Kia K900 is $60,000: How Can a Kia Be So Expensive?

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What you are looking at above is the most expensive Kia that has ever launched in North America—period. While it may look like a decent car, we wanted to know what makes it so much more valuable than all the other models that have come before it.

Well, for one, none of them have ever offered a 420 horsepower V8 with power to the rear wheels. Neither has there been a Kia with an eight speed automatic featuring the performance and quality this one has. However, according to reports of what buyers are really looking for in a luxury vehicle, some of the Kia’s best features can be found in its gadgets and luxury upgrades.

Starting with the luxury aspect of the Kia K900, it will come with real wood trim, a panoramic sunroof, and heated seats. On the technology side it will come with a big 9.2-inch high-definition center screen, rear cameras, blind-spot detection, lane departure alert, and an incredibly impressive 900-watt sound system that comes with no less than 17-speakers.

For just $6,000 more ($66,000) buyers can opt for the VIP treatment, which includes soft close doors, surround parking monitor, a TFT instrument cluster, reclining (16-way) front seats, and a complimentary maintenance program.

However, we did not believe any of this either, until we heard it during the Super Bowl from the Matrix man (Morpheus) himself:

Tesla Model S P85 Kills A Dodge Viper SRT10 And 2014 Corvette Stingray

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We’ve heard a lot about the build quality of the Tesla Model S. Consumer Reports raves about its 300 miles distance capacity, 4.4-second 0-60 launch, and its supreme ride comfort. However, where were we during the briefing that laid out its ability to kill such American muscle legends as the Dodge Viper SRT10 and the 2014 Corvette C7 Z51/Stingray?

In these two videos you will witness the true rampaging capability of a Tesla Model S P85, which is the high performance edition featuring an 85-kWh electric motor. If there was ever a good argument for buying green, this would be the one we might actually listen to.

Leopard 2 Tank Brake Test

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There was a time and age when brake tests were performed with striped orange cones. Today, those cones have become pretty expensive in the Netherlands, negating the necessity to begin using live cones in MIB suits.

This is the brake test of a Leopard 2 Tank, which began production back in 1979. Since then, these tanks have undergone some improvements, which you are about to see in this video.

These tanks found motivation through the will of its massive 47.6-liter turbocharged 12-cylinder engine, which is just as heavy as it sounds. They had a top speed of 42 mph, and your about to see how quickly that can be transformed to 0 mph.

3 Trucks That Would Survive the Polar Vortex

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The statistics are escalating, suggesting that over 187 million people are currently being smothered in a blanket of polar air. A portion of these people are trapped at the airport, considering that over 7000 flights have been canceled over the past two days. However, the majority of people are just sitting at home next to their computer, wishing they had an apocalyptic truck to take them away.

Well, if you’ve got the cash (or credit), we’ve got the solution:

Polar Toyota Tacoma

Why? Lightweight frame, snow shoes, and a supercharged DOHC 4.0-liter.

Toyota Hilux by Arctic Trucks

Why? Heavy duty battery, fuel/coolant heaters, and studded (run-flat) tires.

Subaru WRX Trax STI

Why? MOTEC tuned 2.5-liter turbo on a Mattrax rubber trax system.

RC Car Tribute to Ken Block’s Gymkhana Six

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HPI Racing has created a Micro-Gymkhana in the form of an RC car, otherwise known as a Ken Block 2013 GRC Micro RS4. At first we thought this was just another typical mini-me 1/18 replica of Ken Block’s monster 650 horsepower Fiesta.

However, upon further inspection we realized this RC car actually features 4WD, coil over shocks, a double wishbone suspension, and high performance tires.

Big deal, you say. RC cars are for kids.

Tell that to the production team who built this miniature Gymkhana Six obstacle course, complete with jumps, a spiked ball, lifted tractors, and an attitude that some psychologists might classify as “Julius Caeser (Little Man) Syndrome”.

Get your Micro-Gymkhana here.

Cray Wheels For Your Corvette

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You wouldn’t replace a Holley 850 double pump on a 1968 L88 Corvette with a Rochester 2-barrel, nor should you put just any set of rims on your precious C6. There is a reason GM spends upwards of several years in the design phase before releasing one generation Corvette. This is the same reason why Cray Wheels will not design and manufacture a wheel for anything other than a C4, C5, or C6 Corvette.

You may be envisioning a stuffy warehouse, where only a handful of wheels are churned through a robot per week at $10,000 a piece. However, these high-tolerance rims range from $300 to $650, and are all hand-assembled and available through most high-end wheel shops. Cray believes you should never bite off more than you can chew, and your cruise night competition should be doing most of their chewing with their mouths wide open.

Introducing the Bentley EXP 9F SUV

Bentley just cannot make up their mind on whether or not they want to put the EXP 9F SUV into production. They are reaching out to interested parties once again with a video, as if asking, “If we build it… will you come buy it?”

“Well, now that depends,” you say. “What’s it got to offer.”

The design of the exterior is uniquely inspired by the famous Blower Bentley’s, which if you’re under the age of 70, may not exactly ring a bell. These were the old 4 and ½ liter vehicles fitted with a roots supercharger. However, rather than the supercharger being built with the original plans, the chief engineer at the time refused. The supercharger ended up having to be retrofitted on the end of the crankshaft, in front of the radiator, which gave these cars a very recognizable appearance.

In 2012, this concept is still set off from the pack, featuring a “matrix” grill, and round headlamps. The original Blowers were quite competitive on the racetrack back in the day, and Bentley has worked to uphold that tradition with a twin-turbocharged 6-liter W-12, featuring a stout 600 horsepower, and axle bending 800 ft-lbs of torque. All this power is harnessed through an 8-speed transmission.

Not everybody needs 600 horsepower, so Bentley will also be offering a 4.0-liter V8, featuring 500 horsepower. A V-6 plug-in hybrid will round out the choices, offering 0-60 times in less than five seconds, and a range of 18 miles on just the battery, which isn’t too shabby for a hybrid.

Inside the retro theme continues with an upright dashboard with a wood veneer housing for the instrument cluster. Bentley tradition extends itself to several “bullseye” air vents, highlighted with a “rifled” gunmetal inner surface. The entire interior is designed from a balanced mix of soft-touch leather, silk wool, aluminum, and bronze.

The rear passengers will be treated to a plethora of modern accessories, including a full keyboard with Internet capability, and a high-quality “infotainment” screen. Powered footrests, cooling champagne compartment, and drink tables round out some of the traditional conveniences that can only come standard with a Bentley.

So, what do you think? Should they build it or not?