Ciprian Florea

Ciprian’s passion for everything with four wheels (and more) started back when he was just a little boy and the Lamborghini Countach was still the coolest car poster you could hang on your wall. Ciprian’s career as a journalist began long before earning a Bachelor’s degree, but it was only after graduating that his love for cars became a profession. His automotive adventure started reporting on various motorsport events as a sports writer before moving onto a full-time auto career with various sites, including This Week In Motors and Autoevolution. He’s a proud member of the TopSpeed team since early 2014.

Although he’s into just about any type of vehicle, Ciprian is not your typical car enthusiast. Ask him to choose between a BMW M4 and an Audi RS5, and he’ll gladly trade both for a beat up ’Cuda. Nothing annoys him more than car electronics and he just hates it when performance cars lack a third pedal. Additionally, he can give you several reasons why there’s still no replacement for displacement. Don’t let his grumpiness fool you though, he’s more than excited to provide the latest news and reviews on the most interesting cars in the industry. Nuts about any form of classic motorsport and muscle cars, Ciprian’s currently working on a time machine that would take him back to the 1960s for a long vacation alongside Dan Gurney and Jim Hall.

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2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe

2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe

Munich’s long awaited competitor for the Mercedes-Benz CLS
2020 BMW M8 Gran Coupe

2020 BMW M8 Gran Coupe

The company’s most powerful four-door yet!
2020 Aston Martin DBS GT Zagato

2020 Aston Martin DBS GT Zagato

A cool tribute to the iconic DB4 GT Zagato that even comes with a replica of the vintage model
2020 Audi RS7

2020 Audi RS7

The Audi RS7 returns with a more powerful engine and a mild-hybrid setup
2020 Aston Martin Vantage Volante

2020 Aston Martin Vantage Volante

The new Vantage will lose its top in 2020
Mercedes Sets Its Sights on the Audi A4 Allroad and the Volvo V60 Cross Country With the 2021 C-Class

Mercedes Sets Its Sights on the Audi A4 Allroad and the Volvo V60 Cross Country With the 2021 C-Class

New C-Class All-Terrain model will bring the wagon back to the U.S.
2020 Volkswagen ID.3

2020 Volkswagen ID.3

An all-electric hatchback the size of the Golf. Is it good enough for the Tesla Model 3?
2020 Ram 1500 Limited Black Edition

2020 Ram 1500 Limited Black Edition

As mean as the Rebel, but with the luxury features of the top-trim model
2020 Ram Heavy Duty Night Edition

2020 Ram Heavy Duty Night Edition

A monochrome look for a serious truck
You Finally Have a Chance to Own a 1929 Bentley Blower... Kind of

You Finally Have a Chance to Own a 1929 Bentley Blower... Kind of

Bentley is building 12 of them and they will look just like the original
2019 Mercedes-Benz Vision Simplex Concept

2019 Mercedes-Benz Vision Simplex Concept

Mercedes’ first modern car returns as a sleek concept after 118 years
2021 Ford Bronco II aka "Baby Bronco"

2021 Ford Bronco II aka "Baby Bronco"

FoMoCo’s take on the Jeep Renegade
2020 Nissan Titan Debuts with more powerful V-8; Diesel engine discontinued

2020 Nissan Titan Debuts with more powerful V-8; Diesel engine discontinued

It also boasts a revised exterior and new technology
2020 Land Rover Defender

2020 Land Rover Defender

The iconic SUV returns to the United States after 22 years!
2020 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series

2020 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series

A more powerful AMG GT R? Yes please!
The Next-Gen Aventador Won't Be Based on the New Lamborghini Sian FKP 37

The Next-Gen Aventador Won’t Be Based on the New Lamborghini Sian FKP 37

At least not design-wise
2020 Porsche 911 Turbo

2020 Porsche 911 Turbo

The 911 Turbo is getting faster and more powerful
2020 Porsche Taycan

2020 Porsche Taycan

The Mission E concept goes into production as Porsche’s answer to the Tesla Model S
2020 Opel Grandland X Hybrid4

