• It’s more than just its inherent speed, or the whooshing noise that fills the cabin like a school choir jamming with James Hetfield. It’s what it represents in an industry full of skeptics. It’s a portal into the future – a time capsule left by some mad scientists born decades too soon. It’s something that shouldn’t exist.

    And yet it does.

    How do you take three independent power units and make them work in harmony? I guess that’s why I’m not an engineer, but I get the impression even the folks in Stuttgart can’t believe what they’ve achieved.

    Imagine the memo: “We are going to create a new halo supercar. It will be a plug-in hybrid, capable of traveling further than a Toyota Prius in all-electric mode. And yet it will lap the Nurburgring faster than any production car before it.”

    Enter the Porsche 918 Spyder: The most technologically advanced car of our time.

    Electrification is a murky word among car enthusiasts. “Instant torque” is a term that’s gaining traction, but the weight

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  • Porsche 919 Hybrid
    We've brought you the drive video of the $900,000 Porsche 918 Spyder -- an 887-hp hybrid supercar with two electric motors working in harmony with a big 4.6-liter V-8. But how about this? Porsche's V-4 hybrid Le Mans racer -- the 919 Hybrid, sent to us by Kevin Leech. Get on board with electrification, folks. Because it's taking over the world. If you have a photo to share, please add it to the Motoramic group on Flickr, or send us a message via Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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  • Some things in life are hard to explain, like why a dentist insists on asking you questions when you clearly can't respond. Or why we call pants "a pair" even though it's just one. Or how about this puzzler: Why would a person drive their Mustang along a Texas highway despite it missing a wheel?

    Life is full of little mysteries, I guess.

    We don't know much about the video below; it was published on YouTube by an onlooker who captured the footage while passing the three wheeler on what is believed to be a highway outside of Houston. The flabbergasted cameraman says, "That is happening right now."

    The Internet has been speculating as to why the person at the wheel was continuing driving: Was there a medical emergency? Were they late for work? Or was Jeopardy on in five minutes and they'd forgotten to set the DVR?

    There is no word as to whether the police were informed of the incident, or what action may be taken. But with this video continuing to spark attention, the mystery may yet

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  • Approximately 721,000 automobiles were stolen in the U.S. in 2012, so car thefts are a common occurrence. Except when they're not.

    After a weekend brunch with her boyfriend, Emilee Hickert returned to where she thought she had parked her Honda Civic. “There was just an empty spot where the car had been,” Hickert said. Luckily, a nearby shop's surveillance camera captured video of what appeared to be a professional thief, who made off with the car in less than 40 seconds.

    Hickert reported the theft to police, and walked home. Friends offered little consolation, saying “Red Hook [Brooklyn]’s not really that nice.”

    The following week, fliers started showing up in the neighborhood, reading: “I didn't steal your car but I think my mom may have. It's a long story. I'll explain, but your car is safe and sound."

    To make a long story short, the flier's creator, Nekisia Davis, asked her mother, Cheyrl Thorpe of Houston, to dog sit her Pomeranian while she and her friends took a weekend trip to

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  • Much of Subaru’s modern day success in America can be attributed to one car: the Outback.  Born in 1994 as a response to the growing popularity of SUVs, the Outback established a winning formula of combining a high-riding suspension, butch body cladding and big round fog lights to its comfortable, no-nonsense Legacy wagon. It is the kind of unique product that only a quirky company like Subaru could build, and was one that kept Subaru from slipping into ubiquity even as traditional SUVs and crossovers have taken over the world.

    The debut of an all-new 2015 Outback at the New York Auto Show brings the original crossover wagon into its fifth generation, which Subaru promises to be the most spacious, capable and fuel efficient yet. Interior comfort, refinement and safety features are all up considerably, meaning there’s even less reason to buy a tippy SUV than ever. As Subaru put it, “We are reestablishing our high ground.”

    Naturally, the new Outback adopts much of the styling and

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  • For the record, it's the year 2014. I mention that in case someone reading this story about a push to replace horses with motorized carriages thinks they've stumbled onto some archival piece by accident. It's been more than 100 years since the first vehicles began to trundle around Manhattan, but the last remaining vestiges of horse-powered transport in the city could be nigh — if the backers of a massive electric wagon get their way.

