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.
2019 Kia Telluride
A lot has happened since Kia showcased the Telluride Concept at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, and at the time, we were told that it was a “theoretical exercise.” For the longest time, the trail went cold but the SUV market continued to grow and, to little surprise, we eventually got our hands on some spy shots of a large KIA SUV being put through the paces. With that in mind, you’re looking at a three-row, eight-seater SUV with will serve as a flagship of Kia’s SUV lineup. It has changed dramatically so far, so let’s dive on in and see what we can make out!
Update 9/10/2018: Kia has chosen to debut the new Telluride, full-size SUV as a concept-like one-off during New York Fashion Week. Check out our special section below to see the first shots of it and learn about what we know about the production model thus far.
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.
2019 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster
Unveiled in 2014, the Mercedes-AMG GT has proven to be a worthy successor to the SLS AMG, despite being a bit smaller and rivaling the awesomeness that is the Porsche 911. Since it’s debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, the AMG GT has spawned many versions, including S, C, R, and Roadster versions. Limited to just the coupe model for now, the GT R will soon get a drop-top variant.
First launched for the 2017 model year, the GT Roadster made its debut in base trim, with a GT C version added soon after that. More recently, Mercedes-Benz also launched a GT S Roadster model, leaving the GT R the only trim that has yet to go topless. Rumors about a GT R Roadster have been flying around for a few years and it seems that the Germans are finally preparing a debut. The GT R Roadster was spotted recently on public roads and it appears it’s just as hot as the coupe.
Updated 08/17/2018: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Mercedes-AMG GT R out for a first testing session.
Continue reading to learn more about the Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster.
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.
2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA
Mercedes previewed the CLA-Class with the Concept Style Coupe, then a year later showed up at the Detroit Auto Show with the very first CLA-Class – a new entry-level model and the true baby of the Mercedes lineup. It’s essentially as CLS sized down a bit but features that trending four-door coupe body style that we’ve had to get used to. With that said, the CLA has been around for a while now, and 2020 will be the mark for the second-gen model to hit the market. That means it will debut in 2019, but that doesn’t matter because we’re already getting a good look at it now, and it looks very much like its bigger brother, the CLS. It will ride on the same platform as the new Mercedes A-Class and will even get the same engine lineup – including a pair of over-powered and brawny-for-their-size AMG models.
Update 07/25/2018: The Mercedes CLA has finally dropped some of its camo and was found playing on the Nurburgring. There’s still some time before it makes its debut but check out the spy shots section below to see the latest developments.
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!
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 07/04/2018: BMW announced prices for the 2019 X5. Check the "Prices" section for the full details.
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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.
Here’s the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera!
Video of the Day: Plane Crash Accidents
This one is a little off-topic, but interesting all the same. As my subtitle notes, it may not be best to watch this one if you’re flying anytime soon, but this is the route we’re going today – plane crashes. Some are absolutely horrible, others were very lucky, and there’s even one that was a planned Boeing crash test. Of course, don’t let any of these videos distract you from the fact that it’s been shown time and time again that flying is the safest form of travel. Anyway, here’s our slightly off-topic and somewhat disturbing video of the day. Of course, the scariest part is that this video has more than 20 million views in less than a year’s time, so there’s that.
When Hyundai debuted the 2019 Hyundai Veloster at the Detroit Auto Show jaws hit the floor, stars glowed a little brighter, and robes in hotels all around Detroit opened for high-level Hyundai execs. Okay, that’s a little extreme, but it was pretty jaw-dropping, and it grabbed a ton of attention. The Veloster was back, and it came back with a vengeance, sporting a whole new look, more powerful drivetrains (including an N-tuned model,) and a pretty nice interior for a car coming from a company that was once known for economy cars. This time around, the Veloster is here to serve as a very strong proposition in the hot-hatch market, aiming to put cars like the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Fiesta to shame. Power output comes from a 2.0-liter that’s good for 147 ponies or a turbocharged, 1.6-liter mill that’s good for 201 horsepower. And, now that we’ve had a chance to look back on it, we thought it was a good idea to pay it a little tribute and make it our wallpaper of the day. Check out our hand-picked favorite below.
