Shelby? Baja? Raptor? Yes Please

Monster trucks don’t get more impressive than the latest Shelby Baja Raptor revealed recently by Shelby American. Bigger, it seems, is always better — as seen in this latest model. If it’s off-road grit and toughness you’re after, the latest Baja Raptor will not disappoint. If you love all things Ford F-150 Raptor, then you’re not going to want to miss reserving a test drive of this newest addition to the Raptor family. All raptor enthusiasts living in San Antonio, Texas, should really consider making a booking and test out this fun and amazing vehicle.
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Raptor Engine Specs

Why fix something that’s not broken? This is Shelby’s philosophy when it comes to releasing new cars. For them, it’s all about taking what’s already in the market, tweaking a few things, making it better, revamping, and ramping up to give a tougher, meaner model.

Engine

The engine in this latest Baja Raptor is similar to the one used in previous Raptor models. It is the 3.5-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo V6.

Improved Air Intake

The cold air intake has been improved, and an air filter with a higher flow has also been integrated. An aluminum intercooler and ECU tune are featured under the hood as well.

Resulting Horsepower and Torque

What you get from all this amazingness is 525 horsepower and an impressive 610 pound-feet worth of torque.

What Makes It Different From Past Models

If you want to be able to tell the difference between the new Shelby Baja Raptor and its predecessors, here are a few points to know.

Less Weight

This new Shelby weighs less than previous models, which is great, as this reduces fuel consumption and makes it one of the most fuel-efficient trucks on the market today.

Improved Suspension

The suspension has also been altered and now boasts a series of Fox shocks designed to improve performance. What we like about both the front-end 3-inch coil over reservoir shocks and the rear-end 3-inch reservoir shocks is the fact that they self-adjust and don’t require any tinkering on our part.

Alternative Tires

Tires have also been changed, and this Raptor model comes fitted with powerful 35-inch BF Goodrich KM2 tires.

More Lighting and Tow Points

One obvious way to distinguish two Raptors from each other is to look at the exterior. The newest addition to the Raptor family now has more LED lights at the front, as well as more tow points on both the front and back-end bumpers.

Interior Changes

When looking at the interior, changes made include a different type of leather used for the seats, addition of carbon fiber trim panels as well as new placement for the Shelby logo.

Be the First to Test Drive This

At a starting price of around $116,815, it’s clear to see that the Shelby Baja Raptor isn’t going to come cheap. However, for all these features and more, it’s a small price to pay. Want to know exactly what you’ll be paying for? Then be the first one in San Antonio to book a test drive today.

7 Advantages to Spray Bedliners

You need to protect the bed of your beautiful new or cherished classic truck. The natural question is: spray-on or drop-in? If there was only one right answer, the free-market system would have eliminated the other option by now. Both choices have their good points. Drop-in liners are pre-formed plastic and installation is as easy as their name implies. Spray-on liners are applied like paint directly to the primed metal of the bed. Why are spray-on liners superior?

Universal Fit

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Hot Yet Practical: The 2018 Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

Texan’s love their trucks, and while an SUV, Jeep’s 2018 Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is sure to impress drivers in San Antonio. This new high-speed luxury Jeep is touts all weather capability, impressive handling for rough weather conditions, and head turning style both inside and out.

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Be Wary of Lifting Your Truck

Aesthetically, having a lifted truck may be attractive, but with the cost, effect on drive quality, and decreased miles per gallon, there is more to consider than just how the truck looks. The cost of lifting your truck can be reasonably hefty. You’ll need to first source the parts and labor to do the custom job, which can result in a bill of thousands of dollars. It is imperative that trusted parts and labor are used, which comes with a higher cost, so that no unexpected part or work failure takes place.

Safety Testing and Collisions

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When a truck is lifted, the center of gravity of the vehicle is raised too. That may not sound very important, but it is — a higher center of gravity means that the car can roll over more easily, because the weight of the vehicle is farther off the ground. (more…)

Pack It All Into the 2017 Honda Pilot

You’ve grown up. You have a family and a lot of gear. Your schedule takes you all over San Antonio and beyond. For daily life and road trips to Corpus Christi or New Orleans, you need a great family vehicle, but you’re not into the minivan thing. Sliding doors just aren’t your style and you want a more rugged ride. You want all-wheel drive and towing capability. Honda built the 2017 Pilot just for you.

