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BMW 5 Series wagon makes incognito grocery run by way of the 'Ring [UPDATE]

Posted Jul 24th 2014 5:00PM

BMW 5 Series Wagon: Spy Shots

UPDATE: The 5 Series prototype seen in these photos is previewing a new generation of wagon for the model, not simply a mid-cycle refresh. The text has been updated to reflect this.

With a debut in 2009, it's high time that BMW delivered the world with the next generation of its popular 5 Series. While we aren't expecting to see it here in the United States, that changeover will include the vehicle shown above, the 5 Series wagon.

This is only the second time we've spotted the camo'd, long-roof 5er in the past year, and while it was chained to a flat-bed in those snaps, today, we can see it lapping the Nürburgring. In addition to the images from the track, we also have our first look at the cabin of the 5 Series, although even it is covered in camouflage, making it quite difficult to spot anything of substance.

As for the exterior, expect modest changes for the new 5er, with typical tweaks like new headlights and taillights, and perhaps a freshened front fascia. Considering we last saw the upcoming 5 Series just over a year ago, we'd expect an auto show debut for this smoothed-over model in the not-so-distant future, with Paris a leading candidate.

Take a look up top for our full gallery of spy photos.

Image Credit: CarPix

Darth Vader and Superman watch as angry man breaks into cop car

Posted Jul 24th 2014 4:00PM

Darth Vader & Superman Watch as Man Breaks Into Cop Car

Superheroes and villains are a common sight along Hollywood Boulevard, but an angry man smashing a parked police car is not. Watch the video above as Darth Vader and Superman stumble upon a cop car smashing vandal in action. Could any superpowers or Vader's "force" halt the crime in progress?

After brazenly smashing the windows of the LAPD car
at one of the busiest intersections in Hollywood, the man was taken into custody by police. According to witnesses and video footage caught on camera by a KTLA photographer, the man was heard yelling "I love Jesus Christ" before he began smashing the windows of the parked patrol car near Hollywood and Highland in Los Angeles.

News Source: KTLA via AOL On

2015 Ford F-150 specs revealed, EcoBoost 2.7L to make 325 hp and 375 lb-ft [w/video]

Posted Jul 24th 2014 2:59PM

Aluminum Yields Weight Drop To Around 1,995 kilograms (4,400 Pounds)



Our new man Greg Migliore is in attendance at a Ford media event at the Blue Oval's Dearborn, MI headquarters today, and he's reported in with a handful of the 2015 F-150 stats that we've been dying to know. Ford is slow-playing the news release here, but we can still offer up some interesting output and performance figures after half-year of waiting.

We have all be quite aware that Ford's shift to aluminum construction would save a lot of weight for F-150 models, and the results we're hearing now are duly impressive. For instance: in Super Crew trim, a 2015 F-150 is a whopping 332 kilos (732 pounds) lighter than was its closest 2014-model-year equivalent. That's like hauling three middle-aged dudes to your bowling alley's league night for free. Polish your balls, guys.

Ford isn't willing to offer up any actual curb weights just yet, but if we take that 332-kilo (732-pound) loss and extrapolate with the 2,326-kilogram (5,128-pound) curb weight of the 2014 F-150 Super Crew with the 3.7-litre V6, we can guesstimate that 2015 models will measure out in the 1,995-kilo (4,400-pound) range. That's impressive.

We also learned just a bit about the new additions to the engine range. The base engine in the F-150 comes in the form of a naturally aspirated, 3.5-litre V6. That mill may be the little brother of the crew, but it still makes 283 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque, giving the 4x2 pickup the a maximum payload of 866 kilograms (1,910 pounds) and a tow rating of 3,447 kilograms (7,600 pounds).

Stepping up one rung on the ladder is the hotly anticipated 2.7-litre EcoBoost V6, turbocharged to the tune of 325 hp and 375 lb-ft of torque. In 4x2 guise, that blown mill allows for maximum payload and towing ratings of 1,020 and 3,855 kilograms (2,250 and 8,500 pounds), respectively.

We're obviously still excited to learn actual L/100 km ratings and curb weights for the Ford haulers, but in the meantime, you can scroll below to check out the official press release and an official video of the Blue Oval boys putting the EcoBoost F-150 through its towing paces at the Davis Dam in Arizona.

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News Source: Ford

NYC vandal uses graffiti to call out bad parking

Posted Jul 24th 2014 1:57PM

Vandalized parked car in Queens

We've all been there. You walk down the street and can't believe how people have parked like that. Maybe they're taking up two spots. Maybe they're sticking out and blocking part of the street, sidewalk or crosswalk. And maybe you think about leaving a note, but you probably don't. One vandal in New York, however, is taking things a step beyond.

An unknown parking-enforcement vigilante in the Glendale neighbourhood of Queens, New York, has been going around tagging cars with spray paint, leaving indelible messages like "Learn to park S bag" and "Hey S*** bag park right" (expletive deleted).

Perhaps, this "artist" may serve society in a less obtrusive manner by using the bad parking app.

Naturally, their owners are up in arms – as would we all if we found someone had spay-painted our vehicles. In the CBS 2 news video report viewable by scrolling below, victims of the graffiti are interviewed, maintaining that their cars were were parked correctly, further noting that it's already hard enough finding spaces in New York. On some level, both jilted parties probably have a point, but there's little doubt that local law enforcement will see things the vigilante's way. Watch news report and then let us know how you feel about this sort of civil rebellion in Comments.

