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Quick Spin: 2019 Jeep Cherokee – New Face and New Power

Over the years, decades really, the Jeep Cherokee XJ is has developed a cult following and it is quickly becoming an icon. In a brand that has so many icons, and given its modest unibody setup and family-friendly purpose, that is quite an accomplishment. It’s unlikely that its replacement, the …

The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is the best sports sedan out there

You could buy the BMW, and be boring. You could buy the Mercedes-Benz, and be smugly content. You could be the Audi, and play it safe. You could buy the Lexus, and be comfortable enough. Or… you could buy the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, and be a hero. If you …

Podcast: Episode 245 – Casa de Klapman

I had to step out this week so Chris Hayes took the chance to meet up with Hooniverse Podcast regular Zack Klapman for a one-on-one catch up. This week the pair cover the Long Beach Grand Prix, the recent passing of the “One Take” reigns to Zack, and Chris’ deliberations …

In pictures: A day at the 2018 New York International Auto Show

[We’re a little late on this, but such is life. -KK] Wednesday March 28th kicked off the 2018 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS), one that would reveal a wide spread of everything from the most mundane people-movers to race-track-ready adrenaline-spikers and a massive variety of everything in-between. We saw …

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Hooniverse Asks: What’s your current favorite ambitious build?

Jeff Glucker April 24, 2018 Hooniverse Asks

Freddy Hernandez, AKA Tavarish, has been tinkering with a variety of cars on his YouTube channel. His recent acquisition, however, is a rather ambitious project car. It’s a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder that was previously owned by a person with a need for speed. Hence the installed twin-turbo kit and fire damage.

Tavarish has been working his way through the rear end of the car in order to get it back in to running and driving condition. It’s been a hell of a journey so far, and now Freddy has finally fired up the machine.

The fun part about this series is that Freddy is an everyman wrench just like the rest of us. He’s learning as he goes, and he’s documenting the entire process. He just happens to be doing this on an imposing vehicle.

What other builds out there are you following along, waiting for more news? There are plenty of ambitious builds on the Internet right now. Share your favorites below!

Quick Spin: 2019 Jeep Cherokee – New Face and New Power

Over the years, decades really, the Jeep Cherokee XJ is has developed a cult following and it is quickly becoming an icon. In a brand that has so many icons, and given its modest unibody setup and family-friendly purpose, that is quite an accomplishment. It’s unlikely that its replacement, the Jeep Liberty, will ever see the same kind of love. I would even bet that the hugely popular Grand Cherokee will never be that loved.

Jeep is aware of that XJ love. That is why they brought the Cherokee name back in 2014. But that new Cherokee didn’t receive the instant love that the brand executives may have been hoping for. In the world full of bubbly CUVs, the Cherokee was a bubbly SUV with a front-end that can be best described as striking. But the sales number, surely helped by the economy, were good, significantly outselling the Liberty.

For 2019 the Cherokee gets a refresh. The Cherokee design goes back from being striking to a more conventional and relaxed design, similar to those of the bigger Grand Cherokee and the new smaller Compass. And it also gets a new turbocharged engine. Will these changes yield more love for the iconic model name?

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Classic Captions Contest – 1987 Oldsmobile Firenza Edition

It’s a dark January night in Winter Park, Colorado, and you’ve wrapped up a solid day on the mountain destroying Mary Jane. With your skinny Rossignol skis straddled across your right shoulder, you hobble your way from the lodge after an hour of Bud Light-filled après-ski, towards the parking lot across the street. There’s snow falling on a towering horizon of lodgepole pines, the wind hollowing and temperatures continuing to drop.

But what’s hot is the Oldsmobile Firenza LC Coupe. I mean, look at that sexy rear C-pillar…elegance…sophistication. Then all of the sudden, you hear what you imagine to be a snowplow scraping a sheet of ice, but then you see five shadows holding torches descending on you.
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The News for April 20th, 2018

Greg Kachadurian April 20, 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 breathes new life into the M2, is still the only BMW that matters

  • Ford is bringing the Mustang to V8 Supercars and NASCAR Cup Series

  • Ford Mustang Cobra Jet returns soon, is their quickest ever down the 1,320

  • Aston Martin revives the DBS Superleggera nameplate for an upcoming model

  • Brabham will make a comeback with new supercar

  • Cadillac’s CEO is out after nearly 4 years of questionable decision making

  • What’s your automotive news?

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Mystery Car

Kamil Kaluski April 20, 2018 Mystery Car

April 20th is an interesting day in history. But because it’s Friday and many of us are just damn tired, let’s ignore history and focus on the important things in life, such as solving today’s Mystery Car. Who needs history anyway, it’s not like the same things happen over and over again. Rules are the same as always, gimme the make and model. The winner gets everyone’s respect for an entire week, that good-happy feeling inside, and a mention in next week’s Mystery Car. 

