2020 Mazda RX-Vision GT3 Concept
A year after announcing that it had become an official video game partner for Gran Turismo Sport, Mazda has unveiled its new digital ride for the game. Called the RX-Vision GT3 Concept, the GT3-class racer is as enthralling and as captivating as you expect it would be.
That’s not a surprise given that the racer pilfers some of its design cues from the obnoxiously raunchy RX-Vision Concept that Mazda unveiled at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. The low-riding, slinky racer is the creation of Ikuo Maeda, Mazda’s global design boss. The Mazda RX-Vision GT3 Concept isn’t available in Gran Turismo Sport, at least not until May 25, when it arrives as part of an online update. It will join the Atenza Gr.3 as the second GT3-class Mazda in the game.
10 Cheap Cars You Didn’t Know Make Perfect Tuners
For as long as automobiles have been around, tuners have never been too far behind. These companies are the ones you go to when you want to get more out of your factory-stock vehicle. Tuners come in all shapes and sizes, too. Some are famous for their outlandish tuning programs while others specialize in those subtle upgrades that add up to create a compelling package. The goal of these aftermarket companies is to provide something better than what automakers are willing to give. In turn, modifying cars has become an art form as much as it is a business.
Still, a tuner is only as good as the car that it’s working on. Whereas most cars are perfectly suited for customers once they leave the factories, some are begging to be modified. Whether it’s an old Japanese sports car, a classic German icon, or an Italian thoroughbred, there are cars that, no matter in what form they come out of those factories, become all the more appealing once they receive the aftermarket treatment. Even better, some of these cars can be had for rock bottom prices, making them perfectly suited for tuners all over the world.
10 Best Project Cars To Start A Home Build
No matter how many cars are built by automakers these days, there’s still no substitute for the kind of purity and authentic love you can have for a project car. This kind of car is the one that you spend hours upon hours, days upon days, and months upon months trying to build.
Project cars are based largely on existing models, but when these models aren’t built or tuned in the manner that you want them to be, you take it upon yourself to do it, rebuilding it to your taste and preference. Some project cars take years to build, and the cost of doing it can go as high as you’re willing to take it. But the results speak for themselves. Project cars are your creations, and they are the most fulfilling ones to drive. They are built according to how you want these cars to look and run. Here’s a list of cars that make great project cars for every gearhead.
Top 10 Fastest Used Cars Under $20K
With the prices of cars increasing, a $20,000 used sports car has become harder to obtain these days. Not too long ago, you could afford a decent runner for $20,000 and still have enough change to buy a few cosmetic kits. But that’s no longer the case today, or at least, not for the most part. Look hard enough, though, and you can still score some good deals on used sports cars for $20,000 or less. These cars aren’t world-beaters by any stretch of the imagination, but they should still have enough juice to get the adrenaline flowing. They’re out there in the world. All you need to do is look for them.
Top 10 Fastest Cars In Forza Horizon 4
Forza Horizon 4 is one of the best car racing games you can play in any gaming console. Since becoming a part of the massive Forza video game franchise, the Horizon series of games has provided gamers with an immersive, arcade-style gaming experience that puts you on the open road. Of course, any road — real or virtual — isn’t worth much without the cars that run roughshod over them.
On that end, Forza Horizon 4’s collection of over 450 cars is a list that runs as long as a grocery list these days. That list includes some of the fastest cars you’ll ever get to drive. It’s a list that’s as impressive as it sounds, and if you’re ranking all the cars based on which is the fastest, these ten models stand out from the rest of the game’s vast automotive library.
10 Cars That Prove that the 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette is a Better Value For Your Money
The all-new 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 is arguably one of the most important models in the nameplate’s entire history. We all know that it’s the first-ever mid-engine Corvette, and while that distinction is special enough on its own, there’re more to it than that, too. The base version of the Corvette C8 packs an equally new 6.2-liter naturally aspirated V-8 engine that produces 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. The numbers don’t really scream “supercar!” in the way other models on this list do, but this is one of those times when brochure numbers are a bit misleading.
The ‘Vette C8’s new LT2 engine is a proper race-bred engine built specifically for this iteration of the Corvette. It’s the fastest revving V-8 engine that General Motors has and, despite the impressive output, the LT2 V-8 also scores top marks in fuel efficiency. The Corvette C8’s Tremec-sourced eight-speed dual-clutch transmission was also made specifically for the Corvette C8, checking all the boxes for efficiency along the way. Line those up together and the Corvette C8’s ability to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in less than three seconds and hit a top speed that should reach 190-plus mph is beyond impressive, especially when you consider that this model costs less than $60,000. Simply put, there’s no other car in the market today that can give you that kind of bang for the buck that’s required to buy one. Yes, that includes the supercars on this list.
2020 Bentley Continental GT Convertible Equestrian Edition
Bentley is adding a new member to its growing lineup of exclusive bespoke creations. The newest addition is called the Continental GTC Equestrian Edition. Limited to just a single unit — yes, there’s only one in the world — the Continental GTC Equestrian Edition makes for a suitable follow-up to the outlandish Bacalar roadster that the boys from Crewe, England unveiled earlier this month. Though not as over-the-top as the Bacalar, the Continental GTC Equestrian Edition is a sultry one-off that draws inspiration from the popular hobby among the rich and famous. It features extraordinary and exclusive details that no other Continental GTC carries, justifying its billing as a true one-of-one creation. The Bentley Continental GTC Equestrian Edition is already spoken for, and, as you might expect, the one-off model was specially commissioned by a client who’s fond of thoroughbreds.
2021 Jaguar XJ EV
It’s no secret that Jaguar has eyes on launching an all-electric version of the XJ sedan, and just as we started lamenting the lack of tangible evidence of an all-electric XJ, a batch of spy photos fell on our laps and, lo and behold, we get our first look and what looks to be the all-electric XJ.
Granted, the spy photos don’t show the heavily wrapped sedan doing blitzing test runs, but, rather, they show the sedan getting transported to an undisclosed location where it could potentially do those blitzing test runs. We’ll take our victories where we can get them, though, and this batch of spy photos is validation — to a certain extent, at least — that the Jaguar XJ EV is actually a real thing. Expect more spy photos to come in the near future. Hopefully, those photos will show the sedan with its wheels touching the ground.
Update 3/9/2020: The Jaguar XJ EV Prototype has finally be spotted. Check out the first set of prototype spy shots in our special “Spy Shot” section below!
2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA
Alfa Romeo isn’t the first brand you think of when it comes to lightweight performance sedans. But the Italian automaker is looking to flip that narrative with the arrival of the Giulia Quadrifoglio GTA.
Lighter, faster, and more powerful than any version of the Giulia Quadrifoglio, the Giulia GTA — it stands for Gran Turismo Alleggerita or “Grand Touring Lightened” — represents a complete makeover of the Giulia sedan.
Significant changes can be seen in the exterior, interior, and drivetrain departments, so much so that you’d be excused for thinking that Alfa Romeo has lost its marbles and has decided to dive in the deep end of the performance sedan pool. Not that we’re complaining; the Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA has the vibe of a king slayer. It certainly looks like one.
2020 McLaren Verdant Theme GT by MSO
The McLaren 765LT is getting all the deserved shine today, but that doesn’t mean we should sleep on the other model that the British automaker unveiled as part of its Geneva Motor Show offering.
The McLaren GT Verdant Theme by MSO isn’t an entirely new model as it is based on McLaren’s showstopping GT supercar. Where it stands out is the level of customization it received from MSO, McLaren’s in-house personalization department.
Certainly, MSO’s work on the GT speaks for itself. The supercar wears an exclusive paint finish unlike anything MSO has offered in the past. The exclusive touches continue in the interior, and the results are as mind-blowing as you’d imagine them to be.
2020 Alpine A110 Légende GT
Alpine’s return to automotive prominence hit another milestone with the unveiling of the A110 Legende GT. Billed as the “most refined interpretation of the A110 to date,” the A110 Legende GT breaks away from its contemporaries with a smattering of exclusive touches, including an all-new paint finish that will be seen for the first time on the A110.
There is, of course, more to the Legende GT than a fancy new paint. The special edition also boasts a bespoke exterior that matches the exclusivity of the interior. Alpine only plans to release 400 units of the A110 Legende GT. The special edition sports coupe is available to order in France with a starting price of €69,300. That’s around $77,000 based on current exchange rates.
2021 Bentley Mulliner Bacalar
Add Bentley to the growing list of automakers that have taken the bold step of introducing a roofless speedster in their vehicle portfolio. The British automaker took to the Interwebs to introduce the Mulliner Bacalar, a $2-million open-top sports car that was named after a lake in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, features paint made using rice husk ash, and interior trim that includes wood accents taken from trees that fell way before Jesus was born. The Mulliner Bacalar is a showstopper in every sense of the word. It looks like one. It’s powered like one. Most importantly, it costs like one.
