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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2019 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty By Mopar

2019 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty By Mopar

Make your truck unique with more than 170 accessories

The 2019 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty by Mopar is a concept truck that showcases Mopar’s new line of accessories for FCA’s latest heavy-duty workhorse. Unveiled at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show, it previews already available and upcoming accessories from this iconic customization brand.

The Ram 2500 Heavy Duty is a brand-new truck for the 2020 model year. Unveiled at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, it arrived just a month ahead of the redesigned Chevrolet Silverado HD and the facelifted Ford F-Series Super Duty. For the time being, the Ram Heavy Duty is the only truck of its kind offered with factory-installed accessories, a valuable advantage until Chevy and Ford roll out their out features.

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Is This the 2020 Mazda CX-4 That was Teased for the 2019 Geneva Motor Show?

Is This the 2020 Mazda CX-4 That was Teased for the 2019 Geneva Motor Show?

Or just a special-edition Mazda3?

Last week Mazda released a teaser picture showing the shadowy rear end of a new crossover that will break cover at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show in March. The silhouette looks a lot like the new-generation Mazda3, but it’s not yet clear what model we’re dealing with. Now, a pre-production vehicle spotted in China confirms that Mazda is indeed preparing to launch a small crossover based on the Mazda3. But what is it?

Well, we have three scenarios to consider.

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2020 BMW X4 M

2020 BMW X4 M

The first-ever X4 M is here to take on the Mercedes-AMG GLC63 Coupe

The 2020 BMW X4 M is the high-performance version of BMW’s compact coupe SUV. Unveiled alongside its 2020 X3 M sibling, the X4 M arrived five years after the nameplate was introduced in 2014. A bit late to the party, but BMW finally offers a competitor for the Mercedes-AMG GLC63 Coupe. Based on the second-generation X4 that was unveiled for the 2018 model year, the X4 M shares underpinnings and technology with the X3 M. It features BMW’s brand-new S58 engine, a twin-turbo, 3.0-liter inline-six that will also power the next-generation M3 and M4 models. The X4 M is, together with the X3 M, the first M vehicle that’s available with two power ratings at the same time. The X4 M is the base model with 473 horsepower, while the X4 M Competition acts as the range-topping version with 503 horsepower.

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The 2020 Bentley Bentayga Speed Comes To Conquer The Title Of World's Fastest SUV

The 2020 Bentley Bentayga Speed Comes To Conquer The Title Of World’s Fastest SUV

It’s not as powerful as the Lamborghini Urus though

It’s been more than three years since Bentley introduced the Bentayga, its first-ever SUV, and the highly anticipated Speed model is here to boost the nameplate’s performance pedigree even further. The first Bentley SUV to carry the badge taken from the Continental, the Bentayga Speed is the quickest, fastest, and more capable British hauler yet.

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BMW's New S58 Engine from the 2020 BMW X3 M and X4 M Will Eventually Power the Next-Gen M2, M3, and M4

BMW’s New S58 Engine from the 2020 BMW X3 M and X4 M Will Eventually Power the Next-Gen M2, M3, and M4

The X3 M’s six-cylinder will find its way into BMW’s high-performance sedans and coupes

The first-ever M versions of the X3 and X4 broke cover somewhat unexpectedly in February 2019, joining the larger X5 M and X6 Mto complete BMW’s four-vehicle lineup of beefed-up SUVs. And, while the X3 M, the first of its kind in 16 years, is big news, there’s even bigger news under its hood, where BMW dropped a brand-new high-performance engine. It’s called the S58 and replaces the already iconic S55.

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2020 BMW X3 M

2020 BMW X3 M

The popular X3 is finally available with M-rated performance and features

The 2020 BMW X3 M is the high-performance version of the company’s popular compact SUV. The M-badged crossover arrived a full 16 years after the X3 made its debut and enables BMW to compete with beefed-up versions of the Mercedes-Benz GLC and Audi Q5. Alongside the X3 M, BMW also introduced a higher-spec Competition model. The highly anticipated X3 M arrived to put an end to more than a decade of speculation. Rumored ever since the crossover arrived in showrooms back in 2003, the X3 M is finally here to take on the Mercedes-AMG GLC63. The Competition model boasts a bit more power and extra standard features, which places it in the same league with the AMG GLC63 S.

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2019 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition

2019 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition

Adds cool features to an old SUV

The Rock Creek Edition is a special-edition version of the Nissan Pathfinder that includes new accessories and a few extra features at no additional cost. Introduced at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show, it freshens up the somewhat dated fourth-generation Pathfinder, which was launched in 2012 and went through a mid-cycle upgrade for the 2017 model year. Offered on SV and SL grades (no soup for you if you want the base model or the range-topping Platinum trim), it costs only $995. Nissan says it will save you $1,315 compared to a similar vehicle with all those features ordered separately, but is it worth it? Let’s find out in the review below.

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2019 Cadillac XT5 Sport Edition

2019 Cadillac XT5 Sport Edition

Darker exterior trim, standard V-6 engine

Introduced for the 2017 model year, the XT5 is Cadillac’s first ever compact crossover. Originally sold alongside the massive Escalade, the XT5 now slots between the XT4 and theXT6. At the 2019 Chicago Auto Show, after three years on the market, Cadillac launched the Sport Package, a limited-edition bundle that adds a bit of variety to the crossover’s three-trim lineup.

The XT5 Sport joins similar versions offered for the smaller XT4 and the larger XT6 SUVs. It gives the XT5 a darker, slightly more aggressive appearance, but it doesn’t change anything under the hood. The Sport package is available with the Luxury and Premium Luxury trims, meaning it comes with a wide range of standard luxury features and technology, sitting just below the range-topping Platinum model. Let’s see what it offers.

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2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

Mild redesign on the outside, new tech on the inside

Launched in 2011, the Range Rover Evoque pioneered the luxury compact SUV market, prompting other premium brands to either join the niche or improve upon existing models. Come 2018, and Land Rover has introduced the second-generation crossover, placing it again high above the competition.

Redesigned on a brand-new platform, the second-gen Evoque ditched its old Ford-sourced engines and adopted JLR’s new four-cylinder diesels. More importantly, almost all drivetrains are now 48-volt mild hybrids, with a plug-in hybrid set to join the lineup in 2019. Land Rover took a rather evolutionary approach to the Evoque’s design inside the out, so it remains familiar. The redesign is more of the facelift variety styling-wise, but everything is new under the shell.

Update 02/12/2019: We’ve updated this review with a bunch of new pictures taken that the 2019 Chicago Auto show. Scroll on down to the gallery below to check them all out!

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2019 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Italia

2019 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Italia

Far from special, but limited to 15 units in the U.S.

Introduced in 2013 as the company’s first true-blue sports car in decades, the Alfa Romeo 4C soldiered on into 2019 with almost no upgrades. At the 2019 Chicago Auto Show, the Italian company launched the 4C Spider Italia, a limited-edition roadster with a handful of extra features. Although it doesn’t stray far from the regular model, it confirms that the 4C Spider will remain in production for the 2020 model year.

With the Coupe discontinued at the end of 2018, the Spider remains in dealerships for at least one more year, but the Italia is far from special. Finished in an exclusive paint and fitted with custom graphics and badges, it’s just a poor attempt to keep this bare-bones sports car appealing among newer products. Is it worth getting one? Let’s find out below.

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2020 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

2020 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

The Golf GTI sedan you’ve been asking for!

The 2020 Volkswagen Jetta GLI is the latest performance-oriented version of the compact sedan. It’s based on the seventh-generation Jetta what was unveiled for the 2019 model year, and just like its predecessor, it rides on underpinnings borrowed from the Volkswagen Golf GTI. More aggressive than ever design-wise, the 2020 Jetta GLI is also the most powerful GLI ever built. Powered by a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, it comes with 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. For the first time ever, the Jetta GLI comes close to the Subaru WRX, although it still doesn’t have an all-wheel-drive system. Find out more about the new Jetta GLI in the review below.

