Deuces Wild: Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Off-Roader Priced from $40,995


The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 might be smaller and significantly less effective than the half-ton Ford F-150 Raptor, but these information are unlikely to deter shoppers (and automotive publications) from pondering together about the two off-road-oriented pickups. Priced at $ 40,995, the Colorado ZR2 undercuts the hulking Raptor’s base cost by $ 9160. These more interested in an apples-to-apples comparison can pit the ZR2 against the $ 41,930 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro rather.

Like the Tacoma TRD Pro, the ZR2 relies on underhood hardware from lesser lineup mates. A 308-hp three.6-liter V-6 engine is standard fare, although a 186-hp two.eight-liter turbocharged diesel 4-cylinder engine is optional. Additional add-ons include a premium sound system, a sweet bed-mounted spare-tire carrier, and a complete-length vinyl floor in spot of the normal carpet that can be added at no cost.

2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

While Chevrolet didn’t release pricing data for the ZR2’s particular alternatives, the brand did share the truck’s substantial list of common gear. Highlights include front and rear locking differentials for the common four-wheel-drive system, a three.5-inch-wider track compared with the common Colorado, and a set of spool-valve dampers, a technology found at one point or another in Formula 1 and Le Mans race vehicles, amongst other folks. (Study our in-depth explainer about spool-valve tech.) Try obtaining these things on the base TRD Pro. Still, the TRD Pro does have one impressive ace in its hole: an accessible six-speed manual transmission. ZR2s are only equipped with automatics: an eight-speed unit for the V-6 and a six-speed for the diesel.

Other regular ZR2 characteristics incorporate a two.-inch lift, 31-inch off-road tires, plates and side tubing to defend the mechanicals and underbody, a trailering package, an eight.-inch touchscreen multimedia program with navigation, and much more. The Colorado ZR2 goes on sale this spring and will be offered in both crew- and extended-cab body types, as nicely as with the selection of a quick or long bed.


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Supercars Cannot Swim, Or Can They? Honda Shows Off an Acura NSX–Inspired Outboard Motor

Honda Marine Concept Engine

Honda Marine Concept Engine

Honda, of course, does not just make automobiles and motorcycles. Need a lawnmower? Soichiro’s crew has you covered. How about a snowblower? Ditto. That mill for your go-rapidly boat? But of course! In the spirit of unifying its disparate solution lines, Honda has ginned up an outboard with a design and style inspired by the Acura NSX, set to go on display at the Miami International Boat Show. Due to the fact of course Honda did. 

Honda Marine Concept Engine

Honda Marine Concept Engine

Called—inventively—the Honda Marine Concept Engine, the flashy outboard draws its Nouvelle Blue Pearl paint straight from the NSX’s palette, and Honda would like you to note that the heat ducts’ black honeycomb mesh also hints at the hybrid supercar. The “floating winged blade” also pulls its inspiration from Honda’s halo car, and the firm says the radical new design points to “a bolder, a lot more distinctive future for Honda Marine.” Whatever the ultimate fate of this design and style language in the waterborne realm, it’s certainly a far cry from Dad’s old pull-begin Evinrude. In fact, it appears a little like some sort of protocol droid with rage troubles. An Evil ASIMO, possibly?

As it sits, the outboard lacks a specified powerplant, with the firm suggesting only that its taller-than-normal height and sculpted lines “promise creativity with what could energy the idea engine.” Is it as well significantly to ask that Honda set up a miniaturized reactor in it? We’ve always wanted an atomic Donzi.

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Songs of Innocence and of Encounter: Singer Automobile Design’s Porsche 911s at the Detroit Auto Show

January 11, 2017 at four:06 pm by Davey G. Johnson | Photography by Davey G. Johnson

Singer Vehicle Design Porsche 911

To add a modicum of visual pep at their Detroit auto show display, Michelin brought out a pair of the most current Porsche 911s, reconstructed by Singer Car Style, the California workshop founded by former Catherine Wheel frontman Rob Dickinson. If pressed, you may discover one particular C/D staffer willing to admit that a Singer-constructed car is the most gratifying automobile he’s ever driven it is the uncommon sort of machine that cashes the checks that its aesthetics implicitly guarantee. The rest of us are just as content to stare and drool at Dickinson’s interpretation of Butzi Porsche’s vision.

