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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This Batmobile Desk Clock is the Perfect Holiday Gift if You Have Bottomless Pockets

This Batmobile Desk Clock is the Perfect Holiday Gift if You Have Bottomless Pockets

It costs the same as a Ford Mustang — a real Ford Mustang

I’d like to imagine a day when someone near and dear to me gives me a gift like this scale replica of the 1989 Batmobile that’s been repurposed as a desk clock. Not only will it look really good on my desk, but it’d be another physical manifestation of my obsessive love for the Dark Knight. It’d also be a fancy addition to my unhealthy collection of Batman memorabilia, but am I expecting to receive this Batmobile desk clock as a gift this Christmas? No, I am not, and there’s one obvious reason for that. It costs $29,900. I’d probably have a bigger chance of seeing a slimmed-down, Covid-19-free Santa Claus sliding down my chimney than being on the receiving end of the Batmobile desk clock. Then again, 2020 has been weird for all sorts of reasons. It’s not too much of an ask to hope for one, right?

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2021 Audi R8 Panther Edition

2021 Audi R8 Panther Edition

Audi’s famous — and exclusive — paint finish returns to the spotlight with the R8 Panther

Audi’s bringing back the rear-wheel-drive R8 as a regular production model and because — for the most part — we’ve been good boys and girls this year, Audi’s also giving the U.S. market the added treat of a limited edition model called the R8 Panther Edition. The special edition R8 is exclusive to the Land of the Free, and, among other exclusive goodies, the R8 Panther wears a special paint color that Audi rarely uses. No doubt the Panther Black crystal effect paint solidifies the R8 Panther’s special edition status, just as it did on the RS5 Panther Edition that debuted at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show. Only 30 units of the R8 RWD Panther are headed to the U.S. where they’ll be sold through select dealerships beginning this month. Each unit of the R8 RWD Panther will carry a starting price of $186,495, including the $1,495 destination charge on top of a $1,700 gas guzzler tax.

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9 One-Off Supercars You Probably Forgot Existed

9 One-Off Supercars You Probably Forgot Existed

You can’t forget about these unicorns

Owning a supercar guarantees you a certain level of pride and status. Not everyone is lucky enough to afford these six-figure performance machines so when you have one, you have to feel good about yourself.

The rise of bespoke divisions among performance car brands has resulted in a number of one-off supercars being made. Some of these unicorns have turned into the subject of dreams for a lot of people. Some, though, have been forgotten, or, at the very least, set aside in favor of the shiny new releases.

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2020 Posaidon A45 RS 525

2020 Posaidon A45 RS 525

Don’t be fooled by its curious looks; there’s a monster lurking underneath all that pomp

This is a Mercedes-AMG A45 S, or at least it used to be. Don’t be fooled by what you see here; It still looks like the AMG A45 S, but underneath that bright yellow paint, black decals, and gimmicky taxi lamp on the roof lies a different beast altogether - one that’s going to rip your heart out the second it gets the chance. This used to a Mercedes-AMG A45 S. Now it’s called the Posaidon A45 RS 525, and best be warned, “mercy” is not in this hot hatch’s vocabulary.

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Muscle Meets Sexy as the Shelby GT500 Dukes it Out with a BMW M8 Competition

Muscle Meets Sexy as the Shelby GT500 Dukes it Out with a BMW M8 Competition

In a race between high-powered sports coupes, only one will be crowned the winner

The Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 and the BMW M8 Competition are two of the fiercest sports coupes in the market. They’re also completely different from one another in ways that are obvious. One is an American muscle car that’s more than willing to chop anyone’s head of with brute force and power. The other is a German rocket brimming with premium bits and pieces. One is also far more expensive than the other, which we’ll set aside in favor of a more pressing question: which of these two sports coupes would win in a drag race? Our friends from Edmunds sought an answer and the results will surprise you.

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Watch Two German Brothers Fight In This Epic Drag Race Video

Watch Two German Brothers Fight In This Epic Drag Race Video

An Audi wins this race!

The Audi RS Q8 stands as Audi’s most hardcore SUV. It’s equipped with the same guts as the Lamborghini Urus, including a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine that pushes out 591 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. Sure, the Urus’ twin-turbo V-8 produces a higher output, but the RS Q8 is still as potent as any SUV that’s out on the market. Speaking of shared components, the RS Q8 also shares the same twin-turbo V-8 with another Audi model: the mighty RS6 Avant. The two Audis not only share the same engine, but both also come with Audi’s quattro all-wheel-drive system. Both are basically performance cars masquerading as four-door people haulers. Naturally, the desire to find out which of these two is faster in a drag race kicks in. For that, we have YouTube channel Archie Hamilton Racing to thank.

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Toyota GR Yaris Takes on Honda Civic Type-R in a Wet Hot Hatch Throwdown

Toyota GR Yaris Takes on Honda Civic Type-R in a Wet Hot Hatch Throwdown

Can the upstart GR Yaris take down one of the mighty Civic Type-R in the rain?

Carwow has been a constant supplier of drag races, and this time, the YouTube channel lined up what is arguably the most talked about hot hatch today, the Toyota GR Yaris, and put it up against one of the kings of the segment, the Honda Civic Type-R.

It’s not a fair fight on the surface — the Type R is far more powerful than the spunky GR Yaris — but this is the type of drag race where outright power and speed don’t immediately spell out victory. Add the element of rain into the proceedings and what looked like an unfair fight doesn’t look as lopsided now. Does the GR Yaris have what it takes to take down the Civic Type R? Time to find out.

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Does an Old-School Mercedes SLR McLaren Hold Up Against a McLaren 540C?

Does an Old-School Mercedes SLR McLaren Hold Up Against a McLaren 540C?

It’s a generational race for the ages!

We’ve seen our fair share of drag races this year, possibly because there’s not much else to do with the coronavirus pandemic still raging all over world. We’ve seen all sorts of combinations, too, but what we haven’t seen is a generational drag race between two supercars that trace their roots to the same origin, or at least one of them does.

This is a race between the McLaren 540C, the British automaker’s supposed entry-level supercar, and the iconic Mercedes SLR McLaren, considered by many as the product of one of the greatest automotive collaborations in recent memory.

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Throwback: 2006 Ford Shelby GT500 "Germany" Commercial

Throwback: 2006 Ford Shelby GT500 "Germany" Commercial

Go back in time and watch one of Ford’s greatest commercials

2006 seems like forever ago, doesn’t it? At the very least, it feels like a different lifetime. Social media was still in its infancy and the world felt a lot bigger back then. 2006 was also a big year for Ford. The Blue Oval was bringing the Shelby Mustang back to life after a 25-year absence. Ford went all-out in marketing the return of the Shelby nameplate, and one commercial, in particular, effectively hammered Ford’s point. The Shelby Mustang was a beast, and there really was just one road in the world that could have a proper dance with it: the German Autobahn.

The ad, called “Germany,” puts the spotlight squarely on the 2006 Shelby Mustang GT500 and what it could do on a stretch of road that didn’t have any speed limits. It’s a fascinating commercial to look back on given that the Shelby Mustang is now deep into its third generation.

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Those Who Purchased a Ford GT Two Years Ago Are now Cashing in Hand Over Fist

Those Who Purchased a Ford GT Two Years Ago Are now Cashing in Hand Over Fist

The second-generation Ford GT is now a fully fledged seven-figure supercar in the open market

When Ford imposed a two-year resale ban on Ford GTs, it put a lot of people in precarious positions, specifically those who lucked into purchasing a GT with the intent to flip them afterward. Fortunately, two years isn’t a long time these days, and those who purchased their Ford GTs in 2018 are now able to reap the rewards from all the waiting.

A 2018 Ford GT is up for auction on the Bring A Trailer site, and with eight days still remaining in the auction, the GT is now close to doubling the amount the original owner paid for the supercar in 2018. If bidding continues at its current pace, there’s a reasonable chance that this 2018 Ford GT could fetch seven figures. That’s not a bad return on investment, is it?

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A Flea Market in Estonia Is The Last Place You'd Find a DMC DeLorean

A Flea Market in Estonia Is The Last Place You’d Find a DMC DeLorean

And yet, there it is, ready to be driven by home

Cars aren’t typically sold in flea markets, especially one that’s as unique as a DeLorean DMC. And yet, a flea market in Estonia — yes, Estonia — has one. More importantly, it’s for sale, and you can take it home with you. It’s not exactly the kind of transaction you’d normally see from this flea market, but I think we already established that this isn’t your typical Estonian tag market, either.

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2021 Audi TT Coupé and Roadster bronze selection

2021 Audi TT Coupé and Roadster bronze selection

New add-on package adds a touch of class to the Audi TT

The current-generation Audi TT is already long in the tooth, having been around since 2014. While there are talks of a next-generation TT in the pipeline, that model isn’t expected to arrive for at least a few more years. In the meantime, Audi will continue freshening the current TT with a bevy of special edition models, including the new “bronze selection” that’s scheduled to hit European markets in the spring of 2021.

Packing visual upgrades of the burnished chestnut persuasion, the special edition model is available in the coupe and roadster versions of the TT and TTS via a bronze selection package that you can add to the cost of the sports car.

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2021 BMW 745Le xDrive Ellerman House

2021 BMW 745Le xDrive Ellerman House

This is BMW refinement at its absolute finest

Special edition models come in all shapes and sizes. Some come in the form of tiny pocket rockets while others come in the form of luxury barges on four wheels. The BMW 745Le for Ellerman House falls closer with the latter, and it fits the bill of a legitimate special edition model that was created exclusively for the luxury boutique hotel in Cape Town, South Africa. That means the BMW 745Le for Ellerman House isn’t for sale; you can only ride it if you stay at Ellerman House. That’s a fair tradeoff for the opportunity to ride in one of the most exclusive BMW 745Le models in the world.

