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The News for July 21st, 2017

Greg Kachadurian July 21, 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:

  • Lotus reveals most powerful, fastest Evora ever – again

  • Buick is bringing back the Regal GS with 310 hp

  • Ford creates pursuit-rated F-150 Police Responder

  • BMW posts successful first test with M8 GTE

  • Honda reportedly files patents for new roofless sports car

  • Buick cuts 2018 Regal pricing by $2K over the previous car

  • What’s your automotive news?

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The News for July 14th, 2017

Greg Kachadurian July 14, 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:

  • Honda reveals all-new Accord, rebuilt from ground up

  • Hyundai finally shows i30 N, their first serious performance car

  • Jaguar E-Pace debuts with a barrel roll for some reason

  • Ford brings back the Pony Package to 2018 EcoBoost Mustang

  • JAS Motorsport will take the Civic Type-R touring car racing

  • Gran Turismo Sport will probably maybe launch this October, possibly

  • With Dodge Viper production ending, its assembly plant will close

  • What’s your automotive news?

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Aston Martin Valkyrie – A New Era of Hypercars is Almost Here

Greg Kachadurian July 12, 2017 The News!

You know that one friend of yours who would always have these crazy ideas that you didn’t think they’d ever be able to follow through with? And then one day you find out they were actually being serious? That’s basically what Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing are in the process of doing right now.

What started as the AM-RB 001 and a concept sketch last year has evolved has into nearly complete car that’s every bit as insane as promised. Aston Martin has been pretty open about the development process and they’ve just given us the best look yet at a car that’s about to rewrite the rule book. In this update, a mostly complete interior is shown for the first time and a 95% complete exterior gets detailed.

Normally when concepts get closer to production as the Valkyrie is they get less exciting and more “mainstream”, but the exact opposite is true here. And yes, this is a real production-bound car that’ll be street legal.

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The News for July 7th, 2017

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:

  • Ford reveals custom F-22 Raptor-“inspired” F-150 Raptor for charity

  • Dodge confirms Durango SRT pricing and Q4 delivery dates

  • Volvo commits to electrifying entire lineup by 2019

  • Tesla is finally starting Model 3 production this week

  • What’s your automotive news?

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The News for June 30th, 2017

Greg Kachadurian June 30, 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:

  • Aston Martin adds crazy AMR Pro kit for the already crazy Vulcan

  • UPDATE: Porsche finally admits 911 GT2 RS exists, talks details

  • Dodge fixes Challenger Hellcat’s grip issues with the Demon’s widebody kit

  • BMW unveils 2018 X3 for some reason

  • Honda rolls out big updates to 2018 Fit

  • Plus other coverage from the week

  • What’s your automotive news?

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Saving Memories – My Coast-to-Coast Drive with an F-150

It’s the most ordinary and least exciting thing I could have possibly gotten, but what led me to buy this 2002 Ford F-150 in California and drive it across the country was pure sentimentality above all else. Ford sold millions of these tenth-generation F-150s and there’s almost as many of them here in Georgia as there are Waffle Houses, so what was worth saving about this one Estate Green SuperCrew XLT located on the other side of the country?

Memories. It was bought new by my grandfather and then lent to us every summer when we flew out west to see family, so over the course of fifteen years we have several thousands of miles’ worth of memories and experiences in that truck. When it wasn’t needed anymore, I was given an opportunity to buy something I’ve loved since I was a kid and given an excuse to drive coast-to-coast to get it back.

Yes, there were easier ways to get it here and no, I don’t really need it. But logic be damned, I was getting it home.

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Jaguar XE SV Project 8 – A True Super Sedan

Greg Kachadurian June 28, 2017 The News!

When Jaguar announced a new XE-based project from their Special Vehicle Operation (SVO) division with the promise of it being the most powerful, agile, and extreme road car they’ve ever built, they had our curiosity. Following yesterday’s full reveal with all the glorious details, they now have our attention.

The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 is Jaguar’s second SVO project (the first being the spectacular F-Type Project 7) and it takes the brand into the exciting world of super sedans for the first time with a 200 mph, 592-horsepower, all-wheel-drive beast. During the transition from standard Jaguar XE luxury sedan to record-breaking Project 8, SVO leveraged the standard car’s strong underpinnings and lightweight aluminum construction to produce an “extreme performance sports car with no compromise”.

There’s a lot to talk about here and it’s all good.

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Aston Martin Confirms Their First Production EV – Blah! or Brah?

Greg Kachadurian June 28, 2017 The News!

It’s been a few years since we last heard of the Aston Martin RapidE, but the ongoing project to deliver the company’s first all-electric production car just got another step closer to reality. Aston Martin released this concept sketch and a promise to bring 155 examples to market by 2019.

The RapidE will be based upon the sportier Rapide AMR that was just revealed at Geneva this year, meaning it’ll have more aggressive styling and a more capable chassis. Of course capitalizing the E in RapidE means an all-electric powertrain, co-developed with Williams Advanced Engineering, replaces the 6.0-liter V12. I can’t think of a more depressing sentence I’ve ever written.

That’s all we really know about it at this point. Expect it to be fast, offer instantaneous torque (and probably their fastest 0-60 time ever), and very beautiful. But is it still really an Aston Martin without those wonderful sounds we’ve come to expect?

[Source: Aston Martin]

The News for June 23rd, 2017

Greg Kachadurian June 23, 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:

  • Cadillac XTS gets numerous updates for 2018

  • Jaguar announces E-Pace compact SUV, debuts in July

  • Camaro ZL1 1LE is scientifically proven to be stupid fast

  • Volkswagen confirms ID Buzz (Microbus) revival for production

  • Dodge announces plans to combat dealer markups for Demon

  • Assetto Corsa Ferrari celebration car pack and poll announced

  • What’s your automotive news?

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The News for June 16th, 2017

Greg Kachadurian June 16, 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:

  • Microsoft reveals 911 GT2 RS at E3 on behalf of Porsche, rumors say

  • The beautiful Jaguar XF Sportbrake is here

  • Panoz reveals ambitious EV endurance racer concept

  • McLaren adds roadster option to 570S

  • Audi adds V10 Plus option to R8 Spyder

  • Aston Martin shows off a more production-ready Valkyrie

  • What’s your automotive news?

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