Category Archives: The Octane Lounge

Gladiators

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For the past 53 years, one of the most celebrated rites of spring for serious connoisseurs of high-intensity off-roading has been the Moab Easter Jeep Safari, which brings thousands of passionate Jeep fans to the rugged Utah desert for a full week of fun and frolic. The Jeep brand has a fanatically loyal fan base, and those who made it to Moab this year were able to participate in some challenging off-road exercises over the weeklong event and see hundreds of production and prototype Jeep Performance Parts.

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When you love the look of 50-year-old cars, but not the 50-year-old technology that comes with them
The Octane Lounge October 22, 2018

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Corvettes continue to be among the most desirable collector cars in the marketplace. For years, buyers of these two-seat fiberglass sports cars have valued one thing above all else: originality.
Limited-run high-horsepower Corvettes usually fetch the highest dollars at auction, but whether a Corvette is one of a few L88s built in 1967, or a more garden-variety model, what most collectors have wanted are matching-numbers cars that have all their original parts, from the engine, transmission and rear differential, down to the carburetor(s), alternator and even the hoses . . . and the clamps that hold the hoses.

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Five from CES
The Octane Lounge October 15, 2018

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The annual early-January CES event in Las Vegas, Nev., is beginning to steal some thunder from Detroit’s North American International Auto Show, which follows the CES event a week later. CES is rapidly becoming its own car show. Not surprisingly, a number of top automakers chose to use the backdrop of Las Vegas to roll out new technologies and in several cases, new cars.

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Working out the bugs
The Octane Lounge October 8, 2018

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The subject is a red 1967 VW Beetle known as Annie that was purchased new by Kathleen Brooks in December 1966 in Riverside, Calif.  Since acquiring Annie, Brooks logged more than 350,000 miles in a vehicle she described as always being there for her.  Brooks, now 73, has survived breast cancer three times and works with breast-cancer patients and survivors to provide comfort and care during treatment and recovery.

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TRD
The Octane Lounge October 1, 2018

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Each TRD variant receives thicker underbody braces to increase torsional rigidity, and each has front brakes with 12.9-inch-diameter rotors, compared with the 12-inch rotors that are standard in the Camry and Avalon XSE trims. The TRD models are 0.6 of an inch lower and have specially tuned shock absorbers for more responsive handling. Wider, low-profile performance tires on lightweight matte-black alloy wheels are part of the mix, too.

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Porsche at 70
The Octane Lounge September 24, 2018

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Based on the 911 GT2 RS high-performance sports car, the 935 has a 700-horsepower 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine that Porsche officials say is “largely identical to the high-performance standard unit mounted in the road-legal 911 GT2 RS.” The only gearbox is the seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) paddle-shift transmission.

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The EV Crossover
The Octane Lounge September 3, 2018

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Although the e-tron can’t match the Tesla Model X for acceleration, it’s quick enough, needing 5.5 seconds to hit 60 mph from rest. Expected range for the e-tron is about 250 miles. Given Audi’s reputation for delivering high-quality, fun-to-drive vehicles, the e-tron will do well for the automaker.

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New Supers
The Octane Lounge August 27, 2018

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The Monterey Classic Car Week in Northern California is all about speed and beauty, and especially speed and beauty for the rich and famous.  We aren’t talking simply high-performance, here. We aren’t even talking about ludicrous speeds, even if 300 mph is possible. No, we’re talking about horsepower . . . as much as 1,750. And we’re talking about vehicles that are as gorgeous and sexy as they are brutally quick.

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Ferrari 812 Superfast
The Octane Lounge July 9, 2018

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Under the hood is a 789-horsepower V-12 engine — non-turbocharged — the most powerful regular production Ferrari of all time. That’s up from 770 horsepower in the 812 Superfast’s predecessor, the F12tdf.
The engine also produces 530 pound-feet of torque and the lone gearbox offered is a seven-speed paddle-shift automatic.

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Chasing dollars
The Octane Lounge June 25, 2018

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As four-door family sedans continue to fall out of favor with buyers, Chevrolet and Ford are reviving two of the most time-honored names in the history of domestic utility vehicles: the Chevrolet Blazer and the Ford Bronco. And Ford is doubling down by bringing back another all-new golden-oldie, the Ranger midsized pickup.

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