28th January 2015

MotorWeek’s 80′s GM muscle coupe roundup includes Regal GN and Monte Carlo SS

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MotorWeek's vast archive of reviews has unloaded a triple feature, starring three icons of 1980s muscle from General Motors.

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28th January 2015

Toyota Finalizing Customer Rally Version of GT86 (That’s the Scion FR-S to You)

The Toyota GT86 is ready to go rallying

Toyota Motorsport GmbH has been working on a rally kit for the GT86 (that’s the Scion FR-S for us North Americans) for a good long while. For customers, the wait for the so-called CS-R3 has probably been both gratifying—TMG wants to get the car dialed in, after all—and frustrating. It’s hard cooling your heels for months while waiting to buy the €79,000 kit when you already know what the finished product will entail.

Of course, it looks fantastic. The GT86 and its FR-S and Subaru BRZ siblings are wonderful road-course cars, but a rally version could propel them into the realm of legend, and it recalls the rear-drive Toyota Celicas of the early 1980s that dominated rallies before AWD became the norm. Rear-drive rally cars might not be competitive at the highest tiers of of the sport, but they’re fun to watch and cheap to run.

What does the kit entail? Costing $89,700 or so at today’s exchange rate—that’s a $5700 discount over full retail!—you can expect to receive a body shell, an engine, a six-speed sequential transmission, a limited-slip differential, subframes, a full suspension, a steering system, cockpit instrumentation, wiring, and a cage. It’s perhaps also useful to know what it doesn’t include: seats, safety harnesses, fire suppression, battery, tools, rally computer, wheels, tires, or mud flaps—although these are all things teams probably want to customize to their particular builds.

The Toyota GT86 is ready to go rallying

This near-turnkey race car is eligible for FIA R3 competition, and it will give owners the satisfaction of wheeling a proper rear-drive coupe in a class mainly intended for front-wheel drive cars. TMG expects to start delivering customer cars in May of this year.



A version of this story originally appeared on roadandtrack.com.

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28th January 2015

GM Won’t Extend Ignition Switch Claim Deadline

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GM doesn’t plan on extending the deadline for ignition switch claims again.

The American automaker has denied a request by U.S. senators to extend the Saturday deadline for victims of the company’s massive ignition switch recall. GM released a statement saying that it feels it has “conducted extensive outreach about the program,” and has contacted over five million current and former owners of the recalled vehicles. The company has already done an extension to January 31 for the deadline and the compensation fund has been taking claims since August 1.

SEE ALSO: GM Ignition Switch Death Toll Reaches 50

Senators are arguing that “injured parties do not know enough about their legal rights or facts to make an informed decision,” adding that many “cannot have sufficient information until the DOJ concludes its criminal investigation and the bankruptcy court decides whether to lift the liability shield that GM now unjustifiably hides behind.”

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28th January 2015

Tesla Model S P85D’s “Insane Mode” Launch Blows Minds—Here’s Video Proof

Watch how Tesla P85D "Insane Mode" acceleration blows people's minds
Elon Musk took the lid off his own madness with the Tesla Model S P85D, the dual-motor, all-wheel-drive silent screamer with 691 horsepower and 686 lb-ft of torque. As if that weren’t enough, the fully electric D offers an “Insane Mode,” which unleashes the car’s full accelerative potential and enables a launch-control function for maximum thrust.

Musk said he benchmarked the McLaren F1 as the D’s acceleration target. With a zero-to-60-mph run that we estimate at 3.2 seconds—from a full-size luxury sedan that weighs nearly 2.5 tons, mind you—we’d say he nailed it, especially considering that’s the exact time we achieved with an F1 we tested in 1994. What does all that massive, dyno-befuddling, Hellcat-humiliating torque do to unsuspecting passengers? The people at DragTimes just had to find out, and, clearly, nobody’s prepared for the D.



Warning: There’s a lot of shocked cursing in this video, and it’s not safe for unsuspecting ears or playing loud at your office. You’ve been warned.

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28th January 2015

First Glimpse: Spy Photos Reveal 2016 Honda Pilot’s Dashboard

2016 Honda Pilot (spy photo)

The official unveiling of the 2016 Honda Pilot is just two weeks away at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, but, hey, the new crossover ain’t here yet. These spy shots of the Pilot’s dashboard give us an even clearer look at what to expect from the yet-to-be-revealed SUV—and our first peek at its redesigned cabin.

