2020 MINI John Cooper Works GP
Mini is a company that should be taken seriously when it sets about building a performance car. That’s why we stood up and listened when, late last year, we heard that the Mini Cooper JCW GP was coming back in 2020 after what will be a seven-year hiatus. Now, we’re seeing the first spy shots and, as you’d expect, it’s the Cooper JCW dialed up to 11 with some cues ported straight from the devilishly cool 2017 Cooper Works GP Concept. We want it now, together with its +300 horsepower!
Traditionally, the GP version of the Cooper Works is the ultimate performance model. In the past, John Cooper Works, which is long for JCW, built two GP models based on the previous two generations of the Mini. Of the last GP, which bowed out in 2014, only 2,000 examples exist, and just 500 were sold in the U.S., so expect the new model to also be a rare bird. Talking about birds, the GP will once again mark the swansong of the third-generation Mini Hatch with a new one coming soon.
Volkswagen Presents Lego T2 Camper Van And We’re Already Dreaming Of A Life-Sized Lego World
The Volkswagen Type 2 is one of the German automaker’s most enduring designs and was even kept in production in Brazil until 2013. Volkswagen sold countless numbers around the world and, while the T2 generation isn’t as cute as the original T1, it has its place in history. At the F.re.e Leisure and Travel Fair in Munich, Germany, the T2 made an unexpected appearance in Lego form, proving that making full-scale recreations of cars out of thousands of Lego bricks is now a thing.
The second generation of Volkswagen’s world-renown compact multi-purpose van debuted in the Summer of 1967 and was kept in production until 1979 for the American and European markets. The Argentinian market enjoyed the T2 as late as 1986 while over in Mexico you could buy a new T2 up until 1994. However, the T2 was most popular in Brazil where Volkswagen built it at the São Bernardo do Campo plant until 2013 when the production officially ended with a run of 600 Last Edition vehicles.
1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible
The ’50s were a strange decade: on the one hand, the danger of nuclear annihilation grew bigger and bigger as tensions between East and West reached new peaks and, on the other hand, automotive design also reached new peaks - peaks touched by the ultra-high fins of cars like the 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible, a true symbol of its time.
When you think of American cars from the ’50s, depending on who you are, you’re bound to first picture in your head one of three cars: the 1957 Chevy Bel Air, the 1955 Ford Thunderbird or the 1959 Eldorado Biarritz Convertible. The latter is most definitely the showboat, figuratively and literally, of a whole design trend; a trend that climaxed with this very car that, in a way, managed to kill off the trend altogether. The trend I’m talking about is of aeronautical inspiration, and it took off (pun intended) in the late ’40s and early ’50s thanks to concept cars like the Buick Le Sabre and a host of other GM Motorama creations.
No, those chrome-bathed fins didn’t help the cars corner better nor did they aid the back end in sticking to the ground better - they were just for style, and 1959 was the year of all-out chrome and all-out fins. Some think those cars are everything that’s wrong with American cars, others simply think they’re flamboyant while others still adore them. I guess it’s a matter of personal preference but, undoubtedly, the ’59 Eldorado continues to turn heads 60 years later.
This Rendering Shows the True Potential of What Bugatti Could do with the Divo
Bugatti’s bonkers track weapon, the Divo, is the Chiron’s mad brother that’s been conceived to break lap records. Sadly, Bugatti won’t chop the roof off the Divo but, if it did, you’d end up with something close to Rain Prisk’s render, a machine that’s bent on ruining your hair.
We know Bugatti builds some of the most amazing cars the world has ever seen. Since it was brought back to life under Volkswagen ownership, the company founded by Ettore Bugatti managed to put out two awe-inspiring cars: the Veyron and the Chiron. In 2018, Bugatti launched the Divo, a hypercar "built for corners" based on the Chiron but with a very different look to it. It will probably not be the last special edition spawned by the Chiron but, thus far, it’s the most ludicrous the French manufacturer put out.
2009 F1 World Champion Jenson Button Will Do The Baja 1000
Jenson Button continues to charter the unknown in his post-F1 career and, after tackling the Japanese Super GT Championship and coming home with the champion’s crown and also taking a stab at Le Mans, the Briton will now race in the legendary Baja 1000 off-road race. To prepare, he and his outfit, Rocket Motorsport, will partake in next month’s Mint 400 aboard an 850 horsepower Brenthel Industries Truck.
This year, Ross Brawn and Jenson Button will celebrate a decade since the small British F1 team built by Brawn, formerly of Ferrari, from the ashes of the Honda F1 project took on the might of Formula 1’s top brass and beat’em all in its first and only full season of racing. Since then, many things have changed. Brawn is now part of the team that holds the reigns of F1’s future while Button, aged 39, left F1 at the end of the 2016 season and has taken on new challenges since. This one might just be the toughest yet for a man known for his participation in multiple triathlons.
For $695 Hondata Will Give your 2019 Acura RDX the Mid-Range Torque it Deserves
Acura revamped theRDX last year and gave it a more aggressive face coupled with a sporty profile. All that is great, but the new car is lacking when it comes to mid-range torque. That’s where Hondata jumps in with its Flashpro system that gives you the ability to extract 45 more pound-feet of torque at the peak of the curve over the 280 you get from Acura.
Mid-range torque is a very important aspect, especially when we’re talking about SUVs. The RDX is Acura’s compact crossover offering and, while it does offer 28 pound-feet of torque more than the previous RDX with its 3.5-liter V-6, there’s still room for improvement. Hondata has already released ECU kits for the Civic and Accord, and now it’s the RDX’s time to shine with extra torque and, also, more power across the band.
Car for Sale: 1992 Dodge Viper with Just 34 Miles on the Clock
The 1992 Dodge Viper was Chrysler’s way of saying ’we’ve now sold enough Minivans to be able to fund an exciting halo car,’ which the Viper truly was. Devoided of modern creature comforts or safety features, the RT/10 was a Corvette eater. This red example from the first year of production somehow managed to gather just 34 miles on the odometer and could be yours for just under $100,000.
You barely ever see cars like the Viper come out of the doors of a major manufacturer nowadays. The Viper itself was axed in 2017 because Chrysler couldn’t put curtain airbags on it nor was the V-10 monster in demand anymore. With it went the Conner Assembly Plant, and all that’s left now are the hopes that somehow, in the future, the Viper will be revived, although that’s hard to imagine.
This Fastback Ford F-150 by Aero-X is as Ridiculous as it is Awesome
Did you ever look at the existing pickup bed caps and bemoan the fact that they don’t make trucks more aerodynamic? Michigan Vehicle Solutions thought it’s time for something new on the market of bed caps, so they’ve looked at the louvered rear windows of ’60s and ’70s Mustangs and came up with the Aero X fiberglass cap that makes the Ford F-150 attract more eyes than ever before.
Your first reaction may be, ’Why?’, followed by a typical, ’Who are these people?’ Well, this company, based in Southgate, Michigan, "works and performs testing & services in conjunction with the OEMs in the testing & custom vehicle build arena," according to its own website. You’ll get why they thought sticking a sloping 260-pound cap in the back of Ford’s F-150 is a good idea when you’ll see the crazy renders of a Dodge Charger Daytona-esque body kit for the Dodge Challenger on the About Us page. This, then, looks mundane in comparison.
The 2020 Lancia Stratos Is Almost Here And We’ll See The Manual Version At Geneva
The Stratos of the 21st century is almost ready. We’ll get to see the first production models built by Manifattura Automobili Torino (MAT) at the 2019 Geneva Auto Show that kicks off on March 7th. Now we know that MAT will also bring a manual version of the car to Switzerland. That model uses the engine and the rest of the running gear from the Ferrari 430 Scuderia. Only 25 examples of it will be made.
The Lancia Stratos is a legend. As arguably the first purpose-built rally car, it cast a shade on all the other cars competing in top-line rallies in the early ’70s and went on to be competitive for almost a decade. The modern reinterpretation built by MAT is a slightly updated version of the 2010 New Stratos concept founded by German collector Michael Stoschek who gave his permission for the Stratos name to be used on these 25 new cars. Lancia, however, isn’t on board.
1973 Jaguar E-Type Series 3 2+2
The Jaguar E-Type Series 3 is the ugly duckling of the E-Type family as well as the swansong of the legendary car. It was produced between 1971 and 1975 and came with further body modifications that make it less desirable today than an early S1 example. The S3 you see here was restored and subtly upgraded by E-Type UK, one of the top Jaguar E-Type specialists in the world.
By the dawn of the ’70s, the E-Type was very much like an aging rock star. It’s past its best days but still soldiering on with the same party tricks that made it a hit when it first appeared on the scene. However, the 4.2-liter, inline-six, XK engine was finally showing its age thanks to a string of tougher emission regulations that gradually lowered the power output. Jaguar needed to perform a heart transplant on their legendary sports car and decided their best bet would be the V-12 engine that was originally designed for the XJ sedan. The result wasn’t the much-hyped F-Type (as pundits at the time suggested the new Jag sports car would be called) but the E-Type S3.
The Miata 30th Anniversary Is Cool and Here Are 10 Other Awesome Anniversary Models
For an automaker, almost any excuse is an excuse good enough to roll out a special version of a model in the lineup. Be it the anniversary of the company itself or of that model, we’ve seen many dull models celebrate important landmarks, but here are 10 of the ones that weren’t boring nor easily forgettable.
The unveiling at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show of not one but two anniversary models, the Mazda Miata 30th-anniversary and the Volkswagen Jetta GLI 35th-anniversary, got me thinking and made me search for interesting anniversary models from the recent past. Here are ten most interesting from the 21st century - so don’t expect to see Lamborghini’s Diablo SE30 or the Subaru Impreza 22B to name but a few. Those deserve to have their story told another time.
2019 Land Rover Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition
Land Rover’s compact luxury crossover SUV, the Range Rover Velar, is finally getting a seriously fast version in the form of the SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition. It has 473 horsepower, as much as the bigger Range Rover Sport SVR, and 502 pound-feet of torque, enough for a 0 to 60 mph time of just 4.3 seconds. With a top speed of 170 mph, it’s also one of the fastest Land Rover products you can buy today and it doesn’t fail to let you know all about how grunty it is.
You’re now looking at the top-of-the-range Velar. The most expensive version money can buy and the one that will get you to your destination the fastest. Its 5.0-liter V-8 isn’t new either. What’s interesting here is Land Rover’s decision to use the SVAutobiography name for the hottest Velar instead of the SVR name that adorns the angriest Range Rover Sport and the Jaguar F-Pace.
