10 Best 3-Row SUVs of 2018
SUVs rose to popularity in the early 2000s, with customers being drawn to their large cabins, higher ride height, and perceived safety. The fact that automakers scored bigger profit margins from them also contributed to the surge. Starting in 2015, sales of SUVs started dominating the auto industry, and carmakers began building them in all shapes and sizes. But, while you can buy everything from compacts to full-size vehicles with taller ride height, three-row SUVs are limited to only midsize and large SUVs.
It’s obviously a matter of practicality here. And, while most haulers aren’t exactly practical, three-row vehicles retain one of the most important features of original SUVs: the ability to carry more than five people. With minivans almost extinct, the three-row SUV is arguably the most practical of its kind. With that in mind, we’re going to take a look at the ten best three-row SUVs you can buy today and compare what they offer in terms of features, power, and third-row practicality.
2019 Ford Focus ST
After seven successful years on the market, the third-generation Ford Focus was replaced by a brand-new hatchback. Although it’s too early to say whether the new model will be as successful as its predecessor, it has many features to brag about, starting with a new platform that will underpin several Ford vehicles in the future. It also boasts a sportier exterior, new tech inside the cabin, and a revised engine lineup. With the standard Focus on its way to dealerships as of 2018, it’s time to talk about the RS model. The performance-oriented model might arrive by the end of the year and rumors and renderings are already making headlines on the internet.
Ford’s very own competitor for the all-popular Volkswagen Golf GTI, the Focus ST will benefit from all the cool features of the new Focus, but it will receive a few extra features inside and out. The sportier exterior with more aggressive cues will be joined by an exclusive interior, while its engine will provide the most power in an ST model yet. Until the next-generation Focus RS arrives, the ST will sit at the top of the range in terms of performance and pricing. Let’s take a closer look at what we already know about this car in the speculative review below.
Update 8/15/2018: The next-gen Ford Focus ST prototype has finally been caught on camera. Check out our special spy shot section below to check it out for yourself.
1995 - 2001 Lamborghini Diablo SV
The Lamborghini Diablo arrived at a difficult time for the Italian firm. Barely out of bankruptcy and purchased by the Mimran brothers in 1985, Lamborghini began working on a successor for the aging Countach. Development took no fewer than four years, with the final car unveiled in 1990. Just like its predecessor, the Diablo was made available in various versions, including an SV model, reviving the Super Veloce name for the first time since the Miura SV was discontinued in 1973.
Lambo introduced the SV model at the 1995 Geneva Motor Show, a full five years after the Diablo went into production. It was essentially a more powerful version of the regular Diablo. It had larger brakes but lacked the all-wheel-drive system in the VT. The Diablo SV was updated alongside the other trims when Lambo facelifted the supercar in 1998, but it became the lineup’s base model and was discontinued after just one year on the market, replaced by the GT. Production of the Diablo continued two years after the SV was retired until 2001.
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2018 McLaren 720S Pacific Theme
Unveiled in 2017 as a replacement for the 650S, the McLaren 720S has already brought its aggressive design, luxurious interior, and beefed-up V-8 engine into showrooms. As it usually happens, McLaren began showcasing various custom models made by the MSO division, starting with the Velocity Theme unveiled at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. Come August 2018, and the Brits launched two mode special editions, one of which is the Pacific Theme.
Commissioned by McLaren Special Operations for McLaren Glasgow from Scotland, the Pacific Theme was created alongside Track Theme, a second supercar that will go the company’s dealership in Manchester. Much like all MSO-created McLaren’s, Pacific Theme boasts unique color and trim with a focus on the 720S’s "sophisticated technical luxury." Let’s find out what sets it apart in the review below.
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1964 - 1967 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2
The 330 GT 2+2 was actually an update to the 330 America that Ferrari built in 1963 only. It also replaced the 250 GT/E 2+2, but it was larger and sportier. Introduced in 1964, the 330 GT 2+2 was upgraded in 1965, when the Series II model with a new design was launched. Production lasted until 1967, with 1,099 examples built until the Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 was introduced as a replacement. The cool thing about these cars is that they’ve remained somewhat affordable compared to other million-dollar Ferraris from the era.
1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake
One of the most iconic American cars of all time, the Shelby Cobra, came to be in 1962 when Carroll Shelby combined Ford-made V-8 engines with British-designed AC Ace bodies. Although the Ace was fairly old and close to discontinuation in 1962, it’s lightweight structure helped Shelby create one of the greatest American sports cars. Built until 1968 in various road-legal and race-spec configurations, the Cobra reached its performance peak when the Super Snake was launched in 1966. Called the "Cobra to end all Cobras," the Super Snake is the rarest of the bunch, and it still holds the title for the most expensive American car sold at auction.
"When I built this dual supercharged 427 Cobra in 1966, I wanted it to be the fastest, meanest car on the road," Shelby told Barrett-Jackson in 2007 when the roadster was auctioned for its record price. "Forty years later, it will still kick the tail of just about anything in the world. It’s the fastest street legal Cobra I’ve ever owned."
Let’s find out more about this tremendous classic in the review below.
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10 Cool Muscle Cars You Can Buy For Less Than $20,000
Buying a brand-new muscle car can be quite expensive, especially if you’re going for the V-8-powered versions of the Ford Mustang, Chevy Camaro, or Dodge Challenger. The same goes if you want a mint-condition classic that stands out of the pack through limited-edition packages or a rare version built in only a handful of examples. However, buying a cool muscle car on the used car market can be more affordable than you think, even if you want an iconic model from the past. Also, opting for a modern, previous-generation model can help if you don’t want to break the bank for a Mustang or a Camaro.
We did a bit of research and came up with ten cool muscle cars that you can buy for $20,000 or less. We rounded up seven classics, including some from the golden era of muscle cars, as well as a few options from the modern era. Check them out below and tell us which one you would buy (and why) in the comments section.
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2004 - 2011 Ferrari 612 Scaglietti
In 2003, the Ferrari 456 was discontinued after 11 years in production. The grand tourer, which had been updated to 456M specs in 1998, was then replaced by the 612 Scaglietti. Designed by Ken Okuyama and Frank Stephenson, the 612 Scaglietti was bigger than the 456, and thus it was a true four-seater rather than a 2+2 GT like its predecessor. Named in honor of Sergio Scaglietti, who designed many Ferraris in the 1950s, including the 250 Testa Rossa, the 612 also pays homage to the 375 MM that company director Roberto Rossellini had commissioned for his wife, Ingrid Bergman, in 1954.
Unlike its forerunner, the 612 was an all-aluminum vehicle and the second following the 360 Modena. Developed with Alcoa, the space frame was later used in the 599 GTB. The GT also came with a redesigned engine. While the 456 used a 5.5-liter V-12, the 612 received the larger mill from the 575 Superamerica. While the "612" badge suggests a 6.0-liter engine, the displacement was actually 5.7 liters. Produced at the Carrozzeria Scaglietti plant, the 612 was taken to Maranello to have its interior and V-12 put in. A total of 3025 cars were produced until 2011 when the 612 was replaced by the FF. Ferrari also produced a series of limited-edition model, but more about that in the review below.
2019 Audi A3
The Audi A3 was spotted testing on public roads with what appears to be a production-ready exterior. The hatchback is wrapped in camo from front to rear, but the headlamps, the grille, and other details hint at the company’s recent corporate look. The A3 was joined by the higher performance S3 model. While the regular A3 will break cover in 2019 and go on sale for the 2020 model year, the S3 will probably arrive later, most likely for the 2021 model year.
