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The News for February 2nd, 2018

Greg Kachadurian February 2, 2018 The News! 30 Comments

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:

  • McLaren channels 570S GT4 for new limited-run MSO project

  • Ram rolls out with upscale 1500 Laramie Longhorn

  • Jaguar I-Pace inches closer to its production debut

  • Honda is reportedly bringing back the Passport

  • What’s your automotive news?

McLaren MSO X

This useless but cool McLaren broke cover last Friday after the news had run, but it was just cool and useless enough to still warrant a bit of coverage in my book. McLaren’s special operations team unveiled yet another limited run version of the 570S that only ten of the world’s elite can buy, but this one is a little different. The McLaren MSO X is described as an emulator which brings the look and feel of their 570S GT4 race car to a fully road-legal package.

Its exterior design mimics that of the 570S GT4 as closely as possible with a pylon-mounted rear wing, a fully functional ‘goose neck’ carbon fiber roof snorkel (inspired by the F1 GTR Longtail), front dive planes, an MSO Titanium Super Sports Exhaust, and a 570S GT4-style bonnet with unique air intakes. As a display of confidence in buyers’ driving abilities, they also include fabric tow straps at each end.

The interior gets its fair share of track-inspired goodness as well. The carbon monocoque chassis is fully exposed because racecar. It also has carbon shell bucket seats, carbon sill panels, and a carbon bulkhead with enough storage space for a racing helmet. For weight reduction, the center tunnel storage bin has been removed and is replaced by a raised carbon fiber center console as you’d get in the race car. Buyers also get a color matched harness bar to hold the six-point racing harnesses for track driving (in addition to regular three point belts) and McLaren Track Telemetry with a full suite of cameras to capture the reason why tow straps were required.

Despite the car’s enhanced track day capabilities, it still retains some of its user amenities such as its parking sensors, rear view cameras, vehicle lift, and “race” air conditioning.

All ten cars were commissioned by McLaren Newport Beach and are probably sold already. So yeah, this is meaningless news. But it’s cool meaningless news.

[Source: McLaren]

2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn

Remember the all-new Ram 1500 that was revealed last month? It’s like that, but with nicer leather, branded barn wood interior trim, a billet grille, and a more rustic feel.

[Source: Ram]

Production Jaguar I-Pace will be revealed soon


Jaguar will reveal the production-ready I-Pace electric SUV at the Geneva Motor Show about a month from now and they’ve dropped a few new images and some promises for what to expect from their first production EV.

They claim rapid charging from 0 to 80% in less than 45 minutes when using a DC 100kW charger and rapid performance that can rival some sports cars. Its performance claims are backed up by the one-make racing series they’re launching with this car. Also, it can also operate in temperatures as low as -40°C. And um, it’ll be an SUV. We’ll know more about it, including its price tag, on March 6th.

[Source: Jaguar]

Honda bringing back the Passport?

Remember the Honda Passport? It’s like that, but a brand new two-row crossover beneath the CR-V that will compete with the Ford Edge which could debut as early as this year’s LA Auto Show. The report came from Automotive News whose source cited conversations with dealers.

[Source: Automotive News via Autoweek]

What’s your automotive news?

That’s all I’ve got for you this week, so now it’s your turn. If you saw anything, fixed something, broke everything, or otherwise did anything even remotely car related that you want to share with your fellow hoon, sound off in the comments.

Have a good weekend.

[Image © 2018 Hooniverse/Greg Kachadurian]

  • GTXcellent

    Longhorn? Guess GM must have let the trademark lapse. I hope Dodge Ram at least puts an 8 1/2 ft bed on it.

  • Fred

    Isn’t the HR-V the smaller of the CRV? So where does the Passport fit in? Oh never mind, it’s not like I really care. Just waiting for my lunch to be ready.

    • kogashiwa

      I can’t figure out how something smaller than the CR-V is needed to compete with the Edge? I thought those two were fairly similar size. But I guess every maker needs CUVs in 6″ increments now.

