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VIDEO: JAY LENO REVIEWS A 1963 CORVETTE STING RAY

2014-06-13From Top Speed

 

Yet another episode of Jay Leno’s Garage has hit the comedian’s YouTube channel and this one is all about the details. Jay and his Corvette -expert friend Mike McCluskey take a deep dive into the rare 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray that Mike painstakingly restored to factory specifications. Everything from the radiator hoses to the flat-top bolt holding the master cylinder’s lid on tight are talked about.As it turns out, the 21,000 1963 Sting Rays made were nearly hand-built and eac...

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VIDEO: VETTEL AND RICCIARDO PREVIEW THE RED BULL RING

2014-06-12From Top Speed

 

The 2014 Formula One season is jam packed with surprises, returning icons and upsets. Mercedes is dominating the points boards, Sebastian Vettel is struggling to get anywhere close to the front of the pack, and turbocharged engines have returned for the first time in more than two decades. What better season to bring a classic Grand Prix back into the fold?The Austrian Grand Prix has been held 27 times since 1963, but has been absent from the calendar since 2003. Now more than a decade later...

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VIDEO: WE ARE RACERS - EPISODE 2

2014-06-11From Top Speed

 

It’s been 16 years since Porsche last competed at Le Mans , exiting the race in 1998 after winning it with a 911 GT1 -98. This year, the German automaker makes its long-awaited return to the site of some of its greatest racing moments.Porsche’s return to Le Mans is a pretty big deal, so it’s only fitting that the company has commemorated the occasion by producing a new web documentary called "We are Racers." The web series chronicles all of Porsche’s activities ...

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VIDEO: AUDI WELCOMES PORSCHE BACK TO LE MANS IN A SPECIAL WAY

2014-06-10From Top Speed

 

Audi Sport has dominated the 24 Hours of Le Mans in recent years. The team is vying for its fifth-straight title and its seventh in eight years. But even with this string of recent dominance, Audi still isn’t the most-awarded automaker to compete in the famed endurance race. Porsche has that distinction, and after 15 years of skipping Le Mans, the German automaker is making a comeback in 2014.Porsche will certainly have its hands full. It’s going to deal with a pletho...

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VIDEO: 2016 AUDI R8 V10 CAUGHT TESTING AT NÜRBURGRING!

2014-06-09From Top Speed

 

Time for some juicy prototype supercar footage and speculation. The cool kids at TouriClips have scored some new film of the new Audi R8 blasting around the Nurburgring. Based on the sound of the engine, this appears to be a V-10-powered car. There are some weird things happening though. At certain points, there appears to be what sounds like the whistle of a turbocharger.This is crazy for many reasons, not the least of which is the idea of a turbocharged V10 production car. For starters...

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VIDEO: FERRARI CALIFORNIA T REVIEW

2014-06-09From Top Speed

 

The Ferrari California T solved a lot of "image issues" its predecessor, the California , had. The original California was wrongfully labelled as a "chick Ferrari ." But the California T doesn’t have any problems of that sort to deal with. In its own way, the new entry-level Ferrari has crafted an identity of its own, thanks in large part to becoming the first turbocharged Ferrari to hit the scene since the iconic Ferrari F40 .A shift towards building more fuel-efficient cars ...

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VIDEO: AUDI RS3 TESTING AT NURBURGRING

2014-06-09From Top Speed

 

The fact that the upcoming Audi RS3 , due in 2015, is getting in shape at the Nurburgring track is not surprising. However, the video you’re about to watch suggests Audi isn’t ready to give up on its 2.5-liter TFSI engine just yet.You see, last time the RS3 Sportback was caught stretching its legs in Germany our spy photographers noted the car no longer sounded like one that’s powered by a five-cylinder mill. The scoop only added to the many rumors claiming Audi is d...

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VIDEO: HEMI-POWERED 1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR PRO MOD RUNS 6-SECOND QUARTER MILE

2014-06-08From Top Speed

 

There was a time when Mopars hit the drag strips with HEMI engines under the hood and Chevy Bel Airs did burnouts using stroked 4.6-liter V-8s. Back in the day, no one was crazy enough to swap a HEMI with a Chevy small block or do the other way around.Well, not anymore. The good ol’ days of racing are long gone and it seems that running a Detroit muscle car fitted with an engine taken from a rival company is no longer a big no-no. And to prove it, we bring you a Pro Mod dra...

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VIDEO: 2015 DODGE CHALLENGER SRT HELLCAT IDLE AND DRIVE AWAY

2014-06-08From Top Speed

 

I’m not expecting anyone to agree with me, but I think the all-new Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is way cooler than the 2015 Ford Mustang . Sure, the Challenger ’s design is awfully dated when compared to the Mustang, and that platform was introduced eons ago, but I don’t care. All I care about is that huge, nasty HEMI V-8 and the supercharger sitting atop it. And between you and me, Ford somehow managed to dilute the Mustang with the new design.Anyway, there’...

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VIDEO: "CARWASH" STUNT AD WITH JENSON BUTTON

2014-06-08From Top Speed

 

We’ve taken our cars to car wash stations countless of times and yet something like this has never happened to us. But some folks are just lucky, especially if they find themselves as unwitting participants in a new Mobil One stunt ad.A handful of British drivers decided to have their cars washed on a rather innocuous day. Nothing too special, right?But that’s when things began a turn strange. Instead of being greeted by the usual mechanical car wash equipment, these drivers found Mc...

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VIDEO: MEET THE WORLD'S FASTEST POLICE CARS

2014-06-07From Top Speed

 

Dubai is a rich country where the word "excess" is thrown completely out of the local vernacular. It’s hard to imagine that as late as three decades ago, Dubai was a barren town with little to nothing to show for it. But today, it’s become a high-class metropolis that has no shortage of wealth and extravagance. And from what we’ve seen in past months, the Dubai Police Force can attest to that, thanks to its lineup of supercars that have been converted into police cruisers. ...

