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Dodge’s Demon Drag Monster Can Unleash Its Tower of Power with the Flick of a Finger [Video]

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Where the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is going, you won’t need two feet—just one foot and one finger. In today’s Demon teaser, “Lock and Load,”  Dodge details what it says is another feature never seen on a factory production car, technology it calls a TransBrake. With it, drivers will be able to initiate quicker launches of the reduced-weight, supercharged, near-slicks-wearing muscle car off the drag-strip line simply by pressing a paddle.

In drag racing, drivers typically use both feet for launches. The left foot is either depressing the clutch in a manual-transmission car or holding the brake in an automatic. The Demon is an automatic, but because of this new tech, only one foot is required: on the gas. The TransBrake locks the output shaft from the transmission in place and eliminates the need to hold the brake to keep the car stationary. Dodge would not elaborate on how to actually initiate the TransBrake, however. Based on the information we have, we believe the driver will press a button or select a specific mode, push the gas pedal to the floor. Then, instead of letting up the left foot to release the car, he or she clicks the paddle shifter like a trigger, and off it goes.

Dodge claims TransBrake gives the driver a 30 percent better reaction time than using the two-foot method. Not only will it aid with launches, it also protects parts by reducing stress on the components (even though many of the Demon’s components have been beefed up to handle more load).

By pairing this method with the Demon’s Torque Reserve two-step ignition—which we detailed in last week’s teaser—and a slip-reducing Launch Assist system, Dodge says the Demon can have launches at up to 2350 rpm, with a possible 105 percent increase in launch boost pressure and a potential 120 percent increase in engine-launch torque. And that increased torque is put to the ground, remember, by standard 315/40 Nitto NT05R drag radials.

It sounds as though SRT has thought of just about every possible way to dial in the Hellcat specifically for the drag strip. We’ll finally get official numbers and full details—not to mention decoding all of those perplexing license plate riddles—when the car makes its debut on April 11. Until then, try not to let the smoke get to you.

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Article source: http://blog.caranddriver.com/dodge-demon-dragster-unleashes-its-tower-of-power-with-the-flick-of-a-finger-video/

BMW chases volume growth in large cars, less so in small ones

FRANKFURT — BMW Group is chasing volume growth mainly in the large car and SUV segments, while the less profitable small car segment is not being pushed as hard, CEO Harald Krueger said on Wednesday.

“We would like to grow in the top segments where you earn more money,” Krueger told analysts gathered in Munich to discuss full-year earnings. “We are not pushing in the UKL segments,” Krueger said, referring to vehicles such as Mini and BMW 2 series Active/Grand Tourer models, which are based on the UKL vehicle platform.

Smaller cars in very competitive segments where little growth is expected going forward, may not have successor models, Krueger said.

On Tuesday, Krueger said BMW plans the biggest rollout of new and revamped models in its history. Over the next two years, BMW will unveil 40 variants, including the new X2 compact SUV and full-sized X7 crossover, he said at the automaker’s annual press conference.

Krueger is seeking to revitalize growth after profitability fell to a six-year low in 2016 and sales slipped behind Mercedes-Benz for the first time in more than a decade.

EDITORS’ NOTE – an earlier version of this story misstated which models are based on the UKL platform.

Bloomberg contributed to this story

UPDATED: 03/23/17 ET 06:45 a.m. – corrected

Article source: http://www.autonews.com/article/20170322/COPY01/303229946/bmw-chases-volume-growth-in-large-cars-less-so-in-small-ones

Listen to the 2018 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Testing at Laguna Seca …

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Hey, remember that Chevrolet Corvette that’s on its way for 2018, the one that’s mightier than the Z06, the one you’ve only seen in prototype form? (The one that’s not mid-engined!) Thanks to a couple of eagle-eyed members of the Corvette Forum blog, you can now see the Corvette ZR1 on the move—and quickly—at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. More important, you can hear the beastly Vette, and it sounds wicked.

The cluster of videos, posted to YouTube and later to Corvette Forum by users Skank and SBC and a Stick, show ZR1 prototypes ripping around Laguna Seca, as well as the creative possibilities of forum avatar naming. The camouflaged car, complete with a large rear wing and funky, randomly colored body panels, seems to be the same as or highly similar to the prototypes our spy photographers caught testing late last year.



