Stretched Rolls-Royce Cullinan is luxury in excess – Autoblog

If the Cullinan SUV wasn’t Rolls-Royce enough for you before, then this stretched version from Klassen should assuage any of those doubts. Listed for $2.08 million, it’s a far cry from the Cullinan’s base price of $325,000. Klassen makes a number of stretched luxury vehicles, but this is the first time we’ve seen the Cullinan get modified like so.

As a nod to its customer base, possibly, this long SUV is given the company’s highest level of ballistic protection — B7. That means the thickness of the ballistic steel is 14.5 millimeters thick at minimum, providing protection from armor-piercing rifles and ammunition. The stretch measures 40 inches in length, which makes the Rolls look considerably larger, but not unwieldy. Occupants will be treated to the highest of luxuries including an iMac multimedia center (yes, an actual Apple desktop computer), Bang and Olufsen sound system and special

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Woman tells tailpipe tale on Jimmy Kimmel – Autoblog

With her 15 seconds winding down, 19-year-old Kaitlin Strom appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to tell her harrowing tale of getting stuck in a tailpipe. Oh the horror.

Actually, she has a pretty good attitude about it, and would seem to feel some modicum of embarrassment. Kudos to Mr. Kimmel for engaging in an entertaining interview with Strom along with Tom Wold, the owner of the pickup and its oversized tailpipe. The two did not know each other before the incident, and despite EMT’s needing to saw the tailpipe off his truck, Wold isn’t seeking damages or repayment from Strom. How refreshing. Then again, she did get him on national TV.

So remember kids, if you’re thinking that your head might fit in that tailpipe, it just might. It might also not come out again. But, you may also end up on Jimmy Kimmel. And Autoblog. And YouTube certainly.

... read more at: https://www.autoblog.com/2018/06/22/woman-head-in-tailpipe-kimmel/

2018 Lincoln Navigator Black Label quick spin review

For years, the Lincoln Navigator played second fiddle to the Cadillac Escalade. Even with a refresh a few years back, the big ute couldn’t quite match what Cadillac (or anyone else in the class) offered. The design looked dated, and the interior felt a full generation behind. Things sure have changed, as the new Navigator might just be the first Lincoln in years that gets near-universal praise from the Autoblog staff. This class of SUV may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but Lincoln deserves credit for doing more than just phoning it in.

Our tester this week is a Chroma Crystal Blue short-wheelbase Navigator Black Label. That’s the top-trim model, so features like heated and ventilated leather seating, full-LED lighting, a panoramic moonroof, a 20-speaker audio system and adaptive suspension are all standard. The only options on our 2018

... read more at: https://www.autoblog.com/2018/12/06/2018-lincoln-navigator-black-label-review/

What is the disposition fee at the end of a vehicle lease? – Autoblog

This is part of a series breaking down all the terms you need to know if you’re buying a new or used car from a dealership. Check out the rest of the series at our Car Buyer’s Glossary.

Your lease is over, and you’re back at the dealer to return your car. You know that it’s in good condition and you haven’t exceeded your mileage limits. But now you’re asked to pay $3-400 for something called a disposition fee. What the heck is that?

Great question. What is it? And why should I pay it?

You might not have to. But first, here’s what’s going on. The disposition fee is a flat fee charged at the end of the lease by the leasing company. It’s intended to cover the costs of reselling the car. It’s almost unavoidable.

Almost?

Yes. There are a couple ways to avoid this fee.

... read more at: https://www.autoblog.com/2018/09/15/lease-disposition-fee-glossary/

Obsession becomes reality with the Airstream Nest – Autoblog

We couldn’t get away from each other when I was growing up, my brothers and I. Small ranch house. Big Catholic family. So, we built forts. Blanket and card-table forts in the living room. Rickety wooden forts in the crooks of the apple and willow trees. Forts secreted in the dense underbrush of the fencerows delineating neighboring wheat and cornfields, where we huddled together to smoke Dad’s Marlboro cigarettes and plot our worldly travels.

