No, there’s no Denali Light model in the works, but there will be a new choice for buyers seeking a low-end GMC Yukon or Yukon XL. General Motors’ truck-only division apparently has a mid-year addition planned for the body-on-frame SUV that effectively creates a one-up-from-base trim. To bastardize an old Dodge slogan — if you can handle less content at a lower MSRP, you could be Yukon material. The new trim level sits solidly in the middle of the $8,100 gap between the entry level SLE and mid-level SLT. According to CarsDirect, order guides show the SLT Standard Edition carries an after-delivery price of $55,695 — a healthy move up from the SLE’s $50,395 MSRP, but a marked decrease from the SLT’s $58,495 sticker. Interestingly, a long-wheelbase Yukon XL in this new trim rings in at $100 less than a regular-length Yukon SLT. If you’re a buyer who ranks seating and size over standard content, this model could be your new daydream material. … [Read more...] about GMC Yukon Adding An Extra Rung to the Trim Ladder
We are getting closer and closer to the debut of the Rolls-Royce Cullinan but before that happens the manufacturer will be putting out a lot of teasers to keep us going until then. These teasers show parts of the road trip the SUV took across multiple countries and the entire experience is being covered by National Geographic and photographer Cory Richards. Rolls-Royce has been and will be uploading videos of the journey to their YouTube channel. The videos show the Cullinan pull off some off-road maneuvers (which is it’s purpose after all). Below are the videos uploaded by Rolls-Royce in ascending order. Check them out and get ready for the Cullinan’s full reveal in the coming months. Related Posts Porsche 911 GT2 RS Breaks Lap Record At Sachsenring Apr 16, 2018 Ferrari Sergio Heading To Auction With Estimated Price Tag… Apr 16, 2018 … [Read more...] about Check Out The Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV In Action
Hypercars like the Ferrari LaFerrari are perfect for doing donuts. They’ve got loads of power, send their grunt to the rear wheels, and don’t have a lot of weight to push around. So while seeing a high-performance machine like the LaFerrari make circles in asphalt is enjoyable it’s not really surprising. What is surprising is seeing a V70 that’s been sawed in half pull off some epic donuts. If you haven’t been following TheHoonigans’ recent antics, the YouTube account purchased an old Volvo V70 last month with the intention of finding a way to put it on caster wheels. Obviously, that sounds like a massive undertaking and it was – it took the outlet four videos to work out. In the first video, they strip the car down and get it prepped to be cut in half. The second actually sees the crew cut the poor wagon in half, hamburger style. Anxiously, the outlet takes the mangled wagon out for some miniature wheelies. In the third installment of the … [Read more...] about Sawed In Half Volvo V70 Is The Ultimate Donut Machine
Dig the new Volvo XC40, but wish it looked just a little bit sportier? Well apparently you’re not alone. So as attractive as we may find it already, Volvo has come out with a new Exterior Styling Kit for its entry-level crossover to give it a bit more flair. The “rugged yet sporty exterior styling kit” includes a stainless steel lower body trim that looks more aesthetic than the functional underbody protection often offered on off-roaders. It also includes a rear spoiler extending the roofline a bit over the rear window, and a set of 21-inch diamond-cut wheels. Nothing too outlandish or over-the-top, just a little dose of added attitude. As Motor1 points out, US pricing and availability have yet to be released. But those same triple-five-spoke wheels are already available as a $2,680 option, including performance tires. Recently named European Car of the Year, the XC40 represents Volvo’s first foray into the increasingly competitive compact luxury crossover … [Read more...] about Volvo XC40 Gets Sportier With New Exterior Styling Kit
Jay writes: Sajeev, I’ve been enjoying your work on TTAC for several years and (unfortunately) have run into a situation where I think I need your help. After reading Mark’s review of the Ford Flex several years ago, I test drove and fell in love with one — a 2012 Titanium Ecoboost model, to be precise. Fast forward to last month, and I am driving down I-395 when the car starts to lurch; $1,900 later, I have a new fuel injector and a picture of a leaky turbo (rrg). In hopes that Ford would have some type of pity on a 5.5-year-old car with only 53K miles on it, I took it to the dealership. $167 later, we’ve added a transmission seal issue to the running list and they’re asking more than $5,000 to square everything away. I’m hoping you have a magic bullet for this one or, barring that, something snappy to say that will make me laugh. Sajeev answers: Magic bullet? Make you laugh? I’ve made enough Panther Love jokes alongside my cheap shots at … [Read more...] about Piston Slap: Goodwill Repairs to Hit ’em With That Flex?
