2018 Lexus LX 570
First hitting the market in January of 1996, the Lexus LX nameplate has evolved through three separate generations over the years, with the latest J200 iteration arriving in 2007. Based heavily on the Toyota Land Cruiser, the Lexus LX is the premium Japanese brand’s take on full-size luxury SUV transport, comfortably seating up to eight passengers and offering a good deal of capability if road conditions are less than ideal. However, according to Lexus, “some customers indicated they did not use the third row and expressed a preference for more interior cargo space,” and as a result, the 2018 model year gets a bit of switch-up in the cabin. Introduced as the LX 570 at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, the third-row bench was tossed to accommodate more junk in the trunk, all while keeping the same capability and comfort found in the LX’s eight-seater counterparts.
Lexus says the LX 570 is aimed at “smaller families, empty nesters and multiple-vehicle households, [customers who] are more likely to travel with fewer passengers but more carry-on gear. Among the activities they enjoy are skiing, cycling, kayaking, and golf, along with such hobbies as nature photography and antique collecting. Some also wanted more versatility for carrying their dogs.” So – does the LX really work better with fewer seats and more cargo?
Update 8-13-2020: Lexus has updated the LX570 for the 2021 model year with a few new goodies, a new package, and a new limited-edition Inspiration Series. Check out the details down below.
2022 BMW i4
Back in 2014, BMW took a very confident step into the world of the EV, officially launching its “Project i” sub-brand with the i3. Following hot on its heels was the remarkable i8 hybrid coupe, which garnered the German brand oodles of green cred for its futuristic aesthetic and advanced powertrain. These days, BMW says it has big plans for its electrified lineup, with a total of 12 battery-electrics planned by 2025, plus 13 hybrids as well. One of the most exciting prospects is dubbed to i4, which promises four-door practicality, high-end luxury, extraterrestrial styling, and next-generation technology.
Update 2/27/2020: The BMW i4 Prototype with a RWD configuration was caught playing in the snow just a week before the i4 Concept is set to make its debut.
Throwback: Lotus Wants to Wish You a Merry Driftmas and a Hethel New Year
It’s that time of the year again, when colorful lights shine to brighten the night, kids listen for the sound of sleigh bells, and the smell of burnt rubber lingers in the air. At least that’s the holiday season we like, and it would appear as though Lotus agrees with this Christmas-themed video featuring the Evora GT410 Sport sliding around for a drift-tastic tree delivery.
2020 Toyota Highlander
The previous third-generation Toyota Highlander debuted back in 2013, with a facelift performed in 2016 that added an eight-speed automatic transmission, an updated spec for the V-6 engine, and a few aesthetic upgrades as well. Since then, the Highlander has proven to be one of the brand’s most-popular nameplates, selling some 245,000 units in 2018. That means it’s time for Toyota to give the Highlander a full-fledged generation update for 2020. Making its big debut at the 2019 New York Auto Show, the latest fourth-generation Toyota Highlander brings new styling inside and out, a raft of fresh technology for infotainment and safety, and a number of powertrain updates as well. However, can it still stay at the top of the segment?
2021 BMW M3
The BMW M3 has been around for a while now, first entering production in 1985 as a high-powered go-faster variant of the ever-popular BMW 3 Series. The latest F80 generation dropped in 2014, essentially setting the benchmark for all other fast four-doors to match, and now, there’s a new generation in the making. Dubbed internally as the G80, the next M3 is shaping up to be quite the ultimate driving machine, so we gathered up all the rumors we could find and put ‘em right here in the following speculative review.
Update 9-23-2020: BMW has finally revealed the new BMW M3. We’re busy updating this review, so be sure to check out all the new images in the gallery below, or check out our BMW M3 page to learn all you need to know!
Veterans Day Special: Cool MIlitary Vehicles
It’s Veterans Day, and all of us here at TopSpeed would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to those brave men and women that have served our country. In honor of this day, we’ve put together a video compilation that highlights some of the more interesting machines used by militaries across the world. Included is a list of 25 cutting-edge ground vehicles, a look at how vehicles are tested before they are put into service, and a list of the top five military trucks and armored cars.
If you’re looking for a way to help out a veteran, Military.com has a nice list of charities to check out, including the Wounded Warrior Project, Homes For Our Troops, and the USO. You could also check out volunteering opportunities at Veterans Affairs hospitals and facilities, or possibly get involved with the Veterans Initiative at Canine Companions for Independence. You can also simply say “thank you” to a veteran.
Continue reading to check out the videos.
Veteran’s Day Special – Military Vehicle Video Compilation
Today is Veteran’s Day, and from all of us here at TopSpeed, we would like to extend a sincere thank you to all of the men and women serving in our country’s military. In recognition of this day, we put together a list of videos that feature modern military machines, including a list top American transport vehicles, the new Oshkosh JLTV, the hydrogen-powered Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 undergoing testing, and even five military vehicles available for purchase by civilians.
If you’re looking for a way to show your appreciation, Military.com has a list of suggestions to check out. You could also donate to a veteran’s charity organization, such as Wounded Warrior Project, Disabled American Veterans, or the USO. Or you could just say “thank you for your service” to a veteran.
Continue reading to watch the videos.
2020 Porsche 911 Turbo Convertible
Porsche is currently gearing up for the release of the next generation 992-era 911, offered as a follow-up to the current 991-era 911. Per usual, Porsche will offer a variety of body styles and equipment levels, including high-end speed and unlimited headroom with the up-and-coming 911 Turbo Convertible.
Updated 10/21/2019: The 992-gen Porsche 911 Turbo Convertible was caught testing on public roads again and, while it doesn’t sport that cool red top we saw last time, there are some small changes that tell us this baby is ready to debut. Check out the new pictures and the details in our Spy Shots section below!
2019 Toyota RAV4
Originally arriving in 1994, the Toyota RAV4 is one of the Japanese brand’s older nameplates, especially within the crossover segment. In the quarter century since the debut of the original RAV4, demand for crossovers has grown substantially, and sales of the compact Toyota have grown with it, eventually becoming the Japanese brand’s number-one seller in the U.S. However, the RAV4 last got a redesign in 2013, so to keep it fresh, Toyota just pulled the sheets on a new fifth-generation at the 2018 New York International Auto Show, bringing updated exterior styling, a redesigned interior, the latest safety tech, and a new architecture under the skin.
Update 10/11/2019: Toyota has announced the all-new RAV4 PHEV that will debut at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show. Check out our new section below to learn more about it.
2020 Porsche 911 GT3
The Porsche 911 GT3 has been around since 1999, continuing Stuttgart’s habit of unleashing high-performance spec iterations of its iconic sports car originally started in the ‘70s with the incredible Carrera RS. Now, with the imminent arrival of an all-new 911 (also known as the 992 generation) by the end of 2018, we’ve been waiting for details on the next GT3. Luckily, it looks like we got just that, as our spy photographers snapped a few shots of a possible undercover 992-spec GT3 out and about undergoing some cold weather testing. As such, we drew up a quick speculative review on what to expect.
Update 10/07/2019: The Porsche 911 GT3 has been spotted doing some on-road testing, only this time, it was spotted wearing the touring package. Check out the new 911 GT3 Touring in our spy shots section below.