Singer Vehicle Design Porsche 911

Singer emptied its full bag of tricks into the 964-based automobiles, like Ed Pink–built four.-liter flat-sixes and full Öhlins suspension setups. Of the pair, the red car—known as the London Commission—is the racier of the two, with a pair of carbon-fiber buckets wrapped in blue leather. Regrettably, since the automobile was suspended above the floor, we didn’t get a excellent appear at the interior. The RSR-completed wheels wearing Michelin Pilot competition slicks, nonetheless, have been proper around eye level, and we’ve been known to stare at these longer and a lot more longingly than is most likely acceptable.

Singer Vehicle Design Porsche 911

The blue car’s interior is what we may possibly deem “rad on rad,” had we a propensity to deem stuff “rad on rad.” Woven leather interiors are nothing new to Singer Automobile Design’s cars—the pattern echoes the classic basketweave material used on early 911s. But lately, they’ve opted to amp it up a notch, making use of colored strips to create patterns. The multicolor 8-bit houndstooth effect is startling, sharp-looking, and completely suitable to the car. Dubbed the Monaco Commission, the blue machine wears Pilot Sport PS2 rubber, and only the driver’s seat is a track-oriented carbon-fiber shell. The passenger luxuriates in a four-way-adjustable energy seat.

Give us a choice between the two, and we’d tear out more than a couple of hairs prior to eventually opting for the blue 1, and that is largely on the strength of its magnificent interior. That stated, we’d be leaving the red car behind, and that feels like far more than a minor travesty.


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2018 Chevrolet Traverse Revealed, Is Roomier and Techier

Big sells, and Basic Motors knows that much better than any individual. Its truck-primarily based full-size Chevrolet, GMC, and Cadillac SUVs dominate their respective segments, and the outgoing Lambda three-row crossovers (the Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia, and Buick Enclave) racked up massive numbers over their lengthy life spans as effectively. Now those crossovers are getting into their second generation—we’ve already driven the new, smaller sized Acadia, although the Buick has yet to make its debut—and Chevrolet’s redesigned 2018 Traverse is still pondering large.

The new Traverse is undiminished in size, with a wheelbase that’s two inches longer than that of its predecessor and a complete eight inches longer than the new Acadia’s (though it nonetheless shares its basic architecture with the GMC). This pays dividends for passengers: Chevrolet claims that the new Traverse supplies far more headroom and legroom for the second- and third-row riders—impressive, considering that the outgoing Traverse already had one particular of the most spacious cabins in its class. The cargo location shrinks compared with the old Traverse, although the new model’s space behind the third row, 23 cubic feet, nevertheless beats competitors such as the Honda Pilot (16 cubic feet) and the Ford Explorer (21 cubic feet). Likewise, total cargo space with all seats folded goes from 116 cubic feet down to 99 cubic feet, although that figure manages to leading the similarly huge-boned Volkswagen Atlas’s 97 cubic feet.

Chevrolet’s designers have wrapped the 2018 Traverse in sheetmetal that adopts a a lot more squared-off appear than its predecessor. The new front end, with a huge hexagonal grille flanked by narrow headlights, mirrors that of the smaller 2018 Chevy Equinox crossover. A physique-color C-pillar breaks up the side glass region for a far more upright, trucklike profile, and the rear finish is comparable to that of the Acadia, albeit with diverse taillights.

Under the skin, Chevrolet claims a weight savings of 351 pounds (comparing front-wheel-drive base models), which brings the Traverse a lot more in line with slightly smaller sized competitors such as the Pilot and the Toyota Highlander. On most models, GM’s familiar three.6-liter V-6 gives the motive force (and a 5000-pound tow rating) with its 305 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. We are scratching our heads as to why the larger Chevrolet has a less potent, older version of this engine than the smaller sized Acadia, which makes 310 horsepower and 271 lb-ft from its newer-generation three.6-liter.

