Ferrari Isn’t Ready To Kill Off Its Naturally Aspirated V-12 Yet
Ferrari has been very busy through the first half of 2021, introducing – as of the time of this writing – two “new” models: The 812 Limited Edition V12 and the V-12 Targa that is the 812 Competizione. These cars are a big deal because it’s widely believed that, thanks to increasingly stringent emissions regulations and the forced transition to electrification, the days of larger naturally aspirated engines like the Ferrari V-12 are about to come to an end. This, however, may not be the case – at least not if Ferrari has anything to say about it.
Forget The Mach-E – This Is the Electric Ford Mustang We Deserved
Remember back when Ford thought it was a good idea to slap the iconic Mach 1 name on an EV SUV? Well, it didn’t go out so well and people only stopped short of rioting in the streets, eventually prompting Ford to back pedal and switch to the name Mach E instead. The name wasn’t much better and is still referred to by some as disgracing what the Mach name stood for, but things have pretty much settled down into acceptance. But, is this really the electric Mustang that we deserved? Well, after seeing this rendering, we’re willing to bet you’ll say we deserved better.
Evolution of the Automotive Industry is Killing Icons, And the Lotus Elise Was No Exception
As we transitioned into 2021, we learned that Lotus was bringing us a new sports car, but it would come at the cost of the Elise, Exige, and Evora. For some, the death of cars like the Elise isn’t that big a deal. After all, we haven’t had it in the United States for a decade now, but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s been an icon for the brand since the Elise Series 1 was introduced way back in 1996. Killing off the Elise is similar to Nissan killing of the Z car or the GT-R, so why is Lotus making such a move? Well, the answer is simpler than you might think.
This Chevy C-10 Mixes Dark Apocalyptic Looks With Extreme Aerodynamics
The Chevy C10, know in its senior years, has become the basis for a number of crazy custom projects from low-riders to extreme off-roaders. The thing is, though, that most of the examples of modified C10s in real life all the same outside of different paintjobs. This rendering, however, depicts something that goes beyond show car status.
No, This Isn’t A Real GTA 6 Trailer, But It’s Not A Bad Mashup Of Various Games
Here at Topspeed, we have a love for games like Grand Theft Auto. Outside of the police chases, shootouts, and other fun gimmicks, it’s a fun car game too. While there are enough rumors for us to talk about what we might know about GTA 6, there really isn’t any official information to go on. Be that as it may, we got pretty excited when we spotted this “GTA 6 Official Trailer.” It only took a few moments to realize it wasn’t the real deal, but it’s still worth watching just for the fun of it.
What You Really Need To Know About the 1997-2004 Porsche 996 911
The Porsche 911 has had a long and illustrious history that dates all the way back to 1963. Basically becoming the posterchild for performance and what a true sports car should be, it has quite the cult following. One could even argue that it’s one of the most loved sports cars in the world. But, despite all of this love, there’s one generation that stands out as inferior, and that my friends is the 996 generation that was built between 1997 and 2004. Well, technically it stayed in production to some extent until 2006, but we’ll talk more about that later. So, was the 996 911 really such a bad car, and should you risk buying one today? It’s not as bad as you might think, although, there are some things you need to know about it.
GM’s Latest Sketch Begs To Become The New Cadillac XLR
GM’s design Instagram page loves to hit us with some random sketches. It’s almost like they pay someone just to sketch out crazy stuff. Sometimes they hint at something realistic like this one that looked like a larger Cadillac Lyriq. Other times they are just outlandish design concepts like the self-driving gamer car that we laid eyes on in March 2021. This latest design, however, is something that could actually have potential even though it probably, most certainly doesn’t.
A New Hypercar Could Put Switzerland On The Map of Hard-Hitting Contenders
While the rest of the world, as in mainstream automakers, fight to grasp the full force of electrification, supercar and hypercar manufacturers are using potent technology to push cars to the edge of what we know is possible. Cars like the all-electric Lotus Evija, for example, promise 1,972 horsepower and sub-3-second sprints to 60 mph. Even hybrid cars like the McLaren Elva with around 800 horsepower and do three-second sprints to 60 mph and sub-7-second sprints to 124 mph. From a performance standpoint, the benefit of electrification is undeniable. That undeniable benefit is why the car you see here, which doesn’t have an official name quite yet, could put Switzerland on the map as it aims to compete with the most potent cars that money can buy today.
The Volkswagen Golf May Only Have One Generation Left Before Retirement
When Volkswagen introduced the new 2020 Mk.8 Golf, we got to feast eyes on the Golf GTI, GTD, and GTE, a blend of trims that pretty much covered every desire imaginable. Later we got to lay eyes on the 2021 VW Golf R and Golf GTI Clubsport. I don’t need to tell you why any of these models is special, but did you know that only the Golf GTI and Golf R are sold here in the United States? That’s right! Outside of these two models, the rest of the Golf lineup is a forbidden fruit. It might seem a little early to think about the next-gen Golf considering the 8th generation is still practically brand new, but will there be another generation? And, what happens after that? Well, with the way the automotive industry is changing, that’s a very good question.
Want the MG Cyberster to Go Into Production? Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is
When you think about the MG brand (if you think about it, that is), you probably don’t think about sporty cars. Cars like the MG TF Roadster or the MG6 might come to mind, and they were kind of sporty, but they were also a decade ago. There was the MG MG3 Trophy Championship Concept, but nothing tangible came from it. The Mazda knock-off that was the MG X-Motion Concept promised to bring a sporty SUV into the mix as does the Cyberster Concept, but so far, most of MG’s concepts are just that: concepts that never come to fruition. Well, that could change with the Cyberster, but it won’t happen without some…..ahem….. assistance.
The Next-Gen Honda Civic Type R Ends An Era That Barely Started
The current Honda Civic Type R, despite its track-focused and aggressive nature, made on hell of a daily driver. And, it was the first Type R from Honda or Acura that landed on U.S. roads since the Acura Integra Type R won over the hearts of ricers and tuners from coast to coast back in the 90s. Even cars like the NSX-R, for example, were left among the forbidden fruit that is the Japanese Domestic Market. Now, with the release of the 2022 Honda Civic sedan, we know that the next Civic Type-R is around the corner and it is, sadly, the last of a dying breed.
The Viritech Apricale – More Than Just The Worlds First Production Hydrogen Hypercar
A British startup known as Viritech and based in MIRA Technology Park is aiming to become the “world’s leading developer of hydrogen technology,” and it all starts with the development of the Apricale – a hydrogen-powered hypercar that promises 1,100 horsepower. The car itself will be sold in limited numbers for a price of around £1.5 million before taxes, but that’s not the whole story.
Thanks to Electric Vehicles, Even Volkswagen Can Be A Major Performance Brand
In case you haven’t noticed, outside of a few entry-level cars like the Hyundai Kona EV and Chevy Bolt, for example, electric cars are pretty fast. And the cost to make even an entry-level EV fast isn’t all that high. EVs are opening the door for automakers to expand their performance lineups exponentially, and Volkswagen will be one of the first as the GTX badge be slapped onto an entire fleet of high-performance EVs. So, which model will we see next?
2023 BMW M2 G87 – We Have Some Good News and Some Bad News
Our first sighting of the next-gen 2 Series happened about a year ago, and as of August 2020, we learned that it would be offered with rear-wheel drive. This is a big plus considering that the 2 Series Active Tourer and the Gran Coupe are, in fact, front-wheel drive. As is always the case, you have to take the good with the bad, and even though the next-gen 2 Series Coupe is just about ready to hatch, the M2 is still in the incubator. How long do we have to wait? Let’s just say there’s going to be a generational gap.