The 7 Cars We Want To See With a Hellephant Swap
In case you were unaware, FCA stole the show this year at SEMA. The big headline was the Hellephant, a 1,000-horsepower monster that’s looking to curb stomp the competition as the most powerful crate engine ever offered by an OEM. We’re so excited about it that we decided to put together a list of cars that we think need a Hellephant under the hood, with entries ranging from the obvious to the slightly insane.
Of course, it’s worth mentioning that the Hellephant is designed for either off-road applications or smog-exempt pre-1976 vehicles. Regardless, we’re sticking to our guns on this one in the hopes that one of you crazy wrench-turners gets inspired to create one of these wild beasts.
2020 Lincoln Aviator
The 2020 Lincoln Aviator is a midsize luxury SUV unveiled in 2019 as a replacement for the aging Lincoln MKT. First introduced for the 2003 model year, the Lincoln Aviator was initially offered as a luxury sport utility vehicle for the mid-size segment. After failing to meet sales expectations, Lincoln axed the nameplate in 2005 after just a few years in production. Now, however, as nationwide SUV sales continue onwards into the stratosphere, the Aviator makes its triumphant second-generation return for the 2020 model year, slotting in between the Nautilus and the standard wheelbase Navigator in Lincoln’s lineup. The latest model offers elegant styling, a top-notch interior layout, oodles of comfort, the latest tech, and a super torquey hybrid engine option.
Update 8/17/2019: We’ve updated this review with information about the Lincoln Aviator’s hybrid drivetrain and new pricing information. Check out everything in our review below!
Here’s What AMG’s Shift Into An AWD-Only Brand Means for BMW M
It used to be that if you wanted to make a performance car, no matter the body style, it absolutely had to be rear-wheel drive. Nothing else would do. Now, all-wheel drive is becoming more and more popular, especially among the high-powered luxury sleds of Europe, and in response, AMG is looking to ditch rear-wheel drive outright in favor of all-wheel drive exclusively. It’s a bold move, and it will undoubtedly affect rivals like BMW’s division, as well as the segment as a whole.
2020 Audi Q4
Audi’s crossover and SUV lineup is already mighty stout, but that isn’t stopping the Four Rings from adding yet another high-rider to the list. The latest will take the name Q4, and as you might expect, it’ll squeeze in between the Q3 and Q5 within Audi’s stable. Alternatively, the new crossover could also carry the name Q3 Sportback. Either way, the fresh ‘ute will offer a more coupe-like roofline compared to the standard Q3, but carry over the current Q3’s interior appointment, engine, and drivetrain, plus all the options.
Update 5/22/2019: The Audi Q4 was just caught during more prototype testing, this time in warmer weather. With cold weather testing out of the way and warm-weather testing now taking place, is a debut imminent? Check out the spy shots section below for details!
Driving the 2020 Toyota Supra On the Track and the Street
There’s no shortage of hype and controversy when it comes to the 2020 Toyota Supra. The return of this iconic nameplate has divided enthusiasts and sparked a firestorm of opinions, with some heralding its return, and others deriding its Bavarian influences. But putting all that aside, the most important question remains unanswered - what’s it like to drive? To answer that, Toyota flew me out to Virginia, where I was given the opportunity to see what the A90 Supra can do on the track, and how it handles the street. This is what happened.
2020 Toyota Supra - Driven
Toyota introduced the Supra nameplate back in the late ‘70s with the A40 Celica Supra. The second-gen A60 arrived in 1981, followed by the third-gen A70 in 1986, and the fourth-gen A80 in 1993. Unfortunately, following dwindling sales numbers and stricter emissions laws, the U.S.-spec A80 got the axe in 1998. Now, more than two decades later, this import performance icon is back for an all-new fifth generation. Unsurprisingly, the Supra has been subjected to nearly endless scrutiny from both the motoring press and the enthusiast public, but first-hand experience has been sorely lacking. Until now, that is. Toyota flew me out to Virginia to drive the 2020 Supra both on a racetrack and on the street, and I found out exactly what it brings to the table.
This Is Why You Should Stop Calling the 2020 Toyota Supra a “Rebadged BMW”
Like death and taxes, Internet comments asserting that the 2020 Toyota Supra isn’t a “real” Toyota seem inevitable. On the surface, the accusation seems justified. After all, the Supra and 2019 BMW Z4 share the same platform, engine, and transmission. Hell, even the switchgear is similar. So where exactly does the BMW end and the Toyota begin?
Well, according to Chief Engineer Tetsuya Tada, Toyota’s influence can be found from the ground up. I recently got a chance to climb behind the wheel of the 2020 Toyota Supra during a ride-and-drive event in Virginia, and Tada-san was in attendance to help answer our questions, providing clarification on the nature of Toyota’s partnership with BMW during the A90 Supra’s development.
The 2020 Toyota Supra Has a Hatchback Trunk With An Open Pass-Through to the Front
The 2020 Toyota Supra was designed with one very clear goal in mind - fun behind the wheel. However, given the Supra is still a road car that folks will likely drive on the street with, you know, stuff in it, it’s worth checking out what it offers in terms of practicality. Luckily, the Supra does indeed come with a hatchback cargo area that can fit stuff inside it.
2020 Toyota Supra Interior First Impressions
After years of waiting, endless teasers, and more than a few false flags, the fifth-generation A90 Supra is finally here. Carrying the torch as Toyota’s modernized performance icon and halo vehicle, the 2020 Supra has plenty to live up to. And while most of you are chomping at the bit to learn what it’s like to drive, you’ll have to wait until the embargo lifts on Sunday for my full driven review. Until then, I want to relay everything I can about this machine, including my first impression of the interior.
The 2020 Toyota Supra’s Styling Is Growing On Me
When Toyota released the new fifth-generationA90 Supra at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, I wasn’t terribly impressed by its styling, saying that it looked like a “dumbed-down, bastardized version” of the FT-1 concept upon which it was based. And I still think that’s true - the FT-1 is an amazing piece of design, and the production A90 Supra can’t live up to the standard it sets. However, after spending some one-on-one time with the A90 in Virginia (courtesy of Toyota), I’m starting to come around.
The 2020 Toyota Supra Is Surprisingly Small In Person
I just got back from Middleburg, Virginia, where Toyota provided me with a 2020 Supra to flog around a racetrack. You’ll have to come back Sunday for my full in-depth driving impressions and review, but until then, there’s still a few things to say about the brand’s latest performance machine. For starters, the new Supra is surprisingly small in person.
Analyzing the Differences Between the 2020 Tesla Model Y and the 2019 Tesla Model X
Now that we’ve had an eyeful of the 2020 Tesla Model Y, it’s time to look at it from a more analytical perspective, especially with regards to how it stacks up against the 2019 Tesla Model X. What are the differences between these two all-electric utility vehicles, and why do those differences matter?
Here’s How Mercedes Will Bridge the Gap Between the Mercedes-AMG 53 and the GLE 63
Mercedes’ SUV stable is about to get just a little bit more fleshed out, as rumor has it the German brand is working on a new addition to the GLE lineup that’s set to slot in between the GLE 53 and the immensely powerful, yet to be announced GLE 63. It might be called the GLE 580, and it could drop sometime very soon.