The Land Rover Range Rover is also available in SVAutobiography trim and, like the Velar, it’s more subtle than the SVO-developed SVR models. That is if you can call turbine-like 22-inch wheels and quad exhausts a note of subtlety. What’s certain is that the $111,402 price tag is no way shape or form subtle being just $3,000 shy off the price of a Range Rover Sport SVR.
2020 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Italia is a final attempt from Alfa to stay relevant
Alfa Romeo showed up at the Chicago Auto Show with the 4C Spider Italia Edition. It’s the same 4C Alfa’s been selling in the U.S. for almost half a decade already, but the novelty is you can now have it in this nice Misano Blue Metallic paint job if you pay $5,000 more on top of the $1,595 destination tax.
The Alfa Romeo 4C was the second car Alfa Romeo brought Stateside after selling almost 100 of its wonderful 8C sports car in both coupe and roadster guise. The 4C is a much more compact version but, in true Alfa tradition, it looks really well and it drives well too. The issue is that the Italians haven’t really been all that interested in trying to refresh the car and, now, the 4C is a pretty but overpriced car that desperately needs a replacement worth of sharing the garage with the Stelvio Quadrifoglio and the Giulia Quadrifoglio.
2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI emerges with extra power, clever suspension
Volkswagen finally took the wraps off the seventh-generation Volkswagen Jetta GLI, eight years after the previous Jetta GLI also debuted at the Chicago Auto Show. The 2019 model comes with the same 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque engine as the Golf GTI Rabbit Edition plus upgraded suspension and a six-speed manual as the standard gearbox.
The Jetta A7-based GLI wasn’t really Volkswagen’s best-kept secret. We knew since last summer that it would get the engine from the Golf GTI hot hatch and, judging by the sneak preview Volkswagen offered us a couple of days ago, it was clear that the German automaker wasn’t about to unleash a bonkers-looking sedan. Then again, Germans aren’t the ones you should expect surprises from, but that doesn’t mean the Jetta GLI is boring, at least not by looking at all this package has to offer.
Acura Marks 30 Years Since The NSX Prototype Debuted At The Chicago Auto Show
On February 9th, 1989, Acura unveiled what would become the first generation of the NSX, the V-6 mid-engined supercar for people who loved the idea of Ferrari-like performance inside a car that kept all the core user-friendly values of any Honda. Acura was only three years old when the world first saw the clean, elegant, and sporty silhouette of the red prototype uncovered under the lights of the Drake Hotel in Chicago. The prototype was shorter and narrower than the final production version, but the media was alight right away, and praise came almost immediately. Honda kept the NSX in production until 2005 when the NA2 version that still retained many of the original styling cues was retired. Nowadays, we’re enjoying a radically different sports car from Honda that bears the name NSX so it’s interesting to go back and look at the car that started the myth.
The Giugiaro Kangaroo Electric SUV Will Enlighten Us all In Geneva as it Brings Supercar-like Features to an SUV
The Kangaroo is GFG Style’s second concept in less than 12 months after last year’s Sibylla that was first shown as drawings in Geneva before debuting at the Paris Auto Show. This time, the Giugiaro father and son duo has an electric SUV in store for us with supercar-like design cues, seating for two, and the ability to go 155 mph regardless of the surface it’s driving on.
The latest GFG Style concept is a hyper-SUV that traces some of its design roots back to the Parcour prototype from 2013 that was designed by Fabrizio Giugiaro, son of Giorgio and co-founder of GFG Style back in 2015. That model was presented under the ItalDesign Giugiaro brand.
Toyota Teases a New TRD Pro Off-Road "Beast" for the 2019 Chicago Auto Show - is it the 2020 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro?
Toyota dropped a teaser video for its next TRD Pro truck that will be unveiled on February 7th at the Chicago Auto Show.You don’t see much in the video, but we’re guessing Toyota is either previewing an updated version of the Tundra TRD Pro or a new model altogether.
We’ve talked about Toyota’s plans to add a TRD version to every Toyota there is in the past, and this means we’re on the cusp of getting more TRD Sport and TRD Pro models. This time around, Toyota is preparing us for a rugged new TRD Pro truck that’s seen disrupting the peace in a 15-second clip posted by the Japanese automaker on social media.
The Superformance GR-1 Could be the Six-Speed Shleby GT500 You Really Want
The news that Superformance will pick up the nearly ancient Shelby GR-1 Concept and actually put it into production got us all excited. Now, we’re hearing that, while the engine might come straight from the Shelby GT500, the gearbox will be a manual, not the seven-speed dual-clutch unit in the new Super ’Stang.
The Shelby GR-1, a modern day tribute to the glorious Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe of the ’60s, could be the car to have if you want the punch of a 2020 Shelby GT500 but can’t swallow the automatic transmission, the only one available on the new model. Superformance, the company that will build the car, hopes to offer it with either an automatic or manual transmission and even an electric version is on the cards.
2018 McLaren 570GT Cabbeen Collection
McLaren Special Operations has revealed the sixth and final Cabbeen Collection McLaren 570GT during the annual Lunar New Year celebration held in Beverly Hills. The Cabbeen-commissioned 570GT debuted at last year’s Beijing Auto Show in April, and only five other examples exist. This special McLaren features the same hand-painted dragon outside and embroidered dragon inside that’s seen on the other five Cabbeen models built by MSO. This model has a unique VIN number, and you can actually buy it through McLaren of Beverly Hills
Join the AMR Drivers’ Club and Aston Martin Will Teach You How to Really Drive Your Sports Car
Aston Martin wants its clients to not baby their cars anymore and, instead, head to the track and hone their skills to extract everything out of their sports cars. That’s why the British automaker launched the AMR Drivers’ Club that will tour some of Europe’s top tracks and teach Aston owners how to drive better. The program could, potentially, help some of you become legitimate race car drivers.
The program offers a number of levels divided into three areas: AMR Experience, AMR Academy, and AMR GT Academy. From learning how to drive your own car as fast as you can, to tasting other Aston-Martin products, including the 2019 Vantage GT4, everything is possible through this program - if you can afford it. Then again, if you can afford to own an Aston-Martin, you can probably afford to track it too.
This Rendering From Prior Design Represents the Future of Supra Tuning
The 2020 Toyota Supra was long overdue and, as Akio Toyoda himself admitted, was one of the worst kept secrets in the automotive industry. It is, then, no wonder that as soon as the car was finally unveiled, tuning companies started working on body kits. One of these companies includes Prior Design who presented some renders of an upcoming body kit for the 2020 Toyota Supra.
Remember us talking about how the fifth-generation Supra has way too many fake vents Prior Design enlarged some of them and made others functional while also adding some Rocket Bunny-style flared arches and an elegant wing atop the ducktail in the back. It may not be the best tuning kit you’ll ever see for the Z4’s brother, but it sure is one of the first to emerge.
The Islero was the first Lamborghini with hidden pop-up headlights and the first designed by Mario Marazzi. Its appearance seemed somewhat dull even next to the Espada, not to mention the Miura. The 400 GT version was quickly followed by the improved 400 GTS that soldiered on until 1970 when the Islero was replaced by the Jarama.
Lamborghini was truly prolific in its first few years as an automaker. Ferruccio Lamborghini’s men put the 350 GT into production in 1964 and then, only two years later, the bigger, more powerful 400 GT arrived. At the same time, the stunning Gandini-penned Miura dropped and, for 1968, Lamborghini readied up two new cars: the Islero which replaced the 400 GT and an even bigger grand tourer, the Espada. Lamborghini’s wave didn’t last much longer, though, and, by the mid-’70s, the company was in financial hot water.
The Islero name comes from a Miura-breed bull that killed the famous matador Manuel Rodriquez in August of 1947.
2020 Ford Explorer vs 2019 Mazda CX-9
The sleek 2019 Mazda CX-9 SUV is one of the least-obvious rivals of the 2020 sixth-generation Explorer. The two models share nothing in terms of exterior design, and this affects the cabin as well. The Mazda is also only available with only one engine and one transmission, and you can only get it with either FWD or AWD. There’re a lot of options if you’re in the market for a three-row SUV and Ford should take into consideration all of its rivals if it wants to keep topping the sales charts with the latest Explorer. Sure, the Mazda CX-9 isn’t for the same kind of person as the Ford but, size wise, they play ball in the same league so here’s how the two stack up against one another.
1976 - 1979 Lamborghini Silhouette
Lamborghini launched the Silhouette in 1976 as an attempt to appease customers that didn’t buy the Urraco, the company’s first V-8 model, with a car that featured the same underpinnings but a more modern styling in tune with the Countach. Sadly for Lamborghini, it didn’t work out, but Lamborghini still had the Jalpa up its sleeve.
The Silhouette was a more angular-looking sports car, in tone with the Countach. It had square, flared wheel arches, an aggressive nose, and a sleek rear section with two black air vents covering the area aft of the B-pillar. The wheels were also new and they would go on to become a sort of a staple on Lamborghini models. The Silhouette was also one of the few to not be named after a fighting bull or a breed of bulls and the first from Sant’Agata Bolognese to feature a removable targa top.
The Silhouette, in keeping with the budget sportscar ethos pushed forward by Ferruccio when conceiving the Urraco, was never meant to be an out-and-out performer. As such, with a 3.0-liter V-8 behind the seats, the power output was advertised at a docile 266 horsepower - 40 less than a modern-day Seat Leon Cupra R hot hatch- with a resulting top speed of 162 mph or 12 mph less than a de-restricted Audi RS3 hot hatch that you can buy in 2018.
8 Interesting Facts About The 2019 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona
The IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship kicked-off in grand style with a rain-soaked 57th running of the legendary Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. Many great stories emerge from last weekend’s twice-around-the-clock enduro around the Floridian Roval, and we’re going to look at eight of the most striking.
The Daytona International Speedway, home of NASCAR’s Daytona 500, has been hosting endurance races since 1962 but, this year’s race will go down in history as one of the wettest and most riveting, with changing conditions actually ending the proceedings early, after just 23 hours and 50 minutes had elapsed. The big story, of course, was Fernando Alonso’s victory in the No. 10 Konica Minolta-sponsored Wayne Taylor Racing-entered Cadillac DPi-V.R he co-drove with Jordan Taylor, Renger van der Zande, and Kamui Kobayashi. However, the topsy-turvy event that opens IMSA’s anniversary season was action-packed in all four classes, making us already anxious for the 12 Hours of Sebring.
