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[SIMPLY OVERPOWERED] 2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC63 4MATIC AMG’s latest creation, the V-8–powered GLC63 4MATIC, stuffs the glorious hand-built 4.0-liter V-8 engine into the engine bay of the compact GLC-class crossover and its GLC coupe sibling. With muscular looks, comprehensive chassis upgrades, and what we expect to be a burly soundtrack from the thundering V-8, the GLC63 looks to be mighty enticing. Leave it to AMG to pack so much power—469 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque—into such a small vehicle. Among the GLC’s competitors, only the Porsche Macan Turbo and the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio top 400 horsepower, and V-8 engines are unheard of in this class. And what a V-8 it is: The twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter unit is found in nearly all AMG 63 models as well as the monstrous AMG GT sports car. AMG’s familiar nine-speed automatic transmission, with a multiplate clutch that replaces a torque converter, comes standard, as does a performance-oriented 4MATIC+ all-wheel-drive system, which features a limited-slip rear differential that varies front-to-rear torque distribution on the fly. AMG’s styling treatment takes the GLC63 several steps further than the already strapping GLC43 in terms of aggression. The Panamericana grille, lifted from the AMG GT, makes a big statement up front, while flared fenders, a rear diffuser, and quad exhaust outlets add plenty of presence. The interior sees a heavy dose of faux-suede upholstery, aluminum dashboard trim, and a few AMG-specific controls such as the drive-mode selector. #tbt #throwbackthursday #throwbackthursdays #tbts #throwback #tb #instatbt #instatb #reminisce #reminiscing #backintheday #photooftheday #back #memories #instamemory #miss #old #instamoment #instagood #throwbackthursdayy #throwbackthursdayyy
[DROP DEAD GORGEOUS] 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT / GT C Roadster GT convertible, the GT C, which seemed to be positioned as the roadster complement to the GT S coupe. Weight gain compared with the coupes is minimal, just 120 or so pounds in the GT and only about 75 pounds in the C, according to Mercedes. Both versions faithfully track their coupe siblings. For the GT, that means 469 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque from the twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 routed to a rear-mounted seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transaxle. For the GT C, the eight pumps out 81 more horses—550 in total—and 502 lb-ft of torque. The C borrows quite a few pieces from the lunatic GT R coupe, much of it concentrated in the back half of the car. The C shares with the R its wider rear fenders, rear-steering system, taller first and shorter seventh gears, taller final-drive ratio, and electronically controlled limited-slip differential. That rearward positioning of the engine does wonders for the GT’s handling, which is simply stupefying. The GT is imperturbable, constantly goading its driver to enter corners faster, accelerate earlier and harder, and brake later. The stoppers are firm, progressive, and tireless. And the GT is daringly neutral, particularly with the C’s rear steering—which adds up to 1.5 degrees of toe either in phase with the front wheels above 62 mph or opposite them at lower speeds. Figure on the GT hitting 60 mph in just 3.2 or so seconds, with the C needing about 3.0 seconds. GT C drivers will appreciate that model’s simplified launch-control activation, whereby a traditional brake-torque approach frees the engine to rev to whatever speed the driver chooses using the shift paddles. #tbt #throwbackthursday #throwbackthursdays #tbts #throwback #tb #instatbt #instatb #reminisce #reminiscing #backintheday #photooftheday #back #memories #instamemory #miss #old #instamoment #instagood #throwbackthursdayy #throwbackthursdayyy
[GREAT CITY MPG] 2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid The 2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD is a rare exception, as it lives up to its potential, at least upon our first exposure. Part of the reason likely is the years of intense development behind its key hybrid components. The nonhybrid MDX SH-AWD is a tough act to follow; it’s among the best-handling three-row crossovers, with quick, well-weighted steering and well-controlled body motions. Both MDX models feature an all-wheel-drive system—optional in the regular one, standard in the hybrid—that sends more torque to the outside rear wheel during hard cornering, but the Sport Hybrid goes a step further with the ability to apply resistance (and recover energy) at one rear wheel while it’s delivering forward momentum to the other. The gasoline engine steps aside as the headliner of the show, even though it