Tudor Rus
Assistant Content Manager - Automotive Expert - tudor@topspeed.com
Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.

Tudor was lucky enough to be in Wales just as Sebastien Loeb was securing his 8th World Rally Championship title during Wales Rally GB 2011 and wrote a guest blog for ITV News covering the rally atmosphere in Cardiff. It was love at first sight with rally racing and it still goes on to this moment. Tudor likes his (dream) cars beautiful, with power coming in second place.

Tudor joined the TopSpeed team in early-2019 as an automotive lifestyle editor, but his unique knowledge of cars and the automotive world in general led him to the finer aspects of more focused automotive journalism. Within a few short months, Tudor was promoted to Assistant Content Manager and now assists in content management alongside writing automotive reviews, news, and guides.

Word of advice: Avoid conversations involving hunchbacks like the BMW X5 and X6 or the Audi Q5 and Q7 unless you like being given the cold shoulder.

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This Mercedes SLR-AMG Concept Rendering Is What the Next-Gen AMG GT Should Be

This Mercedes SLR-AMG Concept Rendering Is What the Next-Gen AMG GT Should Be

While visually attractive, this SLR design has virtually zero chances of becoming a real car

The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren was, if you wish, an example of fusion (car) food done right. A stint between Mercedes-Benz and McLaren, the SLR had one paramount task - two, in fact.

On one hand, it had to pay proper respect to the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR, while on the other, it had to generate F1 race car-level thrills on public road even for the noob driver. For that, it packed a 617-horsepower supercharged V-8 and an all-carbon fiber chassis, among other delicacies.

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This 1997 Acura Integra Type R Review Will Have You Willing to Pay $60,000 for One

This 1997 Acura Integra Type R Review Will Have You Willing to Pay $60,000 for One

Looking at the used Integra Type R market, that’s not a hefty price, trust us

If you could get into the possession of a ’90s Japanese sports car without paying a dime, what would it be? For some, the poison would be the Acura Integra Type R because 1) the car’s an icon and a blast to drive and 2) used Integra Type Rs cost an arm and a leg these days.

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2021 Suzuki Across

2021 Suzuki Across

Meet the Suzuki Across, the almost-identical twin of the Toyota RAV4

The first fruit to stem from the Toyota-Suzuki partnership struck a while back is called the Across and wears the Suzuki badge, although it’s pretty clear that the outer shell is nothing else but a slightly tweaked Toyota RAV4 body.

That aside, the Across features an interesting plug-in hybrid powertrain that mixes a 2.5-liter internal combustion engine with two electric motors, one for each axle. Here’s all you need to know about the new Suzuki Across.

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This Video Will Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Ariel Motors and the Atom Road Car

This Video Will Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Ariel Motors and the Atom Road Car

As a company, Ariel had it rough but found a way to come out on top

Atom is the maker of some really sweet vehicles but the Brits actually started out with building bicycles in the early 1870s, before shortly swapping to cars and for six decades between the 1910s and the 1970s, to motorcycles.

The OG Ariel Atom came in 2000, and it turned the company’s fortunes around big time. This is a run-through of Ariel Motors’ history and lineup delivered to you by Donut Media.

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Throttle House Clearly Explains Why the 2020 Shelby F-150 Super Snake is the Truck Every Man Needs

Throttle House Clearly Explains Why the 2020 Shelby F-150 Super Snake is the Truck Every Man Needs

770 horsepower should be enough, but (luckily) there’s more

Pickup trucks made a name for themselves through workhorse character and hauling ability but who says they can’t boost one’s ego from time to time?

Certainly not Shelby, who jammed 770 horsepower inside the F-150 Super Snake which we believe is, actually, the only genuine competitor for the incoming Hellcat-powered Ram TRX.

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Here's the Science Behind the 2.4-liter Boxer Engine That Will Power the 2022 Subaru WRX STI

Here’s the Science Behind the 2.4-liter Boxer Engine That Will Power the 2022 Subaru WRX STI

It might be borrowed from an SUV, but inside the WRX STI, the FA24 mill will be a devil

Whenever a new Subaru WRX STI is in the making, a large chunk of the car-worshiping community is bound to get excited. And while the 2020 WRX STI might be at least one year away, the rumor mill on what sort of firepower it’s going to pack has been spinning for a while.

Most reports hint that the go-fast WRX is in line to get Subaru’s new 2.4-liter FA24 powerplant that made its debut in the Ascent SUV, albeit in a higher state of tune. But what’s the deal with this new engine, anyway? Donut Media explains.

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2021 Kia K5

2021 Kia K5

Kia’s Optima replacement has arrived

It’s been almost a decade since Kia introduced the 2011 Optima in the U.S. and the time has come for a generation swap. Call it a model swap, actually, as the new 2021 Kia K5 mid-size saloon is here to take over from where the Optima left off.

Kia will assemble the K5 next to the crisp-looking Telluride SUV at its plant in West Point, Georgia. Before the first cars roll off the production line, let’s look at what customers will be getting from the 2021 K5 sedan.

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The Audi RS Q5 Could Finally Come to Take on the BMW BMW X4 M and AMG GLC 63

The Audi RS Q5 Could Finally Come to Take on the BMW BMW X4 M and AMG GLC 63

Ingolstadt might have plans to fight back the power crossover craze with a souped-up Q5

BMW has the X4 M and X3 M. Mercedes-AMG concocted the GLC 63. Alfa Romeo has the Stelvio Quadrifoglio. And so far, Audi didn’t come with a its own soldier to fight these competitors, but if recent details hold any truth, that’s about to change.

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Flankers: Drive In the City - The Best Drifting Video You'll See All Week

Flankers: Drive In the City - The Best Drifting Video You’ll See All Week

One empty city, two out-and-out drift cars… what’s not to like?

Once drifting slid its way out of Japan, it took the whole world by storm and claimed a proper place in the highest circles of motorsport. Yes, we’ve been drooling during a lot of Formula Drift events, not to mention videos of Ken Block’s twist on drifting aka Gymkhana, but sometimes a lot of spectacular content comes from where you’d least expect it.

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The 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Will Spank Your Dodge Challenger Demon in a Street Race

The 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Will Spank Your Dodge Challenger Demon in a Street Race

The equation does change in a rolling race, though

Curious what the C8 Corvette can do in a drag race against the Dodge Demon? Throttle House just quenched your thirst of knowledge with a neat, to-the-point video.

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2021 Opel Mokka-e

2021 Opel Mokka-e

Revolutionary design makes the Mokka-e a downright looker

Opel/Vauxhall’s first all-electric SUV is called Mokka-e and comes with a radical design that’s far from what the Mokka has been showing since its inception.

Aided by the fusion with the PSA Group, the Germans seem to have finally found a direction for their future lineup, both design- and powertrain-wise, at least as electrification is concerned. Here’s all you need to know about the new Opel Mokka-e.

