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Robert Massaro 2017-01-13
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At some point, we have all wanted to ride a snowmobile.

Most of us never get to live this fantasy due to the price point.

But even those of us who do get to take a ride may feel constrained by the fact that most models only fit one or two.

Wouldn t it be more fun with friends?

Canadian company Imaginactive has developed a new Whitefox concept for a snowmobile that seats four.

Families and friends will be able to cruise around in snowscapes as though touring in a car.

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Mary Condie 2018-04-03
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The 2018 Acura TLX received a mid-cycle refresh full of updates, so not much has changed in the 2019 model.

But fans of sportier-looking cars will have something to get excited about.

The biggest update for the 2019 Acura TLX is the addition of the A-Spec package on the base, 2.4-liter I4 models.

The A-Spec appearance package adds more aggressive fasciae, larger wheels, dark exterior trim elements and, of course, A-Spec badges.

Inside, the front seats are sportier, there's red LED ambient lighting, a sport steering wheel and different trim pieces.

Standard equipment is still copious, including LED headlights, heated front seats (with power adjustability for the driver), keyless entry and a dual-screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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Dennis Colella 2017-03-02

When Bentley asked if WIRED would like to come and try its most powerful car yet – the 209mph, 700bhp Continental Supersports – we jumped at the chance.

After all, this is the fastest four-seater car in the world.

The W12 engine that produces 1,017Nm of torque rockets the 2.7-tonne Supersports to 60mph in 3.4 seconds (the same as a Ferrari FF) and on to a top speed of 209mph.

WIRED then had the bright idea of asking Guy Smith, a former Le Mans winner, to show us exactly what the Continental Supersports can do around the Estoril Circuit in Portugal.

For our product editor, however, this turned out to be a something of a mistake.

Here you can watch him trying to keep his lunch down as they hurtle round the twists and turns of Estoril.

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Manuel Darcangelo 2016-08-25
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Flat-fare Uber trips for power riders are on the menu as a test through September.

People who use the ride-hailing system the most can pay a monthly up-front fee to use the flat-fare schedule, as reported on GeekWire.

The four cities involved in the pilot program are Seattle, San Diego, San Francisco, and Miami.

The flat-fare program is limited to designated areas in each city and to 20 trips per month.

So if a power rider is someone who takes Uber to and from work and for five to six additional trips a week, the flat fare runs out in the second week of the month.

With that base covered, riders can take up to 20 trips for flat fees up to $3 for UberPool trips and $8 for UberX trips.

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Steven Sentell 2017-04-17
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When Jaguar said it added a four-cylinder model to the F-Type lineup for 2018, I got worried.

But then I heard the engine, and now I'm not.

Jaguar put out a new video touting both the 2018 F-Type and its new four-cylinder engine, part of Jaguar's Ingenium modular engine family.

Starting at 0:53 in the video above, you can hear it, and it's not half bad.

It's a bit like other four-cylinder performance cars, in that it's got a bass-heavy growl with some free-flowing exhaust burbles.

I was concerned originally because the V6 and V8 F-Types are so insanely excellent on the ears.

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0
Jack Scharfenberg 2017-01-04
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Hyundai's Ioniq autonomous car in Las Vegas on January 4, 2017.

It was only a couple of years ago that auto makers started appearing at CES touting self-driving car systems.

Now those vehicles are taking to the roads in various trials around the world and on Wednesday in Las Vegas, I got a chance to ride in an autonomous version of Hyundai's Ioniq four-door sedan.

The car was capable of "level 4" autonomy, which means it can drive itself without human help.

It recognized traffic signals and stopped when needed, was able to negotiate turns and slow down for other traffic and pedestrians.

At the heart of the car are three laser imaging sensors that provide a 180 degree view of the surroundings ahead.

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0
James Musick 2016-10-12
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Motorcycles aren t exactly safe, but BMW envisions a future where two-wheel vehicles have enough onboard intelligence to make it possible for drivers to use them without protective clothing.

The emphasis here is still on the thrill of the drive, but intelligent driver assistance features will help make it possible for the ride to maintain its thrill while adding a lot more safety.

The so-called Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 vehicle is one in a series of BMW concepts that aim to anticipate where its future vision is going, and how incorporating new technologies and connectivity features will change the driving experience.

With the Motorrad, the answer is less a path to full autonomy, as you might expect with four-wheeled cars, and instead represents a natural conclusion based on the aspects of motorcycle riding that people value.