remains the essential piece. In place of the direct-injected 3.5-liter V-6 in other MDX models, the hybrid has a 3.0-liter V-6 with port injection, the smaller displacement enabling it to skirt a China-market tax on larger engines. The entire system makes 321 horsepower and 289 lb-ft, or 31 hp and 22 lb-ft more than the nonhybrid models. All MDXs received a light refresh for 2017. The hood gets some corresponding new character lines, there are new wheels, and the return of dual exhausts sum the exterior changes for the 2017 MDX lineup. Inside Acura has introduced second-row captain’s chairs and revamped some of the trim and surfaces. The company expects the MDX hybrid’s target buyer to be both significantly younger and more affluent than those who go for the nonhybrid models. #tbt #throwbackthursday #throwbackthursdays #tbts #throwback #tb #instatbt #instatb #reminisce #reminiscing #backintheday #photooftheday #back #memories #instamemory #miss #old #instamoment #instagood #throwbackthursdayy #throwbackthursdayyy
[DIESEL GOES BETTER] 2017 Toyota Tacoma For years, the Toyota Tacoma has been the mid-size-pickup measuring stick. It offers proficient off-road packages, a manual transmission, impressive towing capability, and styling that stands out. The TRD Pro returns after a one-year hiatus, and it’s Toyota’s top-of-the-line off-road model. It is powered exclusively by a 3.5-liter V-6 in the Double Cab (crew-cab) short-bed setup, and it offers either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. The TRD Pro also features a suspension tuned for off-road driving that adds a 1.0-inch lift, plus LED exterior lighting, the standard V-6 tow package, and, of course, various TRD equipment and badging. Safety assists such as blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and rear parking sensors are standard. All models now have a touchscreen Entune infotainment system. The Tacoma’s optional V-6 engine provides decent performance and towing muscle, but the base four-cylinder is weak-kneed and best avoided. We also advise steering clear of the persnickety six-speed automatic transmission with either powerplant; stick with the six-speed manual and the V-6. The base engine is a 2.7-liter inline-four that makes a paltry 159 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. It’s significantly less powerful than those in the Chevrolet Colorado and the GMC Canyon. At its brawniest, the Tacoma can tow up to 6800 pounds with the V-6 Tow package and rear-wheel drive; four-wheel drive versions can pull 6500 pounds. We’ll give Toyota a nod for incorporating touchscreen infotainment in all of its Tacomas. The Entune system works as it should and has pleasing graphics, yet we want more connectivity ports as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. #tbt #throwbackthursday #throwbackthursdays #tbts #throwback #tb #instatbt #instatb #reminisce #reminiscing #backintheday #photooftheday #back #memories #instamemory #miss #old #instamoment #instagood #throwbackthursdayy #throwbackthursdayyy
[PROBABLY AFFORDABLE] 2018 Buick Regal Sportback FIRST REVIEW Buick’s new Regal and the Audi A4 seem set on a collision course. But the all-new 2018 Regal works hard to ensure this is no false equivalence. For proof, check out the slick new body, classy interior, and sporty intent. We’re zeroing in on the potential Buick-on-Audi showdown because, on vanity alone, the two are the most visually desirable sedans in each other’s orbit. Maybe we should specify which A4 the Buick is taking aim at. The Sportback in the new Regal’s name is a nod to its large liftgate that takes the place of a traditional trunk. This means the Regal is technically a hatchback, albeit one that mimics a sedan in a way that’s reminiscent of the A4-based A5 Sportback, which coincidentally is headed for the U.S. market later this year for the first time. Curiously, front-wheel-drive Regals launch with a nine-speed automatic transmission while all-wheel-drive versions employ an eight-speed automatic. We’re told that the nine-speed will be phased into AWD versions later. The good news is that every Regal, whether Sportback or TourX, will ship with a 250-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four. That’s just 2 ponies short of the turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder in the A4 and A5 Sportback although not as much as the optional 290-hp V-6 in the Acura TLX. Buick is quick to point out that the new Regal inherits multiple years of steady sales from its aging predecessor, just like the new-last-year Audi A4, and that the Buick brand overall outsold Audi in the U.S. in 2016. Breaking through is something Buick might take time to achieve, but on first inspection this new Regal nudges the brand closer to the glass. #cars #car #ride #drive #driver #sportscar #vehicle #vehicles #street #road #freeway #highway #sportscars #exotic #exoticcar #exoticcars #speed #tire #tires #spoiler #muffler #race #racing #wheel #wheels #rim #rims #engine #horsepower
