Nissan Is Considering a Z SUV Because Why Not
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.
2021 Audi R8 Green Hell Edition
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.
2021 Acura RDX PMC Edition
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.
2021 Nissan Maxima 40th Anniversary Edition
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.
A Hidden Ram TRX Easter Egg Hilariously Trolls The Ford F-150 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.
It Looks Like The Cadillac CT5-V Isn’t Even Meant to Be a Performance Car
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.
2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo Coupe by Mansory
Mansory has built a reputation as one of the go-to tuners for those who are looking for extensive aftermarket programs for their vehicles. You’re in luck, then, if you own a Porsche Cayenne Turbo Coupe; the lord of audacious tuning projects is back with a new program for the German SUV, and it’s loaded with all sorts of upgrades, covering all the important sections of the Cayenne Turbo Coupe.
The new kit is available for all versions of the third-generation Cayenne, from the 2017 Cayenne to the 2019 Cayenne Turbo Coupe. Extensive upgrades to the exterior, interior, and the engine, as well as a new set of wheels, are all covered in Mansory’s new kit.
Tesla Driver in Canada Earns Criminal Charges After Sleeping With Autopilot Engaged
A strange incident happened in Canada recently involving a couple of people, two seats that were “fully reclined,” and a Tesla Model S that was driving 140 km/h (87 mph) on Autopilot. As a report from Canada’s federal police goes, a Tesla Model S driver was cited for a dangerous driving charge after he was caught sleeping with his seat “fully reclined” as his Model S was running at high speeds on one of the country’s highways. The Alberta RCMP was alerted of the incident by a commuter who noticed that both front seats were completely reclined, and both occupants appeared to be sleeping. Responding officers pursued the self-driving electric sedan until it stopped. In addition to the dangerous driving charge, the driver also received a speeding ticket for deciding to take a nap while he was on the road. As stories of Tesla’s Autopilot systems go, this one ranks up there as one of the most surreal incidences involving Tesla’s self-driving technology. Fortunately, the driver’s recklessness didn’t result in any car crashes or accidents, only a few punishments for his unparalleled recklessness and inanity.
2020 Porsche Cayenne Nebulus by BLACK BOX-RICHTER
With the arrival of super SUVs like the Lamborghini Urus, Bentley Bentayga, and Rolls-Royce Cullinan, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo now faces stiff competition from all corners of the market. The high-powered German SUV still commands plenty of respect and attention, but in those moments when it meets any of these new upstarts, a little aftermarket help wouldn’t be so bad to have. This program, in particular, offers a glimpse of what a Porsche Cayenne Turbo could end up as if enough aftermarket support goes into it. Mind you, this isn’t a one-tuner job; this is the work of several outfits, all coming together to build what could very well be one of the most impressive Cayenne Turbos on the market. There’s a heavy price to pay for this kind of work, but rest assured, German tuner HGP Turbo, Austrian vinyl wrap maker Black Box-Richter, clothing brand Nebulus, and designer Hajo Lemke of EightElevan Design developed a monster program for the Porsche Cayenne Turbo.
BMW Wants To Attack the Sports Compact Market With The FWD 128ti
BMW is once again setting its sights on the hot hatch market with a new 1 Series model that calls back one of the German automaker’s rarely used badges. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the BMW 128ti, and it wants to take a bite out of the hot hatch market. The 128ti — the “ti” stands for Turismo Internazionale — will have a tough go at it with so many contenders in the segment, but, rest assured, Bimmer isn’t returning to the niche market with the intention of being a mere spectator. No, sir. The 128ti is being developed to compete with the best-of-the-best, and from the looks of it, BMW isn’t cutting any corners in the hot hatch’s development. The 128i is more contender than pretender, and while all the details won’t be revealed until its expected debut in November, it looks like BMW has a new pocket rocket on its hands.
You’ll Definitely Believe What Happens To This Mustang Doing Donuts
Just because the rooftop parking lot is empty, that doesn’t mean you can just go there and do donuts to your heart’s content. Sure, the empty space is great for these burnout runs, but the debauchery can also go sideways at a moment’s notice, especially if you’re not careful. Two people found that out first-hand when they went to an empty rooftop parking lot, intending to leave rubber in concrete. After doing a serious of burnouts, the driver inexplicably loses control of his rear-wheel-drive ‘Stang, causing the muscle car to slam cleanly into a light pole. Worse, the whole bone-headed scene was captured on video by a couple, who were also at the rooftop parking in their own Mustang doing whatever it is they were doing. Fortunately, the driver and passenger of the crashed ‘Stang didn’t appear to get seriously hurt from the crash. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for their prized ‘Stang, which now has a long date with mechanics before it gets back up on its feet, or, in this case, all four wheels.
GMC’s Hummer EV "Crabwalk" Sounds Dumb But Could Be Awesome
The return of the Hummer, even in EV form, has the truck world alight. The hype is real, folks, and the buzz is about to get even louder now that General Motors has unveiled one of the Hummer EV’s most unique features: the crab walk. No, this isn’t some kind of dance move that the Hummer EV is capable of doing; it’s actually a real feature that allows the hulking electric truck to move diagonally. Yes, diagonally. The crab walk is one of many new features that’s included in the Hummer EV. All of it is part of GMC’s strategy to reinvent the Hummer’s image from being one of the loudest and thirstiest gas-guzzlers in the land to a muted and electric whizzing truck that’s apparently capable of crab walking its way out of potential hazards.
Nissan Ushers in the Future By Looking to its Past With the Z Proto
It’s been 11 years since Nissan’s famed Z family welcomed an all-new model into the fold. The wait has been long and oftentimes frustrating, but, finally, the next-generation Z car, or at least a prototype version of the production model, has arrived. It’s called the Nissan Z Proto, and it’s about as close as we can get to the production model that’s scheduled to arrive in 2022. Nissan hasn’t been shy about touting a retro-inspired look for the next-generation Z model, and the Japanese automaker lived up to its word on that one. The Z Proto is dressed in styling cues that Nissan borrowed from its predecessors and combined all of that with modern design elements to give the all-new Z car a distinct look that lives up to its nameplate. The Z Proto also comes with a modern interior and a healthy twin-turbo V-6 engine that packs plenty of punch. This is the Nissan Z Proto, folks. After a long wait, it’s finally here.
Maserati Celebrates The Launch of Furoriserie Personalization Program in Style with Three One-Off Models
It’s been an eventful week for Maserati. The arrival of the MC20 supercar coincided with the Italian automaker unveiling its long its five-year plan. The industrial plan includes 16 launches, including three refreshed models and as many as 13 new models, including the Grecale crossover, which is scaled to arrive in 2021. It’s a lot to digest, and we wouldn’t be surprised if you overlooked another important announcement from Maserati, one that involves the long-awaited opening of the Fuoriserie personalization program. Part of the program’s launch is a show of capability — a muscle flex of sorts — that involves three one-off models that are based on three of Maserati’s existing models: the Ghibli, Levante, and Quattroporte. Each one-off offers a preview of what we can all expect from the Fuoriserie personalization program. All existing Maserati models, including the just-launched MC20 supercar and the soon-to-arrive Grecale crossover, will be available in the program.
We’d Love to Play Forza Horizon In The Aston Martin AMR-C01 Racing Simulator
Aston Martin has launched its latest special edition model. Only 150 units are going to be made of this beauty, and each one costs around $74,000, or roughly the price of a base Porsche 718 Boxster S. There is, however, a catch to this special edition model. It doesn’t have any wheels, and it doesn’t actually move. No, it’s not a new Aston performance car; it’s Aston Martin’s ridiculously awesome racing simulator. It’s called the AMR-C01, and it’s described as the “ultimate luxury home simulator,” complete with a full carbon fiber monocoque, among other insane details and features. Best be quick if you want to score a piece of the AMR-C01 simulator. Aston Martin is already taking orders, and seeing as most of us we’ll probably still be stuck at home for the foreseeable future, there’s no better way to satisfy our urge for racing than to get wild and crazy in the AMR-C01 simulator.