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The 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S Can Almost Out-Track the McLaren 720S

The 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S Can Almost Out-Track the McLaren 720S

That’s not a small feat by all means

We’ve seen a lot of drag races where the McLaren 720S absolutely demolished its competition. The combination of lightness and power delivery touches on perfection inside McLaren’s go-fast machine, but as you’ll see in the video, there’s a particular German manufacturer that, too, knows a couple of things when it comes to building a sports car.

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This Drag Race Sports a Very Different-Minded German Car Lineup

This Drag Race Sports a Very Different-Minded German Car Lineup

In all fairness, the only obvious winner here is Germany

Carwow are known to push the boundaries of what a fair drag race means but, hey, we’re allowed to have some innocent fun from time to time, right?

In this new four-way duel, the BMW M340i Touring (that’s the wagon, by the way) meets the likes of Mercedes-AMG G 63, Audi RS Q3, and Volkswagen T-Roc R.

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Big-Wing Porsche 935 Looks Ready to Storm Pikes Peak

Big-Wing Porsche 935 Looks Ready to Storm Pikes Peak

It wouldn’t be the first Porsche to join the Race to the Clouds

With a little help from the creative genius of Jon Sibal, Porsche’s modern interpretation of the 935 ‘Moby Dick’ turns into a Pikes Peak monster ready to take the 156-turn course by storm.

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Pro Racer Reviews the 750-Horsepower Porsche Taycan Turbo S...Like a Pro

Pro Racer Reviews the 750-Horsepower Porsche Taycan Turbo S...Like a Pro

This review of the Taycan Turbo S has all the relevant info about the EV

We’re going to see a lot of EV wars happening in the years to come, but for the moment, the Porsche Taycan takes the all-electric sports car cake.

In all honesty, we weren’t expecting any less from Porsche, a brand whose name and history are strongly tied to the world of motorsports. So, what happens when a professional race driver reviews the Taycan? The answer is a 15-minute video that will show you just how good the German super-sedan really is.

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Uh-Oh: Tesla Makes the Worst-Built Cars in the U.S., J.D. Power Finds

Uh-Oh: Tesla Makes the Worst-Built Cars in the U.S., J.D. Power Finds

To some extent, the poor assembly quality of Tesla’s cars shouldn’t surprise anyone by now

We’ve seen countless videos where new owners complain about the built quality of their new Tesla cars.

Besides the now-fixed Model 3 braking problems acknowledged by Elon Musk back in 2018, there have been recent reports (mostly captured on video, too) of poorly assembled bits and bobs for the Model 3, Model X, and Model Y.

In this regard, J.D. Power’s 2020 U.S. Initial Quality Study comes to confirm what we already knew.

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This Rendering of a Mazda MX-5 Wagon Looks Painfully Like the BMW Z3 M Coupe

This Rendering of a Mazda MX-5 Wagon Looks Painfully Like the BMW Z3 M Coupe

They say don’t judge a book by its cover but we can judge it by how it sells, right?

When it comes to quirky BMWs, the Z3 M Coupe certainly takes the cake. That’s why this render of a Mazda Miata MX-5 in shooting brake-ish attire caught our eye instantly.

No, this is not the work of Mazda and in all fairness, we wouldn’t want it to be in the first place. Here’s why.

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2021 Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman: What's New?

2021 Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman: What’s New?

Porsche is keeping its entry-level sports cars fresh with a host of new updates

Taking care of the models in your lineup, upgrading them on a yearly basis or simply applying a nip and tuck every now and then is pretty much like nurturing children.

For the 2021MY, Porsche is making sure the 718 Boxster and Cayman brothers are in top shape to perform in the market but most importantly, on the road, too.

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This Three-Axle Toyota Tacoma TRD Is Too Crazy To Describe

This Three-Axle Toyota Tacoma TRD Is Too Crazy To Describe

We’d normally dismiss such an oddity but this is just too bonkers not to like

If you happen to follow the car world’s digital illustrators, you know it’s a wild, wild world out there on our screens. Guys like Khyzyl Saleem and Ash Thorp can turn any jalopy into a hot-as-chilli restomod, and the same can be said about Jon Sibal.

Specifically, Jon came up with a re-tweak of one of his original works - a widebody Toyota Tacoma design - where he basically added a third axle to the whole thing, which now sits on not four, but six ‘meaty wheels’ as the artist calls them.

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Here's the Only Ferrari 812 Superfast Review You Need to Watch!

Here’s the Only Ferrari 812 Superfast Review You Need to Watch!

Just when we thought a Ferrari 812 Superfast review couldn’t surprise us anymore, this comes in

We don’t know about you, but we’re fixated on two Ferraris right now: one’s the stunning Roma and the other is the fastest and most powerful Prancing Horse to date, aka the 812 Superfast.

As it turns out, the 812 Superfast is not just, well, super fast, but also worthy of a 4K-quality 11-minute video hosted by Rory Reid. Exactly what your coffee break needed today.

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This Rendering Shows What the Facelifted 2021 Bentley Bentayga Should Look Like

This Rendering Shows What the Facelifted 2021 Bentley Bentayga Should Look Like

Taking the grille from the Bacalar and pasting it on the Bentayga actually works

Believe it or not, the Bentayga is Bentley’s best-selling model so it’s only natural for the British carmaker to allocate special attention to its luxury SUV, which is poised to see fruition once the facelifted Bentayga hits the market.

A couple of leaked images of the revised Bentayga pretty much ruined the element of surprise for Bentley as far as a reveal is concerned, but one visual artist believes the SUV would look better if it borrowed some styling cues from the Mulliner Bacalar drop-top.

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Everything You Need to Know About Gasoline and Why Your Car Requires a Certain Octane

Everything You Need to Know About Gasoline and Why Your Car Requires a Certain Octane

Knowing what gasoline type is suitable for your car is about more than where to buy it

Gasoline is one of the driving forces that make the world go round. It’s been so for the past century, and until we will all be driving around in electric cars and internal combustion engines will live on in museums, gasoline is going to be an integral part of the car world and the way we get from point A to point B.

Before we get to answer the question that’s formulated in the headline, it’s essential to understand what is gasoline, how it is made, and what types of gasoline are there, as well as what people mean exactly by “best gasoline.” So, here we go.

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The 2021 BMW M5 CS Will See A Serious Power Increase, But You Might Not Like the Price

The 2021 BMW M5 CS Will See A Serious Power Increase, But You Might Not Like the Price

This is what you need to know about the 2021 BMW M5 CS - including a potentially excessive price

BMW is said to be working on a go-fast sedan that would slot above the M5 Competition. An exact debut date is hard to pinpoint at this stage, but BMW could make a move and unveil the so-called M5 CS by the end of 2020.

Anyway, details remain scarce for the time being, however, a recent report by BMW Blog reveals some interesting traits of the incoming M5 CS.

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2020 BMW 8 Series Golden Thunder Edition

2020 BMW 8 Series Golden Thunder Edition

Looks nice, but is it what the 8 Series needs right now?

BMW is back at its special edition game with a new attire for the 8 Series. While the package looks alright and will at least prevent owners from painting their 8er’s rims gold, we cannot not wonder just how helpful will the Golden Thunder Edition prove to be for the 8 Series’ sales cause.