Besides Cadillac, we had three more class winners. BMW bagged a lucky victory with their larger-than-life M8 GTE in the GTLM category, Lamborghini won back-to-back in GTD with the Grasser Racing Team that also scored the victory 12 months ago, and Elton Julian’s DragonSpeed operation won in LMP2 despite both of the cars suffering a number of accidents and the leader actually crashing out moments before the second red flag.
Check out this $4,495 Scale Model of the #32 Jordan 191 Formula One Car
What you’re now looking it at is a 1/8 scale display model of one of the prettiest F1 cars ever, the 1991 Jordan-Ford 191. It’s the exact car in which Michael Schumacher made his F1 debut at Spa-Francorchamps 28 years ago, and it will set you back about as much as a running and driving BMW X5 from 2005.
Model cars are the best way to own the cars of your dreams if said cars are million-dollar exotics or rare racing cars. The Jordan 191 is such a car and, while any Schumacher fan would be glad to park one in his or her garage, you’ll need to locate one of the very few chassis built for the ’91 season and then proceed to piece together a full-blown racing team with enough mechanics and engineers onboard to make the thing run again. As such, it’s much cheaper to buy this model car that’s eight times smaller than the original, so you can forget about occupying a whole garage spot with it.
10 Exciting Cars That Will Cost You As Much as the 2020 Toyota Supra
The fifth generation Supra A90 is no longer aspiring to be a Porsche 911 slayer, but, given its price, you can pit it against some pretty brisk, fun-to-drive cars. Toyota designed the latest Supra to be fun to drive, its proving ground being the Nurburgring. Company CEO Akio Toyoda was heavily involved in the development process of the A90. He said that he gauged the experience of driving the new Supra, which is more compact than ever before, in comparison to the old model he used to drive around the ’Green Hell’ to learn the track.
The production version hasn’t been put to the test yet, but journalists were allowed to take turns driving some development prototypes around the Jarama track last year. Car & Driver wrote that "there is a smoothness to the Supra that we haven’t felt in a BMW in years," and we know that it will joyfully slide, but what other cars you can look for if you’ve only got Supra money in your pocket? Well, We’ve decided to explore the diverse range of models that you could go for with that "Supra" money you’re hanging on to.
Car For Sale: 1993 Callaway C8 Camaro Six-speed with Only 1,135 Miles on the Clock
Callaway is a long-time tuner of GM products although it focuses on Chevy cars, trucks and SUVs. The fourth-generation Camaro didn’t escape the clutches of Callaway, though, and this car is the prototype that toured all major auto shows in the mid-’90s and was on the cover of Motor Trend in 1994. It boasts a 404 horsepower, 6.3-liter, V-8.
The F-Body Camaro that debuted in 1992 was seen by Reeves Callaway’s company as a "lower cost platform than the Corvette with a larger market." As such, the American tuner and manufacturer debuted their own high-performance version in 1993. The ’SuperNatural Camaro’ kit was available with a variety of options in terms of both the body and performance-enhancing parts. The Camaros sent new from Chevy to Callaway built to the top specification right at their shop were known as C8s. Callaway also offered the ’SuperNatural’ kit for the C4 Corvette and, in the same vein, the Corvette delivered brand-new to Callaway and equipped with these mods are known as Callaway Corvette C6s.
Car for Sale: Unique 2011 Ferrari SP30 One-Off by Ferrari Special Projects
As you know, Ferrari will build you a unique model based on one of the cars they’re currently making if you’re wealthy enough to pay for the bill. Such a car is this, the SP30, which started life as a 599 GTO and went through a dramatic makeover receiving 458-style headlights and taillights that are identical to those on a 599 GTB.
Ever since Jim Glickenhaus and a few other Ferrari aficionados bathed into the limelight with their one-off Ferraris, the Maranello-based manufacturer realized there’s a market for ludicrous personalized cars made-to-order by very rich customers. Thus, Ferrari created the ’Special Projects’ program that helps long-standing Ferrari collectors that aren’t interested in buying just any boring model that rolls off of the production line to bring their vision to reality.
The SP30 was born back in 2012 and has since only traveled 65 miles according to the odometer. It’s so pristine that it even has the plastic wrap on the infotainment screen. RM/Sotheby’s wants you to send an inquiry if you’re interested in the price estimate, so we had to dig a bit to find the estimate and, in the end, just as expected, the auction house looks to get big bucks on the SP30: between $4.5 million and $5.7 million, to be precise.
2012 Lexus LF-A Nurburgring Package
The Lexus LFA Nurburgring Package is the last hurrah of a truly special car, the first and, so far, only supercar built by Lexus. It is a lighter, more agile and, overall, faster version of the oh-so-loud LFA that dried up Toyota’s pockets only to be regarded at the time of its arrival as "too expensive for what it offers." Now, as the years have passed, more and more car guys and journalists started to come around and appreciate the Nurburgring-honed LFA for what it is, a very charismatic supercar.
Everyone knows about the LFA’s enormous development time that spanned almost a decade as Lexus switched from its original plans of building it around an aluminum monocoque and decided upon a carbon fiber structure that, in turn, called for updates to be made at the Motomachi plant that wasn’t ready to build a CFRP car. To this day, it’s unclear precisely how much Toyota actually spent to make the LFA a reality, but we reckon that the reason behind the secrecy lies in the obscenity of the sum.
As a swansong to the LFA, Akio Toyoda, Toyota’s CEO and one of the key people in the creation of this halo model, greenlighted a batch of 50 track-focused examples that came with the "Nurburgring Package." This package included changes to both the bodywork and the internals, changes that came about after years of testing and racing around Germany’s famed Nurburgring-Nordschleife circuit in the Eifel Mountains.
2005 Ford Shelby GR-1
Ford rebooted two of the cars that brought about some of its biggest victories ever scored on the world’s road courses. First, in 2004, Ford introduced the Shelby Cobra Concept, a modern reinterpretation of the mythical AC Cobra and, one year later, the Cobra Daytona Coupe was reborn through the GR-1 prototype.
It was 14 years ago that Ford released the S197 fifth-generation Mustang. Its old-school styling proved to be a hit among customers young and old, but the Mustang was only the tip of the iceberg, the model that made it through all the board meetings. Ford, in fact, built a number of old school-looking concepts in the early ’00s besides the Mustang and the GT that eventually got the green light. There was the 2001 Forty-Nine which harkened back to the smooth lines of the late ’40s Ford Custom, the F150 Lightning Rod and, then, there was the GR-1. Clearly, nostalgia was trendy a decade and a half ago.
This car, like the open-top Shelby Cobra Concept, is underpinned by a modified Ford GT platform made to suit the front engine layout. It went from a sketch on a drawing board to a full-size clay model displayed at the 2004 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in virtually no time and was then built as a fully-functional prototype in time for the 2005 North-American International Auto Show. Then, it all went silent. The suits didn’t approve another high-performance supercar right after the GT and only recently have we heard of plans to revive this special one-off.
1997 RUF Porsche CTR2
RUF builds some of the fastest modified Porsches in the world, cars altered so much that they are barely Porsches when the process reaches the end and the car is ready for delivery. Such a car is the CTR2, the replacement of the Yellowbird, a 993-based monster that could reach 215 mph in 1995, beating anything but the McLaren F1.
If you’re asked to name a few really fast cars of the ’90s images of the Lamborghini Diablo, the Bugatti EB110, or the Jaguar XJ220 would probably spring in your mind. Well, how many of you would think of a modified Porsche that could beat anything that Zuffenhausen had to offer, even the ludicrous race-bred 911 GT1? Yes, it’s the product of a tuner, but the cars built by Alois Ruf Jr., and his men have always been impeccably well-built. They also have an enviable record of humiliating established supercars over the years. The CTR2 is the bridge between the pure Nurburgring-slashing CTR and the mid-engined CTR3 that takes the ideas of the Carrera GT to another level.
It Won’t Get Any Better than the 2020 BMW M3 Pure with Rear-Wheel Drive and Lots of Ponies
After months of speculation, it’s now almost certain that the new, 2020 BMW M3 will indeed be available with a six-speed manual transmission - almost as a way to honor tradition as BMW will also put out an AWD version with an 8-speed automatic gearbox.
BMW doesn’t plan to desert the manual gearbox just yet, at least not on the M3 that is. We know that the next-generation 3 Series will not be available with a manual, so you might just have to pay double or more for an M3 if you want the luxury of operating the clutch yourself. The third pedal will only be available aboard a ’Pure’ version that should be rear-wheel drive only, thus lighter than the AWD model that is lighter than the F80 M3 we’re seeing in the dealerships today.
Toyota Wins Dakar For The First Time as Mini and Peugeot Crumble
With Peugeot exiting stage left, it seemed like Mini and Toyota would battle it out for the victory in the 2019 Dakar Rally and, indeed, it was Toyota man, Nasser Al-Attiyah, who delivered the goods, winning in a commanding fashion as his nearest rivals faltered.
The 2019 Dakar Rally, which keeps being a mislabeled event as it’s been taking place in South America for a decade already, proved grueling although the competitors never went further than Peru. It was the first time since the inaugural edition that the Dakar didn’t travel across more than one country, but that didn’t mean it lacked in either excitement or drama.
Geely Has Apparently Decided to Rip Off the Design of the BMW X4 for its New Volvo XC40-Based Crossover Coupe
China has been known for putting out some outrageous knock-offs over the years. BMW seems to be a favorite of Chinese carmakers that can’t quite get around designing a car on their own. Geely seems to continue the trend in a more subtle manner with their latest crossover, the FY11.
No, this is not the facelifted BMW X4 or its big brother, the X6. This is, in fact, what Geely calls its most driver-focused car yet. It’s a coupe-bodied crossover, so the statement in itself is dubious, but it’s not as dubious as the variety of styling cues that basically tell us one thing: Geely’s designers watched too many BMW promotional videos before getting to the task of penning the FY11. It’s underpinned by the same platform as the XC40 from Volvo, and it will be followed by an all-electric sedan and an MPV as Geely looks to extend its range further.
Are Hybrid NASCAR Cars Heresy or Just Natural Evolution?
The idea that NASCAR will one day turn to hybridization isn’t new, but this switch might happen sooner rather than later if the words of Ford Performance Global Director Mark Rushbrook are to be believed. It’s not earlier than this summer that Brad Keselowski, the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, was playing the advocate’s role for "F1-like" hybrid technology by using a KERS system to harvest energy as well as electric motors to back the gas-powered V8s. Many fans might be against electricity finding its way even in NASCAR, but there are reasons to look forward to such a change, no matter how radical it sounds.
