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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2017 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance

Under sunny skies, Saturday’s 22nd annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance went off without a hitch despite a schedule curtailed by one day, owing to Sunday’s expected rain showers. That still left hours of unfettered machinery-ogling on the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island’s pristine golf course, which is more than enough time to be left with the impression that this event remains one of the true automotive bucket list items. And even though my interests generally skew toward events that allow me to slide behind the wheel rather than merely observe, Amelia is the exception to that rule.

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Loaner Review: 2017 Camaro V6

Despite no longer cosying up to the warm bosom of the press fleet industrial complex, I still occasionally find myself behind the wheel of cars other than my own. Such was the case last week when I brought my own car, a C7 Corvette Z51, into the dealer for some warranty work and found myself sitting in the fortified bunker – aka cabin – of a loaner 2017 Camaro. Unlike the other sixth gen that I previously wrote up on these pages, which was option-laden but also saddled with the middling 2.0T Ecotec, this one featured nary an add-on save for the 3.6L LGX “High Feature” V6…a swap that made this drab-looking coupe immeasurably better to drive.

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