Civic Type R compared to its digital representation in Forza Motorsport 7? How closely does a virtual Road Atlanta match the actual racetrack? Can a skilled driver beat another, while one of them drives a real car and the other plays a videogame?In R vs R, Honda has pitched IndyCar driver Graham Rahal against pro gamer Peter "the SLAPtrain" Jeakins. In this very entertaining short video, both drive the Civic Type R that's closest to their profession, and the lap times come close. Very close. But you'll have to watch the above clip to see just how well the drivers are matched.One of the most interesting things about the clip is that Rahal isn't just driving against a pre-set time — his Civic is fitted with a "mixed-reality" windshield, giving him the ability to see a "ghost" version of Jeakins' virtual Civic on the track — just like you would see one in a video game, in real time. But like Rahal says, "In simulation, you don't have fear. In real life you do." Wise … [Read more...] about Honda Civic Type R vs. Type R: When real races virtual, who wins?
Dodge Challenger Demon is a monster in short bursts. Its 840 horsepower and drag-ready tires allow it to hit 60 mph in a claimed 2.3 seconds on the way to a sub-10-second quarter-mile time. But it turns out that the Demon doesn't run out of grunt after the quarter-mile. This was proven by a group that took one to the runway where space shuttles landed, Johnny Böhmer Proving Grounds in Florida. There they hit a top speed of 203 mph. Dodge doesn't give a top speed for the Demon, but for a bit of comparison, the 707-horsepower Hellcat Widebody has a top speed of 199 mph.Watching the video, it's interesting how calm things appear to be in the cabin. There doesn't appear to be much vibration, and the car was clearly staying steady in a straight line, since the driver hardly moved the wheel. And before you know it, the 2.3-mile run is over. The run's not official unless a record-keeping body is witnessing it, and there will surely be Demons out there trying to beat this run, but it's … [Read more...] about Watch a Dodge Challenger Demon break 200 mph
Ryan writes: Hi Sajeev, I have a problem with the air conditioning not functioning properly on my ’89 Ford Taurus LX equipped with Electronic Automatic Temperature Control (EATC). When I start the car on a warm day the AC can blow icy cold air immediately, but the temperature gradually rises to ambient temperature by the time I reach the freeway, and is bad enough that I turn the EATC off. When I turn on the EATC by pressing AUTO, it often feels like it’s blowing maximum heat. I have noticed that when this happens the AC compressor clutch is not cycling on and off. During the winter, the AC compressor clutch clicks on and off. The problem seems to be intermittent and only occurs during warmer months. Also, during startup, you can hear an audible “whirring” noise in the dash, and that started to sound abnormal about the same time the AC stopped working. By “abnormal” I mean it lasts much longer than it used to. I believe the noise I’m hearing is … [Read more...] about Piston Slap: Bullish on Ford’s Electronic Automatic Temperature Control?
Volkswagen's Czech-based brand has introduced weird cars every now and then and their advertisements don't always take themselves too seriously.Take this French Škoda commercial, which puts a full-size Škoda Superb sedan in the place of Elon Musk's space-bound cherry-red Tesla Roadster. The whole idea of the commercial is sending a Superb to Mars, countdown and all – and the car even features a tongue-in-cheek personal message to Elon himself.Spoiler alert: It's not that Mars. But it's not a chocolate bar, either.The current, third-generation Superb was introduced in 2015. Much like the Passat it's based on, each generation has been slightly bigger than the last. Each has always been made significantly more competitive, blurring the line between Volkswagen and its supposed budget brand. This is the first generation to officially visit Mars ... that we can confirm. Related Video: … [Read more...] about ‘Don’t panic Elon!’ Skoda sends a Superb to Mars
2017, the Dodge Viper is out of production, relegated to the hearts and garages of those who love it. But as a last hurrah, a crowdfunded privateer team took two Viper ACRs to the famous Nürburgring racetrack to both celebrate the Viper's existence and to try and lap the long Nordschleife track in under 7 minutes. Going after the fastest recorded production car lap, they gunned for the Lamborghini Huracan Performante's 6:52 time, but hot August temperatures caused tire problems and the Viper remained on the wrong side of 7 minutes despite the best efforts of ex-Porsche cup driver Lance David Arnold and SRT driver Dominik Farnbacher.In essence, the team ran factory-spec Viper ACR Extremes on factory tires; showroom fresh, the cars were delivered straight from Texas. But despite not getting under the 7-minute mark, they still became the first non-automaker-affiliated team to set an official Nürburgring lap time — and the 7:01.3 they laid down on their best run made the … [Read more...] about Viper ACR privateers’ Nurburgring runs detailed in new documentary