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Your Hellcat-powered Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is Here

Greg Kachadurian April 10, 2017 The News!

Because even Jeep were too excited to wait until the New York International Auto Show later this week, they (or someone else) released the details on the highly-anticipated Grand Cherokee Trackhawk a bit early. On the surface, there isn’t much to tell it apart from a “standard” Grand Cherokee SRT, but the big muscular sheet metal hides a completely different animal inside.

As expected, the formula is as simple as shoving the internet famous Hellcat motor in the Grand Cherokee, but what may not have been expected is that it utilizes all 707 horsepower and almost all of the torque the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 has to offer while gaining all-wheel drive as well. In a Jeep.

America’s super SUV has arrived.

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The News for April 7th, 2017

Greg Kachadurian April 7, 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 Evora Sport 410 is finally US-bound with a gorgeous GP Edition

  • Chevrolet brings street performance to Tahoe and Suburban

  • Buick Regal Sportback is lighter, sharper, more advanced, and gorgeous

  • Subaru lightly updates the 2018 Outback, as they do

  • Nissan releases Heritage Edition 370Z because even they know it’s old

  • Audi confirms RS3 Sedan is headed to America

  • Volkswagen competitively prices the Atlas at ~$30,000

  • Other stories from the week, including Regal TourX and Civic Si

  • What’s your automotive news?

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2018 Buick Regal TourX – The Buick Wagon is Back!

Buick has been out of the wagon game for a long time, but they’ve finally seen the light and will be launching the all-new Regal as a sleek and gorgeous…. crossover, according to Buick’s VP, who is wrong.

The 2018 Buick Regal TourX is the more versatile and rugged counterpart to the Regal Sportback that was also revealed today, but for obvious reasons you need to know about this one first. Click past the jump for the details.

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The News for March 31st, 2017

Greg Kachadurian March 31, 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:

  • Rolls-Royce partners with famous British musicians for custom Wraiths

  • Jeep exec confirms Grand Cherokee Trailhawk debut at New York

  • Jaguar Classic debuts first of ten accurately-restored “Reborn” E-Types

  • Toyota testing hybrid system for boats in Tokyo

  • Other news stories from the week

  • What’s your automotive news?

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Meet Your Heroes – 2009 Volkswagen Golf GTI Review

As a young and impressionable teen in 2006, the North American launch of the Mk5 Golf GTI was one that captivated me like few other cars had done before. It was a car that was portrayed as having a fun and youthful spirit while still being the more mature choice. If reading Super Street in that era taught me anything, it’s that the possibilities for modifying and/or ruining a car were endless – but this German-engineered hot hatch was supposed to make all of that irrelevant.

After winning my heart, over a decade went by without a chance to experience one and see if my hype for it was justified. A month ago though, I finally got that chance through a Turo rental I found while I was in California. I had four days with it to see how well it’s held up and whether it really could be as great as I was expecting, even in the context of all the progress that’s been made in the industry since then.

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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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