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Giannini 350 GP4 is an all-wheel drive Fiat 500 on steroids

Great things could really come in small packages. This was proven earlier this year by Giannini 350 GP, which was basically a rear-wheel drive Fiat 500 on steroids, both in looks and power. Now, Giannini, in collaboration with GRAM (Gram Torino Engineering), is rolling out a version of the Giannini 350 GP that features an all-wheel drive system – the Giannini 350 GP4.

As its name indicates, the Giannini 350 GP4 has the power sent from its engine to all four wheels. This capability is well-indicated on red “4x4” graphics on its sides. Giannini hasn’t disclosed the identity of the mill powering the 350 GP4, but as its moniker tells us, this engine is tuned to deliver 350 hp. It remains unknown whether this is the same engine that also lurks inside the rear-wheel driven 350 GP. The 350 GP is powered by the same 1.75-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that powers the Alfa Romeo 4C. This 350-hp (261 kW) powerplant is fitted on the rear – just behind the front seats -- of the 350 GP, resulting to its rear seats being removed from the tuned Fiat 500.

While the engine the of the 350 GP was installed behind the front seats, that of the 350 GP4 has been fitted underneath the front bonnet – just like that on a regular Fiat 500. This means that the space behind the rear seats has been freed up, allowing Giannini and GRAM to reinstall the rear seats. This means that the 350 GP4 could accommodate more people inside its cabin.

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2018 LA Auto Show: Toyota expands reach of 2019 Prius with new AWD-e version

When Toyota released a teaser image of its 2019 Prius sedan, the most obvious scene is that the car is sitting on snow. Driving on such conditions would be more favorable if a car has an all-wheel drive configuration. This led to a speculation that the new Toyota Prius would be getting an AWD version. Now, this isn't a speculation anymore, as Toyota has already confirmed and revealed at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show the arrival of the 2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e.

Toyota’s new AWD-e system is quite different from the typical all-wheel drive configuration. But with the new AWD-e system, the Prius expands its "Let's Go Places" battlecry to "Let's go more places, in more conditions." Of course, the 2019 Prius is still available in its classic front-wheel drive layout.

This is how Toyota's AWD-e system works. Instead of using a center differential, a torque-apportioning device, or a front-to-rear driveshaft, this AWD-e system employs a magnet-less rear motor to power the rear wheels from nil to 6 mph, up to speeds of 43 mph. Since this an automatic on-demand system, it only activates when needed, such as when pulling away from a stop. When the AWD-e system senses that all-wheel-drive performance isn't needed for the driving situation, it won't activate.

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Abarth introduces all-new 2019 Abarth 595 range that blends style and performance

Abarth is introducing the all-new 2019 Abarth 595 range, offering a sporty touch and performance, as back by a new suspension, upgraded technology and a powerful engine. The new Abarth 595 essential transform a Fiat 500 into an athletic hatchback that blends style and performance.

The brand with the iconic scorpion badge is offering the new 595 either as a hatchback or a convertible. The new Abarth 595 comes in five different flavors or trim levels: 595 (base), 595 Pista, 595 Turismo, 595 Competizione and 695 Rivale. All versions

All Abarth 595 models are packed with special features that don’t just make them look sportier, but also increase their performance levels. Their redesigned front end has larger air scoop that help manage heat in engine bay while hiking their cooling capacity by 18 percent. The rear bumper, meanwhile, comes with pronounced extractor as well as specific bumper inserts for each trim level.

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2018 Fiat 500 is costlier but comes with extra power

The 2018 Fiat 500 has arrived. The latest model will be getting a slight price hike. Of course, this comes with an updated look, some added tech, and a new turbocharged engine. The petite hatchback first made an appearance at the Chicago Auto Show, and this will go on sale later in the year. It will come with a new price tag of $16,245, which is $1,250 more than its price the year before.

The $16,245 MSRP is for the most affordable Pop trim, which comes with a manual (the automatic option with an extra $995). For the sake of comparison, the 2017 Fiat 500 Pop started at just $14,995. The Fiat 500 not only gets an increased range, but the entry level pricing has gone up as well. Also, there is a more expensive destination charge, now at $1,245.

Up next is the 500 Lounge. Buyers will need to be willing to spend $20,990, a whole $1,500 more than the previous year. Even the 500 Abarth gets an increase of $750, with a starting MSRP of $21,740. The base Fiat 500’s new asking price represents a 9.4 percent increase yearly, according to CarsDirect.

