Indian Roadmaster returns for 2015 with ‘Proven power and endless chrome’ [w/video]

July 30th, 2014 by admin No comments »

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2015 Indian Roadmaster, side view.

It’s a busy summer for Polaris – it’s got a three-wheeled gunner called the Slingshot coming out under its own brand name, its Victory Motorcycle division is expected to launch something shortly, and now a new luxury tourer has rolled to the top of its Indian Motorcycle brand. Called the Roadmaster, the name recalls the original Indian bike of that name made from 1947 to 1953. True, Indian did produce a Roadmaster redux in 2010, but this one for 2015 is a very different bike.

Seeking to knock back any question of its bona fides as “the ultimate in luxury motorcycle touring,” Indian has loaded it up with “proven power and endless chrome,” as well as a long shopping list of features: LED lighting, keyless ignition with remote saddlebag and trunk locks, a power adjustable windscreen, heated grips with ten settings, adjustable passenger floorboards, and almost 38 gallons of weatherproof storage start things off.

Power comes from the company’s Thunder Stroke 111 engine, a 111-cubic-inch V-twin with 119 pound-feet of torque, and according to a dyno run by Motorcycle USA, 73 horsepower. It will come in three colors when it appears in dealerships later this year, those being Thunder Black, Indian Motorcycle Red and two-tone Indian Motorcycle Red and Ivory Cream. It will wear a sticker price of $26,999 – a $7,000 drop from the last, much less luxurious Roadmaster effort.

If you happen to be at Sturgis, Indian will unveil the Roadmaster on August 2. While you wait, you can watch the first TV spot for the new bike and there’s a press release below with more information.

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Range Rover Sport SVR sets ‘Ring record for SUVs [w/video]

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Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR at the Nürburgring

Nürburgring lap times, it should come as no surprise, have become the ultimate bragging rights for performance automakers. So much so, in fact, that the records have been categorized. The Porsche 956 has held the outright record at 6:11 since 1983, the Pagani Zonda R is the fastest production-based track car at 6:47, the Radical SR8 LM the fastest (albeit barely) street-legal vehicle at 6:48 and the Porsche 918 Spyder the fastest fully street-legal series production vehicle at 6:57. But beyond that, automakers have begun to stake their claims for individual vehicle types, like the Renaultsport Mégane 275 Trophy-R that set the record for the fastest front-drive hot hatch at 7:54.36 just last month. And now Land Rover has claimed the record for the fastest SUV ever to lap the Nordschleife.

The record-setting SUV, of course, is not a rough-and-tumble Defender or a stretched-out Range Rover L, but the brand’s upcoming new performance flagship, the Range Rover Sport SVR. The vehicle was previewed recently at Goodwood where it showcased the might of JLR’s ubiquitous 5.0-liter supercharged V8 in the same 542-horsepower spec as the Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake we recently drove at the Nürburgring as well.

The Range Rover Sport SVR managed a hugely impressive lap time of 8 minutes 14 seconds, which puts it well ahead of the previous Range Rover Sport Supercharged that lapped the track in 8:55 back in 2009 and the Holden VF SS V Redline that claimed the record last year for the fastest utility vehicle at 8:19. Not bad for a vehicle with a 2.8-foot wading depth and a two-speed transfer case.

Of course with so many GT-Rs, Lambos and Porsche Turbos lapping the track, it couldn’t claim the fastest AWD lap, but it is nearly three seconds faster than the Renaultsport Mégane R26.R that held the previous front-drive record before Renault and Seat started going at it earlier this year. And in the same spirit of competition, maybe we’ll see Porsche bring its new Cayenne Turbo or Mercedes one of its AMG sport-utes to the Ring in an effort to take Land Rover’s crown. After all, if we don’t pay attention to this kind of irrelevant one-upmanship here in the blogosphere, who will? Scope out the footage and statement below, as well as the additional images we’ve uploaded to the gallery above.

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Land Rover previews new seven-seat Discovery Sport

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Every automaker has its own way of revealing its new models. Some just pull the veil off the thing when it’s ready, while others release hints and teasers leading up to the full reveal. Jaguar Land Rover seems to be taking a different approach, purposely releasing images of its new products wearing camouflaging body wraps before taking those wraps off at long last. That’s the tactic it seems to be taking with the new XE sports sedan, as it is with the Range Rover Sport SVR, and now it’s following a similar path with the upcoming new Discovery Sport.