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Subaru Clearly Needs to Build a BRZ STI

Subaru Clearly Needs to Build a BRZ STI

If Subaru still says "no," then 2020 really does suck

The second-generation Subaru BRZ has arrived, and it looks like a winner. But just as everyone is celebrating the arrival of the new BRZ, a certain question that was left unanswered with the first-generation model has slowly crept back into the minds of Subaru fans where: are we finally getting the BRZ STI?

We’re no closer to getting the answer we desperately want, but that didn’t stop X-Tomi Design from whetting our appetites with a rendering of what a BRZ STI could look like.

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Porsche Invents Another Pointless Record With the Taycan

Porsche Invents Another Pointless Record With the Taycan

It’s another record for Porsche, but the attempt does have its merits

Anything can be turned into a world record these days, and you don’t have to look far to see where that’s happening. Mercedes-Benz just reclaimed the fastest luxury car and fastest production car at the Nurburgring titles a few days ago. Last month, the SSC Tuatara wrestled the fastest car in the world title from the Koenigsegg Agera RS, albeit in a controversial fashion. There’s a world record for every automaker these days, including Porsche, which set the Guinness World record for longest drift by an electric car with the Taycan, going sideways for 26 straight miles with an average speed of 29 mph. Even with all these records popping up, it’s hard to deny that the achievement was impressive, especially when you consider that driver Dennis Retera had to sustain the drift for almost an hour.

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These Lamborghini Headphones Would Go Really Well With Your New Urus SUV

These Lamborghini Headphones Would Go Really Well With Your New Urus SUV

The Italian automaker’s partnership with Master & Dynamic yields high-end headphones

The special edition headphones are based on two of Master & Dynamic’s most celebrated products: the MW65 Active Noise-Cancelling Wireless Headphones and the MW07 Plus True Wireless Earphones. Both products are dressed to the nines in Lamborghini branding and just like the Italian supercars that come out of Sant’Agata, the headphones carry premium pricing, ranging from $450 to close to $700. The Lambo headphones and earphones are now available on the online stores of Lamborghini and Master & Dynamic.

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Just like the Supra, the GR Yaris Might Be More Powerful Than Toyota Says

Just like the Supra, the GR Yaris Might Be More Powerful Than Toyota Says

It’s one dyno run, but there’s precedence on Toyota withholding actual output figures from its performance models

Remember earlier this year when it was revealed that the Toyota Supra actually produced more power than Toyota advertised? Well, it looks like it isn’t the only Toyota that’s more powerful than we thought.

A recent dyno test conducted on the GR Yaris revealed that Toyota’s firecracker of a hot hatch comes with a 1.6-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine that produced more than Toyota’s claimed output of 268 horsepower and 272 pound-feet of torque. A video of the GR Yaris getting tested on a dyno shows just how much more power the turbocharged three-cylinder can crank out, and without dumping any spoilers, it’s a lot of extra power that we didn’t think the GR Yaris had at its disposal.

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Ride with Driver Maro Engel as He Obliterates Nurburgring Lap Record On Board the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series

Ride with Driver Maro Engel as He Obliterates Nurburgring Lap Record On Board the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series

The Nurburgring has a new king!

In what amounts to a digital victory lap, Mercedes-AMG isn’t done puffing its chest about its record-breaking conquest of the Nurburgring. Only a few days after the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series snatched the production car lap record from the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ, Mercedes-AMG has released the on-board video of the supercar’s record-setting lap time. GT3 racer Maro Engel piloted the GT Black Series to a record-setting lap time of 6:43.61, edging the Aventador SVJ’s 6:44.97 lap time by 1.36 seconds.

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2021 Ford Bronco Badlands Sasquatch 2-Door Concept

2021 Ford Bronco Badlands Sasquatch 2-Door Concept

This piece of work has a little Clark Kent-Superman duality to it

The Blue Oval is preparing to unveil a variety of custom builds, including the Bronco Badlands Sasquatch 2-Door Concept. Created to showcase the Bronco’s modularity, the concept highlights what amounts to the Bronco Badlands’ ability to act as an urban ride on weekdays and off-road marauder on weekends through the glory of swappable components.

The Bronco Badlands Sasquatch 2-Door Concept will be revealed alongside Ford’s other SEMA offerings during the Ford Auto Nights webcast that starts at 8.PM. tonight.

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2021 Ford F-150 Limited Hybrid SuperCrew by BDS Suspension

2021 Ford F-150 Limited Hybrid SuperCrew by BDS Suspension

Ford’s Pro Power Onboard mobile power generator gets its turn under the spotlight

The 2021 SEMA Auto Show is going the virtual route because of the coronavirus pandemic. That’s a bummer for those who were looking forward to their annual pilgrimage to Sin City, but automakers have long adapted to the situation. Instead of attending auto shows like SEMA to unveil their newest creations, automakers have now gone digital, showcasing their latest offerings online.

Ford is one of those companies, and tonight, the Blue Oval is hosting “Ford Auto Nights,” a special webcast where the automaker plans to unveil its 2021 SEMA Auto Show lineup. That lineup includes the F-150 Limited Hybrid SuperCrew by BDS Suspension, a project truck that Ford created in partnership with BDS Suspension to showcase the automaker’s all-new Pro Power Onboard mobile power generator.

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2020 MAD Ford Bronco Sport Badlands Overland Concept

2020 MAD Ford Bronco Sport Badlands Overland Concept

Here’s a blueprint on how to turn your Ford Bronco into a true off-road fiend

Ford’s recipe for its 2020 SEMA Auto Show lineup was simple. Use popular models in the lineup, give them concept makeovers, and let everyone know about all the custom tuning possibilities that can be done to these models. It doesn’t come as a surprise that, in addition to the Ranger and the F-150 trucks, Ford chose the Bronco to its SEMA lineup and created two concepts out of the returning nameplate. One of these concepts is called the MAD Ford Bronco Sport Badlands Overland. Ford teamed with MAD Industries to create this concept, which shows the capacity of Ford’s newest SUV to be as adept in the outdoors as it is on concrete roads. It’s a dream-come-true concept for Bronco fans who have been clamoring for ways to customize the Bronco and turn it into a legitimate 4x4 off-roader.

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Subaru Says There's a Good Reason the 2022 BRZ Doesn't Have a Turbo

Subaru Says There’s a Good Reason the 2022 BRZ Doesn’t Have a Turbo

A turbocharged Subaru BRZ sounds nice, but there are costs attached to it, too

Visually, the second-generation Subaru BRZ is a major departure from its predecessor. It’s also packing a bigger 2.4-liter engine, which counts as an answered prayer to everyone who wanted the new BRZ to pack more power than the first-generation model.

The 2.4-liter four-cylinder mill is still naturally aspirated, bursting the bubble of those who wanted the new BRZ’s engine to be turbocharged. As disappointing — for some — as that sounds, Subaru had reasons for sticking with a naturally aspirated engine.

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2021 McLaren 620R by Novitec

2021 McLaren 620R by Novitec

German tuner unleashes the Mac’s inner beast

The McLaren 620R is one of those performance cars that look great on paper. It packs 610 horsepower and is capable of sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds. But despite the numbers and its status as the road-spec version of the 570S GT4, there’s something about the 620R that makes you wonder if there’s untapped potential that can be unleashed with a few tweaks here and there.

Novitec probably had similar questions, but unlike all of us, the tuner could actually do something about it. And it did, thanks to a new program that unleashes more power from the supercar’s 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine.

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2021 GMC Canyon AT4 Off-Road Performance Edition

2021 GMC Canyon AT4 Off-Road Performance Edition

There’s no such thing as a truck that’s too off-road for its own good

When GMC unveiled the 2021 Canyon AT4 back in January, speculation started that a special edition model was already in the works. It probably took longer than GMC expected — blame the COVID-19 pandemic for that — but 10 months after the Canyon AT4’s arrival, the special edition model, dubbed the Off-Road Performance Edition, is finally here.

As expected, the Canyon AT4 Off-Road Performance Edition packs plenty of extra goodies, most of which are of the functional sort. There are visual upgrades, too, but this special edition truck is all about making sure that your travails on roads less travelled run smoothly and without any complications.

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Hoonicorn Stares Down the McLaren Senna in Fantasy Drag Race Come to Life

Hoonicorn Stares Down the McLaren Senna in Fantasy Drag Race Come to Life

Does McLaren’s engineering marvel have a chance against Ken Block’s raging monster?

On one side you have a British supercar that was developed using state-of-the-art technology. On the other side, you have a heavily tuned ‘Stang that’s in this world to get thrown around in every direction imaginable as we cheer on its sheer power and ferocity. It’s not the kind of drag race you normally see, but, rest assured, it’s the kind of drag race you’d want to see. Well, here it is. It’s the Hoonicorn taking on the Senna in a straight-line race for the ages.

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Super SUV Showdown - Can the BMW X4 M Handle the GLC 63 S and F-Pace SVR?

Super SUV Showdown - Can the BMW X4 M Handle the GLC 63 S and F-Pace SVR?

You can’t go wrong with these rides, but only one can claim to be the fastest

The luxury performance SUV market is a competitive segment with no shortage of impressive challengers. From the BMW X4 M to the Mercedes GLC 63 S to the Jaguar F-Pace SVR, you can have a pick of these three and go home with a big smile on your face.

But the eternal question that plagues every car applies here, too. Which is the best one among these three high-performance SUVs? More specifically, which of these three is the fastest in a drag race? OK, not everyone asks the latter question, but that doesn’t mean we’re not curious to find out, right? YouTube channel Cars with Pilot Tseno has the answer for us, and it is a surprise, to say the least.