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Engineering Explained Exposes the Genius Behind Porsche's New Tungsten Carbide Brakes

Engineering Explained Exposes the Genius Behind Porsche’s New Tungsten Carbide Brakes

This bit of technology is so awesome that only Porsche could have coined it

Porsche is one of the leading carmakers when it comes to innovation and high performance. The new Taycan stands as a more recent testament to Stuttgart’s appetite for new tricks, which is also visible in less obvious places.

Take Porsche’s fancy new tungsten-carbide brake disc, which doesn’t rust, produces little to zero brake dust, and most importantly, offers a no-fade experience.

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The 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette With C1 Elements Looks Oddly Satisfying

The 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette With C1 Elements Looks Oddly Satisfying

Surprisingly, the sight of this contraption doesn’t make us cringe

Remember how carmakers brag that their latest models pay tribute to their predecessors with reinterpreted vintage design cues? Well, sometimes you need a magnifying glass to see those but here’s a visual artist that really found a neat (and distinguishable) way to bake in C1 Corvette styling elements into the 2020 C8 Corvette.

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Jacob&Co Twin Turbo Furious Bugatti 300+ - Or How to Spend $580k On a Watch

Jacob&Co Twin Turbo Furious Bugatti 300+ - Or How to Spend $580k On a Watch

$580,000 could get you a whole lot of uber-cool vintage cars or this Bugatti-inspired watch

Supercar-inspired watches? Yeah, we’ve seen our fair share of those. You’d also think that this fad would go away at some point, but apparently, there are plenty of rich people willing to pay a fortune on a watch that matches their garage speed demon.

For those, luxury companies such as Geneva-based Jacob&Co are happy to create the most outlandish timepieces inspired by actual hypercars. And that’s how we can tell you more about the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+-inspired Twin Turbo Furious watch.

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Mercedes Fired Back at the 2021 BMW M5 With the New AMG E63 S 4MATIC+

Mercedes Fired Back at the 2021 BMW M5 With the New AMG E63 S 4MATIC+

That’s a quick reply from Mercedes-AMG after BMW revealed the facelifted M5

Mercedes-AMG wasn’t going to let BMW’s freshly-revamped M5 take all the limelight so it counter-attacked with the unveil of the revised E 63 S 4MATIC+, in both sedan and wagon flavors. Here’s what changes for the uber E-Class.

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2020 Donkervoort D8 GTO-JD70

2020 Donkervoort D8 GTO-JD70

Donkervoort calls it the world’s first 2G production car

Those familiar with the work of Dutch outfit Donkervoort know that the company borders on the extreme with its go-fast machines. In fact, there’s no better preacher to that creed than the D8 GTO-JD70, an anniversary edition that honors the founder of Donkervoort, Joop Donkervoort, who just turned 70.

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This Limited Edition Batmobile Model Is the Most Outrageously Awesome and Expensive Thing You'll See This Week

This Limited Edition Batmobile Model Is the Most Outrageously Awesome and Expensive Thing You’ll See This Week

With this Batmobile, you’re pretty much buying a work of art

The fact that Batman doesn’t possess superpowers forces him to rely on various gadgets to hunt down and kick the living daylight out of his foes. One such gadget is the popular Batmobile, a mean-ass war machine that has evolved dramatically with every new Batman installment. But we never thought a Swarovski-made Batmobile would be the byproduct of the said evolution.

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This Video Really Puts the Evolution of Aerodynamics Into Perspective

This Video Really Puts the Evolution of Aerodynamics Into Perspective

It took a long time for manufacturers to perfect the aero recipe on their cars

We all know that the great Enzo Ferrari once said that aerodynamics is for people that can’t build engines. While that’s partly true, the way air flows over a surface - car’s surface, in this case - influences a lot of performance areas, from fuel consumption to high-speed stability to how fast the said car can go or how much downforce it makes to keep it glued to the ground.

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A Lamborghini Sian FKP37 Roadster Is In the Works, But Will It Have a Roof?

A Lamborghini Sian FKP37 Roadster Is In the Works, But Will It Have a Roof?

A roadster version for the Sian will turn up the exclusivity to eleven for the hybrid hypercar

Lamborghini loves to churn out as many derivatives out of its exotic-looking supercars and in a move we honestly didn’t see coming, the Sian FKP37 will return to the limelight as a roadster.

A recent report talks about a Sian Roadster that Lamborghini is currently working on, but other details are pretty much nonexistent.

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Two Legends Come Together as Chris Harris Gets Behind the Wheel Of Colin McRae's WRC Subaru Impreza

Two Legends Come Together as Chris Harris Gets Behind the Wheel Of Colin McRae’s WRC Subaru Impreza

Few lucky people got to drive the 1995 championship-winning Subaru Impreza once raced by Colin McRae

We are well accustomed to Chris Harris getting his groove on inside some of the world’s most fascinating cars, but this particular video bit will also hit rally enthusiasts right in the feel because it features a legendary car belonging to a legendary driver.

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Best Car Wax Buying Guide (2020)

Best Car Wax Buying Guide (2020)

Keep your car’s paint well protected with these top-shelf car wax kits

Just like our skin, a car’s paint job is exposed to a lot of external factors. And while we get to wear clothes that offer some degree of protection, the same doesn’t hold for your car.

Luckily, there are ways of protection your car’s paint as well as wheels, mirror housings, and even windows via other solutions than keeping it inside a garage. More often than not, the go-to product when it comes to car paint protection is the humble car wax. That’s step one. Step two is picking something from the gazillion products out there. Yeah, we know, that particular something has to be the best there is and also fit your budget. This is where this list comes into play.

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Look Back a Few Years to When the Thrust SSC Broke The Speed of Sound

Look Back a Few Years to When the Thrust SSC Broke The Speed of Sound

The Thrust SSC still holds the world land speed record, so there’s that

The Thrust SSC was so unthinkably hardcore that it took a fighter jet pilot to drive it on its record-breaking run. With RAF Wing Commander Andy Green at the helm, the Thrust SSC not only broke the land-speed record, but it also became the first car (well, sort of car) to ever break the sound barrier.

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It Looks Like The 2022 Honda Civic Type R Won't Be Hybrid After All

It Looks Like The 2022 Honda Civic Type R Won’t Be Hybrid After All

Honda is likely to go traditional on the new Civic Type R, which is good news in and of itself

Honda’s 306-horsepower, 295-pound-feet hot hatch isn’t that long in the tooth so a replacement might take a couple of years to spring into reality, but there’s already talk about what the current Type R’s successor might bring to the table. And as things look right now, a hybrid powertrain isn’t in the cards.

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Liberty Walk Has Created the Craziest Wide Body Kit for the 2020 A90 Toyota Supra

Liberty Walk Has Created the Craziest Wide Body Kit for the 2020 A90 Toyota Supra

There’s a fine line between madness and genius and the jury’s still out on this one

We’ve seen Liberty Walk churn out wide body kits for Lamborghinis, Mustangs, Porsches, and BMWs, so we know what sort of awesomeness can come out of its workshops. Speaking of BMWs, the tuner’s latest work adds a racy flavour to the 2020 Toyota Supra but from where we’re sitting, it looks a tad over the top.