2020 Opel Grandland X Hybrid4

Opel’s first-ever hybrid cranks out almost 300 horsepower!
2020 Lamborghini Sian FKP 37

2020 Lamborghini Sian FKP 37

A raging electrified bull, the first in Lamborghini’s history
2020 Ferrari F8 Spider

2020 Ferrari F8 Spider

Ferrari’s replacement for the 488 Spider is just as powerful as the track-ready 488 Pista
2020 Ferrari 812 GTS

2020 Ferrari 812 GTS

The front-engined, V-12 convertible GT returns after 50 years
The Taycan Isn't Porsche's first Electric Car

The Taycan Isn’t Porsche’s first Electric Car

A brief history of Porsche’s work with electric motors
2020 Hyundai i10 N

2020 Hyundai i10 N

The Korean brand tackles the subcompact performance market with a new N model
Are these Ferrari 812 and F8 Tributo Spiders We See?

Are these Ferrari 812 and F8 Tributo Spiders We See?

New drop-top Ferraris likely to break cover by the end of 2019
The Porsche Taycan Is Cool and All, But It's Not as Quick as the Tesla Model S

The Porsche Taycan Is Cool and All, But It’s Not as Quick as the Tesla Model S

But is this a real problem?
Elon Musk and Jalopnik Trade Blows on Twitter Over the Taycan's Name and We Agree With Elon on This One

Elon Musk and Jalopnik Trade Blows on Twitter Over the Taycan’s Name and We Agree With Elon on This One

Are you bored? Twitter might provide some fun
2020 Opel Corsa-e Electric Rally Car

2020 Opel Corsa-e Electric Rally Car

The world’s first mass-produced electric rally car
Most Beautiful Cars of 2019

Most Beautiful Cars of 2019

Is beauty really in the eye of the beholder?
The 2020 Lamborghini Sian is Lambo's first hybrid and its most powerful car!

The 2020 Lamborghini Sian is Lambo’s first hybrid and its most powerful car!

Lamborghini is entering a new era with this Countach-inspired hybrid
The Bugatti Chiron Has Officially Broken 300 MPH, But It's Not a Production Model

The Bugatti Chiron Has Officially Broken 300 MPH, But It’s Not a Production Model

You won’t be able to buy it either
2019 Dodge Challenger 10 Year Commemoration by Mopar

2019 Dodge Challenger 10 Year Commemoration by Mopar

This special-edition muscle car comes with special decals and badges, standard engine
Ford Isn't Bringing Back the Mustang SVO Nameplate and There's Actually a Good Reason

Ford Isn’t Bringing Back the Mustang SVO Nameplate and There’s Actually a Good Reason

But you can still buy a beefed-up Mustang EcoBoost that’s an SVO without the badge
2019 McLaren 750LT

2019 McLaren 750LT

The successor to the 675LT is set to arrive in 2018
Someone May Have Spotted the C8 Corvette Hybrid but We're Not So Sure

Someone May Have Spotted the C8 Corvette Hybrid but We’re Not So Sure

It’s all about cables sticking out through the hood
2021 Chevrolet C8 Corvette Z06

2021 Chevrolet C8 Corvette Z06

The first turbocharged Corvette in history will arrive in 2020
The 2020 Porsche Macan Turbo is Mean as Hell With a Cayenne Heart

The 2020 Porsche Macan Turbo is Mean as Hell With a Cayenne Heart

Smaller engine, bigger power. It’s also the quickest Macan yet!
The Mercedes-AMG GLB35 - Little With a Big Heart

The Mercedes-AMG GLB35 - Little With a Big Heart

Higher performance, similar utility
Leaked Specs Reveal 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette is quicker than C7 Z06

Leaked Specs Reveal 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette is quicker than C7 Z06