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This License Plate Sold for More Than the Price of a Mercedes-AMG GT R

This License Plate Sold for More Than the Price of a Mercedes-AMG GT R

For $170,000, you can go home with one of the rarest license plates in the world

Car culture covers a lot of space in the automotive world, so much so that a license plate can sell for $170,000 without any sweat. The British plate in question — it has a registration number of “O 10” — is one of the rarest ones in the world, largely because of how old it is. The identity of the new owner wasn’t revealed, but the plates did sell for a whopping £128,800 (close to $170,000 based on current exchange rates) at Silverstone Auctions. For a little perspective, the plate is more expensive than a 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R, which sells for around $163,000 in the U.S.

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Porsche's New Partnership with PUMA is all the Sneaker Hype You Need on a Monday

Porsche’s New Partnership with PUMA is all the Sneaker Hype You Need on a Monday

Don’t expect all 500 pairs of this sneaker collection to last long

The Porsche 911 Turbo is arguably one of the most iconic cars in history. A car of that stature doesn’t just stay a car; its name lives on in other ways like, say, a limited-edition sneaker line that comes courtesy of Porsche’s partnership with sports apparel company PUMA.

The two German brands are teaming up to create this line of special edition shoes to celebrate the legend of the 911 Turbo. Only 500 pairs of shoes will be created across the entire size range, and if you’re looking to score a pair, you best be quick about it. The range will launch on November 17, 2020, and if it’s as hyped as we think it is, those 500 pairs will be gone faster than the 992-generation 911 Turbo can hit a quarter-mile. That’s 10.1 seconds at 137 mph, by the way.

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Buy This McLaren-Designed $16 Million Super Garage, Get a Free 765LT (For One Year)

Buy This McLaren-Designed $16 Million Super Garage, Get a Free 765LT (For One Year)

There’s also a two-story penthouse that comes with the purchase

When you’re buying a home, you typically buy the home and the garage comes with it, right? But how often do you get offered a garage and the home — and access to a super limited supercar for one year — comes with it? That’s what’s in store for you when you take McLaren and Pendry Residences West Hollywood on their offer of a one-of-a-kind “super garage.” The two companies are joining forces to build this insane flex of luxury. It’s described as an amenity for someone who buys a two-story penthouse called Terrace Estate 608, and the price for all of that is a cough-inducing $16 million.

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2021 Kia Carnival Hi Limousine

2021 Kia Carnival Hi Limousine

A stretched-out Carnival is the answer to our traffic woes

In an attempt to milk the popular Kia Carnival — it’s the Kia Sedona in the U.S. — Kia is finding new and inventive ways of offering the minivan in different shapes and guises. Fresh from mixing SUV styling to the minivan’s aesthetics, Kia has taken the unconventional step of adding another version to the Carnival lineup, this time of the limousine persuasion.

Say hello to the 2021 Kia Carnival Hi Limousine, a retooled version of the luxury minivan that comes with a higher roof and plenty of new creature comforts to justify its billing. Somewhere, the Toyota Alphard must be shaking in its boots.

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We're Pretty Sure This Dumb Dodge Charger Driver is a Former Ford Mustang Driver

We’re Pretty Sure This Dumb Dodge Charger Driver is a Former Ford Mustang Driver

Point of emphasis: don’t do burnouts if you don’t know how to pull them off

Stupid drivers know no bounds, and they certainly don’t favor one muscle car over another. Take this nincompoop, for example. Driving a camouflaged Dodge Charger SRT 392 at a car gathering in Houston, the driver decides to demonstrate his burnout skills in front of a gathered crowd.

That kind of stunt normally ends in one of two ways. He either pulls off the burnout to the delight of the adoring crowd or something goes horribly wrong and he’s left with more than pee down his trousers. Unfortunately, it’s the latter. Just as he attempts his burnout, the driver loses control of the Charger SRT 392 and crashes into a gathered crowd, taking a few bystanders along the way. Fortunately, no one got seriously hurt, and to the delight of Ford, it wasn’t a Mustang that ended up being on the short end of this YouTube lowlight.

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Porsche Tinkering with a Minivan Concept is Why the Unseen Campaign is Awesome

Porsche Tinkering with a Minivan Concept is Why the Unseen Campaign is Awesome

We didn’t see this never-before-seen concept coming

Porsche’s “Porsche Unseen” campaign is the gift that keeps on giving. We’ve already seen two teasers of models that never made it to production, and now, the German automaker has dropped the third teaser of what looks to be a concept that goes against everything we thought Porsche stood for. The teaser doesn’t do much in showing the actual car, but a quick edit of the image’s brightness and exposure reveals a car that Porsche describes as a “futuristic vehicle with an autonomous driving mode.” It’s not exactly a pillar of everything that Porsche stands for, is it? There’s more to the teaser, too, specifically what the image editing reveals about its interior. Of all the teasers that Porsche has released for its Porsche Unseen campaign, this one is undoubtedly the most curious of them all.

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The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT 63 4-Door S Set a New Nürburgring Record

The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT 63 4-Door S Set a New Nürburgring Record

There’s a new king of luxury cars at the Green Hell

The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4-Door has a new (old) record to add to its shelf after reclaiming the fastest lap around the Nurburgring Nordschleife in the “luxury class” segment.

The AMG GT 63 S 4-Door reclaimed the title from the Porsche Panamera Turbo S after AMG development engineer Demian Schaffert clocked a time ofseven minutes and 27.8 seconds (7:27.8) for the 12.944-mile-long version of the race track with straight-line measurement for track section T13 and seven minutes and 23.009 seconds for the old 12.8-mile-long version without the straight-line measurement for track section T13.

The new record serves as validation for Mercedes-AMG after the automaker took to social media to suggest that “it’s high time to hit the track again” after the Panamera Turbo S beat the GT 63 S 4-Door’s old record by 0.3 seconds. Mission accomplished, Mercedes-AMG.

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The McLaren Senna GTR Is the Last Car You'd Expect to See at a McDonald's Drive-Thru

The McLaren Senna GTR Is the Last Car You’d Expect to See at a McDonald’s Drive-Thru

Stranger things have happened, though

The McLaren Senna GTR is arguably one of the most sophisticated cars in the world. As the track-focused version of the Senna hypercar, the 814-horsepower GTR is a monster in every sense of the word. It’s also the fastest non-Formula One car McLaren has created for faster lap times. All that points to a car that’s not only fast and powerful but also obscenely expensive.

Well, even the fastest, most powerful, and most expensive cars in the world are not immune to the hunger pangs of the drivers that drive them. The Senna GTR is no exception as we see it in, of all places, a McDonald’s Drive-Thru. Yes, a McDonald’s Drive-Thru.

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2020 Toyota C-HR GR Sport

2020 Toyota C-HR GR Sport

Toyota’s spunky crossover gets a GR Sport-styled attitude adjustment

Toyota’s range of performance-spec models under the “GR/GRMN” family has a new member in the fold. The C-HR GR Sport, which Toyota first unveiled in October in Japan, is heading to the global market packing enough sporty bits to qualify as a GR Sport model.

The upgrades are mostly cosmetic in nature, but Toyota also worked on improving several of the crossover’s technical elements. Considering that GR Sport is the entry-level line of Toyota’s growing performance-spec lineup — the GR sits in the middle and the GRMN rules the roost — the C-HR GR Sport is both a walking advertisement of what you can expect from future GR Sport models and a good example on the kind of performance potential that the C-HR has.

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BMW Acknowledges That The New Mercedes S-Class Is Superior to the Aging 7 Series

BMW Acknowledges That The New Mercedes S-Class Is Superior to the Aging 7 Series

It’s a nice compliment, but it could also be a call to raise the stakes

In a rare showing of public humility, BMW is throwing flowers in Mercedes-Benz’s direction. The Bavarian automaker has taken to social media to acknowledge what a lot of people already know: the all-new Mercedes-Benz S-Class is balls-to-the-wall awesome.

BMW seems to think so, too, telling its fierce rival that it is a big fan of the S-Class. It’s a nice acknowledgment from BMW’s part, though it is worth mentioning that the next-generation BMW 7 Series is already in the works. Seems like BMW knows that Mercedes raised the segment’s bar with the all-new S-Class. Now it’s BMW’s turn to meet Mercedes at that level with the next-generation 7er.

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Porsche Is Finally Revealing Its Secret Models

Porsche Is Finally Revealing Its Secret Models

Prepare to lust over these Porsche models that were never produced

Porsche has been around for almost 90 years, and in that time, the German automaker has been responsible for bringing to life some of the most beautiful cars the world has ever seen. From the legendary 356 to the 959 to the 911 to the 918 Spyder, the list of oh-so-beautiful Porsches that have hit the market runs long and proud. But as many as these models are, can you imagine how many designs of Porsche models are locked in a vault inside Porsche’s design studio in Weissach?

These models were never seen because they never made it to production, and while it’s unlikely that we’ll ever see any of them in real form, Porsche is taking the unprecedented step of pulling the curtains on these designs, revealing them for the very first time.

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This Police Chase With a 6x6 Hennessey Velociraptor Truck is the Most L.A. Thing Ever

This Police Chase With a 6x6 Hennessey Velociraptor Truck is the Most L.A. Thing Ever

You don’t find this kind of police chase in the news very often

A Hennessey Velociraptor 6x6 belonging to DJ Marshmello has found itself in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. The massive custom Ford Raptor with three axles and six wheels featured in one of the most surreal car chases in Los Angeles in recent memory after a lunatic stole it in a local dealership where it was being serviced. The lengthy police pursuit ultimately ended when the driver of the VelociRaptor crashed into a light pole outside of a Taco Bell. The driver’s identity has yet to be released, but he did find himself with plenty of charges on his hands.