[GREAT HANDLING, BAD INTERIOR] 2017 Jaguar XE 35t AWD Review The Jaguar XE is pretty kick-ass to drive. It possesses the best steering this side of a 20-year-old BMW, it slices into corners with an enthusiasm unknown to most modern sedan-kind, and it offers a pleasing balance of ride quality and disciplined body control. This Jaguar hit 60 mph in 5.1 seconds and 100 in 12.3; the P Zero–shod version was 0.3 and 0.4 second quicker, respectively. The all-season tires limited cornering grip to a relatively pedestrian 0.87 g, against 0.93 g with the performance summers. The largest testing discrepancy showed up in braking, where the XE on all-seasons took 170 feet to stop from 70 mph. More than the numbers, though, the all-season tires dull the XE’s responses. Turn-in that’s katana-sharp with the performance tires takes an extra beat here, with the car’s mass lolling ever so slightly more toward the outside. Other XE flaws can’t be blamed on the tires. The rear door openings are short from top to bottom and somewhat oddly shaped, meaning more than a few adults will bonk their heads getting in and out of the back seat. The padding on all armrests is thin, so long trips leave you sore. The brakes, for all their strength, have a dead zone at the top of the pedal travel that is unbecoming of a sports sedan. The Jaguar XE is a throwback to the days when European cars were largely the province of people willing to put up with quirks and weirdness to own a car that delivered driving pleasure by the bucketful, one that did so decidedly beyond the mainstream. #cars #car #ride #drive #driver #sportscar #vehicle #vehicles #street #road #freeway #highway #sportscars #exotic #exoticcar #exoticcars #speed #tire #tires #spoiler #muffler #race #racing #wheel #wheels #rim #rims #engine #horsepower
[PRICE COMPLAINT!] 2017 GMC Canyon V-6 8-Speed Automatic 4x4 Crew Cab QUICK REVIEW The GMC Canyon and the Chevrolet Colorado have reinvigorated a market for mid-size pickups that many industry observers had concluded was dead. The optional 3.6-liter V-6 that powered test truck is the most powerful engine in the Canyon lineup and sits above a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter inline-four and a turbo-diesel 2.8-liter four. The V-6 is new for 2017, which may not be immediately apparent since this one displaces the same 3.6 liters as its predecessor. With its new powertrain, our four-wheel-drive Canyon hustled to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds, 1.2 seconds quicker than a similar 2015 model with the old V-6 and six-speed auto. The new combo similarly chopped the quarter-mile time by 1.1 seconds, to 14.9, while the trap speed rose from 87 to 94 mph. The EPA rates this truck at 17 mpg city and 24 highway, same as the previous version. Braking from 70 mph took a longish 185 feet, although that’s no worse than average for trucks of this type and better than most full-size pickups. The Denali’s standard wheels were wrapped in generous 255/55R-20 rubber with tall sidewalls that effectively tolerated broken pavement. Overall, the Ridgeline provides a much more compliant ride and composed demeanor during daily-driver duties. The front seats are comfortable, and the simple dash design proves quite logical. The central touchscreen may be unspectacular in size and graphic presentation, but it’s easy to use, and there are plenty of redundant physical buttons and knobs for the audio system and for all climate-control functions. With that accomplished, the Canyon becomes a very livable pickup—much more than its bigger brethren, provided your cargo-hauling needs aren’t extralarge in size. #cars #car #ride #drive #driver #sportscar #vehicle #vehicles #street #road #freeway #highway #sportscars #exotic #exoticcar #exoticcars #speed #tire #tires #spoiler #muffler #race #racing #wheel #wheels #rim #rims #engine #horsepower
[OUTDATED?] 2017 Volkswagen Touareg Is Overpriced! The Volkswagen Touareg offers good looks, but they come at a high price. Its refined ride quality, well-damped suspension, and quiet cabin make it an agreeable road-trip companion. A host of active safety technology is standard across the Touareg range for 2017, including adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning with automated emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and front and rear parking sensors. With a 280-hp 3.6-liter V-6, the Touareg requires a relatively sedate 7.8 seconds to accelerate to 60 mph. While the Touareg rarely feels like your life is at risk when pulling out into traffic, you have to floor it to get going in earnest. The eight-speed automatic, on the other hand, is a smooth operator. The Touareg is comfortable and composed. Its solid chassis and supple suspension