Kirby Garlitos
Kirby Garlitos
Automotive Aftermarket Expert - kirby@topspeed.com
Kirby’s first exposure into the world of automobiles happened when he caught Knight Rider on television as a five-year old boy. David Hasselhoff didn’t leave much of an impression on him (that happened later on in Baywatch), but KITT certainly did. To this day, Kirby remains convinced that he will one day own a car with the same ‘spirit’ as the original KITT (not the 2008 monstrosity). He doesn't know when that will be, but until then, he’s committed to expressing his love for KITT, and all cars for that matter, here at TopSpeed.

Today, Kirby’s focus has shifted toward following industry news, and he has a sincere passion for one-off and tuned vehicles, car toys (especially LEGO brand,) and anything else even closely related to cars. You can also, on occasion, catch him playing Need for Speed – old and new as he still loves to play NFS: underground 2 – and he’s recently found a love for Forza Horizon 4 after putting off trying it for months.

Kirby joined the TopSpeed team way back in 2009 and has since written more than 12,000 articles and has been featured on a number of other outlets thanks to his die-hard dedication and ability to reach out and obtain exclusive information that you can’t find anywhere else but TopSpeed.com.

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1968 Mercury Cougar by Ringbrothers

1968 Mercury Cougar by Ringbrothers

This is another Ringbrothers creation that we can all get behind

Wisconsin-based custom car builder Ringbrothers has unveiled its newest restomod: a 1968 Mercury Cougar that’s affectionately been dubbed the “Coyogar.” The all-encompassing restoration includes a lot of the typical modifications and upgrades you’d expect from a Ringbrothers project. Co-owners Jim and Mike Ring even sourced a Ford 5.0-liter Coyote V-8 engine from a Ford F-150 Raptor for the build. The finished product is more toned down than previous Ringbrothers projects, but it’s still easily identifiable as a Ringbrothers project that combines classic looks with a modern technical side.

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Aston Martin Will Leverage An AMG Powertrain to Breathe Life into the Valhalla

Aston Martin Will Leverage An AMG Powertrain to Breathe Life into the Valhalla

Aston’s new mid-engine supercar is now expected to arrive in 2023

Despite having been delayed from its original 2022 launch, the Aston Martin Valhalla is still coming. There is, however, a good chance that the Valhalla will arrive in a different form from what Aston Martin originally intended. At the heart of the possible changes is Aston’s brand new 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine, which may not end up in the Valhalla as intended. Instead, the mid-engined supercar will likely be equipped with a Mercedes-AMG powertrain that Aston Martin now has access to as part of a new technical partnership between the two brands. The revised Aston Martin Valhalla is now scheduled to arrive in 2023.

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2021 Porsche 993 Speedster by Gunther Werks

2021 Porsche 993 Speedster by Gunther Werks

It doesn’t have a roof and it’s more powerful than the first 993 Remastered Porsche 911

Gunther Werks’ remastered 993-generation Porsche 911 now has a drop-top sibling. The new model, called the 993 Speedster Remastered, is the latest bespoke creation from the California-based tuning firm. It’s more powerful than its coupe counterpart, and with the roof get lopped off, it also looks like a true speedster. Only 25 units of the 993 Speedster Remastered will be built. There’s no word yet on pricing, but with the coupe version fetching $565,000, expect the speedster to carry a price that’s closer to $600,000.

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This Electric Safari Car Is Pure Perfection

This Electric Safari Car Is Pure Perfection

The Alpha JAX has potential - if it becomes a real thing

California-based startup automaker Alpha made waves a few months ago when it debuted the retro-styled Ace electric coupé. Now the company is back in the news with a new electric vehicle. It’s called the JAX, and it’s described as a “Junior All-terrain Crossover.” Technical details are still unavailable, but Alpha did release a walkaround video of the JAX looking like the Ace on stilts. You can even see the “Ace” badge on the rear section of the JAX. There is no timetable on when the JAX is going to be launched, but Alpha is already taking reservations for the model. Pricing for the JAX is pegged between $38,000 to $48,000.

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Watch the Volvo P1800 Cyan Get Sideways the Scandinavian Way

Watch the Volvo P1800 Cyan Get Sideways the Scandinavian Way

Seeing it makes you want to spend $500,000 to buy one

Cyan Racing’s Volvo P1800 is a stunning resto-mod that’s capable of turning snow-covered roads into its personal playground. The Swedish racing outfit brought the P1800 to Åre, a small town north of Volvo’s headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden for some fun runs in sub-zero temperatures.

Sending a car that weighs under 2,200 but packs 420 horsepower on less-than-stellar roads might sound dangerous for some, but it also could be a fun experience for those who know how to drive the P1800 in these conditions.

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Matt Farah's Garage Is Downright Ridiculous

Matt Farah’s Garage Is Downright Ridiculous

There’s now a home for exotic vehicles of all types in the L.A. area

Matt Farah has a car storage facility that you wouldn’t believe. Known largely for his YouTube channel, The Smoking Tire, Farah opened the Westside Collector Car Storage for car owners in the Los Angeles area who don’t have enough room for their beautiful rides in their personal driveways. The facility is a first-class parking garage that can house anything from cars, motorcycles, boats, and even snowmobiles. It also features state-of-the-art amenities that ensure that those prized vehicles are well taken care of.

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GMA T.50s Niki Lauda Arrives as a Track-Focused Destroyer on Four Wheels

GMA T.50s Niki Lauda Arrives as a Track-Focused Destroyer on Four Wheels

This is going to be a fun one to drive in a race track

Gordon Murray Automotive has revealed the track version of the McLaren F1-inspired T.50 supercar. It’s called the GMA T.50s Niki Lauda, named after the three-time F1 world champion. GMA developed the T.50s Niki Lauda with the goal of turning it into the be-all and end-all for a track car. It comes with a 4.0-liter naturally aspirated V-12 engine that produces 89 fewer horsepower than the McLaren Senna GTR, but weighs 30 percent lighter and generates 50 percent more downforce than the McLaren track car. GMA plans to build only 25 units of the T.50s Niki Lauda. Each unit is priced at $4.3 million, and production is set to begin at the end of 2021.

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Cutting Edge Concepts With Frank Stephenson - Episode 1

Cutting Edge Concepts With Frank Stephenson - Episode 1

Three concepts get some love from the man who designed the McLaren P1

Frank Stephenson has created a new mini-series in his YouTube channel detailing the concept vehicles that changed the automotive industry. In the pilot episode, the world-famous car designer discussed three major concept cars from the past: the Alfa Romeo BAT, the Ford Probe 3, and the BMW 02 Reminiscence.

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Bugatti May Soon Be The Property of Rimac - Here's What That Would Mean

Bugatti May Soon Be The Property of Rimac - Here’s What That Would Mean

The electric performance car market could be in for a major shake-up

The Volkswagen Group could be on the verge of selling Bugatti to Rimac. A report from German weekly Automobilewoche quoted Porsche CEO and Volkswagen AG management board member Oliver Blume hinting that a decision on the blockbuster sale could happen by the middle of 2021.

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The Morgan Plus 8 GTR Special Edition Is Going To Be Epic

The Morgan Plus 8 GTR Special Edition Is Going To Be Epic

Nine units will be built as part of Morgan’s special projects assault in 2021

Two years after discontinuing the Plus 8, Morgan is bringing the retro-styled sports car back through a limited edition set called the Plus 8 GTR. The special edition model is the first in a line of special projects that Morgan plans to release this year. Only nine units of the Plus 8 GTR will be built with production scheduled to begin this summer. Pricing for the model and a delivery timetable will be announced at a later date.

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8 Forgotten Concepts That Should Have Made it to Production

8 Forgotten Concepts That Should Have Made it to Production

From the "could-have-beens" to the "should-have-beens," these concept vehicles didn’t deserve the exits they received

Concept cars are often the result of an automaker’s desire to showcase possibilities. Very rarely, though, do these possibilities translate to reality. Some concepts get used as springboards for future production models. Some get used as blueprints for future technologies. But more often than not, a lot of concept cars get sent back to the shadows, never to be heard from again. It’s a shame because the concept cars on this list didn’t deserve that fates they received. These concepts should’ve been turned into production models. Unfortunately, for one reason or another, none of them did, and all we’re left with our thoughts of what could’ve been.

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Can A Tuned, 490-HP BMW M240i Take On the Porsche 911CS and BMW M3?

Can A Tuned, 490-HP BMW M240i Take On the Porsche 911CS and BMW M3?

BMW M240i proves that looks aren’t everything in a drag race

Sometimes, the best drag races are those that have some form of handicap. Take this race hosted by YouTube channel Track Day, for example. It’s a three-car throw down involving an F80-generation BMW M3 Competition, a 992-generation Porsche 911 Carrera S, and a BMW M240i. The latter is the obvious underdog in this race, but this isn’t your stock M240i that comes into the race with significant modifications, none more important than an engine upgrade that helps the turbocharged inline-six-cylinder engine produce more output than both the M3 Competition and the 911 Carrera S. The scales tip differently now, do they? Does the modified M240i have what it takes to beat the M3 Competition and the 911 Carrera S? Let’s find out.