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Koenigsegg's Just Proved How Important Having The Fastest Car in the World Is To Brands

Koenigsegg’s Just Proved How Important Having The Fastest Car in the World Is To Brands

The fastest production car in the world title is more than just a pissing contest

The fastest production car in the world title is a funny thing. On the one hand, it’s nothing more than a vanity record, or a “legacy record,” as some would put it. It’s not something that regular car owners can do or even experience because of all the preparations — and dangers — that come in trying to set the record. On the other hand, it is a tangible record. The Guinness Book of World Records recognizes it as a legitimate world record.

Naturally, there’s a lot of competition among the small group of automakers with cars that can lay claim to the record. The level of competition is fierce, folks. One car sets the record and, just as quickly, everyone tries to dissect the legitimacy of a record-setting run.

Take Koenigsegg, for example. The Agera RS currently holds the official record of the fastest production car in the world, but that hasn’t stopped rivals like Bugatti and Hennessey from claiming the record, even if the requirements to satisfy the validity of such a record aren’t met. Now you can throw SSC North America into that mix after its supercar, the Tuatara, supposedly setting an average top speed run of 331 mph. Now, it’s one thing to set a record, but it’s another thing to set a record that everyone recognizes. Koenigsegg didn’t take too kindly to the SSC Tuatara’s record-breaking top speed, proving yet again how important this “title” is to everyone who wants to claim it.

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There's No Outrunning Nostalgia With This Sit-Down Arcade Cabinet

There’s No Outrunning Nostalgia With This Sit-Down Arcade Cabinet

It’ll only take one sitting to get make you remember the golden age arcade video games

Back in the 1980s when every kid could be spotted in an arcade parlor during weekends, Sega’s OutRun was one of the most popular go-to machines. Whether it was the stand-up cabinet versions of the more elaborate sit-down versions, OutRun had plenty of fans.

That’s important to note because while arcade parlors are no longer around, the game is making a comeback courtesy of Arcade1Up. The direct-to-consumer arcade builder is offering a limited number of OutRun sit-down arcade cabinets — in all their 8-bit glory — that you can order for just $499. We don’t need to tell you that it’s a great Christmas gift for your beloved, especially if he/she grew up chugging cans of Tab, using hair spray on their hair, and running through a piggy bank’s worth of quarters in these arcade parlors.

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Our Favorite Entry-Level RC Car Is Super Cheap Right Now!

Our Favorite Entry-Level RC Car Is Super Cheap Right Now!

It’s a great holiday gift at a time when we need great holiday gifts

Christmas is around the corner, and with the coronavirus pandemic crippling our abilities to go out and do some holiday shopping the traditional way, going the online route has become the more popular route to address our holiday shopping needs.

One item that we have our eyes on is suited for children and adults alike. It’s the SPESXFUN 2020 1/14 scale, high-speed remote control car that you can buy now for a fraction of its price. On top of seeing the excited face of the person you give this gift to, this remote control off-road truck can be bought for just under $40. That’s a sweet deal for a holiday present that’s going to make you the star of your household.

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This In-Depth Video of the Koenigsegg Agera is a Must-See

This In-Depth Video of the Koenigsegg Agera is a Must-See

Koenigsegg doesn’t become Koenigsegg without this supercar

Koenigsegg is regarded as one of the most revolutionary automakers in the industry. Take the Koenigsegg Agera, for example. Introduced a decade ago, the Agera was, in many ways, a revolutionary supercar that helped Koenigsegg transition from being a niche automaker to a globally renowned automotive purveyor of hellacious speed and performance.

The latest episode of YouTube channel Mr.JWW shines a light on the supercar that made Koenigsegg a household name.

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Lamborghini Fluo Capsule - Making the Gorgeous Huracan EVO Brighter and Bolder

Lamborghini Fluo Capsule - Making the Gorgeous Huracan EVO Brighter and Bolder

You’ll need to wear sunglasses for Lamborghini’s new color options for the Huracan Evo

In what is a quintessential thing that Lamborghini would do, the creators of blood-pressure raising supercars is dipping into more paint colors to entice would-be buyers. The new collection of colors is called the Fluo Capsule, and it’s made up of fluorescent, matte-finish colors with matching interiors.

The Fluo Capsule is available for 2021 model-year Lamborghini Huracan Evos.

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Creator of the World's Ugliest Car Has Launched a new SUV

Creator of the World’s Ugliest Car Has Launched a new SUV

It’s not as hideous as we thought!

If there’s any corner that Mitsuoka has claimed in the auto industry, it’s the corner of quirky and sometimes hideous cars. The niche Japanese automaker is the same company that gave us the Rock Star, the Mazda Miata-Chevrolet Corvette C2 mashup. It’s also the same company that’s responsible for the nightmare-inducing Honda NSX-based Orochi supercar.

Now, the automaker is back with another creation, only this time, it doesn’t look as horrible as we feared. It’s called the Mitsuoka Buddy, and it’s essentially a Toyota RAV4 wearing the skin of a modernized 1980s Chevrolet SUV. Get a load of this one, folks.

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10 Kei Cars That Prove Japan Has it Right

10 Kei Cars That Prove Japan Has it Right

These kei cars are etched in history as some of the best to come out of the niche segment

Kei cars are probably the coolest niche car segment in the entire industry. Kei cars have become a culture unto its own, and that’s been the case for the better part of 70 years. In all that time, Japanese automakers have produced a litany of unforgettable kei cars, including these 10 models that prove that small doesn’t always have to be terrible.

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2020 Mini Cooper JCW F350 by Manhart

2020 Mini Cooper JCW F350 by Manhart

The Iconic German tuner is here to make an angry hot hatch angrier

Manhart Racing is back with a new aftermarket program. This time, the German tuner has set it sights on the Mini John Cooper Works GP, the 301-horsepower performance-spec version of the Mini JCW. It’s an intriguing choice on the part of Manhart Racing. On its own, the JCW GP already fits the profile of an edgy hot hatch with enough power and performance characteristics to make some of its rivals look tame by comparison.

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2021 BMW M4 Competition x Kith

2021 BMW M4 Competition x Kith

BMW shows its fashionable side with the help of a popular U.S.-based lifestyle brand

Not one to be in the dark in the world of fashion, BMW has launched a collaboration with New York-based fashion and lifestyle brand Kith to create a limited edition version of the 2021 BMW M4 Competition.

Called the M4 Competition x Kith, the special edition performance coupe comes with a host of exclusive features and details that highlights the partnership between the German automaker and the American lifestyle brand. The M4 Competition x Kith is limited to just 150 units, all of which are earmarked for the global market. Each unit comes with a starting price of $110,000.

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Video: Supercar Blondie Reviews The Koenigsegg Gemera

Video: Supercar Blondie Reviews The Koenigsegg Gemera

It’s time to meet the world’s first-ever four-door hypercar

At just 26 years old, Koenigsegg is a neophyte in the supercar market. It doesn’t have the history of Bugatti or the prestige of Ferrari. It doesn’t even carry the same household name recall as Lamborghini. But what it does have is an aggressive and pioneering owner who isn’t afraid to take bold risks in the name of innovation. Christian von Koenigsegg is a bold of an owner as they come, and it’s because of intrepid spirit and unwavering resolve that a car like the Koenigsegg Gemera exists. The Gemera is Koenigsegg’s newest masterpiece, and it also happens to be the first four-seater hypercar in the world. A car of such esteem and status deserves a proper walk-around, and who better to do it than one of our favorite YouTube car reviewers: Supercar Blondie.

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Get Inside the Koenigsegg CCR - The Car That Humbled the Legendary McLaren F1

Get Inside the Koenigsegg CCR - The Car That Humbled the Legendary McLaren F1

This Swedish supercar is finally getting the love and recognition it richly deserves

When talking about the greatest supercars of the last 30 years, most people identify models like the McLaren F1, Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, and Ferrari Enzo. These exotics deserve their roses, for sure, one supercar, in particular, that doesn’t get the love it deserves is the Koenigsegg CCR. It’s easy to see why. The CCR was in production for all of two years — 2004 to 2006 — and the Swedish automaker only made 14 units of the model. There aren’t a lot of them to begin with, and the units that are still around are usually tucked away in some billionaire’s garage, away from public view. Make no mistake, though. The Koenigsegg CCR was a record-breaking monster that took down the almighty F1 as the fastest production car in the world. If that’s part of your résumé, you deserve to be recognized for it, and while it might be a little too late for some, YouTube channel Mr. JWW is shining a well overdue spotlight on one of the century’s greatest supercars.

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Tesla Cars Might Be Getting Cheaper, But Supercharging Is Getting More Expensive

Tesla Cars Might Be Getting Cheaper, But Supercharging Is Getting More Expensive

What Tesla gives, Tesla also takes

Tesla’s pricing for its models is going down, but the automaker is making up from those prospective losses by raising the prices for using its Supercharger network. That appears to be the case after a report from the Aussie website CarExpert indicated that charging at any of Tesla’s 35 Supercharger stations in the Land Down Under will now cost AUD0.52 (USD0.37) per kilowatt-hour. That’s an increase from the AUD0.42/kWh (USD0.30) that Tesla was charging as recently as September. Since 2017, the cost of charging a Tesla in Australia has gone up by as much as 23 percent, and with Tesla’s model price cuts continuing, don’t expect the cost of using the Supercharger network to flatten out, either.

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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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Hyundai May Have Just Priced the Veloster N Out of Relevance

Hyundai May Have Just Priced the Veloster N Out of Relevance

Is Hyundai’s new hot hatch more expensive than it should be?