A 1997 RUF Porsche CTR2 with Pikes Peak History is Expected To Sell For $1.5 Million
RUF, the mad scientists from Germany who take usual Porsches and make them bonafide supercar-killers, built two special RUF CTR2s to humiliate other mortals at Hillclimb and circuit events. With 702 horsepower on tap, these Sport Prototype examples were probably the fastest road legal Porsches in the world in the late ’90s and, now, one is up for grabs at the upcoming Bonhams Paris sale on February 7th.
As far as supercars go, the RUF CTR2 is an unsung hero. Every car nut has heard of the mad CTR and its 213 mph F40-crushing top speed. Everyone has seen it being thrashed around the Nurburgring-Nordschleife in that period VHS video that might as well be one of the first ’viral’ automotive videos on the world-wide-web. But not too many people know about the CTR’s replacement, the CTR2.
RUF again built very few of these around the chassis of a 993 Turbo, so it’s unlikely you’ll ever see one. However, if you do, allow yourself a few moments to just gaze upon it while trying to breathe normally because this is automotive royalty although the bulbous bodywork could mislead you into thinking this is yet another weird tuning job from the ’90s.
Shady Toyota Dealership Buys that Mint-Condition 1994 Supra; Relists it at $500,000
The launch of the fifth-generation Supra is feeding into the hype of the previous generation Supra too, apparently. A 1994 example of the fourth generation recently sold on Bring A Trailer for a ludicrous $121,000 and then quickly emerged on the website of Chicago Northside Toyota with a senseless price tag of $500,000.
The new GR Supra seems to help the old Porsche-beating Supra gain momentum even more than before in terms of the sums of money people ask for pristine examples. With only 7,000 miles on the odometer, this particular red model sold on January 3rd on Bring A Trailer and, the other day, the guys at Carscoops noticed the same car for sale at a Chicago Toyota dealer for half a million bucks or $7,902 per month for 60 months. Since then, the said dealer has taken down the downright insulting listing from its website but it still beggars belief that someone thought this would be a sensible thing to do
2019 McLaren 600LT Spider
The McLaren 600LT Spider is one of the few drop-top sports cars with barely any compromises over the coupe. It’s just 110 pounds heavier than the fixed-head version but, besides that, it offers the same 592 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque from the 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine. The catch? It costs almost $50,000 more than the 570S Spider that McLaren used as a starting point for the LT.
After teasing us with a video just a few days ago, McLaren finally released the official images of the mighty 600LT Spider. Again, LT stands for ’Long-Tail,’ but there is no long tail on this car to speak of, it’s merely as a pale homage to the Le Mans class-winning McLaren F1 GTR from 22 years ago. What you do get, though, is a highly competent track beast with the added benefit of being able to allow the elements to take their toll on you when the roof’s down.
If you like what you’re hearing you should rush to pre-order one because McLaren said that the production would be limited with "build slots scheduled around other Sports and Super Series models." Production is said to commence in March and will go on for a year. The only problem with the 600LT Spider is, frankly, the existence of the Ferrari 488 Pista Spider with its 710 horsepower, 568 pound-feet of torque that’s likely quicker although it also costs a lot more as well.
Quick Comparison: 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 vs. 2016 Ford Mustang GT4
We’ve already seen the new Shelby GT500 for a while now, ever since those images from a Ford dealer meeting got leaked, but it’s always nice when everything is official including those ludicrous figures: over 700 horsepower from a 5.2-liter supercharged V-8 and a 0 to 62 mph time of just 3.5 seconds. Is it enough to topple the race-going Mustang GT4 based on the lesser GT350?
Ford stepped back in the GT4 arena late in 2016 with the Multimatic-built Mustang GT4 that was ready for the 2017 season. It sports everything you’d expect to see on a race car of its kind: a bigger splitter, canards around the corners of the nose, a bigger wing, lighter body parts, a race-tuned engine, and a stripped-out interior. The result is a championship-winning car, but it may get a run for its money from the freshly-unveiled GT500, the fastest road-going Mustang ever.
A One-of-One 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake Sold for $2.2 Million at a Mecum Auction
Let the brand-new 2019 Mustang Shelby GT500 take the back seat for a moment because this one-of-one 1967 Shelby Mustang GT500 Super Snake is far cooler. Why? Well, it just became the most expensive Mustang sold at auction ever, breaking its own record, and its spec sheet is ludicrous for a car built 52 years ago.
If you’re looking for the road-going Mustang to end all Mustangs, this might just be it, and it was built back in 1967. It is the one, and only Shelby GT500 Super Snake built back then, a name that might ring a bell to you since the moniker has been used by all the extreme Shelby GT500 versions since 2007. But this one is the first, the daddy, the one that was too expensive to be put into production.
Take a Ride in the 2019 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ: Video
Lamborghini is no more about show over go and the new Aventador SVJ is a prime example of that. Yes, it looks bonkers, as it should, but it also drives great and goes stunningly fast on track, something that’s not exactly a characteristic of classic Lamborghinis.
The folks over at Lamborghini glanced at the Aventador SV with its protruding front splitter, big nostrils, and sizeable rear wing and thought that it’s quite tame, actually, and that they could do better. Late last year, the company thus unveiled the SVJ where J, obviously, comes from Jota which is only attached to those Lamborghinis that have successfully broken out of a mental institution.
Below, you can watch it go around the newly-repaved Estoril circuit in Portugal. The surface is quite slippery due to the lack of racing that has occurred since the repaving, so there’s not much rubber to hold you stuck to the racing line, in spite of the mechanical grip provided by the new Pirelli rubber.
Why Does the Side Cargo Box on the 2020 Ram 2500 HD Have an Emergency Exit Latch? Who The Hell Would Get Stuck in There?
The new Dodge Ram 2500 Heavy Duty comes packed with cutting-edge tech and can tow more than its Ford and Chevy rivals. It also comes with two storage spaces on either side of the cargo bed. It’s not weird that you can lock these storage compartments up but what is weird is that they feature an emergency latch so Dodge thought that somebody could get stuck in there somehow.
Everybody’s been raving about the new Ram HD’s comprehensive offering of onboard safety systems as well as its top-of-the-line Cummins 6.7-liter diesel engine with 1,000 pound-feet of torque on tap. However, for this article, we’ll be looking at two narrow storage compartments placed above the wheels of the new Ram.
Subaru Brings Back Legendary Blue-and-Gold Livery but You Won’t See It in WRC
The last time Subaru shone brightly in the World Rally Championship, a scarcely-believable 16 years ago to be precise, Petter Solberg drove a blob-eye Impreza covered in blue and the golden logo of the company to take the world championship home to Norway. Now, those colors are back, but only to Rally America and various Rallycross events that Subaru competes in.
It’s been a long time coming but it’s finally happening: Subaru of America announced that the works racing outfit, Subaru Motorsports will compete in 2019 proudly displaying the classic Subaru World Rally Team colors. The design has been tweaked to keep up with the changes that occurred to the Subaru badge itself but, otherwise, it’s the same livery that was rocked by the GC and GD Imprezas of old.
2020 Ford Explorer vs 2019 GMC Acadia: How They Compare
The new, redesigned, Ford Explorer is here, and Ford touts it as an "adventure enabler." It’s got more room on the inside, more gizmos, and it can tow a heavier payload than before. But, as the mid-size crossover SUV segment gets busier and busier, the Explorer must execute to perfection in all areas to remain at the top of the pile. One of its competitors will be GMC’s Acadia.
Ford launched the new, sixth-generation, Explorer at an event at Ford Field in Detroit on Wednesday. The automaker says its focus has been on the customer 100%, trying to see what are the areas that the customers are most displeased with and then eliminating these "pain points." The result, Ford says, is a "reinvented" Explorer. Let’s see how well it stacks up against the soon-to-be 3-year-old GMC Acadia.
Tesla is Victimizing People Who Buy Their Used Cars
Tesla has set up a way to bypass the dealerships and the usually annoying experience that goes with them. Through their website, you can buy certified pre-owned models without the hassle, or so they say. One YouTuber tells the exact opposite story of how he bought a used Model X in October of last year, and the car still isn’t in his possession as of January 9th. Yikes!
When you’ve made up your mind that you’ll buy a used car, you might think about going the way of a certified pre-owned example bought through an authorized dealer. The thinking is that the dealer took care to give the car a once over and fix some things before putting it up for sale again. You’d also think that they aren’t taking in just any beater and that you could get an acceptable deal on a car or truck that’s in good condition. That’s exactly what YouTuber ’Rich Rebuilds’ thought when he decided to buy a used Model X. However, what followed is nothing short of nightmarish.
The Forgotten 2004 Ford Shelby GR-1 Concept Is Finally Going to Production
How often do you get to read a title like that? How often does anybody revive a 15-year-old concept? Well, that’s exactly what Superformance, licensed builders of Shelby reproductions for decades, are plotting to do with the stunning GR-1 concept car. It will be here in two year’s time, with either an electric or gas-powered drivetrain, and it should deliver astonishing performance that includes a two-second sprint to 62 mph.
Now, I know you may be asking yourselves why we’re reporting about what a tuner plans to debut two years from now. It’s even fair to assume that all of this may be vaporware, but the guys at Superformance are as serious as it gets. It is, first and foremost, "a distributor of complete, rolling-chassis replica and continuation race cars of the 1960s" that’s been in the business since 1996 and has received the blessing of both Ford and Shelby American to build a number of Shelby Cobra continuation models that are painstakingly accurate to the original.
Honda Returns to CES with an Evolved "Dream Drive" and It Could Change the Way We Look At In-Car Infotainment Forever
It’s been two years since Honda unveiled the innovative "Dream Drive" in-car entertainment system at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Now, the Japanese manufacturer returns to the CES with a much-improved version of the "Dream Drive" system that incorporates a compelling array of features for both the driver and his passengers like the ability to make in-car purchases, hotel reservations, play games, or watch movies.
The first prototype of the "Dream Drive" in-car infotainment system that Honda brought to CES in 2017 was merely a preview of what the automaker has on its stand this time around. Back then, we were awed by the in-car VR experience offered through a partnership with DreamWorks. However, Honda made it clear that this wasn’t the system’s only use and that it would give those traveling in Hondas of tomorrow an all-in-all better in-cabin experience through entertainment, education, music and the ability to do almost anything without leaving the comfortable seats of the car.
