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The Jaguar F-Type SVR summed up in 3 minutes

It’s the shape of the thing… that hits you first.

The long hood, the open face, and those hips… To say that Ian Callum’s style influence at Jaguar has been a good thing is as vast an understatement as saying the F-Type is a non-subtle piece of automobile.

Despite the fact that your heart never fully moves on from the lines of the car, your eyes do… that’s because your ears are taken over by the noise of the thing.

Between the valley created by the front fenders, you have a 5.0-liter V8 and it works like a superhero duo with the supercharger sitting on top of it. Batman and Robin don’t cause screams like these two though, because they don’t use guns. The F-Type, however, sounds like it’s fronting an assault on everything and everyone it drives by because there’s the rapid fire pop when you lift off the throttle.

This is one of the few machines that sounds as good or even better off the throttle as it does when your foot is attempting to squeeze the life out of the go pedal.

The steering is fine but you won’t be dancing with a Porsche on a curvy road. The gearbox is perfectly suited for the car because it’s the oft-used and always loved ZF eight speed. Sending the power out to all four wheels, you’d think would sap some of the RWD fun of the prior R iteration… but you’d be wrong.

This is still the Gentleman Hooligan’s ride of choice. If you desire to arrive to your local high society snob spot, you can do so sideways and loud. And I recommend you do this everywhere you go by pressing that exhaust button and leaving all four pipes un baffled so they may sing the V8 song to all those present in a three county radius.

You want one of these for yourself. That’s no surprise. You’ll need to part with at least $130,000. In an anti-porsche move, the options list doesn’t climb too high from there. You don’t need the carbon ceramics because you’re not taking this to the track…. So save the dough. Enjoy the open road, the view of the hood and fenders stretching before you, and one of the hilariously great soundtracks of any modern vehicle on this planet.

[Disclaimer: Jaguar tossed us the keys to the F-Type SVR for a week and included a tank of fuel. That fuel went quick, as most of it was burnt up by the exhaust farting awesomeness into the air.]

Bentley Bentayga: Classier or just more costly a Range Rover?

A Bentley is typically something that is purchased by an individual who isn’t out to question their own purchase. They see the vehicle and they want the vehicle, so they buy the vehicle.

For the first time with a Bentley product, that buyer might pause and ask *why* they’re buying a Bentayga. This is Bentley’s foray into the SUV market. It’s a strong foray, as far as forays go, because the Bentayga packs a 600-horsepower twin-turbocharged W12 engine under its hood.

You tuck that engine, some Bentley body panels, and an exquisite interior into the shell of an Audi Q7 and you get to charge $200k and up… this one here is $250k, and it’s rather easy to turn one into a vehicle costing $300k.

So why should you buy one and spend $100k to $200k MORE than you would on a Range Rover?

[Disclaimer: Bentley tossed us the keys to the Bentayga for a few days, and included a full tank of fuel. Instead of buying beer like usual, I was compelled to buy champagne… that notion passed and I merely bought more expensive beer.]

Can a minivan ever be cool?

I’ve spent a week with the Chrysler Pacifica because I wanted to see if a minivan could ever be considered remotely cool. Believe it or not, there are ways…

Besides making for a tremendous camera car platform, the minivan represents a stupendous road trip machine. If you consider it not a van but an overweight wagon, then it gets cooler still. That’s because you can fit many things inside of this fat wagon.

You might not agree that a minivan will ever be cool. I don’t blame as it’s hard to find the good… but not as hard as you think. Come along as I tip toe into the minivan waters to find a few ways that might help you rethink how a minivan can be used.

[Disclaimer: Chrysler let us borrow the Pacifica for a week and included a tank of fuel. I did not see keg carrying capacity on the spec sheet, but I’d be happy to find that stat for them… and all other automakers.]

Podcast: Episode 208 – In my car hole…

Running solo during this holiday week to try and get an episode up and out. I am sitting in my garage in the new Acura MDX hybrid and talking to my laptop, which is on my lap.

Topics include my truck, my Benz, some upcoming rides, and a few upcoming trips. It’s a short episode so I apologize for that but I wanted to make sure we got some content out for you.

And I hit the reader questions from last week.


Hooniverse – In my car hole

A DETHPRF Nova way to start your Wednesday

Death Proof. It’s a movie written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, and it’s a modern ode to 70’s exploitation films. Kurt Russell stars alongside a cast of stellar women, but the real star for many folks is the main car.

A blacked-out 1971 Chevrolet Nova driven by an aging stuntman. It’s sole purpose? To protect the driver… and offer no such protection to any passenger. It’s “death proof” for the person behind the wheel.