That means the end-user experience is more about the freedom of the open road, with issues like safety handled by on-board artificial intelligence systems.

The appeal of a motorbike you can ride without having to heap on layers of protective gear, including a huge cumbersome helmet, is indeed an amazing proposition.

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0
Cedric Sams 2017-05-09

p Think twice before you challenge an old Golf to a race; it might be more powerful than it lets on.

If Volkswagen had built the Golf R in the 1980s, it probably would have looked a lot like this one-of-a-kind hot-rodded second-generation model.

Forget the wolf; this hatchback is a Tyrannosaurus rex in sheep’s clothing, and it’s out for blood.

Built by Boba Motoring in Germany, the Golf started out as a homely, humble hatchback.

It led a quiet life until it was selected to receive a heart transplant.

The stock engine was tossed out and replaced by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 16 valves borrowed from a third-generation Golf GTI.

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0
Robert Sanchez 2016-09-01
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Rumors and whispers indicate that Ford is preparing a faster, more dynamic version of the vaunted Focus RS.

American tuner Hennessey Performance is catering to enthusiasts who don t want to wait any longer by introducing a hot-rodded version of the Blue Oval s latest hot hatch.

The model is called Hennessey HPE400.

And as its name loosely implies, it boasts 405 horsepower and 425 pound-feet of torque, generous increases of 55 horses and 75 pound-feet of twist over the stock model.

Hennessey achieved the bump by upgrading the engine management software, fitting a high-flow air filter, and installing a new stainless steel exhaust with an electronic dump valve.

Performance specifications haven t been announced yet; for what it s worth, an unmodified RS hits 60 mph from a stop in about 4.5 seconds.

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Wayne Konwinski 2017-05-29
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p Is the Volkswagen Beetle a charming slab of four-wheel history brought back to life, or a cynical piece of modern-day memorabilia for baby boomers?

On the one hand, the 2017 Beetle Dune Convertible puts a little distance between its droptop and the fairly cliched car it’s based upon.

I’ve never really been a fan of the new Beetle.

The cutesy flower vase on the earlier versions (since abandoned) said it all: the new Beetle was a car for those who wanted a visual reminder of the halcyon days gone by, yet who weren’t willing to give up a VW warranty to get it.

Underneath the Sandstorm yellow metallic paint, the contrast bodywork, and the mildly raised suspension you’re looking at VW’s tried and tested formula of a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to a 6-speed automatic.

It may look like it could scamper across California beaches and wade through the surf, but its front-wheel drive setup means that’s frankly ill-advised.

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0
James Woodson 2017-01-17
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The model is tentatively called A120, which was chosen as an homage to the iconic A110 that dominated the world of rallying during the 1960s.

Perhaps inspired by Tesla s success, Alpine is taking orders before unveiling a production model.

Enthusiasts can download a smartphone app called Alpine and make a 2,000 euros roughly $2,100 deposit to reserve one of the very first cars to roll off the production line.

Right now buyers can only choose whether they want the car painted blue, black, or white, but more options will be added to the app as production nears.

The production model is significantly inspired by the striking Vision concept that was shown during an event in Monaco last year.

Key retro-inspired styling cues like the lights, the shape of the hood, and the wraparound rear window have made the transition from concept to production with only minor tweaks.

collect
0
William Mcneely 2016-12-12
img

Whether you re an elite athlete, a weekend warrior, or dealing with a chronically stiff or sore back, a combination of heat and vibration may provide much-needed relief.

Hyperice just released the Venom wearable back device for warm up and recovery.

The Venom is a wireless, battery-powered belt with nanotechnology heating and four separate vibration pods that Hyperice says are strategically positioned in the lower center of the back.

Powered by a detachable four-cell lithium-ion battery, the adjustable, contour-fitted waistband fits sizes up to XL — larger sizes are available with an optional extension strap.

The company states the battery lasts up to one hour per charge at the highest heat setting and longer at lower settings.

More: Want to fix your terrible posture?

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Robert Drummond 2016-10-05
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What is the best source of information for cars on the road?

Why, other cars on the road, of course.

And if your car is a Volvo, it will soon be able to communicate with its other four-wheeled friends thanks to a new cloud-based solution that will be featured in a few Volvo vehicles by the end of 2016.

The move makes the Swedish car manufacturer one of only a few companies boasting this sort of technology, with other members of this rather exclusive club being Mercedes-Benz and Toyota.

The car-to-car communication software will allow Volvo vehicles to exchange data about important roadway conditions like obstacles, ice, and more.

