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The Last Viper Slithers off the Line; the Ralph Gilles Instagram Feed Makes It Extra Depressing

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2017 Audi Q7 2.0T – Instrumented Test

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2017 Audi Q7 2.0T Tested: The Choice for Engine Minimalists

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-Go back about a decade, and Audi’s audacity was on full display. Its first supercar, the R8, had just recently debuted; the R10 V-12 diesel race car took the checkered flag at the 24 Hours of Le Mans; the A8L W12 galvanized Audi’s place among full-size luxury sedans; and in Europe, Audi introduced a hedonistic version of its Q7 SUV. Powered by a snarling, turbo-diesel 6.0-liter V-12 with 500 horsepower and 738 lb-ft of torque, the Q7 V12 TDI was a literal heavyweight at more than 5700 pounds and was offered only to its European customers for the equivalent of about $185,000, making it the most expensive Audi of its day. READ MORE ››

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2018 Subaru WRX, Tested in Depth: Excellent Performance, Middling Manners

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The WRX might be one of the quickest and most powerful sport compacts available for less than $30,000, but it’s also one of the least civil. A loud cabin, a stiff-legged ride, and a laggy turbocharged engine are some of the WRX’s surlier traits—a legacy of its rally-car roots. Its infotainment system is antiquated, and its interior is drab. Still, if you’re willing to sacrifice comfort and convenience, you will be enthused with the model’s standard all-wheel-drive system, quick and well-weighted steering, and strong brakes. There are less powerful alternatives that strike a better balance between engaging dynamics and everyday refinement, but few are more fun on a twisty mountain road—whether that road is paved or not. READ MORE ››

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Hyundai Reveals Next Hydrogen Fuel-Cell SUV, New EV Platform

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Hyundai is not finished with hydrogen. The automaker has just shown a preview of an all-new fuel-cell-powered SUV that can swallow the bulky high-pressure tanks alongside battery-electric and gasoline-electric hybrid powertrains. The next fuel-cell-powered Hyundai—its name to be revealed in January at the CES technology show—will replace the few dozen Tucson fuel-cell vehicles currently whispering around Southern California.

Those existing cars, based on the previous-generation Tucson, travel up to an estimated 265 miles on two tanks. The new version uses three identically sized tanks for a European-cycle estimate so ridiculous we won’t even cite it, while also increasing horsepower to 161 (up 27 hp), boosting the fuel cell’s efficiency to 60 percent (versus 55) and incorporating longer-lasting catalysts and hardier components that allow cold starts (an inherent weakness of fuel cells) down to minus 22 degrees Fahrenheit. Hyundai will sell the new SUV in South Korea in time for the Winter Olympics in Seoul in February 2018. We—or rather, Angelenos—will see it sometime later.

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Hyundai hasn’t confirmed the mechanical basis of the new fuel-cell SUV, although it’s developing a “dedicated architecture for pure electric vehicles” that will include an EV with an estimated 311-mile range that is due out after 2021. The fuel-cell vehicle is likely to use a dedicated chassis that, like the Ioniq hatchback, will spawn a range of alternative powertrains to lower production costs.

Behind the grinning Cheshire Cat grille—which may appear on the next Santa Fe—the fuel-cell SUV’s two-piece wheels, flush door handles, and air ducts cutting through the D-pillar up Hyundai’s aero game. Rectilinear structures dominate the interior, with two hooded, enormous screens side by side (like those in the Mercedes-Benz E-class) above an angled, silver-painted center stack adorned with traditional knobs and buttons. Hyundai promises to reveal its suite of updated driver assists at CES.

Beyond this one vehicle is Hyundai’s vision for a Hydrogen Energy Society, which sounds like utopia—at least for the 0.01 percent of us who live within driving distance of a public hydrogen station. More relevant to society at large is the Genesis EV expected in 2021, and sooner, the Kona EV in late 2018.