If You’re Bidding in Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale Auction This 1990 Toyota Sera Should Get Your Attention
What? You don’t remember seeing a Toyota with gullwing-style doors on the roads back in the ’90s? Well, that’s because this model, the Sera, was sold between 1990 and 1996 in Japan only as a rounder option to the MR2. It packed a 1.5-liter inline-four that was good enough for 110 horsepower and 98 pound-feet of torque.
Looking at this round example of ’90s automotive design you can’t help but ask yourself what were the people at Toyota thinking when this thing was given the green light for production. I mean, yes, gullwing doors are cool, but what are they doing here? Well, to be pedantic, these are a certain variety of gullwing doors where the doors are hinged to the A-pillar and not the roof itself, but we’re getting into useless technicalities here. Still, there’s no answer to that question: why does a 3-door hatchback coupe require such doors and, also, divided windows like you see on a Bugatti EB110?
If You Live in the Right Place, You Can Make the Brabham BT62 Track Car Road Legal!
Brabham Automotive launched its first new car since 1992, the brutally quick BT62 track car, last year and, now, we’re learning more about how the whole ’track car’ thing can be morphed into ’road car’ if you can pony up an additional $190,000 over the $1.4 million price tag that David Brabham’s company asks for these things.
First of all, let’s remind ourselves what the Brabham BT62 is and what it is not. It is a purpose-built track car in the vein of the Pagani Zonda R or the LaFerrrari FXX-K that boasts a 5.4-liter V-8 attached to the chassis right behind the headrests that develops 700 horsepower and 492 pound-feet of torque, all stuffed in a car that weighs just 2,142 pounds. It also is a four-wheeled savage, delivering such a brutal driving experience that you need to go through a training program before you can actually gather track miles on your own. Now, what the Brabham BT62 is not, or wasn’t conceived to be, is a road car.
Brabham, though, listens to its customers and, although plans are in place for a future bonafide road car to be made under the Brabham name, some customers want to be able to take this car, the BT62, to the shops and to and from the race tracks without needing a truck to tow it. That’s why a conversion kit has been designed by Brabham, and it will be available, although there’s a catch if you’re not living in a European country.
Someone LS-Swapped a Porsche 944 and We’re Not Even Mad
Wait a bit until you bemoan yet another article about an LS swap! This isn’t just another LS-swapped, tire-crushing machine. This 944 with 800 horsepower at the wheels is a turbocharged drift beast that just so happened to be wrapped in multi-colored Christmas lights for the holiday season. If not for the LS2 V-8 howling in anger, the video would almost feel too peaceful!
What’s the wheeled announcer of Christmas? You may be thinking about those old-school Coca-Cola trucks but here’s something that’s more in tune with what us, car guys, like: an insanely powerful Porsche 944 that went from a punny 150 horsepower to about 900, which means it can now break your neck when you put your foot down. It can also drive (with some degree) of civility and graciously park next to a Christmas tree, like in the video below that has amassed almost 15,000 views on YouTube in a couple of weeks.
Mini Thinks Dakar 2019 Is Payback Time
The factory-backed Mini X-Raid team returns to the Dakar rally with both the Mini All4 Racing model loosely based on the Countryman and the two-wheel-drive Transformers-esque Mini John Cooper Works Buggy. Their aim? To win. The main hurdle? Japanese manufacturer Toyota and its Hilux trucks.
Believe it or not, Mini has made quite a name for itself in the world of rally raid in the past few years. The X-Raid team that manages the BMW-funded program has won the event four years in a row between 2012 and 2015 before Peugeot’s breakthrough win in 2016 followed by a Toyota success in 2017 and a return to form for Peugeot last year.
Now, Mini’s assault will be massive with a total of five all-wheel-drive Minis as well as three two-wheel-drive Mini buggies all aiming for that coveted first spot in the overall classification. They’ve surely got the driving talent needed to win this bigger-than-life event with Carlos Sainz, Stephane Peterhansel and Cyril Despres all aboard, but can they dodge all the curveballs that the rally throws at its competitors? The rally starts in merely two days, and it’s crunch time!
Save Your Marriage and Get Your Husband This Lego Technic Porsche 911 RSR as a Late Christmas Present
Two years after Lego recreated the Porsche 911 GT3 RS in stunning fashion as part of thelarge-scale Technic collection, its race-going brother joins the fleet. Welcome to the 911 GT3 RSR by Lego Technic, with most of the aero insanity seen on the real thing recreated in model form.
Porsche’s 911 RSR is a menacing machine, one capable of taking on the world’s best in GT racing and beating them all with ease, as it did at last year’s edition of the Le Mans 24 Hours. Now, you can purchase a downsized version with a similar level of complexity, in keeping with the proportions, at a much-reduced premium and without having to contact a professional team of engineers to put it together.
Remember Supercar Blondie? This is one of her rivals, 26-year-old Sophia Calate from Germany who’s amassed almost 43,000 followers on Instagram and now poses on a brand-new Mercedes G-Wagon powered by the 3.0-liter, six-cylinder, diesel. The result? An even better-looking Tirolean scenery.
The brand-new G-Class was unveiled last year and we all know it’s bigger than ever before while retaining the classic boxy appearance. But have you ever noticed how good it looks in cherry red parked on the Austrian snow next to a lake? As Sophia correctly points out in her Instagram post that has effortlessly collected over 4,000 likes, the name of the color is actually "Designo Hyazinthrot metallic," and it’s quite unusual for the G-Wagon, which is usually seen in funeral shades of silver or black.
The G350d is less bonkers that the V-8-engined AMG model although it still packs 283 horsepower and 442.5 pound-feet of torque, enough to send this block of metal from 0 to 62 mph in just 7.4 seconds and then on to a top speed of 123 mph. Inside, the G now has big screens on the dash and, in the middle, there are the controls for the faultless 9-speed transmission. You still, obviously, get three locking diffs which are very useful if you too want to tackle the Austrian mountainside this season.
Sophia asks in her post, "would you drive this as a Diesel?", and we’re passing this question down to you! Send your thoughts in the comments section below.
The 2019 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport is Here and the German Competition Should be Scared
Porsche’s new Cayman GT4 Clubsport comes with the same 3.8-liter boxer engine that’s capable of 425 horsepower thanks to a new intake manifold and a six-speed PDK dual-clutch gearbox. All of which, by the way, is hidden underneath an aluminum body that’s strikingly similar to the 2015 model, save for a bigger rear wing and a more aggressive splitter up front. Two versions will be available: a track day one and another that’s suited for full-blown competition.
The GT4 category in circuit racing has been burgeoning in the past few years. A decade ago, puny BMW Z4s, Nissan 350Zs or other sports cars with a virtually showroom-stock appearance to them romped away in this category. Now, however, things are vastly different. Huge automakers have put their money where their mouths were and invested in highly-advanced racing cars to race in this revamped category that, while still a step below GT3, is very serious indeed but still friendly enough to cater for gentleman drivers.
Lexus Could Bring Back the IS F in 2020 With a Strange Engine
Currently, Lexus’ top performance offering for the IS is the IS 350 F Sport, but things may change in three year’s time as the next-generation IS is rumored to spawn a proper IS F version like the 416 horsepower one we had up until a few years ago. This new model should have about as much power as the old one, which sounds a bit disappointing, but things could change.
The Lexus IS XE30 is a good-looking car, a car that is well-suited for a track-oriented version like the IS F once was. Sadly, the IS F didn’t live on past the XE20 generation, so if you want muscle, your only choice right now is the IS 350 F Sport with its 311 horsepower and a base MSRP of about $45,000 if you go for the RWD version. Meanwhile, you can grab a decade-old IS F with a 416 horsepower V-8 for less than $30,000. The next generation, that won’t be here before the second half of 2020, could address the people’s need for speed.
Ferrari 275 GTB Prototype with Monte-Carlo Rally In Its Resume To Head For Auction
Over 50 years ago, Giorgio Pianta took on the grueling Monte-Carlo Rally not in a Mini, nor in a Citroen, not even in a Ford, but in a gorgeous, yellow Ferrari 275 GTB, with Maranello’s blessing. The car, looking the same as it did back in 1966 heads to the Gooding & Company’s Scottsdale auction that’s taking place between January 18th and 19th.
The 275 GTB was introduced in 1964 as a replacement to the aging 250 series. It was the first Ferrari to have a transaxle although the engine was still the venerable Colombo-designed 60-degree V-12. This particular example is one that has been used extensively for both show and go: it was showcased at motor shows, it was used as a mobile testbed, and it raced. Now, restored from end to end, it should fetch in excess of $8 million at auction, a price that’s not unheard of for a 275 GTB, especially since this one has a unique backstory and we all know that, many a time, the backstory is what sells a classic car.
Get Up Close and Intimate with the SSC Tuatara - A Car That Could Break the 300-MPH Barrier
The SSC Tuatara is one of those cars that have been in the works for so long that most people have actually forgotten about it. Now, the buzz is going again and, after seeing a prototype on the road in December, we drool over footage of the hypercar sitting still and revving its 5.9-liter, twin-turbocharged, V-8 engine. Let’s hope it will finally be available to buy sometime in 2019, with or without the bragging rights of having broken the 300 mph barrier.
SSC, formerly known as Shelby SuperCars, first unveiled the Tuatara Concept on the lawn of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance back in 2011. Last year, SSC came back with an almost unchanged car which was, actually, the production version. The Tuatara has since made a few more public appearances, and the latest is at a dealer in Connecticut where it was filmed by youtuber WVM3DreamDrives and, frankly, it looks fantastic in that polar white color.
Car for Sale: 2018 McLaren Senna With Just 14 Miles on the Clock
McLaren only built 500 Sennas and, as you’d expect, they’re all gone. As part of the company’s Ultimate Series of models, you had to be invited to buy one but, if none of the invitations found their way into your mailbox, now you’ve got a chance to buy one with delivery mileage onboard. The catch? You could have a 5,000+ square-foot house in Florida for the same kind of money.
Unveiled to the general public at last year’s Geneva Auto Show, the Senna is an extreme machine. It’s got to be, though, when you factor in its name, that of the late great Ayrton Senna, one of the best drivers to ever drive in the Formula 1 World Championship. It’s also very rare and the 500th example sold at auction for almost $3 million. Now, though, there’s one up for grabs for considerably less, and it’s just as pristine. If you’re a multi-millionaire, you could say this is a real bargain since prices will only go up for these things in the next few years.