2022 Mercedes EQ B
Mercedes’ lineup of electric crossovers and SUVs continues to take shape with a fresh batch of spy photos of a model that looks a lot like the Mercedes GLB-Class. Except this isn’t the GLB; this is the GLB’s all-electric alter ego, the EQ B. The spy photos were taken in Sweden where the EQ B is undergoing winter testing. Mercedes hasn’t divulged the juicy details of the EQ B, but it is believed that, among other things, it will largely take the form of the GLB, albeit with a few minor tweaks to reflect is all-electric stature. No timetable has been given on when the Mercedes EQ B will launch, but we do know that the all-electric crossover will not hit the U.S. market until 2021.
Update 2/28/2020: The Mercedes EQB has started to take on its official electrified look in our latest batch of spy shots. Is a debut imminent? Find out what we know in our special “Spy Shots” section below!
Micro Machines Returns with a Bang
One of the most popular toy car lines from the 1980s and 1990s is making a comeback. It’s been a while since we last saw Micro Machines on toy shelves, but the once-popular line of toy cars and sets is returning for the first time in 12 years. The first play sets of the new Micro Machines are on display at the 2020 New York Toy Fair.
Those who are interested in bringing back the nostalgic days of the 1990s can start doing so when the first Micro Machines play sets arrive sometime in the fall at a cost of $50 each - that also includes three exclusive Micro Machines vehicles.
Glickenhaus SCG 004C Spotted Testing, Looks Ready to Rumble
Previously seen only in computer-generated pictures, the Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus 004C race car finally appeared in public, and it looks every bit like the showstopper those CG images hinted at. The race-spec version of the 004 supercar was spotted performing some test runs at the Cremona Circuit in San Martino del Lago, Italy.
Wearing nothing but naked carbon fiber panels, the 004C looked completely at home and in its element, racking up precious testing and development ahead of its competitive debut in this year’s VLN Series in Europe. There’s been a lot of speculation surrounding the status of the SCG 004C and its street-version alter ego, the SCG 004S. Now those speculations can be put to rest. The SCG 004C is now out and about and judging by its track test runs, it’s ready to take a bite out of the competition.
2020 Aston Martin DBX by Q
Other than Bentley’s Mulliner division, Aston Martin’s Q by Aston Martin bespoke division is arguably one of the best custom arms among all the luxury car brands in the business. Q by Aston has been responsible for some of the most provocative special edition Aston Martins in recent memory, and now that the brand’s first-ever SUV is on the market, Q by Aston is flexing its muscles yet again. The Aston Martin DBX by Qmarries all the qualities of what a special edition Aston Martin should look like. It’s dripping in the kind of bespoke goodness that Q by Aston stakes its name on. The Aston Martin DBX by Q by Aston Martin makes its world debut at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show.
Could You Stomach Watching Every Fast and Furious Movie for $900?
Fast 9 is speeding into cinemas this April, so expect full-blown marathons from F&F fanatics to start soon. One dealership in New York is raising the bar on the marathon-viewing experience by offering $900 to someone willing to put their Fast & Furious fandom to the test.
It’s not free money, though. The individual who’s willing to take the dealership up on the offer must watch all eight Fast and Furious movies and the Hobbs & Shaw spinoff. From there, a series of tasks is also required, including sharing the whole experience on social media. Do all of that and you will take home $900 for all you trouble. Is $900 worth all that effort? It will be for someone who has enough time on his hands.
Mythbuster: The Truth About JDM Cars
JDM cars, or “Japanese Domestic Market” cars, are arguably some of the most desirable vehicles in the world. They’re not the fastest, most powerful and most expensive cars in the world, but the limited access to these rides, plus the fact that a lot of them are exceptionally built, has made JDM cars the darlings of automotive markets outside of Japan.
Maybe it’s because we don’t get access to them as much as we want. Maybe it’s because we’ve waited for so many of these cars to become available outside of Japan. All of these factors have played into the growing mythical status of JDM cars to the extent that, with most of them now available for importing, our fascination for these Japanese vehicles is now being met with the opportunity to acquire them. We’ve learned a lot about JDM cars over the years, and if you’re one of those who still need to get caught up on what these cars are about, here are some facts about JDM cars to get you started.
10 Best V-8 Sports Cars
Thee are a lot of V-8-powered sports cars in the market today. Some will wow you with their sharp and dramatic looks. Others will combine performance and luxury in one package. Then there are those that are just incredible in every facet that a V-8-powered sports car should be.
We’ve compiled a list of some of the best sports cars that run a V-8 engine, and while you might be initially surprised by our choices, know that they represent some of the best V-8 sports cars you’ll ever get to drive.
Best Xbox One Racing Games
When it comes to car racing video games, it’s hard to find a better console that’s home to as many diverse games as the Xbox One. Microsoft’s pride-and-joy console offers anything your gamer heart desires. Do you want a race simulator that’s as realistic as it gets? How about an open-world racing game? Perhaps you’re just looking for an old-fashioned car racing arcade game, then? Xbox One offers all of these games in spades, and we picked the best ones so you can spend countless hours playing without feeling sorry about it.
Supernatural: 9 Things You Don’t Know About Dean Winchester’s 1967 Chevy Impala
Supernatural is the longest-running American live-action fantasy TV series. It’s been around since 2005, and this season will be its last. It’s been a hell of a ride — no pun intended — for Sam and Dean Winchester, and the latter’s loyal steed, the “Metallicar.”
That’s the nickname given to the 1967 Chevrolet Impala that has been a part of the show since the beginning. The Impala has become so important to the show’s history that fans even gave it the “Metallicar” nickname. Sure, the show doesn’t revolve around Dean’s ride, but it wouldn’t be the same without it, either. And as most famous Hollywood cars go, there are a few interesting things about the “Metallicar” that you might not know about.
2020 Aston Martin DBS ‘59’ and Vantage ‘59’
Aston Martin is rolling out a pair of special edition models to celebrate the automaker’s historic one-two finish at the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans. Appropriately dubbed the “59 Edition” models, 24 units of the DBS Superleggera and 59 units of the Vantage AMR have been given the special edition treatment.
Both models take their exclusive styling cues from the race-winning DBR1 racer, which roared to victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans back in 1959, beating powerhouse teams from Ferrari and Porsche on its way to victory.
The super rare Astons were commissioned by the automaker’s dealership in Gloucestershire, England. The cost of owning the DBS Superleggera 59 comes up to £325,000 — that converts to around $420,000 — while the Vantage AMR 59 is priced at $209,995. Sadly, all 24 units of the DBS Superleggera 59 are already accounted for, though there might still be available units of the Vantage AMR 59.
10 Fastest Cars in the World Ranked Fastest to Slowest
The list of the 10 fastest cars in the world is a list of excess. Where else can you find a list where the "slowest" car can still carry a top speed of 217 mph, enough to melt your eyeballs and rearrange your facial features?
This list contains the fastest and most powerful production cars to ever roam our roads. Some have reached mythical status, owing to the impact they had in creating the supercar industry. Some aren’t as influential, but they can still destroy any car they line up with, either in a drag race setting or just a complete top speed run. Feel free to check out these models. Just make sure you have something to wipe the drool off your faces.
Rumor: Bugatti Chiron R - One of Many Chiron Derivatives - Will Come to Geneva
Just like the Bugatti Veyron that came before it, the list of special edition and one-off Bugatti Chirons continues to grow. Rumor has it that the newest addition to the Chiron family will bow at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show wearing the “R” badge.
The Bugatti Chiron R, as folks are calling it, has been spotted in the wild, completely covered to preserve its identity. Bugatti is expected to show off the Chiron R, which was developed and tuned for handling purposes more than outright speed as evidenced by the large fixed rear spoiler sitting at the back of the hypercar. All the important details involving the Chiron R are expected to be revealed in Geneva, including all the important performance figures that will determine what kind of hypercar this bad boy is.
2021 Volkswagen Golf R Mk8
Here it is, ladies and gentlemen! It’s been a long road to get to this point, but now we’re finally getting our first look at the next-generation Volkswagen Golf R. A test mule of the big daddy Golf R was recently spotted doing some test runs in the snow, and yes, this particular prototype is wearing nothing but fresh paint.
There’s no camouflage in sight, allowing us to see the next-generation Golf R in all its glory. Specific details in the prototype present clear markings of the Golf R’s DNA so unless Volkswagen has a surprise for us with a different Golf-based hot hatch, what we’re looking at here is the next-generation Golf R.
There’s no set timetable on when the Golf R is expected to arrive, but with the just-as-new Golf GTI expected to debut at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show, Volkswagen could hold off the Golf R’s debut for later in the year. Or it could join the Golf GTI in Geneva. Either way, the all-new Golf R is here.
