Daily Archives: November 22, 2016

Axles to Grind: Is the Alarm Over Heavy-Truck Crashes Justified?

Axles to Grind: Is the Alarm Over Heavy-Truck Crashes Justified?

From the December 2016 issue An inescapable collision with a large truck is a driver’s worst nightmare. On August 25 in Binghamton, New York, a semi hauling a load of stone plowed through 10 cars stuck in construction traffic. One car burst into flames, and an SUV was so compacted that the semi’s front license plate ...

Ballistic Leaf Blower: We Hitch a Ride in the 650-hp Chevrolet Camaro ZL1!

From the December 2016 issue Bursting airborne and sideways, wheels stretching for the ground, the raw, stunningly rapid, and now very aloft Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 should be a barbaric, deadly thing. Yet, in the crucial milliseconds following its oblique touchdown, it defines itself differently. Aaron Link, the ZL1’s lead development engineer, adds a breath of countersteer, ...

The Self-Driving Car Is an Inelegant Safety Solution, But an Elegant One for Data Mining

From the December 2016 issue The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration just disgorged a 112-page paper prescribing some guidance for the care and feeding of automated vehicles. It’s a real page-turner. President Obama praised the effort in a recent Op-Ed in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, writing: “Automated vehicles have the potential to save tens of thousands of lives ...

Take Your GT-R to VIR! Nissan Offering Track Instruction with Godzilla Purchase

Horsepower: 600; Weight: 3883 lb; Price as tested: $151,880 Nissan refuses to allow the GT-R to swan off into quiet obsolescence, hence this 600-hp model. Because more horsepower is exactly what the GT-R needs. READ MORE ››

November 22, 2016 at 4:10 pm by Joe Lorio | Photography by Marc Urbano Godzilla’s place is on a track. That’s the message Nissan seems to be sending with its new promotion for the GT-R: Buy one between November 14, 2016, and March 31, 2017, and Nissan will throw in one day of track-driving instruction at ...

Mercedes-AMG Aims to Top Other Hypercars in Efficiency

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Today the word “hypercar” brings to mind some of the world’s top-performing machinery, such as the McLaren P1, Porsche 918, and Ferrari LaFerrari. The upcoming Aston Martin/Red Bull AM-RB oo1 and the F1-powered Mercedes-AMG aim to go beyond even those cars’ extraordinary abilities. But the word “hypercar” wasn’t always defined this way; back in the early ...

2018 BMW X7 Spied: Because Bigger Is Better

What It Is: The BMW X5’s available third-row seat isn’t much to write home about. Fortunately, BMW is bringing forward a better option in the form of the 2018 BMW X7. The full-size X7 will offer additional luxury and a standard third-row seat better suited for average-size adults. Why It Matters: While competitors from Cadillac and ...

And the Winners Are: 2017 10Best Cars in Pictures

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By Design: McLaren 570S Editions Offer That Bespoke Feeling at a Discount

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Nearly everything in life is cheaper if you buy it in bulk or in a package, rather than pick and choose  items individually. That philosophy ranges from paper products or pots and pans at Costco all the way up to McLarens. The automaker’s 570S Design Editions take the guesswork out of choosing colors and trim for the ...

Coming to the Streets of Boston: nuTonomy’s Autonomous Renault

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Building on its testing of self-driving taxis in Singapore, software company nuTonomy will soon begin evaluating its autonomous technology closer to home. The company said it will deploy a fully automated vehicle on public roads in Boston by the end of the year. A company executive signed a memorandum of understanding with city officials that will ...

2017 Nissan Sentra NISMO Driven: A Better Sentra Does Not a NISMO Make

Every generation of the Nissan Sentra since the early 1990s has sprouted a sporty variant. Most of these hotted-up small cars have worn the SE-R badge, a name that earned a fair share of credibility after the B13-generation Sentra SE-R captured enthusiasts’ hearts (and appeared more than once on C/D’s 10Best Cars list) thanks to ...