Wallpaper of the Day: 2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe
Coupe SUVs tend to suffer from polarized opinions – you either like them or absolutely despise them. They represent the weirdest blend between body styles that the automotive world has ever seen. BMW is the culprit for starting the trend, and other automakers must follow. That’s why we’re looking at the new 2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe – Porsche had to have a competitor for the BMW X6, and now they do. Powered by either a 3.0-liter six-cylinder or a 4.0-liter V-8, the new Coupe SUV can deliver as much as 542 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque. Here at Topspeed, nobody can really agree on whether the body style is attractive or not, but we know at least some of our readers are in love with the body style, and the Cayenne Coupe will be the subject of all your desires. So, we’ve decided to make it our wallpaper of the day. Check out our favorite below or pick your own from the gallery at the bottom of the page!
Wallpaper of the Day: 2019 Peugeot 208
The Peugeot is one hell of a looker and, with the 2019 Peugeot 208 hatchback taking on plenty of 508 DNA, then it’s no wonder that we find the new 208 so damn sexy. After all, it has that aggressive and intriguing front end, the wide-bottom stand, and sleek rear end. It’s almost like Peugeot aimed to make the new 208 aggressive enough that nobody, regardless of tuning intention, would need to source or design an aftermarket body kit for it. And, with that said, it’s also commendable that the brand managed to avoid taking things too far and creating a design that’s just way too aggressive. The trims levels that will be available when the 2019 model hits showrooms won’t provide the kind of power that matches the exterior appearance but, within a couple of years, we should see GT and GTi trim levels hit the street and they should offer power output in the mid-200 range to offer good competition for models like the Renault Clio and the Ford Fiesta ST, among others. That might be a ways off, but the exterior design is still everything we could have hoped for, so we’ve decided to make the Peugeot 208 our wallpaper of the day. We’ve showcased our favorite below to go along with a gallery of other great wallpaper choices – all of which are free for the taking!
Wallpaper of the Day: 2019 Renault Clio
The 2019 Renault Clio might look a lot like its predecessor, but at the same time, it’s also largely rethought in all the right ways. In short, it’s fundamentally better than ever before and rides on an all-new platform that provides a home for new engines, lower ride height, and a revamped interior that’s not only more modern but more spacious as well. I non-performance form the new Clio can be had with anywhere between 65 and 114 horsepower but, once Renault pulls the sheet off of the GT and R.S. models, the Clio is expected to put at least 225 horsepower to the ground. It’s not clearly visible at first, but Renault is now able to take on the Audi A1 and BMW 1 Series alongside models like the Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo. With such an enlightening new generation at hand, we’ve decided to make the brand-new 2019 Renault Clio our wallpaper of the day here at Topspeed headquarters. And, since we’re feeling so enlightened, we’ve decided to make our favorite, along with a selection of other Clio wallpapers, easily available for you to download.
This 2020 Tesla Roadster Shooting Brake Has My Mind Firing on All Cylinders
There’s no denying that Tesla has come a long way since it threw a battery pack and a badge on a Lotus and called in the Tesla Roadster. The brand now has four models in its range with a pickup truck and a semi on the way, potential range has nearly doubled compared to the original roadster, and Tesla is on the horizon of finding some pretty stiff competition in a segment it once had a dominating stronghold on. A decade after the original Roadster debuted, Elon Musk presented us with what is, essentially, the second-gen Roadster. This time around, however, it holds the title of being Tesla’s most aggressive-looking model and even delivers supercar-like performance with the caveat that it also comes with a supercar-like price in its best form. So, while the original Tesla Roadster has broken the record by traveling more than any other car in human history (Elon Musk’s roadster that was sent into space), the new roadster is breaking its own records. Even with figures like 7,376 pound-feet of torque, 620 miles per charge, or 0-to-60 mph in 1.9 seconds, we’re never truly happy and always want more. And, that’s exactly why this rendering of the Tesla Roadster as a shooting brake as tickled our interest in a way that few renderings ever do. It’s a forbidden fruit and ever seeing one is a long shot, but that doesn’t mean we can’t dream, right?
In Case You Missed it, Here’s The Full Debut of the 2020 Tesla Model Y
At this point, you probably already know that the 2020 Tesla Model Y has been revealed. Some have praised it for being what it is while others have been disappointed by the fact that it’s more of a Model 3 hatchback than a true-to-life crossover. Be that as it may, Elon Musk chose a weird time to show off the Model Y, with the event kicking off at 8pm PDT, meaning a good portion of the world was in dreamland when the event took place. If that’s where you were and you don’t feel like sifting through potentially thousands of videos on Youtube, we’ve put together two videos just for you. The first video that you’ll see below is the full video of the Model Y’s launch – it runs nearly 34 minutes with the debut taking place right around the 27-minute mark. If you watch from the beginning, you’ll get a cool history lesson, but that’s about it. Of course, if you’re like me and don’t have a lot of time, then you might want to check out the second video that’s posted below. We’ve broken the debut down into less than four minutes so you can watch the whole thing without wasting any significant time of your life. Go ahead and check them out below!
The 2018 Chevy FNR Carry-All Concept Will Come to Life as a Three-Row Chevy Blazer XL
Because it happened at Auto Guangzhou 2018, you might not recall much of anything about the Chevy FNR Carry-All Concept, but it was actually a preview to the Chevy Blazer XL – a three-row, seven-seater. According to GM Authority, Chevy is planning to launch the Blazer XL in China in 2020 and later on in other international markets that may include South Korea, Brazil, and a good majority of countries in South Africa as well. The main things that will separate the Blazer XL from the standard Blazer include a flatter roof, larger rear doors, and a larger third window on the side. The tailgate will also be more upright to help conserve a few extra cubic-inches of storage space after that third row of seats is in place.
Wallpaper of the Day: 2020 Ford Explorer
The Ford Explorer has been the quintessential go-to in the midsize SUV segment. It’s only been around since 1990, but it’s been recognized, on more than a few occasions, as one of the models that helped to establish the segment outright. The 2020 model represents the introduction of an all-new generation, the sixth generation, and while there’s a lot of new going on, it’s still easily recognizable as the Explorer fans of the model have grown to love over the last 30 years. This generation of the explorer is sportier than ever, and the roof has a very slight slope to it for the first time – something that helps to assert its dominance in a segment that’s moving more toward coupe-style rooflines. Like a lot of competing models, the Explorer can be had with huge wheels if you wish, and they really do accent the overall profile of the body nicely. With four models on offer in this year’s lineup, there’s a model for everyone and the interior borders on the line of premium usually only approached by luxury models. It’s not a slouch, either, as the base model offers up a fair 300 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque while the range-topping Platinum trim will bring a V-6 with 365 horsepower and 380 pound-feet to your driveway. You really can’t go wrong with any trim level. And, now that the sixth-gen model has begun to establish itself as a true successor to the outgoing model, we felt it was time to showcase it as our wallpaper of the day. We’ve picked our favorite desktop and mobile wallpaper, but we’ve also included a smaller gallery below so you can pick your own favorite.
As if the LaFerarri-based FXX-K wasn’t extreme enough, the greatest Italian design house on the planet just had to kick it up a notch. That’s why we’ve been graced with the Ferrari FXX-K Evo – a model that’s based on the FXX-K, and subsequently, the Ferrari Laferrari, but manages to produce more downforce than any other Ferrari that has ever been made. The caveat here, however, is that the FXX-K EVO isn’t exactly a model on its own – it’s actually an add-on package for the FXX-K that includes a full aerodynamic kit, way less weight thanks to a bunch of carbon fiber, and a massive rear wing. Under all of that carbon fiber sits a 6.3-liter V-12 that’s good for 1,036 horsepower and 664 pound-feet torque, all of which is shunted through a seven-speed, F1 dual-clutch transmission. The performance credentials are good enough to get the EVO up to around 217 mph with the initial sprint to 60 mph taking some 2.5 seconds. And, while the EVO is an add-on package for the FXX-K, we figured it was worthy of being showcased as our wallpaper of the day. We’ve posted our favorite shot below, but you can find more great wallpaper choices in the gallery at the bottom of the page.
The Lotus Exige isn’t exactly a spring chicken, is it? With being on the market since 2000, Lotus has had to do a lot to keep this baby relevant on a market that chews up non-conformers and spits them out like rotten sausage on a hot day. The Exige is currently in its third generation (that’s the third series in Lotus language) and has been offered in more forms than you can count on one hand. The Lotus Exige Sport 410 is the latest in the Series 3 lineup, and it serves as a replacement for the Sport 380 gap-filler that sat between the Exige Cup 430 and the Exige Sport 350. And, despite all of its Cup 430 DNA, the 410 has been tuned to be more road-friendly. The front and rear spoilers create some 331 pounds of downforce at speed, and there’s plenty of carbon fiber to help keep the weight in check. More importantly, the 3.5-liter V-6 under the hood has been sourced directly from the Exige Cup 430. It is tuned down to 410 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque, but with a dry weight of just 2,324 pounds, the Sport 410 can soar to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds on the way to a top speed of 180 mph – that’s as fast as the meaner Cup 430. We felt that this Lotus masterpiece didn’t get enough love after its debut, so we’ve decided to make it our wallpaper of the day. We’ve picked out our favorite and posted it below.
The 2021 Porsche Macan Will Only Be Offered with an All-Electric Drivetrain
The Porsche Macan, the same model that is currently offered with four- and six-cylinder engines, will officially be offered as an electric model when the new-generation makes its debut in 2021. You read that right, the Porsche Taycan isn’t even technically on the market yet, and Porsche is already committed to turning one of its most popular models into EV territory. And, that’s not a rumor- the cam directly from Porsche itself. The most logical reason behind this is because BMW is set to unleash the BMW iX3 soon and, since the Macan battles it out with the X3, it only makes sense. As of now, there are no plans to offer any type of fuel-powered drivetrain, so the Macan will become Porsche’s third EV next to the 2020 Taycan and the 2021 Taycan Sport Turismo wagon.