But it’s also heavier than its predecessor
Thanks to James Bond, We Now Know Exactly What the 2020 Land Rover Defender Looks Like

Thanks to James Bond, We Now Know Exactly What the 2020 Land Rover Defender Looks Like

It looks just as boxy as its iconic predecessor
Screw the C8 Corvette Stingray - You Want the C8 Corvette Z06

Screw the C8 Corvette Stingray - You Want the C8 Corvette Z06

It will be the first turbocharged Corvette!
A Subaru BRAT Just Ran a Quarter-Mile in Less Than 8 Second And We're Not Sure if This is Real Life

A Subaru BRAT Just Ran a Quarter-Mile in Less Than 8 Second And We’re Not Sure if This is Real Life

Quicker than a V-8-powered dragster!
Rain Prisk Just Did the Unimaginable to the McLaren GT and We Like It!

Rain Prisk Just Did the Unimaginable to the McLaren GT and We Like It!

Will McLaren ever build a front-engined sports car?
2020 Bugatti Centodieci

2020 Bugatti Centodieci

The Centodieci is the most powerful Bugatti ever built
2020 Nissan Juke

2020 Nissan Juke

The second-generation model arrives for the 2020 model year
The BMW-Sourced Engine in the 2020 Toyota Supra Might Have More in Common with the 2JZ Than You Think

The BMW-Sourced Engine in the 2020 Toyota Supra Might Have More in Common with the 2JZ Than You Think

It could handle 1,000 horsepower, says experienced engine builder
2021 Chevrolet Blazer XL

2021 Chevrolet Blazer XL

A seven-seat version of the Blazer for China and South America
The 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette May start from $59,995, but it gets expensive with the cool options

The 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette May start from $59,995, but it gets expensive with the cool options

Get ready to spend at least $70,000 for a decent configuration
Kia's SUV Madness Has No Boundaries: The Koreans Could Build Yet Another Crossover

Kia’s SUV Madness Has No Boundaries: The Koreans Could Build Yet Another Crossover

The company’s tenth SUV could be based on the Rio
2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette Stingray

2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette Stingray

The first mid-engined Corvette is also the quickest and most powerful to date
NASCAR Legend Dale Earnhardt Jr. Survives Plane Crash in Tennessee

NASCAR Legend Dale Earnhardt Jr. Survives Plane Crash in Tennessee

The plane ran off the runway upon landing and caught fire
The Lincoln Aviator Hybrid Is More Powerful than the Chevrolet C8 Corvette

The Lincoln Aviator Hybrid Is More Powerful than the Chevrolet C8 Corvette

It also packs more torque than most supercars on the market

Mercedes-Benz

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 vs 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Redeye

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 vs 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Redeye

The high-performance muscle car war is on!
1939 Porsche Type 64

1939 Porsche Type 64

The oldest surviving Porsche in the whole world

Lincoln

Land Rover

Bugatti Has Designed an SUV - Will the Bean Counters Allow it to Happen and How Much Will it Cost?

Bugatti Has Designed an SUV - Will the Bean Counters Allow it to Happen and How Much Will it Cost?

It could be the most expensive SUV ever built!

Maybach

The Volkswagen Golf R Has Been Cancelled but For How Long?

The Volkswagen Golf R Has Been Cancelled but For How Long?

The Golf R will be back with a vengeance in 2020
2020 Genesis GV80

2020 Genesis GV80

Hyundai’s first luxury SUV will arrive in 2019
1955 Ferrari 375 MM Coupé Speciale by Ghia

1955 Ferrari 375 MM Coupé Speciale by Ghia

A one-off coupé based on the Ferrari 375 MM race car
1955 Lincoln Indianapolis Concept by Carrozzeria Boano Torino

1955 Lincoln Indianapolis Concept by Carrozzeria Boano Torino

A unique Lincoln that looks as if it was designed in Area 51
Will Elon Musk's "Project Dojo" Push Tesla to Full Self-Driving Capability by 2020?

