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|Nissan IDx NISMO Concept In Jay Leno’s Garage w/ Datsun 510 – Video||
The Japanese formula for affordable and fun-to-drive vehicles is getting a new life here in the United States as we set our eyes on future concepts from the likings of Nissan. Vehicles like the good-ol Datsun 510 would be an awesome addition in a fresh new form just as Nissan has inspired in the IDx NISMO concept, which is in Jay Leno’s Garage this week. Of course we will very well see an iteration of the IDx Concept hit the market within the next few years. Hit up the video below with Jay taking the new IDx NISMO for a spin.
|Jay Leno Runs Down and Takes A Spin In Tim Allen’s 1968 Camaro COPO: Video||
We all know that Jay Leno is a serious car enthusiast – it is almost an understatement to call him such. Tim Allen, which most of us know for many on-screen shows and movies, is also a serious car enthusiast and he has brought his 1968 Camaro COPO (Central Office Production Order – a high-performance special order vehicle) to Jay Leno’s Garage for a run-down and a fun spin in the 505-horsepower classic monster.
Enjoy the video below!
|The Most Expensive Car Garages in the World: Infographic||
Here at AutomotiveAddicts.com we take natural delight in visiting or viewing a garage full of exotic or sports cars just like any other automotive enthusiast. Today a garage door company based in Australia sent us an interesting infographic highlighting the most expensive car garages in the world starting with the famous Hamilton Scott En-Suite Sky Garage Apartment that you may have seen where his ‘car elevator’ is stuffed with a new Lamborghini Aventador. The infographic ends with Jay Leno’s Big Dog Garage, which we cannot even fathom or guess a price tag when you add up all of the vehicles he has stashed inside. View the full infographic below of the most expensive car garages in the world.
|Jay Leno Runs down 2015 Mustang and Celebrates 50 Years of Mustang with Lee Iacocca – Video||
By now you have seen the proliferation of the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang ushering in 50 years of the American automotive icon. Jay Leno expands on those expectations and takes us down a memory lane in all-things Mustang with Lee Iacocca, an American legend in the engineering of the Ford Mustang. Additionally, Jay has chief engineer Dave Pericak to help give a full run-down of the 2015 Mustang. The latest Jay Leno’s Garage episode is something you don’t want to miss, especially if you are at all an automotive enthusiast. Check it out in its entirety below and enjoy!
|Jay Leno Goes Superhero – Drives Batman Tumbler: Video||
It would be a blast to storm down the street in Batman’s Tumbler, a vehicle you have seen on the big screen in the latest Batman movies. For Jay Leno, he has a blast just about every day by driving something “different” within his vast collection of cars. Though, today is a little different as he gets behind the wheel of one of the actual Batman – ‘The Dark Knight’ Tumbler vehicles and takes it for a ‘test drive.’
For something that costs nearly a cool million to build and weighs a couple tons, it is pure excitement that deserves someone like Jay to express a unique characterization of such a vehicle.
Enjoy the full test drive video below!
|In Jay Leno’s Garage: 2013 Ford Focus ST – Video||
We had a great experience with the new 6-speed manual 252 horsepower 2013 Ford Focus ST and we relinquished all of our thoughts in review of the Focus ST several months ago. Jay Leno, known for getting his hands on most of the hottest vehicles around, gets to give his synopsis of the new Focus ST with an exclusive test drive around town. Hit up the video below and see what he has to say along with Chief Engineer Jamal Hameedi.
|Jay Leno Previews Cadillac Elmiraj Concept w/ Ed Welburn: Video||
Jay Leno gets to play with all of the latest toys on 4 wheels so it is no wonder that he gets his own preview of the Cadillac Elmiraj Concept at Pebble Beach alongside of VP of GM Global Design, Ed Welburn. Hit up the video below and enjoy!
|Porsche Builder Magnus Walker Revisits Jay Leno’s Garage: Video||
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.
|Jay Leno Welcomes 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish In His Garage: Video||
The new 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish proves to be the perfect blend of an ultimate Grand Touring and Sports Car, as Jay Leno puts it when the Vanquish rolls into his garage.
The updated 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish, with a $300,000 price tag and 565 horsepower, begs to be one of the most unmistakable V12-powered sports cars on the road fresh out of the factory. Jay Leno takes pleasure in getting a bit “happy” when it gets behind the wheel of his new favorite, the all-new 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish. Enjoy the video below!
|Jay Leno Welcomes Ralph Gilles Bringing along a few New SRT Vipers to his Garage: Video||
Lately Jay Leno has welcomed some of the most sought after vehicles into his garage and taking each one for a nice ‘spin’. The latest vehicle to grace his infamous garage is the all-new SRT Viper along with VP of design and CEO of SRT at Chrysler, Ralph Gilles.
Touted as a true car guy heading up design and the SRT brand, Ralph Gilles has a long car-centric resume but a down-to-earth perspective that just about any level-headed car enthusiast would appreciate. Ralph Gilles has set out on a 5,000-mile cross-country journey in the new SRT Viper and stops to see Jay along the way. Gilles and Leno hit it off once again to go over the new SRT Viper and later take it for an exclusive test drive to see what she can really do on the local streets and later on the track at Willow Springs. Hit up the full 2013 SRT Viper GTS review on the latest Jay Leno’s Garage episode.
|Jay Leno Takes Volvo’s 508 Horsepower Polestar S60 Concept for a Spin: Video||
Volvo seems to have found a new recognition among automotive enthusiasts especially with their new R-Design and Polestar line of vehicles. With that said, the latest Swedish Hot-Rod to embrace paved roads is the Volvo Polestar S60, currently in concept form and in Jay Leno’s garage for his latest test drive video.
