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Jaguar XJR-9: Pic of the Week | Cars.com | Car Reviews Please, Like & Subscribe Car 3x ^^. Subscribe : https://goo.gl/cKv9wf Twitter.com : https://goo.gl/tRTfbG Three decades ago this weekend (alright, actually the 11th and 12th June 1988, but it's close enough), the Jaguar XJR-9 took a momentous first place at Le Mans. Not only did it end seven years of Porsche dominance at La Sarthe, it was also Jaguar's first Le Mans triumph in more than 30 years, since the last D-Type victory of 1957. It wasn't easy, either, with the Porsche 962 of Hans Stuck, Klaus Ludwig and Derek Bell - not a bad trio of drivers, it must be said - finishing on the same 394 laps as the 7.0-litre Jag. However, despite gearbox problems and eight Porsches also in the top 10, the XJR9 of Jan Lammers, Andy Wallace and Johnny Dumfries was first across the line. Given we're now 30 years from that success (and nearly 30 years from Jaguar's last win at Le Mans, with the XJR-12 in 1990), there seemed no better time to remind ourselves what a wild racing car the XJR-9 is. In a world where the most dramatic Jaguar road car was an XJS it must have looked completely absurd; even in the 21st century, with all the incredible racing cars we see in motorsport, nothing quite gets people going like the Silk Cut XJR9. The livery, the covered wheels, the kerb scraping stance and the deranged V12 shriek means the XJR9 is as revered 30 years later as it's ever been, and will hopefully continue to be as 40, 50 and 60 years pass since its win. What a car. Now all you have to do is choose your desktop resolution below to spruce up your screensaver with some Silk Cut. And see you at Le Mans! 16:1016:9Quad HD4K #Jaguar #XJR9 #Pic #of #the #Week #Carscom #Car #Reviews #car3x
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA 180 Urban - Reviews about cars | Cars.com | Car Reviews Please, Like & Subscribe Car 3x ^^. Subscribe : https://goo.gl/cKv9wf Twitter.com : https://goo.gl/tRTfbG Let's make one thing clear: this is not a Mercedes-Benz A-Class. As much as it looks like a taller version of the five-door hatch, this is in fact its crossover brethren, the GLA. Suited for those that want something slightly bigger than a hatchback, the GLA serves as the brand's smallest crossover offering and is part of the brand's New Generation Compact Car (NGCC) Range. The brand known the world over for making luxury sedans and go-anywhere SUVs have branched out to building cars that are hip, trendy and aimed directly at the younger generation. But has Mercedes-Benz struck the right balance in delivering luxury on what is essentially the first stepping stone in owning a high-riding three-pointed star? Would it please both the new car buyer as well as the existing customer base? In the looks department, I'd say Mercedes-Benz has made a dashing little crossover. As I've mentioned earlier, the GLA borrows its looks from the sporty A-Class. While not as sharp as the hatchback, the rounded curves and sweeping lines on the GLA makes for a sleek and classy crossover. There are even subtle hints of muscle present on the GLA thanks to the flared wheel arches and shapely doors. Notice anything different on the refreshed GLA? If you're hard pressed to find any exterior differences, so were we. With a keen eye however, we did manage to see what changes Mercedes-Benz applied to the 2018 update. Up front, it gets a bigger and sportier front grill along with new LED light signatures that give the car a meaner yet more mature look. There's also the new lower front bumper which adopts a sleeker and shinier appearance than before. Changes at the rear were minimal at best but it does now have a smoother-shaped rear bumper, tweaked LED taillights and a new tailgate-mounted spoiler. A base model this 180 Urban may be, yet I was surprised to know that Mercedes-Benz fitted this GLA with plenty of exterior add-ons. Auto-leveling LED headlights, all-around parking sensors, skid plates for the front and rear, and massive 18-inch alloy wheels come as standard on the GLA. Open the doors and the GLA greets you with heaps of black leather, soft-touch materials and metal trim pieces. Those familiar with the A-Class' cabin will feel right at home inside the GLA. But unlike the pre-updated version, the refreshed model gets a plethora of improvements like a thicker leather steering wheel, upgraded Comand infotainment system, restyled gauges and a bigger entertainment display. All of the seats were comfortable and offered plenty of lumbar and side support. I just wished that the front seats had more shoulder support. Legroom at the back was sufficient although passengers that are beyond 5'9 may find the accommodations a bit cramped. Some may find the manual air-conditioning system a bit of a letdown in the GLA but the redeeming factor however is that it keeps the cabin cool at even the hottest of days. The driver's side gets power seats (with memory function) while the passen... #2018 #MercedesBenz #GLA #180 #Urban #Reviews #about #cars #Carscom #Car #Reviews #car3x
