Justin Cupler is the editor in chief of these TopSpeed.com pages, and he’s been a member of the team since 2012. Justin’s love for cars started back when he was just five years old, helping his dad work on his 1957 Chevy Bell Air and then his 1966 Chevelle SS. Justin’s love for car’s became a career when he began working on cars in the mid-2000s, then he moved into repair shop management shortly after.
After growing tired of fixing other peoples’ car problems, Justin earned a certificate in radio and television broadcasting, and dove into the world of talk radio and television. Following a short stint in radio, he then moved into the print journalism, and began writing for various automotive sites, including Cars Direct, Internet Auto Guides, Ebay Motors, and many more.
Justin loves his family first, but second in line is his 2004 Mazdaspeed MX-5 that he aiming to crest the 300-horsepower mark with. It’s a little rough right now, but we call that "character."
Hyundai unveiled the Genesis sedan back in 2008 with hopes of attacking the market being dominated by models like the BMW 5 Series and the Mercedes E-Class. It did okay for a while, but then both German models saw facelifts and the competition got fiercer. Hyundai shot back with a facelifted version for the 2012 model year , but now Hyundai is working even harder for the second generation Genesis, which will be unveiled at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The show is set to kick off for the press on January 13th and the public on January 18th.
Hyundai may have only waited two years after the facelifted model to bring out the new generation, but the company has always had the shortest product cycle, so it shouldn’t be all that surprising. This allows Hyundai to keep its models fresh and with BMW and Mercedes in the loop of competition.
As far as the 2015 Genesis goes, Hyundai hasn’t offered any details on what changes the company will apply, but expect a new design language. It won’t be completely new, but will feature major changes on the front grille - expect a grille similar to the one found in the new Genesis Coupe , new headlamps, a new bonnet and new bumpers. The interior will also receive a series of new technologies.
In terms of power, the next generation Hyundai Genesis will feature the same, albeit updated, engines with improved power outputs and fuel economy.
UPDATE 4/30/2013: Per Edmunds, Hyundai has announced that it will unveil the 2015 Genesis at the 2014 North American Auto Show in Detroit. Additionally, the model will have optional all-wheel drive for the first time ever.
Update 10/24/2013: Hyundai has released a few renderings of the 2015 Genesis to the folks over at AutoBlog. You can see the front image above and the rear image after the jump.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Genesis
For fans of "The Spy Who Loved Me," you are likely very familiar with the Lotus Esprit turned submarine — yes the irony of a Lotus model being underwater is hilarious — in the old James Bond flick. Well, like most other movie cars, that one recently crossed the auction block, and the news just come out that the buyer who paid the £616,000 ($996,560) just so happened to be Tesla ’s Elon Musk.
That’s big news in itself, but what’s more important are Elon’s plans with this submersible sports car . He plans to bring the car back to its road-going roots, but with the powertrain of a Model S in tow. That’s right, he is taking a car that cost nearly $1 million and stripping it of the majority of why it was so expensive.
Sure, the creativity is out of this world, and an electric-powered Esprit with somewhere between 302 and 416 horsepower in tow in fantastic, but to drop that kind of dough, then change the whole car seems rather wasteful. He could have just snagged up any old Esprit for a fraction of the price he paid for this iconic sports car.
Then again, Elon Musk likely found that scratch between the seat cushions of his couch...
Click past the jump to read more about this awesome Lotus
Mercedes brought out the C-Class in 1993 as a replacement for the old 190E and since then, it has sprouted three generations and has become the most important model in the company’s lineup. To keep the momentum going, Mercedes is working on the fourth-generation C-Class (internally called the BR205), which was recently spotted during its first winter testing. These clear images show off the luxury sedan set to be released in 2014.
The prototype caught testing was donning heavy camouflage, which makes it really hard to see any lines of the new design, but at least the roof line is clearly visible. Rumors suggest that the car’s design lines will be inspired by the F800 Concept Car displayed in Geneva two years ago with a more marked front grille. This will obviously change the look of the C-Class, but won’t change it so severely as to present a completely new design. Mercedes is set on keeping the essence of the model, but adding a certain degree of sportiness and dynamic so that it can compete with the Audi A4 and the BMW 3-Series . Power for the future C-Class will come from both petrol and diesel engines, as well as a new hybrid version.
The Mercedes C-Class Sedan will arrive in 2014 and, six months later, it will be followed by a station wagon version. Approximately one year after that, the company will then unveil the coupe and convertible versions as well. For the U.S. market, the C-Class will be built in the Alabama plant alongside the GL-Class and ML-Class .
Updated 12/03/2013: The first details on the new Mercedes C-Class will be revealed on December 16th, while the world debut will be made in January at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. The station wagon will arrive at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. (Mercedes Benz Passion)
With falling sales and stiff competition from the BMW 7-Series and the Audi A8 , Mercedes is looking to revamp its S-Class line for the 2014 model year. The model has been caught testing in many times and was teased even more, but today Mercedes finally unveiled in all its glory.