The Hyundai Veloster N is one of the most capable hot hatchbacks on the market, and it’s about to be even more capable. The 2021 Veloster N features a higher output, a new dual-clutch transmission, and a plethora of new standard equipment - a lot of which were classified as options in earlier models. Does this shift in standard equipment and improved output justify a significantly higher price tag, though?

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McLaren Has Something HUGE Planned for Early 2021

McLaren Has Something HUGE Planned for Early 2021

McLaren’s next supercar will be hybrid and we’ll be seeing it sooner than later.

McLaren’s never-ending quest to outdo itself with all these new hybrid supercars isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. On the contrary, the British automaker is hard at work developing another “high-performance hybrid.” The Woking, England-based outfit isn’t letting the cat out of the bag yet, only referring to the model as “HPH,” or “High-Performance Hybrid.” Recent renderings and spy photos have shed some light on the mystic Mac that looks interestingly like a redesigned 570S. All shall be revealed when the new McLaren debuts in the first half of 2021.

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2020 Ferrari Monza SP1 by Novitec

2020 Ferrari Monza SP1 by Novitec

Novitec’s tuning program for the Monza SP1 will blow your mind!

The Ferrari Monza SP1 is a rare breed, even for Ferrari’s standards. It’s limited to just 500 units with the equally audacious Monza SP2, the Monza SP1 is a proper Ferrari speedster that carries 799 horsepower from its 6.5-liter V-12 engine. It’s properly powerful as all speedsters should be, but there really is no such thing as too much power, is there? German tuning firm Novitec swears by that motto, and the Monza SP1 benefits from it. What kind of aftermarket program did Novitec create for the fanciful Monza SP1? Let’s find out.

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Alternate Timeline: The Nissan MID4 Concepts Could Have Humbled The Acura NSX

Alternate Timeline: The Nissan MID4 Concepts Could Have Humbled The Acura NSX

Nissan’s decision to shelf the MID4 could’ve altered the automaker’s future

Automakers, in general, often make decisions that change the course of their respective histories. We don’t often see these decisions in public, but every so often, concept cars play the role of avatars, giving us a peek at what could’ve been had a specific automaker decided to greenlight some of these concepts. There’s a laundry list of concept cars that never made it to production — and probably altered the history of some brands — but we’re here to shine the spotlight on one particular concept that could’ve altered the trajectory of the automaker that developed it. This is the Nissan Mid4, an experimental sports car that Nissan developed in the mid-1980s to compete against the Ferraris and Porsches of that era. Two concepts were introduced, but neither made it to production, leaving everyone with a big bowl of “what if” on their hands. What if Nissan launched the Mid4 as intended? What would the automaker look like now? We’ll never know the answers to these questions, but, rest assured, Nissan wouldn’t be the Nissan that we known now if the Mid4 came to life.

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Watch a Ford Galaxie Kick Major Ass At 2020 Goodwood SpeedWeek

Watch a Ford Galaxie Kick Major Ass At 2020 Goodwood SpeedWeek

50-year old race car finally gets its just due

You don’t often see a 3,600-pound 1963 Ford Galaxie 500 participating in any kind of sanctioned race. Even rare is the sight of a Galaxie 500 destroying the competition in a sanctioned race at the 2020 Goodwood SpeedWeek. Driven by 2016 BTCC Championship runner-up Sam Tordoff, the mountain of a Ford tore through a field of classic race cars that included Lotus Cortinas and Mini Coopers as if those cars were battery-operated. It was an incredible display of nostalgic might for a car that, back in its time, was considered too fast for track racing and too heavy for drag racing. More than 50 years after it was launched, the Galaxie 500 finally had its day at the 2020 Goodwood SpeedWeek, and it was glorious to see.

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Forza Horizon 4 Just Got Some Awesome Trucks, But The Cars Are Even Cooler

Forza Horizon 4 Just Got Some Awesome Trucks, But The Cars Are Even Cooler

Like clockwork, Forza Horizon 4 Has Received More Vehicles for October

You can always count on a game like Forza Horizon 4 to keep all of us entertained as the world continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic. The game remains one of the most highly regarded open-world racing games in the market, and even if it’s been around for two years, developer Turn 10 Studios continues to find ways to make Forza Horizon 4 as fun and as entertaining as it’s always been. The new Series Update 28 arrives with a familiar menu: new cars that you can add to your garage by winning series events in the game. There’s a slew of exciting rides up for grabs, including the GMC Syclone and Typhoon, both of which were available for a short period in Forza Motorsport 4. Those two rides offer a small taste of what’s to come when Forza Horizon 4’s Series 28 Update. But that’s not all, too. A pair of new Car Packs — the Japanese Heroes Pack and the Open Top Pack — are also on the way. Judging by their names, you probably have a good idea of what to expect from these new car packs.

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Kia Fires A Few Shots At BMW In Its New K5 Sedan Commercial

Kia Fires A Few Shots At BMW In Its New K5 Sedan Commercial

Kia could rue the day that it threw the gauntlet at the feet of BMW

If there’s anything we know about Kia, it’s that the automaker isn’t afraid to crosshairs with its rivals as it did in this new commercial for the new K5 sedan. The K5 is Kia’s latest pride and joy; it’s a four-door premium sedan that’s set to compete with some of the most entrenched models in its segment, including the BMW 3 Series.

Yes, Kia is packaging the K5 as a competitor to the 3 Series, so much so that this K5 commercial isn’t really so much about singing the K5’s praises as it is mocking Bimmer’s 330i sedan. They say that one should never tug at Superman’s cape, but it seems that Kia didn’t get that memo, or at least it did but completely ignored it.

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2021 BMW X2 Mesh Edition

2021 BMW X2 Mesh Edition

BMW’s new cosmetic package for the X2 is a welcome sight for the crossover

This is the BMW X2 M Mesh Edition, a package-laden special edition model that adds more visual character to a crossover that, quite frankly, needs all the help it can get. A mesh kidney grille — not BMW’s new and controversial grille — stands out as the package’s most prominent addition. Exclusive color options, decals, and a new set of wheels are also included in the X2 M’s dress-up. The Edition M Mesh package for the X2 M is priced at $3,550.

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Ford Will Sell the Mustang Mach 1 In Europe, But There's a Big Catch

Ford Will Sell the Mustang Mach 1 In Europe, But There’s a Big Catch

Mustang fans in Europe have a new reason to cheer...kind of

The Ford Mustang Mach 1 is headed to the Old Continent. No, it’s not going there for test runs at the Nurburgring — it already did that — nor is it going there to be showcased at an auto event — it just made its debut at Goodwood SpeedWeek — only to return to the U.S. as an America-only special edition Mustang. The Mustang Mach 1 is coming to Europe, and, more importantly, it will be staying in Europe.

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The McLaren Elva Gulf Theme by MSO Showed Up At Goodwood SpeedWeek

The McLaren Elva Gulf Theme by MSO Showed Up At Goodwood SpeedWeek

McLaren’s $1.7 million speedster is wearing the most iconic livery in motor racing

The McLaren - Gulf Racing partnership was renewed only a few months ago, but we’re already reaping the rewards of the deal. First, it was the McLaren Senna GTR LM that was given the distinction of wearing the famous blue and orange Gulf Racing livery. Now, it’s the McLaren Elva’s turn to sport the two-color finish, as created by McLaren Special Operations. Even better, the Gulf Racing-clad McLaren Elva will take center stage at Goodwood SpeedWeek, which is happening until October 18 at the Goodwood Motor Circuit in the U.K.

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2020 Posaidon GT 63 RS 830+

2020 Posaidon GT 63 RS 830+

You won’t believe how powerful the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door 63 S 4Matic has become

Mercedes-AMG’s GT family is a lineup of filthy performance machines, none more imposing than the 730-horsepower GT Black Series. But before the GT Black Series arrived, the 639-horsepower AMG GT 4-Door 63 S 4MATIC+ held court as the most powerful member of the AMG GT family.

Just because that’s the case now, though, that doesn’t mean there’s no room for the four-door powerhouse to reclaim that throne with some help from the aftermarket world. Enter Posaidon.

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You'll Probably Love Watching These Trucks Smash Into Anti-Terrorist Barriers

You’ll Probably Love Watching These Trucks Smash Into Anti-Terrorist Barriers

Sometimes, you have to know the battles you know you’ll win

There’s nothing like crashes with surprising results that get our nerves flowing. That’s especially true when we’re dealing with trucks crashing into barriers, specifically those of the anti-terrorism kind. These crashes are spectacular, if not a little scary.

This video stretches almost three-and-a-half minutes and it’s full of metal on metal crime. Give it a watch and see what happens when terrorists think that they can just run over these barriers. Spoiler alert: these barriers have zero give.

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This 1977 930-Gen Porsche 911 Turbo Is The Only Real Car In Cyberpunk 2077

This 1977 930-Gen Porsche 911 Turbo Is The Only Real Car In Cyberpunk 2077

You’re not going to believe why this 911 is so special

Earlier this month, Rockstar Energy’s Rockstar Performance Garage unveiled a real-life version of the Quadra, the same 1970 Ford Mustang-based, post-apocalyptic sports car that you can drive in the highly anticipated video game Cyberpunk 2077.

Not content with just one car from the upcoming game, the team behind Cyberpunk 2077 is doubling up on the fun by bringing to life another one of the game’s vehicles. This time, the 1977 Porsche 911 Turbo takes center stage, and it is glorious.

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2021 Audi TT RS 40 Years of Quattro

2021 Audi TT RS 40 Years of Quattro

New special edition TT RS celebrates Audi’s greatest innovation

Audi is famous for a lot of innovations in the history of the auto industry, but none have been as impactful to the automaker as the quattro all-wheel-drive system. Introduced at the 1980 Geneva Motor Show, the quattro all-wheel-drive system has become a foundational piece of all of Audi’s road-going performance cars.

