When it comes to hybrid vehicles, Toyota and Lexus paved the initial paths for the mainstream and prove to be winning in a midsized luxury crossover like the latest Lexus RX 450h hybrid. Such a vehicle is more of an endearing luxury crossover in a valued package that’s proven to be reliable and somewhat polarizing in the looks department for some, but that’s okay.
For the 2022 model year, the Lexus RX continues without much change other than now having LED foglights and standard equipment for all trim levels. Otherwise, a limited Black Line is available this year for the RX.
My new Lexus RX 450h F Sport test vehicle would nicely blend into the background of suburbia if it were not for its unique Grecian Water blue paint color. Such a color adds a nice elegance but a slight sporty appeal to the RX. From there, the styling remains to be somewhat of an acquired taste for some from the aggressive spindle grille that happens to be a dark mesh for my F Sport trim test vehicle.
Getting into what matters in the Lexus RX 450h is its hybrid powertrain which combines a 3.5-liter V6 engine and two electric motors splitting power to all four wheels but with a front-wheel-drive bias. The performance from the hybrid setup is decent but doesn’t thrill the least bit as it takes 6.9 seconds to hit 60 mph from a standstill. Part of that somewhat long time is from the CVT (Continuous Variable Transmission) as it hinders some of the gas engine’s ability to spin up quickly from the onset. The electric motors do what they can to help give the RX 450h a little “boost” out of the hole and throughout the nearly infinite adjustment of the CVT’s gearing ratio. There’s no simulation of real gear ratios with the CVT and it does well to react quickly to throttle inputs but, again, doesn’t thrill and resides more on the side of smooth comfort instead of jarring acceleration.
By: Malcolm Hogan
Title: 2022 Lexus RX 450h Hybrid F Sport Review & Test Drive
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Published Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2022 13:07:34 +0000
HISTORIC HERITAGE: The First-Generation Ford GT Remains a Supercar Legend
2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION – 2006 FORD GT – NO RESERVE
Back in 1999, the top brass at Ford had their eyes on the company’s centennial in 2003 and wanted to do something that would rock the automotive world. To plan for that future, Ford looked to the past. Their design team, headed up by Camilo Pardo, was tasked with developing a car that would recreate the magic of the legendary GT40, a consecutive four-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans (1966-69), including a 1-2-3 finish in 1966. Under a cloak of secrecy and carrying the code name “Petunia,” the first-generation Ford GT became a reality, moving from concept to production in just 15 months’ time. At the heart of the car was Ford’s 5.4-liter supercharged V8 engine, brilliantly displayed through the back window when the clamshell was opened. Limited to just two years – 2005 and 2006 – the first-gen Ford GT was a huge success and was in high demand, with a mere 4,038 vehicles produced. The 2005-06 Ford GT is certainly no stranger to the Barrett-Jackson block, where its allure is just as evident today as it was nearly two decades ago.
This 2006 Ford GT is powered by a mid-mounted 5.4-liter modular V8 engine with an Eaton 2300 Lysholm twin-screw-type supercharger. It features a forged rotating assembly housed in an all-aluminum block designed specifically for the GT program. A dry-sump oiling system is employed, allowing the engine to sit low in the car’s frame. The DOHC 4-valve heads are a revision of the 2000 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra R cylinder heads with slightly increased wall casting thickness in the exhaust port. The camshafts have unique specifications, with higher lift and longer duration than those found in the Shelby GT500. Power output is 550hp at 6,500 rpm and 500 ft/lbs of torque at 3,750 rpm. That power flows through a 6-speed manual gearbox, and the brakes are 4-piston aluminum Brembo calipers with cross-drilled and vented rotors at all four corners. When the rear canopy is opened, the rear suspension components and engine are visible. The car includes a Window Sticker, hang tags, original factory cover and manuals in a leather case. It is finished in Speed Yellow with all four options, including full black stripes, forged wheels, McIntosh stereo and red painted calipers. It is equipped with Expel Paint Protection on the full front, headlights, mirrors and rocker panels. Out of 2,011 Ford GTs produced in 2006, 75 were finished in Speed Yellow. With 2,805 miles (title reads exempt).
Be on the lookout for this pristine example of this iconic supercar selling with No Reserve during the 2024 Scottsdale Auction, January 20-28 at WestWorld of Scottsdale. Register to bid today.
