30th October 2014

What you missed on 10.30.14

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Review: 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe

The Cadillac ATS Coupe is a good handling, well appointed sporting machine... that looks a lot like its four-door sibling. After a week-long test run with Caddy's newest deuce, we hash out what its like to live with, and ask ourselves if this ATS feels special enough to run with the mainline European competition.





How not to give away a Chevy Colorado

Chevy regional manager Rikk Wilde has seemed to let the big stage get the better of him last evening, bumbling his delivery when presenting the keys to a new Chevy Colorado to World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner. Wilde's extolling of the truck's virtues included it's "technology and stuff" along with some other sweaty-palmed moments, all captured on video. The good news: later today this story got a happy ending.




Cadillac's SRX-replacing XT5 is underway

If you're a member of the Cadillac SRX Fan Club, get ready to make new t-shirts. The American luxury brand seems to be prepping the new crossover that will live in the SRX's old lineup spot, this time wearing the all new XT5 badge (as part of Caddy's larger naming refresh). Our boys with the expensive telephoto lenses checked in with our first look at the XT5, here.




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What you missed on 10.30.14 originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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30th October 2014

Ram Trucks CEO Says No 707-hp Hellcat Pickup “At This Time”

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The story at Chrysler these days is the supercharged Hellcat V-8 engine. Seriously, it’s a 707-hp engine you can buy in one of two relatively normal and inexpensive vehicles, the Dodge Charger and the Challenger. As exciting as that is, what really gets us excited is figuring out what Chrysler product the Hellcat will end up in next. We had lunch with Ram Trucks’ new CEO, Bob Hegbloom, and we had to ask: When will we see a Ram 1500 with the Hellcat engine?

Hegbloom’s answer? “At this time, I would say no.”

And would you believe it, that response didn’t ruin our day. That’s because, in addition to Hegbloom’s follow-up statement, which included nods to “other areas [of Ram's business] with a bigger opportunity,” we’d place an emphasis on the “at this time” portion of his answer.

It’s our assumption that the Hellcat engine has a future under the hoods of, well, pretty much anything Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep builds that offers a V-8. Just look at Jeep, which recently trademarked the “Trackhawk” name, which could refer to an upcoming Hellcat-powered Grand Cherokee SRT model. While there’s no indication that the Hellcat V-8 will make its way into, say, the Dodge Durango, we say go for it.



A Ram 1500 SRT Hellcat—or Helltruck, or Haulcat, or whatever you decide it should be called—with the blown V-8 under its giant hood would not only be awesome, but also would be a worthy descendant of the old Dodge Ram SRT-10. That truck, as an overall concept, was almost more unhinged than the idea of a 707-hp Hemi V-8; not only was it motivated by the Viper’s V-10 engine, the short-cab version routed power to the rear axle via an honest-to-goodness six-speed manual. Dodge already has claimed the title—verification pending—of the world’s fastest sedan with the 204-mph Charger SRT Hellcat, and the SRT-10 still holds the title of world’s fastest pickup truck. Who doesn’t want to see Ram elevate the latter record from almost 155 mph to, well, something a lot higher?

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30th October 2014

2015 Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE Tested: Transformed Track Star

2015 Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE
It’s not easy to see out of a Chevy Camaro. That’s just an inescapable consequence of forcing 1967 design cues onto modern, safety-compliant hardware shared with the Chevrolet SS and the late, lamented Pontiac G8. You’ll have to live with this poor visibility if you buy any Camaro. But opt for a Camaro SS equipped with the 1LE package, and you might not care. READ MORE ››

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30th October 2014

Hennessey’s Jaguar F-Type R Coupe Has 623 Seriously Pissed-Off Horsepower [Video]

Hennessey Jaguar F-Type R

Jaguar’s gorgeous F-type R is already a cracking good sports car, one that’s factory-rated at 550 snarling horses from its supercharged 5.0-liter V-8. As is typical for Hennessey Performance, though, that wasn’t enough. They’ve turned the wick up with the HPE600 F-type R, to the tune of 623 horses at the crank. Watch and listen as this cat blasts through quarter-mile in less than 11.6 seconds.