None of the videos reveal anything we didn’t already know, but they do give us our best listen yet of what to expect from the ZR1’s supercharged V-8: lots, and lots, and lots of glorious small-block music. Check out the choicest clips below, and take comfort or fear in knowing that when the ZR1 becomes a reality, it’s expected to be a 200-plus-mph, roughly 750-hp monster.

ZR1


Article source: http://blog.caranddriver.com/listen-to-the-2018-chevrolet-corvette-zr1-at-laguna-seca-sounding-murican-as-hell-video/

See the First Teaser Image for McLaren’s “Hyper GT,” But Forget about Buying One

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With the McLaren 720S now officially unveiled, the British supercar concern can begin whetting the public’s appetite for what is presumably the next new model on the docket, the BP23. To that end, we have our first teaser image for the “hyper GT” (McLaren’s term) that will arrive in 2019 to finally replace the P1 in the brand’s range-topping Ultimate Series.

The company says the BP23 (the designation is a code name) will be the most powerful roadgoing McLaren ever, which means it would have to eclipse the P1’s 903 horsepower. Note the qualifier “roadgoing,” however, which suggests it probably won’t exceed the output of the track-only P1 GTR, which mustered 986 horsepower. We do know that, like the P1, the BP23 will use a hybrid powerplant, and it will feature a three-seat layout as in the F1. The company also claims it will be the most aerodynamic roadgoing model it has ever produced.

Sounds good, no? Too bad you can’t have one.

Sure, we’ve grown accustomed to the fact that no self-respecting new supercar can be revealed to the public before its production run is sold out. But the BP23 takes things one step further, with McLaren informing us on the occasion of the car’s first teaser release that the model already is sold out. That may be because only 106 are being built, a number that makes the P1, with 375 made, seem almost common. Of those 106, about 30 percent will find their way to America, we’re told, despite the fact that the center driving position means the cars will have to be imported under the show-and-display waiver. So, technically, in the United States at least, the BP23 won’t usurp the P1 as the most powerful street-legal McLaren. Feel better?

Article source: http://blog.caranddriver.com/see-the-first-teaser-image-for-mclarens-hyper-gt-but-forget-about-buying-one/

Two Men Arrested in Connection with the Double Murder Investigation Involving Kim D.’s Car

Police have arrested two Paterson, New Jersey men for their alleged roles in the shooting deaths of two men found Friday, March 17 in a burned-out Audi belonging to The Real Housewives of New Jersey‘s Kim DePaola, PEOPLE reports

Clarence Williams, 26, and Gerry Thomas, 28, were arrested Monday and face charges of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, robbery, arson, and possession of a firearm, according to a statement from the Paterson Police Department, as reported by PEOPLE

Police say that robbery motivated the killings.

The two men in the car were reportedly shot in the head before being discovered in the white Audi, which was set on fire. Investigators have now identified the victims as Aaron Anderson, 27, and Antonio Vega Jr., 25, according to a statement from the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office.


Kim D. Thanks Fans for Support Following Deadly Incident Involving Her Car

The white 2015 Audi is registered to Kim D., but her son, Christopher Camiscioli, 27, drives the car. Kim D.’s son was in California when the incident took place. A friend had dropped him off at the airport in the car and was supposed to park the vehicle, according to a statement from the Paterson Police Department. It’s unclear if either of the victims was the friend who dropped Christopher off at the airport. 

Kim D., who was working in Los Angeles at the time of the murders, told TMZ prior to the arrests being made that she knew both of the victims. “These people have to be savages. I hope they catch them and they rot. They will rot in hell. No matter what anyone does, no one deserves to die like that,” she said of the perpetrators. “It’s just a horrible, horrible situation. I’m broken-hearted, my son’s broken-hearted. I spoke to the mother today of one of the boys, and they’re just devastated.”

The RHONJ friend previously confirmed that she and her son were safe following the news of the incident and thanked everyone for their support in a post on Instagram Sunday. “I am humbled by the outpour of love and support during this difficult time. My son and I are both safe,” she wrote. “Our deepest condolences go out to the victims’ families of this truly horrific tragedy.”

Thank you to everyone for your support!!!!

A post shared by Kim DePaola (@kimdposche) on Mar 19, 2017 at 12:18pm PDT

 

She also asked her Instagram followers to pray for the victims and their families in a post on Monday. “My heart is heavy!!” Kim D. wrote. “I am praying for the families, and babies left behind!! RIP.”