Alfa Romeo’s Next SUV Won’t Come To The U.S. Because We Like Them Big
Back in 2018, we learned that Alfa Romeo was going to expand its lineup with a Large SUV, and sure enough, we ended up with the Stelvio. It didn’t take long for the company to follow up with news that there would be a smaller SUV, and our first decent look was the Tonale concept. We’ve been waiting for that smaller SUV to be revealed in production guise, and while that hasn’t happened, there is word that an even smaller model is on the way. The only caveat here is that it’s going to be so small, Alfa Romeo won’t bother to bring it to the United States.
Get Out Of The House To Watch The Entire Fast and Furious Franchise For Free
Fast & Furious 9 is set to make its debut in theaters on June 25th as one of the first major blockbuster movies to be released since Covid-19 ruined the better part of two years. To help create some mojo surrounding F9’s release and, ultimately, increase its theatrical success, Universal Studios is promoting what it calls “Fast Friday” showings of every Fast and Furious movie leading up to the first screening of F9.
Hyundai Promises More N Performance Models, And I’m Not Sure It’s a Good Thing
Let’s face it, Performance vehicles as we know them like the BMW M4, Hyundai Veloster, – and by that, I mean cars with raw internal combustion power – aren’t exactly staring down the barrel of a bright future. By 2030 or 2040 at the latest, there’s a good chance that you’ll only be able to buy electric vehicles and, while they can offer some great performance as we’ve learned from cars like the Porsche Taycan, the basis behind performance vehicles is changing. That’s probably why automakers are offering so many performance vehicles that, well, probably shouldn’t even exist.
The Hyundai Kona N, as cool as it is, is one such model. The world doesn’t need a high-performance Kona, but here we are with one. Other automakers are doing the same thing, and it’s only because we’re willing to snatch them up as quickly as they can produce them simply based on the fact that this is probably our last chance. And that’s probably a big reason as to why Hyundai has just promised a whole bunch of N Performance models….
The 2022 Hyundai Kona N IS Basically A Bigger Veloster N
The “hot SUV” market might be slowly but continually growing with more and more manufactuers starting to offer performance SUVs, but most of them fall outside the affordable category. The Mercedes-AMG GLA 45, for example, starts at $54,500 while something larger like the BMW X6 M commands six-figures. And, that’s where the Hyundai Kona N comes into play – you can have decent performance, sporty styling, and a price tag that probably won’t go much higher than the $35,000 mark. So what does the Kona N bring to the table?
The Plan to Saving Alfa Romeo is, Apparently, Raising Prices and Delaying Models
Following the FCA-PSA merger that created Stellantis, Alfa Romeo has a new design boss, but whether or not the company is going to survive the next five years is still being called into question. Recent news that the Tonale was being delayed by three months doesn’t help but the latest interview between Auto News and Alfa’s new CEO is, well, troubling.
Toyota’s Hydrogen-Powered GR Yaris Engine Could Extend Life of the ICE
Toyota has taken the engine from a Toyota GR Yaris and modified it to the extent that it burns hydrogen as opposed to gasoline – a strange move for a company that insists that cars like the Mirai that convert hydrogen to electricity will be the future. This engine is aimed at endurance racing first, but could eventually find its way into production road cars. This new development got me thinking: can hydrogen-powered engines delay the continuous shift to an EV only future?
The Toyota GR Corolla Could Shame The Hyundai Veloster R and VW Golf GTi
Despite trends in the automotive industry, Toyota is hellbent on cracking through the norm and delivering fun cars that aren’t electric or riding on elevated suspension. In Europe, Toyota offers the GR Yaris, a 257-horsepower pocket rocket that offers zero hope of arriving Stateside, but that doesn’t mean we’re going to be left in the dark. Previous rumors have hinted that Toyota has plans to introduce a U.S.-bound Corolla GR to compete with the Volkswagen Golf GTI and the Hyundai Veloster N. Now, a new report from Car Sensor in Japan says that the Corolla GR will be even better than expected. How good? Well, pretty damn good.
Cadillac’s Old Twin-Turbo Blackwing Engine Might Live on in the Corvette Z06
It’s been a while since we’ve heard about the Chevy Corvette Z06, and a lot has changed since then. It’s still going to be an amazing machine, of course, but if previous rumors were true, then GM has drastically changed direction. So where is the Corvette Z06 going now? Well, if the latest reports are true, natural aspiration is still on the table, but the flat-plane crank V-8 is out. Even more important, however, is what Chevy is benchmarking the Z06 against, and it’s kind of hard to believe.
New Evidence Hints That The Four-Cylinder Porsche 718 Spyder Could Be Offered In Europe and the US
Porsche surprised the folks of China when it revealed a four-cylinder 718 Spyder in China on the sidelines of the Shanghai Auto Show. Dropping the legendary flat-six for a four-banger might seem a little out of place for something as driver-centric as the 718, but with emissions regulations getting ever tighter it makes sense to have such a compliment in the 718 lineup – at least in the People’s Republic, anyway. However, what was once thought to be a Chinese-only affair could soon land in Europe and maybe even the United States. How do I know? Well, these spy photos are a pretty strong indication.
The Next-Gen BMW M3 Will Probably Be Electric
The current BMW M3 (and M4, for that matter) are so new that the welds on the have yet to cool, so why would I even consider talking about the next-gen model already? Because time tends to fly, and the next-gen M3 will actually be here before we know it. Add to this the fact that automotive technology is advancing incredibly fast, and it’s hard not to think about how different the next-gen M3 might actually be. Will BMW follow the hybridization route or will it go one step further and make the BMW M3 (And M4) full-on electric vehicles? I’m going to go out on a limb and say it’ll be the latter, and my reasoning behind this is rooted deeply in logic.
This Rendering Concept Predicts The Audi TT’s Electric Future
Shortly after Audi celebrated the TT’s 20th anniversary in January of 2019 (yes it’s been more than two decades, now), word came down that the Audi TT could, in fact, be retired and more recently the Q4 E-tron and Q4 E-Tron Sportback made their global reveal. Does this mean the TT might live on as an all-electric sports car given Audi’s strong push into the EV Segment? If it does, this concept rendering gives us a good idea of what it could look like.
Meet The Elektron Motors Quasar – The Next Electric Hypercar Full of Promises We May Never See
Back in June of 2020, we told you about the Elektron One, a 1,300-horsepower electric hypercar that was promised by Elektron Innovativ. Come 2021, and Elektron Innovativ is now called Elektron Motors, and we’re being promised something even better – a 2,299-horsepower hypercar without outrageous performance, a huge price tag, and the reminder that the Elektron One is still delayed, at least for now. Is there any chance this new hypercar will actually come to life or is this just another promise destined to go unfulfilled?
The Nissan Z Is Special But Because It’s The Definition of Affordable Performance
Given the chance, I’m willing to bet that 90-percent of the car-loving population would be more than happy to drive a Nissan GT-R or, even better yet, the Nissan GT-R Nismo. Of course, 89-percent of that original 90-percent will never get the chance to get behind the wheel, not because the GT-R is hard to find but because it’s hard to afford. If you were to cruise into a Nissan dealership right now, you’d have to pony up at least $113,540 just for a base model GT-R. If you want to go all out and get the Godzilla of Godzilla’s – the GT-R Nismo – you’ll have to spend nearly double that or $210,740. And, that’s where the Nissan Z comes in.
