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The New Mystery McLaren Will Have Exhaust Pipes On The Engine Cover And I’m Already Sold

Regular, bottom-exit exhaust pipes: Who needs ‘em, I say! You want a car with unconventional exhaust exits. And this new McLaren, whatever it might be, looks like it has top-exit exhaust pipes. I don’t even need to see the rest of the car, I’m already in love.Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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The 2019 Audi Q8 Boldly Shows Audi’s Willingness To Make A Terrifyingly Ugly Car

First, if you’re drinking coffee or something and just did a panicked spit-take when you saw the all-new 2019 Audi Q8 up there, I apologize. Unfortunately, there’s not much we can do about it. Audi’s press release claims this is the “new face of the Q family,” so unless you work with deep-sea angler fish […]

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Apple’s Original Plans For A Car Of The Future Don’t Sound Very Revolutionary

Apple’s new deal with Volkswagen to build some self-driving shuttle vans for its employees marks a severe departure from the tech company’s initial ideas for the car of the future, the details of which don’t really seem as revolutionary as many people initially wanted to believe.Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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Electric Seats Should Always Be An Option

After recently driving and enjoying the new 2019 Hyundai Veloster last week, one of the many things I couldn’t stop thinking about was whether or not the complete lack of electric seats mattered on the fully-loaded Ultimate trim. I’ve settled my thoughts. Electric seats should always be an option.Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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Putting A Floor-Mounted Ignition Switch On The Saab 9-7X Didn’t Make It A Real Saab

Saab was one of those idiosyncratic little carmakers that inspired intense loyalty among its fans, thanks to some genuinely novel engineering, engaging cars, and some charmingly strange quirks. When the corporate giant GM bought out Saab in 2000, it made at least some attempts to keep the Saab spirit alive. One of…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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What An Autonomous Future Supercar Could Look Like, As Imagined By A Movie Car Designer

Supercars occupied a tiny niche at the fringe of the car market, but that hasn’t stopped them from capturing our imagination. In fact, it may even be part of why they do. Supercars adorn bedroom posters and find their way onto desks as scaled-down toy models. So, of course, it’s always fun to think about […]

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The 1981 Lotus Esprit Turbo Has A Hidden Second Spoiler Because It Made Too Much Downforce

The Lotus Esprit’s initial design was a classic shape, one that Lotus didn’t want to change for a good three decades. Except when the 1981 Esprit Turbo added a big duck tail spoiler in the back, Lotus designers had to block it with another, smaller hidden spoiler. Why? Too much downforce.Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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The 2019 Ram 1500’s Interiors Were Inspired By Six Different Hammers

Much of the idea of pickup trucks being performatively macho and aimed at cowboys and construction workers is thanks to marketing, rather than how a lot of trucks are actually used by everyday people. But the automakers work hard at those ideas, like how Fiat Chrysler apparently used six different types of hammer to…Read more… […]

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The 1994 Ford Mustang Could Have Looked Alarmingly Similar To The Pontiac Trans Am

Ford was out to recapture America’s “love affair” with the Ford Mustang during the development of the fourth-generation model, and it tested some radical design directions in the process. One of them even looked strikingly similar to the fourth-gen Pontiac Firebird Trans Am.Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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An Early Design For The Ugly 1996 Ford Taurus Looked A Lot Like A Tesla Model 3 

The 1996 third-generation Ford Taurus was an unfortunate attempt by Ford to redesign the best-selling car in the country to stand out a little more, but an early concept looked much better, because it looked a lot like the Tesla Model 3, if you can believe it.Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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The Original Design For The Second-Gen Dodge Ram Was A Styling Disaster

The second-generation Dodge Ram established the big, macho and iconic look that continues to define truck design today, and it pushed the truck segment beyond the boring and square sedan-inspired aesthetic for good. But it almost didn’t happen.Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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There Was An Almost-Forgotten Mid-Engine Corvette Back In 1959

We at Jalopnik been talking about a possible mid-engined Corvette for an insane eleven years, which is longer than the dinosaurs were around, in internet time. That, however, pales in comparison to how long GM themselves has been playing with the idea. Some recently re-discovered photographs show it’s been on their…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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Let’s Be Honest: Famous Designer Raymond Loewy Did Some Wonderfully Terrible Things To Jaguars

I consider myself a fan of industrial designer Raymond Loewy. He basically created the modern concept of an industrial designer. He would drive a dune buggy in an ascot. And he designed some great-looking cars, like the Studebaker Avanti. He also did some pretty horrific things to some lovely Jaguars, too.Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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