2018 Porsche 718 Boxster / Cayman GTS: The Usual Formula, Now for Fours – Official Photos and Info

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2018 Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman GTS: More Power, Still No Six

The Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman’s abstinence from six continues. Six cylinders, that is. The mid-engined roadster and coupe traded their predecessors’ naturally aspirated flat-sixes for turbocharged flat-fours last year, and Porsche purists haven’t stopped yowling since. They’ll need to drink a glass of water and lube up their pipes for more: The 2018 718 Boxster and Cayman are now available in GTS form, and those models, too, use the 2.5-liter turbo four found in the 718 S models. READ MORE ››

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Toyota Concept-i Ride and Walk: Improved Mobility for Disabled Drivers

Toyota unveiled the first Concept-i car at the CES technology show in January. It runs an artificial-intelligence system that communicates with the driver by “stimulating the five senses.” It reads moods and engages in two-way conversations, records them with GPS tags, and uploads everything to a data cloud, not unlike what Apple, Google, and Microsoft do with their voice assistants. This is supposedly so that the car can take control when a driver becomes stressed or ill, or perhaps so it can suggest new roads when a driver is eager for a change of scene. READ MORE ››

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Pair of Toyota Concepts Aim to Improve Mobility for Elderly and Disabled Drivers – Official Photos and Info

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What I’d Do Differently: Mike Flewitt

What I’d Do Differently: Mike Flewitt

C/D: Considering you’re from Liverpool, does everyone ask you about soccer and the Beatles?

MF: Not in the U.K., but I do get it when I’m abroad. I’m always asked if I’m a red or a blue—a Liverpool FC or an Everton fan—and whether I like the Beatles. I’m a red, and yeah, I do like the Beatles. READ MORE ››

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Steve McQueen’s Racing Suit and Helmet from Le Mans Movie Headed to Auction

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You may not look like Steve McQueen, but if you have approximately half a million dollars to spend, you can dress like the late, great actor. RM Sotheby’s will be auctioning off the Hinchman racing suit and Bell helmet that McQueen wore in his famed film Le Mans.

RM Sotheby’s estimates the items will fetch between $400,000 and $500,000 when they go up for bidding at the auction house’s Icons auction on December 6 in New York City. The top bidder will walk away with the pair of historic movie props, since the two articles are being sold together with no reserve. (These items would go perfectly with the Porsche 917K that was used for at-speed shots in the film and sold two months ago for more than $14 million.)

Le Mans was a box-office flop when it hit theaters in the summer of 1971. However, it later gained a following among movie buffs and racing enthusiasts who shared an appreciation for the flick’s camera work, which was filmed on location with large chunks of footage coming from the actual 1970 24 Hours of Le Mans.

McQueen’s Le Mans regalia may not be the first apparel of his that comes to mind—that is probably the iconic turtleneck and Persol sunglasses the actor wore in 1968’s Bullitt—the Gulf Oil livery racing suit and green helmet remain some of the coolest racing attire ever to make their way to film.

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Steve McQueen’s Racing Suit and Helmet from Le Mans Movie Headed to Auction

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2018 BMW M550i xDrive Tested: Not as near an M5 as It Should Be

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Seeing an M badge on the rump of a BMW used to be unambiguous proof that you were looking at a pinnacle car, one of those lucky products to have been given the comprehensive reworking by the company’s motorsport division. READ MORE ››

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2018 BMW M550i xDrive – Instrumented Test

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Aston Martin Ponders Next Zagato; It Could Be DB11 Based

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Aston Martin and Zagato have shared an enduring, nearly 60-year-long partnership that began with the DB4 and most recently included speedster and shooting-brake versions of the Vanquish. We now have reason to believe that the creative partnership will carry on, extending next to a very significant model.

In a recent conversation with Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer, we asked about the recent collaborations with the famed Italian design house. Palmer told us that the plan for this year’s Monterey Car Week had been to release the speedster, limited to a hyperexclusive 28 examples. But the shooting brake was an altogether different story.

“This year we have Zagato Volante,” he said, “and at Pebble Beach you saw the convertible, speedster, coupe, and the shooting brake. That one is a proper estate car. It’s the same as all the Zags, so basically a Vanquish S underneath, [around] 600 horsepower, 99 total [units]. Two weeks before Pebble, I asked for [the shooting brake], and we came to Pebble and sold it out, based on sketches. No one had seen the model. And the thinking behind it was, I wanted to put a car out there that wasn’t already sold out. So nobody knew about that beforehand, they knew about it two days before Pebble. And in the weekend, it was sold out. All based on a sketch.”

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We asked Palmer: Considering all of the recent interest, and the fact that the current Zagato offerings are sold out, are there plans for a new collaboration or anything in the works?

“Well, I’ve got one other that we’re knocking around at the moment,” he said. “But it may be a couple of years before we do something more. Whatever it is, it won’t be on the Vanquish platform.” His stating that it wouldn’t be on the VH architecture on which the Vanquish was based had us asking if we could expect the next collaboration to be based on a car we had just driven—specifically the DB11. He replied, “That would be the platform that we’d use, yes.”

Not confirming the DB11 by name leaves open the possibility for Aston to use any of its future models. But the next-gen Vantage is still testing, has yet even to be officially revealed, and won’t go on sale until sometime next year. The next Vanquish is even further down the line. The DB11 would be a natural candidate, and with its long hood, wide body, and alluring proportions, we can already picture Zagato’s signature “double bubble” gracing the roof. Carbon-fiber body panels and Z-motif quilting on the interior could be included as well.

Palmer suggested the next Zagato model could be a couple of years away, but with all of the interest typically generated by the partnership, we wouldn’t rule out a reveal during the 2018 Pebble Beach weekend. Regardless of when the car will make its debut, if history is any indicator it’s almost guaranteed to be stunning, to be offered for sale in hyperlimited numbers, and to carry a substantial price premium.

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