BMW Teaser Mystery Record Attempt for the M2 Competition
It’s been just a couple of months since BMW unveiled the M2 Competition and the Germans are already looking to set a new world record with the coupe. In a newly launched video called "A challenge extended is a challenge accepted," BMW is teasing a record attempt that takes place in England. Unfortunately, there aren’t many hints as to what kind of benchmark this is.
The Biggest Crashes of the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed
With so many cars running up that awesome Hillclimb at the Goodwood Estate, one would expect to see a number of epic crashes. Well, not so much this year, but out of 8 or nine crashes, I have singled out 5 of the most amazing. We are lucky to have such a fantastically organized event where drivers can unwind their wheels and actually enjoy themselves.
Not crashing is actually a big thing here as a majority of the cars are, basically priceless. Imagine crashing a Rally Repsol Ford Escort from before. Or the Pre-war Silver-Arrow. This goes to show all the commitment and risks the drivers are prepared to take to be the best at Goodwood.
After all, we can see all the racers hitting the apexes and definitely following the famed words of Mario Andretti - "If everything seems under control, you’re just not going fast enough."
Facelift Audi TTS Revealed in Leaked Photos
The current Audi TT is about to get a facelift, and although we have yet to see the upgrades the Germans made to the standard coupe, a couple of leaked photos unveil the changes we will see on the sportier TTS model. We have clear shots of both the front and rear fascia, and the revisions are quite significant.
BMW X3 M Looks Nimble on the Nurburgring
The BMW X3 was launched all the way back in 2003, and it seems unbelievable that the Germans have yet to introduce an M version. Fortunately, the long and painful wait is about to come to an end, with the first-even X3 M likely to debut by the end of 2018. We’ve already seen the crossover in spy shots recently, and now we can finally watch it in action at the Nurburgring track.
The 2019 Durango Is Not Something You Can Just ’Dodge’ Away
The Durango has been one of the most successful products for Dodge. Currently, in its third generation, the hot-looking SUV gets refreshed for the 2019 model with some tasteful visual cues. With a lot more customization options now available, the Durango is looking to expand its base even further. Does it still have the steam to take on the younger line of SUVs?
2016 - 2018 Benelli Leoncino
Ever since Benelli started showcasing us products designed by CentroStile Benelli, slowly their reputation seems to have gotten back to its original charm albeit owned by a Chinese firm. The same design house has once again wowed us by showcasing the Leoncino (pronounced Leon-cheeno), meaning the Lion Cub.
This street motorcycle was first showcased at the 2015 EICMA as a concept and people had then put a lot of money on these bikes because of the potential shown. Then the very next year, the production model came out for the European and a few Asian markets, and it had maintained the rugged and beautiful lines.
Honda Revamps the Pilot, Adds Standard Safety Tech, and Revises the Nine-Speed Transmission
The 2019 Honda Pilot features a revamped exterior and fresh technology, including the inclusion of the Honda Sensing driver assists package as standard equipment, plus a more refined drivetrain that includes heavy improvement to the nine-speed automatic transmission that should improve reliability and smoothness of shifts.
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2019 Volkswagen T-Roc GTI
Launched in 2017, the T-Roc is Volkswagen’s smallest crossover yet. Built on the MQB platform that underpins several Volkswagen Group vehicles, it’s related to the Audi Q2 and Seat Arona and competes against the likes of the Nissan Juke, Toyota C-HR, and Renault Captur. Ever since it arrived in showrooms, there have been rumors that Volkswagen may develop a GTI version of the mini SUV. Come 2018, and the beefed-up crossover was spotted testing on public roads.
Performance-oriented models are quite rare in this niche. Although the segment is populated by at least ten models from various companies in Europe, none of them are available with power upgrades. Nissan used to offer a Nismo version of the Juke, or even the extreme, GT-R-powered Juke-R, but these variants are no longer available. This means that the T-Roc GTI will be a unique model and will have the entire market to itself. At least for a while. Let’s find out what it may bring to the table in the speculative review below.
2018 Audi RS 5 DTM
Any fan of touring car racing has undoubtedly heard of the DTM series, but for those of you out there still drawing a blank, I’ll start things off with a little background info. The Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters, or DTM for short, is Germany’s premier touring car race series, often pitting the big three German makes of Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz against one another on circuits around Europe. Audi Sport had a very impressive performance during the 2017 season, snagging a slew of titles and achieving its “most successful results of all time,” according to the team. However, the 2018 season is now upon us, and with it, a variety of regulation changes shake up the competitive landscape. So, how did Audi adapt to the revisions compared to Merc and BMW? Read on to find out.