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Someone Has Finally Drag Tested the Ferrari SF90

Someone Has Finally Drag Tested the Ferrari SF90

Maranello’s new hybrid supercar has pace you wouldn’t believe

The Ferrari SF90 Stradale puts a lot of supercars in their place with its blistering pace, but the quickness that it can to go from point A to point B is something that a lot of people have to see for themselves.

Brooks Weisblat from Dragtimes provided that opportunity when he got a chance to drive an SF90 in the streets of Puerto Rico. That’s where Ferrari’s new hybrid-supercar proved its worth, clocking a 0-to-60-mph time of just 2.35 seconds and hitting a quarter-mile in 9.62 seconds at 146 mph.

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Can a Multi-Million Dollar Car Collection Really Be Dumb?

Can a Multi-Million Dollar Car Collection Really Be Dumb?

Tyler Hoover seems to think so even if most of us will disagree

A multi-million dollar car collection hardly counts as “dumb” in our world, but let’s indulge Tyler Hoover of the Hoovies Garage YouTube channel for a change. In this video, Hoover takes us on a tour of his car garage, where you’ll see an eclectic mix of vehicles, including a 1985 Mercedes 500 SL, a purple 996-generation Porsche 911, and a Bentley Azure that was once owned by Jean-Claude Van Damme. Hoover does a great job in telling the respective histories of the cars he owns, and the entire collection is more interesting than it is dumb.

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Meet the Roofless Huracan EVO Aperta That Lamborghini Wouldn't Build

Meet the Roofless Huracan EVO Aperta That Lamborghini Wouldn’t Build

One-off creation shows one way to customize a Huracan Evo

There are people who aren’t satisfied with just a Huracan Evo; they want more or at the very least, something that’ll serve as a physical manifestation of their status. The drive to be different is the reason the Lamborghini Huracan Evo Aperta exists. It’s a one-off, Huracan Evo-based creation that’s without a roof, windows, or a windshield. It also has a V-10 engine with more power than the Huracan Evo’s “standard” V-10 unit. In other words, it’s a Lamborghini Huracan Evo unlike any other, or as some people like to say, “it’s a one-of-a-kind, roofless monster on four wheels.”

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This One-Off McLaren Senna Merlin Goes To Show Just How Magical MSO Really Is

This One-Off McLaren Senna Merlin Goes To Show Just How Magical MSO Really Is

No other Senna in the world comes with an image of the wizard of legend

A one-off McLaren Senna that’s been customized by McLaren Special Operations is up for auction on Bring A Trailer. The unit, number 401 of the 500 Sennas made, is unique for several reasons, none more significant than the “Merlin” name it’s been bestowed. The one-of-a-kind Senna “Merlin” currently has a bid of $900,000 with eight days left in the auction.

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The Hybrid Ferrari, AKA The Ferrari 486, Could Deliver 700 Horsepower!

The Hybrid Ferrari, AKA The Ferrari 486, Could Deliver 700 Horsepower!

It will slot between the Ferrari SF90 Stradale and the Ferrari Portofino

Rumors abound surrounding Ferrari’s new hybrid offering, codenamed the F171. The latest comes by way of Car Magazine, which claims through an unconfirmed report that the new V-6-powered hybrid Ferrari will have a combined output approaching 700 horsepower, including 110 horsepower coming from the electric motor. The new hybrid supercar is also rumored to be called the Ferrari 486.

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It Seems That Mercedes Is Afraid the EQC EV Can't Compete With Tesla

It Seems That Mercedes Is Afraid the EQC EV Can’t Compete With Tesla

It’s a risky move, but ultimately a good one if the timing isn’t right

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz EQC launch date in the U.S. has been pushed back yet again after what the German automaker described as a “comprehensive review of market developments.” The all-electric SUV was originally scheduled to arrive in the U.S. in early 2020, but Mercedes pushed back deliveries of the model by a year to early 2021. Now, it looks like we’re not going to see the EQC anytime soon.

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Can You Count The Cars In This Full Peterson Collection Tour?

Can You Count The Cars In This Full Peterson Collection Tour?

Have some napkins ready when you watch this incredible virtual tour

The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California has released a full virtual tour of its entire museum. The video stars the museum’s deputy director Michael Bodell, who over the course of two hours, takes you through the entire building, starting on the third floor with a new exhibit that hasn’t been seen by the public to the vault where some of the rarest and most prestigious cars in the museum are located. The museum has been closed since July 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic, so if you haven’t been to the Petersen yet, leave two hours of your schedule open and watch this incredible virtual tour.

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You Have To See This Ultra-Rare BMW-Powered Ascari Ecosse That's For Sale!

You Have To See This Ultra-Rare BMW-Powered Ascari Ecosse That’s For Sale!

You’ll need to pay a premium price to bring this exotic beauty home

A rare 1997 Ascari Ecosse is up for auction at RM Sotheby’s. Based on the mid-engine Ascari FGT Concept that was unveiled at the 1995 British Motor Show, the Ecosse is arguably one of the rarest and least-known supercars from the 1990s. It’s currently listed at a fixed price of €165,000. That converts to around $200,000 based on current exchange rates.

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The McLaren Artura PHEV Lays the Foundation for an Electrified Future

The McLaren Artura PHEV Lays the Foundation for an Electrified Future

McLaren Breaks New Ground with the Arrival of the Artura

The McLaren Artura is here, and with it comes a lot of firsts for McLaren. It’s the first plug-in hybrid McLaren, even though it counts as McLaren’s third hybrid model behind the P1 and the Speedtail. It’s also the first McLaren to use the freshly developed 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine, put in place of the bigger and heavier 3.8-liter V-8 unit that McLaren has used for its Sports Series models in recent years.

The Artura is also the first McLaren hybrid supercar that’s built on the automaker’s new MCLA platform. It’s the same architecture the British automaker developed to accommodate electrified powertrains. The Artura’s arrival sets the stage for McLaren’s electrified future that now looks a lot more compelling.

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Best Window Tint

Best Window Tint

Protect your car from the elements with these car window tints

Placing car tint on your cars serves a lot of purposes. It can protect you and the car’s furnishings from harmful UV rays. It can also keep your interior from becoming too hot when it’s under the sun too long. Car tints also provide the cabin with some privacy as it becomes more difficult for people to peek inside the car. There are elements of safety in that, too. For these reasons, a lot of people have installed car tints on the windows of their cars. There are a lot of car window tinting products out there, and here are our choices of the best ones that provide the best value for you and your precious ride.

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These Nurburgring Crashes Are Crazy!

These Nurburgring Crashes Are Crazy!

Grab your popcorns, folks!

The Nurburgring plays host to a lot of cars. Whether it’s for sport, for testing, or for casual spins around the track, there’s always something going on in the Ring. That includes car crashes. As exciting as it is to see cars do laps around the track, there’s also a reason why the Nurburgring is oftentimes referred to as the “Green Hell.” Watch this video and find out why car crashes occur as often at the Nurburgring as fast laps.

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2021 Ferrari 812 GTS By Novitec

2021 Ferrari 812 GTS By Novitec

Maranello’s mighty supercar gets the Novitec treatment

Novitec is back in the car tuning spotlight with a new aftermarket program. This time, the German tuner is setting its sights on the Ferrari 812 GTS with a promise of aesthetic and aerodynamic improvements to go with an engine upgrade kit that bumps the Ferrari’s 6.5-liter V-12 engine’s output to almost 850 horsepower. A new set of wheels courtesy of Vossen Wheels is also included in the program.

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2021 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Cabrera By Mansory

2021 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Cabrera By Mansory

If you didn’t think the Aventador SVJ Cabrera couldn’t get better, Mansory’s tune will surprise you

Mansory is famous for taking some of the world’s most exotic supercars and turning them into examples of excess car tuning. No supercar is spared from a Mansory tuning creation, including the already radical Lamborghini Aventador SVJ.

The Mansory-tuned Aventador SVJ — it’s called the Cabrera — gets an exaggerated new look, an engine upgrade, and an abundance of aerodynamic upgrades. Only three units of the Mansory Cabrera will be built.

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Koenigsegg Sends Valentine's Day Greeting in the Most Koenigsegg Way Imaginable

Koenigsegg Sends Valentine’s Day Greeting in the Most Koenigsegg Way Imaginable

There’s nothing more beautiful than seeing a $1.9 million hypercar having some fun in the snow

Koenigsegg is celebrating Valentine’s Day in style. The hypercar purveyor rolled out the mighty Regera on a snow-covered airstrip at its factory in Angelholm, Sweden for some recreational fun. Rare is the day when you see Koenigsegg’s $1.9 million hypercar let its hair down. But it’s the day of love, and Koenigsegg wants to celebrate it with all of us through this video of the Regera that’s having the time of its life in the snow.