Watch Someone Put the 2019 Volkswagen Touareg R-Line Diesel to the Test
The third-generation Volkswagen Touareg is bigger than ever, but that doesn’t stop it from moving quite swiftly down the highway. With a 3.0-liter V-6 diesel under the hood, the lighter Touraeg reaches 62 mph in under eight seconds so expect a lot more from the beefy V-8 that’s just around the corner. What you won’t see, though, is the Touareg return to U.S. shores.
The new-for-2019 Touareg was unveiled this past March in Beijing, China. It’s both bigger and lighter than ever and, while retaining its mid-size position, it aims to be more luxurious than the previous two generations as Volkswagen’s flagship model. Currently, only an array of V-6 diesel engines are available, but these units seem to keep up alright on the German Autobahn as seen in the POV video below.
BMW is Plotting an i8-Based Hybrid Supercar to Take on the McLaren 570S
In recent years, BMW has been all about throwing M badges at almost anything it manufacturers. However, the Bavarian manufacturer has consistently shied away from producing another supercar. This could all change in just a few years, however, if a new supercar receives the green light from Munich.
BMW is a manufacturer that chases both driving pleasure and efficiency, as seen by the growing portfolio of the BMW i sub-brand. At the forefront of the BMW i family is the i8, the automaker’s first mid-engined car in 35 years. It was previewed by the Vision EfficientDynamics concept in 2009 and began shipping in 2014. It has butterfly doors and looks futuristic, but the performance isn’t on par with contemporary models we bestow the honor of calling ’supercars.’ BMW is now looking at ways to make a mid-engine model with the kidney grille up front that deserves to be talked about in the same breath as, for instance, a McLaren.
Jay Leno’s Garage Gives Some Love to the 1966 Lotus (Ford) Cortina
The Lotus Cortina, or Ford Cortina Lotus as it has also become known, is the street-going version of the Group 2 touring car that became one of the most famous and successful models of its kind in the ’60s, routinely hitting above its weight and beating Mustangs, Falcons and even the odd Ford Galaxie in the British Saloon Car Championship, the European Touring Car Championship and beyond. Originally, only 1,000 Cortinas were built to meet homologation needs, and the car in the video is a genuine one.
The original Lotus Cortina, based on the Mark 1 Consul Cortina, was launched in 1963 and received comprehensive modifications by Lotus with its beating heart being a 1.5-liter twin-cam four-cylinder engine designed by Harry Mundy. The example shown in this episode of Jay Leno’s Garage has been painstakingly restored to better-than-new condition by Jim Hall, Leno’s chief fabricator, after spending three decades neglected at the mercy of the elements.
How Do You Drive a 2019 Mercedes G-Class Though Mud?
Mercedes-Benz started 2018 strong by unveiling the new G-Wagon that’s pleasantly similar to the old one. However, with its bigger proportions and a clientele that’s likely never to leave the asphalt jungle of the inner cities, you may be inclined to think that the new G-Class is a lesser off-roader than before, but you’d be wrong. Jessi Combs shows you in this video how you should tackle a mud puddle and, frankly, it’s very easy in this SUV.
The G-Wagon is, truly, an evergreen machine: the exterior looks almost identical to the original Steyr-Daimler-Puch-built version unveiled in 1979. The same rugged edges, round headlights, horizontal grille, and short overhangs. But, the new model is more luxurious, bigger, and more intelligent than ever before. Its Sahara-trekking DNA is intact, though, as it comes with permanent AWD and three full-locking differentials.
Look Out: Toyota is So Going to Take on the Hyundai i30N with a Corolla GR
Toyota is carefully charting their next steps in the performance car market. The Supra is just around the corner, finally, and this is only the beginning as the Japanese manufacturer plans to increase the footprint of the Gazoo Racing performance brand, and the Corolla might be one of the favorites to receive the added steroids to make it a proper hot hatch.
Toyota is now playing around with a number of performance-oriented sub-brands. There’s the Gazoo Racing nameplate that designates both the automaker’s works racing teams in the WRC, the WEC, and elsewhere in motorsports and a series of modified road cars. Then there’s also the GRMN - Gazoo Racing Masters of Nurburgring - sub-brand that offers a similar treatment, but in very limited quantities. Finally, for the U.S. market, there’s the Toyota Racing Development (TRD) brand that’s now offering a sportier version of the Avalon, the Camry, and the 86 with more set to come. So, where does the peppered-up Corolla fall in this complicated puzzle? Read on to find out!
1993 Vector Avtech WX-3 Prototype
The Vector Avtech WX-3 is the rightful successor of the ludicrous wedge-shaped W8, a car that should’ve built on the buzz created by what many consider to be the first American supercar. However, a hostile takeover prevented the car, in either coupe or roadster guise, from going into production and, now, the two prototypes are up for grabs, reportedly to fund the build of the next Vector.
GM Has a Compact, Unibody Pickup in the Works and We’re Worried
The Chevrolet Montana is getting replaced by a bigger, more practical compact truck that will sit on the Global Emerging Markets (GEM) platform and also share elements with the next-generation Tracker. It will be a direct competitor to the Fiat Toro and the Renault Duster Oroch in South America, but we may never see it sold in the United States.
There seems to be growing interest in compact, crossover-based, trucks, at least in Latin America where the Montana has been on sale since 2003. Its, as-of-yet unnamed, replacement will be on sale by 2020 and will follow suit on a trend kick-started by Renault and Fiat, among others. Both now offer four-door pick-up trucks and Chevrolet’s new unibody offering will boast the same number of doors. Is this a niche worth exploiting on the North-American market? We don’t know, and it’s also unlikely for GM to sell a GEM-based car here.
2018 has been a pretty wild year with all kinds of crazy things happening. We’ve seen Volkswagen fall into another scandal, Lamborghini launch an SUV, EVs take over the planet, and sedans all but die off with Ford, for example, killing off every car in its lineup outside of the Ford Mustang - just to make room for SUVs. So, with the end of the year upon us, we’ve put together our very own predictions for next year. To put it simply, we think it’s going to be an even crazier year than this one.
The Internal Combustion Engine Could Get a New Lease on Life Thanks to Digital Valves and Infinite Valve Timing
Everywhere you look you see automakers propping up their latest ’skateboard’ platforms jampacked with batteries, each with more power than the last and each offering a lower center of gravity and extended mileage. But there are still people who stick with the age-old combustion engine and try to make it better. Camcon Automotive is trying to do just that by implementing the first fully-digital valve system out there.
It’s common knowledge that an engine needs camshafts to operate. The camshaft is a rod that spins and, with its cams, opens the intake and the exhaust valves which then spring shut before they’re reopened again by the camshaft’s action. This motion is timed with the motion of the pistons, and it directly affects the engine’s performance and efficiency. That’s why people have been trying to find ways to improve this area of the engine for decades. A case in point is the invention of engines fitted with desmodromic valves that are no longer closed shut by a spring, but by using two cams and two actuators which open and close the valves. Delage used this setup on its 1912-1914 Grand Prix cars. The solution we’re talking about now takes care of the camshaft in the sense that it eliminates the need of one, or multiple, big camshafts.
Mercedes-Benz Creates Lil’ Dealership for Kids and It’s the Cutest Thing Ever
Remember the days of your youth, when you were driving about in your pedal-power car dreaming of one day driving the big ones on the street? That’s what Mercedes-Benz thought about when they put up the Lil’ Benz Dealership inside the King of Prussia Mall in Pennsylvania.
If you’re a Mercedes owner or fan, you’ll quickly resonate to the company’s motto - The Best or Nothing. Well, for the Holidays, it just got updated to ’The Bestest or Nothing’ and, to emphasize just how good the Merc experience is, children got to experience it too thanks to this small-size dealership packed with all the electric ride on cars with the three-pointed star on the nose.
Check Out Dozens Of Miatas Ready To Spread Joy and Gifts in Japan
Once a year, just before Christmas, the members of the Roadster Club of Japan, devotees of the Mazda Miata, dress up as Santa, turn their cars into genuine Santamobiles and set about doing charitable work in some of Japan’s major cities.
The event organized by Mazda Miata owners has been a decade-old tradition in Yokohama and has also been organized in Tokyo for the past three years. Now, some 26 Miata owners, as well as many volunteers and Mazda employees, including the designer of the fourth-generation Miata, took part in a charitable event of this kind organized for the first time in Hiroshima.
Watch Kyle LeDuc Go Chrismas Tree Shopping In His 900 Horsepower Truck
Christmas has passed, and you’re probably about tired of looking at your Christmas tree. But, let’s look back a few days at 4-time Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Pro 4 champion Kyle LeDuc and the dilemma that left him behind schedule in this ad by Toyo Tires.
As you’d expect from an off-road racer, LeDuc doesn’t just head to the tree shop with a dull station wagon or an SUV, instead opting for his No. 99 Monster Energy-sponsored and Toyo-shod truck. What happens next is everything you’d hope for when it comes to a video like this.
This Monster Miata Is Challenger Hellcat-Fast at just $20,000
You may look at this black Miata and think that the molded headlights are tacky and that it’s heresy to replace the legendary pop-up setup. But, underneath the skin, this car follows a well-known path: that of V-8 swapping done using the kits from Monster Miata, one of the oldest in the business of V-8 swapping the NA and NB roadsters. This example has been modified extensively beyond the huge engine up front, and this is why it’s about three times the price of your regular Miata.
If you’re looking for a little runabout that can also humiliate some much more expensive rides at the drag strip, this black Miata could be the answer. It has a Ford Cleveland V-8 with a stroker kit that increases the displacement from 5.8-liters to 6.7-liters for extra oomph. How much? We don’t know, but we do know it can run low 11 seconds on street tires, and that’s impressive considering this thing can’t weigh more than 1,980 pounds.
Ford Tries to Be a Big Player, Schedules Standalone Event for Debuting the 2020 Ford Explorer
The sixth generation of the Ford Explorer will be unveiled at a media-only event that will be held at Ford Field, home of the Detroit Lions NFL team, the week before the Detroit Auto Show opens its doors. Ford will also exhibit the new Explorer at the NAIAS, potentially next to the new Escape.
Ford’s confirming in a way that the decision to move the Detroit Auto Show to a June date makes sense. The American automaker recently sent invitations to the media for the launch event of the highly-awaited Explorer SUV that will take place on January 9. Thereafter, expect to see the Explorer in showrooms in the first half of 2019.