Video of the Day: Extreme Ultimate Retarded Driver Fails
It seems like every day there is a new compilation of idiot drivers causing bad accidents. This one is from June of 2017, but it’s one we’ve never taken a look at before. You’ll see the usual stuff – people driving too fast and not being able to negotiate turns to people running red lights because something is more important than the lives of other people on the road. There is even a fun little bit where a motorcycle rider flips off a cop and gets a small dose of karma almost instantly afterward. All that and more is in the 11-minute video below. Go ahead and click play to enjoy the shenanigans for yourself.
Wallpaper of the day: 2016 Volvo XC60
As the largest model of Volvo’s 60 Series of vehicles, the XC60 has big shoes to fill. Even bigger than ever before now that SUVs and Crossovers are just so popular. And, that’s exactly why Volvo decided to completely revamp the XC60 for the 2018 model year. It hit the market with more technology than ever, a plush interior equal to that of cars that sit well above it, tons of power (up to 407 horsepower in the right configuration,) and an exterior design that is to die for. It has now been joined by the 2019 Volvo V60 Wagon and the recently-debuted (as in this week) Volvo S60 sedan. And, with these two cars now gracing our lives, we thought it would be nice to honor the biggest model of the 60 Series by making the XC60 our wallpaper of the day. Check out our hand-picked favorite or slip on down to the gallery below for a healthy selection of other wallpaper-quality images.
The New Chevrolet Blazer is Here and it Looks Like an Oversized Camaro
After a 24-year absence, the Chevrolet Blazer nameplate has returned, and it’s back in the spotlight with a design that’s going to get the attention of a lot of people. The new Blazer is expected to slot between the Equinox and Traverse in Chevy’s SUV lineup. It’s the only one of the three that carries a completely different design language, something that could bode well for the Blazer as it tries to re-establish itself as one of the best crossovers in its segment.
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Meet the 2019 Volvo S60, the Car That Comes to Put the Mercedes C-Class and BMW 3 Series in Their Place
The cover has finally been pulled off the all-new 2019 Volvo S60, revealing a stunning new look, powerful drivetrains ranging between 250 and 400 horsepower, and a price schedule ranging between $35,800 and $55,400. It will be the first Volvo built in the United States at Volvo’s new plant in Ridgeville, South Carolina. Let’s take a closer look at it and what you can expect when it hits dealers.
GM Offers West Wing Actress, Mary McCormack a Chevy Bolt and Twitter Goes Crazy
By now, you know about the Model S that caught fire the other day while sitting in traffic.It was owned by the husband of West Wing Actress Mary McCormack. Well, GM decided to try and burn Tesla a little more, with GM Spokesperson Ray Wert, disclosing that GM had offered to loan Mark McCormack a Chevy Bolt EV so “she has a more dependable electric vehicle to drive.” Well, there are GM haters out there everywhere, and the tables quickly turned with Wert and GM feeling an even worse burn.
West Wing Actress Not Happy With Tesla After her Husband’s Model S Catches on Fire
The Husband of a “West Wing” actress Mary McCormack was sitting in traffic when his Tesla Model S suddenly begin to spew fire from underneath the driver’s side. He was flagged by another driver and pulled over, avoiding any injury, but the actress has decided to play the drama card and send a little heat Tesla’s way.
Off Topic – Watch A Pair of Porta-a-Johns Take Flight
Okay, we know it’s off-topic, but when the whole TopSpeed headquarters hits the floor laughing at a video, we can’t help but share it with our loyal readers. In this case, we’re talking about a video of two porta-a-johns take flight spraying their sweet, sweet mist into the air to grace the faces of those watching from the ground below.
The situation took place in the Denver Metro area, and despite the somewhat clear skies, the Gods decided to unleash what we can only describe as gale-force winds. Okay, maybe they weren’t that bad, but for a relatively clear day with no sign of a storm in sight, the wind kicked up enough to topple a massive tent and throw this pair of porta-thrones about like a couple pieces of paper. They bounce off the rear end of one SUV, then transcend into the heavens, blowing their lovely blue mist as if they were a Space X rocket venting before takeoff.
According to KTBS news agency in Denver, there was – fortunately – nobody in either toilet when the took flight, and nobody on the ground was hurt, either. That’s awesome and all, but there were certainly a lot of people who needed one hell of a shower and will probably be scared of ever entering one of these grey boxes of death ever again. Well, at least it wasn’t as bad as it could be, right?