Previewed by the Discovery Vision concept at the New York Auto Show a few months ago, the new Discovery Sport is slated to join the Discovery (known in North America as the LR4) in the Land Rover lineup next year, and appears to carry over the concept’s styling: compared to the boxier existing model, the Discovery Sport (like the Discovery Vision) has a higher beltline, more swept-back greenhouse and forward-swept C-pillar, but a roofline that appears to taper off where the concept’s was straight.

Land Rover has confirmed that the Discovery Sport will – like the LR4, Discovery Vision and Range Rover Sport – offer a third row of seats for seven-passenger capacity, as revealed by the “peeled-back” camo. The Discovery Sport will be manufactured at the Halewood plant where the Freelander and Evoque are made. Scroll down below for official details from the automaker.

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Jaguar shows the face of its upcoming XE S sports sedan

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Jaguar has a bunch of projects in the hopper, from the replacements for the XJ sedan and XK coupe/convertible to its very first crossover. But arguably the most important among them is the XE – the British automaker’s upcoming new sports sedan. Coventry has given us all sorts of peeks at what to expect from the new XE, from a shadowy rendering of the front end to a photo of a camo-wrapped prototype. But this is our best look yet.

As part of an announcement of a planned audio-visual spectacle scheduled to herald the arrival of the XE, Jaguar has released the image you see above, showing the undisguised XE in apparent S specification. From what we can see, it sports a fascia that looks pretty much exactly as we’d expect, though that’s no bad thing. The XE is set to introduce the new Ingenium family of 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines. Whether the XE S shown here would carry a version of that (with a potential supercharger) or transplant the 3.0-liter supercharged V6 from the F-Type S remains to be seen, but whatever’s under the hood, we’d expect it to hold the top end of the XE range – at least for the car’s introduction before a potential R, R-S or SVR version might come along to supplant it.

One way or another, don’t be surprised if you see some BMW 3 Series sedans pacing down the street nervously for the next little while. In the meantime, you can scope out all the glorious details of Jaguar’s planned collaborations with the likes of Emeli Sandé, Stella McCartney and Idris Elba as part of the FEEL XE campaign in the press release below.

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Hyundai recalls 883k Sonatas over detaching shift cable

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There are plenty of things that can go wrong in a car, some more vital than others. Automakers try their best to make sure they don’t, but things slip through, like the shift cables on the Hyundai Sonata.

Hyundai and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have found that, on 883,000 units of the MY2011-2014 Sonata manufactured between December 11, 2009, and May 29, 2014, the shift cable in the transmission is prone to detach from the shift lever. As a result, the gear indicated and the gear engaged might not match, which could set the vehicle in motion unexpectedly. Worse than that, the Park position might not engage altogether, and without the hand brake pulled, that could lead the car to roll away without warning.

In an entirely separate recall affecting a much smaller number of 2015 Sonatas, Hyundai has found that the front brake calipers could fracture. This second recall affects a relatively small 5,650 units manufactured between April 25 and June 16, 2014.

In both cases, Hyundai is instructing owners to bring in their vehicles to have the parts repaired (in the case of the shift cables) or replaced (in the case of the brake calipers), but in the latter instance, it’s also warning owners not to drive their cars until the issue is addressed. Find details of both recalls in the notices below.

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Cadillac reveals stretched ATS-L in China [UPDATE]

July 29th, 2014 by admin No comments »

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2015 Cadillac ATS-L

UPDATE: Shanghai GM has issued an official press release on the ATS-L, which we’ve included below, and which mentions only the turbo four as the sole engine on offer. The text has been updated accordingly.

In the market for a new Cadillac, but need more space than an ATS can afford? Then you’ll want to look at the larger CTS. Unless you live in China, where buyers – often chauffeured instead of driving themselves – seem to prefer a long-wheelbase version of a smaller sedan than upgrading to a larger one. For those buyers, Cadillac has released the new ATS-L.

Based on the existing ATS sports sedan, the ATS-L offers an extra 3.3 inches of rear legroom over the model we get here. As a result, the ATS-L stretches its wheelbase to 112.5 inches and its overall length to 186 inches, while riding a quarter-inch lower than the standard-wheelbase model, which itself was recently updated. That places its length in between the regular ATS and the CTS available Stateside.