First, it’s sort of cool to see the car deploy its automatic spoiler, programmed to rise at 70 mph, in the drag strip’s burnout box. Then it rips to 60 in 3.5 seconds, on its way to an 11.57-second quarter tripping the lights at 123 mph.



Hennessey says the supercharged cat dynos at 518 rear-wheel horsepower on 93 octane pump gas, and that the screaming quarter-mile was done on the car’s stock Pirelli P Zeros at factory-recommended pressures. We believe it—but while the car is of course fast and sounds phenomenal, but we were hoping to see even better numbers. We tested the factory 550-horse car and achieved an identical 0–60 time and a quarter-mile run within 0.3 second and 1 mph. The HPE600 package is applicable to any Jaguar or Land Rover powered by the supercharged 5.0-liter V-8.

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30th October 2014

Ford Recalling 205,000 Edge and Lincoln MKX Models for Fuel Leaks

2007 Ford Edge SEL

Ford is recalling 204,448 Edge and Lincoln MKX crossovers in North America for fuel-tank brackets that can rust and cause gas to leak, the automaker said.

The 2007–2008 Edge and MKX have reinforcement brackets that can cause a fuel odor, a fuel leak, or the check-engine light to illuminate if they corrode, Ford said. A total of 186,024 vehicles are affected in the U.S., and, as with other rust-related recalls, only those currently or previously registered in 21 “Salt Belt” states plus the District of Columbia are on the list. This includes Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

A filing to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which ordinarily contains more details about the problem, was not available. Dealers will repair or replace the fuel tank at an unspecified future date.



Since 2012, Ford has recalled nearly 438,000 cars in the U.S. for fuel leaks, including the 2012–2013 Edge with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine in January and again for just the 2012 model in September 2012. In June 2013, Ford recalled 390,000 cars in the U.S. for faulty fuel-tank delivery modules. A total of seven Ford and Lincoln models were included.

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30th October 2014

World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner Wins Chevy Colorado, but #ChevyGuy Wins the Internet

World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner wins Chevy Colorado, but #ChevyGuy wins the Internet
Not everyone is cut out for public speaking. People who are good at it make it look easy, but if you’re not a natural, the stress can be debilitating. Now put someone from the latter category on live national TV next to the World Series MVP. Things may not go as originally scripted. Such was the case for Chevy sales and marketing regional zone manager Rikk Wilde, who got the call to present San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner with the customary postgame Free Car Award after he helped his team seal the Game 7 World Series victory.

It didn’t go exactly well:

“Class-winning and leading, uh, technology and stuff . . .” is not the most ringing endorsement for the new Chevy Colorado, and the Internet was instantly all over Wilde’s nerve-wracked delivery. #ChevyGuy became a global trending topic, and every Chris Farley joke ever ensued.

READ MORE: 10 things we learned driving the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado

But here’s the thing: Wilde’s postgame linguistic adventure is now national news itself. Everyone knows that the Colorado has “class-leading technology and stuff” today.

So, make all the Chris Farley jokes you want. Yes, the presentation was a train wreck, but GM could have spent a trillion marketing dollars and would never have generated this much publicity and social-media juice for its new truck.



Somehow, poor Rikk Wilde comes away from this looking like the world’s most unlikely Roy Hobbs.

Think I’m wrong? I give you this:

This story originally appeared on roadandtrack.com.

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30th October 2014

Chevy presents Colorado with ‘technology and stuff’ to World Series MVP [UPDATE]

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Chevy presents Colorado to World Series MVP

UPDATE: Chevy was quick to turn Wilde's nervousness into social media pay dirt this afternoon, embracing the "technology and stuff" line with a hashtag on Twitter, and even a starring role on the Colorado's consumer website. That's what you call lemonade, folks.

Being named the Most Valuable Player in the World Series has its perks. For one, it means you're pretty much the best baseball player in the world. You'll probably never have to pay for a drink, too. But it also means you get... a brand new Chevy!

Every year Chevrolet gifts a new car to the MVP at the World Series, just as it does at the All-Star Game and at the Super Bowl. It's a good marketing gimmick, associating the brand with winners and stuff that America likes. So long as you can get someone to verbalize that relation at the handover ceremony. But the Bowtie brand seemed to fall short when it asked one of its regional managers, Rikk Wilde, to make a little speech and give San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner the keys to his new Chevy Colorado.

