This Weekend in Car Videos: Rotary-Powered Miata Drifter

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A 1,200-horsepower rotary drift car, an interview with Sir Jackie Stewart, and Paul Newman's 300ZX on the dyno. What were the best car videos from this past weekend? Find out here. more

2015 Ram Heavy Duty Trucks Offer Three Best-In-Class Capabilities

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The pickup truck segment seems to be one big game of "King of the Hill." Whichever truck has the most best-in-class capabilities wins the crown. As the 2015 model year begins, Ram is unleashing the newest 2015 Heavy Duty models with three best-in-class capabilities: power, towing capacity, and payload capacity. 

Claiming to be one of the best towing truck companies out there, Ram is the only automaker to back up all of its claims with SAE J2807 testing criteria. The Ram 3500 can tow up to 30,000 pounds, which is 3,000 more than the next closest competitor. It also can carry a best-in-class payload of 7,390 pounds. The smaller 2500 is a bit short of 30k, with a best-in-class towing capacity of 17,970 pounds. more

2015 Volkswagen e-Golf Priced at $35,445

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Volkswagen has announced the pricing for the 2015 e-Golf electric vehicle, which will start at $35,445. Set to go on sale in November, the e-Golf will come as an SEL Premium model, featuring the full options list as standard.

Built on Volkswagen’s Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) platform, the e-Golf blends the usability of the Golf with the benefits of an electric drivetrain. Aside from a few badges, one would have a hard time distinguishing the e-Golf from its gasoline counterpart. Because of its modular platform, the e-Golf has exactly the same dimensions and interior space as a standard Golf. more

Subaru WRX S4 Announced for Japanese Market

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Subaru has announced a special edition WRX S4, which will only be available in Subaru’s home Japanese market. Slotting between the standard WRX and the STI, the S4 will blend some of the company’s most valued traits.

Named not after the Group B rally car icon, nor after the Audi of the same name, the WRX S4 was named after the values for which it stands: sports performance, safety performance, smart driving, and sophisticated feel. more

Motorsports Monday: Ricciardo Stays Hot With Wild Win At Spa
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Formula One – Grand Prix of Belgium: Spa never disappoints, and the famed circuit did not let us down this weekend. Things began with a frantic dash off the line as both Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton charged out in front of pole-sitter Nico Rosberg for the lead into Eau Rouge, and came to a dramatic head when Rosberg, having passed Vettel for second, made contact with his own teammate Hamilton.

That clipped Rosberg’s wing, and it punctured Hamilton’s tire and pushed him way back into the field so far that he was never able to make it back into points contention. What’s more, Hamilton revealed – and Mercedes has confirmed – that what looked like a normal racing incident was actually made on purpose by Rosberg. Tensions are rising in the garage, and meanwhile, Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo is staging a revolution. more

2015 Ford F-350 and F-450 Super Duty Test Drive
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Ford touts "class-leading" ratings of a 40,000-lb. gross combined weight rating (up by a whopping 7,000 lbs. from 2014) and a 31,200-lb. fifth-wheel/gooseneck towing capacity (up 6,500 lbs.) for its line-topping 2015 F-450 pickups, now powered by a second-generation 6.7L Power Stroke turbo-diesel V8 engine. Power Stroke-powered F-350s also boast GCWR and fifth-wheel/gooseneck towing capacity boosts to 35,000 lbs. (up 4,500) and 26,700 lbs. (up from 23,200), respectively, for 2015.

Among the 2015 Ford F-450 pickup improvements that enable them to handle such way-higher tow ratings are commercial-grade 19.5-inch wheels and tires, upgraded rear U-joints and suspension components with new leaf springs, front and rear stabilizer bars and shocks. The steering system has stronger gears and linkages, and the fifth-wheel/gooseneck has increased towing capacity. They also get larger brakes (shared with Super Duty chassis cab models) with antilock calibration. And F-350 SDs with the Power Stroke diesel offer an optional high-capacity towing package with new front springs and a wide track axle that increases its GCWR from 31,900 to 35,000 lbs. more

Honda CR-Z Given Optional HPD Supercharger
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Honda Performance Development (HPD) released a full list of street performance parts for the CR-Z, including a full factory supported supercharger kit. The supercharger brings the hybrid CR-Z, which has been criticized for a lack of power, up to par with other entry level sport compacts.

