Every few years, someone tries to sell a three-wheeled vehicle to Americans. It hasn’t gone well ever since Karl Benz patented the first three-wheeled car in 1885. Yes, the same guy who later co-founded Mercedes-Benz. In the 130 years since, automakers have tried different designs and moved the motors around, yet very few customers ever buy one. We’ve got our suspicions about why people don’t buy trikes, and they boil down to this: They’re just not real cars. In the modern era, three-wheelers have made a good showing as alternatives to motorcycles. If your heart wants to head out for Sturgis but your head says it’s pretty sure you don’t have the balance and endurance you had at age 21, there are trikes for that now. Three-wheeled motorcycles like the Polaris Slingshot, the Vanderhall, and the Can-Am Spyder now show up on beautiful country roads all over America. Motorcycle trikes are not cars. Not even close. You have to wear a helmet to ride one, … [Read more...] about Can electric motors finally make three-wheeled cars great?
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caption Our Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S Coupe. source Matthew DeBord/BI The Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe is a compact luxury crossover SUV with the sloping rear end look of a sports coupe. The top-spec performance variant of the GLC lineup is the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S Coupe. The Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S Coupe is powered by the 4.0 liter, biturbo V8 that produces 503 horsepower. According to Mercedes, the GLC 63 S Coupe can do 0-60 in just 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 174 mph. The base 2018 GLC 300 Coupe starts at $47,300 while our GLC 63 S Coupe starts at $80,750. With fees and options, our top-of-the-line test car came to an as-tested price of $97,330. In all honesty, I’ve never been a huge fan of the SUV coupe. It’s a vehicle that is, to me, compromised at its very core. The need to be an SUV raises its center of gravity and thereby spoils its capabilities as a performance machine. While the performance-oriented tires … [Read more...] about I drove a $97,000 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S Coupe to see if it can be an SUV and a sports car — here’s the verdict
Fiat's Abarth sub-brand is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. And what better way to celebrate than by taking a pair of Abarth-tuned Fiats to different race tracks across America to show off what these little firecrackers can do?Despite being very different cars, the Fiat 500 Abarth and 124 Abarth have a number of similarities. For starters, they both use the same 1.4-liter turbocharged inline-four engine, good for 160 horsepower and 183 pound-feet of torque in the 500 and 164 hp and 184 lb-ft in the 124. They also have the same raucous exhaust note along with almost identical wheelbase lengths and weight specs, despite being based on two different platforms.Where they differ, aside from body style, is in how that turbocharged power is put to the ground. While the 500 Abarth uses a front-wheel-drive setup, the 124 Abarth sends its power to the rear.To help me experience the similarities and differences of these sports cars in a safe environment, Fiat employed the skilled … [Read more...] about Takin’ it to the streets (of Willow) in the 2019 Fiat 124 and 500 Abarth
Solo electric cars on display at the dealership in Studio City, CA. The car, which is registered as a motorcycle, has a top speed of 88mph and will go 100 miles on a single charge. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Anthony Luzi, Director of US Operations for the ElectraMeccanica Vehicles Corporation, at the Studio City dealership. The cars, which are registered as motorcycles, have a top speed of 88mph and will go 100 miles on a single charge. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Sound The gallery will resume inseconds A Solo electric car on display at the dealership in Studio City, CA. The car, which is registered as a motorcycle, has a top speed of 88mph and will go 100 miles on a single 5 hour charge. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Solo electric cars on display at the dealership in Studio City, CA. The cars, which are registered motorcycles, have a top speed of 88mph and will go 100 miles on a single … [Read more...] about New electric carmaker going ‘Solo’ with single-passenger, 3-wheeled car opens first U.S. dealership in California
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will cut the incentives available to those buying plug-in hybrid vehicles as it focuses on pure electric models, sparking anger from an industry trade body as carmakers already face declining sales in Europe’s second-biggest autos market. Buyers of vehicles which emit less than 50 grams/km of CO2 and have a zero-emission range of at least 70 miles will see the grant they are eligible for reduced by 22 percent to 3,500 pounds ($4,630). Those purchasing cars emitting up to 75 grams/km of CO2 but with a lower zero-emission range will no longer be eligible for such support under plans due to come into force next month. “With plug-in hybrid models like the Mitsubishi Outlander becoming popular among consumers the government is focusing its attention to zero emission models such as the Nissan Leaf and BMW i3,” the government said in a statement. Hybrid vehicles have both a combustion and electric engine. The announcement comes just over … [Read more...] about UK to cut hybrid car subsidies