Said to be 99% stock parts, the new Volvo S60 Polestar, packing in a healthy 508 ponies, is good to hit 60 mph in 3.9 seconds. Jay Leno gets to experience the ‘Volvo on steroids’ first hand in the video below for the latest Jay Leno’s Garage episode. Enjoy!
|Jay Leno’s Garage Drives To The Arctic Circle: Video||
Writing about cars will never make you rich, but the job does have its perks. Chief among these are press trips, where manufacturers put you up in hotels you couldn’t possibly afford otherwise, feed you meals that cost more than your monthly food budget and toss you the keys to cars that are worth (in some cases, anyway) more than your first house. Sometimes, they even take you to racetracks, with the sole instruction being “please don’t stack our car.”
Not all press trips are filled with warmth and sunshine, as Jeremy Hart, covering the new all-wheel drive Jaguar XJ sedan for Jay Leno’s Garage, quickly discovers. Instead, this press trip covers a thousand miles of driving in the Yukon, demonstrating the prowess of Jaguar’s “instinctive” all-wheel drive. The goal is to chase the sun until it disappears under the horizon, or as Hart explains, going about as “far north in North America” as an automobile can go.
How cold are the temperatures? Try -50℉, which is cold enough to freeze the Yukon River solid. Breaking down here is a dance with death, and Hart gets some handy advice from the local police on how to build a life-saving fire using the car’s spare tire. That’s not instruction you’re likely to get from the Florida Highway Patrol.
If you’re going to drive a thousand miles to the Arctic Circle in winter, we suppose there are worse vehicles to choose than the AWD Jaguar XJ sedan. We’re not averse to cold weather, but to be honest, that’s one press trip invite we’re glad we didn’t get.
|Video: Jay Leno Does Side-By-Side Comparison of Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 and LP550-2||
Jay Leno and President of the Lamborghini Club America, Andrew Romanowski, take up the all-so- ‘difficult’ job of helping us determine if we would prefer the 2012 Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera or the RWD LP550-2. Jay attempts to reason with his audience and explain the differences in the two Italian Bulls while Andrew smooths everything over. Check out the latest Jay Leno’s Garage episode below and strap in for a ride with Jay and Andrew as they tear up some local So-Cal roads sans a decent burnout. Enjoy!
|Jay Leno Shows Off His 1932 Morgan Three-Wheeler: Video||
In 2012, the Morgan Motor Company re-introduced a three-wheeler to its lineup for the fist time in over seven decades. Originally intended as a more affordable alternative to a traditional four-wheeled automobile, three-wheelers added a bit of fun into the mix, at a time when “driving enjoyment” was the lowest priority on a vehicle shopping list.
Need proof? Leno calls his Morgan Three-Wheeler “one of the oddest and most fun cars I have,” and coming from a guy with Leno’s car collection, that says a lot. He also equates it with flying a World War I biplane, which is all the selling we need to know we’d have a blast behind the wheel.
Leno’s Morgan was designed in 1932, but assembled in 1946. Equipped with a 990cc Matchless motorcycle engine rated at just 42.1 horsepower, acceleration is hardly up to supercar standards. Still, the Three-Wheeler’s light weight helps with performance, and its top speed of 80 mph “feels like 180 mph” according to Leno.
Are there drawbacks to a Three-Wheeler? Yes, and plenty of them. Missing a pothole with the front wheels ensures you’ll hit it with the single rear wheel, and the car’s awkward cloth top doesn’t exactly make the Morgan weather-proof (or even weather-resistant, as far as we can tell). While the design may have been a utilitarian compromise for 1930s British families seeking economical motorized transportation, the Morgan Three-Wheeler (even in its modern incarnation) is best reserved for sunny-day amusement.
|Jay Leno Samples Lexus’ Latest IS 350: Video||
Back before the internet, auto manufacturers had it quite a bit easier when it came time to invite journalists for press trips. First the world’s big-book glossies would get their plane tickets, followed by the major newspapers and secondary magazines, followed by everybody else. These days it’s not so cut-and-dried; sure, the magazines still get long-lead invites well in advance of everyone else, largely because it takes longer to put together print publications.
Then come the automakers’ favorite websites, many of which have been established for years and are staffed with those who formerly worked at the big magazines. These days, that list is also likely to include celebrities and “lifestyle magazines,” whose editors know little to nothing about cars and technology, but can dictate what’s cool to legions of trend-humping fashion lemmings, thus (in theory) driving sales of a particular model.
Missing from the invite list are dozens of smaller sites, who know about cars and how to cover them, but who lack the celebrity-name-draw. In the video above, it’s clear to us why Jay Leno got the invite to drive the new IS in Japan and we didn’t; after all, he’s Jay -freaking-Leno, and no one can question his passion for anything with wheels or his wide and diverse fan base.
On the other hand, we think that celebrity status comes with a price; if Lexus is going to fly you to Japan, at least cover the car you’re expected to test in some detail. Tell us, for example, that you’re driving the Lexus IS 350, but that Lexus will also introduce a new IS 250, IS 300h hybrid and IS F Sport, too. Give us a bit more than the fact that the new car rides on a stretched platform and sports a more rigid chassis than the model it replaces. In fact, if you’re driving the car on a racetrack. why not benchmark it against the old one, so we get a sense for how much better the new IS 350 will be?
We have nothing against Leno, and we’re certainly not questioning his ability to review a car when he has the time to do so properly. What you see here, though, is the direction that more and more manufacturers are moving in, and we can see a day when all car reviews will be done via celebrity voice overs and video edited down to digestible sound bites. We may know more about cars, but let’s face it: Justin Bieber reaches a wider audience. That’s the future, and admittedly we’re not so crazy about it.