Honda Prelude 2.2 VTi Motegi: Discovered | Cars.com | Car Reviews Please, Like & Subscribe Car 3x ^^. Subscribe : https://goo.gl/cKv9wf Twitter.com : https://goo.gl/tRTfbG When Honda launched the fifth-generation Prelude in 1997, it's fair to say it was not met with universal acclaim. Even at best, it looked boxy and slightly awkward; a far cry from the smooth fourth-gen car with its evil grin and pert profile. Some commentators even compared the glaring headlights and gormless grille of the new car to the recently-revealed Ford Scorpio. Time, however, is a great healer - or perhaps said commentators were just over-egging the pudding. Either way, to modern eyes the fifth-gen Prelude looks a good deal more handsome than it once did. Trouble is, what with the 90s fad for coupes on a fast ebb when it came out, it wasn't all that popular - indeed, it lived a short life and wasn't replaced in 2001 when the plug was pulled. Today, that means you just can't find the things. And if you can, they're usually daggy old 2.0-litres or automatic 2.2s with a litany of suspension knocks and rust bubbles and more miles than you'd like. What's super rare is to find a manual 2.2 with low miles - and it's even more unheard of to come across a bona fide Motegi. The Motegi special edition was based on the post-facelift 2.2, with its H22A engine - yes, the very same that featured in the Accord Type R, although here it kicks out 200hp instead of the ATR's 212. Still, that's more than enough for a sub-seven-second 0-62mph time, and of course, you get all of the high-rev hijinks you might reasonably expect from that powerplant. In addition, the Motegi got a stiffer, more handling-oriented suspension setup than the standard car's, turning it from a slightly effete poseur into a more serious sporting proposition, and making good use of the sharp turn-in bestowed upon the 2.2-litre Preludes by the the four-wheel-steer system. You also got bigger wheels and a sharper bodykit, resulting in some rather more serious aesthetics. In short, this was a deeply appealing bit of kit. But if it's so good, why haven't you heard of it? Blame the lack of a Type R badge - because to all intents and purposes, a Prelude Type R was really what the Motegi was. And with prices for real Type Rs on the rise, the £3,495 being asked for this example feels like a bit of a bargain. It's covered just 87,000 miles, comes with a trove of paperwork, and sounds like it's been owned and cherished by an enthusiast. And we reckon it looks absolutely terrific, too - and to hell with what they said in the 1990s. Snap it up while you can - you won't see another like it for a long while - and savour this bubble-beating, rev-happy Honda that nobody's heard of. SPECIFICATION - HONDA PRELUDE 2.2 VTI MOTEGI Engine: 2,157cc 4-cyl 16v VTECTransmission: 5-speed manual, front-wheel-drivePower (hp): 200@7,100rpm Torque (lb ft): 156@5,250rpmMPG: 28 (NEDC combined)CO2: 234g/kmFirst registered: 1999Recorded mileage: 87,000Price new: £25,035Yours for: £3,495 See the original advert here. #Honda #Prelude #22 #VTi #Motegi #Discovered #Carscom #Car #Reviews #car3x
Hot Pursuit: Nissan's GT-R police car will chase after the bad guys of Japan | Cars.com | Car Reviews Please, Like & Subscribe Car 3x ^^. Subscribe : https://goo.gl/cKv9wf Twitter.com : https://goo.gl/tRTfbG Speeders beware! The Tochigi Prefecture Police have a new arsenal at their disposal. It can sprint from 0 – 100 km/h in a shade over 3 seconds, has a twin-turbo powerplant and comes with all-wheel drive. Say hello to the Nissan GT-R patrol car. Donated by a local executive for the police force, the newest member of Tochigi's finest is perhaps the quickest squad car in The Land of The Rising Sun. Churning out 570 PS and 633 Nm of torque from its twin-turbo V6, the two-door police vehicle can go from 0 – 100 km/h in as little as 3.3 seconds. The R35 police car will be deployed to the department's expressway traffic police unit and will be used to catch drivers that are speeding and/or tailgating. Beyond that, the GT-R will also be used in various traffic safety events to encourage safer driving for motorists. With nearly 600 