20th October 2014

2015 Lincoln MKC 2.3 EcoBoost AWD Tested: Comfort and Confidence in a Great Escape

2015 Lincoln MKC 2.3L EcoBoost AWD
A decade from now, automotive gods willing and if everything goes according to plan, we might recognize this MKC as Lincoln’s great escape. That’s escape with a lowercase “e.” Because while the MKC is based on the Ford Escape, Lincoln has finally, gently broken free from its reputation for building overpriced, reskinned Fords. The rudderless luxury brand appears to be gradually learning the fine art of parts sharing that has been so successful for brands like Volkswagen and Audi. READ MORE ››

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20th October 2014

Lightning Lap 2014: We Attack VIR with 25 of the Year’s Hottest Performance Cars

Lightning Lap 2014: We Attack VIR with 25 of the Year's Hottest Performance Cars

It’s believed that James Madison strode the White House and the War of 1812 was rapidly becoming the War of 1813 when an oak sapling poked through the soil in a southern Virginia meadow to witness its first sunrise and splash of rainwater. The tree’s shadow steadily grew as nearby Danville’s ­cotton mills and tobacco warehouses thrived on slave labor, as the vanquished Confederates retreated from advancing Yankees, and, a century later, as water cannons blasted civil rights marchers. READ MORE ››

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20th October 2014

American Litigation Story, Scat Show: Chrysler Challenged (Again) by Scat Enterprises Over Scat Pack Name

Dodge Scat Pack

There’s a real scat storm brewing over at Chrysler, which was just dragged into a legal kerfuffle over its use of the Scat Pack name for high-performance trim levels of various Dodge models.

Automotive News reports that Scat Enterprises—a California-based company that makes aftermarket engine parts for Chrysler products, Fords, Chevrolets, and more—has filed a lawsuit that alleges Chrysler and its Dodge subsidiary infringed on its “Scat” trademark with its Scat Pack trim level for the Challenger and Charger.

2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

This is round number two in this showdown: Scat Enterprises served Dodge with a cease-and-desist order way back in 1968 when the Detroit automaker first introduced Scat Pack treatments for a few models. The order was heeded—eventually—in 1971 when Dodge stopped building Scat Pack cars. So how did Dodge come to gain permission to start selling Scat Pack–branded models again in 2013? Well, it didn’t. The company’s trademark application was denied, but Dodge went ahead and fired up the scat machine anyway.



It’s too early to tell whether the legal battle will require Dodge to double-flush its Scat Pack efforts or if the Scat Enterprises suit will turn out to be only so much hot air. We’re mostly wondering why such a name that’s become so, er, loaded in today’s vernacular was even trotted out again, much less being fought over.

2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

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20th October 2014

GM Ignition Switch-Related Deaths Now at 29

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The number of deaths linked to GM‘s ignition-switch recall continues to rise.

The official death toll is now at 29 and a total of 1,517 claims have been filed with the GM Compensation Fund program. The total number of claims that have been deemed eligible for compensation now totals 29 deaths and 27 injuries with the overall number of claims received up 11 percent from 1,371 last week.

SEE ALSO: GM Recall Death Toll Increases to 27

Death claims submitted to the program now total 184 and the program will continue to receive claims until December 31. The program has now made a total of 31 offers with 20 families accepting those offers.

[Source: Automotive News]

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20th October 2014

Better Hurry—Porsche’s Sublime 918 Spyder Is Nearly Sold Out

2015 Porsche 918 Spyder

Are you a multimillionaire mulling over whether to buy Porsche’s neck-snapping 918 Spyder? Better make up your mind—Porsche says that the ultralimited hybrid hypercar is nearly sold out. Thirty of the planned 918-unit run have already been delivered globally to customers, too, although one of the cars has already been written off.

Porsche’s über-hybrid, which requires a minimum buy-in of $847,975 and which recently set the overall record for fastest lap at our Lightning Lap event, will only be in production until July 2015. As of right now, every slot is spoken for through early April. Porsche won’t say officially exactly how many 918 Spyders are produced every month, but the company’s Andre Oosthuizen told Automotive News that the production run is “probably in the last and the final straight.”



So if you’ve got an open spot in your garage where a 918 Spyder might fit nicely, better hustle up and get your name on the list.

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20th October 2014

Better Hurry—Porsche’s Sublime 918 Spyder Is Nearly Sold Out

2015 Porsche 918 Spyder

Are you a multi-millionaire mulling over whether or not to buy Porsche’s neck-snapping 918 Spyder? Better make up your mind—Porsche says that the ultra-limited hybrid hypercar is nearly sold out. Thirty of the planned 918-unit run have already been delivered globally to customers, too, although one of the cars has already been written off.

Porsche’s über-hybrid, which requires a minimum buy-in of $847,975 and which recently set the overall record for fastest lap at our Lightning Lap event, will only be in production until July 2015. As of right now, every slot is spoken for through early April. Porsche won’t say officially exactly how many 918 Spyders are produced every month, but the company’s Andre Oosthuizen told Automotive News that the production run is “probably in the last and the final straight.”



