2016 Jaguar F-Type Is Here With Improved Exterior Design and Powertrain

Jaguar has just revealed the 2016 F-Type and it looks sportier and much more advanced than its German competitor Mercedes-Benz AMG coupe, featuring some new exterior and powertrain upgrades.

It is accessible in 2 powertrains, 3.0L V6 that generates 340 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque for the base model, while the F-Type R which is the highest trim carries a 5.0L V8 engine that produces 550 horsepower and 502 lb-ft of torque. The F-Type S and F-Type RWD can be paired with 6-speed manual transmission while the All-wheel drive can be mated to 8-speed automatic transmission.

Talking about the exterior design, it is extend in both coupe and convertible body styles featuring a rigid lightweight aluminum body kit that provides a perfect power to weight ratio offering excellent performance. The overall persona is exceedingly sporty and stylish featuring an elegant front bumper and dual exhaust at the back to give it a true sports car look.

On the inside, the F-Type is equipped with a 770-watt sound system by Meridian audio company. It also render Apple and Android compatibility allowing the driver to remotely roll down the windows and start/stop the vehicle.

The starting price of 2016 F-Type coupe with manual transmission system is $65,995, while the automatic variant is priced at $67,295.


Did You Lock Your Keys In Your Car?

The odds are that you will lock your keys in your car sometime. It happens to everyone. Rather, than worrying when it will happen, though, it’s best to plan what to do “if and when” it does occur.


Here’s some advice to consider:

Call Police

The first item to discuss is safety oriented. If you are locked out of your car and you are in a dangerous area, call the police.  It’s their job to assist citizens when they are in situations such as this.  In many cases, especially with older cars, police can help you unlock your car and if they can’t, they will assist you by calling a tow truck or locksmith. In either situation, you will be safe.

Call for roadside assistance

Here’s when those annual auto-club fees really pay off. AAA, Allstate, and other organizations that provide roadside service can usually get you inside your car quickly. Being a member of roadside assistance services such as this can really give you peace of mind for less than $100 per year.

Four Seasons Ford tells us that if you don’t subscribe to such a service, you might still be in luck. Most new cars come with roadside assistance during the basic warranty period.  Keep in mind, you won’t be able to open the owner’s manual and find out who to call (because it’s in the locked car) but a local dealer should be able to help you.

Call a tow truck

If you have no other options, most towing services provide lock-out service. Google it, or call 411 for services in your area. Tow truck drivers in most cases are quit good at getting into locked cars and have the necessary tools to perform the service.

Get a temporary key

If it’s during the day when car dealers are open for business, a local dealer might be able to make you a temporary key that will open the doors for you (but not start your car). This will allow you to retrieve your permanent keys. You’ll probably need your vehicle identification number (visible through the lower edge of the driver’s-side windshield) and identification to prove that you own the car.

Keep an extra key handy

You know the old sport adage: the best defense is a good offense. Take the time to get a spare key and keep it in a place where you can get at it easily.  Good places are in your purse, in your wallet, or even a well-hidden spot on your car. You can buy a small magnetic box that is designed to hold a car key and it be placed on a car’s underside. Another technique is to leave a spare with someone who could come and rescue you.

Get a car with benefits

If you drive a vehicle with a telematics system, you can call a toll-free number to have your car remotely unlocked. Those systems also offer free smart-phone apps that let owners unlock their doors. Check automaker websites for further details on their telematics systems.

Opps, you lost the keys

If you have actually lost the keys to your car, things get a little more complicated. You are going to need a locksmith and, as you might imagine, it’s probably going to be expensive – maybe very expensive. The folks at fourseasonsford.com tell us that that keys for some higher-end models can cost several hundred dollars –so be ready for the bill. Although you can’t avoid this absolutely avoid this -things do get lost and stolen – having a backup plan in mind may save you a great deal of trouble in the future.  Your best backup plan might just be a spare key that you have stashed somewhere just in case your keys do “disappear”.

The 2016 Alfa Romeo Giulia compete with Ferrari as Italian products

One of the hottest new car models to come out of Italy isn’t a Ferrari. No, the car I’m talking about is worthy of a special mention in today’s blog. If you’re a fan of Alfa Romeo cars, you’re in for a real treat because today I’ll be reviewing the Alfa Romeo Giulia!

