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Bentley Prepares To Bring The 6.75-Liter V-8 Engine To An End

The 6.75-liter will be no more, but its sacrifice will pave the way for a new 12-cylinder engine

It seems hard to believe, but Bentley’ s famed 6.75-liter V-8 engine has been around for 57 years. Over the years, the engine has been upgraded to comply with ever-increasing emissions and fuel economy standards that brought the aging power plant into the world of fuel injection, camshaft phasing, and stronger internal components. The engine hasn’t exactly exceeded its life expectancy yet, as Bentley could bring things like direct fuel injection of cam-in-cam technology, but it doesn’t look like that is going to happen.

Despite the fact that Bentley could continue to upgrade and morph the 6.75-liter to continue complying with current standards, Car and Driver reports that Bentley has chosen not to continue dumping money into the constantly aging engine. Apparently, Wolfgang Durheimer – the CEO of Bentley – said that the V-8 has found its “final home” and indicated that Bentley’s next flagship model will be powered by a 12-cylinder engine.

This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise considering that BMW tried to kill off the L-Series engine in the late 90s when it introduced the 4.4-liter V-8. Of course, shortly after that Volkswagen Volkswagen took over and reintroduced the L-Series engine. Since then, the engine has been continuously upgraded, but as it goes in life – all good things eventually come to an end. Keep in mind that the 6.75-liter will still be around for at least a few years. Durheimer didn’t supply any timetable as to when it will unleash what is sure to be a beast of a 12-cylinder, and the Mulsanne was just updated for 2017, so Bentley has some time to develop its big power plant.

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Source: CarAndDriver

2017 Renault Clio R.S. 16

The quickest and most powerful Clio in history!

The fourth-generation Renault Clio was unveiled at the 2012 Paris Motor Show with a significantly redesigned body and interior as well as brand-new and updated engines. Unlike its predecessors, it didn’t receive three-door hatchback and sedan versions, being offered only as a five-door hatch or five-door estate. The Clio IV is underpinned by the Alliance B platform co-developed by Renault and Nissan in the late 1990s, but features comprehensive updates that makes it suitable for the 21st century. The fourth-gen hatch also spawns a new track-ready model, the R.S. 200, as well as a limited-edition R.S. 220 Trophy EDC with output increased from 197 horsepower to 217 horsepower.

In 2016, Renault’s high-performance division has unleashed yet another R.S.-badged Clio. Unveiled at the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix on May 27, the new beefed-up hatch wears the R.S. 16 moniker. Although new in this configuration, the "16" numeral was originally introduced on the first-generation Clio, with the 16S being used in certain markets for a performance-oriented version that replaced the 5 GT Turbo. The current name is actually identical to that of the 2016 season Formula One car.

Created to mark the Renault Sport’s 40th anniversary and to celebrate the brand’s return as a Formula One team, the new hatch is the highest performance road-going R.S. model in history and was developed in only five months. Unfortunately, it is only a concept for now and the French firm didn’t say whether it will spawn a production model or not.

“Our aim was to produce a concept car with genuinely outstanding performance credentials,” said Patrice Ratti, Managing Director of Renault Sport Cars. “On paper, producing a Clio R.S. powered by our most potent engine was an extremely appealing idea, but we had to make sure it was feasible.”

Until Renault gives us more information about the production potential of the R.S. 16 concept, let’s have a closer look at what it brings to the table in the detailed review below.

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2016 BMW X1

The First BMW SUV to be built on a front-wheel-drive architecture.

It’s been six years since BMW stormed the mini SUV segment with the X1, and the German automaker has just launched the second-generation version of the car that made Audi and Mercedes-Benz create the Q3 and GLA, respectively.

Introduced in 2009 as the brand’s smallest crossover and fourth SUV after the X3, X5, and X6, the X1 was praised for its powerful engines, sedan-like dynamics, and good fuel economy. A commercial success with more than 700,000 units sold globally through 2014, the second-gen X1 has pretty big shoes to fill and it’s looking to try and best its predecessor with a new exterior design, a revamped interior, and updated drivetrains.

More importantly, the X1 has just become the first BMW-badged SUV to use a front-wheel-drive architecture, borrowing the UKL platform from the Mini Cooper. The X1 joins the 2 Series Active Tourer and 2 Series Gran Tourer to form BMW’s new family of FWD vehicles, which will expand to other nameplates in the future as well.

We’re still a few months away from seeing the 2016 X1 on auto show and dealership floors, but BMW released just enough information on its brand-new crossover. Keep reading to find out more about the second-generation X1.

Updated 05/27/2016: The BMW X1 was named as a Top Safety Pick+ but the IIHS. Check out the Safety section below for all the details.

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2016 Peugeot L500 R HYbrid

A tribute car and futuristic concept all rolled into one

It was 100 years ago that Dario Resta and his Peugeot L45 averages a speed of 83.89 mph and won the Indianapolis 500 race of 1916. That was only one of three victories that Peugeot managed to attain between 1913 and 1919 at the Indy 500. Now in 2016, Peugeot has announced the Peugeot L500 R Hybrid to pay tribute to such an accomplishment and the “Charlatans” team that made it possible. The concept is said to be a “futuristic interpretation of the Indy Spirit” and a “racing concept for intense driving sensations.”