glide over all but the most foul pavement, and the cabin remains hushed. Twisty roads also prove fun in the Touareg, as its firm steering and capable handling give it cornering confidence. Volkswagen offers an in-dash 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation as standard in the Touareg. Unfortunately, the infotainment interface is frustrating to use. The system often failed to understand voice commands and was slow to respond to touch commands. The addition of modern software such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto would undoubtedly improve the infotainment experience and make the Touareg more competitive in this area, but alas, they are not available. Impressively, all Touaregs come with standard passive and active safety features such as autonomous emergency braking and adaptive cruise control. The Touareg uses forward-facing radar and camera modules to scan the road and alert the driver of potential obstacles, and it will ultimately take action if the driver fails to do so. #cars #car #ride #drive #driver #sportscar #vehicle #vehicles #street #road #freeway #highway #sportscars #exotic #exoticcar #exoticcars #speed #urbandriver #tire #tires #spoiler #muffler #race #racing #wheel #wheels #rim #rims #engine #horsepower
[SMART CHOICE] 2017 Honda Ridgeline Insight All new for 2017, the Ridgeline last saw showrooms in 2014. Unlike its competitors, the redesigned pickup still uses a passenger-car-style unibody construction and an independent rear suspension, resulting in a smooth and controlled ride. The last generation was nearly sales-proof. The 2017 design has been dialed back to a traditional trucky look; its proportions have grown to improve passenger and cargo space; and it’s been engineered to be one of the most fuel-efficient mid-size pickups on the road. Honda thinks Ridgeline owners will be happy with a single powertrain choice, and fortunately, it’s a good one. The stout V-6 and sturdy six-speed automatic can do everything the competition can and more, except when it comes to towing. The lone powertrain is a 280-hp 3.5-liter V-6 that makes 262 lb-ft of torque with its six-speed automatic. We found this combination to be more than suitable. The engine feels smooth, and throttle response is especially receptive when you call for hard acceleration. On the road, the Ridgeline is well-mannered and feels extremely competent. Its coil-sprung independent rear suspension contributes to a carlike ride quality not available with the leaf-sprung, solid-axle setups used by the competition. Body lean in corners is minimal, and small bumps are barely noticeable. The electrically assisted steering feels appropriate. The Ridgeline’s standard infotainment system is a 5.0-inch non-touch display with Bluetooth connectivity. Pairing a phone via Bluetooth is quick, but the call transfers to the handset when the truck is shut off. It’s frustrating that the music and phone audio shut off with the vehicle rather than continuing until a door is opened. With the most available active-safety features in its class, the Ridgeline offers equipment that its competitors do not, such as adaptive cruise control and automated emergency braking. #cars #car #ride #drive #driver #sportscar #vehicle #vehicles #street #road #freeway #highway #sportscars #exotic #exoticcar #exoticcars #speed #urbandriver #tire #tires #spoiler #muffler #race #racing #wheel #wheels #rim #rims #engine
White, clean. This Sporty SUV looks sharp. #Repost @urbandriver @peugeotuk ・・・ Winter is here! With its high driving position, four driving modes and Grip Control® the new #Peugeot2008SUV offers an instinctive driving experience. #GripControl #Winter #CarsOfInstagram #CarsWithoutLimits #Carstagram #CarInstagram #Car #cars #Peugeot #SUV #InstaSUV
Definitely NOT urban driving. How the duck the hood lifted? #Repost @urbandriver @renaultuk ・・・ The Renault #Trezor Concept. Electrifying in every way. #Renault #ElectricCars #CarsOfInstagram #EVCars #Cars #InstaCar
"Hey hey hey hey, back in black! I am back in black!" #Repost @cadillac @urbandriver ・・・ Proud to be part of his artistic legacy, Cadillac invites you to experience the Letters to Andy Warhol exhibit. Now Open. #CadillacxWarhol #CadillacHouse
Sierra 2500HD 3500HD is the best amongst heavy duty pick up truck. #Repost @gmc ・・・ Our holiday family get-together begins en route. #GMCSierra 2500HD #HappyThanksgiving
Icymi. Acura built supercars too! #Repost @acura ・・・ Aggressively graceful by design. #NSX
Subaru's iconic "nose". Hahaha #Repost @subaru_usa ・・・ Spring thaw. (photo courtesy: Dane Smith)
We love @jeep! ・・・ The Switchback concept is the ultimate trail-ready Jeep® vehicle. #EJS2017 #concept #jeepconcept #adventure #offroad #OIIIIIIIO #outdoor #offroad #explore @urbandriver #itsajeepthing #jeepporn #jeeplove
#Repost @ferrari ・・・ The beauty of performance. #Ferrari #FXXK