Report: Rear-Wheel-Drive Lamborghini Huracan in the Works

Hot on the heels of the Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo’s debut at the Pebble Beach festivities, Autocar reports that a rear-wheel-drive variant of the bull-badged supercar is already in development — along with several other versions. Lamborghini chief Stephan Winkelmann spilled the beans while at Pebble Beach in an interview with Autocar. “We did [a rear-wheel-drive variant] with the Gallardo so it might be an option. We are a four-wheel-drive super-sports car [manufacturer] but why should we not do a rear-drive option?” The rear-wheel-drive Gallardo, of which only 250 were built, was named the LP 550-2 Balboni, named for Lamborghini test driver Valentino Balboni. Following the path set out after the Gallardo debuted in 2003, the next step for the Lamborghini Huracán would be a Spyder drop-top. We’d previously speculated
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2015 Honda Fit Earns Top Safety Pick from IIHS

The 2015 Honda Fit received a Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety today, but the rating only applies to models made after June 9, 2014 when Honda implemented key safety changes. To remedy early production cars, Honda is issuing a product update that will require owners to take their vehicle to dealerships. When the IIHS conducted its first tests, the 2015 Honda Fit received good scores in every category except the difficult small front overlap test, in which it received a score of “Marginal.” Honda then made changes to its car, improving the strength of the bumper beam welds for better frontal crash protection. The automaker then asked IIHS to re-test the car, and during this second test, the Fit achieved an “Acceptable” rating on
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2015 Chevrolet Silverado Rally Edition Sports a Black Bowtie

Chevrolet is rolling out a special Rally Edition for the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado pickup that gives this truck a blacked-out look. Available on 2015 Silverado LS and LT double cab and crew cab models, the Rally Edition trucks also gain some equipment to go along with the different look. Appearance changes for all versions of the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado Rally Edition start up front with a body-colored grille and a black bowtie along with black rally stripes on the hood. There are also black alloy wheels, black mirror caps and door handles, and additional black rally stripes on the tailgate. The LT model’s Rally 2 package also includes larger 22-inch wheels and black tubular side steps. For LT models, the lower Rally 1 package also adds a trailering package, a
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Report: Ford Developing Dedicated Hybrid Car For 2018

Ford will launch its first “dedicated” hybrid car to rival models like the Toyota Prius, Honda Insight, and Chevrolet Volt by 2018. According to a new report from Reuters, Ford plans to launch the gasoline-hybrid car in both standard and plug-in versions as a 2019 model. Launching a dedicated hybrid would be a big change from Ford’s current hybrid strategy, as the company currently sells only hybrid versions of existing cars. The Ford Fusion, Lincoln MKZ, and Ford C-Max (pictured) are all offered as both traditional and hybrid vehicles (though the C-Max is only sold with hybrid power in the U.S., non-hybrid models are available in Europe). Meanwhile the Prius, Insight, and Volt are all hybrid-only models, helping them stand out in the marketplace. According to Reuters, the future Ford
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Don’t Touch Comedian Craig Robinson’s 2014 Dodge Dart

If you’re a car enthusiast, you know the deep-seated anxiety that comes with somebody standing a bit too close to your ride. You just waxed it. Tended to its curves and lines with a dual-action polisher. Clay barred every last shimmering panel. Comedian Craig Robinson wrestles with this conundrum in a new ad campaign for the 2014 Dodge Dart, as he strives to keep fellow funny-man Jake Johnson from laying a hand on his precious wheels. Robinson fends off Johnson in various short clips, protecting his beloved 2014 Dodge Dart from key scratches, a birdhouse full of well-fed birds, and even from Johnson’s voice speaking through the Dart’s Bluetooth-equipped Uconnect infotainment system. Other videos in the series feature Robinson serenading Johnson about affordable leasing options for the 2014 Dodge Dart,
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Lincoln Selects Matthew McConaughey for New Ad Campaign

The Lincoln Motor Company announced today that actor Matthew McConaughey will serve as the face of a new ad campaign for the luxury brand. A new series of internet and TV commercials will feature McConaughey promoting the new 2015 Lincoln MKC crossover. Although Lincoln won’t reveal the full commercials until next month, a brief teaser video released today shows McConaughey driving the 2015 Lincoln MKC in an urban setting at night and stating that, “Sometimes you’ve got to go back to move forward.” McConaughey, who won a Best Actor Oscar for his role in the movie Dallas Buyers Club, also was in the 2011 film The Lincoln Lawyer, in which he starred as a lawyer who practices from his Lincoln Town Car. “Lincoln is an iconic, American brand and I
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Watch the 2015 BMW M4 Drift around 52 Other M Cars

Would you let your beloved BMW M car get this close to a madman drifting the new 2015 BMW M4? These 52 BMW owners did, although the madman in question was Chris Forsberg, an instructor for the BMW Performance driving School and a Formula Drift champion. In this so-called “M Initiation” video, BMW recruited 52 total M cars from fans to create the shape of a BMW M logo. A brand-new 2015 BMW M4 with Forsberg at the wheel takes a wild route around the lines of cars, drifting through the corners until it eventually completes the M logo. The M cars in question include plenty of BMW M3 models from every generation starting with the legendary E30, along with a few M5, M6, and X5M models. Most interesting are
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2014 Mazda6 i Touring Long-Term Verdict

The Mazda 6 suffers from some of the same problems the Fusion suffers from (comparing 2 different, but great looking cars).  The interior in the Mazda 6 is not very user friendly.  The back seat is kind of tight and compared to the likes of the Accord and the Passat, it feels cramped and is less comfortable.  I thought ingress and egress was not the best.  I still like the Mazda 6 and it, the Toyota Camry, Fusion 2.5, Sonata 2.4, Optima 2.4, and the Passat TDI are the only automatic family sedans I recommend buying and driving until the wheels fall off from this generation.  I don’t trust gas turbos, new American or German models, or CVTs for low-cost reliability to 150-200k miles.  I don’t like the Malibu 2.5. If it were my coin,
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2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Eight-Speed Automatic Review

MILFORD, Michigan – Here’s the thing about driving a 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray around the Milford Road Course at General Motors Proving Ground: It’s hard. The car is blistering fast, and the course is incredibly tight — 2.9 miles of blind corners, hills, and chicanes, with practically no straightaway. We have enough to worry about without ever thinking about shifting. Good thing we don’t have to: This 2015 Chevrolet Corvette is equipped with an eight-speed automatic. Automatics are nothing new to Corvettes, of course. The car debuted in 1953 with a two-speed Powerglide, and two-thirds of Corvettes sold these days have two pedals. GM’s new eight-speed, however, essentially erases any remaining performance gap with the stick shift. It hits 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, a tenth of a second faster
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BMW X5 Security Plus Can Withstand Fire from an AK-47

The recently redesigned third-generation BMW X5 gains its toughest version yet in the X5 Security Plus, which boasts all sorts of armor and reinforcements to protect its passengers from assaults and other hazards. BMW even says that this armored X5 can hold up to fire from an AK-47 assault rifle. To create this extra-tough luxury SUV, BMW starts with a standard X5 and adds extra steel armor reinforcement for the entire structure of the vehicle, especially in body panel joints and other vulnerable areas. The glass is made up of a security laminate with a polycarbonate coating that holds up to some intense fire, as can be seen in the photos of a BMW X5 Security that has been hit with significant bullet fire yet still retains its structural integrity
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