A Mercedes AMG E63 Just Made the Cannonball Run in a Record 27 Hours and 25 Minutes
One of the auto world’s craziest and most sought-after records, the Cannonball Run has been broken. The infamous New-York-to-Los-Angeles run that has been the obsession of a subculture of gear heads for more than 50 years now has a new record time, and it was broken by three guys — Arne Toman, Doug Tabbutt, and Berkeley Chadwick — who managed to accomplish the run while driving a heavily modified 2015 Mercedes-AMG E 63, doing so in a staggering time of 27 hours and 25 minutes. That time eclipsed the previous record of 30 hours that was set only six years ago.
Can Top Gear America Be Successful with Three New Hosts in 2020?
Top Gear America is returning for a third iteration. The popular automotive show is set to come back in the U.S. with three new hosts — Dax Shepard, Rob Corddry, and Jethro Bovingdon — and a new viewing platform.
Previously distributed by NBC and A+E Networks, the new version of Top Gear America will be offered by the BBC Studios in partnership with the MotorTrend Group. The show will air on the MotorTrend App, the latter’s streaming service, starting in the spring of 2020. You’ll need to pay a $4.99 monthly subscription fee to gain access to the show, but it’s not just Top Gear America that you’ll have access to. A litany of Top Gear content will also be available for viewing, including more than 170 episodes of the parent Top Gear show.
Watch Shmee Show Off a Custom Bugatti Chiron Key Fob That Might Cost More Than the House You Live In
In today’s tale of the excessive and outright ridiculous things you’ll see in the auto industry, we present to you the Awain Phantom Key for the Bugatti Chiron. Mind you, the Phantom key is not your typical car key. It’s not even a traditional car key. It’s a special key fob that’s synced to a Bugatti Chiron, and if that’s not cool enough, the Phantom Key is also obscenely expensive.
How expensive you ask? Believe it or not, but it costs around $550,000. That’s almost the expected price tag of the super exclusive and all-new Ferrari SF90 Stradale, which means that the Awain Phantom Key might very well be the most astonishing piece of automotive hardware you’ll see in a long time.
2021 Chevrolet C8 Corvette by Hennessey
The mid-engined 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 has yet to arrive in dealerships, but Hennessey is already staking claim to an aftermarket program that could provide the Corvette C8 with as much as 1,200 horsepower. Company founder John Hennessey dropped the bombshell, saying that the program would bring a lot to the table in terms of aerodynamic enhancements, new wheels, and, of course, engine upgrade programs with different states of tune.
The availability of Hennessey’s program will largely depend on the Corvette C8’s market launch. The eight-generation ‘Vette was supposed to arrive this year, but General Motors has pushed the start of production to early 2021 — around February or March — due to the UAW strike that lasted a month before ending in October 2019. If you’re dying to get a hold of this 1,200-horsepower, Hennessey-tuned Corvette C8, you might have to wait around a year for that opportunity.‘’
2021 Jaguar F-Type First Edition
The arrival of the facelifted 2021 Jaguar F-Type also comes with the launch of the F-Type First Edition. Limited to the facelifted F-Type’s first-year production run, the F-Type First Edition offers a smattering of refinements that includes exclusive features inside and out, including a choice of three paint colors and plenty of premium touch-ups in the cabin. The only real downside is that the 2021 F-Type First Edition could set you back at least $90,000.
The Jaguar F-Type’s New Engine Lineup Is Smaller and the F-Type R Now Occupies SVR Space
The facelifted 2021 Jaguar F-Type has arrived, and while everyone is noticing its heavily revised looks, there are a lot of changes to Jag’s sports car that go beyond its aesthetics. Some of the biggest changes can be found, not so ironically, underneath the F-Type’s new clamshell hood.
Gone are the days when you could choose from as many as eight engine options for the F-Type. For the revised model, the base four-cylinder model, the six-cylinder variant, and the supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 unit remain as the holdovers. A new engine could join the mix should Jaguar release an SVR version, but for now, engine options aren’t what they used to be, and that might be a good thing.
2020 Bugatti Chiron Noire Special Edition
Bugatti has a new pair of special edition models under the “Chiron Noire Exclusive” name. The two models are called the Chiron Noire Sportive and the Chiron Noire Elegance. Both are inspired, partly at least, by the one-off Bugatti La Voiture Noire that Bugatti unveiled earlier this year. Both Chiron Noire Exclusive Special Edition models are dressed in all black and carry a bevy of features that are exclusive to the two models. Bugatti only plans to release 20 units of the Chiron Noire Exclusive Special Edition in these two finishes. Deliveries are expected to start in the second quarter of 2020 with each unit costing $3,305,445.
The Mercedes V-12 Will Live On In the S-Class, Emissions Be Damned
Just when you thought it was safe to proclaim the V-12 engine a relic in Mercedes-Benz’s engine lineup, now comes word that the mighty V-12 might not be done yet. Daimler chairman Ola Källenius made that point to GT Spirit on the sidelines of the 2019 Guangzhou Auto Show in China. According to Källenius, the next-generation Mercedes S-Class will be offered with a V-12. He didn’t dive into the specifics of the said engine, but speculation is rampant that the next-generation S-Class’ V-12 engine will be an updated version of the 6.0-liter V-12 unit that’s currently available in the Mercedes-Maybach S650.
2020 Toyota Supra by AC Schnitzer
The all-new Toyota Supra A90 is an aftermarket tuner’s dream, and it hasn’t taken long for the world’s best tuners to build programs for the returning sports car icon. As you know, AC Schnitzer typically specializes in building aftermarket kits for BMW models but, since the Toyota Supra is a BMW at heart, AC Schnitzer is able to show it some love. AC Schnitzer’s program for the sports car is as all-encompassing as it gets. There’s a full line of upgrades to the Supra’s exterior, interior, engine, and a lot of mechanical parts in between. AC Schnitzer hasn’t rolled out the full price list for this new program, but you can bet it won’t be cheap.
The Jaguar F-Type Launches on December 2, But What Does Hot Wheels Have to Do With It?
The new Jaguar F-Type is nearing its début, and Jaguar was kind enough to drop a six-second teaser of the facelifted F-Type, complete with a hint of involvement from Hot Wheels. The official unveiling takes place on December 2, and while the specific details on what’s going to happen remain unclear, it does look like Jaguar wants us to think that Hot Wheels will be prominently involved in it. Is it possible that the new F-Type will perform some kind of stunt in its own début? It’s not unchartered territory considering the relationship history between Jaguar and Hot Wheels.
A Standalone M Halo Model Just Got a Huge Boost of Momentum
The unveiling of the BMW Vision M Next Concept at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show opened the doors on the possibility of one day seeing a standalone M halo model. That door remains open to this day, though BMW M chief Markus Flasch was also quick to point out that the new standalone model doesn’t have to be a mid-engined supercar. Flasch made that point while speaking to Auto Express at the Los Angeles Auto Show, adding that even if it doesn’t turn out to be in the vein of the Vision M Next Concept, the future M model still has to “stand out from the crowd,” as all M cars should. Regardless of the form it ends up taking, the future M model is expected to arrive sometime in 2021.
2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Concorde
This is the Aston DBS Superleggera Concorde Edition. It’s limited to just 10 units and it pays tribute to the 50th anniversary of the iconic Concorde’s first flight and the centenary of British Airways, one of the Concorde’s two operators. The DBS Superleggera Concorde isn’t your typical special edition Aston Martin, either. The automaker’s personalization division, Q by Aston Martin, was heavily involved in the development of the DBS Superleggera, right down to all the exclusive exterior and interior details that make the DBS Superleggera Concorde a special edition among special edition models. All 10 units of the DBS Superleggera Concorde will be sold through Aston Martin Bristol, which commissioned its creation. Pricing details have yet to be revealed, but if you’re looking to score one of the 10 available units, you’ll need to reach out to the dealership and express your interest. All 10 units will likely sell out as fast as it takes the Concorde to take flight.
LEGO Speed Champions Introduces a Nissan GT-R NISMO We Can All Afford
The Nissan GT-R NISMO is the latest supercar to join the ranks of LEGO’s Speed Champions line, adding another drool-worthy car kit to a lineup of brick sets that already includes the Ferrari F40, MINI Cooper, McLaren Senna, and Dodge Demon.