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VIDEO: BMW 8 SERIES TURNS 25

2014-06-05From Top Speed

 

When I was a kid, I always wanted to have a BMW 8 Series . It was that special of a car, different from the rest because of the way it looked. It’s hard to believe that 25 years have passed since the company’s flagship model first made me fall in love with it. But even today, the 8 Series still looks as sexy as it was back then. It’s a testament to the incredible design of the car, the angular lines, the large hood, and those retractable headlights. Oh those retractable head...

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VIDEO: DRIVE REVIEWS THE 2014 PORSCHE 918 SPYDER

2014-06-04From Top Speed

 

The Porsche 918 Spyder is a rare supercar that can speak a number of languages very few of its contemporaries can even comprehend let alone understand. It’s a daunting task just trying to decipher the car’s fullest capabilities, but for what Porsche managed to build, it also turned out to be a watershed moment for the future of the industry.Recently, the Drive channel was able to get its hands on the Porsche hybrid hypercar, and like everybody who has felt its pulsati...

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VIDEO: JOHN HENNESSEY TALKS ABOUT THE VENOM GT

2014-06-03From Top Speed

 

Technically, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport is still the world’s fastest supercar . But if you really ask people in the industry what the real fastest car is, the answer will be the Hennessey Venom GT . Forget about those silly rules and technicalities that prohibit the Venom GT from being recognized for what it really is. This 1,244-horsepower demon is truly on a class of its own. But if you’re giving love to this hypercar, you need to give as much or more to the man b...

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VIDEO: JAY LENO AT 2014 MILLE MIGLIA

2014-06-03From Top Speed

 

If you’ve never missed an episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, the latest one is an awfully bad place to start. In this episode, Leno talks about the Mille Miglia, the legendary Italian open-road endurance race ran 24 times from 1927 to 1957 before changing its format in 1977 as a regular race for classic and vintage cars . Being a student of automotive racing history, Leno knows everything there is to know about the Mille Miglia. In this episode, he puts all that to use as we’re t...

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VIDEO: TRANSFORMERS 4 TV SPOTS

2014-06-03From Top Speed

 

Most of the summer movie schedule has come and gone and that leaves us with fewer blockbusters to look forward to. Fortunately, Transformers: Age of Extinction hasn’t been released yet. That’s enough reason for us to get our robot geeks on in time for its showing later this month.Ahead of the movie’s June 27 opening, three new teasers of the movie were released, each as incredible as the other. The teasers, dubbed "Help", "Forge", and "Destroyer", gives us three unique look...

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VIDEO: DRIVECLUB REVEAL COMING ON OCTOBER 7TH

2014-06-02From Top Speed

 

When DriveClub was announced for the PS4, I almost canceled by reservation for Forza Motorsports 5. Sony was promising a true open-world driving experience that I could share with my friends. They were promising a style of gaming and play that would focus on camaraderie; it would be a virtual version of meeting your friends for a Sunday drive.For all the promise, the game was delayed and I ended up with the incredible Forza Motorsports 5 instead.Now after this long delay, DriveClub has m...

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VIDEO: HENNESSEY VELOCIRAPTOR HPE600 DYNO TEST

2014-06-01From Top Speed

 

It’s no mystery that the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor is the most powerful and skillful factory-built pickup truck you can buy nowadays. Its 6.2-liter, V-8 mill churns 411 horsepower and 434 pound-feet, while its hardcore underpinnings enable it to take on just about any terrain. It’s the perfect machine, right?Well, not quite. Not as long as tuning shops like Hennessey Performance and Roush are turning them into more powerful and more capable vehicles. We can’t speak ...

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VIDEO: POSSIBLE PORSCHE 911 HYBRID CAUGHT ON THE NURBURGRING

2014-05-30From Top Speed

 

There’s been a lot of talk about Porsche ’s purported plans to drop an electric motor into the 911 , but the Germans are doing a wonderful job at keeping all the details under wraps. In fact, Stuttgart is quieter than a Tesla Model S when it comes to 911 hybridization .Fortunately, and because we’re living in an age dominated by state-of-the-art technology, Porsche’s steps are carefully monitored by high-performance photo lenses and recording devices. The...

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VIDEO: PETROLICIOUS HAS A LOOK AT THE BMW M1

2014-05-30From Top Speed

 

The guys over at Petrolicious just got their hands on a beautiful 1980 BMW M1 coated in a wonderful red paint and looking as pristine as the day it rolled from BMW’s factory. It’s owner, Mike Ura, bought the car in 2009 from its original owner with only 12,500 miles on the clock. Today, Mike regularly takes the car for spirited drives on the road and hard track time on a local circuit located just outside Austin, Texas.As the story goes, BMW wanted to re-enter the Group 4 racing series...

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VIDEO: FAST IS THE ONLY WAY TO DRIVE A PAGANI HUAYRA

2014-05-29From Top Speed

 

There are cars that you can drive fast and then there are cars that you NEED to drive fast. The Pagani Huayra belongs in the latter category. The Italian supercar is one of the rare exotics in the world that blissfully combines opulent luxury with incredible performance capabilities. So when you’re behind the wheel of one, as this video shows, there’s a responsibility to push the Huayra to its absolute limit.Watch the video shot by Marchettino and you’ll understand w...

