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Test Drive - An Honest Take on the 2019 BMW M240i xDrive Convertible

Test Drive - An Honest Take on the 2019 BMW M240i xDrive Convertible

Instant Love

I test drove the BMW M240i xDrive Convertible. The small BMW convertible showed me why I liked BMWs so much, it sparked the fire in my heart for BMWs once again, and I am not going back, ever. I love BMW, and now, finally, I definitely know why. It is for me. I am sure, if you had to chance to drive the M240i through a few bends on the mountain roads of the Gorges du Verdon canyon in France, the M240i would grow in your heart as well.

It is sublime!

I can’t even imagine what kind of a beast the M2 is. I haven’t driven it yet, but I am eagerly waiting to do so.

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Watch Out Tesla Model S - The Audi E-tron GT Will be All About Power

Watch Out Tesla Model S - The Audi E-tron GT Will be All About Power

An Audi E-tron GT With Porsche Tech To Take On The Model S 100D?

The Audi E-tron GT is coming, and it will, by all accounts, be epic. Ever since Tesla made such glorious strides in the electric car fandom, the car world has been waiting for the rest of the big automakers to catch up. With the introduction of numerous expensive electric SUVs in the past couple of years, the car community as a whole gained the much needed electric car boost. But a true Tesla Model S competitor was still nowhere to be found. Until now. The Audi E-tron GT will be its competitor. And I am not the only one to say it. Siegfried Pint, Head of Development for Electric Drive at Audi, said that the new car is “steered towards performance.”

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Amazing And Necessary Facts You Need to Know About The BMW X7

Amazing And Necessary Facts You Need to Know About The BMW X7

BMW X7 Is An SUV So Rich In Gizmos That Words Simply Aren’t Enough

The Rolls-Royce Cullinan is the most luxurious SUV in the world (sorry Bentayga, but it is). The BMW X7, despite many reporting it is the most luxurious, actually isn’t. I’ll be modest in my unpretentious estimates and say that the BMW X7 is the fourth most luxurious production SUV in the world. The Cullinan being the first, the Bentayga the second and, the Land Rover Range Rover is the third. So, yes, I am probably correct - the BMW X7 is the fourth most luxurious SUV in the world. It is also the biggest BMW SUV in the world.

As the world basks in the greatness of the new large BMW X7, whose price starts at $73,900, I am pressed to find all the cool facts about the thing. Or as Doug DeMuro would say, I am listing here all the strange quirks and cool features the BMW X7 has to offer.

You are in for a cool one.

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Sorry Folks, Ford Has No Plans to Bring the 2019 Ranger Raptor to U.S. Roads

Sorry Folks, Ford Has No Plans to Bring the 2019 Ranger Raptor to U.S. Roads

The Ranger Raptor Will Not Come To The U.S. So Be Sad

While I did write extensively about the possible Ford Ranger Raptor Diesel reaching the U.S., it seems that Ford doesn’t have any plans to introduce theRanger Raptor to the free world. In his talk with Hermann Salenbauch, Ford Performance Director, Autoblog journalists found out that the Raptor “was really developed for locations where the F-150 isn’t available or popular so that all regions could have a Raptor.”

Obviously, reading between the lines shows that the Ranger Raptor isn’t actually coming to the U.S.

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First Driving Impression: An Honest Take on the 2018 Tesla Model S

First Driving Impression: An Honest Take on the 2018 Tesla Model S

373 totally silent horsepower were mischievously pondering their next victim

The first time I ever saw the Tesla Model S was sometime in 2012 or 2013 at one of the car shows in Europe. I will guess that it was in Geneva. I left the Tesla stand a bit underwhelmed by its interior, but the performance, the size, and the sheer fact that someone is buying an electric car like that was more than enough to show me its importance. After that, I drove it only once. And not for a long time at that.

Now, finally, I got my third chance with the Tesla Model S at the Continental AG organized event called the #blackchili. In Nice. Yup, the South of France. I know, I am a lucky guy.

This time I had the Tesla Model S for 40 or so miles. Not the P100D, but the one with 373 horsepower. More than enough, believe me. Considering I drove the car for less than 50 miles, it may seem like I don’t have anything to write home about. How can I call this a short test drive then!? Well, I can because I will tell you about the Tesla Model S from the perspective of a guy who drove European cars all his life, and who never really had an EV stint like this.

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This 4x4 Bugatti Chiron Looks Impressively Attractive

This 4x4 Bugatti Chiron Looks Impressively Attractive

Taking A Cool Chiron And Transforming It Into A Desert Roaming Beast

The Bugatti Chiron 4x4 SUV thing is live. Well, at least in Rain Prisk’s mind. That guy, with his imagination going wild, created a fantastic rendering of the Bugatti Chiron with massive off-road tires, body claddings, underbody protection, and a roof rack.

If you are some kind of a sadist, you might do this to the Bugatti Chiron, and you may even enjoy the process. Of course, this would be possible only in a Mad Max movie. That is only on the big screen though.

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I Drove 1,780 Horsepower Worth Of Cars In France On Possibly The Best Tires On Earth

I Drove 1,780 Horsepower Worth Of Cars In France On Possibly The Best Tires On Earth

I Am Amazed By The New Black Chili Filled Continentals

Continental AG invited me to spend three days in Nice, France, drive really nice cars, experience its #blackchili driving experience and gorge on vine and fish of all kinds prepared by some of the best chefs around.

I said yes.

This is what I saw, drove and experienced there.

1,780 horsepower worth of cars were parked down the alley of a hotel with a golf course. All of them were white, all of them had OEM Continental tires on them. UUHP tires, mind you. That is short for Ultra Ultra High Performance and all of them had striking, yet subtle Continental decals. Right from the get-go, it was clear this wasn’t going to be a classic journalist driving event. It was more of a celebration and a party. I liked it.

The weather was at nice 78 degrees Fahrenheit, without a single cloud on the perfectly blue sky over the Cote d’Azur. Down at that parking - 10 cars - two Mercedes-AMG C43 Cabrios, two BMW M240i xDrive Convertibles, two Porsche 718 Boxsters, two Tesla Model Ss, and two Audi RS3 Sportbacks.

FYI, the Porsche was the least powerful one there. And when the Porsche is the least powerful at a car event, things are off to a good start.

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The Rolls-Royce V-12 Will Soldier On Until the Brand is Forced to Go All-Electric

The Rolls-Royce V-12 Will Soldier On Until the Brand is Forced to Go All-Electric

There simply won’t be a hybrid Rolls-Royce. Period.

Rolls-Royce does not want to discontinue the V-12, and I will tell you why. Leasing a car is improvisation. Buying a house and putting it under a mortgage is improvisation. Taking a bank loan to finish school is improvisation. Taking a cab is improvisation. Melding your own broken TV remote is improvisation. Having a dinner in an expensive restaurant to impress a girl is improvisation. Driving a hybrid is improvisation.

Rolls-Royce isn’t about improvisation. It is about the exact opposite - about genuinity. Something only a handful can experience, acquire, and actually live. Like it always was.

And for those select few, the world of regulations, melting ice caps, water supply problems in equatorial countries, and possible fuel shortages aren’t really that big of a deal. Rolls-Royce deals with those kinds of people. Exclusively! Those kinds of people want and need a V-12. They will have it - for as long as the ICE is a big deal. When it stops being a big deal, Rolls-Royce will do what is only logical - switch to electricity.

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The 2021 BMW M2 CS\CSL Was Spotted on the Nurburging; May Enter Limited Production in March 2020

The 2021 BMW M2 CS\CSL Was Spotted on the Nurburging; May Enter Limited Production in March 2020

Can This Be An M3 CSL E46 Hommage

With the M2, BMW most certainly proved it is still hard into developing epic driving machines. The M2 Competition, which is like the M2 doubled, was the next step into the direction any BMW enthusiast imagined. Now, seemingly, BMW is traveling even further into the extremes with the M2. Spy photographers (guys who probably camp at the ‘Ring waiting for their next braking pep) caught yet another M2 prototype. Some say it is the 2021 BMW M2 CS - the next hardcore version scheduled to shake and stir the whole goddamn small sports car market. The one to properly tackle the likes of the Cayman, some versions of the F-Type, and the like. I am still fresh from my driving stint in the M240i, and I can’t even imagine how cool a car like the M2 CS will be.

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2018 Ford Mustang GT by CGS Motorsports

2018 Ford Mustang GT by CGS Motorsports

This Mustang GT is one of the best-looking tuner models aimed at SEMA

As part of the SEMA show this year, Ford introduced a quartet of amazing, modified Mustangs, one of which is actually a car crafted by the CGS Motorsports. Every year, Ford gifts us with four or five fantastic tuned Mustangs and gives us a unique opportunity to see just how differently tuners approach the tuning of these cars. California-based CGS Motorsports focused on power and performance upgrades and simplistic interior mods. While we are still waiting for the interior shots, the sketch of the exterior shows admirable modifications and transformation of the 2018 Ford Mustang GT fastback into a proper street racer.

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Is a Ford Performance 2019 F-150 Raptor V-8 Actually Going to Happen?

Is a Ford Performance 2019 F-150 Raptor V-8 Actually Going to Happen?

It’s not really possible

A few months ago or so, the Internet became a battleground for those who believed that Ford would reintroduce a V-8-Powered Raptor and those who thought it would not. One article from fordtips.com was enough to convince armies of dedicated Ford F-150 fans to start fantasizing about the new Raptor V-8. A Reddit thread was formed, people were commenting on the new car, sourcing some long forgotten quotes from unreliable sources, and imagining a Ford F-150 Raptor with a 7.0-liter V-8 engine.

Some months after, PaxPower - a well-known Ford tuner - revealed just what all of those dedicated fans wanted - a Ford F-150 Raptor V-8. Not with the 7.0-liter V-8 mind you, but with a 5.0-liter V-8 that offered extra motivation thanks to a massive supercharger. I already wrote about the F-150 Raptor V-8 developed by PaxPower. It is quite a magnificent machine actually, and it has real Ford F-150 Raptor gear.

Nevertheless, this article will actually discuss the possibly a real Ford F-150 Raptor V-8 by Ford Performance.

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Report: A 2020 BMW M8 Competition is Definitely in the Works

Report: A 2020 BMW M8 Competition is Definitely in the Works

The BMW M8 Competition Confirmed?

At a specially organized event for BMW customers in Paris, the Munich-based company revealed its plans. We will have the BMW M8 Competition. The event hosted a presentation of the designs for its new models and gave a sneak peek at the most amazing things VIP BMW customers will be able to buy soon.