This Working, Electric Lego Corvette ZR1 is Downright Awesome
Legos are cool, awesome, and all the superlatives you can throw in between. The things that you can create with these bricks are limited only by your imagination. What makes the toy even better are the things that you can do with it, like, say, add a fully functional electric powertrain on a Lego Technic Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. One guy did exactly that, and he even created a video demonstration of his masterpiece. In the video, we see the Lego Technic Corvette ZR1 strapped on a dyno that’s made from — you guessed it — Lego bricks. What comes next is a four-minute video that’s going to make you want to buy a Technic Corvette ZR1, build your own dyno, and outfit your Lego ‘Vette with its own functional electric powertrain.
How Much Does a Tesla Cost?
Tesla is, without question, one of the most popular automakers today. The California-based electric car company boasts a sexy — no pun intended — lineup of EVs, ranging from the Model S, Model 3, Model X, and Model Y. It also has several models in the pipeline, including the Cybertruck, Semi, and the new Roadster. Tesla’s appeal as a car brand is palpable in the streets. You see one, and your eyes immediately gravitate towards the vehicle, as if it’s asking why you haven’t bought a Tesla yet. There, though, lies the rub. See Tesla’s are expensive. The entry-level Model 3 starts at $37,990, but that’s without the myriad of options, accessories, and add-ons that you’re going to be compelled to buy to make the ownership experience worth it. Ultimately, you’re going to have to spend at least $50,000 to get a loaded Tesla Model 3, and that price hits six figures when you opt for the Model S and Model X. So, how much does a Tesla cost when you factor in all the options that are available to a specific model? We took a look at each model that’s out on the market and those that have yet to arrive to give you a clearer picture of how you have to spend.
The Current Nissan GT-R’s Final Breath Will Be Though the GT-R50’s 710-Horsepower Engine
After 13 years in the market — yes, it’s been that long — Nissan is finally prepared to bid adieu to the R35-generation of the Nissan GT-R. The iconic supercar’s swan song isn’t expected to happen until 2023 at the earliest, but this early, the automaker is already preparing what Japanese magazine Best Car Web describes as a Final Edition model that will pack no less than 750 horsepower. This apocalyptic version of Godzilla will be limited to just around 20 units, ensuring not only its exclusivity but also the distinction of being the most powerful production-spec GT-R to be built. Expect to pay the motherlode when this mighty supercar arrives with a sticker price of 40 million yen in Japan. That converts to around $377,000 based on current exchange rates, though it’s hard to say what the conversion rate is going to be like once it arrives in 2022.
Watch How a RWD Honda Civic Drift Car Comes to Life in Just 10 Minutes
Honda Civic conversions happen more frequently than most people realize. Most of these conversions usually involve turning the front-wheel-drive compact car to either rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive, usually for reasons that involve one form of motorsport or another. These conversions aren’t difficult to do, and that probably explains why a lot of Civic conversions aren’t as well-thought-out as we’d expect them to be. They get the job done, sure, but the finished product still left a lot to be desired. Then there’s this Honda Civic conversion that comes to us by way of Jimmy Oakes of Oakes Garage. Not only was this build completely thought out, but the painstaking process and attention-to-detail is something to behold. To think this Civix started out as a beater and turned into a fully formed drift car is a testament to the work put in by Oakes and his peeps.
2021 Lexus RC F Fuji Speedway Edition
The Lexus RC F is one of the most fascinating two-door coupes on the market. It looks sharp, packs plenty of power, and it drives like a genuine sports car. Unfortunately, the RC F still lacks the verve that some of its German rivals possess. Lexus knows that there’s plenty of room for improvement with the RC F, and with the arrival of this new special edition model, we might see these improvements sooner than we thought. The model is called the Lexus RC F Fuji Speedway Edition, and not only does it pay tribute to the iconic racetrack in the foothills of the world-famous mountain, but, more importantly, it comes with an array of special edition touches that provide that singular appeal that a lot of special edition models possess. Highlights include a distinctive look that’s bolstered by several technical improve Only 60 units of the RC F Fuji Speedway Edition will be made, and while Lexus has yet to release pricing details for the special edition sports car, don’t expect it to close lower than $70,000.
2021 McLaren 620R with MSO R Pack
McLaren’s road-spec 620R is one of the most hardcore machines to come out of Woking, England in recent years. Not only is it the most powerful “Sports Series” McLaren in the lineup, but it was developed specifically to go fast. Nothing about the 620R counts as subtle, and that includes McLaren’s new “R Pack,” which the automaker is launching to make what is already a hardcore supercar even more hardcore.
Be Amazed As Someone Painstakingly Carves a 1967 Shelby Mustang GT500 Out of Wood
We’ve been covering woodies in these pages a lot recently, and for good reason. The car body style deserves to be covered as much it does, and while we’ll continue to do that, we’re showcasing something similar — and different — this time around.
This, folks, is a 1967 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 that’s built entirely from wood. It’s not the woodie you expected, but it’s the wood carving we all deserve. This masterful creation comes to us by way of the YouTube channel Woodworking Art, which is a must-follow channel, by the way.
An Aston Martin DB5 With Real James Bond Gadgets Does Exist
Aston Martin’s plan of reproducing the DB5 from the classic 1964 James Bond movie Goldfinger isn’t Hollywood make-believe; it’s all real. Twenty-eight units of the DB5 are planned, and each one comes with all the gadgets and weapons that the movie car had.
Now, we get to see one of the 25 units get a thorough walk-around courtesy of this video provided by YouTube personality Mr. JWW.
2020 Porsche 911 Turbo S 991.2 by Manhart
The Porsche 911 Turbo S (991.2) remains a stellar sports car even with the arrival of the 2021 911 Turbo S (992). This is important because Manhart Racing has developed a new tuning kit for the 911 Turbo S 991.2 that will make you forget all about the shiny new 2021 911 Turbo S.
In true Manhart fashion, this new program is loaded with upgrades with a decal set, a new exhaust, a new set of wheels, and a significant engine upgrade program that boosts the Porsche’s output to supercar-like levels.
This Jeep Wagoneer Woody Will Give You the Feels of the 1980s All Over Again
The Grand Wagoneer Concept looks every bit like the production model that we can expect to see in dealership showrooms in 2022. But 2022 is still a ways away, and as we wait for the production-spec Grand Wagoneer to arrive, we can spend that time admiring all the renderings that have already been released, a lot of which show the hulking SUV in different forms and functions.
One rendering, in particular, caught our attention, not because of who created it — Abimelec Design — but because of what he created. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the Jeep Grand Wagoneer Woody, a creation so nostalgic you can smell the air of the 1980s from your computer screens.
How Much Does a Lamborghini Cost?
Lamborghini models are expensive. Let’s get that out of the way. Most people already know that, and just as many are resigned to the reality that not everyone can afford a Lamborghini.
A Huracan EVO RWD, for example, is the cheapest Lamborghini model that’s currently in the market. The price for the rear-wheel-drive supercar starts at $208,000, but that’s just for the base model.
Options come aplenty for a model like this, and the final price could balloon depending on how many options, packages, and/or accessories are thrown into the deal. To give you an idea of how much each Lamborghini costs, we’ve compiled a list detailing each model that’s currently in the market and a couple of special edition Lambos that were released in the past few years.
An Audi RS3 Rolling Down the Road, On Fire Is the Scariest Thing You’ll See This Week
Street racing can be fun and exhilarating, but it can also be dangerous. It only takes one thing to go wrong for Murphy’s Law to kick in, and the last place you’d want to be in is inside a car when that happens. A pair of street racers found that out first-hand when the heavily souped-up 1,100-horsepower Audi RS3 they were in caught fire while they were running at 150 mph.
Worse, the fire quickly burned through the RS3’s brake lines and e-brakes and the drag parachute couldn’t be deployed, leaving them in a state of helplessness as thick smoke started to come out of the A/C vents. Yes, street racing can be fun and exhilarating, but it only takes one thing to turn that rush into all-around terror.
