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Truck Central: 2018 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro review

This thing costs how much?”

That’s a phrase I said to myself a few times, before it actually started to make some sense. You see, just a week prior, I had my hands on the new JL Jeep Wrangler. It was a Sport 2-door and yet it stickered for $38k as equipped. This 2018 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro is $45k, and it has way more space, two more doors, and can go anywhere that the Jeep can go. The price point begins to become even more clear when you compare it to the JL Unlimited Rubicon, which is easily a $50k Jeep these days. So for a bit less than the top-spec Wrangler, you get a wildly capable 4Runner that has more room inside and can do nearly as much off the pavement.

Still, the 4Runner is dated. There’s a five-speed automatic connected to the 278-horsepower V6 and the center stack looks like it was designed by pre-school children.

But the damn thing looks pretty sharp in that blue paint with the black wheels, no?

Makellos Classics 1973 Porsche 2.7 RS Hot Rod

There’s a small Porsche shop down in Escondido, CA that’s putting together some excellent machines. Case in point is this 1973 Porsche 911 that’s been given a 2.7 RS treatment. In fact, Makellos has taken things a bit further and turned this old Porsche into a 2.7 RS Hot Rod.

In the tail, the 2.7-liter flat-6 engine breathes through a carburetor setup and feeds 220 horsepower through a short-ratio gearbox and short-shift kit. Up front, a set of Lockheed cross-drilled brakes haul in any speed effortlessly. Keeping the car planted is a set of Koni shocks along with upgraded sway bars and bushings.

The flares on the body are real steel RS-style flares and the bumper is an original S piece. Makellos went with perfect period-correct houndstooth buckets in the cabin and a set of lightweight RS door panels as well.

A car like this will set you back nearly $120,000. That’s a far cry from the damn-near million bucks it takes to snag an original 2.7 RS. And the best part is that this one probably drives better, without sacrificing its vintage appeal.

Well done, Makellos.

Hooniverse Asks: What’s the best car GIF?

Jeff Glucker March 29, 2018 Hooniverse Asks

Today I have a simple question for you… what is your favorite automotive GIF? It can be of anything that you find hilarious/inspiring/awesome/etc. The one above makes me laugh but I know it’s not the best one out there. I do know, however, that you mad lot have spent enough time on the Internet to come across something to post in the comment section below.

So share and let us all join in on the moving Internet picture fun. 

Podcast: Episode 243 – All the Duallys! [w/guest Elana Scherr]

Elana Scherr, formally of Hot Rod and Roadkill, joins us in the podcast studio to talk all things car. She has a hell of a growing fleet on her hands, and we have to dive in and see what is going on with a handful of those rides. Most notable might be her 1970 Dodge Challenger, which has seen its 440 engine swapped out for a race-prepped 505.

After taking a deep dive into the world of too-many duallys and Mopar madness in different states of repair, it’s time for your questions.


Hooniverse – All the Duallys! [w/guest Elana Scherr]

Hooniverse Asks: What news could surprise you at the NY Auto Show?

Jeff Glucker March 27, 2018 Hooniverse Asks

If you try to photgraph him from the front, he hits your camera with EMP. True story.

The NY International Auto Show is rolling into full swing for the automotive press. We’re not there, because we have better things to do (AKA no one invited us to tag along with them). So we won’t get to see the reveals in the metal, but the Internet brings all of that info to us anyway.

What could an automaker do at the NYIAS to surprise you? What if Dodge is working on an electric Hellcat? Maybe Mercedes is bringing back the Pagoda for the next generation SL-Class? Perhaps Oldsmobile is being revived to address the aging demographic that Buick is trying to abandon?

What would honestly surprise you at the NY Auto Show? 

The 2018 Jeep JL Wrangler: What’s old is new and it’s better than ever

Jeep could not afford to mess up the launch of its new JL Wrangler. The good news here is that it didn’t. The 2018 Jeep Wrangler is the best Jeep ever made, in fact. A touch of improved styling, more engine options, a fully refined interior space, and greatly improved on-road dynamics leave us in love with the JL.