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VIDEO: HEAR THE NEW LAMBORGHINI 5-95 BY ZAGATO

2014-05-28From Top Speed

 

The virtual ink of our review of Zagato’s Lamborghini 5-95 hasn’t even dried yet and auto-razzi extraordinaire Marchettino already has a video of the supercar getting the superstar treatment at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este . That didn’t take long, did it?It’s hard to argue with those people craning their necks to get a good glimpse at the 5-95. The Zagato-built supercar is just that awesome. It has a drastically different design than the Lamborghi...

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VIDEO: CHEVROLET CORVETTE STINGRAY HPE650 BY HENNESSEY DYNO AND TRACK TESTING

2014-05-27From Top Speed

 

Hennessey Performance is widely known for adding crazy amounts of horsepower to factory fresh vehicles already laded with respectable amounts of horsepower. This Corvette Stingray Z51 is no exception. Coming from Bowling Green with 460 horses and 465 pound feet of torque under the hood, this C7 gets a generous power increase thanks to Hennessey’s HPE650 Supercharger upgrade.The specialized kit includes a high-flow supercharger with Hennessey’s HPE air induction system, a custom pulley for ...

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VIDEO: MCLAREN P1 BY MSO HITS THE STREETS WITH BESPOKE PAINT

2014-05-27From Top Speed

 

Although most customers, including famed car collector Jay Leno , ordered their rare and expensive McLaren P1s in stock form, a few enthusiasts actually opted for their prized supercar to make a stop at McLaren Special Operations (MSO) before reaching their garage.This is exactly what an Italian customer did, as he wanted his P1 to wear a bespoke paint job that’s not available on the standard vehicle and that we likely won’t see on any other P1 that’s scheduled t...

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VIDEO: VARIOUS LAMBORGHINI HURACANS SPOTTED IN ITALY

2014-05-27From Top Speed

 

Launched at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, the brand-new Lamborghini Huracan is an open book by now, with all of the details around it revealed, analyzed and put to good use in comparisons against the Ferrari 458 Italia , its most feared rival.We’ve also seen a couple of video reviews featuring Sant’Agata Bolognese’s latest machine, but there’s one thing bothering us; we have yet to see the Huracan in the flesh. And that’s because the superc...

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VIDEO: MASERATI ALFIERI SOUNDS AMAZING

2014-05-26From Top Speed

 

It’s been about two months since the Maserati Alfieri made its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show , but we have yet to see it on the move or revving its V-8 engine. Fortunately that comes to an end today thanks to supercar spotter Marchettino, who caught the Italian beast on tape at Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.Besides sitting pretty and winning the Concept Cars category of the show, the Maserati Alfieri also made an impact by flexing its V-8 muscles a...

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VIDEO: STICKOUT OFFERS YOU THE ABILITY TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR CAR

2014-05-25From Top Speed

 

You know how our smartphones and tablets always needs to have distinctive-looking cases that make them stand out from our friends’ gadgets. It’s not just with phones and tablets. The same also holds true for surfboards, wallets, or really anything that we can attach our personalities, too.In some respects, car customization has also been around for a long time. But while it always used to be in the hands of the automaker or tuners to customize our cars for us, StickOut is offerin...

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VIDEO: 2016 JAGUAR XE CAUGHT TESTING ON THE NURBURGRING

2014-05-23From Top Speed

 

Now that the gorgeous F-Type is out burning tires and spitting flames from its throaty exhaust, Jaguar has two things on its mind: launch the C-X17 crossover and give the BMW 3 Series a run for its money with the XE sedan .The Brits are elbows deep in the two project and they’ve been spotted getting busy at the Nurburgring track quite often lately. The XE sedan , for instance, showed up on the Nordschleife just a couple of days ago , wearing enough camouflage to ke...

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VIDEO: TOP GEAR MAGAZINE GETS DRIFTY IN THE LAFERRARI

2014-05-23From Top Speed

 

Watching the Ferrari LaFerrari smoke its tires on a race track never gets old. Sometimes, all you have to do is sit back and watch because seeing it mesmerizes you. That was the case in this video when the folks over at Top Gear Magazine were given a chance to take the LaFerrari out for a spin.It may not be as interesting without the always entertaining comments of Jeremy Clarkson while he sits behind the wheel and starts bloviating about how mental the LaFerrari is, but the video is sti...

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VIDEO: DRIVE CHANNEL WILL AIR ON NBC SPORTS

2014-05-23From Top Speed

 

NBC Sports just got more exciting as the network announces it’s adding the automotive YouTube sensation Drive to its Saturday morning lineup. That’s right, our friends Matt Farah, Chris Harris, and Mike Spinelli are taking their Internet show to the big time.Drive on NBC Sports is scheduled for a 10-episide run with the pilot episode airing May 24th at 9:30 a.m. Eastern. The first show will be all about the 2014 Monaco Grand Prix F1 race and features the gang driving a McLaren 650S ...

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VIDEO: CHASING A LAFERRARI IN A JAGUAR F-TYPE R

2014-05-22From Top Speed

 

We’ve all done it — taken a wrong turn just to follow a Lamborghini or Porsche, just for a few more seconds of staring at its beautiful exterior and listening to its engine’s exhaust with our windows down. To see a rare car on the road is well, rare, but Tim Burton of Shmee150 got the chance to follow the LaFerrari, the latest in ultimate hypercar eye candy from Ferrari. What’s more, Burton‘s vantage point happen to be a new F-Type R Coupe on loan from Jaguar as ...

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VIDEO: TRIBUTE TO 1970 PORSCHE 914-6

2014-05-22From Top Speed

 

In all the years that Porsche has been around, it has created a handful of iconic models that, to this day, enthusiasts still revere suiting their legendary status. On the flip side, there are also some Porsche models that don’t get the same amount of love and admiration that they deserve. One model that belongs in the latter category is the 1970 Porsche 914-6 , a mid-engine, two-seat roadster that Volkswagen and Porsche collaboratively designed and built from 1969 to 1976 .I...

