How Does the McLaren GT’s Weight Stack Up Against Other Great Models?
McLaren promised to roll out a mid-engined grand tourer, and when McLaren makes a promise, you know it’s going to deliver. It didn’t take long for the British supercar brand to come through on its word because the McLaren GT is here, and it looks every bit like the performance grand tourer the folks over at Woking, England said it would be. Classifications notwithstanding, the GT is more potent than the 570GT and more practical than the 650S. It’s also as light as a feather, at least when you compare it to other grand tourers of its ilk. Combine its weight with its power and performance capabilities, and McLaren could be onto something when it described the GT as a superlight supercar with perception-altering potential.
It’s not yet been 20 years since Y2K, and we’re already reaching for the rose-colored glasses when talking about the 2000s. It was a decade of rapid technological advancements, one where flip phones turned into smartphones and laptops were finally making some gains on desktop computers. It was, arguably, the decade of the Fast And Furious franchise, for the movie-going car guys, that went from glamorizing the tuner culture to being just another action franchise that happened to feature some exotics.
Above all, though, it was the decade of the electronic uprising in our sporty cars. The first flappy paddles found their way into up-market supercars, and even the more mundane machinery came with a host of electronic aids to keep them level and straight on the road. Some enjoyed having their skills behind the wheel complimented by the electronic suspension, self-leveling dampers, four-wheeled steering, and other clever robotics that made driving fast a bit easier. The purists, however, did not like the rise of electronic aids and kept searching for those cars that kept true to the old school setup of three pedals, a stick, and no help other than that given by your senses.
We’ve put together a list of 8 sports cars from the 2000s that you should still consider today. They offer the perfect blend between rawness and electronic advancement from a time when we didn’t hear doomsday preachers announcing the end of the manual transmission.
Alternate Timeline: The Nissan MID4 Concepts Could Have Humbled The Acura NSX
Automakers, in general, often make decisions that change the course of their respective histories. We don’t often see these decisions in public, but every so often, concept cars play the role of avatars, giving us a peek at what could’ve been had a specific automaker decided to greenlight some of these concepts. There’s a laundry list of concept cars that never made it to production — and probably altered the history of some brands — but we’re here to shine the spotlight on one particular concept that could’ve altered the trajectory of the automaker that developed it. This is the Nissan Mid4, an experimental sports car that Nissan developed in the mid-1980s to compete against the Ferraris and Porsches of that era. Two concepts were introduced, but neither made it to production, leaving everyone with a big bowl of “what if” on their hands. What if Nissan launched the Mid4 as intended? What would the automaker look like now? We’ll never know the answers to these questions, but, rest assured, Nissan wouldn’t be the Nissan that we known now if the Mid4 came to life.
25 Incredible Facts About The Stunning Bugatti Divo
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.
Even if the much-anticipated Tesla Roadster has been delayed to 2022, that doesn’t mean there aren’t any electric vehicles worth waiting for this year. In fact, there are a number of 300+ miles of range cars out there that are worth checking out. So keep reading to find out what are the longest range EVs you can buy in 2021 - presuming every party involved keeps their word and actually starts production and deliveries until December.
Best Battery Charger 2021
We’ve all experienced it at some point. You get in the car, turn the key, and nothing but that clicking sound. Batteries can discharge over time. Whether it’s because you forgot the lights or radio, or simply because of the parasitic effect on one of the many electrically-powered accessories new cars come with, leaving the car for a while without driving it can cause the battery to discharge.
This is why investing in a battery charger might be a good idea. As with other products, variety is plentiful, so we narrowed it down to a few, you should consider first.
10 Concepts That Transitioned Nicely to Production Cars
Concept cars are awesome. They not only show us the future of car brands but also give designers the opportunity to unleash their creativity, giving us some jaw-dropping automotive marvels. Due to the countless regulations, however, production models often look significantly different than the prototypes we see at car shows.
That said, every now and then we get to see concepts that actually come true with a design very close or sometimes identical to the initially-intended. Here are 10 concept cars that made great transitions to production.
Cars, buses, trucks, planes, tractors, boats, and more! This is the story of Mahindra, the Indian company that started with knock-down Jeep kits after World War II and became a money powerhouse that owns SsangYong and Pininfarina - yes, THAT Pininfarina.
So keep reading to find out how a small family-owned business from India became an integral part of today’s international automotive industry - Jeep scandal and all.
The Story of Big Muskie - The Largest Walking Dragline Ever Made
Standing nearly 22 stories tall and weighing as much as 10,000 Miatas, this is the story of Big Muskie, the biggest, most-badass walking dragline ever made. So keep reading to find out how it was made, how much power it needed in order to operate - hint: it was A LOT - and how ultimately it disappeared from the face of the Earth. Except one part, that is.
Best Synthetic Oil 2021
Synthetic oil is generally regarded as much more efficient than conventional oil. Initially popular in the world of performance cars, over time it has become more mainstream. In truth, synthetic oils do offer benefits. However, you have to pay two to four times more than the cost of conventional oil. As with other automotive products, variety is magnificent.
Moreover, all synthetic oils are marketed in pretty much the same way. That said, we’ve made the effort to give you possibly the best full-synthetic motor oil comparison. Note that no matter which engine oil you go for, make sure it has the correct viscosity your engine requires.
