Category Archives: The Octane Lounge

HELLCAT: Coming out of the Demon’s shadow
The Octane Lounge April 16, 2018

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This much is known: The 707-horsepower Challenger Hellcat will get a new dual-snorkel hood, which serves two purposes. From a cosmetic standpoint, it pays stylistic homage to Dodge drag-racing cars from the early 1970s. More importantly, the two snorkels are fully functional, which means they will deliver fresh air to the thirsty 6.2-liter supercharged Hellcat V-8 engine. Cold, fresh air is denser and can therefore hold more fuel to make more power.

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2019: These new models are right around the corner
The Octane Lounge April 9, 2018

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Although we have not yet reached the midpoint of calendar 2018, it’s not too early to begin talking about some of the most important new-vehicle launches of the 2019 model year.
Not surprisingly, the offerings are heavily weighted toward utility vehicles and pickups, and light on four-door sedans. But that’s how the market is going these days.

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JEEPERS!
The Octane Lounge March 19, 2018

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Most automakers would be thrilled to have an owner base as passionate and loyal as Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s Jeep fans. They are among the most devoted of all enthusiasts. Jeep’s management fuels that loyalty with its annual Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah. The nine-day event draws thousands of Jeep fans for off-road adventures in some of the most beautiful trails in the Western United States.

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Geneva Motor Show
The Octane Lounge February 26, 2018

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For new concept and production cars that combine cutting-edge technology with elegance and visual impact, the annual Geneva Motor Show (March 8-18) continues to be the place to go.
Not surprisingly, this year’s show leaned heavily on electric and hybrid vehicles, although there were plenty of high-performance cars with conventional internal-combustion engines as well.

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Sweet home, Alabama
The Octane Lounge February 5, 2018

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What do you think of when you think of Alabama? Nick Saban and five College Football National Championships in the last nine seasons? The Roy Moore senatorial race scandal? “Sweet Home Alabama” or some other Lynyrd Skynyrd Southern-rock anthem? But Alabama as a powerhouse in automotive manufacturing? Yes. In 2017, Germany-based automaker Mercedes-Benz produced its three-millionth vehicle in Alabama.

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2018 Corvette ZR1
The Octane Lounge October 16, 2017

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The 2019 ZR1 comes with Chevrolet’s 6.2-liter supercharged LT5 V-8 engine, which produces 755 horsepower and 715 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough to propel this Corvette to a top speed of 212 mph. According to Chevrolet’s specs, 60 mph (from a standing start) comes in less than three seconds, with quarter-mile times in the high-10-second range. It’s the most powerful production Corvette ever built.

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URUS
The Octane Lounge October 2, 2017

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Do you remember the last time Lamborghini ventured into the sport-utility-vehicle business? From 1986 to 1993, it manufactured a brutal and ferocious off-road beast known as the LM002, colloquially known as the ‘Rambo Lambo.’  Lamborghini is back in the utility business in a big way, but this time the company has gone in a totally different and much more sensible direction with the new 2019 Urus.
Don’t think predominantly off-road, think Porsche Cayenne Turbo fighter.

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SEMA show rides
The Octane Lounge September 18, 2017

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The SEMA Show, which takes place the first week of November every year, is a trade show where corporate buyers do deals with the parts sellers, from running boards, crate engines and shop lifts, to turbochargers, electronics and vinyl-wrap systems.
The show is not open to the public, but it is still enormous. The 2017 SEMA show logged more than 70,000 buyers (25 percent of whom came from outside the United States) who flocked to the Las Vegas Convention Center to see new products and trends, and attend educational seminars.

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Mercedes-Benz Project ONE
The Octane Lounge September 4, 2017

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On the rarefied air of exotic hypercars, the global arms race continues to escalate at a rapid pace as automakers develop new technologies that push cars to unheard of levels of performance.  Consider the new Mercedes-AMG Project ONE, a two-seat beast that uses Formula One technology to produce astonishing performance levels: Acceleration to 200 km/h (124 mph) from rest takes less than six seconds, which makes the Project ONE quicker than a Bugatti Veyron or a Porsche 918 Spyder. Top speed is a crisp 350 km/h, or about 217 mph.

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Millennials actually want cars
The Octane Lounge August 21, 2017

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At first blush, the dire message served up by author Robbie Kellman Baxter sounds an alarming note.
In a press release provocatively titled ‘Is Car Ownership Becoming Obsolete?’ Baxter warns, “People who 10 years ago couldn’t imagine not owning a car now find that today it’s a very viable option. The way consumers view car ownership is shifting dramatically.”

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