The Nissan-LEGO partnership was struck in part to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the iconic Japanese nameplate, and one of the early offsprings of that partnership is this 298-piece Nissan GT-R NISMO Speed Champions kit that will surely be a hot ticket item when it arrives sometime in January 2020. All car kits that are a part of LEGO’s 2020 Speed Champions lineup will also be bigger by 25 percent compared to previous versions. If for nothing else, the LEGO Nissan GT-R NISMO will look a lot more life-like than past Speed Champions cars.
Rimac, Like McLaren and Bugatti, Has Decided to Skip the SUV Train
The gravy train that is the SUV segment continues to roll along with a few notable absences in the passenger cars area. McLaren and Bugatti have made it clear that they are not hopping on the train anytime soon, and now, you can add Rimac to that list. The Croatian automaker that’s famously known for the Concept_One and C_Two isn’t keen on developing an SUV anytime soon. Instead, Rimac will continue to focus on what it does best: build demented hyper beasts. The C_Two hypercar is tracking nicely for a production debut at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show and after that, Rimac is already working on a new and yet-to-be-identified two-seater supercar. There’s no room for an SUV here, folks.
Elon Musk Really Expects Us To Believe His Excuse for Why the Tesla Cybertruck’s Windows Broke
The unveiling of the Tesla Cybertruck came with loads of surprises, including the truck’s controversial looks, impressive performance capabilities, and the late-game arrival of the Cyberquad ATV. But none of these moments compared to the moment when lead designer Franz von Holzhausen smashed two of the Cybertruck’s “armor glass” windows with a metal ball.
The incident spurred Elon Musk’s now-famous expletive-laden reaction, and days after the embarrassing on-air episode, Musk has come out and explained why the armor glass windows cracked when it was hit with the metal ball. You can believe Musk’s explanation or not, but it does sound like someone who’s trying to come up with an excuse to save some face.
Ford Hopes That Fake V-8 Engine Noise Will Help You Forget that the Mach-E Isn’t Really a Mustang
The Ford Mustang Mach-E proudly carries the nameplate of the iconic muscle car, but as an electric crossover, the Mach-E noticeably lacks the aggressive exhaust note that has come to define the Mustang name. Ford knows this, and instead of letting the Mach-E sound like a wispy electric car, the Blue Oval decided to inject an audible soundtrack that would convey the typical sounds of power and performance without compromising the crossover’s all-electric persona. The result is a sound that imitates an internal combustion engine without one actually being there.
The F1-Powered Hybrid AMG One Hypercar Is Still Happening, But Not Until 2021
When Mercedes-AMG unveiled the Project One in 2017, the automaker promised that the hypercar would find its way to customer’s by 2019. That initial promise has come and gone, in part, because the costs and time that comes with the development of the Project One proved too much even for Mercedes-AMG. But Mercedes’ performance brand remains undaunted, and it is now confident that deliveries of the One — that’s it’s official name now — will begin sometime in 2021. Mercedes still intends to build 275 units of the One, each priced at €2.275 million. That converts to $2.5 million based on current exchange rates.
The New Ford Bronco R Couldn’t Handle the Baja 1000
In Ford’s attempt to gain even more hype and publicity surrounding the returning Bronco SUV, it surprised a lot of people, ourselves included, by entering a prototype version of the Bronco R racing truck at the legendary Baja 1000 off-road race. Unfortunately, Ford’s best-laid plans for the prototype racer were no match for the excruciating desert trial. The Bronco R not only failed to finish the race, but it suffered one issue after another, ultimately leading it to break down even before it got a sniff of the finish line.
2020 Lamborghini V12 Vision Gran Turismo
Just when you thought it was safe to call the recently unveiled Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo one of the edgiest VGT cars to come out of the video game racing program, a certain Italian automaker comes out and smacks you over the head with its own Vision Gran Turismo. This one comes from Lamborghini, and it’s called the V12 Vision Gran Turismo. For a company that’s known for designing some of the most aerodynamically outrageous cars in the world, the V12 Vision Gran Turismo makes all of those models look like doodles on a sketch pad. It doesn’t hurt that the V12 VGT carries the same powertrain as Lambo’s other recent madness-of-a-creation, the Sian FKP 37. Just like every other Vision Gran Turismo model that has come before, the Lamborghini V12 Vision Gran Turismo is not earmarked for real-world production. It will instead be available in Gran Turismo Sport for the PlayStation 4 in 2020.
Is It Possible to Like This Custom LEGO Tesla Cybertruck More Than the Real Thing?
The Tesla Cybertruck has now been immortalized in LEGO form, except that it’s not an official LEGO creation. The custom LEGO build comes to us by way of Peter Blackert, and the details involved in this build are nothing short of impressive. Using only his creativity, Blackert was able to recreate a scaled version of the Cybertruck, complete with the Cyberquad and what we only assume to be a LEGO version of no less than Elon Musk himself.
There are a lot of things that are cool about this LEGO version of the Tesla Cybertruck, and while we don’t know if LEGO will actually offer an official version of the truck, we’re more than happy to use Blackert’s version as a peg to create our own LEGO Cybertrucks.
Guy Martin Pilots The World’s Fastest Tractor to a Record Top Speed of 153.7 MPH
Guy Martin has added another record to his long list of accolades. As if owning the world record for the fastest speed on a gravity-powered snow sled and the highest speed on a Wall of Death aren’t impressive enough, the British racer and all-around crazy man has added the world record for driving the world’s fastest modified tractor to his long list of accolades.
Martin’s latest triumph came alongside the JCB Fastrac Two, which hit a top speed of 153.7 mph, destroying the previous record of 103.6 mph that was also set by Martin a little over four months ago.
Are Cars Without Windshields Becoming a Trend?
McLaren unveiled the Elva supercar earlier this week, and among its many unique features, it included one that has become trendy among supercar brands in recent years. Folks, the Elva is the first production McLaren that doesn’t have a windshield. In fact, it doesn’t have a roof, either. Windows? What are those?
As striking and unique as the Elva is, it’s not the first performance car to adopt this kind of appearance. In this decade alone, there have been a number of other performance vehicles that were created with the little-to-no-windshield design. Some arrived as concepts while others turned into production models. Either way, these five vehicles pulled the design off to varying degrees of success.
Tesla’s "Plaid Mode" T-Shirt is Actually Pretty Cool
Tesla’s ability to monetize just about anything under the sun is back in the news. As if flamethrowers, tequilas, and branded hats aren’t enough, the Tesla is now offering a “Plaid Mode” t-shirt to commemorate the arrival of the new range-topping version of the Model S. The shirt, which is literally available in Tesla’s online shop was designed to, according to the company, “celebrate Tesla’s incredible performance mode.” It’s made from 100% cotton, and, apparently, it’s also the “next best thing to riding shotgun at the Nurburgring.” The Tesla “Plaid Mode” t-shirt is available for $35 at sizes ranging from “XS” to “XXL.” At this point, if you haven’t bought one yet, we don’t know what you’re waiting for.
Top Gear’s Rally Car Gets The LEGO Technic Treatment
The recently announced marriage between LEGO and Top Gear has given birth to its first child. No, it’s not a LEGO Stig - it’s the Top Gear GT Rally Car, and it’s not your typical LEGO set. It’s a creation of LEGO Technic, which means that you can expect it to be trickier and far more complicated than your run-of-the-mill build. The Top Gear GT Rally Car is the first of what should be a series of kits that will be co-created by LEGO and Top Gear. There’s no word on what the future products will look like, but you can expect this set to go on sale at the end of the year.
The MINI John Cooper Works GP Is Every Bit as Wild as We Thought It Would Be
MINI is in attendance at the 2019 Los Angeles with the 2020 John Cooper Works, the fastest and most powerful production MINI ever created. The souped-up version of the MINI John Cooper Works was built with performance in mind, delivering the kind of power and ferocity never before seen in a production MINI. The hot hatch also benefits from important aerodynamic upgrades, but it’s the introduction of a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine — the most powerful engine ever fitted in a production MINI — that sets the 2020 John Cooper Works GP apart. Only 3,000 units of the 2020 MINI John Cooper Works GP will be built with each unit priced from $44,900. Deliveries of the 2020 MINI John Cooper Works GP begin in March 2020.
2020 Dodge Challenger 50th Anniversary Edition
The Dodge Challenger is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and Dodge is rolling out a special treat for fans of the muscle car with the Challenger 50th Anniversary Edition. The special edition Challenger is not a traditional stand-alone SE model. Instead, it is a special edition trim package that will be available in seven different colors on four Challenger trim models: the GT RWD, R/T Shaker, R/T Scat Pack Shaker, and R/T Scat Pack Shaker Widebody. Only 70 units will be built in each color for each trim. That adds up to a total of 1,960 units. The cost of the 50th anniversary trim will vary depending on the Challenger trim. Prices range from $4,995 to $5,995.
