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The Cammed & Tubbed Podcast: Episode 250 – The Podcast All-Star Break

With Brad absent this week, Cam is joined by Motor Affair’s Patrick Stevenson to talk about cars, kids, and understand BMWs, Porsches, and the Acura NSX. The Cammed and Tubbed Podcast – The Podcast All-Star Break Check out our Instagram, our Twitter, and our Facebook pages. As always, we’d really …

First Drive: Jaguar E-Pace

Crossovers are currently where all the cash sits. Car buyers want them, and automakers keep cranking them out. That’s how we wind up with a vehicle like the all-new Jaguar E-Pace. It’s the baby of the Jaguar crossover bunch, but that doesn’t mean it’s simply an entry-level cash grab. Okay, …

Truck Central: Dodge stuffs the 6.4L Hemi in the Durango SRT
and it’s real real good

I’ve been reviewing trucks for a new YouTube channel called, appropriately, Truck Central. Recently I spent some time with the new Dodge Durango SRT. The FCA folks seem content to Hellcat everything, but the Durango hasn’t received that love just yet. What it has received, however is the 392. That would …

Temporary Solution to Buggy UConnect Update

Yesterday, the walking obscure car encyclopedia of man, Jason Torchinsky at Jalopnik, reported about an over-the-air update to FCA’s UConnect system. The update went out on Friday, right before all the FCA software engineers packed-up and left the office for the weekend. Unfortunately the forced update introduced an amazingly annoying …

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Odd things that made you go “ooh” when you were younger.

When you’re very young, the smallest things can make a huge impression. You would occasionally assign rather more value or significance to something than it might realistically merit. Such it was when I was growing up. My Dad was a Ford man for much of the ’80s, and I spend the latter portion of that decade cruising in the back of his top-of-the range Sierra Ghia.

I recognised – and felt smug – that it had features that were absent in the lesser cars my friends would trundle around in at the time. It had head rests for rear seat passengers, a true sign of luxury and refinement. There were adjustable map-reading lights in the front, too, and few cars could match the Sierra’s ‘graphic information module’ that warned of low temperatures, unclosed doors and failed bulbs, and looked awesome lit up at night. There was one feature notably absent, though – one that I first spotted in 1987 while perusing a Ford brochure. The Granada Scorpio had red door edge-illuminators.

My little mind was blown.

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The News for February 16th, 2018

Greg Kachadurian February 16, 2018 The News!

Welcome to the Hooniverse News! As always, this is a weekly recap of some of the biggest stories in the automotive industry without the fluff or bull. There’s also just a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • BMW commits to the X4 again, mentions “dynamic” in the press release 17 times

  • Another Texas edition truck is coming courtesy of Ram

  • Alfa Romeo prices the Stelvio Quadrifoglio at $79,995

  • New Yenko/SC Stage II Camaro offers 1,000HP because it can

  • Toyota confirms new “racing concept” Supra for a Geneva debut

  • What’s your automotive news?

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The Cammed & Tubbed Podcast: Episode 250 – The Podcast All-Star Break

With Brad absent this week, Cam is joined by Motor Affair’s Patrick Stevenson to talk about cars, kids, and understand BMWs, Porsches, and the Acura NSX.


The Cammed and Tubbed Podcast – The Podcast All-Star Break

Check out our Instagram, our Twitter, and our Facebook pages. As always, we’d really appreciate it if you would rate us on iTunes, share us with your friends, and maybe if you’re feeling nice, interact with us on those social medias. If you’re so inclined, Cammed & Tubbed also now has a Patreon with some fun perks. You can even join our Cammed & Tubbed slack to chat with us basically all day, and get some live updates from Cam and Brad on our project cars.

First Drive: Jaguar E-Pace

Crossovers are currently where all the cash sits. Car buyers want them, and automakers keep cranking them out. That’s how we wind up with a vehicle like the all-new Jaguar E-Pace.

It’s the baby of the Jaguar crossover bunch, but that doesn’t mean it’s simply an entry-level cash grab. Okay, it’s sort of that… but it’s actually pretty good as well.

We trekked to Corsica to sample the new smaller Jag not-a-wagon, and we were more than pleasantly surprised. Under the hood is a healthy Ingenium four-cylinder engine that cranks out 300 horsepower when you get the P300 model.

On-road and even off-road, there’s clearly some Jaguar and Land Rover DNA to be found. While we’d prefer an XE wagon, we’re not getting a lame duck with the E-Pace.

This one might surprise you… it certainly did that for us.

[DisclaimerJaguar put us on a plane to Corsica and then put us up in two amazing hotels. There was food and drink as well. Somehow, they also made the weather act all “British-y”.]

Hooniverse Asks: What is the best rap/hip-hop car of all time?

Jeff Glucker February 16, 2018 Hooniverse Asks

One of my favorite songs of all time is Gz and Hustlas by Snoop Dogg. The beat epitomizes everything perfect about early 90’s West Coast hip-hop. Snoop crushes the track with his signature flow, and the entire album has sold well over 11,000,000 copies to this day.

