2017 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S Tested: Going Viral

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The Porsche Cayenne Turbo, introduced in 2003, was the vector for a contagion that has since spread to the farthest reaches of the automotive universe. The 1992 GMC Typhoon may have been the first diagnosed case of this high-performance SUV virus, but now even Ferrari is running a fever. Symptoms can include weight gain, swelling of under-hood forces, elevated profit margins, and thinning of a brand’s heritage. While the 2017 Cayenne is still frothing mad in Turbo S form, the Porsche’s overhaul for 2019 with Stuttgart’s latest infection means this could be our last checkup with the current model. READ MORE ››

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2017 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S – Instrumented Test

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2018 Toyota C-HR – In-Depth Review

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2018 Toyota C-HR in Depth: Late to the Party, Nearly Empty Handed

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This subcompact-crossover shindig has been in full swing for a while, and Toyota’s all-new C-HR is a late arrival. Its wildly styled exterior is sure to attract attention, and its well-made cabin incorporates cool design elements as well—this is a crossover aimed squarely at extroverted millennial buyers, and these are necessary attributes considering its tardiness. Its outgoing qualities are overshadowed by a lackluster offering of infotainment goodies and available luxury features. Powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder making 144 horsepower, the C-HR is no hot rod, and it comes as front-drive only. Those seeking active safety technologies will be satisfied: automated emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane-keeping assist are all welcome standard features. We only wish the C-HR had brought more to the compact-SUV party. READ MORE ››

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50,000 Chrysler Pacificas Recalled for Seatbelts Unlatching During “Extreme Handling”

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When we first heard reports that FCA is recalling some 50,000 2017 and 2018 Chrysler Pacificas for a problem revealed during sporty driving, we wondered what kind of people were throwing the minivans around with abandon, considering that it’s typically seen as a mild-mannered family hauler. Turns out, the recall stems from FCA’s own testing.

The automaker said in documents filed with federal regulators that FCA’s in-house Interior Restraints Engineering Department notified its safety and regulatory compliance team of a concern with the second-row, left-side seatbelt: It could release while the minivan was having its chassis components tested with water-ballast test dummies. FCA said it is not aware of any injuries or accidents related to the issue.

The defect is only found in eight-passenger Pacifica vans with a center seating position in the second row. “During testing, it was observed that an outboard seatbelt buckle in the second row could become inadvertently unlatched when the vehicle is subjected to extreme handling maneuvers,” the automaker said in a release. “This occurred when the buckle’s release button contacted that of an adjacent occupant’s buckle.” Further testing showed that the issue was duplicated with a forward-facing child seat, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) documents.

FCA is voluntarily recalling 47,927 eight-passenger Pacificas that were made at its Windsor Assembly Plant between November 1, 2015 and August 24, 2017. Owner notifications will be sent out as the recall begins on October 21. Dealers will install shorter second-row seatbelt buckles for free.

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2018 Nissan Pathfinder Review: Its Path Leads Down the Middle of the Road

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Overview: The Nissan Pathfinder established itself throughout the late 1980s and 1990s as a rugged, off-road-ready SUV. Then, in 2012, it promptly pivoted to become the on-road-focused, family-friendly three-row crossover that it is today. With seven seats, a standard V-6 engine, and available all-wheel drive, the current, fourth-generation Pathfinder closely fits the mold of competitors such as the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander. While it may not have the go-anywhere appeal it once did, the philosophical shift has paid off for Nissan, with strong sales numbers over the past few years. READ MORE ››

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Racing Redemption: Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo Evo Race Car

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When the Lamborghini Veneno first came out, we thought it was kind of a poseur race car, but now it has been redeemed. That’s because many of its outlandish aero bits are now on a real race car, the new Huracán Super Trofeo Evo.

Compared to the current Huracán Super Trofeo LP620-2 that has lapped tracks since 2014, the Super Trofeo Evo shoots for less drag with the same downforce. A central dorsal fin is the most obvious change, but the entire rear of the car gets a rethink, with flat fender extensions bolted to a redesigned rear splitter that retains nothing of the stock bumper. With the top snorkel funneling air into the engine, Lamborghini reshaped the rear quarter-panels and deleted their side air scoops. Designers enlarged the lower brake cooling ducts, angled them away from the rear wheels, and added winglets. The front fenders add new extensions, while the front diffuser takes inspiration from the Huracán Performante. A central vent (hexagonal, of course) and deeper radiator pockets complete the new hood. Should the Evo land on its side, a roof hatch allows the driver a quick escape.

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Nothing changes with the 5.2-liter V-10, which continues to send 612 horsepower through a six-speed Xtrac sequential gearbox and to the rear wheels. Even the price stays the same, at $295,000 before delivery. That’s barely 8 percent of what it cost to buy a new Veneno coupe and an even smaller percentage of the tab for the $4.5 million roadster.

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Lamborghini’s Super Trofeo racing series gives amateur-level customers the thrill of competing against pro drivers on the world’s most hallowed racetracks. Unlike the company’s efforts in the FIA GT3 championships, Super Trofeo guarantees a Huracán will pole and win every time. The series means absolutely nothing to the wider racing community, but for the price of most American weddings, it’s possible to snag an entire weekend in a gutted Lamborghini, drive until you sweat off 15 pounds, and gain it back after the finish with unlimited booze. Anyone with big cash can show up. Back when Caitlyn Jenner was Bruce, he and his son competed with a Gallardo Super Trofeo.

The Evo will make its debut for the 2018 Super Trofeo season in the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Teams can install the Evo’s aero upgrades separately so they’re not left with last year’s Lambo. No one wants that.

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Racing Redemption: Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo Evo Race Car

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2018 Nissan Pathfinder – Quick-Take Review

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Big Mac and Flies: McLaren Teases with Giant-Winged Prototype

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