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2018 Subaru WRX – In-Depth Review

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Hyundai Reveals Next Hydrogen Fuel-Cell SUV, New EV Platform

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Motorcars, Motorcycles, Motorplanes? McCall’s Motorworks Kicks Off Monterey Car Week

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If we’re at the Monterey Jet Center, it must be McCall’s Motorworks, the traditional pregame soirée for the upcoming days of intensive automotive enthusiasm surrounding the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Now in its 26th year, Gordon McCall’s highbrow event offers a spectrum of vehicular wonderfulness, from World War II–era P-51 Mustangs to your garden-variety Porsches to lowriders.

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Lowriders? Yes! After all, the classic Chicano automotive art form dates back to bombas, the straight-six–powered boulevardiers usually based on late-1930s Chevrolets. The impeccably detailed heaps pioneered a low-and-slow aesthetic further expanded by the guys who added hydraulics to 1960s full-size Chevys. There was even a hopping demo, which, on at least one occasion, nearly took out one of the well-heeled attendees who got a little too close to the bouncing ’64 Impala. Yes, he hit the switch. Yes, he made the ass drop.

Blastolene Blown Ranger

Michael Leeds showed up with the Blown Ranger, latest in the line of oversize Blastolene machines he builds alongside Randy Grubb. The Paul Bunyan–size dagger features a supercharged 1942 Fairchild Ranger V-12, which makes a reported 800 horsepower at 4500 rpm. On the opposite end of the spectrum was Pete Brock’s old Mexican 1000 Datsun 510 from 1969, which looked as if it had just woken up from a five-decade dirt nap in a Baja silt bed.

On the two-wheeled side of things, Arch Motorcycle, a bike-building concern founded by Keanu Reeves and Gard Hollinger, brought a Suter MMX500, a Swiss-built, no-expense-spared 574-cc two-stroke V-4–powered GP-style machine. They’re the U.S. importer for the maniacal little rockets, and from everything we’ve heard, the bikes sound like an absolute dream to ride.





And that’s the thing about McCall’s get-together: There’s always something to stoke the dreams of even the most jaded enthusiast. It’s not a huge sea of cars like some of the other shows taking place over the next few days, but no matter your vehicular passion, if you can’t find something to fall in love with at the Monterey Jet Center, well, you might just not like machines very much.

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Motorcars, Motorcycles, Motorplanes? McCall’s Motorworks Kicks Off Monterey Car Week

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A Flap over Exhaust: Do Sport Systems Cheat German Noise Laws?

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Lately, there are daily headlines in Germany accusing automakers of various evils. It’s not enough that they are charged with rigging the emissions data on their cars and of being members of a “cartel” that discusses issues such as setting a sensible maximum vehicle velocity at which convertible tops open. They now face potential antitrust investigations. Now, the police department in the mid-size town of Mannheim has seized the moment to call out the exhaust systems of performance cars. Police chief Dieter Schäfer snitched to the authorities at the Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt (KBA), the agency responsible for certifying that vehicles comply with regulations, about the noise made by cars with sport exhaust modes.

Referring to exhaust flaps, which keep performance cars quiet and in compliance with noise regulations at moderate loads but open up when drivers step on the throttle or select a performance driving mode, the police chief said, “We can’t have something certified that makes a large amount of noise in real life.”

Using the technology to keep cars quiet in compliance with the country’s strict noise standards when they’re being driven slowly in urban areas, while allowing enhanced performance on the open highway, is a common practice here—but the KBA was reported to have assiduously promised to “look into the matter.” If the KBA retroactively finds wrongdoing, carmakers including Mercedes-AMG, BMW M, Porsche, and Audi Sport may be subject to heavy penalties. And owners may face the prospect of quieter performance cars, when and if carmakers are required to stop using this method of complying with regulations.

Artificial sounds, which some automakers have started playing through their cars’ audio systems, may provide a solution—and may even open the door to other possibilities. A 242-hp Kia Optima GT we recently drove in Europe sounded like any old sleepy four-banger from the outside, but its stereo system piped in noises that more resembled the throaty bass note of a V-8. It’s one way to stay in regulatory compliance while providing drivers with auditory thrills. Heck, even an electric-car driver could enjoy the sounds of a high-revving V-12 in the cabin. At least until authorities decide to regulate the noises inside our cars.

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