The Tesla Cybertruck’s Graffiti-Style Font has "Merchandise" Written All Over It
Tesla is not above trying to monetize anything that it thinks will make money. Now that the all-electric Cybertruck has been revealed, you can be sure that the California automaker will find ways to generate supplementary income when opportunities present themselves.
It just so happens that one of those opportunities is already sitting in Tesla’s lap. No, it’s not the Cybertruck itself. It’s not even the Cyberquad. It’s the Cybertruck’s graffiti-style name. If you don’t think Tesla’s not above making money off of a font, wait a few months and check the company’s online shop. You might find a t-shirt with your exact size in it.
The Tesla Cybertruck Has Everyone’s Attention, But What I Really Want Is the Cyberquad
The Tesla Cybertruck is justifiably garnering a lot of the attention today, but just because that’s the case, that doesn’t mean we should completely ignore its little companion.
Revealed late in the Cybertruck’s debut is the Tesla ATV that we now know is called the Cyberquad. The ATV was unveiled largely as a late-game surprise to show that it could fit in the 6.5-foot bed of the Cybertruck. There are currently no plans to build it, but if Tesla had the temerity to build flamethrowers, surely the door isn’t closed on the possibility of seeing the Cyberquad come to life, right? Right?
Tesla Shocks and Awes with Cybertruck Pricing Details
The arrival of the Tesla Cybertruck has sent shockwaves throughout the auto industry. The all-new electric truck burst into the scene last night in Los Angeles and among the litany of important and breathtaking details that were revealed, none were as surprising as the truck’s price tag, or price tags depending on the trim that you get.
The Tesla Cybertruck’s price starts at $39,900 for the entry-level Single Motor RWD trim, and that’s not counting the incentives that come with it. Tesla is already taking pre-orders for the truck with just a downpayment of $100. Meanwhile, the Dual Motor AWD trim starts at $49,900 before incentives while the range-topping Tri Motor AWD trim starts at $69,900. A $7,000 option for the self-driving feature is also available.
The Tesla Cybertruck Has Arrived and There’s A LOT To Digest
The Tesla Cybertruck has finally been unveiled, and, as expected, it already has everyone buzzing. From its controversial looks to its power and performance capabilities, Tesla promised a truck like no other, and for the most part, that’s exactly what the Cybertruck is.
Reservations are now open for the Cybertruck; they went live as soon as the live unveiling ended. Interested customers will have to wait to receive their trucks, though, as full orders are expected to be taken “as production nears in late 2021.”
Ford Is Limiting the Mustang Mach-E Production in the First Year, But It Won’t Sell That Many Anyway
Ford president of automotive, Joe Hinrichs, has revealed that the Blue Oval plans to build 50,000 units of the Mustang Mach-E in its first year of production. As eye-popping as that figure sounds, it’s actually capped to that number, at least in part, because of battery availability.
The volume is enough to raise some eyebrows, but not at all surprising. The more important question is whether Ford can actually sell 50,000 units of the Mustang Mach-E in its first year of production. Given the current landscape of the market, it is reasonable to think that even if Ford “caps” production to 50,000 units in the first year of production, it might not be able to sell that many anyway.
2020 Jaguar XJ Collection
The current-generation Jaguar XJ X351 is nearing the end of its decade-long run and the British automaker is commemorating the occasion by turning the last 300 units of the XJ into a special edition version called the XJ Collection. Available only for the U.S. market, the XJ Collection comes with exclusive touches befitting of a special edition model. More than that, the car is a proper swan song to Jag’s established but aging full-sized sedan. The XJ X351 has been in the market since 2010 and with rumors swirling about the next-generation XJ’s possible electric future, this could be the last chance you have of buying a pure V-8-powered, special edition XJ. The Jaguar XJ Collection starts at $85,000. There’s no word yet on when the it will be made available, though.
How Does the 2020 Ford Mustang Mach-E Compare to Its Main Competition?
The Ford Mustang Mach-E has arrived, and now it’s time to see how the Mustang Mach-E compares to the competition. Name issues notwithstanding, the Mustang Mach-E enters a market that’s teeming with competition from models that are just as new and exciting as the new Ford crossover. How does the Mustang Mach-E compare against its new rivals? Let’s go find out.
2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Trim Level Breakdown
November 17, 2019 will forever be remembered as the day Ford unveiled the controversial Mustang Mach-E electric crossover. We’ve looked at, gone through, and peeled off just about every conceivable layer of the Mustang Mach-E, and now it’s time to look at each of the Mach-E’s trims from affordable to most expensive. Here’s the breakdown.
New Rendering Envisions a Real-Life Need For Speed Toyota Supra
The 2019 SEMA Auto Show hosted no less than five different Toyota Supra concepts. None of them, though, can compete with the audacity of this custom rendering of a tricked-out Toyota Supra created by Ambielec Design.
Inspired by the Need For Speed: Heat video game that was launched earlier this month, this Supra rendering wears what is arguably the wildest wide-body kit we’ve seen on the returning Japanese sports coupe. It’s modified to an extent that the only two possible reactions to this rendering are to either love it or hate it. We’re still not sure where we are on that scale.
Ford Has Officially Confirmed the Mustang Mach-E Name For its New Electric SUV
After years of speculation, Ford’s highly anticipated, Mustang-inspired electric crossover will officially be called the Mustang Mach-E. The model is scheduled to be unveiled on Sunday, November 17, ushering in a new era, not only for Ford but, more importantly, for the Mustang nameplate. Pre-orders for the Mustang Mach-E will begin immediately after the live reveal with a $500 refundable deposit, and early birds will have the opportunity to score one of the limited-run Mustang Mach-E First Edition models. Ford didn’t mention how many of these special edition variants will be available, though if the opportunity presents itself, we expect them to sell out in short order.
The 2020 Audi S8 Is Kind of a Supercar with Four Doors
The 2020 Audi S8 has arrived, and it is a monster. There are no two ways about it. We all know what the S8 brings to the table as far as luxury credentials are concerned. But the not-so-little secret about the S8 is that it’s also fast and powerful. Audi claims that the S8’s 571-horsepower 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine can sprint from 0 to 62 mph in 3.8 seconds. That’s an impressive number, but a test run conducted by Auditography revealed Audi’s claimed acceleration time may not be that accurate. In other words, either Audi’s being a bit cheeky or the S8 is actually faster than the company that made it expected it to be.
The Ferrari Roma Is a Callback to the Past and a Look Into the Future
Ferrari’s run of new model releases in 2019 now includes the Roma, a two-seater supercar that pays tribute to the Italian automaker’s roots while also showcasing a new interior layout that could lay the foundation on what future Ferraris could look like — at least as far as interiors go — in the future.
The Roma joins the F8 Tributo, F8 Tributo Spider, 812 GTS, and SF90 Stradale as all-new Ferraris that the Italian automaker unveiled this year. It is fitting that what could be the last of this new model assault is the one that bridges the past with the future. Ferrari hasn’t revealed the price and availability of its new supercar, but expect more details to arrive soon.
Watch an Old Yellow Jeep Save a Range Rover That’s Stuck in the Sand
Land Rover Range Rovers are highly touted for their off-road prowess as much as their upscale and luxurious reputations. But every so often, even Superman needs some help. That proved to be the case in this video when a Range Rover, as capable as it is, got stuck in soft sand. Helpless in their predicament, the owners of the Range Rover called upon, of all things, a Jeep, arguably the only off-roader that’s as capable as the British SUV. To be fair, the Jeep is a recovery vehicle so it’s set up specifically for that purpose. Still, it is amusing to see a Jeep pulling a Range Rover out of its perilous predicament. It just goes to show that even one of the best luxury off-road SUVs sometimes still needs a little help.
2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera By Wheelsandmore
The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera is the beneficiary of a significant aftermarket program from noted tuner Wheelsandmore. The tuner’s latest enterprise comprises two separate software updates to the DBS Superleggera’s 5.2-liter V-12 engine. The more significant of these two updates elevates the V-12’s output to levels you didn’t expect from the already potent DBS Superleggera. Aston’s resident thrill seeker is already a handful on its own, but with Wheelsandmore’s new software upgrades, there’s a case to be made that you should hold on for dear life when you’re riding shotgun in this supercar.