Will Elon Musk’s "Project Dojo" Push Tesla to Full Self-Driving Capability by 2020?

Tesla might deliver the world’s first reliable autonomous car next year
The C8 Corvette version that Chevy needs to built ASAP

The C8 Corvette version that Chevy needs to built ASAP

A C8.R for customer use and a racing program
2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette ZR1

2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette ZR1

The first mid-engined ZR1 should be here in 2020
No Manual Chevy C8 Corvette Means Spending $100,000 on the American-Built 2020 Saleen S1 Might Not Be a Bad Proposition

No Manual Chevy C8 Corvette Means Spending $100,000 on the American-Built 2020 Saleen S1 Might Not Be a Bad Proposition

Are you ready to sacrifice some power and the badge for a manual gearbox?
Watch the 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Stingray Use Its Nose-Lift System to Go "Off-Road"

Watch the 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Stingray Use Its Nose-Lift System to Go "Off-Road"

A proper demonstration of Chevy’s smart nose-lift system
2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Top Speed - How Fast Can it Really Go?

2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Top Speed - How Fast Can it Really Go?

Will it be faster than the C7 Corvette? How about the competition?
Can the 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette's LT2 V-8 Be Supercharged?

Can the 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette’s LT2 V-8 Be Supercharged?

Is there enough room and will there be an aftermarket solution anytime soon?
The Weirdest and Most Useless Options for the 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette

The Weirdest and Most Useless Options for the 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette

Colors, graphics, and body accents
The List of Predecessors to the Lotus Evija That You Didn't Know Existed

The List of Predecessors to the Lotus Evija That You Didn’t Know Existed

Yeah, Lotus really has a long history of electrification... kind of
The Definitive List of Options You Must Choose When Configuring Your 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Stingray

The Definitive List of Options You Must Choose When Configuring Your 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Stingray

Add more coolness to an already cool sports car
The 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette is the first 'Vette without a manual gearbox and you shouldn't be upset

The 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette is the first ’Vette without a manual gearbox and you shouldn’t be upset

The C8 Corvette is notably quicker than the C7 and it’s due to the DCT gearbox as well
Chevy Has Yet to Confirm a 2020 C8.R Race Car - Here's Why You Should Still Expect One!

Chevy Has Yet to Confirm a 2020 C8.R Race Car - Here’s Why You Should Still Expect One!

The C7.R needs a replacement, and it’s coming in 2020
With the 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Starting at Less Than $60,000, is the 2020 Toyota Supra Even Relevant Anymore?

With the 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Starting at Less Than $60,000, is the 2020 Toyota Supra Even Relevant Anymore?

It might be an unfair comparison, but Toyota might suffer a big blow
Here's Why the Evija Supercar Will Save Lotus

Here’s Why the Evija Supercar Will Save Lotus

It could bring in the money Lotus so desperately needs right now
The Chevy C8 Corvette is going to Australia, but will it have a Holden badge?

The Chevy C8 Corvette is going to Australia, but will it have a Holden badge?

It’s the first Corvette with factory right-hand-drive
Did you know that the Chevy C8 Corvette started life as a Holden Ute?

Did you know that the Chevy C8 Corvette started life as a Holden Ute?

Remember the beefed-up Commodore Ute from a few years ago? It was a C8 mule
The 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Found A Way Around the U.S. Ban On Sequential Turn Signals

The 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Found A Way Around the U.S. Ban On Sequential Turn Signals

Smarter than the average bear
The 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Mixes Two Technologies No Other Car in the Segment Has

The 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Mixes Two Technologies No Other Car in the Segment Has

Chevrolet may be onto something here
The 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette May Be Cool and All, But Tt's Not As Practical As The C7

The 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette May Be Cool and All, But Tt’s Not As Practical As The C7