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2020 Porsche 911

2020 Porsche 911

New-generation 911 arrives with vintage-inspired looks and high-tech features

Just like its predecessor, the 2020 Porsche 911 992 is a mix of old an new. While it rides on new underpinnings and features state-of-the-art technology, its design harks back to previous generations, including the original 911. The new sports car brings a few innovations to the market, but its most notable feature remains the fact that it’s the first 911 to not have a naturally aspirated engine.

Updated 01/11/2019: We’ve updated this review with a series of fresh images taken at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show. Check them out in all their glory in the gallery at the bottom of this page!

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2019 Porsche Cayenne Coupe

2019 Porsche Cayenne Coupe

The third-generation Cayenne will spawn a competitor for the BMW X6

The Porsche Cayenne Coupe is the company’s much-rumored competitor for the BMW X6, Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe, and the recently unveiled Audi Q8. Rumored to break cover for the 2020 model year, the Cayenne Coupe seems to be a sleeker Cayenne with a coupe-style roof and minor changes to the design. The crossover was spotted on public roads in many forms in recent years.

Rumors of Porsche working on a competitor for the BMW X6 surfaced a few years ago, right before the Germans launched the mid-cycle upgrade for the second-generation Cayenne. Although original reports claimed a 2015 launch, Porsche’s competitor for the BMW X6 failed to show up. In the meantime, Mercedes-Benz came up with its very own proposition, the GLE Coupe. Not much is known about the Cayenne Coupe at this point, but it’s expected to use the same underpinnings as the standard Cayenne, as well as the same drivetrains. The name is not yet official so you should take the "Cayenne Coupe" nameplate with a grain of salt, but this badge is very likely given that the sleek crossover will be part of the same family. We’re still waiting for Porsche to confirm the new SUV, but until that happens, we created a rendering of the upcoming vehicle, as well as a speculative review about what it may bring to the table.

Updated 02/11/2019: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Cayenne Coupe out for a testing session during cold winter conditions.

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2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD

2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD

Hauls up to 35,500 pounds thanks to new 10-speed gearbox and revised internals

The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD made its debut at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show as part of the third-generation lineage of Silverado-badged trucks. It follows in the footsteps of the Silverado 1500 revealed in 2018 in terms of technology and interior design, but features a unique exterior and enhanced capability. Both 2500 and 3500 versions are offered on the platform described as "the strongest, most capable ever."

Although it unveiled the HD’s design in late 2018, Chevrolet kept most of the important details in the vault. Now that it made its public debut, we know that it will be sold with a two-engine lineup and a new transmission. It’s also available in five trim levels, one of which is new, and 22 cab, bed, chassis, and driveline configurations. As of this writing, the Silverado HD offers best-in-class towing capability, but the upcoming Ford Super Duty, also set to break cover in Chicago, might take over with a better rating. We’ll be back with an update as soon as we know.

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The 2020 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Italia is Good News, Bad News at the Same Time

The 2020 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Italia is Good News, Bad News at the Same Time

it could be the last time we hear of this Italian roadster

If you’re a fan of performance cars, the 2019 Chicago Auto Show must be really boring to you. Packed with trucks and special-edition SUVs, you have to dig deep to find some cool sports car in there, and most of them are actually classics. There is an exception worth checking out though: the 2020 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Italia.

A limited-series, special edition version of the familiar roadster, the 4C Spider Italia comes with good and bad news for both Alfa Romeo and sports car enthusiasts.

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How Ford Crashed Chevy's Heavy Duty Truck Party in Chicago

How Ford Crashed Chevy’s Heavy Duty Truck Party in Chicago

The truck wars are hotter than ever!

Following a preview in December 2018, Chevrolet introduced the all-new Silverado HD truck at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show,bragging about its new gasoline engine, 10-speed transmission for the diesel mill, and segment-leading towing capability. But Ford joined in with a revised version of the F-Series Super Duty and crashed GM’s party.

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5 Reasons the 2020 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Needs a GTI Badge ASAP

5 Reasons the 2020 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Needs a GTI Badge ASAP

No more delays, Volkswagen!

The Jetta GLI returned to the market at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show, and needless to say, it’s cooler than it has ever been. Although the previous model was nothing to sneeze at, the seventh-gen GLI is a proper four-door GTI. The only thing that bugs is that Volkswagen didn’t drop the "GLI" badge for a proper Jetta GTI name. And here’s why I think it should have.

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Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Sold Out in Just Four Hours

Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Sold Out in Just Four Hours

Shown in Chicago, gone for good

The iconic Mazda MX-5 Miata turns 30 in 2019 and the Japanese automaker celebrates the achievement with a 30th Anniversary model at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show. The roadster fitted with a few extra features went on sale during the show and all 500 units were sold out after only four hours!

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The 1990 Acura NSX Showed up to the Chicago Auto Show to Celebrate its 30th Anniversary Next to the 2019 Acura NSX

The 1990 Acura NSX Showed up to the Chicago Auto Show to Celebrate its 30th Anniversary Next to the 2019 Acura NSX

The original NSX looked damned cool at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show

The second-generation Acura NSX may be a modern marvel of technology, but it hasn’t made any headlines in recent months. Thankfully, the original NSX showed up at the Chicago Auto Show to celebrate 30 years since its official introduction.

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2020 Ram Chassis Cab Brings a New Generation of Work Trucks to Chicago

2020 Ram Chassis Cab Brings a New Generation of Work Trucks to Chicago

Open chassis and class-leading towing

Ram’s latest generation of Heavy Duty truck is already a familiar site and needless to say, it has what it takes to compete with the newer Ford F-Series Super Duty and Chevrolet Silverado HD. At the Chicago Auto Show, the lineup grew bigger with the addition of the Chassis Cab model, which enables you to rebody the truck for many purposes.

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2020 Subaru Legacy Brings New Engine and Tech to Chicago

2020 Subaru Legacy Brings New Engine and Tech to Chicago

New-generation sedan is more advanced than ever

Subaru launched the new, seventh-generation Legacy at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show, replacing the previous midsize sedan after six years on the market. The new Legacy was redesigned from the ground up, featuring new styling cues inside and out, new tech, and a brand-new engine.

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Jeep Gladiator Goes Fancy with Katzkin Leather in Chicago

Jeep Gladiator Goes Fancy with Katzkin Leather in Chicago

You can also own an all-new Katzkin interior on Instagram

The iconic Jeep Gladiator made a comeback after several decades and it’s already a popular topic among truck enthusiasts. A true work horse in base trim, the Gladiator can also be order with premium features and loads of accessories through Mopar. Now, you can also add Katzkin leather via a package that Jeep just showcased at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show.

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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!

The Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 returned after five years with more power than ever, a menacing body kit and, for the very first time, a race-spec rear wing. With more than 700 horsepower coming from a supercharged V-8, the Shelby GT500 is notably more powerful than its traditional rival, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. So which modern muscle car is good enough to compete with the 2020 Shelby GT500? I think it’s the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye, a car that FCA created to bridge the gap between the regular Hellcat and the drag-prepped Demon. Here’s how they compare.

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2020 Chevy Silverado HD Debuts with New Engine, Massive Towing Rating

2020 Chevy Silverado HD Debuts with New Engine, Massive Towing Rating

It features a new 10-speed transmission as well

Two months since it unveiled the new-generation Chevrolet Silverado HD through a bunch of photos and limited information, GM finally released the full data on its strongest and most capable heavy-duty truck yet. Needless to say, it’s pretty impressive.

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2020 Kia Telluride

2020 Kia Telluride

Kia’s contender for the premium midsize SUV market

Unveiled at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, the 2020 Kia Telluride is the company’s largest SUV yet and the first vehicle the Korean brand developed specifically for the U.S. market. It is based on the Telluride concept shown in 2016 but the two share very few features inside and out. It shares underpinnings with the 2019 Hyundai Palisade, introduced in 2018.

Although it’s the largest Kia yet and it can seat up to eight people, the Telluride isn’t much bigger than the Sorento. However, the few extra inches it has in the wheelbase and width enable it to compete with the popular Honda Pilot and the newly introduced Volkswagen Atlas. Like most midsize SUVs, the Telluride comes with just one engine in the form of a V-6, but if the concept before it is any indication, a hybrid drivetrain will be offered soon.