Built for the Family

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The Pilot seats either seven or eight, depending on whether you choose a second row bench or bucket seats. Your family will love options like three zone climate control, panoramic glass roof, and satellite-linked navigation system. The Pilot comes with up to five USB ports, two headphone jacks, three 12-volt outlets, a 115-volt outlet, and an HDMI port. The 9-inch rear entertainment screen is both DVD and Blu-ray capable. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is now standard on every trim but the base model. Unlike many SUVs with three rows squeezed in, the back seats will accommodate full-sized adults or rapidly growing teenagers. The in-laws won’t complain about being stuffed back there. They’ll be comfortable in the optional leather-trimmed seats.

VTEC

Remember the Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control technology that made the engines of the 1990s and early 2000 Hondas and Acuras so awesome? They were able to wring the most out of small displacements, resulting in both high redlines and improved fuel economy. That same VTEC is in the engine of your family hauler. The Pilot is powered by a 3.5 liter VTEC V6 engine that delivers 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. It gets from zero to 60 in six seconds flat. When you were a teen, that was fast. Now you can pull a sub-fifteen second quarter mile with the kids in back. The front-wheel drive Pilot will tow 3,500 pounds and the all-wheel drive version can tug 5,000 pounds. The AWD system features torque vectoring to help you dance through bendy roads. A six-speed automatic comes standard but you can step up to a nine-speed.

Trims

The base LX comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, a multi-angle rearview camera, and a second-row bench. Step up to the EX version and you’ll get remote start, a touch-screen audio system, three zone climate control, and Honda’s LaneWatch camera system. Looking for leather? Choose the EX-L trim. You’ll also get one-touch folding second row seats. You’ll have the choice of a rear entertainment system and the Honda Sensing suite of safety features. Honda Sensing comes standard on the Touring edition. You’ll also get the navigation system, 20-inch alloy wheels, and 9-speed automatic. Looking for the whole enchilada? Pick the Elite version. You’ll get automatic LED headlights, a panoramic roof, heated second row captain’s chairs, and blind spot monitoring. Whatever trim you choose, you’ll get the reliability and comfort of an Accord with the space and utility of an Oddyssey. Having a family doesn’t mean you can have fun driving. Investigate the 2017 Pilot and you’ll have plenty of excitement with your practicality.

4WD: How It Works

There are so many things to consider when shopping for a new car that it can really be kind of overwhelming. One of the most important factors is choosing the right drivetrain. Specifically, do you want two-wheel, four-wheel, or all-wheel drive? Many people don’t really know the difference between four-wheel and all-wheel drive. Read on to find out more about how these drivetrains work so you can make your next car purchase confidently.

All-Wheel Drive

All-wheel drive (or AWD) is a common feature on sporty cars that aren’t necessarily off-road vehicles. AWD is more common on small cars than it is on larger vehicles like a truck. A modern AWD system improves performance, handling, fuel efficiency, and safety. An AWD system provides power to all four wheels at the same time. The whole thing is controlled by an advanced computer system that does much more than just power the transfer case. An AWD system monitors and distributes the power for different drive conditions and situations. For instance, when making a turn at high speeds, the computer might transfer power to the inside wheels for added traction. It could also transfer power to your front wheels when driving down a steep incline. Basically, the torque for each wheel will vary to optimize performance for all types of driving. These systems are smart and intuitive. (more…)

Show San Antonio Your Power in the 2500 Power Wagon

When work and play call for power and performance, there is no substitute for a well-equipped, full-size truck. Whether you are on your way out of San Antonio, Texas, for an off road adventure or hauling full loads on the job, the 2017 Ram 2500 Power Wagon exceeds expectations.

