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1969 Dodge Coronet R/T : Classic Cars
1968 -1969 Dodge Coronet R/T : Classic Cars

The 1968-1969 Dodge Coronet R/T and Super Bee engine contained various components taken off the 440 Magnum, including cylinder heads and hot camshaft. Instead of bucket seats, the Super Bee came with a vinyl bench, in an interior more reminiscent of a taxicab than a near-luxury traveler. A four-speed was standard; TorqueFlite the option. Both a hardtop coupe and pillared coupe made the Super Bee lineup, the latter with flip-open back windows instead of roll-up glass. Super Bee's Rallye instrument panel came out of the Charger. Hemi engines could be ordered.

Something new appeared on Super Bee engines for 1969: a Ramcharger Air Induction System that forced colder, denser outside air through the carburetor, selling for $73 (standard with the Hemi engine.) Gathering even greater publicity was the Super Bee "Six Pack" option, consisting of a trio of two-barrel Holley carburetors feeding a 440-cid V-8, all hidden beneath a pinned-down, flat-black fiberglass hood.

Priced at $463 above the $3,138 hardtop base figure, the Six Pack delivered 390 horsepower, along with a brawny 490 pounds/feet of torque. That was sufficient to permit 0-60 mph acceleration times of 6.3 seconds or so. Strangely enough, an ordinary 383-equipped Bee could handle the job in less time: as little as 5.6 seconds as reported by Car and Driver.

Nearly all of the 10,849 R/Ts built in 1968 were Magnum-powered; a mere 230 had the Hemi, whose days were numbered. In 1969, fewer than half as many Hemis went under R/T hoods, as production shrunk to 7,238.

Price was part of the reason, since the Hemi added $604.75 to an R/T's cost. Super Bee figures tell a similar story. Of the 27,846 built for 1969, only 166 had a Hemi installed.

Both the Coronet R/T and Super Bee hung on for one more year. Although overshadowed at the end by Chargers and the winged if seldom-seen Daytonas, the final Coronets proved themselves to be true dual-purpose machines.

Serving as subdued family transportation most of the time -- just like their Coronet Deluxe and 440 brethren -- with the proper drivetrain on tap they were also able to turn into Mr. Hyde with a hard slap at the gas pedal. For both traits, they'll be fondly remembered.

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Bailey Blade XTR : Photos
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2014 Opel Cascada : Current Models
2014 Opel Cascada : Current Models

Generally speaking, executives in the auto industry refuse to comment on speculation and rumors regarding future products. Surprisingly, former General Motors CEO Dan Akerson all but broke that rule last year when he openly admitted he wanted to see the Opel Cascada cross the pond and land in the United States with a Buick emblem on the grille.

The executive's statement fueled wild speculation about what is shaping up to be Buick's first convertible since the two-seater Reatta was axed in 1991 after a very brief production run. Rumors, industry whisperings and spy shots suggest the Cascada will land here in time for the 2016 model year but Buick and Opel have resorted to automotive omertà.

What is it?

Introduced in Frankfurt last year to replace the Astra Twin Top, the Cascada has a Spanish name, a German passport and American genes. It rides on a modified version of the Delta II platform that also underpins the Chevrolet Cruze, the Chevrolet Volt and the Buick Verano, among others.

The Cascada is noticeably bigger than its compact predecessor. It stretches 184 inches long, 72 inches wide and 58 inches tall, dimensions that make it about the same size as the Verano. It's rather portly at 3,750 pounds in its lightest configuration - for the sake of comparison the Verano tips the scale at 3,300 pounds.

In Germany, the base Cascada is powered by a 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that sends 140 horsepower to the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. Buyers after a more frugal engine can select a 165-horsepower 2.0-liter turbodiesel called CDTI in Opel-speak.

Additional engine options that are available when the range-topping trim level is selected include a twin-turbocharged evolution of the CDTI that produces 195 horsepower and a familiar direct-injected 1.6-liter Ecotec turbo four that makes up to 200 horsepower.

The model tested here is powered by the less expensive 1.6-liter Ecotec mill that generates 170 horsepower at 4,250 rpms and 206 lb-ft. of torque at 1,650 rpms, enough to send the Cascada from zero to 62 mph in a claimed 9.9 seconds. Buyers can choose between a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic controlled by shift paddles.

Life Aboard

The center console, the dashboard and the instrument cluster were all carried over from the Golf-fighting Astra hatchback with only minor modifications as far as aesthetics go. However, the Cascada serves as Opel's de facto flagship and the company made a conscious effort to ensure the interior reflects the car's positioning.

Upholstered in Brandy-colored leather (an optional extra), the seats strike an ideal balance between comfortable and supportive. Many of the plastics feel top notch, while soft-touch materials and gloss black trim on the center console and on the dashboard help create a premium ambiance. Astra drivers would feel right at home in the Cascada but they would be surprised by how much nicer everything feels and looks.

Being a fairly large car, the Cascada is roomy enough to carry four average-sized adults in relative comfort, at least when the top is down. It goes without saying that head room is compromised when the top is up but two adults can cram in the back for short trips if needed.