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VIDEO: GRID AUTOSPORT SHOWS OFF ITS TOURING CAR AWESOMENESS

2014-05-20From Top Speed

 

You may be aware that I love my racing games, and that I am super excited about Grid Autosport , but why should you care about this game? Well apart from the fact that it looks amazing , and that it should be a blast to play, the team at Codemasters has been working as hard as humanly possible to make the new Grid game feel amazing.If you don’t believe me, take a look at this new trailer. It covers the Touring Car racing side of the new Grid Autosport game. With a huge collection of i...

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VIDEO: BEHIND THE SCENES OF HENNESSEY'S RECORD SPEED RUN

2014-05-20From Top Speed

 

The folks over at Hennessey Performance have a lot of reasons to be proud these days. Not only were they able to build a bad-ass supercar like the Venom GT , but they can add a whole lot of power and enhancements to just about any vehicle out there, be it a Chevrolet Corvette Stingray or a Cadillac Escalade . The tuner’s most impressive achievement, however, is being able to smash the world speed record for production cars — held by the Bugatti Veyron — wi...

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VIDEO: CHEVROLET CORVETTE Z06 CONVERTIBLE EXHAUST SOUND

2014-05-16From Top Speed

 

We’ve already discussed all of the details around the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 earlier, when GM introduced the sexy, yet track-capable drop-top at the New York Auto Show . And we were pretty impressed with the fact that Chevy managed to keep weight to a minimum after chopping its roof off.The staggering power, the projected performance and the aerodynamic body kit are the other reasons that will make grovel at its wheels, but have you heard the way this beast of a car sounds ...

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VIDEO: MCLAREN 650S ARRIVES IN MONZA AND CLEARS ITS THROAT

2014-05-16From Top Speed

 

Some people may think of the McLaren 650S as the blood child of the 12C and the P1 in terms of its design, but there’s more to the British automaker’s newest baby than meets the (P1’s) eye. This video of the 650S arriving in Monza for some test runs is all the proof you need to conclude that the this supercar has an identity that’s all its own. From those throaty engine starts that sound like a lion’s roar, all the way to those high-speed acceler...

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VIDEO: MOTOR TREND REVIEWS THE 2015 MCLAREN P1

2014-05-15From Top Speed

 

There are only a handful of people in this world who have the opportunity of sitting behind the wheel of a McLaren P1 and putting it through the paces.Motor Trend’s Ignition web series got the opportunity to be one of those few lucky ones, and as you can expect, host Carlos Lago went to town with the P1, stretching it in ways very few supercars in this world are capable of.Featuring some of the most advanced technology in the industry, including those derived from Formula One , ...

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VIDEO: 2016 AUDI TTS COUPE TESTING AT NURBURGRING

2014-05-15From Top Speed

 

If you’re in the market for an Audi TTS this year, you need to settle for a current-generation model, as the next iteration , which was unveiled at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show , won’t go on sale until 2015. And that’s because the Germans are still busy working on the all-wheel-drive sports car , trying to figure out the best possible setup for optimum performance and handling. Due to its sporty nature, the TTS also needs a bit of track tuning, which is why Audi ...

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VIDEO: 2015 CADILLAC ATS-V COUPE SPOTTED ON THE ROAD

2014-05-14From Top Speed

 

We already know all the details in and around the 2015 ATS Coupe , Cadillac ’s main weapon against the new-generation BMW 4 Series , but we have yet to find out too much about the high-performance ATS-V version, which is supposed to give the M4 fits. And that’s because Caddy has been keeping everything under wraps, including the actual design of the car, leaving room for wild speculation. What we do know for a fact is that the brawny coupe will arrive in dealersh...

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VIDEO: FORZA MOTORSPORT 5 GETS NEW MEGUIAR'S CAR PACK

2014-05-10From Top Speed

 

Nearly two months after releasing the Alpinestars Car Pack , Turn 10 Studios has announced the introduction of a new downloadable bundle for the Forza Motorsport 5 racing game.The new package includes ten diverse vehicles that will take users through different automobile eras. Those who fancy vintage American cars will get to drive the 1940 Ford De Luxe Coupe, while muscle car enthusiasts will be able to hoon the gorgeous 1957 Chevy Bel Air and the power-packing Chevelle SS-396 and Dodge ...

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VIDEO: LAMBORGHINI HURACAN REVIEWS

2014-05-10From Top Speed

 

The Lamborghini Huracan has been turning a lot of heads since it was first introduced at the Geneva Motor Show a few months ago. If anything, the reaction to the supercar has been expected, especially when you consider the enormous shoes it has to fill as the successor to the popular Lamborghini Gallardo .Fast forward a few months and it appears that most scribes in the industry have formed their opinions of the Italian supercar , particularly on important talking points like its l...

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VIDEO: JAY LENO REVIEWS A 1991 LAMBORGHINI DIABLO

2014-05-09From Top Speed

 

Of all the Lamborghinis ever built, a case can be made that the Diablo holds a unique place in the heart of the company and its fans.Not only did it carry a name that lived up to its diabolical nature, but it also holds the distinction of being the only Lamborghini that was designed under the watch of Chrysler . We’re not going to dive into all those details now, but it’s certainly interesting to remember a day when the Raging Bull was owned by the Pentastar.It was at that...

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VIDEO: MCLAREN P1 IN ACTION AT SPA FRANCORCHAMPS

2014-05-08From Top Speed

 

With all due respect to all other supercars in the world, there’s nothing quite like seeing a McLaren P1 dressed in all black and rampaging around a world famous circuit like the Spa-Francorchamps track in Belgium .That’s exactly the sight a hand full of people witnessed when McLaren decided to hold what looks a testing session or track day event at Spa. The P1 was even accompanied by a few other McLaren models out enjoying their time out on track. Even still, it’...