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2020 Toyota Supra vs 2019 Porsche 718 Cayman

2020 Toyota Supra vs 2019 Porsche 718 Cayman

Can it take on Germany’s finest mid-engined sports car?

The 2020 Toyota Supra made its highly anticipated debut at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. While some were anxious to meet the BMW-based coupe, most die-hard enthusiasts weren’t pleased that the successor to the iconic fourth-gen Supra doesn’t have pure Japanese engineering. Now that all the commotion is over, it’s time to see how the Supra compares to its rivals. Now that the coupe is smaller, it’s well-suited to take on the Porsche 718 Cayman. Let’s find out if it stands a chance.

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2020 Mercedes CLA vs 2019 BMW 3 Series

2020 Mercedes CLA vs 2019 BMW 3 Series

Is Mercedes’ new subcompact good enough for this iconic Bimmer?

Highly popular in its first years on the U.S. market, the Mercedes-Benz CLA returns in 2019 with a brand-new design. Drawing inspiration from both the sleek CLS and the latest A-Class, the CLA remains the sporty four-door coupe that made waves when it first arrived in 2013. But it now features a fresh interior, also taken from the A-Class, segment-leading technology, and an upgraded engine. How does it compare to its rivals? Well, the CLA doesn’t have that many rivals, as no other automaker produces a four-door coupe in this niche. But, we’re comparing it to the BMW 3 Series, one of the sportier compact sedans, and one of the best-selling models in this class. Find out more below.

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2019 Infiniti QX Inspiration Concept

2019 Infiniti QX Inspiration Concept

Looks weird, packs "high-performance" drivetrain

The Infiniti QX Inspiration is a concept SUV that the premium firm unveiled at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. The QX Inspiration is part of a series of Inspiration vehicles that already includes a sedan and another SUV, and it previews an upcoming crossover that will feature an all-electric drivetrain. Unlike the QX Sport Inspiration, which was based on a production SUV, the QX Inspiration boasts a unique design that will likely trickle down into upcoming crossovers. The big news here is the all-electric drivetrain. We don’t know much about it, but Infiniti promises a high-performance motor and battery combo and an intelligent AWD system. The concept also features autonomous driving technology, a new dashboard layout made of high-resolution displays, and a lounge-like cabin.

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2019 Ford Explorer vs 2020 Ford Explorer

2019 Ford Explorer vs 2020 Ford Explorer

Is the new SUV better or worse?

First introduced in 1990, the Ford Explorer quickly became a sales success and evolved into America’s all-time best-selling SUV. In January 2019, Ford launched the sixth-generation model to replace the ageing, eight-year-old, fifth-gen SUV with a more capable, comfortable, sportier, and roomier vehicle. Is the new Explorer a massive departure from its predecessor? Does it have more and better tech? Is Ford offering more powerful engines with enhanced fuel economy? Find out all about that in the new vs. old Explorer comparison below.

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2018 - 2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE

2018 - 2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE

Could the most track-capable ZL1 to date replace the Z/28?

Unveiled for the 2017 model year, the sixth-generation Camaro ZL1 is by far the most impressive Camaro with forced-induction built to date. Powered by the the same LT4 engine introduced with the Corvette Z06, the latest ZL1 packs 650 horsepower, looks incredibly menacing, and costs a little more than $60,000, an amazing sticker given the performance. But, as incredible as it may sound, Chevrolet just managed to the make ZL1 even better by giving it the 1LE upgrade.

Previously available on the SS model, the 1LE package was made available for the V-6 version too for the sixth-generation Camaro. Now, Chevy devised a similar package for the ZL1 and claims that the supercharged 1LE is the most track-capable Camaro ever, meaning it should outgun the bonkers (and now discontinued) Z/28 too. These claims are backed by racing-based suspension and aero technologies, as well as exclusive Goodyear Eagle F1 tires, and a range of weight-saving measure. How powerful and fast is it? How much it cost? How does it compare to the Shelby GT350 and the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat? Read my review below to get all the answers.

Update 01/29/2019: Chevy has updated the Camaro ZL1 1LE for 2019. Check out the drivetrain section below for the full scoop.

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2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA

2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA

The four-door coupe features CLS-inspired styling and technology from the S-Class

The second-generation Mercedes-Benz CLA was unveiled at 2019 Consumer Electronics Show.The revised four-door coupe replaces the highly successful first-generation CLA, introduced all the way back in 2013. Just like its predecessor, the 2020 CLA competes in a very tight niche that only includes the Audi A3 Sedan. However, the 2020 CLA may have what it takes to compete against the slightly larger 2019 BMW 3 Series. Based on the same platform that underpins the latest A-Class hatchback and sedan models, the CLA boasts a notable design inside and out. It combines features seen on the A-Class and CLS on the outside, while the interior comes from the smaller of the two. Like most recently unveiled Mercs, the CLA features all the cool technology found in the bigger E-Class and S-Class models, including the semi-autonomous driving system. This places the CLA at the top of its class tech-wise. Let’s find out more about that in the review below.

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2020 Ford Explorer vs 2019 Chevy Traverse

2020 Ford Explorer vs 2019 Chevy Traverse

Power vs. luggage room, tech vs. better towing

The Ford Mustang vs. Chevrolet Camaro battle may be the most iconic rivalry among Detroit-based automakers, but it has fallen behind the SUV wars in recent years. Both Ford and Chevy are playing hard on the crossover market, and the midsize war just got a lot more interesting now that the Traverse has a brand-new Explorer to take on.

While the Explorer has been around since 1990, the Traverse was born rather recently, in 2008. But despite being only 11 years old as of 2019, the nameplate enjoys great success. It’s not as successful as the Explorer, America’s best-selling SUV, but it definitely has what it takes to give the Ford a run for its money. How do these SUVs compare? Find out in the comparison below.

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2019 BMW M8 Gran Coupe

2019 BMW M8 Gran Coupe

The company’s most powerful four-door yet?

The iconic 8 Series made a comeback in 2018 and BMW confirmed that the grand tourer will spawn an M8 version for the very first time. The German firm also announced plans to expand the 8 Series family with a Gran Coupe model that will also get an M8 version. A concept car was unveiled at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show in March and four months later we stumbled across the production version on public roads.

While the first test cars weren’t M models, a beefed-up prototype showed up on public streets in January 2019. Not surprisingly, it looks a lot like the M8 coupe. The M8 Gran Coupe will make things rather interesting in the four-door coupe niche, as BMW will have a rival for the AMG and RS versions of the Mercedes-Benz CLS and Audi A7, respectively. The concept car provides a few valuable hints as to what to expect from the production model, but most technical specifications are still a mystery. Until more data becomes available, let’s have a closer look at what we already know about the upcoming M8 Gran Coupe.

Updated 01/25/2019: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming BMW M8 Gran Coupe out testing for the first time.

Continue reading to learn more about the upcoming BMW M8 Gran Coupe.

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2020 Genesis GV80

2020 Genesis GV80

Hyundai’s first luxury SUV will arrive in 2019

The Genesis GV80 is the luxury brand’s first-ever SUV. The hauler is scheduled to break cover in 2019 and we’ve already seen it being tested on public roads. The crossover will share design cues with the G80 sedan and borrow much of its underpinnings from existing Genesis products.

Envisioned in the early 2000s while Hyundai was developing the first-generation Genesis sedan, the Genesis brand was officially established as a standalone marque in November 2015. And since then, things progressed incredibly fast. The flagship G90 was launched in late 2015, followed by the slightly smaller G80 in early 2016. In 2017, Genesis launched its third vehicle, the G70, which is smaller than the G80 and aimed at the compact premium market. 2017 also brought the GV80, a concept that previews the company’s first SUV. What’s particularly interesting here is that unlike other brands, Genesis jumps on the SUV bandwagon with a full-size vehicle. Specifically, the GV80 will go against the Mercedes-Benz GLS and the BMW X7. Obviously, the big question is whether Genesis will be able to give its competitors a run for the money. I won’t be able to provide an accurate answer until it hits showrooms, but let’s take a closer look at what we already know about this SUV.

