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Leaked Options List Confirms $102,600 Price For 2018 BMW M5 21
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW, BMW M5, Reports on 11 21st, 2017


Pricing details for the 2018 BMW M5 have just emerged online courtesy of a price list for military members and U.S. diplomats.

The list, published by Bimmer Post, shows that pricing for the new M5 starts at $102,600. For that figure, customers will receive a selection of important safety features and technologies, all aimed at making the new car better than its predecessor.

Among the standard features are a tire pressure monitoring system, Park Distance Control, Active Driving Assistant, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Harmon Kardon surround sound system, Anthracite Alcantara headliner, Active Blind Spot Detection and Lane Departure Warning.

In terms of paint colors, customers will have seven different non-metallic and metallic paints to choose from. For those looking for slightly more exclusivity, BMW offers Azurite Black Metallic, Champagne Quartz Metallic, Almandine Brown Metallic, and Rhodonite Silver Metallic, all priced at $1,950 each.

There are three key packages offered for the 2018 M5. The first, dubbed the Driving Assistance Plus Package, is priced at $1,700 and includes Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Active Lane Keeping Assistant, Traffic Jam Assistant, and Cross-traffic alert.

Also on offer is the Executive Package. For $4,000, customers receive features including soft-close doors, front seats with heat and massaging functions, WiFi hotspot, rear view camera, Active Park Distance Control and Surround View with 3D View.

Last but not least is the First Edition, priced at $18,300 and including an M Sport exhaust system, 20-inch M wheels, Apple CarPlay compatibility, Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System and the M Driver’s Package.

Follow the link above to check out the list for yourself.

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Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder To Get GT3’s Flat-Six 21
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Porsche 718, Porsche Boxster, Porsche-911, Reports on 11 21st, 2017


Sticking to its promise of creating more enthusiast-focused vehicles, Porsche Motorsport is said to be developing a new 718 Boxster with the naturally-aspirated flat-six engine of the 911 GT3.

Autocar reports that the next-generation Boxster Spyder will be heavily related to the new Cayman GT4 and ditch the car’s existing turbocharged 2.5-liter flat-four. Keen to give Porsche enthusiasts what they’ve been begging for, the motorsport-related six-cylinder of the GT3 promises to transform Porsche’s entry-level model.

Fittingly, it seems inevitable that power from the flat-six, rated at 493 hp in the GT3, will be slightly reduced for use in the Boxster Spyder, perhaps nearer the 425-450 hp mark. Mated to the engine will be a six-speed manual transmission but a dual-clutch, seven-speed PDK will also be offered to customers looking for slightly more convenience.

Beyond its new powertrain, Porsche will look to strip out any unnecessary weight and potentially ditch the likes of air conditioning, radio and sound insulation. Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires are expected to come standard and like previous iterations of the Boxster Spyder, the folding soft top will be replaced by a manually removable fabric top.

A debut in 2018 seems likely.

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Hennessey Reveals Carbon Fiber Interior Of Venom F5 21
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Hennessey, Hennessey Venom F5, Reports, tuning on 11 21st, 2017


Shortly after Hennessey premiered the Venom F5 at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, the Texas tuner has released the first images of the hypercar’s interior.

Like a recent teaser image indicated, the cabin of the Venom F5 is dominated by carbon fiber and looks to be a serious improvement over the Venom GT in terms of overall quality.

Unsurprisingly, the cabin is quite narrow and consists of two bucket seats which appear to be fixed to the floor. Elsewhere, the Venom F5 includes a narrow, carbon fiber transmission tunnel that runs up to a large touchscreen housing the car’s infotainment features. Elsewhere, we can see a trio of air vents arranged in a similar format to the tailpipes.

Two different steering wheel and gauge clusters will be offered to customers. The first sees the fitment of a carbon wheel with a flat bottom and top. It is then joined by a digital gauge cluster. Alternatively, Hennessey will also offer a steering wheel that houses its very own cluster, somewhat similar to the Aston Martin Valkyrie.

As cool as the interior of the Venom F5 is, it is far from the vehicle’s standout feature. Instead, it is the twin-turbocharged V8 engine with 1,600 hp that promises to make the Venom F5 unlike any car before it, potentially capable of accelerating to over 300 mph (482 km/h).

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Bob Lutz Claims Tesla Is “Going Out Of Business” 21
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Reports, Tesla on 11 21st, 2017


Former vice chairman of General Motors, Bob Lutz, isn’t one to shy away from making bold proclamations. His latest? An assertion that Tesla is “going out of business.”