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VIDEO: 2015 HYUNDAI GENESIS - BLIND TEST DRIVES

2014-05-07From Top Speed

 

Hyundai has put in the work to turn the 2015 Genesis sedan into a bonafide contender in the four-door luxury segment normally dominated by the likes of the BMW 5 Series and the Mercedes E Class . But the Genesis is knocking loudly on that door and with all the new safety technology added into the 2015 model.To prove that its new four-door luxury sedan has all the tools to give BMW and Mercedes something to worry about, Hyundai decided to showcase the 2015 Genesis’ newest...

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VIDEO: SMART TEASES FUTURE FORTWO AND FORFOUR MODELS

2014-05-07From Top Speed

 

It’s been a while since we heard anything of importance from Smart and as it turns out, there was a reason behind that. The Daimler -owned company has been busy with the testing and development of two very important models, the ForTwo and the ForFour .As if to show everyone that it’s not cutting any corners with the development of both models, Smart decided to release a video of the two cars undergoing winter testing in Sweden . Why Sweden, you ask?Well, Smart’...

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VIDEO: JAY LENO REVIEWS A 1925 DOBLE E-20 STEAM CAR

2014-05-07From Top Speed

 

Although the first automobile built on an assembly line – the Ford Model T – is about 106 years old, the history of the self-propelled vehicle goes all the way back to 1769, when a French inventor created a steam-powered tricycle.Revised over the next hundred year, this external combustion engine concept was eventually used by a number of U.S.-based automakers until the more efficient gasoline powered was perfected. Most steam car manufacturers are rather anonymous today, but thereR...

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VIDEO: PETROLICIOUS PAYS TRIBUTE TO THE 1964 FERRARI 250 GTO

2014-05-06From Top Speed

 

There are literally a handful of cars in the history of the industry that’s revered more than the Ferrari 250 GTO . Really, you can probably count in one hand those models and we’re guessing you’re even going to have a hard time doing it. Such is the level of respect people have of this true classic. Consider how much a 250 GTO fetches in auctions these days. Last November, a variation of the 250 GTO - the 250 LM - sold for $14.3 million . But even that pales in compariso...

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VIDEO: VAUXHALL VXR8 GTS VS BMW M5 COMPETITION

2014-05-04From Top Speed

 

Holden is considered somewhat of an exotic brand, mostly because its vehicles aren’t made available in Europe or the United States. Save for a few exceptions, such as the VE Commodore-based Pontiac G8 and Chevy SS , Holdens mainly remained on Australian soil and a few surrounding countries.And that has caused some frustration with U.S. enthusiasts, especially among those that were hoping for General Motors to revive the Chevy El Camino by importing the Holden Ute. That didn&...

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VIDEO: BMW I8 BREAKS DOWN DURING NURBURGRING TESTING

2014-05-03From Top Speed

 

The BMW i8 , by all accounts, is a pretty incredible ride. It looks sexy as hell; it’s got an advanced powertrain; and the technology used on the hybrid sports car is arguably second-to-none. All that being said, even the i8 is entitled to a bad day or two, and as this video painfully shows, one of those bad days reared its ugly head during a recent testing session at the Nurburgring.At the start, the i8 looks to have been running smoothly, effortlessly stretching its legs while...

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VIDEO: FERRARI 458 SPECIALE START, REVS AND TRACK ACTION

2014-05-03From Top Speed

 

Although we’ve seen plenty of Ferrari 458 Speciale footage since it was launched, we still can’t get enough of this pure Italian sports car , mainly due to its awesome exhaust note.Getting near one of these beauties is more than difficult, but this is where supercar spotter Marchettino comes in by providing us with videos showing all sorts of rare, high-performance machines.This isn’t the first 458 Speciale clip he uploaded on YouTube, but this one features not just ...

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VIDEO: HISTORY OF LEXUS

2014-05-02From Top Speed

 

The Lexus brand has an interesting history that begins a rather short time ago in the mid 1980s. Built to take on the American luxury market, Toyota chose to construct a car that competed head to head with the Germans and blow the then-current slew of American luxury cars out of the water. Seen in the XCAR video above, the young brand has certainly achieved an unmatched level of success in a very short amount of time.Launched at the 1989 LA Auto Show, the new brand and its LS400 seda...

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VIDEO: HENNESSEY CAMARO ZL1 HPE1000 TESTING ON THE QUARTER-MILE

2014-04-30From Top Speed

 

Turbocharging a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 might sound like an insane thing to do — some would call it blasphemous — but the folks over at Hennessey have no issues in replacing the muscle car ’s supercharged V-8 with a larger-displacement eight-pot and a pair of turbos.The swap comes by way of the tuner’s HPE1000 package, which can also be fitted to the 2014 Corvette Stingray or the SRT Viper . As the name suggests, the upgrade plants no less than 1,000 h...

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VIDEO: GRID AUTOSPORT ANNOUNCEMENT TRAILER

2014-04-29From Top Speed

 

When it comes to racing video games, you usually get one of two types of experiences. Something like Need for Speed that provides pure excitement and speed at the cost of realism, and then you get titles like Forza Motosports that covet realism above all.But what if you want a game that focuses on the feeling of racing a car? The Grid series of games focuses on providing a racing game that features a feeling of heft, and speed and motion. They don’t give a direct simulation like Gran Turism...