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2020 Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Night Edition

2020 Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Night Edition

Crème de la crème Mercedes-Maybach is limited to just 15 units

Whenever Mercedes-Benz sets its mind of offering special-editions cars, you can bet they offer the best the carmaker can provide. The same goes for Mercedes-Maybach, but on a whole different level that touches on the stratospheric layers of car luxury. Enter the USA-exclusive Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Night Edition that’s based on the soon-to-be-replaced W222 S-Class.

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Doug DeMuro Looks to Take on Bring-A-Trailer With an All-New Car Auction Website

Doug DeMuro Looks to Take on Bring-A-Trailer With an All-New Car Auction Website

The website is up and running and there are a few interesting cars waiting for a new owner

Frankly, when we opened YouTube this morning and clicked on Doug DeMuro’s channel we were expecting to see another DeMuro trademark review filled with quirks and features (all explained, of course) but instead, the YouTuber had a big announcement to make: he’s launching his own car auction website called Cars and Bids.

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This Mitsubishi 4000GT Rendering Has Us Itching for a Nissan GT-R Fighter

This Mitsubishi 4000GT Rendering Has Us Itching for a Nissan GT-R Fighter

Instead of butchering sports car nameplates, Mitsubishi should build this

The jury’s still out on the future of the Nissan GT-R but that’s not of utter importance right now. We’re here to talk about a nameplate and a digital successor to that nameplate that haven’t been yet twisted to denote a crossover or an SUV. That’s right, we’re talking about the Mitsubishi 3000GT and an artist’s vision of a would-be 4000GT.

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This Guy's Reaction to Driving the Rimac C Two Is Priceless

This Guy’s Reaction to Driving the Rimac C Two Is Priceless

A car that makes you cry tears of joy? Sign us up right now!

The Rimac C_Two was supposed to make its official debut at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show. The coronavirus, of course, had other plans, and the event got cancelled altogether, so Rimac had to postpone the launch.

It’s been a race against the clock to get the C_Two up and running for its supposed debut in March, and seeing Misha Charoudin driving the car and getting this sort of emotions from it got us thinking that Rimac might have outdone itself with the C_Two.

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This Lego BMW Isetta Could Be the Cutest Set Ever

This Lego BMW Isetta Could Be the Cutest Set Ever

Let’s turn this Lego Ideas BMW Isetta into reality!

Lego’s most recent bombshell is the stunning Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 Technic set that left us drooling for a couple of days in the row but if this Lego Ideas BMW Isetta proposal gets the green light, it will definitely sit on the cuter end of the Lego set spectrum.

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Watch Frank Stephenson Explain How He Designed the Ferrari F430!

Watch Frank Stephenson Explain How He Designed the Ferrari F430!

Frank Stephenson’s design work on the Ferrari F430 was "easy mission"

If the name Frank Stephenson doesn’t ring a bell, then shame on you. His work has shaped a lot of cars, ranging from the likes of Maserati MC12, Fiat Punto and Bravo, McLaren MP4-12C and P1, and of course, the topic of today’s video, the Ferrari F430.

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This $550 Lift Kit for the Subaru Crosstrek Is Actually Worth Having

This $550 Lift Kit for the Subaru Crosstrek Is Actually Worth Having

Add more ruggedness to your Crosstrek with this affordable aftermarket treat

The Subaru Crosstrek isn’t poised to win any beauty contests. It doesn’t shine when it comes to cabin excitement, just like it doesn’t shine if you’re looking for nippy accelerations off the line.

However, the Crosstrek wasn’t designed to impress visually, nor through performance. It has one task, and one task only: offer a tad more rugged character than a hatchback without compromising on ride and handling. And its this character that gets a boost with a little help from Crawford Performance.

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Check Out Doug DeMuro's Presentation of the Often-Forgotten Porsche 968 Clubsport

Check Out Doug DeMuro’s Presentation of the Often-Forgotten Porsche 968 Clubsport

The Porsche 968 Club Sport was the highlight of the transaxle era

The 968 was the last great sports car from Porsche’s transaxle era, which started with the 924 and continued with the likes of 944 and 928.

Porsche finally exited this transaxle phase in 1995, with some 400,000 such models built, so a nod back to those times always makes sense - and you don’t have to be a Porschephile to acknowledge it. Thanks to Doug DeMuro, the 968 Club Sport gets the attention it deserves.

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This Retro Mercedes-Benz SL500 Speedster Sends All the Right 90s Vibes

This Retro Mercedes-Benz SL500 Speedster Sends All the Right 90s Vibes

The Mercedes-Benz SL500 gets a Photoshop makeover with a speedster twist

Once one of the most recognizable Mercedes-Benz cars to roam the roads, the SL might not live for longer in the form we all know and love. Blame that on people having the hots for SUVs and crossovers but also on stricter emissions standards.

The Germans have already axed the range-topping V-12 Mercedes-AMG SL 65 as well as the SL 63, which was made redundant by the AMG GT convertible. So in these uncertain times for the roadster, it’s good to see one of its previous iterations being brought to life as a slammed speedster, albeit in the digital world.

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10 Kit Cars That You'll Want to Build Right Now

10 Kit Cars That You’ll Want to Build Right Now

These kit cars will only bring joy to your petrolhead heart

We get it. Sports cars are expensive and don’t even get us started on out-and-out track cars. But nothing’s stopping you from building your own car and on top of that, there are quite a few companies that offer build kits than can be turned into either your next weekend racer or your sporty daily driver. Let’s check them out.

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This Rendering Is, Without a Doubt, What The New Ramcharger Should Look Like

This Rendering Is, Without a Doubt, What The New Ramcharger Should Look Like

It’s unclear if Dodge is bringing back the Ramcharger, but this render looks nice

More old nameplate revivals are taking place in the digital realm than in real life and in all honesty, we prefer the former because we’ve seen some iconic nameplates describing SUVs - yes, Mach-E and Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, it’s you I’m looking at.

That said, someone imagined what a modern Dodge Ramcharger might look like and he did a pretty job, too. Sure, there’s no reason to believe that the nameplate is coming back, but the render is nonetheless soul food for the nostalgics.

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A Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake? Europe Has All the Awesome Cars

A Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake? Europe Has All the Awesome Cars

Look out for the 2021 Arteon to make a debut online on June 24

Volkswagen is looking to freshen up the Arteon - which it calls a Gran Turismo now - and with it, we’ll be getting the so-called Arteon Shooting Brake.

What’s more, in the carmaker’s own words, the incoming Arteon update is "major", so let’s see what that could mean, because there’s not much given away in the press blurb.

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2021 BMW 4 Series Coupé - Everything You Need to Know

2021 BMW 4 Series Coupé - Everything You Need to Know

Yes, it does have the bucktooth grille

This is it, ladies and gentlemen: the new 2021 BMW 4 Series Coupé, scheduled to make its market debut in October 2020. And here’s all the essential info about it because, let’s face it, there’s more to it than that gaping front grille we’ve seen in so many leaks prior to this official unveil.