2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35
Mercedes-Benz first offered the compact A-Class back in the late ’90s, launching the latest fourth-generation vehicle in 2018. Per tradition, Merc infused the A-Class lineup with a hearty dose of AMG-branded speed over the years, the latest iteration of which is dubbed the CLA 35. Following hot on the heels of the AMG A 35 sedan, the CLA 35 takes the same approach with regard to the powertrain spec, all while adding the sloping roofline of a four-door coupe. Standout characteristics include small dimensions, quick performance, and refined luxury inside the cabin. With fresh exterior styling bits, track-bred electronic aides, new interior gear, and all the underhood-trimmings of the A 35, the CLA 35 certainly makes a solid proposal, but is it really all that it’s cracked up to be?
Jay Leno Goes Full Throttle in a 1985 Renault R5 Turbo2: Video
You gotta love it when manufacturers bring race-proven performance to the street. Back in the ‘80s, that’s exactly what Renault did with the R5 Turbo2, a boxy giant-slayer that looks the part of a sideways dirt-slinger all the way down to the hugely flared rear fenders.
This thing is just dripping with old-school-cool, which means it fits right in at Jay Leno’s Garage. Originally, the mighty mite used to be (as Jay puts it) “just a front-wheel drive, front-engined, econobox.” Now, however, it’s so much more. For starters, the engine is in now behind the seats, and now features a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder producing just under 200 horsepower, all of which flows through a five-speed manual transmission. The suspension was also completely reworked, and of course, don’t forget that glorious new body work. The product of racing homologation, just 200 were produced with the same aluminum roof as the example seen here.
This thing is a straight-up rally superstar for the road. Check it out in length in this 27-minute, 44-second video, which includes a look at all the technical details, and a stint on the streets of Southern California.
Team O’Neil Rally School Explains How to Jump a Car: Video
Pretty much every rally highlight video in existence includes some hero pinning it over a crest, engine bouncing off the rev limiter, all four wheels spinning through the atmosphere. It doesn’t get much more dramatic than jumping a car, but as Team O’Neil explains in this 6-minute video, there’s a bit more to it than planting your foot and death-gripping the steering wheel.
Drink In Ferrari’s Beautiful Evolution with Every Model to Wear the Badge: Video
Style, speed, power, beauty - these are the words often associated with the Prancing Horse badge. For more than seven decades, Ferrari has been a guiding light in the performance segment, bringing race-derived innovation to the street and drool-worthy posters to bedroom walls. Few marques bring the same level of respect as Ferrari, and to celebrate, Budget Direct put together the following 4-minute, 25-second video chronicling its evolution. As an added bonus, we’ve also included four images that perfectly capture Ferrari’s history in poster form.
2019 Auto Shanghai - Worst In Show
Auto Shanghai 2019 brought out all kinds of attractive new four-wheeled creations, with the best of the best compiled in our traditional Best In Show list right here. Unfortunately, there were a few debuts that definitely left us unimpressed, so we’re calling them out with a follow-up Worst In Show list. Regular readers will no doubt recognize some of these entries from our Best In Show list - as it turns out, we here at TopSpeed can’t always agree when it comes to matters of automotive opinion. As such, it’s up to you to post your thoughts in the comments section so we can hash this out…
Chevy Adds Hundreds of Workers to 2020 C8 Corvette Production
General Motors just announced that it will add more than 400 hourly jobs and a second shift of workers to its production facility in Bowling Green, Kentucky, upping the plant’s total workforce to over 1,300. The strengthened production capacity is intended to meet demand for the forthcoming C8 Corvette, which will debut July 18th.
2019 New York Auto Show - Worst In Show
With all the big debuts from the 2019 New York Auto Show now written into the history books, it’s time to take stock of what went down. We’ve already covered the best wins right here, but what about the big misses? What about the lamest special editions and the weakest model updates? Welp, we’ve got ‘em compiled right here in the following Worst In Show list.
The Next-Gen R36 Nissan GT-R Won’t Be Here for a While, But That’s a Good Thing
Nissan is currently celebrating five decades of the GT-R with the debut of the 2020 GT-R 50th Edition at the 2019 New York Auto Show. While we’re happy to see Nissan paying tribute to one of the greatest Japanese sports cars of all time, you’d be forgiven for saying the automaker is dragging its feet when it comes to introducing a new generation for Godzilla. However, recent comments made by a few folks high in the Nissan corporate food chain seem to suggest that the company is indeed working to pin down exactly what the R36 will bring to the table, including electric power options, handling upgrades, and possibly even self-driving capability.
2019 Auto Shanghai - Best In Show
Although the Chinese car market is currently undergoing a sales slump, it’s still the biggest car market in the world. No surprise then that the recent Auto Shanghai show brought out oodles of attractive new debuts, many of which provide clues as to what’ll arrive on these shores in the near future. As such, we’ve got the best of the best lined up right here in the following list.
2019 New York Auto Show - Best In Show
Last week, the world’s biggest automakers swarmed the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center to show off their latest and greatest models, delivering a host of fresh sedans, crossovers, and concepts to an auto-hungry public. As such, we’ve compiled all the hottest reveals right here for your perusal and enjoyment.
The 2020 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante Is Your New 211-MPH Open-Top Cruise Missile
Aston Martin just unveiled the 2020 DBS Superleggera Volante! Framed as the convertible version of the brand’s hugely desirable DBS Superleggera coupe, the Volante pairs all the usual grand touring awesomeness with endless drop-top fun.
Mounted in that shapely frontend is the same engine as the hardtop DBS Superleggera, namely a turbocharged 5.2-liter V-12 producing 715 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. Routing the power to the rear axle is an eight-speed automatic transmission from ZF.
Top speed clocks in at 211 mph, while the sprint to 62 mph takes 3.6 seconds. Keep your foot down, and the Volante will go from 0 to 100 mph in 6.7 seconds.
You’ll have eight body colors to choose from, as well as six headliner colors. Quad exhaust pipes are in the rear, while up front, the reworked aero blasts the brakes with cold air, while also reducing lift and enhancing stability. Interestingly, the new bodyworks produces up to 390 pounds of downforce at speed, just 6.6 pounds less than what you get with the coupe model.
The fabric roof takes 14 seconds to open and 16 seconds to close, but we’d recommend keeping it open to make it easier to hear that V-12 wail. Leather, carbon fiber, and metal accents make it nice inside the cabin.
Pricing for the 2020 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante starts at $329,100. Look for deliveries to kick off in the third quarter of the year.
Tesla’s Refresh for the Tesla Model S and Model X Will Infuse Model 3 DNA at their Core
Tesla is known for breaking from tradition, and that includes the way in which it updates its various model lines. Rather than creating an entirely new “generation” every five years like the rest of the industry, the California-based brand prefers a steady stream of incremental updates to keep things fresh. However, that could change with the forthcoming Model S and Model X, as rumor has it Tesla has a substantial powertrain update in the works, with tech bits pulled from the Model 3 compact sedan.
