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2014 Land Rover Range Rover HSE

Posted Aug 26th 2014 11:57AM

Land Rover Range Rover

When this current generation of Range Rover first debuted for the 2013 model year, much was made of its aluminum-intensive superstructure, and the hundreds of pounds of curb weight – some 700 (318 kilograms) of the suckers – shed as a result. Not having had the opportunity to drive the newly lightened Range until early this past spring (as you can see from the photos), I'd taken the dynamically positive changes on faith before my test.

Having now sampled the super-lux SUV for myself and being a longstanding fan of the Range Rover brand and most Land Rover products, I'm happy to report that the rumours are true. My Nara Bronze Range Rover HSE not only looked the part of a utility vehicle for the well-heeled set, it performed up to the high standards of the models past, as well.

That summation is extra impressive, considering that the Range Rover I had was powered by the base, supercharged 3.0-litre V6 engine, too.

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2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 8AT

Posted Aug 20th 2014 12:00PM

We Test The Advanced New 8-Speed Automatic To See How The Majority Live

If the world were populated exclusively with Autoblog commenters, Chevrolet probably wouldn't even offer an automatic transmission in its 2015 Corvette Stingray. Somehow the desire to drive with three pedals and the willingness to leave your two cents on a digital car review are inexorably linked.

But, of course, the comment section of our fair website is not the real world, exactly. The reality is that some 65 per cent of Corvette C7s sold so far have been equipped with two pedals. During the 2014 model year, that has meant that the almost universally lauded new Stingray has shipped mostly with a six-speed automatic that wasn't up to the technological standards of the rest of the car.

When we reviewed the C7 for the first time, our own Michael Harley had these, not-minced words to say about the existing 6AT:

"The traditional six-speed automatic seemed to extinguish the C7's performance edge. I found it softer, slower and more lethargic (even paddle-initiated shifts had annoying lag). Even though it was every bit as quick in terms of outright acceleration, the gearbox took much of the excitement out of the driving experience."

Clearly there was room to improve.

Thankfully, I can now report that the improvements have been made, and that the new, General Motors-designed Hydra-Matic 8L90 is up to the task of shifting one of the best sports cars in the world. Take heed, 65-per centers... READ MORE

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Autoblog joins Elon Musk and Danica Patrick in accepting ALS Ice Bucket Challenge [UPDATE]

Posted Aug 19th 2014 1:59PM

Unless you've been living in an off-the-grid cabin in the woods for the last couple of weeks or abstain entirely from social media activities, you've probably seen someone you know dump a bucket of ice and water over their own head recently. While the origins of the so-called Ice Bucket Challenge are shrouded in a history typical of Internet memes, its effectiveness in raising money and awareness for the ALS Association has been astonishing.

Celebrities from the worlds of entertainment, sports, technology and more have generated untold millions of video views in support of the organization that is helping patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig's Disease), and generated a much needed influx of cash, as well. Recent reports from the ALS Association have some $15.6M raised in the last two weeks world wide, while ALS Canada officially reports $302,732 on their own website at the time of writing.

Of course, the big-hearted world of automotive celebrities has taken part in the drenching charity effort as well. Follow on below for some of the biggest names on four wheels getting iced for charity, with a smattering of your favourite Autobloggers thrown in for good measure.

And, if you've taken the challenge yourself (or have had the gauntlet thrown down), share your own video by leaving us a link in Comments, or tweeting us with #IceBucketChallenge to @autoblogcanada. You can also skip the fuss and just donate to ALS directly, but make sure to at least watch Elon Musk get soaked before you do!

Click here to catch all the automotive ice bucket splashing action for yourself.

UPDATE: Chrysler/SRT bigwig and all-around cool car guy Ralph Gilles has graciously responded to our challenge. You can see his soaking in the video added below. Additionally, Autoblog's own Jeremy Korzeniewski has stepped up to the charity bucket as well, so be sure to watch his icy bath, too.

News Source: YouTube

1989 Ferrari F40 review had one Italian cyclist seeing rosso

Posted Aug 16th 2014 8:00PM

We've got to say: we've really been enjoying the MotorWeek incarnation of their Throwback Thursday posts that seem to be enveloping everyone's social media feeds. In fact, they're so good that we're posting it on a Saturday! MW has an almost impossibly deep library of historical tape to draw from, meaning each recent Thursday has met with another gem dropped on YouTube.

The last old-timer that drew our interest (and yours, based on all the comments) was a sports car showdown of epic, 1990s proportions. Today though, we've got one of the most legendary supercars of all time, the Ferrari F40, presented with the wholesome goodness that is John Davis' signature style. Any classic road test of the the F40 would probably earn our clicks, but this particular video comes with some added drama around the 5:10 mark.

Don't rush there, it's fun to listen to the period-correct praise along the way, but prepare yourself for a near-miss that's almost as breathtaking as the Ferrari itself.