Porsche Classic Is Hosting a Restoration Throwdown, And It’s Going to Be Epic
There’s just something about a classic Porsche that really gets your blood pumping. It’s either the sleek, sexy design that Porsche has continue to nail over the years, the outright performance delivered in a way that only Porsche can, or just the fact that you’re looking right a true piece of automotive history. This is why Porsche Classic – Porsche’s official restoration arm – exists: to make sure those classic cars continue to live well beyond their original “expiration date. They do downright amazing work, as you can see from this 1967 911 S Targa that looks near perfect post-restoration after sitting for four decades. If that doesn’t do it for you, the aluminum-bodied 356 Cabriolet just might. If you’re itching to see more of Porsche Classic’s expertise, then we’ve got some good news for you.
Tesla’s Pettiness Shows in Its Budget Canadian Model 3 Pricing Scheme
As you are probably well aware, a lot of governments offer some relatively big incentives to get people into EVs, probably, well before they would normally make the transition. Government incentives have been a big deal here in the U.S. and even over in Europe. Canada also has a new incentive – a $5,000 tax incentive – but there’s a catch: The electric car in question needs to have a base price under $45,000 and cost no more than $55,000 with options. Tesla’s entire lineup was out of the running, until recently when Tesla dropped the price of the entry-level Model 3 to $44,999 by removing autopilot and cutting range down to just 151 km or about 94 miles. This is where it gets sketchy, and it gives a good reason for criticism.
Ferrari F40 - A Car With Heritage And a Few Secrets
If you’ve landed here, and are somewhere between your late 20s and early 40s, then there’s a good chance that you or someone you know had a Ferrari F40 poster hanging on the bedroom wall. The F40 was introduced in 1987 and celebrated Ferrari’s 40th-anniversary while, at the same time, ultimately serving as the last vehicle to be launched by Mr. Enzo Ferrari himself. So, what made the Ferrari F40 so special? Well, there’s a lot more to it than you ever realized.
Think Hybrids Are a New Thing? Check Out Jay Leno’s 1916 Owen Magnetic Hybrid
When you think about Hybrid cars, you probably think about the Toyota Prius, the Hyundai Ioniq, or maybe even the Acura MDX Sport Hybrid, depending on your taste. Some might even credit the Toyota Prius for jumpstarting the hybrid movement, and I guess it kind of did, but the truth is that it wasn’t anywhere near being the first hybrid and once you learn about this 1916 Owen Magnetic Hybrid, you’re going to realize that we really haven’t come all that far in the last 100 years.
Porsche and Ford Team Up to Build a New Luxury Pickup Truck
As if the world hasn’t been turned upside down as it is, we’re now receiving word that Porsche is actually developing a pickup truck through its newly announced partnership with Ford. This pickup truck will actually be positioned in the lower range of Porsche’s offerings and is expected to slot somewhere below the Macan – and you thought 2021 couldn’t get any worse.
Reminder: Aston Martin Limits Torque Output on the 2019 DBS Superleggera
The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera can be called a number of things, but one thing it will never be called is slow. This has never been more evident than in the latest video released by The Smoking Tire. However, we’ve learned something else, and that is that Aston Martin was forced to limit torque output until the car moves into fourth gear. Seems strange for a car that weighs a little over 4,000 pounds and pumps out 663 pound-feet of torque, right?
The Fate of the Porsche 718 Draws Near As Porsche’s Decision Makers Weigh Options
After news that the fabled Porsche 918 Successor is delayed until at least 2025 because the technology isn’t there yet, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that Porsche is on the fence about pushing the 718 Cayman and Boxster into EV territory too. The good news is that we’ll know in the next few months, but the bad news is it will still be a while before it actually happens if it happens at all.
A Porsche Electric Hypercar Is Certainly Possible, But The Wait Might Kill You
The Porsche 918 Spyder was originally showcased at the 2010 Geneva motor show as a concept and was introduced in production form at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show as a production mode. Only 918 examples were destined to be built, and by December of 2014 each and every one of them had be spoken for. Not a bad run for a car that started out at $845,000 or $929,000 with the Weissach Package. With that in mind, it’s not surprising that Porsche promised in that very announcement that the 918 Spyder would be succeeded by an even better model. Yet here we are in 2021, and not even a concept has seen the light of day. So when is a successor to the 918 Spyder going to happen? Well, not before 2025, and that is something you can take to the bank.
We Can Confirm That Ferrari Is Working on a New Hybrid (Maybe) V-12 Halo Car
We usually don’t see too many videos or spy shots of new Ferraris in the making, but YouTube channel Varryx just so happened to be at Fiorano race track in Italy where Ferrari was testing what was originally thought to be a LaFerrari. Move beyond a quick glance, though, and you’ll quickly realize that this isn’t a LaFerrari at all, but a new hypercar that will, in fact, have the pleasure of being the LaFerrari’s successor. Are those hybrid stickers on this weird Ferrari mule? Yes they are, folks, and we have some interesting stuff to talk about.
Lumma Design Just Made the DBX Better Than Aston Martin Ever Dreamed
If the reason behind the Aston Martin DBX’s slow sales has anything to do with the way it looks, then Lumma Design may have just solved the problem that Aston Martin didn’t know it had. Behold Lumma Design’s take on the DBX – a limited aftermarket kit that blends together loads of carbon fiber with race-inspired looks, and a little bit of extra width too. Aston Martin did just announce that it’s Q division would offer an exclusive appearance package for the DBX, but we’re willing to bet it won’t be this damn good.
Top Speed and Acceleration Just Aren’t Important Anymore
When you look back at the automotive industry in, say, the 80s, 90s, or even the 2000s, every single performance car that came out was about acceleration or top speed. Take the McLaren F1, which sets a production car speed record that lasted, seemingly, forever. Bugatti then one-upped the F1’s record of 221 mph In 2005 by hitting a verified 253.81 mph in a Veyron EB 16.4. Even today, a few automakers are still going to ridiculous acceleration and top speed, with the best example being just a few years ago, when the Koenigsegg Agera RS broke the record again, setting the bar to 277.87 mph. But, these days, more and more automakers are shying away from the focus on speed records and even acceleration, but why?
Care To Buy The Most Annoying Custom Nissan GT-R In The World?
The Nissan GT-R is far from subtle, and that’s honestly its mission. It’s meant to be fast and look good doing it. It excels well at this, but what if someone took things a bit further? Well, do you recognize the car we have here? This is the same fully engraved, gold-plated Nissan GT-R that was shown off at the 2016 Tokyo Auto Salon and, while it might seem weird to talk about a car that has had its 15 minutes of fame, this puppy just hit the market, and it could be yours if you really want it. Oh, by the way, you’ll also need around $1.6 million AED or around $435,600, so you might want to consult your better half first, just saying.
This Lamborghini Huracan Rendering Has Tons of Terzo Millennio DNA
The Lamborghini Huracan was an impressive machine and after five years on the market, Lamborghini introduced an even stronger model that was more aggressive and lugged around the EVO name. The Huracan EVO was powered by a 5.2-liter V-10 that delivered a cool 631 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque – enough for a 2.9-second sprint to 60 mph and a top speed of 202 mph. Right in the middle between the Huracan’s launch and the launch of the EVO, Lamborghini showed off the Terzo Millennio concept, a four-motor electric hypercar that wasn’t only futuristically aggressive and what could only be estimated as upward of 1,500 horsepower and unthinkable amounts of torque. So what if, in an alternate universe, Lamborghini had based the Huracan EVO on the 2017 Terzo Concept? Well, now we have an answer.