My heart is heavy !! I am praying for the families , and babies left behind !! RIP

Article source: http://www.bravotv.com/the-daily-dish/kim-d-car-murder-investigation-two-men-arrested-new-jersey

$12K+ for 30 HP: Porsche Announces Pricey Power Package for 911 S

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Want the power of the Porsche 911 GTS without that model’s darker exterior details? Then Porsche Exclusive has the option package for you.

Limited to the 911 Carrera S, the 911 Carrera 4S, and the 911 Targa 4S, the Porsche Exclusive 3.0S Powerkit package offers a 30-hp boost courtesy of changes to the engine’s electronics, as well as a pair of larger turbochargers that are bolted to the models’ 3.0-liter flat-six engine. Total output is a 911 GTS–matching 450 horsepower. While additional oomph is the kit’s headline item, the package also includes modifications to the brake-cooling system, a sport exhaust, and the Sport Chrono package, which includes items such as dynamic engine mounts, a driving-mode switch on the steering wheel, and an analog stopwatch mounted at the top of the dashboard.

Notably, Porsche will allow customers to add the kit retroactively to turbocharged 911 Carrera S, 911 Carrera 4S, and 911 Targa 4S models that are already equipped with the Sport Chrono package.

Don’t expect the extra ponies to come cheap, though. The option costs a cool $12,350 on 911s equipped with the standard seven-speed manual transmission, and that price rises by another $520, to $12,870, on cars equipped with the PDK dual-clutch automatic transmission. But, hey, Porsche doesn’t rake in a reported $17,250 in profit for every vehicle it sells by just giving extra horsepower away.

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Article source: http://blog.caranddriver.com/12k-for-30-hp-porsche-announces-pricey-power-package-for-911-s/

Listen to the 2018 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 at Laguna Seca, Sounding ‘Murican as Hell [Video]

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Hey, remember that Chevrolet Corvette that’s on its way for 2018, the one that’s mightier than the Z06, the one you’ve only seen in prototype form? (The one that’s not mid-engined!) Thanks to a couple of eagle-eyed members of the Corvette Forum blog, you can now see the Corvette ZR1 on the move—and quickly—at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. More important, you can hear the beastly Vette, and it sounds wicked.

The cluster of videos, posted to YouTube and later to Corvette Forum by users Skank and SBC and a Stick, show ZR1 prototypes ripping around Laguna Seca, as well as the creative possibilities of forum avatar naming. The camouflaged car, complete with a large rear wing and funky, randomly colored body panels, seems to be the same as or highly similar to the prototypes our spy photographers caught testing late last year.



None of the videos reveal anything we didn’t already know, but they do give us our best listen yet of what to expect from the ZR1’s supercharged V-8: lots, and lots, and lots of glorious small-block music. Check out the choicest clips below, and take comfort or fear in knowing that when the ZR1 becomes a reality, it’s expected to be a 200-plus-mph, roughly 750-hp monster.

ZR1


Article source: http://blog.caranddriver.com/listen-to-the-2018-chevrolet-corvette-zr1-at-laguna-seca-sounding-murican-as-hell-video/

New Google Maps features will help you remember where you parked your car

FAIRFAX, CA – DECEMBER 13: The Google Maps app is seen on an Apple iPhone 4S on December 13, 2012 in Fairfax, California. Three months after Apple removed the popular Google Maps from its operating system to replace it with its own mapping software, a Google Maps app has been added to the iTunes store. Apple Maps were widely panned in tech reviews and among customers, the fallout resulting in the dismissal of the top executive in charge of Apple’s mobile operating system. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Google has made it even easier to find your car after a Giants game.

In its latest beta update, Google added a new feature that allows you to not only remember where you parked your car, but also take some extra notes about its location and even save a photo of that spot within the entry. While you might not need the feature all the time, it could be killer when you’re parking at a crowded event, or in a multi-level parking garage where just dropping a pin won’t exactly help you determine which of the nine floors you might have left it on.

In addition to helping you remember where your car is, the feature can also keep track of how long you’re allowed to leave it there. When you park you can start a timer to count down your time left on a meter or until the garage closes, so when time’s almost out, Maps can remind you to go grab your wheels before you end up getting a ticket (or get trapped in a garage downtown all night).

Here’s how to use the feature: when you park, you’ll tap on the blue dot on the map (signifying your personal location). When you do that, a menu will pop up that allows you to add parking details and set a timer.

For now, the feature is just available in the beta version of Google Maps for Android. Like most features that come to the beta, however, it will likely roll out to all Google Maps users soon.  If you have an Android phone, you can sign up to be a beta tester here.