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VIDEO: MERCEDES SLS AMG GT3 SOUNDS GREAT ON THE TRACK

2014-04-28From Top Speed

 

On one of our recent TopSpeed Podcast episodes, we were asked what cars we thought made the best noises. My choice was the naturally aspirated 6.2-liter, AMG V-8 found in cars like the C63 Black and the SLS . No matter what machine AMG crams this engine into it always sounds the same. It has this deep and snappy gargle that sounds more like a machine gun than a V8. If Ferrari engines sound like an opera singer, the Mercedes AMG V8 sounds like repeatedly hitting that singer in the ...

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VIDEO: NISSAN GT-R SPEC-V GOES UP IN FLAMES AT NURBURGRING

2014-04-28From Top Speed

 

Porsche might be in the middle of a heated debate over its 911 GT3 , with owners asking financial compensation while the sports cars are under recall over fire risks, but the German manufacturer isn’t the only one to see its vehicle go up in flames.More recently, a Nissan GT-R , also praised for its road and track performance, caught fire while doing what it knows best — lapping the Nurburgring course. The incident occurred during a track day event, when the driver noticed ...

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VIDEO: HEAR THE $3 MILLION W MOTORS LYKAN HYPERSPORT

2014-04-23From Top Speed

 

It’s pretty safe to say that there are probably only a handful of cars in this world that can line up next to the Lykan Hypersport and not get intimidated by its presence. There’s nothing quite like a $3.4 million supercar that has that predator look about it, all while carrying 750 horsepower and 750 pound-feet of torque under its hood.Speaking of its RUF-sourced twin-turbocharged boxer six crate motor, it’s one of those engines that you have to be able to hear up close in...

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2015 FORD MUSTANG GT WILL FEATURE ELECTRONIC LINE-LOCK

2014-04-22From Top Speed

 

Ford ’s intentions with the brand-new, sixth-generation Mustang are more than obvious. The more European design, the independent rear suspension and the new tech behind it are there with one purpose, to make it appealing to a global audience.Sure, the Mustang benefits from a 50-year-long history and its iconic, American charm, but Ford was aware that most non-U.S. costumers that haven’t been touched by the muscle car bug were more likely to choose other offerings, such...

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VIDEO: 2015 MERCEDES-BENZ AMG GT TESTING AT NURBURGRING

2014-04-22From Top Speed

 

As the 2014 New York Auto Show finally revealed all of its mysteries last week, you’ve probably noticed that the brand-new Mercedes-Benz AMG GT was not among them. Far from shocking we may add, as the NYIAS scenario wasn’t very likely in the first place.And that’s because the Germans are still testing the sports car . In fact, they have recently switched from public road try-outs (check out our previous spy shots here and here ) to more enduring race course tests....

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VIDEO: BMW M235I VS MERCEDES-BENZ CLA45 AMG

2014-04-22From Top Speed

 

MotorTrend has gotten very good at head to head video reviews, and their latest one is no exception. This time, the new BMW M235i goes up against the Mercedes CLA45 AMG. Both cars represent the smaller, more nimble side of each automaker’s lineup, but still pack a punch under the hood. Check out the video above to see who Motor Trend crowns the victor. The winner just might surprise you.Staffer Jonny Lieberman starts out carving canyon roads in both cars. Turns out, he’s quite fond of ...

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VIDEO: KOENIGSEGG AGERA R VS FORD FOCUS

2014-04-20From Top Speed

 

The title of the story isn’t a misprint, nor is it an overdue April Fool’s joke. But it is pretty silly, isn’t it? A Ford Focus taking on a Koenigsegg Agera R ? Clearly, this isn’t going to end well for the Focus with an even race. But what if the odds were stacked a little bit in favor of the Ford hatchback ? Say a half-mile headstart in a mile-long race with the Agera R? That’s like asking me to race Usain Bolt with a 50-meter headstart in a 100-meter ra...

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VIDEO: MEET JAY LENO'S MCLAREN P1

2014-04-20From Top Speed

 

Some of us consider buying a new pair of Jordans as money well spent. But for a guy like Jay Leno, Jordans just don’t cut it anymore. If you want to get this guy all giddy, he needs to buy something he really wants, which in this case happens to be a McLaren P1 .Recently, Leno was captured taking the P1 out to stretch its legs and by looking at how excited he was just by getting out of it, you can tell that Leno already has a soft spot for this incredible piece of British engineering. I...

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VIDEO: PAGANI HUAYRA PROTOTYPE 3 LOOKS CRAZY IN ITS NEW GREEN WRAP

2014-04-19From Top Speed

 

The Pagani Huayra continues to be one of the most mental supercars in the world, and even if its in prototype form as this lime green piece of awesomeness is, the Huayra still commands an audience like very few supercars can.This particular model, which was captured by Marchettino, is actually labeled as Prototype 3, the same vehicle the Italian company used in the development of its electrical components. But whereas it used to don a more subdued matte-black finish with gold wheels, Pag...

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VIDEO: MCLAREN 650S SPIDER HITS 205 MPH AT HOCKENHEIM

2014-04-18From Top Speed

 

When you’re driving a McLaren 650S there’s no such thing as too much track action. Be it the Nurburgring, Silverstone or Laguna Seca, McLaren ’s new sports car is in its natural environment.Being brand-new, the 650S didn’t get too much track action up until now, save for the enduring testing session it was subjected to during development. But that will soon change as customers will start receiving their cars and, hopefully, they won’t be keeping them in air-c...

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VIDEO: MEET JAGUAR'S FUTURE F-TYPE FOUR-CYLINDER

2014-04-18From Top Speed

 

Launched with three different powertrain choices, available as the V6, the V6 S and the V8 S (R for the Coupe ) in U.S. showrooms, the brand-new Jaguar F-Type is already scheduled to receive a fourth version. Reportedly dubbed R-S , the new trim will be introduced on both the Coupe and the Roadster and will take the output of the supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 up to around 550 horsepower. That’s about 50 horses more than the current range-topping model.Word has it a lighter, Club...

