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Kristin Shaw

Ford completely redesigned the 2021 F-150 pickup truck and it’s now bigger, badder, and better than ever before. Kristin takes a close look at this new truck and runs through highlights of its capabilities. From top trim on down to the base model, the new F-150 has a lot of reasons for being the best-selling pickup truck in North America.

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Dodge//SRT is bringing back Gold Rush exterior for 2021 on select models, including the Challenger T/A, T/A 392, SRT Hellcat and SRT Hellcat Redeye models. SRT models in Gold Rush require the Satin Black hand-painted hood, roof and decklid.

The golden paint job was first introduced on the Challenger 50th Anniversary Limited Edition, and it’s just as vibrant as some of the other retro colors like Frostbite, Hellraisin, Sinamon Stick, TorRed, F8 Green and Go Mango. Dodge creates some of our favorite car colors, and they are not afraid to get sassy with them.

50th Anniversary Edition Challenger celebrates golden anniversary with new exterior paint color, body-color Shaker hood on HEMI® V-8 models, unique badging and heritage style available on four Challenger models.

Gold Rush joins the list of new options for Challenger in 2021, which include:

  • Challenger R/T Scat Pack Shaker and T/A 392 now available with the Widebody Package, offering a combination of unique heritage appointments and improved performance with wider wheels and tires
  • 20-inch wheels now standard on Challenger GT AWD, available on SXT AWD
  • SRT branding on high-performance Brembo brakes on Challenger SRT Hellcat and SRT Hellcat Redeye, available on Scat Pack

Dealer orders for the 2021 Dodge Challenger are now open with initial deliveries to Dodge//SRT dealerships scheduled to begin in early 2021.

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In this review in 5 minutes or less, Kristin looks at the 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost in all of its uber-luxurious glory. With fiber optics to mimic the night sky, a retracting hood ornament, lavish rear seat entertainment, and sheepskin rugs.. What’s not to like?

Find out more about the new 2021 Ghost in our interview with Gerry Spahn of Rolls Royce: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwMgx4dozXI

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In this exclusive interview, Kristin talks to Gerry Spahn of Rolls Royce about the all-new Ghost. This beautiful car is the pinnacle of luxury and is Rolls’ “entry level” option and driver’s car. The Ghost has become the car that defines the brand beyond its limousines that it’s long been associated with. Find out what a starscape roof is, what the Spirit of Ecstasy is up to now, and more.

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Mountain biker? Camper? Outdoor enthusiast? This Jeep is for you.

Using exclusive Jeep performance parts and custom accessories, Mopar designers transformed a 2020 Jeep Gladiator into a fun concept vehicle for mountain bikers.

Loaded with nearly 20 performance parts, the Gladiator Top Dog Concept was created for passionate mountain bike enthusiasts, but it’s also attractive to anyone who likes to have everything but the kitchen sink in one vehicle.

A hot-dog roller grill, y’all. Buns and mustard not included.

Painted K-9 Blue, the Jeep “Top Dog” concept expands the cargo-carrying abilities by removing the standard cargo box and replacing it with a custom PCOR flatbed storage system. On the passenger side of the storage system, pull-out drawers securely store tools and supplies that mountain bikers need when out on the trails.  Interior storage shelves, exterior lighting switches and extra power supplies are within reach.

On the driver’s side of the storage system, a battery-powered refrigerator and electric hot-dog roller grill stand ready to refuel riders for the next section of challenging trails.

 

On the driver’s-side of the PCOR storage system of the Jeep Top Dog Concept, a battery-powered refrigerator and electric hot-dog roller grill stand ready to refuel riders for the next section of challenging trails.

Not just for bikers, but Jeep’s Top Dog will appeal to you if you are

Above the cab area, two rack structures provide additional storage space for tools and equipment. Dual concept exterior task lights are mounted on each side and a set of traction mats for vehicle recovery and extraction are also attached to the storage racks. On top of the rack structure, a dual bike rack provides a safe way to transport the Trek mountain bikes to the trails.

It also features a JPP two-inch lift kit with FOX shocks that provides increased ground clearance, augmented by 17-inch JPP beadlock-capable aluminum wheels and 37-inch BF Goodrich KM3 mud-terrain tires. Concept steel “high-top” fender flares provide additional clearance at all four corners.

Powering the Jeep Top Dog Concept is a 3.6L Pentastar V-6 with 285 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, mated to a eight-speed automatic transmission. On the front end of the Jeep Top Dog Concept is a JPP Rubicon bumper, which holds a concept two-inch steel grille guard, inspired by the Jeep J6 concept and the exclusive JPP 8,000-lb-capacity Rubicon Warn winch that includes 100 feet of Spydura synthetic rope.

The concept hood is accented with custom black Mopar hood latches that feature the Jeep Willys logo. A JPP snorkel helps direct cool air into the engine when off-road conditions threaten normal air inlets. A pair of JPP five-inch, off-road, LED lights installed at the base of the A-pillars help illuminate the trail.

On the passenger-side of the PCOR storage system of the Jeep Gladiator Top Dog Concept, pull-out drawers securely store tools and supplies that mountain bikers need when out on the trails. Vast interior storage shelves, exterior lighting switches and extra power supplies are within easy reach.

Fortified with Jeep Rubicon details and upgraded Katzkin leather

Body sides are protected by JPP rock rails, customized with welded two-inch steel tubes, similar to the front grille guard design. Black door sill guards feature a raised Gladiator logo and help protect interior sills from scratches and scuffs.

A second JPP Warn winch is installed at the rear of the Jeep Gladiator Top Dog Concept. Just above the rear-facing winch, a roll-out storage drawer carries a foldable ladder used for access to the dual bike rack.

Inside the cabin, the exterior color theme of K-9 Blue and black is continued with an instrument panel that matches the body color. In addition, black Katzkin leather seats, armrests, shifter boots, steering wheel and the parking brake handle are accented with blue stitching.

Mopar stainless-steel pedal covers with black rubber pads add a bold flare and plenty of traction to the accelerator and brake pedals. Just below the pedals are Mopar all-weather floor mats installed throughout the cabin area.

Are you ready to hit the road with this dressed-to-the-nines Gladiator?

 

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In this interview with Jarod Shelby, CEO of SSC North America, Kristin talks with the hypercar maker about the experience of building the world’s fastest production car, shattering the world speed record, and, most importantly, about the emotions, family, and camaraderie that comes from an endeavor such as this.

Jarod not only designed and built the fastest production car ever made, but built the work around his family with the support of his late wife, his sons, and with newfound friend (and soon to be dad) Oliver Webb. The personal story drives the fastest car in the world more so than does the horsepower or tarmac.

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