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Could The Tesla Model 3 Be A Double-Edged Sword? 2
Apr
Posted by Andreas Tsaousis in Editorial, Electric Vehicles, Tesla, Tesla Model 3 on 04 2nd, 2016


Lines of people stretching about three blocks waiting to preorder a new product they haven’t even seen – and we’re not talking fancy sneakers or a new iPhone.
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CarScoops’ Review And Tour Of The 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show In 360 Images 20
Sep
Posted by Andreas Tsaousis in concepts, Editorial, Frankfurt-Motor-Show, Galleries, new cars, Reports on 09 20th, 2015


The lights at the halls of the 66th IAA won’t go off until September 28, giving visitors plenty of time to view the latest offerings of the automotive industry.
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Inside Kahn Design: From Gorgeous Defenders To One-Off Supercars 28
Jul
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in ASTON MARTIN, Aston Martin DB9, Editorial, Land Rover, Land Rover Defender, Project Kahn, tuning on 07 28th, 2015


Taking cool cars and trying to make them look even cooler is hardly an original idea and as a procedure, it demands a delicate exercise as the line between actually making an object more desirable and destroying it, is a very thin one.
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Put A Badge On It And It Becomes Anything You Want 26
Jul
Posted by Andrei Nedelea in Editorial, Renault Talisman, Renderings on 07 26th, 2015


It seems that the general consensus in and around the automotive industry is that copying and slightly modifying what the other guy did is acceptable.

In fact, between getting parts from the automotive supplying giants in bulk, hiring designers and engineers one would argue it’s hard to come up with something that either looks original or does something special.
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The Return is Coming – Toyota FT-1 Concept Behind The Scenes: Video 15
Jan
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2014 NAIAS, Auto Addiction, auto show, Automotive, Editorial, naias, North American International Auto Show, TOYOTA, Toyota FT-1 Concept, Toyota Supra, video on 01 15th, 2014
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For me it is a heart-felt passion that is reignited when I see a video like this one below. The Motor Trend Downshift episode featured here goes behind the scenes for the design and inspiration of the Toyota FT-1 Concept sports car, which debuted at the 2014 North American International Auto Show yesterday in Detroit mesmerizing everyone on the floor.

Most automotive enthusiasts can recall vehicles like the Toyota Supra but may not truly captivate the lineage that such a vehicle represents, which is delightfully showcased in the new FT-1 Concept. I always wanted to be a car designer in some capacity but I took the next best thing. So, when I hear the words iterated from the designers at Toyota’s Calty Design Research center in this video, I feel a close tie with their sentiments.

For obvious reasons, it is long past due that Toyota brand a sports car to fill the gap created by the Lexus LFA down to the Scion FR-S. It is time that true sports car wear the Toyota badge and take that tradition of building a proper road-going sports car and set things a-fire in the enthusiast community. Remember the Toyota 2000GT, the Celica, the MR2, and of course the Supra? Enthusiasts await ‘the return’ and by the talk of individuals in the video below, this vehicle is going to happen! Yes, Toyota is going to build something based off of the FT-1 concept. It may not be as aggressive and extreme, but the time when we can put those ‘return of the Supra’ rumors to bed is about to take place. Just listen to the subtle cues in the video. Yes, you will hear it.

Enjoy!



The Miami Auto Museum at the Dezer Collection: An Auto Enthusiast Dream 1
Oct
Posted by Chris Brewer in 007, Aston Martin DB5, Auto Addiction, Automotive, Batmobile, BMW 750i, bmw z8, dezer collection, Editorial, ferrari 308 gts, James-Bond, museum, Myles Korblatt, toyota 2000gt on 10 1st, 2013
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I love surprises. I enjoy the moments when something out of the ordinary happens and once again I realize that the world is a bigger place than I have given it credit for. On a recent trip to Miami with the Automotive Addicts team to attend a luncheon sponsored by GM to roll out the new Corvette Stingray, I was able indulge in a once-in-a-lifetime visit to Miami’s Auto Museum at the Dezer Collection. At the lunch I met fellow car enthusiast, author, journalist, and the current curator of Miami’s Auto Museum at the Dezer Collection, Myles Korblatt. The two of us immediately hit it off, and why wouldn’t we, he is an authentic car guy. Myles’ love, appreciation and knowledge of all things automotive are contagious. During the conversation, he invited the Automotive Addicts team to visit the museum and view the 1500 vehicle collection. It didn’t take too much convincing, to view a collection of 1500 pristine vehicles in a climate controlled environment almost sounds too good to be true. After lunch, we followed the GPS instructions to the colorful, art deco multi-building complex in North Miami.

