Ride of the Week: BMW Begins Sales Of The Highly-Anticipated M4 GT4 Racer

Taking what they’ve learned from the M6 GT3, BMW begins sales of its latest racer, the M4 GT4. The car builds on the already impressive performance of the standard M4 and adds a carbon hood from the M4 GTS, carbon fiber doors, a motorsport-specific front splitter and rear wing, and a racing exhaust system.

The interior will feature seating, brakes, and a pedal box will be sourced from the M6 GT3. The car will also boast updated engine control software and is the first from BMW Motorsport to feature “power sticks” that can be pre-programmed with different engine performance levels.

Ride of the Week: The 2018 Lincoln Navigator

All-new and packed with tech, the 2018 Lincoln Navigator is a capable full-size SUV. Under the hood sits a twin-turbo V6 engine good for 450 hp, paired with a 10-speed transmission and made even more useful thanks to an aluminum alloy body that’s nearly 200 pounds lighter than its predecessor. The three-row interior offers a total of six USB ports, four 12-volt power outlets and one 110V plug, WiFi for up to 10 devices, the Sync 3 infotainment system with CarPlay and Android Auto support, and an available Revel Ultima audio with 20 speakers. Drivers will enjoy the bolstered front seats with massage, heating and cooling functionality, 12-inch configurable instrument cluster, and speed-dependent adaptive lighting that widens the beam at low speeds for increased visibility and narrows as you accelerate to eliminate distractions. In fact, you can appreciate the truck’s upgrades before you even enter, as it detects your approach automatically, lighting the interior, door handles, and interior ambient lights to give you both peace of mind and a sense of calm before you ever grip the wheel.

Ride of the Week: The 2017 Camaro ZL1 Hennessey Exorcist

In what’s sure to be a response to the Dodge Demon, Hennessy Performance just introduced their newest super muscle car, dubbed The Exorcist. The ride is based on the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and, of course, leave it up to the Texas-based aftermarket specialists to bring this already powerful ride into the stratosphere.

We’re not making this up either. Under the hood of this thing is a modified Chevy LT4 V8 engine now boasting an incredible output of 1,000 hp and 966 lb-ft of torque. Such intense power can be attributed to a larger and higher flowing supercharger and intercooler system that produces 14 psi of boost pressure. The Exorcist also hosts a high-flow air induction system, long tube stainless steel headers, and a camshaft upgrade. It rides atop two drag radial tires in the rear and does 0-60mph in under 3 seconds. Buyers also have the option to have their rides delivered at the Hennessy 1/4 mile dragstrip so they can legally test out the power behind this monstrous machine. Prices for the upgrade start at $55,000.

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Ride of the Week: Land Rover Officially Unveils The 2018 Range Rover Velar

Last week we got an early look at the new 2018 Range Rover Velar. As promised, the all-new SUV has since been fully, officially unveiled as of today.

Set to go on sale this summer for $50,895 USD to $90,295 USD, the Velar accounts for the lowest vehicle in the Range Rover arsenal, as it is effectively a crossover.

The new ride comes with air suspension, equipped with Land Rover’s terrain response system, which automatically sets up the suspension and driveline for various environments, selected by icons on the dashboard. Interested buyers in the U.S. will then choose from three engine options: Ingenium two-liter diesel producing 180 horsepower and 317 lb-ft of torque, a two-liter turbo gas unit producing 247 horsepower, and a 380-horsepower three-liter V6 supercharged gas engine. The lone transmission is the ZF eight-speed automatic, and permanent four-wheel-drive is also optioned.

“We wanted to elevate Range Rover’s design DNA to a new level,” says Massimo Frascella, Land Rover’s exterior creative director. “We were looking for a new level of simplicity, with the flush door handles and slim LED lights. This will do so much for Range Rover.”

For a detailed look at the 2018 Range Rover Levar, scan through the gallery above.

Remember, the vehicle goes on sale this summer.

Ride of the Week: Ferrari Unveils Its Fastest and Most Powerful Car of All-Time

The Prancing Horse isn’t exactly a slouch when it comes to automotive prowess, so when Ferrari releases its fastest and most powerful car of all-time, it’s best to pay attention.

Essentially the successor to the F12 Berlinetta, the aptly named 812 Superfast ditches the turbos of many recent Ferraris in favor of a naturally aspirated 6.5-liter V12 — one that boasts a high-pressure fuel system and variable-geometry intakes for improved performance — coupled to a modified version of Ferrari’s own seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The result is a car capable of 789 horsepower and 530 pound-feet of torque, which not only compares favorably to the 731 hp and 508 lb-ft of its predecessor, but equals the hp output of the electric motor-assisted LaFerrari. Ultimately, the 812 Superfast can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 2.9 seconds before reaching a top speed of 211 mph. Super fast, indeed.

Other additions include a move from hydraulic power steering to electric — making it the first street-legal Ferrari to employ EPS — and the addition of a second version of the Italian automaker’s Virtual Short Wheelbase rear-wheel steering. As for aesthetics, the Superfast is meant to evoke the look of 1969′s 365 GTB4 and comes in a special Rosso Settanta color scheme in celebration of Ferrari’s 70-year anniversary.

Expect the 812 Superfast to make its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month and, in the meantime, head on over to Ferrari’s website to learn more.

