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David Tracy David Tracy Sep 13, 2019 at 00:17. 21 comments

There's A Gorgeous Dead Land Rover Discovery Sitting In My Backyard But I'm Not Entirely Sure Why

There's A Gorgeous Dead Land Rover Discovery Sitting In My Backyard But I'm Not Entirely Sure Why
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For reasons I don’t fully understand, a beautiful, green, manual transmission, non-running, 1995 Land Rover Discovery has taken up residence in my backyard. And after looking at this British off-roader closely, I think I’ve fallen in love.

“Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s automobile” is the most basic of automotive commandments, but I’m afraid I’ve just...

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David Tracy David Tracy Sep 12, 2019 at 19:45. 2 comments

Gurgel was a fascinating Brazilian company that, in the late 1960s, began building its own dune bugg

Gurgel was a fascinating Brazilian company that, in the late 1960s, began building its own dune bugg

Gurgel was a fascinating Brazilian company that, in the late 1960s, began building its own dune buggy-like cars based on the Volkswagen Beetle platform and powertrain. Later, things got more exciting when Gurgel built machines with bold-looking bodies made of a material called Plasteel, which was a blend of fiberglass and steel. The 1979 X-12 Tocantins shown above is one of those machines. My...

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David Tracy David Tracy Sep 11, 2019 at 20:42. 22 comments

The 2020 Land Rover Defender 90 Offers A Huge Fake Pillar And It's Just Bizarre

The 2020 Land Rover Defender 90 Offers A Huge Fake Pillar And It's Just Bizarre

The 2020 Land Rover Defender is here, and it looks good, but only if you avoid the short-wheelbase model with the “floating pillar” option. Because a vehicle equipped that way takes an element that helped the last Defender stand out as a truly iconic piece of design—its large, upright greenhouse—and covers it with a cheap-looking, enormous-blindspot-creating fake pillar. Just look at this...

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David Tracy David Tracy Sep 10, 2019 at 21:58. 24 comments

The 2020 Land Rover Defender Online Configurator Is Live And I 'Built' This Absolute Stunner

The 2020 Land Rover Defender Online Configurator Is Live And I 'Built' This Absolute Stunner

The 2020 Land Rover Defender debuted today at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and now the online configurator is live. Go ahead and option yours up to see if you can spec one as gorgeous as this one I just configured.

I’m sitting with Jalopnik weekend editor Mack Hogan here in Frankfurt and we’re in a bit of a pickle as we try to configure the perfect 2020 Land Rover Defender. For one, the Defender...

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David Tracy David Tracy Sep 10, 2019 at 18:26. 23 comments

The 2020 Land Rover Defender Is Finally Here And It Looks Awesome

The 2020 Land Rover Defender Is Finally Here And It Looks Awesome

After being killed off a few years ago, Land Rover’s most legendary vehicle—the Defender—is back, and though it does not appear as off-road focused as the old machine, it still looks awesome. Here’s what you need to know about the 2020 Land Rover Defender .

The Defender became a legend in the off-road community thanks in large part to its incredible off-road capability and easily modifiable...

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David Tracy David Tracy Sep 07, 2019. 7 comments

An Extremely Detailed Look At The Porsche Taycan's Engineering Designed To Take On Tesla

An Extremely Detailed Look At The Porsche Taycan's Engineering Designed To Take On Tesla

Porsche’s first fully electric car is here, and depending on who you ask , it could be the most serious competition the Tesla Model S has faced yet. It’s called the Porsche Taycan, and it is an all-electric sport sedan promising up to 750 horsepower, acceleration from zero to 60 mph in 2.6 seconds, and a fast-charging 800 volt battery with 280 miles of range based on the European WLTP cycle.

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David Tracy David Tracy Sep 05, 2019. 24 comments

General Motors' CEO Is Meeting With Top Critic, Donald Trump, And Things Could Get Awkward

General Motors' CEO Is Meeting With Top Critic, Donald Trump, And Things Could Get Awkward
The Morning ShiftAll your daily car news in one convenient place. Isn't your time more important?   