1956 Maserati A6G/2000 Berlinetta Zagato
Introduced in 1947, the A6 isn’t your regular car nameplate. Unlike most badges, it was used for a variety of models, including both road-legal and race-spec vehicles, as well as single-seat race cars. Although production lasted ten years, the A6 is a rare gem, especially in A6G 2000 Zagato trim. It’s so rare and desirable that RM Sotheby’s estimates that it will be able to auction one for at least $4.25 million.
Developed to replace the 6CM race car, the A6, in which A is for Alfieri Maserati and 6 for six cylinders, also spawned a road-legal car. The first one to arrive was the A6 1500, but the updated A6G 2000 model was far more successful. In 1954, the A6G 2000 was updated, changing its name to the A6G/54. Originally bodied by Frua and Allemano, the A6G 2000 also received a Zagato body in 1956, a collaboration that resulted in a lighter and more aerodynamic car. Not just beautiful to look at, the Zagato-designed A6G 2000 also had a successful racing career.
This particular model, which will go under the hammer in August 2018, competed at the Mille Miglia in 1956 and it’s one of only 20 cars ever built. Extensively documented by marque historian Adolfo Orsi Jr., it went through a two-year restoration and won two awards at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, plus another one at the 2015 Villa d’Este Concorso d’Eleganza. Yes, this one’s in mint condition and as special as they get, so it’s not surprising that it could fetch in excess of $4 million.
1966 Ferrari 500 Superfast by Pininfarina
One of the most iconic Ferrari nameplates, the America is also one of the longest standing badges from Maranello, being offered in various cars from 1951 through 1967. However, none of the Americas stand out as the top-of-the-line 500 Superfast model, which was built between 1964 and 1966 in only 37 units. As rare as they get, the Superfast is next to impossible to buy, but one example is going up for auction in Monterey this month.
Bearing chassis no. 8459SF, this specific car was the 33rd Superfast built and the eighth of 12 Series II models. It was also the seventh of only eight Superfasts built with right-hand drive. It was delivered in 1966 to British sportsman Jack Durlacher and was sold in 1976. Restored in 1981, it remained with the Manoukian Brothers for 15 years until 2007, when it was sold to the current owner. While not in mint condition, with minor dents and sign of use inside and out, the 500 Superfast has held up well, and it’s still fitted with the original engine. Let’s find out more about this fantastic grand tourer in the review below.
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NASCAR Boss Arrested For DUI and Narcotics Possession
NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France was arrested over the weekend for driving under the influence. The man who’s been heading the auto racing company failed a field sobriety test after he was caught running a stop sign in his Lexus. France had a blood-alcohol level that was more than twice the legal limit.
Ford Ranger Configurator Exposes Pricing of $24,000 to $34,000
Unveiled at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, the Ford Ranger is set to return to American dealerships after a very long absence. However, pricing and some important information remained a mystery. Now, the truck’s configurator showed up earlier than expected on Ford’s official website, revealing cab options and specific pricing. I say earlier than expected because Ford has taken the page down shortly after it made headlines.
Rumors about an SUV larger than the X7 have been flying around for several years now. In 2014, BMW confirmed the X7 and the big hauler is set to break cover by the end of 2018. Naturally, we can’t help but wonder whether an M version is underway. Does it makes it sense, should BMW build one?
The large SUV market is pretty big in the U.S., where BMW is building the X7, but neither the Cadillac Escalade and the Lincoln Navigator are powerful enough to create demand for an M version. However, Mercedes-Benz is making an AMG version of the GLS, which is taking all market share in the performance department. The AMG-prepped GLS alone is a reason good enough for BMW to roll out an X7 M, but it should also be part of the company’s plans to expand the nameplate now that all crossovers are set to gain M versions. Let’s find out what it may bring to the table in the speculative review below.
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The fourth-generation Cadillac Escalade went into production in early 2014, and while it’s not exactly old, it’s a bit dated compared to the more modern Lincoln Navigator. But Cadillac is looking to fix that with a new-generation model that’s rumored to arrive in 2019.
The new Escalade was initially scheduled to arrive early next year, but development was slowed down by a late decision to ditch the solid rear axle in favor of an independent suspension. It seems that Cadillac finally decided to give the Escalade, its most profitable model, a proper makeover.
Unfortunately, the SUV will continue to share underpinnings with the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon, meaning that it will still use a truck platform. The good news is that GM is also preparing massive upgrades for its next-gen pickups, so the Escalade will be less of truck and more of an SUV. Most details are still under wraps, but let’s discuss what we already know about it, the latest rumors, as well as the rendering that our very own artist created.
Audi PB 18 e-tron Is a Radical Concept that could Preview an Electric Supercar
Although it retired from prototype racing in 2017 and discontinued the R8 e-Tron due to slow sales, Audi isn’t giving up on extreme race cars and all-electric drivetrains. The Germans just announced that they will unveil an aggressive looking supercar powered by batteries. It’s called the PB 18 e-Tron concept and will make its public debut at the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe
Having revived the 8 Series after two decades, BMW is also planning to build a Gran Coupe version of the two-door. A concept car was shown at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, where it was confirmed that the 8 Series Gran Coupe "will take over as the new flagship model" for the brand. Come July 2018, and the production model was spotted on the road.
Much like the coupe, the production car will share many features with the concept. However, this test vehicle has a milder appearance, as it appears to be a standard model and not the M version we saw in Geneva. Our paparazzi actually spotted two cars. There’s a regular 8 Series on a trailer and a sportier version with the M Sport package stretching its wheels on the road. The final product could break cover by the end of 2018 and join a niche that already includes the Mercedes-Benz CLS and the Audi A7.
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2020 Aston Martin Mid-Engined Supercar
Aston Martin has yet to bring the Valkyrie hypercar into showrooms, but the Brits are already pondering a second supercar for their lineup. According to company CEO, Andy Palmer, the mid-engined supercar is also co-developed with Red Bull Racing, and 130 engineers and designers are already working on the project. The new vehicle will be aimed at the Ferrari 488 GTB.
The unnamed supercar will ride on a bespoke platform developed specifically for this model. Instead of the Valkyrie’s race-spec chassis or the Vantage’s bonded-aluminum platform, it will get its very own underpinnings that will feature a new carbon-fiber monocoque with aluminum sub-frames. There’s no specific word as to when it might arrive, but rumor has it sales will commence around 2020.
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The 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata, on Sale in August, Gets New Standard Features and Increased Pricing
2020 Lexus RC F GT
Lexus is working on a hotter RC F! It’s a sentence we’ve been dying to hear ever since the RC F was introduced for the 2015 model. Three years later, and it’s finally happening. With the RC coupe set to receive a facelift soon, Lexus is also testing a more hardcore version of the F model. Although it’s not yet confirmed for production, it will probably wear the RC F GT name first showcased on a concept car in 2016.
Aimed at the BMW M4 GTS and other beefed-up compact coupes that may follow soon, the RC F GT borrows heavily from the concept car. It features similar aerodynamics, as well as carbon-fiber body panels that reduce curb weight. An engine upgrade will add the extra oomph the RC F needs to compete with its turbocharged rivals, but the interior should get a few unique features as well. The coupe could debut by the end of 2018, but until that happens, let’s have a closer look at what we already know about it.
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The Porsche Taycan Will Deliver More Than 600 HP
The Aston Martin Vanquish Isn’t Dead - It’ll be Re-imagined as a Mid-Engined Ferrari and McLaren Fighter
Aston Martin just discontinued the Vanquish in order to make way for a new DBS model, a switch it originally made back in 2007. But unlike then, the Vanquish won’t live in the shadows until second-gen DBS Superleggera goes out of production. Instead, Aston Martin wants to use the name for its upcoming mid-engined supercar.