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VIDEO: DODGE CHALLENGER BREAKS QUARTER-MILE RECORD

2014-04-16From Top Speed

 

The first-generation Dodge Challenger was one of the quickest muscle cars you could have back in the early 1970s. The R/T model, for instance, needed just 6.2 seconds to sprint from 0 to 60 mph and 13.7 seconds to complete the quarter mile. That was pretty quick 40 years ago.The current Challenger can still hold its own against the Ford Mustang and the Chevy Camaro — the only modern muscle cars around — but its 0-to-60 and quarter mile figures have improved only s...

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VIDEO: HOW FORD PLANS TO PUT A 2015 MUSTANG ON THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING

2014-04-15From Top Speed

 

A few weeks ago we reported that Ford was planning a daring reenactment of the 1964 Ford Mustang convertible launch atop the Empire State Building’s 86th floor observation deck. With only a few hours left before the big 50th anniversary celebration begins, Ford lets loose the details on how it’s pulling off the stunt.Just like in 1964, the 2015 Mustang convertible has gone under the knife, getting sliced up into pieces in order to fit within the building’s elevators. Though the fi...

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VIDEO: LAND ROVER REVEALS ITS TRANSPARENT BONNET CONCEPT

2014-04-15From Top Speed

 

Pioneering technology is a phrase that’s being thrown around rather loosely in the auto industry these days. But every so often, it applies to something that could potentially be really groundbreaking. For its part, Land Rover seems to think that it has something groundbreaking with the world’s first Transparent Bonnet concept.Really, the name of this new technology is pretty self-explanatory. The bonnet, or hood, as we like to call it here, allows what Land Rover explains as a "n...

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VIDEO: BMW CELEBRATES THE M5'S 30TH BIRTHDAY

2014-04-14From Top Speed

 

The BMW M5 is celebrating its 30th birthday this year and as you can expect, the German automaker is pulling out all the stops to make the car’s anniversary a memorable one. As arguably the most popular model to come out of BMW’s M division , the M5 has been lauded over the years for expertly combining all the luxury traits of BMW with the kind of spitfire performance that can go toe-to-toe with a lot of other high-powered performance sedans in the business. The fact that the M5 has been ar...

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VIDEO: NINTENDO ANNOUNCES MARIO KART 8 HITS SHELVES ON MAY 30

2014-04-12From Top Speed

 

For millions of my generation, Mario Kart was our first introduction to driving. Things have come quite a long way since the original incarnation of this wild racing franchise bowed on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1992. I was 6 years old, and I was mesmerized by the drifting, weapons and bright animation. It was a far cry from modern games, like Need for Speed, but Mario Kart was one my first steps on the road to becoming a gear head. Nintendo is continuing the magic of my chil...

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VIDEO: INSIDE KOENIGSEGG PRESENTS KOENIGSEGG ONE:1'S ACTIVE REAR WING

2014-04-10From Top Speed

 

Koenigsegg has been churning out episodes of its Inside Koenigsegg web series at around the same pace as the speed of its subject, the One:1 megacar . Now on its third episode, Inside Koenigsegg now takes us on an in-depth look at the One:1 ’s active rear wing. Christian Von Koenigsegg claims that the One:1’s rear wing is the world’s first top-mounted active rear wing, a distinction the company decided to go with because it creates the kind of downforce that can be of good use to the high-...

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VIDEO: JAY LENO REVIEWS THE TOYOTA FT-1 CONCEPT

2014-04-09From Top Speed

 

Have you noticed how most Toyotas are boring by design, while the company’s concept cars are usually groundbreaking and spectacular? Here, have a look at the 2014 Toyota FCV concept and then take a peek at the Camry sedan . See what I mean? Well, this enormous concept-to-production gap might be narrowed in the near future, as the Japanese manufacturer is one step away from reviving the iconic Supra nameplate with the FT-1 concept as its base (have another look at our recent renderings for a ...

 

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技术成熟可靠 混合动力将成为节能减排的主力军

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   《国家基本公共服务体系“十二五”规划》日前讨论通过,确定促进节能家电、汽车等产品消费的政策措施,并将安排60亿元支持推广1.6升及以下排量节能汽车。这一决定主要是延续此前的节能和新能源汽车相关优惠与补贴,以引导汽车行业的消费结构调整。

节能减排需要“领跑者”

该规划的推出,被很多人看做是一次对自主品牌的扶持。而这其中的另外一条却被很多媒体所忽略:实施能效“领跑者”制度,对达到“领跑者”能效指标的超高效产品设立较高补贴标准。

目前很多排量在1.6L以下的微、小车型其油耗并不令人满意,比亚迪F0(1.0L)、吉利熊猫(1.3L)、奇瑞QQ3(0.8L)等车型的百公里网友实测油耗均值都超过了7L,而目前在售的1.6L排量车型,网友实测百公里油耗在9L以上的更比比皆是。

今年4月18日通过的《节能与新能源汽车产业发展规划(2012~2020年)》明确指出,2015年当年生产的乘用车平均燃料消耗量降至每百公里 6.9升,到2020年降至5.0升。可见一味的追求小排量车型,对于整体实现“十二五”的节能减排目标来说,这并不现实。我们需要的是能效“领跑者”, 具有出色燃油经济性和低排放特性的高能效汽车动力总成。