Of course, phones, cameras (and I believe proficient painters) weren’t allowed. Regardless of this, BMW Blog revealed a few tidbits about the news revealed there, and the M8 Competition is one big piece of that news.

BMW fans (which I am one of) can rejoice. We are in for a couple of incredible years as BMW reinvented the 8 Series and is about to churn out numerous versions. The M8 Competition will be among them. That is like the M8, only on cocaine. So, cruel, smart, and deadly.

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2018 Paris Motor Show - Worst In Show

2018 Paris Motor Show - Worst In Show

Maybe not the Worst. Underwhelming for sure.

The 2018 Paris Motor Show presented all its gems. Now, apart from hundreds of awesome presentations, great novelties, news, and cars, I am pressed to find the five worst of the show. So, I sunk into the depths of the Internet and my mind and found cars I could maybe describe as underwhelming. Worst? Well, maybe.

Interestingly enough, my list was populated by some of the most amazing manufacturers on earth. The reasoning behind the list is a simple one. I listed here all the cars I don’t actually find worthy of a car show such as the Paris Motor Show due to the lack of real novelties or proper updates.

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Is Subaru working on a mid-engined sports car?

Is Subaru working on a mid-engined sports car?

A Hybrid, perhaps?

Just before the start of the Paris Motor Show, the world of cars was bathed with revived rumors about a Subaru mid-engined sports car. Japanese motoring journal, Best Car, reported that Subaru is working on a new mid-engine sports car that will “arrive soon.” These rumors have been additionally fueled by the fact that similar ones appeared in 2016. It must be true then! Subaru is working on a mid-engined sports car! Or, is it?

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Believe It or Not, the 2019 BMW 3 Series is Bigger than an E39 5 Series

Believe It or Not, the 2019 BMW 3 Series is Bigger than an E39 5 Series

Not exactly longer, but bigger everywhere that matters

Last week, BMW removed the silk covers from the all-new BMW 3 Series G20. It is possibly the most important car revealed at the Paris Motor Show and definitely the most important car BMW revealed in the last three or so years. Yet, even on the photographs, one could definitely see that the 3 Series grew quite a bit. BMW reported a 2.9 inches increase in length. When I was working on that BMW 3 Series piece I was wondering just how big the new 3 Series really is.

The answer surprised me. The new BMW 3 Series G20 is bigger than the BMW 5 Series E39. Ok, not exactly longer, but I’ll get to that in a jiffy. Considering the E39 is basically my favorite car, I was almost annoyed, but then reason took over. I asked myself, how did we become so strangely obsessed with size and getting things bigger?

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Next-Gen 2020 Porsche 911 GT3 992 Caught Testing Hard at Monza!

Next-Gen 2020 Porsche 911 GT3 992 Caught Testing Hard at Monza!

It could be the best service for fans ever

The new Porsche 911 992 is one of the most expected vehicles to appear this decade. We all know it is coming, we all know Porsche is testing it all over the world, but we did not know that Porsche was hard-testing the 2020 Porsche 911 992 GT3 version at the Monza. But it did and the driver didn’t hold back if we can judge by the video we have here.

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Aspark Opens Preorders for Owl EV Hypercar at Paris Motor Show

Aspark Opens Preorders for Owl EV Hypercar at Paris Motor Show

EV Hypercar to reach 62 mph in less than 2 seconds

Osaka-based car manufacturer Aspark exhibited its Owl EV Hypercar at the Paris Motor Show. While the car in the City Of Light was actually only a show model without a propulsion system or even a fully sorted interior, Aspark announced that it is opening preorders for the hypercar. How much do you need to deposit? Try a cool 1 million euros ($1.15 million)! That is just the deposit, mind you. Once the car is ready for delivery by mid-2020, you will have to churn out a few more million, rounding up the price to $3.6 million. Yup, crazy!

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2019 Toyota Supra Confirmed for Detroit Debut

2019 Toyota Supra Confirmed for Detroit Debut

Arriving this January!

Toyota Supra fans, rejoice! The new Toyota Supra A90 will be unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show in January 2019. As one of the most expected cars in the past couple of years, the Toyota Supra has been under development for more than four years. Thanks to our thorough research and all the details we could pick up at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and during the BMW Z4 unveil (on whose architecture the Supra is based), we know quite a bit about the car. The confirmation for the Toyota Supra unveiling in Detroit came from the Toyota Germany. It was actually announced at the official Facebook page.

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The Citroen DS3 Crossback Shows Up In Paris Looking Like a Proper SUV

The Citroen DS3 Crossback Shows Up In Paris Looking Like a Proper SUV

City SUV with curious styling inside and out

DS presented the new DS3 Crossback at the Paris Motor Show. The SUB-compact city SUV is the second SUV debut for the premium brand under the PSA Group and it took the path of competing with other small city crossovers. Without a direct premium competitor in its segment (save for the Audi Q2), the DS3 Crossback represent an interesting attempt by the French to excite buyers into this class. In essence, this car succeeded the DS3 small city car, but brings numerous novelties demonstrating DS ideology of creating exciting, different, and unique cars.

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The Toyota Yaris GR Sport Cruises into Paris with Updated Looks and Revised Hardware

The Toyota Yaris GR Sport Cruises into Paris with Updated Looks and Revised Hardware

Entertaining City Car Wears The Guise Of Its Powerful Brother

The new Toyota Yaris GR Sport was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show and it showed its finely built body, GRMN-tuned suspension and courageous face that looks for trouble. Limited edition Toyota Yaris GRMN was met with great enthusiasm from the car community, but that was just a highly limited car. The Yaris GR Sport isn’t. It also isn’t as special as the Yaris GRMN.

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2018 Skoda Vision RS

2018 Skoda Vision RS

A sporty path to the future for Skoda

Unveiled at the Paris Motor Show, the Skoda Vision RS shows the path the Czech manufacturer is likely to take for the next generation of its cars. This is a hatchback, sized like a Volkswagen Golf, but sharpened up to the level of a hot-hatch. The Vision RS, a concept car, rolled under the Paris Motor Show lights with a 1.5-liter turbocharged gas engine producing 148 horsepower but assisted with an additional electric motor good for 100 horsepower. As a hybrid, the Vision RS demonstrates Volkswagen’s uncanny ability to craft modern compact cars and transform them into hot hatchbacks - a type of a car the company is definitely versed in (just remember the Golf GTI, the Leon Cupra, the Audi S3, and the Octavia, among others).

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The 2019 BMW 3 Series Comes to Paris with a Lighter Footprint, Wider Track, and Longer Wheelbase

The 2019 BMW 3 Series Comes to Paris with a Lighter Footprint, Wider Track, and Longer Wheelbase

Bigger than ever

The BMW 3 Series has just been shown for the first time at the Paris Motor Show. The new car is longer, wider, roomier, sharper and, altogether better I hope. With the new platform supporting the advanced plug-in system and all imaginable modern tech, the G20 3 Series proves to be one of the most important debuts of the year. Focusing on evolution, rather than on revolution, BMW designers precisely, but subtly, reshaped all the trademark elements of the new 3 Series. Yet, despite growing in size and featuring a somewhat different styling, the 3 Series is still recognizable and rather handsome.

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 5 Incredible Ferrari Special Edition Cars

5 Incredible Ferrari Special Edition Cars

Ferrari Actually Produced A Car It Did Not Know About

Just after Ferrari presented their awe-inspiring Monza SP-1 and the Monza SP-2 cars, I had an idea I simply had to explore. For mine and, consequently, your good, I researched a little bit (not a little bit, but quite a bit actually) about the most amazing special edition cars Ferrari ever built. Apart from the Monza SP-1 and the Monza SP-2 I find striking, I am presenting you five other Ferrari special edition cars which proved to be as sensational as the best that ever came out of the Maranello factory. You may call me shortsighted, or whatever, but I did not include any of the V-8 powered Special Edition Ferrari cars. You know what, if you already have the money to spend on a freaking special edition Ferrari that costs millions of dollars, then go all out and buy a proper one - with the V-12. Call me mad, an idiot or just a dumb car guy, but the V-8 powered Ferrari Special Edition can’t be as good as the V-12 powered Ferrari Special Edition car. I found five mesmerizing ones.

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Exclusive: We Caught the 2019 Mercedes GLE in the Wild for the First Time Without Camo

Exclusive: We Caught the 2019 Mercedes GLE in the Wild for the First Time Without Camo

Do these pics prove the 2019 Mercedes GLE will be at the Paris Motor Show

We caught the new 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE for the first time ever without camo. It appeared at the streets of Paris, only hours before the start of the Paris Motor Show. Of course, we took some photos. I can tell you now that this is what Mercedes-Benz probably prepared for the unveiling at the Paris Motor Show that starts tomorrow.
Out photographer in Paris noticed that this very 2019 GLE is actually the GLE 400E. That’s new. Up until this point Mercedes-Benz granted us with the studio photos of the GLE 450 4MATIC with EQ Boost.

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The Lister LFP is a 200-MPH F-Pace Itching to be the Fastest SUV in the World

The Lister LFP is a 200-MPH F-Pace Itching to be the Fastest SUV in the World

Faster than the Lamborghini Urus

Recently revived British company Lister revealed an all-new car - the Lister LFP. It’s a heavily tuned Jaguar F-Pace, crafted to be “the fastest SUV in the world.”

This isn’t the first time that Lister prepared a tuned Jag. In fact, only a month or so ago, the company gave us a car dubbed the LFT-666, a 666-horsepower F-Type with numerous pieces differentiating it from the stock F-Type cars. Obviously, Lister crafted a comprehensive tuning program for the F-Pace as well. After all, one cannot craft the fastest SUV in the world without making a lot of improvements.

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2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE Vs. 2019 BMW X5

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE Vs. 2019 BMW X5

Two of the most amazing modern SUVs together

Please welcome the heavyweight SUV showdown. This is the Mercedes-Benz GLE versus the BMW X5. No, you will not find out which one is better, nor will I suggest you get one over the other. You will, however, find out how two of the most astounding SUVs of today stack one against another. How do they differ? Do they bring anything new? How cool are they?

I am well aware that many hate SUVs because they find them too flamboyant and too aggressive for the world we live in, but the matter of the fact is that SUVs have become a staple of car design, leaders of technology development, and models that make a lot of money. Every SUV you buy fuels a bit of money into the development of the really cool stuff. So, as far as I’m concerned, you should buy them as much as possible.

With the recent introduction of the BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz GLE, SUV fandom becomes even richer.