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The Dodge Demon Gets Spanked By the Porsche 911 Turbo S Every Single Time

The Dodge Demon Gets Spanked By the Porsche 911 Turbo S Every Single Time

German engineering reigns over American brute force

Carwow has dropped a new drag race, and it’s between two performance vehicles that offer contrasting styles of driving pleasure. In the blue corner is the sublime 992-generation Porsche 911 Turbo S. In the red corner is the guttural Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. The latter isn’t available in the U.K, but host Mat Watson managed to get his hands on one courtesy of British car importer CS Panda. So with the Demon in tow, Watson challenged Yianni Charalambous and his 992-gen Porsche 911 Turbo S to a race that didn’t turn into much of one.

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2021 Bugatti Chiron Sport Alice

2021 Bugatti Chiron Sport Alice

Husband of the Year Gives Wife Bugatti Chiron for Valentine’s Day

Bugatti has created a new one-off Chiron Sport for a customer who ordered the car as a gift to his wife for Valentine’s Day. The tailor-made Chiron, called “Alice,” was ordered through the H.R. Owen Bugatti dealership in England. It’s dressed in a unique two-tone bespoke finish, including one color that Bugatti admits it hasn’t used before. As far as Valentine’s Day gifts are concerned, this Bugatti Chiron Sport is pretty hard to top.

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The 10 Best Ferraris Of All Time

The 10 Best Ferraris Of All Time

From classics to current exotics, Maranello has a long and rich history of performance car excellence

Picking the ten best Ferraris of all time is not an easy exercise, but somebody had to do it. Sports cars don’t come finer than those with a Prancing Horse badge, and in the 70 years that it has been around, Ferrari has built some of the finest and most desirable performance cars in the history of the industry. A lot of Ferrari models have climbed the ladder to iconic status, and even some of today’s models are on their way there, too. It took a lot of work — and arguments — but we managed to narrow down our choices for the ten best Ferraris of all time.

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Jay Leno Channels Superhuman Strength to Save Classic Chevrolet Corvette from a Rolling Lexus IS300

Jay Leno Channels Superhuman Strength to Save Classic Chevrolet Corvette from a Rolling Lexus IS300

This could’ve ended a lot worse for everyone involved

Jay Leno saved a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette restomod from getting hit by a wayward Lexus IS300 that musician Rick Springfield forgot to put in park.

The 70-year-old comedian and the 1980s rockstar were filming an episode of Leno’s CNBC series Jay Leno’s Garage when the mishap happened. The scene could’ve ended a lot worse for the two celebrities and their precious rides, but thanks to Leno’s quick reaction, disaster was definitely averted.

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2021 Ford GT Le Mansory

2021 Ford GT Le Mansory

It’s just as wild as the first one

For the second time in less than a year, Mansory is dropping jaws to the floor with a new iteration of its Le Mansory program for the Ford GT. The German tuner is known for its over-the-top cosmetic upgrades, and, once again, it lived up to the billing. The second Ford GT Le Mansory packs the same design changes as the first model, albeit dressed in a new red and black colorway. Mansory has said that it plans to build three units of the GT Le Mansory. With this being the second of those three units, the third and final model should be just as wild.

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Porsche Continues Its Ridiculous Record Streak With the Taycan

Porsche Continues Its Ridiculous Record Streak With the Taycan

At this point, should we start calling the Taycan the "record-killer"?

Porsche has been in the habit of setting records recently, and it’s added another one to its name. Unbroken and unsurpassed since 2013, the Guinness World Record title for the fastest indoor land speed record has sat on the shelf of Tanner Foust, who clocked in a record speed of 86 mph back in 2013. That record has now gone by the wayside, thanks to Porsche and professional racer Leh Keen. Driving a Taycan Turbo S, Keen hit a top speed of 102.6 mph, eviscerating the previous record by more than 16 mph. As if owning the Guinness World Record for longest drift by an electric car — 210 laps — wasn’t enough, the record-breaking Taycan has another one in the bag.

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2021 Ford GT Studio Collection

2021 Ford GT Studio Collection

It’s our first look at how Ford is opening the GT to all sorts of aesthetic possibilities

Ford Performance, in collaboration with Ford GT manufacturer Multimatic, has released the first Ford GT Studio Collection model, and it is a stunner. Dressed in a black paint finish with an orange racing stripe and matching accents all around, this Ford GT is the first of 40 Studio Collection variants that Ford will build over the next two years of the supercar’s production. A total of 20 units will be unveiled this year, and each unit will have an exclusive look that highlights the highly personalized nature of the Ford supercar. The Blue Oval hasn’t revealed how much each model of the Ford GT Studio Collection costs, but given the exclusivity of each unit, don’t be surprised if the cost of owning one far exceeds the GT’s $500,000 sticker price.

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Tesla Should Definitely Build a Halo-Inspired Cybertruck Warthog

Tesla Should Definitely Build a Halo-Inspired Cybertruck Warthog

We’d be to-the-moon excited if this ends up happening

Don’t look now, but a collaboration between Halo and Tesla could be more than just a pipe dream. The potential partnership received a shot in the arm after Microsoft Xbox executive Aaron Greenberg took to Twitter to respond to Tesla big boss Elon Musk admitting that Halo is the only console game he’s ever played.

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BMW Is So Fixated On The Future That It Refuses to Produce Anything With a Retro Design

BMW Is So Fixated On The Future That It Refuses to Produce Anything With a Retro Design

That’s the end of our Hommage concept dreams

Despite calls from a lot of people to infuse old design elements from the past in its future models, BMW isn’t keen on taking that approach. BMW’s design chief, Adrian van Hooydonk, made that definitively clear in a conversation with Top Gear. The 56-year-old Dutch designer admitted that while BMW does go through the designs of some of its past models going full retro with the designs of its newer models isn’t on the company’s radar.

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It Doesn't Get Any More Fast and Furious Than a Toyota 86 Impaling a Box Truck

It Doesn’t Get Any More Fast and Furious Than a Toyota 86 Impaling a Box Truck

How does one go about using a Toyota 86 to impale a truck?

There are car crashes, physics-defying action sequences, and enough mentions of “family” to make you wonder how far the franchise has come since the first movie hit theaters 20 years ago. The movie’s release has been delayed numerous times — blame the pandemic for that — but it is scheduled to release on May 28. Cross your fingers it doesn’t get pushed back again.

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10 Chevy Cars You Probably Forgot Existed

10 Chevy Cars You Probably Forgot Existed

From the unicorns to the donkeys, Chevy has had them all

In the 100-plus years that it’s been around, Chevy has developed a lot of popular models, including the Camaro and Corvette nameplates. But look back on the Bow Tie’s history and you’ll see that it’s also filled with forgotten models and rare exclusives that not a lot of people today know existed. Some of these models were one-off creations that have become holy grails while others were short-lived flops that Chevy probably prefers to be kept under the rug. Either way, all these models have interesting stories to tell.

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Somehow, The McLaren 765LT Is More of a Sleeper Than You Think

Somehow, The McLaren 765LT Is More of a Sleeper Than You Think

Should we now start calling it the McLaren 885LT?

The McLaren 765LT might be more powerful than McLaren’s letting on. YouTube channel DragTimes hooked a 765LT up to a dyno to see how much power the supercar produced at the wheels. The 765LT was subjected to three runs, and all three runs came back with power figures that were well beyond what we thought and what McLaren announced. The dyno tests don’t change the fact that the 765LT is an absolute monster, but it’s apparently a bigger and meaner monster than we expected.

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Porsche and TAG Heuer Collaborate on New $6,000 Timepiece

Porsche and TAG Heuer Collaborate on New $6,000 Timepiece

A partnership that’s been a long time coming is now official

Porsche and TAG Heuer have collaborated in the past in various capacities, but the two brands have never formalized that partnership until now. Porsche and TAG Heuer are now official strategic partners, and to consummate the marriage, the two are launching the delightful — and expensive — TAG Heuer Carrera Porsche Chronograph.

Inspired by the “Carrera” name that both brands have used since the onset of their histories, two versions of the Carrera Porsche Chronograph are available.

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Toyota Shines the Spotlight on Paralympic Athlete in Super Bowl Ad

Toyota Shines the Spotlight on Paralympic Athlete in Super Bowl Ad

Great things can be achieved no matter the obstacles

Instead of touting its new products, Toyota is taking a different approach with its Super Bowl LV commercial. The automaker is releasing a 60-second commercial, called Upstream, and featuring Jessica Long, an American swimmer who is the most decorated Paralympians in U.S. history. The ad touches on Long’s incredible journey from when she was adopted by an American couple from an orphanage in Siberia despite a rare medical condition that resulted in her legs getting amputated to becoming one of the greatest paralympic swimmers in history.