Alfa Romeo Is Plotting a Larger-Than-Giulia 5 Series Competitor
Big Alfa Romeo Sports sedans don’t really exist today, with the last important model that comes to mind being the 166 that was produced between 1996 and 2007. But, what if Alfa Romeo, now under the leadership of Stellantis, decided it wanted to forget about the SUV segment for a moment and compete with the likes of the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes E-Class, and even the Audi A6 or Maserati Ghibli? Well, believe it or not, an uncited report is claiming this could very well happen, and it could happen sooner than you’d expect.
Tesla Lost More Than $1,700 For Every Car Delivered In 2020
Automakers are in business to make money. This statement holds true for everyone from Mercedes-AMG to Ford, Chevy, and even Tesla. However, everything isn’t always peachy in the automotive economy, and today we’re here to talk about how Tesla is a prime example of that. To make a long story short, Tesla would have posted a major loss – to the tune of more than $800 million – if it wasn’t for a massive amount of regulatory credits. 2020 might have worked out for Tesla on paper, but its current business model won’t keep it from going under in the long run. How do I know? Well, Telsa actually lost $1,759 for every car it delivered in 2020.
Crash Testing a Koenigsegg is Expensive, So The Company Has a Novel Solution
Every automaker that builds road-going cars has to comply with the same safety standards in every market their vehicles are sold in. That means that even small companies like Koenigsegg must meet the same standards as mass-production companies like Chevrolet, Ford, Mercedes, and the like. Well, for these massive companies, crashing 10 $30,000 dollar cars isn’t a big deal – it’s relatively cheap in the grand scheme of things, and it doesn’t hurt inventory numbers in any way, shape or form. Most companies even allocate a certain number of vehicles to crash testing. For Koenigsegg, though, the company only builds a handful of cars and the process is nowhere near as simple as it is for Chevy to build a Cruze of Mercedes to build an A-Class – everything is custom, everything is expensive, and crash testing even one model could be a very expensive, even disrupting ordeal to the company. But, the solution is really a simple one – Koenigsegg crash tests the same car over and over again.
Former PSA Chairman Says Tesla’s Valuation Makes No Sense
Tesla is a hot company with its own, growing community of fanboys that are relentless in sharing their beliefs. In some respect, it’s understandable – some of the world’s largest automakers could learn a thing or two from Tesla. But can the company continue as it has? As reported by pymnts.com, Tesla’s market value just hit $820 billion on January 8, 2021, pushing the company into the top 5. This puts the company under Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, and Alphabet. This means Tesla has seen a 700-percent growth in market value over the last year, and Wedbush analyst – Daniel Ives – saying Tesla could become a $2 trillion company within two years. Is it sustainable and how is it possible?
2020 Mercedes E450 Cabriolet - Driven
In a world where SUVs have all but taken over the market, there are fewer sedans and coupes to choose from. That reality is even worse for those looking for something with a top that gracefully stows away in the rear for unlimited headroom on demand. In fact, if you want a decent convertible these days, you’re only good option is either going with a roadster – like the Mercedes SLC or Jaguar F-Type – or something more conventional like the Audi S5 Cabriolet or the car we have here: A Mercedes E450 4Matic Cabriolet. Naturally positioned between the C-Class and the S-Class, the E-Class starts out right around $71,000, making it perfect for anyone who doesn’t want a smaller C-Class but can’t afford the six-figure price of the larger S-Class. So, what’s it like to live with the E-Class Cabrio? Well, I’m glad you asked, because we just spent a week with it and this is our story.
Singer ACS - The 964-Gen Porsche 911 Safari Of Your Dreams
California-based Singer is known for doing impressive restoration work to classic Porsche 911s, but what it’s revealed today essentially takes the company to an all-new level. The 964-gen 911 you see here isn’t a 911 Safari, not by any means. It’s actually what Singer calls “The ACS.” If you’re not familiar with the name, ACS stands for All-Terrain Competition Study, and as you can see, Singer has turned this 911 into an ultimate off-road rally weapon.
2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid - Driven
When Hyundai introduced the eighth-gen Sonata in 2019, it essentially built on top of the already awesome styling that was brought with the seventh-gen’s mid-cycle facelift. Today, the car looks like it sits in a higher price bracket than it does and in hybrid form it delivers some pretty impressive fuel economy figures too. Does the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid have the looks, comfort, and driving experience to nudge itself above cars like the Toyota Camry Hybrid and Honda Accord Hybrid? Well, we just spent a week with the Sonata Hybrid, and we actually have a lot to say about it. Here’s what you need to know.
Santa and Mercedes – It Seems to be a Theme, But Is This Really How Rudolph Got His Red Nose?
So, apparently, the fat man is rolling around this year with a fleet of Mercedes sedans and, wouldn’t you know it, he just happens to come across a heard of reindeer in the middle of nowhere. I suppose that’s only natural, and it should be expected. What’s more interesting, though, is how the reindeer are naturally drawn to Santa and his fleet of Mercedes sedans. While most deer would either stand in place and stare blindly at the light or take off running for their lives, these reindeer do something different.
Instead, they are interested in what’s going on – and probably wondering why the hell there’s a bunch of Mercedes sedans in the middle of nowhere, honestly. One, which is apparently, Rudolph decides to inspect the lead sedan and, wouldn’t you know it, Santa uses his magic to transfer the glow from behind the Mercedes emblem to the reindeer’s nose. He turned the glow red while he’s at it.
This short commercial is a fun watch, and it’s sure to get you into the spirit, so click play below and enjoy it for yourself.
2016 Ferrari GTC4Lusso Sleigh 2.0
Here at TopSpeed, we’ve got a closely guarded secret, but we’ve finally decided to spill the beans. See, for the last 10 years, we’ve been on Santa’s advisory board and are tasked with helping him plan his annual trip around the world. Usually, we advise him of what new vehicles are best for transporting presents and help him plan out his trip. However, this year, he asked us to kick it up a notch and help him design an all-new sleigh that will not only give Rudolph and the rest of the gang a much-needed rest but will also get him around the world in style and luxury. It took us four months just to decided which model to start out with, but in the end, we developed the GTC4Lusso Sleigh 2.0.
Santa is more than happy with the sleigh we’ve come up with, and it’s already been through extensive testing in preparation for the big day. Based on the 2016 Ferrari GTC4Lusso, you know the big man is traveling in luxuriousness, and he can obviously get there quickly too. But, there’s a lot more than what meets the eye. See; this isn’t your everyday GTC4Lusso – this baby is loaded to the gills with the type of magic that only Santa can make possible. So, this thing carries a considerable amount of power over the standard 6.3-liter V-12 and, despite appearing small, has enough cargo room to haul enough presents to hit half of the world in one trip.
But, before I get too far ahead of myself, Santa’s already hard at work navigating his way to the homes of kids all over the world. So, let’s dive on in a take a look at the GTC4Lusso Sleigh 2.0.
