Read This: Chris Harris condemns demonization of Porsche Carrera GT in wake of Walker death

When something bad happens, it’s easy to resort to scapegoating. At least for some of us, that seems to be exactly what has happened following the tragic death of actor Paul Walker and racer Roger Rodas, who were killed on November 30 in a Porsche Carrera GT. Even though officials have not yet determined the cause of the crash, that isn’t stopping many theories from being put for – theories that include blaming the Porsche supercar. Rather predictably, not only is the CGT’s difficult nature getting examined, but indeed, the nature of all high-performance cars is being put under the public’s microscope, with some wondering what the need for all the power is.

A Google search of “Porsche Carrera GT” will find no shortage of articles about the razor-sharp handling and outright speed of the CGT. Pistonheads’ Chris Harris has a different, insightful take on both the Carrera GT and the nature of all fast cars. He reflects on the matter, ironically, en route to drive the successor to the car that killed Walker and Rodas, the 900-horsepower 918 Spyder hybrid supercar.

We think it’s well worth a read, as it makes a number of good points about modern high-performance automobiles and the way they’re used. Click over and take a look.News Source: Pistonheads

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ETC.: Top Gear picks their 50 greatest cars from the past 20 years

Our friends at Best Gear (the united kingdom TV show) are celebrating the publication’s twentieth birthday. Honoring that milestone, the BBC-owned book can be naming what it thinks will be the 50 greatest cars from days gone by 20 years. Now, that is TG’s list, this means it’s a little more centered on European brands and versions.

For instance, the Vauxhall Ampera is usually listed, as opposed to the Chevrolet Volt, and the only real American performance car may be the Ford GT – you can find no Vipers, no Corvettes, no muscle cars. Needless to say, gleam distinct insufficient cars from Jaguar, aswell, therefore the list isn’t very as blatantly Eurocentric since it appears on very first blush.

Still, there are numerous of items that are no-brainers, plus a several quirky choices which could only result from a magazine as irreverent as Top Equipment (Dacia Duster anyone?). All told, it’s a fascinating look at some significantly interesting cars. But you want to know very well what you imagine. Chime in straight down in the Remarks, and tell us which vehicles you imagine deserve their location, which vehicles you imagine ought to be added, and without any business such illustrious company.

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Opinion from Chris Ilson:

Something is wrong with the article, Richard Hammond of Top Gear UK is a noted American muscle car fan.  In fact he even purchased either the new Challenger or new Charger some years back.  It also makes me wonder if the Top Gear 50 greatest car’s list would include a Lexus (haha Jeremy Clarkson thinks Lexus is evil or something!).  Even more bizzare is the Audi TT, which I thought Jeremy Clarkson hated.  No surprise at the car occupying the number 1 spot, I won’t spoil it however.

 

2014 Lamborghini Gallardo

The westcoaster's favorite car for beach cruising!

The Lamborghini Gallardo could be retired quickly, replaced with a fresh model (More information here) , rumored to be known as the Cabrera. But it doesn’t mean the Gallardo is certainly irrelevant.

In fact, Lamborghini spent some time working hard to help keep the Gallardo line refreshing, adding a variety of special editions with various engine tunes and generate configurations. A few of the for example the Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera, the LP 560-4, the LP 550-2, the LP 570-4 Spyder Performante, the LP 560-4 Spyder, and the LP 550-2 Spyder.

As is definitely the case with today’s Lamborghini, the initial number indicates metric hp, and the second the amount of drive wheels. Another descriptors are equally easy: a Spyder is really a convertible, and the Superleggera and Efficiency tags translate from Italian to “super lighting” and “powerful”, respectively.

Regardless of the power output or generate configuration, all Gallarados utilize the same fundamental 5.2-liter V-10 engine. Versions with the -2 designation do not get all-wheel drive, but all the other available versions do. The -2 versions get rear-wheel drive rather. All models come regular with the “e equipment” robotized sequential transmitting with paddle-shift.

The Gallardo is fast: it can reach 60 mph in less than 3.4 seconds and keep on to a high speed over 200 mph.

