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Taking A Music-Themed Road Trip In The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse RS

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Feast your eyes on the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse RS, an all new trim level now available on Chevy’s midsize 3-row crossover that offers drivers both show and go. The Traverse RS features a more street inspired style, with blacked-out styling cues. The RS also delivers a distinctive dose of fun-to-drive sportiness thanks to a turbocharged powerplant that is unique within the lineup.

Our friends at Chevy invited us out to Los Angeles to experience the new Traverse RS firsthand, taking part in a music-themed road trip from Hollywood to Joshua Tree. We kicked things off at the Sunset Marquis, an legendary hotel with a history of rock and roll royalty, located just steps away from the famed Sunset Strip.

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the Sunset Marquis is the fact that there’s a state-of-the-art recording studio located right on the property, where over 80 Grammy-winning records have been produced by music’s biggest stars, including Aerosmith, Elton John, and Green Day, to name a few. Now you might be wondering, why exactly does a hotel have a recording studio in it?

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As the story goes, Jeff Beck and Jed Leiber were staying at the Marquis in the early 1990’s and were writing and performing in their hotel room. After some noise complaints, the GM offered them a laundry room, where they could make as much noise as thye wanted. What started as a temporary room, turned into a destination for rock stars and the like to come hang, and make records. The rest is history!

The next morning, we received a brief overview of the Traverse RS before pairing up and making our way out Joshua Tree, with a drive route that had us leaving the nightmare that is Los Angeles traffic, and allowing us to experience the RS’s turbocharged performance once we hit the highway.

Unlike the rest of the Traverse lineup, which are powered by a 3.6-liter V6 that puts out 310 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque, the new Chevy Traverse RS uses a 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that makes 257 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque (with 90% of peak torque available at 2,100 rpm), with power going to the front wheels. The 9-speed automatic transmission does a good job at keeping the engine in the sweet spot, giving you ample power when you need it.

2018 Chevrolet Traverse RS

A few hours later, we arrived at Pink Satellite Studios, a state-of-the-art local recording studio in Joshua Tree that is pretty far off the beaten path, allowing artists to truly “get away from it all” and be inspired creatively by the high desert. Paved roads ended about five miles back, so we got to have a little off-roading fun with our Traverse, getting her nice and dirty on the ride up here.

Founded by Spike Edney (Queen’s musical director and keyboard player since 1984) and Chris Haines (a 15 times Baja 1000 Motorcycle Championship winner, Beatles fanatic, and collector of vintage instruments), the duo have hosted a number of noteworthy musical artists at their pink oasis, and they regaled us with some pretty incredible stories as we enjoyed lunch and took in the majestic scenery around us.

After lunch, we decided to go explore Joshua Tree National Park for a little bit, and it only seemed fitting for us to play U2’s I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For at full blast as we made our way into the park. It sounded pretty awesome too, thanks to the rocking Bose premium 10-speaker audio system.

2018 Chevrolet Traverse RS

With the sun beginning to set, we made our way out of the park and over to Pioneertown, a quirky little town originally built as a Wild West film set. The accommodations at the Pioneertown Motel were rustic, and I felt like I had taken a trip back in time to the wild west.

After getting changed, we headed across the way to dinner at Pappy & Harriet’s, a historic music destination that always attracts talented artists. And this night was no exception, with some amazing local bands that put on one heck of a show for the audience.

Overall, I was pretty impressed with the Traverse RS. It definitely stands out from the crowd with the blacked out grille, black window trim, black roof rails and black bowtie emblems, along with those 20-inch wheels with a Dark Android finish. The turbocharged engine seems well-suited to the RS, giving this SUV a nice dose of excitement. And it comes loaded with standard features, all for just $43,095.

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To learn more about the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse RS, visit www.chevrolet.com.

Sujeet Patel is the founder of Guys Gab, and one of the biggest automotive enthusiast you'll ever meet. He's been fortunate enough to turn his passion for cars into a full-time job. Like they say, "If you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life."

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The Best Way To Wash Your Car At Home

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I don’t about you, but I care about my car far too much to take it through a machine wash. Not only will you save time and money by washing your car at home, but it just gives you a sense of satisfaction when you see it all shiny and clean afterwards. Here are some tips on how to wash your car at home the right way:

Before getting started, inspect your car for any tar, bugs or overspray. You can find tar and bug removers at most auto parts store, or you can seek out an overspray removal specialist if it is really bad. You also want to avoid washing your car in direct sunlight, as the sun will cause the soap to dry up too fast, leaving behind water spots and streaks.

If you’ve got a garage, wash your car there. Otherwise, find a shady spot to wash your car in, or wait till near the end of the day when the sun isn’t as bright, making sure to keep the car wet at all times until you’re finally ready to dry it completely.

Make sure you’re using a quality car wash soap. I have been using Meguiars Car Wash for years now, and it foams away tough dirt, road grime and contaminants without compromising wax protection. You’ll also want some premium microfiber sponges, along with two buckets – one filled with plain water, the other with soapy water.

So now you’re ready to get started. Just make sure that the doors are shut, all windows closed, and double-check your sunroof if you’ve got one. Because the last thing you want to see when you open your car afterwards are puddles of water inside.