Title: HISTORIC HERITAGE: The First-Generation Ford GT Remains a Supercar Legend
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Published Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2023 20:59:13 +0000
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BEAST MODE: Original American Muscle Cars Epitomize Freedom, Rebellion and Pure Driving Pleasure
1967 CHEVROLET YENKO SUPER CAMARO 427/450 – NO RESERVE
The roar of a powerful V8 engine, the aroma of burning rubber, the exhilaration of speed – American muscle cars unquestionably left an indelible mark on the auto industry and pop culture. Some automotive historians trace the genre’s origin back to when Oldsmobile decided to put a 303ci overhead-valve V8 into the 1949 Rocket 88, which kicked out a whopping 135 horsepower. Yep – that’s all it took to be king of the performance hill back then. The golden age of the muscle car, however, was the 1960s and early 1970s. Initially catering to the racing crowd, limited-production, bare-bones, barn-burning beasts tore up the drag strips, regularly laying down quarter-mile times of less than 12 seconds. In 1964, the Pontiac GTO with its 389ci engine was introduced and the flood gates were opened. Pop open a hood and chances were pretty good you’d see a HEMI or big-block. Ford launched its Mustang (okay, arguably a pony car, but tomayto, tomahto) in addition to Fairlanes and Galaxies for those who wanted something a bit larger; General Motors introduced the Chevelle Super Sport, the Buick Gran Sport, the Olds 442, the Camaro and the Firebird; Mopar offered up Chargers, Coronets, Challengers, Barracudas and GTXs; AMC brought forth the AMX and the Javelin. All became legendary. But by the mid-1970s, things began to change. With gas prices on the rise, customers were looking for fuel economy, not tire-burning performance. While the muscle-car era came to an end in the country’s showrooms, it lives on at Barrett-Jackson, where stunning original examples of what were initially called “America’s supercar” continue to command attention on the auction block – as evidenced by those on offer at the 2024 Scottsdale Auction, January 20-28 at WestWorld.
1967 CHEVROLET YENKO SUPER CAMARO 427/450 – NO RESERVE
Pictured above, this 1967 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro 427/450 began as one of 1,138 L78 396/375hp cars built equipped with a Muncie M21 close-ratio 4-speed manual transmission. It is finished in Deepwater Blue Poly paint with black bucket seats. Options include a tinted windshield, posi-traction rear axle with 3.73 ratio, front disc brakes, teakwood steering wheel, AM radio and Special Interior Group. It was upgraded to a Super Camaro 450 standard, including replacement of the 396ci short-block for the L72 427ci unit. Other items included a Stewart-Warner tachometer and instrument package, a fiberglass hood, hood pins and added 427 emblems. The car was verified by Yenko expert Vince Emme and documented as one of 54 original 1967 Yenko Super Camaros. Listed in the Yenko Supercar Registry, YS-725 retains the original VIN plate and hidden VIN cowl stamping. The vehicle is equipped with a non-OEM Trim Tag. Documents include the detailed Jerry MacNeish report, COPO Connection and Camaro Hi-Performance LLC Certificates of Authenticity, copies of the Yenko conversion and dealer invoices, a copy of the original shipping record, an NCRS Shipping Data report and a letter from the original owner. Additionally, original Yenko mechanic Warren Dernoshek inspected and affirmed this Yenko’s authenticity. 1965 SHELBY GT350 – NO RESERVE
This 1965 Shelby GT350 is from the limited production of 562 units for its model year, and one of the final eight crafted in 1965. It is named the “Triple Nickel” within the esteemed Shelby community, referring to its “555” Shelby serial number. Extensive documentation includes original Shelby invoices, SAAC ownership history, SAAC VIN verification, prior ownership documents, dealership order request to Shelby and other various receipts, period photos and owner correspondence. It was ordered new through Hickey Ford in Albany, NY. Under current ownership, 555 received a thorough undercarriage and suspension refurbishment and the replacement of the R-model racing apron, with a factory NOS front apron, bumper and bumper guards, reinstating the vehicle to its original stock form. Power comes from the legendary K-code 289 Hi-Po motor with high-rise aluminum manifold and finned Cobra valve covers, paired with an aluminum T10 4-speed manual transmission featuring an NOS shifter, accompanied by all the authentic Shelby components delivered from the factory. The addition of correct Craig Conley 5-spoke wheels further elevates 555’s aesthetic appeal. Even the oil pressure gauge was skillfully restored by the late Jim Cowles of Shelby Parts and Restorations. The car has 39,170 actual miles.