Flyin’ Miata Offers a Roll Bar for the Miata RF but It Comes at a Cost
Flyin’ Miata, the company responsible for the best Mazda MX-5 upgrades on the market, is now offering a roll bar for the Targa-style RF model. The protective device was added to the catalog as a result of customer requests and makes the MX-5 RF safer at the race track. But there’s a catch — you lose the ability to lower the roof!
The Ford Ranchero Could Return as a Focus-Based Truck!
It’s no longer a mystery that Ford is planning to relaunch the Ranger in the United States, but word has it an even smaller pickup truck will hit dealerships as early as 2022. This new hauler will be based on the fourth-generation Focus and will be produced in Mexico.
2020 Lexus LC F
After more than two years of constant teasing and two concept cars, Lexus unveiled a new 2+2 coupe at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show. Dubbed LC500, the new coupe is stunning to look at, has a luxurious interior, and comes with a stout, naturally aspirated V-8 powerplant. Come 2018 and the Japanese firm is working on a beefed-up version with an "F" badge.
Despite having two extra seats and missing a V-10 powerplant, the LC500 is already being considered a successor to the mighty LFA. Granted, the two have very little in common as far as underpinnings go, but I can totally understand why Lexus enthusiasts are comparing it to the LFA. The LC500 has a strong presence, a low-slung stance, and it blends luxury and sportiness under the same roof. It’s nowhere near as powerful as the LFA, but what if Lexus is planning to release a more potent version later on? These new spy shots suggest that we may soon be able to buy an LC F model with more power and a more aggressive exterior.
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Lamborghini Aventador SVJ breaks Nurburgring record!
It’s been only 24 hours since Lamborghini released a short video of the upcoming Aventador SVJ on the Nurburgring, and the Italian firm announced that the supercar set a new lap record for production cars at the Nurburgring. The Aventador SVJ lapped the German track in 6:44.97 minutes, a full minute quicker than the previous record holder.
2019 Porsche Macan
When Porsche decided to step into the SUV segment with the Cayenne, Porsche purists weren’t all that happy, expecting the brand to soldier on with different 911 variants until times end. But, the Cayenne turned out to be a huge success, and the German brand decided to come out with a compact model named the Macan. Launched in 2014, the Macan just got its mid-cycle facelift for the 2019 model year.
While not as popular as the Cayenne, the Macan was also met with great enthusiasm. Porsche delivered more than 350,000 units from 2014 until 2018, with more than 25 percent of them shipped to China. As a result, the Germans paid big attention to this upgrade and made significant changes inside and out. Unfortunately, those of you who expected more powerful engines will be disappointed. But more on that in the review below.
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New video claims the Lambo Aventador SVJ was designed to have the best handling
Lamborghini has already confirmed that the most hardcore Aventador yet will wear an "SVJ" badge, and it’s releasing new teasers as the public debut is getting closer. Rumored to have set a new record for production cars at the Nurburgring, the Aventador SVJ is now shown racing on the German track with the catchphrase "designed to have the best handling."
McLaren BP23 Will Officially Go by the Name Speedtail; Will Feature New Materials and Near-Limitless Customization
The highly-anticipated BP23, McLaren’s upcoming hypercar and successor to the P1, will be called the Speedtail, the British firm announced today. Known as the BP23 up until now, the upcoming member of the Ultimate Series line will be the "world’s first Hyper-GT," and McLaren claims it will be its fastest vehicle yet - so fact that it will exceed the F1’s 243-mph top speed.
Porsche Macan Gains 911 Looks, More Equipment
Introduced in 2014 as a smaller alternative to the already iconic Cayenne, the Porsche Macan is a sales success with more than 350,000 units delivered in four years. The German manufacturer is now looking to add to the momentum with a mid-cycle update that makes the crossover sportier than ever before and adds new equipment inside the cabin.
The Detroit Auto Show is Moving to June, but What Does it Mean?
Rumors about the Detroit Auto Show being moved from January to June have been going around for quite some time. And it finally happened. The organizers just announced that the car show will take place in June starting 2020.
The Detroit Auto Dealers Association quoted a few reasons for changing the date. First up is that Detroit wants to embrace the changes that the auto industry is going through. Vehicle unveilings have become more dynamic in recent years, and the fact that the show was organized in January restricted Detroit to indoor events due to the cold weather.
By moving it to June, automakers can design more dynamic debuts, offer rides, and even showcase autonomous driving systems around the Cobo Center. Truck manufacturers can also host off-road challenges, and Detroit organizers are also thinking about including some of the city’s highlights, like Hart Plaza, the RiverWalk, and Woodward Avenue in the event.
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2019 Audi R8 GT
The second-generation Audi R8 is about to receive its mid-cycle facelift. We’ve already seen prototypes on public roads, and it seems that the Germans have prepared big changes for the facelift. It also seems that Audi is working on a higher performance version of the R8, possibly a successor to the GT model.
Although it has yet to confirm such a model, a new R8 GT makes sense given the fact that the second-gen supercar has yet to spawn any special editions yet. The original GT was discontinued back in 2013, while the LMX was produced in 2014 only. It’s been four years since Audi offered anything above the R8 Plus, so it’s about time the German brand gave the supercar a performance bump. A beefed-up R8 could arrive in 2019, but until we find out more about that, let’s take a closer look at what upgrades it may get.
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2017 Seat Leon Cupra Evo 17
Although overshadowed by the Volkswagen Golf, its platform sibling, sales-wise, the Seat Leon has been the more powerful race car in various series around the world. The TCR is one of them, having been set up after Seat designed the Leon Cup Racer, also the car that was used as a template for aerodynamic regulations. The increasingly popular series is still dominated by the Leon, which received an update in 2017.
Renamed the Leon Cupra Evo 17, the Spanish race car is more aggressive than ever. The hatchback sports bigger wheel arches, just like the Volkswagen Golf GTI TRC, a massive rear wing, and the copper highlights we’ve seen on recently unveiled Cupra road models. The Leon will continue to race in the TCR International Series, where it will face competition from Audi, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Opel, Volkswagen, and many more carmakers.
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BMW M2 Competition Configurator Has Surprisingly Few Options
Unveiled in 2015, the BMW M2 became the spiritual successor to the 1M Coupe and gained notoriety for being a closer rendition to the original M3 than the modern M4. Come 2018 and BMW unveiled the M2 Competition, a more powerful version of the coupe.
While Competition-branded cars are usually upgrades to the regular M model, the M2 Competition is actually a replacement for the standard M2, which was discontinued. Upgrades inside and out are rather mild, but the Competition variant stands out for featuring the engine from the bigger M4 under the hood. Available to order starting this month, the M2 Competition can now be customized through the company’s online configurator. Let’s have a closer look at the options.
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2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR
Established in 2015, the TCR series has become increasingly popular with each season, now being contested by several automakers from Europe and Asia. Volkswagen is one of them, having joined the series with a race-spec version of the Golf GTI in 2016. Following the first full season, in which the Golf GTI TCR won 17 races and two championships, the German firm made improvements to the car in order to continue its good run.
The hatchback’s aerodynamics were updated, while the technology under the hood has also been fine-tuned. The updated car was again used by Liqui Moly Team Engstler, which tackled the German ADAC TCR, TCR Asia, and the TCR Middle East series. The revised GTI also returned to the International TCR series with Team Leopard Racing, which won the championship the previous year. Let’s find out what’s new in the review below.