So if you’ve got an open spot in your garage where a 918 Spyder might fit nicely, better hustle up and get your name on the list.

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20th October 2014

Better Hurry—Porsche’s Sublime 918 Spyder Is Nearly Sold Out

2015 Porsche 918 Spyder

Are you a multi-millionaire mulling over whether or not to buy Porsche’s neck-snapping 918 Spyder? Better make up your mind—Porsche says that the ultra-limited hybrid hypercar is nearly sold out. Thirty of the planned 918-unit run have already been delivered globally to customers, too, although one of the cars has already been written off.

Porsche’s über-hybrid, which requires a minimum buy-in of $847,975 and which recently set the overall record for fastest lap at our Lightning Lap event, will only be in production until July 2015. As of right now, every slot is spoken for through early April. Porsche won’t say officially exactly how many 918 Spyders are produced every month, but the company’s Andre Oosthuizen told Automotive News that the production run is “probably in the last and the final straight.”



So if you’ve got an open spot in your garage where a 918 Spyder might fit nicely, better hustle up and get your name on the list.

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20th October 2014

Better Hurry—Porsche’s Sublime 918 Spyder Is Nearly Sold Out

2015 Porsche 918 Spyder

Are you a multi-millionaire mulling over whether or not to buy Porsche’s neck-snapping 918 Spyder? Better make up your mind—Porsche says that the ultra-limited hybrid hypercar is nearly sold out. Thirty of the planned 918-unit run have already been delivered globally to customers, too, although one of the cars has already been written off.

Porsche’s über-hybrid, which requires a minimum buy-in of $847,975 and which recently set the overall record for fastest lap at our Lightning Lap event, will only be in production until July 2015. As of right now, every slot is spoken for through early April. Porsche won’t say officially exactly how many 918 Spyders are produced every month, but the company’s Andre Oosthuizen told Automotive News that the production run is “probably in the last and the final straight.”



So if you’ve got an open spot in your garage where a 918 Spyder might fit nicely, better hustle up and get your name on the list.

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20th October 2014

“Substantially New” 2016 Acura ILX to Bow in L.A., Doesn’t Appear Substantially Different

2016 Acura ILX

Acura’s ILX compact sedan has been a near total sales dud. Sure, the idea of wrapping the Honda Civic’s bones in fancier clothes and ladling on an extra helping of refinement sounds good—and it worked in Canada!—but that’s not exactly how the ILX turned out when it hit the market as a 2013 model. Yet don’t bury the thing just yet, because Acura has announced that it will debut a refreshed version at the 2014 L.A. auto show.

Acura hasn’t outlined what exactly we can expect from the 2016 ILX besides offering up the darkened image of the car seen above and the promise that it is “substantially new.” To be substantially more specific, Acura says the refresh includes “a potent new powertrain, more forceful, sporty exterior styling, and substantially upgraded interior design.”

We’d say that those ILX features-slash-bullet-points are all worthy upgrades. Instead of “modern-day Integra,” the ILX instead heads into the fight with cars wearing A3, 2-series, and CLA badging without many actual weapons. The current car has substantial road and powertrain noise, a dull interior, and a snoozeworthy base 2.0-liter four-cylinder. (The optional 2.4-liter four borrowed from the Civic Si, on the other hand, is fantastic if a bit raucous for a luxury car.) As such, fitting Honda’s new direct-injected 2.4-liter four would be a most welcome change. A sportier or at least worked-over body would keep the ILX fresh in the face of Acura’s newest darling, the larger TLX, and from the photo Acura released, it would appear new lighting—likely LED-lit all around—is in store, too.



We’ll bring you more from the L.A. show next month, but we’re glad Acura seems to be listening to its customers—or rather its lack of customers—and making an effort to buff up the slow-selling ILX.

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20th October 2014

ONE MEEEELLION DOLLARS: James Bond Lotus Esprit Submarine Up for Auction

James Bond Lotus Esprit submarine up on eBay for $1 million

The Spy Who Loved Me featured perhaps the second-most-famous James Bond car of all time, after the iconic Goldfinger Aston Martin DB5: the Lotus Esprit S1 that went from sports car to submarine with the flick of a switch. Now, thanks to an eBay auction, you can buy one—for a million bucks.

Okay, so the full-size movie prop offered in this auction can hardly be called a car. This static piece, fresh from a complete overhaul on the reality show American Restoration, shows the folding wheels on the left side and the underwater fins on the right. It sits on a display platform in the same diving angle as when movie viewers first witnessed the car-to-sub transformation in theaters in 1977.

READ MORE: Rally Porsche shows its greatness…with fire

As the lads at Top Gear proved, turning a roadgoing car into a seaworthy submarine isn’t easy. Just a little over a year ago, Elon Musk purchased another Bond Lotus submarine prop, and he says he’s going to make it functional. With Musk running at a year’s head start, whoever buys this Lotus better have Q Branch working double shifts to make this movie dream into a reality.



READ MORE: Here’s a LaFerrari doing a 950-hp drift at Monza

via The Verge; this story originally appeared on roadandtrack.com.

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