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Listen to the Alfa Romeo Giulia's twin-turbo V6 sing on track07/31/2015
The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio won’t be here until next year, but the company is trying to keep excitement high with this new clip of the exhaust pipes singing opera around the curves of a racetrack. The tagline is, “The sound of pure power is back.”
The fastest version of the new Alfa sedan gets a Maserati- and Ferrari-derived, twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 making a claimed 510 hp. Rear-wheel drive will be standard while AWD is optional. Alfa also said it will take 3.9 seconds to get to 62 mph and that it has a perfect 50/50 weight balance.
The Giulia will use carbon fiber to bring its curb weight down to 3,300 pounds, giving it a power to weight ratio of about 6.6 pounds per hp, roughly the same as the Jaguar F-Type R coupe. This sedan will be fast.
Different Ford F-150s, different crash test results07/30/2015
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety brought the new aluminum-bodied 2015 Ford F-150 Supercrew and Supercab in for its annual five-point crash test. The Supercrew, Ford’s full four-door crew cab, did well in all tests and qualified for a 2015 Top Safety Pick award. The Supercab, Ford’s extended cab pickup, got good ratings on four of five tests, but sustained significant damage in the small overlap front test.
IIHS says it normally only tests one body style per car, but because the F-150 is such a big seller, it decided to do two.
"After we tested the crew cab in the spring, questions were raised about the extended cab's ability to match the crew cab's good small overlap performance. We did some initial analysis and decided to test the extended cab, too," said David Zuby, IIHS chief research officer. "For starters, there's been lots of buzz around the release of the first aluminum-body pickup and how it would perform in crash tests," Zuby continued, “what's more, even the lower-selling extended cab sales top those of many of the passenger vehicles we rate."
2015 Lexus GX460 Luxury review notes
Ready for some dirt07/31/2015
EDITOR WES RAYNAL: The GX is the safari-ready Toyota Land Cruiser Prado in the rest of the world, while the truck we call Land Cruiser is the Land Cruiser V8 elsewhere. Got that?
Anyway, the GX is sort of a mix of old and new. The platform is old-school full-frame 4Runner (not Tundra, as I’ve seen reported elsewhere) while the interior is modern(ish), trimmed in wood and soft-touch materials, and is muy comfortable. The seats are nice and soft and wide for my fat butt. It’s also huge in there, easily swallowing coolers full of drinks for 100-something people at a grad party.
The ride is gentle and friendly regardless of suspension setting. Comfort mode is perfect for potholed Detroit. Normal firms things up a bit. The Sport setting (ironically named, in my opinion) firms things up further, but is still just fine in terms of comfort. I locked ’er into sport and left it there.
Shotgun laps in the Ford Mustang GT350R make us want more07/29/2015
The new dual-overhead cam 5.2-liter flat-plane crank V8 in the Ford Mustang GT350 and GT350 R offers a higher rev range, more power and a better throttle response. But really, it’s all about that bass. Well, the exhaust, but you get where I’m going.
Ford invited journalists out to hilly Grattan Raceway in Belding, Mich., to get a taste of the new Shelby-inspired ponycar from the passenger seat. The company wasn’t quite ready for us to drive it.
Right off the bat, you notice the GT350R sounds nothing like any other Mustang. I know because I own one. The R revs loudly on startup, winds up quick and crackles like a race car, which it almost is. The sound in the cabin is somewhere between a Mercedes AMG V8 and a NASCAR engine. If you haven’t heard it in person yet, check out the video below, preferably on a surround sound system.