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2018 Ford F-150 Raptor V-8 PaxPower

2018 Ford F-150 Raptor V-8 PaxPower

When Dreams Come True

Purists never got behind the idea of the Ford F-150 V-6 EcoBoost. They wanted a new Ford F-150 Raptor V-8. Now, thanks to PaxPower, they have it. Yet, if the world only acted on the wishes of purists and classic truck lovers the F-150 would have never become an aluminum built truck, the three-speed auto would have never become a 10-speed tranny, and we would still be hauling our asses in trucks powered by V-8s with sad specific outputs. Now we don’t. Now, we can enjoy a modified Ford F-150 V-8 Raptor with a supercharged engine churning out the insane power of 758 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque. That is what PaxPower did to what once was a 2018 Ford F-150 Platinum V-8 truck.

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2020 Audi E-Tron GT

2020 Audi E-Tron GT

A beautiful all-electric four-door coupé that’ll take Audi one step above

Announced at Audi’s Annual Press Conference in Ingolstadt earlier this year, the Audi E-Tron GT is a new all-electric four-door coupé destined to hit the market in 2020. Offered as part of the Audi electric onslaught in which the Ingolstadt-based company will reveal 20 new electric models by 2025, the Audi E-Tron GT will sit at the top of the Audi Sport division, and will be responsible for constructing an all-new character trait for Audi’s line of Sport vehicles. With models such as the Audi A5 Sportback and Audi A7, the company obviously has some proper knowledge of the four-door coupé design. The E-Tron GT will act as a flagship for this intriguing car segment.

Given the E-Tron GT will take technology, design features, cabin specs, and possibly drivetrain hardware from other E-Tron vehicles, we already know a thing or two about the new car. Marketed to fight against the likes of the Tesla Model S and similar entries from other manufacturers, the Audi E-Tron GT could be even more impressive than the recently introduced E-Tron Quattro SUV.

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2019 Vauxhall Corsa GSi

2019 Vauxhall Corsa GSi

Fun And Raspy City Car

Whether you call it the Vauxhall Corsa GSi or the Opel Corsa GSi, one thing is for certain - the Corsa GSi is one zippy concoction made to make a lot of bang for not a lot of buck. Available in mainland Europe as Opel and in the U.K. as the Vauxhall, the Corsa GSi packs a tiny, 1.4-liter turbocharged, engine, enough power to surge to 62 mph in less than 9 seconds and, with a proper amount of sporty features honed by the OPC, enough character to make you happy.

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2019 Toyota Supra Engineers Haven't Talked to BMW in Years; Manual Transmission is Still on the Table

2019 Toyota Supra Engineers Haven’t Talked to BMW in Years; Manual Transmission is Still on the Table

In A Perfect World The Manual Would Be An Option

Ever since people (every time I write the people I think of Bane) got to know that Toyota is developing an all-new Supra, the car community was abuzz with speculation, alleged rumors, and information about the new car. Then, we figured out that Toyota is actually developing its new Supra with the BMW. It was like a bomb went off in the world of cars. Now, all are interested to know just how deep this connection goes? While the information we have about both cars confirm that they will, truthfully, share, a lot, comments from the representatives of both companies suggest that BMW and Toyota went their separate ways after agreeing on the basic architecture.

In an interview with CNET, Supra Program Assistant Chief Engineer Masayuki Kai commented this:

“We agreed on the packaging. Like where is the hip-point of the driver, what’s the wheelbase, the width, where’s the fuel tank, where’s the A-pillar, this was around the middle of 2014 … After that, we completely separated our team. After that, no communication with each other.”

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Five Cars That Will Be Axed Soon

Five Cars That Will Be Axed Soon

SUVs are devouring everything

In the changing circumstances of the car market, car manufacturers have to reimagine their business models and discontinue a number of cars we became so accustomed to. Last year, Hyundai axed the Azera, Nissan stopped producing the Quest, and even the Dodge Viper met its end. This year and the next year, another five cars are bound to be discontinued. We may search for reasons for ages, but the simple fact of the matter is that these cars don’t sell well enough for car companies to keep them in production.

In an effort to shift focus from sedans and hatchbacks to SUVs, companies are forced to reinvent their lineups. In the world of today, this means that they have to pull some radical moves. Here are five cars that are on their way out.

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5 Incredible Automotive Facts

5 Incredible Automotive Facts

Car Facts To Shape Up Your Day

In our new TopSpeed series about the most incredible car facts in the world, you will be treated with five of them every week. For this week, I will go back to 1888 and Martha Benz’s first voyage in the very first automobile. Then, I’ll tell you all about the curiously low car and explain how horses were bigger pollutants than cars.

Let’s start with something unexpected though.

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10 Things the Ferrari Purosangue Needs to Take on the Competition

10 Things the Ferrari Purosangue Needs to Take on the Competition

It Is Not An SUV, But It Is A Ferrari Utility Vehicle

Ferrari will build an SUV. I am not joking, the company made an announcement. It will be called the Ferrari Purosangue. That’s the official name of the Ferrari SUV. Ok, Ferrari CEO Louis Camilleri implicitly said that he does not want to hear “that word” in the same sentence with the word Ferrari. “That word” being SUV. Ok, Camilleri, I will not do it. Ever. The new Ferrari... truck… will be the most amazing piece of technology ever attempted with the “that word” layout. Luckily, we do know a thing or two about the new Purosangue.

Digression: Is the word crossover any better? Maybe, but I feel it sounds too soft for the status of a Ferrari. The Honda CR-V is a crossover for crying out loud.

The new Purosangue may take a layout similar to what we have been accustomed to with the onslaught of performance SUVs, yet the Italians promised to make it a proper thoroughbred. Incidentally (not really), Purosangue translated from Italian actually means thoroughbred. Is it just me, or the name Ferrari Thoroughbred (in English) wouldn’t sound bad at all? We have a Superfast and we like it, don’t we? Enough with the strange ideas. Purosangue it is.

Christopher Smith of Motor1 explained how to pronounce it:

“PUR-o-SAN-gue. There are four syllables, with emphasis on PUR and SAN. Phonetically speaking, start with PUR, as in a cat purring. From there just say a soft O as in oh, then SAN with a long A sound like saahn, and finish with GUE, which sounds like way but starting with a g – gway. PURR - oh - SAAHN - gway. See? It’s totally easy.”

OK? OK!

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Aston Martin Confirms Hypercar Project 003 with a Mystical Teaser

Aston Martin Confirms Hypercar Project 003 with a Mystical Teaser

Limited To 500 Units The 003 Will Arrive in 2021

By releasing a single teaser picture, Aston Martin has officially confirmed the development of its third hypercar - a mid-engined coupe that’s codenamed Project 003. The new flagship of the brand follows the footsteps of the Aston Martin Valkyrie and is expected to reach the spotlight of car shows in its production form sometime in 2021.

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VinFast - Follow The Birth Of A Car Company Using BMW Tech And Italian Design From Pininfarina

VinFast - Follow The Birth Of A Car Company Using BMW Tech And Italian Design From Pininfarina

I am thinking of using the word "disruptive" for VinFast’s bold plan, but I’m not quite sure yet...

Who can actually give birth to a new car company? The process can be jump-started with innovative technology ( think Tesla or Rimac), or created from scratch by a really, really massive company like Hyundai or Lexus. In this case, I am writing about the birth of the first car company from Vietnam, ever. Called VinFast, the first Vietnamese automotive producer may sound like a joke at first. It is anything but. Behind it is the largest Vietnamese private conglomerate Vingroup JS. It is backed by automotive minds from the depths of the American and European car industry, its foundation is German technology, and its soul is Italian design. If you ever thought that money couldn’t buy a car company, think again, because I think VinFast is the definition of money making/buying a car company.

This is a car company built from scratch after the completion of a complicated business plan with a bunch of SWOT analysis, market research, and competition assessment. Welcome, VinFast.

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This Rendering of a 2020 Mercedes GLE Coupe Has Us Itching For The Real Thing

This Rendering of a 2020 Mercedes GLE Coupe Has Us Itching For The Real Thing

Most Intimidating SUC Isn’t That Intimidating Anymore

Coming from the rendering bakery of X-Tomi design, the latest 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe looks the business. If I didn’t know better, I would definitely think that this is the real deal - the new GLE Coupe. X-Tomi did a nice job, but it seems, not a comprehensive one. The photography of the new GLE Coupe he chose to retouch needed only a small portion of the rear end of the car transferred into the shape of a coupe. Ok, I say “only,” but I am sure, I would not be able to do it right in a month. So, kudos to X-Tomi. Yet, the GLE Coupe is a prospect in the near future of Mercedes-Benz. Personally, I hope it will not have that shouty nature of its predecessor.

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15 Incredible Facts You Have To Know About The New 2019 Audi E-Tron Electric SUV

15 Incredible Facts You Have To Know About The New 2019 Audi E-Tron Electric SUV

A Car So Advanced It Is Illegal In Its Top-Notch Form

At its Charged Event in Northern California, Audi revealed its first all-electric SUV - the 2020 Audi E-Tron. As the newest electric vehicle on the market, the Audi E-Tron brought a wealth of new equipment, and some of it is truly cutting edge. Among the latest invasion of electric SUVs (the EQ C, the I-Pace, the iX3), the Audi E-Tron, despite its conservative appearance, surprisingly seems to be the most advanced of the lot. I will list here 15 facts and features that make the newest Audi electric SUV the most advanced, and possibly the most appealing, electric SUV on the market.

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2019 Kia Ceed GT

2019 Kia Ceed GT

A Warm Car That Does Not Try To Be Hot

This is the new Kia Ceed GT - something called a warm hatch and is destined to reach Europe in an effort to upscale the entire Ceed family there. It will do so along with the new Proceed Shooting Brake. None of these cars will ever be available in the U.S., but they do show rather impressive effort focused on Kia’s reimagination of its brand. Kia isn’t a super-cheap car producer anymore. It has a coupe-like sedan with 373 horsepower, a grille called Tiger Nose, and now the Ceed GT that is powered by a 1.6-liter, turbocharged engine that develops 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. Yup, the very same engine you can get here in the Veloster. Actually, imagine that I am whispering to you now - the Ceed GT is really, really similar to the Veloster Turbo R-Spec. Only, it has a normal number of doors.

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What Do We Know About The Nissan 400Z?

What Do We Know About The Nissan 400Z?

It Could Be As Powerful As The 2008 Nissan GT-R R35

We will get a new Nissan Z-car. The new Nissan Z car is due for a reveal in the coming years, and some suggest we may even see it at the next Tokyo Motor Show or at NAIAS in 2019. Mind you, this information is yet to be confirmed, but we already know that Nissan is working on a replacement for the 370Z. I am telling you again - the new Nissan Z car will come. For me, this is a huge deal as I really liked the 370Z in its purest, least expensive form. Ignore my emotions from now on as I try to elaborate on what the new Nissan Z car should be. Believe me, so many rumors circulate on the Internet that it is almost impossible to separate right from wrong and truth from deception. In that regard, I am going to give you a rundown of the most logical solutions Nissan may employ for the creation of the new Z car.