Updated 01/25/2019: The upcoming Genesis GV 80 was caught testing for the first time. The model is supposed to be unveiled later this year, so stay tuned for updates!

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2020 Skoda Karoq RS

2020 Skoda Karoq RS

Almost 300 horsepower and sporty looks

Introduced in 2017 to replace the Yeti, the Karoq is Skoda’s first authentic foray into the compact crossover market. Already available in variety of trims, including the rugged Scout and the sportier Sportline, the Karoq is about to enter the performance market with an RS badge.

Set to break cover in 2019, the Karoq RS will most likely share underpinnings with the hot Cupra Ateca, built by Seat’s recently founded performance division. This means that unlike the Kodiaq RS, which features a diesel engine, the Karoq RS will deliver solid performance. Expect it to boast a more aggressive exterior and unique features inside the cabin. Until the actual SUV breaks cover, we created a rendering that previews its exterior design.

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Details of the 2020 Mercedes-AMG Project One Have Been Revealed and It'll Even Beat the 2018 Bugatti Chiron

Details of the 2020 Mercedes-AMG Project One Have Been Revealed and It’ll Even Beat the 2018 Bugatti Chiron

Lightning-fast acceleration!

The Mercedes-AMG Project One has been making headlines for more than a year now. The German company slowly released bits of information about the upcoming supercar in 2018, but come 2019, and we finally know a bit more about its performance. To put it simply, it’s outstanding!

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How the 2022 Dodge Challenger Will Evolve to Tackle the 2021 Ford Mustang Hybrid

How the 2022 Dodge Challenger Will Evolve to Tackle the 2021 Ford Mustang Hybrid

A Hybrid Challenger is on the way to battle the Mustang Hybrid but it’ll be a while before we see it

Introduced in 2008 on an already old platform borrowed from Mercedes-Benz, the current Dodge Challenger is more than just a little long in the tooth. However, thanks to high-performance versions like the Hellcat and the Demon, the Challenger remained relevant and even became the second best-selling sports coupe in the U.S., behind the Ford Mustang but ahead of the much newer Chevrolet Camaro. A redesign is underway, and FCA is preparing big changes for the nameplate.

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Chevy Claims to be More Reliable Than Honda, Toyota, Ford; Regrets it Almost Immediately

Chevy Claims to be More Reliable Than Honda, Toyota, Ford; Regrets it Almost Immediately

Pulls commercial from national TV networks

GM launched a new Chevrolet commercial last week, and the video claims that the brand is more reliable than Ford, Honda, and Toyota. The ad has stopped airing after only a few days due to complaints from the competition, which challenged Chevy’s claims. And, rightfully so. Chevy has since removed the advertisement from the internet and television but claims that it was to focus on the new Silverado and not as a response to the video in question.

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2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

Powered by a supercharged V-8 with more than 700 horsepower

Dating back to the late 1960s, the Shelby GT500 returned in 2019 after a five-year hiatus. The first iteration of the sixth-gen Mustang to sport a supercharged V-8 engine, this GT500 is also the most powerful street-legal Ford, even when compared to the Ford GT supercar. The GT500 also borrows some tech from the GT, as well as from the race-spec Mustang GT4. The first GT500 in five years is aimed at the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. And, although final specs aren’t yet available, it seems that it will have enough power to compete with both. Arguably the biggest news is that the supercharged V-8 delivers in excess of 700 horsepower, but enthusiasts also have to cope with the fact that Ford doesn’t offer a manual gearbox. Let’s find out more about that in the review below.

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2020 Cadillac XT6

2020 Cadillac XT6

Bridges the gap between the XT5 and the Escalade

Introduced in early 2019, the Cadillac XT6 is the company’s first three-row SUV besides the massive Escalade. It bridges the gap between the latter and the compact XT5 and it rounds off Cadillac’s four-SUV lineup for the 2020 model year. It’s built on the same platform as the Chevrolet Traverse, so it’s pretty much a rebodied, fancier version of the GMC Acadia Denali.

The XT6 arrives to compete in a crowded SUV segment that already includes high sellers like the BMW X5, Audi Q7, and Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class. The Caddy also goes against the new Lincoln Aviator, the popular Acura MDX, and segment leader Lexus RX. How does it compare to some of its most important rivals? Let’s find out in the review below.

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2020 Lexus RC F Track Edition

2020 Lexus RC F Track Edition

The Japanese coupe is going hardcore!

The Lexus RC F Track Edition is track-prepped version of the company’s compact coupe. It was unveiled at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show alongside the updated RC F, so it benefits form all the add-ons introduced with the facelift.

Although it doesn’t feature a more powerful engine, the Track Edition is more dynamic thanks to a handful of aerodynamic tweaks and weight-saving measures. Lexus promises quicker lap times in this vehicle, which is aimed at German track cars such as the BMW M4 GTS. Spotted testing since early 2018, this coupe was originally believed to feature a "GT" badge, but Lexus eventually went with Track Edition. Despite the name that suggests a special-edition model, the Track Edition is a proper upgrade that sets it apart from the standard RC F. Let’s find out more about it below.

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2019 Lexus LC Convertible Concept

2019 Lexus LC Convertible Concept

The grand tourer goes topless in Detroit

The Lexus LC Convertible is a concept vehicle that the luxury firm unveiled at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. But while it’s presented as a concept, it’s actually a drop-top version of the LC coupe that Lexus introduced for the 2018 model year.

Devoid of any features that would make it a proper concept, the LC Convertible likely previews a production model. The drop-top LC has been rumored ever since the coupe arrived and would enable Lexus to offer a competitor for the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet. Although the Japanese firm didn’t specifically confirm a production car, it did say that a production version "would be exhilarating in many different ways." Let’s find out what sets it apart from the coupe.

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2020 Toyota Supra

2020 Toyota Supra

The legend returns after more than two decades!

The fifth generation of the iconic sports car, the 2020 Toyota Supra, marked the brand’s return to the U.S. market after 21 years (and in Japan after 17). Unveiled at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, the Supra Mk. 5 goes on sale for the 2020 model with a high-performance six-cylinder engine and Toyota’s latest technology. Unlike its predecessor, the fifth-gen Supra wasn’t developed in-house by Toyota. The coupe is the result of a long collaboration with BMW, from which Toyota borrowed the chassis, engines, and transmission. Together with its motorsport division, Gazoo Racing, Toyota designed the exterior, the cabin, and retuned the suspension system. The new Supra is also the first vehicle developed by Gazoo Racing to go global. These cars were previously restricted to the Japanese market.

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The 2019 McLaren 600LT Spyder Lowers Her Top and is Still Lighter than the Competition

The 2019 McLaren 600LT Spyder Lowers Her Top and is Still Lighter than the Competition

Lighting fast sprints with infinite headroom

With all eyes pointed to the Toyota Supra and Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 unveiled at the 2019 Detroit Motor Show, McLaren debuted a new member of the Longtail family. Meet the 600LT Spider, the drop-top version of the 600LT, the first Sports Series model to wear the Longtail badge.

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Ford Hasn't Ruled out a Manual Transmission for the 2020 Shelby GT500 Quite Yet

Ford Hasn’t Ruled out a Manual Transmission for the 2020 Shelby GT500 Quite Yet

If you want to the Shelby GT500 to have a manual transmission, refuse to buy it without one

If you’re disappointed that the new Shelby GT500 comes with a dual-clutch automatic only, then we have good news for you. Sort of, anyway. According to Ford, the muscle car could get a manual gearbox in the future.

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Is the 2020 Toyota Supra too Expensive? Here's what You can Buy Instead

Is the 2020 Toyota Supra too Expensive? Here’s what You can Buy Instead

$50,000 for a Toyota? Ouch!

The fifth-generation Toyota Supra is finally out in the open and everyone has an opinion about it. Some hate the BMW engineering under the skin and miss the Japanese model, while others like the idea of having a Z4 engine under the hood. Some think that Toyota downgraded the Supra from a competitor to the 911 to a rival for the smaller Cayman, while others don’t mind the more compact body. But have you noticed how much this thing costs?

