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This is the all-new Aston Martin Vantage

Say hello to a brand-new Vantage.

This is Aston Martin’s latest machine to wear a name that goes back to 1951. Today it’s applied to a vehicle that doesn’t just continue on with a storied legacy, but rockets the Vantage into the future.

It’s aggressively styled. From the oversized grille to the integrated rear ducktail and massive diffuser, there’s a lot to take in here. With its short wheelbase, it appears eager and ready for action and the aero elements should help keep that action firmly planted to the ground.

Inside the cabin space, you’ll find a more focused cockpit compared not just to Vantages of old but to the latest DB11 as well. This is the sports car, the drivers car, compared to the more grand touring nature of the larger DB11.

Without an engine to power it, of course, a car like this is nothing more than rolling art. Thankfully, Aston Martin have fitted the Vantage with an AMG-developed 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8. It’s set low in the chassis and far enough back that the engineers have created a 50:50 weight distribution. B

ring the engine to life with a press of a button and you have 503 horsepower and 505 lb-ft of torque at your disposal. That peak torque figure runs from 2k rpm up through 5k rpm, which coupled with a dry weight of 3300 lbs means copious vehicular shenanigans are a mere throttle blip away.

Like the other modern Aston Martin products, the engine is controlled through a rear-mounted ZF 8spd gearbox. Press the paddle to call up first gear, and you can move from 0-60 miles per hour in 3.6 seconds and onward to a 195 mile per hour top speed. Aston Martin’s most sporting model is all-new and appears to be better than ever.

It goes on sale now with a starting price of $150k. Stay tuned because we’ll tell you how it drives in the very near future…

Redusernab Asks: Which vehicle are you thankful for this year?

Jeff Glucker November 20, 2017 Redusernab Asks

I still can’t believe it’s a vehicle that you can go to a dealership and purchase. The asking price is well under $100,000. The horsepower figure is over 700. Inside, you’ll find room for five adults. The top speed is 204 miles per hour. It’s a Dodge. It’s the Dodge Charger Hellcat, to be more precise… and it’s one of the most insane cars ever built, and I’m thankful for the fact that it exists even if I can’t afford one of my own.

We live in crazy times. Cars are a nice way to refocus on the good in our lives. What vehicle are reminds you of this? Which vehicle out there, new or old, are you thankful that it exists?

Redusernab Asks: We’re about to drive the new Kia Stinger, what do you want to know?

Jeff Glucker November 16, 2017 Redusernab Asks

Today, I’m in Hollywood to attend a launch event for Kia’s latest machine. It’s the 2018 Kia Stinger and it has its sight set on some lofty goals. Is this really a potential BMW 3-Series or Infiniti Q50 competitor?

That I don’t know yet, but I do know that I am incredibly intrigued by the idea of a rear-wheel-drive (or all-wheel-drive if you want it) sports sedan/hatchback.

There’s a four-cylinder engine offered, but we’re here to sample the larger 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V6 and its 365 horsepower output.

I worry that this will be a car that I’ll really enjoy… and no one will buy. Regardless, it’s nearly time for me to take the keys to one. What do you want to know about it?

I’ll put my thoughts in the video review and also answer some questions here later in the day.

Watch Budweiser pay tribute to Dale Earnardt Jr with One Last Ride

Dale Earnhardt Jr is approaching his final NASCAR race. His professional racing career, which started when he was 17 years old, is turning the corner into its final chapter in a series that’s seen an Earnhardt run for decades. As part of the goodbye tour for Dale, one of his long-standing sponsors has created a video to show its appreciation for all that Jr has done for them in this arena.

Now, I’m no big NASCAR fan. That’s . But Dale Jr has always seen like a stand-up guy working for wins against a sea of racers that want to beat him solely because he’s his father’s son. Dale is a two-time Busch Series champion, two-time winner of the Daytona 500, and a perennial fan favorite. He’s the guy you want to see do well in this sport, and he also clearly has fun with it as well.

So if, like myself, you’re not much of a NASCAR fan, you can be a Dale Jr fan. Hit play on the video above and watch this well-produced short ode to a man who is a major part of the NASCAR universe, and will continue to be when he moves into the broadcast booth next season.

Also… sidenote: I’d love to see a craft brewery compete in this space. Someone needs to step up with the dollars and sponsor the Fontana or Sonoma events.

Redusernab Podcast: Episode 225 – Renegade Hybrids [SEMA 2017]

This episode Chris Hayes is joined by Renegade Hybrids of Las Vegas; purveyors of the famous LS engine swap kits for the Porsche 911. You’ve likely seen or read about their work over the last year as they made a big splash at SEMA 2016 offering up test drives to a number of automotive journalists.

They start off with the history of Renegade and quickly dive into the positives and negatives of swapping a big V8 into a spot where a flat six formerly resided and even go so far as to explore the depths of wiring harnesses in these ambitious swaps.

