly fit with the "double it" tagline of the teaser, and we're really just speculating anyway.

So, while we get nary a blink of sleep ahead of the car's October 2nd Paris debut, feel free to dissect the teaser yourselves and let us know what you think it is in Comments.

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News Source: Lamborghini

Hawaii road rage minivan mom gets arrested after "Go Fat Boy" viral video

Posted Sep 17th 2014 5:00PM



If you're looking for good parenting tips, you won't find any here, as this road raging mom goes on a NSFW rampage following an incident on the streets of Hawaii.

Check out this angry soccer mom's hot temper in action, as she not only confronts and antagonizes a driver for apparently "cutting her off," but goes on to scream obscenities and taunt him by chanting "Go fat boy, go fat boy!" (which will no doubt spawn many great viral video remixes still to come).

Thanks to the video footage which quickly spread online, it seems to have caught the attention of local authorities in Hawaii, who've allegedly identified and since arrested the potty-mouthed minivan mom according to Huffpost Crime.

Click here to watch the entire clip for yourself and remember, road rage just ain't worth it folks.

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Mercedes boosts CLA supplies, says it could sell twice as many

Posted Sep 17th 2014 4:00PM

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

It's been a few months since we talked about the Mercedes-Benz CLA's status as an unmitigated hit, but a new story from Automotive News will allow us to revisit the sleek, fast-selling, four-door home run. Production has been increased again, with some of the extra capacity destined for North American showrooms.

"We could have sold twice as many vehicles, easily, compared to our planning," Daimler AG boss Dieter Zetsche told AN.

Dealers are sitting on perilously small supplies of the CLA, with Mercedes execs confirming to AN that a few dealers have slipped below a ten-day supply. For reference, a 60-day supply is generally considered healthy.

Mercedes' Kecskemét, Hungary factory added a third shift back in May to address high demand for the four-door. Zetsche was unwilling to divulge how many more cars the facility will be able to churn out with this latest production increase, though.

"We do not want our customers to have to wait too much," Zetsche told AN. "Wherever we could, we pulled out all the stops."

News Source: Automotive News - sub. req.

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Top Gear pits V8 supercar against stunt plane, Komatsu tractor

Posted Sep 17th 2014 3:00PM

Australian V8 Supercar takes on a Plane and Komatsu Tractor for Top Gear

Traditional motorsports pit a bunch of roughly equivalent vehicles over a course to find out which driver has the most skill and which car has the right tweaks to score a victory against the competitors. But Top Gear is anything but traditional. It decided to stage two very different kinds of races to see how things went during the Top Gear Festival Sydney.

The first race of this video has Australian V8 Supercars champion Jamie Whincup in a Holden competing against a stunt plane. Unfortunately, even the hosts admit that the stunt doesn't quite go as expected, but it all looks pretty good as everything goes wrong.

The next competition probably goes closer to plan as Whincup lines up alongside James "Captain Slow" May in a Komatsu front-end loader. Obviously, the heads-up race would never work; so the challenge is much simpler. May just has to drive the 1,970 feet (600 metres) to the finish line faster than the V8 Supercar laps the whole 1.74-mile (2.8-kilometre) track. Whincup manages some impressive drifts during his lap. Check out the video to see who wins the two challenges.

News Source: Top Gear via YouTube

Complete set of Batmobile images snapped on streets of Detroit

Posted Sep 17th 2014 2:00PM



Detroiters have been spotting the newest Batmobile from the upcoming film, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, for a few weeks now. The leaks were steady enough that director Zack Snyder even tweeted out a glossy (yet cropped) image of how the vehicle will actually appear in the movie.

Still, we were as happy as kids when we saw this new set of Batmobile spy shots come through today, as there's nothing like seeing this movie-star-car in a real-life setting to emphasize just how wild it really is.

As we discussed before, heavy doses of the outgoing Tumbler Batmobile can be seen in the XXL proportions and glancing armor plating of this new car, though the sleek domed cockpit harkens back to Tim Burton's vision for the thing. Take a look at some of the snaps with the Batmobile next to cars on the street, and you'll get an idea of just how long and wide it really is.

It's notable, too, that this version of The Dark Knight's wheels is, perhaps, the most overtly offensive from an armaments perspective. The twinned guns on the nose of the car are far less subtle than hidden weapons on other Batmobiles – a topic discussed in some length after the Snyder shot was released. Perhaps having some extra shells in the air will be helpful when going up against The Man of Steel?

Image Credit: Brian Williams / KGP Photography

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