Kalashnikov unveils electric car prototype with a retro Soviet-era body – Autoblog

Russian arms manufacturer Kalashnikov has developed a new electric powertrain for vehicles, and it’s now presenting the system with a new concept car, called the CV-1. Amazingly, the electric vehicle has been built using the body shell of a classic Soviet car, the IZh combi. Somewhat modified, the five-door retro sportback still retains the shape of the 1960-1970s car it is based on.

Underneath the sky blue paint is a drivetrain reportedly good for a range of more than 215 miles and a 0-60-mph time of 6 seconds. It has a 90 kWh battery pack. Useable IZh bodies must still be plentiful in Russia, so it does make sense to base the testbed vehicle on something robust and local — much like the AK-47 assault rifle that made Kalashnikov famous. Since the windows appear to be completely blacked out, we don’t expect the concept car

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Watch the Rolls-Royce Cullinan tackle the sand dunes outside Dubai – Autoblog

The Rolls-Royce Cullinan is coming soon. The British automaker has made copious effort trying to keep the coming Cullinan from being considered just a crossover or SUV. The carmaker calls it an All-Terrain High-Sided Bodied Vehicle, and a feature as banal as a tailgate has been billed as a “luxuriously comfortable viewing platform.” Yet when Rolls-Royce took a prototype Cullinan for testing in the Dubai dunes, they recorded their Phantom-based SUV ripping up the sand in ways you’d expect from a 30-year-old Chevrolet Blazer.

As the Nürburgring became to cars, the dunes outside of Dubai have turned into a testing venue as useful as they are photogenic. Rolls-Royce’s trip there follows a list of other luxury SUV makers, including Range Rover, Bentley, and most recently, Lamborghini.

What caught our eye in this video is that outside of century-old, black-and-white photos of

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Order your Tesla Model 3 by the end of November to claim full tax rebate – Autoblog

Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk said on Thursday that Model 3s ordered in the United States by the end of this month will be delivered by Dec. 31, as the electric carmaker tries to take advantage of tax breaks.

“Tesla just acquired trucking capacity to ensure Model 3 can be delivered in U.S. by Dec 31 if ordered by Nov 30,” Musk tweeted. Tesla had earlier said that orders placed by Oct.15 will be delivered by the end of the year.

Tesla, which just posted a sizable profit for the third quarter of 2018, did not immediately respond to a request for more details about the acquisition.

The electric carmaker has until the end of the year to hand out tax credits of $7,500 to customers. The credits are available for six months after an automaker hits 200,000 delivery mark, which Tesla hit in July. The incentives then reduce by

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For sale: Bikes from Steve McQueen, Peter Fonda, Paul Newman, Dennis Hopper – Autoblog

Auction house Bonhams teams with Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in early October to find new owners for a slew of interesting motorcycles and memorabilia. Included will be several vintage bikes owned by the likes of Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda.

A 1968 Bultaco Pursang 250 that was ridden by Hopper in the opening scene of Easy Rider seems likely to fetch a good deal of money, as does the 1967 CZ 250 that Newman rode in Sometimes a Great Notion. A few motorcycles owned by McQueen are also noteworthy, including the 1970 Husqvarna 400 Cross that the actor famously rode in On Any Sunday, a 1953 Vincent Comet Series C, and a 1939 Nimbus Model C Luxus complete with a sidecar.

Not all of the classic two-wheelers on auction actually appeared on the silver screen.

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Watch Porsche Taycan tackle Nurburgring – Autoblog

Last time we saw the Porsche Taycan — formerly called Mission E — on video, it was juicing up at a charging station in Germany. We got to see it from all angles as it slinked slowly and silently back onto public roads before disappearing. (We also got a first look at its frunk, as well as a gander at its silly, fake exhaust tips). Now, we get to see the Porsche EV’s dark side, as it was caught on film being tossed aggressively around the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

As the car speeds around the ‘Ring’s many corners, we get to hear the car at full tilt — which is to say you don’t hear much at all. Even at these speeds, the sound of tires being thoroughly abused is pretty much the Taycan’s entire soundtrack. We can’t even make out the whine of the car’s

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First Drive: 2010 Cadillac SRX 2.8T adds more power and agility to the crossover party

While Cadillac has high expectations for the sporting performance of the SRX 2.8T, its sales goals are far more modest. Cadillac expects only 10% to 15% of SRX buyers to opt for the turbocharged version, and those that do will pay a premium for its increased capabilities. The 2.8T option will only be available in Performance and Premium trim, and all-wheel drive, moonroof and navigation are all standard.

The turbo’d SRX utilizes the same FE3 suspension found in uplevel 3.0-liter models, though it has its own Aisin-Warner six-speed automatic transmission. We’d estimate the 2.8T’s extra power will yield a 0-60 time of 7.5 seconds; about a second faster than the 3.0-liter model. Even with the 2.8T’s improved performance, Cadillac still expects similar fuel economy to the 17/23 numbers of the non-turbo 3.0-liter mill, with city/highway

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Shift list: All the new cars you can buy with a manual transmission – Autoblog

The overarching trend of the past few years has been that the manual transmission is on the way out. People like automatics, they can be faster than manually shifting, and they’re frequently better at saving fuel. But there’s still a sizable enough minority of manual fans and buyers that automakers continue to offer a manual in nooks and crannies of the automotive market. And you might be surprised at some of the offerings. We certainly were, so we thought we’d compile a list of cars with an available manual, to narrow the options for those of you who absolutely must have three pedals.

There are a number of surprises on this list. For instance, Jeep has quite a range of manuals. They’re available on the Compass and Patriot, and amazingly, they can be coupled to four-wheel-drive and trim levels that aren’t completely basic. A weird omission we found was the

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Shift list: All the new cars you can buy with a manual transmission – Autoblog

The overarching trend of the past few years has been that the manual transmission is on the way out. People like automatics, they can be faster than manually shifting, and they’re frequently better at saving fuel. But there’s still a sizable enough minority of manual fans and buyers that automakers continue to offer a manual in nooks and crannies of the automotive market. And you might be surprised at some of the offerings. We certainly were, so we thought we’d compile a list of cars with an available manual, to narrow the options for those of you who absolutely must have three pedals.

There are a number of surprises on this list. For instance, Jeep has quite a range of manuals. They’re available on the Compass and Patriot, and amazingly, they can be coupled to four-wheel-drive and trim levels that aren’t completely basic. A weird omission we found was the

... read more at: https://www.autoblog.com/2018/04/24/list-new-cars-with-manual-transmissions/

Ford files for ‘Puma’ trademark in Australia and New Zealand – Autoblog

With the Ford Bronco and “Baby Bronco” among the hottest coming attractions to the automotive world, it’s tempting to tie any Ford news that involves the phrase “four-wheel drive” with the new off-roaders. Australian outlet Go Auto discovered two Ford trademark applications for the name “Puma.” Both were lodged in the past 30 days, one covering Australia, one New Zealand. The goods and services the name would apply to? “Motor land vehicles, namely automobiles, pick-up trucks, utility trucks, four-wheel drive vehicles and sports utility vehicles, and parts thereof.”

That has pundits wondering if the U.S. automaker will dub the baby Bronco the Puma. If so, this would mean the resurrection of the moniker, first used on a Fiesta-based coupe sold in Europe from 1997 to 2002. Although only on sale for five years, the Puma won numerous awards and earned quite the

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