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Where Hollywood Cars are the Stars

Upon arriving at Miami’s Auto Museum, we followed the signs to the 50s diner style lobby, complete with vintage cars fashioned into booth style seating. Even from the entrance, the overwhelming volume, quality, and uniqueness of the collection of vehicles and vehicle-related collectibles begins to astound you. You eventually realize you are in for one of those “the world is a bigger place than you gave it credit for” experiences. The collection is broken up into fifteen dedicated galleries in two buildings. One building houses the American classics, European classics, military vehicles, electric vehicles, motorcycles, scooters/bicycles, and outboard motors. The other building is mostly designed around pop culture themes, including an incredible collection of Hollywood memorabilia and the original cars used in long running television shows including; The Dukes of Hazzard, Night Rider, The Munsters, The Monkees, and Hardcastle and McCormick. If you are anything like me and considered the real star of Magnum PI to be a red Ferrrari 308GTS, then you are in for a real treat.

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The other pop culture galleries are movie themed. If you ever wanted to see almost all of the Batmobiles under one roof, then the Dezer Collection is the place to visit. Do you love 007? The James Bond gallery is incredible. The collection includes many rare and exotic cars, including two mint examples of Bond driven Austin Martin DB5’s and the “most collectible Japanese car of all time,” the 1967 Toyota 2000GT convertible. The gallery also includes tanks, submarines, boats, helicopters and a hall of vintage Bond theme toys and small collectibles. It is fair to say that a family could spend a day working through this gallery alone.

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Also housed under the roof of the pop culture building is the world’s largest collection of micro cars, an indoor drive in Movie Theater, a children’s play space, an arcade, an electric train display and more. I can comfortably say that there is something at Miami’s Auto Museum at the Dezer Collection for everyone. Personally, I cannot wait to go back and explore even more of this incredible museum.

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The Miami Museum at the Dezer Collection

2000 NE 146th Street
North Miami, Florida 33181
Phone: 305-354-7680
Email: info@dezercollection.com

Website: www.dezercollection.com

Hours of Operations:
Monday thru Sunday
10:00 am to 6:00 pm



2014 Chevrolet Camaro Updated Taillights 3
Apr
Posted by Darryl in 2014 Chevrolet Camaro, Auto Addiction, Automotive, Camaro, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Camaro, Editorial on 04 3rd, 2013
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This is what the rear of the new 2014 Chevrolet Camaro looks like with newly redesigned (updated) taillights. What do ya think? Like it or leave it?



Grand Theft Auto V Gets Full List of Vehicle ‘Influences’ (Makes/Models) Revealed 3
Apr
Posted by Darryl in Automotive, Editorial, Grand Theft Auto V, GTA V, video, video games on 04 3rd, 2013
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The Grand Theft Auto franchise still roots from automotive theft, so it would only be right to continue a tradition of including some of the hottest cars on the market in the latest Grand Theft Auto V game. Of course Grand Theft Auto never outwardly identified each vehicle as a real-life make and model. With that said, many of the vehicles were ‘influenced’ by a real-left vehicle, one that we could easily guess due to the creative graphic design of each vehicle. With the latest Grand Theft Auto V (5), the site igta5.com took it upon themselves to reveal each vehicle in the latest installment and its matching influenced real-world vehicle.

So basically, you will get to steal and cruise in a new Audi R8, Viper, Ford GT, Bentley Continental GT, Porsche 911, Benz SL, Aston Martin Vanquish, Lamborghini Murcielago, and even a V12 Zagato-designed vehicle.

Grand Theft Auto V is set for a release date of September 17, 2013.

Hit up igta5.com for the complete list of vehicles.

 



Hyundai HND-9 Coupe Concept 2
Apr
Posted by Darryl in Auto Addiction, Automotive, Concept Vehicle, Editorial, Hyundai, Hyundai HND-9 Coupe Concept on 04 2nd, 2013
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Do you think Hyundai is making some serious noise with the recently revealed Hyundai HND-9 Coupe Concept? We think so.