As expected, the 2014 S-Class adopted the same design language we have seen in all the recently launched Mercedes models, which was started by the 2010 Mercedes F800 Style Concept . Translated, this means the new S-Class received sharper lines, a sportier front fascia, a larger grille and a redesigned rear end.
The model grew in size, so it now offers improved interior room where the passengers can enjoy the highest-quality materials, luxurious wood trim, a metallic switchgear and stitched-leather accents.
UPDATE 05/15/2013: The new Mercedes S-Class finally made its world debut today at the Airbus A380 delivery center in Hamburg, Germany.
UPDATE 8/21/2013: Mercedes-Benz has announced the all new 2014 S 500 Plug-In Hybrid with its 94.2 mpg rating. See more after the jump.
UPDATED 9/9/2013: Mercedes-Benz has finally revealed the full U.S. lineup and pricing details. We will only see S550 and S550 4MATIC variant here in the States, and the model will base out at $92,900.
UPDATED 10/15/2013: The new Mercedes S-Class made its debut today at dealerships across the country and on network television as part of an integrated marketing launch. Check out the two new commercial we have just added to the review!
Hit the jump to read more about the 2014 Mercedes S-Class!
Wintertime is quickly approaching, and the last thing you want to do is drive your $250k supercar or $52 million classic racer through snow, slush and salt. So, unless you live here in sunny Florida or Southern Cali, your only real option is to load you precious in a storage garage, and park it for the season.
The issue in storing a car for months on end is that the fuel system can get excessive moisture in it, causing rusting in the tank, and the fuel-injection system or carburetor can get gummed up from oxygen attacking the fuel. You could drain the tank, but then you run the risk of even more water infiltrating the fuel system, plus the rubber seals in the fuel system, which are designed for constant contact submersion in fuel, can dry up and start leaking when you fire up the engine for the first time.
So, you may be in a panic now, but we do have a solution. Fill your tank 95 percent full with your favorite fuel and add the prescribed amount of STA-BIL “Storage” Fuel Stabilizer to the gas tank. After adding STA-BIL to the tank, run the car for a few minutes to circulate it through the fuel system. Then, your good ol’ girl is ready for hibernation. Come springtime, when you crack open the storage unit, you will be instantly greeted by the old familiar rumble of your car’s engine without even a hint of a stumble from bad fuel, varnish or water in the system.
What’s more, STA-BIL is good for storage periods longer than just one season. In fact, it will continue working hard to keep your car’s fuel system in top shape for up to 12 months.
Additionally right now, STA-BIL is offering fans on Facebook a chance to win an $800 storage shed and STA-BIL product by simply sharing a storage tip, experience or nightmare here and a simple “like” of their Facebook page. Good luck!
Shortly after BMW unveiled the 4 Series Coupe , the first details on the Convertible version were also dropped. The model will be making its world debut at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show , but BMW decided to stop making us waiting and came up with pretty much there was to known on the model.
The new 4 Series Convertible will be a cheaper alternative to the high-end 6-Series Convertible and the company hopes it will appeal to the younger crowd. The model took pretty much all its design elements from the coupe version, except of course the three-piece retractable hardtop that can be operated in only 20 seconds.
For the American market BMW will only offer two variants: 428i priced at $49,675 and 435i priced at $55,825. Sales will begin in the first quarter of 2014.
Updated 10/14/2013: This review was updated with the official details, images and specs.
Click past the jump to read more about the upcoming BMW 4-Series Convertible.
Cadillac unveiled a first ELR concept back in 2011 and ever since then everyone was pretty sure a production will also follow. Things got pretty clear in 2012 when a leak from OnStar confirmed Cadillac will dive into the hybrid realm with a vehicle not named "Escalade ." The model finally made its world debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show and according to the first official details we have, it offers "an unprecedented combination of luxury, advanced engineering and progressive design."
However, this is not the first time in Caddy’s long history that it’s tread into the economy car world. The first one was the laughably Cavalier-like Cimarron. If you recall, Cadillac was so embarrassed by the Cimarron that the automaker refused to call it a Cadillac and instead dubbed it the “Cimarron by Cadillac” originally. GM later forced a name change to “Cadillac Cimarron.”
Needless to say Caddy does not want to relive those days, so they took things pretty serious with the ELR. The model is being powered by the latest GM EREV technology that combined a pure electric drive and an efficient, range-extending 1.4 liter gasoline-powered electric generator.
Updated 01/15/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and video.
UPDATE 4/14/2013: Cadillac has just revealed the details on the ELR’s unique regenerative-braking system that allows you to regen on demand. See more after the jump.
Updated 10/11/2013: Cadillac reported today that the new ELR will go on sale in January 2014. The electric coupe will be priced at $75,995, including a $995 destination charge but excluding tax, title, license and dealer fees. After applying the federal tax credit, the price for the ELR could go as low as $68,495, including $995 destination.