The HPD supercharger kit brings output up from the paltry 130 horsepower of the standard model, all the way up to 197 horsepower. Torque rises from 140 lb-ft up to 176 lb-ft, giving the CR-Z the extra power that it needs to keep up with the competition. more

2016 Lincoln Navigator Likely Switching to Aluminum Body
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The Lincoln Navigator is set for a redesign, where it will probably switch to an aluminum body, according to an Automotive News report. Under Ford’s new CEO, Mark Fields, Lincoln will be going through a renovation, hoping to reestablish themselves into the luxury car market.

The current 2015 model year Navigator’s steel body is no lightweight, weighing in at around 6,000 lbs. With the Ford F-150 and other vehicles like the Range Rover dropping nearly half a ton when switching to aluminum bodies, the Navigator could see equal weight savings if it does make the change. more

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Priced at $78,995
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The Corvette Z06 will be priced starting at $78,995, announced by Chevrolet in a press release. The new Z06 will also be available as a convertible, which will be priced starting at $83,995.

With the launch of the C7 Stingray Corvette, Chevrolet set a new precedent in the sports car world, and the Z06 is likely to shake things up even more. more

Preview: 2014 Formula One Belgian Grand Prix
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After the month-long summer break, Formula One is back in session at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium. A long time fan favorite track, Spa’s varying terrain and unpredictable weather has hosted some of the most eventful races in recent Formula One history.

As has been the case for the whole season, Mercedes will be the team to beat, but the championship is still far from over. At the previous outing in Hungary, Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo took his second win of the season, and Mercedes will be eager to take back the top step of the podium. more

2014 Nissan Titan Pro-4X 4x4 Test Drive
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I can think of no better place to put the 2014 Nissan Titan Pro-4X to the test than something called the Texas Canyon Truck Trail deep in the Angeles National Forest.

The Titan had already taxied to and from daycare for a week and dressed up for highway cruises to attend a wedding and I think we had both had enough of the charade. It was time to see how the Titan Pro-4X – the most off-road capable version available – performed in its natural habitat: The wilderness. more

2015 Chevrolet Silverado Rally Editions Announced
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The 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 double-cab and crew-cab pickup trucks look as slick as ever with new Rally Edition packages, announced this week.

There are two options for the Rally packages: Rally 1 and Rally 2. Equipped with the Rally 2 package, the 2015 Silverado LT will host a body-colored grille with a black bowtie, 22-inch black alloy wheels, black tubular side steps, and black mirror caps and door handles. Adding to the sharp appearance are two black racing stripes on the hood and the tailgate. It doesn't only add flashy components, though. more

2015 Honda Fit Earns Top Safety Pick From IIHS
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The 2015 Honda Fit joined 5 other Hondas in earning at least a Top Safety Pick rating for 2014 from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety. No other car in the subcompact class has been worthy of a higher rating. 

For each vehicle, the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety goes through a series of crash tests and strength tests. To earn Top Safety Pick, a vehicle must be deemed "good" on each of the following tests: moderate overlap front and side, roof strength, head restraints, and small overlap front. To earn that extra +, a vehicle must pass the above tests as well as earn at least a "basic" rating for front crash prevention systems. more

Brabus Unveils New Tuned 2015 Mercedes C-Class
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The new Brabus C-Class (W205) is the newest vehicle from the famous tuning company. For more than three decades, the German company has been one of the top Mercedes-Benz tuners, improving the power and refinement of Mercedes vehicles of all shapes and sizes.

Starting with the newest W205 generation Mercedes C-Class, Brabus has developed a number of improvements to the sedan. Customers will be able to choose between the standard Brabus Avantgarde package, or upgrade to the Exclusive package, each of which offers a number of optional extras. more