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Take Two: BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage R debuts at Pebble Beach

Take Two: BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage R debuts at Pebble Beach

1975 was a very special year for BMW. Then called "Bavarian Motor Works", the car maker first set foot in the US that year, the first time it did so outside Europe. It was also on that year that it joined its first US motor race with the now iconic BMW 3.0 CSL. 40 years later, BMW wants to celebrate that momentous year by revealing the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage R at the equally popular Concours d'Elegance at Pebble Beach, giving due respect to the past while, at the same time, blazing forward to the future.

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Fiat 500X Abarth Tipped for 200hp

Fiat 500X Abarth Tipped for 200hp

I've always thought that the Fiat 500 was a cool little car; the problem is that it's little. You aren't getting anyone in the back seats of that thing who has legs. Fiat is now producing larger versions of that Fiat 500, such as the Fiat 500L. A new larger version of the 500 is being considered by Fiat and it would wear the Abarth badge.

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Dodge Charger and Challenger get Plum Crazy

Dodge Charger and Challenger get Plum Crazy

Back in the 60s and 70s, Dodge had some iconic colors that it used on its muscle cars with names like Panther Pink, Moulin Rouge, and Sublime. Dodge may have taken the name of some of those iconic muscle car names and grafted them onto boring econoboxes like the Dart, but it still has some cool cars in the Challenger and Charger.

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Tesla to bring charging stations to Manhattan’s parking garages

Tesla to bring charging stations to Manhattan’s parking garages

Tesla is planning to address the problem owners of its all-electric Model S in Manhattan have in trying to find a place to charge in the congested city. According to the New York Times, the car company will be making an announcement later today detailing a partnership with some two dozen parking garages, equipping them with 240-volt chargers for Tesla vehicles. While the charging stations won't be as quick as the superchargers Tesla has built along highways, they will be much faster than plugging into a standard wall outlet.

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It’s the Chevy Corvette’s turn to get hacked

It’s the Chevy Corvette’s turn to get hacked

Car hacking seems to be the new black recently. As cars get smarter, they also become more enticing targets to hackers for both fun and profit. From wireless key fobs to Chrysler's Jeeps to GM's OnStar, it seems no car is safe. Not even Chevrolet's Corvette, apparently. Researchers from the University of California San Diego proved that this particular car, and probably others like it, are also susceptible to attacks, giving hackers unmitigated control over certain functions of the car, with some particularly dangerous consequences.

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McLaren brings custom MSO 570S coupe to Pebble Beach

McLaren brings custom MSO 570S coupe to Pebble Beach

McLaren has an arm for buyers who are not only fortunate enough to be able to buy a McLaren, but also for those that have the scratch to buy a completely custom McLaren and have it made to their specific tastes. That McLaren arm is called McLaren Special Operations or MSO. MSO will be showing off a couple customized McLaren 570S Coupes at the annual Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

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Hyundai “Vision G” Concept gives a glimpse of future luxury

Hyundai “Vision G” Concept gives a glimpse of future luxury

Most of the time, when you hear the word "luxury", you naturally think of extravagance and no holds barred embellishments. Hyundai, however, believes otherwise and is putting its future luxury models on the line to prove it. The car maker has just revealed the existence of its new "Vision G" Concept Coupe, the car that will be the company's blueprint for its future premium models. What sets it apart, Hyundai says, is that the Vision G's luxury design exudes luxury without going over the top.

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Tiny “RollJam” device can unlock car, garage doors

Tiny “RollJam” device can unlock car, garage doors

High tech smart cars aren't the only one susceptible to getting hacked. Even not so smart cars and garage doors that use wireless keys are open game to both playful and malicious hackers. At DefCon, hacker Samy Kamkar demonstrated how a $32 radio device can easily obtain a wireless key's "signature" code, which can then be replayed later to unlock that same door. And the owner will suspect nothing, aside from that strange first attempt at unlocking the door which, for no conceivable reason, fails.

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2016 Honda Accord First Drive – Coupe, Sedan, and Sport

2016 Honda Accord First Drive – Coupe, Sedan, and Sport

Scale is important, and so when it came to refreshing the best-selling 2016 Accord, it's no surprise that Honda took no chances. Volume seller in the company's line-up, both the sedan and the coupe body-styles needed bringing up to speed with the latest technology like Android Auto and CarPlay, but with minimal damage to the sticker price along the way. Refinement on a budget isn't easy, so the question remains: does Honda still make the car for the everyman?

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Next-Gen BMW 4 Series convertible to dump folding hard top to save weight

Next-Gen BMW 4 Series convertible to dump folding hard top to save weight

I always thought it was a great thing when cars went from soft fabric or vinyl tops to folding hard tops. A hard top is much better in an environment where the car and passengers are subject to temperature extremes. A hard top over your head will keep out the heat in the summer and cold in the winter much better than anything fabric. The downside is that the retracting hard tops are heavier and more expensive.

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2016 Mercedes G-Class will come to the US packing a twin turbo V8

2016 Mercedes G-Class will come to the US packing a twin turbo V8

The boxy Mercedes G-series has been rolling streets around the world for decades and the cars have always looked pretty much the same. The latest version of the venerable SUV was unveiled for Europe and the first time we heard about it MB wasn’t clear if the car would be coming to the US or not. We now know that the G-class will be coming to the US and the starting price has been announced.

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