Shmee Rides Shotgun In a Ferrari-Beating Volkswagen Up: Video
Sliding behind the wheel of some big, nasty sports car with a bajillion horsepower and tires wider than Wisconsin certainly has its appeal. That said, beating a bajillion-horsepower sports car with a lightweight little econobox also has its appeal. And while YouTuber Shmee150 certainly has loads of experience with the former, this video shows him trying out the latter. The featured vehicle this time is called the Sub 7Up - a modified, stripped-down Volkswagen Up! with the potential to spank the venerable Ferrari 430 Scuderia on the Nürburgring. No, seriously.
Best Cars for City Driving
We don’t have to tell you how difficult it has become to drive in a metropolitan city these days. The ever-growing traffic and lack of parking space sometimes pushes you to take an Uber instead of driving yourself. But if you have multiple things to do, like dropping off the kids to school, going to work, and run daily errands, you cannot rely on cabs all the time. For that, you need a car that is practical and capable of fulfilling all your commands. These cars need to be easy on the pocket in case some idiot bumps your car at the signal, fun to drive incase you get that traffic-free quarter mile, and should not carry a very high price tag. So, here is a list of 10 cars we have compiled for you that make for the perfect urban commuter.
Tesla Model Y versus Polestar 2
The scene may have been busy over the past few days, comparing the new Tesla Model Y and the very similar Model 3, calling them too similar, but the fact of the matter is, the new small Tesla crossover has a direct rival. I am, of course, talking about the Polestar 2, itself a strange model that’s neither a sedan nor a crossover - that’s right up the Model Y’s alley. These two cars are direct rivals if we’ve ever seen any, and while their styling may be radically different, they are undoubtedly targeting the same market segment. The Tesla is the more bubble-like of the two, with its strongly arched roofline, but it can seat two more people than the Volvo (in theory, at least), so at least there’s a purpose behind the hunchback design.
In terms of performance and range, the two are very close, at least if we compare the higher-spec Long Range or Dual Motor AWD versions of the Model Y to the Polestar and its single powertrain choice. You will be able to get the Tesla Model Y Performance model that will blow the Polestar 2 clean out of the water with its 3.5-second zero to sixty time, but the other two versions available from launch are comparable.
BMW Just Confirmed and Teased the 2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe
The much-rumored BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe, a car we already spotted on public roads as a camouflaged prototype, was just confirmed by the German automaker. The four-door coupe will make its public debut at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show in November and will be a global vehicle.
Hyundai Gives the 2020 Tucson a Stiffer Chassis, Sportier Styling with an N-Line Badge
The Hyundai Tucson becomes the third model to receive the N Line treatment, following in the footsteps of the i30 and i30 Fastback that came before it. The launch of the Tucson N Line marks as a coming-of-age for the Korean automaker’s resident compact SUV. A unique appearance package bolsters the more aggressive-looking SUV. Hyundai also added some subtle interior upgrades and improved the SUV’s driving setup, ensuring that the Tucson N Line can live up to the performance billing that comes by having the “N Line” name attached to it. The Hyundai Tucson N Line arrives to European markets later this year. Unfortunately, the U.S. market isn’t getting it.
2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA 45
A fresh batch of spy photos of the upcoming Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 has come to light. As expected, the new photos show very little of the model’s prototype. The sedan’s entire surface area is covered in wraps, though, so expect plenty of aesthetic changes to happen to the updated model. Mercedes-AMG has yet to pinpoint a specific debut for the for the upcoming CLA model, but all signs seem to indicate a 2019 launch timetable. As for the AMG CLA 45, that should happen a little later in the same year. Either way, the fact that the test mule has already made a few appearances indicates that development of the model is now in full swing.
Update 3/21/2019: The Mercedes-AMG CLA45 was caught doing some cold weather testing with a little less camo. Check out the new shots and learn a little more about it in our spy shots section below!
2019 Mercedes A-Class vs 2019 Mercedes CLA
Mercedes’ line of front-wheel drive-biased models used to be pretty simple: you had the A-Class, a practical yet rakish compact hatchback, the B-Class, a more MPV-like (or people carrier-like version of the A-Class,) and then the sleek CLA that successfully impersonated a smaller version of the sexy CLS.