Otherwise it’s essentially the same sedan, but whereas the standard ATS sedan offers three engine choices (ranging from a 2.0-liter four to a 3.6-liter V6), the ATS-L is apparently being offered only with the 2.0-liter turbo four, propelling the long-wheelbase sedan to 62 in 6.2 seconds. Other features include Brembo brakes, Magnetic Ride Control suspension, high-performance run-flat tires and – despite the longer wheelbase – perfect 50/50 weight balance front to rear.

Of course this model, produced locally for the Chinese market, isn’t likely to make the transpacific voyage to US showrooms, so American buyers will still have to choose between the standard ATS, the larger CTS or the even larger XTS.

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Cadillac reveals stretched ATS-L in China

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In the market for a new Cadillac, but need more space than an ATS can afford? Then you’ll want to look at the larger CTS. Unless you live in China, where buyers – often chauffeured instead of driving themselves – seem to prefer a long-wheelbase version of a smaller sedan than upgrading to a larger one. For those buyers, Cadillac has released the new ATS-L.

Based on the existing ATS sports sedan, the ATS-L offers an extra 3.3 inches of rear legroom over the model we get here. As a result, the ATS-L stretches its wheelbase to 112.5 inches and its overall length to 186 inches, while riding a quarter-inch lower than the standard-wheelbase model, which itself was recently updated. That places its length in between the regular ATS and the CTS available Stateside.

Otherwise it’s essentially the same sedan, but appears to ditch the base 2.0-liter four to offer either the 2.0-liter turbo four or 3.6-liter V6. Of course this model, produced locally for the Chinese market, isn’t likely to make the transpacific voyage to US showrooms, so American buyers will still have to choose between the standard ATS, the larger CTS or the even larger XTS.

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DUNGEY AND MUSQUIN RETURN TO THE TOP AT WASHOUGAL

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This past weekend, the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Series, visited the infamous Washougal MX Park in Washougal, Washington. Red Bull/KTM’s, Ryan Dungey was untouchable, sweeping both motos to capture the overall win for Round Nine.

JGRMX rider, Justin Brayton captured the $500 Motosport.com holeshot award for Moto one. However championship contender, Ryan Dungey, made quick work of the Yamaha rider, putting his Red Bull/KTM out front early in lap one.

The remaining front-runners spent the early laps of the Moto battling their way back from some poor starts. Trey Canard was able to stick the pass for third on BTO Sports/KTM rider, Andrew Short, in the same section he broke his femur just a few years back. As the Muscle Milk/Honda rider and Red Bull/KTM superstar, Ken Roczen made their way into the number two and three positions; Dungey had already put seven seconds between himself and second position.

Last week’s overall winner, Eli Tomac, was able to close on the battle between Canard and Roczen. With just over ten minutes remaining on the clock, Roczen and Tomac were able to push Canard back to fourth.

As Dungey continued to pull away from the pack, Tomac looked to put the pressure on 250 rival, Ken Roczen. GEICO/Honda’s Eli Tomac, managed to make a quick pass on the series points leader with only three minutes remaining on the clock.

As the checkers flew, it was the number five of Ryan Dungey who took the Moto one win, with a fifteen second lead. Tomac managed to hold onto second position, while the series points leader took the number three spot for Moto one.

In Moto two, it was JGRMX’s Justin Brayton that led the pack into turn one. 2013 Canadian Motocross Champion, Brett Metcalfe and Moto one winner, Ryan Dungey stocked the number ten of Justin Brayton.

Dungey was able to catch Metcalfe following Brayton and managed to put both riders behind him and his KTM out front, once again. As Roczen set to make his way through the pack from just outside the top ten, Eli Tomac was able to put his Honda into the number two position.

Colorado-native, Eli Tomac was the only rider on the track to keep the number five honest, out front. Although Roczen was able to get by veteran rider, Brett Metcalfe, he was unable to hang with the speed of Dungey and Tomac.

As Dungey continued to hold his four second lead over Tomac, the exciting battles were that of the privateer and fill in riders, in the back half of the top ten. RCH/Soaring Eagle/Suzuki fill-in rider, Weston Peick was the one on the move, making his way by Justin Brayton and GEICO/Honda fill-in rider, Freddy Noren, to put himself into sixth position.

Ryan Dungey swept both motos, in convincing fashion, to capture the overall for Round Nine. It was Eli Tomac who allowed Dungey to gain ten points on Roczen, in the championship points chase, by taking second position away from Roczen. Ken Roczen managed to hold onto to third in both motos to take third overall at Washougal.