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What Do We Know About The New Alfa Romeo 8C?

What Do We Know About The New Alfa Romeo 8C?

Up To 800 Horsepower, A Monocoque Chassis And Sub-3 Second 0-62 mph time

It would seem that the most important goals for any manufacturer today are continuity and clarity. If you do cheap cars, do only them. If you do sports cars, focus only on them. If you are premium, adapt to what the people think is premium and push.

Alfa Romeo had a problem with its mission, vision, and continuity. Since the Eighties, it seems to have shifted its vision two or three times basically confusing buyers when it comes to what the brand truly represents. Now, it is eager to find its footing with what it should have done all along - sports character, upscale styling, and premium nature.

At a press conference held earlier this year Tim Kuniskis, Global Head of Maserati and Alfa Romeo said: “We know our future depends on staying true to our sports car roots. We have learned that when we stay true to Alfa DNA, we can stand out in any segment.”

Thankfully, the brand seems to have found what it wants to be the best at. To communicate this noble vision to the automotive lunatics and solidify brand recognition, Alfa Romeo has to do some extraordinary things. Having the Giulia Quadrifoglio and the Stelvio Quadrifoglio was only a start. Now, the company needs to go further, and that further comes in the shape of the 8C.

Recently, the late Sergio Marchionne hinted at the new 8C only months before his death. Moreover, the plan FCA displayed in June clearly showcases a planned super sports car called the 8C, and it will appear in the next three or four years.

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8 SUVs That Went From Being Tough as Nails to Lightweight Family Haulers

8 SUVs That Went From Being Tough as Nails to Lightweight Family Haulers

Adapting to customer needs and trying to achieve efficiency levels proposed by the governing bodies, manufacturers had to shift whole production systems to accommodate their factories for efficient SUV and crossover production. However, the tough body-on-frame design of traditional SUVs simply did not cut it anymore. SUVs became too heavy, too ungainly, and too expensive to maintain. Then, some automakers started to experiment with unibody construction for their SUV-looking cars. Soon, what was a misfit became the norm and today with crossovers being the only way forward. Even the famous off-road specialists like Jeep and Land Rover had to make changes and some famed names from history sacrificed all that made them famous in the first place.

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21 Awesome Hot Hatches That Americans Can't Drive

21 Awesome Hot Hatches That Americans Can’t Drive

Yes, twenty one

The world of hot hatches is far more interesting than what we in the U.S. can ever fathom. The Europeans are particularly fond of them (the Brits especially), which led to the development of some of the most amazing cars. Some of them have never even appeared on U.S. shores. Believe it or not, I have found 21 awesome hot hatches from the past five years that have never set their tires on this side of the pond.

While compiling this list, I have come to a conclusion that buyers and drivers in the U.S. are usually really predictable. Apart from some producers who do not sell in the U.S. at all, international safety (UNECE) standards for car production are the ones to blame for a shortage of some of these cars.

We’re not compliant with those standards as we have our own set of rules called the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. In short, a disparity like this makes it very expensive for car producers to create two different versions of a car. And, that is exactly what is needed if you want to sell the same car in the U.S. and in the rest of the world.

Nevertheless, walk through this 4,853 horsepower list and imagine what your life would be like if some of these hot hatches could actually come here.

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2018 Hyundai Veloster SEMA Ultimate Street Car

2018 Hyundai Veloster SEMA Ultimate Street Car

Special Race Car To Announce The Upcoming Hyundai Veloster N

Prepared to compete at the Optima Batteries’ 2018 Search for the Ultimate Street Car, Hyundai unveiled an all-new special Veloster N. It will enter the Optima Batteries GTC class and compete at the last two events of the year. The reasoning behind this new special edition Veloster N is straightforward. Hyundai is about to reveal the performance-focused Veloster N in the U.S. Generating hype by competing in events like this can only further the cause of linking the Veloster N name with performance and excitement.

"The OPTIMA Search for the Ultimate Street Car competition is the perfect venue to allow Hyundai to showcase its expanding performance envelope and introduce the N-brand vehicles to performance enthusiasts," said Joshua Vedder, Senior Group Manager, Customer Connect, Hyundai Motor America. "The vehicles are modified in a way that mirrors a typical enthusiast – gripper tires and suspension, increased power, etc.; and then tested in this severe environment. This is one way we ensure our vehicle will exceed our customers’ expectations."

Apart from the new specially prepared racing Veloster N, Hyundai unveiled an awesome Ioniq with the drivetrain from the Kona Electric. That one will try to defend the title it won at the 2017 National Championship in the GTE class. Nevertheless, we are focused now on the Veloster N as it did receive some serious upgrades over the streetcar that will come soon to our market, but it remain a street-legal machine.

Applying much the same magic as to the stunning i30 N, Hyundai translated the Veloster N into a car capable of competing with the likes of the Civic Type R, the Golf GTI, and the Focus ST, among others. We have been expecting the Veloster N for some time. Actually, ever since we saw that stunning mid-engine Veloster with a 2.0-liter, 296-horsepower turbocharged engine back in 2014.

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2020 Honda S2000 Study

2020 Honda S2000 Study

It’s Too Good For Its Own Good

The new 2020 Honda S2000. Just kidding. The rendering before you is actually a work of Jon Sibal - one of the most proficient rendering artists in car world stardom. His latest work revolves around reinventing the Honda S2000 with contemporary Honda (and Acura for that matter) styling philosophy. It seems that Sibal knocked it out of the park with the new S2000 rendering. I find this study looking right in so many ways it is hard not to imagine it under the spotlights of any car show.

Yet, a new S2000 isn’t likely. At least, not in the day and age where fairly cheap roadsters aren’t exactly popular if they are not wearing a premium brand name.

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Don Panoz Legacy and Influence In the World of Cars And Motorsport

Don Panoz Legacy and Influence In the World of Cars And Motorsport

A Man Who Saved American Endurance Racing

I will start what can only be considered as a eulogy for the late Donald Don Panoz, who died on September, 11 at his home in Duluth, Georgia with an official statement from Panoz LLC:

"Possibly most widely celebrated for saving sports car racing in North America or inventing the dermatological patch, ironically so for those that knew him and his smoking habits, the technology behind the nicotine patch, Panoz was a man known for questioning the norm. If someone told him ‘no,’ he told them ‘yes.’ This was the personality and the motivation behind the man, that can safely be said, has left a legacy of success and technological developments, not just in one industry, but across many."

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12 Things You Have To Know About The New 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE

12 Things You Have To Know About The New 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE

The Most Advanced SUV Of The Generation

Mercedes-Benz is going on an all-out SUV onslaught. Not only did it reveal the fascinating 2020 EQC electric SUV only a week ago, but now, the company is showing us the first photographs and revealing facts about the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE - a mid-sized luxury SUV that evolved all the way from 1997 when Mercedes-Benz started the trend with the ML. Honestly, I liked the ML name the most, and I’d prefer if that name remained the official designation for the car. Nevertheless, I made my peace with the GLE and now, I find the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE to be the best ML yet. As with every Mercedes-Benz, even before the company unveils the new car, we all have certain expectations. First, it has to be cutting edge in some sense. Secondly, it has to look appealing. Thirdly, it has to pack technology like no other similar car on earth.

This is a living hell for Mercedes-Benz engineers as the whole world has basically the same expectations. Yet, they deliver. Like every single time.

I compiled here a list of reasons that tell you why everyone should be amazed by the new 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE, a car so advanced that only five years ago we’d probably think it’s a piece of alien technology. Be it Borg, Worlon, or Mon Calamari.

Before Mercedes-Benz officially pulls the sheets off it at the 2018 Paris Motor Show, learn here about many extraordinary features of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz ML. Sorry, I meant the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE. An honest mistake.

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2019 Ram 1500 eTorque

2019 Ram 1500 eTorque

Ram 1500 eTorque is the most fuel-efficient full-size truck in America save for diesels

While I am not convinced that fuel efficiency is the decisive factor when choosing between trucks, RAM did make the biggest step in the fuel efficiency direction with the new 2019 Ram 1500 eTorque. We saw it some time ago, but the EPA wasn’t ready to publish fuel-economy values for the trucks equipped with the new technology. In truth, I can only describe as a mild hybrid.

Now, the EPA has revealed the numbers for the V-6 eTorque and V-8 eTorque Ram 1500 and the numbers are good. With two-wheel drive, a 3.6-liter V-6 engine, and the eTorque system, the 2019 Ram 1500 can return 20 mpg in the city, 25 mpg on the highway, and 22 mpg combined. The V-8 powered model, on the other hand, is a bit more thirsty, but still, it will return 17/23/19, respectively. Bear in mind; it uses a big 5.7-liter, V-8.

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The 2020 BMW 4 Series Convertible Could Have a Folding Softtop

The 2020 BMW 4 Series Convertible Could Have a Folding Softtop

Moving with times, or saving money

The new BMW 3 Series and the new BMW 4 Series are on the verge of being unveiled. We will see the 3 Series at the Paris Motor Show in October, but it may be that BMW reveals its one number bigger, two doors lesser brother too. While many say that the new 3 Series is shaping up to be the best compact executive sedan, talks about the 4 Series haven’t been exactly fruitious. Yet, only days ago, spy photographers did catch a glimpse of what is definitely shaping up to be the new BMW 4 Series Convertible. While we did know that BMW will definitely offer a car like this, the thing is that the spied model actually had a soft top roof. Not a hard top as with previous two generations of a car.

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4 Awesome Off-road Features Of The Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison

4 Awesome Off-road Features Of The Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison

This Is How You Make An Awesome Off-Road Truck

With the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro and the upcoming Ford Ranger Raptor in the mix, off-road worthy small trucks are shaping up to be the sweethearts of America. Chevrolet can’t miss this party. Luckily, it already visited the party with the Colorado ZR2, but something even more off-road thirsty had to end up in Chevy showrooms. Called the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison, the new truck is a specially prepared Colorado ZR2 modded by AEV (American Expedition Vehicles). It is their first Chevrolet work as the company is best known for its off-road worthy forays with the likes of Jeep Wranglers or RAM trucks. Nevertheless, Chevrolet opting to partner with AEV produced one of the most astounding, small, off-road worthy trucks currently on offer and I am here to tell you about all the astonishing mods AEV did to it.