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The Alpine A110 Has Escaped the Clutches of Death For Now But It's Living On Borrowed Time

The Alpine A110 Has Escaped the Clutches of Death For Now But It’s Living On Borrowed Time

The French sports car isn’t getting the axe just yet, but its future doesn’t look good

In times of restrictions and cost-cutting, guess what sort of cars are the most vulnerable? It’s those models that don’t bring in a lot of sales and which, at the same time, are expensive to produce. Most often than not, those victims identify themselves as sports cars.

Let’s take the Alpine A110, for example. So far, it was able to elude its demise as the Dieppe plant won’t get shut down. The future, however, holds no good news for the A110.

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Splitting the Difference: 2003 Honda Civic Type R vs. 2020 Honda Civic Type R

Splitting the Difference: 2003 Honda Civic Type R vs. 2020 Honda Civic Type R

We’ll just call this the VTEC Wars

You know how they say ’respect and honor your elders?’ Well, we can all agree that Honda is doing just that with the Civic and in particular with the Civic Type R.

The nifty hot hatch has remained true to its origins - albeit switching to turbocharging along the way - but that original Type R ethos is still present in modern Type Rs. Don’t believe us? Check out Throttle House’s latest video.

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The Lamborghini Sian FKP 37 Lego Technic Kit Is Probably Everything Your Life Has Been Missing

The Lamborghini Sian FKP 37 Lego Technic Kit Is Probably Everything Your Life Has Been Missing

Lego and Lamborghini just dropped a bombshell of a set, and we’re head over heels for it

Major Lego sets don’t come too often but it turns out 2020 isn’t just about world pandemics and home isolation. Ladies and gentlemen, this is the latest collabo between Lego and Lamborghini, nicely wrapped up as a Technic set - pretty much the highest echelon of builds Lego makes currently. Enter the Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 Lego Technic set.

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Doug DeMuro's Review of the Mazda RX-8 Will Remind You Why It Wasn't a Successful Car

Doug DeMuro’s Review of the Mazda RX-8 Will Remind You Why It Wasn’t a Successful Car

We loved the idea of a replacement for the RX-7, but the RX-8 simply didn’t do the trick

Nobody ever complained about the looks of the Mazda RX-8. Instead, it is known to give owners quite a headache when it comes to running costs, particularly through gulping down a lot of fuel and oil. In this regard, what makes it special - the rotary engine - is also its Achilles’ heel.

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Check Out This Hand-Built 2JZ Toyota Supra Laying Down 2,033 Horsepower on the Dyno

Check Out This Hand-Built 2JZ Toyota Supra Laying Down 2,033 Horsepower on the Dyno

That’s the old Supra, not the BMW Supra

Part of what made the previous generation Supra a cult car was the 2JZ engine’s versatility when it came to tuning. And that sort of reputation doesn’t simply wash away, not even when there’s a new Supra running around the block. And this video is perhaps the best testament of the A80 Supra’s legendary status.

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The Most Aerodynamic Cars Ever Made (Including Concepts)

The Most Aerodynamic Cars Ever Made (Including Concepts)

It’s not all about massive engines and sheer power in the car world, you know

Alright, we get it, the great Enzo Ferrari believed aerodynamics are for people who can’t build engines but when you’re trying to move an object with as little energy as possible, a streamlined body is crucial to the task. So whether they’ve been built to compete in green races or with the intent to serve the masses or break speed records, these care are the ultimate masters of aerodynamics.

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This Dacia Sentry Rendering Envisions An Unlikely Porsche Taycan Fighter

This Dacia Sentry Rendering Envisions An Unlikely Porsche Taycan Fighter

There’s not the slightest point in comparing Dacia to Porsche, but the Sentry is an enticing design study

While Dacia is indeed planning to go electric, it will do so with a crossover-y model heavily inspired by the Spring concept car. So it goes without saying that a fully-blown, out-and-out performance EV wearing the Dacia badge is out of the question. But one can dream, right?

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1967 Shelby GT500CR Carbon Fiber By Classic Recreations and SpeedKore

1967 Shelby GT500CR Carbon Fiber By Classic Recreations and SpeedKore

This is the first carbon-fiber-bodied Shelby Mustang ever made

Remember the Shelby GT500CR 900S? Silly question, of course you do. The 770-horsepower (also supercharged) muscle car concocted by Classic Recreations is not the kind of car that leaves your retina that easily and to further reinforce that statement, it just got a new all-carbon-fiber-everything attire.

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Everything You Need to Know About The Facelifted 2021 BMW 5 Series

Everything You Need to Know About The Facelifted 2021 BMW 5 Series

What changes and what stays the same for BMW’s 5 Series

BMW is keen to keep the 5 Series fresh, hence the rather hefty mid-life nip and tuck for the core model. Here’s what Munich had in store for the executive sedan and its wagon - aka Touring - persona and what is now different for the two models.

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Your Comprehensive Electric Scooter Buying Guide Is Here

Your Comprehensive Electric Scooter Buying Guide Is Here

With so many options out there, getting an e-scooter is nowhere near straightforward

The e-scooter industry might still be in its infancy, but these electrically-powered machines are enjoying an increasing amount of popularity by the day. People living in big cities have rushed to adopt this new trend out of purely practical reasons - with so many cars stuck in traffic, e-scooters are the shortcut more, and more people are willing to take. Factor in their relatively low maintenance costs and the fact that you can easily fold them for storage or transport purposes, plus the advantage of not getting to your destination with a sweaty back, like it happens with bicycles or kick scooters, and you get an unbeatable recipe.

But with high demand comes high offer. With more and more people looking to get an e-scooter, companies that produce them have multiplied like rabbits, and others are joining them as we speak. This means that you, the buyers, now has hundreds of options to choose from, from low-end, cheap e-scooters to performance and off-road-oriented ones. So, which one is best for you? Well, only you can decide that, but we’ll give you a hand with a guide that touches on what key aspects you should consider before placing that order.

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This Video Will Teach You Everything You Need to Know About Alfa Romeo's Busso V-6 Engine

This Video Will Teach You Everything You Need to Know About Alfa Romeo’s Busso V-6 Engine

Is this the best sounding V-6 ever made?

Do a quick search on any Alfa Romeo-dedicated forum and you’ll read a lot of praise aimed at the Busso V-6 engine coming from Alfisti around the world. Words like glorious, ferocious, intimidating, and passionate are common ways of describing the 2.5-liter V-6 coined by Giuseppe Busso.

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Can the Original NSX Keep Up With a Modern Civic Type R?

Can the Original NSX Keep Up With a Modern Civic Type R?

Even more, can old RWD beat new FWD?

As particular countries are relaxing protective measures against the coronavirus we are bound to see more car-related content flowing online, which is always a good thing to have.

Adhering to this trend is Mat Watson and carwow, who came up with a pretty interesting head-to-head between a 2005 Honda NSX and a 2017 Honda Civic Type R.