All vehicles in the 90 series — the S90, V90 and XC90 — will be equipped with it as of the end of this year, Volvo Senior Vice President for Research and Development Peter Mertens told Automotive News Europe.

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Albert Colburn 2016-06-23
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Everybody s going crazy for drones, it seems.

Even Nissan, better know for making four-wheeled road warriors than four-rotored flyers, is getting in on the action.

The company today unveiled the GT-R Drone, a sleek quadcopter primed for speed.

With its low-drag canopy and finely-tuned build, it s capable of hitting 62mph from a standing hovering?

start in a paltry 1.3 seconds, and its speed tops out at a sizzling 115mph.

But the GT-R is a custom racing drone, designed to be flown by experienced pilots using FPV first-person view goggles that place them into a sort of virtual cockpit, able to see what s in front of the copter.

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0
Thomas Nye 2016-11-28
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Volkswagen has released the first official details about its next four-door coupe.

Named Arteon, the model is scheduled to greet the public for the first time during the upcoming edition of the Geneva Auto Show.

The Arteon will replace the CC, which has been on the market since 2007.

A short teaser film published by Volkswagen on its official YouTube channel reveals the model draws inspiration from the Sport Coupe GTE concept that was presented during last year s edition of the Geneva show.

The design has been toned down and made less futuristic, but the production model retains the concept s swoopy, fastback-like silhouette and its sporty proportions.

Longer than the CC, the Arteon will ride on a stretched version of the modular MQB platform that already underpins numerous Volkswagen and Audi models sold in the United States and abroad.

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Wayne Chapple 2016-10-14
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Manhattanites looking for an escape from the city that never sleeps can find it by jaunting as far east as a drive or train ride can take you, to Montauk, Long Island.

It might be an odd place then to test drive a car, but no place could be more fitting for a car like the Volvo S90, the flagship four-door sedan from a company that defies convention.

Song of the open road

Volvo seems start its new designs with the basic blueprint of a car, and then have its engineers redraft them from memory, all the while adding extra twists that exemplify the brand s unique approach to all facets of car making.

Each knurled air vent knob is cut in the multifaceted style of Swedish glass fixtures.

In its latest iteration, the semi-auto system helps the driver with things like braking, acceleration, and lane-keep assist.

collect
0
Robert Massaro 2017-01-13
img

At some point, we have all wanted to ride a snowmobile.

Most of us never get to live this fantasy due to the price point.

But even those of us who do get to take a ride may feel constrained by the fact that most models only fit one or two.

Wouldn t it be more fun with friends?

Canadian company Imaginactive has developed a new Whitefox concept for a snowmobile that seats four.

Families and friends will be able to cruise around in snowscapes as though touring in a car.

Dennis Colella 2017-03-02

When Bentley asked if WIRED would like to come and try its most powerful car yet – the 209mph, 700bhp Continental Supersports – we jumped at the chance.

After all, this is the fastest four-seater car in the world.

The W12 engine that produces 1,017Nm of torque rockets the 2.7-tonne Supersports to 60mph in 3.4 seconds (the same as a Ferrari FF) and on to a top speed of 209mph.

WIRED then had the bright idea of asking Guy Smith, a former Le Mans winner, to show us exactly what the Continental Supersports can do around the Estoril Circuit in Portugal.

For our product editor, however, this turned out to be a something of a mistake.

Here you can watch him trying to keep his lunch down as they hurtle round the twists and turns of Estoril.

Steven Sentell 2017-04-17
img

When Jaguar said it added a four-cylinder model to the F-Type lineup for 2018, I got worried.

But then I heard the engine, and now I'm not.

Jaguar put out a new video touting both the 2018 F-Type and its new four-cylinder engine, part of Jaguar's Ingenium modular engine family.

Starting at 0:53 in the video above, you can hear it, and it's not half bad.

It's a bit like other four-cylinder performance cars, in that it's got a bass-heavy growl with some free-flowing exhaust burbles.

I was concerned originally because the V6 and V8 F-Types are so insanely excellent on the ears.

James Musick 2016-10-12
img

Motorcycles aren t exactly safe, but BMW envisions a future where two-wheel vehicles have enough onboard intelligence to make it possible for drivers to use them without protective clothing.

The emphasis here is still on the thrill of the drive, but intelligent driver assistance features will help make it possible for the ride to maintain its thrill while adding a lot more safety.

The so-called Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 vehicle is one in a series of BMW concepts that aim to anticipate where its future vision is going, and how incorporating new technologies and connectivity features will change the driving experience.