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Quick Comparo: Is the Lexus RC F Track Edition better than the BMW M4 GTS?

Quick Comparo: Is the Lexus RC F Track Edition better than the BMW M4 GTS?

Is the RC F finally a worthy competitor?

The Lexus RC has been around since 2014 and the Japanese luxury firm finally designed a track-prepped version. It’s called the RC F Track Edition and it’s more than an accessories package. But is it really a track-ready sports car, a coupe that can give the likes of the BMW M4 GTS a run for its money? Let’s find out in the quick comparo below.

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Can't Afford a McLaren Senna? Here's a cool Lego you can buy

Can’t Afford a McLaren Senna? Here’s a cool Lego you can buy

It comes with a wind tunnel too

I’m pretty sure everyone reading TopSpeed loves the McLaren Senna. Unfortunately, most of us can’t afford one. The good news is that we can find plenty of miniature replicas that we can afford and Lego just added another mini Senna to the list.

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Ford Is Holding Out on the 2020 Shelby GT500's Horsepower Specs Because the 2020 Chevy Corvette ZR1 Isn't Here Yet

Ford Is Holding Out on the 2020 Shelby GT500’s Horsepower Specs Because the 2020 Chevy Corvette ZR1 Isn’t Here Yet

Perhaps Ford wants to make sure Chevy doesn’t beat them?

Ford just unveiled the new and awesome Mustang Shelby GT500 at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, but we still don’t know how much power it delivers. The official rating is now at 700+ horsepower, but this figure will change later on, before the muscle car goes on sale.

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The 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid Features a Weird Drivetrain Layout

The 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid Features a Weird Drivetrain Layout

Where’s the 3.0-liter EcoBoost from the Aviator?

Ford made somewhat of a surprise move at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show and introduced a couple more versions of the brand-new Explorer. Unveiled just last week, the Explorer came to Detroit in new ST and Hybrid trims. The latter features a rather weird drivetrain layout, especially given what FoMoCo offers in other hybrids.

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Quick Comparo: 2020 Shelby GT500 vs. 2013 GT500

Quick Comparo: 2020 Shelby GT500 vs. 2013 GT500

Which one would you get?

The meanest and fastest production version of the Ford Mustang just made a comeback after a five year hiatus. Last discontinued in 2014, the Shelby GT500 signaled its return at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show with more aggressive looks, more power and... well... more everything. But does it live up to the hype?

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Ford Announced 5 New Models in Detroit, Including the Bronco

Ford Announced 5 New Models in Detroit, Including the Bronco

The Mustang-based Mach E is coming as well

Ford just unveiled the new Explorer at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, but during the press conference it also announced five new models that it will launch over the next 24 months. Three of them are new generations of existing models, while the other two are brand-new nameplates, including a revival of the Bronco.

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Three Reasons why the 2020 Toyota Supra Sucks

Three Reasons why the 2020 Toyota Supra Sucks

What do you think?

Toyota finally unveiled the new-generation Supra at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. The unveiling comes after many years of rumors and several months of spy shots and teasers. It was one of the most anticipated vehicles for 2019, but now that it’s out there, I think it’s rather disappointing.

I know, it’s rash to judge a sports car based on a launch event and without driving it, but it’s not what it seems. I’m not saying the 2020 Supra is a bad sports car. I actually think it will prove itself performance-wise against the competition. I’m just saying that the fifth-generation Supra isn’t worthy of its badge.

And here’s why.

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Ford Explorer steals the show in Detroit

Ford Explorer steals the show in Detroit

The only reason people walked in the Chevy booth

There’s no denying that the Ford Explorer is a popular SUV. America’s best-selling crossover with more than seven million units sold 1990s, the Explorer is an SUV that Chevy can’t keep up with. The sixth-gen model just debuted at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show and stole the show by drawing a big crowd of journalists at the Ford booth. Actually, the Explorer was the only reason why people gathered in the Chevrolet booth, from where they watched the unveiling event.

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Toyota Supra Returns After 21 Years with BMW Engine; And it's Not Cheap

Toyota Supra Returns After 21 Years with BMW Engine; And it’s Not Cheap

It’s quicker than the Bimmer though

After months speculation, spy shots, leaked photos and teasers, the new Toyota Supra finally made its public debut at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. The Japanese sports car returns after 21 years with BMW underpinnings and pricing that compares to premium vehicles.

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2019 Ram Heavy Duty Looks Menacing, Pumps out 1,000 Pound-Feet!

2019 Ram Heavy Duty Looks Menacing, Pumps out 1,000 Pound-Feet!

Tows more than the Ford Super Duty!

The new Ram Heavy Duty just broke cover at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show with a brand-new, menacing face. It also features a more powerful Cummins engine and regains the best-in-class title for maximum tow rating.

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Here's the Toyota Supra Before You're Supposed to See It - Hurry Up Before the Video Disappears

Here’s the Toyota Supra Before You’re Supposed to See It - Hurry Up Before the Video Disappears

Yay or nay?

The brand-new Toyota Supra is set to make its global debut on Monday, January 14, at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. We’ve seen a few teasers, but now we can have a good look at the car thanks to a leaked video from Toyota itself that depicts the Supra doing what the Supra does best.

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2019 Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder

2019 Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder

Turbocharged or all-motor? We don’t know yet, but it will be cool!

It’s been three years since Porsche updated the current Boxster, also giving it a "718" badge, and it seems that the German firm is finally working on a new iteration of the higher-performance Spyder model. First introduced in 2009 and relaunched in 2015, the Boxster Spyder is a modern tribute to the 718 Spyder of the 1960s, and the upcoming will be the first to actually wear the iconic "718" badge next to the "Spyder" lettering.

Introduced in 2016, the facelifted third-generation Porsche Boxster gained a couple of major changes compared to its predecessor. While the styling and interior didn’t change much compared to the previous roadster, the new Boxster changed its name to the 718 Boxster, a tribute to a sports car from the late 1950s, and switched to turbocharged engines for the first time ever. There isn’t a lot of information to run by as of this writing, but the spyder configuration is pretty obvious in the spy shots. The soft-top roof is different toward the back, while the engine hood features the famous flying buttresses. I also spotted a few changes front and rear. They’re not massive, but they do make the Spyder a bit more aggressive.

Updated 01/10/2019: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder out for a new testing session out in the cold.

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The 2020 Toyota Supra Has a Nice Booty

The 2020 Toyota Supra Has a Nice Booty

Big debut happens on Monday!

Another week, another teaser for the upcoming 2020 Toyota Supra. Set to break cover at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show on January 14, we now get to have a look at some of the Supra’s rear end.

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2020 Porsche 911 Cabriolet

2020 Porsche 911 Cabriolet

High performance with infinite headroom!

The 992-generation Porsche 911 arrived in 2018, replacing the old 991 model after seven years on the market. The Cabriolet version joined the lineup in January 2019, just ahead of the Detroit Auto Show. The drop-top shares everything from the design to its underpinnings with the coupe.

Notable highlights for the new generation include vintage-inspired design cues, a wider body, new technology, and a revised turbocharged engine. Just like the coupe, the Cabriolet debuted in Carrera S trim, but more models will be added later on. The newly designed soft-top is lighter and folds much quicker than its predecessor.

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Teaser Image And Video Preview a New 2019 McLaren 600LT

Teaser Image And Video Preview a New 2019 McLaren 600LT

The Longtail goes topless

It’s been less than a month since McLaren unveiled its latest supercar, the 720S Spider, and the British firm announced the arrival of a new vehicle. This time around it’s based on the 600LT, itself a higher performance variant of the570S. The teasers don’t reveal much, but we’re probably looking at the convertible version of the 600LT.

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The 2019 Nissan Leaf e+ is Here to Fix the Wrongs of all Leafs that Came Before It

The 2019 Nissan Leaf e+ is Here to Fix the Wrongs of all Leafs that Came Before It

Finally on par with most of the competition

The Nissan Leaf set quite a few benchmarks since its introduction in 2010, but its poor mileage prevented it from becoming a really big hit. The second-gen model arrived with notably more miles per charge, but the Leaf remained inferior to most of its rivals. Come 2019, and the Leaf e+ broke cover at the Consumer Electronics Show with a bigger battery and improved range.