Check out the Genovation GXE C7 Corvette Silently Decimate Thunderhill West
By all accounts, the Chevrolet Corvette C7-based Genovation GXE is one of the most insane electric cars in the world. Not only does it come with an all-electric motor that sends out 800 horsepower and 718 pound-feet of torque, but the way it does so — in complete silence — is jarring to our sensibilities.
The American-made GXE can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in under three seconds, cover a quarter-mile in 10 seconds at around 140 mph, and do all that while boasting an EPA range of 175 miles. For all that its car has accomplished, Genovation isn’t done using the GXE to break records. For its latest feat of speed and performance, the all-electric Corvette went to the Thunderhill Raceway in California and casually broke the track’s EV speed record without making any noise, literally and figuratively.
Supercars You Can Buy for $50,000 or Less
Most of today’s supercars are well out of the budget of normal folks. That’s a fact. We can argue until the cows come home, but there are reasons why exotic cars routinely command six-figure price tags.
But just because that’s the case for brand-new models, that doesn’t mean you can’t find cheap supercars. Most of of what counts as affordable supercars are typically the ones that are pre-owned. There are a lot of used supercars for sale, ranging from old Italian exotics to modern American performance machines. If for nothing else, this proves that just because brand-new supercars are out of most people’s financial reach, that doesn’t mean you can’t find sweet deals for used exotic cars for sale. We’ve compiled a list of these cheap supercars that you can buy for less than $50,000.
The Acura NSX Sets Pikes Peak Record for Hybrid Production Cars
Acura has been in peak form at the 2020 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The Japanese automaker showed up at Race to the Clouds with a 2019 NSX and a pair of race-spec 2021 TLX sedans to make a statement in a highly competitive field. Consider that mission accomplished as the NSX, with driver James Robinson behind the wheel, set a new record for production hybrid models with a time of 10:01.913. The new record is 0.5 seconds quicker than the old record, which Robinson also set in 2018 with a 2017 NSX. The pair of 2021 TLX sedans also performed well, finishing fifth and sixth in the Exhibition class with drivers Jordan Guitar and Justin Lombard piloting the race-prepped sedans.
Spyker Has Come Back From The Dead Yet Again, New Cars Coming
After repeated brushes with the auto world’s equivalent of the grim reaper, Spyker has once again been brought back to life courtesy of new partnerships forged with a bevy of Russia-owned motorsport companies.
The collaboration between Spyker and BR Engineering, SMP Racing, and the Milan Morady marketing company will allow Spyker to finally resume operations and bring to life its intended goal of launching three new models, starting from 2021. Among the models that are in the pipeline include the C8 Preliator, D8 Peking-to-Paris, and the B6 Venator. No specific timetable has been set for each model’s release, but with the finances now in place, the long wait for these models is close to being over.
The Best Chevy Camaros of All Time
Very few cars in the history of the American car industry are as famous as the Chevrolet Camaro. The Ford Mustang can give the Camaro a run for its money, and so too can models like the Dodge Challenger and the Camaro’s own cousin, the Chevrolet Corvette. As iconic as those models are, the Camaro is no less important. It’s one of the first American-made performance cars to capture the hearts and pockets of Americans, and while the Camaro did have an almost decade-long sabbatical in the 2000s, the nameplate still stands as one of the most famous nameplates, not just in the U.S., but all over the world. The Camaro has been around since 1966, and in that time, Chevrolet has rolled out more than its share of memorable Camaro models. Here are the 10 best Camaros of all time, at least as far as we’re concerned.
When You Buy A Rimac C Two, You Smile A Lot
Nico Rosberg lives a relatively charmed life, at least compared to most of the world’s population. After winning the 2016 Formula One Driver’s Championship, Rosberg retired like a boss, ensuring that he left the sport sitting on the mountaintop.
Since then, the German driver has dabbled in driver management, television hosting, and eco-entrepreneurship. But just because Rosberg has been gone from motor racing for four years, that doesn’t mean his thirst for speed and performance has dissipated. On the contrary, Rosberg remains a driver/racer at heart, and his latest car purchase proves as much. In the event that you’re desperate to own a Rimac C-Two but you can’t afford one, now’s a good chance to live vicariously through Nico Rosberg, who proudly showed off his latest four-wheeled acquisition, much to our collective jealousy.
Car For Sale: 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 That Made an Appearance in Fast and Furious 9
A 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 is up for sale on eBay, and it has an interesting history as a Hollywood car involved in what is the biggest car movie franchise in history. Go watch Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw and you might notice this Mustang Mach 1. It wasn’t driven in the movie, but its appearance adds Hollywood provenance to a car that already looks like a stunner.
Mercedes-AMG Wants to Eat Porsche’s Nurburgring Cake
Barely a few weeks have passed since the all-new 2021 Porsche Panamera — a car that has yet to make its debut, by the way — usurped the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S as the fastest "executive car" at the Nurburgring. The four-door saloon posted a record-breaking time of 7:29.81, edging out the AMG GT 63 S 4-Door Coupe by a slim 0.3-second margin. It didn’t take long for Mercedes-AMG to hear about the new record, and, in true competitive form, the Affalterbach-based outfit didn’t take the challenge of reclaiming the record lying down. In a Facebook post, Mercedes-AMG hinted that a return to the track might be in the automaker’s future in response to "a recent record time you may have heard about." We know that Mercedes-AMG is referencing Porsche and the all-new Panamera. What’s unclear at this point is what version of the AMG GT S 63 4-Door Coupe is Mercedes-AMG planning to unleash to try to beat the new Panamera. No timetable has been set for the performance brand’s return to the ’Ring, but with the record now in Porsche’s hands, don’t expect Mercedes-AMG to wait too long to reclaim its throne.
2020 Mercedes-AMG S63 Cabriolet by Brabus and Fostla
When you own a car like the Mercedes-AMG S 63 Cabriolet and you’re looking to get some aftermarket work done on it, one tuner might not be enough to give you your desired results. Take the case of this particular AMG S 63 Cabriolet that was on sale at German online car site Mobile.de. This AMG S 63 Cabriolet has been treated to aftermarket work, namely from famed Mercedes tuner Brabus and Fostla, and the result will invite plenty of stares on the road.
This Video of the Audi RS6 Is Better Than Anything Audi’s Marketing Division Has Ever Done
This promotional video of the new Audi RS6 Avant comes by way of Australian publication The Lowdown, which specializes in automotive lifestyle. The agency got its hands on an all-new 2020 Audi RS6 Avant, and, in tune with its creative roots, proceeded to create a 105-second promotional video starring the high-powered German wagon.
The result is a video that’s going to leave you breathless. At the very least, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better one that Audi has done in recent memory.
2020 BMW M8 Competition Gran Coupe By AC Schnitzer
Like most cars, the M8 Competition Gran Coupe is far from perfect. It’s preposterously fast for a car that weighs in excess of two tons, and yet, the speed doesn’t really translate to the kind of enjoyable driving experience you’d expect from BMW’s range-topping model. Fortunately, AC Schnitzer is always there to answer the bell.
The German tuner known for developing programs for all sorts of Bimmers has come up with a program for the M8 Gran Coupe, one that addresses some of the perceived shortcomings of the M8 Competition Gran Coupe. The result is what you’d expect from AC Schnitzer.
2020 Daihatsu Copen R35 GT-R by Liberty Walk
In the world of Japanese kei cars, the Daihatsu Copen often gets lost in the shuffle, overshadowed by models like the Honda Beat, Suzuki Cappuccino, and yes, even the Autozam AZ-1.
The adorable two-door convertible can hold its own in kei races, and, more importantly, its highly customizable nature allows owners to go stir crazy on custom projects. There are a myriad of ways that you can customize the Copen, including, in this case, turning to Japanese tuner extraordinaire Liberty Walk with a specific requirement: turn it into a Nissan R35 GT-R.
Classic Car for Sale: Rare 1986 Aston Martin DB6 Volante
The Aston Martin DB6 doesn’t get the love it deserves. In some ways, that’s because it succeeded the Aston Martin DB5, considered as the most iconic Aston Martin model ever made. When you’re a model that’s following a model as legendary as the DB5, expectations can be unreasonably high.
