Video: Englishman builds amazing weaponized 100-hp Tuk Tuk from Far Cry 4

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To celebrate the release of the Playstation game Far Cry 4, Ubisoft partnered with wild English inventor Colin Furze on creating a weaponized tuk tuk that in-game hero Ajay Ghale uses to combat the Royal Army of Pagan Min. The original engine in the Bajaj tuk tuk – usually good for something like nine or ten horsepower to move around 600 pounds – came out, replaced by the 100-horsepower engine from a Honda CBR 600. That is where the wheelies, drifting and burnouts come from.

And because it isn’t wise to take on a warlord’s army and ravenous beasts with a standard auto rickshaw, the red wonder gets Uzis that slide forward to shoot through holes up front, side-mounted AK47s and rear-facing flamethrowers. You can witness the carnage that results in the video here, and check out the series of build episodes advertised at the end.

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U-Turn: What you missed on 11.21.14

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2015 Audi A3 Cabriolet  - front three-quarter view, red2015 Audi A3 Cabriolet Quick Spin

It’s Audi is expanding its entry-level A3 range with this new Cabriolet model. The droptop four-seater may not be wearing a Volkswagen badge, but it picks up where the discontinued Eos left off, adding available all-wheel drive and a premium badge. We drive it and see if it’s worth the money.

Mazda2 sedan - front three-quarter dynamic viewMazda2 Sedan Images Released

North America is already expected to get a new hatchback version of the Mazda2 subcompact, but now that we’ve seen the new sedan variant, we want the chance to drive it, too. These first images come courtesy of Mazda as the car gets ready for its official reveal at the Thailand International Motor Expo on November 28.

2015 Ford F-150 - Front three-quarter view2015 Ford F-150 to get up to 26 miles per gallon

The We’ve been waiting for fuel economy ratings on Ford’s new aluminum-intensive F-150 pickup for a long time, and now we’ve got ‘em. In its most efficient guise, the 2.7-liter EcoBoost-equipped F-Series will score 26 mpg according to the EPA. That’s an impressive figure, the best among gas full-size pickups. However, your mileage may vary – Autoblog has had particular difficulty achieving EPA estimates on a number of Ford EcoBoost vehicles, including the new F-150

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Spy Shots: Renault spotted testing hotter Twingo

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Renaultsport Twingo prototype

With a rear-engine, rear-drive setup, the Renault Twingo (like its Smart cousin) has the opportunity to be a real firecracker. Unfortunately, even in turbocharged guise, its tiny three-cylinder engine has other ideas. But when we spoke to Renault’s engineers at the Twingo’s launch in France a couple of months ago, we were told a strategy was being worked out for a performance model. And that appears to be what we’re looking at right here.

At first glance this prototype might look like any other Twingo, save for the mismatched alloys. But closer inspection picks up on some differences that tell us something hotter is afoot. And most of those changes are found around the back where the engine is. It’s got little air intakes (like those found on the Smart versions) positioned above the rear wheels, to feed more air into the engine bay. It’s got a bigger spoiler, and (functional or not) a diffuser at the bottom, with a pair of exhaust pipes poking out. There are even some rivets around the tailgate.

Just what all of that is hiding, we don’t know. We’re expecting somewhere in the neighborhood of 120-130 horsepower, but it could come from an upgraded version of one of the three-cylinder, sub-liter engines already offered, or could come from something bigger. Whatever the powertrain, it’s likely being co-developed, just like the vehicle itself, along with Smart that will offer its own Brabus version.

Whether Renault chooses to call its version a Renaultsport like the last Twingo or undersell it a little with a GT or Gordini badge is another matter, but if our experience with the Twingo, Forfour and Fortwo (to say nothing of Renaultsport’s famous hot hatches) are anything to go by, the upgrades ought to make the finished product a real blast – especially with upgraded brakes, rolling stock and suspension to handle the extra juice.

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Official: Subaru prices 2015 XV Crosstrek from $21,595*

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2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid

Less than a month ago, Subaru announced a series of minor revisions for its ruggedized Impreza, the XV Crosstrek. And now it’s revealed US pricing for that updated model.

For 2015, Subaru has introduced a new entry-level model, the XV Crosstrek 2.0i, that starts at $21,595 (*plus an $850 destination charge). That’s $400 less than it used to charge for what was the base 2.0i Premium, which has grown $300 more expensive but includes a new multimedia system. (The destination charge has also increased by $25.)

Go for the CVT instead of the five-speed manual that comes standard and you’ll be looking at $23,295 for the Premium model, and step up to the top-of-the-line Limited trim (which comes with the CVT) and you’ll shell out $24,795 – again, those prices not including delivery. The hybrid version holds the same pricing as the previous model year at $25,995 or $29,295, depending on trim (plus the new $850 destination charge).

The EyeSight system that earned its place on our Technology of the Year shortlist, bundled with the multimedia system, adds another $1,295, the moonroof another $1,000, but if you tick all the options (moonroof, nav, keyless entry, push-button start and EyeSight) it all comes bundled at $2,795. Certain trim levels encompass some of those options though, so prospective buyers will want to thumb through the full press release below.

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Report: VW boss confirms Subaru-aping Golf Alltrack for US

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Volkswagen Golf Alltrack

Subaru needs to watch out, because the Japanese brand with a utilitarian image has a big bull’s eye on its back. Not only is Acura considering going 100-percent all-wheel drive in a bid to mimic the successful automaker, Volkswagen has just confirmed that the Golf Alltrack is coming to the US as another competitor for Subaru’s popular Outback crossover.

Volkswagen Group of America CEO Michael Horn has confirmed the addition of the higher-riding, all-wheel drive version of the Golf SportWagen to Automotive News, indicating that the model will arrive in the US in 2016. “That’s what our dealers, our customers, are asking us for,” he said to the industry publication.

The Golf Alltrack, which debuted at the Paris Motor Show in early October, has an extra 0.75 inches of ride height and protective black cladding all the way around. Its biggest mechanical differentiator from other Golfs is its Haldex all-wheel drive system, a setup that can completely unhook from the rear axle when not needed to save fuel. In Europe, the Alltrack is available with a turbocharged 1.8-liter with 178 horsepower and two diesels offering between 109hp and 182 hp. However, Horn made no mention of likely powertrains for the US.

Horn tells Automotive News that all-wheel drive tooling is currently being installed at the Puebla, Mexico, factory where the standard Golf Sportwagen is built. VW might have tipped its hand about this possibility several months ago when press shots of the wagon were released for the US with TDI and 4Motion badges. Horn says he expects even the front-wheel drive version to be a sales hit here, suggesting it may eventually account for 50 percent of the Golf range’s volume.

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