2020 Lotus Elise Cup 250 Bathurst Edition
Lotus is paying homage to Australia’s most famous race by launching the Elise Cup 250 Bathurst Edition. Limited to just six units — yes, six — the Elise Cup 250 Bathurst Edition is as exclusive as it’s going to get. The special edition sports car boasts exclusive features befitting its status, none more prominent than a rare paint finish that hasn’t been used in a Lotus since the Lotus Esprit that starred in the James Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me.
In addition to the exclusive paint, the Elise 250 Bathurst Edition also comes with interior upgrades and mechanical improvements. The sports car’s 1.8-liter supercharged four-cylinder engine, on the other hand, remains in stock form. The cost of owning one of the six Lotus Elise 250 Bathurst Edition models sits at AUD109,900.
That converts to around $73,760 based on current exchange rates. Unfortunately for us here in the U.S., all six units of the Elise 250 Bathurst Edition are exclusive to the Australian market.
Best PS4 Racing Games
Video games have become so intrinsically part of our lives that not a day goes by without us subconsciously playing something, whether it’s on our smartphones, tablets, or other hand-held devices. Gaming consoles, in particular, are the best ones to have if you want the full gaming experience, especially when it comes to car racing games.
This is where the Sony PlayStation 4 comes in. It’s arguably the best gaming console in the market today and there’s no shortage of car racing games available to play on PS4. From realistic racing simulators to story-driven, open-world games, you can get your fill of every type of car racing game that you can get your hands on. Obviously, some games are better than others in a variety of ways. To help ease your burden, we’ve picked out the 10 best PS4 racing games that are currently available on the market. There’s enough variety in this list to satisfy your discerning car racing game urges.
Constance Nunes Loves Cars - Here Are 10 Instagram Posts That Prove It
American model and certified car enthusiast Constance Nunes is no stranger to the car-loving population. As one of the stars of the hit Netflix show, Car Masters: Rust to Riches, Nunes has become one of the most recognizable faces in the car industry. There’s no doubt her presence in the show has contributed to her stature dramatically shooting up, but Nunes is more than just a pretty face in a car restoration show. The American born model of Portuguese descent is also a certified car enthusiast whose first, second, and third passions in life involve working on cars. In addition to her involvement in Car Masters, Nunes also works on personal builds and is heavily involved in a lot of car clubs in Southern California, and her experience in the industry also includes years spent working in the service departments of automakers like Acura, Audi, BMW, and Ford. We can see her on Car Masters most of the time, but rest assured, we’re going to see and hear more of Constance Nunes in the coming years.
2021 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross has long been one of the most underrated compact crossovers in the market. It’s not going to win any "best-of" awards anytime soon, but the crossover can hold its own, as long as people notice it. Perhaps the arrival of the new Eclipse Cross will help the crossover earn more credibility than it has received.
This latest batch of spy photos of the model heavily wrapped in camouflage gives us an idea of what to expect visually from the Eclipse Cross. But that’s the extent of it, at least for now. More details should arrive as we get closer to the updated Eclipse Cross’ launch sometime at the end of the year. The new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will be badged as a 2021 model.
Supras Collide as Supercar Blondie Pits The 2020 A90 Supra Against Its A80 Older Brother
For as long as the new Toyota Supra A90 is around, it will always be compared to its predecessors, most notably the Supra Mk4 A80 that was discontinued back in 2002. It’s a weight the current Supra will have to carry for a long time, in part due to the iconic status the Supra A80 in recent years.
Is it fair to compare both cars against each other? Probably not, but that comes with the territory of being a legacy nameplate. So, what do you do when you have a Toyota Supra A90 and a Toyota Supra A80 in the same place, at the same time? Outside of doing the obvious comparison test between the two cars, the only thing you can do is race them. Against each other.
YouTube personality Supercar Blondie recently got the chance to do just that in Dubai, and while we won’t spoil the results here in this space, we can at least say that the race wasn’t so much of an actual race, but more a celebration of just having two Supras from different eras lined up next to each other.
Acura’s "Beat That" Game Is A Sure-Fire Way To Go Through a Day Without Doing Anything Else
Owing to the success of its Less Talk, More Drive commercial, Acura has released a new mobile racing game called Beat That. The game is free-to-play on desktop and mobile devices, and it allows gamers to race in six unique race tracks using one of the six Acura vehicles that were featured in the television commercial.
In addition to being available on desktop and mobile devices, Beat That can also be accessed on the Facebook Instant Games platform. It may not be as comprehensive of a racing game as Gran Turismo Sport or Forza Horizon 4, but Beat That offers its own thrills, including the chance to play it on-the-go.
The Facelifted Civic Type R Finally Made it to America - Here’s What Changed
The current-generation Honda Civic Type R has been around since 2017. It caused a ruckus when it first arrived, but like all things hyped, the frenzy surrounding the Civic Type R died down. Expectations among fans and customers were satisfied and it wouldn’t be until Honda gave the Civic Type R a mid-cycle refresh that the hype once again started to rise to a crescendo.
Well, that time has come. Honda unveiled the updated Civic Type R at the 2020 Chicago Auto Show with a few notable upgrades on its bodywork and its mechanical components.
The Chevrolet Corvette C8 Now Has an Official Nurburgring Lap Time
After months of waiting and speculating, the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C8 now has an official Nurburgring lap time. There were rumors that the eighth-generation Corvette — it’s also the first-ever mid-engine Corvette — posted a lap time of 7:28.30 around the famous race track, but TheDrive managed to catch the sports car’s alleged lap time — 7:29.9 — in a trailer for a two-part Corvette C8 documentary.
Well, Chevrolet has since confirmed that the Corvette C8 did post a 7:29.9 lap time. There you have it, folks. The eighth-generation Corvette C8 now has an official Nurburgring lap time. It’s not as fast as we thought it was going to be, but it’s still faster than a lot of performance cars that cost more than double the amount you’ll have to pay to go home with a Corvette C8.
2021 Toyota Highlander XSE
Toyota is bringing an armada of trucks and SUVs at the 2020 Chicago Auto Show, including the Highlander XSE that’s infused with enough sporty characteristics that make us wonder if Toyota’s deliberately trying to jolt some life into what otherwise is a family-oriented three-row crossover. To be clear, the Highlander XSE is not a special edition Highlander; it’s a new trim level that comes with significant visual and performance upgrades that you normally don’t see in a Highlander. If this is Toyota’s attempt to catch our attention with the 2021 Highlander, consider our attention’s caught. The Toyota Highlander XSE will go on sale in the fall of this year as a 2021 model. No pricing details have been revealed, but Toyota did say that the Highlander XSE will slot between the XLE and Limited trims. With the Highlander XLE starting at around $40,000 and the Highlander Limited starting at $44,000, expect the Highlander XSE to start at $42,000.
Nissan’s Hoping That a New Engine Will Hold the Frontier Over Until the Next-Gen Model Arrives in 2021
The 2020 Nissan Frontier made its debut at the Chicago Auto Show, and, well, it still looks the same. The front design is the same, and so is the rear. The body is the same, too. There’s not much going on in the wheels section, either. Instead, Nissan is offering the 2020 Frontier with a new engine that delivers more power than its previous iteration. A handful of new changes are also included, but, for the most part, the 2020 Frontier is the same pickup as it was before. The big change is set to arrive in 2021 when the all-new Frontier makes its debut.
ABT Sportsline Offers a Peek Into Its New Program for the Audi RS6 Avant
There once was a time when station wagons were thought of as bland and boxy people movers. They were the furthest things from what you’d consider raunchy performance monsters. Times have changed, though, and while there are still wagons that fall under old stereotypes, models like the Audi RS6 Avant make up a segment of the wagon population that have debunked old labels.
The Audi RS6 Avant is a monster, and when you figure in a tuner like ABT Sportsline, the sporty wagon turns into something far more sinister. This isn’t your grandparent’s station wagon, folks. The Audi RS6 Avant by ABT Sportsline is fast, ferocious, and ready to take your heads off the moment you underestimate its fury.
Mere days after we saw a prototype version of the all-new BMW M4 prancing around in test mule form comes its hardtop sibling, which, not surprisingly, is also decked in full camo regalia. To be fair, this isn’t the first time that the BMW M4 Coupe was spotted in the wild.
Back in December, we caught a glimpse of the sports coupé being unloaded from a car transporter. That sighting didn’t amount to much, but this fresh batch of spy photos shows the M4 Coupe — still wrapped in heavy camouflage — in its more natural state, engaged in test runs in and around the streets of Germany.
Just like its roofless sibling, the all-new BMW M4 Coupe is set to debut sometime this summer ahead of its market launch at the end of the year. But before any of that happens, BMW will continue doing test runs of the M4, hopefully with fewer camo wraps in the succeeding sessions.
Bargain Finds: Classic Cars That You Can Score on the Cheap
Classic cars are almost always exclusive and expensive, especially if they’re the desirable types. But even if that applies most of the time, there are instances when it doesn’t. The phrase “classic cars,” after all, is subjective. One person’s definition of a classic car is another person’s definition of junk. Then there’s a group of cars that are considered “classic” in most people’s eyes, even if they don’t fetch a fortune. These are the cars that can be purchased without burning holes in your pockets. If you’re in the market for an affordable classic car, check out this list that we’ve prepared. You might end up finding one that suits your taste and your budget.