People Can’t Quit Rendering the 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette and We Love It
The 2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette is almost here! After more than five decades of teasers and concepts, the Bow Tie is finally offering its iconic American sports car with a mid-engine layout, so it’s understandable that the hype train is now running at full steam. Chevy recently dropped a gallon of high-test into the mix by announcing the C8 would make its big debut on July 18th, and diehard fans are piecing together every scrap of info out there to figure out what’s in store. Plenty of folks also wanna know what the final production C8 will look like, so we’ve gathered up a few of our favorite renderings right here for your approval, all courtesy of MidEngineCorvetteForum.com.
Hyundai Has a Sonata N Line in the Works and It Will Have More than 275 Horsepower
The midsize Hyundai Sonata has been around since 1985, and the latest eighth generation is definitely the most exciting of the bunch. However, it looks like Hyundai will add even more heat to the four-door with a new N Line edition next year, as revealed during the 2020 Sonata’s debut at the New York Auto Show.
The Mercedes GLB Is Confirmed for Launch In 2019, Mercedes EQB to Follow in 2021
The compact crossover segmentshows no signs of slowing down, and Mercedes is adding to the momentum with the promise of two new models, one of which is powered by gasoline, the other of which is all-electric. Dubbed the GLB and EQB respectively, the fresh nameplates are set to arrive very, very soon, as confirmed by Board of Management member Britta Seeger at the 2019 New York Auto Show.
AMG Boss Confirmed 420 Horsepower for the 2020 Mercedes-AMG A45, GLA 45, and CLA 45
2019 Ram Heavy Duty Kentucky Derby Special Edition
The 145th Kentucky Derby is coming up on May 4th, and Ram is celebrating with the release of a fresh limited run of its popular Heavy Duty truck. Making its big debut at the 2019 New York Auto Show, the new special-edition workhorse gets a few unique exterior styling bits, extra interior comfort-enhancers, and a raft of standard gear to make hauling your four-legged investments even easier.
The 2020 Toyota Highlander Debuts With an All-New Look and Better Efficiency
The 2020 Toyota Highlander is here, breaking into a new fourth generation at the 2019 New York Auto Show. The Highlander was last updated in 2016 following the debut of the third-gen model in 2013, and now, with demand for family-friendly SUVs still booming, Toyota is infusing the nameplate with new styling, a revised cabin, cutting-edge tech goodies, and updates to the hybrid powertrain that yield even more bang for your buck.
2020 Subaru Outback Debuts as the Safest, Most Capable Outback Ever
Subaru just revealed the latest sixth-generation Outback, and it’s looking better than ever. The 2020 model year once again slots into a unique niche, straddling the line between high-riding wagon and full-fledged soft-roader crossover, offering loads of practicality and standard all-wheel grip. To this package, Subaru added in a new turbocharged engine option, as well as fresh styling, a new cabin, and the latest tech for infotainment and safety.
Chevy Has Debuted the All-New 2020 Trailblazer and Tracker in China, But is it More of the Same?
The Shanghai Auto Show is now in full force, and despite declining sales numbers, automakers are still flocking to the event to show off their latest and greatest China-bound model lines. Chevy is getting in on the action with the release of the 2020 Trailblazer and 2020 Tracker, two small SUVs designed to tempt younger buyers with sharp style and loads of practicality. However, does either one have what it takes?
The 2020 Karma Revero GT Features 535 Horsepower of BMW-Powered Goodness
The Karma nameplate has a rather checkered past, first appearing on an ill-fated hybrid GT sedan from Fisker Automotive in the late 2000s. After Fisker Automotive went bankrupt in 2013, the China-based Wanxiang Group Corporation purchased the assets, renamed the company Karma Automotive, and set about fixing the vehicle’s many lingering issues. Now, five years later at Auto Shanghai, Karma Automotive is ready to reveal the fruits of its labor with three new models that springboard off the original Karma’s impressive design.
2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 Revealed with Tons of Go-Faster Tech
A Nürburgring lap time under the 8-minute mark is an impressive accomplishment, but posting that time in a top-heavy SUV is simply insane. However, that’s exactly what Mercedes-AMG just did with the 2020 GLC 63, claiming the title of fastest SUV in the world at The Green Hell.
Making it possible is a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8, which is tuned to produce 503 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque in the top-trim GLC 63 S. Sixty mph arrives in an astonishing 3.6 seconds, just a few ticks off the 800-horsepower Hellcat Redeye. Top speed is rated at 174 mph.
Go for the base GLC 63, and you’ll get 469 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, which translates into a 3.8-second run to 60 mph and a top speed of 155 mph.
Managing the heft is an AMG Ride Control+ air suspension system with adaptive dampers, while AMG’s Performance 4Matic all-wheel drive system makes it grip. Output is routed through an AMG Speedshift nine-speed automatic transmission.
Outside, the GLC 63 twins get new styling with revised taillight and headlight housings, both of which come with LEDs, while a pair of trapezoidal tailpipes are found out back. Wheel sizing ranges up to 21 inches in diameter.
The cabin is covered in Nappa leather with yellow contrast stitching, and the infotainment system comes with the latest MBUX features, including the optional MBUX Interior Assistant.
Look for the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 at the 2019 New York International Auto Show this week, and in dealers later this year.
New Performance Package Pushes the 2020 Ford Mustang EcoBoost to 330 Horsepower
When Ford gave the Mustang an independent rear suspension for the sixth-gen 2015 model year, many critics labeled it as a strong move into bona-fide sports-car territory. The Blue Oval is once again moving the needle by changing up the EcoBoost ‘Stang’s Performance Package, which now includes revised suspension bits, updated aero, and critically, more horsepower. With 330 ponies under the hood, has the four-cylinder Mustang evolved the nameplate beyond its muscle car roots?
Here’s Your First Teaser for the All-New 2020 Toyota Highlander
The Toyota Highlander is one of the Japanese automaker’s most successful nameplates, selling nearly 245,000 units just last year. No surprise then that Toyota is keen to keep it as fresh as possible, and with the current third-generation debuting way back in 2013, the Highlander is definitely overdue for a full update. As such, Toyota will introduce a new fourth-generation at the 2019 New York Auto Show next week, throwing in tweaked exterior styling, a new cabin, the latest infotainment and safety tech, and a few revisions to the powertrain to boot.
2020 Nissan Versa Unveiled With Standard Safety Tech, Sleek Styling
Nissan just dropped details on the brand-new 2020 Versa subcompact sedan, and so far, so good. Outside, the new Versa looks much improved thanks some sleek body panels that work well with Nissan’s latest signature styling features, including the V-motion grille and boomerang-shaped headlights. The dimensions also play a part here, as the new Versa is lower, longer, and wider than the outgoing model.
Inside, the cabin takes after Nissan’s larger sedans, including the Altima and Maxima, and emphasize the horizontal for an added sense of space. The cabin is also stuffed with safety stuff, including standard features like Lane Departure Warning, High Beam Assist, Rear Automatic Braking, and frontal Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection. You can also opt into features like Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Intelligent Cruise Control, Intelligent Driver Alertness, and Blind Spot Warning.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto headline the infotainment bits, while automatic climate control and heated front seats keep it comfy.
Motivation is derived from a 1.6-liter four-cylinder, which sends 122 horsepower and 114 pound-feet of torque to the front wheels. Transmission options include either a five-speed manual as standard, or an optional CVT.
