I kind of want a Mexican-market Ford Lobo Raptor…

Jeff Glucker July 19, 2018 For Sale

As an automotive idiot, I like things that are different from the vehicular norm. Take, for example, the truck listed for sale above. It’s a 2011 Ford Raptor. No, it’s not being sold for $390,000… that’s the price in Mexican pesos. It translates to a bit over $20,000, which isn’t bad for a truck with nearly 38,000 miles on it.

Granted, those could be rough and tumble Raptor miles but still… I’m now interested.

Why? Because in the Mexican market, the Ford F-150 is called the Lobo. That translates to Wolf. Which means I’d have a Wolf Raptor… and that’s fucking awesome.

I’m not in the market for a Wolf Raptor at the moment, but now I can’t stop looking them up on Mexican automotive For Sale sites. How awesome would the drive home be if you were to purchase this thing? It would pretty much be a requirement to take a route up the Baja peninsula.

Also, I happen to be going to Mexico this very weekend…

[Source: Auto.Mercado.Libre]

Truck Central: The Lexus GX 460

Apparently I have Toyota and Lexus on the mind today… but here’s a good example of the more dated side of the Lexus lineup. This is the GX 460, and under its skin you’ll find an incredibly competent off-road machine. That’s because if you strip away the Lexus nose, badging, and interior niceties, you’ll find a Toyota Land Cruiser Prado.

So then the GX 460 is a bite-sized luxury Land Cruiser. While bite-sized in that it’s smaller than its larger sibling, but this is still a three-row SUV. That rear seating setup is on the smaller side but when equipped with second-row captain’s chairs it’s certainly accessible. Leave the third row folded and you’re rewarded with adequate cargo space, which is accessed via a side-opening rear door.

The GX 460 features a 4.6-liter V8 engine making 301 horsepower. It feels dated when you press the gas. The cooling fans roar with disapproval that they’re required to get to work. On the road, there’s enough grunt but only if you mash the throttle. The nose dives heavily under braking too, but that’s sort of the fun in an off-road ready rig.

While the cabin is certainly exceptionally comfortable, it’s a sign of Toyota’s from a number of years ago. The infotainment is dated yet the toggle switches are still fun.

The Lexus GX 460 is a sort of luxury off-roader’s secret weapon. Take it in the dirt and you’re rewarded with a cozy cruiser that can go anywhere. And if it happens to break down on the trail, you’ll fix it with basic tools. Then you can roll on past the Range Rover owners waiting for their tow trucks to arrive.

This is the modern Harlequin Volkswagen GTI you didn’t know you wanted

Galpin Auto Sports in Los Angeles has put together a new GTI that pays homage to its older sibling in a wonderful way. This is the Harlequin GTI and it’s a true vinyl-wrapped delight.

The original Harlequin car was a Polo, but we didn’t get that one here. Instead, our first taste of the rainbow arrived with the Mk3 Golf. Volkswagen produced four cars originally, as a mashup of Tornado Red, Ginster Yellow, Chagall Blue, and Pistachio Green body panels. Everyone loved them, so another 260 were built, and the cost was only $150 extra on top of a Golf. Not bad for an extremely limited-run production car.

Now Galpin has brought the colors back and the result is pretty damn awesome. Two examples have been built, according to Hagerty, and the initial plan is to rent them out. It shouldn’t be long though before they are sold off, as I have to imagine that true VW nuts are scrambling for another shot at a Harlequin…

especially when it’s a Mk7 GTI under the skin.

[Source: Hagerty]

Where are Toyota and Lexus heading?

About a month ago, I spent a solid week with a 2018 Toyota Tundra Premium. It was a nice enough truck, but nice enough doesn’t seem to cut it right now. Ford is selling more of its F-150 than ever before, Ram just updated the… well, Ram, and Chevrolet has a fresh Silverado and Sierra on deck.

That’s not to say it was a bad truck. Quite the contrary, the 1/2-ton Tundra offers a nice interior space and a pair of V8 engines from which to choose. The 4.6-liter base engine produces 310 horsepower while the 5.7-liter (which is the one you should buy) cranks out 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque.

Still… the Tundra is starting to fall behind. But I can’t say the same about the rest of the family.

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Lexus LC 500 – The conceptual grand tourer, made real

Have you ever driven a concept car? That’s what it feels like I’m doing behind the wheel of the Lexus LC 500.

Everyone stares. Everyone points. Everyone soaks it in. Then I downshift, mat the throttle, and the 5.0-liter V8 creates a sonic thrill. A total of 471 horsepower is released along with furious noise and …decent forward motivation.

Most outlets that test with instruments say the LC 500 will dash from 0-60 mph in around 4.5 seconds. Proper enough for a Grand Tourer, but the inside of the car brings it to another level. It’s comfortable, future styled, and legitimately Lexus.