Granted, a lot of these affordable classics usually come with maladies that will require you to spend money on restorations. That’s a separate cost that’s harder to predict because it’s going to depend on how much restoration needs to be done. So we’re focusing on desirables that come on the cheap. As far as post-purchase costs are concerned, let’s hope you don’t have to pay an arm and a leg for those.
The 2021 Cadillac Escalade Is Like a Rolling Man Cave That Can Drive Itself
Long-considered the standard-bearer in the large luxury SUV segment, the Cadillac Escalade has yet to return to its once-lofty position, in part because of all the competitors that have arrived, taking a lot of the SUV’s shine in the process.
Cadillac’s understanding of the Escalade’s precarious position in its segment spurred the automaker to go all-in on the fifth-generation model. If Caddy wants the Escalade to return to its place at the cabisera of the full-size luxury SUV dinner table, nothing short of an ambitious offering would suffice.
Well, that offering has arrived. The fifth-generation Cadillac Escalade made a stunning arrival in Los Angeles with an all-new look, new engine options, and a cavernous interior that also happens to be packed with an incredible array of tech and entertainment features. If the fifth-generation Escalade’s debut is anything to go by, Cadillac’s swing-for-the-fences move may have just paid off.
Super Bowl LIV’s Car Commercials Range from the Absurd to the Emotional
Super Bowl LIV has come and gone. The Kansas City Chiefs, on the back of some clutch plays from Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes, beat the San Francisco 49ers, 31-20. It was the Chiefs’ first Super Bowl title since Super Bowl IV and the game itself was dramatic to the end. That’s great, but we’re not here to talk about Super Bowl LIV. We’re here to talk about what we always talk about this time of the year. We’re here to talk about the car commercials that aired during the game.
There were a lot of car commercials this year, more than in previous years. Automakers like Audi, Toyota, Kia, and Hyundai all spent big to roll out these ads and tout their latest vehicular offerings. One automaker in particular — Volvo — didn’t air a Super Bowl commercial, opting instead to hold a contest that involved a safety being scored in the game.
All told, it was a memorable year for Super Bowl car commercials. There wasn’t one ad that had a timeless vibe to it — think Eminem’s Chrysler commercial and Volkswagen’s Darth Vader commercial from year’s past — but for the most part, all the car commercials achieved the intention behind them. They got people like us to talk about them.
The Fastest Cars of Grand Theft Auto V
The virtual world of Grand Theft Auto V is home to a lawless world where reckless driving, stealing, and outright killing often go unpunished. Such a world demands all kinds of spoils, and in the case of exotic cars, there’s no shortage of them in GTA V.
The fictional version of Los Angeles is where the rich come to play, and there are enough high-powered performance cars throughout the game to drive without conscience. With so many of these vehicles all over the city, it begs the question: which one is the fastest of them all? Well, this list of the fastest cars in GTA V should shed some light on the cars that you probably should be looking for when you’re trying to get away from the po-pos.
This Absolutely Sick MAT Stratos Coupe Can Be Yours For Around $1 Million
After more than 40 years of being out of the spotlight, the Stratos has returned. It’s not made by Lancia anymore, but by Manufattura Automobili Torino (MAT). Called the MAT Stratos Coupe, the first-production version of the super-desirable sports car is now up for auction at Bonhams, and, as you can imagine, this particular Stratos Coupe is going to fetch a steep price.
The renowned auction house estimates that the first-production Stratos Coupe will fetch somewhere in the vicinity of $1 million. It’s about as unique a sports car as you can buy these days, and while the estimated price is way out of our budget, it’s not hard to imagine someone paying that much money to own the first-produced MAT Stratos Coupe.
America’s Version of the Genesis GV80 Has Arrived to Take on the Luxury SUV Market
Up until today, Genesis’ lineup in the U.S. market consisted exclusively of sedans, and good ones at that. But that’s about to change soon now that Hyundai’s luxury division has unveiled the U.S.-spec Genesis GV80. It’s the first SUV to come out of Genesis, making it one of the more important vehicles in the fledgling automaker’s lineup. The GV80’s arrival comes at a crucial time for Genesis, too. SUV sales are at an all-time high these days as automakers scramble to release as many as they can to take advantage of the rising demand for these models.
For its part, Genesis has yet to really establish a presence in the U.S. market, in part because of the current models it offers. But now that it finally has an SUV, the automaker can now move forward and create its own identity in the luxury car segment. The GV80 won’t be the only SUV to come out of Genesis — more are planned to arrive soon — but for now, it’s tasked with the responsibility of carrying the Genesis flag into battle. From the looks of it, the GV80 is more than capable of that responsibility.
Top Gear Season 28 Kicks Off in the Most Epic Way Possible - Car Bungee Jumping
The 28th season of Top Gear has arrived, and the boys are ringing in the new season the only way they know how: car bungee jumping. For a show that has a long track record of insane stunts, this one takes the cake.
As if bungee jumping isn’t nuts enough by itself, Top Gear’s Freddie Flintoff decided to do it inside a car, specifically a Rover Metro, with the goal of getting the benevolent Metro to go from 0 to 60 mph in two seconds. I don’t suppose using gravity to achieve that goal counts as cheating, but to even sign off on this stunt is indescribably nuts. We don’t know what you’re thinking, Flintoff.
Ever Wondered How the Lamborghini Aventador and Bugatti Veyron Handle Snow?
It’s not often that you get to see a supercar drifting around in the snow, but two supercars? At the same time? That happens about as rare as a unicorn sighting. And yet, here we are, watching a Bugatti Veyron and a Lamborghini Aventador playing around in the snow like two kids in the middle of a sugar rush.
The video comes courtesy of YouTube channel Royalty Exotic Cars and it shows the two supercars engage in some snow debauchery. We see them drift, make snow donuts, and even race one another, all in the snow. It’s about as much fun as you can have with the Veyron and the Aventador in this wintry environment. It’s a great watch if you have a couple of minutes to spare.
Between Godzilla and the BMW M5, This is One Action-Packed Head-to-Head Showdown
The BMW M5 and the Nissan GT-R are two cars that you don’t want to race against. Racing them against each other, though, is an entirely different story. You can argue that the M5 and the GT-R are two of the best performance cars on the market, and when there’s an opportunity to see which of these two savants has the performance edge over the other, you take that opportunity and you run away with it.
That’s exactly what Bulgaria-based YouTube channel DizzyRiders did when it put the M5 against Godzilla in a series of head-to-head races. Which of the two reigned supreme? We won’t divulge the results here, but you should know that both the M5 and GT-R showed out.
Porsche Returns to the Land of Super Bowl Commercials with an Electrifying Commercial
Porsche is showing its first Super Bowl commercial in 23 years, and the star of the ad is none other than the all-electric Taycan. The German automaker’s first-ever all-electric production car is all set to hit the market this year, but there’s nothing quite like the platform and reach of the Super Bowl to get the hype going.
The 60-second commercial is called “The Heist” and unlike some previous ones that have touted electric technology more than the actual electric cars, this commercial is all about the Taycan… and several other Porsche vehicles. The 60-second ad will air in the first quarter of the game, but if you want to watch the extended cut, you can check out the video and watch it in its entirety.
Maserati Launches the Edizione Ribelle Special Edition Models, based on the Ghibli, Levante, and Quattroporte
Maserati is making dramatic moves in 2020 to boost sales of its vehicles after an abysmal sales year last year that saw Maserati sell only 11,000 models for the entire year. In an effort to boost sales, the Italian automaker is slashing prices for the 2020 models of the Ghibli, Levante, and Quattroporte. Just as important, Maserati is also offering the new Edizione Ribelle special edition units involving the three aforementioned models. Only 225 units of the Edition Ribelle will be built, spread out across the three models. Of that total, 100 units each of the Levante and Ghibli will receive the Edition Ribelle treatment while only 25 units of the Quattroporte will get the same. The limited-production Edizione Ribelle models will hit dealerships this March. Prices for these models are a lot more expensive than their standard edition counterparts, so expect to pay anywhere from $93,285 to $120,985 if you want to get your hands on a Maserati Edizione Ribelle.
You’re More Than Likely Assured an "L" If You Decide to Race This Dodge Viper
Dodge Vipers are famous for being fast; the most recent iteration of the American sports car featured an 8.4-liter V-10 engine that produced 640 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque and it was able to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds on its way to a top speed of 208 mph. But as fast as the Viper was before it was retired, nothing can prepare you for this Viper. This refers to a heavily modified 2006 Dodge Viper that recently set the record for the fastest recorded speed in a Viper when it clocked a mind-bending top speed run that maxed out at 252 mph. The record was set at the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds in West Palm Beach, Florida. The 252-mph run was far and away the fastest a Dodge Viper has gone. Best of all, the Viper that did it is actually street legal.