The Traverse’s new RS trim level is also perplexing, as the purportedly sporty version of the Traverse comes only with front-wheel drive and a turbocharged 2.-liter four-cylinder making 255 horsepower. The turbo four does have much more torque than the V-6, with 295 lb-ft, but it does not appear poised to reside up to the RS model’s black trim and claimed racier suspension tuning with any true efficiency advantage.

Each the RS and the V-6–powered trim levels (comprising L, LS, LT, Premier, and High Nation) come regular with GM’s new nine-speed automatic transaxle and an engine cease/start off system. These upgrades support fuel economy significantly Chevrolet estimates that front-wheel-drive V-six models will earn 18/25–mpg city/highway ratings, although the front-drive-only 4-cylinder RS will get 20/23 mpg. Even if that two.0T highway quantity seems low, either engine offers a massive jump more than the present Traverse V-six, which gets 15/22 mpg city/highway regardless of driven wheels.

All-wheel drive will be optional on V-six models, and the leading Higher Country variant comes with the same torque-vectoring rear axle found in the Acadia All-Terrain and the Cadillac XT5. The new High Nation model is also poised to increase the Traverse’s profitability although the existing Traverse sells at reduced typical transaction rates than its competitors, this new top-of-the-line model (which shares its name with a Silverado trim level) could start about $ 50,000 and will compete with other fully loaded crossovers such as the Ford Explorer Platinum and the Honda Pilot Touring Elite.

Both seven- and eight-passenger configurations will be supplied, with the lower trim levels having three-seat benches for the second and third rows and the fancier versions sporting two captain’s chairs in the middle row. Households will appreciate the swift-release second-row seat that makes it possible for easy access to the third row, even though Chevrolet limits the tumbling function to the passenger side only. Even so, the Traverse’s list of offered functions is predictably long and includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a hands-cost-free energy liftgate, GM’s rear-seat reminder system, a 360-degree camera, and active-safety characteristics such as adaptive cruise manage and automated emergency braking.

Chevrolet will not announce pricing details until closer to the 2018 Traverse’s on-sale date later this year, but expect the lower L, LS, and LT trim levels to stay in the $ 30,000-to-$ 40,000 range. The RS ought to slot in between the LT and the Premier models slightly above that, even though the Higher Country will sit at the leading of the lineup.

Automated Driver, Closed Course: We Ride in Audi and Nvidia’s Self-Driving Q7

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A fully autonomous vehicle on the industry by 2020: That’s the stated purpose of Audi and Nvidia. The two companies formally announced their partnership at the 2017 CES technology show in Las Vegas, where the duo marked the occasion by bringing a self-driving Audi Q7 to the show.

Wrapped in splashy graphics and fitted with Nvidia’s Drive PX two artificial-intelligence platform, the autonomous Q7 Deep Learning concept relies on neural networks and deep studying to attain an understanding of its surrounding environment—a dynamism missing in preprogrammed systems—by taking in info for the duration of driving sessions initially completed by a human user. Despite this achievement, each Audi and Nvidia acknowledge the current idea is merely a demonstration of what’s to come, as additional neural network platforms will require to be integrated to produce an automated automobile ready for use on public roads. That reality, paired with the truth that Nevada law demands that a human operator be seated behind the wheel of roadgoing autonomous vehicles, meant Audi and Nvidia fenced off an region of the parking lot outside the Las Vegas Convention Center to produce a closed course for the self-driving Q7.

With an empty driver’s seat, a dashboard-mounted screen displaying a live feed from the automated Q7’s front-mounted camera, and a representative of the project in the front passenger seat to hold tabs on the car, we sat in the crossover’s comfy second-row bench seat and played Miss Daisy to the Q7’s Hoke Colburn. From there we watched the vehicle operate the wheel, throttle, and brakes with the expertise of a seasoned chauffeur, cruising without having a hiccup more than a modest sections of dirt and grass and quickly adjusting course when a handful of Audi and Nvidia group members attempted to confuse the method by placing an obstacle in its path.

The automated Q7 Deep Learning concept performed admirably, but the controlled nature of the drive left us a little cold. We eventually exited the concept feeling significantly the same as we had after seeing Star Wars: The Force Awakens—not overly impressed, but excited to see what’s to come.

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