Click past the jump to read the entire review to see if the ELR will end up on TIME’s “50 Worst Cars of All Time” list alongside the Cimarron.
After months of speculation, spy shots and “leaked” 3-D images raising the anticipation level and the excitement of the fanboy in us, here it is folks, The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, and yes, the iconic Stingray name is back since it was last seen in the ‘Vette C3.
As promised, Chevrolet has taken off the wraps of what’s arguably one of the most highly anticipated cars in 2013 at the Detroit Motor Show. This is the day we at TopSpeed have been waiting for since all of this C7 talk started about a year ago.
Rather than calling it the “Corvette,” Chevy boldly calls it the “New Corvette.”Calling it “New” is absolutely correct, as everything on the car is brand new. From a new design to a new powertrain to a brand new interior, Chevrolet has revolutionized every nook and cranny of the `Vette. But it still has that modern Corvette philosophy that has been retained for the past six generations, maybe even made it better.
Click past the jump to enjoy our full review and check out whether we were impressed by the all new ‘Vette or if Chevy could’ve done better.
Updated 10/02/2013: Chevrolet released a series of new high res images - about 40 of them - for the new Stingray. Check the picture gallery to see the new sports car in various exterior colors.
Updated 10/10/13: Patrick Herrmann, technical manager at Chevrolet Europe, made a video explaining the Stingray’s new valved exhaust system. You can see the video after the jump.
Updated 12/05/2013: Chevrolet unveiled a new commercial for its new Corvette Stingray. Of course it may be considered a little bit too strange, but after all, it could happen to see an alien coming for your Stingray! Check it out!
We are all super excited over the Alfa Romeo 4C , with its sexy looks, stunning curves, lightning quick four-pot engine and a price point under anything that nears its performance credentials. We thought it was basically a slam dunk that it was coming to America, but there is now a little doubt in the air.
Recent reports claim that Chrysler and Fiat CEO, Sergio Marchionne, claims that Fiat S.p.A. produce the new sports car for the U.S. market without complete control of Chrysler — Fiat S.p.A. owns Alfa Romeo , and needs Chrysler’s cash flow and production capabilities to produce the 4C en mass. Currently, Fiat owns about 62 percent of the Chrysler and the remaining 38 percent is wrapped up in a union trust, and the union wants $6 billion to buy out the remaining 38 percent — Marchionne doesn’t want to pay more than $4 billion.
The only alternative to this buyout is to release an IPO that will allow the public to buy into Chrysler, but that would cause a huge conflict of interest for Marchionne and Fiat — Marchionne would want the share prices to go high to keep shareholders happy, but also remain low enough to allow Fiat to purchase maximum shares.
Most experts believe that the union and Fiat will come to an agreement somewhere between $4 and $6 billion for the remaining ownership of Chrysler, and that the IPO is very unlikely.
We couldn’t care less about the finances, folks. We just want to get the chance to buy the 4C, and soon!!!
Click past the jump to read more about the Alfa Romeo 4C.
Okay, so we all loved the Ford F-150 SVT Lightning from the 1990s and 2000s, but it was never really a useful truck. You couldn’t take it off-road; well, we’ll rephrase that to you shouldn’t have tried taking it off-road; and it wasn’t much for towing either. So, it was basically a sports car with a bed...
After discontinuing the SVT Lightning, following its 2004 run, Ford went to task developing a new SVT pickup that was everything the Lightning wasn’t. And now we have the SVT Raptor : a jacked up F-150 with up to 12.1 inches of suspension travel, a snarling V-8 engine with 411 horsepower, and likely one of the best-balanced four-wheel-drive systems in a pickup.
Well, being car lovers, what else could we ask for? For Shelby to get its tuning hands on this beast it push it to extremes so obscene that the FCC is investigating it, of course — 575 horsepower, to be precise, thanks to a supercharger and some other tasty bits. Unfortunately, Shelby is limiting this supercharged, baja monster to only 100 units, so you’d better get to buying before supply runs out.
For those of you that can’t swing the $60k-plus required to own this Shelby-tuned pickup, World’s Fastest Car Show from Motor Trend has a test video (above) that at least sheds some light on what you’re missing out on.
You know as well as we do that Justin Bell wouldn’t take the Shelby down a six-lane highway in Southern Cali and tell us how smooth it runs. Rather, he opted to thrash the Shelby SVT Raptor in a more fitting manner by taking it to the Vegas Off-Road Experience (VORE) and gave it the hammering that Shelby intended it to have. We’re not too sure if Shelby saw the video yet, but It either loved the fact that it got a good workout and video evidence of its performance, or it billed Mr. Bell for the massive wear and tear on the suspension, tires, engine and brakes.
Either way, at least we get a nice look at this rare Shelby rig. Enjoy!