Yet, before I start, know what AEV President, Dave Harriton said this about the project:

“We’ve been following Colorado since its introduction, and the ZR2 really captured our attention. As this is the first Chevrolet vehicle we’ve given the AEV treatment to, we wanted to do something special with the industry’s first use of hot-stamped Boron steel. We also expect that Colorado drivers will love the added ruggedness of our front and rear bumpers on ZR2 Bison.”

We have seen the first glimpses of the truck with the Colorado ZR2 AEV concept that was unveiled at the 2017 Specialty Equipment Market Association show in Las Vegas. Luckily, the process of fruition and transformation into a proper production model did not last too long. You can go now and buy your Colorado ZR2 Bison by AEV at a Chevy dealer and get a full warranty with it too.

Ok, what’s new then?

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Bugatti Looks to a Hybrid Future; Contemplates More Power From its W16

Bugatti Looks to a Hybrid Future; Contemplates More Power From its W16

Ok, The W16 will be around a little bit more

At the other end of life, at the other end of the universe, and at the other end of money people are actually thinking of increasing the power output of Bugatti’s W16 engine. You know - the one that produces 1479 horsepower for the Chiron, 1184 horsepower for the Veyron Super Sports, and 987 horsepower for the Veyron.

How to proceed? What will the future make of the famed 16-cylinder engine that was developed from that awesome Volkswagen W12? That question is occupying the great mind of Stephan Wilkenmann, Bugatti CEO, as he walks in his haute couture suits with a neverending smirk on his face.

Does it bother him? I would not say so as he just sold 40 Divos for 5.8 mil a pop even before unveiling the car. He could sell all remaining Chirons, too. Right now! However, he has to slow down and let the Chiron live its full life. That is more than 8 years.

What happens after that? The W16 will be too old, and according to Winkelmann’s talk from the Divo presentation, it already operates almost at the edge of its capacity. In other words, the W16 cannot churn much more power without sacrificing some of the reliability, or refinement. If it sacrifices any of it, it would not be a Bugatti then, would it?

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2019 Lada Vesta Sport

2019 Lada Vesta Sport

Russia’s Cheap Sedan Became Sporty, sort of

It was in 2016 that I saw the Lada Vesta Sport Concept. It was unveiled at the MIMS show (MIMS Automechanika Moscow). Lada promised us we will see the production version of the car and now, here it is. You are looking at the Lada Vesta Sport - a cheap sedan smartly (and simply) improved to justify the word Sport in its name. Based on top of the compact, cheap sedan that is really popular in Russia, the Vesta Sport features a number of improvements differentiating it from the lesser, more civilized versions of the car.

To paint you the right picture about the Vesta, just imagine it as a “Nissan Versa Sedan of Russia.” In short, a really cheap compact sedan for A to B. The Vesta Sport shouldn’t be only for A to B, though. Here’s why.

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12 Important Facts You Need to Know about the Mercedes EQC

12 Important Facts You Need to Know about the Mercedes EQC

Let’s get ready to rumble

The Mercedes-Benz EQC against anything Tesla.

Tesla is not all though. The EQC will enter the ring against the I-Pace, against the Audi E-tron Quattro, and against the upcoming BMW iX3. That is the playground for the expensive, yet, it seems, highly popular electric SUVs. Can’t even imagine what kind of bloodshed we should expect to see in the near future. Regardless of this, these are the most important facts about the Mercedes-Benz EQC.

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2019 Hyundai i30

2019 Hyundai i30

Popular Korean Hatchback Gently Freshened Up

The Hyundai i30 (better known as theElantra GT), just received a small update in Europe. Hyundai made it compliant with the features shown on the i30 Fastback, introduced new versions of its diesel engine and granted a bit more equipment for one of the most important cars it has ever introduced on the old continent. The new Hyundai i30 does not differ a lot from the last year’s car.

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2019 Mini Cooper Oxford Edition

2019 Mini Cooper Oxford Edition

This Is The Mini You Should Go After

Mini just introduced the Cooper Oxford Edition. It is a special edition Cooper intended for full- or part-time students, postgraduates or those who graduated in the past year. Albeit being the cheapest Cooper on offer right now, the car actually packs more gear than the entry-level Cooper Classic. Small fun hatch is available in three-door and in five-door form with the prices starting at $19,750 (destination charge excluded). The five-door is a $1,000 more expensive.

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Reasons Why You Should Not Be Disappointed By Diesel Ford Ranger Raptor

Reasons Why You Should Not Be Disappointed By Diesel Ford Ranger Raptor

Ford Ranger Raptor Is Cool, Well Executed Off Roaded

One thing is for certain. The new Ford Ranger Raptor is cool, capable, and off-road ready right from the production line, and it’s definitely an interesting proposition even for big-truck-loving Americans.

Sizewise, it is a truck similar to the Colorado ZR. “Characterwise,” it is a dune-fighting fun machine designed for the most intense off-roading tasks. While we in the U.S. are still waiting for Ford to confirm that the Ranger Raptor will come, the rest of the world is basking in the greatness of the potent truck. The thing is that the Ranger Raptor for the rest of the world is actually powered by a small diesel engine - not something that’s very popular here, is it?

While I am among those who believe the Ranger Raptor in the U.S. will get a 2.3-liter EcoBoost, I have to tell you a number of reasons why you should not be disappointed even if we end up with the diesel Ranger Raptor.

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2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI Rabbit Edition

2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI Rabbit Edition

Bringing Back the Famous Rabbit Name For A Limited Edition GTI

I find it unsettling to call a car the 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI Rabbit Edition. The name Rabbit actually was an official designation in the U.S. for the car otherwise known as the Golf. In some strange world of mine, the name of this new car sounds like Golf GTI Golf Edition. Nonsense aside, the Volkswagen Golf GTI Rabbit Edition celebrates the Rabbit nameplate and it may be one of the last specials of the Volkswagen Golf GTI for this generation. In the name of exclusivity, Volkswagen announced it capped the Golf GTI Rabbit Edition to only 3,000 units (they’ll sell it all really fast) and it will make it available throughout the country. So hurry up.

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2019 BMW Z4 vs 2017 BMW Z4 Concept

2019 BMW Z4 vs 2017 BMW Z4 Concept

Staggeringly Similar

BMW concept cars are somewhat special. Most of them turn out to be clear representations of what one can expect to get from the production phase. The latest BMW Z4 Concept included. BMW pulled a stunt by introducing the Z4 Concept at The Quail in 2017 and, just one year later we got the all-new 2019 BMW Z4. So, while you may still be smitten by the new Z4, I am taking the opportunity to show you just how different the new production Z4 is compared with the Z4 Concept. Or, just how similar it is. Despite losing some sharpness, edginess, and exclusivity of the Z4 Concept, I feel that the production version of the 2019 BMW Z4 actually retained most of the important design cues. Except for the most important ones of course, because, well, real life is never that good.

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What To Expect From The 2018 Paris Motor Show

What To Expect From The 2018 Paris Motor Show

After reading the title you are undoubtedly expecting to read about the upcoming cars at the 2018 Paris Motor Show and we’ll get to that. Firstly, let me tell you what you simply cannot expect there.

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2019 Renault Arkana

2019 Renault Arkana

Finally An Affordable Coupe Crossover

In a surprising turn of events, French manufacturer Renault revealed an all-new coupe SUV called the Arkana. Shown at the Moscow Auto Show, the Renault Arkana is the first coupe-inspired SUV to sit at a lower price point compared to any of its premium competition. For now, the Renault Arkana is only a show car, but one really close to production. Renault will introduce it for the Russian market in 2019, with the launch on CIS markets some time later. The car could be introduced on the western markets as well (maybe not in the same guise and with the same name) and while we cannot expect it in the U.S. (Renault isn’t available here at all), I would not be surprised if the Arkana architecture ends up supporting some kind of similar Nissan coupe SUV. The Renault press release is clear - the Arkana “heralds a new vehicle with global ambitions.” Last time I checked, global means all around the world.

Renault’s Design Chief Laurens van den Acker did hint that Renault is considering bringing the Arkana to Europe. China, Latin America, and South Korea are already confirmed destinations for the new car.

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2020 BMW Z4 vs 2017 BMW Z4

2020 BMW Z4 vs 2017 BMW Z4

The new BMW Z4 is a totally different car compared with the one from before. BMW officials are adamant about the new positioning of the Z4 which has, apparently, become a far more engaging and dynamic machine. Developed along with the new Supra (according to BMW “Toyota ordered a sports car as a coupe from us [BMW], which we developed according to our order,” said BMW Z4 Project Manager Andreas Ederer), the new Z4 had to be meaner and sharper than ever before. After all, it shares the drivetrain, the chassis, and many driving aids with the upcoming Toyota icon.

Despite its clear connections with the new Supra, the BMW Z4 is its own car, and we have to look at it as a continuation of the lineage that started all the way back with the first Z car - the Z1. In that regard, I will try to draw some parallels between the newest kid on the block and its latest revealed predecessor - the 2017 BMW Z4 sDrive35is.

However, before we sink into the real fun stuff about the engines and performance of the 2019 BMW Z4 M40i and the 2017 BMW Z4 sDrive35is, I’ll start, well, at the very beginning:

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Five Things You Didn't Know About The New BMW Z4

Five Things You Didn’t Know About The New BMW Z4

Someone Opened The Roof On The Z4 At 110 mph And It Worked

As with every new car, manufacturers are trying to reinvent the wheel. Well, not literally, but, at least, they are trying to make the most of it. It is the same case with the new 2020 BMW Z4, a new BMW roadster that looks to transform everything we have known about the previous gen Z4 into something more meaningful, sharper, and definitely more sporty. The latest generation car makes do with some fundamental changes compared with the outgoing model, the E89 Z4. How deep the changes go is quite extraordinary, despite BMW actually offering something similar to the previous gen car - a RWD, small, and fun roadster.

Here, I am presenting to you five things you didn’t know about the new BMW Z4. These should give you a whole new insight into what BMW actually wanted to achieve with the new car and help you understand how the Bavarians managed to change the car’s character without changing the layout.

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2018 Lamborghini Aventador S by Mansory

2018 Lamborghini Aventador S by Mansory

Mansory Went Crazy With Carbon On The Aventador S

Mansory, a tuner famed for its controversial and extraordinary carbon works, revealed its new tuning package for the Lamborghini Aventador S. You may still be smitten by the exceptionality of the Nurburgring king, but even this Mansory work will get your heart pumping. If nothing, because of the incredible amount of carbon fiber the tuner invested in its latest Lambo work.