Built on the success of its predecessors with the hopes and dreams to carry on the legacy of an icon, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL is the definition of model evolution. It’s not dramatically different, but it’s far from being the same. With the JK Wrangler running from 2007 to 2018, it’s quite possible that the JL Wrangler will have as long a stay on the market and it’s a good thing that Jeep did it right. It’s the perfect blend of off-road prowess and creature comforts suitable for those who engage in lengthy road trips. It is the definition of having your cake and eating it too. This generation of the Wrangler comes with improved aerodynamics, improved safety, and plenty of modern tech. More importantly, though, are the removable body panels that carried over from the previous model. There’s also a new power-retractable hardtop, a soft top, and the three-piece freedom top. And, now that the windshield is non-structural, it folds down much easier, and the new A-pillar will provide protection in the event of a rollover. The JL Wrangler has been on the market for more than a year now, and we’re still all googly-eyed over it, so we’ve decided to feature it as our wallpaper of the day. We’ve picked our favorite desktop and mobile wallpapers for you below, but we have a huge gallery at the bottom of the page for you to choose from as well.
The 2021 BMW M2 CS to Crack 445 Horsepower and Offer Three Pedals
If you remember a while back, BMW told everyone that the BMW M2 Competition couldn’t do more than 405 horsepower because the intake of air through the front end was limited. Well, as it turns out, BMW either came up with a new solution or lied to our face as the latest rumor puts the 2021 BMW M2 CS at 445 horsepower! That’s an 80-horsepower bump over the standard M2 and a 40-horsepower bump over the M2 Competition.The rumor that comes courtesy of Bimmerpost also claims that the CS is set to be the official moniker of the M2 on steroids.
Watch Audi Drive the E-Tron SUV up an 85-Percent Ski Slope
If you’re an Audi fan, and you’re getting up there in age, you probably remember when the Audi 100 CS Turbo Quattro sedan managed to climb the Kaipola Olympic Ski Jumping Hill in Finland. If you remember that, you remember it didn’t do it without at least a little help – outside of its all-wheel-drive system, it also had studded winter tires. If you weren’t around to see this happen yourself, we’ve included the video a little further below. For now, however, you’re probably wondering why this is relevant today – after all, that happened some 30 years ago. Well, it’s relevant because Audi is back to its old gimmicks yet again, this time climbing the Mausefalle slope of the Streif in Kitzbuhel, Austria with the all-new Audi e-Tron EV. The catch? This slope sits at an 85-percent grade, which means it’s nearly vertical.
With the recent release of the 2019 McLaren 600LT, it’s kind of easy to forget that there was another very prominent longtail model from the McLaren brand long before the 600LT came to life. I’m talking about, of course, the 2016 McLaren 675LT, a car that tiptoes along the border of road-legal and track-only with enhanced aerodynamics, less weight, and incredible amounts of power. This thing is a true McLaren through and through from the exterior appearance to the interior luxury to the powertrain hidden behind the front seats. We’re talking about nearly 675 horsepower from a twin-turbo V-6 and enough motivation to run to 62 mph in 2.9 seconds or 124 mph in just 7.9 seconds. So, with the 600LT getting all of the attention these days, we thought we’d give the 2016 675LT some love and make it our wallpaper of the day. We’ve picked out our favorite and posted it below, but you can find even more in the gallery at the bottom of the page.
When it comes to the 992-gen 2020 Porsche 911, Porsche managed to keep that legendary, iconic look while still evolving the sports car to a whole new level. Part of that evolution includes a boatload of new tech, the most important of which is, arguably, the active spoiler that’s integrated into the rear deck lid. That’s not the only piece of active aero on the 992-gen 911, though, as there are also active grille shutters up front. When you pair these along with the sleek body design and rear vents, you have a meticulously designed vehicle with sheer aerodynamic purpose. Now, we present to you a video that explains just how the 992-gen 911’s aero tech actually works.
Now that Ford has decided to kill off its entire lineup of cars in the United States, aside from the Ford Mustang, of course, the Focus ST is destined to become to enthusiasts what the Honda Civic Type R once was – a car that fills our every desire but is somehow just out of reach. It’s more powerful brethren, the Focus RS, will also suffer the same fate, never landing on U.S. shores again, but for now, the new ST has been announced, and it already has fanboys up in arms. It’s not surprising really since the new ST comes complete with a 2.3-liter EcoBoost that’s good for 276 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque – 24 ponies and 40 pound-feet more than the last model we were lucky enough to see. And, it comes with a striking new look and the reminder that the next-gen Focus RS will be that much better too. We know you’re sad that you can’t get your hands on the new ST, so we’ve decided to make it our wallpaper of the day. At the very least, you can plaster it on your desktop and show it some love from afar.
With forced-fed LT4 from the Corvette Z06, crazy aerodynamics, and a price tag of around $60,000, the Camaro ZL1 1LE is one of the best track day cars on the market in terms of performance and bang for your buck. Thanks to a number of weight-saving measures – including a fixed-back rear seat and thinner glass – the 1LE is actually around 60 pounds lighter than the standard model. It’s said to be capable of hitting 60 mph in around 3.4 seconds and a quarter mile in around 11.3 seconds. For 2019, you can even have it with GM’s new 10-speed automatic which should make that quarter-mile time, and it’s time around the track just a little bit faster. Anyway, we thought the ZL1 1LE deserved a little bit of love, so we decided to make it our wallpaper of the day. Check out our favorite below or run through the gallery to pick your own favorite.
Someone Caught the Mid-Engine 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Driving Around California
The mid-engine Corvette is some 40+ years in the making and, come 2020; we’ll finally get to lay eyes on the first official, production Vette that sports a mid-engine layout. Previous GM engineers say that the lack of a mid-engine Vette up to this point has fallen on buyers and GM’s financial stability. And, you can’t really blame true Vette enthusiasts, either, considering the fact that the tried and true front-engine layout of the Vette has worked well since its inception. At this point, there are still a lot of unknowns surrounding the C8 mid-engine Corvette. It could be sold alongside the more traditional front-engined model, or it could be its own standalone model. It will most certainly take on a different crop for competition, including those from Ferrari and Lamborghini among others. We’re still waiting to see the new C8 mid-engine Vette in all its glory, but it was just spotted cruising the streets of California.
We usually feature high-end models from brands like BMW, Audi, Ferrari, or Lamborghini as our wallpapers of the day because, well, everyone loves a good sports car or supercar. There’s no denying that. But, at the end of the day, the world is in love with SUVs and Crossovers too and, for some reason, everyone seems to be in love with the 2020 Kia Telluride as well. Maybe it’s because it’s the first Kia developed specifically for the U.S. market. Or, maybe it’s because it’s Kia’s largest SUV to date. It even resembles the Telluride concept to at least some extent, so it has that kind of juice going for it as well. Either way, the Kia has seen a lot of interest lately, so we figured we might as well make it our wallpaper of the day today. We’ve picked out our favorite and plastered it here, but you can select any number you like from the gallery at the bottom of the page. Enjoy!
The first-ever BMW X4 made its debut in “standard” and Competition trim, and we’re so intrigued by it that we’ve decided to make it our wallpaper of the day in the same week of its debut. I know, that’s a little fast, but just look at this thing. It’s BMW’s first competitor for the Mercedes-AMG GLC63, and it has tons of technological goodies and DNA from the X3 M. More importantly, however, is the new S58, twin-turbo, inline-six that’s good for as much as 503 horsepower in competition trim (473 ponies in base M spec). This engine will eventually work its way down into the M2, M3, and M4 and could, with the right technological appropriation, replace BMW’s aging V-8. To do so, it’ll need to provide better fuel economy and equal power but the hybridized world we live in today should make that easy enough to do. Be that as it may, the X4 M is more than the heart that powers it because its aesthetic package is downright eye please (or boner inducing, if you prefer.) We’ve highlighted our favorite wallpaper down below, but if you want something else (or even more,) you can check out the full gallery at the bottom of the page. Enjoy!
There’s no denying that the Jaguar F-Type is one hell of a sports coupe, but Checkered Flag Limited Edition model comes to celebrate Jaguars 70th anniversary, and it does so in elegant fashion. Based atop the R-Dynamic trim, Jaguar decked it out even further by throwing in a black roof, tons of badging, and an exclusive pair of 20-inch wheels that look, well, amazing. Three body colors are available, and the options don’t stop there. You can actually choose between the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine or the 3.0-liter V-6. That means you can have either 296 ponies screaming under the hood or 380 ponies. Those translate to a 5.4-second sprint to 60 mph or a 4.9-second sprint to the same benchmark, respectively. The larger engine will also get you to a heart-palpitating 171 mph. With all of this in mind, we thought we’d help honor Jag’s 70th anniversary by making this limited edition our wallpaper of the day. Check out our favorite shot of this limited-edition beaut or slide on down to the gallery for more great options.
McLaren kind of caught us off-guard with the introduction of the 600LT Spider – the 2nd long-tail spider of the ultimate series lineup. In true McLaren fashion, it comes with a 3.8-liter V-8 that’s good for 592 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque. Even better yet, McLaren managed to keep the usual weight gain associated with drop-top models under control as the 600LT Spider tips the scales at just 110 pounds more than the standard 600LT – that means it’s just 0.2-seconds slower than the coupe it’s based on. It also weighs some 220.5 pounds less than the McLaren 570S Spider – you know, just for the record. Anyway, the 60-mph sprint takes just 2.8 seconds, and the 124-mph sprint takes just 8.4 seconds. Put the hammer down, and you’ll bounce off the rev-limiter in high gear somewhere between 196 and 201 mph. With all of this said, we’re just taken back by the 600LT Spider’s sleek body design, proper proportions, and downright elegance. So, we’ve decided to feature it as our wallpaper of the day. We’ve picked out our favorite, but we’ve also added a gallery below for you to choose from if you want something different. Download one or download them all – they are free, and the choice is yours. Enjoy!