We’re not sure what it is, but there’s just something about guys that own big diesel trucks. Whether it’s the “better-than-you” attitude or the “I can conquer all” mindset, they are almost always driving like a douche or getting into something they probably shouldn’t be during. There’s a lot of that in this video. Guys failing at off-roading, playing tug of war, or having their trucks ripped apart as they are pulled out of mudholes that should have never been ventured into in the first place. If you are one of these guys, don’t worry, we don’t hate you. We just like to make fun of you – just like the guys in supercars and mustangs. Go ahead and click play and enjoy the video.
One Man’s Turbine-Powered Scooter Creates the Biggest Smile Ever - Video
YouTube Fabricator, Colin Furze, has built all kinds of things, but his latest creation hits us right in the feels – a fan-powered scooter for none other than his five-year-old son. His latest creation is a little different from the BMW hot tub of the weaponized rickshaw, but it’s pretty damn cool, and as you’ll see from the unbelievably happy face on his son when the project is done, it might be the best thing he’s ever built.
The video shows the whole process from start to finish, including the test run when his son’s face lights up with the biggest smile the world has ever seen. Furze even made it a point to make the fan-turbine remote controlled because his son will “go crazy and drive it straight into the neighbor’s car.” Parenting at its best, right? It might be a homemade project, but it looks pretty cool and, needless to say, it’s as functional as can be. As for range and actual thrust, Furze has yet to figure all of that out but none of that really matters to the five-year-old it is built for, anyway.
The best part is, Furze says he’s building an even faster and more powerful model for adults – one with a gas turbine from turbocharge parts. Now that in itself sounds absolutely amazing, but go ahead and watch this video for now. If the look on his son’s face doesn’t make you smile, I’m not sure we can be friends anymore.
In 2017, it was time for Ford to Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original 1967 Shelby Super Snake – a one-off designed by the man himself. To celebrate that anniversary Ford created the 2017 Shelby Super Snake 50th Anniversary Edition. It comes with an awesome blue and white color scheme to go with as much as 750 horsepower and 700 pound-feet of torque, enough to make it faster than the Challenger and Charger Hellcat twins and the Chevy Camaro ZL1, with a quarter-mile run taking just 10.9 seconds. With the new Shelby GT350 already making its debut and the Shelby GT500 about to debut in the very near future, we thought it was fitting to showcase the 2017 Super Snake and have made it our wallpaper of the day. Check out our hand-picked choice or choose from a small gallery at the bottom of the page. Go ahead; they are free.
Are Volvos Safe? This Video Says Yes Sir!
A Reddit user posted a video of what appears to be a late-2000s Volvo XC70 getting into a head-on collision with a massive truck. Usually, this is the kind of video that makes you cringe, knowing the occupants of the vehicle were severely injured, but they were driving a Volvo. If you ever questioned whether or not Volvo made safe cars, well this is a real-world crash test that answers with a definite YES.
There isn’t a lot of information to go by, but we know this is an older XC70 that didn’t include things like lane-keep assist or the like. Clearly, the Volvo driver was at fault. Prior to the crazy accident, the vehicle slowly drifts out of its lane and right into the path of that big truck. It doesn’t even appear as if the drive in the Volvo hit his brakes, so he was probably distracted with more important things – you know, a text message, browsing facebook, or watching porn.
The car behind him was the lucky one with a dash cam and was actually able to stop before making things worse, but what happens after that is sheer lunacy. For a collision that would likely result in injury for most cars on the road, this driver seems more angry than anything, throwing a big piece of the dash, which was obviously karma’s way of slapping him in the face, out of the car. I’m sure there were a few naughty words said in the process and, according to later posts, the driver walked away uninjured.
Regardless of what caused the accident, it goes to show one thing – Volvos are pretty damn safe. I’m sure the driver was sore the next day, and he probably got whacked in the face by that piece of dash trim pretty good. But, considering what the outcome could have been, I’m pretty sure he should be writing Volvo one hell of a thank you note – their design philosophy probably just save his life, or at the very least, saved him from serious injury.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go trade in my Volkswagen Golf for an older Volvo XC70. Check out the video below, and I’m sure you’ll want to do the same.
Toyota Thinks Manual Labor is the Solution to Efficient and Cheap Ride-Sharing Services
A patent recently discovered by Autoguide reveals that Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing has devised a pedal and crank system to help charge ride-sharing EVs, ultimately reducing their need to recharge and giving discounted fares depending on how much work each rider does during their ride.