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Updated Honda Civic Type R Caught Testing; It Could be a Hotter Version!
The latest Honda Civic Type R was introduced just a year ago, but the Japanese firm is already working on a facelift. A revised prototype with mild camouflage over its front and rear fascias was spotted testing on public roads, and it seems that Honda is planning to replace the hatchback with an updated version in 2019.
Aston Martin’s Flying Taxi Looks Like Some Sci Fi Air Racer
Between the impressive DBS Superleggera and the downright outrageous Cygnet V8, Aston has been making some pretty big blips on our radar as of late. Now, we’ve got something else to ogle - it’s called the Volante Vision Concept, and it’s meant to “explore luxury personal air mobility” to fly you and yours to any urban or inter-city destination with ease.
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I will be blunt - the public anticipation for the new Toyota Supra is overwhelming. I do not remember such a worldwide craze for a new car since the Tesla Model 3 debut a few years back. However, the Supra is decidedly different compared to the Model 3 - in its layout, in its character, and in its purpose. This is the second modern Toyota sports car (first being the GT86), and it builds on a massive legacy of its four predecessors. I cannot even grasp the risk Toyota took upon itself to make a car like this. The Japanese Automaker has some balls. With the first dynamic public debut at the hill climb of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Toyota Supra A90 showed a few quirks we did not know about before. Considering all the hype building up in advance, the debut itself was a bit underwhelming. Yet, an army of curious eyes and ears saw and heard things.
I am sharing with you five things we have learned from the Toyota Supra prototype at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak Breaks Electric Record at Goodwood FOS
This weekend saw the 25th running of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and with it, a host of impressive machinery came out to strut their stuff up the short hillclimb course. While there was certainly no shortage of fast cars on hand, one in particular stood out from the rest, as the Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak managed to reset the record books for all-electric racers at the event.
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2019 BMW X7
When BMW joined the SUV market with the X5 back in 1999, little did we know that the German manufacturer will become such an important player in this segment. But in a little more than a decade, the Bavarian brand has launched no fewer than four different crossovers. Come 2018 and a flagship X7 is ready to join the lineup.
The Bavarian brand made an announcement about the X7 in 2014, when it revealed that it will be built at the company’s plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina, which also produces the X3, X5, X5 M, X6, and X6 M models. There’s no word as to when the X7 will make its public debut, but it should break cover in the second half of 2018, most likely at the Paris or Los Angeles Auto Show. When it arrives in showrooms, it will become BMW’s largest offering yet and will enable the German manufacturer to compete against SUVs such as the Mercedes-Benz GLS, Range Rover, and even the Cadillac Escalade.
Meanwhile, we have the X7 Concept, the brand-new X5, and a few X7 prototypes to give us some info on the upcoming SUV.
Updated 07/16/2018: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming BMW X7 out in the wild again, and this time they were also able to snap some pictures of the interior too.
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Design the 600LT of Your Dreams in The New McLaren Configurator
The McLaren 600LT is yet another feather in the cap for the British automaker. As if it doesn’t have enough mouth-watering performance cars already, McLaren unveiled the 600LT with the purpose of filling out its entry-level Sports Series lineup with its own track-focused beauty. It looks the part of a super sports car, has the most power out of all McLaren Sports Series, and it’s configured for the thrills of the racetrack. Unfortunately, all that acclaim comes with the downside of us having little chance of owning one in our lifetimes. So what’s the best way to deal with that reality? Play around with the new McLaren 600LT online configurator, and imagine what our 600LTs could look like. It’s only in the virtual world, but like most things that we literally can’t get our hands on, we’ll take anything we can get.
There’s a Car For Everyone: Some of the Most Interesting Vehicles We Saw at The Goodwood Festival of Speed
Every year, the Goodwood Festival of Speed brings out all sorts of automotive characters, and this year didn’t disappoint. We saw world debuts, concept vehicles, and some of the finest exotic cars in the world. On a more entertaining level, we also saw some interesting rides, some of which captured our hearts in different ways. Whether it’s an autonomous muscle car that had a slow and hilarious run up the hill or a jacked up, NASCAR-spec pickup truck driven by a former professional wrestler, there was no shortage of interesting rides that showed up at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Mazda MX-5: The Joy of Driving - Video
Ever since it was introduced in 1989, the Mazda MX-5 has been one of the most popular models in the auto industry. The Japanese roadster is turning 30 years old, and to this day, very few models can compete with it as far as having one of the best drives in the business at its price tag.