Speaking to CNBC shortly after Tesla unveiled both the next-generation Roadster and its all-electric Semi in California, Lutz claimed the event was simply a distraction to shift focus away from the brand’s production issues.

“The company, folks, is going out of business. At this rate they’ll never get to 2019,” Lutz said.

According to Lutz, Tesla has no distinct advantage over any other established automakers, including when it comes to producing electric vehicles.

“There is no secret sauce in Tesla. They use the same lithium-ion batteries as everybody else.

“They are hemorrhaging cash. They’re going to have to go for another capital raise,” he said.

It’s worth noting that Lutz has been a long-time skeptic of Tesla and may have made these comments in a bid to fluctuate the value of Tesla. However, we do partially agree that Tesla may have decided to unveil the new Roadster as a way to deflect attention away from its Model 3 woes.

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Russian Billionaire Fined Over $30,000 For Drunk Driving 21
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in audi, Offbeat News, Reports on 11 21st, 2017


A 22-year-old Norweigan billionaire has been fined over $30,000 for drunk driving.

Katharina Gamlemshaug Andresen is the world’s second youngest billionaire with a net worth of approximately $1.23 billion. She is the heiress to Ferd, a privately-held holding company from Norway.

Last week, Andresen learned that even obscene wealth doesn’t allow Norwegians to escape the law.

The heiress was recently pulled over in her Audi and allegedly had a blood-alcohol content three-times the country’s legal limit.

After being charged, Andresen was fined the equivalent of $30,400 as Norway’s fines for drunk driving are based on one’s wealth. Interestingly, she could have been fined significantly more, Money reports.

“Oslo City Court said the penalty could have been up to 40 million krone ($4.9 million) if based on Andresen’s assets, but they ‘have not yielded any dividend yet’ and she has no fixed income. The court did increase the fine because of her estimated wealth, however,” asserts the Associated Press.

Alongside the fine, Andresen is facing 18-days of imprisonment and a 13-month license suspension.



Russian Billionaire Fined Over $30,000 For Drunk Driving 21
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in audi, Offbeat News, Reports on 11 21st, 2017


A 22-year-old Norweigan billionaire has been fined over $30,000 for drunk driving.

Katharina Gamlemshaug Andresen is the world’s second youngest billionaire with a net worth of approximately $1.23 billion. She is the heiress to Ferd, a privately-held holding company from Norway.

Last week, Andresen learned that even obscene wealth doesn’t allow Norwegians to escape the law.

The heiress was recently pulled over in her Audi and allegedly had a blood-alcohol content three-times the country’s legal limit.

After being charged, Andresen was fined the equivalent of $30,400 as Norway’s fines for drunk driving are based on one’s wealth. Interestingly, she could have been fined significantly more, Money reports.

“Oslo City Court said the penalty could have been up to 40 million krone ($4.9 million) if based on Andresen’s assets, but they ‘have not yielded any dividend yet’ and she has no fixed income. The court did increase the fine because of her estimated wealth, however,” asserts the Associated Press.

Alongside the fine, Andresen is facing 18-days of imprisonment and a 13-month license suspension.



WRC Fans Risk Death At Rally Australia 21
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Australia, Motorsport, racing, rally, Rally Cars, Reports, WRC on 11 21st, 2017


During the early 1980s, Group B rallying redefined the motorsport world but due to its dangers, was dismantled after just a few years.

In its heyday, rally stages were often packed with thousands of spectators risking their lives to get as close to the cars as possible. Nowadays, stages of the World Rally Championship feature dedicated viewing areas, often many meters away from the road. To most, these safety measures are tolerable.

However, during the recent Rally Australia, a number of spectators were filmed getting way too close to the road, lying down in a ditch just inches away from where the drivers go, Jalopnik reports.

These screenshots taken from the broadcast of the Welsh Creek stage, show at least four men putting themselves in harm’s way to try and get the best picture possible.

If any of the drivers had misjudged the apex of the right-hand corner, the men angling to get the best possible shot would have been killed. No question.

Ladies and gentlemen, say hello to the joint-recipients of the 2017 Darwin Award.

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WRC Fans Risk Death At Rally Australia 21
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Australia, Motorsport, racing, rally, Rally Cars, Reports, WRC on 11 21st, 2017


During the early 1980s, Group B rallying redefined the motorsport world but due to its dangers, was dismantled after just a few years.

In its heyday, rally stages were often packed with thousands of spectators risking their lives to get as close to the cars as possible. Nowadays, stages of the World Rally Championship feature dedicated viewing areas, often many meters away from the road. To most, these safety measures are tolerable.

