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Alfa Romeo working on high-performance engines

Posted Dec 19th 2014 8:00AM

Alfa Romeo grille

During the big Fiat Chrysler Automobiles FCA US LLC announcement of its five-year plan earlier this year, the strategy for Alfa Romeo was easily summarized by brand boss Harald Wester: "Go back to the Alfa Romeo that people admired." Easier said than done. With the 4C as one step in that procedure, we might see the next when the company unveils its midsize sedan in June with a trio of new engines with up to 480 horsepower.

Anonymous sources at suppliers are already making some big claims about the new mills to Automotive News Europe. The top of the heap is reportedly a 2.9-litre, twin-turbocharged V6 making up to 480 hp, based on the 3.0-litre engine in the Maserati Quattroporte and Ghibli. Below it is a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder that's claimed to produce between 180 hp and 330 hp for rear- or all-wheel drive applications. Finally, there's potentially a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel four with between 135 hp and 210 hp.

Little has been officially announced about the midsize sedan, but it was possibly spied testing recently hidden under the body of a Ghibli. It was rumored to be rear-wheel drive with a size between the BMW 3 Series and 5 Series, and a high-performance GTA version was also speculated. According to ANE, the vehicle won't be called the Giulia and won't hit the market in the US until 2016.

In addition to the midsize model's engines, FCA is also reportedly working on an updated version of its 3.0-litre diesel V6 sourced from VM Motori with new 275-hp and 340-hp versions. They are likely slated for Alfa's future large sedan and SUV.

Chris Harris enjoys a smokey treat with HSV Maloo GTS

Posted Dec 18th 2014 8:00PM

Chris Harris On Cars HSV Maloo GTS

Auto enthusiasts should absolutely adore Australia. This bonkers island, aside from being filled with bugs, spiders, sharks and crocodiles, all of which are hellbent on killing you slowly, is home to two of the auto world's greatest things – the V8 Supercars series, and the ute.

While North Americans will be familiar with the ute thanks to cars like the Chevrolet El Camino and Ford Ranchero, the Australians have absolutely perfected this bizarre fusion of car and truck, with the result being the Holden HSV Maloo GTS. With a 577-horsepower, supercharged, 6.2-litre V8 playing a very metal version of Waltzing Matilda under the hood and the ability to tow 3,200 pounds (1,451 kilograms), we like the Maloo GTS very, very much.

Chris Harris likes this particular Holden very, very much, too. He likes it so much that on his "holiday" to Australia, he took the time to drive "the most Australian vehicle of all," complete with the sort of jabs we'd expect of a Brit driving an Aussie car (there is Vegemite involved).

Take a look at Harris and his take on this hilarious Holden.

News Source: Chris Harris On Cars via YouTube

Lexus bringing new F model to Detroit

Posted Dec 18th 2014 7:00PM

Lexus F teaser for Detroit 2015

Lexus has taken aim squarely at the likes of Mercedes-AMG and BMW M GmbH with its F line of performance models like the old IS F and the new RC F – and now it's preparing to showcase another one at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show.

There's little information to go on from the brief statement accompanying these two teaser images, but the Japanese automaker refers to its as "a track-ready" model. Could that mean a more extreme version of the RC F? Possibly, but the headlights are different – just like the units on the LF-C2 concept were different as well. It could just as easily be a concept for a new GS or LS sedan in F spec, even a reboot of the CT hybrid hatchback, or maybe a showcar of another nature altogether.

Whatever it is, it looks enticing, what with the carbon fibre bits, low-profile rubber, lightweight alloys and oversized brakes. As for what form it'll take, we'll find out sooner or later, so watch this space.

News Source: Lexus

2016 Nissan Titan gets video teaser ahead of Detroit debut

Posted Dec 18th 2014 6:00PM

Nissan Titan Frame

The Detroit Auto Show is going to be quite an event for pickup fans thanks to introductions of the new Toyota Tacoma and at least the rumour about the future F-150 Raptor. In addition to them, Nissan will finally unveil its next-gen Titan after months of teasing and spied glimpses.

With just a few weeks before the big show, Nissan is giving us one more glimpse of the new Titan on video. This time the company plays up the pickup's American development, but the highlight for fans are the brief shots of its frame and Cummins 5.0-litre diesel V8. The engine is rumored to pump out over 300 horsepower and about around 550 pound-feet of twist. Check out the clip above another chance to see just a little more of the next Titan.

News Source: Nissan Newsroom via YouTube

Here's how to get your mug on the world's fastest car*

Posted Dec 18th 2014 5:00PM

The Bloodhound SSC, trying to be the first car to go faster than 1,000 mph, front three-quarter view..

Next fall, the Bloodhound SSC will line up on a South African plain and try to go faster than 763 miles per hour (1,228 km/h), the current land speed record. If it does that, then it will try to break its own record one year later by going 1,000 miles per hour (1,609 km/h). The team behind the effort is running an Indiegogo campaign to raise 50,000 pounds ($91,516 CAD), and if you contribute, you can get your name or your sexy selfie on the navy blue flanks of the fastest car on the planet. (*You know, if it breaks the record.)

The money isn't just going to the speed effort; while they work on the car, the Bloodhound crew runs a thorough, hands-on education program that shows schoolkids how math and engineering can be more exciting than graph paper and scientific calculators.