It’s only right that with the quattro system celebrating its 40th anniversary, Audi is launching a special edition TT RS to commemorate the occasion. The special edition model is called the 40 Years of quattro, as fitting a name as any SE model Audi has released in recent memory.

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Aston Martin's V12 Speedster Is the Roofless and Windowless Embodiment of Excess

Aston Martin’s V12 Speedster Is the Roofless and Windowless Embodiment of Excess

Will you throw in $1 million for a chance to go home with one?

Speedsters have become the rage these days among premium automakers. We’ve seen McLaren unveil the Elva and Bentley launch the Bacalar in recent years. Heck, Ferrari even went double-double on us with the SP1 and SP2 Monza. As fanciful as these speedsters are, Aston Martin was the one who reintroduced the “speedster” into our lexicon with the unveiling of the CC100 Speedster back in 2013. It took seven years, but Aston’s speedster project is now in full swing with the unveiling of the machine’s prototype version. Feast your eyes on the Aston Martin V12 Speedster “Prototype Vehicle.” It’s not the sexiest name in the world but everything else about the V12 Speedster Prototype Vehicle is properly intoxicating. Aston Martin plans to build only 88 units of the V12 Speedster and each one is priced at a mind-bending $950,000. This is Aston Martin exclusivity at its finest, folks.

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This Is Definitely What The Tesla Cybertruck Should Look Like

This Is Definitely What The Tesla Cybertruck Should Look Like

We’d pay money to see this version of the Cybertruck on Autopilot

The Tesla Cybertruck is, without question, one of the most polarizing vehicles in recent memory. It doesn’t abide by traditional design norms of a pickup truck, and yet, it’s the audacity in Tesla’s design that has kept the Cybertruck in the headlines.

Tesla got us talking about the Cybertruck more than most vehicles, and, at least to a select few, it jump-started enough creative juices that we get to see different renderings and “interpretations” of Tesla’s upcoming all-electric. One of these interpretations comes to us by way of automotive 3D concept artist Shubbak 3D.

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Somehow, It Seems That the BMW i8 Is Better Than the Polestar 1

Somehow, It Seems That the BMW i8 Is Better Than the Polestar 1

These two $150,000 PHEVs have more common than you thought

The Polestar 1 and BMW i8 don’t necessarily occupy segments by themselves, but the truth is there aren’t that many performance-spec, two-door plug-in hybrids that command prices amounting to $150,000. So in the absence of comparing the Polestar 1 and BMW i8 with their respective rivals, the folks at Throttle House decided to skip that exercise entirely and compare both two-door plug-in hybrids against each other.

One is a $148,500 German two-door PHEV with futuristic looks while the other is a $155,000 Swedish two-door PHEV that boasts one of the most beautiful designs of any car in the market. How do they stack up against each other? Let’s find out.

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This Cadillac CTS-V Dominates the Chevy Camaro ZL1, But It's Not a Fair Race

This Cadillac CTS-V Dominates the Chevy Camaro ZL1, But It’s Not a Fair Race

It’s a Caddy on Chevy crime!

This drag race happens between a Cadillac CTS-V and a Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1 LE, two American performance cars that are evenly matched on paper. Unfortunately for the Camaro ZL1, the Cadillac isn’t a typical CTS-V; it’s been tuned by Hennessey to produce gobsmack amounts of power to the tune of 1,000 ponies and 966 pound-feet of twist. There is no need for spoilers here; the Hennessy-tuned CTS-V annihilates the stock Camaro ZL1 1LE.

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Tom Cruise and a Doorless BMW M5 Take the Mission Impossible Set By Storm

Tom Cruise and a Doorless BMW M5 Take the Mission Impossible Set By Storm

Ethan Hunt is back to wreck another Bimmer (or two)

While most of us fawn over all the cars that appear in the Fast & Furious and James Bond franchises, the Mission Impossible franchise has had its fair share of fancy rides. BMW, in particular, has been a partner of the Tom Cruise-led franchise since 2011 when the i8 Concept made a cameo in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.

Since then, BMW has been the go-to ride of Ethan Hunt and company, and that will continue in the next Mission Impossible movie. The yet-to-be-named movie is the seventh one in the franchise and filming is taking place in Rome, and, to no one’s surprise, a BMW model is being used in what looks to be an action-packed chase scene around the streets of the Italian capital.

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The BMW M5 Competition Can Take On the Ferrari 488 Pista With $8000 In Mods

The BMW M5 Competition Can Take On the Ferrari 488 Pista With $8000 In Mods

This is a drag race you want to watch

The BMW M5 Competition F90 is one of the most incredible cars in the market. While it’s technically a luxury sedan — and a heavy one at that — the M5 Competition F90 boasts enough power to drive like a supercar.

Put the high-powered M5 into the hands of a tuner like Evolve Tuning, and the sedan’s performance potential goes to levels unseen, or at least in the vicinity of one of the most potent Ferraris around: the 488 Pista. YouTube channel Carwow brought these two powerhouses together for an explosive drag race and, well, fireworks ensue.

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Christmas Will Come Early for 50 People Thanks to Mazda

Christmas Will Come Early for 50 People Thanks to Mazda

50 deserving individuals will get to go home with a Mazda MX-5 Miata 100th Anniversary Edition

2020 has been a shitty year. There’s no other way around it. But change your perspective a little, and you can also say that 2020 has been a great year for the human spirit and the drive to help others in need.

The latter is one of the reasons why Mazda created the Mazda Heroes program, which aims to give back to individuals who are putting in the time and effort to help other people. To show its appreciation, Mazda will choose 50 people who have proven that not all heroes wear capes. All 50 people will not only be recognized for their efforts, but they’ll also go home with a Mazda MX-5 Miata 100th Anniversary Special Edition.

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710-Horsepower Showdown: McLaren 720S and Ferrari F8 Tributo Throw Hands

710-Horsepower Showdown: McLaren 720S and Ferrari F8 Tributo Throw Hands

You’re going to be surprised how this race turned out

Both carry twin-turbocharged V-8 engines that produce 710 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque. Both have seven-speed dual-clutch transmissions. Both are rear-wheel drive. With all these numbers and features nearly identical, the question begs: which of the two is faster in a drag race?

That type of race should be able to create some differentiation between the two, right? YouTuber 888MF sought to find an answer, and like very few people in the world, he was able to bring a 720S and an F8 Tributo to an empty stretch of road for an old-fashion drag race. Who’s the faster of the two?

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Three-Way BMW M Race Will Leave you Longing for the Past

Three-Way BMW M Race Will Leave you Longing for the Past

The BMW M3 E46 and the BMW M3 E36 take on the new BMW M2 Competition

The BMW M3 E46 is considered one of the greatest driving machines of all time, and its predecessor, the BMW M3 E36, wasn’t that far behind. The two M3s from yesteryear are largely responsible for turning BMW’s M division into a household name. That legacy lives to this day now that the all-new M3 G80 has arrived.

But this isn’t about the M3 G80 or its roots to both the E36 and E46. This is about the two M3 legends taking on a different M car: the equally all-new BMW M2 Competition.

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Does This Rendering Accurately Predict Pininfarina's Future?

Does This Rendering Accurately Predict Pininfarina’s Future?

It’s staggering work from a talented up-and-coming designer

Pininfarina is responsible for some of the most provocative-looking cars in history. From legendary machines like the Ferrari F40 and Ferrari Enzo to staggering custom creations like the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Hyperion, BMW Gran Lusso Coupe, and Fittipaldi EF7 Vision Gran Turismo, Pininfarina’s design DNA can be found in some of history’s most attractive rides. Automakers far and wide have come to Pininfarina for their automotive design needs, and the Italian design house has proven time and again that it’s the go-to firm for those needs. A big part of the studio’s success rests on the designers that it has in the fold.

One such designer, Daniel Gombo, technically isn’t employed by Pininfarina, but he did just finish his master’s thesis under the supervision of the Italian firm and part of that thesis required Gombo to design a vehicle.

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Fast 9 Delayed Yet Again And James Bond Is To Blame

Fast 9 Delayed Yet Again And James Bond Is To Blame

Toretto-Bond is a fight we’d love to see

The ninth installment of the Fast and Furious saga was supposed to come out May 22 this year. Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic put those plans on ice, as it did every other Hollywood movie that was supposed to come out in theaters this year. Universal Studios called an audible and rescheduled the release for April 2, 2021, but now it looks like Fast 9’s release will once again get pushed back to May 2021. Oddly enough, COVID-19 isn’t to blame for this latest reschedule; the fault lies squarely on the shoulders of James Bond or, more specifically, the release of No Time to Die, the 25th movie of the long-running movie franchise. Originally scheduled for release on April 3 this year, No Time to Day was pushed back to November. Then it was pushed back yet again for April 2, 2021, or the earlier release date of Fast 9 before it got bumped off to May 2021. Don’t be surprised if Dominic Toretto sets his sights on James Bond in Fast 10.

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BMW's New Kidney Grille Doesn't Look as Bad on the All-New M4 As We Thought

BMW’s New Kidney Grille Doesn’t Look as Bad on the All-New M4 As We Thought

It’s a hot take, but a take nonetheless

The 2021 BMW M4 has arrived, and, as expected, it has brought BMW’s new — and controversial — kidney grille with it. But while most, us included, have been quick to lampoon the oversized grille, Bimmer has been hard at work trying to make it look presentable. Well, the new M4 is here, equally new kidney grille-included, and while it looks as polarizing as we expected it to be, it doesn’t look as bad as we thought it would be. It’s still going to take some getting used to, and we suspect it’ll take a long time for some people, but the good news is that the oversized kidney grille doesn’t ruin the overall visual integrity of the new M4 — and the new M3, for that matter. Bimmer’s new sports coupe still looks as ravishing as ever, and it helps, too, that every other aspect of the coupe remains true to its incomparable performance roots.

