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Watch a 2017 Ford Raptor Prototype in Off-Road Testing

2017 Ford Raptor PrototypeThe 2017 Ford Raptor is coming, with its 450-hp twin-turbo EcoBoost V-6 and its 10-speed gearbox and nifty 4×4 drivetrain. But between now and the autumn of 2016, when Ford says the thing will go on sale, there’s still some testing to be done—including shakedowns of an off-road variety.

We’ve already seen Ford conducting some off-road verification of the rad new Raptor’s capabilities. And, frankly, the ’wheeling in this video doesn’t seem terribly challenging—it’s no more difficult or technical than what you’d be willing to put a brand-new 4×4 pickup truck through. But it shows the new rig’s commendable ground clearance and long-travel suspension at work.



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The only downside? At low rpm, the new super–F-150’s twice-blown V-6 sounds more like a vacuum cleaner than what you normally imagine an American truck engine should sound like. It’s a small complaint—and we’re hoping that the driving experience will put it out of our minds completely once we get the chance to drive one of these things.

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Watch the Alfa Romeo Giulia Testing at the Nürburgring

2017 Alfa Romeo GiuliaWe are, it’s safe to say, extremely excited about the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia. The tidy rear-drive sports sedan very clearly has BMW in its gunsights—particularly in 510-hp, twin-turbo V-6 Quadrifoglio spec. And from what we’ve heard so far, it’s got a scintillating soundtrack. This Nürburgring video of a lightly camouflaged example only confirms that.

Posted by Nürburgring maven and solid YouTube poster “cvdzijden,” what we have here is nearly two minutes of a dazzle-wrapped Giulia attacking the famous Green Hell. The car looks very well planted, with only brief moments at the ragged edge of traction. The engine sounds fierce and strong, and the brakes seem particularly powerful—at certain moments of braking leading into the ’Ring’s tight corners, we see the car’s hazard lights flashing, a European-market safety feature activated by extremely hard braking.



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It’s becoming exceedingly clear that if Alfa Romeo wants to compete with the major automakers, it needs the Giulia to succeed. Judging by the way this preproduction example hustles around Germany’s most challenging racetrack, Alfa’s taking this challenge very seriously.

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This Is What You Do with Your Three New Supercars [Video]

Hero Buys P1, 918, and Carrera GT, Immediately Drives Them on Track
-How many of us members of the hoi polloi bemoan the fact that when someone buys a supercar it never sees a track? That millions of dollars of R&D and lightweight racing material are simply wasted on Sundays-only garage queens?

Canadian automotive retailer Pfaff Automotive recently released a video of a private track day held at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Ontario, where a McLaren P1, a Porsche 918 Spyder, and a Porsche Carrera GT are delivered and then are each driven by the man who purchased them all.

This man’s name? All we know is, he’s called Sandro. And he’s a hero.



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Take a look at the video and tell us you wouldn’t have done the same, given the chance.

This story originally appeared on roadandtrack.com.

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This Barely Legal Mercedes-Benz 190E Cosworth Evo 2 Costs More Than an AMG GT S

1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E Cosworth Evolution 2

After a 25-year lockout, American roads will very soon become subjected to a new level of Euro-racing terror. This 1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E Cosworth Evo 2 has just passed the magic 25-year-old mark, meaning it may be the first of its kind to legally be imported into the United States.

While the 190E 2.3 Cosworth was sold in the U.S. in 1986 and 1987, the Evo 2, a car directly derived from Benz’s DTM racer, was never sold here. The Evo 2 was introduced in 1990 and had a number of cosmetic and mechanical changes including a wild-for-its-time aerodynamics package, an in-car adjustable suspension, improved brakes, bigger 17-inch wheels, and a reworked AMG 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produced 235 horsepower.

About 500 streetgoing Evo 2s were made, and all production models were available only in black. Racing versions went on to be very competitive in the DTM racing series and battled head-to-head against the best from BMW and Audi, including the E30 BMW M3 Evo.

READ MORE: Our Original Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3 Test

This particular Evo 2, for sale right now on eBay, is unique in that it may be the first of its kind to be road-legal and for sale in the U.S. Due to NHTSA’s 25-year rule, any car not originally sold stateside can be imported after its 25th birthday. According to the seller, this car was imported as soon as it met the age requirements, and a copy of its importation declaration is included in the ad. Mileage sits at the 80K mark, while the car (production number 146 of 500) appears to be in excellent cosmetic condition.1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E Cosworth Evolution 2



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The $205,000 price tag is something of a shocker, however. Non-Evo versions of the 190E Cosworth can be found for a fraction of that price. Evidently, if you want to be the first on your block—or maybe in the country—with this rare machine, it’s gonna cost.

