Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) launched its latest crate engine at the recent Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas, Nev. According to FCA, the supercharged 426-cubic-inch “Hemi” V-8 makes 1,000 horsepower and 950 pound-feet of torque. It’s dubbed the Hellephant (a blending of the elephant nickname for the 1960s’ Hemi engines, and the […]

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A new trend appears to be brewing in the world of drag racing. General Motors’ Bowtie division recently revealed an electric COPO Camaro, called the eCOPO, which swaps out the regular race-prepped V-8 for a pair of BorgWarner electric motors plus an 800-volt battery pack that weighs 700 pounds. The resulting combo makes “more than” […]

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Despite sightings of what appears to be a Raptor off-road version of the 2019 Ranger pickup, The Spymaster’s peeps on the ground are reporting that such a model/trim level will not be sold in North America. Instead, it’s destined for the automaker’s dealerhips in Europe, Asia, South America and Australia. The Ranger Raptor will likely […]

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The Spy Guy’s sources are certain that General Motors’ luxury division will unleash a performance version of the XT4 sometime in 2019. The V-Sport model will reportedly be fitted with GM’s new turbocharged 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine that will see service as an option in the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups. That would give the […]

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The Sleuth has it on good authority that the next generation of the automaker’s compact sedan and hatchback will be a game-changer. Physically, the Mazda3 will resemble the Kai concept car, with an elongated nose that runs counter to the severely truncated rear end that appears both odd and attractive at the same time. Whatever […]

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The Sleuth’s sources are hearing that Terrafugia, a company owned by Zhejiang Geely Holding Group of China (Volvo’s owner), is accepting orders for the Transition, which converts to an airplane from a car in less than a minute by unfolding its wings. Top speed is also said to be 100 mph in the air with […]

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That’s what the China-based automaker is claiming, even though The Sleuth thinks that tariff issues with the U.S. government might first need to be resolved. The first of a planned series of cars heading stateside is the midsize seven-seat GS8 utility model, possibly followed by the smaller GS5. The GS8 is powered by a turbocharged […]

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It’s all too apparent to The Spy Guy that Nissan’s luxury division plans on backing up its involvement in Formula One racing by improving the performance profile of at least one of the cars it sells to the public. The proof lies in the recently revealed Q60 Project Black S coupe. The ominous-looking all-wheel-drive model […]

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The Sleuth is not one bit surprised that the funky little coupe and convertible are driving off into the sunset following the 2019 model year. Although decidedly different looking in an age of utility-vehicle sameness, the Beetle never seemed to capture the imagination of car shoppers, and sales have been on a downward spiral for […]

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The Sleuth has been informed that the long-expected fifth generation of Toyota’s premium sports car is nearing completion and will likely be revealed in January at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Mich. The rear-wheel-drive Supra coupe will be built alongside the new BMW Z4 roadster at a plant in Graz, Austria. […]

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