The DB6 was a great Aston Martin; it just wasn’t the DB5. Still, the DB6’s collectible status has increased over the years, in part because of how rare they are. Only 1,788 units were built over a five-year stretch, and of those 1,788 units, one unit is now available through British classic car restorer Bell Sport & Classic.
This particular model is a DB6 Volante, the drop-top version of the standard DB6. It’s more than 12 times rarer — only 140 units were ever made — than the standard coupe DB6, and while it has undergone several restorations in its lifetime, it remains in top-quality condition. Bell Sport & Classic didn’t reveal a price tag for this DB6 Volante, but prepare to spend six figures for a chance to bring home one of the rarest Aston Martin models in history.
The Lotus Evija Has Been Delayed, But Don’t Blame Lotus
In what has already been the most challenging year of our lifetime, the malaise surrounding 2020 isn’t getting going away anytime soon, at least not for Lotus. The British automaker had planned to showcase the Evija hypercar by the latter of the year, but those plans have since been scuttled because of circumstances beyond the automaker’s control.
The culprit? The COVID-19 pandemic. Repeated delays in the development of the Evija have forced Lotus to move the car’s highly anticipated debut to the first of 2021. It’s rough news for all those who have been waiting earnestly — us included — for the Evija’s arrival to at least bring some measure of excitement to what has so far been a crappy year. Unfortunately, this pandemic has no regard for our feelings as it continues to wreak havoc all over the world.
BMW M4 Coupe and GT3 Teased - Is The M4 GT3 The Definition of Ugly?
The 2021 BMW M4 is coming, and BMW is giving us a sneak peek on what we can expect from the new model when it arrives in September. We’ve only seen the new M4 in heavy camo, but a fresh batch of photos taken from the Red Bull Ring during the Moto GP round in Austria shows the new M4 — and the M4 GT3 — clad in what can only be described as loose clothing.
Amazing Car for Sale: Porsche 935 in Bare Carbon with Just 60 Kilometers
Two years ago, Porsche unveiled a modern-day interpretation of the iconic 935/78 “Moby Dick” race car that competed at the 1978 24 Hours of Le Mans. The “new” Porsche 935 was based on the 911 (991-generation) GT2 RS and only 77 of them were ever made.
As rare as the 911 GT2 RS-based 935 was, there’s a specific subset among the 77 units that came in an even rarer naked carbon fiber body. It’s unclear how many of these 935 units are wearing their birthday suits, but one of them is up for grabs courtesy of high-end dealer Hollmann International.
This 2021 Ford Bronco With Wood Trim is Oddly Mesmerizing
The return of the Ford Bronco isn’t your typical automotive comeback. The SUV isn’t just making a comeback as a nameplate; it’s become its own sub-brand under Ford. More to that, the Bronco has captured the attention of the SUV world in ways few of its kind have been able to do in the past. That’s especially true when you look at all the renderings that have come out, specifically those of the “Woody” variety. Woody Broncos are all over Instagram, including this piece of work from artist Timothy Adry Emmanuel, who goes by the IG handle “adry53customs.” Emmanuel has an impressive catalog of car renderings on his Instagram page, ranging from Volkswagens to RAM pickup trucks. But his work on the Bronco is something else, at least if you’re a fan of the “woodie” car style that was all the rage in the previous century. We don’t see woodie’s these days anymore, but Emmanuel’s rendering is a perfect call back, not only to the Bronco but to the woodie car style as well. Put those two elements together, and the result is nothing short of impressive.
Ferrari Could Be Preparing to Reveal Its One-Off, F40-Inspired Supercar
Ferrari’s Special Projects division is responsible for some of the most desirable Ferraris ever built. Even better, this new one-off is rumored to be based on one of the most iconic Ferraris of all time: the mighty F40.
Not much is known, but since it is a one of a kind, expect it to end up in the hands of someone with deep pockets that has a garage full of Ferraris.
2021 Ford GT Studio Collection Graphics Package
The Ford GT is getting a splash of color in the form of a new graphics package that prospective owners can choose from to bring life to their beloved supercar. The exclusive series, called the Ford GT Studio Collection, comes to life by way of a design collaboration between Ford Performance and Ford GT manufacturer, Multimatic.
Together, the two parties created an avenue for Ford GT owners to personalize the look and color of their supercars through this graphics package. It comes with exclusive body colors, racing stripes, trims, accents, and everything in between. Unfortunately, access to the Ford GT Studio Collection is limited to just 40 units of the Ford GT, spread out across the 2021 and 2022 model years.
The New Rolls-Royce Ghost Takes Sound-Proofing To the Next Level
The next-generation Rolls-Royce Ghost is scheduled to arrive later this year, and Rolls-Royce is pulling out all the stops to ensure that it lives up to all the hype of being a completely new model from the ground up.
Part of that challenge involves creating new features to improve the ownership experience of the Ghost, including ensuring complete serenity in the luxury ride’s interior. On that end, Rolls-Royce is fitting more than 220 pounds (100 kilos) of sound-absorbing materials throughout the body of the all-new Ghost.
The 10 Best Drift Cars for Beginners
For most of us, driving a car is an acquired skill. You start slowly, learning car terminologies and road rules before the practical driving lessons take place. Driving is easy to learn so long as you take it seriously.
Drifting, on the other hand, is far more difficult to learn. First, you need to know how to drive before you can drift. Second, the required skills needed in drifting are more complicated than the ones you need to start driving. You need hours and hours of practice to get the proper techniques of drifting.
Most of all, you need a proper drift car to get you started. On that note, here are 10 affordable drift cars that you can buy to help get your feet wet in the world of smoking tires, engine squeals, and all that’s great about drifting.
Production Car Speed Records - A Timeline In Automotive History
Ask any performance carmaker worth its salt and they’ll tell you that having a car that owned the fastest production car record goes a long way in creating an aura of prestige around that brand. There is a reason automakers like Bugatti, Koenigsegg, and McLaren spend millions and millions of dollars developing technologies that can help one of their production models claim that title. Sure, not all car models are created equal, but the really special ones that can challenge for the title of the fastest production car in the world are developed and built differently. It’s as if they’re in this world for one specific reason: to be the fastest production car in the world.
Having that kind of ability goes a long way in achieving that goal, but it’s far from the only requirement to owning the production car speed record. You have to claim it, too, and doing that means following a specific set of guidelines that allows a specific model to be called, first and foremost, a production car.
Aston Martin DBS Superleggera 007 Edition
Aston Martin’s relationship with the James Bond movie franchise stretches back more than 60 years. It’s the longest relationship between a carmaker and a Hollywood movie franchise.
The Aston Martin Vantage and the flagship Aston Martin DBS Superleggera are the beneficiaries of Aston’s new James Bond-inspired special edition models. Each model comes with exclusive touches and a smattering of Bond-inspired details.
The Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock Is Almost As Expensive As the Demon
Dodge’s never-ending quest to roll out the most outrageous muscle cars on the market has taken another form with the launch of the Challenger SRT Super Stock. Billed as the fastest and most powerful muscle car in the world, the Challenger SRT Super Stock once again pushes the boundaries on what’s possible with muscle cars these days. It’s fitted with a unique suspension, exclusive tires, lightweight brakes, and 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V-8 engine that produces more power than all but one — you can guess what that “one” is — muscle car in history. With everything that Dodge used in creating the Challenger SRT Super Stock, you’d assume this muscle car to sells for a king’s ransom. Well, you assumed correctly. The Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock comes with a starting price of $79,595, making it the second most expensive Challenger model in history next to the aforementioned “one.” The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is still the one true king of all muscle cars, but the Challenger SRT Super Stock isn’t that far behind — in more ways than one.
Car for Sale: Super Rare 1 Of 3 1969 M505 Adams Brothers Probe 16
One of the rarest sports cars in history is up for auction at Bonhams: the 1969 M-505 Adams Brothers Probe 16. Only three models were ever made, and all three units are still around, though the location of one unit (chassis number: AB/2) is unknown.