Dummy Destroys a Car Wash Because They Can’t Follow Simple Directions
Going to an automated car wash should be about the easiest thing you have to do in life. It’s easy – you either pull up to a predetermined location, put the car in neutral, and let it do its thing or you pull up to a certain spot and remain there while the machine works around you. It’s not rocket science and it doesn’t take a fifth-grade education. But, not all people live in the bright row of the crayon box as you’ll see from this video below.
Simple catastrophe could have been prevented had the driver of this car just followed the instructions. Instead, they decided to drive forward and backward through the car wash, eventually getting hooked on the top brush. Instead of just driving out of the wash as common sense (hopefully) told them to do, they decided to back up. In doing so, the car pulled on that top brush and the machine came right down, crushing the back of the car.
Now, unless this was a mobster with someone in the truck, it’s unlikely that anyone was hurt as the machine hit the very rear of the car. But, this could have turned out much worse than it really was. The whole time watching the video my eyes couldn’t ignore that flashing light that says “stop” so it leads us to wonder just what the driver was thinking. The video is rather short and there’s no telling what happens after the machine crushes the car, but you can be sure there was an interesting conversation between the owner and driver. Check out this bit of craziness below and let us know what you think!
It doesn’t take a lot of intelligence to get a boat into the water. One could even argue that it doesn’t take a lot of common sense, yet here we are looking at a nice long video of people who just can’t seem to get it right. Some people lose their vehicle to the slippery slope; others can’t seem to get that boat back on the trailer. Either way, it’s stuff like this that’s always fun to laugh at, so go ahead and click play. Enjoy yourself and have a good chuckle while you’re at it.
Swiss Students Design an E-Bike That’s Capable of Amazing Range
Electric motorcycles aren’t anything new, but a Students over at the University of Zurich have seemingly accomplished designing a bike that offers up 250 miles of range and a fast-charging system that can top off the battery in just one hour. Its name? The Ethec.
Watch Dodge Give Birth to the Last Dodge Challenger SRT Demon
It’s been less than a month since the final Dodge Challenger SRT Demon rolled off the line and now that you’ve seen the pictures, it’s time to see the video that shows it being built.
The video was released by FCA North America and shows various stages of the final Demon as it creeps through the production line. Throughout the video, you get to see it transform from a mere shell to the car we’ve all grown to love…or loathe. This specific model comes off the line looking as black as the nights sky but will be sent off for a special (and exclusive) Viper Red paint finish before it heads off to an auction where it’s expected to pull in some $2 mill based on the $1.65 million that the first Hellcat model pulled in. Of course, it could go for even more than that as it’s being auctioned off as part of a package deal with its sports car cousin, the Dodge Viper – the very last Dodge Viper at that.
As the final production model, it will get a pair of exclusive drag tires, a front passenger seat, rear seat delete, truck carpet kit, car cover, VIN badge, and a Demon Authentication package. Naturally, it will get the Demon Crate too, which comes with the drag wheels, tuned PCM, and a full set of track tools. As a reminder, this track-ready monster comes with 840 horsepower and 770 pound-feet of torque, enough for it to blow most supercars away with a sprint to 60 mph coming in just 2.3 seconds. It can also hit the quarter mile in 9.65 seconds at 140 mph – a standing record for any production car.
This car, and the final production Dodge Viper, will be auctioned off at the Barret-Jackson Northeast Auction between June 20 and June 23 with all proceeds heading straight to United Way. Stay tuned to find out how much the final Demon goes for and, until then, check out the video and gallery below!
The BMW 8 Series Coupe has Debuted and It’s Stunning
We’re finally getting a look at the BMW 8 Series in high resolution and ready to take on the Mercedes S-Class in a Serious way. It’s expected to hit the road in the U.K. in November with a price ranging from £76,740 to as much as £100,025 for the range-topping (until the M8, anyway) M850i seen in all of the images we have here. Pricing for the U.S. has yet to be released.
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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.
