‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’ is back for an eleventh season

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Season 11: Freshly BrewedNetflix Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is back July 19 with new guests, as well as some old favourites, Netflix announced mid-June.Funnyman Jerry Seinfeld pairs his favourite comedians with cars that match their personality, and they go for a ride and a coffee.As usual, weve scrutinized the press release photos to try to scope out the cars Jerry has decided to match to his comic co-stars, and we think weve gotten pretty much all of them.Jamie Foxx appears to be in a Maserati Mistral; thats Sebastian Maniscalco on a Vespa; we see Ricky Gervais in a Rolls-Royce, and Matthew Broderick gets a Lamborghini Huracan.Barry Marders ride is a drop-top Porsche 356; theres Mario Joyner in a VW Thing; Melissa Villaseor is, we think, in a Nissan Figaro; Seth Rogen rocks a 1974 Dodge Monaco (a.k.a. the Bluesmobile); and we get Bridget Everett in a 61 Cadillac drop-top.I love the coffee. ⁣I love the cars. ⁣I love the comedians. ⁣And yes, doing the show with Eddie was really special. pic.twitter.com/0rAEMcvjV3 Jerry Seinfeld (@JerrySeinfeld) June 18, 2019Eddie Murphy, no doubt the star of this season, is paired up with a Porsche Carrera GT, arguably the best sports car Porsches ever made. The only one we cant figure out is the wagon-SUV that Martin Short is being ferried along in, so perhaps you, the reader, can tell us!The new season of CCC and all 11 episodes therein will be released on Netflix on July 19 2019, where all questions (and laughter) will be
Origin: ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’ is back for an eleventh season

You can now drive a Tesla in a video game in your Tesla

Your battery-charging session is about to become a whole lot more interesting, as Tesla has just expanded its suite of video games to include a Mario Kart-style racing game that you can actually control with the pedals and steering wheel of your vehicle.Tesla shared a video over Twitter today showing the new game, called Beach Buggy Racing 2, being demonstrated by a woman in full racing gear sitting at a charging station.In the game, you drive a cartoon-ified Tesla that can collect power-ups and race against other Teslas, in a manner very much like Mario Kart.Your next charging session is going to be SO 👏 MUCH 👏 FUN 👏 pic.twitter.com/5YzSL36kCC Tesla (@Tesla) June 18, 2019As much fun as it is, we have to be a bit of a downer on the whole thing, dont we? Every Tesla model still has a direct connection from the steering wheel to the steering rack, which means when youre yanking at the wheel trying to best your last lap time, your real wheels are moving, potentially causing wear on various steering components, as well as your tires. Were also certain its only a matter of time before somebody either tries to play the game while actually driving; or a computer malfunction switches the game off while youre charging, causing you to hit the accelerator unintentionally and rocket into the shopping mall directly ahead of your car.Yes, we are being a bit cynical about a video game, but weve pretty much lost faithin Tesla ownersat this point.The game is also available for mobile devices and can be found on the Apple Store and the Google Play
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Honda just restored this—classic Chevrolet pickup?

American Honda 60th Anniversary Chevy Delivery TruckHonda Honda corporates latest restoration efforts are of a less-than-usual subject, this 1961 Chevrolet Apache long-bed used to deliver motorcycles to dealers in the mid-1960s.The restoration was completed for Hondas 60th anniversary of selling vehicles in America.Powering the truck is a 283-cubic-inch V8 coupled to a three-speed manual transmission, which is more than enough to carry around a couple of lightweight motorcycles.Speaking of which, the bikes in the bed are a 1965 Super Cub with a 49-cc motor; and a 1965 CB160 with a 161-cc two-cylinder motor.The truck isnt the exact vehicle that was used by Honda in the 60s, but it has been painstakingly recreated to look just like it. Honda worked hard to make the combination as close as it could to an archival photo it had of the truck, including the hand-painted livery with Honda Americas original home office address. Honda didnt start building its own cars until the mid-sixties, and even then they werent something that could haul a bunch of bikes around. At the time, Soichiro Honda was fully engrossed in racing, and the companys focus was on cutting-edge motorcycles, which is why its first car, the Honda S600, was built of mostly motorcycle parts.The truck and motorcycle combo will be making an appearance at this years SEMA show, as well as going on a nation-wide tour, before going back home to Torrance, California, where it will be displayed in front of a replica of Hondas 1959
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Burt Reynolds’ personal Pontiac Trans Am sells for US$317,500