One could argue that Lincoln dropped the ball when it discontinued the original aviator back in 2005, just a couple of years after it was introduced to the market. If the bean counters knew then what they know now, we wouldn’t be as hyped up about the Aviator but SUVs weren’t nearly as attractive back then, and Lincoln jumped off the bandwagon when it should have remained. Be that as it may, the Aviator is back for the 2020 model year, and it brings a gorgeous design, exquisite interior materials and layout, and some high-end tech. It’s also there to give us entry to a larger Lincoln SUV without having to opt for the high-priced Navigator that’s all so often a little out of range for a lot of buyers. It’s look, however, is what really has us mesmerized – along with the fact that it changed little from concept to prototype to production model. So, we saw it fitting to pay it tribute and feature it as our wallpaper of the day. We’ve picked out our favorite and placed it below, but if you scroll a little further down, you’ll find a whole gallery of images that are just perfect for sprucing up your desktop.
There’s no denying that GM has been floating through turbulent waters lately, missing the mark just a bit at every turn. It wasn’t that long ago that the Chevy Silverado failed miserably at a Red Wings Game and the brand has been a little slow to keep up with its main competitors. More recently, the brand killed off its prized plug-in hybrid, the Chevy Volt, but it does have huge plans to introduce as many as 20 new electric models by 2021. That’s a lot of EVs in just a couple years’ time. So, what is the brand going to do? A Reuters report pins the once-famed luxury brand, Cadillac, as GM’s new leader in its EV onslaught that has yet to get off the ground.
This begs the question: As a “luxury” brand (and believe me, I use that term lightly these days) that has been affiliated more with the senior population than 20- and 30-somethings, can it rebrand itself as an electric manufacturer that’s geared toward the younger population without losing the luxury aura that the brand is supposed to have?
Wallpaper of the Day: 2020 Porsche 911 Cabriolet
Porsche has done wonders with the new 911, making it sportier and more attractive than ever. The interior is more advanced than ever before, includes a new infotainment system, and a steering wheel that was inspired by none other than the 918 Spyder. Even the oily bits under the hood took on a sizeable update with the Carrera S delivering 443 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque. It’ll get to 60 mph in as fast as 3.6 seconds when properly configured. Tie all of this together, and you have one commanding, desirable package. It’s not up for delivery quite yet, but we’ve featured it as our wallpaper of the day to help hold you over until you can take delivery of your own fine example.
What is Nissan Trying to Tease in this Weird Video for the Detroit Auto Show?
The 2019 Detroit Auto Show, the final show to be held in January before the NAIAS moves to warmer months, is shaping up to be rather thin in comparison to years before. I just recently looked up the floor plan for the Cobo Center this year, and it appears as if the auto show will only consume three halls instead of all four as it has done in recent years. We’re missing a number of big attendees including makes like Porsche, Mercedes, and BMW, among others. Even the number of booths dedicated to aftermarket parts and suppliers has dropped considerably.
Be that as it may, there’s still going to be some pretty interesting stuff going on at this year’s show. I’m talking about more than just the Kia Telluride Torque Track. I’m talking about debuts of the 2020 Ford Shelby GT500 and the 2020 Toyota Supra. Those are the two big headliners, however, there are a few other concepts coming, and one of the most mysterious is a Nissan concept that was recently teased.
In the video below, you’ll see a weird animation put together by Nissan. We suspect that it’s a hint at the production process, which could be, among other things, comprised of 3D printing. We know it’s a "future mobility" type of concept so it’ll probably be something a little off the wall, anyway. Well, why don’t you go ahead and watch the video for yourself and let us know what you think.
The 2020 Land Rover Defender is Aimed at the Heart of North America
The Land Rover Defender and its boxy appearance won over enthusiasts thanks to its timeless styling and off-road capabilities. The last model, which was largely unchanged since it hit the market in 1983 was discontinued in 2016, and there has been a cry for a new generation ever since. Recently, Land Rover decided to show off one image of the new Defender, and everyone was drooling. But, not as much as you’re going to drool today as Land Rover not only released a handful of official spy shots but has finally confirmed its debut in 2019 as a 2020 model. The best part is that it’s coming to America!
The Subaru Impreza STI and Forester STI e-Boxer Concepts Coming To Tokyo are Crazy Sexy
Automakers are gearing up for the Tokyo Auto Show, and it’s already proving to be a show of conceptual goodness. Outside of Mitsubishi’s interesting concepts Subaru will be in attendance with two pretty awesome concepts – the Forester STI e-Boxer and the Impreza STI. Both come wearing a beautiful helping of STI design to go with, most likely, limited performance. Here’s what we know about them so far.
While the LM002 was arguably the brand’s first “real” SUV, you can’t really compare it to the hyperspeed Urus. While the old Ramboghini got square styling and somewhat plodding performance, the Urus looks and acts like a Lambo should. It’s also got the first-ever turbocharged engine in a Lambo. All told, Lamborghini claims this thing has a “dual personality” and is “multi-dimensional” in what it can do. Now, you can make it your desktop wallpaper. Go ahead, you know you want to.
The Hyundai Santa Fe just entered a new generation, bringing about much better looks, nicer materials, more luxury, more room than ever, and an all-new eight-speed automatic transmission to go with it. With that in mind, we were highly impressed by the new exterior design, so we decided to honor the new Santa Fe by making it our wallpaper of the day. We’ve included our hand-picked favorite but also threw a gallery in at the bottom of this page to give you a wide selection if you’re like to make your own choice. Go ahead and check them out – there’s not much in life that is free, but these certainly are.
The Ferrari FXX K may be based on the Ferrari LaFerrari, but its roots go all the way back to the late 1980s when Ferrari made a track-only beast out of the F40 LM. Then in 2005, the XX nomenclature came back with the Enzo-based FXX. Ferrari succeeded that model with the 599XX before the turn of 2010. It didn’t take long after the debut of the Ferrari LaFerrari for the rumors to begin swirling about a new track-only XX model and sure enough, Ferrari delivered with the FXX K, a V-12 powered track monster with 1050 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque on tap and a desire to decimate anything on any track anywhere. It offered a 60-mph sprint in less than three seconds and a top speed that approached 220 mph. To top it off, it was excessively exclusive, being offered to only the best and most loyal Ferrari customers in very limited numbers. It came with its own racing program and its own exclusive racing series too. With that in mind, it shouldn’t surprise you that the estimated price tag was pegged at the $1.5 million mark, clearly before any extras or taxes.
Of course, one would consider themselves lucky even being in the presence of one let alone owning or driving one. Obviously, if you did own one, you wouldn’t be reading this – you’d probably be at the track. I know I would be, anyway. On the plus side, however, the digital world affords us some extra luxury, and that’s why we’ve hand-picked our favorite Ferrari FXX K wallpaper. And, if you don’t like our pick, there’s a small gallery at the bottom with more options. Go ahead; you deserve to place this beauty on your desktop.
Ram had to keep up with Ford and Chevy, so the time came to give the Ram 1500 a very serious update. And, a serious update is exactly what it got. And, when we say full update, we mean it is all-new with a new frame, new grille, and a completely revised interior, among other things. The fifth-gen model brings together every major selling point the truck has ever had in the best way yet it’s lighter than ever. Even the EcoDiesel V-6 got an update to deliver more power and torque while the truck can even be had with a deployable front air dam and a mild-hybrid drive system. We could talk about the new Ram 1500 all day long, but that’s not why we’re here (you can read our full review for that.) instead, we’re here because we love the look of the new 1500 and decided to make it our wallpaper of the day. Check out our hand-picked favorite or choose from a full gallery of awesome shots.
The Toyota Hilux Black Rally Edition is a TRD Truck Done Right
The 2019 Tokyo Auto Salon is coming up quick, so you know it’s a guarantee that Toyota would show up with something outrageous wearing a TRD badge. And, it is, in the form of the Prius TRD, but we’ll leave that for another conversation. Instead, I want to tell you about the Toyota Hilux Black Rally Edition that has TRD written, literally, all over it.
Mitsubishi is Bringing Three Concepts to the Tokyo Auto Salon, All of Which Lack Certain Necessities
The Tokyo Auto Salon is nearing its arrival and Mitsubishi is prepared to tackle the show with not one, not two, but three concepts. The first one is based on the Delica D:5 and offers up a take on what an off-road-oriented model could look like. The other two concepts are based on the Outlander PHEV and Eclipse Cross, and both go by the name “Street Sport.” Information is still rather thin at this point, but here’s what we know so far.
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’s Exotic and 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?
Wallpaper of the Day: 2020 Lincoln Aviator
After a very short run in the early 2000s, Lincoln has finally brought back the Aviator nameplate. This time, the Aviator is ready to kick ass and take names, and its sights are set squarely on Mercedes, BMW, and Audi. Luscious on the inside yet powerful and commanding at the same time – that’s the exact recipe that makes the new Aviator. Under the hood sits a powertrain that can pump out as much as 400 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque (in hybrid form) while the exterior gives off a sleek, dominating aura that signifies the first step taken to bring Lincoln back to level ground and secure its relevance on the market once again. The Aviator has a long, hard fight ahead of it, at least until its backup in the form of the 2020 Lincoln Continental arrives. Until then, we thought we’d give the Aviator a little motivation by making it our wallpaper of the day. We’re displaying our favorite here but have included a number of other choices for you in the gallery below.
Waymo Self-Driving Vans Are Literally Diving People Crazy in Arizona
There are two sides to autonomous technology and self-driving cars – you’re either with them or against them. Sure, there are a few people other there that are still on the fence over the whole thing but, for the most part, people love ‘em or hate ‘em. Some people, as in the entire state of Arizona, apparently, seem to hate them. They hate them so much that they have, essentially, started a war with Waymo self-driving vans and their safety drivers. And we’re not talking about just flipping them the bird or cutting them off in traffic. No; this is much worse and beyond extreme. How do guns, playing chicken, and constant harassment sound?