Infotainment is not one of the Cascada's strong points. The IntelliLink system is not particularly user-friendly and it takes a lot of getting used to, especially because the center console seemingly has more buttons than the cockpit in your average trans-Atlantic airliner. Additionally, the display for the rear-view camera is black and white which is a little difficult to accept in a vehicle that is billed as a premium halo car. Frankly, we've seen better infotainment systems in economy cars that cost a fraction of the price of the Cascada.

The Cascada offers 12.4 cubic feet of trunk space with the top up and 9.9 cubic feet with the top down. The rear seats fold down to clear up a fairly generous amount of cargo space, meaning you can make a run to Home Depot with the wind in your hair.

Speaking of wind, the three-layer top is well-sealed and wind noise is reduced to perfectly acceptable levels when the top is up. A button located between the seat opens the top in 17 seconds and closes it in 19.

On the Road

Quiet and smooth on all road surfaces, the Cascada is a refined all-arounder that is one of the best topless daily drivers out there. The transmission shifts with an exceptional smoothness when left in drive and the car is stable enough on the highway to make 80 mph feel like 50.

Sport mode is engaged by pushing a button on the center console. It stiffens the suspension, modifies the throttle response, tells the automatic transmission to hold each gear longer, makes the steering more responsive and adds red lighting around all four analog gauges. Sport mode doesn't completely transform the Cascada, it doesn't become a track car by any means, but it makes it more enjoyable to drive on twisty back roads.

The 1.6-liter turbo four provides instant response thanks to its broad torque curve, and the Cascada feels like it takes a lot less than 9.9 seconds to hit 62 mph when you really put the pedal to the floor. With a light right foot we averaged about 30 mpg in a mixed driving cycle.

All Cascadas regardless of trim level come standard with the HiPerStrut suspension system that is also found in other members of the Opel lineup as well as select Cadillacs and Buicks. The system reduces torque steer but it largely fails to live up to its promise of improving the steering response. While the Cascada is easy to maneuver around town and comfortable to drive at normal speeds, the steering lacks feel once the pace picks up. Granted, it's more of a touring car than a sports car but there is a definite lack of connection between the driver and the road, it's missing that little something that turns a comfortable car into a driver's car.

Leftlane's Bottom Line

It's no secret that convertible sales are on the decline but that doesn't mean it's time for automakers to pull stumps and abandon the segment altogether. There are plenty of sun-worshippers out there who want to go topless without spending big bucks or getting a loud engine with a large displacement.

In that regard the Cascada ticks many of the right boxes. It certainly isn't a sports car but it provides a satisfying, wind-in-your-hair driving experience while remaining practical enough to use on a daily basis.

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Sources : 2014 Opel Cascada Photo | 2014 Opel Cascada Article
Tesla Resigning Direct Sales : News
Tesla Resigning Direct Sales : News

After bitter courtroom battles and a brutal stare-down of dealership lobbying groups across the country in a bid to establish a unique (in the auto industry) direct-to-customer sales model, it looks as if Elon Musk has blinked first, if his comments on Autoline Detroit last week are to be taken at face value.

“We may need a hybrid system,” explained Musk, in answer to an Autoline question about scaling up his fledgling car company. “… a combination of our own stores, and some dealer franchises.” (emphasis mine).

If it happens, it would be a stunning turnaround for both Tesla Motors and Elon Musk, who have built a rabid following and loyal customer base in part because of its radically different approach to selling cars and the transparency and customer access afforded by the lack of a franchisee/middle-man. You can read more about Musk’s apparent surrender in the article, below, which originally appeared on Cleantechnica.

So much for a "Free Market," America.

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Trion Nemesis : Concept Cars
Trion Nemesis : Concept Cars

If it seems to you that everyone and their cousin wants to get into the hypercar game, you're right. We see new supercar startups popping up all the time. Some make it to production and some don't, and while it may be too soon to render verdict on this latest project, we hope it's one that comes to fruition.

The company is called Trion Supercars, and its bid for high-speed glory is called the Nemesis. We first reported on the project back in the spring, but a few more details – and a handful of additional images – have surfaced, whetting our appetites and giving us a clearer idea of what to expect.

Targeted squarely at the likes of the Bugatti Veyron and Koenigsegg Agera, the brief for the Trion Nemesis calls for a 9.0-liter, twin-turbo V8 driving around 2,000 horsepower through an eight-speed sequential transmission to all four wheels. If Trion does its considerable homework, that should be enough to propel it to its anticipated top speed of 270 miles per hour, reaching 62 in 2.8 seconds.

Trion Supercars aims to have the first prototypes – being built by California-based coachbuilder N2A Motors – ready by February, after which it plans to build 50 units at over $1 million apiece starting in at the beginning of 2016. We wouldn't be surprised to see that cost inflate by the time it reaches the road, though, joining similar world-beating hypercar projects like the Hennessey Venom F5 and SSC Tuatara in the high-speed pipeline.

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