It’s a brand new model from the car marque and is their first attempt at the luxury saloon market. There is no denying that it wants to take on the likes of the BMW 3 Series. But, is this a car that can put its money where its mouth is? I think so, and I’m sure you’ll agree too. Here’s why:

2016-Alfa-Romeo-GiuliaImage by Wikimedia Commons

It has some Ferrari influence

OK, perhaps I lied a little when I said I wasn’t talking about a new Ferrari. Well, technically I’m talking about an Alfa Romeo. But, you might not realise it, but the Giulia does have some Ferrari influence.

The top of the range Quadrifoglio model features a great 503 brake horsepower unit that can go from 0-60 mph in only 3.9 seconds! It’s a 2.9-litre V6 twin-turbo unit, in case you wondered.

Alfa Romeo says that the Quadrifoglio borrows Ferrari technology. Remember that both Alfa and Ferrari are under the same group ownership (Fiat).

It’s a worthy replacement for the Alfa Romeo 159

Do you remember the executive Alfa Romeo 159 model that got built between 2004-2011? The Giulia is its successor! Back in the day, the 159 was a successful model for the Italian car maker. On the face of it, the Giulia is more than just a worthy replacement. I’d even go so far as to say that it’ll blow it out of the water!

Seeing a 159 for sale at the Eastern Western Motor Group reminded me of how much I loved the 159 I once owned!

Suitable for family and business use

Of course, not everyone will go for the meaty Quadrifoglio model that I mentioned a moment ago. The Giulia comes with a range of engines suitable for different uses.

For example, there are the 2.2-litre Multijet diesel units. They’re available in a variety of power outputs and are good for eating up the miles. And they’re not slow and smelly diesels either! The cream of the crop is the 3.0-litre Multijet twin-turbo diesel. As standard, it boasts 335 brake horsepower.

Aside from the Quadrifoglio’s super-powerful engine, there’s another petrol unit on offer. The 2.0-litre turbo produces a healthy 276 brake horsepower. While it doesn’t have supercar qualities, it won’t leave you catching up with the competition. With such a choice of engines, it’s easy to see why Alfa Romeo have their sights set on BMW 3 Series buyers.

Lots of rear-wheel drive fun

Like its German counterpart, the Alfa Romeo Giulia will have a rear-wheel drive system. That is sure to make the driving experience more fun than FWD alternatives on the market.

The new Alfa Romeo Giulia will go on sale in Spring 2016. In the meantime, check out this video review of it. See you soon!

After Successful Start, DeltaWing Suffers Crash At 2016 Rolex 24 At Daytona

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The season opener of the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the Rolex 24 at Daytona, is currently underway. Unfortunately for theDeltaWing from Panoz DeltaWing Racing, the race was over within a few hours due to a crash.

With Andy Meyrick behind the wheel, the oddly-shaped race car, competing in the top Prototype class, crashed into the rear of the stalled number 8 Starworks Motorsport Oreca FLM09 competing in the Prototype Challenge class. According to Meyrick, the stalled number 8 car was “in a blind spot with no lights on,” and combined with “intermittent” radio from his own team the crash was “unavoidable.”

There were fortunately no injuries but the impact caused extensive damage to the DeltaWing’s tub that couldn’t be repaired. At the time of writing, repairs on the Starworks Motorsport car were still being completed and officials were confident of rejoining the race.

Sadly for the DeltaWing, the car showed significant promise prior to the crash. With Meyrick’s teammate Katherine Legge behind the wheel, the car was at the front within the first hour of the race. Both Legge and Meyrick led a combined total of 29 laps out of the 119 completed before the crash, with Meyrick chasing for the lead in the final moments.

In other Daytona news, the two Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] GTs have had their own share of problems, after showing promising signs early on. The number 67 car had gearbox trouble so had to go in for repairs, while the number 66 car, after a brief stint leading in the car’s GT Le Mans class, had brake trouble and later lost power. The good news is that the cars proved very fast, at least when there were no issues.

2017 Porsche 718 Boxster, 2016 Cadillac CT6, FCA Product Shakeup: The Week In Reverse

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Porsche announced the 2017 718 Boxster; we drove the 2016 Cadillac CT6; and FCA laid out its future plans with a major product shift. It’s the week in reverse, right here on Motor Authority.

After about 20 years the Porsche Boxster is finally getting its first major changes: a new name and completely revised powertrain. The new generation will be known as the 718 Boxster and swaps its flat-six engines for turbocharged four-cylinder engines across the board. We’ll see the new 2017 718 Boxster in the metal at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show in March.