News Source: Motor Week via YouTube

Mazda CX-5 getting mild refresh

Posted Aug 16th 2014 2:00PM

Mazda has found both critical and commercial success with its CX-5 small crossover, and seems to be endeavoring to keep the momentum up with an upcoming refresh. As you can extrapolate from the obvious lack of the usual camouflage, the company isn't reinventing anything in the very near future of the CX-5, but it does seem as thought some tweaks are in the works.

Lighting elements fore and aft appear to have gone under the knife, with the front grille and rear fascia also seemingly to be slightly revised. The side mirrors now look slicker and slightly more upscale with their integrated turn signals, as well.

In all, expect a look that's a touch fresher, without being a radical departure from the existing visage.

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Drift Stage promises 1980s supercars and tire smoke

Posted Aug 15th 2014 4:58PM

Despite what the records for box-office and video game sales might tell you, not every great movie or game has to be another sequel of an established franchise. Don't get us wrong, we love Forza Motorsports 5 and Gran Turismo 6 – both respectively slotted into your author's Xbox One and Playstation 3 as we speak – but it's still exciting to see someone taking a risk on something new, and cool.

We have no way of knowing if Drift Stage will be either, but based on these pre-alpha screen shots and video, it shows a lot of promise. The 1980s theme is hard to miss based on this evidence, with everything from the Miami Vice-colorway, to the hair-metal score, to the BMW M1 hero car calling out everyone's favourite decade of excess.

The only solid information given on the Drift Stage website is the line "Two dudes making a video game about cool cars and going sideways." That sturdy premise, with the smoky footage seen above, might just be enough to have us cracking our wallets.

News Source: Drift Stage via YouTube

2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S 4Matic Wagon

Posted Aug 14th 2014 11:58AM

For Nerds And Connoisseurs Alike

2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S 4Matic Wagon

On a recent, transcontinental flight home I warded off the mild urge to get some work done and started browsing Delta's list of terrible movies for something that a) I hadn't seen before, and b) I wouldn't get in trouble for watching without my wife. I settled on a documentary called Somm, which follows four young and accomplished sommeliers on a mission to pass the mind-bendingly difficult Master Sommelier exam. In between a lot of late-night flash cards, obsequious Windsor knot tying and the popping/sniffing of hundreds of corks, I learned that there is a variety of wine enthusiasm that lives exclusively in the I-don't-give-a-damn zone of connoisseurship.

Don't get me wrong, I love wine, and I like to think that I can appreciate the difference between Barolo and Beaujolais, but the subtleties in variance between 2009 Bordeaux from Château Larrivet Haut-Brion or Château Tronquoy-Lalande are lost on me.

There's a similar story to be told, I think, with this almost completely incomparable 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S 4Matic wagon – and I'm not only talking about the coded and lengthy proper name. For guys like me, and a lot of you, there's something almost sexually compelling about the idea of a 577-horsepower, 590-pound-feet-of-torque V8 engine powering a freaking station wagon. Something primal in the desire for a vehicle that can both carry a rented pressure washer back to the house, and beat a Corvette Stingray out of the Home Depot parking lot.

That combination of things might interest you about as much as the subtle difference between grapes grown on neighbouring vineyards in Provence interests me. Rational people, even rational people that like cars, might legitimately look at this $113k rocket boat and scratch their heads at my (our) ardour. But if you care on that level of geekery at all – wine or wagons – chances are good that you care a lot.

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Watch drag racing go horribly wrong, in slow motion

Posted Aug 13th 2014 8:00PM

The better angles of our nature may shout us down for it, but any longtime observer (let alone fan) of any motorsport could probably be coaxed to admit that wrecks can be entertaining to watch. Sure, no one wants to see someone get hurt, but watching high-performance vehicles go wrong is a spectacle, no question.

And, perhaps like nowhere else in the racing world, when things go pear-shaped in the National Hot Rod Association, they do so in a dramatic fashion. The video above shows this all off through the glory of slow-motion video, allowing us all to see mechanical disaster unfurl in painstaking detail. There's a lot of fire, a lot of rubber being wildly deformed and at least one engine rocketing out of the hood of a car. Trust us, this is worth a few minutes of your time.

News Source: NHRA via YouTube

Top 10 most expensive American cars ever

Posted Aug 12th 2014 6:30PM

Here's a Pro Tip for all you would-be classic car investors out there: buy Ferraris. With the Pebble Beach festivities kicking off this week, including any number high end car auctions, we thought it would be entertaining to compile a list of some to the most expensive cars ever sold with the bang of a gavel. Trouble is, once you get past the splendor of everyone's favourite Italian sports car maker, that list is pretty boring.

Ferrari dominates the all-time auction sales list; seven of the top ten most expensive cars sold wear the Cavallino Rampante badge, as well as more than half of the top fifty. Sure, a nearly $30-million Mercedes-Benz W196 racecar might be the new top dog as of last year, but it's even possible that Ferrari could take that title back in Monterey this weekend. Long story short: we think a list of the most expensive American cars ever sold at auction is a lot more entertaining to read. Hell, our list has a friggin' Batmobile on it, how can it go wrong?

Click here to meet the top 10 most expensive American cars that are red, white, blue and a whole lot of green!

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