      • Fred

        I was confused so I read the AN article, instead of just reacting to the headline. It’s a SUV to slot between the CRV and Pilot. It will be a premium, lowered SUV to compete with the Edge. It also mentioned several other manufacturer’s who are entering this size. I thought that was odd as Toyota decided to abanded the similar Venza which was about the only SUV I liked, except for the interior and harsh ride.

        • Vairship

          Or the name. “I had Venza once, but a shot of antibiotics took care of it”.

        • Rudy™

          I think the choice of the Passport name would be rather…unfortunate. The last Passport was that rebadging of an Isuzu Rodeo which had the recalls for a rusting rear suspension support. And they looked terrible after only a few years on our Michigan roads.

  • MSOx, for those who want something more exclusive than a 570S, but won’t pay a Veyron limited edition.
    Else, it is possible to get an FWD18ft van slightly sideways, with a little help from a hill and tired tires in the rear (snow on ice helped, too)

    • Alff

      Pretty sure you could get fully slideways, if you really put in the effort.

      • That thing is 2.1 metric tons empty, and the road and me were not quite up to the task…

        • Alff

          You gotta want it

          • It’s just not in me.

  • I still think the name “Microcar Invest” is wildly optimistic but the owner of this KV Mini 1 has released another video:


    • Victor

      Stone age drive wheel ?

  • Batshitbox

    Honda is reportedly bringing back the Passport
    Woot-Woot! Wait, what?


  • ptschett

    Theory: car design is cyclical, and the cycles run on different time periods. It’s just that the Harley Earl / Bill Mitchell cycle shift to long / low / wide cars instead of the prior not-so-long / taller / narrower concept was so influential that what we consider as “cars” has been stuck there ever since. The CUV of the modern era is just the result of the popularity of the truck-based SUV in the recent past, combined with the lessons learned from the development of the car-based but taller FWD minivans in that timeframe, and that the ongoing development toward improved fuel economy has come far enough that the traditional car’s better MPG increasingly doesn’t outweigh the CUV’s better capability for varied uses. (Especially as 4-door cars converge toward a fastback shape that isn’t particularly conducive to rear passenger entry.)

    Or, argued a somewhat different way on ye olde [redacted]:

    • Vairship

      Or it could just be CAFE seeing tall cars as trucks.

  • Maymar

    I’m strangely intrigued by the announcement that Benz is bringing the A-Class to North America (and I believe the hatch is coming to Canada). Strange as it sounds, I’m seeing off-kilter GTI competitor. Right now, a GTI (with DSG, for levelish playing field) is about $32k CDN. Considering the B250 and CLA250 both start at about $36k, I’m assuming the A250 should roughly split the difference. Granted, I’m sure the base A won’t have the VW’s handling or equipment, and would probably be more of a pain to own. That said, it’ll probably depreciate quicker. I’d say the Benz would also probably get abused less by its owners, but as I’ve said before, most new GTI owners around here seem to be responsible 40-somethings.

  • Victor
  • Scoutdude

    Mass diesel genocide is upon us, at least in our area. Had to make a run to a Pick-n-Pull and they had at least 50 stacks, 2 pallets high, each pallet with 4 sets of VW tires and wheels. There was a long line of them in the middle of processing. Interestingly they all had all of their windows down despite the fact that it was raining hard. They were all Jetta Wagons with a big Yellow X rattled canned on the driver’s side door as well as green numbers.

  • Sjalabais

    That I-Pace is just another big step towards cars looking more and more cartoonish. Sort of like this one though.

    This weekend I added a completely unasked for item to my list of stupid car things: I slept on a madrass in my Honda at -27°C. The cold itself was not that much of an issue, but all its effects…like condensed breath freezing to ice inside my nose while I was asleep.
    …but it made views like this within reach for two days. Worth it:
    Also, funny thing, a bag full of charged camera batteries succumbed to the cold, as did my car battery, and this is what happened to the cell phone battery the instant I got up from the warm-ish sleeping bag:
    Came home with mixed feelings for this experience, as it all felt rather cumbersome to go through. Getting old!