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2015 Ford Mustang vs. Camaro and Challenger [w/poll]

Posted Jul 18th 2014 4:00PM

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The horsepower wars are tightening among the Detroit Three, as the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger are getting bigger, more powerful, and yes, more fuel efficient.

That came into sharper focus this week as more information was revealed about the most insane Challenger ever – the 707-horsepower Hellcat – followed quickly by Ford's in-depth showcase of the 2015 Mustang in Dearborn.

It's shaping up to be a golden age for enthusiasts, and what's under the hood is becoming more important than ever.

The V8s
  • Right now, the 5.0-litre Mustang GT has the lead among Detroit's V8 muscle cars in the power department, though there's a caveat. The 435-hp output of the 5.0-litre 'Stang is ahead of the 6.2-litre LS3 V8 Camaro SS, which is rated at 426 ponies. It's also better than the 5.7-litre V8 Challenger R/T's 375 hp.
  • But, it trails the 6.4-litre V8 used in the 392 Challenger, which makes 485 hp. Blue Oval enthusiasts could argue the 392 is a sort of "Hellcat Lite," and not the GT's true competitor.
  • The tables are turned in the torque department, as the V8 Stang summons 400 lb-ft, which is behind the Camaro SS (420 lb-ft), the Challenger R/T (410 lb-ft) and the 392 (475 lb-ft).
  • Of course, we're just talking about the 2015 Mustang's competition, and since we don't know what's in store for the SVT-tuned example yet, we're leaving out any comparisons to the Camaro Z/28 and ZL1, as well as the previously mentioned, 707-hp Challenger Hellcat.
The V6s
  • Among V6s, the Camaro is the decided leader in power, boosting 323 hp, well ahead of the Challenger's 305 hp and the now-detuned Mustang, which dropped to an even 300 hp this year.
  • The Blue Oval does pack the most torque among six-cylinders with 280 lb-ft, just ahead of the Camaro's 278 lb-ft and the Challenger's 268 lb-ft.
The Wildcard
  • Of course, we're referring to Ford's EcoBoost inline four-cylinder, which pushes out 310 hp and an impressive 320 lb-ft from a turbocharged 2.3-litre mill. Neither Dodge nor Chevy have anything similar in their current muscle car lines, and if there are any undecided potential buyers in this died-in-the-wool segment, it could prove to be a game-changer.
Tipping The Scales
  • The turbo four is also the lightest Mustang and the lightest car among these offerings from Detroit, weighing 3,524 pounds (1,598 kilograms). The V6 'Stang is just two pounds heavier though, which puts it well ahead of the V6 Camaro (3,702 pounds / 1,679 kg) and Challenger (3,834 pounds / 1,739 kg).
  • This trend continues among the V8s, as the Mustang GT is 3,705 pounds (1,680 kg) – just three pounds (1.3 kg) heavier than the lightest Camaro V6. The eight-cylinder Chevy comes in at 3,908 pounds (1,805 kg), which is still lighter than the Challenger's weight of 4,082 pounds (1,851 kg).
So those are the cold, hard numbers. Objectively there are definite winners and losers, depending on what you value in a sporting automobile. But in the end, this segment has always been about more than the numbers. If anything, spec sheets trivialize it. Muscle cars are about the visceral experience from behind the wheel. Pick your favorite, plunk down your cash and hit road. Who are we to tell you that you're wrong?

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Nuclear-powered concept cars from the Atomic Age

Posted Jul 18th 2014 3:00PM



In the 1950s and early 60s, the dawn of nuclear power was supposed to lead to a limitless consumer culture, a world of flying cars and autonomous kitchens all powered by clean energy. In Europe, it offered the then-limping continent a cheap, inexhaustible supply of power after years of rationing and infrastructure damage brought on by two World Wars.

The development of nuclear-powered submarines and ships during the 1940s and 50s led car designers to begin conceptualizing atomic vehicles. Fueled by a consistent reaction, these cars would theoretically produce no harmful byproducts and rarely need to refuel. Combining these vehicles with the new interstate system presented amazing potential for North American mobility.

But the fantasy soon faded. There were just too many problems with the realities of nuclear power. For starters, the powerplant would be too small to attain a reaction unless the car contained weapons-grade atomic materials. Doing so would mean every fender-bender could result in a minor nuclear holocaust. Additionally, many of the designers assumed a lightweight shielding material or even forcefields would eventually be invented (they still haven't) to protect passengers from harmful radiation. Analyses of the atomic car concept at the time determined that a 50-ton (45,000 kg) lead barrier would be necessary to prevent exposure.

Although hope is still alive for nuclear-powered cars – engines powered by lasers and Thorium salts have been suggested – it's amusing to think that there was a time when these cars were seriously considered the future of transportation. Our love affair with nuclear energy has waned considerably since the catastrophes at Chernobyl, Three Mile Island and, most recently, Fukushima.