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2018 Renault Mégane R.S. Trophy
The Renault Megane was most recently redesigned in 2016. Sportier than ever on the outside, it gained a modern interior with the latest tech and a range of revised engines. Two years have passed since then and Renault finally gave the fourth-generation Megane the long-awaited Trophy treatment.
Crafted by the Renault Sport division, also known as R.S., the new Trophy replaces the R.S. 275 Trophy model that the French firm offered between 2014 and 2017. Naturally, the new Megane Trophy is not only more aggressive on the outside, but it’s also more powerful. As usual, it’s built on the race-bred Cup chassis, which makes it a road-legal race car. The 275 Trophy-R holds track records for FWD cars on many circuits, including the Nurburgring, Suzuka, and Fuji. Will the new Trophy set new benchmarks? Probably. But until that happens, let’s have a closer look at its design and drivetrain in the review below.
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Look at that Butt: The Next-Gen Porsche 911 Looks Better from Behind
The next-generation Porsche 911, called the 992, has been caught testing numerous times in recent months. The sports car has lost most of the camo on the way, but some areas are still hidden from sight. But the new 911 is slowly revealing itself, and our paparazzi just spotted a car with no camo on its rear end.
2019 Nissan Leaf Nismo
Introduced in 2010, the Nissan Leaf set many benchmarks in the electric car market and has become one of the most popular EVs out there. But, after seven years on the market, the Leaf got a bit long in the tooth, and with other companies having introduced more modern EVs in this niche, Nissan had no choice but to develop a second-generation model. Unveiled for the 2018 model year, the new Leaf is better in just about any department and it finally spawned a Nismo version.
Previewed by a concept unveiled at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, the Leaf Nismo is heavily based on the show car. However, the Nismo isn’t the "higher power, longer range version at a higher price" promised by Nissan, as the upgrade is far from comprehensive under the skin. The EV was also launched in Japan only, and it doesn’t seem as if Nissan wants to sell it in Europe or the United States anytime soon. Information is still scarce, but until more data becomes available let’s have a closer look at what we already know about it.
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Mil-Spec Automotive Revives the Hummer H1
While it failed as a brand as soon as it launched the H3, Hummer became an iconic brand with the H1. Produced by AM General from 1992 until 2006, the H1 is still regarded as one of the best off-road, military-based civilian vehicles ever built. 12 years have passed since it was discontinued, and the H1 returns as a restomod vehicle by Mil-Spec.
2019 Audi R8 Spyder
The second-generation Audi R8 was launched in 2015 and, despite rumors that it may be discontinued, the supercar will live on for at least a few more years. The facelifted version of the R8 coupe was spotted on public roads back in March, and now the Spyder model surfaced with similar updates.
While notable changes make sense for a mid-cycle refresh, word has it that the Spyder in out latest shots could be more than just a facelift. Audi may be working on a beefed-up version of the supercar that could carry an "RS" or "GT" badge. With the nameplate likely to go into the history books in a few years, the Germans might be looking to give it a proper send-off with a more aerodynamic and powerful version. Unfortunately, Audi is still mum on the details, so we won’t know for sure until the company spills the beans or the camo comes off. Meanwhile, let’s have a closer look at what the updated R8 Spyder might bring to the table.
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The first McLaren Senna shipped to the U.S. Is drop dead gorgeous
Unveiled more than six months ago, the radical McLaren Senna is finally meeting its first customers. The British firm just shipped its first U.S.-spec example, which landed with Michael Fux, an entrepreneur, philanthropist and renowned car collector from New York City. An owner of three other McLaren sports cars, Fux ordered a heavily customized Senna that sports a bespoke color that bears his own name. Pretty fancy, huh?
The Audi TT is Sportier Than Ever and Has a Longer List of Standard Features
BMW Teaser Mystery Record Attempt for the M2 Competition
It’s been just a couple of months since BMW unveiled the M2 Competition and the Germans are already looking to set a new world record with the coupe. In a newly launched video called "A challenge extended is a challenge accepted," BMW is teasing a record attempt that takes place in England. Unfortunately, there aren’t many hints as to what kind of benchmark this is.
Facelift Audi TTS Revealed in Leaked Photos
The current Audi TT is about to get a facelift, and although we have yet to see the upgrades the Germans made to the standard coupe, a couple of leaked photos unveil the changes we will see on the sportier TTS model. We have clear shots of both the front and rear fascia, and the revisions are quite significant.
BMW X3 M Looks Nimble on the Nurburgring
The BMW X3 was launched all the way back in 2003, and it seems unbelievable that the Germans have yet to introduce an M version. Fortunately, the long and painful wait is about to come to an end, with the first-even X3 M likely to debut by the end of 2018. We’ve already seen the crossover in spy shots recently, and now we can finally watch it in action at the Nurburgring track.
2019 Volkswagen T-Roc GTI
Launched in 2017, the T-Roc is Volkswagen’s smallest crossover yet. Built on the MQB platform that underpins several Volkswagen Group vehicles, it’s related to the Audi Q2 and Seat Arona and competes against the likes of the Nissan Juke, Toyota C-HR, and Renault Captur. Ever since it arrived in showrooms, there have been rumors that Volkswagen may develop a GTI version of the mini SUV. Come 2018, and the beefed-up crossover was spotted testing on public roads.
Performance-oriented models are quite rare in this niche. Although the segment is populated by at least ten models from various companies in Europe, none of them are available with power upgrades. Nissan used to offer a Nismo version of the Juke, or even the extreme, GT-R-powered Juke-R, but these variants are no longer available. This means that the T-Roc GTI will be a unique model and will have the entire market to itself. At least for a while. Let’s find out what it may bring to the table in the speculative review below.
Updated Honda Civic Type R Caught Testing; It Could be a Hotter Version!
The latest Honda Civic Type R was introduced just a year ago, but the Japanese firm is already working on a facelift. A revised prototype with mild camouflage over its front and rear fascias was spotted testing on public roads, and it seems that Honda is planning to replace the hatchback with an updated version in 2019.
2019 BMW X7
When BMW joined the SUV market with the X5 back in 1999, little did we know that the German manufacturer will become such an important player in this segment. But in a little more than a decade, the Bavarian brand has launched no fewer than four different crossovers. Come 2018 and a flagship X7 is ready to join the lineup.
The Bavarian brand made an announcement about the X7 in 2014, when it revealed that it will be built at the company’s plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina, which also produces the X3, X5, X5 M, X6, and X6 M models. There’s no word as to when the X7 will make its public debut, but it should break cover in the second half of 2018, most likely at the Paris or Los Angeles Auto Show. When it arrives in showrooms, it will become BMW’s largest offering yet and will enable the German manufacturer to compete against SUVs such as the Mercedes-Benz GLS, Range Rover, and even the Cadillac Escalade.
Meanwhile, we have the X7 Concept, the brand-new X5, and a few X7 prototypes to give us some info on the upcoming SUV.
Updated 07/16/2018: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming BMW X7 out in the wild again, and this time they were also able to snap some pictures of the interior too.
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5 Cars Cadillac Should Make ASAP
When Johan de Nysschen joined Cadillac in 2014, it seemed as if the luxury brand would finally reinvent itself. Marketing operations were moved from Detroit to Manhattan, a project that cost nearly $13 million, and a new strategy was penned. Among them, Cadillac began working on new crossovers, a flagship sedan, and replacements for the ATS and CTS. Four years later and De Nysschen was sacked, a move that raises questions about Cadillac’s future.