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The upcoming 2018 New York Auto Show is home to a number of premieres. Some of these are the Lincoln Aviator, 2019 Ford Fusion, Toyota RAV4, Hyundai Santa Fe, Toyota Corolla hatchback, and many others. While the hype is huge for these models, there are also those that made their mark albeit in a more subtle way. One of those is the 2018 Fiat 500 Urbana Edition.

In case you were wondering, Urbana is not the new nameplate for the 500 range. That is because it is already used in the 500X and is used by the 500L Trekking. In the newest application, the special edition model gets a black trimmed exterior lights, it then sits in s set of 16 inch “hyper black” aluminum wheels with signature Urbana Edition elements.

Beginning in spring of this year, the Fiat 500 Urbana Edition will be offered in Pompei Silver, Bianco White Ice, Perla White Tri-coat, Granito Gray, and Metallo Gray exterior colours. As for the interior, upgrades are limited to new front bucket seats with silver accent stitching as well as a black instrument panel bezel.

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More details have emerged about the new sixth generation of the BMW M3 just as the German premium practically announced the end of the current-gen 3 Series with the unveiling of the track-focused BMW M3 CS.

As reported by the Car Magazine, the next generation of the BMW M3 has a codename of G80. The next BMW M3 is bound to be introduced in 2021, around three years after BMW launches the new generation of the 3-Series saloon (codenamed G20) in 2018. The 3-Series saloon will be followed by the 3-Series Touring (G21) in 2019 and by the 4-Series coupe and convertible (G22/23) in 2020.

The next generation of the M3 is expected to don the tweaks implemented on the 3-Series. These tweaks are seen to include a wider track, a lower center of gravity and a longer wheelbase, as well as a more stable aerodynamic balance and more user-friendly ergonomics. Its design is expected to be expressive, with a number of unique elements to distinguish the G80 M3 from the current generation F80.

Read the entire article Next-generation BMW M3 (G80) to feature 493 bhp and an optional xDrive system

The world wide web is plagued with all kinds of bizarre events and before you know it, there’s another Facebook page with a strange picture that could go viral within seconds or so. “How Not to Design a Car”, a social media hub obviously intended for the likes of the one pictured above knows how to keep things going. As expected, they posted some images of what seems to be a strange-looking Porsche 911. But wait, that’s not even a Porsche. It’s basically a customized Fiat 500 made to resemble a Porsche 911. How clever!

Who could have done such a thing? A person from Greece apparently did this quite impressive project (others consider it a catastrophe) ----possibly in the hopes of emulating the 911’s looks as close as possible, with only a tiny car at hand. The builder practically did everything he could and placed his newly designed or should we say “Porsche-inspired” rear bumper, trunk and hood on the Fiat 500. Not appearing to be satisfied with all of these, the panels around it have been replaced with new ones too.

The Fiat car in question is not even new by the way. But so is the Porsche 911 Turbo 996 generation. Though we have to admit, each one possesses an inexplicable charm that makes people like us say a lot of things, or in this case, devote an entire article on the beleaguering subject.

Read the entire article This Fiat 500 a.k.a. Porsche 911 look-alike takes over the Internet

As automotive companies build faster cars, it will come to a point where horsepower will exceed the grip level of even the best and most expensive tires. Though there are a couple of ways to improve traction, from trick differentials, traction control, and torque vectoring, the next step would be changing the setup to an all-wheel-drive.

At the recent 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed, CEO of McLaren Mike Flewitt spoke to Car and Driver magazine. And during their interview, he said that the company might come up with all-wheel-drive variants of their current lineup very soon. This means that they will veer from their rear-wheel-drive strategy that works best for power and 0-60 superiority.

Though he made it clear that it isn’t what the company is focused on right now, he said that they are “getting close to the limit” and that they will have to transition to an all-wheel-drive setup after reaching the limit. Here, Flewitt is referring to the limits of what a tire can handle - the best tires I must say.

Read the entire article Future McLaren models may get AWD setup, CEO Flewitt says

Fiat and Italian supermarket chain Esselunga share the same values of customer-focus and uniqueness. So for the supermarket’s sixtieth anniversary, both companies teamed up and handed over a total of 1,495 Fiat 500 cars to their new owners. This event surprised many, including the Guinness World Record judge, who later on approved for it to be included in the book of records. That is a lot of giveaways!

