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The News for March 24th, 2017

Greg Kachadurian March 24, 2017 The News!

Welcome to the Hooniverse News – Slow News Week Edition! Sadly, another week of post-Geneva Motor Show boredom means there aren’t a lot of interesting things to talk about. To help with that, I’ve decided to cover another boat. It’s a nice boat though. This week:

  • Porsche brings new tech, colors, and power packs to 2018 lineup

  • Squint and you’ll notice the face lift on the Toyota Sienna and Yaris

  • McLaren confirms existence of new hypercar project, codenamed BP23

  • Tesla will discontinue cheapest Model S 60 kWh

  • Jaguar Land Rover will offer unlimited in-car WiFi through AT&T

  • Vicem Yachts unveils stunning new Classic 46 IPS

  • What’s your automotive news?

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BMW Motorsport Releases “Go Like Schnell” Documentary on Their First American Season

BMW fans owe a lot to the 3.0-liter CSL and all the people who drove it to numerous victories around the world. The 2002 may have been their first sports car, but the CSL was their first true in-house race car. It was BMW Motorsport’s first creation and it helped pave the way for all the brilliant sports cars that followed. It’s also, in my humble opinion, the most beautiful car BMW has ever built and its racing success only makes me love it more.

Perhaps what it’s best known for locally is establishing BMW’s presence in North America as well. At a time when Americans still thought the name stood for “British Motor Works”, the company’s reputation depended on the car, a group of engineers and mechanics, and some legendary racers. BMW wasn’t let down. 40 years later, they released a beautiful documentary called GO LIKE SCHNELL which chronicled the wins and losses of their historic 1975 season in America – their very first – and pays tribute to “The Cowboys” who made it all happen.

Now it’s been posted to their YouTube channel and is open for all to see. Run time is about 19 minutes, so sit back, grab a Weißbier, and enjoy the story. Oh and John Hindhaugh of Radio Le Mans narrates, so enjoy that too.

[Source: BMW Motorsport on YouTube]

The News for March 17th, 2017

Greg Kachadurian March 17, 2017 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:

  • Toyota 860 Special Edition is an 86 with stripes

  • Lucid Motor gets a price tag and promises it’ll be built

  • Acura MDX Sport Hybrid gets NSX tech and a price tag

  • Because it’s a slow news week, here’s a Bugatti boat

  • What’s your automotive news?

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The News for March 10th, 2017

Welcome to the Hooniverse News – 2017 Geneva International Motor Show Recap! As always, this is a weekly recap of some of the biggest stories in the automotive industry without the fluff or bull. This week pretty much everything comes to us from one of the year’s biggest auto shows. It’s the show where all the dream cars come from and where heroes are made. It’s easy to dismiss Geneva as being too rich for people like us, but it’s okay to dream every once in a while, no? This week:

  • McLaren reveals groundbreaking new 720S and finally a new engine

  • Alpine A110 is the super lightweight sports coupe we’ve been waiting for

  • Aston Martin debuts new AMR sub brand of high(er) performance cars

  • Volvo and their all-new XC60 were the only sensible ones at Geneva

  • GM sells their European branch, including Opel, to PSA Group

  • Volkswagen Arteon is a stunning Passat CC replacement

  • Emerson Fittipaldi unveils his dream car with Pininfarina

  • Porsche 911 GT3 – now with the GT3 RS motor and a manual

  • Infiniti’s Project Black S explores new F1 tech in road cars

  • Renault built a 450 horsepower electric race car with a hatchback body

  • Other stories from the week

  • What’s your automotive news?

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Hooniversal Opinion: 2017 Geneva International Motor Show

The Geneva International Motor Show is a car show for the dreamers. Of all the regular stops on the show circuit, Geneva is always the least practical, the most expensive, but the most spectacular.

Sure, several more family-friendly cars that we’re all more likely to own someday are revealed here too, but it’s always been and will continue to be the place where the very best cars from the world’s greatest manufacturers battle for the coveted spot on your child’s bedroom wall. This year’s show absolutely delivered.

As is tradition, this is the part where your favorite Hooniverse contributors prove that we can’t have nice things. None of us were able to fly out to Geneva, but we can still pass judgments – good and bad – on all the cars making their debut there and offer some expert analysis and insight. About two dozen cars and comments from several hoons are just after the jump, so read what we have to say and chime in for yourself.

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BMW Alpina B5 Bi-Turbo Touring – Best Wagon Wednesday Ever?

Amidst all the incredible machinery being revealed at the Geneva Motor Show this week, I’d like to direct your attention to what is clearly the best car there: the BMW Alpina B5 Bi-Turbo Touring. Alpina has a long history of making BMWs prettier and faster and their first G30-based car is only continuing that streak. It’s a prettier, more powerful, and hilariously faster BMW 5 Series Touring and it can’t get any better than that.

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Lamborghini’s Ultimate Huracán is Here – Say Hello to the Performante

Lamborghini’s long-awaited high(er)-performance Huracán has finally broken cover at the Genva Motor Show today. It’s probably the first of many super sports cars based on the successful Huracán coupe and with an *alleged* Nürburgring lap time of 6:52, it’s probably faster than any of its V10 or V12-powered predecessors as well.

The formula for the Huracán Performante is more power, less weight, active aero, a reworked chassis, and maybe a bit of clever video editing. Click past the jump for all the details that matter.

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The News for March 3rd, 2017

Greg Kachadurian March 3, 2017 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:

  • Land Rover debuts new Velar to expand Range Rover line

  • Chevrolet combines ZL1 and 1LE for a world-beating Camaro

  • Infiniti teases an ERS-equipped Q60

  • Porsche is bringing a new two-seater to Geneva next week

  • Lamborghini smashes ‘Ring record with upcoming Huracan [update: maybe?]

  • [UPDATE] RUF is bringing a completely in-house supercar to Geneva

  • Other stories from the week

  • What’s your automotive news?

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Porsche is actually doing it – the Panamera Sport Turismo is real

Greg Kachadurian March 2, 2017 The News!

It was almost five years ago now when Porsche first teased us with the idea of a Panamera wagon. That was with the Sport Turismo concept which looked far better than the actual Panamera at the time. As it turns out, that concept wasn’t just giving us an idea of how a future Panamera wagon could look – it was showing us almost exactly how it would look.

Porsche just confirmed the existence of a production-intent Panamera Sport Turismo which will be joining the lineup worldwide by this November. Guys, it’s a real Panamera wagon, guys.

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The production-ready Alpine A110 is ready to steal your heart

Greg Kachadurian February 28, 2017 The News!

One of the most exciting stories we’ve been following over the last year or two is the revival of Alpine road cars and one of their most iconic nameplates. A few design studies and concepts have been revealed along the way, but today the Renault-owned manufacturer released the first two images of the A110 that will soon be unveiled at Geneva this March and will eventually be built and sold to select global markets (and possibly America, too).

Alpine is holding off on releasing all the technical details until Geneva or later, but these images have revealed a car that’s stayed very true to the concepts, which is rare these days. An additional picture and a bit more analysis is after the jump.

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