With the man seen as a visionary out of the picture, will Cadillac remain faithful to its original strategy to roll out one new model about every six months until 2022? And if so, what new markets will the luxury carmaker enter this time? We already know that Caddy is working on a replacement for the CTS, called the CT5, as well as a smaller CT4 for the compact market, but what happens after that. It’s difficult to predict, but I have my own list of cars that Cadillac should build as soon as possible in order to become relevant on the luxury market.
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2020 Genesis Sports Car
Less than three years old as of 2018, Genesis Motors is already making headlines. Split from the Hyundai Genesis nameplate, the Korean luxury division already offers three sedans, and it’s working on a couple of SUVs too. More recently though, we got confirmation that Genesis also wants to build a sports car. The two-door coupe could be based on the Essentia concept car.
Word of Genesis’ plans to develop a sports car got out in January 2018, when Hyundai design vice president Luc Donkerwolke told Wheels Magazine that "we are definitely doing it. We are not going autonomous for all of our cars." In addition, the brand’s head of R&D, Woong-chul Yang, confirmed that Genesis wants a sports car and that its development will be handled by Hyundai’s N performance division. Not much is known about it at this point, but we created a rendering of the car, and we will discuss what we already know about this project in the speculative review below.
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2018 Lotus Exige Type 49 and Type 79
The third-generation Lotus Exige is six years old as of 2018 and a bit long in the tooth. A brand-new model is underway, but the Brits are keeping things interesting for the current model by building all sorts of special editions. At the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed, Lotus paid tribute to two of its most iconic race cars with the Exige Type 49 and Exige Type 79.
Both cars celebrate the company’s past glory in Formula One. The Exige Type 49 marks 50 years since Graham Hill won both the drivers’ and constructors’ championships in the Type 49, while the Exige Type 49 marks 40 years since Mario Andretti did the same with the Type 79. The former race from 1967 through 1970 and won two championships, while also scoring podiums in each season. The Type 79’s career was a bit shorter, from 1978 through 1979.
Both Exige models were crafted by Lotus Exclusive, the brand’s recently established bespoke division. Let’s find out more about them below.
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Roborace DevBot Completes Goodwood Hillclimb without a Driver (Video)
This year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed saw many sports cars hit the Hillclimb circuit, but the iconic race track was also lapped by a couple of autonomous cars. WhileSiemens’ first-gen Ford Mustang had issues driving in a straight line, the Roborace DevBot had a more consistent run up the hill.
Toyota Supra Interior Spied, Looks a Lot Like the BMW Z4
The Toyota Supra made its dynamic debut at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed this week, but the fact that the company drove a camouflaged prototype on the Hillclimb course came as a disappointment. However, we at least got confirmation that there will be a six-cylinder engine under the hood. What’s more, we got a glimpse inside the cabin, and despite the camouflage, we did see some of the car’s design and features.
Siemens’ Self-Driving Mustang Struggles Up the Goodwood Hill (Video)
More and more automakers are entering the autonomous car business in an effort to make traffic safer for both drivers and pedestrians. But, while car makers are developing state-of-the-art vehicles, Siemens added self-driving technology to a first-generation Ford Mustang. And the pony car was just showcased at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed.
How Much BMW Will we See in the New Toyota Supra?
The brand-new Toyota Supra just made its first dynamic run at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed. And even though Toyota showcased a camouflaged prototype instead of the production model, the excitement knob is already turned up to 11 and slowly moving toward 12. The coupe is still shrouded in mystery and what bugs me most is how much BMW it will have under the skin.
Video: Watch the ItalDesign GT-R50 in action at Goodwood
The Italdesign GT-R50, essentially a modified Nissan GT-R, just made its public debut at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed. The bespoke supercar was driven on the historic race track and, as expected, it looks even better in motion than in the official photos.
Lotus Celebrates F1 Glory with Custom Exige Models at Goodwood FoS
Lotus has yet to redesign any of its aging models, but it keeps coming up with exciting special-edition versions. The latest on the list are the Exige Type 49 and Type 79, which were introduced at the2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed to mark two of the company’s most important Formula One milestones.
Watch out Ferrari, Noble Just Launched a New Supercar at Goodwood
Watch the New Toyota Supra in Action at Goodwood (Video)
It finally happened: the new Toyota Supra finally made its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. But there’s good news and bad news. The good news is that the Supra was driven up the Goodwood hill and we can see it in action for a minute. The bad news is that the sports car is still camouflaged, which means that we might not see it in the metal just yet.
Maserati Levante GTS Takes Goodwood by Storm with Ferrari Engine
This year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed brings many cool sports cars into the spotlight, but when it comes to SUVs, the Maserati Levante GTS reigns supreme. Powered by a Ferrari-developed engine, the Levante GTS bridges the gap between the regular V-6 model and the hardcore Trofeo, which also made its European debut in England.
2019 McLaren 600LT
Launched in 2015 as the company’s most affordable offering, the McLaren Sports Series grew to include several models beyond the initial 570S and 540C. On top of the Spider version, McLaren also launched the less track-focused 570GT and a couple of race-spec models, the 570S GT4 and Sprint. Come 2018, and the Brits are adding yet another version, this time around inspired by the already iconic 675LT. Meet the 600LT, the track-prepped car that brings Longtail heritage to the Sports Series lineup.
Set to make its dynamic debut at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed in July, the 600LT follows in the footsteps of the already iconic F1 Longtail and 675LT. It’s lighter, more aggressive; it benefits from new aerodynamics, as well as a more powerful engine. It’s the most powerful and most track-focused Sports Series model, and it’s here to take on the Porsche 911 GT3 RS!
Updated 07/11/2018: McLaren dropped new technical details and more images for the new 600LT.
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Would You Pay $1 Million for a Nissan GT-R?
The 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed is just around the corner, and so are the tremendous sports cars we’re going to see at the event. Among them, there will be the most aggressive and powerful Nissan GT-R ever created. It’s called the GT-R50 and was design in collaboration with Italdesign. But on top of being the most powerful GT-R yet, it will also be the most expensive at a whopping $1 million.
2019 Cadillac CT5
Having launched the CT6 in 2016, Cadillac is now working on replacing the other two sedans in its lineup. The five-year old third-generation CTS will be replaced in 2019, while the ATS nameplate, which has been on the market for only six years, will be phased out altogether after 2018. Both the CTS and ATS will be replaced by the CT5, with a smaller CT4 to be added in the future. While the latter is still a mystery, the CT5 was already spotted testing in the wild and it’s based on the Escala concept.
Rolled out on public roads in early 2018, the CT5 is very similar to the CTS as far as size goes, but it’s quite different by design. Not only sportier and more modern, it also has a new body style. While the CTS is a full-fledged sedan, the CT5 borrows the fastback layout of the Escala concept. With sedan sales dropping fast, it’s not surprising that Cadillac is going forward with a more streamlined body. The CT5 should break cover in late 2018 or early 2019. Meanwhile, let’s discuss what we already know about the upcoming sedan in the speculative review below.
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You Can Now Drive the Crazy Porsche "Pink Pig" in Forza Motorsport 7
Forza Motorsport 7 is getting a new update today, which adds a range of cool sports cars. The highlight of this update is the Porsche 917/20 race car that wore the weird but iconic "Pink Pig" livery at the 1971 24 Hours of Le Mans. The original "Pink Pig" is offered in the game only weeks after the livery made a memorable comeback at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, winning the GT class.
Gorgeous Cadillac Coupe Concept revealed in patent drawings
Cadillac-made coupes are sexy as hell. Unfortunately, they’re quite rare nowadays. With the CTS Coupe already discontinued and the ATS set to go into the history books beyond 2018, Cadillac will have no two-door models on offer in a few months. Fortunately, this may change soon with the arrival of the CT5, which replaces the CTS. A series of leaked patent drawings confirm that Caddy may offer a coupe version too, and it’s downright gorgeous.