The 2020 Nissan Versa will go on sale this summer, or you can catch it next week at the 2019 New York Auto Show. No word on pricing just yet, but it should be quite reasonable considering the current model comes with an MSRP of $12,360.
2020 Audi S6 Avant
Produced since 1994, the S6 is Audi’s go-faster version of the A6, slotting in under the even-faster RS6 variants. Previously offered as the fourth-generation C7, Audi just unveiled the latest fifth-gen S6, following up on the fifth-gen A6 that debuted at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show. Once again offered in a long-roof Avant wagon body style, the latest S6 comes with fresh and sporty styling, oodles of comfort in the cabin, and a new mild-hybrid diesel powertrain under the hood. Read on for everything else this performance wagon is bringing to the table (beyond the groceries, obviously).
The All-New 2020 Subaru Outback is Coming to New York - Can it Take the Market by Storm?
The Subaru Outback is one of the Six-Star brand’s most important models. Slotting into the ever-popular crossover segment as a tall-riding wagon soft-roader, it should come as no surprise the Outback is cleaning up in terms of sales, providing loads of practicality and all-wheel grip for not much outlay. Now, a fresh sixth-generation is heading down the pipeline for the 2020 model year, and while we’ll have to wait for next week’s debut at the New York Auto Show for all the official details, there’s plenty to speculate on at this point.
Looking to Invest In a Classic Car? These ‘90s-Era Japanese Imports Could Be the Smart Move
Nostalgia can be a very powerful thing, especially when it comes to cars. Just look at the recent surge in high-spec muscle machines, which was driven primarily by demand from the baby boomer generation. Now, as millennials get older and start to accrue a little extra disposable income, the classic car market is starting to shift, from big blocks and American iron to turbochargers and JDM canyon killers. This is the generation that grew up on The Fast and the Furious, Initial D, and drifting, and their four-wheeled predilections follow suit. As such, we put together this list of 10 ‘90s-era Japanese sports car that could become very valuable over the next few decades.
Best Autocross Car
Motorsport can be both ludicrously expensive and extremely dangerous. Luckily, autocross (alternatively known as auto-x or solo) remedies both those issues without skimping on the adrenaline rush. The premise is simple - race against the clock on a cone-lined course without hitting any of the orange things and post the fastest time. The courses are typically tight and tricky, emphasizing driving skill and vehicle setup over raw horsepower, and as a result, you don’t need to drop half a fortune to run at the front. Given just how accessible and inexpensive autocross is compared to most other motorsports, it makes sense that the vehicles which compete in it are equally accessible and inexpensive. With that in mind, we’ve put together the following list to help you find the best autocross car out there.
2020 Toyota Supra Vs. 2019 BMW Z4
Few sports cars can rustle the ‘ole jimmies quite like the 2020 Supra and 2019 BMW Z4. Built as a collaborative effort between the two automaker giants, each is a rebirth of a long-lost nameplate, sliding into a market where sports cars are on the decline. However, despite efforts to meet the demands of an enthusiast-driven public, many decry the Supra and Z4 as nothing more than badge-engineered twins designed to leverage fond memories. But the question remains - how do these two machines stack up against one another?
Watch a Lamborghini Aventador LP750-4 Covered in 2 Million Swarovski Crystals Cause Chaos in London
The Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 SuperVeloce is an incredible machine, meticulously built to dispense speed at every opportunity thanks to a plethora of carbon fiber weight-saving measures, advanced aerodynamics, and a fire-breathing 6.5-liter V-12 engine. However, all that won’t stop someone with too much time, too much money, and not enough taste from utterly ruining it, as evidenced by this particular example covered in 2 million Swarovski crystals.
Video: Donut Media Takes a Big Bite Out of the Pininfarina Battista
I don’t know if you guys have been paying attention, but the top shelf of the supercar world is simply insane right now. Between four-figure output numbers, seven-figure price tags, and designs pulled from the brains of aerospace engineers, these machines bring enough hype to wake the dead. Such is the case with the 2020 Pininfarina PF0 Battista, an all-electric Italian stallion capable of hitting 60 mph in just 1.9 seconds and topping out at 250 mph. But while specs like these make for great headlines, there’s a whole lot more to unwrap here. As such, Donut Media made this informative sub-9-minute video.
2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 Unveiled with 300 HP and Four-Door Coupe Luxury
Mercedes-AMG just dropped details on the 2020 CLA 35, padding the latest CLA four-door coupe lineup with a fresh go-faster variant. The powertrain spec pulls from the latest A 35 sedan, and includes a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder making 302 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Rounding up all those ponies is a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and variable all-wheel drive system, which put ‘em to the ground for a 4.6-second 0-to-60 mph time.
Keeping it all in check is an AMG Ride Control suspension setup, with MacPherson struts in front and a four-link for the rear. Adaptive dampeners are optional. Speed-sensitive steering helps it turn, while four-pot calipers and 13.8-inch discs in front throw the anchor. What’s more, if you intend on spending some time clipping apexes, the AMG Track pace data log feature is an available option.
Outside, the CLA 35 looks quite sleek, and comes with AMG-specific styling upgrades like new bumpers, a new rear diffuser, a trunk-lid spoiler, silver chrome trim bits, and 18-inch alloy wheels. Larger 19-inch alloys are an available option.
Inside is the latest MBUX infotainment and 64-color ambient lighting. Black upholstery with red contrast stitching keeps it comfy, while a set of Widescreen Cockpit digital displays and advanced voice control take your inputs.
Pricing is so far unannounced, but look for full details when the 2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 drops at the New York Auto Show next week. Availability opens up later this year.
2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is the German automaker’s tip of the spear when it comes to luxury and opulence, offering the very latest in technology, styling, and interior features. With a history that dates back to the early ‘70s, the latest sixth generation for the flagship sedan model (also known as the W222) was introduced back in 2013, which means it’s time for a ground-up redesign. With that in mind, we pulled out the TopSpeed crystal ball, drew up the above-pictured rendering, and wrote up a speculative review on what exactly the next S-Class could be bringing to the table.
Update 9-2-2020: Mercedes has finally unveiled the 2021 S-Class Sedan, and while we’re working to update this review, you can check out our awesome photo gallery that’s been embedded below or check out how the new S-Class redefines luxury.
Video: Check Out This Honda Integra DC2 Type R Screaming Up a Hillclimb
There’s something special about a tuned Honda going flat out on a race course. The sound of the four-cylinder’s soaring rpm’s is enough to make the hair on the back of your neck stand up, and when properly sorted, the speed these machines can achieve is undeniable. Such is the case with the lightened ‘Teggy Type R featured in this 3-minute, 15-second video from Hillclimb Monsters.
Video: Is the 2020 Toyota Supra Really Just a Rebadged BMW?
When Toyota reintroduced the Supra nameplate at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, the public reaction was mixed. While some applauded the return of the iconic Japanese sports car, others derided it as nothing more than a rebadged BMW Z4. And while there’s some truth to that sentiment, the reality is much more complicated, as explored in this well-researched video from YouTube user Albon.
Now Bugatti Might Do An SUV, but It Won’t Be Based on an Existing VAG Platform
It’s no secret that we’re completely smitten by the Bugatti Chiron, the French brand’s latest and greatest über sports car. But, while the Chiron’s 1,479 horsepower and a 261-mph top speed are very impressive, the super coupe isn’t exactly a long-term product solution for Bugatti. Now, with an industry-wide shift towards EVs and growing demand for practical sport utility vehicles, Bugatti has expressed interest in adding a second model to its lineup, most likely with a new all-electric SUV.