Overall, there were 1,520 units that were supposed to be delivered to Fiat’s Mirafiori plant where the event took place. However, 25 of the winners in the Esselunga competition could not make it to the event. Fiat said that in under two days, all the cars were collected by the winners who came from several parts of Italy including: Lazio, Tuscany, Emilia Romagna, Veneto, Liguria, Lombardy, and Piedmont.

The winners were given keys to their new Fiat 500 Esselunga. The special version 500 was made specifically for the competition in association with Fiat Design Center, thus only 1,520 units are available. The design of the car was inspired by the Lounge trim, riding on 14-inch wheels, with Paste White exterior finished paired with an Ivory interior. The 500 Esselunga features seven airbags, climate control, Uconnect 5 infotainment system, AUX-IN and USB ports, steering wheel controls, and LED daytime running lights. Under the hood comes a 1.2 liter naturally aspirated gasoline engine, which produces 69 horsepower (51 kilowatts).

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Honda is currently on fire! After releasing the Civic Type R in the United States last week, the Japanese company is already thinking of ways to keep sales at a high and steady level. And what is the solution to this, you ask?

Well, Hideki Matsumoto, chief engineer of the Civic model range said in an interview with Automotive News that he plans to do more than just one Civic Type R. So we’re assuming that maybe he means that there will be more versions of the front-wheel-drive Nürburgring record holder.

So anyway, what he really meant was that he wants to produce a more potent version of the current Type R that produces 306 horsepower. Of course, more versions mean better options. Apart from that, he also plans to engineer an all-wheel-drive option to go hand in hand with the Ford Focus RS, and the VW Golf R. And that’s not all, Matsumoto added that he would like to develop a Civic Type R that is more “focused on the grand touring aspect”, so that would mean a softer suspension setup, and some more tweaks here and there to make it more comfortable for the driver and its passengers on long journeys.

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Subaru has been doing really well for some time now. Just last year, the company announced its eighth consecutive U.S. sales record, hitting the 600,000 mark for the first time in history when it comes to deliveries. In fact, they sold over 600,000 last year, and with the current pace they are at this year, it looks like they will beat their present record. Apart from that record, Subaru can now claim a new all-wheel drive sales record as they have overtaken Audi’s all-wheel-drive sales.

According to some figures online, Subaru now sells the most number of all-wheel-drive cars globally, 15 percent of the global market to be specific. The automaker ranked number one by selling 965,892 units between the April 2015 to April 2016 financial year, that is 245,382 more than Audi’s sales of 720,510 units. Third in line would be Jaguar Land Rover, who have sold 485,797 units according to Autocar.

To break down the company’s sales, 60 percent of Subaru’s all-wheel-drive global sales come from the United States, within the same timeframe, 50,000 units were being sold in Europe - that is less than what it achieves in the US in one month. Furthermore, the UK sells less than 4,000 units in a year, and only a total of 1,210 units were sold in the past five months, that is a 19 percent drop compared to last year’s figures. Though Subaru is hitting the sky with its sales in the United States, it appears that it hasn’t been able to build up the brand name across the Atlantic.

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BMW has yet to officially take the wraps off the next generation of the BMW M5 high performance sporty sedan, but it has already dropped a number of juicy details that would surely make interested customers, fans and enthusiasts salivate.

First and foremost, the sixth generation of the BMW M5 will be the first BMW unit to feature the M xDrive system, a groundbreaking all-wheel drive technology that allows four-wheel drive vehicles to be as sporty as their rear-wheel drive counterparts.

Specifically, the new BMW M5 is an all-wheel drive sporty sedan as a default, but its drivetrain features a rear-biased setup. This means that the twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 engine of the next generation BMW M5 (F90) sends power – through an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission – to the rear wheels most of the time. But when the system detects that the rear wheels transmit less or no power to the road and there is a need for more traction, the M xDrive would make it possible to send power to the front wheels as well. This transforms the new BMW M5 into a true all-wheel drive sports sedan. Since this capability is adaptive and makes use of predictive technology, the sixth generation of the BMW M5 is able to employ different drive configurations for various driving conditions.