The Nissan GT-R50 Is the Most Exciting and Powerful GT-R Ever!
Almost 11 years old as of 2018, the Nissan GT-R is pretty long in the tooth. And, even though sales have dropped dramatically in recent years, Nissan is still keeping the supercar into production with mild upgrades. With a new-generation model underway, the Japanese firm teamed up with Italdesign to build the most extreme GT-R to date. It’s called the GT-R50 and will make its debut at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed later this week.
2019 Seat Tarraco
Seat is preparing to launch its third SUV that will go by the name Tarraco and will be the company’s largest SUV yet. Spotted testing on the Nurburgring track in June 2018, the Tarraco shares underpinnings and other components with the midsize Skoda Kodiaq. This means that the Tarraco uses the Volkswagen Group’s ubiquitous MQB platform, which also underpins the Volkswagen Tiguan and Touareg. Much like the Kodiaq, the Tarraco will go against popular SUVs like the Kia Sorento, Hyundai Santa Fe, and even the Volkswagen Tiguan. In case you’re wondering what’s in the Tarraco name, it’s the ancient name of the Spanish city of Tarragona.
2019 Toyota Supra
If there is a car that is included on almost every list of “greatest enthusiasts car,” it’s the Toyota Supra. The little two-door sports car was originally bolted together as a response to the Z cars coming from competitor Datsun (and later Nissan), but it eventually grew into a special machine with a cult-like following. Now after years of rumor, speculation and dreaming, the Supra is set to return. With Toyota having launched the the Supra Racing Concept at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show and a prototype at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the next-generation coupe turned from rumor to reality and an official debut is set to happen soon.
The new-generation Supra brings the nameplate back into the spotlight after nearly two decades. Unlike its predecessor, it wasn’t developed by Toyota alone, but with help from BMW, alongside the upcoming Z4. The two cars will share underpinnings and drivetrain, but the Supra will get a unique setup from Toyota and its motorsport arm, Gazoo Racing. The production Supra made its rolling debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, but the sports car is still hidden under camo. Still, the production model is just a few months, or even weeks, away from showing itself in the metal, and we gathered all the existing information in the speculative review below. Check it out and make sure you stay tuned for updates.
Update7-12-2018: The latest Supra prototype took a slow but steady run up the hill at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. We’ve added the video to the top of our review below and included a handful of images from its maiden voyage.
2019 BMW 8 Series
Built between 1989 and 1999, the BMW 8 Series is now regarded as one of the most daring and intriguing Bimmers ever made. It’s also among the most desirable BMWs built in the 1990s. Requested again and again by fans ever since it was discontinued, the 8 Series finally made a comeback. Previewed by a concept car at the 2017 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, the modern 8 Series made its debut at the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans race in France.
A new 8 Series has been rumored for quite a few years, but for some weird reason BMW refused to bring it back until now. And I say "weird" because the German brand is in dire need of a luxury coupe above the 6 Series. With Mercedes-Benz already selling a two-door S-Class and Audi working on the A9, the 8 Series was pretty much mandatory in order for BMW to keep up with the competition. And needless to say, the S-Class was already far ahead of the 7 Series long before it gained coupe and convertible variants. Will the upcoming 8 Series have what it takes? Find out in my speculative review below.
Updated 07/09/2018: BMW announced prices for the 2019 M850i xDrive Coupe that will arrive in U.S. showrooms on December 8. Check the "Prices" section for the full details.
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2020 Alfa Romeo GTV
Rumors about Alfa Romeo planning to make a two-door coupe version of the Giulia surfaced the web as soon as the sporty sedan hit the market. It took the Italian firm about two years to confirm that a coupe is indeed underway, but not everything is as we expected. To be more specific, Alfa Romeo will use a coupe to revive the GTV nameplate.
Not only that, but it will be offered as a Quadrifoglio that will be more powerful than the Giulia Quadrifoglio sedan. To top things off, it will have a mild hybrid drivetrain and an all-wheel-drive system with torque vectoring. The coupe will most likely arrive in 2020 when the Giulia sedan should have already received its mid-cycle facelift. Let’s find out more about what it may bring to the table in the speculative review below.
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2019 Toyota Supra NASCAR Race Car
The Toyota Supra is set to return to the market after a 16-year absence. Rumored for many years and teased since 2017, the Supra will make its public debut later in 2018, but Toyota has already introduced a couple of race cars. We’ve seen the first one in the form of an FIA-spec concept at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, while the second one is a somewhat surprising entry in the NASCAR Infinity series.
Unveiled ahead of the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at the Daytona International Speedway, the Supra replaces the Camry in the Xfinity Series starting in 2019. The Camry-based race car leaves the series after ten competitive years, during which it won four manufacturer championships, two driver titles, and 147 wins as of 2018. This is the first time when the Supra name will be used in any NASCAR series.
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2018 BMW X2 - Updated
Rumors have been stirring about BMW building an X2 crossover since 2011, but it took some four years to see it in the metal for the first time. The small SUV first hit the streets in October 2015 and resurfaced again in January 2016, heavily camouflaged on both occasions. Later on, a concept car was showcased at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, making the company’s intentions about expanding the X lineup clear as daylight. Come 2017 and the X2 broke cover as the company’s sixth crossover. Essentially a sleeker, coupe-like version of the X1, the X2 competes against the likes of the Audi Q2, which was launched in 2016. It also completes BMW’s lineup of so-called coupe-style crossovers, which already includes the X6 and the X4.
The new compact SUV shares underpinnings with the second-generation X1, which rides on the same UKL platform found in the Mini Cooper and the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer. As a result, the X2 is front-wheel driven in the absence of xDrive AWD and also borrows the X1’s powertrains, meaning it will cross the pond to the U.S. in similar configurations. Launched in Europe in November 2017, the X2 made its North American debut at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show and will arrive in U.S. dealerships this spring.
Update 7-6-2018: The BMW X2 M35i was caught testing on the Nurburgring Check out the video in our special section below!
The Toyota Supra Will Take on the Mustang and the Camaro in NASCAR’s 2019 Season
The production version of the next-generation Toyota Supra has yet to be unveiled, but the Japanese automaker has already built two race cars based on it. We saw the first one in concept form at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. Now, Toyota revealed that the Supra will compete in the NASCAR Xfinity Series starting in 2019.
2019 Audi TT RS
The current Audi TT was unveiled in 2014, and the range-topping TT RS model was introduced for the 2017 model year. The high-revving coupe has been on the market for less than two years as of May, but Audi is already testing a mid-cycle facelift. Spotted testing on public roads in late 2017, the TT RS visited the Nurburgring track in April 2018. The coupe is still wearing camouflaged over the body parts that will get updates, but it seems that it won’t be long until it’s ready to go into production.
Like all Audi facelifts, expect the upgrade to bring only minor revisions inside and out. The exterior should get new bumpers and improved aerodynamics, while the cabin should receive Audi’s latest technology, but retain the third-generation design layout. The German car will continue to use the turbocharged, five-cylinder engine, but revised internals should add a bit of extra power and decrease CO2 emissions. An unveiling could happen by the end of 2018, but don’t expect the updated TT RS to arrive in the United States before the 2020 model year.
Updated 07/06/2018: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Audi TT RS testing on the smaller roads in Southern Europe.