Burt Reynolds personal 1979 Pontiac Trans AmJuliens Another one of Burt Reynolds personal Pontiac Trans Am Smokey and the Bandit replicas sold at a Juliens auction over the weekend for US$317,500.According to Hagerty, the connection to the late actor has a serious effect on the value of Bandit replicas (even if theyre the wrong year, like this one).A 1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am with a 220-horsepower 400-cubic-inch V8 has an average value of US$61,400 in top-flight concours condition, while one in excellent condition is worth US$44,900.That means the star power of it being Burts own 79 Bird more than quadrupled anything resembling a reasonable price for the car. A more-accurate 78 Trans Am also owned by Reynolds sold for US$192,500 last October.Burt Reynolds passed away last September, leaving behind tons on memorabilia and cars from his glory days. In 2016, a 1977 Pontiac Trans Am that was used to promote the original Smokey and the Bandit film sold for US$550,000, and was even driven on stage by Reynolds himself. This particular car is a 1979 model, which isnt totally correct for the movie but is still cool. It was created by Bandit Movie Cars for Reynolds and his business partner, Gene Kennedy, to take on the Bandit Run, an event that gathers lovers of the original film together to drive their Trans Ams on the same journey Burt takes in the original film.The car has also been taken on several cross-country trips that celebrated the 40th anniversary of the film, but despite this, it still has only 70,000 original miles on the
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The 2020 Shelby Mustang GT500 will have 760 horsepower

2020 Ford Mustang GT500Ford The 2020 Shelby Mustang GT500 was revealed five months ago with the promise of extreme aerodynamics; a new dual-clutch gearbox; and an engine that would deliver more than 700 horsepower.So, sure, Ford warned usbut we didnt expect the final production engine to have almost 800 ponies.Yes, the new GT500 will make a ton of horsepower.Some 760 to be exact, and 625 lb.-ft. of torque to go along with it, which is leaps and bounds over almost everything else in the field.The top Chevrolet Camaro, Corvette and Dodge Challenger Hellcat all fall behind the new Shelby, save for the Hellcat Redeye. Even some exotics cant catch up, like the Porsche 911 GT2RS, and the Ferrari F8 Tributo. The all-new 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 will produce 760 horsepower and 625 lb.-ft. of torque, making it the most powerful street-legal Ford ever – with the most power- and torque-dense supercharged production V8 engine in the world. Ford Of course, it isnt likely the GT500 will be able to stack up to the likes of the Ferrari and the Porsche, but with a dual-clutch transmission that can shift in less than 100 milliseconds and aero that can provide almost 550 pounds of downforce, Ford looks like its gunning for the big boys once again.Ford uses the 5.2-litre V8 from the GT350 as a starting point (but not the flat-plane-crank R version) and adds a supercharger to give it the extra oomph. The extra power should help the GT500 run a sub-11-second quarter-mile timeat least, thats what Ford says. The zero-to-100-km/h time is still not being revealed, but were sure it isnt too high.Pricing has still not been released, but if we know Ford plans to overdeliver on the horsepower, perhaps itll also give the 2020 Shelby GT500 a nice
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Bentley to offer hybrid versions of all its vehicles by 2023

The 2019 Bentley Bentayga Plug-In Hybrid Bentley has been slowly wading into the waters of electrification with the recent release of its first hybrid vehicle, the Bentayga hybrid last year. But the brand plans to be fully submerged as early as 2023, with all of its cars and SUVs offered in hybrid spec; it wants to follow that with the first fully electric Bentley in 2025. The luxury brand is pushing for greener power – as are the majority of other automakers – as emissions and fuel consumption regulations in Europe and around the world continue to become tighter and more expensive to ignore. Speaking with media including Roadshow at an event in California earlier this week, Bentley’s sales and marketing board member, Chris Craft, said it’s not just the government demanding a new power source, but the public as well. “Over 30 per cent of luxury buyers are interested in electric cars,” said Craft. “That will be a big part of our future.” The Bentayga Plug-In Hybrid pairs a 3.0-litre V6 engine with a single electric motor good for 50 km of driving and able to be recharged in 2.5 hours via an industrial outlet. Bentley hasn’t said whether the new PHEVs will use some version of this same powertrain or not. Details on the electric vehicle promised to arrive in 2025 are also sparse, though it’s rumoured the EV will not be built on the J1 platform used in the Porsche Taycan, but rather be underpinned by the PPE platform Porsche built in collaboration with Audi.
Origin: Bentley to offer hybrid versions of all its vehicles by 2023