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The 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show may still be far from our sight but there’s no stopping "an insider" from sharing the latest scoop about the new BMW. The revelation came from a BMW employee no less as he recounted his experience over a recent social media post. Apparently, the source went all the way to South Korea to see the latest M5 F90. As expected, he has juicier bits in tow as he goes back to work.

According to the informer, the upcoming M5 will be the first to come with an all-wheel-drive to match Mercedes-AMG’s E63 model. If this is true, then, it is very likely that a Competition Package will be offered as an optional upgrade.

Several speculations have actually floated since the initial test runs of the BMW M5 had been spied by different sources. This time around, the insider’s account may be the most reliable information we could hold onto so far. It’s to such a great degree that the new model is believed to take its design cues from the recent rendering of the M5. Minus the air scoops at the fenders, the new M5’s carbon roof will possibly adopt the same design as that of the M6 Coupe while the rear end will come with the usual M lip trunk spoiler. At least according to the leaked information.

Read the entire article 2018 BMW M5 (F90) will offer pure RWD mode, carbon fiber roof and over 600 hp

Looks like the Maserati Alfieri will be left in the dust, as another performance car will be unveiled by the Italian luxury vehicle automaker. The all-electric Maserati Alfieri concept was unveiled in 2014 at the Geneva Motor Show. The production version will have 3 V6 engine variants - the 410 hp (306 kW), a 450 bhp (336 kW) and 520 bhp (388kW). The 450 hp and 520 options will only be offered as an all-wheel drive system. A 2016 release was scheduled, but to the public's dismay, the release has been delayed to give way to the launch of the Maserati Levante. Sigh.

Previously, Aston Martin decided to venture to producing a 4 wheel-drive city car to hit the streets and it came up with a rebadged option of a Toyota/Scion IQ marketed as the Cygnet. Bearing the price tag of around £30,000, about as three times as much as the iQ, it had a 1.3L inline-four engine that produced 97 bhp (72kW; 98 PS) and emitted 110 g of CO2/km and fuel consumption of around 3.99L/100 Km.

But in September 2013, just after 2 years of production, Aston Martin representatives proclaimed that the Cygnet would be officially discontinued from the Aston Martin line-up due to its disastrously low sales with the automobile only reaching 150 unit sales in the UK (estimated to be 300 in total rather than its yearly target of 4,000). Ouch, that has got to hurt.

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When Fiat’s engineers were creating the 500 Abarth, some of them probably thought they’ve reached the limits of power. However, Pogea Racing, a German extensive tuning program, discovered what these engineers have missed, and thus produced the 405-horsepower (320 kW) 500 Abarth. Yes, this outrageous amount of power for such a small car is actually possible. The result is a vehicle the company likes to call the “Ares”. This much power is even paired with impressive aesthetics with its carbon fiber widebody kit containing the monstrous power from within.

The German tuning company uses the same a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine from the 500 Abarth into the Ares, but the engine modifications that they had to make in order to achieve 405 horsepower and 328 lb.-ft. of torque will help you understand why this particular vehicle is limited. Forged pistons, a bigger turbo, a new camshaft, reinforced valve springs, higher flow fuel injectors, and some parts to help improve cooling are just some of the few modifications that Pogea had to do to achieve their desired power. Moreover, so that the gearbox doesn’t fail due to the extra power, Pogea has also strengthened the innerworkings of the Ares with the help of a five-speed manual transmission housing, revised clutch, and aluminum flywheel.

During the introduction of the Ares to the press, its company founder, Eduard Pogea shared that there was hardly anything in the car that they left untouched over the 4 years that his team worked on this project.

Read the entire article Pogea Racing proves to the world that there’s more power in the Fiat 500 Abarth than meets the eye

A small but terrible one. Fiat’s performance division may not have one of the most eye-catching cars at the exhibit stands, but the latest racy compact vehicle would be a surefire hit for fans of the Fiat 500.

Dubbed as the 595 Pista (or race track in Italian), Abarth’s special edition model will be the newest addition to the brand’s ongoing 595, 595 Turismo and the more powerful 595 Competizione lineup.

Although the new Abarth 595 Pista is basically the upgraded form of the standard Fiat 500 model, the most interesting part has nothing to do with what lies under the hood. in which case, it features the same 1.4-liter T-Jet engine as that of a standard US-specified Abarth 500.