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This Video Proves That Kartcross Is the Greatest Sport Ever Created

This Video Proves That Kartcross Is the Greatest Sport Ever Created

If you ever wondered what "giving it your all" looked like, this kartcross video is your answer

Take the engine from a Honda or a Kawasaki motorbike, weld it on a FIA-approved tubular chassis, add a dog-ring six-speed transmission, lightweight body panels and a few other bits and bobs like adjustable suspension, a differential and tires, of course.

The result is what folks call these days a crosskart, the open-wheel, pocket-sized alternative to a fully-fledged rally car.

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The Detail of This Rolls-Royce Cullinan Scale Model Will Blow Your Mind As Will The Price

The Detail of This Rolls-Royce Cullinan Scale Model Will Blow Your Mind As Will The Price

It’s literally just as detailed as the real thing.

Rolls-Royce’s miniature Cullinan goes hand in hand with what Sir Henry Royce used to say about perfection: small things make it, but it itself is no small thing. Apparently, this creed doesn’t apply just to RR’s million-dollar cars destined for the One Percent, but also to the company’s toys.

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Watch a 1500-Horsepower, AWD Honda Civic (Kinda) Jolt to 60 MPH in just 1.1 Seconds

Watch a 1500-Horsepower, AWD Honda Civic (Kinda) Jolt to 60 MPH in just 1.1 Seconds

One point one seconds in case you thought that was a typo

Alright. What’s the first thing that pops into mind when you hear the words Honda Civic? Nippy driving? Reliability? The Type R? A teenager’s car? Uber? Well, to us, it’s all of the above but to Norris Prayoonto and P-Racing, the Civic is proper dragster material. A downright scary one.

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We Demand That This Mazda RX-Vision GT3 Concept Comes To Life

We Demand That This Mazda RX-Vision GT3 Concept Comes To Life

My oh my, this is beautiful

Although Mazda and motorsports is an affair that burned the brightest in the early ’90s (1991, to be more precise), the digital world of gaming tends to disapprove. In case you need some further convincing, check out the RX-Vision GT3 ready to scorch the tracks in PS4’s Gran Turismo Sport.

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A New Lexus IS Is Coming in 2021, and the IS 500 Will Be a Bittersweet Surprise

A New Lexus IS Is Coming in 2021, and the IS 500 Will Be a Bittersweet Surprise

This new info piqued our interest but we are also waiting for official word from Lexus

While we were worrying about the pain in the ass that is the new coronavirus, back in March, a Toyota-related leak revealed the carmaker’s upcoming plans vis-a-vis its lineup. Among the cascade of novelties, we also learned that a 2021 Lexus IS is on its way.

Not much is out in the wild regarding the sedan, but speculation about what the incoming IS could hide under the hood ranged from it getting the Supra’s BMW-sourced 335-horsepower, 3.0-liter turbo straight-six to more recent rumors saying the novel Lexus IS range might even encompass a V-8 model.

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We Insist That You Don't Check Out This Larte Design Off-Road Tuning Kit for the Aurus Senat

We Insist That You Don’t Check Out This Larte Design Off-Road Tuning Kit for the Aurus Senat

Cover your eyes, turn around, and run as fast as you can

Larte Design plays in the same obnoxious tuning league as Mansory. You can expect the tuner to shell out audacious designs and the worst part is that people will actually buy those and flaunt them on the street. Speaking of audacious, try not to cringe at the sight of Larte’s latest work on Russia’s Aurus Senat.

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This Chevy C8 Corvette Roadster Is The Limited Edition Vette the World Needs

This Chevy C8 Corvette Roadster Is The Limited Edition Vette the World Needs

If only Chevrolet was a luxury automaker...

We don’t know about you, but for us, when the words Chevrolet and roadster are joined together, a mental picture of the Chevy SSR lights up our brains. As wild and daring as the SSR was, that contraption - a retractable hard-top convertible pickup truck - has nothing to do with the C8 Corvette roadster renders you’re about to see.

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2020 BMW M8 Competition MH8 800 by Manhart - The Fastest 8 Series In the World

2020 BMW M8 Competition MH8 800 by Manhart - The Fastest 8 Series In the World

When Manhart sets to deliver something, the result is nothing but amazing

Manhart has a new toy for big boys and it’s based on the smoking-hot BMW M8 Competition, a car that’s already brimming with performance. Yet Manhart didn’t settle for the stock grunt because, honestly, that’s not what tuners do. So what you’re seeing here is the MH8 800, the fastest BMW M8 Competition... in the world.

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This Rendering of a 993-Gen Porsche 911 Safari Will Make You Question Your Automotive Beliefs

This Rendering of a 993-Gen Porsche 911 Safari Will Make You Question Your Automotive Beliefs

We know you like it in secret

Old Porsche 911s turned rally cars are not a novelty. We’ve seen a couple of them over the years and all we can say is that our garages wouldn’t mind one. Actually, Porsche built such contraptions in the early 1970s, after it got out of racing in the WRC, and while there are no such plans for the future, here’s a batch of 993-based 911 ’Safari’ renders that might turn into reality should someone crazy enough see them.

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Here's Your First Look at the Dyson EV That Wasn't Meant for This World

Here’s Your First Look at the Dyson EV That Wasn’t Meant for This World

A lot of effort went into the project and A LOT of money, too

Remember Dyson’s EV? We do, but not in a positive way. In October 2019, the ambitious project was shut down by James Dyson because he couldn’t figure out a way to make it commercially viable and not because of R&D struggles, as some initially believed.

Fast forward to May 2020 and we get a look at the car, but not because it debuted or anything, but because Mr. Dyson spoke to The Times (subscription required) and revealed some interesting details about the car.

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Porsche's 2021 911 Targa rounds up the 911 trifecta just in time for summer

Porsche’s 2021 911 Targa rounds up the 911 trifecta just in time for summer

The most beautiful 911 body type to come out of Stuttgart is back for the 992-gen 911

Can’t decide between a 2021 Porsche 911 Coupé or Cabriolet? That headache is gone now because Porsche just unveiled the 2021 911 Targa and just as we expected, it’s a thing of beauty in and out.

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Would You Buy a Modern Chevy Nova If It Looked Like This?

Would You Buy a Modern Chevy Nova If It Looked Like This?

Modern doesn’t necessarily mean better

The last Chevy Nova left the assembly line on August 18, 1988. The nameplate hasn’t been revived to this day and there are no rumors on that. However, one digital artist had a stab at creating a modern Chevy Nova that in all fairness, looks more like a Dodge from where we’re standing.

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Watch Ken Block's 13-year-old daughter pull off perfect donuts

Watch Ken Block’s 13-year-old daughter pull off perfect donuts

Although for some reason, we’re not surprised at all

Everybody heard of Ken Block by now, the man behind the extremely addictive (and hard to pull off) Gymkhana. His videos have amassed millions of views on YouTube and by the looks of it, Mr. Block is keen on passing the donut spinning knowledge to his daughter Lia.