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Will Ferrell Has a Huge Problem with Norway in General Motors' Super Bowl Commercial

Will Ferrell Has a Huge Problem with Norway in General Motors’ Super Bowl Commercial

Kenan Thompson and Awkwafina also star in the commercial

General Motors has released its commercial for Super Bowl LV. The 90-second ad stars Will Ferrell, Kenan Thompson, and Awkwafina. In it, Ferrell apparently has a big problem with Norway’s high per-capita ownership of electric vehicles and enlists the help of Thompson and Awkwafina to put the Scandinavian country in its place for being a strong EV market.

The ad also stars two of General Motors’ most high-profile EVs, the Cadillac Lyriq and the GMC Hummer EV. A 60-second version of the commercial will air during the first quarter of the Big Game.

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Mercedes Says the AMG Project One Has No Rivals

Mercedes Says the AMG Project One Has No Rivals

It’s a bold claim with so many other challengers heading our way

The Mercedes-AMG Project One has been in the works for the better part of three years, and now that the final production model is close to completion — customer deliveries are expected to start later this year — Mercedes-AMG is just as quick to remind everyone that the Project One, or just ONE, as it will eventually be called, is a car without a rival.

To hammer that point home, the automaker released a 43-second clip showing the ONE in its now-familiar red and silver livery terrorizing a race track as many expect it could.

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Gran Turismo 7 Will Race Into the Future By Respecting Its Past

Gran Turismo 7 Will Race Into the Future By Respecting Its Past

We like where this is headed

Gran Turismo 7 will release on the PlayStation 5 later this year, and those who are eagerly awaiting the game’s arrival will be in for a treat. The game’s head designer, Kazunori Yamaguchi, recently spoke with Japanese magazine Octane and indicated that GT7 will return to earlier form with a full volume of features that became the defining traits of the older Gran Turismo titles. Realistic graphics and extensive car collections, in particular, were foundational pieces of earlier GT titles, but with GT Sport focusing more on interactive racing elements, realism took a back seat to the racing experience. The folks behind the development of GT 7 now plan to marry those worlds together to create what we hope will be the best Gran Turismo game ever.

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2021 BMW M8 Gran Coupe by G-Power

2021 BMW M8 Gran Coupe by G-Power

The mighty M8 becomes even mightier

G-Power has unveiled a new tuning program for the BMW M8 Gran Coupe, and it is a doozy. Three different engine upgrades await owners of the mighty M8 Gran Coupe. The most potent upgrade involves significant modifications to the Bimmer’s 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged engine, resulting in an increased output of 808 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque. The German tuner’s new kit also comes with aesthetic and aerodynamic changes, as well as the option for a new set of wheels.

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It Looks Like Porsche Really Is Working On a New 911 Safari!

It Looks Like Porsche Really Is Working On a New 911 Safari!

Cross your fingers that this isn’t another one-off concept that we don’t see for the next 10 years

A high-riding Porsche 911 prototype was recently seen gallivanting around the streets of Germany, adding fuel to the fire that the German automaker might offer a 911 Safari. In 2012, Porsche discreetly built a 911 Safari, but it was a one-off prototype that the public didn’t know about until it was featured in the Porsche Unseen web series back in November 2020. Is this our first look at a road-going Porsche 911 Safari?

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Best Night Vision Glasses for Driving

Best Night Vision Glasses for Driving

You can pick and choose the pair that suits your style and needs

It’s no fun to drive at night, especially if you do it often enough that you start developing eye strain and vision fatigue. Fortunately, night driving glasses have become more than just a fad; they actually have purpose. Picking the right pair is important, as is using the proper criteria that’ll allow you to choose the pair that suits your style and comfort. If picking’s a chore, then let us help you in that regard. Here are our picks for the best night driving glasses.

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Ferrari's One-Off Creations is A List of the Most Desirable Prancing Horses of All Time

Ferrari’s One-Off Creations is A List of the Most Desirable Prancing Horses of All Time

It literally can’t get any better than a one-off

Back in 2008, Ferrari launched its One-Off personalization program to a lot of fanfare at that year’s Geneva Motor Show. The goal was to give Maranello’s most important clients the opportunity to create their own Ferraris. It’s been over a decade since that announcement, and it’s safe to say that Ferrari’s program has become a resounding success. Every year, a number of one-off Ferraris enter our lives, commissioned by an individual who Ferrari deems as one of its VIPs. Models like the 2012 Ferrari SP Arya, 2014 Ferrari SP FFX, and 2018 Ferrari SP38 Deborah have been built. Each of these one-offs is unique from every other Ferrari in existence, largely because they came to life as a result of someone’s vision for his or her perfect Ferrari. The 2019 Ferrari P80/C is the latest one-off Ferrari to arrive, but given the success Ferrari has had with the program and the growing demand among customers to get their own “1of1s” — there’s a five-year waitlist, in case you qualify — the P80/C won’t be the last one-off Ferrari in the world. On the contrary, this first ten years of the whole program could be just the beginning of what will most likely turn into one of Ferrari’s most successful customer-centric programs in its long and illustrious history. In case you haven’t paid attention over the last ten years, check out some of the most memorable one-off models that Ferrari has created.

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This Toyota Supra Stunt Video is A Different Level of Awesome

This Toyota Supra Stunt Video is A Different Level of Awesome

The urge to replicate these stunts is real, folks

The auto and aviation worlds have, in the past, intersected in various ways. From shared technologies to special edition Mustangs to races between supercars and fighter jets, the relationship between these two spaces is real. It’s so real that an automaker like Toyota can take a page from or two from the Red Arrows and perform a ground show that highlights the Supra’s handling and agility and we’re all for it.

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This Lego Porsche 911 Kit Is Double The Fun

This Lego Porsche 911 Kit Is Double The Fun

Build the 911 Targo or the Turbo Coupe - the choice is yours!

Lego has been on a roll with all the car kits that it has been releasing these days, and the toy brick marker has shown little interest in slowing down anytime soon. The newest addition to its growing car kit lineup has arrived, and it’s a two-in-one bundle that’ll allow you to recreate a coupe and a targa version of the 1980s Porsche 911 using the same 1,458 pieces that the kit comes in.

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The SSC Tuatara Isn't 330-MPH Fast, But It Did Set a New Official Record

The SSC Tuatara Isn’t 330-MPH Fast, But It Did Set a New Official Record

Here’s to hoping that there’s no controversy with this run

The SSC Tuatara’s claim as the fastest production car in the world appears to finally have some legitimacy to it after the American hypercar clocked a record-setting, two-way average speed of 282.6 mph at the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds that’s located on the premises of the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The new attempt at the top speed record comes a few months after SSC came under heavy scrutiny for claiming that the Tuatara had reached a top speed of 331.1 mph. Inconsistencies with the videos that SSC released to the media led to people questioning the validity of SSC’s claims, to which the automaker responded by saying that it would attempt another record run. Well, that record run has happened, and unless SSC makes another monumental snafu in verifying the validity of this new record run, it does appear that the Tuatara hypercar is now the fastest production car in the world.

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2021 Hyundai Tucson N-Line

2021 Hyundai Tucson N-Line

Plenty of aesthetic upgrades and nothing underneath that hood

Remember those rumors late last year that Hyundai was planning to release a 300-horsepower Tucson N Line? Well, you can put those rumors to bed. Hyundai has released the Tucson N Line, except that the 300-horsepower engine we expected to see in the Tucson N Line is nowhere to be found. Instead, eager beaver customers will get aesthetic upgrades and, well, that’s about it.

The Tucson N Line still looks like a saucy crossover with more sporty bits to show off, but if you were expecting those rumors to come to fruition, we regret to inform you that those seeds bore no fruit.

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2021 Citroen DS4

2021 Citroen DS4

Citroen’s luxury brand has a lot riding on the success of the premium family hatchback

It’s been around six years since Citroen spun the DS line into its own sub-brand, and while the latter has had a modest amount of success standing in its own legs, there’s a general feeling that the DS brand still has plenty of untapped potential. The French automaker hopes to unlock some of that potential with the new DS4. The upscale four-door hatchback is an important model for DS, largely because of the popularity of the segment it occupies.

That popularity, though, comes at a price, specifically with the models that the DS4 will compete against. We’re not talking about riff-raffs here; this segment is also occupied by a handful of German stalwarts, including the Audi A3, BMW 1 Series, and Mercedes A-Class. Still, if DS wants to be taken more seriously as an upscale brand, this is the segment where it needs to show its mettle. The DS4 will be tasked to do just that, and if the hatchback lives up to DS’s expectations, it can go a long way in adding some shine and boosting brand awareness for Citroen’s luxury brand.

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2021 ArcFox ECF Concept

2021 ArcFox ECF Concept

An all-electric, semi-autonomous SUV brought to you by BAIC

Electrification and autonomous driving represent the future of the auto industry. That’s spurred automakers from all corners of the world to hitch their proverbial wagons on these two segments. Chinese auto giant BAIC is one of those automakers, and it’s jumping on board the electric SUV bandwagon through its sub-brand, Arcfox, which didn’t take long to roll out the ECF electric SUV Concept.