A Look Back at Some of Santa’s Exotic and Most Luxurious Sleighs
Nobody really knows how often Santa upgrades his sleigh, but what if he wanted to shop for a new model altogether? Well, over the past five or six years, publications like Car Magazine have challenged automakers to design a new sleigh for Santa. Automakers like Bentley, Land Rover, and even Vauxhall have designed new sleighs for Santa in the past, so needless to say, Santa has had a lot to choose from.
I don’t recall seeing any designs last year, and have only seen one this year. But, when you consider the long list of available sleighs at his disposal, there are still at least a few on standby, just waiting to be plucked from some secret, magical garage that is undoubtedly located somewhere at the North Pole.
Since we haven’t seen too many fresh designs for the 2015, I decided to revisit a few of the sleighs created in the years past. Most of the sleighs are exotic, or out of this world – and one even looks like a fighter jet – but why wouldn’t Santa take advantage of all the latest technology? You may have seen one or two of the designs in the past, but it’s always fun to revisit things like this during the holidays. Which of the following sleighs do you think Santa is going to use this year?
2020 Genesis G90 - Driven
When we first saw the Genesis G90 at its debut, we know that Hyundai’s luxury arm was onto something, but the G90 suffered from the same thing most new models fall victim to – there was definitely some room for improvement. For the 2020 model year, Genesis revamped the G90 rather extensively, and we finally got a chance to check it out in person. Does the G90 finally live up to the Halo it’s meant to wear in Genesis’ lineup? And can the Genesis G90 wholeheartedly compete with cars like the Lexus LS and Audi A8? It’s time we find out!
2021 Hennessey Venom F5 - Bringing America Into The 300MPH Club?
If you were coming here in hopes ot learn just how fast the Hennessey Venom F5 can go, well I’m sorry to tell you, but we still don’t know. What we can tell you is that in a short, two-minute video, Hennessey has revealed what the production version of the Venom F5 will look like. Along with this, we’ve received confirmation that the F5 will deliver 1,817 horsepower as expected, which means it has a power-to-weight ratio of 1.34 hp per kg (1,298 HP per ton.) This figure alone, put it well ahead of any road car on sale at the time of this writing. The engine responsible for this is a 6.6-liter twin-turbo V-8 that breaks down to 277 horsepower per liter!
The Venom F5 will be available in LHD and RHD, with double wishbone independent suspension with fully adjustable coil over Penske dampers in the front an rear. With all of this said, we’ve posted the debut video and a nice gallery of images below for you to check out.
2021 Nissan Kicks (Facelift)
Nissan has revised the Kicks compact crossover for the 2021 model year, and while it’s just a facelift, it’s hard not to notice how different it looks. In short, the 2021 Kicks is more aggressive and sleeker than before with a new, larger grille, revised exterior lighting, and improved interior amenities that pushes the compact crossover closer to the premium segment than ever before.
Nissan has updated its flagship SUV, the Armada for the 2021 model year. Since this is a mid-cycle facelift, tweaks are minimal, but there are some noteworthy changes to mention. The biggest highlights include a bump in horsepower up to 400 (vs. 390 in the current model) and the introduction of a new 12.3-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Wi-Fi connectivity. Towing capacity for Nissan’s flagship SUV carries over at 8,500 pounds.
GM Really Missed the Mark With the GMC Hummer EV
Now that the GMC Hummer EV is here, I have to admit that it is, at the very least, somewhat worthy of the hype that led up to its debut. It is instantly recognizable as a Hummer and even has the upright windshield. It also seems to be very capable on-road and off. The performance specs, although advertised in a somewhat sketchy manner (more on this later) do position the Hummer EV in a place to really compete. But the there are a few things about the Hummer EV that rub me the wrong way, including the price, the wait for something somewhat affordable, and why I’m pretty sure the Hummer EV probably won’t deliver the sales performance that GM is expecting. Let me explain…
The long-awaited GMC Hummer EV has finally made it’s debut, and it comes to the party with a lot of noteworthy features and some pretty impressive performance. According to GMC, the new Hummer EV will be power by (and as expected) GM’s new Ultium batteries and the new Ultium Drive electronic motors. The Hummer will feature a total of three electric motors that, according to GMC, will deliver and impressive 1,000 horsepower and a “GM-estimated 11,500 pound-feet of torque.” It all reality, it’ll probably put close to 900 pound-feet to the ground, but we’ll leave that discussion for another time. GMC has offered up some pricing and trim information with the entry-level model commanding $79,995, but it comes with just two electric motors. It’ll be coined the “EV2” and will launch in spring of 2024. It will be preceded by the EV2x in 2023 (the lowest model that can do the CrabWalk) and the Hummer EV3X, which will be available in Fall of 2020 with a $99,995 price tag.
Check out the highlights and gallery below to learn more about the Hummer EV and see just what it looks like!
Future Dodge SRT Hellcat Models Will Be Electrified
FCA has let the cat out of the bag, showcasing the Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat, the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, and the Challenger SRT Super Stock. The latter, by the way is now the world’s quickest and most powerful muscle car (according to FCA, of course) while the new Charger Hellcat is the fastest and most powerful sedan you’ll find anywhere. Now, in an exclusive interview with Motor1, Tim Kuniskis, has come right out and said that electrification will play a role in the company’s future sporty cars.
If you were to run a BMW M2 against a Shelby GT350, which do you think would win? Well, throttle house decided to do just that and put them through the paces on the track and in a drag race to see which one was actually better. In one corner, the BMW M2 is capable of putting out 365 horsepower and a sprint to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, thanks to a 3.0-liter inline-six. In the other corner, we have the Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 that pumps out 526 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque from a 5.2-liter V-8. On paper, the Mustang should kill the M2 all day long running a cylinder down. But, it’s not always so cut and dry as you’ll see in the video below. Go ahead and click play, then sit back and enjoy the action!
You Should Probably Quit Driving Your 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette
It’s 2020 and vehicle safety is more important than ever. You would think that as advanced as we are as a civilization, we’d be able to nail something as simple – in a generalized way – as vehicle safety. Unfortunately, that’s not the case, and that’s why GM has placed a recall and stop-sale on the 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette, 2021 Cadillac CT4, CT5, XT4, the 2021 Buick Encore GX, and the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer. So what’s the deal? Well, if you own any of these models, you just might go to hit your brakes, just to realize that you suddenly can’t stop.
GM Could Be Teasing Cadillac’s Next Large EV
General Motors has posted a very interesting and, uhm, sharp….. sketch to its Instagram account depicting what is clearly a Cadillac and what could be a larger SUV or, perhaps, even a pickup truck. But, see, that’s the real tease, as GM has posted this baby with absolutely no context outside of the words “lean & mean” – at least 50-percent of which doesn’t make sense.
You Probably Can’t Take the Tesla Model S Plaid To The Track
With what we’re guessing to be a 130-kWh battery, 1,100 horsepower, and a 0-60 mph sprint of less than two seconds, the Tesla Model S Plaid is – probably – the most extreme production car of the year. It is at least three-tenths of a second faster than the Model S performance and nearly two seconds quicker than the base Long Range Plus model. Add in the 200-mph top speed, and you have the most impressive electric vehicle made thus far and something that could be quite dangerous if left in the wrong hands, and that’s kind of what we’re here to talk about today.
The Volkswagen ID.4 Would Actually Make a Decent-Looking Little Truck
With the Volkswagen ID.4 revealed, we’re naturally wondering what’s coming next. Knowing Volkswagen, and the fact that the ID.4 and ID.3 share the same MEB architecture, a handful of electric models will probably share the same bones. So, why not an ID-based truck? Well, rendering artist KDesign AG was thinking the same thing and threw together the renderings you see here. Overall, it doesn’t look too bad at all, really.