Take a trip back in time to when creativity was out matched only by naïveté by checking out these nuclear-powered car concepts from automakers like Ford and Studebaker-Packard. Radiation suit not included.

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2015 Ford Mustang specs revealed, GT to pack 435 HP

Posted Jul 18th 2014 1:00PM

2015 Ford Mustang GT - Red

The 2015 Ford Mustang sounds great so far – at least on paper. Ford has just announced specs for the latest version of the iconic pony car in Dearborn, telling Autoblog that it will pump out as much as 435 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque from its 5.0-litre V8.

Those gaudy figures power the naturally aspirated GT model, and they easily eclipse the "more than" 420 hp and 390 lb-ft that Ford originally estimated.

The 2.3-litre turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder makes 310 hp and 320 lb-ft, and it's the first turbo Mustang since the 1986 SVO.

The 2.3-litre turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder makes 310 hp and 320 lb-ft, and it's the first turbo Mustang since the 1986 SVO.

The 3.7-litre V6, which has by default become the entry-level model, is rated at 300 hp and 280 lb-ft. Power is down slightly from 2014's output of 305 hp to slot the naturally aspirated six-cylinder below the EcoBoost four banger.

The Mustang will start at US$24,425*, including destination charges, when it goes on sale later this year. *Canadian pricing yet to be announced.

Ford significantly redesigned the Mustang for 2015. It has a new suspension featuring an independent rear setup, beefier brakes, an upgraded infotainment system with MyFord Touch and more interior space. It's all wrapped in sleeker styling that accentuates its fastback silhouette and improves aerodynamics while still channeling the appearance of the original 1960s pony car.

Meanwhile, fears that the Mustang's new technologies would result in a significant weight gain were overstated. According to a Ford slide shown at the Dearborn presentation, the lightest model is the EcoBoost four-cylinder with an automatic transmission, which checks in with a base curb weight of 3,524 pounds (1,598 kilograms). That's only 28 pounds (13 kilograms) heavier than last year's lightest model, the V6 with a manual.

The rest of the lineup is similarly trim. The base curb weight of the 2015 V6 fastback with a six-speed manual transmission is 3,526 pounds (1,600 kilograms), a 30-pound (13.6-kilogram) increase from the 2014 model. A V6 with an automatic is 3,530 pounds (1,601 kilograms) (up just 12 pounds / 6 kilograms), followed by the EcoBoost with a manual (3,532 pounds / 1,602 kilograms).

The GT packed on 87 pounds (39 kilograms), and now weighs 3,705 (1,681 kilograms), and the GT with an automatic gained 54 pounds (24 kilograms) to now weigh 3,729 pounds (1,691 kilograms).

Ford product chief Raj Nair said the focus was on the power-to-weight-ratio (11.36 pounds /5.15 kilograms per hp for the lightest EcoBoost, 8.52 pounds / 3.86 kilograms per hp for the GT) and called the new generation "the greatest, most advanced performing Mustang we've ever done."

As we've noted, these performance figures are even better than Ford (albeit conservatively) projected. But if they aren't enough to quicken your pulse, sit tight. Ford's Special Vehicles Team is hard at work on something that promises to be still more menacing. Stay tuned.

UPDATE: We've just received details about the Mustang's weight, which have been added into the story. The official press release has also been posted, below.

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2015 Nissan 370Z Nismo back in Canada

Posted Jul 16th 2014 12:00PM

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Before we get started, yes it's true... the 2015 Nissan 370Z Nismo is coming to Canada! If you blinked last time around (or lived in Canada), you might have missed the opportunity to pick up the last iteration of the 370Z Nismo, because after just a touch over a year of availability, Nissan is already replacing it with this updated 2015 model – the third 370-based iteration from the brand's in-house tuner. While the last Nismo Z wasn't offered by dealerships here in Canada, we're glad to see it's finally coming back, as we consider this version to be the 370Z's swan song.

An all-new version is expected soon with a downsized turbo mill (something in the vein of a 240Z would not be impossible). That reality aside, the latest 370Z Nismo is a compelling package we couldn't wait to get our hands on. It looks like a million bucks, takes a corner with verve, and gets belated tech goodies. Click here for our impressions from a drive we took last week near Nissan's North American headquarters in Tennessee... READ MORE

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Study: 15 worst things drivers do to stay awake

Posted Jul 15th 2014 3:00PM



Drowsy driving is a dangerous thing to do. According to several studies, fatigue behind the wheel is a growing problem that impairs a driver's motor skills, vision, cognitive ability and decision-making ability. Considered just as serious as distracted or drunk driving, fatigue behind the wheel is estimated to potentially play a role in 11.6 per cent of all fatal accidents.

With many motorists getting behind the wheel during prime time road trip season this summer , driver fatigue is bound to happen during any long drive. DMEautomotive recently conducted a study which revealed the 15 worst things drivers do to stay awake, confirming that drivers are combating the issue in the wrong ways, opting for ineffective fixes that do little to alleviate drowsiness.