Designed by the great Walter de Silva, the ECF Concept is a stylistic concept SUV that may or may not end up in production. The SUV comes with a more minimalist design than Arcfox’s other concept offering, the all-electric GT sports car, and if it ends up getting the green light, it could serve as the tent pole for Arcfox’s future vehicle offerings. No pressure, right?

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2021 Skoda Vision IN Concept

2021 Skoda Vision IN Concept

The Czech automaker is flexing for the Indian market

The Skoda Vision IN Concept is a big deal for the Czech automaker. Not only does it serve as the precursor to a production model that’ll largely be offered in India and other international markets, but it’s also being prepared to challenge several established models in those markets, including the Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos.

The Vision IN Concept is the first step to doing that, and for what it’s worth, the Czech automaker is making a good first impression with its new crossover. The Vision IN Concept will eventually translate into a production model, called Kushaq.

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2021 Toyota 86 Black Limited Edition

2021 Toyota 86 Black Limited Edition

A proper special edition 86 that pays tribute to a special edition AE86 from the 1980s

Toyota hasn’t been shy about rolling out special edition models of the 86 sports car, and with the second-generation 86 already on the horizon, another limited-run 86 has been released for the Japanese market. This particular special edition 86 hits close to home for some, in part because it’s a modern-day homage to the AE86 Black Limited that Toyota unveiled back in 1986. This one is also called the Black Limited, and just like its predecessor, it comes with a fair amount of exclusive upgrades, including a new set of polished gold wheels. Only 86 units of the Toyota 86 Black Limited are available, and all 86 allocations are exclusive to the Japanese market, or at least most of them are.

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2021 Lamborghini Urus by Keyvany

2021 Lamborghini Urus by Keyvany

You won’t be able to take your eyes off of this monstrous aftermarket program

This is the Lamborghini Urus, or at least it was until it turned into a Decepticon. All jokes aside, this heavily modified Urus is the proud work of Keyvany, a German tuner who apparently knows a thing or two about the Mansory way of vehicle modifications. One look at it and you’ll understand that reference. Keyvany’s tuning program for the Urus is excess personified. It’s loaded with enough carbon fiber parts and pieces to make other tuners blush. The kit also comes with a hefty engine upgrade that should delight the power-starved among us and a massive set of attention-grabbing wheels.

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Volkswagen Brings Back Classic Color(s) to Raise 2021's Spirits

Volkswagen Brings Back Classic Color(s) to Raise 2021’s Spirits

It’s only a one-off showpiece, but it’s still a welcome and refreshing sight in this troubled times

Volkswagen has brought back one of its most famous colorways for a one-off showcase that’s sure to delight — and somewhat disappoint — fans who have lived long enough to remember the famous color scheme. Twenty-five years ago, Volkswagen launched the Polo Harlequin — it was called the “Harlekin” in Germany — to tremendous fanfare. The Polo Harlequin ended up being such a big hit that Volkswagen turned it into a limited-run production model.

Fast forward to 2021 and Volkswagen Netherlands decided to tap into the old magic well, bringing back the Harlequin name and colors on a one-off 2021 Volkswagen Polo.

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Lottery Winner Scores a Chevrolet Corvette C8, But It's Never Than Simple

Lottery Winner Scores a Chevrolet Corvette C8, But It’s Never Than Simple

It’s going to be a long wait for this otherwise lucky individual

A lucky individual from Georgia named Dennis Kahler scored a huge win when he won a brand-new Chevrolet Corvette C8 from a scratch-off Georgia Lottery ticket. He also pocketed a cool $250,000, which would’ve made anyone’s day.

Turns out, some jackpot prizes take time to bear fruit, especially if there’s no plan in place to actually award Kahler with a Corvette C8 the moment he won it. What was supposed to be a joyous moment for the lucky fella has turned into bouts of frustration after Kahler discovered that the Georgia Lottery didn’t set up a designated winner’s car or even acquire a Corvette C8 order slot.

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2021 Mercedes-AMG GT R PRO Tattoo Edition by Carlex Design

2021 Mercedes-AMG GT R PRO Tattoo Edition by Carlex Design

German supercar gets tattooed to the nines

Carlex Design is renowned far and wide for its expertise in visual upgrades for all sorts of vehicles. Carlex has worked on different vehicle types, ranging from luxury SUVs like the Range Rover and Rolls-Royce Cullinan to performance machines like the Ferrari 488, McLaren 720S, and the current subject of our desire, the Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro. Carlex even comes with appropriate names for its creation. This program for the mighty AMG is called the Tattoo Edition, and it’s an appropriate moniker given the surprises that await when you step inside the super coupe’s interior.

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The Rimac C Two, Which Doesn't Even Have a Real Name, Is Not Completely Sold Out

The Rimac C Two, Which Doesn’t Even Have a Real Name, Is Not Completely Sold Out

The first-year production run, on the other hand, has been scooped up

The Rimac C_Two has been in development for the better part of two years, and even though the final production version hasn’t been revealed, the Czech automaker hasn’t had trouble attracting prospective customers.

No, Rimac hasn’t sold the C_Two’s entire production run, but it has filled up the supercar’s production allocation for the first year. That’s the word from no less than Rimac’s head honcho Mate Rimac, who took to Facebook to clarify rumors that all 150 planned units of the C_Two are already accounted for.

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Laugh All Day With This Video of a Sherp Going Through A Drive-Thru

Laugh All Day With This Video of a Sherp Going Through A Drive-Thru

Nothing like a good laugh in the middle of the week

Mondays can be tough, especially if you’re the type who has too much fun during weekends. You wake up early, go to work, and then lament that you’re going to have to do the same thing over the next five days. Fortunately, we came across a video from the rabbit hole that is YouTube that’ll make your Monday particularly hilarious.

It’s a video from the Rich Rebuilds YouTube channel, and it stars Rich Benoit driving his Sherp ATV to every drive-thru in his town. There’s nothing particularly insightful about this video other than seeing a Sherp navigating all sorts of drive-thrus. That part is funny, and you can watch almost 18 minutes worth of hilarity to get your juices flowing as you prepare to start your week.

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Not-So Fast & Furious: The Rejected Cars from the Fast & Furious

Not-So Fast & Furious: The Rejected Cars from the Fast & Furious

There are a few surprising rejections among these rides

You can argue that the Toyota Supra Mk IV and the 1970 Dodge Charger became even more popular because of their appearance in the original movie. But while a lot of people associate these two cars and a slate of others with the franchise, there are just as many vehicles — if not more — that almost made it to the movie. Craig Lieberman was the technical director of the Fast & Furious, and according to him, a lot of cars were considered for the original movie but were ultimately rejected for one reason or another. It’s time to drag race down the Fast & Furious memory lane with Lieberman to learn which cars didn’t make it into the movie. There are a lot of them, including a few surprise omissions.

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You Probably Won't Understand This Ferrari 488 Pista Video, But You'll Love It

You Probably Won’t Understand This Ferrari 488 Pista Video, But You’ll Love It

There’s no need to translate fast lap times

The Ferrari 488 Pista was placed on this earth for one reason: to go fast. The scarlet demon is powered by a 3.9-liter biturbo V-8 engine that produces 711 horsepower and 567 pound-feet of torque. It’s capable of sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in only 2.85 seconds on its way to a top speed of 211 mph.

It’s going to take a special kind of supercar to match wits with the Pista, especially when it comes to setting lap times. German auto news outlet Auto Motor Und Sport wanted to find out just how fast the 488 Pista can go on a track, so they brought the Italian supercar to Mendig, a former military airbase in Germany that has been turned into a test track for automakers.

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2021 Ferrari F8 Tributo by Novitec

2021 Ferrari F8 Tributo by Novitec

A proper tuning upgrade for a proper supercar

Novitec is the rare tuner that has mastered the art of building subtle tuning programs that aren’t really all that subtle once the package is in place. Whereas other tuners turn on the “wow” factor with obscene aerodynamic upgrades or over-the-top engine modifications — some even combine both — Novitec is perfectly happy providing all-around programs that offer the required improvements without any of the unwanted excess.

Take this new kit for the Ferrari F8 Tributo. You would think that a supercar that already packs a 720-horsepower 3.9-liter twin-turbocharged engine is powerful enough on its own. While that may be true for some, there’s nothing wrong with massaging more power out of that V-8 engine while also providing the right amount of aerodynamic improvements that leads to a more powerful and better handling ride. It takes a tuner with the kind of experience in the game like Novitec has to understand this delicate balancing act. We’ve seen it time and time again from the German tuner, and we’re seeing it now with the Ferrari F8 Tributo.