Washougal-local, Tommy Weeks received the privateer award for his outstanding finishes in his only race of the year.

In the 250 class, it was the Yamaha’s that got the power to ground to get over the Holeshot with the one and two positions locked down. Christophe Pourcell took the $500 Motosport.com Holeshot Award, followed by series points leader Jeremy Martin. After achieving his life-long dream of earning a national overall win in his own backyard, last weekend, Jeremy Martin was on fire once again. Martin was able to get his red plated Yamaha out front early, after sticking the pass on the three-seventy-seven of Christophe Pourcel.

However, Marvin Musquin also looked to be on it, as well, after a successful weekend, last weekend at Millville. The Red Bull/KTM rider was also able to put his KTM in front of the Crafty Frenchman early, with sights set on Jeremy Martin, out front.

As Musquin closed on the back tire of Martin, he didn’t waste anytime making the pass.

With all the heavy artillery up in the top ten, Baggett’s poor start didn’t look to be promising. However, one of the deep ruts managed to get the best of Martin, allowing Pourcel, Baggett and Anderson to push him back to fifth position. After making his way by Martin, Baggett was able to close on Pourcel and put his Kawasaki into second position.

With just over five minutes remaining on the clock, Jason Anderson high sided after getting sideways in the shadows of Washougal. Anderson was unable to rejoin the race, due to the condition of his bike, but, also looked to hit his head pretty severely.

Marvin Musquin celebrated his first Moto win of the season with heel clicker and fist pump over the finish. Pourcel managed to hold onto second with all the chaos going on behind him. After losing a position to teammate, Jeremy Martin, Cooper Webb was able to make the pass to take third in Moto one.

Heading into Moto two, it was Christophe Pourcel who captured the Motosport.com holeshot award. However, Bogle was quick to strike, making his way by Pourcel, with Blake Baggett, not far behind in third position.

The number twenty-five of Marvin Musquin was absolutely on fire once again, making the pass on Blake Baggett, to put his KTM into the number three position.

Jeremy Martin engaged Christophe Pourcel in battle shortly before the halfway point. As the Yamaha’s drag raced to the top of horsepower hill, it was Martin who came out ahead of Pourcel, taking over fourth position.

With ten minutes remaining on the clock, Justin Bogle was forced to surrender the lead to Marvin Musquin, as Musquin went far outside to take away the inside in the following corner and take over the lead.

Bogle didn’t last long in second position either, as Baggett snuck up to steal away the number two spot.

Marvin Musquin rode the outside lines all the way to the podium in both motos to sweep Washougal with a 1-1 finish. Blake Baggett managed to pick up a few points on Star Racing/Yamalube rider, Cooper Webb with a second overall finish for the day. Although Bogle fought hard for a third place finish in Moto two, it was Jeremy Martin’s 4-4 that would take third overall for Round Nine of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Series.

With only four rounds remaining the riders will have a lot of work to do in the coming weeks. Many riders on the mend, like; Josh Grant, Jason Anderson and Jake Weimer are thankful for the break this weekend to allow their bodies some time to heal and recover.

After one weekend off, the series will return to one of the oldest race tracks in North America, for Round 10 at Washougal Raceway in New Berlin, New York.

450 RESULTS – WASHOUGAL
1. Ryan Dungey (1-1)
2. Eli Tomac (2-2)
3. Ken Roczen (3-3)
4. Brett Metcalfe (5-4)
5. Andrew Short (6-5)
6. Weston Peick (7-6)
7. Trey Canard (4-11)
8. Fredrick Noren (9-7)
9. Justin Brayton (8-8)
10. Christian Craig (10-12)

450 CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
1. Ken Roczen – 407
2. Ryan Dungey – 393
3. Trey Canard – 330
4. Brett Metcalfe – 256
5. James Stewart – 226
6. Josh Grant – 218
7. Andrew Short – 218
8. Weston Peick – 217
9. Eli Tomac – 212
10. Chad Reed – 156

250 RESULTS – WASHOUGAL
1. Marvin Musquin (1-1)
2. Blake Baggett (5-2)
3. Jeremy Martin (4-4)
4.Cooper Webb (3-5)
5. Justin Bogle (7-3)
6. Joey Savatgy (6-7)
7. Dean Wilson (8-6)
8. Christophe Pourcel (2-15)
9. Cole Seely (9-9)
10. Jessy Nelson (11-10)

250 CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
1. Jeremy Martin – 377
2. Cooper Webb – 334
3. Blake Baggett – 323
4. Marvin Musquin – 291
5. Justin Bogle – 274
6. Christophe Pourcel – 274
7. Jason Anderson – 236
8. Cole Seely – 212
9. Jessy Nelson – 185
10. Alex Martin – 156

 

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Will this McLaren F1 sell for over $12 million at Pebble Beach?