2021 Volkswagen ID.4 - The First VW ID To Arrive In The United States
The Volkswagen ID.4 – the first ID EV model to make its way to U.S. shores, has finally been revealed, and it looks to compete in a cut-throat segment. Riding on VW’s new MEB architecture, the same underpinnings that supports the ID.3 hatch, the ID.4 features an 82-kWh battery (77-kWh of which is usable) and a rear-mounted motor that’s good for 201 horsepower and 228 pound-feet of torque. VW’s press release promises a range of 520 km or 323 miles on the WLTP scale, which boils down to about 250 miles of range per charge in the real world. To help ease the pain of range anxiety, however, the ID.4 will come with three years of unlimited charging. In a DC fast charger rated at 125 kW, VW claims that the ID.4 can suck in 198 miles worth of electricity in 30 minutes.
According to VW, the ID.4 is capable of hitting 62 mph (100 kph) in 8.5 seconds and tops out at just 99.41 mph. Come spring of 2021, VW will offer an AWD model that will boast a total of 302 horsepower, an extra 101 ponies coming from the front motor. Torque, we suspect will be somewhere in the 300 pound-foot range, but that is purely speculation at this point. VW’s new EV does offer up 8.26-inches (21 cm) of ground clearance, which is said to be enough to handle “gentle off-road terrain.”
The inside is fairly basic for an EV, but comes off as a decent blend between modern design and futuristic tech. A driver-oriented infotainment system sits atop the dash with a small horizontal screen providing basic driving information like speed, range, and the like. Luggage capacity is rated at 19.17 cubic-feet with max storage coming in at 55.62 cubic-feet. Overall, the ID.4 could bring quite the fight to models like the Hyundai Kona EV, Chevy Bolt, and Nissan Leaf, but only time will tell how successful it can really be.
Rolls-Royce Customers Don’t Want EVs Because It Requires Effort to Plug Them In
Rolls-Royce is, quite literally, one of the last automakers to make the step forward into electrification. The company doesn’t do hybrids and, so far, has been rather mute about its intentions to go electric anytime soon. When you serve up $300,000 cars at the entry-level, things are a little different for you, but that doesn’t mean you can avoid change forever. A new report has shed some light on why Rolls-Royce has avoided change so far, what the brand’s take on hybridization is, and just when we’ll finally see it venture into the world of EVs.
Nissan Is Still On the Fence About What the 2023 Nissan GT-R R36 Will Be
The current Nissan GT-R, while old as hell at this point, is still one dominating car, the likes of which very few cars from mainstream automakers can touch. With the reveal of the Z Proto and the 400Z’s impending launch in 2022 or 2023, Nissan also has to plan out the next GT-R, which is allegedly scheduled to launch in 2023. How does an automaker push a car that’s already over the top – one that can lay waste to an icon like the Porsche 911 – even higher? Well, as it turns out, Nissan’s looking at any and all technology to ensure that the R36 GT-R will be one of the complete and capable performance cars on the planet.
The Latest Report on the 2021 Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ Will Piss You Off
We’ve been talking about the next-gen Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ since they were confirmed back in February 2019. A year after that confirmation, we learned that the 86 would get a new name, would feature a turbocharged Subaru engine, and would shift into premium territory. More recently, in March of 2020, a new leak hinted that the 2021 Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ would be making their debut soon. A new report, however, has expressed that a lot of what we’ve learned isn’t true at all, and that’s very bad news for the next-gen BRZ and 86.
Watch The Nissan Z Proto Stream Here And Look Back At Everything We’ve Learned So Far!
It’s been 11 long years since the Nissan 370Z replaced the 350Z, and it’s been at least 5 years since we all started calling on Nissan to move to something new. The 370Z’s days are numbered, and the Z Proto that debuts later today is definitely our first real look at what we can expect from the next Z Car, but it also represents at least two more years of waiting before something new enters production. We’re expecting to see a lot of retro design cues pooled together with modern design to create a truly unique sports car, and there’s even a good chance that most of what we see will shift into production a year or two down the road. With so many rumors circulating, though, it’s hard to say exactly what we can expect, so below the live stream we’ve embedded below, we organized every piece of news we’ve covered about he next-gen Z car so far – it’s time we take a trip down memory lane!
2021 Lucid Air Fast Facts and Picture Gallery
TheLucid Air has finally debuted as a 2021 model, and it’s poised to be a very strong competitor for the Tesla Model S with better-than-expect luxury, up to 517 miles of range, and more than 1,000 horsepower in the range-topping model. According to Lucid, the Air can suck in as much as 300 miles worth of range in as little as 20 minutes (when connected to the proper charger) and can even run the quarter-mile sprint in 9.9 seconds consistently. This type of range and performance comes courtesy of a 113 kWh battery pack and a pair of electric motors that allow for AWD. Other niceties include the massive wrap-over windshield and huge panoramic roof. There’s also a 34-inch curved driver information 5K display. Pricing for the Lucid Air will start from below $80,000 to as much as $169,000 for the range-topping and limited Dream Edition with deliveries starting as soon as spring of 2021!!
Thanks to the MC20, Maserati Is Finally Relevant Again
I would be lying if I told you that I’ve been particularly pleased with Maserati’s lineup over the last decade. Once a company synonymous with performance and luxury as, at least in my eyes, become quite uninteresting. Now, 15 years after the MC12 thrived, Maserati is introducing the mid-engined MC20 – a car that doesn’t only mark Maserati’s return to the world of racing, but also gives the company’s lineup something unique and attractive. I’d even go so far as to say that this is exactly what Maserati needed if it’s going to remain relevant this decade.
While 2020 has been a dramatic, dark, and twisted year for most automakers, Maserati is hoping to make the best of the latter half, and it all starts with the car you see here – the all-new MC20 sports car. As a spiritual successor to the MC12, the MC20 carries around some significant DNA of its ancestor – predominantly located in the front end – a pair of wide-opening butterfly doors, and features a mid-engine configuration. That engine, by the way, is an all-new unit built by the company (instead of Maserati borrowing from Ferrari yet again – that displaces 3.0-liters and pumps out a total of 621 horsepower and 538 pound-feet of torque. These figures, ladies and gentlemen, make it the most powerful production car to come from Maserati to date, just barely beating out the MC12 some 15 years later.
With that said, we still have a whole lot to share with you, but we couldn’t wait to share all the new high-res images with you, so scroll through the slider above, or check out all the images a little further down the page. Feel free to download any that you like, as they’ll definitely make great wallpapers!
New Battery Tech Could Double EV Range, But There’s A Tradeoff
Batteries in electric cars have come a long way. The Tesla Model S, for example, has broken the 400-mile barrier while the upcoming Lucid Air and its 113 kWh battery back will offer as much as 4.58 miles per kWh or more than 500 miles of range With that in mind, it looks like the Lucid Air’s claim to fame might be short-lived as a new battery tech has been developed and it could offer up more than double the driving range and enable fast charging to more than 80-percent in just five minutes. But, there’s a catch (as there always is), and you might not like it.
