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Time to drool over 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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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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2015 Volvo S60 T6 Drive-E

Posted Apr 23rd 2014 11:57AM

New Engine Makes S60 Quietly Competitive With German Rivals

2015 Volvo S60

For those not paying attention, Volvo has updated its S60 sedan range for 2015 with a new range of engines under the Drive-E label. Wearing the same T5 and T6 badges to note the relative levels of power under the hood, both engines are 2.0-litre four-cylinders, with the lesser being turbocharged and the greater being both supercharged and turbocharged.

Both Drive-E variants are currently only available in front-wheel-drive flavour, though Volvo will still happily sell you an S60 T5 AWD with the older 2.5-litre turbo five-cylinder, or a top-of-the-line S60 T6 with a turbo'd 3.0-litre six-cylinder and all the wheels turning.

The car I drove for a week is perhaps the most balanced version of the S60 range, with that exotic sounding twin-charged 2.0-litre mill planted happily in the attractively sloping nose. Provided you're not hung up on front-drive dynamics, the T6 Drive-E might be a solid candidate for your next premium small sedan shopping list, as well... READ FULL STORY

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Are you the next Porsche 911 GT3 RS or GT2?

Posted Apr 23rd 2014 11:00AM

Porsche 911 GT3 RS prototype

Porsche typically keeps to a suitably fast schedule when it comes to rolling out increasingly hard-core performance versions of the 911. After the 997 Carrera debuted in 2004, the GT3 version followed in 2006, and by the end of the 2007, Porsche had rolled out both the GT3 RS and GT2 versions. Then the facelifted 997.5 came out in 2008 and it was back to the start: the GT3 came in 2009, the GT3 RS and GT2 RS in 2010, and the GT3 RS 4.0 in 2011. But things have slowed down some with the latest 991 generation.

The new Carrera came in 2011 and the GT3 followed in 2012. By recent history's example, we should have at least two more hardcore models by now, but we don't. Maybe the engineers in Zuffenhausen have had their hands full fixing the spontaneous-combustion issues with the existing GT3, or maybe their attentions have been focused elsewhere altogether. But if these spy shots are anything to go by, it seems like they're back on the job.

Now we don't know if this prototype foreshadows a new GT3 RS or a GT2, but it sure looks more hard-core than the existing GT3 that many purists have derided as too soft, what with its automatic transmission and four-wheel steering.

What's the difference between a GT3, GT3 RS or GT2? We're glad you asked (even if you didn't). The GT3 is a more performance-focused version of the 911. The GT3 RS takes things a step further, but keeps the naturally aspirated engine. The GT2 packs twin turbochargers, like the 911 Turbo but without all-wheel drive. Porsche seems likely to do one or the other, and this could be either. But whichever it is – with the turbos or without, manual transmission or dual-clutch – it promises to be one of the most formidable performance machines on road or track.

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2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport officially announced for production

Posted Apr 23rd 2014 10:00AM

Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept

Land Rover unveiled its Discovery Vision concept (pictured above) at the New York Auto Show. Now the company has announced that the first vehicle to wear some of the concept's styling is going to be the new Discovery Sport. The Sport is the newest member of a whole new family of Disco models that LR has in the works.

Land Rover says that the Discovery Sport will go on sale as a premium compact SUV in 2015. The company claims in its release that: "This will be the most versatile and capable SUV in its segment and is the first expression of the Discovery Vision Concept unveiled here in New York." We don't have any images to go on just yet, aside from the concept car cues, but we do know the new model is likely to be a replacement for the aging LR2.

The Discovery Vision is a seven-passenger SUV concept is meant to show the general look of a whole family of new vehicles from Land Rover, including the smaller Sport. It's expected that a larger model will be used as a replacement for the current LR4/Discovery. Scroll down for video and LR's entire tease about the Discovery Sport.

News Source: Land Rover

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When to change your winter tires for spring and summer driving

Posted Apr 23rd 2014 9:00AM



Snow is melting, the sun is out, and it's finally getting warmer... Meaning many of us are officially itching to get those winter tires off and put on a fresh set of summer wheels. But when's the best time to make the big switch? Well, for starters you'll get a slightly different opinion depending on who you ask and geographically where you're located.