However, you can now order a sedan version of the A-Class and the new CLA. Sure, the latter is certainly more dramatic to look at but not to a huge degree. If you look at both cars from the front side by side, you will notice that only the headlights are really different. From the side, you can definitely see the CLA’s coupe-like roof and C-pillar - it’s the C-pillar of the A-Class sedan that really makes it look different.
When it comes to the rear, the A-Class sedan has a unique design not shared with other Mercedes, whereas the CLA has almost identical clusters to the larger CLS. Step inside, and you’d be hard-pressed to tell which is which - spotting the interior differences is far trickier than doing so on the outside.
2019 Fiat Centoventi Concept
For its 120th birthday, Fiat went to the 2019 Geneva Motor Show to present a concept car, except it’s really not a concept car. It’s called the Centoventi Concept, which literally translates to “one hundred and twenty” in our language. It’s not the most creative concept name in the world, but it’ll do, especially when you begin to understand what it’s really all about. Fiat’s press release calls the Centoventi Concept a vehicle that “perfectly expresses the Italian brand’s idea of electric mass mobility in the near future.” What that phrase doesn’t tell you is that the Centoventi Concept is a lot more than just a representation of Fiat’s vision for its future electric. The concept is also a blank canvas that invites user customization. It’s a design-your-own ride that lets you personalize the car’s design from the ground up. Future urban mobility? Sure, the concept is that, too. But it’s really a modular platform for creativity. The Centoventi Concept doesn’t really have a “look,” in large part because that “look” will depend on how you design it.
2020 Audi RS4 Avant
At a time when wagons are slowly evolving from being family haulers to performance beasts, people in the U.S. are missing out on a lot of action. The Audi RS4 and the RS6 Avant give us the major #FOMO feels. Audi has told wagon-lovers in the U.S. not to give up hopes yet, as the company said, "We always look at potential new opportunities in the market. It’s a niche to explore. We keep holding discussions. Keep writing us letters.” That’s not a confirmation in any way, but it sounds like an assurance for the time being. The namesake fast wagon from the German automaker’s stable that we have here is the Audi A4 Allroad. Although we were mighty impressed with the wagon, it is no substitute for the RS4 Avant, and, that is why we need the Lord of the four rings to ship those beauties our way as soon as possible. You listening, Audi?
The launch of French city cars is a pretty big deal in Europe, and this year we saw all-new generations of the most important models from Peugeot and Renault. The Peugeot 208 and Renault Clio are both all-new, even though in the case of the former you can certainly tell, whereas the latter just looks like the a facelift for the previous-generation model.
Renault played it safe with the Clio, clearly stating that its exterior look is merely evolutionary, but once you step inside you will notice the radically different (and better) interior. Believe it or not, the Clio rides on a new platform that, for the first time ever, gives Renault the chance to also offer it in hybrid form.
Peugeot has done one better, though. Its 208 looks striking and fresh both inside and out, borrowing design cues from the larger 508. Overall, therefore, it nudges in front of the Clio in terms of the way it looks and, on top of this, Peugeot will offer it in full EV guise under the name e-208. To make matters even better the e-208 is apparently going to have excellent range too.
However, Peugeot’s flamboyant approach to the design and styling of the 208 might put some people off completely, so even if on paper it may already sound like the winner in this company, the fact of the matter is there’s a lot more to it, and they need to be analyzed side by side.
Mountune’s Newest Kit Boosts the 2019 Ford Fiesta ST’s Output to 222 horsepower
The 2019 Ford Fiesta ST is one of the best hot hatchbacks in its size and price brackets, but with just 197 horsepower from the factory, the little Blue Oval pocket rocket can certainly handle more power. For those interested, Ford specialists Mountune have launched an upgrade kit that boosts the Fiesta ST’s power output by more than 20 horsepower. In a car this small, folks, you will feel it.
The 2020 Tesla Model Y Debut Was Surprisingly Tame
The 2020 Tesla Model Y has arrived, making its grand entrance in a live event broadcast from Tesla’s design studio in Hawthorne, California. However, the debut really didn’t bring anything terribly surprising, despite widespread predictions to the contrary. In fact, the whole thing was more like a history lesson than a typical Tesla debut event. But why?