They Say Lamborghini’s Chief Technical Officer Hinted at a Potential Urus Performante, But It’s Probably Not Happening
The Lamborghini Urus Performante has taken up residence in the rumor mill for a few months now. Lamborghini’s chief technical officer, Maurizio Reggiani, has now brought life back to the Urus Performante, and it appears that the high-spec version of the Urus SUV will likely become a reality at some point soon. Granted, Reggiani didn’t explicitly say that the Urus Performante is coming. But he also didn’t say that it wasn’t.
Whether or not it ends up happening will depend entirely on Lamborghini. So in the absence of a clear direction on Lamborghini’s part, we’re taking it upon ourselves to talk about the veracity of these rumors and how it’s going to affect Lamborghini’s booming Urus SUV business moving forward.
2019 Maserati Gran Turismo Zeda
Maserati is ending production of the current-generation GranTurismo by rolling out the GranTurismo Zeda, a one-off creation that commemorates the model’s more-than-a-decade-long run in the market. The Maserati GranTurismo Zeda comes with a lot of exclusive touches, none more prominent than a unique paint finish that separates its aesthetics from just about every GranTurismo model that has hit the market in the last 12 years. There are currently no plans to offer the Maserati GranTurismo Zeda to the public, but a limited-production run in the future hasn’t been ruled out quite yet.
Check Out This Ridiculous Ford GT40 Movie Rig from Ford V Ferrari
Making a movie like the just-released Ford vs Ferrari film requires a lot of on-track camera work, some of the creative variety. Look no further than this behind-the-scenes video posted on YouTube by Fab TV, showing what just might be one of the most unusual camera rigs you’ll ever see. That, folks, is a replica Ford GT40, except that it’s only half of the car. The other half is a giant tube-framed platform that not only supports an external driver but, more importantly, a full-blown production setup that includes multiple cameras. This is the kind of movie production razzmatazz that you can expect in 2019. It’s strange, awesome, and downright weird, all rolled into one.
2019 Toyota Avalon TRD Pro Concept
A year after unveiling a tricked-out TRD version of the Avalon, Toyota is back at it with an even more radical setup for its resident full-size four-door sedan. It’s called the Toyota Avalon TRD Pro Concept, and it’s loaded to the brim with track-spec modifications that enhance every detail of the sedan.
From aerodynamic modifications to powertrain enhancements, the Avalon TRD Pro Concept has them all. It’s a fitting homage to TRD’s 40th anniversary, though it would probably be even cooler if Toyota has plans to produce it in some capacity. For now, we can enjoy the Avalon TRD Pro Concept for what it is: a glimpse into what a full-blown, track-spec Toyota Avalon could look like if it was left in the hands of TRD. Maybe someday we can also find out what it feels like to drive.
2019 Nissan Frontier Desert Runner
The Nissan Frontier Desert Runner doesn’t have the racing pedigree of the Nissan Global Time Attack TT 370Z or the sheer tuning audacity of the Nissan Kicks Street Sport, but if you’re looking for a rugged version of Nissan’s long-standing pickup with some serious off-road chops, the Frontier Desert Runner should be right up your alley. Developed by the Nissan Motorsports team in collaboration with MA Motorsports, the Frontier Desert Runner is teeming with purpose-specific upgrades that help enhance the pickup’s already impressive form and functionality. Nissan has yet to give any indication of potential production plans for the tricked-out pickup, but that could come soon if there’s decent enough demand for it. For now, though, the Nissan Frontier Desert Runner takes center stage at the 2019 SEMA Auto Show.
The New Michael Keaton Lego DC Batman Car is Two-Foot of Childhood Dreams Come True
One of the most important Hollywood cars is about to get the LEGO treatment. In what could be the best LEGO car of all time, the iconic Batmobile from the 1989 Batman movie has now been immortalized in bricks. Otherwise known as the 1989 Tim Burton Batmobile, this LEGO car is a showstopper when fully built and a huge challenge to actually build. It’s made up of 3,306 pieces, which is around 200 fewer pieces than the LEGO Bugatti Chiron. The LEGO Batmobile, which arrives in time for the Tim Burton film’s 30th anniversary and the 80th anniversary of the Batman character, will be released on November 29 (Black Friday) at a price of $250.
2020 Hennessey Resurrection ZL1 1LE Camaro
John Hennessey is bringing some divine power to the 2019 SEMA Auto Show. The model is called the Hennessey Resurrection, but don’t confuse the perceived grace attached to its name. The Resurrection is a super-limited, take-no-prisoners, 1,200 horsepower Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 that can lay waste to any ill-fated automotive soul that gets in its way. Hennessey only plans to build 24 units of the Resurrection with each model priced at around $200,000. That’s right. If you want to be showered by the grace of the Resurrection, you need to pay up some serious cash for the opportunity. This is why it’s worth every penny.
2020 Toyota GR Supra Heritage Edition
The Toyota Supra has arrived at the 2019 SEMA Auto Show, and in true form, we’re not just talking about one Supra at SEMA. Nope. There are multiple Supras in attendance at SEMA, each wearing a different alter-ego. One of these models is called the Supra Heritage Edition. It’s the most subtle of the Supras in SEMA, but it’s also the one that we identify with the most. Part of the Supra Heritage Edition’s appeal is its connection to the aftermarket tuning world. Toyota created it as an homage to the tuning scene, something that past versions of the Supra were all very familiar with. Granted, the Supra Heritage Edition doesn’t boast any of the over-the-top madness that past custom Supras could claim, but as a celebration of the relationship between the nameplate and the aftermarket tuning scene, the Supra Heritage Edition is as good as it gets.
2020 Ram 1500 Built to Serve Edition
RAM’s penchant for rolling out special edition trucks has paved the way for the truck brand to introduce a new run of special edition models that pay tribute to the five branches of the United States military. The special edition trucks fall under the RAM 1500 Built To Serve Edition name. Each of the five armed services — Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Marines — will receive their own special edition treatment. It’s unclear which of the five will get rolled out first, but the specific launches will take place every three months, beginning next week when the truck brand hosts its own Veterans Day celebration on November 11.
2020 Ford Urban Escape by LGE-CTS
The 2020 Ford Escape is well-represented at the 2019 SEMA Auto Show. Three different versions of Ford’s hot-selling crossover are in attendance at the world’s largest auto show, including the Ford LGE-CTS Motorsports Urban Escape. As the name implies, the LGE-CTS Urban Escape is a stylish all-around crossover vehicle designed to tackle both urban and off-road environments. It comes with a smattering of upgrades in the form of new equipment and performance modifications, among other things. It’s not the fanciest tuned version of the Escape that’s at SEMA, but it is the one that a lot of people will no doubt gravitate to, in part because of its functionality and all-around usefulness in the real world.
2020 Chevrolet COPO Camaro John Force Edition
Another year, another Chevrolet COPO Camaro. That’s what we can expect at the 2019 SEMA Auto Show when the Bowtie unleashes its latest drag racing masterpiece. A total of 70 units of the 2020 Chevrolet COPO Camaro will be made, but only 69 will be unleashed to the masses. The other one — this one — is headed to the auction block, and if looks could fetch a million dollars, the one-off COPO Camaro John Force Edition will be drenched in a downpour of benjamins once it hits the auction block at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction in January 2020. But before it takes the stage, the one-off Chevrolet COPO Camaro John Force Edition will be in attendance at the 2019 SEMA Auto Show. It’s probably the closest we’ll ever get to seeing it up close and personal before some deep-pocketed fellow brings it home with him next year.
2019 Volkswagen Atlas Adventure Concept
Volkswagen will be in attendance at the 2019 SEMA Auto Show, and it’s bringing with it a host of tricked-out SUVs that are built for the American outdoors. Arguably the coolest of these concepts is the Atlas Adventure Concept. It looks the part of an SUV that can handle itself in the Nevada desert with the kind of ease you won’t see from a lot of SUVs offered at SEMA. It comes with a menu of unique equipment, including a clever housing accommodation setup that should make it comfortable for you and yours to enjoy a good night’s sleep under the stars. The Volkswagen Atlas Adventure Concept is one of three Atlas concepts that will be on display at Volkswagen’s booth in the world’s biggest aftermarket auto show.
Ferrari’s One-Off Creations is A List of the Most Desirable Prancing Horses of All Time
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.
The 10 Best Ferraris Of All Time
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.