However, during the recent Rally Australia, a number of spectators were filmed getting way too close to the road, lying down in a ditch just inches away from where the drivers go, Jalopnik reports.

These screenshots taken from the broadcast of the Welsh Creek stage, show at least four men putting themselves in harm’s way to try and get the best picture possible.

If any of the drivers had misjudged the apex of the right-hand corner, the men angling to get the best possible shot would have been killed. No question.

Ladies and gentlemen, say hello to the joint-recipients of the 2017 Darwin Award.

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Borgward To Launch In Europe Next Year 21
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Borgward, Borgward BX5, Borgward BX7, Reports, SUV on 11 21st, 2017


Borgward has confirmed that it will launch in Europe in the first quarter of 2018.

According to Auto Express, the reborn German carmaker will first launch the BX7 in Germany and neighboring countries. However, for interested SUV buyers in the UK, they may have to wait a little longer to enjoy a Borgward as no right-hand drive BX7 variant has been confirmed.

The marque first unveiled the BX7 in September 2015 and in the two years’ since, has been refining the model and getting it ready for the road. The entry-level model is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder delivering 224 PS and mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. A plug-in hybrid version with a combined 401 PS has also been developed.

Borgward recently launched in China ahead of its European arrival and according to chief design officer Anders Warming, this has provided the automaker with valuable experience before launching in its home country.

Shortly after European deliveries of the Borgward BX7 commence, the smaller BX5 will arrive. Unlike the BX7, a right-hand drive version of the BX5 has been confirmed.

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BMW Stops Sales Of i3 And Issues Voluntary Recall Of All Models 20
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in BMW, BMW i3, NHTSA, Recalls, Reports on 11 20th, 2017


Over the weekend, reports surfaced that BMW had ordered a sales stop on all i3s models in the United States and the company was on the verge of recalling of every i3 sold in America since 2014.

The news was initially reported by InsideEVs which posted an image of a non-compliance recall document which suggested i3 vehicles from the 2014-2018 model years were going to be recalled due to their failure to meet frontal impact performance standards.

We reached out to BMW of North America and Product and Technology spokesperson Rebecca Kiehne said : “In a recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash test of the BMW i3 – specifically the unbelted small adult rigid barrier test (NHTSA’s 5th percentile female) – the driver seat occupant sustained loads marginally above the limit.”

Kiehne went on to say “While BMW’s compliance testing showed results well below the required limits, more recent testing has shown inconsistent results.”

Due to the conflicting results, BMW of North America has issued a recall of the i3 and is working with the NHTSA to understand the differences in their test results. Kiehne said the company recommends all occupants use their seatbelts and confirmed a “remedy is forthcoming.” In a follow up e-mail, Kiehne confirmed a stop-sale order has been issued in the United States.

While recalls are unfortunate, it’s important to remember the crash test involved an unbelted small adult in the 5th percentile female range. This effectively means the issue applies to unbelted women who are approximately five feet (1.52 meters) tall and weigh around 110 lbs (49.9 kg).

BMW of North America will likely provide more information about the recall in the future and initial reports suggested the company would be contacting i3 owners by mail in January.

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2019 Toyota Supra Tries On A Slew Of Colors 20
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Renderings, Reports, TOYOTA, Toyota Supra on 11 20th, 2017


The launch of the next-generation Toyota Supra has been one of the most discussed topics in the industry this year. With just over a month left before the end of 2017, it doesn’t appear as if we’ll even see the new sports car until next year.

Nonetheless, a number of enthusiasts have rendered the car in recent months, using a plethora of spy shots and the Toyota FT-1 Concept as inspiration. These latest renderings, created by members of the SupraMKV forums, show the new Supra in a range of colors. It looks impressive in every single one of them.

With the exclusion of an additional front splitter, the Supra depicted in these renderings is identical to ones we saw last month. As such, the images depict the car with simple LED headlights and a bumper and front fascia which compared to the FT-1, doesn’t protrude out to the same degree. In essence, the car has had a nose job.

According to our sources, the new Supra will be available with a four-cylinder engine delivering 248 hp and a six-cylinder producing around 335 hp.

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Meet Kian, Kia’s Friendly AI-Powered Virtual Assistant 20
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Kia, Reports, Tech on 11 20th, 2017


Kia has launched ‘Kian’, an artificial intelligence-based virtual assistant meant to offer customers an improved online shopping experienced.

Kian can be found on the Kia Facebook Messenger page and according to the South Korean automaker, it will also make its way to the Kia.com website, offering 24/7 support.