Despite the focus on statistics and capability, nevertheless, the Gallardo, like almost every other Lamborghini, is about a lot more than overall performance. It’s about design, design, and presence; it’s concerning the way it certainly makes you feel and just how it turns heads. The Gallardo doesn’t obtain the dramatic scissor-starting doors the Aventador will, but its reduced, angular user profile and barking exhaust notice work together.

Inside the Gallardo, you will discover a concise, high-performance-themed space. There’s very little room for loose products or Huge Gulps, and in the front-mounted trunk, there’s hardly area for a weekend’s luggage. Getting back in and out isn’t simple due to the reduced stance, though Spyder versions make the transition a lot more vertical than horizontal, easing the procedure. Despite the insufficient room and creature comforts, the cabin is definitely well-appointed, with quality materials and exact construction.

It’s miles from practical, nevertheless, you currently knew that. The query is whether, after almost ten years available, the Gallardo nevertheless cuts the striking physique you’re after–especially with an upgraded sitting on the sidelines.

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Exclusive: our day with Lamborghini Veneno in the desert

Twelve humans have got walked on the moon, however just three humans will possess a Lamborghini Veneno <http://www.autoblog.com/tag/lamborghini+veneno/>  coupe.

The Italian automaker promises that its most recent handcrafted $4 million supercar is certainly “extremely exclusive,” but we’d venture to call a gross understatement. Think about that Bugatti  <http://www.autoblog.com/bugatti/>  is producing 450 Veyrons, Ferrari  <http://www.autoblog.com/ferrari/>  designed 399 Enzos and Porsche  <http://www.autoblog.com/porsche/>  assembled simply 345 of its 959 supercars  <http://www.autoblog.com/tag/porsche+959/>  – you do not see some of those “extremely exclusive” vehicles on a good monthly basis. Right now ponder the news headlines that Lamborghini  <http://www.autoblog.com/lamborghini/>  can make only four completely homologated street-lawful Venenos, and selfishly provide only three of these for sale to the general public.

After grasping the productions quantities (or the shortage thereof), we think about ourselves rather lucky to possess secured the only real existing Veneno on earth for a recent photograph shoot in California’s Mojave Desert (needless to say we asked to operate a vehicle it, but no mass media has ever been permitted to drive it above strolling speeds). Following its arrival at the Geneva Engine Show  <http://www.autoblog.com/geneva-motor-show/>  earlier this season, the coupe produced its United states debut at the current Pebble Seaside Concours d’Elegance  <http://www.autoblog.com/tag/pebble+beach/&gt; . Your day after the display, it traveled by enclosed vehicle to your secret photo area before being wrapped upward securely and delivered by air back again to Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy.

Standing on the Lamborghini, watching the hot sun reflect off its gray metallic-look paint, you can only think about the Veneno an exceptionally fascinating machine.

Lamborghini informed us that the two-seater was made to drive the envelope of style and entertain the automaker’s upcoming styling cues. In accordance with those who penned the form, its razor-sharpened, carbon fiber figure isn’t just edgy, aggressive, sinister and evil, it’s completely practical. Every details in the bodywork provides reportedly been constructed to optimize downforce, increase cooling and reduce drag very much the same as a racecar. Think about its front end a big aerodynamic wing, with channels to steer air over and round the windshield. The fenders are usually set from the body, as being a sports activity prototype racer, to improve airflow round the sides and feed atmosphere in to the radiators, brakes and consumption. The rear wing is certainly adjustable, and under the coupe is really a smooth underbelly to reduce turbulence and lift.

However the vehicle isn’t a completely clean-sheet design. Predicated on Lamborghini’s own Aventador  <http://www.autoblog.com/lamborghini/aventador/>  – a scene-stealing exotic by every definition of the word – the Veneno can be a physical exercise in lightweight composite creating technology. Although some aluminum subframes are distributed to its more prevalent sibling, the Veneno offers its specialized carbon-fiber monocoque tub, carbon-fiber entire body panels and an inside that has patented forged composite seats and woven carbon-fiber Carbonskin cloth (believe carbon-fiber fabric protected with a smooth and flexible resin). Where in fact the Aventador suggestions the scales at 3,472 lbs, the Veneno weighs simply 3,190 pounds.

