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 |  Aug 01 2014, 3:11 PM

Beethoven, Pavarotti and Nikolaus Otto?


Top 10 Best-Sounding Engines

It’s hard to beat the noises a well-designed, high-performance engine makes; experiencing this is of life’s great pleasures, especially when it isn’t adulterated by restrictive exhaust systems or synthesized bullshit piped through a vehicle’s speakers.

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 |  Nov 27 2013, 10:02 AM

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Volkswagen has teamed up with dance Underworld to create a unique smartphone app that will play music based on the way you’re driving.

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 |  Oct 25 2013, 3:42 PM

Kia-Soul-SEMA-Main-ArtIt seems like everyone’s getting in on the SEMA action; even Kia is participating in the show. The automaker will reveal five specially modified Souls at the Las Vegas event.

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 |  Apr 10 2012, 8:02 PM

Who ever came up with this idea is a genius. Get a whole slew of classic hot rods and cool rides, gather them all together in one place, then get Metallica to play for all the gathered car enthusiasts. It sounds like every metal and motor head’s dream.

This combination will come to fruition in real life at the first annual Orion music and more festival taking place on June 23 and 24 at Bader Field in Atlantic City.

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 |  Jan 17 2012, 10:15 AM

Pandora is taking an aggressive stance toward promoting their product by bumping up the number of car makers carrying their product by 475 percent.

If those numbers don’t quite make sense, look at it this way: previously there were four. Now the company can boast 23 automakers with Pandora Radio. The service, which is exclusive to the U.S., is easiest thought of as a smarter approach to in-car music than normal satellite radio. You can listen to pre-made genre stations, select user-generated stations or even simply by selecting one song or artist you can let the service choose songs for you.

The company is taking a shotgun approach to business by throwing their service into any device that can accept it. For now they claim a 68 percent market share on internet radio, though that seems likely to increase given their gregarious nature.

It’s just one of many new entertainment-oriented features automakers are giving their consumers, including developments like Facebook integration and cloud-based applications.

 |  Aug 19 2011, 4:56 PM

Despite being the only example in the world, the Maybach Exelero has been around the block a few times. First concieved as a concept car for Fulda Tires (who wanted to use the vehicle for tire testing), the Exelero then appeared in a Jay-Z video.

Since then, it has fallen into the hands of a private owner and stayed out of the hip-hop limelight, until earlier in the year when hip-hop mogul Birdman (aka Bryan Williams), responsible for launching the careers of music stars like Lil’ Wayne and Drake, claimed to have purchased the car.

According to a report by MotorAuthority, Birdman has yet to pay for the car, leaving its current owner high and dry. Birdman currently owns a rare Maybach Landaulet and a Bugatti Veyron, so the Exelero’s asking price of $8 million, while steep, isn’t too far removed from Birdman’s snack bracket.

Nevertheless, not paying up is still considered bad form, and we won’t really know until we see Birdman bragging about his newest acquisition online or in one of his videos.

[Source: Motor Authority]

 |  May 23 2011, 11:20 AM

Cars like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Ferrari F430 and Cadillac Escalade tend to be the standard rap video vehicles, but independent R&B artist Frank Ocean, a mega-talented R&B singer with a lot of internet buzz, tends towards the enthusiast end of the spectrum.

The album art for his record Nostalgia, Ultra features an orange BMW M3 from the early 1990s, and his newest video, for the hauntingly beautiful song Acura Integurl features not just one but two modified Acura NSXs carving through canyon roads. Considering Ocean’s love of cars that are oriented towards “Go” rather than “Show” we’re pleasantly surprised at his choice, but support it wholeheartedly. The only thing missing are the actual engine noises, which would nicely compliment his pitch perfect vocals.

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 |  Mar 24 2011, 11:16 AM

Dr. Dre’s long awaited new album Detox has had more false starts than the Toyota FT-86, but the legendary hip-hop producer has finally released a single, titled I Need A Doctor. If you like hip-hop music, you’ve doubtlessly heard the song by now, but you might not have seen the video, which involves a horrific crash involving a Ferrari 360 Modena.

The intro to the video has Dre driving the 360 along some twisty mountain roads while reflecting on his earlier rap career, followed by the Doc losing control of the car and crashing violently. While the crash scene is pivotal to the entire video, we were a little surprised that the crash was real, and not done via CGI or any other method. Then again, with video budgets reaching higher and higher, a used 360 is probably a fraction of what it costs to put together the actual video.

[Source: Carscoop]

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 |  Oct 27 2010, 2:25 PM

Hip-hop has picked up where Rock & Roll left off as America’s favorite music genre, and the automobile has assumed its rightful place within the culture, in the same way that it did during the heyday of The Beach Boys and other acts of the 1960′s.

If you think about it, rap music’s influence on the automobile is even more profound than rock. Where would Cadillac be today if it weren’t for the Escalade’s appearance in every single rap video? Rappers are taste makers, and while they certainly know what they like (how else do you explain donks), the newest single from Rick Ross and Drake, titled Aston Martin Music, seems a bit more contrived than the average overwrought music video.

The video shows Rick Ross smoking marijuana, letting his girlfriend take the rap for serious drug charges and relaxing in the beach with R&B singer Drake, a couple Aston Martins, and some female companions. We’re not sure if Aston Martin sanctioned the use of their cars or not, but Bugatti promised that no rappers would ever get their hands on a Veyron, and one of the worst MC’s in the game managed to get a brand new example.

[Source: Youtube]

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 |  Oct 16 2010, 8:03 AM

Picture this: It’s Sunday, the early dawn hours and you’re cruising down an empty country road. You already know what’s under the hood of your new acquired ride, but you’ve yet to test what your new car’s stereo can do—save for the constant chattering of talk radio. It’s time for a little speaker blast, you say. So you plug in your iPod, load up your newest playlist (stocked with high-quality lossless FLAC files, of course), and crank the volume to 11 and the next thing you know you’re rocking out to the sounds of…  Joan Baez ?

Well, it’s either Joan or The Eagles. It doesn’t matter though, as this speaker test isn’t about your taste in music as much as it’s about testing your sound system’s fidelity. That’s according to Matt Kirsch, an audio engineer with General Motors, who recently published his personal Top 10 list of tracks he recommends using to assess the low ends, mid-ranges, and dynamic peaks of your car’s stereo system.

So while you might be a little offended by the presence of two back-to-back tracks by the Black Eyed Peas, they’re there to test the bass. The rest of the list includes a wide range of tunes from Johnny Cash, to Radiohead.

See after the jump for the complete list:

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 |  May 04 2010, 4:40 PM

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Audi‘s S3 hatchback is a pretty slick hatchback, hitting 60 mph in under 6 seconds and pushing 265 horsepower from its 2.0L turbo four-banger while carrying yourself and a couple passengers in style and comfort.

The S3 is also musically talented, and it has nothing to do with Audi’s Bang & Olufsen stereo either. This Spanish-language ad for the S3 shows off the S4′s auditory prowess by using a succession of wine glasses as chimes. As the car accelerates, the tempo increases, until the caption reads “In Crescendo”. Hopefully that doesn’t need translation.

[Source: Autoblog]