Wallpaper of the Day: 2019 BMW Z4
After a lot of controversy over nameplate usage, BMW finally debuted the 2019 BMW Z4. To make matters a little better, the first one we got to lay eyes on was the M40i trim level that you see here. Powered by a 3.0-liter inline-six, it pumps out some 340 horsepower and can make a dedicated run to 60-mph in 4.6 seconds. It’s just not performance that matters, though, as the new Z4 is actually quite attractive. It has some of the concept’s DNA all mashed together with some 8 Series DNA too. And, since we haven’t given it any love lately, we figured why not pick out our favorite Z4 wallpaper and share it with you as our wallpaper of the day. Even better yet, if you don’t like our favorite, there’s a whole bunch more in the gallery below. Take any that you like and give the Z4 some of that good ol’ enthusiast love that it deserves!
Don’t Think Chevy is Struggling? It’s Booth at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show Says it All
Chevy is in a tough spot. Well, GM as a whole is in a tough spot. News has recently circulated that GM was closing several plants, and put five others on watch. 15,000 people are now out of work, and many more have little job security. Along with the three closures in Oshawa, Ontario, Detroit, and, Youngstown Ohio, GM will also cease production of the Chevy Cruze, Chevy Volt, Cadillac CT6, and the Buick Lacrosse. The Warren powertrain plant and Baltimore powertrain plants are also in danger of shutting down after next year as well. Things are getting ugly, but how bad is it?
Wallpaper of the Day: 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro
Mercedes showed up to the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show with quite the surprise – the AMG GT R Pro. It’s essentially a more aggressive version of the GT R with some serious track equipment to push it right to the next level. Not that the standard AMG GT Rcouldn’t deliver track performance, but this is for the serious track guys. Extras include a spoiler lip, longer front splitter, new bumper flics (For downforce, obviously), revised steering wheel and AMG’s Track Pace app. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come along with any extra power, but it still has 577 horsepower and 520 pound-feet of torque on tap, so it’s not like it was lacking in that department. It is the quickest Mercedes on the Nurburgring and can even hit 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. Thanks to the updated suspension and ceramic-composite brakes it can handle well and can be tamed if needed. And, since most of the upgrades can be seen on the outside, we’ve decided to make the AMG GT R Pro our wallpaper of the day. Grab yours now and lighten up the mood on your desktop!
Wallpaper of the Day: 2015 Aston Martin Vanquish
All the recent news about the Aston Martin Vanquish tooling and design being sold has spawned new interest in sports car here at Top Speed. As the replacement for the Mirage that went out of style in 2001, the Vanquish has had a good long run, but it, as we know it, might not be around much longer. This pains us deeply, but at the same time we have so much to look back at, and that’s why we’re going to honor it as our wallpaper of the day. As a reminder, this baby delivers 568 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque from an all-alloy V-12. It can run to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds and will top out at 201 mph if you really push it. It’s a blast to drive, unbelievably comfortable and handles like a dream. If you ever get the chance to drive one, don’t turn down the opportunity. Until that happens, go ahead and download our favorite wallpaper or run through our gallery below for more choices. Download one or all, the choice is yours.
2017 Genesis G80
Hyundai has finally announced all the details about the G80 and boy has it turned out to be winning combination of power, luxury, and safety. Available with a V-6 or V-8 powertrain and an eight-speed automatic transmission, the car is offered with 311 or 420 horsepower and a long list of safety features that tops anything offered as standard equipment on entry-level competitor models – it even beats out the Volvo S90 for standard safety equipment.
Unfortunately, the G80 isn’t anywhere near as stylish or aggressive as the Genesis New York concept that we saw back in March, but it’s still an appealing car with all the right technology and safety features to go with a sporty exterior design. To put it mildly, things have changed a lot since Hyundai first entered the U.S. market, and the Genesis premium brand just goes to show what is possible when you pay attention to your customer base and give them exactly what they want.
With that said, let’s take a good look at the new G80 and what it brings to the table. It’s definitely something you’ll want to consider next time you’re looking to grab yourself a premium sedan.
Update 12/6/2018: We’ve updated this review with a new gallery of images taken at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show.
The European version of the Volkswagen Passat is set to get a facelift for the 2019 model year, bringing it more in line with the new look of the new Volkswagen Arteon and maybe even bring some new updated engines and technology into play as well. It was recently spotted being put through the general testing phase, so it’s time to get the speculation mill running at full speed.
Updated 12/06/2018: The Volkswagen Passat is inching closer to production status and we’ve just updated the gallery below with the latest spy shots.
2019 BMW X5
The 2019 BMW X5 has been completely redesigned for 2019 with a new, revitalized exterior look, all-new interior, tons of new technology, and even more power than before. At the time of launch, it will be offered in four different trim levels that include xDrive40i (replaces the 35i,) the xDrive50i, xDrive30d, and the M50d.
All models come standard with next-gen tech like BMW’s Live Cockpit Professional, a 12.3-inch infotainment display, larger head up display, cooled and heated cup holders, and ambient interior lighting. And, to really top things off, it’s a seven-seater with extra legroom. No good deed goes unpunished, though, as it looks like cargo room does suffer a bit.
The “SkyLounge” panorama glass roof is said to have as many as 15,000 illuminated colors. Wheel offerings range anywhere between 18 and 22-inches and an off-road package will add a special locking differential in the rear. Gasoline engines range between 340 and 462 horsepower while diesel engines range between 265 and 400 horsepower. The new, 2019 BMW X5 should go on sale in late 2018.
Updated 12/05/2018: We’ve updated our gallery with images taken at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Wallpaper of the Day: 2020 Porsche 911
It’s been a long time coming, but the new, 2020 Porsche 911 992 is finally here. Sure, it hasn’t changed dramatically compared to the 991 generation, or the generation that came before it, but that’s kind of the beauty of it. It’s still every bit a Porsche 911, and the legacy remains intact for another seven years or so. Or at least until, arguably, Porsche develops a hybrid version of the 911 in a few years or so. But, we’ll leave that for another time. For now, we want to honor the 992-gen Porsche by showcasing our favorite wallpaper. You can download it for free to display on your home or work computer. Or, if you don’t like our favorite, we’ve included a decent gallery down below with even more cool wallpaper choices.
What can we say? The new Jeep Gladiator is here, and we’re about as excited as a kid on Christmas. Maybe even a little more excited. Not only is the Gladiator the Jeep truck that we’ve been begging for but it stays true to the brand’s off-road roots with solid axles, a six-speed manual transmission, massive off-road tires, and some decent mustard under the hood – all the things purists expect and then some. But, besides all of that fun, off-road-inspired goodness, did we mention that it’s based largely on the 2019 Jeep Wrangler JL and that it looks downright sexy? Well, we probably did in on of the many stories we’ve put out on the new Gladiator, but we still can’t keep our eyes off it. That’s why we’ve decided to make it our wallpaper of the day. Well, there’s a ton of amazing wallpapers to choose from so take our favorite for what it is or check out our big gallery below for other options and download as many as you want!
The Mercedes-AMG GT53 Showed up to the Los Angeles Auto Show in a Pretty Red Dress
As far as I’m concerned the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe is about as controversial as it gets. I consider it to be one of the laziest efforts from Mercedes to date. I mean, come on, It’s basically a CLS – it even looks like it, and some of the powertrains are even the same. Case in point – the AMG GT 53. Under the hood, you’ll find the same exact powertrain that you find under the hood of the CLS53. Be that as it may, we stumbled across the GT53 at the Los Angeles Auto Show, and it sure did look really nice – even if it is just a CLS – in its fine red color. And, to top it off, it is rocking some rather strange, out-of-place, old-school wheels. That’s right – the AMG GT 53 showed up to L.A. wearing a nice red dress and a new pair of shoes.
The 2020 Jeep Gladiator Comes to Take on the Chevy Colorado and Toyota Tacoma
The 2020 Jeep Gladiator comes to take on the Chevy Colorado and Toyota Tacoma with some serious credentials that puts good faith in the phrase “good things come to those who wait.” The Gladiator rocks out the new Wrangler JL look with a five-foot bed in the rear. It’s downright gorgeous, but it’s not just about what it looks like. This baby can tow up to 7,650 pounds that’s 850 pounds more than the Toyota Tacoma and 650 pounds more than the Chevy Colorado.
Wallpaper of the Day: K5 Chevy Blazer Restomod by RingBrothers
We don’t usually feature tuner vehicles in our wallpaper of the day series. In fact, we’ve been kind of lazy with our wallpaper of the day series, haven’t we? Well, either way, that’s without consequence at this point. The point is that today, we’re featuring a tuner car or, to be more specific, a restomod. It’s a restomod by none other than RingBrothers, and it’s the best off-road restomod that we’ve ever laid eyes on. It looks like a stock K5 Blazer from a distance, but once you get up close, you’ll see the RingBrothers put in some serious work here. It has custom running boards and side panels, and it has even been lifted by an entire inch to make room for the 17-inch wheels. The interior is wrapped in a subtle leather and under the hood sits a GM-sourced, LS3 crate engine that’s good for 430 ponies. In the end, this thing is downright beautiful, and it reminds us of what SUVs used to be. If you want to know more about the RingBrothers K5 restomod, check out our full review. Otherwise, look down to grab our favorite wallpaper or browse through a rather generous selection that are all available for free download.
The Audi R8, aka the poor man’s Lamborghini, is only a few years old, but Audi decided to give it a thorough update for the 2019 model year. Unfortunately, what we thought was going to be a GT model was actually nothing more than the facelifted model that you see here. The good news, however, is that the standard model is now more aggressive than ever. Adding icing to that so delicious cake is that fact that it comes with some extra oomph to justify that extra aggression. How much? Only 30 horsepower, but that’s enough. Now, every trim can blast past the 200-mph threshold, and it can hit 62 mph in as fast as 3.1 seconds. Today, however, that performance doesn’t matter, because we’re here to honor the R8’s beautiful appearance. To do that, we’ve decided to pick out our favorite wallpaper and share it with you. If you don’t like it, there are a few more in the gallery below. Remember, if you want to know more, you can check out our in-depth review of the 2019 Audi R8 as well!