Is it road trip worthy though?
We've Seen Nose-Lift Tech on Super Cars Before, but the 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Takes it to a Whole New Level

We’ve Seen Nose-Lift Tech on Super Cars Before, but the 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Takes it to a Whole New Level

The C8 Corvette is as practical as they get
2019 Morgan Plus Six

2019 Morgan Plus Six

Replaces the Plus 8 with a new platform and a new six-cylinder from BMW
Mercedes-AMG GLC43 unveiled with aggressive looks and beefed-up engine

Mercedes-AMG GLC43 unveiled with aggressive looks and beefed-up engine

The coupe model breaks cover with identical features and performance
The Aston Martin DBX Will Fight the Porsche Cayenne With an Unexpected Segment-Unique Feature

The Aston Martin DBX Will Fight the Porsche Cayenne With an Unexpected Segment-Unique Feature

Get ready for insane drifting!
The X-Class Sucks so Bad that Mercedes Already Wants to Get Rid of It

The X-Class Sucks so Bad that Mercedes Already Wants to Get Rid of It

The X-Class is among the worst selling trucks in Europe
Aston Martin Inches Closer to Completing the DBS GT Zagato

Aston Martin Inches Closer to Completing the DBS GT Zagato

Available for £6 million, but you get two cars
Chevrolet retains iconic Stingray name for 2020 C8 Corvette

Chevrolet retains iconic Stingray name for 2020 C8 Corvette

The badge returned in 2014 and will carry over for a few more years
Toyota Could Get Access to BMW's New, 503-Horsepower, S58 Inline-Six for the Supra GR, But Will It Happen?

Toyota Could Get Access to BMW’s New, 503-Horsepower, S58 Inline-Six for the Supra GR, But Will It Happen?

Could this be the Supra we’re all dreaming about?
Few People Will Be Lucky Enough To Witness The 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Debut in Person, But You Can Catch it in the Metal a Week After

Few People Will Be Lucky Enough To Witness The 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Debut in Person, But You Can Catch it in the Metal a Week After

You’ll need to travel to Atlantic City or Plymouth, though
Cadillac's Twin-Turbo Blackwing V-8 Could Fit in the 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette, But Chevy Doesn't Want It Yet

Cadillac’s Twin-Turbo Blackwing V-8 Could Fit in the 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette, But Chevy Doesn’t Want It Yet

A higher output version could be used in the future
The Rolls-Royce Cullinan Impressed the Hell Out of Us at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed

The Rolls-Royce Cullinan Impressed the Hell Out of Us at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed

The world’s most expensive SUV is surprisingly agile
2020 Ford Mustang Shleby GT500 vs 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

2020 Ford Mustang Shleby GT500 vs 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

It’s like comparing apples to oranges, but with plenty of horsepower in the mix
Is This Second Leaked Image of the 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Legit or Is Someone Playing With Our Emotions?

Is This Second Leaked Image of the 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Legit or Is Someone Playing With Our Emotions?

The Corvette C8’s front fascia looks rather generic
2020 BMW 1 Series vs 2020 Audi A3

2020 BMW 1 Series vs 2020 Audi A3

A good case of new vs old
The 2019 Porsche 911 RSR Says "Screw Your Turbo" - There's No Replacement for Displacement

The 2019 Porsche 911 RSR Says "Screw Your Turbo" - There’s No Replacement for Displacement

The iconic flat-six grows bigger once again
2020 Volkswagen Golf Mk8 GTI

2020 Volkswagen Golf Mk8 GTI

The next-generation GTI arrives in 2019
2019 Audi Q8

2019 Audi Q8

Audi’s answer to the BMW X6 and Porsche Cayenne Coupe
The 2020 Audi S8 Has Been Revealed with Mild Hybrid V-8, But Does that Mean More Power?

The 2020 Audi S8 Has Been Revealed with Mild Hybrid V-8, But Does that Mean More Power?

Still more powerful than the previous S8 though