Hey Metal Heads: Slayer-Inspired Scion to Stalk SEMA

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As long as there has been heavy metal, teenagers have sought out bands with which to frighten their parents. Now there's a car to really drive 'em nuts. In November, Toyota-owned Scion will unleash a special-edition car perfectly suited for that purpose, the Scion x Slayer Mobile Amp tC, inspired by the irreverently iconic headbangers, Slayer. On second thought, given the band's influential career spanning more than three decades, the youngsters' enthusiasm may actually take a backseat to that of Mom and Dad for a road trip "South of Heaven" to spend some "Seasons in the Abyss."

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You can't make out a whole h-e-double-hockey-sticks of a lot from the rudimentary pencil-sketch-style image Toyota released this week of the modified version of Scion's sporty coupe — beyond it being obligatorily black in color with a large, red circle adorning the hood (the band's inverted-pentagram logo, perhaps?). No doubt something very similar has been sketched on more than a couple fifth-period Life Sciences textbooks by daydreaming junior-high misfits (we don't mean us). In any case, the automaker promises an exterior style commensurately aggressive to its subject with band-inspired details. And perhaps of equal importance, that influence carries over into the interior as the "multimedia machine" boasts amps, towers of speakers, a custom mixer and a 32-inch monitor for media playback, Toyota said.

By Matt Schmitz | September 19, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Dodge Challenger Review

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"If a retro-styled American muscle car is what you crave, you don't have to spend Hellcat money to get Hellcat fun — the 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack costs less but is easily as entertaining," said Cars.com reviewer Aaron D. Bragman. Check out Bragman's review for more.

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Cars.com photo by Aaron D. Bragman

By Matt Schmitz | September 19, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Ford Mustang: First Drive

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Things that don't happen every day: moon landings, royal births, Supreme Court nominations — and an all-new Ford Mustang. This year is one of those rare times in which we get to experience at least one of those events as Ford brings its completely redone pony car to be tested for the first time ever.

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On paper, the 2015 Ford Mustang looks like it's got the goods to go global: an optional, fuel-efficient, high-powered turbocharged four-cylinder engine; a completely new all-independent suspension; even forthcoming right-hand-drive models for British and certain Asian markets. Will what plays well in Des Moines, Iowa, also prove popular in Dusseldorf, Germany? Is the new Mustang improved enough to unseat the Chevrolet Camaro and fend off the redesigned 2015 Dodge Challenger?

By Aaron Bragman | September 18, 2014 | Comments (5)

2014 Audi R8 Review

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"The V-10 version of Audi's mid-engine R8 is a user-friendly, daily-drivable supercar that comes alive when called upon with a screaming motor, wild styling and amazing reflexes," Cars.com reviewer Aaron D. Bragman said of the 2014 version. Check out Bragman's review for more.

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By Matt Schmitz | September 17, 2014 | Comments (0)

GM Issues Stop Sale on 2015 Chevrolet Corvettes

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GM has issued a stop-sale order on about 2,800 new Chevrolet Corvettes, a spokesman for the automaker told The Detroit News. GM spokesman Alan Adler told the newspaper that the Detroit automaker has instructed dealers to halt delivery on about 2,000 model-year 2015 Corvettes to repair a problem with the driver-side airbag, and has temporarily stopped shipments of the high-performance sports cars from its Bowling Green, Ky., assembly plant.

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Another 800 Corvettes, most still at dealerships, were also placed on hold because they may have been built with only one of the rear parking brake cables fully seated and engaged. The part must be inspected to ensure the brake is operating on both brake drums, Adler told the newspaper. Adler said very few of the 2,800 were already in customer possession, and would not say whether the stop sale would be followed by a recall. Get the full story from The Detroit News.

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By Matt Schmitz | September 12, 2014 | Comments (4)

2014 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S Review

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"It's fast, it's rare and it's astonishingly expensive — but the 2014 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S is also extremely capable, the apparent answer to the question of what the ultimate Porsche station wagon would look like," says Cars.com reviewer Aaron Bragman. Read Bragman's review to find out more about Porsche's most popular seller.

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By Matt Schmitz | September 10, 2014 | Comments (1)

2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT: First Look (43 Photos)

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Competes with: Porsche 911, Audi R8, Dodge Viper, Bentley Continental

Looks like: A sleeker, more powerful fixed coupe version of the SL roadster

Drivetrain: Twin-turbocharged 456- (GT) or 503-hp (GT S), 4.0-liter V-8; seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission; rear-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: The GT S will be available in spring 2015, the GT in 2016

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the successor to the outrageous gull-wing SLS AMG coupe, the 2016 AMG GT and GT S coupe. This is the second flagship sports car to be built in-house by the company's high-performance tuning arm AMG, and it brings a completely new, aluminum-intensive body structure and a smaller, turbocharged engine to a more conventional sports car layout. By doing so it hopes to compete with other high-end, two-seat sports cars like the Porsche 911 Turbo, Audi R8 and Dodge Viper.

By Aaron Bragman | September 9, 2014 | Comments (9)

Dodge Knocks $15,000 Off 2015 SRT Viper

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Here's some math we can get behind. Want to get your hands on Dodge's V-10 stick-shift SRT Viper? The price of entry just fell by a cool 15 large. Dodge slashed its SRT Viper by $15,000 for 2015, dropping the starting price to $86,990, including destination. Any existing 2014 Vipers in inventory will be discounted $15,000, too. Get shopping; there are 501 examples currently in Cars.com's new car inventory.

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Dodge points out that the Viper's new starting price reflects pricing of the original 1992 Viper, which had a starting MSRP of $50,700 back then. That's about $86,100 in 2014 dollars. Recall, too, that the '92 Viper was Spartan even for its day. It lacked air conditioning, antilock brakes and glass windows.

The 2015 Viper has all of those features and comes in four trims: the SRT ($87,990, all prices include destination), a new GT ($96,990), the TA ($102,990) and GTS ($109,990). Sales begin in early 2015. SRT models get new accent stitching and Alcantara accents on the doors and instrument panel; the GT adds Nappa leather seats, a two-mode suspension, five stability-control modes and upgraded brakes. Dodge will also offer special editions of the TA and GTS.

By Kelsey Mays | September 8, 2014 | Comments (4)

Recall Alert: 2014 Aston Martin DB9, Rapide S

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly 450 model-year 2014 Aston Martin DB9 and Rapide S high-performance luxury sports cars manufactured between June 2013 and July 2014

The Problem: Due to a faulty circuit board, the transmissions in the affected vehicles may inadvertently shift to neutral without input from the driver. If this happens, the driver will not be able to maintain speed or move the vehicle out of traffic, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Aston Martin began notifying owners earlier this month, and dealers will replace the affected circuit boards for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Aston Martin at 888-923-9988, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info. The automaker noted that if the vehicle exhibits the problem, owners should turn off the ignition then restart it, which may allow the car to be driven to safety.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | August 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Nissan Juke Review

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"Even its high-performance RS version can't redeem the 2014 Nissan Juke from being an odd duck, and problems with refinement and crash tests make this mallard sink more than swim," said Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays. Check out Mays' review for more.

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Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

By Matt Schmitz | August 27, 2014 | Comments (0)

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