Before washing the car, rinse off the entire car to remove any loose dirt and debris before you apply any soap, so you’re not rubbing dirt into the paint. And remember, keep the body wet from here on out, and avoid spraying water under the hood.

Once your car has been completely rinsed off, soak your sponge in the soapy bucket, and start washing from the top of your vehicle, working your way down. You’ll want to soap up the car with the straight line technique for the best results. Don’t use circular motions because they will cause swirl marks. Also, don’t apply pressure while wiping the car.

When you are completely done washing the car, start rinsing off the soap from the top of the car down. Afterwards, dry off the car, using multiple towels for maximum efficiency. If it has been awhile since you last waxed/polished your car, now might be a good time to do so.

But if water is still beading up on the paint and the car is looking nice and shiny, call it a day and congratulate yourself on a job well done.

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2020 Lexus RC F Track Edition To Debut At Detroit Auto Show

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2020 Lexus RC F Track Edition Teaser

We’ve been fans of the Lexus RC F since it was first released back in 2015, but often wondered why it didn’t enjoy the same success as the competition, like the BMW M4 and others.

Truth be told, while the RC F was a great car to rip around town in (with a monster 5.0-liter V8 engine that puts out 467 horsepower and rockets from 0-60 in 4.3 seconds), it’s not nearly as much fun on the track, with softer handling and a lot of weight to hustle around.

But with the introduction of the 2020 Lexus RC F Track Edition, which makes its debut next month at the Detroit Auto Show. As the name suggests, this will be a more track-focused RC F variant, with Lexus promising to deliver “a higher degree of F.”

As you can see from this teaser photo, the Lexus RC F Track Edition features a massive carbon fiber wing, because downforce. To save even more weight, the hood, roof, front splitter, rear diffuser, and side skirts could all be done in carbon fiber as well.

We fully expect to see an increase in power to somewhere in the low 500HP range, with Robert Carter, executive vice president of sales for Toyota Motor North America, stating that “with the exception of LFA, this is the fastest, most powerful vehicle we’ve ever built.”

Bigger brakes and a set of 20-inch lightweight wheels wrapped in ultra-high-performance tires would make sense as well, improving the RC F’s braking performance and lateral grip.

For now, this is all just speculation, and we’ll have to wait until January 14th to find out all the juicy details. The Lexus RC F Track Edition is expected to be produced in limited numbers, so if you want one, you’re going to have to act fast!

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Five Of The Best Superbikes On The Market Today

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Creating a list of just five superbikes is a mammoth chore. Even picking the top 10 superbikes takes a lot of work, head-scratching and hours of YouTube research. But after all that, we have whittled down the list to five of the best superbikes on the market today.

Admittedly, some of them you need a heavy wallet and the right connections to track down, but that goes to show how brilliantly these bikes have been built.

1) Honda RC213V-S

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The Honda RC213V-S is probably as close to a MotoGP bike as you’ll find. Brand new, it would have set you back a teeth-clenching $184,000, which is some pretty serious money for a bike. The limited production numbers means that price is only going up.. and people who’ve ridden the bike say it’s worth every penny of the price. The chassis is hand-fabricated and the whole thing weighs just 375 pounds. It’s a superb bike as is, but the Sports Kit package takes it to a whole other level, blowing away the competition. If what you’re after is basically a MotoGP bike with lights, then the Sports Kit version is for you.

2) MV Agusta F4CC

The MV Agusta F4CC might be a little difficult to track down, seeing that only 100 bikes were made. And it came with a whopping $120,000 price tag to boot. Almost everything on this bike is limited edition, with materials borrowed from the aero industry and supercars. Each F4CC has its unique serial number printed on a platinum plaque, and the owner gets a leather jacket to match. With a 200-horsepower 4-cylinder engine, a top speed of 195 mph, and plenty of carbon fiber and high-end tech, this bike really does deserve to be called super.

3) Suzuki GSX-R1000 K5/K6

Many owners of this bike caution against using it on the road simply because it’s so fast. One of the only downsides is you will probably end up with a good collection of speeding tickets if you’re not constantly checking your speed. It’s unlikely, and a shame, that bikes aren’t made as light these days, the lightweight (365lbs) paired with the superb engine means this is still one of the best superbikes out there.

4) KTM 1290 Superduke R

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The KTM 1290 Superduke R is known for its crazy power, a fact fully acknowledged by KTM in the nickname they gave it – ‘The Beast’. A few laps around a track and you’ll know exactly why this bike earned its nickname. It’s pure, raw and straight to the point, with a monster 177HP on tap. Thankfully, the super high-tech electronics work their magic to keep the two wheels firmly planted on the road. If you want one, it’ll set you back around $18K.

5) Aprilia RSV4 RF

Riding most superbikes, you sacrifice the gadgets and gizmos for the pure power. But with the Aprilia RSV4 RF, you get the best of both worlds. In corners, it sticks to the road and seems to know where to go before you do. In 2016, the RSV4 RF was unveiled to comply with, or more accurately, take advantage of the new rules restricting the number of modifications allowed on superbikes. The RSV4 RF has smarter electronics, improved handling, is lighter, and more importantly, packs a bigger punch.

Sure, there are some truly awesome bikes that didn’t make this list – like the Ducati 1299 Superleggera. But the ones featured here really are monsters on the track and well worth seeking out if you are planning (or attending) a race day soon.

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