The Cold Start is a round-up of automotive news to get you up to speed in the mornings, because it’s hard keeping pace in a digital traffic jam. Here’s what you missed while you were away.

The Leaf Nismo RC ups the Leaf’s street cred

Nissan obviously took the comment “room for improvement” seriously on their 2011 Leaf Nismo RC’s report card, because the new generation of the vehicle is a full 50 per cent quicker than its predecessor. The new Leaf Nismo RC is a built-for-track electric race car producing 320 horsepower, which is put to use along with a new aerodynamic body kit.Read more .

Ever spent $40,000 on a stocking stuffer?

If you’re a Ford fan with $40,000 kicking around, we know how you should blow it. Luxury auction house Sotheby’s has a first-generation Ford GT replica for sale, but you can’t drive it because it’s a 7 ¼-inch by 3 ¼-inch toy. The model is a gold replica of a first-gen GT from 2006, which was inspired by the ‘60s Le Mans-winning GT40.Read more.

The Camaro convertible won’t drop its top if it’s under 3 degrees Celsius

Chevy has officially named the temperature at which it is no longer appropriate to drive with the top down. That temperature is 3 degrees Celsius (40 degrees Fahrenheit), the same exact temp at which the new Camaro convertible tops will not retract, no matter how furiously you press the button or how brightly the winter sun is shining.Read more .

Toyota is thinking about giving the TRD treatment to all of its vehicles

Toyota revealed its new Corolla TRD earlier this year and people were into it. Now, the Japanese automaker is considering adding the Toyota Racing Development (TRD) badge to its entire range. More motorsport for everyone! Toyota is also considering adding AWD across the board.Read more.

BMW has a simple hack to reduce emissions in city centres

Rather than limiting vehicles in city centres (an active strategy in someareas , including parts of Germany), BMW has a simple solution that could help reduce emissions. By forcing hybrid cars to run solely on electric power in city centres, the German automaker says it could help bring down pollution levels. The proposed system would work automatically and internally, switching to EV mode when the vehicle notices it’s entering a polluted area.  Learn more.

Source: Driving

December 3, 2018