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1995 McLaren F1 #0065

Decades ago, a dominant Formula One team made a few dozen examples of a sports car that was as devastating on the track as it was on the road, and as such, it has become highly sought-after by collectors willing to pay millions – even tens of millions – for the privilege of ownership. We have to be talking about the Ferrari 250 GTO, right? We very well could be, but in this case, no: we’re talking about the McLaren F1 – a legendary supercar whose values seem to be skyrocketing in the footsteps of its arch-rival’s most iconic classic. And if this latest pre-auction estimate is anything to go by, it will only continue to climb as quickly as it accelerates.

The past couple of McLaren F1s on whose sales we’ve reported traded hands for over $5 million apiece and we thought that was pretty spectacular, but this latest example consigned to Gooding & Company for its upcoming sale at Pebble Beach has an expected selling price of between $12 million and $14 million.

Chassis No. 031, a 1995 model, is a bit of a rarity in that it’s one of only a handful of McLaren F1s painted in white, and the only one in this particular shade of Marlboro White, adopting the color of the grand prix team’s title sponsor at the time. It’s had only three owners who’ve put barely over 1,000 miles on the odometer, starting in Japan, where it resided with collector Shin Okamoto for 15 years before he sold it to a collector in Chicago, who in turn sold it to its current owner who’s putting it up for auction. The 27th example built, it’s said to be in “highly original” condition, was extensively serviced at the McLaren factory as recently as 2008, and comes with all its original manuals, tools and fitted luggage.

Is all of that enough to make this 1995 McLaren F1 worth more than twice what they’ve been going for? If someone pays it, we suppose it will. But the McLaren isn’t even the most expensive lot consigned for the auction. Little surprise, it’ll have to compete with a number of much older Ferrari models for that honor: a 250 GT SWB California Spider is estimated to fetch $13-15 million, the estimate for a similar coupe has not even been released, and a rare three-seater 1966 Ferrari 365 P Berlinetta Speciale could go for over $20 million.

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Mercedes rolls out versatile new Vito van

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2015 Mercedes-Benz Vito

Mercedes-Benz may be known for its luxury cars on this side of the Atlantic, but it’s equally known around the world for making robust workhorses as well: trucks, buses and vans. It has started to turn Americans on to that idea with the successful transplant of the Sprinter van to North America, but it still has a whole range of commercial vehicles it doesn’t offer here. It recently rolled out the Renault-built Citan to replace its Vaneo, replaced its Viano with the new V-Class, and it has now introduced a new Vito van as well.

More utilitarian than the V-Class, the Vito is a smaller alternative to the Sprinter and hits showrooms in other global markets in a wide array of configurations. For starters, it will be available in numerous lengths as a panel van, a passenger van or as a crew cab, a configuration that combines a four-door passenger compartment with a cargo bay in the back. It’s also intriguingly available in front-, rear- or all-wheel drive, motivated by a pair of four-cylinder turbodiesels displacing 1.6 liters or 2.1 liters with power ranging from 136 horsepower up to 190. Regardless of engine selection, buyers can choose from either a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic.

In addition to a wider range of powertrain and bodystyle choices, Mercedes has also redesigned the new Vito to be safer and more comfortable than the model it replaces. It has a more aerodynamic shape for a lower coefficient of drag that pairs with the new engines to help reduce fuel consumption. That’s particularly important to the vehicle’s competitiveness among fleet buyers, because improved fuel economy leads to reduced running costs. Further, the new Vito can be kept on the road for 25,000 miles over two years in between service intervals.

Despite the suspension that’s been redesigned for a more compliant ride, the new Vito doesn’t skimp on the utility. In fact, Mercedes claims it’s got the highest payload capacity in its class at over 3,000 pounds and a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of over three tons, depending on spec. Read all about it in the press release below and scope out the range in the high-res image gallery above.

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