Last week‘s winner is GTXcellent, who correctly identified the mystery vehicle as a Fiat Jolly. If you’re a long time Hooniverse reader you may remember this car from my Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance post from 2014. 

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The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is the best sports sedan out there

You could buy the BMW, and be boring. You could buy the Mercedes-Benz, and be smugly content. You could be the Audi, and play it safe. You could buy the Lexus, and be comfortable enough. Or… you could buy the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, and be a hero.

If you make the heroes choice, you now have 505 horsepower at your disposal thanks to a Ferrari-derived 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine. It works magic to the rear end through an eight-speed gearbox.

On the outside, you have a muscular and mean machine with a perfectly poised stance. Inside, the Alfa gets down to business with its thin-rimmed suede and leather steering wheel and massive paddles to control the transmission. The seats are excellent, which is good because you’re going to want to fling this four-door beast through the corners.

It’s not cheap. It’s definitely not perfect (keep your warranty information handy). But it is the most thrilling machine in its segment.

[Disclaimer: Alfa Romeo tossed us the keys to the Giulia QF and included a tank of fuel. We had to fill up the car three more times…]

Podcast: Episode 245 – Casa de Klapman

I had to step out this week so Chris Hayes took the chance to meet up with Hooniverse Podcast regular Zack Klapman for a one-on-one catch up. This week the pair cover the Long Beach Grand Prix, the recent passing of the “One Take” reigns to Zack, and Chris’ deliberations on a new daily driver.

In pictures: A day at the 2018 New York International Auto Show

[We’re a little late on this, but such is life. -KK]

Wednesday March 28th kicked off the 2018 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS), one that would reveal a wide spread of everything from the most mundane people-movers to race-track-ready adrenaline-spikers and a massive variety of everything in-between. We saw debuts the likes of the all-new Toyota Rav4, all-new Subaru Forester, and the all-new Nissan Altima, and our eyes were treated to unveilings like that of the Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak, the Maserati Levante Trofeo, and (who am I that I’m even going to write this…) even the Lincoln Aviator. And I have to mention the Bullitt Mustang which was present, and as you’ll probably gather from what follows after the jump, it was the sole car that had me weak in the knees.

As great as it was to see others like the Porsche GT3RS, Genesis G70 Sport, and JL Wrangler, it wandering aimlessly around the floor of the Javits Center also presented the first chance to plop my ass into the seats of the much-revered Kia Stinger GT and to see, oogle, and crawl all over many other all-new vehicles, like the upcoming Ford Ranger, for the first time.

This was a very good NYIAS in my opinion, if for no reason other than the wide breadth of things to be seen; it felt like the variety was of an even greater range this year than in the past, giving us an eye into how broad and incredible today’s automotive market is. If you notice that much of what follows the jump mimics the photos and words that I blabbered onto our Instagram, that’s because much of it is in fact the same (and if you don’t follow our Instagram, you *definitely* should). Hit the jump to see some of my wonderful iPhone photos and read some of my random musings from a day at the 2018 North American International Auto Show.

Warning: extremely picture-heavy

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Hooniverse Asks: Faux Patina?

Jeff Glucker April 17, 2018 Hooniverse Asks

One one hand, I want to applaud anyone out there who customizes, cherishes, and enjoys their vehicle. That’s what ROCS Auto has down with this Porsche 911. The car is called the ROCS Palo Alto 911 Panamericana Outlaw, and it looks the part. The idea is that this is what this Porsche would look like if it had been used as a Mexican road racing car for decades.

The problem I have here, is that it hasn’t done any of that. The car was built for a well-to-do California client that wanted a car to look like it’s lived a life it hasn’t. It’s fake. It’s faux patina.

I like the aesthetics of this car, but it hasn’t earned those aesthetics. And so I can’t stand behind it. This car is kind of lame, even while it’s cool at the same time.

This is fake ripped holes on overpriced jeans. This is artisanal insanity applied to the automotive space. It’s faux organic. It’s the Whole Foods of automotive styling.

I don’t like it.

But you might, and that’s okay. What do you think of this car and faux patina in general? 

[Source: FlatSixes]

Two-Wheel Tuesday: The False Neutral Podcast #76 – Just Re-Do It

All three of your hosts are present again this month. We all have workshop progress to report, including the CL125S, Bultakenstein, the TX750, and Eric’s XS400. I discovered the current location of the bike that was the subject of my very first Hooniverse article. We then go on to discuss Yamaha’s E-bikes, Husqvarna Vitpilen 701, and follow up on some old show topics and listener comments.

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False Neutral – Just Re-Do It!


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