Report: 2018 Chicago Auto Show

Undeterred by this season’s heaviest snowfall, Speed:Sport:Life trudged over to McCormick Place from our downtown Chicago offices – AKA my apartment – to check out the assorted new metal spread across what is actually this country’s largest new car show. The layout of the place is impressive indeed, with one million square feet and no fewer than three indoor ride and drive experiences hosted by manufacturers. Amid the wide diversity of vehicles on display, a few stood out – below are the ones that left a mark, as well as the show award we feel they’re most likely to win.

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Rental Review: Less-Grand Cherokee

Wide open vistas. Limitless blue skies. Stunning canyons carved over millennia into multi-hued layers. The southwest provides all of it, and I can’t think of a better way to traverse it than in a fast, open-topped tourer with lots of horsepower. Which is precisely why I headed straight to Alamo’s midsize SUV lane for a “Toyota RAV4 or similar”.

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Hennessey Special Vehicles Venom F5 Unveiled

Hennessey Special Vehicles has  pulled the covers off their 300mph Venom F5 today at SEMA in Las Vegas. Unlike the Venom GT before it, the Venom F5 is designed and built from the ground up entirely by Hennessey Special Vehicles in right here in Texas.

Power comes from a 7.4-liter aluminum biturbo V8 which produces an absolutely insane 1,600 horsepower and 1,300 pound-feet of torque. This power is delivered to the rear wheels via a seven-speed, single-clutch gearbox.

Only 24 Hennessey Venom F5s will be built, each at a price tag starting at $1.6 million USD.

We can’t wait to see one at Cars and Coffee, John!

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Jeep Shows Off First Official Photos of the All-New 2018 Jeep Wrangler

Jeep has finally pulled the wraps off the all-new “JL” 2018 Jeep Wrangler with three teaser images ahead of the full reveal at the upcoming 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show on November 29th. Jeep has done a great job with keeping the instantly recognizable and iconic design of the Wrangler true to its heritage, and pulls several elements from Wranglers of the past. The new 2018 Wrangler promises to be even more capable on-road and off-road than the previous “JK” generation, all while retaining the open-air freedom that Jeep owners have come to love.

As the former owner of a 2013 Jeep Rubicon Unlimited 10th Anniversary, I can’t wait to get one of these in my garage.

Click through for more images of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler.

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Driven: 2017 Lincoln Continental Black Label

After a 14 year hiatus, the Lincoln Continental is back in a big, big way. The Continental name became an American legend in the automotive realm, and one that was synonymous with flagship luxury. To say that Lincoln had their work cut out for them in reinventing the brand and resurrecting the Continental would be an understatement.

We are happy to report though that Lincoln has not only done the iconic Continental name justice with the 2017 Continental, but they might have reinvented the entire Lincoln brand in the process – in a very good way.

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