You Can Now Pre-Order a Flying Car and Have It Delivered by 2018

Five years since it completed its first flight demonstration, Dutch company PAL-V is finally accepting pre-orders for Liberty. The vehicle’s three wheels and retractable top-mounted rotor may make the vehicle looks more like a gyrocopter than a traditional sedan, but it can drive and fly. Revolutionary machines such as this will naturally prompt questions about regulations surrounding their use. But PAL-V assures consumers that the Liberty was not only designed to overcome technical and qualification challenges, it also complies with existing safety standards, as well as car and aviation regulations.

As far as driving/flying hybrids go, there really isn’t anything to benchmark the Liberty’s performance on, given that it’s the “first certified commercial flying car” to ever hit the market. Still, its specs are pretty decent. On land, it has a top ground speed of 161 km/h (100 mph) and can drive 1,315 km (817 mi) on a full tank. Airborne, it can go up to 180 km/h (112 mph), however it will require refueling every 499 km (310 mi).

The Liberty starts at $400,000, so there’s a pretty hefty price tag attached to it just for the basic Sport model. It’s likely that total cost will go upwards of $600,000 to get the “Pioneer” edition, which comes with exclusive training sessions, power heating, and an electronic flight instrument display.

Production is slated for the end of 2017 and delivery for the vehicles are scheduled for 2018. Until then, interested drivers/pilots are expected to give a non-refundable deposit of $10,000 for the Sport and $25,000 for the Pioneer.

Ford’s New Super Bowl Ad Focuses on Electric Cars, Bikes, and Ride-Sharing

Ford’s new ad for Super Bowl LI is full of hints towards the company’s work in across different kinds of transportation, not just the flashy new car. Instead, Ford is working to get you to associate the brand with things like electric cars, bikes, and ride-sharing.

For a 90-second ad with the tagline “Go Further,” Ford spends the first 60 seconds highlighting people being stuck in a variety of situations. The last 30 seconds finally bring in different Ford branded items to save the day for a number of the stuck humans, including Chariot, autonomous parking, electric cars, Ford bikes, and the Ford GT sports car. However, none of these innovations help the poor cat with a box stuck on its head.

One of the first obvious innovation teases in the ad is an autonomous car parking itself. Ford has been talking about releasing fully autonomous vehicles in 2020, and has tripled its test fleet of autonomous prototypes for 2017. These autonomous vehicles will also be hybrid-electric vehicles, and won’t have pedals or a steering wheel either – as seen at the very end of the Super Bowl ad.

Also featured in the Super Bowl spot is Ford’s GoBike – a branded bike-sharing program in the Bay Area that launched this year and will have 7,000 bikes in the program by 2018, says Ford. Chariot, Ford’s other ride-sharing platform in the Bay Area that’s featured in the ad, is getting almost six seconds of screen time as one rider hails a Chariot on their phone and then jogs over to the Ford branded van. Chariot will be expanding to six new cities in 2017.

There is an electric car charging up in a short spot towards the end of the ad, giving a more explicit nod to Ford’s electric vehicles. Ford clearly wants to be associated with the big four innovations of ride-sharing, electric vehicles, bike sharing, and autonomous cars, and not its old standbys, like fast cars and muscle trucks.

However, there are still a few nods to the past. The first shot of Ford “going further” is the old standby, the Ford F150 pulling a car out of a snowbank – so the best-selling car in the United States for the last 35 years hasn’t gone anywhere. We also get a glimpse of the wickedly fast Ford GT before the ad ends. But for the Super Bowl, Ford is going further.

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Ride of the Week: Tesla Launches New Model With 335 Miles of Range

While Tesla’s new models usually receive a lot of attention upon their unveiling the company’s latest model, the Model S 100D, has hit the market relatively quietly. While it may not boast the Ludicrous+ mode of the P100D that powers from 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds, the car holds an impressive record of its own travelling 335 miles on a single charge, making it the world’s longest range EV. It also delivers a very respectable 0-60 mph time of 4.2 seconds, while topping out at 155 mph. The Tesla Model S 100D is priced at $98,300 USD. For more information head over to Tesla.com.

Ride of the Week: The 2018 Mustang Gets New Tech And A Sharp Refresh

The sixth-generation Mustang has proven to be a big hit and Ford hopes to continue that success with the car’s 2018 refresh. More than the usual nip and tuck, the car gets a sharper, more menacing front end that’s fitted with a set of all-LED lights, a first for the Mustang lineup. The rear end also gets tweaked with revised LED taillamps, a new bumper, and an optional performance spoiler.

On the performance side, the car receives suspension updates and optional MagneRide damper technology as well as a reworked manual, a 10-speed automatic, and a more powerful V8.

The in-car tech gets a major upgrade with the Mustang’s first all-digital dashboard that features a 12″ screen with an array of customization options and mode-specific displays for normal driving, sport, and track use. Ford is also adding a selection of driver assist technology such as Pre-Collision Assist with pedestrian detection, distance alert, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist and a Driver Alert System.

The new 2018 Ford Mustang goes on sale this Fall.

Cadillac’s New Subscription Service Offers Users A Fleet Of Luxury Cars With The Press Of A Button

Imagine if you could have access to a fleet of top-of-the-line luxury cars without any long term commitments. That’s exactly what Cadillac is doing with their new subscription service, Book by Cadillac. The app-enabled service allows subscribers to reserve models like the Escalade or high-performance cars from their V-Series lineup.

Subscriptions will be priced at $1,500 a month and that will be a flat rate that includes maintenance, insurance, and detailing. Cars can be exchanged whenever needed and are delivered direct to you by Cadillac. The company plans to launch the service in New York metro area with other markets to follow in the near future.