Kia Gets Deep and Serious with its Super Bowl LIV Campaign
Kia is always an active participant during the Super Bowl, and this year is no different. The Korean automaker has launched a 30-second teaser of its new commercial earmarked for Super Bowl LIV on February 2, 2020. Just like its previous Super Bowl commercials, Kia is taking a serious approach with this year’s ad, establishing a theme of “overcoming adversity to achieve the impossible dream.” The all-new Kia Stelvos is the star of the commercial, though the 30-second teaser made no mention of the new crossover. All shall be revealed, though, when the 60-second commercial airs sometime in the third quarter of the title game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers.
Volvo’s Already Getting in on The SuperBowl Fever with The Contest of a Lifetime
Super Bowl LIV is less than two weeks away and while the world turns its focus on the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers, the car-loving population is just as interested in finding out what our favorite automakers have planned for the big day. Swedish automaker Volvo has already thrown the first salvo, not with a commercial for the game — there will be no Volvo commercial in the game, actually — but with a contest that could end with lucky contestants getting their hands on brand-new Volvo models. The contest, called Volvo Safety Sunday, is about as straightforward as it gets. Volvo is giving away $1 million worth of brand new cars if a safety happens during the game. Folks who want a chance to win a car can head over to VolvoSafetySunday.com and design the Volvo of your dreams to enter the contest. If a safety happens during Super Bowl LIV, then you have a chance of going home with a real Volvo.
2020 BMW X3 M Competition by AC Schnitzer
AC Schnitzer knows its way around BMW models. That knowledge comes in handy when we’re talking about a comprehensive aftermarket program for one of Bimmer’s resident performance crossovers, the X3 M.
You’re probably thinking the same thing. The X3 M already has 510 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. It doesn’t need more power than what it already has, right? Well, don’t tell that to AC Schnitzer. The German tuner isn’t interested in what’s already there; it’s in the business of imagining what it could become and bringing that scenario to life. The product of all that is this extensive tuning program that not only adds a slew of aerodynamic improvements to the X3 M, but, more importantly, also adds more power to what is already a powerful performance workhorse.
AC Schnitzer hasn’t announced pricing details for the X3 M Competition program, but rest assured, expect to pay somewhere in the vicinity of $20,000 to $30,000 for the program alone.
2022 BMW 3 Series Electric
The BMW 3 Series is arguably Bimmer’s most popular model, and it’s about to go electric. The all-electric 3 Series is one of the 25 electric and electrified models that BMW has in the pipeline, and while most of those models will probably end up being electric crossovers and SUVs, the 3 Series EV is arguably the most intriguing, in part because it’s shaped as a sedan and has big shoes to fill.
Recent spy shots of a heavily camouflaged 3 Series sporting “Electric Test Vehicle” stickers recently made their way into the Interwebs, providing us with all we need to know that the car under all the swirly bits is nothing else but the electric 3 Series. There’s no set timetable on when the electric 3 Series will hit the market, but with testing ongoing, it wouldn’t be surprising to see BMW debut the model this year ahead of a possible launch in 2021.
The First Production 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Just Became the Fourth Most Expensive Vette Ever Sold at Auction
The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C8 is living up to the hype after the first-production model carrying VIN 001 sold for a staggering $3 million at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. Hendrick Companies founder and CEO Rick Hendrick placed the winning bid, adding what could be one of the most desirable Corvettes in history to his extraordinary collection of American performance cars.
The first-production Corvette Stingray C8 also becomes one of the most expensive Corvette models ever sold at auction, trailing only a handful of classic ‘Vettes, including a 1967 Corvette L88 Coupe that still holds court as the most expensive Corvette ever sold in an auction setting. It fetched $3.85 million back in 2014, coincidentally, at the same Barrett-Jackson auction that the first-production Corvette C8 was sold.
Forza Horizon 4’s Eliminator Mode Opens The Door For the Arrival of Some Sweet Rides
The arrival of the Eliminator competition mode in Forza Horizon 4 injected fresh excitement back to the game. Now that everyone’s going stir crazy over the Eliminator, Turn 10 Studios is capitalizing on that excitement by dropping nine new vehicles that can be used in the new competition mode.
Two of these vehicles happen to be the Mercedes-Benz Unimog and the Hummer H1 Alpha Open Top, two of the most over-the-edge vehicles you can play in the entire game. In addition to the nine new vehicles, the game’s Series 18 update also includes two new Showcase Remixes and fixes to existing bugs that have plagued the game in recent updates. The Series 18 update is already available to download.
2020 Morgan Plus 4 70th Anniversary Edition
After more than 70 years of serving as the skeleton of Morgan models, the British automaker’s long-running steel chassis finally has an expiration date. But before that day comes, Morgan is giving the chassis a proper send-off by launching the Plus 4 70th Edition.
Yes, Morgan is celebrating the life and times of its steel chassis by taking the special edition route. The move isn’t uncommon these days among automakers — Bentley just announced the Mulsanne 6.75 Edition to celebrate the Mulsanne’s impending retirement — but Morgan’s decision to pay tribute to its decades-old steel chassis does have strong emotional ties to it, in part because of how long it was used by the automaker.
The Morgan Plus 4 70th Edition is limited to just 20 units with each unit priced at £60,995 or just a tick under $80,000 based on current exchange rates. Unfortunately for those who are looking to buy one, all 20 units are already accounted for.
2020 Bentley Mulsanne 6.75 Edition
Bentley is bidding adieu to the Mulsanne luxury sedan in the most fitting way possible. The British automaker is launching a special edition Mulsanne called the 6.75 Edition. Only 30 units of the Mulsanne 6.75 Edition and, in keeping with Bentley’s tradition of dressing up its special edition models to the nines, the limited-run Mulsanne comes with enough exclusive touches in the exterior and interior to justify its special edition billing.
Bentley hasn’t announced a release timetable for the Mulsanne 6.75, but with the Mulsanne’s production run ending this year, expect the 6.75 Edition to arrive within the year.
Drako’s GTE Electric Supercar Tests Its Worth Against The Tesla Model S to Predictable Results
There’s no shortage of upstart automakers that are looking to take Tesla down a peg or two. The latest to do is Drako, a neophyte automaker that has spent the last few years developing its electric supercar, the GTE. Its development has been going on smoothly, at least if you judge it by this video the automaker just released featuring the GTE and, surprise, surprise, the Tesla Model S P100D.
It’s a classic benchmark test from an automaker looking to make a name for itself at the expense of a segment titan. Does the GTE have the goods to take down the Model S P100D? Let’s find out.
This Mustang Bullitt vs Supra Race Proves That Power Isn’t Everything on a Drag Strip
On paper, a 480-horsepower Ford Mustang Bullitt should have no problem beating a 335-horsepower Toyota Supra in a drag race. But the tricky thing about predicting drag race results on paper is that they’re not worth the trees that were cut down to produce said paper. In other words, they don’t mean anything.
Car Magazine SA sought to answer the Mustang Bullitt versus Supra question by doing it the proper way: a drag race between the American muscle car and the Japanese sports car. If you’re looking at the protagonists of this race and you’re convinced that the Mustang Bullitt will have no problem laying waste to the Supra, then you might want to watch this video in all its entirety.
2020 Lotus Evija
The arrival of the Lotus Evija marks a watershed moment for Lotus. It wasn’t that long ago when the British automaker was floundering. It was strapped for cash and it barely produced enough models to thrive in a segment that had no shortage of worthy adversaries. Just when things were taking a turn for the worse, Chinese auto giant Geely came in, bought Lotus, and, well, the rest is history.
The Evija all-electric hypercar is the first Lotus product to be unveiled since its fortunes turned for the better. And what a product it is. The Evija is a technological tour de force, a stunning creation born from technological innovations that trace its roots to motor racing. Everything, and I mean everything, about the Lotus Evija is extraordinary. From its incredible aerodynamic design to the four electric motors and 70-kWh battery pack that feeds them, the Lotus Evija is the pinnacle of all-electric hypercar development. It also happens to be the most powerful production car in the world. All that for $2.1 million? This is no dream, folks. The Lotus Evija has arrived.
A McLaren P1 and Senna Pull Up to the Drag Strip and the Results Are Surprising
If you had a choice between two McLarens to go toe-to-toe in a drag race, the obvious candidates are clear. The McLaren P1 and the McLaren Senna are two of the most powerful cars in the British automaker’s portfolio and the question on which of the two is faster on a drag strip has been asked by a lot of people.
McLaren hasn’t given the people what they want, but that’s all moot now. Here’s a video of the two McLarens finally coming together for a nice ol’ drag race, and the results are pretty surprising, to say the least.