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe Unveiled
Following hot on the heels of the reveal of the new GLC Class in Geneva, Mercedes just dropped its latest Coupe version, offering a sleeker roofline for the compact luxury SUV. Up front is the traditional diamond radiator grille, offered in either silver or black, while further chrome trim adorns the rest of the exterior. LED headlights and LED taillights help to illuminate the front and rear respectively.
Inside is a new multifunction steering wheel, while a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen are on deck. MB-Tex and leather can be found for the upholstery options. Tech features are offered through the latest MBUX infotainment system, which comes with standouts like onboard navigation, augmented reality features, and intelligent voice command. There’s also a bevy of assists, such as Active Steering, Active Distance Assist, and Active Brake Assist.
As for the oily bits, the GLC Coupe is offered with a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder producing 255 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque, 14 horsepower more than the current model. The sprint to 60 mph should take about 6 seconds. A high-powered AMG model is likely in the works as well.
Look for the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe at the 2019 New York Auto Show in April, with an on-sale days sometime later this year. Pricing is so far unannounced, but expect it to slot in close to that of the current model’s MSRP of $47,300.
2019 Jeep Wrangler 1941 Edition by Mopar
The 2019 Geneva Motor Show afforded Jeep the opportunity to showcase the Wrangler Rubicon 1941, a Mopar-tuned off-roader wearing just about every bit and piece from Mopar’s parts catalog. Dressed in a splashy yellow exterior paint, the Wrangler Rubicon 1941 is what happens when you spend too much time dressing up your proud Jeep off-roader. The Wrangler Rubicon 1941 is a showpiece model; the upgrades and accessories included are completely street-legal. In the event you want your Wrangler Rubicon to look the part of the 1941 model that was on display in Geneva, there’s a way to accomplish that without burning holes in your pockets. Just prepare to dive deep into Mopar’s parts bin.
2019 BMW 118i - driven
BMW will soon stop production of the current, second-generation, F20/F21 1-Series, a model that is a truly unique proposition in the compact hatchback segment. What sets it apart from all other similar rivals is the fact that it has a longitudinally mounted engine and most examples are rear-wheel drive (although some xDrive-equipped models were also sold). This engine and drivetrain layout dominates the driving experience, and it turns the current 1-Series into a peerless car in its segment. And, it’s not rear-wheel drive just for the sake of it, because it handles like a true rear-wheel-drive car should, blending a surprisingly playful rear end when you want it to be, with a reassuring, surefooted feel when you want grip.
My 2019 BMW 118i five-door hatchback tester was also quite an interesting proposition because its power plant only has three cylinders and a displacement of 1.5-liters. However, thanks to turbocharging, the three-pot is surprisingly apt at moving the car and, since the engine is small and light, it improves the car’s overall handling characteristics.
2020 Tesla Model Y Vs 2019 Tesla Model X
The 2020 Tesla Model Y is here, promising all the tricks and tech that the California brand can muster, but in a small, yet practical package. But the question is this - how does it stack up against the Tesla Model X SUV? To find out, we compared the two in terms of their exterior design, interior design, and powertrain specs.
First Reviews of the 2020 Kia Soul Are Overwhelming Positive
The Kia Soul is a car that looks tall and boxy, but it doesn’t really look like an SUV. It melds excellent practicality with a good drive and quirky looks to attract buyers, and the all-new 2020 Soul continues this tradition, only it does it better in every single area. The car debuted at the 2018 Lost Angeles Auto Show, and it is just now starting to hit showrooms.
Thanks to BMW’s S58 Engine, the 2020 BMW M3 Could Offer As Much as 480 Horsepower in Base Form
Known by most as the ultimate representation of the BMW ethos, the BMW M3 is an essential installation in the powerful and dominant line of Motorsport machines. Specially designed to attract driving purists, the BMW M3 has been a driver’s favorite for decades. The next generation is on the horizon and is expected to debut at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show with BMW M’s new 3.0-liter, S58 engine with 474 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque. That is a substantial improvement over the 444 horsepower of the 2018 BMW M3 Competition. The power bump is crucial as the new BMW M3 faces stiffer competition in the shape of the 500+ horsepower Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, 500+ horsepower Mercedes-AMG C63 S, and the impressive 450-horsepower Audi RS4.