horsepower available on tap, it's safe to say criminals in Tochigi will have their work cut out for them should they try and run from the law. But don't think that the GT-R is Tochigi's only fast car in their garage. The Tochigi Police also have a Nissan 350Z and a Honda NSX at the ready. With these kinds of cars, there is truly no escaping the long arm of the law in Tochigi Prefecture. Tochigi's new R35 GT-R is the first time the model sees action as a police car in Japan. Previous GT-R models such as the R34 and older models have been seen donning police livery in several parts of the country. #Hot #Pursuit #Nissans #GTR #police #car #will #chase #after #the #bad #guys #of #Japan #Carscom #Car #Reviews #car3x
Before sentencing: Life after the SUV | Cars.com | Car Reviews Please, Like & Subscribe Car 3x ^^. Subscribe : https://goo.gl/cKv9wf Twitter.com : https://goo.gl/tRTfbG Forgive me if I bring up two brands that - one or two feature models aside - don't usually make large blobs on the PH radar: Peugeot and Kia. These days they're two ostensibly similar car companies, in that they sell cars in the mainstream, to people in the mainstream, and that they're both working on being perceived as a bit more exciting than that. It's a place they've come to from rather different ends. Back in the day, when a five-model line up of saloons and hatchbacks and the odd coupe or convertible was the norm, a Peugeot, even a cooking version, was really entertaining to drive. It was desirable. But Peugeot left that situation behind as it pursued fleet sales in shrinking market segments, and that's why an old 508 is worth less than 30% of its new value after about three years. So trying to make you want one is a place Peugeot would like to find itself again, hence the introduction of SUVs and the promise, with the new 508, that not only is it good to drive, but that it won't be flogged out at massive discounts to lease companies. We'll see. But that's not why I mention it. Kia, meanwhile, would like to get to the 'desirable' place for the first time. You'll remember used to be a budget brand: retail buyers, buying cheap, and getting a pretty dull shed with a long warranty. Well. Not only that any more. It has put the hard yards in making cars that are agreeable to drive, making really good decisions, and with cars like the Stinger, and the i30N from its sister company, Hyundai, it is continuing its upwards shift. But here's why I mention the two companies together. Kia is going to continue to make crossovers, obviously, because it'd be daft not to. But it is also potentially eyeing up a really sleek wagon, alongside a more conventional, blockier estate car. It's a coupe-slash-fastback-slash-shooting-brake (or break, whatevs) or whatever you want to call it, and the concept, at least, looks very cool. Kia is being quite discreet about it, but I'd like to think that they might actually build it. They sense a time, and it's likely one when emissions regulations get really tough to hit, when an SUV just has too much frontal area to easily hit stringent targets. Peugeot hasn't quite got the product to show yet, but it certainly has the intent: it wants a sleek-backed variant of the 508, for example. "In the coming five years you'll see business fleets who have ten SUVs available," said Peugeot CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato this week, who perceives that, at such a time, the idea of picking a really classy fastback estate car will be quite the fashionable alternative. "We are trying to invent the after-SUV," he said. He knows it won't be today, or tomorrow, but "maybe five years' time". Which matters why? It matters because compact SUVs and crossovers are generally grim, and because sleek estates look great, have a lower mass, lower centre of gravity, can have more power for the same emissions and is, therefore, generally more fun to drive. Prai... #Before #sentencing #Life #after #the #SUV #Carscom #Car #Reviews #car3x
1980 Body color hubcaps make the Oldsmobile 88 Holiday Coupe a sports car| Cars.com | Review Car
Is that Steve Jobs? Photo by Oldsmobile Division, General Motors Share Facebook Tweet Pinterest Email Except for a brief cameo in The Blues Brothers, the 1980 Oldsmobile line doesn't get a lot of attention these days. Still, the Oldsmobile Division did something interesting with the 1980 Delta 88 Holiday Coupe, which turned an ordinary full-sized coupe into something deemed sporty. With a T-handled automatic console shifter, padded steering wheel, and body-matching wheel covers (not to mention y...
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