Ford Infuses the 2019 Mustang Shelby GT350 with Racing and GT500 DNA
The Audi Q8 is still a newborn and isn’t even on the market yet, but we’re still lucky enough to have some really good shots of it from the manufacturer. A good handful of which, will make a damn good wallpaper for any over you that are drooling over the new SUV. If you’re planning to buy one as soon as it goes on sale, these wallpaper selections might make it a little bit easier to survive the wait. It’s slated to go on sale sometime later this year, so the wait isn’t that bad, but we all know what it’s like to really want something. As a reminder, Audi has yet to release any performance data regarding its newest SUV, but we expect the choices to mirror those of the Q7 which means it should get a pair of six-cylinders, one gasoline, and one diesel. The gasoline mill will probably deliver the same 333 horsepower and 324 pound-feet of torque while the diesel engine should deliver between 218 and 272 horsepower, depending on levels of tune. Torque ratings will be through the roof as usual, with the lower tuned diesel pumping out nearly 370 pound-feet and the high-end diesel churning out as much as 442 pound-feet. It’s not likely Audi will offer the Q8 with that 2.0-liter gasoline engine, but if it does, expect to attain 252 horsepower and about 270 pound-feet of torque. An Audi RS Q8 should come to life before the turn of the decade, and could even use the same V-8 mill from the Urus and R8. With a mild-hybrid setup, it could churn out as much as 600 horsepower.
Woman Dies After a BMW 8 Series Prototype Crashes at High Speed
A test driver from BMW took his girlfriend’s mother for a spin in a BMW 8 Series prototype, but things took a turn for the worst when he lost control and hit several trees, causing severe damage to the car and fatal injuries to the passenger. The crash happened around 10pm Sunday night and is still under investigation, but the cause of the accident is said to be “significantly excessive speed.”
Love It or Leave It - The 2019 BMW X5
In production since 2013, the third-generation BMW X5 entered its final year on the market in 2018. With production scheduled to end this year, the Germans launched the fourth-generation SUV. Redesigned on the group’s new CLAR platform, the G05 model boasts a new but familiar exterior and a more modern interior. As it is the case with redesigns, the X5 also gained a revised engine lineup and a wide array of new gear, including driver aids, a new suspension setup, and an off-road package.
Unfortunately, the new SUV also comes with a few downsides. We’ve already discussed the good and the bad at the office, and you can read our opinions below. Don’t forget to tell us what you think about the new X5 in the comments section.
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Love It or Leave It - The 2019 Audi Q8
After years of rumors and a couple of concept cars, Audi finally unveiled the Q8 in June 2018. Developed specifically for the tiny coupe-style SUV market, the Q8 is here to tackle the popular BMW X6 and the Mercedes-Benz GLE. The Q8 is a brand-new idea for Audi, which joins this segment 11 years after BMW created it with the X6. As it is the case with all brand-new models, the Q8 is loved by some enthusiasts and hated by others. The TopSpeed staff also had a few arguments about this crossover, and we decided to give it the "love it or leave it" treatment, much like we did with the Rolls-Royce Cullinan. Check out what everyone had to say about it below.
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The 2019 BMW X5’s Electric Boot Cover is the Definition of Useless Technology
The 2019 BMW X5 is available with an off-road package, but does that mean it’s suitable for real off-roading? Furthermore, as a midsized SUV, is it capable of towing anything worth a damn or is that better left for your country-dwelling buddy with his Ford F-150 or Chevy Silverado? We intend to answer these questions and maybe go into a few more details so that you’re prepared before you take the plunge into reserving your very own 2019 BMW X5. Let’s get to it.
Watch All Episodes of Q8 Unleashed Before Today’s Big Debut!
Today is the day of the Audi Q8 and, in celebration of its debut in just a few hours, Audi has unleashed a short mini-series to help get our hearts pumping before the big debut.
The series is a short drama of sorts, with each episode lasting just a few minutes. As of the time of this publishing, there are just four episodes available to watch, with the fifth coming in the next couple of hours. The big debut comes just four hours after that. It’s going to be a busy day, but we’ll keep updating this story as time flows so you can always check back for the latest developments. Check back at 9am Eastern time for the fifth episode and 1pm for the live stream of the big debut. Until that happens, we’ve also added a bunch of spy shots and linked to our speculative review article if you want to learn more about what you can expect! Stay tuned, folks.
The Shelby Mustang Super Snake has been updated for 2018 and 2019 with extra power, new looks, and a desire to eat anything that comes near it – all for a price of $113,445.