2019 Volkswagen Golf GTi - Driven
We have been itching to get behind the wheel of the 2020 Volkswagen Golf Mk. 8 and would really love to try out the yet-to-be-released Mk. 8 Golf GTi, but we’ve been told we still have to wait a while. To make things good, however, and hold us over, Volkswagen decided to send out an MK. 7 2019 Golf GTi and, while it wasn’t exactly what we wanted, we have to admit that the week we spent with it was beyond memorable.
As you can see from the photo gallery organized into the slider above and the page below, the Golf GTi, even in its older design, is quite the looker. It’s attractive from all angles, and the interior really gives you the feeling that you’re sitting in a proper hot hatch. The flat-bottom steering wheel and eight-inch infotainment displayed helped in the regard, but the overall fitment of the seats and materials put together one hell of a package.
The 2.0-liter turbo-four under the hood isn’t the most powerful four-cylinder on the block – the title is reserved for the Mercedes-AMG A45S – but it’s powerful enough to keep just about any enthusiast happy at 228 ponies and 258 pound-feet of torque. Volkswagen claims that’s good for a 5.7-second sprint to 60 mph, but we actually got there around one-tenth faster. More impressive than that is the fact that this baby is as nimble as can be. The 35.8-foot turning circle means it can turn on a dime (this is much better than both the Focus ST and i30 N that it competes with) while the 5.1-inch ride height feels like the sweet spot in terms of dealing with typical road conditions.
All told, our week with the Golf GTi isn’t one that we’ll forget, and we can’t wait to try out the MK.8 to see just how Volkswagen will manage to improve. Until that happens, though, you can enjoy our massive photo gallery. We’re busy putting together an in-depth review on the 2019 golf GTi, so be sure to check back in with us soon to learn the finer details!
Tickets to the 2020 Tokyo Auto Salon Will Include a Tomica Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500
If you’re attending the Tokyo Auto Salon on January 10, you can score a Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500 race car if you order tickets to the show early. No, you’re not getting an actual GT-R NISMO GT500 race car. Instead, you’re receiving a toy version of the racer courtesy of Japanese toy car maker Tomica. Pre-sale tickets for Friday, January 10, will cost 4,000 yen or around $37 based on current exchange rates. The cost of the ticket already includes the Tomica GT-R NISMO GT500. Costs of tickets for Saturday, January 11, and Sunday, January 12 add up to 3,000 yen or almost $28. If you’re not looking to score the Tomica GT-R NISMO GT500, the cost of tickets for January 10 is 3,000 yen and only 2,000 yen ($18.5) for January 11 and 12.
2021 BMW 6 Series GT
The turn of the year marked the official demise of the BMW 6 Series in the U.S. But while it will no longer be offered in the U.S. market, the 6er will live on on the other side of the Atlantic. Proof of that comes in the form of new spy photos our eagle-eyed photographers culled of the soon-to-release, mid-cycle 6 Series Gran Turismo. Prototypes of the updated 6 Series GT have been spotted sporting barely enough camouflage to cover its entire body. A few physical changes are expected to come for the facelifted model, including some design cues that we’ve already seen in other new Bimmer models. The updated BMW 6 Series GT is scheduled to hit the market in the middle of 2020 as a 2021 model. It stands as the last 6 Series model in the market.
Take Your Love for British Luxury to the Sky with the Airbus ACH130 Aston Martin Edition
Aston Martin is ringing in the new year with its first product launch, except it’s not really an official Aston Martin creation. It’s called the ACH130 Aston Martin Edition, and it’s the first fruit in what is expected to be a long and lasting partnership between the British luxury car maker and Airbus Corporate Helicopters. Yes, the ACH130 is not a car, but, rather, a luxury private helicopter that’s been dressed from cockpit to tail rotor with all the luxury goodness that we’ve come to expect from Aston Martin.
All told, the ACH130 Aston Martin Edition comes with a range of four exterior and interior designs created specifically by Aston Martin. The ACH130 Aston Martin Edition is already available on request and deliveries are expected to start in the first quarter of 2020. No word yet on how much one costs, but be advised that a “standard” Airbus ACH130 starts at $3.3 million.
2020 Porsche 911 Belgian Legend Special Edition
Porsche is honoring Belgian racing legend Jacques Bernard “Jacky” Ickx with a special edition 911 Carrera 4S called the Belgian Legend Edition. Limited to just 75 units — one for each year of Ickx’s life — the 911 Carrera 4S Belgian Limited Edition comes with exclusive touches to the exterior and interior. It’s also the first special edition to spawn from the 992-gen Porsche 911.
The special edition model will only be available in Belgium at the initiative of Belgian Porsche importer D’leteren. No pricing details have been released, but expect the 911 Carrera 4S Belgian Limited Edition to sell for more than the €131,381 starting price of the Carrera 4S Coupe in Belgium.
X-Tomi Design Strikes Again, This Time with the 2021 Jaguar F-Type R Shooting Brake
The arrival of the updated 2020 Jaguar F-Type has brought car renderers and artists out of their winter slumber. One such artist is X-Tomi Design, but instead of rejigging the new F-Type’s design into something that would suit his taste and sensibilities, the artist decided to give it a different body altogether, one of the shooting brake variety. This is X-Tomi Design’s Jaguar F-Type Shooting Brake, and it looks darn impressive. Don’t get too excited, though. This is strictly a rendering; Jaguar has given no indication that it’s building an F-Type Shooting Brake.
Throwback: BMW’s Holiday Video Features Rarely Seen M3 E30 Pickup
With Christmas literally being a few days away, automakers have started rolling out their holiday greetings for the masses. BMW’s M Division is the latest to do so with a holiday-themed ad that features a vehicle that was never sold to the public. We’ve seen it a handful of times over the years, but this is probably the first time Bimmer is using the pickup version of the BMW M3 E30 for any of its promotional videos. Consider it a treat then that BMW is doing it for the holidays. Merry Christmas, indeed!
Nissan Says Merry Christmas By Turning the Leaf into a Rolling Christmas Tree
The Nissan Leaf is taking on a different form in time for the holiday season. For this specific occasion, Nissan converted a Leaf electric hatch into a fully lit Christmas tree, complete with 190 meters of utensil, over 15,000 lights, and, well, a reindeer.
No longer called the Nissan Leaf, the Japanese automaker dubbed its creation the Nissan Tree, a fitting homage to the Yuletide season that’s coming. For obvious reasons, the Nissan Tree is not for sale so don’t start asking Santa Claus for one.
High-Mileage Tesla Model S P100D Matches Wits With Almost-New Tesla Model 3 Performance
On the surface, racing a Tesla Model S P100D against a Tesla Model 3 Performance has all the makings of a lopsided affair. The Model S P100D is vastly more powerful than the Model 3 Performance. But the specifics of this particular race that YouTube channel DragTimes organized between the two Teslas aren’t normal, specifically as it relates to the age of the two models. The Model 3 Performance is an almost brand-new model, but the Model S P100D is a three-year-old model with 96,000 miles in its odometer. Do the Model S P100D’s age and high mileage have an effect on its performance capabilities relative to the almost brand-new Model 3 Performance? DragTimes tried to find out and the results are interesting, to say the least.
2019 Graffiti-Drawn McLaren 720S by Alec Monopoly
The McLaren 720S is in attendance at the Art Basel show in Miami, Florida. Whereas the presence of a supercar of the stature of the 720S would usually draw a crowd in it of itself, this particular 720S stands out for one specific reason: it’s wearing the artwork of renowned New York-based graffiti artist Alec Monopoly.
The 33-year old artist took the task of turning the 720S into a full-blown art car — art cars are an Art Basel Miami tradition — that speaks to his famous style of street art. The McLaren 720S isn’t just wearing Monopoly’s street art; it’s also been fitted with aftermarket components courtesy of 1016 Industries, including what might as well be the fanciest set of wheels we’ve seen in a long time.
Did the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C8 Post a Sub-7:30 Lap Time Around the Nurburgring?
The production-spec, Z51 Performance Package-equipped 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 has reportedly gotten its first taste of the Nurburgring Nordschleife. Muscle Cars & Trucks is reporting that the next-generation, mid-engine Corvette C8 was able to lap the Green Hell in 7:28.30.
There’s no official word from Chevrolet on whether the Corvette C8 actually pulled off that lap time, but it wouldn’t be surprising if it did. The Corvette C8 was a regular guest at the ‘Ring during its testing phase and Chevy has admitted that it plans to run the mid-engined sports car around the track for some hot laps. Perhaps it’s already done it.
The Best Vehicles For a Holiday Road Trip in 2019
We’re literally a few days away from Christmas. It’s hard to imagine what most of you are doing, though I suspect that you’re either scrambling to buy Christmas gifts or you’re preparing for the Christmas family vacation. I understand the pressure that comes with either of the two scenarios, though I will confess that I fall into the latter category. I’m preparing the Christmas family vacation, too, and, as you might expect, I’m gearing up the family SUV to prepare for the long road ahead for the family reunion. With that in mind, I picked out the best vehicles for the Christmas family vacation with the hope that if you have any of these rides, you can take the road this holiday season with confidence.