Matthias Hossann, Peugeot’s Concept Car and Technological Advance Chief, said, “With Peugeot L500 R Hybrid we’re paying tribute to Peugeot racing exploits dating to the early 20th century. Inspired by this spirit of performance and innovation we wanted to convey a sculptural, elegant and technological view of the future of Peugeot motorsport.”

Let’s be honest, at first glance this concept is highly futuristic but gorgeous at the same time. It features strong character lines, muscular wheel arches, and an impressive livery. In short, Peugeot took its time developing this concept and it looks amazing for that reason. With a long hood and a short tail, and a low profile that has this thing sitting low to the ground, it could, in theory, be a preview of what race cars in the future will look like. Of course, we have no idea how the future will unfold, but let’s take a good look at Peugeot’s new concept and see just how Peugeot sees the future of race cars and their design.

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2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo

The range-topping GT-R gets more aggressive styling and a sportier chassis

Introduced in 2007 for the fifth-generation, R34 Skyline, the GT-R redefined the way we think about sports cars in general and Nissan in particular. Built on a dedicated platform and design to reflect Japanese culture, the GT-R is a unique sports car that offers supercar- like performance for a more affordable sticker. In 2015, Nissan launched a Nismo-tuned model with increased output and a revised aerodynamic package. The GT-R Nismo quickly made a name for itself on the sports car market thanks to its impressive performance figures, including a 2.9-second 0-to-60 mph sprint, and a Nurburgring Nordschleife lap of only 7:08 minutes, the fifth fastest for road-going production cars.

With a rumored, second-generation GT-R underway, the fate of the mighty Nismo is still a mystery at this point. Most likely the nameplate will disappear for a few years until the new GT-R sets in, but it seems that Nissan isn’t yet willing to discontinue the current version. With the standard GT-R having received a new update for the 2017 model year, the Nismo was expected to get its fair share of upgrades too. This just happened as the Japanese firm unveiled the new GT-R Nismo at the Nurburgring track. The update is actually a mild facelift that doesn’t add more power to the V-6 engine, but it includes a revised aerodynamic kit and a tweaked chassis that makes it even quicker at the track.

Nissan didn’t say whether it plans to attempt a new Nurburgring record, but that’s very likely in the coming months. Until that happens, let’s have a closer look at the 2017 GT-R Nismo in the review below.

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2016 - 2017 Bentley Continental GT Speed

The most powerful Continental ever gets a mild makeover

It’s been only a year since Bentley introduced a mild visual update for the bonkers GT Speed and massaged its W-12 powerplant for an additional 10 ponies, and the Brits have issued yet another upgrade for its fastest production grand tourer ever. Set to bow at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show in March as a 2016 model, the revised GT Speed is part of an overhaul of the entire GT lineup, as well as the four-door Flying Spur. The GT Speed essentially borrows the visual enhancements that now adorn the standard GT, while receiving unique details that make it stand out as the most quick and powerful member of the GT family.

The mild upgrade brings a few nips and tucks in the cabin as well, likely to keep it fresh until the third-generation model arrives sometime in 2018. Granted, Bentley’s decision to update the Continental GT Speed two years in a row might seem strange, but the new add-ons are the result of the standard Continental’ s mid-cycle facelift. Let’s have a closer look at what the GT Speed has in store for the 2016 model year in the detailed review below.

Updated 05/27/2016: Bentley announced prices for the 2017 Continental GT Speed, both coupe and convertible versions. Check the "Prices" section to see how much you will have to pay for it!

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Alfa Romeo Could Bring Back The Brera As A Replacement To The 4C

It could be the Alfa we never knew we wanted

The Alfa Romeo Brera was a front-wheel drive sports car that the Italian automaker built from 2005 to 2010. Despite garnering a handful of awards, the Brera wasn’t the seller that Alfa hoped it would be. Only 21,661 units were sold in its lifetime before the company decided to axe the model entirely. Fast forward six years later and there’s talk that Alfa is looking into dusting off the Brera name as it searches for a name for the eventual successor of the 4C.

According to Autobild, the “new” Brera will have some notable differences from its namesake, most notably the switch from front-wheel drive to rear-wheel drive with all-wheel drive being considered as an upgraded option. The sports car will also make use of the same platform that currently underpins the Giulia, which would make sense considering how heavily invested Alfa is to its existing premium sedan. Should the company proceed with this plan, the Brera will carry a front-mounted engine as opposed to the mid-engine layout of the 4C.

Speaking of the engine, details an engine-sharing scheme with the Giulia is possible, although power levels will be tuned differently to fit the specific needs of both cars. In the case of the Brera and its status as Alfa’s new sports car, expect the company to gear the car towards a more power-oriented profile with the possibility of using the same 2.9-liter turbocharged engine found in the Giulia Quadrifoglio Verde. The sedan has 505 horsepower on tap, so if the Brera were to use it, that output could be a little more than what the Giulia has.