The 2020 Range Rover Evoque Has the Coolest Rear View Mirror Ever
The Range Rover Evoque isn’t exactly a spring chicken and 2019 marks the introduction of the second-generation of Land Rovers entry-level people mover. Entry level is a weak word when it comes to the Evoque however and, despite the fact that this model looks a lot like the old at a glance, there’s a lot of new tech here. The Evoque just became Land Rovers first mild hybrid vehicle and a plug-in model is even on the way. New screens adorn the updated dashboard inside but what really stuck out to me was the new hybrid rear view mirror.
Land Rover Spent Almost £1 Billion To Give the Evoque a Mild Facelift and New Technology
Land Rover chose Thanksgiving day to debut the new Range Rover Evoque and here we are looking at a model that, at a glance, received a very mild, even somewhat Audi-like, facelift. Below this mildly changed skin, however, Land Rover claims it has spent nearly £1 Billion to refine the architecture underneath with the goal of making it suitable for electrification.
The interior is also littered with plenty of high-end tech, including two high-definition touchscreen displays, refined infotainment software, and artificial intelligence. Powertrain options include a range of diesel and gasoline engines. The entry-level model (the D150 trim) is the only model available with a six-speed manual and is the only model available without Land Rover’s mild hybrid technology. Towing capacity ranges anywhere between 3,527 and 4,409 pounds depending on trim and equipment level.
ve supercars, with a total power output of 5.415 horsepower, are here. I am sure that you simply do not know enough about them. Modern supercars and hypercars you have probably never heard of are quite numerous actually. Apart from these, I could have also listed the Rezvani Beast, the Trion Nemesis RR, the Apollo Arrow, the Arash AF10, the Devel Sixteen, and the Arrinera Hussarya, among others. But what is the point as many of these will simply cease to exist as time plays its dirty game and erases them from history. Yet, the five I chose may stick around a bit longer than expected.
Memorial Day is all about celebrating our Armed Forces and remembering the high cost of freedom. Countless American lives have been lost in the continuing fight for freedom and independence. Today, we honor them in the best way we know how – by taking a look at the U.S. Military’s current mobile hardware.
The Joint Light Tactical Vehicle is built by Lockheed Martin as a “lightweight” vehicle designed for widespread use throughout the military. It serves as an armored troop carrier that’s resistant to light arms fire and roadside IEDs commonly found on today’s front lines. Unlike up-armored Humvees and the heavy MRAPs, the JLTV doesn’t suffer from poor driving dynamics and off-road performance. This helps keep our boys protected while on the move, regardless of terrain or outside conditions.
Despite the JLTV’s 14,000 pound curb weight, the vehicle is light enough for both the CH-47 Chinook and CH-53 Super Stallion helicopters to airlift, giving the vehicle an added level of transportability. Also adding to the JLTV’s list off accolades is its relatively low cost and good fuel economy, along with its reliability and low logistical support costs.
Sure, the JLTV might not have as memorable a name as the Humvee, but this bad boy is one of the best solutions to keeping our troops safe while keeping them on the move.
Can we take a moment to remember our wheeled veterans as well? Why, certainly! Just as the worst of times can bring out the best in men, the grim business of conflict often results in some outstanding machinery. When the dust settles and peace thankfully returns, many military vehicles make their way into private life, and just like the war heroes who made use of them, they put their talents to use in peacetime as well.
It’s no surprise that many decommissioned military vehicles find their way into the private sector. The qualities that make a car or truck attractive to the armed forces also draw civilian customers, as they’re designed to be rugged, easily serviced and long-lived in the face of unimaginable abuse. Many gained popularity after World War II, when returning soldiers who had experience with vehicles like the Jeep returned home and wanted a peacetime vehicle that embodied the same qualities. In some cases, a factory already tooled up to produce wartime trucks was simple to convert to civilian usage to meet demand. Still others have continued as simple evolution to a great design. They’ve come a long way and evolved a great deal since their military origins, but here are a few of the vehicles plying the streets today that got their start serving in the Armed Forces.
Video: You Don’t Need Waves to Surf Anymore!
There’s no denying it, EVs are taking over the streets little by little. And now, they are about to take over the water too. What you’re about to watch is a promotional video for the Radinn G2X, an electric surfboard that pretty much eliminates the need for waves. It’s currently offered by the company in two different colors, and it doesn’t come cheap. We’re talking about €9,900 here, and that’s just for the board, a standard power pack and a standard charger. If you want a fast charger that brings charging time down to 2 hours, you’re going to pay another €1,490. An extra power pack is €2,990 while the XL pack, with 900 more Watt hours, is €4,490. And then there’s a Tesla-like “Radical Upgrade” what will boost top speed from 50 kph to 59 kph.
With that in mind, it’s a relatively new device on the market, and it’s the only one we’ve seen of the type. We’re sure there’s more out there, but this is the first we’re hearing of them. It just goes to show how far EV technology can really go. Yesterday it was electric cars; now it’s electric surfboards. What will we come up with next?
Remember the Mythical 5000-Horsepower Devel Sixteen? Well, Supercar Blondie Just Drove it
The Devel Sixteen has been subject to some pretty serious controversy over the past few years. After all, a 5,000-horsepower supercar does seem a little…well…. unrealistic, if I’m being nice about it. But, then we saw that video of the 5,000-horsepower engine on the dyno and things started to seem a little more real. The car did debut back in 2017 in Dubai, but that was little more than a revamped version of the prototype that debuted a few years back. Be that as it may, and as crazy as this sounds, the Devel Sixteen is now a true-to-life, according-to-Hoyle, put-you-in-your-seat supercar that really functions and drives down the road.
How do we know? Well, SuperCar Blondie just became the very first person outside of Devel’s manufacturing tree to get behind the wheel and take it down the road. Of course, this is probably the only complete model in existence, so she didn’t get to…uhem… beat on it (giggity), but she really did drive it. And, let me tell you, that thing sounds outrageously mean. After all, it should, right? That engine, which can be tuned to deliver between 3,000 and 5,000+ horsepower, is the most powerful engine out there in terms of supercars or hypercars. To put that into perspective, here’s a breakdown anyone can understand.
1 Devel Sixteen =
3.333333 Bugatti Chirons
1 Devel Sixteen = 3.7285 Koenigsegg One:1s
1 Devel Sixteen = Almost 5 McLaren Speedtails.
Yeah, it’s really that intense, and it does so via a V-16 quad-turbo engine with a custom designed billet engine block, cylinder heads, crankshaft, and camshaft.
Now, the real question is – when the engine’s full power is unleashed, is the car actually driveable? You see Blondie cruising down the road pretty well, but what happens if you get a little heavy-footed? What happens if you want to unleash the fury and drive it like you stole it? And, more importantly, if it’s drivable at full grunt, will it be the first car to break the 300-mph barrier, beating out Hennessey, Buggati, and anyone else with even an ice cube’s chance in hell of ever coming close to that record?
Only time will tell, friends, but it looks like the Devel Sixteen isn’t so much of a wet dream anymore, now is it?
Leaked Photos Forced BMW to Showcase the 2019 8 Series Convertible - Here are the Details
Following news that the BMW 8 Series Convertible would debut at the Los Angeles Auto show, and a very convenient leak of press images just the other day, BMW has decided to showcase the new 8 Series convertible in all its glory. In a nutshell, BMW did it right. It comes with a long list of standard equipment including adaptive LED headlights and a wind deflector that can even be stowed away when not needed. More importantly, that soft-top is electric and can be opened or closed in just 15 seconds and at speeds of up to 31 mph.
Think Having a Kid Means Giving Up Sports Cars Forever? Not with these Compact Booster Seats from MiFold
As someone who’s looking to start a family in the near future, I’ve noticed that there’s a whole new world of craziness awaiting me. It’s bad enough that I’ll soon be trading off my first baby – a very-well-maintained 1991 Acura Legend – for a safer, more family-friendly car like a Volvo or Subaru. I just came to terms with that when I realized that I’m in over my head when it comes to finding a car seat that I trust enough to actually use. That’s when I stumbled across the company Mifold and its range of booster seats. Sure, it’ll be a few years before I have to worry about booster seats, but holy crap are these things awesome. They are compact, light, safe, and some of them even look cool.
After browsing the MiFold webpage a bit, I got to thinking about giving up my Legend, and the fact that I may not be able to have a truly fun car anytime in the foreseeable future – at least not if I want to take my mini-me with me, anyway. Then it hit me – with something like this, I may not have to give up my Legend after all. With a booster seat so compact, parking my little car for a few years might actually be an option. Think about it – a four-year-old can easily fit in the back of a small sports coupe. With a booster seat small enough, there’s no real reason to give up your sports car as long as it actually has a back seat. Sure, you can’t haul your infant around in it but, once they are old enough for a booster seat, why not introduce them to the wonderful world of sports cars a little earlier? The point is that, for those of us who thought that starting a family meant trading off our beloved sports cars forever, there may be a solution. That is, assuming you can get the wife to agree and that you can afford a new family car without selling your other pride and joy, of course.
Either way, I’ve listed all of MiFold’s products below because I think they are cool and wanted to share them with you. If it convinces even a few of you to start using a booster seat for your little one, or helps you hang on to your four-wheeled love, then I’ll consider this mission accomplished.
SpaceX is Officially Sending a Space Tourist Around the Moon!
Elon Musk’s SpaceX has made history on a number of occasions, and the Big Falcon Rocket, aka BFR, is said to be the rocket that will make history yet again, by sending folks to Mars. Before that happens, though, that rocket will be flying SpaceX’s first private passenger around the moon.
Thanks to the magic of over-the-air updates, Tesla has once again stepped up to the plate and delivered extra range, as well as free supercharging, to its customers in the path of Hurricane Florence. This move mirrors the same move the company made just last year for Florida residents right before Hurricane Irma made landfall. This special update has left Carolina-based customers with the following surprise message:
“We are temporarily enabling your car to access additional battery capacity, as well as free Supercharging, in preparation for Hurrican Florence. We hope this gives you the peace of mind to get to a safe location and will notify you before returning your car to its original configuration in mid-October. Badging on your display may adjust during this period. Safe travels.”