Click here to take a look at the general dos and don'ts from the experts when it comes to changing over to summer and all-season tires and the importance of removing winter wheels at the right time. Also, feel free to tell us when you plan to switch 'em up on our facebook page and share some photos of your summer wheel set-up with us.

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Chris Harris explains why the world's best car is... the Citroën 2CV?

Posted Apr 22nd 2014 8:00PM

Screencap of Drive Channel's Chris Harris driving his favorite car, a Citroen 2CV

Most recently we've seen Chris Harris in the driver's seat of a Jaguar F-Type, a McLaren P1 prototype and a Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG. And outside the car, there was his indignation over the demonization of the Porsche Carrera GT after Paul Walker's death. So you might not expect him to say of a 1957 Citroën 2CV with all of 12 horsepower, "it's the antidote to all the modern stuff I drive."

That's only the beginning of the hosannas, Harris going on to call the runabout designed to carry two farmers and 50 kilograms of potatoes at 60 km/h "the most interesting car I have or ever will own." What?! Well, we could tell you why, but it sounds so much more distinguished when he does it. So you can watch him do so in the video below. Unsurprisingly, not a single drift was given that day.

News Source: Drive via YouTube

Petrolicious finds an oasis of Chevy SS models in the desert

Posted Apr 22nd 2014 7:00PM

1972 Chevelle SS

The things we are interested in while young often grow into passions later in life. Take Mark Lundquist for example, whose car collection is highlighted in a new video from Petrolicious. Out of high school in the late 1960s, he worked at a gas station and filled up many of the era's most prized muscle cars. He wanted one but couldn't afford it until years later after his kids went to college. Now, he finally has his dream collection, which includes two classic Chevrolet Super Sports.

First, there is a sleeper '65 Malibu SS with a fuel-injected 502-cubic-inch Chevy big block crate engine, making 502 horsepower and 567 pound-feet for torque hiding under the hood. The car might not scream out about its power at first glance, but it has enough muscle to hit Lundquist in the head with the sun visor whenever he gets on the throttle.

His other SS is a '72 Chevelle. He bought it bone stock with a 402-cubic-inch big block engine. Since the purchase, Lundquist redid the interior and had it painted, but he kept it otherwise as it left the factory. Both cars reside in a special garage full of automotive memorabilia in Joshua Tree, CA. If you're a fan of big 'ole American muscle, then scroll down to check out the video.

News Source: Petrolicious via YouTube

Beijing first to see next-gen Chevy Cruze

Posted Apr 22nd 2014 6:00PM

Chevy Cruze Chinese Market

Chevrolet may have just introduced a slight styling refresh and new tech for the North American Cruze at the New York Auto Show, but Shanghai GM, General Motor's Chinese joint venture partner, has gone a step further, unveiling an all-new generation of the popular compact at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show.

The Chinese-market Cruze has sleeker frontal styling with inspiration from the Chevy Tru 140S Concept. The headlights are more pointed and dip down into the two-tier grille. Overall, the sedan has more aggressive lines and a coupe-like roofline. Power for the new version is provided by a 1.5-litre four-cylinder or 1.4-litre, direct-injected turbocharged four, and Chinese buyers can choose among a seven-speed dual-clutch, six-speed manual or six-speed automated manual as gearbox options. GM Shanghai claims the latest model is good for a 14-21 per cent improvement in fuel economy.

Chevy authorities in China tell Autoblog Canada that North American customers will eventually get a new model based on this architecture, but it won't look exactly like what you see here – in fact, it will almost certainly ride on a longer wheelbase, among other changes.

Why introduce the model in Beijing? The Cruze has been a hot seller in China for years – GM has sold over one million units in the market – and the model has been on sale in the Middle Kingdom significantly longer than it has been available in North America. What's more, the C-segment cars like the Cruze are China's most popular vehicle type, enjoying nearly 50 per cent marketshare. Said another way, China's due for a new generation.

Scroll down for the more details in the press release.

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