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2019 Lamborghini Huracan Evo

2019 Lamborghini Huracan Evo

A mid-cycle facelift with aggressive looks and more power

The Lamborghini Huracan Evo is the mid-cycle facelift of the company’s entry-level supercar. Although it’s described as a new-generation model, it’s exactly what the name says, an evolution of the nameplate. It was introduced in early 2019, almost five years after the Huracan went into production.

Design-wise, the Evo is based on the higher performance Huracan Performante. It features more aggressive front and rear ends, as well as a bespoke set of wheels. Inside the cabin, there’s an infotainment system with a big touchscreen, while motivation comes from the beefed-up engine from the Performante. While it won’t set a new Nurburgring record, the Evo is notably quicker than its predecessor. Let’s find out more about that in the review below.

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Lamborghini Throws Down its Highest Trump Card with the 2019 Huracan EVO

Lamborghini Throws Down its Highest Trump Card with the 2019 Huracan EVO

The 2019 Lamborghini Huracan Evo Brings Race-inspired Looks, Performante Engine

After four successful years on the market, the Lamborghini Huracan was upgraded for the 2019 model year. It’s now called the Huracan EVO and sports a revised exterior design, new technology, and a more powerful engine.

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You can still buy eight brand-new Lexus LFAs in the U.S.

You can still buy eight brand-new Lexus LFAs in the U.S.

Time to break the piggy bank!

Built in only 500 units and discontinued in late 2012, the Lexus LFA is often considered a collector’s item and one of the rarest Japanese supercars around. However, despite the fact that production ended six years ago, you can still buy a brand-new LFA in the United States.

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One in Three Cars Sold in Norway in 2018 Was Electric

One in Three Cars Sold in Norway in 2018 Was Electric

Not including hybrids!

Almost a third of new vehicles sold in Norway in 2018 were all-electric, a new world record for the Scandinavian country. Specifically, 31.2 percent of the 194,200 cars sold in 2018 use batteries and electric power. That’s a solid increase from 20.8 percent in 2017. Back in 2013, only 5.5 percent of cars sold in Norway were all-electric.

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2019 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport

2019 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport

Now with a Trackday version for amateur racers!

The Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport is a track-only version of the 718 Cayman developed for customer use. It replaces GT4 Clubsport that Porsche introduced in 2015 and represents a notable update over the outgoing model. Unlike its predecessor, it’s offered in two distinct versions: Trackday and Competition. The GT4 Clubsport Trackday was built specifically for amateur racing drivers that like to spend weekends at the race track without participating in FIA events. The Competition model features a more complex suspension system, and it’s a direct replacement for the old GT4 Clubsport, as it is eligible for GT4-spec competitions in Europe, North America, and Asia. According to Porsche, the new race car features improved driveability, and it’s capable of quicker lap times.

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2021 Cadillac XLR Successor

2021 Cadillac XLR Successor

Based on the upcoming Corvette C8

The Cadillac XLR was a high-performance, luxury roadster built from 2004 to 2009 on the same platform as the Chevrolet Corvette C6. The nameplate could return when GM introduces the mid-engined, C8-generation Corvette.

Although there’s no official confirmation from Cadillac, leaked photos of a key fob suggest that the luxury brand will soon unveil a mid-engined sports car with a retractable roof. More specifically, the drawings on the fob look like the upcoming mid-engined Corvette, but also show a convertible roof. The C8-generation Corvette will break cover in 2019, so the Cadillac might follow sometime in 2020, for the 2021 model year. That’s a long wait, so here’s a rendering of the luxury roadster and everything we already know about it.

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Porsche's Peter Varga Explains What Makes the 2020 Porsche 911 Unique

Porsche’s Peter Varga Explains What Makes the 2020 Porsche 911 Unique

Yeah, we actually need a video for that

Porsche recently unveiled the 992-generation 911 and, needless to say, it looks a lot like its predecessor. This isn’t surprising though. Porsche has been using the same silhouette for decades now, and it’s one of the features that made the 911 iconic and popular. But like every generation before, the current 911 boasts a few unique styling cues.

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Take a Detailed Video Tour of a Very Rare Nissan Skyline R32 HKS Zero-R

Take a Detailed Video Tour of a Very Rare Nissan Skyline R32 HKS Zero-R

It’s so rare that it makes up just 25-percent of the original models produced

Still in production after 11 years, the current R35 GT-R is the fastest and most powerful of its kind. However, it’s not the rarest and definitely not the most valuable. Nissan built quite a few special runs of the Skyline GT-R in the past, but very few of them are as exclusive as the HKS Zero-R.

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BMW Will Electrify the 2020 2 Series Gran Coupe the Right Way

BMW Will Electrify the 2020 2 Series Gran Coupe the Right Way

Hybrid model with an "M" badge

BMW’s lineup of Gran Coupe models will expand in 2019 to the 2 Series. The four-door subcompact was already spotted on public roads, but the big news is that it will arrive with a hybrid drivetrain too. That’s the word from BMW Blog, which claims that BMW will stuff an electric motor in the M Performance version.

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Suzuki Swift Sports Yellow Rev Looks Ready to go Racing

Suzuki Swift Sports Yellow Rev Looks Ready to go Racing

Tokyo-bound concept could become a paint and stripe package

The latest-generation Suzuki Swift looks surprisingly sporty, especially in Sport trim. But the little hatchback just got a bit brawnier for the Tokyo Auto Salon, where it will showcase a new livery as the Yellow Rev concept.

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The Suzuki Jimny Survive Is Japan's take on the Jeep Renegade Trailhawk

The Suzuki Jimny Survive Is Japan’s take on the Jeep Renegade Trailhawk

It’s just a concept vehicle for now though

The new Suzuki Jimny may be boxier than its predecessor, but it’s definitely a cute looking SUV. This doesn’t mean that it’s not ready for the great outdoors and Suzuki just created a hardcore concept version to prove just that. Called Jimny Survive, it turns the cute, keicar-like Jimny into a mini Jeep Renegade Trailhawk.

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Toyota Pushes the 2020 Supra to the Limit on the Race Track in New Teaser Video

Toyota Pushes the 2020 Supra to the Limit on the Race Track in New Teaser Video

The new Supra is less than two weeks away

The new-generation Toyota Supra is set to debut on January 14 and Toyota Gazoo Racing just launched a new teaser video. The footage shows the Supra being driven on a race track at night, but the camera is way too far away to see any actual details. Perhaps Toyota just wants to showcase the coupe’s prowess on the race track.

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2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB

A shrunken G-Class?

The Mercedes-Benz GLB is an upcoming crossover that will slot between the company’s smallest SUV offerings yet, the GLA and the GLC. The GLB is based on the new platform underpinning the latest A-Class. Spotted testing on public roads since 2017, the GLB will stand out compared to the GLA and GLC due to a much boxier design. The crossover is often referred to as the baby G-Class.

Like most premium automakers, Mercedes-Benz took the crossover market by storm in the 2000s. In 1998, the M-Class joined the G-Class as the company’s second SUV, but since then the German carmaker launched no fewer than five crossovers plus a pickup truck. And Mercedes isn’t stopping here. Rumors about a new model surfaced back in 2012, when Mercedes unveiled the Ener-G-Force Concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Created by the company’s Advanced Design Studio in Carlsbad, California, it looked like a futuristic version of the G-Class and had a hydrogen-powered drivetrain. The rumors turned into certainty when a small but boxy crossover was spotted testing on public roads.

Update 01/02/2019: We’ve caught the baby G-Class on camera as it stopped to take in a little fuel in Sweden. The GLB has moved a little closer to production, and we’ve finally been able to peek inside for the first time too. Check out our spy shots section below for all the details.

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2004 - 2009 Cadillac XLR

2004 - 2009 Cadillac XLR

The luxury Corvette that Chevy never built

Introduced in 2003 for the 2004 model year, the XLR was a two-door luxury roadster. A spiritual successor to the Cadillac Allante (1986-1993), the XLR was based on the C6-generation Chevrolet Corvette. Discontinued in 2009 due to low demand, the XLR is Cadillac’s last roadster as of 2019.