2019 Audi SQ8 by ABT Sportsline
The Audi SQ8 isn’t the most violent version of Audi’s Q8 SUV lineup. That spot is reserved for the RS Q8. But the SQ8 TDI is potent enough in its own way, and when you get the involvement of noted Audi tuner ABT Sportsline, the result is a face-mashing performance SUV that produces enough torque to make the range-topping RS Q8 feel redundant. The German tuner’s new program for the SQ8 SUV is a masterclass in the art of tuning upgrades. It comes with subtle but important exterior and interior upgrades that complement the power and performance gains that also come with the whole package. The tuning kit is specced specifically for the SQ8 TDI so if that’s your thing, you shouldn’t miss out on this program. If you prefer the gas-powered version that lacks the low revs and fake exhausts, you might as well just wait for the Audi RS Q8 to arrive towards the end of the year. Either way, it’s a can’t-lose proposition.
2019 Hyundai Veloster N Performance Concept
As if the Hyundai Veloster N isn’t hot enough, Hyundai’s all set to unwrap an even hotter version of the hot hatchback at the 2019 SEMA Auto Show. This new variant is called the Veloster N Performance Concept, and it is a spicy piece created by Hyundai to give Veloster N owners a preview of how the hot hatch could be transformed if it got introduced into the aftermarket world. The Veloster N Performance Concept comes with exterior enhancements, interior upgrades, and technical improvements. In other words, it’s the full cocktail of the tuning world. Unfortunately, don’t expect the Veloster N Performance Concept to make its way to dealerships anytime soon. This concept is strictly for showcase purposes. On that end, the Veloster N Performance Concept will be in attendance at SEMA in Las Vegas, Nevada next month.
Bugatti Dealer Tries to Resell a Chiron Super Sport 300+ Build Slot for More Than The Price of the Car Itself
A build slot for the upcoming Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ is now up for grabs, provided you have around $5.2 million to spare. That’s the asking price of Auto Salon Kitzbuhel, a German dealership who posted the supposed build slot on Mobile, Germany’s largest online car market. Specific details about the Chiron Super Sport 300+ or even just the build slot were not revealed. Apparently, if you want to learn more about the said build slot and the justification for that stratospheric asking price, you’re going to have to reach out to the dealership through its WhatsApp profile. What’s clear is that if there’s legitimacy to this build slot, it’s hard to imagine someone not making a serious run at it given how limited — only 30 will be made — the Chiron Super Sport 300+ already is.
If You Can’t Wait for The Chevrolet Corvette C8 to Get The LEGO Treatment, Here’s How You Can Build One From the Ground Up
Like most hotly anticipated cars, there’s a segment of the car-loving population that is also into the hobby of collecting scaled versions of premium cars, or in some cases, LEGO versions of the same premium cars. The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 counts as one of the most anticipated cars of the car, but don’t expect to see it in LEGO form anytime soon. What you can do, instead, is take matters into your hands — like one person did — and build a 1:20 scale version of the Corvette C8 using used LEGO bricks. It’s not an official LEGO product, but this LEGO Corvette C8 should do until the real licensed one comes out, if it ever does.
2019 Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo
Not content with its current lineup of models, Jaguar has announced the arrival of its latest masterpiece, the completely digital Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo. It’s not a real supercar that will terrorize roads in the near future; the Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo is a low-slung all-electric supercar that will terrorize all the hapless racers that get in its way in the Gran Turismo Sport racing game. The sleek two-door supercar takes design cues from a lot of Jaguar’s existing model lineup. It’s also powered by a stuffing of electric motors that combine to produce four-digit levels of power. In other words, the Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo is a monster, and this monster will make its way to the video game world by the end of November.
2020 Donkervoort D8 GTO-JD70
Lightweight sports car manufacturer Donkervoort is celebrating the 70th anniversary of its founder, Joop Donkervoot, by releasing the D8 GTO-JD70, a limited edition version of the D8 GTO that the automaker says is capable of pulling “more than 2G of lateral acceleration in corners, even in its standard trim and on its standard tires.” As exciting as that sounds, not everyone will get the chance to own the D8 GTO-JD70. Production is limited to just 70 units with each model priced at €163,636 before taxes. That converts to around $182,000 based on current exchange rates. Those lucky enough to score one of the 70 available units will get their hands on their limited edition rides beginning in the spring of 2020.
The Best Tech Features in the Volkswagen Golf Mk8
The Volkswagen Golf is arguably one of the most recognizable models in Volkswagen’s lineup. That stature comes with the pressure of standing out in a sea of hatchbacks looking to take some shine away from the famous nameplate. Now that the eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf (Mk8) is here, it looks like the competition will have its hands full trying to catch up with the Golf Mk8. See, there are a lot of things to like about the Golf Mk8, but arguably the most important of these things is the incredible amount of new technologies Volkswagen was able to pack into the hatchback. Believe me when I tell you, the eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf is so tricked out in new technology, it’s hard to imagine how Volkswagen managed to fit all of them into the hatchback.
Porsche’s Newest Concept Is a Spaceship for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Porsche is creating a new concept vehicle, only this time, it’s not the kind of concept that we’re accustomed to. The German automaker is teaming up with Lucasfilm — yes, Lucasfilm — to create a spaceship — yes, a spaceship — for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The intergalactic vehicle isn’t expected to be included in the movie, but it will be created and displayed at the premiere of the new Star Wars movie extravaganza on December 20. The timing of this Porsche-Lucasfilm collaboration could point hints to the possible use of Porsche’s new Taycan — Porsche’s first-ever EV is also slotted for a December world debut — in the design and development of the aforementioned spaceship. It’s a curious thing to say, let alone imagine a Porsche-designed spaceship for the Star Wars universe.
2019 Subaru Levorg Prototype
Subaru has pulled the covers off the all-new Levorg wagon, ushering in the second-generation version of what has become one of the most popular wagons in Japan. The Subaru Levorg Prototype isn’t the final production model. It is, as Subaru deftly calls it, a near-production “prototype” of the second-generation wagon that will arrive in the Japanese market in the second half of 2020. The Levorg isn’t going to the U.S. market, but some of the new and updated technologies that are being showcased by the prototype in Tokyo will find their way to America in some form or fashion. In the absence of the actual wagon heading Stateside, we’ll take our victories where we can get them.
Only Australians Would Build a Hyundai IMax N Drift Van, But We’re So Glad They Did
Our mates over at Hyundai Australia must have a lot of time on their hands. A year after building a one-off convertible Santa Fe that was pretty much a standard Santa Fe with its roof chopped off, Hyundai Australia outdid itself this time by rolling out a full N-spec iMax passenger van. Known as the Starex in other global markets — it’s not sold in the U.S. — the iMax N isn’t your typical passenger van. It comes with a completely different engine, a limited-slip differential, and a dual-mode active exhaust system that you normally find in models like the i30 N and the U.S.-spec Veloster N. Obviously, Hyundai Australia wouldn’t go through these lengths to create an N-spec iMax passenger van if it didn’t have plans to have fun with it. Well, it did have fun with it. A lot of fun.
2019 Nissan Ariya Concept
The Nissan Ariya Concept has arrived at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show. The all-electric crossover concept will take its place in Nissan’s booth in the show. But the Ariya Concept is far from a show car that will fall back into the shadows when the show ends. The Ariya Concept is a production-ready prototype that will eventually evolve to become Nissan’s second mass-market electric vehicle, joining the long-standing Leaf in that lineup. The production car — it will likely be called Ariya, too — will take plenty of cues from its concept counterpart. It’s not expected to hit the market until 2020, so for now, absorb everything you can absorb with the Ariya Concept. You’ll be seeing a lot more of the crossover in the near future.
The Best (and Fastest) Supercars of the 90s
The 1990s were an interesting decade for the auto industry, though most of us remember it more because of what took place in the supercar segment. Back then, the “term” supercar wasn’t as widely used as it is today, but that didn’t stop automakers like Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, Mercedes, and, yes, McLaren from developing performance beasts that didn’t rely on driving aids to be considered super. For the most part, the 1990s supercars were machines that came with insanely powerful engines, sleek and functional bodies, and low curb weights. Traction control? KERS? Launch control? None of these existed in that era, and, in some ways, that’s what made those exotics so pure and completely awesome. There’s a long list of supercars that shot to fame in the 1990s. We could’ve identified all of them, but that would’ve taken up a lot of space and time. Instead, we chose eight of the best and fastest supercars of that decade that have evolved into unicorns in today’s era of supercars.