During the song, there’s one line that always sticks with me. It’s when Snoop mentions his ride; a ’78 Coupe DeVille. The car itself wasn’t anything special, but to Snoop it was the shit at that point and time in his life. Hell, it still might be to this day. Regardless, the car fits the song and the time period perfectly.

What is the greatest rap or hip-hop car of all time though? I don’t think it’s the ’78 DeVille, even if it’s a part of one of my personal favorite songs. The ’64 Impala is definitely on the list somewhere. Modern rap and hip-hop love flashier machines, but I’m not sure a current Rolls-Royce really deserves a nod here.

What say you? Sound off with your favorite featured vehicle in a rap or hip-hop song.

BMW 335d SE: The subtlest ‘sleeper’ of all time?

Chris Haining February 15, 2018 All Things Hoon

The turbocharged, go-faster Volvo 850T-5 caused something of a stir on its release in the early nineties. For a start, it was a Volvo, and Volvo were more associated with ever-so-sensible brick shaped cars best suited for carrying elderly people and antiques. Then there was the power, the front-wheel-drive layout, the modernity of those foot-tall taillamps, something of a break for the staid old firm. Then, in ’94, Volvo took the 850 racing in the British Touring Car Championship. And, as if taking the piss out of everybody, the combatant they fielded was an estate car – and it did rather well.

Nowadays, fast estate cars are nothing new. Everybody latched onto the idea during the nineties and, er, zeroties. Today the Germans have fast estate cars coming out of their ears, BMW with the M5, Mercedes with the E63 and Audi with the RS6, but most of them wear their hearts on their sleeve. They are all festooned with extra grilles, shouty badges, look-at-me wheels and they all emit thunderous exhaust notes when provoked.

Altogether more delicious were the factory sleepers out there, and this was one of the best.

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Truck Central: Dodge stuffs the 6.4L Hemi in the Durango SRT
and it’s real real good

Jeff Glucker February 15, 2018 Featured, Hoonivercinema

I’ve been reviewing trucks for a new YouTube channel called, appropriately, Truck Central. Recently I spent some time with the new Dodge Durango SRT. The FCA folks seem content to Hellcat everything, but the Durango hasn’t received that love just yet. What it has received, however is the 392. That would be the 6.4-liter HEMI and here it’s cranking out 475 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque.

That transforms the Durango into a three-row SUV capable of blasting from 0-60 miles per hour in just 4.9 seconds. You can rip through the quarter mile in about 12.9 seconds as well. It’s not cheap. It’s definitely loud.

It’s absolutely a hilarious hot-rod of a sport utility vehicle.

Temporary Solution to Buggy UConnect Update

Kamil Kaluski February 13, 2018 Featured, Jeep Reviews

Yesterday, the walking obscure car encyclopedia of man, Jason Torchinsky at Jalopnik, reported about an over-the-air update to FCA’s UConnect system. The update went out on Friday, right before all the FCA software engineers packed-up and left the office for the weekend. Unfortunately the forced update introduced an amazingly annoying bug into many of the newer vehicles – the whole UConnect infotainment system would reboot approximately every minute. 

This is a big issue because the UConnect system is more than just a radio. The touchscreen controls audio sources, phone and other Bluetooth connections, climate system, navigation, and even heated seats. Most importantly, the backup camera image is displayed on that screen. When the system is in the process of being rebooted none of that works. Once it’s finally up and running, everything can be accessed but for less than a minute, until the vicious reboot cycle starts up again. 

I currently happen to be reviewing Jeep’s amazing 707-horsepower Grand Cherokee Trackhawk which received this update. Like on so many other vehicles, this Jeep has the rebooting problem. Let me tell ya, it is extremely annoying, even on this ridiculously powerful and fun-to-drive vehicle. The system gets stuck while changing Sirius radio stations. Using Apple CarPlay is pretty much impossible. USB ports lose power, and obviously connection, when the system is rebooting. The biggest problem I have noticed is backing up, as the camera simply does not display during the reversing process. We all have come rely on these as the rear visibility in many new cars isn’t great, so this is a safety issue. 

But there is a solution…

UPDATE: FCA pushed a new update. The system no longer reboots itself but the SiriusXM Travel Link no longer works, upsetting the three people who actually used it. 

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Two Wheel Tuesday: The False Neutral Podcast – “Everything Needs Fixing”

Pete, Eric, and Garrett are all on hand this month. We update you on all the things that need fixing, including Garrett’s dirt bikes, Pete’s house, and Eric’s shoulder. We discuss Harley’s news: a factory closure, X-Games snow hillclimb, and production electric bike announcement. That leads to an examination of Moto-E’s upcoming electric spec class, and we debate the pros and cons of spec class racing in general, before moving on to a variety of other topics. If you’re suffering from cabin fever, share some time with us.

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False Neutral – February 2018 – Everything Needs Fixing

2018 Chicago Auto Show: The Favorites

We’ve looked at a couple new production vehicles and a batch of exciting cars that do all sorts of “race” things, but I can’t forget the other show stoppers seen on the floor at Chicago this year. From multi-million dollar classics to a Hyundai with massive exhaust pipes, here are a couple of my other favorites.

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