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Weird News: Audi Has Experts That Smell Car Parts

Weird News: Audi Has Experts That Smell Car Parts

A nice interior isn’t just about design and feel

You can argue that owning a car today is a way more complex experience than it used to be decades ago. Carmakers usually run the whole nine yards to attract and keep the customer interested in their products. Special gifts, invitations to the plant, exclusive access to limited edition models, discounts, all of that is pointed at the owner these days. Audi, however, believes that smell is equally important when it comes to car ownership.

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The La Finale Concept Is Exactly What The Last Gas-Powered Bugatti Should Look Like

The La Finale Concept Is Exactly What The Last Gas-Powered Bugatti Should Look Like

Cc: Bugatti

Times are changing in the car world and it’s not just the small guys that are force to adapt. Change acts as an equalizer more often then not and when it comes to electrification, those that play in the stratospheric leagues of the industry must evolve to, well, keep playing.

Take Bugatti. The carmaker was adamant that it won’t build hybrids and instead focus on pure electric cars. When will that happen nobody knows. However, we expect Bugatti to give its ICE era a proper swan song, one that could look like the La Finale design study, envisioned with a V-12 engine instead of Bugatti’s signature W-16 powerhouse.

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Here's How the Lotus Evija's Aerodynamics Are So Unique

Here’s How the Lotus Evija’s Aerodynamics Are So Unique

Supercars, electric or ICE-powered, and aerodynamics go hand in hand

Just like love and marriage, you can’t have a supercar without top-shelf aerodynamics to keep it stable at high speeds and help the tires extract as much grip as possible from the ground.

Throw in an all-electric powertrain and the need for a body that lets air flow smoothly becomes even more pungent. Here’s how Lotus solved the aero equation for the Evija.

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Best Cars For Uber Driving

Best Cars For Uber Driving

Joining Uber and your profits afterwards have a lot to do with the car you pick

Looking to join Uber? Then you’ll need a car that ticks a few boxes in order to maximize your profits. Usually, there are three main factors that matter most when picking your next Uber car, and most drivers set them as priorities: reliability, costs, and safety.

Naturally, you’ll want to stay away from repair shops for as long as possible and avoid costly repairs. What’s most, the car’s frugality is significant, too, for the obvious reasons, so don’t be surprised that the list below is brimming with hybrids. On top of that, there’s the safety aspect - you’ll be driving a lot, both alone and with passengers, so your and their well being is important.

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Hear a 2019 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye Roar as It Scorches the Half-Mile

Hear a 2019 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye Roar as It Scorches the Half-Mile

Just listen to it sing the song of its people while it hits 150 mph

We knew the Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye was a beast, we just didn’t get the chance of seeing it devour the half-mile. But since we’re now given that opportunity, we’ll hit replay on this video all day long. And we strongly advise that you do the same.

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How Does This Rendering of the BMW X8 M Sit on Your Conscience?

How Does This Rendering of the BMW X8 M Sit on Your Conscience?

4 Series grille, X2 C-pillar, 8 Series headlights, this is a lot to take in

It seems like these days there’s a rounded-rear version for every premium SUV out there. The X3 has the X4, the X5 has the X6, the GLE has the GLE Coupe, the Cayenne has the Cayenne Coupe and so on. You get the point.

Coming back to BMW’s Xs, its largest SUV to date - the X7 - is in need of a hunchback brother and that might come in the shape of the X8.But one designer went ahead and concocted what he calls the X8 M.

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Koenigsegg's Electronic Stability Control Can Protect Even the Dumbest Drivers

Koenigsegg’s Electronic Stability Control Can Protect Even the Dumbest Drivers

Try jerking the wheel at speed in your Ford Focus and let us know how that goes

It’s hard to ignore Christian von Koenigsegg’s brilliance when it comes to developing supercars. And while Koenigsegg’s more recent offerings such as the Gemera and Jesko Absolut are just enough to blow your mind, one of the brand’s most popular models, although now considered ’old’, still manages to impress.

No, not by violent 0-60 mph sprints or brake-disc-melting decelerations, but by the way it stays glued to the ground and stable when mishandled.

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A Two-Door Alfa Romeo Giulia GTAm Widebody Would (Almost) Justify the Exorbitant Price

A Two-Door Alfa Romeo Giulia GTAm Widebody Would (Almost) Justify the Exorbitant Price

If the BMW M2 had nightmares, this thing would be in them

Last week we were taken aback by Alfa Romeo’s decision to price the limited-edition Giulia GTA and GTAm as if they were out-and-out supercars.

This week, we stumbled upon Instagram account @carlifestyle’s 2-door, widebody Alfa Giulia GTAm and in all fairness, it’s this sort of treatment that comes close to demanding such a hefty price tag.

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The 2020 C8 Corvette's Frunk Acts as Speed Limiter

The 2020 C8 Corvette’s Frunk Acts as Speed Limiter

It’s funny how we keep learning stuff about the C8 almost one year after debut

The C8 Corvette met the world in July 2019 and at the time of this writing, the first-ever mid-engined Vette still had some quirks to reveal.

We’ve seen videos of owners complaining about their new C8 as well as praising the sports car but this time around, a neat find from GM Authority reveals a rather interesting safety net.

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Which Is Quicker? A Chevy C8 Corvette or a Dodge Charger Hellcat?

Which Is Quicker? A Chevy C8 Corvette or a Dodge Charger Hellcat?

The answer has a lot to do with weight and traction

They say power is nothing without control and what better field to test that out than the performance car arena? As you’re about to see in this C8 Corvette versus Charger Hellcat skirmish, packing a bucketload of horsepower doesn’t stand a chance in front of less power complemented by less weight, better grip, and sharper aerodynamics.

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This Rendering Is a Stunning Example of What a Rolls-Royce Supercar Could Look Like

This Rendering Is a Stunning Example of What a Rolls-Royce Supercar Could Look Like

It would definitely have to pack a V-12

Now, Rolls-Royce’s most recent crop of cars might have supercar-worthy names - think of Ghost, Phantom, and Wraith - but the BMW-owned nameplate never played in the super sports car arena and we’re pretty sure it doesn’t intend to.

This didn’t stop Rain Prisk from imagining what a Rolls-Royce supercar might look like. The answer is, of course, darn right exquisite.

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This Jaguar XJ220 GT1 Is Bedroom Poster Material

This Jaguar XJ220 GT1 Is Bedroom Poster Material

You can start drooling in 3, 2, 1...

Yes, the Jaguar XJ220 was a real supercar. Not without its flaws, though. Still, Jaguar aimed to pose a real treat for the likes of Ferrari F40 and Porsche 959 in terms of top speed.

See, the ’220’ in the Jag’s name was supposed to represent its top speed expressed in miles per hour. Both the F40 and the 959 topped out at 197 miles per hour, so Jaguar made a statement out of this. Sure, the car never achieved that landmark, but it was the fastest production car in the world for about a year or so after its launch.

The XJ220 even competed at Le Mans, and that is a story in itself. So this digitally-applied livery from Jonsibal just begs that we tell you what’s what.

