Month: February 2020

KTM X-Bow GTX revealed and ready for racing

A visual timeline of the KTM X-Bow would look a lot like a scientific metamorphosis chart. Since arriving more than 12 years ago, Austria-based KTM has released a number of road-going and track-specific models, each more radical than the one before it. Slowly, the originally roofless X-Bow has added more and more bodywork until it arrived as this, the new GTX race car. 

The GTX looks more like a fully-built race car than an X-Bow ever has. With a mid-engined layout, aerodynamic bodywork, a fully enclosed cockpit, and a gigantic rear pedestal wing, the GTX is designed to race in the GT2 class. KTM hasn’t announced full specs yet, but it says the new car will be about 2,200 pounds and will have more than 600 horsepower. Under the hood will be a 2.5-liter five-cylinder TFSi engine sourced from Audi Sport. Previous X-Bows only used four-cylinder engines.

The GTX advances the X-Bow racing program with learnings from the X-Bow GT4.

2020 Cadillac CT5-V First Drive | The lowercase v series

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — This isn’t the Cadillac CT5-V we were expecting. After years of successively higher horsepower and world-beating performance statistics, Cadillac flipped the script with the CTS-replacing CT5 by making the reborn car’s first V-badged sedan a middle performance tier that will slot below a new model that hasn’t yet been released. The outgoing CTS-V pounded the pavement with 640 horsepower; the CT5-V we’re discussing here offers up a seemingly paltry 360 ponies.

The CT5’s styling aligns with recent models like the XT4, XT5, XT6 and CT6, but is another major departure from the CTS it replaces. The automaker’s abandoned Art and Science design philosophy culminated in a CTS that looked modern and distinctive. Crisp lines, clean edges and sharp features have given way to the CT5’s more flowing sense of style, and with the exception of its gracefully curved pseudo-fastback greenhouse that results in an unfortunately awkward C-pillar transition, it’s right on the border of blending in

Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Power Steering Pump

The power steering pump directs fluid from the reservoir into the steering gear, which applies the correct amount of pressure to turn the wheels smoothly. There are several symptoms of a bad or failing power steering pump, so if you notice the following, have the pump inspected by a professional mechanic as soon as possible:

1. Whining noise while turning the wheel

If you hear a whining noise while turning the wheel of your vehicle, something is wrong with your power steering system. It could be a leak in the power steering pump or the fluid level could be low. If the fluid level is left this way for too long it can damage the whole power steering system. Either way, the power steering pump needs to be looked at and potentially replaced by a professional.

2. Steering wheel slow to respond

While turning a corner, if your steering feels slow to respond to the steering wheel inputs you

Bedbugs are getting shared by rideshare vehicles

Ridesharing sometimes feels like an inherently vulnerable and risky method of transportation. Regardless of security checks and balances, users get into cars they don’t know with people they don’t know. Though in reality the risks are extremely rare, we worry that the driver could be dangerous, other passengers could be dangerous, or even the car itself could be dangerous. But there’s another risk to ridesharing that could be lurking in the upholstery and carpeting: bedbugs. 

Bedbugs are nothing new, but a recent report about a Dallas, Texas, terminator treating rideshare vehicles is freaking people out. As WFAA reports, via The Drive, Doffdon Pest Control owner Don Brooks said he gets approximately 5-10 rideshare calls per week. Some drivers have noticed the pests in the cars and want them gone, while others are simply worried about the prospect and want some peace of mind. 

“By the time you start seeing them, you’ve got a bigger problem than you had

2020 Porsche 911 Reviews | Price, specs, features and photos

While it’s often cliché to call a car “iconic,” the 2020 Porsche 911 is one of the few cars that truly earns it. The sleek, almost-a-supercar sports coupe has changed a lot over its many generations, yet it stays true to what the 911 has always embodied: power, agility and status. The new generation continues this pedigree, with a familiar shape and driving dynamics, but a gradual evolution in terms of styling and technology.

And, as ever before, the 911 coupe and Cabriolet convertible are more customizable than most cars on the market, but it’ll cost you. There is an almost endless list of features available that enhance performance, convenience and comfort, but you’ll find that checking off options boxes will quickly balloon the price by five digits. This is a high-end sports car, so perhaps that doesn’t matter, but for the slightly frugal-minded, you’ve been warned.

What’s new for 2020?

The Porsche 911 enters a new

Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Serpentine/Drive Belt

The serpentine belt, also known as the drive belt, is a belt on a car engine that works with the idler, tensioner, and pulleys inside the accessory drive belt system. It provides power for the air conditioning, alternator, power steering, and sometimes the cooling system water pump. The serpentine belt is a critical part of this system, and once the engine is running, it continues to operate until the vehicle is shut off. Without a properly functioning serpentine belt, the engine may not run at all.

As a general rule, a serpentine belt lasts up to 50,000 miles or five years before it need to be replaced. Some can even last for up to 80,000 miles without any problems, but consult the owner’s manual for exact service interval. Yet, over time, the serpentine belt will fail because of the heat and friction it is subjected to every day, and have to be replaced. If you