The 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Can Hold Its Own Against the Porsche 911 and Audi R8
The mid-engine C8 Corvette has literally been decades in the making. When it arrived for the 2021 model year, the Corvette found itself competing against some new competition that at one time were little more than distant competitors. The Corvette name has always been associated with performance, but now that it has to take on a long list of European competitors, we – like the rest of you – have been wondering just how well the C8 can hold up. Now, thanks to a new video from Sport Auto, we can see how the C8 fairs against the Porsche 911 and Audi R8 V-10 on the track, and you have to see what happens.
A California Dealer Is Trying to Charge McLaren Money For a Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
It has been a year and a half since Ford revealed the Mustang Shelby GT500, and yet here we are still talking about price gouging. The last time this happened, a dealer in Riverside California was asking $185,890, which stood for about $80,000 worth of “market adjustment” or dealer markup. This time, another overzealous California dealer has taken things to a whole new level of stupid.
Jeep added a new version to its Wrangler lineup: called Wrangler 4xe - the new model has been described as the most capable, technically advanced and eco-friendly Wrangler ever. The car is also the third hybrid car in Jeep’s lineup next to the Renegade 4xe and Compass 4xe models.
Toyota’s Name For Its New Moon-Ready Off-Roader Is Far From Surprising
Toyota is a company deeply rooted in habit. It’s been steadily pushing hydrogen as an alternative fuel source, and let’s not even get started on how it has to slap a TRD badge on almost everything it can. This “habit” in mind, however, is exactly why the name Toyota has chosen for its new moon-ready off-roader makes so much sense that we can’t believe we didn’t predict it. It’s called the Lunar Cruiser, and while that makes sense from a general perspective, there’s actually more thought that went into the name than you might think.
2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan - Awesome Picture Gallery
The 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class has arrived with familiar looks, new engineering and technological innovations, two new hybrid engine choices, a huge Tesla-like center touchscreen, and more safety technology than ever before. While we prepare some more in-depth information for you, you can enjoy the picture gallery that I’ve posted below.
Volkswagen Trademarks “E-Thing” As It Moves to Retro-Electrify Its Range
The Volkswagen ID.4 launches for the 2022 model year, and it will look like a modern-day vehicle, albeit with some minor EV twists here and there. But, it is riding on VW’s MEB architecture, which is, essentially, set to be passed around the company like a dirty diaper and used to underpin an entire fleet of models. We’re talking about small hatchbacks, midsize crossovers, and even large vans, so it’s a very versatile platform. Following the ID.4, the MEB structure will underpin the retro-styled ID.Buzz and ID.Cargo, retro-styled vans. Now, it looks like the Buzz and Cargo might not be so lonely, thanks to VW’s new trademark filing for the name “E-Thing.” Can you feel the retro vibe yet?
The Ferrari GTC4Lusso Is Officially Dead
We know that you saw the reports that the Ferrari Purosangue would remain in production beyond the five years it’s been on the market. As the most user-friendly and, arguably family friendly Ferrari on the road, it seemed like a wise move to keep it around for a while, but now Ferrari has confirmed that, despite contradicting reports, the GTC4Lusso and GTC4Lusso T have been sent to car heaven.
Be Prepared to Overpay For the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor With a V-8
The 2021 Ram 1500 TRX (unofficially AKA the Rebel) was a proverbial shot toward Ford, and it hit the Raptor right in the face. Where Ford thought it would continue to dominate the off-road truck market with the F-150 Raptor, Ram took years to develop something that was able to impressively compete, and it even comes with a Hellcat V-8 engine under the hood with nearly double the power of the F-150 Raptor’s puny little V-6. Within days of the TRX’s debut, Ford had a Shelby-powered F-150 Raptor on the road, which is intended to be a shot back at Ram, but a new report paints a slightly different picture.
Nissan Is About to Reveal The 400Z Prototype
Following the rumor that the Nissan 400Z wasn’t scheduled to hit the market until 2023, and the appropriate questions as to why Nissan has revealed that it will showcase a “Z Proto” on September 15, 2020. Obviously, Nissan is still withholding the name, and this is only a prototype, but it’ll be the best look we’ve gotten on the next-gen Z car since Nissan confirmed it was coming with an intriguing video back in May.
This Is The Best Look At the New Batmobile That We’ve Gotten So Far
Obviously, you know that a new Batman movie is coming – we’ve even written about how the Batmobile looks like a crazy blend between a muscle car and a mid-engined supercar. That news was published after Matt Reeves posted a handful of dark teaser images that were revealing enough but didn’t show us everything. Now, the new Batmobile has been caught on camera during the day and, well, you just have to see it.
That Weird 8 Series Mule Is Probably a Hybrid M8 CSL
We were quite surprised to see what we believed at the time was a BMW 8 Series with a mid-engine configuration. Due to the weird vents in the rear quarter glass, the louvers on the rear window, and the fact that whatever was behind the front seats was covered, there was certainly something going on. A few days after those spy shots started making rounds, we learned that BMW claimed that “mid-engined 8 Series” was little more than a test vehicle that’s passed from department to department to test new technology and mechanical goodies. At that time, we admitted that a mid-engine configuration was unlikely, but despite the lack of electric motor whine, BMW could be testing a hybrid powertrain setup. According to a new report, we may have been right.
The Nissan 400Z Might Not Arrive Until 2023
This year has been beyond turbulent, and right at the apex of all the drama, we Nissan filed a new trademark that hinted the 400Z would be coming soon. Then, two months later, it was suggested that both the Nissan Z and GT-R could be killed off to keep Nissan afloat A few days later, Nissan put out a trailer to showcase its range of new models and, thanks to that, we learned that the 400Z was, in fact, happening and would feature a lot of throwback styling cues. We later learned that the 400Z won’t only feature throwback styling cues, but will, essentially, be a reskinned and retuned 370Z – it will even ride on the same platform. Now, despite the fact that we’ve been promised that the 400Z would be revealed soon, it looks like “soon” has a different definition to Nissan.
There’s a Strong Business Case For A Two-Door Porsche Panamera
It’s been more than a decade since the idea and rumors of a two-door Porsche Panamera – one that would serve as a spiritual successor to the Porsche 928 – was in the works. Yet, here we are in the incredibly dark year that is 2020, and Porsche has yet to morph the Panamera into a proper two-door. The same can be said for a carbio model which has also been said to be in the works for quite a while now. I’m not here to tell you that it’s happening yet, but I can make one hell of a business case for why such a model will work, and Porsche hasn’t abandoned the idea yet.
The 2022 Chevy Corvette Z06 Will Have an Engine on Par With That of the Porsche 911 GT3
What if I told you that the 2022 Chevy C8 Corvette Z06 wasn’t going to feature a turbocharged engine? Would you be sad, depressed, or upset? Well, you shouldn’t be, because a new report claims exactly that and it’s very good news. A more potent turbocharged engine will be found in a model that sits above the Z06, but the Z06 will feature a free-breathing, 5.5-liter, flat-plane V-8. Why is this good news? Well, grab a coffee and let me explain.
Porsche’s Second Electric Car Delayed By At Least a Year
When we first saw the Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo Concept back in 2018, the expectation was set that it would launch in late 2020. Once the Porsche Taycan launched, and we knew Porsche had perfected its technology (if that’s what you would call less than 250 miles of range), we really expected the Cross Turismo to come quickly after, as expected in 2020. As it turns out, Porsche has been forced to delay the Cross Turismo, but according to Porsche, it’s not a casualty of the Pandemic.
