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W Motors Lykan Hypersport caught on the street

  • W Motors Lykan Hypersport caught on the street
  • HIGHLIGHTS: The top secret supercar meet you've never heard of
  • Montreal hosts world's largest electric vehicle gathering to set new record
  • Ford demonstrates Mustang's new Line Lock burnout feature

R/C fans film tribute to Fast and Furious franchise

Posted Apr 23rd 2014 8:00PM

Fast and Furious homage

Fans of the Fast and Furious series have about a year to wait before the seventh installment in the franchise hits theaters, but in the meantime, let this homage to the series made with radio-controlled cars whet your appetite. It might lack the actors, but it nails the automotive action.

Vax Studio, the group that made the video, claims to be a group of amateurs, but these folks are incredibly talented. The short gives a real weight to the cars, despite being made from plastic. The makers even add in some computer-generated effects to liven up the action. At times, they actually look like real cars.

Starring a Nissan GT-R, a classic Camaro, a Nissan Silvia and a pair of modern Camaro police cars, it offers a little something for everybody, and it's definitely worth checking out. Scroll down to watch a car chase in small scale.

News Source: Vax Studio, Carscoops via YouTube

Watch the boys from Hot Rod hoon a Corvette worthy of a sinkhole

Posted Apr 23rd 2014 7:00PM

Hot Rod Magazine: Roadkill

Have you read Mike Harley's awesome write up of the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible yet? The car Harley tests is the polar opposite of what you see above. Yes, the boys from Hot Rod Magazine's Roadkill series are back, and this time they're driving the world's worst Corvette from Florida (where else?) to the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY.

Their mission? To put this god-awful car into the sinkhole that swallowed up a number priceless Vettes at the museum back in February. Now, you may be looking at the photo above and thinking, "Hey, that doesn't look that bad. I mean, sure, the headlights are wonky and is that a bald eagle on the trunk?" Trust us, it is.

The two hosts face all manner of challenges - as per usual - along the way, from a run-in with Don Schumacher that nearly sends the pair to Las Vegas instead of Kentucky, to encounters with the local police to your typical batch of mechanical gremlins. It all makes for a seriously entertaining 22 minutes of video, all of which you can see by scrolling down.

News Source: Motor Trend Channel via YouTube

2015 Volvo Inscription models get classy with an upgraded leather interior

Posted Apr 23rd 2014 6:30PM

2015 Volvo XC60 Inscription

If Volvo's recent spate of cool-looking concepts is any indication, the Swedish brand has some great new styling on the way. But it takes time for new vehicles to come to market. In the meantime, Volvo is livening up some of its interiors with an updated Inscription Package on the 2015 XC60 (pictured above) and S80 debuting at the 2014 New York Auto Show.

The Inscription models see mostly interior improvements with Sovereign Hide leather covering the seats and more leather for the instrument panels, seatbacks, centre armrests and embroidered headrests. Inlaid wood acts as decorative trim, and there are plush, new floor mats. Exterior changes are limited to the choice of colours, namely Crystal White Pearl, Electric Silver and – exclusively for the S80 – Ember Black. The XC60 Inscription comes with 20-inch, ten-spoke wheels, and the S80 receives 19-inch versions.

The package's changes are fairly small, but it adds a certain amount of opulence to the models until the new Volvos are ready. Scroll down to read the full details about them.

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Image Credit: Live photos copyright 2014 Drew Phillips / AOL

New Car2go Regional Access means carsharing between Canada and USA

Posted Apr 23rd 2014 5:45PM



The 13 various North American Car2go services are about to play together a lot nicer. With the new "Regional Access" plan, every North American Car2go member will be able to use his or her membership from one city in another. This was previously available within the US to US-based members who wanted to use their accounts in another US city, but now users in the three Canadian Car2go cities - Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver can too - and vice versa... READ FULL STORY

Image Credit: Car2Go

W Motors Lykan Hypersport caught on the street

Posted Apr 23rd 2014 5:00PM

W Motors Lykan Hypersport

The W Motors Lykan Hypersport is a very perplexing supercar. Priced at an eye-popping US$3.4 million, it looks like a Lamborghini turned up to 11. However, for a car that costs more than a McLaren P1 and Ferrari LaFerrari combined, it doesn't scream about its performance once the engine is started.

The Lykan Hypersport does fill the requirement of supercars to offer insane features. When it announced the car, W Motors promised diamond-encrusted LED taillights and a holographic interior display. The first models will actually be built in Italy, but production will move to the Middle East later.

With a mid-mounted, twin-turbo, 3.7-litre flat-six with a claimed 740 horsepower and 708 pound-feet of torque, the Hypersport doesn't lack for power. Still, that is somewhat lower than the 750 hp and 737 lb-ft rating from our previous story about it – the facts are often fluid in the rare world of brand new hypercar makers. W Motors also claims it can reach 60 miles per hour (96 km/h) in 2.8 seconds and an alleged top speed of 385 km/h (239 mph).

The possible downside is that the company seems to have tuned the exhaust to actually be rather subdued. For as much as it costs, it should send a shiver down your spine the split-second it gets on the throttle, but the Hypersport just rumbles along. Scroll down to hear the supercar for yourself and see if it inspires a US$3.4 million purchase.

