The News for October 6th, 2017

Welcome to the Hooniverse News! As always, this is a weekly recap of some of the biggest stories in the automotive industry without the fluff or bull. There’s also just a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • Range Rover Sport gets new refinements and plug-in hybrid option

  • Nissan reveals Nismo LEAF concept for the sporty EV buyer

  • Koenigsegg sets new 0-400-0 km/h record with Agera RS

  • Barrett-Jackson auctioning GT500 Super Snake for Las Vegas responders

  • What’s your automotive news?

2018+ Range Rover Sport

Land Rover has announced a series of updates coming to the Range Rover Sport for the 2018 and 2019 model years which range from new infotainment to a first ever hybrid model. Most of the new features are coming with the 2018 model available early next year, but the polar bear-friendly model will have to wait till next summer as a 2019 model.

Starting with the 2018 model first, it sports an evolved exterior design with a redesigned grille, redesigned LED headlights, and a new bumper up front. Inside, it gets a brand new Touch Duo Pro infotainment system displayed across two high-definition ten-inch screens and up to fourteen power points to keep devices charged. There’s also a new gesture control system which can control a sunblind and an Advance Tow Assist feature which can back up a trailer for you.

A supercharged 3.0-liter V6 and a supercharged 5.0-liter V8, each with two available power outputs, remain available. Some markets will also get a turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel V6. The ultimate Range Rover Sport is still the SVR derivative and it’s about to get even hotter. The supercharged V8 in that one gets an additional 25 horsepower for a new total of 575 horsepower. It gets some additional design revisions of its own and more carbon fiber is used in construction. 0-60 mph in this big luxury SUV now takes 4.3 seconds.

While the Ranger Rover Sport’s awesome supercharged engines aren’t going anywhere just yet, a new plug-in hybrid model will debut to much fanfare next summer. Jaguar Land Rover’s first plug-in hybrid is the Range Rover Sport P400e. A gas-powered, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 296 horsepower is paired with an 85kW (114 hp) electric motor, resulting in 398 horsepower and 472 lb.-ft. of torque available through the permanent AWD system. 0-60 mph takes 6.3 seconds and it tops out at 137 mph. When charged fully (the socket is hidden behind the Land Rover badge in the grille), the P400e can travel up to 31 miles in pure EV mode.
Now if we can get that SVR motor as a hybrid too…
[Source: Land Rover]


Nissan is toying with the idea of a Nismo LEAF. Yep. With a sporty appearance package that won’t compromise the LEAF’s low drag coefficient and a Nismo-tuned suspension that promises an engaging drive, this seams easy enough to build for production. The question is would anyone bother checking that box? We’ll find out soon I guess. The concept will be on display at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month.
[Source: Nissan]

Koenigsegg is the new 0-400-0 champion with the Agera RS, just weeks after Bugatti claimed the record with the Chiron. The record time for going 0 to 400 km/h and back to 0 was previously 41.9 seconds, but Koenigsegg crashed the party with a blistering time of 36.44 seconds. Niklas Lilja was the brave soul piloting the 1,160+ horsepower Agera RS on a WWII-era airfield in Vandel, Denmark. You can watch the run in its entirety above.
[Source: YouTube]

Barrett-Jackson is auctioning off a 2007 Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake again, but this time it’s a bit different. The car comes from Barrett-Jackson president Steve Davis who donated the car for their tenth-anniversary auction at Las Vegas later this month. All proceeds from the sale will go to a fund that supports Las Vegas first responders, all of whom deserve all the support they can get after dealing with last Sunday’s horrors. The auction will be taking place at Mandalay Bay of all places (they were booked there already). So if you or someone you know has their Hawaiian shirt game on point and want to help out some amazing people, Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas is the place to be.
[Source: Autoweek]

What’s your automotive news?

That’s all I’ve got for you this week, so now it’s your turn. If you saw anything, fixed something, broke everything, or otherwise did anything even remotely car related that you want to share with your fellow hoon, sound off in the comments.
Have a good weekend.
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24 responses to “The News for October 6th, 2017”

  1. onrails Avatar

    Yeeeeehaaaaaa! Lots of fun at Grattan last Saturday. The big girl and my lame arm did just fine. SO good to be back on a racetrack again, especially in that car.

    1. GTXcellent Avatar

      Did that Mustang wonder “How the hell was that Malibu so fast?”

      1. onrails Avatar

        A couple of my ‘funny’ friends snuck a Malibu license plate frame onto the back of my car that I didn’t notice until lunchtime. I left it on… good for laughs anytime I got around someone.

