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2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI – In-Depth Review

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2019 Ferrari 488GTO Spied Honing its Superiority

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What It Is: A red Ferrari that’s more interesting than the typical scarlet horse seen cruising Bel Air, London, or some other such place. That’s because it is a prototype previewing the 488GTB’s rarer, higher-performance sibling. Ferrari built a similarly upgraded version of the 488GTB’s predecessor, the 458 Italia, but rather than that maxi model’s Speciale name, this new one is likely to opt for the historic GTO label. READ MORE ››

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How Much Art Can You Take? Mini Announces New Logo

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If, in your youth, you were primarily exposed to the tiny wonder created by Sir Alec Issigonis during quadrennial visits to the United Kingdom, the Mini could be a confusing thing to parse, brandwise. Some wore Morris badges, others Austin. We suppose it wasn’t unlike a young European visiting America and wondering why Chrysler Neons bore both Dodge and Plymouth badges. Now, of course, a Mini’s a Mini, unless it’s a Clubman or a Countryman. Then it’s a device the larger size of which incites criticism from clever Trevors the world ’round. Some original wag invariably calls for the BMW unit to change its name, given that nothing in the lineup currently rolls on 10-inch wheels. Naturally, that’s notgonnahappen.com, but Mini has announced a new logo. Look up! It’s flat!

In the 1990s, vector-based drawing software got pretty good at offering shading options, making it simple to design a logo with perceived depth and shimmer, one that could be resized at a whim with no loss in quality. As a result, a bunch of designers did just that, simply because it was possible. And it was during that unfortunate era that BMW commissioned a rethink of the small car’s graphic identity for the launch of the modernized, embiggened Mini in 2000. It also mandated that people spell out the brand in all caps. We still think people who fall for the latter bit of branding jive are schnooks.

Now, in an era of global uncertainty, Mini has buffed away the gloss, reducing the logo down to its core components. There’s a circle, meant to represent a wheel. There are horizontal lines that evoke wings. Central to all that is the word “Mini” rendered in sans-serif capital letters. In March 2018, you’ll start to find the revised badge on automobiles that you can go out and buy. We like that Mini has flattened out the emblem, but our gut reaction upon seeing the new logo, designed by KKLD in Berlin, was that the Germans had gone and ironed out the fun. Perhaps they’ll make up for it by offering even more interior whimsy during the next cycle of refreshes.

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2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid First Drive: Can a TL;DR Society Embrace the PHEV?

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“Too long; didn’t read,” abbreviated tl;dr by internet commenters who can’t be bothered to spell out all of four words, could be our new national motto, a reflection of society’s shrinking attention span. Twitter’s generous doubling of its character limit notwithstanding, we live in a world that tends to ignore complex ideas that can’t be dumbed down to fit on a TV ticker. Which might explain why, according to Honda’s research, 73 percent of consumers have no idea what a plug-in hybrid is. READ MORE ››

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2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid – First Drive Review

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2018 Jeep Wrangler JL V-6 Official Pricing Revealed

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The internet worked up a bit of a lather this week after a leak that allegedly revealed the pricing of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL went—as old people say when they’re trying to sound relevant—viral. While we can’t comment on the validity of said leaks, we have something better: the official numbers.

The two-door JL lineup starts with the comparatively spartan Sport trim, which includes the 3.6-liter Pentastar engine, six-speed manual transmission, a Dana 30 axle in front and Dana 35 in the rear (both with 3.45:1 gears), shift-on-the-fly part-time four-wheel-drive, manual windows and locks, and 17-inch steel wheels wearing 245/75 Michelin LTX MS2 or Bridgestone Dueler H/T tires, for a base MSRP of $28,190, which represents an increase of $3100 over the 2017 Wrangler JK Sport. The 2018 Wrangler JL Sport S builds on that solid foundation, adding power windows and locks, air conditioning, power heated mirrors, keyless entry, 17-inch aluminum wheels, and more for $31,390.

The rough-and-ready 2018 Rubicon ups the ante in the off-road-capability department by swapping in a pair of Dana 44 axles front and rear with 4.10:1 gears and electronic lockers, electronically controlled front sway-bar disconnects, an upgraded transfer case, Rock Rail sliders, specific 17-inch aluminum wheels with 255/75R-17 BFGoodrich KO2 all-terrain tires, and additional minor convenience and styling features for a reasonable—considering the rugged hardware—$38,190.

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The story with the four-door 2018 Wrangler JL (Jeep has dumped the Unlimited designation for the JL) is largely the same for trim, running gear, and feature content but with the addition of the four-door-only Sahara trim wedged between the Sport S and Rubicon. Base MSRP for the Wrangler JL four-door Sport is $31,690, and the four-door Sport S is priced at $34,890. The Sahara trim identifies itself with a body-color insert on the fender flares, tubular side steps, Sahara-specific 18-inch polished and painted aluminum wheels with 255/70 Bridgestone Dueler H/T, Bridgestone Dueler A/T, or Goodyear Wrangler Adventurer tires. There are also model-specific grille accents and headlamp rings, automatic headlamps, and other minor niceties, all for a base MSRP of $38,540. Of particular note: Only the Sahara will be available with a Selec-Trac full-time transfer case for buyers who prefer “set it and forget it” operation of their four-wheel-drive systems. The four-door Rubicon includes the same upgrades as its two-door brother and comes in with a base MSRP of $41,690.

While this is a good start, it only covers the base MSRPs for models equipped with V-6 Pentastar engine. Jeep is known for giving buyers options, and a buyer can add thousands of dollars of specified equipment and Mopar and Jeep Performance Parts with a few strokes of the pen. Not to mention the turbocharged 2.0-liter eTorque hybrid powertrain and what it may add to the bottom line. Jeep has not yet released option pricing. Maybe that’ll leak soon and set off a new round of internet fever.

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2018 Jeep Wrangler JL V-6 Official Pricing Revealed

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Collector Commissions His Own Tesla Model S Wagon

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Thus far, Elon Musk’s Tesla has come out with two sedans, an SUV, a roadster, and a semi-truck. But there’s one design he hasn’t attempted (yet): a wagon. At the request of a special client, two Dutch specialists are doing what Musk hasn’t, joining forces to create a shooting brake out of an existing Tesla Model S.

Floris de Raadt, a car collector who specializes in shooting brakes, put in the request to RemetzCar, a Netherlands-based company that typically builds limousines from luxury vehicles. RemetzCar previously built a custom Model S hearse, so this isn’t the company’s first time dealing with a Tesla. Remetz enlisted the help of London-based Dutch designer Niels van Roij to craft the shape of the vehicle while maintaining its battery-electric powertrain. Which Model S or battery pack was used was not specified, however.

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According to van Roij, the renderings seen here are the final result of a process that went through three different designs and 16 different design themes. As with most coachbuilt specials, the Model S shooting brake is crafted out of aluminum entirely by hand. The top was chopped off, and Remetz sculpted the new rear and roof silhouette from there.

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While maintaining the versatility and functionality of a rear hatchback, van Roij and RemetzCar extended the roof just past the rear tires and added a small, rounded rear window. A rear roof spoiler somewhat breaks up the smoothly raked roofline, while chunky chrome outlines the window.

As of this writing, only the initial prototype is under construction. A full unveiling is expected in March 2018, and RemetzCar ultimately plans to release 20 examples—no word on pricing.

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Someone Wants to Exchange a McLaren 720S for 25 Bitcoin, and We’ve Reached Peak Internet

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