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2019 Audi SQ8
Launched in June 2018, the Audi Q8 is the company’s latest SUV offering and competes in a small niche dominated by the BMW X6, Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe, and the Porsche Cayenne. With the coupe-styled Q8 now ready to hit dealerships, Audi is working to expand the lineup. The first iteration to join the new family is the performance-oriented SQ8, which was spotted testing on public roads only a few weeks after the regular Q8 debuted.
The S badge will add notably more oomph under the hood, but it will also enhance the crossover’s exterior with sportier features. It won’t be decidedly more aggressive than the Q8, but it will get just enough unique design elements to stand out. The SQ8 will become the range-topping model and will challenge the more powerful versions of the X6 and GLE Coupe. That’s until Audi will launch an RS version, which is likely to happen sometime in 2019. As for the SQ8, it could debut by the end of 2018 or at the Detroit Auto Show in January.
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The Toyota Supra Will Debut at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed
Ferrari Celebrates 50 Years of Dino
Aston Martin plans to beat Porsche’s new Nurburgring record
Ah, Nurburgring records. Where would we be without them? Automakers would have one less benchmark to fight over, and we’d miss some fantastic footage with fast cars lapping the Nordschleife. 2018 is already an interesting year with Porsche having broken the all-time record set by Stefan Bellof way back in 1983, but it’s about to get even more fascinating. That’s because Aston Martin could improve on that record with the upcoming Valkyrie supercar.
McLaren considering more extreme version of the 600LT
McLaren 600LT vs McLaren 570S
A few years ago, McLaren was still a very small company that had few models on offer. This changed in 2015, when the Brits added a new lineup, the Sports Series. Placed under the Super Series family which includes the 650S and 675LT, among others, the Sports Series is the brand’s most affordable line of cars. It debuted with the 570S and 540C, but it soon grew to include the 570S Spider, the less track-focused 570GT, and the race-spec 570S GT4 and 570S Sprint. In 2018, McLaren finally granted the Sports Series access to its exclusive Longtail lineup and launched the 600LT.
Essentially an upgrade to the 570S, the 600LT uses more extreme aerodynamics and a more powerful engine. It’s quicker and more agile on the race track, yet it remains road-legal, sliding just under the track-only 570S GT4. So how does it compare to the 570S, the lineup’s range-topping model for three years? Let’s find out in the comparison below.
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2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye
Introduced for the 2015 model year, the Challenger Hellcat stunned the muscle car market through its powerful engine and impressive performance. Dodge took things to a new level with the Demon in 2017, when it introduced a series of segment-first features. Come 2018, and FCA launched a new model that bridges the gap between the impressive Hellcat and the absolutely evil Demon. Meet the Hellcat Redeye!
While not as menacing as the Demon performance-wise, the Redeye borrows numerous drivetrain features from the drag-prepped coupe. It’s also significantly more powerful than the regular Hellcat and obviously faster. What’s the purpose of this car with the Hellcat already more powerful than the competition? Well, the Challenger is pretty long in the tooth and Dodge is probably trying to keep things interesting before the next-generation muscle car arrives. Let’s find out what makes the Hellcat Redeye special in the review below.
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Here’s Everything we Know About the Tesla Pickup Truck
In 2017, Tesla confirmed that it will build an all-electric semi truck and began taking preorders for the hauler. But the EV firm also teased a pickup truck and announced that it could go into production in a few years. Now, Elon Musk unveiled the first details about the vehicles in a Twitter discussion in which he asked his followers what would they like to see in such a vehicle.
Musk received numerous replies, and his answers include details and important hints as to what the first Tesla pickup truck will bring to the table. And we compiled everything the California-based firm has revealed so far. Find out more about it below.
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Love It or Leave It - The 2019 BMW 8 Series
Every time an automaker like BMW launches a new-generation model, gearheads go wild, and outlets compare it to alternatives from Audi and Mercedes-Benz. But while models like the X5 and the 3 Series get massive attention with each redesign, no Bimmer gets more time under the spotlight than the 8 Series. Revived after a 20-year hiatus, the grand tourer is the car of the moment and arguably one of the most important releases of the year.
The new 8 Series is spectacular in many ways, but much like most automobiles out there, it’s not perfect. We’re here to give it our usual "love it or leave it" treatment, in which we discuss what we like and what we hate about it. Find out what our staff had to say about BMW’s new luxury coupe and let us know what you think about it in the comments sections below.
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In a surprising turn of events, Chevrolet revived the Blazer after a 13-year hiatus. Granted, it wasn’t totally unexpected as there were rumors about a revival, but the new Blazer came out of the blue, with no warning in the form of leaked photos or spy shots. And the revival also brought a lot of drama, as the new Blazer isn’t the rugged, body-on-frame SUV that everyone was hoping for.
Instead, Chevy reintroduced the iconic nameplate for a unibody crossover that slots between the Equinox and the Traverse and mixes styling cues from the Camaro and other Chevy vehicles. It’s definitely confusing for such a big revival and gearheads the world over are debating whether GM made the right move here. As we usually do when an important vehicle is launched, we’re joining the discussion with opinions from the TopSpeed staff. Read them below.
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2019 Porsche 911 Speedster
Introduced in 2011, the 991-generation Porsche 911 is slowly moving closer to retirement. The 991.2 facelift is already three years old, and the next-generation 911 was spotted testing on public roads in many versions, so the 992 will probably go into the history books in 2019. But Porsche is not yet done with the current model. Recent spy shots suggest that the final batch of sports cars will include a Speedster model.
The convertible was caught testing in Southern Europe alongside a few 911 GT3s and word has it that an official debut is planned at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed in July. Rumors also claim that power will be provided by the same 4.0-liter flat-six engine in the 911 GT3 so it will be among the most powerful variants of the outgoing 991. Production will be limited to a few hundred cars. The 911 Speedster returns to the market after a seven-year hiatus. The previous Speedster, based on the 997-generation 911, was launched in 2011.
Updated 06/29/2018: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Porsche 911 Speedster out for a new testing session around Nürburgring, and this time wearing absolutely no camouflage.
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The Honda Pilot entered its third generation for the 2016 model year, and with it came a completely redesigned vehicle that dropped its boxy look, shed a few pounds, and inches closer to the premium segment as far as interior materials and overall fit and finish. On the outside, the front end is now sportier with thinner wraparound headlight units, a stylish front fascia, muscular hood, sculpted side profile, new taillight units, and a rear end that is far less boxy compared to the outgoing model. Inside, the cabin has been redesigned to provide a more premium feel, despite still be packed full of hard plastic trim. There is a new digital instrument cluster, and eight-inch touch screen display and extra passenger and cargo room compared to the previous model. Honda didn’t do too much to alter the Pilot’s drivetrain for the third-gen model, but it did update the 3.5-liter to include cylinder deactivation, a stop/start function, and a six-speed automatic transmission.
More importantly, however, is the fact that the 2016 Honda Pilot should be safer than the outgoing model, earning “good” ratings for moderate overlap frontal offset, small overlap frontal offset, side impact, and roof strength, which was an improvement over the previous gen model, which received a “poor” rating for small overlap frontal offset and a “marginal” rating for roof strength for the 2009 to 2011 model years. With models like the Toyota Highlander and Chevy Traverse already sporting a more modern design, the new Pilot finally has what it takes to compete in the Large SUV segment once again. With that said, take a look at our detailed review of the new 2016 Honda Pilot below.
Updated 06/28/2018: Honda has updated the 2019 Pilot with a revised exterior look, a revised nine-speed automatic transmission, Honda Safety Sense, and a decent list of optional equipment for the taking. Check out the details in our updated section below.