NICOLAS CAGE’S 1970 PLYMOUTH HEMI ‘CUDA – NO RESERVE
This 1970 Plymouth HEMI ‘Cuda is powered by a 426/425hp HEMI engine paired with a 4-speed transmission and a Super Track Pak Dana axle with 4.10
Title: BEAST MODE: Original American Muscle Cars Epitomize Freedom, Rebellion and Pure Driving Pleasure
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Published Date: Fri, 15 Dec 2023 18:20:07 +0000
AN ELEGANT ANOMALY: This Bugatti Chiron is Headed to the Scottsdale Auction Block with No Reserve
Written by Nicole Ellan James
2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION – 2018 BUGATTI CHIRON – NO RESERVE
Encountering a Bugatti Chiron on the streets is an exceptionally rare spectacle. This remarkably stunning automobile is so infrequently spotted that whenever it graces the road, it ignites a captivating curiosity, attracting scores of onlookers wherever it travels. This contemporary French supercar, renowned for its high-performance capabilities, pays homage to Bugatti’s rich sports-car performance by bearing the name of Louis Chiron. This legendary racing driver achieved triumph in nearly all major Grands Prix for the brand during the 1920s and 1930s.
At the core of the Chiron lies a formidable 8.0-liter W16 engine, crafted by combining two 15-degree V8s arranged side by side to create a commanding 90-degree configuration, boasting a staggering 1,500 horsepower. This marks a remarkable 50% increase compared to the original Veyron – the predecessor replaced by the Chiron – which shares a nearly identical powertrain.
Bugatti boasts remarkable acceleration figures for the Chiron, claiming it can reach 0-60 mph in 2.3 seconds and accelerate from zero to 186 mph in “less than” 13.6 seconds. At full throttle, the 4,000-pound coupe’s four turbochargers inhale an astounding 1,000 liters of air every second, and the maximum horsepower is spread over an impressive 4,000-rpm wide range of the power band – from 2,000 to 6,000 rpm. This sophisticated powerhouse achieves a top speed of 261 mph. The torque peaks at 1,180 ft/lbs, driving all four wheels through a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Elevating the Chiron from impressive to an otherworldly level is the engineering brilliance of that quad-turbo configuration, which operates in two stages. In a strategic design to mitigate lag, only two turbos engage from a standstill, with all four turbos releasing their air pressure through wastegates when the throttle is lifted. This meticulous setup ensures a seamless and responsive performance, contributing to the Chiron’s exceptional driving experience.
The Chiron employs a carbon-fiber monocoque structure, combining lightweight design with high strength. This material choice contributes to the car’s overall agility and structural integrity. Adding to its dynamic capabilities, the Chiron is equipped with an adaptive suspension system. This sophisticated system automatically adjusts to varying driving conditions, ensuring optimal performance, comfort and stability.
The Chiron’s design seamlessly integrates aerodynamics and aesthetics, striking a harmonious balance between performance and luxury. A notable feature is the titanium exhaust system with six tailpipes at the rear. Four of these terminate in a center channel positioned above the carbon-fiber diffuser. Remarkably, the outer two tailpipes divert downward, expelling air through the diffuser – a technology reminiscent of success in Formula 1 before the ban on blown diffusers. In the Chiron, this innovation utilizes the blown air to reenergize the low-pressure air at the rear of the diffuser, generating an additional layer of rear downforce. This sophisticated design not only enhances the car’s aesthetic appeal but also contributes to its overall performance dynamics.
Featuring a sleek and assertive profile, the Chiron highlights the unmistakable Bugatti design elements that play a pivotal role in crafting its iconic appearance. The defining Bugatti curve, creating a graceful circular motion on each side of the exterior, also serves as a distinctive divider within the interior.
Originating from the center console, a minimalist post adorned with four adaptable aluminum dials, the signature curve extends past the aluminum and titanium gear selector, sweeping upward to grace the ceiling. Inside, the Chiron’s cabin exudes luxury, characterized by the use of high-quality materials and meticulous craftsmanship. Complementing its opulent design, the interior is equipped with cutting-edge technology and comfort features, ensuring a premium driving experience that matches the car’s remarkable exterior allure.
The Bugatti Chiron transcends being merely a high-performance vehicle; it stands as the epitome of automotive engineering and design excellence. Serving as a testament to Bugatti’s unwavering dedication to pushing the boundaries of speed, power and luxury in a production car, the Chiron represents a pinnacle achievement in the automotive world, each exemplifying the brand’s commitment to delivering an unparalleled driving experience.
Notably, a 2018 Bugatti Chiron – one of an estimated 70 produced for its model year – will be presented at the 2024
Title: AN ELEGANT ANOMALY: This Bugatti Chiron is Headed to the Scottsdale Auction Block with No Reserve
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Published Date: Fri, 15 Dec 2023 18:32:30 +0000
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