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Vroom's Super Bowl Ad Gives us a Cheeky Look at the Dark Side of Car Dealerships

Vroom’s Super Bowl Ad Gives us a Cheeky Look at the Dark Side of Car Dealerships

No more sweating it out at car dealerships

Super Bowl LV is still three weeks away, but commercials for the big game are already coming out. We’ve always paid close attention to car commercials that’ll air during the game, but there are ads that have already come out, including this cheeky commercial from Vroom that highlights the dark side of the car-shopping process.

The 30-second spot aims to highlight Vroom’s business structure, which allows you to buy a car online and have it delivered to your door, or in this case, your street. From Vroom’s perspective, car buying should be this easy. Hard to argue that point.

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This GM Design Gives Us Hope For The Future of Performance Cars

This GM Design Gives Us Hope For The Future of Performance Cars

The Corvette and Camaro could one day look like these renderings

These two designs, rendered by Jingxu Zhan, are examples of what the future could look like for General Motors’ performance car lineup. Considering the nature of these futuristic designs and the two most recognizable performance cars under the GM umbrella, it’s entirely possible that Jingxu Zhan could be giving all of us a sneak peek of the future Chevrolet Corvette and Chevrolet Camaro. Raise your hands if you’re intrigued.

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Have a Few Laughs At BMW's Expense in "A Story of Generations"

Have a Few Laughs At BMW’s Expense in "A Story of Generations"

It’s the story of a crusty OG and a young whippersnapper

It’s hard to believe that BMW’s iDrive infotainment system is 20 years old this year. But it is, and if you need a little reminder of that, this short film from Bimmer will give you all the reminding you need. The film stars a grumpy, foul-mouthed BMW E65 7 Series and a much younger BMW iX. The two talking Bimmers argue about which of them is the better car.

Curse words are uttered, feelings are hurt, and a resolution happens towards the end. It’s a weird short film that’ll make you wonder what Bimmer’s marketing folks are sipping these days, but there is a story that’s told perfectly here, too. This is a story of two generations of BMW that couldn’t be more different from each other, though the two do have ties that bind. Give it a watch and prepare to have feelings about it afterward.

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Hyundai Sonata N Line Takes on Honda Accord and Acura TLX in a Drag Race

Hyundai Sonata N Line Takes on Honda Accord and Acura TLX in a Drag Race

The new kid on the block looks to chop down the grizzled vets

The new-generation Hyundai Sonata has, for the most part, received rave reviews from a lot of people. While it does lack the kind of power that you’d expect it to have, the sporty sedan is still an engaging drive. Fortunately, there is a version of the new Sonata that addresses output concerns regarding the standard model and its 2.5-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine.

Truth be told, the Sonata N-Line, with its 2..5-liter turbocharged four-banger unit, is more than just a step up from the standard Sonata. It plays in a different league where there’s enough power and performance to compete against the established models in its class, namely the Honda Accord and the Acura TLX. The folks from Throttle House took the track to find out, and the results, well, let’s just say that if you’re a betting man, you might be lighter in the pockets after watching this race.

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2021 Lexus LC 500 Inspiration

2021 Lexus LC 500 Inspiration

This is one Lexus that’s dripping in swag

The 2021 Lexus LC 500 Inspiration is a special edition sports coupé that doesn’t give you much of a choice in terms of available colors. It’s only available in black, and it’s dripping in black from nose to tail. We didn’t know Lexus was capable of making the LC 500 look cooler than it already is, but here we are. The 2021 Lexus LC 500 Inspiration is the embodiment of stealthy aggression, and we’re all for it.

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Toyota GR Yaris Meets Its Match in the Mini John Cooper Works GP

Toyota GR Yaris Meets Its Match in the Mini John Cooper Works GP

It’s a hot hatch drag race for segment supremacy!

The world of hot hatches offers a what’s what of some of the finest pieces of automotive engineering in the world. For cars so small to offer so much performance potential, hot hatches are the Lord’s gift to those who want to satisfy their need for speed without bleeding their pockets dry. These days, the hottest among the hot hatches is the Toyota GR Yaris. This 257-horsepower juiced up critter is arguably one of the best cars Toyota has ever produced. It is, in many ways, a car that was developed to be more than just a hot hatch, but a testament to the performance capabilities of these pocket rockets that compels people to pay premium prices for the best ones.

The Toyota GR Yaris is on its way to becoming one of the best hot hatches in the world — if it isn’t there already — but before we can officially crown it as the best of the lot, it’s going to have to go through said lot, beginning with another hot hatch that punches way above its weight class: the Mini John Cooper Works GP. What better way to size up these two than in a good old-fashioned drag race, presented to all of us by YouTube channel Carwow.

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There's More to BMW's New Kidney Grille Than Meets the Eye

There’s More to BMW’s New Kidney Grille Than Meets the Eye

BMW explains that perception isn’t always reality

By now, a lot of you have your opinions of BMW’s new — and very controversial — kidney grille. Seen in models like the M3 and M4, the front kidney grille is, for better or worse, a visual conversation starter. But as much as it captures our attention, very little has been said about the functions of the kidney grille and, more importantly, what you can find behind the new nose.

See, there’s more to the kidney grille than meets the eyes, and thanks to Bimmer’s new “M3 and M4 - Explained” web series, we get a peek behind the curtain, or, in this case, a peek behind the two kidney grilles.

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Explained: Subaru BRZ's 2.4-Liter Engine and Why It Doesn't Need a Turbo

Explained: Subaru BRZ’s 2.4-Liter Engine and Why It Doesn’t Need a Turbo

It might take a few viewings, but you’ll eventually understand the reasons behind the BRZ’s lack of turbochargers

A lot’s been made of the new Subaru BRZ and its naturally aspirated 2.4-liter four-cylinder boxer engine. The good news that came with the bigger engine — the first-gen BRZ was powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer engine — was that it came with 23 more horsepower and 28 more pound-feet of torque. For power-starved fans of the BRZ, the new Subie’s output of 228 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque was a step in the right direction. Unfortunately, there is a caveat to the second-generation BRZ’s boxer engine. It’s still naturally aspirated, effectively squashing any and all dreams of seeing a turbocharged BRZ.

The Japanese automaker already explained that a turbocharged engine would come with a lot of complications, but for those who remain skeptical of Subie’s reasoning, this episode of Engineering Explained is must-see YouTube viewing. Host Jason Fenske is known for his deep dives on anything and everything related to automotive engineering. All the numbers might make your head spin as it did ours, but if you’re interested in understanding why the second-generation Subaru BRZ does not need a turbocharger, take some time out of your schedule and watch Fenske explain it in a way that we can (sort of) understand.

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GM Poised To Build Honda Electric Crossovers, But Will They Have That "Honda Reliability?"

GM Poised To Build Honda Electric Crossovers, But Will They Have That "Honda Reliability?"

It’s too early to tell, but all signs point to the affirmative

The Honda-General Motors marriage will reportedly give birth to a pair of battery-powered SUVs for Honda and Acura. The partnership, which was announced by the two automakers in April 2020, will revolve around the General’s proprietary Ultium batteries.

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The Ford Bronco Was Apparently Raised By Goats And We're Not A Fan

The Ford Bronco Was Apparently Raised By Goats And We’re Not A Fan

This new commercial for the Ford Bronco is so lame that it belongs in 2020

As far as origin stories go, the Ford Bronco’s genesis is as weird as it gets. No doubt, Ford wants to integrate the SUV’s “Goes Over All Terran” (G.O.A.T.) driving models into this commercial, and it did just that by adding goats into the tale of the Bronco’s birth. The ad is strange in so many ways that you might as well believe it if you’re the type to believe that such a scenario — a young, injured colt getting raised by goats — actually happens in this fair world of ours. But it is a commercial, and every commercial’s goal is to get people to talk about it. So, in a roundabout way, Ford’s “Raised by Goats” commercial for the Bronco succeeds in its intended objective. We’re talking about it, albeit with plenty of raised eyebrows and confused looks.

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Apple's iCar EV Gains Momentum And Hyundai Could Have Something To Do With It

Apple’s iCar EV Gains Momentum And Hyundai Could Have Something To Do With It

Could this finally be the partnership that launches Apple’s autonomous EV effort?

Almost a decade since it first started looking into entering the auto industry, tech giant Apple is now reportedly ready to dive deep into the market, this time with the help of Korean automaker Hyundai.

The two companies are reportedly close to signing a partnership deal that could finally bring Apple’s autonomous EV car dreams to life. Nothing is set in stone, but a report from Korean news outlet Korea IT News indicated that a deal is expected to be signed in March, setting the stage for a partnership that could help Apple start production of its autonomous electric vehicle sometime in 2024 in the U.S.

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5 Cars That Could Hit 300 MPH and 5 That Don't Quite Make It

5 Cars That Could Hit 300 MPH and 5 That Don’t Quite Make It

The obsessive desire to hit 300 mph has put these hypercars in the spotlight

If the NBA has Wilt Chamberlain’s 100 points and the Major League Baseball has Joe Dimaggio’s 56-game hit streak, the auto industry has the 300-mph top speed. These records and marks were once thought of as impossible to break, but recent advancements in technology and preparation have put them within reach, provided that a perfect storm of events happen.