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2021 2020 Ram 1500 Limited Longhorn 10th Anniversary Edition

2021 2020 Ram 1500 Limited Longhorn 10th Anniversary Edition

Special edition truck provides the best of two worlds

Ten years since Ram became a standalone car brand, the automaker’s parent company, Fiat Chrysler Automobile, is celebrating that milestone by introducing a special edition 1500 called the Limited Longhorn 10th Anniversary Edition.

The special edition Ram 1500 is the latest in a long line of limited-run trucks that the automaker has released this year. It’s based on the new Limited Longhorn trim that effectively takes place of the Laramie Longhorn.

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Hilarious Mercedes-Benz G-Class Commercial Proves The Germans Can Be Fun, Too

Hilarious Mercedes-Benz G-Class Commercial Proves The Germans Can Be Fun, Too

German humor can be an oddly weird thing

Mercedes-Benz’s advertising department has rolled out a new commercial for the G-Class, and contrary to what you might expect, the German automaker went with the humorous approach in touting its rugged, no-nonsense, off-road SUV.

The ad runs 4:30 minutes long. It’s long for a traditional commercial, but since the ad was launched on YouTube, Mercedes took all the liberties it could get to create a storyline that underscores the G-Class’ go-anywhere ability. It’s a funny commercial with some weird elements sprinkled in, including a “mutter” riding a mechanical bull as a test of worthiness of riding shotgun in the G-Class.

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Manhart MH4 GTR One-Off

Manhart MH4 GTR One-Off

Special edition BMW M4 gets the Manhart treatment

BMW’s M4 DTM Champion Edition is a rare breed of a car. Introduced in 2006 to celebrate Marco Wittmann’s DTM championship win, the M4 DTM Champion Edition was as incredible as it was limited. Only 200 examples exist, but all 200 were developed not only to look more aggressive than the previous-generation M4 but, more importantly, to be much more powerful.

The 493-horsepower M4 DTM Champion Edition was a beast, but even beasts can grow bigger claws. That’s where Manhart Racing comes into the fold. The German tuner known for its impressive programs for BMW models has prepared a tuning program for the special edition M4. The kit includes new wheels, interior upgrades, and, of course, a software tune to the coupe’s 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged inline-six-cylinder engine.

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Ricky Bobby Returns to Our Lives in New Dodge Commercial

Ricky Bobby Returns to Our Lives in New Dodge Commercial

He didn’t come back alone, either

Ricky Bobby is back, folks. Sort of. The star of Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby now has his own Dodge commercial. Ok, so it’s not really Will Ferrell reprising his role as the GOAT of all NASCAR drivers, but the commercial does star Bobby during his childhood in 1981 where, apparently, the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat also exists.

His childhood friend, Cal Naughton Jr., is also in the commercial, even though it’s also the childhood version of the character played by John C. Reilly. The “Shake” to Bobby’s “Bake” can be seen driving a Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock. Bobby’s father, Reese Bobby (played by Gary Cole), is also in the commercial — he’s the only one reprising role — driving a Dodge Durango Hellcat.

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The BMW M5 and Nissan GT-R Try to Tame a Ducati Panigale V4R in a Drag Race for the Ages

The BMW M5 and Nissan GT-R Try to Tame a Ducati Panigale V4R in a Drag Race for the Ages

This is a race you wouldn’t dare miss

A heavily tuned BMW M5 Competition and Nissan GT-R would make for a tremendous race. Both models are already revered for their performance capabilities, but when you throw in the element of the aftermarket world into the mix, well, let’s just say that fireworks are expected.

We get to see these two heavy hitters in that environment courtesy of Carwow, but this particular race isn’t just between the M5 Competition and the GT-R. A third participant is involved, and it’s one of the most feared two-wheeled killers in the market: the Ducati Panigale V4R. This is a three-vehicle competition, and the stakes just went to the next level. Does the Panigale V4R have a chance against a heavily tuned M5 Competition and a souped-up Godzilla or is it going to fall flat on its face?

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Can the Chevy C6 Corvette ZR1 Keep Up With a Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4?

Can the Chevy C6 Corvette ZR1 Keep Up With a Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4?

The result of these rolling races might surprise you...or maybe not

Does a performance car from 14 years ago have what it takes to beat the mighty Huracan in a series of roll races? The sports car in question is a Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1. It arrived in 2006 to a lot of fanfare, none more notable than the amount of power and performance capabilities it was packing. The Corvette C6 ZR1 was the pinnacle of American performance cars during its time. Very few cars could match wits with it without sweating buckets. But that was then. It’s a different story today. Or is it? Let’s find out.

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Crashing a Car at 40 MPH Is Terrifying, But Crashing at 130 MPH Is a Recipe for Disaster

Crashing a Car at 40 MPH Is Terrifying, But Crashing at 130 MPH Is a Recipe for Disaster

Brace yourselves for what you’re about to see

Watching a car travel 40 miles per hour straight into a barrier often results in the car getting walloped, but what if that same car was going three times faster at 130 mph and then slams into a stationary bus? The results are indescribable, but we do get to see the scene unfold before our eyes courtesy of YouTube channel Bri4ka.

The video isn’t in English so it might be a little difficult to follow. Fortunately, the visuals that you’ll see are about as straightforward as they can get. The objective is clear, too. A remote-controlled second-generation Opel Omega and a decommissioned city bus are the sacrificial lambs in this test. At the very least, the test gives us a glimpse of what can happen if a car traveling twice the speed limit in the U.S. hits a parked city bus. Before you watch it, be advised that the results are unspeakably destructive.

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This Hayabusa-Powered Fiat 500 Is Exactly What the World Needs Today

This Hayabusa-Powered Fiat 500 Is Exactly What the World Needs Today

This isn’t your grandma’s Fiat 500 anymore

The Fiat 500 isn’t a car that you’d consider a fast and powerful one. In its raciest form, the 500 boasts a 1.4-liter turbocharged MultiAir engine that produces 135 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque. Those are decent figures for a car that can do supermarket or drugstore runs, but it’s not exactly a car that can make a statement in a hill climb race.

So, what is there to do if you have a 500 and you want to run roughshod over whatever hill climb course you choose? You take a page out of Roman Gurschler’s playbook and you turn your cutesy 500 into a 4x4 monster.

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Drag Race Battle - Ferrari 812 Superfast Versus Tesla Model X P100D

Drag Race Battle - Ferrari 812 Superfast Versus Tesla Model X P100D

Old school takes on the new school!

On paper, an SUV should have no business competing against a supercar in a drag race. But the cars in question, a Ferrari 812 Superfast and a Tesla Model X P100D, aren’t exactly too far apart in the performance category. One produces 588 horsepower and 910 pound-feet of torque, while the other has 790 horsepower and 530 pound-feet of torque on tap. Line them side-by-side on a drag strip and the question of who wins isn’t as ridiculous as it sounds. In the end, such a race took place at the Drag Times home track of Palm Beach International Raceway. As for which car won? Watch the video and find out.

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There's No Way The Toyota Supra Can Beat The Lexus LC500 In a Drag Race, Right?

There’s No Way The Toyota Supra Can Beat The Lexus LC500 In a Drag Race, Right?

More power doesn’t always translate to faster on the road, or does it?

On paper, the Lexus LC500 and the Toyota Supra are two entirely different performance cars. One is a stylish and luxurious two-door grand tourer while the other is an outright performance-bred sports car that also serves as Toyota’s flagship performance car.

We’ve seen some odd pairings engage in drag races in the past — most recently, there was one between a Hennessy-tuned Chevrolet Corvette C8 and a Rolls-Royce Wraith — and this one follows along that path. Does the turbocharged Toyota have what it takes to beat the naturally aspirated V-8-powered Lexus? YouTube channel Throttle House tried to find out, and the results, well, will surprise you.

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This Race Between a Chevy C8 Corvette and a Rolls-Royce Wraith Hardly Seems Fair

This Race Between a Chevy C8 Corvette and a Rolls-Royce Wraith Hardly Seems Fair

It’s all sorts of entertaining, though

The Chevrolet Corvette C8 and the Rolls-Royce Wraith share a few things in common. Both are two-door models. Both are also fast, powerful, and, well, that’s pretty much it. If you thought of two premium models that couldn’t be more different from one another, you’d probably land at the mid-engine sports car and the luxury rig on four wheels.

Fortunately, drag races don’t discriminate. If you have a car that can burn rubber on a strip, you’re more than welcome to try your luck against an equally potent opponent. Even better, if you have someone like Hennessey who’s willing to host a race between a Chevrolet Corvette C8 and a Rolls-Royce Wraith, then you get your fill of fun and entertainment, all wrapped in a four-minute video that’s a must-watch if you have a modicum of spare time.

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This 2018 Ford GT '67 Heritage Edition Could Change Hands for Millions

This 2018 Ford GT ’67 Heritage Edition Could Change Hands for Millions

Here’s your chance to own a limited edition version of the already limited Ford GT supercar

One of the rarest versions of the Ford GT supercar is headed for the auction block, and it could fetch up to seven figures if everything goes as anticipated. A 2018 Ford GT Heritage Edition can be all yours provided you have the pockets to afford it. One of these special edition models is headed to a Mecum Auctions event that will run from November 12 to November 14 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

It’s expected to fetch a king’s ransom considering that used 2018 GT models are already fetching over $1 million in the used (super)car market. Even better, this isn’t your “standard” Ford GT; it’s a Heritage Edition GT that was launched in 2018 and comes with, among other exclusive touches, an engine coil cover that’s signed by drivers Dan Gurney and A.J. Foyt, the duo that claimed the Le Mans 24 Hours title back in 1967.