Ex-McRae Impreza stars in Girardo & Co’s Christmas Video
We’ve already seen a number of videos this holiday season where companies show off their most outrageous Christmas tree carriers. GIrardo & Co., a company that specializes in the sale of rare vintage and modern machinery, tried their hand at this kind of video too. Their vehicle of choice? A 1997 WRC-spec Subaru Impreza formerly driven by the late Colin McRae.
Colin McRae was the only driver part of the Subaru World Rally Team that drove in each of the 14 rounds of the 1997 season. He won five rallies that year, including all of the last three, but ultimately fell short of winning the title, gathering 62 points to Tommi Makinen’s tally of... 63 points. The Impreza you see here is the car he piloted in the grueling Safari Rally which he and Nicky Grist won ahead of Richard Burns and six-time Kenyan Rally Championship winner Ian Duncan.
This Blue F40 LM Is The Best Belated Christmas Gift Money Can Buy
By the time its production cycle had ended, in 1992, the F40 was officially the most successful car ever built by Ferrari with over 1,300 units sold in its five-year lifespan. It’s now an icon of the Prancing Horse and, while prices tip over $1 million, you can still find one quite easily, although U.S. spec examples are rarer. Still, the street-going F40 has nothing on one of these: the ultra-rare, ultra-insane, F40 LM that was built for that famous old race in France.
Ferrari released the outrageously under-equipped F40 in 1987 to mark the company’s 40th anniversary. It was the fastest road-going car at the moment of its debut with a top speed of 201 mph, breaking that much-lamented 200 mph mark, and the last Ferrari to be given the blessing ’The Drake’ himself.
With such extreme specs, it wasn’t long before the F40 would hit the track, although Ferrari didn’t originally intend for it to happen. It first raced Stateside in the IMSA GT series before also competing in the Italian GT Championship and, more prominently, in the BPR Global GT Series of the mid-’90s, by which time the production version was relaxing in retirement for a few years already.
A Snowmobile in the Back of a BMW 3 Series is Proof We Need More Wagons
The market has been moving towards big SUVs and all kinds of crossovers in the past few years, but there are still people who favor a good old station wagon like this guy who decided a snowmobile will fit in the back of his BMW 3 Series Wagon and, incredibly, it did. Sort of...
Just when we all thought that sedans and station wagons were on the chopping block.... Thanks to an ever decreasing interest in cars and the momentum gained by trucks and all kinds of crossovers in the past few years, we come across videos like this that show just how much stuff you can haul in the back of an ordinary station wagon.
1974 Renault Alpine A110 1800 Group 4 Works
The Renault-Alpine A110 is one of the most famous rally cars of the two-wheel-drive era. It reigned supreme in the days before the WRC became a thing and this, the 1800, built to Group 4 specifications, is the swansong of the A110 and ran in 1974 and 1975.
The original Alpine A110 was launched in 1961 as the successor of the A108 which shared parts with Renault’s Dauphine. This time by, Paul Redele and his men relied on parts from the compact Renault 8 sedan. The car had a similar design to the A108, again with a rounded nose and straight-cut rear as well as bulbous headlights.
The A110, in its later versions, claimed numerous rally wins which made Alpine the 1971 champions in the International Championship for Manufacturers. This A110 was built for the 1974 season as one of only nine works-supported cars that year. It managed a best finish of second in the Tour De Corse but proved to be overwhelmed by the newly-homologated Lancia Stratos with its mid-engine configuration.
Check Out All Seven Episodes of Dodge’s "Jolly Fat Man" Christmas Series and Learn How the Redeye Express Was Made
Dodge has finally released the entire run of their Christmas-themed videos. The campaign, named ’Jolly Fast Man’, is a continuation of the story presented in a video posted last month on YouTube called ’Upgrade’ where we first see the Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye sleigh and the mischevious Santa that rides it, played by none other than WWF legend Bill Goldberg who, as we know, is an out-and-out car guy.
The seven videos tell the story of a Holiday Season that’s riding the wave of many, many, horsepower. In each of the 30-second clips, you’ll find out more about Santa’s decision to build a new sleigh on an entirely new platform: that of the Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye. Mrs. Claus is portrayed in the series by “All Girls Garage” host Cristy Lee.
The original video that got the ball rolling, ’Upgrade,’ was released in early November as part of the automaker’s ’Big Finish’ campaign. You’ll undoubtedly see all of these videos shared across Dodge’s social media platforms, but that’s not a bad thing, actually, since they’re a fun way to kick back and relax for a few short minutes - and you’ll also get to hear plenty of the Hellcat’s growls as well!
Santa goes through a makeover this Christmas thanks to Audi: Video
Is Santa Bringing Back Volkswagen’s Beach Buggy?
Bruce Meyers’ Manx buggy was one of the huge automotive hits of the ’60s and, channeling the spirit of those years; it was a full-on DIY project that turned into a phenomenon. Now, Volkswagen, the company that powered Meyers’ dreams via the Beetle platform, teased a potential revival of the buggy as an electric concept part of the I.D. family.
This year, Volkswagen’s traditional Christmas card features the muscular silhouette of an open-top rugged off-roader with Santa in the driver’s seat. This suggests that the German automaker is looking to unveil yet another concept under the I.D. umbrella inspired by the buggy that was paramount to the creation of the Baja Rally.
1963 Mercedes-Benz 220SE Cabriolet
The Mercedes-Benz 220SE Cabriolet, part of the W111 family of models, debuted in 1961 as a full-size executive open-top model that replaced the W128 220SE which was still based on the antiquated ’Ponton’ design. The new model featured a more sharp-cornered design that has endured as one of Mercedes’ finest over the years.
The W111 series debuted in 1959 at the Frankfurt Auto Show where Mercedes-Benz unveiled the four-door sedan body style which quickly gained the ’Heckflosse’ nickname, which stands for ’Fintail’ in English. The nickname emerged thanks to the car’s stylized fins that rose at the rear of the car, a design cue aimed at the American clientele.
The Cabriolet version followed a couple of years later after the production cycle of the Ponton-based W128 Cabriolet ended. The two-door car had a soft top and exuded a sort of refined beauty that has become almost synonym with ’60s Mercedes-Benz models. The W111 is considered part of the S-Class lineage along with the deluxe W112 that featured bigger engines and more amenities onboard.
1970 Pontiac GTO Judge
The Pontiac GTO is widely regarded as one of the first muscle cars but, by 1970, even one of the stalwarts of the segment wasn’t able to sell as it once did. Still, The GTO of 1970 remains a cornerstone example of muscle cars at their absolute peak.
The Pontiac GTO was born as a sportier version of the Tempest, aimed at a younger clientele. The car debuted in 1964 and by-passed in the process GM’s policy that was limiting A-body intermediate models to a maximum engine capacity of 5.4-liters. As such, the original Tempest GTO came with the 6.4-liter V-8 that was also used by the larger Bonneville and Catalina models.
By 1970, the GTO had lost most of its chromed trim, instead sporting an Endura polyurethane nose and aggressively flared fenders. Of the 40,149, GTOs built in 1970, only 3,797 were ordered with the Judge trim level that had been introduced the year before. Sales kept plummeting from then on thanks to ever-increasing insurance costs, stringent pollution-related rules, and regulations and a general shift in the market’s interest from performance cars to economy cars just as the oil crisis hit.
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1967 Oldsmobile 442 Convertible
The Oldsmobile 442, or 4-4-2 as it was advertised and sold in period, was one of the first muscle cars to appear after Pontiac released the Tempest-based GTO. The 1967 model featured a 6.5-liter V-8 that pushed out 350 horsepower but lacked the styling to match its performance figures.
The 442 debuted in September of 1963 for the 1964 model year as the performance trim level of the Cutlass. As a consequence, it was equipped with the biggest engine that GM would allow on a mid-size car at the time, a 5.4-liter V-8 with a four-barrel carburetor that was rated at 310 horsepower. In fact, the 442 nameplate originally pointed out to the car’s setup: its quad-barrel carburetor, four-speed gearbox, and twin-pipe exhaust system.
Oldsmobile’s first muscle car was available as a two-door hardtop, a two-door convertible, and even a four-door sedan. Up until 1967, you could have the 442 trim level on either the F-85 or the Cutlass base. However, for the first generation’s final production year, the 442 was based on the ultimate version of the Cutlass Supreme, further proving the 442’s special status. It became a standalone model when the second generation debuted in 1968.
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Porsche Classic Will Finally Lo-Jack Your Car; Give You the Ability to Monitor it 24\7
We all know that protecting your vehicle is of paramount importance. Especially if your car is a decades-old Porsche that you’ve acquired after years of hard work and dedication. Now, owning one of these rolling masterpieces has become a little less stressful with the launch of the Porsche Classic Vehicle Tracking system that allows owners to track their cars and be notified if the batter has been disconnected or if the car has left a certain area.
Porsche is working tirelessly to please the customers that are lining up to buy the new 992-generation Porsche 911. But that’s not the entire business Porsche’s in. The company from Stuttgart also caters towards the owners of vintage Porsche models and beyond parts and expert servicing, Porsche now offers a smartphone app that will allow you, the owner of such a car, to be on top of where your car is at all times.
A new year is upon us, and it’s time we look at the best and worst of things that came our way. 2018 was, without a doubt, the year of the SUV, and there have been more than enough to quench any thirst for them that we may have had. Of course, we’re all journalists here, so we have a slightly different perspective than most people do - you included. With that said, we also get to experience the cream of the crop. We get to know them inside and out, inward and out, top and bottom. For a small period of time, each one of them burrows into our lives like a bad fungal infection that we just can’t shake. And, that’s why we’re here to present you with the best and most important SUVs presented in 2018. If you’re in the market for a new high-riding people hauler, look no further - your next ride is probably on this list.
Will the Jeep Wagoneer Serve as Home for FCA’s New Inline-Six aka The Tornado?
Jeep is cooking the rebirth of the Wagoneer in the form of a full-size SUV that should hit the market in 2020. Until then, we hear that the new model might benefit from a mighty inline-six engine that could outmuscle the HEMI V-8 while displacing less to make it attractive for heavily taxed markets such as Europe and Asia
It’s been rumored for quite a while that the Fiat-Chrysler group is pouring resources into a new six-pot engine and the latest reports tell the tale of a compact engine that will be able to fit on a multitude of platforms and models from the automakers that sit at the FCA table.