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2018 Audi A4 Ultra Sport Edition

2018 Audi A4 Ultra Sport Edition

It Is Like A Watered Down S4

In an effort to compliment Audi enthusiasts who appreciate a good stick shift and, obviously, ease the news that Audi won’t be offering the A4 and the A5 with the option of a manual transmission from the 2019 model year onwards, it’s said that the company will introduce the A4 Ultra Sport Edition. It is a limited-edition car only 40 of which will be produced and sold, presumably to Audi lovers. Despite the sad news of Audi discontinuing its offering of the manual on their popular models, the A4 Ultra Sport Edition is actually a fitting adieu to the stick shift.

In order to make it as impressive as possible, Audi gave it a number of pieces to differentiate it from the rest of the lineup.

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2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Offroad

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Offroad

Tiguan Offroad attempts off-roading

Volkswagen has revealed the new Tiguan Offroad. It is a new version of the super popular compact crossover now drizzled with features and solutions that make it far more suitable for off-roading tasks than before. Revealed at the Moscow Auto Show, the Tiguan Offroad brought numerous improvements over the standard Tiguan which grant the small Volkswagen with some capabilities that I would only expect from SUVs and vehicles that actually intend to go where the road ends in the first place.

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25 Incredible Facts About The Stunning Bugatti Divo

25 Incredible Facts About The Stunning Bugatti Divo

Learn How It Differs From The Chiron

Revealed at “The Quail” as part of Monterey Car Week, the new Bugatti Divo represents the next step into the extreme for the company that produces the fastest car on the planet - the Chiron. The new car takes a slightly different approach to life compared to the Chiron. Apart from being extremely fast and ridiculously powerful, the Divo moves a bit more to the dynamism and cornering abilities, so the top speed is its second priority. While it is based on the Chiron, the Divo feels like a new car, and this made me list a number of facts and differences between the Divo and the Chiron.

Now, I did say that the top speed feels like it’s only the second priority for the Divo. Well, that second priority is at 236 mph.

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This Is How The Audi PB18 e-tron Compares To The Audi R8 V-10 Plus

This Is How The Audi PB18 e-tron Compares To The Audi R8 V-10 Plus

Two different ideologies

It is almost impossible to compare the new Audi PB18 e-tron and the R8 V-10 Plus. While taking the shape of supercars, the Audi R8 V-10 Plus and the new Audi PB18 e-tron are different on so many levels I find it rather amusing to see where Audi is going with its e-tron and sports car program. Nevertheless, revealing the Audi PB18 e-tron at the Monterey Car Week, Audi held a long said promise of developing a super fast electric supercar. I will go one step further here and say that PB18 e-tron, if it ever reaches production heaven, will be a supercar at the very least. Currently, Audi provides a whole set of sports machines from the S and the RS line of cars. Yet, the only one to even touch the majesty of the PB18 e-tron is the Audi R8 V-10 Plus. Of course, only the most powerful version as the PB18 is plainly mad.

Let me get something off my chest right away - PB in the PB18 e-tron actually stands for Pebble Beach. It is like a specially dedicated concept crafted only for the event. The 18, on the other hand, is from the Audi LMP1 racer - the R18 e-tron. Nicely tied Audi. Well played.

Now, we can definitely call the latest Audi R8 V-10 Plus a supercar. After all, it takes all the tech from the likes of the Huracan, and that is a supercar. The PB18 e-tron, on the other hand, is an even more extreme representation of the supercar ideology. One based on electricity and torque delivery that no V-10 can ever achieve.

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2018 Kalashnikov CV-1 (Russian EV)

2018 Kalashnikov CV-1 (Russian EV)

Musk, Be Worried, The Russians Are Coming With An EV From The 1970s

Kalashnikov made a car called the CV-1. Yes, that Kalashnikov - the producer of the AK-47 - a rifle that helped a lot in shaping the world. Or obliterating it. It depends how you look at it. Now, when the company is doing all it can to reinvent its business by launching a fashion brand, selling phone cases and what not, one part of Kalashnikov actually made a concept car. It’s electric, it looks like a 1970s Russian wagon, and it should fight Tesla. I am not joking.

Presenting the car at the International Army-2018 forum, Sofia Ivanova, Kalashnikov Spokeswoman said “We’re speaking about competing namely with Tesla because it is currently a very successful project in the field of electric vehicles. We expect that, at minimum, we won’t fall behind them.”

Well, some bold words are coming from Ivanova, so I was wondering if there’s any real truth to this. Should Elon Musk and Tesla be afraid? Should the car world as a whole be afraid of the Kalashnikov CV-1?

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Two Door SUVs Aren't Making A Comeback And These Five Oddballs May Tell Us Why

Two Door SUVs Aren’t Making A Comeback And These Five Oddballs May Tell Us Why

So many Two-Door SUVs, I am actually amazed

I started my research on this topic by entering three words in the google search bar - “Two Door SUVs” - and the first result that came out is a story authored by Doug DeMuro titled “Every Single Two-Door SUV Has Failed.” I feel that the guy is right. Like 100 percent right. Especially after reading a freaking list of two-door SUVs that actually existed and that still exist in this world of ours. While DeMuro really did provide an extensive list mentioning 29 different two-door SUVs, I managed to find a few more of them, that, of course, failed. Now, I will not list all of them, but I will mention five interesting two-door SUVs that we may have forgotten about. I am writing about them only to show you that modern two-door SUV interpretations are probably doomed and destined to fail.

Why will they fail?

Probably because they do not offer the utility and convenience of four-door SUVs and because SUVs aren’t made for fun adventure seekers anymore. Ever since people with kids decided they want to remain cool despite having three child seats in the back, a backpack full of diapers and wet wipes for all the wrong reasons, SUVs started their sales ascent. Now, they are so well endowed with convenience, that four-door SUVs are devouring everything else - sedans, minivans, and hatchbacks. With that, two-door SUVs became even more niche.

Without further ado on this sad proposition, I am giving you five two-door SUVs you may have forgotten about.

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Coolest Cars to Debut at Monterey Car Week

Coolest Cars to Debut at Monterey Car Week

17 Cars All Of Which You Will Learn To Need

The 2018 Monterey Car Week is behind us. It seems we have witnessed an astounding event that gave us more than enough novelties to appreciate. While classic cars did take the central stage, with some of the most astounding Duesenbergs, Ferraris and the like appearing in Monterey, I find it quite refreshing to see such a huge number of peculiar debuts taking place there. This is a list of 17 new car debuts at Monterey Car Week.

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2018 Volkswagen Amarok by Carlex Design

2018 Volkswagen Amarok by Carlex Design

A Rugged, Mean Look To Kill Your Ranger Raptor Wet Dreams

You think that the Ranger Raptor is cool? Look at this! It is a Volkswagen Amarok 3.0 TDI tuned up a notch by the fantastic Polish tuner Carlex Design. While the Poles are best known for their work on the interior of cars - something we have witnessed with their incredible Mercedes-Benz X-Class transformation - their latest works revolve around exterior mods as well. This is not surprising considering that specialists there have become well-known all over the world. They have to widen their business scope, don’t they?

I think we are lucky they did because the latest work by Carlex Design on Volkswagen’s mid-size pickup squeezes out the best of what the German pickup can offer. While we in the U.S. can’t actually get the Amarok, adventurous Europeans can go mad with it. All with a 3.0-liter TDI, V-6 that develops 268 horsepower and 428 pound-feet of torque. That is so much more than 210 horsepower from the Range Raptor’s 2.0-liter diesel mill.

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Everything We Know about the 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

Everything We Know about the 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

Are We in For The Best Muscle Car Ever?

While the last Shelby GT500 was a proper brute, the anticipation for the 2019 Mustang Shelby GT500 has become ever so stronger thanks to its biggest competitors. Ever since Dodge unveiled that bonkers Challenger Hellcat and Chevy showcased the Camaro ZL1, it was clear that the new Shelby GT500 will have to compete with them. An extremely powerful engine and the best possible tech that Ford has in its arsenal will end up complementing its sexy muscle car body.

While we are still months away from the 2019 Shelby GT500 unveiling, which will probably happen at the NAIAS in January, I found several interesting facts about the upcoming car to keep us more than entertained and excited about its upcoming reveal. So, without further ado, this is what we know about the new GT500 so far.

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2018 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 by Caravaggio Corvettes

2018 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 by Caravaggio Corvettes

Comprehensive Set Of Improvements For A Lot Of Money

Caravaggio Corvettes managed to reconnect the words luxury and Corvette one more time. As we all know, the latest Corvette is quite a car, especially in its high-end forms like the Z06 or the ZR1. However, even its best trim lacked the sophistication and luxurious layout that could be compared with anything similar from Europe. Caravaggio Corvettes, a Corvette modification company known for its specialized approach to customizing Corvettes, designed a new interior, garnished it with leather and other exclusive materials, then actually showcased two tricked out cars.

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5 Affordable SUVs Worth Considering

5 Affordable SUVs Worth Considering

All in $25k to $30k range

I am presenting you 5 Affordable SUVs worth considering from a crazy, overfilled segment with more contenders than we can count. With the SUVs taking over the market at an unprecedented pace, I am pressed to find nice affordable SUVs you should actually consider before your next purchase.

No, I did not focus only on the cheapest, smallest or the best equipped - I actually tried to find some balance between the size, image, power output, and price. What I’ve found out is that quite a lot of rather formidable SUVs fall in the price category between $25,000 and $30,000. I picked out five of the SUVs that will be fast enough, that won’t break the bank, that have enough room inside, yet aren’t oddballs.

True, nothing surprising is on the list, but that may be just a sign that these five vehicles simply tick the most boxes of interest when it comes to new SUVs.

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5 Incredible Facts About The New Lamborghini Aventador SVJ

5 Incredible Facts About The New Lamborghini Aventador SVJ

Fundamentally different compared with the SV or any other Aventador

I shared five awesome facts about the latest Lamborghini Aventador SVJ even before the Italians released the car in full. Now they have released it in full during Monterey Car Week at “The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering.” You can follow our coverage here. Now released with details in full, I can honor you with five more astounding facts about the latest Aventador SVJ. You will learn here what makes this car that astounding and what made it the fastest production car to ever lap the Nurburgring. Yup, you read that right. The Lamborghini Aventador SVJ is the fastest production car to ever appear at the Nurburgring. It is a brute, without the suit.