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News Source: CBS New York

Subaru WRX STI vs. Audi S3 in compact AWD dustup

Posted Jul 24th 2014 12:59PM

Subaru WRX STI versus the Audi S3 Sedan

It's not every day that a Subaru and an Audi can be reasonably compared head-to-head; the two brands tend not to compete directly in their respective segments. However, the latest WRX STI and the S3 Sedan offer the perfect chance to find out if the working-class Scooby can beat its upper-crust competitor.

The UK's Auto Express gets behind the wheel of these two all-wheel drive performance sedans, or saloons as the Brits call them. Across the pond, both of them are rated at an identical 296 horsepower, but the Subaru edges out the Four Rings on torque. Like in North America, British buyers have to pay a little more to get the Audi, but it comes with a nicer interior and more brand cachet, if that means anything to you.

The video starts out with a fairly standard road test comparing the two of them back-to-back – all fairly subjective. But then Auto Express takes the trip to the drag strip, and the results there are much more conclusive. There's a definite winner when they cross the line, but you have to scroll down to see which of these turbocharged models with rallying heritage wins out.

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News Source: Auto Express via YouTube

Image Credit: Subaru, Audi

2014 Audi SQ5

Posted Jul 24th 2014 11:57AM

2014 Audi SQ5

It may be obvious at this point, but here in North America, European manufacturer routinely give us the short end of the stick. Now, I'm not talking about models or brands that don't come here, like the Mercedes-Benz A-Class or the entire Renault line. No, instead, I'm referring to cars that are sold right here in the Land of the Free in one bodystyle, while Europe enjoys the same vehicle with a wider variety of configurations.

A prime example of this is the Audi S4/S5 line. In North America, we can have the supercharged twins in two-door coupe, four-door sedan, and cabriolet body styles. Meanwhile, our Euroland cousins get the same trio of bodystyles, as well as the A5/S5 Sportback, a characterful 'four-door coupe,' and a versatile hauler, the S4 Avant. At first glance, Audi of America lacks a vehicle that can compete with the latter's blend of performance, versatility and subdued looks. So, what's a North American with around $60,000 and an obsession with quick, conservative haulers to do? Well, he can buy an SQ5. (Though it bears mentioning, our NA-spec SQ5 is vastly different than what's available to our European friends.)

The SQ5 has a huge number of things going for it that make it a viable alternative to a proper hot wagon, and foremost among them are its looks – this is a sleeper. Audi has thankfully decided not to molest the clean looks of the standard Q5 when penning the sportier model.

The SQ5 gains a unique set of wheels: 20-inchers are standard, but our tester was fitted with a set of 21-inch rollers. Visually, neither make a huge departure from the standard Q5 though. Other standard features of Audi's S models are also found on the SQ5, including a set of quad exhausts, silver mirror caps and mildly different front grille and foglight surrounds. If anything, the Q5 TDI diesel I tested late last year looks sportier than today's tester.

Image Credit: Copyright 2014 Brandon Turkus / AOL

Funny dogs caught enjoying car rides

Posted Jul 24th 2014 11:00AM

Dogs On Summer Joyrides
"Life is a journey, not a destination." No one understands that famous Ralph Waldo Emerson quote better than the car ride-loving dogs in the video compilation above, as they enjoy Summer on the open road. While the relationship between dogs and cars often ends with them instinctively sticking their heads out the window, this hypnotizing video is sure to cheer you up and make you smile.


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LaFerrari buyer drives dream collection back to Maranello [w/video]

Posted Jul 24th 2014 10:00AM

Ferrari 288 GTO, F40, LaFerrari, Enzo and F50

We'd find it hard to feel bad for someone who "has to" choose between the latest crop of hybrid hypercars. After all, the Porsche 918 Spyder, McLaren P1 and Ferrari LaFerrari are each awesome in their own right. But for one buyer, the choice was a no-brainer: it was the Prancing Horse all along. Not because he couldn't get his hands on the Porsche or the McLaren – though we're sure each is in higher demand than there will be supply – but because he's already bought each of its predecessors.

That very fortunate buyer is one Jon Hunt. His collection already includes a 288 GTO, an F40, an F50 and an Enzo – each in red, naturally – so when it came time to pick up his new LaFerrari, he drove down from London to Maranello, bringing his sons, a few friends and each of his F-cars (as the tifosi call them) along for the ride.

The result, as you can see for yourself from the photos above and the video below, is one very compelling and drool-inducing family photo. It's not every day, after all, that you see any of these cars on the road – let alone together in one place.

News Source: Ferrari

Apple vs. Google in the battle for your car [w/poll]

Posted Jul 24th 2014 9:00AM

Apple vs Google in the car

Apple and Google are rapidly opening a new front in the on-going tech wars, as the two giants move out of your pocket and into your car. For Apple, it's using its CarPlay system, while Google will offer its newly unveiled Android Auto operating system.

While these two both offer their own distinct aesthetics, the overall function is the same. You'll plug your phone into the car via USB, and then all of the functions from your overpriced slab of aluminum, glass, plastic and silicon will be automagically added to your car's infotainment display.

Bloomberg TV has an excellent video on the two competing systems that explains why these two titans of technology are so keen on expanding into the dashboard, and what it means for you, the average motorist.

Scroll down for the video, and then be sure to register your opinion in our unofficial poll.

Would you rather have Apple or Google integration for your in-car systems?

News Source: Bloomberg TV

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