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News Source: W Motors, Marchettino via YouTube

Maserati surprises Manhattan with Centennial edition GranTurismo

Posted Apr 23rd 2014 4:01PM

Maserati GranTurismo MC Centennial Edition

The GranTurismo may be getting a little long in the proverbial tooth, but it hasn't quite been a century just yet. It has, however, been a hundred years since Maserati was originally founded, and to celebrate that milestone, the Modenese automaker has rolled in to the New York Auto Show this year with a pair of special editions. Available in either coupe or convertible form, the MC Centennial Editions arrived as a surprise just as the Alfieri concept was a month ago in Geneva, albeit somewhat less revolutionary.

The special editions are differentiated from any other by their paint scheme, special wheels, revamped interior and special badging throughout. Magma red and Inchiostro blue – the colours of the city of Bologna where the company was founded a century ago – are new to the Maserati catalogue, and come with a choice of wheel options with special logos at the centre. The interior colour is specified to complement the exterior with red, white or blue trim and carbon-fibre accents.

Power comes from the same 4.7-litre V8 as the GranTurismo MC Stradale or GranCabrio Sport, driving 454 horsepower to the rear wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. That's said to be enough to propel either coupe or convertible to a top speed of 298 km/h (185 miles per hour), and comes coupled with Brembo brakes and MC sport suspension. Deliveries commence in July, but you can scope it out here in the gallery of live images from the show floor above, the galleries of stock images below and the press release below that.

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News Source: Maserati

Image Credit: Live photos copyright 2014 Drew Phillips / AOL

Gas prices jump up across Canada, but these fuel saving tips can help

Posted Apr 23rd 2014 3:00PM



Canadian drivers woke up to shocking gas prices across the country as overnight increases of up to nine cents per litre have many motorists outraged with little explanation as to why. While the summer season is a peak period for driving in Canada and we're accustom to fuel fluctuation this time of year, this unexpected gas price hike has many critics questioning its validity.

According to the website TomorrowsGasPriceToday.com, Montreal now has the distinction of being the most expensive city to buy gas in Canada at an average price of $1.53 (up over nine cents per litre overnight). Meanwhile, Vancouver drivers are dealing with the second-highest gas prices in Canada at an average of $1.51 a litre, leaving Toronto motorists with something to be thankful for at a comparatively cheap average of just $1.40 a litre. We're also seeing similar jumps at the pumps in Regina, Calgary and Edmonton of up four to five cents per litre.

While we can't change much about the rising cost of gas in Canada, we've put together these helpful gas-saving tips on ways to drastically improve your fuel economy. Long gone are the days when gas cost less than a dollar a litre; the last time the average price of regular gasoline dipped below the loonie was back in the summer of 2010.

Best Ways to Save on Gasoline

News Source: Kanetix.ca, tomorrowsgaspricetoday.com

Image Credit: Grant Hindsley / AP

HIGHLIGHTS: The top secret supercar meet you've never heard of

Posted Apr 23rd 2014 2:00PM



Spotting a roaring pack of supercars or six-figure exotics out in public is a rare treat to the senses, but the folks at Supercar Driver recently took things to the next level at their annual top secret supercar meet in Europe.

Bringing together this many supercars all in one location is the stuff car enthusiasts (including us) can only dream of, with Lamborghini Aventadors, Audi R8s, McLaren 12Cs, Nissan GT-Rs by the dozen and some rarities like a Ferrari F40, brand new McLaren 650S Spider, and Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 for good measure.

Click here to flip through the impressive photo gallery of the top secret event captured by automotive photographer Matt Parker and the team at Supercar Driver, then let us know your favourite cars from the meet on our facebook page.

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News Source: supercardriver.com

Image Credit: Matt Parker, supercardriver.com, Matt Parker - Facebook

Icon 4x4 gets lavish short film treatment

Posted Apr 23rd 2014 12:58PM

Icon 4X4 Thriftmaster

Icon is one of the coolest American boutique vehicle builders around today, known in part for its talent of combining the looks of classic vehicles with modern powertrains and features to create something beautiful. A new video takes a sentimental look at the company's philosophy and at two of its more recent creations – the Thriftmaster truck and E-Flyer bicycle.

Icon sees itself as a company that is picking up the pieces of American style by making products the best they can possibly be. The two vehicles in the video show off that dedication. The E-Flyer is an electric bicycle with a 56-kilometre (35-mile) range and derestricted 56 km/h (35-mile-per-hour) top speed, and it's priced at the relatively affordable price of US$4,995.

The Thriftmaster is an even better expression of what the Icon does so well. While it looks like an old truck on the outside, a 5.3-litre V8 lurks under the hood with 315 horsepower or 435 hp in supercharged form. The pickup also packs all the modern conveniences like four-wheel disc brakes, navigation and on-board Wi-Fi. The company plans to build just five of them starting at US$220,000 each. Scroll down to watch the video and get a better understanding of how Icon goes about its business.

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News Source: William Bradford via Vimeo

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