Lamborghini Polo Storico restores the iconic Miura SVR
Lamborghini Polo Storico, the arm that handles Lambo’s classic models, has completed the restoration of one of the most famous Miura models ever built, the Miura SVR. Based on the Miura Jota, a prototype that was destroyed before it made into production, the SVR was showcased at Japan’s Nakayama Circuit before it was delivered to its owner.
The McLaren 600LT Bests the 570S with More Grunt and Less Weight
Teased for quite some time now, the hardcore version of the McLaren 570S has been unveiled ahead of the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed. As predicted by TopSpeed, it’s called the 600LT, a name that includes the engine’s output in PS and the fact that it’s a member of the "Longtail" lineage, which pays tribute to the original McLaren F1 Long Tail race car. As you might have already guessed, it’s the most powerful and most track-focused member yet of the Sports Series family.
Having seen the gorgeous designs and solid performance figures of the DB11 and the new-generation Vantage, we were extremely anxious to see what Aston Martin has in store for next-generation Vanquish. The flagship grand tourer was finally unveiled this month, and alongside everything that is new inside and out, it also gained a new badge. Say goodbye to the Vanquish (for the second time), and hello to the DBS Superleggera.
Revived after six years, the DBS nameplate replaces the Vanquish for the second time. But this time around, it’s joined by the "Superleggera" badge, which Aston Martin is using as a tribute to the Carrozzeria Touring, the design firm that helped pen the iconic DB4, DB5, and DB6. What do we think about this new design and the tech under the skin? Find out from the TopSpeed staff below.
5 Important Facts About the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera
Aston Martin just replaced the Vanquish S with the DBS Superleggera, and the new grand tourer is a stunning vehicle in terms of design and technology. It’s lighter, faster, and more powerful than its predecessor, while also incorporating a lot more technology and race-inspired features. The new two-door also marks the return of the "DBS" badge, and it’s the company’s first modern vehicle that pays tribute to Carrozzeria Touring, the design house that helped pen some of the most iconic Aston Martins. But more on this and other important facts about the DBS Superleggera in the article below.
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Comparison: 2019 Volvo S60 vs BMW 3 Series
After years of struggle to make a stand in the premium market, the S60 finally has a shot against the leading nameplates in this niche: the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and the Audi A4. We’ve already compared the S60 to the Merc, so now it’s time to pit it against the 3 Series, the vehicle that has set the benchmark in this segment for many years.
Purchased by Geely in 2009, Volvo was subject to a makeover in recent years that saw most of its important models redesigned from the ground up and all engines that weren’t four-cylinders discontinued. The Swedish firm also developed a hybrid drivetrain under Chinese ownership. The first vehicle to sport all these novelties, the XC90, entered production in 2014, but the design and tech expanded to include the S90 and XC40 too. Come 2018, and Volvo redesigned the S60 compact sedan using the same features and technologies, turning it into a shrunken S90.
2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera
Having redesigned the DB9, which changed its name to the DB11, and the Vantage, Aston Martin now introduced a replacement for the Vanquish S. Much like the DB9, the Vanquish name was retired and replaced by a badge that goes back to the late 1960s. Meet the DBS Superleggera, the company’s new flagship grand tourer.
Built on the underpinnings of the DB11, the DBS Superleggera is lighter and more powerful. Tipping the scales at 3,733 pounds, the DBS shed nearly 160 pounds compared to the DB11. The grand tourer is also more aggressive by design, almost touching supercar territory thanks to its low-slung stance and really low ground clearance. The new grand tourer also pays homage to the historic super lightweight construction technology of the famous Italian coachbuilder Superleggera, which penned the iconic DB4 and DB5. Let’s find out what the new DBS Superleggera is all about in the review below.
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Honda Civic Type R Sets Lap Record at Spa-Francorchamps
It’s been some time since the new Honda Civic Type R hit the market and the Japanese hot hatch is still making headlines. On top of bringing it to the U.S. for the very first time, Honda is also using the Type R to set records for FWD cars on Europe’s most iconic race track. After setting new benchmarks on the Nurburgring and Magny-Cours GP circuits, the Type R established a new record on Belgium’s Spa-Francorchamps track too.
2019 Chevrolet Blazer
Introduced in 1969, the Chevrolet Blazer survived in many forms until 2005, when the iconic nameplate was retired for good. Come 2018, and Chevy finally revived the name for a new midsize crossover. This time around, the Blazer rides on a unibody platform and boasts a sporty, modern design based on the Camaro sports car.
It may have sounded ludicrous a few years ago, but the Blazer is no longer the boxy SUV that dominated the market back in the day. Instead of rolling yet another conventional crossover that would cannibalize the Traverse, Chevy designed the new Blazer with younger customers in mind and looked at the Camaro muscle car for inspiration. The new Blazer comes to take on the Ford Edge and the Jeep Grand Cherokee, and it looks like Chevy’s Detroit rivals have plenty to worry about.
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What You Need to Know About the Upcoming McLaren 570LT
Introduced in 2015, McLaren’s entry-level Sports Series has expanded to include no fewer than seven models in just a couple of years, including the racing versions, the cabriolet, and the bespoke MSO X. But, McLaren isn’t stopping here and has already confirmed a new version is underway.
Teased in a couple of pictures, the upcoming sports car was confirmed to feature optimized aerodynamics, increased power, minimized weight, and track-focused dynamics. We don’t know much about it yet, but McLaren provided a few valuable hints about the car that’s often referred to as the 570LT. Let’s have a closer look at what we already know about the most extreme Sports Series model ever built.
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Video: Hear the Mid-engined Corvette’s Twin-Turbo V-8 Roar under Full Throttle
Chevrolet’s mid-engined Corvette is no longer just a rumor. We’ve spotted several prototypes testing on public roads, and we already know a few things about the car from insiders and the rumor mill. It’s long been speculated that Chevy will use forced-induction to give the mid-ship Vette supercar-like performance and this new video comes to confirm just that.
2019 Volvo S60
Following the launch of the new-generation V60 wagon, Volvo introduced a redesigned version of the S60 sedan in June 2018. Essentially a shrunken S90 with mild tweaks on the outside, the new S60 comes to tackle the highly popular BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class with new technology and new drivetrains.
The first Volvo to be built in the United States, the S60 was unveiled during the inauguration of the company’s new South Carolina factory. It’s not only the first U.S.-built Volvo, but it’s also the brand’s first vehicle to be sold without a diesel engine. Although the Swedish company has some of the most efficient oil burners out there, its diesels will retire in a couple of years as Volvo wants to add electrification to all of its cars from 2019.
2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante
Aston Martin has just replaced the six-year old Vanquish with the DBS Superleggera. Introduced in June 2018, the DBS name returns after a six-year absence with a brand-new design, underpinnings from the DB11, and turbocharged V-12 engine. Now that the coupe is ready to hit the streets, Aston Martin is readying a Volante version. The convertible was spotted testing alongside the coupe and could arrive by the end of the year.
Designed to replace the aging Vanquish Volante, the DBS Superleggera Volante will benefit from Aston Martin’s new design language. The cabriolet will be identical to the coupe below the waist, but it will feature a canvas top instead of the usual metal roof. A more luxurious interior, new technology, and a beefed-up drivetrain will round out the package.
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Five Interesting Facts About the 2019 BMW 8 Series
The new BMW 8 Series is out in the open, and the nameplate’s revival comes with quite a few impressive features. Not only is it sporting a unique design that’s sportier than the competition, but the 8 Series is also equipped with state-of-the-art tech and a number of cool features. We’ve already covered some of them in our "6 Astonishing Tech Gizmos and Cool Features of the New BMW 8 Series," and now its time to have a look at some of the coupe’s most interesting facts. Check them out below.
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