Quick Christmas Gift Ideas For Car Fanatics
We’re down to one week before Christmas. Some of you are probably done with your holiday shopping. All your gifts are wrapped, ready to be ripped open. Unfortunately, not everyone’s done with their Christmas shopping. That’s just how it always seems to play out. A lot of us wait until the last weekend before Christmas to get our holiday shopping done. If you happen to belong to this group of people, have no fear. We’re here to help all of you get a late jumpstart on your holiday shopping with some cool gif ideas for car lovers. There are a lot of cool gifts on this list, some cooler than others, and some more expensive than others. It depends on you which ones you’d like to get for that special someone. But for what it’s worth, you can’t go wrong with any of these items.
Travel Tips For the 2019 Holiday Season
By now, a lot of you have probably made plans for the holidays. You’ve packed your bags, scheduled your itineraries, and you’re just about set to head for your much-needed Christmas vacation. Unfortunately, you also need to face the facts. As much as you’ve planned for the coming days, Christmas season is a beast of its own. Not only are you likely to hit congested highways, but you’ll also have to deal with potentially serious weather conditions on the road to Vacation Town. The good news is that if you prepared accordingly, the next few days won’t have to be as stressful as you fear. On that end, we’ve prepared a handy holiday travel guide that should minimize your travel angst so you can enjoy the season the way it’s supposed to be enjoyed.
These 1:43 Scale Models of Bentley’s Finest Automobiles Make the Perfect Christmas Gift
If you’re still in a quagmire over what to get your car-loving friends and family for Christmas, Bentley has a few options on the table, all of which are of the 1:43 scale toy variety. The British automaker is launching a new line of 1:43 scale toy models featuring some of the most desirable Bentleys you can find in the market. The new collection includes the new Bentley Continental GT Convertible, the Bentley Mulsanne Speed that Bentley showcased at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, and the Bentley Mulsanne W.O. Edition that’s limited to just 100 units. The 1:43 scale 2016 Bentley Mulsanne Speed and the 1:43 scale Continental GT Convertible cost £125 each while the 100-piece Mulsanne W.O. Edition costs £150. All three 1:43 scale models are available at Bentley’s online store: shop.bentleymotors.com.
Famous Bridges of California for Driving
Taking a road trip in California isn’t just about enjoying the breathtaking scenery that the Golden State provides. You’ll have your fill of lush forests, beautiful coastlines, and countless tourist destinations that you can stop over and enjoy. But if you’re into unique viewing experiences on your road trips, keep an eye on the abundance of bridges that are found in California. Bridges are awesome. They can be as breathtaking as the Golden Gate Bridge, marvellous as the Sundial Bridge, or they can even tell unique historical stories like the Bridge to Nowhere. California has no shortage of incredible bridges, and the ones we identified aren’t just awesome because you can drive on them, but also because of the stories they tell of eras in the state that have long been forgotten by the passing of time.
2022 Genesis GV70
The Genesis GV80 is the first SUV to wear the “Genesis” nameplate, but it won’t remain by itself for very long. Its smaller sibling, the GV70, is already scheduled to arrive in 2021, giving Hyundai’s upstart luxury brand a Development of the GV70 is ongoing, which explains the batch of spy photos we received from our eagle-eyed spy photographers. The SUV is still largely covered in camouflage wraps, but there are telling signs that the GV70 will share a lot of things with its big brother, not to mention its sedan counterpart, the G70.
Learn Even More About the Aston Martin Valkyrie and See What It’s Like to Drive!
The Aston Martin Valkyrie is one of the most highly anticipated hypercars to ever hit the market. It’s not out yet — though deliveries are expected to start in late 2020 — but the development process is churning along smoothly to the point that we now have the first evidence that the Valkyrie is no longer a figure of mythology, but an actual rampaging monster.
Famous Roads for Great Drives in California
California may be home to Los Angeles’ nightmarish traffic-generating roads, but driving in the Golden State shouldn’t be defined by the traffic situations on I-5, US 101, or I-10. The state is also home to some of the most beautiful roads, not just in the U.S but in the entire world. Scenic highways dot the California coast, and stretched roads take you to high peaks and luscious meadows. You can even drive to Death Valley on your way to Las Vegas from California. If you somehow find yourself in California these days, take your car out for a spin on any of these roads. Not only are the views as good as advertised, but there are quiet and desolate stretches of roads that are going to allow you to literally let loose and enjoy the ride. There is, after all, nothing quite like joyriding in the great state of California.
Rimac Teases the C Two Hypercar Again as it Moves Into the Prototype Phase
The Rimac C_Two all-electric hypercar has been in our lives in some form or fashion over the past few years. But just as the development of the C_Two has taken some time, the bounty is about to be dropped now that the Croatian hypercar is nearing production form. Production-spec prototypes of the C_Two are now out and about as Rimac continues to perform a series of tests ahead of the production version’s highly anticipated debut at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show. A total of 17 different prototypes have been made, each serving a different testing purpose, including chassis rigidity and high-performance autonomous driving development. Tests will continue over the next few months as Rimac builds up to the production C_Two’s debut in Geneva in March 2020.
Buyer of $44 Million Ferrari 250 GTO Goes to Court Over Disputed OG Transmission
One of the most expensive cars ever sold is now at the center of a lawsuit, all because of a missing part. The car in question is a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, which sold for $44 million in 2017 after British classic car trader Gregor Fisken purchased it from American collector and lawyer Bernard Carl.
A transaction of that amount should’ve made Fisken and Carl friends for life, but the opposite has happened as the two heavyweight collectors are now entangled in a lawsuit involving the 250 GTO’s original five-speed manual transmission, which didn’t come with the car when Fisken purchased it from Carl. It remains unclear if Fisken is owed the original five-speed transmission, but the lawsuit has already been heard by the U.K. High Court. The judge presiding over the lawsuit is reportedly days away from making a verdict.
The Honda S2000 20th Anniversary Edition Makes Us Yearn for the Roadster’s Return
The Honda S2000 hasn’t been in production since 2009, but that’s not stopping Honda from celebrating the roadster’s 20th anniversary at the 2020 Tokyo Auto Salon in January. As part of the celebration, Honda is showcasing the S2000 20th Anniversary Prototype, a modern-day interpretation of the second-generation S2000 AP2, which was discontinued exactly a decade ago. Honda currently has no plans to revive the S2000, so the 20th Anniversary Prototype is most likely a special effects package that will be offered to existing owners of the S2000 AP2. The package includes a body kit, though there are reports that an upgraded suspension will also be included. Engine upgrades, however, are unlikely to be part of the package.
Hacker Uncovers a Huge List of Video Streaming Apps Coming to Tesla Cars, Including HBO and Comedy Central
A variety of entertainment options could be headed to Tesla’s in-car entertainment system after a hacker discovered assets within the automaker’s operating system. These assets were identified as several new streaming apps, including HBO, Twitch, Comedy Central, and even Chinese video hosting service YouKu.
Though no confirmation has been given on Tesla’s plans for these assets, their existence within the company’s operating system suggests that Tesla is considering adding these services in some future version of its software, provided that it has secured agreements with the companies that own these streaming services.
Ford Performance Kicks Off Its New East Cost Racing School With a Program Exclusive to the Shelby Mustang GT500
Ford has cut the proverbial ribbon on a new Performance Racing School at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina. The new school will be the home of the GT500 Track Attack, a new class dedicated exclusively to the just-as-new Shelby Mustang GT500, and owners of the Shelby GT500 will have complimentary access to the school.
On top of that, Ford will provide loaner models of the GT500 for use on the track as part of the deal. On the other hand, you’ll have to pony up for travel and room accommodations. For more information on how to register for a class, you can visit Ford’s official Performance Racing School website.
Ralph Gilles Is Selling His Dodge Demon to Make Room for a New "Equally Devilish" Car - What Could It Be?
FCA design boss Ralph Gilles is selling his barely driven 2018 Challenger SRT Demon, except that’s not what everyone’s talking about. Included in the listing, which Gilles curiously posted on Instagram, was a little tease of what potentially lies ahead.
To be more specific, Gilles alluded to making room for “another equally devilish project…” as a reason for selling the Challenger SRT Demon. Naturally, Gilles’ comments have instigated an uproar on what he actually means by them. Is Dodge preparing a successor to the Challenger SRT Demon? Or does FCA have something more sinister in the pipeline? Given the sales success the Challenger has had in recent years, all of these scenarios are on the table.
2022 BMW iX2
The BMW X2 is barely two years old as a model and it’s already headed down the path of electrification. A prototype version of Bimmer’s relatively new compact crossover has been spotted in the snowy abode of Sweden, and while it’s easy to assume that said model is the plug-in hybrid variant of the X2, the truth is that it’s not.