Wilde's speech was a little awkward, to say the least, but at least he made sure to point out all the "class-winning... and -leading...um, you know, technology and stuff."

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30th October 2014

Exploring in L.A.: Redone 2016 Ford Explorer Headed to Los Angeles Show

2016 Ford Explorer (spy photo)

The refreshed 2016 Ford Explorer is coming sooner than we thought when we recently spied the thing—it’s just weeks away. Look for the crossover utility to debut at the fair-weathered, traffic-snarled smog capital of the U.S., Los Angeles.

Ford’s mid-cycle update is rather late on arrival, although SUV buyers haven’t truly minded. Even though the Explorer’s popularity has waned since its 1990 debut and heydey in the early 2000s, the vehicle remains a go-to choice among the plethora of crossover choices. Still, as we’re expecting Ford’s newer EcoBoost engines to take charge—possibly including a revised 2.0-liter, new 2.3-liter from the Mustang and Lincoln MKC, and a 2.7-liter V-6 from the F-150—this Explorer should be a little quicker and easier on fuel. Styling won’t change much, and neither will the heavy Volvo-derived chassis that makes this vehicle surprisingly tight inside despite its bulk.



More important, it’s been more than 20 years since the first Jurassic Park and yet Ford has not released a special JP edition in all that time. What gives?

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30th October 2014

Porsche Panamera Exclusive Series Packs 570-hp in a Hyper-Long, Hyper-Expensive Package

2015 Porsche Panamera Turbo S Executive Exclusive Series

Porsche’s swoopy Panamera is already a luxuriously ferocious and ferociously luxurious way to transport four people. For those looking for more, well more in their Porsche sedan, the German firm is bringing the super luxurious Exclusive Series to the L.A. auto show. It will wear a stupefying MSRP of—wait for it—$264,895.

2015 Porsche Panamera Turbo S Executive Exclusive Series

The Panamera Exclusive Series starts life as a 570-hp Panamera Turbo S Executive, the long-wheelbase version of Porsche’s supersedan. (Which, it must be said, can be spec’d to at least $280K without breaking a sweat.) Outside, the Exclusive Series wears hand-applied Jet Black metallic paint with Chestnut Brown highlights emanating from the front fender scoop and matching black 20-inch Sport Classic wheels.

2015 Porsche Panamera Turbo S Executive Exclusive Series

Inside is where things get seriously opulent. Chestnut brown leather from Italian studio Poltrona Frau covers everything, and the seats are heated and cooled through perforations that outline the Porsche crest. Rear passengers get the first look at Porsche’s newly developed dual 10.1-inch touch-screen entertainment system built into the front seatbacks. The system includes built-in cameras (for those all important Panamera Selfies), mobile internet, and wireless Burmester headphones.

2015 Porsche Panamera Turbo S Executive Exclusive Series



Luxury extends to the trunk, where optional custom-tailored Poltrona Frau leather luggage matches the interior. The Panamera Exclusive Series is limited to just 100 examples, denoted by a numbered interior plaque. Because when you’re paying more than $100,000 over a base Panamera Turbo S, you expect exclusivity.

2015 Porsche Panamera Turbo S Executive Exclusive Series
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30th October 2014

2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe

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2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe

Cadillac has become a very, very different company since the dawn of the new millenium. Its turn-of-the-century lineup, consisting of staid offerings like the Seville, DeVille and Eldorado, represented the Old Cadillac. These cars were plagued with Old GM quality issues and catered to a more elderly audience. Since the company's Art and Science design language arrived, though, we've seen Cadillac flesh out its lineup in a big way, introducing notable and (so far) enduring products, like the the CTS, SRX and most recently, the ATS.

With the CTS tackling the 5 Series segment and the SRX duking it out with the Lexus RX and its classmates, the ATS has been left with the tough task of battling the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, among others. Critically, at least, it has excelled in this role, but it's still working on finding its feet sales-wise. On paper, broadening the model range by adding a two-door personal luxury coupe could help.

After a week with the ATS Coupe, though, we've found a car that, while retaining the standard model's excellent driving character, doesn't quite offer enough visual excitement to stand up to other cars in its segment.

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