If you’re in the market for a Mustang with excessive power and an excessive price tag, then look no further than the update Shelby Super Snake. For that $113,445 price tag, you get a base Mustang GT with a whole host of add-ons that bring power output up to 710 horsepower in standard form. Standard performance equipment includes Ford Performance 710-horsepower supercharger, Shelby’s extreme cooling package, performance half shafts, short throw shifter, one-piece driveshaft (manual transmission only,) Ford performance exhaust, 20-inch wheels, and a Shelby Brembo brake system with break and bearing cooling.
That’s not the best of the Super Snake, though. If you really want something more, you can opt for the 800+ horsepower supercharger. It’s a Whipple unit and comes pre-polished. According to Shelby, the 800+ horsepower upgrade can deliver a 60-mph sprint in 3.5 seconds. It might be more powerful and a bit faster, but we’d rather get our hands on one of those 10 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake continuation cars instead. Either way, go ahead and watch the video below to get your Super Snake on full tilt.
The Volvo XC60 was completely revamped for 2018 and boy did it come with fresh looks. The headlights are sexy, the front end as a whole is very attractive, and it’s got just the right silhouette. It’s definitely a strong proposition in an overpopulated market, to say the least. What’s even more attractive are the engine options available, bringing anywhere from 190 and 407 horsepower to the table. Either way, we find it a good fit for our wallpaper of the day, so we’ve hand-picked our favorite wallpaper just for you. And, if you don’t like our favorite, we’ve thrown in some more at the bottom for you to pick from. Go ahead and snag a few, they’re free for the taking.
2018 McLaren 675LT MSO Gulf Racing Edition
The McLaren 675LT MSO Gulf Racing Edition is a one-off creation that was designed to pay homage to the F1 GTR cars of the 1990s; with a recreation of the Gulf Racing colors that were worn by the 1997 McLaren F1 GTR Longtail race car. There aren’t any serious performance upgrades, but MSO gave this 675LT the full interior and exterior treatment.
If you were to run a BMW M2 against a Shelby GT350, which do you think would win? Well, throttle house decided to do just that and put them through the paces on the track and in a drag race to see which one was actually better. In one corner, the BMW M2 is capable of putting out 365 horsepower and a sprint to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, thanks to a 3.0-liter inline-six. In the other corner, we have the Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 that pumps out 526 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque from a 5.2-liter V-8. On paper, the Mustang should kill the M2 all day long running a cylinder down. But, it’s not always so cut and dry as you’ll see in the video below. Go ahead and click play, then sit back and enjoy the action!
Chrysler isn’t on the Chopping Block Yet; Fiat to Retreat, Become Euro-Only EV Brand
FCA’s investor meeting has taken place, and the official word is that Chrysler will carry on as a North-American.-only brand and Fiat will become a Euro-only EV brand. To take things even further, a company spokesperson has also said that Dodge won’t be killed off either. That’s a pretty bold move from FCA considering how unpopular Chrysler and Fiat have become here. What happens with these brands next, however, will determine whether or not they’ll continue to stick around long term.
The X6 isn’t exactly the most attractive vehicle on the market. It’s more like a weird, jacked up SUV that wants to be a coupe at the same time. Be that as it may, it won itself over on the market due, in part, to its look. Of course, when BMW debuted the original back in 2012, it didn’t exactly have any real competition to go against, but we’ll leave that story for another time. Regardless of its odd look and strange stance, it’s still a pretty cool ride if you’re able to shell out at least $63,000 before options. All of this aside, we’ve decided the X6 doesn’t really get enough love these days, so we’ve decided to make it our wallpaper of the day. As usual, we’ve picked out our favorite and given you a gallery to choose from just in case.
The Bugatti Chiron is one fine piece of automotive art and now that the Lego Technic Bugatti Chiron has made its debut, it’s only fitting that we learn all about the engineering that went into the Chiron. And that’s exactly what Carfection set out to do. As a fair warning, I have to advise you that the video goes beyond the 15-minute mark, but when you use the term “everything you want to know” about one of the finest automobiles in the world, you couldn’t really expect much less. After all, the Chiron delivers 1,479 gut-wrenching horsepower from a massive 8.0-liter W-16 engine that sits all of the way in the rear. This baby can sprint to 60 in 2.5 seconds and tops out at a number that only God (and maybe Bugatti) knows. Truth be told, there’s rumors that it can go over the 300 mph mark, but Bugatti won’t try because no tire in existence today can handle such speeds without ripping to pieces.