Just BMW Drivers Being BMW Drivers: Crashes and Fails on Video
BMW drivers are known for being a tad too aggressive on the wheel. Look up “BMW driving fails” on the Internet or on YouTube, the perception hits judging by the sheer number of compilation videos that are available for your viewing pleasure. This video compilation, provided to us by the eponymously named Crash Car Channel on YouTube, is a non-stop, 10-minute run of BMWs crashing into trees, traffic posts, cars, and just about everything that gets in their way. This might not be the video for you in case you’re an upstanding BMW owner. But for the rest of us, this is the latest proof that a lot of BMW drivers take Bimmer’s “Sheer Driving Pleasure” tag line a little too far.
Top 8 Fastest Electric Cars
It’s no secret that with the copious amounts of torque they carry, electric vehicles are considered some of the fastest-accelerating cars in the world, faster even than most of their non-EV counterparts. The eight cars on this list are proof of that. These are some of the fastest electric cars on the road today, so if you happen to see one on the road, try not to look at them the wrong way, unless you want to see first-hand just how fast they can go.
Tesla Model S Plaid - Everything We Know
If you’ve ever wondered about the etymology of Tesla’s Ludicrous Speed upgrade for the Model S, look no further than Mel Brooks’ Spaceballs, the parody of the Star Wars movie franchise that was released back in 1988. “Ludicrous Speed,” as it was called, was a unit of speed that traveled faster than “Light Speed” and “Ridiculous Speed.” It also opened the door for the next fastest form of speed in outer space, referred to only as “Plaid.” All of this is relevant only in Tesla’s world because of the upcoming arrival of the Model S Plaid. This is everything we know about it.
Someone Seriously Crammed a Toyota Supra 1JZ into a Freaking Ford Taurus
This is a 2001 Ford Taurus RWD. There’s nothing special about it, at least if you look at it from all angles. But this particular rear-wheel drive Taurus has a little secret hidden underneath all that underwhelming white body panels. Believe it or not, but this 2001 Ford Taurus with the missing headlamps and the mismatched wheels is actually powered by a 2.5-liter 1JZ-GTE VVTi inline-six-cylinder engine. It’s the same engine Toyota used on the first-generation Supra all the way to the third-generation model. Suffice to say, this 2001 Ford Taurus is the living embodiment of a car that isn’t what it seems at first glance. Just as you scoff at its blandness, it leaves you in the dust with your jaws dropped on the floor.
Even Wonder What Happens When You Crash a Lego Bugatti and Porsche 911?
What happens when a Porsche 911 crashes into the side of a Bugatti Chiron? It’s a question that nobody wants an answer to because of all the heartache that will ensure. Fortunately, Germany’s ADAC, the largest automobile club in Europe, found a way to see the aftermath of a 911-on-Chiron crime without having to actually use real-life versions of the Porsche 911 and, gulp, Bugatti Chiron. Instead of using the actual cars, ADAC opted to perform its experiment of sorts using the LEGO Technic versions of both the 911 and the Chiron. The whole stunt looks like it was done for giggles, but ADAC actually did with serious intentions, specifically to see if this type of test can simulate and replace actual crash tests involving actual cars. Judging by the aftermath of the “crash,” ADAC emphatically received an answer to its experiment.
Aston Martin DBX Lifestyle Accessories
The Aston Martin DBX doesn’t come out until December, but this early, Aston Martin is already curating the image of its new crossover as a lifestyle-oriented SUV that also happens to have a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine that produces 542 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. The British automaker is doubling down on that plan with the release of a full range of lifestyle accessories, each of which is based on specific lifestyle needs. All told, Aston Martin created 11 different packages with each package offering something unique to the table. There’s a package catered for off-road adventures. There’s a package catered for the snow. There’s even a package catered for your pets. These packages are as detail-specific as they come, and once the DBX hits the market, you can choose which one suits your personality and lifestyle the best.
Ford’s SEMA-Bound SUV Lineup Will Feature Portable Fridges, Camping Tents, and Video Cameras
The 2019 Ford Escape, 2019 Ford Explorer, and 2019 Ford Expedition are all fresh in the eyes of many, making them ideal candidates to get showcased at the 2019 SEMA Auto Show. In keeping with form, that’s exactly what Ford is doing. The Blue Oval is bringing eight custom SUVs to SEMA, including three Escapes, three Explorers, and a pair of Expeditions. Each of these SUVs come with different flavors of personalization that showcases the variety of ways current and future owners can customize their rides. There are some interesting creations among the eight SUVs, some of which are more interesting than others.
The early 60s all the way up to the 70s was a golden age for the American automotive industry if only for the simple fact that muscle cars were growing not just in number, but in overall stature. The muscle car arms race of the that time yielded plenty of options for customers looking for more power and metal-twisting torque from these vehicles. And the models only grew in popularity as more and more people began clamoring for the biggest, baddest, and most powerful machines.
The general appeal these muscle cars offered to the growing American car culture of the time was the opportunity to own powerful cars that could be used for drag racing while also keeping costs at bay. At that time, a number of brands began developing their own models, including legendary names like the Ford Mustang, the Chevrolet Camaro, the Plymouth Barracuda, the Pontiac Trans-Am, and the Dodge Charger, to name a few.
While the golden age of American muscle was limited to parts of these two decades, the industry has enjoyed a renaissance of sorts in recent years. It’s not going to compare to the 60s or the 70s, but as proven by customer clamoring, the culture of American muscle cars is far from bearing its last legs.
To pay tribute to the time where muscle was king of the road - and the drag strip - we have compiled a list of the 10 most memorable muscle cars of the golden age.
2019 Hyundai Veloster Grappler Concept
Hyundai has presented an alternative look at the Veloster, one that puts an off-road spin to the otherwise plucky hatchback. The model, called the Veloster Grappler Concept, is sporty, rugged, and can go anywhere your heart desires. It will be presented at the 2019 SEMA Auto Show, but like most concepts that attend SEMA, there’s no indication that the Veloster Grappler, or even a derivative of the concept, will end up in production. All the same, the Veloster Grappler Concept looks like it’s ready to hit the trails. By the looks of it, the concept would make for a great companion in the outdoors.
The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe Arrives With Its Sights Set on the Mercedes CLA-Class and Audi A3
The 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is now a real thing. Seen previously in numerous spy shots sporting enough camouflage to make the military envious, the 2020 2 Series Gran Coupe brings a premium element to the nameplate. Two versions of the 2 Series Gran Coupe — the 228i xDrive and the M235i xDrive — will be available in the U.S. market beginning next year.
The 3D-Printed Lamborghini Aventador Replica Can Now Get From Point A to Point B
Watch How Fast a Mercedes-AMG E63 Can Eat Through A Pair of Tires
The Gumbal YouTube channel is a great follow if you’re the type who makes incredible videos of cars doing car things as part of your daily routine. Recently, we caught a video of a Mercedes-AMG E 63 S sitting right smack in the middle of the Bimmerworld 2019 event. You’re probably wondering what a Mercedes-AMG E 63 S is doing in a BMW event, and while it would be fun to make some silly story about the circumstances of its presence, we’ll leave that up to your imaginations. The important thing isn’t that the Mercedes-AMG E 63 S attended the Bimmerworld 2019 event. The important is what it did there.
The 2020 Shelby Mustang GT500 Will Land In Australia, but the Price Will Make Your Ass Hurt
Good news, Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 fans in Australia. The fastest Mustang ever built will be coming to the Land Down Under! Bad news, Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 fans in Australia. The fastest Mustang ever built will carry a price tag that’s going to beat your bank accounts senseless!
That’s the predicament our mates now face. On the one hand, the possibility of owning a Shelby GT500 has never been this close to reality, at least if a new law passes allowing variants of the Mustang not sold in Australia to be imported and sold locally. On the other hand, these converted-for-Australia GT500 models could set would-be owners back as much as AUD300,000 to AUD400,000. That converts to around $202,000 to $270,000 based on current exchange rates.
Depending on what the price ends up being, our friends in Australia would have to pay at least three times as much as U.S. customers for a chance to own and drive the fastest Mustang ever built. Is the thrill of owning a Shelby GT500 worth the price — literally — of a Lamborghini Huracan? That’s a question only those who are really interested in a converted Mustang Shelby GT500 can answer.