The 2017 Aston Martin DB11 was spotted completely naked out on the road in Europe. Sporting the latest evolution of the automaker’s signature design language the DB11 has flowing lines and an elegant presence. Look for more details as we near the 2016 Geneva Motor Show in March.

We finally slid behind the wheel of the new 2016 Cadillac CT6 range-topper. Featuring real wood, an interior slathered in leather, loads of tech, and a new twin-turbo V-6, the CT6 is aiming to challenge the luxury standards set by BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles [NYSE:FCAU] presented its latest five-year plan to investors this week. Key details include dropping the mid-size Chrysler 200 and compact Dodge Dart to free up production capacity to build more Jeeps and Ram trucks. FCA’s seeing cheap gas as a long-term thing, and is banking on boosting profits with high-margin trucks and SUVs. The next-generation Jeep Wrangler will get a diesel engine and hybrid variant as well as a pickup truck variant. Alfa Romeo’s U.S. return also suffered a change as the time table was pushed back, again.

The first of three track-only Aston Martin Vulcans have landed in the U.S. at a dealership in Cleveland, Ohio. With only 24 examples being built worldwide, it’s a rare piece of kit, and the one in Ohio is now up for sale for a cool $3.4 million.

Classiest Sideways Shenanigans With A Rolls-Royce Drift Car

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We’ve recently shown you that drifting is a bit harder than you might think. Imagine doing this tire-killing deed in a car designed to keep its occupants cossetted in supreme comfort and luxury. Imagine doing it in a vehicle that has engineers who enjoy adding in more weight rather than trying to shed it. What we’re saying is, imagine going drifting… in a Rolls-Royce.

That’s just what went down at an event called Japfest in Ireland. Driver Shane Lynch started with a Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow and has worked with a number of folks to transform it into an absolutely devilish machine. The matte black paint works rather well and we love seeing the oddball fenders applied to such a machine.

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Inside, the racing seats look downright luxurious and the billet Rolls-Royce logo-wearing brake lever is a work of art. It’s still apparently packing the original 6.75-liter V-8 and, more amazingly, still rocking the three-speed automatic. That gearbox has been upgraded, however, with a unit that allows the driver to select one of the three gears at his choosing.

You’re going to need to hop on over to SpeedHuntersfor all of the details on this one. It’s a pretty amazing build.


Opel GT Concept, 2016 Cadillac CT6, 2017 Mercedes-AMG GT R: This Week’s Top Photos

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General Motors Company’s [NYSE:GM] European unit Opel unveiled its new GT concept. The concept is in the form of a tiny, two-seater sports car with rear-wheel drive. Opel is only willing to state that the concept signals the sporty, youthful image the brand is seeking, so unfortunately there may not be any plans to actually build it.

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One sexy sports car you actually go out and buy today is Jaguar’s F-Type. This week we saw a newrange-topping F-Type SVR variant. The car is expected to have a 575-horsepower output, put down through all four wheels thanks to standard all-wheel drive.

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If sedans are more your thing, we strongly suggest taking a close look at Cadillac’s new CT6. We recently drove the full-size four-door and found it to be a great driver’s car, especially with the four-cylinder engine and not the more powerful V-6. The car isn’t without its flaws, though.

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After giving up his Humvee, Arnold Schwarzenegger went with an even bigger vehicle: a Mercedes-Benz Unimog. It’s currently sitting at a dealership in Texas with a for sale sign.

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One of the upcoming vehicles we spied this week is a track-focused version of the stunning Mercedes-AMG GT sports car. It’s thought the car will be called a GT R. This isn’t the Black Series version. That comes later.

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Another car we spied is Aston Martin’s DB11, the replacement for the DB9. A photo of the car has already leaked, and our latest spy shots reveal a few more details. The world debut is scheduled for the 2016 Geneva Motor Show this March.

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Buyers of GMC’s Sierra lineup of pickups looking for a little extra off-road capability can look forward to the new Sierra All Terrain X. On top of the regular All Terrain package, the special edition adds a few extra items including blacked-out 18-inch aluminum wheels shod with Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac Mud-Terrain tires.

2016 Harley-Davidson Softtail Slim S by Ed Tahaney2016 Harley-Davidson Softtail Slim S by Ed Tahaney

For the motorcycle fans, we posted up a review of Harley-Davidson’s new Softtail Slim S. Forget whatever negative connotations you may have about the Harley brand because we’d wager that the Softtail Slim S eliminates them.