2020 Ford Kuga Revealed With Range Of Electrified Powertrain Options
The crossover craze is a worldwide phenomenon, and Ford is capitalizing by introducing a brand-new generation for the Kuga crossover nameplate. Also known as the Escape in the U.S., the Ford Kuga is the Blue Oval’s best-selling SUV in Europe, and its third best-seller overall in the market after the Fiesta and Focus. Now, the latest 2020 model year brings a fresh third-generation, offering up new styling, an updated interior, the latest infotainment and safety tech, and critically, a selection of mild-hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and full-hybrid powertrains. However, with competition pouring in from the likes of Volkswagen, Peugeot, and Nissan, does the 2020 Ford Kuga have what it takes to compete?
The 2020 Ford Escape Is Smarter But it Looks Like a Focus or Fiesta With an Upside-Down Grille
The Ford Escape has been around since 2000, and now there’s a new fourth generation heading down the pipeline that’s simply chock-full of updates. Given the popularity of the compact crossover segment, it makes sense Ford is going above and beyond with this big-seller nameplate, throwing in revamped styling, a new platform, four engine options, and the very latest infotainment goodies that the Blue Oval can muster. It’s all impressive stuff, but this segment is nothing less than cutthroat - does the Escape have what it takes to come out on top?
1981 DMC DeLorean
As some of the older readers out there are sure to remember, the ‘80s was chock-full of movies in which cars played a starring role. The 1958 Plymouth Fury from Christine comes to mind, as does the 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor ambulance (a.k.a. Ecto-1) from Ghostbusters. And of course, any movie car list would be incomplete without at least mentioning the DeLorean from Back to the Future. That said, the story behind the DMC DeLorean extends far beyond a place of prominence in a beloved sci-fi comedy. This sports coupe is all kinds of weird, from the unpainted stainless-steel body panels, to the gull-wing doors, to the automaker’s untimely demise. Read on for all the eccentricities that make up the DMC DeLorean.
The Porsche Taycan Enters Final Round of Testing as Production Nears
As the automotive industry gears up for a full-blown EV onslaught over the next decade, Porsche is confidently stepping into the space with the new 2020 Porsche Taycan sport sedan. As if it weren’t obvious, the Taycan is a critical development for the Stuttgart brand as it looks to explore what it means to offer Porsche-style performance without the dinosaur juice. We’re currently about six months away from the Taycan’s official debut, but we’re still getting a few tasty tidbits to sate our appetite before the final sheet pull. The latest is an official update from Porsche as the Taycan enters the final round of pre-production testing.
2020 Toyota Yaris Unveiled With Modernized Infotainment
Toyota just revealed the 2020 Yaris sub-compact five-door, offering up new styling paried with automatic LED headlights, 16-inch alloy wheels, and a large grille design. Under the skin, the Yaris is remarkably similar to the Mazda2, while up front, there’s 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine making as much as 106 horsepower. The four-banger is mated to a standard six-speed automatic transmission, while fuel returns are rated at 40 mpg on the highway.
Two will offer trim levels on launch, including the LE and the XLE. Standard spec includes s low-speed pre-collision safety system and active safety system, as well as infotainment goodies like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth support, and voice recognition. Running it all is a 7.0-inch touchscreen, while two USB ports and six-speaker audio round it out.
The Yaris is once again tiny, with an overall length of 161.6 inches, which is about the same size as the Honda Fit. However, the Yaris is still quite practical thanks to 15.9 cubic-feet of trunk space.
Look for the 2020 Toyota Yaris at the New York Auto Show later this month. Pricing is so far unannounced, but is expected to slot in at $17,000.
BMW Replaces Entire Engine Line With Toyota 2JZ
Bending to popular demand, BMW has announced it will replace the entirety of its engine lineup with the venerable Toyota 2JZ inline six-cylinder. The announcement follows widespread public resentment over BMW’s involvement in the development of the fifth-generation Toyota Supra.
The World’s Fastest McLaren 720S Just Ran the Quarter-Mile in Less Than 9 Seconds
The McLaren 720S was never intended as a dragster, but that doesn’t mean this supercar masterpiece is anything less than amazing on the 1320. In stock form, it’ll dip into the 9’s - or you could just throw a few basic mods at it and shave that ET down to an 8! And that’s exactly what the owner of this particular 720S did, posting a time of 8.993 at 159.55 mph.
Jaguar Land Rover Thinks it Can Help Stop the Spread of Colds
The automotive tech wars are as hot as ever, and Jaguar Land Rover is looking to invest in the future in a variety of fields, including autonomous driving and augmented reality driver assists. Now, JLR will step into a new space - disease prevention. Thanks to the implementation of ultraviolet light technology (UV-C) with a vehicle’s onboard heating / ventilation / air conditioning (HVAC) system, JLR hopes to stop the spread of colds, the flu, and other pathogens.
BMW’s New M Town Video Showcases the Legendary 1978 BMW M1
Back before it was building oodles of luxury compact crossover coupes, BMW had its hands full with some very serious performance cars. One of the most impressive of them all was the BMW M1, which was actually the first model to sport the now ever-present M badge. Now, the M1 is back in this brief 39-second long BMW M Town video.
Watch the First 2JZ-Swapped 2020 Toyota Supra Tear Ass Just a Week Before It Burst Into Flames
When Toyota revealed the new fifth-generation Supra at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, fans had mixed reactions. While some were ecstatic for the return of the nameplate after two decades on the shelf, others felt that the BMW-sourced six-cylinder engine was a disservice to such a legendary performer. Of course, the logical next step was obvious - swap in the venerable 2JZ engine! And that’s exactly what Japanese pro drifter Daigo Saito did, as documented in this two-minute video.
Video: 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe Vs. 2019 BMW X4
The luxury compact coupe SUV segment might sound rather niche, but it’s actually pretty well filled-out. Two of the biggest competitors in this space are the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe and 2019 BMW X4, both of which bring sleek styling and the best luxury bits that either brand can muster. But the question is this - which is better?
Video: 2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe Vs. 2019 Audi Q8 - Luxury Coupe SUV Showdown
Stuttgart just unveiled the latest addition to its Cayenne SUV lineup - the 2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe, which brings all the speed and finery of the standard Cayenne, but with a lower, sportier roofline. This thing certainly looks like its got what it takes to be a success in the segment, but how does it compare to its German sibling from the Four Rings, a.k.a. the 2019 Audi Q8?
2020 Mercedes-AMG A 35 Unveiled With Over 300 Horsepower
Check Out This Outrageously Detailed Full-Scale Lego McLaren Senna
The 2019 McLaren Senna is a truly epic automobile, so it makes sense that this full-scale version from Lego is every bit as impressive. The details on this thing are outrageous, from the perfect exterior recreation, to an interior you can actually sit in, to the inclusion of real parts plucked straight from the actual road car. Compared to Lego’s previous builds, this is definitely one of the most impressive yet.