Cars That We Can’t Wait to See in 2019
What does the future behold? There are countless future classics ready to slide out from under the sheets of which they’ve been covered, and it’s all set to happen in 2019. There will be new EVs, new muscle cars, and a complete evolution of luxury cars. One of America’s most loved sports cars, the Chevy Corvette, is set move into a mid-engine configuration - something that’s been in the works for decades. With that said, we have a lot to be excited for, and this is a list of the models that we just can’t wait any longer for.
2019 McLaren P1 GTR by McLaren Special Operations
A brand-new McLaren P1 GTR has been unveiled and, suitably, it wears the Marlboro livery that once covered the glorious McLaren-Honda MP4/4 that carried Senna to his first world champion crown 30 years ago during arguably the most dominant season ever for Team McLaren.
This new P1 GTR is the result of three years of intense work by McLaren Special Operations (MSO) who’ve worked in close partnership with the customer that requested this one-off machine. It features a more aggressive aero package than the standard P1 GTR, more power thanks to some tweaks to the engine, as well as a bespoke interior with seats borrowed from the McLaren Senna.
Mercedes Thinks the 2019 AMG GT Four-Door Coupe is Worth $137,000, But How Does that Stack Up to the Competition
The Mercedes-AMG GT Four Door is what happens when you take a sports car and turn it into a sedan. Mercedes did just that to its AMG GT and the result, this sleek luxury sports sedan with a decidedly coupe roofline, is a pretty sight but also heavy on the wallet with an MSRP that falls between $137,495 and $159,995.
Why is this news? Well, we’re only finding out now what the price tag for the car will be, and this allows us to draw some comparisons. For starters, the AMG GT Four Door is more expensive than the base AMG GT Coupe and also the base Porsche Panamera, but both offer less performance for the money.
New In-Car App from Tesla is Fart-Tastic
Tesla’s cloud-based system updates make it easy for owners to download every new improvement that comes from the company founded by Elon Musk. This time, you really should hurry because the latest update includes a brilliant easter-egg: a fart app.
Have you ever wanted to play a practical joke on your friends by deploying an array of fart sounds in your car’s surround audio system? Well, if you own a Tesla, the latest update lets you do just that. You can choose between farts on demand and farts that activate when you toggle the turn signals. Really, now, what more could you wish for?
Aston Martin Prepares to Wave Bye-Bye to the Mercedes-Sourced V-8 To Make Way For This New, More Evolved Engine
Aston-Martin has been using Mercedes-AMG V-8 engines for five years now but the days of the 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged unit seem to be numbered as the British company is developing a new straight-six of its own for use in future models.
Aston-Martin models currently come with one of two engines: the DB11 and the new Vantage are fitted with the 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged, V-8 of Mercedes-AMG origin while the DBS Superleggera is equipped with an old-school 5.2-liter V-12. The new straight-six engine could be derived from the beefy V-12 according to Autocar magazine although key Aston-Martin figures pointed out that the partnership with Mercedes could continue in one way or another as Aston-Martin gears up on its hybridization dreams.
1968 Ford Mustang Bullitt
When you think about famous car chases in movies, the classic footage of a dark green Mustang jumping up and down San Francisco’s hills in pursuit of a stoic, black Dodge Charger will most certainly roll in your memory. One of the two Mustangs used by the late Steve McQueen in that movie, ’Bullitt,’ has been found and it looks just as cool now as it did back in 1968.
Movie cars have always had a special aura surrounding them. Think about the DeLorean DMC-12 used in the ’Back To The Future’ trilogy. For all intents and purposes, John Z. DeLorean’s attempt at a supercar was laughable, although it did look the part. But, once it shone on the silver screen as a time-traveling machine, its place in history was forever assured. Same goes for the Dodge Monaco used by the Blues Brothers or Herbie, the cute Volkswagen Beetle that appeared in ’The Love Bug.’ Same goes for the Ford Mustang GT Fastback that was used by Steve McQueen’s character, Lt. Frank Bullitt, in the movie of the same name.
However, the Highland Green 2-door Fastback has become a cult classic also, in part, due to the mystique that shrouded it. There were, actually, two cars used during filming: one for all the action shots and one that was driven by McQueen during the more serene moments o the film. That car, chassis #8R02S125559, was thought to have been lost after McQueen failed to buy it in the late ’70s. Happily, now, both cars have been relocated, so the story does have a happy ending.
American’s Like it Big and That’s Why the 2019 BMW X7 Was Designed Specifically for the U.S.
The BMW X7 is the single largest car ever built by BMW. It made its North-American debut at this year’s L.A. Auto Show and, thanks to those oversized kidney grilles, there’s no way you’re going to miss one on the road. That’s also because of the fact that it’s bigger than a bus - figuratively speaking, of course. Why did BMW create this Jumbo-SUV? Well, because they had the American customer in mind all along.
In its top spec, the full-size X7 is powered by a 4.4-liter, twin-turbocharged, V-8 that’s capable of 458 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, enough to send the 5,617 pounds behemoth from 0 to 62 mph in 5.2 seconds. But beyond the performance figures, this car was designed to be an ultra-luxurious hauler meant for the people that, up until now, were buying Mercedes’ GLS-Class or the Cadillac Escalade.
Want an All-Electric Ford Mustang? Aviar Motors in Russia Might Hook You Up
The market for restomods is growing as we see more and more cars modified with a modern twist. Now, there’s a new wave of constructors that try to tease you with a slightly altered recipe: a classic-looking car with modern, eco-friendly, propulsion. One fine example of this is the Aviar Motors R67 built in Russia that, as the name subtly suggests, strongly resembles a Ford Mustang from the year 1967.
Have you ever thought of buying a Mustang replica from a Russian company? What about a Mustang replica from a Russian company that’s also electric and has over 700 pound-feet of torque? As strange as it may sound, Aviar Motors is planning to build just that. This new start-up company has showcased its plans for a retro-looking EV that’s nothing more than a slightly modified 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback. As far as we’re concerned, that’s not a bad starting point at all, as long as Ford agrees with the whole thing.
The Only Road-Legal Porsche 935 Is Up For Sale!
Porsche’s 935 race car was built to compete in the Group 5 class that was the pinnacle of GT racing in the late ’70s and very early ’80s. The 935 was the car to beat in Europe and across the Atlantic in the U.S. and even won Le Mans overall. Such accolades pushed F1 team owner Walter Wolf to want one, but not for the race track. The result was maybe the fastest road-legal car in the world at the time.
When you think about a GT racing car, you envision a car that’s based on a production model that was heavily modified, stripped of any useless equipment that only added weight, and then sent out on the track to compete against other vehicles like it. What’s unusual is to want for one of those race-prepped machines to be made street-legal again, while keeping most if not all of the racing bits on. That was the premise, largely speaking, of the insane GT1 class that lived a short life in the late ’90s but, even before that, there was one car that followed that same path: Walter Wolf’s street-going 935 K3 built by Kremer Racing of Germany.
The Jaguar I-Pace fails emergency braking test
The Jaguar I-Pace is the first all-electric SUV from the legendary British manufacturer and, while it is filled with high-end technology to the brim, it seems to fall short in one important area: accident prevention. More precisely, it seems that the car’s automatic emergency braking system, or AEB, only hits the brakes when the car is running at an extremely low speed.
Norwegian publication Dinside 20 år gathered 29 cars (four others didn’t have AEB systems at all) to test their ability to stop at speed if an obstacle appears in front of them and the person behind the wheel does absolutely nothing. The publication tested all 25 cars that did have this safety feature which should, on paper, apply the brakes when it determines that the driver won’t take any sort of evasive action. However, the system inside the Jaguar I-Pace proved lackluster which is all the more intriguing considering the fact that it worked fine on the E-Pace.
Is Chevy Afraid to Debut the 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Next to the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500?
The moment we’ve all been waiting for isn’t around the corner. GM has made it official that the mid-engined, C8 Corvette won’t be unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show. Ford will, however, launch the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500. Did Chevrolet chicken out at the last moment and tried to avoid direct comparisons with the GT500?
It sounds like an incredible hypothesis, but what if it’s true? Or what if Chevrolet actually encountered some other issues during the final tests of the C8 that pushed the American giant to delay the launch of, maybe, their most awaited product ever? In any case, the most bad-ass sixth-generation Mustang will be at NAIAS and Chevrolet will have no ’answer’ for it at their stand. This is interesting.
Watch Mercedes Crash the 2020 EQC Electric SUV
The Mercedes-Benz EQC is the first all-electric model part of the EQ family, Mercedes’ range of vehicles designed from the get-go with electrification in mind. The EQC hasn’t yet reached third-party crash testers such as the EURO NCAP or the NHTSA, but the car apparently passed with flying colors the German automaker’s own internal crash tests.
Unveiled publically at this year’s Paris Motor Show, the EQC is Mercedes’ first bet for the new-generation EV market. It’s a compact luxury SUV, similar to the gas-powered GLC-Class, that will be on the market next year. Mercedes-Benz revealed that it already put the EQC up against a few rigid structures for some in-house evaluatory crash tests at the Mercedes-Benz Technology Center for Vehicle Safety (TFS).
McLaren Special Operations Launches ‘Racing Through the Ages’ six-car collection
McLaren, the car company founded by Bruce McLaren of New Zealand in the ’60s as a racing car manufacturer and motorsports outfit, continues to celebrate its storied past with six evocative McLaren 570S models - three coupes and three cabriolets. These cars, commisioned by Mclaren of Beverly Hills and built by McLaren Special Operations, showcase three key periods in McLaren’s racing history.
Each of the three periods is presented on a 570S Coupe and a570S Spider that share the same exterior color. There’s the ’Muriwai Theme’ that harkens back to Bruce McLaren’s early racing exploits, the ’Papaya Spark Theme’ which recalls the days of the orange racing McLarens in the ’60s and ’70s, and the ’Sarthe Gray Theme’ that’s a tribute to McLaren’s overall victory at Le Mans back in 1995.
Porsche Came Up with a Pretty Slick Way to Electrify the 992-Gen 2020 Porsche 911
It’s not even 2019, and we’re already talking about the hybridized version of the new 992-generation Porsche 911. Yes, the plug-in model will only be unveiled in late 2020 for the 2021 model but August Achleitner, Porsche’s current head of sports car development, has already shed some light on how the German company prepared for this move.
We knew ever since the new 911 was presented to the world at the L.A. Auto Show that it would have some built-in features that would, later on, make the adaptation of a hybrid powertrain simpler. Now, we get a bit of insight of how Porsche is working to fit the battery pack and the electric motors onto the 911s platform.