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2021 Lamborghini Urus Graphite Capsule

2021 Lamborghini Urus Graphite Capsule

Lambo’s new design package for the Urus is anything but subtle

Lamborghini is far from a subtle automaker. None of its models can fly under the radar, and even if you ask for a toned-down color, a Lamborghini will still stand out from the pack because, well, it’s a Lamborghini. Of course, that’s not going to stop the Italian automaker from rolling out a new options package for the Urus that’ll supposedly succeed in toning down the SUV’s looks.

The new options package is called Graphite Capsule, and it includes four new exterior paint colors, neon highlights in the body and interior, and an assortment of other visual highlights. Opt for the Graphite Capsule package on your 2021 Lamborghini Urus and you stand to pay at least $218,009. That’s a healthy increase — more than $15,000 — from the price of a 2020 Urus. Then again, you are still paying for a Lamborghini. Those are expensive last we checked.

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The Ford Mustang Crashes Enough, And a New Recall Says It Could Get Much Worse

The Ford Mustang Crashes Enough, And a New Recall Says It Could Get Much Worse

Best cover your bases before you get into an accident

The Ford Mustang is the world’s best-selling performance car, but just because it’s popular, that doesn’t mean it’s immune to mechanical issues and the recalls that come after that. Brace for some bad news, then, owners of the 2020 Ford Mustang. There’s a good chance that your muscle car will be recalled after Ford submitted documents to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) saying that more than 38,000 units of the 2020 Mustang could have a defective brake pedal bracket assembly.

The defect is largely contained to Mustangs with automatic transmissions; Mustangs with manual transmissions aren’t affected. It’s a tough blow for owners of 2020 Mustangs that are affected by the recall, especially if you live outside the U.S.

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You Must Check Out This Quadbike With An Audi V-10 Heart

You Must Check Out This Quadbike With An Audi V-10 Heart

There’s nothing ordinary about the Engler F.F Superquad

Quad bikes aren’t new inventions. They’ve been around for some time now, and there are many manufacturers — Honda, Suzuki, Arctic Cat, among them — that build and sell quad bikes. But we’re not here to talk about those quad bikes or all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) as they are otherwise known. We’re here to talk about a unique ATV, and it might as well be called the quad bike: the Engler F.F Superquad. While it does fit the profile of an ATV, the F.F Superquad is anything but a normal quad bike. It’s more like a mishmash between a motorcycle and a supercar carrying enough power to make other exotics weep. YouTube sensation Shmee found some time away from his busy schedule to check out the Superquad ahead of its debut at Salon Prive in the U.K., and, as you may have guessed, even Shmee found himself geeking out over this extraordinary vehicle.

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This is NOT How You Want to Find Your Chevy C8 Corvette

This is NOT How You Want to Find Your Chevy C8 Corvette

It’s a different interpretation of the drop my car challenge, that’s for sure

Online trending challenges have become the rage these days. Some challenges like the Ice Bucket Challenge caught one because they were tied to a larger and very important cause. Other challenges like the Tide Pod Challenge were stupid and dangerous and should never have even started. Somewhere between those two challenges lies the “drop your car challenge.” Nothing about this challenge served a higher purpose, but there’s also nothing dangerous about it. The purpose of this challenge is simple: show off your car. That’s it. It’s an ultimately harmless exercise that revolves simply letting everyone see what your car is. Or at least that’s what we thought until we saw this photo of a Chevrolet Corvette C8, or whatever’s left of it. This is a different interpretation of the “drop_your_car_challenge,” and, unfortunately, it’s not a very pleasant one.

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This Video About the Maserati MC12 Will Remind You Of Better Times

This Video About the Maserati MC12 Will Remind You Of Better Times

One of the most under-appreciated Italian supercars of all time gets the love it deserves

The Maserati MC12 is arguably one of the most underrated supercars of all time. Produced in limited quantities back in 2004 — only 50 were built — the MC12 was a two-seater supercar that Maserati built to comply with homologation requirements so it could enter the FIA GT Championship with a race-spec version of the same car. Sixteen years later, not a lot of people remember the MC12 or even its shared history with the much more famous Ferrari Enzo. Fortunately, Petrolicious’ original series Homologation Specials did not forget about the MC12 and its impact in the supercar world. It doesn’t get as much love and respect as the Enzo, but the MC12 should be remembered better than it has been. It wasn’t the best car to drive, and it was oft-criticized for being too big, but the MC12’s place in the annals of Italian performance cars is secure, or at least it should be.

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Nissan Is Considering a Z SUV Because Why Not

Nissan Is Considering a Z SUV Because Why Not

Japanese automaker needs a cash cow, and this might be it

The Nissan Z Proto’s arrival has thrust Nissan straight to the headlines, and as speculation continues to grow on what kind of next-generation Z sports car is going to come out of the concept vehicle, word has it that Nissan isn’t going to stop with just a new Z sports car.

Ivan Espinosa, Nissan’s Senior VP for Global Product Planning, admitted during a recent media event that a Z SUV (or crossover) is something that Nissan is currently exploring. Espinoza stopped short of confirming anything, but the fact that it’s even in consideration speaks to the lengths that Nissan will go to in order to maximize the strength and appeal of its Z brand. Given the company’s current financial struggles, a Z SUV doesn’t sound like a bad idea.

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2021 Audi R8 Green Hell Edition

2021 Audi R8 Green Hell Edition

German automaker celebrates Nurburgring dominance with a spicy special edition R8

The Nurburgring is arguably the world’s most famous race track, and if that distinction is attached to your name, automakers are likely to come up with any reason to release special edition models in your name. Take Audi, for example. The German automaker carries one of the richest racing legacies on the ‘Ring.

Since 2012, Audi has dominated the Green Hell, winning the 24 Hours of Nurburgring race five times. Not one to be bashful about its achievements, Audi is celebrating those victories with a special edition R8 called the Green Hell.

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2021 Acura RDX PMC Edition

2021 Acura RDX PMC Edition

Automaker’s top-selling crossover gets an exclusive paint finish, among other new goodies

Four months after unveiling the TLX PMC Edition, Acura is giving the same special edition treatment to its RDX crossover. Dubbed the RDX PMC Edition, the special edition crossover benefits from the same exclusive additions Acura gave to the TLX. That includes the Thermal Orange Pearl paint finish that’s arguably one of the best colors you can get in the market. The RDX PMC Edition now occupies the range-topping slot in the lineup, combining the two trims sitting underneath it — the A-Spec and Advance Package — into one model. Befitting its status as a top-of-the-line special edition model, Acura is limiting the production of the special edition crossover to just 360 units, all of which are earmarked for the North American market. Each unit of the RDX PMC will carry a sticker price of “in the low $50,000,” according to Acura.

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2021 Nissan Maxima 40th Anniversary Edition

2021 Nissan Maxima 40th Anniversary Edition

Special features for a somewhat special car

While everyone is going stir crazy over the Nissan Z Proto’s arrival, Nissan has quietly unveiled a special edition model for one of its veteran nameplates. It’s called the Nissan Maxima 40th Anniversary Edition, and, as the name clearly indicates, it’s a celebratory model of the Maxima’s 40-year run in the U.S.

Yes, the Maxima has been in America that long. It’s the longest-running nameplate in the country, and to mark that occasion, Nissan went all-out in dressing the Maxima 40th Anniversary with all the bells and whistles.

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A Hidden Ram TRX Easter Egg Hilariously Trolls The Ford F-150 Raptor

A Hidden Ram TRX Easter Egg Hilariously Trolls The Ford F-150 Raptor

The gauntlet has been thrown in the direction of the mighty Raptor

The arrival of the 2021 RAM TRX was more than just the debut of an incredible pickup truck; it was also a gauntlet being thrown in the direction of the current king of all trucks, the Ford F-150 Raptor.

There’s no secret that the RAM TRX’s purpose on this earth is to take down the mighty Raptor. Well, as far as motivations go, RAM included a rather hilarious easter egg on the TRX to remind its current and prospective owners exactly what it’s all about. Pop open the hood of the truck, lift up the airbox cover, and you’ll see it, plain as day.

Underneath the cover is an engraving of a Tyrannosaurus Rex, only it’s not just a T-Rex (or TRX, if you’re Fiat-Chrysler) that you’ll see; it’s a T-Rex that has, of all things, a raptor in its mouth. The subtlety, or lack thereof, shouldn’t be lost on anyone who owns a RAM TRX moving forward.

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It Looks Like The Cadillac CT5-V Isn't Even Meant to Be a Performance Car

It Looks Like The Cadillac CT5-V Isn’t Even Meant to Be a Performance Car

A heavyweight on paper, it might be few weight classes lower on the road

A lot has been said about the Cadillac CT5-V since it first arrived in 2019 as the supposed replacement to the V Sport. Cadillac has gotten mixed reviews on every facet of the CT5-V. From its looks to its quality to its output to its performance, the CT5-V has become polarizing in so many ways. It also hasn’t been immune to a myriad of issues, including, as The Smoking Tire’s Matt Farah found out, a less-than-stellar 10-speed automatic transmission that doesn’t respond to the driver as well as we all thought it could. The CT5-V remains a solid performer in its segment, but is it really a proper replacement to the monster-engined CTS-V or is it more like the middle of the pack V-Sport model? Based on Farah’s experience, it looks, drives, and feels more like the latter.

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