2016 Honda Pilot (spy photo)

The photos don’t give us much, but they do provide a glimpse at the Pilot’s freshened infotainment system and HVAC controls. Not surprisingly, the layout is simple, placing a touch-screen infotainment system above a bank of conventional climate controls. (Mercifully, the needlessly fussy dual-screen setup from the top-spec Honda Odyssey is missing here.) The central display is particularly large, but unfortunately it appears to follow the lead of other recent Honda products by doing away with the physical volume knob; we assume it’s replaced by a digital slider on the touch screen.



These prototypes also appear to have a stitched dashboard wrap treatment, as well as a smoothly integrated instrument cowl. As for the exterior, the heavy camo wrap doesn’t tell us anything we didn’t already know—basically, the Pilot likely will look like a supersize version of the CR-V and HR-V. Exactly how much it will mimic its little brothers we probably won’t know for a couple more weeks. Unless, of course, one of our wily shooters captures one without its camo in the meantime.

First Glimpse: Spy Photos Reveal 2016 Honda Pilot’s Dashboard

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28th January 2015

First Glimpse: Spy Photos Reveal 2016 Honda Pilot’s Dashboard

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28th January 2015

Ford Recalls 211,063 Cars for Door Handles, Loose Seat Belt Fasteners

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Ford is recalling 210,980 vehicles in the U.S. for faulty interior door latches and seat belt fasteners, the automaker said today. The recall includes the 2010-2013 Ford Taurus, Taurus Police Interceptor, and Lincoln MKS, which have faulty springs in their door handles, as well as the 2014 Ford Transit Connect, which has seat belt fasteners that could loosen over time.

In the case of the Taurus, Police Interceptor, and Lincoln MKS, the door-handle return springs may loosen out of position and cause the doors to open during a side-impact crash, which could—as you’d expect—increase passengers’ chances of injury. A total of 194,889 vehicles are affected, with another 10,056 in Canada and Mexico. Dealers will “repair or replace” all four door handles at an undetermined date.

2014 Ford Transit Connect wagon

Some seat belt fasteners might be loose on another 16,091 Transit Connect vans from 2014, all within the U.S. Ford said the fasteners could “loosen over time” and reduce the effectiveness of the belts during a crash. Dealers will tighten the fasteners on the seat belts and also the cargo floor tie-downs at a later date. Ford said there had no been reported injuries or crashes related to either of these recalls.



It did not elaborate on how it discovered the problems and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not post the filings as of today. This won’t be the first brush with recalls for the Taurus and MKS—back in June 2013, Ford recalled the 2013 model-year Taurus and MKS for faulty child door locks. In May last year, as part of a recall spanning 1.3 million vehicles, the 2010-2014 Taurus (but not the MKS) was under recall for license plate lamps that could light on fire.

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28th January 2015

GMC talking to dealers about possible Jeep Wrangler competitors

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GMC is petitioning its dealers for feedback on a potential Wrangler competitor, with sources reporting Hummer could serve as inspiration for the off-roader.

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28th January 2015

Nissan Recalls 639,480 SUVs for Defective Hood Latches, Potentially Fire-Inducing Electrical Shorts

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Nissan is recalling 639,480 cars in the U.S. for faulty hood latches and wiring harnesses that can short circuit, according to filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Another 129,000 vehicles will be recalled in Canada and other countries.

Affected vehicles include the 2013–2014 Nissan Pathfinder and Infiniti JX35/QX60, along with 2014 model-year hybrid trims. All have secondary hood latches that factory workers may have incorrectly positioned during assembly, meaning the release cable could fail to engage the locking claw. This would leave the hood completely unlocked if the driver were to pull the primary latch and forget to close it. In such a scenario, were the driver to hit high speeds, air could eventually lift the hood and block the windshield. A total of 170,665 vehicles are affected.

Nissan said it began an investigation in October after recalling the 2013 Altima for faulty secondary hood latches in September, although the problem on its SUVs were sourced to cable length issues and not corrosion like on the Altima. Dealers will reposition the hood latch to free up the cable starting within the next two months.

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Another 468,815 Rogue and Rogue Select SUVs from 2008–2014 have wiring harnesses that can short due to liquids or salt seeping through the driver’s carpeted footwell, possibly resulting in a fire. The harnesses apparently weren’t waterproofed, but they will be once owners receive notification from Nissan within the next two months. Wiring harnesses that have been damaged will also be replaced. Nissan did not say when it first discovered the problem.

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28th January 2015

Did the Chevy Corvette Z06 break 7 minutes at the Ring? Not likely

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A report has surfaced claiming the Z06 recorded a 6:59 lap of the legendary Nurburgring, but Chevy says that figure's "not accurate."

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