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As a focal part of its display during the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, Fiat will be showcasing its long history. Fiat will be officially unveiling the 60th anniversary edition of the 500. In addition, it will also be putting on display the limited Europa version of the 124 Spider having a retro-inspired design. Fiat will also be showing new styling packages that it knows will give other models that elegance.

The production of the 500 started back on July 4, 1957, which means this year it will be marking its 60th year. The special edition of this celebrated convertible will have two-tone paint in addition to the various classic touches. For the body itself, the upper portion is in Ivory with the lower part in three-layer white. There is also a pinstripe in burgundy and gray that enhances the visuals. The chrome trim on the exterior heightens this feel even further, same with the retro Fiat logos.

The old-school effect is evident on the exterior as well, with the seats in Ivory leather and the seams in burgundy. There is also a matching trim that can be seen on the dashboard. It is fitted with an impressive host of standard features such as the automatic climate control and the navigation system with the 7-inch display screen.

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We all want to know how safe our vehicles are on the road. Of course, carmakers do brag about the safety levels of their offerings, but it’s really up to unbiased assessment agencies to tell us the real deal. In Europe, the safety levels of new cars are tested by European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP). In fact, Euro NCAP just completed its latest round of safety tests, and the results were quite mixed.

For the latest round of testing, six vehicles underwent Euro NCAP’s stringent process: Audi Q5, Citroen C3, Fiat 500, Ford Ka+, Land Rover Discovery and Toyota C-HR. The results of the tests should make the people at Audi, Land Rover and Toyota leap for joy while leave those at Fiat and Ford scratching their heads. Euro NCAP’s overall safety rating is based on assessment in four important areas: Adult protection; Child protection; Pedestrian protection; and Safety Assist technologies. Vehicles are rated overall from one to five stars. The more stars a vehicle has, the safer it is.

According to Euro-NCAP, both the new Audi Q5 luxury SUV and Toyota C-HR subcompact crossover were able to earn five-star ratings from the assessment program, thanks to their good all-round performance. A five-star rating means these vehicles offer overall good performance in crash protection and are well-equipped with robust crash avoidance technology. In particular, the Toyota C-HR scored 95 percent for Adult protection; 77 percent for Child protection; 76 percent for Pedestrian protection; and 78 percent for Safety Assist technologies. The new Audi Q5, meanwhile, earned 93 percent for Adult protection; 86 percent for Child protection; 73 percent for Pedestrian protection; and 58 percent for Safety Assist technologies.

Read the entire article 2017 Euro NCAP crash tests: Toyota C-HR, Audi Q5 and Land Rover Discovery SUVs earn five stars

The 2017 Opel Insignia Grand Sport, one of the newest members of the all- wheel drive set-up, is set to hit the roads this winter. Opel’s latest flagship model has yet to have its official public debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. But it seems the introduction of an all-wheel drive system will stir up excitement even more.

Having been introduced late last year, its engineers were quick enough to install a GKN Twinster AWD into the midsize sedan. Instead of placing a differential, Opel used a newly developed AWD arrangement with rear drive module and dual clutch system altogether.

Even so, the new Opel Insignia Grand Sport with all-wheel- drive is just as beautiful as its front wheel drive counterpart. At least now, you have more choices of variants to choose from. This new model is also a great alternative if you’re considering other AWD vehicles just like Ford Mondeo’s intelligent all-wheel drive as well as Volkswagen Passat’s 4MOTION technology.

Read the entire article 2017 Opel Insignia Grand Sport now with AWD and torque vectoring

If you always wanted to own a muscle car for everyday use, we think now is the right time to have one. Apart from the added AWD traction, the new Challenger GT also comes with better fuel economy. Well, that also means the 2017 Dodge Challenger GT won’t come with a V8 engine. This will probably leave those who had been wishing for an AWD Hellcat very disappointed. Or maybe not.

According to the EPA’s leaked info, Dodge’s latest model will have the 3.6-litre, V6 engine along with an 8-speed automatic gearbox. This type of engine can deliver as much as 305 hp with up to 268 lb-ft of torque. The EPA has estimated its fuel economy to be at least 18 miles per gallon for the city, 27 mpg for the highway and 21 mpg combined.

Consider the added traction as a bonus, which will be perfect for the cold weather and slippery roads this time of the year. Above all, the price for the Dodge Challenger GT starts at $34,490.

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