Car Reviews

The McLaren MP4-12C may no longer be in production, but the powerful sports car is still popular among enthusiasts. In fact, McLaren is still offering updates for it while, some tuning companies are still getting requests to enhance the 12C’s appearance and powertrain. One such shop is DMC, mostly known for meddling with Italian supercars wearing Ferrari and Lamborghini badges.

Their latest project is dubbed "Velocita" and was crafted for an unnamed Saudi owner who probably thought his MP4-12C was a little bland visually and needed more than the 592 horsepower it came from the factory. As with most DMC creations, the sports car received a unique aerodynamic package, a reupholstered interior, a titanium exhaust system, and a performance tweak to go with the more menacing, race-like looks. Ever dreamed about a 12C GT3 for the road? Well, you might as well take your McLaren to DMC, they’ll know what to do with it.

Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren MP4 12C "Velocita - Wind Edition" By DMC.

Now that the Hellcat engine and its 707 horsepower has been introduced, it’s safe to say the 2015 Challenger is the most powerful, factory-build muscle car. But while the ink is still wet on the Challenger Hellcat and its outstanding performance figures, a brand-new concept is here to give Chrysler’s muscle car a totally new meaning. Meet the Challenger A/T Concept, the all-terrain pony that could put a Jeep Wrangler to shame.

Created by Joey Ruiter, the man behind several off-road vehicle, bike and even power boat projects, the Challenger A/T is still a concept car. However, the proposition is not just some silly idea thrown around just for kicks, but a highly customized Challenger that’s now capable to run across the desert alongside the Ford SVT Raptor . Will we be able to buy such a contraption at a Chrysler dealership? Not likely, but it’s a great idea to start from if you want to go dirt racing in a massive coupe like Dodge Challenger.

Click past the jump to read more about the Dodge Challenger A/T Concept.

It’s been a while since we last heard from Swiss tuner Mansory . So we were admittedly caught by surprise when the tuner sent us details of its new aftermarket program. We’ve gotten used to Mansory building insane-looking kits for supercars we forgot that it’s equally adept in dressing up SUVs like the Range Rover Sport .

The tuner’s program for the Range Rover Sport is typical Mansory. It’s got a comprehensive mix of aerodynamic and performance upgrades for a wide range of Range Rover models, including the Sport and the Vogue.

You only need to look at the photos to see how different the Range looks. It didn’t satisfied our overwhelming seal of approval, but some of us do think that it’s an acquired taste, which really is what Mansory is all about.

But we can’t argue about the engine upgrade on the Range Rover Sport, which includes a pulley kit used in addition to the famed Mansory engine control unit. Mansory’s got the pulse of every mechanical program it does and this one for the Range is no different.

Kind of makes up for that over-the-top look of the British luxury SUV.

Click past the jump to read more about Mansory’s program for the Range Rover Sport

Porsche introduced the 911 Targa back in 1967, four years after the regular 911 went on sale. Unlike the coupe , the Targa came with a removable roof section, a full rollbar behind the seats, and a fixed rear window. The Targa name is a registered trademark of Porsche AG, but other manufacturers have used the concept as well, including Ferrari , Dodge , Bugatti or Chevrolet . Targa body styles continued to be offered with mostly each facelift or redesigned 911, although these versions were less popular than the coupes and the cabriolets. The 991 series received its Targa variant for the 2014 model year, two years since the revamped 911, this time using a brand-new platform, arrived in U.S. dealerships.

As we’re moving closer to the 2015 model year, the Germans are working on a revised version of the 911 Targa, which is set to arrive alongside the facelifted, 992 version of the current 911. The update brings many visual changes, as revealed by the latest spy shots we receive from our trusted paparazzi, but modifications are likely to occur under the skin as well.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche 911 Targa Facelift.

I’ve discussed before how every car in the Flyin’ Miata fleet has a special character. Each car is designed and created to show off a certain characteristic or modification. Nancy demonstrates just how the great the Miata the can be with a bit more power and a little suspension love, while Atomic Betty represents the pinnacle of a Grand Touring style roadster. And then we have Elvis.

Elvis is similar to Atomic Betty in that it is a V-8 conversion Miata, but Elvis is an NB-generation car, and it was the first V-8 car that FM converted. While Betty is a comfortable cruiser that just happens to have incredible power and immense speed; Elvis is a bit rougher, a little more raw, and he is all the better for it.

With a more horsepower thanks to a different engine cam, the smaller size and weight that comes with the older generation cars, and the inherently less rigid NB chassis, Elvis has a feel that is all his own.

Do all these differences make Elvis and inferior machine to the mighty Betty, or is he great just the way he is? We spent some serious time behind the wheel to figure it out.

Read on to find out more about the V-8 powered Miata that Flyin’ Miata call Elvis

2013 was a great year for Buick . GM’s mid-level luxury brand sold a little over one million vehicles worldwide, topping a sales record that dates back to 1984. Deliveries of the Encore and Enclave models were decisive for the company’s growth, which is why Buick is adding a third crossover to its lineup as we move into the 2015 model year. Dubbed Envision, the new hauler slots between the Encore and the Enclave , in an already packed segment.