  2. mdharrell Avatar

    For those searching for an American Microcar Tri-Ped manual, scans of my copy are now posted here:
    As expressed on page two, may “your enjoyment be undiminished by breakdowns, or accidents and sundry aggravations.”

    1. Alff Avatar

      Just the other day I was thinking about how long it’s been since I saw a copy of the American Microcar Tri-Ped manual. There used to be one on every coffee table, next to the Sony Betamax.

      1. mdharrell Avatar

        You’d free up more space on your coffee table for manuals by sticking with built-in Cartrivision.

    2. kogashiwa Avatar

      My life lately is mainly sundry aggravations; probably owning one of these cars would help.

      1. Rover 1 Avatar
        Rover 1

        How could life get that bad?

    3. Jeepster Avatar

      Well I have been gone for over 2 years … had to show you this mdharrell –

      1. Sjalabais Avatar

        Funny classified. “I could be excited about this oddling, but I choose to be angry and a bit hostile. Because I know this is an easy sell and y’all just gonna run here and throw your money at me.”

      2. mdharrell Avatar

        Thanks! And here I thought SAAB didn’t use Ford engines until 1967…
        That shell can’t be a ’58 as listed, though, because that’s a bullnose 96 body, not a 93, which means 1960-64.

  3. Fred Talmadge Avatar
    Fred Talmadge

    I finally took my TSX Wagon from Texas to get smog tested here in California. No big deal. Now I wait a week to get into the DMV to complete the registration. Will also see about getting a California drivers license. Boring news I know, but that’s the world of automotive regulations.

    1. outback_ute Avatar

      Can you hold multiple states licences over there? That used to be the move by truck drivers here before they stopped it.

      1. mdharrell Avatar

        Multiple licenses are officially frowned upon over here these days, too. Depending on the circumstances, however, it is both fairly common and entirely appropriate to have a license from one state but a vehicle registration from another state.

        1. Fred Talmadge Avatar
          Fred Talmadge

          You’re not suppose to. They told me I didn’t have to rush on the drivers license, but I want to vote, hunt and fish, and don’t want to pay as out of state.

  4. outback_ute Avatar

    Toyota built their last car in Australia this week, after 54 years. Australia was the first place outside Japan to build Toyotas and now joins a very short list of factories they have closed. Not much more I can say really, but it is worth noting that the factory had its highest ever quality and productivity ratings during its assessment this year. – people still taking pride in their work.

  5. 1slowvw Avatar

    This is thanksgiving weekend in Canada.
    Friends and I will be prepping the turbo tercel for some fast runs. On our lady and only time at the track we made dueling and timing corrections and brought the car from a 15.89 to a 15.59 all while still on 5 psi.
    We’re going to try and loose another few pounds from the car via hole saw, sawszall and plasma cutter. Our manual boost controller will be here by next weekend and a local old school drag racer will be giving us a galon or two of c16 to help is stave off knock.
    14 seconds here we come!

  6. Fuhrman16 Avatar

    I finally got around to picking up a “new” motor for my Hyundai Excel. It apparently has 110K miles and compression between 180-185 PSI. Unfortunately, it looks like the end of the crankshaft is shaped different than the old engine. It has a flange that sticks out while the old one is flat, which means the flywheel won’t bolt up. I don’t know if the car it came out of was an automatic or something that would cause this to be different?
    It’s possible that that flange bit can be removed somehow, I’ll take a closer look in the morning. Worst case I can return it to the junkyard I bought it from. It did come with a 30 day warranty. And they also had another slightly higher mileage engine (117K) in there stock. Perhaps I could exchange it if it comes to that.

    1. Fuhrman16 Avatar

      After a night’s sleep and the morning’s light, I was able to see that the flange that was holding me up was just a pressed in bushing. Using some water soaked paper towels and a bit of scrap steel rod I was able to pound it out from the backside. So it looks like it may work after all. Now I just need to figure out which way the flywheel is suppose to bolt up…

      1. Alff Avatar

        Not sure whether to cheer or pity.

  7. salguod Avatar

    The 318ti finally went to a new owner this week. Guy pulled up in a serious beater of a 318ti, drove it up and down the road and agreed to my $1450 ask. He was buying this one for his daughter who was currently driving an E30.

  8. salguod Avatar

    On the Range Rover Sport – 14 power outlets? Really? I mean, my RSX only has one which is inadequate, but 14?
    Also, where exactly is that hybrid plugged in at the beach?

    1. outback_ute Avatar

      Power outlets are the new cup holders?

    2. mdharrell Avatar

      “…where exactly is that hybrid plugged in at the beach?”
      It can draw from the longshore current, provided it doesn’t trip a breaker.