1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E Cosworth Evolution 2

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This Barely Legal Mercedes-Benz 190E Cosworth Evo 2 Costs More Than an AMG GTS S

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Teaser Sketches Preview the Next Hyundai Elantra

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As reported by Carscoops, Hyundai’s South Korean mothership took to Facebook to release design sketches of its upcoming new Avante—the Elantra to us. This teaser comes ahead of the car’s expected debut next month at the Frankfurt auto show.

The sketch teaser pretty much validates this shot of a new Elantra that appeared in the Korea Economic Daily last spring. That car was labeled as a 2016 model, but since Hyundai has already released information on our 2016 Elantra, the new version is likely to be a 2017 model in the States.



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Both the photo and the new sketches show the Avante/Elantra wearing a wide, slatted hexagonal grille; a Toyota-esque lower fascia with angled air intakes; and high-shouldered flanks that borrow a bit from the Ford Fusion. In all, it’s a more creased, substantial look than the current model with its flowing lines, which was introduced for 2011. We’ll likely get an even better look at the new car next month, but for now, it appears that design chief Peter Schreyer is continuing to make his presence felt.

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Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3 – Archived Instrumented Test

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Hackers Crack Key-Fob Encryption Used by More Than 25 Automakers

Key FobModern transponder-equipped car keys are supposed to be ultrasafe: The chip-keys and key fobs communicate with readers inside the car, allowing the car to start only once a secret digital password has been transmitted. But a team of security researchers says they’ve figured out a way to circumvent the system used by some of the world’s largest automakers—and that Volkswagen Group used a lawsuit to keep their findings from going public for more than two years.

London’s Daily Mail reports that three researchers have found a security loophole in the Megamos Crypto transponder, the in-car electronic device that confirms the key or keyless transponder present inside the car is genuine before allowing the car to start. Megamos Crypto transponders are found in numerous models from Audi, Honda, Volkswagen, Volvo, and many other carmakers.

List of vehicles affected by the Megamos Crypto hack

List of vehicles affected by the Megamos Crypto hack. Models listed in bold were tested by the researchers; the rest were extrapolated since they utilize the affected electronics.

As the Daily Mail explains, the system is supposed to be uncrackable: the 96-bit code exchanged between the key and vehicle means there are “countless billions of possible combinations,” making a random guess virtually impossible. But the hackers discovered that by listening in to the radio communication between the key and the car just twice, they were able to narrow down the number of guesses it would take to crack the code to just 196,607 attempts. For a computerized “brute force” system, which the hackers were able to build, such a feat could take less than 30 minutes—and once the proper code is found, making a duplicate key that works just like the original is easy.

“It’s a bit like if your password was ‘password,’ ” Flavio D. Garcia, one of the researchers, told the Daily Mail.

The researchers presented these findings in a paper and a lecture at the Usenix digital-security conference in Washington, D.C., last week. But they first found the vulnerability in the system all the way back in 2012. Why did it take so long for the discovery to go public? When the researchers first discovered the fault, they went to Megamos with their findings, offering to keep their discovery private for nine months while the Swiss chipmaker found a solution. But in 2013, the Daily Mail reports, Volkswagen sued the researchers individually, and the universities that employ them, to block them from publishing their findings.

The settlement that finally led to the research being published hinged around a compromise: The researchers agreed to omit one crucial line from their paper, “a pivotal detail which could allow a non-technical person to work out the hack,” the Daily Mail reports. Volkswagen told the paper that the hack takes “considerable complex effort” and that its latest cars aren’t vulnerable.



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This hack was revealed on the heels of research by ethical hacker Samy Kamkar, whose RollJam device can crack the code used by some of the most popular keyless-entry remotes and who built a hand-held device that was demonstrated to remote-unlock and start any vehicle connected to the OnStar smartphone app. GM says it has since fixed the loophole that allowed the latter hack.

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2015 Mercedes-Benz E400 4MATIC Sedan Tested: Variation on an Appealing Theme

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-Mercedes-Benz currently builds almost as many models off the basic E-class platform as General Mills has flavors of Cheerios. Whole grains processed into toroid toddler kibble can be had in 15 varieties at last count. Count up the sedan, wagon, cabriolet, and coupe bodies; tally engines with four-, six-, and eight cylinders; and then stir in high-performance AMG editions, and we count 14 E-class models for 2015 without even stretching to include the five CLS-badged four-door “coupes” on this chassis. READ MORE ››

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2015 Mercedes-Benz E400 4MATIC Sedan – Instrumented Test

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