    Unveiled at the New York auto show today, the Horseless eCarriage was designed and built by restorer Jason Wenig, on commission from New Yorkers for Clean, Livable, Safe Streets — a coalition which wants the city to outlaw the 68 horse-drawn carriages currently licensed to give tours of Central Park. Among the group's chief backers: newly elected Mayor Bill de Blasio.

    Wenig says his goal was to re-create the kind of vehicles popular in the Brass Era. His coach borrows a few flourishes from several different models of the age — some Rolls-Royce in the

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  • Taking a simple concept and turning it into a car enthusiasts' dream that lasts for 25 years – a phenomenon that remains as strong today as it did a quarter of a century ago – is unfathomable. And yet that is exactly what Tom Matano, Bob Hall and their team did back in 1989 with the Mazda MX-5 Miata.

    In celebration of these achievements, Mazda has brought a 25th anniversary special edition Miata to the New York auto show, a glimpse into the next generation Miata set to arrive within the next 12 months, and an array of 15 iconic Miatas from the past 25 years – including the 1996 M Coupe concept and the only 1998 Miata ever built.

    The philosophy of the original Miata was simple: Create a two-seater sports car that evokes a sense of passion; a car that makes you smile. It wasn't about numbers or statistics. Nor was it about following a form book; although it clearly took inspiration from the legendary British roadsters of the 1960s. What was expected to sell in the range of a few hundred

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  • Nearly three decades have passed since Honda gave us the car we didn’t know we wanted: a fancified Accord called the Legend, which Honda sold under a newly created luxury brand called Acura. Acura, along with the Lexus and Infiniti brands that followed, proceeded to turn the luxury market on its nose. But since then, everyone from Hyundai to Bentley has stepped up its luxury game while Acura got a bit lost in ubiquity with a cadre of similar-looking products, all with confusing alphabet soup names like ILX, TSX, TL and RLX.

    Enter the 2015 TLX. Yes, Acura has just christened yet another acronym, but the TLX actually replaces two of the aforementioned models, the TSX and the TL, with a single model that retains the long wheelbase (and passenger space) of the TL whilst shaving off some length from both ends. This affords the RLX some valuable breathing room to be more flagship-esque and allows the little ILX to evolve further into its own thing. It also lets Acura concentrate on making

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  • 2015 Dodge Charger goes under the knife

    Over the past decade, Chrysler's rear-wheel-drive sedans have managed to survive a bankruptcy and three different corporate overlords. Thanks to the original stoutness of the Mercedes-assisted chassis, and the periodic updates that keep them from seeming like 21st-century versions of the Ford Crown Victoria, the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger combo still draw in fans. Today, Dodge revealed yet another redesign for the 2015 Charger — and for an old car, it's quite the change.

    Chrysler designers said they wanted to give the Charger the same familial appearance as that of the new Dart and Durango. The biggest swap comes from the new wrap around LED daytime running lamps, paired with a blacked-out "mask" grille. The changes reduce drag, but also make for the most dramatic alteration to the Charger since it was launched in 2006.

    The rest of the body receives less noticeable smoothening and tweaks — only the roof and rear doors carry over from the previous versions — but by moving the

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  • Nissan says its 2015 Murano crossover, only the second major revamp of the car since it debuted in 2003, draws its design cues from the “age of future space flight.” That’s probably taking it a little far, but the new Murano, based off the 2013 Resonance concept vehicle, is an exceptionally lovely machine, all fluid, curved metal on the outside, and flowing, soft-touch materials on the inside. Certain kinds of comfort and charms that were unheard-of outside of premium vehicles five years ago have definitely trickled down, and reached a kind of design apotheosis with this car.

    That said, it’s still a big crossover that is going to get SUV-levels of fuel economy. At best, its V-6 engine will generate 240 horsepower, and will probably generate higher fuel costs than Nissan would like. Nissan put a lot of effort into this Murano, and it shows, but the manufacturer’s heart is elsewhere.

    Nissan is all about the future, or at least talking about the future. Andy Palmer, Nissan’s chief

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