Some automakers have made it their personal missions to be the first ones to emphatically say, and without any speck of controversy, that their car is the first car to legitimately hit a top speed of 300 mph. Depending on who you ask, that record has already been broken, but there are still debates on which model was the first to actually do it. Well, there are five models that are in contention for the record-setting claim, and there are five more that didn’t quite hit that mark during their time in the sun.

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The Chevy C8 Corvette Is Coming To Forza Horizon 4!!!

The Chevy C8 Corvette Is Coming To Forza Horizon 4!!!

Better late than never, folks!

Ever since Chevrolet unveiled the Corvette C8 in 2019, it was only a matter of time before the first mid-engine Corvette in the nameplate’s history would find its way to the world of Forza Horizon 4.

The Chevrolet Corvette C8 is now being unleashed in Forza 4. Ok, so we’re all going to have to wait until January 14, 2021 for the unleashing to become official, but all the same, the ‘Vette C8 will make its long-awaited debut in Forza 4 alongside other automotive luminaries like the 1990 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z and the 1965 Honda S800. New seasonal events, challenges, and stunts will also be included in the Series 31 update.

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LeBron James Seems To Dig The 2021 Hummer EV

LeBron James Seems To Dig The 2021 Hummer EV

The Hummer ambassador gives us a peek of what’s to come

We already know that LeBron James has been tapped to serve as a #HummerGMCAmbassador, but what we didn’t know is that part of the perks of being an ambassador is to take delivery of a Hummer EV First Edition right on your driveway and show it off on social media for the entire world to see.

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Every Koenigsegg Regera Goes Through A 0-186 MPH Test Before Being Delivered

Every Koenigsegg Regera Goes Through A 0-186 MPH Test Before Being Delivered

Special cars deserve special quality control care

Every automaker that’s worth its name has a quality control procedure that needs to be followed before its products head to their respective owners. For some, these quality control procedures involve checking the engine, the interior, and the car’s electronics system. But for an automaker like Koenigsegg, quality control procedures take on different forms.

The Swedish automaker even has a particularly specific procedure it does to the Regera supercar before it’s delivered to its excited owner. According to the company, ever Regera — that’s 80 of them — is required to do a 0-to-186 mph sprint test before it leaves the care of the automaker. It sounds ridiculous for a car to undergo a speed test of that magnitude before it’s delivered to a customer, but remember, this is the Regera we’re talking about.

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Every Car Model Collector Should Follow This Official Maisto Toys Instagram Account

Every Car Model Collector Should Follow This Official Maisto Toys Instagram Account

It’s full of toy cars photographed the right way

Instagram has become a platform that caters to everyone’s whims and fantasies. It’s a place where you can be anybody you want, provided you have a good camera and a good narrative to spin. Beyond that, Instagram is also a place where you can find quality spaces that you can go to and appreciate those accounts for what they are. Take Maisto’s official Instagram account, for example. You won’t find any facetious photos, troll posts, or scam-level products.

Instead, you’ll find photos of the company’s scale toy cars, photographed in ways that are detailed, creative, and downright stunning. From exotic supercars like the Ford GT to motorbikes like the BMW R nine T Scrambler, the photos in Maisto’s official Instagram account is full of some of the most incredible photos of toymaker’s products as taken by photographers and collectors who love their Maistos.

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You Can Now Gain 200 Horsepower In Your Chevy C8 Corvette With a Bolt-On Supercharger

You Can Now Gain 200 Horsepower In Your Chevy C8 Corvette With a Bolt-On Supercharger

All that added power is most welcome in the Corvette C8

If there’s one thing we know about Chevrolet Corvette enthusiasts, it’s that this crowd isn’t a patient lot. That’s important to know because the more powerful Corvette C8 Z06 hasn’t been revealed yet, and instead of patiently waiting for the model to drop, owners have turned to the aftermarket world to get their fix of extra power.

A sea of turbocharged setups has already hit the market, but supercharged options have been dry, at least until now. Kansas-based supercharger company ProCharger has just revealed the first supercharger option for the new Corvette C8, and it is a doozy. The full specs are yet to be announced, but the tuner has provided Corvette C8 owners something to look forward to: an extra 200 horsepower. That’s a promising start, at the very least.

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GTA V Running On An Overclocked RTX 3090 At 8K Looks Beyond Real

GTA V Running On An Overclocked RTX 3090 At 8K Looks Beyond Real

If this is the future of video games, then sign us up

Gamers know this, but for those who aren’t familiar, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 is the most powerful graphics card you can buy today. Not only can it deliver playable 8K gaming performance, but it also provides the kind of jaw-dropping 3D rendering and encoding performance that you won’t find anywhere in the market.

These details are important to remember, especially when you’re using the RTX 3090 in a game like Grand Theft Auto V. Beyond the specs and the promise of incredible performance capabilities, playing GTA V on a setup that uses the RTX 3090 graphics card makes for some of the most incredible visuals you’ll see in a video game.

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Social Media Influencers and Cool Cars - The Shameless on Rodeo Drive

Social Media Influencers and Cool Cars - The Shameless on Rodeo Drive

All that’s needed is a good camera, cash props, and lots of shameless egos

It’s one thing to be a social media influencer and carry actual influence in the real world. It’s another thing to be a faux social media influencer who parades around a place like Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, California, acting all that despite probably not being anywhere close to even being “that.”

It’s a testament to how the word “fame” is viewed these days that you can see people posing for photographs with exotic cars, gobs of money, and the occasional honey or two, all for the sake of posting said photos on Instagram and watching the “likes” and comments come pouring in. It’s a real thing that happens in today’s world, and if you need more convincing, check out this 13-minute video from YouTube channel effspot. It’s a shameless look at a shameless way of becoming famous. Then again, no one’s stopping them, right?

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This Beat-Up Lada Has Rear Legs, 'Walks' Around Like It's Nothing

This Beat-Up Lada Has Rear Legs, ’Walks’ Around Like It’s Nothing

Welcome to Mother Russia!

Car tuners in America are often geared towards power, power, and more power. Car tuners in Europe, on the other hand, are more sophisticated in their approach, preferring to cover all the bases required of a proper tuning setup.

Then there are car tuners in Russia, a lot of whom aren’t bashful about veering into the crazy side of car tuning. Russian tuner Garage 54 is probably best known for this approach, and when it collaborates with car-crazy Russian YouTube channel Workroom Siberia, you get projects like the Lada Walker, a beat-up Lada that’s been custom-tuned to walk. Yes, walk. Welcome to Mother Russia, folks.

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The CT5-V Blackwing Will Be The Most Powerful Cadillac Ever Made

The CT5-V Blackwing Will Be The Most Powerful Cadillac Ever Made

By how much is the real question

The Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing has been the subject of a lot of discussions, and those flames are still being fanned with a new report saying that the range-topping high-performance sedan is set to have the highest output of any Cadillac model.

New information brought to light by AutoVerdict claims as much, indicating that the CT5-V Blackwing will surpass the 640-horsepower and 630-pound-feet of torque output of the discontinued third-generation Cadillac CTS-V. No word yet on how much output the CT5-V Blackwing will have when it rolls out, but if it’s being tagged as the most powerful of any Cadillac in history, that bit of news should add more hype to a model that hasn’t had any shortage of it in recent months.

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Does Ceramic Coating Your Car Really Work?

Does Ceramic Coating Your Car Really Work?

You’re going to learn a lot about ceramic coating in this video

A lot of information can be culled from the Internet regarding ceramic coating, but we’ll point you in the direction of YouTube channel Warped Perception where host Matt Mikka provides an interesting experiment on the effects of ceramic coating. It’s a fascinating watch, especially if you’re actually considering putting ceramic coating on your car. There’s a lot of information about it, sure, but you can’t have too many before you make an informed decision. So, does ceramic coating really work? Let’s find out.

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Don't Stuff Breast Implants Into Your Turbocharger

Don’t Stuff Breast Implants Into Your Turbocharger

There’s no reason you should unless you’re trying to get a kick out of it

The holiday season afforded us enough time to go down the YouTube rabbit hole, and we chanced upon this gem of a video from auto enthusiast and all-around nut Cleetus McFarland.

Apparently, McFarland — real name Garrett Mitchell — had enough spare time of his own to find out if a turbocharger is as good at slicing and dicing random objects as it is in increasing an engine’s output. The experiment of sorts is comical but no less entertaining. It features a banana, a twinky, and a pair of breast implants sourced from — where else? — eBay.

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Here's What The Man Behind the Maserati MC12 Thinks About Cars In Cyberpunk 2077

Here’s What The Man Behind the Maserati MC12 Thinks About Cars In Cyberpunk 2077

Retro-futurism is the name of the game!

Now that 2020 has come and mercifully gone, it’s time we start fresh in 2021. On that end, we’d like to point you in the direction of what is arguably one of the best YouTube channels for car enthusiasts. Noted car designer Frank Stephenson’s channel on YouTube — it’s called “Frank Stephenson” — has been a goldmine of content.