Strength on Display

The last thing you want from your truck is to fall short at a crucial moment. The 2017 Dodge Power Wagon provides torque and power to spare, giving you the muscle needed to face a wide range of driving conditions. The Ram’s highly capable design makes it a comfortable commuter, moving along I-10 at highway speeds. But there is nothing timid about the truck; it has the power to climb steep inclines and pull heavy loads. Equipped with a 6.4L Hemi V-8, the 2017 Ram 2500 Power Wagon generates more than (more…)

The Latest F-150 Gets Yet More Power

The Ford F-150 has been the best-selling truck in the United States for 40 years, and it’s been the top vehicle overall for 35 years. For this important anniversary year, the 2018 Ford F-150 offers a new V6 turbodiesel engine, a better transmission, and more horsepower and torque for existing engines. It also has attractive new styling and more features. Here’s some more information about the newest generation of this popular truck.

Exterior

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Two horizontal bars split the 2018 F-150’s grille and run into the headlights, and they’re divided by the familiar large Ford blue oval in the center. (more…)

The 5 Most Powerful SUVs You Can Buy in San Antonio

When you drive an SUV, you want a model that’s powerful, versatile, and spacious. Fortunately, if you live in San Antonio, Texas, you have a wide range of high-powered SUVs to choose from. Here are five of the most powerful SUVs on the market, based on horsepower.

BMW X5 M

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The BMW X5 M is an impressive five-passenger, all-wheel drive mid-size crossover SUV from one of the world’s most luxurious automotive brands. This model features a sleek design with a sculpted and sporty exterior. It offers 567 horsepower and 553 pounds per foot of torque. With the back row down, there are over 75 cubic feet of cargo space capable of storing whatever you need to carry. Plus, the BMW X5 M offers the in-demand technology features you want, such as a real-time traffic display — which is great for getting around San Antonio traffic jams — and access to satellite radio.

Mercedes-AMG G65 4MATIC

The AMG division of Mercedes-Benz is the company’s high-performance division, so you can rest assured that any model with the AMG designation is powerful. The Mercedes AMG G65 4MATIC isn’t any different. Its six-liter turbocharged 12-cylinder engine delivers a whopping 621 horsepower and 738 pounds per foot of torque, while sporting a seven-speed automatic transmission. This model’s unique military-inspired style will be remembered by your passengers and passersby alike.

Cadillac Escalade

The Cadillac Escalade makes a statement of luxury, power, and wealth. Its iconic exterior style is recognizable anywhere. The 2017 edition is powerful, with a notable 420 horsepower available from a 6.2-liter engine. Its spacious third-row seating, sunroof, and heated seats ensure the most comfortable ride possible for passengers. Like other Cadillacs, the Escalade comes with the latest safety technology options, including blind spot monitoring, lane departure warnings, and adaptive cruise control.

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is one of the most affordable and powerful SUVs available on the market. It offers 475 horsepower from a 6.4-liter engine at a price that’s less than half of some of the other SUVs on this list. It can comfortably seat up to five and features a luxurious cabin with the features most drivers look for today, such as premium leather seats, an optional dual-screen rear seat entertainment system, and a premium audio package.

GMC Yukon Denali

The GMC Yukon Denali is a large and powerful SUV with a 6.2-liter V8 engine. It has 420 horsepower and is capable of towing over 8,000 pounds of cargo. The high-end Denali package has a stunning style, with an exterior featuring lots of fine chrome details and a high-quality leather-lined interior. GMC prioritizes superior standard features with this model and makes the tablet-sized infotainment system and onboard Wi-Fi part of its standard offerings at a truly competitive price. When it comes to selecting an SUV for getting around San Antonio, consider each model’s power and features. All of the models on this list have a tremendous amount of horsepower and towing capabilities, which enhance the versatility of the vehicles. You won’t be able to help but show off your new ride.

Why Do We Use the Term ‘Horsepower’?

When you’re talking about performance automobiles, horsepower is a big part of the discussion. But the universal term isn’t reserved for racing cars and dragsters. The unit of measurement is actually used to designate relative power in everything from appliance motors putting out less than a single horsepower to the mighty 6,000-horsepower electric motors powering locomotives. Like other common measurements, such as inches, miles, fathoms, and pounds, the term horsepower has made its way into everyday usage. Have you ever wondered when the word was first used and why it is still so popular?

A New Standard

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Technological advances sometime create conditions that have never been seen before. As these new doors open, the existing vocabulary isn’t always sufficient to describe new events, processes, and inventions. For consistency, new terms are hatched to standardize the way people talk about the technology. The concept of horsepower was launched (more…)