Cars

Behold! Audi’s most powerful production car ever

Behold! Audi’s most powerful production car ever

Audi has taken the wraps off of its most powerful production vehicle ever, the Audi R8 competition, the road-going cousin to the company's award winning R8 LMS ultra race car. Capable of 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds, and a top speed of 199 MPH, the R8 competition wraps a hefty 570 HP in lashings of lightweight carbon fiber and a host of new aero elements to help keep the limited edition car on the tarmac.

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Chevrolet’s counting on this to win it the EV war

Chevrolet’s counting on this to win it the EV war

Chevrolet isn't quite ready to show us the new, 2016 Volt - that won't happen until early in the new year - but it can't contain itself from revealing what's arguably most important about the next-gen car, its all-new powertrain. Dubbed Voltec, the system comprises not only the electric drive and the battery, but the range-extending engine and the companion power electronics that allows the gas system to kick in and stretch out just how far the Volt can run. According to Chevrolet, the new Voltec setup has been designed "substantially" around how existing Volt owners actually drive their cars.

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TYLT’s two new wireless chargers power you up anywhere

TYLT’s two new wireless chargers power you up anywhere

For the Android and Windows phone faithful, wireless charging is fast becoming a must-have spec sheet checklist item. If that new phone doesn’t have it, we start to dismiss it as second rung many times. the problem with wireless chargers is that they’re often proprietary, and some chargers kind of work with others, but really don’t. TYLT, a leader in the realm of external battery packs and chargers, has stepped in to bring some foundation to wireless charging with two new products. There’s even a wireless charging cradle for your car!

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I drove Audi’s car that talks to traffic lights

I drove Audi’s car that talks to traffic lights

Imagine how much better your life would be if you were less preoccupied with traffic lights. If your car was connected to the the city's traffic network of lights, and could let you know precisely how long before the light you're approaching turns green. Or if, should you be already waiting at the light, you knew exactly when it was about to turn green: your car's start/stop engine knowing to start up again when there are 5 seconds left before the light changes, while you know if it's worth pulling your phone out of your pocket to check Twitter or iMessage. Imagine the number of minutes you'd gain back per day, week, month and even year?

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License+ from Automatic could actually make teens better drivers

License+ from Automatic could actually make teens better drivers

If you’re a parent of a teen, driving can be a scary proposition. Not only is your child operating a massive machine capable of high velocity, but they’re inexperienced. You can teach them all you like, but sometimes it’s helpful to have some actual data to back up your passenger seat cringing. with an update to Automatic called License+, you can get that info. You also get a little peace of mind that your teen is driving safely even when you’re not there.

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Dashboard tech the worst part of car ownership says Consumer Reports

Dashboard tech the worst part of car ownership says Consumer Reports

Complex, confusing, and frustrating car dashboards are now the most disappointing part of car ownership, a new survey suggests, with wonky infotainment coming in for renewed criticism from owners. Navigation, multimedia, and social networking features are spreading across many new vehicles, but lackluster user experiences - especially in brand new systems - are not only driving owners crazy but having a meaningful impact on their overall ratings.

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Nissan put a car in a massive Zorb and pushed it down a hill

Nissan put a car in a massive Zorb and pushed it down a hill

Normally, the Nissan Note is a small, reliable city car, and not prone to rolling down hills. Nissan clearly decided that simply wasn't good enough, and so constructed a vast inflatable Zorb ball so as to capture a Note and then send it tumbling. Worry not, though: it's all in the name of demonstrating the car's safety features, which Nissan has dubbed "Safety Shield."

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Alpine iLX-007 is CarPlay ready, shipping now

Alpine iLX-007 is CarPlay ready, shipping now

Apple’s CArPlay sounds great, but the official offerings straight form car manufacturers are slim right now. Unless you want a 2015 Sonata, or like Pioneer decks, there isn’t an easy way to get involved with Apple’s new in-car system. If you like Alpine decks, we’ve got good news. The company has released their first CarPlay deck, the iLX-007. With the iLX-007, you’ll have the power of Siri in your car, as well as apps like Rdio, Messages, and Maps at your fingertips.

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Lotus Exige S automatic ditches the manual transmission

Lotus Exige S automatic ditches the manual transmission

The Lotus Exige has always been a lightweight car that is focused on driver dynamics and handling over raw performance, and to meet that goal it has always come with a manual transmission. Some out there prefer to have automatic transmissions with paddle shifters rather than the traditional three pedal setup Lotus has always offered. To make those customers happy, Lotus has just unveiled the Exige S Automatic.

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