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  • Ken Block puts stunt driving skills against Neymar Jr. in funny Footkhana video
  • Watch R/C fans car chase tribute to Fast and Furious franchise
  • W Motors Lykan Hypersport caught on the street
  • HIGHLIGHTS: The top secret supercar meet you've never heard of

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2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S drives angry with XCAR

Posted Apr 24th 2014 8:01PM

Aston Martin V12 Vantage S

The Aston Martin V12 Vantage S is a monster of a sports coupe. At the front, those colour-matched fangs and open mouth look like Dracula ready to take a bite. And underneath the hood, the 6.0-litre V12 sounds like the Wolf Man growling whenever the driver gets on the throttle. In a recent video, XCAR got its hands on this wonderful behemoth and showed its brilliant brutality.

The smartest move that the producers made was letting the car speak for itself. Several times during the video, the host shuts up, and the only sound is the bellow from the exhaust of the Aston Martin. The cinematography is pretty darn nice, too. If you don't have time to watch the whole video, skip about 10 minutes into it when XCAR just lets the diabolical V12 thunder. It's definitely one of the highlights. Scroll down to watch – and listen – for yourself.

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News Source: XCar Films via YouTube

Image Credit: Gallery photos copyright 2014 Drew Phillips / AOL

Nissan shows self-cleaning car coated in amazing nano paint

Posted Apr 24th 2014 6:59PM

Nissan Note with Self-Cleaning Nano Paint

Washing the car is an activity like mowing the lawn that some people love and others find to be an absolute chore. For the latter group, Nissan may have an answer. Nissan is testing a nano-paint coating that could make the car wash a very infrequent place to visit.

Shown on a European Note hatchback, the key is a special layer of super-hydrophobic and oleophobic material called Ultra-Ever Dry that is sprayed over the paint. It creates a protective layer between the body and environment, and it means that when dirt or water come into contact with the car, the gunk just sheets away (basically this car can wash itself!).

Nissan admits that the coating is still early in testing. The key will be if the stuff can actually last for the long term, and the company will be analyzing it over the coming months to see how it will react in different conditions. At the moment, the automaker has no plans to offer Ultra-Ever Dry as a standard feature, but it may make it available as an aftermarket addition in the near future.

Click here to watch the video of Nissan testing the stuff in some very dirty conditions.

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News Source: Nissan via YouTube

2015 Honda HR-V looks fit for the urban jungle

Posted Apr 24th 2014 6:00PM

2015 Honda HR-V

Honda has been teasing us with the looks of its Fit-based compact crossover for months. Now the production version, dubbed the HR-V in North America, has finally been unveiled – in photographic form, at any rate – at the 2014 New York Auto Show. The CUV will slot into the brand's range this winter, and at the moment the company is keeping mum on many details about the new model.

The HR-V looks almost identical to the Urban SUV Concept unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show. The concept wore some nifty LED headlights and bigger wheels, but the rest of the styling has carried over to production. The handsome CUV sports diamond-shaped headlights, and a centre bar splits the grille into two tiers. It has the same swoosh down the side running to the C-pillar, but it appears slightly less pronounced than in Detroit. The rear door handles are also hidden in the back pillar.

The compact crossover rides on the same platform as the new Fit. That allows it to take full advantage of the compact's highly versatile interior. The HR-V comes with Honda's Magic Seat that allows the back row to fold flat into the floor when needed.

Honda has given no indication about which powertrains the HR-V is going be to offered with. It's expected that the 1.5-liter direct injected four-cylinder and CVT is going to be one option, but the possibility of also offering a turbocharged version of the four has also been rumoured. The automaker says more details are coming closer to launch.

The HR-V will slot in below the CR-V in terms of size and price when it goes on sale. All models are being built at Honda's new factory in Celaya, Mexico, that also builds the new Fit for North America. Scroll down to read the details in the release.

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News Source: Honda

Danica Patrick, Brooke Burke pitch Can-Am Spyder as ultimate paparazzi escape tool

Posted Apr 24th 2014 4:55PM

Can-Am Spyder Team

Can-Am has added another pair of stars to its advertising push for the three-wheeled Spyder motorcycle. After showing former NHL star Mark Messier guaranteeing a number of things (playing on his guarantee of winning a crucial game in the Stanley Cup playoffs in 1994), the company has hired IndyCar and NASCAR star Danica Patrick, and model/television personality Brooke Burke to talk about the Can-Am Spyder's talents as a paparazzi escape vehicle.

It's a clever little ad, showing a sort of silly, celebrity oriented version of Uber. That said, we'd argue that based on the rather dark history of paparazzi harassment and the tendency for stars or paparazzos to be injured or arrested when trying to escape from the cameras, the spot walks a fine line in terms of taste. Click here to watch these two ladies and their need for three-wheeled speed.

Image Credit: Can-Am

Watch R/C fans car chase 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

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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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

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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