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Thanks to Hybridization, There Is No Ceiling for the BMW M Brand

Thanks to Hybridization, There Is No Ceiling for the BMW M Brand

In other words, expect even more powerful M cars

Harnessing electricity - fully or partially - in a vehicle has opened a whole lot of avenues for car brands to explore in their quest to offer more power than the rival next door.

One such nameplate is BMW’s M division, which doesn’t have the slightest intention to limit the level of grunt offered by its future models. On the contrary: it plans to boost those figures.

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2020 Porsche 911 Coupe And Cabrio By TechArt

2020 Porsche 911 Coupe And Cabrio By TechArt

Another subtle yet exquisite touch from the German tuner

TechArt’s love affair with Porsche started in 1987 and since then, the German tuner has been churning out all sorts of treatments aimed mostly at the 911 but also at Porsche’s other models, like the Panamera.

The company’s latest work is dedicated to the new 992-gen 911 Carrera S and Carrera 4S. It’s also compatible with both the coupé and the cabriolet, offering sound, design, as well as power upgrades. Let’s check it out.

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The Porsche 911 Carrera Already Gets An Update For 2021

The Porsche 911 Carrera Already Gets An Update For 2021

Purists will love this, no doubt about it

Porsche announced that the 911 Carrera S and 4S can be fitted with a seven-speed manual as an alternative to the slick-shifting eight-speed PDK dual-clutch. The best thing about the news is that customers who opt for the manual won’t be charged extra, says the carmaker.

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This G-Class Pickup Rendering Reminds Us of What the Mercedes X-Class Should Have Been

This G-Class Pickup Rendering Reminds Us of What the Mercedes X-Class Should Have Been

It’s too late to cry now, but hot damn, the G-Class would have made for an ass-kicking pickup

The Mercedes-Benz G-Class is the second most long-serving car in Daimler’s portfolio, outranked only by the tougher-than-a-tardigrade Unimog. For that reason alone, we believe that the X-Class pickup truck should have been based on the Geländewagen in the first place. Sadly, Mercedes-Benz went asking for help from Nissan.

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What Are the Best Mercedes-Benz Models of the Decade?

What Are the Best Mercedes-Benz Models of the Decade?

Picking these cars wasn’t easy, we can tell you that much

Mercedes-Benz has built a solid reputation based on a couple of factors baked in the brand’s cars from day one. Performance is one of them, as are luxury, and comfort. The Stuttgart-based carmaker was quite busy over the past ten years, so here’s a list of the best Mercedes-Benz models to come out on the market between 2010 and 2020.

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Does This Nissan GT-R With Pop-Up Headlights Look Good or No?

Does This Nissan GT-R With Pop-Up Headlights Look Good or No?

The jury is still out on this one

Pop-up headlights. There’s not a single gearhead that doesn’t love them and believe it or not, they date back to the mid 1930s, when they were first used on the Cord 810 for aerodynamic purposes. However, the last pair of modern pop-up headlights we can remember were those featured by the 2004 Chevy C5 Corvette, but what about a Nissan R34 GT-R with such headlights?

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BMW M Next Hypercar - AKA the i8 M - Is Reportedly Cancelled

BMW M Next Hypercar - AKA the i8 M - Is Reportedly Cancelled

Say goodbye to the modern M1 you craved to see

According to BMW Blog quoting its own sources at BMW and German publication Manager-Magazin, the M Next project has been thrown under the bus. Despite the lack of an official announcement from BMW, the hybrid supercar/sports car is believed to be axed.

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Report: The 2023 Volkswagen Golf R Plus Could Deliver 400 Hybrid Horsepower

Report: The 2023 Volkswagen Golf R Plus Could Deliver 400 Hybrid Horsepower

If this super Golf R happens, we’ll probably see it two years from now

A new report claims Volkswagen is hard at work to produce a Golf R hot hatch based on the Mk8 Golf. The 2023 Golf R will supposedly have to do battle against the likes of Mercedes-AMG A45, Honda Civic Type R, and Hyundai i30 N with underpinnings from the newly-launched Mk8 Golf GTI.

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2021 Volkswagen Arteon R

2021 Volkswagen Arteon R

We have reasons to believe that a hotter R-badged Arteon is on its way

The Volkswagen Arteon came to our attention back in 2017, during its unveil at the Geneva Motor Show. Three years into the fastback-shaped sedan’s career, Volkswagen is planning to give the Arteon a well-deserved nip and tuck which would keep customer interest fresh and address the areas that needed further improvements.

With the refreshed Arteon, however, we’re expecting Volkswagen to introduce a spicier, more performance oriented version under its notorious R badge. Our suspicions are backed up by a recent set of spy shots that show a virtually undisguised test mule that wears a lot of R-specific features. Allow us to detail, then.

Update 4/29/2020: The Volkswagen Arteon R was spotted once again, this time sporting a look that represents the upcoming facelift and what we can expect from the new Arteon R. Check it out in our special Spy Shots section below!

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It Turns Out the Production Chevrolet C8 Corvette Has Some Panel Gaps Issues

It Turns Out the Production Chevrolet C8 Corvette Has Some Panel Gaps Issues

Early C8 Corvette test cars had some daunting flaws, and Matt Farah wants to see if Chevy fixed those in customer cars

As more and more people start getting their brand new 2020 C8 Corvettes delivered on their driveways, we’re bound to see a sharp increase in the number of YouTube videos of those particular cars. Some are about the tech changes Chevy made compared to the C7 Corvette and some are about what people don’t like about the new mid-engine C8 Vette.

In the one you’re about to watch, however, The Smoking Tire’s Matt Farah wants to see if Chevrolet did anything to fix the issues he spotted on some of the early-made test cars.

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Are These Leaked Images of the 2021 BMW 5 Series Legitimate?

Are These Leaked Images of the 2021 BMW 5 Series Legitimate?

Don’t get too excited, this is a rather conservative mid-life refresh for the 5er

We’re back with another BMW-related leak. This time, the revised G30 BMW 5 Series has surfaced online in a set of pictures that look like the real deal.

Unlike the next-gen BMW 2 Series Coupé, the arrival of a facelifted 5 Series was previously documented by various spyshots, so it was only a matter of time before it broke cover, one way or the other.

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2020 Ferrari 812 Superfast Softkit By Mansory

2020 Ferrari 812 Superfast Softkit By Mansory

You’re about to experience the subtle side of Mansory

Yes, Mansory has a subtle side. Known for audacious widebody kits, flashy wheels, and in general a lot of distasteful tuning jobs, the tuner shows that it indeed has a down-to-Earth side that manages not to ruin a supercar’s well-balanced stock appearance.

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The $70,000 Tesla Model Y Has a Lot of Build Quality Issues

The $70,000 Tesla Model Y Has a Lot of Build Quality Issues

Looks like assembly is still one of Tesla’s weak spots

Back in May 2018, Tesla was looking for auto technicians to work on repairing vehicles that just came off the production line in Tesla’s Fremont plant. Two years later, the company still can’t get car assembly right, not even on a $70,000 Model Y. So, should Tesla still claim that it makes premium automobiles?

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