2020 Tesla Model Y Vs 2019 Tesla Model X
Now that we’ve had an eyeful of the 2020 Tesla Model Y, it’s time to look at it from a more analytical perspective, especially with regards to how it stacks up against the 2019 Tesla Model X. What are the differences between these two all-electric utility vehicles, and why do those differences matter?
The 2019 Ferrari P80/C Mates Form and Function In Perfect Harmony
It’s no easy feat to stand out in the high-dollar world of custom Ferraris, but the P80/C manages exactly that with a unique style that has us staring. Mixing old-school inspiration with cutting-edge go-fast technology, the P80/C manages to shuck the constraints of both competition homologation and street legality, and the result is bold and gorgeous.
Donut Media Goes Deep With Tesla: Video
If you went up to me 20 years ago and told me that electric cars would eventually become some of the quickest, sexiest vehicles on the planet, I would have asked what you were smoking and why weren’t you sharing. But oh how things have changed. Now the calendar says it’s 2019, and the appeal of cars like the Tesla Model S is undeniable. With cutting-edge technology, insane levels of torque, and head-turning style, the Tesla brand is a force to be reckoned with. Now, with the recent debut of the 2020 Tesla Model Y,Donut Media is diving deep on everything you need to know about Tesla.
Watch and Listen as this Insane Triple-Rotor Mazda RX-7 Demolishes a Hill Climb: Video
The third-generation FD Mazda RX-7 is unquestionably one of the greatest Japanese sports cars ever built. Not only is it an exceptionally pretty thing to look at, but thanks to its low weight, faultless chassis tuning, and compact dimensions, it’s epic to drive as well. And of course, you can’t forget to mention the RX-7’s wild rotary engine package either, which, properly tuned, sounds unlike anything else out there. The particular example featured in this video comes with all that and more, with as much as 520 horsepower produced from a triplet of triangles spinning up to an incredible 10,500 rpm.
Please Buy a Porsche Panamera Rather Than the 2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe
Porsche just unveiled the 2020 Cayenne Coupe, which is a lot like the standard Cayenne, but with a “sportier” roofline. As a fan of fast cars and less of a fan of fast SUVs, I feel as though it’s my duty to encourage anyone considering the Cayenne Coupe as their next vehicle purchase to instead take a gander at the Porsche Panamera lineup, which offers more performance, equal levels of luxury, and nearly equal practicality.
Shmee Rides Shotgun In a Ferrari-Beating Volkswagen Up: Video
Sliding behind the wheel of some big, nasty sports car with a bajillion horsepower and tires wider than Wisconsin certainly has its appeal. That said, beating a bajillion-horsepower sports car with a lightweight little econobox also has its appeal. And while YouTuber Shmee150 certainly has loads of experience with the former, this video shows him trying out the latter. The featured vehicle this time is called the Sub 7Up - a modified, stripped-down Volkswagen Up! with the potential to spank the venerable Ferrari 430 Scuderia on the Nürburgring. No, seriously.
The 2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe Is the Continuation of a Dumb Segment
It’s no secret that I’m not exactly the biggest performance SUV fan. On more than one occasion I’ve likened the segment to training elephants to tap dance (sure you can do it, but what’s the point?). To me, an SUV is really good at carrying lots of people and stuff, occasionally good at going off-road, and that’s about it. Sure, you can stuff it with power and mechanical grip and every speed trick in the book to make it fast, but in the end, if it’s performance that you’re after, you’re better off with a smaller, lighter platform, preferably something specifically designed for the job. To make matters worse, the SUV “Coupe” segment almost always hurts one the SUV’s biggest strengths (interior room) to bolster one of its biggest weaknesses (styling). And to me, that’s dumb.
Best AWD Cars for 2019
When the going gets slippery, it’s comforting to know you have the power of all-wheel drive underneath you. With engine output sent to all four tires, an all-wheel drive vehicle can grip the road far better than a front-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive equivalent. And while most new-car buyers gravitate towards cumbersome SUVs and crossovers for the extra traction of an all-wheel-drive setup, the right choice from the car segment can offer just as much confidence on a rain-slick or snow-covered road. As an added bonus, all-wheel drive cars tend to offer a more comfortable ride, easier driving dynamics, and better fuel mileage than an SUV or crossover. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of the ten best all-wheel-drive cars on the market for 2019.
Trail Blazer - An Interview With Stephan Papadakis
2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Revs and Prowls the Streets of Las Vegas: Video
Making its big public debut at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is an absolutely beastly machine. Rocking a hyper-aggressive aero package with a plus-sized front intake and GT-style rear wing, a carbon fiber and suede interior, and a supercharged 5.2-liter V-8 blown to produce well over 700 horsepower, there’s no denying the appeal of this modern muscle car. Now we’re getting a listen to its exhaust note and a look at it on the streets of Las Vegas thanks to this recent post from YouTube user Speed Phenom.
Shot at a private event put on by FoMoCo, the video features a few nice glory shots of the GT500, as well as loads of info from a Shelby rep addressing the attending guests. Cutting through the PR talk, there are a few things that standout during the speech, including the assertion that the Shelby team is still working to pin down the GT500’s final horsepower figure “until the bitter end” (hence the “700+” number currently making the rounds), as well as a few performance numbers like a “sub-11” quarter mile and “mid-3’s” for the sprint to 60 mph. The video ends with a romp across the streets of Las Vegas.
If you’re hungry for anything and everything 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, then this is the video for you.
1967 - 1969 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale
Fast, expensive, rare, and achingly gorgeous - these are the words that describe the Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale. Produced in very limited quantities between November of 1967 and March of 1969, the Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale is a sports car based on the open-top Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Sports prototype racer, promising all the mechanical good stuff of a track-born competitor, but packaged with the freedom and relative comfort of a street-legal machine. Not to be confused with the four-door Alfa Romeo 33 sedan built between 1983 and 1995, the 33 Stradale follows the time-honored Italian tradition of bringing competition technology to the street, and suffice to say, the end result is epic from every single angle.
The 2020 Tesla Model Y Debut Was Surprisingly Tame
The 2020 Tesla Model Y has arrived, making its grand entrance in a live event broadcast from Tesla’s design studio in Hawthorne, California. However, the debut really didn’t bring anything terribly surprising, despite widespread predictions to the contrary. In fact, the whole thing was more like a history lesson than a typical Tesla debut event. But why?
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe Unveiled
Following hot on the heels of the reveal of the new GLC Class in Geneva, Mercedes just dropped its latest Coupe version, offering a sleeker roofline for the compact luxury SUV. Up front is the traditional diamond radiator grille, offered in either silver or black, while further chrome trim adorns the rest of the exterior. LED headlights and LED taillights help to illuminate the front and rear respectively.
Inside is a new multifunction steering wheel, while a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen are on deck. MB-Tex and leather can be found for the upholstery options. Tech features are offered through the latest MBUX infotainment system, which comes with standouts like onboard navigation, augmented reality features, and intelligent voice command. There’s also a bevy of assists, such as Active Steering, Active Distance Assist, and Active Brake Assist.
As for the oily bits, the GLC Coupe is offered with a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder producing 255 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque, 14 horsepower more than the current model. The sprint to 60 mph should take about 6 seconds. A high-powered AMG model is likely in the works as well.