What is described as a ‘luxury sports coupe’ is really getting some attention especially with it featuring a rear wheel drive platform and 3.3-liter turbocharged V6 engine making 365 horsepower. This concept is slated to be a replacement for the Genesis Coupe and we hope it remains as close as possible to what we see here.

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Hyundai HND-9 Coupe Concept 2
Apr
Posted by Darryl in Auto Addiction, Automotive, Concept Vehicle, Editorial, Hyundai, Hyundai HND-9, Hyundai HND-9 Coupe Concept on 04 2nd, 2013
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Do you think Hyundai is making some serious noise with the recently revealed Hyundai HND-9 Coupe Concept? We think so.

What is described as a ‘luxury sports coupe’ is really getting some attention especially with it featuring a rear wheel drive platform and 3.3-liter turbocharged V6 engine making 365 horsepower. This concept is slated to be a replacement for the Genesis Coupe and we hope it remains as close as possible to what we see here.

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Hyundai HND-9 Coupe Concept 2
Apr
Posted by Darryl in Auto Addiction, Automotive, Concept Vehicle, Editorial, Hyundai, Hyundai HND-9, Hyundai HND-9 Coupe Concept on 04 2nd, 2013
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Do you think Hyundai is making some serious noise with the recently revealed Hyundai HND-9 Coupe Concept? We think so.

What is described as a ‘luxury sports coupe’ is really getting some attention especially with it featuring a rear wheel drive platform and 3.3-liter turbocharged V6 engine making 365 horsepower. This concept is slated to be a replacement for the Genesis Coupe and we hope it remains as close as possible to what we see here.

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BMW M5 F10 Riding on a set of MORR Wheels 2
Apr
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Auto Addiction, Automotive, BMW, BMW M5, BMW M5 F10, Editorial, MORR Wheels, Vinyl wrap, Wheels on 04 2nd, 2013
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We wanted to share a few shots of this remarkable Matt Orange wrapped BMW M5 riding on a set of KW Coilovers and Tinted Gloss Clear Forged VS8.2 MORR Wheels. View additional MORR Wheels photos on their Flickr page.

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About MORR MonoForged VS8.2 Wheels

“The MORR MonoForged VS8.2 is lighter, wider, and stronger than its predecessors. Weighing in at approximately 19.8-lbs, it is one of the lightest 19″ 7-spoke mesh wheels in the market. This weight reduction was achieved by implementing several advanced manufacturing processes including flow-forming (which reduces barrel thickness by up to ten-percent), Vehicle Specific Profiles (VSP) and Finite Element Analysis (FEA) by using Vehicle Specific Load Ratings (VSLR) and Vehicle Specific Weight Optimization (VSWO).



Is Audi Looking To Buy Alfa Romeo? 29
Mar
Posted by Kurt Ernst in alfa-romeo, audi, Auto Addiction, Automotive, Editorial, Kurt, rumors on 03 29th, 2013
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We’re filing this one in the “unconfirmed rumor” bin, but it’s strange enough that it just may be true. Ward’s Auto is reporting that German automaker Audi is close to reaching a deal with Fiat to acquire the assets of the Alfa Romeo brand, as well as Fiat’s Pomigliano assembly plant.

While Pomigliano currently assembles the Fiat Panda, it was constructed in the 1960s as an Alfa Romeo assembly plant, meaning the facility would be going full-circle. Word is that Audi may also be looking to acquire the Magneti Marelli auto parts brand, which is an easy way for Fiat to raise much-needed cash. It would certainly be odd, however, if Audi controlled the supply of spare parts and accessories for the Fiat brand.

A spokesman for Audi, Juergen De Graeve, said only, “There is no substance in the news,” which is essentially the same thing the brand said about rumors it would acquire motorcycle manufacturer Ducati, right before the deal was inked. For its part, Alfa Romeo is only saying, “we do not comment on speculative rumors.”

Alfa Romeo is currently a brand in turmoil, and it’s not adding much to Fiat’s coffers. Given Fiat’s struggles in the European market, a sale of Alfa Romeo to the Volkswagen Group would help its bottom line, while likely assuring a solid future for the Alfa Romeo brand, which needs more products and better distribution to survive.