If the LC 500 will lead the brand forward both design and performance wise, then Lexus has its compass locked in and the automaker is moving in a wonderful direction.

[Disclaimer: Lexus tossed us the keys to the LC 500 for a week, and included a tank of fuel. I wrote about how I mussed up the roof and I still feel like crap about it.]

BFGoodrich offers up a proper mud-terrain tire for RC vehicles

If you’re taking your vehicle and getting down and dirty, there’s a fair chance it rolls around wearing a BFGoodrich tire. Here at the Hooniverse, we’re fans of the BFG offerings, including the KO2 for all around off-road greatness. For stickier situations, you have the recently released KM3, which is a Mud-Terrain tire. And now there’s a scaled-down version specifically built for remote control vehicles.

BFGoodrich gave early designs of its new KM3 to Pro-Line Racing. Cranking out RC gear for 35 years, Pro-Line Racing is adding the KM3 RC to its list of wares.

The treat pattern is the same as on the full-size tires. It’s just done on a set of rubber measuring 4.75 inches tall and 1.77 inches wide. These RC tires are designed to fit on 1.9-inch wheels.

This is a pretty cool way to make your RC vehicle match the appearance of your full-size rig. It looks like they’re currently out of stock on the Pro-Line website, but a set retails for $34 per pair.

There are a few more pictures after the jump.

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Glickenhaus is working on a modern version of the Baja Boot

James Glickenhaus made big news when he decided to fire up his own racing team and start building cars. The resulting company is called Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus, and its current product is a race car called the SCG003. That will spawn a street version, and SCG is cooking up other vehicles as well. The one I’m most interested in at the moment? A modern take on an off-road legend known as the Baja Boot.

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Podcast: Episode 257 – Come to town… [Solo Episode]

Chris is on the East Coast so I’m sitting solo on this one. That means I’m down in my garage, sitting in the front seat of my Benz, with a glass of wine in my hand… and a podcast microphone in the other. Topics this week include a dash of news;

  • Goodwood highlights
  • Aston Martin DBX to get its own platform
  • Toyota will offer a four-cylinder engine for the Supra… someday

After that it’s on to the questions, and you have some good ones this week. Really, you have good ones every week. Finally, we dive into a bit of my own car stuff. I just spent a week with the Lexus GX460 and you can find a review of that truck on Truck Central right now. Later, Josh Ostrander and I are heading south of the border to drive buggys with Wide Open Baja. Additionally, my 1974 W114 Benz is fixed up and back home.

You can now own James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5… but you have to put it together

A 1965 Aston Martin DB5 used in the film GoldenEye recently sold for $3.5 million. You can buy one for yourself, and with a price tag of $150, it’s quite the bargain by comparison. Of course, you’re going to have to deal with 1,290 pieces and put the British sports coupe together yourself.

Lego have created a scale replica of Bond’s iconic Q-modified ride. Crafted for its Creator series, the DB5 packs a lot of features into its 13-inch long footprint. You’ll find the rear-window bullet shield, wire wheels, and if you life the hood the straight-six cylinder engine is waiting for you.

Inside, there’s a tracking computer and a door compartment with a telephone. If you pull back on the rear bumper, it operates the passenger ejector seat. Slot the shift lever rearward and the front machine guns slide forth for action. The license plate rotates and you have tire slashers at each corner.

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Need to cool off? Watch RJ Anderson rip across snow in his Polaris RZR

RJ Anderson has taken his heavily modified Polaris RZR just about everywhere. The XP1K series has been an unreal adventure showing just how far you can push a side-by-side. Well… not you. RJ though, he can do some wild stuff behind the wheel of a UTV. In his latest video, Anderson ditches the dirt and rutted trails we’re used to seeing him tracking down and swaps it all out for a snow-covered mountain.

The RZR has no problem adapting to the downhill. RJ winds up finding a buddy, in fact, as he’s joined by pro snowboarder Torstein Horgmo. The two slide on down the hill, and we have to imagine that Horgmo is just a tad freaked out that a motorized vehicle is right behind him. If so, he doesn’t show it and the pair soon take to the air. Jumps are hit, snow is flung, and much shredding is done this day.

As great as the driving (and riding) is, I can’t help but call out the cinematography. The Martelli brothers of Mad Media kill it with everyone of these RJ Anderson adventures they put out there. While these are clearly ads for the main sponsors, this is the sort of advertising we can get behind. The footage is excellent. The driving is amazing. And at the end of the day… yeah, I totally want a Polaris RZR.

I’ll crash it, but for a brief moment I can pretend I’m doing what RJ Anderson does in these videos.