Jeep’s Return to Military Service Could Go Through The Gladiator Pickup
It’s safe to say that the Gladiator is winning a lot of fans over, and if the pickup’s momentum continues, the Gladiator’s fanbase could grow to include the United States Military. This, folks, is the Jeep Gladiator XMT. It’s a military-grade light tactical concept vehicle that was built by Jeep in partnership with AM General, the same company that made the Humvee, which later spawned the road-legal Hummer H1 back in the early 1990s. As popular as the Jeep Gladiator has become, it is a bit of a letdown that the coolest and most awesome version of the pickup won’t be available to the public. Then again, if it’s going to be used to defend our country, then we’re all for that. The Jeep Gladiator XMT made its debut at AUSA, the annual meeting exposition of the Association of the U.S. Army.
On-Board Video Shows Koenigsegg Regera Romp Its Way To Record 0-249-0 MPH Run
The Koenigsegg Regera’s record-setting 0-250-0 mph run was the talk of the auto world late last month, largely because the hypercar needed only 31.49 seconds to do it. Not only did the Regera establish a world record, but it did so by shattering the previous record — held by the Koenigsegg Agera RS — by almost two seconds. This new record is the kind that other automakers would die to own, but at this point, it’s become kind of old hat for a company like Koenigsegg. This is, after all, the same car brand that officially owns the fastest production car title record, among other records. The Swedish automaker provided footage of the Regera’s record-breaking run, and while it did look like the Regera could’ve waltzed its way into the record books, the same scene looks completely different from inside the hypercar. That’s the video we’re about to see and it tells a lot from the perspective of Koenigsegg factory driver Sonny Persson, the man who drove the Regera to the record books.
Rich and Shameless: Kylie Jenner Deletes a Video Showing Off Her New Bugatti Chiron
Say what you will about Kylie Jenner and her pursuits in life, but you can’t deny that the Kardashian knows her way around cars. She’s the proud owner of a Ferrari LaFerrari, a pair of Land Rovers, a Rolls-Royce Cullinan, a Lamborghini Aventador, and what looks to be a Lamborghini Urus, among other steely-eyed rides.
It’s her latest vehicular purchase, though, that has everyone standing up and paying attention. Recently, Jenner posted a video of her new Bugatti Chiron on her Instagram account. It didn’t take long, though, for the Internet vultures to swoop in with their scathing comments, so Jenner quickly deleted the video of her Chiron. The lesson, as always, is clear. If you can’t take the heat, best get out of the kitchen.
Video of a Ford Mustang GT and Chevy Camaro Drag Racing Shows Just How Bad Ford Drivers Are
The Chevrolet Camaro and the Ford Mustang. These two muscle cars are as intrinsically linked to one another as Magic Johnson is to Larry Bird. You can’t go a day mentioning one and not mentioning the other, and you can’t have a drag race with one and not expect the other to be lining up next to it. And so, just as predictable as it is to watch the sun rise in the morning and set in the evening, Fifth Gear decided to indulge themselves in a little drag race involving the Mustang and, you guessed it, the Camaro.
The optics of the race are straightforward: who will take the crown in a straight-line speed race? It’s a question the video will answer emphatically, but as you’ll see, the biggest takeaway wasn’t the results of the race, but on what Fifth Gear host Tiff Needell did to the Mustang. Check out the video and find out.
2019 Toyota LQ Concept
Back in 2017, Toyota brought a quirky concept vehicle called the “Concept-i” at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Now, an evolution of that same concept will debut at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show. It goes by the “LQ Concept,” and, among other nifty tricks, the LQ Concept is largely defined by a personal assistant called ‘Yui’, which, according to Toyota, is meant to “learn from the driver and deliver a personalized mobility experience.”
In other words, the LQ Concept wants to be your friend, an unnerving thought given where these things could end up. Perceived concerns aside, the LQ Concept is a good example of Toyota’s eye towards a future where a connection between the driver and the car is of paramount importance. We’re going to learn more about the LQ Concept in Tokyo, but, for now, chalk this one up to another concept whose purpose remains years ahead of its time.
Six Generations of the Ford Explorer
The Ford Explorer has been around for almost 30 years. In that time, the SUV segment has evolved in ways no one could’ve dreamed of. Through it all, the Explorer has remained one of the segment’s backbones, a pillar from which the SUV world has stood on for close to three decades. The Explorer’s life reads like a Hollywood script, too. It started off with a bang, establishing itself as one of the most popular SUVs on the market. That success lasted for more than a decade before the Explorer lost its way as other SUVs arrived. Sales eventually cratered, leaving Ford desperate to recapture the magic the Explorer had when it became the breakout hit of the early ’90s. The return to form eventually took place as the SUV segment in the U.S. exploded. With the Explorer now entrenched as one of the most popular SUVs in the market, Ford’s banking on the sixth-generation model to keep that momentum. Whether it does so or not remains to be seen, but the all-new Explorer appears fully equipped to take on that challenge.
Does the 2020 Chevy C8.R Have What It Takes to Win Championships?
The Chevrolet Corvette C8.R race car has arrived, and it is a doozy. The Corvette racer is all set to make its debut at the Rolex 24 at Daytona on January 25, 2020. But before it lays the smackdown on the race track, the Corvette C8.R takes its turn under the spotlight where it’s properly getting the attention it deserves. The Corvette C8.R isn’t just a race car; it also happens to be Chevrolet’s first-ever mid-engine race car to compete in IMSA’s GTLM class. It’s also Chevrolet’s first clean sheet race car design racer since the C5.R debuted in 1999. Through all these firsts, the Corvette C8.R racer takes its place as Chevrolet’s next warhorse, succeeding a race car — the Corvette CR.7 — that won 16 races in its time, including the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans. Can the C8.R replicate that kind of success? Only time will tell. For now, let’s enjoy the fact that the C8.R is here, and it’s ready to stake its claim as the next great Corvette racer.
2019 Ford Mustang by Austin Cindric and Tucci Hot Rods
This year’s SEMA Auto Show is expected to host some of the finest aftermarket vehicles of the year. That’s the typical run of the order when it comes to the world’s biggest tuner show. The Ford Mustang will undoubtedly be well-represented in the event, as is the case pretty much every year. This time, though, three custom-built, one-off Mustangs will be at SEMA, including this dandy of a build from Team Penske race car driver Austin Cindric and aftermarket tuner extraordinaire Tucci Hot Rods.
Together, the two parties worked to create what is arguably one of the most impressive Mustang builds we’ve seen in a while. It comes with important aesthetic and aerodynamic upgrades, some of which were created through non-traditional means. This Mustang also has an identity that it can call its own, thanks to several personal touches that were included to celebrate Cindric’s family roots in motor racing. Best of all, this Mustang packs the meanest engine upgrade program among the three one-off Mustangs. It’s the most powerful of the lot, and that says something considering that the other Mustangs that are included in MoneyLion’s “HEAR WE ROAR” sweepstakes are both packing 700 horsepower on their own. This one beats both, and it is awesome.
Top 7 Most Luxurious SUVs
Once upon a time, the term “luxury SUV” described models that you could barely count on one hand. Today, the term “luxury SUV” describes a thriving ecosystem of some of the finest and most premium sport utility vehicles in the market. The growing popularity of SUVs has ignited interest in these models, resulting in the kind of demand that many thought was impossible as recently as a decade ago. And as more exotic brands — hello, Aston Martin, and Ferrari — enter the ring, the luxury SUV market is only going to get bigger and far more diverse than it already is today. But that’s a story for another time. For now, these are the seven most luxurious SUVs you can buy in the market today.
How Much Does a Ferrari Cost?
It’s no secret that Ferraris are expensive. They’re often considered rolling works of art more than they’re thought of as automobiles. That kind of stature affords Ferrari the space to ask for premium prices for its models. Of course, legacy has something to do with it, too. There’s a reason, after all, that the most expensive car ever sold — it fetched for almost $50 million — is a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO. Thankfully, you don’t have to pay that much to buy a brand-new Ferrari these days, but don’t expect to score one for anything less than $200,000, either. Like most exotic manufacturers, Ferrari charges a premium for its vehicles because these cars are developed with the most advanced technologies in the industry. They’re not just museum-grade pieces; they’re also fast, powerful, and loaded with all the latest tech you can find in the business. Plus, there’s cache that comes with wearing the iconic Prancing Horse badge. So if you’re thinking of buying a Ferrari as your next car purchase, do so with the full understanding that you’re going to have to break the bank to afford one.