But, I digress. Let’s get back to that video. Go ahead and click play, and learn everything there is to know about the engineering that went into building one of the finest, fastest, and most expensive cars in the world!
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.
Video of the Day: Epic 4x4 Off-Road Fails Compilation
Some people… well, non-truck people, will tell you that big jacked up trucks and off-roaders are all just big penis extensions. And, we’re not necessarily going to deny that. However, there is one thing we can attest to, and that’s that they certainly aren’t an extension of the brain. Never has that been more evident that after watching this video. In just eight short minutes, you’ll watch so many people completely ruin their rides trying to do things that everyone (but them, apparently) knew they shouldn’t be doing. Either way, it’s a fun watch and a few good laughs so go ahead and hit play to enjoy it for yourself.
The Honda Ridgeline really doesn’t get the love it deserves. It’s so hard for the Japanese truck to compete against the American big boys, but it certainly tries. After all, it wasn’t built for the same purpose as the Ram 1500, Silverado 1500, and Ford F-150. It’s built on a unibody construction that’s also shared with the Pilot and is actually designed to feel and drive like a crossover. Honda wanted to create a new niche here, but offering up a crossover with a bed, in a sense. Ideally, it would good for any purpose you want to throw at it, but it probably doesn’t have the strength of anything from the big three. That said, it’s still worthy of some love, and that’s why we’ve made it our wallpaper of the day.
The 2020 Volkswagen Golf R Will Grow Mean with 400 horsepower
The Volkswagen Golf R has always been a traditional go-to in the hatchback market. More specifically, it’s the go-to for guys that want performance. Unfortunately, it kind of trails behind the competition with models like the Honda Civic Type R and the Focus RS, among others, delivering more power and better performance times. Volkswagen now reports, via AutoExpress, that all that that’s going to change with the next-gen model in 2020. The word? The Golf R will deliver at least 400 horsepower. There’s going to be a trade-off, though.
The Lego Technic Bugatti Chiron is So Precisely Detailed that the W-16 Engine Even Has Moving Pistons
The new Lego Technic Bugatti Chiron set has arrived with extreme detail, a traditional bi-colored blue paint scheme, and a W-16 engine with moving pistons. Priced at $349.99 in the U.S., it doesn’t come cheap, but the detail is out of this world, including a life-like cabin with a Technic eight-speed transmission, movable paddle shifters, and a Bugatti emblem on the steering wheel. The exterior features all of the aerodynamic enhancements of the real thing, and to top things off, if you insert the top speed key, the wing will transition from the handling position to the top speed position. The engine even has moving pistons and extreme detail like we’ve never seen before on a scale model.
Sergio Marchionne May Kill Off Chrysler, Remove Fiat from the U.S. Market
The Chrysler brand has had a good run with roots that trace all the way back to its formation in 1925. A rich and iconic history, however, isn’t enough to keep a brand going and it looks like the Chrysler nameplate may get killed off just a few years before it’s 100-year anniversary. That’s the word from an Automotive News report that Sergio Marchionne could kill off the brand at the June 1st investor’s meeting in Balocco, Italy.
Video of the Day: Sit Inside a Koenigsegg Agera RS as it Runs to a Top Speed of 284 MPH
The Koenigsegg Agera RS is one mean machine with a 5.0-liter V-8 that’s good for 1,160 horsepower and, apparently, a top speed of 284 mph. It’s a lot more than just power, though, as Koenigsegg put a significant focus on aerodynamics and weight reduction for better handling and cornering ability. Those aerodynamics include a new front splitter and winglets to go with lower side skirts and an absurd rear spoiler. That spoiler, by the way, develops nearly 1,000 pounds of downforce at just 155 mph. With that in mind, can you imagine how much downforce was being created when the RS in this video managed to hit 284 mph? Let’s just say it has to be utterly outrageous. This isn’t something you want to try at home, folks, but if you do, please try to record it and send us a copy.
Anyway, we’ve embedded the video below. Check it out for yourself, then switch on over to our full review of the Koenigsegg Agera RS to learn more about it!
