Jim Seidel

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5 things you need to know about the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

Your road-legal C7.R is ready.<p>Forget the ZR1. When GM's engineers put the first 2015 Z06 mule on the Milford RoadCourse, the car promptly set a new lap record. More insane? It did it using engine and suspension calibrations that were nothing but good guesses by engineers. Tadge Juechter, chief …

What The X-47B Reveals About The Future Of Autonomous Flight

Five things you need to know about the X-47B, the U.S. military's first unmanned, autonomous combat jet.<p>When the Navy's X-47B drone screamed skyward off the aircraft carrier <i>USS George H.W. Bush</i> in May, those of us standing on the flight deck knew we were witnessing history: a robot flying …

2014 Porsche Cayman S PDK Automatic

Everything the childhood versions of ourselves hoped a 911 would be.<p>You have to keep reminding yourself while dusting switchbacks in the Austrian Alps with the new Porsche Cayman S that this is not your dream car. This is not the 911 Carrera, the car in the posters that once wallpapered your …

2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI SE/2.5 SEL Verdict

I was informed by our local VW dealer that from the tire wear, they suspect someone has been drifting our Passat.<p>In November 2011, we named the all-new, designed for and built in America Volkswagen Passat <i>Motor Trend</i>‘s Car of the Year. At the same event, the midsize sales favorite Toyota Camry …

Autoblog Green

On this week's Autoblog Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Greg Migliore is joined by Associate Editor Reese Counts and Senior Editor of Green John Snyder. We talk about the New York Auto Show and its highlights. We also discuss some of the cars we've had in the office including the Jaguar XF S Sportbrake …

Minerva announces J.M. Brabazon supercar with 250-mph top speed

If the name Minerva doesn't sound familiar to you, you're not alone. The automotive manufacturer was founded in the fall of 1897 by a gentleman named Sylvain De Jong, who had prior experience with bicycles, motorcycles and journalism. After building more than 50,000 passenger cars in the early 20th …

Novitec Torado takes a stab at improving the Lamborghini Aventador [w/video]

Novitec has finished its tuning program for the Lamborghini Aventador, and it has called the mean-looking finished product, Torado. It looks like it wants to take the pedestrian sinisterness of the Aventador into an otherworldly rage, with carbon fiber vents, spoilers and protrusions lining the …

Rent-A-Racer: Hertz Dream Cars lets you rent an exotic

Hertz has resurrected the spirit of the company's Rent-A-Racer program, albeit on a slightly different level. If that name sounds familiar, it should. Carroll Shelby famously struck a deal with the rental car company back in 1966, and the result was a fleet of Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 for rent. …

The Tech Tricks of Cadillac's Beastly Twin-Turbo V-6

GM's newest six-cylinder, the LF3 3.6-liter twin turbo, is ready to take on heavyweight V-8s. Here's how engineers got so much power (420 hp!) from a V-6.<p><b>Update</b>: After this story was posted, BMW announced improvements to the 4.4-liter V-8 (including the company's Valvetronic variable-lift intake …

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2014 Audi RS7

Not just a little bit better.<p>Audi has been a sporadic player in big, fast cars and, once again, we missed out on the new RS6. Don't cry. We got the RS7 instead, and it's way better.How does 560 hp and 553 ft-lb of torque sound? Not enough? It tops out at a near-as-damn-it 190 mph. Still not …

NVIDIA Brought Murder And Mayhem In 3D; Now It Is Taking Over Your Car

NVIDIA, whose powerful computer graphics chips let teenagers assassinate villains and zap aliens in a spectacular 3D world, is rapidly bringing the same immersive technology to your vehicle.<p>Its processors are making it possible for companies like Honda Motor to design advanced driver assistance …

Every Car Can Be Connected to the Cloud

Even older vehicles can now be easily linked to the web. Is this a revolution, or an answer in search of a question?<p><b>You probably haven't missed</b> that every product in our lives is getting connected to the Web. Computers, phones, and tablets are old news; now it's televisions, refrigerators, washing …

Car Tech

Corvette Stringray launches with Premiere Edition

Limited run of 500 special Stingrays mark the C7's launch.<p>Corvette enthusiasts have been eagerly awaiting the launch of the new C7, and Chevrolet isn't about to disappoint them. Not only does the new Stingray emerge as the most impressive Vette this side of the ZR1, but the first 500 owners will be …

The 2014 Mazda 6 with i-ELOOP Gets 40 mpg, Starts at $32,570

Don’t even try to explain this one to your buddies: “You see, i-ELOOP uses a freewheeling alternator that reduces parasitic drag…” Just stop right there; all you need to do is tell them your mid-size Mazda is rated for 40 mpg on the highway while their compact Toyota Corollas can only muster 34. …

Ferrari is planning to bring some bespoke models to the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Don't worry, we'll be posting photos for you to gawk at. More -> http://bit.ly/12gvnsk

Wish Chevrolet made a Silverado SS again? Callaway Cars Inc has your back with the new Supercharged SportTruck packing more than 540 horsepower under the hood. More -> http://bit.ly/10Jlh2n

Test Drive: The 2014 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid

The first production plug-in hybrid sedan from Porsche<p><i>Click here to enter the gallery</i><p>Porsche isn't the first name in hybrids, or even in green cars. But the company is leveraging its depth of engineering knowledge to move forward in the field rather quicker than a small company should.<p>Examples of …

Volvo details new drive assist features for next XC90 and future models [w/video]

Volvo wants us to know what kinds of new technology will be under the sheetmetal of the offerings that will sit on its Scalable Platform Architecture, the first of which will be included on the 2015 Volvo XC90 arriving at the end of next year. The silicon-chip onslaught starts with detection and …

Opel bringing Monza concept to Frankfurt [w/video]

Opel may be bringing this Monza concept to the Frankfurt Motor Show this fall, but it's unlikely the Monza concept will spawn a production coupe to fill the void left by the Calibra and original Monza.<p>Opel says the concept shows the firm's focus on "efficiency and connectivity," which will be …

The "GTO" is back, and ready to take on some snakes. Video -> http://bit.ly/1aITy5Z