Check out the Renegade Hybrids website at  and once again thanks to  for providing a stage for ShoutEngine podcasts at SEMA 2017.

Redusernab Asks: Which engine are you most sad to see fade away?

Jeff Glucker November 14, 2017 Redusernab Asks

The naturally aspirated V12 engine from Aston Martin is a large lump that I’m rather fond of. It’s an aging hulk of a powerplant that lies a bit about its true size. Listed at 6.0-liters, the 5.9-liter unit generates strong power figures and tremendous noise. It’s final song is being sung under the hood of the car in the photo above, which is a Vanquish S. There it’s producing 580 horsepower, has a redline around 7,000 rpm, and when you see the tach needle sweep past 3,500 rpm your ears are in for a true treat.

This engine is going away in favor of slightly smaller versions that are aided by forced induction. The power will be greater, but the noise is not the same.

Which engine out there do you miss? Which current engine is in a production vehicle but its time is limited and you lament this fact?

Redusernab Asks: Should you modify your daily driver?

Jeff Glucker November 10, 2017 Redusernab Asks

This isn’t my exact car, but it’s close enough for the purposes of this post. That’s because it’s a stock Mazda CX-5, which is the vehicle my wife and I purchased over a year ago to serve as our daily driver machine. My wife does a fair bit of driving for work so a lease was out of the question. I wanted something that wouldn’t sap my soul anytime I was behind the wheel, so our options narrowed further. With kiddo and a pair of dogs figured into the equation, we wound up bringing home a CX-5.

It’s been great for the over 30,000 miles now showing on its odometer. There are no squeaks or rattles. The cloth seats are still wonderfully comfortable. Our mid-grade Touring model has downsized wheels which equals tires with more sidewall, and greater ride comfort as a result.

Lately though, I’ve been having thoughts about the thing. It looks fine as it sits, but what if I just throw some parts at it? I’m not talking about anything major. In fact, right now I’m just considering a wheel and tire upgrade, though I worry about making a change to the ride that will worsen the experience. Especially when its my wife that’s spending most of the time driving the CX-5.

So, dear readers, I ask you… should you modify your daily driver? If so, how far are you willing to take it? I know the answers to this will be all over the place, and no one is really wrong here. Still, I’m curious to see the varied takes on the idea.

Let’s Talk We… The Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

Jeff Glucker November 9, 2017 All Things Hoon

. It’s mighty angular. Mighty aggressive. And it’s sure to be mighty fast around damn near all race tracks. Is it mighty appealing?

Click on that Read More button to hear what the Redusernab Collective has to say, and then add your opinion in the comments below.

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Podcast: Episode 224 – Will Baty from Centerforce Clutches [SEMA 2017]

The first in our series of SEMA 2017 podcasts Will Baty of  stops by to talk about… clutches.  We talk about what to expect visiting SEMA and the realities of tradeshows at large before we dive head first into “Clutchlandia”.  Clutchlandia is a magical place where friction is high slipping is punishable by death and Evo engines magically survive past 400HP. 

Ridiculous fictitious nations aside we cover the developments of clutch technology over the last twenty years, how flywheel weights affect your driving and some of the intricacies of dual-clutch transmissions. Thanks to  for graciously hosting the Redusernab and ShoutEngine podcasts at SEMA 2017.

Redusernab Asks: What’s the dumbest thing you’ve broken… while fixing something else?

Jeff Glucker November 8, 2017 All Things Hoon

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While wrenching on my 1974 Mercedes-Benz 280 sedan yesterday afternoon, I had a goal in my head. That goal was to adjust the turn signal so it held position when activated and the other was to adjust my driver’s side glass so it was in the closed position.

With respect to the turn signal fix, it was as simple as pulling back a cover and then dremeling out a cleaner notch for the stalk to grab when it’s selected. Now it stays on until the wheel cancels it back to the standard off position. It went just swell.

The driver’s door window is currently giving me trouble because I decided to leave the car with a valet parking service during a trip to Vegas for SEMA. This was dumb on my part for many reasons, but I caved because the price wasn’t much higher than the normal parking rate and it included a wash, which my car needed. Upon my return, I found that my Benz had not been washed. The trim around the ignition key was out farther than before I left, but it was never fully in place so I can’t fully fault anyone there. My driver’s window was halfway down, and when I got into fire up the car and bring it back up it would go no higher.

Yesterday, I decided to open up the door and take a look around. My goal was to loosen the window regulator, slide the window into the fully closed position, and tighten everything back up. Then have someone with more knowledge help me figure out why it was jacked in the first place. I can’t get the actual glass to slide more than halfway up the door though, and I don’t know why. To get better access, I figured I’d remove the side mirror.

While doing so, I snapped one of the three screws holding that mirror in place… so now I have a door torn apart, a window off the tracks, a loose regulator, and a side mirror that’s not tight to the body. So I ask you, what the dumbest thing you’ve broken while trying to fix a different part of your vehicle?

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