In a way, Kian is a lot like NiroBot, only better. Where the latter is model specific, Kian will actually allow shoppers to research everything from pricing, estimate payments, specific offers, make comparisons, view photos and videos, search vehicle inventory and even find nearby dealers for you.

Once shoppers are finished asking Kian a series of questions, the program’s natural language processing ability will make the back-and-forth feel like a regular conversation with a human automotive expert.

“In our ever-changing digital world, Kian is programmed to understand individual customer needs and then provide shopping decision support instantly and intuitively,” said the automaker’s marketing VP, Saad Chehab. “Shoppers and Kia owners can chat with Kian on their own time, with no pressure and on the mobile messaging platform they use the most.”

According to CarLabs, which helped Kia create their AI-powered assistant, Kian can answer questions like:

– Show me a SUV that gets at least 25 miles per gallon in the city.
– Show me the current inventory at my local Kia dealer.
– Does the 2017 Cadenza have more horsepower than the 2017 Acura TLX?
– What’s the starting price of the Forte?
– Show me Kia vehicles that seat seven people.
– What’s the MPG of the Optima Hybrid?

“As more shoppers use the system, it learns to anticipate questions, provides more specific answers and gets smarter over time,” said CarLabs CEO, Martin Schmitt. “Having access to that level of shopper data is a powerful tool for understanding and serving customers better than previously possible.”



Dallara’s Stradale Sports Car Shown In Various Configurations 20
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Dallara, new cars, Reports on 11 20th, 2017


A couple of days after the first images of the long-awaited Dallara Stradale emerged, the famed chassis builder has released a slew of new pictures of the car, revealing the various configurations it’ll be available in.

The entry-level Stradale will be a two-seat Roadster with no windscreen, reminiscent of the Elemental RP1. If customers want a little extra practicality, they’ll be able to option a curvaceous windscreen.

From there, Dallara will sell the Stradale as a T-top and as a hardtop, depending on what the customer wants. Gullwing doors come standard in both of these roof configurations.

For customers looking for the ultimate in track performance, a towering carbon fiber rear wing will be available on all versions.

As we mentioned last week, the Stradale is powered by a 2.3-liter supercharged four-cylinder engine delivering 400 PS, mated to either a six-speed manual or an optional paddle-shift transmission.

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Jeremy Clarkson Says He Nearly Crashed While Testing An Autonomous Car 20
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Autonomous, Reports, Tech, The Grand Tour on 11 20th, 2017


Jeremy Clarkson claims he was almost killed while testing a driverless car on UK roads recently.

Writing in The Sunday Times, the outspoken journalist didn’t specify what semi-autonomous car he was piloting but said his experience tells him that we’re a long away from having safe and fully-autonomous vehicles on public roads, The Independent reports.

“I drove a car the other day which has a claim of autonomous capability and twice in the space of 50 miles on the M4 it made a mistake, a huge mistake, which could have resulted in death.

“We have to be very careful legally, so I’m not going to say which one,” Clarkson said.

The experience of The Grand Tour host comes at an interesting time in the UK. The country’s chancellor, Philip Hammond, is preparing to give the green light for developers to test self-driving vehicles on public roads.

In typical Clarkson style, he jokingly suggested he’ll only buy into self-driving cars when they can drive along the Death Road in Bolivia.

“You drive one of your driverless cars over the Death Road in Bolivia and I’ll buy one.

“Sit there with your hands folded and let it drive you up there, then squeeze past a lorry with half the tire hanging over a 1,000ft drop while the car drives itself. Fine, I’ll buy into it,” he said.

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Macau Grand Prix Marred By Massive Pile Up 20
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Accidents, Motorsport, Offbeat News, racing, Reports, video on 11 20th, 2017


Every year, the Guia Circuit plays host to the spectacular Macau Grand Prix.

The street circuit is ranked by many racing drivers as one of the most challenging tracks on the planet and it’s easy to see why. Just like Monaco, the circuit is dominated by narrow streets, no run-off areas and long straights. Make one mistake, and you’re in the wall.

During the FIA GT World Cup event at the circuit this weekend, 16 of the 20 cars in the race were forced to retire after being involved in a massive pile-up.

Footage of the crash shows a Mercedes-AMG GT3 car in fourth position understeering into a tire barrier. The car immediately behind him, another AMG GT3, managed to drive around but for the other 15 cars behind, a crash was unavoidable.

Following the incident, officials were forced to red flag the event for over an hour. When the race resumed, four of the cars involved in the crash were repaired and joined the four lucky drivers to avoid the carnage.

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