This specific JL Wrangler being driven is a two-door Sport with the soft-top and 3.6-liter V6/8-speed automatic. It’s a combination that results in a surprisingly quick-on-its-feet Wrangler. You can hustle it when you have to, but it definitely hasn’t lost any of its off-road chops.

There are two more engine options on the way as well. The turbo four-banger mill will offer a bit more torque than the Pentastar V6, and the eventual EcoDiesel will come thundering along with 442 pound-feet of grunt. Both of those are only available with the eight-speed, and the eight-speed for the diesel is tuned specifically to handle the increased twist on tap.

As it sits already though, the 3.6-liter is fully enjoyable with the automatic gearbox. It’s a strong combination that increases the daily drivability of the new JL Wrangler. Yet it’s still fun when you want to get the Jeep absolutely covered in mud and dirt.

[Disclaimer: Jeep tossed us the keys to the JL Wrangler and included a tank of fuel. We had to wash the Wrangler three times…]

Let’s look at the 2018 Chevy Silverado right before the 2019 arrives

Jeff Glucker March 22, 2018 Hoonivercinema

Chevrolet is prepping its 2019 Silverado for market. The fresh version of the mainstay in the Bow Tie pickup lineup looks sharp with its new sheet metal. Additionally, the new 3.0-liter diesel option should prove to be an intriguing option in the full-size 1/2-ton market. But the 2019 isn’t quite here yet. So that’s why I’m driving a 2018 Chevy Silverado to see what we’re about to say good-bye to, and also to find out if you should scoop one up or wait for the next model year to arrive.

This is a 2018 Silverado LTZ ZL1 Heritage package truck equipped with the 6.2-liter V8. That means it’s not cheap. But is it any good? Let’s click play on the video above and find out.

Spoiler for those who can’t watch the video at work: It’s… alright. But you should definitely wait for the new one.

Podcast: Episode 242 – Randomness of life

Friend of Hooniverse Jonathon Klein stops by to join us in the studio. We talk about some of the fast machines that Klein has driven lately, and that includes the Lamborghini Huracan Performante, Scarbo open-wheel vintage Ferrari tribute race car, and a few McLarens. After that I remind everyone that the new Jeep Wrangler is really good before we dive on into your questions.


Hooniverse – Randomness of life

Your dreams shall be filled with visions of this hand-built RC Scout

Jeff Glucker March 20, 2018 All Things Hoon

The video is from 2015, but I’ve only just stumbled across it by way of a Reddit post today. What we have here is a fully hand-built remote control International Scout. A mixture of wood and foam board, the Scout is incredibly detailed and faithfully recreated. Right down to the bearded driver and his bumper stickers.

All of this artistic RC goodness is the work of Headquake137. If you head to this channel, you’re going to be inundated with truly excellent RC builds of all shapes and sizes. There is a car or two in the mix, but it’s mostly trucks. The build quality on everyone of them will put a smile on your face.

Prepare to wander down a most excellent RC rabbit hole.

[Source: YouTube via Reddit]

Netflix rolling out new Fastest Car series

Jeff Glucker March 20, 2018 Hoonivercinema

You can color me slightly intrigued on this one. Remember how I recently asked you about what you’d like to see in a car show? Netflix has a new one on the way, and this one could actually be pretty interesting. It’s called Fastest Car, and it appears to pit supercars and high-end sports cars against sleepers.

These are real deal sleepers too, for the most part. At least that’s how it seems in the trailer above. You have the Bisimoto Honda Odyssey minivan making prodigious horsepower, the Lunch Money Garage hot rod with hand controls (which is a local machine that I always love seeing when it’s out and about), and a handful of other buckets that are ready to pour on big power.

In the other corner, you have the supercars. It also seems like the series is going to put the mindset of these supercar owners on full display. Be they knowledgable enthusiasts or simply folks with too much cash at their disposal.

Yes, the trailer is soaked with drama but a trailer needs to be in order to draw you in. I’m not going to endorse this show yet since I’ve only seen as much as you have, but I will definitely give it a shot. I love the idea of pairing true sleeper cars against the likes of Lamborghinis, Ferraris, and McLarens.

This could provide shootouts worth watching.