In particular, his reaction videos to car designs have become some of our favorite videos to post on this site, and as we ring in the new year, we’re here to talk about his latest reaction video, this time to the vehicles in the Cyberpunk 2077 video game.

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Lego Kicks Off 2021 Right With the Grave Digger and Max-D Monster Truck Technic Kits

Lego Kicks Off 2021 Right With the Grave Digger and Max-D Monster Truck Technic Kits

Rejoice, Monster Jam fans! Lego has granted our wish!

The Christmas season is over and done with, but that doesn’t mean the fun of building Legos is going to stop. The toymaker is ringing in the new year in style with two fresh products that are going to excite monster truck fans the world over.

Hold on to your seats, Lego builders. Two of the most iconic monster trucks in history — Grave Digger and Max-D — have now been immortalized in toy bricks. The two trucks fall under the Lego Technic line, and each kit costs only $19.99. It’s only been a few days, but with the release of these two Lego Technic kits, it’s safe to say that 2021 is off to a really solid start.

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Bugatti's New Timepiece Collection from Jacob & Co. Is a Bank Account's Nightmare

Bugatti’s New Timepiece Collection from Jacob & Co. Is a Bank Account’s Nightmare

There are luxury watches and then there’s Jacob & Co.’s Chiron Tourbillon

Bugatti is known as much for record-setting supercars as it is for establishing relationships with premium brands from other industries. Just recently, the French carmaker partnered with premium audio company Tidal Audio to create a new line of Royale home audio systems.

Not content with slapping its badge on these gargantuan speakers, Bugatti went ahead and reconnected with old-running mate Jacob & Co. to create a limited edition version of the latter’s already limited Chiron Tourbillon timepiece.

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Best Sports Cars in 2020

Best Sports Cars in 2020

2020 was a dumpster fire, but these five sports cars still showed their worth

In an unprecedented year that saw multiple industries grind to a halt because of the coronavirus pandemic, the auto industry still managed to roll out some tasty dishes for the public. The sports car scene, in particular, balled out in 2020, buoyed in part by these five models that we identified as the best of its kind in 2020.

The task of picking out just five models proved to be harder than we thought, but that’s largely a product of having too many worthy choices. But these five stood out for all the reasons that make sports cars great. They’re fast, powerful, fun to drive, and much more affordable than going the exotic car route. It doesn’t hurt that all these models are lookers, too.

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Throwback:Nissan Says Merry Christmas By Turning the Leaf into a Rolling Christmas Tree

Throwback:Nissan Says Merry Christmas By Turning the Leaf into a Rolling Christmas Tree

It’s a nice tribute to the festivities of the upcoming holidays season

The Nissan Leaf is taking on a different form in time for the holiday season. For this specific occasion, Nissan converted a Leaf electric hatch into a fully lit Christmas tree, complete with 190 meters of utensil, over 15,000 lights, and, well, a reindeer.

No longer called the Nissan Leaf, the Japanese automaker dubbed its creation the Nissan Tree, a fitting homage to the Yuletide season that’s coming. For obvious reasons, the Nissan Tree is not for sale so don’t start asking Santa Claus for one.

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Throwback: BMW's Holiday Video Features Rarely Seen M3 E30 Pickup

Throwback: BMW’s Holiday Video Features Rarely Seen M3 E30 Pickup

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

With Christmas literally being a few days away, automakers have started rolling out their holiday greetings for the masses. BMW’s M Division is the latest to do so with a holiday-themed ad that features a vehicle that was never sold to the public. We’ve seen it a handful of times over the years, but this is probably the first time Bimmer is using the pickup version of the BMW M3 E30 for any of its promotional videos. Consider it a treat then that BMW is doing it for the holidays. Merry Christmas, indeed!

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2020 Bentley Flying Spur Reindeer Eight

2020 Bentley Flying Spur Reindeer Eight

Santa’s riding in style this holiday season

No doubt, after using God-knows-how-many-sleighs and eight burned out reindeers since time immemorial, dear pal and Christmas superstar Santa Claus is turning to a more traditional mode of transportation this holiday season.

Santa is expected to ride in style behind the wheel of the Reindeer Eight, a customized version of the Bentley Flying Spur that the British luxury car manufacturer is showing off ahead of Santa’s journey around the world. Dressed as you’d expect for a Christmas-themed Bentley, the Reindeer Eight is a proper homage to the most wonderful time of the year and the man largely responsible for making our kids stay up late at night on Christmas Eve.

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RTR Ford Mustang Spitfire vs. The Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR DSG

RTR Ford Mustang Spitfire vs. The Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR DSG

Power’s great, but it doesn’t paint the entire picture

You know it’s been a weird year when drag race videos have become the automotive equivalent of cat videos. It doesn’t matter which channel or publication rolls them out; we all love them the same. With so many of us opting to stay at home because of the COVID-19 virus, our thirst for drag race videos has given outlets like CAR Magazine enough reason to continue rolling them out.

The latest one-on-one throwdown pits a German hot hatch taking on a modified American muscle car. It’s not exactly a straightforward “rivals” drag race, but then again, these cross-segment matches have proven to be popular, in part because they’re the ones that come out with the most surprising results. Best believe it, too. This race between a Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR and a Ford Mustang RTR will leave your jaws wide open.

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2020 Fordzilla P1 Virtual Race Car

2020 Fordzilla P1 Virtual Race Car

It’s out of this world in more ways than one

The coronavirus pandemic has jogged a lot of our memories of 2020, but if you can clear your head long enough to remember what the world was like in March, you might remember a certain project that Ford was developing for the world of video games. It was called the Fordzilla P1, a virtual race car that gamers would have a huge hand in developing. It’s been nine months since Ford announced the Fordzilla P1, and while the world has completely turned upside down since that time, it’s nice to be reminded of much simpler times. The Fordzilla P1 has arrived in real-life form, and while it’s really nothing more than a mock-up of the digital race car, it’s still nice to see it in its physical form. At the very least, all that effort that was put into creating this insane racer bore a seriously forbidden fruit.

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Watch The Man Behind the McLaren P1 Pay Respect To the Bugatti Bolide

Watch The Man Behind the McLaren P1 Pay Respect To the Bugatti Bolide

You’re doing something right if you impress Frank Stephenson

When Frank Stephenson talks about car design, the prudent thing to do is to stop whatever you’re doing and listen to the man. After all, he is regarded as one of the best car designers of all time whose design portfolio includes the Ferrari F430, Maserati MC12, and just about every McLaren model that hit the market in the last decade.

Recently, Stephenson has taken on a new job as a YouTube personality, and, to everyone’s delight, his new gig involves critiquing vehicle designs from different manufacturers. Stephenson has already compiled an impressive library of videos, but his latest one just might be the most interesting of them all. In the latest episode of Supercar Designer, Frank Stephenson gives us his thoughts on the Bugatti Bolide.

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These Bugatti-Branded Speakers Redefine What High-End Audio Systems Can Be

These Bugatti-Branded Speakers Redefine What High-End Audio Systems Can Be

The Bugatti of speakers can now be said literally

Automakers have an affinity for high-end audio systems and if you’re one of these audio product manufacturers, you’d want to score a big fish to add legitimacy to your brand. Well, there’s no bigger fish in the auto world than Bugatti, and the French hypercar maker has found its audio soulmate in Tidal Audio.

Together, the two companies are launching a new line of premium audio products, beginning with Tidal Auto’s Royale range of speakers.

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2020 Ferrari 458 Speciale Armored by Add Armor

2020 Ferrari 458 Speciale Armored by Add Armor

No more worrying about being shot at when you’re in your Ferrari 458 Speciale

Your Ferrari deserves a level of protection that, say, your Honda Civic doesn’t. On that end, Ferrari owners may find themselves interested in this Ferrari 458 Speciale that’s been tuned to not only produce more power out of its 4.5-liter turbocharged V-8 engine, but to also carry proper protection in the form of armor. The real kind of armor, too. For a starting price of just $28,000, Add Armor will kit your Ferrari with armor that’s supposedly 10 times stronger than ballistic steel without compromising your Ferrari’s performance capabilities. That’s what you call hitting two birds with one stone, folks.

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Lexus Celebrates the 10th Anniversary of the LFA in a Weird Way

Lexus Celebrates the 10th Anniversary of the LFA in a Weird Way

It’s not what you’d expect for a supercar like the LFA

The Lexus LFA is 10 years old. It’s hard to believe, isn’t it? Looking back on the LFA always felt like looking back on a revolutionary supercar that was with us only recently. But reality can sometimes be cruel. Not only is the LFA 10 years old, but it’s been eight years since Lexus stopped production of the supercar.

Obviously, a celebration is in order for the LFA’s one-decade birthday, and Lexus is doing just that by introducing a version of the LFA that we’ve never seen before.

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