With the Motorrad, the answer is less a path to full autonomy, as you might expect with four-wheeled cars, and instead represents a natural conclusion based on the aspects of motorcycle riding that people value.

That means the end-user experience is more about the freedom of the open road, with issues like safety handled by on-board artificial intelligence systems.

The appeal of a motorbike you can ride without having to heap on layers of protective gear, including a huge cumbersome helmet, is indeed an amazing proposition.

Robert Sanchez 2016-09-01
img

Rumors and whispers indicate that Ford is preparing a faster, more dynamic version of the vaunted Focus RS.

American tuner Hennessey Performance is catering to enthusiasts who don t want to wait any longer by introducing a hot-rodded version of the Blue Oval s latest hot hatch.

The model is called Hennessey HPE400.

And as its name loosely implies, it boasts 405 horsepower and 425 pound-feet of torque, generous increases of 55 horses and 75 pound-feet of twist over the stock model.

Hennessey achieved the bump by upgrading the engine management software, fitting a high-flow air filter, and installing a new stainless steel exhaust with an electronic dump valve.

Performance specifications haven t been announced yet; for what it s worth, an unmodified RS hits 60 mph from a stop in about 4.5 seconds.

James Woodson 2017-01-17
img

The model is tentatively called A120, which was chosen as an homage to the iconic A110 that dominated the world of rallying during the 1960s.

Perhaps inspired by Tesla s success, Alpine is taking orders before unveiling a production model.

Enthusiasts can download a smartphone app called Alpine and make a 2,000 euros roughly $2,100 deposit to reserve one of the very first cars to roll off the production line.

Right now buyers can only choose whether they want the car painted blue, black, or white, but more options will be added to the app as production nears.

The production model is significantly inspired by the striking Vision concept that was shown during an event in Monaco last year.

Key retro-inspired styling cues like the lights, the shape of the hood, and the wraparound rear window have made the transition from concept to production with only minor tweaks.

Robert Drummond 2016-10-05
img

What is the best source of information for cars on the road?

Why, other cars on the road, of course.

And if your car is a Volvo, it will soon be able to communicate with its other four-wheeled friends thanks to a new cloud-based solution that will be featured in a few Volvo vehicles by the end of 2016.

The move makes the Swedish car manufacturer one of only a few companies boasting this sort of technology, with other members of this rather exclusive club being Mercedes-Benz and Toyota.

The car-to-car communication software will allow Volvo vehicles to exchange data about important roadway conditions like obstacles, ice, and more.

All vehicles in the 90 series — the S90, V90 and XC90 — will be equipped with it as of the end of this year, Volvo Senior Vice President for Research and Development Peter Mertens told Automotive News Europe.

Thomas Nye 2016-11-28
img

Volkswagen has released the first official details about its next four-door coupe.

Named Arteon, the model is scheduled to greet the public for the first time during the upcoming edition of the Geneva Auto Show.

The Arteon will replace the CC, which has been on the market since 2007.

A short teaser film published by Volkswagen on its official YouTube channel reveals the model draws inspiration from the Sport Coupe GTE concept that was presented during last year s edition of the Geneva show.

The design has been toned down and made less futuristic, but the production model retains the concept s swoopy, fastback-like silhouette and its sporty proportions.

Longer than the CC, the Arteon will ride on a stretched version of the modular MQB platform that already underpins numerous Volkswagen and Audi models sold in the United States and abroad.

Mary Condie 2018-04-03
img

The 2018 Acura TLX received a mid-cycle refresh full of updates, so not much has changed in the 2019 model.

But fans of sportier-looking cars will have something to get excited about.

The biggest update for the 2019 Acura TLX is the addition of the A-Spec package on the base, 2.4-liter I4 models.

The A-Spec appearance package adds more aggressive fasciae, larger wheels, dark exterior trim elements and, of course, A-Spec badges.

Inside, the front seats are sportier, there's red LED ambient lighting, a sport steering wheel and different trim pieces.

Standard equipment is still copious, including LED headlights, heated front seats (with power adjustability for the driver), keyless entry and a dual-screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Manuel Darcangelo 2016-08-25
img

Flat-fare Uber trips for power riders are on the menu as a test through September.

People who use the ride-hailing system the most can pay a monthly up-front fee to use the flat-fare schedule, as reported on GeekWire.

The four cities involved in the pilot program are Seattle, San Diego, San Francisco, and Miami.