Meanwhile, one of the three units can be yours, provided, of course, that you have deep pockets to pay for it. Bonhams estimates that this example of the M-505 Adams Brothers Probe 16 (chassis number: AB/3) will fetch anywhere from $150,000 to $250,000.
Is The DBX SUV a True Aston Martin? Carfection Sets to Find Out
Aston Martin has a lot riding on the DBX SUV, and that might be the understatement of the year. The DBX marks the first time the British automaker is venturing into the land of SUVs. It’s no secret that, like most automakers, Aston wants to capitalize on the immensely popular crossover/SUV market that has already reeled in rivals like Lamborghini, Bentley, and Rolls-Royce. The DBX is the first salvo, and while it does look the part of a slick and sexy Aston Martin crossover, the big question is whether the DBX remains rooted in the DNA of Aston Martin. Carfection sought to answer that question, and what it discovered might surprise a lot of people.
You Can Own a Bentley Continental GT For As Little as $16
The Bentley Continental GT starts at over $220,000. It’s an expensive car that most of us can’t afford, so if you find yourself priced out of a Continental GT, there are ways to get one without having to spend an exorbitant amount of money. There is one catch, though: you can’t fit in any of them.
Bentley, in all its vexing might, has launched a series of Continental GT scale models, ranging from an affordable 1:64 scale model to a 1:8 scale model that’ll set you back around $10,000.
Hyundai’s Push To Roll out the Ioniq Sub-Brand is a Sign of Automotive Resiliency
As the world continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic, Hyundai is making good on its goal to keep pushing forward with its pre-COVID-19 plans. One of those plans involves the creation of a new sub-brand that will become the official home of the automaker’s all-electric vehicles. The sub-brand, called Ioniq, will serve as a complement to Hyundai’s other sub-brand, Genesis, and offer battery electric vehicles. Three new all-electric models will serve as the foundation of the new sub-brand. A mid-size crossover EV will arrive first in 2021, followed by a sedan model in 2022 and a large SUV in the early part of 2024. All of this is part of Hyundai’s long game for battery-electric vehicles, which primarily involves selling 560,000 EV models by 2025. If for nothing else, Hyundai’s best-laid plans before the coronavirus pandemic brought the world to its knees is still moving along, proving that resiliency is as much a part of Hyundai’s DNA as anything we’ve seen from the automaker in the past.
2020 McLaren GT by Novitec
As McLaren’s first dedicated grand tourer, the GT combines the best of all worlds, boasting supercar-like performance to go with an interior that’s brimming with all the fine things money can buy.
Novitec’s latest aftermarket program is dedicated to the McLaren GT, and, in keeping with the company’s reputation as a tuner par excellence, owners are treated to an exterior touch-up, a new set of wheels, and an engine upgrade that successfully dials up the GT’s power and performance capabilities. This is a McLaren GT that’s tuned to the nines.
10 Must-Have Car Features To Look For Your Next Car
Cars today aren’t just cars anymore; they’ve become four-wheeled technological hubs, fitted with a dizzying array of tech features that can make anyone’s head spin, Regan from the Exorcist-style. It’s hard enough to keep track of all the standard tech features included in cars, but the real madness happens when you’re presented with a catalog of options, packages, and accessories, all of which are available for the taking.
The downside to all of this is that the more features you avail, the more expensive the cart becomes. On that end, we’re presenting a list of car features that we believe are must-haves for your next purchase.
This LS-Swapped and Turbocharged Honda S2000 Is the King of Tuner Vehicles
The Honda S2000 is one of the most desirable Japanese sports cars of its era. From its attractive looks to its peppy 2.0-liter inline-four cylinder engine that produced as much as 247 horsepower and 161 pound-feet of torque, the S22000 was as desirable as any sports roadster that hit the scene at the turn of the millennium. To this day, interest in the S2000 remains strong, in large part due to the seemingly limitless tuning possibilities it provides. Take this particular S2000, for example. It belongs to Mason Whitlow, an employee of tuning shop Holley, who bought his S2000 in standard form, only to have it upgraded into a complete monster on four wheels. It’s still a Honda S2000 in form, but everything else is entirely different. We’re not talking about a spunky 248-horsepower sports roadster anymore. This S2000 is now a 707-horsepower beast of epic proportions. At the very least, this build is a rolling advertisement, not only of Holley but, more importantly, of the many ways people have grown to love the Honda S2000.
Someone is Selling a 2003 Ferrari 360 Limo And We Can Almost Smell the Lawsuit
Are you interested in a Ferrari 360 Moderna that’s not really a Ferrari 360 Modena anymore? If you are, then you might find this particular ride interesting…or perplexing, depending on what kind of mood you’re in as you’re reading this. This is a Ferrari 360 Modena limousine. There are no typos in that previous sentence. It really is a limousine, though it didn’t start as one. But that’s neither here nor there. What’s important is that it’s for sale in Australia, and you have the opportunity to buy it provided you’re willing to spend on it. But before you do, there is one caveat. Ferrari doesn’t take too kindly to its cars getting bastardized to this extent. The Italian automaker has been known to be litigious in circumstances like this, so before you plop down your hard-earned money for the 360 Modena limousine, you might want to make sure that everything about the car is on the up-and-up.
Koenigsegg Jesko and Porsche 935 Just Teased in New Project Cars 3 Trailer
Gran Turismo and Forza Motorsport are two of the biggest video game franchises in the world, but don’t sleep on one other franchise that’s steadily becoming a big player in the car video game industry. Project CARS first captured our attention in 2015, and now, the highly popular video game franchise is turning up the heat with its third installment, appropriately called Project CARS 3.
Our first taste of the new game comes to us through a delectable teaser video that gives us an overview of the many new features that the new game will offer, including two vehicles — the Koenigsegg Jesko and the recently refreshed Porsche 935 race car — that will surely get most of us scrambling to get our hands on the game as soon as it’s available.
Rare Hot Wheels Of Your Childhood That Are Worth A Small Fortune Today
The Hot Wheels fandom is real, and it also happens to be lucrative. As one of the most popular toy lines in history, Hot Wheels has become more than just its own product; it’s become a frenzied hobby under the toy and collectible ecosystem. And like most hobbies that have developed a strong fan base, collecting Hot Wheels castings has become a lucrative endeavor.
Rare versions and unreleased prototypes command top dollar these days, and the amount that they typically go for will make your eyes pop out. Some Hot Wheels castings are understandably more expensive than others. That’s especially true for the models we identified on this list of Hot Wheels that are worth a small fortune these days.
New Place to Look for Abandoned Lamborghinis: The Desert
If you polled 100 people, Family Feud style, and asked them what random item they can find in a desert, an abandoned Lamborghini Huracan would probably register zero answers. And yet, unbelievably, there really is an abandoned Huracan in the Nevada desert just outside of the city of Las Vegas.
Long thought to be an uncorroborated rumor, the folks over at Royalty Exotic Cars went to the alleged site where the Huracan was beached and found exactly what they were looking for. It’s not every day that you see a $200,000 supercar abandoned in the middle of almost-nowhere, but, if for nothing else, this proves that wonders abound in places you least expect to find them.
2021 Lexus LC Convertible Regatta Edition
Lexus is turning to the open seas as the inspiration behind its latest special edition model. Evoking the ambiance of a luxury marina — Lexus’ words, not mine — the Toyota-owned luxury brand is commemorating the opening of orders for the new LC Convertible by rolling out a special edition LC droptop called the Regatta Edition.
Dressed to impress, the LC Convertible Regatta Edition’s theme has roots to the origin story of the LC’s design, which Lexus described as being inspired by ocean-going yachts. It’s a saucy piece, for sure, but sadly, access to the LC Regatta Edition is going to be very difficult. Lexus didn’t say how many units of the LC Regatta Edition it plans to build, but allocations in the U.K. and Europe have completely dried up. No word yet on how many units are headed to America, or if they’re still available, to begin with.