Mary Barra is walking into Donald Trump’s lion’s den today, more on the UAW corruption situation, and more drama from Nissan. All of that and other news in The Morning Shift for Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019.

1st Gear: General Motors CEO Mary Barra Is About To Meet With Top Critic, Donald Trump, And...

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David Tracy David Tracy Sep 05, 2019. 20 comments

Does The $150,000 Porsche Taycan Really Compete With The Much Cheaper Tesla Model S?

Does The $150,000 Porsche Taycan Really Compete With The Much Cheaper Tesla Model S?

For the past few weeks, I’ve been referring to the upcoming Porsche Taycan as possibly the first true Tesla Model S competitor. But then I saw the Taycan’s $150,000+ price tag. While I still think it’ll draw in some Tesla buyers, I have to back off on my statement a bit and wonder: How the hell does the Tesla Model S still have no true, tight competition?

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David Tracy David Tracy Sep 04, 2019. 14 comments

These Incredibly Slow Cars Have Better Power-To-Weight Ratios Than My Jeep J10

These Incredibly Slow Cars Have Better Power-To-Weight Ratios Than My Jeep J10

I recently got my Jeep J10 pickup on the road again and, while it’s quickly becoming my favorite vehicle, I couldn’t help but notice one thing: It’s slow. As hell. And now that I look at the numbers, I can see why; Its power-to-weight ratio is laughable. Here are some lethargic cars that somehow beat or come close to my J10 in this metric.

After having sat for about four years, I devoted my...

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David Tracy David Tracy Sep 03, 2019. 10 comments

Why The 2004 To 2006 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 'LJ' Is The Holy Grail Of Jeeps

Why The 2004 To 2006 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 'LJ' Is The Holy Grail Of Jeeps
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One of the most coveted Jeeps of all time is a relatively low-volume, stretched version of the regular 1997 to 2006-generation Jeep Wrangler. It’s called the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. Let’s look at how this elongated Wrangler combined key on-road and off-road traits to become a legend in the Jeep community.

In America’s rockiest and muddiest off-road circles, the...

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David Tracy David Tracy Aug 30, 2019. 3 comments

This Stop-Motion Video Of A Guy Fixing His Range Rover's Rusted-Out Body Is Mesmerizing

This Stop-Motion Video Of A Guy Fixing His Range Rover's Rusted-Out Body Is Mesmerizing

Of all automobile wrenching disciplines, bodywork is by far the most intimidating to me. It requires a refined touch that I just don’t have (yet), which is why this stop-motion video of a man repairing all the rust on his old Range Rover is so fascinating.

This New Take On A Car Restoration Show Is Beautiful ” my coworker Andrew Collins wrote when we introduced George Karellas’ YouTube series...

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David Tracy David Tracy Aug 29, 2019. 8 comments

A Teenage Kansas Farmer Built This Diesel Off-Road Corvette And It's A Stroke Of Genius

A Teenage Kansas Farmer Built This Diesel Off-Road Corvette And It's A Stroke Of Genius

When the C8 Corvette debuted last month , I bet most of us were deeply disappointed that its 490 horsepower V8 engine was not a much, much less powerful, heavier, less-refined diesel motor. But there’s good news, because a compression-ignition Corvette does exist, though it wasn’t built by GM, but instead by a teenage farmer in Kansas, who’s now older and has the vehicle listed on Craigslist....

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David Tracy David Tracy Aug 29, 2019. 10 comments

Ford Designed A Deployable Airbag Mechanism For Off-Road Vehicles With Removable Doors

Ford Designed A Deployable Airbag Mechanism For Off-Road Vehicles With Removable Doors
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We’ve been hearing for a while that the upcoming Ford Bronco will get removable doors, and now we’re seeing a FoMoCo patent application for airbag-containing devices that would take the place of an off-road vehicle door that has been removed by the user. Here’s a look at that patent.

The New Ford Bronco Might Actually Have Better Removable Doors Than Jeep...