Launched on the Chinese market at first, with a North American release likely to follow for the 2016 model year, the Buick Envision comes with a couple of segment-first features. Additionally, the new crossover marks a premier for the brand, being the first Buick-badged vehicle to sport an Off-Road driving mode.

As with most GM vehicles built and launched in China, the Envision is powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder unit that comes with decent output figures and a brand-new six-speed automatic transmission. The crossover promises to deliver class-leading fuel economy of nearly 27 mpg combined. Read on for the full details.

Updated 09/01/2014: Buick unveiled a series of new images and details on the new Envision. Click past the jump for more details.

Click past the jump to read more about the Buick Envision

The Vitara, one of Suzuki’s most iconic vehicles, was launched in 1988 as a compact SUV . Dubbed Escudo in Japan and Sidekick in the United States, the small crossover came to North America for the 1989 model year. The Vitara name, mostly used in Europe and some South American and Asian market, was introduced in the United States starting 1999. That’s when the second-gen Vitara was born as a slightly larger, pricier and more powerful version of the first-gen model. A replacement was developed for 2005, but the current Grand Vitara has very little in common with the original concept. For 2015, however, the Vitara nameplate is making a surprising return to its roots, as it’s pinned as a compact SUV destined to compete against the Nissan Juke .

Set to break cover at the 2014 Paris Motor Show in October, the brand-new Vitara promises to have "a striking road presence," a "distinctive design," and numerous personalization options, the latter a feat Suzuki rarely offers. So is the Vitara signaling the Japanese are reinventing themselves? It’s a bit too early to draw a conclusion, but the compact SUV is definitely a new approach for a company such as Suzuki.

Click past the jump to read more about the Suzuki Vitara

It appears Bentley’s Mulsanne Convertible Concept is back on the drawing board. This comes after the project was killed by Bentley’s then-new CEO Wolfgang Schreiber back in 2012. Originally debuted to a small number of customers at the Concours d’Elegance a few months prior, the project went cold when Bentley’s former CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer left the company.

With Duerheimer gone, Schreiber told journalists “we will not do that car,” saying there was “just regional demand” and that it lacked a strong business case. Well the turn of fates has Duerheimer, the father of the Mulsanne Convertible Concept, returning as CEO of Bentley just two years after his leaving.

“When I returned, I was a bit irritated by the fact that no work had been done on this project in two years, Duerheimer said, later reassuring Automotive News that the project was “back on track.”

During his absence at Bentley, Duerheimer spent time as Audi’s Chief of Research and Development, along with a short period at Volkswagen coordinating all its motorsports activities.

Duerheimer is convinced the Mulsanne Convertible will be a strong competitor to the upcoming convertible versions of the Rolls-Royce Ghost and Mercedes-Benz S-Class . Still at this point we don’t know much about the Mulsanne’s pricing or future availability. But with Wolfgang Duerheimer back at the helm, his brainchild will assuredly make it to production.

Click past the jump to read more about the Bentley Mulsanne Vision Concept

The second coming of the muscle car era in the late 2000s and early 2010s has brought about the reintroduction of factory-built drag cars. And Chrysler is no stranger to this realm. Hell, its Challenger Hellcat could hold its own against plenty of amateur dragsters, but for semi-pro and lower-level pro drag racing, you need a little more. This is where the Challenger Drag Pak comes in to play, and Chrysler and Mopar have just shown off the first test vehicle for this upcoming rig.

What is so awesome about these factory-built drag cars is that they are true-to-the-original racers. Unlike so many race cars , these models have real headlights, taillights and other details, and not just stickers in the places where these items would be.

We’ve already seen what the latest Mustang Cobra Jet and COPO Camaro have to offer, now it’s time to see what Mopar and Chrysler can do to get the new 2015 Challenger down the quarter mile as quickly as possible.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak Test Vehicle.

Developed as a successor to the 1 Series Coupe, already a classic among BMW enthusiasts, the 2 Series is not just good-looking, but powerful as well. The 228i delivers 240 horses and strong performance while returning 36 mpg on the highway, and the M235i will make your heart pump faster with the 320 ponies residing under the hood. Add the fuel-efficient, yet still potent diesel engine available in Europe and you got a complete vehicle on your hands. But does this mean the 2 Series can’t be improved upon? Hell, no!

At least not if you ask the folks over at AC Schnitzer, who have been meddling with Bimmers since the late 1960s. There’s no such thing as a new BMW without an AC Schnitzer package, and the 2 Series is the perfect proof that the Aachen-based specialist means business. It didn’t take too long for AC Schnitzer to come up with a series of updates for the 2 Series, which can now benefit from increased output rating across the entire lineup. Well, almost, as the U.S.-spec 228i is not included yet. But AC Schnitzer’s new offering is not just about added horsepower. These compact Bimmers are also enhanced by aerodynamic parts and various interior upgrades. Check them all out past the jump.

Click past the jump to read more about AC Schnitzer’s program for the BMW 2 Series


Back to top