Essentially a luxury alternative to the Corvette C6, the XLR had many premium features over its Chevy-badged counterpart. Some of them were optional on the Corvette, but most of them weren’t even available. The XLR also had a design of its own, borrowing many cues from the CTS and STS models of the mid-2000s. Cadillac also produced a higher performance XLR-V version and launched an update for 2009, the vehicle’s final model year on the market.

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Car for Sale: Two Different Ferrari 599 GTB 60F1 Alonso Editions

Car for Sale: Two Different Ferrari 599 GTB 60F1 Alonso Editions

Grab a piece of Ferrari’s rich Formula One history

Christmas may be over this year, but it’s never too late to buy yourself a cool present. If you’re a fan of Ferraris, limited-edition supercars, and Formula One, not one but two examples of the awesome Ferrari 599 GTB 60F1 are currently listed for sale.

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Cars that should be dead for 2019 but aren't

Cars that should be dead for 2019 but aren’t

Eight ancient vehicles still in production

Some cars become so popular that they end up being produced under license for decades. The most common examples include the Volkswagen Beetle and Microbus/Type 2, which remained in production until 2013 in Mexico and Brazil. Another example is the Caterham Seven, which still carries the legacy of the original Lotus Seven, launched in 1957.

But while the Seven was thoroughly updated and features modern underpinnings and technology, cars like the Beetle and Microbus remained rather spartan and eventually had to be axed due to safety and emissions regulations. But due to more relaxed rules in certain countries, some very old cars are still in production today. Here’s a list of vehicles that shouldn’t exist in 2019, but you can still buy them.

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Automotive Industry Predictions for 2019 - More of the Same or Drastic Change?

Automotive Industry Predictions for 2019 - More of the Same or Drastic Change?

2018 has been a pretty wild year with all kinds of crazy things happening. We’ve seen Volkswagen fall into another scandal, Lamborghini launch an SUV, EVs take over the planet, and sedans all but die off with Ford, for example, killing off every car in its lineup outside of the Ford Mustang - just to make room for SUVs. So, with the end of the year upon us, we’ve put together our very own predictions for next year. To put it simply, we think it’s going to be an even crazier year than this one.

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The Best Cars to Roll With in the Middle of a New Year's Snow Storm

The Best Cars to Roll With in the Middle of a New Year’s Snow Storm

Maybe getting stuck in the snow isn’t so bad after all

Imagine this: you’re driving to your friend’s house on New Year’s Eve, and you get stuck on the way due to a snowstorm or a blocked road. You end up stuck for a few hours or until the next morning. You definitely won’t be cold if you have enough gasoline to keep the engine running, but things will become boring fast in an old vehicle without comfort and entertaining features.

Whether you’re alone or you have company, you need a few modern features to keep you busy until the storm passes or a rescue team comes to unblock the road. It’s obviously too cold outside, so you need to say inside. Hot drinks aren’t an option, but certain cars will keep you entertained or provide plenty of room to stretch out. Let’s find out which cars are the best to spend New Year’s in.

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Cars Discontinued in 2018

Cars Discontinued in 2018

You’ll no longer be able to buy these vehicles in 2019

The end of the calendar year is usually the time when we look back upon the greatest vehicles unveiled over the last 12 months, while many outlets create rankings for the best cars in various segments. But we tend to forget that many cars also go out of production each year. In 2018, we saw quite a few important nameplates go into the history books, with some to follow suit in early 2019.

Ford and Chevrolet are the leaders here, with both companies discontinuing sedans and other cars in favor of crossovers. Lincoln also replaced two familiar models, while Cadillac is ditching an entire range. Alfa Romeo, Nissan, Volkswagen, and Toyota also join the list of automakers that are either replacing or killing nameplates in the United States. Let’s see what vehicles we won’t be able to buy in North America soon.

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Someone Has Ordered a Raging Pink Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake and We Understand

Someone Has Ordered a Raging Pink Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake and We Understand

This is a wild one!

Unveiled in late 2017, the cool Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake is starting to make appearances on public roads. Aton Martin Lagonda Group SEO and President Andy Palmer spotted one during a factory walk, and it’s more outlandish that the car we’ve seen on auto show floors - simply because it’s painted bright pink!

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The 2020 McLaren Speedtail Becomes Even More Unique With Three Special Design Collections

The 2020 McLaren Speedtail Becomes Even More Unique With Three Special Design Collections

All 106 examples will be unique

We’ve already admired the new, high-speed McLaren Speedtail at recent auto shows, but owners are getting ready to customize their expensive supercars. Just like the P1, each Speedtail will be unique. To enable buyers to customize their vehicles even more, McLaren just launched three new design collections called Colours & Materials Inspiration Story.

Envisioned by the skilled folks at McLaren Special Operations, these themes add unique and expensive features inside and out. The three themes are called Urbane, Visionary, and Dynamic, and each of them are inspired by specific themes. Let’s have a closer look.

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A Japanese-Rooted Automobile College Has Combined Lamborghini and Toyota DNA to Create the Urus 86 Pickup for the Tokyo Auto Salon

A Japanese-Rooted Automobile College Has Combined Lamborghini and Toyota DNA to Create the Urus 86 Pickup for the Tokyo Auto Salon

A super sports truck with Toyota power

We’ve been dreaming about a pickup truck version of the Lamborghini Urus ever since the luxury SUV broke cover, but we’re pretty sure the Italians won’t make one. Fortunately, the folks over at Nihon Automobile College in Japan created one for the 2019 Tokyo Auto Salon. There’s a catch though, - it’s not exactly a Urus.

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Here's Your First Look at the 2019 Subaru WRX STI S209 that Will Debut at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show

Here’s Your First Look at the 2019 Subaru WRX STI S209 that Will Debut at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show

The first S series for the U.S. market!

Subaru just confirmed plans to launch a new S version of the WRX STI in 2019. Not surprisingly, it will be called the S209, but the really big news is that it will be unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show on January 14, 2019. Yes, it will be the first S series WRX to be sold in the United States.

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This 1960 Chevrolet Commercial Is the Greatest Christmas Ad Ever!

This 1960 Chevrolet Commercial Is the Greatest Christmas Ad Ever!

Commercials were funnier 60 years ago

Video commercials have been around for more than 60 years, and they’re still a good way to promote products, despite social media now offering several other alternatives. This is true for automakers as well, with all the major companies pumping out tens of commercials throughout the year. There’s no bad time to launch an ad, no matter the month, but December is a particularly good one. It’s the season to be jolly, the month when people become more emotional and spend more time with family and friends. It’s also the month when we spend a lot of money on gifts, and this is exactly why carmakers launch some of their best commercials around Christmas time.

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Celebrate Christmas With These Cool, Vintage Car Ads

Celebrate Christmas With These Cool, Vintage Car Ads

Is it just me, or Christmas car ads aren’t as fun as they used to be?

The automotive industry has evolved dramatically over the past 50 years. Modern cars are more practical, efficient, and comfortable, and come with better technology. As the cars evolved, so did the advertising industry. Gone are the day when automakers created prints and posters to promote their latest products, now being replaced by high-resolution video ads for massive television and internet campaigns. With Christmas being one of the most important celebrations of the year, it’s around this time that most companies launch expensive publicity stunts.

This has been the case since the early days of the automobile, but instead of computer-generated footage made with big budgets, car makers used print ads to bring customers into dealerships. It might seem old-fashioned nowadays, but some of these old ads were quite inspiring and attractive. Naturally, some weren’t very good, but that’s the beauty of marketing. Sometimes you succeed and sometimes you fail with a bang. For this Christmas, I selected a few of the most interesting vintage car ads for a trip down the memory lane that goes as far as the 1930s.

Check them out below and let me know which ones you like the most in the comments box. Also, feel free to post the ads that you feel I should have included in this list. Have a merry automotive Christmas!