This temporary OTA update only affects those that previously purchased a Tesla Model S or Model X with a 75 kWh battery that was “software locked” to a capacity of 60 kWh. The option at the time made the car more affordable at the cost of a shorter range. It has, however, proven as-as a way that Tesla can offer some of its customers an unexpected and very much appreciated act of faith they need the extra go-juice the most. There’s no word as to when Tesla will return the cars to their original configuration or begin charging for Supercharging in the area again, but changes are the temporary update will remain in effect until long after the storm has passed.
Kudos to Tesla – it’s always nice to see an automaker help out its customers when it can. It costs the company next to nothing but can mean so much to those who have a desperate need for a few extra miles of range when getting out of mother nature’s way.
The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 Steals Speed Record at Laguna Seca, But We’re Not Impressed
The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 has dominated the speed record for production sedans at Laguna Seca by almost a second with Randy Pobst pushing it around the track in just 1:37:54. That beats out the Cadillac CTS-V by almost a second, the Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio by nearly two seconds, the BMW M5 by 2.4 seconds, and the Mercedes-AMG C63S by nearly three seconds. All of this is actually pretty impressive with the exception of one thing – the Project 8 might be a production car, but it’s hardly that. Its production run is limited to just 300 units, and it’s so heavily modified that it’s really not fair to compare it to the mass-produced models that it just beat.
Lets lake the CTS-V, for example. Sure, it’s a modified version of the CTS, but it’s not modified to the extent that it is that different. The same thing goes for the Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio, the M5, and the C63 S. They are all badass sedans, sure, but the Project 8 has a special distinction – only the front doors and roof panel are original. Everything else from the XE it’s based on has been replaced or manipulated in one way or another. That’s not the case with any of the cars that now, sadly, sit below the Project 8 at Laguna Seca. The Project 8 pumps out 592 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque from a 5.0-liter V-8. Do you think you can even get a V-8 in the XE, even in its highest trim? Sorry, not gonna happen. Oh, and the Project 8 cost more than three times that of the range-topping XE S AWD trim level. So, Jaguar wants a pat on the back for breaking the “production sedan” record at Laguna Seca, but the fact of the matter is that it had to use a limited-run car that’s heavily modified to do it. We’re not impressed one bit. This is hardly a production sedan. When Jaguar can beat out the competition with a mass-produced car, then maybe we’ll talk.
But, I digress. Even if this record-breaking run is a ferociously obnoxious pile of PR crap stinking up our office, Randy Pobst was behind the wheel, and it’s always a blast to watch this man drive. So, we’ve posted the video here for you to watch and enjoy.
Here’s the 2019 Mercedes GLE Before You’re Supposed to See It
The Mercedes-Benz GLE debuts in less than a month at the Paris Motor Show, but you get to see it even sooner thanks to these leaked images courtesy of Russian outlet Autoreview.ru. This specific model looks like it’s on its way for transport, possibly to Paris in preparation for its world debut. It features very little camo or padding, with nothing more than white tape on the headlights and taillights and some tape covering the emblems. Mercedes can try to hide it, but we know what this thing really is. It does resemble that resent teaser image that was released, but it also looks a lot more like a facelift than a generational model if you actually look at it closely.
Be that as it may, Mercedes seems to have a lot planned for the 2019 GLE. The interior should get a fairly healthy update while all engine options should be offered with at least a hint of extra power. We expect to see a two-speed transfer case on all-wheel-drive models, but rear-wheel-drive models should also be available. Don’t hold out for a manual transmission, though, as word has it that the 2019 Mercedes GLE will only be offered with a nine-speed automatic. The new model should incorporate off-road suspension equipment, at least as an option, as Mercedes really has to keep up with Range Rover this time around. With that in mind, expect entry-level models to boast around 310 horsepower from a 3.5-liter V-6, while the range-topping AMG GLE63 will pump out incredible amounts of power from a hand-built, 4.0-liter, V-8.
Anyway, for now, go ahead and enjoy the few pictures we have in the gallery below. You never know when Mercedes will request the be removed so don’t waste any time and be sure to check out our speculative review on the 2019 Mercedes GLE and the 2019 Mercedes-AMG GLE63 to help scratch the itch while you wait for the Paris Motor Show to kick off.
Ford is bidding farewell to all of its cars in the U.S. market, with the exception of the Mustang, and for one final hoorah, Ford is introducing the Fiesta ST Line to its 2019 model lineup to give buyers Fiesta ST looks without any power gains whatsoever. Seriously, folks, we can’t make this up. The Fiesta ST Line is, essentially, the Fiesta ST with the mundane 1.6-liter four-banger from the lesser models. Ford even claims to use the same front and rear clips on the car, making the only real difference the engine under the hood. To be more specific, Ford says “It’s for people who want the look of the ST but the don’t necessarily care about having that performance.”
How Does the Bugatti Divo Compare to the Chiron?
Let’s not beat around the bush – the Divo does, kind of, look like a Chiron at a glance. But then you look at it, and it becomes clear that there’s a lot of tweaks and changes that make the Divo what it is – and agiler, corner-eating beast from which there is no escape. But how does it really compare to the Chiron? Well let’s take a quick look and see for ourselves:
The Acura NSX Just Got a Lot Better for 2019
Meet the Bugatti Divo – The Chiron’s Angry Cousin
Buggati has finally revealed the Divo and, as it turns out, it’s basically the Chiron with an attitude problem and an insatiable love for throwing temper tantrums around corners. Seriously – Bugatti took the Chiron, gave it a meaner face, muscular front hood, corner-mounted headlights, and more aggressive side skirts. However, to make room for those side skirts, Bugatti engineers had to reword the side-mounted intakes, which are now smaller than before but have more definition than ever. To compensate for the smaller intakes, the roof has been formed to create a NACA air duct to help keep things cool under the engine’s hood. It’s not all about looks, though is it?
The 2019 BMW Z4 First Edition Breaks Cover at Pebble Beach
The 2019 BMW Z4 M440i First Edition has made its glorious debut at Pebble Beach, ushering in the sixth-gen of BMW Z cars. It comes with concept-based styling, a plush interior, and a 340-horsepower inline-six that BMW says can walk to 62 mph in 4.6 seconds. That makes it a couple of seconds quicker than the model it replaces, but it has all the right design principles to make it a true, German-bred, driver’s car. Keep reading for the finer details.
TopSpeed is at Monterey Car Week 2018, and we’ve already stumbled across so many cool cars that we couldn’t help but share them with you. For the first day of Monterey Car Week, we spent some time checking out the area and visiting the Gordon McCall’s Motorworks Revival. To finish out the day, we cruised on over to the Monterey Jet Center but not before we stumbled across none other than the McLaren Senna and a bunch of other really cool cars. We even managed to snag a video of a really cool Ferrari racer, and we were lucky enough to catch the startup of a dragster in all its glory. Check out the videos and more than 200 images below!
Four-door coupes are starting to flood the market, and that’s why Audi came up with the RS5 Sportback, an all-new model in the lineup and the seventh Audi Sport model, sharing a similar design with the RS7 Sportback. It got all of the typical RS cues inside and out but is powered by a 2.9-liter, Biturbo mill that is borrowed from the Porsche Panamera. It can hit 60 mph faster than a BMW 650i or Mercedes CLS500 and does so looking good in the process. Based on the RS 5 Coupe, the Sportback should command somewhere around $80,000 when it goes on sale in the second half of 2018.
Update 08/22/2018: Audi has announced pricing for the 2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback as well as a long list of standard options but leaves us in the dark when it comes to pricing for the RS 5 Coupe. Read the full scoop in our “Pricing” section below.
The automotive industry has been busy this last week. We got to see the new BMW X7 in prototype form, and the Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster was spotted for the first time too. Someone peed in BMW’s Koolaid afterleaking press images of the BMW Z4 ahead of its debut and SCG managed to drive the Ferrari 512 Modulo under its own power for the first time in history. To top things off, Aston Martin is working on another new supercar, Lotus wants to take on the big players, and Ford debuted the 2019 Mustang Cobra Jet. Check it all out in pictures in our cool video below.
The Gilded History of the Rolls-Royce Phantom
Sir Henry Royce, co-founder of Rolls-Royce, is quoted as saying, “Strive for perfection in everything you do. Take the best that exists and make it better. When it doesn’t exist, design it.” Those are some pretty heavy words, but it’s the right credo for an automaker like Rolls-Royce. With a history of producing some of the most elegant, opulent, and downright desirable luxury vehicles on the planet, perfection isn’t just a goal – it’s an expectation. Such is the case with the Phantom, Rolls-Royce’s highly recognizable flagship model. These are cars that are destined for the stables of royalty, acting as a rolling signature of power, wealth, and prestige.
Lead by the trademark Spirit of Ecstasy on the hood, the Phantom comes equipped with top-shelf extravagance and lavishness, offering high levels of personalization to those select buyers with pockets deep enough to really enjoy it. Currently offered in a variety of different flavors, including the standard Phantom, an Extended Wheelbase model, a Coupe, and a Drophead Coupe, Rolls has announced a new eighth generation slated for release later this week. However, the history of the nameplate is rapidly approaching a full century at this point, so how’d we get here? To find out, we delved into the Phantom’s history, taking a look at the seven generations that have come and gone since the model’s introduction in 1925.
The Lexus LF A was an Oddity in the supercar world but an absolute gem at the same time. When it was released in 2011, it came complete with a 4.8-liter V-10 that delivered a cold-hearted (especially for a Lexus) 560 horsepower. Just a year later, Lexus decided to get a little more exclusive and created the LF-A Nurburgring Edition – a car that was destined to conquer the infamous track and set a new record lap time. And, it did, running the track in just 7 minutes and 14 seconds, enough to beat out the Porsche 911 GT2 RS, Corvette ZR1, and the Dodge Viper ACR at the time. Lexus only created 50 examples of the LF A Nurburgring edition, all of where were either black, white, or orange. Since it’s been nearly seven years since the LF A’s conquering of the Nurburgring, we’ve decided to show it a little love and make it our wallpaper of the day. Go ahead and download our hand-picked favorite or choose something else you might like from the gallery at the bottom of the page.