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2018 Volkswagen Atlas by APR

2018 Volkswagen Atlas by APR

Converting A Volkswagen Crossover Into An Off-Road Capable Machine

Please welcome the Volkswagen Atlas tuned by APR, a company well known for its Volkswagen Group projects. The new Atlas comes with a series of important upgrades that transform it from a decent, sensible family hauler into a beast-looking machine that feels more like the Hulk with its green vinyl wrap than it does something you’d use to take your kid to soccer training. The American tuning company that’s specialized in Volkswagen cars got its hands on an Atlas powered by a 2.0-liter, four-banger, and it went all Golf R on it, ultimately increasing the power, improving looks, and transforming the decadent machine into a show-off beast.

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2018 Opel GT X Experimental

2018 Opel GT X Experimental

GT X Experimental Shows The Future Of The Opel/Vauxhall Brand Under French Rule

Opel revealed a new car - the GT X Experimental. It is only a concept car, but this term should be used with caution here as this is basically the first car Opel/Vauxhall revealed following PSA Group’s acquisition of the brand by GM less than a year ago. The new pseudo-crossover showcases all the important evolution steps Opel is about to take to transform General Motors ideas into something new. The first ideas are already out. By 2024, Opel will electrify all of its lineup, introduce a redeveloped and unified design language, release a number of crossovers, develop an autonomous driving system, and show a number of new models. Expect replacements for the Corsa, the Astra, and the Mokka, among others.

The concept Opel GT X Experimental is the first proper look into that future. After all, the GT X Experimental features an electric powertrain, Level 3 self-driving ability, it is a sort of a crossover, and it gives us a glimpse into the new design language. Obviously, Opel designers took some of the stylistic features from the Opel GT Concept from 2016 and adapted them for the new car as well.

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The Best Sleepers Money Can Buy in 2018

The Best Sleepers Money Can Buy in 2018

An SUV with 700+ horsepower is a sleeper, as is a family sedan with 350+ horsepower

What is a sleeper?

If you asked me, I’d say that a sleeper is an ordinary looking car with some extraordinary capabilities. Something like the BMW M5 E39, or the Ford Taurus SHO. You know, a car you simply can’t imagine having spirited performance because of its regular looks that do not hint at anything adventuristic. Well, I think that these kinds of cars are special and somehow far more appealing than proper sports machines. That is actually where I found my undying love for sedans and cars in general. Now, apart from sporty sedans, today we have awesome wagons and incredible SUVs.

Over the years, manufacturers showcased numerous iterations of cars that got that sleeper title, but now I am giving you thirteen awesome sleepers which were available only some years back, or are available right now. We have here a Lincoln, a Ford, a Jeep and even a Honda. Let’s start with a Cadillac though. Not the CTS-V, mind you.

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2019 Hyundai Elantra - Quick Review

2019 Hyundai Elantra - Quick Review

Sharper, Safer, And All Around Better

The 2019 Hyundai Elantra Sports a considerably different look in the front and rear and was revealed in Park City, Utah at a specially organized event. It’s not all-new, however, as it is actually a facelifted version of the car that appeared only two years ago. As it is one of the most important Hyundai cars in the world, the new Elantra comes with comprehensive safety features and more tech than ever before. You will be able to buy it later this year as a 2019 model. Anywhere in the world apparently, as the event held yesterday in Utah actually had global connotations. This is the new, global Hyundai Elantra.

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2018 Isuzu Concept X

2018 Isuzu Concept X

If Isuzu Had A Ranger Raptor Fighter, This Would Be It

Isuzu revealed the Concept X, Isuzu Team D-MAX-tuned monster trucks based on top of the Isuzu D-Max truck and the Isuzu MU-X SUV. Created in Australia for promotional and market research purposes, the Isuzu Concept X trucks feature a comprehensive set of off-road additions that make them exceptionally capable on rough terrain and challenging surfaces.

EMG director Wayne Boatwright said; “We didn’t set out to build a racer, a rock crawler, or yet another version of the ultimate 4WD tourer.” He added, “It would have been easy just to bolt on a lot of accessories, but we really wanted to ‘go our own way,’ so most of the build — the guards, bull bars, bonnet, brakes, suspension and chassis mods — are all in-house custom work.”

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Discover What The Potentially Awesome Lynk & Co Car Subscription Service Is All About

Discover What The Potentially Awesome Lynk & Co Car Subscription Service Is All About

Lynk & Co - “disrupt the automobile industry by redefining the process of buying, owning and using a car”

Starting a car company is like trying to reinvent the wheel. In other words, it’s almost impossible. It all comes down to offering something no one has offered before and making a marketing campaign so massive it would leave Coca-Cola PRs impressed. Pagani survived thanks to its exceptionally expensive and detailed cars, Tesla offered the first appealing electric cars, while Rimac is still fighting its way in the world of cars without actually producing any (except for some hypercars).

Rimac is developing tech, and things could stay at that. However, we have a newcomer to the world of cars. It is from China and in its first three years among the living it is doing well. At least considering what we can see on the surface.

Lynk & Co was launched as a new company by Zhejiang Geely Holding in 2015. These people own Volvo and are actually sharing Volvo technology with all the cars produced under the Lynk & Co name. While this is a formidable alliance, it is not in itself the most important fact about Lynk & Co. As reported right at the get-go, Lynk & Co cars will be the most connected cars on earth, and they will all offer a special subscription service that releases its users from any hurdles of car ownership.

In essence, like TopGear and many others have reported - Lynk & Co is the Netflix of cars. You subscribe to it via monthly payments and choose a car of your liking. You do not buy, own, maintain, insure, register or take care of anything except for driving. Lynk & Co will do it all for you.

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Five Times Car Raced A Plane

Five Times Car Raced A Plane

When A 7-Year-Old’s Dream Becomes Reality

It is hard to think of anything more stupendous than an actual plane racing a car. It is like a seven-year-old’s dream becoming reality. Pure madness. Usually, extremely hard to pull off too. Well, over the years, some did try to race a plane against a car, and I am here to tell you about the five most memorable instances of that happening. Recently we saw the Huracan Performante racing the Indian Mig 29k in that horribly filmed video, so I am not including that one on the list, but I am including five others. You are about to see how a Bugatti Veyron, Tesla Model S, Porsche 911, Corvette ZR1, and an actual F1 car fair against an RAF plane, Airliner, Red Bull Air Race Plane, U.S. Navy Fighter, and an F-18 Hornet. This is the list of the most epic car vs. plane races ever attempted.

Sure, I may have missed some, but I feel that these five races definitely deserve to be on the list.

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2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt Steeda

2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt Steeda

With Up To 800 Horsepower And A Number Of Awesome Bullitt Inspired Additions

After appearing at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the new Ford Mustang Bullitt, as well as the original (who left the U.S. first time ever for its stint at Goodwood) left a mark on the gearheads of the world. Particularly those in the U.S. No wonder that the tuning company Steeda, already well known for its Mustang projects, partnered with Galpin Auto Sports and McQueen Racing to deliver the most amazing Mustang Bullitt. This is the Ford Mustang Bullitt by Steeda - it can be a 500 horsepower N/A beast, an 800 horsepower Hellcat killer, or a track-worthy toy with a roll cage. Steeda offered a comprehensive tuning package for the Mustang Bullitt. However, it seems that it only added subtle exterior additions nearing the latest Mustang to its movie star grandfather more than Ford has ever done before.

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Five Reasons New Arteon May Vivify Volkswagen In The U.S.

Five Reasons New Arteon May Vivify Volkswagen In The U.S.

Loaded, Handsome, And Please Go For The Black One

I remember when one of the American automotive publications revealed the first pictures of the latest Passat destined for the European market. Some of the first comments under the post were along the lines of “Why don’t we get something like this?; We have garbage, this is the Passat we need! Why is Volkswagen doing this to us?”

Well, Volkswagen listened closely, and while they couldn’t bring the European Passat to the U.S., it did something even better. It brought the new Arteon which is, by all counts, a better looking, coupe-like saloon. Revealed at the Chicago Auto Show in its U.S. guise, the Arteon seems like the ultimate expression of what Volkswagen stands for right now. It is, aside from the new Touareg (awesome SUV, I must add), the flagship of Volkswagen combining technology one may usually find on upper-scale Audi vehicles.

Yet, it will not be cheap. At all. Volkswagen has yet to disclose pricing, but some suggest it will start at $35,000-$40,000, just like the CC. Yet, the one you would really like will probably set you back closer to $50,000.

Regardless of this, I can list at least five reasons why the new Arteon may vivify Volkswagen in the U.S.

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Here's Everything We Know About the New Ford Bronco

Here’s Everything We Know About the New Ford Bronco

We Think We Know A Lot

I read a lot of Bronco stuff in my research for this article and let me tell you right away that we are in for the ride of our lives. Ford has some balls and, if we are lucky, it will probably give us just what we wanted - a retro looking 2020 Ford Bronco with live axles, three doors, a cool “no-roof” mechanism, a modern engine, and a freaking spare tire slapped at the back. A gazillion rumors have surfaced over the past few years about the new Bronco, but the last teaser picture revealed a lot.

The Bronco always was a cool vehicle. All the way from 1966, but it wasn’t until that OJ Simpson situation that it reached the status of an automotive icon like no other. Interestingly enough, we’ve had to wait a quarter of a century for Ford to reveal an all-new Bronco, a vehicle that will be a staple of American off-roading culture and the first one in a long time to attack the likes of the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.

This is what we know about the 2020 Ford Bronco.

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5 Abt Tuned Cars That Prove The Germans Do The Best Aftermarket

5 Abt Tuned Cars That Prove The Germans Do The Best Aftermarket

They Can Do Electric Engines, Advanced ECU Remaps, Or Just Add Wheels

In the light of recent Abt Sportsline announcement that it will bring a number of power upgrades specifically tailored for Audi and Volkswagen vehicles to the U.S. car market, I am giving you a list of awesome Abt Sportsline tuned cars. Only the ones they tuned over the past couple of months. These will prove just how effective Abt Sportsline is with its modifications, and it will give you a glimpse into what this company is capable of. After all, Abt Tuning roots can be dated all the way back to 1967. Granted, the work they do usually circles around an ECU remap but, every once in a while, Abt Sportsline takes things to a whole new level. To a level of reinventing an entire tuning principle, just like they did with the Audi RS6-E Prototype revealed only a few weeks ago.

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2019 Nissan Sentra - Short Review

2019 Nissan Sentra - Short Review

A Bit More Expensive And Finally With A Smartphone Integration System

As a compact sedan, the Nissan Sentra never was what one may call "popular" among gearheads. Yet, Nissan is eager to improve it, even going so far as to release a spirited Nismo version in the process a few years back. Now, we have the 2019 Nissan Sentra with only a handful of upgrades, most notable of which is the integration of the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on all models, save for the entry Sentra S.