Needless to say, all of this still subject to a lot of approvals from inside Alfa Romeo. But with the 4C already entrenched in its lifespan, it makes sense for the Italian automaker to begin looking ahead on its possible successor. If the Brera does get the green light, it could lineup against some of the segments notable heavyweights, including the Mercedes C-Class Coupe and the BMW 4 Series.

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Source: Autobild

FCA’s Jefferson North Plant Rolls Out Six-Millionth Vehicle

A 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee 75th Anniversary Edition marks the occasion

The Jefferson North Plant in Detroit has been pumping out Chrysler vehicles since 1992 and has just reached the milestone of six million vehicles made. The now iconic first-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee was the first to roll off the assembly line. Fiat Chrysler is celebrating by showcasing the six-millionth vehicle – a 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee 75th anniversary edition.

“Reaching this milestone is a reflection of this plant’s commitment to supporting the continued growth of the Jeep brand around the world and playing a role in the comeback of Detroit,” said Curt Towne, Jefferson North Plant Manager. “Our employees are proud to be part of this unique time in the history of both the Company and the City. They understand that not only are they contributing to the success of FCA U.S., but they are proving that Detroit will always be the Motor City.”

The Grand Cherokee’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 was cranked over around 8:30 p.m. local time as employees of the Jefferson plant watched the completion of the final checks before heading to a customer in Michigan.

The Jefferson plant employs nearly 4,500 people in three million square feet. The plant runs three crews who work two 10-hour shifts that run six days a week. FCA says it takes a vehicle a day and a half to travel the length of the assembly line – from the body shop where panels are welded together to the final checkpoint process. In 2015 alone, the plant produced more than 365,000 vehicles. The Jefferson plant also builds vehicles for export to 135 markets worldwide. These exports comprise roughly 25 percent of its entire volume.

Through its 24-year history, the Jefferson plant has produced mostly Jeep vehicles, including the Jeep Commander from 2005-2010, but also began building the Dodge Durango in December of 2010. The plant also celebrated its five-millionth vehicle back in 2013 when another Jeep Grand Cherokee rolled off the line.

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Channing Tatum To Star In Steven Soderbergh-Directed NASCAR Movie

Charlotte Motor Speedway will be at the center of the heist-theme

We’re not exactly seeing the return of Cole Trickle or Ricky Bobby in the big screen, but this one could turn into something better than Days of Thunder and Talladega Nights. NASCAR has announced that it’s collaborating with Academy Award-winning Steven Soderbergh on a feature film called Logan Lucky.

The movie will reportedly be headlined by Channing Tatum and will also star Daniel Craig, Katherine Heigl, Riley Keough, Seth McFarlane, and Kylo Ren himself, Adam Driver. While this film will be Tatum’s first movie project with NASCAR, the 36-year old actor has been involved with the sport, most notably his stint as a grand marshall with 22 Jump Street co-star Jonah Hill during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pocono 400 in 2014.

The specifics of the plot have yet to be revealed, but it is going to be a heist movie that will take place at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Soderbergh will sit on the director’s chair for the movie, making it the first film he’ll be directing since his “retirement” from film making in 2013. Before that, the critically-acclaimed director was responsible for a number of notable films, including Erin Brockovich and Traffic, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Director in 2001. Soderbergh also has experience in the heist film genre, having directed the Ocean’s Trilogy in the mid 2000’s.

For its part, NASCAR is going to be heavily involved in the project. NASCAR VP of entertainment marketing and content development Zane Stoddard commented on the film project, calling it a “big-heated, fun story that showcases NASCAR and the Charlotte Motor Speedway as the world-class sports entertainment property and venue that they are.” Stoddard will also serve as an executive producer in the movie. Pre-production for the film is expected to begin at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 this weekend with an eye towards a Fall 2017 release.

Note: Image Channing Tatum Instagram.

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Source: Motorsport

2015 - 2017 Subaru Outback

The wagon that thinks it’s a crossover

The Subaru Outback has always been the Boy Scout of the car/wagon/ crossover crew, with its standard AWD and rugged, foul-weather-defeating demeanor. While that demeanor won’t likely change, reports say the Outback is getting a Legacy -style work-over for the 2015 model year and will make its grand entrance at the 2014 New York Auto Show this spring.

Since the Outback is essentially the wagon version of the Legacy, it makes sense the recent changes to the 2015 Legacy would make their way over to the Outback. What this means for the Outback is a new exterior look with a similar reworked grille, headlights and raked windshield. The extra body cladding and plastic bits that make an Outback look like an Outback will surely make their return.

Inside, the same redesigned dashboard, instrument panel and center console with softer touch, more premium materials will be present. The coupe -like look of the new Legacy obviously won’t make the jump as cargo room and rear passenger headroom are bigger priorities in the Outback.

History tells us the powertrain offerings will be identical as well. The new Legacy offers two engine choices: a 2.5-liter flat-four making 175 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque and the 3.6-liter flat-six putting out 256 horsepower and 247 pound-feet of torque. Unfortunately, both engines are stuck with CVT transmissions with no conventional manual on the horizon.

Update 05/27/2016: Subaru has released pricing for the 2017 Outback. The base 2.5i trim starts at $25,645 while the range-topping Touring trim starts at $39,070.

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