Bargain Buys: Performance Cars That You Can Score For Less Than $50,000
Times like this, picking a sports car can get a little tricky, especially when money is no object. The range of options cuts across different segments and if you really want to make an impression, the cost of getting one could run up in the seven figures. But for those who don’t have the proverbial “unli-funds” at their disposal, buying a sports car becomes a little bit more difficult. For one, a large number of options are pulled off of the table because of their costs. Then there’s the prospect of availability.
But there is some good news. Just because money’s tight, doesn’t mean that the market becomes slim pickings. Far from it actually. Just lower those expectations, and you might find themselves having more than enough options to consider. And, since we’re in the business of helping others out, we’ve put up a list of some sweet performance rides that buyers can score for less than $50,000. I’m purposefully leaving out performance hatchbacks out of this list because they’re an entirely different category of their own. So we’re going with coupes and sedans, some of which can go as cheap as $20,000 while others can max out at or near the $50,000. The point is that they’re affordable and can put buyers one step closer to finally scoring that long-awaited performance car purchase
The Porsche Macan took another 911-inspired update for 2019, ushering in a mid-cycle facelift worthy of the brand name. The front end received heavy revisions, including updated corner vents and an updated grille. The daytime running lights were even lowered too, a move that somehow makes the front end sportier than before. Those quad LED headlights come standard on all models while the new apron is more aggressive than before – a nice touch to say the least. The rear end even took on a new diffuser-like element, if that’s what you would call this better-side-of-bland fascia insert. The interior even took new updates, including a larger infotainment screen and a new steering wheel, while the chassis even saw some updates for better driving dynamics. In the end, the 2019 Macan is a gorgeous piece of German engineering, so we decided to make it our wallpaper of the day. We’ve included a pretty awesome hand-picked example below, but we also have a sizable gallery that’s free for the taking as well. Go ahead and knock yourself out!
Thanks to advancements in fuel economy and somewhat low gas prices (much lower than in Europe, anyway,) the crossover and SUV market is booming at levels similar to that of compact cars during a gas crisis. So far, 2018 has been a big year for crossovers specifically with some big players posting big sales numbers and others surprising us out of nowhere. Sales statistics paint a clear picture of what the people want, but why is it that people want certain models so much more than others? Well, that’s what this list is all about. We’ve plucked sales statistics for crossovers through June of 2018 and will take a better look at each one individually below. Let’s get to it.
Let’s not beat around the bush here. The Infiniti Q60 is like the girl next door of the car world. She’s sexy, teases you from a distance with her sweet curves, and has an attitude to back up her good looks. In this case, however, the Q60 has a hotter sister, and the Project Black S is it. Go ahead, you know you want to add some car porn to your desktop ;)
Banned No More: Cars From The Class of 1992 That Can Now Be Registered In The U.S.
“25” may seem like a random number in the auto industry, but ask any self-respecting collector in America the significance of this number, and they’ll tell you all about it. For those who don’t know, “25” in this context means “25 years,” as in the number of years that need to pass before a car that was not originally produced in the U.S. and was not subjected to strict U.S. guidelines for crash tests can now be legally imported and registered for road use.
The rationale behind the NHTSA’s 25-year timetable has left many collectors confused and frustrated. The word “overkill” has even been used many times by a number of collectors we talked to. But that’s the rule; it is what it is.
The good news is that every year, a batch of these forbidden fruits become ripe for the picking by virtue of them finally meeting the 25-year criteria imposed by This year, car models from 1992 finally got their “welcome to America” status. Whether there’s still interest in any of them is a different story altogether. The important thing is that they can now be registered for road use here in the U.S., giving them the opportunity to finally touch thousands of miles of roads that were previously forbidden to them.
With the fourth-generation of the 718 Cayman coming to life in 2016 it didn’t take long for Porsche to pump out the Cayman GTS with a little extra power, nicer materials, some blacked out trim, and more features as standard equipment. It’s a car that looks fabulous in the garage and it can look fabulous on your desktop as well. So, check out our hand-picked wallpapers below and download one of five — the choice is yours.
If You Want a Pure, Unadulterated, Driver’s Car from Toyota, You Better Get In Line for the New Supra
The fifth-gen Toyota Supra will likely be the last gas-powered driver’s car from Toyota. In a recent interview with Toyota UK, Chief Engineer of the new Supra, Tetsuya Tada, said exactly that, pointing the finger at stricter emissions regulations and the constant push for autonomous cars as the reason. On the plus side, Tada did confirm that the new Supra is indeed rear-wheel drive and will carry an inline-six under its long bonnet. At least for now, anyway. That, in a way, leaves the door open for the potion for hybridization (assuming the chassis can support an electric motor and battery pack) and maybe even all-wheel drive.
Bugatti Reinvents the T-Top Roof, Makes the Glass Permanent, Calls it Sky View
The T-Top roof design has roots that go back to the late-1940s, but Bugatti has taken the idea, christened it new (since the glass is fixed, of course,) and will offer it as “Sky View” on the Bugatti Chiron. In fairness, it’s not exactly a T-Top since the glass isn’t removable, but that almost seems like a missed opportunity, though, doesn’t it?
According to Bugatti, each glass panel measures 25.5-inches wide and 17.3-inches long. It’s apparently a laminated structure that consists of thin glass and “four intermediate layers.” They are said to reduce noise at speed, reflect infrared radiation, and filer UVA and UVB ultraviolet radiation. Bugatti also says that the design of the glass panels improves the stiffness of the roof and has no ill effect on crash safety. The glass panels are also tinted for privacy and actually add in just over an inch of extra headroom in comparison to the standard roof.
Of course, this is nothing new. The T-Top roof design has been around since 1948 when TASCO debuted the styling on a prototype that went nowhere. GM reintroduced it again with the 1968 Chevy Corvette. It’s since been found on a number of cars, with the most prominent example being the Pontiac Trans-Am. The big difference, however, is that all of those cars were fitted with removable glass panels – allowing you to have the luxury of an open roof without the weight or packing of a convertible top. It almost feels as if Bugatti missed the mark here as a T-Top Chiron would be pretty damn cool if Bugatti could manage to keep structural strength intact.
In that case, maybe Bugatti is offering the best it can, as it might be hard to maintain structural stability without a full roof – it’s the same reason third-gen, unibody Camaro’s need subframe connectors to handle any engine with real torque. All that’s left now is pricing, and Bugatti has yet to reveal that tidbit of information. The first Sky View-equipped Chiron will be on display in August at Pebble Beach, so stay tuned for updates and pictures from the scene.
Sergio Marchionne, Savior of Chrysler, Has Passed Away at 66
Sergio Marchionne, the man who saved Chrysler from going belly up during the 2009 recession, has passed away at the age of 66. He was recently admitted to the hospital for routine should surgery but took a turn for the worst shortly thereafter. Reports came in early in the week that he had been placed on life support without expectation of recovering. He passed away shortly thereafter, leaving behind two sons and a legacy of hard work and dedication that can never be forgotten.
“Unfortunately, what we feared has come to pass. Sergio Marchionne, man, and friend is gone," John Elkann, chairman of FCA, said in a statement.
Those are grim words, no doubt. Earlier in the week, FCA, Ferrari, and CNH Industrial took steps to replace him and announce that he would be unable to work. Now that he’s gone, it’s important to remember him for what he was – a dedicated worker. Reports show that he worked nearly non-stop. He took over Chrysler with no cash down during the Great Recession of 2009 and managed to turn it around, saving 300,000 jobs in the process. He even initiated the first-ever no-strike pledge with the UAW and brought FCA brands up to par with benefits and pay familiar to only familiar to those working at Toyota and Honda. He made seemingly constant trips between Italy and Detroit.
Ken Lewenza, President of Canadian Auto Workers, met with Marchionne in 2009 and had something very interesting to say:
“He looked like he just got off a 20-hour shift, and he probably had,”
He never seemed to stop, and he requested the same from his executives, and it drove some of them away, but those who stayed grew into positions they didn’t think were possible. And, that’s exactly what it took to keep a brand like FCA afloat in one of the darkest times in U.S. automotive history. With Marchionne laid to eternal rest, it’s up to Mike Manley, the former head of the Jeep Division to keep the company alive and moving at warp speed. Manley took over just this week once it was discovered that Marchionne had taken a turn for the worst. As CEO of Ferrari, he was replaced by John Elkann, former Fiat Chrysler chairman.
At this point, there’s nothing else to say and nothing to speculate. A good, hard-working man has passed away, and our hearts go out to his family and all those that worked so closely with him. May he rest in peace.
Designed by Pininfarina, the Maserati GranTurismo is one gorgeous looking car, even if it has been on the market for a decade now. It has a timeless design, though, and while it may be time for it to be replaced, the car will remain relevant for years to come, eventually becoming a collectible. After all, it was the first grand tourer that was developed under Ferrari ownership. It’s powered by a Ferrari-designed 4.7-liter V-8 that’s good for some 454 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. Channeled through a ZF, six-speed automatic, it’s good enough to get the GT up to 60mph in 4.6 seconds on the way to a top speed of 185 mph. Given the fact that its time is drawing short on the market, we decided to honor it a bit and make it our wallpaper of the day. We’ve picked our favorite and thrown in a gallery so you can do the same. Enjoy!
Ah, the infamous and now defunct Dodge Viper. Once the most prominent American sports cars in history, it now lives on in our minds because Dodge was too cheap to design side airbags that would actually fit inside the cabin. Oh well, that’s now, but today we’re looking back at what is, arguably, the best version of the Viper that ever existed: the 2003-2010, third-gen model. Powered by an odd-firing 8.3-liter V-10, the Roadster delivered 500 horsepower and 525 pound-feet of torque while the coupe got a mild bump up to 510 ponies and 535 pound-feet. All of that lovely power was channeled to the rear wheels via a Tremec T56 manual transmission. This amazing piece of gorgeous history could hit 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and 100 mph in 8.3 seconds in roadster form. The coupe made the same 100-mph sprint but got to 60 mph one-tenth of a second faster. The beautiful and timeless design has been coming back to us a lot lately, so we decided to make it our wallpaper of the day. We’ve hand-picked some pretty cool images so go ahead and give the old SRT 10 a little bit of screen love with us.