“纯电驱动”无疑是我们最主要的战略方向,然而现实的发展状况却不容乐观。据 了解,从去年初开始全面试点的全国25个城市,至去年底,节能与新能源车的总量也仅为1.6万辆。而这一数字与2015年的50万辆销量的目标相距甚远。 而且这1.6万辆还主要是公交车和出租车,私人购买数量非常有限。硬件基础,电池寿命、续航里程等技术问题,都是纯电动汽车工业不得不面对且必须解决的难 题。

在大洋彼岸的美国,也同样被这个问题困扰,美国政府于2009年就开始通过补贴的方式鼓励消费者购买电动车,然而这一措施并未被公众接受,今年3月,被美国政府十分重视并给予高额补贴的沃蓝达电动车被迫停产,年销量仅为7617辆,并未达到年销售1万辆的目标。

其实,近期一系列的政策出台,已经说明了这个问题,也指出了方向,有关新能源汽车发展路径的争论也可以说是尘埃落定,浮华散去、理性归来。将混合动力汽车列为2015年前商业化的主要目标,为混合动力汽车大规模产业化按下了POWER键。

    发展混合动力已成行业共识

这一点在今年的北京车展上表现的尤为明显,在总共展出的88台新能源车中,混合动力的车风头远远盖过纯电动汽车。比亚迪推出了一款名为“秦”的最新一代 插电式混合动力车,上汽荣威展出的荣威550插电式混合动力轿车将在今年量产。此外,国外汽车巨头们在混合动力领域也有惊艳的表现。丰田展示的16款混合 动力车型(HEV)、插电式混合动力车型(PHEV)以及电动车型(EV),占出展总数的30%以上。到今年3月,随着雷克萨斯CT200h的月销量达到 1456辆,混合动力车型已占据雷克萨斯当月销量的25%。本田CR-Z混合动力车和INSIGHT混合动力车也将在下半年进入中国销售。

同时,通过人民网汽车对参加北京车展的车企高层调查结果中我们也可以看到,有57%的企业高层认为混合动力是目前最适合我国国情的新能源技术,而有 25%的企业高层将票投给了插电式混合动力。长城汽车技术中心副主任汪伟的话就非常有代表性:“关于新能源汽车产品规划现在有很多技术路线,最终都是要到 纯电动。新能源的发展和新能源电池、电机技术的成熟度、价格和可靠性都有关系,因为新能源和传统燃油车不一样,要有充电站,因此与国家关于基础设施的投资 也有关。纯电动不可能一步到位,刚才说的很多困难目前实现不了。再结合法规,汽车技术有的时候是法规推动的,按中国的法规,我认为目前混合动力技术就能满 足。所以肯定是一个个逐步实现,微混、中混,一直过渡过去,到PHEV,再到纯电动,是这样一个路线。”是的,到目前为止,也只有混合动力车型在功能上能 够完全替代传统能源车型,目前的纯电动汽车更适合在公共领域使用,而不具备向公众推广的实力。

然而,目前的混合动力车型发展在国内依 旧举步维艰。拿市场上最成熟的混合动力车型普锐斯为例:普锐斯3月的上牌量为仅265辆,虽然对于一汽丰田制定的2012年销售3000辆的目标来说是非 常不错的数字,然而靠这样的销量要实现《节能与新能源汽车产业发展规划》制定的“争取到2015年,纯电动汽车和插电式混合动力汽车累计产销量达到50万 辆”的目标依旧非常遥远。而在美国,普锐斯的单月销量已超过2万辆,在日本更是超过了4.5万辆。截止今年5月份,丰田汽车旗下的混合动力车型在全球的销 量已经超过了400万辆,而这个数字在2011年2月才刚迈过300万辆。

可见,如果到2015年要实现50万辆的目标,除了需要国家在财政税收方面加大对混合动力汽车的支持之外,还需要在政策引导和消费导向上加大、下足工夫。

除了政策补贴 还需提高消费者节能意识

目前,紧凑级车型的主要消费人群还是经济实力普通的80后群体,他们对于价格和使用成本更加敏感,对此人民网汽车也在小范围做过一次调查,在受访的80 后群体中,有68%的潜在购车者表示,只有当混合动力车型售价在18万元以内才会考虑购买。而在看过人民网汽车对于节能环保方面的公益宣传资料之后,大多 数人表示为了更多的蓝天白云,能够接受在20万以内的车型,如果再高就超过他们的承受能力了。

依旧以普锐斯为例,目前其入门车型在国 内市场售价约为22万左右,而同级别传统车型的售价仅14万左右,这其中近8万元的差价,如果纯粹用节能效果来换算的话,需要行驶20万公里左右才能补回 (目前传统紧凑级车型普遍的百公里油耗在9.5L左右,而普锐斯是4.5L左右,为了方便计算,我们暂定每升油价为8元),而这一点正是目前阻碍混合动力 车型发展的一大障碍。但事实上,我们在计算的同时,忽略了混合动力车型在节能减排上的突出贡献,笔者找到了这么一组数据:截止今年4月丰田销售的混合动力 车的二氧化碳排放量与同等车身尺寸及同等动力性能的汽油发动机车型的二氧化碳排放量相比减少约2600万吨。所以,如果算上环境、能源战略等因素,其价值 无法估量。

可见,在混合动力车型推广的过程中,我们除了在政策上加大支持力度,给予更多的补贴之外,还需要加大宣传力度,提高消费者的节能意识,让更多的人认识到高能耗所要付出的巨大环境成本,以及对国家能源战略的影响。

纯电动汽车是新能源汽车发展的大势所趋,我们应该戒急戒躁、稳扎稳打,逐步完成各个时期的顺利过渡。我们在加大力度推广混合动力车型的同时,更应该抓紧 时间,利用混合动力争取的时间,为插电式混合动力、纯电动汽车做好技术储备,攻克技术难题,为新能源汽车的发展奠定坚实的基础。

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