Car Review: 2019 Honda Civic Si Coupe

2019 Honda Civic Si CoupeClayton Seams / Driving OVERVIEW A great hot hatch marred by a not-so-great shifter PROSAmazing driving dynamics, surprisingly useable rear seat CONSRev hang is as bad as the looks VALUE FOR MONEYGreat WHAT TO CHANGE?REV HANG HOW TO SPEC IT?Just as you see it but maybe in that bright yellow colour they offer Honda should put the guy who designed the Civic shifter in charge of the entire car. Well located, perfectly notchy, and deliciously mechanical, its easily one of the top five shifters at any price in 2019. Your hand rests on a (literally) cool aluminum knob with a sharply embossed shift pattern shown to you in devilish red paint. Slot it into any gear you choose and it slides home easily as you command. Clearly, the old Honda ways are not entirely lost in 2019, but the Civic Si has one major flaw.The 2019 Civic is available in three body styles, all of which wear the unsightly anime super mutant styling. One has to wonder if the stylist was being paid per-vent when Honda drew up the Civic; the coupe is arguably less ugly than the four-door sedan, and a four-door hatchback is available. Compared to its siblings, the coupe is a neat 13.5 centimetres shorter, with most of that length coming out of the rear overhang; the wheelbase is absolutely identical across all three body styles. The basic Civic coupe starts at $21,290, and then youll pay an additional $8,200 for the Si bits. That is a steep premium for a Civic, but the Si comes with many goodies some of which you see, and others are under the skin.Exterior modifications are actually fairly subtle. You get a blacked-out front grille, handsome 18-inch wheels, an exhaust tip shaped like an HDMI port, and a somewhat questionable rear spoiler. Under the skin is where your $8,200 has really been spent up front, youll find a no-joke helical limited-slip differential and adaptive dampers. Engaging Sport mode stiffens said dampers and also adds weight (but not feel) to the electronic power steering. Neither of these changes are drastic when felt from the drivers seat, but you can feel the difference around corners. And how magical it is in the corners. Apparently, nobody has told the Si that it weighs 1,330 kilograms because it absolutely carves through corners like you would not believe. Among front-drive cars without Type R in the name, the Si might be among the best around corners. Ultimately, it will understeer but until that point, the balance is superb and the Si begs for more and more speed on twisting roads. The suspension, which feels stiff over expansion joints, feels utterly at home here. Though it uses humble struts and not the racecar-like double-wishbone suspension of its predecessors, the Civic feels lively and nimble.It really is joyous to drive around curves. But sadly, that joy is ruined every time you have to shift. And you have to shift it a lot. The Si suffers from some of the worst rev-hang in the entire industry; this means when you accelerate up to your desired shift point and change gears, the revs take an excruciatingly long time to fall low enough to meet the next gear. I actually measured the rev hang along first-to-second shift when clutching it at 3,000 rpm to be a full 3.5 seconds. Three and a half seconds coasting through an intersection waiting for the next gear! You basically only have two options to cope with this flaw when driving it: you can either rush the shift and clutch out before the revs fall, or you can read a small book in between shifts while you wait. The first option makes it look like you are learning to drive stick, and the second is agonizing.You might think that the revs fall lazily because the Civic has a large and heavy flywheel, but that doesnt seem to be the case. The rev hang seems to stem from a designed-in software function to permit cleaner burning in between shifts, since most other manual transmission cars run rich on the over-run between shifts. Its such a noticeable issue that Hondata, an aftermarket tuner, sells a US$700 software flash that claims to fix the rev hang. Mazda doesnt seem to have any problems getting its manuals to shift smoothly, so maybe Honda could ask those engineers for some help. The 1.5-litre turbocharged engine itself is hit-and-miss. Practically and empirically, its perfect. The engine makes 205 horsepower and a decent 192 lb.-ft. of torque. Fuel economy is excellent, at 8.4 L/100 kilometres city and 6.2 highway, and its a smooth runner. But unlike the shrieking, VTEC-powered Civic Si of old, this one is a torquey engine down low and the party is pretty much over at 5,500 rpm. The noise it makes is uninspired at best, and theres not very much of it in the first place. A little more exhaust volume wouldnt be remiss.Inside, the Civic scores high marks. The front seats are comfortable and perfectly bolstered. I like the fixed headrests, and the embroidered Si logos on the seats are a nice touch. All
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