Donald Trump Considers Imported Vehicle Tariff; May Ban German-Made Cars Altogether
Donald Trump has been, by far, the most controversial president the United States has ever had. Half of our country hates him; the other half loves him. He’s been fighting with the world over imports and fuel economy standards for a while, and now he’s reportedly considering banning German cars altogether. If that does really happen, that will mean no more Volkswagen, no more BMW, and no more Mercedes – that’s a big concept to take in. Furthermore, there’s a decision on board to implement Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 that will impose a 25-percent Tariff on all cars imported into the United States.
The McLaren P1 isn’t exactly a successor to the F1, but it does owe its existence to the F1 in one way or another. Be that as it may, it’s fast. It delivers a cold-hearted 903 horsepower from a 3.8-liter V-8, which is good enough to push this supercar up to 62 mph in 2.8 seconds. The sprint to 124 mph? That comes in just 6.8 seconds. Hitting 186 mph is easily doable as well, and it does it in just 16.5 seconds. It can even run the quarter mile in 9.8 seconds and hit a top speed of 217 mph. And, somehow, it still manages to deliver 34 mpg on the combined scale. Imagine that. With all of this said, that’s not exactly why we’re here. What we’re here for is the crazy aerodynamics and styling of this amazing supercar. It has a timeless look that just can’t be beat, and that’s why we’ve made it our wallpaper of the day. We’ve hand-picked our favorite and set up a pretty decent gallery down below. Go ahead and take your pick!
Hyundai N Could Build a Stand-Alone, Mid-Engined Hatchback After All
Ever since Hyundai release the i30 N hatchback into the wild, we’ve been itching to see anything and everything sporting an N badge. We now have the Veloster N, and there’s been some serious speculation about the Kona N recently. More recently we spotted the i30 N Sedan on the road, but now there’s hope that the mid-engined hatchback concept could make a comeback. I’m, of course, talking about the Hyundai RM Concept. Or, to be more specific, the RM14, RM15, and RM16 concepts, the latter two of which improved on the original but all stayed true to the mid-engine design.
Ford’s New 7.3-Liter V-8 May Go Old-School with Pushrod Valve Actuation
It’s no secret that ford needs to replace its 6.8-liter, Triton, V-10 that’s currently found in heavy-duty trucks. It was originally expected to be replaced by a 7.0-liter V-8, but a reliable source to someone at SVT Performance has opened the door to speculation that we could eventually see a 7.3-liter V-8 that rocks out a cast-iron block and pushrod valve actuation. That’s right, a step backward from the OHC setup automakers have been using a lot lately.
Race car technology has come a long way, allowing race car drivers to walk away from accidents that would have been utterly disastrous just a couple of decades ago. With that in mind, technology has also allowed us to relive some of those crazy moments time and time again, and that’s exactly what we’re doing here today – looking at the top 10 Le Mans crashes of all time! As a fair warning, these are some pretty scary looking crashes, and the opening video isn’t anything to joke about, but it’s worth watching as it goes to show just how dangerous the sport can be and how fast things can go awry at high speed.
If you’re looking for a full-scale sedan but don’t want to go with the big German three, then Jaguar is where you want to look. And, look no further than the Jaguar XJ – a premium luxury sedan dripping wet with style, leather, technology, and decent performance too. It’s offered with a range of supercharged engines that includes a 3.0-liter V-6 and a 5.0-liter V-8. Power output ranges from a decent 340 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque all of the way up to 550 horsepower and 680 pound-feet of torque. That’s one fast, beautiful, luxury sedan, don’t you think. Well, we certainly do, and that’s why we’ve decided to make it out wallpaper of the day. We’ve hand-picked our favorite and compiled a gallery of plenty more in case you’re into something a little different.
Video of the Day: Best Supercar Show Off Fail Compilation
It seems like people don’t understand that there’s a time and place to play and that the road isn’t it. Sure, Mustang drivers come to mind (I know, it’s getting old, right?) but in reality, we see just as many supercar owners failing miserably as they try to showboat their precious, powerful cars. It’s nice to be wealthy, I’m sure, but apparently, it isn’t enough to be seen in your cool car, you have to show off what it can do. Well, in this video there’s a big handful of idiots who probably knew more about the money they spent than how to drive what they bought. And, it shows. For the record, not all of the cars shown here are “supercars,” but each one of them was served a life-sized piece of karma that will certainly hit the wallet, be it at the repair shop, with the insurance company, or in court after being sued or arrested for reckless endangerment. Anyway, the video is below. Check it out and let us know what you think!