Tarantino considers Death Proof to be his worst film. But that means it sits at the bottom of a list occupied by some tremendous films.

One of the cars from the film has wound up in the hands of a stunt driver who worked on the film. He owns the car and he can clearly drive it well. It’s still killing things… but in this case, those things are tires and it’s time for them to die.

A pair of past MURICA burnouts…

We like burnouts here. They’re childish, immature, stupid, wasteful, and wonderful. Using the combined power of an engine and brakes, you can create vast clouds of smoke, tremendous noise, and wicked glee. So today I’m presenting two quick clips we created over the last few years as a simple tribute to America Day.

Above we have a Chevrolet SS doing a bit of what it does best. The car comes from Australia, but that’s basically 1990s America, right now.

Below, we have a Corvette displaying a bit of tire destruction as well. Yes, I know the song is sung by a band not from these shores… but they’re singing an ode to us.

The sights and sounds of the 95th Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

Nearly 13 miles of pavement, and it’s filled with over 150 turns. Now in its 95th year, the Pikes Peak Hill Climb is an event that brings out the crazy in an already crazy world.

All sorts of men, women, and machinery come together to see just how quickly they can blast up this bit of pointed Earth in Colorado.

You start at over 9,000 feet above sea level and the checkered flag waves at 14,115 feet. The air is thin. The engines are working hard to breathe just like the spectators.

The Pikes Peak Hill Climb is an assault of sight and sound.
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Aston Martin DB11 V8 says Hello World at the Goodwood FOS

The Aston Martin DB11 made its debut sometime last year, and the world assumed the engine under the hood would arrive as a result of the AMG-AM love fest. The world was wrong. Aston Martin produced a car with a de-stroked V12 of its own design, and then slapped a pair of turbochargers on there for good measure. There were rumors that a V8 version wasn’t far behind, however.

That version makes its debut today at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. If you’re not aware, the Festival of Speed is basically the greatest automotive event on the planet. It makes perfect sense for Aston Martin to brings its all new eight-cylinder grand tourer to this showcase, as both are delightfully British yet also showcase some great technology, history, and heritage found all over the globe.

Todays bit of globetrotting brings us to Germany, because that is where the guts of the engine come from. This AMG-derived engine is a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8. It’s making 503 horsepower, 512 lb-ft of torque, and will propel the DB11 from 0-60 miles per hour in under four seconds.

If you listen closely to the video above, it also fires off the machine gun snap, crackle, and pop that has primarily been a space wholly owned by the Jaguar F-Type. Aston needs to make some noise, and this V8-powered DB11 is clearly ready to do just that.

David Tracy turns a Free Jeep into a Hero’s Fix

We all have our limits with a given vehicle. For Jeep owner Matt, it was the terrible metal-on-metal noise coming from the guts of his 1992 Cherokee Briarwood. Matt is in college and he’s already poured a lot of love and cash into his beloved first vehicle, but that hasn’t stopped it from sounding like it’s currently gurgling bolts.

He reached out to Jalopnik’s resident Jeep-o-phile to see if he’d like to take it over for short cash. David Tracy already has plenty of Jeeps in various state of repair so he politely declined. The Cherokee was listed for sale… and no takers showed up to kick the tires. So after months of it sitting, Matt decided to offer it to Tracy for free.

David hopped in his own Jeep with a wrenching friend and they set off to see about bringing this Cherokee home. When they got there, the discovered the issue at hand, fixed it and then did something rather wonderful.

Instead of bringing home this 4.0-liter-heater powered Jeep, they took the keys and gave them right back to the college student that handed them over initially. Matt was getting his Jeep back and David was going home with a hell of a lot of good karma on his shoulders.

Head over to Jalopnik to read more about this one.  (That’s where we stole the image above too, by the way)

David Tracy, you’re officially a Hooniverse Hero for your efforts in the field. May your roads be empty, your skies blue, and your oil clean.

Shift Happens: Benz drop off and a story about an R34 Skyline

We’ve renamed the series Shift Happens, because it’s just better. Credit goes to Josh Ostrander for that one.

In this episode, I take the W114 Benz to a shop to have it given a proper look over. This is something I should’ve done before I bought it… but I have no patience, and I’m dumb. So it’s off to the shop for a full looking over and then we’ll create a list to work through as time and money allow.

After that, Josh Ostrander picks me up from the shop and I get him to tell a crazy story. He once briefly owned a Skyline… an R34 Skyline to be specific!

Hit play to learn more about that.