Gallardo replacement comes this spring, promising 610 horsepower and a softer bite on public roads.
The Gallardo, after more than 14,000 sold, made its last hurrah in November, but when the Huracan debuts this spring, we'll bet the applause won't die down until next Christmas.
The aluminum and carbon-fiber chassis looks more like a baby Aventador up front, and from the rear three-quarters, we're getting some hints of the 1982 Jalpa. Without any badges, it's obvious the Huracan is a Lamborghini. The outrageous cuts, lines and trapezoidal shapes are rounded off a little, just so you can tell it's all new.
Because he can, Houston tuner John Hennessey closed a state highway for the second time in order to drive insanely fast.
The Houston tuner, who had police shut down a highway last year so he could blast to 220 mph in one of his turbocharged Cadillacs, has done it again in a modified Corvette Stingray.
Like last time, Hennessey's reasoning was to "test" the electronic toll readers on a stretch of highway, this time on the Houston Grand Parkway. Apparently, if you're John Hennessey, you can convince the Texas State Police to shut down miles of public road, stage a multi-camera video shoot with a helicopter and promote your new 603-horsepower Corvette all in one day.
That, right there, is a man living his life.
Optional high-beam headlights are brighter, more efficient and look cool.
When the BMW i8 plug-in electric hybrid goes on sale next year, it will be the first production vehicle with optional high-beam laser headlights.
While full LED lighting is standard on the $136,000 i8, according to BMW, the new laser high-beams offer additional safety and efficiency benefits.
In a new video, BMW details why laser light is different, and why it’s better. The automaker points out that laser light is monochromatic and, unlike other types of headlights, produces only one wavelength rather than a color spectrum.
The advantage of this is that a laser can generate far greater light intensity and a much more precise beam. According to BMW, the light range for laser is more than double that of LEDs and reaches up to 650 yards. And it says laser is also “more pleasing to the human eye.”
Jaguar dines on Mercedes-Benz’s new unofficial mascot.
Chickens, they’re incredible animals -- cunning, intelligent, fast and delicious when seasoned properly. Why else would the minds at Mercedes-Benz use the all-powerful chicken as their new spirit animal -- to demonstrate its agility, much like the German-engineered car you’re about to drop your Christmas bonus on?
Let’s face it, chickens and Mercedes-Benz don’t even belong in the same arena, but since the automaker posted an advertisement with dancing chickens to describe its suspension technology, the birds may forever be associated with the moniker.
For advertising whimsy, it works. That's why Jaguar crafted a witty parody response with a live Jaguar. And we’re sure that Jag ad execs are getting their chuckles -- if not their fair share of phone calls from PETA -- about their own form of cunning.
It's for a good cause, too.
Man, taxi drivers really don't get enough credit for doing what they do. Dealing with blood-boiling traffic, cranky customers and other taxi drivers would drive us insane. These heroes of personal transportation do it on a daily basis.
Yet they've never enjoyed the same cultural cachet as, say, truckers -- no one bothers writing ballads about taxi drivers (well, maybe one or two). "Taxi Driver" doesn't exactly glamorize the profession. Jammed city streets have lacked the romantic allure of the open road.
Yes, the NYC taxi drivers 2014 calendar is the taxi driver pin-up calendar you didn't know you needed. Its creators “took to the streets of New York to photograph some of the city's best-humored taxi drivers” in a series of sexy poses.
The 63-year-old van, bus, hippie mobile and Deadhead wagon -- whatever you call it -- will finally become a classic.
But the Volkswagen Type 2 bus, after more than 10 million made since 1950, is no ordinary old car. In the United States, the van became the symbol for the 1960s hippie counterculture, and like the Type 1 Beetle, a VW bus was slow, cheap to buy, cheaper to run and looked timeless. So timeless, in fact, that Volkswagen had kept the van in production -- nearly identical to how it looked and ran in 1967 -- until this Friday.
Brazil is the only country where you can buy a new VW bus (or Kombi, as it's known around the world), but the South American nation's upcoming safety regulations are forcing VW to cease Kombi production at its São Paulo plant.
News reports are now saying that the Kombi could be granted an exception to the new rules, but since Volkswagen publicly announced its departure more than a year ago, we doubt it will live on.
Lower-cost EV essential to the upstart automaker’s future -- and could be a threat to high-volume car companies.
Luxury car companies have had to take Tesla Motors seriously as its upscale Model S has become a success -- and has been outselling traditional high-end brands such as Mercedes-Benz and BMW in some regions.
Now mainstream automakers may have to do the same thing as Tesla is reportedly poised to unveil an electric car in early 2015 that would sell in the $40,000 range and be a volume vehicle that’s a key component to the fledgling automaker's future growth.
Although it started out with the Tesla Roadster -- a 2-seat sports car that only sold about 2,300 units worldwide and is no longer in production -- the company’s only current offering is the Model S sedan that starts at $71,070. That’s before any federal or state tax incentives for electric vehicles, and the price rises from there depending on options. Late next year, Tesla is scheduled to offer the Model X sport-utility vehicle (pictured above) that’s predicted to sell in a similar price range.
Sports car maker reportedly developing system that clears moisture using high-frequency sound waves.
Automakers are increasingly using technology to do away with traditional car parts ranging from rearview mirrors to mechanical steering linkage, in part to save weight and thereby increase fuel efficiency or performance. And also because, well, they can.
Now the high-end sports car manufacturer McLaren may be looking into doing away with windshield wipers. McLaren chief designer Frank Stephenson told the Sunday Times of London that the automaker is developing a system that can clear moisture and other material from a windshield by using high-frequency sound waves.
Stephenson explained that a transducer attached to the windshield could send high-frequency ultrasound across the surface to repel water -- whether as a liquid or a solid such as snow and ice -- as well as insects, debris and other, um, droppings.
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Clifford Atiyeh has spent his entire life driving cars he doesn't own. Raised in Volvos, he has grown to love fast, irresponsible vehicles of all kinds. He is the senior news editor at MSN Autos and also reports for Car and Driver, Road & Track, The Boston Globe and other publications.
In the garage: 21-speed Iron Horse, 2002 Jeep Wrangler X (not his)
Doug Newcomb has covered car technology for over 20 years for outlets ranging from Rolling Stone to Edmunds.com. In 2008, he published his first book, "Car Audio for Dummies" (Wiley). He lives and drives in Hood River, Ore., with his wife and two kids, who share his passion for cars and technology.
In the garage: 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS, two 1984 Chevrolet Blazers, 2008 Honda CR-V
James Tate learned to drive stick at age 13 in a 1988 Land Cruiser - in La Paz, Bolivia. He's since been a mechanic, on a pit crew and has wrenched on every car he's owned since his first 1989 Honda CRX Si (and won't stop until the car is a 1973 Porsche 911 RS). His work has appeared in Car and Driver, Popular Mechanics, Automobile and others.
In the garage: 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera, 1988 BMW M5
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