The results of the survey showed drivers are far more likely to drink caffeine, open windows, pull over and exercise/stretch, blast loud music and turn up air conditioning -- all of which do little to nothing to lessen the effects of sleep deprivation. The only proven solution is to safely pull over, stop driving, and take a nap for a proper amount of time or switch drivers with someone who isn't tired. Although drinking a caffeinated beverage can produce a jolt of alertness, the effect wears off quickly, according to experts and contrary to the popular belief, coffee is not a replacement for sleep.

"This survey reveals a big problem: when people get sleepy on the road, too many take measures that simply don't work," said Mary Sheridan, director of research and analytics for DMEautomotive, in a release. "Most of us do ineffective things like stopping for that third triple-shot cappuccino or slapping water on our face just to keep going. As drivers, we need to heed our drowsiness: and stop and sleep, or let a rested person drive."

Click here to view the 15 worst things drivers do to stay awake and watch the video below of Dr. Ian Smith taking a test drive after staying awake for more than 30 hours.

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2015 Audi A3 E-Tron [w/video]

Posted Jul 15th 2014 12:00PM

2015 Audi A3 E-Tron

Over the years, we've had a chance to test a lot of Audi E-Tron vehicles, from very early all-electric prototypes (back then we only got to sit in the passenger seat) to the A6 L E-Tron PHEV and the A1 E-Tron plug-in hybrid. All of them were concepts and promises, merely whispers of what was possible, even as the Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Volt and two Tesla models were making waves in the marketplace.

As we learned last year in our Deep Dive of the E-Tron project, all of the concepts, prototypes and rumours have finally come to fruition in this A3 Sportback E-Tron. Previously, we were given a chance to drive a prototype, but it was only very briefly. Last week, we finally got to run a production-representative example through the hilly roads between Vienna, Austria and Munich, Germany. After spending a solid day with Audi's first marketable E-Tron vehicle, we can say that it's a most amazing bit of engineering, in particular for the way that Audi has done so much to hide the fact that this is an electrified vehicle. Not entirely, of course, but the idea was to make the A3 Sportback E-Tron a no-compromise PHEV. And that means it drives and feels, in many ways, like the standard A3 Sportback despite over 700 extra pounds (318 kilograms). Oh, and there's a charge port hidden behind the four rings in the grille. READ MORE

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Top 10 toughest new cars to negotiate

Posted Jul 11th 2014 2:00PM



Shopping for a new car doesn't have to be a stressful and frustrating experience. Here at Autoblog Canada, we're always working hard to provide car shopping tips and advice on things like the cheapest all-wheel drive cars in Canada, biggest car buying myths and misconceptions and how to score a better deal: The complete guide to car price quotes.

With help from TrueCar.com, we've come up with a list of top 10 the most difficult new cars to negotiate on right now. Our list features vehicles selling at very near or even in some cases above their sticker price. Why? Because these cars are either extremely in high demand or still very new to the market for 2014, meaning dealerships are much less inclined to negotiate on price or offer any discounts on them right now.

Many of these top 10 toughest new cars to negotiate aren't just expensive luxury cars either, as our list includes a wide range of cars from the 2015 Honda Fit and all-new Porsche Macan. While we all want a good deal, most of the vehicles found on our "no-negotiation" list are still among our favourite cars out there right now.

If you're looking for a big discount on a new car, you'll be better off either waiting longer to buy one of these popular picks or skipping them all together. Click here to see which new cars are the toughest to negotiate if you're car shopping this Summer.

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Tesla sued in China for $3.85 Million over trademark infringement

Posted Jul 9th 2014 4:30PM

Tesla Sued in China for $3.85 Million Over Trademark Infringement

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Porsche 918 Spyder roars electric through London

Posted Jul 9th 2014 2:00PM

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The Porsche 918 Spyder can be an object of lust for anyone who appreciates the finer things in the automotive world, but for us greenies with penchant for speed, the car is an icon. This gorgeous, all-wheel-drive plug-in hybrid offers 887 horsepower and 940 pound-feet of torque, can do 0-60 (0-96 km/h) in just 2.5 seconds and is capable of 214 miles per hour (344 kilometres per hour). It lapped the Nürburgring in a record 6:57. Still, it is capable of near-silent, relaxed cruising through one of Europe's busiest cities.

In a new video from Porsche, chief driving instructor Gordon Robertson takes the 918 to London and does just that. While driving in E-Power mode, he describes some of the things that make the car special, as well as how the technology has developed through the 911 GT3 R Hybrid and the 919 LMP1 car to eventually be passed onto the Panamera S E-Hybrid. If you're interested, you can learn more about the car in our own drive review, here.

It's great to see, for the first time, the 918 Spyder driving alongside London's black cabs and double-decker buses. The rubbernecking from pedestrians is noticeable and completely understandable. I'm sure we'd all love to see this car come silently sneaking down our own city streets, but until Porsche makes that happen, you'll just have to enjoy the video below.

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