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Some cheeky opinion from Chris Ilson

This is one of those rare cars that makes people ask the question “Why buy something with this much potential and performance, only to be forced driving the speed limits?”  Unless the owners are also race car drivers who can use performance vehicles to their absolute potential, it’s just a waste.  Who wants to argue that people who buy this car only do so to say “Look at me, I bought this!”

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Nissan Pathfinder, Infiniti JX in transmission safety probe

Nissan may be pushed to recall 110,000 Pathfinder and Infiniti JX35 crossovers, because of amount of customer complaints. Customers report suddenly losing strength, with restoration facilities blaming the problem on faulty transmitting cooler line connections. Both Pathfinder and JX35 work with a continuously variable transmission. By right now, the only real vehicles being investigated are usually from design year 2013.

Nissan has long been cooperating with the Nationwide Highway Traffic Basic safety Administration, according to a written report from Reuters, and contains developed a repair for the affected automobiles. It isn’t clear whether this can turn into a full-blown recall, as there were no known situations of injuries or crashes. But with a possible 110,000 vehicles susceptible to sudden power reduction, a recall appears to be a likely outcome.

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And now more random opinion from Chris Ilson

I’m not entirely shocked to see this bit of news.  It must be said once more that Nissan had wonderful reliability when the vehicles were being built in Japan.  Sadly it appears the march of progress and being forced to stay competitive in such a highly aggressive market has pushed Nissan to make some bad choices.  This opinion might be formed out of knowledge of Nissan vehicles with the traditional clutch type automatic transmissions versus the newer Constant Velocity Transmissions.  CVT transmissions are great.  Less moving parts to fail over time and a smoother driving experience.  But I’ll prefer to keep my old clutch type transmission until every last bolt disentergrates.

Long term: 2012 Hyundai Veloster Turbo: July/August 2013

If you have been reading the past updates on the extended road test of the 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo at <http://www.autoblog.com/long-term-garage/2013-hyundai-veloster/> , you might have noticed a pattern developing. This can be a flawed vehicle. Not really critically so, but also for quite a few editors, this vehicle’s irritating attributes are certainly outweighing the nice. What might not be obvious, though, can be that the deck is usually kind of stacked contrary to the Turbo model.

See, a Veloster  <http://www.autoblog.com/hyundai/veloster/>  using its base powertrain and much less of the gimmicky, look-at-me styling is really a solid, fashion-forward, perfectly packaged hatchback at an excellent price. Our problems haven’t so much become with the Veloster itself, but with the unfulfilled objectives of hot-hatchery that the Turbo provides to the equation.

Because of this update, then, I’ll focus on a standard bridge between your two Veloster versions: the cars’ top-finish infotainment techniques. Tack on the Design and Tech packs on the typical Veloster or the best Package deal on a Veloster Turbo, and you will obtain the same Blue Hyperlink infotainment system, touchscreen routing and eight-speaker Dimension stereo (a typical product on the VT).

The system’s capabilities have huge variations from dull to mundane, though that’s not necessarily a negative thing. Hyundai  <http://www.autoblog.com/hyundai/>  performed it conservative when arranging the infotainment controls round the seven-inch touchscreen. Left of the screen will be the start factors for accessing the terrestrial radio, media techniques and XM Satellite Radio. On underneath will be the knobs for quantity and tuning, together with the phone, info/setup key, and the rocker key for transforming tracks. On the proper, we’ve the navigation controls.

While you focus on these buttons, almost all interactions occur on the display, a seven-inch user interface that rapidly responds to inputs, provides clear graphics, and is rather straightforward to utilize. The Veloster adds a couple of cool tech what to its arsenal because of Pandora integration and the Blue Link service.

Pandora works about and also it can on your own smartphone. It is possible to thumbs-up or thumbs-lower tracks and entry the mercilessly few skips afforded by the air service (six each hour, per station).

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Some thoughts by Chris Ilson

Can’t really sugar coat this opinion which could be seen as evil.  The retail price for a vehicle with similar looks would have to be rather cheap.  I’m thinking under $14,000 USD.  However when the Veloster is looked at with budget in mind it might actually make sense.

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