Look for the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe at the 2019 New York Auto Show in April, with an on-sale days sometime later this year. Pricing is so far unannounced, but expect it to slot in close to that of the current model’s MSRP of $47,300.
2019 Papadakis Racing Toyota Corolla Hatch Formula Drift Car
The Toyota Corolla nameplate has deep roots in drifting, most notably with the AE86 “Hachi-Roku” produced during the ‘80s. However, in the 30-plus years since the demise of the original 86, the Corolla has been a bit of a pariah when it comes to the business of getting sideways and smoky. Nevertheless, Papadakis Racing has transformed the modern front-wheel drive twelfth-generation 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback into a winning entry in the cutthroat Formula Drift Championship.
Of course, breaking away from the pack has been a staple of team owner Stephan Papadakis’ career, and it shows everywhere in this latest build. Beyond the extensive rear-wheel drive conversion and complementary bespoke suspension, the Toyota also arrives to the party with half as many cylinders as most of its competitors, while still producing four-figures on the dyno thanks to mind-blowing levels of boost and a hearty shot of nitrous. Then there’s the unique five-door body style, which is enhanced by a custom carbon-fiber widebody kit.
Read on for all the nitty gritty details on what makes this machine so incredible.
Updated 03/19/2019: When this article was originally written, the author assumed Ryan Tuerck would drive the featured Corolla race car in the 2019 Formula Drift season. This is incorrect. Papadakis Racing built the featured Corolla race car for Toyota for demonstration purposes, and Ryan Tuerck is not a regular driver for the Papadakis Racing team. The author apologizes for the error.
2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD
First introduced back in 1995, the Toyota Tacoma is currently in its third generation. With nearly a quarter century of history behind it, the Tacoma nameplate is well-established as one of the most unbreakably rugged and reliable vehicles on the planet, and now this mid-size pickup is headed for a refresh for the 2020 model year. The latest Tacoma is framed as the “best-equipped ever,” and in TRD guise, it looks to mate its traditional off-roading chops in the rough stuff with newfound comfort and tech appointment in the cabin. However, considering the latest third-generation made its debut back in 2015, as well as a major influx of competition throughout the segment, does the 2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD still manage to keep pace?
Is the 2020 Tesla Model Y Just a Model 3 Hatchback?
Tesla just dropped the new 2020 Model Y, completing its S3XY lineup with a compact-crossover complement to its existing Model S midsize sedan, Model X SUV, and Model 3 compact sedan. However, some are questioning whether or not the new Y is truly a crossover, rather than simply a Model 3 hatchback. We take a look and decide for ourselves.
2019 Geneva International Motor Show - Worst In Show
As always, the Geneva Motor Show brought out some truly awesome debuts this year, the best of which we have right here in our Best In Show list. However, for all the good stuff that dropped in Switzerland, there was plenty of, well, not-quite-as-good stuff too. As such, we put together our picks for Worst In Show from the 2019 Geneva Motor Show right here.
2019 Lamborghini Huracán EVO Spyder
The Lamborghini Huracán was introduced in 2014 as the Italian supercar maker’s next-gen entry-level model, following in the footsteps of the ever-popular Lamborghini Gallardo. In January of 2019, Lamborghini revealed the second-generation Huracán EVO Coupé, and now the Raging Bull is dropping the top with the Huracán EVO Spyder at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show. Slotting in as the second entry in Lambo’s modern V-10 stable, the Huracán EVO Spyder is equipped with the same go-stuff as the hardtop, including a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter powerplant, adaptive suspension components, and eye-popping aerodynamics. However, as an added bonus, the Huracán EVO Spyder adds in unlimited headroom, all without compromising the Huracán EVO’s impressive performance capabilities.
Update 03/15/2019: We’ve updated this review with fresh images of the 2019 Lamborghini Huracan EVO Spyder that were taken during the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Check them out in the gallery at the bottom of this page!
2019 Geneva International Motor Show - Best In Show
The 2019 Geneva International Motor Show is now officially tucked away into the history books, but we’re still reeling from all the action that went down at the Palexpo convention center this year. And can you blame us? Per tradition, this annual four-wheel extravaganza brought out the vest finest the industry could muster, with the beautiful, the quick, and the fascinating all showing in full force. Click on to read our picks for Best In Show at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.
Elon Musk Debuts the 2020 Tesla Model Y With 230-300 Miles of Range and an Entry Price of $39,000
Tesla has unveiled the final entry in its S3XY all-electric lineup - the 2020 Model Y! Revealed in a live stream event broadcast from Hawthorne, California, the Model Y offers impressive performance and surprising practicality, including a top speed up to 150 mph and optional seating for seven. Read on for all the early specs.
The 2020 Tesla Model Y Is About to Debut, Watch It Live With Us!
There seems to be no shortage of controversy and scandal surrounding Tesla these days. But honestly, at this point that’s just par for the course. So, rather than pumping the brakes, it’s full speed ahead with yet another debut. Say hello to the 2020 Tesla Model Y, a more-affordable compact crossover that looks to bring all-electric practicality to the masses.
The 2020 Tesla Model Y Might Help to Introduce New Battery Technology
Without a doubt, the biggest hurdle to widespread EV adoption is the current battery technology standard, specifically range-per-charge and the time it takes to top off at the plug. At the end of the day, cars are all about convenience, and if it takes too long to get from A to B, it doesn’t really matter how good a car looks or how quick it’ll hit 60 mph. For now, Tesla’s Supercharger system will provide 170 miles in about 30 minutes - not bad for an EV, but nowhere near the kind of miles-per-minute you get with internal combustion and a gas pump. Electric vehicle battery technology needs a level up, and the debut of the 2020 Tesla Model Y could provide a perfect opportunity for exactly that.
What Kind of Performance Can We Expect From the 2020 Tesla Model Y?
If the 2020 Tesla Model Y Is a Success, How Will Tesla Handle Production?
When Tesla debuted the Model 3 compact sedan back in 2016, it managed to accumulate some 400,000 pre-orders in just a matter of weeks. And while most automakers would salivate at the mere thought of generating that kind of demand, Tesla struggled to ramp up production to fill all those orders. Now, with the imminent arrival of the 2020 Tesla Model Y, the brand’s new high-volume compact crossover, it looks as though Tesla might have a much easier time keeping its promises.
Will the 2020 Tesla Model Y Offer New Advanced Autonomous Drive Features?
The debut of the 2020 Tesla Model Y is just around the corner, and while we’re still waiting on all the official specs, there’s no doubt it’ll come with the very latest technology the California-based automaker can muster. Chief among these should be an array of advanced autonomous drive features.
2019 Piëch Mark Zero
Switzerland is known for a lot of things - chocolate, ski resorts, a square flag… but all-electric sports cars? Not so much. However, that could very well change with the introduction of the 2019 Piëch Mark Zero. Offered as the very first model from Piëch Automotive, a German-Swiss automaker based out of Zürich and Munich, the Mark Zero is a high-powered two-door EV with grand tourer aspirations, plus a low-three-second 0-to-60 mph time and head-turning good looks. Making its formal public debut with home-field advantage at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, the Mark Zero could also provide the underpinnings for a number of upcoming models, as well as the most important EV battery tech upgrade of the modern era.