This crossover is the test mule of the iX2, the all-electric version of the X2 crossover that will be launched sometime in 2021 or 2022. The spy photos captured the iX2 prototype sans any camouflage and that’s not by accident. Visually, it’s still the X2 but that little sticker that says “electric test vehicle” confirms that, other than a few design changes, this prototype is an all-electric crossover hiding in the X2’s clothing.
Here’s How Speed Bumps Affect Your Car At Speed - Ouch
Warped Perception, the Discovery Channel and YouTube show that’s best known for demonstrating the real score on the goings-on in your cars, is back with another video demonstration. After giving us a good look at what happens to a car after being subjected to the nuisances that are potholes, the show’s tired and battered see-through Mercedes E-Benz Class returns to tackle another perpetually annoying road obstacle: speed bumps.
Best be prepared to handle all the cringing that comes with watching this video, but like most of Warped Perception’s previous episodes, this one is less about making a spectacle of speed bumps and more about educating you on what happens to your car when it routinely has to pass over these traps.
With the Chevy Tahoe and Suburban Revealed, Someone Has Leaked Images of the 2021 Cadillac Escalade
General Motors has been busy rolling out new-generation versions of its SUV lineup. The all-new Chevrolet Suburban and Chevrolet Tahoe have arrived and it looks like the next-generation Cadillac Escalade is about to follow suit. Leaked photos shared on the Instagram page cochespias show the 2021 Cadillac Escalade in full view.
There are several leaked photos of the fifth-generation Escalade, including one that clearly shows the luxury SUV’s front section. Another photo shows the side profile of the full-size SUV while a third photo gives us a glimpse of the Escalade’s posh interior. All signs point to significant changes for Caddy’s flagship SUV as it prepares to set its sights on the Lincoln Navigator.
The Gordon Murray T.50 - A McLaren F1 Successor - Has Crazy Aerodynamics
Twenty-five years after helping launch the McLaren F1 supercar, auto design legend Gordon Murray is hard at work on finally launching the F1’s spiritual successor, the T.50.
Though not officially a McLaren model, the T.50 traces its roots to the F1, in part because of Murray’s involvement in designing both cars. Consider the T.50, then, like a modern-day version of the F1, complete with the delta-formation, three-seater layout and an outrageous amount of cutting-edge aerodynamic technology that’s never before seen in a production car.
The Entire McLaren Lineup Will Be Hybrid by 2024 - Here’s What It Means
McLaren has never been bashful about its plans to go hybrid, and now, company CEO Mike Flewitt has pulled the curtains on plans to fully hybridize its entire lineup in the next three to four years. At the heart of this hybrid evolution is McLaren’s next-generation supercar, which will come with an all-wheel-drive setup that includes an electrically driven front axle.
McLaren also has plans to shake up its engine lineup to accommodate this shift. That could spell doom for one of the company’s existing engines, specifically the current V-8 unit that powers a lot of McLaren’s models. McLaren’s plans are already in motion as the company is expected to announce its next-generation platform and hybrid powertrain sometime in the first quarter of 2020. The first of these hybrid vehicles is scheduled to arrive by the end of 2020 with sales expected to commence in early 2021.
2021 Mercedes GLA Teaser and What We Know
Mercedes is preparing to debut the all-new Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class on December 11th, but before the second-generation crossover arrives, the German automaker dropped a new teaser showing the new GLA-Class’ side profile and parts of the rear section.
The familiar design echoes the looks that we’re now familiar with from Mercedes’ new batch of compact cars. The carmaker took a few design liberties in rendering of the GLA-Class — the wheels and tires are abnormally large — but for the most part, the second-generation crossover carries a host of new design features that should make the GLA Class look sportier than in previous forms.
Rain Prisk Just Envisioned the Nissan GT-R50 as a Mid-Engine Car and It’s Perfect
So, the Nissan GT-R50 is no longer a pipe dream. It’s going to be built in limited quantities as a special-edition supercar brought to us by Nissan and Italdesign. Naturally, news of the GT-R50’s imminent arrival has sent everyone in a tizzy, including designer Rain Prisk, who quickly took inspiration from the stunning supercar and created his interpretation of what the GT-R50 could look like if it took the form of a mid-engine supercar.
A mid-engined version of the Nissan GT-R50 isn’t happening so absorb as much as you can from Prisk’s rendering. It’s probably the closest we’ll ever come to see a GT-R in this kind of layout. Which is a pity because Prisk’s work is incredible.
2020 Shelby F-150 Super Snake Sport
The insane and utterly mental 755-horsepower Shelby Super Snake F-150 Concept Truck is headed to production. Long associated with the Ford Mustang, the Shelby Super Snake moniker makes its way to the mighty F-150 truck for the very first time. The stunning concept only made its debut last month at the 2019 SEMA Auto Show, but after receiving incredible demand from enthusiasts, the media, and Shelby dealerships, the concept quickly turned into a limited edition production model. Only 250 units of the Shelby F1-50 Super Snake Sport will be built, each with a price that starts between $93,000 to $95,000.
The Nurburgring Returns To Monopoly For A Second Go-Round
Not everyone gets the chance to go to the Nurburgring and drive around it, but just because that’s the case, it doesn’t mean you can’t bring the Nurburgring to your living room.
You’ll get that chance now with the release of Nurburgring Monopoly. It’s the second Nurburgring-themed version of Monopoly — the first edition Nurburgring Monopoly was released in December 2018 — but instead of featuring vintage race cars, the second-edition Nurburgring Monopoly comes with a more varied mix of figurines, including — not surprisingly — a Formula One race car.
2020 Roush F-150
Roush Performance is no stranger to building tricked out programs for Ford products over the years. The Ford specialist is at it again with a new kit developed specifically for the Blue Oval’s best-selling pickup, the Ford F-150. The Roush package is available on either the F-150 XLT or F-150 Lariat trims. It’s loaded on all fronts with exterior and interior upgrades to go along with performance improvements that are meant to give the F-150 an even more imposing off-road presence. You can even score optional goodies that aren’t available in the package. The cost of buying Roush Performance’s new program for the 2020 Ford F-150 starts at $13,750.
Video - Can The Mercedes X-Class Win a Tug-O-War Battle With the Toyota Hilux and Isuzu D-Max?
Pickup tug-of-war battles have become the spectacles these days. Just about everybody’s doing some form of it, and yes, this video is no different. This tug-of-war battle comes to us by way of Carwow, which decided to pit a Mercedes X-Class against a pair of Japanese trucks: the Isuzu D-Max and the Toyota Hilux. As with most tug-of-war scraps, the objective of this competition is to pull the other truck into your side of the set cone. Whichever pickup manages to carry out this goal wins. We’re not going to divulge the winner here because, well, where’s the fun in that?
This Ford Mustang Mach-E Pickup Rendering Could be a Perfect Electric Ranger Raptor
Ford’s decision to use the “Mustang” name on the Mach-E electric crossover opened a lot of doors, some of which Ford may or may not want to be opened. One of these doors leads to a long and window road riddled with speculation about Ford’s future plans for the “Mustang” name. Is the Mustang Mach-E a one-time deal that Ford did to generate interest in the electric crossover by having it carry the “Mustang” name? On the flip side, does Ford have plans to use the iconic nameplate on other non-muscle car models? Rendering artist Aksyonov Nikita wondered the same thing, but instead of waiting for an answer, he decided to create a rendering on one possible non-muscle car model that could use the “Mustang” nameplate in the future. Meet the Ford Mustang Mach-E Truck.
2019 Ford F-150 Black Ops Edition
Much of the pickup world’s attention has been on the Tesla Cybertruck these days, but before anyone starts to forget, the Ford F-150 remains the king of all trucks. It’s the standard-bearer in the segment, a distinction it has it more than earned. The F-150 also carries the distinction of being one of the most customizable trucks in the segment. It’s versatile enough that it can even spawn special edition models, one of which comes to us by way of Ford’s relationship with Indiana-based Tuscany Motor Company. The two companies are responsible for the F-150 Black Ops trucks, a special edition set that pays tribute to the armed forces of the United States. It just so happens that a Ford dealership, Brown Lee Ford, has an F-150 Black Ops, so if you’re looking for a special edition F-150 with serious upgrades throughout, we might just have found the one for you. The 2019 Ford F-150 Black Ops is priced at $88,525.
A Mercedes AMG E63 Just Made the Cannonball Run in a Record 27 Hours and 25 Minutes
One of the auto world’s craziest and most sought-after records, the Cannonball Run has been broken. The infamous New-York-to-Los-Angeles run that has been the obsession of a subculture of gear heads for more than 50 years now has a new record time, and it was broken by three guys — Arne Toman, Doug Tabbutt, and Berkeley Chadwick — who managed to accomplish the run while driving a heavily modified 2015 Mercedes-AMG E 63, doing so in a staggering time of 27 hours and 25 minutes. That time eclipsed the previous record of 30 hours that was set only six years ago.