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2018 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost Collection

2018 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost Collection

Celebrating The Best Car In The World

Celebrating its “defining heritage” Rolls Royce just revealed a whole collection of bespoke Ghost cars called the Silver Ghost Collection. It is an important celebration as the Silver Ghost, produced in 1906, actually was named “the best car in the world” upon completion of a nonstop endurance voyage that covered 14,371 miles. An incredible achievement in 1906. Now, with a limited edition of only 35 Rolls Royce Ghost cars designated for the Silver Ghost Collection, the British company based in Goodwood solidified its status as the ultimate in the world of cars.

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2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S by Brabus

2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S by Brabus

McLaren 600LT Power In A Compact Crossover Is The Definition Of Madness

Almost every year Brabus prepares a comprehensive set of improvements for a number of Mercedes-Benz and Mercedes-AMG vehicles. They usually present them at the Auto Shows in Geneva, Paris, or Frankfurt. This year, with the Paris Motor Show nearing, Brabus revealed its new Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S. It is a small compact crossover with an insane 4.0-liter engine, now tricked out by Brabus. This car seems to be as close to contradictions as humanly possible. It is a family crossover (sensible at that), but with such a monstrosity under the bonnet, you’d feel threatened by it even if you drove in a Ferrari F430.

The Brabus Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S basically represents everything that is bad with the car market today, and then it represents everything that is awesome as well.

You know what? I don’t care if you have all the hate in the world for the SUV/Crossovers or whatever. This thing is awesome, and you will learn why here.

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Eight Reasons You Should Drive a Hot Hatch

Eight Reasons You Should Drive a Hot Hatch

SUVs are rad, sedans are dying out, coupe-like saloons look cool, and hot hatches seem to be on drugs. Hot hatches being on drugs isn’t the first reason I listed to make you buy them, but writing about it, I think it might as well be. See, the hatchback layout may be the perfect one for creating a car. Its sheer shape offers safety and practicality. Plus, hot hatches aren’t expensive to produce or expensive to buy. I managed to come up with eight reasons why your next car should be a hot hatch.

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What Do We Know About The New Alfa Romeo 8C?

What Do We Know About The New Alfa Romeo 8C?

Up To 800 Horsepower, A Monocoque Chassis And Sub-3 Second 0-62 mph time

It would seem that the most important goals for any manufacturer today are continuity and clarity. If you do cheap cars, do only them. If you do sports cars, focus only on them. If you are premium, adapt to what the people think is premium and push.

Alfa Romeo had a problem with its mission, vision, and continuity. Since the Eighties, it seems to have shifted its vision two or three times basically confusing buyers when it comes to what the brand truly represents. Now, it is eager to find its footing with what it should have done all along - sports character, upscale styling, and premium nature.

At a press conference held earlier this year Tim Kuniskis, Global Head of Maserati and Alfa Romeo said: “We know our future depends on staying true to our sports car roots. We have learned that when we stay true to Alfa DNA, we can stand out in any segment.”

Thankfully, the brand seems to have found what it wants to be the best at. To communicate this noble vision to the automotive lunatics and solidify brand recognition, Alfa Romeo has to do some extraordinary things. Having the Giulia Quadrifoglio and the Stelvio Quadrifoglio was only a start. Now, the company needs to go further, and that further comes in the shape of the 8C.

Recently, the late Sergio Marchionne hinted at the new 8C only months before his death. Moreover, the plan FCA displayed in June clearly showcases a planned super sports car called the 8C, and it will appear in the next three or four years.

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The 2019 Honda Civic Is Safer and Better Looking

The 2019 Honda Civic Is Safer and Better Looking

The coupe can now be had in Sport trim now too

While the Type R may be a bit over the top with its styling, the lesser versions of the latest Honda Civic are definitely exceptional in their compact-car mission. Now, Honda has revealed the 2019 Civic with new styling features for the coupe and sedan. As an added bonus the Sport trim can now be had on the Civic Coupe.

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21 Awesome Hot Hatches That Americans Can't Drive

21 Awesome Hot Hatches That Americans Can’t Drive

Yes, twenty one

The world of hot hatches is far more interesting than what we in the U.S. can ever fathom. The Europeans are particularly fond of them (the Brits especially), which led to the development of some of the most amazing cars. Some of them have never even appeared on U.S. shores. Believe it or not, I have found 21 awesome hot hatches from the past five years that have never set their tires on this side of the pond.

While compiling this list, I have come to a conclusion that buyers and drivers in the U.S. are usually really predictable. Apart from some producers who do not sell in the U.S. at all, international safety (UNECE) standards for car production are the ones to blame for a shortage of some of these cars.

We’re not compliant with those standards as we have our own set of rules called the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. In short, a disparity like this makes it very expensive for car producers to create two different versions of a car. And, that is exactly what is needed if you want to sell the same car in the U.S. and in the rest of the world.

Nevertheless, walk through this 4,853 horsepower list and imagine what your life would be like if some of these hot hatches could actually come here.

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Liberty Walk has a Body Kit for the Mercedes G-Class and the Suzuki Jimny at the Same Time

Liberty Walk has a Body Kit for the Mercedes G-Class and the Suzuki Jimny at the Same Time

Both Kits Look Much The Same, But Are Differently Sized

Suzuki hit the jackpot with the overachieving Jumny when the lastest generation made its debut. Everybody adores it. It is a car that you could proudly drive to a car meet, and people would gather around to witness the awesomeness of a raw, off-road ready, tiny machine from Japan. Liberty Walk saw an opportunity with the Suzuki Jimny, and they released a new body-kit. Yup, a Liberty Walk body-kit for the new Suzuki Jimny. We live in an awesome time.

You know what? The body kit is much the same as what one could order for the Mercedes-Benz G-Class. It looks similar. It is not sized as such, of course, but it’s strikingly similar. As I noted in my first review about the Jimny, this one is much like a baby G-Class.

As Liberty Walk gearheads obviously live deep within car stardom, they revealed two similar kits for two similarly awesome cars that are dramatically different in size. This is actually the first time that Liberty Walk devised a body kit for a truck - one for the G-Class, and the other for the Jimny.

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2018 Volkswagen Grand California

2018 Volkswagen Grand California

Possibly the best camper you will ever imagine

Exactly one year ago, Volkswagen revealed a camper dubbed the California XXL Concept. It was an early look at a production model they actually put into production just now. Scheduled for live unveiling at the Dusseldorf Caravan Salon that will start later this month, the Volkswagen Grand California is a production version of the last year’s concept and it is every bit of awesome as you may imagine. Forget about the Airstream, or anything similar. This is better, but you can’t have it because Volkswagen Commercial vehicles aren’t available in the U.S.

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2018 Brabus 125R

2018 Brabus 125R

Its A Smart ForTwo On Steroids

I don’t know why, but there is something majestic when it comes to tiny cars powered by powerful engines. Yup; that 400+ horsepower Cygnet is awesome, but I am thinking something more civilized. Even with less than 100 horsepower, cars like the Toyota iQ, or anything from Smart are simply a lot of fun. This time around, Brabus created a rather special 125R based around the Smart ForTwo Convertible and called it the “Pocket Rocket.” Well, it is the pocket rocket considering that the German tuning company dialed up the 0.9-liter turbocharged engine, improved its suspension, and put a special makeup on a tiny car.

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2019 Ford Territory

2019 Ford Territory

It’s A New SUV, But Only For China

Although it will never come to the U.S. in this guise (or any other I am afraid), I feel that we should know all there is to know about the new Ford Territory. This very car may showcase the future of Ford crossovers. Revealed for the Chinese market only, the Ford Territory is actually a reimagination of the famous Territory sold in Australia. However, unlike the Australian car which was a full-fledged Ford product, the newest Ford Territory is actually a rebadged JMC Yusheng S330. Ford developed it with Jiangling Motors Corporation (JMC) to give Chinese customers another option in the sea of similar compact SUVs available there.

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2018 Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport Rallye Concept

2018 Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport Rallye Concept

It Is A Rally Porsche. You Heard Me! A Rally Porsche!

Man, I can’t remember the last time I was as stoked about a rally car as I am about this one. Ever since the rally scene migrated from awesome sedans (Lancer Evo, WRX, or that magnificent Skoda Octavia), I was a bit disappointed watching small city cars tackling the courses. They are supremely fast, granted, but lack the drama, or the seriousness of the larger machines. Or sports cars. And that is where the newest Porsche Motorsport Rally concept comes into play. This is the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport Rallye Concept. A mouthful isn’t it. Well, after I saw it the first thing I thought about was the 959 Dakar Porsche from the Eighties. It was sublime and, while the new Cayman GT4 Clubsport Rallye isn’t a 918 Rallye, I feel happy to have an opportunity to see it at all.

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Audi E-Tron Has The Most Amazing Energy Recuperation System In The World

Audi E-Tron Has The Most Amazing Energy Recuperation System In The World

For Every Kilometer Driving Downhill The E-Tron Recuperates Enough Energy To Gain One Kilometer Of Range

We have been waiting for Audi to reveal the new e-Tron Quattro for what seems like a millennium. Audi finally set a date - September 17 - when they will show us an all-electric Audi created to take on the rest of the expensive electric SUVs available on the market. In short, I am talking about the Tesla Model X and the Jaguar I-Pace. With the announcement of the reveal date, Audi also revealed additional information about their new car confirming it will be fast, advanced, and quite efficient.

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The Range Rover Sport P400e Plug-In Hybrid Can Drive Using Electricity Alone

The Range Rover Sport P400e Plug-In Hybrid Can Drive Using Electricity Alone

Only For 31 Miles Though

As expected, even Land Rover had to go all hybrid with its luxurious Range Rover offering. For the new model year, the British producers of awesome SUVs revealed the 2019 Range Rover Sport Plug-in Hybrid. It is a car capable of traveling on hybrid power or using electric-only propulsion. Now available in the U.S., the Range Rover Sport P400e Plug-In Hybrid price comes at $78,300 which falls right in between the HSE Td6 and the HSE Dynamic.

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2018 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe Wald International Black Bison

2018 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe Wald International Black Bison

Sinister Looks For An Aging Coupe-Like Saloon

The first time I saw the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe I was smitten. It was low, black, long and imposing. Unfortunately, all I could do back then is download a photograph and set it as a wallpaper on my desktop. Pictures of it garnished my working PC for at least three years. Now, at a time when the 6 Series is on its last legs, just waiting to be replaced by the 8 Series and the 8 Series Gran Coupe, Japanese tuner, Wald International, came up with yet another tuning package that prolongs the life of one of the most imposing cars of the decade. This is the Wald International Black Bison body kit that’s specifically tailored for 2011 and newer models of the BMW 640 and 650i.

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