5 Alternatives to the Dodge Demon That Will Fill The Void
By now, many of us motoring enthusiasts have heard the sad news about the Dodge Hellcat and Demon. The SRT department has long cemented its reputation as the creator of some of the most outrageous, awesome, zero f***s given muscle cars and the Demon was the last and most powerful of them all. For around $85,000, you got a 9-second car with over 800 horsepower that can do wheelies. Who does that? All good things must come to an end, however, as stricter emission regulations bring an end to big supercharged V-8 engines. With this in mind, here are some alternatives to the tire-shredding unholy creation. If you’re a Dodge fan, you might want to stick until the end, for this one.
Best Engine Bay Cleaners
It’s always mesmerizing to see your car all shiny and spotless. It takes you on a peace-trip and gives a sense of satisfaction. But the focus is mostly on the outside, and we seldom think of the ’inside’. No, not the cabin. We are talking of the engine bay, the heart of your ride.
It is the most stressed-out, heated, and frequently soiled part of a car, that also gets exposed to a lot of moisture and dust. So, investing in a good engine bay degreaser and cleaner will keep the heart clean and be pleasing to your eyes, every time you pop that hood.
Best Brake Rotors
When it comes to your car, stopping power is even more important than power. This is why it’s important to have a good set of brake rotors, as well as to make sure the rest of your brake system is in order. Moreover, nowadays you can buy your brake rotors online, which saves you the trouble of being overcharged by mechanics. The variety of brake rotors is vast as most other car parts. That is why we have gathered some of the best brake rotors currently on the market.
Quick Facts About the 2022 Chevy Bolt EV and EUV
This is the new and improved 2022 Chevrolet Bolt hatchback, and this is its slightly bigger, more crossover-looking brother, the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV. They’re both all-electric vehicles with a range of at least 250 miles on a single charge, and they cost from $32,000. In other words, less than the outgoing Bolt, but with more standard kit. So, let’s see what’s what with these electric cars that are meant to get the masses rolling on electrons.
The Rise and Fall of Saab - A Story Of Interesting Intent, Success, And Failure
Made by trolls in Trollhattan, this is the story of one of the greatest car companies in the world - from birth to success and then to its death and troubled resurrection. Today, we’re going to talk about how SAAB went from a safety and Turbo icon to just another General Motors casualty, like Pontiac, Saturn, and Oldsmobile.
8 Forgotten Concepts That Should Have Made it to Production
Concept cars are often the result of an automaker’s desire to showcase possibilities. Very rarely, though, do these possibilities translate to reality. Some concepts get used as springboards for future production models. Some get used as blueprints for future technologies. But more often than not, a lot of concept cars get sent back to the shadows, never to be heard from again. It’s a shame because the concept cars on this list didn’t deserve that fates they received. These concepts should’ve been turned into production models. Unfortunately, for one reason or another, none of them did, and all we’re left with our thoughts of what could’ve been.
Five supercars, with a total power output of 5.415 horsepower, are here. I am sure that you simply do not know enough about them. Modern supercars and hypercars you have probably never heard of are quite numerous actually. Apart from these, I could have also listed the Rezvani Beast, the Trion Nemesis RR, the Apollo Arrow, the Arash AF10, the Devel Sixteen, and the Arrinera Hussarya, among others. But what is the point as many of these will simply cease to exist as time plays its dirty game and erases them from history. Yet, the five I chose may stick around a bit longer than expected.
10 Things You Must Know About The McLaren Artura
For a while, McLaren was a bit of a wild card in the automotive industry. Almost 30 years ago, they gave us the F1, which was the fastest production car for over a decade. After that, they went quiet. This of course changed around 2010 when they announced their first supercar for the century – the MP4-12C. This was the beginning of McLaren’s offensive and cars like the 650S, 600LT, and 720S were spawned. Now, McLaren gives us the Artura and it’s a bit different than the others. Here’s what you need to know.
10 Things You Must Know About the 2022 Porsche 911 GT3
The Porsche 911 GT3 is back for 2022 with the 992 generation of the 911 model. Fans of the normally-aspirated, rear-engine track weapon can rejoice, as the new model is more ferocious and more focused than ever. We all know the Porsche 911 formula – “evolution, not revolution”. Be that as it may, the new 992 GT3 brings a lot of changes to the model and we know, you want to know about them. Here are the top 10 things, you need to know, about the 2022 911 GT3.
Among the many engines Toyota has built, two stand out. Both of them were conceived in the early 1990s and would go on to power some of the most recognizable Japanese cars ever made. We are talking about the 1JZ and 2JZ engines. Although the technology behind them is now over 30 years old, they are still some of the most popular engines used in builds. But do they differ simply in displacement, or is there more to it? Here’s what you need to know about both these Japanese straight-sixes.
Best Window Tint
Placing car tint on your cars serves a lot of purposes. It can protect you and the car’s furnishings from harmful UV rays. It can also keep your interior from becoming too hot when it’s under the sun too long. Car tints also provide the cabin with some privacy as it becomes more difficult for people to peek inside the car. There are elements of safety in that, too. For these reasons, a lot of people have installed car tints on the windows of their cars. There are a lot of car window tinting products out there, and here are our choices of the best ones that provide the best value for you and your precious ride.