Hyundai N Has a Standalone, Halo Car in the Works - Could it Revive the HND-9 or PassoCorto Concept?
It was only a matter of time before Hyundai N decided to make its own stand-alone model, and now we finally have confirmation that a true halo car is in the works. It won’t be delivered to the market for some time, as it’s still in the embryonic stages of development, but engineers are standing at the drawing board trying to figure out just what it could be. Will it be a performance sedan like a Hyundai-badged derivative of the Kia Stinger on steroids? Will it be a two-seater sports car that is designed from the ground up?
Wallpaper of the Day: 2017 Infiniti QX30
When Infiniti decided to enter the compact crossover segment, we were a little worried, but then we found out that the QX30 was going to have just the slightest bit of Mercedes DNA. We started to get excited. Come 2016, and we finally got to lay eyes on the 2017 QX30, and we were amazed. It’s currently giving the competition a serious run for their money and damn does it look good. Now that some time has passed since it made its debut, we’ve decided it’s about time for the QX30 to spend a little bit of time as TopSpeed’s official wallpaper. We’ve added it to every screen in the building, and we want to share our hand-picked favorite with you. Go ahead and spruce up your desktop with our favorite or one from our extended gallery.
Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 Ford F-150
The F-150 just went through a thorough, mid-cycle update to help keep it relevant in a constantly changing market, and that’s good news as it came with a revitalized look and a little extra power for certain engines as well. When properly equipped, it can tow as much as 13,200 pounds while the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 will manage to pull 26 mph on the higher (the 3.5-liter gets 25 mpg.) The point is, the F-150 is a true, all-American pickup that deserves some time on display here at TopSpeed headquarters. And, we’ve hand picked a few of our favorite wallpapers to share with you. Check them out and feel free to download one or two for yourself.
Looking Back at the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed Hill Climb
The 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed is upon us, and it’s shaping up to be quite the event that will even include the long-awaited debut of the next-gen Toyota Supra. Be that as it may, the Supra’s debut won’t be the most exciting thing happening this weekend. After all, we all know there is all kinds of action that goes down during the Hillclimb. Records could be broken, new cars and entrants could surprise us, and there could be some pretty interesting crashes as each and every driver pushes their car to the limit up that fun and punishing track.
With that in mind, we’ve decided to take a look back at the some of the most exciting videos from last year’s event, including that Ferrari 458 GT2 and Ford RS200 that crashed, the Range Rover Sport SVR that rode on two wheels, and the debut of the Porsche 911 GT2 RS, among others. With that said, there’s a whole bunch of amazing videos below to help keep you on the edge of your seat until the event kicks off later this week. Let’s get to it!
Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 Hyundai Le Fil Rouge
The Le Fil Rouge Concept is Hyundai’s interpretation of its future and will serve as a basis for all future Hyundai models, cars and SUVs alike. Its exterior design has a lot of potential, but the interior is a bit… um… too futuristic if we’re being nice about it. Unfortunately, Hyundai spent more time working on the exterior and interior design, including some really odd interior tech, than it should have so it didn’t have a functioning drivetrain. One could imagine, however, that it had an all-electric driveline that would be good for anywhere between 350 and 500 horsepower. All of this aside, it looks pretty damn cool, so we decided to revisit it and make it our wallpaper of the day here at TopSpeed HQ. Go ahead and take our favorite or snag one from the gallery a little further down the page.
Wallpaper of the Day: 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye
The modern-day Dodge Demon is officially out of production, but in its place comes the Challenger Hellcat Redeye – a model that essentially bridges the gap between the range-topping hellcat and the late Demon. It’s powered by the same 6.2-liter V-8, but it’s been tuned to deliver 797 horsepower at 6,300 rpm. Torque figures carry over from the standard Hellcat at 707 pound-feet, but the Redeye benefits from lots of Demon gear, including things like line-lock and launch control. Sure, we would have been happier if Dodge introduced a second-gen Challenger for 2019 but this is at least one way to keep things fresh, right? Either way, we decided to make the Hellcat Redeye our wallpaper of the day and give it a little desktop love. Want to join in? We’ve got some pretty sweet wallpapers waiting for you below!
Video of the Day: Jay Lenos Garage: Audi R8 V10 RWS
As Jay Leno puts it, the Audi R8 V10 RWS isn’t a flashy car, really, and it’s a huge improvement over the Audi sports cars of the past. Unlike the other versions of the Audi R8, it was made specifically for rear wheel drive. Less than 400 were destined for the United States with the remaining examples of the limited edition car being spread across the rest of the world’s markets. What’s even cooler, however, is the engine placed behind the rear seats is the same engine that’s used in Audi’s race car. Of course, it’s tuned down a bit to 540 horsepower and 399 pound-feet of torque, but that’s enough for a 3.7-second sprint to 62 mph. It tops out at just 199 mph. Of course, there’s so much more to the R8 V10 RWS, so check out this episode of Jay Leno’s Garage to learn all about it.
Wallpaper of the Day: 2009 Mercedes CLC-Class
Here we are in 2018 and everyone is going bonkers over Mercedes’ latest creation, the AMG 4-Door Coupe and here I am setting the Mercedes CLC-Class as Top Speeds wallpaper of the day. By definition, the CLC-Class is probably the most forgotten model that Mercedes has ever built but yet, to me at least, it was one of the coolest. It was a sporty little hatchback aimed at the younger generation and it had a decent price to go with it. The six-cylinder models even came with as much as 272 horsepower on tap, enough for a 6.3-second sprint to 60 mph and a top speed that was electronically limited to 155 mph. As an entry-level model for the younger generation, it wasn’t exactly the most luxurious but it had plenty of the typical Mercedes good stuff on the inside. Either way, the CLC is long gone now, but it can grace your desktop if you remember it like I do. I’ve hand-picked my favorite for the day and thrown in a gallery for you to choose from too. Go ahead and give this forgotten Merc a little love.
Video of the Day: 2019 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S on the Nurburgring
The 2019 Porsche Carrera 4S was just caught testing at the Nurburgring again and we’ve managed to find a video that we would like to share with you. The most recent comment on the video is that it sounds like a vacuum cleaner, but we’ll let you decide that for yourself. The 2019 model is expected to use the familiar 3.0-liter inline-six that was introduced with the 991.2-gen back in 2016 but it should be tuned to deliver about 430 horsepower – about 10 more than the current model. The non-S version should also receive a bump of 10 ponies up to 380. As a 2019 model, the Carrera and Carrera should debut sometime in the next few months, so be on the lookout. Until then, we’ve listed out speculative review below the video so you can find out everything we know about it and our entire database of 2019 Porsche 911 Spy Shots. Go check them out!
Wallpaper of the Day: 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera
Aston Martin’s new flagship tourer is finally here, and it brings with it two iconic names blended together and plenty of power to make models like the Ferrari 812 Superfast tremble with fear. To make the new Superleggera what it is, Aston Martin did some serious work to the underpinnings that were borrowed from the DB11. In essence, the automaker managed to shed a total of 160 pounds and threw in a more aggressive design that makes it worthy of flagship status. Powering the beast is Aston’s familiar 5.2-liter V-12, but it’s tuned to deliver a gut-wrenching 715 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque – enough to push this beaut up to 50 mph in 3.4 seconds and all the way to a top speed of 211 mph.
All of this in mind, we saw it only fitting to make the new DBS Superleggera our wallpaper of the day here at TopSpeed and decided to share our favorite wallpaper selections with you. Our favorite is showcased below, but there’s plenty more in the gallery just a little lower. Go ahead – spruce up your desktop a little bit. You deserve it.
Italdesign and Nissan Design a Celebratory GT-R That Screams Future Collaboration
To celebrate 50 years of Italdesign creations and the Nissan GT-R nameplate, the coachbuilder and automaker have teamed up to create a one-off prototype called the GT-R50. Considered to be a GT-R without limits, and based on the 2018 GT-R Nismo, this custom Nissan is scheduled to debut next month with heavy modifications – exactly what you would expect from something created by Italdesign.
The Porsche 919 Just Smashed the 35-Year-Old Nurburgring Lap Record by 51 Seconds
Porsche and race-car driver Timo Bernhard just used the 919 Hybrid to decimate Stefan Bellof’s Nurburgring lap record by 51.58 seconds, at a total time of 5 minutes and 19.55 seconds with an average speed of 145.3 mph. Bellof set his long-standing record way back on May 28, 1983, running a lap of 6:11.13 in a Porsche 956 C. That record has been uncontested since, and this record, sitting at just a hair over five minutes will likely survive for just as long, if not longer.
2019 BMW X6
With the BMW X5 finally making its debut, it’s time to start thinking about the next-generation of the X6, a model that is essentially the X5 but with that coupe-style roof. With the current X6 being on the market for just three years, we probably won’t see the new X6 until at least 2020, but you can bet BMW is already hard at work. And, thanks to these new renderings that fuse the X6’s coupe-like styling with the look of the new X5, we have a strong visual representation of what we can expect.
Update 06/29/2018: A BMW X6 Prototype was caught testing for the first time. Check out our spy shots section below to learn all about it.
It’s Not a New Generation, but the Dodge Charger Gets Some Decent Updates for 2019
The Dodge Charger, which has seriously soldiered on since 2011 with minor changes, is getting some more minor updates for 2018 as Dodge hopes to maintain its relevancy on the market. As of the time of this writing, the Dodge Charger is creeping up on eight years old and probably won’t see its much-needed generational shift until at least 2020. With that in mind, it should also be noted that Dodge is downsizing the Charger lineup, which will now be offered in just six trim levels. The revised offering of trim levels and minor updates should at least help the old-geezer of a car carry on, so let’s take a good look at the new trim levels and what each trim level gets.