Bryan Thompson’s fort was much better than any of ours. He drew his fort when he was 6 and it had wheels. And then he drew it over and over and over again. Until he convinced Airstream to build it. It’s called the Nest, and it’s beautiful.

I have something to live for again.

I say “again” because back in 1998, I owned my own tiny wheeled fort — a 13-foot 1951 Boles Aero, a droopy, riveted sheetmetal egg

... read more at: https://www.autoblog.com/2018/12/06/airstream-nest-trailer/

Hennessey?s 600-hp Lincoln Navigator is here – Autoblog

The tuners at Hennessey have begun deliveries of the 2018 Lincoln Navigator HPE600, a full-size SUV that boosts the Navigator’s normal 450-horsepower output to 600 hp, announcing its arrival with a video showing the performance ‘ute riding a dynamometer.

Hennessey said it was a natural decision to turn to the Navigator because it has mostly the same 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine as the F-150 Raptor, which it converted last year to the 602-hp 6×6 VelociRaptor. So it added engine management computer software upgrades, a stainless steel exhaust system, high-flow air induction and large front-mounted intercooler with blow-off valve. Dyno results in the video show the Navigator topping out at around 500 hp and 500 pound-feet of torque at around 3,800 rpm at the wheels; Hennessey says the 600 hp comes at 6000 rpm.

The upgrades are good to take the nearly three-ton SUV from 0-60 mph in

... read more at: https://www.autoblog.com/2018/10/09/lincoln-navigator-600-horsepower-henessey/

The 2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e Starts at $27,300 – Autoblog

Toyota is aiming to take advantage of an uptick in interest in the perceived security of all-wheel drive by offering the 2019 Prius with an AWD-e option. After the car debuted at the 2018 L.A. Auto Show, Toyota announced the cheapest AWD Prius will start at $27,300 with destination.

For the new model year, in addition to slight exterior alterations, Toyota decided to go with a new trim naming structure for the Prius. The Prius L Eco is the cheapest model, starting at $24,690. The LE is the next step at $25,900, then comes the XLE at $28,740, and the Limited starts at $33,120.

With the Prius, the price of adding AWD changes from trim to trim. On the LE, the AWD-e choice adds $1,400, upping the price to $27,300. On the higher XLE model, AWD-e is $1,000 extra, putting the starting price at $29,740.

As the

... read more at: https://www.autoblog.com/2018/12/05/2019-toyota-prius-awd-pricing/

How to find a performance car that?s right for you – Autoblog

Performance-minded car buyers know exactly what they want. Sometimes, though, they’re not sure exactly what car fits the bill. We’re here to help.

Autoblog’s Car Finder uses powerful filters to narrow down what can be an overwhelming amount of choices. Selecting the “Performance” filter eliminates anything that won’t rev you up. But the real beauty of the Car Finder is that you can plug in as many additional criteria as you need.

The list is easy to pare down by using price, vehicle size, vehicle style or type, and transmission filters. Plug in as many filters as you want to narrow down the list even further. If you don’t get any results, try taking a filter off. You may have accidentally selected a combination of attributes that doesn’t match any car on sale.

Good luck, and we hope you find the perfect car to satisfy your high-performance lifestyle.

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... read more at: https://www.autoblog.com/2018/07/04/performance-car-finder/

Ford patent application shows cargo conveyor belts for jumbo SUVs – Autoblog

Way back in the late 1990s when Saab was still a functioning carmaker, one of the things advertised about the then-new 9-5 Wagon was that the trunkspace floor had aircraft-inspired cargo securing tracks. Far handier than just a couple of metal hoops hidden in there somewhere, surely? A couple of decades later, we giddily await for the next notable invention in the fascinating world of item hauling, and it might be this one: Ford is patenting conveyor belts in the back of a three-row SUV.

Yes, the idea of the Ford patent is to make it easier to move stuff around the trunk of a three-row SUV, from the load lip to the back of the cargo area, and perhaps to fetch those same things from beyond the reach of a mere non-stretchy mortal. Not everyone of us is Mister Fantastic,

... read more at: https://www.autoblog.com/2018/12/04/ford-patent-application-suv-cargo-conveyor-belts/