The Durango SRT Hellcat Will Cost You Dodge Viper Money
Dodge has this weird obsession with cramming Hellcat power into almost everything it possibly can. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, and we’d be lying if we said that we weren’t stoked to the Ram 1500 TRX or the Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat. However, it’s becoming painfully clear that having Hellcat power isn’t for the weak of heart or for those with a small wallet. Case in point: The 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat.
That Mid-Engined BMW 8 Series Isn’t Anything Special After All
Like every other automotive outlet on the sun, we too got those images of what appeared to be a mid-engined 8 Series doing some fine testing work with minimal amounts of camo. It had all the right elements for a mid-engined car; well, kind of. The intakes in the rear side glass were a little too small to feed a beefy inline-six or stout V-8, and the engine tone reportedly sounded like a six-cylinder, and there was no electric whine. The only real piece of evidence that this was a mid-engined mule was the fact that there was a blanket covering something in the back seat. Now, we know what was going on with the mule and, unfortunately, it’s not what anyone was hoping.
New Evidence Says A Ford Bronco Raptor Will Debut in 2022
Alright, we get it – anything that carries a Ford badge and can go off-road be offered in extreme Raptor trim. You can’t knock the brand- it’s no worse than dodge cramming a Hellcat V-8 into almost anything FCA sells (we’re still waiting on that Pacifica Hellcat, though). So, naturally, before the 2021 Bronco even made its debut, the world was expecting a Raptor version to cross the intersection at one point or another. Obviously, it wasn’t going to happen right away, but new evidence has come to light that says that a Ford Bronco Raptor will launch for the 2023 model year – that means we could see it as soon as mid-2022!
Tesla Could Have a Model 3 Hatchback In the Incubator
The initial plan was for Tesla to be an affordable EV company. Now, cars like the Model 3 and Model X are fairly affordable to some – especially with various federal and local tax credits – they still aren’t exactly able to compete with other entry-level cars. During a recent conference call, Elon Musk stressed this fact and even alluded to making things right, part of which means that a smaller Tesla could grace the market, and in this case, we could be talking about a Model 3 Hatchback.
The Ram 1500 TRX Was Worth the Wait, and Now We Know Why
The Ram Rebel TRX was probably the most important – or at the very least most memorable – concept of the last decade. A Ram 1500 with a 500-horsepower Hellcat engine and all the off-road goods to put Jeep to shame – it was a recipe that blended desire with hope. That hope, by the way, was reinforced by the fact that the Rebel TRX Concept looked like it was ready to hit the production line. And, it really was ready, but Ram decided to hold back, and we didn’t get the production model – which we now know as the Ram 1500 TRX – for five years. Now we know why Ram waited to introduce the production model, and we’re damn glad it did.
Tuners Beware: Ford Has Digital Walls to Prevent People from Altering the Bronco’s Computer
Much like the Jeep Wrangler, the 2021 Ford Bronco is designed with customization in mind. The company is even offering more than 200 accessories for the Bronco when it hits showrooms, but powertrain upgrades might not be possible via aftermarket means. According to Ford, the ECU is very complicated, and, essentially, nobody should be playing around with ECU calibration. That means aftermarket companies might find the new Bronco to be untunable.
Your 2008-2013 Porsche Panamera or 911 Might Have Been Molested
Dieselgate has, for the most part, come and gone, but now it looks like there might be another scandal on the horizon – this time involving the gasoline-powered engines found in the 2008-2013 Porsche 911 and Panamera. As of now, Porsche won’t say for sure, but it has launched an internal investigation and alerted the proper authorities.
The Four-Cylinder 2021 Toyota Supra Is As good As Expected
Back in January, we told you that thefour-cylinder Toyota Supra was coming for 2021, and it’s definitely the car you want. While the four-cylinder Supra will offer significantly less power – 255 horsepower vs. 382 horsepower – it will have better weight distribution (50-50), less weight (about 170 pounds less), and will have a more affordable price. In short, it’s good on its own or a perfect base for those that start to wrench and modify the second a new sports car is delivered. We haven’t had the chance to get our hands on a new four-cylinder Supra, but our friends over at Car & Driver did. As it turns out, we were definitely right – the 2020 Toyota Supra is as impressive as expected and maybe even better than expected.
Thanks to the 2021 Subaru Levorg Wagon, We Know What the New WRX Will Look Like
If the Subaru Levorg doesn’t trigger the neurotransmitters and tickle the temporal lobe in your brain, I’m honestly not too surprise. The Subaru Levorg is mainly a Japanese-only affair with Australia and a handful of European countries getting their hand’s on it only recently, after some 4-5 years on the market. As a wagon, it’s not surprising that Subaru hasn’t brought it to the U.S., but it’s still largely relevant here for one major reason – it has historically shared a lot of DNA with the Subaru WRX. The car that you see here is the second-gen, 2021 Subaru Levorg, which means that we’re getting our first real look at what the next-gen WRX and WRX STI are going to look like here in the United States. Pretty cool, right?
The Aston Martin Valkyrie Is in Big Trouble
The Aston Martin Valkyrie comes off as a world-class hypercar, but it hasn’t been without its problems either. The race-going version, for example, was postponed a while back because the of class merges happening within the World Endurance Championship. And, while Aston claimed that development of the road car was still ongoing, a global pandemic struck and Ex-CEO Andy Palmer was replaced with the Ex-CEO of Mercedes-AMG, Tobias Moers. The company did get a huge influx of cash when Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll invested $657 million, but Aston Martin has still be struggling – even with the DBX finally going into production. Now, it looks like the Aston Martin Valkyrie is in a lot of trouble, and things aren’t looking very good. A tough decision needs to be made.
2020 Honda Civic Hatchback by Mugen
When Mugen revealed its parts list for the 2020 Honda Civic Type R, it brought tons of carbon fiber, Alcantara, and some extreme exterior elements. For the most part, the same can be said for the standard Civic hatchback, but nothing is near as extreme. That is, arguably, a good thing, though, so let me explain to you what you can get for the base Civic hatch.
Brands Like BMW, Mercedes, And Volkswagen Are Hemorrhaging Money
There’s no denying that the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown a rather massive monkey wrench into the engine that is the auto industry. It’s been so bad that every time we turn around, we hear about another automaker that’s drastically down on sales. Now, a new study from German website Handelsblatt, paints a crystal clear picture of how automakers are weathering the COVID storm, and I can tell you know, it’s not pretty. In fact, some German brands are really taking up the tailpipe.
Lotus Will Finally Introduce a New Model in 2021 and It’s Not the Evija
Lotus has been a little rocky lately and, with exception of the Evija, it hasn’t had a new model in quite some time. Back in mid-2019, we reported that a new sports car was coming for 2020, but as you know, that didn’t happen. Later that year, it was believed that Lotus was planning to revive the Elan name and that it would arrive by 2021 or later. Then in June of this year, we heard that Lotus was going to go all-electric by 2021, which kind of put a damper on previous news. As it turns out, though, a new Lotus sports car is coming for 2021, and it’s a bigger surprise than you might think.
We Were Wrong – This is What a New Ram Charger Should Look Like
It was only a few months back that Instagram rendering artist WB.Artist20 gave us a look at what a modern Ram Charger might look like. Now that the Ram 1500 TRX has made its debut, the very same artist as turned it into a Ram Charger TRX. Let’s just say that if this thing came to life, the 2021 Ford Bronco and 2021 Jeep Wrangler JL would be in a lot of trouble.