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David Tracy David Tracy Aug 28, 2019. 24 comments

Watch A Jeep Wrangler Lose An Off-Road Comparison To A Mercedes G-Class And Toyota Land Cruiser

Watch A Jeep Wrangler Lose An Off-Road Comparison To A Mercedes G-Class And Toyota Land Cruiser

You might think that the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon , with its solid front and rear axles, locking diffs, and stock 33-inch tires, is the most capable all-around modern off-road vehicle. And while that may be true, under the conditions of a recent comparison test in Spain, one reviewer found the Mercedes G-Class and Toyota Land Cruiser Prado (similar to the U.S.-market Lexus GX ) both superior....

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David Tracy David Tracy Aug 25, 2019. 23 comments

The Mazda Miata-Based Fiat 124 Is Probably Not Getting A Replacement

The Mazda Miata-Based Fiat 124 Is Probably Not Getting A Replacement

The Fiat 124 shares underpinnings with the Mazda Miata, which is good, because the Miata is a great car. But what’s not good is that, according to Autocar’s interview with Fiat’s CEO with the Frenchest name in all of automobiledom, Olivier François, the current 124 probably won’t get a replacement once its production run comes to an end.

We at Jalopnik think the 124 is a fantastic little...

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David Tracy David Tracy Aug 24, 2019. 8 comments

This Manual Transmission Electric Ford Ranger Has A 30 Mile Range And It's For Sale

This Manual Transmission Electric Ford Ranger Has A 30 Mile Range And It's For Sale

Some enterprising individual converted a 1987 manual transmission-equipped Ford Ranger into an electric truck, and the resulting golf cart battery-powered Ford mini-truck is for sale right now on Craigslist. Let’s take a look at this lovely creation.

A reader named Austin sent me a link to the electric 1987 Ford Ranger you see in these photos. As you might have guessed, Ford did not build an...

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David Tracy David Tracy Aug 23, 2019. 12 comments

Cheating Volkswagen Diesels Have Become A Hot Commodity

Cheating Volkswagen Diesels Have Become A Hot Commodity

After Volkswagen admitted to cheating on the emissions tests of hundreds of thousands of cars back in 2015, the company was forced to buy back the vehicles, modify them to produce fewer emissions but still perform well and resell the cars with a strong warranty. The resulting used VWs are surprisingly compelling, which is why—according to a report from the New York Times—people can’t get...

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David Tracy David Tracy Aug 23, 2019. 23 comments

The Electric Porsche Taycan Packs Five Screens And One Is Just For The Passenger

The Electric Porsche Taycan Packs Five Screens And One Is Just For The Passenger

Just ahead of the debut of maybe first true Tesla competitor, the Porsche Taycan, the Stuttgart-based automaker shared official photos of the EV sedan’s interior. It’s filled with five screens, one of which is solely for the passenger, and the direction of the air flowing from the vents is controlled electronically and not by hand. Here’s a closer look the interior of Porsche’s upcoming...

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David Tracy David Tracy Aug 22, 2019. 6 comments

President Trump Is Pissed That Automakers Are Ignoring His Emissions Rollback

President Trump Is Pissed That Automakers Are Ignoring His Emissions Rollback
The Morning ShiftAll your daily car news in one convenient place. Isn't your time more important?   

President Trump is pissed at Ford for siding with California over him, Care by Volvo is in hot water, German automakers team up for autonomous cars, more Tesla turnover, and much more on The Morning Shift of Thursday, August 22, 2019.

1st Gear: President Trump Is Pissed That Automakers Are...

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David Tracy David Tracy Aug 21, 2019. 8 comments

The 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Is a Torquier Version Of An Already Great Truck

The 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Is a Torquier Version Of An Already Great Truck
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Ram started the half-ton diesel craze back in 2013 when it announced the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. Since then, the brand lost ground to legal issues related to emissions and stiff competition from Ford and Chevy. But now Ram is back in the game with a new diesel engine for its latest “DT” generation truck, and after testing it, I can...

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