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Santa's Favorite Red Factory Car Paints

Santa’s Favorite Red Factory Car Paints

Striking exteriors for the holiday season

When it comes to cool factory car paints, there are plenty to choose from nowadays and even more if we look in the past. But what if we restrict it to just one color? After all, it’s Christmas and almost everything about this season is red, including Santa’s coat and sleigh. The answer is that there are quite a few cool red hues to choose from. Better said, Santa has plenty of choices for his garage.

While black, white, and silver make up the holy trinity of popular car colors in 2018, red remains in the top 10. It might not be as popular as it used to be a few decades ago, but the fact that automakers keep rolling out exciting shades of red is proof that people are still buying. Let’s have a look at Santa’s favorite red factory paints ever offered.

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What Will Santa Drive for Christmas 2018?

What Will Santa Drive for Christmas 2018?

Trucks, SUVs, sports cars?

We all know Santa uses a reindeer-powered sleigh to move around, but what if he’s also a gearhead? I mean, he’s been around long enough to witness the evolution of the automobile, I’m pretty sure he likes them and drives a few cars in his free time. But what would he drive for Christmas in 2018?

Choosing just one car is extremely difficult so I went with five. A vehicle for a different purpose. Truck and SUVs to haul goods, a sedan to relax in the back seat, a sports car for a bit of fun, and a vintage car simply because Santa seems to be a classy guy. Let’s see what Mr. Claus will drive this year for Christmas in the list below.

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Must-HAve Car Accessories You Should Have on Your Christmas List

Must-HAve Car Accessories You Should Have on Your Christmas List

Things to keep you warm and safe through the winter

Christmas is nearly upon us, and we’re in for loads of fun opening presents and spending time with family and loves ones. But if you’re planning to take a long trip or visit relatives, it’s best that you check your shopping list again and add some important accessories you should have in the trunk for the cold season.

Snow may be fun and all in the backyard, but you should be prepared for a car buried in snow, an engine that won’t start, and other typical accidents that can happen on the road. We prepared a list of things you might want to buy next time you go shopping for the holiday season.

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Christmas Gift Ideas for Gearheads: Miniature Supercars You Can Afford

Christmas Gift Ideas for Gearheads: Miniature Supercars You Can Afford

The world’s most iconic supercars in a box

It’s almost Christmas and it’s time to finish up that gift list you’ve been working on. Buying gifts isn’t always easy, but we’re here to help. Whether it’s for the Secret Santa at the work place or just for a friend, we have a few cool ideas for the car enthusiast.

Sure, you can always go with accessories, books about cars, or a ticket to a racing event, but you can’t go wrong with a scale model car. Especially if it replicates a supercar that no one of us, the Average Joes, will ever afford. Is the recipient dreaming about buying a supercar someday? Well, why not get him started with a miniature. There’s plenty to choose from and our list doesn’t even begin to cover it. Let’s have a look.

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Here's Why Porsche will Bring back the 959 in 2019

Here’s Why Porsche will Bring back the 959 in 2019

Reviving an old icon

In 2018, Porsche took us by surprise with a 935 race car for the modern era. Although based on the existing 911 GT2 RS and built using parts from the 919 Hybrid, 911 RSR, and 911 GT3 R, the modern 935 looks incredibly similar to its sibling, produced between 1978 to 1981. With Porsche now making tribute cars from the past, what if Porsche decides to create a modern rendition of the 959 in 2019?

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The best vehicles for Christmas shopping

The best vehicles for Christmas shopping

The battle of the trunks

The winter holidays are all fun and joy once you’ve set up the Christmas tree and invited everyone over, but before you do that, you obviously need to buy everything on that shopping list. That includes presents, food, and everything else you need for the holidays, and they all need to fit in your trunk unless you want to make more than one trip.

You obviously need a pretty big trunk, so I went ahead and compiled a list of the best vehicles for Christmas shopping. Large SUVs are best recommended for the job, but you can also consider wagons and minivans. Yes, there aren’t many wagons to choose from in the U.S. nowadays, but if you’re not a fan of SUVs, there are few large sedans that offer decent trunk space. Let’s have a closer look at what you can use.

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The Best and Most Important SUVs of 2018

The Best and Most Important SUVs of 2018

A new year is upon us, and it’s time we look at the best and worst of things that came our way. 2018 was, without a doubt, the year of the SUV, and there have been more than enough to quench any thirst for them that we may have had. Of course, we’re all journalists here, so we have a slightly different perspective than most people do - you included. With that said, we also get to experience the cream of the crop. We get to know them inside and out, inward and out, top and bottom. For a small period of time, each one of them burrows into our lives like a bad fungal infection that we just can’t shake. And, that’s why we’re here to present you with the best and most important SUVs presented in 2018. If you’re in the market for a new high-riding people hauler, look no further - your next ride is probably on this list.

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Cars That We Can't Wait to See in 2019

Cars That We Can’t Wait to See in 2019

There are so many that we just don’t know what to do

What does the future behold? There are countless future classics ready to slide out from under the sheets of which they’ve been covered, and it’s all set to happen in 2019. There will be new EVs, new muscle cars, and a complete evolution of luxury cars. One of America’s most loved sports cars, the Chevy Corvette, is set move into a mid-engine configuration - something that’s been in the works for decades. With that said, we have a lot to be excited for, and this is a list of the models that we just can’t wait any longer for.

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Ford is Dragging Its Feet on the New Bronco, Will Debut the new F-150 and Explorer First

Ford is Dragging Its Feet on the New Bronco, Will Debut the new F-150 and Explorer First

The Bronco could arrive in 2020

After years of speculation, Ford finally confirmed that a new-generation Bronco will be unveiled soon. However, a new report claims that FoMoCo isn’t in a big hurry to launch the SUV and may have opted to roll out the new-generation F-150 pickup truck instead.

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Morgan is Finally Ditching the V-8 Engine in Favor of Something Fresh and New

Morgan is Finally Ditching the V-8 Engine in Favor of Something Fresh and New

Fewer cylinders and forced induction

British sports car manufacturer Morgan Motor Company will no longer produce vehicles powered by V-8 engines. With both the Plus 8 and Aero 8 models going out of production in 2019, Morgan will retire the V-8 engine for good. Interestingly enough, the V-8-powered Morgan will be phased out exactly 50 years since the company built the first car with this type of engine.

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2019 Honda Passport

2019 Honda Passport

The nameplate returns after 16 years

Discontinued in 2002, the Honda Passport made a comeback for the 2019 model year. Introduced at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, the modern Passport fills the gap between the CR-V and the Pilot.

Based on Honda’s Global Light Truck platform, the SUV shares many of its underpinnings and drivetrain components with the three-row Pilot and Ridgeline pickup trucks. It has a similar unibody construction, but it’s presented as a more rugged, off-road capable crossover. More importantly, it’s Honda’s very own design and not a rebadge Isuzu, like the old Passport. Unlike other Honda SUVs, it also benefits from a range of accessories, much like Mopar is offering for FCA vehicles. Let’s find out more about it in the review below.

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2019 Porsche 718 Boxster T

2019 Porsche 718 Boxster T

Driving pleasure in its purest form

The 718 Boxster T is the first Porsche, alongside the 718 Cayman T, to sport the "T" badge, which stands for "Touring," after the 911 Carrera T. Unveiled in December 2018, it’s based on the base 718 Boxster but comes with a few extra standard features.

The "T" badge turns the already sporty 718 Boxster into a no-nonsense car that offers driving pleasure in its purest form. Although it’s powered by the company’s base engine for the Boxster and Cayman lineup, it’s equipped with chassis upgrades, the Sport Chrono package, and an infotainment system delete. It’s also a bit more affordable than the regular Boxster, with Porsche claiming you can save up to 10 percent compared to a similarly specced model. Let’s find out more about that in the review below.

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If You Like to Keep it Simple, the 2019 Porsche 718 Cayman T or 718 Boxster T Might be for You

If You Like to Keep it Simple, the 2019 Porsche 718 Cayman T or 718 Boxster T Might be for You

The no-nonsense T treatment extends beyond the 911 Carrera

A no-nonsense, old-school take on the modern Porsche 911, the Carrera T has been a big hit with enthusiasts. Porsche is now building on the momentum with T-badged versions of the 718 Boxster and Cayman.

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