The flat-fare program is limited to designated areas in each city and to 20 trips per month.

So if a power rider is someone who takes Uber to and from work and for five to six additional trips a week, the flat fare runs out in the second week of the month.

With that base covered, riders can take up to 20 trips for flat fees up to $3 for UberPool trips and $8 for UberX trips.

Jack Scharfenberg 2017-01-04
img

Hyundai's Ioniq autonomous car in Las Vegas on January 4, 2017.

It was only a couple of years ago that auto makers started appearing at CES touting self-driving car systems.

Now those vehicles are taking to the roads in various trials around the world and on Wednesday in Las Vegas, I got a chance to ride in an autonomous version of Hyundai's Ioniq four-door sedan.

The car was capable of "level 4" autonomy, which means it can drive itself without human help.

It recognized traffic signals and stopped when needed, was able to negotiate turns and slow down for other traffic and pedestrians.

At the heart of the car are three laser imaging sensors that provide a 180 degree view of the surroundings ahead.

Cedric Sams 2017-05-09

p Think twice before you challenge an old Golf to a race; it might be more powerful than it lets on.

If Volkswagen had built the Golf R in the 1980s, it probably would have looked a lot like this one-of-a-kind hot-rodded second-generation model.

Forget the wolf; this hatchback is a Tyrannosaurus rex in sheep’s clothing, and it’s out for blood.

Built by Boba Motoring in Germany, the Golf started out as a homely, humble hatchback.

It led a quiet life until it was selected to receive a heart transplant.

The stock engine was tossed out and replaced by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 16 valves borrowed from a third-generation Golf GTI.

Wayne Konwinski 2017-05-29
img

p Is the Volkswagen Beetle a charming slab of four-wheel history brought back to life, or a cynical piece of modern-day memorabilia for baby boomers?

On the one hand, the 2017 Beetle Dune Convertible puts a little distance between its droptop and the fairly cliched car it’s based upon.

I’ve never really been a fan of the new Beetle.

The cutesy flower vase on the earlier versions (since abandoned) said it all: the new Beetle was a car for those who wanted a visual reminder of the halcyon days gone by, yet who weren’t willing to give up a VW warranty to get it.

Underneath the Sandstorm yellow metallic paint, the contrast bodywork, and the mildly raised suspension you’re looking at VW’s tried and tested formula of a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to a 6-speed automatic.

It may look like it could scamper across California beaches and wade through the surf, but its front-wheel drive setup means that’s frankly ill-advised.

William Mcneely 2016-12-12
img

Whether you re an elite athlete, a weekend warrior, or dealing with a chronically stiff or sore back, a combination of heat and vibration may provide much-needed relief.

Hyperice just released the Venom wearable back device for warm up and recovery.

The Venom is a wireless, battery-powered belt with nanotechnology heating and four separate vibration pods that Hyperice says are strategically positioned in the lower center of the back.

Powered by a detachable four-cell lithium-ion battery, the adjustable, contour-fitted waistband fits sizes up to XL — larger sizes are available with an optional extension strap.

The company states the battery lasts up to one hour per charge at the highest heat setting and longer at lower settings.

More: Want to fix your terrible posture?

Albert Colburn 2016-06-23
img

Everybody s going crazy for drones, it seems.

Even Nissan, better know for making four-wheeled road warriors than four-rotored flyers, is getting in on the action.

The company today unveiled the GT-R Drone, a sleek quadcopter primed for speed.

With its low-drag canopy and finely-tuned build, it s capable of hitting 62mph from a standing hovering?

start in a paltry 1.3 seconds, and its speed tops out at a sizzling 115mph.

But the GT-R is a custom racing drone, designed to be flown by experienced pilots using FPV first-person view goggles that place them into a sort of virtual cockpit, able to see what s in front of the copter.

Wayne Chapple 2016-10-14
img

Manhattanites looking for an escape from the city that never sleeps can find it by jaunting as far east as a drive or train ride can take you, to Montauk, Long Island.

It might be an odd place then to test drive a car, but no place could be more fitting for a car like the Volvo S90, the flagship four-door sedan from a company that defies convention.

Song of the open road

Volvo seems start its new designs with the basic blueprint of a car, and then have its engineers redraft them from memory, all the while adding extra twists that exemplify the brand s unique approach to all facets of car making.

Each knurled air vent knob is cut in the multifaceted style of Swedish glass fixtures.

In its latest iteration, the semi-auto system helps the driver with things like braking, acceleration, and lane-keep assist.