If You’ve Ever Wondered What Happens Inside a Tire, This Video Is For You
Have you ever wondered what goes on inside a tire? it’s a question that I think a lot of people have asked at some point in their lives without receiving any definitive answers. That changes, though, thanks in large part to YouTube channel Warped Perception. Channel host Matt Mikka was asked that same question, and in the spirit of the all the derring-do that Warped Perception is known for, Mikka decided to answer the question with the help of a GoPro camera that he mounted inside the front tire of his Mercedes. What the GoPro captured is unlike anything you’ve ever seen.
2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S Coupe By Lorinser - Ugly Car, Ugly Wheels, More Power
The Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S Coupe is, by most accounts, a slick-looking performance coupe-SUV. But like most vehicles — and that includes performance-spec models — there are ways to make a model like the AMG GLC 63 S better. There are ways to make it look better, and, certainly, there are ways to make it perform better.
Noted Mercedes tuner Lorinser took up the task of transforming the AMG GLC 63 into a better all-around coupe SUV. The German tuner is known for its programs for Silver Arrow models so this new aftermarket kit for the high-powered GLC should be a walk in the park, right? Right? Well, let’s save the verdict below.
This Video Is Probably The Best Way To Explain Why AC Schnitzer Should Tune Your BMW Z4
In keeping with the reputation that it has built over time, AC Schnitzer’s program for the new Z4 Roadster M40i covers a lot of ground. From form to function, we see the tuner’s imprint on the Z4 Roadster M40i, including the addition of several aerodynamic pieces to go with a new set of wheels, an equally new custom exhaust setup, suspension upgrades, and, of course, an engine modification program that adds more power to the Z4 M40i’s already potent 335-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged engine.
All these upgrades are meant to improve the Z4 M40i’s overall appeal, and judging by this before-and-after video that AC Schnitzer provided, the upgrades are also significant in the way we see the German roadster.
There are plenty of cars out there that would make ideal drift car projects if they are worked over and modified the right way. But as is the case with anything that aligns with motorsports, getting into drifting doesn’t come cheap. We’re not talking about buying tires (of which you’ll need a lot) or tuning and modification. No, we’re talking about what it takes to start, and that is, obviously, buying the right car. The truth is that there are a lot of awesome cars out there that make the perfect drifting project if you’re willing to hunt them down. This is our list of the top 5 cars that you can fund under $10,000 that will serve as a perfect starting point.
2021 Donkervoort D8 GTO-JD70 Bare Naked Carbon Edition
The Donkervoort D8 is not everyone’s cup of tea, but those who do find the retro-styled, road-legal roadster saucy will be thrilled to know that the company’s new flagship model, the D8 GT0-JD70, has a special edition alter ego called the Bare Naked Carbon Edition. As its name so eloquently states, the Donkervoort D8 GTO-JD70 Bare Naked Carbon Edition is defined by all the bare carbon fiber that you can see all over its body. There are options on how you want your special edition D8 GTO-JD70, but all options revolve around the central carbon fiber theme of the model. Visually, the D8 GTO-JD70 Bare Naked Carbon Edition looks splendid in carbon fiber. But the model’s uniqueness is defined by more than just its aesthetic design; the use of carbon fiber also reduces the model’s overall weight, making it more sprightly than your typical range-topping D8 GTO-JD70. Only 70 units of the special edition D8 GTO-JD70 will be built. Pricing starts at €163,636.36, and that’s before taxes kick in. Over half of all units are spoken for, and, unfortunately, none of these bad boys are headed to the U.S. market.
Little Known Facts and Secrets About Cristy Lee
Cristy Lee is arguably one of the most famous women in the auto industry. As one-third of Motor Trend’s All Girls Garage show — she was until her departure from the show this year — Lee has become a staple in the heart and minds of car enthusiasts for a long time.
Lee is undoubtedly one of the most interesting personalities in today’s automotive scene. But as popular as she is — and she’s very popular — there are parts of her life that not everyone knows about. Part of that is because of her preference to keep her life private, but even if she tries to do that, she’s so popular that it’s hard to keep the lid of her personal life closed. Here are some things you didn’t know about Cristy Lee…until now.
10 Modern Muscle Cars That You Shouldn’t Overlook
Muscle cars first gained popularity in the 1960s, and the ensuing years ushered a golden era of sorts for the car segment. Just about every automaker in the U.S. produced muscle cars, and while some have stood the test of time, others have gone by the wayside. Those who have survived have continued to thrive, particularly in recent years when the muscle car segment experienced a renaissance of sorts. Today, the pony car business is as alive as it’s ever been. We’re seeing automakers break new ground on some of the most powerful cars in the industry and, while the rest of the auto world has gravitated towards SUVs, hybrid cars, and electric cars, there’s still plenty of space for muscle cars to roam free and remind us that these high-powered machines are more than just chips off the old block. Take a look at these ten modern muscle cars that you shouldn’t overlook at a time when electrification is what’s on everyone’s mind.
Watch a 1,000-Horsepower Hennessey Shelby GT350 Take on a Cammed Shelby GT500
What happens when you race a Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 against a Ford Mustang Shelby GT500? In standard form, the GT500 should run away with this race, but nothing about this race is “standard.” The GT350 isn’t stock; it’s been through the Hennessey ringer, and it’s been loaded with a Whipple supercharger to go with other modifications that the current owner put in place post-Hennessy tuning. The result is a monstrosity that packs well over 900 horsepower. That should be enough to put the GT500 in its place, right? Well, in a twist that probably everyone saw coming, the GT500 is far from a stock model, too. It’s also been tricked out to deliver over 800 horsepower, effectively making this a super-powered Shelby versus super-powered Shelby race. Who saw that coming?
Is the 2020 BMW M5 Competition Really Better Than the Jaguar Project 8?
The BMW M5 Competition is arguably the best car the German automaker has on the road these days. It checks all the boxes you’d want in a prized super saloon. Refinement? Check. Class and sophistication? Check. Power and performance? Check. If you want something from a car, the M5 Competition probably has it in spades. Knowing all of that, is it possible that the M5 Competition is too good of a car that when you line it up opposite, say, a Jaguar Project 8, you’d enjoy the much-less refined special project Jag more than the BMW saloon? Veteran auto scribe Harry Metcalf sought to find an answer to that question, and he did so the only way he knows why: driving both cars and seeing which of the two is the better car.
The 10 Most Important Classic Japanese Cars
If I were to write about the history of cars, a single chapter wouldn’t be enough to talk about the Japanese car industry’s impact in shaping that history. I’d need a few chapters to properly encapsulate what Japan’s car history means to the larger history of the automotive world. From humble beginnings to global domination, Japan’s car scene has given so much to the auto world. That includes some of the most iconic car models to ever hit the ground. These ten models are classics in the basic sense of the term “classic.” More importantly, these ten models are classics because they’ve earned the right to be called one, whether it’s through sheer popularity or long-lasting impact in the business.
2021 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Xago Edition
Lamborghini hasn’t been shy when it comes to rolling out special edition models. It’s a tried-and-tested formula that always works for the Italian automaker, largely because consumer demand for these SE models has always been high.
Take the 2021 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Xago Edition, for example. It’s the latest in a long line of special edition Aventadors, except that this one is a celebratory SE that pays tribute to Lambo’s Ad Personam customization program. Yes, Lamborghini just rolled out a special edition Aventador SVJ to celebrate its own personalization division, though, to be fair, the Ad Personam program does have several new and exciting options on the table.
Throwback: Jeremy Clarkson’s Old Top Gear Comparison of the 1993 Mazda RX-7, Mitsubishi 3000GT, and Jaguar XJS
Long before Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May made Top Gear the global phenomenon that it’s become, there was an era of the show that had Clarkson going solo. That era ran from 1988 to 2000 and, believe it or not, Clarkson looked nothing like the pot-bellied, salt-and-pepper-haired, denim jacket-wearing host that we had gotten used to in the second iteration of the show.
