Cars

2017 Audi R8 First Drive – All supercar, no compromises

2017 Audi R8 First Drive – All supercar, no compromises

There’s driving, and then there’s driving a car that thinks it’s a racer. Thing is, the Audi R8 has the credentials to back that up, born from an unmistakably noble family of champions and given the same name as a Le Mans winning sports car. For the 2017 R8, Audi turned to the same engineering team that developed the Nurburgring 24 Hours-winning R8 LMS race car, including half a shared parts bucket. It’s something I found hard to forget when Audi invited SlashGear to Portugal, to be among the first to try the new R8 on the track.

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Volvo swallows Polestar to make the Germans blue

Volvo swallows Polestar to make the Germans blue

Volvo has acquired Polestar, the tuning company that turned sensible Swedish cars and wagons into bright blue performance machines. Set up in 1996, Polestar has two divisions, one for racing and one for tuning, and has been Volvo's "official performance partner" for those who want more grunt but to still keep their factory warranty. The deal will see Volvo using the Polestar brand for its internally-developed performance cars, as well as a broader range of engines - including twin-engine electrification systems - coming under the sports umbrella.

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Land Rover software bug causes doors to open on their own

Land Rover software bug causes doors to open on their own

You're driving along and all is well until you turn and your door swings open -- a door you're sure was firmly shut when you got in the car. Such is a potential problem some Range Rover owners are facing due to a software bug that may cause the doors unlatch on their own. A door opening without warning could distract the driver and cause a wreck, could result in property damage, or could on the extreme end of things cause a passenger who isn't wearing a seat belt to fall out of the vehicle.

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Uber reportedly dropped its $3bn Nokia HERE bid

Uber reportedly dropped its $3bn Nokia HERE bid

Uber is no longer courting Nokia HERE, having reportedly dropped out of bidding for the mapping company after having an offer as much as $3bn rebuffed. The taxi-disruptor was tipped to be wooing HERE back in May, and said to be keen to add its high-resolution maps to its platform not to mention pave the way for self-driving cars. However, new reports suggest Uber has fallen by the wayside, leaving a consortium of tough-dealing German automakers in pole position.

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2016 Chevrolet Silverado refreshed as bear enters F-150 battle

2016 Chevrolet Silverado refreshed as bear enters F-150 battle

Chevrolet is giving its Silverado truck a glitzy revamp for the 2016 model year, throwing eye-catching LEDs on the front and packing Android Auto and CarPlay inside. The changes, which will first be seen on forecourts when the new 2016 Silverado 1500 pickup arrives this fall, focus on giving the truck a more distinctive look from the front, with a beefier grille that includes more aggressive detailing.

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Audi puts self-driving car on diet to persuade politicians

Audi puts self-driving car on diet to persuade politicians

Audi has revamped its self-driving car, trimming the fat on the autonomous RS 7 racer as it continues to court politicians in the US. The newest model, dubbed Robby and decked out in a striking red and black color scheme, keeps the autonomous hardware - which Audi refers to as "piloted driving" - of its predecessors, but goes on a serious diet to improve performance. In fact, the company says, it has trimmed 882 pounds from the self-driving prototype.

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Automakers hoarding driver data as Apple and Google circle

Automakers hoarding driver data as Apple and Google circle

Unable to ignore Apple and Google's efforts to infiltrate the dashboard, car makers are picking different routes to collaborate and compete, with driver data the prize. Platforms like Android Auto and CarPlay - which allow smartphone users to plug their device into a car, see a subset of apps and services more safely displayed on the vehicle's own systems, and control them both by voice and physical buttons - are increasingly being expected by new car buyers. Tensions around what data sharing is required has slowed the spread, however, as manufacturers wrestle with the pros and cons of allowing Apple and Google into their dashboards.

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New Fisker Karma aims for mid-2016 launch

New Fisker Karma aims for mid-2016 launch

Troubled luxury hybrid maker Fisker is aiming to get its reborn new Karma sedan on roads by mid-2016, the company's new management have revealed. The new Karma will be based on the gas-and-electric original model Fisker Automotive began producing in 2011, though final details are yet to be confirmed. A spate of vehicle fires and underwhelming sales forced Fisker into bankruptcy in 2013, at which point it was snapped up as a relative bargain - albeit one with a history in need of some serious PR massaging - by a Chinese auto-parts maker.

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Apollo Edition Ford Mustang to be auctioned by Experimental Aircraft Association

Apollo Edition Ford Mustang to be auctioned by Experimental Aircraft Association

What you're seeing here is a very limited edition 2015 Ford Mustang designed after NASA's Apollo spacecraft program — one-of-a-kind limited, to be specific. Ford built and donated the special edition Pony car to the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), who will be auctioning it off later this month. The Mustang specifically takes its look from the Saturn V rocket that flew to the moon and space between 1967 and 1973.

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Volkswagen Golf race car concept unveiled

Volkswagen Golf race car concept unveiled

Today Volkswagen introduced a new race car concept based on the seventh generation of its Golf car model. The car is a low riding hatchback with 330 hp via a turbo charged 2.0 liter direct fuel injection engine, the same engine found in the Golf R model. This concept car was made to test out a potential future customer racing project that the automaker may initiate next year. Through a partnership this new race car will be tested at the Red Bull Ring during the Touringcar Racer International Series.

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