We’re not buying into this just yet (after all, Monday IS April Fool’s Day), but we’d be the first to admit that it’s possible. Given the potential benefits for all parties involved, we hope the rumors turn out to be true.



Subaru’s Latest WRX Concept Leaked Ahead Of New York Reveal 27
Mar
Posted by Kurt Ernst in 2014 Subaru WRX Concept, auto show, Automotive, Editorial, Kurt, New York auto show, Subaru on 03 27th, 2013
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Automakers are fond of embargoes, as they help to level the playing field and give all media outlets the ability to release information on new products at (more or less) the same time. Media outlets, on the other hand, hate embargoes, since every last one is scrambling to put as many eyes on page as possible. Breaking an embargo is the surest way to find yourself blacklisted by an automaker, unless you’re one of the big sites or (even better) glossy magazines, in which case manufacturers generally take a “boys will be boys” attitude and look the other way.

We’re not sure who broke the embargo on Subaru’s WRX Concept, which will make its official debut at this week’s New York Auto Show, but in a matter of hours the images were everywhere. And with good reason: if this is what the next Subaru WRX will look like, we suspect that the Japanese automaker will have a hard time keeping inventory on dealer showrooms.

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The look is certainly more mature than we’ve seen from previous WRX models, and it banishes the ghosts of Impreza’s past. We’re sure that certain details (like the tiny side view mirrors, or the massive wheels and brake rotors) won’t see production, but if this is as “near production” as other outlets are reporting, the new WRX (which should drop by year end) will still be the best-looking variant to date.

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Details on the car’s powertrain and output are still pending, but it’s a safe bet that Subaru will retain the flat-four “boxer” engine and all-wheel drive. Expect the next WRX to make more than the current version’s 265 horsepower and 244 pound-feet of torque, which should make the 0-60 mph trip even shorter than the current model’s 5.3 seconds.



Porsche Builder Magnus Walker Revisits Jay Leno’s Garage: Video 26
Mar
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Editorial, Jay Leno's Garage, Kurt, Magnus Walker, porsche, Porsche-911, video on 03 26th, 2013
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If you’re a regular reader, you know we’re big fans of Urban Outlaw and Porsche artist Magnus Walker. We’ve previously brought you segments on his business (the Urban Outlaw documentary) and on his 1971 Porsche 911 (via another episode of Jay Leno’s Garage). Walker is back for another visit at the Big Dog Garage, and this time he’s brought his 1972 Porsche 911 72STR 002.

“But there’s no such animal,” Porschephiles are likely to protest, missing the point entirely. Walker doesn’t build concour-quality restorations; instead, he describes his handiwork as “sport-purpose” and “hot rod inspired.” That’s no period-correct 2.4-liter flat-six tucked in the car’s engine bay; instead, it’s a much more modern de-stroked 3.2-liter engine. The hood is louvered, hot rod style, because it aids with cooling and because it looks good, too.

Walker has his own signature design traits, too. The fuel filler is relocated to the center of the hood, race car style, while both front and rear turn signals are integrated into the bodywork. The door handles, drilled for (modest) weight savings and a trick look, come from an earlier, short-wheelbase 911, as do the window cranks, chrome-trimmed gauges and chrome rear view mirror.

Inside, function outweighs form. Aftermarket supplier Rennline supplies bits like the drilled floorboards and shifter, while the shift knob is made from unpolished wood (a nod to the shift knobs used in the Porsche 917). Racing bucket seats and six-point harnesses may be short on comfort, but they’re long on support needed for track days and autocross. Walker even has a removable bolt-in roll cage, which can be removed to add space and shave pounds.

Light weight is the key to performance here. With ten gallons of gas in the tank, Walker says the car weighs in at just 2,200 pounds, which makes the 3.2-liter engine’s output of 275 horsepower seem like more than enough. It sounds great under throttle too, so we fully understand why the car lacks an audio system (aside from the weight savings).

Walker’s customization (including the three-color paint scheme) isn’t for everyone, but we completely understand the appeal of a Porsche resto-rod. In fact, we can see one parked in our own garage, since we’re of the simpler-is-better school when it comes to sports cars.







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