Fortunately, Clarkson was as good at his job in the early 90s as he was during his second run at Top Gear with Hammond and May. If you need proof of that, check out this old Top Gear segment from 1993 with Jezza doing a spot-on review of the 1993 Mazda RX-7, Mitsubishi 3000GT, and Jaguar XJS.
10 Cars That You Should Pick Over a Supercar Anyday
Supercars are some of the most fun cars to drive, but their steep price tags inhibit a lot of people — myself included — from driving one, let alone actually buying one. In the absence of any form of financial resources to actually scoop up a six-figure exotic, there are other options on the table that allow us to have our proverbial cakes and eat them, too. Truth be told, there is a multitude of vehicles in the market today that allow us to enjoy some of the thrills provided by supercars without forcing us to fork over our life savings. We picked out the best 10 vehicles that will make you forget about owning the newest Ferrari. These vehicles don’t have to be fast or powerful, but they all are fun to drive.
This Ford Coyote V-8 Swapped Porsche Cayman is the Midlife Crisis Car of Your Dreams
The wild and often weird world of engine swaps is no stranger to nutty creations. We’ve seen some absurd engine swaps, and we’ve certainly seen engine swaps that border on the ridiculous. Somewhere between all of that is this particular creation: a first-generation Porsche Cayman 987 that’s powered by a 5.0-liter Coyote V-8 engine from, you guessed it, a Ford Mustang. The combination is about as strange as it gets. Then again, is there anything that isn’t strange when it comes to engine swaps? The sheer practice is insane in itself. Why should we be surprised that someone thought a Mustang-sourced Coyote V-8 engine would be great on a first-generation Cayman?
Thanks to the Xbox Series X, Forza Motorsport Is Going to Look Amazing
Next-generation gaming consoles typically means next-generation gaming titles, and we can expect as much as when the Xbox Series X arrives later this year. One gaming title that we’re all excited to see is the new Forza game that will serve as one of the Series X’s flagship titles. Details about the actual game remain under wraps, but you can expect the next-generation Forza game, whether its Motorsport or Horizon, to be nothing short of a jaw-dropper. We got a brief glimpse of the game from the official announcement trailer, and let’s just say that we can expect to spend a lot of time on our couches once the next-gen Xbox console — and the next-gen Forza title — arrives in time for the holidays.
After Six Years of Development, The Production Version of the Hennessey Venom F5 Arrives In November
The Hennessey Venom GT has been in our consciousness for the better part of six years. Yes, it’s been that long since Hennessey announced plans to build the limited-run supercar. Time has come and gone, and while the Venom GT remains in the shadows, it’s now scheduled to step into the limelight later this year.
Finally, Hennessey’s all-conquering supercar will make its production debut in November 2020. It’s still a bit of a wait for those who have waited six years to finally see the supercar. Fortunately, Hennessey is giving us a sneak peek in the form of a teaser image on what we can expect from the F5 when it finally breaks cover.
Top 10 Cheap Cars That Are Really Fast
Most of us have the dream of one day owning a car that can satisfy our need for speed. But not every one of us can afford a car that can quench that thirst. That’s why, in the absence of the capacity to spend big bucks on fast, powerful, and expensive cars, we instead look to the used-car market to find cheap cars that also happen to be fast.
There’s no shortage of options in this ecosystem. You can buy any car you want for a fraction of the cost of buying a brand-new model. You’re going to have to spend a little extra restoring some of these affordable fast cars, but that’s part of the challenge — and excitement — of diving deep into this pond. You spend a little and spend a little more until you have the car of your dreams, one that’s fast, powerful, and cheap, all rolled into one. Take a look at these 10 cheap fast cars to get you started.
Ken Miles’ Mustang Shelby GT350R Becomes The Most Expensive Mustang Ever Sold At Auction
A 1965 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R has become the most expensive Mustang ever sold at an auction setting. The record-breaking Shelby GT350R sold for a whopping $3.85 million, eclipsing the previous record-holder, the 1968 Mustang GT hero car that was driven by Steve McQueen in the movie Bullitt. No less than Ken Miles, the British racer who was prominently featured as one of the main characters in the movie, Ford v. Ferrari, drove the specific Shelby GT350R, nicknamed the “Flying Mustang.” The $3.85 million sale price now ascends to the top of the ladder as the single most expensive Mustang to ever sell at auction. It’s going to take a special Mustang to unseat the new record-holder.
Kick Off Your Weekend By Watching an Audi R8 Take on an Audi TT RS-R
On paper, the stock Audi TT RS is no match to the Audi R8 V-10 Plus. One car is powered by a 2.5-liter TFSI engine that produces 394 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. Meanwhile, the other car packs a 5.2-liter FSI V-10 engine that produces 610 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque.
You can’t dispute those figures, especially when you race both Audis against each other. So why did Carwow bother to race a TT RS against an R8 V10 Plus? The answer is the TT RS-R, the heavily modified version of the sports coupe.
The Pontiac Fiero Needs to Make a Comeback, And This is What It Should Look Like!
Our hopes of one day seeing a new Pontiac Fiero aren’t all that good, but don’t tell that to the man behind the @wb.artist20 account on Instagram. The account is full of automotive renderings, specifically modern interpretations of classic vehicles that are no longer around. There’s a lot of impressive work in that account, but one, in particular, caught our eye — and made us long for the Fiero’s return.
Ferrari Roma by Wheelsandmore
Proving yet again that it works faster than a lot of aftermarket companies in the business, Wheelsandmore has officially unveiled its new program for Ferrari’s latest exotic model, the Roma. The expediency by which the German tuner works is known far and wide in tuning circles, and it’s no surprise that the subject of Wheelsandmore’s latest aftermarket program also happens to be a super grand tourer that was only presented to the world last November. The Roma is Ferrari’s latest super grand tourer, slotted neatly between the Portofino and the F8 Tributo in Maranello’s current model range. It’s arguably Ferrari’s most beautifully designed model in its current lineup. In other words, it’s the perfect muse for Wheelsandmore’s newest tuning program, and, in typical Wheelsandmore fashion, we see all of it in this new program for Ferrari’s latest galloping stallion.
2021 Ares Design Panther ProgettoUno
A year after debuting at the 2019 Concorso d’Eleganza, the Ares Design Panther ProgettoUno has finally transitioned from a pre-production prototype to a full-fledged production model, albeit one that’s limited to just 21 units.
Billed as the spiritual — and modern-day — successor of the iconic De Tomaso Pantera, the Panther ProgettoUno has evolved from the stuff of dreams into a beautiful coach-built supercar that pays proper homage to its predecessor. Never mind that it’s based on the Lamborghini Huracan; the Panther ProgettoUno is the Pantera successor that we never got the chance to see.
2020 Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo LP1200 by Zyrus Engineering
It’s not uncommon to see a heavily tuned Lamborghini Huracan. Every so often, though, a tuner comes out with a tuning kit so jaw-dropping that you’re left with no words to describe it.
That’s basically what Zyrus Engineering accomplished when it presented its latest creation. It’s called the LP1200, and it’s based on the Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo, the racing variant of the standard Huracan. Yes, folks. The LP1200 is a road-legal monstrosity that’s based on a track-only racer that’s based on a road-legal car.
2020 Mercedes GLE Sports Line Coupe by Wald International
The 2016-2019MY Mercedes GLE Coupe was a standout ride. Taking its roots from the GLE family that was born from the remnants of the departed ML-Class, the GLE Coupe looked the part of a proper coupe-SUV. Sadly, it didn’t perform like one, though that’s partly attributed to the presence of its AMG alter-egos: the GLE 63 Coupe and the GLE 63 S Coupe.
Still, the GLE Coupe remains a darling among Mercedes fans, crossover and SUV enthusiasts, and, in this case, aftermarket tuners. Ward International took a stab at creating an aftermarket package for the flashy Mercedes coupe-SUV, one that includes aesthetic improvements, performance upgrades, and, a flashy set of new wheels to boot. In other words, it’s a typical “Black Bison” project from the same tuner that gave birth to the name. The only caveat is that this isn’t a Black Bison kit; Wald instead calls it the Sports Line.