2019 Ford Mustang by Joey Logano and Vaughn Gittin Jr.
The 2019 SEMA Auto Show is going to be so full with custom-built creations that it’s going to be hard to stand out unless you have jet boosters in tow. But for this particular Ford Mustang GT, standing out shouldn’t be a problem. It was created specifically for that purpose by two men — 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) Champion Joey Logano and World Champion Drifter and founder of RTR Motorsports, Vaughn Gittin Jr. — who know a thing or two about custom-built performance cars.
This one-off Mustang is officially called the Ford RTR Mustang, and it’s one of the three Mustangs that are featured in mobile bank MoneyLion’s “HERE WE ROAR” sweepstakes. Beyond its exclusivity — it’s a one-off model — the RTR Mustang fits the bill of perfect SEMA showpiece. It’s heavily dressed in aftermarket goodies and it boasts a completely upgraded performance setup, highlighted by an engine upgrade program that unleashes a new level of power and performance from Ford’s iconic muscle car. The 2019 RTR Mustang is meant to attend the 2019 SEMA Auto Show. Fortunately, that’s exactly where we’re going to see it before it finds a lucky new owner by way of MoneyLion’s sweepstakes.
The 2025 Lamborghini Sedan Could Be an Overpriced Audi Inspired by the Decade-Old Estoque Concept
It’s no secret that Lamborghini has its eyes set on adding another model to its current lineup. That long-rumored model, a 2+2 grand tourer that takes inspiration from the Estoque Concept from 2008, is reportedly close to receiving the green light from Lamborghini executives.
Specific details haven’t been revealed, but there’s growing buzz that the model will arrive by 2025. More importantly, it could become the first-ever all-electric vehicle to wear a Lamborghini badge. If this model gets the nod, it would complete Lamborghini’s long-game plan of offering a four-model lineup that also includes the Aventador, Huracan, and Urus SUV. A four-door Lamborghini model also has the potential to alter the current electric saloon landscape in the auto industry. That’s a scenario I can’t wait to see unfold in the coming years.
2019 Ford Mustang by Ryan Blaney and David Chen
The Ford Mustang is a fixture at the SEMA Auto Show, and this year will be no different. Fresh from the aftermarket oven comes this current-generation Ford Mustang GT. It comes by way of mobile bank MoneyLion’s “HERE WE ROAR” sweepstakes and it’s one of three custom-tuned Mustangs that can be won through the competition.
This particular Mustang was created by Team Penske NASCAR Cup Series driver Ryan Blaney and world-renowned automotive photographer Larry Chen. Both received help from some of the best tuners in the country, and the result is a 700-horsepower performance machine that can set drag strips and race tracks on fire.
The LEGO-Top Gear Partnership Gives Us Hope Of Seeing LEGO Versions of Our Favorite Reasonably-Priced Cars
LEGO’s lineup of car sets is about to get juiced up now that the toy company has announced a partnership with British motoring show Top Gear to develop a lineup of car toy sets. Naturally, a partnership of this nature will draw a lot of attention, in part because of the kind of sets that will come out from this new partnership. There’s no word yet on what kind of cars will feature in the collaborative sets, but it’s easy to imagine the possibilities given Top Gear’s long and rich history as the most popular motoring show in the world. For what it’s worth, look for the cars from some of the show’s most memorable episodes to prominently feature in the collaboration. As far as what those cars are? We have a few in mind already.
2020 Abarth 695 70th Anniversario
Fiat is no stranger to building special edition versions of the Abarth 695, but there is something different about this one. It’s called the Abarth 695 70th Anniversario, and, as the name suggests, it’s a celebratory special edition model that pays homage to Abarth’s 70th anniversary. In keeping with the theme, Fiat will only build 1,949 units of the 695 70th Anniversario. It’s unclear if America will get dibs on a specific number of models, but if you live in Italy, you should get a good chunk of the 1,949 available units, each priced at €34,600. That converts to just under $38,000 based on current exchange rates.
Since We Can’t Get Enough of Toyota-BMW Races, Here’s Another One Featuring The Toyota Supra Taking on The BMW M2 Competition
Since the Toyota Supra is powered by a BMW-sourced engine, it will always have to grapple with the perception that it has BMW DNA running through it. That perception often leads to questions about the Supra and how it could compete against real BMWs. We know that it can beat its sister-from-another-mother, the Z4 Roadster. But what happens if you pit the Supra against a Bimmer like, say, the M2 Competition? Sure, we’ve seen this race before, too. The M2 Competition has the edge over the Supra, but the results haven’t been as lopsided as you might think despite the significant difference in power and performance between the two models. Car Magazine SA sought to find an answer to that question. Can the Toyota Supra beat the BMW M2 Competition? Sometimes, it takes more than a few runs to find an answer, and past races notwithstanding, we get a clear look this time if the Japanese sports car with the German DNA can beat the purebred German beast in a drag race. The results, as you can imagine, are interesting.
2020 Lincoln Continental Coach Door Edition
Turns out, Lexus isn’t the only one that’s into revising recently released special edition models. Lincoln’s adopting a similar strategy with the return of the Continental Coach Door Edition, a blast-from-the-past special edition Continental that the luxury brand first launched last year in very limited — only 80 units were made — quantities.
This time, Lincoln is doubling up with 150 units of the 2020 Continental Coach Door Edition. The essential elements that defined last year’s Coach Door Edition will also be offered in this fresh batch of SEs. That includes the model’s undisputed highlight: the suicide doors.
The Ford-owned luxury brand is already accepting orders for the 2020 Continental Coach Door Edition. Best be quick about it because, judging by how fast the first batch of Coach Door Edition models sold out, this new batch of 150 units will sell out just as quick, maybe even quicker.
Ford Takes a Page Out of Jeep’s Playbook; Will Launch the 2020 Bronco With Tons of Accessories Available
The return of the Ford Bronco is a big deal to everyone who has fond memories of the nameplate. Turns out, eager-beaver customers aren’t the only ones gearing up for the Bronco’s arrival in 2021. Aftermarket company and longtime Ford running mate Yakima is already hard at work developing post-production bits and accessories for the returning off-roader.
It may seem strange that a company existing outside of the Blue Oval umbrella already has access to something as important as the Bronco’s developmental plans, but for those who are unfamiliar, Yakima and Ford have a shared history that includes the tuner building accessories for several Ford models, including the Ranger pickup. So with the Bronco’s arrival on the horizon, Yakima’s already in its own lab creating all the aftermarket goodness future owners of the off-road SUV would possibly want in their rides.
Watch How the $21,000, 27-Hour Oil Change is Done on a Bugatti Veyron
For most of us regular folks, a standard oil change typically costs anywhere from $30 to $100. It’s usually more expensive when we’re talking about premium cars, but that same train-of-thought is taken to the extreme level when we’re talking about a car like the Bugatti Veyron. The embodiment of excess, the Veyron is more than just a $1.5 million supercar that once held the title as the world’s fastest production car. Everything about it is expensive, right down to the oil change, which can ring you up a staggering $21,000.
2020 Lexus IS F Sport Blackline Edition
Eight months after dropping the 2019 Lexus IS F 300 Sport Black Line Edition, Toyota’s premium brand is dipping its toes back in that pool with the arrival of the 2020 Lexus IS F Sport Black Line Edition.
In case you’re confused, Lexus is bringing two different Black Line Edition models to the market in the same calendar year. You can’t fault Lexus for being enterprising, especially if the 2019 IS F 300 Sport Black Line Edition sold as well as we think it did. This time, the IS F Sport receives the Black Line Edition treatment, and in keeping with tradition, this new SE benefits from a host of exterior and interior upgrades to go along with its limited availability. Only 900 units of the 2020 Lexus IS F 300 Sport Black Line Edition will be available in the U.S. market at a starting price of $46,225.
We’re Still Waiting for the BMW M2 CS But You Can Ride In IT...Kind Of
The BMW M2 CS has been making a lot of noise in the news lately, and it looks like it’s a big fan of the attention it’s been getting. Today, the M2 CS is back in the news, only this time, it involves a hot lap video showing the M2 CS rampaging around the Hockenheim race track in Germany. Turns out, the folks over at German magazine Sport Auto got some quality time with the M2 CS ahead of its debut later this year. Without confessing to being jealous that someone else has already driven the M2 CS, I will say that the video of the car’s hot lap in Hockenheim revealed some interesting results that should get a lot of people excited about Bimmer’s new hell-raiser and what it’s capable of on the road and track.