Apple Maps already offers a similar feature for iPhone users.

Article source: http://blog.sfgate.com/techchron/2017/03/20/new-google-maps-features-will-help-you-remember-where-you-parked-your-car/

Start Your PS4s: Gran Turismo Sport’s Closed Beta Is Underway [Video]

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Right around this time every year, there’s a spike in desire for cars we can’t afford, largely due to the supercar festival known as the Geneva auto show. The debuts of rides like the Pininfarina Fittipaldi EF7, the Lamborghini Huracán Performante, and the Pagani Huayra roadster have us suddenly searching eBay and Craigslist for the most attainable Ferraris and Porsches we can find. Thankfully, there’s another way to experience these megabuck cars: video games. The highly anticipated Gran Turismo Sport has opened in closed beta this weekend to a select group of PlayStation 4 gamers.

Now hard-core fans of one of the most realistic video game series ever will get their first chance to explore the new world of Gran Turismo Sport. Invites for this session were limited to gamers in the United States; entering did not guarantee a spot, but PlayStation has opened an entry form for future updates and possible invites. The GTS team will slowly roll out more availability as development and data collection expand.

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After numerous delays that pushed the game’s release date from 2016 to 2017, this launch is a good sign for fans that the full game is nearing. Paired with the beta announcement are new images of the in-depth player profiles and racetracks along with a new trailer. The image on the profile offers a look at the Driver and Sportsmanship ratings, which draw from individual driving characteristics and will be used to match skill levels more accurately for racing online against other gamers.

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The new clip offers a second glimpse at the unbelievably lifelike graphics that Polyphony Digital and PlayStation are capable of. It shows kitted-out versions of the Mercedes-AMG GT, the Ford Mustang, and an Alfa Romeo 4C, among many others. It also shows racing both on tracks and in a cityscape.

There is no official release date just yet, which is probably the right move. Nobody likes delay after delay after delay. If anyone out there has access to the beta, let us know what you think.


Article source: http://blog.caranddriver.com/start-your-ps4s-gran-turismo-sports-closed-beta-is-underway-video/

Volvo Electric Car to Be Priced against Tesla Model 3 and Chevrolet Bolt EV

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Volvo’s electric car, expected in 2019, could prove a formidable rival to the Tesla Model 3 and the Chevrolet Bolt EV as well as top-trim versions of the next-generation Nissan Leaf and several other longer-range EVs that are due out around that time. That’s because Volvo Car USA CEO Lex Kerssemakers recently revealed one eye-opening target for the project: a base price between $35,000 and $40,000.

Like the Model 3 and the Bolt, Volvo’s as yet unnamed electric model is expected to offer a range of 250 miles or more. Although there are a few automakers that think electric cars don’t need to go for maximum range—Honda, for instance—the consensus within the industry is that range sells.

Premium badges add appeal, too, and Volvo’s plan illustrates the different ways in which luxury brands plan to jump into the EV market. The Jaguar I-Pace, for instance, is expected to play in Tesla Model X territory, with a starting price well over $60,000. At $40,000, Volvo, on the other hand, would be offering a premium-badged electric vehicle for roughly the same price as some mainstream-brand models.

Volvo’s lowest-priced U.S. model at present is the S60 sedan, at $34,945, although the new EV plus the return of the smaller 40-series vehicles, anticipated to start arriving late next year, will give the automaker a smorgasbord of entries in the $30,000-to-$40,000 range.

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The EV is likely to share some elements with Volvo’s Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform, which will underpin its 40-series compact vehicles, but it will use its own set of modular electrification underpinnings. Last May, Volvo showed two electric-vehicle design concepts: the 40.1 crossover and the 40.2 sedan, previewing the design direction for the XC40 and the S40, respectively. At that time, Volvo said that there will be an electric vehicle based on the S40 or a unique vehicle derived from it.

In 2019, at around the same time the EV reaches the market, Volvo is also expected to introduce more hybrids to the product mix—including front-wheel-drive hybrid versions of its 40-series vehicles featuring an electric motor integrated with a dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Currently, the only Volvo hybrids—plug-in hybrids, actually—are the top all-wheel-drive T8 versions of the XC90, with a hybrid S90 coming soon.

Article source: http://blog.caranddriver.com/volvo-electric-car-to-be-priced-against-tesla-model-3-and-chevrolet-bolt-ev/