The 10 Weirdest and Most Bizarre Cars Ever Made
Cars come in all shapes and sizes. Some cars look like they were designed to be award-winners. Other cars look like they were created by people who don’t know what they’re doing. Then some cars lie somewhere in between. They are neither apples to our eyes nor are they sights for sore eyes. They’re unique in the weirdest and most bizarre ways imaginable. Whether they have six headlamps or six wheels, these cars are remembered for the way they look as much as anything else. These are the 10 weirdest and most bizarre cars ever made.
The 10 Coolest Cars In Forza Horizon 4
Picking the ten coolest cars in Forza Horizon 4 is more difficult than you’d expect. There are almost 600 cars to choose from, and a lot of them bring something unique to the table.
From the quirky old-timers like the 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA Stradale to modern powerhouses like the 2019 Bugatti Divo, you can run through the entire gamut of available cars in Forza Horizon 4 and have difficulty picking 50 of the coolest cars, let alone just ten. But through sheer force of will, we were able to narrow down the list to just ten rides. These, as far as we’re concerned, are the ten coolest cars in Forza Horizon 4.
The Lotus Evija is So Fast That It Puts the Ferrari SF90 and Bugatti Chiron to Shame
The Lotus Evija is a monster all-electric hypercar that Lotus is developing to turn the performance car industry on its head. With potential rivals like the Rimac C_Two, Tesla Roadster, and Pininfarina Battista all in varying stages of development, Lotus is moving along with its development of the Evija, determined to set the bar in a segment that technically doesn’t exist yet.
As the development of the Evija continues, the folks over at Top Gear got to slip behind the curtain and get precious information regarding the Evija’s ungodly performance capabilities. Expectations are already running high, but this early in the hypercar’s development, it looks like the Evija will have the performance chops to not only live up to the hype but far exceed it, too.
Watch a 2019 Volkswagen Passat Fail Miserably During Chinese Crash Testing
If you’re from China and you’re in the market for a new four-door sedan, you might want to steer clear of the Volkswagen Passat. The German sedan of Chinese roots was recently subjected to a safety test by China’s C-IASI (that’s the country’s equivalent of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety), and to the surprise of many, the Passat recorded one of the worst performances of any car in the crash test.
A video of the C-IASI’s crashworthiness assessment shows the Passat undergoing several crash tests that end in a similar fashion: the sedan gets beaten up pretty badly. The Chinese Passat’s poor performance in the crash tests has bought into question the quality of the model relative to Passat models that aren’t built in China, including Passat models that have received good safety ratings in American crash tests. Is this a case of one Passat being much safer than the other?
Dumbest Move of the Week: The Bronco Name Will Be a Sub-Brand
The highly anticipated arrival of the Ford Bronco is officially scheduled for July 13, and while we already know that Ford is revealing three models of the Bronco — the two-door, four-door, and the Bronco Sport compact crossover - we didn’t expect the Bronco to be more than just a model within Ford’s SUV lineup.
That’s not the case because “Bronco” will be more than that; it will be its own comprehensive sub-brand under the Ford umbrella, complete with its own unique “Built Wild” tag line. While this comes as surprising news for a lot of people, it’s not that surprising if you think about the heritage of the “Bronco” name as far as Ford is concerned. The Blue Oval’s trying to milk that heritage for what it’s worth, which brings us to where we are now.
Take a Look Back at Per Eklund’s 850-Horsepower Saab 9-3 As it Makes Its Record-Setting Pikes Peak Run
Per Eklund is a Swedish rally driver that built an impressive and highly successful career from 1973 to 1997. He never made it to the top of his sport, but Eklund is still regarded as one of the finest rally racers of his era. One of his most impressive feats, however, took place after his active years in rally racing. It was in 2000 when Eklund drove his Saab 9-3 Viggen 4x4 at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Competing in the Pikes Peak Open Wheel category, Eklund set a record time of 11:21.58 that remained untouched for 12 years until Frenchman Romain Dumas eclipsed the Swede’s time by almost two minutes with a time of 9:46.181. The record has been broken numerous times since 2012, and the current record holder is Clint Vahsholtz, who shot up the leaderboard in 2017 when he drove his Ford Open to a time of 9:35.747. As impressive as these record times are, it’s hard not to be impressed with Eklund’s performance in 2000 when he was at the ripe old age of 54 years old. For his record to last as long as it did speaks to his abilities behind the wheel of a rally racer.
The Toyota RAV4 Prime Is Somehow Quicker Than the 2021 Toyota Supra 2.0
In the 20-plus years that it’s been around, the Toyota RAV4 has evolved from a humble crossover that was looking to break into a small but fledgling segment to one of the most popular models in what is the most popular segment in the industry today.
When was the last time you heard a RAV4 beat a full-blown sports car like the Supra in a sprint-to-60-mph time? What’s that? Never? Well, consider this the first of what looks to be repeat performances from the suddenly performance-oriented Toyota RAV4.
BMW Takes Subscription Models Too Far, Wants You To Pay to Use Things Like Heated Seats and Safety Features
BMW is taking a page out of service-based pricing by turning a lot of traditional car options into software services that can be enabled (and disabled) at any point in them.
The German automaker made the announcement in a VR presentation that was streamed live from company headquarters in Germany. BMW tackled a series of digital updates to a lot of its models, but the most significant part of the presentation involved plans to turn a lot of its options into software services that that can be enabled through the new MY BMW app.
2020 Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock Arrives As The World’s Quickest and Most Powerful Muscle Car
Just when you thought the Dodge Challenger couldn’t get any more mental, the SRT Super Stock arrives with its chest puffed out and already claiming the title of the world’s fastest and most powerful muscle car. Wider than the SRT Hellcat Redeye and sporting fat and sticky radial tires, the Challenger SRT Super Stock upends the Redeye as the most powerful muscle car in the world. It comes with the same powerhouse engine, but output is tuned to 807 horsepower. The Super Stock joins the demented Challenger SRT Demon as the only two muscle cars with more than 800 ponies on tap.Dodge hasn’t mentioned a price tag for the Super Stock, but expect it to cost a little more than the Hellcat Redeye’s $80,190 sticker price, and order books should open summer of 2020.
Shmee Wants to Give You the Low-Down on the Lamborghini Aventador-based Mansory Cabrera
YouTube personality Shmee recently took a trip to the Mansory headquarters in Germany to take a look at the tuner’s three new projects that it created to celebrate its 30th anniversary as a company. One of those three models is the Mansory Cabrera, a ridiculous aftermarket creation based on the already ridiculous Lamborghini Aventador SVJ.
In typical Mansory fashion, the Cabrera goes extreme in ways Lamborghini never did when it created the Aventador SVJ. Shmee was on hand to give us a close look at the Cabrera and all its infinite glory.
2020 Ford GT "Le MANSORY"
Mansory has belatedly pulled the covers off of its latest masterpiece, the Ford GT “Le Mansory.” Initially scheduled to be revealed at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show, the Le Mansory is the product of everything the German tuner stands for.
Modifications abound inside and outside of the Ford GT. It’s hard to expect anything less from Mansory, but this is no ordinary project for the tuner. The GT Le Mansory is limited to just three units, making it one of the rarest projects Mansory has ever created. Are you not intrigued?
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Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Mickey Thompson - the First American to Hit 400 MPH
Mickey Thompson was a lot of things to a lot of people. He was a racer, a businessman, and a promoter, all rolled into one. He was also the man behind several off-road sanctioning bodies, including SCORE International, which sanctions the famous Baja 1000 race. Thompson, though, is mostly known for one thing: he was the first American to ever to hit 400 mph.
Such an achievement has been lost to history, particularly the younger generation. But those who know about Thompson’s legacy will attest that, on top of his achievements, he remains one of the greatest American race car drivers in history whose impact on the sport remains to this day. Motor Trend saw fit to produce a short documentary of Thompson’s life and career, and if you didn’t know who Mickey Thompson was before this, go watch the documentary. You’ll know everything you need to know about one of the best racers to ever put on a racing helmet.