The latest version of the MX-5 is a real peach. It may not come in the orange and green colors of the one that you can see in the video, but it looks and performs exactly like it. The latest version of the sports car — that’s the 2019 model — was introduced less than a month ago, and as expected for a car like the MX-5 Miata, it comes with plenty of aesthetic and performance improvements. The latter is manifested in the roadster’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which produces 181 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque, numbers that represent an increase of 26 horsepower and three pound-feet of torque. Mazda accomplished that power bump by introducing lighter pistons and connecting rods to the four-banger. That’s on top of engineers tweaking the existing intake ports and fuel injectors, as well as installing a louder exhaust system that’s going to help make those joy rides that much more fun.
Outside of the mechanical upgrades to the engine, the 2019 MX-5 also received technical improvements all around, presumably done so that the current MX-5 gets to show off its capabilities before the next-generation version arrives. The MX-5’s single plate flywheel, for example, has been replaced by a dual-mass flywheel that should improve the roadster’s responsiveness. Throw in the modifications to the drive ratio, and you’re looking at a roadster that is doing its part in uplifting the legacy of its nameplate.
There aren’t that many cars in the business today that can offer the kind of bang for the buck like the Mazda MX-5. The fact that the model has been providing customers that value for the past 30 years is a testament to the model’s staying power in an industry that has unforgivingly chewed and spit out other models of its kind. And yet, as often as that has happened, the Mazda MX-5 has continued to thrive. It’s no wonder, then, that when it comes to affordable sports cars, there’s the MX-5, and then there’s everybody else.
Mini UK Shows Off Design Sketches of the First Electric Mini; Promises 2019 Debut
Ten years after Mini introduced the Mini-E electric prototype, the German automaker is finally on the verge of launching its first-ever production electric model. MINI is presenting initial design sketches of its future fully electric production model. The pair of sketches show two distinct sections of the all-electric Mini, one of which we already saw in the concept version that was unveiled last year at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
Nissan Calls Its Own Shot, Claims Next-Gen GT-R Will Be The Fastest Super Sports Car In The World
Fresh off of unveiling the limited-run Nissan GT-R50, Nissan is dropping hints about the next-generation GT-R, including claims that it will be the “fastest super sports car in the world.” Nissan design boss Alfonso Albaisa dropped the bombshell at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, adding that the Japanese automaker is in the early phases of designing the new model. There’s no timetable on when the next-gen GT-R will surface, but with the current-generation model already 11 years into its life cycle, it should only be a matter of time before the spawn of Godzilla is introduced to the world.
2018 Suzuki V-Strom 250
After a race to find the ideal maximum displacement for the adventure-bike genre, Suzuki has now turned its attention toward seeking out the bottom of the effective envelope with the new-in-2017 V-Strom 250. This A2 license-compliant ride is bound for the entry-level market with much the same look as its bigger brothers in spite of its diminutive powerplant and a similar affinity for long-distance trips. The mill is tweaked for the purpose with 25 ponies on tap and a smooth delivery, and of course, the “250” sports plenty of secure storage and storage options for your cargo, so you can actually do some proper touring with it, right off the showroom floor. What else has Suzuki got going on with its mini-adv? Let’s find out.
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5 Cars Cadillac Should Make ASAP
When Johan de Nysschen joined Cadillac in 2014, it seemed as if the luxury brand would finally reinvent itself. Marketing operations were moved from Detroit to Manhattan, a project that cost nearly $13 million, and a new strategy was penned. Among them, Cadillac began working on new crossovers, a flagship sedan, and replacements for the ATS and CTS. Four years later and De Nysschen was sacked, a move that raises questions about Cadillac’s future.
With the man seen as a visionary out of the picture, will Cadillac remain faithful to its original strategy to roll out one new model about every six months until 2022? And if so, what new markets will the luxury carmaker enter this time? We already know that Caddy is working on a replacement for the CTS, called the CT5, as well as a smaller CT4 for the compact market, but what happens after that. It’s difficult to predict, but I have my own list of cars that Cadillac should build as soon as possible in order to become relevant on the luxury market.
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