You can donate any amount you wish, with 15 pounds enough to get your name on the tailfin, 50 pounds to get your school's name there, 500 pounds to nominate a business name and 1,000 pounds to have your Snapchatted face travel 1,000 mph (1,609 km/h). You know the cliche: it's all for a good cause, folks. But this time it's true. Check out the video to see more.

News Source: Bloodhound SSC via Indiegogo

20 stolen Red Bull Racing trophies recovered from lake

Posted Dec 18th 2014 4:00PM

APTOPIX Korea F1 GP Auto Racing

When is someone happy? When he loses something and finds it again. If that old Yiddish proverb is anything to go by, the guys at Red Bull Racing must be at least a little happy right now, because they've recovered some of the trophies that were stolen from the team's headquarters earlier this month.

For those just joining us, the incident in question involved a band of bandits driving a silver SUV through the front of the Red Bull facility in Milton Keynes, UK, stealing some 60 or so trophies from the display case in the lobby. But now some of those trophies – hard-earned from four Formula 1 World Championships and 50 grand prix victories – have been found.

According to the statement released on the team's website, about 20 of the stolen trophies have been found discarded in a lake – Horseshoe Lake near Sandhurst, to be specific. Apparently, the thieves got rid of the stolen trophies when they found they had no intrinsic value. The rest may still be discovered, but if they've got much silver, gold or other precious metals in them, they could end up melted down for their market value.

The team says it intends to have replicas made of the trophies that aren't recovered. Here's hoping that won't be necessary, though.

News Source: Red Bull Racing

Image Credit: Lee Jin-man/AP

Holiday Pranks: Watch Emily Blunt and John Krasinski prank Jimmy Kimmel's SUV

Posted Dec 18th 2014 3:00PM

John Krasinski on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Jimmy Kimmel has a bit of a rivalry going with Emily Blunt and John Krasinski. Not like the "I'm on television, you're on the radio" one he has with his former Man Show co-host Adam Carolla (who of course has more to do with cars than the last name he almost shares with a Toyota economy sedan). With Blunt and Krasinski, it's more of a prank rivalry.

The Hollywood couple, you see, live across the street from Kimmel, and they're all good friends. But during the holiday season, things get a little competitive. One year they broke into Jimmy's house and left an illuminated snowman and some sort of santa bear in his foyer. Jimmy retaliated, the Krasinskis escalated, and up and up things went until Jimmy had their entire house wrapped like a gift.

John and Emily weren't going to leave it at that, though, and took things in a decidedly more automotive direction. They gift-wrapped the host's BMW X5 and filled it with balls. But they didn't stop there. You'll want to watch the footage above to see how things ended, just take note of the roll cage visible as Krasinski-Clause stumbles out of the car in that last scene and remember that, while we couldn't say no vehicles were actually harmed in the making of this segment, at least it doesn't appear to have actually been Kimmel's.

News Source: Jimmy Kimmel Live via YouTube

Elderly enthusiast still has sense of humour after car crashes into his bedroom

Posted Dec 18th 2014 2:00PM

Car in Worchester Bedroom

Given his neatly stacked pile of model cars on display, bed sheets and wall art, it seems pretty safe to guess that Terry Brouillette of Worcester, MA, is a NASCAR fan. But the 71-year-old man got a very rude awakening recently when an allegedly drunk driver plowed through his bedroom window. The vehicle came to rest right on the other side of the bed from where he was asleep.

The car actually poked out the other side of the wall, as well, and the build's foundation seemingly helped keep it from going all the way through. Despite suffering minor injuries, Brouillette maintained a good sense of humour after the ordeal, though. He joked to WCVB Channel 5 Boston that he could have changed the vehicle's oil the way it was perched next to him.

Check out a full report on the eye-opening incident above, including an interview with the quite colourful Brouillette.

News Source: WCVB Channel 5 Boston, Carbuzz via YouTube

Plumber shocked his old Ford F-250 is now in terrorists' hands [w/video]

Posted Dec 18th 2014 1:00PM

Plumber's truck used in Syrian Civil War

Do you ever wonder what the owner is doing with your vehicle after you trade it in? Mark Oberholtzer of Mark-1 Plumbing in Texas City, TX, has no need to imagine, but it's probably his worst nightmare. That's because an image of his old Ford F-250 is now on Twitter as a gun platform in the Syrian Civil War.

While the image only appeared recently, Oberholtzer traded the truck in last November. Somehow since then the F-250 made its way from Texas to Syria. According to a report from television station WHOU, the dealer that took the trade said the pickup immediately went to auction. Unfortunately, along the whole route no one ever thought to take "Mark-1 Plumbing's" name and phone number off the side doors. So when the image went up on Twitter, everyone knew whom the Ford previously belonged to.

The plumbing company makes it abundantly clear that this whole bizarre situation is simply a coincidence, and it has absolutely no ties to the conflict in Syria. However, that isn't preventing people from phoning the business with angry calls and threats. Things are so bad that Oberholtzer keeps the phones unplugged for relief. Scroll down to watch a video of the guy's flabbergasted reaction to finding out what his F-250 is doing now.

News Source: WHOU via Boldride

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